Wednesday, May 7, 2008

"Peace out, bitch!"

Who hasn't wanted to say this to a hated boss upon quitting/getting fired? Well, Brian Peeler uttered those words last night, and I stood up and applauded him (in my mind because I was eating ice cream). Jackie Warner is SUCH an asshole! Oh my God!

I don't even know where to start.

Quick background for those of you who have never seen Workout on Bravo: Jackie Warner is the owner of Sky Sport, an allegedly elite gym in Beverly Hills. I say allegedly because it really functions as more of a pick-up bar/gossip headquarters for Jackie. She has many trainers working for her, but all you need to know is

(1) all the female trainers--both straight and gay--have kissed Jackie

(2) Trainer Rebecca



dated openly gay Jackie last season. The fact that Rebecca had previously identified herself as straight made this a controversial relationship because everyone thought Rebecca was doing it to get more camera time. They are not dating this season, and Jackie, now newly in love with a young jealous girlfriend, said that her thing with Rebecca was not even a relationship but a "friend with benefits" type of deal. Rebecca's totally going to cry when she hears that! She still wants to be with Jackie, or at least still wants to be one of the main characters on Workout. Rebecca wears LOTS of lipgloss and is very tiresome with her shiny lips and constant, unrelenting need to be the center of attention. She also loves to gossip more than an 8th grade popular girl.

(2) Trainer Brain Peeler

(everyone calls him "Peeler")

and Jackie have never gotten along. She claims Brian is emotional and sensitive. Brian feels like Jackie is out to get him. My opinion is this: Brian has beautiful brown eyes and a Southern accent. He's emotional because Jackie treats him like shit. I like him, especially after what happened tonight.

(4) Jackie has an-effed up background. Dad committed suicide, difficult relationship with her mom, never really had a healthy relationship despite lots of therapy (couples and otherwise), which is of course televised. Ironically, she LOVES to dispense her own brand of unlicensed therapy to all of her employees and clients and it's SO fucking annoying.

(5) A big part of the show is Skylab, which is a Sky Sport program in which participants are handpicked by Jackie to pay a bajillion dollars to be in an intensive boot camp. Lots of drama and tears going on with the participants and their trainers.

(6) Lisa (the one who's all over Jackie and then going all vampire on a trainer).

I don't even know who the hell she is (receptionist or office manager?) but it makes my blood boil just to write about her. She is the devil. In fact, she is so unbelievably awful that I have come to suspect that she's an actress that Bravo hired to stir things up by being over-the-top nasty, and not just in this episode.


Let's get down to business and skip to the last 2 minutes of last night's show because that's the super-best part. Here is the play by play in the event you missed it:

Peeler is training a client. Jackie and Lisa are in Jackie's office watching him through a window. Jackie is complaining about Peeler and how he won't wear his "uniform," which is Jackie's clothing line (just a tiny example of Jackie's bigger-than-Dallas EGO). So professional for a boss to bitch about another employee to her assistant on national tv (can someone clear up what Lisa's title is? Bravo is mum)!

Lisa decides that she's going to go give Peeler a uniform shirt. She walks out to the training area, tosses him the shirt and, in front of his client, tells him to change and to "come see me when you're done." Oooooh, this pissed me off! Who does she think she is?! Amazingly, Brian laughs it off and pretends he didn't just get reprimanded in front of a client.

Lisa walks back into Jackie's office and starts talking shit about Brian's client and how she has "manufactured" breasts. Okay! Rule #1 about the workplace--don't talk shit about your clients when they are there! The client's boyfriend overhears Lisa and walks in to confront her and tells her that the client is a breast cancer survivor! OH SHIT.

Sadly, we don't see any of this go down. Instead we get to see self-serving Jackie retelling the incident with no criticism of Devil Lisa (just "it was an accident"), and saying that there were apologies and everyone left and forgot about it. Riiight. I'm sure the boyfriend felt a-okay when he left!

Next thing we see is Peeler coming to work the next morning and attending a meeting where Jackie is blah-blah-blahing about the trainers competing to be in her new sexy Hollywood fitness video. So freaking arrogant! Peeler tells the camera that he heard about the manufactured breasts incident from the boyfriend and that he's PISSED. Once again, he admirably keeps his shit together until he has a chance to speak with Jackie in private. All he says to her is "I heard about what you said last night and I want to talk to you about my client being disrespected." Oh, so maybe Jackie said something too? Ooooooooh! Instead of saying, "no, it was Lisa and I'm so sorry. I've dealt with that skank Lisa and what can I do to make it better for you?" she says belligerantly "What? I'm not discussing that with you." We can tell that this inflames Brian but he manages to keep calm for few more exchanges with Jackie in which she continues to refuse to talk about it. Then, there is a screaming match in which Peeler is fired, and my darlings, I am happy to report that he goes down in a blaze of glory (to quote Bon Jovi). Lots of screaming bleeped out curse words directed at Jackie, all deeply appreciated by me.


Then to the camera, Jackie says "I had already handled it" and THEN the kicker: "I was the wrong person to bring it up to." I'm sorry, wha? You're the boss! The person in charge! Of resolving employee grievances! Of smoothing things over when you or your employee personally insult a client in a particularly horrific way!

Then cut back to Jackie's office where she's yelling "Lisa, I want Brian out of here now!" Lisa again. Her little minion. But don't worry, Jacks, Brian is already gone. Rebecca and another female trainer come skipping out holding hands (I'm serious) to where the other trainers are gathered to exclaim gleefully, "Jackie just fired Peeler!" and then tell a completely inaccurate account of what happened.

Jackie, you are fucking idiot of the highest order. Peeler, if you're out there, come in for a hug, baby! I hope you take great satisfaction in Jackie's pathetic blog entry on this event and the nasty fallout. She's losing fans, Peeler! Over you!

Did you watch? Discuss!

(sorry this post is up so late; my computer is being a total a-hole)

28 comments:

kelly said...

omg. never was i so in love with brian peeler... i hope he leaves that dumb, starts his own gym, becomes a huge star, and makes more money than that bratty brat jackie.

i have to say, i rarely watch "work out." it really is garbage television (this statement from a die hard fan of The Real Housewives of Orange County AND New York). but, i tuned in last night. it might be my last episode, but boy was it a good one.

great review, by the way. that lisa girl really is the devil! "come see me"??? wtf?

love your blog!

xoxo,
kelly

Sarah said...

Oh SGM, I love your re-caps and I am so happy that you are on the workout train because I have been obsessed with that show for a long time! I think the one thing that most drives me crazy about Lisa, other than the fact there there is something suspect going on with her and Jackie is that she works in a gym, has the nerve to tell Jackie she is looking fat?! but she is the one who needs to get her butt in shape?!?! What the heck!

busybeeblogger said...

He has bought another gym. And he's trying to get a channel to pick up his own show. He described it as Extreme Makeover but through fitness.

:-D

Bodyimage-la.com that's his new place.

karey m. said...

i love you. i do. because since i've left the states, over five years ago...my reality telly life has ended. before i moved, i had never missed one epi of mtv's real world. ever. and now? i'm a total dumbass when it comes to reality tv.

NO MORE! thanks to you! seriously...do you know how many times i will re-read this? xoxo.

Jennifer said...

WORD to every damn thing you just said.

FYI, Peeler posted a long bulletin on myspace confirming that we did not see all the shit go down, that Jackie indeed was spewing hatred (jealousy) at his client, and that he had totally had enough.

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I *Heart* You said...

SGM- I literally couldn't wait for this recap and you didn't disappoint. the picture of the actual peeler made me snarf coffee all over my desk. and then the on jovi reference? perfection. i love peeler. i love plitt. i LOATHE jackie and i kinda miss zen. wouldn't she have gotten some great stand up material from this?

Sarah's Fab Day said...

I didn't watch it but I'm going to have to thats for sure! I like Peeler too and what you described about Jackie's behavior is exactly why I don't watch it. She's not a nice girl, and I can handle a big bitch for only so long. I think it's taken 3 seasons for her actual personality to shine through.

Jen said...

OMG - you got it SPOT ON. I couldn't believe Jackie's recap and justification because she was completely out of line. She has no managerial skills whatsoever, but I guess that makes for good TV drama.

Also, can we talk about the guy trainer and the girl throwing a total tizzy? I was on her side until she said "I don't need love and affection!", which is total BS because that's what she talked to Lisa about getting. Anyway, it did seem like the trainer's heart wasn't in it, she pointed that out, but in defending that she got way too upset and veered off track. I love (not really) how Jackie seems to only take one person's account, doesn't follow up with the other side and then makes judgments. Again, awful manager.

Loved your recap!

j. said...

Loves it! Jackie Warner is the devil, plain and simple. Peeler grated the last two seasons, but this episode he totally won me over. It's going to be hard to watch after this.

I found it hysterical that anyone in fakey fake L.A. would make fun of someone's breast implants. Um, Jackie, have you SEEN Ericka's round rocks?

You forgot to mention how bitchtastic Jackie was when she barged in on Ericka + Rebecca's boot camp!!! Or was that the last episode, hmm.

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alcina said...

SGM~ Fantastic recap. I missed the show. Hopefully I can catch it on a rerun. I know all the characters except Lisa so I could picture it perfectly as I was reading it. My blood was boiling! LOL! I've wanted to slap Rebecca since last season. She is so annyoying! Can't wait to see it.

SGM said...

Thank you so much for all of the info! You guys are the best.

I totally wanted to write about Greg w/ dreds and his fight with Deenie (Deedie?) but it would have been so long. Jen, you are totally right about Jackie not speaking to both sides--she just goes with whomever gets to her first.
I'm totally going to research Peeler's new gym and also Jackie's DUI. And Plitt was on Days? He kinda creeps me out. Kind of too chisled, too good looking, too aware of it.

I'm gonna miss you, Peeler!

icouldkillher said...

God if I was a lesbian i'd want to have hot lesbian sex with SGM. I heart you like nobody's bidness. Can apply suntan lotion on your back in Palm Springs? Please. Happy mother's day my gentile homegirl. They gots no idea how famous and fab their mamma is!

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Dani said...

I was so excited to see this episode after your juicy post -- I saw it last night and was NOT disappointed. I hope Peeler gets his own show, Workout won't be the same w/o him.

(BTW: I totally agree w/ the letter to JEN ~ "run, run fast from John Mayer!!!")

undertheweather said...

So I'm home sick today and can't bring myself to do anything but channel surf the crap that is called television these days. This was one of Bravo's reruns of the most recent episode, although Bravo pretty much is a continuous rerun of their four shows per season. All I can say is that if I was going to make it through this flu without being sick, Skylab's vommit inducing cast pretty much sent me running for the toilet. If this is LA, then I seriously need to rethink my decision to take a job there this September and stay here in reality on the east coast. Let's all remind Jackie and Lisa that breast cancer does not discriminate based on sexual orientation. And what would these lesbians do with themselves without their assets? Don't forget that we are now learning that vaginal orgasms require brain activity working together with the central nervous system, and it's pretty clear that Jakie and Lisa had their lobotomies years ago. For more great comments on this episode visit

http://forums.televisionwithoutpity.com/index.php?showtopic=3141425&st=2145.

undertheweather said...

So I'm home sick today and can't bring myself to do anything but channel surf the crap that is called television these days. This was one of Bravo's reruns of the most recent episode, although Bravo pretty much is a continuous rerun of their four shows per season. All I can say is that if I was going to make it through this flu without being sick, Skylab's vommit inducing cast pretty much sent me running for the toilet. If this is LA, then I seriously need to rethink my decision to take a job there this September and stay here in reality on the east coast. Let's all remind Jackie and Lisa that breast cancer does not discriminate based on sexual orientation. And what would these lesbians do with themselves without their assets? Don't forget that we are now learning that vaginal orgasms require brain activity working together with the central nervous system, and it's pretty clear that Jakie and Lisa had their lobotomies years ago. For more great comments on this episode visit

http://forums.televisionwithoutpity.com/index.php?showtopic=3141425&st=2145.

undertheweather said...

I also forgot to mention about this Greg trainer who can't seem to make it to appointments on time...Dude, get a watch. They make some really sweet blingin' type ones now. If I were you I'd get to your clients on time. Although it may seem so, just because you're black and wear those hip dreads with the bandana, doesn't necessarily mean your singing career is going to sky rocket off the ground by getting yourself on a TV show. Do any of the trainers at Skylab show up to their clients training sessions on time? I have high school students with better punctuality than these "professionals."

Lauren said...

I agree with you entirely. Jackie behavior is the complete example of what not to do as a boss, especially that of a gym. In a place where people are at their most self-conscious, this kind of attitude in unacceptable. The only reason that Lisa even felt bad about talking crap about one of the clients is because the woman had cancer. Even if the woman hadn't, this comment still would have been highly inappropriate. I think Peeler was 100% right in everything he did (even calling her a bitch).

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Anonymous said...

Rebecca was on Amazing Race, not sure what episode but it was the first few. She was with her boyfriend who had these little devil horns in the front of his head. I think it listed her as a trainer on their bios...

josh said...

bitch or not... lisa is gorgeous.
i saw her in person at pavillions in weho in june 08- nice as can be and she has a killer beyonce body and a contagious laugh.
she had nothing but nice words to say about cast & i asked her if the negative blogs bothered her & she kindly said, everyone has right 2 xpress opinions & she loves her job & business is good. she was dressed in a classy outfit, carrying a 2k LV purse & drove a brand new range rover- i don't think she is suffering from people who hate her. i think editing made her look like a bitch bc she is a smart & super sexy. i also asked why her blog no longer takes comments, she said- "when a racial remark was accidentally posted, I requested it to be turned off."
I also asked why she made the cancer remark- she said "i regret many things I have said, but have always apologized & made it right"
It was cool that she took time to talk to me....
i called the gym and a girl identified herself as lisa's assistant... so it seems like lisa is doing pretty well and very happy... and her title is managing director. what i was told is that she runs the gym & medical facility for almost 2 year. i would tend to believe that if she was a dumb ass she wouldnt have that job. didnt like her at 1st but now i have respect. \

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Anonymous said...

I actually find that brian guy so annoying, he's such a whiney cry baby. I know this sounds major cliche, but I bet if jackie was a man you wouldn't have just a problem with her so called bitchyness.

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