I got a little caught up yesterday with $400 haircuts and staring at Bunny Mellon’s not so grey gardens, so I’m trying to catch up with the the ladies and gentlemen who live behind the gates at Coto. It looks like Vicki Gunvalson is working very hard at trying to convince us just how fabulous her life is now that she is getting a divorce from Donn. Maybe it’s me, but it seems that Vicki is trying just a little too hard. I’m really not seeing what she is in this new love of her life, Brooks Ayers.
Vicki made a few very sarcastic remarks about Gretchen’s many careers, and said that she was a jack of all trades, master of none. Maybe our very busy insurance broker should choose her words a little more carefully, and, just perhaps, she should take a closer look at her own life. Don’t take this as my declaration of any sort of sympathy towards Gretchen. She’s living with Slade and that pretty much sums up how much common sense she possesses. What I’m referring to is that Brooks Ayers could very well fit the description Vicki used for Gretchen.
Mr. Ayers has had about as many careers as any of the so-called entrepreneurs of this and almost all of the cast mates on the Houswewives franchises. With a few Google searches, one can find Brooks Ayers has been employed as a banker, a marketing strategist, a medical supplier, a hospital consultant, and, now, apparently, he is following his beloved into the insurance field.* Oh, and I think he’s a spokesperson for Hallmark cards. None of this would really matter if Vicki hadn’t been so quick to call out Gretchen on her myriad business ventures, making them sound as if they were character flaws.
To this extent, Vicki is acting and sounding a lot like Caroline Manzo. Both women are very good at pointing out every else’s problems as if neither had a care in the world. I wrote my take about Caroline just a couple of days ago, so I won’t rehash it here. Vicki, on the other hand, is so busy criticizing everyone else that she didn’t even notice when her own family simply drifted away from her – throwing up their hands and moving on with their own separate lives. I hope, for the sake of her family and her own future, that Brooks does not turn out to be what many of us suspect he is – another version of Slade.
I also have to say that I am completely confused by Jim Bellino. I watched his conversation with Alexis, in his office, regarding what career path, if any, she should choose. That’s what spouses are suppose to do – they should always be the ones we turn to for advice, counsel, support and honesty. They have our backs and should do more than just tell us what we want to hear. That isn’t what is causing me to wonder about Jim Bellino – it’s what he is trying to tell us.
Mr. Bellino has taken to writing a blog which began with this new Season. It is along the lines of a member of the Republican party explaining to us what President Obama said in a State of the Union Address. He wants us to know that we’re not seeing the whole story, that the big picture is being lost on the cutting room floor. We’ve seen other Housewives, and House Husbands, for that matter, do the same thing on Twitter, Facebook, Bravo blogs or their own websites. Jim Bellino uses his blog to call out the other women when he perceives that his wife has been tormented by them. To that extent, I’ll give him credit for being a good husband.
I have just one issue with that little talk with his wife in his office. He told her that she should consider what was important to her, and which, if any of her careers, would be good for her and still allow her to fulfill her familial duties. He mentioned that she should think about whether she could manage being a wife, mother, part-time Fox5 personality and dress designer – all things that she said she loved doing. What he didn’t mention was the one thing that he constantly complains about and writes blogs about. He didn’t say anything about BravoTV and his wife’s role on the Real Housewives. If he is really that upset with how they are portrayed and how cruel the other women are to his wife, shouldn’t this television show have been first on his list of things to consider quitting? Maybe that part ended up on the cutting room floor, too.