Lizzie Rovsek – “Tell Me What You Really Think About Me”
“I started writing this blog several different ways until I realized that I don’t really have much to say or know what to say regarding this episode. Honestly, I didn’t even know what to think after I watched it.” Me either! Vicki was certainly in true form this week! She could not stop criticizing the younger, prettier new wife, just like she did with Gretchen & Alexis. “Vicki says that it takes “no skill” to be in a beauty pageant… Well, I tell you one thing it gives young women and that is confidence. And thank goodness I have some so I could handle the barrage of insults that came my way tonight.” Lizzie handled it with true class & grace.
“No one has to agree with anything that another does, but that certainly doesn’t mean we should insult accomplishments in someone else’s life.” Good point! As much as Vicki says that she is pro-woman, she takes every opportunity to belittle & pull down other women. “Vicki and I most certainly got off to a rocky start tonight, and all I can say is I am optimistic that things will get better. Oh, and there were exactly 139 students in my graduating class.” Hehe!
Shannon Beador – Shannon Explains Her Side of “Chairgate”
Shannon has a lot to say this week! “A lot is happening in this episode and I have many things that I would like to discuss. Let’s begin with the fun stuff…” She begins by explaining Dr. Moon. “Dr. Moon has a theory that when a person is “jammed,” energy cannot properly flow through the body for optimum health. He will go through a process to “de-jam” a patient and one of those areas to “de-jam” is the tailbone.” She was really trying to get Vicki to relax & put the phone away. She should have known better! As for the rest of the Shannon-loves-Vicki-show, Shannon says “When Vicki told me she had recently moved offices and there was a lot of chaos in the new space, I recommended that Elaine come to visit.” She hopes that the feng shui will help balance Vicki’s office.
“I met Lizzie and Danielle on tonight’s episode. Lizzie is dressed a little “racy” which to me spells “fun”! I always like to meet new people who might be a little bit wild like me!” I’m not sure if “wild” is the word I would use to describe Shannon, but she does seem to be open to meeting the new women, unlike Vicki.
On to “Chairgate.” Here’s Shannon’s side: “As we entered the restaurant, Vicki was in the middle of telling me the story of how her daughter was moving to Oklahoma. When we got to the table, she asked Heather to move so that we could continue our conversation. I never said one word to Heather about where she was sitting.” She says that it was Heather who made a big deal out of the seating arrangements. “I made I clear that I never uttered a word about moving and she said, “I know it was Vicki. I heard it was Vicki.” I offered her the chair back and she refused, so let it go.” I really hope we don’t keep hearing about “Chairgate” all season. “I wasn’t angry, yet I apologized if I gave her that impression to move forward and restore peace to the table. It clearly wasn’t enough for her because she then proceeded to call me “scary” as well. In true Heather form, she proceeded to give me a lecture like I was a child about what she incorrectly thought I was doing.” Shannon really doesn’t know Heather very well at this point. It seems to me that she’s been listening to the other women. “Clearly Heather has issues with me that go way deeper than a chair.”
Heather Dubrow – “Clearly, Shannon Doesn’t Care For Me”
Heather gets into the episode in this blog, unlike her punt last week. She begins with her upcoming party. “Planning the hoedown: Yes, it’s very funny how I say I’m less controlling these days and yet am walking the lot and controlling everything about the party!!! Clearly still need to work on that!” She tells us that, despite that appearance, she actually let her party-planner handle most of the details.
“Tamra, Vicki and Shannon at the nail salon: It’s very difficult to hear the ladies talking about me again. Tamra said I didn’t let her talk when we had lunch? That was surprising to me because I felt she talked a lot. She told me all kinds of things she doesn’t enjoy about me, I told her what was bugging me, we hashed it out and moved on, I thought.” I thought they had moved on as well.
Heather was glad to see Lizzie stand up for herself & disappointed in the way that Vicki treated the new girl. And “Chairgate.” “Vicki and Shannon clearly wanted to be together and when Vicki told me to move, I just did. In retrospect, I should have just stayed in the new seat and resolved to not let that happen again. I wonder if Vicki or Shannon would have moved if I had told them to? Probably not.” At least she admits that it was Vicki who told her to move. She stand by her statement that Shannon was “scary” as she came back to the table. “It was a strange outburst. She looked a little crazy with a scary look on her face. She doesn’t agree that this happened. I was facing the bathroom door, I don’t hallucinate and I have no need to want Shannon to look bad.”
“Shannon has LOTS of opinions about me. Just for the record, I don’t make negative comments about her holistic lifestyle. I think it’s quirky but interesting. When she said she had jewels in her teeth, I said “So you had your mouth feng shui-ed?” — it was supposed to be amusing, not derogatory.” Heather notes that Shannon hasn’t reacted to any of Tamra or Vicki’s comments, which I noticed too. “When Shannon asked me about Vicki giving new people a hard time I said, “That has not been my experience.” I wasn’t being contrary, I was being truthful. Vicki was super nice when she met me, she was very friendly last year meeting Lydia, and she was very nice to Shannon when they met. So that is my experience. Period.” Good point. Heather wasn’t around when Vicki met Gretchen or Alexis. “Clearly Shannon doesn’t care for me. She seems very quick to judge me, think the worst of me, and feels very comfortable talking behind my back (even when I’m at the table!). It’s a bummer because I thought we would be friends.” Heather has also noticed that Shannon seems to be in the Vicki/Tamra fan club & going in their criticisms.
Tamra Judge – Tamra Appreciates Lizzie’s Feistiness
Tamra begins by explaining her concerns for Ryan. “Ryan has been doing an wonderful job managing the front desk staff and I wanted to give him more responsibilities. The reason why I asked Ryan “what his plans were” was because as a mother you want your kids to be doing something they are happy doing.” Based on his history of floating through life, I can understand that she is concerned & wants to know that he’ll be successful in whatever he does. She explains that she wasn’t questioning him, just trying to make sure that he didn’t feel pressured into staying at her business. “I just wanted him to say to me, “I want to run the next CUT Fitness,” so I knew I wasn’t pushing him into doing something he wasn’t passionate about. But instead he got defensive thinking I was questioning his future plans like I did when he was younger.”
She then delves into the holiday dinner. “I don’t think Vicki was trying to be rude, she was just being Vicki. I know Vicki better than anyone and she has the biggest heart. But as we know, Vicki has a way with her words. She honestly cracks me up because I know she means no harm.” It didn’t sound light-hearted or harmless to me. Vicki reminds of Ramona, both have been on the show since the beginning & now think that they can treat the new girls however they want. “OMG, did Shannon and Heather really get in a fight over a chair? I am so confused about this whole incident and I was there.” I’m confused too. It was so stupid & petty.
Tamra also regrets talking about Brooks at the dinner. “I feel so bad about telling Lizzie that Brooks is not a good guy. Brooks and I are now in a different place and I wish I would have just kept my mouth shut and let her make her own decision. You will clearly see that as the season goes on that Brooks loves Vicki so much and that’s what we all want for her.”
Vicki Gunvalson – Time Will Tell With Brooks (last week) & “I’m Not Proud of How I Treated Lizzie”
Vicki finally posted last week’s blog on Friday. “It was great having dinner with Brooks at our local restaurant Hannah’s. We try to get together a few nights a week to catch up on each other’s lives.” That doesn’t sound much like a relationship, more like a business partner. “We still have the on-going conflict with Briana, which continue to causes stress in our relationship. I pray and hope that one day that they would be able to calmly sit down, be given forgiveness, and then move on. It would be good for all. Brooks is very sincere when he told me that he really hopes he has an opportunity to one day talk with her. Until then, we are taking it slow, asking for God’s hand on our relationship and to just take each day at a time.” I don’t see Briana giving in anytime soon.
As for this week, Vicki is upset about the way that she treated Lizzie when they first met. “All I can say is that is not the person who I want to be, nor am I proud of how I talked to her when we were in the limo.” She says that she has apologized to Lizzie.
“I felt bad that Heather was upset about me asking her to change seats so Shannon could sit by me. We happened to be in a conversation that wasn’t finished yet, so I thought it wouldn’t be a big deal to have Heather move down. Watching this episode I can see how both of them could be “bugged.” Sorry, Heather! Sorry, Shannon!” Oh, Vicki. She started the whole argument & didn’t get any of the heat. Vicki was hurt by Tamra’s remarks about Brooks. “I don’t know why she continues to say one thing to other people, and then something else to him and I. I’m at the point where I have to do what’s right for me and not care anymore what others think. Only I know what’s right for my life.” I thought that Tamra & Brooks were now in a better place?