Reality News Updates by NoMoreDrama
Real Housewives of New York together at Event. Countess LuAnn de Lesseps, Ramona Singer, and Aviva Drescher were all at a We Are Family event last night with Adam Lambert in New York. The Countess went with Naughty But Nice Huffington Post reporter Rob Schuter. Rob tweeted this: “I’m at an
@adamlambert event and howling that #RHONY Aviva and Ramona have been seated at the same table. I’m with @countessluann” and then “They are NOT serving Ramona booze. Scared.”
Here’s a photo of Ramona Singer, Mario Singer, and Justin Tyrone of the NY Giants.
Congratulations to Jedi Janelle from Big Brother. Congrats to Janelle Pierzina-DeSanto. She is pregnant with her second child. Janelle tweeted the happy news yesterday: “I’m 12 weeks pregnant! Due in August!! Hubs and I are super excited!”
RadarOnline spins a story out of Melissa Gorga’s ex-boyfriends tweets. Melissa’s ex boyfriend “Bulldog” has finally caught the attention of RadarOnline. They published a story (click here to read it) about his tweets yesterday. I must have missed something, because as far as I can tell Bulldog hasn’t been filming for the show, but RadarOnline is reporting that they have inside information that Bulldog “has inserted himself into the RHONJ show this season and plans to bring the drama.”
Nope, I didn’t miss anything. According to Bulldog’s twitter feed: “I do not know where http://radar.com gets there info but I have not stated I was doing anything.” “I will be the one who decides what I do not them :)”
It sounds like some people are reacting strongly on twitter. Bulldog also tweeted this last night, “As far as the 1’s making twitter threats I am very easy to find.i will happily oblige you,i Fear No one!Just so where clear:)it’s your life”
Brandi’s VaJayJay Surgeon was on Dr. 90210 and Plastic Wives. It looks like we’ll be learning a lot about Brandi Glanville over the next few weeks as excerpts from her about to be released book are leaked as teasers. We’ve already learned that she charged $12,000 for vagina rejuvenation surgery on ex-Eddie’s credit card. According to RadarOnline, Brandi explains that Eddie hit the roof when he discovered the charge, and Brandi quickly lied and said it was for a nose job. Five minutes later Eddie called again, and this time Brandi ignored the call, figuring he had googled Dr. Matlock, who was listed on his credit card bill, and discovered that the doctor specialized in female genital plastic surgery.
So who is Dr. Matlock? Click here for his full bio. An excerpt: “Dr. Matlock’s practice is national and international and he has treated patients from all 50 states and over 63 countries. His highly refined, state of the art techniques yield the natural results that patients want. Dr. Matlock is known as the pioneer of Female Genital Plastic Surgery. Dr. Matlock has been contributed with popularizing LVR®, DLV®, VASER Hi Def Liposculpturing and Brazilian Butt Augmentation over the past six years as a cast member of E! Entertainments hit (national and international) show Dr. 90210.”
His television credits include:
Am I Normal (BBC)
Wired for Sex (BBC)
Adrienne Maloof Confirms the Surrogacy Secret, and Keeps Talking About Brandi Glanville. Just as we predicted, Adrienne Maloof has (all but) confirmed that the secret Brandi Glanville spilled on the December 10th episode of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills was that Adrienne had her twin boys via a surrogate. In an exclusive with Life&Style, Adrienne explains that she was planning on telling the boys (who are now 6) when they were older, but was forced to go public with the information after Brandi spilled the secret on-camera as their reality show was filming. According to the article, in May Adrienne Maloof and then husband Paul Nassif sent Brandi a cease and desist letter trying to force her from talking about the matter again. Brandi refused to sign. Adrienne claims that this was the wedge that drove the couple apart and eventually to divorce. Brandi’s response: “I don’t think there’s anything wrong with what I said. We all knew it already. She would always lie about it. It’s not that big of a deal. They’re still your children, just somebody else had to carry them.”
While I think it is very sweet of Adrienne to talk about Brandi in a major magazine while Brandi is promoting her soon-to-be-released tell all book, I wish she could come up with a better story. I don’t mean to be nit-picky, but 1) It’s not a secret if everyone knows, 2) Really? This is the wedge that ended your marriage? In the summer you were claiming spousal and child abuse, 3) Your friend Kyle was caught on-camera saying “It’s not about the surrogacy” – so you should probably get your stories straight. My guess is that Paul Nassif will come out with a statement in the next few days. That’s been the pattern lately.
Project Runway “Spin Out” by BB
Last episode Emily Pollard, Falls Church, VA of The Dream Team was eliminated.
The 15 remaining designers are:
The Dream Team:
- Benjamin Mach, 35, Sydney, AUS
- Cindy Marlatt, 59, Kent, WA
- James Martinez, 29, Dallas, TX
- Matthew Arthur, 30, New Orleans, LA
- Michelle Lesniak Franklin, 34, Portland, OR
- Samantha Black, 28, Brooklyn, NY
- Tu Suthiwat Natchat, 26, Springfield, VA
Team Keeping It Real:
- Daniel Esquivel, 48, Austin, TX (1 Win)
- Amanda Valentine, 31, Nashville, TN
- Joseph Aaron Segal, 30, Providence, RI
- Kate Pankoke, 23, Chicago, IL
- Layana Aguilar, 28, New York, NY
- Patricia Michaels, 46, Taos, NM
- Richard Hallmarq, 39, Sacramento, CA
- Stanley Hudson, 44, West Hollywood, CA
Host and Judge: Heidi Klum
Judges: Zac Posen and Nina Garcia
Mentor: Tim Gunn
Guest Judge: Susan Sarandon, owner of Spin NYC
The morning after the first team challenge, everyone is figuring out if you want to guarantee not being eliminated, you need make sure you’re on the winning team. That may involve helping others who are in trouble. Cindy, who was in the bottom three, already thinks her teammates see her as the weak link and she’s nervous. James, also in the bottom three, thinks he should take care of himself a little more and not listen to the others so much because he thinks that’s what got him into trouble on the first challenge.
Heidi tells the designers they will still be working on the same teams for this upcoming challenge. You can literally see some faces drop, especially on The Dream Team. They are off to meet with Tim and Brandon Hirsch, General Manager of Spin New York City, a ping pong social club owned by Susan Sarandon. Remember it from one of the Real Housewives of New York episodes? Tim describes it as new wave night life dining entertainment. Spin attracts a celebrity clientele and a lot of A-listers.
Brandon wants the teams to design new Spin server and ball boy uniforms. They need to be fashionable and exude the upbeat environment of Spin. Spin’s slogan is “Balls Are Our Business” and the ball boy uniforms need to incorporate the slogan. Each team will be creating five looks, three for females and two for males. Each team has a $500 budget and one day to complete the challenge. Brandon tells them the winning designs will be featured at all of their locations across the country. Before they start designing they are put to work as servers and ball boys (who capture all the random flying ping pong balls). During that time they ask the real servers and ball boys what they would like in a uniform.
Benjamin tells his team, The Dream Team, he’s done this before and wants to take a leadership position. Each team gets together and talks about the five looks they want to do. The Dream Team seems to be more collaborative this time around. However, Matthew has decided that he will only be making jeans and that’s it. They all go to mood and Team Keeping It Real is still trying to come up with a solid idea. Daniel, the winner of the last challenge, decides to team up with who he thinks is their weak link, Layana, to work on a server uniform. Benjamin hovers over Cindy while she’s trying to select her fabric and it’s ticking her off because she thinks James is off picking the ugliest blue fabrics in the store. Joseph is sad because he wants to be unconventional, but Richard encourages him to tone it down. Joseph is the ugly cat sweater designer type if you get what I mean. Benjamin and Cindy keep butting heads over her fabric choices. Benjamin is worried about Cindy’s taste level.
Back in the work room the teams get to work. Each team will be designing looks for three female server models, one male server model and one ball boy model. Layana is doing the bottom part and Daniel is doing the top of a female server outfit. Joe and Richard will be doing the ball boy outfit, even though Richard is not a men’s wear designer. He decided to take the challenge and rock and roll with it. Kate is happy to be with Patricia and feels she could benefit from working with her. They are doing a female server uniform and are told by Layana not to do a tight pant because they want to show their legs. That gets nixed. Patricia’s not that happy about doing a straight pair of leggings because that doesn’t show her skills as a designer.
The Dream Team is really nervous because they don’t want to be on the bottom again. While Cindy is describing her jacket, Benjamin is determined his team won’t be the losing team this time. James is off on his own and doesn’t want to be pulled into the team. Benjamin doesn’t understand James even though he’s trying to.
Meanwhile Danielis helping Layana and she is very open to his tutelage. She went to design school and Daniel didn’t so it’s kind of ironic that he’s showing her short cuts. He says if he were straight he would marry Layana.
Benjamin and Cindy talk about her jacket and she tells him she feels he’s trying to micro-manager her. She tells him to give her a chance to do it herself. Benjamin’s only objective is to support her. Michelle thinks Cindy’s being over-sensitive and she should be learning from Benjamin because he has lots of experience.
The screen printer shows up so the designers can tell them where they want their logos to go. Patricia is a little defensive towards Daniel because she was told in the last challenge to be a little more structured; however leggings don’t have much structure.
Tim shows up to check in with the Teams. Team Keeping It Real tells Tim what they are doing. Tim tells Daniel there are other opportunities to use the shapes on his vest. Stanley is working alone on a male server uniform. Tim thinks his design is very easy to put into production. Richard shows Tim a clever thing they are doing so the ball boys have a place to keep their sticks they use to pick up the stray ping pong balls. Amanda is using swim wear fabric for her design. Tim thinks Keeping It Real is in good shape and Daniel agrees. Kate and Patricia explain their uniform and Tim tells Patricia he’s sensing ego from her and she wants to use restraint and not over-design.
Michelle explains her female server design to Tim and he responds positively and so does the rest of the Dream Team. Matthew explains the ball boy uniform and Tim asks them why they are doing a plain jeans. Michelle suggests making it a jean short and Tim says it needs to look fresh and new. Michelle asks what would be fresh and new, a kilt? And Tim says that’s quite interesting. Vanessa and Tu are making a dress and jacket and Tim tells them they look like they came from two completely different closets. Tim thinks Cindy’s jacket is beautifully made but the top that goes underneath doesn’t fit in with the design. Benjamin made the top to go under the jacket. Tim asks him if he looked at Cindy’s jacket before he made the top and he said he did. Tim quotes Michael Kors and says it’s “whackadoodle.” He tells the Dream Team they have some great pieces but he doesn’t see them coming together at all. I didn’t see James even explain his design. Benjamin tried to get the team together but Michelle thinks he should focus on his own self. The Dream Team tries to regroup. They tell James to scrap his top and make something else, but the problem is he has no fabric to do it. Why did James give in so easily? I thought he wasn’t going to do that anymore. Matrhew is going to try to do a kilt and feels it’s more of him being himself. Stanley thinks it’s a bad idea.
The models show up for their fittings and the Dream Team has a lot of unfinished garments and not much to try on their models. James hasn’t even started on his top and is going to try to pull something together the next morning. That night, The Dream Team is down about their chances. Michelle doesn’t even want to be on that team anymore.
The day of the runway show, Tim tells them they have 2 hours to get everything ready. Michelle tells her Dream Team teammates she’s there to help anybody and their spirits are a little better than the night before. All of a sudden it seems Keeping It Real may be coming up short on their final looks. Kate is pretty worried but she doesn’t think her design is the worst one on her team if they lose.
It’s do or die time. Daniel has immunity for this challenge. Michelle’s female server design is a dress that comes right above the knees with an open wide collar. It’s seems a little plain, but looks functional. The back looks more interesting than the front. She’s proud of it. Samantha and Tu’s jacket and dress I’m not so sure about. It’s unique, but I’m not sure I would want to wear it running around serving drinks. The dress is black with a sheer top and the jacket is more dark grey and sleeveless with an exposed zipper in the front. James’ male server outfit is a color blocked sleeveless top with some capri length pants. James thinks the pants look good, but the T-shirt is what it is, a T-shirt. Again, like last week, it’s just boring.
Benjamin’s and Cindy’s jacket and short pants also don’t look comfortable, but the fabric could have more give than it looks. Benjamin is not pleased with the crotch of his shorts and thinks they are boring. Cindy wishes the shorts were flared, but she thinks the overall outfit looks polished, upbeat and high end. I have to say I like Matthew’s kilt. Is it something I would expect to see a ball boy in a ping pong hall wearing? Not really, but at least it’s not boring. Benjamin made the tank top and he’s not thrilled about that either. Nothing really wowed me about the Dream Team’s collection other than the kilt and I’m not sure a kilt fits the type of uniform Susan Sarandon may be looking for.
Now it’s time for Keeping It Real who is feeling a little more confident after seeing The Dream Team’s designs come down the runway. Up first is the design Daniel and Layana came up with. It’s a very cute waitress outfit with a short skort, short vest and while quarter length sleeve t-shirt underneath. The model plays it up and makes Zac smile. I love all the pockets on the skirt and the razor back on the vest when she turns around. Even Nina is smiling. Stanley’s outfit is just your basic black t-shirt with black pants. He says it fits the needs of the client. The pants look great and I like the design of the shirt but I’m not sure about the fit. Kate and Patricia’s server is wearing a long sleeveless blouson type top with very skinny leggings over a short skirt. Kate thinks it looks like she’s going to yoga but in a good way. Patricia thinks the leggings and the skirt look too safe. Amanda’s server dress is very short and low cut, which I guess is OK on the model because she’s kind of flat-chested. It would probably look a little hooterish on a more busty type shape. I really like Joseph and Richard’s ball boy design. It fits perfectly and looks like it serves its purpose. The holder they made for the stick is a clever move. Susan actually says out loud “I love this one.” I do too.
Well, it looks as if there is going to be a repeat of last week. I definitely think Keeping It Real won this challenge and I think their ball boy outfit is the winning design; or it could be Daniel and Layana’s server design. Michelle from The Dream Team thinks it’s going to be a really difficult decision for the judges, but I don’t. Let’s see who is correct, me or Michelle.
The judging. I was correct. Keeping it Real wins and they stay on the runway. The Dream Team goes backstage. The first top look belongs to Daniel and Layana. Heidi thinks the model looks cute and sexy but not over sexy. Nina thinks it’s charming. Heidi asks who should be the winner if theirs is the winning look. Daniel says Layana of course since he has immunity. Nina thinks Stanley’s design is edgy and futuristic. Susan thinks the guys would definitely wear his design. Zac likes the pockets but he’s not a fan of drop crotch pants. Heidi is. Next is the ball boy design. Joseph did the pants, Richard did the shirt and they both worked on the backpack. Zac likes that they played with typography. Heidi says it’s a lot going on but it doesn’t look silly. Nina thinks they did a great job collaborating as a team.
On the losing team, one of the bottom looks is James. Nina thinks the length of his pants is disturbing. He looks like a cabana boy or a pool boy. Susan says she doesn’t see anything that identifies him as a server. Heidi doesn’t want a guy with hairy armpits serving her and he’s wearing a tank top. Zac thinks the top looks messy. Cindy and Benjamin’s jacket and shorts are the second low scorers. Heidi thinks she looks like a receptionist in a hotel somewhere in the suburbs. Susan thinks it seems a little sad for the atmosphere of Spin. Zac thinks they achieved what they wanted, but it’s not the appropriate outfit for the venue. Nina thinks it looks like something you could buy out of a dated catalog. Benjamin tells them he should have been concentrating on his design instead of trying to act as the leader for the team. He says by acting as leader, he compromised himself as a designer. Sounds like he’s trying to save himself big time.
The third bottom look is the kilt by Matthew and Benjamin. Susan says her guys would not wear a skirt but it’s really ballsy. Zac doesn’t mind the kilt but says there are way too many elements in the outfit. Nina appreciates when the designers are provocative, but this doesn’t work for their client. Nina points out The Dream Team has some very creative designers and some who are not creative at all and they haven’t been able to balance it.
After the judges deliberate, they declare Layana the winner. I think Layana owes Daniel a thank you for his help and support. Landing in the bottom two once again are Cindy and James. Both of them need to go in my opinion. Cindy is saved once again and James is out. He really couldn’t grasp the team concept at all. Tim tells the Dream Team that everything he saw on the runway was an improvement from what he saw in the work room, so that’s one bright spot for them.
I must say I’m kind of liking this team thing. It’s a nice change from the normal project runway.
Shahs of Sunset – Hard For Me to Say I’m Sorry
Recap by: Ana
Brazilian Gems and Tribal Healing
Reza meets up with Asa at her fabulous house. Reza brought Asa (as a gift) a citrine stone he purchased in Brazil, so she can wear it at Persianpalooza (not sure how its spelled or that it was a real thing). Reza says he’s in a healing place and wants to try and heal the group- specifically GG and Asa. Asa says she’s just over he whole GG thing- that she’s done and a non-issue for her. Reza says Sammi has offered his house as a neutral place for them to talk and for GG to apologize. Asa is unsure; her performance at Persianpalooza is in 3 days and she doesn’t want to deal with any toxicity or negativity. Asa explains in her talking head that GG is malicious and petty, and that she has no use for someone like that in her life (agree with Asa here). Reza says he feels sorry for GG and asks Asa to do it for him. King Reza convinces Queen Asa to attend the dinner, but she’ll leave as soon as drama erupts (which we know per Bravo standard will be drama-free…LOL)
Lilly is Forced to Film with GG
GG and Lilly meet up for manis/pedis at Lilly’s favorite salon. Lilly has the Kardashian look she always rocks: being dressed up to go nowhere. GG looks normal by comparison in her jean shorts and white top. Lilly says she was hesitant to hang out with GG because of all the stories she’s heard about her, but is willing to see for herself and give her a chance because she’s a non-judgmental person. Lilly tells GG she found this place when she first moved to LA, that she’s from Texas (originally) but moved to LA for law school. GG tells Lilly she’s super young, to which Lilly says she’s turning 30. GG is 31- so really not that much older than Lilly (def. not wiser). GG says she plans on looking like she does now when she’s 50, so will probably need plastic surgery. Lilly asks GG if she’s ever had any work done (I guess its normal to ask in LA when you are getting to know someone for the first time one-on-one). GG says she’s had her nose done and her gums lightened because they are super dark(?!) Lilly didn’t know it was possible (neither did I). GG says it’s a procedure similar to gingivitis and did it because they were really dark. GG says she’s also had botox. Kudos to GG for being so open about the work she’s had done. Lilly tells GG that she looks great (looks really natural – I agree) and that she thinks the key to plastic surgery is moderation.
Lilly says she likes GG and thinks that she’s misunderstood (maybe, but hasn’t seen up close when she goes batshit crazy). Lilly asks GG about the Asa situation and GG says she’s tried to reach out to her numerous times to no avail. GG goes into the delusional rant that she’s tried to make right but Asa will have none of it (she forgot to tell Lilly she waited a month to try). GG says all she wants is a chance to set things right with Asa. Lilly says that if she had been friends with somebody as long as they have, shed give them an opportunity to explain. (I thought GG and Asa met during season 1?) GG explains in her talking head that she wants to personally apologize to Asa for physically attacking her. (I am so looking to see a glimpse of her gums- but none are seen!) Lilly says she’s glad they met and that she had a great time. GG tells her not to believe all the hype about her.
Persian Pop Magic
Asa is at the Rusk Recording Studio sporting her best Debbie Gibson outfit to meet up with Andy. Andy is a super-famous international Persian pop superstar. Asa met him through her promoter and is in complete disbelief that she’s in the studio with Andy AND will record a song with him. This is actually super exciting for Asa! Asa also explains (super excited) that they will be playing live at Persianpalooza. Asa tells Andy that she’s nervous about performing live because she’s never done it before. He tells her that nerves are good because they keep you on your toes and that the good thing is that the people that show up will be her fans. Asa gets flustered and nervous (cute). Asa goes in to the recording booth and begins to return her part of the song. Poor Asa she must be really nervous because she’s having a hard time getting the song down (which seems like she’s just talking it out).
Reza and GG Meet Up
Reza and GG meet up for coffee. GG tells Reza she wanted to talk to him for obvious reasons and understands that he’s been establishing a relationship with Asa and that they got very close. She says that it makes sense that he would automatically want to support her. Reza is shaking his head no and tells GG that he is no better than anyone in the group and that he makes a million mistakes and that they all need to learn and grow. One thing he knows in this life is that he will never turn on one of his friends and raise his hand at them. GG says she understands and is not trying to justify, that he was disappointed by her actions, that she lost her mind at that moment. Reza says he was disappointed. GG says that she also wants him to understand why it hurt her feelings: she was teased a lot about her nose growing up- to which Reza stops GG’s self-pity party and tells her that every time she has a feeling that it doesn’t have to be a grand discussion in which she puts her hands on someone; she jumped a friend. Reza says she needs to stop blaming people or thinking about who wronged her. GG says she was pissed. Reza tells her to let it go because its not working for her. Reza says he looks forward on getting on a path of making things right and getting close to them again. GG asks Reza how she’s supposed to do that. Reza says that he advises her humble herself and call up everyone to a family meeting. GG says she’s afraid to be ambushed. Reza says they just need to hear what everyone has to say and how it made them feel and be an adult basically. GG agrees. Reza has to get back to the office so he leaves.
GG says she can’t bow down on her knees to apologize and is unsure how much of her she can compromise to get everyone to forgive her. Although I think she’s nuts and that it’s not okay to physically attack someone, they are making her jump through a lot of hoops. Just let the girl apologize and then don’t hang out with her or just be polite at social events…
Perhaps Momma Doesn’t Know Best…
MJ and Vida (her mom) meet up for lunch. Vida says that the summer is almost over and they barely got a chance to hang out together. Vida is so fabulous in her straight out of Dynasty outfits. She is wearing ginormous (gorgeous) earrings, her best purple crochet sweater set with matching purple pearls. Vida begins to fret over MJ’s hair because its frizzy due to the heat.
MJ tells Vida that this was the most important summer of her life. Vida asks why? The waiter arrived and MJ orders a chardonnay and Vida orders an apple martini…it’s lunch…HAHA…we know where MJ gets her booze blood from! Vida then grills MJ about her summer remark. MJ says she thinks she’s reaching a turning point as an adult and she wants her help. MJ then proceeds to tell MJ that her therapist says that her dad is too attached and that she (Vida) is the opposite. Vida starts getting defensive asking MJ why she has to look back 30 years ago, to forget about the past and try to move forward. MJ explains in her talking head that Vida checked out of her life when she was 6 years old, when she left her father and her. MJ says that at least that’s what it felt like. MJ asks Vida to go to therapy with her, that all her life (MJ) has made excuses for her…and how she excused her behavior. Vida tells MJ that what happened in the past is in the past now, that it happened 35 years ago…to move forward. MJ starts to cry and says she doesn’t want to give up on what can change and for Vida to be more real with her. Vida is clearly upset and tells MJ that they went to the restaurant to have lunch, a nice lunch, to have fun because they haven’t spent time with each other and now from the beginning is attacking her. Vida says it’s ridiculous, gets up and leaves the table. MJ asks her to let her have her feelings…as Vida is walking away. The waiter arrives and MJ asks him to please pack up their food to go.
Vida returns to the tale as the waiter is taking away their food and tells him that they are not done eating. The waiter is confused. MJ tells Vida that she loves her and needs her to just go to therapy with her to make their lives better. Vida says that is she wants her to go, she’ll go to therapy with her and that she shouldn’t cry. In her talking head MJ says that she knows it looks like her mom doesn’t love her, but that she knows she does. She needs her mother now more than ever, her dad has gotten sick and she can’t have a cuckoo mother and a sick father…she needs her.
I hope they can work things out! I’m rooting for you MJ and hope your dad is doing good!
Lilly’s “Shameful” Work
Lilly is at her office when she gets a visit from one of her and Ali’s (her ex-boyfriend/maybe fiancée) friend, Neama. Lilly is pretty sure Ali has Neama keeping tabs on her. Neama asks Lilly how work is going and she tells him that its going great that she’s so happy and that although it’s hard work its very fulfilling. Lilly says that when she was at the firm she hated her life. Neama tells her that’s the reason he’s there: it’s time for her to stop this and to return to law. Lilly looks stunned and taken back… Lilly explains in her talking head that Neama is very smart and also very blunt- that he probably doesn’t realize how mean and insulting he can come across. A total douche bag!
Neama tells Lilly that she’s almost 30 and that it’s time to grow up. Lilly says that she doesn’t think that this is such a bad thing that she’s doing (me neither- who would’ve thought designing and selling bathing suits was so controversial!) Neama tells Lilly that this is beneath her- that no one wants a Persian wife designing bikinis (but they can dress in super skimpy outfits?) Lilly says she feels like that is so unfair. Neama asks “how does Ali feel?” Lilly says that she doesn’t understand just because she was born a girl – why she has such different standards. Lilly tells Neama that they do not live in Iran, that she does not wear a hijab, that she does not have to walk 5 feet behind men! (Good for u Lilly- get your feminism on!) Neama tells Lilly “why do you think you guys aren’t married? This has something to do with it.” Lilly is shocked because she knows her parents are a little bit embarrassed by the fact that she makes bikinis, but she never really considered that Ali might be embarrassed by what she does. Lilly says that it’s hard for her to hear this. Neama advises Lilly to talk to the people that really care about her and that he loves her. Lilly thanks him for stopping by. Lilly says that if it is true and if it one of he reasons why Ali hasn’t moved to L.A. yet, then it really hurts her.
This is the first time in the season that Lilly comes across as likeable. I feel bad for Lilly and all the pressure she seems to be getting from her so called “friends” and her family to stop pursuing her dream! Keep designing swimgerie for the 2% of the population that can wear ‘em! Keep following your dream… Also Ali seems like another douche bag that you should exclude from your future!
Vida and MJ attend therapy. Dr. Michelle Golland (MJ’s therapist and Blondie look-alike) tells Vida that she’s really happy she came to therapy with MJ. Dr. Golland tells MJ and Vida that she’d like to begin with a quick writing exercise. She hands each of them a clip board and tells both they need to answer the question without looking at each other’s answers. MJ’s clipboard says “From my mom I need…” and Vida’s says: “For my daughter I want…”
Dr. Golland asks Vida to turn to MJ and say what she wrote. Vida proceeds to read “1- Listen to me & realize I want the best for her; 2- Manage her time and her daily schedule so you are not late; 3- Less shopping; 4- Appreciate your life and 5- Find the right man.” Dr. Golland then asks MJ to tell Vida what she wrote. MJ proceeds to read “From my mom I need: unconditional love, I need less judgment, more acceptance, I need a friend.” Dr Golland asks Vida if she’s listening and Vida says “Yes of course.” MJ continues “I need for her to stop speaking poorly about me to my face but what I hear is that you speak more nicely about me to other people, I need her to get over her feudal hang ups about money spent on clothes.” Dr. Golland then asks them both for their sheets and tells Vida that when she was looking and hearing at what they were saying, that it felt as if Vida was talking to her teenager and MJ is not a teen anymore. That the list she made is not hers to manage anymore. Vida says that it all goes back to their culture. Dr. Golland tells Vida that she knows but that they are not there and MJ is here trying to live her life here. Dr. Golland tells Vida that she has a need to feel like she’s back there mothering MJ, she lost those early years and that is her pain. Vida says “yes that is my pain.” Dr. Golland tells Vida that she keeps re-enacting it and that it is hurting her daughter and that they way she can help MJ is to let go of trying to parent her as if she was a little girl. Vida in her talking head says: “I really want to change for Mercedes, she’s the only child, the only daughter I have and I love her very much.”
Dr. Golland then tells them she wants the to do an exercise: “you are going to go shopping and I only want positive things to come out.” Vida says “you know she can be the most beautiful girl, but when she is not at that point it bothers me.” Dr. Golland tells Vida well she’s not you and that it’s not for her to say. MJ in her talking head says that getting therapy is a very un-Iranian mother thing to do bit she’s really proud of her for showing up to therapy and trying. I’m glad they are getting the help they so desperately need.
Working-Out with Mike
Mike has MJ and Reza meet up with him at the park to work out. We learn that Reza used to be a trainer. Mike says he’s worried about them because they are fat and lazy and that he’s been dying to get his hands on these two teletubbies. LOL. Mike asks then to do jumping jacks- MJ says she can’t because her boobs are real. We are then treated to her talking head in which she attempts to adjust her bra strap but it just snaps off and she’s shocked. More working out hijinks…when they are done they discuss GG. Reza says GG texted him about having a family meeting. Reza says he knows that if he can get all the right players in the room and GG says he right thin, then all will be well on Shahland.
GG goes to Therapy
FINALLY!! GG is getting the help she needs! GG informs us that she started going to therapy for her anger issues when she was 12 years old. GG says that she thought had it all under control, but obviously this is not the case, so she decided to get back into therapy. Dr. Allen Berger tells GG that he wants to discuss with her what her biggest concern. She explains the incident with Asa. The therapist point out that the minute she started to protect her friend (Omid), that it became all about her when it wasn’t about her in the first place. He then asks GG to so some shuttling, which means to slit yourself into two and you go between yourself each time (talking to yourself). Dr. Berger asks GG to talk to the part of her that lost control – GG talks to herself and seems to help her realize some things. Dr. Berger tells GG that the anger part of her thinks she should be in charge and that if she’s not they will both lose. (NOTE: its kindda confusing to recap but makes more sense when you watch the scene) Dr. Berger tells GG that hopefully they can get to better place, GG says that she definitely needs regular sessions. Dr. Berger tells GG that is taking care of herself.
Peaceful Dinner by Bravo
Its dinnertime! They all slowly trickle in to Sammi’s house, including Omid. Again the food looks delish! Reza has a clear plan: extracting an apology from GG and handing it on a silver platter to Asa. Reza is confident that they will leave the house as either one group or two groups. Reza then asks Sammi if its true what he’s been hearing about Omid not liking Mike. Sammi confirms and says he though Omid and Mike “had beef.” Mike says he has never talked shit about Omid, but is sure Omid is talking about him behind hi back. Mike starts to list in his taking head all the things he’s heard Omid’s been talking about him like that he’s never made any money that if he sees him he’ll handle it with him…etc. MJ says she looks forward to this dinner so they can squash their differences and move forward. Mike seems annoyed about Omid when he arrives. GG doesn’t say hello to Asa, even though she said hello to everyone else, which annoys Asa.
Omid greets Mike and Mike starts getting pissed about his two-facedness…They all sit down to eat. Mike makes a toast to Sammi and to hashing out all their differences. Mike comments on how he doesn’t like Omid’s feather (I hate it too!) Mike then says how he has known Omid for years and that they may have their differences especially since he hears that Omid hears a couple of things that are not true. They claim they love each other passive aggressively. MJ interrupts and says that obviously there’s something between them that they need to resolve in a nice calm way. Reza says: “don’t ruin the dinner, I haven’t eaten yet!” Reza explains that Mike also has a crazy angry side that when it gets going all he sees is red. Mike wants to sit down and talk to them face to face- they start talking. Mike asks Omid what all the shit talking he’s been doing is about. Omid says that close friends of Mike have said to him that Mike’s been talking about him. Are they in a sorority by any chance? Mike says on his mother’s life, he has never said anything about him (Omid). Omid says he’ll be honest and that after he heard what he heard that Mike said he said some things out of anger about Mike.
It starts off as an adult-like conversation and somewhere it just started to get out of hand. Mike tells GG that he loves her like a sister and that she should “fucking know better.” This last part gets GG mad because she dislikes the tone he’s taking with her. Omid asks Mike to chill out (I’d like to point out that Asa, Reza, and MJ are sitting across eating and watching all this unfold as spectators). MJ tells GG to chill that Mike is just being emotional because he cares- GG says its aggressive. Mike says he is not being aggressive. Omid jumps in to “defend” GG but Mike tells him that he loves him but to stay out of it. Then Omid and Mike start arguing about how long they have known GG for- GG is in disbelief at Mike’s defensiveness. Omid tells Mike that he’s starting to mess with the wrong one. Mike gets up and tells Omid that he needs to trust him and to “calm the fuck down.” Omid says that he’ll be honest with him and break his legs (He sure likes to say he’s honest). Lilly grabs Mike to try and push him back but he isn’t having any of it- More macho madness going back and forth MJ and Sammi get in between Omid and Mike. Reza in his talking head says the best line: “Who invited the terrorists? Because someone is hijacking my peace summit.” Omid tells Mike that maybe they should go outside and talk- Mike says that if they go outside that he’ll knock him out (or some macho thing like that)… They are literally like two cocks getting geared up for a cockfight.
Somehow in the middle of this GG decides that if someone is going to get stabbed she will be doing the stabbing. She goes in the kitchen and gets a knife and has it in her hand. Reza and the other (understandably so) are very worried about GG’s crazy ass stabbing one of them. GG grabs Omid and takes him outside. Sammi asks for his knife back (LOL), Lilly is in shock and is not ok with threats of using deadly force. Once Omid and Crazynessa (with the knife incident I’m bestowing this name upon GG) are outside they all sit back down. Lilly says they are acting trashy. MJ sits next to Mike and asks him what happened, why he’s acting like that. In her talking head, MJ says that Omid saying “I’m going to stab you” and Mike saying “I’m going to punch you” doesn’t register with her as real threats of violence. (It does it me but then again they could just be showing their feathers to see who the most macho is). Sammi tells Mike that there was no reason for him to get up. Mike tells MJ that Omid has been talking so much shit and that he’s had it. That he’s known Crazynessa since she was 13, blah blah…MJ and Sammi point out that things got worse when Mike stood up- Asa says well Omid threatened to stab Mike and if Crazynessa had to calm someone down- then you know it was a problem. They all laugh. Reza is going outside to drag Crazynessa back in- he’s successful. GG sits in Lilly’s spot and is trying to remember everything she talked about with her therapist. Asa is out- she’s done. Crazynessa tells her that she’s not asking her for her friendship…and then to be continued in the Season Finale.
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Friday Night Lineup, February 1st by BB
8PM – Undercover Boss (CBS); Nikita (CW); The 44th NAACP Image Awards (NBC); Last Man Standing/Malibu Country (ABC); Kitchen Nightmares (Fox); Washington Week with Gwen Hill/Need to Know (PBS); Four Weddings (TLC); Gold Rush, The Dirt (Disc); WWE Friday Night SmackDown (SyFy); Drain the Ocean: Revealed (NatGeo); Mumford and Sons (Showtime)
9PM – CSI:NY (CBS); Shark Tank (ABC); The Following (Rerun Fox); Shakespeare Uncovered (PBS); Say Yes to the Dress (TLC); Gold Rush (Disc); Infested! (Anpl); Ghost Adventures (Trvl); Best Super Bowl Concert Ever (VH1); Desperate Measures (ID); Taste in Translation (Cook)
10PM – Blue Bloods (CBS); Dateline NBC (NBC); Shakespeare Uncovered (PBS); House Hunters (HGTV); Say Yes to the Dress: The Big Day (TLC); Merlin (SyFy); Fashion Police (E!); Fatal Attractions (Anpl); The Dead Files (Trvl); Best Week Ever (VH1); Who the Bleep Did I Marry? (ID); Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)
We’ve got four new shows coming up on Bravo. Rachel Zoe, Brad Goreski, Dukes of Melrose, and a show about Therapists. If anyone is interested in blogging any of them please let me know – firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks NMD.