Season 15 of Real Housewives of Orange County is coming to a close and all I can say is… THANK GOD. Here I was thinking anything would be better than Vicki Gunvalson and her uncontrolled screeching or Tamra Judge’s desperate antics to stay relevant. Absence may make the heart grow fonder, but too much in your face can make an audience irritable. Which is why most everyone from cast, to viewers, to my next door neighbor’s dog is over Braunwyn Windham-Burke.
In a season dominated by the Rona, Braunwyn’s multiple problems managed to overshadow all other storylines. To say her cast mates are not very fond of her would be accurate. To say fans are frustrated is an understatement. But when you dump sobriety, coming out of the closet, refusing to get divorced, admitting you’re punchy with family, and seven kids are involved in the mix – it’s more concerning than interesting. After such a rough time, Braunwyn wasn’t looking forward to the reunion. You’ll never guess what she almost did to avoid it.
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.
All good things must come to an end, and then there’s this season of Real Housewives of Orange County. Because of the Rona, we didn’t have as many episodes produced, so that was a tiny gift to viewers. I doubt anyone will dispute it was Braunwyn Windham-Burke’s season. Not so much because she is a compelling individual, she just pulled every card in the Bravo playbook and laid them all down.
Elizabeth Lyn Vargas was supposed to be a breath of fresh air, but, was she? Elizabeth may or may not be hiding stuff about her marriage, divorce, and relationship with that dude she definitely isn’t banging. Shannon Beador’s new man was supposed to soften her attitude. Unfortunately, that ‘tude is sharper than ever and those edges are jagged – and for Christ’s sake, she asked for EGG WHITES. Our favorite scientist Kelly Dodd’s job might be on the line, because her mouth is it’s own entity. RHOC is finally over and the reunion is coming. Let’s see what we’re in for.
It’s been 000 days since Tamra Judge’s last comment on Real Housewives of Orange County. For someone who claims not to watch the show, she certainly has a lot to say. But this is what we’ve come to expect from Bravolebrities who have
been fired taken a pause from reality television.
Tamra has never been quiet. Some folks won’t go away gracefully and apparently all of them have worked for Bravo. But don’t underestimate Tammy Sue, she knows what she’s doing. She has provided more info to the media about this season than Gina Kirschenheiter, who actually filmed. Now Tamra shares her thoughts on what next season will bring. Spoiler alert, it will bring Tamra.
Shannon Storms Beador has really been working the “new me” edit on this season of Real Housewives of Orange County. Despite getting into some early trouble for possibly being elitist against Gina Kirschenheiter’s new house, she is really trying to come off as more likable.
She’s lost all her Vicki Gunvalson stress weight. She has a new man in her life (and all his kids too). She even has a new house, complete with a painted picture of her own face hanging in her gym. Presumably so she can stare into her own mug as motivation to work out. I don’t get it but I also don’t work out soooo……
Tamra Judge, gone but not forgotten on Real Housewives of Orange County. Famously given the boot with toxic best friend Vicki Gunvalson, neither Tamra or Vick have graciously moved towards the light. Instead they have released multiple comments to the media about how RHOC will suffer in their absence. And yes, RHOC is suffering, but I’m not sure it’s due to their departure.
Chattering amongst Bravo insiders has already started to prepare us for the return of Tamra. While Eddie Judge calls in his Xanax Rx for renewal, Tamra is getting involved. Seeking out the most injured animal, the former Housewife is #TeamBraunwyn in Kelly Dodd’s debate over whether or not Braunwyn Windham-Burke is “faking” her alcoholism. Now Tammy Sue goes head to head with Kelly, as her foot inches through the door.
Real Housewives of Orange County is just starting to hit its stride. Hell, they are just starting to touch on the coronavirus pandemic, which doesn’t seem to slow them down anyway. But one major “plot” so far this season has been Braunwyn Windham-Burke admitting that she is an alcoholic.
While that seems like it should be a sympathetic, stand alone story, it’s brought Braunwyn nothing but grief. Seems like the other housewives haven’t exactly stepped up to offer support outside of words. Most notably, at Braunwyn’s recent vow renewal, both Kelly Dodd and Shannon Beador just couldn’t help but get tequila-drunk, no matter how triggering it might have been for B. Not sure what else happens this season but Braunwyn also revealed that she doesn’t even talk to her castmates now that filming is done.
Remember Lydia McLaughlin from Real Housewives of Orange County? Don’t worry, barely anyone else does either. Lydia tried, you guys. She tried to be interesting. She tried to be compelling. Hell, she even tried to make a comeback. Unfortunately for Lydia, the only thing vaguely interesting about her was her hair.
In 2018, Lydia quit the show in hopes of building her brand and starting her own reality television vehicle. Now in 2020, we’re still waiting. Glitter Town was to be Lydia’s new gig on Bravo with her glitter-flinging mother. The digital show was created in an effort to display Lydia and her mom “spreading joy”. Unfortunately the show might not take off. See, Lydia believes in God. She believes in spreading happiness. But she apparently also believes in spreading disease.