The Best Episodes of The Real Housewives of Orange County
Last Updated: May 22, 2019
Bravo brings you into the lives of five women and their families who live in one of the wealthiest communities in the country. They take the viewer "inside the gates" to show their lives aren't always perfect.
#1 - Whine Pairings
Season 6 - Episode 9
Peggy and Micah throwing their annual dinner party and hire celebrity chefs, Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Miliken of Border Grill, to cater the event. Tamra’s new boyfriend, Eddie, meets the ladies for the first time. During the party, Alexis causes a scene and flees the table, leaving Peggy livid and Donn is shocked by Vicki’s comment to the group about wishing they had started their own family together. Mary Sue Miliken of Border Grill is a contestant on Top Chef Masters 3.
#2 - Under the Knife
Season 7 - Episode 7
A nervous Alexis undergoes sinus surgery, where her plastic surgeon additionally removes a bump from her nose. Meanwhile, Vicki is distraught as Briana's thyroid surgery went worse than expected. Tamra visits her doctor and decides to have her breast implants removed. Then, Heather plans a glamorous trip to L.A. to get some advice on opening a restaurant, but who needs freeways when you can take a helicopter? Gretchen watches a rehearsal of the Pussycat Dolls in preparation for her Las Vegas debut, but will she realize that she's in over her head?
#3 - Kiss and Tell
Season 6 - Episode 8
For Gretchen’s birthday, Slade surprises her with a poor man’s party of take-out food and a unique gift that leaves her speechless. Peggy and Tamra are excited to model in an OC Designer’s fashion show, but a surprise model throws Tamra for a loop. Former housewife, Lynne Curtin goes to Fernanda’s gym to workout, but when Tamra is a no-show, Fernanda shares a shocking secret.
#4 - Dirty Dancing in Mexico
Season 8 - Episode 11
While still in Puerto Vallarta, Vicki, Lydia and Tamra continue their night away partying — while Heather and Gretchen continue to sit back in the limo. Gretchen tells Vicki how much she was annoyed by her antics but Tamra shocks the ladies when she tells the specifics of her past to Gretchen. Back at the resort, Mexican strippers arrive to spice up the night but Lydia is a bit nervous about the whole situation. Alexis, home in Orange County, asks Jim for an item that he is unwilling to purchase.
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#6 - Southern Hospitality
Season 7 - Episode 2
At Vicki's tension-filled dinner party, Peggy and Alexis reach a boiling point, and Peggy decides to close the chapter on her friendship with Alexis and the other women. Gretchen poses for a nude photo shoot for a charitable cause, while OC's newest housewife, Heather, has it all and isn't afraid to let everyone know it. Meanwhile, Vicki and Tamra go on an overnight trip to Catalina with their boyfriends that nearly ends before it begins when Tamra overreacts and puts Brooks in an embarrassing situation.
#10 - Let Bygones Be Bygones
Season 5 - Episode 8
Lynne Curtin meets Gretchen Rossi to discuss the conversation she had with Lynne’s teen daughter Alexa, about her alleged drinking and depression. Vicki invites Tamra to an "all girls" slumber party at her house. Vicki is excited to host a girls-only slumber party to make up for the fact that the men crashed the recent girls trip to Ft. Lauderdale. Later, Vicki surprises her friends by bringing in a psychic who reads their auras and they are caught off guard by some of his insightful readings.
#11 - When Times Get Tough, the Tough Go Shopping!
Season 5 - Episode 1
The fifth season of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Orange County kicks off with Vicki Gunvalson enjoying life, traveling, working hard and strengthening her relationship with her husband, Donn. Jeana Keough’s business has collapsed under the weight of the sagging economy and she’s forced to economize – something she admits she’s not very good at doing. Tensions between Tamra Barney and her husband, Simon, are high as they also deal with financial woes including the possible sale of their house. Gretchen Rossi is trying to move on with her life in the wake of her late fiancée’s death and is dating again. Everyone is on edge as the ladies come together to support Lynne Curtin’s private jewelry show. Though both Tamra and Gretchen vow to get along it doesn’t take long for the name-calling and insult hurling to get under way.
#12 - Not A Good Day LA
Season 9 - Episode 9
Tamra reveals her real reason for being upset with Heather. Meanwhile, Briana and Ryan surprise Vicki with the gender of their baby and later, Shannon turns to Tamra for support when her husband, David, sends her a shocking e-mail about their relationship.
#13 - Skunk in the Barnyard
Season 9 - Episode 10
Shannon confides in Tamra, only to discover rumors are spreading about her marriage. Meanwhile, Lizzie finds herself in the middle of Shannon and Heather's feud; Vicki and Brooks vacation in Puerto Vallarta; and Tamra tries to teach Eddie about newborns.
#15 - Naked Wasted
Season 4 - Episode 8
Vicki Gunvalson visits her family in Chicago and once again tries to get validation from her less than affectionate mother. Lynne Curtin and her husband, Frank, canoodle over dinner and fret about some wine missing from the house. Now that Lynne's daughter, Raquel, is driving, Lynne worries about her drinking and getting behind the wheel. Gretchen Rossi is taking care of her gravely ill fiancé, Jeff, and reaches the end of her emotional rope. With Simon's urging, Tamra Barney takes an etiquette class and hires a top chef to prepare a formal seven-course dinner for all the housewives, which includes premium tequila tasting. When the tequila shots are served, Tamra and Vicki set Gretchen up for a major fall.
#16 - Wedding Dress Stress
Season 8 - Episode 13
Tamra is frustrated with the slow progress on her fitness studio, while Heather's acting career speeds ahead as she lands another guest role on a popular sitcom. Tamra shops for a wedding dress with the whole gang, but her beautiful day turns ugly when Lauri drops a bomb on Vicki about who Brooks is spending time with. After dinner, Tamra and Heather question Gretchen's honesty.
#18 - Baptism by Fire
Season 10 - Episode 19
In the season finale, the ladies gather together to witness Tamra's baptism, but with the constant questions and confusion surrounding Brooks' cancer, Vicki is the one who feels crucified. And after an evening of avoidance, Shannon and Vicki come face-to-face when Shannon discovers that Vicki has committed the ultimate betrayal.
#19 - Making Woo-Hoo-Py!
Season 9 - Episode 11
A banished Shannon journeys to join Vicki and Brooks in Puerto Vallarta. Meanwhile, Lizzie struggles to juggle work and family; Heather hires a personal chef; and Tamra's effort to teach Eddie a lesson in fatherhood backfires.
#21 - Bling Bling
Season 4 - Episode 13
In the Season 4 finale, Jeana embarks on her very first date since the breakup of her marriage. Meanwhile, Lynne pressures her BMW-driving daughter to get a job. And the housewives---past and present---assemble for an end-of-summer gathering.
#22 - The Real Vikings of Orange County
Season 12 - Episode 18
After being hurt by Kelly's words, Peggy reveals a secret video to Lydia. Meanwhile, the rest of the ladies whoop it up at a Viking dinner where Tamra and Vicki continue to get along, much to the dismay of Shannon. When Peggy finally arrives at the dinner, her preemptive strike on Meghan thoroughly backfires. Once everyone returns to the OC, Shannon discovers the nature of her unbalanced behavior, but also finds her marriage on thin ice.
#24 - Orange County Hold 'Em
Season 13 - Episode 5
New divorcees Shannon and Kelly bond during a night out on the town, making Tamra feel left out; Vicki pushes her son to marry his girlfriend; Shannon makes progress on her new business venture with QVC; Emily hosts a poker party.
#25 - When the Ship Hits the Fan
Season 11 - Episode 1
The ladies kick off an explosive 11th season with an epic boat party as Vicki fights to win the ladies back after a year of lies left her friendless and alone. Heather's mansion is still a work in progress, and so is her relationship with her husband Terry. Shannon's marriage is on more solid footing, so it's time to look for a new home. Meghan starts in vitro fertilization (IVF) with no help from husband Jimmy. And new housewife Kelly Dodd brings her big personality to the party, but her mouth gets her in trouble.