While you were spending your holiday weekend out and about, we spent it indoors, glued to our favorite reality shows for these sweet recaps — Flipping Out, Top Chef Just Desserts, Most Eligible Dallas and Keeping Up With the Kardashians.
By Amy Huff
The fall out from Randy continues, as Jeff now has to scramble to get in a replacement for the job that has half the back end of a house ripped off. He seems to get in a hard-working crew who does a good job, except for removing some windows he wasn’t supposed to and still seeming a little confused about that. This seems like one of those things a Post It on the window that says “don’t remove” would’ve handled. It’s also shocking to me that nothing ever seems to come of the fact that this is on TV. You know, the client could watch and see that you’re talking them into these fantastic and pricey French doors because you incorrectly ripped out the windows.
And because the Randy drama just keeps on giving, he now threatens to put a lien against the property for failure of payment. Jeff (and frankly I’m with him on this one because I know zero about this, but it seems like he should be more informed) calls his dad, who basically says Randy is out of luck and is going to get nowhere. I feel a little bad for Randy, who is not doing himself any favors as this is national TV, and his reputation is beyond shady at this point, but is clearly desperate so I feel bad and very uncomfortable about the whole thing.
Other notes: Jeff and Jenni are obsessed with the lottery, Casey seems to be back on her feet and getting better (yay!) and Zoila is exactly the same.
Next week, Jenni has to decide what she wants to be when she grows up or Jeff will decide for her.
Top Chef Just Desserts
By Amy Huff
There are still too many contestants at this point to do a break down but you can get the skinny on them here. They’re continuing with the Quickfire, then team challenge which is kind of irritating since it just reinforces that there are too many people to get to know personally, so why start with that many to begin with? But I digress. This week’s Quickfire was to do something new with lemons, which a lot of folks seem to ignore as they went straight for the lemon tarts, cakes, etc. Matthew won with what seemed like a classic, so what do I know about following the point of the challenge?
Next, the team elimination challenge was to make a tiered cake with each team member making a layer and hopefully coordinating to fit in the overall scheme of the cake for a soiree at the Disney Concert Hall. This would become more of a problem than you’d think. The teams were broken down into sets of 4 with wildly differing results. I was incredibly disappointed with how much of a free-for-all it turned out to be for folks who are professional pastry chefs who do this for a living. Seriously, they worked on their own layers without consulting each other and Johnny called a couple of contestants on it. Both made chocolate cakes with differing butter versus oil for their fat. “Yeah, that’s completely different.” Hehehe. They seemed to only realize that was a problem at the time of judging. Oy. Vanarin was ultimately told to pack his tools and go for some incredibly bad instrument creation via molding chocolate. Craig avoided what seemed to be like a sure booting, so I wonder how much longer he’ll last.
Next week, guest judges from the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Side note: used to be one of my favorite franchises but after last night’s incredibly tense premiere with a dinner party from hell, I’m concerned they’ve watched too much of New York and have jumped the Swarovski-coated shark.
Most Eligible Dallas
By Amy Huff
This week was a lot of Drew and Tara. Let’s start with Drew. He’s still incredibly insecure and it doesn’t help that he’s attempting to woo back an ex that he clearly seems to view as slightly out his league in looks. It was sad since Drew seems to have worked really hard on improving his physical appearance, but not much has really changed in his overall self-image. He’s a cutie, and I wish he’d get a less shallow group of friends who might help with that. Anyway, back to the ex wooing. He brings him out for drinks, and Courtney has to make everyone uncomfortable, again, by forcing him to comment on the status of their relationship. Drew tries to differ, but the ex just comes right out with “we’re just friends.”
This may not be the case as Drew brings him to meet the family; his dad has remarried — a woman two years older than Drew — and has toddler twins. They live in what appears to be a McMansion (tore down, super-cute older house to build a gigantic monstrosity in what had been a charming and relatively historic neighborhood). Uhm, no comment here. Drew seems incredibly proud of how hard his dad has worked and made sure his date knew he didn’t grow up with a lavish lifestyle. Turns out, Drew is being honored by DIFFA for his charity work and he’s rightfully incredibly excited. And here is where it goes downhill…
Drew, see previous comment about self-image, has a meltdown because Courtney is much more interested in Daylon (who she refers to as her gay husband with Matt as her straight husband) and in the editing, it appears she’s a little more over-the-top with it, but it’s Courtney and all the others seem to be running just as wild. I really felt bad for Drew and hate that I may have to defend Courtney, but when an adult says “you like him more than me,” the conversation has gone seriously off the rails.
Now for the Tara drama, she too has a charity event for Paws in the City and has decided to agree to Jody’s proposal for exclusive dating. One of her ex-fiancées (she has 4) appears at the event, and its clear Jody is not an outlier but a pattern. Ugh. Jody and the ex have an exchange that is tense and just weird. Courtney continues to try and get her to trade-in her type for another one that is more Courtney approved. I’m not sure I disagree that her selections are odd, but I’m not Tara and who knows what she’s looking for in a mate. Given that Courtney’s criteria is that he has JFK hair, wears boots and has a dog named “Butch” or “Duke,” I’m not sure she has a career as matchmaker waiting for her.
There was some stuff with Matt and Neil, Glenn and Neil, and Matt’s family but it’s incredibly unexciting except for the part where there may be a Glenn/Neil pairing up much to Matt’s surprise.
Next week, more Drew and Courtney drama.
Keeping Up With the Kardashians
By Karina Sanchez
Over the weekend, there were 2 new episodes of KUWTK. Kris and Bruce finally renew their vows at an oceanfront ceremony. Bruce presents her with a giant diamond ring as a Thank You for the past 20 years of their marriage.
Rob lashes out at Kim, calling her really mean names because he overheard her telling Kris H. how lazy he was. Rob realizes that he needs to get a job, and plans to do just that as soon as he gets back to LA from his family vacation. In fact, he says that he should be at home working but instead, since he’s such a deadbeat, he has to take up the offer of a free family vacation to Bora Bora. I still don’t understand his logic. He’s mad at himself because he feels like he should be working instead of having fun in Bora Bora. Weird. In the midst of all this, Kris H. asks Rob to apologize for calling Kim names. I think somewhere, Kris forgets that he’s asking Rob to apologize to Kim and instead requires an apology from Rob himself for calling Kim names in front of him. It gets really twisted and confusing. Rob and Kim end up apologizing to each other, and Rob apologizes to Kris for being disrespectful.
In an effort to beat a man while he’s down, sisters Kendall and Kylie decide to steal beer from Rob’s room and pretend to drink it (but really they’re just dumping it into the ocean). Well while they’re doing this, Bruce comes home and catches them with beer. Pressed on how they got it, the girls lie and say that Rob gave it to them. So now, Rob’s in trouble for supplying 13 and 15 year old girls with beer. Mom Kris and Bruce confront Rob, fuming with anger for giving the girls alcohol. Rob neither confirms nor denies the accusation. He just takes what they lash at him. Later, the girls fess up and say they purposefully “threw Rob under the bus.” They give Rob a half-ass apology, and all is back to normal.
Scott, always the working man, continues to do business even while he’s on vacation. His newest collaboration – a vodka company. The owners of the vodka company decide to head to Bora Bora themselves to meet with Scott and discuss business. Kourtney catches wind of this and confronts Scott on his drinking. Scott adamantly denies any wrongdoing. He confesses that he does drink, but not irresponsibly like he used to. Kourtney, probably rightfully so, still has issue with the whole situation. Her way of handling it – incessant nagging…so much nagging that even the average viewer may want to change the channel for a bit to just not hear her talk.
It’s finally time for the family to leave Bora Bora, and Kris H. surprises Kim with a romantic sailing trip for the two of them. The next episode reveals the second surprise Kris H. has up his sleeve.
Kris H. invites Bruce for a round of golf. And it’s pretty unfortunate that this is the activity he chose because he really sucked at golfing. It’s here that Kris H. asks Bruce for Kim’s hand in marriage. Obviously, Bruce gives his consent. But when the two return home, Mom Kris approaches them about their day. And Bruce readily spills all clues of the upcoming proposal. So now, Mom Kris must be involved in all planning. Kris H. is surprisingly OK with it too. So Mom Kris and Kris H. meet Kim’s friend Jonathan from New York, who was supposed to bring them the engagement ring. Well, they meet with Jonathan, but there’s no ring. When the ring was insured, because of its value, the insurance agency required that the ring be shipped by a Brinks truck and it had to be delivered to a business. The business that Jonathan chooses: Dash. Mom Kris books it to Dash to receive the package personally, but gets there a little too late. Khloe signed for the package and questions her mom on what it is. Mom Kris comes up with some really bad lie and runs out of there. She successfully delivers the ring to Kris without incident.
But once the ring is in Kris’s hand, he questions whether or not he’s doing the right thing. After an argument with Kim about money and their future home, he’s not sure if he’s able to meet her high-priced vision for the future. He discusses this with his sister, who assures him Kim is the right one. He proposes on bended knee in Kim’s bedroom filled with rose petals, white candles and a message that reads “Will you marry me?” in roses. She walks in, and I don’t know if it’s just me but she doesn’t seem all that surprised. She seemed more surprised to see the size of the ring than to be proposed to. It makes me think she had an inkling that it was about to happen. Of course, she says yes, and of course, we’ll stay tuned to the special episode of Kim Kardashian’s Fairytale Wedding.