Alex has convened a meeting at New York Model Management’s office, Bethenny arrives first, clearly troubled by something and here Alex gives Ramona a master class in listening skills. She allows Bethenny to off load some pretty upsetting news, helps her get her thoughts straight and never imposes or talks over her. Yes, I love and am proud of my wife! Anyway what is it this season with dysfunctional Dads? Over the years Bethenny has been brutal about her Father and his apparent lack of parenting skills and I suppose one could wonder why she’d be upset over his terminal illness. To me this is the bond of blood. However much she might have resented him in life he was still her blood relative & his illness understandably reopened old wounds. She was right to go see and try and see him.
As Kelly arrives I must wink at the editing Gods as Bethenny’s prior line was just a great intro. Ramona, Derek and then Loris Diran arrive to select models, fortunately Bethenny seems to relax a little until Ramona tells her she should come visit next week as Jill’s coming over.
This week’s scene caught amongst the ads is a nice little run down of LuAnn’s pied-à-terre demands as she seeks to reclaim her little Manhattan footprint. Of course what we didn’t hear was her budget (or bedroom requirement) but let me tell you, satisfying that wish list would have added up to anything between $5,000 & $15,000 per month. I wonder if we’ll ever get to se what she chose?
We get a second visit to Brooklyn this episode (wow in just 35 minutes four housewives have made the trip across the bridge – see it’s not so bad!). This meeting was an attempt for Alex and Jill to clear the air over some of the things she’d said about our chums. Watching Jill, in talking head mode, deny she’d ever said anything about the boys that brought Alex to a head at Saks, displays a serious rewrite of history. And I think that’s not the first, nor the last time this season she will attempt that.
Anyway as they sit down Jill says she won’t bring up that Alex was mad at her but as Alex starts explaining her and others involvement you see Jill tense a little; needing to know everything and whether Bethenny’s involved. Initially Jill seems remorseful that her phone call with Bethenny didn’t go very well, but as Alex tries to explain to Jill that now would be a good time to reach out, Jill guesses (knows?) that the issue is B’s Dads illness. I suppose relationships are all that’s left in this world but all the more reason for Jill to understand that Bethenny might need help at this time.
Back across the East River luAnn and Jill arrive at Ramona’s to go through her closet. Ramona evidently didn’t get the memo that the Countess would only be working with a HIGH END thrift store; which to me is an oxymoron if ever there was one.
Alex is extremely lucky to have an intelligent man like you on her arm. Congratulations on the book!
I have to admit that last season I didn't really "get into" your and Alex's storyline. I was believing what I saw on the show-that the two of you were social-climbers. I do apologize for that now. This season I see the two of you as real people and can relate to you more than any of the others on the show. Alex is someone I would seek out a friendship with if ever we were to meet. Seeing your boys being boys also hits close to home with me and is one of the realest parts of the show. Bravo to you and Alex for "coming into your own" and for showing class and manners better than anyone else on the show. I don't think I have ever heard your wife try to scream her way through a conversation or talk over anyone. I look forward to watching the two of you continue on the show and thanks for being yourselves!
After three seasons, it is clear that both you and Alex are truly empathetic and fabulous listeners. You are truly in touch with your little guys, sweet and responsive to them. I really enjoy seeing y'all's reaction when you are in listening mode over someone's crisis. Now THAT'S genuine!
Simon how do you and Alex maintain your relationships with such turncoats...Is this high society life..do you ever find real genuine friends?I don't think i would be able to stand having friends that were so quick to cut each other to the core...Alex seems to truly want to keep the peace with everyone..i do not envy her..she has a full time job just associating with these women...Best of luck..Keep your eyes wide..
You and Alex are a breath of fresh air this season. You're both much more down to earth than in the previous seasons and so very likeable. I must admit you came across as social climbers the first season, and that didn't impress me. Now you've shown yourselves to be kind and understanding as well as fine examples of how a married couple should treat each other. Please stay this way. Stay down to earth and grounded. You and everyone around you, especially your little boys, will benefit greatly.
I think you and your wife are the only normal ones this season. Love you guys, and I may have tiny inocnet crush on you.
Simon, I love your blogs. You are a terrific writer. You and Alex are very classy people, who seem to be very much in love. I think that some of the other housewives (Ramona, Jill and LuAnn) envy your relationship. That is why they have been so critical of you two in the past. You, Alex and Bethenny are my favorites. I am so disgusted by Jill and LuAnn's childish, immature, self-centered behavior this season. Ramona is nuts! The "Ramonacoaster" ride is entertaining, yet scary. I was glad to hear that you and Alex are not leaving the show after this season, contrary to the false information published by Jill.
You're a great guy Simon and picked a great wife! Keep up the good work and I love watching you on the show!
Simon, You summed up the show very well. You are so right about your wife. I think she has grown in the past 3 seasons. Maybe she's looked around herself and seen what she didn't want to be. These "girls" are behaving so childishly. And yes, Jill has rewritten history a number of times. Certainly one of the most hypocritical things she could have said was the part about being "ambushed" when she did the exact same thing to Bethenny (her best friend at the time) when Kelly was waiting to "ambush" her. What's good for the goose... I used to think that Jill was kind of the wise old sage of the group, but that couldn't be further from the truth. She's a high school girl. LuAnn, with all her airs, is nothing more than that either. She and Jill deserve each other and I think that Bethenny is living a fantasy thinking that they could ever be friends again. Jill wants things her way and only her way. Anything less than that is disloyalty.
Anyway, really enjoyed your blog. You are kind of like the Greek chorus.
Simon...I have to say that I have enjoyed your blogs very much. I find myself reading yours first every week. If your book is as interesting as your blogs it will be a hit. I think this season you have mellowed down and have shown who you really are. I have enjoyed watching you and Alex this season. Good Luck with your book. I'll be looking for it.
Touche! Well said my friend. Your evaluation of the events shown tonight were dead on.
I only wish that you and Alex were coming to Austin, TX for a book signing as I would love to meet you both.
I wish you great success and thank you for always being so classy and gracious on a show that takes such pride in showing the opposite behavior.
BRAVO to you and Alex and best wishes on your book. I hope you are successful and burn up everyone else on the Best Seller list.
Simon...you are always so detailed with the episodes. I enjoy reading your blog every week. Thanks for taking the time to write them.
Oh Simon, I'm not exactly sure why I like you, maybe because I do love Alex & the way you light her up...wish I had it. And why are you going to Orange County? Are you joining the OC cast too!?!?!?! Haha. Anyway, I strangely agree with all of the things you said...it's kind of refreshing to see & I wish you'd be a little more pushy with these drama filled women & just lay it all out. The only thing I would say...I think Bethenny was emotional considering the hormonal changes & was honestly trying to change/fix things in her life...not acting. And since when did you're children grow up? I couldn't believe it..
Simon, I find your honesty so great and admire your ability to call it the way it is with an open mind!
Good luck with the book sales! My children are adults however I am so impressed with you and Alex that I may just buy the book just to show my support of the 2 of you. YEA: SIOMON AND ALEX!!
I must say I agree with you 100% out of everyone you are probably the most grounded, but ironically snickered about the most. Go figure. You're right Jill didn't have time to prepare and in that sense that wasn't fair, but maybe it was the only way to get them to talk. I know one thing, the Countess needs to butt out!
I loved your play by play of the episode. I too found the Kelly camera mess-up and the awkward arrival of tea hilarious. I thought you were insightful and witty. Great job. You and Alex are quickly becoming my faves.
Simon, I just love your blogs! Thanks for giving us your honest perspective, behind the scenes commentary, and analysis. You're hilarious! My friends and I feel your blog is an added bonus of the show! Don't change a thing! Brooklyn Rocks!
Simon, thank you for the blog, it does help me follow the episode, I am West coast and yes, I have my glass of wine with my RHNYC. I also think you are very fair with the girls and their true feelings as well as their agendas, I just really have come to enjoy you and Alex-I have always loved the boys.Thanks.
I was recently asked who my favorite NY Housewife was...and Simon I said YOU were !!! I love to read your insightul summations of each episode and as always YOU are right on. May I add MY take on the apparent heightened emotional dramas that we are seeing in this season of NY...I think that 'the girls, excluding Alex' have been watching the Atlanta and New Jersey gals all winter and have come to the conclusion that that Drag Queen drama is where its at !! Actually this over the top acting out started with Omarosa on the first season of The Apprentice. The tempo changed for that show with their second season and it has influenced all other Realty shows since then. Who knows any women, much less housewives, that act like these women do. If we don't like someone we just avoid them at all costs, we do NOT confront them nor do we allow ourselves to be drawn into tag team matches conjured up by other friends. Life is short...the good life is getting harder and harder to achieve and/or keep up, and none of us can afford to waste all of that energy on useless, worthless people. Jill has completely lost it as far as I am concerned. Luann is satisfied now to keep the fires stirred up. Bethanny is pregnant, has finally found a soul mate, however temporary it may turn out to be. Ramona has successfully commandeered the show away from everyone else. Mario is nowhere to be found, hopefully he is consoling Bobby in his recovery. Kelly is strangely acting almost normal. And Alex and Simon, Silex, are the most rational, desirable New Yorkers (Brooklyn) of the bunch. Of course, my friends and family members will continue to watch. At least this NY lot isn't as creepy as the NJ bunch. Whoever would have thought that the OC's would come off as too mild mannered these days??
Simon, I am normally against husband blogs but yours are the BEST! I read all 5 pages and laugh the entire time. I love how you completely break down the show and give us your honest (and hysterical) insights.
I LOVE YOU! I've cried, laughed and I'm sure tinkled a bit while reading your entry. You and your wife are awesomery personified and your kids are cuties.
You do an AMAZING job blogging! I'm looking forward to reading your book! The honesty, transparency and joy you and Alex have along with your boys is endearing! I didn't know what to make of you guys the first season due to ALL the editing...but I'm pleased your apart of the show! You add such balance! Thanks and much success!
I find your recap refreshing and must admit that although in prior seasons I may have judged you harshly, you and Alex are truly a breath of fresh air in a season full of disfunction and brutal maliciousness brought on my the Jill/Luann combo. You, Alex and Bethenney are the only level headed folks on the show and they should focus more on you guys. You are such a great example of a fair relationship and I applaud you and Alex for being such a great couple and parents.
Good luck with your book!
Simon you speak the complete truth. LuAnn is a child who doesn't want to share her new toy aka Jill, so she breaks up the discussion that was starting to actually get hashed out.
Good luck with the book.
Best Line- Countess would only be working with a HIGH END thrift store; which to me is an oxymoron if ever there was one.... EXACTLY!!!!!... Thank God someone called that!! Thank You Simon.
LOVE LOVE LOVE your relationship with Alex. I find you both refreshing, funny, and REAL. I have 4 children and you both are so real when raising kids....all children have their good and bad days like we adults do. I think your boys are just lovely, very well behaved and NORMAL little boys who are active, funny, smart and curious about the world. So God bless and keep being yourself as well as Alex being "Alex",it is so good to see a couple truly in love and happy.
PS Cant wait to buy your book I am sure it is a lot of fun. Good luck with that also to both of you.
WOW you have really won me over with your blog and perspective on the different relationships of the houseewives. LuAnn really needs to let Jill and Bethanny mend their friendship.
Good Luck on the book sales. I am interested in reading it.
Love your blogs. A little long at times but you keep me laughing the whole time so all in all I don't mind.
First of all, I am so happy to see Alex come into her own during this season! I think she is a wonderful person, wife, and mother, and I think it is beautiful you are so proud of her! I have often thought the negative press of past seasons was jealousy at work! Your children are gorgeous, and have grown so much since last year. As the mother of one son, I know how exciting boys make life! Never is there a dull moment! I have no real point to this comment, I just wanted to say congrats on the book, and I am so happy for you and your family! At least you and Alex are REAL parents, which not everyone who writes a book about parenting can claim! Thanks for your blog!
Simon, Leave it to a guy to cut to the chase and call it like it is! I hope Luann realizes that she could be the next on the "outs" with Jill! Lol to you and Alex and your family!
Simon, the writeup was spot on.I would love to know why Luanne feels the need to be Jills protector. Was she at Jills's because the Count owns the townhouse? Who knows.
Ramona was correct in saying Jill did the same thing with Bethenny and Kelly last season. She did. Jill needs to be needed all the time. But needed with her rules attached. That is not a friend.
We will be waiting on you and Alexs'next blog.
Simon you are somewhat shallow when it comes to Bethenny. I do like you and alex and love your blog but have a little soul for Bethenny.
I think your wife this season is a real class act. She was a ray of light on this really sad and dark episode. I don't know how you put up with any of these other evil women (not Bethenny and Alex). I hope that they spend more time together and become better friends this show- I think they're both authentic and smart enough to really understand & be there for each other. Also I love seeing your boys and the schools out there. Good for you guys really pushing the importance of education on them. I really believe in that as well for when I have kids. Good luck with it all! :)
Simon, I love your blogs and your snarky (but true!) comments. I come back each week just to read your rundown of the latest episode.
I think you and Alex are fantastic, and I'm planning on picking up a copy of your book as soon as possible. Good luck with the book and the tour!
Simon, you are very witty and insightful. Great blog. you and Alex prove to the AlexandSimon naysayers (I was one of them for the longest) that if you continue to be yourself, that's all that matters. Good read