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The New Normal

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"

The New Normal

Ep 2:'s Editor wonders if Tamra and Vicki can make amends in a locked wine cellar with only Costco desserts.

Hello my little onion rings. We’re back with our Orange County ladies and ready to make amends or toss the evil eye at those who wronged us. Let’s see if we’re living in a Vicki/Tamra BFF world again?

The New Normal
We open at Heather's shindig. Vicki has arrived and Tamra is struggling with how to deal. And not just how to deal with the emotional weight of seeing her -- but how to deal with what she looks like now as well. Also, Tamra throws out the phrase, "Dudley Do-Right," which is a resemblance I didn't exactly see, but perhaps I was just looking for that hat.

Vicki is having her own hard time dealing with Tamra. She can't see past all the bad blood that's built up since they've seen each other last. But Vicki is in a good place. She's post-Brooks drama, she's down 12 pounds (woo hoo to that), and this dinner is going to be a breeze. The gang's plan is to ignore each other, which sounds like the most fun clambake ever.. Focus on the lack of onion rings.

Aside: I have to point out Cardinals superstar Jim Edmonds showing up to Heather's party. So let's toss out a "Rally Squirrel" for all my Cards fans.

Things manage to stay calmish until Gretchen asks where Brooks is. Surprisingly, Gretchen has plenty of advice for Vicki in this situation since she's gone through the same "people don't love my man" drama with Slade (often at Vicki's hand). And so the gals find a tiny bit of common ground, which leads Vicki to accuse Tamra of giving their buddy buddy moment the evil eye. Why is it always about the Evil Eye?

And so all the ignoring (or "ig" as I like to say) goes right out the window. Tamra mentions that perhaps she wasn't there for Vicki and Vicki says that was so. At that point Tamra bolts, with Heather following her to the living room. Vicki wonders to Gretchen if Tamra is just a mean person when she gets mad, while Heather tells her she can react however she wants and dispenses her Jewish Mary Poppins wisdom to make her feel better. This begs the question, what is Jewish Mary Poppins giving out spoons of? Kugel? Are you hiding the medicine in matzo ball soup?

Let's Dance
Meanwhile in Alexis land, Jim and Alexis are taking a romantic dance class. Alexis shares that the last year was rather hard on dear Jim, and that now that things are better he's seeming more like himself. Plus she's feeling free and supported. She's got Vicki to rely on, and her handsome man friend to dance with. Things are looking up.

I do have to say Jim's got some moves. I bet he was a killer "lambada" dancer. And, Alexis is right about his lightness being back, because he's light enough on his feet to wear women's flip flops. Nice tootsies Bellino.

In the Vault
After a small Costco kerfuffle and a pretty serious pinch (I don't recall Mary Poppins having quite such a violent grip), Tamra finds out that her and Eddie's gym is city council approved! And Vicki takes this good feeling moment to approach Tamra.

In a new twist for them, the gals actually try to talk out their issues by locking themselves in a wine cellar (there are worse places to be trapped). Vicki confesses that she's not happy and that she feels like she's not allowed to be with who she wants. Tamra shares that she doesn't hate Brooks, she just wants to be sure that Vicki isn't going to get hurt. And then in vino veritas literally happens. Vicki sees a bottle of wine that reminds her of a trip they took years ago with their respective exes. It's a serious reminder of how far they come and how much they truly mean to each other. And so things end on a semi-positive note. The ladies are both leery of what is yet to come, but they want things to work out.

Jump for Their Love
The Bellinos are a family of many business ventures. They see a business opportunity and they take it. And so when someone says foam and trampolines are the future they take it. And thank god, because that results in Alexis jumping, ever so gracefully, into a foam pit.

Seriously, though Sky Zone looks pretty rad. Who doesn't want to jump around on loads of indoor trampolines? And so Alexis, as spokesperson, doesn't haven't to put on a hard sell --- even though she could. She wants to reiterate that she didn't get fired from Fox 5, but she just wanted to focus on supporting him and his dreams. Again, I would follow anyone who tells me their dream is trampolines. Nice work, Alexis. 

In other job having news, Slade continuing to radio host it up. And since he's a man that covers breaking news, he doesn't waste any time addressing a certain "muppet" who has a had some work done. (His words! Personally I call all my friends muppets so that is a term of endearment.) Hmm, I can't imagine this will go over well with Vicki. Bunco Party Redux?

Arts and Crafts
Meanwhile, Vicki's tweaking her home as well -- with some seriously beautiful murals. I can't get over how fine those birds were. And speaking of fine, the little nugget Troy is looking as precious as ever. He's such a cute little baby, I can barely deal. Especially when he's rocking his glitter look. Don't blame Vicki, Briana. Maybe Troy is just a big Lady Gaga fan. Some kids love glitter.

Meanwhile in another arty neck of the O.C., Tamra and Eddie were making some paintings. Dogs are especially arty, so I'm not surprised that Bronx made quite a masterpiece. But while Eddie is doing great with the blended family business, he's not great with bringing Vicki into the fold again. Eddie wants Tamra to protect herself, but who is giving her the right advice: Gretchen, Eddie or Heather?

Find out next week, when those crazy kids try to make amends again, when new gal Lydia shows up, and perhaps, most excitingly, Gretchen running in a weird baby holster. But what did you guys think? Will Tamra and Vicki every reunite? Leave your thoughts 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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