‘Real Housewives of Orange County’ Recap: Vicki and Tamra’s Wine Business Turns Sour

'RHOC' Lydia and the ladies dine
the new housewife bonds over brunch.
Another friendship bites the dust on Bravo’s The Real Housewives of  Orange County. Vicki Gunvalson and Tamra Barney’s fragile friendship takes yet another trip to the relationship graveyard. Since Season 8 kicked off, Vicki and Tamra’s fractured BFF status took center stage.

Many wondered if the two could ever get past their animosity, and resume their friendship once more. You would think the pair’s love for wine business venture may have ended their contentious relationship, and brought them closer together. Apparently, not even all the grapes in the Napa Valley (or in their case Malibu) could make Vicki and Tamra bury the hatchet.

Note: Spoilers ahead if you haven’t watched Monday’s episode: “Whines by Wives?”

Heather Dubrow, Gretchen Rossi and newcomer Lydia McLaughlin set off to Malibu with Vicki and Tamra for the latter’s Wine by Wives tasting. You can cut the tension between Vicki and Tamra with a plastic surgeon’s knife, as the two are still a bit rocky after Tamra’s gym party blowup between the feisty blonde and Alexis Bellino. Tamra is also a bit irked at Vicki, since she feels (and rightly so) her former bestie isn’t pulling her own weight in their business. It seems Tamra may be onto something, as viewers (and Tamra) learn Vicki has a new alcohol venture she’s all about these days called Vicki’s Vodka. Memo to Vicki, you may want to tell your current business partner about your other booze business deal so things aren’t awkward between the two of you, like it is now.

Meanwhile, Heather is still smarting from she considered her husband Terry’s lack of support regarding her acting career taking off. Heather mentions she and Terry brought up divorce and breaks down, but surprisingly Vicki gives the best advice yet. Don’t mention the “d” word, since they will only create barriers in the relationship.

Will Heather take Vicki’s advice? Vicki and Tamra’s relationship turns sour once again, when Vicki decides to blow off the other ladies and kick it with her L.A. friends for dinner instead. Tamra reminds the insurance maven, they are in Malibu to work, not be social butterflies. The two wind up in a screeching match, resulting in Tamra calling Vicki bitch and Vicki remarking Tamra as miserable.

While we don’t agree with Tamra’s approach, she does have a point. Vicki is in Malibu for their business and not to hang out. If you aren’t interested in being in business with someone anymore, why not just tell them? With how far both Vicki and Tamra have gotten in rebuilding their relationship, you would think they could just be honest with each other about how they feel working together. Instead, in true OC fashion, the ladies pretend everything is ok, right before things turn into a huge disaster. Thus, setting Vicki and Tamra’s progress back. Guess you can’t solve everything over a bottle of wine…

Buzz Moments

OMG!: Heather’s husband Terry clipping his toenails and asking her to do it. Can you say gross??

Thank you, TV gods.: Tamra admitting to her fiancé she may have anger issues. Girl, we’re glad you said it!

Awk-ward: Vicki asking the winery owner if his daughter was his girlfriend. You could hear an ant hold its breath when she did that.

Hotness:  Eddie bike riding ensemble. How sexy is he? You go Tamra!

Fab-u-lous: The Malibu winery. How amazing was it with the picturesque views?

Can. Not. Wait.: To see former RHOC Lauri Peterson return, right as Tamra and Vicki are on the outs. I’m also interested to see who did a better acting job between Heather and Alexis.

Celebuzz Meter (1-10): 7.5

– Jillian Bowe