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)'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.


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. 


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!


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. 


Lizzie: Tamra Doesn't Fight Fair

Lizzie thinks Tamra's comments about her children were meant to deflect from her own problems.

Happy Labor Day!!! I am going to make this blog short and sweet. It’s a holiday and I am going to be spending the day with family in Newport wearing a Sun Kitten and a smile. I hope you all are having a great holiday weekend.

To be honest, the second half of the Reunion was hard to watch. I think it got too ugly. I am not going to insult any of your intelligence in explaining this episode. We all know that misery loves company, and "projection" is as easy to spot as a $2 dollar bill. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that everything miserable that comes out of Tamra's mouth is a direct reflection of what is going on in her life. In my opinion, children are off limits. It's quite apparent that Tamra does not fight fair and when all else fails she will throw your kids, marriage, and even your body under the bus in an attempt to hurt you. We filmed the reunion for over 10 hours and after listening to so much ugliness my heart just couldn't take it anymore.

I do not regret telling Shannon all the things that Tamra said about her. Everything I shared with Shannon was something that happened and was said on camera. I didn't take anything and create unnecessary drama. I would do it again in a heartbeat and I would think my friends would do the same for me. I simply did not know the truth about Tamra. Danielle told me all the things Tamra said about me. That is why after my birthday I was so hurt by her. It's hard for viewers to understand because these things weren't in the show. She could have called me and said she wasn't coming. I called her after sitting on the bus for over an hour. The next day she made fun of me to Danielle, in addition to asking plenty of questions looking for negative details regarding my party.

On that one-year free membership to Cut Fitness: Let's delve into this shall we? I was the one that contacted Tamra days after my party. She did not contact me to give me present. I had invited Tamra, Eddie, Danielle, Joe, Heather, and Terry to the Kentucky Derby and Tamra was the only person that had not sent in the RSVP. It was past the deadline and it was getting borderline rude at this point. Tamra, in fact, was making fun of the Kentucky Derby and the charity event that would be hosting us to Danielle. So, I reached out to Tamra regarding the Kentucky Derby and she texted me back saying, "I want to give you a free membership to CUT for your birthday." Tamra knows I am already a member to a sports club and that was the last I heard of this "free membership." I never received any kind of certificate or card for membership. I suppose she thought I would have the gall to show up and say, "I got a text message from Tamra for a free membership!" It's almost laughable. Needless to say, I don't go to her gym and she didn't attend the Kentucky Derby with me.

There is nothing else to say regarding the Shag, Marry, Kill game that I haven't already discussed in great length in any of my previous blogs. I said the word "marry" and that's that. Tamra even glared at me on the way out of the Valentine's Party and repeated it. "Marry you?" Tamra has said multiple times she couldn't even remember because she drank too much and there are even text messages where she says it too. Her story changes continually, like the words that come out both sides of her mouth.

During the Reunion, Tamra said many more hurtful things that you didn't see. She went on to talk about my son Preston and my marriage. We all remember the episode in the park where Preston hit me on the head with his elephant. He was asleep in the car and he had a mini temper tantrum. He was three -- it happens. I would assume most mothers have had it happen at some point. In addition, my husband and I got in a fight on my birthday. I feel awful about it, yet it made us closer. I just wanted what every woman wants -- to feel special because of her man. I am a big time believer in learning from your mistakes and that won't ever happen again. However none of those incidents had anything to do with Tamra. But on her quest to hurt everyone, she managed to drag in some irrelevant topics. I know it's all to deflect from what's going on in her life and to make someone else look bad. . .but it does hurt nonetheless. My babies and my marriage are my life so I guess her goal was to attack the things closest to my heart because she can't fight fair.

I hope you enjoyed this season and I hope you had a fabulous summer!!! The fall is my absolute favorite time of year, so I say bring on football and cooler weather.

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