When you think back to the beginnings of the Real Housewives of Orange County, many things about the show were very different than they are now. Who imagined during season 1 we would be treated in the future to intoxicated middle-aged women, bitter divorces, drug use allegations and a married mother of seven boasting about threesomes? When RHOC premiered, things seemed much more real and the cast relationships more genuine. One aspect of the show that appeared more natural in the early days were the interactions between family members.
Who can forget Briana Culberson trying–and often failing–to set boundaries with her overbearing mother Vicki Gunvalson? Or Lauri Peterson’s sad real-life struggles with her son Josh Waring? One of my favorite OC families was Jeana Keough’s brood. Her three children often back-talked, fought with each other and were sarcastic as hell. You know, like real families! Jeana’s daughter Kara Keough always seemed to have a good head on her shoulders, however. She eventually graduated from college, moved out of the OC and got married. Kara recently gave an exciting update about her family.
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.
Am I the only one who clicked “rewind” when during the last episode of Real Housewives of Orange County? At some point in the conversation when Braunwyn Windham-Burke and her husband Sean Burke talked about “how pretty” Tamra Judge is, she told him that Tamra and Eddie Judge are just like them because they have threesomes too.
Wait. What? Was I just not paying attention during the previous episode with Braunwyn’s initial threesome confession? When did Tamra say that? Did I just tune out because I didn’t want to hear another conversation about CUT Fitness or her sons’ feud? Or is Braunwyn lying? Or did she divulge some information that Tamra said away from the cameras?
What happens when you are a highly visible celebrity, suffering the humiliation of a demotion? Let’s ask Vicki Gunvalson! The veteran star of Real Housewives of Orange County started Season 14 on a different note. Apparently that note said “have a seat” because the orange was snatched out of her hands.
Just like the little engine that could, Vicki is huffing and puffing up a steep hill. She is desperately trying to prove she is worthy of regaining full time status. That isn’t great news for Kelly Dodd, who is now the target of Vicki’s impetuous jabs. Last year Vicki accused Kelly of being a coke head. This year Vicki has definitely not started a rumor that Kelly enjoys participating in risque acts of a sexual nature. But last time I checked, unless a gerbil or goat is involved, having sex is not a crime. Now Vicki attacks Kelly’s relationship with men, which might earn her a doctorate in Hypocritical Science.
I wonder what was most shocking to Vicki Gunvalson: finding out Brooks Ayers didn’t have cancer or getting the news that she got demoted to a part-time Housewife. Sadly, my instincts tell me that it was probably the latter. Vicki still isn’t over the humiliation of her demotion. And she’s talking about it with anyone who will listen.
During a recent Watch What Happens Live episode, a fan called in to ask, “If you could bring back any other OG Housewife, besides yourself, who would you choose and why?” I love how he had to emphasize “besides yourself” when he asked that question. We all know Vicki’s genuine answer to that question.
We are three episodes in to the Real Housewives of Orange County and the drama is already ramping up. On last week’s show, we watched demoted Vicki Gunvalson chasing Kelly Dodd around Tamra Judge’s house to try to talk out their differences. Or, more likely, to get extra screen time to try to regain her orange.
So far, the season looks to be more promising than the last few. I am liking newbie Braunwyn Windham-Burke, who seems interesting and grounded. We’ll see how long that lasts! Veteran Tamra’s storyline so far has been her new home–and shamelessly planting some seeds for future conflict between her sons Ryan Vieth and Spencer Barney. Of course, Tamra is all about pot-stirring–and creating drama by voicing her opinions on everything. Fortunately–or unfortunately–for viewers, Tamra is willing to do this both on and off the show.
Season 14 of Real Housewives of Orange County brought the unthinkable–the demotion of “OG” Vicki Gunvalson. Vicki even got engaged to her man, Steve Lodge, but it wasn’t enough to save her full-time gig. Vicki is still atoning for her creepy relationship with alleged scammer Brooks Ayers, who pretended to have cancer and made a fool of Vicki. Vicki is suing him for money that she loaned him. I wouldn’t be too optimistic about getting that back.
Another Housewife, Kelly Dodd, has been in the thick of all the drama, and she seems to have issues with almost everyone. Recently, RHOC co-stars Shannon Beador, Tamra Judge, and Vicki called Kelly “a train wreck.”
During her press day promoting the show on August 8, Kelly Dodd spoke out regarding her broken friendships with her cast mates.