'Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List' recap: Playing it straight in Bora Bora

Kathygriffindlist_lAnd another Oprah-inspired journey begins — sort of. After reading the Rhonda Byrne-penned, Oprah-hawked self-help tome The Secret, Jessica and Tiffany let their desire for a Bora Bora trip be known on something called a "secret wish board," which is really just fancy talk for a clumsily collaged bulletin board full of burning desires. (Pin a photo of Ryan Gosling up there for me, K?) Fairy godmother Griffin granted their wish, whisking Team Griffin away to the Tahitian island for a gay land cruise. (Yes, I said land cruise. Two thumbs up for fishy marketing.)

After arriving at the tropical paradise, the gang spent the afternoon kayaking and swimming in the crystal blue ocean (so jealous!), before heading to Ms. Griffin’s first engagement. But wait! Can we discuss Kath’s ugly bathing suit for just a moment?  I feel like I rib on Kathy’s wardrobe choices a lot, but this one clearly deserves a citation as a crime against fashion. Please, please, please tell me she was not trying to pass off a gray sports bra as a bikini top. Sigh. Let’s proceed.

Kath met up with the cruise’s coordinator and discovered (gasp!) that 40 percent of the group was straight. Uh oh. Not good odds for the comic. She prefers a clear cut majority to craft her jokes. Nevertheless, as she mingled table-by-table with the crowd, she soon realized the straights were a veritable Peyton Place. One couple had been divorced six years, but were on vacation together — and sleeping together — while another husband had been banished to a separate table by his wife, reason unknown. Kathy tried working this juicy material into her act, but failed to redeem herself from the performance’s earlier "gaybie" joke fiasco. Fortunately, Sex and the City star (and one of our dream gay boyfriends) Mario Cantone, was there to console the feisty red head after her stinker of a show. Aaaaaahhhhhhh.

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Not surprisingly, It didn’t take long — or much — for Kathy to winback the cruisers’ affections. All it really took was an open-mouthedtongue kiss with hot transsexual India (P.S. I’d kill for those legs).Following the afternoon’s raucous round of truth or dare, Kathy cappedoff her vacay with a little Polynesian dancing and one moreperformance, which went very well this time, thanks in large part toher arsenal of "The Todd" jokes. (Was that guy skeezy or what?)

Once Kath and Co. arrived back in L.A., she recruited her adorableniece and nephew to help her take mom Maggie to senior day care — youknow, the kind of place Paris and Nicole would go when they’re 87, sheassured her wary mom. True to the hype, the place was actually prettyhappening. I’d pop over sometime for a wine tasting, wouldn’t you?

All in all, I think this may have been one of my favorite episodesso far this season. It definitely didn’t feel contrived like lastweek’s biblioteca episode, but was still funny and lighthearted. Butwhat do you think PopWatchers? Did you find yourself coveting any ofMaggie’s senior gifts? Am I totally wrong about Kathy’s ugly swimfrock? Who do you think "The Todd" really was?

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  • BrandonK

    All I wanna know is what India and Tom got up to later back at the bungalow! LOL

  • Sailor

    Her bathing suit was awful and see through! I would love to be her stylist for a day.

  • nancy

    LOVED this episode too!! I love this show period though…. I felt exactly like you did about the bathing suit.. and why didn’t anyone tell her that you could see right through it?? Didn’t anyone watch the footage first? And “the Todd” – skeezy is right!! But she got some funny material out of everyone’s “fascination” with him… A riot! Mario just added some more juice to the whole thing – he was so endearing!! Hysterical!

  • julie

    I LOVE this show!! I want to be on Team Griffin! I love how she went from table to table to talk to people. How many celebrities (Whatever list they are on) would do that?

  • Becky

    I loved this episode! And a Mario cameo was the icing on the cake. Kathy’s mom is so adorable! And I can’t believe that she is 87-she is aging so well!

  • stephen

    I got mad, because I left this show laughing only to go online to read Jessica quit because she “couldn’t take kathy anymore.” Um, yeah. It must be horrible to have a boss buy you new blackberrys and take you to Bora Bora because you wrote it on an index card. (Kathy, if you’re reading this, hire me!!!!)

  • Snarf

    Maybe they can parlay the search for a new assistant into the show.

  • Scout

    I say good riddance to Jessica. Her energy level drags the show down. I think this episode helped the show hit its stride again.

  • BC

    I want to date Kathy and sleep with Jessica. Is that so wrong?

  • maxxine

    What is wrong with you people? You actually think she didn’t know it was see through? She looked hot. Anyone in their 40’s thought she has a great rack. It was great and sexy!

  • Robin

    I noticed the see-through sports top too. No, I don’t think she knew it was see-through when wet, like some of you have suggested. You don’t know her at all if you think that. Glad Jessica is gone, hope she gets a B-12 shot to wake the eff up.

  • Sara

    What?? I didn’t think she open-mouthed kissed India, I thought it was just some passenger Maybe I’m wrong. And what is this about Jessica quitting?? WOW.
    Lastly yes, the Todd stuff was SO funny, I laughed so hard. The editing was great in this episode.

  • To Maxine

    She might have looked somewhat sexy if they could have removed her face and the mountainous topography that resided there. What the heck happened there.

  • huh?

    at first I thought “the Todd” was one of the people who hired her to be on the island, but then he was ushered away… maybe he was a stalker? island regular? Where was the thing online about Jessica quitting? Is it a joke or serious?

  • Anonymous

    Well, I read the little blurb about Jessica ‘quitting’, but still not sure how true it is, since they leak this type of stuff on the show to tabloids for publicity a lot…

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