Love is in the Canadian reality show air. Or so it seems.
Mary Zilba of "The Real Housewives of Vancouver" went on a date with Brett Wilson, formerly of "Dragons' Den" and also known as W. Brett Wilson, in the first-ever Canadian reality-show cross-dating pairing.
The two were set up on a date by matchmaker Jane Carstens (and "RHOV" compatriot Robin Reichman), and at their meeting in the "RHOV" season 2 finale, both parties studiously avoided saying the words "Dragons' Den." Mary referred to it as "a business show I watched on TV" and Brett coyly avoided mentioning it altogether by saying he was on a "couple of shows" and asking if she recognized him from Saskatchewan. Brett also appeared to be confused about why he was there, as he talked about a business he invests in while gifting Mary with jewelry produced by said business.
"I'm generating a 20, 25 percent return on my investment," he said, words guaranteed to lead to a second date.
"I guess when you're a billionaire, it must be pretty difficult to find a gift that's not from a company that you own part of," Mary said in an interview later. Brett's probably just not trying hard enough.
He then talked about his book, which, coincidentally, he brought a copy of to give to Mary. He made sure to point out the picture on the front.
The two have been spotted together since the fall at a Calgary fashion show and a Canucks game. Despite this, he told the Calgary Herald that he's single and Mary is just a friend.
Where Mary goes, drama follows, forcing insult after insult out of Jody Claman without doing anything. Mary got her back when she premiered her music video to dozens of adoring fans on her birthday, while most of the other housewives were mired in a mass of shit-talking at a dinner Jody organized at the same time.
"Class" isn't a word that describes Amanda Hansen. The alcoholic sub-villainness wore a VERY revealing dress at a backyard party in Toronto that had everyone distracted, including the party's married host. Her right breast slipped out of the dress at an inopportune moment, but she hardly seemed bothered by it. In fact, she enjoyed it even more than we did.
Episode 9 saw semi-alcoholic Ronnie Negus (and "semi" is just being charitable) fall completely off the wagon on her birthday. It all started when the housewives were talking about the poor selection of vodka at a restaurant, and blunt Texan Robin said the taste doesn't matter to alcoholics. That set Ronnie off on a profane rant, pointing at Robin and threatening her before the rest of the housewives calmed her down.
Mental breakdowns were de rigeur this season. Jody Claman, the meatball of hate, sent a fountain of vile just pulsing out of her at a tea party, calling Mary Zilba a "whore" and a terrible person. It was a rare instance where Mary didn't look like the idiot when she fought back.
None of the housewives know how to have a good time like Ioulia does. She invited the ladies to her condo for an "art party" where they drew a buff young man who wore nothing but a tube sock. Jody smacked her lips as she drew the man, probably because she's never gotten naked with a man as beautiful as he was.
Earplugs were necessary anytime the blunt Texan Robin Reichman sang "The Star-Spangled Banner." Mary encouraged her BFF to audition to sing the U.S. national anthem at a grand prix showjumping event and a sense of dread mounted every time you heard Robin sing. She sounded less like a singer than a squealing donkey every time she hit that "And the rocket's red glare" line.