Remember Last Week…
I’m so sickened by this week, that Tahiti seems like a very distant memory… Ugh… Ugh… Ugh…
This show has somehow managed to become almost unwatchable. It offends every single sensibility that I have…. I’m guessing that’s prolly NOT Bravo’s goal, but it is the unintended result. I feel like the viewers are being “played” by a bunch of gooberheads. They’re running around weaving a web of lies by pretending to react to things we see on the screen. However, in actuality, they’re privy to information that we just don’t know and they aren’t going to tell us. To me, this season has been the worst of any franchise I’ve ever seen… And that’s saying a lot because I watched the Real Housewives of New Jersey up until last season. I don’t even know how to approach last night’s episode, to be honest. This blog may be a little weird as I try to make sense out of the inane wonkiness.
First of all… let me set the table by saying that Vicki and Brooks posted the following announcement on their Facebook wall just this last Sunday, August 16, 2015:
What we know is true about Vicki and Brooks’ relationship:
- Contrary to all of the lovey dovey “I love you to the moon” sentiments that we saw on last night’s episode, Vicki and Brooks are no longer seeing each other.
- They are not telling us why – or if there was a precipitating event that was the “straw that broke the camel’s back.”
- They have a history of breaking up and then getting back together.
- Rumors about Brooks and his cancer have been swirling around forever. Vicki has even heard them from her own daughter. Vicki has chosen to believe Brooks.
- We have no way of knowing which rumors are true and which are not.
- Brooks’ smarminess in general, makes my skin crawl and I think that Vicki’s love tank must be awfully low in order for her to have dated him for as long as she did.
Now, with all that being said, about 90% of this episode centered on the question of whether or not Brooks has cancer.
Things we can safely deduce about cancer:
- Cancer sucks.
- Anyone who pretends to have cancer but doesn’t – Is pond scum.
- There are lots of people who are pond scum. It absolutely blows my mind, but it does happen.
- Anyone who accuses someone else of pretending they have cancer without having any actual facts to back up such a heinous accusation is ignorant pond scum.
- While doctors do love to make money, I find it very difficult to believe that any reputable doctor would administer chemotherapy treatments to someone without having actual medical test results that would substantiate and direct such a severe treatment solution.
- Vicki has attended one or more of Brooks’ chemotherapy treatments. She doesn’t go to all of his appointments – but she has gone to some.
- Vicki would somehow ensure that Brooks was going to a reputable doctor.
- It would be very, very difficult to break up with someone who is battling cancer. However, it happens all the time.
It All Started…
It all started with Psychic Scott who met with Tamra, Heather, and Meghan for lunch one day. Tamra has been talking to Psychic Scott all year over the phone. I’m thinking he just might be a telephone operator on “The Psychic Hotline” and a co-worker of “Miss Cleo’s.” Who knows? I admit I have a general bias against psychics – However, I know that a very few… and I DO mean A VERY FEW… may know some stuff. I’m not going to go into how I think they might know stuff. However, I believe that the majority of psychics prey on people who are just looking for answers to things that are going on in their lives. Google is a psychic’s friend. In addition, we all have a whole bunch of “tells” and short-term memories that help us believe that they miraculously know things about us.
Scott, the Psychic, tells Heather that her grandmother is “knocking” and wants her to know that she’s there… And that she showed Psychic Scott “a weave” demonstrating that she and Heather are tight knit….Heather sees her grandmother’s eyes when she looks into her daughter’s eyes. Psychic Scott tells Heather that her grandmother is around and watching them and it makes Heather so happy. Psychic Scott, however, did NOT know that Heather would have preferred that he arrive without wearing a shirt.
Scott, the Psychic, tells Meghan he sees her with one biological child which is music to Meghan’s ears. Psychic Scott tells Meghan that she has to allow herself to break down because she holds onto a lot of things. He tells her to take the facade away and find her own place.
Tamra asks Psychic Scott about Shannon – because Shannon called Tamra a crap stirrer. He mystically points at Meghan and says that Shannon’s problem is with Meghan because she’s threatened by her.
Scott, the Psychic, is then asked about Vicki and Brooks. Tamra explains that her mother just passed and that her boyfriend has cancer. Psychic Scott tells them that Vicki has a great heart. I’m trying to refrain from saying something really mean right now…. He pauses for dramatic effect, closes his eyes, and tilts his head backwards for a few moments… Then tilts it forward again and tells them, “I don’t know… Here’s the thing… Maybe I’m picking up on the energy of people who are thinking about that… but I have a wishy washy perspective on that…” Tamra asks, “On what?” Psychic Scott responds, “On the cancer issue… It’s just wishy washy to me. I just don’t see it.” Tamra asks, “So he doesn’t have cancer?” Psychic Scott responds, “It’s very possible.” Why would somebody do that? Heather doesn’t believe it… Meghan knows someone who faked cancer..
Psychic Scott says, “I’m not saying he is… I just don’t see it. I’m not a guru… I’m not Gandhi, right? I don’t see that… but it doesn’t mean it’s not there… I think it’s too sensitive and I don’t want to offend somebody if it is there.” Gosh, Psychic Scott, I’m sure Gandhi will be happy to know you’re not him… My mind’s whirling at how quickly the memory of one of the world’s most influential leaders and philosophers of all time was rewritten to imply he was little more than a fortune teller with a crystal ball.
Tamra doesn’t think it’s a good idea to tell anyone about what Psychic Scott said because she knows it’s going to turn into a big ugly fight and Tamra will somehow get the blame. Heather doesn’t believe that someone would lie about cancer. Meghan, however, not only believes it’s possible, but she also knows someone who’s done it.
Because Tamra IS One…
Tamra leads the women in a class at CUT Fitness that focuses on building and toning their dupas… While we’re all supposed to point and laugh at Shannon who can barely do any of the exercises, I can’t help but notice that Tamra is barely doing anything herself. She’s not lifting the weights… She’s not doing half of the stuff yet she’s STILL out of breath. She had been warned by Eddie earlier in the week that she had better practice. I don’t think she did. Vicki struggled but at least tried. Shannon made wonky faces and tried to get out of everything for weird reasons. Remember, we saw Shannon recently go to a gym for a workout for the first time in years a few episodes back…
Tamra receives kudos for the construction of her workout. This was a trial run before offering the class to the public.
It also happens to be Brooks’ birthday and Tamra invited him to come in after the class and enjoy some birthday cake and sparkling Saki. This was a very HUGE gesture for Tamra. My, how things have changed… At least temporarily.
Brooks tells everyone that he is “pausing” chemotherapy treatments after 3 rounds because he has decided to go with a special treatment regimen that includes a blast of antioxidants. This treatment is being prescribed by a doctor who actually suffered from the same type of cancer that Brooks has. Brooks confuses his verb tense by saying he “had” cancer vs. he “has” cancer… At least, that’s what I heard… This is the 3rd time that non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma has surfaced for Brooks (Also in 2009, 2012) and Vicki says it’s now “Stage 3.” For part of the time, Brooks was on the show…. How is it that I didn’t know about it until just last season? I certainly had no idea he was undergoing chemotherapy unless it occurred when they weren’t filming? Is that even possible?
He is going to start taking 5,000 milligrams of Resveratrol a day. Heather chimes in that it can also be found in red wine. He tells everyone that the doctor took it to treat his own cancer and in 6 months his cancer was gone. Brooks says there is a 65% – 70% cure rate for his kind of cancer and he doesn’t think that doing this different type of intervention can do much more damage over the next 3 months. The chemotherapy does not seem to be working.
After Brooks and Vicki left, Tamra and Meghan can’t help but jump onto Brooks’ verb tense confusion. If Brooks is actually undergoing chemotherapy, then “chemo brain” would be a real issue for him. Verb tense is the least of his worries. Unfortunately, some of you know first-hand what I mean. I’m sure I screwed up my verb tense in my last sentence and I don’t even have something like that as an excuse.
Tamra asks Shannon if Brooks ever got together with the doctor that Shannon recommended to him. She said that he didn’t and that she has a text from Brooks that says that he was going to request a copy of all of his medical records. This seems to contradict what Vicki told them about having a notebook with all of Brooks’ medical information in it. She had told them it was tabbed and highly organized – Vicki isn’t able to go to ALL of his appointments, but she’s able to go to some of them. The notebook has all of the questions that were asked and answered, etc. at the appointments.
If any of you have ever requested copies of your medical records, you know that it’s like mounds and mounds of paperwork. If you’re seeing more than one doctor, it’s a crazy amount of paperwork. You’d have to ask for documentation every single time you go to the doctor just to keep it current… I think it’s likely that they are just documenting Brooks’ appointments and treatment plans in the notebook otherwise there would be an entire set by this time. I’m sure they have copies of his prescriptions and perhaps they even chart his progress. But having actual copies of your medical records from the doctor’s office is a whole nuther Oprah and you would have to be highly motivated to get them each and every time. I requested my medical records once… and no kidding… it was like 4 or 5 reams of paper…
However, the women seem to think this is another piece of evidence that supports the notion that Brooks is lying about his diagnosis. Honestly, after seeing the kinds of doctors that Shannon regularly visits, I don’t know that I would jump at the first opportunity to go to someone she recommended… Although, arguably, I would want to exhaust every treatment type possible for a cure. Shannon can be a little out there with her medical stuff – at least to me.
Meghan tells Shannon that they met with a psychic and he said that Brooks doesn’t have cancer. Okay, let’s stop there… That’s NOT what he said… but okay… Tamra doesn’t think they should have brought it up because now it’s going to be a topic of discussion. Shannon reminds Meghan that this is the 3rd time the cancer has resurfaced and that she can’t imagine it not being true. Meghan says that she can totally imagine it… Meghan is also an ignorant twit… Shannon is appalled that a psychic threw an allegation out there that is life damaging… She thinks it’s harsh.
Tamra said that she texted with Psychic Scott after they met and he thinks the cancer is not there. The women then parse the words that Brooks said. Tamra said there are a lot of things that Brooks has done in the past that are sketchy. Vicki has said that Brooks wasn’t aggressive enough in treating it the first time it occurred. It’s wonky to the women that he’s now choosing to quit chemotherapy.
Meghan says that it doesn’t sound like something people would do. Have I mentioned that I think Meghan is an ignorant twit? Oh, I have?… lol… Shannon tells Meghan that a lot of people don’t do chemotherapy at all. Shannon further says that doctors don’t have all of the answers but Meghan can’t wrap her mind around it. I think all of the headbands Meghan’s recently been wearing have cut off the circulation to her brain. Tamra says this is not they should mention to Vicki. Heather is not sure if it’s any of their business.
Happy Birthday, Brooks…
Vicki and Brooks meet Shannon and David for Brooks’ birthday dinner. Shannon is squirming in her seat like a 10-year-old (told ya)… She is beside herself about what the women discussed after Vicki and Brooks left the gymn. Shannon says she feels dirty knowing this information and not telling Vicki about it.
IT’S BROOKS’ BIRTHDAY – GET OVER YOURSELF, SHANNON!
Brooks is drinking some alcohol on his birthday. Imagine that… He also had some sparkling Saki earlier with his birthday cake. Imagine that. He orders yet another drink. Imagine that. Shannon and her “judgy eyes” judges Brooks on his consumption of sugar that is not especially good when you’re trying to fight cancer.
She asks Vicki to go with her to the bathroom. Tearfully and with huge anxiety levels, Shannon tells Vicki that something happened that day that she wants to tell her about but that she doesn’t want to screw up Brooks’ birthday. Then KEEP YOUR MOUTH CLOSED, Shannon! She says that Meghan said something that wasn’t good about Brooks.
Vicki tells Shannon to keep it inside and that she doesn’t want to hear about it. Vicki walks back out of the bathroom. They return to the table and it’s obvious that something is wrong. Brooks finds out that someone said something about him… Vicki gets really upset.
Shannon tells her that she just wants to be a good friend to her and that’s it. Shannon says she loves Brooks and Vicki. Vicki points out that Shannon is the one crying and Vicki isn’t. Shannon knows she screwed up and should have kept her mouth shut.
Vicki tells her that if she wasn’t comfortable in coming she should have just told them. Vicki gets up to leave and tells them she wants to spare Brooks from receiving any more negativity just from dating her. Shannon is yelling that she agrees… Vicki says that she has never been loved like she’s been loved by this man. And they leave. Shannon says to David, “Well, that was a nightmare.” Captain Understatement says, “That wasn’t good at all.”
Other Things that Happened during this Episode…
TP Gate 2015©™®
Shannon and David have a meeting with their twin daughters who were caught TPing a boy’s house in the neighborhood during their first sleepover. Shannon was out of the country at the time. Shannon calls it “vandalism” and tells them they need to be severely punished suffer the consequences of their choices. They are told they will have to write a letter to the boy’s parents to apologize and to let them know they will be happy to clean up their yard the next time it’s TPed. The twins think this is absolutely ridiculous, because their dad has told them that he did the exact same thing when he was their age. They think they should just get a “warning” this time since it’s their first offense. Shannon is shocked that David ever TPed a house. I would be shocked if that’s the ONLY thing he did to a house…
David launches into a story about how he threw pumpkins at mailboxes (For the record, I never did that…). Shannon does NOT like the fact that David is giving their daughters ideas. There is someone in my life that is not happy with me when I tell his teenaged daughters stories from my life for the very same reason. Settle down, you guys… They have access to the internet… There is NOTHING that I did that can remotely give them as many ideas as that… lol. Seriously…
The 10-year-old twins, especially Stella, already seem to have a 15-year-old’s teenaged attitude and mouth. While I disagree with how this whole thing is being handled, in my opinion, the twins should not be allowed to talk to their parents the way they did during this segment. I don’t care if there are cameras there or not. The twins tell their parents they’re not “fun” and they have no idea what it’s like to be a 10-year-old. Shannon does too know what it’s like to be 10 because she WAS 10 once… I think Shannon still acts like she’s 10…
He’s Just Not that Into You… Or into Parenting, Evidently…
Meghan and Jimmy have dinner together for the first time in 3 ½ weeks. Meghan tells him a little about what happened on the trip, and when he hears the other women’s criticism about Hayley not having a job he gets cranky because it’s none of their business. Meghan admits that in some ways she agrees with Vicki.
But then, because Meghan is so totally clueless in life and to the effect her words have on others, she says, “…But I can’t correct all the parenting mistakes that have been made in the last 17 ½ years…” What a dunderhead! She’s basically telling Jim that he’s an idiot and that he (and his wife) have screwed up in the parenting of Hayley.
Now, I happen to believe he DID screw up and continues to do so… But you don’t say it on national TV… Wow… just wow… Is it just me or do you think Meghan is vying for an early divorce? I mean, is that her ultimate goal? Cuz she’s doing AWESOME job in achieving it! Jim tells Meghan to take a step back and let things happen to Hayley so she learns from them. Meghan says that she doesn’t want to be a babysitter and wonders if she’s a parent? I completely die laffin’ because back in Episode 1, I blogged, “I just hope Meghan doesn’t wake up one morning to find herself little more than a highly paid babysitter.” The recap can be accessed at: https://snackingandsnarking.com/2015/06/under-construction-s10e1/
Things I Learned from this Episode…
- Shannon considers herself to be the “Queen of Fun.” I agree with her daughter, Stella, that just because you drink, it doesn’t make you “fun.”
- When Meghan asked Jim what it was like while she was gone on the trip, he said, “It was quiet.” I died laffin’… lol…
- Withholding access to education is an okay punishment according to Jim. He’s fine with Hayley not being able to enroll in the college she wants to attend because she didn’t plan ahead and take the entrance exams she needs, etc. I would have chosen giving her the tools to get into college and would have opted to take away things like non-essential, recreational use of her car, cell phone or other privileges in order to teach her a lesson… But okay… NOT going to college is another option, I guess.
- Meghan can’t get butt implants because she says you have to go to Brazil to get them from a bad doctor.
- It’s okay to eat cake and to drink Saki right after a strenuous workout. Tamra… and honestly, I can’t even believe I’m saying it…. Tamra says, “It’s the law.” I totally cringe that she used a phrase I use over and over again. I may be marred for life.
- Heather says that when the Tooth Fairy falls asleep it’s not a good thing. Tamra doesn’t think a drunken Tooth Fairy is much better since they could accidently leave $100 under the pillow.
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Meghan invites the gang to go a NASCAR race in nearby Fontana… Tamra receives the news from her boss that she’s expected to sell 3 homes in 6 months… Meghan is shocked that she gets a text from Brooks confronting her about her insinuations that Brooks doesn’t have cancer… Heather tenderly reminds her, “Well, you were…” Vicki yells, “Shut up” at Meghan. Meghan tells Vicki to put her finger down and then says, “You’re just an old woman who is pissed off and bitter at the world.”
Sighs… I don’t know what to believe, honestly. I have no idea if Brooks has cancer or not – but I’m certainly NOT going to accuse him of not having cancer. The thing is that before the “C” word came into play – I already thought he was pond scum. If he is fabricating this whole thing, it would take him to a whole new low.
Not to sound like a broken record… but this was an incredibly difficult episode to watch and recap. I absolutely HATED it. I didn’t even proof it as much as I should have – Sorry – I hope you read it with kind eyes…lol…
The remote concept that someone MIGHT be lying about having cancer offends me to my very core. However, I still feel that questioning someone else’s cancer diagnosis is also a pond scummy thing to do. Especially when you’re going on little more than a psychic’s opinion… That’s very thin ice they’re all skating on…
What do you think?
Thanks so much for reading… Until next week, Happy Trails!