One major housekeeping issue from last week. Although I addressed this scene in my 1st Bravo blog in last week’s episode when I was incorrectly introduced, it took an eagle eyed viewer to email me (and I thank you again) and point out a ‘little’ inconsistency in the subtitling. If you had watched that episode in closed captions you could see that I do make an attempt at a correction when I am introduced as holding a position at Hotel Chandler that I do not. (Happily, thanks to viewers, the inconsistency was rectified). I am the first to admit that I can’t recall verbatim everything I say some seven or eight months later, however at the introduction I did state “Don’t believe her," and later had the conversation that I described last week. Now, for those whose feelings for me border on hatred I know that you’ll not be satisfied with this minor correction but.I.don’t.care!
With that done...The episode opens with the previous week’s recap and it’s straight into a scene with Kelly, her assistant Taryn & her horse! They’re going through the mountains of Fashion Week invites and deciding which she’ll go to support her friends and others to write about so she “can synthesize the week in an unusual way." I know I didn’t go to Columbia, so could someone who did translate that for me?
Cut to Jill preparing for her little lunch with Zang Toi and the question arises who had the “Team Toi/Jill” t-shirts first? Despite what some of you might think to the contrary, I must say that I am glad that Jill was wearing the shorter skirt! So Jill gets to try on a ton of clothes and luckily (good prep Zang & staff) they just happen to fit her where she keeps on telling us she has trouble fitting in. I am the first to admit that Jill’s looking fabulous too!
At the Christopher Deane store you really had odd public behavior. First you lurched up behind Alex and practically copped a feel. Then you blurted out the TMI of getting neutered soon. Didn't you see their facial expressions? It was not of approval.
At the fashion show-down, your hissy fit to Ramona made you look like Alex's gay husband. It is unbelievable that you argued that if Ramona won't kiss or like YOU, then she must hate ALL men. You certainly opened your mouth to change feet. How sad for you that Ramona misunderstands your cloying, self absorbed persona. Of course you have depth -- about 3 inches?
btw: You do realize that we viewers have also watched the show. We hardly need your "Readers' Digest" TV Guide Cliff notes version. Thanks all the same.
Ramona hit it right on the head when she said you "have not depth." Simon you don't. The only positive thing I can say about you is that your blog this week was shorter than last week.
I just noticed that you sure do write alot more than the other housewives. You're like one of the girls!
how would you know what a man's game is? where are mario and bobby's blog? they don't have one. why? because they're men. go get a facial.
Simon I don't think your that bad. I think people need to give you a chance....I like watching you and Alex.
Thank you Simon for posting in such "dangerous" waters. Having been to Europe with my husband on many business trips and LOVING the culture, people, and ambiance found overseas, I understand why Ramona doesn't "get" you. Shallow, feminine, metrosexual seem to reflect many of the business men I have met overseas since they have a totally different perspective of life due to their schooling where knowledge, not athletic ability is their key to success. My husband also has a wonderful taste in clothing, furnishings, but being raised in this country knows how to walk and talk on both sides of the ocean so to speak. It is appalling that in this "world" culture, such provincial attitudes prevail, especially from someone who is to be assisting her husband in running a business. I applaud you two for opening your lives to give us a glimpse of the riches NYC has to offer (since I am living here in a dying steel town that is about 50 years behind the times and trends). Good luck keeping your cool in this "interesting" social circle.
Let me guess...you don't know where to sit down and have a civilized conversation with someone so you do it in the front row of a busy fashion show? Me thinks you just wanted more airtime and decided that was the way to do it.
Simon.. I love Alex and your adorable family and think that the other cats were beginning to accept your lifestyle and Alex was beginning to have some nice time with the ladies. You really should back off and stay out of the ladies' business. The other husbands do not crowd the women or care who likes them or not. You are embarrassing Alex by putting your 2 cents in constantly and hogging the cameras. Let YOUR LADY and the other Ladies do their girl thing!! Stay home and take care of your adorable boys and let Alex have some fun and get to know the other ladies!! She was just beginning to have some "girl time" with Bethenny and make friends with her. Alex is sweet, nice and fun.. Let her have her time and escape from the wife/mother/career woman duties.. You need to "Go have a beer with the husbands" or something!!
Simon, I just love you and Alex. Be youself always. And you know what? Romana and her husband seem to be following each other around this season.
Just be yourself. I am a fan of Alex and your boys.
Luv you dude!! I think you and Alex and your family are AWESOME!!! Maybe you should not have tried talking to Ramona at the fashion show, but I understand you were at your breaking point with her. You have been nothing but nice to her and she has been soooo rude with you for no reason. Don't try to mend fences again; she's not worth your time and she doesn't deserve your friendship!
I truly hope you and Alex stay together forever!! I love watching you guys and your kids interact with each other!! Super cute!! You and Alex are great parents!!
Luv you guys!!
You are growing on me--you are who you are and make no apologies for being you. Well done. People don't have to like everyone all the time-but Ramona is off base-she can say hello, acknowledge you and move on. But don't try to kiss her anymore that was creepy....
I love the show, i find each of you special* yet i must ask, could you not have waited until you were in a more quiet setting to ask Ramona any questions? I understand alot of the drama is for the viewers such as myself but my goodness never let fame or money take away from your dignity.It's clear to see your wife and you are trying to fit in with the well known of NYC but less is more dont try so hard.
I noticed when you were at the fashion show, you said that you finally had a "name" for yourself, you are no longer "Alex McCord and Husband". Is that why you are doing everything in your power to get as much camera time and blog time on the show, to make sure you are just as "important" as your wife?
Ok, I never thought I would comment again but since a "viewer" commented on my comment, I can't resist. So to you, yes you are absolutley right, I am so jealous of Alex and Simon that I went out and bought my husband pink shoes and speedos, told him to talk in a fake accent, and join me and my friends on our girls only dinners! Please,give me a break! I think its's odd that because I say "team Jill" you think I need to seek medical attention, there are plenty of women who buy the shirts, take pictures of themselves, and send them to Jill, so do they need medical attention? No, they are just having fun and are fans of the show just like you and me. So there you go.
To Simon, There is absolutley no hatred towards you at all, I think you and Simon are good people, and you are who you are, if you and Alex are happy with how feminine you are than thats great. Obviously the show wouldn't be the same without you. But there is a fakeness to you and most of us just wander why you insist on being a housewife when you are a husband?
Thanks, Jenny form Texas
For all of you Simon "HATERS"... You need to just hold the phone, one second. Yes, Simon & Alex come across as shameless, pretentious social climbers on first impression, which most people find loathsome, detestable! I agree, but, keep watching, take notice, these two are actually harmless. Has anyone EVER heard them be snarky or talk badly about anyone on the show? The only time they've had to speak of the others was in their own defense. Compared to all the "behind the back" mudslinging, backstabbing, snobbery that goes on, these two are harmless. Yes, status is really important to them, but they don't look down on people, at least I haven't seen it. There's an innocence to them which took me awhile to see, but come on, they're two people in love who enjoy the same things. They actually crack me up. Meeting over the hunt for a one night stand??? Are you kidding? That's hilarious(actually the fact she admitted on TV is what's so funny). Simon in his pink loafers and goofy jokes... I wish my husband was that much fun. Come on people, open your eyes!!!! Simon, if you and Alex are ever in Austin, Texas, please come by my art gallery dowtown. And no, it's not bluebonnets and windmill art... kwomack.com
Bravo for calling Ramona out!! She sure has alot to say about you when the cameras are rolling and your are not around but when confronted all she could come up with is no depth, and slightly feminine? I honestly believe she is jealous of the relationship you and Alex have since her husband is always gawking at other women. Ramona is as plastic as they come, now that you have called her out it is time to move on, she is so far beneath you and Alex in the class department.
You had no business accosting Ramona at the fashion show. That was not the time or place and your hovering over her was threatening. If I had been her I would have stood up and faced you eye to eye. I think you have some identity issues and say some really inappropriate comments and inappropriate times. You scared me this episode and you may want to lay off the alcohol. I have a feeling the fashion show tirade was fueled by more than just curiosity about how Ramona feels about you.
Hi Simon! I really enjoy your blogs! Thanks for taking the time to recap all the juicy details! I also really enjoy watching you and Alex. You are probably the most honest people on the show because you make no excuses for who you are.
Simon at first I did not like you and Alex because of all the social climbing stuff but I have come to see that you and Alex are really good people. I might be very different than you and Alex but I do respect how much you love each other and your kids. I think some people have been really out of line with how they have treated you. Stick to Jill. Despite your past issue she seems very genuine and I think you could end up sincere friends.
I am responding to your comment about Williamsburgh. I was born and raised in your Williamsburgh. As far as it being for 30 something without children, that is absolutely wrong. Perhaps where the shop that you visited with your wife is in the "trendier" part of Williamsburgh resides the young 30s with no children. Williamsburgh is a very diversified part of Brooklyn. It started getting "trendy" about 5 years ago. Also, Williamsburgh is not that hard to get to. I am not sure where that store is located, but I'm pretty sure either the J, M , Z or even the L train (depending again where the store is located) can get you there. So in the future, please do your research before making an assessment of a particular part of the five boroughs.
If you do not work for Hotel Chandler, as I did see you there in Nov. 2008, what do you do for a living?
I love that you and Alex are so in love with each other and you love to spend time together. You guys seem like really nice people that would be easy to be friends with. I wish my husband and I had the same kind of relationship you two have.
If it were me, I would not worry so much why Ramona has a problem with you. It's just not worth the effort. Just let her be her rude self and keep on being yourself.
Simon, I admire you for trying to open the lines of communication with Ramona. Obviously she is an unconscious person who lives solely through her ego, but at least you made an attempt to show her that there is no reason to live in such a cloud of negativity. However, the best way to diminish the ego in others is nonreaction. So what if she doesn't like you? Who is she anyway? The same as anyone else in the world...just a human being who is lost, like so many others.
Simon, I agree with the earlier comment, perhaps Jill was right and you do drink too much. The argument with Ramona was obviously fueled by alcohol. You were sweaty and overexcited, your wife had to physically escort you to your seat, then you made that ridiculous comment about "It is no longer Alex McCord and husband." I hope you were drunk, if not I'm afraid you may be losing it...
Please do make time to dish about “Girls Night Out.” Inquiring Minds would love to hear the back story!
Keep up the good work!
Last time I checked the show was "The Real Houswives" why are you even here? The other husbands aren't as in our face as you ... frankly it bothers me. I suppose it's the drama that you bring to the show... I hate to say it but you are just like one of the girls.
I cant wait for the reunion show with Andy after the final show. I hope that you call Ramona out. I like it that you are highlighted on the show with Alex. I do think you are slightly feminine.. but sooo what. I wish more men were in touch with their sensitive side and their emotions. It would make a world a much better place. I think that the way you treat Alex and the boys is very sweet. I would love for my husband to go shopping with me and be in such admiration of me, as you are of your wife. I think that Bravo should do a show for Bethenny for finding love.. and You and Alex, should be the Hosts..or help finding the right guy to set her up with, the way you and Alex met. Each time that I write this in a comment, it doesnt get posted.. Keep original Simon.. I LOVE it when you call Ramona out. It makes her nervous. Say something good at the reunion show!!
At first I hated you but you are growing on me! I loved how you contronted Ramona, it's so tacky the way she treats you guys. You own who are you are and I respect that!
You and Alex have an AMAZING relationship. That said, I think people (viewers, public, etc.) would respond to you better, if Alex had more scenes on her own (since it's a show about housewives). Let Alex go! She is a bright, strong woman who can hold a conversation with anyone. Also, I appreciate how you and Alex do not tend to trash the other housewives, like everyone else.
Best of luck on the renovation...I look forward to seeing pictures/footage.
Your humor is obviously, too subtle for a lot of people. You use a stiletto to make a point as opposed to a sledgehammer.
Blue Angels. Goes right over most people's heads......
I think you are a cool guy Simon. I really like you and Alex together. You both are more fun to watch than the other catty housewives. Good luck with your renovation.
Simon and Alex -- if the other cast members are the biggest problems in your life, you've got it made. Cut loose and enjoy!
Simon, I have really grown to appreciate you on this show. You have a charming wit, and honesty about you, that is lacking from most of the others. Ramona is just strange, a bit mental, and basically worthless. Bethenny is obviously incredibly insecure, no wonder she is still single. Jill, Alex an Luanne all seem quite normal, and Kelly, well she is not coming off good so far. But you, who I must admit I found rather strange last season, have become my favorite person on this show. Best of luck, and keep up the good work.
Everyone thinks Simon is very feminine because he has a british accent (although he said he grew up in Australia). All British men seem feminine to me even the ones I love like Hugh Grant. If he sounded like a typical New Yorker we might not perceive him as so "girlie".
Simon, you are really growing on me. You and Alex are definitely over-the-top pretentious, but what the hey! You are by far the best blogger of the bunch and if you want to wear pink loafers, I really don't care.
It appears to me that most of the wives have been reading their own press and have inflated opinions of themselves this year. Keep it real and you'll be the breakout star of the RHONY!
Dude-what's the deal? Be straight (ahem) do you manage the Hotel Chandler or own it? Sorry, but how much could a hotel manager, even at an upscale, boutique hotel in Manhatten make? You seem like you're living large, even though you do have a blow-up pool and don't have enough sense to move out of your construction zone home with nails and kids running around...why don't you just stay at your hotel instead of sleeping in one room on bunk beds. You're setting yourself up for ridicule.
I love they way you love your wife and children.I think you are a very sweet man and very sensitive.I know you dont let those women rattle you.Enjoy the limelight and forge ahead!!
I think there are a lot of people out there who had the wrong idea about you. I am one of them. So I can understand Ramona's sentiments. Ramona didn't like Alex's nude pictures.....fine move on. Just smile and say hello from now on. Who cares if she does or doesn't like you? Don't waste your time....just smile, say hello and it's out of your court. Don't press anyone like you did at the fashion show. It just makes you look bad.
She shouldn't run from the both of you and act the way she does...its embarrassing to watch. I really like Ramona too, it also is damaging to her appearance. So in the future just remember you don't have to get too the bottom of it, and be the best of chums. God knows there are a lot of people out there that I don't find engaging, but I wouldn't make myself look bad to prove a point that no one cares about.
Glad you lost the speedo! Although we love the Aussies, your in America now. Big Thanks!
Simon, as other bloggers have stated, you ( and Alex ) have grown on me since last season. I do still think that you are enamored of a certain lifestyle ,but of all the people on the show, that you are not mean sprited. While I don't think that showing up a a girls' night out was exactly the right thing to do, you tried to make everyone feel comfortable and Ramona was just unbalanced about the whole thing.
Simon, I love you and Alex on this show! I love your blogs, too! I admire the fact that you can write intelligently and wittily without resorting to vulgarity/the lowest common denominator (see Tamra's blog). Thank you for NOT insulting the viewers. I, for one, appreciate that.
I really admire the way you handle yourself with these women. I respect the fact that you forgave Jill's comments about your drinking "too much" and the dignity and restraint you have shown by not busting Ramona dead long in the face!
awful...just awful. It is painful to watch you and painful to read your ONGOING AND NEVER ENDING, BLATHERING BLOG!
I love you're shoes, the bright colored ones any-way. I know you're married, but if I were your wife I would want to wear you're shoe's. What size are they? I have a big foot for a lady. I could probably wear them.
I appreciate how courteous you ALWAYS are to the women on the show, "Ramena" included. I am glad you called her on her behavior, and you will not accept being treated like something stuck to her shoe. I also like the way you make the BEST of each situation and do not sink to the level of some. I was uncomfortable watach Ramona, I can only imagine how uncomfortable you must have felt.