Real Housewives of New Jersey
“Reunion – Part Two”
Andy asks Teresa if she’s really changed since the first season. She says that she’s a completely different person. In the first few seasons, she was very materialistic and let petty things bother her. It was nice for her to have Dina back for support this season, since Teresa was the last original cast member. Teresa says that she doesn’t blame the show for where she is, but does say that people came on the show with the intention of hurting her and Juicy. She warns the other ladies to be careful because friendships were ruined because of those people – Danielle, Kim D, and Jacqueline.
Andy shows some clips showing how Teresa’s family has stayed strong despite her legal issues. Juicy is visibly upset when his father’s passing is mentioned. Teresa says that he’s changed and drinks a lot more now. Melissa says that she knows how hard it is to lose a father, so she really feels for Juicy and the girls. Teresa says that the younger girls don’t really understand. Teresa is then asked about Milania, saying that she acts out for the camera. The crew is used to her because they watched her grow up. Teresa says that her daughters give her the strength to go on. Joe says that the issues haven’t brought him and Melissa any closer to the Guidices because they are in their own world right now, but that he is there for his family when they need him. Joe doesn’t blame anyone for what is happening to his sister, he just wants to be there for them. Juicy blames himself.
Teresa admits that her legal issues have affected her business. Some businesses refused to carry her products. Andy references a court document in which Teresa listed her businesses’ value as zero. She says that Fabellini does not make a profit yet; the dessert line makes no money either. Andy then plays some clips from the sentencing. Teresa didn’t understand that her plea deal included prison time, so she was surprised by her sentence. Ok, I’ve seen plenty of plea agreements, and the judge will carefully outline the agreement and any potential sentence, then ask the defendant if they understand. You have to tell the judge that you understand the possible sentences before he/she will accept the plea. Juicy can’t answer questions about deportation, but admits that he is scared by the proposition.
Right now, Teresa is the larger support for her parents because Joe works, but he plans to step in while Teresa is away. Amber admits that she was melodramatic on the phone. Ya think? Teresa A. says that her heart breaks for Teresa, but she can’t pretend like everything is fine because Teresa is the one who brought Victoria on the show to talk about Teresa A.’s mother. Andy asks about the handcuff comment that Teresa A. made. She says that she doesn’t wish bad on anyone, but doesn’t apologize. Dina doesn’t agree with her, but gives her props for saying what’s on her mind. Teresa says that they never went over the financial statement before court, so she didn’t know that things were not listed. Nicole isn’t really buying it; she thinks that Teresa’s attorney should have reviewed them with her. Teresa doesn’t want people to feel bad for her; they’re just trying to move forward now. Teresa says that now “gets it” but can’t say exactly what “it” is.
Andy turns his attention to the twins. Teresa A. admits that it may be crazy to have married Rino again. They were married for 7 years, then divorced 11 years. She says that things are better this time because they are older and wiser. Teresa A. says that Rino didn’t cheat, but that he did date a stripper after the divorce. Nicole says that they do, indeed, fight sometimes. They don’t try to hide their disagreements. Nicole is still living with her parents. Teresa A. thinks that her sister needs to spread her wings and leave the nest. Nicole admits that change is hard for her. She and Bobby are in a really good place now. They’ve been together almost two years. She is ready to get a ring within the next year. Teresa A. says that she and Bobby have worked their relationship out. Nicole says that Bobby is a volunteer firefighter, but that his family has some money. Amber doesn’t say that Nicole is with him for the money, but doesn’t discount it either. We see a clip of Amber calling Melissa a gold-digger, but Amber back-tracks saying that Melissa married someone with money for love.
The rest of the men join the ladies, Joe, and Juicy. I am not looking forward to anything Jim has to say. Andy alerts Jim that they need to talk about the proper way to use Twitter. Jim says that he doesn’t have an anger management problem, but Amber says that he has an asshole problem. Jim says that he’ll be nice if someone is nice to him, but that he will annihilate you if you cross him. Such a nice guy! Jim admits that he isn’t a licensed lawyer, but we knew that. He says that he is an expert that advises lawyers. He recently took the bar and has submitted his information to the character committee. He says that it may take time because he went to law school ten years ago. Here’s how this works – you graduate law school, apply for admission to the bar (which includes a lengthy character review), pass the bar exam, then you get your license. The time that you went to law school isn’t really what holds up your character application, it’s any trouble that you may have gotten into – like being accused of being a false whistleblower. Amber says that he didn’t take the bar immediately after law school because he had a profitable mortgage business. Jim goes into talking about how much money he makes, and says that he didn’t want to be a lawyer because they don’t make $8.5 million. Andy asks if Jim understands that people hate him. Jim takes the opportunity to say that Rino and Bobby had everything handed to them, so they don’t like him. It’s absurd.
They move on to the rumor that Amber spread about Nicole breaking up a family. Melissa is asked why she told the twins about it. Melissa says that she didn’t want to be the holder of the information. Amber is pissed that Melissa didn’t come to her first, but Melissa says that she just wanted to settle it with Nicole. Amber says that she was told the information from the family that Nicole broke up. Nicole admits that she was dating someone before Bobby, who was separated but not divorced. Nicole compares the situation to Dina, but Jim has to jump in to say that Dina isn’t really separated because she still lives with her husband. This leads to a big argument about how there isn’t legal separation in NJ. Amber says that the children were upset because they thought Nicole was keeping their father from coming home.
Amber says that she had many conversations with Bobby about Nicole, and it didn’t seem that Bobby loved Nicole. Jim is loving this and I want to smack the smirk off his face. Amber says that Bobby just wanted to be on the show. Jim pulls out papers showing Bobby with various housewives as proof of his fame-whoring. Dina feels like she’s in court. Andy says that props aren’t allowed, but evidence is. Amber keeps going, saying that Bobby was just waiting for the Bravo contracts to come in and would have left Nicole if they had not. Bobby just laughs it off. He says that he was at Barnes & Noble while Teresa just happened to be there. As for the photos of Melissa and Jacqueline, they happened to be in the same restaurant. Jim keeps mocking Bobby. This guy is such a child! Teresa thanks Bobby for supporting her cookbook. Amber doesn’t seem at all embarrassed by Jim’s behavior.
We move on to the fight at Bobby’s. Jim says that he asked Rino to help break up the fight because “young ladies” shouldn’t be acting like that. Did he not realize what show he was on? He blames Rino for not helping. Teresa A. says that Rino doesn’t get involved in silly catfights. Amber was hurt that the twins ganged up on her. She thinks that they wouldn’t last on their own. Rino admits that he thought the fight was disgusting, but that he didn’t want to get involved. Amber blames Bobby for leading her into the fight. Bobby says that he had no idea what was going to happen.
Andy tells Jim that people don’t like the way he treats women. Jim says that he treats women like equals, and that everyone else is sexist for not doing the same. I’m not even going to comment on that nonsense. Joe thinks that it’s terrible. Amber and Jim jump on Joe because he used to talk badly about his sister. Joe gets very upset because they are talking about his sister. Jim just keeps pushing Joe’s buttons. It’s nice to see Joe defending his sister finally.