We’re still on Catalina Island and Eddie is still mad at Tamra. While Vicki and Brooks are seated for dinner, the other lovebirds take their problem outside to try to resolve it. Eddie’s point of view is pretty clear and very understandable. Tamra’s, not so much. She explains in some cockamamie fashion, that Eddie is not to touch any other women, not just Vicki. Even a high five is off-limits. So the placement of another man’s hand on ones boob is the correct and proper response. It’s a lot like calling someone a predator when they make fun of your splits.
Anyway, they kiss, make up and join Vicki and Brooks in the restaurant. Tamra, again, explains her rules to Vicki – who, by the way, understood them about as well as I did. Having built her moat of decency, Tamra then asks Brooks about his preference when it comes to female body parts – basically, does he prefer T or A. He, at least, is uncomfortable with her questions.
Heather is seen having dinner out with her husband, Terry. Did you hear? He’s a plastic surgeon. Dr. Terry explains that his wife send 90% of her meals back to the kitchens of every restaurant she visits. I hope he is a big tipper. Heather explains that she only wants thin pieces of fish because thick ones are never fully cooked. She knows these things because she prepares family meals all of the time. She lets us know that she regularly orders takeout or reheats leftovers from takeout. She is quite the kitchen wizard. Heather also decides that she should invite the ladies to a painting party as she wants to show her gratitude for the “low-brow” Cajun get together at Vicki’s.
The new BFFs, Tamra and Gretchen are still exploring their relationship and decide that some common ground may be discovered in a sex toy shop. Tamra explains that Vicki wouldn’t do anything like this with her because Vicki is not raunchy at all. Both Tamra and Gretchen are fascinated by a “BJ helper”. It cuts the work in half and prevents wrinkles.
Heather is making preparations for her party at a painting studio and has hired a caterer who will make a carb-free menu. The art studio was chosen because Heather doesn’t really know these women and is not ready to open her home to them. Gretchen and Alexis are sharing a limo ride to the party and Alexis is still harping about Peggy and the whole Jim thing. It’s still Peggy’s fault that Jim didn’t tell Alexis about his past relationship. Gretchen is not so sure. Gretchen also tells Alexis about her mending fences with Tamra, including the gift of the keyed bracelet. Alexis is wary – I think – or jealous.
The whole group gathers at the art studio and Heather tells everyone that she and some friends want to open a restaurant because Orange County doesn’t have any good ones. Isn’t that just the slightest bit ironic? Let’s hope that her diners are not in the same habit of returning their food to the kitchen.
When Gretchen and Tamra start talking about their little shopping trip, Heather is offended and Vicki is doing a slow burn. Vicki, actually, turns into the Housewife from Hell and decides that everyone should face her wrath. When the art teacher arrives and is introduced by name – Timree – Vicki tells her that she doesn’t believe that that is her real name and wants to see her birth certificate. Heather says that Timree is her real name and Vicki laughingly says that the poor girl’s mother must have been drunk.
This party, like most of them, goes from bad to worse. Alexis is hanging all over Vicki, announcing that, now that Tamra and Gretchen are friendly, she and Vicki are, too. She also gets in a little dig about the bracelet. Heather is busily spouting off about her talents, including being an actress and a singer. She says that she was on the road for four years with a fourteen piece band and that they opened for Mel Torme and Manhattan Transfer. Alexis is taking credit for bringing Tamra and Gretchen together.
Dr. Terry arrives and tells the ladies about his day in surgery. When asked about which surgery he prefers to do, he starts to explain that he has a way of doing facelifts which leave no resulting visible signs. Alexis says that she doesn’t care because she knows all about the field and the procedures – and Peggy isn’t even there for the competition portion. Terry starts to tease his wife about their marriage and she is definitely not amused.
Brooks shows up to pick up Vicki. The women are charmed by his Southern accent, y’all. The charm doesn’t last long as the women begin to debate who has done the best painting. It’s Vicki versus Gretchen, but who really cares? They painted a shoe and a box, and all of them are taking them home to hang on their refrigerators. On the way out, Vicki hugs everyone but Tamra. Uh-oh.
Gretchen comes home to Slade making spaghetti. She decides to show him some things she saw on the internet about Brooks and his alimony and child support issues. Slade is offended that Vicki and Tamra trashed him over similar issues. He thinks Vicki is a hypocrite, and is not pleased that Gretchen is reaching out to Tamra given the things she said and did regarding his child support problems. He wants Gretchen’s loyalty. Love him or hate him, he’s got a point. Gretchen may have painted herself into a corner.