Vicki & Shannon

If anyone knows what it’s like to be on the outs with the Real Housewives of Orange County cast, it’s Vicki Gunvalson. Now it’s Shannon Beador’s turn to be at odds with everyone in the cast. She had a meltdown during the cast trip in Jamaica and got into it with every single cast member before she disappeared for a day.

To make matters worse, this all went down when they were suffering in sweltering heat devoid of air conditioning. It felt vicariously awkward to watch, so I cannot imagine actually being a part of that situation.

Since Vicki, Tamra Judge, and Shannon hugged it out at the Season 12 reunion, Vicki is doing whatever she can to avoid being the cast pariah again. She claimed to be a “Switzerland” among the cast and that is definitely reflected in her last Bravo blog post. She could not be any more neutral with the commentary. No shade here- not even directed at Vicki’s latest foe Kelly Dodd.

Vicki wrote, “I was genuinely worried about Shannon and wanted to make sure that she was ok. Depression and other emotions mixed with any form of alcohol can be a very red flag, and my mothering instincts kicked in. When we didn’t hear from Shannon, who I was trying to reach for a whole day for any reason, I started to get really worried.” Wasn’t Shannon just chilling with the production team? Was she actually alone?

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She continued, “Shannon hasn’t acted perfectly, but I knew that the way we handled it was not the most effective means of trying to help our friend. I can empathize with her reaction and emotions, and I want to help her move past this.” To say “Shannon hasn’t acted perfectly” is the understatement of the century.

Even with all that drama, Vicki concluded, “I think this trip really did help bring the group together. I wish we didn’t need the drama to get there, but sometimes people need to get their emotions out to really be heard and make a change in their life.” Does that mean the season returns to being boring from this point on?
Vicki wrapped it all up with cheesy conclusions a summary of the Jamaica drama: “Shannon needed to hear how her behavior is affecting her friends and also know how much we care about her. I think all of us needed to hear Gina [Kirschenheiter] talk about her divorce, so we can better understand and support her. We needed to hear about Emily [Simpson]’s issues with her mother to understand where she is coming from in pushing Shane to have another child. It was important for Shannon to know how she can make Tamra feel sometimes, and I do believe Tamra loves her very much and for some reason wasn’t able to communicate her frustrations for a while now. Friendships don’t happen overnight. Real friendships grow over the years and  after really understanding the other person.”
Thank you, Dr. Gunvalson for that analysis. I miss the days when Vicki spent vacations taking shots and dancing on the bar. This was a great psycho analysis of the cast, but I’m not watching this show for a therapy session. Let’s make Real Housewives of Orange County fun again. Please?


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