What is going on with Meghan Edmonds this season on Real Housewives of Orange County? She is not letting anything go. Every time it seems like something is resolved, Meghan brings it back up again. She even went right from having lunch with Vicki Gunvalson to calling up Tamra Judge and Shannon Beador with a summary in the last episode. In short, she is really stirring it up. Or is she just being a good friend to Tamra and Shannon?
Part of me really appreciates that because there is nothing else going on this season and at least she’s actually interacting with every cast member instead of refusing to film with them…unlike some people. On the other hand, this is all unnecessary drama and straight up child’s play in comparison to the story lines of the past. Yes, Kelly Dodd took things to a hostile place (yet again) by mentioning Meghan’s baby during the last episode, but it can also be argued that Meghan was the bigger shit stirrer that episode.
I never thought I would think this, but Kelly is the person who’s holding this show together at this point. She is socializing with everyone in the cast. She is offending people left and right with GIF-worthy insults. And then in the biggest twist of all, she actually started getting along with Shannon and this show was enjoyable to watch. And then it all fell to shit when Kelly suspected that Shannon was recording their conversation.
Kelly discussed the last episode in her Bravo blog. She admitted, “Shannon is one of the funniest people I know and sure enough we had a great time together at Muldoons.” And then she explained her side of the drama: “At one point, I don’t remember what we were talking about, but I noticed Shannon’s phone was running the microphone app, i.e., she was recording our conversation! I was too shocked to confront her at the time, but I know with certainty, what I saw on her phone. Given our history, at Shannon’s ’70s party and after her attempt to get me drunk Ireland, I assumed the worst. What reason could she possibly have to record our conversation? Given our nascent friendship, I don’t fully trust Shannon. I left Muldoons a little confused, but after thinking about being recorded, I woke up the next day more suspicious than ever.”
And then Meghan got involved. Kelly wrote, “Is Meghan a shit disturber? A thirsty rumor-monger? As Diko [Sulahian] says, does a bear shit in the woods?” Clearly the bond that these two once had is long gone and I don’t think Meghan knows what she got herself into. Can Meghan actually handle having Kelly as an enemy?
Kelly recalled, “First Meghan goes behind my back by calling Shannon and telling her what I said about Shannon recording me. Then, she has lunch with Vicki, during which she is hell bent on reopening old wounds by discussing Vicki’s accusation that David [Beador] allegedly abused Shannon. Even though Vicki clearly explained that continuing to discuss the matter would be hurtful to Shannon, Meghan immediately called Shannon to rat Vicki out. Meghan was thirsty to keep the feud going.”
Kelly continued, “Finally, for some for some strange reason, during what was otherwise a great time at Hamburger Mary’s, Meghan decides to resurrect the ‘affair text battle’ that happened between us six months ago. Pot stirred. Shit disturbed.” That “strange reason” is most likely a quest to secure some camera time.
Kelly wondered, “Why is Meghan so thirsty?”And then she answered hit her with this one: “Perhaps it’s because she is bored with her life in St. Louis and misses some OC drama? Maybe she is trying to find something to talk about other than baby Aspen. Regardless, she seems intent on keeping old disputes alive or resurrecting rumors that were previously dealt with, squashed and I thought, buried.” Kelly does not play around.
She explained, “Despite having a great time with the ladies, I was still a little peeved at Meghan for betraying me to Shannon. I very clearly told Meghan I wanted to raise the issue to Shannon myself, one-on-one. So, it didn’t take much for the resentment I felt for Meghan to flare up.” She also said, “Although our initial discussion was contentious, we could have finished the argument at the point we discussed her telling Shannon about how I believed she recorded me. Shannon and I talked about it on the van ride to Hamburger Mary’s and we were not going to take it any further.”
Kelly said, “However, Meghan couldn’t let resting dogs lie. She had to rekindle the argument about her spreading unfounded rumors.” Recycling the same story lines is just getting annoying at this point. Can they please argue about something new? Please?
But anyway, Kelly wrote, “With Tamra, Lydia [McLaughlin], Shannon and Tamra’s pseudo-psychic present, Meghan once again tries to play the victim. Her spin on the story is that, out of the blue, I attacked her by claiming her husband, Jimmy [Edmonds], was having a ’10 year affair on her’ (interesting, since she’s only been married a little more than two years – but let’s not let facts stand in the way of rumors). Why is she bringing this up again?” For a story line.
Once again, Kelly went in: “I am sure Jimmy appreciates her dragging up his past as much as he appreciates her calling him a complete ***hole. Way to go Meghan! If you are going to talk about our text battle, then at least tell the whole story. Instead, Meghan tries to paint me in the worst light possible and portrays herself as the victim. It’s a damn good thing that I kept those texts messages to show the women the truth. Rather than acknowledge Meghan’s deceit, Shannon calls ‘tit for tat’, which is a false equivalency.”
Again, why is it so bad that Kelly asked Meghan about rumors that Jim was having an affair in the same conversation where Meghan confronted Kelly about rumors that Kelly was having one? Don’t get me wrong, these are both heavy accusations that would offend just about anyone, but aren’t they pretty much congruent? How does Meghan being pregnant make it any more offensive? Plus, she is the one who started this conversation that she brings up in just about every episode.
Believe it or not, Kelly usually makes sense, she just messes it up and says something way out of line that the other cast members fixate on- taking away from any valid point she previously made. Still, Kelly tried to clarify her comments: “For the record, I did not call Meghan a bad mother. I said she should focus on her baby instead of spreading rumors.”And then she went and threw some shade in Meghan’s direction (yet again): “When Jolie was a baby she was always with me, 24/7. Of course, we could have chosen to have a full time nanny, but I loved every moment with my baby. You could not pry her away from me if you tried.” Another dig at Meghan’s mothering. That’s going to go over well…
TELL US- WHOSE SIDE ARE YOU ON: KELLY’S OR MEGHAN’S? IS MEGHAN A SHIT STIRRER OR IS SHE JUST TRYING TO BE A GOOD FRIEND?
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