Cast Blog: #RHOC

Clams Casino

Episode 18:'s Editor ponders love amongst the mollusks.

Hello lovers. Do you feel the butterflies of love in your belly? Or is that just the after effects of the clams you ate? Let's recap this very romantic episode, shall we?

The Tooth Hurts
We open with a bit of a realistic relationship woe -- what if you love someone that has horrific teeth? Vicki is doing her best to deal with that conundrum by setting Brooks up with a new set of chompers. Vicki doesn't want people to think Brooks is taking advantage of her -- she knows exactly what she's doing, and that's putting Humpty Dumpty back together again.

And that plan to return the egg to its splendor worked. Brooks looks amazing with his new teeth!

The Show Goes On
Alexis is back from Costa Rica and back on her grind. Despite all the hullabaloo, the news waits for no one. And thus she must once again drive the bus of journalism into new locales. This time on location for some sexy swimsuits.

After all the stress of if she wanted to have her career and if she was fully prepared for on-air, she did amazing. Alexis is getting better and better as her news career continues. Watch out Katie Keurig! The Marriage Plot
Gretchen is a lady of many talents -- cosmetics, singing, handbag designing -- and now we can add sleuthing to her Rolodex. Yes, after finding a suspicious text she's wondering if he's actually proposing to her -- despite her protests against the idea.

And so Gretchen confronts Slade about the text. She's upset that he's talking with everyone about the rest of their life together. Things get emotional pretty swiftly, even though he hasn't actually asked her anything yet. . .

Slade is doing his best to clear things up and all he wants to do is tell Gretchen that he loves her. Can't he just tell her that he loves her?!?

Edible Diamonds
While some ladies were pondering diamonds (or diamond grills), the lover of all things bling also had gems on the brain -- the edible kind. Heather has decided to throw a shindig in honor of her Dubrow-name change. She's going to have a chic affair with all of the ladies and a cake -- a super serious, structured cake adorned with edible diamonds!

One would expect no less. I do wonder if this was a missed opportunity to have a cake in the shape of a champ flute. . . I don't want to spoil what's coming but this cake is going to be a major point of contention, so eyes on that icing people.

Bora! Bora! Bora!
Well obviously I saved the best for last. . .Eddie is amped to take his fresh-from-Costa-Rica lady out to dinner. But before Tamra can even unpack, Eddie has plans to whisk her off on another trip -- to the most romantic, exotic, delightful place she can imagine: Bora Bora! The whole restaurant was overwhelmed at the thought.

Of course, this brings up a question: why exactly is he taking her to Tahiti? Might he be proposing? Or does he just love secluded huts? She decides to keep their rendezvous a secret from her fellow 'Wives, lest he not actually ask.

And so the trip begins, with Tamra wondering at every turn when he might ask. Will it be on the plane? At the baggage carousel? In the airport shuttle? Is the diamond tucked in her coconut bra? Will he sneak the ring into her dinner?

Er, maybe not at dinner. . .

In the end, it was so sweet. I'll just let it stand on it's own. Clams!

As a long-time O.C. fan, it's so amazing to see the journey Tamra has taken and see that she's found someone who loves her so deeply and genuinely wants to be a part of her life. She realizes she's deserving of great things and dammit she's getting them. Mazel guys! You are surely about to embark on a really fun life together.

Next week we come to the (almost) end. The dramatic two-part finale begins and, like all Housewives parties, the affair gets a little out of hand.

What did you think of the proposal? Was it as romantic as you imagined? Were you shocked?

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!

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