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May 5, 2011

A Piano Plays in Brooklyn

If there's a moment at the McCord/Van Kempen grotto, it's always a winner in my book. And this little interlude did not disappoint, bringing the glamor I would expect of their well-designed home. What did you get for your birthday last year? Was it a brand new piano and an accomplished pianist going to town on it? I didn't think so. I got a card and some socks (I needed those socks, though). Francois wasn't as impressed with Alex and Simon's gift -- most likely because he wasn't allowed to touch it. I hope he used that piano to soundtrack the Alex/Jill reunion with a few meaningful songs. Perhaps that Timbaland/One Republic jam?

The Bronx Grudge Is Burning

I know I just used that trick week before last, but this episode has an actual fire so it makes the link applicable. If Jill Zarin is hoofing it to Brooklyn you know it's going to end in arson, good or bad. Thankfully this time was good, as she and Alex not just buried the hatchet, but burned -- or rather it smoldered -- it. Pre-blaze, there was a bit of trouble. Jill had a hard time complimenting Alex without also insulting her, which is fair because she was very nervous. Would Alex lapse back into her messenger persona? And for a moment Alex seemed completely anti-Jill. I fretted that the whole luncheon would be a bust -- excepting the delicious chicken and rice Alex whipped up, that looked banging. But then the ladies broke-through! Peace had washed over the valley! And they cemented it with a Kelly Killoren Bensimon-forgiveness-original: the pen to paper airing of grievances. Though on Scary Island, Kelly never mentioned burning it. As the embers smoldered on that tiny grill, the beef was squashed. . .for now at least.