The BEST Episodes of The Real Housewives of Orange County

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 18, 2019

Network: Bravo

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.

Whine Pairings

#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.

star 8.91
55 votes
Here Comes The Bride

#2 - 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.

star 8.25
16 votes
Is This All There Is?

#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.

star 8.17
24 votes
Cold Shoulders

#4 - 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.

star 8.16
31 votes
Fashion Victim

#5 - 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.

star 8.16
25 votes
Lost Footage Special

#6 - 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.

star 8.13
8 votes
Bowling for Champs

#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.

star 8.04
26 votes
Secrets Revealed

#8 - 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.

star 8.00
23 votes
Under the Knife

#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?

star 7.97
30 votes
Monkey Business

#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.

star 7.91
22 votes
Southern Hospitality

#11 - 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.

star 7.90
30 votes
Amped Blondes And Evil Eyes

#12 - 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.

star 7.89
27 votes
Happily Never After

#13 - 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.

star 7.88
26 votes
Dirty Dancing in Mexico

#14 - 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.

star 7.87
55 votes
Let's Bow Our Heads and Pray

#15 - 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.

star 7.83
23 votes
Showdown at the Hoedown

#16 - 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.

star 7.82
51 votes
You Can Dish It But You Can't Take It

#17 - 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.

star 7.81
27 votes
He Said What

#18 - 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.

star 7.81
32 votes
The Honeymoon is Over

#19 - The Honeymoon is Over

Season 7 - Episode 3 - Aired Feb 21, 2012

Tamra's budding friendship with Gretchen affects Vicki; Alexis and Heather try to make amends over lunch; Vicki and her daughter have a deep conversation about Vicki's new boyfriend; and Slade tries to launch a new career as a comic.

star 7.81
21 votes
Will He or Wont He

#20 - Will He or Wont He

Season 7 - Episode 18 - Aired Jun 12, 2012

Alexis reports on-location for the news; Gretchen discovers Slade's plan to propose leading to a confrontation; Eddie surprises Tamra with a surprise romantic getaway.

star 7.81
21 votes
Reunion (Part 2)

#21 - Reunion (Part 2)

Season 7 - Episode 22 - Aired Jul 17, 2012

Brooks gives the women a piece of his mind; when Briana joins the group, new questions are raised about Vicki's fidelity and Brooks' motives.

star 7.80
20 votes
Pretty Ugly

#22 - 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.

star 7.79
47 votes
Reunion (Part 1)

#23 - Reunion (Part 1)

Season 7 - Episode 21 - Aired Jul 10, 2012

Alexis demands an apology for being called phony; Gretchen accuses Vicki of hypocrisy regarding her relationship with Brooks.

star 7.78
23 votes
Are You In or Out?

#24 - 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.

star 7.77
22 votes
This Is How We Do It in the O.C.

#25 - This Is How We Do It in the O.C.

Season 5 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 25, 2010

After the tongue-lashing Vicki Gunvalson felt she endured from the other girls during their San Francisco trip, she seeks comfort from her old, tattered friendship with Jeana Keough. Lynne Curtin is staying with her mother while she figures things out in regards to her marriage with Frank. Gretchen Rossi's long time makeup artist and current business partner, Ronn Ann, discuss preparations for the upcoming Women's Empowerment Expo where Gretchen will unveil her new makeup line.

star 7.76
17 votes