, Shannon and her husband meet up with Brooks and Vicki in Mexico. Heather worries that Shannon will cause a rift between herself and Vicki. Tamra and Eddie remain at an impasse when it comes to expanding their family. And Shannon and David's marital discord is on full display.
Adios Orange County
Shannon claims that she and husband David
have moved past his Dear Jane e-mail, but then she contradicts herself by
stating how much the threat of his leaving rattled her and still
appears to be looming over her head. The twosome are off for a romantic
couples' getaway in Mexico with Brooks and Vicki, and if they can
survive that, they will likely be forged together for all eternity.
whose friendships with both Tamra and Vicki have been strained this
season, fears the repercussions Shannon's influence could have on her
and Vicki's friendship. It is inevitable that Shannon will have plenty
to say, and it's obvious Heather is nervous that she's not going to come
off looking so great in Shannon's version of current events.
of the border, Vicki prepares for Shannon and David's arrival. Not only
did Tamra blab to Heather about the Beadors' marital problems but to Vicki
as well. So Vicki knows at least part of the story. What's laughable
is that she thinks it's important for Shannon and David to be around
healthy couples because maybe it will have some influence on them.
What?!?!?! Is there another couple coming as well? Has the sun
fried her brain to the extent that she believes her relationship with
Brooks is something others should strive for?
Vicki owns one hell of a kick-ass condo in Puerto Vallarta. Still,
Shannon isn't fully satisfied with the accommodations. Although she and
David don't travel often, apparently when they do, they go all out.
She's not used to sharing a condo with anyone else. Way to be completely
ungrateful. Shannon is deeply troubled by the fact that she has to
sleep in a double bed.
Because Vicki's son Michael and brother
Billy are also bunking down at Casa de Vicki, David thinks it provides
them with the perfect out. Shannon is hesitant, fearing the drama their
exit may cause, but a girl simply cannot settle.
David's plan to
say that he and Shannon don't feel right about kicking Michael out of
his room is an epic fail because Vicki tells them he always bunks out on
the couch. She's not about to let them go without a fight, even offering
up her room to make her finicky guests feel more comfortable.
Parental Guidance Needed
and Eddie are still playing house with robotic infant Astro. They
haven't had the thing long, and Tamra's already complaining about it
like she's never had a kid before. She's also pissed that Eddie isn't
doing his fair share to keep little Astro happy. Lucky for Eddie, Tamra
is realizing that she doesn't have the patience or the stamina to care
for an infant like she once did. Little Astro may be the best thing to
ever happen to him.
Even though it's painfully
obvious these two should not have a baby, Tamra still wants Eddie to
participate in the experiment and get the full effect. She even suggests
he straps the thing to himself when he goes for a bike ride because
that's what all good parents of newborns do. Eddie makes it clear this
is her bag, and he'll participate if and when he has the time.
Tamra's not the only one feeling like a
single mom. Lizzie just can't stop talking about how busy she is
raising her two boys, judging pageants and nurturing her bathing suit
line. But she still has time to put on a full face of makeup and do her hair.
Lizzie feels like her husband, Christian, finds parenting a burden. From
Lizzie's perspective, Christian is a big believer in the traditional
family where the woman stays home and takes care of the kids and dad
does whatever the hell he feels like. These are the conversations you
have before having children, people.
Passive-Aggressive in Puerto Vallarta
some fun in the sun (despite Shannon's dislike of the ocean and fish),
the couples sit down for lunch and tequila. There really is just no
pleasing Mrs. Beador, who is chafed that Vicki and Brooks are seeing
David in his "fun mode" and not in the "d*ck mode" she gets front row
seats to at home. Would it make her happier if David would act
unhappy? What is her freakin' deal? They are having a good time, but she
wishes they could have even more. Okay, that's understandable,
but she's also the one who said earlier in the episode that no marriage
is perfect, and everybody has their ups and downs. If she's got my head
spinning, imagine how David must feel. Sorry, Shannon, that you are a
total nag, and your husband doesn't dig spending quality time with
someone who's perpetually malcontent.
Vicki decides to play
marriage counselor and puts the couple on the spot, asking them if they
enjoy spending time together. Shannon says yes, but David says their
differing interests make it a struggle. Ouchie! Vicki decides that
David is pretty much checked out and that Shannon is not high on his
list of priorities. If anyone could identify the signs of a crappy
marriage, it would be Vicki.
Vicki and Shannon ditch the boys, and
Vicki gets all the deets on what's been going on in the OC: David's
e-mail, Shannon confiding in Tamra, Tamra betraying Shannon's trust,
Heather gossiping about Shannon and ejecting her from her house and so
on and so forth. We've all been there and done that. Vicki is fully team
Shannon and also, all of a sudden, a proponent of female solidarity.
Maybe people should drink the water in Mexico after all.
couples head out for dinner, and it doesn't take long for Shannon and
David to start bickering. Both are last word freaks and neither seems embarrassed about arguing in front of others. Vicki observes that
Shannon is chiseling away at David so much that, soon, there will be
nothing left. Maybe they should all go beat the crap out of a pinata.
excuses herself, and Vicki follows suit. She sees Shannon making the
same mistakes with David that she made with Don -- always pointing out the
bad and never the good.
Shannon tells Vicki that she feels that
everybody's eyes are on her relationship, and her relationship is fine.
If her marriage was in such great shape, she wouldn't be so self-conscious. Shannon just keeps repeating "But we're fine." She returns to
the table and tells her husband that he shouldn't make her look like
such a b*tch. Oh yeah, things are great.
The two excuse
themselves, and David tries to calm his wife down. She's overly
concerned how others view their marriage, but she takes every
opportunity to shine a spotlight on it.
Shannon needs to stop
playing victim and starting taking responsibility. All she ever says is
how misunderstood she is, and she feels all the ladies are being
critical and treating her badly. Yeah, it was really crappy of Vicki to
invite you and your husband to Mexico -- that b*tch!
I'm so over
Lizzie talking about "having it all" like she's the plucky heroine in an '80s
movie. Her company exists of a few fabric swatches and sketches stuck to
a pinboard on her wall. Enough already.
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