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RHOC Ssn 11/Ep 2 - Making Friends But Not Amends

Glenn Rowley

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This week on The Real Housewives of Orange County, the new girl cozies up to Vicki but makes a strong second impression on the other girls at Meghan's demolition party. Plus, Heather jets off to Turks and Caicos for some much-needed family time with Terry and the kids. Read on for my full recap of this week's drama...

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The episode picks up right where the premiere left off: in the midst of Vicki Gunvalson's conversation with Heather Dubrow at the latter's yacht party. Vicki asks Heather for forgiveness regarding Brooks Ayers's fake cancer scam last season and just wants to be friends again, but Fancy Pants isn't letting her off the hook that easily. Heather rightfully points out that she doesn't care what the OG's ex-boyfriend did, she only cares about Vicki's involvement in the lies. Vicki still stands by her claim that Brooks lied and pulled the wool over her eyes as well, though none of her fellow Housewives believe that story. However, Heather graciously ends the conversation by reiterating that she cares about Vicki and advises her to talk to each of the girls to individually make amends. What the other 'Wives do with Vicki's olive branch is up to them. The OG bursts into tears on the way home, telling former Housewife Jeana Keough that she just doesn't want to talk about it anymore. No more Brooks. No more cancer. No more medical records. Can't everyone just leave the whole mess in the past and let her try to be happy again?

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The next morning, while newbie Kelly Dodd engages in the classic mother/daughter warfare of getting Jolie to school and Heather's packing for the Dubrow family's trip to Turks and Caicos, Tamra Judge is dealing with her own family drama. It turns out that things aren't all sunshine and romance for her son Ryan Vieth and his fiancé Sarah Rodriguez. In fact, the fighting has gotten so bad that Ryan's moved out to an apartment while Sarah continues living in the house Tamra spent $8000 on last season with the four girls. Ryan explains to his mom that most of their fights revolve around petty issues like Facebook and Instagram, but truthfully I'm too busy staring at his incredible beard to focus on all the details. Of course, Tamra's husband Eddie is less than pleased to learn that his wife is starting to get involved in Ryan and Sarah's drama and demands she stay out of it. Any bets that Tamra will do what Eddie said and take a step back from the family drama? Didn't think so...

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Apparently it's February in Orange County, because Shannon Beador and her husband David are celebrating Valentine's Day at The Ritz. Watching the couple during dinner, it's clear that the Beadors' marriage has come so far in the wake of David's affair. However, David's still not quite the perfect husband, as evidenced by Shannon unwrapping her Valentine's Day gift from him. Upon seeing the slightly garish pearl necklace, Shannon's face freezes into a deer-in-headlights smile as she assures David that she loves it. (According to her confessional, David has a long history of picking out gifts that his wife would never buy herself and this seems to be an extreme instance to add to the list.) But hey, at least Shannon continues to wear the necklace she so clearly hates through the rest of dinner. And that, folks, is what true love's about...When the yacht party comes up, Shannon makes it clear that she has nothing to say to Vicki - she has no intention whatsoever of rebuilding any sort of friendship with the OG after last year's cancer scam. According to Shannon, forgiveness means moving on, but it doesn't necessarily mean you have to go back to being BFFs.

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While Vicki hosts a Chamber of Commerce mixer at Coto Insurance back in the OC, Heather's soaking up family time in the Turks and Caicos sunshine. Their trip to the Beaches resort looks like a total dream, and includes a full-service butler named Ainsworth for the length of their stay. This family vacation is particularly important to Heather, who explains in her confessional that Terry says yes to so many things when it comes to work that he barely ever spends time with the kids anymore. Heather laments that her husband is missing the kids growing up, but in his own confessional Terry sheepishly admits that he doesn't actually feel all that bad about working so much. He's more creatively and professionally fulfilled than ever. Plus, someone has to pay for the Dubrow Chateau, right? Ouch. I guarantee that's not what Heather was hoping to hear when she watched this episode back to write her Bravo blog.

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Despite Meghan King Edmonds' warning at the yacht party, Kelly decides to cozy up to Vicki by asking the OG to lunch. Vicki's "whoop it up" radar goes off when it comes to the new girl, and the two women immediately bond over their love of having fun and the fact that they share a height and a shoe size. Vicki also opens up about her love life, lamenting that she's been alone for seven months since she broke up with Brooks. However, Briana and the boys are moving back to Orange County from Oklahoma soon, so she won't be alone for long. I for one find it hilarious that Kelly pretends not to know anything about Vicki's relationship with Brooks, considering that last season's scandal made national headlines all over the internet. Give me a break. My mom even knows what happened with Brooks and she's never seen a single episode of any show in the franchise.

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As an excuse to get together, Meghan invites Shannon, Tamra and Kelly over to help demolish her new kitchen. Shannon arrives as her lesbian alter ego, Deb the Contractor and I couldn't help but laugh out loud. Please, please, please let us see more of Deb this season. Donning hard hats and googles, the ladies take turns putting hammers through the walls and sawing two-by-fours and part of me is shocked that no one cut off a finger. Retiring to the sitting room for some champagne in red Solo cups, Kelly reveals to her new friends that she went to lunch with Vicki the day before. Naturally, this is met with wide-eyed stares and awkward silence from the veteran ladies, who are less than pleased that the newbie is deliberately choosing to befriend the one 'Wife on the outs. Then, Kelly takes it a step further by claiming she thought the other 'Wives were "mean" to Vicki at the yacht party. Whoa, Kelly. Slow your roll. Shannon and Tamra curtly remind the new girl that she wasn't around last year, so she has no context for the group's current dynamic and should really stay out of it. This is not a great second impression for the new girl on the block.

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It gets worse. After telling Shannon she found her to be standoffish at the yacht party, she manages to make Tamra cry by asking about her relationship with ex-husband Simon. This naturally turns the conversation to Tamra's estranged relationship with her oldest daughter, whom she hasn't seen or had any contact with in two years. Tears start to fall as Tamra expresses her fear that she won't be invited to her daughter's high school graduation, and now Kelly's feeling awkward because everyone hates her. Oops. In an attempt to redirect the conversation, Kelly reveals that she and her husband Michael filed for divorce and were separated for two years, but eventually decided to get back together. As if that wasn't bizarre enough, Kelly then drops the bombshell that her husband has  a narcissistic personality disorder, which he discovered after undergoing a 730 psychiatric evaluation. As for whether she loves her husband, Kelly merely responds that he's "a really nice person." Hmm...not sure what you're going for here Kelly, but you're leaving quite an unforgettable impression in just a couple of episodes. What could the new girl possibly do next week?

What did you think of this week's RHOC? Should the 'Wives just forgive Vicki already and move on? Is Kelly setting herself up as a lightning rod or what? Leave your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below!

RHOC Turns 10: Celebrating a Decade of Housewives History

Glenn Rowley

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On March 21, 2006, a little show about a group of five women in Orange County, California premiered on Bravo. Billed as a look behind the gates of the exclusive community of Coto de Caza, The Real Housewives of Orange County was reality TV's attempt to capitalize on the massive successes of Desperate Housewives and The O.C. No one could have guessed at the time that the show would not only outlast both of its fictional counterparts by years, it would spawn a global media franchise that would blaze a trail for the entire genre of reality TV. 

At the time, I was a junior in high school who spent countless days glued to the drama surrounding Stephen, LC and Kristen on Laguna Beach, so when I heard about another reality show in the OC, I perked up. Cozied up in my parents' room, I clicked the remote to Bravo and immediately became immersed in the lives of these glamorous OC women and their families. Little did I know how much I would come to love the Housewives or just how much the franchise would come to mean to me over the next decade. 

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The show began with five original Housewives: high energy insurance maven Vicki Gunvalson, former Playmate-turned-MLB-wife Jeana Keough, single mom Lauri Waring, trophy fiancé Jo De La Rosa and pro-plastic surgery soccer mom Kimberly Bryant. Over the course of the first season, we saw the 'Wives with their families (including Jo's fiancé, future OC staple Slade Smiley) and interact socially. Back then, the show wasn't so much about drama and conflict between the women, it simply captured their day-to-day reality.

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We watched Vicki send her daughter Briana off to senior prom and attend her own 25-year high school reunion and Jeana raise her three competitive kids. Lauri dealt with her teenage son Josh's legal problems while working for Vicki as an insurance agent. Jo and Slade navigated the murky waters of being engaged despite their considerable age difference (Jo was only 24 when she filmed Season 1!) and Kimberly felt the pressures of the OC lifestyle - upgrading her car, shopping for a house and proclaiming in her opening tagline that "85 percent of the women around here have breast implants." In fact, the most dramatic plot point of the entire season was Kimberly's skin cancer scare towards the end of filming, which resulted in the Bryant family relocating to the Midwest after the show wrapped. All in all, Season 1 comes across as a bare-bones prototype of what Housewives has become today. I mean, the first season reunion consisted of Vicki, Jo, Lauri and Jeana sitting poolside in the Gunvalson's iconic backyard to chat about the season with no Andy Cohen in sight!

As I said, there was no way to predict that Housewives would become a pop culture phenomenon over the next 10 years, but how grateful we are that it did. Without the first season of RHOC, we wouldn't have any of the iconic, watercooler moments the franchise has given us with over the years: Teresa's Table Flip. Aviva's Leg Throw. The Dinner Party from Hell. Scary Island. Slutty Island. LimoGate."Bye, Wig!" The existence of Big Poppa. The Pretentious Intervention in Costa Rica. Brooks Ayers' fake cancer. The Bethenny/Jill feud. The redemption of Queen Camille Grammer. The Gorga/Guidice christening brawl. Every single tagline and reunion walk-off. Need I continue?

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Furthermore, we wouldn't have been gifted with so many memorable moments over the last 10 years of the OG of the OC: Vicki screaming about threesomes on a mountaintop in Whistler. Vicki on the bar at Andale's. Vicki having a full-blown emotional breakdown in Costa Rica. Vicki screaming about the family van. Vicki not knowing what a "circle jerk" is while riding a children's train. The constantly changing state of Vicki's love tank. Every single "woo-hoo!" and "whoop it up!" The list truly could go on and on...

So thank you Bravo and thank you to the five original women who let us into your lives and started this fabulously entertaining world known as the Real Housewives. We are forever in your debt. 

Bravo's 2nd Annual #RHAwards: THG Picks the Winners

Glenn Rowley

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It's awards season in the Bravo universe! That's right, the 2nd annual Real Housewives Awards are upon us. I loved when Bravo did this last year and am super excited to see it become an annual event. Let's face it, so much happens across the franchise and it's a fun way to look back on the year and vote for our favorite ladies. This year, they've added a number of new categories including Best Housewife Comeback, Realest Reconciliation and Miss Congeniality along with returning categories like Rookie of the Year, Biggest Reunion Shocker and OMG Moment. To analyze all the nominees, I rounded up my fellow Housewives fanatics Tanya from So Cute and Curvy and my cousin Adrienne for their input, and we're giving you our picks for who should walk away with the coveted glass heel!

BEST COMEBACK

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That Housewives Guy: I love my Beverly Hills girls and I was over the moon about Dina coming back to RHONJ, but I'm going to have to say Bethenny. Her return reinvigorated RHONY and helped give us the best season New York has ever had. Yes I said it. 

Tanya: I vote B [too]. I have this love/hate relationship with her because she's so harsh and...how she executes her honesty isn't always the kindest, but I respect her hustle and how genuine she always is.

Adrienne: Dina! While her comeback I fear is short-lived, it was great to see her back on such a pivotal season of RHONJ. Not only was she Teresa's main support system, she's hilarious, witty, honest, gorgeous, and has the uncanny ability to see right through the crap and fake peeps that are her counterparts.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

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THG: This category is incredibly crowded and I have a few questions about it. 1. Why do Nicole and Teresa have to share their nomination? First their tagline, now this? 2. Why is Shannon nominated but Lizzie isn't? And 3. Shannon and Kristen's rookie years weren't even in the current seasons of RHOC and RHONY, so that doesn't make a whole lot of sense. I feel like I can't vote for either of them simply out of principle. 

A: I say Teresa and Nicole. While I didn't always love Teresa, Nicole's priorities of Duncan Donuts and Oral sex are clearly on point. I could see the twins being around for a while - they bring not only comedy but quite a bit of drama to the show.

T: I wish I had more than one vote for this category because Bravo did so good on all the newbies this year! I voted for the twins too because I feel if I had an alter ego I’d have a lot of their personality in there. The runner-ups I call for are Dorinda, Kristen, Shannon & Lisa. They bring so much to the show and live up to the brand…definitely unforgettable, so they have my vote as well!

THG: Honestly, there isn't a single bad 'Wife in the bunch, but for me it comes down to the twins, Dorinda, Lisa and Eileen. Eileen Davidson is my spirit animal. I know, I know that didn't really narrow anything down. I'm tempted to lean towards Dorinda because of how much I've loved this season of RHONY, but I think I'm going to go with Lisa R. She and Eileen both added so much to Beverly Hills this season, but she definitely brought more drama between the two. 

BEST SUPPORTING AGITATOR

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A: Jim Marchese. Do I really need to elaborate? He's scum, his need to over compensate for his ugly mug, bad hair plugs and small penis is obvious. Shut your face Jim.

THG: I agree, there's no way anyone but Jim Marchese walks away with this award - if you can really call spreading rumors about someone's mom, selling your best friend of more than a decade down the river for reality TV fame and coming across as a complete and utter a--hole an "award."

T: Um no. CoCo all the way. Duh….I could barely remember what part the other nominees had. Who doesn’t love the beautiful Coco?

THG: By the way, why isn't Brooks on this list? His cancer is just starting to stir up the OC and from what we've seen in previews and the press, everything is going to explode around it for the rest of the season. Then again, if he was nominated, Vicki would probably have Andy's head...

OMG MOMENT

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T: I think these were all worthy of a nomination, however I can’t believe this character called JIM! I seriously don’t know who I would strangle more….him or Kenya. These types of people make their seasons addicting, but he is a horrible person and I won’t say more on that…..ugh!

A: Yes, definitely. While the rumor may or may not be true, you just can't talk about mamas.

THG: I think the most OMG moment was Lisa vs. Kim in Amsterdam. It was the moment we waited all season for, and it most definitely did not disappoint - shattered wine glass and all. Also, am I the only one who finds it telling that Kim isn't included in the nomination? Seems like Bravo is trying to distance itself as far as possible from her downward spiral...

MOST LOL-WORTHY

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A: Milania. While I'm not sure if it's more LOL or WTF, it was worth some kind of mention. Good thing she's not my kid, she looks cute with her teeth in her mouth.

T: None of this was LOL to me…no vote.

THG: Yeah, I kind of agree with you. If I had to choose one, I'd pick Sonja with the tooth and the cufflink at the Boy Meets Skinnygirl party (which is weird because I'm never a Sonja fan). But where is Vicki swimming with the sharks in Tahiti or Dorinda mistaking that guy for a waiter?? Or even Yolanda's confusion over cunnilingus in the next category? I could go on and on. So many hilarious moments they left out.

BEST QUOTE

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T: Dunkin' Donuts and oral sex…sounds about right to me. That is so true! My vote goes to Nicole.

A: Tamra. Let's face it, the woman is not only freaking funny, she is abrasive and brutally honest. Girl is a fire cracker who doesn't mind screaming to get her point across....My kind of girl. Quite frankly, her and my opinion on religion and others butting in with their two cents is right on point, ya'll can suck it.

THG: Ok, we seriously all have different opinions about this one because I have to go with Luann, if only because of how iconic it was. "Don't be all, like, uncool" instantly became part of the classic Housewives lexicon the second it came out of her mouth.

REALEST RECONCILIATION

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THG: If we're talking about which was the realest, this one goes to Kyle and Lisa, easy. After watching their friendship fall apart over the course of two seasons thanks to a certain fired pot-stirrer (ahem, Brandi), it was so nice to see them really make up and become friends again this year. I'm excited to see them in Season 6 without other people trying to get between them. And for the record I will be on Team Kyle until the end of my days. 

A: I agree, I do think Lisa and Kyle have truly moved forward and cherish each other's friendship. I would have chosen Tamra and Vicki for this, but I know they're going to fight and make up and fight and make up probably 20 more times in seasons to come. 

T: Well, I'm still voting for Tamra & Vicki...I don’t have much to say about that, but I appreciate how easy it is for them to get past their issues and their past. I like that they can just move forward because they make good TV!

BIGGEST REUNION SHOCKER

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T: Lisa and those lips…how can you not feel how authentic her apology is? She took responsibility for her behavior in Amsterdam. Kim’s reaction is so funny and just makes this whole scene.

THG: I loved watching Andy get sassy with Ramona a.k.a. Stonewall Jackson. She got so defensive and was trying so hard to deflect. The Ramonacoaster is always in top form come reunion time, but you would think after six years she would know not to mess with her boss. 

A: That was a proud Andy moment for me. You go baby boy. Ramona is a loud mouth. While she can be funny, she was out of line here. Andy's response was flawless.

STUNNING INTERVIEW LOOK

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THG: There is not a single Housewife on Kristin Taekman's level when it comes to fashion. Did you see her homage to the Sex and the City tutu this week on her blog? I feel the need to point out that I was calling her the Carrie Bradshaw of RHONY months ago in the very first Feature Friday on this site. For the record, I love a lot of Cynthia's style on RHOA too, but she's more miss than hit when it comes to her interview looks. Hands down, Kristen for the win. There's not even any competition.

T: Kristen has my vote as well. She and Nene are my Bravo fashion icons!

A: Nene. One word to describe this look....yikes. She looked like a penis head with that choppy bowl cut bob. Bye Felecia.

THG: Umm I don't think that's what they meant by stunning, Ade...

MISS CONGENIALITY

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THG: Ok this category is just not fair because it has so many of my favorite Housewives from across the franchise...plus Kandi. I honestly can't choose. Yolanda is so patient and caring and manages to play the peacemaker with the Beverly Hills ladies even while she's battling Lyme disease. Carole is so down-to-earth, which I love, and Fancy Pants is so giving and such a true friend. Out of all of them though, I want Dina to be my best friend in real life. So I guess I'll go with her? I hope you know I'm going to agonize over this choice for days.

T: This category was made for Yolanda Foster. She is probably the most positive person on the Real Housewives franchise. Love how she has raised beautiful and kind kids. Loved that she was a successful model.  Love that she only promotes positivity on her IG. Love that she married a man she adores. Love that she is an example of getting what you ask and expect in life and then being humble and gracious about it!

A: Yolanda is so kind, a true class act. She treats everyone with respect and her husband, kiddos, and family are her life. Housewives could learn a lot from Mrs. Foster.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

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THG: Ok, so we don't get to vote on this one, but I still thinks it's fun to predict who's going to get it. Last year, Vicki got the first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award, and I have to say it's probably one of my favorite Vicki moments ever. If you haven't seen it, go watch it now.

T: Two words…NENE LEAKES! She is a legend and probably the most memorable person out of ALL the housewives! Bloop!

THG: I agree, with her leaving RHOA behind, it's NeNe's year for sure. The one other possibility could be Ramona, but I think Bethenny's return overshadowed her too much to get it this year. 

Well, there you have it. We didn't agree on much, but it was sure fun to see who we all thought should win. Special thanks to Tanya and Adrienne for helping me out! To cast YOUR votes, go to bravotv.com/rhawards and tune in to a special WWHL on Sept. 14 to find out the winners!