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"The Real Housewives of OC": They're Baaaaack!

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Obsessed with all things "Housewives"?? Here's our refresher course, just in time for Tuesday night's premiere of the newest season of Bravo's hit -- back on the West Coast.

This will be the fourth season of "Real Housewives of Orange County" -- the series that chronicles the lives (and the checkbooks!) of five wealthy women who live in the OC. Our friends at the OC Register broke down the cast to refresh us on the familiar members and educate us the new ones. Let the claws come out!

Tamra Barney, 41


The self-proclaimed "hottest housewife" joined the cast last season. She lives in Ladera Ranch with her husband Simon and three kids. Ryan, her 22-year-old son from a previous marriage has moved out and has announced a new career choice - to be a California Highway Patrol officer. When asked if she was embarrassed after seeing herself on camera, she admits "absolutely" and goes on to say, "I may hold back just a little bit this season. We'll see!
Vicki Gunvalson, 46


The self-employed insurance agent has seen her business multiply, and now has 498 agents working for her. She still lives in Coto de Caza, but now operates out of her office in Rancho Santa Margarita. Vicki has two grown children -- Michael, 22, and Briana, 21 -- and has patched things up with her second husband, Don Gunvalson. Last season, their relationship was strained by her hectic lifestyle and she entertained some thoughts on camera about being single again. This season she is seriously considering buying a $1 million yacht, but that would mean selling the Lake Havasu house that some family members cherish.
Lauri Waring Peterson, 47


After her fairy tale wedding to George Peterson concluded season three, she and George live in a rambling ranch in San Juan Capistrano and have a family of seven children: Ashley, 23, Josh, 19, McKenzie, 19, Slate, 17, Danyka, 15, Bria, 12 and Sophia, 11. One of her greatest concerns is her son Josh, who is still battling with his addiction to drugs. During season four, Josh is arrested for being under the influence of heroin with possible intent to sell.
Gretchen Rossi, 30


New this season, this proudly real-breasted blonde dates a man 23 years her senior who she sold a house to, Jeff Beitzel. He got sick with acute leukemia and then proposed to her from his hospital bed. Season four will follow Gretchen and Jeff as they go out shopping and as his health deteriorates. Beitzel died at 54 on Sept. 13. When asked about tension between her and the other housewives, she confirmed, "Any time you come into any new circumstance, there's an element of feeling a little bit out of place ... I'm a very secure person. I'm a very confident person. There's not a lot that intimidates me. So to me, I looked at it as another fun adventure in my life."
Jeana Keough, 53


The ex-Playboy Playmate is separated from her husband, Matt, a second-generation Major League Baseball player. There's talk of the d-word. But in a surprise move, she lets him move back into the house, and that causes some difficulty for her, since she's begun dating again. Jeana says of her social role with her cast-mates, "I'm the peacemaker of the group. I'm the oldest. Maybe that's why." Jeana's kids -- Shane, 22, Kara, 20 and Colton, 16 -- are growing up fast but seem pretty grounded. Shane's playing minor league baseball, Kara is a sophomore at UC Berkeley, and Colton is in high school, getting his driver's license.

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