Tonight's episode of "Real Housewives of New Jersey" was titled "Reunion: Part 1." Last week’s season finale ended on a happy note with the families getting along and best friends, Teresa and Jacqueline getting pretty close to regaining their bestie status. The legal problems of the Giudices are still hanging in the balance and will be determined soon, but their love seems to be stronger than ever, but will the reunion go so smoothly?
As it started, Andy Cohen welcomed each housewife individually. He noticed Melissa is now a blonde, and Kathy recently returned from Italy where she had cannolis and gelato. He commented on Jacqueline, who had surgery, and stated that he could not tell the difference. Teresa was welcomed warmly with no other comments other than that Andy facetiously said her sequin dress was understated. Caroline was aglow with her fiery red hair and said she was totally ready for the reunion.
Andy recalled last year’s reunion and that how explosive that he never figured there would be another. He asked Teresa if the cast mates reached out to her, and she said each one had been very supportive. Andy seems to enjoy repeating the phrase “39-count indictment.”
Andy asked Caroline about her behavior on last year’s show and how she wasn’t proud of how she acted. She felt she deserved a pat upon the back for how she changed. She went through an experiment with her Hoboken apartment and her home that was turned into a pet sanctuary. She is fearful that when the children are gone, she will not know who her husband really is. However, now she is back in Franklin Lakes. Andy did ask her about the cheating allegations by her husband, Al. She does not believe that after so many years, there have not been indiscretions, and she feels that for anyone to think that their husband or wife would not cheat is a fool.
A fan wondered if now that Teresa and her brother made up, would she be inspired to make up with Dina? She replied that she does not live her life through other people. She refuses to keep it out of the press and although Dina stated that Teresa came to her after she left the show and remained friends, she does not want to discuss this any further. She saw how the press sensationalized the rift between Joe and Teresa, and she does not want to go there.
He asked Caroline if she thought it was wrong for Melissa to join the show? Caroline stated that the two of them were so much alike and each one complained about the identical things to other cast members about the other. Melissa said that they struggled because they are so incredibly different on the inside and did not seem to appreciate the topic.
They discussed her newest song and the reviews that were not so great. They also brought up her book about having a sexy marriage. They featured a segment about her father’s infidelity on the show, and Andy asked if it made it to the book? She told him it was about his absence and what she went through as a child. Teresa was surprised because she knew nothing of his indiscretions, only that he was a great guy. Teresa said that as family, she was surprised to hear it, but Melissa told her it was none of anyone’s business. Teresa retorted with the question; then why share it with four million viewers?
When Teresa asked Melissa about why her husband was not on the cover of her book about her marriage, she said Teresa was being bitchy, but a fan felt that it was a fair question. Melissa then stated that on one of Teresa’s cookbooks, she only had one daughter on the cover. As the war of words went back and forth, there were digs about each other’s books. Melissa feels that writing a biography is much more involved than writing a cookbook. Melissa admits to keeping a tight leash on her husband and never denied it. She admitted to picking all his secretaries. Caroline said she has gone to strip clubs and had lap dances with her husband sitting next to her. Melissa will not allow Joe to go to a strip club, and Andy asked if it was because she was a stripper; referring to the controversy during this season. Just kidding!
Another fan asked that Melissa claims that the haters are looking for their five minutes of fame, but other women have been around longer and not have people come forth with dirt; why do you think you are the target? When Melissa mentioned Jan, she said that she was upset because her salon was not featured in the show and after the meeting with Teresa and Jan on the show, and she received a text from Jan stating that Teresa and Kim D were out to get her. Teresa would not even give credence to that statement. Andy asked why when she met with Jan on the show that she did not yell at her about the lie she told? Melissa stated that she just wanted to be on the show.
Teresa stated she was told that Melissa had a contract with Radar Online, that as long as she continued to give them bad stories about her, they would not publish anything bad about Melissa. Melissa asked her why she did not call her and ask her about it? She did say that she asked her brother about it and he denied it and Teresa said she asked her brother so the story would not get twisted. Caroline stated that they should not even care about ugly rumors. However, Teresa stated she hired a team of public relations people to help quell the bad press she is getting about her legal situation.
Kathy’s cannoli business was the next topic and Richie making decisions for her. In Arizona when they met with Wyatt, so many emotions were released that were being kept inside. Richie’s rude comments on Twitter were discussed, but Kathy defended him because they were in reply to nasty comments about his family. The one about Victoria’s friend’s weight were totally out of line.
Jacqueline mentioned that Ashley was back home now and Andy also mentioned about Nicholas having autism. She also mentioned about having a tummy tuck and other tweaks on her body. She was very emotional about having a child with autism and how each day is a challenge. Although some people criticize her for exploiting her son, while others praise her for raising awareness.
Next Joe Gorga joined the panel along with Joe Giudice. Andy said that they ended the season on a good note, but it was a hard journey to get there. The Gorgas sold their home and are back in Franklin Lakes. They highlighted how the kids were brought into the fray, how Gia told her uncle Joe how she felt about the name calling, Teresa and Joe meeting at the gym, and all the bad things said about each other throughout the season.
Rosie joined the panel to discuss her fiery temper. They featured clips of Rosie and Joe Giudice having fun with Gia on BravoTV.com. The retreat to Lake George was Rosie and Teresa’s idea, and she wanted to have everyone else get along. As they showed the clips of Joe calling his sister scum and the fight that ensued when Teresa told her husband about the name-calling. Andy asked Joe Gorga if he was biting Joe in the nuts; he said he was just grabbing him and pinching him. But Joe Gorga realized how much he loves this guy after the initial fight occurred. Joe Giudice then laughed about it like a Cheshire cat.
When someone asked about Richie grabbing Rosie’s breasts, and stating that it was disgusting, Kathy defended Richie. She told Andy that they were a close family and there was nothing disgusting about it. She said they all touch, then Rosie grabbed her cousin Joe Gorga’s private parts.
They brought up Dr. V who said that when lies are being told about someone, and they do not defend the person being lied about; they are a dumb ass. Asked why Joe hugged his sister during the Dr. V meeting, he stated that he knew his sister and knows when she is hurting. At that moment, she was hurting.
Asked why Teresa is friends with Kim D when she starts so much trouble? Penny stated that Teresa wanted to drag Melissa down. She played everyone in the family. Teresa never met them before. They said that Penny wanted to be a housewife and asked why Kim D is Teresa’s friend, she stated that she did not want enemies.
Dr. V then joined the stage, and Teresa said she learned that it is alright to say she was sorry. Teresa admitted that she hung around with the wrong people. Dr. V said that for the first time both Teresa and Melissa were on the same side when they confronted Penny.
Dr. V asked what each person needed to move forward. Caroline was first, and she wanted truth from everyone. When asked who was not truthful, she replied Melissa and Teresa. She felt that the most truthful moments were when they both let their guard down and did not put a wall up. Dr. V pointed out that she is saying that truth is vulnerability. Caroline told Teresa to read her blog, when they were in Arizona and did the therapy, Teresa and Melissa were superficial about it and did not respect it. Teresa stated in her blog that Caroline and Albert did nothing but fight while there, and she had a miserable time. Caroline said that it was an outright lie. Asked why Teresa wrote that statement, she replied that it was what she heard; not what she saw. Caroline said it was a big mistake and a lie. Teresa countered that she did not like what Caroline said about not respecting the exercise, and trying to tell her what she was thinking. She felt that Caroline always has to be the boss, and she wanted her to read her blog. Caroline told her it was a big mistake for her to write what she wrote, and she admitted it was in retaliation for her judging Teresa harshly. So rather than confront Caroline, she wrote a lie about her. Dr. V told Teresa that what she did was kind of yucky. Caroline received the apology she wanted, but Teresa goes for the jugular, rather than confronting someone when she is hurt. Dr. V made Teresa promise to do better and express her feelings to her friends and family instead of lashing out at them.
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