rhoocTonight's premiere episode of the new season of The Real Housewives of Orange County was all about everything old being new again. Sure, this season, there are two new housewives, and that in theory is exciting. But with characters like Vicki Gunvalson, Heather Dubrow, and Tamra Judge returning, we're way more into picking up where we left off last season. Maybe that's why we only met one of the new girls, Shannon Beador, very quickly before taking a trip to Hawaii and returning to the subject of Vicki's love life. 

Heather and Tamra seem sure that Vicki is back with her ne'er do well boyfriend Brooks. If this is the case, Vicki certainly isn't letting the cat out of the bag. Heather and Tamra confront her -- in as friendly a way possible in Housewife-land -- about what's going on with Brooks, and Vicki's guilty expression was all we needed to see. Sure, they ended the episode with that cliffhanger, but I think we all know that she and Brooks aren't finished for good. 

It makes sense that Vicki would be hesitant to admit that she and Brooks were seeing each other again. After all, her friends and her family all dislike the guy. After the revelation about the comments he made about Brianna, it's unbelievable that Vicki would ever forgive him and try to make things right.

But Brianna's moving to Oklahoma for a fresh start, leaving Vicki without a disapproving family presence. And let's be honest -- Vicki and unhealthy relationships are nothing new. She describes herself as being "under construction" and that idea gives me hope. It means she's aware she has things that she needs to address within herself. Hopefully one of the items on that list is why exactly she hates herself enough to stay in a relationship with a man who is clearly bad for her. 

Do you think Vicki still has feelings for Brooks?

 

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