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Always Pack a Tide To-Go Stick's Assistant Editor distills all the 'Wife wisdom from Episode 13.

You've been waiting all season for this moment. You saw it in the "This season on The Real Housewives of Orange County" teaser after Episode 1, you were just wondering when it would happen. And now, on unlucky Episode 13, the Jeana and Tamra tussle finally plays out in the grand finale. Honestly in six seasons of the show, I can't remember a bigger spectacle than what went down tonight (well "naked wasted"-gate, but that was a different sort of spectacle). All I can say is thank goodness the cocktail of the evening wasn't a jalapeno infused margarita, otherwise there would be a lot of blind Housewives in Orange County.

So were there any takeaways from the first ladies of Bravo (other than BYO safety goggles)? Let's find out.

Party Planning

Is it a good idea to have a huge party immediately after filing for divorce? Well from Vicki's profuse tears and desire to stay holed up in the bathroom, I'd say probably not. You know it's bad when you've been crying so much that Preparation H comes into play. While it may be inconvenient to call your guests and cancel, it seems like it might have been worth it. And when you were just hospitalized for ulcers on top of going through a divorce, I imagine most people would understand.

Guest lists are a tricky thing in Orange County. You'd think it would be a good idea not to invite mortal enemies (i.e. Tamra and Jeana), and go with one or the other, thus avoiding any possible confrontations. But then again, will anyone is Coto really be talking about your party the next day if everyone gets along? Perhaps the best course of action is to invite everyone and just have a bouncer on hand to quickly disarm any drink slinging that may occur.

Oh and always invite Quinn, because she may just whip out her Roxy wig.



A good friend knows just what to say to calm you down. By far my favorite moment of the episode is when Tamra urges Vicki to calm down and think about life insurance. Clearly this is Vicki's version of breathing into a paper bag or imagining a babbling brook, so hats off to Tamra, because it seemed to help.

Good friends don't "crap" on their friend's husband, especially when that husband isn't present. In the latest installment of the seemingly never ending jab debate, Alexis calls out Peggy for "crapping" on her husband, which evidently refers to the Ferrari off. Alexis thinks you should never make jabs at your friend's husband, while Peggy thinks you should never make jabs at your friend. Who's right? Well presumably both of them, so the lesson learned might be to vent your frustrations to a third party rather than confronting the person you're upset with. Because that always works out well...

Physical Education

Always be sure to practice your wine throwing skills before going to a party that your enemy is attending. I mean seriously, Tamra has quite the eagle eye. Maybe she was the pitcher for her softball team in high school? Whatever the reason, she really tossed that wine with deadly accuracy. So either visit your local dunk tank for practice or wear a big smock to any Housewives events in Coto, otherwise you risk some serious red wine stains. At the very least be sure to pack a Tide To-Go stick in your clutch.

Make sure if you're going to throw a drink that it hits your intended target, because you might piss off someone even more fiery. Such was the case with the woman in the blue dress. She got caught in that crossfire and was not going to take that lying down. I think she would have thrown a drink at every person that crossed her path until she sussed out who the culprit was. Whatever you do, never stain a Coto girl's dress, because she will find you and have her revenge.

Well next week get ready for all sorts of reunion goodness. It should be a completely calm, peaceful, almost zen-like affair (If you haven't picked up on the sarcasm yet, something is very wrong with you). Take a look for yourself:

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Shannon Settles the Score

If Andy's asking "What's the score, Shannon Beador?" Shannon thinks she's definitely won.

This is Blog #20, my last Blog for the season! The past year was been a wild ride for both me and for my family. I have come to many realizations about myself, made lifelong friends, experienced some tough moments, and embarked on a path to a more peaceful self. So to use Andy’s phrase, “What's the score, Shannon Beador?” I would say without a doubt that I have definitely won.

I am happy that the viewers got a little glimpse into my sometimes unconventional ways! For me, it's all about good energy. I love that Vicki’s business has clearly benefited from trying feng shui with Elaine Wright. If you can't get hurt, there is no reason to try anything holistic. If you actually benefit, why wouldn't anyone want to go the natural way? If my children tend to feel better after seeing Dr. Moon and not have to take antibiotics, then I am a happy mom. It's all about creating a healthy balance!

I am an open book and am often criticized for it, but I am who I am. I don't know many couples married for 13 years that have a perfect relationship. Everyone has ups and downs, and although it may be difficult and require effort, it is possible to move through it and make things better. I have said it many times in the season that divorce is not an option. I will always fight for my marriage and my family. It truly touches my heart that so many fans have been and continue to root for David and I. I am so appreciative and grateful for all of your positive comments! Thank you!

Do Tamra and Heather truly want to move forward and potentially develop a friendship with me? Only time will tell. But for now, I have amazing friends surrounding me, including Vicki Gunvalson and Lizzie Rovsek. And most importantly, I have been blessed with the most incredible family anyone could ask for. That is where all of my energy is focused.

I will never forget this entire year, both the good and the bad, because each moment took me on the journey to where I am today. And today, I am in a phenomenal and happy place. Thank you for taking this journey with me!

Please follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook! XOXOXO

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