The 7 Craziest 'Real Housewives' Moments of 2011

Stripper RidickulousI know what you're thinking -- that it might be easier to pick the sane moments presented to us by The Real Housewives because there are so few of them. But I'm always up for a challenge, and why else watch the show if not to gawk at the insanity of others. And oh boy do they give us plenty to gawk at -- both on and off camera.

In no particular order, here are seven of the craziest moments of 2011 provided by The Real Housewives of each and every city.


1. The Christening, The Real Housewives of New Jersey

Talk about a baptism by fire, there was a lot of heat in the room as an all-out brawl erupted at the Gorga baby's christening after Joe Gorga called Teresa Giudice garbage. The rest was history -- and what fueled the rest of the messy season.

2. Russell Armstrong's Suicide, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

This was crazy only in the most tragic sense of the word. Never has the reality of reality television been so sharply felt as when Taylor Armstrong's husband was found dead in a Hollywood home of an apparent suicide. Watching their relationship play out on this season of RHWOBH is unsettling, to say the least.

3. Michaele Salahi Gets Kidnapped, The Real Housewives of D.C.

Unfortunately, they're not filming in that city currently, but it still was one of the craziest Housewives-related moments this year when slimy Tareq Salahi reported Michaele missing. Turns out, she'd just run off with Neal Schon of the band Journey, with whom she's still happily dating. Sorry, Tareq.

4. Elsa Patton Declares Herself a Witch, The Real Housewives of Miami

Thank God for Elsa because this city would have had no redeeming value at all as far as Housewives franchises go without her and her hatred for paper flowers. Perhaps even crazier is that they're coming back for a second season.

5.  Tamra Barney and Jeana Keough Brawl, The Real Housewives of Orange County

It was during the season finale when the tension between the ladies came to a head. Jeana threatened to throw Tamra's "skinny little ass" in the pool; Tamra shoved a cease and desist letter in Jeana's face followed by a drink. Then pushing and all out chaos ensued.

6. The Reunion, The Real Housewives of New York

We knew they were nasty, but they really let loose in the two-part reunion serious when the blondes went head-to-head with the brunettes. Andy Cohen said they behaved like "beasts," and that was kind.

7. Ridickulous the Stripper, The Real Housewives of Atlanta

This was perhaps the most ridiculous moment in all of Real Housewives history. Phaedra Parks hired this notorious stripper to perform at a birthday party for Kandi Burruss. He not only took it all off and showed his junk, he also proceeded to ... uh, pleasure himself with his own mouth. It was X-rated and over-the-top and offended more than a few.

What other crazy moments from 2011 would you add to this list?

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