Alexis Bellino extends an olive branch to her one time BFF Gretchen Rossi but does she accept? And Vicki Gunvalson is still confused about the state of her and Brooks Ayers relationship status on this week’s episode of The Real Housewives of Orange County.
Alexis (who is basically friendless this season and spending most of her time with her husband Jim, or going alone to acting auditions) calls Gretchen and invites her to lunch to try and repair their friendship.
It’s the most awkward sit down between two former close friends and Gretchen is cold as ice throughout the entire meeting. She feels that Alexis should have called when Slade Smiley’s son was going through a life threatening health scare in the hospital and Alexis defends herself saying, “I tweeted about it” and that she prayed night and day.
Gretchen says that Alexis only put her well wishes on twitter to make herself look good otherwise she could have picked up the phone and called them directly. Alexis quickly fires back about how mean Gretchen was to her last year and how she turned her back on her in Costa Rica, letting the tears really start to fall through her heavily made up eyes now. Gretchen simply says that she doesn’t want to fight anymore. They are at a stalemate and lunch is basically over as the ladies walk away from each other without even a hug.
Next we see Vicki and Brooks who are apparently business partners in a new Vicki’s Vodka venture, driving up to Napa to sample her new orange and bacon flavored vodkas that Vicki proudly announces they will be launching in Las Vegas first and that “all the casinos are on board.”
These two are still trying to figure things out and after a day of vodka tasting, they are seated at a romantic dinner and Vicki asks him about the rumors Lauri Peterson told her that he is dating a young cocktail waitress. Brooks, ever the smooth talker (this guy never gets ruffled) quickly denies he is dating anyone fitting that description, but he is evasive about if he is seeing anyone else.
Vicki mentions that her daughter Briana (who is barring her mother from seeing Brooks while she was living with her at her house ) has moved to the military base to join her husband, so now that she is gone Vicki would like Brooks to start to come over and hang out. He deflects and skirts around the issues a bit more, when finally in frustration Vicki asks “so are we dating or not dating?” Brooks replies, “At the end of the day, there needs to be clarification. We’re still dating. We have great chemistry. We’re going to make a lot of money. We’re going to have a lot of fun. But there are going to be things that need to change.”
“I’m at the same place.” Vicki says triumphantly with the look of hopefulness in her eyes as this guy just haplessly strings her along. It’s almost painful to watch and we know there is more to come so stay tuned.
Reporting by Erika Pressman