I realize that the Real Housewives of Orange County started it all, and we’ve gotten some fabulously dramtastic additional members of the franchise in its wake. However, who determines when a Bravo staple has jumped the shark? I’m not saying RHOC needs to be retired. Shannon Beador hot tubbing in Spanx was television gold. Vicki Gunvalson’s inability to form a sincere apology is always mildly entertaining. Even Kelly Dodd and Tamra Judge have been easy(ish) to watch this season (did I really just type that?). That said, I can’t get over the newbies. When will Andy Cohen learn? No extra is going to infiltrate this dysfunctional foursome.
It’s a bit of a shame. I’m sure Emily Simpson and Gina Kirschenheiter are lovely people, but they are nothing more than filler. Even if they were the most interesting women in the world, no one would be interested in their storyline. The foursome runs off anyone in its path, but I have to hand it to Gina. At least she’s attempting so somewhat stir the pot with her screeching voice and her constant brashness in the name of authenticity. I actually really like her, but she won’t last. Maybe she’ll be picked up by another member of the franchise that has an easier orientation than subjecting newbies to the Kook of Coto.
We also got a big dose of the new girls last night. While Emily Simpson seems sweet, almost too normal, that GinaCantevenbebotherwithwhatsherlastname is, well, to be frank, annoying as f–k! Since we know Gina is a New Yawker who tells it like it is and doesn’t hold back or hang around “pusses,” I think she’d be fine with my assessment of her personality.
Doubly annoying is Gina’sconstant comparison of New York vs. OC. As if everyone in Orange County is a backstabbing, judgmental, harlot (there are) out to destroy her tender, open-heart (they are), but girl… please – we have all seen Real Housewives Of New York! We know Ramona Singer, and the likes of her are as judgmental as they come. We also know that Gina wouldn’t last one cocktail in that cesspool of rabid cougars.
On dinner at the farmhouse, Vicki says she’s shocked that Real Housewives of Orange County newbie Gina Kirschenheiter has any opinion at all on her situation with Kelly Dodd. “I had just met Gina for the first time that night, and for her to have ANY opinion on my friendship with Michael, my friend Teri (who he briefly dated), and us going on a few dates with them is shocking. Gina has no idea that when Kelly divorced Michael, Steve and I chose to remain friends with him too. As far as we could tell, they just grew apart and were choosing to be cordial to one another, which made it easy on us, because to us, being friends with both of them was the right thing. Before Gina started “giving her opinion” at the dinner table, she should have heard both sides, which she hadn’t. It’s obvious Kelly had filled her in on “her side” of the Michael story, which is why Gina acted the way she did. I never asked for Gina’s opinion on this personal matter with Kelly and Michael, and quite frankly I don’t care what she thinks. She was very loud yelling across the table, and I think completely out of line.”
After years of very public feuding, Brandi Glanville, Eddie Cibrian, and LeAnn Rimesall united as a family to support Brandi and Eddie’s son when he graduated from culinary school. This trio has come a long way from calling each other out in interviews and social media.
It’s always unexpected to see those three in one photo. Another surprising photo that popped up on Instagram was Jill Zarin hanging out with 50 Cent. She even captioned it with “Always a great time with @50cent.” Always? Have Jill and 50 been in the same room multiple times? What’s the story there? Did he buy a rug from Zarin Fabrics? I can’t help being so curious about the behind-the-scenes backstory on this photo.
Of course Vicki Gunvalson and Kelly Dodd’sfeud dominated the group gathering, but that didn’t stop Gina from sharing her opinion. She is making a name for herself on this show and she’s just saying what everyone else is thinking. Of course Vicki and Shannon Beador did not like the new girl sharing her thoughts she just met them, but she wasn’t saying anything that (most of) the viewers disagreed with. Vicki definitely broke girl code when she set up Kelly’s ex-husband with a friend and secretly went on double dates with them. There is no doubt about that.
Kelly Doddand Vicki’s feud resurfaced and the rest of the cast had a front row seat to their heated exchange. Fellow new girl Gina Kirschenheitereven chimed in to bash Vicki for her ridiculous behavior.
At first, I was very invested in this Kelly Doddvs. Vicki Gunvalson feud. Now I feel like this one argument has really run its course. Just in case anyone managed to forget, Kelly is livid because Vicki set up one of her friends with Kelly’s ex-husband Michael Doddand secretly went on double dates with them.
Obviously pretty much everyone is on Kelly’s side. As per usual, Vicki refuses to see the situation from someone else’s point of view and she keeps deflecting and bringing up irrelevant facts to detract from conversation. This has happened in every single episode this season. Enough is enough. Kelly might not have Vicki on her side these days, but she has the rest of the cast and the Real Housewives of Orange County viewers in her corner.
Being a Real Housewife isn’t an easy job, especially for the new girls on the show. Joining a Real Housewives show is usually an uphill battle. None of the Housewives want anyone coming for her crown. More times than not, the new girl is met with a very icy reception from the other cast members.
Luckily for Emily Simpsonand Gina Kirschenheiterthey had each other for support since they joined Real Housewives of Orange County at the same time. That still doesn’t mean they’re having an easy time though. Sure, they don’t have any actual drama, but they’re also not a part of the core group- not just yet. And we all know how much Vicki Gunvalsonand Shannon Beadordislike new cast members. They will have a lot to prove if they really want to be in the fold with the Orange County clique.