Well, we’ve come to the end of our OCD journey. For now. To wrap up the short 8-episode season of Flipping Out, Jeff Lewis‘s design business takes a back seat to Jeff Lewis’s personal life – and household strife. Tensions rise to their boiling point with Zoila Chavez and her long time nemesis, Gage Edward. And it’s Jeff’s job to mediate between the two for life.
Before we get into the thick of the drama, we begin – where else? – in the car, of course! Where Jeff basically lives. The important task of thinking about dinner is underway, because it’s not just any dinner! It’s a dinner meeting between Jeff, Gage and their potential surrogate, who they haven’t met yet. Jeff says they haven’t chosen an egg donor yet. But he does want to choose his dinner from an online menu before arriving at the restaurant, thus maximizing his time talking about serious matters when they dine. Jenni Pulos asks Jeff if he realizes that having a baby means you don’t have control over every bit of minutiae in your world? Jeff’s response: to read off more menu items in detail. Jeff admits he’s nervous about the meeting, worried that the surrogate won’t like him. He confesses, “I need her more than she needs me.”
Carole, who has taken a hiatus from writing overdue books to focus on Adam – and twitter – explained her feelings over the reunion in her Bravo blog where she discussed Sonja Morgan‘s social gaffe and Luann de Lessep‘s fragmented hypocrisy that undermined their friendship.
Explaining more of what frustrated her regarding Sonja’s comment about partying with John John way back when she was known as Mrs. Morgan, Carole says she never heard Sonja mention this so-called Kennedy friendship. OK – can we all just accept that Sonja probably DID party with Kennedys – she was married to a Morgan for a decade and ran in some uber-ritzy circles, just as Ramona mentioned.
Last week Peter was slapped with the notice after he failed to pay his rent and owed his landlord $1800. Bar One moved locations last year (amid a lawsuit and some foreclosure drama) and has been in limbo about reopening ever since. Peter is currently working to open another location in Charlotte, while the Atlanta destination remains in renovation with a promised fall grand opening. Which obviously will be filmed for Real Housewives Of Atlanta.
Meghan, the nanny with benefits, said she considered Jim‘s parenting advice. CONSIDERED. But, as we all know, she is never wrong about anything and has made it her life’s mission to fix the mistakes Jim and LeAnn made with Hayley.
“At lunch with Jimmy was the first time that I actually started to consider what he was saying about backing off of Hayley as a parent and just being there for her as a friend,” admitted Meghan. “I am not sure what to do, but I know that what’s been going on isn’t working. It’s hard for Jimmy because he has been in St. Louis for a large part of Hayley’s childhood in California and he’s frustrated when she doesn’t respect me and my rules. But he also understands that he can’t just jump into Hayley’s life full time and expect her to conform to his ways. We are at a crossroads with a 17-year-old.”
Bethenny Frankel is glad to be back on the reunion couch, even though she admits it’s pretty much the same crazy train she de-boarded just a handful of years ago. The first installment of the Real Housewives of New York 3-part reunion saw Bethenny on the hot seat for a while, a position she doesn’t seem to mind. She reacts in her blog this week to how success has (or as she claims, hasn’t) changed her, how she feels about the her castmates owning (or not owning…cough, cough, Sonja Morgan) their issues, and the real reason she thinks Luann de Lesseps is like a dog with a bone when it comes to Carole Radziwill’s relationship with Luann’s former chef, Adam.
Bethenny begins by touching on her private life, and why she has placed boundaries around what she will and will not discuss on camera. “Thank you all for respecting my desire to not talk about my divorce or my personal situation,” writes Bethenny. “My life is an open book in many ways, but my daughter is my first priority, and that is what is best for her. That is my responsibility.”
“Well here we go – the train has left the station so to speak regarding Brooks‘ cancer,” begins Vicki. “It’s interesting that Tamra’s ‘psychic’ and his accusation that Brooks doesn’t have cancer is being taken as the truth. Don’t we wish that was the case, but unfortunately it isn’t. Remember when you watch the rest of this season, I’m often put in situations where I’m surrounded by people looking to create drama. However, I don’t think this is funny or entertaining when we are talking about someone’s health. As you all know, Leanne (Jim’s first wife) passed away a few weeks ago and I had hoped she would beat her illness and unfortunately she did not. I’m still wondering in real life situations, would anyone really question someone’s diagnosis that was made by a licensed DOCTOR? I doubt it, but it makes for good TV doesn’t it?”
Kimadded, “THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! This is the text I got from my boss this morning!! Tears were streaming down my face feeling soooo blessed, so grateful! I love you guys!! #ThankYouGod #ThankYouToAllMyFans #Celebrate”
I’ve always observed a love/hate relationship with Bethenny – I’ve adored her, I’ve found her annoying, and in the last couple years I’ve really soured on her in the wake of her divorce and her constant discussing of Jason in the press. Although there is still a smarmy me-me-me element to Bethenny that always bubbles beneath, she’s really grown on me this season and I do feel that her divorce coupled with the loss of her talk show has humbled her. She handled the reunion with a dignity we’ve never seen form Bethenny, and a side of her I hope to see more of.
Bethenny didn’t allow herself to be talked down to, she ignored petty slights like Heather Thomson trying to goad her into a fight with Luann de Lesseps by revealing a toast to ‘take Bethenny down’ at the start of the season, and she didn’t go overboard trying to defend herself.