Bravo has a Difficult Choice to Make with Kim Richards by Veena
Kim Richards is a train wreck. Her recent arrest for trespass, resisting arrest, battery on a police officer and being drunk in public after an incident at a Beverly Hills Hotel (the Polo Lounge) was just another pile of poop in the shitstorm she’s stirred up all year. Readers of the House of Hilton might remember stories about her mother – Big Kathy – boozing it up all over town and a 14-year old Kim having to drive around town cleaning up the mess. And who could forget her stepmother’s recount of Kim drunk and jumping up and down on a bed while her dying-father was hospitalized. But in a family that includes niece Paris Hilton – with her very public drug arrests and sex tape – and nephew Conrad Hilton, who just over a month ago reached a plea on his “rant on a plane” case where he called other passengers peasants – this type of behavior seems to be business as usual. Paris and Conrad’s mother is Little Kathy – the sister who Kim claims has been supportive (read enabling).
But back to Kim. Kim is part of an ensemble team of women on a reality show – but according to Kim – much of her life is off limits. This includes ANY mention of her dog Kingsley – you know the dog that bit a family friend – a friend that is now suing Kim – and coincidentally contributed to the book I mentioned earlier. Kingsley is off limits not because of the legal battle, but rather because Kim thinks of him like her child. You can not make this stuff up – and as far as I could tell she was sober when she made the statement. Another topic that was off limits was any mention of the Palm Springs home sister Kyle allegedly stole from her – and by off limits I mean Kim didn’t want Kyle to be able to give a reasonable explanation of how she bought her two sisters out of their share in the house. Kim seemed to feel that Kyle’s payment to her was a loan and not a buy out. You took money – you signed papers – live with it. BTW if the topic wasn’t off limits, I’d love someone to ask Kim why she didn’t just purchase the house when Kyle put it up for sale. It hadn’t appreciated in price (due to the recession). I’m sure her favorite sister Kathy could have loaned her the money. What also is not off limits is Kyle posting photos of her daughter Alexia in the hospital getting an IV antibiotic drip after Kingsley bit her hand. You see, that isn’t off limits because Kim blames Kyle for causing too much of a fuss – which required Kingsley to be sent to doggy rehab – and that – combined with the press – led to the darkest period in Kim’s life. Darker than losing her parents, or her fiance, darker than her first husband terminally ill with cancer. One thing is for sure, if Bravo invites Kim back, nothing will be off limits. The last person to pull the off-limits card was Ramona Singer – and that earned her the threat of being demoted to friend status.
So what should Bravo do with Kim? On one hand, she’s sure giving people things to talk about. She’s finally headlining the tabloids; she just may have become as much of a household name as her niece Paris. On the other hand, she’s a pain in the ass to film, and she’s toxic to her castmates. Last season on Housewives she pulled a Lance Armstrong – deflecting, belittling and attacking until the other ladies were too worn out and weary to deal with her. Funny thing is, they were just worried about her sobriety. Because she has a reason for her assholeness – if she does return to the show the other ladies will likely sweep it all under the rug and move on. Or maybe not. She’s already had her Mulligan.
And now she’s – get the – blaming the show – and the reunion in particular – for driving her to drink. In the latest in this saga that surrounds Kim, TMZ is reporting that Kim binge watched the reunion at daughter Brooke’s house — and was so upset she stopped at the lounge on her way home and started to drink. As many of Lynnfam’s readers called it – it was all Lisa Vanderpump and Lisa Rinna’s fault. Why LVP? Kim thinks that Lisa V told Kyle that Kim didn’t want her at Brooke’s wedding – and drove a wedge between the sisters. Nevermind that the sisters hadn’t been talking for months after Kingsley bit Alexia’s hand, and Kim refused to take any responsibility. Other contributing factors to the relapse according to TMZ:
- Monty’s illness
- The pressure of planning Brooke’s (second and much more elaborate) wedding
- Financial issues (TMZ says she receives no child support – does that mean she also doesn’t receive a spousal settlement – I’ve suspected as much – if she received $20,000 a month she’d have a stable place to live.
- Her son Chad was released from UCLA Medical Center hours before the meltdown
And just why was she binge-watching the reunion? To fulfill her contractual obligations to Bravo to blog – read – they wouldn’t cut her final check until she turned in her homework. One might remember she appeared to be using Brandi’s blog writer mid-way through the season – their blogs had a weird twisted logic harmony – but when episodes of her Amsterdam tirade aired, she removed herself from social media and didn’t approve any ghostwritten blogs. I’ve always suspected she doesn’t watch the show – and lives in her own altered sense of reality. Brooke probably told her to at least watch and cut aunt Kyle a break before submitting another bizzaro-Brandi like blog.
I have a solution for Bravo and the other lades. Give Kim her own show. Or let her have a show with Kathy Hilton and her spawn. Let Kyle Richards stay on housewives, and draw a chalk line down the center of Beverly Hills so each group stays on their own side. Better yet – toss Brandi Glanville over to the Kim/Kathy/Paris/Conrad side of the line, and see how long they survive before they start feeding on each other. It wouldn’t really matter to me what they did – I wouldn’t be watching. Or just drop her. Maybe she’s pulled a Jill Zarin with this latest TMZ article and is too toxic to deal with – even if she is able to pull in ratings. She has claimed in the past that she credits the show with her sobriety – so now that the show has driven her to drink – she’s given Bravo a clear out.
I get that she’s got a disease – but that’s no excuse for her being such an asshole this season, and that’s what I have the problem with. As her castmates would say – own your shit. My one true hope is that this kicks Kim into “get help” mode, and she realizes that being on a reality show, and her addiction to fame, is just as damaging as the drinking – and probably related. One thing is for sure – after last season – sister Kyle isn’t likely to be there to pick up the pieces.
RHOMelbourne – S2, Ep 7 ~ Manila Bound by Reality_Bytes
(Loosely Translated ~ The Gina Attack!)
Worthy Note: During last week’s episode, there wasn’t a single **WOW** or **Shine Shine Shine** ~ and we all survived…just sayin’!
Jackie, Lydia and Petti Shopping
This week opens with Lydia sharing that the top end of Collins Street in Melbourne is like the ‘Paris of shopping’, and Jackie, Lydia, and Petti are walking down (or up) the street lined with stores like Prada, Rolex, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Gorgio Armani.
Lydia thinks it will be a great time to take Petti shopping (short memory of the other excursions I guess) to catch up with her since her return from Sydney…the sales lady greets Lydia coming through the door and Lydia remarks to the girls that she has been shopping in that store since she was 18…Jackie says oh really, and Petti says that has been a long time!
DC/Lydia: The store knows what I like and when they shop in Paris they shop specifically for some of their clients, and I am one of them…HA HA HA
Then she asks if she ‘can’ try a dress on…the sales person says yes.
(NOTE TO LYDIA: ‘can’ indicates capability…’may’ indicates permission.)
Jackie’s response to anyone asking her if she likes something is “Very couture dahling!”
Jackie tries on a fur jacket, stating she bought one in Italy and it is very couture, and turns to the sales person and asks if it is real…she sales person says it is, and Jackie says I’m psychic…I pick up on images…(Then you should have known it was real Jacks…just picture the label!)
DC/Jackie: I don’t like wearing real fur AT ALL…if I do wear fur, it is always faux fur.
Lydia asks Petti how the Sydney trip went and Petti says it was like an eye opener for her because ever since met the girls they were all warm to her and then she started noticing little things building up with Gina. She goes on saying there was suddenly a puzzle in front of her and she started putting the pieces in. Lydia nods in agreement. Petti says it doesn’t look like a nice puzzle to her and Jackie quickly asked what happened. Petti goes on to relay the faux pas she made at the gallery about ‘whoever’ the painter was, and Petti is upset that Gina called her out mid-sentence. Lydia tries to explain about Gina in a nice way, but she has an epic fail when she states that Gina is always in work mode. Lydia said she should have talked to Gina one-on-one right then and explained what you were trying to say…Petti said there was too many cross conversations going on, and Jackie immediately says ‘you need to talk louder then’ and then starts lecturing to the camera (and all I could hear was the WAAH WAAH WAAH sound from Charlie Brown and Snoopy.) Lydia gets them to stop talking and get down to the business of shopping…so Jackie takes a pair of pants from the rack and gushed over them saying they were soooooooooooooooo couture!
Cash’s First Dog Show
Gamble has entered Cash in a dog show at the Royal Melbourne Show and she is really excited to see how he does because it is his first competition. She picks up her armband, goes to her bench to brush Cash and says she is really nervous because she has never shown a dog before and she doesn’t know what she is doing. Next she is seen walking him around saying she has not practiced with him, but he does know a few things…like how to walk, but not much else. She has on a nice red dress with a long sweater type full length cape thingie, and she chose leopard shoes! Gina arrives at the Dog Show to support Gamble…she says she has never been to a dog show but she has seen them on TV, so she is expecting a lot of cuteness!
First is the high jump (which is really only onto a bale of hay) and Gamble says he has had plenty of practice jumping on the bed and the other furniture so the trainers have to run with the dogs on a leash and the dogs are supposed to jump over it, I think but Cash stopped with his front paws on the hay, and wouldn’t go over even with Gamble prodding him saying “upsies”.
Next is the retrieving exercise…the trainers take them to an object and the dog is supposed to pick it up and return with their owner to the starting place. First Cash wanted to play with the toy, and then somehow Gamble dropped the leash and off he went carrying the toy in his mouth…Gamble is running across the grass in heels and she finally caught him.
Next is the dressing stage…where the owners place a coat or sweater on the dogs and Gamble was able to get Cash into a cute little coat. Then they give out the awards, and Gamble doesn’t think he will win one…and who’d-a-thunk-it…but Cash walked away with the 3rd place prize.
Gamble believes Cash won 3rd instead of 4th because the owner of the 4th place dog didn’t blow dry her hair that morning and the judges must have taken into consideration the owner and the dog as a team! Gamble is pretty cute with her naïve ways…and Cash seems happy enough, so who knows what kind of career Cash will have, eh?
Janet Has Lunch with “Some” of the Ladies
Janet, Chyka, Jackie, Manuela (I think) and Lydia meet for lunch so Janet can chatter and update everyone on her Tea Business (thought she was a property developer.) with her son Jake. Jackie looks like she is wearing one of Ben’s shirts with long shirttails as a dress…except Ben just wears T-shirts. Janet is telling the story again of how when Jake was 22 he was in a fire and very badly burned.
Janet said her son Jake was keen to start a foundation for other burn patients but they didn’t know how they were going to fund it, and Janet had just introduced him to the teas because during the healing process he was very toxic because of all the medicine he had been taken…so they decided to take a dollar from every bag of tea sold to fund the foundation. They have six different teas and are working on two more. It was just something to get him interested in and to get him up off the couch during his recovery. Janet says if nothing happens from anything else, she has her boy back.
Jake has found a lady in the Philippines who is a Tea Master (prelude to their Manila trip I suppose). This tea master can identify the flavor of hundreds of different teas, and Janet says she is going to the Philippines to meet the Tea Master. She asks the ladies if they want to go and you would have thought she just divvied up lottery winnings.
Lydia asked if she was inviting all of the ladies and she says yes we can make it a bit of a holiday! (Then of course she has to snark about Gamble and Gina hoping they will behave!)
Tempest, (Gamble’s sister) heads to Melbourne to get her cosmetic work done, and the ladies are sitting having a drink (is alcohol good right before Botox?) Tempest started out by saying “After I ripped Janet’s head off how are you getting along? I am sorry about that but she infuriated me.”
Gamble explains to Tempest that other than the cat fights, Janet is really a good person. She goes on to say she doesn’t look as forward to seeing her as much as seeing Gina, but that Janet has invited all the ladies to go to the Philippines, and that she is going to go.
Gamble then asks what kind of cosmetic work she is getting done and Tempest explains it to her, and then Gamble explains the after effects including they won’t let you leave the facility until you poop…LOL…TMI! Gamble tells her after the recovery she wants to take Tempest shopping and get her some outfits and shoes, etc. to go along with Tempest’s rejuvenated face and attitude.
Lunch with Chyka and Jackie
Chyka and Jackie head down the street and into The Toff In Town ostensibly to continue organizing Gambles Hen’s Party…so they are on a venue search. They enter an area with a small stage and vintage look and Chyka suggests some type of Cabaret entertainment, and Jackie looks at her like this…
Chyka goes on to explain her thoughts, and goes on to waiters with bowties and no shirts and a few more ideas.
DC/Jackie: Wait till she sees what else I have in store for her.
OK so we remember from last week that Chyka said Gamble doesn’t want strippers, and yet Jackie said she is going to do it anyway, so, they walk over to the stage and Chyka says can we go behind the curtain and see what is behind there? Jackie says OPEN THE CURTAINS, and the music starts and the curtain parts and there are the strippers!!! However after Chyka finishes laughing she asks if they get to see them and Jackie says yes, so Chyka sits down and says “entertain us boys.”
The construction worker stripper borrows Jackie and sits her in a chair on stage and starts his routine.
DC/Jackie: Says she knows she is out there and loud but when it comes to this, she gets embarrassed – she guesses from how she was brought up.
DC/Chyka: I am surprised by Jackie’s reaction, I would have thought she would have embraced it…but she kind of backed away and was a little bit prudish…who’d have thought!
The Policeman stripper comes and gets Chyka and takes her to the stage, and Jackie whoops with delight, and the stripper starts HIS routine.
Y’all just have to see this part…moving on…but suffice it to say, Chyka has changed her mind about having strippers…(I gotta tell ya…after all that has gone down about this with Gamble, I wouldn’t have done it for her Hen’s Party I don’t think.)
Crown Casino – Southbank
This is the Shane Warne Charity Poker Tournament Lydia spoke of in earlier episodes. You see Lydia, Jackie, Chyka and Petti walking into the casino. Remember Lydia is an ambassador to this charity.
Shane sees the ladies walk in and he joins them at the Step-and-Repeat
The ladies all sit down at one table, and Petti says to the DC that she has played before but never with Shane Warne…(I am blown away she didn’t say she was an expert poker player.)
Chyka says she doesn’t know anything about poker other than there are cards and money and wants to know if they can play an open (practice) hand first and Lydia says no…and they should just let her win and then laughs. Petti is seen picking her cards up off the table (which no real poker player would do…LOL), Jackie says she is hungry and someone brings some food around. They were all given 10k in chips, and Petti bets what she thought was $200 but was $2000 instead. Petti then asks Lydia how she knows Shane and how long she has known him, then puts her foot in her mouth insinuating he is gorgeous and they have great chemistry…and Lydia has to explain in her DC… “they are great mates!” Petti was obviously insinuating otherwise.
Chyka though she would catch on quickly and she hasn’t and Lydia is telling her to fold because she (Lydia) has better cards than Chyka…the hand is played and Lydia was bluffing…but won the money, and meanwhile Jackie is eating one of everything in sight!
I don’t know about you, but I was pretty much thinking this was just a fun episode until I remembered the highlights from the last episode, so now I am waiting for the other shoe to drop.
Petti called her housekeeper Lia in by the closet and she says she needs help. Petti says it is time to pack and she will go through the clothes and hand off the clothes to be taken and laid out on the bed, and then the two of them can decide which clothes Lia packs.
She picks one outfit after the other saying only the designer’s name as she hands them off…she puts on some God awful hat and asks Lia if it is sexy, and Lia laughs and says “it’s ok”…Petti says she doesn’t dress to please any of the other ladies, she dresses to look FABULOUS and that is all that matters. Now she explains that all her clothes need to be wrapped in the tissue paper in the suitcase. The woman says “everything?” and Petti says “Yeah, everything.”
Next she brings out 6 handbags and asks Lia to try and fit them all in. They get everything in half the suitcase and Petti says to leave the other half empty so she can shop. Geez that was scintillating…NOT!
Lydia’s housekeeper, Johanna comes in to help her pack and tells Lydia about the weather and the traffic in the Philippines. Lydia asks if there are traffic lights. Johanna assures her there are and Lydia is amazed…Hmmm…then Johanna gives Lydia an envelope to give to her parents if she stops to see them…Lydia gives her a big hug and says if she doesn’t see them for some reason she will post it to them.
Arrival in Manila
The ladies (minus Jackie) arrive at Solaire Resort and Casino and walk into the lobby. Janet speaks to the concierge and says “Party for Roach”…Gamble says “and what a party that is going to be”…and Janet says “Ah this is my kind of place they have drinks waiting for us!”
Jackie and her Stylist
Jackie and her stylist Lyan who is from the Phippines are going over Jackies clothes. Jackie says she can’t live without him especially when traveling. (Really??? She has a stylist and still wears what she does? I haven’t seen him on any other trips.)
Lyan pulls a lot of clothes out of the closet when Jackie asks if he has anything cute for dinner. Then she spots an outfit and says…(all together now) “Oh that’s so couture.” And then she does a DC and explains that couture is her new word now and that this is couture and that is couture…and says it 5 times in a row, before she blows it by saying sometimes she even says she is having a very couture breakfast. Bless your heart Jackie, do you often have tailored or fashion-designed eggs and bacon?
She asks him how to say SHINE, and he doesn’t know even though Manila is his hometown, and then she asks how to say ‘I have arrived’…he tells her and of course she butchers it as badly as LaMascara…moving on now…
Gina, Gamble and Chyka decide the need a glass of champagne, and they propose a toast of good shopping and having fun together.
Chyka mentions to Gina she wants to ask her a question about Petti’s book because Petti has asked her to read it and she is, but said she Googled it and found someone in America who has done a book called ‘Bitch Switch’ as opposed to Petti’s ‘Switch the Bitch’ and asks if there is any legal problem with that?
Gina says it could be a problem and asked if Petti knows, and wonders if the content is the same. Gina wonders if it is plagiarism, and says in her DC it sounds like it might have been. Gina goes on to say she has a problem with the title because she believes Petti is trying to empower women, but that she is actually degrading women by calling them Bitch…Chyka agrees.
DC/Gina: If I walked into a store to buy a book about empowering women, I probably wouldn’t buy one with the word Bitch in the title.
Then Gina looks over at Chyka and says “I reckon she should flick the bitch”
Gamble tries to say Feminist (which she cannot say to save herself, bless her heart), and says she can’t say it, and speaks in her DC about people making fun of how she talks and she says it embarrasses her and she is trying to work on it. Gina says in her DC that it is hard for people to hear how they say their words…and goes on to give the example that Petti doesn’t think she has an accent.
Janet and Lydia and Petti are now setting out to shop (No Jackie with either bunch). They see a jewelry store and Lydia loves pearls and is trying on a necklace, and then Janet points out a line of jewelry called Petite Fleur to Petti who called it Pettifleur (granted they both mean the same thing but are spelled differently which totally goes over her head) and Petti was amazed at seeing it and says she almost pee’d her petti-pants. Petti then drags Lydia over to a showcase and shows her a Pettifleur ring…
DC/LYDIA: Well Pettifleur can be a bit fluffy and cute and tizzy at times, and that ring was fluffy and cute and tizzy. (At least Tizzy is the word I think she is saying…I thought it was cheesy at first, but I kept trying to listen).
The girls suggest she take a picture of the ring and send it to Frank. Petti insists she buys what she needs for herself she doesn’t need him to buy it for her, she has her own money.
Janet goes on to explain how the pearls are more a gold color when coming from the Philippines. Petti says “speaking of where things come from…(really rotten segue here) there has been comments and snippets made by a certain person, about my race, and my accent. Lydia says BY WHOM…SAY IT…because we don’t know who you are talking about.
Petti says “IT’S GINA…and I wanted to know if you noticed because she has commented on my accent and referred to me by nationalities I’m not, and I have been here since my late teens and haven’t heard as many comments all those years as I have heard from her, Hmmm…she says she thinks there is a pattern here.
In jumps Lydia summing it all up saying Petti is being petty is frustrated at Gina’s little comments…it’s not cool. (WHERE IS LUANN WHEN YOU NEED HER?)
AND IN BLUNDERS PETTI CALLING GINA RACIST! Oh NO she DI’INT…OH YES SHE DID! PettiGirl you just took a huge leap out of your league with that remark!
Janet jumps in and says Gina is not racist.
- A person who believes in racism, the doctrine that one’s own racial group is superior or that a particular racial group is inferior.
There ya go Petti! Please learn of which you speak!
DC/Janet: I do understand a little bit about what Petti is saying because it is Gina’s sense of humor to “take the mickey” (I am gonna have to look that one up…LOL) I have known Gina a long time and I have never ever see her be racist. (This must be the impetus for the fight that happens from the previews last week.)
Lydia tells Petti to “chat to her” sit her down and say it does disturb me and let her explain what she means. Petti says she would like to do that, and it is my guess only that it WON’T happen one-on-one like it should!
DC/Janet: I think it is a very good idea that Petti bring it up with Gina, because it is the only way they are going to clear the air. I think that Gina is going to take it as an attack…I think it will be a very interesting conversation…and I do hope it happens in front of me! (Quick to jump to Gina’s defense you were… and just as quick to want there to be a fight!)
The ladies, or part of them as in Janet Gamble, Petti and Chyka, were having a glass of champagne on the rooftop terrace and looking at each other and laughing about the huge amounts of hairspray they used and their hair is still sticking up in the air due to the humidity. Then Janet asks only Chyka if she will go with her to see the Tea Master, and goes on about how famous she is blah blah blah…
The ladies all arrive at 71 Grammercy for dinner…Janet assures us she checked and it is the best restaurant in Manila.
OMG…Lydia in her DC said the restaurant was on the seventy oneth floor…so it was extremely high…PRICELESS Lydia…just priceless… bless your heart!
Jackie sitting at the head of the table wants to know what the ladies were up to all day… and then shovels food in her mouth.
One said pearl shopping…Jackie said ballso…Gina asked what ballso meant…Jackie said boring…now Jackie thinks Petti looks sad or something…(doing a head tilt here)
(KEEP YOUR ARMS AND HANDS INSIDE UNTIL THE RIDE COMES TO A COMPLETE STOP, because Petti is gonna switch to her bitch!)
Now Petti asks Chyka is she has been reading her book, and Chyka says yes she usually doesn’t read self-help books but she loves what she has read, but she is not sure that the word Bitch is the right word to use when speaking of oneself and Petti says that is why she explained it in the first Chapter.
Chyka went on to say that the constant use of the word bitch she thought was quite confronting. Then she says she did a bit of a Google and in America there is someone who has released a book and it is called ‘Bitch Switch’. And then Chyka said the magic words (that she had talked to Gina earlier about it)…Gina tries to tell Petti something and Petti tells her to stop interrupting and let her talk! SO THERE GINA…LOL…
Gina salutes her and says ‘aye aye Captain.”
Petti goes on saying that her son checked and saw there was another book by a similar title but it was about switching your bitch on and off…
Gina says “Oh then you did know”…
Petti says yes and the story was completely different…not interested…don’t care!
(Mind you, everyone around the table is sitting there with concerned looks on their faces while Petti is snarking.)
DC/Chyka: Petti is passionate about that title, she does not want to change it, she totally has blinkers (blinders) on in that respect.
Gina says people might buy the wrong one…
Petti snarks back at Gina saying they are not going to buy the wrong one…what do you think they are stupid?
DC Petti: (Loaded for bear against Gina) That comment about people getting confused by the title is Goobley Gosh.
Gina…don’t you think the word bitch is derogatory?
Petti…I’ll tell you what
Gina…It’s really demeaning
Gamble…said something about a Fenamist, (Feminist) and Gina was saying it that way and come to find out Gamble has a hearing issue doesn’t hear some sounds so it sometimes affects her speech because she isn’t sure what it is supposed to sound like.
Gina…says the title to her is a bit off-putting
Petti…read the book
Gina…trying to explain to Petti that the book is about empowering women and by using the word bitch it is demeaning instead…
A ton of crosstalk and Jackie stopped eating long enough to say it is about the inner bitch…blah blah…Gina is looking at it from the consumer point-of-view and says just that, and Petti snarks about there is a lot that Gina doesn’t like. (Another segue into a fight)
Gina says “There is? I don’t know about that”
Petti says EVERYTHING…I hear you constantly bitching…
Gina says something about oh you know me well (NOT!)
Petti says constantly bitching or something like that…Jackie looks like she is choking on whatever words she was about to say, Janet is quiet (no doubt hoping for a good fight without her in it.)
Gina says “You can bet I am not interested in your opinion and you can keep it to yourself, thank you.”
Petti says “I just gave it to you!”
Gina (she’s gonna do it…she’s gonna throw that napkin down on the table) “Well I don’t want to hear your little opinion…can’t understand the rest
Petti…Big or little which one?….
Gina is trying to keep things lite and is saying Big or little big or little
Jackie is winking at someone at the table…gee and no one chastised her for not paying attention to what was going on…Gina should have looked at her and said WHAT ARE YOU WINKING AT?
Gina says she won’t read her book now that she knows her and she didn’t see that little turn coming…
DC/Gina: Oh Petti dahling, get a life, really!
Next week…Manila Part 2
- Petti has set the racist stage with her remarks and brings it up at dinner even after being told to do it with just Gina alone
- Now Petti says Gina has been making comments about her color
- Gamble lashed out at Petti saying she has not and calls Petti a liar
- Jackie jumps in and says this person is not your friend (to Gamble) she wanted to throw you and you (pointing at someone else) under the bus.
- Gina returns with…I reckon your demons possess you (to Jackie)
- Janet yells STOP THAT…Jacks tells Gina she needs to get laid…
- Gina tells Jackie to FO
- Jackie flips Gina off…while yelling FU
- In a new scene…Petti asks how Gamble buys stuff and asks if she gets an allowance or something…
Y’all come on back next week…ya hear? Bless their hearts!
Million Dollar Listing New York Season 4 Episode 1 by NotInStCyr
Welcome to Season 4 of Million Dollar Listing New York, in which we’ll accompany Fredrik, Ryan and Luis as they sell some of Manhattan’s most exclusive and expensive real estate to the world’s 1%. If you participated in Occupy Wall Street or believe in the redistribution of wealth, this is not the show for you. Last season, Fredrik Eklund made some of the biggest and most prestigious property deals in the city. However, his professional success was dimmed by his husband Derek’s refusal to have a daughter (already named Milla by Fredrik), because he preferred to concentrate on his artistic career. Ryan Serhant, our resident bad boy and ladies’ man, took baby steps out of the primordial slime and began to evolve into a kinder, gentler and monogamous man, thanks to the positive influence of his girlfriend, Emilia. Luis Ortiz also made some impressive sales last year that improved his professional credibility. However, he still longed to do business in the upper echelon of New York real estate lorded over by brokers like Fredrik and Ryan. Fredrik recognized a kin ambition in Luis and tried to steer him into building relationships with budding developers. Unfortunately, Luis’ insecurity and bad history with Fredrik led him to angrily rebuff Fredrik’s awkward, but heartfelt, attempt at mentorship. By the end of the season, Luis and Ryan had developed a friendship based on their mutual dislike of Fredrik, and Fredrik felt like a cake left out in the rain.
This year, Fredrik boasts that he has the number 1 real estate team on the East Coast with gazillions of dollars in sales. Feeling generous, as well as curious about the changes he’d recently noticed in Ryan, he decided to approach him about doing a deal together. This attempt to mend fences would be commendable, if it weren’t for Fredrik’s Grinch-like glee about the possibility of breaking up the bromance between Ryan and Luis.
What Fredrik didn’t know, was that the relationship between Ryan and Luis was already kaput. Just like a guy, Luis had refused to return Ryan’s phone calls, which made Ryan receptive to Fredrik’s overture. We then hear Luis, who sports a boulder-sized chip on his narrow shoulders, raging about Ryan and Fredrik’s lack of integrity, and how he would never let business change the essence of who he is, because he “doesn’t work for money.” Hmmmm – if that were the case, why don’t we see Luis tooling around New York in a Prius, instead of a brand new Maserati?
Fredrik is feeling cocky about having sold 24 out of 25 units at 215 Sullivan in Greenwich Village for $150 million in under 3 months. So, when he meets with the building’s 2 developers, he’s taken aback by their no nonsense attitude and aggressive push to sell the last unit in the building. They pressure him to sell the self-contained 3-story townhouse for the asking price of $17,250,000 and, worst yet, warn him not to do any “high kicking”. That is like taking away one of Fredrik’s super powers.
Thanks to Bravo, we now know where Meryl Streep and Gwyneth Paltrow live, because Luis has a new listing in the same Laight St. building. The seller reluctantly agrees with Luis’ suggestion to lower the asking price from $5.3 million to $5.1 million, to pay to stage his unit and to relocate his family until the sale is made. We also see Luis push the stager into furnishing the unit for a lower price as a favor. Although he may feel like an outsider in New York, Luis probably benefits from the ability to network in the city’s large Puerto Rican community. Many of the people he deals with on the show, like the seller and stager, are Latinos.
Ryan has also realized that working with developers on new projects is the path to riches. He meets with someone referred by his girlfriend who wants him to sell the 4 remaining units in a high-end building within 30 days. Although this is an almost impossible task, the developer is savvy enough to present this as a challenge to Ryan and massage his ego at the same time. If Ryan succeeds, he’ll walk away with a $390,000 commission and a potentially lucrative relationship with a developer. After hosting an open house, Ryan is able to get the full asking price for the more attractive units on the 3rd and 5th floors. Unfortunately, no one wants the 2nd floor unit, because it doesn’t have a view, or the 1st floor unit, which only has 1 street-level bedroom.
Ryan and Fredrik meet up at the open house for 215 Sullivan. As a peace offering, Ryan promises not to take his clothes off this time, as he did a few years ago at one of Fredrik’s open houses.
While they’re talking, they see Luis drive up in his Maserati and park on the sidewalk in front of the building. We hear Luis brag that the others now know he is one of the top brokers in New York. Once he manages to get his head in through the doorway, Luis is surprised at the sight of the former archenemies chatting away. When he asks if they’re friends now, Fredrik reminds Luis that he had his chance. Ryan then mildly ribs Luis about being rich enough to own a Maserati. Off camera, Ryan snarks that he owned a Maserati until he grew up. Ryan also teases Luis about being so successful, that he should look to him for a job. Instead of responding in kind, Luis goes dark and tells Ryan that there is an opening cleaning his shoes in the morning. Fredrik sagely remarks that Luis has a bunch of issues. Yes, Luis is as prickly as a hedgehog. Ryan recalls that when he was starting in the business, his mentor told him about the need to stay humble. If Fredrik and Ryan are friendly, mature and dispensing wisdom like elder statesmen, could the apocalypse be far behind?
Alas, all is not well with Luis. While driving the much ridiculed Maserati, he gets a call from the seller, who was unable to find a temporary rental apartment for his family to move into and now wants to remain in the unit during the sale process. Knowing that the movers were in the midst of boxing up the seller’s possessions, Luis immediately turns his car and rushes to the Goopster’s building to try and salvage the situation. We witness Luis frantically working the phone to try and find short-term housing for the seller.
As Ryan is approaching his 30-day deadline, he wonders what he could do to sell the two ugly duckling units that no one wants. He comes up with the idea of bringing in an architect to find out if the 1st and 2nd floor units could be combined into one large, more desirable living space.
Meanwhile, Fredrik receives an offer for the very expensive townhouse, but only if $1 million worth of changes are made at the developers’ expense. The developers are less than impressed with Fredrik’s efforts, and he has to plead with them not to walk out of the meeting. He is eventually able to coax the buyer into downscaling his demands and the developers into accepting $17,250,000 for the townhouse. The developers drop their grim demeanor and even join Fredrik in doing a high kick to celebrate the deal. Fredrik gets a commission for $690,000, which should buy his dogs Mousey and Fritzy many more outfits that will get featured on Instagram.
We’re next treated to the unholy sight of Ryan tamely letting his girlfriend apply a facial mask on his face. The reformed rake admits to becoming domesticated and preferring to stay at home with Emilia rather than partying at night. He says he also has much better skin. It does look dewy and fresh.
Luis’ hard work finally pays off when one of his contacts agrees to rent his unit on to the Laight St. seller for a few weeks. The seller once again agrees to move out, and thanks to Luis’ machinations, the crises is averted.
Ryan presents his architect’s plan to combine the 2 unwanted units to the developer. After cannily countering every objection she makes, Ryan tells her that he already has a buyer for the space. After more back and forth, he gets her to agree to lower the asking price for the combined units if the buyer pays for the build-out. The developer then tells Ryan that she has 7 more buildings under construction, and he will be the broker. Ryan realizes he can now buy Emilia a larger engagement ring.
Bravo then treats us to a montage of coming episodes. We see a lot of beautiful real estate that most of the people on the planet could never afford and catch glimpses of Ryan, who may make another embarrassingly public display of affection; Derek, who may change his mind about having Milla; and Luis, who may try to be friends with Fredrik and Ryan at the same time. Could we have the 3 amigos at long last? It’s inconceivable!