Sadly, we have come to the end of the 90-Day Fiance: The Other Way season. Like the other 90 Day jewels, this new show promised as delivered. A veritable dumpster fire of romantic dysfunction that makes you wonder why people would ever agree to participate. It is oddly fascinating to watch cast members submit themselves to the possibility of public humiliation for love, desperation, fame wh*ring and/or a green card.
Laura Jallali is one of the stars of the show, along with her decades younger love Aladin Jallali. These two seeming opposites were difficult to figure out for most of the season. Was it love? Lust for retiree Laura? Opportunities for personal trainer Aladin? Who knows. We may never have the real answers as to why the couple paired up, but the two did manage to pull off a pretty spectacular on-camera wedding that put to shame most of the other 90 Day low-budget affairs. The Qatar couple’s marital bliss did not last for long, however, and now Laura is giving an update to her social media followers.
The friendship between the Real Housewives of Orange County’s Gina Kirschenheiter and Emily Simpson has hit a few bumps in the road this season. Gina, whose life has been a disastrous mess of DUI and divorce issues, does not think Emily has been supportive enough of her deep well of despair. Emily was upset with Gina for not attending her R-rated Las Vegas dance debut.
Matters came to a head between the two pals when a planned date between Gina and Shane Simpson’s cousin fell through, as he reportedly backed off after suffering a toe(!) injury. Or maybe Gina’s Mystery Date just Googled her and wisely ran for the hills of the OC. Gina, acting like a jilted bride, took great personal offense to being stood up, wondering if Emily had set her up to embarrass her. Orange County pot-stirring queen Tamra Judge was only too happy to spread gossip about the situation, which is her favorite pastime.
We are already a few weeks into the Below Deck season and are starting to get a read on the new crew. It appears that at least a few of the crew members will be stirring up high seas drama. Chef Kevin Dobson has already raised the ire of chief stew Kate Chastain by calling her out for poor service at the first crew meeting. No good can come of that! Plus, Kevin has already stirred up a full season of drama in just two episodes with his intestinal issues. Pity the poor charter guests who are now watching the show knowing that he prepared their food!
Crabby third stew Courtney Skippon whines more than any crew member I have ever seen. What’s so bad about being on a yacht making great money in beautiful Thailand? It’s not like you are serving time in a Russian prison, Courtney! You have to wonder what it would be like to be Captain Lee Rosbach and have to deal with some of these characters. What would happen if he could pick his own dream crew for Below Deck?
Watching the Real Housewives of Orange County this week made me a little nostalgic for Housewives days gone by. You remember–when the show was focused on women who lived in beautiful homes, drove fancy cars, took dream trips and shopped for high end clothing and jewelry. Sure, some of it was all smoke and mirrors and a few of the ladies were one credit card transaction ahead of financial disaster, but the show usually delivered as promised.
Somehow, in the intervening years, everything changed. Fights became routine. Screaming came to be the preferred method of communication. Damaging gossip had the potential to ruin lives. Some cast members like Heather Dubrow managed to mostly stay above the fray, but many ladies were only too happy to wallow in the mud. Which leads us to this week’s episode. Married Housewives Tamra Judge and Braunwyn Windham-Burke in a disturbing public make out session. Usually prudish Shannon Beador exchanging spit with a random stranger. How did this all come to be?
This week’s episode of the Real Housewives of Orange County made me a bit nostalgic for old school OC. A gentler, more innocent time when married Housewives didn’t make out with each other in restaurants like Tamra Judge and Braunwyn Windham-Burke. Or troll around looking for random men to lock lips with like Shannon Beador. I have a feeling that the City Council of quaint and sedate Del Mar, California held an emergency session to adopt an immediate ban on all future Housewife filming!
One old school Housewife who always stood out for me is Lauri Peterson, whose Playboy mansion party attendance was probably her raciest moment. Which looks pretty conservative now! After Lauri married George Peterson, she faded away to Former Housewife Land. During Lauri’s time on the show, her son Josh Waring’s troubles with substance abuse and the law were an ongoing storyline. Josh has been incarcerated since 2016 after being arrested for suspicion of attempted murder.
The Real Housewives of Orange County has had more than its share of bad marriages. Viewers have been subjected to uncomfortable scenes of marriages falling apart almost since the beginning of the show. Watching RHOC through the years is enough to make someone not only think twice about marriage, but to consider taking a vow of celibacy!
Who could forget the unhappy union of Donn Gunvalson and Vicki Gunvalson? The ugly fights of Tamra Judge and Simon Barney? Kelly Dodd’s eagerness to shed husband Michael Dodd? More recently, Gina Kirschenheiter’s divorce has played out on the show and in the media like a tragic Lifetime movie. Emily Simpson’s marriage has also been the subject of conversation due to hubby Shane Simpson’s disdainful comments towards her on the show. It seems fair to ask, how does Emily really feel about Shane’s sarcastic comments?
There’s a new girl out and about in the OC this season. Transformed Real Housewives of Orange County star Shannon Beador is single and ready to mingle after her long, drawn out divorce from David Beador. Fans of the show have spent season after season watching Shannon be miserable in her marriage and also unhappy following her split from David in 2017.
Now, rejuvenated Shannon looks fantastic, is less self-pitying and is not only ready to ride the fun bus, she is driving it to new and exciting places! Shannon shared with viewers last week a unique way in which she might be ready to whoop it up as a new, single lady about town. She had the O-Shot, or Orgasm Shot, an injection that is supposed to increase sexual satisfaction for women. Before having the procedure, Shannon was told that the shot would “heighten orgasms” and give her some “oomph.”
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills‘ season ended a few months ago. Of course, the big news at the end of the season was that Queen Lisa Vanderpump had abandoned ship. Since then, an announcement came out that a few new cast members have been added–actress Garcelle Beauvais and party planner Sutton Stracke.
Garcelle says she is up to the challenge of her new role. Sutton believes that “it is an honor to be on the show.” You have to wonder, what does it take to actually become a Housewife? How is the final decision of who will be cast made? Recently, one big-name Hollywood celebrity dished on the possibility of becoming a Housewife someday.