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We poked a little fun at Caroline last night. Here’s what she thinks of us
Thank you Boston. Nothing brings out your sarcasm more than the Manzos!
Real Housewives of New Jersey – Hot Tub of Sour Grapes
I can’t. I just can’t. I just can’t believe this whole season of the Real Housewives of New Jersey has been all about a couple of sentences Teresa Guidice wrote in her cookbook. Or things that were printed in some rag mag that she supposedly said about her friends and family. The guys get it. It’s all about business, you apologize, you get over it, and you go on. What is so wrong about Teresa making a deal to do covers on a magazine? Without going into who said what word by word, this is my take on this episode:
Caroline. Why oh why couldn’t she stay out of the family problems of the Guidices, Wakiles, and the Gorgas in the first place? She kept saying she didn’t want to get into their business, but she kept doing it over and over and over.
I wonder why she struck up a friendship with the Gorgas and Wakiles in the first place. She really doesn’t have that much in common with them, especially the Gorgas. Could it be that her main objective was to try to make the relationships even worse between the Gorga, Wakiles and Guidice families? No, not Caroline, who is all about family.
The pure hatred Caroline spewed against Teresa was really disproportionate to the reasons she gave for doing it. If this is really all about a couple of sentences in a cookbook and quotes that were printed in a rag mag, quotes I believe all of them have actually said in public, then it’s no wonder Caroline is estranged from various members of her own family. Caroline Manzo is a very unhappy woman it has nothing whatsoever to do with Teresa Guidice. That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it. Even her kids and husband look exhausted from having to listen to her righteous indignation over minor slights. I’m really over the Manzos and hope they don’t return for another season of RHONJ. Good luck with your book, Caroline.
Melissa and Tarzan Boy. They contradict themselves so much it makes me dizzy. One minute Teresa and Joe are the enemy and the next minute little Joe is telling Juicy he loves him and saying how he has his sister’s back and family is family. Which is it people? I’m assuming the Guidice and Gorga lovefest didn’t last that long because it’s not currently all wine and roses between them.
Kathy and Icky Richie. This poor couple really comes off as not-too-bright bright puppets with Caroline and the Gorgas holding the strings. I think when they came onboard, they figured the public tide was against Teresa and Caroline was getting all the love, so they picked team Caroline over genuinely trying to mend fences with Teresa. Too bad it didn’t work out in their favor. Kathy’s attempts at working on improving her relationship with Teresa have been weak at best. I hope she has come to realize what a pawn she has been in Caroline’s game. She really put her foot in her mouth when she told Teresa that Richie’s slams against Teresa at a lowest point in her life were just jokes. I guess it’s OK for them to joke about Teresa, but it’s not OK for Teresa to joke about anybody including her mighty highness Caroline Manzo or her precious (adult) kids.
Jacqueline and Chris Laurita. The fact that their son was diagnosed with autism makes me want to cut them some slack. I think they are probably good people who have gotten caught up in the whole Bravolebrity thing, especially Jacqueline. Jacqueline kind of reminds me of Jill Zarin a little in that she’s feels her friend Teresa has left her behind. She’s hurt and doesn’t seem to be able to deal with it in a rational way. Instead of being happy for her friend, she becomes a jealous monster and ends up looking immature and a little unstable. I hope Jacqueline and Teresa can be friends again one day, but I don’t see that happening as long as Caroline is there whispering in Jacqueline’s ear. If they are ever to be friends again, Jacqueline will have to come to grips with the fact that Teresa is not going to share her every thought and feelings about things going on in her life.
Teresa and Juicy Joe. Who knows what the future holds for them? Will Juicy go away? If so, how will Teresa handle it? I agree with Tarzan Boy to a certain extent that sometimes Tre and Juicy don’t own up to their actions. Juicy seems to think he is above the law and Teresa is super competitive when it comes to her friends and family. One thing I can say for Teresa Guidice. She puts her money where her mouth is. If she says she’s going to do something or accomplish something, by golly, she usually does it. The woman has moxie.
This is a weird summary, I know. What do you think of the way this whole episode went down? What was Kathy’s purpose for starting the conversation with Teresa in the hot tub? Do you think Caroline put forth a rational argument to Teresa about why she’s so angry with her? Do you think Albert really cared about what was going on as evidenced by the fact he was asleep at the end of it and didn’t go comfort Caroline when she was crying hysterically afterwards? What do you make of Jacqueline pretending she was asleep the whole time, only jumping up to make one statement in the middle? Was she afraid of Caroline? How about Melissa and Kathy’s participation or nonparticipation? Were they both afraid of angering Mamma Manzo?
Best line of the night – Melissa: “I think everybody’s cracking up.”
I’ll be glad when this season is over. I’m exhausted and I’ve only been at this for two weeks!
Watch What Happens Live
Caroline – Teresa 1 on 1 with Andy
Hello everyone. This is my first recap and I am so happy to be a part of this great community. I started reading Lynn’s blog after I saw it on RHONY and read it every day after that. I valued her opinions so much even if I didn’t agree with them. She was the housewives expert and I find myself now always wondering what she would have thought. I hope my recaps make her proud!
So after tonight’s very tumultuous episode of RHONJ, it is the WWHL showdown featuring Caroline and Teresa. WWHL is not back live just yet and this is just a special that was prerecorded separately which does not shock me as Teresa has yet to appear with any housewife on a talk show. Before I begin, I must disclose that I am not a Caroline fan. This season she acts like she is untouchable and it seems to drive her crazy that Teresa is getting along with anyone. But personal opinions aside, let’s get started.
First up is Caroline. Andy goes right into it asking her what got her involved in the discussion. Caroline brings up #cookbookgate and still can’t accept Teresa’s apology for the cookbook because she doesn’t think it was genuine and was only for viewers. While this may be true, what does she really expect Teresa to do? Teresa can only say “I’m sorry” so many times. The magazine covers are brought up and Caroline is adamant that they all come from Teresa. I don’t understand why Caroline can’t let it go. I don’t think it’s a secret to the viewers that there’s more to this than magazine covers. Obviously a lot of this has to do with Teresa’s relationship with Dina and the bitterness there. Caroline just sounded ridiculous trying to talk about how upset she was over magazine covers. I will give Caroline some credit for being honest. She definitely didn’t say anything that we didn’t know. Caroline did a lot of awkward smiling throughout her interview which Andy even asked her about. She said she has a nervous laugh but I think Caroline enjoys this drama because she feels like she comes out on top. She knows that Teresa isn’t good speaking on the spot and is not clear with what she says. Caroline speaks well and just could not stop smiling at Andy as if to say, “you know what I mean”. Nothing new in this part of the show… moving on.
Next up Andy chats with Teresa about the Napa trip and Teresa says she had fun with her family. Andy brings up the toast and Teresa says it was an oversight that she left Kathy out of it. Teresa thinks that Kathy should have been happy for her that she and Joey were getting along. We knew all this already. The hot tub discussion comes up and Teresa believes Kathy was trying to instigate an argument between her and Caroline. Now to the meat of the issue, Caroline. Teresa doesn’t understand where Caroline’s animosity is coming from and brings up the fact that Caroline shouldn’t be talking about her marriage because she has her own marriage to worry about. Teresa then reassures viewers she isn’t getting divorced (oh Teresa…). Teresa says that Caroline didn’t return her phone calls regarding the cookbook. I don’t think we’ll ever know if calls were made but do we care? Then she says Caroline was upset she wasn’t in the first cookbook so she should be happy that she was in the second cookbook. I say, ENOUGH ABOUT THE COOKBOOK!!!!! That’s so clearly not what this is about.
Teresa talks about the tabloids still claiming she only got paid for the cover she did with Jacqueline even though Joe admitted they got paid on the show. I don’t think that is a secret to viewers that she is getting paid and she should just admit it and own it. She doesn’t need to save face at this point, why not just admit it? Anyway, Teresa says she thinks Caroline thinks she is better than everyone else and Teresa doesn’t care what she says about her. Do you understand, Andy Cohen? Caroline doesn’t matter to Teresa. Andy brings up that Caroline said she doesn’t like herself in this season and asks how Teresa feels about “season 4 Teresa”. Teresa goes around the question by saying everyone attacked her and it wasn’t right. Teresa didn’t do anything to Caroline, ok Andy Cohen? (Andy didn’t seem to like being addressed in that way).
The show ended asking both ladies if they have any regrets. Caroline says she had rage bottled up inside of her and she exploded. She then starts referring to herself in the third person saying that if she has to be the most hated person ever then so be it because that’s what Caroline says, not the housewife, the person! Caroline Manzo has no apologies. Teresa says the door is always open to mend relationships at the reunion but she didn’t do anything to Caroline so she has nothing to hide and it’s on Caroline. Neither seems very excited to see each other for the reunion although I am very excited for them to see each other.
Now I don’t know what to think of this but Andy must have known what he was doing when he asked this. He asked each of them what tabloid headline would they give for the other. Obviously Teresa played into it by saying, “Caroline, angry… very angry, a lot of animosity against Teresa”. Her headline for herself was that she is happy strong and will never fall down. Now when Andy asked Caroline what her headline would be about Teresa, she didn’t give one. Andy knew that Caroline wouldn’t give one and that Teresa would and in my opinion that was a bit of a set up and played into how gullible Teresa is. Clearly there is some favoritism over at Bravo.
Overall, this “special” didn’t shed light on anything that we didn’t know. Everything Teresa said was already written in her blogs. Caroline did her self-righteous act and if people don’t like her then so be it!! She’s Caroline Manzo and that is what Caroline says. This entire episode was made to capitalize on the drama but it does not address the actual issues. This season is far beyond cookbooks and tabloids but for some reason it will never come up on air and we will be forced to watch them fight over these petty issues. All I can say is that this reunion will be very interesting. It will be the first time all of these women have been together since the end of filming and there is no way it will be tame. I guess we will have to just wait and watch what happens and hope we get some real answers.
New York Fashion Lineup
Sonja in the city managed to snag some high society client and of course, like every normal caterer is allowed to do, proceeds to invite the entire cast to her second catering gig. Because, after all, what would a high society party be without some low class drama about petty nonsense to bring some color and depth to an otherwise bland array of “champs”, snotty WASPy types, and dull conversation?
Ramona– Ramona has a uniform of sorts for cocktail parties that she knows works for her and her petite body type. Its the kind of uniform I’d like ti call the Teri John school of classics. It’s almost as if every season she buys the exact same outfit in multiple colors. Perhaps that’s why Ramona seems to be continuously going through a range of overactive emotions–she needs to stand out despite the monotony of continuously wearing the same thing over and over again. The eggplant color of this satin sheath dress is extremely flattering and allows the satin the depth of tone so as to not look overly “done” and frou-frou. She loses points, however, by accessorizing with her cheap dollar store draped necklaces.
A better necklace option to add interest to a simple sheath dress: Statement beaded necklace, $44.90, The Limited http://www.thelimited.com/Statement-Beaded-Colorblock-Necklace/1484010,default,pd.html?dwvar_1484010_colorCode=648&start=38&ppid=c38&cgid=necklaces&cid=AFC-LINK-J84DHJLQkR4&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_campaign=J84DHJLQkR4
Sonja– We all love to hate one-shoulder dresses, but when it’s done as elegantly as the dress Sonja sports here, the effect is magical. With a strand of softly ruffled flowers strewn across her shoulder, this black lace ensemble is a modern update on the classic LBD. Her hair is sleek, the dress is understatedly elegant, and her shoes are sexy. With her ever-present champagne glass punctuating her wild hand gestures, Sonja looks like the picture-perfect UES hostess she portrays herself to be.
A perfectly flattering black lace LBD: Adrianna Papell Shutter-Pleat Lace Dress, $160, Dillards http://www.dillards.com/product/Adrianna-Papell-ShutterPleat-Lace-Dress_301_-1_301_503246425?cm_mmc=Linkshare-_-J84DHJLQkR4-_-null-_-null&linkshare=http://www.shopstyle.com/affiliate
Heather– Just when Heather is doing well in the sartorial department, she turns around and throws up her tackiest garb yet. Before we get to the atrociously adolescent lettering that decorates this ensemble, let’s talk about the fit. If I can’t tell where your body begins and ends, that’s not a good thing. This is a cautionary tale to all who have an affinity for wearing all black all the time–contrary to popular thinking, black does NOT always flatter you, especially when you have awkward asymmetrical cuts that make your figure look wider than it actually is. As for that lettering…anytime something has to be “bedazzled” in any sort of way is a major warning sign. Just don’t do it. Not only is it far from fashionable, but it just reeks of a pre-teen desperately trying to be the center of attention. It’s not an age-appropriate adornment for a woman Heather’s age. Don’t even get me started on the “Drop Dead Diva” part of it, it’s a serious wtf? Combined with her loosely styled hair and bright fuchsia lipstick (that, ironically, perfectly matches that bedazzled “statement”), this is a look that comes straight from the gutter.
A better option that Heather could easily rock: Dress with fantasy shoulder, $159, Zara http://www.zara.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product/us/en/zara-us-W2012/269185/868543/DRESS%20WITH%20FANTASY%20SHOULDER
Aviva– We all know what an incredible body Aviva has, but when your dress vaguely reminds one of a junior high school dance, you walk into a danger zone. Besides for the overt youthfulness inherent in the softly flared hemline, fitted bodice, and sweetheart neckline better suited to a woman half Aviva’s age, I love the open-work crochet detail which gives this black dress some visual interest. Although this dress really isn’t so terrible as dresses go, on Aviva–with her tall supermodel physique–it makes her look like she’s trying too hard to look younger than she actually is. I do like that she kept it simple, though, with minimal embellishments that allow her natural beauty to shine through.
A crochet open-work sweater (perfect for fall!): Alice + Olivia Sweater, $396, http://www1.bloomingdales.com/shop/product/alice-olivia-sweater-brenna-beaded-crochet?ID=624910&PartnerID=LINKSHARE&cm_mmc=LINKSHARE-_-n-_-n-_-n&LinkshareID=J84DHJLQkR4-qdrqbNFZjBO2F.R_y8F_6g
Luann– I’m not usually a fan of Luann’s pseudo masculine tranny getups, and this outfit is no exception. When it looks like someone took a hatchet to your jacket, you know it’s a bad choice. I just don’t quite get it, is this a bad attempt at being edgy (a la her new bestie Heather)? Or perhaps she let her gothically inclined daughter style her. Whatever the case, it makes her put together getup completely unravel. And even though I’m proud of Luann for abstaining from her typical hubcap-style numchuck necklaces, there’s no excuse for making a perfectly upscale outfit look like it’s been through the shredder.
A more structured, flattering, and streamlined (read: not homeless) jacket: Structured crepe jacket, $89.50, Lofthttp://www.loft.com/loft/product/LOFT-Apparel/LOFT-Jackets/Structured-Crepe-1-2-Sleeve-Jacket/287023?colorExplode=false&skuId=12161485&catid=catl000018&productPageType=fullPriceProducts&defaultColor=6600&cid=A0001
Carole– I’m a bit ambivalent about this look. While on the one hand, the elegant styling with the classic black pumps, slightly flirty yet slightly structured cocktail confection with a perfectly placed one shoulder, and slicked back hair is a beautifully high fashion look, on the other hand, it is those exact same things that bother me about this outfit choice. Her dress, while flattering, highlights her protruding bones and her hair is a bit severe. I guess what truly bothers me is the excess of black on all the housewives (excluding, of course, our ever-individualistic Ramona) and so, when I’m all set to give Carole a gold star as per usual for her perfect sense of style, I’m left feeling mournful–an appropriate response considering the sartorial implications of the color itself–and not exactly loving Carole’s perfectly put-together garb. One thing I do know, I’m dying over Carole’s 6 inch stilettos.
Classic black pumps: Nine West, $99 http://www.endless.com/dp/B008A3ZLGC/186-2374280-8562300?ie=UTF8&creative=395033&suppressRedirect=1&linkCode=asn&tag=dealtend-22456-20&creativeASIN=B008A3ZLGC&ref_=asc_df_B008A3ZLGC2144422
Big Brother – The Revenge of Frank
This season couldn’t be scripted any better if the producers tried. It’s like a game of ping pong between Frank and the rest of the House. Poor Frank. He was nominated the first week because he was likeable and on Boogie’s team. He managed to get into a Solid Six alliance – only to have Boogie’s extra plotting ways lead to a double-cross. Ian slithered into the alliance, ratted out Boogie – and all of a sudden there was the Quack Pack. Frank has the dubious distinction of being nominated every single time he’s not HOH.
Ian is an 18 year old super Big Brother fan. He laid low during the first few weeks after he gave all the women the creeps by shower stalking (hanging out and chatting when they were trying to shower). Then it seemed like he was happy to be Boogie’s protege. But somewhere in the middle of the season he started to play. Not only did Ian (with the help of Dan and Brit) arrange for Boogie’s ouster, but he also won HOH, stayed true to the Quack Pack and nominated Frank and Ashley for eviction. The only thing he couldn’t do was win the veto – which went to Frank, and Ashley was sent packing.
Fast forward to this episode. Ian’s HOH is short lived in double eviction week, and by Saturday was a new HOH competition. It was actually a pretty interesting HOH contest – a labyrinth type game played vertically. It looked like Frank figured it out quickly and got better each round. He dropped the others one by one, and ended up with another HOH. This must be some sort of record.
Shockingly, Frank still doesn’t realize Ian is behind all this. Shocking because he was warned by Boogie – and he was nominated by Ian – but Frank still doesn’t get it. Perhaps he’s blinded by his hatred of Dan – who is nowhere as evil as Frank thinks he is. Frank’s going to be shocked when he sees the tapes.
So Frank has a well deserved win, with the obvious target for eviction – Dan. The only question is who will he put up with Dan – Danielle or Joe. Then comes another twist – Pandora’s box. Frank falls for it and it gives the houseguests a chance to win an extra veto. The houseguests have to dig through balls to get quarters – and then play the “claw” game in the arcade room to pick up a golden veto ball. Whoever designed the games for this episode did a good job. Ian – who I imagine grew up in an arcade – wins this one.
So at this point the obvious choice for nominations would be Dan and Ian – so Ian would use the veto on himself, and Dan stays on the block. But it’s Frank. And unbelievable he doesn’t do that.
I have to make an editorial comment here – as bad as it is that Juicy and Joe run around with their shirts off – Ian – put a shirt on!
So it’s Dan and Danielle in the hot seat – with Ian holding the golden veto ball that he may or may not use on Dan.
This is the point where the people who watch the live feeds have a leg up on the TV viewers. Veto was played yesterday – and that can always shake up the game. If you’d like to know what’s going on behind the scenes – Morty’s is always a good source. Trust me – it’s worth reading. After a sleepy start – the game is officially on!
Tweets from TheFauxMilaniaG
who cares? you get paid for the shit you promote on twitter RT
@JacLaurita Joe finally admitted the truth! They got PAID for the articles.
“i look at her i see ugly” that’s how i feel about every single person except me ever
Caroline Speaks Up
As the show aired last night, Caroline gave an interview to Celebuzz. Stating the obvious – she says what went down in Napa wasn’t fun and wasn’t nice.
“I couldn’t find anything positive about it,” Manzo, who tells Celebuzz that she watched Sunday’s episode at least six times rather than her usual two – once to blog about it and again when it airs to tweet about it.
“The only thing positive about it was I finally said what I needed to say and I’m done. And that was a year ago,” she continues. “And I have not seen or spoken to Teresa since the reunion last year with the exception of the Bravo commercial – I was in the same room with her. My last words to Teresa Giudice were at the reunion last year. And can I tell you, it’s been a wonderful year.”
Funny thing is – she went into tweet silence during the show. I guess she should have watched it a few more times.
Adrienne Maloof is over Paul and Hawking her Shoe Line
Michelle – want to review them for us?
Happy Birthday Queen Butter Bean