Cast Blog: #TABATHA

Whatever Happened to Dianne Bennett?

Tabatha's Takeover Time Warp

Meoww's Unexpected Departure

A Serious Lack of "Synergy"

Jen and Tiffany's Unequal Partnership

Betrayal at the Barbershop

Bringing the "Old Chris" Back to Top Cuts

Tabatha Meets Her Twin

No More Naps at Salon Mogulz

Intruder Alert

Seeing the Future

Creepy Crawler Cooler

Blurry Vision

Who's the Boss

A Dog-Eat-Poop World

Dog Daze

A Secret Crush

Beauty School Dropout

Three Spreadsheets to the Wind

Family Matters

Farm Fresh

Chill Out

Brain Freeze

Mumsy's the Word

The Comeback

High End Hostility

Pop Goes the Scalp Protector

Batter Up!

Living in the Past

Throwing Out the Hygiene with the Bathwater

All Grown Up

Whatever Happened to Dianne Bennett?

Episode 12: Bravotv.com's Associate Editor counts down the top three "Really?!" moments.

We've finally reached the final takeover of the season and I find myself panicking. Where will I get my life lessons and business guidance while she's gone? Who will gratifyingly tell off stylists, gay bar owners, and dog groomers? I suppose I must eagerly await Tabatha's return and pray she takes over whichever local business has bothered me lately. But I digress.

This week Tabatha tackled a new business -- a bed and breakfast. Or should we say a bed, since breakfast wasn't really included. And that wasn't even the biggest problem, since the owner, Dianne, was more focused on going out to Hollywood events than her business. It seemed more like she was simply hosting a bunch of unwanted guests than providing any sort of hospitality. All in all it was an episode full of Really?! moments.

Really?! Moment No. 3 - Hmming and Hawing

 

Dianne had a noticeable habit of saying "hmm" after Tabatha said anything she didn't want to hear. So needless to say, Dianne was saying "hmm" so frequently that someone could probably make a pretty catchy auto-tune remix of it. It finally got to the point where Dianne hmm-ed her way into big trouble with Tabatha. She confronted Dianne in front of the exemplary bed and breakfast owner (awkward!) and nearly gave up on the project.

Really?! Moment No. 2 - Foraging for Food

You'd think a place billed as a bed and breakfast would have breakfast. Or at least some sort of snack. Heck, just some coffee even. But no, nothing was made available to the guests. At least not in any obvious or inviting manner. Dianne would just direct people to the kitchen where the housekeeper was cooking, but only for Dianne and the staff. So there wasn't even any room for the guests to cook for themselves should they want to. And honestly no one expects to be cooking their own meals and cleaning their own dishes at a bed a breakfast. The food wasn't even appetizing, unless you happened to have a hankering for a wide array of over-ripe fruits. Dianne should have advertised the place as a hostile, because the only thing you'd find there was a bare bones bedroom and plenty of hostility. Really?! Moment No. 1 - Bedroom Slippers Heels

Tabatha took her takeover of Cinema Suites very seriously, and in order to truly gauge the level of service offered, she stayed the night. Between the hair on her pillow, the not functional armoir, and the dirty towels, Tabatha wasn't exactly thrilled. She was so disgusted by it all that she refused to take off her heels, even when she went to bed. Yep, she just tucked herself right in stilettos and all. I'm hoping she's not a sleepwalker, otherwise that could have easily ended in a twisted ankle.

Meoww's Unexpected Departure

Tabatha was shocked to find the Meoww had sold the nail salon.

Meoww? I mean really, who picks that as a name? Maybe that was my first clue to a very long and arduous week.

I love getting my nails done, but that doesn’t mean I want to open a nail salon! Yet this was Meoww’s reasoning for opening the business. I am all for people following their passion, however it wasn’t a passion for her. She thought it would be a cash cow and that is not the reason to open a business.

I was gobsmacked at Meoww’s attitude toward her staff, clientele, and business especially when she was from an HR background. She was absolutely clueless.

I have seen a lot of interesting behavior, but I have never seen an owner crouched on the floor trying to get a technician’s attention or walk through the salon using a code word. Meoww had no rules, no standards, and no idea WTF she was doing or how things should have been done, and she didn’t seem interested in learning.

The staff was inexperienced and incredibly slow, I have never had a model leave the same as she walked in. I was shocked at the poor quality of work and even more shocked that Meoww thought her technicians were “fine.” She hadn’t bothered to do any quality control or provide any education, direction, or guidance. I realized very quickly that the staff needed serious education, and I asked Joey to come back and do an intensive day of training. The technicians really pushed themselves and wanted to do better; they asked questions worked hard and took the critiques from me and Joey very seriously, and at the end of the day it showed because there was improvement in their work.
I was skeptical about Meoww. She was so resistant even during the renovation she resisted by having a melt down because I removed the U bar! I saw a difference in Meoww on reopening day and I certainly saw a difference with the staff. I just hoped that they were all able to follow through and keep it up.

Sooo… When I went back for my check up, I can’t even tell you how surprised I was to walk up to the salon and see a new sign, name, and owner. I understood why the staff felt betrayed by Meoww, I felt the same way!