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Real Housewives of New Jersey – Cast Blogs by Stars99
Note: A BIG “Thanks” to BB and to NMD for pinch hitting for me while my computer was sick. It still coughs once in a while – but hopefully, it will be healthy enough to be able to handle the snark this week.
This week has been an eventful week for the RHNJ to say the least. Lives will be dramatically changed forever. The threat of kids growing up without their parents is devastating. I cannot begin to imagine the amount of stress this puts on everyone involved and my heart goes out to them. It is no secret that I’m not a fan of Teresa or most of the rest of the franchise for that matter. It is true, however, that my perspective changes with each episode – since inevitably someone does or says something that either makes me really cranky or causes me to respond by singing, “Kumbayah.” In this particular situation though, I feel like it is possible to hope for both accountability and grace. For me, it’s all about the kids. I have been very vocal about how I’ve hated how the adults have handled the filming of the kids this season. However, going bra shopping for the first time, embarrassing a teenager in front of a boy she likes, or having a sex talk with your dad national TV does not even come close to the taunting and teasing these kids are potentially going to have to endure now.
Superficially, it will be interesting to see how the indictments against Teresa and Joe will affect future filming, storylines and blogs of the show. My best guess is that it will now be the huge elephant in the room that no one will actually talk about onscreen or off screen because of course they can’t… It’s actually quite ironic that the “juiciest” storyline of the franchise won’t be able to be covered onscreen – because if they could, I’m sure it would be exploited. But how are we viewers going to react to this situation? I hope we don’t fight too much amongst ourselves… In response to a recent Facebook comment on the LynnNChicago group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/216776385117892/) I posted my perspective as follows:
“People are always passionate about their views of the RHNJ. That’s a good thing… So it’s not surprising that the serious reality of significant indictments resulted in the voicing of our impassioned opinions – one way or the other. It reminded me of two things specifically: 1) He who stands take heed lest he fall; and 2) Let he who is without sin cast the first stone. I am hoping for a balance of accountability and restitution opportunity with grace for the sake of the kids.”
The bottom line is that my heart goes out to the kids. They stand to lose almost everything – their parents (for a season of time), home, belongings, and other people’s respect (at least towards their parents). Starting even this week, the kids will get to deal with freaked out parents and a family who is stressed out about their future, whispered accusations and gossip from people they thought were their friends, ugly comments shouted and unflattering pictures taken by paparazzi, kids who tease them at school, etc. I cringe for them. I weep for them. However, I reserve some right to snark at the adults.
I’m telling you right now, if I see a RHNJ cast member’s smug mug or hear anyone’s snide comments I’m gonna go “All Oklahoma” on their Bloroxed dupa! They have been warned… Seriously… Okay, okay… on to the blogs!
Kathy Wakile – She starts out talking about how they’re still in Italy enjoying life. She says how nice it’s been to be with family and to meet people who watch the show. She thanks folks for sharing their stories and opinions and that they have learned a lot from them. Then, I kid you not, Captain Delusional Kathy actually says, “In return, we’re so glad that our experiences have often been able to create positive change and growth in other families.”
Really? How has anyone learned a single thing that could cause positive growth in their life from watching this TV show? Now wait, lemme think… I’ve learned how to flip tables – which I’m sure will come in handy someday. Let’s see… what else… I’ve learned that being on a reality show royally screws up your family and friendships…. I’ve learned how two friends can look each other in their Botoxed face and lie without batting an eye… I’ve learned that several seasons ago when Danielle asked Teresa to, “Pay attention, puh-leeze!” that at that point of time Teresa really didn’t have enough money to pay attention or anyone else for that matter… (Sorry, my one gratuitous snide comment)… I’ve learned that people who live in large houses have large closets with lots of skeletons… I’ve learned that being juicy is not a good thing… I’ve learned more about JoeGo’s poison than I ever want to know… I’ve learned that auto-tune is not everyone’s friend… I’ve learned never to attend to a Posche Fashion Show unless I want my weave to be pulled out… Oh, and I’ve learned that Jac bleaches her dupa. Sorry, but I’m scrunching up my face to try to remember a single thing that would “cause positive change and growth” in my life from this franchise. Nope… can’t think of any… How about you? Got any ideas? Bueller? Bueller?
Kathy moves on to the schmaltzy portion of our program and tells us that so many things happened during the trip that we never see. Umm… duh? We see a couple of hours of footage taken over an entire weekend. We’re not idiots, really… Of course there was stuff we didn’t see. She talks about communication, forgiveness, owning and taking responsibility, etc… and that they’ve been able to move forward as a family and have had a “big emotional breakthrough – and, get ready, there is more! You have to keep watching.” Kathy, the thing is – that you and all the other housewives have telegraphed to the viewers for weeks now that you guys were going to have this “big breakthrough” so by the time we got to that point in the season it was like, “big whoop” to many of us. It was quite anticlimactic for me, actually. And we now know that something is in the offing between Teresa and Jac… Oh joy, oh rapture… I can’t wait… NOT! Personally, I’m hoping that it involves a “trust” fall… or at the very least that a Prada shoe dies in the process. Btw… Who doesn’t take off their 5 inch heel designer shoes when catching a man 3 times your size? Give me a break!
Kathy goes on to say she is glad Dr. V was able to facilitate the communication between Teresa and Joe and their spouses. She also says, “And I was so glad to have the opportunity to say my piece to Teresa and she to me, and at the same time we both were open to really hear each other.”
I eggmit I really did like that part of the show when Kathy and Teresa talked about what they each said at the reunion. I’ve not liked the fact that Kathy has asked for forgiveness over and over again and until this episode we hadn’t seen Teresa take any responsibility for her words during that explosion. Kumbah-freakin’-yah. Kathy ends her blog by telling us we need to have more “fun” time together. I agree… Gee… I think we should dedicate at least one day a week to that – like Fridays should be called, “Fun Day Friday!”… lolol…
Teresa Giudice– She starts out with her usual, “Hello Loveys!” Hello, Thurston Howell III. Teresa says, “What did you think of the Miracle at St. George? I think I haven’t cried that much in my whole life. I cried all over again watching it. All this nonsense about our family not getting along for 10 years just isn’t true. You can tell from how we were at the end of the episode — cooking and laughing and enjoying each other like close families do. I wish I could have had every one of you in the room with us to feel the love. You deserve it after watching our darkest moments! Thank you all so much for keeping the faith in my family!”
I don’t know how long you guys haven’t gotten along – I suspect it’s been since Melissa entered the picture but who really knows? We’re on Season 5 – And we know that at least for 3 seasons (when Melissa and Kathy joined the cast) that you haven’t been getting along and it’s really not that much of a stretch to think it’s been even longer than that.
Teresa (or her paid blogger) continues, “I have called Melissa directly to talk about this, because like Dr. V said, I want to keep the communication lines open, but I wanted you all to know as well: I never meant to sound like I was threatening her in my last blog. I was very shocked and upset to watch the episode and see Melissa talking about my marriage and my products — two things I work really hard at and am really proud of! We don’t know what other people say about us when we’re not around until we watch the show, and it is hard, like opening up an old wound. A few weeks ago, before the episode with the two of us meeting aired, Rosie called me to say that she was sorry for some of the things she had said, to warn me it might be ugly, and to make sure we were still good. That felt amazing, and made it so much easier to watch the episode because I know she didn’t mean it and truly cared about me. If Melissa had given me the same heads up, I’m sure I wouldn’t have been so angry in my blog. I’m human, I’m not perfect, and her comments hurt.”
I know that so many people really don’t like Rosie… but while I think she has indisputable anger issues – she also has a kinder, gentler side and she’s pretty upfront in how she perceives and handles these weird situations. She also seems to be better at building bridges and getting over issues than most of them. Don’t get me wrong – she certainly also has the ability to blow up the bridge along with whomever happens to be crossing it at the time, but her ability to build bridges proves that she should actually be called, “Rosie – the Riveter.”
Teresa continues, “We did end the season in a really good place, so I was very surprised when Melissa’s first blog came out and bashed me. Even though we were watching an old place we’d been in, I wanted to keep the peace going in our blogs. Instead of retaliating or getting into a place of tit-for-tat, I called Melissa immediately. I told her I was confused and upset by her blog since we were in a better place. She told me to “get over it.” I suggested we both keep our blogs positive, but she said she was going write about how she felt at the time, and that I could do whatever I wanted. I chose to stay positive until the marriage comment. I finally broke down, and I’m sorry for that.”
It has to be weird to blog about things that happened months ago… I’m not quite sure how I’d approach it myself… but the question remains, “Is it EVER okay to publically bash your family on national TV?” I think it’s possible to write a blog that reveals how you were feeling at the time without completely bashing your family. However, Malicious Melissa wanted to say what she wanted to say. The thing is – her snotty and snide words of retaliation may have serious long-term detrimental effects on her life and on her family.
Teresa says, “But me saying last week that Melissa was “lucky” I didn’t spread lies about her marriage like she did about mine, was simply that: I haven’t, wouldn’t, and won’t. It wasn’t a threat that I was going to expose something about her, and I’m sorry she took it that way. I was trying to explain my disbelief and devastation that the same person who has claimed for years I was trying to break up her marriage, when nothing about her marriage has ever come out of my mouth, actually [she] said those horrible lies about mine. For a family member to say that is truly terrible, because it plants a seed that maybe they know something other people don’t. Melissa might have no problem doing that to me, but I wanted to explain that I would never do that to her. She is my family, and I would never want my nieces or my daughters to hear something untrue and hurtful about her marriage.”
Okay, Mother Teresa, I call “B-O-L-O-G-N-A” on this! You, your hubster or your friends have said very nasty things about JoeGo and Melissa in front of your kids and/or on national TV. Joe’s name calling has been especially egregious – and when you don’t say something to him or to your friends at the time when it’s happening – it appears that you are condoning or agreeing with what is being said. That’s just wrong – no matter how you slice it.
Melissa Gorga – She starts her blog with, “OK. Did you ever think this would actually happen?!” (Insert gratuitous eye roll here…) Umm, actually yes, cuz you guys have been telling us weekly since episode 1 that it was going to be happening and that we’d have to, “just stay tuned.”
Melissa writes, “Thank you Jesus for Dr. V! She really is as incredible as she seemed. The woman was born with a gift to cut through the bullsh–. When I first came in, I was completely fed up, but Dr. V was able to break down our walls. She looked each of us in the eye and said, “Sit down, shut up, and listen.” She got right down to it. She was 100% correct that we need to communicate better, listen more, yell less, and discuss our issues face-to-face, not behind each other’s backs.”
Communication… Gosh, what a novel concept! The thing that cracks me up is that they had to fly in someone from California to be the psychologist… as if there isn’t one in New Jersey or New York – or anywhere else on the east coast. Perhaps that should scare us all…lol…
Melissa further blogs, “Dr. V. told us that our family should be a unified front and not to allow outsiders and non-family members to tear apart what we are working so hard to rebuild.”
Oh Melissa, you’re so clueless that you don’t even realize that you were part of the “outsider” group who was trying to tear a brother and sister apart… I’m really convinced that if you weren’t chirping in your husband’s ear and if JoeGi wasn’t booming in Teresa’s ear – that Teresa and JoeGo would have reconciled many moons ago. But now that the world knows really how small you act, Melissa, you now have no choice but to change your behavior. In addition, you all just sat there and said nothing while Dr. V went on and on using incorrect information in her assessment of the entire situation. You know darned well that your husband and his spray-on hair paint was the one who charged Teresa’s husband like a bull when he came bursting into the room demanding for an apology from him for calling Teresa, “Scum.” And what idiot bites another guy’s balls during a fight? Who the freak does that? There are so many things I could say at this point – but suffice it to say it seems like you and hubster got off scot-free – which makes me really, really cranky. You need to sit yourself down and shut yourself up. Seriously. Zip it…lol.
Melissa continues, “Watching this episode put me back to that day and I want to hold on to that positive feeling. When people hug and make up, for me, it’s done. The slate is clean. You can’t forget everything that happened, but you start from a new baseline each time.”
It was such a sincere hug, wasn’t it though? Gag. And with one or two hugs everything’s all magically better, right? Dies laffin’… Melissa then talks about drinking a little too much vodka that night. I think it’s only because she was trying to get out of cooking. Well, Melissa, I’m guessing at least you won’t be copying Teresa in publishing a cookbook cuz no one would believe you know how to cook from this episode!
Melissa says, “I have to say that Caroline showed how much she truly cares about our family. Driving all those hours knowing she was coming into a bad situation. Even though she ended up just spending time with us, we all appreciated it. It really showed her character and devotion as a friend to our family. Thank you, Caroline, we love you!”
It did take guts for Caroline to show up… but let’s remember, she was “driven” which is much different than having to make that drive yourself – at least it is to me. Doesn’t Caroline have an advice book out at the moment? Wow… what a great mechanism for her to sell her books – to see her in action bringing world peace? Ahhh, but Caroline, Dr. V has a show on Bravo – which trumps your measly book deal and is even a wonderful mechanism for Bravo to attempt to advertise its highly unseen TV show, “LA Stinks”… errr… I mean, “LA Shrinks.”
Jacqueline Laurita – “Before I write anything, I want to apologize to Joe Gorga and Teresa for my comment about them that was in bad taste. I’m talking about the comment when I told Chris that I hoped it wasn’t Teresa that Joe Gorga lost his virginity to when he was 9 years old. That was my sarcastic sense of humor coming out. It came from me thinking back to the awkward flirty comments Joe and Teresa made to each other last year waiting for their therapy session together. “You smell good.” and “Red is a sexy color.” It was kind of an inside joke between us all that Teresa and Joe were in love with each other and maybe that is where all the jealousy was coming from. That comment really wasn’t meant for public viewing, because it’s something my husband and I would joke around about in private. We have even teased Joe Gorga about it before to his face and he laughs with us. Do I REALLY feel they slept together? Of COURSE NOT! Don’t be silly. Moving on…”
Was this supposed to be an apology? To me, you just made matters worse by telling us that you joke about it all the time in private. In your zeal to grasp for relevance and to hurt Teresa, you actually only showed your own true colors by saying that crap on national TV. It wasn’t like you had an entire camera crew standing 2 feet away from your table at the time or anything. I thought Joe was a friend of yours? With friends like you, who needs enemies? Wait… an enemy would be better cuz at least you who they are when you see them walking up to you – You, Jac, are an enemy in “friend” clothing – which is beyond horrible. The rest of her blog is blah, blah, blah… and not relevant to anyone or anything except in the Wacky World of Jac. Well, I’ll include one other paragraph:
Jac continues, “It was bothering me that Chris kept bringing up Teresa on our date, but I get why. We ARE in each other’s lives. I guess Teresa and Joe kept bringing me up too. LOL! I know that a lot of people were telling me that Teresa seems obsessed with me because she keeps talking about me on the show, but you have to understand that there is a long history between us and we were both hurt by each other. We both talked about each other. It’s what women do. We vent.”
Jac, you’re legend in your own mind. You’re on a TV show that features you and 4 other women. Your name will inevitably come up. And by the way, don’t use women “venting” as an excuse for what you do. You have caused so much dissension on this show by how you jump to conclusions without knowing or wanting to know the facts. You need to sit yourself down next to Melissa and zip it, too.
Caroline Manzo – Caroline starts out, “Hey guys, how’s everyone doing? It’s all good in New Jersey, thank goodness for Dr. V!” Wow, that didn’t even sound sarcastic or anything… No, I’m actually serious – it didn’t – at least not to me… I think I would have been way more sarcastic than Caroline was… Or perhaps I’m just better at sarcasm…lol…
Caroline continues, “I really enjoyed this week’s episode, we finally saw some progress and real communication between the Gorga and Guidice clan. I liked Dr. V’s direct approach attitude; she took no nonsense and called you out when you needed it. In other words, she understood them, she knew the mentality of everyone in the room, and she spoke their language. She worked miracles!”
If you mean that Dr. V knew that the collective mentality of everyone in the room was that of a gnat, then I’d agree.
Caroline blogs, “I was pleasantly surprised when I arrived, and quite frankly if my driver hadn’t already left, I probably would have jumped back in the car and headed straight for Jersey!”
Shockingly, we do have cell phones nowadays… We also have other cars and the technology to facilitate you leaving the premises. Oh, what’s that, Caroline? You were hoping for the opportunity to swoop in as a super hero to save the day? Dooot dodoo dooooooo! Actually, even though this is a Bravo show – I don’t believe that Caroline HAD to show up – but that it was her decision to show up, and I give her props for it… I just can’t resist simultaneously poking fun at her… I just can’t – it’s not possible.
Caroline writes, “I hadn’t realized that Kathy didn’t have a chance to speak with Dr. V until I watched the episode. I felt bad about that, because I know she would have liked the opportunity to be heard. I’m glad she took the time to address Teresa at the table, and I’m happy that Teresa responded in a positive way. Good for them.”
I can’t help but think this was a genuine statement too, dagnabit. C’mon Caroline… You’ve gotta give me something to work with here…
Caroline explains, “The trust fall exercise was unexpected and needless to say I was shocked when Teresa asked me to be her partner! One surprise deserves another, right? I meant what I said to Teresa about leaving my family behind in the healing process.”
Alright, Miss Controlling Caroline – You just couldn’t leave Teresa’s grand gesture of trust alone, could you? The fact that Teresa wanted to visually demonstrate her refound trust in you by doing the “trust fall”– was just not good enough for you. Nope… You had to attach all kinds of strings where they didn’t belong. “I’ll do this – ONLY if you do that….” Bologna! You know that Jac has no intention of reconciling with Teresa unless Teresa grovels as she approaches Jac while wearing sackcloth and ashes. I’m sorry that Teresa felt that she needed to cave into your unrealistic demands – but you really didn’t give her much choice, did you? You need to check your master manipulator tendencies at the door, sit down next to Melissa and Jac, and zip it. Seriously. I almost started to like you again during this episode… but then you had to go and remind me of why you fell from grace… Thank you!
Well, that’s all for this week… We will see how they all deal with the elephant in the room in this week’s blogs… it will be interesting! Happy Trails!