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?
Rookie mistake? Braunwyn Windham-Burke made the moves on Tamra Judge not once but twice this week on The Real Housewives of Orange County.
At Shannon Beador‘s hot mess express-themed birthday party, the RHOC newbie swapped saliva with the show’s reigning vet at the dinner table before things got even more NSFW in a banquette next to the dance floor. In a new interview, Braunwyn is claiming she had no idea the cameras caught her steamy hook-up with Tamra. However, some of her cast mates aren’t so sure they buy into the naïveté.
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.
Emily Simpson and Gina Kirschenheiter have been at each other’s throats the past few weeks on The Real Housewives of Orange County. First, the tension over Gina bailing on Emily’s trip to Las Vegas (on account of her DUI) led to a major blow-up between the besties on the cast trip to Miraval. Then, the pair fought again at Shannon Beador‘s hot mess express-themed birthday party over Em’s disastrous attempt at setting her pal up on a date with her husband’s not-quite-single cousin.
Got all that? Honestly, me neither. However, Emily thinks she understands the root of why exactly her erstwhile BFF has been picking fights with her this season.
I have tried to be understanding. I have tried to keep my sarcasm in check. And I have tried, so hard, not to be shady. But now Gina Kirschenheiter has left me with little choice. One of the newer stars of Real Housewives of Orange County has been keeping the drama flowing in the show’s 14th season. And what a season it’s been. Gina has dealt with a DUI, a cheating ex-husband, and a blossoming friendship with
the devil Tamra Judge.
Last year we saw Gina and Emily Simpson hanging out a lot, one might have called them BFFs. But their relationship began to show cracks as they attempted to navigate through the trials and tribulations of life. Gina felt personally attacked that Emily wanted to celebrate her anniversary in Sin City. Obviously a direct assault into Gina’s new responsible way of living. But once Gina addressed her drunk driving arrest and came to terms with being single, she decided to start dating. Emily tried to do Gina a solid and set her up with her husband’s cousin, you know because Shane Simpson has such a good rep. Unfortunately, the date wasn’t meant to be, and Gina again considers herself betrayed by Emily.
Fans have crowned their latest “guy I love to hate” king. And, drum roll please, the honor goes to Real Housewives of Orange County’s Emily Simpson’s husband. Shane Simpson.
One would assume the decision to air your life on reality tv would have been a joint decision between the couples. Yet, we’ve continued to have a few husbands who show up to the party with barely concealed contempt for not only the other women, but even their own wives.
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 been many a times I’ve suffered second-hand embarrassment while watching a Real Housewives show, but last night’s Real Housewives Of Orange County was officially THE WORST. I was literally blowing a metaphorical whistle at the TV as I witnessed Braunwyn Windham-Burke and Tamra Judge‘s dry-humping. Too much tongue is often a problem on Bravo, but usually in a very different way.
Tamra has the brilliant idea to take a train down to Del Mar, fill plastic penises with vodka, and pass out train conductor whistles to celebrate Shannon Beador‘s 55th birthday party. Cause nothing says middle-age like a drunken orgy!
This trip has historical significance for several reasons: 1) Del Mar is Shannon’s old haunt, from back when she was “fun Shannon,” chugging Andre champagne and stalking surfer dudes; 2) It references the train rumor that so plagued Kelly Dodd‘s indefatigable reputation; 3) Meghan King Edmonds is attending for some unknown reason.