Cast Blog: #PUMPRULES

Kristen: Frank Is Manipulating Stassi

Kristen discusses her reaction to Tom's past and what she thinks of Jax and Stassi's relationship.

Bravotv.com: Why did you think that Jax and Stassi would get back together?
Kristen Doute: Over the past couple of years I've seen Stassi and Jax "break up" a million times. Their relationship has been a broken record and they both live in absolutes, so when they broke up this time I just felt like, "OK, I'll believe it when I see it."

Bravotv.com: And why did you want them to?
KD: As unhealthy as their actions had become, they really are perfect for each other. It's also heartbreaking to have our group torn apart. I know that they both love each other and I felt like they both just checked out. Relationships are not effortless.

Bravotv.com: Why did it upset you so much running into Casey?
KD: It was just really unexpected to have Casey at the photo shoot. When I first realized who she was, it didn't even occur to me that she and Tom had hooked up before. I just thought, "What a small world!" She and her sister were living with Tom when he and I met. Earlier that day she and I were conversing about my apartment etc. so when it later came up that she was the one who slept with him it just grossed me out. I'm well aware that Tom and I both have pasts but honestly -- who wants to picture their boyfriend having sex with someone else?

Bravotv.com: Do you think Stassi made the situation worse?
KD: Stass loves to rattle the cage. She wasn't trying to upset me but she definitely wanted to stir the pot and keep it going for her own humor. She would have reacted the same way as I did and wanted to feel justified that it would have bothered her if she were in my position.

Bravotv.com: Why did you decided to tell Tom about it in front of the boys?
KD: I hadn't had a chance to talk to him since the shoot because I went straight to work and he was at an audition. I can be very impulsive. It also wasn't some secret -- Peter and especially Jax know everything anyway.

Bravotv.com: Do you think he reacted to the situation properly?
KD: He reacted exactly how I knew that he would. He was annoyed. What irritated me the most about the whole situation is the way that Casey acted afterward. I wasn't mad, I was just uncomfortable. We were at the shoot to do a job and she kept on talking about it and rolling her eyes. I wanted him to understand where I was coming from.

Bravotv.com: What did you think of Lisa saying you were dramatic?
KD: I think Lisa likes to pigeon hole me. Am I temperamental? Yes. I don't deny that I can be dramatic at TIMES but I have very strong opinions and want my voice to be heard. I'm honest to a fault and when something is bothering me I am going to speak my mind. I think Lisa takes that and sums me up as a "hypochondriac drama queen," and rarely gives me the benefit of the doubt. We don't all get the same treatment -- she plays favorites.

Bravotv.com: And of her confronting you (and Tom) about the blow-up?
KD: It was fair because Lisa wants us to leave our bulls--- at the door and just work when we come in to Sur. I get it, it's just not always that easy. I work with my boyfriend and all of my best friends. I understand where she was coming from because I should have waited to confront him, but my personal life has never affected a customer. Ever.

Bravotv.com: What did you think of Stassi going on a date with Frank so soon?
KD: I understand that she needed a distraction, and that she wanted attention and affection. She and Jax had been having problems for a while and she felt alone. I think, though, that it was way too soon for her to be dating someone else. Frank was Jax's friend! He was only there to fill a void. Stassi's heart had no time to heal.

Bravotv.com: Did you think that Jax going to Supper Club was the right idea
KD: Initially, no because I thought it would create more chaos and that he was just setting himself up to be upset seeing them together. But... I would have done the same thing and Jax had to do what was right for him.

Bravotv.com: Were you surprised that she ended up leaving with him?
KD: Not at all! Jax was the sober, put-together Prince Charming for once. He walked in there being everything she had wanted him to be for most of their relationship. Like I said, Frank was just a rebound; a temporary void filler.

Bravotv.com: What did you think of Frank’s bombshell?
KD: I think Frank was just wasted and full of s---. He wanted to make Jax look bad so that he would look like the hero.

Bravotv.com: Do you think Stassi should believe him?
KD: No. Jax definitely has a history of being a pathological liar but I think Frank was trying to manipulate her when she was vulnerable. If he had this information for so long, why was it just now coming out?

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Tom: Katie Is the Total Package

Schwartz discusses what he really thinks of his fellow SURvers.

In honor of our finale and because I felt like I was drowning in negativity this year, I decided to write something nice about about this group of friends. This is pretty boring, and given some things that transpired this year, it will be especially hard for some, but I must do it. Mostly for selfish reasons, I suppose--a mini cleanse. Like a little warm bath of positivity. There's room for you, too! You'll find that it feels nice and rejuvenating. It's just temporary, too. We go back to haterading right after, I promise. Shall we?

Me: I always try and bring levity to Sigatoka (That's supposed to say situations, but autocorrect insisted on Sigatoka. Is that even a word? I like it, it seems like a proud word.) when possible and help keep perspective. I learned a lot from my indiscretions. A LOT. Quick to forgive. Experienced feelings/emotions at ends of spectrum I only knew through movies. So many feelings. Able to see silver linings. I said silver linings like 400 times in the past year. If there is one word I'll give myself credit for being, it's original.

I love her more than ever and can't wait to see what the future holds for us.

Tom Schwartz

Katie: She showed a new confidence and assertiveness that looked great on her. Didn't freak out and try and sever my genitals. In comparison to the old Katie, she has grown so much and learned to keep her composure. I love her more than ever and can't wait to see what the future holds for us. She's sexy and goofy, and I fear I've set both of our conversational skills years back due to incessant baby talk. She continues to love a vaguely ambitious man-child (me).

Jax: He's capable of being an utter ---hole (I know this better than anyone), but he's also capable of going out of his way to be there when you need him. He's always fun to go out with and has a real drive/hustle that's admirable. He's a natural networker. Very hospitable to new friends or when he meets new family members. Still doesn't think before he acts or talks. That's a compliment tailored to him and, admittedly, somewhat backhanded. It's one of his greatest weaknesses that is also a strength at times. He compensates ---hole behavior with sweet headphones and swag.

Ariana: She's witty and unique, has great commentary and a solid sense of humor. Composure level: wizard for having to deal with Kristen's antics and the proverbial crazy ex-girlfriend. She would get even more praise, but she went to UF instead of FSU. That's automatically minus two compliments. Just knowing she's done the gator chomp casts a dark shadow over her. Kidding. All love for UF.

Sandoval: My dude ran the damn gauntlet all year. Having to deal with the Jax/Kristen combo will put any sane man to the test, but he passed with flying colors. He's got killer style and is truly hilarious. He was able to make me laugh when I was at my lowest point this year. Dude can talk about just about anything with sincerity and full attention. He can riff with Ariana about a customer at work in depth for like two hours where I would just be like, "Sh-- happens." He is always there when I need him. Unless it's before 2 pm, then he's not available. Bonus points for referring to me as The Last of the Mohicans because Katie and I are the only ones left out of our original volatile sh-- show of a group couple friendship (Jax + Stassi, Tom + Kristen, me + Katie). I wish we could go back in time and have a spin-off of Vanderpump, the early years. You thought shit was crazy now...

Scheana: She is a great friend and cooks the best food. She's bubbly but also capable of having deep, meaningful chats. Still accident-prone, but it's endearing as hell. She's probably stubbing her toe as I write this. Style stays true to herself.

Shay: Is there anything bad to say about this lovable teddy bear? Love him. He loves Scheana so much and vice versa. Beautiful couple, so huggable. But, still a bear, so don't f--k with him.

Stassi: She laughs easy and is punchy. She is outspoken, charismatic with good camera presence. Froze over but will thaw out again someday. Needs lessons in humility to accent her bold style.

Kristen: She has a determination and perseverance, albeit sometimes misguided. Once redirected, it will be a powerful asset. Great at splitting up tabs in restaurants when no one else will. When not in self-destruct mode, she can be a good friend.

James: strong jawed and burgeoning DJ career. Eager.

Peter: hard-working, unique man. Sexy as all hell. "Big Sexy" they should call him. He's interesting! Loves in-depth film chat and laughs easily. One of few people I know who can pull off cowboy boots without having to have a sense of irony. Always fun to grab a drink with.

Lisa: She is the total package. Smart, witty, wise, ambitious, successful, caring, has a beautiful family, drop-dead gorgeous, tasteful, great entrepreneurial spirit, forgiving, elegant...should I go on? This is sincere. Hope she sees it, because I plan on working with her again! Ken is also a big inspiration for me. He's got the Midas touch and a killer wit. Dapper and wisdom to spare. 

Special shout outs to:

Production and evolution and everyone working behind the scenes to make this happen, the great state of MN, FSU, my amazing parents, and all of my truly great friends I've made all over this beautiful country.

Poker gods, if you are listening, I'm ready for a first place finish.

And lastly,

GORDO, the best damn dog there ever was. He makes me laugh and smile every day.

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