If you weren’t one of the 300,000 watching What Happens at The Abbey, do not fret, because we watched all seven episodes for you! Here are a few things we learned:
- Do not sleep with your co-workers, especially if there is a vertical relationship in the workplace;
- The gay-on-straight-predator narrative is just as offensive when it involves lesbians;
- It is possible to afford a $2 million West Hollywood West McMansion on a VIP Server salary.
We’re kidding, of course, about the last one, even if it is something that happened in the show.
With a peak in ratings at close to 2/3 of an average RuPaul’s Drag Race episode, there is hope for WHATA to be renewed, perhaps on a sister network other then E!
- Give us more ABBEY time! With two episodes based in Vegas, one in Palm Springs, and various pool parties and fundraising events, we barely saw an hour of programming inside the actual Abbey during the entire series.
- Hire a script consultant! In week two, we learn that Marissa had come to L.A. on vacation a week earlier, gotten a job at the Abbey (and a spot on the TV show) and her mother flies out to convince her to come home. Marissa drives to Hollywood/Burbank Bob Hope Airport in a Lexus SUV and takes her mother to a $1.5 million home in the hills. If she has only been in town a week, where did the house and car come from?!?
- Make it more authentic… On Vanderpump Rules, the bartenders struggle with life living as a service employee in West Hollywood, suffering through life in crappy, small apartments and complaining about construction next door keeping them awake while they try to sleep during the day. On WHATA, Murray is living in what looks like a home that went for $3,000,000 on the last season of Million Dollar Listing LA
- Try some character development… To be honest, I kind of wanted Corey and Murray to fail because they were fighting from Day One and was disappointed by the (SPOILER ALERT!) saccharine conclusion in Vegas. Because we never saw the couple working successfully at the start, there was no reason to want the characters to succeed.
- Maybe some more gays, customers or drag queens? I know that gays aren’t the only market for the show, but for a series about a gay bar, the main plot points turned around heterosexual relationships.
Of course, my advice is worth what you pay for it.
If you watched WHATA, what do you think? Do you agree? What would you like to see in Season 2, if it happens?