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I know a few things happened in this episode but am going to skip to what affected me the most…Saks. Not sure why Jill said that she thought I was crying for some reason unrelated to her. My emotion was a direct response to her actions.
At Saks I told Jill that my feelings had been building up since Ungaro. Let me shed a little light on just what had been building up. Over the past three years, Jill has never missed an opportunity to give her opinion about my children. She has told me where they should go to school. She has told me what they should eat. She has told me that she thinks they need to be tested for various disorders, and that I should apply for extra time for them to take tests. She has discussed their diets and their behavior. Let’s pause on the behavior, because that certainly didn’t start at Ungaro. One comment at one party is no big deal – if it were only that I’d have let it go. It’s all the comments built up over years – Ungaro was just the straw that broke the camel’s back. Jill shouts it from the rooftops when she thinks our sons or my husband are being inappropriate. To give her a little credit, she was equally loud when we were at her home in the Hamptons and the boys were being lovely, but that wasn’t on tape and I think Jill thinks that (particularly when the cameras are around) making digs is a lot more fun than paying compliments.
I would also like to bring up one more thing. Earlier at Saks LuAnn and I are discussing my client Second Time Around, when Ramona flies in and accuses LuAnn of not wanting us at her house, which I tend to believe, given past behavior and particularly after what happened next. After Ramona and Simon drifted away, I asked LuAnn about the kids at the dock, and she said Jill told her about it, not the other way around. THAT was the reason I then felt the need to confront Jill immediately instead of taking her out to lunch, as I’d told Bethenny earlier. I know you guys didn’t see that, but I really wanted to get the two of them together to find out why they were each blaming the other. After somebody dragged her out of the bathroom, LuAnn did a 180 and owned it, which was helped along by a flashback. Yes, LuAnn was the one told the story about François at Ungaro, after Jill brought it up because she thought it was the “perfect time.” Parties are apparently the perfect time for her to make fun of my children by encouraging LuAnn to tell the story, but parties are not the appropriate setting for me to react to that? Hmmm.
Let it go. How many times must a person apologize for it to be accepted? Jeez...if we held you to every silly comment you made, you would have never made it past season one.
You need to leave the show-these women are people you should not be associating with. I need to stop watching-but train wrecks sometimes are difficult to stay away from.
I love you so much so far this season!!! You, Bethenney, and Ramona are GREAT! Your boys are boys. There's nothing wrong with them at all.
Do you not see that Ramona and Bethany talks ill behind your back? Why are picking on Jill only? Jill is straight forward and said what she felt right on your face.
I love you so much so far this season!!! You, Bethenney, and Ramona are GREAT! Your boys are boys. There's nothing wrong with them at all.
It is confusing to me that now you are on Ramona's side, when she has done nothing for the past two years but talk about how weird you and your husband are. Now Jill and LuAnn are the bad guys? Everyone has made comments about you, Simon, and your children. Not just Jill!
Alex-Your boys are adorable and I find it in poor taste for an adult to take a jab at a child. I used to think this show has some classy woman. but you may be the only one with any sense. (and class) Be careful with Jill and Luann as they seem to be trying hard "suddenly" to be your friend. I think they just want you on their side in the Jill vs. Bethenny debacle.
I think you had every right to confront Jill about that. She is a troublemaker but they all are, to some extent! I truly don't believe the behaviors I see from grown women and I'm tiring of the show to be honest. Honestly, I didn't like you or your husband at the beginning but you both have shown to be quite exceptional people and I admire you both.
Honestly, I have always been a fan of you and Simon. I love how you guys met, as well as your children and your lifestyle. However, I really think you took what Jill said about your children in a weird way. I don't think Jill was attacking you or your children, but whatever she said about your kids, I believe are true.
If you watch past episodes, do you honestly think your children are well-behaved? I understand that they are only children and "kids will be kids," but you really need to teach your children some manners. Just how to behave in front of guests o outside, just those kinds of things. And at home they can be rowdy all they want and do whatever they want.
You are over-reacting to Jill's joke about your kids. Ramona has been far harder on your husband than Jill ever has and you seem to have given her a pass because she is being nice to you now. Bethanny was totally nasty to your family and no word about her either. I think you are trying to create your own drama towards Jill to gang up on her with the others this season.
"Mother is not happy!" LOL I was so glad you put Jill "Big Mouth" Zarrin in her place! Honestly, she couldn't face you because you are the only respectable, smart and classy wife on the show, therefore the only credible. (Well, I do like Bethany.) However, you are sincere and real. There was no way you could go to that dinner party, face Jill and be fake. Love it! The fact that you sent space eyed Ramona on a task so she wouldn't interfere, shows your vast wisdom. I love you and Simon and I can't wait to see you on the next show! Keep up the good work Momma Lion!
My heart broke when I saw you crying tonight. As a mother myself and grandma, I too would feel terrible on how Jill and LuAnn constantly tear into your children. Except, that I would have scratched their eyes out at the first negative or nasty comment. You have to lay down the law on them and anyone else who think they have the right to laugh at or comment on your children or your parenting skills.
Alex, of all the housewives, you are the ONLY ONE I would ever think of being friends with. I like you for your honesty, trustworthiness and kindness.
All the best to you, Simon and the children, Mildred
You are great, and so is your family! You are the only kind hearted person on the show and you deserve to be treated so much better than you have been. But you have a great husband, a great career, great kids, you look great so maybe they are a little jealous? Stay wonderful.
Dear Ms. McCord, I appreciate your intelligence and your humorous references to culture and literature. Thank you and your husband for being among the few cultural beings still at Bravo. I hope you stay with the show, although it certainly can be trying, I am sure. One last item: thank you too for noting that few of "The Real Housewives" are actually housewives. I assume you heard of Stuart Kaminsky's passing (he taught at Northwestern); he would appreciate your wit as well. Congratulations on your book, and good luck to you and your family in all your endeavors.
Good writing, Alex.. you have a way of catching up and also making us wonder what is to come... keep it up. Linda
Alex...I totally feel you when it comes to your boys.. They are just being kids. Jill has no right to attack you about kids. That is not right. She would be mad if you said something about her daughter. Jill is a little bit too opinionated at times. I love you, Simom and the boys. I can relate more to you guys than any of the ladies..
Alex, you are a beautiful person inside and out. You have a wonderful family and you are our favorite NY housewife!!! Je vous adore!! Don't get sucked into the others' poison; stay neutral, be Switzerland! I absolutely LOVED your comment in a previous episode about having a chapter in your parenting book about well meaning morons. You hit that one on the head!! Peace and blessings to you and your family.
Hi Alex I don't think that you will ever get the credit that you deserve for even being in the same room as some of these so called ladies. I will start off by saying what I said to Jill in her comments. Your children are normal active boys who do normal energetic and playful things. Never let those ladies see you sweat you have more back bone than all of them put together and they should be ashamed. Luann is a piece of work and if I was you i would stay as far back from her as possible the crap flies off her like ten pound boulders. Take care and give those boys a hug. Luvved the pizza scene last week nice to see you being a mommy to the boys and not just the mommy mediator for the girls....
Alex, you are by far my FAVORITE housewife! I was so happy when you finally confronted Jill in a non confrontational way. All those other housewives don't hold a candle to you! Love you and your family!
Alex, The last two years I have watched you and thought was she really that dense. To see you stand up to Jill was awesome. You have been made fun of and didn't deserve it. Right now you are the only sane and mature one on there. I like Bethenny, am not sure if it is editing or what but she is looking to be kind of mean. The Countess or like Mario said Countless. Kudos Mario. She was always flaunting her title please. Now she is the pot stirrer....
You are so real and intelligent. You have a great husband and kids. You two really inspired me to find someone that I can truly love. Seeing you two and how happy you are gives hopes to many people. I also love how you are usually composed in any situation and don't let any drama knock you down. You know you are a good mother and never let anyone bring you down. When I found out you and Simon wrote a book, I pre-ordered it right away. I can't wait to hear all your guys stories and everything else. I wish you the best of luck with everything in your life and stay positive.
I think you are such a sweet, sometimes odd, but very genuine woman. Jill and LuAnn seem like quite the childish trouble makers in all recent episodes. Do not take the opinion of a tranny and an attention seeking nut too personally. you seem to always be very true to yourself and that is a very admirable trait!
I agree with you 100%. Jill instigated the crawling up the leg story and then added her jealous dig about including it in your parenting book. She completely diverted your sincere attempt to let her know that she hurts your feelings when she makes fun of your kids at parties and on television by blaming the most recent episode on LuAnn. Jill was the one who brought up the story. Making fun of a child is probably the meanest thing I can think of for anyone to do. I don't blame you for being so angry that you cried. I would have done the same.
Alex, you're my favorite...I think U have the most class of all the ladies and I respect that U usually stay out of all the cat fighting...U are more intelligent and self confident than some of the other girls and therefore U don't feel the need to put others down! God Bless! PS Everything I see U especially with your hair straightened U look more and more like Nicole Kidman, *stunning!
You are by far the class act on this show. Thank you for behaving as you do..My respect to Bethany also...but the other women...please....have some class!
Alex, you and Simon are the BEST thing about the RHONY. Simon's caustic humor is brilliant and I love that neither of you care what anyone else says; you just do your own thing. Good for you both!
Alex is truly a classy ladie and I love that she is not judgemental. always trying to keep the peace.and when she has something to say she expresses herself in such an educated and classy manner. Keep up the good wrok. Love Ya!!!
I just love you!! I honestly believe that you are the only one that is legitimately sane and actually real! For Jill to outright lie to you in regards to comments she has made about your children is truly just a straight bold out lie! As if! Your reaction is completely within reason and broke my heart (and Im sure many others) to see you cry. You are a lovely, classy, sweet lady and I do wish you, Simon, and children the best!
I am glad you finally got to explain the behind the scenes comments Jill has been making about your children. I think this shows a true lack of character on Jill's part, and you were really strong to put up with it for so long. I would have already exploded. I really admire you and Simon this season, and feel bad about judging you harshly in the past.
Alex - I thought you handled it great and from the footage we get to see on Thursdays, YES! Jill seems to always get digs in on you and your family, so I am so happy you finally stood up and confronted her. GREAT JOB WELL DONE!! Since I can only base my opinion on what they show for t.v. - I would say LuAnn does do a lot of cover up and underlining digs that don't always get caught by you and the others. She puts on that fake spin like the true southern ladies do with the nasty comment followed by the "Bless your heart" crap - seriously, if you're gonna be rude then be rude don't be fake about it. I hope to see you call them out more on their mistreatings toward you!
Bravo to you Alex!! I was proud of you tonight when you confronted Jill. It is never okay to judge other woman's parenting skills-- or their children. Every child is different and every situation with that child is different. Really---it is just nobody's business how you decide to raise your children as long as you provide a loving safe environment for them.
I noticed that Jill acted "dumbfounded" when you called her out on her YEARS of snide remarks. But I didn't believer her for a second. I think she was just shocked that you actually stood up to her.
Apparently, she has been mistaking your "kindness for weakness".
It was very refreshing to see you show Jill, that just because you portray a constant level of kindness, doesn't mean that she can walk all over you. Eventually, enough is enough. You showed her that tonight. I wouldn't be surprised if Jill begins to treat you with a lot more respect now.
Anyway, best of luck to you and your beautiful family!
Alex, good girl stand up for your children...Jill you should know better never attack someones child, because the the claws come out. Alex, don't listen to anyone when it comes to raiseing your children go with your gut and know one elses.
Alex - you've been wonderful so far this season and it's refreshing to have a mature person on the show.
I feel like you are inserting yourself into the drama to be on camera more this season. You usually are above the fray. Way above it. Also I think Bethenny has said some pretty awful things about your husband, so has Ramona. But you are fine with them? You my dear are choosing sides.
i'm really glad you confronted jill and luann concerning comments made about your children. i have never heard you or simon sink so low as to talk bad about someone else's child. as far as i'm concerned, that's where i'd draw the line. i'm glad that your "mama bear" instincts took over! with that said, i don't think jill realizes half of what comes out of her mouth. i think she's truly a sweet lady that sometimes could use a filter. i also think it would have been better to ask her to lunch to discuss it instead of at a formal dinner. maybe now since you've brought it to her attention, and that you will not tolerate it anymore, hopefully will not happen again. i love watching you and simon, and it's obvious you love your boys. :)
Alex, I think you are a class act. To say that you are, without a doubt, my favorite NY Housewife, is an understatement. You have always been my favorite for your careful choice of words and the classy way in which you deal with people. You have a brain and a conscience, which apparently is very rare among the other ladies (although,I do like Bethenny as I don't like when people gang up on other people) especially when they are NO better, and sometimes, much worse. It is refreshing to see ladies like you and Bethenny who are smart,beautiful(enough to be in Playboy, but too classy to do it)have great figures,have great careers, and have men who love them. I really think the others are very jealous of your accomplishments. Keep up the good work; you and Simon appear to be phenominal parents in the way that you deal with your precious boys ( and they could climb up my leg and I would welcome then with open arms).
Alex, you're a wonderful mother. Don't ever let anyone tell you otherwise. Your boys are precious. :)
Alex, get over it! If this is the biggest issue in your life, you haven't got it bad. Maybe the topic of your children's behavior is such a hot button for you because you know there is some truth to it. More than one housewife from the show has commented about it and we all saw them at 21 behaving inappropriately. It looks like you’re trying to make a mountain out of mole hill so you get some air time, but you come across as ridiculous. You’ve always been pretty classy; don’t start acting like a drama queen. And, if you are going to pick a fight, please do it over something that warrants it.
Favorite! Love ya, girl. I just wish you were more appreciated for your good soul. I'm so glad you are on this show to balance the craziness and immature antics of the others. I am reminded that money certainly doesn't buy class, for sure!
People always say that, when they are your kids, you have the patiece of Job. Well, let me tell you, I haven't spent time with your kids, personally, but the footage that has been shown on the show makes me think that only a mother could have enough patience for them. Now, I was raised in a totally different environment than you and your kids are being raised in a totally different environment than others. Got it. Every parent has the right to raise and discipline their kids as they see fit. But, Alex, nobody outside your household is going to look at their behavior in the loving way you do. If they were climbing up my leg or running amuck in my house, I would have corrected them. And if you didn't like that, I would have just told you--Get 'em right or take 'em home! It wouldn't have meant that I didn't care for you or for them. But our parenting expectations are different. Many people will not see things the way I do; many won't see things the way you do. I am sorry you let this build up between you and Jill. But, really, your kids seem to have few boundaries. And you've gotta expect that, when they go out in the world, if you didn't set boundaries for them, someone else will.
i hate the way the women talk about your boys. they are boys and boys have a lot of energy. you are a working mom and doing the best job you know how to do. if you boys do need help i am sure you are getting your boys the help they need and it is not to be shown or discussed on tv.
I am really starting to like you more and more. Love the way you and your family are together. Be blessed!
YES ALEX! Tonights episode was the show where you decided that instead of trying to fit in with these catty women no matter what they said, you made YOUR place in the group. They have continued to crack on your kids since you have been on the show and you have politely taken it for way too long. Your reaction/emotion was the most sincere and real thing to happen this season. I wrote on LuAnns blog that her and Jill should be glad it came out in tears and not mama bear coming out swinging. I could hear it now if you questioned Victoria and her broken wrists from sneaking out - LuAnn blew right over that. Would you rub it in her face? NO. All kids have their moments - so what! Your son playing at the docks w/someone who was playing back...good for him! They aren't show pieces you set on a shelf - they are little boys. I'll bet you never hear another word from them about your boys. If they do - then they deserve what they get. You did great on the catwalk - of course Ramona being Ramona (jealous) couldn't say something nice at first, but came around. Simons love for you is so obvious. He was holding his breath watching you in awe. I like that you want to be a group - the NYC Housewives. There should be some sort of bond/thread of connection between you all just for being the real hw's of nyc! It will be memories you will all always have in common. It would be nice if you could come away w/it as having that bond that overrides all the crap. PS. When you mentioned everything Jill cracked on the boys about, you forgot their names! She talked smack about that too. Enough is enough. You put your foot down in an honest way, granted she didn't totally get it, and Luann brushes it off in her blog. Love to see you let them have it if they dare to go there again. Love that you don't feel the need to pick sides. They make their own beds w/you.
BRAVO for you ! You've taken abuse from all of them long enough. Of all the wives you have been the most gracious and acted with class all while being humiliated in public and private. They are always in each others business, but heaven forbid if someone points out their faults! Your kids are just being young boys as young boys are, with your loving guidance they will be fine. [unlike some of the nuts on this show] God Bless, and CHIN UP!
Alex who would have thought I would have become your fan? You go! I admire you for standing up to Jill and LouAnne. They are the mean girls. They must be very unhappy with their lives. They will rotate who they put down. Based on all the times Jill tried to boss Bettheny I believe every word of what you said. And I know how things can build up and once you confront the person they act like you are nuts because you have to let it all out like a tidal wave. Hugs, Your New Fan
I am sorry I have been so judgemental toward you and Simon in previous seasons. The way this season is evolving everyone is showing their true colors, and I think you were portrayed harshly in previous seasons. You are a wonderful mother and wife, and I admire your work ethic and loyalty.