'Real Housewives of Orange County' Season 8 Premiere Recap: Vicki Gunvalson Puts Her New Face Forward

Vicki GunvalsonIt's always good to be back in the O.C. where it all started. Tonight was the 100th episode of The Real Housewives of Orange County, and a lot has changed since the last time the ladies were together. Most significantly -- Vicki Gunvalson's face. 

She got a nose job, a chin implant, and some fat injected in her face, and it looks ... different. Really different. I'd seen pictures of it before, but watching her in action was mesmerizing. It was still swollen, but I think, based on glimpses from upcoming previews, it's going to actually look pretty good when all is said and done. Or at least good in a fake, plastic-surgery enhanced way.


I really wish she hadn't pretty much admitted that she did it because Slade Smiley called her Miss Piggy, but she did. Even if that's true, I wish she hadn't given him the satisfaction. And why was Gretchen Rossi threatening to "cut a bitch" if she said she did it because of Slade? He did make the joke, and if Vicki's insecure enough to go under the knife because of it, then Gretchen should feel sorry for her, not pissed. Or one would think anyway.

I'm really rooting for Vicki this season. She's a new grandma; she finally kicked that creep Brooks Ayers to the curb. Except wait ... because previews show they're getting back together. Ugh. I may not be rooting for her for long if that's the case.

Another big change -- Slade actually got a real job. It's about time, and that's good news for his future with Gretchen. Her BFF Tamra Barney and Eddie have moved in together, but there's already trouble in paradise with a bunch of bickering. It's minor for now, but who knows what kind of foreshadowing that might be.

Alexis Bellino was back ... sort of. She's in her perfect new house, and gushed about her perfect life (and she wonders why people find her annoying). She didn't mix with any of the ladies/bullies, and if her husband, Jim, has anything to say about it, she won't either. We'll see how that goes. At least her hair looked good. 

Heather Dubrow was brave enough to host another party after the explosive one she had last season. She threw a clam bake, and it was to be the first time Tamra and Vicki saw each other since last year's reunion -- about seven months ago.

Both were nervous and on guard beforehand, and the awkwardness in the air was thick. Gretchen and Tamra arrived first, in matching outfits nonetheless (would it really have killed Gretchen to run upstairs and change?), and then a few minutes later in walked Vicki with her new face. And that was it. We have to wait until next week to see what goes down ... if anything.

Previews for the season look explosive, to put it mildly. I think it's going to be a good one.

Are you excited for this season of RHOC? What did you think of Vick's new look?


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