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Episode 2:'s Assistant Editor counts down this week's top three moments.

Greetings, Jeff Lewis junkies and Flipping Out fanatics! In the spirit of Jeff's need to simplify, I'll be selecting the top three moments from each episode. And if you disagree with my choices, well... share your personal picks in the comments.

No. 3: Bee-mused

Jenni's tussle with a bee took the No. 3 spot, mostly because I am now mystified by Jenni's hair. Does she use some sort of super sticky product? Are her curls so tight that the bee really couldn't escape even after whipping her hair back and forth? (Maybe this is what Willow Smith really had in mind when she penned that song.) Jeff even had to pull over the car so Trace could swat it out of her luscious, Grecian locks. 

And of course Jeff just laughed the whole time.

No. 2: Double Flip

This week we got the first full-fury flip out of the season. And it was a two-for-one affair. Jeff really laid into Zoila for being late. Never blame the traffic for tardiness at JLD or you'll end up having Jeff shouting, "This is LA. There's traffic everywhere!" I have to admit, kind of seemed like a valid point. At least in New York if you say you're late because a fight broke out on your subway train, no one bats an eye. 

But then just when Sarah thinks she's safe from getting yelled at for once, Jeff tells her she needs to stop lying about being late as well. Definitely was not Sarah's episode. 

Side Note: Is it weird that I just kept envisioning Teresa's epic double slap on Passions (look that up on YouTube if you haven't seen it).

No. 1: How to Get a Job at JLD

Unsurprisingly the intern hiring process at Jeff Lewis Design is not exactly HR friendly. First off there's the photo requirement so Jeff (and the rest of the staff) can make sure the person is cute. Or looks like a stripper. Is this just a common design intern criteria? Cast your mind back to the episode of Million Dollar Decorators where Jeffrey wanted to hire one of the waiters at a party as an intern because he was attractive. Design experience evidently always takes a back seat to being a hottie.

Don't be afraid to list seemingly unrelated talents/skills/family perks on your resume. That one intern managed to make up for her lateness (which as we know from moment No. 2 does not go over well with Jeff) by revealing she has access to unlimited free tequila thanks to her family business. I think if she had said she used to be a bartender and can make specialty margaritas and martinis, she would have sealed the deal. 

And of course many interns later, no one is hired. Maybe they're holding out for someone who can get them free vodka?

The team is going to need the help though, since next week Jeff's client shortens his deadline from three months to one. 

Jenni: "Crab Meat is Flying!"

Jenni dishes on the Lewis family food fight and the session with Dr. Donna.


At Gramercy Jeff is having naughty night nurse fantasies...
…about who is at my house, which he is happily sharing with the office.
The present state of my private parts is a cheery office topic.
No, no, and NO!
I am serving notice -- there is a new Jenni in town.
The out of control office antics have given a stern face to HR.

Jeff's paint line is flying off the shelves
Will more workers be needed at Jeff Lewis Design?

Lisa and Gary's Calabasas landscaping is a multiple choice challenge.
People need to agree.
Lisa wants us out, but we have plants to place, then plants to move, see the vision, and place somewhere else.
It's all about being specific.
Phase 2, which Lisa said would never happen…
Never say never.
We love you, Lisa!

Jeff doesn't stop encouraging Zoila to twerk at Gramercy. 
He also comments on my current size, shape, and choice of outfit.
Jeffrey is expanding into the area of fashion consultant.
I love my belt, Jeffrey.Chaz Dean's remodel at La Mirada needs to be cold.
The budget for this job is frozen.
Mark the contractor however is feeling the heat.

Andrew is put in charge of applying the "get it done now" pressure.
At La Mirada he finds the contractor MIA and the workers MIA.
Andy hopes this challenge will reveal his managerial skill set.

Jeff wants to take over the decisions regarding Lisa's landscaping.
This Calabasas job needs to be done ASAP.
Vanina's "I bought 'em for her" Double Ds are shared with Lisa.
My HR self is now in full fail zone.

Gramercy is keeping new hire Katrina busy with the paint line.
The work load is huge and she needs help.
Gage likes the good stress of it all.

Scott, Jeff's attorney, plans a big dinner for Jeff's dad's birthday.
He has been Tom's attorney for 30 years.
Jeff thinks a booze cruise around the harbor sounds like a plan.
Newport Beach are you ready for us?
A small problem due to someone's lack of nautical skills…
The boats have escaped!
Jeff blames his lack of censor on his family's standard of behavior.
Two boats and a food fight are their way to party hearty.
Crab meat is flying!
Yes, that is me (now a momma) throwing food and having fun misbehaving.
Even the HR "buzzkill" needs an outlet.
There goes my Mom off camera running to church to light some large candles.
Praying for me that maturity is better late than never.
Andy is now instructed by Jeff to be contractor Mark's worst nightmare.
"I'll crack your balls" is Andy's idea of in charge speak.

Gramercy welcomes new intern Romy to help Katrina.
Hope she is a survivor in Jeff Lewis Design's world of cray cray.
Gage thinks the toilet rules may be a cause for no return.

Mark's young son is visiting the La Mirada job site.
Will he need therapy after watching Andy in full managerial mode? 

Jeff and I interview potential remodel clients in Westwood.
Nikki and Robbie are both dentists and reluctantly agree when Jeff talks price.
The hard, cold, cash, remodel facts can be a dream buster.
Jeff is just the messenger, and it's not always fun. 

Andy is trying to break the new intern.
He wants her gone.
I read Jeff a list with the requirements for successful leaders.
The harsh reality is adult behavior will now be required.

On the La Mirada job site my limits are tested.
You do what you have to do.
Hand washing and dedication are the name of the game.Jeff thinks Andy's babysitting Mark has done the trick and things are moving.
Romy our newbie quit -- she lasted one day.
Everyone does not think it's a beautiful day at Jeff Lewis' office.
Honestly, HR is seriously concerned about the current office atmosphere.

Chaz does a check it out walk through at La Mirada.
Andy gets applause, Jeff is thrilled.

Gramercy is group focused ordering Jeff's undies online.
Jeff thinks his old ones will be a fun face mask for Megan.
She loudly disagrees while ripping them off -- I write Jeff up.
Jeff is informed that his idea of joking is abusive by Dr. Donna his therapist.
We need her help to get the office behavior in sync with sanity.
Dr. Donna tells Jeff he is the leader and needs to set an example.
She tells me to be comfortable stating, "Get out!"
I can do this, Deb to the rescue.
There's a new Jenni at Jeff Lewis Design.
New rules, new day.
Zoila reads her list of complaints: "Please don't call me fat piggy."
Andrew needs to remove the porno he's sharing from his iPad.
Oh no they didn't.
To make it a beautiful day at Jeff Lewis' office is going to take some serious work.