The last season of the Real Housewives of Orange County
was an explosion of cattiness and wine throwing. Or, in a word: Awesome.
In between the backstabbing and badmouthing, Tamra Barney started her new life as a divorcee with new Latino beau Eddie, while Vicki Gunvalson's insurance business took off, but her 17 year marriage to Donn ended. Gretchen Rossi expanded her prospects with her handbag and jewelry lines, as well as exploring the possibility of marriage to her (rumored) deadbeat-dad boyfriend (and oft Real Housewives
guest star) Slade Smiley. Meanwhile, Alexis Bellino worked on her "dress line" and constantly tried to one-up the better-than-her and unfortunately gone-from-the-show Peggy Tanous all while claiming how Christian and righteous she was. So: What have the OC 'wives been up to since we last saw them? And what fresh drama awaits for the next season?What to Expect This Season: New Cast Member, Old Rivalries, New Conflicts
Well if we've learned one thing from the Real Housewives
, it's that it's not always easy to know what to expect. BFFs one day can turn into frenemies the next. One thing is sure to shake up The Real Housewives of Orange County
Season 7: There's a new housewife in town...and she's an actress.
And a BRUNETTE! Gasp! Learn more about new OC housewife Heather Dubrow here!
On Season 7, Tamra will make an apology to her old arch-enemy Gretchen, and while they start a "blossoming" friendship
(we'll still have to see this to believe it), their new relationship threatens Tamra's friendship with Vicki and Gretchen's relationships with Slade and Alexis. Got all that? The ups and downs of the relationships on this show are almost enough to make you queasy. Watch a sneak peek of this season's upcoming throwdowns: Refresh Your Memory: Highlights from the RHOC Season 6 ReunionPlus: Career Moves, Romances and Family Drama
Meanwhile, Gretchen ventures to the stage as a new member of the Pussycat Dolls and her and Slade get a gig hosting a stand up comedy show for an improv theater. Vicki continues to deal with her divorce proceedings but also introduces her new boyfriend, Brooks, to the ladies and, much to their disapproval, her kids.
Tamra will try to decide if she's ready to move in with her spicy boy toy, with or without a ring and have a mystery surgical procedure (boob job? nose job? face lift?). And Alexis gets a job as a correspondent with a local morning news show, but only because her husband says it's okay ... for now.Take Our Personality Quiz: Which Orange County Housewife Are You?
Of course it wouldn't be a season of RHOC
without some kind of exotic vacation. Season 7 will be no exception, as it looks like the ladies will head to Costa Rica. The trip will involve barrels full of fruity cocktails, a monkey and white water rafting. Two words: Can't. Wait. Catch your favorite spray tanned beauties of The Real Housewives of Orange County every Tuesday night at 9/8c starting February 7 on Bravo.Gina PusateriContributing Writer(Image courtesy of Bravo)