by Chris Harnick | Mon., Nov. 7, 2016 6:00 PM
The Real Housewives of Orange County reunion kicked off with what you've always come to expect from Real Housewives reunions: Lots of women screaming over each other. The topics at hand for part one of the season 11 reunion included Tamra Judge's fitness and religious journey, Shannon Beador's disastrous 1970s party ("Who?!" "It was you!"), Meghan King Edmonds' IVF treatment and Vicki Gunvalson's journey from being on the outs with everyone to friends to back on the outs.
Let's get one thing out of the way: Vicki really tied to act like the mom and scold everyone. Lessons from Heather Dubrow? The two juiciest nuggets from the reunion include your favorite cancer-faking man, Brooks Ayers, and Tamra's fractured relationship with her daughter.
"Who?" Vicki asked when Andy Cohen brought him up. She still maintained she had nothing do with his lies. "The problem was, I was at a place where I was really busy and didn't spend a lot of time with Brooks when he was doing all this stuff. I hate using his name...and I was made a fool of," she said. "I really, sincerely, learned a lot from him. It wasn't all bad, but it ended horribly."
But didn't she say she missed him and wanted to meet him again in heaven? That's what Heather said she told them in Ireland.
"There was a point in time where I really felt he had my back and he really was a great guy. It's been an evolution of emotions, Heather, and yeah, I thought he was my soulmate," she said.
And it's not just Brooks she may meet in heaven, she thinks she'll meet everyone she was with there.
"I don't think people that faked cancer get to go," Heather said. Point to Heather. But also a point to Vicki for coming right out and admitting she got her eyes done. "I'm not going to deny it," she said. "Doesn't it look great?"
Eventually Vicki came around to saying everybody else was right and she was wrong in regards to Brooks. "I'm over it," she said.
But Shannon can't quite move on from her drama with Vicki.
"You don't like me?" Get off my show," Vicki shouted. This is probably going to be the best line from the reunion, so maybe everyone should just stop trying.
Tamra shoved Kelly Dodd in Ireland for talking about her relationship with her daughter, but there was no shoving here. Tamra's daughter is still living with her ex-husband, Simon, and the communication is still virtually non-existent.
"Text messages. Not too often. I text her once a week, tell her I love her and miss her, tell her that she's welcome back any time," Tamra said. And her daughter will respond once in a while, but not very often.
As for her and Simon, Tamra said they're on good terms now. "I think he changed completely when Spencer decided he couldn't live with his dad any more and he came to live with me. I think that really shook him up," she said. Their son lives with Tamra and does not speak to Simon. The split of kids is not uncommon, she told Andy.
Meghan defended Jim Edmonds for not being there when she got her IVF done, Kelly said she regretted how she talked about her husband on the show, but not how she treated the women and Shannon stuck to her story that she didn't set up Kelly at her party. Yawn.
The Real Housewives of Orange County reunion continues next Monday at 8 p.m. on Bravo.
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