Tamra Barney


Oy. We finally witnessed someone call Vicki Gunvalson a bitter old woman to her face, and that someone was Real Housewives of Orange County’s newbie, Meghan King Edmonds. Meghan reflects on what led up to the tense (dare we say, psychotic?) moment with Vicki, her regret about calling Shannon Beador “consistently inconsistent,” and – of course – her warm fuzzies for Tamra Judge

The episode started out on a light note with their trip to the NASCAR race, which Meghan says was a “blast” and “beyond amazing!” But the drama of Brooks’ cancer and the psychic incident followed them to the racetrack anyway. Meghan explains, “When I told Heather [Dubrow] at the racetrack that Shannon was ‘consistently inconsistent’, I didn’t know that she DIDN’T tell Vicki what I said, but instead Tamra told Vicki. Until I spoke to Tamra and Shannon, I was under the impression the whole time that Shannon told Vicki. I’m so glad she didn’t and that she (kind of) kept her word of not bringing up the psychic to Vicki at the birthday dinner. I felt bad when I watched myself say that about Shannon. It wasn’t nice and I regret it.”


Heather Dubrow's face during cancergate

There is so much to cover in this episode of Real Housewives Of Orange County. The drama was as fast-paced as a NASCAR race and just as laden with fiery crashes. It was hard to know where to look with all the insults speeding past. I think Heather Dubrow‘s wide-eyed, defied the effects of Botox, shocked face said it best. You know something’s big when it supersedes the glamour of a 22,000 square-foot house with its own luggage room, and a lunch menu that features “sparkle cauliflower!” (That sounds like something from the Gretchen Christine Bootay Collection). 

Before all the hate comes love-ish. Vicki Gunvalson is getting into the business-side of filling love tanks and renting out her backyard for weddings, specifically the wedding of Tamra Judge‘s son Ryan. It also emerges that Vicki and Tamra attend the same church. Tamra is in chapter 2 of Bible For Dummies and is therefore ready to be baptized at the big church party. Dunking your head in a vat of wine does not count as accepting Jesus, Tamra.


Tamra Judge on WWHL

“I like big butts and I cannot lie…” begins Tamra Judge in her Real Housewives of Orange County Bravo blog. Need we read more? Well, we’re going to wade right through this sludge anyway! Tamra hits us this week with her reflections on booty workouts, the psychic powers (or lack thereof) of Scott, and her total innocence <side eye> in questioning the legitimacy of Brooks Ayers’ “battle” with cancer. So, all aboard the crazy train! Here. We. Go. 

Tamra begins with the inspiration behind her booty class, confessing, “unlike Shannon [Beador] I like a big booty, I think it’s sexy.” And apparently, she designed a class to prove this very point, and to use her friends as guinea pigs because CUT fitness doesn’t have enough members to fill a class. She jokes, “Shannon gets an A for effort! I know she has been working hard to get into better shape and I am very proud of her. I was peeing my pants watching her..haha.” Speaking of peeing, Tamra admits, “Let’s be honest any woman who’s had three or more kids pees a little when they run and jump. However, I have found that the more you run and jump and train those muscles the tighter they get. SO RUN SHANNON RUN.”


Watch What Happens Live - Season 12

Vicki Gunvalson’s breakup with live-in boyfriend Brooks Ayers is a hot topic of discussion lately. And one has to wonder how current circumstances are shaping Vicki’s perspective of the rest of this season’s Real Housewives of Orange County, given that her partner in crime (perhaps literally!) is no longer by her side. Although Vicki does touch on her breakup with Brooks in her blog this week, she spends most of her time rehashing Brooks’ birthday dinner, and dishing on more of what we didn’t see of the intense grilling session that Heather Dubrow, Meghan Edmonds, Tamra Judge, and Shannon Beador had with Brooks about his illness, or lack thereof, at Cut Fitness. 

“Well here we go – the train has left the station so to speak regarding Brooks‘ cancer,” begins Vicki. “It’s interesting that Tamra’s ‘psychic’ and his accusation that Brooks doesn’t have cancer is being taken as the truth. Don’t we wish that was the case, but unfortunately it isn’t. Remember when you watch the rest of this season, I’m often put in situations where I’m surrounded by people looking to create drama. However, I don’t think this is funny or entertaining when we are talking about someone’s health. As you all know, Leanne (Jim’s first wife) passed away a few weeks ago and I had hoped she would beat her illness and unfortunately she did not. I’m still wondering in real life situations, would anyone really question someone’s diagnosis that was made by a licensed DOCTOR? I doubt it, but it makes for good TV doesn’t it?”


Shannon has bad news

Shannon Beador didn’t mean to ruin Brooks Ayers’ birthday dinner. But Vicki Gunvalson was on the war path as soon as Shannon insinuated Vicki’s (now ex) boyfriend’s less than stellar reputation was again under attack. So, ruin it she did. Shannon defends her motives in this week’s Real Housewives of Orange County blog, as well as explains her struggles disciplining her children – and living through Tamra Judge’s booty workout class! 

Noting that this week was not her favorite episode, Shannon begins by reflecting on the mangled attempt she and husband David made at disciplining their toilet-papering twins. Upset more about Stella hurting her foot during the TP-ing incident than the incident itself Shannon explains that the twins “have become more defiant and it is completely understandable with what they have been through in the last year. That being said, it was important for David and I to come up with some sort of ‘consequence’…It was David’s idea to write a letter. I thought it was a bit harsh, but went along with it. I was not excited that David reminisced about his prior bouts with pumpkin smashing as a child, but that is the humorous side of my husband.” 


Is Brooks Ayers faking cancer?

Last night’s episode of Real Housewives Of Orange County was psychic friends vs. psychotic love! The real question is – is a psychic really qualified to diagnose the validity of your cancer? Also, Shannon Beador pees herself when she runs – time for Lisa Rinna to get the ladies of RHOC a Depends connect.

Let’s just say this was an episode full of mixed messages – starting with Shannon’s parenting. Shannon’s pre-teen twins were caught toilet papering the neighbor’s house and Shannon is using this as an example of how she and David are a unified front. Shannon has NO tolerance for childhood pranks – she whips out her crystallizing zen goggles and attempts to stare her daughters down with the evil eyedometer set on ‘gentle,’ but her kids merely laugh. Shannon’s daughter Adeline calls Shannon out for being no fun unless she’s drunk and Shanon’s face freezes in a shocked expression.


 RHOC Cast In Tahiti

Tamra Judge has found Jesus and with that comes a newfound relationship with the truth. Meaning Tamra says she’s telling it now. After being called a pot stirrer on last week’s episode of Real Housewives Of Orange County, Tamra is announcing who she thinks the real pot stirrer is: Heather Dubrow, will you please stand up in your Chanel! 

Tamra also gives more insight on Meghan Edmonds stepmother boundaries and just why Meghan’s comments were so upsetting. 

After last season Tamra insists she has learned from her mistakes and will no longer be the victim of she-said/she-said drama. Therefore after her drunken night out with Vicki and Shannon, Tamra decided to let Heather know that her friendship with Meghan (in addition to her friendship with Jimmy’s second ex, Allison) had been a topic of conversation. Little did Tamra know that would bite her in there CUT Fitness-toned ass too! 



Remember that time the ladies of the OC went on vacation together and it actually ended on a positive? Of course you do…it was this week’s installment! Sure there was drama when the Real Housewives of Orange County invaded Mo’orea, but it didn’t end with a screeching Tamra Judge promising never to return. Hasty words, I guess. Despite the constant tension between Shannon Beador and Meghan Edmonds (or Meghan KING Edmonds, as Shannon calls her…like she’s disciplining a child who has done something bad enough to warrant the dreaded three names), their last supper ended with laughter instead of screaming. 

The women had some fun along the way, as well, with Heather Dubrow leading the charge to ignore comfort zones and keep things light. Lizzie Rovsek hasn’t quite recovered from the insanity of last year’s girls’ trip, so she tried to stay in the background and out of the squabbles. She keeps a surprisingly level head when rehashing Sunday’s show.


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