It’s time to head back to Dubai where both Pettifleur and Lydia have been behaving badly. We’re back at the lovely dinner where the ladies are ignoring all the fantastic things around them to bully Pettifleur. Pettifleur’s crimes are mostly limited to her self-centered needy behavior and her lack of interest in or empathy for any of the other women. She no fun to be around. However, everyone going at her like a pack of wolves is not going to help anything. A better solution would have been one of the women taking Petti aside and speaking to her privately. But it’s much better TV for everyone to gang up on the weakest member and annihilate her so sadly, that is what is going on.
I finally have something in common with Gina! We both use the word ‘actually’ way too much. Gina’s “nice” approach and comes across and condescending. Finally, Gina has enough of Petti’s poor pitiful me attitude and screams at her to snap the fuck out of it. Petti thinks she is just perfect the way she is and doesn’t listen to a word anyone says. Gina tries to list of some of Petti’s good qualities. I bet she listened to that part.
Thank God for Gamble who has written a song for some group that Susie is in charge of the Country Women’s Association. No description of this could possibly do it justice. It was simply priceless.
Chyka finally gets to spend some time with Bruce and her son BJ who she hasn’t seen in 6 months. He’s been on his gap year in the US and Europe. BJ seems like the golden child of the family.
Sidenote: I just discovered that this episode is only an hour-long instead of the usual 15 minutes. There was some cut off of the front, so I assume the dinner argument was a bit longer. I’m okay with missing all that yelling.
Oooooooh they are in the gold souk now, and I am in my happy place. I’d love to go to a gold souk again. Wait it looks like some are at the souk while others are at the tourist mall. There is no comparison. I guess rich people just like overpaying for stuff. It’s also idiotic to get dressed up and look wealthy in the souk, they can spot these women from miles away. That sound they hear is the prices being raised. Chyka, Janet and Gamble are at the souk. Gamble probably should have gone with Gina, Susie and Jackie. Petti is nowhere to be seen. Nor is my girl Lydia.
We’re going to need the Aussies to tell us what “woggy” means.
While the ladies all complain about Pettifleur rather than enjoy their time away from her, Lydia searches the beach for Pettifleur. She starts off being very kind to her and checking on her; however, Petti immediately snaps at her be quiet and let her speak. Lydia wants to talk about no one wanted to talk about her blog or how she has been going to Dubai since the 1920’s. Is arrogantcy a word in Australia? Petti and Lydia get in a fight about the other being arrogant. I’d have to say they both sort of tie in that department; however, Lydia does occasionally listen to what other people are talking about. You know, before she brings it back to herself. Petti screams at Lydia to get the fuck away from her. Petti is screaming at her and saying she should have given her a hug. Hug is the Aussie casserole this episode. Somehow they end on a happy note.
Chyka is planning a wedding in Dubai. Finally, we get to see some to the setup. The flowers are absolutely stunning! It’s a traditional Muslim wedding where the women and the men are kept completely separate. I went to one of these as a child, not a fancy one like this but a middle class one. It was very interesting. This is one of the most extravagant weddings in the world. I am mesmerized by this scene.
What is this? The ladies are going to the cultural center to learn about Arab culture? This would never happen on an American show. I am enthralled with this episode, I am so glad I waited until the weekend when I am in no rush and can enjoy all these amazing moments. I love this guy and how he explains the culture. I love his explanation of the reason they pray five times a day, it’s to check in with their behavior and to make sure they have not hurt anyone or behaved contrary to the religious teachings. If they have they pray for forgiveness if they have not they say a prayer of thanks.
Back to dinner at one of the tourist restaurants. Gamble explains the reasoning behind the multiple prayers per day. Petti is excited by this revelation because she is expecting apologies. Very quickly, Janet escalates and tells Petti she wants nothing to do with her. She tells her to leave because no one wants her here. Petti gives Janet an apology and a hug. Petti also hugged Gina and Gamble was hurt that Gina is now friends with Petti when she hasn’t been a very good friend to her lately. Gamble cries and Chyka comforts her while Gina tells her to get herself together and don’t start feeling sorry for herself.
Next, Jackie comes for Lydia. Janet says that Lydia is saying bad things about everyone and their families. Jackie sure is on a high horse. Jackie says that she can’t be friends with Lydia because she ruins families. Lydia points out that Jackie is a gossip and Jackie freaks out and can’t take what she is dishing out. In confessional, everyone has a story about something bad Lydia has said about them. The only thing that gives these attacks any credence is that Chyka says it’s true. In fact Chyka leaves the dinner and says off camera about Lydia, “I hate her.” Oh Lydia, what have you done now? I hope it’s not the rumors about Bruce. Jackie follows Chyka and calls Lydia a fucking cunt off camera.
Next Week: The pack of ladies attack Lydia. Not my Lydia, dammit!