Lydia McLaughlin

Shannon argues with LYdia over Vicki

Lydia McLaughlin came boomeranging back into The Real Housewives Of Orange County’s desert of lies, ready to strike! Lunching with Vicki Gunvalson, calling out Shannon Beador and Tamra Judge on their hypocrisy, and throwing glitter on everyone in her wake, Lydia is kind of like a superhero villain – on helium.

Tamra claims she thought Lydia and Shannon would get along great, though. That is, before Lydia mentioned Shannon had some similarities in the pettiness department with Vicki. Before she breaks down the drama that happened at her granddaughter, Ava’s, first birthday party, Tamra previews that “I officially meet Peggy [Sulahain] next Monday. You DO NOT want to miss it!”

Peggy joins RHOC

I don’t know what to make out of Peggy Sulahian based on her first Real Housewives of Orange County episode. First off, introducing her as a “friend of Lydia McLaughlin’s” was a total stretch since they met on camera. It very rarely works when the new girl doesn’t have a preexisting relationship in the cast. Then, she opened up about her double mastectomy which was brave and informative. But she topped it all off talking about her cars and getting lavish gifts from her husband.

She gave us a lot to work with, but it is so tough to piece it all together. Thankfully that was only episode two so there’s plenty of time to figure out if we like Peggy.

WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN -- Episode 14119 -- Pictured: (l-r) Vicki Gunvalson, Lydia McLaughlin -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo)

It really seems like Lydia McLaughlin is in over head with this whole “Friendship Whisperer” shtick. She does not have the ability or the knowledge to reunite Tamra Judge and Shannon Beador with Vicki Gunvalson. She wasn’t in touch with anyone when she initially left the show and she didn’t even watch Real Housewives of Orange County when she wasn’t a part of the cast, so she just doesn’t know what she’s talking about- even if her heart really is in the right place.

Lydia is a bench player on the Real Housewives JV team while (most of) the other women in this cast are varsity starters. When Lydia and Vicki appeared on Watch What Happens Live, Lydia stuck to her guns as the self-proclaimed “Friendship Whisperer” and did what she could to be sassy, but it just fell flat. In more surprising news, Vicki actually admitted that she wants to be friends with Tamra again.

Shannon & Tamra fight with Lydia

Shannon Beador is on a rampage and she is savagely ripping the meat from the bones of Real Housewives Of Orange County. Any housewife who dares try to get in Shannon’s way better come prepared with white gloves to treat her fragile ego, and proper cutlery to carve though the drama. Shannon has bared her soul, her heart, and now her midriff on this show and she has worked too hard recapturing David to watch it all get flushed down the toilet sitting in her relationship corner, dammit!

And yes, there’s a toilet in Shannon’s relationship corner according to her Feng Shui expert! I think that’s Vicki Gunvalson‘s fault though. After all, Vicki put Shannon’s relationship in the crapper with her lies about David. Now all Shannon’s relationships are draining away (even the relationships she hasn’t formed yet). Shannon’s relationship with vodka seems in tact, though.

Lydia McLaughlin

Out of all of the alums to ask back to Real Housewives of Orange County, Lydia McLaughlin was the most random choice. She was only on for one season, had zero story line, and did not have any genuine friendships with anyone else in the cast. Sure, she has great hair and a hilarious mom, but what is Lydia really bringing to the table other than attributes already exemplified by other cast members? Seriously though, let me know.

Tamra Judge is now all about her newfound Christianity, Meghan Edmonds is the nice one caught in the middle of the cliques, and now we have Lydia to contribute things that we already have? That makes no sense. Yes, Lydia is obviously a sweet person, but she just isn’t the best person for this show full of women who love arguing and gossiping.

Tamra Judge

If you are looking for an excuse to get wasted on a Monday night, just take a sip of your drink every time Tamra Judge and Vicki Gunvalson talk shit about each other on Real Housewives of Orange County. It would be a dangerous drinking game since it is pretty clear that these on-again-off-again friends are very much off these days and they are constantly insulting each other.

As expected, Tamra is not going to let her frienemy get away with the comments she made at her expense during the Season 12 premiere episode.

rhoc-vicki-kelly

Real Housewives of Orange County returned with a vengeance.

Right off the bat, the battle lines have been drawn with Vicki Gunvalson and Kelly Dodd on one side and Tamra Judge and Shannon Beador on the other. They all came out swinging with the shade throwing and blatant insults.

As per usual, Kelly did not hold back during the premiere episode and even after it aired.

THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ORANGE COUNTY -- Season:12 -- Pictured: Vicki Gunvalson -- (Photo by: Tommy Garcia/Bravo)

The Real Housewives of Orange County Season 12 premiere reminded us all that it’s Vicki Gunvalson’s world and we’re all just living in it. Everything on this show revolves around Vicki. Shannon Beador even had the nerve to blame Vicki for her weight gain, which is absurd. Needless to say, it looks like this season will be a battle of Vicki and Kelly Dodd vs. Shannon and Tamra Judge.

The first episode was full of shit talking, and of course everyone is trying to get the fandom on their side with their Bravo blog posts.