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Real Housewives of New Jersey – The Blogs
Jay Mohr hasn’t missed a week blogging, he also hasn’t missed bashing a cast member, at the beginning of the season it was Joey and Melissa, then he bashed Teresa and Joe Giudice but threw in Kathy and Richie as well here and there. He’s been fairly kind to Jacqueline but he really laid into Ashley which did not make Jac very happy. He has yet to bash Caroline but hold onto your socks, he got her this week! From Jay’s blog:
Before the race, Joe Giudice immediately starts teasing Joey Gorga. This is pathetic because in the car he just said to Teresa, “I don’t start nuttin’!” We all just watched him start with Joey in front of all the others. It was uncomfortable. Joey Gorga should have fought back by having Melissa sing out loud.
Nice catch on the Joe Giudice thing but enough about Melissa’s singing already! You don’t like her singing, we get it.
For some reason, Caroline quits. If you count the kickboxing class, this is the second time she has quit in camera. I have to call out momma Manzo. How can you make a living giving people advice if you quit when things get tough? You are the matriarch of a family of winners. Suck it up and close the deal!
There it is, for the first time this season Jay actually found something about Caroline to rip on, I have to admit I was a bit surprised at Caroline as well, I thought she’d give it the old College try!
Joey and Melissa go to Albie, Chris, and Greg’s house in Hoboken for a little party. It seems that Greg thinks Joey is as hot as I do. Back off Gregory, I called Joey Gorga and those eyes Week One! Get your own man. Melissa plays her song for the boys and they say they like it. Then they inexplicably ask Melissa to sing at their company’s launch party. Are they launching ear plugs?
The guy just never quits ripping Melissa’s singing!
The day of Milania’s birthday, Teresa is trying in vain to get Milania ready. It is a tough task because Milania treats Teresa like she’s the help. MIlania has a meltdown because she wants to change clothes. I don’t blame her since Teresa is trying to dress her like Punky Brewster. Milania’s party is at Joe Giudice’s pizzeria. It’s a far cry from limousines and cruise ships, but hopefully the fall is cushioned by the overall message: As long as you are with your family, everywhere is a place to celebrate. Melissa and Joey show up (late), and Joe Giudice suddenly gets very busy in the kitchen and can’t say hello to them. Gia has written a special song to her sister and it gets thunderous applause. (Melissa: Notice there was no Auto-Tune).
Once again digging at Melissa’s singing…augh! Jay has already told us he won’t be bashing the kids (yet reminds us that Ashley is fair game as she’s 19 or 20) so he blames Teresa for the child’s meltdown, his reasons are wrong but his conclusion is correct.
Gia’s next song is dedicated to her mom and Uncle Joey and she bursts into tears the second she opens her mouth to sing it. It’s heartbreaking. It’s also angering to watch grown-ups act like they wear diapers (not the grown-up kind that Teresa and Jaqueline wore at the race. I mean baby diapers.) Maybe we should just go old school and have the two Joes settle their problems with a duel. They could step out into the streets of Caldwell and after ten paces, turn, and throw gravy at each other. It would be like Italian paintball. Gia breaks the entire season down with one sentence. Teresa tells Gia that her and her brother Joey love each other very much. Gia says, “THEN ACT LIKE IT!” Word to the Gia.
Jay has become really invested in this show, and he seems to genuinely care about the people on the show yet he’s pissed them all off to the point where few of them are speaking to him. He even had a Twitter war with Melissa after this blog posted:
Melissa Gorga seems to have taken a cue from Jacqueline as her blog this week is eight pages long. There was no blog last week so we’ll cut them all a break for the extremely long blogs this week. Melissa talks about the extreme negativity between her husband and Teresa’s husband:
What I hope you understand is that this has been happening for years, way before the Housewives. The tension between the Joes has been around before I entered the picture, but I guess it’s easier for Teresa to point the finger at me because she doesn’t want to blame her husband or her only brother, which I can understand.
Melissa wants us to know that there is a whole lot more to the feud between the Gorga’s and the Giudice’s, obviously years of history is involved and emotions run high.
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Flipping Out Season 5 Reunion by BB
We find Andy Cohen and Jeff Lewis in Gramercy Place, Jeff’s residence for the second time. Jeff says he’s a little nervous about the therapy session they are about to have and Andy says he’s a little nervous about being fired since Jeff fired three people this season, his sister-in-law’s sister Sarah, his intern of three years, Trace, and one of his contractors, Randy. Jeff says he had reached his threshold with the nonsense. He says his business has changed dramatically in a good way, his income doubled between 2010 and 2011, and he has Gage to thank for that. Jeff says Sarah’s firing was expected. Trace’s firing was not.
They talk about the new house and Jeff says it’s a long term house. He evades the having the children question, but then says if he has a child it will be in Gramercy, with Gage and Zoila. Andy mentions that Zoila’s popularity has exploded this season and Jeff tells him he is Zoila’s agent and they have an agreement of a 90%/10% split, with Jeff getting 90%. One of the audience questions is whether Jenni, Zoila and Gage need Jeff more than he needs them. Jeff tells Andy that he probably needs them more than they need him, but of course, he tells them the opposite. Jeff tells Andy that he and Jenni had their share of troubles last year and he thought they were backing away from each other and that that would be it. After Sarah and Trace left, they just clicked again. It’s almost like they needed that year apart. Andy welcomes Jenni (Jenni looks great by the way). Jenni agrees they had a bad year and that through the divorce, they started dating again. Andy asks them what happened and Jeff said it’s too much to go into. Jeff felt that Jenni wanted more and stopped respecting him. Jenni tells Jeff not to use her auditions as an excuse. They both agree they work better together than apart. Jeff tells Jenni he appreciates her more now and Jenni tells Jeff she appreciate him. Andy asks Jenni bout her rap album. Jeff says she’s been talking about it for 4 years and it never happens. Andy says he’ll be interested to see if Jeff’s paint line happens. Jeff tells Andy the difference between he and Jenni is that when he says something is going to happen, it happens. A fan asks Jenni that if her entertainment career goes nowhere will she work for Jeff forever. She says yes, she loves working for him.
With Jeff and Jenni, Andy asks Jenni how Jeff has changed. She says he’s mellowed and flipping out less. Andy asks about the Cole design and Chaz Dean. Jeff says he was bummed about not getting the New York job and he is very grateful to Chaz for giving him work when he needed it and Chaz owes him nothing. He also says Chaz is uncomfortable around Jeff now and Jeff plans on sitting him down and having a conversation with him to let him know there is no bad blood and he has done enough for Jeff. Andy brings up Stacey Farish. Jenni tells Andy she has no idea why Stacey didn’t like her. Jeff says there was a lot of gossip going on between Trace and Sarah about Jenni and they were kind of jealous of Jenni when she came back and started going to clients’ houses with Jeff. Jeff suspects Sarah poisoned the waters with Stacey as far as Jenni is concerned. Jeff tells Andy Stacey is not his only client that has not liked Jenni and Jenni agrees. A viewer asks Jeff why he didn’t take up for Jenni sooner? Jeff admits he thought it was funny the way Stacey treated Jenni. He finally got tired of it and took up for her. Jenni thinks it took way too long for Jeff to stand up to Stacey. Jeff didn’t see it as abuse. Jenni uses the example that Stacey refused to let Jenni eat chips out of the bowl she and Jeff were eating out of as abuse. Another viewer asks if Jenni keeps in touch with her ex-husband. Jeff brings up the fact that he wanted Jenni to help pay for a credit card bill after three years and that he’s in his third marriage already. Jenni tells Andy she’s been dating a man for about a year and a half and her mom is happy he is Greek. She tells Andy she’s trying to keep him away from the crazy and that’s why he hasn’t been on the show. She says Gage didn’t come on the show for two years. Jenni happened to introduce Gage to Jeff.
Zoila joins Jeff and Jenni. Zoila looks great and feels great. Jeff tells Andy Zoila has changed and is having a lot of sex. Zoila says not too much and that she uses protection. Of course they go back and forth like they usually do and Jeff tells Andy that Lupe is still working for him. Andy asks Zoila if she is afraid Lupe is going to take over her job. Zoila says she’s not worried. She got the surgery and the car. Jeff tells Andy that Lupe will clean the house and Zoila will help take care of the kids when he has them. Zoila says she will need more money. Zoila says she is available and she is waiting for her prince.
Next Andy introduces Gage and it’s Gage and Jeff (without Jenni and Zoila). Gage says it’s been an out of body experience watching the season. Jeff and Gage are not into PDA at all. They are not discussing the bedroom when asked. Andy asks about Casey the dog’s interest in their love lives. Jeff says Casey has to leave the room now because it’s weird. They do not have lovey dovey nick names for each other. When asked, Gage says he thinks he will be able to live with Jeff for the rest of his life. Gage wants to get married eventually and Jeff says Gage wants the ring. Gage says he never wanted to be on TV, but Jeff says they had to have him in the show because Gage is largely responsible for the business becoming much more efficient and lucrative. Andy says there is a little bit of Lady McBeth in Gage from the viewer’s perspective. Gage denies it. Jeff says his business is running like it should be run and things needed to be done to restructure the business. Gage has no regrets because everything that happened really happened. He says the firings were ultimately Jeff’s decision.
Next up is Jeff with Sarah and Trace. Jeff apologizes to both of them for the set-up in Las Vegas where he expected them at the event, but didn’t really tell them it was expected. Sarah says Jeff came to her wedding and told her he loved her when he left. Jeff says he must have been drunk because he never tells anyone that. Sarah says she was surprised he said it to her too. Andy asks Jeff if he got any flak for firing Sarah. Jeff says Sarah’s dad said something to him at her wedding about doing it for the controversy of the show. Jeff said that is totally not true and tells Sarah she needs to tell her father the truth about what really happened. She says she did tell her father. Jeff really wanted it to work out with Sarah but he also tells Sarah that she violated her non-disclosure agreement by keeping in contact with his client, Stacey. Sarah thinks the agreement is that she can’t work for Stacey, but Jeff tells her no, the agreement is that she has no contacts with any of his clients. Next comes Trace. They go back and forth about what happened at the firing. Jeff gave Trace a chance to defend himself and he didn’t. It was not Jeff’s intention to fire Trace at that meeting. He felt that Trace was angling to start his own business and Jeff lost trust in Trace because he had gone through that with Ryan Brown. Trace thinks Jeff was fearful that he was going to excel with the clients and they would go straight to him instead of Jeff. Andy asks why Trace didn’t defend himself. Trace says he was shocked and didn’t know Jeff felt that way. Jeff asks Trace if he has amnesia about the other two meetings they had prior to that meeting. Trace thinks Gage had something to do with him leaving but he’s not pointing fingers. Jeff tells Trace he was planning on leaving soon anyway and he didn’t care about Jeff Lewis Design anymore. Andy asks Trace if he’s been in contact with any of Jeff’s clients since leaving. He says no. Jeff says he’s lying and that he has been in contact with Jeanne. Trace says he did call her when he was fired and Jeff says it’s been more than once. Jeff reminds Trace that he also broke the non-disclosure agreement, not that he’s going to do anything about it, but Trace is making terrible decisions and crossing over boundaries and he needs to learn from his mistakes. Andy asks if Trace wants to say anything else and he doesn’t think so. Jeff asks Trace for an apology. He finally apologizes and tells him he appreciates everything he has done for him and he’s only 23 and is going to make mistakes. Andy asks if they ever might work together again. Jeff reminds Andy that he has bought the same house twice and he goes back in life all the time and that Ryan could be sitting with him next season (I don’t think that’s gonna happen).
In the last scene, it’s Jeff and Jenni and they talk about their new show, Interior Therapy, where they live with people for a week and redesign their houses. Zoila also makes some appearances in the show. Andy asks Jeff if he has any regrets from Season 5 and he says he should have probably taken up for Jenni regarding Stacey sooner. Jenni regrets that Deb didn’t come to her defense and does an imitation of Deb. Jeff says he’d better be the one walking Jenni down the aisle and he better be on the invitation if Jenni gets married.
I like Jeff Lewis and look forward to his new show and a new season of Flipping Out.
I really enjoyed the reunion as well, thanks BB for the great recap! Lynn~
Rachel Zoe Project by BB
At Rachel’s office, Rodger is meeting with Mandana, Jeremiah, Marisa and Kendall to talk about the editor event to show Rachel’s fall collection. It’s a three day event to show to editors and buyers her collection. Mandana doesn’t want to sit around the table and talk about how important it is. Rachel is not at the meeting because she needs to rest. Jeremiah is tasked with pulling the jewelry and he’s nervous about it. Mandana says a monkey could do it. Back at Rachel’s apartment, she says she LITERALLY cannot believe she’s going to New York and she can’t even wrap her head around it. She says she knows this will be her last trip and she can’t fly after this trip. She talks about the reality of being pregnant and it’s not just another job. She says being pregnant is just so “not chic.” Jeremiah goes to get jewelry and gets overwhelmed and has to call Mandana to find out what type of gold to get. He knows nothing about what he’s doing so he keeps pulling jewelry and sending pictures to Mandana. She says he did a good job and he hopes Rachel agrees with Mandana’s opinion.
In New York, Joey goes to help Rachel with her makeup and hair. She is getting ready for the Women’s Wear Daily shoot. Joey is using hair spray and Rodger tells him he’s killing his baby with the hair spray. Joey and Rachel hear a cell phone ring and they both say “is that me?” Rachel considers Joey her family because he’s brutally honest with her. Rachel is feeling the pressure of actually being a designer now and being judged. Joey says she only has one chance and if it doesn’t work out there is no next season. Rodger says if it doesn’t work out, she’ll be in her 50’s with a couple of kids still styling people. Rachel says she needs Joey in LA with her and she needs him around for the rest of her pregnancy because he always lightens up the situation. Apparently Joey is based in New York. They arrive at the WWD shoot to photograph her collection and the next day everyone will see it in print. Rachel is beyond nervous, but she can’t let it show. She is talking to the person doing the article and they want her to model her clothes along with the other models. She gets photographed wearing her collection. Jeremiah is fascinated by what Rachel does and he is learning so much. Someone calls her Rachel Berman and she repeatedly says that is not her name. The photo shoot is over and Joey asks Mandana about Jeremiah. He questions his background and seems a little jealous of Jeremiah, or maybe he’s just concerned about Rachel. Rachel is still very nervous about the next day when the article comes out. That night, Rodger is having dinner with Joey. Joey tells Rodger he’s excited about Rachel’s new line. Rodger tells Joey Rachel really misses him and needs him. They talk about Brad and how he did opposite from what he said he was going to do when he left. Brad said he was going to slow down and went right into business for himself. Joey tells Rodger he just ended a relationship and seeing Rachel and Rodger makes him think about making some changes. Rodger entices Joey with money and a car if he would come out to be with Rachel while she’s pregnant. Joey says he will think about it.
The next morning, Joey and Rachel get the WWD article and Joey tells Rachel it will make or break her. Rachel says “Oh my God, Oh my God, Oh, my God,” while opening the article. Rachel says “Oh my God” at least five more times. She can’t believe she’s seeing herself in WWD. The article is entitled, “Mother of Invention” and they are all, including Rodger, very pleased with it. Rachel says if people don’t like her collection, she still have a baby to look forward to. Joey says that’s a great way to look at it. They arrive at the presentation and Rachel is about to have a nervous breakdown. It’s chaos and Jeremiah is running around hoping he’s doing a good job. Rachel’s sister shows up and it calms her down that she’s there. Her sister gets very emotional about it. Jeremiah tweaks the arrangement of the presentation space because he doesn’t like the way it looks. He’s also having a panic attack about everything. Rachel thinks Jeremiah did a great job with the jewelry, but decides not to use jewelry at all because the clothes speak for themselves. Her sister wants her to think about the moment and how great it is. Rachel says she can’t think about anything because she’ll get too nervous. All the editors and buyers are waiting for the show to begin. Rachel starts the presentation and shares some of her thoughts about her line and how she came up with it. She says she didn’t want to be too trendy because she wants the pieces to last a long time. The time period that influenced her is the 60’s and 70’s. Everyone congratulates her afterward. She thanks Rodger and her team. She doesn’t personally name Jeremiah and he’s a little disappointed but realizes he’s new. The next day she needs to convince the buyers to buy her collection.
Later, Joey and Jeremiah meet up for breakfast so Joey can check him out. They are wearing the same outfit. Joey asks Jeremiah how he likes working for Rachel. Joey says he needs to step up his game or she will forget him. Joey is not sure about Jeremiah and tells him he hope it works out, that he’s seen a lot of people come and go. Jeremiah realizes he needs to find his place in Rachel’s company and do it immediately. He doesn’t want it to get lost in the shuffle.
Rachel is hoping she gets a really big order for her fashion line. She meets with the fashion designer for Neiman Marcus and knows that his opinion is really important. She shows him her line and he makes some suggestions and thinks her first attempt shows good balance and gives her an A+ for her balance. He is planning on buying almost all of her collection. She also meets with Joe Zee of Elle Magazine. He gives Rachel and Rodger a picture from their photo shoot for Elle.
Rachel and her sister Pamela talk about her coming out with a maternity line. Rachel asks Pamela how to get prepared for the baby in the Jewish religion. Pam advises her that she needs to buy everything ahead of time, but not store it in the house. When she has the baby, the family will truck all the things to the house and the baby’s room. They talk about what’s going to happen during the birth. Rachel already knows she is going to have a C-section. Rachel is getting freaked out about how Pamela describes the C-section. Joey and Pam go shopping for Rachel’s baby and Joey says there’s no budget because it’s Rachel Zoe for Pete’s sake. He orders the baby some Jesus sandals for $105. Later at dinner with Joey and Pam, they tell Rodger they went shopping for the baby and Rodger asks Joey if he’s coming to LA. Rodger wants him to come out for three months for Rachel. Joey says he will be going to LA. Now Rodger has to figure out what to do with him since he’s the one who pushed so hard for him to come.
Thanks BB! Love Rachel Zoe! Lynn~
My conversation with Ramona Singer was longer and more in depth than the RumorFix article, I’ll give you all more goodies from Ramona very soon!