Lydia McLaughlin has great hair. That’s all I’ve got. (Kidding! But, I was surprised to hear she’d be back this season, given her mildly “blah” presence last time around). Since her return to The Real Housewives Of Orange County, Lydia has been trying hard to situate herself in the middle of the drama, rather than on its perimeters. Great move to keep that orange, but not so wise in terms of holding on to one’s sanity.
This week’s Real Housewives Of Orange County seemed like a bridge episode, linking us from the crazy plate tossing of yesterday to the Sip n’ See snubbing of tomorrow. Perhaps more than in any other season, battle lines have been drawn between the ladies, and Shannon Beador says she has no plans of crossing them anytime soon – especially when it comes to Vicki Gunvalson. Her position this season: Speak no Vicki, See No Vicki, Hear No Vicki.
Shannon does at least have room in her heart for babies! She gushes about meeting Meghan Edmond’s daughter, Aspen, for the first time. “Tamra [Judge] and I haven’t seen Meghansince she had her baby so it was nice to finally reconnect with her at lunch. I don’t think I have met a happier baby than Aspen, she is absolutely precious!”
This week brings us the season premieres of Escaping Polygamy and Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath and the season finales of The Bachelorette, Sweet Home Oklahoma, Below Deck Mediterranean, World of Dance, Real Housewives of New York, and Million Dollar Listing New York.
Check out the reality TV listings list, which includes the Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen guests for the week, and let us know what you’ll watch.
Despite their misgivings about Tom – and in some cases, their personal dating histories with him – Sonja Morgan, Ramona Singer, and Dorinda Medley reached out on social media and news outlets to offer empathy and support. Their statements, much like their TV personalities, varied widely.
Vicki Gunvalson may be the OG of OC, but she’s been hard pressed to find many allies this season of The Real Housewives Of Orange County. Thus, meeting newcomer Peggy Sulahian was just what the fake cancer doctor ordered! After meeting Peggy for all of thirty minutes, Vicki claims they share a deep bond – a bond which was immediately formed over the recent passing of both womens’ parents.
Vicki shares, “This week I met Peggy and Diko. They were so sweet and so kind that I had an immediate connection to them both. I’m really glad that Lydia [McLaughlin] invited them to Stirling’s birthday party as she had talked so highly of them before. When Peggy told me of the recent passing of her father, it brought me back to how I felt when I heard my mother unexpectedly passed as well.”
It’s the fate of new Housewives in every city to undergo a ritual hazing process before they emerge as the hero, villain, or straight up snooze fest they’re destined to be. In Peggy Sulahian’s case, the hazing occurred at The Quiet Woman, but her position among The Real Housewives Of Orange County has yet to be determined. So far, Peggy thinks Kelly Dodd is a wee bit crazy, but deserving of a second chance, and that Vicki Gunvalsonhas solid friendship potential. (We won’t clue her in just yet to the truth about these two suppositions – let’s just pop our popcorn and watch the show, eh?)
In her blog, Peggy describes her reaction to Kelly goading Shannon Beador at their Quiet Woman dinner, where Lydia McLaughlin and Tamra Judgewere also in attendance. “It was so strange seeing Kelly act the way she did during dinner. It was the first time I met her in person (I was introduced to her over Lydia’s FaceTime a few hours before) and she did not leave me with the best impression. Over FaceTime she seemed like such a fun and loving person who’s the life of the party, but when I saw her act that way during dinner it completely threw me off.”
In the Dominican Republic, Chantel and her family are heading back to Santo Domingo from their hotel in Santiago. They’re convinced Pedro is conning them (via his mother, Lydia) for a green card and money. But Pedro’s family thinks these Americans behaved worse than animals, only coming there to humiliate them! Pedro doesn’t know what to do – is wedding #2 happening or not? He says Chantel needs to decide between her family and him. Chantel thinks the same applies to Pedro and his family. In other words: These two are doomed.