This week’s Real Housewives Of Orange County injected some much-needed (albeit insane) energy into a season that’s limped along at a snail’s pace. Kelly Dodd shares her thoughts on Vicki Gunvalson’s medical emergency, the ladies’ all-night argument in Shannon Beador’s hotel room, and why Peggy Sulahian finally pushed her over the edge. Kelly jokes, “The sun never sets in Iceland, and neither do we! If it seems like the longest day ever, it was. That’s what being in Iceland is like!”
When Vicki started experiencing symptoms of what she thought was a heart attack, Kelly says she knew it was probably just anxiety. She explains, “I knew right away that Vicki was having an anxiety attack. She was exhausted, and I think she was scared to go to dinner, because sometimes going to those dinners can be like entering the lion’s den. I like Peggy. I think she’s a good person, and I know that her intentions are good, but she really gets on my nerves. I have a ‘hot’ button, and that button gets pushed when somebody tries to tell me what to do. That is what Peggy does to me over, and over, and over again. I finally lost my patience with her.”
Kelly was obviously not happy with Peggy’s desire to “protect” Vicki – a move that she saw as pushy and unnecessary. She argues, “You can clearly see that everyone was worried about Vicki and wanted her to be okay. I do think it became a bit like ‘too many cooks in the kitchen’ (I trust that Diko will translate that for Peggy, due to her limited vocabulary.). If I was worried about anything, it was actually that all of us would give Vicki even more anxiety and make her condition worse. Once again, Fridrik was really on top of everything.”
But the moment that will be burned into our memories forever came when Vicki was wheeled out of her room, towel draped over her head. Kelly agrees: “I have to say, Vicki Gunvalson may not be Michael Jackson, but when they wheeled her out and carried her down the stairs with that white robe over her head, she looked straight-up iconic.” Yep. It’s also a clip I will keep handy on my phone in case I ever need a pee-your-pants laugh in the near future! Freaking hilarious.
Kelly also defends the ladies for sitting down to dinner while Vicki was whisked off to a foreign ER. She writes in her blog, “The glacier hike was a workout — just ask Shannon! We were all really hungry. I also have low blood sugar, and I just had to eat something at that point. Keep in mind that I knew Lydia [McLaughlin] was with Vicki, and I also knew she was having a panic attack. I wish I could have been in both places. In hindsight, I think it worked out for the best. If all of us had gone to the hospital, it would have been too much and heightened the situation more.”
Soooo…we’re going with low blood sugar, then? Alrighty! “Even still,” argues Kelly, “I couldn’t believe Peggy couldn’t wait two seconds for me to pay my bill at the restaurant. How ridiculous! I do find it funny that once she arrived, Vicki was already discharged and they had to come right back. Karma!”
Kelly really didn’t appreciate getting marriage advice from Peggy either. She lashes out, “I guess shutting up and being subservient is the recipe for a solid marriage! My patience with Peggy was gone by the time she said she was going to have her husband call my husband. It took me over the edge because she said it like it was some kind of threat! I feel like Peggy has a way of threatening people she disagrees with, and it’s very disturbing. When I said I was going to have my dad beat up her dad, first of all, I wasn’t saying it literally — I was showing Peggy how she sounds. Secondly, it was a euphemism! Communicating with someone who only takes phrases and expressions literally is a challenge. I was not even thinking of the fact that Peggy’s father had passed away, because it’s a figure of speech. I’m sorry if it triggered something sensitive for her.”
Later, Kelly must have realized the issue went deeper than a drunken brawl. “Seeing Peggy talk to Diko about her father on the way to the hospital, I now understand why she was so emotional about what happened with Vicki. If I had known this was on her mind, I might have chosen a different expression. Here goes: Peggy, feel free to have your people call my people. Actually…please don’t!”
However, “It was genuinely sweet to see Vicki and Tamra [Judge] hug it out, and I loved seeing them laughing together the next morning. When Vicki said life is about having fun, it really hit home. Isn’t that supposed to be what life is all about?”
“For Peggy not to answer her door is immature. When I was in a similar circumstance in Ireland, no one came knocking at my door — not even Vicki! I’m over Peggy acting like such a victim. She never owns her mistakes or her words, and she’s trying to make us out to be mean girls. We’re just trying to laugh and have a good time. I’m glad I was able to make Tamra laugh that hard, even if Peggy chose to take it the wrong way. Peggy’s victim complex came through loud and clear when she said that night was one of the worst experiences of her entire life. Wow, she must have a pretty sheltered existence! Like I said last week, it’s good for everyone to get out of their bubble once in a while.”
Well, it seems there is no love lost between Kelly and Peggy at this point. Kelly also understands Shannon’s immovable stance on hating Vicki, laughing at Lydia’s pathetic efforts at reconciling them. She snarks, “If she can get Shannon to let go of that grudge, she should be given a medal for diplomacy!”
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