It all began innocently enough, with the Housewives deciding to get their thrill on and put their latest argument behind them. Tamra Judge decided to show off behind the wheel, and suddenly, the dune buggy flipped over. It was a tough scene to watch, even though I already knew that everybody would be OK. Perhaps most terrifying was how Kelly Dodd's helmet went flying off. People were quick to comment on the fiasco on Twitter, and while pretty much everybody learned of it several months ago, most still found the moment of impact upsetting.
Surprise, surprise... a few stubborn critics believe that the accident was faked, or at minimum, greatly exaggerated. I'm not so sure, however. The show's cast members can be very, very good at manufacturing outrage, but it's a bit harder to fake abject terror. If they really did put on a performance, they deserve some sort of recognition for their acting ability, because it certainly felt real to me.
It's fun to trash shows like RHOC and claim that they're anything but real. And sometimes, this type of criticism is valid. Even hardcore Real Housewives fans must occasionally acknowledge that the show stretches the truth at times and transforms meaningless incidents into huge calamities. But behind all the excessive drama, there is a grain of truth, and sometimes, more than that. Reality shows may feel scripted at times, but there is definitely an element of reality. And when the fake drama is cast aside in favor of true reality, these shows can be incredibly fascinating.
Obviously, the last thing I want is for the ladies of RHOC to consistently go through life-threatening ordeals in the interest of authentic plotlines. I do, however, wish there was more of a focus on the real issues plaguing these gals and less on the petty drama that consistently feels artificial. Unfortunately, the new preview indicates that they're about to fight endlessly about Meghan Edmonds' reluctance to visit Vicki Gunvalson at the hospital. Buckle up, because we're in for one hell of a ride!