Dancing with the Stars S18E7 by BB
Scores from last week:
It’s Latin week with Ricky Martin as the guest judge. Also team dance scores will come into play. Danica broke her rib but still danced.
Danica and Val/Amy and Derek are safe. James and Peta are in jeopardy.
Amy and Derek danced the Rhumba. Amy had a rough week because of things going on at home concerning a long term relationship she’s in. I believe her boyfriend was in the audience this week. Very sultry and I liked the song, Light My Fire. Carrie Ann was the only one who had some criticism as she noticed Amy’s feet left the floor (although she gave them a 9). Score: 36
James and Peta danced the Samba. It’s hinted at during their interviews that they are dating. The dance was hot, hot, hot, and Bruno loved it. So did Carrie Ann. So did Ricky. Len thought the foot work and hip action could have been a little better. Score: 35
Danica and Val danced the Salsa. Danica broke her rib and she wasn’t sure whether to continue against doctor’s orders or not. Looked like she gave it her all though you could definitely tell she held back and was careful. There was also a noticeable misstep during the dance. Score: 33
Amy injured her back during her and Derek’s dance. She went to the hospital. She felt bad about leaving her team (Team Loca) to dance without her.
Candace and Mark are safe this week. I think Candace is shocked. Charlie and Sharna are in jeopardy. Meryl and Maks are safe (no surprise there). NeNe and Tony are in jeopardy.
NeNe and Tony danced the Argentine Tango. NeNe tried to work on her technique this week. Also, tweeters voted for Tony to dance without his shirt. NeNe actually had some heels on her boots for this dance instead of wearing flats. I don’t see much improvement in her technique though. The judges agree. Score: 31
Charlie and Sharna danced the Paso Doble. Charlie goes to his ice dance partner Meryl for advice because she did so well on her Tango. I liked this routine and thought they should score well. I was wrong. Len thought it wasn’t special. Bruno thought it wasn’t steady enough. Carrie Ann told Charlie it wasn’t sharp enough. Ricky said he saw what the judges were saying but he loved it. The audience booed the judges. Score: 36 (They got a 10 from Ricky.)
Candace and Mark danced the Argentine Tango. Candace has been having problems with blanking out during the live performances. They talk to a sports psychologist. (Isn’t this Dr. Jenn a sexual health expert or am I getting her confused with someone else?) Candace has let the pressure get to her. Their Argentine Tango was better than NeNe and Tony’s definitely. Score: 35
Last, but certainly not least, Meryl and Maks danced the Salsa. Meryl is not experienced with the depth of the sexuality of the Salsa. They have been battered and bruised during rehearsals this week. I think Maks has finally found a partner who can keep up with him. They look great together. It was a group dance and Meryl fit right in with the professionals. Len didn’t like the whole group production. Score: 39
Team dance competition. Team Loca: Meryl and Maks, Amy and Derek, Danica and Val, and Candace and Tony. Team Vida: NeNe and Tony, Charlie and Sharna, and James and Peta (All three couples are in jeopardy). For Team Vida, NeNe looked a little out of her element dancing with the others, but I have to hand it to her. She looked like she was doing her best and didn’t seem to be slacking at all.
Since Amy had to go to the hospital to be checked out, Team Loca was scored on their taped dress rehearsal performance. Better dancers, better performance IMO. The judges agree. Score: 39
Meryl: 39 plus 39 points for the team dance: 78
Amy: 36 plus 39 points for the team dance: 75
Charlie: 36 plus 35 points for the team dance: 71
James: 35 plus 35 points for the team dance: 70
Candace: 35 plus 39 points for the team dance: 74
Danica: 33 plus 39 points for the team dance: 72
NeNe: 31 plus 35 points for the team dance: 66
Eliminated this week – NeNe. The right choice. That means Charlie and Sharna and James and Peta live to see another week. I expected NeNe to be lazy and she wasn’t. I think she gave it her best shot, even though I didn’t always like her attitude.
Next week the guest judge will be none other than Abby Lee Miller. Ugh! May I please be excused from watching this episode?
Real Housewives of Orange County S9E3
“Fakes Giving, Fake Friends”
Welcome back… Last week we left our wonderfully perfect OC housewives and their significant others at Over-Sharing Shannon’s house having a wonderful get-to-know-you kind of dinner. Vicki and Tamera were both surprised at how Shannon and her husband (David) were comfortable bickering back and forth in front of them since they had just met. Vicki wondered in her talking head that if they argue like that in front of people – What are they doing behind closed doors? I feel it’s appropriate at this point to remind us all of Shannon’s tagline this season: “The OC is full of secrets but I have nothing to hide.” Clearly it’s a perfect tagline for Over-Sharing Shannon. Shannon is airing all of her dirty laundry in front of us all – Quick, pass the Tide with bleach. Oh, wait… this is Shannon’s laundry we’re talking about… OMG… I’m gonna hafta go buy environmentally friendly, non-toxic, “Seventh Generation Natural Laundry Detergent Powder, Free & Clear.” Oh well, perhaps I should be using it anyway, no? Wow… that Shannon girl is rubbing off on me already.
As everyone enters the dining room, they’re treated to a huge spread of food that David and Shannon made themselves. Shannon is a little worried because she hasn’t seen the ladies eat much on the show yet but she’s assured that it will get eaten. Tamra is shocked that Shannon made everything herself and snidely says that Shannon isn’t as fancy as Heather Dubrow – Tamra clearly meant it to be a dig at Her Royal Heatherness. Meanwhile, Terry says how much he loves the food – He says it over and over again – It’s kind of funny.
Over-Sharing Shannon tells everyone that she has begged her husband ever since the day they were married to let her be involved in his professional business because she thinks she might have a good idea or two. Right – because I’m sure David would LOVE Shannon to come to work to criticize him in front of his employees.
Shannon asks Tamra and Eddie if they have any issues about working together. Tamra looks at Eddie and asks, “Do we have issues?” Eddie quickly looks away and stuffs food in his mouth so he can’t answer. Terry helpfully responds, “Clearly you do.” Vicki said she would never want Don or anyone else in her business because it’s HER business. I think Vicki doesn’t want anyone in her business – personal, career or otherwise. Eddie says that he and Tamra have times at work where they don’t see eye-to-eye. David said, “We have those at home though, so why bring them to work?” Shannon tells him to knock it off. Rut roh… Dinner quickly goes radio silent and becomes extremely awkward – Heck, if you listen hard enough you can almost hear the sound of the botox hardening in Gretchen’s face. Oh wait, we can’t make fun of Gretchen anymore… Dang it – That just infurryates me! Shannon tells everyone that no one laughs harder at his own jokes than David… Terry raises his hand because he wants to be a contender in that competition.
During the course of dinner, we find out that both Shannon/David and Heather/Terry met while on blind dates. Wow! What are the odds of that happening? Shannon starts to tell her story but Vicki keeps interjecting her own comments like she always does. Heather interrupts Vicki’s interrupting with a stern, “Let her finish.” Vicki was so not amused and told Heather as much. In her talking head, Heather says, “Vicki, let someone else talk – You’ll get another time later.” Lol. Shannon wasn’t sold on David at first – but she gave him another chance. She is a firm believer that you should let people have more than one chance.
Terry says that Heather didn’t like him at first, either. He was arrogant. We find out that when Heather met Terry, he was a plastic surgeon with a Porsche. Tamra deduces Terry must have been, “a prick.” Heather starts to tell their story of how they met. As she launches off into her explanation, Vicki interrupted Heather’s story. Then Tamra starts playing along and continues the interruption – and it seems that Heather never gets to finish her story. Everyone abruptly decided it was a good time to take a tour of the house. I suspect it was creative editing – but you were made to feel like no one wanted to hear Heather’s story.
Everyone goes downstairs to see the indoor basketball court. David explains they originally built it because they had to figure out how to best fill the space. Of course, they decided to build a basketball court even though David didn’t particularly play basketball. The guys take off their jackets and start to shoot hoops. Heather yells to Terry from the peanut gallery, “Don’t pull anything, honey – You’re old.” So, so nice.
Tamra, Vicki, and Vicki’s Plus 1 (Judy) take off their heels and join the guys on the basketball court. Vicki actually makes a basket which is more than we see the other guys doing… Everyone tries to get Heather to come down to the court and play along with everyone. Heather is quite happy sitting perched on her royal throne high above her royal court watching the peasants sweat, thank you very much. In her talking head, Tamra says she wants to see Heather burp or fart just once. Can a person burp just once? On a side note, I have this really, really great friend… She’s like the nicest person you’d ever want to meet in your life. She’s usually pretty quiet but easily laughs along at everything. The thing is – She burps – But no one knows it’s her. And I don’t mean demure little burps – I mean the “I just downed a 6-pack, belly scratchin’ kind of burps.” A few times when she’s actually burped in public, (Like 3 times in 25 years) people have immediately looked at me cuz they thought it was me! Of course, it’s because I’m the loud mouth between the 2 of us, but come on… Then she looks at me, too – like she’s all disgusted at my crassness. It’s actually quite hysterical because I get all embarrassed, my face turns bright red and I look all guilty and stuff – I just can’t help but laugh. No one believes it’s not me. Now that I think about it, I kinda doubt it myself…
Tamra and Shannon decide to go to the kitchen to drink vodka shots together. Tamra announces that she wants to get LIT! Tamra pours mega shots – I mean like 10 times a normal shot amount kind of shots. Shannon’s okay with it though, because she already took something called a “PartySmart Pill.” Tamra toasts, “Here’s to girls who keep it real – No Fancy Pants going on here!” Tamra wants to take a “PartySmart Pill,” too… So Shannon shows her the package and explains it’s an herbal pill you can get at Whole Foods (or Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/PartySmart-Herbal-Supplement-Morning-Capsules/dp/B000IEBXQ8). Tamra reads the package, “For a better morning after” and she jokingly announces, “I have a ‘morning after’ pill!” Heather, who is just coming into the room, instantly corrects Tamra, “That’s not a morning after pill.” Tamra continues playing off of the morning after theme and laughingly says it will keep her from getting pregnant. In light of recent conversations, Heather meanly points out to Tamra that her tubes are tied so she’s not getting pregnant. Tamra flips off Heather behind her back as Heather walks out of the room. The minute she’s out of sight, Tamra tells Shannon that Heather is so nasty and then goes into a tirade about the ever-awful Heather. Heather eavesdrops on them all talking about her behind her back. Tamra wants Heather to get the stick out of her dupa that is up so far it has lodged in her throat. In her talking head, Tamra says Heather has a chip on her shoulder and that Heather thinks she’s up there and we’re down here… Tamra’s sick of it. I’m sick of people quoting Kelly Bensimon, quite frankly.
As the others take a tour of the rest of the house, Her Royal Heatherness takes the opportunity to stick her royal nose into Tamra’s business and talk to Eddie one-on-one. Heather clues him in about how Tamra has expressed to her that she thinks that Eddie wants to have a child. Heather was confused by this because every time it’s come up – She felt that Eddie has been clear that he didn’t want to have a baby. Heather thinks that Tamra is saying that Eddie’s the one who wants a baby – but that it’s really Tamra who wants another child. Heather explained the whole discussion when Tamra broke down and cried about missing her kids because she only has them 50% of the time. Heather wants to make sure Tamra is making the decision with Eddie. While this was none of Heather’s business – I really didn’t detect anything devious about it – Just that Heather was looking out for her friend. I honestly think Heather was concerned that Tamra was not seeing the connection between missing her kids that she has only 50% of the time vs. wanting another child who will be there 100% of the time. I doubt if Eddie would have ever made the connection, either.
After Heather and Terry make their goodbyes and their limo has pulled away from the curb, Eddie runs with his arms flailing in the air to Tamra to tattle on Heather. He tells Tamra about their conversation. Tamra wonders why Heather is in the middle of all of this and why is she talking to Eddie? Tamra thinks it’s wrong and hurtful for Heather to take this conversation they had and turn around and tell Eddie about it. Well, yeah Tamra, except that you had that conversation on national TV so the entire world knows about it anyway. The hysterical part is that Eddie’s cranky that Tamra ever had a conversation like that with anyone but him. I’m sure he’s also not happy it’s on TV, either. Eddie says that it’s their business and he wants to keep it between Tamra and Eddie. He asks her not to share “this stuff” with her friends. Really? Have you met your wife? I doubt there are many subjects that are out of bounds for our little Tamra.
After Heather and Terry leave, the rest decide to have a pre-Thanksgiving like a “Fake Thanksgiving” dinner at Vicki’s. David makes a funny face when he’s asked if he will travel inland all the way to Vicki’s house. Shannon quickly explains that 99% of the comments that come out of her husband’s mouth are jokes – So don’t be offended. Tamra commiserates with David because she jokes a lot and is frequently misunderstood, also.
The next scene has Tamra dropping in at Vicki’s house. Of course they immediately start talking about the dinner at Shannon’s house. Tamra says that Shannon can drink like a fish. Tamra is afraid to go out with Shannon and David as a couple because they fight all the time. It reminds Vicki and Tamra of the dysfunctional/abusive dynamics of their previous marriages. Vicki concludes Shannon and David need some outside “help.”
The conversation turns to Heather because of course, they need to talk about her behind her back. Tamra doesn’t want to fight with Heather. Vicki tells Tamra that if she fights with Heather that she will lose. It’s not just WHAT Heather says, it’s how she says it. She comes across as a know-it-all. And since Tamra can’t bother to respect her husband’s wishes, she tells Vicki about the whole conversation she had with Heather about having another baby and the subsequent conversation with Eddie. Didn’t Eddie just ask Tamra specifically NOT to talk about these personal matters? Lol… Well, at least she didn’t tell Vicki the same night it happened… she waited a whole day….lol.
And because the producers can’t get enough of Shannon’s house – Heck, neither can I – We’re back at Shannon’s house in Dana Point. David is lowering the chandelier in their foyer through a key operated push button thingie on the wall. Holy cow it’s beautiful! And shiny! Oh, now I get it – it’s one of those “down to earth” kinda crystal chandeliers worth a mere $240,000. I wonder if they realize the median sales price of a NEW home sold in the United States as of March 2014 was $290,000 (https://www.census.gov/construction/nrs/pdf/uspricemon.pdf). I’m just saying Shannon needs a reality check if she thinks they live a “down to earth” kind of lifestyle. I gotta admit – It chaps my hide a little that he’s made so much money from building freeways and roadways – because while I may be wrong – but I’m guessing a lot of the work was directly or indirectly from government contracts. I wonder if he pays his employees as well as he obviously pays himself. I’m sure he does. I hope he and his workers are experts at their jobs because we need quality freeways and roads here.
Shannon gushes that she bought the chandelier for half price. Sigh. Sadly, there’s a light that’s out in this fancy, down-to-earth chandelier so that’s why they’re lowering it. And because I’m convinced that David can never do anything right in Shannon’s eyes, she whines about how slowly the chandelier is lowering. She also complains about how loud the mechanism is that is actually doing the lowering. You know Shannon, mere mortals have to climb up on a ladder to clean or change the light bulbs in most chandeliers. Shannon tells us that her husband thinks she’s b***ing at him all the time… but she wants us to know that she’s b***ing at him because she wants to feel loved and important to him. Right… And how is that working out for you? Nothin’ says lovin’ like being nagged and criticized to death. .
Vicki visits Briana and Troy at their house. Troy said, “Nana”… How cute! Briana tells Vicki it’s hard to be the only parent there – She thinks kids are meant to have 2 parents. Wait until you have the 2nd child, my friend. Vicki wants to talk to Briana about their relationship. Briana thinks Vicki pushed her aside for Brooks. Vicki wants Briana to know where she’s at with things. After last season’s reunion, Vicki ceased all communication with Brooks for 2 months – and didn’t see him for 3 months. Briana doesn’t want to sit back and watch her mother in another abusive relationship. Vicki asserts that Brooks has never abused her. Briana is over this whole thing. So am I. Vicki tells Briana she’s never asked for her protection. The bottom line is that Vicki wanted to tell Briana that she and Brooks are dating again. Briana is convinced Brooks is somehow manipulating Vicki. Vicki wants everyone to accept her decisions. I want Brooks to go babble somewhere else.
Because this seems to be the “Shannon” show… We are back at her house with a guy who is going through her house holding a fancy electronic Geiger counter type of device that seems to be measuring radiation… and perhaps some other stuff, too – I dunno. Shannon knows that people may not take her seriously because she is endeavoring to live a holistic life but she really doesn’t care… But she would like those same people to talk to her in 30 years – She’s implying that she will be able to do a big, “I TOLD YOU SO” happy dance in their general direction. I’m completely surprised that Shannon doesn’t have her own handy dandy Geiger counter thingie… But I guess THAT would be too obsessive, no?
Yippie! It’s “Fakesgiving” – at Vicki’s – Well, at least that’s what this episode is named, lol. Shannon shows up early and gives the hostess a pot of Hydrangeas. Troy is crawling around and Vicki explains she’s babysitting because Troy’s parents are at the Marine Corps Birthday Ball in Las Vegas. It seems like Vicki is cooking the entire dinner while she’s also trying to babysit. Neither Shannon nor Vicki are big Thanksgiving fans. I wonder why she’s doing this entire dinner, then? Oh, right – a TV show.
Tamra shows up with a pumpkin centerpiece. Troy is running amok – he’s crawling everywhere and getting into everything. Vicki tries to call him like you would a dog – but Troy has a mind of his own. Vicki puts both Shannon and Tamra to work. Tamra says, “Nothing says holiday season more than being bossed around by Vicki in the kitchen.” Little Troy just makes Tamra want to have a baby. Cheers to a holiday season… And to Heather in New York (They spent Thanksgiving there – That’s why she’s not at this dinner)!
Once again, because Heather isn’t there – They begin to talk about her behind her back. Tamra thinks Heather has so much to say about everything and Heather makes Tamra feel stupid. Stupid is as stupid does, Tamra. Vicki thinks Heather puts herself in a little bit of a different class than Vicki – To Vicki, everybody’s equal and she doesn’t judge others based on money. (Cough, cough. Sorry, I had something stuck in my throat.) Shannon thinks they should talk to Heather about it. When Shannon asks if Vicki thinks Heather judges people based on money… Vicki responds that she always feels “less than” around Heather.
In tonight’s edition of, “I Kid You Not”… Over-Sharing Shannon, whom we’ve heard repeatedly making negative and derogatory comments about her darling husband ever since we met her, actually says in her talking head, “I have a difficult time understanding why people can’t be positive. What is the purpose of cutting somebody down?” Mirror, mirror on the wall… Who’s the most negative holistic b**** of them all? (Don’t get me wrong, I like Shannon… But come the heck on…)
In walks Vicki’s son, Michael who has been such a ray of sunshine every time he hits the screen this year (Remember last week he was walking through the house brushing his teeth and criticizing Vicki at every turn…). Michael is there to cook the steak appetizers. David gets there and gives Vicki a better “hello” than his own wife…Eddie gets there at the same time… As they’re all in the kitchen, Tamra discusses the giblets and then removes them from the gravy and identifies each part one by one. David joins in the reindeer games and they laugh together… After David makes a joke about the turkey balls, his Miss No-Negativity wife dryly says, “Is that your dry sense of humor again?” Tamra just wants Shannon to relax and have another shot.
As they sit down to eat, Vicki welcomes them all to this “Friendsgiving.” Vicki is asked if her necklace is real. Vicki explains that it’s her “divorce necklace” that she just bought. It’s 88 carats… Whoa… Tamra has a severe case of carat envy and in her talking head she says, “Really? Vicki gets a 88 carat necklace for her divorce and I get a box of bull***?” Tamra makes some comment about Vicki being the man in her marriage complete with a certain sexual accoutrement… And I’m just not going any further in this description. Tamra feels safe to just be herself at the dinner because Heather is not there scolding her or looking at her funny for things that she says. I miss Heather. I don’t want to hear about accoutrement. Or who is bending over whom with said sexual accoutrement.
Tamra decides she needs to have a friendship summit with Heather. Eddie asks Tamra not to talk to Heather about their personal life. They meet in Newport Beach for lunch. Heather tells Tamra she’s sure Tamra noticed that Heather was quiet at Shannon’s party. In her talking head, Heather says she feels displaced – That she doesn’t know where her relationship is at with Tamra anymore. Heather tells Tamra that she feels people (Vicki and Tamra) aren’t interested in what she has to say anymore and that she’s being cut off. She says that if it had been an isolated incident – She wouldn’t think twice about it. Tamra skillfully flips the script and the tables on Heather and says that it was actually Heather who was being persnickety about every little thing and that it is causing the distance between them. Tamra uses the example of when Her Royal Heathermess started talking about the temperature wine should be (Cue footage of previous episode when they’re talking about the pros and cons of stemless wine glasses wherein Heather didn’t like them cuz your hand warms up the wine and we all know wine should be at a certain temperature).
Tamra tells Heather she treats them like they’re below her and that she comes across as a “know-it-all sometimes.” In her talking head, Heather blasts, “How could I come across as a know-it-all when I can’t even finish a sentence?” Heather also insists they don’t know half of what she thinks, says, or feels…Tamra continues to try to explain that it’s not what Heather says but how she says it… and that she makes Tamra feel like an idiot. [Note: I am trying HARD not to make a snarky comment about Tamra’s lack of intellectual prowess – but she keeps throwing softballs at me and it’s hard to resist – I mean, how much temptation can a snarky blogger take?] Heather says that if she’s going to constantly be in a group situation wherein no one wants to hear what she has to say or if she feels like she has to monitor herself – That it’s just not a group she feels comfortable in anymore.
Heather doesn’t want to feel inhibited and Tamra aptly points out that it goes both ways. Heather, rather snottily, I might add, then tells Tamra that, “If I have a tone – or if I come off as condescending sometimes – then I apologize for that. But I am who I am. And a leopard doesn’t change her spots. And you are who you are… and I love you and you’re my friend… I make allowances for parts of your personality that I might not be appreciative of and you do the same for me – that’s what you do when you’re friends.” Tamra agrees.
Heather tells her if they’re not interested in being Heather’s friend then she’s not interested in being around them. In her talking head, Tamra is wondering if this was a threat – and she doesn’t understand why Heather has taken the issue to this extreme…Tamra insists that she’s just bringing up a point… Heather thinks it’s interesting that people always say she has a stick up her dupa… Yet when she corrects someone’s grammar – THAT’s a no-no? Ummm, yeah… cuz no one likes to be arrested by the Grammar police over a dangling participle. Heather says that they rag on her all the time about being Miss Fancy Pants, etc. and she’s fine with that. Tamra tells her she simply knew that there was some tension and she wanted to fix it and move on. Tamra doesn’t want to fight about it or dwell on it… Heather thinks it’s sometimes good for friends to have disagreements – because somewhere in the deep pile of petty nonsense there may be that one thing issue is bothering you for real that they do need to discuss.
Tamra wants a big, fat pat on the back because she says that this is a big step for her because usually when things don’t go well with friends she runs – But she doesn’t want to do that with Heather. I guess Tamra would rather repeatedly stab Heather in the back when she’s not around. Heather tells her she adores Tamra, she values her friendship, and she never wants her to feel bad. Tamra says, “Just so you know, you’re not better than me.” Heather good naturedly says, “Are you sure?” I agree with Heather.
Tamra says that she met this girl that came into her studio named, “Danielle” who invited her to a charity event at her house. Oh I see, this is when we finally get to meet the other new girl Lizzie and the new “friend” housewife, Danielle. It’s an Ugly Sweater event… Tamra brought a couple of examples for Heather to consider wearing. Heather breaks the sad news to Tamra she is NOT going to pick out the ugly sweater that Her Royal Heatherness will wear to the event. She has royal sweatermakers who will create something ugly for her.
Woo hoo! That’s it for this week… And we didn’t see Brooks at all (except in the previews for next week)… The next episode takes place in December… and while I think there’s prolly a scene with Brooks… We will also see an uncomfortable scene with Shannon and her husband lying together on a rose petal covered bed – They start to kiss but Shannon gets up and declares, “I wish I was drunker.” Rut roh…Really, you need to be drunk to make-out with your husband? Wow… Just wow. I bet next week that Shannon complains that the roses weren’t grown in the right nursery with the right type of soil. I bet she gets cranky that the rose petals get caught in her hair and stuck on her skin, too. I bet they’re not even the right color, either. That danged David just can’t do anything right…
See ya next time! Happy Trails!