Ok, this is my favorite show to watch at the end of the night and go into my bed (sans kids) and watch. Not something that puts me to sleep, but it is relaxing to watch other people’s problems.
So this episode starts off with picking on Olivia’s and Tracy’s style, make-up, nails, hair and yes clothes. I was kind of shocked that grown women were discussing these young ladies style with such disgust. I didn’t realize that in Jersey, (where I am from) the style is criticized like this. This is where I honestly think that the show is scripted.
So Gayle and Alexa takes a meeting with Tracy and Olivia and says that they are going to the premier salon of the world, located in the City (NYC to outsiders) and they are going to have a day of learning. Well, it gets around the salon and GiGi is a little taken back. Hell, who wouldn’t want to learn from the best stylist in the world? But, Anthony is more concerned with an assistant. The Salon has gotten super busy since the commercial and they need someone to do shampoo’s. I don’t think I have ever been in a salon in Jersey, and never had a shampoo girl, come on get with it Gayle. However, because of the cost to drive to the city and stay a night, they (Gayle and Christy) say no immediately.
Anthony doesn’t like being told no, so he goes outside and makes a call. What seems like he’s jumping ship he actually brings in an intern. The look on Christy’s face when he comes in and announces that he’s an intern is priceless. Apparently, Filippo is the son of the Pizza King from Staten Island and is a huge flirt. Flirting with Frankie’s mom and all of the salonies makes for great entertainment. Plus, he’s not hard to look at either.
Speaking of Frankie’s mom. It seems that there is 5 minutes allotted in each episode for a family dinner with Frankie and his family. (Do I smell Spin off Coming?) Anyway, tonight, they were eating dinner and Frankie’s mom says she wants her hair done and Frankie chimes in with don’t make my mom look like a whore. So, when all is said and done and she comes home, her husband is taken back and admires her beauty. He tells her that because she is so dolled up and looks so good that he’s taking her out. Frankie is right, his dad does have a soft spot for his mom and that’s sweet!
Now about the City. So, the glam fairy made some calls and got Olivia and Tracy in for a “training session” but that’s not really what it was. It was a make under session because Gayle (who has the same style) doesn’t want the girls dressing like they are going to the club. She wants a little more professionalism. So, hire a shampoo girl and create an employee handbook.. HELLO! But, without the girls’ knowledge the stylists transform the animal printing loving diva’s into something a little understated and modest. Granted the hair and make-up was stunning, and I mean stunning, the girls were lost and out of their element.
Alexa and Gayle decided to take the girls to dinner/club and meet them there. Once free of the stylists, Tracy and Olivia start going back to teased hair and their bronzer. Look, no one told them why the make over was happening, and why it is important to look professional. They just transformed them. So it is easy to see their side of it, feeling ambushed. So at the dinner, Gayle and Alexa get mad and blurt out the real reason for NY and leave. So immediately, Tracy starts telling Tracy that this is all her fault because the stylist was really talking about her poor taste and didn’t mean any of that for her, Tracy. Olivia gets a backbone and tells her that they both dress flashy and act flashy, so realize it and own it! Olivia goes even further to try and have some civility between the two for their work relationship which is very mature of her. Did she learn that at the NY Salon?? Tracy of course told her no, and that she will always hate her and does what she does because she doesn’t like her. Olivia gets up and says the ball’s in your court. I was trying to basically move on and work on my professional tendencies.
They show up the next day with no bronzer (as per the threat by Gayle) and flatter hair. They find themselves at a nail salon only to find that Olivia’s nails are being removed. She actually has a panic attack and Self Involved Alexa doesn’t see that it’s not about the nails. Hello, this young 20 something is being changed, without her permission and no notice. She’s not mature enough to understand the benefit of less makeup and no nails. These things have to go slow. After awhile and a long walk, Alexa realized that we have to take small steps and cut her nails short. After the last part of their transformation, they go out to eat and Gayle tries to recover the day by saying we aren’t changing you, just your appearance. Alexa showed that she too is not the b#$%^ we thought she was. Yes, we are tired of hearing impress me, be a glam fairy. But this episode she was able to give a good speech to Olivia and be real. I like this side of Alexa
Look, I am all for professionalism and yes, I have acrylic nails, however they are so short you can barely notice. I am a nail biter and find that with just a little acrylic on them, I don’t go to bite them and they are chic short nails (barely longer than my actual finger.) Sometimes compromising is a better solution than the ambush. Also, those make over’s that the stylists gave were amazing. They looked mature and beautiful, not make up beautiful, but actual god given beauty. They aren’t ready for that just yet, so don’t force their make up. They are NOT walking in like they are from KISS. Make up a dress code and give it to them, and we could have avoided all this drama. Gayle… look in the mirror.. you are just as bad (not with the earrings). We see teased hair and outlandish clothes. You are trying to take advantage of those girls because they are young. Would you have done it with that obnoxious loud lady from the pilot who had hair that looked like she was electrocuted?