By now we all know that the Real Housewives Of Orange County season 12 reunion was a wild one! Shannon Beador shared the news that she and David have separated (finally), and I guarantee those ‘allegations‘ from Vicki Gunvalson will be brought up (Again. And Again. Cause this is Bravo’s version of Groundhog Day…).
Cat is out of the bag … and into Jim Edmonds? Rumors have always quietly swirled that when Meghan Edmonds started dating Jim, he was still married to his second wife Allison. Unfortunately, in a recent interview Kelly Dodd went ahead and gave credence to the allegations (everyone’s favorite word!) and straight-up accused Meghan of being Jim’s mistress! Um, so, when did these two start hating each other again?
So the backstory here is a bit deep: Jim was married to wife no 2, Allison, a (former?) good friend of Heather Dubrow’s. Allison was actually initially cast to be a Real Housewives Of Orange County, when she abruptly filed for divorce. Then a season later, Meghan quite literally took Allison’s place in all ways.
Shannon shared the news with her Real Housewives of Orange County co-stars today while filming the season 12 reunion. “It’s heartbreaking for me and my daughters that this is the road that had to be taken but it’s the only way,” Shannon told People. “I felt alone in my marriage. You can do what you can to keep your family together, but you have to have willing parties. You need two people to make a marriage work, and that wasn’t happening in our relationship.”
Who would have thought that Kelly Dodd would be the most reasonable and likable cast member on Real Housewives of Orange County (by far)!? She is the only one who has been consistently enjoyable to watch and she usually has some insightful commentary.
She stayed out of the fray during the group trip to Iceland during the last episode, but she had a lot to say about the
boring excuses for story lines that we were subjected to “drama.”
Can you imagine never having gone on a girls’ trip in your life and you decide the vacation that wets your feet is to fly halfway around the world with Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Judge, Shannon Beador, Kelly Dodd, Meghan Edmonds, and Lydia McLaughlin? In my mind, that group is who you travel with if you want to cold turkey nix any future lady getaways. Of course, Peggy Sulahian must have known what she was getting into when she joined this motley crew on Real Housewives of Orange County, right? RIGHT??
In her blog for this week’s episode, Peggy describes the most frightening experience to date, and she’s not referring to Shannon’s bed head after a seventeen hour plane ride or even that fermented shark blob that had half her co-stars gagging up a lung. Before delving into the terrifying, Peggy focuses on the positive…and the obvious (read: traveling to Iceland from the OC, generally). She begins, “Our trip to Iceland began with a long plane ride. We were greeted with cold weather and in anticipation of Orange County girls being unprepared for the obvious, Lydia planned a shopping trip to head off any problems. Girls and shopping is a classic combination which can bring out the best in every situation. As such, Vicki and Tamra started to reconnect. You could see they had a bond. They understood each other and hopefully, things will get better.” Why yes, it is a long flight. And no, none of you packed appropriately.
After watching this week’s episode of The Real Housewives of Orange County, Lydia McLaughlin is regretful about a few things (menu throwing, to name one) and says she now sees Tamra Judge‘s side of things a little better, too.
Lydia shared in her Bravo blog, “The first night we arrived, Fridrik, our host, had planned an Icelandic dinner and drinks for us. Shannon and Tamra never texted me to say they weren’t coming. I totally understand that we had been traveling all day and night and if they wanted to stay in, no big deal. However, no one told me that.”
Normally, I’m all for any Real Housewives feud, but the issues between Vicki Gunvalson and Tamra Judge stopped entertaining me a long time ago. Their refusal to acknowledge each other – other than to bring up issues from YEARS ago without actually moving forward – has really fragmented the show. #NotMyRealHousewives.
I loved seeing the two of them giggling and being playful while they shopped for coats during the last episode in Iceland. It was also very awkward (yet low key entertaining) to see Shannon Beador‘s disapproval and discomfort in response to their interaction. The episode wasn’t all laughs and shopping for Vicki though. She had a serious medical scare at the end of it.
Whoever decided to book Kelly Dodd and LeeAnne Locken for the same Watch What Happens Live episode deserves a raise. What a fire pairing. Andy Cohen barely had to do any hosting. These two were more than happy to open up.
Kelly and LeeAnne spilled tea, talked shit, and kept it real as they possibly could.