Although Jeff remains in the hospital, Gretchen Rossi still has something to get excited about when her new 5K diamond encrusted engagement ring arrives in the mail. The ladies attend the opening day at Del Mar Racetrack where new housewife, Lynne Curtin, looks forward to getting to know the other housewives better. Drama ensues as Vicki and Tamra snub both Lynne and Gretchen.
Vicki Gunvalson visits her family in Chicago and once again tries to get validation from her less than affectionate mother. Gretchen Rossi is taking care of her gravely ill fianc?, Jeff, and reaches the end of her emotional rope. With Simon's urging, Tamra Barney takes an etiquette class and hires a top chef to prepare a formal seven-course dinner for all the housewives, which includes premium tequila tasting. When the tequila shots are served, Tamra and Vicki set Gretchen up for a major fall.
With Tamra Barney's formal seven-course dinner winding down, Tamra's son Ryan sees an opportunity to make his move on a very drunk Gretchen Rossi, leaving the rest of the ladies to worry and wonder about Gretchen's well-being. The ladies travel to Santa Monica for a trendy shopping day. Over lunch, when Gretchen confides in the women about her finances, it sparks a heated argument between Lynne and Vicki.
Vicki Gunvalson and Jeana Keough take a road trip to Chicago to visit Vicki's friends from high school and former housewife Kimberly Bryant. With Jeff still in the hospital and her future uncertain, Gretchen Rossi looks to secure her financial well being. Lynne Curtin decides to throw a cocktail party for the ladies, where her unruly teenage daughter, Raquel, helps herself to the bar.
With her wild 18-year-old daughter, Alexa, running circles around her, Lynne Curtin seeks her mom's advice about how to be a better parent. Vicki Gunvalson comes to a surprising decision regarding the purchase of the million-dollar yacht she so badly wants, and after two grueling months in the hospital undergoing chemotherapy, Gretchen Rossi's fianc?, Jeff, returns home. Later, the housewives blow off some steam with a girls' overnighter in Las Vegas.
Jeana Keough and her daughter, Kara, drive to up to Berkley to move Kara into her apartment and find themselves strangers among the "bums" and "hippies." Tamra Barney visits her dad in Iowa and puts it all on the line, spilling her heart out to her estranged father, while Gretchen Rossi does Dallas, reuniting with her four best friends from college.
Jeana Keough has her first real date since kicking her ex-husband, Matt, out of the house. Vicki Gunvalson's daughter, Briana, has a new plan for her life that leaves Vicki stunned. It's the end of summer and all the Housewives, past and present, get together.
Hosted by Bravo programming executive and "Watch What Happens" host Andy Cohen, the ladies of Orange County reunite to dish on all drama and give their side of the story on what really went on after the cameras stopped rolling.
The fifth season of Bravo's The Real Housewives of Orange County kicks off with Vicki Gunvalson enjoying life, traveling, working hard and strengthening her relationship with her husband, Donn. Jeana Keough's business has collapsed under the weight of the sagging economy and she's forced to economize - something she admits she's not very good at doing. Tensions between Tamra Barney and her husband, Simon, are high as they also deal with financial woes including the possible sale of their house. Gretchen Rossi is trying to move on with her life in the wake of her late ...
Lynne Curtin's private showing for the ladies of her cuff line comes to a screeching halt thanks to a heated fight between rivals Tamra Barney and Gretchen Rossi. The camps divide, with Tamra unloading her feelings on her friend, Vicki Gunvalson, while Gretchen tells her side of the story to Jeana Keough and Lynne. But Lynne is feeling her loyalties pull in two directions now that she and Tamra Barney have grown closer. Meanwhile, Simon sells a luxury car to an acquaintance and his wife - Jim and Alexis Bellino - and he invites them on a double date so Alexis can meet...
Jeana Keough makes the gut-wrenching decision to pull back from spending so much time with the Housewives in order to concentrate more on her real estate business, which is struggling in a sagging economy.
As Vicki Gunvalson's daughter, Briana, recovers from her breakup with her high school sweetheart, Vicki tries to set her up with the son of one of her insurance colleagues. Simon and Tamra Barney attend a BBQ party at the Gunvalson's. Meanwhile, Gretchen Rossi flies to Michigan to visit with her deceased fiancé's kids. Back in Orange County, Lynne Curtin and her family settle into their new home in Laguna Beach. New housewife Alexis Bellino and her husband, Jim, have their weekly date night to reconnect with each other where he surprises her with a special gift.
It's plastic surgery day for the Curtins when Lynne undergoes a face-lift, while her oldest daughter Raquel has a bump removed from her nose. Meanwhile, Tamra Barney jumps back into the real estate game by showing her first house in several years and Vicki travels to Florida for an insurance convention and invites all the Housewives to join her for a ladies-only getaway.