Cast Blog: #RHOC

Spanish French Fries's Assistant Editor distills all the 'Wife wisdom from Episode 6.

Nothing is out of bounds this season for the Orange County ladies. Seriously, no topic, no location, no task is too outrageous for these California gurls. In just this one episode boob jobs were debated, Tamra took Spain by storm, and Gretchen coordinated an elaborate anniversary celebration for her parents. What more could you want? Vicki doling out spankings in the workplace perhaps? Yep, that happened too. So let us don our traditional Spanish garb and see what we've learned from our favorite blondes this week.


Always be sure to deal with any outstanding negative issues before leaving for your vacation. Tamra wisely got over the Alexis text message drama and moved beyond it by simply deciding to bring a dildo rather than pepper spray to the next 'Wife gathering. I don't know about you, but I am pretty excited to see how the next shindig shakes down. I'll be sure to wear my evil eye hat for the occasion. 

When visiting a foreign country, one should fully embrace the culture (see previous recap, "Being Cabonian"). Exhibit A:

I only wish they had kept those outfits on for the duration of the trip. However, an exception to the culture rule can be made when it comes to food. If the local cuisine is not your bag, then you can always fall back on the one item that spans all continents, all nations, and all peoples -- French fries. Sometimes you just need a taste of home while you're traveling. 


While not everything may be bigger in Orange County, at least one thing is. And that thing is, you guessed it, boobs! They're really beating us over the head with them this season (well on second thought I'm pretty sure they do that every season, but still). I believe Peggy summed it up best when she said, "Boobs are a very big accessory in Orange County." So true on so many levels...

But there are a few takeaways from all of this. First, if you get a new pair of breasts you might get a pair of diamond earrings to go with them. So long as your husband's a breast man. Second, that there are many different routes you can go with your boob job. Peggy and Alexis seemed to disagree over whose was better, but at the same time were unable to vocalize many concrete differences. The closest we got was Peggy's statement that, "Alexis went for a much bigger look, and I didn't want them to be where you just look at my breasts." It's a fine line between big and too big I suppose. 


Being strictly professional in the workplace is so two thousand and late. Vicki taught us that so long as you've known one of your employees long enough, sometimes tough love is necessary when they've been slacking off. And sometimes that tough love comes in the form of spankings. I do have to wonder though, does Coto Insurance have an H.R. person? 

And finally we come to Gretchen's big event, her parents' 40th wedding anniversary. She certainly showed us that going over the top to celebrate the important people in your life is definitely worthwhile, and kudos to her for pulling the whole thing off. Her parents looked genuinely touched, and it was definitely an "Awww" moment. 

But Gretchen also taught us that even while you're busy planning a surprise party, one should always be dressed to impress. Note the look she rocked simply for writing a to-do list at home:


How these ladies find the time and energy to get glamorous for each and every thing they do is still one of the biggest Housewives' Unsolved Mysteries. 

Be sure to tune in next week when Alexis addresses the rumors about her house being in foreclosure.

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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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