‘The Real Housewives of Orange County’ Recap: Kelly Dodd Sobs Over Crumbling Marriage on Vicki Gunvalson’s Spa Trip

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Home sweet home! On the Monday, September 26, episode of The Real Housewives of Orange County, Shannon Beador finally got to move out of the home she’d been trying to sell for what felt like an eternity, and Meghan King Edmonds had her first ultrasound. Yet not every Housewife was living in domestic, maternal bliss. Kelly Dodd opened up about her difficult marriage, but now what will happen to her? Read on to find out.

A Sick Idea

Before we get into everyone’s marriage drama or lack thereof, something happened during this episode that we want you to hear straight from Us. Vicki Gunvalson — who lost almost all of her friends after her boyfriend lied about having cancer, and she backed him up — agreed to be in a commercial to promote cancer awareness.

In fact, she opened a charity with some other friends in the insurance industry called Kill All Cancer. She launched an insurance policy people can purchase in case they ever get cancer.

Okay, but is there insurance for when someone doesn’t get cancer and they lose all their friends over lying about it?

Burning the Candle at Both Ends

Meghan started planning a little get-together to commemorate the opening of her new candle store, as if she didn’t already have enough to take care of now that all of her in-vitro procedures had paid off, and she was officially pregnant. Later in the episode, it was revealed during an ultrasound that only one of the embryos had attached. Megyn sobbed in the doctor’s office, later telling the camera that while she was happy she could be a mom, she felt a sense of loss knowing she would not have the twins she’d hoped for.

Elsewhere, Kelly was crying as she asked her mother whether she should stay with her husband because of their young daughter. She brought up Tamra Judge, whose daughter lives with her father and doesn’t speak to her anymore.

Also crying was Shannon, who was saying goodbye to the house that she and David Beador built themselves. The producers included a little retrospective of scenes that showed Shannon happily curling her daughters’ hair and tearfully talking to her husband about his affair. A lot had happened in that house!

“This is my fourth baby,” Shannon told the camera. “I’m giving her up for adoption.”

Muddy Buddies

Tamra took her friends to Glen Ivy Spa to make up for flipping them all over in a dune buggy, and you know, almost killing them.

“I just want to whoop it up,” sighed Vicki to the camera.

We’ve pointed out before that the producers always stage the best conversations in the weirdest places, but they really outdid themselves by having Vicki, Kelly, and Tamra fill Heather Dubrow in on last episode’s drama while they all stood in a mud bath next to a giant turtle statue.

After they reviewed how David’s mom and Shannon had battled at a bar while Heather was away, Vicki spilled some tea, sharing that David’s mistress used to go to family dinners and his mom and sisters wanted him to leave Shannon for her.

Next they separated into groups of two and got massages. During her massage in the same room with Vicki, Kelly began to cry over her crumbling marriage to Michael Dodd once again. In the next room, Tamra and Heather could hear her.

“I don’t think she’s happy in her marriage,” mused a very perceptive Tamra as a masseuse went after her shoulders. Later her suspicions were confirmed when the four reunited for drinks on the patio, and Kelly started crying over Michael once again.

Meanwhile, Shannon and her husband were out to eat. Once again, they spoke about his affair, and he reminded her it wasn’t her fault. That’s one couple that has worked through their issues, at least.

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The Real Housewives of Orange County airs on Bravo Mondays at 9 p.m. ET.

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