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Lydia McLaughlin Reflects on the Quiet Woman Dinner: "It Was Very Jarring"

The #RHOC pal also opens up about how newbie Peggy Sulahian reacted to the turn of events.

By Jocelyn Vena
Lydia McLaughlin on Beefing with Shannon Beador

When The Real Housewives of Orange County gathered to hang at local OC hangout, the Quiet Woman, for some dinner and drinks, no one probably could have anticipated just how heated the get-together would be become. The tension really escalated after Shannon Beador ran into Kelly Dodd in the ladies' room.

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Kelly Thinks Shannon Looks Like a Completely Different Person

It was a conversation that didn't stay in the bathroom but found its way to the dinner table, serving as newbie/Lydia McLaughlin's pal, Peggy Sulahian's, real initiation into the world of what it means to be a Real Housewife.

"I thought [Peggy] was gonna have a heart attack because I have never -- like I said the only time I met Shannon was at the party where she's yelling at me and runs away. And then I meet her again, and she's yelling at Kelly and in the bathroom and just the sight of her, I felt like she was gonna have a heart attack. I don't know how else to describe it. It was very jarring... I don't understand her reaction," Lydia recalled to The Daily Dish. "Peggy seems unfazed by it, though. I remember, in person, I was like, 'Oh my gosh,' freaking out [and] crying. And she's like, 'The steak was delicious.' And I'm like, 'Wait? What?' I'm confused by you. That actually was my plate of food that got thrown."

As Lydia referenced, she and Shannon have already come face-to-face at a birthday party for Tamra Judge's granddaughter.

Lydia and Shannon Go Head to Head During Their First Meeting

Lydia reflected on that moment. "I think you can tell how I’m feeling just by my expressions, I don’t ever, like, really blanket me. I’m very like in the moment and expressive. So you can see the first time I meet Shannon how shocked I am by her response to me. And, yeah, I definitely feel like Shannon and I get off on the wrong start and she doesn’t give me a chance to explain where I’m coming from or even really get to know me," Lydia said. "And I think that’s her loss. The first time I meet Shannon, it’s like you meet anybody. You don’t know anything about them. And so, I had known that she was hurt and that Vicki had hurt her and her family. So, of course, I feel I tried to have empathy for her and explain myself but it’s hard to explain yourself to someone when they’re screaming at you and not letting you talk and walking away and waving your hand. So yeah, that’s tough."

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