RHOC Reunion Part 1: “Low Blow Gunvalson”

“Lies A. Minnelli!!”

Best quote of the night! Or it possibly could have been Kelly calling Vicki a fart (“silent but deadly”)! Overall, part one of the OC Reunion was basically just a Kelly vs. Vicki match, which was super surprising to me because I thought they were all good. Guess not.

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Researching their feud a little more after watching last night, Kelly said that she thought the two of them left the reunion on good terms, but watching the promo brought back the emotions for Kelly in regards to Vicki’s hurtful words and accusations. Honestly, I had no idea how serious it was between the two of them, so much so, that Kelly said she wouldn’t return next season unless Vicki was off the show.

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At first, I thought their fight was over Vicki setting Michael up on a date and not telling Kelly, only to then double date with Michael and his female friend (who it turned out was a mutual friend of both Vicki and Kelly!!). Strike one Vicki. Not only did Vicki strike out there during the season, but within the first 10 minutes of last night’s reunion, Vicki had strike two in which she showed her hypocritical side (a very big side of  her) when she said she didn’t want to be a “party girl” anymore, or one who went to out bars all the time, yet got wasted in Mexico at Andales this season (and also partied it up intensely again in Jamaica).

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Eek!

Strike two ya hypocrite. But honestly, the straw that broke the camel’s back for how absurd Vicki is came when she spouted off that Kelly not only does cocaine, but she’s never with her daughter, only to then backpedal and say that their visitation arrangement is between “you and Michael.”

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What was most shocking to me as I watched (and not just because I’m team Kelly) was how nonchalant Vicki was in saying everything. She kept such a straight face and seemed to just blame it on the fact that Kelly called her fat or compared her to a fart. Even Tamra and Shannon couldn’t seem to get through to Vicki that the accusations she was making were intense. But …

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She accused David of beating Shannon, Eddie of being gay, and then there was the Brooks of it all. She ruins relationships and hurts families through her words (& lies) and here she is now doing it to Kelly. Strike three Vic. I really hope she’s not saying these awful things just to secure her spot on the show, but I could totes see that happening now that OGs can be cut (ahem LVP). Ahh, suppose we’ll see how this ends in the next two weeks (it’s a three parter right?) with the continuation of the reunion. But for now … whose side are you on?

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The 12th Reunion of Orange County

Orange County has been on as long as my students have been alive. So class, raise your hand if you remember Jo in her maid’s outfit?

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Raise your hand if you remember Vicki’s small van rant?

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Raise your hand if you remember Tamra throwing wine at Jeana? Drunk Gretchen (“Tam RUH!”) or the Brooks cancer scam?

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Yeah, it’s been a crazy twelve years with the ever changing cast of Orange County Housewives and here we are again for another rollercoaster reunion!

Loved:

Although Meghan was beyond annoying this season, her hair looked great (dress & shoes too!) on the reunion! Tamra’s earrings were on fleek and Shannon’s weight was looking good!

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How much support Shannon got regarding her weight and David; not sure some of the other women would be this strong enough to put it all out there like Shannon did. PROUD of her also for being a good mom and role model for her daughters in making the decision to separate.

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Anyone else like how Peggy had to turn to Andy for advice in order to escape from the three Blonde Bombshells on the couch … Andy can’t save you Peggy!

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TOTALLY KNEW MEGHAN WAS GOING TO ANNOUNCE ANOTHER PREGNANCY ON THE REUNION; ugh …..!!! I’m really only happy Jimmy is finally getting a boy.

Questions:

I’m still really confused about why Tamra’s daughter is so so upset with her; is it all just because of the divorce? Or is it all because of the show? I mean, thinking like a daughter maybe I can see it … maybe I can see how having Tamra as a mom may be difficult BUT I’M NOT CRITICIZING HER! I LOVE TAMRA! (her facelift looks amazing as well!)

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Who knew Shannon’s maiden name was Storm (Storme?). Also, did anyone count how many times she said “I’m done!” ??

Shockers & Surprises:

Damn Lydia! Chill ouuuuut! I agree with all the people who said Lydia came for everyone this year so she could have more of a storyline. She was not nasty like this the last time she was on the show. I mean, calling Shannon all those crazy references, umm pretty sure the Bible does not condone name calling…

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I’m really proud of Kelly this season (blogger say whaaa). I’m just proud of her for making up with the girls, not getting too much into the drama, and being strong about everything with Michael. She even said Shannon was a good person #whoa !! On her side against Meghan too!

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Holy Vicki shedding tears for Shannon’s marriage; I don’t feel it’s fake. Do you?

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Additional Thoughts:

Shannon & Tamra’s friendship remind me of LeeAnne and D’Andra from RHOD.

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Peggy is so irrelevant; barely spoke during the reunion. BRING! BACK! HEATHER!

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Hahahahaha! Nothing was wrong with Vicki in Iceland; she was just on drugs!

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It was nice they all made up at the end (Vicki, Tamra, Shannon) buuuuuut I’m kind of over it; blah blah blah, come sit on my couch; it was also awkward to watch all the other women watch. I’m not convinced they’re back … true fans have been here before.

Prove us wrong ladies.

Here’s to another twelve years! 

The OC Is Back! 12×1 Recap

“They’re not the popular girls; we’re the popular girls”

Orange County is back! But, before we get into a popular girl discussion or who wants to be like who, I want to briefly discuss just decent human beings. I recently subscribed to a new podcast, Married to Bravo, and became insta friends with the creator, Joleen Lunzer. Screenshot 2017-07-11 at 12.21.47 PMI loved her concept for the show: that she’d force her husband to not only watch Bravo, but then go back and recap/discuss for a podcast. I asked Joleen for a blog shoutout on her newest podcast episode AND SHE DID IT! She seriously said the nicest things about MHH, encouraged her listeners to follow, and just gave overall support to a total stranger. So world, there are decent people, not even decent but genuinely kind people, out there and it makes me feel better about dark days that occur. Find their podcast on iTunes now!

Moving on to not so decent people…this week we welcomed back the original housewives: Orange County! Last season didn’t end well; in fact this episode started off showing images of a beach with audio playing of the women screaming at each other from last season. Gone is Heather, we welcome Lydia back, and I still have to see Kelly Dodd on my screen.

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Anybody read about Kelly’s 4th of July fight? Hmm anyway, the episode starts with Shannon chasing after the new dog she got her three daughters and then boom! right into another depressing storyline for Shannon. This time it’s about her 40 pound weight gain, her low confidence, and how David has distanced himself from her even though he surprised her last season with a vow renewal. I’ve always always liked and supported Shannon, but I’m not here for a sad season from her where she’s constantly crying about her life. Be strong for your girls! Not only that, but you have infinite support in the social media world: you’re not the first to gain weight, you’re not the first to have a shitty husband; show your girls how a strong female dusts herself off and lives LIFE! uujj.jpg

That’s probably all I’m going to say about Shannon in this post because she already gets in a fight the next episode with Lydia (of all people) and like I said, I’m just not here to watch an unhappy Shannon spiral this season. Speaking of Lydia, she’s back! rhoc-secrets-8-lydia.jpg

Not going to lie, I wasn’t her biggest fan when she first appeared back in season eight, but I think I may like her rainbow and sparkle attitude this season. I don’t like that she’s going to go head to head with my girl Shannon, but I appreciate Lydia trying to bring the ladies together (Vicki & Tamra) because obvi you know that will bring drama. Also, major props to Lydia for raising three little boys! (I’m also curious to see how well Lydia takes to Kelly because we all know how pleasant Kelly can be)

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On the subject of  Kelly, her and Vicki are apparently still friends and make it known they want to be the popular girls this season.

mckayla-maroney-not-impressed-oh-you-argued-before-the-supreme-court-cool   Really no one cares. But we do care that Vicki has a new man in her life named Steve. He seems normal enough, which makes me wonder why he’s with Vicki (BECAUSE SHE MENTIONED SHE MISSED HER RELATIONSHIP WITH BROOKS!). As much grief I’ll give Vicki this season, there is one thing she’s amazing at and that’s being supportive of her family. Enter Briana (who I freaking adore and was so happy to see on my screen!). Since Briana’s husband is still not back in the OC, Vicki is helping her out with Briana’s two toddler boys. That motherly love is unshakeable and I appreciate the heck out of it about Vicki!

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Speaking of mothers, we meet Meghan’s new baby girl. We see Jimmy being an awesome dad annnnd that’s about the end of that story line. Don’t get me wrong, I’m stoked for Megan to be a mom because I know last season was hell for her with her injections and feeling abandoned by Jimmy, but like, cool you have a baby; do more investigative work like calling hospitals for doctor records and such, Meghan.

After the premiere of season 12, on Twitter (@myhollywoodh) many of the housewife accounts I follow were saying they weren’t impressed with the episode and all I could think was “Whaaa!” Now as I’m reviewing my notes, I can see what they meant; I must have been blinded by the excitement of the franchise returning and the champs I drank to celebrate it.

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Soooooooooo, Tamra goes to Lydia’s Bible study group and cries again about how she doesn’t have a relationship with her daughter (maybe don’t talk about it on national television?), Tamra works out at Cut Fitness and Eddie shows up (he’s not gay), and Tamra goes dress shopping with Shannon and their daughters.

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Ummm, the episode ends with Vicki having lunch with Lydia, who she calls “Disneyland all the time.” Lydia wants to understand the Vicki and Tamra breakup, which is leading me to believe she’ll try to get them back together … c5f8580303abdc72181fa4399fe18d39.jpg    but to that I say, “Good luck Lydia!”

While OC is one of my favorite franchises, I’m not sure yet who is my standout favorite cast member this season, maybe Lydia? I like Disneyland quite a bit. Plus in next week’s episode, Lydia straight up tells Shannon they won’t get along, so there’s that. Honestly, never judge a housewife season based off the first episode anyway. We have much to look forward to friends; I’m sure of it.

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