LynnNChicago Real Housewives of New Jersey / Mob Wives Finale / Celebrity Apprentice / Survivor Finale / Mad Men / Jerseylicious
LynnNChicago Real Housewives of New Jersey
This episode was no fun at all! I am not enjoying this season, I don’t like all of this arguing and particularly when you hear so many “bleeps” as they call each other vile and foul names. These people are family. How is it possible that Teresa and Joey Gorga can’t sit together and talk this out? Quite honestly Richie was right, they need therapy, not someone to analyze why they’re fighting but more of a moderator who will make them see each other’s point of view so that they get it and can move on.
Before the Teresa / Joey sit down, we see Melissa and Teresa both telling their husband’s about the previous evening and the argument. The stories are a bit different to say the least but it really doesn’t matter because Joe Giudice isn’t listening to his wife, he simply wants to call all of her relatives nasty names. According to Joe Giudice, her brother Joe is a Bitch, Melissa is Horseface, Kathy is Frogface and Rosie is Butchy boy. Oh and he doesn’t much like Caroline or Jacqueline either. Then he adds the icing on the cake, “you don’t need any of those people, you got me”. How depressing! If there is a bigger horses ass on television, I haven’t found him. Joe Giudice is a complete moron!
In this preview for next week, Teresa tries to talk to her husband about her discussion with her brother. He can’t seem to say three words without throwing in “f***”, calling her brother names and eventually telling his wife to shut up. Apparently what Teresa wants doesn’t matter to this asshole, his wife simply wants to discuss this situation but he refuses to hear her out. How Teresa tolerates him, I simply cannot understand!
Teresa visited Jacqueline so that their trainer could come and they could all work out. Teresa was a bit upset with Jacqueline but as they talked it out, Teresa realized it is no different from her relationship with Jacqeline’s sister-in-law, in fact Teresa and Dina are much more friendly than Jac and Melissa. Teresa tells Jac she just wants her to be on her side but Jacqueline explains Teresa is doing the same thing by being friends with Dina.
The trainer arrives and she throws her bag into the closet where she sneaks off as soon as she gets the ladies going on some exercises, she reaches into her bag and Bravo’s cameras zoom in to show a bottle of wine in there. WTF? Kathy calls Teresa and invites her to a pool party, Teresa says she will be there. Jacqueline can’t go because she can’t find a babysitter, WHAT? All of the other kids are there, why would Jac need a babysitter?
Jac has a Skype session to talk with Ashley and it’s awkward at best, Ashley doesn’t seem to have changed much and Jacqueline tells us that her daughter is not coming home until she has a plan for her future. Ashley signs off saying, “I’ll be home soon”. Not so much Ashley.
The Manzo kids are looking at a $80k Jaguar and when Albert brings Caroline in to see it, she keeps saying it’s ridiculous until she learns that the car is for her. Happy Anniversary, now it is not so ridiculous. Caroline and Albert steal away to the apartment above the Brownstone where they used to live when they were first married. This is the first time we’ve seen this secret apartment where Albert claimed to live so that he could be in the right district to take that job with the Water Department or whatever it was. We only see the ugly couch where the couple reminisce about their lives and bringing their first baby home there. At least no one is arguing but it could put you to sleep.
The pool party begins and Kathy can’t understand why none of her kids friends are there, Richie tells us that he instructed his kids not to invite their friends so they’re not embarrassed by their family. Sounds pretty mean until he’s proven right.
Melissa and Joey show up and shortly thereafter Teresa shows up with her four kids but no Joe. Teresa tells us that Joe is busy around the house and he had meetings all day. Sure, he did! I can’t say I’m sorry that he’s not there, he is nothing but trouble but we know he is likely lying around eating and watching TV while belching a lot.
Joey sits and asks Teresa to join him, she almost immediately beings to cry but it turns from sad to angry pretty quickly. Neither of them is listening to the other and both are stubborn beyond belief. It is very frustrating to watch because honestly, with a moderator they would likely have been able to stop and listen to the other’s point of view. Both of them truly despise the other’s spouse and that is a big part of the problem. Both Joey and Teresa say talking to the other is like talking to a brick wall (or a football in Joey’s case) and it’s true because neither of them listens to each other.
I still don’t see why these two can’t bring their children together and leave the spouses at home, they could set up weekly play dates without Joe and Melissa, then just be together with their children. There is a whole lot of history here, Teresa and Joe Giudice are never going to be friends with Melissa and Joey Gorga.
There is no resolution and Teresa storms out of the house…oops she forgot her children. As they all climb out of the pool and being to dry off, they’re all crying thinking mom left them with horse face and frog face. Not a good scene. Teresa storms back in demanding her baby, I don’t think Tre needs to worry about anyone wanted to keep her kids, she’s free to take them with her, just sayin’.
A few points I need to make here, when Teresa was talking to her brother, she told a bit of a lie. She did say that Caroline and Jacqueline were “family” to her yet tonight she changed it to “great friends”. Teresa doesn’t understand that her brother considers his wife and children his family, of course he does. Tre should consider her husband and children first. Therein lies part of the problem.
While talking to her brother, Teresa said that when she first married her husband, she put her brother first in her life yet Joey put his wife first. Teresa learned quickly that putting her brother before her husband was not a good way to make a marriage work but you certainly can’t blame Joey for that. Having a close relationship with your brother is great but you have got to put your husband first, I think that this is a major reason why Joe Giudice hates Joey Gorga so much. Teresa certainly can’t fault her brother for putting his wife and kids before anything else. Unfortunately this has put a major rift between these two couples. I’m sure that Teresa never meant for any of this to happen but it is the result of her choices early on in her marriage.
When the Giudice children arrived at Kathy’s party, Teresa tried to help little Milania with her hair but the child said, “I like my hair messy”. Hysterical! We absolutely need to see more of this kid!
Next week Jacqueline throws a party, Field Days with lots of fun activities. Gia is having a bad day as we see her yelling at her Uncle Joey for cheating, she seems to be near tears throughout the party. Somehow Jac ends up trying to read a story to Gia but possibly at 11-years old that becomes torture because Gia cries and screams “that was torture!”. I guess once you can read all by yourself, having someone read to you is “torture”. Teresa hugs her daughter who had just been through torture and Caroline disapproves. What else is new? Caroline disapproves of everything. Teresa tells the others not to interfere with the way she raises her kids as she doesn’t interfere with any of them. Agreed. Teresa will have to deal with the results of the way that she raises her children, just as Caroline and Jacqueline are dealing with their own now, so let it be.
After only four episodes, people are forming opinions, choosing sides and even flip-flopping on their original opinions of the New Jersey Housewives. More than any other Housewives show, New Jersey are about families, the husbands are a huge part of the storyline and now the kids are becoming an even larger part of the scenes. While I’m doing my best, it’s difficult to be neutral, un-biased or to not have an opinion either way, no one will convince me that Joe Giudice is a good guy but everyone else gets the benefit of the doubt for now. Whether you agree with me or not, I hope you’ll feel free to share your opinions here, that’s what this forum is all about.
Celebrity Apprentice by BB
Last week, after the four remaining celebrities, Aubrey, Lisa, Arsenio and Clay, were interviewed by both John Rich (last year’s winner) and Marlee Matlin (last year’s runner-up), Trump fired Lisa. Before we get to the last task, Trump will fire one more. Clay says he’s been a hard worker and he’s been considered to be one of the strongest players on the teams. He claims about 70% of the teams he’s been on have won. Aubrey feels like she’s the strongest player there. She has treated every day there like it’s her last. Arsenio says he’s asked for forgiveness for his language and tried to own what he did. He thinks he should be a finalist because he’s a tireless worker and he thinks if he got the Donald Trump stamp of approval he would spend the rest of his life trying to make him proud.
Aubrey is fired. She thanks Trump for the opportunity and she takes offense to Trump
calling her transparent. She blows the receptionist a big kiss when she gets on the elevator.
Clay says he’s having Déjà vu by being a finalist. Arsenio says he’s not that heavy (referring to Ruben Stoddard). Clay says CA is much harder than American Idol and that he’s going to win. They will be meeting the next day at Lincoln Center. Trump tells them there are no losers in the room. Arsenio thanks Trump for the experience no matter what happens. As Clay and Arsenio are leaving, Arsenios tells Clay “I’m getting in your ass.” Clay tells Arsenio he might want to rephrase that. Arsenio is appropriately embarrassed and asks Trump if they can come back (and redo their exit from the board room).
They are both happy they are the final two because they respect each other. But they are both very serious about winning the whole enchilada.
The next morning, Clay and Arsenio meet Trump, Don, Jr. and Ivanka at Lincoln Center where it all started. Ivanka tells them they will have to produce, host and sell tickets to a celebrity charity event. They will have to create a 30 second charity awareness ad and have a variety show for their charity. The entertainment will be Arsenio and Clay. They are offered help. Debbie, Aubrey, Lisa, Teresa, Dee, Adam, Paul, Sr. and Penn come into the room. Arsenio picks Adam Corolla first. He’s going comedy. Clay picks Penn because he wants to show Trump he can work with anyone. Arsenio picks Lisa (best comedy mind and best worker). Clay picks Debbie for her talent. Arsenio picks Paul, Sr. Clay chooses Dee Snider (musician). Teresa and Aubrey are left. Arsenio picks Teresa, not Aubrey. Arsenio picks Teresa because she’s nice to be around. Aubrey calls both of the men haters because she’s the last one standing. She should have been picked first. Poor Clay. The money each man earns, they will keep for their charities.
Team Clay has the musicians. He explains his charity, the National Inclusion Project. Aubrey never liked Clay as a person, but likes him a little more after he explains his charity. Aubrey is so nice, I can’t understand why nobody wanted her on their team.
At Team Arsenio, he also talks about his charity, the Magic Johnson Foundation. Arsenio is going to create a comedy event. Lisa likes that she’s been picked by Arsenio because she hasn’t worked with him before and the fact that he thinks she would be a good team member is nice. They talk about ticket distribution. Adam suggests doing a kid’s show. Lisa doesn’t agree and Arsenio tries to convince Adam it should not be just for kids, but more to the Magic Johnson demographic. So far Teresa and Paul, Sr. are saying nothing which is not anything new.
Back at Team Clay, they talk about everything they need to do. He asks Aubrey to plan and decorate for the event. Penn and Dee are in charge of the Charity Awareness Ad. They come up with the title of “Let’s All Play” for the event. They are going to have booths and Aubrey states she can get it all done. She thinks Arsenio is dirt and she really wants Clay to win.
At Team Arsenio, Adam mentions going back to the 80’s because that’s when Aids was more in the public eye, but they want to make sure people still know it’s here. They talk about getting Magic to participate in the show. They want to get Magic to do a 20 second spot about his own foundation for the charity awareness ad. Arsenio is going to try to bring humor to everything to get everyone’s attention about a very serious subject.
Team Clay wants his charity ad to show a kid with a disability being alone and then being included. Penn thinks it’s a little offensive and wants to do something else. Clay is hoping he’s not made a mistake by picking Penn because he’s already knocking things down without having something better to offer.
Adam and Teresa go to a costume shop to get some 80’s stuff for their 30 second public service announcement. They pick out a Michael Jackson like costume for Arsenio, wigs, and other 80’s type costumes. Teresa thinks Adam is hilarious.
Clay and Penn are working hard on the awareness add. Penn thinks the ad Clay wants to do has an element of wallowing. He comes up with a scenario and Clay likes it. Penn wants it to have compassion without pity. He comes up with a concept that Clay thinks hits the nail on the head for his charity.
Paul and Teresa get on the phone to start raising some money, which is an important element. Ivanka shows up to see how they are doing. Arsenio calls her a fine and smart tall drink of water. Ivanka is impressed with how much money they have raised already. She thinks it’s a great start. She asks about their ideas and they tell about Magic’s participation. Ivanka can tell Arsenio is very excited about it. She asks Arsenio about the difference between music and comedy. Arsenio thinks comedy plays to everybody, music doesn’t. Ivanka finds it interesting that each team thinks their team has the best concept, music or comedy.
At Team Clay, Dee doesn’t seem to want to do the type of music that Clay and Debbie want to do, disco or funk. Dee is not crazy about doing it, but he will do whatever is needed. Don, Jr. shows up and tells them he would make a serious ass of himself if he were to sing. Clay tells Don, Jr. they are very music heavy and also Penn and Teller will be performing together. Don, Jr. thinks they have a very strong team, but he didn’t hear anything about them raising money, which is very important.
Arsenio is trying to do some fundraising even though he doesn’t have that much time. Most of the people he’s calling want to help. His team is really going heavy on raising funds.
Clay is finally asking his team members to try to bring in some money. He thinks having Magic Johnson’s name associated with the other team’s charity gives them the advantage. From what is shown, it doesn’t look like Clay is having as much luck raising funds as Arsenio’s team.
In the van on the way to the event space, Lisa calls one of her comedian friends and asks if he could possibly get his friend Charlie Sheen to attend the fund raiser. They arrive at the event space and Arsenio is wondering how in the world he can get the event space decorated. He turns to Lisa and Teresa for help. He’s hoping Teresa’s party-giving background will be what they need. Arsenio is not programmed to think of the details, so Lisa and Teresa will have to take care of them. Arsenio is into the big picture. Teresa goes over the menu with Arsenio. He is entrusting Teresa with it. He knows it can go wrong, but Arsenio doesn’t want to micro-manage.
Aubrey knows exactly what she wants the event space to look like. She’s very decisive and takes Clay and the team through it. She is talking a mile a minute and Clay thinks it’s a challenge to pull her back to a place that’s workable. Aubrey wants to paint the whole room and Clay doesn’t. He is telling Aubrey no. She feels disrespected that Clay is checking her and she doesn’t want to be questioned. Debbie has a cousin who is a mural painter and calls her to paint the walls. Debbie, please, please, stop chomping on that gum. It is sooooo annoying. Clay wants to see a sketch of what her cousin plans to do and Debbie is a little insulted about it. Clay is micro-managing more than Arsenio.
On day two, Clay, Penn and Dee are going to find the site to shoot their charity ad. The go to a park and it smells like a huge pile of dog poo so that’s out. They also notice there is a train running overhead so the audio will not work either.
Arsenio’s team arrives at some sort of studio with a great view and Arsenio is stoked about doing their charity ad there. They will be having a video of Magic Johnson shot to add to their own video. Adam will be doing the directing. Adam explains the concept to the professional Artistic Director. Lisa is dressed in a curly wig and lime green 80’s outfit. She has one line for the shoot. “I’m Lisa Lamanelli and this is me in the 80’s.”
Meanwhile, Clay’s team cannot find a grassy spot for their ad. They want to show kids sitting in a circle on some grass and you won’t be able to tell which one is wheelchair bound. They are worried they might have to go back to the studio, which Penn suggests. They meet the Director of Photography on the street and he tries to help them find a spot.
At team Arsenio they put Paul, Jr. in a curly wig. His plays a tough guy looking around hoping nobody will see him. Teresa has big hair and does her “this is me in the 80’s” line. Adam makes a little fun of Teresa’s naivete (because she doesn’t know what that word means.) Adam looks hilarious dressed as a Prince type.
Clay and the guys some across a baseball field and he asks to use the field. One of the coaches comes over and is angry they are interrupting their game. When he realizes it’s Clay, he’s excited to see him and Penn and Dee, but he still doesn’t let them use the field while they’re in the middle of a game. What is Clay to do? He’s quickly running out of time.
Team Clay finds a grassy place right outside of some apartments. It’s not beautiful but the photography guy thinks it will work. They get the actors and crew together to shoot the ad. Clay is sitting around with some kids and they are shaking a parachute and nobody is to know which kid has a disability. Clay was a pro with the kids. Some of the kids are a little difficult, but Clay keeps his cool.
Arsenio is dressed kind of like Michael Jackson and does his spiel about how they don’t dress like the 80’s anymore, but Aids and HIV are still around. Magic will be doing the serious facts about Aids. Adam starts directing what they should be doing on the other coast with Magic. The guy he wanted to direct it was not available, and his technical guy will have to do it. Adam is trying to direct it over the phone. Adam is getting confused about what side of the camera the ball should come from that Arsenio has thrown. Arsenio tells Teresa, Lisa and Paul to go back to the hotel and start trying raising more money.
Debbie and Aburey get to a rehearsal space to put the music portion of the event together. Debbie’s personal music director from her tour comes in to help them. Debbie feels completely in her element. She lives and breathes music. She starts singing “Shake Your Love.” Aubrey is about to die and is trying to be respectful even if Debbie’s era of music is so old. I’m with Aubrey. I’m over “Shake Your Love.”
Arsenio and Adam get together to put the charity ad together. While they are editing, Arsenio is making more calls for charity. Leno has helped him twice. He’s learning who his true friends are and those people who are not helping him, he can now tell to go pound sand when they ask for his help.
Dee, Penn and Clay are editing the video when Debbie and Aubrey come in. They start trying to raise funds again. Dee and Penn are pretty much in charge of the editing of the video, adding the music, etc. Debbie is putting in her two cents about when and where the music should be coming in. Clay disagrees with Debbie but doesn’t want to argue with her. They continue the discussion and Clay gets his way. Lisa calls Clay and tells him she wants to buy a ticket to his event and she will show up with a check. Classy move by Lisa. I wonder whose event is first? Could Lisa want to attend Clay’s to see what the competition looks like? I’m not sure what Arsenio is going to think about this. Aubrey also comes up with a donor and gets a kiss from Clay. Aubrey exclaims, “Oh no, I’m a Claymate!”
Arsenio is waiting for the upload from the Magic Johnson part of the shoot. There seems to be some technical difficulty and Adam is feeling a little uncomfortable because the crew who shot it was not exactly professional.
Clay goes to hear what Debbie, Aubrey and the producer have come up with. Dee is singing Baby Love with Debbie. Clay is not going to make any decisions until Debbie proposes the whole program to him. She keeps stopping and making changes and it’s irritating to Clay. Clay seems a little uptight and tells Debbie not to think creatively because there isn’t enough time. Debbie is thinking Clay is micro-managing too much and is making her not want to support him.
Debbie’s cousin is a little behind in coming up with the mural painting concept. Clay tells Debbie if she doesn’t have a sketch to him by that night, there will be no painting of the murals. Debbie is insulted because her cousin rearranged her schedule to do it for them. Clay says that’s nice, but he doesn’t care. Aubrey and Debbie do not like that Clay doesn’t trust them, and Debbie is very upset. Dee understands how Debbie feels. Clay is not giving in and says it’s not that he doesn’t trust Debbie and Aubrey, but he has never met her cousin. Debbie calls her cousin to explain what’s going on and Clay is interrupting her while she’s talking. She leaves the room and doesn’t know if she wants to even be there anymore.
Arsenio and Adam get the Magic footage and Magic is not facing the camera. They realize there has been a major mistake and they can’t use the footage they have. It’s way too late to do another shoot and Arsenio feels that if he can’t use the Magic footage, he’s already lost the challenge.
We’ll have to wait until next week to see how this all plays out. I may totally change my mind being the flip-flopper that I am, but right now I’m team Arsenio.
Amazing job BB, “flip-flopper”…that made me laugh! So you know I have to add my two cents! I just love love love that Aubrey was chosen last, she calls them “haters”? Seriously, she makes it easy, I cannot stand that woman! Her fake straw-like neon pink hair doesn’t help! No one wants to work with her and she still doesn’t get it? I wish they had brought in all of the original contestants, now that would have been fun! Where is Victoria and Lou and even Cheryl? Come on, you know you wanted to see them all! There’s plenty of work for everyone!
Interesting that Clay and Arsenio didn’t choose their team based on who they thought could raise the most money, I like that they were thinking first of putting on a good show! I enjoyed this season, looking forward to the finale! Thanks again BB, outstanding all season! xoxo Lynn~
Mob Wives Finale by BB
Tonight is the season finale of Mob Wives, entitled “Omerta.”
From Wikipedia – Omertà (Italian pronunciation: [omerˈta]) is a popular cultural attitude and code of honor that places heavy importance on a deep-rooted “code of silence”, non-cooperation with authorities, and non-interference in the illegal (and legal) actions of others. It originated and remains very common in areas of Southern Italy, such as Sicily, Apulia, Calabria, and Campania, where Mafia-type criminal organizations such as the Cosa Nostra, ‘Ndrangheta, Sacra Corona Unita, and Camorra are strong. It also exists to a lesser extent in certain Italian-American neighborhoods where the Italian-American Mafia has influence and other Italian ethnic enclaves in countries where there is the presence of Italian organized crime (i.e. Germany, Canada, and Australia).
Renee meets Drita at a bar to talk about the perfect location for Drita and Karen to meet to iron out their differences. They also talk about Renee’s father taking a plea deal for 30 to 37 months. Renee complains about her father getting more time than anyone else, but at least he’ll be coming home sometime. Drita agrees to meet with Karen tomorrow at the location Renee and Big Ange picked out. Drita wants it made clear that she doesn’t want to bring up the past. Renee already knows Karen wants to talk about the past. Renee and Drita agree not to touch the subject of Ramona. You can tell Drita is very nervous and needs a cigarette.
Tonight we learn Big Ang has 12 tattoos all over her body and she loves tattoos. She is at the tattoo parlor with her son AJ, who is getting a tattoo of the Mother Mary on his leg. She tells the tattoo artist she wants to get one that says “Omerta.” She wants her son to know they never rat, never did, never will. She tells everyone about her plans to have a dinner party. She gets “Omerta” tattooed on the back of her neck and resolves to wear her hair up so everyone can see it.
Karen and Ramona talk about the upcoming meeting between Karen and Drita. Karen wants bring up their past friendship and the fact that Drita put her hands on Karen. Of course, Ramona does not want Karen and Drita to make up so she’s not giving Karen any positive encouragement about it whatsoever.
Renee and her son AJ go mini-cart racing. She does a good imitation of Big Ang when she wins the race and tells AJ he’s nothing but a loser. She tells AJ she wants to have someone come to the house and cleanse it of bad karma and improve the atmosphere. AJ thinks it’s a bunch of bullshit. Renee says she would walk around with bird shit on her head for a week if it would make AJ smile.
Ramona goes to a psychic to see what the future holds. Her boyfriend is in jail and can’t get bail. She finds out her boyfriend loves her but doesn’t want her to wait, which makes him love him all the more (puke puke). She also finds out her grandfather is proud of her for taking care of her children without their father around. The physic says Ramona’s own father will find his way back to her. They are estranged because she married a man of Middle Eastern descent. She’s no longer with him dad, life is short.
Carla and Renee meet. Renee thinks Carla should fight for her man. Carla doesn’t really agree. They talk about Drita and Karen. Renee is optimistic but wants to know how Carla would feel if they make up. Carla wants them to make up because she doesn’t want any more drama when they are all in a room together.
Drita has a session with her anger management counselor before she meets with Karen. She tells him she’s going to meet with Karen and she doesn’t want to snap when Karen starts harping on the past. He hooks Drita up to a bio-feedback machine which will show when she gets upset. It’s like a lie-detector. They do a little role-playing and Drita is saying she’s not upset while the machine is beeping and saying different. The counselor gets Drita really mad and she wants him to unhook her from the effing machine. He tells Drita there is a part of her that misses her relationship with Karen and their upcoming conversation is going to be much harder than Drita thinks.
It’s time for the Big Meeting between Drita and Karen. Drita is already seated when Karen arrives. She asks Karen if she wants to go first because there is much to talk about. Karen says she doesn’t want to get into a fight. Drita doesn’t want to talk about what happened in the past, she’s exhausted from it. Karen thought they were friends for life and it was never about Lee. Drita can’t believe she’s going there again. Drita tries to explain what she meant when she said she and Karen were not friends. This goes back and forth between them. They talk about what each one of them said about the other to other people. Then they talk about the physical altercations between them. Drita doesn’t want to discuss it and Karen says they can’t come to any type of understanding if they can get to the real issues between them. Karen hands Drita paperwork about her not being in the hospital. Drita can’t believe Karen brought paperwork to their talk. Talk, talk, talk, blah, blah, blah. At first, neither feels like they are getting through to the other. Drita admits to some of her wrongdoing as far as the physical fighting is concerned. They are both bothered that things got physical between them. Karen tells Drita she’s ready to bury the hatchet and so is Drita. They call a truce and decide they can co-exist and be in the same room together. I wonder how long this truce is gonna last. Any bets?
A strange lady arrives at Renee’s house to spiritually heal it. They are disturbed by the granite countertop. They see a face or dead eyes or something. The healer says something about a clown and Renee says the bad person (Junior) has a clown tattoo on his arm. Renee and the strange lady go all around the house with the healing smoke and spraying holy water. AJ and his girlfriend arrive and have a good laugh. Renee says since AJ is laughing the energy has gone from bad to good. Renee thinks all the girls need a “group” ritual healing.
Drita tells Big Ang the talk with Karen went well and she feels like burden is lifted off her shoulders. Big Ang invites Drita to her dinner party, but she hesitates to accept because Ramona and her kids will be there. Drita tells Big Ang she will not ever be friends with Ramona. She thinks Ramona is Lucifer, she’s cold, she’s a big piece of ice. Drita tells Big Ang she will go to the dinner but she will not speak to Ramona.
Big Ang is having her dinner party at Delmonico’s. Big Ang and her son arrive; followed by Carla and her two kids; Renee, AJ and his girlfriend; Karen and her daughter Karina; Ramona and her kids; and last, but not least, Rita and her two girls. Renee is hoping for the best. Of course Ramona is already talking bad about Drita being late. Everyone is on edge about Drita and Ramona. Big Ang proposes a toast about everyone being one big happy family. Renee brings up the Karen and Drita meeting. They both tell Renee they still hate each other and then they laugh. Drita then tells Renee separately that the meeting went well. Drita realizes it’s a truce; they are not best friends. When they are all back together at the dinner table, Karen tells some funny stories about her and Drita’s past. Carla can see Ramona is not happy about it and is hoping she doesn’t start anything with Drita.
Big Ang thanks everyone for coming. The kids give a toast. They are all cute kids. Renee also gives a toast about things being better, then worse, then better, then worse. Renee thanks them all for their support. Karen looks around and sees family. Drita talks about what Renee has been through and how they will be there for her. Big Ang declares that the women stand strong, much stronger than the men. Drita and Ramona get their own digs in about each other in the talking heads.
Great job BB, just when you thought it was over, they pulled you back in. More Mob Wives Reunion next week! Wow! Thanks BB! Lynn~
Survivor – Woman’s World – Day 37 and to the finale – by MelTheHound
Here we go kids. Fasten your seat belts, It’s On. The show begins with a six minute recap of the season. Showing people I long ago forgot were even there. Didn’t forget Colton though. I hate him all over again. Trust me, I only think of him when I think of this game. The recap points out where the Men REALLY effed it up for themselves. Too many chiefs, no indians is what it came down to. All Alpha dogs and the only one who Wasn’t obviously an Alpha dog, Colton, played All of them. Initially appeasing Him, was their downfall. That includes You Troyzan. They showed how in the beginning, the men would do nothing to help the women as they didn’t want to be played by the ‘feminine wilds’ (they didn’t note that in the recap but I still remember it being said). A little bit of chivalry may have helped a couple of the fellas. Who knows? Sometimes, Nice goes a long way and sometimes, it’ll get one stabbed in the back. They get to the part where Tarzan is voted off and note that of the 5 remaining women, Alicia and Christina are aligned, Chelsea and Sabrina are aligned. Kim has fooled both sides into thinking she is aligned with them. With me so far? Good. Let’s get to it.
The women return from Tribal council and they are doing the usual slap on their own backs for getting rid of All the men. I have to admit, Nicely played ladies. Just because they couldn’t seem to pull it together in the beginning, I would have never imagined they could do what they’ve done. Now though, they have to turn on each other. This is where alliances are going to do very little for them and they better be ready to fight if they want that prize. Kim still has the hidden idol and Chelsea is the only other one who knows. Kim, Holds all the cards in the challenge part of the game at this point.
Tree mail time. There is no reward challenge this week so we are getting right to the immunity challenge. It is Kim and Sabrina who get the tree mail and as they are walking, they are discussing the final 3. The way that conversation shakes out, is Chelsea is the target unless she wins immunity. Sabrina believes that if she does, She will be the target (in her TH). Kim’s main concern is that she has pissed off and back stabbed every person currently on the jury with the exception of Jonas and perhaps Tarzan. Since Tarzan is a traitor himself, he has no pull with these people like he eluded to last week. I’m convinced of that. Jonas is just along for the ride and realistically, right now, I can only see Him voting for Kim simply because she played the better game.
Immunity Challenge time. The game is a long one where several tasks must be completed and this is another combination lock race. That is, at the end, they must dial in the correct 3 number combo in order to raise their flag and win immunity. The first leg is to get through the gate on to the playing field. In order to do so, they must untie several knotted ropes and pull the board that is holding the gate closed. The next step is to navigate a maze of balance beams. If they fall off, they must return to the beginning of the maze. Once they get to the end, it’s on to a net where they collect 5 bags of puzzle pieces but must be sure to get their Own bags (this may become important). Then, Solve the puzzle revealing the clue they need to open the combination locks. What they are looking for are the number of skulls displayed on their solved puzzle, the number of pieces, and ______. Some of these challenges are a little Indiana Jones like.
Opening the gate was pretty simple for most, as was navigating the maze. A couple fell off, I think Christina and Kim did, and put them a little bit behind but it wasn’t too much. Not enough to put them out of the challenge. Within pretty short order, all 5 are on the net collecting puzzle piece bags. Now, These are Tied to the net and must be untied. Alicia (our special ed teacher) apparently wasn’t listening when the rules were explained. She was collecting just 5 bags but not necessarily her Own bags. Meaning, She untied the bags for a couple other members before Probst pointed out her mistake. Giving a slight advantage to a couple other players. Pretty soon, all 5 are putting their puzzles together but Sabrina and Christina can’t seem to even get started. Kim manages to finish her puzzle first followed closely by Alicia and Chelsea. Once all three of them are on the platform dialing in what they think is the correct combo. It isn’t clear where each number belongs so they must try all three combos of the three numbers, assuming they have the numbers right to begin with, Last weeks’ combo challenge, the numbers were in order for them. Anyway, once all three have begun dialing the numbers, Probst tells Sabrina and Christina basically, no chance of winning. They don’t stop but he is correct. They haven’t even put together two pieces of their puzzles yet and they have 3 examples to follow. Kim’s, Chelsea’s, and Alicia’s. I don’t know if there was some rule where they couldn’t look or if the puzzles were exactly the same (I would bet Not). In the end, Kim pulls off her third immunity challenge win. I’ll say what I like about her but I can’t take away that she’s good at what she’s doing. Well done, Kim.
Back at camp. I’ll call it a calm scurry as to playing who is going home. Remember during the tree mail walk, It was Chelsea. Kim has noted that there is no part of her that wants to send Chelsea home but she knows that if Chelsea is in the group being voted on, she stands a good chance of winning. She and Kim are shown talking and Chelsea’s idea is for Kim to give Her the hidden idol and let the rest of the chips fall where they may. It is noted by someone, I think, Kim, that Christina going to final 3 is a no brainer. I’m going to note here that except with some puzzles, Christina is showing herself a bit. It’s shocking to many that she’s still there as a physical game player but she Is there because they are all convinced they can beat her. Alicia in her TH says she’s feeling confident that she will not be the target and as such, isn’t worrying too much about who May be the target. As far as she knows, it’s Chelsea. One of the last things we see, is Kim telling Sabrina that Alicia is the target. Could it BE? We are Finally going to get rid of the special ed teacher?
Tribal council. The jury is ushered in and all give their death stares to Kim, except Tarzan. I guess he knows he was used and accepts his fate in the game. Maybe Kim promised him money for the shocks on his jeep, I don’t know. You can see the steam coming from Kat’s ears as she looks at this group of vile traitorous women. Probst begins his questioning. Asking how post challenge chat went. They all note that it was actually pretty relaxed. He obviously knows at this point that Kim is the swing vote and the choice of final 4, is Hers. He questions Sabrina who gives her usual it is what it is answer but she has previously noted in TH that if it isn’t Chelsea, it’s probably Her.. Alicia is ready to let the chips fall where they may believing, still, that Chelsea is the target. Then he gets to Kim. Kim, who obviously has all the power at this point, on how she has played the game and what she’s thinking. She notes that she’s grown friendships with all the women and we see Kat shaking her head in disgust (I am too at this point). She is asked how she’s viewed by the jury and she hopes that they give her credit for playing the game. We’ll see if they do. Kim talks about Trust and Kat, under her breath, notes that she has betrayed everyone there. I guess, Kat is still pissed. I hope she enjoyed having Kim at her Paaaaaaaartay.
Go ahead and laugh, I am.
Troyzan can barely look at any of them. It’s Vote time. Alicia votes for Chelsea who votes for Alicia. No surprise there. The votes are brought in, Probst asks for the hidden idol, Kim does Not give it to Chelsea taking the hidden idol Out of the game. This was the last chance to play it. Could this end up costing Kim the game? We’ll see (I haven’t yet). Votes are counted, Alicia, is Gone, 3-2 against Chelsea. None for Christina or Sabrina. Hmmmmm. So, did someone turn on someone other than Kim or was it a blindside? Let’s see. As it turns out, the vote was along party lines and Kim is the deciding vote to remove Alicia. In her swansong, Alicia notes she gave up her power by voting out Tarzan who, she earlier noted was her ally in the game. She Congratulates Kim for a game well played, and tells Christina she sucks, not knowing, that Christina voted to remove Chelsea. Now, Did Any of you think for one second that Kim was going to vote off her girlfriend, Chelsea? Me neither.
End of Part 1. Go ahead and take your break, I’ll be here when you get back.
Ready for Part 2? Let’s get to it kids.
The women return to camp and one of the first things out of Kim’s mouth is an apology to Christina for lying to her the entire time. I assume that means the entire game because she’s been lying to everyone. Christina acknowledges she’s been played and notes that she doesn’t have much chance of making final 3 with out winning immunity. She thought it would be her, Kim, and Alicia. With Alicia gone, she knows that’s not the case. Kim and her girlfriend Chelsea are shown confabbing noting that they are praying Christina doesn’t win Immunity. Remember, Both think they can beat Christina if she Were in the final 3.
Tree mail time. Christina takes the walk alone. Pondering her chances in the final day of the game I suppose and noting she has to win immunity to guarantee herself a spot in final 3. The tree mail tells them to walk along a trail marked with each of the previously voted off player’s torches. As they get to each, they give a remembrance and we hear from each of the players. I’m sorry, I didn’t pay close attention only a couple were noteworthy to me. Kat feels like a fool and Tarzan still thinks he’s an alpha male who played Beta for awhile. One thing he said was true, he was the Last Man Standing. The only one who was Truly delusional was Matt. Remember him? Me neither. He says out of all of them remaining, HE played the best game. Ummm, Bullshit. The guy was a dbag the second I laid eyes on him. Colton says, he’s disappointed in himself not to have made it to the end and learned that perhaps it’s not good to be so bitchy. Kat is and forever will be bitter about how it all played out but says she learned a lot and isn’t the same person she was at the beginning. The women all note that they weren’t sorry to see Troyzan go as if he were still there, many of them would not be. These are all of course, paraphrased, you all know I never try to recite verbatim what these people say. Anyway, As they pass each torch they collect a name tag from it and when they get to the end, they hang the tags on a fire stand and light the thing on fire. Tribal burial I guess is what it is supposed to represent.
Immunity Challenge Time. This is an interesting one. Each player has 10 bowls that they must navigate at the end of a pole through a maze of sorts with obstacles. They must then place the bowls one on top of the other on top of this contraption, without any of them falling off. If they drop the bowl while getting it up there, they must put the bowl back on the starting table and begin again. If the bowls fall off of the top of the contraption, they must also put them back on the table and start all over. By the way, this contraption sits on top of a car spring so it is constantly moving and swaying. The slightest mis-touch can send the top stack to the ground. Everything plays a factor or Could, including the wind. The race is actually neck and neck between Kim and Christina right to the end. Chelsea isn’t doing Too bad. Probst tells Sabrina at one point that sans disaster, she’s out of it. In the end, Kim Narrowly beats Christina for her 4th immunity and a guaranteed spot in front of the jury. DAMN! You know, the twists I keep hoping this game will take, are not happening. It’s almost as if Kim has written the script for this entire program. I’ll say it again, I can’t take her game play away from her. She’s definitely Earned her spot on the final 3. Let’s see what happens at the final tribal council.
They return to camp and Christina asks Kim to lay it all out. The foregone conclusion is that she is done. They get to tribal, the jury is ushered in, Probst polls the contestants. It basically comes out that Christina didn’t do much to fight for her spot in the final 3. She puts up a little struggle and tries to say that Sabrina doesn’t really belong there but notes that this alliance has existed since day one. The votes are cast, counted, and if you’ve been following along, you’ll be shocked to learn that Christina is the final member of the 9 person jury.
One last time, back at camp, day 39, the women are treated to breakfast. Each is shown reflecting on the game. Sabrina is a teacher who was laid off 2 weeks before the game. Kim is slapping herself on the back for the game she played. Notes that she was divorced after 4 years and learned in this game that she could depend on herself. Chelsea gave a nice little speech but I honestly couldn’t tell you what it was beyond she’s glad she partnered with Kim. Sorry kids, I’m just not good at noting exact verbiage in these recaps. All think however, they’ve played the best game they could have. The ladies are shown heading off to the tribal council.
Final Tribal Council. This is the part we’ve all been waiting for. The jury is given instruction as to what their job is as are the contestants. Each player gives a last comment to the jury as to how they played the game and why they did what they did. Chelsea, who rode Kim’s tail pretty much the entire way says her piece. Noting that she tried to be friendly with everyone and learn to separate herself emotionally from voting off each of the jury members. She also notes that she pretty much followed Kim’s lead. Kim says that if the jury votes for best player, she has a chance. If they vote on emotion, probably not. She notes that she had a strategy from day one and kept her head in the game rather than playing with her heart. Sabrina’s turn. She goes into the story of her job and not having one anymore. She says that she is there in the final 3 because she held back at times. She figured if she appeared TOO much a physical threat, she would have been gone (I might have some of this mixed up with the Q&A so forgive me please).
Now it’s the jury’s turn to have at them. Most of them rather than ask questions, gave statements. I’m a little disappointed in this but I guess it is what it is. Most notable to me, in no particular order.. Christina congratulates them on making it to the end and her question is to Chelsea, “Why do you hate People?”. I thought that was a bit out of left field and don’t really know why she asked. She was there on the island for 38 days though and maybe she knows something we don’t. BTW, ALL of Chelsea’s answers were related to following Kim’s lead. That, To me, makes her the LEAST deserving member of the final 3. Troyzan asks Kim, and her answer will sway (his) votes, when she decided it was time for Him to go. She says when Jonas was voted off. Probst asks if that’s the right answer. No comment. Tarzan laments about having his wife on the island in a long drawn out speech. Glad you had a good time Tarzan and glad you got to have your wife with you on the island for a few minutes. Must have been nice. Alicia lets Kim know that they were both playing exactly the same type of game. Saying that she believes she’s one of the best players there. If she hadn’t lost her crew, Tarzan, she’d still be there. Ummm, No, I don’t think so. I’m surprised she lasted as long as she did and didn’t get kicked off just for wearing that slore looking bathing suit. Whatever Alicia. Probably the biggest surprise of all to me, was Kat. No questions from her but she revealed a secret she had been keeping. That she had 2 open heart surgeries when she was 12 and would need one later on, which is coming a year from now. She notes that she hated All them bitches (that’s my word, not hers) for voting her off but has let it go. Life is too short to hold grudges and she implores the rest of the jury to follow that feeling. She asked the jury to vote for the best player rather than against the one they hate the most.
Vote time. The only ones they show are Troyzan who votes for Sabrina. I guess Kim had the wrong answer. They also showed Kat’s vote, for Kim. I guess she followed her own advice. The rest of the votes are cast. If you set your DVRs to record this show and didn’t catch the next hour, you are left hanging not knowing who wins. You have to tune into the reunion show in order to find that out. Old time watchers of the show won’t be surprised by that. Probst tells the players that the votes will be counted in the United States on the final show.
Okay Kids. Take a break, stretch, have a cup of whatever, let the dog out or even take him for a walk.
Start of the reunion show.. Probst begins reading the votes. Neck and neck between Kim and Sabrina for a 4 votes but then Kim gets the next 3, making her the 24th winner of the game. AWWWW SHIT! The liar made a liar out of me. Damn! Oh well. Enjoy your prize Kim. Didn’t anyone vote for Chelsea? Could it be that she Really Does Not like People? Or is it that she just rode her pals’ tail all the way through the game. I suspect, the latter given who Did win.
Now it’s time for the reunion where some of these people have to answer for their actions. We have Colton, the bigot. He still is a bigot. His mother apologized for him as he did but I’m not buying it from him. Probst notes that ‘on the street’ people were most disgusted by Him. When they reviewed things he had said, “Munchkins from Oz”, “I have black people in my life-servants” and the like, I was reminded all over again of why I hate him so much. It is noted that him, being gay with all the societal backlash that goes with it, might be a little more accepting of different people. His mother says that even though he came out at a young age, he wasn’t accepted by and still isn’t, by everyone in his family. All the more reason IMO he ought to be a little more careful in his interactions. He even admits his friends cringed at his actions while watching the show. Probst asks the audience if Colton was Russel Hantz mean, as someone you love to hate, or is he just someone you hate. The reaction I got from the crowd, is they hate Colton for being Colton.
We get to Tarzan and his wife. He’s a surgeon, board certified, retired, and frugal. His wife is his soul mate and with 30 years (THAT SHE DEVIL AUBRY WAS JUST FIRED HOOOORay!!!!!!!!!!!!. SHE is ‘TRANSPARENT’. No Shit Sherlock-Trump) they must be doing something right. His wife gives a simple formula to the success of the marriage and basically it’s being truthful, respectful, and true to one another. Sounds simple, Right? Too bad more people can’t be that way.
Kim- is healthy and she’s just happy for that, right now. She’s the nut on the island but I have to admit, all cleaned up and dressed up, she looks nice. Of course the biggest shock from her was her speech at final tribal but she’s still the nut.
Monica, the ex-NFL players wife was finally able to be the star in her husband’s eyes rather than chasing him around. Doing something for herself.
Alicia- The special needs student comment toward Christina. She’s getting the wrath of that statement. Says she sorry she ever made that remark. She says things are said and done in the heat of the game but I think we saw the REAL Alicia here on the season. I wonder if it’s about to cost her her job. As for her half tearful apology, I’m calling bullshit right here and now. She was really trying to squeeze out the tears here and almost succeeded. That isn’t a comment made in the heat of the game, she is truly a vile person. Just like her pal Colton. Many of you here have special needs kids or know someone who has. Another person who does is my favorite YouTube recapper (madrosed) who has a 19yo Autistic son. If all of you and this recapper say Alicia isn’t fit to teach these kids, It’s good enough for me.
Leif is still insulted by the Oz comment from Colton. He says he’s proud to have represented his community of little people and has received a hell of a response from his peers. We even got a shot of his wife in the audience, also a little person. Probst says that’s some fancy directing to get an unplanned shout out to shot of the person that quick. Okay.
Mike is asked why he agreed to give up immunity. He states he was convinced that otherwise, HE was going home. Now that doesn’t make any damn sense to me. If they Had immunity, no way would he have been voted off. The Men, were Winning at that point. Dumbass move there big fella. Remember, it had to be Unanimous for it to happen.
Jonas wishes he had played a better game but it was his dismissal after the merge that was the beginning of the end for the men. Before then, it was tied up again genderwise. I think it was 6-6.
Time to reward the public voted most favorite player. In the running are Chelsea, Tarzan, Troyzan, and Kim. Chelsea and Tarzan are out of it right away. The winner is Kim. Shocker. Probst tells Troyzan he was among one of the better received players and asks him what the response has been and it’s been 99.9% positive. When asked why he didn’t win he says it’s because the number of number of bottom feeders (my words) not able to make a move. Most moves made, as noted by others as well, were to just get to the next day. Going along to get along. Probst notes that No one wins the game without making big moves. Even the supposed underdogs who have won in the past have done so by making moves. Not just sitting there and hoping for the best.
In the end, all of the men admit they were outplayed by the women and that’s all there is to it. Kim made the big moves and that’s why she’s sitting there with the big checks.
Next season in the fall, Season 25. Three Players who have been evacuated due to injuries or illness will get a second chance. There were Two this season. Cortney on the first challenge broke her wrist and of course, the bigot, with appendicitis. They didn’t say WHO the returning players would be however, The game will be played in the Philippines and there will be THREE tribes to begin with. Will it be interesting? Let’s hope so. If it is, and I’m still here, I’ll recap it again.
Here are a few of my final thoughts on the show. For me, there weren’t really enough twists and turns. The way the show was edited together, it was never much of a surprise who was voted off. I think the last real twist for me was when Colton talked the men into giving up team immunity so he could get rid of Bill. Let’s be real about Colton. He didn’t like playing with the black guy. The only reason Christina made it as far as she did was because Colton got sick and had to be medivac’d off of the island. At that point in time, Alicia wanted nothing to do with Christina and was later using her only for votes. Overall, I found the season a bit too predictable and hence, boring. Even the challenges got predictable. Is that because some were SO much stronger than the others or was it because the others held back not caring if they won challenges or not? I think it’s a little of both. It had it’s moments and at times could have gone either way but most of the episodes, particularly at the final 8, I would say, became Too predictable. The point where Jay was dumb enough to tell the women that Troyzan had the idol, I knew it was over for the men. The editors would try and inject a little excitement into it while the players were trying to decide who to vote off, even though the decision had already been made. Excitement with a little thriller music thrown in at times for effect. Nice try CBS.
None of that is saying it wasn’t fun to watch for the most part but it was more fun for me to share it with all of you. Were it not for your interest in reading what I had to say about it, right or wrong, I probably would have stopped watching long ago. Don’t think for one minute that any of you forced me to watch though. Lynn told me at the start if it got to be too much like a job, just say so. I’m happy to have done it but I’m equally happy that it’s over. The only thing that I am Not happy about is that I’m forced to eat my words, “Kim cannot win this game…. ” and I forgot to buy ketchup at the store last night. Those of you who disagreed with me when I said that, you were Right, I was Wrong. Not the first time, probably won’t be the last .
For those of you who want to watch the show, view photos, catch up on what you may have missed.
Peace, Kids. It’s been Real .
What a great season, thank you so much MelTheHound for amazing recaps throughout the show! Lynn~
Mad Men Episode 9: Dark Shadows by Aurora
Someone is preparing a very light breakfast, weighing their food. Uh, oh it’s Betty. The Weight Watcher’s diet. Hey, I know for a fact this diet has helped many people. Didn’t Jessica Simpson just sign a 3 million dollar deal with them too?
The big guys, Bert, Roger and Don are about to ride the elevator to the offices when Pete rushes in and as they get there he informs them that his “new” best friend from the New York Times wants to interview him about “hip agencies.”
Don is looking through ads to put together a portfolio as Joan looks on and notices that most of the copy is Ginsberg and Rizzo’s work. “Peggy really got buried with Heinz.” Don tells Joan. ”Yes, they are mostly Mr. Ginsberg.” Joan replies. She points out all the great work that Don has done as creative director and suggests that he include “the letter.”
Bert Cooper enters Roger’s office and talks with him about wooing Manischewitz, after all he is married to a Jewish woman. Yeah that makes him so much more in touch with Jane’s “people.” Problem is he hasn’t informed Bert that they are getting a divorce. Looks like Roger is going to have to suffer through a client dinner with his soon to be Jewish ex-wife. What people will do for new business!
At the Draper Manhattan digs “cute” Megan is teaching Sally how to cry on cue. Sally uses the technique on Don as he walks in the room to ask for colored pencils for her class assignment. She has to work on a family tree. Sounds like trouble to me!
Don is sitting in his office looking tired, as he is getting ready to leave he turns out the light in the copywriters office and notices a folder “shit I gotta do,” and opens it to find Sno Ball tag lines that Ginsberg has written. Don chuckles as he reads them.
Betty and Henry are stuck in the downtown Manhattan traffic trying to pick up the children. Henry points out that he is double parked and Betty tells him she will go up to the apartment and get the children. “Plump” Betty enters the apartment and tells Sally to get her brother’s so they can get going. She looks around the apartment while she waits and you can see the envy in her eyes and then she sees Megan dressing in the bedroom. The green eyed monster has arrived and how! Megan awkwardly addresses Betty and tells the children goodbye in her “cute” Megan way. Those kids are so lucky to have her as a stepmother is all I can say!
Don speaks into a Dictaphone about Sno Ball tag lines alone in his office. Good lord how I remember those things. Those were the days when some of us could really type up a storm!
Betty yells from the kitchen that she will up to bed soon and promptly goes to the refrigerator and sprays Ready Whip into her mouth. How many points do you think that is? Just wondering. Oh yeah, she spit it out into the sink, doesn’t count.
In the creative think tank, Peggy, Don, Ginsberg and Stan work on the Sno Ball account. Ginsberg has his creative ideas as does Don. Ginsberg is actually surprised how Don who hasn’t written for so long and comes up with a catchy slogan. Tension in the room, get the knife!
Back at the Weight Watchers meeting Betty shares that even though she had a “trying” week she was still able to lose half a pound. Keep looking at Megan and the pounds will just fall off!
Megan and her friend are running through a script for a part that the friend is trying out for. Megan starts to laugh as they play out their parts, the friend gets upset and points out how Megan doesn’t have to truly suffer for her craft. Megan points out that even though the part is “crap,” she would still kill for it. She knows she has it good but she can’t help that she is “cute” Megan for gosh sake! Oh and by the way, the part is for a “scary” soap opera called, Dark Shadows.
Ginsberg enters Roger’s office and comments on his polka dot art (the piece is reminiscent of another called “Pause” by the artist Bridget Riley, 1964).
Roger asks Ginsberg if he can keep a secret and he tells him, “No,” straight up. I love this guy! Roger would like him to do some work on a perspective client, Manischewitz and he will make it worth his time if you know what I mean. Boy, Roger sure knows how to negotiate with cash!
In a kitchen we find someone frying a steak in the middle of the night, oh dear it’s Henry. He’s having a problem eating fish five times a week, you think? Betty and Henry have a heart to heart about his job not going anywhere. Betty reassures him that it is just a setback. It’s midnight, will a bite of the steak count for following day on her point scale? Go for it!
Roger asks Jane to attend the Manishewitz dinner with him, she agrees on the condition that he gets her a new place to live that has no memories of the two of them together. Done deal!
Pete is having a lurid dream about his friends wife coming to his office in a coat with not much underneath to seduce him after reading the spectacular article in the Times. Oh, Pete, how delusional you are becoming these days!
Betty is sitting at the table helping the children with their homework, as she organizes Bobby’s papers she finds a very touching note that Don wrote to Megan. Betty is pissed to say the least and tells Sally not to forget to include his “first” wife Anna on the family tree project that she is working on. Poor Sally looks so confused and asks who she who she is Betty tells her to ask Megan since she helped with her project in the first place. Oh, how we hurt our children at times and don’t realize we are truly hurting ourselves!
The SCDP team look at both Sno Ball proposals. Everyone likes both and decide to present them to the clients. I see trouble coming, do you?
Back at the Draper apartment Don is taking the boys out and Sally is staying behind with Megan. Sally barely acknowledges her father as he leaves. “Have fun,” Don tells his wife. Yeah, right! Sally tells Megan that she is a phony and wants to know who “Anna,” is. Megan is very upset and tells Sally that she doesn’t know what her mother has told her but that Anna and her father were only married to help one another and that is it! THERAPY for Sally soon, I see it coming, again!
Back at another Weight Watchers meeting, don’t you just love the coffee and cigarettes? The counselor gives all the ladies advice on how to handle the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. As far as I’m concerned the holidays can be sabotage for everyone, but I for one can’t help myself during them!
Megan tells Don that Betty has told Sally about Anna. Oh, crap! An argument ensues and Sally wakes up to hear Don and Megan. Megan points out that if Don calls Betty she is getting what she wants, “The thrill of poising us from fifty miles away.” I just love “cute” Megan, and so smart for being such a young woman too!
Peggy is busy at her typewriter in the middle of the night and Ginsberg shows up. He shares with her that he’s working on a “project” for Roger. She tells him he better get paid now especially if he starts telling everyone. He tells her that he already has been paid and maybe he will kick some of the profit her way if she will give him a little feedback. ”I don’t care,” is her reply as she turns her back to him and continues typing.
Don is asleep in bed and the phone rings. He rolls over and Megan has left a note that she has gone to get bagels. The best in New York, just saying! He picks up the receiver and Pete is on the line in a panic telling him that the Times article came out and the agency wasn’t mentioned. They have a heated exchange and Don tells him “Don’t wake me up and throw your failures in my face, it’s Sunday for Christ’s sake.” You tell that weasel Don!
Sally, Bobby and Gene are awake and are watching their father on the phone. Don tells the boys to go back to their room and asks Sally if she has something that she would like to ask him. ”No,” she tells her father. ”You do but you thought it would be better to ask Megan,” Don tells her. ”She wasn’t supposed to say anything,” is Sally’s reply. ”And what was she supposed to do exactly?”, Don asks. ”Not lie again,” is Sally’s response. ”Well I’m sorry it’s my fault that you have to think about things like this, your a little girl.” Don tells her. ”I’m not a little girl!” Sally says. ”Then you should realize that your mother doesn’t care about hurting you, she just wants to hurt us.” Sally has an epiphany as Don explains his relationship with Anna his first wife. Sally remembers going to the house that Anna lived in California and that she called Don, Dick. She asks her father about this and he confirms her thoughts and tells her that he wished that she had met Anna. I really liked Anna too. Don explains to Sally that she needs to apologize to Megan for her behavior and she agrees. This was a very touching moment in this episode by the way.
Peggy tells Roger in the elevator that he is not loyal and only thinks about himself. Okay everyone isn’t that how a lot of executives can be?
In a cab we see Ken Cosgrove, Harry Crane, and Don going to the Sno Ball meeting. Don is looking over the story boards and “accidentally” leaves Ginsberg’s stuff on the seat of the cab. Whoops!
Betty is in the kitchen on the phone, she hangs up and calls for Sally to come into the kitchen. She informs her daughter that she got an A plus on her family tree project and that she is very proud of her. Betty tells her that she should also thank Megan for helping her with the project. Oh and by the way did Megan discuss Anna with her, oh yes Daddy (Don) showed her pictures and spoke very fondly of her. Sally earned herself some TV time and a major jab at Mummy! Caching!
At the Manischewiz dinner Roger impresses his prospective clients. The son of the clients shows up late and you can feel the attraction between him and Roger’s future ex-wife.
At SCDP Harry tells everyone that Don’s Sno Ball concept was a hit. Ginsberg is pissed that his idea wasn’t even pitched, and oh yeah your stuff “accidentally” got left in the cab. Uh, oh! Peggy smirks and tells Rizzo that she is going to order some dinner. Rizzo thinks that it’s a good idea especially now that Ginsberg will be useless tonight!
In the cab Roger tells Jane until he closes the deal to pretend they are still married and oh yeah he would like to see the new apartment. Not a good idea in my book! One thing leads to another and kaboom the clothes come off! Now Roger has ruined it for Jane. So sorry he tells her, yeah right!
On the train Peter talks with his buddy Howard as he brags about how he is going to spend as much time with his little girl on the side before the Thanksgiving holiday. Pete’s response, “Why don’t you spend Thanksgiving with her and I’ll go to your house and screw your wife.” Howard laughs. Don’t laugh to hard Howard, we all know that Pete has screwed your wife.
In the elevator Ginsberg confronts Don about the Sno Ball situation. ”I feel bad for you,” Ginsberg tells Don. ”I don’t think about you at all,” is Don’s reply. I hate to think the “bad” Don is back, but.
Megan sets the Thanksgiving table, don’t you just love cranberry sauce out of a can? Megan tells Don that her friend got the part and she is going to buy champagne to celebrate. Oh and by the way don’t open the windows because the radio says there is a smog emergency! Remember those everyone?
The Francis family sits down for their Thanksgiving dinner and as they are about to partake Bobby want’s everyone the say what they are thankful for. Everyone gives thanks and poor Betty has to eat her small portion. Damn that Weight Watchers! lol
I hope everyone had a fantastic Sunday and a good week to come!
Thanks – Great job Aurora! Welcome home! (Aurora was in Hawaii!) xoxo Lynn~
Jerseylicious by Meredith
I’m officially convinced that Mikey does not have a job besides working out with Filly. It’s clearly the most interesting thing he does since they only film him working out or dresses up Amish (that was a weird episode). So, Mikey and Filly are –guess what- working out and having a full on bromance over their triceps when Olivia walks in to work out. And what is Miss. Thang wearing to the gym? A full face of makeup, hot pink lipstick, false eyelashes, a neon yellow leo with long black spandex underneath and, of course, a long pair of medallion earrings. You have got to be kidding me. During Olivia’s “grueling” workout where she doesn’t break a sweat (probably afraid to lose a falsie) she decides it’s time for Mikey to get a job (she doesn’t put it quite like that) and make a workout video. Filly and Mikey are all over the idea and they all decide they should do a fitness video together, for women, and put it on Olivia’s blog, so it can go viral and make her blog a huge success. Brilliant.
Ant has a few more pressing issues on his mind than his biceps; his new salon opens in four days and there is still a lot of work to be done before it’s Tuscan themed Grand Opening (Yes I said Tuscan themed-only in Jersey). There are still faucets to be installed, electricity to be fixed, counters are missing, it sounds like a lot for 96 hours, but if things were going smoothly it wouldn’t make for good TV now would it? Mrs. Giove turns the heat up a notch when she reminds Anthony that the reviewer from Salon Search, a website that reviews new salons for potential clients, is coming to the opening, which only raises Anthony’s blood pressure some more. If Mrs. Giove wasn’t loaded and financing this operation, I don’t believe Anthony would put up with her crap. There are times where he is so clearly frustrated with her that it’s hard to believe he really agreed to go into business with her.
But oh it gets better. If Mrs. Giove’s soothing words were not enough to calm Anthony down, her present to him is clearly going to send him over the moon. For the Grand Opening she has hired a juggler, an opera singer, and a mime. What part of Europe has she visited where this is the height of European Elegance? It sounds like a freak show. Anthony is clearly confused and remarks that he hopes the Mime also moonlights as an electrician because that is what they need more than anything. The more I watch, the more I believe this is just a fun pet project for Mrs. Giove. She is more interested in the party than the actual salon.
Back at The Gatsby, Gayle is having a secret phone tryst with an unknown gentleman caller. She quickly hangs up when Christy walks in and tries to convince Christy to close for her so she can go out with “friends”. Christy presses for details (annoying much?) but Gayle won’t budge. Christy also brings in a gift basket from Mrs. Giove inviting The Gatsby to the Grand Opening of AR Salon. Clearly this is not extending an olive branch, but instead Mrs. Giove’s immature way of rubbing the new salon in Gayle’s face, a conclusion that Gayle immediately jumps to. I have to agree with Gayle, if you hate the woman so much, Mrs. Giove, want good intention do you have inviting her to your salon’s opening?
Planning is underway for the workout video. Since Mikey can’t write he has drawn out stick figure pictures of the four of them (Brielle has been included in the mix because although she has an IQ of a six-year-old, she is hot and that’s what is important for this video) to sketch out what the video will look like. Filly chimes in with an actual creative idea of calling it “Lean in Fifteen”, which Brielle ruins when she interjects that she hopes they can do exercises to make her boobs look better. Honey you have implants! What more can you possibly do that you haven’t already done?!
After showing up late to the salon in her slippers, Gayle finally opens up to Christy about the secret she has been keeping. Gayle has been seeing someone for the first time in a decade. Wow. Instead of being happy for her mother, Christy jumps down her throat for not telling her sooner. Then Gayle mentions that she wants to bring Seth (mystery man) to Anthony’s opening, which Christy also lambastes as an awful idea because apparently going to a work event is the equivalent to meeting the parents in Christy’s world. Christy worries that if it doesn’t work out it’s more people to un-tell. Um, hello, earth to Christy, Gayle’s been divorced 3 times, clearly people are used to her relationships not working out.
Olivia and Brielle look like a poor man’s Wonder Woman for this workout video, but I must say, oh my Filly how wonderful you look without a shirt on! Seriously, I might have just been inspired to go to the gym (keyword: might). The rest of the video is a disaster. They clearly haven’t practiced, it’s being filmed on a Flip Cam, and the girl’s can barely do the exercises. My question is, how are they so thin if they never work out? Man, I hate girls like that!
It’s 24 hours before blast off and it’s all hands on deck at AR. Frankie has made a surprise return to help Anthony with some finishing touches. It’s pretty big of him to do that for Ant considering his breakup with Gigi. Olivia is also there sans makeup and she looks gorgeous! Seriously, I wish she wouldn’t pencil her eyebrows or wear as much bronzer; she looks so good natural (which is probably not what you want to hear as a makeup artist). Anthony stresses no drama for the opening; if you don’t think you should do it, don’t do it. (Yeah right.)
It’s finally the Grand Opening! At first I wasn’t too sure about the grey and neon yellow color scheme of AR, but all together it looks fantastic. Modern, sophisticated, with a few pops of colors that compliment the overall scheme. Also the neon yellow brick backsplash is to die for. Perfect for Ant! The staff is pumped and ready to get cutting. Despite how gorgeous it looks there are still a few things missing like switch plates, but Mrs. Giove thinks that they are small details and Anthony is micromanaging. For one, I have to agree with Mrs. Giove. It’s not 100%, but does anyone expect it to be? It’s like a housewarming party, the house is set up but rarely is it completed.
Everyone heads outside for the ribbon cutting ceremony, but not before Jess, the new makeup artist, makes a joking remark to another stylist about hurrying up or she might get kicked in the head. This is obviously a hit on Olivia and Tracy’s infamous bar brawl from last season. Olivia picks up on this right away and confronts Tracy about spreading their history to the new stylists, which of course turns into a huge shouting match with a lot of “fake bitch” being thrown around (can’t these women get a thesaurus? I’m sick of the same insults week after week!). I don’t even care about the argument, in this case they are both selfish brats. This is Anthony’s day. He shouldn’t be referreing fights. Even as he tries to calm them down they continue to go at it, with Olivia finally storming out telling Tracy she is, “so fake, bro.” (Someone is picking up Mikey’s lingo). Anthony shouts that he is disappointed in the both of youse, which is like your favorite teacher telling you, you failed him. Ouch.
Speaking of fails, Mrs. Giove’s outfit. You are a grown woman who breastfed two children, you can’t go braless! Her bosoms could have doubled for a broom to sweep hair off the floor. Also, a good pair of spanx should be in every woman’s wardrobe (Jill Zarin might have some on sale!)
Christy finally meets the mysterious Seth before Anthony’s event. It’s pretty uneventful. He seems like a nice normal guy who Christy grills like a disapproving parent. Sheesh!
Back at the event, the reviewer has finally arrived. The reviewer is confused by the Mime (so are we all). Another late arrival is Gayle who shows up with full support for Anthony and only has glowing compliments for his salon. That was very big of Gayle and seeing her so happy with Seth is a nice change of pace. Christy sees it to and apologizes for judging too harshly, but does have an excuse for her erratic behavior: She’s pregnant! I knew she was the pee stick tester at the salon! Who else would test at their place of work?
The review is up for AR and it gets five stars. I have to say it is a unique spot especially for Verona, NJ and we all know that Anthony has poured blood, sweat, and tears into his business. Congrats to Ant!
Great job Meredith! Thanks for the fantastic write up on Jerseylicious! Lynn~
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