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.
So, before we get into the all-new drama, let’s take a trip down memory lane to relive all the craziness from season 11. Maybe a tequila will help refresh things?! And season 11 was full of crashes and burns (literally), boozes and burns (literally), and plenty of rides from hell.
The season opened with Vicki all by herself, and seeking absolution after lying – in some capacity – about what she knew about Brooks Ayers‘ phony cancer scheme. Obviously no one wants to forgive Vicki because it doesn’t seem possible that she totally didn’t realize he was faking a terminal illness for money and attention.
Above: former The Real Housewives of Orange County star Alexis Bellino shared, “Feeling very patriotic today. I love America. I love our freedom. I love our military who protect us every day. I love red, white, and blue! (I I luv this $60 swimsuit!) Happy 4th everyone! Be safe! #godblessAmerica #happy4thofjuly”
In a recent interview, Tamra admits that she’s still not on good terms with Vicki and Kelly Dodd, and she didn’t really get to know newcomer Peggy Sulahian as well as she could have. She shares that “it’s such a different season this year. The cast was a little bit split almost three quarters of the way through filming. I don’t know what Kelly and Vicki did most of the time because I was filming much more with Meghan [Edmonds] and Shannon [Beador]. Peggy is the new girl and I didn’t film with her all that much either.”
The Real Housewives of Orange County season 12 will continue the trials and tribulations of Bravo’s original Housewives. Old faces are returning in the form of Lydia McLaughlin, pre-plastic surgery Vicki, and Gretchen Rossi(Yes! I know). Some classic Housewives left us when Heather Dubrow decided she’d finally had enough of looking bad by association – at least that’s what she believes made her look bad! #Ireland
When Meghan Edmonds posted on Instagram about walking in Kauai fashion week, I expected a punch of follow-up photos of her getting all glammed up and strutting down the runway. Instead, Meghan explored Hawaii while she was there and had a very active trip.
From rappelling down a waterfall, to ziplining upside down, to hiking on the beach, Meghan kept busy in between her professional obligations. In true Housewife fashion, she documented the entire trip and shared it on social media.