Cast Blog: #RHOM

The Hochstein Children

Lisa was happy you got to meet the rest of her family -- her dogs!

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This episode opens with Romain and Marta having a heart to heart at the scene of the crime after being encouraged by Joanna, who just wants peace between the people she loves most. Romain explains that he only wants the best for Marta, but expresses his frustration that her work ethic and initiative is not meeting his expectations. I get the feeling that he may view Marta as a third heel and wants Joanna to himself. Marta explains she is trying her best, but is having a hard time. I think Marta is at a stage in her life where she is really trying to figure out what she wants for herself. I adore her and think she is one of the sweetest people on earth. I know she has an amazing singing voice, and that she would love to pursue that as a career. It’s true that it's not easy to get that lucky break in the entertainment world, but I'm rooting for her.

Joanna and Ana bond over a cooking lesson where Ana gives her some much needed advice.

Next up Rodolfo seems irritated about Karent’s concern with the other ladies’ disapproval of her and her behavior. I think he would prefer if Karent didn't let it bother her, but I think her innocent nature finds it hard to comprehend why anyone would think she was being malicious or annoying in any way.

Lea continues to promote her gala at NBC. She works very hard every year to make it the success that it is. Her dedication is admirable.

I invited all the ladies to the annual Hearts and Stars Gala at George Walner’s home to benefit The Little Lighthouse Foundation, which aids children and their families in South Florida who struggle with medical, educational, emotional, and financial challenges and addresses the needs of local charities benefitting children. I enjoy getting involved in good causes any chance I get, because as we all know, it’s important to give back. I gain experience and insight on how these galas are run to help make my own events as successful. I hardly got the chance to visit with the ladies, because I was being pulled in so many directions. It seemed like everyone I knew was there that night.

It was a really fun night for me, but I can't say the same for the rest of the ladies. Everyone’s feathers were ruffled by Karent’s interaction with Thomas Kramer, who happens to be a dear friend of me and Lenny. It almost seemed like a competition over who was better acquainted with Thomas. I personally did not see the big deal or find it inappropriate that Karent was inserting herself into the irritated clique that clearly did not appreciate her keen interest in her dear friend.

Everyone was formally introduced to the other loves of my life Puff (boxer) and Leo (Pomeranian). Currently these are my children. They do everything with me and Lenny, including sleeping in our bed. Some people may find that gross, but I wouldn't have it any other way. They are groomed weekly, and if they can't get an appointment, Daysy and I get down and dirty. Can’t have smelly dogs sleeping in the bed!
Later Lea invites Adriana and Joanna to her gala dinner tasting. The subject matter quickly turns from croquettes and wine into another discussion about Marysol and Karent. I wish everyone would just drop this altogether and move on or give us the full story, because as an outsider looking in on this ordeal in which I had zero involvement, the whole thing seems petty. All I am getting from this story based on my involvement with this group of women at this point is that certain guests weren't treated accordingly on the red carpet for work Marysol claims to have done pro bono. I can't imagine anyone dragging out resentment for this length of time unless there was much more to this story, which I am sure we will get to in later episodes.

Then Karent get called out as a wanna be and annoying, which I completely disagree with. She is a successful business woman and doctor, who is just being herself, and in my opinion she’s very likeable. I immediately connected with Karent from the moment I met her. I thought she was genuine and I was impressed by how successful she was on her own.

Lastly, I found it very unnecessary that Ana and Alexia were poking fun at Karent’s name and suggesting she drop the "T". I mean, that’s her name for heaven’s sake! Maybe Joanna, Alexia, Lea, Adriana, Ana, and I should drop the “A” and Marysol the “sol”?

Hope you enjoyed my thoughts and insights about this episode! I just call it like I see it.

It’s been real!

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 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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