RHOC

Shannon & Tamra fight with Lydia

Even though no one was asking for it, Lydia McLaughlin is back on Real Housewives of Orange County. After having no story line her first time around, other than calling out Slade Smiley for skinny shaming her, Lydia is really doing the most to be relevant this season. Even though she did not keep in touch with any cast members when she left the show and she didn’t watch it, she thinks that she is an authority on the cast dynamic.

Lydia would not stop talking about Vicki Gunvalson when she first met Shannon Beador at Tamra Judge’s granddaughter’s birthday party- which clearly irritated them both. She hasn’t even interacted with Meghan Edmonds at this point in the season, but Meghan, Shannon, and Tamra all shared their opinions on Lydia’s behavior during the second episode of the season. Spoiler alert: they all think she’s a shit stirrer.

Lydia McLaughlin

The last Real Housewives of Orange County episode was very Lydia-focused. With that said, it wasn’t the most exciting episode, even with Lydia McLaughlin’s conflict with Shannon Beador at Tamra Judge’s granddaughter’s birthday party. Lydia inserted herself in Shannon’s business within minutes of meeting her and Shannon truly went off the rails. It wasn’t a good look for either of them.

During the season premiere, Lydia said that she is the “Friendship Whisperer” and it really does seem like her heart is in the right place when it comes to uniting Vicki Gunvalson with Tamra and Shannon, but she just really overstepped her boundaries. She just returned to the show, she obviously didn’t keep in touch with Tamra and Vicki, and on top of that she just met Shannon. Talking to Shannon about her known enemy isn’t the most effective strategy to befriend her. Now Lydia is explaining herself and where she was coming from during that birthday party debacle.

Vicki-Gunvalson

The friendships on Real Housewives of Orange County are constantly shifting, so it’s a little bit surprising that Tamra Judge and Shannon Beador are still so against rekindling with Vicki Gunvalson. Then again, she did spread rumors that Tamra’s man Eddie Judge is secretly gay and David Beador beats Shannon, so it makes sense that they would want to keep their distance.

Then again, they are all contractually obligated to the same reality TV show and they have to be in the same room at some point so it’s an unrealistic notion and here we are: watching this mudslinging, shade throwing, and secret revealing drama.

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When Tamra Judge is the person in a scene with the most social tact, you know there is something going terribly awry. I’m looking at you Lydia McLaughlin and Shannon Beador, for the pot stirring and screaming, respectively. As per usual the topic at hand was Vicki Gunvalson and unfortunately it all went down at a toddler’s birthday party.

It’s completely understandable why Shannon would hate Vicki. There’s the whole fake cancer thing. In the midst of that, Vicki talked about Shannon’s husband’s affair before anyone else on the show knew about it. And then Vicki accused David Beador of abusing Shannon. So obviously Shannon doesn’t want to be friends with Vicki, but she has to interact with her and talk about her since they’re both on the same show.

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.

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Two years later, Vicki Gunvalson is still answering questions about her ex-boyfriend, Brooks Ayers. His fake cancer scandal is something that she will never be able to disassociate herself with even though she is in a serious relationship with Steve Lodge these days.

She probably thought that the focus would shift away from Brooks, but it seems like he is asked about in pretty much every interview.

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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.