Real Housewives of New Jersey Recap – “Dinasty of Denial” by BB
See how clever Bravo was with the spelling of Dynasty? Dinasty as in Dina? Let’s see what’s happening with the New Jersey famblies.
The Gorgas. It’s Antonia’s first day of school. Joey and Melissa talk about the trip and she tells him she tried to stay out of the argument that last night and Joey thinks Caroline ruined the last day of the vacation. They talk about Jacqueline sleeping through the argument and Melissa is going to call her because she didn’t get a chance to say goodbye. Joey says Teresa’s his sister and he’s always going to back her up. That day at least. Tomorrow who knows? Melissa’s so busy taking pictures that Antonia misses the bus and she has to drive her to school.
The Guidices. Teresa is a little more busy with her brood as Gia will be going into the fifth grade (how time flies), Gabriella will be going into the first grade and Milania will be going into kindergarten. Gabriella tells Milania that she will probably see her at recess, but she won’t be able to play with her. Joe is making their lunches and puts Milania’s name tag inside her lunch box. Milania tells Joe nobody knows her name and she’s supposed to wear the name tag! Teresa and Joe get the girls on the bus and see them off.
While having breakfast with Audriana, Joe and Teresa talk about how they’re glad to be back in their own bed, but how much they enjoyed the trip. Teresa says, until the last night when it was gang up on Joe and Teresa time. Joe said he was loving it, go ahead, attack. Teresa says she’s kind of done with Caroline. Joe tells Teresa he would have just said whatever to Caroline and told her to go get her hair done. Teresa tells Joe they were never that close, she was closer to Dina and Jacqueline and that Caroline hangs around more with her kids, even though she doesn’t get along with all her siblings. Joe says that’s none of Teresa’s business. Teresa says she will be cordial with Caroline and that’s it.
Teresa and Joe talk about how they enjoyed Joey and Melissa and even Richie on the trip. Joe calls Kathy two-faced for turning on Teresa and describes her as one of those dolls that you squeeze and their eyes pop out of their heads. Teresa laughs and says Kathy has pretty eyes. Joe says they’re huge like a frog, but whatever. Teresa has to go to Kathy’s to pick up some shoes she left by the Jacuzzi. Joe tells Teresa she doesn’t have to be nice to people like Kathy, she just has to put them in their place.
In her interview, Teresa says Joe’s not going anywhere, unless he cheats on her and then she’ll break his legs. She asks Joe if he’ll support her in whatever she does. He says he doesn’t care, she can do whatever she wants. Then he says he has a meeting, he’s got to get outta there. Teresa tells him if she ever finds out he’s cheating on her she would be done. He tells her he’ll bring a girl there, just like old school. She says, “Well you’re not old school, so just shut up.”
At the Wakiles, Victoria discusses college with Richie and Kathy. Victoria says if she’s going away to school, she’s really going away. Richie thinks that would be good for her. Kathy says she’s old school (this term is getting old) and they never went away to college. They stayed home and worked. Victoria says she’s interested in the University of Maryland. Richie wants both of the kids to go away to school so he and Kathy don’t have to wear clothes around the house. I just threw up in my mouth a little. I’m with Richie, I think it will be good for Victoria to go away and learn to be independent. Kathy tells Richie he’ll be singing a different tune when his kids leave.
Jacqueline goes to Melissa’s house and, did I just hear correctly, tells Melissa she’d rather have tea than wine? Melissa asks Jacqueline if she was really asleep during the argument between Caroline and Teresa. She tells Melissa she didn’t want to get involved in that argument. She had already had her talk with Teresa. They discuss toast gate again. This is getting old. These people wouldn’t last a minute in my family if they get that upset over a toast. Get Over It! Melissa tells Jacqueline she didn’t want Teresa to feel that she was going against her and that’s why she stayed so quiet. Melissa has never seen Caroline so angry. Jacqueline calls it angry hurt. Jacqueline thinks Caroline is pretty done. Melissa hopes they can work it out.
Teresa and Audriana go to Kathy’s house and they talk about the girls’ first day of school. Kathy asks Teresa how her plane ride home was and Teresa tells her she had a good time with her on vacation. Kathy brings up the toast AGAIN! (Does anyone notice that Audriana is playing with the stove?) Teresa tells Kathy if she mentioned her, then she would have had to mention the kids too. Kathy tells Teresa it doesn’t matter. For some reason I think this issue is going to come up again.
Teresa said it seemed like Kathy was on Caroline’s side that night. Kathy tells her that’s not the case at all and at a certain point she felt what Teresa was feeling and that’s why she went and sat beside her. Teresa felt like she was ambushed and Kathy says it was not like that at all. Kathy is not going to own up to the part she played in starting that fiasco. Kathy tells Teresa she did have quality friends and they still are quality people. Teresa says she never really hung out with Caroline, she hung out with Jacqueline and Dina.
Teresa tells Kathy, she and Jacqueline are pretty much back to normal and they’ve worked things out. Teresa tells Kathy if she has something to say, she’ll tell her. Kathy says it has to work both ways and she not going to continue to be quiet about things. Teresa tells her she just wants positive things in her life.
Next Melissa goes to Caroline’s house to try to smooth things over between her and Teresa. Caroline tells Melissa she’s going to do a show on Sirius radio and it’s a huge deal. Melissa wants Caroline to play her song and Caroline tells her she doesn’t know about that. She has all kinds of idea notes on her bulletin board about the trip and friendship that she might discuss on her show and she will be taking Al and the kids with her.
Caroline tells Melissa she’s tired and she’s always been there for Teresa. She says she really feels like she’s finished with Teresa. Melissa tells Caroline she was the one who put it out there in the first place and it’s not fair for her to sit there and play victim. Caroline tells Melissa she felt bad for Kathy and she wasn’t going to get involved until Teresa looked at her and said, “You accepted my apology, didn’t you?” Caroline said she didn’t accept Teresa’s apology and she just wanted Teresa to tell her she didn’t like her anymore. Melissa tells Caroline they’re not in high school. Melissa’s right, Teresa has apologized and what else can she do? Caroline says she’s forgiven a lot (I wonder what), but she’s not going to sit there and get beat up. I wonder how Melissa got away with saying what she did to Caroline and why Caroline just stood there and took it? I don’t see Teresa getting away with anything like that.
Melissa goes to Teresa’s house to pick up Gabriela and Milania because she’s going to watch them while Teresa and Joe are at her Fabellini launch that night. Teresa talks about a play date for the next week and Melissa asks Teresa if she wants her to come too and Teresa says yes.
The Wakiles take a tour of the University of Maryland, where Victoria is interested in attending. Richie tries his best to embarrass Victoria by asking stupid questions, like is there a bar on campus or does the Women’s study program take 30 years, etc. One of the students tells Kathy she only lives 20 minutes away and Kathy grabs onto that trying to get Victoria to see you can go to college nearby but still feel independent. One of the guides tells Kathy she’s been doing her own laundry since high school and Kathy says uh oh. They show them a dorm room and Victoria says she never knew she was so spoiled until she saw that room. Kathy likens it to a prison cell.
Melissa takes Antonia, Gabriella and Milania to a place especially for little girls to get manis and pedis. They are all soooooo cute. Melissa says she would take all the girls together every day. She tells Gabriella and Milania that even though they’re Antonia’s cousins, they seem more like sisters. Melissa buys all of them (including Teresa) love bracelets. They do a fashion show and are adorable. I love the Guidice and Gorga girls. They are girly girls and so prissy.
The Wakiles take a tour of DC and Richie gives them a history lesson on the opportunities his parents took advantage of when they came to this country. Victoria tells her parents that visiting the campus was a very “whoa” moment for her. Kathy suddenly realizes going away to school would be a great opportunity for Victoria, but she and Richie will stand behind her whatever she decides.
Caroline and her family (including Al) arrive for her Sirius radio show (what, no Greggy?). Caroline knows Sirius is not a joke and she has no clue why people are interested in what she has to say. I have no clue either, Caroline. Al is so excited he’s yawning. After the radio representative meets and talks to all the Manzos, she has a look on her face like, “Who are these people and what are they doing here?” She warns Caroline that as soon as she gives the phone number out, the calls will start coming in fast. Caroline starts the show off by announcing who she is and introducing her family, then says they will take calls. Dead silence.
Caroline and Al mumble and fumble around talking about raising kids and dealing with siblings and her kids sit there like morons. Looks like the Manzo’s didn’t do their homework (typical) and are not at all prepared for this radio gig. This is a train wreck. Caroline is embarrassed because her family is scared and not talking. I think it’s because none of them have anything interesting to say. Caroline decides to take a break. The phone calls aren’t coming in and the station rep tells them they are going to have to focus. Ugh, this is hard to watch and I don’t even like Caroline.
It’s the night of Teresa’s Fabellini launch. Teresa and Joe show up and pose on the step and repeat. Teresa has just invited her close friends and family, but it looks like a lot of people showed up, including Pete Guidice. Jacqueline wasn’t invited and she’s hurt. Teresa says Jacqueline “hurted” her for no reason. Teresa says she holds no grudges (I have to chuckle here folks, Teresa is a prime example of a grudge holder), but it will never be the same between her and Jacqueline.
Dina arrives and trips herself up on the red carpet. She twists her ankle and worries about it swelling up. She finally gets inside and greets Teresa. Jacqueline thinks it’s odd that Dina showed up for Teresa’s event because she hasn’t been showing up for family events lately. That’s because she and Caroline aren’t speaking Jacqueline!
Teresa knows she can count on Dina and she’ll always be there for her (until they fight about something). She offers Dina a Fabellini and Dina jokes about how it makes her burp. Teresa tells her about how much fun they had on the Napa trip and then tells her about the argument with Caroline on the last night. Dina seems surprised that Caroline is offended about the joke Teresa wrote about her in her cookbook. Teresa said she apologized to Caroline, but blood is thicker than water. Dina tells her unfortunately not always. She used to think that, but it’s not always the case.
Teresa asks Dina if she thought the joke in her cookbook was offensive. She says no because the tone of the book was light and fun. Teresa tells Dina that Caroline said she didn’t want to be her friend anymore. Dina said the last time she heard something like that was when she was in the fourth grade. Dina tells Teresa she didn’t really do anything to her sister to hurt her and it’s kind of silly. She also thinks if Caroline is mad about the comment about the car wash, that’s silly, too. Dina tells Teresa if she knows she didn’t do anything wrong, she can move on with her life and enjoy her family and her health. Everything else is BS. They share a love you and a kiss and Dina tells Teresa if she ever writes anything bad about her, she’ll eff her up. They laugh.
The Manzos finally get a caller who asks what was the worst experience that happened on the trip that Caroline was just talking about. Caroline mentions a night that will go down in history and she had to make a decision about a friendship. In other words she didn’t say anything of interest. Yawn. Another caller asks her about her relationship with Dina and she tells her they are a crazy family and they fight like crazy and sometimes you’re not on the same page with your siblings, but she loves her sister. In her interview, Caroline blames Teresa for her problems with Dina. She doesn’t really explain why that is. The radio show was a big fail in my opinion and that’s probably why Caroline doesn’t have a regular gig on Sirius. But apparently someone thinks she’d be good for a talk show. Really? I don’t get it.
I don’t know if it was fake or not, but I really enjoyed the way Melissa handled things in this episode. She told Caroline how she saw things and really seemed to enjoy the time she spent with her and Teresa’s little girls. It’s such a shame it doesn’t last.
Watch What Happens Live Recap by BB
If anyone was looking for a special mention of Lynn Hudson by Andy Cohen, they were disappointed. I guess a tweet is all we’re gonna get.
The poll question is “Whose side are you on Now – Teresa or Caroline?” Of course Caroline won the poll at 60 some percent. Who’s surprised? Not me.
Teresa has a raspy voice from the reunion. Perez starts off trying to stir up trouble when he asks Teresa if she and Dina Manzo are still friends since Dina has made such a success of herself since she left RHONJ. It didn’t work. Anyway, in my eyes Teresa is just as successful as Dina if not more. Dina has a show on HGTV that’s not even in prime time. Teresa is RHONJ and has other successful ventures going on.
Other notable things from the show:
Perez and Teresa have both had hot dreams about Andy.
Andy showed a clip of Melissa’s new song and Perez slammed Melissa by saying he liked the song, but thought she was too old to dress like that and for that type of video. Melissa tweeted in complaining about that remark, but Perez really didn’t back down.
Teresa high-fives Perez when he says he lost a lot of weight the natural way. Lauren Manzo tweets in complaining about Teresa slamming lap band surgery. Teresa says she thinks the natural way to lose weight is the best, just like her Fabellini is all natural.
Kim D delivers the Plead the Fifth card to Andy. Do any of you think she might be a housewife next season?
Teresa said that she and Dina had been on the outs until Jacqueline and Caroline ambushed her at Jac’s house and she stopped by Dina’s on her way home so upset about it. Maybe that’s why Caroline is so mad at Teresa. She went to “the other side.”
That’s about it. Teresa looked fabulous as usual.
Below is a another funny parody by Amy Philips, this time of Teresa talking to the empty chair (Caroline).
LittleNewton – Watch What Happens Live
WWHL is back after a long break! The guests are Teresa Giudice and Perez Hilton. It starts with Teresa talking about how her voice is still gone for the reunion and reveals that she sang On Display to Andy. The bartenders were an old couple from New Jersey in honor of Grandparents Day (random!). Dina is brought up and Teresa says she is still friendly with Dina. Perez says sometimes there’s animosity when someone becomes more successful bit Teresa says that’s not the case between them. Andy asks Teresa if she was glad to see Melissa confront Caroline for her in the episode and Teresa said that she was happy to see it and that Melissa should be sticking up for her because she is family. Teresa also tells Andy that Caroline is acting like she’s in high school (she’s not the only one, Teresa). The poll question is obviously, “Whose side are you on? Teresa or Caroline”
Andy aired a comment Teresa made in reference to Danielle that didn’t air on the WWHL special. Teresa says “Love and light” and Andy says he is impressed Teresa quoted Danielle. Teresa stammered saying she was loyal to Caroline and Jacqueline even though she didn’t know anything about Danielle. Looking back, she feels that Danielle had dirt on Caro and Jac and seemed to respect that Danielle never aired their dirty laundry. It was an odd statement.
Andy turns his attention to Perez and he says he heard among “the gays” that Andy is getting a lot of action these days. Andy seemed a little shocked to hear that and Teresa says she had a hot dream where she was trying to “turn” Andy. Gross.
Andy says the number one question for Teresa was about Joe’s phone call. When asked her thoughts, Teresa tries to explain the weirdest story about the call. She says Joe was speaking with his driver/friend Albie… then Albie handed his phone over to his Spanish worker, Claudio, and that is who Joe was talking to in Spanish. No one is buying that story Teresa. She says she was shocked by the C word comment but she isn’t going to divorce him a year later. She also said he made it up to her in “diamonds”. Yeah ok Teresa, we all believe Juicy can afford diamonds. She says she calls him a dick all the time and it’s pretty much the same thing. No one else agreed.
Perez gets a question on his weight loss and he says he lost 80 pounds naturally through dieting and working out. Teresa asks, “no lap band?!” and high fives him when he says no. Oh Teresa! Perez says the secret is what you eat and put in your body and that he exercises every day.
Lauren didn’t seem to appreciate Teresa’s comment and made these tweets during WWHL:
T thinks my lap band is a bad thing-Im healthy now-letting ur husb all u a C as long as he buys u things is a great msg to send ur daughters
If @VitoScalia3 ever cheated on me or disrespected me no amount of material things or diamonds would ever make it better
Oh Lauren, I have a feeling no amount of anything will make you happy. Moving on. Andy previewed a sneak peek of Melissa’s video for “I Just Wanna”. Judging by what I saw, the song should be called “I Just Wannabe J-LO”. Perez says that he thinks Melissa is a little too old to dress the way she was in the video but he liked the song. Teresa even said it was good.
It’s Perez’s turn to plead the fifth and Perez randomly announces that Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds got married. Congrats? Kim D comes out to give Andy his notecards and Andy says there’s big drama involving her. I thought it was interesting that she was there. The previews show she clearly stirred up the stripper drama.
Perez’s questions were:
Who lies the most about the work they have had done? Perez says Lily Tomlin has had really good work done but doesn’t really answer the question.
Who was the biggest disappointment when you met them in person? Perez says Kim Z and in the same breath says he was kidding. He settles on Cristina Aguilera.
Who do you most owe an apology to and why? Perez says Christina Aguilera and says he was sort of just kidding ok. He said in his mean days he called her a lot of not-so-nice names. Andy says that Perez was really mean about his good friend SJP and Perez admits he and Andy even shared words before but they’ve moved past it and he apologized to SJP for Andy. Who knew it made Andy so upset!
A caller asks Teresa if she feels like she came between Caroline and Dina and Teresa says that Dina even stopped talking to Teresa for a while because she was on the show with Caroline and Jacqueline. She said that she talked to her again when she stopped by after the argument on the porch because her house was on the way home and that Dina and her sister Cookie listened to her and were supportive. Andy asked Teresa why she didn’t invite Jacqueline to the Fabellini party but I think we all know that the party was after the Posche Fashion Show so I’m not sure why he asked that. Teresa didn’t admit that, she just said that it was thrown together really quickly.
Melissa tweeted Andy saying she isn’t old, she is only 33!! Perez says she is no J-Lo! Andy also brought up Lauren’s tweet and Teresa says that she likes doing things naturally and plugs her Fabellini by saying it’s all natural. Sure it is! They then played a game giving Mazels and Jackholes to recent media stories which wasn’t very interesting and Perez talked the most.
Caroline won the poll with 62% while Teresa got 38% of the votes. The results got a lot of boos from the audience. Andy didn’t do his Mazel or Jackhole and there was no mention of Lynn. Unless Andy has something planned later this week, I am disappointed in him. She deserved some recognition, even if it was just a vanity card. Shame on you, Andy. Lynn gets my Mazel!!
Drama Behind the RHONJ Reunion
As we steadily approach the “explosive” Season 4 RHONJ Reunion, scheduled to air September 23, the focus continues to be on the intense conflict between Teresa and….well, everyone else on the show. How do you explain this? Are they all just crazy, evil, jealous? And Teresa is an innocent victim of these unstable family members and former, duplicitous friends? While the nefarious Bravo Productions lurks in the shadows, stirring their creative juices to dream up new and even dirtier ways to bring this family and group of friends over the cliff to a fiery, explosive end – all for our entertainment?
Perhaps – there’s probably some truth to all of these scenarios. We know that Bravo casts participants on these shows who are…shall we say “colorful?” They most certainly have eccentric qualities – extreme, self-serving and volatile personalities.
And we can certainly conclude that Bravo Producers are working behind the scenes to stir up as much drama as possible – it’s their bread and butter.
But, we’d be naive to conclude that Teresa has had nothing to do with any of the conflict that we’ve seen unfold among this group of people, wouldn’t we? Can we really believe that she’s had no hand in the nasty articles that have come out in the tabloids about her castmates? Did she have nothing to do with the content of the outlandish In Touch articles? Was she really just joking around when she made digs about friends and family in her book?
And the big question to consider as the season draws to its conclusion: How sincere has Teresa been about mending her relationship with Melissa? Has she let go of her desire to bring Melissa down? Because, as I see it, the answer to those questions are at the crux of whether or not she was likely to have had any involvement in Strippergate.
MeGo Still Keeping Her Distance From Teresa by BB
According to WetPaint.com, Melissa Gorga recently called in to the Ryan Seacrest radio show to promote her new single “I Just Wanna” (I just wanna tell her she’s probably wasting a lot of time and money). Anyway, Ryan couldn’t resist asking her about her relationship with her sister-in-law, Teresa Guidice. About their current relationship, Melissa said, “We haven’t really seen each other in a while. We’ve just been trying to keep our distance. It just seems like it should be so easy. And what you’re seeing on the show, we’re getting along so well. It was really easy and I don’t know how it just keeps getting back to this spot. You will see in the finale that we are at the spot that we are right now.”
About the confrontation between Teresa and Caroline Manzo, Melissa added: “It was crazy, it really was, it was nuts. I just stayed out of it. Because it wasn’t my battle, it wasn’t my argument. They’ve been friends for a long time…it was exhausting though.”
Golly gee, can she possibly be as innocent as she sounds?
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Jacqueline Laurita will appear on Anderson Cooper’s new talk show, Anderson Live, tomorrow – Tuesday, September 11. She will be discussing the diagnosis of her son Nicolas with autism and his treatment. Note that she is discussing treatment – hope they discuss the notion of whether children w/autism can be cured of their condition. You can see who he has lined up for the rest of the week here:
Wow – that Anderson is such a cutie – check out the watermark picture of him on the landing page there – he’s dreamy… 🙂
And, can I just say how much Nicolas looks like his Dad up there?
Typically, our tireless leader, NoMoreDrama does our recaps for Big Brother, but she is taking a much-deserved break this week. So, our awesome friend, BB, has graciously provided us with a quick mini-recap of last night’s episode, in which the remaining houseguests nominated who would be up next for eviction.
Big Brother 14 Mini Recap by BB
Ian wins the next Head of Household contest. He wants Jenn out, even though Jenn tells him she’s never done him wrong. Ian can’t decide who to put up with Jenn, Shane or Dan. Ian wants Jenn gone, not knowing that Dan wants him out.
Ian gets to decide if he wants to open Pandora’s box so, he can watch a video from his parents. But instead of his parents, he gets a video of Rachel Reilly and listens to nothing but drivel from her including her annoying laugh. Ian says it’s like he’s on a bad date and he’s going to vomit. Meantime, all the other houseguests get to watch videos from their loved ones. Dan gets visibly emotional when he sees his wife Chelsea.
The big reveal:
Ian nominates Jenn and Shane for eviction.
RHONJ – Where do they go from here?
Our friend, NJBev, asked last night what we thought would or should be the direction for RHONJ next season. Of course, everyone has their favorite characters and their least favorites. Love them or hate them, the show does need some friction to keep the story interesting, doesn’t it? We thought a poll would be interesting at this point, regarding who Bravo should consider keeping and whose 15 minutes is up. Please vote below and vote often!