RHOC exclusive: Vicki has a public emotional breakdown (VIDEO)

Jul 17, 2015 at 2:20 p.m. ET
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In an exclusive The Real Housewives of Orange County clip, the reality of the death of Vicki's mother hits her in a heartbreaking and unexpected way.

The best moments of reality television are not the screaming matches or the drunken silliness; they are the moments when the stars' humanity shines through. On Monday, July 20, The Real Housewives of Orange County will feature a heartbreaking moment that anyone who has experienced a loss in their family will be able to relate to. In an exclusive clip, Vicki Gunvalson, who recently lost her mother, is in the midst of a fun evening of bowling when she forgets her mother has died.

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While making plans to whisk Briana away on a vacation, Vicki says her mother can watch the kids. The mood quickly turns somber as Vicki realizes what she said. It is a startlingly real moment that brings the women of RHOC together to support their friend. Vicki goes on to confess privately during a talking head cutaway that she still calls her mother's cell phone to leave voicemails every day. For Vicki, accepting her mother's death is going to be a process, and watching her go through it has the potential to help members of the audience who are facing a similar situation. Watch the clip below:

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There is no such thing as privacy in the world of reality television, but this is one instance where the level of intimacy can be rewarding. Vicki's loss is bringing all of the women together, proving that despite their bickering and differences, they can pull together when one of their own is hurting. The clip is deeply affecting to the point where you may need tissues to get through it.

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Vicki's continuing struggle to find balance in her life as she tries to adjust to the loss of her mom will be the standout story in RHOC this season. Each step of her journey so far, from leaning on her siblings during the funeral to her sudden memory slip, has been handled with great respect. Here's hoping Vicki can continue to draw on her inner strength and the love her mother gave her.