Mary has talked in a previous episode of how angry she was when Lolly would take things from her closet and it made her so upset. Mary got a special lock for her closet. Can you imagine how the people who had their things taken felt?
Jason and Stacie only viewed it as if they heard something about their own daughter. Lolly is a grown adult woman and was not the victim – Missy to Stacie – Hello!? Stealing, or condoning it, isn't cool. This isn't being biting (as Stacie refers to me), it is just keeping it real.
Bottom line – we asked the authorities that were onsite the day the polo stuff went missing and later throughout the investigations we only asked for volunteer time from the people involved to help local charities and the community instead of a more severe punishment. From what we were told by the lead detective on the case, the guy who drove the car was the primary person they would deal with, and they did recover the car and some of the items that were stolen from the polo team. That night at the winery, I comforted both Tareq and Mary. This is truly sad for everyone. But it did happen, and a lot happened behind the scenes.
I just couldn't believe what I was hearing when all of this went down with Mary. I cannot believe that you or your husband could not see that this was a completely unappropriate time to be having this conversation with this mother. I do not condone stealing at all, but I could completely see the sides of everyone else at that table. It completely off as an attack...shame on Tareq...it really showed his TRUE character.
This was the most exciting night to watch so far. Really intense. As a viewer watching I was really into big. I am a fan Michaele. Your heart is good. I am sorry that Mary's daughter was involved in that. That must have been hard. I cant believe Mary is shocked to hear it. She cant even trust her own daughter. Your blog is great. I enjoy reading what you have to say because I like you. You look like you had so much fun at Edwinas party. I was sad to see she got sick. Hope she is ok now. She seems really nice too. Like you. I am looking forward to seeing next week. In the preview they showed you are crying. What happens? I feel like I know you now and I was sad to see it.
When you make serious accusations to a mother about her child you don't do it on national tv let alone in a group of people having dinner together. I cannot believe you think a charity is more important than the reputation of a person. The charity has insurance - you have insurance and I am certain all the items have been replaced but how are you going to repair and replace Lolly's reputation and Mary's hurt feelings.
There is a story that a woman came to a Rabbi complaining about another woman. The Rabbi told the woman to take her feather pillow cut it open and shake out all of the feathers then return to him. The woman did what she was asked and returned to the Rabbi and asked how that would help her with the other woman, he said go an gather all the feathers and put them back into the pillow. When the woman said that it would be impossible, the Rabbi said when you gossip about people and pull down the reputation of another person trying to undue that damage is like trying to put all of those feathers back into the pillow.
This should be a lesson in what you do and what you say.
Michaele, So far, I see only a sweet lady in you. I think you have a very caring heart. Don't let others run over you.
Hats off to Jen, love that she didn't back down from Cat. Cat is constantly negative and saying how "real" she is keeping it. Yet, when Jen spoke as bluntly as Cat and said what was real, Cat has a fit lol! Want a second opinion on how you were acting Cat? Just watch the talking head of Staci's husband confirming what Jen so very bluntly told you.
I Just want to know if Michaele you have a mind of your own and stand by all the drama that your husband Tareq is causing and wheb I said that I am referring about Mary's comment brought up in a dinner in front of people, thanks God! that there is someone that has class and did defend Mary as Stacie and her husband, that was very well handle and very classieee, i love this people, and Tareq stop bringing drama and hatress to the show...!
If this theft happen over two-years ago why are you guys still discussing it? I agree with you Cat can dish it out but can't take it.
I think you knew how inappropriate that scene was at the winery. Your husband had too much to drink and his need for attention was front and center - and maliciously directed toward the undermining of a woman who did not deserve to be treated that way. Your body language suggested how you realized that -- now you need to have a chat (privately) with Mary to apologize for the behavior of you and your husband, and while you're at it, why don't you speak with him about his manners as well. Shame on you and him.
Let me understand what you are saying, because Mary's daughter is older than stacie's, she not be upset, it is still her daughter you were talking about. Your husband didn't need a lot of urging to come out with the accusation and if you were a friend to Mary you wouldnt have told her in front of everyone. I think is was very inappropriate for you to compare borrowing her mother's clothes to stealing a car. YOU ARE CLEARLY WITHOUT CHILDREN!
I really think you are a tad on the odd side. One min. you look genuine and the next you are trash talking (and giggling as you do it). Own up to who you really are.
Hello! Just want to say I am completely impressed with Jen and how she handled herself with Cat. Cat was clearly trying to be intimidating and was shocked when Jen didn't back down. It was a really great moment and so gratifying to see her put in her place.
Well perhaps Lolly was there and involved. The thing is, normal people would call each other immediately and talk about it in private. Normal people would say, "I'm sorry to say this, but it sounds as though your daughter may have been involved in a very serious incident at our club and I'd like you to talk to her about it. I read it on Facebook." Many kids are so stupid with Facebook, but they don't need even more stupid people blasting their issues on national TV. Poor Mary didn't even have the chance to help her daughter defend herself. If her daughter is guilts, which it sounds like she is, she should've been able to hear it first hand from her or together with you two in private. THEN she can deal with an adequate punishment with a level head.
The way your out of touch husband did it leaves her lambasted with no fair warning. Mary didn't do anything, why treat her so poorly? Parents have to parent kids who do stupid garbage, it's a fact. But throwing it at her on TV when everyone is drunk is just assanine.
Don't you think it might have been better to take Mary off to the side and explain what was going on???? It all seemed quite mean spirited.
Get real! Talk to Lynda about your problems with Lynda not to Mary. Mary is having enough trouble keeping up with the Joneses.
as entertaining as some of the episodes are, we do have to take into consideration that there is generally more than the audience sees, behind the scenes. Michaele, you are fabulous, sweet, and the most beautiful of the other women.
OMG - Watched the episode and just could not believe Stacie and her husband. I'm sorry, but they are wannabes and they will go where they will get more air time. Your husband did pick a bad time to bring it up, but Mary didn't seem surprised at first. I wonder if it was a Bravo camera thing, but she did NOT look surprised.
Some people are the ones everyone likes to attack. NO matter the evidence, they will pick one and gather forward. Unfortunately, because your husband has acted the way he has and because these women think you are not at their level, you are it!. Love your assistant for sticking up for you! good for her..bad for Cat or Kat or whatever it is.
Good luck in the season. Be yourself. Be happy!
EW you're so wrong. Even if Mary's daughter was involved the fact that you felt the need to bring it up while filming is just distasteful and unfair, and Mary was caught completely off guard so Stacie and her husband were just trying to show Mary that she wasn't alone since her husband wasn't there. As for Tareq, he is just rude. All he cared about was his polo gear. Seriously?
Just a couple thoughts. The reason Stacie and her husband were upset was because this was no place for Tareq to bring this up- ambushing your guests is not cool. You assistant's comment was very unprofessional and very immature. These were your guests and your assistant was working at the time. Her comment was not cool and she should have formally apologized because it is the right thing to do.
I think your being evasive. If there's something to say-then say it. People in glass house's shouldn't throw stone's, unless there trying to distract you.
The only observation I would have to make in regard to this situation is that its quite clear that you and your husband have no children. If you did you would have been more sensitive about someone elses child. Slightly self serving.
What I really like about you is that no matter what others may say, you do your thing. You only have one life to live and your living it the best way you know how!
I feel that your husband confronting Mary about her daughter with no acutal proof was uncalled for and in poor taste. 1) If the FBI was indeed investigating it then you should have let them deal with it. 2) If you felt her daughter stole your car, why did you invite her to "your" winery. I think you are easily swayed Michaele, and you seem nice enough but your husband left a very bad taste in my mouth.
the person who posted before me is ...a bit scary. Regardless, I feel as though you do live in a world with rose colored glasses on. Unfortunately, for the rest of us, you'll never acknowledge that. As a wife, you could have, politely, told your husband to NOT discuss such an awkward and uncomfortable discussion when you have guests. For someone who is trying so hard to be elegant and sophisicated and run with the right crowd, you should've known better than to let him continue on his tirade. You came on this show, be prepared to take criticism for somewhat intelligent people who secretly watch Housewives as a guilty pleasure.
Your blog and explanation of the happenings with Mary's daughter are confusing and convoluted. Do you think that because Mary has a lock on her closet her daughter is therefore a thief or dangerous?? You don't have daughters, do you?? I think you need to think things through before you just repeat them blindly. On the flip side, good for you for giving Cat a little stab for dressing like Sarah Palin. You're absolutely right, that lady can dish it out but really cannot take it!!
Michaele, I can't figure out why Mary immediately begins to defend her daughter without taking the time to investigate her involvement in the situation. Why do some parents automatically assume that their kids can do no wrong? Ridiculous. Even though I find all of you women very interesting and intelligent,I find that you and Tareq are the only two that come across as having an ounce of kindness and goodwill. We all have our faults. Mary,Cat,Linda and Stacey should take a look at their own before assessing those of others. They come across as a group of very snobby women who seem to possess very little humility.
Mary's daughter *wasn't* involved in that...that's the thing. Do you have other news sources for gathering your information or just RHDC? Try the Washington Post.
I thought what you did to Mary was really mean. When you watched the episode and found out that Lolly was innocent you should have included an apology in your blog.
You are a good person. Don't let the money lead you. I don't have kids but the conversation you were have was more of a personal one on one. If I had a child whether she did or didn't do it. I would've asked you to stop and move on to another topic. Charity starts at home. Good friends are hard to find and if Mary was truely a friend you guys would have waited even if they kept pushing you to talk.
Why would your husband bring up something from 2 years ago? At a dinner party to their guest? I do believe that you & your husband are deflecting their bad rep on to another person. & didn't you watch the episode. She loves her daughters and shares her things w/ them but on their terms. Her daughters are not"stealing" from her closet. Just like sisters who "borrow" their clothes w/o asking. I guess that is stealing too in your eyes. It is sad to watch you and your husband, & embarassing. Your "I love you" to everyone is too much. Please try to be real instead of overly nice, and happy.
How did you and Tareq meet? Throughout the show, you and your husband seem exceedingly close, and don't seem to get into arguments at all. I was just curious where and how you two met, and the fairytale which unfolded thereafter. Is it possible for you to share this story in one of your next blogs? Pretty please?! Thanks!
I love your positive energy and I do think you are a lovely woman. I also think in time you will understand what we all see in your husband but, being the woman that you are, loving him the way you say you do, you are loyal to your husband and that is commendable. Just remember to take care of yourself always.
Michaele, after just a few shows you've shown that you know something a lot of women don't: The best revenge against cattiness it to remain a lady. Nicely done.
you are mis-using the word love. it is a special word meaning a great and deep connection with another human being. you seem to throw the word around to perfect strangers. i find that sad. the word loses it meaning when used casually. i enjoy the show...just think you and your husband are very odd..
I watched the show and tried to not be judgmental toward you but your stories just don't add up.... I hope through the show some more things will come to light. I'm thinking at this point not so much good but we all will keep watching.
It's seems as though you have an excuse for everything negative that comes your way. True, I believe that there are different sides to every story, but there is also ownership that needs to come with it. Maybe you should start owning up to your side of things instead of deflecting on to others.
Totally eloquent and concise! I agree 100%. Maybe things were already explained prior to this explosively poorly timed announcement and that is why Mary didn't seem shocked, but still....it should've been handled differently. I have never had kids, and don't know what it is like, but, I think on Mary's part, I would have addressed them right there and perhaps made a phone call to Lolly, especially if she is so convinced of no wrong doing. The whole thing was staged to the point of me wondering if I'm watching 'The Hills'.
Michaele, Better on your own is all I have to say. I know you could do a better job of pushing the wine that Tareq wants to sell so badly. On your own. You don't need him on camera you are great on your own. It was nice to see you having so much fun trying clothes with your friend and no Tareq. You seemed to be much more open and happier. When you are with Tareq I feel as if you are not coming off as the real you. And quite frankly. I like the real you.
I like your positive energy. You have so much strength! that´s why they want to put you down. Especially jaleous Linda. Whatever u do it will never be right, u know it and so u keep on doing your thing with a smile. well done.
on a side note:
is it d.c. etiquette to wear cosby sweaters to wineries? ie Tarek and Jason.