hasn't provided any commentary but I know Janet is a longtime favourite for him so I'll open the floor and let him rake in the likes for anything he'd like to say about one of Melbourne
's all time greats.
Thank you my darling @klow
- and apologies for not sending you commentary! I ended up in hospital (twice) last week so have been a bit all over the shop. Funnily enough, the last time I was in hospital in 2014 marked the first time I watched RHOM and began a deep and long-standing love affair with Janet aka Roachy if you're Jackie Gillies - so this feels fortuitous.
I remember that first introduction like it was only yesterday - which is a miracle, since it was 9 years ago and there was a shit-ton of morphine involved. I was drawn to Janet from her first scene. She had this perfect blend of aspirational glam and maternal warmth. The sense that she was a good time gal with money to burn and a fabulous life to boot, but a heart of gold too. Or at least diamond, melted down from the rocks life had thrown her way (side note, still not sure that's chemically possible but it made for a fabulous tagline). It was the brief throwaway moment of Janet stealing her camp-as-tits hairdresser's dog and running down a Melbourne laneway with it in her purse that really made me sit up and take notice. It was giving silly goose. And the only thing better than a bog-standard silly goose? A rich one on a reality TV show. Bring it on.
The canine theft turned out to be just the beginning. As @klow
mentioned, Janet's powers were on a gentle boil for much of S1 - but the gorgeous girls knew she was the moment from the jump. Privy to all the goings on. Across all the gossip. Quite literally purveying the tea (even though that rather fittingly didn't take off until seasons after). And all the while, going through the season with an air of levity and playfulness that suggested she knew what franchise she was and how she could contribute. She's an underrated MVP of driving the narrative from day 1 and those powers only grew stronger as the seasons went on - to the point where by season 5, she was standing proudly and deservedly as the Queen of RHOM. I've got to reiterate @klow
's point about her relationship/tea business with her son Jake too. It was scenes they shared and her genuine love and pride for him and his resilience that perfectly rounded out Janet's character. Give me a woman who's just as likeable coining the phrase Lydiot as she is celebrating her son's remarkable recovery.
Speaking of relationships! While her almost entirely-infallible friendship with Jackie is the alliance she's more known for, it's Janet's volatile relationship with Gina that I enjoyed the most out of any dynamic on the show. Over the years they exchanged some barbs
(Janet telling Gina to go drown in the fucking pool while they were in Mexico springs to mind), there was always this sense of mutual respect and banter between them that I adored. Gina choking and laughing on her food when Janet tells Lydia (is it Lydia?) to 'get up and FUCK OFF'
is a highlight. And remember that silly goose energy? It came back to bite Gina when Janet stole her gift at Venus' daughter's birthday and gifted it to her instead. Janet cackling away while Gina spirals is the high camp buffoonery that I get out of bed for in the morning (and trust me gals, getting out of bed is physically hard
at the moment).
Honestly I could go all day. Apols for the essay. In short, Janet's amazing. She gives me all the dimensions I want from a housewife. She seems as excited to be a part of the goss as we are to watch it. And she, like the rest of us, learned the hard way that too much tequila will
lead to shocking physical injury. (Don't worry, she and her new eyebrows are fine now.)