Remember Last Week…
We ended the episode with Over-Sharing Shannon flipping a fig (but not a table or a leg) at Heather’s continual insistence that Shannon ALWAYS yells at her. Unfortunately, Shannon lost it and actually yelled at her.
The week’s blog is a stripped down, acoustic version of where we’re at this season. This episode begins at that oh, so fun party at the beach. It befuddles me that people can be THAT unhappy sitting that close to the beach while eating amazing food. But this is the “Real Housewives” and this is “Orange County”…
Heather has been so mean to so many in the past that for some of us she’s just now getting her just desserts – Which happens to be an anniversary cake that’s conveniently missing an icing bow (It’s in my purse… Shhh…don’t tell anyone…). Her Royal Heatherness is highly intelligent and extremely well-educated. She has a better command of million dollar words than most – and that’s a good thing. Verbal communication and the ability to quickly think on her feet are strengths of hers and they’ve served her well in this franchise. The others in the cast just don’t measure up to her Royal Heatherness’ verbal prowess.
Once Shannon joined the cast this season – People initially thought she and Heather would be the best of friends. After all, it was Heather who introduced Shannon to everyone else… They both enjoy seriously amazing lifestyles… Have fabulous homes… Are married to successful men… And have young children still at home. The thing is – I think because Vicki immediately gravitated towards Shannon because of their partying similarities… that Heather got a little competitive and jelly towards Shannon. Heck, when Vicki wanted to sit next to Shannon instead of Heather – I was convinced someone was gonna die. Shannon has heard an earful from the other women about how they think that Heather constantly talks “down” to them in a condescending way which makes Heather look like a pompous dupahead. I seriously doubt Heather knows she is doing it as she is doing it – She’s just being Her Royal Heatherness.
Over-Sharing Shannon has tried to tell us from the beginning that her life is an open book – but it really isn’t. If her life WAS an open book, then the whole email fiasco wouldn’t have mattered. Her tagline this season about not having any secrets is laughable if it wasn’t so sad. I think Bravo played a big joke on her by moving forward with that tagline. She and David made a HUGE mistake by revealing so much of the serious problems in their relationship to the rest of the cast and to the rest of the world. Shannon tries hard to persuade us that she is down to earth but she is so highly critical of everyone and everything that her masked pretentiousness often rears its ugly head.
Shannon has a lot of voices in her head. I’m sure they argue with each other. She also has a lot of Real Housewife voices in her ear. We KNOW they argue with each other. When Shannon confronts Her Royal Heatherness about not being so condescending towards others – Her Royal Heatherness is SHOCKED that anyone dares to question her about anything – Especially this newbie.
While Shannon’s voice does gets somewhat elevated and excited – It’s not especially loud especially by “Real Housewives” standards. However, I do think it is entirely possible to yell at someone without actually raising your voice. The heated argument at the beach between Heather and Shannon is a culmination of a season filled with confrontations and misunderstandings. Instead of hearing people’s words about how she treats them condescendingly which makes them feel inferior and then apologizing for it – Heather decides she’s going to play the victim card and squarely points it at Shannon who is “always yelling” at her. Heather knows how to flip tables just like Teresa on Real Housewives of New Jersy – It’s just with words.
Shannon seems to feel wronged and misunderstood – And I think in many ways she may have been. Her incessant whining and complaining about everything on earth drowns out when she talks about more serious issues. And Shannon has some very serious issues. She has said she feels rejected by her husband and that he doesn’t love her.
Unfortunately, she quickly bonded with the snake that is Tamra and was twice bitten by her venom through lies and betrayal. In addition, Shannon doesn’t understand Heather’s pretentiousness towards her specifically, since they have similar lifestyles and would have resided in close proximity to each other (Although, we now know that Shannon’s to die for mansion is up for sale at the moment – So they may never really actually be neighbors… Too bad…lol).
Shannon really doesn’t understand Heather’s animosity towards her since in her mind she was only saying what others had also confirmed was their experience with Heather. She felt completely rejected by Heather when she arrived that fateful night on Heather’s doorstep in brokenness only to be tossed out of Heather’s house like last night’s garbage. I think it would have been helpful if Heather would have used her words to explain why she wanted Shannon to leave that night…
Tamra and Vicki are the experienced ones in the cast. Vicki has kept her mouth shut for the most part about Tamra because she doesn’t want to be her target. However, Vicki seems fine about openly mocking Heather. Since Vicki’s shocking approval of Shannon – Vicki has stayed true to form and openly hated on the other new girl, Lizzie. Fortunately, Vicki came to grips that even though she might not like Lizzie as much (perhaps because of her youth) that she had to start being more cordial to her.
Most of us have our favorites on this franchise. Mine tends to change week to week. Right now I really like Lizzie – and no one is more surprised than me. She tripped into this season and laughed at herself. She doesn’t take herself too seriously. I think most of the women should aspire to not take themselves too seriously.
Evidently, we haven’t seen enough of Tamra being self-centered this season so we get a huge dose of it in this episode. Ryan breaks the news to her that he is going to move to Auburn, California to live with an older woman with children who he only recently met on Instagram. Tamra pretend cries all over the place (it was not believable at all)… and makes it all about her 28-year-old son leaving her “all alone.”
Right, Tamra – You’re all alone in this entire universe – Well, except for your husband, your Mom, and your other 3 kids. If I were Tamra, I wouldn’t piss off Ryan’s new girlfriend (Sarah owns gun stores)… What we didn’t know when watching, but now know from her blog is that Tamra received papers from Simon a few days earlier wanting to modify their custody arrangement. As a result, Tamra’s 3 youngest kids’ pictures were splashed all over the tabloids. I can see how that would be devastating for a Mom. By the way, Ryan’s wedding has been put on hold for the moment because Sarah is pregnant. Yikes!
Vicki had a daughtership summit with Vicki’s counselor at Vicki’s home. Brianna expresses that she doesn’t feel like her wants or needs are ever taken into account. This is surprising to the self-centered Vicki – because I’m sure she probably feels like every single decision Vicki has made in the past was to better Brianna’s life in some way. I hope their relationship can get repaired.
Sighs… I’m so over all the narcissism that’s running rampant in this franchise… I really like the new girls… but watching someone have marital problems isn’t all that fun.
Lather, rinse, repeat.