RHONJ “Finale Part II, Strip Down Memory Lane”
“The Season of No Answers” by BB
The following is a description of the final episode of Season 4 of the Real Housewives of New Jersey without trying to figure out who set up whom, who knew what when, or how it was manipulated by Bravo editing (couldn’t do it if I tried); only what was shown on the television screen. The intelligent and observant readers of this great blog site can sort through it all and come to their own conclusions.
Ok. We’re at the Posche Fashion show and Angelo has just walked up to the ladies’ table and said hi to Melissa and asked her if she remembered him. I’d like to say here that Angelo didn’t necessarily have to be mic’d at this time. It actually kind of sounded liked he was talking loudly so maybe a boom mic could pick it up. Just my observation.
Melissa says she knows she knows him but she doesn’t remember where she knows him from. Teresa’s heart is beating 500 now and Kathy says something about coffee making your heart do that. The fashion show commences and all the ladies are talking about the fashions, what they like and what they don’t. Teresa is looking uncomfortable and Jac notices it. The fashion show ends and Kim tells everyone not to go anywhere because they are going to dance.
Melissa and Teresa go to the bathroom and Teresa asks Melissa who the bald guy was who came up to the table. To me this is Teresa’s way of letting Melissa explain who he is and how she knows him. Melissa can’t remember where she knows him from. Teresa tells her he was at the salon earlier and he said something about her dancing for him at a gentlemen’s club. Teresa tells Melissa she knows it’s not true. Melissa says she bartended for him for about a week because her cousin owned the place. Melissa says it was a bikini bar, not a strip club and the tips were good. She tells Teresa her brother knows about it. Teresa thinks Melissa should go up and tell Angelo to stop spreading rumors about her.
At the same time (or Bravo wants us to think it’s at the same time) Angelo is telling someone Melissa used to be a dancer, the whole thing was set up by Teresa and Kim D. and he was told to walk up to Melissa at the table. Coincidentally, Jac gets a text message from a mutual friend of hers and Teresa’s that something’s about to go down. Back in the bathroom Melissa swears to Teresa she never danced. Teresa tells her she believes her. Melissa tells Teresa she’s going to call Joey and I can see the lightbulb go off in Teresa’s head that she’s being set up by the way Melissa is telling her she shouldn’t have even entertained the notion that she was a dancer. Melissa seems really, really calm and not upset at all. Just my observation.
Melissa tells Joey what’s happening and that she doesn’t want to approach Angelo without her husband. Yet when Joey says he’s coming over, she tells him not to. Yeah, right. Teresa is trying to find Angelo to tell him off and Kim D. tells Teresa he felt uncomfortable and left. Teresa tells Kim D. Melissa is calling Joey. Teresa then leaves Kim D. because she doesn’t want to be associated with anything Kim D. might have done.
Teresa goes back to the table and tells Kathy what is happening (not what Angelo said about Melissa, though). Kim D. is sitting at another table laughing with other people. Caroline and Lauren and Jacqueline are all texting with each other. Lauren asks Kathy if she has a bad feeling. In her interview, Kathy says she’s the only one who doesn’t know what’s going on and doesn’t care if it stays that way.
Melissa comes back to the table and says everything is fine. Kim D. comes and sits beside Teresa and apologizes for whatever Angelo said and that she doesn’t even know him. The others find out he works at the salon where Teresa was earlier that day. Melissa tells Kim D. to shut up and take a walk. Melissa doesn’t believe that Kim D. didn’t have anything to do with it and Teresa didn’t know about it.
Joe’s brother Pete comes and gets Teresa to go have a drink with some people (I can’t tell if Kim D. is in this group, but I think she is). Caroline shows Melissa a text and exclaims that her head is going to explode. I wish it would have, then I wouldn’t have to look at her or listen to her ever again.
Kathy and Melissa go outside and Melissa tells Kathy about the conversation in the bathroom. Kathy makes all of these ugly faces, I mean as ugly as Caroline makes her ugly faces. By the way, I hate Kathy’s dress, too and Melissa is dressed like a 14 year old trying to look like an 18 year-old at a school dance. Teresa wants to leave, but some women come and drag her back in for a drink. Teresa should have just left. Kathy and Caroline are also having a separate conversation when Joey and Richie show up. Melissa is acting all like she didn’t want Joey to come. Of course she did. Caroline walks up and kisses Joey like they are the best of friends. Now they all decide Teresa set it up. Melissa is busy trying to get her top from falling off and showing her bubbies, but she’s worried about what people might think of her with all those rumors going around.
Joey asks the bouncer to give Angelo a call. Theresa tries to explain to Joey what happened and then Pete walks up. Melissa tells Teresa she was told Teresa purposely set her up. Teresa wants to know who told her that and Melissa won’t tell her and says she won’t reveal her sources. Now why wouldn’t she tell Teresa who she heard it from? Teresa says if she can’t back it up, don’t say it. Teresa goes back inside with Pete. Pete seems happy about what’s happening, but does Teresa seem happy about it? She’s smiling. Just an observation. Jac gets her two cents in by telling them she heard the whole thing and it’s a set up. Caroline has no words, but she keeps on talking. Kim D. comes out and asks what the problem is. Joey tells Kim D. to go sniff a line and for her to take a walk. Kim D. tells him she plays with the big boys and to not mess with her. Joey tells Kim D. to get outta there and Kim D. says it’s her fashion show and he’s the one who can leave.
Jacqueline supposedly has proof that Teresa knew about this set up two week prior. Lauren tells Caroline that Teresa has told her that Melissa was a stripper before. Caroline is also saying Teresa told her Melissa was a stripper. What kind of friends are Lauren and Caroline that they didn’t tell Melissa what Teresa was saying about her? I’m not buying the bridge they’re selling. Jacqueline tells Joey and Melissa that Teresa was standing right in front of Angelo when he told a woman he was going to embarrass Melissa. Jacqueline tells Joey she will send them the text messages but she doesn’t know if it’s true or not.
Teresa comes out and asks Jacqueline if she told Melissa that Teresa sold her out. Teresa asks Jacqueline if she’s trying to help her or if she’s trying to cause problems. Caroline is standing by shaking her head. Teresa wants to know if Jacqueline is trying to set her up. The all-knowing sage Caroline describes this as Jacqueline’s ah ha moment about Teresa (you see, Caroline knows what Jacqueline is thinking at all times). Jacqueline is all full of righteous indignation. Joey and Melissa’s car pulls up to Teresa and Joey starts in on Teresa. Joey tells Teresa he threw out a lawyer for her at his Christmas party and wants to know why she didn’t throw Angelo out on his ass. Well I guess it’s because this isn’t Teresa’s party for her to throw him out and he had already left when she went looking for him, and lastly, she probably couldn’t have physically thrown him out even if she wanted to.
After everyone leaves Teresa goes back into the building. Oops, she lets spill that Chris Laurita told her he met Jacqueline when she was a dancer. Then when others start talking about Melissa’s past, Teresa walks away and tells them she doesn’t want to hear it.
12 hours later, they are at the reunion and Andy announces Jacqueline is not there. Caroline explains that something happened the night before and Jacqueline was too upset to come to the reunion. Caroline has not talked to Teresa since the reunion, Lauren has lost weight from her lap band surgery and Caface is a success, and Albie and Lindsay are no longer together. Kathy’s desserts will be hitting the shelves this year, Victoria decided to go to school in NJ, and Kathy and Teresa have been communicating recently through texting. One of Melissa’s songs went number 4 on i-tunes, her and Joey’s house is on the market for $3.8 mil so they can move away from Teresa and she has not spoken to Teresa since the reunion.
Teresa’s second cook book is a best seller and she has apologized to everyone except Kathy in a magazine. She has also not spoken to her brother since the Posche fashion show. Also, Joe Guidice is still awaiting sentencing on the fake driver’s license charge. She shares that her brother texted to her that she is dead to him and that she would cry about it, but she hates him. Jacqueline is focusing on her two sons, her relationship with Ashlee has never been better, and she hasn’t spoken to Teresa since the fashion show (but she’s been obsessing about her on her blogs and twitter).
So, I still have lots of questions, but not many answers. I would list all of my questions that need answers, but I need to go to bed sometime before dawn.
Season 4 of The Real Housewives of New Jersey premiered on April 22, 2012. That’s 5 whole months; way too long in my opinion. Memories . . . Like the corners of my mind. Misty water-colored memories . . . I found these memorable quotes from RHONJ on the Bravo site and added some of my own. Which one is your favorite? Do you have any more to add to the list?
Melissa on the dangers of the kids swimming in their green pool – “Honey, they’ll get inpentego. They’re not going in that.”
JoeGo about Teresa’s cookbook comments – “It’s not enough to rehatch any problems we have.”
Melissa on her sisters consulting a medium – “I don’t talk to medians. I don’t talk to psychics. I just don’t do it. But when they told me that this median channeled my father, my whole body just got the chills, because I felt like that is something he would say.”
Teresa on the approaching nor’easter – “We’re supposed to get a Norwegian!”
Teresa on her confrontation with Monica Chacon – “I needed to silence the lamb.”
Teresa on the bar in the Catskills – “It was like Fifth Avenue enraided the Catskills.”
Teresa on her relationship with Melissa – “That’s the way the ball drops.”
Melissa on her meeting with Teresa – “This might be the final draw.”
Teresa on her meeting with Melissa – “I’m calm and cool as a whistle.”
Joseph Wakile on possibly drinking in high school – “I know I’m not gonna be Mr. Goody Two Shoe.”
Melissa’s version of ‘Amazing Grace’ – “Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wench like me!”
Teresa on her cooking – “I remember when I got married I would buy cookbooks and there would be a million ingrientzes that we never use as Italians.”
Joe Giudice on Joe Gorga – “I walk up the stairs and this little fidget is coming after me.”
Melissa on her husband – “If anything, he has a work ethnic that his… ethic, ethic not ethnic.”
JoeGo on his wife – “I love the worth ethic in her.”
Teresa about Jacqueline – “She hurted me for no reason.”
Teresa about therapy – “My brother texted me. After what happened at Kathy’s he said we should really go to a physical therapist.”
Melissa on her singing career: “I’m happy at where I’m at.”
And with that, I’ll leave you with the words of Lyndon B. Johnson, “I may not know much, but I know the difference between chicken shit and chicken salad.”
(Thank you BB. This was a hard season to blog, and you’ve done a wonderful job for us – NMD)
Producers Say Teresa Not Involved in Setup by NMD
The producers of the Real Housewives of New Jersey tweeted during the finale last night. This twitter account was verified by Lauren Manzo. What did they have to say? That as far as they knew, Teresa wasn’t involved in setting up Melissa – and that Melissa was definitely not a stripper. They also confirmed that Jacqueline was not tweeting the producer who has left the show during the fashion show. The tweets are below:
Where Does New Jersey Go From Here? by NoMoreDrama
On WWHL last night, Mark Consuelos bet Andy Cohen $50 that he couldn’t get the New Jersey ladies back to the Posche Fashion show next year. According to a New Jersey Newspaper, Andy is very likely to lose that bet. The fashion show is October 2nd, and the ladies are still in contract negotiations. Without cameras rolling, it’s pretty unlikely they’ll show up. Heck – even with cameras rolling the ladies and viewers have probably had enough of that particular fashion show. Here’s what the article had to say.
“Oct. 2 is a week from Tuesday, and there’s no way that Bravo’s going to be able to film it, because one thing I do know is they don’t film on speculation. They’re not gonna send camera crews out if the girls don’t have a [signed] contract,” a source close to the production said Thursday. “They didn’t even start negotiating yet. There’s no way any of them will have contracts signed and that they will be in production [by then]. … So I think it will be a pretty anemic event this year.”
The funny thing is – the event is at the Brownstone this year.
So any rumors of everyone returning, or so and so being replaced, etc, seem premature at this time. At least according to this source.
Jacqueline Laurita’s Tweets During the Show
See if you can figure out when she said them…
Why is T bringing it up more instead of trying to squash it? Why didn’t she try to call Melissa earlier 2 warn her about the scene earlier?
Heart beating out of guilt
She could have called M after the earlier scene at the salon. Why didn’t she? Why didn’t she shut him down when she saw him?
This is when I started texting Melissa. I didn’t realize it had already gone down.
Some of those texts were me flirting with Chris too. LOL
T’s friend who later told me that T knew about this 2 weeks prior
CLICK! I recognized the “stripper set up” as soon as Melissa said that…T wanted me to do that earlier when Melissa first joined the show.
If T was going to “handle it” why didn’t she “Handle it” earlier in the day or when she 1st saw him at the Fashion show?
Good Job??? Why is he congratulating her?
People seem 2b angry with Kim D too. Why isn’t T? That’s her buddy. Wouldn’t she b upset with her right now instead of joining her for a drink?
Why wouldn’t T try to leave with her brother like they left with T in Napa? Why wasn’t T upset that someone tried to expose her?
Look how LOW T will go to blame shift! T is disgusting! She knows the truth! http://www.jacquelinelaurita.com/How%20I%20Met%20Chris.pdf …
I’m SO happy that the majority of you get it now! I’m happy the season is over! Now let’s get they the crazy reunion & put it behind us
I also NEVER texted a producer during that episode! Some people are REALLY reaching. It’s a friend that doesn’t want 2b exposed.
Lynn’s family would like to remind us about the college fund for Lynn’s son
Lynn’s Son’s College Fund at Barrington Bank Account # 530037912 ABA # 071925651 Robert Smith. Please give from your hearts My sister gave from hers !! Barrington Bank is located at 201 S. Hough Street Barrington Illinois 60010 God Bless you all and enjoy watching the fireworks tonite ! Love Cathy