S6E8 “Guilt Trip”
First, I apologize for the lateness of this recap. I completely forgot to set my DVR last night, so I had to wait for the episode to be available on iTunes. Also, I am taking my first vacation since graduating from law school 4 years ago, so Namaste has graciously offered to cover the show for the next two Sundays. Thanks Namaste! Now on to the episode that I’ve been waiting for – the plea deal!
We begin with Teresa and the girls cooking dinner. Based on Teresa’s outfit, this is the same night when the first episode begin. Joey and Melissa are at home, getting ready to go see Melissa’s sister. Joey turns on the TV and hears about the plea deal. Yep, this is where the initial episode left off. Melissa feels bad that Teresa is having to deal with the media during her tough time. I feel bad for the kids, but I’m finding it hard to feel bad for Teresa and Juicy. They did this to themselves.
Amber gets the news from a Radar Online article and is shocked. She doesn’t know if the article is true, so she calls Teresa to see what’s going on. Amber breaks down in tears before she even reaches Teresa. Hmm, when did Amber get so invested in Teresa’s life? Gia is also wondering why Amber is crying. Smart kid. Teresa tells her that the article is not true and that they have not accepted a plea deal. She reminds Amber that, on advice of her attorney, she can’t discuss her case. Ugh, Amber just keeps asking questions. Her husband is an “attorney,” shouldn’t she know that Teresa isn’t going to tell her what’s going on? Jim comes home and she explains the article to him. He says that each will have to accept the plea, that the prosecutor will recommend a sentence, and the judge can either accept or reject the recommendation. Melissa also calls Teresa to check in. It makes much more sense for Joey and Melissa to be checking in on Teresa. Melissa doesn’t pry, she just offers their support.
Gia wants to know what’s going on. Teresa explains that there’s a false story and that she is handling everything. When Gia says that she knows what’s going on, Teresa says that she doesn’t want the girls to be affected by what their parents are dealing with. She wishes that she could take her daughter’s pain away. I feel so bad for these girls. They did not deserve any of this.
Dina and Melissa are at the gym. Dina does yoga and pilates, but doesn’t do intense workouts. She realizes that she needs to step it up because men her age are going after younger women. They discuss getting out of town, while it’s so cold out. Melissa thinks it would be good for Dina, Teresa, and her to go to Florida. Teresa needs some time away so she can relax. They decide to invite the other girls in an attempt to smooth things over between everyone. Dina has a Project Ladybug event coming up and doesn’t want any drama there.
There’s a scene of Amber and Jim cooking dinner. Amber says that she’s been invited to Dina’s charity event. They agree that it’s a good cause to support. Amber and Nicole are in an ok place, but Jim and Amber are still angry with Bobby. Jim feels betrayed. He says that he has plenty of dirt on Bobby, insinuating that Bobby has other girls waiting on him. Such a nice guy. He’s one of those people that has to bring everyone else down to make himself feel good. He feels like Bobby telling the men what he said was very “high school.” Umm, trying to get back at your friend on national TV for hurting your feelings is what’s “high school.”
Dina, Teresa, and Melissa are shoveling snow. Melissa and Teresa don’t even shovel their own snow, but they’re helping Dina. That is a lot of snow! I live in a place that shuts down when there are a few flurries, so I can’t even imagine. They tell Teresa about the trip to Florida. Teresa admits that she’s been very stressed lately. Dina thinks that tries to keep busy with the kids and the full force of things hasn’t hit her yet. Dina also thinks that she needs to get away so she can finally relax. Teresa is very touched by their offer and thinks it’s a great idea. She just wants to get her smile back.
Nicole is also trying to clear off her parents’ porch. Teresa A. arrives but doesn’t do much work. Actually none of the ladies did much work shoveling snow. Bobby arrives to help. He tells the twins that Amber has called him three times, but he didn’t answer. She then sent a series of texts. Teresa does a dramatic reading of the messages. Amber calls Bobby a lot of names because he didn’t answer the phone. Does she think that will make him want to talk to her? Nicole says that she thought she and Amber were moving forward. She thinks that Jim should be dealing with Bobby, not Amber. Bobby doesn’t think his relationship with Amber will ever be repaired.
Dina has a meeting at her house to get all of the ladies involved in Project Ladybug. Nicole decides not to bring up Amber’s text at the meeting. The ladies all want to do anything they can do to help children with cancer. Teresa announces that he friend was just diagnosed with breast cancer and is undergoing a vasectomy. Oh, Teresa! You would think that she would have gotten a dictionary by now, lol. They decide to do a kids’ fashion show. Amber kind of takes over, saying that they need a theme. Teresa suggests old Hollywood, but Melissa notes that might be above their head. All of the ladies begin trading ideas, while Dina tries to get control again. She’s happy that everyone is interacting in a positive manner. She then announces the Florida trip. Amber isn’t sure she can get away, but the twins are all in. Finally, Amber agrees to join them. They decide to leave the guys at home and have a girls’ trip.
Amber and Teresa G sneak out to discuss the rumor that Victoria Gotti told them about, but they stay in view of the other ladies. Amber can’t stand having something like that hanging over her if she’s going on vacation with the twins. She thinks that the information could be very harmful. She tells Teresa that she will never mention the rumor, out of respect for Teresa and Victoria. The other ladies aren’t sure what they’re talking about. Teresa thinks that it was the wrong time and place to bring it up. I don’t understand why Amber drug Teresa out of the meeting to talk about it, other than she wanted attention. Amber is afraid that she’s in the same place that she was in before with Nicole. She doesn’t want to make the same mistake again by mentioning the rumor to someone else first. Teresa makes it clear that she has her own issues going on. Amber just wants to make sure they’re on the same page and aren’t going to say anything to anyone. When they sit back down, Dina asks about the conversation. Teresa says that she doesn’t want to get into it and that it was a personal conversation. They go upstairs to tour Dina’s closet. I must say, I need that closet!!!
March 4, 2014 – Day of the Plea Deal. Teresa is in her bedroom, praying for guidance and protection for her family. She and Juicy are going through rough times, but they’re going to make it through together. She feels that their legal troubles have made their marriage stronger. The two arrive at the courthouse. I remember seeing the paparazzi shots of the two entering the courthouse last spring. According to an E! News report, the couple plead guilty to multiple fraud charges. Juicy faces 37-36 months in jail and deportation. Teresa faces 21-27 months in jail.
Teresa A. and Rino saw the news. Teresa wants to know what Teresa was wearing, but Rino is more concerned with the proceedings. He can’t believe that’s what she’s worried about. He advises Teresa to just be supportive of the Guidices. Rino points out that they are all bickering about petty things, while this family is facing separation. I know I didn’t like him in the first episode, but Rino is growing on me. In true NJ fashion, Rino confuses a “mullet” and the judge’s “gavel” – maybe he was thinking “mallet”?
Teresa didn’t discuss the plea with Joey and Melissa ahead of time. Her main concern is the kids. Rosie doesn’t really understand what’s going on. She says that it is all foreign to her. Kathy hopes that there is no jail time and is praying for her family. Dina says that she isn’t following the trial and is just being supportive of her friend.
The press conference is played. US Attorney for the District of NJ (Bravo improperly labeled him as a district attorney – they aren’t the same thing) announces that the Guidice’s each pled guilty to mortgage and bankruptcy fraud. Teresa’s attorney reads her statement. She plans to address the court at sentencing and express her remorse. We don’t get much explanation from Teresa directly. In her TH, she says that she feels numb and that she can’t believe this is her life. Side note – I heard today that the Guidice’s sentencing, originally postponed until September 23, has now been postponed again, until October 2. Unfortunately, continuances are pretty common.
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