Okay, so I’ve procrastinated this final wrap-up of Real Housewives of Orange County for long enough. It’s unfortunate that I wasn’t able to recap the finale and the reunion shows, because I was just too busy having a heart attack. It’s actually way better this way, though, because I was so worked up about this season’s storylines, it just made me feel so danged cranky and I would have likely been majorly snarky. I already sent the poof of my medical condition to Detective Meghan King-Edmonds. I’m crossing my fingers that she will believe me.
So all season long, they questioned if Brooks had cancer. I hear “Brooks is a Crook” bumper stickers are flying off the shelves. Oh, and Vicki’s Mom died. Raise your hand if you’re as happy as I am that this season is FINALLY over…
This episode SHOULD have been about Tamra’s baptism… but it wasn’t. Well, maybe it was just a little…
Honestly, it took me until this moment to summon up the strength to write about the finale and the reunion shows because they made me so danged cranky on several levels.
I should be upfront first of all… To me, baptism, whatever your age and whatever the method – is a deeply sacred and spiritual experience. To me, if you’ve made that choice as an adult – It should be ALL about what baptism spiritually means. In my opinion, none of the falderal we witnessed in the finale should have any place in a baptism.
Things that flipped my fig about the baptism:
- It chapped my hide that everyone took limos to be part of it. Who does that?
- It was held at an overpriced resort’s swimming pool. The ocean was just steps away. In Orange County, while it’s true plenty of people get baptized in swimming pools… It seems so illogical to me to get baptized in a swimming pool at a beach resort when you’re just seconds from the beach. There are several amazing places for a baptism along the coast that churches frequently use.
- The baptism was reduced to a huge grandiose production number complete with a gospel choir (although I did love them… I just wish they had used the church’s choir, though… Sigh).
- Tamra’s see-through dress was really inappropriate. Most churches give careful instructions about what baptismal participants should wear when they’re baptized because as we know, dresses float, material can become transparent when it gets wet, etc. Tamara’s see-though dress that displayed her “assets” during her baptism really put me over the edge. I generally don’t care what she wears – but it really was in poor taste to wear anything like that during a sacred event. I don’t care WHO you are… It was just wrong, wrong, wrong!
- While I believe that a baptism can be meaningful and poignant no matter where it is… I hated all of the extra icing falderal they added just because this baptism was part of a reality show.
There were obviously things I didn’t like about the baptism, however, the fact that Tamra wants her life to change is pretty awesome. While I don’t know that we’ve seen any kind of significant attitude adjustment yet… Perhaps those changes are still in the making. Sometimes it takes a while for a heart to change. I’m not going to judge Tamra’s heart – it’s not my job. BUT… I really do believe hearts CAN change.
The major storyline of the entire season was all about if Brooks has cancer or not. It really should NOT have surprised me that most of the 3-part reunion shows were also all about it. It should embarrass the HECK out of Bravo and each of the housewives that THIS was the big storyline of the season.
Almost every day since the reunion, I see article after article about Brooks and his cancer or lack thereof. He keeps doing interviews that seem to continue to bury him further. It’s hard to ignore the mounting pile of evidence that he lied and continues to lie about it. The newest accusations are that he copied and pasted information he must have googled to create some of the documents he’s using as evidence of his cancer. Oh, and then there is his acknowledgement that he wasn’t getting cancer treatments at the City of Hope, as he had told us originally. But he is quick to say that Vicki didn’t know anything about it. Right. Stop… Just STOP!
I am looking at the pile of paperwork from my recent 12 day stay in the hospital. The top page alone would be enough evidence to silence anyone who questioned if I had a heart attack or not – Even Detective Meghan.
I get why Meghan was so rabid about this subject. Someone close to her was dying of cancer and it flipped her fig that 1) anyone would lie about having it; and 2) anyone who actually HAD cancer wasn’t doing all they could to fight it by using every single tool at their disposal. It’s just that Meghan is so danged unlikeable that it was tough to hear it from her particularly irritating mouth.
It all started with a psychic who said he, “just didn’t see it” when the subject of Brooks’ cancer was brought up. Was this all just a production-driven storyline who had obtained information early on that Brooks didn’t have cancer? I dunno… The thing is… No one wins.
The women who questioned Brooks’ cancer look silly because they were initially basing it solely on a psychic’s intuition.
The women who didn’t particularly question it look silly because they believed a whole pack of lies.
Vicki looks very silly because she’s trying to say she didn’t know that Brooks didn’t have cancer. Come the heck on… Don’t continue to insult our intelligence. This is a new low. Her story changed so much and she fabricated so many different parts, there was no way she could keep track of all of her own lies. Vicki, I’d like to see things from your point of view, but I can’t seem to get my head that far up my ass.
Brooks. You sir, are a worthless piece of crap and I don’t want to talk about you ever again. You’re not worth my breath. I will never understand how someone lies about having cancer. Somewhere out there is a tree, tirelessly producing oxygen so you can breathe – You owe it an apology.
This season was just so hinky to me.
Heather – We got to see her ginormous mansion being built. It’s interesting on several levels to me… I enjoy seeing something from the ground up being built and decorated. However, the ostentatiousness of it astounds me. I feel bad for Terry in some ways… Someday he is going to wake up and his kids are ALL grown up and gone and he missed it. Cue music to Harry Chapin’s – Cat’s in the Cradle… He was just too busy making mega money to fund this McMansion and to fuel his thirst for fame. It’s too bad. Oh, and Terry and Heather officially released a skin care line they’ve been working on for “a decade and a half.” And they voluntarily placed leeches on their stomach. Yuck.
Tamra – The gist of her whole season centered on the psychic she invited to lunch that started the REAL ball rolling on the “Brooks doesn’t have cancer” theme. Oh sure, she also became a grandma and we witnessed the disintegration of her son’s marriage… Plus, there were a couple of gratuitous times they filmed at CUT Fitness – one in which she proudly presented a birthday cake to a shocked Brooks… but mostly, she was trying to convince us that she had some sort of a spiritual awakening that culminated in the finale’s baptism. I hope she DID have a genuine spiritual experience… We shall see.
Meghan – I think you either love or hate the new girl. Every time I see Jimmy and Meghan together, I keep thinking to myself, “He’s just not that into you.” The underlying storyline was about her husband’s ex-wife’s fight against cancer. Meghan had to deal with a step-daughter who is closer in age to her than Meghan is to Jimmy, whose high school education was questionable at best. Oh, and she turned into Detective Meghan – who sniffed out lies and wasn’t afraid to tell the world. She was right all along. It pains me to say that… She also wore too many headbands.
Shannon – Over-sharing Shannon continues to overshare her intimate family issues. In case you fast-forwarded through her appearances on the show this season, her husband had an affair and they’re trying to rebuild their relationship. The segments filmed with her kids were highly rehearsed and made me cringe. I will always remember Shannon criticizing one daughter’s work of art while praising the other’s effort. It made me shudder. This family has way more issues that just David’s affair. She was Vicki’s friend most of the season – until the light bulb went on. Now, it seems they are mortal enemies. She offered a significant medical intervention to Brooks, which he turned down. She also connected Meghan with a cancer specialist – and while they were enemies most of the season, Meghan and Shannon are now besties. Gag.
Vicki – Her Mom died and unfortunately the viewers were subjected to her death wails because we saw her find out about it on camera. And they actually aired it. She pretended Brooks had cancer all season. She even imported her grieving brother and his girlfriend to stick up for Vicki. Oh, and she has an ungrateful daughter – but we ALL knew that, didn’t we? I know a lot of people are questioning whether or not Vicki will be back next season. Puhleeze. This entire season was Vicki-centric and the ratings were fairly high – especially at the end of the season. She is laughing her way to the bank. Vicki is ratings gold. Which brings us to…
I, personally, was so disappointed in the storylines this season. However, I must be in the minority – at least according to the viewership of the season.
Let’s put it in context by identifying the viewership throughout the seasons of Real Housewives of Orange County – Stats for Seasons 1-5 are from Simon van Kempen’s now inaccessible www.bravoratings.com site (Thanks, Simon!) and Seasons 6-10 are from http://bravowhore.com/RHOC – (Thanks, Randy! )
While this Season 10 wasn’t their highest viewed season, it was higher than season 9 – and that’s always a good thing. What that means to me is that Meghan is likely NOT going anywhere… Sorry! They only have 5 women on this franchise and they can easily add 1 or 2 more without anyone having to leave. I’m guessing that’s what they will do – since everyone is so mad at Vicki at this point – I’m not sure WHO is going to want to do much filming with her.
Below is the final viewership for Season 10. The big question is… Will you be around to watch Season 11? Fortunately, you don’t have to make that choice for a while… lol.
I really appreciate you sticking with me throughout this season. It was such a hard season for me to watch for the reasons I wrote about through the duration… I once really cared about this franchise because it’s where I live… Now, I’m very “MEH” about it. I no longer care about any of the lives of these women. That is really sad to me.
That is, unless they bring Lizzie back full-time. THEN I will watch. I feel like I should start a campaign or something…
My favorite thing about this season was their trip to Mo’orea. I kinda wish they had brought Brooks along to feed to the sharks. But I guess even sharks have their standards.
I’ve always been cranky about the lack of charity events televised in this franchise. Some of these women have real money… I just don’t see much “giving back” to the community or the world at large. I’m sure they all do a lot of charity work… We just don’t get to see it. It’s really too bad.
Anyway, seriously, thanks so much for reading… I really appreciate it.
Happy Trails, Until We Meet Again (Or next season)!