Jeff Lewis

Jeff plans on bringing Zoila on all future flights, just in case the pilot dies and someone needs to fly the plane.

on Aug 25, 20100

Our rough plane flight back from northern California was a little unnerving, especially for poor Sarah who already suffers from aerophobia. We hit some turbulence and in an effort to change our altitude, the pilot came very close to another plane. Now I am no pilot, but I'm pretty sure that's a "no-no" in Aviation Junior College. I liked our pilot, but he did strike me as a little old. I also thought I smelled alcohol on his breath, but then I realized it was me. And where the hell was our co-pilot? If our pilot were to die of old age in the air, who would land the plane? I longed for Zoila. In a crisis, she'd safely land that plane twenty minutes early and make me a dirty martini while doing it. Granted she would complain the entire time repeating, "Jeffrey, I'm not a pilot, I'm a housekeeper."

Sarah had descended into a full-blown panic, and I did my best to calm her by sending a series of text messages to her phone. She did not respond well to my efforts of comfort, and when the cockpit alarms went off, she literally jumped out of her seat into Trace's lap. I even started to get nervous. I worried that with one parachute on board, what was everyone else going to do? Fortunately we landed safely, although I don't think Sarah will be getting over her fear of flying anytime soon… if ever.

Near death experiences really make you appreciate the positive things in your life. Trace continues to prove his talent and has been a great addition to JLD. My employees and I have an eccentric and quirky family dynamic that doesn't appeal to everyone, but over time Trace has shown that he is as dysfunctional as the rest of us.

63 comments
Morgan1104
Morgan1104

Jeff Lewis You had better be nice to Zoila!!!! Stop picking on her  she's not as young as she was when she started working for you!!!! I think she puts up with a lot from you!  You would be almost impossible to work for so lighten up on Zoila!!!

wietog
wietog

Zoila worked 7 days a week for 11 years???

Are you serious? Can that be true?

sherbabes
sherbabes

Jeff: Zoila is a Peach and Tiger! Don't turn your back on her! I love her personality. She doesn't put up with your crap and that's pretty funny. I love watching the two of you interact. You compliment each other in a good, yet disfunctional way. I'm sure you already know this, but she's a keeper even if she takes a nap during the day. She's definitely an asset to you and the show. I thought it was so awesome that you bought her a new GD dress.

I just started watching your show last week and I'm hooked. It was totally different than I thought it would be. I seriously thought you only renovated one house every 3 months which is why I wasn't interested. I'm pleased to see all the different projects you tackle at once. I'm going to watch every episode that I missed online to catch up. Jenni is also clearly a great part of your life.

Kudos. Best wishes, Sherri

Maureen716
Maureen716

Casey3 many people can relate to losing a loved pet. Mine was attacked by neighbors pitbulls and I had to put him down they tore him up so bad. I never knew I could cry that hard. I cried to for weeks and reading your post made me cry for you. Hope you are feeling better.

Christine11
Christine11

Like your show Jeff-you are great this season as you are allowing your great sense of humor to shine through. But, you need to get rid of Sarah-she does not fit in with your company. Her valley girl slang and the constant gum chomping is unprofessional. I know she is family but..................

Cantwait
Cantwait

I really didn't want to like this show but when I watched it, I like it...I thought, "oh no" not another flip show...similar to the ones HGtv used to air...I mean honestly, in this market, who is doing that? But I really like to watch the interaction of all things, between you and Zoila...I love her broken english way of putting you in your place, and your deadpan comments to her that is meant to injure, but they are taken with an air of love and acceptance....One thing I don't see, however, is how Trace is going to take over for you one day if that ever has to happen....I don't see his personality really being much like yours at all, even though he may not like to be touched, the two of you seem to be completely opposite people....I believe if he says something negative to a person, they will take it that way, but I have no idea how you can do it and appear endearing....go figure...not many of us can tell a housekeeper that she is lazy and not get slapped or cut.....you got a gift..

karentc
karentc

Since another show is on tonight and you have not printed your blog from last weeks show, I'll comment on this one! You were great with Mason I think you will make a great Mom!! LOL If we don't get two blogs in the next week I might have to rethink my TV schedule on Tuesday nights!

CaliforniaViewer
CaliforniaViewer

I don't think people give Sarah enough credit. Maybe she forgets things a lot which reduces her administrative assistant value, but she gets a big burst in value in her ability to deal with and tolerate Jeff. I don't personally know any top notch executive assitants that would put up with Jeff for long. I love you Jeff but I would not want to work for you no matter the pay.

CaliforniaViewer
CaliforniaViewer

I agree with the other person that there is nothing wrong with a little squirt of water in the rear of the face. It gets their attention and gets them to stop doing what they are doing. It is much more humane to squirt your pets with a little water than making your employees pee into containers!

nichole079
nichole079

Love you, love your show and I want a Zoila of my own? Can i clone her please??

David Begs
David Begs

Jeff, you crack me up - I learned all of my 'employee punishments' from you!

NYBen20
NYBen20

You are fantastic,but you don't need me to tell you that. I love the show and love what you do. If you are looking for a publicist, I am your man.

Can't wait for the next show, -- Ben from NY

Dianne from PA
Dianne from PA

Jeff, If business every drops off, I think you should sell "The Jeff Lewis Experience". Have people pay YOU to work for you, be brow-beaten and talked down to. Make them pick up dog poop, pee in plastic containers, know no boundaries, and arrange furniture within fractions of inches in placement. I'd pay for it! Seriously, I would. I wish to be like Jeff Lewis. That's strange to say because I was really OCD years ago and was a lot like you. If a visitor scuffed my pure white floors with their shoes, I would literally get a nervous tick in my eye and couldn't stop looking at that scuff, just counting the minutes until that guest would leave so I could clean up that scuff! It made all of my friends uncomfortable. I'm much better now, but still wish I had the means to be as much of a perfectionist as you are. I say "have the means" because I'm in the middle of a re-hab of an old victorian house and I have to do it in stages. I hate on-going projects and want things done YESTERDAY! I'm really going crazy looking at all the things that have yet to be accomplished. I just dwell on what is NOT perfect. I guess that makes me an "imperfectionist". Keep up the good work!

ish
ish

You seem much happier this season. I am so happy for you. You make me smile and laugh at my TV.

The Greek
The Greek

Jeff: You totally remind me of one of my best friend. He is seriously your twin. It would be an absolute trip to have you guys in the same room together. Trace has Aspergers, 100% for sure. He really needs some social skills therapy from a language pathologist. I have one that could work wonders with him. Maybe he's talented; I haven't really seen that aspect, but his personality is so flat that I can't image hiring him to do anything, really. Sorry. Zoila & Jenni crack me up. Love them.

buffdaddy
buffdaddy

Jeff pretty good episode. You crack me up with creepy Arte de Mexico guy. You’re right, they have the responsibility to have a door that they’re selling to you right side up. I’d be a bit bothered as well. On a side note, you and Sarah seem to be too aware of the camera in the car at times. Just a FYI.

212Viewer
212Viewer

Jeff Lewis .... YOU ROCK!!! love, love, love your show...JUST A WHOLE LOTTA REALITY AND FUNNY TOO...btw have a baby by any means necessary; he/she would be awsome...

Casey3
Casey3

PLEASE POST..... I had to have my precious dog put to sleep last tuesday evening. I dvr'd your show that night as I was too distraught to watch anything as you can imagine. I watched the next day and you managed to make me smile..God bless you! This has been the worst week of my life and I have cried rivers every day. (I know you understand as you are a dog lover too), but only you and my 2 grandsons can actually make me laugh out loud...Thank you so much for that ! I will be a forever fan of your work and your show..God Bless You !!

Ambria
Ambria

i'm sorry, but squirting the animals with a spray bottle once or twice when they do something bad is INCREDIBLY humane. a little bit of water in the face or rear does not hurt them but it relates bad behavior with bad memories so they avoid that behavior in the future. it does not mean they don't love their pets or even mistreat them in any way. ITS WATER

Dee Pittsburgh
Dee Pittsburgh

Jeff, when you hold the baby your entire facial expression changes to "sheer bliss." I hope that you will have your own son or daughter someday. If that is not in the cards, perhaps you could adopt some kids that have had it rough in life. You have so much to offer . Your happiness will come in having a family. You are a natural with children. In them you will find the happiness you are lacking. WIshing you the best and hoping you will allow yourself to love some deserving kids. Money is great, however nothing brings joy like having children. I have three 23, 25, and 27. They have made me feel emotions I never thought I was capable of feeling. They have healed me Jeff, that is why I advise you to consider this. There is even the Big Brother/Big Sister programs. You would be wonderful to share you talents with kids.Keep that baby on your lap all the time, he brings out the best in you......D

BAMA  GIRL
BAMA GIRL

Jeff,

I wait all year for your show. All the Housewives and all the Chef's have nothing on you and your crew. When I read your Blog it always makes me LOL. You even seem alittle less stressed this season. Can't wait till next week.

mommy2threebeautifulkids
mommy2threebeautifulkids

Jeff, You truly are my dream man. - Handsome - Insanely witty - CLEAN - Love dogs - You have a maid! - And you wouldn't pester me for sex since I am a woman. I am so in love.

Mary Delaney
Mary Delaney

Sarah needs to quit chewing gum. Even watching her chew on TV is annoying. I can't believe you would allow her to be so unprofessional around clients.

FYI
FYI

Hello Jeff! It's 11:33pm and I have no idea if I'm watching the most recent episode, but you were just holding a baby with a unibrow, and I wanted to help. I am a new mom of a 15 month old, adorable girl, but when she was first born, she had hair on her forehead, lower back and shoulders. I thought, this is unacceptable, and addressed my concerns with her doctor. Apparently it's normal and it will fall out around 12 months. Who knew?! So as tempting as it is, don't sneak a pluck! And tell Zoila and that kid to hold the baby while they feed him vs. having him lay on his back or putting a pillow in the crib! What the hell!

judie Miller
judie Miller

PLEEEEEZ tell Sarah to get rid of the gum! I am surprised that Jeff hasn't told her yet. That looks so unprofessional!

JuniperBerry
JuniperBerry

Hey Jeff,

An executive assistant must have intellectual heft; must intimately understand the business; must intuit what you need almost before you do; must always act professionally; and must have a commanding personality in order to deal with all the construction people; and must be commanding enough to be able to react with the clients in your stead and have them trust her or him. Sarah is cute, but not even close to the job you're hoping she can handle. Jeff, sorry, but all the training in the world.... Your family should understand that Sarah is simply not a good fit. She will not only not help your business grow, but she could deter that growth, and she certainly makes your life more, not less, difficult.

JuniperBerry
JuniperBerry

Hey Jeff,

An executive assistant must have intellectual heft; must intimately understand the business; must intuit what you need almost before you do; must always act professionally; and must have a commanding personality in order to deal with all the construction people; and must be commanding enough to be able to react with the clients in your stead and have them trust her or him. Sarah is cute, but not even close to the job you're hoping she can handle. Jeff, sorry, but all the training in the world.... Your family should understand that Sarah is simply not a good fit. She will not only not help your business grow, but she could deter that growth, and she certainly makes your life more, not less, difficult.

JuniperBerry
JuniperBerry

Hey Jeff,

An executive assistant must have intellectual heft; must intimately understand the business; must intuit what you need almost before you do; must always act professionally; and must have a commanding personality in order to deal with all the construction people; and must be commanding enough to be able to react with the clients in your stead and have them trust her or him. Sarah is cute, but not even close to the job you're hoping she can handle. Jeff, sorry, but all the training in the world.... Your family should understand that Sarah is simply not a good fit. She will not only not help your business grow, but she could deter that growth, and she certainly makes your life more, not less, difficult.

iheartyr
iheartyr

As usual Jeff, I am truly enjoying this latest season. I think you have really come into your own with the design business-and its nice to see you having this success after everything that went down with Ryan. This may not be your ideal work, but I think you made a smart move with the design aspect during these horrible economic times. I hope you'll be back to flipping more homes soon! I continue to love your interraction with your employees. It reminds me a lot of how I am at work with mine. There's nothing wrong with a little tough love and dysfunction! Although, I have soft spot for Jenni-be a little less hard on her, and more hard on Sarah! Jenni may make mistakes here and there but she seems to be a little more "with it" than Sarah. (Although Sarah is very likeable too). Anyway, thanks for your blog and for your great show (truly one of the best reality shows ever). As a viewer, I appreciate your honesty and candor. And I love your interractions with Trace. I think he's really going to benefit from working alongside you. I hope one day I have enough money to hire you to help with my future home! You are great!

Loyal Viewer
Loyal Viewer

Sarah needs to go. She makes your office seem unprofessional. Give Jenni a raise, quick!

Ashley, Florida
Ashley, Florida

You kill me with those silly outfits you make your staff wear, LOL!

Junko
Junko

Jeff, I would be so fortunate to live in a Jeff Lewis house. Your clients are so lucky. I admire your insistence on doing the job right -- up to your high standards. I'm so glad you discovered and fixed the sabotage perpetrated by your former partner. How slimy was that?

Here's the thing about adorable Sarah. Your executive assistant, your right arm, has to have several qualities: intellectual heft; knowledge about construction; knowing what you want before you do; and a commanding personality to deal with contractors and clients. Jeff, all the training in the world....

You have high hopes for Trace in the future. Trace may be useful to you because he is talented, but he needs some social skills. That doesn't mean hugging everyone in sight, but listening skills and a certain warmth toward the client. Hope he can cultivate those.

I think you are terrific, and feel protective toward you. I like Zoila, but don't like how she talks about you. Sarah is cute, but.... And Trace -- he needs more than just talent, and he needs to appreciate what you are doing for him. There must be hundreds of talented young people from design schools who are also personable.

Love ya Jeff!

TexanViewer
TexanViewer

You are just too hysterical! Love, love, love you and the show. Be nice to Jenni and Zoila. You KNOW you'd be lost without them. You're adorable, quirks and all! (...and cute as can be)

Chris M
Chris M

Well, I just found out from Emily and Nancy that the question I asked in my previous comment isn't even accurate, because the Valley Oak floor is all wood, no tile. So, I'm a moron, and never mind. Although, I do love the flooring. So, there. And I don't see my previous comment here, anyway, so if it didn't post, never mind.

you rock! Chris

Chris M
Chris M

Hi. I have a Spanish-style bungalow in Monrovia. And I am watching your 'Barb's dogs episode', and there's a shot of the tile floor at Valley Oak and I have to have it. Is that just ridiculous for a Spanish-style bungalow? We have wood floors throughout. But our kitchen has oak cabinets and French doors, and really needs some help, but mostly, that Valley Oak floor would change EVERYTHING in our lives.

Can a floor switch from wood to tile in the span of a threshold? I mean, we have cheap-ass fake linoeum stuff in the kitchen right now, and if we can switch from wood to that over a threshold, then we can certainly switch from wood to that gorgeous tile. What kind of tile is that and where do I get it? You don't have to tell me if it's a big damn secret, but I LOVE IT, and you, too, big guy.

I have a question about our ceilings, but I'll ask that later.

Respectfully, Chris

p.s. I think girl urine would have worked just as well, and you could have gotten some help with the sheer volume needed. And Zoila needs to relax about getting urine on her clothes for five seconds, because urine is sterile!

smooches!

Caligirl8888
Caligirl8888

You are me as a gay man!! I 100% get it!!! I am soooo glad you are doing another season, who else could I relate to as much as you!! BTW - I Love Sarah!! She brings a goofyness that I appreciate :) Cant wait for more!!! Jena

kathy'ssharpeis
kathy'ssharpeis

luv your personality! people are cool but u and your dogs rule! OCD to! wish u were out here on east coast too!(in person)!

Maggie Mae
Maggie Mae

You are hysterically funny and I love Jenni and the rest of the "crew". Why isn't Jenni on air as much this season? LOVE to all the critters too and please keep the laughs coming...

Becka
Becka

:( I missed this episode. Might be time to rethink this whole "college" thing. I mean, who really needs higher education anyway, right?

msbc
msbc

I love this show! Flipping Out is so entertaining and informative! Sarah is cutesies, Trace has nice hair and it's fun to watch as he becomes more savvy his work with you, Jennie is so carefree and unafraid to be herself (even to the extent of wearing super tight jumpers!), your humor is great... I love that you give all your employees such a hard time but it's cool because they know you'll do anything to take care of them and help them out, and Zoila is hilarious!...I want to get a pug and name it Zoila because she deserves to be honored in such a way (sadly my apt. doesn't permit dogs otherwise that would already be done!), and Jett, well I don't know much about him but he has a cute kid! Anyway I love this show!

lurch59
lurch59

I agree Sarah is no Jenni - Jenni needs to be on the air more !!

Irasema O'Sullivan
Irasema O'Sullivan

Hey Jeff you are...... I love your show! your are the greatest.... Hey I would like to see Zoila get a boyfriend and have a romance for her . She is longly in that big house of yours. I love when u pronounce the way Zoila pronounces her English. Great show. Bless you.

LindafromFlorida
LindafromFlorida

Jeff...sorry but Sarah will never replace Jenni....she doesnt have the personality of Jenni or the smarts. This girl needs to be told things how many times????????? If I did that when I was doing office work I would have been fired!!!!

moona
moona

Thanks for the laughs!!! I love your show!

Christy O
Christy O

My favorite show and my favorite gay! I'd love to be your hag any day! :)

fanofjeff
fanofjeff

Oh Jeff...I just love your sense of humor..you make me chuckle and I love your show...All the best to you..!!

Patti S
Patti S

jeff, you undeeresrimate Zolia. She is not trAined to take care of your dogs. Get a professional to help- you. I have dogs and cats and horses. I love my animals, whicfh i feel you do too. Get rid of the spray bottle, there are more humane methods out there.

Treat them with love and kindness alomg with discipline. Love the show, Keep it up I will watch every weekl.

Patti S
Patti S

I keep trying to blog, but I never get anywhere. I have yet to see anything posted so far. My blogis totally respectfull anf doesn't have any profanity.

So why have my posts not been published. i ust wAnt to see my opinion on the post.