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!”
I don’t know what to make out of Peggy Sulahian based on her first Real Housewives of Orange Countyepisode. 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.
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 Countywhen 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.
With Gretchen Rossi back on Real Housewives of Orange County at some point this season, she has a lot to share to ahead of her appearance. Gretchen and her forever sidekick, Slade Smiley, went on The Tomorrow Show to discuss Slade’s job situation (claiming he’s ALWAYS had a job) and to share why they are certain that Eddie Judge is gay. They also explain why they haven’t married yet and Gretchen explains why she thought being on RHOC was going to give her cancer.
Gretchen on why she thinks Eddie is gay: “We were filming, there was something that was said about, uh, Eddie at the table. Somebody brought up a situation that they walked into, and I simply asked the question, ‘wow, well do you know if Eddie’s gay or not?’ I asked a question based off of the information that was being given to me. I wasn’t there to try and call Tamra out or try and call Eddie out. It was nothing like that. And quite frankly, whatever their deal is, is between them. And I, it’s like, if I wanted really to out that, I could have done that a long time ago. It surprised me the story that I heard in that moment because I hadn’t heard that story before, and I was like, ‘wow, like that’s pretty, pretty interesting.'”
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.
There are so many reasons for the Real Housewives of Orange County cast members to be mad at Vicki Gunvalson, but using her as a scapegoat for weight gain is pretty ridiculous- cough, cough Shannon Beador. If that’s not projection, then I don’t know what it is. It’s pretty off base that Shannon actually said, “I’ve gained forty pounds. This is stress and that is Vicki Gunvalson.”
Even so, Vicki actually apologized to Shannon for this which is a nice thing to do, but it did come along with a bit of shade- of course.
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.