'Real Housewives of Orange County' Recap: Slade's Lame Birthday Gift to Gretchen Is Bad News for Their Marriage

Gretchen RossiJust when I was finally getting behind the idea of Slade Smiley marrying Gretchen Rossi, he had to go and give her the most outrageous birthday gift on tonight's episode of The Real Housewives of Orange County. I mean, really?

There they were high off a weekend away together in San Diego. They left the hotel, and the valet pulled around with every girl's dream -- a fancy new car with a huge pink bow tied around it. Not just any car either -- a Rolls-Royce.

Gretchen was stunned and in disbelief. "Are we all of a sudden rich, and I missed it?" she wondered. Nope -- that wasn't it.


He just upped her lease a bit -- the one she was and still will be paying for. He didn't even offer to cover the difference. She wasn't amused either. "Hold up, when you make that big of a decision, I need to be involved," she said.

While he does have a job (finally), it's not like his debt just disappeared, nor do I imagine that hosting a radio show has him rolling in major amounts of dough. So why the big showy gift ... with Gretchen's money? It's such a reminder of his slimy ways of old, and makes me fear for their future together. Though maybe they deserve each other.

Gretchen was like a hawk watching Tamra Barney and Vicki Gunvalson at the celebration after Heather Dubrow's appearance on Hot in Cleveland. She practically salivates with joy when the two are fighting, but when they start getting along -- as they did tonight -- she frets and looks for ways to stir things up.

After Tamra called Vicki a bitch last week, I thought that really might be the end for them, but they just don't seem to be able to quit one another. Tonight after a few tense moments, they seemed to have made up a little and were clinking glasses by the end of the night. Maybe once Lauri Peterson (who seems to have a grudge against Vicki) is back in the picture more, she'll provide the ammunition Tamra needs to cut Vicki out once and for all, but I doubt it. 

Best moment of the night -- Vicki putting on the glasses with a snout and asking Slade what he thought. He didn't look amused.

What did you think of Slade's gift to Gretchen?


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