Real Housewives of Orange County star Alexis Bellino and Tamra Barney have officially made peace. And Alexis reveals she was shocked with Tamra’s apology on Monday’s episode! Alexis talks about how it felt to hear what Tamra had to say and questions why Gretchen is all of a sudden okay with the Lauri/Slade situation. Alexis says,
“This episode took me through a whole gamut of emotions! From apprehension about meeting Tamra to surprise watching the women in Mexico. . .I think the theme of this episode for me could be “SHOCKED!”
When Tamra and Lydia met to discuss Tamra reaching out to me, my chin hit the floor (the first of many times this episode! LOL!) hearing Tamra say that she saw a connection between her at a younger age and me in the back of the limo. I think everyone can say they have been extremely sad at one point in their life, but for TAMRA to admit that was completely unexpected.
Then, when I received the text from Tamra asking me to meet with her, I nearly dropped my phone! I instantly thought: heck no! Why would I meet with her again? Why will this time be any different? I think it’s a natural feeling to have when I had extended the olive branch twice in the past and was shot down both times. By the time I met with Vicki to discuss Tamra’s text, I had loosened up a little and ready to do it.
Pulling up to the restaurant to meet Tamra, I felt my tummy do somersaults. I was so worried I may be humiliated once again, but it was too late. I was already there. Hearing Tamra say she was a little nervous prior to meeting me was a relief. Then having her stand up to hug me. . .that was absolutely shocking and once again my chin hit the floor as a viewer watching it.
I think I was so tense when we had lunch that I didn’t remember everything that occurred, and her hugging me is the perfect example. It was so awkward at first. I remember thinking, “I have no idea what to say to her.” Neither of us knew what to say. Once Tamra explained why she asked for this meeting, I crumbled. All the years of feeling such hatred from someone and to have that person actually apologize (in her own way), and look upset about it, my heart was relieved. Most likely we will never be BFFs, but I felt the dark hatred leaving and a fresh start beginning.
It was hysterical watching Gretchen and Heather argue over what bikini to have made for Tamra. That was like watching Laverne and Shirley!
I was confused watching Gretchen meet with Lauri. What, all of the sudden Gretchen is ok with the Lauri/Slade situation? There seemed to be a missing link there. Last I knew they weren’t friendly. I also don’t believe for one minute that Vicki is a person that sleeps around. To me, it was a very strange conversation.
Having Tamra pack two suitcases and not know whether she was going to tropical or cold weather was a really fun idea, although I would have been extremely frustrated with that because it takes me over a week to pack for any vacation! I also loved the girls “sashing” Tamra the minute she arrived to the airport.
The restaurant Heather chose looked amazing. However, I definitely think this group was not interested in a fancy-schmancy dinner on this occasion. It seems to have set the tone for the rest of the evening’s crankiness. I probably would have left to go dancing too if the mood was going sour! I really enjoyed watching Tamra and Vicki getting along so well and whooping it up together. I would rather watch love and happiness, than fighting and cattiness.”
It is a bit fishy that Gretchen would meet with Lauri considering they weren’t on good terms. It’s clear Lauri wanted to bring Vicki down and Gretchen was opened with the idea so she forgot about the whole Slade drama. It is shocking Tamra reached out to Alexis but I think it’s about dang time! Were you too shocked? Thoughts on what Alexis had to say?