The Real Housewives of Orange County
2006, 12 seasons to date
Documentary / Reality-TV
By Scott Dunlop
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Jeana, Matt and Colton accompany Shane to a college in Arizona, Kimberly sets off for a girls-only weekend in Palm Springs and things get wild. Still trying to land Brent's business, Slade maneuvers an invitation with Jo to Brent's house for drinks. In preparation for their big convention in New Orleans, Vicki & Lauri get a home treatment of Botox and while Lauri's away, Ashley breaks the rules and has a party.
Jeana takes Kimberly and Scott house hunting, then hosts a neighborhood BBQ. Sparks fly as Shane takes an interest in Jo. Kimberly comes clean with Scott about her crazy weekend in Palm Springs. Unhappy that Jo has gone back to work, Slade retaliates by hiring a sexy new assistant. Vicki and her husband Donn argue about Briana's job and Lauri continues to struggle with her children as Ashley fails to show up for work after discovering her car has disappeared.
Jo continues to party into the wee hours and Slade isn't pleased, Lauri buys a conservative black dress for a Republican fundraiser she is attending with George. Jeana tries to instill money-saving values in her daughter, Kara while Tammy's youngest daughter Lindsey is still troubled by the divorce and pines over the loss of her trust fund. Meanwhile, Vicki returns home after her two-week cruise rested and rejuvenated.
Jo struggles with her new independence and the pull of her relationship with Slade. Jeana, Jo, Lauri and Vicki attend the Orange County Home & Garden Expo, where unresolved tension between Jo and Lauri caused by Lauri's relationship with Slade, comes to a head. Meanwhile, Tammy's rebellious daughter Megan takes her to a Pit Bull breed show. And Vicki has a hard time letting go of her obsession with work and her daughter, Briana.
Ashley, Lindsey and Megan head to Miami Beach while Vicki, Jeana and Tammy spend the weekend in Lake Havasu. Tamra throws her son a huge birthday party.
The housewives have dinner and catch up on their lives. Vicki and Jeana get surprise visits from their trainer and have some explaining to do. Tamra gets botox before her 40th birthday.
Tamra and Simon Barney celebrate their ten-year wedding anniversary with a weekend getaway in Napa, and they invite Vicki and Donn to join them. While Tamra and Simon enjoy a romantic weekend of wine tasting, grape-stomping and gourmet dining, Vicki and Donn struggle just to be nice to each other.
While her fiance overnights in the hospital, Gretchen Rossi lifts her spirits by hosting a burlesque party at her home. Vicki Gunvalson and family tour a million dollar yacht that she hopes to buy despite Briana's protests. Vicki, Jeana and Tamra have a girl's night out to get away from the drama in their lives, but a discussion about marriage and ex-husbands turns the situation contentious.
Jeana Keough makes the gut-wrenching decision to pull back from spending so much time with the Housewives in order to concentrate more on her real estate business, which is struggling in a sagging economy.
As Vicki Gunvalson's daughter, Briana, recovers from her breakup with her high school sweetheart, Vicki tries to set her up with the son of one of her insurance colleagues. Simon and Tamra Barney attend a BBQ party at the Gunvalson's. Meanwhile, Gretchen Rossi flies to Michigan to visit with her deceased fiancé's kids. Back in Orange County, Lynne Curtin and her family settle into their new home in Laguna Beach. New housewife Alexis Bellino and her husband, Jim, have their weekly date night to reconnect with each other where he surprises her with a special gift.
Alexis, Gretchen and Peggy get together for a day of shopping and socializing. The dinner conversation turns racy when the women share surprising sexual secrets. Alexis and her family head to San Diego for a family vacation; however, the trip turns out to be anything but relaxing for her. Tamra wants to take steps to repair her friendship with Vicki and suggests a girls' weekend in Cabo San Lucas.
Tamra and Vicki travel to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico for a weekend of sunbathing, girl talk and tequila shots. Gretchen meets Alexis to get advice about rebounding from divorce and getting remarried. Peggy is interviewed for a documentary and reveals a serious health issue she's been coping with for three years.
New housewife Heather throws a "painting party" to get to know the ladies. Alexis and Vicki make snide remarks to Gretchen and Tamra about their budding friendship, and Alexis envies Heather's perfect life. Gretchen and Slade dig up questionable information about Vicki's new boyfriend that is sure to send shockwaves through the OC.
Tamra tries to convince Vicki that her friendship with Gretchen won't overshadow their bond, while Alexis and Heather meet for a doomed lunch to try and work out their differences. Vicki and her daughter Briana discuss Vicki's new boyfriend, and Briana tells her mother of an upcoming surgery. Meanwhile, Slade is trying out a new career -- comedy -- and against Gretchen's wishes, his routine is filled with Housewife-insulting jokes. How will Gretchen react when Slade ridicules her friends in public?
Vicki invites Alexis to meet her new grandson. Meanwhile, Tamra and Gretchen shop for baby gifts, and as Tamra tries to get her relationship with Vicki back on track, Vicki threatens to derail their progress. Heather meets with Lydia McLaughlin about featuring her house in Lydia's magazine, but Heather won't give up the goods without a promise of the cover.
Alexis is shocked when Vicki invites her to a party at Tamra's new gym. Lydia makes a splash when she reveals that she's been invited to Tamra's party by Alexis. Meanwhile, Gretchen and Slade try to keep their relationship strong while dealing with challenging personal issues close to home. Then, on the night of the big party, Tamra wonders if she's made a huge mistake by allowing Alexis to come when things quickly spin out of control.
The dinner party continues at Shannon's OC home, and while the ladies hop onboard the fun bus, Heather seems to have been left at the station. Meanwhile, Shannon's awkward marriage is put under the microscope, and Vicki finally musters the courage to tell Briana she is going to date Brooks with or without her blessing. As Heather leaves town for the holidays, the ladies meet for a "Fakes-giving" Feast where they air out their grievances.
Things get ugly in the OC when Tamra and Heather are invited to a holiday party where fashion takes a back seat to charity and the girls meet Lizzie, a former beauty queen. After 13 years of marriage, Shannon is surprised with a romantic weekend getaway. As Vicki focuses on business and new office with designer Kelli Ellis, Tamra and Eddie have a heart-to-heart discussion about a possible new addition to the family.
The ladies travel to Napa to celebrate the launch of her new sparkling wine Collette. OC transplant Meghan is excited for her first trip to wine country, but is also apprehensive after her recent run-in with Shannon. Shannon continues to struggle with her emotions regarding her husband David's affair. Also, Tamra reveals her newfound relationship with the Lord while also trying to draw some much needed attention to her new boobs.
A trip to Napa concludes with tensions at a high. Back in the OC, Vicki and Brooks consider some unconventional cancer treatments, Meghan puts the final touches on her first OC charity event while Heather faces the harsh reality of going over budget on her dream home. Meanwhile, Shannon receives some shocking news and unresolved issues between her and Meghan become the topic of the ladies' scrutiny at Meghan's JDRF charity event.
At Shannon's 70's-themed party, she gets into a heated argument with Kelly about her rumor-filled past. While Vicki juggles work, babysitting her grandsons and nursing Briana back to health, she still finds time to "whoop it up" with the ladies, at least the ones who are speaking to her. Heather confronts Terry about his lazy parenting after he schedules a work trip for Mother's Day. Tamra tries to help Kelly mend fences, but winds up stirring the pot instead.
Vicki and Briana drive cross country as Vicki finally gets her wish - her baby is moving back home. They encounter major bumps in the road, though, and the homecoming is not all that Vicki hoped. New housewife Kelly Dodd makes as nice as she can with the other ladies, while Meghan is struck out by hormones as she begins IVF. Heather struggles with her childrens' expectations about how much they see their father and shows up solo to a beach party Kelly throws to get to know all the women better. Vicki and Tamra pull their heads out of the sand to try and resolve the ...