Real Housewives of Melbourne Recap: “Murder Mystery Party” [Episode 2]

Posted on Mar 13 2015 - 2:47pm by Carole B.


We begin this episode of “The Real Housewives of Melbourne” in a luxury car dealership. New housewife Pettifleur is in the market for a $450,000 Bentley. She figures she deserves a car that costs more than your house – you know, for all the hard work she has put in to achieving her Australian dream.

She gazes longingly at herself in the rearview mirror as she requests that patience-of-Job, car salesman, Sreko, install mirrors on the floor, “so while I’m driving, I could check out my landing strip! Because I go commando!”

To be fair, she probably has racked up a lot of miles on her lady speedometer. And even more to the point, perhaps her petit fleur is a narcissist?

Meanwhile at Lydia’s place, Figaro, looking terrified yet resigned to his fate – is in the process of being meticulously trussed and dressed by Lydia’s mother. His fancy raincoat is rejected in favor an Irish dancing ensemble. Oh, I forgot to mention that Figaro – who cowers behind household furnishings in a futile attempt to elude Lydia and her mother’s sartorial scrutiny – is a dog. Let that sink in – a dog. Don’t get me wrong, some dogs don’t even seem to mind wearing doll clothes, but poor Figgy looks about as comfortable as a cat on the verge of getting baptized.

Finally, with the dog properly outfitted in a Burberry poncho thingy, Lydia and her mum head out for gossip walk. As they rehash Janet’s party, her mum alludes to how great Janet looks, but Lyds will have none of that. She wastes no time giving a backhanded “Yeah Janet is really beautiful, for HER AGE.”

Next, we jet over to Gamble’s seaside chateau, where she is pursuing the “love of her life,” – what else? Her teacup Pomeranian, Cash. He’s a bit of a “naughty chicken” so she has invited the  Aussie Cesar Milan, Brad, over to make her “baby” better behaved. One of Cash’s bad habits is that he chews the crotch out of EVERYTHING! Hmmm, guess he likes Gamble’s kibbles and bits.

Gingy-bearded Brad imparts new wisdom on Gamble. She catatonically repeats it into the camera – eyes glazed over. “If I treat him like a dog, then he will treat me like a human. If I treat him like a human he will treat me like a dog.” We ARE still talking about the Pomeranian here, right? Or has Brad just treated her to a reading of the canine-themed 50 Shades of crotch?

After Brad leaves, Gamble makes dinner for her partner, Rick and his teenage son Luke.

She serves up a healthy helping of cringe-worthy smooching with Rick before dishing out some step-motherly advice – like how important it is “to know the right people” and get all the “hottest gossip.” You know, the Golden Rule…or is that wrong?

She hatches a plan to host a murder mystery party – cue the backstabbing puns. She looks forward to getting all the girls “dressed up as witches and having a bit of fun.” Wait, does she know what a murder mystery party is?

Janet, Jackie and Pettifleur catch wind of this witchy soiree-in-the making and head out to do a little costume shopping. Jackie gushes over a particularly slutty little number and Janet calls her out, “that’s not a witch, that’s a bloody call girl.” Jackie, apparently not understanding anything ever retorts, “How do you know? what’s wrong with a call girl, they’re still hot and sexy.” Yeah, that’s what they do…

Jackie finds an even tinier corset to hold up to her chest as she humble brags about her size E boobs. She decides to go for it, since it makes her feel like a “hoochie mama” and apparently that is a good thing in Jackie’s world. Janet slinks into a slightly more demure black costume then cackles in delight. Not to be outdone, Pettifleur proceeds to lord over the sales attendant so blatantly that our other two spoiled socialites disapprove. 

“I’m already unhappy with her attitude,” Janet complains. “She treats people like they’re slaves.”

As punishment, Jackie encourages Pettifleur attempt to twerk in an extremely unflattering fishnet ensemble.

Afterwards, Janet and Jackie join Chyka and Gamble for lunch, as Pettifleur heads off to coffee with Lydia. Lydia immediately informs Pettifleur that she needs to x her z. Given her penchant for going commando, leaving her fly unzipped was just the next logical step. Ironically, in her interview, she insults Gamble’s fashion sense, plastic surgery choices, body weight and intelligence. Wow! Way to endear yourself to absolutely no one. Perhaps she needs to go back to shade school 101. Jabs should be a bit more subtle (unless you’re Nene Leakes of course, discussing female anatomy).

“She’s dumb, dumb dumb,” Pettifleur continues her Gamble inspired tirade, “I can’t do dumb!”
“What do you think of me?” Lydia, that juggernaut of brainpower inquires.
“I thought you were very pretentious,” she admits. Well at least she’s consistent.

Changing the subject, Lydia gestures wildly at her face while exclaiming, “You have this very unusual look, which I love. Is it Indian?”

“No,” Pettifleur answers with a sigh, “there’s actually Swiss, Dutch, Portuguese and Sinhalese.”

Lydia cheerfully says to camera: “It’s a real mongrel of a woman!”

Is she really that oblivious to how offensive that comment was? Is it okay in Australia to go around calling people mongrels on camera and continue getting paid for it?

Meanwhile, the ladies who lunch are discussing Pettifleur’s bratty behavior and her apparent lack of Melbourne pedigree. 

Janet is particularly vocal on her mystery roots: “I do not know one single person — and this is rare — that has any idea who Pettifleur is, or even that knows the name. So, OK: Who the F**K IS PETTIFLEUR?”

Later, that evening, Pettifleur invites Gina over to her home for a chat. A quick glance at the walls reveals a shopping mall masterpiece – a glamor shot of Pettifleur in her prime. 

She shares her book deal dreams with Gina – she wants to write about switching the inner bitch…It’s a convoluted concept which seems to rely solely on the fact that it rhymes: Switch the Bitch.

At a restaurant across town, Gamble and her boyfriend Rick are having dinner. She makes a hilarious joke about crabs – you know, THAT kind, as she nibbles on her Alaska king leg. This is all the inspiration Rick needs to ramble on about love until his speech finally culminates in a proposal. She leaps at the chance to take his last name and officially become Gamble Wolf. 

After the break, we join the witches in the limo – nice to see their attire finally reflect their souls, as they examine each others black lacquered claws and discuss Gamble’s E-harmony relationship. They arrive at Gamble’s home for the murder mystery party and Gina is amused by Janet’s flirtatious convo with co-host Rick. During the repast of ghoulishly shaped gourmet vittles, the clues are read out, but no one is really paying attention…including Gamble who is dressed like Marie Antoinette for some reason. To celebrate sort of winning the game, Pettifleur busts out a new twerking routine just before busting out her Switch the Bitch book pitch. Cue rolling eyes and bewildered, dazed housewives.


Wolfpup Rick announces his engagement to Gamb-toinette and everyone raises a glass. The celebration is short lived however as Janet is concerned for that their happiness and reputations could soon be dashed. To camera, she announces that she has heard some very damaging rumors that would be devastating for the betrothed couple if they were to get out. What better way to keep them contained than announcing it on camera?


Next, Chyka, Janet and Gamble get together for lunch to squeal about how wonderful the party was. Chyka also has a few rumors burning a hole in her Berkin. She has heard that Gina is engaged to her geographically impossible partner. Aw that’s sweet – really cushions the blow of what’s to come. Now for the bombshell! Janet and Chyka tell Gamble that they have heard she was a stripper and a call girl. Gamble laughs off this first reference to her allegedly sordid past. Then Janet hits her with a sex party story – some guy named Carlos was actually there as an eye witness. A sheen is breaking out on Gamble’s upper lip – but she explains it was an innocent little pool party that happened to have a lot of hot chicks in attendance…some of them presumably skinny dipping. I want her life.

Recovering from her initial shock at being called out, Gamble turns on the women. They “need to wash their dirty brains out!”

Methinks episode three will be a raunchy romp into Gamble’s festering past. Do you think she has something to be ashamed of? Should a disreputable past matter in the face of true E-love? Sound off in the comments!


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  • She Stinks!

    So far, I’m enjoying this show. I’ve never been to Australia and am enjoying seeing the city of Melbourne. Its not as over the top fake as the USA housewives. They’re all hating on Gamble, but I like her. Pettifleur is a train wreck mess. I like Gina. Janet is a shit stirrer. I can’t say I can tell the difference between the others.

    • twifan2

      Let me know what you think of Gamble after you watch epi 3, She Stinks!. 🙂

      • She Stinks!

        oooohhh….some drama to look forward to…me likey…

        • twifan2

          She be sneaky!
          Epi 4 is going to be filled with drama!
          Gina confronts Janet about the Gamble ‘rumors’. I can’t wait! 🙂

  • Jennymckitty

    I really can’t stand Petty. I mean really can’t stand her. She is just an awful human being and is actually making me miss Andera who is a slightly less awful human….OK, maybe it’s a tie but Andera could occasionally hide how terrible she was and I did see her be nice to Lydia. Even Andera’s ridiculous book, which I’d never be desperate enough to read, sounds good in comparison to Switch the Bitch. If possible, Petty was even worse at pitching her idea than Andrea, who managed to turn off two focus groups. And does anyone else wonder what Petty actually does for a living…like is high end real estate code for high end escort service? Because I picture her earning her fortune in a reclining position.

    • twifan2

      TY! I asked some people in & around Melbourne if they had heard of her BEFORE HW & they all said nope.
      Did you notice Janet ‘cornering’ Rick at the party? I was actually feeling sorry for him-only a bit.

      • Jennymckitty

        Janet is really something else. I want to like her but I just can’t.

        • twifan2

          You just might next time.
          These 2 newbies I cannot warm up to! :/

  • twifan2

    I just can’t with Lydia anymore! :/
    ‘mongrel of a woman’!? REALLY? The flack Lydia took from people in Aussie was was justifiable! I chimed in. 🙂
    Fleur-ugh!…nuff said.

    • Jennymckitty

      It probably would have offended me if she had said it about anyone else. While she was saying that, I was picturing what would have happened to that horrid woman if I’d been the salesclerk fetching tights for her….hint…it involves a proctologist.
      Now that I’ve calmed down somewhat, I can appreciate just how vulgar Lydia’s comment was. I rather doubt Lydia gets why people are offended.

      • twifan2

        Ok, here’s a tidbit for you Jennymckitty. 🙂
        When I asked about Gamble, someone said that they dated Rick some years & that E-Harmony story of theirs is bull. I asked why & she replied that it was some ‘other type’ of dating website they met on.
        Take that with what you want, but Gamble is hiding something-she’s sneaky!

        • Jennymckitty

          Someone from OZ said that the call girl, stripper stories came out during her trial. Apparently, everyone in Australia has heard them.

          • twifan2

            Yes, but why didn’t Chyka mention that? Especially around Melbourne!
            She only mentioned about the car thing. :/ Ammo for Janet, maybe?
            Gina should know about it also!

          • Jennymckitty

            I think production told Chyka that she needed to up her game but deep down, she is a nice person and there is only so much drama she is willing to bring. I think that she left the more unpleasant details for Janet who proved last season she has no problem brining up sordid gossip. I think the sex party was something not as well known.

          • twifan2

            I’m glad Chyka stays out of the mess! She is too nice to get involved with Gamble tho. & Fleur.
            Janet’s going to have her hands full tho. I don’t get why Janet is so ‘concerned’ about Gamble’s past?

          • Jennymckitty

            I think that it is a producer driven storyline.

        • I was thinking they might have met on a sugar daddy type site…would not surprise me in the least.

          • twifan2

            Exactly! 🙂

    • Yes, I thought it was pretty appalling but also just amazing how oblivious Lydia seemed to be about how that might come off.

  • twifan2

    Chyka still makes me laugh with her facial expressions! 🙂
    & Gina at the mystery party having fun, while Fleur went on & on & on about her ‘book’ was hilarious! 😀

  • twifan2

    Thank you for a great recap, Carole B.!
    Love these Housewives better than the ones in the states. 🙂
    Quick question-who’s your fave Melbourne housewife?

    • Gina all the way! She is magnificent.

      • Jennymckitty

        Good, Carol. We are going to get along just fine. I love Gina.

      • twifan2

        Excellent choice! 🙂
        From what I saw in the season’s trailer, she goes up against Fleur.
        Hope Gina wipes that smirk of her face!

        • twifan2

          OH! & I hope Gina doesn’t leave the show. 🙁

          • Jennymckitty

            If she does, I hope it is because she moved to US and is on BH

          • twifan2

            You just know Brandi had better watch what she says to/about Gina! ::D

  • Rochelle Barozzi

    Great recap. This was the first time I have actually watched the Melbourne cast. I will have to watch it a while to see if I like it.

    • Thanks! You should give the first season a shot as well…pretty hilarious.

    • Jennymckitty

      You do need to watch the first season. Gina is awesome. At first glance, I wouldn’t have pegged her as my favorite housewife of all time, but she is.

      • twifan2

        When I first saw the trailer for season 1, I wasn’t impressed by Gina or Chyka. But, they’re my faves now! 🙂

    • twifan2

      Yes, you need to see season 1 to get group dynamics & get to see how they change thru that season.

  • Dani-K

    Great job Carole! The “ladies” are a little different down under.