You know that old saying never mix business with pleasure? Well, here's another case of it being totally true!
Jeff Lewis and his production company are suing his longtime assistant and close friend Jenni Pulos! Jeff is alleging that Jenni is in breech of confidentiality over a book the reality star is writing about her experiences working for a tough boss.
Jenni, one of a colorful and fantastic casts of characters that makes Flipping Outone of Bravo's best shows, apparently signed a confidentiality and non-disclosure agreement in 2008 and in 2010 while working for Jeff and appearing on the show. According to a suit Jeff (who is also one of the producers of FO) learned that Jenni was writing a book about her experiences working for him titled, Hang In There, Baby: What One Of The World’s Most Difficult Bosses Taught Me About life, Work And Love.
Jeff says he discovered what the book was about while searching for it on the internet.
We're back after a one week hiatus of Flipping Out due to election day, and Jeff Lewis, Jenni Pulos, Zoila Chavez, Gage Edward, and crew are just as out there as ever. That's why we love them, right? Not to mention, Grandma Patty was front and center in this episode, so that alone made it amazing.
Last night's episode started with Jeff using his infamous mask to scare the bejeezus out of Andrew and Zoila. If Andrew had jumped any higher, he would have hit his head on the chandelier. Zoila comforts him, while Jenni scolds Jeff. Gage thinks that the Andy/Jeff dynamic isn't appropriate for the work place. At Gramercy, Gage, Jenni, Jeff, and Andrew are looking into planting trees. Now that he's listed the house, one of the couples from a showing said that there wasn't enough privacy. Gage is still pouting over Gramercy, and he's wearing on my nerves as the season progresses. I adored him at the beginning.
Jeff decides to prank call his grandmother, pretending he's a roofer, but Patty totally hangs up on him. He and Jenni are on their way to see how her renovation is proceeding. Jeff feels responsible for taking care of Patty, and he wants to discuss with her the fact that one day she's going to need a caretaker. He really wants her to move to Spring Oak (do it, do it!), but she's not entertaining that idea. Patty is such a spitfire, you can't help but love her.
Last night's Flipping Out had Jeff Lewis and crew back to normal after the gorgeous wedding of Jenni Pulos. However, tension flares between Zoila Chavez and Gage Edward. It's a cat fight of epic proportions between Miss Piggy and Barbie Bitch! This looks like a job for Dr. Donna!
Jeff's cat Monkey has an eye infection and can't keep any food down, so he has Jenni make a vet appointment. Monkey is his first pet, and he's had him for twelve years. Jeff begins teasing Zoila about making an unintentional but inappropriate hand gesture when asking the security guard through the window if he wanted some water. Everyone but Jenni jumps on board and makes fun of her about it. Zoila gets upset, and Jenni scolds everyone for bullying. Jeff tells Zoila that she can dish it but can't take it. Looks like that therapy session didn't help as much as one could have hoped!
In the car, Jeff jokes with Vanina about her recent break-up, promising her she'll find love again. If Jenni can do it, anyone can! Jenni stays quiet, but when Jeff asks her what's wrong she brings up his awful wedding jokes. He talks about how is ADD was all over the place during speech after boring speech, and he didn't mean to hurt anyone's feelings. He admits to being rude, but only because he was subjected to so many horribly long toasts. Jenni reminds Jeff that Jonathan hasn't known him as long as she has, so he may be more sensitive to Jeff's humor. She gets some semblance of an apology, and all is well.
Jeff begins by ruthlessly teasing Jenni about her breast size and asking if she's lactating. A shot gun wedding-not! Jenni knows he will only get worse until the wedding is over. The more irritated she gets, the more he needles her. Jenni tries to distract him by giving him his tasks for the wedding weekend. Jeff feels like she's become one of his clients.
We're taken back to four years ago when Jenni was married to her first husband Chris who also worked for Jeff. Zoila informed Jeff that Chris would lock himself in Jeff's office when Jeff was gone, so he installed cameras. Jeff discovered that Chris was going through his files and talking to other women. He was forced to tell Jenni what he'd learned and she was devastated. He feels responsible for her divorce, but he always knew she'd find a much better guy.
Last night's Flipping Out showed a break down in the relationship between Jeff Lewis and Zoila Chavez, and they head to therapy after some tense fighting. Jenni Pulos and Gage Edward are very secondary on the episode, with Andrew barely making an appearance. He's certainly toned it down, hasn't he?
Jeff sees Lupe as a long term employee, and he wants her to come on full time to help Zoila. He has Zoila translating for Lupe since Lupe speaks very little English and Jeff knows zero Spanish. He admits that he probably should have found another translator because as far as he knows, Zoila could be telling Lupe to hand over half of her salary. Zoila will be Lupe's manager, a title she clearly loves, but Jeff still needs to stir the pot and encourage some friendly competition between the two maids. Gage unveils a portrait of Lupe (seriously? I have got to work for this man.), and you can see how threatened Zoila is.
We learn that Jenni lives across the street from Jeff's brother Todd and his wife. Todd has become such good friends with Jenni's fiance that he will be planning the bachelor party. He and Jeff tease Jenni about strip clubs and hookers. Jenni is a tad worried about the party where Todd is concerned, but she really doesn't listen to Jeff…it's not like he knows what goes on at bachelor parties! Jeff, Jenni, and Vanina are meeting with Extra producer Lisa to pick out tile and back splashes for her home. They are not having much luck finding something that Lisa likes. When they finally do, Jenni raps to celebrate. On the way home, Jeff chides Jenni about her pre-marital counseling. Jenni reveals that the priest thinks she interrupts too much, and Jeff is thrilled that someone else has finally noticed.
Even though I was excited about meeting Jeff Lewis' grandmother on last night's Flipping Out, I have to say this was a very depressing episode. I hate seeing any of my favorite neurotic design team sad or sullen or in a tizzy! However, I will say the Spring Oak finished product looks ah-maz-ing!
Jeff is preparing to move to Spring Oak, so he teases Zoila Chavez about cleaning it before they move. He's ready to be back in a party house where everyone can relax and not be on top of one another. Currently he feels like he and Gage live in an office space with a bedroom. Nancy is taking orders for lunch, and Jeff takes it upon himself to order a salad and direct weight gain digs at the bride-to-be Jenni Pulos. He says it will definitely be Jenni's Big Fat Greek Wedding. Zoila comes to Jenni's defense saying that she herself is fat as well, and Jeff devises a plan to have Zoila stand next to Jenni during the ceremony to make her look thinner. Jenni is so good natured about the teasing…probably because she knows she looks great. Plus, she's hired a trainer.
I have been waiting on pins and needles to learn the darker side of Andrew Coleman! I don't think we even hit the tip of the iceberg with the most recent episode, but I can't wait to hear what y'all think!
Last night's Flipping Out resumes with Andrew schreeching out of the parking lot. Gage Edward enlists Nancy to help fill the gaps. He's very excited to see Andrew hit the road. Jeff Lewis is floored, and he's scrambling to figure how to take over the projects Andrew was handling. He really thought Andrew was an asset to the office, so he's confused as to what has happened. Zoila Chavez does her best impersonation of Andrew storming out which Gage finds hilarious. Too soon for Jeff though. Too soon.
Jeff questions Jenni Pulos as to whether he should have seen some signs. What else did Andrew lie to him about? Jeff seems be hurt that things ended the way they did, and Jenni tells him not to beat himself up over the situation. He declares he's going to start doing back ground checks and checking references. Too little too late for Andrew! Jeff reveals that he followed up with Andrew's resume after he quit and it was a total embellishment. Someone really wanted to be on Bravo.
Andrew Coleman's web of lies unraveled last night on Flipping Out, and I must say it was much more dramatic than I anticipated. You know, I thought Andrew was funny the first couple episodes, but his attitude is horrendous. I do think, however, that it was the best show of the season so far!
Andrew seems a little sullen after his tongue lashing from Jeff Lewis, but he is willing to do Jeff's grunt work. Jeff insists he isn't trying to punish Andrew….he just want him to prove that he really wants to the job by being willing to do anything…even if it's cleaning the outside range.
Jenni Pulos and Jeff are going to meet with Lisa. At Lisa's office the pair trade off wearing Kangoo boots and racing down the hall, crashing face first into walls. They get scolded by en EXTRA! employee like two children. It's hilarious. Jeff has countertop samples for Lisa, but all she sees are rising dollar signs. He had better keep this budget in check!