It was the best of times, it was the worst of times – at least for The Real Housewives Of Orange County in Iceland! While the trip brought entrenched enemies Tamra Judge and Vicki Gunvalson to a more copacetic place, it seemed to bring Peggy Sulahian to the brink of insanity. Kelly Dodd calls Peggy out in her blog this week, accusing her of ruining everyone’s last night in Iceland with her high maintenance, confusing ways.
Kelly jokes, “When Peggy made her grand entrance in Lydia [McLaughlin’s] room before dinner, I couldn’t help but laugh. Her shirt says ‘WHATEVER’ but her face screams ‘HIGH MAINTENANCE.’ She lets Lydia know right off the bat that she’s cold, she’s starving, she’s tired…and Lydia, being the gracious host she is, scrambles to make sure Peggy is comfortable. It’s like watching Smithers and Mr. Burns on The Simpsons. And just like Monty Burns, Peggy is ready to release the hounds.”
Peggy accused Tamra and Kelly of laughing at her behind her back during the late hours of their all-night drinking session, but Kelly defends, “Tamra and I were NOT laughing at Peggy. At one point in the night, we all went and got into our pajamas. When Tamra and I came out of our rooms, I was banging on Vicki‘s door and Tamra was banging on Shannon [Beador’s] door. We did it at the same time, and looked at each other and just burst out laughing. I can’t tell you why it was so funny—I guess you had to be there. Then Peggy opened her door and started screaming at us to stop laughing at her! It was so bizarre, it made the whole thing even funnier, and we laughed even harder.”
Kelly’s response to Peggy recording the whole episode on her phone was, “Who does that?” She does express gratitude to Lydia for trying to explain the “I’ll have my dad call your dad” barb as a figure of speech, not a personal attack. Kelly also blames Peggy for Lydia having to miss most of the Viking dinner – that she, herself, arranged!
The dinner itself turned into a sh*tshow after Peggy and Lydia arrived, of course. “Now I know what Sigurder, our host, meant when he said there would be singing and fighting at dinner…but he probably didn’t know the half of it. Only Peggy would show up over an hour late, keeping Lydia, and act like it’s a gracious act of compassion. It’s just plain rude! She acted like she was doing Lydia a favor, by ruining the last night of her trip. Who does Peggy think she is? Am I the only person who finds this a little outrageous?”
“The a cappella choir was the perfect soundtrack for Peggy’s arrival, wearing satanic red,” continues Kelly. “I apologized to Peggy at dinner because I was worried about her feelings. I was being sincere. Her response was as cold as I have now come to expect. I always liked Peggy and felt like I had gotten to know her back in the O.C. But seeing her away from Diko and the safe spaces of her Lamborghinis showed me who she truly is. I might be coarse with my language and sometimes I like to drink, but I’m not a bad person! I just want everybody to get along and have fun…and Peggy is the ultimate buzzkill.”
Moving on to the strange phone recording of Meghan Edmonds’ baby crying, Kelly rails, “her spontaneous attack on Meghan’s parenting threw everyone for a loop. As I said then, I will say now—it’s beyond. But did you notice how the second she left the restaurant, the mood lifted? Lydia seemed truly relieved to stop babysitting her. And you’ll notice no one was talking about her after she was gone. Earlier, Peggy had told Lydia that she hoped we were saying bad things about her. She wants us to be the villains, and it couldn’t be more transparent.”
Calling Peggy “out of her depth with these women,” Kelly thinks her new cast mate simply can’t cope when she’s outside of “her family bubble.” She explains, “In groups like ours, we drink, we argue, we apologize, and we move forward. Something that was so silly and could have been quickly resolved the next morning turned into a cataclysmic event for Peggy. It’s not that serious!”
But Peggy seemed very serious about her hurt feelings – even if she couldn’t explain them very clearly (or…at all??). Kelly chalks Peggy’s behavior up to wanting to judge everyone else. She closes her blog, “Have you noticed that Peggy loves to police other people’s behavior? She even wants to censor crying infants. (Newsflash: babies cry.) Shannon and Vicki have much deeper issues than Peggy does with Tamra or myself. Yet, still, the two of them were able to get along, be civil, and even share a few laughs. Tell me: whose behavior is more inappropriate?”
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