By Joanna Jones
We start off a few days after the blow up between Anthony and Cathy at the salon. Olivia, Michelle and Jackie are out to dinner with Frankie and two of his friends (NOT a triple date!) .They are discussing the difference between being an adult and acting immature. She feels that she is always hyper running around getting things done but always crashes at the end of the night.
“I am literally like a puppy or a cell phone!”
(It might sound a little silly to most people but it makes perfect sense to me!)
She feels that she is finally transitioning into adulthood.
On a decent path career wise
Away from all drama that used to envelope her life
Making steps toward being an official beauty expert
The guys make a few jokes at her expense but agree that she is an adult. They all cheers to Olivia’s success but she doesn’t want all the attention.
“And cheers to Frankie and GiGi getting back together!”-Jackie
(This left a bad taste in my mouth. If Jackie doesn’t want to have issues with GiGi, then she shouldn’t be making inappropriate jokes about her failed relationship with her ex!)
Now we catch up with the gang at Anthony Robert salon. Tracy is styling her friend Sammy’s hair while filling her in on the latest drama. She has never felt more uncomfortable in the salon than the day of the blow out. She has been trying not to focus on the drama because her anxiety is at an all-time high! Sammy expresses her concern that Tracy is losing touch with her “working/go getter” self. She doesn’t want her to lose focus on her career.
“I am super sensitive to anybody especially someone so close to me as Sammy about weighing in on my life because it hits so close to home with the GiGi situation but Sammy has a really good point.”-Tracy
The next day Olivia enlists Jackie and Michelle to help her shop for new outfits for her night hosting class.
“School has never been my thing but becoming a TV style expert is a huge priority for me, and if going back to the class room is what it is going to take to achieve my goal than that is what I am going to do!”-Olivia
Michelle takes a moment to ask her if she has seen GiGi since she called her out talking trash on Jackie. She is nervous because she will finally see her the following day at The Gatsby. (Michelle should be nervous since she is playing both sides against each other showing no loyalty to anyone!)
Cathy shows up at her family business, Brother’s Pizzeria, to wind down after taking care of some bills/payroll with her favorite slice (peppers, onions, and pepperoni). Filippo shows up looking sharp but that won’t stop him from throwing on an apron and tossing a few pies. He does has more free time since he is no longer a salon manager! His father, Filippo Sr., questions why he doesn’t want to be in the salon business anymore. He explains that he is now on bad terms with Anthony but truly wants to focus more time on his career.
“Filly is so wrapped up with his modeling career that he doesn’t see the severity of the situation. I don’t want anything to do with Anthony anymore, however, I have a financial interest in the salon.”-Cathy
Cathy says that she has to at least meet with Anthony to see where they will go from this point forward.
It is the next day. GiGi is waiting for Michelle in the parking lot of The Gatsby before work (once again with the creepy stalking in parking lots.) She questions her on their friendship.
“Do you consider yourself one of my good friends?”-G
“Are you going back to Olivia telling her I said Jackie was a bad mother?”-G
“I am going through so much crap right now that the last thing I thought was that you would go back and say things that I said to you.”-G
GiGi feels that Michelle’s gossiping could cause her to lose her relationship with Olivia. (GiGi has to be responsible for her own actions that caused her falling out with Olivia not blame it on Michelle.) She also finally sees that her friend has not been loyal and is not a trustworthy person.
(This is an absolutely true point! While Michelle’s gossiping would not be the reason her and Olivia aren’t friends, she is still disloyal, dishonest, and untrustworthy!) Michelle doesn’t feel she was at fault for anything because she is FORCED to play both sides. (There is a difference between playing both sides and remaining neutral. When remaining neutral you don’t talk trash about the other side!)
It is later that night. Sammy is visiting Tracy’s house who now shows her friend her new “kit”. She has come up with a business concept for making a how-to tease kit called “Tra-tease”. It will have everything a girl would need to tease her hair perfectly as well as a step by step guide on how to bring their hair to “new heights”.
Sammy loves the idea which is great because Tracy isn’t letting her get away without helping put them together. While setting everything up the girls discuss that everyone seems to have an opinion on how Tracy should live her life. Whether it be about her marriage, children, or career everyone seems to be coming at her all at once.
- Her own family
She breaks down beginning to cry stating that she understands it comes from love but Sammy doesn’t always have to be a “Debbie Downer”. One of her cross earrings falls to the floor sending a sure sign from the Heavens.
”Oh my god, my cross just fell what does that mean??”-Tracy
“I don’t know! I am Jewish!”-Sammy
(I fully understand where Tracy is coming from when she says everyone seems to have an opinion. Planning a wedding and making life decisions is stressful enough without everyone breathing down your neck trying to tell you how to make your decision. My advice is to take into consideration what your LOVED ones have to say because they DO have your best interest in mind but ultimately make your own decision.)
Olivia shows up for her first TV hosting class. First, she will be learning how to use a teleprompter as a tool for hosting. Right off the bat she is running into some issues with reading too fast. Then her big “New Jersey” accent is getting in the way of her pronunciation.
Next up, the teacher goes over interviewing which she basically nails. She knows how to get people to give her the “dirt” so to speak. Her first assignment will be to prepare her very own TV show to present at the next class session.
Michelle meets up with Olivia after her class. She tells her about her run in with GiGi before work earlier. They decide that after the day each of them had a few drinks are well deserved!
“Hey Tracy, you want to be the salon manage?”-Anthony
She laughs off his joke and gets immediately gets down to business about her teasing kit. He obviously wants a cut if she is going to sell them in the salon but doesn’t want the salon to become a “Tracy Tease Emporium” (Come on Ant, she is selling her kits for $10 to make a little extra money for her wedding. Ease up a little!)
A little while later Cathy walks into the salon. She doesn’t hesitate to walk up to Anthony to ask for a private conversation. The two business partners head off into the back office.
“I don’t think Anthony understands how upset I was about how he wronged my son and I the last time we spoke. However, I will go to speak with him to see if I can get him to come to his senses. But bottom line no one, and I mean no one, speaks my family and I the way he did.”-Cathy
She questions his right to say her son can’t work in the salon. He explains that he gave Filly a choice and it was his decision to continue with the Playgirl photo shoot. He feels that posing for Undergear was acceptable because he had some clothing covering his bits.
“I Love Filly like he was my own brother!”-A
“Could have fooled me.”-C
“It wasn’t your decision to make!”-C
“It absolutely was my decision!”-A
“Who are we? Investors don’t matter?”-C
“Whose clients are coming in the door?”-A
“When was the last time you picked up a pair of scissors?”-A
(During this argument I really saw both sides. Cathy is looking out for the best interest of her son whose feelings were hurt by Anthony’s reaction. He is looking out for the best interest of his salon, but it could have been handled far differently than with an ultimatum!)
“I really hate that things have gotten so bad between me and Cathy because Filly posed for Playgirl. Even if Cathy is an investor in this salon she has to remember it’s my name on the sign out there!”-Anthony
The argument continues:
“I only know one St. Anthony and he is in Heaven.”-C
“I am not trying to hurt you!”-A
“You know what? You’re nothing but a pompous ass!”-C
At this point Cathy grabs her stuff and leaves saying goodbye to everyone on her way out.
Now, Olivia is getting tea/treats with Jackie. She takes time ordering to practice her diction. This is the big “Wooder” VS “Water” pronunciation debate (Just for the record it is indeed pronounced “Wooder”J). While sitting down Jackie uses her desert as a means to analyze GiGi’s life. If GiGi continues to remove all the yummy “icing” from her life, then she will be left with a soggy piece of cake. (After being so upset about GiGi being so judgmental over her life, Jackie shouldn’t be turning around doing the same thing. Hypocrisy is the worst kind of trait. Two wrongs do not make a right!)
Back over at the salon Tracy is selling her teasing kits like hot cakes! Anthony asks what her next invention will be which he will be happy to financially back. At this point Olivia shows up to let him know how her hosting class went the other night. She tells him about her upcoming presentation which she would like the main focus to be their photo book. Tracy interrupts suggesting to use her “Tra-tease” kits. She is shot down because Olivia wants the focus on something that is more relevant to herself. However in the confessional session she spins a slightly different opinion:
“I came to Anthony’s salon to tell Anthony about my presentation not to settle for some janky (junky) teasing kits made by my least favorite person in the world.”-Olivia
She kind of gives Tracy a disgusted look as she asks about the completion of the kits. She feels that the kits aren’t on a professional level.
“When Olivia shoots down the idea of working with me for her hosting class I was offended. Now you tell me that I am not professional enough to work with you on this project was like a slap in the face.”-Tracy
(I thought Olivia and Tracy were getting past all this drama, and taking digs. I know they will never be friends but I think Olivia was sort of rude and insensitive acting as though Tracy was beneath her.)
Tracy walks away annoyed. Olivia then takes the opportunity to ask Anthony if she can interview him about the book for her class. He is more than happy to help.
After work Tracy is at knick-knack/chotchkies store waiting for Sammy to arrive. When she finally gets there she explains why she has been so upset lately. She feels that she is going through a 1/3 life crisis (not a ¼ life because people don’t actually live to be 100). Tracy is taking everything that anyone has to say too sensitively. Sammy jokingly tells her she needs therapy!
Now we pop over to a café where Anthony meets up with Gayle for drinks to fill her in on his issues with Cathy.
“I told you so.”-Gayle
She fully supports his decision and the way he handled the situation regarding the Playgirl photo shoot. She would never allow her child to pose for such a magazine. She also mentions he wouldn’t have to worry about such things if she was his partner (Yes Gayle! Remember when Anthony wanted to go into business with you and you backed out right when you were about to buy the location?) Considering Gayle has had prior disagreements with Cathy she probably wasn’t the best person to go to for advice.
Now it is the night of Olivia’s presentation. She begins her faux TV show which doesn’t go very well.
- Anthony doesn’t hear his cue to come in (his 40-year-old ears must not hear as well as they used to! hehehe)
- The subject of the interview (the book) isn’t present.
- Must move the topic onto “salon gossip”
After the change in topic the interview goes a little better for her. Not so much for Anthony. She brings up the drama regarding Cathy. Although it was hard answering her deep digging questions he was proud of how well she was progressing!
There is more drama to come next week on an all new Jerseylicious every Sunday on Style Network at 8:00 PM EST!
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