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'Real Housewives of Orange County': The Lynne Show

Lynne  When Thursday's episode opened with Gretchen cruising on her Harley bike, I was so ready to tune out. But I'm a sucker for bad TV, so, naturally, I just heated up some popcorn. And before the first kernel even popped, the drama ensued as  Lynne and daughter Alexa hit South Coast Plaza.  The tension bubbled in the car ride with Lynne questioning why Alexa was late to see the youtholgist. Alexa nonchalantly said she was hung over. Lynne's face couldn't even crack a shocked expression; she just let it slide.  It would only get worse once they were inside the mall. Alexa went on a cursing tirade, going so far as calling her mom the B word and throwing one of the gaudy cuff pieces, fashioned by Lynne, across a table. What did Lynne have to say about all of it? Not much. And that is the problem, according to Alexa and everyone else tuning in.  All she could do was grab hold of her abused cuff and nurture its bruised embellishments.

Meanwhile, Tamra and Simon spent an afternoon cleaning their garage. Vicki and Donn had a romantic dinner by the ocean, made all the more special when a bird unleashed a pretty heinous bowel movement on their waitress and when Vicki got a massive diamond ring.  Oh, and Gretchen is starting a makeup line called Gretchen Christine Beaute as a way to combat all the extravagant money she spends on makeup -- um, she couldn't just head over to CVS and browse the Maybelline aisle?

Back to the drama.

Alexis -- after getting approval and insight from her master, er, husband, Jim -- decided to host a cooking party in an attempt to bury the feud between Gretchen and Tamra. Why she remains the only one invested in it is beyond me.  There are other, more serious causes that could actually use her attention -- like why her husband wears beanies. Whatever. All the housewives attended -- except for working girl Vicki (it is, after all, during the day). There was giggling. There was cooking. And there was Lynne ... sipping/chugging a glass of alcohol. Then came the ambush. Once the meal was cooked and they had all gathered around, Alexis oh-so-coyly confronted Tamra and Gretchen about their relationship, causing bewildered looks from everyone at the table (and me). Maybe Alexis should have lunch with the youthologist and learn the secrets of being a mediator?

Anyway, focus quickly shifted from Gretchen and Tamra to Gretchen and Lynne ... to eventually just Lynne, who by this point was having trouble forming words and found herself sharing way too much information about how well-endowed her husband is. But it was her frustration over her daughter's behavior that was at the root of her outburst. Her battle to be a good mom but also a friend to her daughters has finally reached an impasse. But that's OK. Alexa doesn't want to share her problems or get disciplined by someone who could be her sister ... she wants (gasp!) her mother to be a parent and fill that role. She said so herself. So Lynne, ground her! It's that simple. Raise that hand of yours (the one with one of your cuff creations) and show her to her room.

What did you think of this episode, Show Trackers? What advice would you give Lynne? Do you sympathize with her at all? Any chance you'll purchase products from the Gretchen Christine Beaute line? 


-- Yvonne Villarreal


Photo: Lynne Curtin. Credit: Bravo.

Comments () | Archives (32)

I wanted to reach into my tv and slap them all.

I do feel somewhat bad for Lynne (and hubby, he is responsible for their daughter too), teens can be tough to deal with. However, as we can all see, a lot of it is her (and her hubby's) own doing. You're "parents," not your kids' "friends." (duh.) That being said, Gretchen should shut her mouth re the parenting advice. It's not her place to tell Lynne. As for Gretchen's makeup line, i wouldn't touch the stuff with a 10-foot pole. And, so she learned to ride a motorcycle, is that supposed to be some sort of big deal? give me a break. I just fail to see the appeal of this lady (term used loosely).

Lynn's girls are brats! The way that the other self centered wives responded to her melt down was shameful.

i'd like to see Lynn start to dress closer to her age and not her daughter's age ... she has a nice body, but she is in her 50's ... and i think somebody should tell her those short-shorts & skimpy tops, and mini-skirts & go-go boots look redic on her.

I was once a fan of Gretchen, not so much anymore...she has no right telling Lynne how to parent. Why is the only person that like her now mad at her. Seems like she is the common denominator....

Could someone PLEASE smack the crap out of that stupid simpleton, Lynne?

I have never seen a more spineless, weak-willed, whiney woman in my life!

This woman AND her husband are the poorest excuses for parents Ive ever seen. Their kids are total brats. If Alexa says the word "like" once more in her conversations, I think someone should bitch slap her too. What a total brat!

Lynne is really annoying. Does she have a mirror? Her face job is pathetic. Look at her mouth area? Are you serious? Is that her idea of looking young?
She looks horrible. All of these women need someone to tell them how seriously awful their hair looks. Lynne's hair is dry and scorched looking. The way she dresses is almost laughable. Act your age Lynne! Youre a pathetic woman trying to recapture her youth and all you are really doing is making yourself look like a fool. Grow up!

Overall, she is probably my least favorite of all the housewives and thats really saying something considering these women are completely self absorbed, phony, self affected and generally bitches.

I just watched this episode last night. I was embarrassed for every single one of the housewives. What with Tamra and Simon cleaning out their garage, Vickie humiliating her server, Gretchen nervously tooling down residential streets in her Harley, and plastic Lynn staring retardedly at her daughter as she hurled heinous insults at her mother, I was amazed that I could still be shocked by the bad behavior of these women. Shame on them.

Speaking of Tamra and Simon cleaning out their garage. Did I really see Tamra throwing things IN THE GARBAGE???? Did she throw brand new clothes, with tags still on them, IN THE GARBAGE??? Has she even heard of charity? I can't believe producers would allow her to get away with that. Simon didn't even blink about it either. Here they are doing a short sale on their house and he's not mad that his wife spent who-knows-how-much on clothes she never wore? These people are robots.

It sickened me that Vickie humiliated her female server and then went on to get a gigantic diamond ring. Is that how our universe works? Treat people terribly and you will reap material rewards. Oh wait - she spilled red wine on her silky blouse - that evens out the karma - not!


I am convinced Lynn is on heavy medication.Ludes perhaps,this woman has a delayed reaction to the word hello,and thats when she is not drinking.You expect Alex to have a better vocabulary,while her mother is incapable of of stringing to word sentences together.I have to give Vickey credit,she is good to her employees. .And can we talk about her daughters weight and grooming habits? I can,t wait until her son's gambling habit surfaces.As for Gretchen,trash pure trash,what is entertaining is how unaware she is off her own ignorance.Don,t even get me started on Jim and his unattractive pole dancing wife!

Lynns face lift sucks, she looks like she is frowning all the time. Pouting look.

Lynne, oh Lynne...is it drugs? lack of a spine? and dressing so trashy, a bad role model for her daughters! how about mentioning your husband's "size" (y'all know what i'm talking about) on national tv? how are your daughters gonna feel when they hear that? [cringeworthy.] Lynne get off the meds and get it together, girl!

Erica Stephens, i think Vicki's daughter looks fine. I like her, she seems like a nice, well-adjusted enough young woman, you should give her a break! Not everyone wants to spend 23-hours a day trying to look like a Hollywood starlet.

Gretchen - is my favorite person on the show, with Vicki a close second now that she realizes how important her marriage is, and seems to decrease her need to stop seeking outside confirmation of her worth. I also appreciates Vicki’s work ethics, and her desire to pass it on to her children. As far as Lynne & Alexa - please Gretchen was right, hello! Wake up call? No, maybe another face lift for Lynne because I thought I saw 20 years added to her face when Alexa called her the B word.

Tamara is the least confident of the whole bunch, reason physic (last episode) told her and only to remind her that she is beautiful (true) but read between the lines (of course she would not) to drop her pretenses and jealously. What gets me is how she talks stink (about everyone) behind Lynne’s back, and has contribute to the reason Lynne and Gretchen are no longer friends. Tamara does not like Lynne, is only feeding her crap because Tamara has found a opening to do so, Alexa. Tell me, why did Tamara toss away toys that seemed to be in good condition and not donate them to charity, or goodwill?

Alexis and Jim no comment. Wait, then again Alexis does has build up frustration and she showed it, by confronting the woman (last episode) who apparently rubbed up against her hubby. Yep, he enjoyed the attention. But what did he tell Alexis “this is what happens when alcohol is involved.” OK, I am paraphrasing, but not much and besides don’t they drink frequently themselves! I feel an explosion coming from Alexis on a future episode, hope so, cause this real house wife show (the first) is starting to bomb, and not in a good way!

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Did this episode happen BEFORE Lynne's facelift? If not, how did she look so much worse than she did when they went to Florida? Her face looked really bumpy and just horrid, didn't it?!

I will say for Jim and Alexis - it makes me chuckle how when she gets a bit "dramatic," he pulls her back in line with no problem. Maybe it's a bit extreme, but they may actually be a good match lol.

I think Lynne looks like Steven Tyler.

can't really understand how anyone could like trashy self-centered skank Gretchen. in a way though, i guess i feel kinda sorry for her. at least she likes herself! gag.

Gretchen is the most normal one of this group! She is trying to bridge the gap between Lynne and her daughter out of compassion and friendship. She is the adult version of Lynne's daughter and the funny thing is that Lynne disapproves of Gretchen, yet Gretchen is trying to tell Lynne that her daughter is just like she was at her age. So if Lynne doesn't want her daughter to "turn out like Gretchen" she better LISTEN to her! Gretchen has perspective and wisdom that Lynne is just to uppity and stuck-up to respect. And Slade is a hoot!

"Gretchen has perspective and wisdom..."

sorry "Been there," but you've discredited yourself already!!

Lynne and her husband are poor excuses for parents. I cannot believe what I'm seeing. If I ever threw a word like bitch at my mother or disrespected her in any, shape or form, I would have been beaten to a pulp and it never would have happened ever again. The appalling displays by those, two snotty, entitled, obnoxious, abusive daughters are sickening. What gets me is that Lynne and her husband appear like they are on downers or something and have no concept of reality. They lay down like total doormats. Raising children in any county, LA County, King County, Cook County...anywhere is a hard job. Get a clue!

Yes, I get made fun of regularly over being a fan of this show... my family immediately leaves the room when I turn it on. But whatever, it is one of my many guilty pleasures.
But back to the important topic on hand... Lynne's daughter's are brats! They are spoiled rotten teenagers who have everything they ever wanted handed to them on a silver platter. For instance... a nose job for what a 17/18 year old? BMW for her birthday? A little over the top.... but you know it's really hard to live in Orange County...blah blah blah!
And the youthologist? That's a joke. The woman or should I say girl, does not look much older then Lynne's own children.
Sorry Lynne, I love the show, your one of my favorite ladies on the show. But come on... your girls need real discipline... and jobs!

It is tough being a parent, but even tougher when you want to help your kids by giving them everything and are unwilling to take advice from your friends, instead Lynne gets defensive instead of doing something about it. It is less stressful to let your teenage brat do what she wants and call you names. You need to put your foot down and adjust to the circumstance like sorry if you want to disrespect me, great give me the car keys and you are staying home until you get it!! Do not allow your teenagers to disrespect you or they will continue! Lacking self confidence in your parental skills helps no one. If she calls you a "B" in the mall, she can find a ride home and when she gets there, take her phone and computer so she can't call a friend to help her. Are you catching on now?

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