“26 Seasons and I’ve never cried …” Jeff Probst says on Survivor Tonight
Find out why in this short preview clip. Not a real spoiler – more of a teaser.
Dancing with the Stars Results by Lisette
So we’re in the home stretch…two more weeks left in this season. We start the show with an entertaining dance from our troupe and pros. Then a recap of last night’s highlights including the judge’s meltdown after Kellie & Derek’s trio dance. Onto first round of safe/not safe…Ingo & Kym are safe and Kellie & Derek are in jeopardy! What the what?! Back from the break the encore goes to Zendaya & Val & Gleb’s salsa. Now round two of safe/not safe…Zendaya & Val are safe and Jacoby & Karina are in jeopardy. Booing ensues. Back from commercial break and we have a performance from Jason Derulo. Now the results from the twitter dance selections…Kellie & Derek will dance Flamenco, Ingo & Kym will dance Charleston, Zendaya & Val will dance Hip Hop (shocker NOT!), Sean & Peta will dance Disco, Alexandra & Mark will dance Afro Jazz and Jacoby & Karina will dance Lindy Hop. Back from break and we have a small taste of Emeli Sande. They show a really cute video of Peanut, Ingo’s son (yes Peanut is his legal name) and he’s adorable. He has more personality and moves than his dad…:-) More interview filler with Brookebot…and onto the Macy’s Stars of Dance with Derek Hough and Jaime Goodwin. They are dancing in a revolving drum made up like a bedroom. Really cool effect. Like watching Inception’s hotel room scene. Back from break we’re treated to a full performance from Emeli Sande. Cool facts – Her real first name is Adele and she just broke the Beatles’ 50 year record of longest debut album run on the charts in the UK. Hopefully she’ll break big in the US like the other Adele. Now round three safe/not safe…Alexandra & Mark are safe and Sean & Peta are in jeopardy. Back from break and onto last round…Kellie & Derek are safe! So the last two are not necessarily the bottom two and the couple going home is Sean & Peta…HALLELUJAH! See you guys next week for the semi-finals!
The Real Housewives of Orange County
For some inexplicable reason, Heather and Tamra are meeting new girl, Lydia for lunch. The last time they saw each other was at Tamra’s batcrap crazy party. After Heather and Tamra put in their order for a “grilled Lydia with a side of Alexis” – Heather launched in to a whole “I judge people on their own merit – I don’t lump them into a category with someone I’m not getting along with.” Really? Wasn’t that you who sat there during the last 2 episodes while Heckle and Jeckle (Tamra and Gretchen) insisted that Lydia was guilty just by her association with Alexis? Granted, at one point you did say that she seemed nice – but really, you all pre-judged her solely on her friendship with Alexis. Somehow, Heather sets the stage for Lydia to spill the beans that her mom goes to Heather’s husband, Terry, for her plastic surgery needs. Lydia then starts talking about her mom – and that they will enjoy meeting her. Lydia tells them that her mom will sprinkle them with fairy dust… because it’s sparkly and it makes everyone happy. Her mom had even suggested that Lydia take some fairy dust to Tamra’s party last week. I’m not sure if mere fairy dust would have done the trick… but okay, housewife viewers, clap your hands if you believe! Do you believe in fairies? … If you believe – clap your hands! After seeing the looks on Tamra and Heather’s face, Lydia assured them her mother is a very centered woman, for sure. Okay, I was going to try to ignore it – but again, what’s up with Lydia’s headband? I wish these housewives would quit wearing headbands, already. Lydia confides that she’s only known Alexis for 3 or 4 months – oh, I get it – this was all set-up by Bravo. Then of course they talk about Alexis – and I thought that Lydia was awfully quick to throw Alexis under the bus – although, she didn’t say anything different than what she had already brought up to Alexis herself. It just felt like it was just done in an “Oops… Alexis isn’t one of the cool girls and I want to be on the cool girl’s team” kinda way. Lydia explains in her talking head that she’s not all that good of a friend with Alexis – and after all, she’s not in 3rd grade and they haven’t exchanged friendship bracelets. Tamra tries to describe herself to Lydia – and the word she comes up with is “vocal.” In her talking head, Lydia calls Tamra “straight crazy” and this is coming from a daughter of a mom who randomly sprinkles fairy dust on people. They continue to talk about Alexis behind her back saying that they don’t like liars and that you don’t have to flaunt your wealth or how great you are. Everybody has their baggage. Heather says that they all say things they don’t mean and they need to own up to it. Lydia just doesn’t understand why there’s so much hostility towards Alexis. Tamra says she doesn’t hate her and that part of her feels sorry for her. She compares Alexis to a puppy that needs to be helped but then turns around and craps all over your floor. Tamra says, “I like you” to Lydia. Lydia says, “I like you, too.” Gag.
Alexis and Jim are in their mammoth bathroom – seemingly getting ready for bed. Alexis is taking off her makeup and Jim is doing some metrosexual primping stuff. Alexis tells Jim that Vicki is having a date with Brooks later that week. Jim seems confused – he thought they weren’t seeing each other anymore. Alexis says they’re revisiting the whole dating thing. Jim wonders why they broke up in the first place? Alexis said she thought it was because they got so much flak from family and others and that they couldn’t figure stuff out. There were too many voices in Vicki’s ear. Jim doesn’t understand why Alexis went to Tamra’s party. Jim asks Alexis if she knows the definition of insanity. Alexis says, “Yes, continue to do the same thing over and over again with the same result”… then he corrects, “With a different result”… She thanks him for his correction. Umm, actually, Captain Pea Brain, isn’t the definition of insanity, “Doing the same thing over and over again EXPECTING different results? Really, if you’re going to correct your wife on national television – you’d better get crap like that correct. Just sayin’…Jim just doesn’t understand how Alexis can keep hanging around Tamra. Alexis says, “Fool me once, shame on them in Costa Rica; Fool me twice shame on me. Actually, I think they’re all fools, to be honest. Alexis is concerned that she keeps “turning the other cheek” and she keeps getting crapped on. Perhaps it’s because you’re turning the wrong cheek, honey. Jim says that scripture does not tell you that you have to keep on forgiving and keep taking abuse. Jim thinks Alexis should take the offensive and don’t take anyone’s crap anymore. However, I’m sure he expects her to continue to take his crap, of course.
Vicki and Ryan are having serious issues putting a new baby seat into the back of Vicki’s car freshly washed car that already has a fingerprint on it. Of course, it doesn’t help that they’re doing it at night, outside in the driveway. They have a cool free standing light which I’m sure is part of Ryan’s surveillance equipment… lol.. Vicki asks Ryan if everything is okay between them. They inevitably start talking about Brooks – and Ryan says that he is not someone he wants to have around. Vicki tells him that he needs to support her decisions. Ryan feels that he and Briana cannot support Vicki and Brooks. He respects Vicki’s decisions on certain things but not on this. Vicki says that it’s making her crazy that her kids don’t want to be around someone she’s dating. Ryan said that if you want to date him, then we’re moving out. Vicki asserts that she wants the choice to bring Brooks around. It doesn’t sound like Ryan and Briana are budging. Vicki say’s a work in progress… but she doesn’t know why it’s such a big deal since she’s not asking them to date Brooks. Well, actually, you are – because you’re asking them to hang out with Brooks, have meals with him, etc. You just want them to accept him. As the conversation ends, and the garage door closes, Vicki asks Ryan, “We’re good, right?… Ryan, we’re good?” Ryan’s silence is deafening.
Okay, here comes Lydia along with her fairy dust mom “Judy” saying “Yippy Skippy” and “Yee Haw” as they walk up to the H. Lorenzo store in Laguna Beach. Judy tells the proprietor, “Before we get started, I would like to fairy dust you… I really believe in fairy dust – it’s magical and fun!” You can hear Lydia in the background saying, “So sorry she does this to everybody… you’re Peter Pan and she’s Tinker Bell). Judy retorts, “l am NOT Tinker Bell… I’m a Flower Fairy.” Oh okay, thanks for that clarification. She then takes a bottle and put some sparkly stuff in her hand and while sprinkling it on top of the lady’s head, she says, “Okay, a shimmer of hope… shine of belief… close your eyes!… and a touch of humor!” (as she gently tosses some towards her face.)… “Yay!” Lydia says that calling her mom “eccentric” is putting it mildly – she is unpredictable and marches to the beat of her own drum. Lydia asks her mom if she can watch the kids more often because she’s going to have to attend more meetings regarding the magazine. Of course mom would love to watch the kids! Lydia explains that her mom was a hippie and has smoked pot her whole life which caused her to have a very interesting childhood. They start trying on clothes – and Judy tries to adjust the straps on a Lydia’s black dress to make it more exciting. Lydia isn’t convinced it’s going to look right because she doesn’t have, “Newport boobs” (Referring to the ritzy city of Newport Beach). Judy tells her she doesn’t need them – and that you’re beautiful just the way you are. Lydia tells us that her grandfather is super into gold – and actually has gold injections because he thinks it cures arthritis. She says that it must work because he doesn’t have arthritis anymore. It may be because he can’t physically move anymore, since he has so much gold inside him at this point. Lydia, knowing full well what her mother was going to say, bats her eyelashes and asks, “Should I get these 2 things or just the dress?” Oh, get it all cuz mom is buying! Lydia confesses that when she was a teenager, she used to ask her mom to go shopping while she was stoned – because she knew her mom would buy her whatever she wanted. She justifies it by saying that it was her mom’s fault because after all she was stoned. This shopping spree only cost $2,553… which is actually not so much since they both bought stuff – I mean, comparatively speaking. When their purchases were going to be put in a bag, I actually thought Judy was going to have a conniption. She didn’t want them to put the stuff in a bag because bags take away the trees which give us oxygen… also, Judy used to think she was a tree while she was growing up, dontcha know. Judy compromised and agreed they could use just one bag. As they walked out, Lydia told her mom she got a little weird, but that it’s okay because she loves her no matter what. I’m telling you, RHOC might just be worth watching just to see this franchise’s new version of “Mama Elsa” (Obscure RHOM reference…). She is hy.ster.i.cal!
Gretchen greets Slade as he comes through the door with a, “Hi, Daddy.” Now, she may have been talking on behalf of the dogs… but it just struck me as creepy – but then we ARE dealing with Slade. He sits on the couch next to her and she asks him how it’s going with the radio station? He tells her the radio station has been very understanding about his situation with his son who just had major surgery in New York. He just got back from New York after having been there for a week and a half – and his son is still in ICU. Slade is flying back to New York at the end of the week. He will be gone for 4 days and is just trying to figure out how to handle his current bicoastal situation. Gretchen says that she understands that this is life and that this is what happens. Slade knows that it’s not like they anticipated that his son was going to stay in New York. He realizes there are things that they as a couple want to do – including discussing the potential of having kids. Gretchen, with tear-filled eyes, wonders how she can possibly talk to Slade about having kids at this point when he already has so many things in which he’s dealing. Gretchen doesn’t think it’s fair. In her talking head, she said that she never saw a man break down the way Slade did in the hospital. She held him like a baby as he cried and cried. Really, Gretchen… did we need to know this? I’m sure every man would love it to be broadcasted on national TV that he broke down like that… The fact that Slade actually cares about what happens to his son makes him look a little more palatable as a human being to me, that is until I remember how he was stiffing his ex for thousands of dollars while posing as Gretchen’s lil assistant all those months/years. Gretchen is whining about how she feels selfish that she has these feelings because she doesn’t think she can to Slade about them. Okay, Miss “I’m dating Slade only until someone better comes along” – which actually, should have been for all of what…. Like 5 seconds – but that’s a whole other Oprah… Gretchen, you have been with Slade for how long… and how long has he wanted to marry you but you keep putting it off for various reasons? But now, now that for the next few weeks/months he is going to be preoccupied with, oh, I dunno, a LIFE AND DEATH SITUATION CONCERNING HIS SON… perhaps you can consider working through your feelings in another way in the interim – why not talk about them with a friend? How about seeing a counselor? Slade acknowledges that life has dealt them a really crappy hand right now. Slade is going to do everything he can to be there for his son – but that doesn’t mean it’s going to derail or stop his plans with Gretchen. Gretchen wonders how she can sit here and try to get pregnant at this point of time. Well, if you’re just sitting there trying to get pregnant, you’re doing something wrong. Just sayin’… Gretchen thinks it should be a happy time – and Slade confirms that he can’t be happy about it today but that he doesn’t know what it’s going to be like in 4 months from now… Okay, now I understand how it has taken Gretchen a while to get to the point where she is ready to settle down and have kids… but it just seems that she’s acting like the moment she finally made this decision that she expected the planets to magically align and the angels to rejoice that she is ready to procreate with her Tubba Wubba boyfriend. She may just need some fairy dust.
Heather and Tamra are walking down Pacific Coast Highway to Delano Lifestyle Activewear in Laguna Beach to buy some workout clothes. Heather wonders if she wears a size 1 or a size 2? The store owner smartly confirms that Heather for sure wears a size 1. Heather says she might wear a size 2 on top – but not because of the size of her breasts. Again we hear her say, “those children killed me.” Perhaps this is one of her storylines this season. Her kids ruined her boobies so therefore, she is justified in being a general crankpot? Tamra suggests that she get a little implant but Heather thinks it is just too cliché – When you move down to Orange County – you get breast implants; Marry a plastic surgeon – you get breast implants. Tamra interjects, “You have 4 kids and your tits fell to the ground…” Heather was quick to say, “They’re NOT on the ground,” dagnabit. Tamra thinks that, “If you want to be flat chested and have good restaurants – go back to New York.” Huh? Are you implying there aren’t any good restaurants or any flat chested women around here? Lol… okay… Heather was about to try on some clothes when her manager just “happened” to call her to tell her about a guest starring role she just received for, “Hot in Cleveland!” Heather is excited because it’s a straight offer – and she doesn’t even have to audition for it! That’s the best kind of job offer, for sure! Tamra got chills for her. I prefer to believe that her Grinch’s heart shrank another size and turned into ice since she doesn’t really love it when others do well. Heather wants to continue to find opportunities to do what she wants to do while still maintaining her family life. She says that Terry has always been incredibly supportive of her and her career ambitions. Heather thinks that if she can secure an occasional guest starring role that it would be perfect for her current schedule. She calls Terry on speakerphone, who is at the gym, just got off the treadmill to take the call, and is obviously out of breath. Tamra, implying it was something else completely, says, “Is THAT why you’re out of breath?” Terry seems excited for Heather and tells her that it’s a great show, congratulations! Terry teasingly tells her, “You know what this means, don’t you? You and I get to run lines together!” Heather assures him that she will never do that again. They’ve been together for 16 years, and they’ve not run lines together for about the last 15 ½ years, “Because you know Terry is very funny… just ask him.”
Vicki arrives for her hot date with Brooks at 21 Oceanfront Restaurant in Newport Beach in a fur coat – A fur freakin’ coat. Let me just say this – No one, and I mean NO ONE needs a fur coat in Southern California unless perhaps you live in the mountains. It’s just ridiculous… I mean embarrassingly ridiculous. While I’m an extremist in that I don’t even own a jacket or an actual raincoat – it’s just so crazy that anyone pretends they need a fur coat. While I’m sure this is the one that Brooks gave her (am I remembering that right from a previous season?) it’s just crazy that she feels the need to wear it for the whole 10 feet she has to walk from the valet stand to the front door of the restaurant. She greets Brooks and he gives her a very platonic kiss on her cheek. She tells Brooks she got all dressed up because they’re on a “date night.” Brooks was too busy snidely criticizing her for being late by saying, “You finally made it, didn’t you?” to bother to compliment her on how she looks. They agree they have a lot to talk about – Brooks tells her to take a deep breath. They’re asked if they want something to drink – and Brooks, without even checking with Vicki, orders a drink for both of them. I dunno, I guess I think that unless the guy is ordering a drink he knows that I would want – why can’t I order my own dang drink? But perhaps that’s just my own pet peeve… Vicki explains in her talking head that they love each other but aren’t currently dating that they’re taking a break. Vicki is confused about things. For the small talk portion of our program, Vicki asks Brooks how he has been since they haven’t seen each other in forever. Are we supposed to believe that you never talk to him, too? Since we already know that you hide in the bathroom like a teenager with your phone so you can talk to him in private. Okay, I’ll play along with this lil game…
Brooks starts to talk about how he’s been busy… and Vicki interrupted the flow with, “What are we doing?” Brooks snorts annoyingly, “Well, we’re having dinner tonight.” Vicki tells us that she’s still in love with Brooks and that he’s still in love with her, too. Vicki tells us that she has an emotional and a spiritual connection with this man and sometimes you just can’t explain it. She wants Brooks back in her life. Vicki tells him, “I don’t know who we are anymore… I don’t know what we’re doing…. Are you dating other people?” Brooks says, “Well, when you say you’re single…” She insistently asks again, “Are you dating other people? Answer the question, ‘yes’ or ‘no’ – You don’t even answer, you skirt around the question…” Brooks stammers, “I’m not, I’m not skirting around the question…” Vicki says again, “Are you dating other people?” Brooks says, “I’ve seen other people, I have.” Vicki quickly responds with, “Well, I haven’t, so I’m going to start seeing other people then if that’s what we’re doing.” Brooks says, “Well, you’re single” Vicki interrupts with, “Who are you seeing? This is stupid Brooks, you don’t need to tell me that. Are you really dating other people?” Brooks says, “Not now…”… Vicki wants to know when it was that he was seeing other people. Brooks obviously doesn’t want to answer as he rubs the lipstick off his collar. He tells Vicki, “You moved your daughter in and it changed our dynamic – and you didn’t consult me about how it was going to impact our relationship.” Vicki doggedly asks yet again, “Are you dating someone right now?” Brooks says that at the end of the day he wants to be with someone who can be with him on all fronts. Vicki tells him that she’s not going to kick her daughter out – and that decision comes with a cost. Brooks tells her that anyone who moves into his house lives by his rules. That’s easy to say if you don’t actually own a house, no? He tells Vicki that he’s not here to win Brianna over – that he sees his job as treating Vicki in such a way that she’s never been treated before… I’m guessing he meant in a good way? Vicki tells him that she feels like she’s being pulled in two different directions. She tells Brooks that she’s in love with him but that she also loves her daughter. Brooks asks Vicki what her daughter did as an adult… Vicki responds with, “She got married and followed her dreams.” Brooks wonders why Briana can’t allow Vicki to do the same thing? Brooks says that he would demand it. That explains his sterling relationships with all his kids, no? Vicki starts crying but says she feels she’s stupid for crying…
During the one minute fake-out between commercials, we see Heather taking her kids to a pumpkin patch! It’s absolutely adorable! Heather tells us that raising 4 kids is hard work (truer words have never been spoken). She says that going to a pumpkin patch is like moving an army. We hear choruses of, “Mom, help me…”… “Mom, look at me!”… “Mommy, mommy, mommy…” Heather mutters that Terry has no idea how hard it is to take 4 kids out along with their 18 nannies.
Lydia and her mom walk up to the restaurant, “It’s all about the Cake”… and are wondering about whether they should sit inside or outside. Judy chooses inside… but Lydia tells her that she’s sure she meant outside, cuz after all that’s where all the Bravo cameras are already set-up. For some reason, Lydia is not supposed to put her purse on the ground. I wish I noticed what kind it was… but it looked expensive. Of course, Judy orders sparkly water. They are celebrating the fact that Judy has not smoked pot for the last 3 months. Lydia tells her that before she stopped smoking pot that she was flighty and “lived in the land of the bunnies.” Lydia said she didn’t feel comfortable having her babysit the kids while she was smoking pot. Her mom confirmed that she would never do that… but I’m guessing’ that Lydia has a whole lifetime of memories that prove something different. But in true celebratory style, hippie mom says, “Yay, me!” Lydia tells us that sometimes she wanted a normal mom. She asks her mom if she misses getting stoned? Her mom honestly says that it’s much more fun to be part of the land of bunnies. Lydia says, “But you’re altered” and she tries to equate it being drunk all the time. Her mom doesn’t agree and she says that it hasn’t been easy. She made a commitment to herself to stay sober for Lydia and her kids so they can have a normal “nana.” Lydia unabashedly tells her that she’s not normal – and that’s a compliment. Her mom thinks she’s actually more normal when she’s loaded… lol… yeah right. Lydia is proud of her. Her mom tells her that she doesn’t think Lydia is judgmental ALL of the time… Ha!
Meanwhile, back at new local office in OC for Tamra’s and Vicki’s business venture called, “Wines by Wives” – while standing in the parking lot, their other partner asks Tamra if she got a call from Vicki? It’s moving day and Vicki didn’t show up to help. Tamra tells everyone that she gets the corner office since Vicki isn’t here to help move. It doesn’t surprise Tamra that Vicki isn’t there. They have huge individual pictures of each of them to hang on the wall. Wow. Eddie remarks that it looks like Vicki is wearing snakeskin patterned blouse in the picture and that it somehow seems very appropriate. Tamra says that Vicki has clearly checked out. Their other partner keeps calling Vicki “partner” which pushes all of Tamra’s buttons. Tamra reminds the guy that she warned him that Vicki was hard to work with when they first started this partnership.
OMG… Heather and Terry brought 3 of their kids to “Zov’s” – I have HUGE mentascental attachments to this place! I’ll provide a note below…lol… Evidently, after the pumpkin patch excursion, they dropped off the baby and picked up Terry to go out to dinner. Terry is tired and tells one of his children that some of us had to work today – and that others got to play with pumpkins all day. Yeah, this is going to end well, I can tell right now… lol… The kids get out their homework and they are encouraged to help each other with it so the adults can talk. Well, fist they’ll hafta find an adult… no, I joke, I joke! Heather can’t believe that the next few weeks of her schedule are going to be so insanely busy… She has all of her charity stuff… the kids… the role in, “Hot in Cleveland”, and, and, and… Max, their oldest daughter is having issues with her math homework. Heather starts to help her with it, but Terry tells her to “Channel your inner daddy” which means that she should try to channel his math skills. Heather takes offense to this and says, “Apparently I don’t have a math mind.” Rut roh… Terry asks Heather what time will she have to show up to the set in the morning? Heather says that she doesn’t know yet – but that she’s going to need Terry’s help with taking the kids to school. Terry thinks it’s a good idea that when he’s in charge that they all can just stay up all night and eat whatever they want. Heather sarcastically tells him that she doesn’t know how he’s going to be able to get them up and to school if he does that. Terry turns to their daughter and says, “Hey Max, do you want to stay up really late while Mommy’s at work?” Heather gives him the evil look of death and tells Terry he’s not being funny and that he’s being rude. Heather gets angry and Terry doesn’t understand why she’s so angry at such a little joke… He insists he was kidding… Heather tries to explain that to include Max in the joke wasn’t funny… Terry turns to Max and asks if she thought it was funny? Heather says, “Oh great, continue to do it… I’m done discussing the entire thing now… Thank you.. Appreciate that… Thanks for ruining what was a nice moment in my life by making those jokes.” In her talking head, “There’s only one answer, ‘Whatever you need, honey’ – but I’m not getting that, I’m getting jokes… and that makes me so infuriated.” Terry insists that whatever it is, it will be fine, right?” Heather checks out of the conversation and responds monosyllabically, “Yep.” She looks over at Max who is quietly doing her homework while ignoring her husband who is still engaged in the conversation. All the kids are just trying to stay out of the line of fire. “It will be fine… seriously.” Heather says, “Okay, good.”… And silence fills the land… Then Terry tells Heather to lighten up, Buttercup! (Well, I added the “Buttercup’… but it was implied)… Holy Crap on a Cracker – cuz yes, that’s what everyone wants to hear when they’re cranky, “to lighten-up.” The kids quickly duck under the table so they’re safe from imminent bombing. Terry wants to start the entire conversation over… Heather tells him, “Yes, apologize to me – then we can start over.” Terry saying he’s really, really sorry But Heather is not having any of it. Terry keeps emphatically saying, “I am really sorry!” He even uses big hand gestures. Terry is sorry – it’s just that he’s been operating all day… Heather then says, “Well I know what you do is SO much more important than what I do all day taking care of 4 children… and I was up all night with the kids last night.” Terry then mistakenly says, “This is not a competition, because if it was, then….” And although he doesn’t actually finish the thought, the implication is clear when he laughs as if the comparison was just completely ludicrous. Heather has had enough… she’s done… she’s checking her email… Her Royal Heathership is not amused. Terry doesn’t understand why she’s mad cuz he said “Sorry.” I mean it’s not like he ordered onion rings or anything, right? Terry pleadingly wants to know, “What more can I do? Can we not start over, seriously? Can we not really start over, honey? Please?” And then, as if a lightning bolt of truth came hurdling down from the heavens, one of their kids honestly asks, “Mama, did your mom and dad have a lot of fights?” Heather curtly says, “No.” And somewhere in Neverland a fairy fell abruptly to the ground.
Note: Zov’s Restaurant is near and dear to my heart. A month after Mr. Stars99 had moved here from the East Coast, he was at his family reunion in Michigan and called from there to ask me if I had ever heard of “Tustin, CA.” Ummm… yeah… I lived there for 6 years and graduated from Tustin High, Go Tillers! He told me he was watching an episode on the Food Network with one of his relatives that showcased the “Top Desserts in the United States” and the #1 dessert according to that show was a tart from Zov’s in Tustin, CA. I had never actually been there since it had been a while since I lived in Tustin – so when he returned we made it a priority to go check it out. Oholynightthestarsarebrightlyshining – they’re good! When we got married a couple years later at the Hotel Laguna, instead of a wedding cake we opted to serve various tarts from Zov’s restaurant. I’ll try to find the picture of the varieties of tarts from our wedding – which is only a very small sampling, I assure you. But I got a kick out of that part of this otherwise very tame episode. I do believe Heather and Terry wouldn’t have been so danged cranky if they had eaten one of their tarts, dagnabit! Starts to inexplicably sing, “It’s a small world after all.”
Newlyweds: The First Year, Episode 1 by BB
BB Note: I DVR’d this not knowing if I’d like it or not because I’m skeptical of Bravo’s programming of late. I enjoyed watching the first episode. If there is enough interest from others who want to discuss the show, I’ll continue recapping it. If not, I’ll just keep enjoying it on my own. 😀
This is a “docu-drama” about four newly-married couples. 50% of marriages end in divorce. Will they all still be together at the end of one year?
Tina and Tarz live in Columbia, SC. Tina is an Indian Pop Star. Tarz’s real name is Dave. He’s just started his own tech company. They’ve been together for four years and spend a lot of time apart because of Tina’s career. Tarz pursued Tina. She wants to have a baby immediately; Tarz is not so sure.
Two days before the wedding, Tarz and Tina are in bed and he asks her if she woke up with a full face of makeup on. Tina doesn’t want Tarz to see her without makeup until after the wedding. Tina lists all of Tarz’s good qualities, then she wants to talk babies.
Tina and her father are talking about how hard this wedding is for him since her mom died three years ago to the day of the wedding. Her dad and Tarz do not really see eye to eye. Tina’s dad doesn’t think it’s normal for Tarz to not have a steady career and to always be looking at the laptop. Tarz has a new media technology company and Tina has trouble explaining to her dad what he does. She and her dad do not agree about what constitutes a marriage and Tina doesn’t think it’s just a cultural thing.
A day before the wedding, Tarz’s laid back family shows up. Tarz is looking for a box and he can’t find it. He won’t tell Tina what’s in the box and she asks him if it’s her ring. When he doesn’t answer, Tina goes into an emotional tailspin. If he doesn’t find it, she’s going to kill everybody. Tarz thinks she’s overreacting.
It’s wedding day for Tina and Tarz. Tarz finds the ring in his car. He’s apprehensive because it’s marriage and it’s forever. Tina is also having mixed emotions and misses her mom. Everyone is dressed in their Indian garb the groom’s wedding procession makes its way down the street to the bride’s house. It looks like fun. All the neighbors come out and start dancing to the drumbeats. Tina starts crying because she misses her mom and she doesn’t think she can get through the ceremony. Tarz starts crying when he sees Tina being escorted down the aisle by her dad.
Tina hopes her marriage is as good as the one her parents had. Her dad would leave work early just to spend time with her mom. Tarz, on the other hand, doesn’t want the kind of marriage Tina’s parents had where they spent all their time together. He’s going to love Tina in his own way and on his own terms. Uh Oh.
Between the wedding and reception, Tina tells Tarz she wants to start baby-making and he tells her “not tonight.” Uh Oh. At Tina’s and Tarz’s reception, he tries to impress her with his dance moves in a skit. She yawns dramatically as part of the skit. He realizes that he broke her phone and she has a shit fit and tells him she hates him in front of everyone. He’s flabbergasted. Uh Oh.
Kathryn lives in New York City. She worked in tv production and is used to the fast paced city life. She’s ready to settle down with John. He already has a home on Long Island, so that’s where they will be living. They got engaged after six months of dating. John is only willing to give up half of his walk-in closet to Kathryn. Their friends and family are worried they haven’t known each other long enough to be getting married.
In Oyster Bay at John’s house, he’s going over a list for vacation. He has a list for everything! It drives Kathryn crazy. She doesn’t need lists. She later goes for manis and pedis with the girls, including her new sister-in-law, Ellen, who is very close to her brother John. While they are having drinks and getting their manis, Ellen tells Kathryn she thought John would never get married. Ellen said she wasn’t going to say anything, but she has to. Kathryn had made up a photo album and there was not one picture of Ellen in the book and she’s not happy about it. She was the only sibling of John’s not in the book. Kathryn assures her it was just an oversight and tells Ellen she wants to be friends with her. Looks like there is going to be a little conflict between Kathryn and Ellen, who seems a little jealous of Kathryn marrying her brother. Uh Oh.
Kathryn is going to her final fitting and her wedding dress is bling. Her sister Kally goes with her and they discuss her past heartbreaks. Kathryn’s only worry is that she might lose herself by changing her whole life for John.
It’s Kathryn and John’s wedding day. They’ve both written each other a letter to read before they go to the church. Kathryn cries her eyes out while she’s reading John’s letter. John wants to read Kathryn’s letter twice and gets teary-eyed too. They both don’t seem to have any doubts about taking their vows – until Kathryn starts thinking about the “what ifs.” Kathryn’s running late and getting really stressed out. She finally arrives and after she apologizes to the Greek priest, they are married. They can’t seem to stop talking during the ceremony.
Before the reception, John takes a private moment to tell Kathryn he loves her before they go in. Kathryn is sad to let go of her maiden name, but she’s not going to hyphenate them because their last names are very similar-sounding. John realizes Kathryn is giving up her name and moving in with him and he’s not giving up anything. Kathryn hopes she can give him the traditional life he wants without losing herself. Uh Oh.
Jeff and Blair live in LA. Jeff works for Homeland Security doing background investigations and never thought he would be getting married. They met in 2010. When they first met, Jeff lied about his age. He said he was 34 when he was really 44. He’s 16 years older than Blair. Blair is the more outgoing of the duo. Blair comes from money and is a little spoiled and immature. Watching them interact you can definitely see the age difference in this dynamic. Jeff wants to talk about money; Blair doesn’t. Jeff wants Blair to contribute more to the finances, like the mortgage. Blair points out his name isn’t on the mortgage.
Blair is a Hollywood Showbiz reporter for the number one morning show in Australia. He used to be in a pop band called B3 that was very popular in Europe and Asia. Jeff’s parents do not approve of his marrying Blair. Blair’s mom is supportive. Jeff didn’t come out to his parents until he was 35 and they rejected him. Blair has always had his family’s support of his sexuality. They will be sending Jeff’s family a wedding invitation even though Jeff knows they probably won’t attend, they will make their point of view known.
Jeff and Blair are getting ready to go to City Hall to get their partnership license. Jeff seems more nervous than Blair. Blair feels like he won the Oscar. They have decided to hyphenate their last names to be Peterson-Late. They sign the paperwork and talk about how business-like it is even though it’s telling everyone they are in now a committed relationship. Blair has no intention of getting a divorce like the rest of his family has. They throw a party together as a newly domesticated couple. Blair’s brother from Texas comes to the party to show his support. Blair loves to dance and is a trained dancer. Jeff, not so much. He has four left feet. Jeff has never had the unconditional love and acceptance he gets from Blair. Blair feels it’s his duty to make up for Jeff’s childhood even though he knows he can’t completely mend his heart.
Alaska and Kim live in New York City. A year before they get married, Alaska surprises Kim with an engagement ring at a surprise birthday party she threw for him. They had been dating for six years. They consider themselves a power couple. Alaska manages talent for Warner Brother Records and his work is based in LA. Kim is a wardrobe stylist for the likes of Usher and Drake. They model themselves after Will Smith and Jada Pinkett and the Obamas. They are Christians and follow the tenant that the man is the head of the household. Kim loves alpha males but thinks Alaska may be a little too alpha. Uh Oh.
Kim meets with her sister and friends to discuss the wedding. She wanted them to all lose weight before the wedding. She’s not asking them to be a zero, but she doesn’t want a long line of chubby bridesmaids. Her sister tells her the e-mail she got telling her to lose weight for the wedding was ridiculous. Since they haven’t lost the weight like she wanted, Kim is going back to her original plan of having a groomsmen wedding. She wants her wedding to have a certain aesthetic and she’s not budging from it. Hopefully, those who love the couple will be there during the wedding and after.
Alaska talks with his friends about the honeymoon. He’s thinking Mexico and they tell him that’s so “Spring Break.” He doesn’t know when they’ll have time for it because they are both so busy. They discuss computer passwords and transparency in relationships.
Alaska is a farter and he’s not ashamed of it. This becomes obvious while he and Kim are getting massages. He apologizes to the ladies because once it comes out it takes over the room. Kim has been praying about it.
Kim and Alaska’s wedding is very uptown. You can tell they’ve put a lot of thought into every detail. Kim’s vows include the words submission. She trusts she can still be her own person. Alaska, on the other hand, thinks she’s giving him all the power and it makes him want to do right by her. Uh Oh!
It will be interesting to see how these couples will handle the various issues they are bringing into these marriages.
Big Brother Fans – Premier Party
(from facebook – see link here)
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 – 7:00pm until 11:00pm in EDT
||Come watch the new season of Big Brother with other fans and ex-HouseguestsLocation is Murray Bar 34 – 58 E 34th St New York, NY 10016Alex for BB9 will be DJing again this year before & after the show. Lots of Big Brother Alumni & other Reality Stars will be in attendance. (Trying to convince some of the Big Brother Canada cast to come down as well!)This is an open invite – so tell your friends, family, neighbors, anyone you want (well, maybe not the guy on the Subway platform who screams obscenities for no reason…. oh what the heck, invite him too!!)
So far confirmed are
Michelle Maradie – Season 4