Can you believe that we are already at the finale of the Real Housewives of Orange County? The season went by so fast. I can’t say that a lot happened, but for me, the season was a bit better than the last few have been. Which is not a ringing endorsement, but I will call it progress. Thirsty Braunwyn Windham-Burke’s make-out sessions with Tamra Judge are not part of said progress. Emily Simpson’s occasional spot-on snark is.
One of my favorite parts of the season has been seeing Shannon Beador get her groove back. Well, as much as Shannon can groove, anyways. It was great to see her come out on the other side of her bitter divorce emotionally intact and a little happier. On this week’s episode, we saw Shannon out on a date with “Babe,” the man she at met at a bar earlier in the season. Babe is not the only gentleman Shannon was grooving with at the time of filming, however. She also brought a surprise date to Vicki Gunvalson’s engagement party–a real blast from the OC past.
E! News shared a clip from next week’s RHOC episode, which highlights Vicki and Steve Lodge’s engagement party. In the clip, Shannon shares that she has brought a date to the party. She stated, “Here’s Duff right now. This is my guy, new guy right here. He’s not my new guy, we went on a date.”
Does the name Duff sound familiar to longtime RHOC viewers? If it doesn’t, Shannon went on to explain, “You know what’s interesting is he had a child with Tammy Knickerbocker who used to hang out with this group of people. So, he knows a lot of people here.”
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Duff Evans, the gentleman in question, was former Housewife Tammy’s ex-boyfriend and the father of her young son. Tammy was a Housewife on seasons 2 and 3 and has popped up sporadically since then, most recently on season 10. She and Duff still had a close relationship when Tammy was on the show. Duff seemed like a nice guy and it was never really clear why the two couldn’t make it work.
The clip also shows Duff walking into the party, saying hello to Vicki’s brother Billy on his way in. Billy was probably excited to see a familiar face to stave off the boredom. It is not like this is Vicki’s first engagement. Or her second. How many engagement parties is one expected to attend for a sister?
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Of course, Shannon’s Tres Amigas buddies also took note of her date. Tamra said, “Oh, Duff’s here.” And third Tres Amiga Vicki acknowledged, “Oh good. He’s fine.” Which from Vicki, is a high accolade!
We will probably get more details on Shannon’s “Duff date” next week, but the two obviously did not work out as a couple as she has been in a relationship with John Janssen since the summer. Shannon’s Instagram is full of pictures of the two of them together, as well as photos of them posing in group photos with their respective children–six in total.
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Will Shannon be the next OC Housewife announcing her engagement? Love and engagement seems to be in the OC air as Kelly Dodd recently announced her engagement to Rick Leventhal. Time will tell, but Shannon deserves happiness and it appears she just might have found it with John.
TELL US- WERE YOU SURPRISED TO SEE DUFF POP UP? DO YOU MISS TAMMY KNICKERBOCKER? DO YOU THINK SHANNON’S NEW RELATIONSHIP WILL LEAD TO MARRIAGE?
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