Elizabeth Lyn Vargas just finished her first season on Real Housewives of Orange County. She spent the season being accused of being inauthentic and lying about her life. Which wasn’t a stretch. Especially given how many half truths she gave us about her marriage and subsequent divorce. Which, by the way, was basically her whole story line.
What she could or couldn’t tell us was always up in the air, depending on the scene. But through it all, she maintained that she was the richest bitch in Newport. She even boasted about donating a Ferrari, which she admitted at the reunion she has yet to do. It seemed really obvious that the women on the show really got tired of Elizabeth’s caginess about her divorce. Too bad Elizabeth never seemed to tire of talking about it. Now, her divorce might be finalized but the drama surrounding it is far from over.
It’s reunion time! And the Real Housewives of Orange County are gathered for a safe, socially distanced sit-down at L.A.’s historic Wilshire Ebell Theatre. The ladies dressed in their best red, white and black, and they’re ready to do battle. Can you guys believe this is the fifteenth time we’ve done this in Orange County? We’ve certainly come a long way from watching clips from the season on a rolling TV in Vicki Gunvalson‘s grotto sans Andy Cohen. And also Kimberly Bryant. Remember her?
Let’s talk about the Real Housewives of Orange County reunion fashion, yes? The color palette doesn’t seem to have a definitive theme and the looks are…varied. To say the least. My personal vote for best of the bunch goes to Emily Simpson for her va-va-voom burgundy gown. It’s a fab update on the red velvet wrap dress she wore at the Season 14 reunion, which also happened to be my favorite look that year. (Em sure tends to turn it out come reunion time, doesn’t she?) It seems she knows red’s her color, and she looks better than ever.
Season 15 of Real Housewives of Orange County centered, for better or worse, around Braunwyn Windham-Burke. She admitted that she is an alcoholic. Braunwyn told RHOC viewers that she had physically hit her husband, Sean Burke, in front of their children. Sean, of course, stood up for his wife.
In December, Braunwyn announced that she is a lesbian. She started dating her girlfriend, Kris, but has no plans to divorce Sean. Braunwyn said, “I think, for me, the most important thing is when I’m with Sean, I’m with Sean. When I’m with Kris, I’m with Kris. … [I] give them a hundred percent of me when I’m with them.” Does Braunwyn have any time in her jam-packed schedule for her seven kids?
We haven’t even seen the Real Housewives of Orange County Season 15 reunion yet, but a major spoiler leaked. Braunwyn Windham-Burke ALLEGEDLY offered cocaine to Shannon Beador’s daughter Stella Beador.
Stella is 16 years old currently, but she was 14 at the time of the alleged incident. The allegation hasn’t been officially confirmed, but Braunwyn did respond to a fan comment.
The finale of Real Housewives of Orange County was last week. It was…odd. On the whole, the season was good in that the women opened up their actual lives on camera. Emily Simpson showed us the anxieties of having a loved one in the hospital with COVID. Gina Kirschenheiter showed us the aftermath of domestic violence and divorce. Kelly Dodd was an all-out idiot and Shannon Beador was exhausting (some things don’t change). Elizabeth Lyn Vargas brought nothing to the table (not even Vince Neil) until she revealed she was raised in a religious cult. And Braunwyn Windham-Burke broke her back carrying the season with the chaos that is her life.
There was no attempt made in the finale to depict these women as actual friends outside the show. The season ended abruptly on the beach with the fakest toast ever seen on a Housewives series. It was super apparent that these women are united only in their mutual disdain for Braunwyn. There is no need to reiterate that she is going through major life changes. Whether it’s all true or for camera time doesn’t even bother me because she’s imploding her own life, not her fellow cast members’. Regardless, her cast mates think everything she’s doing is for likes and camera time. But I think in one case they’re deflecting from their own ignorance.
This season of Real Housewives of Orange County hasn’t been the most exciting. Let’s be honest. However, my hopes are high for the reunion.
I have been wondering for days what Braunwyn Windham-Burke allegedly did to Shannon Beador’s daughter Stella Beador. Ever since that reunion trailer came out, I have been so curious. Of course, we will find out in due time since the reunion is airing soon. But, who wants to be patient when they’re craving the tea?
As the latest season of Real Housewives of Orange County wrapped, it’s hard to name a bigger turn around than cast member Braunwyn Windham-Burke. She ended last season with what we thought was a hot and heavy marriage. She even had a vow renewal this season. All seemed….good?
But cracks quickly started to show. And some of the bombs she has dropped this season were pretty unexpected, even for the unconventional housewife. She admitted she was an alcoholic and spent the season not only battling it, but defending it to the likes of Gina Kirschenheiter and Kelly Dodd. She also admitted to some pretty heavy stuff within her seemingly perfect marriage. Those things included slapping husband, Sean Burke and just an overall vibe of her not being into him. Cut to her in the last episode coming out as a lesbian. While reports indicated she wanted to stay married, Braunwyn is busy having a full on relationship with her 29-year old girlfriend, Kris.
Shannon Beador really annoyed me on this season of Real Housewives of Orange County. She has never been one of my favorites but listening to her cry about coronavirus really got under my skin. As much as I want to relate to how hard it is, crying about being away from your boyfriend for two weeks is just not a real problem in my mind. Especially at her age.
To make matters worse, Shannon drank her way through the season. We watched over and over how she poured herself a drink for every occasion. And drunkenly accosting Braunwyn Windham-Burke’s kids at Braunwyn’s vow renewal was not a good look.