Cast Blog: #RHOM

The Rhythm is Gonna Get You

A Therapeutic Season for Alexia

Lea's Final Thoughts on the Season

Lea's Double Standards

Hoping to Move Forward with Lea

An X-Rated Reunion

Lisa's Vegas Regret

Joanna's Perfect Day

Lea and the Beefy Bus Boy Duo

Lea's Lip Service

Lisa's "Peacemaker" Problems

Alexia's Not Sweating the Small Stuff

Real Friends Don't Hold Grudges

A Fun Party, Minus the Distractions

Apologizing to Lea

Alexia's Anniversary Celebration

Lisa Loves Texas

Meet Joanna's New Puppy!

Lea's Walk Down Memory Lane

Adriana's Wedding Full of Waiting

Adriana's Two Loves

May Adriana Live Happily Ever After

Romain's Troubled Past

Alexia's Birthday Drama

Meet Dr. Sex Therapist Lisa

The Wedding Evite Explained

Targeted by the Hate Club

Lisa's Button-Pushing Behavior

Peter's Healing Process

Lenny's Lipo

Lea's Over the Haters

Adriana's Difficult Past

Joanna Talks Role Playing

Update on Elsa

Recovering Frankie and Peter

Lisa's Bridesmaid Ultimatum

Joanna's Outright Insult

The Birkin Bag Bonanza

Adriana's Glamorous 'Great Gatsby' Wedding

Lisa's In-Law Issues

Shocked by Lea's Secrets

The Rhythm is Gonna Get You

Gloria Estefan makes an appearance on this week's episode, and in this week's blog, as we recap the catchiest moments.

Hello and welcome back to South Beach!

This week brought even more strars into the mix, including our first Gloria Estefan appearance! Finally! It's already been a week in Miami, people. How long were you going to make us wait!

I was going to have my entire recap this week be the lyrics from "Rhythm is Gonna Get You." And then I realized, that this week's turn of events has many insanely-apt parallels to the glorious jam.

Maybe you think I've been swayed by the irresistible groove, but to prove myself, I'm rounding up the major moments below based on the songs lyrical structure. Follow along as I recount my favorite moments, based upon the songs insanely-catchy verse/chorus structure:

(Long rockin' instrumental intro. Take this time to think warm thoughts)

O eh, o eh, o eh, o eh, O eh, oo aah, o eh, oo aah, Yah ya goh, O eh, o eh, o eh, o eh, O eh, oo aah, o eh, oo aah, O eh, o eh, Yah ya goh

We open the show with Adriana talking about her big night out cutting a rug last week, which fits perfectly with these vocal exercises. She tells Fredric she loves guys. How can you not when the music is pulling you in such ways? And what's a little "horse riding" as she called it last week, if the music moves you?

At night when you turn off all the lights, there's no place that you can hide, Oh no, the rhythm is gonna get'cha

Lea can't hide from the rhythm because she has so many phones that the rhythm can call her on! Seriously did you see the number of communication devices she was holding as her team was planning. She had a Blackberry and an amazing gold Razr phone (which kudos for you for still rocking that phone classic, Lea Black).

In bed, throw the covers on your head, You pretend like you are dead, But I know it, The rhythm is gonna gey'cha

We could easily change the lyric here to "throw the toque on your head," in reference of Cristy's amazing Cuban, crock-pot loving Chef Pepin! His enthusisasm was at about an 11! This man opens his cans with gutso. I adore him.

Rhythm is gonna get'cha, Rhythm is gonna get'cha, Rhythm is gonna get you

Chef Pepin is not having your excuse Marysol. He is going to get you. He does not care that you are calling on your Blackberry and apologizing on speaker. He wanted you to turn on the crock pot and now who will do it?

The rhythm is gonna get you tonight, No way, you can fight it every day, But no matter what you say, You know it, The rhythm is gonna get'cha

Adriana could have told Alex that the rhythm was going to pick him up from school, this would have solved the problem of Fredric hanging up on her.

No clue, of what's happening to you, And before this night is through, Ooh baby, The rhythm is gonna get'cha

The rhythm has clearly already gotten to Cristy, as her major requirement to know if Adriana is happy with her man is if he can make her "Bedrock." We should all take our relationship advice from Lil Wayne.

Rhythm is gonna get'cha, Rhythm is gonna get'cha, Rhythm is gonna get you, The rhythm is gonna get you tonight

This call to action is for Larsa's nanny. Rice is not a matter of opinion, it's a fact. Also, how can you call yourself a friend of animals and hate bunnies? The rhythm will now come to take your job.

O eh, o eh, o eh, o eh, O eh, oo aah, o eh, oo aah, O eh, o eh, o eh, o eh, O eh, oo aah, o eh, oo aah, O eh, o eh, Yah yeh goh, Yah yeh goh, Yah yeh goh

This makes me think of Elsa calling Marysol Madame Pompadour, and then telling her not to wear the gigantic diamond to the gala ("it's not becoming to you because you don't look that rich"). This seen was so amazing and caused me such joy that I resorted to nonsensical, Cuban scatting.

Rhythm is gonna get'cha, Rhythm is gonna get'cha, Rhythm is gonna get you, The rhythm is gonna get you, Rhythm is gonna get'cha, Rhythm is gonna get'cha

To go a bit backwards, this chorus is directed at Larsa's amazing pull down closet rods. Did anyone else see that? As a short person I was amazed that such technology existed. All I need is to marry a Chicago Bulls legend and perhaps I could have a similar system installed. With the help of the rhythm, and extendable closet rods, I am going to get you clothes.

Na na na na na na na na, Na na na na na na na, The rhythm is gonna get you, Na na na na na na na na, Na na na na na na na

This is for you Cristy Rice. Lea's staff is not having your Tom Foolery. The invoice is going to get you soon enough.

O eh, o eh, o eh, o eh, O eh, oo aah, o eh, oo aah, O eh, o eh, o eh, o eh, O eh, oo aah, o eh, oo aah, O eh, o eh, Na na na na na na na, Na na na na na na

This is for Roy Black, amazing public speaker, and friend to many! And Lea Black for finding a way to have an event that brought such lovely people together as Kim Zolciak (with DJ Tracy Young), Rick Ross, the amazing Gloria Estefan, and of course Joe Francis. Kudos to the Blacks for having such an amazing event!

And thanks for staying with me for that. I appreciate it greatly! Leave your favorite Gloria Estefan jam in the comments!

Lea's Final Thoughts on the Season

Lea shares he status with each of the girls post-reunion.

It’s a Wrap!


It’s been an interesting season. I've been as honest and authentic as possible. I feel I owe that to myself and to you, our viewing audience. I've defended myself when wrongly accused or misinterpreted and in the process unfortunately, ugly truths have been exposed. I haven't gone out of my way to hurt anyone, but if I have, in the spirit of defending myself or setting the record straight, then so be it. I've had some fun, a few laughs, and experienced a lot of unnecessary stress.
 


I've showcased as many of my friend’s businesses as I could and got in a few shameless plugs for theworldofleablack.com. However, I haven't traded on the show or received any freebies, other than borrowing jewelry a couple of times! LOL! Some have interpreted it as being materialistic, I call it marketing. LOL!
 


I've listened to people re-invent the past, camouflage the present, and stoop to insults, foul language, and ugliness, all of which make me cringe. I've made closer bonds with some and made new friends along the way. I’ve learned to love and appreciate the work that goes into being on the show. Of course, I don't like what I see from time to time, but I hope I've maintained my integrity and what was important to me.I cracked a few jokes at others expense, made a few sarcastic remarks, and rolled my eyes a few times. I just can't (or won't) stop being myself. LOL! I've loved reading all of your comments and tweets. Even when I disagree, I'm OK with it if you were being intellectually honest. But the few comments which were mean-spirited, based upon uniformed conclusions, bias, or outside influence, I disregarded, ignored, and deleted. I have a low threshold for pettiness and unnecessary maliciousness.
 


Now, for the girls, in my usual style, let me be as honest as I can be.
 


Lisa: I feel she and I have a lot in common, and I'm closer to her than the others. I think she has a good heart, but is a little too sensitive. I think she often takes things too personally. She wants to have fun; she has a wonderful spirit and loves a good party. She did get on my nerves while attempting to be “the connector" but I understand the reasons and know her intentions were good. She can always depend on me, and we enjoy a loving and brutally honest relationship.
 


I'm the next closest to Joanna. I love a lot of things about her. Her love for animals, how much she works , her willingness to speak publically about her very personal problems, endure public scrutiny, and the manner in which she let's things go and moves on are all admirable. She doesn't live or die based upon the opinions of others. I am disappointed with some of the things that she said things during the reunion shows. I know she has suffered for it, regrets it deeply, and wishes she could take it back. But because of some of her choices, I have a reluctance to fully embrace or trust her. She knows exactly how I feel.
 
Alexia: For three seasons I have defended her, had her back, and given her the benefit of the doubt. Watching her all season, week after week, speak one insult or mean-spirited comment about me, knowing many of them were lies, causes me to wonder if she did it to patronize the hate club, play all sides, or if she has some hidden resentment towards me. Perhaps she did it for air time in an attempt to make herself more relevant? Maybe she just doesn't like me and doesn't want to say it? Whatever reason she got her digs in, it is not justifiable; they were uncalled for and she should regret it and say so.  Whenever the cameras weren’t rolling, she’d tell me how much she loves me and what great friends we are. So even though she threw me under the bus several times, as recently as the reunion, I'm not interested in going tit for tat. I wish her and Herman well, and I have a lot of empathy for her personal issues.
 


Now to Adriana:  Everyone knows how I feel about her. The one thing she did which showed her real inner self is when she ripped my son’s heart out and stomped on it. She intentionally, out of hatred, kept her son away from my son. To this day, I know that I’ve done nothing but try to help her or defend myself against her lies.  She has expressed her gratitude by stabbing me in the back. Whatever her motivation (I have my own conclusions), nothing will ever put Humpty Dumpty back together again. I can put the past in the past and be amicable towards her, but let me make the following point crystal clear: I will never fully trust her. And I really just don't like who she is. Since the show either she has changed or who she really is showed up. Either way it’s not compatible with who I am and what I want in my life.
 
Marysol: Again, I've called Elsa many times over the months, and I've continued to do so, whether Marysol chooses to believe it or not.

And to set the record straight, yes Frankie is a friend of mine. He is a comedian and has a You Tube channel of impersonations, he is a Broadway star and an entertainer. He only impersonates people he finds interesting. No, he never knew Elsa was sick and no, I didn't see him make the video, and no, I wasn't in the background. All of which can be proven. But if it was a big secret, he wouldn't have posted it on You Tube.


And by the way, he made the You Tube video months after the show was no longer filming. But of course Marysol brought it up about 5 months later, so she could justify and explain away her behavior of the season.

Overall, it’s been a learning experience. I've been surprised to discover how people will behave and how far they will go for attention, relevance, a storyline, or to make someone look bad. I've always said reality TV brings out the best and worst in people, and I stand by that belief.
 


My tag line “I live my life like everything matters, because I think it does" is true for me. As easy as it may be for some to just live in denial and brush things aside, I believe everything we do matters, including who we are to ourselves and to others. And who we are produces consequences, both good and bad. I choose to live my life trying to create good consequences and limit negativity.
Not all drama has to be negative. One doesn’t have to criticize others in order to justify their own poor behavior or make themselves feel better about their lives.
 


So maybe I'm a fit for reality TV or maybe I'm not, that would be up to the viewers. The one thing I am certain of is that my real friends, my family, my son, and my husband understand me and are more important to me than anything and everything else. They know that my charitable work, being true to myself, living like everything matters, giving more than I take, my sense of right and wrong, making a conscious effort to live a life of purpose, setting a good example for my son, and being mindful of future generations are the most important things in my life.
 


I love nice things and love living the good life, and sharing it, and I've earned every right to do just that. I will never apologize for my lifestyle, but I won't be defined by it either.
 


Thanks for watching. Life is time, and you took time out for us, and for that I am forever grateful. Whether you enjoyed me on the show or not, know one thing, I put as much into it as I possibly could, and then some. LOL! Thank you POP, our amazing producers and their incredible team, the Bravo Network, and the viewers for the opportunity to cross paths. Did we bond yet? LOL!

Spread the love and keep the peace.

Love, Lea

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