Apparently, tonight is the reunion for the Real Housewives of Orange County. You would think this would not come as a surprise to me, but it did. I feel like we already did this, but perhaps I just wanted to be done with the season. Reunions are THE WORST to recap, so this may take a while. But let’s just get on with it, shall we?
I love when they show the candid arrival and behind the scenes outtakes so we are off to a pleasing start. The opening montage shows Tamra, Vicki and Shannon all sobbing and hugging each other. That photo was provided by Bravo exclusively to another site today. It will be interesting to see how we get to that scene as I’m not sure the three are still chummy? But maybe they are, I haven’t paid them much attention on social media since the reunion filmed.
Peggy’s hair looks horrible. I think Peggy’s new cut after she gets out of the shower and blow dries and brushes it out probably looks fantastic. It seems to me a lot of work goes into making her look bad. She’s not an unattractive woman, she just has terrible hair and makeup folks. I love Meghan’s reunion hair though. LOVE.
Shannon’s daughter just passed her driving test and got a brand new BMW X3 with all the bells and whistles. Someone PLEASE send Shannon Ivana Trump’s book Raising Trump because she is doing it all wrong. Thank book is pretty much the guide to parenting when you are rich as hell. Her kids all came out pretty good for the most part. She says she wanted to get her a used car but David bought it for her anyway.
Vicki says the her health is under control due to some high blood pressure meds and other adjustments. But she is concerned about Brianna who since this filming underwent a neck surgery. Ryan gave this report on her surgery, “Briana’s surgeon said she had the most rare fracture and disease process he’s ever seen. He’s only seen 5 cases of eagle syndrome in his career, and hers was the worst. She’s truly blessed to have had a successful surgery, and here’s to a great recovery! ” He has also posted a photo of a very long very rural “driveway” that leads to their new home on a very secluded lot. I’m with those of you who said he is pulling a David from Teen Mom and isolating her on THE LAND. I do not predict a good outcome here. Tamra says she is still in touch with Brianna. But this was over two weeks ago before surgery and the move to North Carolina.
On to Lydia. I’m on an island with my lack of disdain for Lydia, but I will miss her next season. Lydia explains her discomfort at drag queen bingo. She said they were the only patrons who were in costume, the bingo caller was talking about sexual positions she’d never even heard of and it just wasn’t her thing. I don’t see why people get mad at her for that. The drag queen scene is not for everyone. Some people have a more modest persona and don’t want to be around overt sexual conversations. She’s not intolerant she’s just uncomfortable. She said that she was very hurt when Shannon retweeted a comment that called her homophobic and she unfollowed her at that point. Shannon denies any recollection of doing that. Production puts a screenshot of Shannon’s retweet up for us to see. Some idiot wrote. “Balls, balls, balls I love my husbands balls! Gays? Eww.” How ridiculous.
Meghan is being really rude to Lydia and no one is even talking to her. Meghan goes for Lydia’s faith and says, “I just think you should use your brain and not rely on the Bible to tell you what to do all the time.” It takes a pretty vile person to insult someone based on their religious beliefs. I guess this is what the world has come to. Meghan then tells Lydia she should ignore the Bible and “just do the right thing” which ironically is sort of the entire theme of the New Testament. I’m wondering what Meghan’s basis of her morality is? How does she decide the right or wrong thing for someone to do? Meghan is probably getting murdered on social media right now.
Shannon then comes for Lydia and says she has called her crazy and psycho and the mayor of crazy town. Lydia says she has said all of those things and believes them to be true. Lydia says that the thought of having a baby girl is very appealing but the practicality of having a fourth child when she is overwhelmed with three has her questioning that plan.
Andy refers to Kelly as the comeback kid for building more friendships with the cast this season. That bodes well for her. Kelly sold her beach house in Corona Del Mar recently. She is now living in another beach house on Corona Del Mar. I do not understand the point of moving but I suppose it is to sell and divide the joint asset. I feel like Kelly has a very distorted view of her relationship with Michael. Vicki says that she and Michael both wish Kelly’s marriage could have worked. They are currently working on child custody.
Kelly and Shannon both say they are very happy with their renewed friendship. Tamra is happy to be friends with Kelly too. That’s no accident as next season it’s going to be Vicki, Kelly, Shannon and Tamra plus some new pledges that will need to be hazed.
Guess what Tamra’s reunion storyline is? Did you guess crying about her estrangement from her daughter that is caused by making her a storyline on TV? Tamra says that she posted a photo of her at graduation after there were all kinds of mean stories online about her not being invited. So she stupidly and impulsively posted the photo. And that is why Tamra is estranged from her daughter. She puts her “social media reputation” before her own daughter’s wishes.
Tamra is of course hysterically crying and making everything about her. Andy points out that Sidney posted on Facebook that all she has ever asked for is for her mother not to discuss their relationship on TV, and here they are doing it again. Tamra justifies it even now saying she is on a reality show and her heart is missing and there is no way to hide that. Tamra really doesn’t understand the whole parenting concept of doing what is in the best interest of your child comes before anything else. She says that when she has her own kids she will understand.
Regarding her other fabulous parenting job with Ryan, she says he and Sarah have been spit up for about six weeks and she has a boyfriend. He didn’t ask if either of them were in jail currently.
Shannon’s montage with her weight loss struggles makes me sad. I can totally rate to the feeling of how did I let myself get like this? Shannon says she has lost 25 pounds. She says she didn’t want to film the season because she was embarrassed by her weight. Shannon says she is on hormone therapy now. She says the season has been hard to watch. She took out her marital problems on other people. Shannon talks about her separation from David. It sounds like she is the one who moved out. She says it is not what she wanted and it’s really hard but she’s a mom and it got to the point where she was not teaching her daughters positive lessons. I wonder if the girls stayed with David to be in the same school?
Andy asks whose decision it was for them to finally split. Shannon says for months David lived on the other end of the house like roommates. They went on a trip to Hawaii that she hoped would bring them back together but he left the trip early and when she came back, he told her it was over. Andy asks where the girls are living and she said they are living with her full time. I’m glad to hear that. If they were living with David that would crush her. She says she talks to him daily. They have made the decision to be amicable. They continue their tradition of family dinner somewhere every Sunday night and they still go as a family to the USC games. She says it is hard for her. Tamra says she gets the phone call afterwards. Vicki is hearing the news for the first time. She’s quietly crying. She says she didn’t know and if any of it is her fault she feels awful.
After that scene the break for lunch for an hour. Everyone is emotionally drained and heads backstage. I am struck by the fact that Steve is back there to comfort Vicki. Shannon says it all seems very real now that she has said it outloud on camera. We see them eating out of Styrofoam containers. Steve is sitting on a box in the corner of Vicki’s dressing room as she eats with Kelly. Tamra and Shannon eat together in another dressing room.
To be continued …
Next week, Vicki is so pissed she wants to quit the show… but don’t get your hopes up about that. It’s not going to happen. And we still need to dig deep with Meghan and Peggy.