Real Housewives of New Jersey Reunion Part 2 by NMD
I’d rather be watching a re-run of the zombies in Walking Dead. What does that tell you about this crapfest.
From yesterday’s blog: “Last week on the Real Housewives of New Jersey Reunion Part 1, we watched the most subdued reunion to date. All the ladies – for the most part – were able to control their anger. It was there – particularly for Teresa Giudice, Caroline Manzo, and Melissa Gorga – simmering just under the surface. It was almost as if they made a pact to behave – and were struggling to keep it. Jacqueline Laurita seemed to be in a “happy place.” I’m not saying she was on xanax – maybe she was just naturally happy and goofy. Kathy Wakile didn’t have enough screen time to determine what sort of mood she was in. Rosie Pierrie was queen of the castle. With no one else willing to talk or say anything of interest, it all seemed to rest on Rosie’s shoulders to make the reunion interesting.”
The reunion opens up right where we left off – with Rosie and the Joes on the couch along with the housewives. Andy asks them if there is anything they’d take back – given the chance. Rosie said she’d take back saying “take it up the ass Teresa.” Teresa laughs. Then they all say what they’d take back – Joe Giudice has quite a list – and he and Joey joke about getting into another fight. Joe quips that he doesn’t want to get black stuff on him. They play a clip and the cast laughs through it.
Teresa is asked what a sociopath is. She says she didn’t know there would be a test – tries – and stumbles, then asks Jaq for help.
Caroline is asked about the “fat girls give blow jobs” comment her kids make. She doesn’t apologize. Rosie jumps in and says “this fat girl never gave a blow job.” Andy High Five’s her. Then they talk about “horseyface.” Joe laughs. Tree points out that Richie said it too, and Kathy defends him by saying he repeats what other people say. Some defense.
Tree asks Mel about calling Joe a cheater. She asks if Mel has proof. Mel admits she doesn’t and apologizes. Joe is asked about calling Tree a c u next tuesday last season. He says he never calls her that. Andy corrects him, and reminds him it was on camera. He says that was the first time, and Caroline has an incredulous look on her face.
They talk about Arizona. Caroline points out that for Rosie it was life changing. Rosie explains that she stopped smoking, and began a new life. Joe chimes in and tells her she looks good. They worked out together for months after that. Kathy kisses her a ton and tells her she loves her. That’s when Joe gets up and hugs and kisses her. So does Tree. Again, Rosie is stealing the show.
Joey is asked why it’s easier for him to get past things with Joe than Tree. Joey says because he thinks Tree is behind all the stuff. Joe jumps in and says for Joey to think that – it’s ridiculous – and in his opinion both Joey and Mel look like a couple of jackasses. I have to agree.
Joe says the whole thing came up with Johnny the Greek and Penelope Cruz (whoa – interesting slip). Teresa corrects him and says Penny. Now Joey Gorga goes on a rampage about the gossip. He says he needs to address it and let his sister know that she did something wrong so that she can correct her behavior. He says he’s a street smart guy – he went to a school with metal detectors. They all blame Teresa for filming with Penny. Teresa says – then why are we on the show together. She brings up the fight at the christening – four hours into filming for Season Three. She feels that they came on the show to make her seem like the villain. Kathy says that they keep saying that isn’t true. (yet you don’t believe Tree when she denies things.)
Joe explains that after two years of Tree having issues with him, they get on the show. He learns the evening of the christening that she finally signed her contract. Four hours into filming she comes up and is all like “oh hi” as if nothing was wrong and it set him off. She points out that she’d have rather dealt with their issues privately than on national TV. He goes into a tirade about not needing fame. Then he says – “maybe I got on the show to get close to my sister.” HUH – that sure didn’t work out for them. Then they talk about their parents – who refuse to film with Joey and Melissa unless Tree is there.
Rosie jumps in and takes on Melissa for her sniping – telling her to say what she has to say and get done with it.
Andy turns it to Caroline, and asks if she was surprised by his admission of abuse. She talks about how severe Al was with the kids (Actually – I’m not sure if she’s talking about Al or his dad). She says he has a big temper, but lots of love. It sounds like abuse to me. Now a question about Al’s dad’s death. Caroline says she gets offended when people say they are part of that world. She says the death was suspect, but they don’t want to know. Andy points out that Caroline is forthright, but two issues that they talked about today -spousal cheating and Al’s dad’s death – and she avoids them.
She deflects the cheating question, and then starts talking about the night they learned about Al’s dad’s death. She had to wake up her then-fiancee (pre marital sex confirmed). She saw his face. She doesn’t want to go back there and anyone who doesn’t understand that can go F themselves. Andy is taken aback, and says in a small voice that he understands now. (For those that don’t remember, Al’s dad dies in a gruesome murder that appeared to be mafia related.)
Now on to Joe Giudice’s legal issues. Caroline is crying. She says some nice things. Joe is staring into space. Joey G is asked if he regrets saying Joe deserves to go to jail. Joey says he does. Joe Giudice asks – “you said that bitch? I thought Melissa said it.” She admits that she was the one who said it and regrets it.
Tree is asked if her current legal problems are karma. She says she doesn’t believe in karma because she’s catholic. Everyone looks confused – but apparently it was a word that was around in Arizona and she just said it. Color me confused.
Caro is asked about her past comment (ages ago) that Joe would be happy living in a cardboard box and Teresa’s spending put them over the edge. Caroline deflects, but says that Tree does like nice things. Tree doesn’t deny that – who doesn’t? she says. Caro points out that Joe is trying to make her happy – and Tree points out that she works. Caro tells her not to make an argument out of it – and I’m wondering whey she’s still talking about them.
Joey is asked about how he feels. He gets emotional and says it is hard to swallow. Tree says she told them that it was coming out. Jaq said that she told her way back when they were in Az. Tree clarifies that she didn’t know the day -but knew something was happening. Good for all of them for keeping this under wraps. Joey talks about the kids – and how Gabriella clung to him after the news came out. They all seem genuinely sad. Joey says he tried to call Joe, but couldn’t figure out what to say so he kept hanging up. He did call Tree. Tree tries to explain how they were feeling – and how it’s hard for them to show emotion. Joey is crying – so is Melissa. Tree opens up a little and explains how she feels. She explains that if she falls apart, the rest of her family will fall apart so she puts a smile on her face.
Andy asks Joe how he feels. Joe explains that he tries not to go there. He’s trying to stay strong for his family. (I’ve noticed that they are all assuming Tree will get off.)
Caroline is talking again giving unwanted advice. Goodness she should just shut up. But Tree and Joe say they appreciate the support. They are much more patient than I am.
Cut little scene between commercials, where Andy pretends that he’s going to bring out Danielle, then Kim G, then Dina. By Dina they are all laughing.
Final thought – what one thing would you have done differently?
Jaq – more quiet last reunion.
Caro – I’d have been sick all Season 4
Mel – I’m stumped
Kathy – I’d have tried to reach out to Tree more before we started, to make her understand I wasn’t trying to hurt her.
Tree – I’d have reached out earlier to Jaq
Mel – I’d have filmed more with Tree and the kids.
Teresa talks about feeling attacked – and that Jaq proved to her today that she does want to move forward. That Caro hurt her by telling her she was superficial.
And suddenly it gets interesting. Caroline loses it – she starts screaming. She says – I say one little thing (umm no you made her admit she lied) and blah blah blah and I become garbage (Tree says she didn’t call her garbage). She said more than that – it was quite a rampage. Just like that Caroline went into that dark place. Wowza what is wrong with her.? They (all but Jaq) start twisting Tree’s words. Mel says the only way to show we’re your friend is to not say anything. Caro goes on again – about how she has no animosity but she’s moving on and she’s stepping out. It was like blood rushed to her ears and she didn’t hear what Tree was saying. Sucky way to end the reunion.
It’s been wonderful guys. I’ve decided to leave #RHONJ this season was my last. Love and kisses to you all. xoxoxo
Here we are, at the end of the Housewives Road – read more about my decision here…
Thanks hanging with us for the past 5 seasons, we out.
It’s been an amazing ride we’ll never forget. Thanks for being a part of our family the last 5 years. Gonna miss you guys! #RHONJ
And because he wasn’t on the reunion ….
(I don’t believe him)
This is when the BS really starts to get thick! Did someone brake out with a raw #onion ?
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