The BEST Episodes of The Real Housewives of Orange County
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Jan 7, 2022
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 - Aired May 1, 2011
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 - Cold Shoulders
Season 8 - Episode 18 - Aired Aug 5, 2013
Gretchen and Heather argue; when her husband faces the ladies, Alexis is brought to tears; Briana's husband verbally attacks a party guest; Tamra and Gretchen accuse each other of lies; Vicki and Lydia ambush Slade.
#3 - Is This All There Is?
Season 5 - Episode 15 - Aired Mar 4, 2010
Season 5 finale. The housewives prepare to attend the season finale party. Vicki, still hurt by the San Francisco trip, vows to stay clear of drama. Gretchen and Slade color-coordinate outfits, looking (according to Vicki) as the plastic toppers of a wedding cake. Lynn's daughters arrive at the party obviously under the influence, and Lynn excuses herself for knowing stating that the limo was big and she didn't know what her daughter's were up to. Tamra and Simon have a heated argument in the limo on the way to the party, with Tamra stating that she wants a divorce. The show ends with a recap of each housewife as is the tradition, and the last summary is that Tamra and Simon are divorcing.
#4 - Fashion Victim
Season 6 - Episode 12 - Aired May 22, 2011
Peggy orchestrates a surprise trip to Las Vegas with her husband. Also there to spin giddy in Sin City: Tamra and Eddie. Meanwhile, Gretchen corners Slade about the debt-related problems of their relationship. And a fashion show is held, but a medical emergency causes a no-show and mounting drama.
#5 - Here Comes The Bride
Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 22, 2008
Season 3's finale brought new beginnings and some endings to the OC, the biggest of which being the celebration of Lauri and George's wedding. Lauri continued to work things out with her son, Josh, with the help of a mediator, and Josh made it to his mom's special day. Viewers finally met "Roxie," Quinn's alter ego, but it wasn't enough to save Quinn's relationship with Billy, which ended. And finally, Jo returned to make an appearance at one of Jeana's many outdoor get-togethers, updating the ladies on the status of her musical career.
#6 - Secrets Revealed
Season 9 - Episode 21 - Aired Sep 8, 2014
Previously unseen footage from Season 9 is presented. Included: a playful painting party; a duck dinner in Bali; a therapy session; and reunion dramas.
#7 - Bowling for Champs
Season 7 - Episode 9 - Aired Apr 10, 2012
Eddie stands by Tamra through her surgery; Jim wants Alexis to be a stay-at-home mom again; Heather invites the girls to a bowling party.
#8 - Lost Footage Special
Season 7 - Episode 23 - Aired Jul 24, 2012
Never-aired footage from season seven includes a double date with Vicki, Brooks, Gretchen and Slade; reunion showdowns; Heather and Alexis pursue their dream careers.
#9 - Under the Knife
Season 7 - Episode 7 - Aired Mar 19, 2012
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?
#10 - Monkey Business
Season 7 - Episode 17 - Aired Jun 5, 2012
Heather and Tamra call Alexis phony; a white water rafting trip shakes Vicki to her core, resulting in an emotional breakdown.
#11 - Gone Guy
Season 16 - Episode 3 - Aired Dec 15, 2021
Shannon apologizes to the ladies after Heather’s party, but finds that some are more receptive than others. Meanwhile, Noella’s husband blindsides her with unexpected news. Gina struggles to move forward with her friendship with Shannon and Dr. Jen works on her relationship with her mom. Emily reconnects to her faith as her daughter prepares to be baptized in the Mormon Church.
#12 - Dirty Dancing in Mexico
Season 8 - Episode 11 - Aired Jun 10, 2013
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.
#13 - Loose Lips and Lawsuits
Season 16 - Episode 2 - Aired Dec 8, 2021
Gina and Emily investigate a juicy rumour about Shannon and Heather's old friend, Nicole; Gina feels compelled to reveal the truth, resulting in an explosive string of arguments that shuts down Heather's party.
#14 - Amped Blondes And Evil Eyes
Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 6, 2011
Season 6 begins with Tamra organizing a shopping party. She invites all the ladies in an effort to be more social, but the drama heightens when a boozy Gretchen misbehaves and calls Tamra an Evil Bitch.
#15 - Happily Never After
Season 7 - Episode 14 - Aired May 15, 2012
Slade's engagement ring shopping plans; Alexis throws a birthday party for her twins; Tamra gets a tattoo removed; Vicki and Briana fight.
#16 - Reunion (Part 1)
Season 15 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 20, 2021
The reunion begins with Shannon on defense regarding the disparaging comments surrounding Gina’s new home and her involvement in digging into Elizabeth’s past. Tensions flare when Kelly and Emily call out Braunwyn for deflecting when she makes an accusation about Shannon. Andy presses Kelly about her controversial comments surrounding the pandemic, and Emily gets emotional about Shane and their experience with COVID-19. Braunwyn reveals a surprising connection to Elizabeth’s past leading to an explosive confrontation. Emotions run high when Shannon reveals Braunwyn’s involvement in a serious incident with her daughter.
#17 - Showdown at the Hoedown
Season 9 - Episode 6 - Aired May 26, 2014
Tension simmers between Heather and Shannon in the wake of their dispute over seating at a dinner. Elsewhere, Vicki struggles with her daughter's decision to move; and Heather throws a hoedown bash, where a mechanical-bull mishap creates drama.
#18 - Southern Hospitality
Season 7 - Episode 2 - Aired Feb 14, 2012
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.
#19 - You Can Dish It But You Can't Take It
Season 5 - Episode 12 - Aired Feb 11, 2010
Lynne Curtin’s daughters, Raquel and Alexa, are home alone when a stranger knocks on the door and hands Raquel an eviction notice. Vicki Gunvalson hears terrifying health news about her daughter, Brianna. Alexis Bellino and Gretchen Rossi meet for dinner and discuss Lynne’s housewarming party the night before. The ladies head to San Francisco for a girls weekend away. At dinner that night, everyone is annoyed by Alexis’ non-stop phone calls and texting with Jim at the table. The ladies begin the next day with a round of shopping followed by a beautiful water front lunch. Vicki takes a business call at the lunch table and this rubs Alexis the wrong way and she confronts Vicki about her comments over the previous night’s calls to Jim.
#20 - Let's Bow Our Heads and Pray
Season 5 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 18, 2010
The ladies are finishing their lunch in San Francisco. What started out as a fight between Alexis Bellino and Vicki Gunvalson ends up with everyone taking the opportunity to tell Vicki just what they think of her. Back in Orange County, Lynne’s daughter, Raquel, tells her friends about the family’s eviction. Tamra Barney and Vicki try to figure out where their friendship stands. Alexis and her husband, Jim, invite their pastor and his wife to breakfast. They talk about the role of modern day Christians and how Alexis feels judged for her beauty and looks. Gretchen and her boyfriend, Slade Smiley, are off to Palm Springs for a weekend getaway with her parents. It’s Tamra’s 42nd birthday and her husband, Simon, takes her out for a romantic dinner.
#21 - Are You In or Out?
Season 7 - Episode 20 - Aired Jun 26, 2012
Drama continues at Heather's party; Sarah acts strangely; Tamra and Gretchen commemorate their new friendship with a gift; Jim confronts Terry about calling Alexis phony; Vicki and Tamra fight.
#22 - The Lies That Bind
Season 15 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 9, 2020
The ladies begin to self-document their lives during the mandated lockdown due to the global pandemic. Elizabeth has a change of heart about her divorce proceedings, Emily and Shane’s relationship takes a turn, and Kelly travels across the country to be with her fiancé, Rick. When tension arises between Shannon and John, Gina gives her two cents. Meanwhile, Braunwyn struggles to keep her sobriety and marriage intact during the quarantine stress. And as Braunwyn digs into Elizabeth’s past, Elizabeth invites the ladies for a bonding trip in Lake Arrowhead and Shannon receives some shocking news.
#23 - He Said What
Season 7 - Episode 5 - Aired Mar 6, 2012
Heather tells Tamra that she and Vicki were the butt of Slade's jokes in his insulting comedy routine, and Tamra doesn't think it's funny at all. When Tamra tells Vicki about Slade's comedy routine, she feels insulted, but is distracted by her daughter Briana's upcoming thyroid surgery, which could reveal if she has cancer. Alexis works herself into a frenzy over her upcoming nose surgery because she's convinced that her doctor must remove her nose entirely from her face to take off the bump. At Tamra's '80s-themed Bunco Party, a friend brings up Slade's jokes and a simmering controversy explodes into full-on conflict. While Gretchen jumps to Slade's defense, Tamra tries to diffuse the situation by revealing a surprise -- much to Vicki's horror.
#24 - Pretty Ugly
Season 9 - Episode 4 - Aired May 5, 2014
Tamra and Heather meet Lizzie, a former beauty queen; Shannon is surprised; Vicki focuses on her business; Tamra and Eddie talk.
#25 - The Party's Over
Season 7 - Episode 6 - Aired Mar 13, 2012
The Bunco Party takes an uncomfortable turn when Slade and some of the O.C. men, invited by Tamra, join the party. Confronted immediately about the insulting things he said about Vicki in his comedy routine, Slade aggressively defends himself. And though Vicki tries to make a graceful exit, she soon finds herself drawn back inside to have the last word. Jumping to Slade's defense, Gretchen and Vicki get into a vicious screaming match, where Gretchen accuses Vicki of being a hypocrite. And just when everyone thinks the drama is over, Alexis gets defensive when Tamra and Heather call her out on her upcoming nose job. Later, once the party drama has passed, Alexis goes in for her surgery, and Vicki's daughter Briana heads to the hospital to have her thyroid removed, fearing the worst -- cancer.