'RHOC' Juice: Vicki, Tamra and Shannon All Wind Up In Tears on Season 13 Premiere
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Tamra's worried about Eddie's health issues, while Shannon has trouble moving on after after her divorce on the season premiere.

"The Real Housewives of Orange County" are back for Season 13, and if Monday's premiere is any indication, this might just be the most dramatic season yet.

Returning to the scene of last season's crimes are Vicki Gunvalson and Tamra Judge, who have decided to work toward rebuilding their friendship after the former perpetuated a rumor that the latter's husband was gay. Also back: Shannon Beador and Kelly Dodd, who are both dealing with post-divorce life very differently.

New to the Bravo franchise are Gina Kirschenheiter and Emily Simpson, with only the latter popping up in the first episode.

Here's what went down on the "RHOC" Season 13 Premiere.

Since Season 12's explosive reunion, Eddie Judge was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation. He noticed his heart rate was getting extraordinarily high while doing simple things such as walking up stairs, which required him to undergo heart surgery. Episode 1 followed Eddie's first of four operations, which left Tamra shaken and stressed about his health.

Before Eddie went into surgery, he and Tamra discussed who they'd want to invite to their housewarming party because they're moving from Eddie's house to a new, bigger place. Eddie said there was only one person he didn't want at his new home -- Vicki -- and when Tamra asked if he'd be willing to sit down and have a conversation with her, he said, "She can apologize. Maybe I'll consider it."

Elsewhere, things seem to be going well with Vicki and her boyfriend, Steve Lodge. She asked him when he was planning on moving in permanently -- a question he pretty much dodged. She then offered up the information that her controversial ex, Brooks Ayers, was getting married.

"Oh, good for him," Steve said.

"I pity the girl he's marrying," Vicki replied.

"Why do you care?" Steve asked.

"I don't," Vicki said. She later told Bravo cams she hoped Steve would propose to her sooner rather than later.

Meanwhile, the two newly divorced Housewives -- Shannon and Kelly -- could not be handling their divorces more differently. Tamra had to physically help Shannon pry her wedding ring off her finger, while Kelly was getting busy with "the milk man."

Shannon and Vicki are also on the path toward rebuilding a friendship because Shannon said she "saw some authenticity" in Vicki's "remorse" about her divorce from David.

"I found out two days after it was all out on social media that David has a new girlfriend that is almost 20 years younger than him," Shannon said, adding that the new girlfriend is likely "one of 3,000 girls that wants some guy to take care of her."

On Monday night, we were also introduced to Emily, who had a great friendship with Tamra until she started hanging out with Tamra's enemies, Gretchen Rossi and Ricky Santana. Emily said she reached out to Tamra in the hope of making amends because she's in therapy and looking to resolve some of her past issues.

Emily's a 42-year-old Ohio native who works as an attorney and part-time party planner. She's also a wife and a mother of five. "A lot of women don't have to work, but when I throw the attorney thing in there, I'm like, 'No, girl. I'm not your typical Housewife,'" she said.

Emily revealed on Monday night that there was nothing "romantic" about the way her marriage began. She said she met Shane after law school and that they worked together for about three years until one day he sent her a message saying, "Hey, do you wanna get married?"

Emily's response: "What the hell -- I don't have anything better to do." A few weeks later, they were hitched.

At the end of the episode, the ladies gathered for an obstacle course challenge, where a terrified Shannon ended up accidentally catching Vicki's hand in one of the ropes. Vicki ended up in tears, and so did Shannon -- but mostly because she was petrified of heights.

"What if I die? Tell my kids I love them!" Shannon yelled right before launching herself down a zipline.

"I will -- I'll tell David to f--k off and the kids you love them," Tamra replied reassuringly.

"The Real Housewives of Orange County" airs Mondays at 9 p.m. on Bravo.

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