Who would have thought that Kelly Dodd would be the most reasonable and likable cast member on Real Housewives of Orange County (by far)!? She is the only one who has been consistently enjoyable to watch and she usually has some insightful commentary.
She stayed out of the fray during the group trip to Iceland during the last episode, but she had a lot to say about the
boring excuses for story lines that we were subjected to “drama.”
Can you imagine never having gone on a girls’ trip in your life and you decide the vacation that wets your feet is to fly halfway around the world with Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Judge, Shannon Beador, Kelly Dodd, Meghan Edmonds, and Lydia McLaughlin? In my mind, that group is who you travel with if you want to cold turkey nix any future lady getaways. Of course, Peggy Sulahian must have known what she was getting into when she joined this motley crew on Real Housewives of Orange County, right? RIGHT??
In her blog for this week’s episode, Peggy describes the most frightening experience to date, and she’s not referring to Shannon’s bed head after a seventeen hour plane ride or even that fermented shark blob that had half her co-stars gagging up a lung. Before delving into the terrifying, Peggy focuses on the positive…and the obvious (read: traveling to Iceland from the OC, generally). She begins, “Our trip to Iceland began with a long plane ride. We were greeted with cold weather and in anticipation of Orange County girls being unprepared for the obvious, Lydia planned a shopping trip to head off any problems. Girls and shopping is a classic combination which can bring out the best in every situation. As such, Vicki and Tamra started to reconnect. You could see they had a bond. They understood each other and hopefully, things will get better.” Why yes, it is a long flight. And no, none of you packed appropriately.
Normally, I’m all for any Real Housewives feud, but the issues between Vicki Gunvalson and Tamra Judge stopped entertaining me a long time ago. Their refusal to acknowledge each other – other than to bring up issues from YEARS ago without actually moving forward – has really fragmented the show. #NotMyRealHousewives.
I loved seeing the two of them giggling and being playful while they shopped for coats during the last episode in Iceland. It was also very awkward (yet low key entertaining) to see Shannon Beador‘s disapproval and discomfort in response to their interaction. The episode wasn’t all laughs and shopping for Vicki though. She had a serious medical scare at the end of it.
You can take the Real Housewives Of Orange County out of the OC, but you can’t take the OC out of the girls, right? Lydia McLaughlin tried when she hauled them all the way to Iceland on the other end of the earth but wound up arguing over the same trivial details anyway.
For all her complaining that she’s left out of the fun (what fun? I ask you) Lydia did put together a helluva a trip for these women. I guess she was trying to suck up and make them like her or something. They arrive in the land of eternal daylight of the shit-talking mind, and Tamra Judge worries that exposure to all this sun will add to her wrinkle collection. Like she might soon start looking (and acting!?) her age. Of course, they have plastic surgery for this, but still – the real Tamra is not her best side.
On the bus from the airport Kelly Dodd is the only person who gives a flying figaloon that they are in this beautiful country. As she quizzes the driver about local customs from the no puke zone at the front of the bus, the other women roll their eyes.
Our deepest apologies to the people of Iceland for whatever epic disaster ensued when The Real Housewives Of Orange County descended upon their fair country. For viewers at home, the trip is just beginning though! And Lydia McLaughlin is
pretending to be excited about the adventures awaiting them. She’s also making sure to plug her magazine a whole lot, as it’s the impetus for the trip (in theory).
Lydia gushes, “This week’s episode we gear up for Iceland! We get offered a lot of press trips because of NOBLEMAN Magazine, so when we were offered a trip to Iceland we had to make it happen. I have heard so much about Iceland and seen so many great photos. Doug was too busy with our upcoming deadline so I was excited to go represent for NOBLEMAN. We figured if we like it, we could send a writer and photographer and do a big feature for NOBLEMAN.” Hey, you guys – did you catch the name of Lydia and Doug’s magazine? It’s NOBLEMAN!!!
Meghan Edmonds was simply trying to bring a little enlightenment to her Real Housewives of Orange County co-stars when she invited them to dinner with Mystic Michaela, but she admits that they weren’t ready for it! Meghan explains her motives for the disastrous dinner and weighs in on the mess between Peggy Sulahian and Shannon Beador.
Meghan starts off explaining why she thinks that these women were so afraid of Mystic Michaela, “I think people are sometimes afraid of psychics either one: because of what they’re hiding or two: because of what they already know to be the truth. But Mystic Michaela provides so much insight into your life so I thought it would be nice to be able to provide that sort of insight to my friends.”
Newbie Peggy Sulahian swears she had no idea that Shannon Beador had trouble in her marriage to David when she made her comments about trust at Meghan’s dinner. She also explains her aversion to psychics in this week’s Real Housewives of Orange County blog.
Peggy starts off sharing her empathy for Vicki Gunvalson‘s health journey. “Watching Vicki in the cardiologist’s office took me back to when I began my difficult journey. Hearing that she has an abnormal EKG and an enlarged heart was not easy. Through my trial, Vicki has been one person that has encouraged me and shown concern. I hope that I can be there for her.” She adds, “Her decision not to attend Meghan’s dinner revealed that she is focusing on herself.”
Last night on Real Housewives Of Orange County the little detective that can’t stop, Meghan Edmonds, decided it would be a great idea to host a party with a mystic named Michaela. You don’t need psychic powers to predict that this would go badly! Then to make matters worse they all left for Iceland – cause traveling to the ends of the earth with your enemies always turns out so swell!
What was Meghan hoping to find? Proof that Vicki Gunvalson never loved Tamra at all? Or perhaps a reading on Peggy Sulahian‘s cancer scans? Or maybe what’s really inside Tamra Judge‘s six-pack core? All she found was a big old mess of Shannon Beador shrieking about David being the most trustworthy man alive while the Mystic watched open-mouthed.