Cast Blog: #RHOC

What Is Comedy

Tamra: Lizzie's Obsessed With Me

Shannon Settles the Score

Lizzie: Tamra Doesn't Fight Fair

Heather: Why Hate?

RHOC Reunion GIFs: The Gloves Come Off

Lizzie on That Kentucky Fried Nickname

Shannon on Heather's Double Standard

RHOC Reunion GIFs: Psychics, Opinions, and Shade

Heather Weighs in on the Dinner Party

The Difference Between Shannon and Heather

Lizzie Forgives Tamra

Vicki Wants the Best for Tamra

GIF Recap: RHOC Season 9 Finale

Vicki: I'm Tired of Tamra Causing Problems

Recap: 13 GIF-able Life Lessons from Bali

Tamra: Lizzie Is the Worst Kind of Person

Lizzie: Tamra Has it Out for Me

Shannon: There's No Hope Tamra and I

Tamra: Lizzie's Out for Blood

Heather: Can't Friends Disagree

Lizzie: What Tamra's Doing Isn't Right

GIF Recap: Kayaks, Crowns, and Elephants

Shannon Was Shocked Tamra Would Betray Her

Tamra: I Was a Fool to Defend Vicki

Heather: Newsflash It's Not All My Fault

Vicki's Warning to Lizzie

Shannon Isn't Putting Emotions onto Tamra

Lizzie: I Thought Tamra Was My Friend

GIF Recap: Lizzie's Lonely Birthday Dance

Tamra: I'm Going to Be a Tam-ma!

Vicki: This Episode Was Hard to Watch

Heather: I Did Owe Shannon an Apology

Shannon: Tamra Is Stirring the Pot

Lizzie: Tamra Is Stirring Up Sh--

GIF Recap: What Does Tamra Remember?

Vicki Is Trying to Stay Neutral

Shannon: Tamra's Lies Are Mind Boggling

GIF Recap: Lizzie's Dinner Party Disaster

Vicki Advises Shannon to Keep Communication Lines Open

Lizzie: "I Take Sun Kitten Swimwear Very Seriously"

What Is Comedy

Episode 4: Bravotv.com's Associate Editor ponders the meaning of comedy and friendship.

What is comedy? Is it someone falling down? A good chicken crossing the road joke? A picture of Vicki and Miss Piggy? Kristen Wiig's voice?

It's all of those things, because comedy is subjective. So what Slade finds funny might be different than one Tamra finds funny. That's why he might think that calling Tamra the Michelin Man is high comedy, and she might think it's fighting words. Let's take a gander at this episode and see what what humorous and what made us shriek in a comical fashion, shall we?

That's What Friends Are For
We open with Vicki and Tamra having a little egg white breakfast, and disucssing the goodbye terms from the painting pary. This, of course, finally allows Vicki to explain how she feels about Tamra and Gretchen buddying up.

I'm going to be honest. I'm not sure anything made me laugh as hard this episode (sorry Slade!) as Vicki's BFF voice. I love when Vicki tells a story, because she has a delightful storytelling voice, that's slightly different from her regular dialect. It's higher and faster, as though someone is speeding her up on a Talkboy, and I adore it, particularly when she's discussing "bayous of junk." Then Vicki wins me over even more by delicately explaining what exactly the term" brown nose" means. Be careful Tamra -- don't do anything that could jeopardize access to this woman's hilarity. Continue to shower her with gifts like "nipple nibblers." That could work.

In other fledgling friendships, Alexis and Heather went to lunch, which was filled with its own nuggets of awkwardness. Heather thinks Alexis is an enigma. Alexis thinks Heather's hoity toitty. At the end of the day Heather thinks their only similar features or having twins and being women. . . At least that's something! Build a bridge with that tiny sliver of common ground ladies!

How to Get Naked Wasted
Remind me never to try out material in front of Slade's mom, Liz. Woman does not pull any punches with her critiques, and instead of lauding Slade with praise, she reserves all her kindest words for the dogs. Not only is his mother rough on his act, but she's also nervous about him proposing to Gretchen. And as if he needs another scathing review, Gretchen doesn't exactly love his "In the News" act that eviscerates her fellow Housewives.

Heather, Alexis, and Sarah arrive at the Improv to see how his method works out. Heather, besides her illustrious acting career, also dabbled in stand-up (which leads Alexis to comment that she specializes in "football feeding," which to me sounds like the most terrifying way to eat. I know it's for babies, but it is my new nightmare). And so the lights dim and the ladies await what witty retorts Slade and Gretchen have cooked up. . .

Gretchen's comedic style seems to lean heavily on nudity (Hey it worked for Jason Segel in Forgetting Sarah Marshall), and the crowd seems slightly confused by her bikini strip down. Slade's style -- pelvic thrusts and ferocious digs. After showing a pretty heinous faux photo of Jo (throwback), he gets right into it with the other gals. . .

All I'll say is it's a good thing Tamra and Vicki chose to skip the two-drink minimum at the Improv. There's a pretty much 100 percent chance they wouldn't have loved the "news" Slade delivered.

On the ride home, Slade thanks Gretchen for her performance, but she's not really feeling the team spirit angle. It seems Gretchen won't be comfortable with them becoming the O.C.'s Abbott and Costello. She doesn't want him breaking up the friendships she's trying to heal. But Slade could care less. Instead he welcomes them to his house of pain will gladly type Miss Piggy and Vicki Gunavalson into Google for you. We’ll see how that works out at the '80s party.

On Some Serious Notes. . .
In a land of less laughs, Eddie and Tamra are also talking serious. Eddie wants to talk about them moving in together. But Tamra's a little hesitant. Simon won't sign the divorce papers, and she has some reservations about how the children are dealing with things playing out. And so over fondue, she breaks it to Eddie that she needs more time to sort things out. Hopefully the melted cheese, softened the blow of her needing more independence. I find that always helps when people tell me bad news.

Briana chose to soften her rough news to with guacamole, as she and Vicki discussed her health over dinner. I want to give some mondo props to Briana. She's extremely resilient and good humored (herpes jokes!) in the face of adversity. Briana seems a little closed off in the men department, and seems a little dubious of Vicki's new relationship. Hopefully she will come around to opening her "love tank" to someone else.

Besides the divorce drama, Briana is having her thyroid removed to see if the tumors or cancerous. But she's feeling super positive, and so are we. Let's all send Briana good vibes.

Next week everyone loves the '80s, and maybe hates each other! Until then, let's ponder the definition of comedy. Leave yours 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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