You can't script the emotions Vicki Gunvalson had on The Real Housewives of Orange County. The Bravo reality series was filming when Vicki, the only original cast member still on the show, got the call that her mother passed away.
Vicki was attending one of Shannon Beador's Bunko party nights, the first time she played the game since RHOC's 1980s party disaster, when she spoke to her daughter, Briana. "Briana, I can't do. I don't want to believe this, she said." Her cast members Shannon, Meghan King Edmonds, Tamra Judge, Heather Dubrow and former cast member Jeana Keough rushed to her side to comfort her. Vicki's mom, Joanne Steinmetz, was 83. She wasn't sick. "How can she die on me?" Vicki asked. "I need my mother."