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.



It is just very sad to see educated rich people act so foolish and self-centered. The women pretend to be best friends but are always at each others throats or backstabbing each other. What kind of people are you. I've never had friends like this in my life. Remember it is a blessing to have money and a nice place to live but don't flaunt it to much because as they say...nothing is promised. When i first start watching The Real Housewives, I never thought it would be like this, I am really disappointed in how these women act. Can't they find something else to do other than fight. Go to the hospitals and volunteer your time go to the nursing homes and read to the elderly, because it seems like they have no purpose in their lives but fight, fight, and fight.....


The cake should have has the initials S B for scum bag.


All of the people on this show are classless, I don't care how much money they have or where they live. Would you want to be friends with any of these women? Ugh! I think this show has run its course......


Alexis and Jim are a beautiful couple. Alexs is not only beautiful and elegant but also has a very kind heart. She has no a mean bone in her. Jim talks down on women every now and then, but he's definitely someone to relay to when things get tough.
Terry and Heather are absolutely terrible, Terry is such a sissy - talks trash behind everyone's back but tries to make nice face to fice. eeeww. Has no spine, terrible Terry. Heather looks like a witch and thinks she's the best - she's aweful, actually.
Vicky is sweet and honest, nobody understands her. Brianna is a real traitor - nomatter how uch she hates Brooks, she needs to stand up to her mom instead of trashing her in front of everyone.


Heather has money and Vicky has money the rest of them are trying to get money and are very miiserable with their lives. Alexis tries to be happy but everyone wants her to pine away, just because she is not as rich as some of the other women. Alexis tells it like it is; she has a lot of irons in the fire to build her wealth. Tamra as usual is looking for a man to take care of her; Tamra is getting a little old to keep that old fashioned notion. Gretchen needs to move on and find another man and let Slade go, she will never be happy with him; Gretchen needs to move on while she is still young. Vicky wants and needs a loving relationship really soon after her breakup with her husband, sorry Vicky Brook's is a smooth operater, but he is not the one. Heather is full of botox and full of herself; Heather needs to focus on her family, because her career as an actress is over.


Heather is plastic and she and her husband Terry have no class at all. Heather and Terry just want to let everyone know how wealthy they are. Heather should be the last person to mock Alexis. Heather is the one who made a childish scene over Sarah taking a very small piece of her cake. If Heather had any class she would have said nothing to Sarah or spoken to Sarah in private. Heather certainly would not have gathered a mob to attack Sarah in public and then act like a spoiled moron. And Heather's husband Terry acts like an old YENTA by joining in with his wife to argue with people. They are both trash, regardless of where they live. Too bad Terry does not have the balls to go man to man with Jim without his botox fake wife as his backup. That botox queen Heather never shuts her mouth - yuk.


Yes 'jacasa' there are TROLLS here - YOU. Love and light to you sweety...


Heather and her husband HAVE money. Alexis & Jim are "wannabes". They are both phony. Tamra says she is a strong woman that thinks for herself but yet she cries like a 3 year old over EVERYTHING. She is a poor actress and should stop pretending. Vickie needs counseling. She is so self centered that she cannot even imagine thinking or caring for someone else. Brooks is smart enough to know to kiss up to Vickie and get whatever he wants. Don probably loved Vickie but did not kiss her ass likes she wants everyone else to do. I would be afraid to have my children around her. NO ONE will ever love Vickie as much as she loves herself. Jim is as ugly as sin, and acts like he is "ALL THAT". He needs to quit being a wimp and find a way to support his family. Alexis is also very self centered and is not the brightest bulb in the room. I pity her children when they realize how really inept their parents are.


Only one thing to comment on: Tamara, is a classless, trashy, wanna be. Vicky the nut job, should have knocked her out!


I don't like that ''sick'' friendship between Gretchen and Tamra.
Slade is a loser ....he has no job.
Alexis and Jim are a beautiful couple...God bless them with a good life.
vicky is going menopouse...she's going crazy with this ''user'' from the south.
Briana is always so fat....she married a nobody.Also she likes to drink.
Heather and Terry are 2 snobs with no heart....they think that are better then anybody are not.
Gretchen is a lesbian.....Tamra 2.
Andy Cohen likes to turn anyone ''gay''...just like him...It appears that if you don't ''make him happy'' he will fire you from tha show.So the hosewives like Denise Richards are LURID most of the time...becuse Andy likes it.

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