Flipping Out S9E9 “No Respect”
Jeff tells the staff he and Jenni have met with Dr. Donna and he wants to raise the office to the “next level of professionalism” because they are now dealing with big corporations. Jenni tells the staff that tomorrow is a new day and asks each of them to go home and write down what they think respect is and how they think they’ve been disrespected. She tells them if they have a problem with it, they have to deal with her. In his TH, Gage says he’s not doing any disrespect homework and it’s stupid. There will be a meeting the next day. Andrew thinks it a big joke because Jeff is the biggest instigator. Zoila doesn’t think anyone respects anyone in the office. On that note, since they haven’t had the meeting yet, Jeff asks everyone to come look at a picture of some guy’s scrotum on his computer (and most of them do).
Andrew has screen savers pictures of a painter Jeff has been using on his jobs. Jenni has a problem with it and tells him it’s not appropriate. Jenni has gone from being popular in the office to being more hated than Gage. Jenni thinks Jeff undermines her and she needs for him to become the “bad dad” for a while.
The next day, Jenni starts off the meeting with her definition of what she thinks respect is. She calls Andrew on showing his dismissive behavior by not paying attention to her. Zoila’s list of disrespectful behavior includes always using the word “delegate” to her and then being told at lunch that she’s eating all the food. Gage laughs while she’s talking and Zoila points to him and says he’s “irrespecting” her. Jeff and Jenni agree and tell him to either straighten up or get out. Zoila continues to tell them to stop calling her lazy, fat, piggy and she is done. In her TH Zoila says she’s going to miss all the joking in the office.
Next is Andrew who feels disrespected mostly by Gage and isn’t sure he will ever get any respect from him. Megan’s only problem has been when Andrew mentioned one of her body parts and just wants to make sure that body part is never mentioned again. Katrina doesn’t like it when “What’s His Name” (Jeff) calls her by the wrong name. Vanina feels ignored. Jeff is surprised by all the complaints. He thought he was a great boss and everyone was happy. Jeff doesn’t have many issues personally but worries about how everyone treats each other. Jenni thinks Jeff knows there are changes needed but doesn’t want to be the bad guy.
Later Megan tells Jeff about Andrew embarrassing her at the Ead’s construction site in front of the contractor. Jeff doesn’t seem too upset about it, but does realize the respect meeting was a failure. When Jenni watches an exchange between Gage and Zoila she also realizes things aren’t going well, but she’s trying to remain optimistic.
Gage notices a lewd picture on Andrew’s i-pad (something about snow men doing something naughty with a real man) and brings it to everyone’s attention. Andrew doesn’t think it’s that offensive. Andrew pushes the envelope with Jenni and Jeff by arguing with them about it. They find out later Andrew hasn’t been taking his medication and that might be why he’s acting so inappropriate.
It’s obvious to Jeff that his respect meeting didn’t work so he arranges for a retreat for the staff in New Mexico with David Elliott, a spiritual healer. Just my humble opinion, but if Jeff fired Andrew, many of his problems would be solved. Just get rid of Andrew. Zoila doesn’t want to go but Jeff tells her it’s mandatory.
Eads remodel: Their house is down to the studs. Monika shows up and discusses the changes and budget with Jeff. The budget has increased of course. When she sees the great room and hears how much the doors and windows will cost, she goes into shock. Monika is the one who pushed for the remodel so she feels responsible for the increase in budget.
Jeff and Monika go to Living Square to shop for plumbing fixtures. Jeff’s not ready, but thinks Monika needs to go to feel good about all the money being spent. Of course, there are all kinds of dirty jokes going on about all the fixtures and their names.
Later Megan and Andrew go to the Eads site to make sure they stay on schedule. Andrew makes some inappropriate comments about Megan giving special favors and she calls him on it and asks David the contractor to ignore him.
Jeff meets with David at the Eads and finds out the door width and window widths are wrong. He cannot afford to spend $65,000 on windows and doors and then find out later it’s not right. Jeff tells David he cannot afford to screw up. He has to call Monika to inform her the budget has increased to $1,050,000 (from the original $500,000). She tells her husband George while they are on the phone. He asks where it’s going to stop but after Jeff tells him the numbers may go down, he says he’ll look at the budget with Jeff. After they discuss it, George signs off on it.
Palm Desert: New client, Judy, has bought a new house in Palm Desert and Jeff is doing a design consultation for her new house. Jeff has an ulterior motive for doing this redesign because he’s interested in her former beach house that’s for sale and he hopes she will give him a great deal on it.
Jeff goes furniture shopping with Judy. She needs something to warm up her Palm Desert house. She wants no lamps, vases or side tables. Jeff wants the beach house so he’s being extra nice to her and charging her a little less. He’s trying to get a deal from her through manipulation even though she’s been a therapist for a long time. She thinks Jeff is needy and has low self-esteem. She thinks Jenni is passive-aggressive (and also Jeff).
Jeff and his staff get Judy’s new furniture installed in her new house (while Judy is arguing with them the whole time). Jeff is close to the end of his rope but wants her to stay happy so he will have a shot at the beach house. After lunch and few drinks, Judy loosens up and becomes more agreeable about what Jeff wants to do. She loves the end result and at the end of the day, she tells Jeff she sold the house to someone who agreed to her terms. Jeff doesn’t know if he got played or not.
Next week is the season finale thank goodness. I don’t care what goes on at the retreat so I may not even recap it. I am over the office and workplace issues. If I wanted to experience that, I’d still be working and not retired. I watch (or used to watch) this show for the flipping and design aspects, not for the constant juvenile pranks and jokes. Alas, another Bravo show has bitten the dust as far as I’m concerned.