‘Real Housewives of Orange County’ Recap: Alexis Bellino's Sexy Showcase Turns Into A Fashion Nightmare!

Sun, May 22, 2011 11:27pm EST by 7 Comments

Meanwhile, Gretchen gets serious with Slade and Vicki’s on the brink of divorce.

The May 22 episode of The Real Housewives of Orange County started with a bang: Peggy Tanous throws a big birthday bash for her hubby in Las Vegas!

Tamra Barney and Eddie join the couple for a night of crazy fun on the Strip. Because the two couples mesh so well over dinner and drinks, Peggy even thinks they’re a perfect replacement for their former BFFs, The Bellinos.

But things aren’t so hot in the Gunvalson household. Vicki Gunvalson’s hit rock-bottom in her relationship with Don — the two rarely talk or spend quality time together anymore.  She even admits, “I feel he’s more like a business partner than a husband.”

Though she’s stayed pretty hush about her problems with the ladies, Vicki eventually spills about the whole thing to Tamra over shots of tequila. Vicki explains she’s still on the fence about divorce, but Tamra (a new divorcee) thinks it might be the best move for the both of them.

In other Housewives news, Gretchen Rossi and Slade sit down for a long talk about their future. While she admits she loves him to death, Gretchen doesn’t coddle him for long, and explains that he needs to get his act together. With rumors flying around about his child custody battles, Gretchen says she won’t foot the bill for any of his post-marital problems. And she won’t even think about marriage until everything gets resolved!

But the OC drama really heats up during Alexis Bellino’s fashion show. Though Alexis was hoping for a picture perfect evening of “fabulous fashion and fabulous fun,” the premiere of her couture dress line turns into a huge flop!

For starters, the ladies are lukewarm about the dress collection. But things get even more spiced up when Tamra learns that Vicki’s in the hospital for hemorrhage surgery!

She panics about the whole thing, which turns into a major distraction from the fashion show. And when Gretchen says Vicki’s timing was “ironic,” this causes a major blowout between the ladies, which is sure to spill over into next week’s season finale!

– Katie Moore

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Posted at 2:16 PM on June 16, 2011  

BTW, what happened to Fernanda at the Reunion?!? Did she bail out on this wacko circle? No mention of her during the Andy Cohen show either. Unless I missed it while changing channels. Someone know anything about that?

Thanks, Heather

*Interesting take on the opinions. I agree on all.

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Posted at 8:32 PM on June 14, 2011  

How about creating a stinking show about women who love their husbands and kids. Women who work full time and who CAN pay their bills. Women who DON’T live beyond their means and actually like their friends….Too boring I guess…..bring on the crazies!!

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j jones

Posted at 1:23 PM on May 23, 2011  

These people are trainwrecks. They all have zero shame. Living lifestyles that they cant afford while the default on their mortgages.

You can tell that Micah and Peggy are completely stressed out about their financial situation when they are in Vegas. Michah pretends to be a big hitter with his “I run 7 companies” yet he cant pay his mortgage on a track home that’s valued under $1M. Pathetic, to watch these two drive bentley’s buy expensive watches and clothes yet when it comes to paying a mortgage, they default. Morons pretending to be something they are not.

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Lies & Lies

Posted at 1:55 PM on June 16, 2011  

Right on! Peggysue is a great pretender which makes her fit in that particular circle in a perfect way. She THINKS Tamra and Vicki have her back (for now) wait until Peggysue crosses Vicki..or Tamra’s lovely sharp tongue. I don’t feel sorry for Peggysue whatsoever- I just hope when she does cross Vicki or Tamra, she remembers that in making “new friends” you have to sort. of. like. eachother…lol and have trust in your friends- she’s failed miserably. As per Alexis, she uses the “Bible” & “Scriptures” when it favors her, and makes/breaks her own rules as she goes along……which makes her an idiot by default. This woman is too self absorbed to think of others, as long as her hubby authorizes her wardrobe & nasty behavior. Quite sad, really.

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Jay W.

Posted at 10:22 AM on May 23, 2011  

Does anyone else find it more than a little annoying that Gretchen and Alexis were griping about Vicki being IN THE HOSPITAL during her high-priced hooker inspired dress show? But they thought Peggy was totally over reacting about her dinner party?! These women are beyond self-absorbed. Pathetic!

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Abnerrrrr! Abnerrrrr!

Posted at 2:10 PM on June 16, 2011  

I found it more than annoying that Gretchen and Alexis thought that Vicki’s hospital stay was a “planned” thing to ruin the fashion party- Gretchen should know better than that. Vicki’s life does NOT revolve around Alexis Couture Fashion (lol)…

Did anyone else notice that Tamra was right down angrier than usual at the Reunion and the last few episodes? I know she’s going through a nasty divorce..but what’s with the nose snarling’ and fist making episodes? This woman is right down scary! Eddie, RUN BROTHER, RUN, DON’T WALK, RUN!

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Posted at 1:47 AM on May 23, 2011  

I used to be a fan of RHOOC. I am finding this seasons women a little boring. Here is my take on these ladies.

PEGGY looks like she is approaching 50 and desperate to hang on to her youth…in whatever way she can. Looks to be much older than hubby so I doubt this union will last long. Being tall, thin with extra large boobs does not automatically make you sexy. Expecially when your face ages you.

VICKIE is just plain pathetic. Poor Don needs to run fast and run far from this moron.

GRETCHEN is just plain mean. She stays with Slade because he has no self esteem and she can continually emasculate him.
Her handbags look like those that are sold at Payless Shoe stores. If she uses her own makeup line, well that’ll probably tank too.

TAMRA is scary skanky. There is something weird about her facial expressions, her eyes go all wonky and it’s creepy
Eddie seems like a nice guy which means he’ll get bored and dump her before next season.

ALEXIS is an uneducated idiot… Her couture line is laughable…K Mart ready. Sadly, she envisions herself as
fashion maven and is too stupid to realize how corny those outfits look on her. How is it that her husband can finance this endeavor yet he is unable to pay their monthly bills?
Alexis probably needs her old receptionist job back…

Having said this, I long for Laurie,Jeana and Lynn. At least they were likeable…

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