The Real Housewives of Orange County Recap: The Great Divide

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The Real Housewives of Orange County returned to Bravo last night, where Vicki Gunvalson proved she can still hold court like no other.

She's bonkers, and the central theme of The Real Housewives of Orange County Season 12 Episode 1 was how over it her co-stars are.

When the episode got underway, we witnessed a shot of a beautiful beach, but it was quickly ruined by the sound of some of the craziest arguments from Season 11. 

It was a striking visual that proved the feuds on this show were enough to ruin any tranquility. Even after all this time, The Real Housewives of Orange County can still pack a punch in the drama department. 

We quickly found out that the feuds from the previous season weighed heavily on the minds of all the housewives concerned. 

Shannon Beador Portrait

First up was Shannon who claimed Vicki's comments about her husband abusing her paved the way for her to gain a lot of weight. 

In her quest to lose weight, she has changed her diet, as well as her children. She never really opened up about her husband, aside from saying that they were "distant." 

Can Shannon really blame Vicki for that? We're sure there will be more details on it as the season continues, but we think she and Vicki will make things right with one another. 

We switched gears to Vicki, who we found in a particularly happy state. The reason? Her business is booming, her relationship with her new boyfriend is going well and she's a grandma. 

Vicki Gunvalson Red Carpet Picture

It posed an excellent juxtaposition for the way her life is compared to Shannon's, but I still don't feel like we can pin all the blame for Shannon's drama on Vicki. 

One thing that irks Vicki about all of the drama is that Tamra is still making a go of her bodybuilding career. The two former friends have not spoken in months, but it's obvious there is no love lost between them. 

She caught up with Kelly and essentially said all of the other housewives are jealous of her success, and we may just have puked a little. 

She event went as far as saying: 

“They’re not the popular girls, we’re the popular girls.”

Kelly Dodd on RHOC

Kelly seemed like she wanted to be more reserved this time around. If you watch The Real Housewives of Orange County online, you will remember her cooking up drama out of nothing last season. 

It made for riveting television, but something tells us she had her head in her hands while watching the season back. 

We then found out just how much Vicki's drama had affected Tamra. In case you missed it, Vicki was throwing around rumors that Tamra's husband was gay. 

Tamra felt like the ordeal with Vicki brought her closer to faith and former housewife, Lydia, who returned to she show after a hiatus. 

At Bible study, Tamra started taking shots at Vicki and Kelly, but they were not even there to defend themselves. It speaks a lot about Tamra's character. 

Lydia then offered to play mediator during a lunch date between her and Vicki. Tamra declined the meeting, but that did not stop Lydia from meeting up with her. 

Lydia McLaughlin Instagram Photo

Vicki felt like there was no way she and Tamra could salvage their friendship, but Lydia had some words of her own. 

“I think you guys hurt each other so much because you love each other,” she says. 

Um, no. They hurt each other because they wanted to secure their place on the show, and a salary increase. 

Okay, so that's Episode 1 in the can, and things are actually shaping up to be interesting for the stars. 

Tamra Judge on Bravo

We absolutely need to have them all meeting up and going at it. That would make my day.

What do you think of all the drama?

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