ORANGE COUNTY (LALATE) – Tamra Barney and Eddie Judge (photos below) have been the Housewives of OC story-behind-the story for weeks. Tonight, the wait is over as Tamra Barney sits back to watch a “Latin spiced episode” of Housewives as she calls it. And Barney is not referring to the Miami Housewives.
Andy Cohen and Co have cued the bubble bath as Tamra and Eddie take a dip, literally, in a new turn for the OC Housewives. For weeks, Housewives fans have seen a dramatic shift in production. As earlier OC seasons have battled often lackluster storylines that resulted in equally lackluster ratings, this season is heading a different direction as the battle of the single couples – Gretchen and Slade and Tamra and Eddie – soaks up the rating. Tonight, Barney and Judge are doing that, literally.
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“It seemed a little fishy to me that Simon served Tamra divorce papers and suddenly she is dating another person” Gretchen Rossi told viewers previously on OC.
“I don’t know the date that Simon served Tamra divorce papers, but if she started dating afterwards, that’s not adultery in my book” said Alexis about the issue.
Tamra has teased about other themes, and teams, like Fernanda. “I see the beauty in her, and she she’s the beauty in ME!” But tonight, all the hats are off, literally, as Tamra and Eddie showcase the next chapter in Barney’s life.
For Bravo, it’s a critical shift in the storyline that could either sink or swim. And with recent polls on “Watch What Happens Live” showing that fans are growing less supportive of Barney and more behind Rossi, the question is whether Tamra’s happiness with Judge will allow viewers to judge her more clearly.
“Maybe, she has made a change” said Alexis previously about Barney. “I hope she says ‘I am changing my life’ ” Rossi said of Barney. But for many it’s Rossi, not Barney, that is always stirring the pot. “What does the evil eye stand for?” Rossi said of the notable evil eye hat. “Hold on Tamra, let me put it on for you.”
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The other peculiar twist is that many news sites thought Judge would have been introduced last season. By February 2010, reports claimed that Barney was dating then 37 year old Eddie Judge, a resident of Ladera Ranch. Barney told news at the time that she had known Judge for over a year, but had only started to date after Simon filed to end their divorce after 11 years.
Simon claimed otherwise. When Simon filed for divorce, he accused Barney of being “verbally abusive” and having “committed acts of disloyalty and infidelity”. Tamra denied the claims.
So as fans learn of Judge tonight, who will Barney be watching the show with? “So excited for tomorrow night… All my favorite HW are coming over tomorrow night (Vicki,Peggy, Lynne) and friends to watch Sundays episode and eat as much as we can….. Fun times!” says Barney.