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Casting shake-ups are a fairly frequent occurrence in the Real Housewives universe.

Much less common, on the other hand, is a case like Vicki Gunvalson’s.

Vicki was demoted to “friend” status for the 14th season of The Real Housewives of Orange County, but she’s managed to remain such an essential part of the group dynamic that she’ll likely be returning to Bravo in a full-time capacity very soon.

But Vicki’s not looking for her old job back, mind you.

No, she’s got a “secret project” in the works with Shannon Beador and Tamra Judge — the same Tamra Judge whom she just roasted for being a thirsty try-hard after she made out with Braunwyn Windham-Burke.

Sound confusing?

Don’t worry, we’ve sorted out all the backdoor deals, frenemy alliances, and unexpected makeout sessions for your convenience.

Take a look: