Posted by Ilana Angel
May all the Dads have a wonderful Father’s Day.
To all the single moms, who do it all, every day,
by themselves, Happy Fathers Day to you too.
To my father, Robert Angel, of blessed memory,
I miss you everyday. I am blessed that all the very
best parts of you, live on in my son.
Thank you for being a wonderful father.
Love your kids, and keep the faith.
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June 18, 2010 | 9:16 am
Posted by Ilana Angel
After the first episode of Bethenny, Getting Married?, I wrote that Bethenny came across as a bitch. Turns out that Bethenny’s fan are hardcore. They love her, and were totally pissed off that I would have the nerve to say such a thing, repeatedly, about their heroine.
Episode two was on last night, and of course I watched it. Bethenny went from being a complete and total bitch, yes she was, to funny, charming, and endearing. She still had a couple moments where she made me cringe, but overall an improvement.
We start off with Bethenny meeting her wedding planner. I don’t get how this guy, got this gig. She is a control freak, as all brides are, and he lied to her at their first meeting, does not appear to understand what she wants, and yet she is still having him do her wedding.
Is he dating someone on the Bravo payroll? Does Andy Cohen owe him a favor? This guy is sweet, and I’m sure quite lovely, but I would have walked out after that initial meeting and found someone else. He’s a used car salesman, disguising himself as a wedding planner.
The best part of the meeting is when Bethenny says she has a personality disorder, and she hopes nobody comes to her wedding. Hilarious, and was timed perfectly. She came across as endearing, not bitchy. It’s a gift to be able to drop one-liners at the proper time, and she was off last week.
Jason’s parents are visiting, and Bethenny is on her own with them, because Jason is still stuck in Florida, due to bad weather. Bethenny invited Jason’s mom, Carol, to come wedding dress shopping with her. It’s very sweet. They seem to be lovely people, and you like them immediately.
Bethenny is talking about how she wants to make the experience of the wedding, and baby, a great one for Jason’s parents. At the risk of redeeming myself in the eyes of the Bethenny fan club, who are a little crazy, this made me cry. I loved Bethenny at this moment.
You see her as a woman, who is scared, going through all these changes in her life, without a family of her own, and wanting so much to share it with Jason’s family, as that is all the family she will have. We saw her in a raw, unguarded, and vulnerable moment. She was not “on”, she was simply lovely.
Bethenny and Carol are in wedding dress hell, Bethenny is throwing out the one-liners like there is no tomorrow, when she turns to Carol and says thanks for coming with me. Seriously. I wanted to cry, hug her, and tell Carol how happy I was for her. Bethenny is turning the tide.
Bethenny finds the perfect dress. Her entire face softens when she’s in it, and when she put the veil on, her reaction did me in, and I cried. Carol gets up, hugs Bethenny, and says thank you. She sits down, then Bethenny gets up, and hugs her again. I’m now weeping.
You can feel the sadness about her own mother washing away. She transfers all of her hopes and dreams for a mother, into Carol, and you know, at that exact moment, she will love her child, and provide her with all the things she was missing. It’s an intimate, subtle, and powerful exchange.
Jason is back. Important to note that this guy is stunning. Seriously attractive. He’s been gone, they are sitting, catching up, and bitchy Bethenny starts to show up. She is intense. Jason seems to get her, and handle it well, but still, bitchy rears it’s ugly head.
Bethenny is back in therapy. Where last week she was “on” during therapy, you see Bethenny in this weeks session, not “on”, but honest. It’s quite remarkable how different she comes across from last week to now. I’ve always liked Bethenny, but this week, I feel like I finally know her.
Bethenny and her new assistant Max, are off to a luncheon in New Jersey for a Jewish ladies group. Just when I thought Bethenny was fabulous, she bursts the bubble and is a complete and total bitch to the hostess of the party. It was fun while it lasted. The bitch is back.
Elvira, the hostess, is giving a luncheon, where Bethenny will speak and sign books. Bethenny is horrible. She calls her a nut job, and a lunatic. She says she feels comfortable around crazy people. It was not funny. Not even a little bit funny.
I was embarrassed for her that she was so ungrateful, and said such hurtful things about a woman who was doing something nice for her. Since when is Bethenny an expert on what Jewish women want? She was offensive, and her stereotyping of Jewish women was ridiculous.
At some point Bethenny is going to need to learn boundaries. She is funny, but she is not a comedian, so she needs to get better control. Her sense of humor in terms of the gay community, and Jews, is way off, and I go from loving her, back to thinking she is a bitch, in a whiplash second.
We find out Bethenny is launching a skin care line. Could these women whore themselves out any further? What the hell does Bethenny know about skin care? Cookbooks I get, drinks I get, but skincare? She is just like Jill and her book. Selling something, she knows nothing about, to make a buck.
Bethenny and Jason are registering for the wedding gifts. You see how different they are, and how cute they are together. She’s kooky, he gets her, loves her anyway, and we all see it. They are sweet, and I get it. It’s charming to see them do the registry.
Here’s the thing, I love her. I really do. I‘m thinking that perhaps Bethenny is not a bitch, as much as her timing is occasionally inappropriate. She is not mean spirited, she is just somewhat abrasive. You’ve got to take it or leave it, she is what she is, and I think I shall take it, because she is compelling.
Important to note that Max is useless, as is Shaun. Neither one of them seem to get her, be a match, or particularly good at their jobs. I sound so bitchy and snarky. Dear Lord, I’m just like Bethenny. Maybe that is why I like her so much. At the end of the day, you can’t help but watch this show.
I feel like two weeks of this show has been a rollercoaster. I like her, I don’t like her. She is funny, she is mortifying. She is charming, she is embarrassing. It turns out that Bethenny is doing the best she can, with the cards she’s been dealt, and we must respect her for trying.
I’m going to ride it out, and watch the rest of this series. That said, beyond her wedding, and having her baby, I can’t imagine it would hold my attention for another season. She changed my mind, and while I wait for the Bethenny lovers hate mail, I shall wish her well, and keep the faith.
June 18, 2010 | 12:02 am
Posted by Ilana Angel
Just when I thought stretching the reunion show to three episodes was really pushing it, just five minutes into hour three, I was wishing it had been stretched to ten hours. This is the most revealing hour of the season for the ladies of New York City.
We start with Kelly walking off the set. When she’s gone, we find out she didn’t leave St. John on her own. She was actually escorted home by a producer, due to her mental breakdown. She is of course unwilling to admit it was a breakdown, and insists it was a breakthrough. \
I think Kelly has a drug problem. She is vacant looking, leaves the set, and comes back a few minutes later, able to continue. Perhaps it was a quick trip the meth lab she carries in her purse. She needs an intervention, and Bravo is obligated to help her if you ask me.
Kelly is saying that all the problems on St. John were because everyone was constantly drunk. Does not apply to Bethenny, and quite frankly, does not apply at all. Kelly is a nut job. She appears to have no recollection of the trip at all. It’s not funny, or entertaining.
If Bravo allows this woman to come back on another season of this show, I will be surprised. Who would want to be around this woman? I am amazed by the fact that they even allowed her on the reunion. They should have banned her, and said they would not allow her to appear.
They are talking about Jill’s surprise visit to St. John, and let me just say, Jill is beyond unappealing. She is a mean spirited, lying, spoiled brat, and does not deserve to a) be friends with Bethenny, or b) invited back for another season with the New York City housewives.
Jill is whining about something I have already zoned out, and Ramona has a surge of testosterone, and stands up to rip Jill a new one. She is up on her feet, and calling Jill out on the fact that she came to St. John with an attitude, instead of groveling for forgiveness.
I’m with Ramona on this one. Jill could have changed the entire bourse of events if only she had an ounce of humility. The best part of the entire exchange, is Andy Cohen’s face. He loves it, and I am loving watching his reaction. Andy is awesome, Ramona is fabulous, and Jill is a boring.
Jill is screaming about being thrown out, and not even being offered a glass of water. Ramona is denying she threw Jill out, while Sonja is assuring Jill that Ramona was concerned for her. It was obvious when Ramona got up from her pedicure to talk to her. Lesson learned: rich chicks are insane.
Ramona is saying Jill is two-faced, and Jill wants another play back of the tape. Jill thinks that if it’s not on film, it never happened. She is out of control. Her ego is massive, and I’m so over her. Jill then says that Alex caused all the problems on St. John.
Jill is yelling at Alex, Kelly is twirling her hair and having a conversation with herself, Bethenny is sitting there wanting to kill herself, Sonja is praying for a drink, Countless is trying to figure out how to butt in, and Ramona is having a psychic moment. This is fabulous television.
Countless is up next, and we find out that her ex-husband, Count Loser of Loserville, hates Jews. When asked point blank if he hates Jews, she does not answer. She hums and haws, and says it’s not that he “dislikes Jews”, he would just be surprised if she was with a Jew.
What does that mean? Would he be surprised because he has openly shared his feelings about Jews with her? Could that be the reason for his disgust? I think Countless is a skank, her ex-husband is a moron, and her new boyfriend should hustle his Jewish ass away from these anti-Semites.
Important to note, she did not divorce him because he was an anti-Semite. She clearly knew this is how he felt, and remained married to him. What does that say about her, and the repercussions for her children? Is she dating a Jew to get back at the Count for dumping her ass?
Andy reminds everyone that Ramona and Bethenny accused the Countless of cheating on her husband. They both apologize, and Countess refuses to talk about it, out of respect for her family. She won’t cop to have an affair, but can admit the father of her kids hates Jews? I don’t get it.
We find out that the Jew hating Count has been married four times, but as each ex-wife remarries, she loses the title. Interesting dilemma for the Countless. Is she willing to marry Jacques and have people stop referring to her as the Countless, and instead call her a Jew Lover? Tough choice.
Kelly is questioned about all of her contradictions. She cannot form a sentence that makes sense. She is an idiot, uneducated, and ridiculous. She seriously needs to be in a hospital. Seriously. A special hospital, with 24-hour observation, rubber walls, and lots of rainbows and unicorns.
Kelly say there is a lot of chatter with the ladies. The problem is that the chatter is in her head. She is hearing voices, which could be an effect of the meth, and needs to stop. She rambles on for what seems like days, and I just pray it will end. It is painful and must stop.
Sidebar: Kelly’s take on PETA makes me want to put her in a cage for a year, feed her a heavy diet of oily foods, skin her alive, and then leave her alone to die a slow and painful death. Kelly, you are an idiot. Those furs you wear are from tortured animals. Shut up, and stop wearing fur.
They are talking about Playboy, and Alex’s naked pictures. Jill is attacking Alex, Alex is defending herself, Ramona is being prudish, Bethenny wants to escape, Countless is panicking because she has remembered Andy is Jewish, Jill is plotting how to get her own show, and Kelly has zoned everyone out.
Andy goes around and asks who will come back for another season, should they do one. Bethenny is pretty much out, Ramona would come back, Alex is loving her new balls, and wants to come show them off. Sonja is getting into her groove, and wants to return.
Countless may come back, but it depends how many Jews are going to be on the crew. Kelly would need to think about it, which makes no sense because she does not think. Jill does not think she could do another season, and it’s because she does not want to shoot with Alex again.
Hey Bravo, she is giving you an ultimatum. It’s her, or Alex. Listen to me, listen to America, we are sick and tired of Jill, and do not want to see her anymore. You need to kick her ego driven ass to the curb, keep Alex, and call it a day.
Jill says she loves Bethenny and would like to see her baby. She fake cries, and asks Bethenny for a hug. Best part of the night, Bethenny does not get up. She just sits there, and let’s Jill come to her. Loved it. Jill must work for it, and by work for it, of course I mean don’t get sucked in Bethenny.
And so another season ends. It was really good, and hour three was perfect. I was convinced I wanted this show to go away, but now, not so much. Bring it back, without Jill, Kelly, or Countless, and I will give you another season of my time. Until we are back in NYC, keep the faith ladies.
June 17, 2010 | 10:31 am
Posted by Ilana Angel
The problem with the Real Housewives of New Jersey, is that it has changed from being a fun reality show, to a soap opera. It’s a chore to watch it now, which is a shame, because it used to be fun. It’s become a caricature. I’m still watching, but I sure do miss the ladies of Atlanta and Orange County.
We pick up with Dina still dumping Danielle. I understand Dina’s frustration, but seriously, dump her over the phone, or send an email. Why the need to go to a public place and have this type of exchange? I don’t get it, and the only thing that makes sense, is Bravo made her, for the cameras.
It feels like a set up. Dina is bagging on Danielle, but she is the one who invited her there, and she is the one who wanted to talk about everything, in a public place. Dina is saying how the entire exchange is embarrassing, but what did she expect? Danielle would just listen, say thanks, and leave?
Dina is embarrassing herself, and it’s too bad. She should of just had this conversation over the phone. Then Dina tells Danielle she is crazy. Well we all know, the one thing you should never tell a crazy person, is that they are crazy. It will put them over the edge, Danielle will not be called crazy. Ever!
Dina has been classy through all the drama with Danielle, yet she ends it all by driving away, calling her a crazy bitch. It’s a shame. Danielle is in the restaurant, and does what anyone would do after such an exchange. She tells the convicted felons who protect her, to come in from the parking lot.
The goons come in and she is recounting the exchange. They listen closely, and nod in agreement. Best part is when Danielle says to Danny, who is fresh out of prison, and riding out his parole, “The guilty ones run.” He nods, and it’s hilarious because he knows, we know, he’s been running.
Teresa, Caroline and Jacqueline go with all the kids to a farm to look at animals, and get pumpkins. The kids are cute, and the husbands are cute. Quite a schlep for 10 seconds of show, but whatever. Derek and Ashley are there, and Derek is invited to a poker game, to be initiated into the family.
Dina goes to Caroline’s to tell her and Jacqueline about what happened with Danielle. Every time Dina makes a point about how horrible Danielle is, Caroline looks at Jacqueline. You can’t help but wonder if it’s all part of a bigger plan to get Jacqueline to completely blow Danielle off.
I’m not a fan of Danielle. I think she is a crazy, an unfit mother, and in need of some serious mental health work, the thing is though, this family really has it out for her, and you can see it. She was crazy before they met her, but they are clearly putting her over the edge. Just ignore her already.
Sidebar: Danielle does not know the difference between the words “women” and “woman”. She constantly uses them the wrong way, and it’s annoying. I get that she is not the most educated woman in the world, but seriously. You’re on television now, crack open a book once and a while.
Danielle is out for lunch with her “girlfriends”. Listen to me Bravo, these chicks have no place on television. They are not even remotely interesting. If they are there because they are the only people who are willing to listen to Danielle, then rent her better fake friends who are interesting.
Danielle is animated as she tells the story. You almost get sucked into it, then remember you are watching a whack job. Then Danielle pulls out her reading glasses to read an email from Dina. It’s so funny that she is all over the place with a sex tape, then uses grandma reading glasses. Hilarious.
Jacqueline told us last week that she was not friends with Kim G. They just lived in the name neighborhood, but were not friends. Cut to Kim G. going over for a coffee. Kim G. is a lunatic. She is playing both sides of the fence, she is looking to replace Dina on the show, and I’m not a fan.
Kim G. is telling Jacqueline that she told Danielle to let everything go, but we know Kim G. told her to go the police and press charges. You can see the story getting built up, and again, this show is now more soap opera than anything else. It’s not as much fun as it used to be.
Danielle is at the new friends house talking about how she is ready to date again, after the horrible experience she had last year, and the sex tape scandal. Really? I got $20 that says she’s been having relations with Danny, and another $20 that says she loves her sex tape.
It’s poker night. Steve, sex tape boy, has come to play. Jacqueline calls him out to say that she is not pleased with him, and his selling of the tape. Steve explains that the majority of the tapes, are things that Danielle shot, of herself, and sent to him. She is a skank, and I am heartbroken for her kids.
Lying can never be good. Just as Jill told lies for months, and they all came back to haunt her, so has Danielle. It’s interesting that they have both become undone, for the same reasons, but in completely different ways. Danielle is crazy, while Jill is an egomaniac. Both shows are tired.
Danielle has gone lingerie shopping with her hags. Really? Who does that? They are struggling to fill an hour, and it’s painful to watch. We are now going to spend 20 minutes watching them initiate Derek into the poker group. It’s a stretch Bravo. Get back to the ladies, and the reality.
Everything that Jacqueline and Ashley say to each other, pisses each other off. It’s classic teenager drama, and really rather entertaining. That is the stuff we want to see, not a poker game, or Danielle shopping for lingerie. Jacqueline kicks Ashley out, and it’s sad, but fabulous.
When watching reality television, the best part is when people you think are not at all like you, go through things just like you. That’s the great thing about these ladies. We see their lives and think it’s so different from our own, but in the end, they are just living it all out like we are.
We are now at a strip club with Danny, Danielle and her hags. They are getting a pole dancing lesson. They are working it out, while the felons watch. Seriously. Enough. This show hit rock bottom this week. They need to turn it around quickly, or I’m out.
The show ends with Dina bowing out. Good for her. We saw it coming from the first episode. She has been sad all season, and not that invested in being there. I like her, always have, and I agree that it’s best for her to go. Without Lexi there, she does not care, and we all see it.
New Jersey has become boring, and I’m waiting for it to get it together. Next week looks promising, I love all things Caroline, and it looks like we’ll get some time with her next week. I’m hanging on Jersey. Come back and entertain us. Not sure you can do it, but I’m keeping the faith.
June 16, 2010 | 3:30 pm
Posted by Ilana Angel
Thanks for all the emails to see if I’m okay, and why I have not blogged.
Well, my son is graduating from Junior High today. I could just bust I’m so proud of him. I’ve been running around all day trying to get things done, and convince him to pose for a million pictures. No luck there. I think I’ve talked him into 8, but am still trying to get him up to 12.
I’ve got two blogs to post tomorrow. My take on this weeks romp with the ladies of New Jersey, along with the good, bad and ugly parts of a middle school graduation. Oy vey, the stories I will tell!
See you tomorrow.
June 15, 2010 | 8:53 pm
Posted by Ilana Angel
Yesterday I blogged about Bethenny being a bitch on her new show, and people got upset with me. The thing is, Bethenny is being bitchy. That’s okay, and justified, but let’s be clear, she came out swinging tonight. I get her frustration, but she could have taken the high road.
Everything that Bethenny said on part one of the reunion was true. She made perfect sense, and I agree with her. I feel however, she could have said all the same things without being so mean. Between her premiere last night, and part two of the reunion, she is not coming off well.
Bethenny and Alex are attacking Jill for caring more about what people think about her, than her actual friendships. True. I think the backlash of bad press is what fuels Jill to try to right her wrongs. Jill was the popular one, and when that started to not be true, she backpedaled.
Jill is quietly begging Bethenny to forgive her. It’s very sad. Jill says she is not jealous of anyone, and happy with her life. When Ramona says Jill called her, and told her to not film with Bethenny, she calls Ramona a liar. Two seconds later, she admits that she did say it, and says sorry.
It’s confusing to watch. Jill denies everything, then changes her mind, and apologizes. She is saying sorry for things without even being real clear on what she is sorry for. Then Kelly gets into the conversation and surprise, surprise, she is making so sense.
Part two of the reunion is an attack on Jill, and while she was out of control this year, it seems a little much. Jill is trying to defend her reaction to Ramona when she told her Bethenny’s dad died, but Jill is drowning in a sea of her own lies. Oh how the mighty have fallen.
Alex calls Jill on her lies, and when Kelly tries to come to Jill’s defense, Jill tries to take Kelly’s words and have them dig her out, but in the end there was no denying it. She bailed on Bethenny and their friendship. Even the death of Bethenny’s dad, was not enough to make Jill behave decently.
She talks about how she called, texted, sent flowers, and offered to come to Los Angeles, Jill talks a lot about what she was offering, and what she was thinking, but at the end of the day, she didn’t do anything. She said it’s because she was scared. Jill Zarin scared? Right.
When asked about keeping Bethenny’s message for two months, she has no answer, and says it was a mistake. Jill is then questioned about pulling the cancer card. Bethenny is asking why she told everyone it was just a “procedure”, when it was more serious, and again Jill is caught in a lie.
She starts by saying she had to talk about the cancer because people could see Bobby had something on his neck, but then says, after she announced he had cancer, she did not want to talk about it. Turns out, if there was no camera crew to film it, Jill didn’t want to talk about it.
Again, Bethenny is calling Jill out on her lies, and again, Jill is saying she is sorry, and Bethenny is right. Alex backs up Bethenny, and Jill is pissed. Alex, Ramona and Bethenny all have the same story, and Jill can’t dig out of the hole. Jill says all she wants to do is move forward.
Translation: we have no idea how many lies Jill told. Jill starts to walk off again, and they get her to stay. Bethenny comes to her defense, saying Jill’s taken enough hits, but Bethenny is the one doing all the swinging. She can attack, but when it’s someone else, it’s too much and she is sympathetic.
We get to take a break from the attacks on Jill, when Andy Cohen brings out Sonja. I love this woman. She is just what this show needed, and now that we know and love her, she should stay, and Jill should go. Jill has sucked all the joy out this show, and it’s time for her to move on.
Sonja is open and refreshing. She is single, gorgeous, and why shouldn’t she be having sex? You’ve got to admire her for putting it all out there, in a real way, in terms of dialogue with the other women. We know they’re having sex, but maybe Sonja is the only one having good sex.
Sonja says she has had a one night stand, but that her “customers” generally pay her a return visit. She is adorable. I think she could carry her own show. She is funny and unguarded, but never really “on”. That’s the difference between her and Bethenny. Sonja is real, Bethenny is an act.
Kelly says she has never had a one night stand. She is shy. How can you pose for Playboy, then be coy, and say you are shy? Kelly is a whack-a-doodle. Countless is sitting there not saying anything, because she is a lady, but you know, deep down, she wants to talk to Sonja about sex.
Listening to her talk about her life, child, body, and insecurities, you can’t help but want to be friends with Sonja. It’s how we felt about Jill in the first year of the show, before she got too big for her britches. Sonja is a hoot. I admire and respect her. It’s a shame about the drunk driving.
It does not matter what you ask Sonja, she’s got an answer, and it comes quickly. She does not need to think up a lie, or the best way to say her answer. She just speaks, and I love that. Jill is called out on saying something rude about Sonja, but Sonja is cool.
She says anyone can say anything they want about her, make a joke at her expense, and as long as she is able to defend herself, she is okay with it. Sonja is a grown up. Granted she’s only been on there a year, and she could break under the pressure like the rest, but right now, she is the grown up.
Jill is apologizing again. Saying she kept trying to be funny, but it never came off right. She is not funny. Countless tries to get into the conversation, but she really has nothing interesting to say. If she didn’t try to speak up, we would not even know she was there.
They show a tape of one-liners, and the lemons comment from Kelly comes up. Kelly announces she has developed a drink, and they show a shot of Bethenny, who is clearly annoyed Kelly created a drink. Countless asks if it’s the Mexican version of a margarita. Countless needs to stop talking.
They show Kelly’s nervous breakdown, and we are again reminded, this woman is a danger to herself. She refers to her nervous breakdown as a “break through”. She also refers to the ladies by their first and last names, which is creepy. Kelly is ranting about her experiences, and it’s really sad.
She is talking about how the ladies are all bullies, and have been systematically bullying her from the beginning. She rambles on about how she begged her agent to get her off the show, and something about an intervention with Bethenny to get her to stop bullying. This woman is insane.
There was a tiny part of me that thought Kelly could perhaps explain what happened in St. John, but it’s not going to happen. Ever. She is simply not well. I did however get a kick out her calling the show the Crazy Train. Funny since she was so offended when I kept calling it that last year.
Bethenny looks like she is going to haul off and hit Kelly. I think Bethenny has the same attitude now, at the end of the season, that Jill had at the beginning of the season. Bethenny needs to check herself, and her ego, before it takes her over, like it did Mrs. Zarin.
Andy recaps what Kelly just said, and she says no, that’s not what she said. Jill tries to help her by whispering to her that is what she just said, and she denies it again. Bethenny’s mocking of Kelly is off the charts. She can’t even disguise her contempt for this crazy woman.
Kelly is saying she was forced by Bravo to go to St. John, and Andy is denying that’s true, and Kelly rebuts with her standard, “Thanks very much, I appreciate it.” The woman is not only on the train to Crazytown, she is going first class, and perhaps having a one night stand with the conductor.
Perhaps we are mistaking her stupidity for insanity. It could be that she is not crazy, as much as she is really, really stupid. Countless asks her why she was the instigator on St. John, and didn’t lay low. She has no answer. She is unable to carry on a conversation with anyone but the voices in her head.
Next week will be the third and final installment of the reunion. Ramona has a moment, Kelly is delusional, and all the loose ends will be wrapped up. It will be interesting to see how they cast the show now that Bethenny is gone. I’m hoping it does not include Kelly. For that wish, I shall keep the faith.
June 13, 2010 | 4:22 pm
Posted by Ilana Angel
Bethenny’s new show, without the other women of The Real Housewives of New York City, has begun airing. It’s cute, she’s cute, and I get why she got her own show. That said, she is a little over the top. When she was part of the group, she was entertaining, by herself, she is a little annoying.
It’s only been one episode, and it could go either way. She will either make us all really love her, or we will turn on her faster than we did on Jill Zarin. Time will tell, and I won’t speculate or assume. I’ll watch with all of you, and break it all down as I see it.
We start with Bethenny appearing in a celebrity fashion show. She is already rubbing me the wrong way. Had she said something about the fact that she was being considered a celebrity at all, it would have been cute. Instead, she is just rambling off one liners, and it’s not funny.
When someone talks all the time about how busy they are, and everything being so great, it makes me question them. Some things don’t need to be shoved down people’s throats. I loved her on part one of the RHONYC reunion show, but not so much here. I hope that changes.
Jason and Bethenny are in the kitchen having breakfast. Sidebar: all she does is talk badly about how she looks pregnant. She jokes and complains about how hideous she is. As someone who it took years to get pregnant, I think for her to be complaining all the time about how her pregnancy looks, is unappealing.
Being pregnant is a blessing. We all joked about the size of our ankles, and how unattractive we felt, but she doesn’t do that. What she does, is say pregnancy is disgusting, and she looks disgusting. She needs to shut up already with all the jokes about her being gross.
Jason and Bethenny are talking about her hiring a new assistant. He does not want her to hire a single young guy, and she thinks that is ridiculous, because she is so unattractive pregnant. Uh huh. Jason comes across as the most wonderful man ever. He is gorgeous, and loves her. He is the real star.
Bethenny says she loves her new apartment, She never refers to anything as theirs, only as hers. It’s all about her, and as much as I love her, and want to keep loving her, we are ten minutes into her new show, and the only cute thing she ‘s done, is have a moment with a spoon of icing.
Jason wants a housewarming party, and she freaks out at the idea of having 8 couples. The thing is, she is deciding with the assistant, not with Jason. She is going to interview new interns. The first guy comes, and before even meeting him, she is bagging on how he looks. Not funny.
This kid was adorable. He was smart and funny, and it was a shame she did not hire him. She would have benefited from someone like that, and she could have helped him refine who he was, as he transitioned from college student to full time grown up in the real world.
The handsome young guy comes in, and he’s got the job before he even speaks. He knows all about her and her celebrity, and she loves that. He either researched her completely, or tunes into the RHONYC. She tells Jason, and he rolls with it. He is great, she is again bagging the pregnancy.
Bethenny and Jason are at dinner. She wants to talk about planning the wedding, and they talk about whether to get married, or have the baby first. Again, I’m sure she is trying to sound funny about the baby, but in the end, she is being a bitch. She does not seem to be happy about having a baby.
When talking about numbers, she says that preparing a guest list is going to be harder for her, than him, because she knows more people. She is coming across as bossy, mean, selfish and dismissive. He is telling her he wants to include his friends and family, and she says he is being combative.
I keep waiting for her to do something that will engage me, but we are 31 minutes in, and still nothing. Bethenny heads to therapy, and they show it. It takes credibility away for me that she would shoot it for the show. She is very aware the camera is on. I’m fast-forwarding over this part.
Jason is getting acquainted with the new assistant Max. He is charming, she is brash. They are talking about friends visiting, and she loses it. She is mean. She comes across as quite horrible during this conversation. She is selfish, which is always going to be problematic in any relationship.
They are going to select their wedding bands, and she is out of control. She says that she is not wrong. Does that not mean she needs to be right? Did she not say on RHONYC that being right does not matter? She’s a little hard core. Jason loves her so much, and she is brutal on him.
Bethenny is getting ready for the housewarming party, and waiting for Jason to come home. She is wearing the most ridiculous outfit ever. Her new assistant hates it that anyone would assume he was gay, and Jason is stuck in Florida because of the snowstorm in New York City.
Bethenny is screeching, and is abrupt with Jason, She resented having the party at all, but now she needs to do it on her own. The guests start to arrive. She could not be nicer to her friends, while being completely rude to Jason’s friends. She is being a bitch.
Alex and Simon arrive to the party, and she gives them a little dig. It’s so hypocritical. She clearly invited them there, and yet she rolls her eyes like she was forced to have them there. She thanked Alex profusely for being such a good friend last year, but is horrible about her coming.
Not sure what I think about this show, but I am sure Bethenny deserves to be happy. I left the reunion show last week, totally loving her, and I still do. I just think she comes across as a little too much. Perhaps it’s because when she was on RHONYC, we got her in small doses, so it was a breath of fresh air. Here, it’s all her, so maybe it will take a minute to adjust.
The peek at what is coming up looks like it will be good. I am certain it will be blogging gold. She got everything she always wanted, and never thought she could have. It’s wonderful to go on the ride with her. What I’m not certain of, is if I will like or dislike Bethenny in the end. I want to like her, so I’m keeping the faith.
June 11, 2010 | 9:19 am
Posted by Ilana Angel
The reunion starts with Andy Cohen asking if anyone medicated before coming to the taping. Truth is, Bravo should have sent us all a Xanax to tune in. I want to know why he refers to Countless as a Countess. She was never a real one, more of a fake one. Her marriage ended, so let’s dump the title.
No matter what you think of these chicks, you’ve got admit that they look great. Seriously. Of course they did spend hours and hours in hair and makeup, but still, the ladies are looking good, as they sit on the couch, in downtown Crazytown.
We start with Alex. She was the first one to crack under the façade that is Jill Zarin. She was just living her life in Brooklyn, when the bullying by Jill became too much. I cannot believe I’m going to say it, and reserve the right to take it back later, but I like Alex. Good for her.
She is articulate and well spoken, so bravo to her. She grew some balls this season, and they look good on her. Shout out to Brooklyn! Alex calls Countless out on her hypocrisy. Bethenny supports Alex, and Jill announces that she and Alex were never friends. Really?
Were they not friends when she dropped cash having her window treatments for the new house done? Were they not friends when she took bagels over for a Sunday morning visit? Were they not friends she went to Brooklyn for fashion weekend? Jill is trying to be a lady, but it’s not working.
Jill cannot stand that Alex is friends with Bethenny. The second they aired the episode where Bethenny told Alex first about her engagement, and then confirmed to Alex first that she was pregnant, Jill stopped being friends with Alex. Classic high school, mean girl, bully behavior.
Alex explains that her frustration has been building for years, saying Jill goes to the press to plant stories about the women, and tries to get them to not film with each other. We then discover that Jill has a condition, where unless there is proof on paper, she does not remember, so it never happened.
Jill comes up with the nugget, “just because you said it, doesn’t make it true”. The problem is that not only did we hear you say it Jill, but we saw it too. Those men, walking around with cameras, are filming you sweetie. You just told us everything you say may not be true. Shocking.
Alex says the reason she can forgive Ramona and Bethenny for the mean things they’ve done to her, is because they said they were sorry, and stopped. The difference with Jill, is that she says sorry, but keeps on with her bad behavior. The fact is, Jill got gross, and we all watched it happen.
When Jill said that Alex had the body of a model, but not the face. Jill says it did not come out right, and she was not saying she was ugly. Again, she insists that it came out wrong and she did not mean it, yet she does not explain what she did mean. Oh the tangled web we weave Jill.
On to Ramona. Sidebar: I love it that Bethenny is backing up Ramona and Alex. That is what grown up relationships with women are supposed to be. They’re the nice girls, while Jill, Countless and Kelly are the popular girls, who once you get into their circle, realize you can’t stand them, and their not that popular, except with each other.
Ramona admits that her trip down the catwalk was mortifying. She admits that her kiss on the yacht was a mistake, and she told Mario about it. She admits the things she did that were not good, owns it, and moves on. Kelly says it was an indiscretion and she would not forgive it. Sit quietly Kelly.
Ramona goes on to say her behavior on the Brooklyn Bridge with Bethenny is the worst part of the season for her. If she could take anything back that she said, that conversation would be it. She is embarrassed and sorry. Kelly asks if Ramona would take back calling her stupid. Sit quietly Kelly.
Bethenny is talking about her husband and her daughter. She starts crying, and you can’t help but look at her, and love her. She got all the things in her life that she thought she never would, and it’s wonderful to see. She is funny, and charming, but still acerbic and has become my favorite.
It’s sad because as Bethenny is talking about how great her life is, they show Jill, who looks heartbroken. She tries to participate in the conversation, but the fact is she has nothing to say. She is not a part of the things that are happening for Bethenny, and you can see it kills her.
Everyone is talking about Bethenny being a media whore. Bethenny clearly gets more press than anyone else, and therefore she is a media whore. They are all so jealous that it’s disgusting. This show gives a realistic glimpse into how catty and mean woman can be. It’s sad. Funny, but really, really sad.
Kelly is unable to formulate a proper sentence. It is fascinating. This woman really does not seem to be able to speak. She stutters, is flustered, says random things, and can’t formulate a clear thought. It’s sad to watch her. She is not well. It’s not even funny anymore. She’s crazy.
Countless wants to talk over everyone, and her voice is so low, that it stands out, and you can hear everything she says. The problem is that she is not saying anything interesting. Every time someone tells their side of a story, Countless has something to say. She’s trying to do Andy’s job, and she sucks.
They show an outtake where Ramona gets up, while Kelly is in the middle of a story, and goes to walk off the set. Andy asks her what she is doing, and Ramona tells him she is hot and wants a glass of water. The thing is, the cameras are running, which Ramona did not know, or care about. Hilarious.
They show all the crap between Jill and Bethenny over the season. Jill is crying, and mortified by her behavior. She makes excuses for how she acted, blaming it on her daughter going off to school, and Bobby being sick. She sees quickly excuses won’t work, and then says she has no excuses, is just really sorry.
It’s too little too late for Bethenny. Bethenny says that she understands Jill is happy for her, but calls her out on her crap. She says that Jill let fame go to her head, and became a diva. She went from being a nice girl from long Island, to being a superstar in her own head.
Jill is trying to be calm and let Bethenny speak, but you know she is biting her tongue and wants to go off, but can’t, because if she does, it will prove that Bethenny is correct. Jill is scrambling to explain herself, but just can’t seem to do it. She has fallen apart and it’s too bad.
Jill says she is praying her and Bethenny can be friends again because she loves her. The problem, is that her actions imply something else. She says she was scared of Bethenny. Really? Jill was a bitch, got too big for her britches, ruined a friendship, and her reputation, and is now back peddling.
Bethenny is spelling out specific things Jill did, but she insists she does not remember. She wants proof. She wants emails, or documentation of what she said. I’m loving Bethenny for calling Jill out on her crap. She is doing it calmly, and clearly, and Jill is spinning. Sidebar: Jill’s crying looks like she’s angry not sad.
It comes out that Jill was trying to sabotage Bethenny’s new show and shockingly, Jill does not want to talk about it! Alex confirms it, Ramona confirms it, and still Jill denies that she did it. Now Jill is sweating, getting red, screaming that Alex is a liar, and starting to shake.
Jill’s arguments make no sense. She is insisting that she wanted to make up with Bethenny, but wanted to do it off camera, and Bethenny would not. Ramona points out that she started the fight on camera, so the mending should have been done for everyone to see too. Jill then says the fight began before taping.
So yes they were fighting before the show started taping, but Jill was the one who took it on the show on the first episode. Jill dug a hole for herself and is frantically trying to justify what she did, but she can’t. Kelly and Countless are not even defending her, because they know they can’t save her.
It’s going in circles, and Bethenny wants to wrap it up. She tells Jill that she is over her, and has decided to simply walk away from their relationship. Jill is all but begging for Bethenny to forgive her, but Bethanny has a life that just does not have room for Jill in it.
Damn Bravo for stretching the reunion out for 3 shows. That said, God Bless Bravo for stretching it out for 3 shows so it does not have to end. Love, love, love, it. Jill gets all dramatic, starts crying, gets up, and walks off. Bethenny is not getting sucked into it, and is taking care of herself.
The first hour ends with Kelly going off on a rant that makes no sense. I wonder if it makes sense in her own head. Half the time it doesn’t even sound like English. There must be someone who understands what she says. That person should write a book of Kelly translations. They’d make a fortune.
For this entire season, I’ve been saying they should cancel this show. I didn’t mean it because apparently we can say whatever we want and not mean it. I would like to see it come back with Sonja, Countless, Alex and a couple new galls. Not Jen Gilbert though. She’s not even remotely interesting.
Part two will be on Monday night, and I for one can’t wait. I love the reunion so far. Alex is great with balls, Bethenny has grown hers bigger while pregnant, Ramona borrows Mario’s when needed, and next week the biggest balls will be on the couch by way of Sonja. It’s going to be a bumpy ride, so everyone hold on, and keep the faith