Tamra Judge does three things on Real Housewives of Orange County: 1) take her top off, 2) stir the pot, and 3) make out with women for attention. Last week’s episode was one for the books. For once there was a lot going on in the O.C. I felt genuinely exhausted after watching the women fall off their chairs drunk, dance on the bar, and screech at each other. Among all the chaos, Tamra and Brown-Wind Braunwyn Windham-Burke made out lying down in a bar booth. It was A LOT.
Needless to say, Shannon Beador had a successful 55th birthday party and awkward make-out session. The only person who didn’t appreciate what was going down was Vicki Gunvalson. I do tend to agree with the O.G. of the O.C. that there has recently been an “overload” of “raunchy talk and behavior”. But these women are working for their lives right now! RHOC has been a bore for seasons, and it’s easy to see that these women are working desperately for a comeback. I’m here for it, but could do without Tamra’s attention-seeking behavior.
Love her or hate her, Tamra Judge always finds a way to amplify the drama on Real Housewives of Orange County. Sometimes she’s directly involved, but mostly she finds a way to drum up issues between others by talking out both sides of her mouth. Tamra still has real drama of her own that we don’t really see play out on camera anymore (thankfully).
I just re-watched Season 5 of RHOC (highly recommend). For a refresher, that was the season where Tamra screamed, “I want a divorce!!!” at Simon Barney in the back of a limo. From that point on, the drama within Tamra’s family escalated to a point that no parent can ever prepare for. It has been well documented on the series that Tamra has been “erased” from her eldest daughter, Sidney’s life. Sidney Barney moved in with Simon shortly after the divorce, and has since been living away at college. Back in 2017, Tamra reunited with Sidney and Simon for Sidney’s high-school graduation. The reunion was short-lived because Tamra posted about it on her social media. Sidney has also shared that her issues with Tamra are personal, and that she is “disappointed” in Tamra’s behavior on RHOC.
Bethenny Frankel knows how to hustle. There’s no doubt about that. She’s also been afforded plenty of opportunities to demonstrate that hustle across a host of platforms – reality television specifically. She got her start on The Apprentice: Martha Stewart in 2005, and came in second place. While she has admitted in interviews that she thinks Martha Stewart was not a fan of hers, she definitely impressed producer Mark Burnett. Shortly thereafter, Bethenny was cast on a little show we know called Real Housewives of New York City, and well the rest is history!
In her time on RHONY, Bethenny went from single, to married, to divorced mom, and author, all while building an immensely successful brand. She was able to make her ideas a reality, leverage her name and status from the series and build SkinnyGirl into a brand. The brand was executed so well that she sold the company to Fortune Brands Beam Global in 2011 for an estimated 120 million dollars. Her story is part of why fans admire her and she definitely has bragging rights.
Vanderpump Rules stars Tom Sandoval and Jax Taylor have certainly had their fair share of ups and downs. They may always disagree on which one is the Number One Guy in the group, but, their friendship has remained strong in the face of some seriously awful occurrences. Who could forget the epic revelation in Season 2 that Jax had sex with Tom’s then-longtime girlfriend, Kristen Doute – twice. That storyline single-handedly made Pump Rules one of the most compelling shows on TV.
Jax’s propensity for spreading lies and throwing his friends under the bus is well known. For every time he’s been caught cheating, he has a story about one of the Tom’s cheating to deflect from his wrong-doing. How could we about forget Miami Girl? Or the time he left evidence of Tom Schwartz cheating open on his phone for Detective Doute to find? Bottom line, being friends with Jax seems exhausting.
It’s all happening – again! Vanderpump Rules star, Scheana Marie was spotted making out with Bachelorette reject “star” Robby Hayes. Viewers have watched Scheana’s rollercoaster of a love life for the past eight years. You might recall that the earliest seasons of Pump Rules featured Mike Shay – Scheana’s ex-husband. He maybe spoke three times in the three years he was on. After their divorce, Scheana picked things back up with the guy she dated before Mike. You might know him as Rob “he can hang a TV in seven seconds” Valletta. After Rob realized he couldn’t be in a relationship with a robot programmed to say only his name, they broke up. To get over this breakup, Scheana pretended to be The Bachelorette with Robby Hayes.
For those of us who watch both Pump Rules and The Bachelor spinoffs, this was a match made in the heaven that exists for shameless attention-seekers. Robby somehow made it to the final two on Jojo Fletcher’s season of The Bachelorette. Known for his Ken-doll appearance and Ross Gellar teeth, Robby also has a sordid public dating history. He was accused of cheating on Amanda Stanton in public after they left Bachelor in Paradise together. Oh and did I mention, he’s childhood friends with Adam Spott – Scheana’s longtime, former friend with benefits?
Hold on to your Sky tops everyone, because Real Housewives of Orange County is going to get even better! A lot of fans have been sick of RHOC for seasons. I checked out after Season 10 with Brooks Ayers’ cancer-scam. That was a serious low-point for Vicki Gunvalson and the series in general. That awful storyline showed how far some people were willing go for camera time, and how manufactured the series had become. We’re lucky that ship has sailed!
Season 14 is already revitalizing RHOC. The drama is real and personal. Kelly Dodd is carrying the season on her shoulders. Gina Kirschenheiter and Emily Simpson are actually keeping up too. At moments the show is dark, but there have been other moments that bring some light and love to the O.C. People’s hesitation to watch is understandable. Last week, Shannon Storms Beador and Tamra Judge milked the drama by rushing to the hospital after Kelly Dodd playfully gonged Shannon on the head. Aside from that ridiculousness, the mid-season trailer is here and it looks like things are ready to take off!
The crown is heavy dahlings – so let’s just leave it where it belongs. Lisa Vanderpump may no longer be a cast member on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills but she’ll always be queen of that show (sorry, Kyle Richards). Lisa walked away after 9 seasons on the show because of puppy-gate, crappy friends, and two real-life losses. Her brother passed away, as we saw on the show, and nine months later her mother, Jean Vanderpump, passed away at 84. She clearly has a lot going on and made the right decision to stay away from the manufactured drama. Besides, she’s better on Vanderpump Rules, where there’s no doubt about who’s boss.
The only good news about RHOBH after Lisa’s exit is that Bravo was forced to shake-up the cast. Sutton Stracke and Garcelle Beauvais have been announced as new housewives. It’s about time Bravo took concrete steps to diversify this show. Perhaps it took LVP’s exit to rethink the direction of the show. Either way, it took a lot for LVP to walk away, and friends of hers have apparently been telling her to leave for years. Now people in her life have been noticing a positive change in Lisa since her departure.
A new Real Housewives series is supposedly in the works! Housewives fans will either rejoice or recoil at the news. Currently, there are seven series on Bravo’s rotation. Real Housewives of Orange County and Real Housewives of Potomac are on and rocking right now. Season 4 of Real Housewives of Dallas premieres this week, on Wednesday, actually. Sometime this year fans will be able to watch Season 10 (!!) of Real Housewives of New Jersey. In 2020, we’ll get new seasons of Real Housewives of Atlanta, Real Housewives of New York (in spite of losing Bethenny Frankel) and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (in spite of losing Lisa Vanderpump).
That was a lot to write! There are seven series in the Housewives canon! Imagine if Real Housewives of D.C. and Real Housewives of Miami were still on. I would literally get nothing done. Even though my life revolves around watching Housewives, there are simply too many shows to keep up with. Now, my time and attention will become even more limited since the location of this new series hits home!