Enduring one tragedy after another, Tammy is picking up the pieces as she begins renovating her water-damaged home. On top of that, her ex-husband and father to her two daughters, Lou, recently died of a heart attack. Within days of his passing, Lou's current wife kicks Tammy's daughter, Lindsey, out of the house, which forces her to move into the small studio above her mother's home with her older sister, Megan. Megan is angry over her father's lack of estate planning, especially in regards to her father's wife. "Right now as it stands she's getting everything," says a fuming Megan. With little income, the girls are left wondering what the future will hold.
Vicki is also struggling with her decision to "downsize" from her current 5000 sq. foot home to a 4000 sq. foot home. She meets with her pool contractor to discuss the cost of renovating the backyard to match the large, elaborate pool area she currently has. However she butts heads with her husband, Donn, who doesn't think many of her ideas (like an underwater volcano for the pool) are necessary. "It's important for me to have the best, the newest, the greatest of whatever. Whether it's clothes, shoes, jewelry -- and I haven't really figured out why," says Vicki.
Vicki and her husband, Donn, invite Tammy and Jeana to their Lake Havasu houseboat for the weekend. Fearing what will happen if she leaves her son Colton at home alone, Jeana decides to bring him along. But she is in for a rude awakening when Colton continues his destructive behavior, culminating in a daredevil cliff jump into shallow water despite his mother's demands for him to stop. Tammy and Jeana decide to stay at a local hotel in Havasu and Jeana is less than thrilled with the accommodations. "It was definitely roughing it. The sheets were like zero thread count, the TV was only twelve inches..we're Orange County spoiled.".
Later, the ladies meet for dinner and some cocktails. Tensions rise when Tamra's client shows up at the restaurant and she wants to talk business with Jeana about Vicki's house. But Jeana is not impressed with Tamra's casual attitude and attempt to conduct business at the bar, and makes it known. "Tamra says a lot of shocking things. Here's an 82 pound girl who's had something to drink so I don't take it personally." Lauri Waring and Tamra bond over kids and second marriages, and decide to get together for a double date. "I haven't spent a lot of time with Lauri," says Tamra. "However, I'm very happy she's found love the second time around. Second, third, fourth, fifth-whatever it is.".
Overprotective Vicki visits daughter Briana with an assortment of pepper sprays for her protection. Her son's recent interest in his mother's lucrative insurance business sets the stage for him to take a training trip with her to Seattle. Meanwhile, Tamra begins to regret her decision to bring jobless and lazy son, Ryan, back into the house. The revelation of yet another enormous tattoo on his body sends Tamra over the edge and she may be forced to admit to husband Simon that she made the wrong choice. Jeana's daughter, Kara, is getting back into show business, auditions for a role in a low budget movie, but things don't go exactly as planned. Laurie spends time with her youngest daughter, Sophie, as they ready her old condo for sale and attend horseback-riding lessons together. Tammy has her hands full when daughter Megan turns 21 and a sunset birthday cruise with her daughters' turns into an ugly, drunken debacle.
An Internet marketing manager and managing editor of an Orange County-based entertainment website who has been divorced for 14 years, she is constantly juggling her children, work and men. Currently dating both a 40-year-old and 26-year-old, this 50-something housewife has her hands full, but loves every minute of it. Meanwhile, Lauri invites her daughter Ashley for lunch to fill her in on the latest wedding plans and Ashley makes it clear that she feels she deserves to be Maid of Honor for marriage number three. Vicki promises to pass on the business "torch" to her son Michael when he begins an insurance internship in Seattle, but it seems the thing he might be most passionate about is money. Jeana's youngest son Colton joins his brother Shane playing minor league baseball in Vancouver and gets some valuable tips. Tamra's real estate business is taking off, but the work leaves her very little time to see her husband.
With their upcoming nuptials rapidly approaching, Lauri Waring and George Peterson decide to plan a family vacation on a new episode of Bravo's docu-series "The Real Housewives of Orange County, Tuesday, January 1 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. George and his daughters are accustomed to luxury travel, fine dining and staying in five star hotels. But this year, Lauri wants the family to "bond with nature" so she rents an RV and packs up the family to go camping in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. Tamra Barney tries to bond with her husband, Simon, by taking tennis lessons. However, neck and back problems prevent her from enjoying the sport, so she decides it may be time to take out her breast implants. The Gunvalsons and Keoughs embark on a trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Jeana hopes the trip will help get her mind off of her recent separation with her husband Matt, but after some not so nice comments at dinner, Vicki is worried her friend is taking her anger out on others.
The five ladies and former "housewife" Jo De La Rosa gather to celebrate the lavish wedding of Lauri Waring and George Peterson, who finally tie the knot in a spectacular, sky-is-the-limit fairytale wedding. But Lauri feels the day would be incomplete without her estranged son, Josh, and the two meet for the first time in months in an attempt to reconcile with the help of a family counselor.
"The Real Housewives Confess: Watch What Happens Special" will feature new interviews with housewives Tamra Barney, Quinn Fry, Vicki Gunvalson, Jeana Keough, Tammy Knickerbocker and Lauri Waring, with a special visit by former "housewife" Jo De La Rosa. Hosted by Bravo programming executive and "Watch What Happens" host Andy Cohen, the housewives get together to dish on some of the most dramatic and sensational events from the popular third season. They will address unanswered questions raised from the series and by viewers on www.BravoTV.com. How is married life treating Lauri and George? What is Jo up to these days and why wasn't she in the third season? How did new "housewives" Tamra and Quinn fit in with the girls? How are the Knickerbocker ladies healing since the death of Lindsey and Megan's father, Lou Knickerbocker? All will be revealed when the ladies reunite.