Flipping Out “The New Girl” by BB
Jeff has a new design assistant, Megan, a friend of his. He hired her since Jenni has been and will be out of the office more due to her pregnancy. She has design and construction experience, but it’s a big adjustment for her to get used to the antics that go on in Jeff’s office. Andrew is jealous of her and thinks Jeff didn’t really need to hire her. Jeff takes Megan out on a job and tells Andrew he’ll call him if he thinks of something for him to do that day.
Since Jeff is now working with wealthier clients, it takes three times longer to get something done because there are the added layers of accountants and business managers to deal with. So, to fill in the time gaps, he adds two new clients. The first ones are Kelly Wagner and her husband Jim. This is a small project with a budget of $50,000.
Kelly is an old friend of Jeff’s and he feels like he owes her because her family let Jeff live with them when he first started out in the real estate business. He wants make sure he stays within budget. However, Frank, the contractor, discovers they have a huge rat infestation that will require removal and replacement of all the infested insulation. Frank doesn’t want to do the job, but Jeff tells him either he will do it or Jeff will get another contractor. Jeff can’t understand that someone he hired can just say he doesn’t want to do something. If Jeff asks his employees to do something, he expect them to do it. Frank ends up saying he will clean up the rat infestation and replace the insulation. Unfortunately, it means Jeff will have to go over budget, but he promises Kelly he will not go a penny over $60,000.
When Jeff meets with Kelly at the plumbing supply company to choose some fixtures for the bathroom, Kelly tells him, in front of the Asian salesperson, she’s not interested in any Asian toilets because of the time she spent in Thailand. Jeff, who had hoped to get a good deal, apologizes to the sales person on Kelly’s behalf for being racist. Kelly tells him she only dislikes Asian toilets. Jeff doesn’t think he’s going to get good prices from this guy, but he tries anyway. Jeff’s second set of new clients, Hania and Amir, are completely renovating their 1930s Spanish house in Pacific Palisades. It’s a million dollar remodel.
Jeff has decided it’s his fault that Vanina’s boyfriend broke up with her since he made her work so many hours. To pay her back, he has offered to get her a boob job. Jenni, being the HR representative, thinks this is totally inappropriate. Everyone in the office seems to be involved in Vanina’s boob job. Jeff reminds Jenni that her boob job got her a man. Jenni tells Jeff she will have National Geographic boobs in about five months. Several of them go with Vanina to the plastic surgeon’s office to help her decide how big to go. Jeff thinks that Vanina will be married within 12 months if she goes big enough. After her surgery, Vanina returns to the office, wearing a low cut top to show off her new boobs, and everyone can’t help but stare at them. As Jeff says, he paid for them so he wants to look. Vanina mentions that all of a sudden, men are opening doors for her. Jeff says he told her so.
During lunch one day with most of the staff present, Jenni mentions she is now 37 weeks along and Megan tells her she can have the baby at any time. Jenni is hoping the later the better because that would increase her chances of having a C-section, which is what she wants. Megan tells her she has pushed two out and everything just explodes down there. Jenni asks her what that means. Megan says it’s literally like you sat on a land mine. (Did Jeff put Megan up to this?) Jeff thinks Jenni is more worried about her vagina than the baby. Megan tells Jenni not to worry, she will get back to normal. Andrew says something inappropriate about Megan not ever getting back to normal after having two babies.
The rest of the episode deals with Jenni’s problem of being the Human Resources person and having to deal with totally inappropriate issues, including Jeff paying for Vanina’s boob job; Jeff telling Jenni he’s going to write her up for being overweight; Andrew saying totally offensive things around contractors and his work mates, including Katrina, Vanina, and the new assistant, Megan; Zoila trading barbs with Gage, etc. Jenni finally has to have a sit down with Andrew about something he said that really offended Megan. Jenni calls Megan in and has Andrew apologize to her, but he doesn’t really mean it. Jenni can see the possibility of someone quitting work and filing a workplace harassment suit because of some of the things that go on in the office. It could happen, but I would assume a lot of this stuff is exaggerated for the show and everyone who signs up probably expects this type of environment.
Southern Charm – “Sh-Epic Fail!”
I was half expecting this show to scare me off after the first episode, but I’m back for more! We’re back with Ravenel, who wants us to be sure we know who his father is. He’s going to teach a date to play polo. He thinks she may be the one. His father wants him to pick a bride & procreate. It’s all very medieval to me. Danni, Shep’s ex, arrives at the plantation. Ravenel thinks that Danni & he are at the same stage, while Shep was too immature for her. Umm, I think Ravenel & Shep are both pretty immature. Shep is a little less creepy though. After polo, the two move back to the house for a drink. Ravenel hopes to parlay the polo lesson into “an evening” together.
Craig & Cameran meet on Saturday for brunch. Craig is still drunk & decides that hair of the dog is the best idea. The conversation immediately turns to the women in Craig’s life. Cameran seems to be a mother-figure who gets approval over who these men date. Seems to me like they need it. Craig’s longest relationship has been only 1 month. Craig was out with Kathryn the night before. Uh oh, the plot thickens. So far, Ravenel is seeing Shep’s ex & Craig is seeing Ravenel’s ex.
Shep & Whitney are having early drinks while they talk business. The two want to open a restaurant. Whitney believes that Shep’s business degree will help him to realize his dream. Whitney wants a cool, rock & roll restaurant. He wants more sophistication than college-bar. Shep thinks that Charleston is a college town & seems sold on the college-bar idea. These guys are two different stages in their lives & I see this ending badly.
Ravenel & Danni are having a glass of wine. He thinks that she’s sophisticated because she knows what type of glass used for white wine. Ravenel asserts that he can tell the difference between cheap wine & expensive wine. He’s such a snob. Danni attempts to determine what type of wine he likes, but he has no idea what she’s talking about. He invites her to a BBQ as his date. She agrees, but declines his invitation to spend the night.
Back at Whitney’s house, his mother is supervising the cooking of dinner. Brandi, Whitney’s assistant, is there. Not sure what he needs a personal assistant for, other than having his date’s clothes dry cleaned before they’re returned. Whitney opens a $2,000 bottle of red wine. He announces that he plans to open a Mexican restaurant with Shep. The look on Patricia’s face is priceless! She can hardly contain herself, but merely states that she believes a restaurant is out of Whitney’s realm. Brandi begins throwing out ideas for the restaurant, which causes Patricia to roll her eyes. Patricia does not like Brandi & it’s pretty obvious. She thinks that Whitney should be focusing on his film projects.
Shep & Craig are shopping for bathing suits. Their friend, Colby, makes them try on the suits. Shep is trying to impress the infamous MJ, who is teaching to surf. He reveals that she’s been blowing him off. Craig thinks that she’s playing a game, which is hot. He informs Shep of the rules for dealing with women – namely, play disinterested to keep them around. Neither one seems to know how to deal with rejection. It’s just impossible that a girl wouldn’t be interested in them! Doesn’t every girl want an irresponsible, jobless, man-child? Again, these boys need to grow up. There seem to be a lot of women around, but no one who really takes the boys seriously.
At dinner, Patricia reveals that she was unable to host a luncheon because Ravenel was not welcome. She thinks that it’s time to forgive & move on. Whitney thinks Ravenel is the greatest, nicest guy & that he’s more than paid his dues. My problem with Ravenel isn’t the drug conviction, it’s the womanizing & arrogance. Whitney reveals that he is considering his own place & that he’s lived with a woman before. Patricia wants him to get married & have kids. She retires to bed. Whitney reveals to Brandi that he feels pathetic for staying with his mother.
The group is off to the beach. Shep says that he doesn’t date people that he wouldn’t marry. We finally meet the mysterious MJ. While waxing the board, Shep begins to reveal how needy he is. I’m not sure if he thinks this is charming. He is trying way too hard & she’s ignoring him. He seems confused that his charms aren’t working on her. Maybe it’s because she’s an adult with a career & wants more than a surfer kid. After she leaves, Cameran approaches Shep. She thinks that MJ is a catch, but he isn’t sure that she’s interested. MJ left their beach date early & wasn’t paying enough attention to him. Shep is all about what MJ can do for him, not what he can do to win her over. Kathryn arrives & asks Shep to teach her to surf. Knowing that Craig likes her, Shep agrees.
It’s time for J.D.’s dinner & Ravenel wants to seal the deal with Danni. Ugh, did we really need to see him in shower? The dinner is typical of a southern meal – everyone is invited. Ravenel seems a little jealous of J.D.’s life, but doesn’t seem to be making any changes to achieve that life. He says that he’s ready for kids. After dinner, Danni is walked to her car by Ravenel. He pulls her in for a kiss, but she turns her head. Knowing his reputation, I’d do the same thing. He admits to J.D. that he may have ruined it. Everyone seems to think that Ravenel’s past is his problem – it’s not! It’s his present attitude!
We finally meet the famous Arthur Ravenel. It’s obvious that Ravenel looks up to his father, but has failed to completely follow in his footsteps. He reveals that he is interested in re-entering politics. Arthur tells him that he’s served his time, so all of that should be behind him. Ravenel is the last hope for carrying on the Ravenel name so his father is more interested in a marriage. Ravenel explains the demise of his date with Danni. His father tells Ravenel to get her pregnant & offers $10,000 for a son. Oh dear. Am I watching Bravo or The Tudors?
Whitney is out with a group of girls. Jenna notes that it’s 5 girls & 1 guy. Whitney notes that Charleston girls like to drink. The girls note that his type is a model. Jenna thinks that he’s a little pervy. He isn’t seeing anyone at the time, but Jenna has some ideas. They take Whitney to a bar where their friend is supposed to be working. Whitney points out that you can’t find love in a bar. Shep appears & begins buying drinks for the girls. Whitney & Jenna leave, cautioning Shep that they have a meeting on the following day. Shep doesn’t follow the advice & proceeds to keep drinking. Kathryn appears & begins flirting with Shep. Shep is slurring & not making much sense – so sexy! He invites Kathryn to stay the night & she agrees. What is wrong with this girl? She’s gone home with 2 guys so far. No good Southern girl would be seen on national TV sleeping around like that.
Craig tells Cameran that he’s found out about Shep & Kathryn. He’s pissed. Craig says that he would never do that to one of his friends. He isn’t sure that he can trust Shep. Cameran correctly points out that Shep is a jerk & that friends should come first. She wonders what MJ will think. It’s very disrespectful of Shep. The group (Craig, Kathryn, etc) is at dinner. Craig doesn’t blame Kathryn, as she had no idea about Craig’s feelings. Shep arrives & hugs on Kathryn. He makes jokes about their night. Craig is visibly steaming. Shep tells the group that he’s past the womanizing stage & that’s he now very selective. Is anyone actually buying that? Kathryn leaves because of the tension between Craig & Shep. Shep thinks that she was fair game b/c Craig hadn’t hooked up with her yet. Shep thinks that it would be ok for Craig to hook up with MJ. He doesn’t understand why Craig is upset & refuses to apologize. How many times am I going to say this – Shep needs to grow up!!!