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!

The Real Housewives of Orange County Cast

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.

Par-Tay

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.

The Real Housewives of Orange County Finale Pic

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.

EPISODE TOTAL: -96. SEASON TOTAL: -361.

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Reading these comments tells me there are "trolls" here. Anyone who doesn't realize Heather and Terry are very classy and elegant, is just plain stupid. Jim and Alexis are wannabes. I give that marriage another year at best. They are both fake and plastic. It was nice to see Tamra and Gretchen get along this year, good for them. Vicki is going through the change of life, bummer for her. Brooks is creepy and if he can fill that love tank, I am the Queen of England.

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Alexis caused this problem by inviting her friend Sarah - she knew that she was a big trouble maker when they were at the bowling party and she didn't leave with her girlfriend when asked! Jim doesnt have the b---- to stand up with the girls nor their husbands! He knows what a dip s--- his wife is anyway and can expect the backlash he hears about her. as for Tamra, look close - tears don't show on the TV I see. but the jester is there! I think Heather and Terry was a class act and they carry themselves with the class that they really are! They are real and still blend in with the rest of the HW's. Vicki has chosen her "king" for the day and molding him into what she wants in a man. his stand for her act was what she wanted and he "acted" accordingly. I enjoyed the final show and look forward to next season!

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It's plain at the start of this season they introduced "2" possible HW. What decided that Heather was "THE ONE"? I don't know. But clearly Sarah is upset about it and thinks if she causes enough drama they will want her more. That didn't work for the Kim's in NJ. But I believe that's her main issue.
Tamera went person to person until she could star again this season in the HUGE UPSET at the end of season party. Like him or not, Jim knew that and refused to be that person.
I really dislike Tamra! She is the most hateful person! And Heather YUCK!! If she has it all why be on this show and open your family up as a sacrifice ? She talked about everyone behind their back and kept things going for Tamra. The very 1st we the viewers saw Heather is when her and Tamra started talking about Alexis.
Hateful people why is that something people like? Watch seasons before Tamra and those women actually are friends and it was about House wives. Not now!

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Oh the drama........

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tamra is tarsh. she thinks she has to be involed in everthing. she felt she had to be there when jim was talking to terry about his wife. she had no reason ,it had nothing to do with her, she loves to cause trouble. watch her face when the other women are in a painful situation. she loves it. she stirs the pot then watches.
she uses everyone around her, she has a way of making the other women look and act just as trashy as she is. remember, when tamra put her son up to the task of bedding a drunk gretchen at her party.
tamra used her son to take advantage of another women. she is scrum. i cant wait for the other women to realize what tamra is.
she is a sick women.

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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. She 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.

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I like that Heather and Terri! They seem to be reasonable people who are genuinely surprised at the level of drama they let themselves get into. The RHOC franchise is Bravo's middle class edition, but the Dubrow's live in Newport Beach, one of the most affluent communities in the country. In the O.C. there are tons of Alexis and Jim's who feign affluence with their luxury cars and designer duds, but they're one paycheck away from bankruptcy. Alexis is sweet but just doesn't get that the more you brag about what you own, the more people question your real worth and class. The truly wealthy don't brag about their wealth, they just quietly moor their yachts onto their private boat slips in front of their multi million dollar homes. As for Jim, if my husband said that derogatory comment to me in front of other people, he'd have to go to sleep that night with one eye opened!

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I think Vicky is the crazy one, she is always yelling and talking about her love tank. Who the flip cares about her love tank? Not me. With the way she comes across on t.v., I can not see why she is so "successful". If anyone needs to be off the show it is Vicky she is an ugly person inside and out and is very selfish. I like Tamara, Gretchen and Heather. Alexis is a complete ditz. She has this perfect life... Her husband is a tool. I would hate to be married to him. I do not think he loves anyone but himself. It is amazing how catty and vindictive and back stabbing the supposed wealthy Orange County people are. If that is what money brings wow!!!!

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Seriously I know is a reality show and all. But you would think with all that money they spent on Botox and clothes they should invest it in learning how to be classy and a real personality.- why do they have same hairstyle?? Do they get buy 2 get third one free special! -Terry needs male friends and stay out of the girl fights.... I missed real house wife of BH they had more class and more interesting, funny.

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Heather is so fake and she should be the last one talking about Alexis bragging about wealth. Why did botox queen Heather have Gretchen (who looks like a porno star) over her house and meet with her in her dressing room - how sick, bet Heather just wanted to show off all her designer clothes. And Heather's husband acts like a high school girl. Hey Terry - real men don't argue with girls..., so ask your botox wife to give you back your balls and act like a man.

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