This week on The Real Housewives of Orange County, we got to spend a little bit more time with one of the new wives, Shannon Beador. For the most part, we liked what we saw. Sure, she's a bit hypocritical, what with her passion for going green while still driving an Escalade, but you know what? The woman freely admits this and knows she's being a ridiculous contradiction. That earns her big points in my book. You know, Becca's Big Book of Housewives? It's bound with individual strands of Slade Smiley's hair, which I've been amassing for years.
The best thing about Shannon is how Vicki Gunvalson seems to have taken to her! Maybe the typically prickly Vicki knows that she's about to lose Tamra Judge and Heather Dubrow because she insists on going back to rub front bottoms with ick-on-a-stick Brooks. If Tamra and Heather bail, girlfriend will be down some allies. If that's her reasoning, Vicki's maybe a genius to rival even Niccolo Machiavelli (with whom she seems to share a love of tastefully puffed blouses).
Vicki took to Shannon like Eddie Judge takes to installing diaphanous white drapes! In short, she dug her. This was partially surprising since Vicki has so little tolerance for anything she doesn't understand. That she could be so tickled to share a star sign with a woman who insists on keeping nine limes in a basket on her kitchen table at all times could indicate growth. Or desperation.
One thing about Vicki's fondness for Shannon did ring true. When Shannon and her husband David began to bicker at their dinner party, Vicki clearly ached for the couple. She said as much in her interview -- they reminded her of life before she and Don got a divorce. There were definitely parallels in terms of tension. I'm hoping it was just the stress of trying to feed the Housewives a heavy beef meal that made them seem so fraught. But if their marriage is in peril, she could benefit from having Vicki as a shoulder to cry upon.
Do you think Shannon and Vicki's friendship will push Heather out?
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