Reality Rundown: Real Housewives Of New York, Real World St. Thomas, Bering Sea Gold & Flipping Out

I’ve been following along with the Real Housewives of New York this season, but I don’t think I’ve been enjoying it. There’s just nothing else on now. The women are currently in St. Barths pretending to be friends. LuAnn slept with some dude but doesn’t want anyone to know. To hide this, she’s made up ridiculous lies that not only sound silly, but don’t match up to the facts the other women actually now. It’s pretty funny seeing her face when the dude shows up at the part the next night…and Sonja has sex with him. I’ve grown to like Carole, but I really wish she’d stop wearing clothes for kids, it makes her look desperate. Aviva is just too much. She loves stirring the pot when it has nothing to do with her, but when it’s her thing she freaks out. I get the idea that she has a very specific idea of what friendship is and these women don’t live up to that, but YOU’RE NOT REALLY FRIENDS! It’s a TV show, get over yourself. These broads don’t care that you came to the island, that it was very difficult for you or that your husband brought you there. Ramona’s Ramona. She’s reality TV gold for lots of people, but her schtick wore off for me a season or two back. I still find Sonja’s desperation unnerving. She’s a beautiful woman, but seeing her fall over herself to go after dudes is pretty gross. I felt bad for her when Aviva went bonkers on her. Lastly, we have Heather. My opinion of her changes as I go, but I don’t think too negatively of her. She seems to just be sitting back and wondering what the hell is going, which I can understand. This might be the last season of RHONY for me, don’t know how long I can keep up with these ladies.

This one will be even quicker. I realized something while watching this week’s episode of Real World St. Thomas: the editing has really screwed my perception of how this cast related to each other. All the previous episodes made me think that none of these people really liked each other. Trey was screwing with Laura, Marie was screwing with Robb, Swift got into it with LaToya (who seems to just want to be on TV) and then Brandon who just kind of hangs out. This episode saw Brandon getting kicked off for doing coke at a party with a girl which is fine, whatever, but it showed that these kids all actually do like each other. I know the drama is what drives ratings, but it would also be nice to know this cast actually dug each other.

Discovery really has done an amazing job of taking a job like mining and turning it into a gigantic TV franchise. I watched the original season of Bering Sea Gold which involved people on boats going out into the Alaskan waters and either digging or sucking up rocks and filtering them to get gold out of it. I’m not sure why it’s there, but it is, apparently. This new season ups the ante by doing all that stuff UNDER THE ICE. Swimming underwater with ice above me is one of my personal irrational fears, so there’s that bit of anxiety going on. The crews are also made up mostly of people who were on the first season who bring along their personal issues (daddy issues, unrequited love, lack of money, etc.). The third crew is actually all newcomers who don’t really know what they’re doing, so all that together should make for an interesting season. Not sure if I’ll be able to fit this one in my schedule with the new season starting, but we’ll see. I’m sure I’ll catch up when they do one of their mandatory marathons on the weekend.

Flipping Out is another returning favorite. I should hate Jeff Lewis, but I don’t, even when he’s being an obvious, sneaky jerk as he was in the season opener. It was pretty clear to me that Jeff was looking at the house he was building as the place he would settle down and raise kids and he kept making changes and holding things up because he’s not ready for that. To make up for it in his own mind, he skips all that and just buys another house without talking to his boyfriend at all. I thought that was pretty cold, even for him. I really don’t know how a guy like that could have a longterm relationship, especially a romantic one because that act has got to get old and quick.

Season Finale: Flipping Out

As I mentioned last week, I’ve been watching the hell out of some Bravo and my personal favorite show on there right now is Flipping Out. It’s about an obsessive house flipper-turned-interior designer named Jeff and the people who can stand to work with him.

This season was particularly interesting because Jeff had to deal with the crappy economy (something he handled impressively well, I have to say), but also a string of crummy contractors and some troubles with his former business partner Ryan. See, in addition to not trusting Ryan, Jeff is also close with Ryan and his boyfriend’s daughter Chloe.

I’ve seen various episodes from previous seasons (this is the third), but I think what I liked most about this season is the humanity that starts creeping through Jeff’s uber-perfectionist shell. He speaks openly about how the economy has changed his business, but also about Chloe and his regrets when it comes to his past relationship with Ryan (they used to date). It’s all very complicated and dramatic, but as I’ve discovered from being home for over a month now, you can easily catch up on any Bravo show at any time. This season’s only 10 episodes long and they’re only a half hour long, so it wouldn’t be too hard to catch up. I also have to admit, perhaps ashamedly that I share Jeff’s dark sense of humor, especially when he talks about accidentally spider bombing one of his clients (he couldn’t stop laughing about it and neither could I). Or when he calls party magicians a ring of sex offenders. I lost my shit.

Also, I have to profess my love of Jenni, Jeff’s long-suffering assistant. I don’t know how this woman has put up with him for as long as she has, but you can tell that they’re not just business associates, but friends. I also like how she’s so willing to bust a move regardless of time or place. Oh, and she looks almost exactly like Julia Louis-Dreyfus, which is strange. She’s an aspiring actress and here’s an embarrassing video from her past I found on YouTube!

As it is, the season ends on a bit of cliffhanger with Jeff and Ryan’s relationship still up in the air. We have no idea how they’re interacting now, but the footage they showed in the commercial for the reunion special makes it look like things get pretty heated. We shall see!