Cast Blog: #FLIPPINGOUT

Workplace Etiquette

Episode 3: Bravotv.com's Associate Editor examines the HR nightmare that is Jeff Lewis Design.

Jeff Lewis Design is a difficult place to work for a number of reasons, one of the most notable being the inappropriate office conversation. Basically it's an HR nightmare, and I don't think anyone envies Jenni in her new role as HR director. The levels of workplace lunacy seemed to reach an all-time high this week, so let's take a look at some of the most egregious offenses.

Coming to a Mushroom Head

Is it just me, or has Jeff been cracking a lot of dick jokes this season (Exhibit A)? Perhaps it's a result of his synergy with Andrew, who seems to make it way too easy. Who can say? In any event, this week was no exception as we learned when Jeff tried to pick out some new cabinet pulls. It all starts innocently enough, with Andrew saying one of the pulls is only 1.222 inches thick. But he manages to inject the sheer suggestion of naughtiness into his tone, which Jeff of course picks up on, and after that the floodgates open wide.

Suddenly it became a penis joke free-for-all and we're talking about bigger tips, mushrooming out, and that everyone can agree that they prefer black ones. Poor, quiet Vanina (more on her shortly) is just there chuckling in the background while Gage looks on in horror as Jeff and Andrew one up each other. These two have clearly mastered the art of maintaining a double entendre conversation for an obscenely long amount of time.

Side Note: Part of me thinks Jeff does this just to bother Gage.

ICUP

Vanina seems so sweet and innocent, yet somehow she's ended up working for Jeff. And working for Jeff means your bathroom habits are scrutinized and publicly voiced to the entire staff.

This time around Jeff gets on Vanina's case about allegedly peeing on the seat in such a way that he has to wipe it down. Of course in front of everyone as if he had merely asked her to not CC him on an email or something. At least Vanina was able to muster a quiet, "You're such an ass," after her shaming. (Speaking of shaming, what happened to the smock of shame? Let's bring that one back.)

Luckily for Vanina, she can report to the new HR director, Ms. Jenni Pulos, to lodge a complaint. Somehow we then switch into a very Office-esque mode where Jenni very seriously writes up Jeff for his inappropriate work behavior. Jenni then calls in Jeff whose response is, "Well then you can clean her pee off the toilet seat." Oh the never-ending potty talk at JLD...
Fingered

Of course, OF COURSE Zoila injures her hand, and it happens to be her middle finger. Sometimes it's just too easy.

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Fishing for Trouble

Is there a line at JLD? Evidently the answer is yes. What was so foul that it actually made Jeff cringe? Behold: "Other times I’d rather slurp rancid tuna fish salad out of Nancy's ass."



Bleh! Just bleh! What an awful string of words. And not to mention poor Nancy! That was when things got truly awkward. Nancy seems like such a kind, no-nonsense sort of lady, so why bring her into this deeply disturbing visual? I guess when there is such a tragic casualty, it's just too much. Next week Jeff learns that Andrew may not have been completely honest with him about his past...
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Zoila was Kidnapped by "Inappropriate Aliens"

Jenni discusses her return to the HR nightmare that Jeff's office had become.

I'M MISSED, I'M A MOMMY, I'M COMING BACK AND CALLED...MOM

At Gramercy Jeff says "Jenni can scan" when no one else can.
I guess I'm missed.
Megan forgets Chaz's file.
"Think I'd rather have that pregnant girl back." 
Jeff and Megan's car conversation
Makes me believe.
I guess I'm missed.

Chaz's La Mirada remodel has a tight, no-nonsense budget.
Termites and water damage add to the challenge.

Andy gets some tough love with a reminder…
Do not double park your car in the street with the keys inside.

Citrus, Jeff's rental property, is a lesson for Megan in Jeff Lewis Property Management.
I bet she does not think it involves hands-on trash can super skills.
"If we're at a job site and something needs to be done, Jenni and I just get our hands dirty and we do it."
I guess I'm missed.
I have major dumpster skills, so smelly trash cans are no biggie. Megan thinks being an assistant is a little bit of a step backwards for her.
As Jeff's assistant I have had to happily go backward and forward.

Remodeling Jeff's client Kelly's house cost more than expected.
Jeff takes Kelly shopping at Living Spaces for great finds at a reasonable price.

I return to Gramercy with baby pictures for a cocktail hour to celebrate Megan's birthday. Andy makes sure it is Rated X, and as HR I throw my hands in the air.
Zoila gives herself a suggestive chest rub and has concern about "goes boom."
Zoila has been kidnapped by the inappropriate aliens.

Kelly's renovation is complete and the team places furniture and accessories.
Jeff"s long friendship with Kelly gives this job added importance.
After her birthday night date, Megan is hung over and horizontal on the job.

Kelly moved into her boyfriend's home which has been remodeled and redecorated.
Now it is their home and they are beyond thrilled.
Another win for Jeff Lewis Design!

Jeff and being late do not mix.
Megan has a packed freeway highlighting her scheduling error.
At La Mirada they are not happy about the half hour delay.
Chaz's business manager, Nuria, is not a Jeff fan and keeps a tight fist on the numbers. Megan is having trouble filling in for me -- she calls it "daunting."
Jeff is on Megan error overload.The office can be an oversized playpen.
Computerized insults and a vocabulary list of computer speak that would be hot fun if you're ten are hurled.

Jeff's budget for La Mirada will have Chaz's business manager in explode mode.
Great FYI: clear communication with your contractor is a must.
Change orders are cash cows, so clarity is king.

Megan is doing her best balancing the work and mommy "hood."
She has not one but two at home.
Three full time jobs.
Jeff tells Megan, "No texting your nanny…it's constant."

Jeff and I have a Japanese lunch.
Jeff wants me back ASAP.
He missed me, he really missed me.
I told him the office atmosphere is over the edge.
Back on track has to be the writing on this office wall.
My Jeff Lewis Design Cleanse is now over, and I am officially back to work.
To make my position clear Buzz Kill 101 is what I want on my t-shirt.

With client Chaz we are talking toilets.
Massaging someone for a deal is all in a day's work.
When the numbers are great, I give hugs.

Jeff says I am a prank suppressor and calls me "mom."
What boss thinks putting a small snake in Andy's shirt is a plan?
Andy nearly falls in the pool and as HR I am at a total loss.
What alternate universe have I returned to?

Nuria, Chaz's business manager, and Jeff have a numbers smack-down.
Jeff does not like to be beaten up over money.
"I like his old business manager better" is Jeff's exit line.NEXT WEEK ON FLIPPING OUT
Things are totally out of control.
What to do?
Dr. Donna to the rescue!

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