Cast Blog: #RHOC

Their Name Is Mud

Episode 8: Bravotv.com's Editor handicaps the fun run and discusses the plastic surgery habits of the O.C. ladies.

Hello Orange County fans. I hope you have on your finest custom made suits or a monogrammed fun run outfit, because I'm only recapping this episode for the most stylish folks.

Work Out
After watching Terry and Heather drop $50 thousand on some custom suits, we see Tamra and Eddie working on making sure they could fill fine threads with beautiful bodies (maybe Terry should have joined, he was super shocked about fitting into a 36). Eddie seems to find all this working out extremely sexy, while Tamra finds it all very therapeutic. Tamra's actually thinking of opening a fitness studio, and she'll be able to move around the studio with ease since she'll be lighter in the boob department. I have to point out the greatest of Eddie's facial expressions and laser focus while Tamra was working out. As she discussed her recovery time he really enjoyed those final moments with her larger breasts. Thankfully she still has a hydraulic behind and he is especially limber, so everything should be fine.

Later Tamra does take a moment to help Heather work on her fitness (In her ridiculous house). Heather, despite her mud mask look, is amped for a mud run. I'm super jazzed to see how this all works out, since I can't think of anything less fun than running around in mud, but I think these gals can handle it.

And In Good News
I'm not going to say anything more about Briana than what a relief! I'm so happy she got a clean bill of health and I'm sure Vicki feels much the same. Congrats B!

Buy a Nose
Gretchen goes to visit Alexis, only to find her wearing a SARS mask. Alexis is a little less than thrilled with the time-table of Gretch's visit, which might be why she made her look at those mucus photos (ick!). Once the gals get past the phlegm discussion, Alexis mentions that she plans on talking to Tamra once she's fully recovered. It's a rough spot, with everyone feeling bristled about the new friendship dynamic, and we'll have to see what all works out.

And then all is revealed. After a very tender, touchy removal process, we finally see Lex's new nose. And she loves it! She's breathing massive amounts of air and ready to debut her new nose on the news.

Tough Mudders
Finally the day arrives for our 'Wives to take it to the dirt. Slade has drilled holes into his shoes, and Ryan has gotten an amazing bandana for the occasion.

But one pit later, Gretchen takes a tumble and thinks she's sprained her ankle. The gang carries on, while Slade and Gretchen meet with the medics to see if she's going to be too hobbled to perform with the Pussycat Dolls.

The gang is only two mudpits later when Eddie takes a tumble from some monkey bars and breaks his finger. Who would have thought that Heather would have made the one to make it out of the whole run unscathed?

It's good because it lead to him getting to hose down the ladies, which I'm sure Terry thought was worth the whole rigamaroo. The other boys spent their after run time trying to one up each other with clavicle fractures and Tour de France stories. Oh men!

The Finish Line
After all that running, we see Vicki sititng down for dinner with Brooks. After some light-hearted discussion about fish and Vicki-tinis, her divorce comes up. It's a reminder of the process that you go through during a divorce, and how it takes more than just signing a paper or packing up to end a relationship. It was super sweet to see Brooks giving Vicki loads of support, and saying he was the best for her (and of course begging for some PDA). He also taught me the joy of the phrase "what-the-f-ever," so yay Brooks!

Tamra, meanwhile, is off to sign the papers to finalize things with Simon. As happy as she is to get it over with -- she gets pretty emotional. I wonder if divorce lawyers go through loads of tissues (it was nice of them to have it handy). In the end, Tamra pushes past her doubts and signs the paper. Thankfully Vicki is just a phone call away to give her the support she needs.

Next week Alexis returns to the news and things get nutty at the bowling alley. Until then, let me know if you'd do a mud run. Leave your feelings on filthy workouts in the comments.

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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