Cast Blog: #RHOC

Smoke and Mirrors (and Wine)

Tamra: Lizzie's Obsessed With Me

Shannon Settles the Score

Lizzie: Tamra Doesn't Fight Fair

Heather: Why Hate?

RHOC Reunion GIFs: The Gloves Come Off

Lizzie on That Kentucky Fried Nickname

Shannon on Heather's Double Standard

RHOC Reunion GIFs: Psychics, Opinions, and Shade

Heather Weighs in on the Dinner Party

The Difference Between Shannon and Heather

Lizzie Forgives Tamra

Vicki Wants the Best for Tamra

GIF Recap: RHOC Season 9 Finale

Vicki: I'm Tired of Tamra Causing Problems

Recap: 13 GIF-able Life Lessons from Bali

Tamra: Lizzie Is the Worst Kind of Person

Lizzie: Tamra Has it Out for Me

Shannon: There's No Hope Tamra and I

Tamra: Lizzie's Out for Blood

Heather: Can't Friends Disagree

Lizzie: What Tamra's Doing Isn't Right

GIF Recap: Kayaks, Crowns, and Elephants

Shannon Was Shocked Tamra Would Betray Her

Tamra: I Was a Fool to Defend Vicki

Heather: Newsflash It's Not All My Fault

Vicki's Warning to Lizzie

Shannon Isn't Putting Emotions onto Tamra

Lizzie: I Thought Tamra Was My Friend

GIF Recap: Lizzie's Lonely Birthday Dance

Tamra: I'm Going to Be a Tam-ma!

Vicki: This Episode Was Hard to Watch

Heather: I Did Owe Shannon an Apology

Shannon: Tamra Is Stirring the Pot

Lizzie: Tamra Is Stirring Up Sh--

GIF Recap: What Does Tamra Remember?

Vicki Is Trying to Stay Neutral

Shannon: Tamra's Lies Are Mind Boggling

GIF Recap: Lizzie's Dinner Party Disaster

Vicki Advises Shannon to Keep Communication Lines Open

Lizzie: "I Take Sun Kitten Swimwear Very Seriously"

Smoke and Mirrors (and Wine)

Bravotv.com's Assistant Editor distills all the 'Wife wisdom from Episode 10.

This week's episode was all about appearances -- keeping them up, spicing them up, dispelling false ones. Vicki's bubbly veneer finally cracked over her Donn drama, and it's not looking pretty. However Peggy and Alexis showed they're not camera shy and got their sexy on for their men. Tamra finally put all the rumors about her kiss with Fernanda to rest with the help of Lynne. Perhaps the best line of the episode came from the Cuff Love proprietor when she explained how she would handle being approached for a lady kiss: "I can't, I'm so straight." Oh, Lynne, always so to the point. And if you're looking for a little more quality time with Lynne, enjoy this unseen footage of her at a photo shoot for her new venture -- dog collars:

Let's take a closer look at what we can learn from our O.C. 'Wives this week.

Marriage

The steady deterioration of Vicki and Donn's relationship is definitely hard to watch. It seems only yesterday that they had just refilled their love tanks and renewed their vows. But Vicki's actions have revealed some warning signs of trouble: 

1. Semi-pointedly not making any eye contact during a conversation with your partner

2. Semi-pointedly not answering your partner's questions right away

3. Crying during a wine tasting and then saying, "Everything's perfect."

You know things are bad when Vicki can't stay positive during a girls' outing at a winery. 

Modeling

Peggy taught us that the best way to keep things spicy with your husband is to provide him with a special reminder of how hot you are. And that reminder should come in the form of racy "boudoir" photos. My question is, where does one keep these pictures? I doubt you want them hanging in the hall with the kids' grade school photos, and you can't just have them in an album on your coffee table. Maybe Peggy and Micah have a special boudoir photo drawer with some sort of lock on it. 

During Alexis' photo shoot we learned the importance of providing a variety of poses. She was laying on the ground, voguing on the stairs, and spinning her necklace like a helicopter. I don't think Tyra would have complained about her film at all, Alexis was smizing and working it like a pro. When Jim was directing her though, I did have to wonder if he was just hoping to get some shots for his own boudoir photo collection. Check out some of Alexis' best work in our Alexis Couture photo gallery

Most importantly, if you set off a fire alarm with your smoke machine, just keep on posing. Fashion stops for no one!

Honesty

Slade learned that hard way that you should always tell your mother everything. Because she wasn't too clear on what he does for a living, Slade got put through the ringer on TV. You're evidently never to old to get the "why don't you become a lawyer" speech. Don't mess with Mama Smiley!

Next week things go from bad to worse between Simon and Tamra after she calls the cops on him. Oh, and Jeana's back, and she's not playing nice. 

 

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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