The saying is ‘a day late a dollar short’ so I guess I owe you all 6 dollars by now but also better late than never, right? I will, however, keep this one a little shorter.
This episode opens with Victoria home from boarding school and a chance for them to catch up more than they’ve been able to do in the 2 months she’s been gone. LuAnn gets a refresher on grinding and dirty frog dancing but she seems truly shocked that Victoria has been shopping in goodwill stores.
The BBC World Service comes to interview Jill about the state of the world’s economy and I do have to say that Jill deftly managed to deflect some of their leading questions and overall came off pretty well. Their parting comment about interviewing REAL celebrities came across as pretty mean.
We see Kelly updating her comp card pictures as well as take an A-shaped picture for her upcoming Halloween party to which she’s (surprisingly) lent her name (although maybe this time she sold it). The answer from the photographer “we love a good booty shot” to her question “do you want to do some from behind because they’re like ‘spicy’” definitely should be juxtaposed against Kelly’s comment later in this episode as she arrives at her Halloween party! ;-)
LuAnn’s clearly decided that Victoria needs new clothes so she has no need to ever visit a ‘goodwill’ store again, and so takes her shopping at a place where the price tags contain at least an additional two numbers prior to the decimal point. But first LuAnn decides to do her own bit of goodwill and aid the local street vendors by paying over price for street jewelry – hey it’s all good for the local economy!
Simon, regarding the need for sharp knives at Halloween there are special knives that have dull jagged edges that the kids can use while you use the sharp knives for the big part of the cutting. I loved that you have the pumpkin carving traditon with your boys, as my family does...but gosh it made this mother nervous to see those boys on the steps with sharp knives. And yes, Bethenny seems to put you and Alex down for the sake of doing so. I thought that yours and Alex's costumes showed much more awareness of the times than "let them eat cake," Marie Antionette.
Hi Simon --
Nice blog. I love the show, and in fact you and Alex have become two of my favorites. You seem more comfortable in your own skins this season, and I like the scenes which are just you and Alex and the kids.
Kelly's a freak and her kids are being treated like little Stepford Wives, which I think is unfortunate. Your kids are a "handful," but I think they're spunky.
Hi Simon Glad to finally read your post. I love your comments and get your wry sense of humor, especially your ability to point out hypocrisy...errrr....irony in your fellow castmates comments. You and Alex are receiving many positive comments this season, which just goes to show what editing can do. I can't wait to see your home and hope it turned out the way you wanted it. By the way, I like Bethenny, but her insecurities are becoming an issue.
Simon, We really get to see more of the real you and real Alex this season and I must say you are both very likeable. You're also smart and witty. We also get to see more of the real Bethanny too, and well, I'm not lovin' that! Team Silex!
There are a couple things in your blog I haven't seen elsewhere. Interesting take on some events. Thanks for the blog, hope to see you next year.
Simon, I've been waiting anxiously to read your blog. Thanks for posting it.
When I was watching the episode, it appeared as if your boys were using actual knives to carve the pumpkins and your blog entry seems to confirm that. For future reference, please note that pumpkin carving kits with nonlethal implements are readily available in every chain store from mid-September. When you hand sharp knives to children under age 6 and expect them to carve a gourd, you can't expect them to have either the strength or manual dexterity to keep the knife from slipping whether you're hovering over them or not. For next year, send your nanny to Target and have her grab a couple of kits if for nothing else but to make sure Francois and Johan's future nicknames aren't "One-Eye" and "Lefty."
Simon - I was touched at Alex's birthday party with the boys--she seemed to enjoy this part of her birthday best.
So glad you finally got a chance to write, but i understand you have been busy. I saw the pics from Coney Island too cute. As for B I dont think she is remotely aware of anything that does not pertain to her, she seems like a vary self-involved yet insecure person. I thought Halloween was great, and you are right it is never too soon to teach childrend life lessons in safety, Halloween is the PERFECT time to do that with regard to knives. As always you and Alex are magnificent, cant wait for tonights show
What I thought was sad was LuAnn haggling with the street vendor for those necklaces!! And then turn around and spend on high priced clothes! That is how the vendor makes his living.....come on people..... If I had that kind of money I would not be haggling a vendor! SO SAD! As Bethenny would say "So un-countess like"???!!!
Just because someone doesn't recognize Alex to be Sarah Palin shooting a moose doesn't mean they are "unaware of currrent events". I like your blog, but sometimes your digs seem to be without warrant.
Such as when you said Jill compared Kelly's childrent to your small children. But she didn't...she compared their mother's discliplining her children to you not doing so.
WHY on earth are you one of the bloggers? It's the Real HOUSEWIVES. In last year's recap episode, I thought people made it clear that we thought it odd that you insisted on as much face time as the other Housewives. Get over yourself, man.
Oh BTW, nice tantrum you threw in the limo for Alex' birthday. What a wuss.
I have to say I LOVED the Sarah Palin get-up that Alex was wearing. Just perfect! She pulled it off perfectly!
in hearing about the corset before the show aired -- I expected not to like it. but actually I loved it-- I don't care for the burlap fabric- but it was very beautifully constructed - and it - the "feed" written on burlap- made a statement that I think was very worthwhile -
hopefully your donation does not go to administrative overhead and actually does go to the real work of the charity.
you should have talked a bit about the reunion-- would have loved a hint of what you thought of it!
also, any thoughts on why Mario is blogging and Ramona isn't ? seems odd -- but that couple is very odd-- and they seem just right for each other and very unhappy...
Simon I think your growing on me, either that or Mario repulses me so, that he actually makes you look like husband/dad of the year!
See you managed to get a couple of digs in, Simon. Thought you were better than all that backbiting!!
While you and Alex have really grown on me this season, I still think you and Mario should step back and let the focus be on your wives. That is afterall what the show was supposed to be about. The women, not their spouses!!
I know some people find you annoying, but I think you are intelligent and provide a very good blog each week.Wonderfule parents, intelligent obviously and a good father. So what about the rest. You and Alex need to do a clip imitating B.
Simon's blogs are funny. I am always surprised by how much I agree with his "take" on the episode. I am also looking foward to the big reveal of their renovation tonight.
Simon-I wasn't sure about you in the beginning-BUT I TOTALLY LOVE YOU NOW! Your blog is the most entertaining of all of them-I look forward to yours every week!
IWOULD JUST LIKE TO SAY YOU ARE ONE SICK MAN , TO BE HANGING OUT WITH ALL THE LADYS DONT CARE WHOT YOU SAY YOU DONT SEE ALL THE OTHER HUSBANDS DOING WHOT YOU DO!IT IS SICK , AND YOU DONT OWEN THE HOTAL YOU WORK AT ,WHY DONT YOU TELL PEOPLE THAT , AND TO BE THE BRUNT OF PEOPLES JOKES DONT YOU HAVE ENEY PRIDE LEFT?
Simon...I have to tell you that I enjoy your blogs. You and Alex have really won a lot of people over this season. I don't mean to say that you are doing this intentionally...just that you guys seem to rise above the harping and backstabbing. As for your boys...kids will be kids....the stories I could tell you about mine!!!
I love Alex and Simon and think the idea for a parenting guide on raising children in urban America is a great idea! Whether you live up or down town, the city is rich with culture and age appropriate activities for all children. Kudos to the Van Kempens for being true to themselves and I look forward to their return next season. Kelly? Not so much. YAWN.
Simon: I really enjoy you and Alex on the show. You seem like genuinely warm, affectionate and dedicated parents. The boys look like they are very happy and have lots of freedom to explore their creative sides. I thought you were a good sport to play the tennis match even though you were under the weather. I bet your brooklyn renovation will turn out super fun and comfortable for your family and that is what is important. Jills place is certainly not everyones style but it suits her, as well. BTW- I LOVE the color suede loafers-wish I could get my husband in a pair but, alas, he is conservative and not into fashion :-)
Simon - you are adorable. Your blog and Alex's blog are by far the most enjoyable to read. You both seem like lovely charming kind people, and have a beautiful family. I'm looking forward to seeing the finished remodeled home!
Simon, LOVE YOU LOVE ALEX, you guys are so much fun. I lived in NYC for 8 yrs and didn't have nearly the fun you guys have! Keep being yourselves! I love watching both of you in every episode. Mario sucks, is so rude and over the top with his ego. PLEASE don't judge Christians by his actions, please!! What a jerk. You two are REAL!
You and your family are really my favorites, you do seem to stay true to your beliefs, especially the importance of putting your children first. However, I was surprised at how hard you were on Luanne and her daughter. Obviously, by now in their home things were not going well, if going shopping with her daughter and then having fun by feeling young and trying on the clothes herself helped ease her pain, so what if it wasn't Goodwill. Goodwill is the teen place to be today. It's fun, retro and affordable. But, maybe Luanne needed a place she liked on this day with her daughter. No one should judge this family this season.
Simon and Alex- I just love you guys! As some people have noted, I really didn't care for you after watching last season but I think the editing was poor and gave you both a bad vibe. The more I have filtered and watched you this year I have decided that you are the most polite, the most intellectual, have the best eye for fashion forward clothing, possess the most class (by not constantly throwing everyone under the bus) have a very cool, real life that you seem to love, have great taste in edgy art and surroundings and are now my favorites on the show!!! I worked in high fashion for a long time and then worked in the mega-yacht industry and have met so many that would run in the NYC housewives circle. Both of you seem to have a great sense of who you are and I truly think you guys are awesome!! Keep up being real and not feeling the need to put everyone down to feel better! You guys are the best and I would actually love to know a couple like you!
Dear Simon, LOVED the FEED bustier and hope to see Alex in it w/full accoutrements. The Halloween costumes were super-festive as well!
You and Alex have been really great sports as the designated "underdogs" of the show. Your failure to resort to back-biting has obviously been noted and appreciated. The Singers have no choice (they do, but . . .), as they are no match for you in the wit or intellect depts.
Looking forward to the renovation reveal. Hope it is more than to your liking and wasn't too hellish.
Hey Simon....it's not necessary to give a recap of the entire show...Scented Glossy Magazines does it the best. Just give us your opinion of things.
Simon... YOU'RE A SWEETHEART.. and I love Alex too! The two of you have NEVER been mean to anyone and that counts for a lot in my book. OK, so you're a little pretentious, but that's OK too... Love how you handled Ramona the other night. Who is she fooling saying she was upset because Alex posed without a top! LOL U got her good with reminding her of the Playboy episode. ha! You and Alex have more "depth" than Ramona ever thought of having.
You and your family rock! I may not have as much money as you but our values are similar. I think it's great that you all live in Brooklyn and didn't settle for the upper east side penthouse with a nanny. I am relating to you and your wife more than any of the people on the show and I am looking forward to the next episode. I love the remodel.
Dear Simon glad to be able to see your finished renovation. Hope we get to see the rest of your home in a later episode. I think the other housewives pick on you and Alex too much. I like both you you. I like your blog and how you point out the hypocrisy of the other housewives. Sometimes I miss things and you bring it out. Interesting to hear the backstory.Can't wait to see the next episode. I'm definitey hooked on your show!!
Hello Simon & Alex I'd first like to say I enjoy watching you both, Infact if Bravo were to remove either one of you from the show I would probably quit watching it all together. The Love and respect you have for eachother Is envied by many of us. As for your parenting skills that are often mention it should be reminded to us all that none of us are perfect parents.So with that said "People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones" Stay strong but most importantly stay true to yourself. We love watching you guys..........
Simon - I would NEVER have said this last season - but....I actually MISSED your blog last week! :) Perhaps you and Alex are growing on me......
SIMON,,,I THINK THAT YOU AND ALEX ARE A BEAUTIFUL COUPLE WITH A BEAUTIFUL FAMILY. i FEEL THAT YOU TWO KEEP GETTING CRITICIZED BECAUSE THE OTHER MARRIAGES ON THE SHOW COUPLES WHO ARE NOT AS SOLID AND HAPPY AS YOU TWO ARE. SIMON, CONTINUE TO CHERISH YOUR WIFE AND ALEX, PLEASE CONTINUE TO ENJOY IT FOR THOSE OF US WHO ARE MARRIED AND DON'T HAVE THAT. (SIMON, MAYBE JUST RELAX A LITTLE IF YOU MAKE A LEFT INSTEAD OF A RIGHT. IT'S OK. THE IMPORTANT THING WAS THE BEAUTY THAT WAS AT YOUR SIDE. THEY OUTCOME WAS THE SAME.)
Simon, as a hotelier myself in Kentucky, it would be a kick seeing you on the job sometime on the show. it would give a true sense of who you are & how much you means to others around you besides Alex and the kids. You strike me as a very tolerant, understanding, giving and refined person. Best of success to you and your family!
Simon & Alex - (May 2, 2009) Are you in Siesta Key, FL - I swear you both just rode past our condo on bicycles!! If you are, have fun while you are here!!
I GIVE YOU A LOT OF CREDIT FOR HELPING RAMONA OUT AT THE TENNIS MATCH. IT TAKES A GOOD GUY TO DO THIS. ALSO, LIKE THE WAY YOU AND ALEX GET ALONG. IT IS OBVIOUS YOU LOVE HER VERY MUCH AND ARE NOT AFRAID TO COMPLEMENT HER. THAT'S ONE OF THE THINGS MY WIFE APPRECIATES ALSO.
I ALSO GIVE YOU AND ALEX A LOT OF CREDIT FOR UNDERTAKING THE HOUSE RENOVATION. IT TAKES A STRONG COUPLE TO TACKLE THIS TOGETHER. IT WILL ACTUALLY BRING YOU CLOSER WHEN YOU'RE FINISHED.
KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK FRIEND.
I just checked out your renovations. Your house is charming! It really reflects who you are as a family and I'm sure your boys will have wonderful memories of growing up in such a colorful and warm home.
Alex (yep, that's my real name)