POSTED FEBRUARY 12, 2012  10:45 am

              Tamra Barney, Heather Dubrow and John McMonigle

From the OCRegister:

“I really need to up my game,” Barney tells the audience during an interview. “I need to be professional.”

Then up drives a leading professional, straight from Central Casting. Looking as charming and polished as ever, McMonigle springs from his black SUV and helps new cast member Heather Dubrow alight from a passenger door.

It’s a comeback of sorts for McMonigle, the top-selling agent who filed for bankruptcy after several investments ended up in default.   DETAILS RE JOHN MCMONIGLE… HERE.

“Are we the first showing?” McMonigle asks Barney.

“You are,” she says, which clearly delights Dubrow. “I like exclusive,” a beaming Dubrow says.

McMonigle then observes that there’s a second buildable lot next door, in case Dubrow and her husband, Newport Beach plastic surgeon Terry Dubrow, want to buy them both and “do a premiere estate.”

McMonigle also asks about plans for a 14,000-square-foot home the seller had drawn up. But mostly his role is as supporting character to Barney’s and Dubrow’s banter.

 “This sale would be huge for me,” Barney says during an interview.

In reality, however, Barney does not represent the property owner, even though she is showing the property as if she does. According to Redfin, the real listing agent is McMonigle associate Rob Smith of Teles Properties..

“All I know is John came to me and asked if it would be OK to use the lot in the show,” Smith said. “I asked my seller, and he said, ‘Yes.’ “

McMonigle couldn’t be reached for comment about how he landed a part on Real Housewives.

However it came about, Smith said he welcomes the publicity.  “I’m happy it got some exposure for the listing and for John,” he said.

During the segment, buyer Dubrow seems to diss the listing, complaining that rooftops and a shopping center mar its ocean view.

Will Debrow and her husband buy the lot and build that home themselves?  Smith said that as of Friday, there were no offers on the land yet.

And as to whether Barney will be involved in a future sale, Smith added: “She and John can represent the buyer dually. But then, they’d have to come to me.”



  1. “Because I can’t bear to have my kids share their rooms with another sibling, I have to buy a vacant lot and build a brand new house!”

    Heather said in her bravo bio vid that they spent several years building the house they’re living in now, cuz everything had to be just right. So, by the time they find a new lot and build and finish the new house, one of their kids will probably have been shipped off to boarding school anyways… Go figure. #ProblemsRichPeopleHave


    • I am quite sure that they should be able to construct a room to fit the circle of common play area for the 4th child. I laughed at this farce of showing Tamra in her new position and to introduce the new girl on the show.


      • That statement was laughable. Oh, my dear, I only have what 8,000 square feet. No room for a 4th child. Are you freaking kidding me? I’m sure her walk in closests are the size of a standard American bedroom. Go relocate your shoe collection or something. It was simply a way to introduce the ‘real’ wealthy new housewive. Eyes are rolling behind the computer here. How obnoxious.


  2. I love the OC Housewives BUT did anyone else notice that as well as this obviously staged scene they also lost all sense of time? Somehow Tamra lived about 3 days: lunching with Gretchen, lunch with Vicki, showing Heather property all while Alexis was still on the same morning doing her embarrassment of a news segment. I get that they show things out of sequence but unless Tamra got stuck in some sort of time warp then that was some really bad storyboarding on behalf of the producers.


    • They probably always have, it is just much more noticeable now that the time line of Taylor’s events have been made everyone so much more aware of editing. Bravo should have canned season 2 of rhobh and taped another entirely new season or edited out Taylor and Russell completely. It is the worse pr move they could have ever made


      • I agree, I know for myself personally it was hard to ‘enjoy’ season 2 of RHOBH at all because of what happened, despite how many fluff silly scenes they threw in like Kim doing her washing or Pandora’s wedding that was never even supposed to be on the show, just to give it a ‘happy ending’, it was difficult to stomach.


        • I really enjoyed the wedding planning and the wedding. This is what people of wealth really do, not the screaming, hysterical crying of Taylor or the annoying constant tears streaming down Kyle’s face with her whiney little girl bs. Restaurants must see the reservations for her and say put the older napkins and tablecloth on that table, she has already ruined our best linens with her make up and mascara.


  3. I tuned in late to this episode. & thought the good looking guy was Heather’s hubby for some reason…agree the whole sequence was staged :(


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