Real Housewives of Orange County Weeks 15 & 16 Recap

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Brooks Ayers Cancer: Are Gretchen Rossi, Slade Smiley Returning to RHOC.

“I think they do it to create drama,” Ayers said of the cast’s accusations regarding his illness. “It’s useless drama that brings on stress that quite frankly no one needs and in particular my situation. Two things are true if you find yourself fighting with Vicki Gunvalson about her ex Brooks Ayers’ cancer diagnosis on The Real Housewives of Orange County: You are only doing this because you proclaim you are her friend and you love her – and your name is either Heather, Tamra or Shannon. I’m not running from anything.” This season, Ayers shared with the Housewives that he stopped receiving chemotherapy treatments, instead opting for alternative methods – a decision that has been the hot topic among the ladies specifically Meghan King Edmonds and Tamara Judge. That’s the lesson from Monday’s RHOC, which saw the ladies really take to heart all of the floating rumors and “inconsistencies” (what does a skipped appointment prove, really?) swirling around Ayers’ health.

In turn, three of Gunvalson’s friends sat down with her in the hour, each to share concerns about the controversy, and each to urge Gunvalson to do what they thought was the only logical thing: divulge Ayers’ medical records. According to Ayers, he was diagnosed with Stage 3 Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a form of blood cancer, and will be back in the Los Angeles area at the beginning of October for another round of treatments.

She finds it fishy that a doctor who does cellulite treatments would also cure cancer, so she’s wondering if Brooks is being duped. (Nice of Heather to give Brooks the benefit of the doubt here.) Heather makes her position on the matter crystal clear: “Every piece of info that floats out is hinky. Who is lying?” Vicki tries to mount a defense, but fails miserably when she says Brooks is going to start chemo again. “No, what was said was this [cellulite] doctor cured his own cancer in six months and Brooks will do the same,” recalls Heather. I have major, major questions.” “I think that the entire situation will definitely be tried by the court of public opinion, and things come out that are so bizarre,” Heather Dubrow said in July. There is no easy way for the women to prove Ayers is lying – and asking him to prove the opposite is, in Gunvalson’s words, “unconscionable.” And yet, it is totally possible (in the way that most things are possible, even if improbable), that Ayers is lying about some or all of his diagnosis. Vicki protests; a flashback proves Heather correct. “If Brooks is ill, show his labs and say eff you to everyone.” Heather’s pragmatism is so on point and makes sense to everyone except Bricki. “I’m not showing anyone his medical records,” Vicki sniffs.

Ayers says that just because he has cancer doesn’t mean that he should be “lying around in a hospice bed,” and he is not letting any negativity get him down. And so: Fresh from Gunvalson’s fight with Tamra Judge at Shannon Beador’s Ares-themed party, Heather Dubrow pulled Gunvalson aside to fill her in on all the talk. He actually feels like the show enjoys manufactured drama and it looks like Brooks Ayers may have been a victim of said drama, because his battle is real.

The reality star is reportedly being treated by his oncologist and he told ET that since he’s started taking supplements and doing IV therapy that his “numbers were normalized.” She said revealing the records could only be step one of letting the women completely into the realm of Ayers’ medical care, where none of them have a right to be. Round two of The Cancer Conversation came when Judge visited Gunvalson after the Ares party to apologize for her temper over Ayers’ comment that apparently called her character into question. Then they’ll want to see the needle going into Brooks’ arm.” Nah, I’m sure some legit medical records would be enough to appease everyone, though if you have footage of Brooks with a doctor, couldn’t hurt to show it, too.

The doctor that Brooks is seeing had battled this same disease 11 years ago, which implies he has a very good understanding of what is going on with him at this time. And I mean a real doctor; not some whackjob who advises you to only sit on chairs made of wheatgrass or eat tofu upside down, while humming the national anthem, for 72 hours straight or something. Rossi once told news “You don’t know anything about our exit or what happened because you were not privy to those conversations.” Rossi claimed after she left the show Bravo allegedly wanted her back on it. “And if I’m such a nobody why did production call me two months ago and ask me to consider coming back to film with you guys, which I declined.” Rossi further said “Also hate to break it to you Slade & I do not need press, we get plenty of press without discussing you”.

But there was one change: Gunvalson asked Judge to be more upfront with Edmonds and admit that her behavior in investigating Ayers was crossing at least a few personal boundaries – and Judge did do just that at a gym meetup with Edmonds. After Heather’s summary, talk shifts to not whether Brooks is lying — it’s assumed he is — but whether Vicki is a partner to these lies or she’s also being duped. Meghan and her latest ugly headband tell us how important prom was for her, then we hear about how Meghan rented a school bus and cabins and made a spreadsheet to organize an afterparty. But after seeing how that affected my relationship with Hayley, I’m not sure this is the right thing to do.” So your step-daughter froze you out when you tried to impart order and now you’re going to try and be besties. Vicki’s ulterior motive du jour is to hammer home that Tamra needs to backchannel the other housewives to get off brooks’ back already! “I mean, what does Brooks need to do?

Vicki also uses the phrases “you’re not my friend if” and “cookoo birds” and continues to generally be a dumb human about all of this. “If you’re my friend, you don’t talk about Brooks,” Vicki says. “That’s not what a friend is,” Tamra justifiably responds. “If you believe in our friendship, you should do everything you can to stop [other people from talking about Brooks],” Vicki tries again. Heather wants a tree etched in a huge steel window in some wing of their new monstrosity of a home, and so she shows Terry some designs she made (in collaboration with her mother). “Do you like it?” she asks. “…Do I like it…,” Terry repeats, grimace plastered on his face.

Terry just treats it like any other visually unappealing thing he sees during his day of fixing botched plastic surgeries, vetoes it and starts laughing. Although I’m not married, a pro tip for those men who are: When your wife shows you something personal, that she’s worked hard on, it’s best not to laugh in her face. Understandably, Heather shuts down, drawing unjust indignation from Terry. “Since when does ‘give me your opinion’ mean I have to love it?” he asks, still unable to get the last trace of a smirk off his face.

Bricki and their “health coach,” Lenka from Russia, are standing on a small patch of grass in Bricki’s driveway. “What are we doing?” Brooks asks. “We de-stressing,” Lenka says. “Get oxygen into body. Heather meets Lisa Rinna for a lunch to pick her brain about how to dominate on TV shopping networks with BS product lines. “It’s all about not caring,” Lisa Rinna advises. Shannon also thinks Vicki should also show Brooks’ medical records, drawing crocodile tears from Vicki. “I don’t even want to eat,” Vicki says. “I just want to go to my therapist and tell her about this now.” I wonder if her therapist is also Lenka?

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