By Kimberly, Our New Zealand Correspondent
We are nine episodes in and there are a few surprises in the women. I thought I’d not like Gilda at all but I’ve come to like her quite a lot. She’s still waters that run deep. I quite like Louise as well. She’s very Hollywood in ‘love the one you’re with’ but she’s not just a pretty face on the screen. Anne has been a bit boring. I thought she’d be more witty. I find her to be more of the rich old cat lady. Sadly because I do like her just wish she was more relevant. I like Michelle the least. I don’t think she’s nice on the inside. Animals know and not one animal she ever gets near likes her one little bit. Angela is definitely permanently away with the fairies.
Gilda’s home is beautiful, smaller than you’d expect but beautiful. She has Louise and Michelle over for a preview of her book. Though she has set all refreshments out in the kitchen they review the book in the formal dining room. It’s decorated beautifully but it’s a small room (as dining rooms go). The camera shot had both opposing walls in it. It had high ceilings with tall red taffeta drapes and a HUGE red crystal chandelier. The accoutrements were just too overpowering for such a small room. The room needed to be four times bigger. But it was elegant.
Angela decides Lea’ needs to get behind the wheel again after her little fender bender. Lea’ starts off trying to drive from the passenger side of the car (they drive opposite to New Zealand in France). There is no way to describe Angela’s accent but it would drive me to distraction to have her as my mother and listen to her. Sorry, just had to get that off my chest. Lea’ almost gets into another wreck. Then its excruciating to watch Angela help Lea’ parallel park. I just can’t anymore.
Louise, Julia, Michelle and Anne meet to discuss the book launches. Julia says ‘clearing my social calendar for book launches is really not the most exciting thing’. What she really means is having to move some of her skin, hair and face appointments around. Vapid.
They all feel sorry for Angela and Kirk in his choice to walk out on her. Michelle says she wouldn’t take back a man who walked out on her. Louise then asks if she would expect her husband to accept her back if she walked out on him. After a long pause she said yes. Louise reckons it’s David’s bank account that keeps Michelle interested. She goes on to say that David must write HUGE checks every month to keep Michelle happy and she wouldn’t want to be in his position.
Angela’s book launch has arrived. Kirk has chosen not to come. She gets flowers from Gilda because she’s not going to make it to the book launch. Everyone is to wear white. Anne has spent $2KNZ on a dress. Anne and Louise arrive and there is literally six to eight other people there. Julia arrives a little later and it’s a bit fuller. There are no decorations to speak of. Not everyone has worn white and Anne is annoyed. Julia can’t understand why Michelle didn’t delay her anniversary dinner to the weekend to come to the book launch. Angela shows up and hour and a half late on the arm of two stripper boys who barely look like they reached puberty. One still has acne on his chest. Kinda creepy. There is barely 20 people at this launch. Angela just walks in on the arm of these boys with no fanfare or announcement. Very awkward.
Then out of the blue some woman who was standing in the crowd a moment before just started dancing. Everyone found it bizarre. According to Angela it symbolised freedom and expression. Ok. So Angela is going on about her book and how ‘it’s a baby she’s been waiting to be borne’. Yep. She said that. Angela’s healer MCs the evening and asks for two strong men to help open the door to the room where the actual launch will happen. There were no men so they settled for the two half dressed boys. They get to the next room and it looks like the room they just left. The healer goes on Angela lemons she would dissect it and lecture it. She gets the title of the book wrong too. After her intro she brings out a small bottle she mists three times and this suppose to be a baptism for the book to birth it into the world. Angela then reads excerpts from her book which don’t make ANY sense. She ends the reading with a look of reverence on her face as if she’s just put forth the answers to the universe. Julia stirs the pot by telling Angela Louise and Anne have bagged out her book launch.
Gilda’s book launch is much better. There are people everywhere, drink flowing and music. Gilda botches her speech. She’s obviously not a public speaker. But that aside its a good launch. Angela of course is late and arrives the minute Gilda is done with her speech from behind the curtain where the speeches were made. Michelle is instant barracuda on Angela for her thunder stealing. This splits the girls in two factions. Julia and Angela then everyone else. Of course the girls need to read Angela’s book on how to be real. Anne gets drunk and cries because she has decided Gilda isn’t the goldigger she’s been made out to be.
Next time: surprise party for Michelle.