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)