'Real Housewives of Orange County' Recap: No Hate, Just Mace

Julie Ryan Evans
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Tamra Barney and Fernanda RochaAre Tamra Barney and Fernanda Rocha lesbian lovers? Have they ever been? Those seem to be the questions Bravo wanted to plant in our minds/slap us in the face with on this week's episode of The Real Housewives of Orange County. They've been doing it slowly since the season began with little lip kisses and the like sprinkled about, but tonight they turned up the heat.

The two ladies stripped down and bared almost all for the NOH8 campaign -- a movement to bring awareness to same-sex marriage. "What better way to support my hot lesbian friend than to get naked with her?" Tamra said oh so teasingly.

Later she got even more suggestive, "So have I dabbled in the vagina pool? Let’s just say I’m equal opportunist." Currently she doesn't seem to have the desire to do anyone but Eddie, but Fernanda may actually have (lingering?) feelings for Tamra.

When Tamra didn't show up at her citizenship party, Fernanda was distraught. She thought Tamra should have arranged her moving schedule so she could be there. Later at Alexis Bellino's big Botox party (where Alexis was the only one who got Botox -- not because the rest eschew it, but because they'd all had too much already), Fernanda told Tamra she was disappointed she didn't attend, which caused Tamra to freak out.

"Honey, honey, do you have any idea what I'm going through right now?" Tamra asked. Fernanda then started backpedaling saying maybe she overreacted. 

"It was almost like a lovers' quarrel," Peggy Tanous observed. Almost, or was it? Guess we'll have to keep guessing. I couldn't care less if they've been romantically involved or not beyond basic curiosity, but if they haven't and Bravo is just trying to string us along down this story line, then that's pretty cheap. There's plenty of real drama to be had with this batch.

The rest of Alexis's party was fairly tame given the fact that Gretchen Rossi, Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra, and Alexis were all in the same room. Vicki and Alexis made nice; Peggy and Tamra bonded over their astrological signs and the fact that they're married to hot young men; and Alexis got a little miffed when Peggy started chatting up and "brown-nosing" Vicki. But overall it was devoid of much drama other than watching Alexis's face get stuck with needles until ...

Just as Alexis deemed it a "classy event" at which everyone behaved, Tamra had to go and reveal the mace she was packing. She had given Vicki a canister too on the way over just in case Gretchen got out of line. "I will not let this bitch ruin my night tonight," she said.

As they were leaving, Tamra whipped it out and yelled, "I didn't even have to use my mace!" Then: "You never know who didn't take their meds today."

Gretchen wasn't amused. Previews for next week show Tamra reading a text from Alexis chastising her about bringing the mace, so I'm sure that's not the last we'll hear of this matter.

Funniest part of the night: Holistic, natural, organic Peggy trying to justify getting FAKE boobs put into her body. That was almost as comical as Gretchen sporting that t-shirt with an orange smack in the middle of each of her big fake boobs.

Do you think Tamra Barney and Fernanda Rocha are or have been more than friends?


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