LynnNChicago Bethenny Ever After
It’s all about Bethenny, but it’s supposed to be that way, right? Her name is on the title and we expect to see Bethenny after Bethenny in scene after scene!
Bethenny hosted what looked like an amazing girls weekend in Montauk New York. There was a great meal with cocktails on the beach including Bethenny’s four girlfriends and all of their children. Bethenny’s beloved dog, Cookie is a girl and she was there, she felt the need to enforce the “women only” rule and attack the waiter biting his pant leg….oops!
Bryn said her first sentence and we all witnessed it, that kid is adorable! Bryn said, “I’m the baby.” That sure does qualify as a sentence. I looked like a fun day on the beach, Bethenny and her girlfriends tried to paddleboat and realized it is not as easy as it looks.
Did anyone else notice that the ladies said their good-bye’s outside of the house in Montauk where Bethenny was staying? I wonder if she and Jason bought that place or if Bethenny was renting it for the girls weekend, either way the decision was clearly made not to film inside that house.
This episode had an underlying theme, Bethenny’s father Bobby Frankel’s name was mentioned several times. Bethenny talked with her friends about her relationship with her step-father John, she had recently run into John’s daughter and it seemed to spark memories of the man who raised her for a time.
Discussing this with her therapist, Bethenny explains that when she was 14-years old Bobby Frankel reached out and wanted Bethenny to visit him in California. Admitting her motives were less than wanting to see her loving father, Bethenny said she wanted to live the Beverly Hills lifestyle with her rich, famous father. It sounds like a lot of guilt. It was a bit frustrating as Bethenny interrupted her therapist several times as he was trying to get her to find her real feelings about her 14-year old self.
We didn’t see Jason too much tonight but he made a brief appearance crashing Bethenny’s visit with her friend Teri. I like Teri but she takes some getting used to, she’s a bit of a strange one but I like that she doesn’t suck up to Bethenny in fact she almost goes out of her way to ensure she isn’t sucking up! Jason brought the ladies pizza and they talked while baby Bryn was napping. It was as if Teri wasn’t there, Bethenny and Jason bantered about a trip that Jason took to Barcelona with friends years ago.
As promised Bethenny has remained friends with the wacky foodie Nick, she met him last season and they became fast friends. Nick is certainly coming out of his shell and is talking more with his head up. Last season he seemed painfully shy but he seems to be getting better. The two friends went on a tour to find the best food in New York City but Bethenny seems more interested in improving Nick then finding a woman for Nick, she even took him to have his eyebrow’s threaded. Oh dear!
It’s A Brad, Brad World by MichellefromNY
It’s the season finale of “It’s a Brad Brad World”. Hooray! Lindsay–Brad’s personal assistant, and Thomas–Brad’s styling assistant are in the office working. They have a big job coming up with J. Brand jeans in which Brad will be styling 4 looks for the fall that will launch on their website. Lindsay is told she will have to assist with that project because Thomas is unavailable.
Brad comes into the office and the Pucci dress for Jessica Alba arrives. It is stunning with gold leaf flecks on an emerald chiffon. Brad and Thomas go to the back to see all the looks that Brad had pulled for Jessica. A few dresses are too sheer so they need to line them. One standout to Brad is this Dolce and Gabbana navy chiffon star-print dress. It is breathtaking.
Brad and Thomas also starts pulling looks for the J Brand shoot. Brad thinks they are very forward thinking with their denim. The bottoms are taken care of, but Brad has to prepare everything else to make the look fully realized. Brad asks Lindsey if she’s ok with being on-set. She’s on edge because she doesn’t know what she’s doing and doesn’t want to mess up.
Brad meets Gary for dinner. They discuss their anniversary party and how both their families are coming in. Brad keeps pretending that it’s a wedding and it’s driving OCD Gary crazy. Brad wants them to kiss but Gary is very PDA-averse. Gary is nervous that Brad is going to cry at their party because Brad is the waterworks king.
It’s the day of the photoshoot and they are at the Smashbox studios. It’s Lindsay’s first shoot and she’s hustling. She’s unpacking and seems really focused. Jeff Rudes–the founder and CEO of J Brand loves what Brad picked out. The first look is a poet blouse with a big furry mass of a vest. It looks fabulous with the J Brand corduroys. The second look is with bright red jeans and Brad goes with a nautical French look. He pairs the red jeans with a white and navy striped shirt and a cropped military style jacket. It looks super cute and very commercially desirable. Jeff Rudes is super impressed with Brad’s styling on the shoot and Brad deems the day an out-and-out success. Brad is also really impressed with Lindsay and her ability to just step up to the plate and figure things out on the go.
Back at the home base, Gary is with the event planner figuring out the setup of the event space. It’s one day before the event and Gary has been wholly consumed by this event. Gary has a big surprise planned for Brad and that’s his biggest stress about this event. He’s stressing and sounds like he belongs on the Disney channel with his ear-piercing craziness of what he has going on in his talking head. Seriously.
Brad’s friend, Danielle, comes to visit Brad’s office and loves his space. She also compliments Brad’s choice of the Dolce and Gabbana star print dress for her to wear at the Spy Kids premiere. It was the perfect floaty dress for a very pregnant woman.
Gary is back home coordinating the “surprise”. We of course don’t know what the surprise is at this point, but we do know it involves a lot of people. Apparently Lindsay has been living a supposed “double life” because when she’s not working for Brad, she’s helping Gary with the surprise. I’m actually really curious what this surprise is. The suspense is killing me (well, not really).
The morning of the anniversary party, Brad is at the nail salon with his bestie Annabet. While Brad is getting pampered, Gary is in hyper-coordination/bitch mode getting everything done. After relaxing all morning, Brad finally arrives home and finds Gary organizing in his office. Brad questions as to why he’s putting things in the cupboard and asks why is Gary losing his voice. To which Gary ask in his talking head, “does he know?”. At this point I’m guessing the surprise has something to do with either a cupboard or Gary’s voice. Perhaps Gary is singing a song?
Brad goes to get ready in a perfect little outfit as Gary does last-minute stressing. Brad steps out in a grey tux and looks fab. Gary runs up to finally change into a nice, conservative suit while Felicia, Gary’s mom, and John, Gary’s dad, arrives along with Brad’s mom and sister Debbie and Manda. Gary finally comes down and the family is all there except Brad’s dad (obviously). Manda takes Brad aside to have a heart-to-heart over their father’s distance from Brad. He got an email from him wishing Brad and Gary a happy anniversary so Brad feels ok, but Manda says that their father will never change but Brad should not stop trying to develop a relationship with him.
The guests arrive and everyone is enjoying themselves. There are a few celebrities in attendance like Shay Mitchell and Megan Mullaly. In the middle of the party, Brad’s managers pull him aside. Brad’s nervous because they seem super serious. Apparently, Brad styled a presentation for Kate Spade and they loved it. So Kate Spade wants Brad to be a stylist for the brand. Brad is super elated about this news. It’s the biggest job he’s gotten so far in his career. It’s making Brad realize that all the work he’s put into his career is finally paying off. Brad doesn’t think anything that happens tonight will top this news. Let’s hope for Gary’s sake, Brad is proven wrong.
Brad takes Gary aside to give him a watch for their anniversary, while Brad laments how Gary didn’t even get him a card. Patience Brad, patience.
It’s time for toasts and Gary gets up. He begins by thanking everyone for being there. He talks about how he met Brad in Greece and how he noticed Brad in a sea of people and it was like a light shining over Brad’s head. Gary’s friend actually knew the guy Brad was with so they met and then Gary and Brad started talking a lot that night. According to Gary, Brad had dropped every pretense and presented his true self to Gary that night, to the point where Brad sang Patti Lupone’s “I dreamed a dream” from Les Miserables. Brad was obsessed with the tenth anniversary track of Les Miserables and when he was young, Brad kept it on repeat. In that moment of Brad singing “I dream a dream” was the moment Gary said, “this could be the man I fall in love with”.
This story of course was a lead-in to the big “surprise” we keep hearing about. The music of “one moment more” comes on and Philip–Lindsay’s dad–has a headset mike and a spotlight shines on him as he begins to sing. Then Gary’s co-worker joins in as well as Brad’s college friend. Megan Mullaly sings also. It’s like a Broadway flashmob! It’s really cool and looks and sounds professional. Then Gary comes out and starts singing as well (so that’s why he was so hoarse!). Then Brad’s mom starts singing too. Brad is in absolute glee, it’s so cute.
Wow, that was actually amazing. I have to say, this is my favorite finale episode on Bravo so far. This flashmob Broadway idea was sensational, and I think it would be so cool if this idea went viral and instead of regular flashmobs in the mall dancing to pop music, have some great singers and dancers perform a broadway musical flashmob. I think it would be a hit, i know I’d watch a flashmob like that on youtube on repeat.
After that stunning display, Brad is up for his toast. Brad is speechless. Brad insists he won’t cry, but I think we all know he will. Brad talks about how he was in Greece to fulfill his dream of being a model and then he met Gary. As he talks about Gary, the waterworks begin. I told ya so! Brad says that the night he met Gary changed his life. He says that Gary is his biggest supporter and that he loves Gary. They share a public kiss, but it was more of a quick peck, not very romantic or sensual. But I applaud any PDA-shy people to do that in front of a crowd.
Toasts are over and the cord once again mixes and mingles. Manda tells Brad that they didn’t tell her about the secret because they knew she would tell him. Everyone else who was in it tells Brad how they almost blabbed the secret and told him. Gary took vocal lessons in order to do this–that’s so sweet!
The dance music starts and everyone starts boogying. As they are dancing the night away, Brad tells Gary about the amazing Kate Spade news, to which Gary responds with appropriate enthusiasm. The guests leave, and thus ends a perfect night on a perfect anniversary.
For an end-of-season reflection, we are appropriately led to the intimate setting of the bedroom where both Gary and Brad discuss the night’s events and how amazing it was. Brad looks back on how much he has grown his business and how that wouldn’t be possible without his partner Gary and that he’s happy he’s able to share this success with him. We end with them wishing each other a happy anniversary and Brad insisting that he was the bride of the day as we fade out from their romantic flirtations to leave them alone with their love as we bid this season of “It’s a Brad Brad World” adieu.
Is there any question who this week’s asshat is? Lisa Wexler managed to insult an entire room of women at last week’s Jewish Federation of Dallas charity event. Her theory that women who are stay at home mom’s are irrelevant and ‘dead” in the work force if they remain home for more than five years went over like a lead balloon.
Lisa insists that moms should go back to work even if it is part-time no less than five-years after having a child, this is quite clearly her opinion and she certainly could have presented it as such rather than as fact. We’re told that women stormed out of the venue in droves as Lisa, Jill Zarin and their mother managed to create a complete fiasco out of what should have been a lovely evening. The women of Dallas contributed to charity in order to attend this event and the three ridiculous women managed to ruin it!
Jill Zarin has spoken out in defense of their appearance, she claims that it was poorly organized, ran late and she wasn’t assigned a handler to walk her through the crowd. It is just like Jill to make excuses rather than apologizing to the Dallas chapter of the Jewish Federation as they felt the need to release a letter of apology for Lisa, Jill and Glorias behavior.
Your excuses don’t hold water Jill Zarin, you would have been better to apologize for a poor presentation and for having a bad night, at least you may have earned back a touch of respect. Instead you’ve managed to insult the organization again, criticize them for the hard work that they did in putting the event together and as per usual, blame others! Augh!
The good news is that the many stories out there about this event should give pause to any other organizers who might have considered paying these three women to attend and speak at any upcoming events. One can only hope!
You can read the whole story including statements from women who attended the event here: http://lynnnchicago.com/?p=5132
Search through this series of YouTube videos and you’ll find a few of the clips from the evening:
*Disclaimer: Rich Amons has absolutely nothing to do with choosing the Asshat of the Week although as always, I’m sure he agrees with me. LOL
Carly and I discussed Bethenny Ever After (Carly was not a fan) and of course the Jill Zarin / Lisa Wexler fiasco in Dallas last week.
Dancing With the Stars cast will be released today, there’s lots of leaks and speculation, who do you think will be on the show?
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