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Mean girls: D.C. "Housewives" recap and fact-check (#5, Sept. 9)

UPDATED 9/13
Welcome back to "The Real Housewives of D.C.," and episode five -- we've crossed the halfway mark! The home stretch! It's the episode where Tareq and Michaele Salahi toss around a lot of vague but ominous accusations about Mary Amons's daughter that as best as we can tell are (1) misleading and (2) misdirected and (3) way overstated, and this edition of our weekly recap and fact-checking will attempt to make sense of it for you. These accusations hang over the rest of the episode, giving it a yucky aftertaste that nonetheless does not diminish its boringness. Hey, everyone psyched for season two?

It opens where we left -- Stacie and Jason Turner and Mary lingering over a dinner at Oasis Winery, where they are the guests of Tareq and Michaele (who seem to have reached some tenuous legal ceasefire with his mother enabling them to be on the premises). The dinner was already tense, thanks to the topic of the Salahis apparently crashing and getting tossed out of the Congressional Black Caucus dinner. (True story.) Tareq apparently has a look on his face, so Mary nudges him to share (or maybe the producers have nudged her to nudge him), and then he unloads, in a rapid slur.

"So I'm just going to say something. I don't know every detail about everything. There's been this dialogue about a car that you know we had, and unfortunately the car got taken." Oh, and also, adds Michaele, "all the United States team gear."

Tareq goes on to implicate Mary's oldest daughter Lolly -- though he's careful to say that it's actually "this agency [that] came to us" and told them that Lolly had something up on Facebook "admitting" something about a "joy ride." And most damning, there were photos: "They" -- whoever they are -- "were all wearing my jacket, my jersey and my polo mallet!" Mary gets incredulous and then weepy, and the Turners jump in to say, basically, "whaaaa?" And Tareq continues, saying "the FBI has been investigating this.... There's a federal investigation and everybody's going to jail!"

(Time to break in now. We, too, do not know every detail, but our reporting indicates that this was a relatively minor incident -- a year and a half old already by the time of this dinner - that did not involve the FBI, nor implicate Lolly. It goes back to May of 2008, when the Salahis' America's Polo Cup organization hosted a match at Lansdowne Resort in Northern Virginia. The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office confirm they received a report of missing clothes and polo gear, as well as a complaint about a car that had been moved from where the owners left it -- it was found, a short time later, in the same valet parking area. A "possible suspect" was identified more than a year later, after police received new information, and some of the items were returned. Though there are a couple of active warrants -- for larceny and unauthorized use of a car -- they apparently haven't taken a whole lot of precedence, because they still haven't been served. No one has been arrested. The full police reports are not available since the case remains open. But the sheriff's department confirmed that Lolly's name was not part of the investigation.)

Mary calls this accusation "out of left field" and "the worst sucker punch." Jason is in disbelief that Tareq would accuse someone's daughter like that: "No. Stop. I am so uncomfortable with this line of conversation." (It's another moment when you sense that the Turners have pulled back the curtain for us and are expressing genuine shock that they've lent their names and lives to an increasingly sordid TV show.) Michaele insists that "the charity was hurt, the polo players were hurt." (Their charity has indeed been beset with problems, including a state investigation into its practices.) Mary tells the camera that Tareq "had a lot of wine to drink... He is an angry drunk." Michaele accuses her of condoning stealing. It's all very ugly. Mary walks off, a tissue to dab her eyes on one hand, a big glass of red wine in the other.

Sullen limo ride home for Mary and the Turners. Mary can't figure out what the exact accusation is and wonders why Tareq would bring this up at the end of the evening, out of the blue. Jason suggests that "maybe it's all [bogus]."

Next, we're at Elizabeth Arden Red Door Salon in Friendship Heights. Over foot massages, Catherine Ommanney and Stacie tell Lynda Erkiletian (absent from the winery trip and most of last episode) about the Salahi weirdness. Lynda, to the camera: "Even if that story were true, would you do that in public, at a dinner party you're hosting?" (She doesn't even need to invoke one of her Rules of Washington here.) At the salon, she bursts out laughing. "I'm sorry, this must have been devastasting for Mary -- but he is a whackjob!" Cat wishes she had been there for Mary (she left early). Stacie regrets she went to Paris with them. "They're living a kind of farce."

Back at Mary's McLean house (which -- breaking news! -- the Amonses just put on the market this week, after 16 years there). Family discussion about What the Salahis Said. Mary tells Lolly: "He dropped the name FBI, you, polo gear and a car being stolen." Says Lolly: "He's ker-RAZY!" Mary tells the camera that "she did post something on Facebook -- but this in no way implicates her in an FBI investigation." (Oh, come on, tell us more! I can't find Lolly's Facebook profile these days, but I'm sure it's been scrubbed and privatized. Which, you know, the smart thing to do.") Rich Amons gets the two best lines of the night: "He breaks all kinds of man-rules by attacking, one: my wife, two: my daughter." Then when Mary asks how they should deal with Tareq the next time they see him, Rich widens his eyes and shrugs: "Depends on how much alcohol I've had!" (hahaha) Lolly is unrattled by the accusations: "Are you worried someone's going to believe him? Someone's going to be, like, 'Tareq Salahi is such a credible source?' I don't think so." (Starting to wonder if there's more history between these families than we realized... or maybe Lolly was just a diligent Washington Post reader who had followed the early stories about Tareq's family feud and polo-circle squabbles.)

Michaele heads into dinner with a dark-haired young woman in a sparkly top named Jen, described as her "assistant." They're at Palette, the restaurant at the Madison Hotel (which is just across the street from Washington Post! I highly recommend the pulled-duck hoagie). Michaele (seemingly still operating under the mistaken assumption that "isn't Cat Ommanney controversial?" is the driving plotline of "Real Housewives of D.C.") talks about how controversial that Cat Ommanney is, all balky and eye-rolling at the winery last week. "It's not being a Washingtonian," declares Michaele. "It's not being a Washingtonian lady."(As of Thursday night, Google found exactly five non-gibberish uses of the phrase "Washingtonian lady" in history, one of which comes from a 1902 novel, and two others referring to Seattlites. But you know, by tomorrow, we'll all be saying it around here.) She adds that, with Lynda, Cat and Mary, "it's like the Wicked Stepmother and Evil Stepsisters, and I feel like Cinderella."

And then the producers really lay the smack down on Michaele, who is allowed to natter on vaguely about "Lolly's involvement," blaming Mary for opening that conversation at dinner, and agreeding with Jen that it was mighty dumb of Lolly, or anyone, to post incriminating stuff on Facebook. Says Michaele: "If you're out there doing crazy things, it's going to come back." (Mwah-WAHH! We here at the Washington Post have been given a lot of credit -- and deservedly so! -- for breaking the story of the uninvited guests at the White House state dinner... but let's remember too that the Salahis kind of gave away the game by posting on Facebook all those now-iconic photos of themselves cozying up to Biden and Rahm at the dinner.)

Back to Mary's house. Rich, over a glass of wine, says he's searched the records, but "I couldn't find anything with Lolly's name in any police jurisdiction in 100 miles." Mary tells the camera that "Michaele and Tareq make [stuff] up because they want to deflect their own [stuff]."

Lynda, at home in Georgetown, is talking to Stacie on speaker phone (the only way you're allowed to talk to each other on reality TV, though you can also do it by holding a tiny cellphone in the upraised palm of your hand, like you're about to blow a kiss off of it). Remember how Lynda has been househunting? (She sold her Ritz-Carlton condo for beaucoup bucks.) Well, now she's getting advice from her new Realtor friend, Stacie. Stacie is glad to help (though it all seems beside the point, since Lynda divulges she's already signed off on a counteroffer). Stacie, though, gamely turns this into a minor bit of faux-drama character development: "McLean is beautiful, but it's Virginia!" she tells the camera. "She lives in Georgetown, on the water. Buying in McLean is a good investment -- however, I don't see Lynda as a suburban girl."

At the tea room of the Mayflower, Cat clinks champagne glasses with our old friend Edwina Rogers. (Remember, Edwina was an early candidate last year for a major "Housewives" role. In some ways she seemed perfect for it, what with her controversial yet charming habit of giftwrapping presents in uncut dollar bills. But she did not ultimately sign on.) Cat announces to the camera that "Edwina's one of the most powerful lobbyists in D.C." (With all due respect to Rogers, who has a fine career, she has not typically been considered in the stratosphere of this intensely competitive field.)

Says Edwina: "Cheers! Welcome to the United States! I hope you're being treated well!" And then later, "I understand you're working on a book... What a fun profession!" (Bless her heart, Edwina is just a little stilted with the cameras. You wonder if she was still in the mix at the time of this taping; the producers mess so much with the chronology it's impossible to tell when this champagne tea occurs.) And then: "Did I tell you I'm working on health care reform?" Cat snarks a "good luck with that," and that it seems like an "oxymoron" for a Republican to be working on health care, and "would you like to pay my medical bills?" which she then begins to enumerate. Edwina giggles politely, then stares as Cat natters on about how terrible the U.S. health care system is. "Is that a cucumber sandwich?" asks Edwina. How did she vote? Edwina says she's a Republican, voted a straight ticket. "What about Sarah Palin?" asks Cat. Edwina kinds of stares at her. "She was on the ticket. You can't split the vote... [but] I think she would have been fine." Cat is all eye-rolly as usual. Then Edwina, gamely sticking to the notes, explains, "the reason I brought up health care is I'm going to have a party for Washington insiders, Republicans and Democrats." (Oh, help us. No one talks this way, not about their own parties or their own friends, unless maybe they're reading off the same "Rules of Washington" cue cards prepared for Mary and Lynda most weeks. So anyway, we'll have that insiders' party to look forward to.)

Back at the Madison, this time the hotel bar, where Lynda and her boyfriend Ebong are meeting Jason and Stacie. When the Turners arrive, Lynda says, "We just started having a cocktail, you know how that is - I said, it is Washington and it is raining!" (No, I actually don't know what that means. There are no rules of Washington and rain and cocktails. That I know of. But I find nothing in her cocktail-directed logic to object to.) Topic of conversation #1: Lynda defending her decision to move to Virginia. Just "for a few years... I love my city! I love it here!" Stacie confides more concerns to the camera: "It's somewhat surprising to me that Lynda would move out of D.C. now. D.C. is so much hipper and cooler and cutting edge." (And now, a word from McLean-dwelling Roxanne Roberts: "Do I suddenly live in the sticks and no one told me? Drama for people who don't know Washington. Fact: Five minutes from McLean to D.C. over Chain Bridge, 15 to Georgetown.") Lynda declares that "I will come back."

Topic of conversation #2: Stacie's search for her birth parents. As established last week, she now knows that her birth mother is white, her father from Nigeria -- which is where Ebong is from. "He is my brother!" Stacie cheers, and wonders whether he can help her find her father. She talks more about her mother's reluctance to get to know her. Lynda calls it "heartwrenching" and expresses sympathy for the mother: "What if she spent her whole life wanting you... She had to make these decisions because of ignorance." Stacie's not buying it, but appreciates the sentiment. Which leads us into the D.C. Housewives' perennial topic of conversation #3: Race relations. Lynda declares that growing up in the south, "I experienced reverse racism. I wasn't waited on because I was white!" Says Stacie, coolly: "That is interesting." (On her Bravo blog this week, Lynda hearkens back to her teenage experience as a backup singer for R&B star Candi Staton, and honestly, I wish we were seeing a reality show about that.) Some flirtatious banter about how we're all alike in the dark, and about Ebong's nappy chest hair, and the scene ends cordially.

Back at Mary's house. So many of these kids -- Mary's, Lynda's, Cat's -- just blend together, but now and then one stands out. And of course, once again, it's 14-year-old Megan, still feeling her oats after her scene-stealing cameo a couple weeks ago. "What are these wrappers all over your floor?" Mary asks. "Did you eat HoHos up here?" Says Megan, winsomely: "I kind of fell asleep on a HoHo." (It doesn't really make sense, but Megan bats her eyelashes at the camera and waits for the Disney Channel to discover her.)

Lynda shows off her new home to Ebong and her kids (and maybe some of their plus-ones; hard to tell, but it seems like a big crowd, and I'm pretty sure they're not all hers). She loves the kitchen, frets about the safety of the pool. (So you know, she paid $2 million for it.) Stacie once again looms into the scene, telling the camera with concern: "It will be interesting to see how she fits in." (Spoiler alert: Lynda's going to be fine, okay? She's just moving across the river, all right? Really!)

Cut back and forth between Stacie and Jason at home, and Cat at home, all dressing for Edwina Rogers's lobbying event. "We're Democrats, but we're open minded," says Stacie. Cat decides to dress "inappropriately," and goofs around with flouncy minis, feather boas, etc. Stacie frets about encountering the Salahis again but vows "to rise above the drama."

The party is at The Madison -- again! (In fact, in the same room where Bravo hosted the "Housewives" premiere party last month... is everybody even now?) The chyron describes it as "Edwina's healthcare party" (which -- oh, just make up your own joke). It's a fairly empty looking party, actually. (Were guests afraid they'd be asked to turn their head and cough? Never mind, I'm letting you all make up your own jokes.) Michaele, in a hot-pink dress, declares that she wants to get to know Edwina's friends, and starts introducing herself around. Cordial hugs when the Turners arrive. But Jason tells the camera: "I felt a change in the temperature with them. Not from them, but from us."

And now, here's our weekly installment (in no way prompted by producers, we're sure) of Lynda Erkiletian's Rules of Washington. Says Lynda: "Washington, D.C. has a special etiquette: You can think what you want, but you can't say it to their face." (Unfortunately this runs directly counter to the Rules of Real Housewives, as explicated by New Jersey's Teresa Giudice -- oh, go click it and then come back.)

Hey, look! It's a real celebrity: D.C. Councilmember-at-large David Catania! He tells Michaele he likes her hot-pink dress. Stacie is pleasantly surprised to see him, though she knows he "has headed the health care initiative for years." (Chaired the health committee, that is.) He talks with Stacie about how insurance companies need to be able to "provide a product people can afford," and she seems impressed. (Don't think this is the last you'll see of Catania on "Housewives"; he welcomed the cast and crew into his office last December when the council passed the same-sex marriage bill. Catania was, at one point, one of the most prominent openly gay Republican officials; however, he's now an independent.)

Oh, and then Cat walks in dressed up as Sarah Palin. Brunette wig and all. Heads turn, but everyone seems to figure out it's her in about a second. Charles Ommanney (her now-estranged husband) is there as well. Cat tells the camera, "Charles is not a fan of Sarah Palin's, so we have a lot of fun getting me to look like her." (This is a pretty damaging thing to say about a journalist who has a reputation for objectivity and neutrality; she did a similar thing in episode one, nattering on about Bush vs. Obama.) There is some bitchiness in the room -- Michaele and Jen laughing that people might like Cat better if she goes undercover more often, Cat snarking about Michaele's "artificial dress, artificial personality."

Then, drama! An ambulance crew takes someone out of the hotel on a stretcher. We're told it's Edwina, suddenly taken ill. Vertigo is mentioned in passing. (We contacted Edwina Rogers about this incident, will update with what we learn. UPDATED: Edwina got back to us and filled us in about her flu-like ailment. What happened to Edwina? Follow the link.)

Then a super-weird exchange -- fraught but nonsensical -- between Cat, Michaele and Jen (who at the winery stepped out of obscurity to tell Cat she was being "bitchy," and suddenly the cameras focused on her like she'd just descended from heaven -- well played, Jen!). Cat's all, "you said I was bitchy," and Jen's all "you're taking it way too seriously." And then Michaele turns on Cat and says, "Did you just have a brunette wig on?" And Cat says, "Yeah, did you just have a shocking-pink dress on?" And Michaele says, "I'm still in it -- where's your wig?" (And does any of this make any sense? It's so fifth grade!) Michaele tells the camera that Cat "likes to give it out but she can't take it." Cat tells the camera that Michaele "is so superficial... you're so full of [expletive] Michaele."

The scene, and episode, ends with Michaele bantering flirtatiously with another guest, a short, older man identified as "Robert Foster, President and CEO of Global Consulting." (Yeah, no luck Googling him; he also appears to have kept his company out of The Washington Post. Seems like a nice guy, though. Maybe he gave the camera guy a fake name. If you know him, email us. UPDATED: We're told he's a former longtime Capitol Hill staffer.)

"In this city, honey, your credibility is everything," Foster tells her, "and once it goes..."

"It gone," says Michaele.

"It gone," he echoes.

Who wins this round? No one. Everyone loses.



Read more:
Episode Four (8/26): Time-travel, crashing 101, and old news
Episode Three (8/19): This looks a little bit staged
Episode Two (8/12): Whose house is that?
Episode One (8/5): Who are these women?

By The Reliable Source  |  September 10, 2010; 2:46 AM ET
Categories:  Housewives recaps , Real Housewives of D.C.  
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Comments

Weird thing happened just now. While I was reading the first paragraph, my mind just suddenly spaced out...

Posted by: forgetthis | September 10, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

AND the 2010 Award for Understatement of the year goes to Stacie, when referring to the Salahis! To wit:

"They're living a kind of farce."

That's about the same as saying Osama Bin Laden "kind of doesn't particularly care for the U.S."

Posted by: LAWPOOL | September 10, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

@forgetthis: I know exactly what you mean.

Posted by: amyargetsinger | September 10, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Let me see if I understand this: Michaele is going to shuck off her clothing (heaven above save us) for money, has falsely accused her sainted mother-in-law of hitting her (charges found to be unfounded just like the stunt pulled on Whoopee,) sticks merchants for unpaid bills, crashes dinners and affairs she is not invited to, lies to just about everyone around, makes false accusations concerning a "stolen" car (are we sure it wasn't repossessed?) and is a complete embarrassment to the Nation's Capital. Just what do she and her trashy husband know about the attributes of a Washingtonian Lady?

Posted by: SidelinesObservant | September 10, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

SidelinesObservant:

Couldn't help but notice your reference to bogus criminal charges re the Salahis.
It gets even better [or worse, depending upon one's perspective]. Here's just a couple of examples:

1. When being examined by an attorney in a VA court anteroom concerning the Salahis' assets by an attorney representing a judgment creditor [with bailiffs present, I might add], the poor attorney for the creditor just happened to touch Michaele on the arm; whereupon Michaele promptly screamed "stop hitting me!" The attorney was left speechless, and the bailiffs just rolled their eyes in bewilderment.

Didn't stop Missy [a/k/a Michaele] from filing a criminal complaint against the attorney. Not surprisingly, it was promptly thrown out by the Court.

2. Following the Salhis' May 2009 America's Polo Cup event held outside of Poolesville, MD, the Salahis filed a criminal complaint with the Montgomery County, Maryland Police alleging theft from the venue.

The conclusion of the investigating detective? UNFOUNDED.

AND, AND, the Detective further concluded that documents provided by the Salahis in support of their claim were actually FABRICATED.

So, who in their right mind would ever believe a word they say?

Posted by: LAWPOOL | September 10, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Wait, what is this? This show actually made it to TV? wow, these people are the epitome of losers. Incredibly wealthy nobody's that have done absolutely nothing progressive with their lives, they've just sat there and stunk up the place.

Posted by: Bigfoot_has_a_posse | September 10, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

McLean, while lovely, is NOT in the District. If you live in the District or even over the bridge in Arlington, you can walk into the city, or take a bus or the Metro. You can only reach the city by driving in from McLean, usually across the sometimes heavily trafficked Chain Bridge. (I guess there's a bus, but Mary and Lynda sure won't be using it!) You can't walk to Dupont or Gallery Place or U Street. Lynda will no longer be able to just stroll up the street to the main area of Georgetown. Thus, Stacie is right -- Lynda will be living in the 'burbs and may feel a little isolated at first.

Posted by: red_hawk1968 | September 10, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

McLean, while lovely, is NOT in the District. If you live in the District or even over the bridge in Arlington, you can walk into the city, or take a bus or the Metro. You can only reach the city by driving in from McLean, usually across the sometimes heavily trafficked Chain Bridge. (I guess there's a bus, but Mary and Lynda sure won't be using it!) You can't walk to Dupont or Gallery Place or U Street. Lynda will no longer be able to just stroll up the street to the main area of Georgetown. Thus, Stacie is right -- Lynda will be living in the 'burbs and may feel a little isolated until she gets used to it.

Posted by: red_hawk1968 | September 10, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Interesting mix of personalities, and the recap/fact-check column is great! Good job.

Posted by: AnnsThought | September 10, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

The exchange between Cat & Jennifer Wood + Michaele was quite fun – I saw a version in the bonus clips at Bravo. I liked that Stacie was the one to take Cat’s arm and offer comradeship.

Loved your comment about Michaele not getting that Cat isn’t Bravo’s chosen villain after all. Cat’s a trip, for sure, but I have been feeling more sympathy for her after that heartbreaking NYT article on Charles and how difficult it is for her to see footage back from when they were still in love.

More intriguing to me right now is the drama of Diane Dimond’s book (and professional reputation) coming out just before the next episode, with her presumably having no idea whether Bravo will be airing footage that makes her look like an idiot. Although she and the Salahis’ attorney Lisa Bloom seem sufficiently well connected that I wouldn’t put it past them to have been leaked what to expect or even to have influenced Bravo not to take certain chances regarding the Salahis.

Posted by: MeriJ | September 10, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

God, How I WISH Jason would've Leaped across the table and deliver a DC BEAT DOWN to Tareq Salami! HE, along with Beak nosed Skeletor are THE MOST, NAILS on a chalk board ANNOYING parasites ever. I can't BEAR to watch the fat Pig wrapped in a Cosby sweater. I will build a shrine to the person who punches Tareq square in the face...He's like an over weight Keebler elf. Michelle ( thats her REAL NAME ) Salahi, is Pure EVIL..behind the Obviously PHONY "I Love You's" is just plain Sinister. The just keep getting Creepier by the minute, remind me of the character Kathy Bates played in Misery ..all overly sweetie pie to your face but as soon as you turn your back for a split second, out comes the sledge hammer.

Posted by: Holly1971 | September 10, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Antenna went up when they mentioned FBI and car theft - I mean, come on! Another example of grandstanding and the fact that Stacie Jason and the girl's mom (Mary?) bought even a piece of this story made me suspect their common sense. Right, the FBI has nothing else to do . . .

And to those who comment about the inanity of this show - please comment on your fb or twitter accounts - this forum is not for you.

Posted by: Kimberly2601 | September 10, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

I look forward to this commentary every week. I get a kick out of watching the Real Housewives and laugh so hard while I read your commentary. Well done! Keep it coming!

Posted by: lovedc3 | September 10, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Holly1971:

Please don't hold back. Tell us what you really think about these sociopaths.

Posted by: LAWPOOL | September 10, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

The Salamis have all kinds of fun in court coming up. Michaele is being sued by a plastic surgeon, that happens on 9/17. Then there is a hearing to determine who has power of attorney over Tareq's dad - him or his mother. he wants to use it to stop the bankruptcy - no wonder he is pimping his wife to playboy - Keep Tareq in the lifestyle he wants to become accustomed to.
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Posted by: seraphina2 | September 10, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Bad stuff happens in the best of families, and as the population gets bigger there is more and more crime.
It was nice to hear the one lady say the english accented one like to dish it out but couldn't take it, that was true.
Catherine I think is her name, she liked to play her jokes and poke fun, but just because someone says she was a bitch or had a bitchy day, she gets all defensive. Can't and most of us are not perfect all the time lady, chill out. Drama Queene.

Posted by: cinasminn | September 10, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

cinasminn:

Nicely played, Jen. Much smoother than usual. Especially that line "Catherine, I think is her name."

Posted by: MeriJ | September 10, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

One of these women is a functional alcoholic, one is a psychotic shrew, and one is a deluded Polyanna-Cinderella. Then there's Stacie who seems to be the only "normal" woman in this coterie or more accurately, menagerie. Hers is the only story worth following, I sit on the FF button when the others are on the screen.

Posted by: Eludium-Q36 | September 11, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

In fact, as an addendum to my prior post, why couldn't the producers have found three other interesting women like Stacie instead of the other three pathetics?! This show could've been FAR better and a real hit if we had four Stacies. Things that could've been ...

Posted by: Eludium-Q36 | September 11, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

I Happen to like Cat. I love her feisty personality, most of all her Brutal direct honesty. She seems to be the ONLY person with chutzpah that will tell you to your FACE how she feels, instead of the others, pussy footing around it, playing nicey nicey,whispering behind the scenes. I find that completely annoying and just as PHONY as the Salahi's. Which is one of the reasons why I believe the Salahi's continue to get away with their cons and scams, no one seems to really want to call them on their brand of BS.

I believe the whole motive behind their made up story was to get even for calling them out on the Black Caucus event and what Michaele calls "making fun" of her in the hotel room where the ladies were getting ready before the Ted Gibson party. If you read her blog, thats all she does is fling insults getting down right NASTY..which is a total contradiction for someone whos spews out LETS LOVE EVERYBODY like a used car salesman every 6 minutes.

Posted by: Holly1971 | September 11, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Holly1971:

The used car salesman reference is very good. Wish I had thought of it.

By the way, in Missy's immortal words, I will offer the following as a paraphrase:

"I LOVE YOU! I LOVE YOU!

XOXOXOXO,
MICHAELE

Okay, now lets' [sic] all be Party Barbies!
Lets' [sic] just rock the runway!
We are kool, you are not!
The Salahi's [sic] are on TV!
And you are not!
Your [sic] all just jealous hater's [sic]!
Creditor's [sic]? Who worries about them?!
Why should we pay our bill's [sic] to little people?
Really, like, 'DUH!'
The Salahi's [sic] are the party!
After all, we are the 'it couple', and if you don't know that then your [sic] just jealous hater women."


Don't you just love it?
Or are you barfing instead?

I've sort of come to the conclusion that the best avenue to expose these pathetic people for what they are is to just give them all of the rope they need in terms of publicity, because they are more than capable of hanging themselves in the arena of public opinion.

My thoughts/opinion.

Posted by: LAWPOOL | September 11, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

I believe so as well LawPool. Now millions of viewer will witness their Maniacal Illness and Delusion.

That seems to be their only retort and quip "You're all JEALOUS ME"!! "You're Obsessed with ME"!!

One would think,after spending at least a DECADE of pathological lying and illusions of Grandeur they could at least come up with something a little more colorful and creative then that,What a huge disappointment. They've spent their lives grandstanding, making up ll sorts of tales and fables - in grave detail I musst add, and thats the BEST they could come up with?
But then again, given Michelles lack of intelligence, ( I've met Smarter glasses of water) I guess that IS the very best..lol

Posted by: Holly1971 | September 11, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Linda is also direct and honest, I believe. She's my fave so far, although I do like Cat.

However the boys really are the best of the lot -- husband Jason, salon Jason, husband Rich and Paul Wharton especially.

Posted by: MeriJ | September 11, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Also, I'd like to apologize to all Used Car salesman..I realize this is a direct insult, because the Salahi's are so Sleazy they make those con men in Nigeria running the fake Lottery scams look like Upstanding model citizens.

Posted by: Holly1971 | September 11, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

"However the boys really are the best of the lot -- husband Jason, salon Jason, husband Rich and Paul Wharton especially.

Oh, and Tareq, of course.

Posted by: MeriJ | September 11, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Holly1971:

On behalf of all used car salemen everywhere, thank you for apologizing, because even they are not that sleazy.

Your reference to the Nigerian lottery/gold/found money email/fax scams I actually find very analogous to the present situation.

Remember those scams are distributed to millions of people, 99% of which are smart enough to recognize it for what it is. However, those hucksters rely upon the stupidity of maybe just 1% of the people to buy into the scam, and that makes it very much worth their while in terms of a handsome and attractive profit.

I tend to see the same thing with the Salahis' self-delusion now played out on national television.

Let's assume that a modest 20 million people altogether might watch the Bravo RHODC crap from time to time. 99%, and I submit anyone with a modicum of common sense, will see the Salahis for what they are. However, there will always be that embarassment to our country of that 1% stupid people who may believe the Salahis are just wonderful. [So sad, but true.]

Take 1% of 20 Million viewers, that's 200,000. If the Salahis can make just $10 off of each of those stupid people by selling their tell-all book or other BS promotions, that is, right there, $2 Million in their pockets.

And that would be far more than they have ever seen or are likely to ever see when their infamy fades into the dust like so many other reality TV posers, and they end up getting jobs [if they ever do] which I submit might include asking, "You want that fries with that?"

If they earn anything, I only hope all of their judgment creditors have put all of their respective ducks in a row to attach those funds before any of it ever gets into the Salahis' hands.

Otherwise, mark my words, it will ALL be gone in VERY short order. [Limousines, designer dresses/shoes, dining at Georgetown restaurants and weekend trips to Paris to enjoy $1,000 bottles of champagne is not without its significant attendant expense, don't you know.]

Brazen Idiots & Obvious Sociopaths.

Just my opinions.

Posted by: LAWPOOL | September 11, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

LawPool,

Great insight:)Again, I thoroughly enjoy your posts here, along with a few others. Reliable Source, it's always a pleasure reading your articles!

MeriJ: I also like Lynda -I find her quite lovely, she has such a warmth about her. I attribute that to her Southern roots an up bringing even though she is moving to McClean - it's not like its West Virginia,certainly not the big hooplah Stacie makes it out to be, But I do see her point. I do catch myself getting a little petty whenever someone in Alexandria says their from DC, when they clearly aren't. Semantics I suppose.

What I find a little annoying is when Black ppl seem to believe they are the only victims of racism. It's a known factor Blacks can be JUST as RACIST as the person they claim are being Racist. As Jason pointed out, had he not known Lynda and Ebong his first thoughts would have been whats a white woman doing with that Black guy. Believe you, me...had a non black person had the AUDACITY to say such a thing out loud, let alone ON CAMERA- There would have been a public outrage, just like when Cat left the now famous Aunt Francis dinner party EARLY- HOW DARE SHE! Wasn't that in itself an act of Racism? It just CANT be she could've just felt like going home? Maybe she needed to get to her children? Ive been to numerous dinner parties and events and have left early, sometimes you just cant stay the Entire night...It's Ridiculous of Stacie to continue bringing up the Race card, anytime a person disagrees or does not CATER to her. If theres any racism here its on behalf of Stacie, its clearly obvious she has an issue with it.

I get Cats issue with Healthcare and the motive behind the stunt she pulled,in EUROPE, HEALTHCARE and COLLEGE EDUCATIONS ARE FREE. So yes, Euros living here in the US find it insanely CRIMINAL to have to PAY for such a thing, which I absolutely agree with but thats a whole other issue and rant I'll save for another time and article.

As for the Salahi's, they continue to gain notoriety and more "fans" because these two parasites just can't help themselves, Sleaze runs through their veins.. The whole FBI investigation is as Jason put it "Whacked" that pretty much sums up the Saleezi's.

Posted by: Holly1971 | September 11, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Holly, I get what you're saying about reverse racism. And clearly Lynda wasn't at all offensive -- to my mind, at least -- in what she said.

But I would argue that there is a good reason that the expressions of the three black people in the room went blank at that moment. (I haven't seen the episode yet but I can imagine based the recap above.)

There is a huge difference between a "majority race" person experiencing racism for a short while by choice and the experience of living your entire life as a minority in a world where being a minority matters.

It's the difference between fasting and starving. Both involve hunger, but hunger is different when you know you can always change your mind and toss back a turkey sandwich.

I'm not talking black or white here -- it'd be the same whoever the more powerful race or class was. If you're in the upper class group you can afford to be color- or class-blind. If you're in the less powerful group, you have to be constantly attuned to the boundary lines that might get you in trouble.

Having grown up in the South, Lynda probably should have known that. But it was a very small thing. That Bravo bothered to run it shows you how little drama they had to work with when the Salahis weren't making trouble or being scary tacky.

I guess race relations arising from DC being an integrated town is one of Bravo's "big themes" for this franchise.

Posted by: MeriJ | September 12, 2010 1:22 AM | Report abuse

“Lolly has a friend that was [photographed] at a club that had a polo helmet on,” she says. “And she made a comment [on Facebook] that said, ‘How are you having so much fun without me?’”

I can't attest that the above quote is true, but People magazine's TV Watch quotes Mary saying it. From what I've heard, the episode itself was not nearly that clear about Lolly's guilt or innocence.

Another sleepless night for me. I have a miserable cold.

Posted by: MeriJ | September 12, 2010 3:13 AM | Report abuse

My head hurts now suddenly.....;)

Posted by: semilost44 | September 12, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Why the mass media such as the Washington Post wastes space covering these nonentities is beyond me. I think the invention of "reality shows" brought to total fruition the prediction of tv as a Vast Wasteland. I don't even watch regular tv anymore. I get my news from the Internet, watch Hulu or TV Land or Netflix or my own DVDs. I have a digital aerial if should ever want to check a local network affiliate for some unknown reason.

Posted by: Georgetowner1 | September 13, 2010 5:55 AM | Report abuse

Lawpool and Holly 1971
I've been following the Reliable Source articles and love reading both your comments - spot on. Lawpool's "Jealous Hater" poem - brilliant. This should be published. All I want is for these criminals to be fined and punished. Along the way - endless hours of entertainment from their stupidity. A few favourites - Tareq's made up David Mortz and Roger Stern, the old 80's limo, the 80's double-breasted suits, making his own sign for the limo - Official vehicle (and misspelling it). Keep it up

Posted by: MissJC | September 13, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

@georgetowner1: Reality TV is a genre that, for better or for worse, has completely transformed the entertainment business over the past decade. "Housewives" represents the first time this still-nascent medium really landed in Washington (I don't count Top Chef or Real World, which imported its cast from other parts of the country.) You may not watch, but millions of others do, many of them forming their impressions of this city from what they see on TV. So I'd argue that this phenomenon deserves some attention from the local media -- if only in the form of these online-only fact-checking sessions.

Posted by: The Reliable Source | September 13, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Why thank you MissJC!

Ahhhh those Imaginary Sa-leazi friends..I am rather fond of "David Mortz" He made an appearance on Missy's page not too long ago, threatening criminal charges on those who post negative comments, stating the "authorities" are monitoring her fan page and will, prosecute offenders!
I took a peak at his page,it's set to Private but it seems, the only "Likes" he has is "The Real Housewives of DC" I didn't know a Polo big wig/commissioner such as this Illustrious "David Mortz" was such a fan.

They do love to wield the imaginary Powers that be like some sort of samurai sword,don't they?

80's Limo - too funny! Mc Hammer had a garage sale and they simply couldn't resist! Can't touch this! Okay, maybe you can..but CASH ONLY!

Posted by: Holly1971 | September 13, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

As for the Ridiculous allegations implicating Lolly and the "stolen" car- Would this be the same car that was REPO'D? Didn't they also have an altercation with the Repo guy?
They also claimed the Repo guy assaulted them, another grandiose fabrication..These two are about as Authentic as the Fake Patek Phillipe watch Tareq was sporting last year.

Posted by: Holly1971 | September 13, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Last but not least, Missy's delusional Cinderella fantasy with her believing the other women are the Jealous step sisters and Lynda is the Stepmother? Funny, since its Missy that has the trademark Witch beak nose. All shes missing is the wart, and that hideous white limo is her broomstick. She bares an uncanny resemblance to the Witch in the Wizzard of Oz,most likely a direct descendant. Not to be outdone by Tareqs ancestor, the Wiz himself.

How on earth anyone can associate themselves with these two Obvious Whackjobs is beyond me. I, for one, cannot wait til their next Goat rodeo extravangaza lol..Tickets will go through the roof with sponsors like Vivid (porn company) Mad Dog, Pabst Blue Ribbon and Sham Wow..Unlike last year, guests will feast on gourmet culinary treats like Hot Pockets, Cheese Whiz and Funions! I dont know about you, but the mere thought is getting me excited! Tickets are only $500 -Cash Only please.

Posted by: Holly1971 | September 13, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse


MissJC:

Thank you for the compliment.

For a more complete story of the Salahis' scourge of debt throught multiple jurisdictions, assuming you may enjoy iambic rhyme, see "Ballad of the Salahis 2007-2010 Unabridged Version" on the 'Discussions' page of the Facebook site "Tell the White House Pary (sic) Crashers to Go Away". [Note: "Pary is misspelled, but that's how it comes up on that Facebook page.]

The Salahis crave attention. Now they have gotten it, just not in the fashion they might have anticipated.

Posted by: LAWPOOL | September 13, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Holly1971:

In answer to your question as to whether the allegedly stolen or borrowed Land Rover was a vehicle repossessed from the Salahis, I must answer no, I don't think so.

To the best of my knowledge, the Salahis have never owned a Land Rover, according to the public records. Instead, when their BS Polo Cup was sponsored for a couple of years by Land Rover, gratis dealer cars were provided. That's the Land Rover connection. I don't think it was never "their" vehicle in the first place.

The repo'd vehicles [in addition to Oasis Enterprises, Inc.'s modest fiberglass boat, which they euphemistically referred to as a "yacht"], were an Aston Martin which I recall was purchased by, if not T & M directly, then by T & M's Oasis Enterprises, Inc.; and an attempted repossession of an old Audi from them personally. [The latter is where the criminal charge came about against T, the repo man claiming T took to the keys to his tow truck and yelled to Missy "Go get my gun!"

Gotta love the trailer trash.

Posted by: LAWPOOL | September 13, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Law.. I did know about the Astin Martin and Old Audi. I had a hearty chuckle at the "Yacht" comment. I'm sure if someone spit in their face, they'd swear it was Raining.

Posted by: Holly1971 | September 13, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse


Holly1971:

Yes, they appear to operate on a different plane, so to speak. And if you mistakenly touch Missy, be prepared for the scream "Stop hitting me!" and a subsequent criminal complaint, just like the poor VA lawyer trying to collect a debt for her client, a lawyer whom, with Court bailiffs present, unfortunately happened to touch Missy on the arm. OMG, how dare she!

You know, you just couldn't make this stuff up-- even if you tried.

Can anyone say "Whackadoodles"?

Posted by: LAWPOOL | September 13, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

There are reports that Mary isn't going to confront the Sa-leezi's on their Ridiculous allegations and accusations implicating their daughter Lolly.. In my opinion, she NEEDS to say something to them- it doesn't have to get Ugly, all she has to do is simply confront them in a sarcastic manner (just to Jedi mind Eff with them) at the next EVENT with crowds of ppl around them to Provide PROOF- just watching them squirm like a Hooker in church..would be worth it!

Posted by: Holly1971 | September 13, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

To me, that implies that Lolly is more involved than Mary reported. Probably not involved in the original deed, but maybe more aware of it at the time than Mary implied.

I can just imagine that the Salahis would have been considered a total joke in Lolly's circles and would thus have been a prime target for pranks.

But that's baseless speculation.

What we've pieced together so far otherwise:

1. The car was not stolen, merely moved. Possbily as a teenage joyride or possibly by the guys in the valet parking. (In which case the stolen car part would have been Tareq exaggerating to make it a "big deal" to the police.)

2. It probably was not the Salahis' personal car, but a promo loaner from Land Rover for the polo event. Which matters only because the sense of violation would be less great.

3. Polo gear was allegedly stolen and paraded on someone's Facebook page.

Sounds to me that Tareq likely was the victim of a theft/prank.

But two years ago and not by Lolly.

Verdict: appallingly inexcusable behavior to ambush Mary like that at dinner.

Posted by: MeriJ | September 13, 2010 11:39 PM | Report abuse

Diane Diamond moved her book release up by a few days. The book now comes out the day after tomorrow (Thursday) which of course is also the day the next episode airs.

Also, Dimond will be moderating a virtual chat with the Salahis Thursday evening at 8 PM (9/16). You can sign up at http://www.virtualbookchat.com

Personally, I predict that the chat will be cancelled for lack of interest, but I did sign up just in case it airs. It's free.


Posted by: MeriJ | September 13, 2010 11:51 PM | Report abuse

Hmm, it appears that "the day after tomorrow" would be Wednesday, if I post this in time. The book comes out on Wednesday the 15th.

Posted by: MeriJ | September 13, 2010 11:58 PM | Report abuse

I doubt highly a "crime" took place but yes it sounds to me like it could have been a Prank. Making a comment on a pic doesn't implicate or apply anything..The Sal-eezi's have such a vivid imagination and pension for story telling. Seriously? FBI investigation? LOL Come on. If it were my child, I would've sued for defamation of character and slander, just to turn the tables on the Sal-eezi's and of course to teach them a lesson. They don't feel they should be held accountable for their actions yet they believe everyone else should. They love playing the perpetual Victim, it's everyones fault except theirs.

How many fake sponsors did they have on their Americas Polo site that were completely FALSE? How many of those "Sponsors" took legal action to have their logos removed from their site and release public statements to the media stating they were NEVER affiliated with the Sal-eezis? Yet, they continue to pull their scams.. I had personal correspondence with the owners of Georgetown Cupcake via emails stating they were FURIOUS the Salahi's had the audacity to post their logo on their page, that it took MONTHS for the Salahi's to remove their logos. King Fisher released a statement saying after being sent several Cease and Decease letters from their attorneys Tareq Still refused to remove their logo..

Posted by: Holly1971 | September 14, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Lawpool

I just checked that out - again brilliant work.

I don't "hate on" people, I just want these grifters and criminals exposed for who they are. As you state, this is now slowly happening. They are too stupid to even divert attention.

The lies they tell just blow me away. When I was back in Australia in Feb I turned on the morning "Today" show and the interviewers announced Tareq as a lawyer from the US. Good grief. Poor, sad, old M even went around telling people that T was going to be made US ambassador to ???. Aside from the family job and the make-up counter sales these two have not held down any type of decent job, let alone be part of the higher echelones of diplomatic and government circles.

They just "did it" for me. I am so sick of people overinflating their lives and CV's. These two are the real deal sociopaths though.

Hate on

Posted by: MissJC | September 14, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

MissJC:

Nor do I "hate" this pathetic couple. They certainly are not worth that emotional effort.

I would, however, as a matter of principle, like to see them answerable to everyone they have stiffed/scammed over the years-- nothing more, nothing less. If their victims are paid, then they can fade into oblivion as far as I am concerned and, who knows, maybe just get some real jobs [although I sort of doubt that].

By the way, the "ambassador" story is one that was related by the Salahis' former chauffer. It was reported Tareq told him Obama was going to appoint him as an ambassador to some country, "most likely to Palestine".

Problem with that? The U.S. has no diplomatic mission in, much less an ambassador to, Palestine.

Of course, basic knowledge/information as to geopolotics does not appear to be the Salahis' forte, so to speak.

Keep in mind that for their 2010 America's Polo Cup of USA vs. India, the "Indian" team recruited and presented by Tareq was made up entirely of Pakistanis residing in Florida. Apparently, Tareq was not aware that India and Pakistan, largely Hindu and Muslim respectively, are not on the best of terms,[an understatement], and actually have nuclear weapons pointed at each other.

No worry. I suppose they were all from "over there" and probably all looked the same to the Salahis.

Of course, Michaele is the self-described "Party Barbie", so what else could one expect? Party on.

Posted by: LAWPOOL | September 14, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

I tried to post the following at Politics Daily, but apparently it failed their civility test. (They are experimenting with moderater-approved commenting, which I think is actually a pretty smart thing to do these days.)

It's all rehash for you guys -- especially LAWPOOL -- but I'm posting it because the quote from the police officer (just before the last website URL) is so hilariously classic:
-----------------------------

Whoopi Goldberg was not the first “she hit me” incident for Michaele.

She made a similar claim against Tareq’s mom and also against attorney Cindy Revesman. Revesman says she tapped Michaele – who had been claiming to be Tareq’s lawyer -- to get her attention in a tiny anteroom to a VA courtroom. Michaele starting shouting “Don’t hit me!” to the bafflement of the bailiff and then filed a complaint with the court. It was subsequently dismissed. See more below:

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/38580525

It's a standard tactical procedure for the Salahis. Attack the attacker; disparage the work of vendors to whom they owe money; whatever they are guilty of, accuse their accusers of the same thing -- preferably before the accuser can make his or her own claim.

Another time, Tareq threatened a tow truck driver attempting to repossess their car. Tareq grabbed the guy’s keys and kept shouting, “Michaele, get my gun!“ The guy ran away to call the police. Meanwhile, Michaele called 911 to report that the truck driver had assaulted Tareq. But when the police came, Tareq reported that the driver had assaulted Michaele. In the end Tareq was charged with taking the guy’s keys but was let off on good behavior.

A choice excerpt from that news report:

“During a conversation with Mr. Salahi after the incident was over I explained to Mr. Salahi that I did not appreciate him not telling us the truth when he calls us to his house and he asked if I was calling him a liar. I said I guess I am,” read Deputy Phillips’ statement.

http://wcrnews.wordpress.com/2009/12/08/salahi-took-repo-truck-keys-told-wife-to-get-gun-complaint/

Things like this happen once, you give the person the benefit of the doubt. But the pattern with these two is highly consistent.

Posted by: MeriJ | September 14, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse


MeriJ:

Well put. Police records, as all public records, speak for themselves. Just like the records re the Salahis' unfounded and fabricated 2009 criminal complaint to the Montgomery County, Maryland police.

If the press reports set forth that reflected in public records, the press should not be criticized for reporting the same.

I fear that the "investigative reporter", Ms. Dimond, author of the Salahis' soon to-be-published book [although it appears not to have an actual publisher, but instead is to be self-published], just might not agree, based upon that publicity she has released/state so far.

I tend to think that anyone who craves publicity, especially ones that prostitute themselves on a "reality" TV show, deserve, indeed ask for, public scrutiny.

The Salahis have only shied away from the spotlight when it reflected badly upon them. For example, in late May or early June of 2009 the Commonwealth of Virginia issued a press release "public warning" regarding the Salahis' so-called charity. What did they do? Promptly threaten at least 3 area newspapers for simply reporting on that that press release from the Commonwealth of Virginia, for crying out loud. One caved and pulled the story, the others did not.

To possibly complain, as I suspect Ms. Dimond might do, that these people were the subject of nasty pack attack journalism simply is not correct. They were the subject of intense scrutiny by a lot of people and government agencies long before their White House folly.

Be careful what you wish for in terms of attention-- it may come true, just not in the fashion you anticipated.

We shall see how this all plays out.


Posted by: LAWPOOL | September 14, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Yes, my frail hope that Dimond was playing the Salahis did not pan out. She really does appear to be part of a coordinated PR team with attorney Lisa Bloom playing the pit bull role.

LAWPOOL, the irony here is that Diane Dimond previously played your role in the Michael Jackson pedaphile story, only from *within* the media. In fact, she was thought by many to be guilty of precisely the crime she attributes to the media in her book on the Salahis. Only much, much worse since she combined the power of the media with the zealotry of a true disbeliever.

I never followed that story, so I have no idea whom to believe, but this guy Charles Thompson is a pretty convincing writer for the opposing view, damning Dimond and others along the way:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/charles-thomson/one-of-the-most-shameful_b_610258.html

Even so, until I know for sure, I am holding out hope that her book will tell us more about the Salahis than they realize. Call me an optimist...

My copy arrives Friday. You all can come peruse it in lovely Takoma Park anytime you like. (Only I will bear the shame of having paid money for it!)

Posted by: MeriJ | September 14, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

> previously played your role

That didn't come out right, did it? I hope you know what I mean...

LAWPOOL = Salahi thorn-in-the-side extraordinaire!

Posted by: MeriJ | September 14, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

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