This week, we bring you recaps from the newest season of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Flipping Out Reunion, Most Eligible Dallas and Top Chef: Just Desserts.
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
By Karina Sanchez
Camille invites the girls to her home in Beaver Creek, Colo. After a day of skiing, some of the housewives decide to take a nap while Taylor and Kyle head to the hot tub with a glass of wine to decompress. Taylor and Kyle’s conversation quickly turns serious when Taylor starts talking about her troubled marriage.
I don’t know if it’s a mix of altitude, wine and a hot tub, but Taylor is evidently emotionally distraught about her whole marriage situation. But besides that, she also starts acting strangely. She wakes Kim up from a nap to discuss her marriage and then crawls into a suitcase in the closet. Then, as they’re all getting ready for dinner, she can’t find her makeup bag and goes a little crazy — yelling at people, crying and throwing a mini tantrum. Losing her makeup bag is such an upsetting event for Taylor, that all the women frantically help look for the bag. At dinner, she hardly eats but does manage to be a little loud and obnoxious before spiraling back into a depressed state in talking about her marriage and comparing it to Camille and Kelsey’s. Though the marriages are not at all similar, Camille sees that Taylor is a little out of it and just agrees with whatever Taylor says in an effort to get the conversation back to something more uplifting. Thank goodness for the chef who came out in the middle of dinner to explain what the soup was. The interruption was a much-needed break from the intense, depressing vibe that Taylor had created.
In keeping with the theme of craziness, Kim decides to be funny or cute and lightens the mood by using her napkin to air Taylor with happy vibes. Maybe it was funny to some, but to me it was annoying. I don’t think I could be friends with Kim in real life — to me, she just seems to be a little loud and irritating at times. I’d more likely be friends with Lisa, who thought this whole debacle was a little too much and exhausting. I don’t think she can stand Taylor’s drama and Kim’s loudness/weirdness. I bet she’s secretly less than thrilled to have to hang out with the rest of the RHBV crew just for the sake of the show.
Upon arriving back home from the trip, Adrienne plans to head out to watch the last Sacramento Kings game of the season. But because her family owns the Kings and they’re currently in a position to maybe move the team to another city, she and her family have come under fire. Her husband Paul and her security team both urge her not to go because it may be dangerous. Though they don’t express what the danger is, I assume there’s some backlash from Kings fans who don’t want to give up their team to another city. Adrienne, pissed that her husband is meddling in her business, decides to go anyway. Before she knew that there was even a potential danger, she had invited Kim to go with her. And upon arriving at the airport to board their private plane, Kim is nowhere in sight. She calls Kim, who Paul points out, sounds drunk on the phone. Kim’s always a little off anyway so there’s no confirmation on her actually being drunk.
Next week, Lisa confronts Taylor about her eating habits.
Flipping Out Reunion
By Amy Huff
Jeff Lewis and team reunite for one last roundup of the season, and the highlight was Jeff basically firing Trace again and revisiting his belief Trace has become an ass and doesn’t want to deal with him. He still likes Sarah, but doesn’t want to work with her. Jennie is still awesome and Andy Cohen delivered a bit of a smack down to Jeff when he mocked Jennie’s attempts to become a break out children’s rap star. Apparently, no one messes with Andy’s Jennie.
Gage and Zoila were super cute and I found myself liking Gage even more. It was nice to see how he and Jeff actually interact as a couple, not just their professional relationship, which Gage manages to keep fairly professional regardless of Jeff’s attempts otherwise.
Next up is a new show with Jeff and Jennie next year. I’m undecided on whether I’m interested or not, but will give it a shot.
Most Eligible Dallas
By Amy Huff
Strangely, no one has gotten more likeable with a week’s hiatus. Drew is still mad that Courtney doesn’t like him as much as she likes Draylon, and he’s not going to take it. They have a faux makeup lunch, but Drew’s holding on to his crankiness.
Drew is slightly redeemed by calling Tara “Colombo” in her latest dog-napping scheme. This entire thing seems slightly staged since the dog was pretty passive and appeared well taken care of in the surrounding squalor. If not staged, someone should call the cops ASAP since it’s really not OK to use bolt cutters and break into someone’s yard. I’m all for the dog rescuing, but this is on camera people… oy. Drew also received a blow when his attempts to woo his ex ended with the ex fleeing to NYC for design school for 3 years.
Matt continues his odd ways of wanting to maintain his Hugh Hefner lifestyle and yet date Neill…which, now that I type, that is a continuation of the Hugh Hefner lifestyle, so what do I know? This goes a little awry when Neill actually enjoys spending time with Glenn and ditches him. Matt has a fit and drags her out of there all caveman style. They give it another try later and this one is slightly less awkward.
Courtney grills Jody on Tara’s behalf and both ladies freak out that he may not want anymore kids. Tara is really going to need to rethink her strategy. And may want to consider not dating guys 20 years older than her if having kids and a family is a crucial consideration. Courtney also continues her googly eyes at Matt, but does give another guy a shot. He’s cute, has a great accent and seems to tolerate her for more than 5 minutes, so I’m guessing he won’t last.
We see Glenn’s ex who visits, and I was seriously confused, as these are not people who are behaving as friends. She clearly wants to have a relationship and he seems to say he’s not interested while calling his mom with her on the phone. It was very confusing. They did visit Dude Sweet Chocolate in Bishop Arts, which is fantastic and I highly recommend checking out if in Dallas… not a paid placement just my personal foodie love.
Next week… more of this. Sigh.
Top Chef: Just Desserts
By Amy Huff
Fantastic episode this week as there was no quickfire and they immediately jumped into the Willy Wonka challenge. This was a fabulous team/individual challenge, and I wished it had been given a little more time to really see what they could’ve done with having very little limitations.
The group decided to divide into teams. The teams were those that built out the Wonka room and executed the overall design, as well as a team who worked supplying all the food for the build-out team. It was clear that each person would be responsible and judged for their individual food items, so putting your baked goods in someone else’s hands could be tricky.
Megan, Chris and Orlando seemed to take on the main roles of room builders while everyone else did the cooking. I’m not sure this was the best plan, since Chris seemed hell bent on spending an absurd amount of time recreating the chocolate waterfall that required all 3 of them to work on basically his individual challenge. Megan wanted to disappoint no one so took everything on and barely avoided the boot because of it.
The food production folks had their own challenges, as Craig was determined on building a gummy bear to beat all gummy bears, therefore requiring him to drive Sally inside with all the neediness. Carlos was brilliant in his creation of edible wallpaper and Matthew had these terrific pops that looked and tasted great.
Katzie was brilliant with her beehive that squirted honey out on to honey cakes and a carrot cake that was pulled out of “dirt” to be eaten directly.
In the end, Chris is still trying to figure out how he wasn’t in the group with the best folks with his ill-conceived chocolate waterfall that just didn’t woo anyone. Katzie took the win with Carlos a close second. Craig was sent packing for a bad tasting gummy bear along with Melissa — who never missed an opportunity to blame everyone else — for her crappy green doughnuts.
Next week, frozen treat challenge. Is it too much to hope they continue the movie theme and someone’s tongue gets stuck to lamp post?