Tamra Barney (left) and Alexis Bellino
Nicole WIlder/Bravo; Isabella Vosmikova/Bravo
03/14/2011 at 09:00 AM EDT
Tamra made a bold prediction in the final moments of Sunday's episode of The Real Housewives of Orange County
"If I was a betting gal, I don't think the odds would be very good on Jim and Alexis making it for the long haul," she said. "I just don't see it. Sorry."
Why the downbeat forecast? Since leaving husband Simon
, Tamra is enjoying her freedom as a single woman. She's dating a new guy, moving into a new apartment and seeing in hindsight how controlling her ex could be. And now, she sees similarities in Alexis's husband.
"He just gets protective," Alexis says of Jim. "That's all."
Tamra's take: "Protective," she said, raising air quotes, "meant controlling! Controlling!"
"Ironically, Simon always put your guys' marriage really on a pedestal, and I think what it was is him and Jim are a lot alike," Tamra continued. "[Simon] would tell me what to do, what to wear, what to say ... "
"Jim does too," Alexis says.