The Real Housewives of Orange County
Season 6
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(Left to right) Rossi, Barney, Gunvalson, Bellino, and Tanous
Starring
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes16
Release
Original networkBravo
Original releaseMarch 6 (2011-03-06) –
June 20, 2011 (2011-06-20)
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The sixth season of The Real Housewives of Orange County, an American reality television series, was broadcast on Bravo. It aired from March 6, 2011 until June 20, 2011, and was primarily filmed in Orange County, California. Its executive producers are Adam Karpel, Alex Baskin, Douglas Ross, Gregory Stewart, Scott Dunlop, Stephanie Boyriven and Andy Cohen.

The Real Housewives of Orange County focuses on the lives of Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Barney, Gretchen Rossi, Alexis Bellino and Peggy Tanous. It consisted of 16 episodes.[1]

Production and crew

In January 2011, it was revealed that The Real Housewives of Orange County would return for a sixth season and was slated to air in March later that year.[2] The season premiere "Amped Blondes and Evil Eyes" was aired on March 6, 2011, while the fifteenth episode "Girl Fight" served as the season finale, and was aired on June 5, 2011.[3][4][5][6][7] It was followed by a two-part reunion that aired on June 12 and June 13, 2011[8][9][10][11] and a "Lost Footage" special on June 20, 2011, which marked the conclusion of the season.[12][13][14] Adam Karpel, Alex Baskin, Douglas Ross, Gregory Stewart, Scott Dunlop, Stephanie Boyriven and Andy Cohen are recognized as the series' executive producers; it is produced and distributed by Evolution Media.[14]

Cast and synopsis

Four of the six housewives featured on the fifth season of The Real Housewives of Orange County returned for the sixth instalment.[15] Despite Jeana Keough's mid-season departure in the fifth season, Keough returned to season six in a recurring capacity.[16][17][18] The season also saw Lynne Curtin departing the series but continued to make guest appearances throughout the series.[19][20] During an episode of Watch What Happens Live Curtin has since revealed she is open to a return to the series as a full-time cast member saying, "I would love to come back." During that same episode former wives Keough and Lauri Peterson revealed they weren't open to a return as a full-time cast member. Two new women were introduced to the series in season six, Peggy Tanous as a full-time cast member and who is described as a "stay-at-home mom with poster girl good looks", and Fernanda Rocha in a recurring capacity, a friend to Tamra Barney who is described as a "hot Brazilian lesbian fitness instructor."[21]

Barney files for divorce from Simon and celebrates her new life with her younger boyfriend Eddie Judge.[3][22][23][24] She is stressed by her worsening problems with Rossi and another feud with Keough.[25] Barney's feud with Keough escalates, despite attempts of reconciliation, to the point of a physical altercation involving a restraining order and wine being thrown.[4] Alexis Bellino expresses her eagerness for independence from Jim, Bellino launches a fashion collection of dresses as well as changing the rules in her marriage.[25][26] Bellino finds herself competing with long-time friend and new housewife Tanous through the season and causes a divide between the two.[22][24][27] Vicki Gunvalson continues to thrive in the workplace however her many years of balancing her professional and personal life seems to no prevail due to her relationship with Donn becoming increasingly distant and unsalvageable.[3][22][28][27] Gunvalson looks to leaving the neighborhood and want to sell the house, Donn is happy to stay put.[29] Gunvalson suffers some health issues that leaves some of the ladies questioning her.[26][4] By the end of the season it is revealed that Gunvalson and Donn are getting a divorce.[12] Gretchen Rossi hopes for marriage become clouded by speculation that her boyfriend Smiley is a deadbeat parent and knowledge of his previous relationships with housewives.[26] Gretchen encourages the men in her life to be healthier, they include Smiley and their two dogs.[30] Rossi expands her business with a handbag line.[3] Tanous explores the possibility of revitalizing her modelling career.[31] She also reveals her struggle of Postpartum depression and her suicidal thoughts.[32]

Episodes

The Real Housewives of Orange County season 6 episodes
No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
631"Amped Blondes and Evil Eyes"March 6, 2011 (2011-03-06)2.05[33]
Season 6 begins with Tamra organizing a shopping party. She invites all the ladies in an effort to be more social, but the drama heightens when a boozy Gretchen misbehaves and calls Tamra an Evil Bitch.
642"Shameless in Seattle"March 13, 2011 (2011-03-13)2.05[34]
Gretchen doesn't know if she is ready for marriage again; Alexis spends time at the park with Peggy and their daughters.
653"A New Lease on Life"March 20, 2011 (2011-03-20)1.77[35]
Alexis, Gretchen and Peggy get together for shopping and socializing.
664"Body Shots"March 27, 2011 (2011-03-27)1.79[36]
Tamra and Vicki travel to Cabo San Lucas for a weekend of sunbathing, girl talk, and tequila shots.
675"No Hate"April 3, 2011 (2011-04-03)1.51[37]
Peggy consults a nip-tuck surgeon. Meanwhile, Vicki has trouble balancing her workload demands with family time. Fernanda throws a party to celebrate her citizenship, but tensions run high when Tamra can't attend.
686"What a Difference a Year Makes"April 10, 2011 (2011-04-10)1.53[38]
Tamra and her boyfriend depart for Spain, for an amorous getaway. Elsewhere, Gretchen organizes a surprise vow-renewal ceremony for her parents. Peggy undergoes breast-implant surgery, and Vicki arranges a family vacation in a bid to be a better mother and wife.
697"Riches to Rags"April 17, 2011 (2011-04-17)1.64[39]
Whispers spread about the Bellinos' possible home foreclosure, as Vicki and Tamra dish about the development. Meanwhile, Gretchen gripes that all the males in her life are growing plus-size, including Slade and her dogs, and quality time between Vicki and Donn turns tense.
708"Kiss and Tell"April 24, 2011 (2011-04-24)1.68[40]
Slade celebrates Gretchen's birthday. But with the surprise celebration's inexpensive take-out food comes a shock-and-awe gift. Meanwhile, Peggy and Tamra model at a fashion show, but a surprise awaits Tamra, and a stunning secret is disclosed when former cast member Lynne Curtin works out at Fernanda's gym.
719"Whine Pairings"May 1, 2011 (2011-05-01)2.03[41]
Peggy hosts her annual dinner party, and enlists famed foodies Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken to cater the event. The tasty supper turns super testy, as Alexis stirs the pot and storms off. Meanwhile, Vicki serves up a shocking comment, and the ladies meet Tamra's new boyfriend.
7210"It's Not a Competition"May 8, 2011 (2011-05-08)1.92[42]
Peggy and Alexis discuss their ever-fraying relationship, but their conversation only creates more tension. Meanwhile, Slade's mother arrives and corners him about his job status. Vicki and Peggy gather for some wine and whine.
7311"Cutting Loose"May 15, 2011 (2011-05-15)1.70[43]
Antics and dramas accent a getaway to San Antonio, during which Alexis cuts loose and candidly discusses her home life. In the OC, Tamra's court case against her ex-husband reaches a fever pitch with former housewife Jeana Keough upping the drama by opining to the press.
7412"Fashion Victim"May 22, 2011 (2011-05-22)2.10[44]
Peggy orchestrates a surprise trip to Las Vegas with her husband. Also there to spin giddy in Sin City: Tamra and Eddie. Meanwhile, Gretchen corners Slade about the debt-related problems of their relationship. A fashion show is held, but a medical emergency causes a no-show and mounting drama.
7513"Girl Fight"June 5, 2011 (2011-06-05)2.87[45]
In the Season 6 finale, Vicki leaves the hospital and continues to deal with her personal problems. Despite all this, she still hosts her annual fall party. Drama lets loose at the bash, especially when ex-cast member Jeana Keough reenters the picture.
7614"Reunion: Part 1"June 12, 2011 (2011-06-12)2.32[46]
Andy Cohen mediates a reunion installment featuring the Orange County ladies, who recall the frantic antics and historic histrionics of Season 6.
7715"Reunion: Part 2"June 13, 2011 (2011-06-13)2.53[47]
Andy Cohen hosts the conclusion of a two-part reunion, a chatty and catty affair featuring the Orange County ladies recounting the wives' tales of Season 6.
7816"Lost Footage Special"June 20, 2011 (2011-06-20)1.53[48]
It's a soapy-saga swirl when the Orange County ladies are featured in previously unseen footage. An eating disorder, gay marriage, and divorce are some of the issues that take center stage.

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