Real Housewives Of New Jersey
S6E2 “O, Christmas Tre”
Last week we met our three new housewives: Ter-eh-sa A, Nicole, and Amber. I’m keeping an open mind and giving these ladies another week or two before I pass judgment, but so far I’m not particularly impressed with any of them. We begin this week with the first peek at the ladies’ taglines:
Teresa G: You never know how strong you are, until it’s the only choice you have
Melissa: I’ve learned to forgive, and never regret
Teresa A & Nicole: You’re not seeing double, you’re seeing trouble
Amber: I’m a survivor; no one is bringing me down
Dana: I’m back to bring the Zen, Namaste bitches
It’s Christmas time in New Jersey. The Giudices are putting up their tree. Teresa is happy to be home and out of the public eye. She says that they can be normal. Juicy Joe is the only one working. Gia is playing with her phone, Teresa is watching, and Milania is isn’t helping because she’s a girl. Over at the Gorga house, Joe is also putting up the tree. They’re in a much smaller rental while they build their dream house. Their oversized Christmas décor isn’t really working in the smaller house. Melissa is not pleased. Teresa A. is trying to keep the old traditions alive in her house. Teresa’s son doesn’t want to go to college, he wants to learn the restaurant business from his father. The twins’ father believes strongly in keeping the Italian culture alive. Amber and her kids are making a gingerbread house together. She’s just as controlling in this as she is in everything. Children weren’t originally on her agenda because children are disgusting, but now she loves being a mom. Amber is organizing the perfect Christmas for her kids. She thinks a perfect and controlled environment is best for her kids. What fun it must be living in that house! Dina has a small tree outside because her cats won’t let her have a tree in the house. I completely understand! My cat climbs in the tree so we have to tie it to the wall to keep it upright. They are putting edible ornaments so the animals outside can eat them. Lexi got accepted to college in Virginia, but NYU is her first choice. I can’t believe that Lexi is already going to college!
Back at the Giudices, Teresa is trying to make the most of the holiday season. She tells Juicy that people were discussing her at the harvest party. He doesn’t care what people say, they have a great family and they will prove their innocence in court. He tears up a little. This is the most emotion that I’ve seen from Juicy. It’s nice to see how much he truly cares about his family. Teresa is tired of having this court case hanging over them and is ready for resolution.
Nicole and Dina go to lunch. Nicole thinks that they have a lot in common and looks forward to making a new, single friend. Dina checks her teeth in her knife – super classy. She tells Nicole that she hasn’t ever dated. She started dating Tommy only two months after separating from Lexi’s father. Talk about moving on quickly. Nicole felt empowered after leaving her husband, but she thinks that Dina doesn’t know what she wants. Being married was Dina’s identity, now she’s lost that and her daughter is leaving home. It’s gotta be hard to lose your husband and your daughter at the same time. Nicole tells Dina that she was crushed when she first left her husband. She was shocked by some things that she learned afterward. I wonder if she was cheated on too. Afterward, she had to move in with her parents and rebuild. The conversation turns to Amber. Dina thinks that she’s really sweet. Nicole says that they’re good friends, but there’s obviously some tension right now. Nicole chalks that up to the guests she brought to Amber’s party. She feels like Amber made a big deal out of Nicole inviting other guests. Nicole is letting it go because she doesn’t want to lose a good friend over one disagreement. She thinks that Amber is a little OCD. Ya think?
Amber is doing a fire drill with her kids because Christmas is a dangerous time. Between lights on the tree and candles burning, she’s concerned about fire. She’s a worst-case-scenario type of mom. After the drill, they go over how to get out of the house and how to use their ladder. It’s a good idea to walk your kids through what to do in case of a fire, but their whole method (whistle and timer) seems a little weird.
Melissa and Joe are taking the kids to see their new lot in Franklin Lakes. They haven’t started clearing the land yet, but have the plans done. The house will be similar to their old house, but Melissa wants to go more LA-chic with it. She doesn’t even know what that means, but she keeps saying it. Teresa and Dina call, they are near the new lot and want to stop by. Melissa says that they didn’t move to get away from Teresa, despite the clip from the reunion where she says exactly that. They moved so Joe could be closer to work. Franklin Lakes was where they started their family, so it’s a special place. Now that she doesn’t have Kathy and the Manzos to film with, she needs to stay close to Teresa. Dina is trying to keep an open mind on Melissa because she wants Teresa to get along with her family. Dina and Melissa are both the babies of their families. Teresa doesn’t understand why Joe and Melissa move so often, but says that “to each his own.” I’m actually liking laid-back Teresa. Melissa says that she’s ready to be settled in a house. Dina says that her main focus is on Lexi leaving for college, so she doesn’t want to deal with moving at the same time, which is why she’s been separated from Tommy for a year but is still living with him. That’s a very odd situation to me, but I understand not wanting to uproot Lexi for her senior year. Joe reminds his sister that he’ll do anything she needs and tells her to call if she needs to talk, but he’s going to stay out of it otherwise. Teresa says that Gia is the only one who knows what’s going on. She wants to show Gia to be strong and keep going. That’s great, but I hate that their legal troubles are affecting Gia. It’s got to be horrible for someone her age to worry about her parents going to jail.
Teresa A is meeting with a designer to go over tile for a new restaurant. Rino knows about the food, but she knows about the décor. She’s glad they have money because it brings freedom. She and Antonino (the designer) want a sexy vibe in the new restaurant. They agree that tablecloths are needed. Her son, Giovanni, wants to join the family business, so this will be his place to learn. Rino takes their son to Angelo’s (the family restaurant) to begin his training, learning the system from the ground up. It’s cool that they’ve had the restaurant in the family for so long. It’s truly a family business and Rino’s sister is also there. Rino walks him through the kitchen, showing him where everything is and how it works. He has Giovanni make a white clam sauce and pasta for him, which turns out nicely. I didn’t dislike Rino as much as I did in the last episode.
Melissa and Joe are having a holiday dinner with all of the cousins since they are so busy on Christmas. Rosie, Kathy, and Richie attend. Thank goodness there won’t be a repeat of the last holiday, where the Gorgas left the Giudice house to go to the Wakiles’. Kathy hasn’t seen Teresa lately. Melissa tells Kathy that Teresa doesn’t want to talk about her troubles, but that she’s staying strong and positive. Rosie agrees that being positive is the only way to get through it. Kathy was in Italy when she learned about the indictment and she immediately texted Teresa her support. I wonder how their relationship is now. Juicy doesn’t seem excited about the dinner, but Teresa points out that it’s Christmas and that family needs to support each other during this time. She’s over being stressed about family. Thank goodness! I couldn’t take another season for Gorga family drama. Rosie feels awful for what Teresa is going through and worries about the children. I cannot explain how bad I feel for the kids. Everyone brought gag gifts to exchange and open. Teresa got a dictionary. LOL, the irony is not lost on me! Melissa says that Teresa needs a dictionary and Teresa doesn’t bite her head off. Can they really have buried the hatchet? I bet this is just for TV. Melissa makes a toast, pointing out how happy she is to see everyone getting along. It’s nice to see them having fun and not griping about each other.
Rino is making lobster for Teresa and Nicole’s family. They have family dinner weekly. That’s a great tradition to have; I still have dinner with my parents weekly. Rino is taking the opportunity to show Gio how to cook. He knows that Gio can’t just walk into the restaurant and take over because of his family. He needs to learn the business, starting in the kitchen. Way to instill a good work ethic! So many kids would expect to just take over without working for it. BTW, what is up with Rino’s Nicole has lived with her parents for the last three years and is dating Bobby now. Her parents are concerned about her relationship, which she finds nosy. It’s never a good sign when your parents are concerned about a man. She says that she can’t live with them forever. Her mom doesn’t want her to leave, but thinks it will be good for her. Nicole says that she won’t move in with Bobby until marriage.
It’s Christmas morning at the Giudice’s. The girls are tearing into their presents, which aren’t as extravagant as they have been in the past. Teresa tries to get them to open one at a time so they can see them all. Each of the girls gets a toy puppy. Gia is upset because she wanted a real puppy. Audriana seems really pleased with the toy version. They hear something in the living room and…there’s a real puppy! I think we all saw that coming. The poor thing looks so scared when the whole clan comes running at it, lol. The naming immediately begins. I hope the girls can keep the puppy if both Teresa and Juciy end up in jail.
Dina doesn’t like Christmas because she’s never had a good one. She can’t get over Lexi leaving. Dina doesn’t want Lexi to be too disappointed if she doesn’t get into NYU. She thinks that they will have a bigger adjustment than most mother/daughters because they’re so close. Dina has Lexi write NYU on a rock and throw it into the river. There are other rocks, but I don’t know what was written on them. The rock throwing has something to do with being open to the universe. Honestly, I don’t get it. She has to be open to getting in or not getting in. Dina is learning to let go and give over to God because she can’t control everything.
Nicole and her mother are celebrating Christmas. She says that Christmas time is always hard because her children are with their father. Bobby arrives to cheer her up and exchange gifts. It’s their first Christmas together. They aren’t a mushy-mushy, gooey-gooey couple. Nicole gets a shoe-shaped wine bottle holder. Her mother notes that she saw it at the pharmacy. The look on Nicole’s face is priceless – she is not impressed with her gift but trying not to show it. Nicole doesn’t consider herself materialistic, but what your boyfriend gives you can tell you a lot. I may be materialistic, because if my boyfriend of nine months bought me a wine holder at a drugstore for Christmas, I’d be disappointed.
Melissa is worried that the cold and snow will slow down the building of their house. It has to warm up some so they can pour the foundation. Joe says that Melissa isn’t used to a small house. She has clothes and shoes in every closet and cupboard. Shoes in the kitchen…really? Joe wants the house built as quickly as possible, because he can’t take Melissa complaining about the house anymore. He says that it could take awhile though. They’re still applying for permits. I think that Melissa needs to appreciate what they have – their rental is bigger than many people’s home. It’s not like they’re slumming it. They go outside to sled with the kids. Joe gets his tongue stuck to a pole. Didn’t he watch RHoOC?
The Giudice kids are sleeping in one bed with their new puppy. Teresa is really worried about how they’ll care for the kids in the future. After the kids are tucked in, the couple has a quiet moment by the fire. Juicy gives Teresa a card because he remembers how much she likes sweet cards from him. Juicy wishes that they didn’t have the “little issues.” He appreciates that Teresa is being strong. She reminds him that she does worry a lot, and he admits that he worries constantly. He worries about being away from his girls and Teresa. She says that the family doesn’t function without him. Again, it’s nice to see Juicy as a caring father. I didn’t like the sarcastic, moody, nasty Juicy of last season.