Efforts to patch up the feud from last season nearly go off the rails on "Real Housewives of Orange County" reunion special.
The season-long feud between Tamra Judge and Vicki Gunvalson came to an explosive conclusion in Part 2 of the "Real Housewives of Orange County" reunion Monday night, with the two former friends arguing yet again over rumors that Judge claims Gunvalson made about her husband Eddie Judge's sexuality.
"I went back and forth," Judge said when host Andy Cohen asked her if she hoped to reconcile at the start of the season. "Because I have a long history with Vicki and I don't want to believe that she's out there spreading all these rumors."
Vicki said she also wanted to patch things up and co-star Lydia McLaughlin explained why this was important to her: "My best memories of being on the show was laughing with them. Like, you guys love each other." But things quickly went south after that, as Judge demanded, "So if she is going after your marriage, you're going to be okay with that?"
Gulvalson denied the accusation and turned it back on Judge, shouting: "You lied! So don't go there with me, Tamra. Don't go there with me. I got conned."
Co-star Shannon Beador said she felt obligated to step into the confrontation. "I would get calls from Tamra once a week, stories spread by you, about Eddie being gay," she said, as Vicki continued to deny it. "It's hard for me, because as a friend, you want the best for them. You don't understand the tears, over and over again. She just wants to forgive and move forward."
Judge also accused Gunvalson of staging a birthday party to try to confirm the rumors. That episode back in September featured Gunvalson's former friend Ricky Santana telling the ladies he witnessed Eddie making out with a guy after Gretchen Rossi asked, "Do you know if Eddie's gay or not?"
"You hang with f-cking dogs, you get fleas," Judge said.
Things really got intense when Gunvalson accused Judge of calling her homophobic.
"I said your actions are homophobic," Judge shot back. "You're a liar!"
As the argument grew heated, Gunvalson said, "That doesn't look good on you." Judge fired back, "Nothing looks good on you," prompting the other woman to storm off the set.
"I'm not going back out there," Gunvalson said. "They can f-ck themselves. I'm off this damn show!"
But McLaughlin eventaully convinced her to come back out, and the estranged friends finally approached an emotional apology.
"I want you to talk from our heart," Judge said. "If you come after my family like that, it is very hurtful."
Gunvalson finally caved, "I'm sorry, I won't talk about it ever again. I promise you. I'm sorry, I totally surrender, I'm sorry."
The two women hugged, and a crying Gunvalson said, "I love you, I really am sorry. I don't want to hurt you." She also offered an olive branch to Beador and commiserated with her over her divorce.
"Can we go somewhere and get ten shots?" Beador said tearfully.