Real Housewives: 10 of the Wildest Moments in Bravo History
'The Real Housewives' Turns 10
Ten years ago, Bravo changed reality TV with the launch of The Real Housewives of Orange County. Superfans Casey Wilson and Danielle Schneider, hosts of the hilarious Bitch Sesh podcast (download it on iTunes now) and stars of Hulu’s Housewives parody The Hotwives, pick their top scenes from the beloved franchise.
The Real Housewives of New York City, Season 3
RHONY star Kelly Bensimon had a meltdown while on vacation at a Caribbean getaway, now remembered as Scary Island. “In a slew of strange speeches that cover jelly beans, satchels of gold, Al Sharpton, Gwyneth Paltrow, and ‘Free to Be...You and Me,’ Kelly slowly loses her mind,” says Schneider, “all while maintaining her gorgeous beachy waves.”
9. "Who Gonna Check Me, Boo?"
The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Season 2
Shereé Whitfield delivered one of the best Housewives comebacks ever. “She was planning a Queen of the Night party that included a throne, a helicopter, and a poet,” says Schneider. “When the party planner cannot deliver on said items, Shereé and he engage in an epic battle that culminates with her infamous quote, ‘Who gonna check me, boo?’ The answer is no one, Shereé, absolutely no one!”
8. Shereé Whitfield Yanks Kim Zolciak’s Wig
The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Season 2
During this wild brawl, the two RHOA stars threw down in the streets, with NeNe Leakes attempting to mediate. But, as Wilson remembers, “inexplicably Michael Lohan showed up! It’s actually surprising he hadn’t shown up sooner. He belongs in the background of reality TV. He seems in his natural habitat there.”
7. The Dinner Party from Hell
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Season 1
The first season’s stars of RHOBH had a bizarre dinner party when hostess Camille Grammer invited her friend, a medium named Allison DuBois, to join. “The medium goes on to insult the ladies and say she could tell one of the women when she will die!” Schneider remembers. “Ya know, just a regular girls’ night.”
6. Vicki Gunvalson’s Empty “Love Tank”
The Real Housewives of Orange County, Season 4
In RHOC’s early years, viewers saw the demise of the marriage between Vicki Gunvalson, the Susan Lucci of the Bravo franchise, and Donn Gunvalson. Vicki best summed up how she felt by saying her “love tank” was empty. “This has become the scientific standard of measurement I now use for my own marriage,” says Wilson.
Was Michaele Salahi a Redskins Cheerleader?
The Real Housewives of D.C., Season 1
The best scene from the ill-fated Real Housewives of D.C.? “Andy grilled Michaele [at the reunion] about whether she was or wasn’t a Washington Redskins cheerleader, and she simply did not know!” says Wilson. “She could not recall! I guess we’ll never know.”
4. Phaedra Parks' Deadly One-Liners
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
The RHOA star’s story line often focused on her (no joke!) mortuary business. And Parks has laced her confessionals with references to the underworld. (“I like everything about the dead ’cause they’re so quiet,” she said.) Says Wilson: “We pray Phaedra buries us one day!”
3. Lisa Rinna and Kim Richards' Car Ride
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Season 5
Troubled Housewife (and former child star) Richards made then-newcomer Rinna uncomfortable during an incredibly awkward one-on-one. “Kim goes from ornery to depressed to sweet to seductive at a breakneck speed,” says Schneider. “She leaves Lisa speechless — and me realizing I’ll never have Kim’s acting range.”
2. Every Scene With Sonja Morgan
The Real Housewives of New York City
“She always delivers the best moments,” says Schneider. “Whether she’s claiming to have partied with John F. Kennedy Jr. or breaking a tooth on the dance floor, trying to get a toaster oven to the market or ordering around a slew of interns, she never fails to make us smile — or squirm.”
1. Teresa Giudice Shoves Andy Cohen!
The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Season 2
Giudice made headlines when she flipped over a table during an explosive season 1 scene, but she cemented her reputation as the franchise’s most hotheaded Housewife at the season 2 reunion, when she shoved host Andy Cohen. “He looked as shocked as we all felt,” says Wilson. “The fact that she dared to touch him — the father of the franchise, our fearless leader — is amazing.”