The Real Housewives of Orange County Season 13 Episode 1 Recap: The Next Chapter

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What do you get when the ladies are getting along a little too well? 

A lame show that is filled with boring scenes, of course. 

On The Real Housewives of Orange County Season 13 Episode 1, we picked up several months later. By that, we mean months after the ladies patched up their friendships and became boring. 

Tamra Judge has been through the mill, and she was determined to put the past behind her. However, she had to come to terms with the fact that her husband, Eddie, was not as well as he should be. 

Atrial Fibrillation is the name of his mystery illness, and being a trainer, it meant he could not do the things that make him happy. If you watch The Real Housewives of Orange County online, you know that Eddie is not someone who likes to sit around. 

Whether he's out kissing dudes while his wife is claiming everything is all fine and dandy, we think it's fair to say this condition is going to change his life for good. 

We kid about the dude part, but the rumors do not seem to be dying down, so we're inclined to believe something is not right in the relationship. 

Tamra Judge in Culver City

In any case, Tamra worried about Eddie's future, especially because the slightest thing could render him unfit to do just about anything. 

“He was freaked out for a minute, and he was like, ‘I just keep thinking about the mortality rate,’ ” Tamra tells her mother, fighting the tears.

And I’m like, ‘What?’ And he’s like, ‘That’s not how I want to die.’”

“He’s not going to die,” Tamra's mother responded, clearly trying to comfort her daughter who was wailing uncontrollably. While the show has only covered one of the surgeries so far, we know that there are four more to be covered. 

“Eddie was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation about three months ago,” she said in the episode. 

Tamra Judge Cancer Pic

“He had noticed his heart rate was getting up to 240, 250, 260 beats a minute when he was working out — which is dangerous. And he needs heart surgery. So they’re going in and cauterizing part of his heart.”

“He’s a machine,” she said. “And his body is letting him down at the age of 45.”

The bizarre thing about all of it was that the couple was moving into a new home that was still under construction ahead of the surgery. The key to recovery from surgery is plenty of bed rest. 

As for Tamra's relationship with Vicki Gunvalson, it was still on the road to recovery, but Eddie stopped short of inviting Vicki to the housewarming party. 

Vicki Gunvalson at Home

Vicki has been vocal about how she feels about Eddie, claiming that he's gay and just generally being a sucky person. But all of that is in the past, but Eddie said that Vicki would need to do some apologizing if she wants to snag an invite. 

Shannon Beador was well away from David and downsized to a rented house. However, she struggled with taking her wedding ring off, claiming that it did not only represent her marriage but her life with her children and other key life events. 

Tamra helped her realize that she needed to take it off, and a hilarious scene ensued when the pair tried to yank the ring off. They tried soap, but they ultimately settled on cutting the finger off because the ring was stuck. 

Nope, it was not as fun as that. Shannon got rid of the ring and claimed to feel "naked."

Shannon Beador Rocking Out

We also learned that Kelly Dodd had moved to a two bedroom apartment and was loving life. In all honesty, it's probably the smallest house we've ever laid eyes on in the franchise. 

But Kelly oozed energy as she spoke about her post-marital life. When she met up with Vicki, they chatted about dating, and Kelly was visibly ready to find someone to love again. 

The hour concluded with the ladies attending a roping event that allowed them to establish their trust in one another.

Vicki made a passive aggressive comment about everything that happened to her, and it looked like Shannon and Tamra were going to cut her rope and kick her off the platform at one point. 

Vicki Gunvalson Red Carpet Picture

Aside from that, everyone was very subdued, and that's not what we tune into this series for. 

What are your thoughts on the premiere? 

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The Real Housewives of Orange County continues Mondays on Bravo. 

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