'Real Housewives of Orange County' Season 8 Reunion Part 1 Recap: Pretty Little Liars

Real Housewives of Orange CountyWell, that was fun. Tonight was part one of the three-part Real Housewives of Orange County reunion special, and the ladies took to the couches in their crazy array of pageant-perfect gowns (seriously, who picks these things out?) and rhinestones. The tension started high and just kept climbing ... as it does in all good reunions. 

The big lesson we learned tonight -- these ladies are major grudge holders, and they seem to lie a lot. Not a huge revelation for regular watchers, but it was so apparent tonight, it was crazy. 

No matter who has apologized or pretended to accept an apology, these ladies harbor deep-seeded resentment against one another for every little slight that's happened over the years. Most of the things they're still fighting about happened years and years ago. Along the way they twist the truth so hard, I'm not sure any of them knows what it is anymore.

At the heart of the issues between Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Barney, and Gretchen Rossi (whose mint green dress was so distracting, I had trouble concentrating on what she was saying) seems to be Gretchen's alleged affair while her fiance, Jeff, was dying in the hospital -- THREE YEARS AGO. If she did cheat on him (and there's some pretty strong reason to believe she did), then it was wrong, but Tamra and Vicki need to drop it already. Jeff is dead, and getting Gretchen to admit it now does nothing. Gretchen has done plenty of other shady things since. If they want to pounce on her for those, fine, but they really need to move on from this once and for all.

It was pretty funny though when Tamra threw Vicki under the bus for the text she sent her about Gretchen that Vicki said she never sent. Liars, all of them, it seems.

Heather Dubrow and Lydia McLaughlin don't go too far back, but their stuffy little spat was humorous. Heather is still pissed that she didn't make the cover of Lydia's magazine and is hung up on some little comment Lydia made at Tamra's bachelorette party. Heather has quite the bite, and while visibly shaken, Lydia held her own quite well (she is a genius, after all) -- especially when she called Heather "princess".

The biggest blast from the scorned past is Lauri Peterson's grudge against Vicki. She came back on the show purposefully to take Vicki down, and she just looks ridiculous for all of the accusations she made. Vicki apologized for not handling the letter George's ex-mother-in-law sent her, but it doesn't seem that she maliciously set out to hurt Lauri. Lauri, however, wants blood, which is just weird if she's as happy as she claims she is. Vicki shouldn't have stooped to her level making claims that Lauri has been cheating ... but she did.

Oddly enough, the only person who didn't take a turn in the hot seat tonight was Alexis Bellino in her racy red dress. My how things have changed. Of course, there are still two more episodes, so she may get her chance yet.

Which housewife do you think is the biggest liar?

 

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