Before we start the episode, I’d like to address the drama that has everyone so up in arms and choosing sides between Jeff and Jenni. With regard to what happened between the two of them, we have only heard one side of the story. That is a deliberate action by Jeff who feels like he needed to “get out in front of the story.” That is called spinning the story before you hear the story to try and save face. I suggest we all calm down until the whole story comes out before spewing venom about either party.
Next, with regard to Jenni no working for Jeff anymore, that is not exactly true. I am sure we will see Jenni working for Jeff tonight and I haven’t even hit play yet. Why does it matter that Jeff got Bravo to pay Jenni and she only works for him when the camera’s are rolling? It makes no sense to feel mislead. What we see is what we see and Jeff and Jenni’s on camera relationship is exactly the same as their off camera relationship which was until recently year round and always a bit contentious just like all of Jeff’s relationships are. With that in mind, let’s watch the premiere of what could be the last season and have some fun.
We start with a montage of Jeff screaming at pretty much everyone and going on a firing spree. So it’s business as usual at the office. Monroe is talking! She still seems to have a lot of Jeff in her. As I am typing this, Gage says the same thing. When Jeff was feeding her she started choking and Jeff had to call Gage to deal with it.
Tyler is Jeff’s new assistant he was hired to replace Jenni while she was on maternity leave. Since filming has started Jenni has come back. Jeff says she has Wednesdays off and works three and a half to four days a week. Jenni says Georgia Grace was an easy delivery. She really is a miracle baby. Jenni is torn about leaving her to work. Jenni feels replaced.
Good Lord, Valley Vista is no way near being completed. It’s on year three. Jeff is being even more picky about the house because he will be stuck there throughout all of Monroe’s primary school years at least.
Jeff tells Jenni that Tyler is his new fulltime assistant and that she will have a whole new job. They seem rather pissy with each other from the very beginning. I’ve never heard Jeff call her Jennifer in that snotty voice.
The trio make it to the Heather Madden house where a huge amount of workers are working. Jeff said the budget doubled because she completely changed the style of the house inside and out. They go out to lunch with Heather to finalize some plans. Jeff tells Heather that Jenni is getting promoted. It sounds like her new position will be with clients and therefore away from Jeff. The plot thickens.
Back at the house the employees gather around the work table. Cat is back from Atlanta. Translation, Cat, who lives in Atlanta, is there to work as long as the cameras are rolling. This isn’t new behavior.
Jeff wants a mandatory dinner with “awards.” This always goes well. He loves stirring the pot.
There is a lot of time being spent on Jeff nitpicking Valley Vista. It seems to be taking a lot of his time. Jeff is trying to finish up with all of his design clients and move back into flipping exclusively now that the market is back. Jeff has a 50/50 partner on one of his flips but they disagree on the plans. Jeff has been arguing about a fountain that has been screwed up at least twice. I don’t know why he gives the same guy a chance to fix it. All of this Mexican food they keep stopping to eat is making me starving. I really need some enchiladas. The group actually laughs together over these enchiladas, so that is nice.
I should point out that Tyler does not speak until spoken to and he is rarely spoken to.
Jeff is requiring the nanny to come to the mandatory dinner. Even Tyler speaks out about having to sit with two particular guys at dinner. Jeff says it is an employee appreciation dinner. Oh I know who Frankie is now. I’d prefer to sit by him over most of these people.
At the awards ceremony Jenni presented employee of the month to some new person. Is it the housekeeper? Anyway, she got a thousand dollars. Tyler got second place and $500. Third place went to the nanny -$300. In confessional Jeff says there are people at this dinner who are not going to last.
Well, that was kind of weird.