Welcome back for the first episode of season 5! I can't believe how time has flown by since we first started doing the show. You've seen my family, my business and my kids grow with many highs and lows.
This episode you saw me skydive for the first time. I have never had an urge or desire to jump out of a plane, but my daughter Briana had done it a few months prior and asked me to do it with her. She really thought I would like it because I'm somewhat of a daredevil. I actually was scared out of my life and can't actually believe I did it. The plane ride up was terrifying because they kept the side door open and I was sitting right next to it. When my tandem partner pushed me out, we ended up doing several flips in the air before I even realized what happened. As I said after we landed on the ground, another checkmark completed on the "Bucket List" of my life.
Donn and I had a really rough time being married last year. I think between the pressures of filming a show, lack of time together, the growth and success of Coto Insurance which took so much of my time, challenged us tremendously on our commitment. When we sat down and really discussed separating, we realized that it wasn't something either one of us wanted to do. We were both screaming for attention in our relationship without even saying a word. After filming stopped last year, we had time to reflect on what was really important in our lives and we realized it was each other. For any other couples who have gone thru struggles or miscommunication in their marriage, I am sure you can relate to what we were going through.
Jeana and I went through some problems this past year as well. She is very special to me, but have felt she has not always had my best interest in mind. Having her as a friend and our listing agent on one of our homes, was not a good idea. Donn did not want to commingle friendship and business any more with Jeana and therefore we thought it was best to find an outside realtor that did not have friendship at stake. There have been many times Jeana ridiculed me for working so much, and then she was the first one to come to me to borrow money to her. After discussing this with Donn, we both felt it was best not to get involved with personal loans to her as well. Jeana is a great person, I just realized I have to have limits with what I can share with her and what I can trust her with. I wish her the best and am hopeful we can maintain our friendship.
I admire Vicki, she has her own business, she uses her money wisely, her children seem to love and respect her. She and her husband seem to have a marriage that works for them. In so far as lending a friend money, it has been said - The surest way to loose a friend is to lend them money. I think Vicki did the right thing by not firstname.lastname@example.org her friend money!
If anyone complains that theres too much drama, tell them to go watch some other show! Who watches a "reality" show to see everybody get along and sing love songs?? Keep doing what your doing, V!
I am glad that you and your husband are working on your relationship. He seems like a good guy, although I would be upset too if my husband did not call me for 3 days while out of town. Good luck though. It's a shame to see you and Jeana on the outs. None of us know what really happened between you two ladies, so I'm not going to go there. I don't blame you for not wanting to mix a loan with friendship, but did you really have to tell the world about Jeana asking for it in the first place? I have watched several seasons of this show and I'll tell you how I really see all of you women; alot of money and NO class whatsoever. You all make it very apparent that class cannot be bought.
Vicky to be honest you were my favorite in the last season, because I understand you had problems with Don, but I also think the way you treated don last season was the way he should be deserved to be treated. I mean I respect you, your a hard worker and fun person, you need someone to full your love tank. But also Im glad you guys are doing better now, and I hope he realizes that if he doesnt fill your love tank that he will be losing a great woman!
Next, its sad with how things have gone between you and jeanna. I mean just seeing you guys together its good laughs!. Unfortunately, in life you lose good friends. I lost plenty of friends this year but thats life. Also, I just dont think it was a nice thing to not give her the loan. I understand that you didnt want to involve money with her, but she is your friend and I think if you were in the same position jeanna wouldve definitely given you the money.
I just hope to see a nicer vicky this season. Good luck with everyting!
While I understand not wanting to mix friendship and money, you have dumped Jeana in a time where she needs the support of friends and family most. I am extremely disappointed that you have shown yourself to be so shallow.
I hope you and Jeanna work things out! I love you guys separately and as friends! I may not be the typical viewer, but I enjoy seeing the fun moments and bonding that the "Housewives" have as friends over the moments of fighting and drama... I hope that all the long term friendships that we've observed throughout the seasons don't disintegrate as time goes on.
I respect and admire the fierce love you have for your children. I am writing this just to comment on tonight's episode. You stated that you were taking Briana to Italy for completing her BSN (congrats, Briana)which usually takes 7 years but she completed it in 3 years. Just a little correction, a traditional BSN takes 4 yrs not 7 years. I completed mine also in 3 years and I am working on MSN which base on your major and university can take from 1-3 years. once again, CONGRATS, BRIANA.
One thing I have learned as a survivor of tough times is that when you do finally come out of the rut you have gotten yourself in, you have a clear view of who to thank for helping you out, and who proved to be selfish, insensitive and judgemental. I think it's great that this housewife hasn't been affected by the downturn in the economy as much as her fellow castmates. I would think she would be gracious and sympathetic, perhaps not to the point of lending money, but going out of your way to take away the listing they had together was just cruel. Unfortunately, people who sit in judgement, eventually will find themselves, through no fault of their own, in a situation where you may need help. I hope that you have someone there when you are in this position.
I must admit that it has taken me a few seasons to warm up to your cold and direct demeanor. However from last season to this I am seeing you soften around the edges a little and it is so refreshing. I really hope you continue to act like a lady and understand that you CAN speak your mind without being rude or hurtful. Congratulations to you and Donn and I hope all the best for you-partnership is so important in a marriage! I really think that because your image is your business- you should steer clear of the drama that Gretchen and Tamra continue to find themselves in. You are an educated, successful, classy business woman and when you join sides in their nonsense you drop right down to the immature high school BS and you look ridiculous. Keep above the gossip and you will continue to earn respect for being open minded and mature.
I'm so glad Vicki and Don were able to work out their marital troubles. It would have been easy to divorce and move on. I hope Vicki and Don can reach out to Tamara and Simon and help them work through their struggles. Props to Vicki for setting a good example and being open about it!
Pray to God you never fall on hard times. I wonder who would be there for you if you needed financial help?
I think you have so much potential. You have great work ethic. You care about your kids. I believe in season 1 you talked about your faith in Jesus and in God. Are you still keeping the faith? I hope you can find your way back and exhibit more believer qualities - not passing judgement on other cast-members (ie Gretchen), being more generous (ie lending the money to your friend Jeana) and generally being a more loving, selfless person. Good luck with everything. I am praying for you.
Vickie, You should not have announced on the show that Jeanna asked to borrow money from you. Of course it was your right to turn her down but you should have kept that between the two of you. Especially is she really is special to you. You would have left her with some dignity.
Vicki did the right thing about never lending money to anyone.Jeanna should have been realistic about her lifestyle and saved some money for the inevitable day when the real estate market would get bad. You should never mix business and your personal life. I admire Vicki for overcoming adversity and achieving success on her own. She has a lot more common sense than most college graduats.
What a great friend you are Vicki, you should be so proud of yourself for throwing Jeana under the bus the way you did. I am sure it was very important to your ego to make sure everyone knew that Jeana had asked for a loan.
Yes it is never a good idea to loan friends money, with that being said, you give it to them with no expecation of being repaid. I think you can afford it, unless you are not as wealthy as you would like everyone to think you are.
I am impressed that Don has decided to try and make the marriage work, God love Don, because it is hard to find anything to love about you on this show.
Hoping it is just the editing!
You shocked me by jumping out of the plane...way to go! I am so glad to see you and Donn doing better...love the smiles and kisses. He seems like a great guy. It is so good that you can joke about things from the past like "love tanks." Great attitude. I think you probably should not have mentioned to anyone that Jeanna asked for a loan. That should have been kept private.
Okay, All I have to say is I am a small fish in a big pool and you probably won't read this, I live in Ohio and I have a lot of old money and new money I made but I promise you I don't judge my life or my families life on it like you do....I also understand that's the game of the show I only hope you are not that vain and unloving! You seem to have a great hubby..but you need to get out and clean the pool with him don't just talk about your nails I mean honestly sweetie, there are so many more thing worry about!!! I honestly feel sorry for you b/c money doesn't buy the heart hence your comment last season.. I respect your work ethic I am the same way, but be real sweetie, life is hard just love what you have money isn't going to take care of you if you are sick or old only family will....
I really like you. Your remind me of myself. You don't like to waste time, you are constantly making moves. I like that you don't feel sorry for anyone and believe everyone should create their own luck, like you have. Some things you do I think are uneccessary (some bitchy things) but for the most part I love you.. you're my favorite. Miss Independent!! xoxoxo
Good for you and Donn! I like that you have showed that couples have problems but CAN work it out and move on. Too many people would rather just quit. And we all know that is not your personality! Looking forward to another great season and hearing your Woo-Hoo!
I'm not a fan of Vicki's, however, I must say that I am happy to hear that you & Donn have patched things up and have decided to stick it out. Congratulations on that! I'm hoping that this season you will not be such a hypocrite and change my opinion of you...like it really matters ;) lol. Be kind to Jeana, I believe that despite what you think, she is a dear friend, you just happen to share differnet opinions. Looking forward to more episodes.
Vicky, I enjoy watching you on the OC. I have watched from minute one, and I do like you. That said, I think you are taking the concept of boundaries way too far in justifying why you didn't help Jeana when she was in need. During tough times, friends need the blessing of love and some TLC. It sounds like you quickly cut her off from your friendship when she became in need of some legitimate help. Tsk. Tsk. It is your choice not to give her money, but you are the one who now seems emotionally bankrupt toward a good friend. It's time to start reaching out to her, even if you don't want to. That's part of being a grown up and real friend. The choice is your's and your's alone. I think the fans want to see your friendship re-emerge with your once-good buddy.
Vicki.....My wife and I are proud of you and the rest of the OC CALIFORNIA girls. You are very good parents and represent yourselves in a beautiful fashion with class. There is nothing Fake about any of you. I love the fact that you do not take any of yourselves too seriously. I love to watch the house wife's of NY make complete fools of themselves and try to be something they are not. Vicki you are a smart wonderful Person and I hope My wife Nicole and I can Give you a big huge some day when we get back to Irvine CA from Costa Rica.
Vicki...My only comment is on the Jeanna issue and lending money to her or not to lend money. I understand the realestate listing issue, I would never list a home with a friend as it can create a ripple in the relationship. However the loan I think you were wrong in turning your back on her. I look at it this way myself if I know that this person would lend me money if the shoe were on the other foot then I would have no problem helping them out. Jeanna is a very generous person from all I have seen over the years of watching this show, s adn I go back to the very forst ever show. She seems to be the most gracious and down to earth out of the bunch, not pretencious at all. Gosh I think it is just so wrong not to be there to help a friend that you know would do for you if you needed it, and you never know it could be you next year or the year after. It's sad to know you are a fair weather friend only..how very sad!
I'm so happy you and Don have agreed to work on your marriage. He seems like a great guy. I appreciate your work ethic and understand your drive. Don't stop and don't let those that you care the most about get lost in the process. I also understand the situation with Jeana and I also hope you two can continue to be friends; even if she doesn't completely understand your stance on the borrowing.
I want to skydive now!!!!
Looking forward to this season...this is my guilty pleasure (I've been hooked since season one).
Vicki its sad to see that some one like you let money come between you and a "friend". I mean times are really hard on everyone and if you didn't want to loan the money fine you have your reasons, but to ignore her and call her toxic is harsh. Plus that seemed like a really private matter that didn't need to be aired unless Jeana was comfortable with it. But I guess its true, hard times really show people who their real friends are, and brings out everyone's true colors.
Vicki, I love watching the show and I really admire your work ethic but I don't understand why you had to tell the world about Jeana asking to borrow money. How would you feel if you got into a situation and you had to ask for help. I'm sure it wasn't easy for her to ask for help and if you have extra money you should give back and who better than a friend. If I only have $5.00 I would give my friend $2.50 if she needed it. I wouldn't even have let her pay me back. If you have success you should help others it will do wonders for them and make you feel great inside.
I am so happy for you and Donn, what a great couple you are! I'm also happy to see you backing away from the drama, hopefully Tamra will follow your lead. "Vicki" is now what my friends call me when I am in my most fun and fabulous form.
out of all the house wifes you are my favorite because you are honest and you do not hold anything back from anyone...i am so glad you and Don are working on your marriage and is grat to see that you guys are took the time to sit and talk about what the problem was,it goes to show you that communication in a relationship is very improtant,and plus you guys look really good together...and be easy on the girls, some of them are not ready for you yet....
to Branvo...it'd be really cool if you could add a like or dislike option for the comments section. PLEASE add these buttons.. it'd be fun.
I am glad that the OC wives are back (I think). You are my favorite, always have been. I do not blame you for seperating your personal and professional life with Jeana. Don't get me wrong, I like her alot. However, friends and money do not mix. Anyway. Like I said I am glad to see you back on the show. I was hoping that you would continue. On the other hand, if every episode is going to show Tamera and Gretchen arguing, I will stop watching it. Promise! It seems as though yourself, Jeana, and Lynne are the most adult acting ladies on there. The other two bickering like they do reminds me of my daughters days in high school. I dont know if any of you actually read this, but I hope someone does. I feel like Slade is with Gretchen just to be back on the show. Stay focused on your family, you and Donn will be fine, then your business, then your show. I feel like this show is turning into a circus with all the fighting. Hopefully I am wrong. Take care of yourself Vicki, you will do fine! :o)
I wish you the best with your family. You truely seem to be a dedicated and loving Mother. However, you do not appear (we only know what we see broadcasted) to be a giving, understanding or loving person to your husband and/or friends. It is obvious from your statements and actions that you do not want to be around anyone but Tamara. So ask yourself, why are you still on the show?
Vicki, you really amaze me. I am glad your marriage with Don is working out better for the both of you. I don't like that you seem to have turned on someone you called your friend Jeanna. I understand the part about you not lending her money, but why did everyone need to know that she asked to borrow money from you? I think you will soon see who your real friends are. Tamara is not one of them. I feel the both of you are extremely jealous of Gretchen and for good reason. It appears that you both need to focus on your own lives and not trying to destroy Gretchen. She is living her life and doing her own thing and the both of you are allowing your relationships with your husbands to suffer while you keep up with petty cat fights.
I see that many viewers have the same opinion as me. I think you are very mistaken if you think Jeanna is toxic and not Tamara. Do you not see all the junk she has said about ppl. And furthermore to say on national tv that Jeanna asked to borrow money from you is clearly out of line. I think you are and always have been OBSSESSED BY MONEY and it makes you almost feel better about yourself to think your finances are alot better then the other housewives.
Although I dont know everything that happen between you and jeana i think that a real friend is there for you no matter what and true friends dont turn there back on each other. I hope you the best though and will be praying the you and her will work yalls friendship out because its hurtful to lose good friends. You need to be there for her and help her as best as you can cause you never no when you will need her or someone else..Money will vanish and so will jobs, belive me i know only to well....GOD IS THE ONLY ONE WHO WILL BE THERE NO MATTER WHAT, REMEMBER THAT VICKI, AND IF YOU EVER NEED SOMEONE IM HERE FOR YOU AND JEANA.....LOVE YALL
Good for you for working on your marriage. People are too quick to quit marriage these days. Of all the housewives, I respect your parenting style the most.
It's comforting that you and Donn are working things out because you really made him look bad last season. There's nothing on the other side of that mountain, so work on what you have and be grateful for your husband. As for you and your friendship with Jeana...you weren't a friend. You are always looking at things in a way that only benefits you and never anyone in your life. The right thing to do would have been to at least approach Jeana about your feelings of mixing friendship and business and apologizing for having crossed that line. As far as you lending her money, you should have been there for her considering that you took food from her mouth when you took the account from underneath her. Too think that Tamara is going to be any better of a friend is a joke. You really are the one I have to question when it comes to defining friendship.
I think it was incredibly selfish of you to replace Jeana as your real estate agent When she so clearly needed the commission. It was also incredibly selfish to not give her any money when she needed it. It probably was very hard for her to ask you. You seem to me like you are a -what-have-you-done-for-me-lately- kinda girl. We sacrifice for our friends, hold their hands through the hard times, and are there for them through money problems. It is just what a good friend does.
I did use to like you in the first two season's. You were very strong and hard working women. You showed a lot of women out there you do not need a man to be wealthy. But ever since Tamara came on the show you have changed. You do not give people a chance, you are to judgemental. You think everyone is down there and your above everyone. I think it was very rude of you to annocune that Jeana asked to borrow money. Even more rude when you did not let her borrow it. You use to think of her as such a great friend but you can not help a friend out in need. If that was you asking she would help you. The only thing I can say is just stay yourself, the one great thing about you is you are real. You dont change your imagine like all these other women and you work hard. Just become the Vicki everyone use to enjoy watching.
after reading jeanna's blog I am glad her real friends were there for her financially and emotionally. It is embarrasing to have to ask for a loan. I do not loan money but I do understand they are asking because they are desperate. Typically I'll give you one fourth of whatever loan amount you asked for, I don't want them worrying about how to pay me back. I think the worst thing is make the loan request public knowledge and that is why I don't want to see or hear you Vicki, you just put Jeanna's hardship on blast and I don't think that was necessary unless you want everyone to recognize her as a loser.
Vicki, you are the kind of friend that doesn't help a friend in need? Wow, that says so much about you as a person not as a friend. With friends like you, Jeanna doesn't need enemies.
I am so proud of the blog you just written. I have to be honest that I was angry that you were ganging up on Gretchen during the party- but happy that you realize it was your bad. I admire you in so many ways but feel as though that you are very tough/condesending on other people- and there is no reason to be! You have a great life.
You write that you don't like to get into girl fights, yet you clearly add fuel to the fire. You are not portrayed as a good friend to any one, yet you demand that people are good friends to you. While I agree with keeping personal and business relations seperated, you should've kept relations strong by not airing that she needed to borrow money. One must keep in mind that they do not know what the future holds, and you may have to ask Jeana for a favor at some point. Good luck to you and Don. I think you should keep snide comments about your castmates to yourself (Lynn and her cuffs), but that wouldn't make for good tv.
Vicki, I was so saddened by what you said about you not lending the money to Jeanna and that she was a toxic friend It's okay if you decided it was not a good idea to lend her the money; but to tell everyone about it? Last season the way you treated your hubbie I thought was the lowest you could go,boy was I wrong.
Hi Vicki. You are my favorite OC housewife. I think you handled yourself with extreme class at that cat fight. You are braver than I jumping out of that plane. My palms sweat as I watched you jump. All the best to you and Don with your marriage. I have been married 20yrs. and I know how much work it takes. You are a lovely couple. So glad to have you back on Bravo, you were missed.
I was wishing that you were back to the 1st year Vicki. I can see that you are not. 1. As a friend, you and Don should have sat down and spoke with Jeana about your concerns regarding realestate issues. 2. Hanging her out that she asked for a loan from you and you turning her down, makes you look mean spirited. Do you feel better for that? 3. You did not change back, it is still all about you. Your are not a friend. You do not know how to be a true friend. Your mother was right. I wish you luck. As I am sure the friend you will have, will be you and you and oh that's right, you.
wow I do understand the relationship and attention thing. I'm glad you and donn are working threw it. jeana topic. I believe you really thought about what you wanted to write and how you truly felt. I think when you thought about it you realized that jeana is a good friend. possessed some good traits as a friend. I just watched the lynn party episode and You wasnt thinking about your friendship much then. seemed like you cut all ties. I really wondered threw this whole show if anyone was really friends with anyone. I have to agree with aireole (11/7/2009). We are suppose to take care of each other and im sure if the shoe was on the other foot........well you know.
Vicki, As a fellow skydiver, I salute your free spirit for adventure and admire all your professional achievements. Can't wait to see your jeans. Would love to see stylish jean outfits that can be worn on casual Fridays and to other professional venues.
You have come a long way Vicki becuase last season you lived in a state of oblivion. It seemed that last season you were so focused on your kids and yourself that you forgot about your husband. Your husband should be the number one priority in your life not number 3. So I'm glad your woke up and hope that your relationship with your husband continues to improve.