Wading through the lies – Real Housewives of New Jersey by NMD
So to recap – on last week’s episode of Real Housewives of New Jersey we were treated to a couple of whopping lies. It’s time to dissect them.
#1 – Joey and the Tweet. Joey Gorga announced he received a nasty tweet from Penny Drossos as Teresa and Melissa were doing the wire walk. Bravo showed the tweet on screen – only Penny had sent that tweet months and months earlier. Nothing on her timeline during the time the cast was in Arizona was nasty nor directed at Joey Gorga. It was Easter and she just tweeted a few innocuous things. So we know without a doubt that Joey flat out lied – he seemed to be making up an excuse to have his little hissy fit later in the evening. Bravo also lied to cover up his lie by digging up that old tweet and showing it on screen.
#2 – The Meeting with Penny. The meeting with Penny that we’re going to be watching tonight took place TWO WEEKS BEFORE the trip to Arizona. That alone is a lie that the producers placed into the show. We’ll see tonight if any of the cast also lie to us about the timing of the meeting.
#3 – Penny’s words at the meeting tonight at Chakra. In the preview clip, we can clearly hear Penny say “your sister ….” There is a lie in there. Either 1) Penny was lying to Melissa and Joey, 2) Penny is lying now when she says she never said that and the scene was edited (on her twitter timeline and in a blog she wrote for fauxreality), or 3) Bravo manipulated her words.
I should note that it is possible that Penny lied twice. At that time she might have wanted to throw Teresa under the bus. A month or so later was the alleged altercation at Kim D’s place between Joey, Chris, Jaq and Johnny the Greek (Penny’s husband). If Penny was wavering between sides (and remember – her main goal was to get on camera – not be friends with Teresa) that fight would have had her pick a team other than team Gorga.
The Gorgas. The obvious motive for Joey and Melissa to go along with the lie is deflection from the question of whether or not Melissa actually cheated. Bravo knows that no one really cares – but Joey might. He has used deflection before – saying HE was the stripper, and saying that if anyone was likely to cheat it was him. Even so – unless they have an open marriage or he is incredible stupid, he’s got to be wondering if Melissa’s a cheater by now. The obvious motive for the Gorgas to try to convince Penny to say Teresa was behind the cheating rumors is revenge and storyline.
Penny and Johnny. The obvious motive for these two is getting a role on the show. It’s the same motive that drove Melissa, Joey, and Kathy onto the show in the first place. Do anything and everything to be cast on the train wreck.
Teresa. If it is possible to believe that Joey could stab his sister in the back, I have to leave room open to think that Teresa could be capable of dragging out Melissa’s past to destroy her marriage. I think the biggest question in my mind is why would Teresa agree to film with Penny, knowing Penny and Johnny were gunning for Melissa. I suspect she was told to by producers (that darn contract) and it’s as simple as that. Since Melissa and Joey filmed with Penny at least 3 more times this season – it’s sort of a mute point. Besides, it was Jan who actually said that Melissa was a cheater, and Melissa filmed with Jan first. I’m not really seeing much of a motive for Teresa. Joey has made it clear that she either accepts Melissa or loses both of them. She has no motive to take down Melissa if it means losing Joey.
Caroline. Caroline is rumored to be having her own problems at the time, and was thinking that Penny was behind them. Surprisingly, Penny thinks Caroline was the puppetmaster behind the drama. The interesting thing about that theory is the involvement of Jaq and Chris in the fight with Johnny, since up until this point they had no real interaction with Penny or Johnny. Why? Why? Why? Someone they trusted must have made them furious at Johnny.
Jacqueline. Jacqueline and Chris were having a hard season with their own bankruptcy and lawsuit going on in the background. Someone got into Jacqueline’s ear if rumors of her bashing Johnny with her stiletto are true. Jacqueline is always motivated by emotion – so it could have been a tiny thing that set her off. Ironically – the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree. I don’t think Johnny has enough hair to pull – so she (allegedly) did the closest thing.
Kathy and Richie. These two seem to be willing to do anything it takes to be on this show.
Rosie. I truly believe Rosie tries to be truthful. That said, she may just keep quiet if she knows what is going on. She is very protective of her sister.
Ratings. Ratings are down a little for this season of Real Housewives of New Jersey – but not enough for Bravo to worry about. That almost guarantees that some of the cast will be asked to return for another season.
So with that – Let’s Chat!