Flipping Out S7E3 ”Road Trip” by BB
For those of you who care, the Jeff Lewis paint line is now featured in Home Depot. Congratulations to Jeff!
Jeff has promoted Zoila to House Manager, and she supervises the maids, Lupe and Maria. Of course Jeff is going to exacerbate the tension that already exists between Lupe and Zoila. Zoila doesn’t care because she’s the boss and she no longer has to do any cleaning. Lupe likes to party on the weekends and doesn’t like to take direction from Zoila. Jeff makes sure Zoila knows the house is her responsibility and she needs to delegate the jobs to the staff. It’s not Jeff’s job to tell the cleaning staff what to do. He’s going to have to have a meeting.
Jeff has Vanina at the meeting to translate between him and the housekeeping staff. Maria doesn’t want to get involved in the tension between Lupe and Zoila. Jeff tries to mediate between Zoila and Lupe and tells them this is a long term situation and they need to get along and respect each other. Jeff knows things weren’t resolved between them.
While Jeff and crew are on the road, Jenni, as head of human resources, meets Zoila for lunch to discuss the housekeeping staff problems. Zoila tells Jenni Lupe doesn’t like to work on Saturdays because she parties and she knows Lupe doesn’t like her. Zoila tells Jenni she needs to take care of this bitch. Jeff comes home for Arizona to find out that Lupe has quit with no notice. Zoila tells Jeff it’s because she didn’t like working on Saturdays, but Jeff thinks there’s more to the story. Jeff thinks Zoila ran her off or maybe even killed her and buried her somewhere. Jeff tells Zoila she shot herself in the foot because he’s not hiring anyone else and she will have to go back to cleaning.
Jeff has clients who are in some type of delay due to contractors or business managers or whatever. He wants to find smaller jobs so he can keep getting paid. They pay a call on Jeff’s grandma Patty in Fullerton. Now we can see where Jeff gets his bluntness. She talks to Jenni about how much weight she’s put on with her pregnancy. Jeff has already redone her living and room and guest bathroom and she loves what he did. Jeff now wants to do her kitchen, but she doesn’t want him to change her cabinets and knows she will have a fight on her hands about them. Jeff is not doing the kitchen he wants to do, but at least grandma Patty is letting him do something. Grandma Patty, who is 88 and has mild dementia, was gifted a large Pit Bull puppy when her prior dog died. Definitely not the right dog for her. This dog reminds me of Kim Richard’s Kingsley. He needs to be trained stat.
Jeff has taken Larry the dog trainer to grandma Patty’s house to train Lucy. Grandma has agreed to a meeting only. Grandma disagrees with Jeff about the dog being out of control. Jeff is not going to budge on the dog training issue. Grandma Patty doesn’t want Lucy to leave, but the dog needs to be reprogrammed away from the house. She’s upset and blaming Jenni for saying too much. Jenni apologizes and tells her she was just trying to help. Grandma Patty asks Jenni to back off the help a little. Jenni’s feelings are hurt and she cries in the car about grandma Patty being upset with her. Jeff knows that Grandma Patty is not upset at Jenni, but upset with Jeff and the situation being out of her control.
Later, Lucy has graduated from training camp. Jeff lets her in and she’s very energetic and jumping all over Jeff. Larry comes over and Grandma Patty tells Larry Lucy really hasn’t been behaving. Larry tells Patty Lucy needs a higher activity home and he wouldn’t have selected Lucy for Patty. Grandma Patty is lonely and doesn’t want to let Lucy go. Jeff doesn’t know what he’s going to do about it because Grandma Patty has become attached. Jeff just doesn’t want anything bad to happen. Grandma Patty says Lucy is a good girl.
While Jeff is waiting for the larger projects to start, he takes Craig and Carolyn Jackson shopping. They live in Paradise Valley, Arizona and Jeff was hired to furnish their $6 million dollar house for them. He has a budget of $100,000. Craig’s house is furnished from his bachelor days and Carolyn wants it to be more feminine. They are shopping in LA and shipping to AZ. Craig and Carolyn definitely have different tastes. Jeff is the fifth designer hired by Craig.
Cue the inappropriate talk about the penis fountain Andrew chose for Jeff’s side yard and Vanina and Gage being on their monthly cycles on the road trip to Arizona. Jenni won’t be going due to her advanced pregnant stage. Jeff is taking $100,000 worth of furniture to install in Craig and Carolyn’s house. If they don’t buy the furniture, then Jeff will be stuck with the cost of getting the furniture to and from Arizona.
Jeff, Megan, Vanina, Gage and Andrew take a van to Arizona to meet with the truck carrying the furniture for installation. Jeff doesn’t like to drive anyplace further than two hours. Jeff makes them listen to a CD of Jenni rapping about pooing. Then Vanina gets car sick and has to move up to the front seat. Jeff asks her if she’s hungry and wants a greasy pork sandwich served in a dirty ashtray.
When they arrive in Arizona, they don’t have time to stop at Starbucks because they are already late. They only have a short timeframe to install the furniture. The furniture truck is going to have a problem getting up to the house without hitting a low hanging tree. The barely make it. Jeff tells Carolyn not to look at anything until it’s in place. Jeff is worried about both Carolyn and Craig being happy because Craig is resistant to change and not a pushover. Jeff can only go so far with him and doesn’t like them being there watching while the furniture is coming in and being placed.
This is a test for Megan to see how fast she works and how she gets along with everyone. She’s confident and does a good job. Andrew is trying to make sure Jeff notices he’s just as good as Megan. He’s told to remove all the price tags from the furniture but doesn’t realize there are stickers underneath that he didn’t see, which results in everyone going around removing the price stickers. When all is said and done, both Craig and Carolyn like it and end up purchasing $75,000 worth of furniture. Success! It’s definitely an improvement over the before pictures. Craig suggests maybe the beach house will be next.
Southern Charm S1E3 “In the Cups”
We’re back for week 3! Just to recap: Ravenel wants to revive his political career but needs a wife & son, Craig likes Kathryn who already hooked up with Ravenel, Shep hooked up with Kathryn but he really likes MJ, Whitney’s bringing home girls who wear Ann Taylor, & the girls are playing second-string to the guys. On a sidenote – Ravenel isn’t the only felon reviving a political career! Our former governor, Edwin Edwards aka “Fast Eddie”, has announced that he’s running for Congress. Apparently felons can’t run for state office, but they can run for federal office.
Cameran is ready to get started on her new career – real estate. She doesn’t have a trust fund, so she has to make her own way. I did notice that she’s driving a Mercedes AMG (remember the car that George bought Lori?), which typically runs in the 6-figure range. Cameran is apparently doing very well for herself! She’s meeting with Eve, a realtor who lists million dollar homes. Cameran is doing a good job selling herself – she loves Charleston & the architecture – until she informs Eve that she quit her job two weeks ago. Then the interview starts getting awkward. Eve thinks that Cameran looks fragile & is concerned that she can’t handle the stress. Cameran turns on the charm & gets the job! Well, she gets a 3 month trial.
Danni & Shep are meeting for lunch. She wants advice on how to let Ravenel down easy. It’s pretty obvious that she’s still interested in Shep, but he has some serious growing up to do. They had a great 4 month relationship, but Shep wasn’t ready to commit. He thinks marriage will be obsolete in 100 years. Seriously? Danni advises Shep to embrace growing up & tells him that he’s going to lose MJ if he doesn’t change his ways. I think that if he was serious about MJ, he wouldn’t have hooked up with Kathryn. He seems to be one of those guys that refuses to make any compromise or sacrifice. He expects for a girl to fall all over herself to make him happy from the very beginning. Sorry, but you have to work for that kind of attention. Danni wants to tell Ravenel that they’re just friends. They have a lot in common, but she doesn’t see herself with someone with his background. Poor Ravenel! He just can’t get past his conviction. Shep points out that he was in public office & that you just can’t have big parties with drugs when you’re in public office. Holy cow! Did I just agree with Shep on something?
Ravenel meets with his French tutor. He wants to brush up so that he can take Danni to a nice French restaurant. He believes that a Southern gentleman should be a man of the world. I don’t know much about South Carolina history, so I don’t know if there’s much French influence in Charleston or not. I will commend Ravenel for continuing to learn new things. There’s something very attractive about a man who speaks another language.
Ravenel, JD & Craig are on Ravenel’s boat. I love that Craig tells the guys that he’s been in court all day, as though he was actually trying a case. He’s in law school so there’s no way that was happening. Craig wants to use the boat to take women out. He thinks that saying he has a boat is the way to get women. Is it just me that isn’t impressed? It would take a lot more than a few material possessions to win me over. Craig tells the guys that Shep hooked up with his girl. JD points out that he’s referring to Kathryn, who was just with Ravenel. He thinks Charleston is getting too small if there’s so much overlap. I like JD’s cynicism. Ravenel says that a Southern gentleman doesn’t discuss hookups, so he isn’t telling Craig about his hookup with Kathryn. Um, a Southern gentleman wouldn’t bring a camera crew into the bedroom with a one-night stand either.
It’s date time! Ravenel & Danni meet at the restaurant. Not an auspicious beginning. He’s never had to work hard for a girl, but he’ll try for Danni. Poor guy! He really thinks that he has a shot here. She immediately brings up the awkward half-kiss after the BBQ. It’s obvious that he thinks that this is going somewhere, but she shoots him down gently. She compliments him & tells him that she values his friendship, but that they should just stay friends. He presses for more info & she’s completely honest – it’s his conviction. For the first time, Ravenel seems shamed by his past. He needs to show more humility about it, a felony conviction isn’t something to joke about.
Ravenel invites Shep fishing so he can get more info on what happened with Danni. It’s pretty clear to me what happened – she didn’t want to get involved with someone with his reputation. Shep is more of an outdoorsman than Ravenel. Shep is responsible for doing the actual fishing, while Ravenel wants to drink beer. We learn that the two are related through the Boykin family. That’s fairly typical around here b/c we keep track of “our people.” When someone in the South asks who “your people” are, they want to know your family tree. Ravenel is concerned that his reputation will follow him forever. That brings the conversation around to Danni. Shep admits that he spoke with Danni & encouraged her to stay away. Ravenel doesn’t seem insulted; he actually seems to really want to understand. He takes Shep’s advice & commentary much better than he took Whitney’s.
Cameran, Chuck Bass & his assistant visit Jenna’s new house. They’re impressed with the size. Cameran points out the porch ceilings are painted blue. This is actually a Southern, specifically lowcountry, tradition. Haint blue was believed to represent water, which spirits couldn’t cross. Painting your porch ceiling the color would keep evil spirits from entering. The house is amazing. Jenna says that she didn’t grow up with money, but that it’s nice to buy things now. I don’t know why the assistant is there, other than to provide some west coast commentary on Southern traditions – like the lowcountry boil, which I’m assuming is akin to our crawfish boils. Cameran notes that Assistant doesn’t seem to do much assisting. I’m not sure how Jenna earns her money & neither does anyone else. Cameran is absolutely correct – we don’t talk about money in the South. Actually, we all know where everyone gets their money, but it’s completely tacky to bring it up in a social setting. Assistant brings it up for them, asking Jenna how she affords the house. I understand not wanting to talk about it, but “I invest in things” is sketchy. Jenna is so evasive & shady! Chuck Bass opines that her older boyfriend helps her with the rent.
Oh Patricia! I love this woman! She’s at her dressing table when her rare Birkin bag arrives. Where’s Lea Black? The bag is beautiful! It’s baby pink. She informs her chef/sidekick that she has something to match and pulls a bubblegum pink revolver out of the drawer! I die!
Jenna throws a housewarming/pool party. Craig passes because he doesn’t want to see Shep. Jenna’s friends are very eclectic, something she prides herself on. Ravenel, JD, Cameran, Shep & Danni are all there. Cameran notices that Ravenel is drinking heavily because he’s a little depressed. Ravenel is hitting on anyone that walks by. It’s kind of gross. Chuck Bass arrives in full dark clothing & sunglasses. He’s very west coast.
Kathryn is ignoring Ravenel so he chases her down. He admits that he hooked up with her once, but hasn’t called her in weeks. He wonders why she’s upset. I’m not sure where I stand on this one – he probably should have called, but she also chose to hook up outside of a real relationship. He didn’t think it was going anywhere, but apparently she did. She chooses this moment to bring up the fact that they didn’t use protection. Oh dear. Why would you sleep with someone without protection? Especially if you’re not even in a relationship! Let the pregnancy scare begin! Ravenel, trying to be the nice guy, asks Kathryn to hang out. This is a little suspicious to me. She’s hurt that he never called, she brings up the unprotected sex, now he’s showing interest again. I’ll reserve judgment until we see how this plays out.