As the curtain drops on the final act I feel a sense of sadness as we close the door on this arduous season of Vanderpump Rules. . .
It has been my first experience being involved behind-the-scenes and have been so proud of the beauty of this production. The titles and the visuals of the restaurant are a complete reflection of the sexy vibe that I tried hard to create. Understand this, SUR has run beautifully as a restaurant for many years. I have just shown you a fraction of the staff and their convoluted lives! It has an abundance of young volatile characters! But on the floor you would be none the wiser!
This chapter closes with the ultimate betrayal. The man that they all invested in and believed over their good friend, the man who spun his story to suit himself comes to the conclusion that an honest admission was the only way out.
The whole season was dominated by this fragmented story line that caused a splintering of this incestuous group. The twists and turns this journey took us on was completely exhausting.
So happy for Laura Lee in her new role of the Client List. Lisa you are such a wonderful role model.So wish you all the best
I have been really curious about Frank...Was what he was telling Stassi about his real estate connections for real? Did he leave LA...Would like to know a little more about their break-up..I personally didn't love Frank, but have to say, he is the only one who told Stassi the truth about herself..that she was selfish, self-serving..and told her to find someone else to be with...I think she respected him more for this..she is not used to that..Jax should take notice..she would respect him more if he stood up to her..she respects Lisa and Pandora when they tell her what they think..I think people should deal with her honestly..maybe that would help her..to know that she can't just manipulate, bully and browbeat people. Might be a good lesson for her if people started doing that. Frank wasn't just going to let her boss him around and tell him what to do. He wouldn't put up with her behavior. That is what people should do! Hear, hear, Jax!
You were awful to Kristin Lisa. I felt sooooo bad for her. Stassi is both Verbally, emotionally and physically abusive. I have lost so much respect for you as a lady and business owner.
Why have you been hiding Tom Schwartz all season?! He's the hottest, funniest one there but we don't even get to see it until "The Lost Footage"? More Tom Schwartz!!
Lisa, I just saw Laura-Leigh on a web clip for The Client List. It is nice to see that she is doing well. Maybe it is Karma that she is actually "acting" while the rest of Sur's cast "act" as spoiled teenage kids!
Lisa, I do not understand why you continue to make excuses for Stassi. Yes, she was your daughter's friend, but she has shown that she only cares about herself. She can't even meet her obligations to Pandora at the magazine. A job is a job, and if you don't do the job, you get fired. Stassi is a child who "thinks" she is a princess! She needs to grow up and if that means "shoving her out of the nest", so be it. Stop defending her and let her sink or swim on her own.
Stassi is the queen manipulator. The reunion show was based solely on making Stassi the good guy. Yes Jax is a player and he lied. I understand that. He messed with Lora Leigh--as Stassi did with Frank. But the whole season was based on Stassi. She manipulates the servers to do her work as well as pushing to get support on her side. Stassi will end up with her own show out of this for sure. Maybe then she will be happy as the focus will be on her. I don't understand how people cannot see through her drama and tears and the vicious things she says. Yes every show needs a bad guy but I just think in this one its Stassi.
After what was shown tonight you seriously need to re-evaluate your support for Stassi. She is physically abusive. She broke her lover's nose 'because he deserved it". If you then allow the two of them to work together, one day one of them might just walk into your premises armed for revenge, Things like that happen because people allow people like Stassi to cry her way out and people like Jason to lie his way out.
Also bullying is a serious problem in the workplace today. She admitted her behaviour and you don't seem to want to address it. When you first found out that Jason was having sex in your restroom you said you couldn't fire him because you had no evidence and he wouldn't admit it. Now he has admitted it and you have a tape although his admission should be enough, I can assure you I have no desire to ever eat at Sur after watching this program. Staff is not interested in their customers unless a customer can better their career or provide them with entertainment. It's very nice that you want to help your staff but when I go to a restaurant I want management to be more interested in serving an enjoyable meal than in pimping young waitresses and sock stuffing bartenders to wealthy perverted real estate developers.
bubala Right on Target, besides Jax seemed very sad and looked like an idiot saying that everything was his fault and Stassi was this little poor girl...when she is a BULLY and manipulative person protected by LISA!
I Can't understand Why so many people are shocked that Lisa cares for stassi? Last time I checked, rich ,shallow people except bad behavior by other rich, shallow people. Duh.
Pettoi You post makes no sense at all. You just seem to not like Lisa and that's fine but Stassi is far from rich..at the very least state comments that are believable.
@bpster stassi comes What appears to be a Very comfortable family. Her dad pays half her rent. Her mother tells her she is Swedish royalty and she apparently believes it, judging by her attitude. I have no issues with Lisa except ,let me assure you as one who knows, If staff ran my dining room like these people ,they would be replaced post haste.
Lisa, why was the black girl on the show, she got no air time and the only thing I know about her is, she's a singer. Was the lack of diversity by design or was it your personal choice. I was just wondering, because I saw no minorities but one on the staff, or any as customers. It's your show and your staff, you can do what you want with them, and you don't owe anyone a explanation, it's juat rare in this day and age that you see restaurants with pretty much no deversity. Anyway I like the show, just thougt I would put that out there to see what you have to say about it.
@vinceb1 thank you for voicing my Very thought. Every once in a while she pops up but we don't Even knew her name. Was she the token black so some of us would feel included about a show few people can relate to?
vinceb1 She does not work at SUR she works in the other restaurant where shana worked before Bella Blanca I think!
vinceb1 Actually, she wasn't the only black staffer in the background...but I do get what you're saying.
Lisa I thoroughly enjoy your wit, sense of humour, class and intelligence. I can put up with this show just to see more scenes with you (and Ken). I hope you choose some other staff for the next season. Thank you for spending the time in keeping up with this blog.
As an outsider Stassi appears to be very over-rated, particularly by herself. I cringe that you have a relationship with someone like her whose bullying behaviour is completely abhorrent and who genuinely can't seem to hide her mean nature.
To Bravo, I actually liked seeing the scenes with Laura-Leigh, she's beautiful (way more so than Stassi) inside and out. She was quite funny, displayed strength and had some really good points. I'll have to look out for Laura-Leigh, she just had something, multi-layered, fragile, told it like it is, genuine and appeared more interesting.
Lisa, this show reminded me of the series The Hill, and I enjoyed watching, because it brought me back to those oh so awkward years. Great job, and I hope there is a season two.
I don't think I could babysit that many young adults. Kudos to you for running a high-end business and daycare... all at the same time!!! :) And bless your daughter that she is smart, witty, and has imagination like you. You did good by not having her work with those terrible children :P
How hard is it to get a table there? What are the average prices? Do you have craft beer taps? We are beer people from Philly.
Congratulations on the completion of the first season of Vanderpump Rules. To be honest with you, I tuned in at first just to see you (and Ken....and Giggy) and was disappointed when it was more about your staff than you. I loved the fast pace and seamless connection on the first episode between RHOBH and VP; however, I found I just could not relate with the "kids" and their attitudes about everything and everyone. I grew up as a sheltered "goody-goody" (probably my loss in hindsight), so it was just too much for me. I saw/read that some people tuned it out after giving it a try; however, I'm loyal--as your fan, I will watch you in anything and trusted you when you kept telling people to keep watching. Well, guess what--after the third or fourth episode, I was hooked. As much as I wanted to slap Stassi at times, she "has something" you just can't stop watching. My husband started watching with me--and what shocked me was that he turned to me and said almost exactly what I just expressed in my previous sentence--basically she really irritated him, but he couldn't stop watching her. I've read the blogs and reviews and some people slammed you for not firing her, but I get it--you show these "kids" by example how to treat each other and customers, mothering them when needed, and taking them to task for their major mistakes (such as firing Frank or taking issue with Jax when he insisted Laura-Leigh wasn't his girlfriend)--in other words, you are guiding them on their journey to grow up and be competent adults. You are genuinely happy for them when they accomplish their dreams--and generous with your time--they are so lucky to have a mentor like you. Few business owners would do that in this day and age--I hope one day every person you've helped will reflect on their time working for you and realize what a gift it was to have that experience--and then thank you for everything you did. I hope your show will be renewed for next season.
love VR & the ending was great to see. You sharing with those young girls shows your just a class act. Letting them use your jewelry, cloths for the shoot was very sweet.. Every girls dream. I have to admit I was peeved at Stassi, she gave a lot of -itchiness to her, but that in fact was a lure, and we bit. Jax boy he really sold the performance. It was interesting to see AB visits, we were able to understand the kids more. I hope to see a new season, but with a little more substance, like good deeds that celebrate charity and sur. While I respect that kids will be kids, as a person dying of Pancreatities/liver issues, they must understand that drinking has consqences that NEVER can be changed. ONE bad night of binge drinking can alter your life. I hope next season, it's less about the drinking, but more of the friendship, outside goals, and a few more sexy photo shoots..oh ur a brave woman grabbing that "Jock sock". All my life, 4 ever a Lisa Fan!
I would love to catch you there!!! I have to say that I liked the photo shoot but really got turned off when the photographer had Stassi and Sheana kiss for a shoot...was that really necessary?
In my opinion Stassi LOVED, LOVED Jax telling her he cheated. She was the ultimate
victim, just what she always wants to be. And she gets the big spotlight on her while
everyone "feels her pain". I know this because I used to be her. Yep, I was the bitch
who wanted to be the victim and I acted just like her. Thanks the Gods I have changed
but it is hard to watch her self destruct.
Seriously, folks? Is everyone forgetting this is reality tv? And most of these characters are actors who work jobs like this unti they "book a job"? There is some scripting here. Just like the big scene with Scheana getting upset about working the party, storms off to the bathroom. When Lisa comes in to chat with her,she is wearing a completely different set of earrnings. So decide amongst yourselves how much of this was real, scrited, and will land squarely in the middle?
Noooo. Really? Scripting in reality tv, who would have thought!
Thanks for enlightening us but I think generally most people are aware that this happens. It's 2013 and reality tv has been around a long time as have viewers.
Most of us like to play along too.
I felt Laura Leighs sincerity when she thanked Lisa. It's that or she's an awesome actress.
I think it's both!
Go Laura Leigh!
Again, this blog is really for Stassi, but since she doesn't have a blog, this will have to do.
Stassi is soooo judgmental...and has no reason for doing it..she has some warped idea of what is right or wrong..she never sees herself at fault and she is most of the time..She is not doing well with her job..hanging on by a thread..and only because of her association with Pandy..and even Pandy was mad at her. I guess Lisa and Bravo will keep her on because they like to have people that "stir the pot"..and cause controversy,,,she certainly fits the bill on that...I was so shocked to hear that Jax lied..but he explained how he started doing that and admitted it..but frankly I am going to miss him more than anyone on the show...With all he did, he is still a very sweet guy...lovable. But I think he is taking the right steps to get better and get control of his life...he realized that the Sur job was not a good atmosphere for him..he was drinking too much, lying, etc...so hope that he gets his life straightened out...and he didn't need the constant barrage of invective that Stassi put out..Now if she could just get herself straightened out, that would be the "topping on the cake."
In the new photo shoot, I thought all of the girls were just beautiful...and so fashionable..loved their hair fixed like that...Sheana should do her eyes like that..they looked much better and classier than the way she does it...She looks like a completely different person..so did Stassi.. In closing, I think the loss of Jax will really hurt the show..especially in the opening of the show..You may have to find a really neat guy to take his place...a real man like Stassi wants...but I don't think a "real man: like that would would want her the way she is....enough said..
Lisa, I think it is wonderful the way you mentor these young people. Also, you in that purple evening gown puts the actresses at the Oscars to shame!
I can't wait to come to LA and dine at SUR or Villa Blanca, to see you there would be the cherry on top! I hope you don't mind people asking for photos, etc. :-) I have enjoyed watching this season and have really enjoyed watching you as a business owner. Hope for a season 2, until then I'll watch you on DWTS and RHOBH, which I hope you never leave!
Anne0 Aren't they all using this show as a springboard to get into the entertainment industry?
Scheana, Frank, and Stassi seem to feel entitled to their jobs. Great that Frank's gone, but Scheana walking out on a busy night, Stassi doing the same thing, and having personal conversations on the serving floor communicates an enormpus lack of respect for your investment in your business. Peter seems to be one of the few who cares how good he is at what he does.
I am obviously too old for this show, and what little I've seen: does Stassi do anything but cry, manipulate and breath entitlement? Lisa, you must just being hanging onto her because she's perfect for the role, because she is definitely not a worthwhile employee and you are way smart enough to see that!!
But Stassi was a terrible person to Scheana and Jax long before the break-up and Jax's final admission of guilt. It goes beyond terrible to completely vindictive and evil. I normally hate cheaters, but I can't feel sorry for Stassi. There's only so much controlling behavior one person could take. As much as I love you Lisa, and no matter how close an employee is, I could never have kept her in my employ after the way she treated Laura-Leigh. As classy and no-nonsense as you are on RHOBH, I couldn't believe you would put up with her. Stassi ruined the show for me. In the next season, I think it would be a great benefit if Peter had a more featured role because the blogs agree, he's the real break-out star of the show. We can't get enough of him.
I think you need to brush up on harassment laws, and then require your staff to attend a class. Afterwards, it would be nice if you had a zero tolerance policy to harassment of any kind. You're not setting a good example for young people.
We were all in our twenties at some point nd said done foolish things. But, there is one thing to be supportive and nuturing, and another to turn a blind eye. Clearly, because Stassi is not the confident girl she wants us to believe, she attacks anyone who in anyway she feels "threatened" by. By psupporting Jax she thought she had him under her thumb. But, Jax hasn't grown up and did what he wanted. Many acted like high schools kids still on mommy and daddy's dime thinking the world owed them. Yawn.
I thought the show was going to be about Lisa and her husband and the running of a business. It was more like a show that should be on soapnet lol.
Kudos of course on getting DWTS. I do hope if this show comes back next season we see more of you and Ken running the business!