Real Housewives of Orange County: The top 3 most cringe moments

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NEWPORT BEACH, CA – JUNE 05: Terry Dubrow and Heather Dubrow attend Nobu Newport Beach Sake Ceremony at Lido Marina Village at Nobu on June 5, 2018 in Newport Beach, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images for Nobu Newport Beach) /

Real Housewives of Orange County, or should it be called Real Housewives of Cringe?

The Real Housewives of Orange County’s just completed its 15th season and has been on our screens for a staggering 268 episodes.

So what’s made this Real Housewives flagship so popular with viewers for the past 15 years? Is it the glamour? The riches? The fall-outs? Or is it the cringe?

In this three-part series, we take a look at some of those iconic moments that made us recoil in embarrassment – but that we simply had to rewind and watch again…

3. Top Real Housewives of Orange County cringe: “We got the lot”

If you aren’t a fan of the cutting-room floor “secrets revealed” episodes, you may have missed one of the most excruciating exchanges in season nine.

But for those who were fortunate enough to witness the toe-curling exchange between Mr. and Mrs. Dubrow, it’s no doubt forever etched in their minds as probably one of the weirdest moments on TV.

Picture the scene: A romantic restaurant. The anniversary of their first date. Goofball Terry’s seemingly forgotten the purpose of the dinner. That silly surgeon.

But Heather isn’t upset – she has a gift for Terry. She places a box on the table and gently pushes it towards her husband.

This isn’t just any box but a box so beautiful that, after swooning over the packaging, Terry asks if the container itself is the gift. Oh Terry, you silly fool.

Terry opens the box. “Wow,” he exclaims, gently peeling back the black tissue paper and uncovering a photo album.

Oh my goodness, has straight-laced wife Heather Dubrow followed in the footsteps of RHOBH’s Yolanda Foster and made Terry a private album of nude snaps?

“It’s our old house,” Terry exclaims as he opens the book. Oh OK, maybe not.

Violin strings can be heard in the background. He smiles and looks tenderly at the pages while holding back tears. Is this a family photo album?

“Want to read it?” Heather asks while Terry gazes at a letter on the first page.

“Dear Terry. We got the lot. Those 4 words change the course of our lives…” Terry becomes emotional as he reads a letter from his wife detailing the journey of their… [emotional pause]… property development.

Yes folks, you heard me right. That was “Property Development.”

As teary-eyed Terry flicks through the photos of their previous construction project, Heather’s unable to stay seated. She rushes to the side of her husband to join him on this emotional roller-coaster.

“Remember that amazing entryway with that double stairway” Terry gushes. He turns the page to be confronted by a picture of a staircase and says, “Whoa, that was incredible.”

Yes Terry, it certainly was.