The 12th season of “The Real Housewives of Orange County” premiered on the Bravo network on Monday, July 10, with barely a calm before the storm of drama and emotions among the women. The premiere featured the “O.G. of the O.C.” Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Judge, Shannon Beador, Kelly Dodd, Meghan King Edmonds and returning housewife from the 2013 season, Lydia McLaughlin.
Top five highlights of the premiere:
1.) Judge attends a Bible study with several other women, led by McLaughlin. During the meeting, McLaughlin asks the question, “Was there ever a time in your life where you felt abandoned by God?” Judge has a small breakdown about her estranged 18-year-old daughter, who she has not talked to – besides a few texts every so often – in over three-and-a-half years. Together, McLaughlin and Judge pray for a repairing of the mother-daughter relationship. Later, the self-proclaimed “friendship whisperer” McLaughlin meets for drinks with Gunvalson at the Balboa Bay Resort to discuss a possible mend of the Gunvalson versus Judge war – which Gunvalson shrugs off.
2.) Judge makes light of Gunvalson’s previous season 11 accusations that her husband, Eddie, may be gay, by making the statement during “leg day” in their self-owned gym, CUT Fitness, in Rancho Santa Margarita: “My relationship with Eddie is great – when he’s not being gay.” Followed by a laugh, of course.
3.) Viewers meet Gunvalson’s new boyfriend, retired law enforcement officer Steve Chavez Lodge. While making dinner together, Gunvalson accidentally squirts sauce all over Lodge’s starch white shirt – to which she apologizes over and over again, and he shakes it off saying, “It’s OK.” One may notice an instant difference from Gunvalson’s former boyfriend, Brooks Ayers, a so-called “bad boy.” The clip also shows Gunvalson’s daughter, Briana, encouraging her and Lodge to get married, because after all: “You guys are old. Just do it.”
4.) Introducing her new baby girl with husband Jim, Edmonds thanks “genetics, breastfeeding and God” for her ability to lose the baby weight easily. Meanwhile, Beador is struggling with her recent weight gain and blames Gunvalson for her extra pounds due to the stress she caused in the 11th season (Gunvalson said Beador’s husband, David, may or may not have displayed physical aggression towards Beador).
5.) Dodd discusses Botox and the concept of “vaginal rejuvenation” – a procedure she and her…