Boy, Shannon Beador and Meghan King Edmonds really did not walk away from this episode of The Real Housewives of Orange County looking all that great, did they?
We had a feeling that they weren't going to handle hearing about the ATV accident (and public enemy No. 1 Vicki Gunvalson's condition) well—Meghan's reaction to Heather Dubrow and Kelly Dodd's first phone call last week made that clear—but we didn't expect to be quite so unfeeling about the whole thing.
And we certainly couldn't predict the ways in which they'd try and weasel out of blame once called out on it.
While the Glamis four were still reeling from their accident in various locations, Shannon had arrived to Meghan's house in La Quinta for a little golf. And Meghan, who'd already been made privy to the shocking news about their friends promptly ... set it aside and went about her day. She eventually told Shannon about what had happened, just before Heather called Shannon herself.
Look, should Heather have just come out and plainly asked them to go visit Vicki, explaining that her only car was an RV and they were too far away to get there, reminding them that neither she nor Kelly should probably embark on a long car ride since they were just, you know, nearly killed on a sand dune? Yeah, sure. But she was also in shock. We're cool with giving her a pass on this one.
And it's not like Shannon or Meghan ever had any intention of going to comfort Vicki, regardless of it they were fully aware of the severity or not. They can claim otherwise all they want, but the glee on Shannon's face as Meghan threw out her Mapquest excuse (which was incorrect, by the way) told us all we needed to know.
Whether it was David saying "tell her to text Brooks" or Shannon insinuating that Vicki might be faking it because she dared text Meghan a photo of her on a gurney, the Beadors have chosen this specific argument with Vicki to be the hill they die on. Until now, they've been on the right side of history, but tonight just might be the moment that the pendulum swung back the other way, making Vicki an actual villain and putting them squarely in the wrong.
Was it nice to see Meghan go visit Vicki once they were all home? Yes, it was. But her attempts to shift attention onto Heather for being "theatrical" about Vicki being alone on the phone (even though Vicki was alone—and it had been a rather theatrical situation) and onto Tamra Judge for being "reckless" felt like the wrong move.
Heather may feel good about Meghan's apology (even though it came immediately after the added accusation of being "patronizing" towards Meghan, which we can't wrap our heads around), but something tells us her problems with Tamra over the reckless comment are only getting started.
Do you think Shannon and Meghan were in the wrong tonight? Let us know in the comments below.
The Real Housewives of Orange County airs Mondays at 9 p.m. on Bravo.
(E! and Bravo are both part of the NBCUniversal family.)