The First 'Wives Club

Bravotv.com's Editor discusses Vicki's car games and Alexis' "intervention."

on May 29, 20120

A Is for Anus
The next morning over egg whites (egg whites, no yellow), the gang fills their canteens with "jungle juice" and heads out for the zipline.

As the camouflage canteens are passed, Vicki starts the Alphabet Game (I rarely used the world "dildo" when I last played, but I was also about nine). Then the traditional pre-zipline hair braiding commences, which I think is done to calm nerves? Heather and Gretchen are a little nervous. . and then Alexis is super nervous. After a quick shove things progress nicely. Vicki is feeling especially invigorated, and begins to recount her high school days, in which she was popular, perfect, and pondering marriage to Bob Tomato (Vicki Tomato! What a different show this could have been!). This leads her to think about Briana's own nuptials and maybe sends Vicki down a bit of a rabbit hole of anxiety. Vicki attempts to stave off that angst with another car game -- leading Gretchen to admit that she’s going to bring apples, bananas, and a gun to the next imaginary picnic. (Sounds like a good picnic supply list to me.) After penis makes it to the packing list, the hypocrite accusations fly and with Tamra using Gretchen's retort to shut Vicki down. . . .So much for a fun day at the zipline.

If anything all of this caterwauling resulted in some really iconic Vicki faces so we have that to revel in.

If the Shoe Fits
Once the ladies have removed their official zip lining trash bags, they gather for two respective pre-dinner tete-a-tetes. Alexis discusses the underlying tension of the day with Gretchen, while Heather and Tamra discuss eye wash and just how they are going to break this phony news to Alexis.

Pause, Spanish lesson: Claro que sí means "of course." The restaurant is called Claro Que Seafood. Extrapolate if you can.

31 comments
sam-shell
sam-shell

Kim, I think your synopsis is hysterical ! Spider monkey

Viewer
Viewer

exis has never been my fav. H.W., however, I really felt bad for her at the table in Costa Rica. Gretchen, as usual, showed her true character and was more two faced than anyone I have ever seen. If she truly felt like she wanted to make Alexis aware of her character flaws then as a true friend she should have pulled her aside a long time ago. She simply wanted to jump on the band wagon with Heather and Tamra. Vicki was totally right; the girls are jealous of her. How dare Gretchen name Alexis' flaws! What type of flaws describe a person who screws another man while her fiansee is dying of cancer, Gretchen? I hate friends who don't have each others back! Tamra, on the other hand is definitely a mean girl and if she wants to talk flaws ask her kids how they feel after watching that disgusting bathtub scene? Say what you want about Alexis but she has ALWAYS defended Gretchen or at the very least not joined in on others and criticize her. The bunko party was another disgusting display of Gretchen's non-loyalty. 2 thumbs up for Vicki BC I really like how she supported Alexis and I wish she would have spoken up more at the take about how they all are materialistic to a degree.

LuvBravo!
LuvBravo!

I don't understand why Vicki is the only one who has blogged about the past episode. Are the other ladies afraid to say anything about how badly they came across? I can't believe they would think anyone viewing the "gang up" would think this is ok to do to one person. I was disgusted seeing the behavior in that episode and it is hard to believe that Gretchen, Tamra, and Heather don't have anything to say about their actions. They can't feel for her even just as a human being. She did not fly all that way to get ambushed and I feel for her because that must have been so hurtful.

Lupe2003
Lupe2003

I applaude Vicki for staying out of the attack on alexis! 2nd of all....sorry Gretchen I like u but if u were a true friend you would not let these girls talk as much crap of ur friend as they do.... If u watch the clips alexis doesn't talk about Anyone unless it's a commentary on their interaction....everyone else goes to sleep talking about the poor girl!

LoveBethenny&Jason
LoveBethenny&Jason

Claro means "of course", Claro que si means "yes, of course". Claro que Seafood means "Seafood of course". It's really not fair to play word games in another language with people if you don't give them an accurate translation to start with.

ginniem
ginniem

I have not been much of an Alexis fan however the "intervention" by Tamara and Heather was just totally out of line. What right do they have to call someone out on something that is none of their business. If they don't like Alexis then don't talk to her. They expell a massive amout of energy talking trash about Alexis when they could be doing something positive.

jaintn
jaintn

Ganging up on someone to critique their personality, especially when you're supposed to be on a fun trip is not cool. Especially because Tamra hates Alexis so her part in it was not to point something out to a friend, it was to continue the assault from the previous week. I do agree that Alexis is phony, but I think it comes from insecurity and I feel a little sorry for her. Yuck. Anyway, if Gretchen was truly her friend, she WOULD have told her on the plane, not been part of the ambush at dinner.

Olivia93
Olivia93

Has anyone really watched this past weeks episode??? Alexis is the one who opened the door. She started this whole thing by bringing up what Terry said. If she had a problem with what Terry said she should have spoken to him about it, not Heather, not Tamra, not any of the ladies. Again her inability to voice her concern was addressed to the wrong people. This girl is pretentious and perhaps she should have not said anything. One again her mouth overtakes her brain. She has repeatedly said if anyone has something to say to her, to say it to her face not behind her back. They did exactly what she has voiced in the past and now she is boo-hooing about it...PLEASE. Be careful what you ask for!

Viewer959112
Viewer959112

Could someone please explain to these ladies the difference between the phrase "white elephant" and "the elephant in the room"?

Kelly Speaks
Kelly Speaks

I hope Bravo publsihes this statement...

You think that there is a problem with Alexis and Jim renting.. Many rich people rent instead of purchase.. Especially the past 3 years, our economy has been in the tank... Many, many millionaires lost money, and could not afford their homes.. By renting, with the disposable income, they can afford to live in something they like, instead of having to have less and possibly lose it, because of the economy... They don't have to pay any interest on the mortgage, so they can afford to rent higher.. They don't have to pay property taxes, so they can afford to rent higher... They don't have to pay property insurance, so they can afford to rent higher... and it is just possible that Alexis doesn't know everything Jim does... He probably rents the vehicles and trades them in every two years... Again, without having to pay interest and get tied down to a loan for 60 months...

She wears jewelry that is fake... You obviously have not been around really rich people, and I am not saying that Alexis and Jim are really rich... But many, many women have duplicates made of their expensive jewelry, and only wear them on special occasions... They wear the cosmetic ones...

Viewer13
Viewer13

It was terrible of the women ganging up on Alexis and even worse while they were away on a trip. Alexis may not come across as intelligent but, I believe her talking about her money, cars, etc. is fueled by her insecurity. I think she seems like a nice person.

malibutls
malibutls

Please make a change of cast. No more Vicki, Gretchen or god awful Tamara. Please Please Please, need fresh and new. There is lots of people in OC, I grew up in Newport and believe or not Alex fits right in.

jeanlady
jeanlady

have not watched the episode yet, but can't wait. These women have put themselves on TV, accepted the $$'s that go with it, and live in a world that is so unrealistic we all love to watch the chaos involved. Who is talking about who this week and why... doesn't really matter. This is their warped reality and it is just fun to watch.

ocviewer
ocviewer

Why are the ladies not blogging every week? I know they are all so 'busy' but with the amount of money Bravo pays them to appear on this show, I would think they could find a bit of time to write a few paragraphs. That said, I am so tired to Tamra. First it was Gretchen, then she disliked Lynn, then it was Jeanna, and now Alexis.

Carmen Velasquez
Carmen Velasquez

Alexis is a sweet lady that puts her foot in her mouth sometimes. I know people who have Doctorates in their field and do that. The fake jewlery, so what if she wants to wear fake jewlery how does that affect the other ladies lives. MYOB is my motto. If I have an issue with someone its going to be about something that affects me personally and hinders me in some way. If Heather is so busy and has so much goin on why is she concerned about Alexis and wht she has or what she does for a livin.. I mean really why expell so much energy for someone you dont care for. As for Tamra, well she may say she is happy with her life but she cant be if she is so obsessed with Alexis life! As for Gretchen she is scared of Tamra and dosent want the attention on her so she switched loyalties.

carol112245
carol112245

I agree on all points especially the one about Bravo and their take on Alexis.

OWUTracey
OWUTracey

If Alexis does talk down to people as if they are her servants, then yes I do think she needs to be told that she's no better than the average Joe. I do think maybe she needs a little reality bite from people who are not as pretentious as she is. On the other hand, even though I like all the women on the show, I do get tired of Tamra's same ole same ole catty, juvenile remarks about her. Some of Tamra's remarks about some things are funny, but when she calls someone an idiot, it's just ugly. Vicki's hypocrisy is never ending and old now. Especially since she refuses to see it for herself. But there was nothing wrong with her being over-the-top goofy on this trip. It's a ventilation trip that is to help her cope with her crap at home and she should be allowed to let loose if she feels like it without them all giving her a hard time. Gretchen asked Slade to help and he tried. I felt a new wave of respect for him when he told her to figure it out herself and walked out. Good for Slade! He's not her doll, he's supposed to be her equal. Although he never acts like it so it's hard for her to treat him like it. I love Gretchen, but kudos to Slade in this particular situation! Nothing wrong with Heather YET, however if she keeps going down the Tamra path, she's going to end up with a nice pile of haters. She's sensible, more so then the other women so I'd like for Bravo to keep portraying her as such. Let there be a smart one in the group PLEASE! Alexis, just stop bragging about everything in the world and you'll be well received by everyone in the world. I do like Alexis, just not her pretentiousness.

Flustered
Flustered

A true friend would have brought this up in private. Also, dump Tamera. Nothing she does is wrong but, everyone else is crap? Ugh! I love Heather though. The intervention was not her best.

Louisianagirl
Louisianagirl

I think that IF Tamara & Heather were as happy as they would like everyone to think, they would have better things to talk about than Alexis 24/7 would. Seriously, that is every show. They go out to eat...Alexis gets trashed the entire meal. And as for Dr.D....really? A successful doc trashing another person on a date with his wife?? I agree with everyone...get rid of these trouble making bullies and let’s get back to fun times with RHOC!

viewer1965
viewer1965

Heather's and Tamara's "intervention" plot is so out of line. What makes them so special that they need to intervene on her behalf. Heather is hardly anyone to judge about pretentiousness. And Tamara calling Alexis out for being shallow? Pot to kettle, Ladies!

ohio woman
ohio woman

It's clear that Bravo and Andy dislikes Alex. I think this season shows that Bravo will not be bringing Alex back. Why? I think the answer is in the fact that Andy calls Alex "Jesus Barbie" - just saying.

LuvBravo!
LuvBravo!

What is up with Tamra? Why does she feel the need to whip out her knife tongue and samari Alexis? If Tamra doesn't like Alexis that much then don't be on the show and don't be around her. Just because you don't care for someone, it does not give you full range to talk nasty to them and about them constently. Vicki was the only intelligent one who stayed out of it. The women ganging up on Alexis was terrible and there is something wrong with them if they don't feel bad for it.

MichelleSD
MichelleSD

Thanks for the (boring) summary. As an editor, I would think you could add some unseen details or a different perspective than that of "Cliff Notes".

upsidedown
upsidedown

I wish these pretty ladies would not fight with each other .

Ibegofyou
Ibegofyou

There has never been a Real Housewives series with so much need of a cast change. I can't stomach it anymore. Please drop Tamara, Heather and Gretchen. PLEASE! I can't take it anymore, it's no fun watching this show anymore. at least the New York cast had some charm. None here.

mrspenc
mrspenc

I can't stand the way Tamara and Heather treat Alexis. They try to act superior while degrading another woman, it speaks volumes to their lack of character. It's pathetic to see these women tearing other women down just because they are different, who cares if you don't agree with another? It definitely doesn't make you right, the truth or better than the other person.

piperoni
piperoni

Alexis ,is confident funny kind beautiful secure.and doing well.of chorse some of the ladies are going to be jealous.

MeaganS
MeaganS

Wow. Even the editor is being snarky with Alexis....geez, give the poor girl a break. She isn't my favorite, but this episode just showed how hateful and petty Tamara can be.

A former fan...
A former fan...

It is never okay to ambush any person for differences of opinion, taste or culture. These women clearly do not understand the position they are in as role models. Please remove both Heather and Tamra from the show.

Viewer1201
Viewer1201

I'm so over Tamra. So what if Alexis is materialistic? She's basically harmless, just walk away. Tamra finds someone to be her "target" every season. I don't understand people that feel they have to "be brutally honest" when asked a question. Instead ask yourself "what will I or this person gain by that?". If the answer has value, by all means, say what you feel. However, if the only thing gained is pain, you are only being mean and are motivated by selfish reasons.

kimmi311
kimmi311

Don't people get insurance on their Jewelry for a reason??