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Real Housewives of Orange County finale recap: Season 11, Episode 18

It looks like Vicki will never ever get back together with these ladies

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The Real Housewives of Orange County

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Before we dive into tonight’s season finale recap, it’s only appropriate we take stock of all the changes that’ve gone down over the past 17 episodes. Tamra, as big a sh-t stirrer as she is, has actually become RHOC’s forgiving voice of reason (thank you, Jesus!) Plus, her body has never been more banging. Post vow-renewal, Shannon’s marriage is in an amazing place and there’s nothing anyone — especially Vicki — can do to knock her down.

Speaking of Vicki, she’s officially Brooks-free, though the shadow of Cancer-gate still lingers on. She was so close to being back in the cool club with Shannon and Vicki, but blew it after getting too tight with new girl Kelly (who cannot keep her mouth shut when she’s drunk). After last week’s explosion in Ireland — where it was revealed Vicki let it slip to Kelly that David may or may not have beaten Shannon and that Eddie (Tamra’s husband) may or may not be gay — it’s safe to say Vicki has officially run out of chances. Since Heather’s not a fan of Kelly, who’s convinced Heather is the reason for her drama with the group, Kelly’s definitely running out of steam with these ladies, too. There’s only so many times she can erupt and apologize and repeat.

And then there’s Meghan, who’s actually managed to avoid most of the drama and stay friends with everyone. She’s also been a little busy growing a human inside her. So it’s nice to kick off tonight with Meghan and Jimmy’s “gender reveal” party in their St. Louis home. Jimmy hasn’t always come across as the most sensitive or enthusiastic dad-to-be, and it’s great to see him be equal parts nervous and excited as they find out they’re having a girl!

However, Vicki’s delusion is still setting the stage for an explosive episode. She somehow thinks the trip to Ireland was a blast. Yes, technically the sh-t hit the fan on the way to the airport, but it was volatile enough to cancel out any of the bonding or fun times that may have occurred prior. I would also venture to say that Vicki acting like this is just a typical fight between her and Tamra proves she’s oblivious to the damage she’s caused. So it’s a good thing Vicki is bringing her daughter, Briana, with her to Tamra’s “I just won a fitness competition, so let’s eat carbs” party — which will be held at none other than Shannon’s house. And the only reason Shannon agrees to let Vicki into her home is to confront her (and probably Kelly, too). I understand Tamra’s on a forgiveness kick and didn’t want to exclude Vicki or Kelly, but come on, she knows their presence is a surefire way to stir the pot!

As everyone gets ready for the party, Kelly — ever the enigma — is actually getting along great with her husband as they flirt and act like, you know, two people who liked each other enough to take vows promising to be together forever. The best thing that came from Kelly’s possible “psychotic break” (Heather’s words) in Ireland is the resurrection of Kelly and Michael’s previously doomed marriage. The worst thing? When Kelly screamed at Shannon to get rid of her chin hairs, it prompted Tamra and Meghan to shave their faces as soon as they got home!

Tamra, the guest of honor who went ahead and invited Vicki, reveals she’s actually planning on avoiding her. What was the point of encouraging her to attend? Oh, right… Because while she may be a good Christian, Tamra’s also a born-again sh-t stirrer! But Eddie does reward her for all her hard work (prepping for the competition and, I assume, putting up with Vicki) with a hot pair of Louboutin’s.

NEXT: Ice ice Vicki