The Real Housewives of Orange County Recap: Trouble In Paradise

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Things don't seem to be so sunny for the Real Housewives of Orange County. Relationship troubles abound for these buxom blondes (and Heather and Lydia). 

Will Vicki and Tamra ever be friends again? How does Terry really feel about Heather working?

Find out that and more in our THG +/- recap!

The Real Housewives of Orange County Season 8 Cast

Tamra, Heather, and Lydia meet for lunch and split a bottle of "champs." Heather believes Lydia deserves her own chance to fit in independent of Alexis. 

Lydia's mom likes glitter. She calls it "fairy dust." Minus 5.

She sprinkles it on people who are having a bad day. Lydia's mom should probably sprinkle some fairy dust all over these women. 

Tamra calls herself "vocal." Lydia calls her "straight crazy." 

Talk turns to Alexis and Tamra calls Alexis a puppy who craps on the floor. Oh, Tamra. Such a way with words.

At the Bellino house, Jim's gotten new "flannels" and Alexis is de-facing herself for the night. This has to be an hour-long process, removing all her makeup. 

Jim wonders why Alexis went to the party at all and Alexis says that if she could go back in time she wouldn't have gone. Then Jim called her insane? I think? 

Minus 30 for making us watch Jim moisturize his face.

Jim tells Alexis that she's got to stand up for herself against the ladies. 

At Vicki's house, Ryan is trying to install a new carseat in her car. And then she asks if they can have a little chitchat. 

She wants to have Brooks over to the house and he says no. She says they have to respect her desire to date Brooks and he says, no, he doesn't have to respect that decision.

Ryan's not buying it. Brooks is gross and crazy. Stay strong, Ryan. Plus 5.

So, Yeah, We Got Married

Lydia and her mom are shopping and Mama Crazy has to fairy dust the salesgirl. Minus 8. Lydia calls her "unpredictable." 

Growing up, Mama did acid and smoked pot and spent lots of money while she was stoned. They just spent $2553 while Mama wasn't high, so I don't want to imagine the damage during Lydia's teen years. 

Slade's son is still in ICU, so he's going back to New York to spend time with him. Plus 10

They're having a tough conversation about their future and her reproductive clock. She feels like her desire to have a baby is unfair given the current situation. 

These two are gaining on Terry and Heather for favorite couple. Plus 10.

Tamra and Heather go shopping for workout gear. Heather laments that her boobs aren't up to par with their pre-baby days and Tamra tells her to get them done. Heather doesn't want to be part of the Orange County cliche'. Plus 10

Heather gets a phone call from her agent with a straight offer to guest star on Hot In ClevelandTamra gets chills and Terry offers to help her run lines.

Vicki meets Brooks for dinner and wears the fur he bought her with her own money. Then he botches ordering a martini. What kind of man is he? Minus 12. 

Vicki Points Fingers

She asks "what are we doing?" and he says "well, we're having dinner tonight." Hello, Captain Obvious. 

Vicki asks him if he's dating other people and he scoffs that she says she's single. Then he says yes, he's seen other people and keeps driving home the point that she goes around telling people she's single. 

Vicki says won't kick her daughter out to be with him and he says whoever lived in his house would abide by his rules. Guess what, Brooks, IT'S NOT YOUR HOUSE. Minus 9

Brooks tells her that if she doesn't stand up to Briana, she doesn't have him. She cries. 

What does she see in him? 

Lydia and Mama Crazy head to breakfast. Her mom tells her not to put her purse on the ground lest she lose her chi. 

Mama hasn't smoked pot in several months so Lydia wants to congratulate her and celebrate. Mama misses the high brought on by her Bay Bombers but vows to stay sober for Lydia and her grandsons. Plus 25.

Tamra has a Wines by Wives meeting and Vicki, her business partner, is a no-show. They're planning a trip to Malibu to visit a winery and Tamra's scared Vicki will screw up the trip.

Heather, Terry, and three of their four children head out for dinner. The kids do their homework at the dinner table and Heather talks about how busy her schedule is about to get.

Terry doesn't understand why the kids have to do their homework before they can chat and then Terry insults Heather's ability to do math. Minus 4.

Heather Dubrow Pic

She tells him that when she's shooting for Hot in Cleveland she'll need his help getting the kids to school. He immediately bristles at the thought and reveals plans for Casa Dubrow to devolve into a state of lawlessness.

Heather does not approve.

The idea of her house in chaos while she's working doesn't work for her. 

He finally gives her the answer she's been looking for this whole time "whatever it is, it'll be fine" and she's clearly still upset. 

He tries apologizing and she's not having it. Then they play the "who works harder" game and that just never ends well. Minus 10.

Heather says she doesn't ask for much for herself and this is that moment. 



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Heather, please stop being a grown up baby. I do not know what happens behind the cameras, but you sure act stupid in front of them. Can't your husband make some silly jokes with you? Whenever he talks, you get offended. Yet you say you love him. I believe you just like the status of being a doctor's wife. I think you just want everything to be about you. Do not fight and get annoyed with your husband in front of your kids. If you think that you are the only important one in your family you are certainly
going to be the next divorced housewife. Your husband will not
put up with you and your childish ways for long. Finally, please go back to acting school if you want to continue to be a real actress. I use to like you, but now you are very annoying.


Heather needs to pull the stick out of her ass, get over herself, lighten up.......poor Terry, he's a funny guy and she's a spoiled princess that can't take her own 4 kids to the pumpkin patch with out the help of a nanny! And don't get me started on Tamra!!!


When Vicki declared her love for Brooks he did not reciprocate the sentiment. Case closed. Move on Vicky.


You know what, Brianna and her husband are acting like little brats. I understand they do not like Brooks, and they may have good reason, but Brianna's husband is new to the family and really it is none of his business. He shouldn't be putting up extra security or being stern with her. If they don't like Brooks then move out of her home! He has every right to protect his family, but then they should move out, get an apartment or home, and make a deal with Vicki that Brooks cannot be present when she is with them or the baby. It is just sad that she is being told what to do by her daughter's brand new husband. Vicki is a grown woman and obviously loves this man. You might not understand it, but it is not your relationship!

@ Kimberly

Okay, I have to disagree with you. Brianna and Ryan are not telling Vicki to not date brooks. They are all for Vicki being happy. BUT When they moved into Vick's place they agreed that they didn't feel comfortable with Brooks being in the house with THEIR child. Vicki agreed to it. They are also playing rent to stay there so it's not as if they're just staying there for free. And they have also said repeatedly that if Vicki wants to bring Brooks over that's fine, but she has to be aware that the consequence of that is that they would move out and find another place. They're not going to keep the grandson away from Vicki, they're just saying that if she makes the choice to have brooks at the house that they could not stay there. At the end of the day Vicki is blaming everyone else for her misery. She has a choice she just chooses to blame Brianna and Ryan for not letting her have it all aka: her daughter and grandson living with her while she's able to bring Brooks by. It would be a whole different ball game if B and R were not paying rent and are demanding something of her. It was a contingency of them moving in that Brooks was not allowed to be there.


The fur that Vicki was wearing in last night's show was not the one that Brooks "bought" for her. That one was black, and I think it was a full length coat, not a jacket.

@ DJ

Agreed.... Vicki LOVES playing the victim and playing both sides for drama and sympathy.....


Did anyone notice the server in the restaurant. She is the best looking of all of them in the show and she has a J.O.B. in OC - LOL!


Vickie need to put her foot down with her daughter and son in law. I'm a single mother of adult children and they wouldn't dare or have ever said to me that whoever I'm dating can't cone over to my home. I don't care if they do pay rent, she is the mother and the Queen of her castle. If they can't respect the mother then they should move out. And for her daughter to side with Vickie so called friends, that's so wrong. That should have been between family. Some things you just don't say...


no one knows how to operate a vacuum cleaner.

@ abe

That's just it though! They have said over and over again that if she wants to bring this guy over that it was fine, but that they would have to move out. They're offering to leave if he's that important to her! They're not keeping the grandson away from Vicki if they do leave or cutting of communication, nothing. I think they're being more than fair. She's free to do what she wants as are them, they're just informing her of the outcome of if she wants to bring brooks to the house, then Brianna and ryan would no longer live there. And as you said Brianna is a grown woman, if she decided to side with Tamra in the others because she agrees with them in regards to Brooks than it is what it is. At least she's not being fake about her feelings on the matter. She's being refreshingly honest.

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