It was the Greek writer Sophocles who first expressed the idea that led to the phrase: DON'T KILL THE MESSENGER (in ancient times messengers with bad news were toast).
Jeru's unspoken firing of Jeff Lewis was for me to deliver because of a third party supermarket encounter of the informative kind. Fearing Jeff had not read Sophocles recently, I saw myself sliced and diced as I had last dealt with the now vanished client.
I worried there would be blood and then sighed with relief that I did not present the door upside down...it was that kind of week!
We have a visiting infant, jackhammers at Casa Vega, and Zoila holding her ground with Jeff and giving child care tips.
The door is now right side up and next week we are in NYC!
Will Casa Vega serve me my last supper?
Dreaming of skinny margaritas!
I love L.A.!!!
Jenni, I sure hate to see you take the heat so often. Jeff needs to be nicer to you.
I'm a long-time freelance graphic designer, working from a home office now, but I had an agency the size of Jeff Lewis Design for a number of years— I got tired, sold the agency, and now just work with a handful of clients.
When Jeru fired Jeff, it was because Jeff did not do his homework. He now has a couple of things working against him, and he needs to compensate for them quickly. First, and I think Jeff finally recognized it on the show last night, he's getting customers who want the bragging rights of having a Jeff Lewis Design home, yet they don't want to pay the Jeff Lewis Design fee that's commensurate with Jeff's level of expertise. It was telling that Jeru hired a "builder" rather than a "designer" after he let Jeff go. He should have gone this route from the first, and Jeff should have found this out in pre-screening. Jeru was not the right kind of client for JLD from the beginning, and the only reason Jeff should feel bad about that at all, is that he didn't know it before he started the demo.
The second issue Jeff has working against him now, is that there are those who want to hire him so they can get on TV. He's going to have to learn to screen for this—I'm sure he has to already be aware of this, right? I can't remember which house he's doing the kitchen remodel on for the two ladies, but why did they even hire him? It seems to me like they already knew what they wanted the kitchen to be, so why did they hire Jeff? Was it to get validation that they're as good or better than Jeff? Maybe they wanted to use "designed by Jeff Lewis" as a feature when selling the home. Or, maybe it was because they just wanted to get on TV. I'm guessing the latter.
I had this very thing in my agency. When I wrote my mission statement I specifically stated it was my goal to only do high-end work. Not that there's anything wrong with doing the more plentiful mainstream work, I just wanted clients who were discriminating, and willing to pay for it. I achieved my goal by politely offering to refer potential clients that didn't fit the bill to other designers, even if I needed the money. What this did was to sort out the potential clients who had the money but didn't want to spend it, from the ones who did not have the money. More often than not the folks I offered to refer came back—only willing to pay what it cost, then.
Nightclubs use screening all the time, letting only a portion of those (the pretty ones,) in line in, thereby creating a feeding frenzy. When a business, in this case JLD, only take on a few of the high-end jobs, potential clients will come out of the woodwork trying to prove that THEY are a Jeff Lewis Design-worthy client. Good paychecks only follow that!
If JLD is in chaos because of too many jobs who's fault is that? It's not the customer's fault, and it's certainly not the fault of the support staff. Jeff has to manage his business, not let the business manage him.
Good luck Jenni, you're awesome!
I agree with Bobby D! The dynamic between Jenni and Jeff is what keeps us watching. Bravo give her a raise or change the show to Jenni & Jeff Flipping Out. You are very talented Jenni and Jeff saw that in you. He has great taste!
Jenni, I love watching the show and I love the way that you handle yourself with Jeff. I know that he seems lke a very difficult person to work for but I know he would be lost without you. As far as that Jeru goes, I could tell right off the bat he was just using Jeff for his ideas. His body language told it all. He was a just playing Jeff all along. He had no means of affording what Jeff was going to do for him. What a loser. Then not even to have the balls to tell Jeff to face that he went with someone else. I hope Jeff is right and the guy gets his in the end and pays out the wazoo to his new contractor. Keep up the great work and I can't wait for next week.
Jenni...give us all the receipe on how to deal with difficult bosses; you seem to handle Jeff and as a matter of fact the entire staff with such ease and grace...not too many flip outs from you, but a whole lotta class...
You are such a great talent!!! As the other writers have said, would love to see more of you. Where have you been? Sarah is nice and all that but no comparison to your entertaining personality. And by the way, I happen to like the jumpsuit you were wearing...if you got it, flaunt it...that's my motto. Jeff's just jealous that he can't work a jumpsuit like you can girl so keep working it, lol.
You and Jeff are one of the best, off the cuf, comedy team I have seen in a long time. He should be careful not to lose you b/c he just may lose the show. I hope he realize that you have helped to create a lot of his success with the show. I am not sure if he gives you enough credit for that.
I also hope all your dreams come true b/c viewers can certainly see that you have a great, big, genuine heart. And best of luck in your new relationship. I hope this is your year Jenni.
Thanks for being so wonderful and making me laugh,
Val from Ft Lauderdale
i JUST LOVE YOU!!! I think you are amazing! You are sweet, kind, thoughtful, caring, intelligent, and very easygoing with Jeff. How you do it, I don't know! I just love to watch your face when Jeff says something silly. Anyway, I hope Flipping Out lasts forever!!!
Jenni you rock! I just love watching you on the show. Just watched this week’s with cheesy Arte de Mexico guy. I was dying laughing when you said “When I tell Jeff bad news, he just starts yelling..and vomiting…and etc. You’re so funny. You make the show! Love you!
Please get your own show! Please! Jenni, you are the whole sha-bang, a total star! Love you too Zoila and Jett, love that baby! Want to see even more design tips!
S-Class/E-Class Jenni, I've been watching the show since the very first episode and I'm a HUGE fan but this season there's something noticeably wrong with the editing. In this episode, you're on the phone with Jeru. The outside of the car you're driving is an S-Class from the front and the back but the inside is a new E-Class. What's up with that?? Jeff is shown at the beginning of the episode running from one project to another, but each scene he's wearing a different shirt. Really? All on the same day? Come on, your real fans notice these things.