The First 'Wives Club

Episode 20: Bravotv.com's Editor wraps up the salacious season finale.

on Jun 26, 20120

Oh what a mighty season we've had. Really and truly, this season of Orange County was filled with delights -- sure there were fights, but there were also helicopter rides, Pussycat Dolls, glamping trips, and '80s nights.

So with all of those things in mind, I sat down for this finale as pleased as punch. And punch would have helped my blood sugar situation, lest I end up as ejected as Sarah Winchester. Instead I sat down with a sleeve of Oreos, ready to evaluate our final episode of Season 7, friendship changing fights and all.

Before we get into it, I want this on record: the Orange County 'Wives opening lines this year have brought me so much joy. Truly, this might be the best batch of tags yet -- call Gretchen the boss, take great aim Tamra, drive into the future! Kudos to you all. I've found much inspiration in your mantras!

Throwing Bows
This episode begins with Sarah wondering why she wasn't allowed to dine upon bows at her leisure. Things appear calmer, now but before you can say braised short ribs with sweet potato hash (which Tamra is actually eating), Gretchen pulls Tam into the living room for a tete-a-tete. What now?!?

But it's something sweet! Gretchen got Tamra a meaningful bracelet! In honor of their road to friendship key bracelet from the start of this season, G presented Tamra with a locket bracelet. Their friendship is "unbreakable" (much like Gretchen's new single). These two always belonged together. Let what key jewelry has brought together, no man put asunder!

But that happy time is shattered as soon as Sarah Winchester steps beyond the velvet rope. In an attempt to find Heather to apologize (I think?) things just get horrifically worse. Heather summons her husband, Alexis, and Gretchen to handle it. Alexis attempts to diffuse, but ends up getting into Slade's face. Yikes! Don't mess with a man in a turtleneck, Alexis. Thankfully things wrap up quickly, with the Sarah chapter closing. This is the world we live in I suppose Sarah. . .

43 comments
piperoni
piperoni

Just watched the Preview.Looks like the Drama is between Gretchen and Vicki again.Those 2 have never liked each other or gotten along.Hope there is some fun in there some where.Gretchen you look so different.Luved seeing the dance between Alexis and Jim.Bellinos are my favorite.

dawnPcanada
dawnPcanada

Hi there. I just wanted to say that of all the housewives shows, i love Orange County the most. I sincerely worry about Vicki for what i have seen on legitamite shows like Dateline and such, and I hope she finds peace within herself and can make peace with her children and her dear friends, for as i have learned too much so in the last few years with many serious health issues and the loss of the closest family members, and the lovely 'you are terminal' sentence given to my grandmother and mother as well, LIFE IS SHORT, and i truly believe the key to life, the purpose, its love. Love in all its forms, that of your parents, your children, the extension of your family, your dear friends, your intimate partners, your pets. :)  And it is so sad to me to see good people end up hurting so deep for reasons that can be solved, or at least attempted to be solved by talking, no shouting and instant walls of angry defense, but sincere talking.

I know some may disagree with me as there are for sure viewers who enjoy watching the vengeful backstabbing and name calling and arguements and fights, and i get that. But still, i say what feel and think.

ALSO, i HAVE to say, its only human to pick favorites watching these shows too, and I love Gretchen, Tamra, Heather, and Brianna. Brianna, i feel for you going thru the hell of your thyroid scare, and I am so glad you are feeling better. And i feel like you, and the others mentioned, are sincere in your consideration of others and your goal to keep the peace and the honesty and the safety and true love and affection and care of others that you care about. It is something heartwarming to see on tv in todays tv world.

And also, I agree with what you all think of Alexis and her need to be 'showy' of her material wealth and all she has, and yet, i worry of how her husband seems to treat her as though she is lower then him, and how he always seems so skeptical and angry. No way to live your life. Esp when you are blessed with beautiful children and no money worries like alot of us are these days.

AND THEN THERE IS SARA, my god, she is one quacker, great for entertainment value, but what a ditz. Lay of the hobbie of drinking and acting kookoo for cocao puffs, and try reading a book or something.......therapy perhaps.

WELL, to all of you at The Real Housewives of Orange County, thank you for sharing your lives with us, and for letting me into your world, esp when i need a little brief escape from the sadness and worry of mine.

And i truly do wish you all the best! (well, except for the obvious not so decent good hearted ones)  All you beautiful ladies, and your handsome men! 

Looking forward to the new season =D

HBeez
HBeez

Don't get rid of anyone, keep them all.  It's why we watch...for the confrontations and fighting.  Be real.  Nobody wants to watch women getting along.  Why would we watch?  It would boring. 

momofthree
momofthree

For the 3rd year running Tamra hijacked the finale ... and not in a good way.

 

Why the heck WOULD Jim Bellino continue the conversation with Terry Dubrow once Tamra sidled up?  He's seen her operate.  Who would willingly want to be subjected to her nonsense?

 

She then went on to stir up the pot with Brooks.  Hey, she didn't mind tossing her marriage aside for the sake of drama on national tv -- what's a friendship?

 

 Bravo, please dump her and find someone who is interesting rather than provocative.  The fighting on all the shows is getting to be a real snooze.  

 

Hey, bring back DC -- at least those women were interesting and humane toward one another.

 

RealHousewifeFromNY
RealHousewifeFromNY

I think it is such a shame that Gretchen and Tamra cannot be friends with each other without 'selling out' their old bff's. Why?  They have instigated Vicki by making a big deal about their new friendship in her presence and then wonder why she is annoyed by it?  Because Tamra can't seem to be friends to two people at once, and Vicki suffered the brunt.  It's very sad. =(

IrisDan
IrisDan

I have really enjoyed this season. I wish Gretchen and Alexis had stayed friends and good luck to Gretchen cause tamra does not only not keep secrets she stretches them . Terry never said she is the phoniest person he had ever met at all. He did not even say that he just tred to give heather a word she had at the tip of her mouth. And even then that was not the word she was looking for.anyway precious metal I think Alexis and Vicki and maybe Gretchen

Capricorn5
Capricorn5

Bravo, you guys have to get hold of this show and steer it in a better direction. In the beginning Vicki, Jena, Kim, Lauri & Jo were light, fun dealing with the natural everyday drama in their lives & friendships. Now Tamra is the Queen Bee of creating ugly & meaness and calling it truth. Heather could be a step in the right direction, but her participation in the Costa Rica Bully Gang-up on Alexis in the name of an "intervention" was a low point for her. Until then I thought she was skilled at taking the higher road, instead she went down Tamra alley as did Gretchen. There is a fine line between entertainment and ugly, this show is on the other side. If you haven't noticed there is a backlash of real adult women sitting back and enjoying other adult women behave SO badly.

mrsdonut
mrsdonut

Bravo- During the Beverly Hills season, I made a suggestion in a post to producers to see if it was possible to have a 'like' or 'thumbs up' tab to viewer posts. Glad to see the new changes!

 

I think I am going to take the credit for it!! ;-)

jackalack333
jackalack333

Sometimes the dramatics of the Real Housewives are humorous. This season of the OC has proven to be more uncomfortable to watch than amusing. This week I found myself leaving the room to answer the phone without even caring that I didn't pause the show. I feel some compassion for Vicki and Alexis and feel as though none of the other women are genuine or likeable. Tamra's fake crying was pitiful and there was no reason for Vicki's daughter to be able to chime in. I think that Ryan and Jim seem to be the only rational people at this party, and I never thought I'd feel that way about either of them! Ryan shut his mother down when she wanted to gossip and backstab. Jim walked away when he realized there would be a tag team type attack on him. That is simply what adults to. I'm far from normal and boring, but even this show is shaping up to be too much for me. I simply can't watch another season where Tamra is applauded for her bullying and Gretchen and Heather, clearly both iving in a dreamworld, are applauded for their self proclaimed realness.

keytothecity43
keytothecity43

Here is what I have taken from this season:

 

It is OK for Vicki to put down Gretchen for "settling" for Slade, and for her to call him a deadbeat dad, but it is NOT OK for anyone, to say ANYTHING bad about Brooks for the same reason.

 

It is OK for Vicki to roll her eyes/give the "evil eye" to Tamera and Gretchen for being friendly to each other and then for Vicki to take it a step further and mock Tamera and Gretchen for being nice to each other by trying to find Alexis and act catty, but it is NOT OK for Tamera to roll her eyes/give the "evil eye" to Vicki for Vicki's actual fake and catty behavior?

 

All of the women behaved badly at some point in the season, but they are human just like the rest of us.  Vicki refuses admit ANY wrongdoing on her part as it relates to ANY of the woman.  Tamera apologized to Gretchen, and it was sincere and it was necessary.  Alexis preaches a lot about being Christian, but isn't it considered a sin to judge others as a Christian?  Judge not....as the saying goes???  Practice what you preach, that's all I'm saying.

piperoni
piperoni

The last to shows were lame.lex are fav.tamra should of stayed out of the conversation that was going to take place with jim and terry.the best part of the show was sarah saying is this what it has come to.

valleybutterfly
valleybutterfly

Here we go again, this is the third end of the year party where Tamara is  the center stage of all the drama! Ironically she's the one who wins the diamond? Wow, I guess karma really is a myth.

Alexis seemed to bring her own drama, first she brings Sarah. Sarah, her wing gal but she  gets kicked out what's funny, as Sarah is walking out of the house, for one moment I noticed she looked at the floral arrangement in the foyer for a second there it looked like she was tempted to throw it across the room, this girl is unstable, which is why I think she was brought to the party to begin with., With Sarah gone, Alexis has no one to have her back. The next thing ya know Jim shows up as reinforcement. Jim seems to want to party and suggests he and Dr Dubrow have lunch the next week. No, that wasnt a good idea to Alexis, she tells Jim to confront him at the party, Jim asks Alexis,"who's wearing the pants". Appaling everyone in earshot.

The men have a sit down. As Dr Dubrow tries explaining himself. Tamara decides it's her business to sit in on the sit down with the men. Jim caves all to easy, he walks off as though he's scarred. That fight wasnt enough. Tamara was on a roll, she wasnt going to let anything roll off her shoulders, she wanted a fight so, she starts in with Brookes, who by some miracle doesn't know Vicky is a strong woman and can take care of herself. Brookes didnt like the "evil eye" Tamara gave to Vicky. Brookes states he's going to protect his woman from the "evil eye". All hells breaks lose. What a classy party.

AnnettePirouette
AnnettePirouette

In all my life, I have never seen women fight at parties, bring impaired/uninvited guest (Who then blame everyone but herself in her blog.), and act as crudely as many of the women on the various housewives shows. I quit watching Atlanta the 1st season, DC and Miami were awful, Ramona turned me off to NYC the 1st episode this season, thankfully OC is over for now. It was a long season with Alexis' insecurities highlighted almost weekly and Vicki's hypocritical behavior which led to shouting matches - not fun viewing in my opinion and last but not least no more Brooks. 

RHWohmy
RHWohmy

Just wondering if the film crew gets hazard pay? And do you provide them with earplugs for when Vicki goes into one of her sceaming rages?

meohme
meohme

This isn't a huge thing, but once and for all, Gretchen, it's "soMething", NOT "soNething" !  It drives me crazy when she says that!

DRG
DRG

Wasn't it SOOOOOOO "Vickie" to walk in to Heather's moment in the sun and pose a toast to HERSELF? 

piperoni
piperoni

I do not blame jim for walking away.that is a true man that did not speak to terry in front of the ladies.tamra had no bussiness going over there.she ruins the show. she is so vile.i pray she will get the help she needs.

puckity
puckity

CONGRATULATIONS to Briana! For being a strong woman, for finding her own success, and for her baby on the way!! I hope she and Vicki mend their issues, because this is truly an amazing time for a mother and daughter to share... I hoep Bravo brings Briana into the Housewives somehow... :)

FutureDaRonch
FutureDaRonch

My boyfriend left two years ago on July 7th for a mission with his church! I was devastated to be separated from him and had no clue how I was going to make it through 2 years with out him... But we did it! He gets home in 2 weeks and we plan to get married! I told him not to worry about buying a ring thatd Id be happy to just wear a bubble gum machine ring or even a string because all that matters is that I'm going to be by his side for the rest of my life! I've waited two years buy just writing letters! I haven't heard his voice since before he left! Now that's love to wait on someone for 2 years! Im so happy for you and Eddie and I wish the very best for you, your kids, and your new healthy marriage!

kimberly.biggs.79
kimberly.biggs.79

Congratulations on the best season of RHOOC to date! I love Bravo and all the Fab ladies! Great job casting Heather this season, but please do away with Sarah next year. She's boring and makes for a stupid villain!!!

LLinTexas
LLinTexas

I am embarrassed for them!  The whole thing wasn't even high school, it was jr. high.  I must say that Eddie looked uncomfortable.  It is surprising to me that the men are so involved.  My husband and sons would think that this is the most ridiculous mess and certainly wouldn't even waste one minute on it.  I had to turn the channel because it was so uncomfortable to watch middle aged, drunk women arguing over the most stupid stuff, and then crying about it.  Tamra needs some sort of help.  Why on Earth did she sit down at the table when Terry and Jim were talking.  On that note, why were Terry and Jim even giving any energy to the situation.  You would think that Terry has so much more to occupy himself than some petty, ridiculous, disagreement.  I would like to think that this well known, successful plastic surgeon would be above all of this.  I am sure that his patients are questioning their decisions if they watched this mess.

kpdc12
kpdc12

 @HBeez

 I feel bad for you.  Maybe turn off TV and actually join real life . . . . just saying

Noodlebomb13
Noodlebomb13

 @RealHousewifeFromNY I understand where Vicki is coming from. In an episode she told Tamra...how could you be friends with Gretchen, when you went to the bowels of hell to dig dirt on her?  See...Tamra did this...yet she acts like she's innocent. Not buying it!

momofthree
momofthree

 @Capricorn5 Well said.  "I'm only being real," is T's cop-out for her incessantly rude behavior.  When the show switches to her story-line I switch the channel.  

HBeez
HBeez

 @jackalack333

 Right, better to watch an over powering Vicki bull doze everyone into doing what SHE thinks they should be doing.  And watching Alexis stumple over her every word.  Good TV.  Lets face it, without Tamra the show would be BORING.

HBeez
HBeez

 @keytothecity43

You got it.  Vicki is allowed to tell eveyone how to live, who to be friends with, when to hoot and when to hollar, and when to shut up.  EVERYONE should listen to the old bag in the room.  That is correct.  And yes, it is okay for Vicki to roll her eyes at anyone anytime she wants to, but it is not okay to EVER roll your eyes at her. Vicki is the boss, don't you know that yet?  It's all about Vicki Vicki Vicki.  Which was painfully obvious when Brianna was going through her medical problems....even that was all about Vicki.  It was so sad to see a mother act that way, so incredibly selfish. 

momofthree
momofthree

 @valleybutterfly I didn't see this post before adding my own.  Your opening line sums up my point.  If she's on next year I'll be skipping this show. 

momofthree
momofthree

 @Lella I agree with you on everything but Heather.  I think she was a good addition in all scenes except the ones with Tamra.  If you think about it, those were the only times her behavior took a nose-dive.  Other than that I found her interesting & her family quite nice.

im_super_cool
im_super_cool

 @DRG i thought that was so wrong of vicki! what was that weird toast about?? wrong place wrong time lol

CCRoness
CCRoness

 @DRG I would have to agree.  It really did seem this season was all about Vicki and this episode provided it.  This was Heather's party and should have been all about Heather but Vicki had to be classic Vicki.

 

Porclain
Porclain

@piperoni Really you call him a true man when he has a tantrum and walks off without his wife???? I would call him a coward

scooper70
scooper70

 @LLinTexas I couldnt agree more about Terry. I thought he seemed as catty as the women most of the time. He seems to fit right in with all the back stabbing, talking behind others backs and just plain cattiness.  He seems very very fake.

Mar51
Mar51

 @momofthree I fast forward through anything with Tamra, and I think I will be also be skipping Heather and her superior attitude lecturing.

HBeez
HBeez

 @momofthree

  But without Tamra this would be a boring show.  Nobody wants to see a bunch of beautiful rich women getting along.  We want to see them struggle so we can at least say even though they are richer we have better friends. 

kpdc12
kpdc12

 @CCRoness

 Yes Heather paid big bucks to have all the attention on herself!  Geeeezzzz

bluesky
bluesky

 @Porclain  @piperoni

 Why would he want to have a private conversation with Terry when the 2 girls who lambasted his wife  & continues to do so show up at the table? It's out of respect for himself & Alexis that he left. Totally classy.

lynnwhitlock
lynnwhitlock

 @Porclain  @piperoni A true man does not speak to his wife "Are you wearing the pants?" that way especially in public on national TV

piperoni
piperoni

 @HBeez  @momofthree

 No,there has to be alittle drama.alot of us are calling for season 8 to be fun!you do not have to degrade other women to make the show watchable.

georgiagirl23
georgiagirl23

 @HBeez Wrong.  I loved the show in the early years when they shopped, supported each other, and had fun together.  I really think Tamra is psychotic.  She needs to be removed and the show needs to get back to the fun part, like Beverly Hills housewives were before "Traylor" hijacked it with her constant crying.  My favorite is when Tamra cries and there are no tears.  Its so obvious she fake cries constantly!  I can't watch this show if she is on it next year!