Last week, your reviews of The Real Housewives of DC were decidedly mixed, but after last night’s episode I’m not afraid to admit that I love it. Yes, “love” is the appropriate word here. Something about the contrast of proximity to power and total idiocy is just delicious, particularly when compared to the eternal trainwreck that is Real Housewives of New Jersey.

Compared to the ladies of Jersey, our DC women might as well be philosophers. Well, maybe not Michaele, but I’m not entirely convinced that Michaele knows where she is at any given time, so she might as well be a Jersey housewife. And Cat. Is it too late to deport her? But as always, if we didn’t have those two, I wouldn’t have a recap to write, so in a weird way I owe both Michaele and Cat a solid.

We started with Michaele. Of course. It was Michaele’s 44th birthday, and at the very least I’ll admit that she doesn’t look 44. I would have pegged her at about 39, so good for her. Tareq brought in an array of random Jimmy Choo stuff from which she could pick her birthday present, which seemed like the least thoughtful, laziest way to go birthday shopping for a gift ever. Then Tareq took her outside and, uh, there was a horse. Michaele doesn’t ride, but it doesn’t matter, because she still thinks like a five-year-old and ALL five-year-old girls love horses. She named it Sparkle. Really.

Even Paul, the Dwight of DC, thought the name was almost stupefyingly immature but he managed to keep a straight face (well, mostly) when she told him. He seems to know that Michaele is either a moron, a pathological liar or both, but either because he’s a very nice person or the producers put him up to it, he agreed to let Michaele throw him a birthday party later in the episode.

Out in Virginia, Mary was giving instructions to her maid in Spanish about pee on the carpet and dog-hair tumbleweeds. The big fuzzy dog belongs to her grown daughter, who apparently broke up with her live-in boyfriend, spent all her money, and is now living at home again. Personally, I was just kind of shocked that any Real Housewife knows even a few words of a foreign language.

After dealing with the dog hair issues, Mary got together with Cat at a coffee shop (A coffee shop at which Mary’s daughter works! Hooray Mary for making her broke behind get a job!) to discuss Michaele, since Michaele appears to be the only thing that anyone on this show ever discusses. Cat said that she intended to honor last week’s commitment to go horseback riding with Michaele even though Michaele can’t ride a horse, and when she asked Mary if she’d come along too, Mary pretended like she didn’t even hear the question. Between that, how drunk she got at fancy her birthday party and the biometric lock on her closet, I think I might really like Mary. Even if she is a Kennedy name-dropper.

Cat, on the other hand…well, she has daughters who are in elementary school and she says she can’t wait for them to go to college, which must be a truly fantastic attitude for a mother to have when her kids are, like, eight. She followed that fabulous display of warmth and maturity up by being rude to Mary’s daughter and complaining when Mary tipped her too much at the end of the meal. Cat is just a ball of sunshine, and by sunshine, I mean negativity and condescension. That would be irritating enough by itself, but on top of it, she doesn’t seem all that clever or quick. In contrast, Bethenny from Real Housewives of New York also tends toward negativity and condescension, but she does it in a way that’s witty and oddly charming. Cat is just flat and patronizing, which means I award her no points. Try harder next week, Cat.

It wasn’t long before she and Mary traipsed out to the country to pretend to ride horses with Michaele, who was dressed in full riding regalia despite asking the other girls to come in jeans. Her husband managed to mention Prince Charles before Mary even had her boots on, which filled the Salahi name-drop quota for the first half of the episode and signaled to everyone that it was time to get on the horses. In a further attempt to give credence to my cocaine suspicions from last week, Michaele completely ignored all the polo instructions and rode directly away from the group, polo mallet in the air, screaming in delight the entire time.

After they rounded up Michaele, who had wandered off into the woods on her horse and was attempting to converse with a tree, everyone dismounted and Tareq managed to do the only redeeming thing he’s ever done by pissing off Cat. How did he piss her off? He gave her free alcohol, that bastard. It wasn’t the right kind of alcohol, you see, it was beer. You can’t expect her to drink BEER. How common. He told her it was chardonnay at first as a very obvious unfunny joke, and apparently she didn’t realize from the fact that it was dark and had foam on the top that it probably wasn’t grape-derived. Also, I think it probably smelled like beer, and beer and wine don’t smell the same. But how would someone as lovely and refined as Cat know what BEER smells like?

Refreshingly, it was time for Stacie. She was supposed to have friends over (and by “friends,” I mean Housewives) for dinner on Sunday, but since she didn’t have time to cook she decided it would be fun to have her friends over to her Aunt’s house for a traditional family dinner. Surely, Cat wouldn’t make a racist fool of herself at all…of course not…

Her Aunt Frances seemed like a total gem, and Lynda at least was very excited to go over to her house to have real southern food. I had no idea that she was from Georgia, but now that I know, I like her by default. Things I also like: peach cobbler. Fried chicken. Everything on the table for dinner. I could practically smell it through the television, and this may have been the only Real Housewives party to which I would have gladly gone.

Sadly, Cat arrived first and felt completely awkward around…well, around the people who were there. Take that as you will (“Cat is unable to interact with black people” is how I took it). She also wasn’t pleased with the drink options presented to her, but Aunt Frances seemed to be enjoying her scotch just fine, and somehow I think Aunt Frances has better taste than Cat does.

When Mary and her husband arrived, things became a little less awkward upstairs and Rich, Ebong and Jason retired to the basement to discuss their penises. Well, not theirs, I guess, but the fact that Jason holds the patent to an invention that can measure body parts by volume, and of course the first and best thing to measure with that is dicks. Naturally. It’s called the “penile volumetric measuring device,” and mentioning the name made the white guy in the room very, very uncomfortable. It also made Ebong uncomfortable simply because he’s a gentleman, although he said we’d have to defer to Lynda for more information on his, uh, situation.

Thankfully they all shut up about the penis measurer and got down to eating, and as if on cue, Cat became totally disgusted by the way that southern food is prepared (yes, yankees, traditional methods reuse old cooking grease). She managed to excuse herself as soon as her plate was cleared and run out of there, presumably to eat a salad with the dressing on the side in order to feel like herself again. As a southerner from a southern family, I can tell you that Cat clearly doesn’t know what she’s missing. The party at Aunt Frances’s house looked like every Thanksgiving I ever had as a kid, except the cobbler looked better. I need to move on from this subject before I drool on my laptop.

After Cat made her escape (before dessert!), Stacie got together with part of her family and Paul to apologize for Cat’s abrupt exit and talk a little smack, which she was certainly justified in doing. I’m not sure if it was the preponderance of black people or simply the unfamiliar food that made her uncomfortable, but I think you’d have to be seriously freaked out to be so blatantly rude. Whether the problem was based on race or class, Cat is very clearly not used to being around people that aren’t exactly like her. It’s kind of astounding that she can’t figure out that when you’re on television, you should at least pretend.

On a different night, at a different party, everyone was getting ready to celebrate Paul’s birthday. Paul was expecting to meet up with Michaele to get ready for the party but she was nowhere to be found and not answering her Blackberry, and she also hadn’t showed up by the time that guests were arriving. Reminder: she had volunteered to plan and host the entire party. When Michaele and Tareq finally arrived, they were in an eternally out-of-style white limo with a police escort and barely beat Paul to the party. Decent people would have given some sort of sincere apology, but Michaele and Tareq are clearly not decent people by any definition.

During the dinner portion of the evening, Lynda and Cat’s husband were seated next to each other and they actually managed to have a far more intelligent conversation about his work than Cat had conducted last week at Stacie’s house. He explained working with two very different presidents in a diplomatic and thoughtful way, and even though we only saw a snippet of the conversation, it was easily the most intelligent exchange I’ve seen on Real Housewives in, uh, forever. No wonder he’s divorcing Cat.

In stark contrast to the erudition on display at the dinner table, Michaele and Tareq got up and made some noise in order to play another round of “Look at Me, Look at Me,” which is clearly the couple’s favorite game ever. Despite the fact that they hadn’t bothered to actually play host or show up on time to the party, they didn’t think twice about taking the spotlight away from the birthday boy by opening a bottle of champagne with a sword. Yes, the brought a sword in anticipation of this moment. Tareq launched a spray of champagne and broken glass directly at Lynda, who I hope wasn’t wearing anything that required dry cleaning.

When Paul was allowed to speak for himself, the things he said about growing up awkward and insecure and turning his life into something great were actually really sweet and a nice birthday message. He thanked everyone profusely and teared up a little bit, and I found myself again thinking that I wouldn’t mind being at that party. Twice in one episode. Kind of amazing.

Well, almost. After everyone ate and the party was winding down, Lynda made a rather snarky comment about Michaele’s winery (which, admittedly, is probably awful). I was ok with that since Michaele is perhaps the most cluelessly narcissistic person on television and has offered herself up for criticism, but then Lynda made some even worse comments about Michaele’s weight. I’m a big believer in the idea that you don’t really need to comment on anyone’s weight, ever, and the sort of faux concern that she was showing based on Michaele’s “health” is doubly annoying.

Hey, Lynda. Telling someone that she needs to be force-fed a cheeseburger is not concern, it’s a Mean Girl tactic to make someone feel beneath you because of her appearance. About 700 words ago, I said that I liked you. Don’t make me take it back. Although if you called her a crackhead instead, I would find that totally acceptable. That might not make any sense, but I stand by it.

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  • JenG

    Thanks for the recap Amanda!

  • Apologies in advance for the lack of pictures – Bravo has completely forgotten to put the stills from last night’s show up on their website, but if their web guy recovers from his hangover sometime today and remembers, I’ll add them.

  • Mel

    Ok I love that the DC housewives have more “mature” fights and drama. This show is a snoozer at best. Give me the cat fights of New Jersey. What is wrong with flipping a table for no reason? Can’t a girl take off running for no apparent reason while screaming she is going to kill me when there are five hundred (I am exaggerating Poshe does not have that many customers) witnesses in the room? The DC girls are nice but we need some good drama and more over the top flashy clothes (ex. Teresa) to keep watching for a whole season.

    • Matthew

      I find NJ excruciatingly boring. I know there have been some big moments, but I have no interest in anything between.

      After only two episodes of DC, I’m much more in than I’ve ever been with NJ.

  • mochababe73

    It was a little better yesterday, but not by much. Since I will be moving to the area in less than a year, I am not too pumped. If this is the way women behave in the DC metroplex, I am going to be a fish out of water. This type of behavior from some of these women are unacceptable, and I have a REAL hard time holding my tongue.
    I didn’t like what Stacie did at all. I’m glad that everyone had a good time. Stacie asked her friends to go to her Aunt’s house because she didn’t feel like being bothered by cooking and entertaining. That, for me, is wrong. However, Stacie I can tolerate.
    Not a fan of Cat. She needs to pack up and get on the first plane back to London. I put her husband in the same category as Kelly Bensimon and Danielle Staub. Stop what you’re doing and get your children before their mothers ruin them. Funny how Cat’s husband and Kelly’s ex-husband are photographers.
    As a black woman, I don’t find that Cat’s behavior was racist. I think that the woman is just ill-mannered and snobbish. She thinks that she’s above everyone. Like we say in the South, that woman has no home training.
    Mary is okay. I find her to be quite forgettable.
    Lynda is a b***h. Plain and simple. I don’t like her either. On top of that, she’s a coward. She insults Michaele and her husband and then says good-bye. What kind of ish is that? If you have something to say that’s insulting, be woman enough for the fall out. Unfortunately for me, I have that hold the tongue problem again. I would have followed her out and given her a piece of my mind. Like my father said, If you can’t stomp with the big dogs then get off the porch.
    I guess that I will be the only one to like Michaele. She’s fun and clueless. Her whole schtick is hilarious. I am reserving my opinion about the whole White House thing because I don’t really know what happened. I find her more tolerable than the others. She makes me laugh.

    • S

      I agree with you on everything! Yes Michaele is dumb, but she seems harmless and incredibly entertaining. Good for her to call out Lynda. Lynda is a total phony – she knows how to behave and whose bottom to kiss.

  • PhotoGirl

    My sister phoned and said I had to watch because of Aunt Frances. So I did. Oh, I wanted to crawl into the television and eat everything on that table! That meal reminded me of so many of my childhood family dinners. Sigh. . .

    Of course, Cat ruined everything. This dreadful woman has managed to remind me of every single thing I did not like about England. And who on earth leaves a dinner party before the peach cobbler is served!??

    Does she have a green card? Can it be rescinded? Her future-ex husband has managed to dodge a very big bullet, I think.

    I’m not sure whether I’ll watch again, but I must say that, Michaele excepted, I do find these “housewives” to be a big step up from the cesspool that is RHNJ, the shallow bitchiness of RHNY, and the utter vapidity of the ladies of the OC. For that alone, I give RHDC an A-. For the time being, anyway.

    As always, I love your recaps, Amanda. They really add a bit of joy to my day!

  • Bagolicious

    Cat has absolutely no etiquette, manners, or class. She needs to know when to just shut up and go with the flow. And it’s good that she left the party early as it obviously lifted the black cloud that was lingering over it when she was there.

  • Bagolicious

    As for Stacie, I had no problem with her inviting folks to her aunt’s house. I’ve called friends of mine when folks have come into town and asked if I could have a party at their place because they might have a big yard or a pool as is common here in L.A. They have never had a problem with it. We do it a lot. And they absolutely love meeting new people….like friends of friends.

    And I’ve always either bought the food or put in money for it, helped with the food preparation at the friend’s house, helped with set up , clean up, and even transported some of my own china to the party. It’s much easier to throw a big party with more space and an entourage of friends to help.

    For decades, folks have come over and had parties at our family house, where I grew up, as it’s huge and has a lot of land. My mom had over 50 people over for a dinner party as she has a lot of space and was willing to host it as others didn’t have time to do it on their own. We had a great time and everyone went home more than happy.

    And a few months ago, a friend of mom threw a huge garden party at another friend’s house and there were at least 150 people there. So, maybe it’s different in different parts of the U.S. But, here it’s a non issue. We’re constantly throwing dinner parties, pool parties, pot lucks, barbecues, street parties, garden parties, etc and year round.

    • Just wanted to clarify – I didn’t think it was odd at all that she had the ladies over to her aunt’s house. I’m from the south, and it’s not uncommon here either. I don’t know if you were responding to me or not, but I just wanted to add that!

  • suz

    Even after your amusing (and generous) recap…I just can’t watch this show……especially since it runs opposite my very favorite “Project Runway”. I thought I’d go back and watch it on a rerun…but nothing about your recap makes me want to do that (despite your ability to make lemonade out of lemons.) The recap will do just fine…..OK… Maybe I’ll revisit the food. But, this group makes my skin crawl. I’ll continue to read your recaps….but I will WATCH “Project Runway”. Hopefully, you’ll put that on your “to-do” list for next year.

    • Matthew

      I’m annoyed that Project Runway is 1.5 hours now. Just sayin’.

  • Bagolicious

    PhotoGirl: “Who on earth leaves a dinner party before the peach cobbler is served?” I needed my laugh for the day and that comment was brilliant! LOL! And yes, rescind Cats green card. LOL! It’s shameful as to who’s allowed to get in and who is not.

    • PhotoGirl

      Glad to be of service. I’m no Amanda, but I do have my moments. :)

      That peach cobbler looked sooo good. I’m going to see if I can talk my mother into making one this weekend, Weight Watchers be damned!

  • Handbag Lover

    Lynda got on my last nerve last night. She is so rude, talking about that girl weight. It made me sick. It kills me that people, talk about how rude it is when speaking of a person weight, when they are large but when a person is slim then they feel that they can say whatever they want. I think it’s Bull.

    I loved the shopping though and the bags were nice. I LOVED the Burberry Wrap!

    Stacy husband seems cool but the shoe size, in reference to a man’s penis is bull. I knew a man who wore a size 15 shoe and had the penis size of a Tiffany’s Charm. That is truly bull too. Chile Please, Grow up!

    The Show is growing on me but Lynda and Kat need to leave, like tomorrow!

  • Handbag Lover

    Oh and good recap, sorry, i went on a rant! lol :)

  • sasha

    this show so boring. i am not gonna watch any more…all fake

  • Rachel

    So, this episode was literally the first “Housewives” episode of any season I have ever watched, and I did it just so I could see what Amanda would write about what I had just seen.

    I have a question, though: Were the women on these shows “friends” before filming started, or are they a cast that is forced to hang out together and invite one another to parties? They just seem like a group that probably wouldn’t be friends unless Bravo told them to.

  • Rachel

    Also, the penile volumetric measuring device scene was so awkwardly hilarious, I almost spit my verdejo all over the couch. It was like a Tupperware party or something, like, “Let’s all get together and discuss our penile measuring needs.”

  • Jen

    fabulous recap!!! So in love with DC housewives, especially since watching the New Jersey “ladies”.

  • Sher77

    It’s definitely getting better. Hey, I’ve been eating healthy, was desperate for fried chicken and peach cobbler after the show.

  • bf

    Another great recap! I think I’m with Amanda, I really like this show. I agree with everyone that the food looked WONDERFUL!!!!! I think I dreamed about fried chicken last night, it’s been a long time since I had chicken cooked in a cast iron skillet and make with CRISCO!!!!! Yummy, and if they had homemade ice cream with that cobbler I would have walked through the screen to get some.

    Amanda you are fabulous and I look forward to your recaps…..keep them coming…..they make me smile! :)

  • Bestremywigs

    I have a girl crush on Mary, did you catch her ass in those white jeans…? and i sensed some attraction between her and Cat’s husband? Cat is an absolute ass! I loved the basement conversation about the penis pump…Stacey’s husband is dah bomb! I prejuded Ebung(sp) He’s kind of cute..
    I love the show, i am also hooked…Good job as usual Amanda… send me the rough draft of your recap, so I don’t have to be stalking your website every 10 mins

  • V

    I live for your recaps! I’m with you Amanda, I love the DC housewives! The New Jersey wives- well that’s just bad tv. How many times can they have the same fight? I’m from NJ and I’m so sick of them. How anyone from another state could tolerate watching their shenanigans is beyond me.


  • Bagolicious

    Amanda: My comment about it not being odd to me for someone to invite friends over to another person’s house for dinner, was in response to Mochababe 73’s comment. Second paragraph.

    My relatives are also from the south and it’s totally normal. There were always houses full of folks and everyone was welcome when we used to visit them.

    It’s also been perfectly normal here in L.A. among the many friends of mine and myself.

  • Bagolicious

    Handbaglover: I’m laughing hysterically at your comment….third paragraph….about the Tiffany charm. I thought I had already gotten my laugh for today in earlier posts, but I’m having a few more. Now, I’ll have to continue watching this awful show, just to be able to read these comments and know what they are being referred to. LOL! I can feel that the remaining comments from this show are going to be slap-yo’-mama hilarious! I hope the cast of the show is reading them.

    • Handbag Lover

      Thanks girl.. lol I had to be honest, the shoe size thing doesn’t work for all men. The show is good and it is growing on me and it is WAYYY better then RHONJ.

  • Michelle

    This post belongs on some sort of other blog- not a purse blog. Thanks for wasting my time.

    • I think it’s pretty clear that the vast majority disagrees with you. I wouldn’t spend the time writing them if people didn’t want them here – they’re not exactly quick and easy. It’s very, very simple to skip over posts you’re not interested in and not waste any time. If you’re not able to do that, it’s not my problem, or the problem of anyone who enjoys these posts.

      • suz

        Amen, Amanda………How totally ridiculous someone would blame you for wasting their time……One of the reasons I love this blog is because there are so few of these nut jobs who rant, blame others and make no sense.

    • michelle ( another one)

      Well just skip the post entirely, or skip the website entirely since 1) you do not pay to advertise on this website, 2) this is not your website.

    • Paty

      I agree with the others. Just don’t read it! Go stick your head in one of your purses!

  • Sakyie

    First, I love the recap without the pictures! It seemed so much longer, I didn’t want to stop reading! ♥ Ok, back on topic, I was a little quick to judge in the first episode. I prepared myself to hate these women, but like everyone else has said, the DC installment of RHW is such a step up from all the other hags we’ve been forced to stomach for the past few years.
    The dinner at Aunt Frances’ reminds me so much of Sunday dinners with my grandmother, and that peach cobbler had me DROOLING! As a black woman, I wasn’t at all offended by Cat’s behavior, but I do feel as though she doesn’t know any better. She was clearly uncomfortable around so many people that (weren’t Caucasian), but I wouldn’t really call her a racist. Perhaps socially retarded is a better phrase? Between her impression of Tyra Banks and her behavior at the dinner, its obvious she doesn’t have much experience with African Americans outside of her television, so I won’t allow her ignorance to upset me.
    I personally love Michaele, she’s about as intelligent as a wet sock and she doesn’t care. Of course the rest of the ladies hate her, but I’ve yet to understand why. She doesn’t come off entirely snooty, and I find it rather disgusting how they constantly remind us how she came from “nothing” i.e. Mary hinting that Michaele used to do her makeup etc. I guess every RHW needs a ditzy villain and Michaele drew the short straw. Looking forward to next week! \o/

  • Bagolicious

    Keep the writings coming Amanda! And anyone not interested can just skip them as I skip the Real Housewives of N.J. stuff. I can’t stomach that group for a second. I’ve watched all of the other Real Housewives shows though.

    And I would be in the handbag forum more if I didn’t have to deal with all of those annoying pop up ads. My Mac is even set to not have to deal with pop ups, but it doesn’t block them out when connected to the forum. So, it’s nice to be able to read here and without pop ups.

    • The ads disappear when you log yourself in with an account :)

  • pocoloco

    Cat got on my nerves again lol She’s a typical British woman (or maybe I’ve met only such ones)
    She’s rude.. ignorant.. she’s no manners, she doesn’t know what bringing up kids is – don’t why why British women even have kids..:/
    I don’t think she’s racist.. living in London or anywhere in England certainly makes you live among other races

  • E

    I have only seen one episode and I agree 100% with the OP’s assessment of the ladies’ character. And yes my FIRST thought about Michaele is that there is a serious cocaine problem to be addressed. She’s all over the place and terribly skinny..

  • Matthew

    I’m not always convinced these scenes are shown chronologically. It seems like in one scene you see beautiful warm weather, with leaves on trees, and in the next scene it’s cold and wintry. I’ve noticed the same in NJ as well.

    I’m not sure how this all plays into the entire show, but it adds to the aspect of the show being “staged.”

    Just a thought.

    • I think things are definitely disjointed. In fact, I noticed one specific problem with this episode. While Paul and Michaele were discussing his party this week, it was clear that it was shot in the same scene where he was trying on dresses with her last week, yet we’re lead to believe that the previous episode and this episode took place at different times. They kept it to tight shots of Paul and Michaele this week to not give too much context, but they were clearly from the same conversation, spread over two episodes and implied to be from two different conversations. If you looked more closely at things like climate, as you mentioned, then I’m sure more discrepancies would show themselves.

      The timelines for a lot of the episodes don’t make sense in Real Housewives. All the times where they’ve showed the early planning stages of a huge party at the beginning of the episode, and they’re having the party by the end of the hour? I used to work in marketing at a big hotel where lots of big events were held, and planning goes on for months for those things. Either the scenes are completely staged or they’re shot months apart and pieced together to seem much closer, but there’s no way that the majority of things in the RH universe go down as they’re shown.

      • Matthew

        I noticed the same thing with the conversation you described between Michaele and Paul. To be honest, that didn’t really bother me because it was a completely different conversation from the one that involved Lynda…plus the one about Lynda was near the end of last week’s episode, so it wasn’t that bizarre to continue that conversation near the beginning of this week’s episode.

        I also don’t have an issue when they skip a lot of time between planning an event and showing the finished product. On the other hand, one would think Paul’s party wasn’t long after his conversation with Mikaele because it was supposedly her first opportunity to confront Lynda.

        What I have an issue with is when it goes from one scene where the weather looks warm to a scene where it’s cold, and then later back to a scene where it’s warm again. It makes the story lines fishy, because you don’t always know when something was actually said in context with the rest of the story.

        Long story short: It would appear the horseback riding, Mikaele/Paul conversation, and Paul party all happened around the same time, based on the weather and their attire. I believe the other storyline involving Stacie and Cat must have occurred much later because the weather was cold and there were no leaves on the trees.

        Apparently they felt that particular story line was interesting and wanted to show it in this episode, despite it’s supposed significant time difference from the other story line. It bugs me a little, though, because based on the way they showed the episode, they bounced around a lot from month to month in real life.

        I believe I’ve put way too much thought in this, but it’s the type of thing that bugged me. ;-)

        In unrelated news, I personally enjoyed Paul’s speech very much. :-)

  • Matthew

    I stopped spelling Michaele’s name correctly in the middle of my post. That’s pretty funny…and pathetic.

  • Bagolicious

    Vlad: Huh? What does that mean, that the “ads disappear when you log yourself in with an account?” Is there something that I’m supposed to be doing to get rid of the pop ups? I don’t remember this being a problem, in the past, when I first joined purse forum. It’s very distracting.

    • Are you logged in as a member when the pop-ups happen? I’ve never had a pop-up while logged in, but the ads are different for non-members or people who aren’t logged in.

    • If you are referring to the forum advertisements that appear on the bottom of the browser window (the collapsible video unit), those are disabled for forum members who are logged in the forum.

      There are no other popup ads utilized by TPF, so I suggest you simply sign up for a forum account.

  • arlene

    I love your recaps. If people do not want to read them, who is forcing them????
    I”m always a little late to watch the shows on my DVR, so I do not read your recaps until I see the show.. Pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee keep up the good work. As I said before , even if I am having a bad day, your recaps always put a smile on my face. I find the DC housewives entertaining, hated NJ, but a lot less enjoyable than NY, OC and Atlanta.
    Waiting for BH!!!!

  • Bagolicious

    Vlad/Amanda: I am logged in, on the forum, when those pop up ads pop up continuously while I’m in the middle of typing information to post. I’ve had an account since June 2009.

    First the big one pops up, with the sound, and I have to click it out. Then the little one is at the bottom and I have to click it out. It takes me double the time to post anything.

  • Bagolicious

    Tonight the pop up thing has slowed down and I only got one. I don’t know if it’s something in my computer system or what, but the last 2-3 days it was really frequent.

  • Olga

    I think Cat’s awesome! I do agree that it was very rude of her to bail on that dinner, but I totally admire her candor. Like Mary said, she’s a straight-shooter. I wish people were more honest in this country by speaking their minds, by calling it as they see it instead of worrying about being ‘politically correct’ all the freaking time and tip-toeing around certain subjects as not to offend a particular group of people.

  • Bagolicious

    I have plenty of friends who are straight shooters as well as I am, however, they know how to do it with class and manners. Cat is just crass and ill-mannered.

  • Amy

    i read a recent report that Danielle was fired from the show.

  • Jo Marie

    I watched my first episode of DC last night, I think it may have been the second in the series. I think I’m going to like it a lot. Your recaps make all the shows watchable but in this show we’ve been introduced to someone who, in my book, qualifies as a ” Lady”. I’m referring to Stacy of course. Her natural good manners, coupled with her real sense of mischief, make her some one to admire. The contrast between her attitude and the other’s should make for good TV.

  • lina

    Few watch aficionados realize that the Japanese brand seiko watch has a history as old as many of  its Swiss rivals. Founded in the 1880s, the company began manufacturing wrist seiko watches after World War I and quickly  became an innovative leader, developing one of the world’s first seiko  automatic and seiko chronograph.  But perhaps Seiko’s greatest achievement came about in its race with the  American brand Bulova to harness new technology, leading to the quartz watch,  which revolutionized the industry and nearly drove the Swiss out of business.
      More  innovations followed, including the first computer wristwatch, in 1984, and the  first nonbattery seiko kinetic watch. To this list we can now add another  groundbreaker: the Seiko Spring Drive  mechanical movement, which is accurate to one second per day, making it  approximately three times more precise than the average mechanical watch. The  Spring Drive also provides an enduring seventy-two hours of power reserve (most  watches offer about forty) and winds 30 percent faster than a conventional movement.
      According  to seiko uk, twenty-eight years of work  went into developing this movement, and only five of the company’s hundreds of  watchmakers possess the requisite skills to assemble it. Regardless of its technological  history, the seiko 5 is  a skillfully designed watch, with graceful hands and interesting use of  off-center dials.