'Real Housewives of OC' reunion brings the drama
June 13th, 2011
01:23 PM ET

'Real Housewives of OC' reunion brings the drama

Let me just say I have never missed an episode of "The Real Housewives of Orange County" since it began airing in 2006. And as the “Orange County” Housewives have come and gone over the years, the meanness, cattiness and drama (thankfully) have not.

The first part of season 6’s reunion special last night was no different. It had the usual suspects: sparkling mini dresses, long blonde hair extensions, shocking accusations, major life changes and someone walking off the set! That's exactly why I love these reunion shows.

The “RHOOC” reunion was one hour of targeted attacks. In one corner were newfound friends Peggy Tanous, Vicki Gunvalson and Tamra Barney. In the other were “Housewives” Gretchen Rossi and Alexis Bellino.

Let's start with the daggers thrown at Alexis and Gretchen. Tamra accused Gretchen of being jealous of her young boyfriend and even brought up a picture Gretchen took years ago with a sex toy. Yes, she went there.

Gretchen tried her best to laugh it off but I'm sure she was surprised and angry on the inside. Tamra seemed to have saved 80 percent of her nastiness for Gretchen, bringing up a lawsuit that she's allegedly battling and even suggesting that her boyfriend Slade doesn't have money because he is lazy, doesn't work and doesn't pay child support.

Tamra went on to imply that the only reason Gretchen wasn't married to Slade is because he was broke and that she is a gold digger.

But perhaps the most devastating blows were felt by Alexis (or "Jesus Barbie," as she’s called by the other cast members). Host Andy Cohen asked her the status of her house and whether or not she, her husband and three kids are being foreclosed on.

Alexis admitted the market caused them to lose value in their home and as a result they were moving out and buying another house with cash. That sparked Tamra to snap back that she was lying and simply moved her money around to get out of paying for a house they couldn't afford. Alexis handled that calmly by saying: "Oh my God do you want me to show you my bank statements?"

But the worst happened after Alexis questioned Tamra’s parenting skills. Tamra responded that Alexis dropped her kids into a pool while they were strapped in their strollers.

She was referring to an incident where Alexis’s kids were strapped into their strollers and left unattended momentarily near a pool. Questioning her job as a parent is one of the meanest things done on this season for sure, but there are some who think Alexis deserved it, especially after making some outrageous comments. Remember, she’s made remarks like "The problem with liberal America is that women think they can do anything in this day and age including running for president" and "I feel safer with a man running our country."

Her religious perspective and her subservient behavior towards her husband put Alexis at odds all season long with just about everyone, and the reunion didn't change things.

After watching Gretchen and Alexis get kicked around (mind you, not one fake eyelash was out of place while that was all happening) it was time for the saddest moment of the show.

This is when Vicki’s estranged husband Donn Gunvalson talked about being served with divorce papers. Donn wasn't there but he allowed a videotape to be played of him from an earlier interview. He said that the way he was treated wasn't with "class or dignity," referring to how he was served with divorce papers.

Then came the tears: Vicki broke down about how she had treated Donn and why she worked more at her job than she worked on her marriage. This hour was packed with unforgettable moments, and it’s only the beginning!

Next week is part two of "The Real Housewives of Orange County: Reunion" and already it promises to be bigger and better with one of the cast member's boyfriends coming on the set and causing another housewife to leave. After these reunion shows, it will be hard to envision these women ever breaking bread again in the O.C.!

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  3. Nielsen

    Alexis reminds me of the girl who couldn't get a date in high school or who didn't make the cheerleading squad. So very desparate to be noticed and admired. She and Theresa from the HWof NJ are from the same mold. Over inflated egos. Worthless husbands and (I think they know it). They are so needy they can't live a normal life. They will both end up divorced and broke. Now that would be a great reality show!!!!!

    July 1, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Nielsen

    Tamra is a wanna-be hottest housewife. The only reason she trashes Gretchen is because she can't stand being older and less attractive. She has gotten fatter with each episode. She's phony and now flabby. I quit watching the show because she is no longer worth wasting my time. Simon should be tahnking God for getting her out of his life. Her neckline says it all. You are older now. Deal with it. Vicki is just as bad. They need to move on and let the younger woman have thier day..........so sad

    July 1, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Teresa

    WOW!! Vicki and Tamra are really changing and not for the better , they seem to be the kind of women who have totally let fame go to thier heads, They attack Grechen and Alexis at every opportunity and It seems they need to look into the mirror, They are so spitefull this season its making them look like ugly mean girls, and the new girl Peggy should be carefull they might be the wrong side to attache herself to if she wants people to enjoy her and her family on the show..

    June 19, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nielsen

      Tamra, Vicki, now Peggy all look hagard and botoxed. That's why they hang out with eachother. It's one big denial party. The rest of the girls should be laughing in thier face. They are so transparent in thier jealously it's pathetic. I guess only the three of them have'nt figured it out. It should be "Housewives of the overthe hill gang". Then the stars would be Tamra, Vicki and Peggy. Petty, miserable women hanging on to a fantasy of thier own making.

      July 1, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |


    June 19, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Asha07

    Um, who wrote this? Tamara went off n Gretchen and brough tup things that were true. Did you do any research or just assume these facts were just gossip. Look it up-judge ordering Slade to find a real job insinuating he's intentionally not been working for years, the fact that you can go to court to have child support payments lowered which he hasn't done in years, that Jo (Slade's Ex) was still trying to work things out with Slade when he & Gretchen started dating, the fact that the court awarded Jay (the guy Gretchen was cheating on dying Jeff with) over $30K in damages because she was lying about their relationship. Look it up!

    June 15, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nielsen

      Tamra is so jealous of Gretchen she can't see straight. Whether there is any truth to what Tamra said doesn't matter is was NONE of her business and she is so ate up she can't help herself. Her looks and body have seen better days. She needs to admit she has a problem growing older and stay away from everyone else she feels threatened by. Gretchen should know she is wasting time worrying about Tamra or Vicki. They are so miserable she doesn't have to respond anymore. Hang in there Gretchen, they know they are on thin ice and most likely will be replaced by younger woman.

      July 1, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Oh Irony of it all!

    I was really disappointed in how Tamra acted. Gretchen has every right to be mad at Tamra for poking her nose where it doesn't belong. Tamra, you are a nasty,vile sorry excuse for a mother, it's no wonder Simon left you, YES, he left you. You were probably banging that gay boy of yours while still with Simon- seriously, how does it feel for others to poke their noses on your personal business? Right. It doesn't feel good, so you should remember that every time you meddle into Gretchen and Slade's business, the knife cuts both ways. As for Icky, she looks haggard. Yes, Don is a smart man by staying away from you, God only knows your ex husband feels the same way Don does. right. about. now. As for your daughter treating you like yesterdays trash, well, you can't blame her- she's only being honest & you really fail miserably at relationships, time for you to hang it up and sober up a bit, all this hate is showing through your wrinkled face. Alexis needs to really get a life. Stop pretending you love God. You love yourself way more than you do The Almighty, admit it and quit embarrassing yourself. Peggy Sue, this woman is right down scary, first, she looks like a MAN and pretends that Icky & Tamra have her best interest at heart- THEY ARE ONLY UTILIZING YOU, DUMBA$$. Once you break their cardinal rules, you are shi^ to them and they will bounce you to the other side- the dark side, beware and yes, you too are evil most especially towards Alexis- jealous much? lolol Gretchen, stick to Slade, he might be a broke guy but he really cares about you- time will tell, I suppose. Slade, keep a stiff upper lip, all will work itself out.

    June 15, 2011 at 2:12 am | Report abuse |
  9. Lizo

    You guys are stupid! Gretchen is a scam. Go to thedirty.com and see her lies. Tamra is just not buying her lies. You guys are dumb

    June 14, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. suebeedue

    what is TAMRAS problem– she thinks Vicki is soooo great - and puts up with Vicki and her "head jerking - eye popping" glances ...but the way she attacks Gretchen at any and all opportune times is just pathetic. IF you are sooooo happy, with your boyfriend and your life– then just go on with your life and quit being so vindictive and such a jerk!! you are a physically pretty woman - but your cattiness makes you very unattractive and old looking!! being judgemental and bitter is bad for your looks – and those will only last a few more years– don't ruin the 5 years of being pretty you have left..

    June 14, 2011 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  11. Rahiq Syed

    Tamra is vile and the epitome of trailor trash. I wish her and her gay boyfriend Eddie would leave the show. Both her and Vicki look old and dried up.

    June 14, 2011 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
  12. real housewife

    I hate those stupid shows! They are not real housewives!!

    June 14, 2011 at 6:59 am | Report abuse |
  13. Sunshine Girl *

    No wonder I couldnt find any of those things! Theyve used all the Covergirl/Botrox/Clairol in the entirw world! It doesnt get much faker than that. Jesus what a bunch of b!tches! I cant believe people live/act like that on a daily basis. Uuuuugh!

    June 14, 2011 at 4:21 am | Report abuse |
  14. Chong

    Well I just want to say that I think Tamara is a FAKE person who likes to talk about others but cant take it when dished out to her.And as for Vicky how can you have Tamaras back after throwing you under the bus so many times last season and saying things to Simmon about you.As for Alexis you are also a FAKE person who is always competing with Peggy.As for Peggy and Gretchen I love how you stand strong and dont need to jump on the others band wagon. Jeana you need to take a step back out of the others relationshiops and worry about what goes on in your own life...

    June 14, 2011 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
  15. Chimom

    Are these girls for real? I mean is this real or are all these stories written for them? These are moms with perfect bodies, faces, clothes and beautiful homes in a perfect climate. Why live like this? They have got To be acting.

    June 14, 2011 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Asha07

      Sadly, the more peple I kjnow that have hte most are the most fisassociated with real life. Because of this little things start to take on such weight and significance because all their needs are met so there's time to nitpick. There has to be a reason for jealousy, inesecurity, etc. and when someone has everything they need they start to fill their emptiness by tearing down others.

      June 15, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Mr. Ed

    @tanna you shouldm't talk because you seem to have a lot of issues yourself. In fact, most of you seem to have issues. @tanna why would anyone want to have real housewives? You are all FAT AND UGLY..PERIOD!

    June 14, 2011 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  17. Jean

    At what age do these women have a spine, personality and different hair colro,style and false eyelashes ??!! What a group of bleached , pathetic old denial queens!

    June 14, 2011 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  18. Ann

    Tamra, you are the biggest loser out there and an embarrassment to your children. The lighting must have been good when they were filming the show because you looked disgusting on the reunion. If you want to be a good person, take some ownership for your actions, YOU PIG!!! And for Vickie, your another pathetic reason for a human being! All you have ever done is talk crap behind everyones back, obviously people who act the way you do are beyond jealous. You and that nasty Tamra are perfect for each other. Shame on you for thinging you are a GOD fearing woman!!

    June 13, 2011 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tanna

      Your so right Ann!!! Just watching the ending to part II and just wanted to add just alittle....Nasty Tamra, how much botox is in your face? You can't even smile or bring on a tear with that mug of your and fried hair (such a liar)!!! Vicki, what happen to you this season? You actually let your appearance go...your face is swollen and looks like maybe your hitting hugging the bottle just a little to much. And what's up with catholic hand prayer? You actually need to do some praying for your soul along with the other nasty Tamra!!! Don, we wish you the best and some beautiful woman will come into your life and treat you the way you should be treated. Peggy, were you a man in another life? Your so manly!!! Alexis, you give Christians a bad name! If you continue to be on the show, please stop using God as your Savior and your body as your Temple. You have to walk the talk girl!! I give you less than 5 years and you will be divorced. Gretchan, open your eyes...Slade will be gone as well. Don't have a baby with him!!!! So happy you gave it back to Nasty Tamra! Jeana, wish you the best but you need to divorce your hubby before bringing another man into the home while your hubby is in another room. Thats just trash! I feel sorry for the children involve!!! Maybe CPS should just come in and get them!! Get them all!!!

      June 13, 2011 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Sandra

    You guys are too funny! I think I enjoyed reading your comments more than the reunion show!

    June 13, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  20. SOAD_24

    My husband asks me why I watch these shows and I tell him that these ladies and there sad little lives make me feel better about myself. I truly hope these women aren't as pathetic they seem.
    Also, with all of the money Vicki claims to make, why doesn't she fix her oily skin and pock marks? She makes me want to wash my face!

    June 13, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  21. mia

    I think it's weird how they all have fake blonde hair and fake boobs. Why would they want to all look the same??

    June 13, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tanna

      Why shouldn't they look fake.......they all act the same way!!! They all have issues and all need to go!!! Get some new real housewives!!!!!

      June 13, 2011 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Holly

    Mr KJ
    The 2nd part of the reunion is tonite! Not next week.

    June 13, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Loui

    For sure Tamra envy Gretchen, She should concentrate on her kids specially the lazy drug attic son she has.

    June 13, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Kim

    Tamra the trailer trash. Vicki, controlling personality disorder and butt ugly. Gretchen is the only real person in that line up!!

    June 13, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Asha07

      Gretchen is real? Have you looked up anything on Google? Forget the gossipy-stuff. Just stick to facts, i.e. court records. Check them for both Gretchen and Slade. And if you still think she's a real and godo person after that reality check then we have a definite disagreement over morals.

      June 15, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nielsen

      Gretchen may be a previous gold digger with an over inflated ego but I agree she handled herself better than Tamra in many ways. Each and everyone of these posers will eventually go bankrupt because they all think they are something they are not, STARS. They are reality show Puppets!

      July 1, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Beautiful Vixen

    Yelling at the TV, maybe you need to keep the drinking to a minimum.

    June 13, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  26. HDogg

    I HATE HATE HATE Tamara, she is such a hypocrite all she does is spread gossip about everyone else but then gets mad at Gina for doing to her what she does to everyone else....Yuck I can barely watch the show becasue of her!!!!!

    June 13, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Pamela Dee

    Oh brother. The sanctimonious behavior of Alexis; the scanky looking Tamra; the over-done hair of Gretchen; the too-much botox of Peggy Sue; The Vicki. Don, you are a lucky man. Ughsville.

    June 13, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • mom2amk

      I agree w/ you – so much make-up, looks like they all have black eyes. The more plastic surgery they get, the more they look like drag queens... particularly Peggy.

      June 13, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • beth


      June 14, 2011 at 1:57 am | Report abuse |
  28. San Jose

    The reunion was awesome! Alexis is so crazy, I found myself yelling at the TV... the same goes for Gretchen. What a great pair of BFF's!

    June 13, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Clyde

    The author hasnt missed an episode since 2006? Really? Thats kind of sad. These women are nothing but white trash with money and to be so fascinated by them indicates a huge lack of character.

    June 13, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • mom2amk

      Well Clyde, it might be the person's job to watch all the episodes and post a summary. However, I do have to agree with you... these women are proof that money cannot buy class...

      June 13, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  30. jarred

    Yeah they are skaaanks. Each and everyone.

    June 13, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Big Roy

    Wh~ores all of that bunch but I would still pee all over them.

    June 13, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Ahnold

    The one in the orange is achin' for the bacon

    June 13, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  33. The Mad R@p3r

    They look like a lineup of prostîtutes.

    June 13, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  34. manJewce

    The one in black is a man.

    June 13, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |

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