Before we get to the many shows we have for you today, I have to send my heartfelt Congratulations to Ms. Kristen Johnston. Tonight is her book release party, tomorrow her book is finally officially available to the public and I know it’s going to fly off the shelves!
I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy but I’ve ordered two, one that I’m keeping for the “someday” (hopefully) that I get to meet Kristen in person, I’ll be wanting her signature on that baby! Another to give as a gift to my sister who is going to love love love it, it’s such an inspirational, funny and amazing story, honestly, you won’t be able to put it down. (and I also ordered it for my Kindle so I will have it forever) I know, they discourage reading it on the highway on the way to work, I’ll try to control myself. I’ve read it through twice and really enjoyed every minute.
If you haven’t pre-ordered it on Amazon.com, you can still do that today! Otherwise you can pick it up at the bookstore tomorrow! This is one book you won’t want to miss!
I am so sorry to be missing the book launch party in New York tonight, thank you to Kristen for the invitation, I wish I could be there but I’m sending my love, best wishes and congratulations!
This is a New York Times Bestseller just waiting to happen!
Real Housewives of Atlanta
Kim Zolciak is becoming the Kim Richards of Atlanta! She’s a no show! She just had a baby so she gets a pass on South Africa but why not go to the one year anniversary party for Cynthia and Peter? Kim claims that she “heard” Cynthia said some things about her while on the trip but Kim hasn’t talked directly to Cynthia.
Kim showed up for Cynthia’s grand opening of her fashion school so it makes no sense that Kim would take a pass except for the fact that Kroy was out-of-town and likely Kim didn’t want to go alone.
Kim trying to organize her garage with the help of her dad seemed to be going nowhere, as she said they were moving items from one side of the garage to the other. A dumpster in the driveway would have been more productive but then Kim may have lost a brand new pair of Ugg slippers still in the box. Likely a long-lost Christmas present…
Kim is obviously still having trouble with her long-suffering assistant Sweetie. Kim has taken a lot of heat for having two housekeepers, a nanny and an assistant but the fact is, if she chooses to employ these people, they should do their job. Kim has enlisted and is paying Sweetie to drive her kids to appointments, sign them up for school, help her around the house and whatever other duties Kim assigns. The way I see it, it is four less unemployed people in the world so more power to Kim if she can pay these salaries.
Sweetie has clearly gotten too comfortable with her boss and seems to think she can decide what she accomplishes and what she doesn’t. It sounds like Sweetie crossed the line with Kim’s daughter, however, telling the child to “F*** Off” when she was merely trying to get to an orthodontist appointment on time. It is time for Sweetie to go. The writing is on the wall. We know that today Sweetie no longer works for Kim but the two seem to have remained friendly as we see them happily Tweeting to each other.
I really feel for NeNe, she’s got a troubled son who can’t seem to get it together. More than just not having a job, not getting his education and not becoming a responsible adult, this young man continues to choose to break the law.
Obviously he’s not a very good criminal, he’s been arrested at least four times and so while Peter seemed to think that NeNe should have rushed right down to the county jail and bail out her son, I can see why she chose not to do it immediately. He’s not new to the county jail, he doesn’t seem to have learned his lesson. Sorry kid, you’re just not a very good criminal as you keep getting caught, leave it to the professionals.
NeNe is in a tough spot, she told us last season that it was time for some tough love with Bryson but her deadline date for him to get a job and move out of her house came and went without any repercussions.
I can’t imagine how difficult it would be to tell your child to get out of your house when he has nowhere to go, no income and no prospects. That said, NeNe bought Bryson a car at the beginning of the season, he clearly had access to money as NeNe asked him if he had his debit card with him. Where would he get a debit card from? Where would funds come from to draw on that debit card? Obviously his “Rich” momma NeNe! It seemed as if she was just throwing money at the problem.
It was really nice to see Gregg come in to talk with Bryson, I don’t know if it will do any good and it’s clearly not the first time the two have spoken to him together. Peter has offered to talk with him but it’s tough to imagine that anyone can get through to him. Spending time in jail would have changed some young men but he doesn’t seem bothered by it at all.
Bryson told Gregg that he wants to start making the right decisions and his goal is to own his own restaurant. That’s a little unrealistic at this point with no education, no experience and no knowledge of how to run a restaurant. Why not make the kid get a job in a restaurant, start as a busboy and move on to being a waiter, if he really wants to be in the restaurant business, learn the business from the ground up?
Cynthia’s one year anniversary is coming up and Peter is planning a fancy black-tie party for all of their friends, family and Mal. Peter tells his wife that a friend of theirs hired them a Bentley Limo to bring them to the party, he doesn’t want Cynthia’s sister Mal to ride in the limo with them. I can see that, she hates him so why should he share this gift with her? It would ruin the experience for both Peter and Cynthia due to the tension in the limo, I’m on Peter’s side here.
Cynthia’s sister Mal comes to visit, back in Atlanta from her home in France, Mal discusses the party with her sister and actually asked her who was paying for the party. That is an odd question to ask a married couple, don’t they both pay for everything? Aren’t their funds co-mingled? They were both broke a year ago as they couldn’t pay the final $3k for their wedding bar tab so why does it matter who is paying for this party?
Mal makes no bones about it, she tells Cynthia that she will be riding in the limo and she doesn’t like her husband. I used to like Mal but she’s not making any sense, the drama is over the top here. Peter is a jackass when it comes to his sister-in-law but she’s no better.
The day of the party the limo doesn’t show up, Cynthia looks like she is all ready to go, the hair is coiffed, full face of make up and a beautiful little black dress. They’re running late because the limo didn’t arrive and they plan on just jumping into their car to get to the venue on their own.
The couple arrive at the venue but it turns out Cynthia is not ready, she gets her hair done again and honestly, she should have left it in the first style. Wow! I thought the new hair style was out there and looked ridiculous. The new dress, gorg!
NeNe arrives and takes to heart her opening line of “When I walk into the room, I own it” making a loud bee-line for Peter. Peter asked NeNe about Bryson, which impressed me, I’ve always though of Peter as a selfish man but he seems genuinely concerned about NeNe’s son.
Marlo is there, I don’t typically mention style, but didn’t Marlo look like a really ugly marshmallow? Marlo’s date, “an older white man” as Kandi described him was introduced to the ladies and he presented Cynthia with a gift. Marlo tells Kandi she knows that Kandi would never date a white man, that was a rude and racist comment but we already know Marlo is rude and racist. Kandi seems to get tongue tied when it comes to Marlo and tonight was no exception, she stammered, “no…I have no ‘type’”.
NeNe mentioned that she would date a white man and even referred to John as her “boyfriend” yet he did not accompany her to the party.
Sheree arrives hours late and is immediately bored until she notices Marlo and decides to confront her along with Lawrence about the nasty word Marlo said in South Africa. Sheree had filled Lawrence in on the way over, telling him that Marlo used the “F” word that rhymes with “maggot”. The two of them confront Marlo and she high tails it to the river of denial. I find it hysterical that these women lie when they’ve been filmed, we all heard Marlo use the word and Lawrence is hurt because he thought Marlo was his friend.
Marlo is no one’s friend, clearly she is a gold-digging, racist, low-life and I found it surprising that these Atlanta Housewives continue to allow her to hang with them. Honestly!
Peter whistles through his teeth to get his guests attention and NeNe is appalled, as the queen of etiquette, why wouldn’t she be? Later Peter gives a short speech slapping his sister-in-law with yet another dig, “Thank you to friends, family and Mal” putting her in neither of the two categories causes her to storm off and sulk. Peter’s joke / insult went over like a lead balloon and later Cynthia and Mal argue over Peter, it’s embarrassing for both women but I’m not really getting what Mal wants Cynthia to do here, divorce him because she doesn’t like him?
Earlier as Cyn was getting dressed both Mal and her mother told Cynthia that they were shocked that her marriage lasted even a year, her mother said, “maybe a month?” Then added “is he bi-polar?” Mal said, “he’s controlling” and Cynthia put a stop to it all by saying she would handle her marriage and allow Mal to handle her own. Cynthia’s mom surprised me with her comments. They were a bit inappropriate at her daughter’s anniversary party.
Mob Wives by BB
Renee makes a birthday breakfast for Junior and gives him a nice watch. He says he likes it and Renee is upset because he’s not that excited about his gift. She also suspects Junior’s ex-girlfriend is keeping in contact with him.
Big Ang, Carla, and Ramona go to the horse races at Belmont Park. Big Ang loves to gamble on the horses and has been going there for about 30 years. Karen joins them after she has been to lunch with the Barnes and Noble people about her book, which she thinks will be a best seller.
Karen, Ramona, Carla and Renee go to a cabin in the Poconos to relax. Drita is not invited and doesn’t seem to be upset about it. Big Ang is upset she won’t be able to go because of upcoming thyroid surgery. She is missing out. First the Halloween party and now this.
They get to the Poconos at night and are not that impressed with the cabin. It’s not that fancy and they are surrounded by woods. Renee takes about a dozen furs, is afraid of the woods, doesn’t want to sleep by herself, and wants to be massaged and pampered. She is being a big baby.
Drita goes to the bar Big Ang manages and they talk about the girls in the Poconos. Drita tells Big Ange that she would like to make peace with Karen but she thinks Ramona is a big liar and has no time for her. She does not like Ramona and still wants to duke it out with Ramona, but she says she’s want to change her ways about getting into fights with people. She tells Big Ang she is going to anger management. Big Ang thinks it’s worth a shot.
Back at the Poconos the ladies are going horseback riding. Of course, Renee is scared of horses. Renee looks silly riding a horse with a fur vest. Carla has horses when she was a kid and she’s loving it. They look like they have fun on the horses, even Renee.
Renee wants to stir up trouble with Ramona about what Drita told her. Drita told Renee that Ramona called Junior a loser and said he would be nothing without Renee. She plans to confront Ramona. Leave the past in the past Renee.
Drita is talking to her anger management therapist. This is the first time she has had any type of therapy. Her anger goes back to kindergarten. She tells him a story about getting so angry back in high school when some boys were bullying another boy in a wheelchair. She told the bullies if they wanted to fight to fight her. The therapist sees how upset she’s getting just telling the story. She explains about her situation with Karen and Ramona and her fights with them. He tells her they need to come up with different strategies for her.
Back at the cabin, Renee is drinking too much vodka and didn’t take her anti-depressants. That’s not good. She talks about Junior texting his ex-girlfriend and the ex-girlfriend calling Renee and AJ. Carla tells Renee not to give the ex-girlfriend too much attention. Ramona thinks Junior should take care of it, not Renee. Renee is getting pissed with all of them.
Karen tries to talk Renee down, but Renee is talking about being raised to marry men who cheat. Carla tells Renee to stop crying and suggest they do something else. They decide to play cards. Renee decides it’s a good time to confront Ramona about what she said about Junior. Ramona says she never said anything about Junior. Renee goes off on Ramona. She tells Ramona to swear on her four kids. All of a sudden, Renee is mad at Drita. Renee tells Carla to be quiet about Drita. They all gang up on Carla and tell her she is blind when it comes to Drita. Renee tells Carla she picked the wrong team. This is just too ridiculous for words. I’m over the whole Drita-hating mess.
The next morning Renee all of a sudden believes Ramona never said anything bad about Junior. They decide to go fishing on the lake. Renee has no problem baiting the fishing lines with worms. She used to go fishing with her father and misses having a relationship with him. They call Big Ang and check on her while she’s recovering. Big Ang wishes she were there.
That evening the girls go to a local night spot to party. Wait a minute. Are these chicks really making fun of the locals? Really? There is a guy in a bandana who approaches their table. Karen likes to flirt and he also flirts with Ramona. Renee doesn’t think he’s funny with his dirty talk. Renee asks him to leave. He doesn’t do the smart thing and walk away from crazy Renee. Renee escalates the situation and the guy ends up being taken out by the bouncers. Renee calls Junior and tells him she’s coming home. Watching Renee makes me tired. Having to be around her for any length of time would be exhausting.
Thanks for the great recap as always BB! Lynn xo
Celebrity Apprentice by BB
Dee Snider explains that the Donald and the boardroom members don’t see everything and that Lou is not a team player and is not giving 110% like he keeps on saying he is. I don’t think Lou will be on the men’s team much longer unless they keep winning or he makes a big change.
In tonight’s episode, entitled “Failure to Launch,” the contestants must introduce the new Buick Verano at a consumer launch presentation. They will have to do a 10 minute presentation and a 10 minute Q&A session. The presentation must be informative and entertaining. They will be judged on informational content, brand messaging and overall creativity.
The women’s team, Forte, selects Debbie Gibson as their project manager.
The winning team will get $50,000 for their project manager’s charity.
Team Forte gets together and of course, Aubrey takes over. They meet with Craig and Steve, the Buick representatives. They mention four specific items about the Verano they would like highlighted in the presentation. Debbie mentions to Teresa about using her husband and kids in the presentation. Teresa says OK. They don’t really discuss what part they will be playing.
Everyone on team Unanimous thinks Michael needs to be the front person for the presentation, except for Adam. The Buick representatives come in and mention the words thoughtful technology. Adam Corolla thinks that sounds boring and wants to be funny, but they tell him this is not a beer advertisement. Arsenio is worried about Adam being a comic. Adam makes a bad joke about Tiger Woods, who used to be a Buick spokesperson before his fall from grace, and the two guys aren’t laughing.
Lou wants to be the Incredible Hulk. They tell him to show another side of himself. Lou is insistent that Adam listen to his idea. He is being a pest about it.
Some people are coming up with ideas that Debbie thinks are distractions, like Teresa and Dayana. Aubrey, Lisa, Debbie and Patricia are in what Aubrey is calling the “cool” van and coming up with all the ideas. The others are in the uncool van and not liking not being part of the decision making. Teresa is not happy about not being more involved. The uncool van ladies call the cool van ladies and Debbie doesn’t want to talk to them because she’s still working on the “concept.” So much for the ladies becoming a team.
Penn, Arsenio, Clay, Lou and Dee are back in the war room while Adam, Paul and Michael are out test driving the Buick. They call Adam and ask what they are supposed to be doing. Adam wants each celebrity to be hecklers in the audience and to each ask a specific question. The guys in the war room are not onboard with it, but Adam is making the decisions and they are going to do what he says and hope he’s right.
Michael test drives the Buick with Paul and Adam onboard with a Buick technical representative. He liked the way the Verano drove. He definitely put it through the paces. The ladies also go on a test drive with Debbie at the wheel. She is not as impressive as Michael behind the wheel.
Adam comes back to the war room and explains that Michael will start off the presentation telling how nice a drive the car is. Next will be the heckling part and the guys don’t like what they are hearing. Adam decides they are going to do it.
Debbie tells her team each character in the presentation is going to explain what the Buick Verano means to them. Tia comes up with some lines to use, but Debbie shuts her down and says that’s not the way they are going. Tia is not happy with the way she is immediately dismissed by Debbie. They are coming down to the wire and really don’t have their act together. Don, Jr. agrees they are coming under a time crunch.
Ivanka shows up the check on the men. Adam tells her about the questions being shouted out from the audience. She says she’s surprised Michael wasn’t the project manager for this task. Michael tries to explain why he thinks Adam would be better, but she’s not buying it.
The men show up to rehearsal to run through the show for the first time. They to through the heckler portion which includes Penn fitting into the trunk. Lou is going to act the part of a bouncer and again doesn’t think they are utilizing him enough. Penn is surprised Adam is involved in 19 plus minutes of the 20 minute show.
Aubrey, Lisa, Debbie and Teresa are going to be the actors in the women’s presentation, and Tia is going to be the host. Dayana has no clue as to what they are doing. Aubrey thinks Debbie is overwhelmed and thinks it’s looking very gimmicky with Lisa as the comedienne and Debbie’s singing. Aubrey doesn’t remember much about when Debbie was a pop singer, but gets in a dig about being a Tiffany fan instead. Ouch. Aubrey tells them her concerns about it not being that informative. Debbie is not ready for the Q and A session and they didn’t even get a total rehearsal completed. Debbie is hoping for some fairy dust to drop on them the next day. This is not looking good for the women’s team.
The women are up first. Tia introduces the car. They are conducting auditions for a spokesperson for the car. Debbie steps up to audition to be the spokesperson and sings. Lisa steps up and does her thing and gets the executives laughing. Aubrey steps up to audition and does a dramatic presentation about her mom being in a car accident. If she had been in a Verano, she would have been OK. Uh Oh. Aubrey mispronounces the name of the car twice. Teresa is last and has her husband and kids in the presentation to show they can all fit in the car with luggage. They also include a dog coming in with them on a skate board.
When the question and answer section starts out they cannot answer the first question. They turn it into a little comedy session. The last question is asked by Teresa for comedic purposes. She asks if the car comes in hot pink and leopard.
The women had some rough spots, but it was better than I thought it would be based on their preparation.
The men’s team is anxious about the presentation. Penn introduces Adam and all of sudden he has a bad case of stage fright. Then he starts talking about everything about the car. He knows a lot about the car and the executives seem very happy. Michael steps up and talks about the car and how it drives. Next the heckling starts. Adam’s idea pays off. The audience is clapping when Penn gets into the trunk. Next Paul stands up and tells Adam he sucks and doesn’t have a question so Lou has to come take him off. Adam gets Michael back up there to answer a couple of other audience questions.
I think Adam’s idea paid off for the most part. They could have done without the Paul/Lou part. That was awkward.
Time for the one-hour board room segment – Ugh. Way too long. This could be cut by 30 minutes easy.
Donald asks Dee how Adam was. He is complimentary. They question why Michael wasn’t the project manager. Donald asks Paul if he was surprised when Michael didn’t take project manager and he says not really. Adam interrupts and explains why he should have been the project manager and seems to satisfy Donald for the time being.
Lou tells Donald again he wasn’t used enough. Don Jr. asks if he is being marginalized. Donald says Lou keeps bringing this up every week. Adam says Lou may not have been understood by being a heckler. Donald disagrees. Penn thought their presentation may not have been corporate enough and they guys from Buick might not have liked it. Don, Jr. asks the men if they think they did what the executives wanted. They all said they expressed their concerns and Adam was the leader and they backed him 100%. Adam says he was very happy with the team and he will not be bringing anyone into the boardroom with him because they are not going to lose. If they lose, he will be coming back by himself because he thinks he will be fired. Donald says that’s a big statement, cut to commercial.
Donald asks Teresa how her project manager was. Teresa tells him she and Tia felt a little left out. Aubrey tells Donald Debbie was decisive, and she was good but not great. Debbie tells Donald if she loses, she would bring Tia and Teresa back into the boardroom. They haven’t gotten to show what they can do. Donald doesn’t think Teresa has shown what she can do. Debbie says Teresa doesn’t own who she is and she hesitates. Ivanka says Teresa’s persona is different from what they expected and asks her if she’s being too cautious. Don, Jr. tells Teresa she needs to take up for herself. Teresa says if she’s brought back into the boardroom, she’ll do that then. Tia says she and Teresa were marginalized. Tia says Debbie is off-putting, dismissive and condescending. Teresa chimes in and agrees with Tia. Donald asks Teresa why she thinks that is and she says he would have to ask Debbie. Donald says it’s disrespect.
The executives liked how the women included the four key items. They liked Lisa and Aubrey in the presentation. They weren’t sure what Tia’s role was. They noticed Aubrey’s mispronunciation of the car’s name, Verano. She called it Verona. Donald tells her that is a reason for firing right there. Lisa comes to her defense.
The executives thought the men did a very good job and Adam knew a lot about the car. They loved the Q&A. They didn’t think Michael had a good presence on the stage. Michael says it’s not his thing. They expected Michael to sell the car more. They thought the other players had too marginal of a role. They felt there wasn’t a real sense of community on the team.
The men think they did a really good job, but guess what, the women won. I’m surprised. I thought the men did a better job. Debbie gets $50,000 for her charity, Children International. The women get to leave the boardroom. Teresa is safe for one more week. I thought she might go tonight. She needs to step it up. They are noticing she’s flying under the radar. In the hallway, Debbie apologizes to Teresa. Teresa thinks she’s a complete fake. She knows fakes when she sees them. After all, she’s on a reality show with a lot of them.
Lou thinks Adam should go. Adam is not going to argue with Lou. Adam didn’t know they were going to be judged on who was being utilized, he thought it was the product that was being sold. Adam says it did not fall apart for them. He really doesn’t understand how they didn’t win. I didn’t either frankly.
Paul thinks Lou is the weakest player on the team. Lou thinks Michael was the weakest on the team because he should have been the spokesperson for the car. Arsenio says they wanted the Andretti name. Donald, Don, Jr. and Ivanka agree. Donald says he was shocked he wasn’t the project manager. Clay has been quiet so far, and he defends the fact that Adam was a good host and made a better host than Michael. Adam tells Lou whatever the men think of him, he’s earned it and he needs to own it. Dee would fire Adam. Michael would fire Lou. Adam, in a stupid show of solidarity, will not pick anyone to come back with him. Donald tells all the men to go out and he is going to fire two people tonight. He says Adam didn’t give him a choice. He tells the women to turn off their TV.
Penn tells Adam a lesson has been taught by Adam refusing to bring two people back in with him. While the men are in the hallway, they all talk to Lou about his flipping the switch in the board room. Clay tells Lou if he survives this week, the learning curve is over for everyone, including him.
The men all go back into the board room. The Donald asks why Adam didn’t bring two people back. He feels responsible for the loss and he gets fired by the Donald. He is asked to leave the board room. He thinks he should be taking the bullet. He’s says the charity his charity lost to is a pretty worthy charity and that’s fine.
Donald tells Michael his team thinks he was the weak link. He says he’s not a salesman. Michael is still saying he was not the right person for the job. Donald all but told the men’s team that Michael should be the project manager. Some of the men still feel Lou should be fired. Don, Jr. says at least Lou wants the ball, the other men do not agree. Donald says the men’s team lost not because of Lou, but because of Adam and Michael. Michael is fired. I don’t think the men are happy about it, but I can see why Donald fired him.
If ever there were a task for Michael Andretti to manage, it was this one. He doesn’t feel like he did anything wrong and he’s still calling Lou the weak link. Not a very classy exit, Michael Andretti. Take a lesson from George Takei.
Watch What Happens Live
Andy Cohen hosted NeNe Leakes and Reza of Shahs of Sunset on Sunday night’s episode. Much of it was uneventful but NeNe did play “Plead the 5th” once again and this time Andy was giving her just one pass, not two!
NeNe took so long to answer the questions that there was barely time for much else, she first had to choose between singing a duet with Kim Zolciak or wearing an outfit from She By Sheree. Since it would be silly to waste her “plead the 5th” on such a inane question, instead she let the camera rest on her for several seconds in silence. Finally Andy reminded her they were on live TV and she chose to sing with Kim.
The next question was how much money has her “boyfriend” John spent on her since they met, NeNe immediately corrected Andy saying she had no boyfriend but Andy reminded NeNe that John was there in the studio with them. NeNe’s response, “Really? Where?” How stupid! She pled the 5th on this one, typical Andy didn’t follow up and call NeNe out for calling John her boyfriend on the episode we just watched.
Finally Andy asked NeNe the same question she refused to answer on her last appearance on the show, “When was the last time you slept with Gregg?” After what seemed like another eternity she finally said, “not that long ago”. I’m sure her “boyfriend” John was thrilled to hear that.
Andy asked NeNe about Marlo’s comment, using the “F” word but NeNe brushed it under the rug and once again Andy disappointed me by not questioning it further. Where is Andy’s outrage? He was quick to give his opinion of that word when Joe Giudice used it.
Andy didn’t ask NeNe about her son Bryson either, I’m guessing she asked for that subject to be off limits. It was a pretty big part of tonight’s Real Housewives of Atlanta episode so asking NeNe what he has going on wouldn’t have been completely out of line but it never came up.
I had a new writer who promised to write Shahs of Sunset but she failed to deliver, if anyone is interested in writing a recap of the show going forward, please let me know. LynnAHudson@gmail.com
In the meantime our friend @Real_Housewives has written a great recap of Shahs of Sunset, you can view it here:
Hysterically funny, Tamra Barney’s son Ryan tweeted:
@ItsRyanVieth I’ll never get sick of models saying they love me. Average just doesn’t cut it for me anymore. Gong next level.
Dream on kid!
Tonight on Bravo: Bethenny Ever After – Love Broker
Watch What Happens Live: Andy welcomes Nicole Richie and Sean Avery
A new episode of “The Voice” on NBC airs tonight at 8pm/7pm central
A new episode of “Alcatraz” on FOX airs tonight at 9pm/8pm central
Season Finale of “The Bachelor” on ABC airs tonight at 8pm/7pm central
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