Real Housewives of Orange County are definitely still riddled in drama. It starts off kind of heavy with the big, notorious eviction notice delivered to Lynn's house to her daughters: Raquel and Alexa. That was crazy! I wasn't completely shocked because I've worked in house inspections and with foreclosures and the economy is really bad! It sucks that there private business is all out on the street and Bravo, but they opted for that in a contract! I thought it was not cool how the cameras lingered on the two teenage daughters. Even though it was disrespectful on Raquel's part to flip the bird to the camera crew, it wasn't right for the camera crew to be there (I do understand that the drama makes for good television).
Now I can relate to the feeling of being deceived and confused, so that reaction to the situation seemed perfectly normal in reference to Lynn. However I do not think it's okay for her to put all the blame of their financial situation on Frank. It's actually unfair! When you look at this season and the last you see how much time is invested in Lynn's training, exercise, expensive gym memberships, a brand new luxury (Mercedes? or BMW?) for their 18 year old daughter, nose job for Raquel, face lift for Lynn; all of these procedures and "necessities" of their version of Orange County life add up. Lynn said it best: "We have champagne taste, on a beer budget!" I used to live in the Orange County up until about a month ago and I've lived there a majority of my life and you do not have to live the way that any of the housewives do; you can live a happy life within reasonable means. So getting back to Lynn and Frank, I thought Lynn could have been more considerate and understanding of her husband and his reasoning. I definitely sympathize with him because it's hard for a man who's so used to providing for his family a certain way, to all of a sudden not being able to do it anymore. I believe that part of the reason that he kept her in the dark and didn't tell Lynn how dire their financial situation was because he was a) embarrassed and b) Lynn, for a reality star, has a problem with reality.
Countless times on the show Gretchen and others have said how much they love Lynn and how Lynn is just ditzy and kind of in her own world. It's totally true, and it is one of the things that makes her relatable and likable to people and her audience--myself included. The problem is she sticks her head so in the mud on real serious issues and this is a prime example of it coming back and biting her in the butt! Her daughters are a whole other separate thing but to briefly touch on it: I agree with Gretchen kids have problems and don't know what to do, they need guidance, they crave it--even without real knowledge of this hunger, discipline is pivotal and although kids of all ages may fight it, it is what helps them succeed in the end. We are living amongst a generation of "lost" children. It is beyond the whole "latch key thing" because these kids have their parents at home and accessible, but the parents don't want to say anything or rock the boat because they want to be their child's friend. Hello! Kids have friends, most kids do, and their friends did not bring them in this world, the parents did! You have to be a parent first. You can still be a "cool" mom or dad, but you have to teach them right from wrong. If you don't they'll learn it from someone or somewhere else: TV, kids at school, movies, music, etc. Lynn was confronted by Gretchen on this and she first froze, because she--deep down--knew that Gretchen was right; then she was defensive because that would put blame and responsibility on her. Lynn has a problem with this, Gretchen exposed and her husband, Frank, confirmed it by saying: "You don't want the truth" (paraphrase). The truth is ugly, it hurts, and it's not easy or happy go lucky, always. I really like Lynn on the show I just think she needs to open her eyes to her daughters and family. As a mom, or housewife, I feel she should know what her financial situation is in her own home. I think if this eviction wouldn't have happened she probably would still have no problem sitting back and shopping. This shook her up--she said she "will not be the victim;" good! I hope she backs that up and gets more involved in the things that count, i.e. her family and her home.
There was also drama in Vikki's family, Briana, her 22 year old daughter, found out that her throat and thyroid were covered in many nodules and that they were even on her lymph nodes. She has to go to the Doctor and find out if they are cancerous. It was a crazy scene because the type A personality of Vikki was very apparent when she was going over her work schedule when Briana told her about her biopsy. It was a sad moment, but Vikki redeemed herself by making sure she made herself available for her daughter.
After the Lynn debacle and Vikki drama it lightened up with the Gretchen and Alexis having "skinny girl margaritas" (Bethenny's NY housewife's creation) and then all the girls taking a trip to San Francisco.
In San Francisco the girls looked liked they had fun. They went to a nice fancy dinner at the Fleur de Ly and the girls got a little silly there. Alexis and Vikki almost threw up. I think Alexis legitimately didn't enjoy what she tasted versus Vikki seemed like she was dry heaving for attention.
The annoying thing on the trip was Alexis' constant phoning of husband, Jim. They both gave each other minute by minute play by plays and it was kind of rude. This lead to her getting into it with Vikki on table manners and phone etiquette. It was an entertaining episode. I can't wait to see what's in store next week as the season winds down and we head to the Real Housewives of the Big Apple.
What were your thoughts on Lynn's reaction to the eviction?
What did you think about Lynn's shopping in San Francisco?
Do you think it's normal to phone your spouse as much as Alexis and Jim?