By Karen Malmquist
FINALLY, THE SUN IS SHINING ON THE ladies of the O.C.! Tamra and Lydia are making peace with their mothers, and Heather FINALLY cracks a smile at Terry.
Heather tells Tamra that she wasn’t a fan of Gretchen and Slade’s behavior at her Hot in Cleveland, especially being late for the beginning of the episode. Tamra gives a neutral shrug and sips her wine.
Alexis isn’t happy when Lydia tells her that she went to Heather’s taping. She’s worried that Lydia might be spending too much time with the enemy, but Lydia thinks it’s time for Alexis to make a “bold move” and apologize for her part in the ongoing feud and… like maybe also dropping the whole “bullying” thing? It loses meaning when it’s thrown around like a tetherball.
Vicki’s neediness is getting out of control. Brooks lives five miles away, so it really shouldn’t be a problem for her to be the one to visit him, instead of insisting that he always comes to her house. Still, five miles is too far for her to travel. Briana and Ryan explain that he should not be coming over to their house, and if she wants to see him, she can go to him. It’s not like they’re holding her captive or something. This relationship is doomed.
When Vicki finally does see Brooks, he asks her to go on a weekend trip. She says she can’t, because she is babysitting Troy in San Diego while Briana and Ryan attend the Marine Ball. I swear to god, she better not suggest he come with her. She asks to reschedule, but Brooks has got his own plans the following weekend. Brooks doesn’t like it when she asks for a raincheck, saying, (and I quote) “Maybe if you’re nice… You don’t want to piss me off, either.” What a catch!
Tamra’s nervous about being asked to speak at the LA Women’s Expo, so she hires a speech coach to help her for the big day. She does surprisingly well, dropping her typical brashness and showing her emotional side. It’s like watching a modern-day version of The King’s Speech.
Meanwhile, Lydia tries to make dinner. It doesn’t go so well, so she makes dinner reservations. In her defense, she’s never even done laundry in the house, so cooking probably isn’t her strong suit. She then tells Doug about the conversation she had with her mom about her smoking weed and whatnot. He thinks she should just let it go and put the past in the past.
Gretchen and Slade get her fertility checked at the doctor’s office. The doctor uses some unfortunately language when describing her lady business, like “nice and lush” and “pleasantly plump”. I just lost my lunch. Now for them to figure out what to do about Slade’s whole vasectomy thing. The doctor suggests in vitro fertilization, but Gretchen always imagined herself doing in the old fashioned way. But given her age and him being “snipped,” that’s not really an option.
While Briana and Ryan are at the Marine Ball, Vicki plays grandma. Since Ryan’s deployment in Afghanistan is coming soon and he’ll be gone for 11 months, Vicki steps up and says she’ll do whatever it takes to help Briana during this tough time. Things seem really nice until she mentions in her interview that she wishes she could be with Brooks. Really? Brooks over your adorable grandson? Give me a break.
Terry is really trying to make things right with Heather. He gives her what seems like an honest apology for hurting her feelings, saying that he “acted like a jerk” because he was worried about how her going back to work would affect his life. She’s not buying it. Why can’t she just accept his apology and move on? Seriously, what does he have to do at this point– steal an Emmy from one of his clients for her?
Heather doesn’t lighten up until he hands her a very nice, handwritten card. When she reads it, she starts to cry. Terry cries, too, and as a reflex I just said “FINALLY!” to no one in particular.
Lydia’s mo drops by the house to teach her how to make lasagna. Mom seems like someone who gets easily distracted, and it shows in the way the lasagna turns out. It’s half-baked, which Lydia blames on mom for not teaching her domestic things earlier in her life. She tells her she was too busy teaching them how to throw flower petals in the air to teach her more practical things like cooking, doing laundry, probably tying shoes… After they’re done with the not-fully-cooked lasagna, they call a truce and call it a day.
Tamra, with her mom by her side, attends the Women’s Expo. She says parts of her speech make her uncomfortable, but she’s going to try and give it her best. And try she does. She sprinkles her speech with a few jokes that aren’t met with any laughter, but props to her for trying. Things get really serious when she talks about how her tough exterior is only a way of hiding her deep-seated insecurities. She makes it through her at-times dark speech with a few tears in her eyes, but she ends on a positive note with a message about moving forward.
In her interview, she says that not being able to express her emotions makes her so angry inside, but she wants to change that. She says that telling her mother she loves her is a great start in the right direction.
Finally, some resolutions on this show!