The Real Housewives of Orange County Season Finale Recap: Things Fall Apart

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Friendship bracelets, Pussycat dolls, Costa Rica, engagement rings, and cake-eating party crashers. This season of The Real Housewives of Orange County has had it all.

Tonight, on the season finale, notes are compared and confrontations are had.

Find out how it all goes down with THG's official +/- recap!

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Sarah's still being a ball of drunken crazy about being picked on for breaking the cake. Over her. Minus 3.

In two signs of the Apocalypse, Terry calls Brooks "a really nice guy" (Minus 4) and Tamra decides to eat carbs (Plus 4).

To commemorate their five months of being friends, and as a tit-for-tat from the first episode, Gretchen gives Tamra a friendship bracelet. Each charm represents something special, but one heart represents how Tamra's unbreakable. Tamra tells Gretchen she loves her and thanks her for being such a good friend.

And then she cries again. While Tamra needs to lay off the booze tonight, it's a nice moment for these ladies. Plus 10.

Sarah's still whining about the cake and has the audacity to call Heather the rude one. Heather calls for the "heavy artillery" - a bunch of ladies in cocktail dresses and Terry and says it's time for Sarah to go. Plus 3.

Alexis tries to get louder than everyone else to bring about a resolution and Slade speaks up as the voice of reason. There's no need for a resolution. There's a need for Sarah to leave because that's what's been asked of her.

As they get Sarah to the door, the greatest line in all of reality television ever, or maybe just this season, falls out of Sarah's mouth: "Is this the world we live in? Over a bleeping piece of tiny cake?"

Yes, Sarah. Yes it is. Buh-bye. Plus 10.

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The party's still rocking at Chateau Dubrow, and Vicki decides it's time to "apologize" to Ryan for bringing him up in her fight with Briana. But in Vickiwood, apologize means "talk about yourself and make things all about how everyone else is wrong." Minus 17.

She thinks Ryan will help her get Briana back, but Ryan says this is really Vicki's problem. Then she says "I love you. I don't know you and you took my daughter away, but I love you." Uh, thanks? Ryan loves you too? Minus 8.

Alexis is rambling on to Brooks about how Jim isn't there because he didn't want to be there. And who sneaks in the door but Jim!

Heather's Drama-Senses are tingling and Alexis is chipper over Jim's arrival. WAY chipper. Way more than just one cocktail chipper. Minus 11. Terry comments to a guest that Jim "grew a pair and showed up" right before he does the man-hug-handshake thing that men do.

In Camp Gunvalson, Jeana's daughter Kara sees Slade hug Tamra and is confused. Gretchen applies Tamra's lipgloss (by kissing her) and Vicki goes traipsing across the yard. She thinks Tamra and Gretchen's friendship is fake and calls Tamra a brown-noser. Let it go, Vicki. Gretchen's just more fun than you. Minus 7.

Slade offers up his services as bouncer again should Terry need them. He's prepared to send Jim packing if he needs to. Terry asks if they're okay and Jim says they'll talk next week.

Alexis says they should just talk now and in a complete douchebag move, Jim asks "really? Are you wearing the pants?" Minus 50. I just can't stand this man.

Jim and Terry go talk and Terry's straight up with Jim. He thinks Alexis is phony and inauthentic. Plus 5. Heather walks up and Jim nods in her direction and says this is the reason he wanted to talk next week.

Jim's got a problem with the women-folk. But, the talk continues. Until Tamra walks up. Then Jim's out. Minus 10, Tamra. This wasn't your conversation to have.

Alexis says Heather shouldn't have even been in the conversation and it should've just been Jim and Terry, man-to-man. Actually, sweetheart, it should've been YOU and Terry because Terry talked about you. But whatever.


Alexis goes out to talk to Jim and Jim's pulling out of the driveway without her. She practically has to chase him down the driveway to get him to stop the car. Minus 12.

The gang's all at the table now. And the booze is flowing. Vicki toasts to the absent Alexis and Tamra rolls her eyes. Brooks challenges her, saying she gave Vicki the "Evil Eye," and picks a fight with Tamra on Vicki's behalf. Gretchen says a fight's been brewing between the two of them for months.

Tamra and Brooks start to argue and then Vicki tells Eddie to get control of Tamra, which causes Tamra to tell Vicki to stop letting Brooks tell her what to think, which makes Vicki stand up and get in Tamra's face.

Can we cut the cake already? Maybe these ladies need some sugar.

Vicki and Brooks prepare to leave and Tamra follows them to find out why they're leaving. Vicki shouts that Tamra's supposed to be her friend and how dare Tamra talk about Brooks and disrespect him and blah blah blah. Get a grip, Vicki.

Tamra goes to find Briana after Vicki and Brooks leave and they compare notes. Neither of them like Brooks. Tamra's crying. Briana's ready to stick Brooks on a plane to Siberia. Ryan goes back into the house to get Briana away from Tamra so that Tamra can't corrupt Briana while she and Vicki are "in a healing phase." Minus 4.

Heather goes out to get Vicki and Brooks and bring them back in for her special toast. Briana asks Vicki for Vicki's side of the story. Suddenly, it seems Vicki saw Tamra roll her eyes and she chooses Brooks over her daughter. They all head back into the party for the final toast. Minus 12.

Finally, we're cutting this damn cake.

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Heather explains why they're all there - shockingly, it wasn't for the drama - she's changed her name legally and wants to thank her friends, new and old, for coming out to support her. Heather's classy. I like her. Plus 30.

In the worst Vicki moment so far, she muscles her way into the circle to say, basically, "Congrats Heather. When I'm attacked, I fight back and I'm leaving and I'm choosing my man." I'm surprised she didn't drop a "my love tank is full" for good measure. Minus 20.

Heather's big surprise of the night - diamonds in the champagne glasses - goes over well. Tamra gets the lucky flute. Now she's got a new rock to match the one Eddie gave her in Bora Bora.

Closing notes:

  • Tamra asks Heather to do shots. Not a good idea, Tamra. Heather says they don't do shots. Tamra calls her Fancypants. In love, of course.
  • Heather's still opening up a restaurant.
  • Eddie asks Ryan, Tamra's son, to be his best man when Eddie and Tamra tie the knot. Tamra needs another drink.
  • Briana says that she and Vicki's relationship will really continue to suffer as long as Vicki keeps choosing Brooks.
  • Briana and Ryan had a wedding for their friends and family. Briana's also six months pregnant.
  • Tamra and Gretchen are closer than Gretchen and Alexis. 
  • Gretchen doesn't want to get married, but she does want a baby. Slade's having his vasectomy reversed.
  • Vicki and Brooks have broken up and gotten back together since the finale was taped.
  • Alexis is happy with her career and her family but not her friends. She and Jim are opening a trampoline park.



I watch this show weekly, why I don't know, but and this is my opinion only, I cannot stand Tamra, she looks so old and her mouth, I just can't take it. I wish they would take her off the show. When they show a close up of her you can wrinkles and creases that really make her look old. Maybe that's why she's so mean and catty.


I have been watching the show long enough to say and know that there are no real friends among the women cause all each of them do is back stabb each other like a bunch of high school girls. Real classes women do not act like trailer trash. No disrespect to trailer women cause i would say there bigger than that. If this what rich people do you all need help. I rather be poor or middle class forever than rich and first class acting stupid and childdish. You girls not ladies cause they do not act like need help. All you all bragg and glot. With the world the way it is with money and jobs you all should say thank u god for what i have instead of the shit you are doing. All the men act like women also you women might need to take them to a doctor to where their balls are.


Isn't this reality tv? Tamara cries her fake tears, Gretchen use to be likable, now she's all about the money and fame, Heather needs to lay off the bottom, who knows what she.feels, her face never moves, and I am sick of hearing about Vicki and her love tank. Get some new wives and make it about real people instead of all this fake crap. I have never thought about having these made up, fake fights with friends. Who Does That? It's on all the housewives shows. Have taken reality to far!


Omg Tamera gets into it w/ everybody I liked Gretchen up until this season…for many seasons Tamera foughht with Gretchen for no reasons and I think its bcuz she is pretty and attractive then comes Alexis who is even prettier now she all of a sudden wants to make amends…seriously grethcen alexis had ur back and now u like this…and Heather I just cannot stand her she thinks she know everything and is smarter than everyone…Hdather looks so awful I seriously think they hate ALexis bcuz she is hot…plz replace Heather


If heather says that she has an active social life. Why is she hanging around with The Housewives? Is she desperate for cash ? or fame? Also you havent earned your stipes to delegate authority in the group, your a late comer. Your suppose to listen more that speak. Credibility is earned not given.


As for Brooks . Vicki chose him. Not the three stooges. Brooks called out Tamara , well deserved. I hope that Heather does not repeat her performance with another season. She reminds me of an annoying wart that needs to be extracted.


Little , newbie Heather does not have the right to tell Alexis how to behave. YOU YOURSELF HAVE TO TAKE IT DOWN , IN FACT WAY DOWN. AND MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS. WORRY ABOUT YOUR MATERIAL GOODS. I WOULDNT BUY THAT RIDICULOUS HOUSE OF YOURS. Even though Sarah took a bit of the ribbon / cake , she still has more sense than the three of you combined, Tantrum Tamara, Lipstick Lucy Gretchen, and you. BTW what were you doing wearing brigade boots to your so called ' changed name' fame party? Their not 'age appropriate'.


Tamara a swoped up pekinese witha a boufont hairdo barking with no bite. Gretchen and her lipstick, Heather the Riddler, cat wo 'man' and Willy wonka all rolled into one.


Hi I have been watching the show for about a year now and really enjoy watching,but when are we going to see a new series? As I'm watching repeat episodes. I'm from England .kind regards


Tamara is the biggest instigator! She acts like she is still in high school and they need to kick her off the show! Unfortunately Gretchen is jumping on her bandwagon!!! Alexis is a stuffy herself and maybe she could
Calm down a bit taking the critiscism. I love Vicki any day! She had jumped on Tamara's bandwagon before maybe now she can see what Tamara was all about!! Instigating fake b$@&$$!! She is so phony herself!!! Alexis has more
Class than her!!

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