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Vanina Alfaro

Flipping Out Season 9 Premiere

O, Season 9 of Flipping Out, how I’ve patiently awaited your long overdue arrival! (And we get a 2-night premiere to boot! YES!) It’s been nearly a year since we last saw Jeff Lewis and the gang, and now that they’re back, all is right with the world again. Last seen, Jeff was mediating between longtime housekeeper/mother figure/future nanny Zoila Chavez and boyfriend/future baby daddy Gage Edward. Zoila either got the bad edit last season, or she was extra grumpy about folding Jeff’s undershorts into perfect hexagons. Whatever the case, she took out her rage on Gage, who dealt with her passive aggressive insults all season long. Until Jeff negotiated a fragile peace between them during the season 8 finale. 

In the time between then and now, Gage and Jeff have announced they are expecting a baby girl via surrogacy. Wheeeeeeeeeee! (Please let them decorate the baby room on camera, please let them decorate the baby room on camera – if I chant this enough times, will it work!!?!?) But before all of this good news unfolds, let’s check in with what’s transpired since the crew departed once and for all from their beloved Gramercy. Answer: Lots. 

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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.” 

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Uh-oh. Jeff Lewis has flipped out on every employee, friend, and contractor in the greater LA area. But on last night’s Flipping Out, he’s had it up to here with Gage Edward’s demands, like where to place couches, and is turning his ire on the ones he loves.

But first, Jeff begins by ragging on Jenni Pulos in the car about forgetting his schedule. Now that Gramercy is sold, his beloved cat Stewie has passed away, and life is a bit chaotic, Jenni surmises that Jeff’s nastiness meter has been ratcheted up to 10. He’s barking at Gage on the phone, so Gage promptly hangs up on him post-rant. Jeff calls back to order Gage that from here on out when they are speaking on the phone, Gage will say “goodbye,” dammit! He and Matt can have their own little hang ups without goodbyes, he says, but they will not engage in such crass behavior with the likes of Jeff Lewis! Dang. Jeff is on a rampage. And it ain’t pretty.

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Well, ’tis a season of change on Flipping Out. Do not ask for whom the bell tolls! It tolls for Intern Joe. As Jeff moves into his new Hollywood space, Joe moves on to greener pastures, or at least pastures that don’t abut Jeff Lewis properties. 

Gramercy is closing and tensions are high as Jeff flips out at Jenni Pulos for allegedly closing gates, not tracking Joe’s trash bags, and for breathing too much air in Jeff’s general vicinity. All of Jeff’s personal items fit into one Rubbermaid bin, which says a lot about his feelings on chotchkies. And life. While he may not be sentimental about things, he is sentimental about leaving Gramercy, once touted as his “forever” house that he and Gage Edward lovingly redesigned. (Is it weird that I’m sad too? <sniff>) Zoila Chavez, for one, is not going to miss Gramercy or its 50 steps she must climb everyday. 

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