RHOC Recap: The Calm Before the Storm

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Hello OC fans! After a serious night of drinking at Braunwyn’s vow renewal, we need some sun, exercise, and detoxing. So what should we discuss on this walk? Naturally, the curious case of newbie Elizabeth Vargas.

Elizabeth is an enigma that no one (including myself) seems to get. She doesn’t care about money, but it’s all that she talks about. The timeline with her ex-husband doesn’t add up and don’t even get into the relationship with her current boyfriend that even Elizabeth herself can’t explain. No fears for Elizabeth as crazy Shannon gets some of the spotlight with her drunk antics. Apparently, Shannon went off on Jimmy the night before and the ladies agree that Shannon and alcohol do not mix well. Us viewers have known this for years – how are they just figuring this out?!

Moving on to something similar to us watching the show, the coronavirus is fast approaching, and not even those behind the fancy OC gates are immune.

Before the storm, we have the calm in the form of Shannon Storms-Beador and her daughter shopping for a debutante ball gown. I thought debutantes were a southern thing and wasn’t aware it was an OC custom, but nothing is ordinary when it comes to Shannon Storms-Beador. Speaking of family bonding, Braunwyn and her son are going shopping for makeup for his drag look. In a very appropriate scene, Braunwyn admires her son for being himself and admits that she has never had the courage to be her authentic self. Considering Braunwyn came out as a lesbian today – this scene couldn’t’ have aired at a better time.

Across town, Elizabeth is working to lose that weight (in an attempt to shed the memory of her ex-husband.) Elizabeth has already lost 30 lbs. but wants to lose more in order to gain confidence and gain control of her hectic life. She calls her mom for validation as she was hurt she found out the group found her annoying. Elizabeth has trouble trusting girlfriends as many left her when she left her husband. Elizabeth feels she doesn’t have to justify her life to anyone (which is true) but when you sign up for reality TV you also are opening your life up to scrutiny.

Over at the Beadors, Shannon is having panic attacks about the coronavirus; however, is calming her nerves by having her daughter try on her wedding dress. It’s bizarre to say the least. Shannon reminisces about being super thin when she was a bride, but is thrown back into reality when she realizes Costco is dwindling down on household staples. Despite the fact that Shannon has a bomb shelter’s worth of supplies, she needs more in order to stay sane. Leave it to Shannon to cry about paper towels – best she never leaves the OC and venture into the real world Shannon.

At the Kirschenheiter’s, Gina is dealing with three children at home plus a shortage of toilet paper. If anyone needs household staples is Gina with three kids in 1,700 square feet. Yikes. Gina is no only dealing with a young family at home due to corona, but also has the legal issues with her ex-husband Matt. To say she has her hands full is an understatement and apparently, Gina has the rashes to prove it.

Also dealing with the stress of home/family life and corona is the Windham-Burke’s. Braunwyn is trying to calm her daughter who deals with anxiety and OCD along with quarantining at home and being a recovering alcoholic. Braunwyn clearly has a short fuse as she snaps at her husband and is hanging on by a thread.

Things seem to go from bad to worse as production shuts down shortly after due to the Covid outbreak and let’s just say the ladies don’t do well being socially isolated. Stay tuned.

RHOC airs Wednesdays on Bravo.

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