The Real Housewives of Orange County 100th Episode Blogs Blogged by BB
VICKI GUNVALSON: Vicki started filming the Real Housewives of Orange County when she was 42. She’s 51 now. She might toot her own horn a bit, but let’s give Vicki her due. She is the original housewife. She is the only original cast member of the first of Bravo’s housewife franchises. Here’s her take on the 100th episode special:
Kimberly Bryant (Original housewife): Vicki hasn’t spoken to her in a long time. She knows she moved to the Chicago area but that’s about it.
Jo De La Rosa (Original housewife): Vickie says it was nice seeing Jo on the episode and it looks like she has moved on and things are good with her. Vicki’s sure it had to have been a little difficult for Jo to see how the show has grown so much and to also see her and Slade together back then.
Tammy Knickerbocker (Former housewife): Vicki really misses Tammy and Duff. (Correct me if I’m wrong, but Duff was Tammy’s long-term boyfriend and the father of her youngest child, but they are no longer a couple.) Vicky describes Tammy as always happy, never letting things get to her and really having a great outlook on the show. Duff worked for Vicki for a few years and was very instrumental in some of the basics of her business that she still uses today, including the name of her company, the website back end system and other things. Vicki says Duff was a good guy and she hopes they are both doing well.
Jeana Keough (Original housewife): Vicki liked seeing the two of them together on the episode, and feels bad about some of the things she said on camera about the house Jeana sold to her and Donn. In hindsight, Vicki says she shouldn’t have said what she said – blaming Jeana for the housing market drop and losing over $1 million. She says, “At the time I felt she should have not encouraged me to buy a second home when our primary home didn’t sell, and I trusted her that we were getting a ‘good deal.’ It’s hard to comprehend that type of loss without having some of the responsibility fall on the realtor. I’m glad that’s behind us now, and we are able to move forward.” She goes on to say she loves Jeana and her family and wishes them a lifetime of happiness and peace. Vicki still lives a few doors down from Jeana and, from time to time, they see one another in local establishments. Vicki wishes they never had a falling out, and thinks she’ll extend the olive branch and reach out to her soon, as she does miss her and thinks they have a lot in common.
Laurie Peterson (Original housewife): Vicki says when she saw footage of them working together and being kind to one another, “… it made me really sad on where it has gone this year with her. I attended her wedding to George and then had seen her several times after that and we never had any bad words towards each other or ill feelings on my part. I really never knew she was still harboring ill/bad feelings towards me from over seven years ago when the situation happened with George’s mother-in-law calling my office. I thought it was done and finished.”
Vicki further says: “When I read in her blog that she felt I was being hypocritical of Gretchen when Tamra and I accused her of cheating on Jeff was shocking. What I want you to know is the difference here is Tamra DID speak to Gretchen’s “lover” on the phone, she saw them in public together as a couple while engaged to Jeff while never once had Lauri seen, heard, or even met anyone that she has accused me of being with. There is a big difference there.”
Vicky says anyone can say anything, but if you don’t see it with your own eyes, there is no merit or truth, and that is why she never shared with Lauri the information she received about George, because that would have given it life and she didn’t want to hurt her.
This is Vicki’s stance on the whole thing: She does not condone infidelity. She does condone and support monogomacy (yes that is her word in her blog) in a relationship unless there is mutual understanding otherwise. (So is Vicki saying she and Donn may have had a “mutual understanding otherwise”?)
Tamra Barney (Current housewife): Vicki had never seen Tamra’s initial casting call and thought it was fun to watch. Vicki and her family never auditioned.
Donn Gunvalson (Ex-husband): Vicki says she was sad and it made her cry to see her and Donn together and her saying she wasn’t going to let a reality show destroy their marriage. She says, “The bottom line is we let doing this show influence our relationship; we let it put stress on our relationship without consciously being aware that it was actually happening.”
Vicki says she and Donn loved each other and wanted what was best for one another even if they didn’t have a perfect relationship. They still want the best for one another and for the other to be happy even though they aren’t together. Vicki says Donn is living in the desert and doing great. He talks to Briana a lot and sees baby Troy often.
Vicki doesn’t comment on Quinn, Lynne, Peggy, Heather, Lydia, Gretchen, or Alexis in this blog.
On her personal life: Vicki says her life is pretty normal and that the reality shows take only a small piece of one’s “reality” and doesn’t show one’s “normal” off-camera life as that would be pretty boring. She says, “I spend a lot of time with Troy and Briana, in my office, and in my personal dating life.” Vicky says she cleans her own house, plants her own flowers, cooks, grocery shops, and attempts to stay as fit as she can in her private time. She describes herself as a “…hard working Midwestern girl, with Midwestern values that is trying to find her way in life. . just the way most of you are. I make mistakes, get angry, laugh a lot, and also am very sensitive and emotional. Most of these things you already knew about me from watching. I’ll make mistakes. I’ll own my mistakes because I’m human and I’ll always attempt to never repeat them again.”
Brooks Ayers (Current or Ex-boyfriend, who knows?): Although she appreciates our opinions on Brooks, Vicki wants us to keep in mind she is a smart woman and she knows him better than we do. She doesn’t read the comments posted on the blog because of the level of anger and meanness there. She tries to respond to people on twitter, but doesn’t often have the time to get on there and do it.
In closing, Vicki says, “I have learned a lot about relationships in my lifetime and what I do know is my checkbook is guarded, my heart is guarded, my mind is guarded and it’s going to be a very long time before I am walking down that aisle again (if ever). Thank you for trusting my judgment, supporting me and loving me and I hope you enjoy the rest of Season 8.”
LYDIA MCLAUGHLIN: Since this is Lydia’s first season, she really doesn’t have much to say in her blog. She says she moved to Orange County when she graduated from college and that’s when the first season of the show was beginning to air. She didn’t watch the show back then, but remembers hearing about it and what a cultural phenomenal (ok, I think she meant to say phenomenon) it was. Seven seasons later and here she is, an Orange County Housewife.
She loved walking down memory lane and witnessing everyone’s highs and lows.
About her first season so far, Lydia says, “As I reflect on my rookie year, there is no disputing that the show has changed my life for good and for bad. I’ve made great friends and have lasting memories with them. However, I didn’t realize how hard it would be to put myself and the people I love out there for the whole world to judge and to comment on.” Lydia quotes her mom as saying “You can’t take a good time away after you’ve already had it.”
Then she thanks us for being such amazing and supportive fans. There’s that word again – fans. When will these ladies learn that most of us aren’t fans, but just observers of crazy?
GRETCHEN ROSSI: The first two pages of Gretchen’s blog are taken up by her thanking the “fans,” the creators of the show, the production company, and the original cast or what she calls, the “pioneers” of the show.
Next, Gretchen says, “Not going to lie, it was hard for me to watch old clips and see the very, as Andy put it “sinister” ways of the other Housewives towards me. It brought back a lot of hurt and pain from one of the worst times in my life. Yet, on the other hand, it was so fun to see some of the most hilarious moments from the show over the years and how it has affected each one of us differently.”
Gretchen says the answer to whether she would do it again is a catch 22 for her. She says a part of her believes that if she knew back then what she knows now, she probably wouldn’t have signed up for it. On the other hand, she says she’s been beyond blessed to have had some of the most amazing opportunities come out of it that she could “of” (the word is “have” people not “of”) never (ever?) imagined.
(THIS QUOTE MAKES ME WANT TO HURL – CUE VIOLIN MUSIC). Gretchen says, “You guys have seen me fall down hard, and go through the darkest time in my life on TV. You were also there to see me pick myself back up and become what I consider a survivor. You guys have seen me laugh (a lot) and cry. My fans have been a huge reason I continue on this journey. The consistent outpouring of notes to my personal site and through my social media sites means so very much to me. Knowing that I have touched even just one life through my own heartaches or life experiences truly makes it all worth it! So thank you to any fan who has ever sent me an email, a special gift, a note in the mail, or sent me a kind and encouraging message on my social media pages. I’m also thankful to any negative responses because as the saying goes “haters are my motivators”!
(That was so hard for me to read; but wait, she’s not finished.)
(THIS PART MAKES ME WANT TO THROW MYSELF OFF A CLIFF!) Gretchen says (probably with a straight face), “I have been able to go after my dreams within the fashion and beauty spaces and create some amazing partnerships for things like my swimwear line. It all takes a lot of work, a lot of vision, and dedication but I’m so lucky to have a family who taught me how to have a strong work ethic, how to be resilient, and how living with integrity is the key to success.”
Gretchen says she’s so grateful for the last five years because she’s been able to learn so much about herself, how others view her, things she needs to change and things she will always stand strong on and stay true to herself about. (GAG!) She says she has so many moments and memories of her life caught on tape and not many can say that. (Thank goodness I cannot say that!)
That’s it. As I’m typing this, only three cast members have posted blogs on the 100th episode. If the other three decide to do it, I might comment on them – or I might not. It depends on how I feel at the time.