RHOC Recap: Heather Threatens to Quit Filming After Learning Nicole Sued Terry Over Boob Job; Emily Calls Nicole “Trash”

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RHOC Recap: Heather Threatens to Stop Filming After Learning About Lawsuit, Reprimands Shannon and Gina Over Rumor as Emily Blows Hot on Nicole

On this episode of the Real Housewives of Orange County, Heather’s sushi party is in full effect and so is the drama. What happens when the beans are spilled, and how will Heather react?

Nicole seems to have forgotten that she may or may not have sued Terry Dubrow for a botched boob job 16 years ago. Seems odd that Terry and Heather Dubrow would knowingly be friends with someone that sued them, but I digress. This rumor is fueled by Shannon, so who knows??

Shannon finds Nicole and claims she has changed, look-wise. The last time Shannon saw Nicole, she looked like a Pamela Anderson look-alike! Shannon is having a hard time wrapping her mind around how close Nicole is with Heather since “really good friends don’t typically sue each other’s husbands.”

Because Gina and Emily can’t help themselves, when they realize they are alone with Nicole, they begin their own investigation. They start by complimenting Nicole’s boobs, something that people usually don’t do after only meeting them for 20 minutes, and they eventually pry out of Nicole that it took four-and-a-half years to get her boobs just right and that “there’s a big, long, long story.” Hmmm… does it involve Dr. Dubrow?

Meanwhile, Noella and Shannon bond over their shared healer. This is certainly foreshadowing that those two are going to be the odd ones out who cling to each other when the going gets tough.

Gina is having a hard time feeling like she is participating in making someone look like they are stupid, especially while dining in Heather’s house as a guest. Gina finally comes clean to Heather about what she knows. Gina tells Heather that Shannon is saying Nicole sued Terry for a botched boob job. Heather looks absolutely shocked to hear this news.

Shannon is informed by Emily that Gina is filling Heather in on the lawsuit. Shannon is aggravated that Gina and Emily can’t seem to keep a drunken promise told in confidence, and she is mad at herself for trusting these girls.

Shannon goes to try and play damage control with Heather, and she lets Gina know she does not appreciate her spilling the tea. Gina retorts, “It’s not the sisterhood of the traveling pants,” and Heather removes herself from the bickering and goes to find Terry, but not before she tries to shut things down. Heather has every right to be furious at this point, but honey, you can’t single-handedly shut the show down. Didn’t she learn her lesson from watching Denise Richards in seasons’ past?? “Bravo, Bravo, f*cking Bravo.”

While all this is going on, Nicole comes clean to Emily about what happened. Nicole states that she was a young model who was forced into the lawsuit by her attorney. Nicole further explains that she never discussed the lawsuit with Heather (which explains why they could be friends).

Nicole does not seem rattled by this at all, and she calmly proceeds to direct her anger at Emily. Nicole calls Emily stupid and Emily refuses to take it from her. Emily refers to Nicole as trash and Nicole tells her to sit down, even though she is already sitting down. Emily storms off before she legit pops Nicole’s head off with her fist, and she orders Gina to come with her.

Nicole is still incredibly composed, even cool. She tells Jennifer that if she were Emily she would go on a diet and shut her “f*cking mouth.” That was low. In the meantime, Noella is busy coddling Shannon, who is just realizing that being in Heather’s bad graces is not good at all. Noella seems to be Shan’s shoulder to cry on until she sees Max, Heather’s daughter. She drops Shannon like a hot potato and accosts Max, screaming, “Are you bisexual? I’m bisexual too!”

Terry looks p*ssed, and for a man going to bed early for a big surgery the next morning, I am LOLing that he is still wearing his leather jacket. He finds Nicole sitting calmly, and the Dubrows are absolutely flabbergasted that Nicole never said anything about the lawsuit. Terry reminds Nicole that she dropped the lawsuit, and therefore, they are OK with Nicole and her past. So it seems as though Heather doesn’t care about this situation, but everyone else does…

After smoothing things over with Nicole, Heather reprimands Shannon and Gina big time. She tells Shannon, “What you did in this scenario was sh*tty” and that Gina, as the messenger, should be shot. Heather calls off the party, and when Shannon runs after her like a lost puppy, Heather tells her she is disappointed in the news that, alas, they cannot ever be friends cuz Shannon sucks, er… can’t be trusted. Getting déjà vu big time as Heather dismisses Shannon from her home (round II), and it’s true that some people just never change.

The next day, Emily phones Heather to ask if she would like to go to lunch with her and Gina to try and sort things out. Speaking of phone calls, new besties Shannon and Noella chat, and Shannon thanks her for having her back the night before.

Heather sits down to talk with Terry, and they call Nicole’s lawsuit a misunderstanding and repeat that it’s not a thing. They try to figure out what motivated Shannon to bring this up 16 years later, and Heather deduces that Shannon just wanted to hurt the Dubrows. They continue to discuss the party and the cost (all $36,000 of it), and Terry is more annoyed they didn’t even get to eat the dinner than that his wife spent that kind of money on it.

So, does Jen’s husband bring his dog everywhere? I am just happy to see that he is wearing a shirt now. As Jen tries talking to him about serious issues, he is too busy stuffing his face with Brussel sprouts. When it comes to their children, Jen is trying to look for more balance with the work/mom life, but her stay-at-home hubby doesn’t give a whole lot of supportive, wise advice.

The cringey date nights continue with Shane and Emily. They share that they have been married for 13 years, and despite it all, the past year has brought them even closer than ever. Emily talks about Shane’s COVID scare and how he nearly died. Emily wants nothing more than her kids to have a purpose, and she is happy that her daughter is following in Shane’s footsteps with religion.

It’s time for the Heather sit-down, and Gina and Emily are intimidated. Gina comes right out and tells Heather how terrible she feels. She is clearly trying hard to stay on Heather’s good side. Heather understands that Gina was put in a tough spot, but that was not the time to bring up the issue. Gina shares the terrible story that her ex-husband was having an affair. He brought Gina to a barbecue at the woman’s house where everyone knew, and no one said anything to Gina. Gina likens this to what occurred at Heather’s party, and she wanted to try and save Heather from looking like a fool when everyone knew something ugly.

Heather understands and accepts Gina’s apology. Heather states that Shannon was upset because she trusted Gina and Emily not to tell, but in the same breath, she told Heather that the two of them were not to be trusted and that they were manipulative.  So… which is it, Shannon? Looks like Shan is caught being the same old Shannon, huh?


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