In this week's episode of The Real Housewives of Orange County
, Tamra and Eddie's business is suffering some growing pains, and so are the newlyweds. David and Shannon come to some harsh realizations about their marriage. And Lizzie tries to get her swimwear into an exclusive boutique.
Marital Bliss or Miss?
We pick up right where last week's episode
left off, with Shannon having a hissy fit that people think she's
unhappily married. This is after having a fight with hubby David in
front of two other couples over tequila.
David manages to talk
his bitchy bride off the ledge and they return to the table. She
apologizes, blaming her outburst on having had an emotional week. This
little scene only strengthens Vicki's resolve to help save Shannon and
In her capacity as amateur marriage counselor,
the group heads to a local bar and whoops it up. Shannon and Vicki even
do a Coyote Ugly
impersonation and get up on the bar. Fight-ness
still dragging around the robot baby from hell. Tamra tells Eddie the
baby's incessant crying has driven her to thoughts of suicide. She also
realizes that it has been seven years since the birth of her last child,
and she may no longer have the stamina to raise an infant.
only does Tamra have her hands full with baby Astro, but she's also
planning CUT Fitness' one-year anniversary party. During a meeting,
Tamra and son/manager Ryan indicate to Eddie they would both like to
have the floors redone, which Eddie apparently screwed the pooch on. In
Tamra's estimation, a $30,000 mistake. The details are fuzzy, but the bottom line is they look like crap.
apparently been a bone of contention between the co-business owners for
a while. Eddie is against doling out the money to fix the problem.
Whether it's because they don't have it or he doesn't want to spend it
The former appears to be the reason because the
three also discuss an impending increase in membership fees. There is a
lot of friction between Ryan and Eddie about the family business,
something Tamra doesn't like to see. It reminds her of ex-husband
Simon's tumultuous relationship with her eldest son.Quality Time
arranges a romantic day of horseback riding and probably back-biting
for Shannon and David. I have to applaud Vicki's efforts to try and save a
sinking ship. She does benefit from the wisdom of hindsight, and for
once, she's trying to use her powers for good.
encouraged that they were able to move past their argument and enjoy the
rest of their evening together. Shannon is less encouraged by climbing
up on a horse. She's just not much of an outdoorsy girl, but at least she
gives it the old college try.
Just as Shannon is looking
forward to heading back to the condo for a siesta, Vicki reveals that
she and Brooks will be taking their leave, but Shannon and David will be
enjoying lunch together, alone. Lizzie's Kitty
and her sales rep, Trisha, head to a local boutique trying to convince
the owner to carry Sun Kitten Swimwear. Lizzie's father bankrolled her
labor of love, and she feels a responsibility to make it viable. Lizzie
has a lot to prove. She's tired of people thinking that her love of
design is just a hobby. Lizzie makes it clear that she's been busting
her butt, and aside from that investment money from daddy, she's been
going at it alone. Except for her husband, who I have no doubt has
provided the occasional influx of capital when Sun Kitten has needed it.
Lizzie comes off as the kind of woman who is pouting and stamping her
foot when she says she's building a business, and she's a good designer.
There is some definite insecurity going on there.
On the verge of tears, she's distraught at the prospect of not getting her line into a store she believes that it should be in.
are privy to a fashion show, and the suits are cute but nothing
spectacular. Lizzie knows her stuff, especially when you compare her to
other wannabe designer Housewives. The meeting goes well, but either
way, it's been a good day for the fledgling designer. After all, she
just got a ton of free advertising. No Bueno
continues to contradict herself. Having said earlier that she and David
had a fight but were able to move on, as they sit down to lunch,
she's disheartened by the incident. I can't tell if it's bad editing,
she's nuts or the crystals embedded in her teeth are giving her some
kind of amnesia or dementia.
The two discuss their issues, and
Shannon is aware that she's been a drag lately. She also admits that
she's not feeling secure in their relationship. This is understandable
given his very recent e-mail.
David feels like she's been riding
him about drinking too much and doesn't feel she has the right to tell
him what he can or cannot do. Apparently, Shannon hasn't been happy with
David's newfound love of tequila and his resulting behavior after
imbibing too much.
She says his drinking is just a symptom of
the larger problem, which is that she doesn't feel she knows him anymore, that he's slipping away, that they live as roommates. Shannon wants
more of his time, but David is content with what they have. Her demands
make him want to withdraw.
Things go from bad to worse when, after David admits that all he wants to do is come home and feel loved, Shannon says she's been feeling that way for 13 years. They
both recognize that they aren't happy. The D-word gets bandied about,
but David claims that's not what he wants. He does believe that his wife
is an unhappy person in general, and he doesn't have the ability to
Neither is ready to give up yet, but both agree they have a lot of work to do.Not Bringing Up Baby
great baby experiment is finished and Astro has been sent to a new
home. If Tamra was hoping to get Eddie more excited about the prospect of
becoming a father, her plan backfired. Eddie says in no uncertain terms
that he doesn't want a kid. Tamra's dreams of starting a family are up
in smoke, and she realizes that there's nothing she can do about it. It's a Matter of Trust
a trying afternoon, Shannon and David meet up with Brooks and Vicki for
dinner. The conversation, dictated by Brooks, makes a strange segue
into becoming a Tamra bashfest. Both David and Shannon can't get past
Tamra's betrayal. She did spread the word about the couple's imploding
marriage, but that cat would have been out of the bag once the show
began airing anyway.
Brooks and Vicki fill Shannon and David in
on their own rocky history with Tamra. It turns out Brooks is none too happy that his lady love is still friends with Tamra. Vicki tells
Shannon that she and Tamra will never enjoy the level of trust they once
had since Tamra hasn't had her back when it comes to Brooks.
like there are two new blonde besties: Shannon and Vicki. Sorry, Tamra,
you're stuck hanging with the brunettes. Tamra may not be so anxious to
confront Heather if she knew what thin ice she's on with Shannon and
the fact that Vicki's opinion of her former bestie has sunk even lower
after her blabbing about Shannon simply for sport.
The Real Housewives of Orange County
airs Mondays at 9pm on Bravo.
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