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'Real Housewives of Orange County': The boys and girls club


I'm so glad Part II of the "Housewives" reunion wasn't Part Snooze, although, I have to admit, I was a bit nervous at the beginning when things got started with a Lynne montage.

Cause you never know when those cuffs will creep up on you. Actually, who am I kidding? You always know. Because they are always on her wrists. Always. And all that wrist bondage she has going on seems to be working because her business is able to sustain the family -- so she says -- and heck, Frank is even working for her. I wouldn't be surprised if that youthologist becomes her next employee.

Now, on to more important matters ....

Sure there was the requisite drama in the snippets of footage from the season, but things got deliciously heated on set, too. Here's a rundown of some of the more memorable moments -- and oddities. (Warning: many of them involve the husbands).

Jeana pays a visit -- yay! And while there was an awkward moment with Tamra -- something about a trailer trash comment Jeana made -- her presence hardly spiced things up. They should have had her on when the husbands (and wannabe husband Slade) came out -- we needed her biting wit!

As mentioned, the househusbands of Orange County made an appearance -- and were a big chunk of the special. Not surprising. Their time in front of the camera this season rivaled their spouses. One of the more satisfying moments came with the help of Jessica from Greensboro, N.C., who put everything into perspective: Jim is "every girl's worst nightmare." She. Is. So. Right. And if my TV weren't new and oh-so-pretty, I would have thrown my remote at it when Alexis annoyingly said, "What's that girl's number?" Oh, Alexis. I bet your pastor is fasting right now out of shame. 

And talk about small favors. It seems Jim has -- gasp! -- finally changed a "poopy diaper." I'll believe it when I see it. Where's the footage? And yes, Andy, it is very weird that it took a show to get Jim to do that.

Then there was Slade. How awkward -- and priceless -- was it to watch Andy call out all of Slade's lies? Jo, Lauri ... everything. And leave it to Jim to find the silver lining: "Sounds to me like he has mad game ... what is he doing wrong?" 

It wasn't long before tension boiled between the ladies and the men. At the center of much of the commotion was Vicki and her outspokenness. The girls' trip-turned-couples retreat came up. Then what constitutes a "normal" marriage, which included a lesson from Alexis on what differentiates a bikini from lingerie. Oh, brother. And there was more Slade. Things got so heated between him and Vicki -- or Ficki, as he likes to call her -- that she was ready to leave the set.  

Then the kicker: Vicki needs to do some "soul searching" and decide whether she'll return for another season. Say it isn't so! Don't leave, Vicki!

So, Show Trackers, what did you think of the reunion special? Did you roll your eyes at the sight of Jim's suit like I did? What did you think of the discrepancies in Slade's stories? Do you think Vicki is really considering not returning or is it just an act? If she's out, will you still tune in?

-- Yvonne Villarreal

Photo credit: Bravo


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I really would like Alexis and Gretchen to go. Lynne could go too. I would love to see Lauri, Jeana, & Tammy come back. Season 3 was a great season. The show's dynamics have completely changed, going from being about real friendships to complete strangers causing drama. All of these ladies, except Lynne, have said offensive things about one another; however, Vicki is the only one to get blamed?! That's wrong. Slade says offensive things about Lynne, Tamra, and Vicki but gets mad when they say things back. I think Slade should listen to the advice everyone seems to want to give Vicki which is you dish it out but can't take it. I also loved when Jessica from NC said Jim was "every girl's worst nightmare." She was right on the money with that comment. He's revolting and disgusting. His comment about Slade's "game" was tacky and classless, just like him and his wife.

I would also like to say that I am offended by Alexis saying that she works hard to take care of husband and children, and, therefore, she works. I work over 40 hours a week and then come home and take care of my children with the help of my husband, not two nannies. Alexis is not a person who works at all. So, I take offense.

Personally I could care less if Vicki leaves the show or not - I think her husband is a nice enough guy but kind of a door mat. She walks all over him. She will probably stay because she likes the drama even though she says she doesn't - she likes being the center of attention - she can dish it out but she can't take it. I miss Jeana - wish she would come back. As for Lynne, she is a space cadet. I think Gretchen is headed for disappointment with Slade but she is a big girl and can make her own decisions. Tamra - I am finding her foul mouth tiring. I do watch this show on a fairly regular basis - none of these women have a clue what the average woman goes through in a day, trying to make ends meet, maintain their home and family on a lot less money. I guess I keep watching because I am always hoping someone will redeem themselves in a future episode.

Here is a question that never seems to be answered. What the hell does Jim do for a living? Where did his money come from? As I possibly understand it, there was allegedly shut down by the Federal Authorities on a fake autograph scam. ALLEGEDLY. But WTF man....Please someone answer, I intend to fast until I know. HA HA HA

There is an idea. Let's all fast until Alexis has bigger knockers and another nanny to take care of that moron husband.

I like Vicki and i think everybody else is upset because she WORKS and love it she don't answer to Don and it works for them. the men are upset and scared because they think their wives will become like her and they will no longer have control. the women are upset because she have it going on, and they don't and how much work can they be doing when the most important things to them is looking good and spending money which is putting them in the poor house, they don't even take care of their own children. Don't hate Vicki cause she take care of business better than the men on the show and have it going on!!!!!! YOU GO VICKI!!!!!

I miss the original cast of RHOTC. Alexis and Gretchen definitely need to go. They all ganged up on Vicki like a bunch of high school kids. Sure Vicki can be mean sometimes but hey the truth hurts. Alexis darling, no one can relate to a woman who has two nannies and pretends to be June Cleaver. BTW Jim is an oily bohunk. How cute that Alexis, Jim, Grectchen, and Slimey are BFF's. All they did was stroke each other's egoes and gang up on Vicki together. Alexis was trying to stick up for Slade by claiming he talked about Vicki because of what she said to the ladies. BULL! He had a comment on every episode not only about Vicki but Lynne and Tamra too. She needs to get her facts straight or shut up already.And did Gretchen eat a brain tumor for breakfast before the show? "I believe anything he tells me" Huh? He dated Jo, he dated Lauri, he doesn't pay child support, and he loves to be on TV. I loved when she tried to say that only the ladies don't like Slimey, this coming from a girl who reads the internet gossip daily and posts her own blogs, does she choose to ignore what the viewers think. Alexis and Gretchen are so boring and need to go they bring nothing to the show except stupidity.
I love Vicki and Donn is a true gentleman who has never spoke badly about the other ladies.
To Karma, I have heard the same about Jim being brought up on federal charges, apparently he was selling fake sports memorabilia. I've heard he is a pawn broker and a billiard's salesman. Alexis also made a comment that he always has different business deals going. Sounds shady to me, the ugly foursome make a great bunch. It is public record that Slade owed almost 80,000.00 in child support. I don't know the laws in California but when the non-custodial parent's circumstances financially change you are obligated to contact child support to amend it. What's Slimey's excuse, he had too many housewives to bang that week...LOL! BTW, Jo De La Rosa gave a brief interview on her thoughts of Slade dating Gretchen. She says no one told her and she found out through the press. Yet, Gretch the Wretch claims she called her up. Not True! Grecthen even commented on Jo's interview and didn't deny this. Gretchen and Slade have way too many stories. How do they keep up?
Look up Alexis' first marriage to a guy name Jeff. It's very interesting.

I second you Melissa, Alexis and Gretch the Wretch are THE WORST!!


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