It's been seven months since we last saw The Real Housewives of Orange County, if you don't include "The Lost Footage" episode which aired in June. And it looks like we still have about three months of waiting to endure before Bravo's original Real Housewives franchise returns to our small screens.
The wait might be all worth it though, if you're a fan of steamy suburban drama. Season 5, which kicks off on Thursday, November 5 at 10pm ET/PT, will welcome newcomer Alexis Bellino, a 32-year-old stay-at-home mom with a body that conceals that fact that she is already a mother of three small children. On the other hand, the new season will also be bidding farewell to longtime housewife Jeana Keough.
In between the arrival of Alexis and the departure of Jeana, Tamra Barney, Lynne Curtin, Vicki Gunvalson and Gretchen Rossi get viewers up to speed with everything that's happened in their lives since the fourth season. Vicki's life insurance empire seems to be thriving, Tamra is coping with family and financial concerns, Lynne is also facing financial issues and a possible eviction from her home and Gretchen is in the aftermath of the devastating loss of her fiance, Jeff, and does her best to move on both professionally and personally, with a surprising new love interest.
But it's not all financial woes and heartbreaks this season on The Real Housewives of Orange County. More than ever, these Southern girls are eager to prove their tenacity as they continue to live life unabashedly large amidst the tough economy. Watch out for Vicki as she takes her family on a trip to Italy while the girls visit San Francisco and Ft. Lauderdale for lavish getaways.
It looks like the ladies are showing no signs of slowing down as we witness more shopping, drinking, partying and plastic surgery makeovers.