There's never a shortage of familial drama on The Real Housewives of New Jersey (or any Housewives show, for that matter). Sunday night's episode of NJ however hit a different note, as the drama was more on the quiet conversation side as opposed to tantrums. When Teresa Giudice and her brother Joe Gorga sat down for to attempt to hash out their differences at Kathy Wakile's pool party, things started off on a good note, but as has frequently been the case, quickly devolved into rehashing past feuds and grudges.
As they do each week, the Housewives took to their Bravo blogs to react to the episode. Here's some quotes that stood out for us:
Melissa Gorga: "During the scenes at Kathy’s BBQ, I was looking at my husband’s face watching the kids play and it made me tear up. I knew what he was thinking. He just wants everything to be normal and peaceful and have his nieces in his life. You could see it in his eyes. Joe wanted to have a positive conversation and to tell his sister to enjoy the day and to just let everything go. Teresa doesn’t want to hear it and kept bring up in the middle of his sentences, “your wife, your wife!” and the fact that Joe has changed since I came into the picture. Of course he has changed. He has a family now. How can Teresa expect to still be Joe’s first priority in his life?" Read the full post here.
Teresa Giudice: "Finally, I want to talk about my Joe. I love him for who he is. He's the same guy now as when I first met him when we were kids. He's old-school Italian, he says what he thinks, he's tough, but has an amazing heart. He's a great dad. He's my best friend. He's amazing. Of course, he's not perfect. He doesn't always say the right thing. But I married him for him. I didn't marry a Simon. He doesn't wear bowties and drink tea with his pinkie up. He also didn't choose to be a Housewife. I did. And he let me. But he's happy for it to be my thing. He doesn't want to be a "House Husband" -- that's why you won't see him sit down for interviews. He lives his life, he tolerates the cameras in our house, and he lets it fly sometimes. I'm sure many of your men would be the same. In a lot of ways, I feel bad for Joe because this whole experience hasn't been really positive for him. He's a private guy who likes to go about his business. But since the show, it's hard for him to go anywhere without having to stop and take pictures and then worry that those pictures might be sold to a tabloid for a fake story. He just doesn't have a lot of tolerance for B.S." Read the full post here.
Kathy Wakile: "I have to admit the best thing that happened that day was when Richie suggested to Joe Gorga that he and Teresa seek therapy to help them communicate constructively. It may not be traditionally how old school families solve their differences, and Richie is as old school as they come. He wasn’t even born in this country. My husband is so fed up with all this drama he feels it’s time to call in the professionals. It’s sure worth a shot since family and friends have been unsuccessful. What do you think? Will they agree to it? You’ll just have to keep watching to see if they take Richie’s advice." Read the full post here.
Caroline Manzo: "Victoria hit the nail on the head -- yes, I stayed away from the pool party on purpose. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. I’m keeping everyone at arms length, because I don’t want to be a wedge in the Gorga/Giudice/Wakile issue. This was an intimate family party. If I went every move I made would have been analyzed. Who sat with who, what did you say to her, what did she say to you? Not playing, staying away makes the most sense. I spoke to Kathy about it, and I hope she and Rich understand." Read the full post here.
What did you think of the showdown between Joe and T? Who made the best points? Comment it up below!
Tonights episode pissedme off.sooo badly , Iam.not a big T. Fan...but OMG.. IF ANYONE CAN NOT SEE HOW BAD MELISSA IS , THEY ARE CRAZY.. !! That crazy women HATES if ANYONE talkes to joe alone !!INCLUDING CAROLINE !! Shes.a.possive , insecure , winch !! I am so sick.of T. GETTING BLAMMED FOR EVERYTHING !!
I do watch this show and find it real funny how everyone seems to blame one person for the situation. If you are a viewer like me and watched this episode the reason that Joe and T can not get along is because they have the same beliefs, so neither one will say they are wrong when in fact they really don't need to they need to stop commenting on the others relationship and be happy that there loved one feels loved by who they are with. When one trys to talk about thier relationship they need to just agree that it is off limits and enjoy the extended family from the other. Teresas Joe and Mellisa need to stop stirring the situation and just agree to only discuss family stuff and not relationship issues. That is between a husband and wife and no one but no one should get involved in that except if it is a physical abuse situation. I also believe notice this is my belief not a judgement you can do with it what you want. That alot of the other cast members are stirring the situation and also keeping it going. If one of the spouses try to tell you what is going on between the brother and sister duo, you need to just let them know look I love and care about all of you so to not make things worse please don't discuss thier issues with me if you need help with there are people out there that have nothing to do with any of them that might be able to help. And as for the ones that like to keep saying how Teresa is crazy they might want to watch the season because all of you have crazy moments. Also for those that were so hurt by the book your life is in the public because you choose to be on this show and I have seen alot of you say alot worse about each other on the show then what came out in the book.
You are so right !! BUT Melissa will.NOT ALLOW.JOE TO TALK TO ANYONE ALONE !! She rolls.her eyse and gets mad if even the doc wants to talk to those 2 alone !!
I was very impressed with Joe's patience at the pool party when he was trying desperately to get Teresa to realize that what she said about Melissa was inappropriate and trying to get her to know that all he wants is a good relationship between her and his family. If Teresa heard from "them", whoever they are, that if Melissa found another guy that makes more money she'd drop Joe for someone like that, Teresa should have said to "them"..."Why would you be saying such a thing about my brother's wife?, and I would appreciate it if you wouldn't spread a rumor like that because that's something could hurt my brother", that would have been the right thing to do, but instead, Teresa chose to spread that rumor, if she actually heard that, directly to her brother. I can't imagine anyone thinking that it's appropriate or ok to tell their sibling something like that especially saying it like he believes Melissa would actually do that...that's completely wrong, and it's just trying to cause problems. She has acted as if it actually had merit, which says she actually thinks Melissa would do that. Also, for Teresa to think that that rumor she told Joe should have been just between the two of them, and that Joe was wrong for telling Melissa about it, and she used an excuse that she doesn't tell her husband things said between her & her brother, which if you watch the show is untrue because she's always telling her husband what Melissa said or what Joe said, she was just trying to cover herself for saying such a horrible thing. To think that a husband would keep something like that, especially coming from his sister, is ridiculous! I don't understand why Teresa just couldn't "listen" to her brother, instead all she was doing was trying to defend herself....I know she has to realize what she said was wrong...how could she not think that it wouldn't cause a problem between her & her brother & his wife? It seems that Teresa really doesn't listen to other people, just like with the book, in my opinion, the remarks in her book were completely inappropriate. All she could say was...it was ha, ha, funny, a joke, don't you get it....Anyone who truly cares for someone would listen completely and regardless if Teresa thought they were jokes, when someone tells you that your feelings were hurt by what you said or wrote, if you truly care for them, you need to sincerely apologize, but all she did was make excuses...she seems to always be defending what she says or writes without truly caring that she hurt her family and friends with the things she wrote, and when someone is confronted and all they do is defend themselves, they know they were in the wrong, but some people, and Teresa is one of them, that can't admit when they were wrong or that they did something inappropriate. When Teresa and Joe talked at the pool party, it could have went so much better and brought her and her brother closer if she had just listened to him and admitted she made a mistake repeating that rumor to Joe. I feel sorry for her; she really doesn't have a clue that it's really her causing the distance between her family and her brother's family. I'm also very impressed with Melissa, she has put up with a lot that most people would blown up a long time ago when it comes to Teresa, but at the Solistic party, it was Teresa who wanted to talk to her and I admire Melissa standing up for herself, her husband, and the love and trust they have for each other. You can only take so much, and Melissa had to say her peace about the whole "rumor" situation.
This show needs to be taken off the air.What was once fun to watch is now a horror.I watched the first episode and then decided NO WAY.It is simply to painful to watch.
Honestly, I NEVER leave comments but because this USE to be my FAV. housewives show I just had to. I don't even watch the whole episodes anymore I just forward all the arguing between Teresa and anyone. I just watch for Caroline's family (lol). I've been a real fan of RHONJ BUT this season its so freaking annoying. This family drama is getting ridiculous. Why in god's name can Teresa just get over I mean TRULY get over it. She needs to put it behind her (the issues with Melissa) and just live her life as a sister, wife, mother, etc. She's not being a true sister. She is being a dictator and want to control her brother and who he is with. What is so bad about Melissa. Don't get me wrong Teresa was my FAV. chick on this show and at first I couldn't STAND Melissa and Kathy but this season I am seeing who Melissa and Kathy truly are and they are drama free ladies who want to enjoy life with there family. Teresa DO NOT claim family is everything and then in 2 sec. turn around and be nasty to them. If you don't like Melissa SHUT YOUR MOUTH and just be happy for your brother. ITS his choice NOT yours. You made your choice and he accepts it so just let things be. Your truly annoying this season and the more you continue mark my words you will lose all your fans. For the rest of the housewives please do other things on the show cause I really want to watch again (the entire show) but it is soooo freaking annoying to see this stupid pointless drama WHO CARES. With that said hopefully by next season things will change. I know that this season has already been taped and it will continue to be this lame storyline so I will probably STOP watching and wait to see if things change next season.
Joe Gorga gets the points for the conversation with his sister. He made a monumental effort to get through to her. It didn't work.
I vehemently disagree with those who say Teresa is being ganged up on by everyone else. I see people reacting to what she does and then finally, out of frustration, throwing up their hands and walking away. Does it not occur to people that she is the cause of all of this discord?
I do not understand why Bravo chose to film the two seasons back to back. It is just the same ole same ole same.... They all blame Teresa for everything when none is clean. people who live in glass houses should not throw stones.