I can't help it. I love this show. You must watch it.
The "cast" has changed significantly over the past few years, but this is one of the most entertaining realitoaperas ever created. The spin off shows each have their appeal, and their own craziness, but there is something that keeps bringing me back to OC.
One of the things that makes this season in particular so engaging is that it is the first time that you can see "reality" fatigue so blatantly on display. When the Vicki started stressing how she wouldn't spend any time with the current cast if it weren't for the show, I knew that this season we'd begin to see some real human drama -- and we have. Vicki's family is facing a genuine medical problem, whether it is a crisis or not has yet to be discovered. The combination of Vicki's need for constant attention and historic lack of empathy, is disappearing as she has spent time healing her marriage and wraps her mind around what her daughter is going through. Add to this the financial difficulties some of the other families are facing, and this show is shifting from catty conflict to real pathos inspiring drama.
This isn't to say that there isn't catty conflict...would it be a "Real Housewives" show if there wasn't?