Real Housewives: Vicki Renews Vows While Tamra's Marriage Falls Apart

Real Housewives: Vicki Renews Vows While Tamra's Marriage Falls Apart
Mitchell Haaseth/Bravo; Tony Avelar/Bravo

01/08/2010 AT 12:00 AM EST

After a disastrous girls-only weekend (that some of the men crashed) in Florida, Vicki was ready for a romantic getaway alone with her husband, surprising Donn ahead of their 15th wedding anniversary with a trip to Turks and Caicos in the British West Indies.

"We're going to fall in love all over again," she said repeatedly as if simply saying so would make it come true. But the couple did enjoy each other's company – and plenty of cocktails – at the beachside resort, where Vicki surprised Donn by planning a ceremony in the sand so they could renew their wedding vows and she could give him the wedding ring – with 1 ½ karats and three princess-cuts diamonds – he truly deserved.

Back in Orange County, Tamra was in a marital Twilight Zone. While her husband Simon told her, "We have a very even relationship ... It works. We wouldn't be married this long or this happy if it didn't," she felt the opposite.

In the same scene, they argued over Tamra's attempted reconciliation with Gretchen. "I don't like somebody who says one thing and does another," Simon told her. "If you want to be friends with her then you're not the person I know."



While dining on fondue with her mother later, Tamra shed a tear in her cheese dip. "I feel like I'm losing my mind right now. It's like I can't eat and I can't sleep ... I don't know what to do ... I don't think I'm the person he wants me to be."

"He wants a housewife and you're not just a housewife," her mom said.

"If it was just me and him, I would leave. There's no question," Tamra admitted. "We're seriously heading towards divorce."

After hearing Lynne's 16-year-old daughter Alexa tell her mom that she's depressed, Gretchen offered to take the girl shopping. "I've been a little concerned," Gretchen said, adding that she'd been through a similar situation. "I want to make sure that she knows that somebody's there to listen to her." Lynne, who thought that was a nice thing to do, agreed.

As they sifted through racks of clothing at a boutique, Gretchen confronted Alexa, who said she felt like she had no one to talk to and burst into tears. "I'm just putting myself out there and letting you know that somebody's available to listen to you," Gretchen said.

But later during a mother-daughter workout, Alexa told her mom she felt awkward about the conversation and like she was being "ambushed." Lynne's reaction: "As a parent, I'm a little bit insulted because it makes me feel like I'm not doing a good job ... I'm really confused about Gretchen wanting to take Alexa out. It does make me wonder how much I can trust Gretchen sometimes. We definitely need to have a conversation about it."

Almost as an afterthought, we got a dose of Alexis and Jim's religious devotion. "God has been a big part of my life since I was about 7-years-old," Alexis said as she got her kids ready for church.

"It's very important to me that we pray everyday and every morning before I leave the house, I lay hands on all my children and my wife to be blessed and protected," Jim revealed.

As they headed into the service, it seemed more like they were going to a rock concert in a strip mall rather than church. Alexis explained: "The worship at Free Chapel is very hip and modern. It's not very traditional. It's a fun worship but it's still very modern."

Tell us: Are you happy for Vicki and Donn? What should Tamra do about her relationship? Did Gretchen cross a line with Alexa or was she just trying to help?

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