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Noella Bergener

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I’m still screaming from the rooftops about Bravo righting their wrongs with the majorly necessary casting changes to the Real Housewives of Orange County. Heather Dubrow is BACK and I can’t celebrate it enough. I’ll need my own champagne room like Charrisse Jackson-Jordan to make it through Season 16. Kelly Fraud Dodd and Braunwyn Windham-Burke are OUT and I’ve never seen so much communal rejoice from the Bravo community. They were both toxic and insufferable in their own ways, and both were begging for a return after a season full of bad behavior. Elizabeth Vargas also peaced out after one season and it’s still unclear if Tamra Judge will make a triumphant return.

Boringwyn has not been taking the news of her RHOC firing well. But is anyone surprised? No narcissist would really be happy that the cameras don’t want to follow them and their convoluted life around 24/7. It’s obvious she and Sean Burke have a lot to work out off-camera, particularly the rules around Braunwyn having girlfriends on the side. Kelly and Braunwyn truly brought RHOC down to the lowest level of inauthenticity and toxicity while claiming to be the stars of the show. But their long-awaited demise has come, and the OG Real Housewives show has prevailed (Vicki Gunvalson aside).

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Hmm. For the penultimate episode of the season, this week’s Real Housewives of Orange County sure felt strange. And honestly, I have to admit it feels quite odd to be recapping tonight given the chaos that’s happened in Washington D.C. today. Over the last 15 years, the Housewives franchise has often provided a much-needed dose of escapism from the horrors and headlines of real life. Tonight in the O.C., however, provided no such relief from the reality of a mob storming the Capitol in an attempt to overthrow the democratic process. But alas, here we are. And the recapping must go on…

I think my biggest issue with this episode of Real Housewives of Orange County is that it really just boiled down to a series of one-on-one conversations. Because of coronavirus restrictions, the women haven’t been able to congregate together since the trip to Lake Arrowhead. And really, they haven’t all been together since before the pandemic shut down production. Right? Since the cast trip to Palm Springs? So basically they’re left to talk in pairs, or film with their kids, siblings and significant others. None of which is particularly interesting on its own without a main storyline driving the narrative.

Braunwyn Windham-Burke Kelly Dodd

During a recent Real Housewives of Orange County episode, Braunwyn Windham-Burke said she was happy to be more present for her seven children now that she’s sober. Then, we watched her walk them up the stairs.

After that, she had a conversation with her husband Sean Burke, continuing to talk about being more present for her kids. Then, the editors did her dirty cutting to a scene of the nanny getting the kids ready for bed while Braunwyn filmed a scene with Sean. Oh, the irony. I’m not gonna lie, I was cringing during that moment. Now, Kelly Dodd is calling out Braunwyn  for her reliance on nannies.

Braunwyn Windham-Burke, Vicki Gunvalson

Most people prefer to disappear and take some time to themselves after losing a role on a TV series. Vicki Gunvalson and Tamra Judge are nothing like that. They’ve been doing interviews, posting clickbait links on social media, and slamming Real Housewives of Orange County whenever possible.

They insist they wan’t nothing to do with the show, yet, they keep hinting that they’ll be back and fandom is begging for a return. Desperate, much?

Tamra Judge Kelly

Tamra Judge has been talking about whether or not she would return to Real Housewives of Orange County on every single platform possible, as if she actually made the choice not to be on the show. They only offered a three-episode stint and she didn’t take it.

She did not “decide” to quit the show. They didn’t want her to have a full-time role or even a part-time role for the whole season, so Tamra talking about the conditions that would have to be in place for her to “decide” to return is just a total joke.