The Real Housewives of Orange County season premiere recap: Who Are You Calling a Princess?

On the season premiere, Tamra and Gretchen (wasted, but not naked wasted) give each other the evil eye.
Ep. 01 | Aired Mar 6, 2011

WHO HERE HATES VICKI? Alexis and Gretchen have something to say.

Oh Tamra. Tamra, Tamra, Tamra. You can take the back tattoo off the girl but you'll never rob her of her scene-hogging, occasionally endearing bitchiness. The bleachest of our blondes is determined to make this season all about her—and her bath tub, and her court papers, and her resolve to shove Jeana into a pool—though she'll get a close race from Gretchen Christine. With her Beautay line off and running, Gretchen wants to expand into hand bags and then world domination. (Take it away Vicki! "I'm buying Gucci, Prada, Louis Vuitton. I'm not buying Gretchen hand bags.") Bad news, queasy stomachs. Gretchen is still with Slade. And, good grief, she's with him for the sex.

It's been a rocky hiatus for our Coto de Caza girls. Tamra is going through an ugly divorce, though with the help of a virile self-made man from Guadalajara. Alexis was forced to downsize both home and help, and must now make do with only one nanny four days a week. Plus, she's got a biter. Gretchen may or may not have developed a drinking problem. Also, her hand bags are dumb. Vicki spent much of the episode assuring us that she and Don were better than ever after last season's recommitment to one another, though her sad eyes and Don's sniping at her while they moved furniture suggested otherwise. And don't think she's forgiven Tamra for last season's cattiness. Look for scenes of bitter accusations and sloppy apologies between these two in coming episodes. And Lynne, who was apparently not picked up for Season 6, must now try to pay off debts without the help of a Bravo paycheck. Good news, there's a new sexy lesbian friend/trainer Fernanda who looks ready to party/make out.

What is a season premiere without some burning flesh? Tamra paid a visit to the very legit-sounding Dr. Tatoff to rid herself of the candy pink script bearing Simon's name around her ring finger. This would have been a good move regardless of any divorce proceedings.  After the lasers seared her finger with little result, Tamra flipped over like a fish and let the assistant have a go at her back. Throughout the good Doc just stood there in a suit spouting terrifying cheers from the wings. "Last one, we're just going to blaze through it!" (Hey Doc? I've got these ridiculous Chinese symbols leftover from '96 on the back of my neck. Call me!)

Now in biblical terms, laser removal and divorce are not something people are supposed to do but Alexis is going to let Tamra take that up with G-O-D. They're still friends (were they ever friends?) though their bond can't compete with the one Alexis and Gretchen have forged in the off season. These two are so cute. They take limos to get their drink on. Gretchen makes fun of Alexis' accent and her A-mex card. Alexis teases Gretchen about the fact that she lays around in bed all morning like a little, childless Princess. Whoa, whoa, whoa, hold up a second. Nobody calls Gretchen a princess and gets away with it. Especially when she's drank a half a bottle of tequila.

NEXT: The Real Evil Bitches of Orange County should've switched to water.

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