The Real Housewives of Orange County Recap: Put a Ring on It (or Don't)!

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This week on The Real Housewives of Orange County, one aspiring housewife was hoping - practically begging - for a ring, while another potential candidate was less than enthused by the idea of her man proposing.

How did it shake out? Find out in THG's +/- recap!

It seems Vicki's found something about Brooks that's a little less than perfect. His teeth. Specifically, the fact that some of them are missing.

She's treating him to a set of new chompers. Minus 10 because I can't ever unsee the pictures of his missing teeth. And also because Vicki won't let the doctor talk.

Tamra Barney, Eddie Judge

At dinner, Tamra tells Eddie about her trip. She says she and Alexis "got into it a little bit." A little bit. Gee, Tamra, I think you're leaving out a thing or two.

Eddie's taking her to Bora Bora. Next week. After she just got back from Costa Rica. I hate her. (Not really.) Minus 25.

Alexis has an on-air reporting gig. Plus 10 for keeping her cleavage under wraps this time!

It's a fashion segment, and given that she's a fashion maven, this should be a slam dunk, right? It actually seems to go well! Good job, Alexis! Plus 10.

Tamra and Eddie are headed to Bora Bora. She wonders if he's going to propose and doesn't want to tell the other women she's going in case he doesn't.

She says she feels closer to Gretchen than to Vicki because she can be herself and speak her mind around Gretchen and she can't with Vicki. Then Eddie says "enough about the women" and toasts to the two of them. They're drinking champagne before sunrise. Plus 10.

Once they're on the plane, Eddie surprises her. Massages as soon as they land! Not a proposal! Yet!

Get it Together Slade!

Heather's throwing a party to celebrate her name change. She wants a fun, chic cake to be the centerpiece of the party decor. Heather has great faces for when she disagrees with people and wants to give herself time to think of the right way to say she disagrees. GREAT FACES.

They finally settle on a cake with edible diamonds. Plus 15.

Tamra and Eddie's plane lands and he hands her a coconut bra instead of a ring. Then kisses her Frankenfinger.

They have tiny little bungalows on the water and the only way to get there is by boat. Jealousy makes me want to take away all the points but Tamra's tears over her happiness with Eddie and the fact that she actually put on the coconut bra (and then took it off once in the water) earns her a Plus 30.

Gretchen calls her dad about Slade and says that she's seen a text on Slade's phone from a local jeweler. She's upset that he's talking about a ring when they've decided that now's not the time for him to propose to her. Dear old Dad is almost no help saying only that she wouldn't want to ruin a surprise. Minus 15 for the doublespeak Dad.

Slade Smiley Photo

Back in Bora Bora, Eddie and Tamra are having dinner on the beach. Once again, she thinks now might be the time when he'll propose. The Tiki man comes by and lights the candle on their table to symbolize their love on Bora Bora. Eddie still hasn't proposed. Tamra's examining every bite of food to see if there's a ring in hiding.

He brings up the fact that at some point it'll be time to bring their households together. She says she doesn't want to do that until there's a ring on her finger. He says to chuck tradition out the window because he's not traditional.

She asks to go back to the room. Minus 40 Eddie.

Gretchen confronts Slade about the text from the jeweler and asks him point blank if he's planning on proposing to her. "Yeah, I am," is his reply. She's not ready to get married and he's having this conversation with everyone else instead of her.

Gretchen wants babies but wants Slade to get his act together beforehand. Slade says proposing isn't about getting married but is about telling her that he wants to spend the rest of his life with her.

Slade wants to know what Gretchen would have said if he'd proposed. She says she doesn't know.

Tamra's decided she's just going to enjoy her time in Bora Bora with or without a proposal, so they're going scuba diving. Eddie says he wants to get her a black pearl. Not a diamond. A black pearl.

Tamra and Eddie

I'm not the one looking for a ring and I'm as nervous about this as Tamra is.

Eddie tells Tamra her lips look like Alexis' in the scuba mask. Plus 5.

In case you were curious, Brooks' new teeth set Vicki back $15,000. But he's not an opportunist.

At the bungalow, Tamra and Eddie open the clams they picked up while scuba diving. Inside the last clam, is a ring! Finally! It's beautiful! Plus 75!

Congrats, Tamra and Eddie!



Vicki on this trip showed us how far she has delineated from what Vicki once was. She has gone into a never never land, her brain is on fire. Her whole behaviour stunned everyone and it was obvious that the good old Vicky has gone and dissapeared, which was even more painful to watch then Alexis fighting her battles with that snake Tamra. I am not disspointed in Heather. I think she had no clue what she signed in for and it was a "sobering" experience for both her and her husband. as for Alexis one word of advice---RUN!!! Get the heck outta that show while your marriage is still intact or you just might find yourself where your frenemy's at-- divorce court. I like you but many for whatever reason don't, so just go towards the sunset and don't look back. This attack on you and your family was in no bloody way justifiable or excusable no mater which way one tries to present his/her arguments: it was viscious and uncalled for and waaaaaaay bellow the belt.


To all the wife's except Heather. I just want to say thank you for showing me that having money does not mean you have class, confadance, sacurty, or pretty much anything I would ever aspire to be. And in fact you are all so very sad! You really make women like me grateful and proud for who we are, and what we have in life. Keep up the good work! You make us simple' average folk look more and more appealing Evey day so thanks. And don't stop showing us what loosers you are... for Heather, you seem so far too and I mean way for good for this show. So if you using this to step up your career please save yourself. And what ever dignity you have left and get as far from the trash as you can... you have everything to make you happy leave wile you still can be called a lady! You don't make them look better they make you and your beautiful family look bad... think about it would you want you children to associat you with those animals?


I have showed this show since the beginning ... tamara at first i really didnt like u but since this new session. I can say i love tamara..... gretchen and heather i love u both. You guys are amazing.... alexis you make me sick.. you are so fake.... vicky you just need to go somewhere with yourself...


Wow, where to start? Gretchen, you are too smart to get tied into Slade. The drama of that is taking a toll. While you generally look fabulous, there are times where you look worn and a bit haggard. Vicki...what's up with your inability to see your double standard? Brooks is beneath you. Alexis, it's good to see you stand up for yourself. Tamra....seriously? What a loser. She's making her former husband look like a saint. Eddie, you should hope Tamara ditches you at the altar.


Brooks is a joke....Vicki can't see he is totally using her????
Tamra who I liked in the beginning is a witch....talking about Alexis's husbands chin....has she looked at greasy Eddie's eyes?
Heather is a conceited bore, not pretty or anything. I run to the bathroom or kitchen when she is on. Slade is a waste and Gretchen is just so fake it's pitiful....I guess I like Alexis the best on the show....and Tamra and Heather right now the least...and Vicki may soon need a shrink. I thought her and her daughter were so close and for her daughter to just take off to a drive thru in Vegas is very very strange.


Cher you said it all. Vicki is going to need her daughter, becasue Brooks is so using her. I just think that she rebounded from Don, got involved so quickly with this new man, she is blinded by is ambitions to spend her money. I would lke to think that he is a good man, but as time goes by he in not looking to promising. Viki is not a fool, she probably knows this already but she doesnt want to be the one to say that she was wrong, and everyone was right about Brooks, so she will keep up the pretense of this relationship. I loke Heather, she may not be there for next season casue she supplies no drama, Andy and company want drama in these shows she isnt about that, she is too good for this show. Hopefully thos show once she is off, will revamp her career, and we will see more of her in shows


Tamara is just as mean as a snake and there is clearly something about Alexis that Tamara sees in herself. I still can't figure out why she and Heather decided Alexis needed an intervention. Are they kidding? Who do they think they are? It's not like they care about her or even like her so why all sudden concern about her mental health or public perception? They need to do a reality check before pointing fingers. If Gretchen had Alexis's back she would have reserved her observations when they were alone-not during the gang-bang. I'm no big fan of Alexis but I thought she handled herself pretty well given the pompous additude of the table. I actually liked Vicki for telling the truth: No one is going to change. And Vicki-RUN. Brooks is a user and he is playing you and your vulnerabilities big time. Your daughter was not being disrespectful. She was being honest.


Vicki is a raving hypocrite. She blasts Gretchen about Slade but look at who she's with. Anytime you have to pay your man's way, something is not right there. Why is that the same rules don't apply to Vicki but she tries to force them on everyone else?! She said she accepts Brooks with all of his flaws, I guess a missing tooth is to much to deal with. While I like my man to have 98% of his teeth, I don't think it would be a deal breaker if he was missing one or two. Brooks is obviously using her and will ride the gravy train for as long as he can. Good luck Vicki, you'll need it! Congrats to Tamra and Eddie. Is he bi? Don't think so just very metrosexual,nothing wrong with that. Gretchen? Run as fast as you can, Slad has to much baggage to get thru and how many more years are you going to wait for him to get his finances together. Sometimes love DOES NOT conquer all!


I thought as though Tamra's ring looked fake! When they showed it you could look right through it! Kinda like her at times!


I cannot stand Alexis, but I agree, she did a good job on the fashion segment. Vicki, you are a prime candidate for estrogen replacement therapy. Gretchen is a doll, hopefully she will find someone who deserves her. Tamra, I still think Eddie is bi-sexual. Heather is a class act and living in OC myself, I think she represents the majority of women I know. Not all of us are botoxed and fish lipped.

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