The First 'Wives Club

Episode 17: Bravotv.com's Editor gets emotional about monkeys, rafts, delicate plants, and Vicki.

on Jun 5, 20120

Hello Costa Rican explorers. Welcome back to the jungle. I hope you've managed to keep your tiny trees in good shape and your monkeys at a safe distance. Let's recap our final days abroad shall we?

The Ghost of Interventions Past

We return to the table with Alexis and the ladies telling her that they like her for her, not her faux diamond ring. Alexis once again pulls Terry back into the fray, and mentions that maybe Tamra shouldn't be so rude, mean, and hateful either.

At this point Vicki does her best to pull a Chris Cocker ("Leave Alexis alone. We're all phony."). Gretchen tries to break it down to Alexis and find a plan to improvement, but it only serves to make Alexis more upset and drives her into her room. Gretchen, Mary Poppins-umbrella in tow, attempts to go and make good with Alexis, but it's not use. Gretchen finds herself in a difficult predicament as she sees both side of the argument, but from Alexis' perspective she's chosen her side.

Then, shocker, Alexis' next visit is from the ghost of lobster past (nothing works up a hunger like a vicious intervention) and Vicki! Vicki can relate because of her San Francisco intervention many moons ago. . .It wasn't the most heart-warming scene, but it was nice to see Alexis receive a touch of comfort.

74 comments
rhwatcherch
rhwatcherch

Please just cut the ladies who can't be bothered to blog off the show next season. Part of the reason this show is so entertaining is reading the views of the women after THEY watch the episode. Orange County is just lazy. The New York and Jersey girls usually keep up. Less time with your surgeries, ladies..you certainly get paid enough to write a paragraph or two each week.

Bree in CT
Bree in CT

The rules that were valid on the playground are also still valid in real life. Treat people that way you want to be treated. We teach our children this every day. You don't bully ANYONE, EVER! Tamra especially is an instigator and is guilty of the same crimes she is accusing Alexis of. Middle aged women(!!) (with children no less), should know better than to conduct themselves in that manner. No matter how Alexis acted they are ALL guilty of self-promoting, pompousness and of being pretentious. Grow up Ladies! BTW Bravo - Tamra really, really needs to GO!

lallaw
lallaw

There is "real," and then there is "cruel." I do not watch shows like this one to be reminded of man's inhumanity to man. Cotton candy for the brain should titillate. Not cause ponderous reflection, angst over the suffering of another person beyond your reach, and flashbacks of 7th grade lunch.

And it was not "telling it like it is," either. Bethany Frankel told it "like it is" with wit, humor, and constructively good-natured honesty. Tamara Barney is no Bethany Frankel. Tamara Barney is that girl in high school who wasn't all that pretty or liked, until she dyed her hair and started wearing makeup Senior year. She is the girl who, with her newly blinged-out look, slithers up next to the popular girls like their lip-glossed indentured servant. Ever mindful of from whence she came, she looks for the weakest in the pack and targets them with smear campaign that starts as passive/aggressive whispers and ends with a tearful ouster of her perceived rival. In this way she feels she has solidified her place in the lovely coven. TB are her initials. But "B" can stand for more than just "Barney."

I think we viewers out to start our own recall campaign of housewives like Tamara who behave so pathologically, so destructively. And it isn't the first time she's done it. As someone else wrote, Tamara's behavior is not what passes for entertainment.

wak68
wak68

Hey Bravo,

Aren't these ladies supposed to Blog weekly? What gives? I believe some of them are chicken s****!!! Thought mentality: " If I don't blog for 3 weeks I won't take a beating for what I did or said!" You pay them well- make them blog!

Housewifeaddicted
Housewifeaddicted

I agree that the women haven't been good about posting blogs, but these people are sayingit's because of how they treated Alexis??? WHAT!!! First of all Alexis hasn't blogged either!!! Whats her excuse? Alexis, sooooo deserved what she got!! She begs to be in the spotlight and thats exactly what she got!! These women on all the HW franchises need to get with the program!! All of them play games with these blogs and keep waiting for the other one to write forst so they can blog accordingly!!! Caroline and Kathy are always the first to write out of all the HW's, It's getting OLD!!!!! Come on Ladies!!!

Gracellen
Gracellen

My favorite part of the Costa Rica trip was the white water rafting. I was laughting so hard from start to finish! The look on the ladies' faces when the guide was showing them how to stay in raft was priceless! Tamara's comment about not wanting to get her shoes wet was funny as well. During the ride between Vicki's screams/panic stricken face to Heather's intense focus on paddling, it was alot of fun. I wish there would be more fun moments like that where no one is fighting, just having fun and being real.

oynot
oynot

Bravo, I think it is time to retire the OC Housewives. They are clearly to busy to blog and they seem to have lost interest in their own show as we viewers are also losing interest. It appears that they are hiding under a rock somewhere after their treatment of Alexis. They must be having a hard time coming up with a way to spin their treatment of Alexis in a way that makes them look good. Own it perfect housewives! Bravo, let the OC Housewives go. Their 15 minutes are up.

seasoned viewer
seasoned viewer

These wives do not blog because they think they are really stars. These shows were fun in the begining but have gone down hill. Tamra was never a nice girl..and her story is a lot like a former cast member Lauri, Gretchen, since she cannot play the victim role, is boring, Alexis is too worried about looking perfect and having others think she has it all. (I have to agree with Tamara on that one...if she was more "real" others might be able to relate to her.), Vicki is a mess. She expects everyone else to fill up her love tank and do what she says that she is miserable! Heather acts as if she is highly sought out in Hollywood. She changed her name not out of love but out of hope she owudl get a fresh start in Hollywood. New cast please.

Former Fan
Former Fan

By not blogging, the housewives show they don't care about the show anymore. Therefore, why should I? Bye OC, nice knowing you.

Julesyz
Julesyz

Why didn't they stay in OC to have this fight? Did they really need to leave the country to act so classless? Heather acted pretty shallow herself with 3 waredrobe changes (while on the beach) and her over excitement of shamps! I'm starting to think Heather is a tad enivious of Alexis, as is Tamara. Vicki was there to have fun and she did. Good for her!! What was with Gretchen and Tamara on the beach? That wasn't a need for attention? The two that called Vickie out for being a hypocrite are exactly that themselves.

Enjoy what you have. Why the ladies just couldn't put the bad to the side and enjoy the good just shows how self asbord and ungrateful they truly are. I guess they were doing Costa Rica a favor by being there.

mimari
mimari

Come on Bravo, no blog no contract. How simple is that. I won't be on here anymore get my blog elsewhere or not watch the show. Cast blogs are necessary

MyOpinion2
MyOpinion2

B'bye Tamra and Gretchen .... Heather, watch yourself. Bravo, do the right thing!

ladedah
ladedah

1) Get the housewives to blog. I saw how much money they make per season. I think they can manage a 500 word essay summing up their thoughts at the very least.

2) Tamra is a bully. Seriously Bravo, why do you have her representing OC?? You did such a good job replacing the old RHONY bad apples with female cast members who are sophisticated, intelligent and self-motivated. Tamra and Gretchen need to go. Heather isn't that great either.

Overall, the petty arguments are too much to handle. The show used to be fun. Now I realize why so many men make fun of women for watching "Trash TV" like this.

Viewer251
Viewer251

My favorite moment was Heather saying, do you want to do this now?! I love her! I feel sorry for Gretchen, Vicki is supposed to be so smart but yet she cannot move her jealousy aside for a split second to agree that Gretchen did NOT do or say anything wrong to that whine hole Alexis! Alexis is an idiot and I'm proud of Tamera telling her the truth--because she asked for it!!!! That doesn't make Tamera mean or a bully it makes her honest! Alexis cannot handle the truth! EVER! Remember the Gretchen episode with the fox clip?

gerryf
gerryf

CUT THE "JESUS BARBIE" REMARKS!! THEY ARE INSULTING, AND MEAN! HEATHER IS JEWISH, WHY AREN'T YOU MAKING JOKES ABOUT HER BEING RELIGIOUS?? ANDY C. AND BRAVO...SHAME ON YOU FOR ENCOURAGING THIS OUTRAGE! TAMRA, HEATHER, & GRETCHEN NEED TO GO! THERE IS NOTHING ENTERTAINING ABOUT WATCHING MEAN GIRLS BULLY & GANG-UP ON A PERSON!

Viewerasd3e12312
Viewerasd3e12312

Wow! I have to say I really enjoyed this episode.. so far (still watching). The foursome of Tamra, Gretchen, Heather and Vicki is great!!! They're all funny and pretty smart. The dynamic actually makes me laugh instead of cringe the whole episode.. I love it!!! I loved all the girls when they were together when normally I am not a fan of a couple of them.

Lisa B
Lisa B

Dear Bravo,

I still can't get over what everyone is calling "the intervention". I felt so bad for Alexis. Heather, Gretchen and especially Tamara were way over the top, talk about verbally beating someone up! While Heather and Gretchen really tried to explain what they meant to her, Tamara was just mean and nasty as usual. Why haven't these women except Vicki been blogging, are they afraid what they may read about themselves? I think Bravo should really consider NOT bringing Tamara back next season, as she brings nothing but meanness and nastiness to the show, sure it's drama but it is always at the expense of of other people and its very uncomfortable to watch. Every season she finds one person to pick on, last year it was Gretchen this year it's Alexis. It looks like it might be her "BFF" Vicki next season. As it is already starting. I can't imagine what this reunion will be like.

Beth
Beth

Wondering why certain houswives blow off their blogs, this is part of the show and why we watch you, feel cheated everytime blogs are neglected. Ladies I know your busy but so so are we. We take the time out to watch you and share our thoughts, the least you could do is blog......something!

ViewerChris
ViewerChris

Vicki seemed to be barely hanging onto her composure, but I think she needed to talk and couldn't hold it in anymore. She wanted the distance to organize her thoughts, but seemed to be a little more on guard. Tamra was feisty and has it in to hurt Alexis, but she also proved to be showing her true colors a bit to Vicki ("hypocrite" comment relating to the game). Alexis didn't deserve that attack on her character because it came across as condescending and could have been handled with more sensitivity. Again, It seems Tamra really wants to hurt her and I don't know why she is giving her all this negative attention. Alexis is not my favorite for many reasons, but Heather should have spoken to her before dinner-not Tamra.

Viewer1201
Viewer1201

I'm not a huge fan of Alexis, however, she in no way deserved to be treated like she was. She had absolutely no back up at all, no support. I personally would never want a "best friend" like Gretchen. Yes, maybe she understood the "other side", but a true friend would never have joined in on the bashing. It would have been handled in a quiet, caring manner when the two were alone. I personally think Gretchen got pissed because she realized she was not going to come out of this one looking good, so she tried to turn it back on Alexis. Tamra is nothing but a bully and a mean girl. I used to like her, now, not so much. How would she feel if one of her children (as adults) were treated to that kind of "intervention"? It's crazy to say, but Vicki made the most sense, we are all superficial on some level. Either we accept each other the way we are, or we move on. There is no changing other people. I've dropped a couple of the other Housewives shows, this one may be next. I'm over the hatefulness.

ReeAlity
ReeAlity

I think I must have watched the wrong show, as I don't believe the women were mean to Alexis. Just because somebody has thin skin, and can't take criticism, so runs away and cries doesn't mean that the others were mean! The point the women were trying to make (which Alexis brought up first, by referencing Terry, remember...) was that she can come across as fake/phoney, with her constant attempts at one-upping people and talking about her so-called wealth (oh, I have this many cars, and I do that/ have that as well etc.), not that she has wealth or not. It only became a screaming match when Alexis kept defending herself and trying to turn the criticisms back on the other women (...who cares if Tamra took a Luis Vitton bag to Costa Rica, the point is she didn't tell everybody about it!!!) Crocodile Tears are called that for a reason...

Viewer from CA
Viewer from CA

Alexis....the difference between you and the other ladies? You state the brand of the bag and state the cost of the bag while the other ladies just carry the bag.

lallaw
lallaw

There is "real," and then there is "cruel." I do not watch shows like this one to feel the angst of man's inhumanity to man. Cotton candy for the brain should titillate. Not cause ponderous reflection, angst over the suffering of another person beyond your reach, and flashbacks of 7th grade lunch.

And it was not "telling it like it is," either. Bethany Frankel told it "like it is" with wit, humor, and constructively good-natured honesty. Tamara Barney is no Bethany Frankel. Tamara Barney is that girl in high school who wasn't all that pretty or liked, until she dyed her hair and started wearing makeup Senior year. She is the girl who, with her newly blinged-out look, slithers up next to the popular girls like their lip-glossed indentured servant. Ever mindful of from whence she came, she looks for the weakest in the pack and targets them with smear campaign that starts as passive/aggressive whispers and ends with a tearful ouster of her perceived rival. In this way she feels she has solidified her place in the lovely coven. TB are her initials. But "B" can stand for more than just "Barney."

I think we viewers out to start our own recall campaign of housewives like Tamara who behave so pathologically, so destructively. And it isn't the first time she's done it. As someone else wrote, Tamara's behavior is not what passes for entertainment.

Recall Tamara Barney! Speak up if you agree.

connie laurie
connie laurie

well another week goes by and none of the women blog,,, guess they just dont care about the fans...although the one girl who is not invited on the trips is always blogging. this is the perfect ways to lose viewers

LBgirl79
LBgirl79

It's Thursday and no blogs up from anyone? What's going on hello?

Long Island Gal
Long Island Gal

I laughed and laughed watching Heather on the rafting trip. She was a woman on a mission and while everyone was screaming and laughing she was serious as all hell not to fall in the water. I just love that woman!

Ann B.
Ann B.

What was the name of the resort they stayed at in Costa Rica?

ViewerAmyN
ViewerAmyN

If these women really "care" enough about Alexis to subject her to this so-called intervention...why in the world did it have to be in the spirit of jealousy, hate and put downs instead of out of genuine concern and compassion for another human being? Yes, Alexis has issues...they all do but nobody responds to being attacked that way. What I think these ladies need to do is to say to Alexis "Alexis, you have many redeeming qualities such as (insert redeeming quality here) and we would like to see more of that. We care about you and we would like to know who in your life has taught you that you aren't worthy and that you need to use your looks and status as a way to make yourself stand out because whoever gave you that message or whoever continues to give you that message is WRONG and we would like to help you discover the best part of you that is more valuable than things and money!" We ALL like nice things, we can ALL be materialistic no matter how much money we have but no amount of money or Chanel bags or diamond rings can even come close to a genuine, heartfelt compliment on something that cannot be measured in dollars and cents...such as being a good mother, wife, friend.

viewer from cali
viewer from cali

Would be nice if "The Housewives" would blog. They can be all over Twitter but not blog. Losing fans ladies!

Sandy G.
Sandy G.

LOVED the white water rafting and all the expressions. I felt I was right there in the raft with them. Why aren't the ladies blogging? What is going on Bravo??!! Clearly you have lost control of the real housewives.

pedersen
pedersen

Hi Vicki ~

I was SO proud of you for taking a stand against the bullies Tamara, Heather and passive Gretchen on last week episode. It's not right or fair to gang up on one person and make them feel low. When I watched these past few episode, it made me sick and angry. It made me think of times in my life that people ganged up and bullied me, because of jealously. My heart went out to Alexis, thank you for being human. Luv ya!

whodatnation
whodatnation

Bravo had me laughing so hard the way they edited the HW's rafting expedition. Vikki's facial expressions were priceless and Heather's Bucket List statement was cute. Alexis was not missed on the rafting trip at all. Someone commented earlier that Alexis dosen't say anything bad about another housewife, but in her commentary she bashed Tamara, so in reality they all do. That's what I like about the show. Getting back to the intervention-Alexis will never understand what the other ladies were tring to say to her because she's perfect and hears what she wants to hear and in the end, like always she plays the victim. Alexis spends more camera time showing off(materialistic) than the other HW's. Examples, her dress line, birthday party, talking to assistants, driving her expensive cars. When was the last time Bravo showed Heather in her car? Alexis camera time is spent showing off to prove to everyone. There, I said it! Bravo keep doing what your doing RHWofOC is my favorite by far.....

SAON
SAON

WHY IS NOBODY UPDATING THEIR BLOGS???? ESPECIALLY HEATHER AND TAMRA??? TOO GUILTY AND EMBARRASSED MAYBE?? PLEASE EXPLAIN!!

LuvBravo!
LuvBravo!

Why is Alexis being singled out? There was a time on this show when everyone had breast implants and nose jobs except for Gretchen. come on, they are in the OC! Tamra is the meanist, Heather husband makes a living performing cosmetic procedures, and Gretchen has had her lips done and doesn't own up to it (also wears way to much make-up). Vicki was the only one who had any compassion. Those ladies really thought Alexis would hug them after what they just did!!!! really ?

BTW, did anyone else notice Heather left early also after giving Alexis a hard time for not staying the entire trip?

Used2bOC
Used2bOC

OC Housewives- BLOG please and thank you! I have to agree with the person that wrote...if it's going to be a thrashing for the ladies....they are WAY too busy that week doing *work* to write their summary. Man Up ...OWN IT!

Sandy G.
Sandy G.

Where are the blogs written by the housewives? Only Vicki blogged from last week's episode; no one thus far from Tuesday's episode. Each is afraid of blogging at this point since they will wait until someone else does and then shoot down what one of the other ladies said. Haven't had a blog from Alexis since her daughters' birthday. Tamra has been mean this season, but I am still not an Alexis fan. How getting rid of both Tamra AND Alexis?!!!

Carmen Velasquez
Carmen Velasquez

Bravo I hope you print this. I do believe this is a very serious issue. What Tamra and Heather and Gretchen did to Alexis was pure bullying in one of its worst forms. I work for school and we have curriculum that we are trained in so we can spot and deal with bullying. First the bullies( TAmra, Heather ) and then the bystanders (Gretchen and Vicki) While vicki didnt really chime in she didnt say hey you guys are out of line and no we will not be doing this. Lets go Alexis! Bravo I hope this was addresed in the reunion show. There are people out there killing themselves because of bullying and this would be a geat opportunity for Andy to put these ladies in their place. Gretchen had no right to be upset with Alexis not wanting her in her room. Gretchen let her down and she of all people should have shut that so call intervention down and taken Alexis out of there! That is what a true friend does. I thought considering what happened Alexix was gracious as she explained needing time alone and not attacking Gretchen at that time. If anything I recall her saying. "I love you but I need to be alone." Gretchen is looking for an out of the friendship and is playing the victim. Bravo if you are goin to keeep Tamra, find someone who will knock her down a few pegs please. As for Heather well she is a snob and pretencious and has no right to judge anyone.

Krislyn
Krislyn

I am not an Alexis fan, but the attack on her really made me feel bad for her. No one deserves to be treated that mean. My favorite line was Vicky saying we're all phony and materialistic because it is so true, but the reason we watch the show.

WiscoGal
WiscoGal

Alexis asked Tamra to be real with her. You cannot get mad at someone when it's what you request. I personally can't stand Alexis. Gretchen did not throw her under the bus, she was trying to help both sides see what the other was saying.

Georgia Viewer
Georgia Viewer

I loved, loved, loved the rafting scene. Vicki screaming like a stuck pig made my day! I also loved watching the women throwing bananas at the monkey. It was an entertaining episode! :)

JulieMK
JulieMK

Why don't any of the OC housewives blog anymore??

Cindy z
Cindy z

these ladies need to look in the mirror....... it's hard to tell which one is more phony since all of them are.

Vanessa K.
Vanessa K.

I can only assume the reason the OC women haven't blogged in the past 2 weeks is due to some serious GUILT and realization they have gone TOO FAR with Alexis and their behavior was horrible. Afraid of the backlash ladies????

cindymindy
cindymindy

This show is getting so hard to watch anymore. Between the mean girl's, the phonies,the back stabbers, and crazy as a bedbug Vicki, I just can't take it anymore!

hulali
hulali

This was the most enjoyable Vicki episode ever. I especially liked the way she looked when she was all disheveled from the rafting trip. Vicki never looked more natural and beautiful.

bellablueyes1
bellablueyes1

Best line ever... Tamra telling Gretchen she and Vicki had an affair with Slade! That was hilarious! Love all the ladies!

OWUTracey
OWUTracey

I think your blog is hilarious. The wimpy girls were almost as hilarious on their adventures as your blog. Too bad for Alexis. There's no reason why they couldn't have that breezy mood and fun times while she was there. Those women are supposed to be grown adults, but they certainly do NOT act like it. Tamra said with Alexis gone, there was no more drama. Hellloooo, you are the one that caused the drama with Alexis while she was there. Of course there was no more drama, there was no one for you to start drama with after she left. Grow up Tamra. You have always been my favorite, I love everything about your life except the constant down talk to and about Alexis. Your mother should have taught you when you were young, if you can't say something nice, keep your ugly mouth shut! Tamra needs to go off of the show. She rolls her eyes & gripes at Vicki (who is supposed to be her best friend), she throws Terry under the bus, she's constantly talking ugly about Alexis and badmouths Brooks as well. Let Tamra make her living off of her exercise studio. Get her off the show, Bravo! This is all coming from someone that absolutely loved Tamra at the beginning of the season. She was funny and witty and just entertaining. When it took an ugly turn, she took on an ugly persona. Eddie's a nice guy, I hope he can straighten her out. Dear Lord, please don't let her be like that in front of her kids. Kids learn what they live with, unfortunately!

haarlen
haarlen

None of these ladies have much in the way of class - they wouldn't be Housewives if they did - but ganging up on Alexis like that was just pathetic behavior. This show has now gotten too horrible to watch.

Laura M. Neri
Laura M. Neri

I love your blog and look forward to it!! As I watch each episode and the ridiculousness that ensues I often find myself wondering how the videographers aren't shaking the camera from laughing so hard. Keep up the the good work!

Mary87
Mary87

I agree with Viewer Carrie 100%.

I cannot understand what Alexis has done that these ladies (and I use that loosely) dislike her so much?