Let’s Chat – by NMD
A few weeks ago I went on a rant about Rosie’s out of control behavior, and have to admit that I was fooled by editing once again. Rosie may be rough around the edges, but I don’t think she’s a good enough actress to be faking that raw emotion we saw from her. She seems sincere in her attempt to make things good between her mom and Teresa’s dad, and it’s clear that she and Teresa hold no animosity towards each other. They shouldn’t. Neither has really done anything to each other. Their relationship was caught in the crossfire when Kathy got dragged onto the show to be Melissa’s friend.
Kathy also seems ashamed of her behavior at the reunion and genuinely sincere about making up with Teresa. Until she dumps her neanderthal of a husband, I don’t think that can happen. He’s spews vile hateful thing on twitter, showing his true character. He’s not much better on-screen, and from what I saw on the first look for tonight, Kathy would have been better off leaving him at home.
Speaking of neanderthals, Teresa also has on at her side. Joe may be real like Rosie, but he’s a just as much a cause of Teresa’s problems with Joey and Melissa as they are. All four have BIG issues. Joe did say he was glad Teresa and Rosie worked things out – but he’s always seemed fond of Rosie. For Joey he has nothing but derogatory nicknames, including the homophobic slur we saw on his phone last season. If Teresa is sincere in her wish to reconcile with her brother – she needs to get her husband under control. But that’s impossible because we all know he hates her and refers to her as a c u next tuesday when he thinks no one is listening.
Teresa has let her shiny veneer slip a little this season. Most prominent was that wackadoodle phone call with Jacqueline. You may have missed Teresa’s part in it – I did the first time I saw the episode – but she was just a cray cray as Jacqueline. But all in all she comes off looking like she’s trying. I don’t believe for a second she was behind the ploy to drag Melissa’s past up on-camera. That had the producers dirty little fingerprint all over it.
Melissa and Joe are getting the bad edit this season. It’s going to continue tonight as we learn they have no real with to make up with Teresa, and are going to the retreat to wring an apology out of her. Melissa is delusional if she thinks viewers fall for her fake bullcrapola. Joe Gorga is just as bad as she is.
Finally Bravo is showing us the cray cray Jacqueline we’ve all known about from twitter. Girl needs some meds. And the Manzos are continuing to dial it in week after week to plug the kid’s businesses and Caroline’s book. Strangely they don’t get on my nerves much any more.
Tonight it looks like there will be a rolling on the ground fist-fight between the Joes. Round two after the christening I suppose. Strangely enough it doesn’t but me when the two of them fight. They remind me of brothers. Hopefully at the end of the fight they will kiss and make up. That’s the storybook ending written for this season.
This season hasn’t bugged me half as much as I thought it would. I truly don’t care about any of these people. They all deserve each other.
Real Housewives of New Jersey – Blogs Blogged
Note: Today is the aftermath of a tragic day… “Glee” star Cory Monteith dies in Vancouver at 31 due to an apparent drug overdose. George Zimmerman was shockingly found “Not Guilty” of all charges in the Trayvon Martin case – And no matter which way you look at that case, a 17 year old lost his life because he was wearing a hoodie, had some “Skittles” in his pocket, oh, and because he was apparently not where he was “supposed” to be. So, how do we respond to this? Will the Trayvon Martin verdict open up honest discussions and peaceful action regarding current racism, the imperfect and inadequate justice system, racial profiling, or what it really means to “Stand Your Ground?” Will the tragic death of Cory and so many others from drugs cause people who need help to diligently seek it – or better yet, will it cause those who might want to dabble in drugs to think otherwise about it?
As many of us are white knuckling our way through these first critical hours in hopes that violence will not erupt throughout the land and while tears of mourning flow for precious lives that have been cut way too short… My attention is diverted to yet another recent tragedy. Remember, it was just one week ago today when a caravan of 19 hearses drove over 125 miles throughout cities and towns surrounding Prescott, Arizona in a somber tribute to the 19 heroic firefighter “Hot Shots” who voluntarily laid down their lives for their community. Throngs of people weathered triple digit temperatures just so they could pay their respect to their fallen heroes as the 19 hearses drove by the communities they fought so hard to save. Prescott, a city of just under 40,000 people, is understandably still reeling from this tragedy – However, people and organizations are proactively using their grief constructively as a catalyst to find creative ways to help heal the community. Today, the Prescott, Arizona newspaper, “The Daily Courier” reports that, “The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Arizona is offering free tuition to its all-day summer camp program to any child aged 6-16 years old displaced by the Yarnell Hill fire, and to all children of Prescott Firefighters.”
So how do WE respond? There are tragedies all around us no matter where we live. Each of our communities may be dealing with differing issues… but the need for creative, healing intervention remains the same. Your point of impact may be different than mine… but shouldn’t we all at least try to make a positive difference to bring healing to our land? Volunteer… use your natural gifts, talents and abilities to create good where there was bad, construction where there was destruction, food where there was hunger, and hope where there was despair. Encourage organizations you’re part of to be a proactive agent of change.
It seems quite ludicrous to talk about the “Real Housewives of New Jersey” at this point of time, isn’t it? It’s nonsensical that the RHONJ actively create fights when there’s already way too much violence in the world. It’s horrible that they voluntarily throw gasoline and light a match on their familial relationships while people are grieving over the loss of their loved ones. But watching this alternate “reality” is one way that I cope with tragedy… My heavy heart wants to be lightened… My tears of sadness want to be exchanged for tears of gladness and humor… Yes, I’m the one who laughs at inopportune times out of awkwardness. I am the one who will darkly say a one liner in hopes that it lightens up impossibly dark situations. So, in keeping with that theme… let us very briefly point and laugh at the idiot housewives of New Jersey, shall we?
With Friends and Family Like These… Who Needs Enemies? – It seems like poor Melissa is having a relationship meltdown. I know, weep – weep…lol. Melissa blogs, “It wasn’t fun to come home to this episode. I honestly have no idea where to start. My head is still spinning. At this point, I don’t know who to trust. I don’t know what to believe. Everyone seems to be motivated by her own purposes. Somehow, that always means gossiping and spreading lies about me. I don’t go looking for drama, but if someone insults or lies about me, I have to defend myself.” Really, are you going to try to tell us that you “don’t go looking for drama” and yet you joined a show wherein you knew you weren’t welcome while knowing that your husband and his sister had longstanding relationship issues that you all were willing to air on national television? Nice! But nooOOOOooOOOoo… You don’t go looking for drama… You’ve actually found it and you’re getting paid to create more of it!
Melissa goes on to say that she’s not going to defend herself from all the accusations about her that were aired by her “friends.” But then she immediately goes on to defend herself… It’s quite amusing actually – because her defense is to… Wait for it… Are you sitting down? She’s shockingly blaming Teresa! Woo hoo! Color me surprised! Melissa says, “I don’t like to put everything on Teresa and I DON’T. But there is something to be said about the company you keep.” That’s a big “but” there, Melissa, and I’m not talking about the size of anyone’s butt… errr… dupa. Melissa goes on to say, “I think what most people would do is: immediately get up and walk away, reach out to their family to give them the heads up since the last time this happened it caused such a divide, and maybe not tweet that “It was a good night” so that your brother and his wife don’t think that you enjoyed hearing this.” She tells us that we will see how frustrated she is in tonight’s episode. Most of us have seen the previews by now… It should be a doozy! Pass the Pepto-Bismal!
In her blog, Kathy says, “I know you all think Rosie is tough, but I know her better than anyone! She really is all bark with that tough exterior, but on the inside she’s all heart. You know, tough on the outside, soft and sweet on the inside, kind of like cannoli, coconut, Italian bread, bagels, truffles, etc.” Yeah, well, I don’t want to meet “Rosie the Cannoli” in a dark alley… Just sayin’. I really do think Rosie has a funny side of her – but she has severe anger management issues. Or maybe this is how she creates drama for Bravo. Maybe she’s just trying to be some sort of character – because she hasn’t fully come to grips on who she really is… I don’t know… She makes me laugh… and she makes me cringe… But honestly, I guess I can say the same thing about the rest of them. Although Rosie is prolly the only one that could potentially kick my lil dupa across the street and back.
Welcome to the “Blame Game” – Teresa opens her blog sarcastically talking about how she is going to write a book, “50 Shades of Black and Blue.” She explains, “In it, my own family members and friends I’ve had for 10 years turn on me. They hate me and hate on me like it’s their full time job. They sit around every day talking about me non-stop, even when I’m not there. They talk and talk and talk some more about how obsessed I am with them. They bang their hands and wave napkins and cackle about how crazy I am. My family hears about the rumors and blames me. I am to blame for everything: when their ex-bosses and ex-boyfriends talk about them, when their friends stop liking them, when their house and records and books don’t sell. It is all my fault.” I gotta eggmit, that I found this to be rather funny – probably because there’s a little truth to it. The problem is that Teresa never takes any responsibility for what she says or does – or at least it’s not captured on camera.
We’ve already seen that Melissa blames Teresa for what others said about her. It’s too bad we don’t have live feed wherein we see the ENTIRE conversation without any editing gymnastics that occurred between Teresa and her pretend friends – because I really can’t believe that someone would just sit there while their family is being maligned without saying something in their defense. Of this scene, Jacky says, “I guess it confused me and made me wonder why Teresa remained so close with these girls when she was always preaching loyalty to family. It just didn’t seem like she was playing by her own rules.” Caroline blogs, “The luncheon with Teresa and friends was strange, so was the meeting with Melissa and her friends. I don’t understand how someone can play both sides of the fence with such ease. If I were Melissa, I’d have major issues with her BFF. Lots of pot stirring going on in Jersey.” You’re right Caroline… I can smell it from here!
Jacqueline thinks Teresa blames her for everything and in her blog she writes, “When I heard Teresa on the phone say, out of her own mouth, that it was my fault she and her family were fighting, I couldn’t hold back anymore. I grabbed the phone from Kathy and asked Teresa to stop saying that to everyone and to take some accountability for her part in that mess.” Honey, if you had taken my phone away from me like that… Ummm… Let’s just say we would have had some serious issues. It kind of cracks me up because I had kind of been lulled into a false sense of security wherein you haven’t seemed quite so wacky as you have in the past. Yet, this episode reminded us all of a favorite nickname for you, “Wacky Jacky.”
Kathy blames Joe, “As for Joe Gorga and his bright ideas… Pole dancing, really!? For me, some things are best left private.” Word. Palabra. Parola. Mot… any language you choose still says the same thing. I blame Bravo. Seriously, I don’t want to see anyone else attempt to pole dance, tyvm! Although, wasn’t it hysterical how Melissa really got into it… and she and Joe are so holy cow self-absorbed yet simultaneously so completely devoid of any actual self-awareness. It’s like Melissa delusionally thought, “Gosh, for the previous seasons everyone has accused me of being a stripper. I’m not a stripper… I’m not a stripper!!! How many times do I need to say it? I’ve even had my husband stop talking to his one and only sister over the allegation… But let me see, what would be a really great storyline for me this season? Oh, I know…Here’s what I’m going to do… I’m going to agree to film a sexy pole dancing segment thus proving once and for all that I’ve never been a stripper. It’s perfect!” Ummm… sure… except for the fact that you worked that pole like a “pro,” Melissa. She has obviously had some experience on a stripper’s pole – I’m not saying that it was at some bald guy’s bikini bar or anything… but seriously, are you kidding me? Estúpido! (It must be multi-lingual day today…lol).
To “Retreat” or NOT to “Retreat” – That is the Question! – Kathy blogs, “We all understand that Rosie and Teresa made some progress. However, at this point I wasn’t so sure that I wanted to join them on the retreat. Teresa mentioned many times that she was not ready to move forward with me, and so I decided to step back and let it happen when she was ready. So I was really surprised to get a call from her. When Teresa asked me to come I wasn’t going to just sit there and not take the opportunity to see if we could get back to a good place for us all.” There is talk about whether the “castle” they’re going to is “Haunted” or “Magical.” Caroline ends her blog with, “Next week takes us to Lake George and I will end on this thought: JESUS TAKE THE WHEEL!” Tru dat.