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This week I’m writing this as I sit on a plane to Miami feeling a twinge of guilt as it is Earth Day and my carbon footprint has just grown. Does buying offsets assuage my guilt? Anyway, we’re in Florida as we have 4 signings on this leg of our book tour for Little Kids Big City. So far we’ve been getting great reviews (none of which we’ve written ourselves ;-) ); all over Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Borders as well as our Facebook fan page. At all our signings; we read some excerpts, take questions (on the show and book) and then, of course, sign books and take photographs. On Friday 4/23 from 7 p.m. we’ll be at Barnes & Noble in Boca Raton, Saturday from 4 p.m. Borders in Fort Lauderdale and Sunday we’re in Tampa also at Borders, from 2 p.m. If you’re in the area we’d love it if you’d pop in and see us. We’re adding dates as I type so check out McCordvanKempen.com for updates or make sure you join our FB fan Page as you’ll then be sent updates as we add event signings.
Now on to this the eighth episode, after this there’s another six left and then the Reunion Special(s?) and I just can not wait to see that. Can you?
In the opening credits we see six housewives holding an apple and I wonder if that will change throughout this episode? But soon we’re whisked off to Jill’s were she’d called the Visiting Vet Service of New York. We’ve often heard Jill say that pets and children are the most important living things in her life and there’s no doubt that she’s very attached to Ginger. Why? I have no idea. Now I come from a postion of bias in that my wife and children are my priorities; with pets a distant second. I’ve had both cats and dogs but if I wanted a small pet I’d have a cat or two (and we do) and if and when we have a dog; it will be a big one. Honestly, Chihuahuas are just not my cup of tea and what we’ve seen to date with Ginger explains why; nose licking, yapping, farting and now crapping all over the place. I am not sure what was particularly TV worthy in this scene other than forcing us to endure the disgusting behavior of Jill’s dog; that and the fact that Jill was wrong in her diagnosis. Ginger wasn’t sick just her behavior was. Honestly I think seeing Jill and LuAnn in bed again would have been better.
Bethenny arrives at Casa McCord van Kempen (and if you want to see more of our house check out these two bonus clips on bravotv.com - Cribs Pt1 & Cribs Pt2), for a spot of lunch and we hear in talking head mode from Bethenny that Alex is “low maintenance and an unconditional friend.” Now, I have no idea why she’d feel the need to point that out. Do you? But back live, Bethenny spurts out in Franglais that she’s engaged or rather ‘Je suis engaged’ and while Alex is genuinely excited for Bethenny, Bethenny seems much more reserved, which is surprising as we then hear that she’s not told another soul at this stage, unless she just meant that she hadn’t told any other Housewives. Just based on their interactions that have made it to air this season, Alex’s talking head of how touched she was that Bethenny had told her first, might seem a little too effusive, but knowing how much time they have talked since that Labor Day lunch at Ramona’s, it’s real and genuine. It’s weird writing about these sorts of life changing events when time has already marched on and Bethenny and Jason have since tied the knot; but I have to say that Bethenny is more happy in this scene and subsequently than I have ever seen her in the three years I’ve known her. Congratulations, Bethenny and Jason.
Simon -- I love reading your impressions of the shows. Now the first thing I do after watching is come here to see what you have tosay. Thanks for giving us your clever reviews!
I thought in the first season you were pretty Kooky but now, I Love You Man. You are definitely a Gentleman and I love reading your Blogs they are spot on. Tell it like it is and Congrats on the Book Tour. Hugs and Kisses to you, Alex and your adorable family.
Another spot on review. I posted the same to Alex that Luann ruined the moment by bringing up the old things. What happened to time and place. And i noticed she didn't apologize to Bethenny and she owes her an apology. Bethenny was glowing up until Jill walked away. Her face just crumbled. Thank goodness, she had Jason and her friends there to cheer her up. She is definitely in love, she seems so settled now. And doing couples things will be good for her with Jason by her side.
I have my book finally and I am reading at a rapid rate. I love it! This is a review not written by you or Alex! I love your book. Hope to get it signed when I check on your signing locations.
Congrats to you and Alex, hope the boys get to see Mickey one day.
hi simon, keep the blogging coming. I love how you and Mario call it like it is with jill.she is not a real friend , it's all about money to her, how sad.Good luck with your book tour and don't forget to take the boys back to florida to see Mickey.
Hi Simon, love your blogs.On your next blog please tell us that you and Alex are not leaving.Get rid of Sonja, she doesn't need to be there, even when Bethenny leaves.Hope your book signings go well.Who ever thought you and Alex would be the sane and reasonable ones this season.Also I like both of you separately and together.And several seasons ago I NEVER would have said that!!!!
Simon, Your blog ROCKS the house. I love it. Don't know why Jill ripped on you during her talking head but she's obviously lost her mind this season. It was so tacky of her to gush over the 'HUGE' ring...but typical.
Keep on writing, your blogs are the best.
Initially, I thought you and Alex were a tad odd and perhaps even snobbish. Over time, I see that you are down to earth and a loving couple. I think it's great that you are writing a childrens' book, too. It shows a lot of love for children and commitment to them.
Please, remain authentic!
You hit the nail on the head with this blog, go Simon, plus when are you going to welcome your own design label?
Simon -- pretty much spot on again! The only thing I would debate is what you said in the beginning about Bethenny's comment about the status of Alex' friendship with her. I think everyone should just assume that Bethenny has just not had a lot of experience with true friendship and probably finds herself in unfamiliar, and maybe even uncomfortable, surroundings. Maybe it's due to her relationship with her father, or lack of one with her mother (I don't even remember what she said, if anything, about her). She obviously needs an "unconditional" friendship until she sees the benefit of having a really "close" friend. I think Alex is perfect in that role. She neither makes demands on anyone, nor interferes .. a perfect "unconditional" friend. You should be very proud that she is like that.
All your other comments are great! I agree with you about the Jill/Ginger thing .. who the heck needs to see doggy poop? Clearly, Jill will take whatever air time she can get as it must have been a slow filiming week for her.
You and Alex make the show worth watching ... would love to see more interaction with your kids!
you are extremely long winded! stop trying to be witty and pretentious in your writing cuz alot of the times it's not witty and it's sounds more confusing than intelligent. keep it to the point and simple. thanks!
"low maintenance and an unconditional friend" = Friend you don't need to impress with anything, translation = a friend that is there for you. Alex is a beautiful person.
Simon, wow! You nailed it completely. I don't think Jill was ever a true friend to Bethenny. Jill this season appears very phony to me. Good luck on the book.
I think Simon was being hunorous when he asked why Bethenny would talk about Alex's superior qualities. He really does get it.
Simon, of course, knew what Bethenny meant when she said that Alex was easy to be around and a true friend. He was making a "winking" comparison to Bethenny's experience with Alex versus her experience with Jill. He completely understood her comment. He was not confused. Simon and Alex have managed to keep their heads held high and have stayed true to themselves while suffering the slings and arrows of catty comments and it has paid off this season. As others around them have crumbled under the pressure of being in the spotlight, they are now shining and standing tall. They have also become friends with and seem to have quite successfully buried the hatchet with past detractors. Simon, you grabbed the brass ring when you found Alex!
The statement low maintenance and a good friend is definately a compliment. Some friends you have to watch what you say, or do, they are high maintenance friends, they are needy, clingy and sometimes you wonder why you are friends with them. Other friends, it's like a breath of fresh air, they are more apt to go with the flow, be genuinely happy for you when good things happen, and so on. Love, love, those kinds of friends, they are easy to love.
Simon, Right on!!! Your take on last nights show says it all! I also don't think Bethenny meant anything by that remark. Alex and Bethenny have really come to understand one another and that is nice! It's a sincere, genuine friendship!
I hope you and Alex return next season so we can get an honest view of the ladies!
I think some of you are taking Simons comment of what bethenny about hers and Alex's frinedship out of context..I think he was being sarcastic meaning Alex is that kind of friend and bethenny is pointing it out cause the other one JZ was not that kind of friend. He wasnt calling B out on saying something bad..It was all good.
I think you may have misunderstood Beth's comment about low maintenance. For me it means someone who is easy to be with, someone with no demands on you, down to earth, genuine and someone who doesn’t bring more stress then what you are already dealing with. Someone who will listen (I mean listen, not force their opinions on you). Everyone at one time or another, has had a high maintenance friend (Jill comes to mind) and after dealing with that in your life, people like Alex are indeed a breath of fresh air.
Best of luck with your book, and keep it down to earth, real and genuine. Another words, keep it “low maintenance”.
Hey Simon! Yours is the first blog I come to read. You are always spot-on, funny and insightful. Love you and Alex!
LuAnn demanding an apology of Bethanny was yuck, I agree. Just let her have her moment!
Look forward to more from you two.
Simon, what Bethenny said about Alex in her side was nothing but a compliment. A low maintenance friendship is NOT a bad thing...it's a wonderful thing!
Thanks for the insights you offer us on each episode from someone who was actually there. It gives us some idea of what really went on before the edit!
"But no, Jill hadn’t been informed and so “literally’ removes herself." How else does one remove oneself – teleport?" This made me laugh so hard! Simon, I always enjoy reading your blogs.
Spot on as usual Simon! I love your blog!! You nail it every time. Jill was only trying to make herself look better by congratulating Bethenny... it had nothing to do with repairing the friendship and those who don't see that are blind. Bethenny and Jason are lucky to have great friends like yourself and Alex.
My sister and I are anxiously awaiting our/your arrival at Barnes in Boca this evening....we'll be the two (somewhat middle aged but not there yet) blondes who'll be looking all like we have something to say but "i'll be the tongue tied one...so if'n it doesn't come out of my mouth, let me tell you know that since Season One, we have GREATLY changed our opinions about the two of you and definitely feel that you are the MOST normal on the show....and also, we LOVE LOVE LOVE what you did to your home---it's "rockin"......see ya at 7---welcome to Boca!!!
I think you,Alex and all the others that think Bethenny is the victim should be careful. Bethenny knows what she is doing. She is a snake and will turn on all of you when the moment is right. I think Ramona is right. What she said to Bethenny on the Brooklyn Bridge that Bethenny will screw up her relationship. Also, have to wonder why her father wouldn't reconcile with her when he was dying. Bethenny is not all she lets on . She just uses everyone to her advantage. She likes the press and the limelight.
I love your blog it's very entertaining. Your very insightful. People, Simon's comment about Bethenny describing Alex as “low maintenance and an unconditional friend” is Simon being facetious, at the expense of Jill's behaviour this season. Simon I enjoyed every ounce of it. Continue to contribute to the blogs. You keep me laughing. Mistermoo, I find your comment so blindly wrong. You have no insight. Jill has treated Bethenny badly all season. Bethanny extended an olive branch to Jill 2 or 3 times and Jill spat on the branch each time. I don't think it's possible to have sincerity without an apology and Jill hasn't apologized for her behaviour.
Simon - love your blog! You missed your calling as a reporter with a keen eye...:) Jill just doesn't seem to have a good word to say about anyone and for someone to say that she is into the drama or that you are catty is simply ridiculous. Drama is when you talk with everyone about a problem you are having with someone and refuse to speak to them directly about it.
Will be using my book budget to buy yours and alex's book. Jill should keep her secrets to herself...:)
Well done Simon! Again, you are right on the money. Jill really needs to be ashamed of herself! Such nerve! I used to really enjoy watching her, but definatly not anymore... She is too big for her boots! Alex is such a wonderful woman, you guys are very lucky to have eachother :) Good Luck and enjoy Miami with the family!
While Ramona is certainly not my favorite Housewife(Alex holds that title!), I do love that she wants to renew her wedding vows with her husband and find nothing odd about it being done on their 16th wedding anniversary. My mother and step-father decided to renew their vows on their 11th wedding anniversary. Less than a year later he was dead. The deacon at our church who officiated at their vow renewal said at my step-fathers funeral that he would never again question when someone wants to renew their vows. Who cares whats "normal"? If you and your spouse want to renew your vows I say go for it and who cares what anyone else thinks!
I don't understand how you can talk about other people being catty and talking behind backs when on here to pick apart every word to come out of people's mouths. Jill was doing what most women do when they hear someone got engaged - everyone wants to know about the ring. What else was there for them to talk about? And I don't see anything wrong with Jill's interview when she talks about not being involved. She is showing remorse and mourning the lost friendship. That is normal and acceptable. She is not trying to say she can't believe Bethenny couldn't do it on her own. She is saying that she wishes she could have been a part of it because of the friendship they once had.
Perhaps Bethenny pointed out that Alex is a low maintenance friend and said nice things about her because she wants people to know. I don't know why you are taking offense to it. It is not like Alex (or you for that matter) has always done a great job of portraying herself as a wonderful in the past. Bethenny was doing a service not detracting.
Good job! You've spoiled us.........your blog makes each reader feel that you're writing especially just to them. Congatulations to you and Alex on the book!
I like your blogs! And I like reading a male perspective about the housewives. You have a good take on all of the drama. You and Alex have shown such classy behavior in the midst of some pretty low behavior.
Hi Simon, I read one of the posters call you catty. Well isn't it funny when someone, you, tells it like it is it's called catty but when Jill puts her spin on things she is telling the truth. Go figur some people, I think you did a great job in your blog. Everything that has been floating around in my head since last night you addressed. And I might add I see it exactly the way you did. And reading the Ms. board so doe's a very large majority of viewers. Good luck with your book!
Simon, I am delighted that you and Alex are getting such positive fan feedback this year; it is richly deserved.
In terms of Bethenny's comment about Alex (being low maintenance, etc.)... I think it was a genuine, heartfelt attempt on Bethenny's part to express publicly what a true friend Alex has been to her. Alex has consistently soared above all the ugliness and reality drama, and I think Bethenny appreciates that.
Love you guys.
I have really enjoyed your blogs! they add perspective, style and enjoyment! I hope that Bravo keeps a balance and that you and Alex become permanent fixtures in an otherwise, hyperventilated, superfluous and materialistic chatter from LuAnn, Jill and Sonja
I cannot believe any commenters believe that Jill was civil and kind. She walked out when Bethenney walked in. She and her mean girls group avoided the rest of the crowd. They rest weren't bad mouthing Jill, they were wondering aloud why she was reacting so dramatically. Jill only came to give congratulations becuase she was worred about how she would look if she didn't. And then she lied while she was doing it. "I wasn't avoiding you, i was waiting for Bobby" Over and over with the excuses. B had put up with Js cruelty and nastiness for months. J had been building up her "team" and rebuffed Bs attempts at friendship. She complained B wasn't helping during important times in her life, but now realizes there was a lot going in Bs that she (J) was missing.
I'd almost believe she felt bad last night if weren't for interviews that have happened recently that still place all the blame on B. Insider, Vanity Fair, her blogs. J is horrible.
Simon, You are absolutely right, why couldn't those brats Jill and Luann be happy for Bethenny, esp. Jill... Luann is now her puppy. I've become a Silex fan, you are the normal ones on the show, apart from Bethanny :)
Right on, Simon! My sentiments, exactly! Interesting how B. happened to have a life without Jill, and quite a life at that! It's just sad that the pettiness destroyed the relationship before B.'s missile took off! Too bad Jill couldn't share in B.'s blessings. I was thinking the same thing you wrote regarding LuAnn. No sooner does she exchange pleasantries with B. that she is bashing her AGAIN about calling her a snake! Forget about the fact the B. has just announced her engagement! Self absorbed to the max! Plus, LuAnn is a snake and a phony. I'm happy to see Alex becoming good friends with B. Everyone can use a great, solid and kind friend.
Hi Simon! You, as always, hit the proverbial nail on the head with your blog this week. Actually, there were several nails - jill with the ring, kelly with the double standards, and luann with the inappropriate confrontations. I won't start about Ramona..... You don't b.s. with anyone and your actions always exude your integrity and class, which is hard to find nowadays, especially on the show. (With the exception of Alex and Bethenny.)
Alex is just fabulous! She is always so grounded and genuine. She doen't take crap from anyone and she stands up for her family and friends. I really am glad that both of you are a part of the show and hope to see more of you two. I wish you both well on your book tour and wish you well in your family's journey together!
The bad feelings that you currently have towards Jill have tainted your view on what happened in last nights episode. Clearly, Jill was uncomfortable approaching B @ the Gothan party. She wanted Bobby there for support (can you blame her?). Bethenny didn't appear to welcome Jills conversation, so J tried again, commenting on the beauty of the ring. There's nothing wrong with that. Most women gush over engagement rings. If it had been Ramona (your new BFF) gushing over the ring, you wouldn't have anything negative to say about it, would you?
I like you, Simon, but you're full of yourself.
Simon- Love you and Alex! I am also very glad that B and Jason have the 2 of you in their lives- you offer true friendship and genuine love.
As for the last scene where Jill bolted and B has an epiphany, Jill may have realized at that moment she had taken this whole thing wayyyy too far for wayyyy to long, but for B, the dream is over. When Jill leaves the table after weeks and repeated trying by B to talk, B sees how coldhearted her old friend can be and rightfully does not want to subject her new happiness to any of this BS. Good for her!
One interesting aspect of this is the paradox of Jill refusing to give an inch at the beginning of this whole friendship fiasco and now at the end B realizes the futility of doing so. If only Jill had stayed seated at that moment when B and Jason arrived, there may be a very different outcome to this story. But that departure was the final straw- cold and calculated. Did you see who was leading the charge?? Luann- once again imposing herself where she has no business. Off to their little focus group on hating Bethenny. You reap what you sow Jill.
To the rest of us- this is a lesson to be learned about jumping to conclusions and the importance of making rash and impetuous decisions and being too stubborn to listen- the outcome could be disaster.
Simon....I love, love, LOVE your blogs!!
I have a question though....are you and Jill no longer on speaking terms?