We’re a total of like 43 minutes into the newest season of Real Housewives of Orange County and whew. I think it may actually be a doozy. Whatever we’re about to see on the show, it seems the women have been waiting for episode 1 to drop so that they could unleash a complete shit show of personal info on social media. And yea. I’m here for it.
Braunwyn Windham-Burke has spilled that she’s not speaking to any of her cast-mates. Shannon Beador has fired back against Braunwyn too. Braunwyn also admitted shes not living with her husband. Meanwhile, Emily Simpson is still trying to make her troll husband happen while co-signing Shannon’s comments about newly-sober Braunwyn. Are we about to see an Emily and Shannon tag-team take down?
So yea. It’s not really news that Kelly Dodd is fully off her rocker these last few months. The quick summary is that she’s constantly spewing “jokes” and comments minimizing the impact of COVID-19. Then she apologizes. Then she does it again. Then she lashes out at fans. Then she apologizes again. Then she makes more stupid comments. Round and round we go.
Has Kelly been a gift to the Real Housewives of Orange County franchise while we were struggling to make it through the useless tres-amigas years? Yes. Now that they’re gone is she a necessary evil? I’m not so sure.
Real Housewives of Orange County has been around a LONG time. Vicki Gunvalson is the longest running cast member of RHOC. Close behind her is frenemy Tamra Judge. When they were fired, it was a bit of a shock to viewers. To them? It was a huge shock, considering these dos amigas can’t stop talking about the show.
Regardless of their shock and longevity on RHOC, the show went on this week. We met Elizabeth Lyn Vargas, who popped a cork in Braunwyn Windham Burkes’ face. We watched Kelly Dodd ride a ferris wheel and sexually harass an 18-year-old. Of course, Shannon Beador was doing her usual “I’m so happy” dance because it’s the first episode. Gina Kirschenheiter is now living in a townhome (to Shannon’s HORROR!) and Emily Simpson is just feeling great. Not only because of her new hip, but because Tamra and Vicki are gone!
Season 15 of Real Housewives of Orange County premiered last night. Aside from Kelly Dodd being on screen, it wasn’t terrible. We saw a lot of new beginnings for these women, which do not include Tamra Judge and Vicki Gunvalson. Shannon Beador and Gina Kirschenheiter have new homes, new men, and new almost step-kids. Kelly has (new husband) Rick Levanthal. Newbie Elizabeth Lyn Vargas has that billionaire divorce money, and Emily Simpson has a new hip and a wimp husband who just wants sex all the time!
All seems to be going very well for the RHOC ladies. Except for maybe Braunwyn Windham Burke. She dropped a bombshell last night. In her conversation with Emily, Braunwyn admitted to being an alcoholic. It was a very real moment to say the least. But Shannon might not use the world “real” to describe Braunwyn.
Shannon Beador has been a longtime cast member on Real Housewives of Orange County and has the story lines to show for it. We’ve followed all of her marriage straining. All the way through husband David Beador cheating. Then a useless vow renewal. Then finally a messy divorce, which we all knew was way overdue. So she’s been through the wringer. And we haven’t even touched getting a bowl bang to the head or the drama she’s had with the other ladies.
But after she gave David the heave ho, she eventually got a new man, fought Covid and continued reignited her beef with Vicki Gunvalson and Tamra Judge. R.I.P. Tres Amigas. That didn’t last long! But despite all the good thing happening, divorce with kids proves to be a tricky situation Shannon still has to navigate.
Dealing with Vicki Gunvalson is an exercise in futility. Vicki also has issues with jealousy. Thankfully viewers will be free from Vicki’s relentless woo-hoo screaming and desperate attempts to make Steve Lodge appear interested in their relationship. Bravo gave us the gift that will keep on giving, no more Vicki or Tamra Judge on Real Housewives of Orange County.
Accepting her fate with a positive attitude isn’t Vicki’s thing. Thankfully, her partner in crime, Tamra, was shown the door as well. But one piece of the puzzle was missing. Shannon Beador, third member of the OCs answer to Hells Angels, Tres Amigas, kept her orange. While doing press for the show, Shannon was asked about her former friend. Vicki’s Google Alerts must be on because now she responds to Shannon’s comments, and seemingly punishes her for not being unemployed.
Real Housewives of Orange County premiers this Wednesday. Ordinarily, I’d be super excited (I know). But this season already feels different. Vicki Gunvalson and Tamra Judge won’t be on our screens. Then there’s Kelly Dodd. Kelly is arguably the lead on RHOC. Since she’s a Cov-idiot lacking common sense and human decency, who can really get behind this season?
The other lead is Shannon Beador. One-third of the already forgotten Tres Amigas. With Vicki and Tamra getting fired, the Tres Amigas deteriorated. Now it sounds like they are officially done (hallelujah!) I guess we won’t get a traveling tour of this trio anytime soon, if what Shannon says is true.
Like it or not, Real Housewives of Orange County will be back with new episodes soon. This will be the first Vicki Gunvalson-free season. Tamra Judge is out as well.
Joining Kelly Dodd, Shannon Beador, Emily Simpson, Gina Kirschenheiter, and Braunwyn Windham-Burke is Elizabeth Lyn Vargas, a friend of Kelly’s. Let’s take a look at the Season 15 Real Housewives of Orange County taglines.