Everyone who was present during this reunion is nuts, each in their own way, but nuts still the same – and that includes Andy Cohen. There isn’t one of them that is smart enough, humble enough or honest enough to take a good hard look at themselves, check their respective egos at the door and even try to see how foolish they all look, act and sound. The only good thing that came out of this reunion episode was an attack on Andy by a kamikaze bird. Whoever paid that little guy to swoop in and do to Andy what so many of us wish we could do is deserving of “Mazel of the Year”. So for that, we thank sparrows everywhere.
The term hypocrite came up, more than once and directed at more than one of the women. Vicki took most of the hits for the accusation, but she has more than enough company in that category. Brooks is a deadbeat dad. So is Slade. Vicki and Gretchen want us to believe otherwise, but we’ve seen and read enough to know better. If either of these poor excuses for fathers are anywhere close to making things right by their children, it is because two foolish women have been writing some large checks. If Vicki and Gretchen continue to profess their love for these men, then they deserve whatever happens to them in the future. There will be no long-lasting relationships for these couples unless having one’s love tank filled is the same thing as having joint bank accounts, a place to live and a car to drive, for free.
I found it a little odd that Vicki is fighting the idea that Donn should receive spousal support. The man accepted, raised and loved her two children as his own. Those children, from all appearances, love and respect him. Vicki admits that she was distant from him during their relationship – especially after she found Brooks – preferring to be at work until all hours of the night. She also says that nearly clawed Donn’s new girlfriend’s eyes out, but wants everyone to accept Brooks, while she picks up his tab. I think Donn deserves not only spousal support, but hazardous duty pay.
Heather loves to talk about teaching moments, particularly when she is directing her comments to Alexis. She wants Alexis to listen to the advice that the other women are offering in order to see the errors of her ways. According to Heather, and her backup singers, Alexis is phony and pretentious – this from a woman who called in the National Guard because someone broke a bow on a cake. I’m not sure I’d be listening to much she has to say either if I had to listen to her constant references about “champs”. That isn’t pretentious at all.
While we’re still having the intervention for Alexis, which, apparently, didn’t end in Costa Rica, Tamra, always the voice of reason, tells Alexis that she agrees with Gretchen and Heather. To put a finer point on their harangue, the trio come up with some stories about how badly Alexis treats the production crew at Bravo and the clerks at Nordstrom’s. We have no way of knowing if any of this is true or not because we haven’t seen any of it on the show. What we have seen is Heather, the up and coming restaurateur, complain about how menus are handed to her, and how the food is either too large or never cooked right. Bravo is pretty good at editing things for emphasis, good and bad. I would think that if they wanted to show us that Alexis is mean to people, we would’ve had hours of footage by now.
There’s something else going on between Vicki and Tamra that caused them to breakup. What we’ve seen doesn’t make any sense. Their situations at present should have given them even more reason to stay friends. The jewelry swapping between Tamra and Gretchen is about as real as Vicki suddenly befriending Alexis. There couldn’t be two women more different than Vicki and Alexis. I mean, really, what do they talk about – insurance, religion, Hallmark cards? Then again, this the HWs and we don’t know what the word friendship even means to these women.
Just a little observation and complaint from this peanut gallery. Andy Cohen should try to be fair about what is and isn’t appropriate and offensive when it comes to his guests and cast members. I’m far from prudish, but letting Tamra call Alexis “Jesus Jugs” and then repeating it is really not right. It’s no less offensive to some of us than when Juicy Joe uses the word “faggot”, or Rich Wakile utters the term “muff-diving”. Some of Andy’s guests, including Juicy, Teresa, Danielle and even Marlo, have been made to apologize for that type of language while others are given a free pass. I understand that Andy’s intellectual maturity is stuck somewhere around that of an eighth grader, but an offense by one is an offense by all, with the same rules, judgments and punishments applied equally across the board.
Next week, Andy and the ladies will be joined by Brianna and Brooks for part two of the reunion. I hope the bird shows up, too – and then writes a tell-all book.