Posted by Ilana Angel
I wrote a blog a couple of weeks ago about Bethenny Frankel and her therapy session off the coast of Nantucket. Apparently Bethenny thinks my take on the story is “irresponsible journalism” and has taken to Twitter and the press, to assure her fans she would never lie to them, which is not true.
Bethenny Frankel has bent the truth about her life for a long time. She has spun so many tales that I imagine she doesn’t even remember how things really happened in her life. She is wildly popular, and very successful, but that does not mean she does not lie, or distort the facts.
In terms of her tale about being lost at sea, I stand by what I wrote, I stand by Tim Russell, and I stand by my opinion that Ms. Frankel has twisted the facts of her story. There is simply no way it happened as she told the press. The facts do not match up with what she is saying.
Bethenny told Matt Lauer on The Today Show that a gag order has been placed on Mr. Russell, which makes no sense. Why is he not allowed to tell his side of the story? He was there and knows exactly what happened. He told me, and I know everything, so where is my gag order?
A gag order is an order, sometimes a legal order by a court or government, other times a private order by an employer or other institution, restricting information or comment from being made public. What is it that Bethenny is worried about Mt. Russell saying publically? Perhaps the truth?
I am not jealous of Bethenny, nor am I paid by Jill Zarin. I am a fan of reality television who is sick of this woman lying about everything. I was surprised that more people are not selling her out, but then when someone does, they get a gag order, so why bother? Why are people scared?
I would happily have a discussion with Ms. Frankel to clarify my story, and if it was proven that what I wrote was not true, I will then apologize, admit I was wrong, and post a retraction. It’s not that big a deal. Prove I’m wrong and I will stop. What does she possibly have to worry about?
She is saying now that she will prove her story when it airs on her show in December. With two months to edit the footage, I imagine she is correct, and we will see her desperately clinging to life in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, while waiting for the United States Coast Guard.
Bravo stood by Bethenny and publically stated what she said about her ordeal at sea was true. Of course they will support her claims, she makes them boat loads of money. Pardon the pun. Her boat story will make them millions and they are not walking away from that.
I like reality TV, and I used to really like Bethenny Frankel. I liked her on Martha Stuart’s Apprentice, and I loved her when she was a housewife of New York City. That all changed when she went off to do her own show, and became a mean girl, who manipulated her fans.
Many of Bethenny’s diehard fans read my blog and have let me know they think I am wrong, and should be ashamed for saying such things about their beloved Bethenny. Many people also read who have changed their opinion of Ms. Frankel over the years, and do not trust anything she says.
Not everyone agrees with what I write, and not everyone loves Bethenny Frankel. Personally, I find her advice dangerous to women, and her storytelling to be based more in fantasy than reality. That said, God Bless her for what she has accomplished. I get her desire for success.
I believe had she not exaggerated as much, she still would have been a superstar. The only difference is that I would have respected her, instead of thinking she was duping young women in search of fame, money and power. The truth will set her free and it’s just a matter of time.
Bethenny is spending a lot of time saying that what I wrote is not true, but she has not spoken in specifics about anything I said. If I lied, all she needs to do is prove I’m wrong and it goes away. Show that I what I wrote is lies, and she wins. Instead she shut up the man who saw it all.
I will gladly go through my blog, point by point, and she can show me that it’s wrong, but the simple truth is she can’t. What I wrote was true and I am not second-guessing one single word. I spoke with Tim Russell, and Bethenny was not honest with her fans about her adventure at sea.
Bethenny tried to deflect all the speculation about her on the Today Show by talking about Giuliana Rancic’s breast cancer. Really? When asked point blank about bloggers writing that she was not telling the truth, she changed the subject and talked about Giuliana having cancer.
For Bethenny to lean on this woman’s pain and suffering to distract from her lies is gross. It was a sad to see her flail around unable to answer the questions. Nobody can keep so many stories straight in their head and eventually the truth will spill out. That will be an interesting day.
I will defend my words anytime Ms. Frankel is interested in taking me on. It’s not that big of a deal. For someone who she does not take seriously, she is certainly spending a lot of time telling people she does not take me seriously. At the end of the day I feel very sorry for her.
I am not on a mission to hurt Bethenny. She chose to live her life for the world to see, and I’m just someone with an opinion. The only question left, is if Bethenny, Jason and Bryn will dress up as MaryAnn, Ginger and Gilligan for Halloween. That would be hilarious, and totally keeping it real.
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October 19, 2011 | 9:56 am
Posted by Ilana Angel
I loved 80’s week. I was the age my son is now during the 80’s, and it’s a hoot to look back with him. When I mentioned to him that I thought it was cool that he knew the songs of my generation, he said that he likes the “oldies”. When did the music of the 80’s become oldies? I suppose right around the time I became old. It was a fun theme and I totally dug it.
Hope Solo: I don’t get her and think her personality does not translate well to television. She is bland, bitchy, and a bit of a complainer. I like her, but don’t think she was a fit on this show and I’m ready for her to go home.
Nancy Grace: I loved her in the beginning and I want to love her now, but I think she is mean and disrespectful to Tristan, and not in a cute and funny way. She needs to relax and let him be the boss or she’ll be out next.
JR Martinez: Give him the trophy right now. He was good when the show started and he is great now. I love everything about this man and he will be in the finals with Ricki. He is lovely and watching him makes me happy.
Rob Kardashian: He is sweet and I get that he wants to come out of the shadow of his sisters, but he is so boring and his voice is so monotone that I just don’t care about him or his dancing. He’s sweet, but I’m over him.
Chaz Bono: He was fantastic this week and I’m so glad people voted for him long enough for us to see that he can really dance. I dig Chaz and I’m so glad he is in this competition and still around. His being here matters.
David Arquette: I loved his video package and music this week. He is coming into his own, and is a great dancer. Watching his daughter’s reaction to Len’s comments was awesome. He should be top 3 and has my vote.
Ricki lake: She is cute, loved her dress, and even though the judges did not totally love her dance, I thought it was good. Ricki is going to the finals and she will kill it. Loved seeing John Waters too. Very cool he stopped by.
Carson Kressley: I love this guy. He is so fun and charming and while it was time for him to go, he will be missed. This week proves that the popularity contest is over, and we are now at a place where the dancing matters. He was fabulous and it’s a drag that he did not make it to the Broadway theme next week because he would have owned it.
I can’t end this blog without saying that Tom Bergeron is the greatest live host on television, and Brooke Burke Charvet is absolutely useless on this show. I will never understand why she is even there asking stupid questions. It’s time for Tom to host this show by himself, and also time he won the Emmy instead of Jeff Probst. Just keeping it real.
October 18, 2011 | 10:56 pm
Posted by Ilana Angel
Dana Wilkey is one of the newest cast members of RHOBH. She is a little out there to be sure, but there is something sweet about how desperate she is to fit in with a group of crazy people. I think she is fun, sweet, kooky, and on a mission to get famous. Important to note that we’ve only just been introduced to her so I reserve the right to totally flip my opinion.
Dana is trying really hard to ingratiate herself to the other cast members, but is she worried about what we think about her? Is she hoping the audience will embrace her and catapult her to fame? If not, she better be because fans have clout and blogs have power. The recent firings at RHONYC are proof of that. We watch, and Bravo listens.
I read a lot of others blogger’s work because at the end of the day I am a fan of reality television, and I like to see what others think about the shows we all watch. There is a website called Reality Wives, and they blog about a lot of shows. One blogger in particular from this site, who I follow on Twitter @Real_Housewives, cracks me up.
We don’t agree on a lot of the shows, but she is respectful and sweet to me, and is open to opinions that do not agree with hers. Unlike a certain blogger in Chicago who is a hot mess, this chick is cool. She wrote a piece this week about Dana Wilkey and her fiancé John Flynn. It was a harmless blog that included a picture of Mr. Flynn.
The following day, Mr. Flynn sent an email to the blogger stating that she needed to remove his picture from her blog or there would be legal action taken. Really? Here’s the thing, if you are on the red carpet, at an event, as you are in the photo, it’s fair game. Your fiance is on a wildly popular television show, and so we are curious about you. That’s how it works.
Welcome to reality television hell Mr. Flynn. You are in it Sweetie and your picture is going to be everywhere, including blogs. To Dana, we like you right now so you need to tell your man to relax because if he pushes the blogosphere too far, they will turn on him, and therefore you. Reality fans are serious, so get him on board, and keep it real.
October 17, 2011 | 11:33 pm
Posted by Ilana Angel
I watch this show, because I am an addict, but I cannot give a blow-by-blow recap as it’s simply too excruciating. What I am able to do however, is go through the list of ladies and share my take on them and their behavior, based on this week’s train ride through hell.
BRANDI: I love this chick. She is doing her best to keep it together, while under constant attack. I give her props for staying at the party as long as she did, because I would have bailed, right after I smacked both the Richards bitches. When she cried it was heartbreaking.
Sidebar: I am the mother of a 15 year old son. He is a remarkable human being with impeccable manners, and when he was young, I told him, on many occasions, to drop his pants and pee on a tree in the park because he could not make it to the bathroom. That’s the joy of being a boy and there is nothing wrong with what Brandi’s kid did.
Brandi has experienced a very public divorce, from what appears to be a douchelord, and that she chose to do this show makes no sense to me. She is younger, and prettier than the regulars, so she had to have known she was going to be a target because these fame whores are crazy.
DANA: This chick is a whack-a-doodle. Her desperate need for fame is nauseating, which is a shame because I bet she’s a hoot when she is not crawling up reality television star’s asses in order to feel accepted. I don’t understand half of what she says which is good television.
CAMILLE: I like her this season and I liked her mom. I hope she gives Brandi a chance because I think they could be good friends. She is sitting back and observing the show more than participating, so it will be interesting to see how it all plays out with her over the next few weeks.
Important to note that when Camille was talking to the woman in the pink hat and floral dress, she was gracious, kind, and a real lady. When the MC screwed up her lines, the first thing Camille did was align herself with her. Camille is a class act and we saw her true self today.
ADRIENNE: Is it just me or does she look more and more like Barbara Eden, circa I Dream of Jeannie, every time we see her? She is the kind one of the group. By kind of course I mean to everyone but her husband. In a sea of freaks, she is the normal one, which is frightening.
TAYLOR: Dear Lord, why is this woman on television? She needs to wash her hair and eat a sandwich. Her mouth is distracting and her blow up about not hitting, while compelling, seemed fake to me. She was playing victim and I’m not buying it, which feels horrible.
If I had a small child, whose father killed himself, I would not be playing out the months leading up to his death on television. In the end, maybe she needs the money, but how much money is worth it now, for her daughter to not respect her later? Think ahead Taylor, and be done.
LISA: She started off as my favorite. I thought she was fun, irreverent, and down to earth. In the end she is a snob, catty, not that funny, and has undertones of judgment in everything she tries to pass off as a joke. She is a mean girl who is looking to start trouble with everyone.
Sidebar: Kevin Lee, the wedding planer, needs to have his own show. Love the clothes, the make-up, the kiss, the wig, the ideas, love it all. I want to spend an hour a week watching him put together a spectacular wedding. I adore this guy. Let’s go Andy Cohen, he is a keeper.
KIM: There is no way, on God’s green earth, that this woman is not medicated. By medicated of course I mean taking drugs in a way that is not prescribed by a doctor, but rather by a guy on the corner. She is going to hurt herself. Mark my words, it’s coming, and it will be sad.
KYLE: Oh. My. God. This woman is a complete and total bitch. Meow! She is mean, selfish, delusional, and so desperate for fame that she cares about nothing else. She was fan favorite after the first season, which is proof that when you fall from the top, you fall hard.
Her older children are able to understand so how must they feel seeing their mother be such a horrible woman? She is mean to her core so the first season was clearly an act. Kathy Hilton must be thanking God she has a different name, and cringing when they mention her.
This show is truly horrible in terms of bad behavior, and if I were not a reality television addict, I would not be watching. It’s like crack and I just can’t stop. I’m assuming it’s like crack since I don’t do drugs. Kim, can you confirm? Come on sweetie let’s start keeping it real.
October 17, 2011 | 10:55 am
Posted by Ilana Angel
Last night was part 1 of the NJ reunion and it was good. It was really good, which makes me wonder why Bravo felt the need to use week 2 footage in their promos. We were all going to watch. Guaranteed. But the teasers for last night, included scenes from next week, so when we didn’t see those things, it was disappointing.
We’re hooked Andy Cohen. We are going to watch so don’t disrespect us and tease us with stuff you are not showing. Last night was did not need to steal from next week. The ladies looked fabulous last night and it’s a shame Jacqueline did not show. I was cool with her not going because she needed to take care of herself.
The thing is, she was on Twitter commenting on the entire show, every second. If she didn’t want to go to the reunion, then she should not be telling us now what she thinks. She bailed and so she should have kept her mouth shut. She had her chance and blew it. Next week she will be at it again and it’s super annoying. Shut up Jac.
The show starts with Caroline and Melissa on one side, Kathy and Teresa on the other. Poor Kathy. She totally lost the coin flip and was forced to sit with Teresa. Caroline starts off by explaining that Jac could not come and face Teresa, and Tree responded with “Bring it on Baby”. The tension is palpable, and lines have been drawn in the sand.
It’s Teresa against the rest of them and it’s sad. Here’s the thing, this show makes me a little schizophrenic. I go back and forth between picking favorites, and I can understand both sides of the fence. In the end they are all crazy bitches, which is what you have to be to allow your life to be documented this way. We are watching lives crumble.
They start talking about the cookbook, and Teresa says it was all in good fun. Melissa questions why she wrote about her, and Teresa says she never mentioned Melissa by name. Teresa is on the defensive and ready to rumble. She’s too wound up to talk calmly, and Caroline is too mad to not attack at every turn. Kathy and Melissa are ladies.
Caroline says the book was not funny, and tells Teresa to take her picture out of it. Melissa stands up for Caroline, Kathy sits quietly, and Teresa is on a rampage. Caroline tells Andy the book was the last straw and there were issues with Teresa for a long time. Two years in fact. She says she was “trained” by Teresa to not like Melissa and Kathy.
Teresa is calling Caroline out as a liar, and the attacks begin. Melissa is going after Teresa, and while listening to Melissa I believe her, but the comebacks from Teresa, could also be true. The fact is we will never know who is lying. This show is not about knowing the truth, but more about picking your favorite housewife and sticking by her.
I like them all for different reasons so it’s hard to pick a side. I think they are all telling their truth, which is probably a lie. Teresa is mad that Melissa and Kathy agreed to be on the show without telling her. Really? I’m not sure how that would be possible, but if it’s true, Teresa should be mad at Bravo for not telling her. They are who screwed her over.
Caroline tells Tree that she “crucified” Melissa and Kathy to this country. Is she kidding? A little dramatic no? The reunion is clearly a gang up on Teresa show and it’s too bad. I feel sorry for her that she is there alone, without anyone to have her back. She is there as Danielle was her last year, alone. Karma is a bitch and she is slapping Teresa.
They show the christening, yet again, and it’s brutal. Watching Joe Gorga in that show is heartbreaking. His pain is just too much and it was the moment that I fell in love with Joe. Teresa wipes away fake tears, and Melissa is sad that this is the memory of her child’s christening. What will it take for this family to walk away from this train wreck?
It would appear Teresa went out of her way to exclude Joe and Melissa from the show and her life. Melissa says Teresa never invited Joe to anything, and Teresa says that if Melissa was a good wife, she would have called her, right after giving birth, and helped mend the fractured relationship. That comment makes me think Teresa is insane.
Teresa says what she thinks we want to hear, but it translates into lies. Teresa remembers things the way she had hoped they happened, not how they actually did. Everyone is against her, and I get it, but come on. She showed the christening show to Gia, Caroline knows it for sure, yet Teresa denies it. I don’t think Caroline lies, so I’m with her.
Andy shows a video about how they all butcher the English language and it’s hilarious. Teresa thinks it’s her language, which proves that we are dealing with a crazy woman. Bless her, she is dumb, and being attacked, and I find myself feeling bad for her, even though I know she is a liar. Her husband has given her beautiful children and ruined her life.
It must be hard for her to see Melissa living the life she once had. We see a video recap of Melissa and Joe and I love them. I think they are a sweet couple and I they are fabulous. Thanks to Jesus, they have a blessed life, and watching them has got to hurt Teresa. I think the jealousy Teresa has for Melissa is eating her alive, and it’s very sad.
Teresa seems to be unaware of how we all see her. She says she knows nothing about the bankruptcy, or how things are going on with the legal battles, and I don’t understand how she can be so nonchalant about something so important. It could be that it’s just too much for her, or maybe she is just really, really, really dumb.
Sidebar: Andy and Kathy call Tree out for her comment on her Jewish friends, and that maybe Jews don’t care about marriage unless there is money. Oy vey! As a Jew I was not offended by what she said. She is a dingbat and meant no harm. She told her daughter to marry a Jew because they make good husbands. This was just a stupid thing.
Proving that Teresa is dumb, she did not understand that Melissa and Kathy were paying her a compliment about how she handles all the pressure of the press, and she thought they were knocking her. I am walking away from the reunion feeling sorry for Teresa that she is so dumb and in such denial about what is happening in her life. Poor girl.
She goes on to say that Joe Gorga got his start in business because of Juicy Joe, and Kathy started her baking because of her cookbook. I had no idea Teresa and Joe were so generous with their gift of business success. Dear Lord, this crazygirl is so desperate she is pulling crap out of her ass. Business advice from Tree and Juicy? Right.
Teresa has no idea how serious her problems are and thinks her little cookbook is going to save her from continued financial ruin. It’s annoying that Andy is not pushing her a little. He pushed Danielle for answers, yet is leaving Teresa alone and not digging, which is odd. His show contributed to her problems, yet he seems to not care too much.
Nobody can talk without Teresa commenting on it, and finally at minute 58 Caroline has had enough and lets loose. She says she does not understand Teresa, or what she is saying, and she is done. Finally. Everyone is letting Teresa off the hook which is too bad, but maybe it will be different in part 2 because we didn’t really learn anything from part 1.
I love the housewives shows but feel that my being a fan is not being respected too much. Twitter gave us more info that the reunion. People thought Andy was mean to Teresa and I didn’t think he was at all. He was gentle with her when she needed a kick in the ass. Next week will hopefully be better and we will get some answers to our questions.
If not, we can always go to Twitter, where all the answers are given and are current, not from months ago. I hope Jacqueline will shut up and stop with the lame tweets. If she had something to say, she should have gone to the reunion, which should have been a 2 hour special, not over 2 weeks. Making us wait so long is not cool, and not keeping it real.
October 11, 2011 | 9:31 pm
Posted by Ilana Angel
I love this show. There is enough pure entertainment to keep watching, and enough to make fun of that blogging it is fun. Tom Bergeron is brilliant, and Brooke is wildly mockable. The dancing is excellent and in a sea of favorites, it’s hard to know who will come out on top. I’ve got my money on Ricki Lake, but I’m in it until the end and there are bound to be surprises.
Chynna Phillips: She is a great dancer but I find her personality off putting. She is a bit boring and while I can appreciate she is dancing well, I do not feel invested in her, so I don’t care if she goes. I’m sure she is lovely, but she’s not giving me anything care about. Her tango tanked big time.
David Arquette: He’s also a good dancer, but I’m pulling for him because I like him. He is an oddball to be sure, but funny and charming also. He did okay this week and while he has no shot in hell of winning, he is a pleasure. He seems happy and for some reason that matters to me.
Carson Kressley: He is by far my favorite contestant this season. He is funny, fabulous, trying hard and a hot pirate. He has the best personality, is not milking any sympathy car for votes, and is a true entertainer. I hope he stays because his freestyle will undoubtedly be brilliant.
Nancy Grace: Between the nipples, farting, and fumbled splits, I’m afraid it’s time for Nancy to go home. She is more likeable on her own show than here and it’s a shame. If she had been her fiery self she may have done well, but she is boring me to tears and needs to go.
Hope Solo: Her size and body type leave her looking more tranny than pretty, and her facial expression while dancing has a constipated feel to it. She is a nice girl, looked just like Jessie, and is a talented dancer, but I’m over her and don’t think she’ll make it to the end.
Rob Kardashian: It was hilarious when, while wearing neon teal socks and pink shoes, he tells Cheryl he wants his jumps to look more masculine. He’s working hard, but he is not going to win. I like him, and didn’t when the show started so that’s something. He’s not making it to the finals.
Ricki Lake: Love her. Loved the dance, loved the dress, loved the music, loved it all. Her talk about wanting to quit was lame, did not make me laugh or feel compassion. Such a shame she went there. Either way, she wins the night, and will win the trophy in the end. Go Ricki!
Chaz Bono: I love him. He was really good this week, which is lucky for him because he tanked last week and managed to not get cut because we love him. I cry when I see him dance because he represents so many people who have no voice, and no power. I think he is a hero.
JR Martinez: There is nothing not to love about this guy. He is a great dancer, and a great man. He did a good job and he will be in the finals for sure. He is an entertainer and just a great guy. This show will hopefully catapult him from the soaps to the big time.
In the end it is Chynna that is going home. She didn’t make us love her so it makes sense that America was not into it and sent her on her way. Dancing is important to be sure, but if we are going to be honest, this is just as much of a popularity contest so it’s anyone’s game.
I want Carson, Chaz, Ricki and JR to be the final four. The popular kids against the underdogs, which is always a good battle. Cher is a good luck charm and Carson is magic. The thought of homophobes losing their minds is fabulous. Buckle up America, we are keeping it real.
October 11, 2011 | 4:42 pm
Posted by Ilana Angel
I am watching this show, but finding it difficult to write about it. This is a messed up group of women. Of all the ladies, in all the cities, this group is the meanest. They are unkind to each other, back stab, talk trash, and are all around unappealing. I cannot bear to recap this entire episode but here are some things worth mentioning.
1) Lisa is funny and seems lovely, but her shutting up Ken when he wanted to make a speech about his daughter getting engaged was gross. She is rude and I find myself not digging her that much.
2) Dana is a dingbat. She seems like a fun friend, but totally flakey and ditzy. Her “going all out” party was pathetic, and her name and money dropping is classless. She needs lessons from the Countess.
3) Kyle is under the false impression that she is entertaining. She is a mean girl and appears to be incapable of basic social manners. She is desperate to be the popular sister in a group of D List sisters.
4) Adrienne is rude to her husband and with two young children, it is amazing that she is leaving them a legacy of her chopping of their dad’s balls each week. She has gone from cute to gross in one season.
5) Brandi is a hoot. She is uncensored, sarcastic, and quite funny. Of all the ladies she is the one I would like to have a drink with. The ladies are ripping her apart and it’s too bad because she is harmless and could have used some support.
6) Kim is under the influence of narcotics. There is no way in hell this woman is not using drugs, and that Bravo has not stepped in to help her is shameful. Her pain is palpable and she is going to hurt herself. Not even her fame whore sister is stepping in.
7) Camille is entertaining and I love her. Maybe it’s her young Greek lover, but she is much more likable this year. I’m glad she came back to show us who she is because who she was last season, was not so great. She is thriving in the land of the cougar.
8) Taylor should not be on television. I don’t get her, or why she is still on this show. She is not well physically or emotionally, and that she keeps filming, knowing the father of her child has died, is gross. Especially since his blood is still on her hands.
Lisa is a snob, Dana is a fame whore, Kyle is a mean girl, Adrienne is a bitch, Brandi is a hoot, Kim is a drunk, and Camille has become the fun one. This show is lame, and something else bad is going to happen. It’s just a matter of time. In fact, it could be next week. I have a fantasy that Brandi knocks out Kim’s teeth, and then sleeps with Kyle’s husband to celebrate.
I’m just kidding of course. That might happen in real life, but not in the fake fest of scripted, unscripted television. Unless they are going to start showing these shows closer to the time they are filmed, we will all loose interest because Twitter wars are more fun than watching things that are months old. Time to catch up Bravo, and start keeping it real.
October 11, 2011 | 9:22 am
Posted by Ilana Angel
No big bombshells on the final hour with the girls from New Jersey. With all the trash talk going on with twitter, I figured it would be mellow in anticipation of the reunion next week. The housewife formula is working less and less, yet new women are lining up to be a part of a show that has a 50/50 chance of breaking up your marriage or showing your financial ruin to the world. I don’t get it, but I’m watching, so God Bless them all.
We start off with Teresa and Melissa prepping for a family portrait with all the kids. Tensions are high as everyone gets ready, but they are all hopeful it can be done. Over at Jacqueline’s, Jaime, brother of Chris, is invited over to talk to Ashley. He’s fun so I’m not sure if it’s an introduction to his being a part of next season, or just someone to fill time in a slow moving finale. In his talking to Ashley, we discover that she has gotten tattoos.
Sidebar: Ashley has officially changed her name to Ashlee. Totally lame. She has a “swallow” on her forearm, which is hideous. It’s not dainty and pretty, but rather sailor-ish and not cute. She also has a feather on her foot, with a bird for each of her brothers. When you show your tattoo to someone and start with “it’s supposed to be”, then chances are the tattoo sucks. It’s ugly and looks like an inkblot on her foot that needs washing.
Ashley is explaining that she is going to move to LA and get a job. Jaime is asking her how the move will work and she starts crying and walks out. This kid is a mess and having met her, she is also really sweet, but the pressure of the world watching is killing this kid. Jacqueline is harsh with her, and Chris is way too lenient. This kid is a screw up and a lot of the blame falls to Jac and Chris who are divided and messing her up. It’s boring.
Over with Caroline, she is on the radio show and while I like her a lot, I don’t really get it. How is she qualified to give advice to people and why would anyone care? She is telling the mother of a disabled child how to motivate her kid and I think it’s weird. Christopher and Lauren stop by to surprise her. By surprise of course I mean get some airtime. Give the Manzo’s their own show and get these kids off of the housewives already.
Kathy is getting her daughter Victoria ready for prom and I freaking love her. Kathy and her family are fabulous. I love how she loves her kids, and I think she and Rich have done a great job raising them. I hope the show does not ruin their lives. Rich is talking to Victoria’s date Paulie and it’s hilarious. He is making the poor kid nervous and it’s entertaining. This is a very sweet couple and has been a touch of sunshine in a gloomy season.
It’s picture day and Teresa makes me sad. She is painfully aware of the cameras. It’s a shame really. Joe and Melissa arrive and let me just say that I LOVE Melissa and Joe Gorga. Joe is a doll and I want good things for him. Listening to him talk about his dad is brutal. The troubles in this family are crushing and one can’t help but point a finger at Juicy. We don’t know what happened to get them to this point, but blaming Juicy seems okay.
Teresa and Melissa are getting the baby ready and Teresa is sucking up, which is lame, and poor Melissa is trying to believe but she is guarded and it’s hard. Teresa does everything for the camera and it’s stupid. The baby wants to be with Melissa not her mom, and it’s sweet but sad. We are watching the crumbling of a family, which is uncomfortable but fascinating. The pictures are taken and look truly fabulous. It’s a nice memory for them.
Kathy taking pictures with Victoria made me cry, and Richie telling Kathy she did a good job raising their kids, made me cry too. I love how Kathy talks about her kids and when she said she would celebrate opening a can of tuna, if it meant being with the kids, I cried. Again. Kathy is a good egg and I love her. Let’s hope that next season we get some more Kathy and some Rosie too. Rosie should, be the new non-housewife, housewife.
At minute 42 we finally get to the cookbook. Teresa has decided to trash all the other housewives in her book, then backtracks and says it was a joke. Right. I feel bad for Teresa that she is married to a drunk ape, but instead of taking the high road and enjoying her success, she is crawling through the gutter. She slams Caroline’s cooking and heritage, then slams Kathy, without naming any names, and does not acknowledge her in any way.
She also says that Melissa copies everything she does. She keeps pushing Melissa up against a wall and it’s not fair. She tells the camera that the book is a huge success, then 2 seconds later she talks to her publicist and asks why it’s not doing well. The truth is the book tanked and Teresa is falling from grace very quickly. I’m guessing the reunion will finally seal her fate and we’ll be done with her. Hopefully so will Bravo.
Jacqueline goes to Teresa and she is putting make-up on and whining about her life and claims that her bad complexion is because of Ashley. It’s sad to see her give up on her kid. I get it’s hard, but she is unwilling to take any responsibility for her role in Ashley’s life. Ashley is a lost kid well on her way to screwing up her life, and Jac is responsible for part of it. ‘When Ashley watches and hears her mom talking about her, it must really hurt.
Cookbook-Gate begins and everyone is talking about Teresa’s book and how she bashes everyone in it. All the ladies are pissed off, but Teresa is insisting that it was a joke and all in good fun. Sidebar: Teresa’s hairline starts in the middle of her forehead, which I find very distracting. Very distracting. The season ends with Teresa defending her book, and everyone else talking about how she crossed the line and is not funny.
The only part of this episode that was interesting was Kathy and Richie with Victoria for her prom. Everything else was simply a teaser for next week’s reunion, which will be killer! The teasers look like we will get some clarity on all the tweets that have been sent back and forth lately. These women are falling apart and it’s sad. I mean it’s sad if it’s real, but it’s not it is scripted reality televisions and they knew what they were getting into.
Teresa tweeted that her Lucille Ball quote was from two years ago, and they put it in now. It’s all a bunch of crap, but I love it. On What Happens Live with Andy, Melissa and Joe Gorga were guests and I seriously like them. I think they are entertaining and fun. Whether on the show, or live with Andy, they are good television and when RHONJ is cancelled, and it will be eventually, they should get their own show. Kathy can be on it too.
The reunion looks like it will be fabulous, it’s just a shame that Jacqueline did not go. Maybe she will turn up part way? It seems to me there must be some kind of contractual obligation for her to go, and if she was willing to do a reunion with Danielle, then certainly sitting with Teresa wouldn‘t be any harder. I’m guessing she turns up, people cry, punches are thrown, Jesus is thanked, and Andy struggles to have control and keep it real.