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This week’s episode of Flipping Out has Jeff Lewis, as Jenni’s “main gay,” swap his interior design hat for a wedding planning one. In the interest of full disclosure, I must let my feelings for Jeff’s design and Jeff himself be known. As far as design, I love every house he does. I think he has a great talent for working with spaces and clean lines that promote modern living. I don’t think his design style has a lot of breadth, but it does have a lot of depth . . . in other words, if someone wanted to remodel their home French Country, I’m sure Jeff would slap them across the face and stomp out of the room without ever looking back (for good reason . . . who does French Country these days?) but if you want modern and you have beaucoup bucks, Jeff is your guy. Jeff as a person – witty, abrasive, often insensitive, driven, truthful, and lacking some degree of self-awareness. It’s this hodge-podge of personality traits coupled with a keen design sense that’s kept Flipping Out on television for the past five seasons.
Jenni, Jeff’s trusty Executive Assistant, is getting married to her perfect Greek match, Jonathan Nassos! She is planning her princess wedding (I cringe when grown women want to be “princesses” on their wedding day . . . how old are we? Do you also want to live in Barbie’s Dream House?) in Chicago and asks Jeff to come along to help her with design decisions. It’s a safe bet to say that Jeff and Jenni have some major differences regardng the direction her wedding. Jeff thinks Jenni is batsh*t crazy for spending so much money on a wedding and Jenni is enamored at anything and everything, including waterwalls, 650-person ball rooms, and lamb balls that her wedding planner, Craig, can whip together (a “wedding gangbang” as Jeff puts it). I worry that Jenni doesn’t have the ability to step back and assess what is an over the top complete waste of funds. But, that’s what she brought Jeff in to help her with and “help” her he does. Jeff has an opinion on everything including why on earth she would want a giant-sized ballroom to hold a relatively small number of guests (WRONG), why she wants to invite everyone from the wedding to the rehearsal dinner (WRONG), why she would want reception tables inundated with flowers, candles, plates, glasses, favors, etc., and lastly, why she would choose dry crab cakes as part of the wedding menu. Jeff voices his displeasure on her choices in his typical insensitive way and calls her an out of control train wreck. Of course, he could’ve been a little kinder and gentler in his delivery but Jenni knows that while Jeff can be crass and insensitive, he is trying to keep her best interests at heart and his opinions don’t come from a bad place. He confirms this by saying he genuinely wants her to have the best wedding day possible . . . and makes no jokes before or after that statement.
Is Andrew annoying or is it just me? He seems like such a nervous personality and knowing that he needs a full time job to receive his trust fund when he is 45 doesn’t make me really like him any, for some reason. I’ll be interested in checking out next week’s episode because judging from the preview, Jeff unleashes on him for something the nervous nelly does.
While Jeff is with Jenni and Andrew in Chicago, Gage and Zoila are holding down the fort at Jeff Lewis Designs. Gage continues to hack away at Gramercy, trying to get the house completed so he and Jeff can move in and start their lives as planned. Zoila continues to “supervise” Lupe who seems to do most of the housework these days. Over the years, I’ve had a special place in my heart for Zoils . . . but over the past couple seasons, I’ve gotten slightly annoyed at times. She’s gotten more sassy (which, you need to some extent to deal with Jeff, I concede) but less productive as well . . . no wonder Gage and Jeff are constantly reminding her what a superstar Lupe is. Maybe that will ignite a little flame under Zoila. . .or maybe the telanovellas will continue to win out. At any rate, the season previews from last week hint that Jeff is starting to get seriously frustrated with Zoila and considers firing her. We will see if that ends up happening (I doubt it because she is like the mom he never had in many ways and even Jeff is beholden to a certain degree of sentimentality and loyalty).
Next week’s show promises us some drama and tears with Andrew and lots of yelling from Jeff. Ahhh – the Flipping Out I know and love.
Season 6, Episode 2: Showdown in Chi-Town (originaly aired September 11, 2012)
Flipping Out airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on Bravo.