Week five and we’re straight into the saga of Jill and Bethenny with B suspecting that Jill has run off to the Daily News to plant a story. Where ever would Bethenny have gotten that idea from? Well, let’s see. In Season 2 Jill ran off and gossiped to Cindy Adams at the NY Post about me and Alex, here Bethenny is suggesting she’s done so to her on this occasion and we strongly suspect Jill’s fingerprints were all over the Feb 4th rumor about Bravo cutting us from Season 4. So, maybe Jill finally has gotten a new hobby – gossiping (but isn’t that just like her old one?) ;-)
I remember when this ‘story’ came out and was surprised that it said that Bethenny was cutting ties with all the other Housewives as that’s not what I’d been seeing first hand between Alex and Bethenny. Now I had been getting weird emails but more on that later… It certainly seems that Bethenny was pretty p’d off with Jill but she does state that this is between her and Jill and that she’s going to call Jill and try and sort it out.
We lob downturn where Kelly is meeting Playboy journalist, Mike Guy. Mike is probably best known as someone who was sure he could survive 15 seconds of waterboarding (he understandably freaked after 4.5 seconds), so after that, surely interviewing Kelly would be a breeze. But low and behold she knew how to knock him for 6 and put him off his game. Tell him he’s the most handsome journalist she’d ever met in her life! However despite Kelly throwing out Kellisms like the “this is an organic experience – a breakthrough in journalism,” he obviously did get a scoop out of her as we find out why she can’t remember what she looked like in the photos. If you look at the March edition, this interview starts on page 92. On page 95 it reads, and I quote verbatim, “a month after these pictures were shot, she allegedly punched her 31 year old boyfriend Nick Stefanov, in the face, leaving a nasty gash.” Now that perhaps is why the photos that were published looked nothing like the ones we saw two weeks ago on episode 3, as the incident with Stefanov happened in early March 2009.
Out east in we see a nice scene between LuAnn and Victoria; and we get a chance to see that Victoria clearly has the talent to sketch (and yes Luann even I could guess that that was a shoe). These rare family scenes are even better this season when thrown in between the constant bickering. Real scenes, real family interaction – we need more of that.
Simon, you nail every point, and well! Calling the blows here helped me to rightly put much of the episode in perspective. Jill brings me back to my high school years (a private all-girl school) where you 'better never' cross the mean girl! You, Alex, and the boys, ground this show, and the viewers, into a nice slice of the grow-up life!!
Keep writing Simon!!!!! Anita
Good morning Simon, This is try 3 to leave a message. Very sad show last evening. Thank goodness you and your lovely wife are there! Alex was correct in her opinion of Jill , her cruel streak she's got going on towards Bethenny. Sad , sad! However you, simon are a changed man! Soft spoken, gracious to others! What a refreshing personality! Good luck in the future! Sincerely yours, Vpabbott
Simon, you hit the nail right on the head everytime! You guys (you and Alex) are so precious. You both have the ability to have compassion and understanding. You clearly see the right and wrong of every situation. Your children are so lucky to have you as parents and role models. I can't wait to read your book.
Simon....love how you write you truly have a gift. I respect your wife for standing up for your children. It truly upset me that anyone in this situation would go after the kids. Not saying the adults are fair game, however they can respectfully stand up for themselves the children however did not sign up for this therefore they should be off limits for any and all comments. It truly shows the how classless and inappropriate individuals are on the show. Seeing your wife making pizza with your son was very endearing. It broke my heart to see her cry.
Simon, I liked both you and Alex from the beginning - I know that you had both rubbed a lot of people the wrong way because of how you were portrayed to be social climbing wannabe's...but as you yourself rightly pointed out 'doesn't everyone want to better their position in life'? ( parapharsing) And you are exactly right. Anyway, as time progressed in the first season... I really liked how you and Alex handled yourselves when being 'challenged/atacked'...Alex consistently showed herself to be a lady. She never gossiped or bad-mouthed anyone, even while politely defending herself. I loved when these naked pictures of Alex surfaced and all of a sudden Ramona became Sister Ramona, with a holier than thou attitude, meanwhile you quickly reminded us of her less than desirable behaviour on the dance floor and in front of her daughter earlier on in the season. Well done-you called it as it was without nastiness, just a reality check. I am sure those pictures give great satisfaction to Ramona and Luann - so they can justify in their own silly petty minds that they are somehow classier than Alex - but the rest of us know the truth. Luann is extremely 'common', completely embarrassing to watch - as is Ramona.
Anyway, its great to see that you have both kept 'true' to yourselves and don't seem to give a 'flying frik' to what other people may say. And I love your fashion sense! All the Best!
To viewer jos san fran - You need to take it down a notch and appologize to Simon for the comments you made to him about refering to Ramona's age --- She IS 50 (if not 51 by now)! She told us her age in her blog during last season (April 28, 2009). Do your homework before you completely bash someone over an innocent and factual reference.
By the way, I love your attitude about life, Simon. You and Alex are my favorites on the show. You always have been. I'm looking forward to reading your book.
Simon, in all honesty, I did not like you last season. But I love how you try to remove yourself of all the pettiness going on on the show and your sense of humor and sarcasm is tops! I feel you're much more likeable this season. You and Alex make a great couple!
You have a wonderful wife! The two of you are compassionate, real people. Keep that up! Best wishes.
So.....it must be feeling pretty good to be known as "the GOOD Simon", huh?
Loved your comment on the last episode where your friend asked how you were after Ramona's effusive greeting.
"I think I'm alright". Hahaha. Best quote of the episode.
Simon...you are so right on all points! You and Alex are true to yourselves! You are really nice people who make great friends!
I have to hand it to you! You say just what I (and many others I'm sure) FEEL!. You see the snide remarks, the back-stabbing etc... Keep it up! I think you and Alex this season are the only 'drama free' ones on the show. I hope that Alex doesn't let Jill's remark about your little ones upset her too much.. look where its coming from...
Seriously....I read every blog every week...and every week I say the same thing....why does Simon think we need a play by play of the show! I watched the show, all I want to know is how you felt about it!
Gratitude to your wife is in order for her kind and thoughtful approach to initiating the Jill and Bethanny forgiveness!
There is nothing more attractive to a woman than a man who cherishes his wife. You and Alex are good medicine for my soul, as well as, the show. I really enjoy both of your blogs, your humor, your ever-present 'grace under fire' and what seems to be never-failing goodness toward others...even the barracudas. You are giving New Yorkers a good name. I see the media has sensationalized something Alex wrote in 'Big City Little Kids' but I have come to so completely trust your rational behavior and thinking as revealed in your blogs and the show that I have no doubt, in the least, that it's just more hater's drooling to stir the pot by taking (out of context) 'potshots'. BRAVO EXECS! Wake up! Give them their own show! I'd love to see you and Alex against the other couples in Survivor, Amazing Race or Dancing With The Stars. Thank you for your humor, manners, and reserved 'above the rudeness' styles. Good breeding always shows.
Simon, that dig at Ramona's age was not called for, she would be honest to any one about most everything, even her age, but a "man" trying to insult a "lady" about her age shows no class at all. You lower yourself to the levels of people you seem to find pleasure in looking down to. I can see that you and Alex are too insecure to be with anyone else, therefor your co-dependent needy relationship is mistaken for romantic. People are not all fooled. Your putting down designers you normally "would have nothing to do with" because they are new to the industry, shows your lack of self respect, why else would you strive to put yourself as better than them, or anyone else. pitiful.
Dear Simon, Keep blogging. You and Alex are a amazing REAL couple. Who have two well behaved children. I am a mom of two girls 14, and 8. And I noticed people sometimes need to make negative comments regarding them just to make themselves feel better. Your blog here is why I come to this site, to get the real insight of the episode from your and your wife Alex. You guys both tell it how it is, and being a New Yorker myself, that's the way it should be. Please keep your blog up.. And Alex also. And I hope the rumors are wrong about you guys not being on next season. For the viewers we need at least one normal couple. As my teenager says "You and Alex ROCK"
Simon, YOU ROCK! If the world had your caring & compassion, we would be so much better off. I have yet to ever see you or your wife be judgmental, either. Don't let this show change you!
Hey Simon, Your blog was the BEST. Keep up the great work. Blondee always loved you & Alex. Now your everyones favorites.
Wasn't a big fan in the beginning, but you and Alex are now my favorites!!! You are both genuine,creative,level-headed, lovely individuals. Your mutual love and respect for each other mirrors my marriage. I feel truly blessed as I'm sure you both are. Cheers!
Love, Love, Love Alex and you!!!!
Great partners, great friends, my guess - great lovers, too!
Simon, I will have to stop watching the show if you and Alex leave! Love your blog. You keep it real.
Simon, you and Alex are a whole breeze of fresh air! I agree with you, the scenes with family interaction are the best! My favorite is the one with you and Alex fixing pizza for your addorable little boys. I would be happy if they change the show to "The Alex and Simon" show. I'm done with JZ and the other one with the deep voice, they are exhausting and annoying and ugh...I get tired just thinking about them, that's why I fast forward my tivo when they're on... I'm so glad that you guys will be in the RHONYC for many many years, since you guys make the show worth watching. love always! med.
Wow,this week was brutal to watch. I don't know if your "characters" are developed before the season, but I have to say, you and Alex are actually likable.. Sorry to say, in the past seasons, you were protrayed as very creepy...I actually like your blogs...very well written and entertaining
I am not a fan of Ramona's normally. I can say this sometimes it does take 49 or 50 years to work through conflicts or abuse issues with a parent. I was okay for many years with my mother's denials of abuse. I was even okay with her "recreating my childhood". I wanted her approval. Last year, our family had their first blow out since we were kids. My brother said something to her about our messed up childhood. She had the nerve to call me and was so insulted that he said this. When she asked me, all I said was there were times that you were mad at me and I did not know why. This was the kindest thing that I could say to her. She hung up on me. This festered. I finally had to tell her that she had been a verbal and physical abuser.
It annoys me when some of the other ladies put Brooklyn down.Not everybody can afford to live in Manhattan.I love your blogs Simon and hope you'll continue with your clear head and sense of humor.It is so nice how you and Alex have become the sane and classy ones!
Simon, I love your interpretation of this episode. Your blog post was wonderful from start to finish.
Simon yayyyyy you get it. I should say you and Alex get it. Congrats to your life ~ your wife and your beautiful children.
I think you and Alex are the sane part of the show. I appreciate the way you two add common sense to the equation...keep up the great work.
Simon, your blogs have gotten so much better! Not so many recaps. We all want to know what you really think! Love watching you and Alex this season.
Simon and Alex, how I hated both of you during season 1, but how wrong I was for judging you both! You and Alex are a true class act and it shows during this season. You are the only reason I've been watching this season.
Simon, your tact and mannerisms puts you and Alex in the position to be called Count and Countess. I'm not into titles, but when it comes to portraying one, you and Alex sum it up in every episode. Thanks for being true to yourself and beliefs on such a chaotic and toxic show. I hope you're being paid well for your pain and suffering. Keep blogging. You're the only one who can be objective without taking sides.
Wow... YOU DON'T GET IT! You are the only one with "your take" on Simon...
You and Alex get my vote for this season!
You and Alex are the only ones who get it! You and Alex get my vote for the "Best of the Season!"
SIMON, First, congrats to Alex and you for your great efforts in Brooklyn fashion weekend...(though you don't need Bethenny who hates fashion shows, hates fashion, to be on the committee...)As for your blog this week, you write well, so please offer us more Simon insight and less minute by minute housewives' re-capped conversations on the episode we just viewed. There is enough video, photos and TV spots for that. You and Alex have a good marriage and offer an interesting story living in Brooklyn with your ADORABLE boys. Let's hear more details about your part of the show! As for the housewife cat fights you can't seem to write enough about, put this in perspective: Bethenny and Kelly; Bethenny and Jill. Bethenny is paramount in both issues, (not to mention Bethenny's feelings about LuAnn, and Bethenny's disdain and cruel comments about you, Alex, & your home last season). Somehow I see Bethenny Frankel as the common denominator in dramatic issues that constantly re-occur and dominate the blogs because she dug deep, cutting PERSONAL wounds to many.Period. When Bethenny called Jill on the sidewalk, she was mystified as to why the issue got so big. If the girlfriend dosn't get that a husband's cancer is the biggest thing in one's life, then she is truly dense and self-absorbed. It's not about the newspapers. She does not deserve Jill's friendship, or a truce with Kelly, either. Be wary of Bethenny yourself. Didn't she dump Alex's logo like a hot potato, and was bummed you two were coming to Ramona's Labor Day BBQ because she now had to face Alex and tell her the logo was ditched. NOT a friend, no way. You and Alex are great, and don't need to support her. Stay real, stay Silex!
Simon, you and Alex took a couple of seasons to grow on me, but you two seem like the most normal couple around!! I used to love Jill but I have become very disappointed in her. Maybe previous seasons just didn't show the "Real Jill of NYC". I truly enjoy both you and Alex and your take on things, your kindness....even to embrass crazy Ramona! Looking forward to the rest of the season.
After a hideous start (Season 1), both you and Alex have grown on me. Subsequent seasons have shown you both to me more adult and level-headed than most of your castmates.
As usual, your blog is dead-on. Keep up the good work!
From day one you and Alex won me over, you are two marvelous people , grounded , and seem to be wonderful parents ,,, sometimes i think you are the only sane people on the show. The comments by Jill and Luanne about your children was rude and very heartless , keep being yourselves you guys are GREAT. Love and best wishes
Dear Simon, You, Alex and Betheny are the only ones worth watching! Please continue on the next season, otherwise it won't be worth watching. Marylin