Two weeks ago we had the best episode of Flipping Out ever. Then last week, Jeff Lewis flipped out on Zoila. I’m almost afraid to watch this weeks episode to see how the situation with Zoila resolves. At the end of last week, she had taken off in her car to get away from Jeff for a bit after he screamed at her relentlessly in front of everyone. And Jeff threatening to fire her over the phone and Zoila telling Jeff to go ahead and fire her.
Gage says to Jeff after he hangs up, “All of that over a missing order.” Jeff responds by talking about how stubborn Zoila is and how she can’t admit she made a mistake. This was a very exciting last day for Matt.
Jeff and Gage have to leave in about an hour for the airport to catch a plane for a business meeting. They want Zoila home to be sure she will be running the house while they are gone or they won’t go. It’s almost like they need Zoila.
Zoila returns, still angry and tells Gage they can go, and she goes to her room. Jeff who is still furious drags the poor maid, Laura into the middle of it by telling her to please tell Zoila to pack her bags because she is going on an indefinite leave of absence when they return on Sunday.
The next footage we see was filmed on the following Monday. Apparently we missed Jeff tossing Zoila out on her ear. Jeff interrogates the beleaguered Laura on what Zoila said to her over the weekend and what Zoila does in the house. I think Zoila need to head to a resort spa in Arizona for a couple of weeks and not contact Jeff so he can get a good idea of what is no longer taken care of. He seems to already have forgotten he couldn’t jump up and go on business trips without her. I have one dog, who is a bit on the aggressive side and it is super hard for me to get anyone to watch him if I want to go on a trip. Especially on short notice. That alone is worth its weight in gold as far as I am concerned.
I’m too mad at Jeff to care about his stupid remodeling jobs.
Jeff says he is embarrassed about his meltdown with Zoila. Jenni pipes in to say it must have been really bad for Zoila to take off, she’s never done that before. Jeff did NOT care for that and proceeds to go off about how Zoila’s theatrics (um, pot? Meet kettle!) have gotten bigger and bigger. Jenni does not make that mistake again and toes the party line in her confessional. Jeff says he is ashamed of his behavior and he needs to go to his therapist. Good idea. Jeff is worried about having an outburst around the baby.
With Zoila gone, he turns his Frankellinian tendencies on to Ashlynn who has assumed many of Zoila’s fetch and step duties in her absence. He asks her how she likes grocery store duty. She says it’s not what she went to school for but it’s okay. He then starts mocking her degree and claims she has entitlement issues. Gage asks Jeff if shit talking people makes him feel better and suggests he seek help.
Zoila texts Jeff that she misses him, Gage the dogs and the cat. Jeff tells Jenni it’s only been a day. She sometimes goes to Nicaragua and doesn’t text him. He sarcastically ponders why she is texting him now. I think she should NOT text him and in fact she should have gone to Nicaragua while she had the time off. He does not reply to her text.
On Wednesday, Jeff goes to see the therapist. At her house. Because, California. Jeff goes on and on about the baby coming and he has no idea what his new life is going to look like. I wish he would have explained to her that he put Zoila on a leave of absence because she same home from picking up take out without his Unagi. And he lost his fucking mind. After the commercial, he tells his version of the story. The therapist give the “you are either part of the solution or part of the problem platitude.” This type of crap is why I stopped paying $180 for 50 minutes of “therapy.” My last one was decent, but most of them say things you could get from on of those Internet Somecards. There is much greater and more practical therapy to be had in a Daily Tea post on TT. But then the therapist redeems herself by telling Jeff he has been bitching about Zoila and her work ethic for years. It’s time for him to admit she is someone whom he loves and stop hammering on her work product as much. She’s asks what the solution is. He says he’s thinking about having her move out. WHAT? He wants the therapist to tell her. She agrees to support him but having the two of them come in together. I hate Jeff Lewis.
Matt texted Ashlynn and when Jeff asks she says he is doing great but “all the girls hate him.” Is that the Kardashian girls or the other female assistants? Jeff realizes that she knows where he is working and tries to pry it out of her. In other Frankelinian fashion, Jeff tells us he will hire a P.I. if necessary. Later, Jeff found out that Matt went back to Kris Jenner and yet he stills continues to prod her for info and threaten not to let her off for her college graduation.
On Monday, Zoila returns well rested. It appears she stayed with her daughter because she talks about sleeping in late and playing with her granddaughter. Jeff talks to Zoila as if nothing ever happened, and then he tells her that they have a three o’clock with the therapist.
At therapy, Zoila tells the therapist that Jeff screamed at her and got all red in the face and made her feel like nothing. Jeff apologizes. He says he is embarrassed and he feels terrible. That attitude lasts for all of ten seconds before he is pissy again because Zoila said his reaction was unreasonable. He says he has relied on her for 16 years and now he feels like he can’t trust her. The therapist says he works hard to provide for everyone to take care of everyone and in return he expects everyone to be perfect.
The therapist gently guides Jeff through a conversation that ends with him telling Zoila he loves her.
Now I love Jeff Lewis again too. #allergies
Zoila says she loves him too. Jeff says let’s come up with the solution. Jeff has two ideas. Solution #1 Zoila retires. Jeff will write her a check every month until she dies. Zoila says she doesn’t want to retire because she needs to keep active. The second solution is for Zoila to move out and live with Carolina (that’s her daughter I think) so that he can do construction on her room and make it the nursery. She will also work three days on and four days off. Zoila acts like that is okay with her. Well it’s not with me. He says at any point she wants to retire, she will still be paid throughout her retirement.
Next week: Jeff and Gage go to therapy. That should be interesting.