Vicki Gunvalson’s daughter, Briana, caused some family drama when she eloped with boyfriend Ryan Culberson last year. Fast forward to 2013, and Briana and Ryan are happily married with a baby son, Troy. But another year also means another tour of duty for Ryan in Afghanistan.
In Real Housewives of Orange County Season 8, Episode 12, Ryan has one last meal with Briana, Vicki and Troy before going on his deployment.
“How many times do you have to keep doing this?” Vicki asks. “So this will be the fifth tour? I thought we were leaving Afghanistan.”
Briana points out he’ll be deployed with the same unit he was in last year. When Vicki asks whether everyone came back OK, Ryan replies, “No, we had a lot of casualties.”
“It definitely makes more sense to me now why Briana and Ryan decide that elopement was what they wanted to do,” Vicki explains to the camera. “He just got back from war, he lived. She just got out of surgery, she lived. They were in the moment where we love each other, and why are we waiting? And for them it worked.”
Vicki Gunvalson later leaves Briana and Ryan to say their final farewells, adding, “Go get those bad guys.”
Standing in the driveway, Ryan kisses little Troy and Briana goodbye and gets into his car.
“There goes my whole life in a truck,” says Briana to the camera. “It’s so hard to see that go. I just want him to come home, see his son grow up. I just want him home with me.”