Live And Learn

Andy's "Monumental Meltdown"

Jenni Battles Lewd Snowmen

Jenni: "Crab Meat is Flying!"

Zoila was Kidnapped by "Inappropriate Aliens"

Gage and the Gramercy Drama

Jenni: Alianna is a Miracle

Jenni Talks Mini Cat Doors, Giant Paint Cans

Jeff's In-House Telenovela

Mammary Madness at Jeff Lewis Design

Jenni Talks Rough Nipples and Roller-Skating

Jeff Lewis Reflects on Monkey

Jeff and the L Word

"I Did Not Lie to Jeff."

Gage Doesn't Trust Andrew

Gage and Zoila's Endless Teasing

Jenni: Dreams Do Come True

Zoila's Tear-Filled Therapy Session

Jeff's New Boyfriend

Twist! Jeff Forgives Andrew - Ep 5

Jeff's Cockpit and Andy's Lying

Inspector Jeffrey

Andy, Andy, Andy

There is a Time and a Place

Workplace Etiquette

Jeff Lewis, Wedding Planner

Who's the Bitch?

My Wedding Heaven Meets Jeff's Cash Calculations

The Vagina Monologues

Get Your Kicks on Route Season 6


Grammercy Gardens

Rapping Up Season 5

Truck Gas

Jeff Wants to be a Paint Star

Hey, You Never Know...

Queen of the House

We Talk to the Animals

Hanky Panky and Stinky Pink

Lupe, Lupe, Lupe!

Not Getting the Whole Big Apple

Live And Learn

Jeff Lewis dishes on the infamous Zoila portrait!

In this episode, I closed the door on Courtney and the Hancock Park project and was immediately introduced to and subsequently hired by the Lassners. It was a different world working with the Lassners compared with Courtney, whose intense fear of making a mistake had paralyzed her. Courtney just couldn't make a decision, which ironically turned out to be the worst mistake of all. When she asked me to hire a sewer contractor and then dumped her anger on me concerning his estimate, I realized she was simply unable to get out of her own way or to get her unrealistic expectations under control. I refused to continue being treated badly or becoming her fall guy, so I quit and moved on -- a great decision on my part.

While I began a satisfying remodel for the Lassners, it was time to let go of the Ben Lomond house. I listed the pros and cons of holding the property as I grappled with my disappointment at having passed up two very good offers. I realized that I'd missed the window for making a profit on that house, so I decided to sell it at a loss and use the equity to invest in another income property. There are times when cutting your losses and making them up on the next home is a scary but logical decision.

On the domestic scene, it was my housekeeper, Zoila's, birthday, and instead of giving her the day off (like she requested), I commissioned a painting of her from a local artist. I wanted her birthday to be special and I thought I'd come up with an idea for the perfect gift. In usual Jeff Lewis fashion, I meant well, but what I'd hoped would be a reasonable rendition of Zoila, turned out to be a disaster. Everyone thought that in the painting, she looked disgruntled, old, and out of sorts. Zoila called it "ugly!" Needless to say, she was unhappy and so I had it retouched. When I added up the cost of the original painting and the redo, it would have been cheaper to give her what she wanted in the first place -- the day off. Live and learn -- which is exactly what I'll be doing in Episode Three as I use some pretty unorthodox methods to find out what's really going on when I'm not around.