Cast Blog: #RHOC

On Slade and Lauri's Poor Timing

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"

On Slade and Lauri's Poor Timing

Lydia discusses why Slade's nickname bothered her, when Lauri should have chimed in, and defends Gretchen.

First of all, Happy Canada Day! I know everyone will be celebrating the Fourth of July this week. Nothing beats fireworks, family, and freedom. Yay America! A little known fact though, July 1st is Canada Day so pour some maple syrup on your pancakes, eh? On to this week's episode. . .

Who doesn't love a day of dress shopping with all of your girlfriends, right!? I was so excited to watch Tamra try on all sorts of dresses and find the wedding gown of her dreams. Doug and I just went to her wedding a couple of weekend's ago so, it was perfect timing to watch this episode. Tamra looked beautiful in every dress she tried on. It's no wonder she choose three! (You can see all of Tamra and Eddie's wedding day bliss in September in a multi-episode special all about their big day.)

Anyway, this was the first time I'd see everyone since the Salsa Night. So on the drive up to LA, the girls asked me all about Slade's now infamous "cheeseburger" comment. Some fans have commented that they think I overreacted, and they are entitled to their opinions. However, my feelings were hurt by Slade's whispered "joke." That is my reality. I am a direct person and I told him right then and there that it is never OK for a man to put down a woman's appearance. End of story. Slade should have just said sorry and moved on, but that didn't happen, and instead it grew into more then his mere comment. It was validating to hear that the girls understood where I was coming from and affirm my feelings. I felt really supported and justified by my friends.

When Gretchen got into the limo, all I saw was a big, honking diamond ring! I was blinded by bling! I thought Slade had proposed! The second I saw it, I asked her about it. I'm not sure why she decided to wear her old engagement ring -- on her left hand -- on Tamra's day, but it's not really that big of a deal to me. If I were Tamra, I may have been a little annoyed, but I don't really have a dog in this race so I have no real comment. That said, I am curious about Gretchen's reasoning.

Seeing Heather and Alexis getting along and talking made me so happy! Finally, we are one big, happy family celebrating Tamra together. Then Lauri had to chime in!

Watching this scene back is so crazy. In my opinion, if Lauri really felt that Vicki needed to hear what she knew about Brooks, Lauri should have called or taken Vicki aside. Instead she just dropped the bomb in front of all of us. My heart broke for Vicki. I don't think Lauri's intentions were bad, but Vicki's response was real and honest and it was so hard to see my friend in pain.

Once the shopping was over, we all went to dinner where NONE of us ate placenta, thank you very much! TMI!

When the subject of Gretchen's lying came up, I felt uncomfortable. It's no secret that Gretchen and I haven't been able to become best friends, but why are we talking about her, especially since she wasn't there to give her side of the story. It seemed wrong to be speculating behind her back especially since Gretchen DID come wedding dress shopping, and made the right decision.

In the good news department, I was really excited for Heather and her role on Malibu Country. I know it's Heather's dream to be a working actress and I love seeing it becoming a reality for her. Heather is so talented and this role sounds like it could open even more doors for her. At dinner, we should have been celebrating for all these wonderful things happening in our lives.

Be sure to watch next week for our trip to Canada. I show the ladies my motherland!

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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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