Lauren Brown West-Rosenthal
July 12, 2016 AT 03:07 AM EDT

The Real Housewives of Orange County

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It’s a weird thing that happens when you’ve been watching a reality show that’s been on the air for 10 years. You really start to feel like you know the people whose lives you’ve been following for so long. Vicki Gunvalson has been on the RHOC since episode 1 and in 10 years, we’ve not only watched her life unfold, but also the lives of her kids. I still feel for Vicki and her son Michael every time I think about when her surprising him at college and his resulting mortification. But Vicki’s daughter Briana has almost been like an extended housewife, so watching her get married and start a family — and seeing how big her sons have gotten — almost makes it feel like she’s a long-lost cousin with whom I still remember sitting at the kid’s table at family gatherings. It’s like, where has the time gone?

I’ve gone on this little rant because tonight’s episode opens with Vicki in Oklahoma, helping move Briana back home to Orange County — and the reason is pretty bittersweet. Briana is sick and has an infection in her leg after a recent surgery, and Vicki wants her close to both her and a team of doctors that can treat her. After a bumpy start, it’s nice to see how close Vicki has become to Briana’s husband Ryan. It was emotional as they all said goodbye, since Ryan’s staying in Oklahoma for now to wrap things up. I have to admit, Vicki is a brave woman to go on a 16-hour road trip with her two small grandsons. I just did a three-hour trip with my 18-month-old daughter, and kids really act like the car is a tiny little prison if they’re in one for more than 10 minutes. But this road trip sets the tone for a whole new chapter in Vicki’s life WITHOUT Brooks, and an emotional chapter at that. Briana’s illness and complications are really serious, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t crying as I watched them pull away.

Meanwhile, Meghan is attempting to give herself her very first IVF shot without Jimmy, who’s off the hook due to his well ill-timed trip to spring training. Meghan’s biggest fear in life is needles, so she’s making Jimmy a lovely video diary of the entire 11 minutes it takes to stick herself. Who says romance is dead?

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Shannon is ready to move to a “smaller house,” even though she doesn’t have one yet and her current home’s in escrow. I know very little about buying and selling real estate, but I have to assume escrow means someone else is about to get dibs on your house, so it’s probably time to get out! Shannon reveals she wants to move because the house has too many bad memories, which I totally get. You don’t want to live somewhere that reminds you of your husband’s affair that almost ended your marriage. I believe Shannon and David are in a good place now, and I believe Shannon is ready to forgive as they creep up on the magical two-year mark since the affair happened. But the forgetting part is never going to come that easily, even if she says it might. So Shannon meets with her realtor to give her list of requests for the “healthy green home” she needs to find ASAP. Honestly, I’m a little disappointed there wasn’t a Million Dollar Listing crossover here, but such is life.

NEXT: Vicki and Briana’s road trip is nothing like Oprah and Gayle’s

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