Hi Bravo fans!
Sorry for the delay in my finale episode blog and for missing a blog from the last episode! I have been so busy with work and traveling, so unfortunately I have to prioritize the most important things I need to focus on. It feels like there is never enough time in the day to get it all done! Lots to talk about after missing two weeks of episodes, so my blog is a bit longer this week.
First let's get right into it with the episode from two weeks ago (Alexis's Fashion show), since so many have requested to hear my side of the story in regards to the Vicki and the hospital situation. You saw my first reaction to Vicki being in the hospital and not my reaction after I had been given more information. For the record I would never be upset about someone going into the hospital. That is just ridiculous and would not match up with who I am as a person. Of course I was concerned the second I heard she went to the hospital, unfortunately my true concern turned into me questioning the validity of the situation due to the events that happened quickly after the news. Here are some of the reasons things started to a look a little suspicious to me. First off Tamra states that Vicki has been having this issue of bleeding for close to two months now, which immediately makes me question why she never went to hospital before today. (This is why you hear me say that I found it ironic that at 2PM on a Thursday right when Alexis's event was supposed to happen, she decides she needs to go.) Second we start to see Tamra be so dramatic with her gasps and OMGs for the first thirty minutes of Alexis' fashion show (of course taking away from the event) regarding everything that is happening to Vicki. But she is not concerned enough to excuse herself to go the hospital. To me those two things just don't go hand in hand. First and foremost, if that was my friend, I would have politely excused myself and gone to the hospital. Secondly I wouldn't want to take away from another person's event that they had spent so much time planning. Then Vicki starts to send photos of herself with her IV in her arm and updates every two minutes about her condition, knowing full well we are filming. To me it is selfish knowing that by sending these constant updates and pictures while filming for Alexis' event, everyone will be talking about her and her condition now. I mean come on! Because Tamra did not excuse herself when her self proclaimed best friend was rushed to the emergency room and was in such a bad condition (as all her texts and pictures and gasps were trying to convey), it made me wonder how truly dire the situation was. Only after all these events did I start to question what was going on. More than anything, if Tamra was truly concerned about Vicki, as she so desperately wanted us all to believe, I would certainly think she wouldn't have stayed and continued drinking at the bar after the fashion show with Fernanda. To me it looked liked the minute cameras went down she was having a good old time and didn't seem too worried about her friend anymore.
I think you are awesome! People need to quit hating on Slade, things happen in life, I hope the people that want to hate on him never loose there job or have to worry about your child being sick! Shame on you people that judge, your not walking in his shoes. Grethchen, stay true to who you are and don't listen to the negative all the people. Vicki is SO jugdemental! She needs to quit talking about other people and worry about her own issues! Grethchen get rid of the negative people in your life. There are people out there that are true and honest and that can be a positive in your life. Negative breeds negative, get rid of the old friends and find new. I hope you and Slade the best! He treats you good and he honest. Take care and God bless
hi gretchen, i think your great, carry on being the person you are dont let people get u down and always be true to urself. wat ever makes u happy go for it u only live once good luck to you and slade best wishes x
Oh yes. Gretchen the do gooder. LMAO! I seem to remember an episode the first season where you went to lunch with Jeanna. YOU SAID: Jeff's ex wife (one of his many ex wives) had flown in to BE WITH HIM IN THE HOSPITAL BECAUSE HE WAS ALWAYS ALONE. His kids were complaining that you were NEVER there. HMMMMM, how funny is that? The first season, I was team Gretchen, I liked you, however, You have shown your true colors this season, and you are not the least bit likeable. I dont understand how you can put tamra down for the bathtub scene. Unless of course your jealousy has come out. Really? I have seen the nasty pictures of you all over the internet, half dressed and in very comprimising positions. Hypocrite would best describe you.
Losing my husband right now from cancer. Even though we have been married almost 40 years, I think you learned the same life lessons that I have learned. Im sorry you felt all the greif and tremendous helplessness that comes with losing somone slowly to cancer. I believe with all my heart this is helping you know. You know what is importantand the people that are not so important. continued sucess,and kick that Tamara to the curb. She dwells in the gutter anyway. Love Ya
You are the only OC housewife I would want to hang out with. I feel sorry for you having to film with these women (cough, cough Tamara) for this show. Just stay who you are. You're the sweetest.
I like your energy and overall personality but reading more about you and Tamra's dislike for one another is so old. Both of you need to let it go. You will never be friends and that's fine! If I had to "take sides" then it would be yours only b/c the 1st season you were on the show, Tamra wanted to get you "naked wasted" so you could make a fool of yourself. I will never forget that & an apology or going through a bad time or not, it was wrong & a very nasty thing to do. Be honest, even if Tamra were to admit her guilt & acknowledge her faults by apologizing yet again and try to make amends, would you really want a so called friend like that? She could never be trusted so just LET IT GO! She's answering for some of her foul behavior right now. Finally, I must say you surprised me when you made fun of Vicki & didn't believe she was really sick. I didn't think it was in your character & you lost points with me after that. Regardless of an apology b/c you had no basis for thinking such a thing about Vicki. Your comment of "Oh, it might be Vicki calling from the hospital." with your chuckles made me sick. Vicki's got a kind heart so she forgave you...and good for you for recognizing your insensitivity & doing the right thing. One thing I agree with Alexis on is when you drink alcohol you tend to turn into a different person, which is not good. Drink, be merry and let go of all the other BS b/c life is too short.
I like you more this season but I just want to say a couple of things: Enough with Tamra...we got it! Just be cordial when in public and let it go…is not even entertaining anymore. The other point is that I can see you are making cute and quirky comments about Slade and I get your humor but if you are disrespectful to him in national tv, do not expect others to respect him. Your comments can be taking the wrong away and then you have to come out and defend them…just don’t make them in the first place if you are still with him. Other than that…you go Girl!! Look forward to next season with you and Slade!
It is great to see you be keep your composure and show that you will not be a low class dirty O.C. girl like Tamara. You ar a beautiful girl and have your head straight so don't let her get you down. Life is good! She has really made a bad impression for the show, and I think that Bravo should take her off the show, yes she creates drama which is good for the ratings but her behavior is low class, down right white trash, her poor kids and poor Simon. Any body can be a realtor like her, I work in the industry myself and I work with professionals...we sell $$$ million dollar homes in my area and we do not have the disrespect like her. Keep true to your heart...and glad that you accept Slade for what it is....go with your heart.
Gretchen, you've been my favorite "housewife" since you joined the show. I'm glad you stand up for yourself and don't let the other women beat you down. You have such resolve and confidence. And I love that you said you're in love but you're not stupid. You have a good head on your shoulders!
I'm wondering - how much weight has Tamra gained this season? She looks so plump and absolutely POURED into every outfit and her face is puffed up all the time. It's not how a woman looks after crying so maybe it's from all the alcohol? She looked absolutely HORRID on the reunion show (Part 1 - haven't seen Part 2 yet). I think she looks more and more like white trash every season. And Vickie looks like she's aged 10 years - her skin looks ruddy, her face is saggy - really bad.
Looking forward to Reunion Part 2!
Gretchen, I don't know how you keep your cool. I'm sorry that some women(actually one) are so threatened and jealous of you. (Tamra's obsession with you, is Crazy, be careful she will stop at nothing to hurt you) Keep working hard and being loyal to those you love. I wish you all the best
It has been so entertaining watching you! My heart broke for you the last 2 seasons, and could hardly believe the things the other cast member said and did. You are what this show is about! You have always handled youself with such class! I hope things go just the way they are meant to go with Slade. Please learn fron the "older" housewifes and never follow in their footsteps! It has been a great year to watch you and your business grow! You are a true OC Housewife!
Dear Gretchen, I think you being the youngest of the bunch seems to me you are the only one with your head on straight. As for that little freak Tamra, she is the biggest liar of them all, she sat and called everyone on that show a liar and thats all she does. i wish Andy would have confronted her about when she threw the glass of wine on Jeanna and then told everyone she was trying to attack her! She is nuts!!!! I think she will bring Vickie down!!! I would'nt waste my energy on her, she not worth it. Best of luck to you.
Gretchen---you need to quit having people feel bad for you with Tamra. If you truly want to work things out the biggest thing to do is except Tamra for who she is. That would be the big thing. Lastly, you are way to gulliable when it comes to Slade.
Gretchen, Just finished watching the reunion show part one and I must say, I love the way you handle yourself..."CLASSY". You're my favorite housewife because you're the only one that keeps it real. Wish you the best with Slade and I can't wait to watch you next season.
Gretchen, I wish you all the best. You are a true girl and I love that about you!You remind me so much of myself and I hope someday I will be able to enjoy some good quality girl time with you. Please dont leave the scene as I will miss you immensley!
It's always good to watch you Gretchen. Everything you do makes me laugh and makes me feel better. No matter what's going on in my life, I can always turn on the TV and watch you just to make me feel better about MY life. You take care now. Bye-bye then.
I Love Love you! You are real & honest & sincere. I respect you & wish you the best with all of your endeavors. Your vitality has made me think again & start going after my dreams. I have lost this attitude for so long & now want to begin pursuing my goals that have been put on hold. Thank you for this.
God Bless, Vegasgrlnv
I always thought that I had to work through situations and talk to people and tell them how I feel, or how they hurt me. But, sadly, that doesn't work. The situation isn't between you and Tamra anymore, it's between you and yourself. You honestly are fighting with yourself on why she did that or why she doesn't want to work it out. Tamra isn't wanting to work it out, because she is fine, she has moved past the situation in her mind. Now, you need let go too. I think that by just forgiving and forgetting will make you the stronger person.
G, I can't believe Tamara is still so jealous of you. I would have thought that seeing herself on TV in the past would have made her want to change her behavior. It is so unflattering. She looks like she getting worn out, jmo is she an alcoholic? She needs help oon so just feel sorry for her.
Gretchen, you are the most fake person I have ever seen. You know very well you were with Jeff for money and money only. You were so ready to marry him on his death bed and even talked about having his kids. Really??? What did you even have in common with him other than the love of his money. This year all I saw was you pretending to have a serious relationship with Slade, when you know very well you well never marry him because of his money situation. And then all season trying to tear Vicki and Tamara down...no wonder they hate you. You are such an ugly person, inside and out. Alexis, the most uneducated girl on the show is your friend. Hmmm...how about, stop blaming others for your own actions. Don't get mad at Tamara cause she called you out on what you are...nothing but a gold digger. You will never have the blessings of True Love. I feel sorry for you.
Continue to be tough and stand up for yourself. Tamra is a broken desperate women and these types will try and bring happy people down. It is simple she is jealous of you..I wish you all the best and happiness. On another note your website states that your hand bags are out of stock :( Where is Slade
Gretchen I am totally on your side when it comes to Tamra. She needs to let you live your life w/out getting in the middle. I am watching the reunion shows and I think it is funny that she says the Slade does nothing but lie when that is all she does. She is the biggest trouble maker in the group. I don't know how you deal w/ her and I give you props for doing so.
Gretchen!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE YOU!!!! You are an amazing, beautiful person inside and out. I just love your positive energy and your spunkyness. Stay FAR away from Tamra. She is NOTHING but negetive energy. I wish you all the best with Slade and whatever choices you make. You are the ONLY one who truly knows what's you need to do for you.
Good Lord! Tamara is so terrible. Gina should have filed assault charges on her. They have it on tape. Simon missed when he threw the leash at her but she hit Gina with a envelope and a drink/glass. She has a big opinion on your life but she can commit adultry on tape and it shouldnt be a problem. Tamara: DONT THROW STONES WHEN YOU LIVE IN A GLASS HOUSE! Everyone else, keep your heads held high. Dont judge others....just dont. You are not without your own sins. When you judge others, your sins will haunt you. What goes around, comes around.
Gretchen, love you this year. Hold your ground and cut the mean girls out of your life- you'll be much happier.
People love you and I'm not surprised
Thank you for being a smart, strong and beautiful woman,.. Great role model for women. I would be really embarrassed if Tamra was my she was my mom. :-/
I just love you and your joyful heart. Please don't let these women take that from you. You are delightful and a real blessing to this show! You showed so much class in the reunion show.......I do not know how you stayed in your seat when Tamera accused Geena of putting her nose where it didnt belong! Tamera is a hypocrite just like you pointed out many times that night...........how she doesn't see that just dumbfounds me! Stay away from her and Vicki.........I wish you all the success in the world. If you were my daughter I would be very proud. I cannot say that about the other gals. You're smart, humorous, generous of spirit and loving. You will have a good life!!
Listening to Tamara accuse others as if she knows what has gone in their personal lives makes me ill. She speaks like an arrogant, self-riteous snob and states things about people as if she could possibly really know the truth. How? Does she follow them? Listen from the closet? Hide under their beds? Then she whines if anyone, such as Gina, makes a comment about her failed marriage stating that no one can possibly know about her private life. It's never anyone's business when about Tamara, but she comments on everyone else's life. Maybe it's time for someone to sue her for defamation of character and libel. Everyone is a liar but her. I've never listened to anyone so vile in my life.
Please be careful. Some people take advantage when they know someone has a big heart. Ask yourself why Slade is not married already at his age. Good luck with that.
Gretchen, I see you get lots of advice from us strangers. Brining your parents on this season was insightful. You have beautiful, caring parents; I'm sure you go to them and not blog comments for real advice. Here goes another stranger giving advice. I really admired you as a young, beautiful and bright woman when you came on the show. I respected you for not stooping to ugly remarks made by others about your life. This season, you seemed to feel it necessary to join the "mean girls". From the outside, it was obvious that Tamra had serious issues w/her marriage and she seemed to be really trying. I felt she lashed out at others, like you, last season due to her own pain and loss of self respect. It was ugly and mean; was she being true to herself? I appreciated you being genuine. I hope you are true to yourself, trust your gut. You have a good family and a good heart. That's good. If you could look at Tamra from another perspective. Initially, I didn't like Tamra, she was so judgmental and mean spirited. But I have seen her evolve. She seems to want to protect you...I know it's none of her business. The ladies have seen Slade in action for years and he just doesn't cut the mustard when compared to Jeff, yes? Seriously, I was shocked that you hooked up with him. It's your life. I wish you all the best. On the reunion, you seemed so sad and stressed. Be true to your nature; I know it makes good drama for the show...but at what expense, Gretchen? I believe you know what you need and like you said "I am in love. But I'm not stupid." I totally agree with oceanseawater comments. Take care and all the best
Gretchen, I love you!! You are my favorite OC Housewife, because you have the same values that I do. Vicki, Tamra, and Peggy need to be on the OC Bithes Show. Vicki has from the beginning wanted everyone to revolve around her. Tamra is so jealous of you she cant see straight. And Peggy well it takes one to know the other two. Keep up the good work on the show and with your business ventures. I love some of your purses, but know I could never afford them if I did see them in a store. Stay true to who you are, and May God Bless You. Barbara, WV
Gretchen, i hope you and Slade make it through the rough patch...although i tune in for the drama, it's nice to see you are 100% face value, keep your chin up and good luck!
I love you!!! You are so gracious and beautiful! It's so sad to see Vicki and Tamara revert or still be stuck in thier insucure high school botton of the pond scum licking jealous teen behavior. They are that way and will never change. They just embarass themselves and family more as every season passes. Both of the husbands should be lucky to be rid of them and the new lays won't be around for long, just enough to figure them out. It's funny how no one called Tamara out on how she described Jim...she was describing herself spot on! You need to be rid of them and pity them both. Now on with you and have a great blessed life that you deserve! It doesn't matter who your with as long as you happy! I actually like Slade, he seems to have more class them V and T together.
i back you 100%, you are a wonderful person, but dont let the evil in those girls change you....ever.
TEAM GRETCHEN ALL DAY!!!! YOU ARE THE BEST & THE CLASSIEST ON THE SHOW!!! STAY STRONG & FOCOUSED PEOPLE ONLY TALK ABOUT YOU WHEN THERE YARNING FOR WHAT YOU HAVE AND THEY DON'T HAVE!!! TAMRA IS VERY JEALOUS & MEAN SPIRITED AND SHE DESERVES EVERYTHING THAT COMES HER WAY!!! SHE SHOULD TAKE HER OWN ADVICE AND MIND HER F'N BUISINESS!! WISHING YOU A PROSPEROUS FURTURE & HAPPINESS!! JUST REMEMBER NOTHING BEATS A FAILURE BUT A TRY, EVERYTHING WE SUCCEED AT AND DON'T SUCCEED IS LIFES EXPERIENCES THAT WE LEARN FROM AND KEEP MOVING!!! CAN'T WAIT 2 SEE YOU NEXT SEASON SMOOCHIES!!
Love you Gretchen! Don't let Tamra and Vicki's negativity bring you down. They are not worth your time! =)
Gretchen, You are a gorgeous girl and appear to be very intelligent and driven. I have liked you on previous seasons, but things seem to have changed this season. First, stop being best friends with Alexis! She has a horrible personality, and she is the last person you want on your side. Second- Stop being so dramatic. I am not sure where all this drama came from this season. Lastly- Leave Slade. Seriously. He is a loser and has been since Season 1. You could have a million other guys.
Gretchen, You have been a favorite for so long and I just wanted to let you know that fighting with Tamra makes you sometimes look like a fool. The reason I say that is because she is so evil and quick to say a smart remark back that its hard to beat evil in a real conversation. She is sooo annoying! But i wish you the best and keep up the good work!
I think you are great, tamra only talks about you because she has nothing better to do. She needs to get a life
Agree 100% with your opinions of Tamra. She is always focused on bringing others down! It was completely insane when I watched the scene with her and Jeana by the pool and then watched her go and tell a completely different version of events to Eddie!! She acted as if Jeana had attacked her, when she was the aggressor! Eddie actually seems like a nice, even headed guy. It is very strange that he would date someone as malicious as Tamra, after watching this season, I hope he sees who she really is, the camera doesn't lie :(