The Real Housewives of Orange County Recap: Gina Kirschenheiter Deals With DUI Arrest

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Vicki Gunvalson is outta there!

If that wasn't made clear by the complete and utter lack of the OG of the OC on the premiere of The Real Housewives of Orange County, then we don't know what will. 

But Did Gunvalson's former co-stars manage to bring the drama in her absence? 

Some Real Housewives of Orange County

Of course. That's why Orange County is still the crown jewel in this tired Bravo franchise. 

We finally got some insight into Gina Kirschenheiter's January 31 arrest for driving under the influence -- and it was wild. 

"The night of the DUI, I went to a local mom event," Gina admitted to the audience. 

"I was there shopping for leggings and drinking wine, and I wanted to go home," she added of the scary night. 

"I got in the car -- I should never have driven -- I got pulled over. And it's my worst defining moment. Ever."

Gina Kirschenheitr Promo Pic

But Gina did make strides in her personal life between seasons. If you watch The Real Housewives of Orange County online, you know that she previously struggled to tell her children about her divorce. 

Gina was happy that she was in her new home with the three kids, and that they all knew about the divorce. 

However, she was "so bummed that I made such a stupid fricken decision to like get in the damn car and drive that night."

"I know I disappointed you," she said to her dad in a Facetime call.

"I just hope that the kids don't think bad of me, too."

Gina Kirschenheiter Image

Her Dad told her she's "the best mom" and that he knows and that her kids love her "to death."

Gina was struggling in the aftermath. That much was clear, and the DUI arrest hung over the premiere like a dark cloud. 

Gina later met up with Emily Simpson and told her that she thought she was fine to drive. She said that when she was pulled over, she thought it was going to be a ticket she was getting. 

"I thought I was just gonna get a ticket," she explained. "But my friend in the passenger seat had a roadie. That's what it was. I wasn't drinking it!"

"So he saw that?" Emily asked, prompting Gina to respond with, "Yeah, and then he just asked me to get out of the car. I did all the tests, and then he gave me the breathalyzer, and it wasn't registering, and he arrested me."

Emily Simpson for Season 13

"The cells are clear walls, and the first thing that I see when I walk in is this man with his hands cuffed behind his back, smashing his face against the clear glass. Like, over and over and over again. There's like blood," she said in a confessional.

"I don't know if I'm gonna be in a cell with like other crazy men like that. Like, you just don't know!"

Gina burst into tears when Emily asked about how her parents took the surprising news, admitting that it was "the worst part" of the whole thing. 

Matt, her estranged husband, however, was very supportive after being the first person to learn the truth about it. 

"He has been really supportive," she continued. 

Like we said, it was wild!

Kelly Dodd Picture

Elsewhere, Kelly Dodd had a new man in Dr. Brian Reagan, and she seemed super happy. 

Brian "works at the place where I got my boobies done," Kelly admitted without thinking about it. 

Kelly decided to go on a night on the town with Shannon Beador. Beador looked fabulous as she geared up to find a new man. 

But there was still talk of Gina's DUI. 

"Wait, wait, wait, wait. What about Gina and the DUI?" said a stunned Kelly. 

"The stupidest thing that could happen to anyone is getting a DUI. In today's world," Shannon said. "Are you kidding me?!" Kelly agreed. 

Kelly Dodd for Season 13

"I'm not perfect -- I've made plenty of mistakes -- but DUIs are very serious," Kelly said. "She's a hot mess right now."

Shannon was even madder because she had numerous scuffles with Gina in the past. 

"This is the girl who had the audacity to use the word 'self-medicate,' which has cost me tens of thousands of dollars to defend myself in the court system. Really, Gina?" she yelled at Kelly.

Looks like that feud is back and burning brighter than ever. 

As for Tamra Judge, she and Eddie were happier than ever in their new home, but Tamra had to deal with two warring sons. 

Tamra Snapshot

Tamra admitted that she wanted Ryan and Spencer to resolve their political differences. 

A family member chimed in, wondering what the eff was going on. 

"Ryan's a fanatic Trump supporter, and Spencer's the total opposite," said Tamra. 

"I don't care," Ryan said in response. "There's nothing wrong with loving America."

"I don't mind loving America, but you said you were gonna punch him in the face," Tamra shot back.

"He's been talking to me the way he talks to me," Ryan said, adding that Spencer had called him "a racist."

Tamra Judge on the Couch

"Are you?" Tamra wondered, prompting Ryan to say, "No."

"Listen, I'm not into politics..." Tamra said, but Ryan cut her off. 

"You should be!" he said sternly. "You wanna watch some Fox News with me? We can watch some Fox News."

"What about CNN?" Tamra asked.

"Do not say those words to me," he mumbled. 

Tamra tried to get the brothers to sort things out, once again, but it failed. 

Tamra Judge Is Not Impressed

"I don't hate the kid, he just crossed the line. He wasn't ready for the repercussion," Ryan said.

"Am I gonna go kick his ass? No. I'm not stressed about it, but you can talk to him about that."

Ryan admitted in a confessional that his brother "got offended because I was for building the wall, and just because I said that, he thought that I was racist. Half my family's Mexican! I have other family that's Black. Like, it just doesn't make sense."

Tamra also expounded in a confessional about the whole thing. 

"Spencer and Ryan were raised differently. Ryan was in daycare half the time while I was working two jobs. The lights were turned off most of the time."

"Birthday parties were, 'Let's go to Chuck E. Cheese!' But now, Ryan sees all the fancy things in life that Spencer has, and I think there might be a little bit of jealousy between the two of them. And I think Ryan's the one that's gotta maybe come around."

RHOC airs Tuesdays on Bravo. 

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