Episode 5 “Meet The Tuckers”
The night before the wedding. In the finale for Kandi’s Wedding, we join family and wedding party members at the rehearsal dinner. Seems Todd could not bring himself to attend as this pre-nuptial agreement is pending approval and he didn’t want to make any waves in the meanwhile. I think he was afraid of losing his temper with the pressure he felt. So Todd and his best-men entourage were at another location, except one of his men who was clueless and at the rehearsal dinner with all the women. Kandi went to the ladies room to take a phone call from Todd, who was explaining his absence and he wanted to know how they could make this right. While emotionally making her points to Todd over the phone, in walks Joyce, who in my opinion was only there to comfort her daughter in the event her dream came true and the wedding were to be called off. Kandi was trying not to tell her mother too much, but was being lead in discussion and then we see Todd’s mother Sharon, exiting the ladies room. Being the wise woman she is, Sharon does not acknowledge either lady and basically runs like hell to escape.
Meanwhile, wedding party members, both with Todd and at the dinner in another location, are speaking to one another about the situation at hand – the unsigned pre-nup in the eleventh hour is on everyone’s mind. Is the wedding going to happen? Apollo tells Todd, that he should have bullet-point every issue he had with an attorney immediately and Todd agreed, he did mess that up. Todd’s buddies tease him a little bit about this pre-nup situation and one joking calls Todd a “baby Steadman”. Todd said the bottom line is he can not live without Kandi, so he needs to do what he needs to do to get married. At the dinner, more wedding party members are debating the issue with the pre-nup, this of course is being discussed before Kandi returned to the group. And Joyce, being the concerned and loving mother she is, went and found Kandi’s father, Titus and told him to go to Kandi and reinforce the importance that Kandi doesn’t marry without that document being signed. I’m sure Kandi’s father let that go in one ear and out the other.
It’s 2am that night and we see Todd leaving his hotel room and he arrives at Kandi’s house. The camera stayed outside of the house, but Todd had a mic on and he awakes Kandi and she said “you’re not supposed to be here.” Apparently Kandi was trying to follow the tradition of not seeing he bride before the ceremony. Todd asks if she could fix two issues, he will sign. Remove the 30 day period he has to evacuate the home in the event of divorce and change the articles related to what he is entitled after her death. Kandi says, okay, I’ll contact the attorney with that information.
Day of the wedding. Don Juan, Kandi’s manager, pushed into wedding planning, has a talking head where he talks about how crazy it was to put this together in 5 weeks and he will never again do such a thing. Todd is in his hotel room near the wedding venue. We see Sharon, come to visit her son Todd and she is getting an update on what has transpired and tells Todd that none of these legal matters should have come down to the last minute. I can’t imagine how hard it must be to plan for your separation or divorce within days of tying the knot, something like that would probably too much pressure for me, but Todd knows about productions and he’s got one in the works, so he marches forward to hang in there the best he can.
Along with Sharon is Kaela. She is the 17 year old daughter of Todd from a previous relationship. She lives with her mother in New York. Todd has a friendly co-parenting arrangement and they were never married. Kaela seems relatively quiet and a well-mannered young woman, I can imagine she and Riley might get along well. Derek J shows up to work with hair for several of the wedding party, I didn’t see him do Kandi’s hair, but I assume he did. Make-up artists are also working on members of the wedding party. Kandi seems to be in a hotel room, with family only, separate from other wedding party members. Seems to be a tranquil environment, and anyone who has either married or been wedding party member could maybe agree that the word tranquil very rarely fits the bill. But it did, that is, until Kandi’s mother, Joyce enters the room.
Joyce has her words, of course, none of which are positive or the likes of which a mother would issue a daughter on this special day. Joyce was to supply something old, a bracelet and just gives it to Tan, the Matron of Honor to put on Kandi, she surely doesn’t want to put it on her daughter. This whole scene just makes me shudder. Kandi’s daughter and Todd’s daughter are in the room, and within earshot of both, Joyce tells Kandi she has a great girl. Kandi corrects her to say she has great girls. Joyce was trying to imply she doesn’t accept Kaela as a family member. Kandi notices Kaela is withdrawn and Sharon said it’s because of what Joyce said. Sharon and Kaela exit the room, I tell you that Sharon is one smart woman, she knows when to duck out since that one occasion she had it out with Joyce. Kandi quizes her mother on what did you say to Kaela. Joyce denies saying anything, it appears though Kandi was present, but not aware Kaela could hear. Needless to say, Joyce and Kandi have an argument with voices raised and Riley yells at them to please stop. She pleaded with them before she runs off to cry in the bathroom. Joyce follows, she tries to console Riley. Joyce seemed to seriously be trying to console her grand-daughter, unlike her actions with her own daughter.
Joyce in a talking head says, “It sometimes seems Kandi is subservient to Todd – whatever that big head Napolean says and claps his hands, Kandi comes running.” Rico (the dress designer) brings in the dress and it’s revealed. This is the first Kandi has seen it completed and surprisingly Rico seems to want sympathy for working so hard and then he throws a sheet on the floor and the dress in it (it has a very large train and could not hang) picks up the sheet like Santa’s sack and walks out the door. I was astonished at how he handled the dress and furthermore, she’s not even getting a fitting, Rico is taking it straight to the venue where she will put it on just for the ceremony. Kandi seems happy though, so I’m on my own island of astonishment here.
An attorney, two witnesses, a notary and videographer show up in Todd’s hotel room. He is read the agreement and agrees and signs on video. The deed is done, the wedding can commence. Kandi very seriously was not going to marry him without this pre-nup. They are about three hours away from wedding time and we see the female wedding party members preparing and Cousin Weenie starts asking Joyce questions and Tan about had a coronary that she was engaging with Joyce about the legal documents, goodness knows where that could go, right? So Tan did her best to shut that down without going off on Weenie. I’m sure that seemed innocent, but we know what a short fuse Joyce has, let’s not fan the flames of a fire, alrighty? Kandi is lucky to have a friend in Tan.
Joyce continues to share her special brand of joy by saying her make-up makes her look dead. I can’t imagine how many people wanted to jump on that statement. Back with Kandi, she’s gone back into the zone, her tranquil state, with Joyce gone. I’ve never seen a bride so relaxed. Kwame, who is a friend, her stylist and a brides-man, shows up with her dress to wear to the venue. This was a very tight (why would you expect differently!) very short white beaded dress with cap sleeves and a higher neckline, there was an illusion panel as part of the top, sorry to say I don’t have a photo of this dress. She wore a corset underneath and filled out the dress in a va-va-voom sort of way. I’m surprised she went all out with this dress considering none of the wedding guests would see her in the dress, as she changed into her wedding gown and had a different, much simpler white dress for the party after the wedding.
The lions, a male and female in separate cages are placed outside the entry of the venue. Guests start to arrive. Todd meets the men in his bridal party for drinks and cigars, his friend toasts to “Love, Life and Happiness”. Sharon notes that Kandi is not nervous and Carmon says that you don’t need to be nervous when you’re doing the right thing. Kandi compliments Kaela’s dress. She and Riley are both in short white dresses. Phaedra stops in to see if all is well and they high five one another over the pre-nup is signed, sealed and delivered.
Guests are filling in the venue and Kandi has yet to take her car to the venue. I’m sensing Kandi will be late to her own wedding and that would almost be the norm, as we have witnessed her being routinely late in the course of her time on The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Cynthia and Peter arrive. I will make a list of guests later, in lieu of describing them as shown. I noticed that guests were subject to security detail with hand held body scanners. And the male lion outside took a liking to letting out a growl, almost if on cue for some of the guests that looked his way.
7pm, start time for the wedding and Kandi is just now leaving the hotel with Riley who is fretting they are late. There are some cute mother daughter moments, like Kandi reminding Riley why she suggested flats for the transport to the ceremony. Riley teetering in her high heels and complaining of her feet. A little prayer Kandi says in the car was sweet.
They arrive at the venue and to Kandi’s surprise and dissatisfaction, the bridesmaids are not dressed. To my shock, there are two women on sewing machines, apparently making last minute alterations. Kandi tells everyone, “What is going on? Can y’all get dressed please, people have been waiting over an hour!” As if they were waiting on the girls all this time! Kandi gets dressed and they don’t show the fuss with the dress, so I guess all is well there. I will let the pictures speak for the detail of the dress and Todd’s attire.
Kandi and Todd’s 300 guests have waited for 90 minutes past start time, so let’s get this wedding started. The setting is beautifully draped, with excellent lighting and there is a white center stage, with a gorgeous chandelier overhead and candles surround the round platform base. Q Parker, R&B recording artist begins singing and Todd makes his entrance following some of the female African style dancers who drop petals in his path. This actually looks more tasteful than it sounds.
Members of the wedding party escort one another to the stage. Apollo and Phaedra, being a couple in the party, get to walk together down the aisle and he, in a very natural way says to her that he loves her, and Phaedra replies, I love you too.
The male African style dancers come out and put on a big show and the cameras caught Tan grooving with the beat, which was quite funny. Some female dancers were left to cover Kandi with feathers. R&B singer, Mad Scientist singing a beautiful song, I don’t know what it was but he was singing about a Queen. It would have been appropriate to list music credits at the end of this episode, but they did not.
The feathers are lowered as the music changes to reveal the bride. She makes her entrance to a song sung by R&B singer Soulchild. Todd gets teary eyed while watching his bride approach. The officiator is Pastor Titus Burress, Kandi’s father. He reaches the part of the ceremony where he asks “does anyone present know of any lawful or scriptual reason that this wedding should not take place?” The camera shows a few people look anxious and then pans to Joyce who looks like a deer in headlights and in a voice over, by the art of perfect editing we hear her voice say “why in the hell is everyone looking at ME?” By the grace of God, she didn’t say word. The pastor asks who giveth away this woman and Joyce flippantly said “I do” in conjunction with turning her back to walk away rather abruptly. The pastor adds, “and I do, her father, Titus Burress.”
The ceremony continues without any specially written vows, at least none that are shown in the episode. They exchange rings. Apollo supplies the ring to Todd and Kandi was surprised to see it was a new ring, and not what she expected. Kaela and Riley are brought forward and each of the daughters are given a ring from their new step-parent to symbolize they are joined as a family. The bride and groom are announced and share a big wet kiss.
The wedding party exits and the guests were asked to leave to a reception area. The room they were wed in will be transformed to a party venue, with dance floor and stage for a band. Kandi and Todd are in a holding area before she goes for a dress change and Todd is already with a drink in hand and she asks him nicely not to get drunk. Joyce is filmed saying “she married now” as if it were some point of no return. Kandi sees her mother nearby and gestures for her to look at the ring, as to say it’s a new ring, mama, but Joyce simply shrugs her shoulders, as to say so what and made no attempt to even look at it.
As for the guests, we see Peter and Cynthia from Real Housewives of Atlanta. Peter is fairly put out with the fact that Joyce did not even acknowledge Todd while they were on the stage together. Cynthia didn’t seem to notice or care too much, I think she was scanning the room for people to talk to that were not Peter.
Other guests were, Porsha Williams and her sister Lauren, from Real Housewives of Atlanta. Porsha asked Lauren if she saw the tigers out front. Chuckles. Sheree, a former Real Housewife of Atlanta. She arrived solo and was hanging out with Miss Lawrence and Derek J as the two were tearing into Rico’s style and handling of the dress. Record producer, Jazze Pha. Monica, the singer. Sherri Sheppard, actress. Tamara Braxton, R&B recording artist. Kesha Knight Pullum, who you might remember as Rudy on The Cosby Show, was listed a friend of Kandi. Chef Roble, celebrity chef. Big Tigger, Radio Personality. You might also recognize Tiny (from TI and Tiny reality show) and Fantasia (a singer who came up from American Idol) who were bridesmaids. And of course, Phaedra and Apollo from Real Housewives of Atlanta were in the wedding party and are seemingly real life good friends with Kandi and Todd.
At the reception, Todd and Kandi are seated as people offer toasts. Derek J. eggs on Joyce to give a toast and she was the last to get up and do so. You could feel the guests who know her, holding their collective breath. Joyce said, “To my daughter Kandi, she seems very happy and to Todd, I hope you continue to make her happy.” Okay, everyone can exhale now, and let’s party!
The very elaborate and large cake is cut. They have the first dance. Everything is rather traditional. Guest join dancing and we see only a tiny little segment of this reception, such a shame, I would rather trade all the Joyce moments for the reception to have more time.
The music seemed fantastic and in a talking head Kandi said “this is the best party I’ve ever been to” and Todd said, “we could have sold tickets” and of course, as married couples do, Kandi balked in embarrasment that Todd said that. The bouquet was tossed, Porsha missed catching it and after she got up off the floor she dusted herself off saying at least she didn’t dive for it like that other woman. Chuckles.
Kandi and Todd privately, with cameras of course, speaking at the end of it all; Kandi said she went to a party and came home married. She said she knew it would come together and Todd airs that he could do with less last minute things and she argues they do last minute good together. I would agree to that fact. He wants to hear her say her new name and she says Burress-Tucker and that would be her legal name, but Todd was fishing for Mrs. Tucker, so she said it to make him happy and they drive off into the proverbial sunset…he actually did hoist her in the air and carry her out the room into an elevator. Todd may appear small in stature and proclaim not to work out, but he is strong!
Real Housewives Of Orange County
S9 E 12 “La-Bomb-ba”
Note: This week, while watching the “Next Food Network Star” I was introduced to the hilarious concept of “Resting Bitch Face.” It’s that face that someone unknowingly has when they’re listening, concentrating, or thinking – You know… the look on someone’s face that when isolated and taken out of context they look like a real “bitch.” I’m obsessing on pictures of people with acute cases of “Resting Bitch Face” or “RBF.” I’ve included some in this very recap – You’ll have to be the judge on who our biggest offenders are this week. Sadly, one of our biggest potential offenders didn’t have a thing to be bitchy about this week – So there aren’t any RBF pictures of Heather this week… But I’m sure there will be next week!
Remember last week… David and Shannon join Vicki and Brooks (Ugh) in Puerto Vallarta and stayed in a very small room for one whole night until Vicki’s bro gave up his room to them… Heather hires a chef… Tamra berated Eddie for not wanting to get up in the middle of the night to take care of their pretend robo baby which is just as fake as her boobs AND her personality… Lizzie is wrestling on the balance of career and family – Lizzie is trying to bring home the bacon and fry it up in a pan… (Sorry, gratuitous commercial reference here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0_uhUhqrbk)…
Let’s begin this week by remembering howVicki stated in a previous episode that she and Brooks (Ugh!) are an example of a healthy relationship. In this episode, Vicki said that in her next life she wants to be a marriage counselor… Let’s just let those bewildering words sink in for a moment, shall we? Vicki tells us she wishes she had surrounded herself with people who would have encouraged her to stay married to Donn. Right… As if Vicki has ever listened to anyone’s advice… ever!
Last week left off with “The Unhappys” arguing about David’s new taste for tequila. Shannon was telling David that everyone’s constant criticism of their relationship was making her crazy in her head. Some might say she didn’t have very far to go – but that’s a whole nuther Oprah. David just wants to have fun, puhleeze! They suck it up and return to the dinner table and apologize for their behavior. It sounded like a sincere apology… I was startled to hear one on this show…lol.
So because he’s a cross between a syrupy sweet Hallmark Card and a greasy used car salesman (No disrespect intended towards Hallmark or to sellers of previously-owned cars), Brooks offers his sage advice…Are you ready?… Okay, brace yourself… “A past doesn’t define our future.” Whoa… Dude, that’s oh, so deep! Thunderous applause rang throughout the universe… Angels sang… The heavens opened and sunlight drenched the face of this amazingly enlightened messenger of bumper sticker truths… And immediately everyone at the table bought into the snake oil being peddled by this reptilian snake of a man with a sneaky past and a highly questionable present. Me? I just gagged. The problem is that the words that he’s saying are essentially true… It just caused my entire body to recoil because he’s probably used that as a platitude over and over again to excuse himself from accountability for his own wrongdoings.
Everyone decides they’re going to go have fun and “Whoop It Up” at Andalés. Once there, the women all get up on the bar to dance and “Party like it’s 1999.” Vicki demonstrated that she was very comfortable dancing on top of that bar and almost looked like she was going to flash Brooks (Ugh!)… That Vicki is a wild one… However, for the record, none of them had fun glowy headband bows like they did last season when they danced on that same bar during Tamra’s bachelorette trip… Sigh… I miss Lydia…
Tamra, Eddie and Ryan are discussing things at CUT Fitness. Next month it will be their one year anniversary. They’ve recently had to raise the membership prices and Ryan is asked how the people are taking the new price structure. Ryan suggests that if they redo the floors that people would probably be more congenial to paying the higher prices. Eddie says that if they can’t make sales then they’re out of business. Because he’s an awesome son and employee, Ryan sarcastically wishes them, “Good Luck.”
Evidently, Eddie made a $30,000 mistake when he chose to put plank flooring on top of a cushioned floor. Tamra described it as trying to build a puzzle on a pillow – It just doesn’t work. Unfortunately, the fix is costly. CUT Fitness will also have to be out of commission while they’re redoing the floor so it will cost the struggling business even more money. Eddie looked cranky and probably a little embarrassed that they were discussing this subject on TV. I’m with him – It was incredibly stupid and short-sighted to air this dirty little floor secret to potential customers. I mean, why would anyone knowingly want to pay $149 for an unlimited 30-day membership to a gym with bad floors? I’m guessing they’re wishing right about now that they had taken better advantage of their free advertising opportunity when they were on, “Good Day LA.” Gooberheads.
Heather and all of the kids meet Terry for dinner at a restaurant. The kids are all antsy in their pantsy – They are so not sitting still for very long. Fortunately, Miriam (Nanny) magically appears and whisks the kids away to a different location for dessert while Heather and Terry remain at the restaurant sipping leisurely on their cocktails. I think the Nanny has a parrot umbrella. Heather tells us that the whole family has dinner together at home once or twice a week and they also go out for dinner together once or twice a week. I’ve got to hand it to them – It is not easy to get people with so many conflicting schedules together for a sit-down dinner a few times a week.
Heather tells Terry she thinks they should get a dog. In this week’s edition of, “I Kid You Not” Heather says that a rental home is a perfect place to potty train dogs. This just infurryates me (Thanks, Gretchen!) – Because in my opinion, this entitled attitude is just so wrong! What has happened to us as a society? I was taught to leave places better than when I arrived whenever possible and to return borrowed items the same or better as when I received them. It’s like Heather attended Brandi’s (Real Housewives of Beverly Hills) school of dog training which allows dogs to pee on rented wooden floors. I dunno, maybe it’s just me – but that attitude just irks me. I guess it’s the purposeful timing of getting the dogs while they’re renting that just kinda irritates me (Thanks, Milania!).
In order to be politically correct and so they don’t get any grief when they don’t adopt a rescue dog, Heather announces they will be making a donation to a rescue organization. Evidently, since Heather and some of the kids have known allergies to dogs, they need to be careful of the exact breed of dog they will adopt into their family. Since the pedigrees of rescue dogs are often uncertain – They’ve made the decision to make a donation to a rescue organization while carefully securing their pedigreed fur family through a different avenue. Terry astutely observes that it’s a guilt donation. Heather is oh, so NOT amused.
Meanwhile, in bikini-land, Lizzie and her “Sun Kitten Sales Rep” Trisha make a sales presentation to Donna (Owner of Molly Brown’s Swimwear). Lizzie’s suits are being modeled by Miss California USA 2013 – Mabelynn Capeluj. It’s very smart to have a beauty queen model your bathing suits. Lizzie says that she’s working her dupa off to make her company successful – and that no one is helping her. Well, unless you count her Dad who gave her $100,000 to start the company in the first place. Or Trisha… Or whomever is watching the kids while she makes her dreams come true… Or… or… or… but I think she meant that she’s not getting hands-on help with her business – Which, if that’s true – She should approach her business differently – There are lots of resources out there for people in her position.
Lizzie is tired of people who think her business is just a hobby (No names mentioned, Christian!) Lizzie asserts that she is growing a business and that she is a good designer… She’s ready for everyone else to believe in her like she believes in herself… (Clap your hands together – Don’t let Lizzie’s dream die! I believe! I believe!) I do think it’s kewl that her bikinis are manufactured in Santa Ana (Orange County).
Meanwhile, back in Puerto Vallarta, “The Healthiest Couple in the Entire World” is going horseback riding with “The Unhappys.” Vicki arranged for a really nice private lunch for “The Unhappys” next to a picturesque stream. Shannon, (You know the one who would do ANYTHING to save her marriage) told us that she was sleepy and ungratefully implied that she would rather have taken a nap. Wait, now… Who was it that said she wanted to spend more alone time with her husband? Who was that… Hmmm…. Don’t tell me – It will come to me any moment now… honest… (lol).
Shannon and David have a heart-to-heart talk about their relationship. Shannon acknowledges that she’s getting upset more often these days and that she’s in a bit of a slump. She seems to understand conceptually that David wouldn’t want to spend time with someone who complains all the time. Okay Shannon… Here’s an idea… STOP COMPLAINING! It’s really quite easy… It’s like the tool I used to use with the groups of adolescent girls with whom I worked… If any of them (and me too, for that matter) ever said something negative about something or someone – They would have to instantly name 3 good things about that same person. If they rolled their eyes about it or copped an attitude about it – The number of good things they would have to come up with would magically go up to 6… The beauty of it was that I didn’t even have to be the one who enforced it – They policed each other. Even now, I can raise my hand with my fingers signifying “3” and they ALL know what they have to do. And yes, even I had to come up with “3 Good Things” every now and then, too! The point is – It’s possible to curtail complaining – If teenaged girls can do it… Certainly Shannon can do it!
They talk about their argument the previous night during dinner. Shannon once again tries to unsuccessfully convince us that she was only telling the others at the dinner table that David had found a new drink (tequila). David spills the beans when he says that they had a previous conversation about him drinking tequila and that Shannon didn’t want him to drink it anymore. Evidently, David drank a lot of tequila at Heather’s “There’s a hoe down at the hoedown” party (I just never tire of that name…lol). David is not much of a drinker (remember when Shannon criticized him for that in a previous episode?) and it seems like tequila really affects David’s personality since he turns into someone Shannon doesn’t even recognize. David doesn’t want Shannon to tell him what he can and cannot do – He’s a responsible adult. He’s having fun and he’s happy and that alone should make Shannon happy. Shannon insists she is just telling him that she doesn’t recognize him when he drinks tequila and that it’s her way of controlling the situation.
Then, in a very transparent moment that seemed very genuine to me, Shannon communicates to David that she feels like they’re just roommates. They don‘t talk or spend any time together. David is tired of hearing Shannon say she wants to spend more time with him. He thinks they have an amazing life but he wishes they didn’t live the way they live. David says, “So I failed, and I kill myself for that.” He also says that it’s his issue and that at some point he hopes Shannon will forgive him. (Okay, I have no idea why he said he failed – it was NOT clear at all…At least not to me – It could be an alleged financial issue that requires him to work all the time – It could be an alleged infidelity issue – Heck, it could be that he picked the wrong color of paint for all I know… but there’s something way more than mere tequila at the root of this stuff…).
David expresses that he doesn’t see any action on Shannon’s part. David tells her he is “done with wasting my life.” He wants to be happy… He wants to come home and feel loved… Shannon blindly says that’s what she’s wanted for the last 13 years. He tells her that they don’t have it. And because she just can’t help herself, Shannon starts listing again her grievances against David: 1) You don’t sleep in the same room with me; 2) You don’t talk to me; 3) I don’t feel like you care about me; and, 4) I don’t believe that you love me. David just wants to be happy and to stop living an unhappy life. Shannon thinks he is saying he wants a divorce – He says that’s not what he said.
David challenges Shannon with the idea that she should want to be happy, too. She does – She wants to be happy WITH David. David thinks Shannon needs to be happy within herself [first]. Shannon thinks she is happy within herself but David disagrees. I think the whole world disagrees. Shannon says in her talking head that what she’s hearing him say is, “I’m not happy with you, Shannon.” It’s too bad she didn’t voice that to David at the time. Perhaps he could have clarified it for her.
David tells Shannon, “I do love you – The question is… Can I make you happy?” David thinks he doesn’t make her happy because if he did – She wouldn’t treat him the way she does. David thinks they have to find it in their hearts to forgive, to communicate differently, and to heal.
Tamra and Eddie log into the computer to access their final parenting results from their time with robo baby Astro. They call the company to help them understand the results from the computer-generated report. Basically, they failed on parenting their robo baby. Of course, Tamra took care of the baby way more than Eddie – but they still failed overall. Eddie could NOT care less since he doesn’t want any more kids at this point of time. I’m hoping this is the last we’ll hear of this very silly storyline.
The “The Healthiest Couple in the Entire World” is having dinner with “The Unhappys” in Puerto Vallarta. They talk about how disappointed David and Shannon are with Tamra and Eddie. While Tamra has said she’s sorry, Shannon doesn’t know if their relationship can ever be repaired. Brooks (Ugh!) voices his disapproval that Vicki still sees and talks to Tamra after the way she treated him. Yeah, well, she’s a coworker, Mr. Rocket Scientist. Vicki says she doesn’t trust openly anymore and that she’s always on high alert – Especially with Tamra. This trip has solidified Shannon and Vicki’s friendship. I’m sure they will be exchanging friendship bracelets any day now…
Heather and family are preparing their house for their two new furry family members. As they’re constructing the indoor fenced area – One of the kids asked if it was going to be shaped in a circle – Heather said, “No, more like a rhombus.” Lol… Heather can’t help herself from correcting people, can she? I doubt many of her kids (ages 10 and under) understand the term “rhombus” but okay… lol… Heather attempted to lay down the law that when the kids walk the dogs they will have to pick up their poop. Heather realizes the care and upkeep of the dog will fall on her shoulders… But I think it will also likely fall on the Nanny, the assistant and the chef… lol… All the kids are sitting down on chairs when their two fur siblings arrive and they can barely contain themselves with excitement… I think I heard one of their names is “Champers” (Insert gratuitous eye roll here at naming a dog after Heather’s beloved word for champagne – “champs”) and the other one sounded like “Oscar” but don’t hold me to it…
Vicki is back from Puerto Vallarta and is busy at work. Tamra visits Vicki at her office. They of course talk about Shannon’s issues with Tamra. Vicki was surprised that Tamra shared with Heather things that Shannon told her in confidence. We previously saw footage that Tamra also phoned Vicki about the whole thing, too – but evidently THAT’s okay. Tamra tries to justify why she told Heather about Shannon’s marriage. Vicki is dumbfounded that Tamra initially lied to Shannon. Tamra’s mad at Heather because Heather betrayed her trust. Oh sure, Tamra knows what she did was wrong… BUT she immediately asserts that it’s not great what Heather did, either. Tamra correctly says that it would be hypocritical of her to confront Heather about telling others about Shannon’s marital problems when she, herself did the same exact thing. Somehow, Vicki doesn’t think it’s hypocritical because she thinks there’s a difference between the two types of gossip. On one hand, Tamra shared because she was trying to endear Heather towards Shannon and it was kept between just the two of them…. While on the other hand, Heather gossiped to a table full of women just to gossip… However, Vicki does think that it was malicious behavior from both women. Vicki told Tamra that Shannon said she would never trust her again. Okay, so now, Vicki is a blabbermouth, too! Vicki said she told Shannon how Tamra had hurt her in the past – and Tamra quickly said, “Well, you hurt me, too!” Vicki and Tamra get into a “Who Hurt Who Worse” competition where no one wins BUT everyone gets hurt…
Next week… A couple’s friendship summit between Brooks & Vicki and Terry & Heather takes place… There’s a party at Lizzie’s family beach house complete with hula dancers and fire eaters… Shannon confronts Tamra about telling her that Terry said something like, “Let’s take the Beadors down” while Tamra stands there and looks at her quizzically… As they sit around the dinner table, Terry shouts across the table to David about this alleged quote… David tells him he shouldn’t be the one talking… Shannon doesn’t want Heather to spin this negatively on her again and she stomps off while telling everyone how they will ALL see the truth (about Heather)… It’s driving Shannon crazy that Heather is spinning everything to seem like all Shannon does is yell at her…
That’s it for this week… Thanks for reading… Hope to see you next week! Happy Trails!
Happy Birthdays for July 7th
Let’s Chat on this blog for the July 8th episode of Real Housewives of New York “Something To Sing About”