The Real Housewives of Orange County Recap: Meet The New Girl

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There's a new housewife in town on The Real Housewives of Orange County. Lydia McLaughlin joins the crew.

Will the truce between Vicki and Tamra hold? How will Lydia fit in with the rest of the women?

We're about to find out!.

The Real Housewives of Orange County Season 8 Cast

Alexis is the first housewife invited over to Vicki's house to meet Baby Troy. She brings lunch. Plus 10. That's how it works. A new baby is born and people should take food.

That baby is so cute. He's like a grumpy little old man! Plus 15 for cuteness!

Everything is going great and then Alexis brings up Brooks. Briana gets really quiet and gives a telling "huh." Vicki says she can't explain what's going on with Brooks to anyone because even she doesn't know what's going on. But it seems that she's not saying anything because Briana's at the table. 

Briana doesn't approve of Brooks. Alexis says Vicki has to make the decision for herself. 

Here's my vote: Vicki, kick him and his gross sayings to the curb.

Heather goes to visit Terry at the office and she's thinking of trying to get their house in a magazine. Terry starts looking at the magazine on his phone and not paying attention to Heather.

Minus 12, Terry. Phone down, man.

Heather Dubrow Pic

Gretchen and Tamra are shopping for baby Troy and Briana. Tamra makes Gretchen wear a baby carrier and then she races strollers. It's hilarious. Plus 8

Briana goes to visit Vicki at the office to get out of the house. Briana says she doesn't want to hold Vicki back from dating by being there, but Vicki says she puts her daughter first. 

Then Vicki goes on to say that Briana was too hard on Brooks and Briana disagrees. She says they talk all day every day while Vicki's telling everyone that she and Brooks are broken up. 

Briana says that if Vicki wants to have Brooks over to the house then she and Ryan and the baby will leave.

"I don't want to do this anymore." Vicki's the master of conflict avoidance. Minus 15.

Heather's meeting with new housewife Lydia McLaughlin, owner of Beverly Hills Lifestyle Magazine. Lydia's a hugger. Heather's not. It's awkward. Plus 8.

Heather drops the bomb on Lydia that they want to do the magazine, but they want to be on the cover. Lydia says that's not her call. 

They chit-chat about people they have in common. Lydia's mom sees Terry for her plastic surgery. They have a mutual friend named Casey. And Lydia used to be one of Alexis' neighbors.

Dun dun dun!!

Lydia is "very authentic" and doesn't like to pretend that she's anything that she's not. So she lives in Orange County. 

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Tamra is breaking ground on her fitness studio. She and Eddie have named it CUT Fitness. Vicki's coming by to see the space and Eddie warns Tamra not to get into a fight.

Vicki drives to see Tamra. Across the street. Minus 15

Tamra called it that Vicki would want to give her business advice and almost instantly, Vicki starts asking about insurance and budget and then pans Tamra for going in on the studio with Eddie instead of doing it totally on her own.

Lydie, the new housewife, has been married for 7 years and has two sons, Stirling and Maverick. Their goal as parents is to keep the boys grounded. 

He has to do pull-ups before they can go on their date. Minus 25. 

Lydia says they live within their means as they get into an Aston Martin to drive to the harbor to get on their yacht to go to dinner. 

She drinks lemon drop martinis. A personal favorite of mine. Plus 10.

Tamra and Vicki decide to go to dinner. It's awkward. There's lots of staring and "ummmm" and "soooo." 

Vicki says "you're hurt, but I'm really hurt." Way to avoid any responsibility at all, Vic. Minus 5.

Tamra thinks Vicki's blaming her for everyone hating Brooks so that she won't have to blame Briana. Ding ding ding!! We have a winner!

Tamra tells Vicki to be happy and they toast to not saying mean things to each other. 

Gunvalson Gawks

At Casa Dubrow, the family's getting ready to go to Temple. Heather tells Terry it's time for him to start getting up to work out in the morning because he's sacrificing family time for fitness. 

He plans to atone for his bad jokes and non-diaper changing ways. Plus 8

At Temple, Colette turns into the Honey Badger. She don't give a... If Heather made it to kid #4 before getting a willful one, she got lucky. 

Tamra's four weeks away from the gym's opening and she's planning a dinner party for the girls. She wants them to see the space before it's finished.

In a phone call, Vicki tells Tamra she wants to invite Alexis to the party. That goes about as well as expected. Tamra's obviously not a fan of the idea, but she tells Vicki that if she's sure she wants Alexis to be her plus one, then go for it. 

Oh, Vicki. Way to derail the friendship train.


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