By Lesley Rousso
The original, one that got all this cray-crayness started, The Real Housewives of Orange County is a few episodes into its ninth season. Wow, can you believe it’s been almost a decade since the Real Housewives and Bravo changed the landscape of reality tv? Some people remember where they were when Kennedy was shot, I remember where I was the first time I met the ladies of the the OC.
The only original cast member left is the cantankerous but still lovable Vicki Gunvalson. Tamra Judge is back, as is Heather Dubrow. Gone are Gretchen Rossi and Alexis Bellino, mercifully. Debuting as new wives are Shannon Beador and Lizzie Rovsek. I think Lizzie seems nice, but we only met her last week. One thing I liked about her though, was that she doesn’t seem to put up with shit from the other girls. She gave Vicki as good as she got and in the upcoming episodes it looks like she and Tamra are going to have some major issues. Lizzie is married with two boys and she’s also a bathing suit designer. Tamra said she’s “a cross between Alexis and Gretchen, Grelexis.” She seems like a smart cookie though, and I think her bathing suit line is not along the lines of Alexis Couture, or She By Sheree for that matter. Sometimes I like Shannon and other times she’s just odd. Her relationship with her husband David is very awkward. She’s also a bit of a nervous nilly who gets acupuncture several times a month, or is it a week. She is the mom of three girls, and her family owned the I. Magnin chain of department stores.
Shannon isn’t clicking with Heather at all and Tamra and Vicki haven’t been very nice to Heather this season. They complain about how judgemental and uptight she is. Tamra and Eddie continue to run Cut Fitness, with Tamra’s eldest son Ryan working there too. Heather and Terry prepare to break ground on their new hotel, I mean house and apparently do just that while throwing a Hoe Down. Yee Haw. We found out that Vicki and Brooks (ugh) are again an item. I honestly do not think they ever broke-up. Brianna won’t have to worry about running into him though. She and her equally charming husband Ryan Culberson are moving to Oklahoma. Later in the season we will be treated to a Mexican vacay, Heather’s hoe down, and Brooks talking about Vicki’s vagina (double ugh).
Upcoming tiffs include Tamra mistrusting Lizzie, Terry calling David a “penis”, and Tamra telling Heather she “acted out” their friendship. Tamra accuses Lizzie of saying Eddie wanted to “F” her and Lizzie says Tamra is the most insecure woman she’s ever met. Tamra runs, literally runs away hysterical.
There’s also a new “friend” of the housewives, Danielle Gregorio. She hoted the ugly Christmas sweater party at which Lizzie made her show debut. She’s married to husband Joe and had three kids, one from a previous relationship. That’s all I got.
So far, so good. I’m really happy Alexis and Gretchen are gone. We needed a little bit of a shake-up. The whole Gretchen and Slade Smiley thing and Jesus Jugs bit was starting to get old. The OC remains my second favorite housewives franchise, a super close second to Beverly Hills. Hell, they could film anything in California and I’d watch it.