Braunwyn Windham-Burke has been on quite the journey. I know we have said it over and over but it’s true. Honestly, it’s hard keeping up with Braunwyn news these days. In the course of this season of Real Housewives of Orange County, she’s given us a lot. She’s admitted to being an alcoholic, slapping her husband, Sean Burke and now coming out as a lesbian. I’ll say it again – that was all in one season. Whew.
Despite her living her truth, not everyone is feeling it. She’s been accused of being thirsty for attention multiple times. Some even think she’s using her alcoholism as a storyline. For the record, I don’t support that theory. I think Braunwyn needed help and didn’t want to quit the show so she put it all out there. Which for others struggling with abuse must be a big moment of relatability. And there is nothing wrong with that.
Welcome back to week three of The Real Housewives of Orange County! Now before we go down the rabbit hole to discuss Shannon Beador‘s revamped food line, Kelly Dodd‘s latest tone deaf behavior or whatever hair nightmare Gina Kirschenheiter will inflict upon us this week, I realize I failed to analyze one very important element of any new Housewives season last week: taglines! Since I started with episode 2, I didn’t think much about it. But in retrospect, Bravo supplanted the taglines in the reveal with Jeana Keough‘s epic Desperate Housewives-inspired intro. So let’s dive into the Season 15 taglines shall we?
For starters, they’re pretty atrocious. I mean, right? Like, all together they might be the weakest batch in RHOC history. Possibly in all of Housewives history. And that’s saying something for a show that started out with Vicki Gunvalson crying, “I don’t wanna get old” way back in Season 1. Kelly telling viewers not to judge her? After everything she’s been doing and saying in the wake of a global pandemic? That’s rich. (And don’t even get me started on that “Drunk Wives Matter” moment.) Braunwyn Windham-Burke‘s makes more sense in the context of her alcoholism than it did before the season premiered, while Shannnon‘s “closed Beador” probably would’ve been more effective if she’d used it back in Season 13 right after her split.