I think it's safe to say most of us were pretty shocked when we saw Vicki Gunvalson's son-in-law Ryan Culberson act like a complete jerk on the season finale of The Real Housewives of Orange County. Ryan's behavior at the winter wonderland party was downright disturbing. But almost just as surprising as Culberson's verbal assault on Lydia's mother was Vicki's reaction to it all. The normally volatile housewife was cool, calm, and collected. And while this normally would be an admirable trait in someone, it did raise a bit of a red flag. Has Vicki seen this behavior from Ryan before? And if so, is she a little scared of him? Sure, he's her son-in-law and she doesn't want to create a rift between her daughter and her, but Gunvalson's now catching some heat for letting Ryan "walk all over her". To which she fired back, "I never let him walk over me, nor anyone! You are grossly mistaken!"
Well. She did break up with Brooks because Briana and Ryan didn't want him at the house.
Vicki's ending things with Brooks was one of the best decisions she (or her kids) ever made. Let's get that straight. Brooks is a shady mofo and nobody wants to see him in her life. Not her kids. Not the viewers. No one. So, if Briana and Ryan's disdain for him is what kept them apart, so be it. But at the same time, Vicki did let her kids tell her what to do in that situation. Of course, if Vicki, or anyone, ever has to choose between their kids and a boyfriend, they're always going to choose their kids, but the point I'm getting at here is Ryan kinda seems like he has a pretty aggressive personality and Vicki doesn't want to piss him off (for a variety of reasons). I'm not so sure his rude behavior at her party was a one-off, out-of-left-field thing; an instance where he had too much drink. It seems more like something that was never caught on camera before, and something Vicki doesn't want to deal with. (Side note: Thank god for brother Billy!)
At the end of the day, the way Vicki handled the situation at her party was right. Attacking Ryan back would have only created a bigger mess. But the fact that this is one of the few times we've ever seen Vicki react in such a calm and level-headed way does kind of make you scratch your head and wonder what's gone on when the cameras haven't been rolling.
What did you think of Ryan's behavior?
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