Cast Blog: #RHOC


Episode 19:'s Editor discusses hypoglycemia, champagne flutes, and ponchos.

In the land of Orange County, parties are never simple. Fetes are never drama-free or easy. It's never just a nice affair with cocktails and camaraderie. Instead people get wine thrown on them, or accosted for getting a nose job, or in this case, people can't wait to eat and that snacking begats World War Three. Let's make sense of the first half of Heather's name-changing shindig, shall we?

The Book of Love
We open first with Tamra, Heather, and Gretchen discussing the big engagement. The twist is that Vicki's not there. How would Vicki not want to be part of such a momentous occasion? This worries me. I don't like to see two of my favorite ladies fighting. Tamra and Vicki are the peas and carrots (or tequila and lime) of the O.C. How can they "Woo-Hoo" separately?!?

Anyway, it was incredibly adorable the way Tamra told Gretchen -- with the book and then slowly getting around to the engagement photo. Between her and Eddie there's such a flair for pageantry. No wonder they love each other. They finally have someone to tell things to using only complicated props and charming charades. There's no reason to do anything if you can't do it with elaborate spectacle.

Party People
Next we see Alexis donning a fur vest for a drink with Sarah Winchester. Alexis vents about the Costa Rica situation and wonders why she should listen to the other ladies at all. She's polled her friends and they think she's not phony whatsoever. But all those accusations aside, she's most upset that Gretchen didn't jump in to help her the night of the intervention, and she's waiting for her to apologize. . .

Anyway, Alexis is less than amped to see the women at Heather's name changing party, and thusly she decides to bring Sarah as her plus one. Considering how well Sarah got along with everyone at the bowling alley, this should go swimmingly, right?

Champagne Wishes
Before we discuss the drama of the party, let's focus on the splendor of a Dubrow affair. They are literally giving out diamonds (OK one diamond and many CZs, but still). Plus that view. Geesh! And for a party like that, what else can you wear but a fur? Which is why Brooks bought Vicki one. Vicki believes this should shut down the Brooks haters -- though I imagine that the cross-section of Brooks haters and animal rights activist might still have something to say. Surely the fur won't squash her brewing beef with Tamra. Apparently Vicki told Tamra that she thought her relationship with Eddie was moving too fast and Tamra is a bit dubious of that assessment considering her relationship with Brooks. We'll see if the fur is enough to smooth things over -- perhaps it's warm, wooly goodness will create goodwill between the two.

Besides that ball of wax, there's also all the simmering Costa Rican tension. Alexis continues to ponder what the other ladies can say to her -- besides "I'm sorry." -- while Terry wonders if he'll be approached for a chat.

But as people start arriving, things seem calm. Despite Heather's negative feelings towards Sarah's outfit and Jim's lack of attendance, people are getting along relatively OK. Everyone's wearing fur and telling people if Brooks bought it. Monogrammed glasses are clinking. Sarah has all the balls from the kitchen she could eat.

And then Jeana arrives. Hopefully this will go better than the last time she saw her former 'Wives, but at least if not Kara is prepared.

The raincoat does get Tamra's attention, and she grabs Kara for a little chat. Tamra's supremely emotional and seems spurned by the way everything happened. And then it all works out! The two of them manage to come to some sort of consensus and there's hugging and crying and before you know it the ladies make peace -- ending one of the more salacious rivalries we've had in Orange County history. Hoorah! This name changing party seems perfect so far.

And then there’s this. . .it seems in a fit of hunger/low-blood sugar Sarah decided to just take a nibble off of Heather's cake. . .

This fight to me is one of the most sublime in Housewives history. It's over a cake people! Yet it quickly escalates into quotes like the following:

Tamra: And I'm the one from the trailer park?

Terry: That's sort of not cool.

Vicki: It's not a sugar problem you have, it's an alcohol problem. Stop drinking!

Heather: Is your sugar problem wrapped in a rudeness problem?

Alexis is aghast that it becomes such a brawl so quickly. She knows what Sarah did was wrong, but, perhaps seeing shades of Costa Rica, decides to try to defend her. And that doesn't go exactly fantastically either.

No amount of Oreos produced by Heather Dubrow could get the conversation back on track. We'll have to wait until next week to see if Sarah is ejected, or if someone just gives her insulin and the whole situation works out. We'll also be treated to even more drama next week -- including the fight you didn't see coming Vicki and Tamra.

Until then, leave your thoughts in the comment. Was it so bad that Sarah broke that piece off the cake? Who do you think won the champagne toast diamond? Did you think that Slade looked a little Sprockets like in his turtleneck? Tell me.

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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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