Cast Blog: #RHONJ

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Amber Calls Out Andy Cohen

Dina: What am I Doing Here?

Amber: Is Dina Coldhearted?

Dina: "The Reunion was Very Hard to Watch"

Teresa: We Love Hard, We Fight Hard

Dina: The Ladybug Event was Perfection

Amber: I Felt I Like I Was Being Hazed

Melissa: Continue to Pray for Teresa's Family

Why Amber Shares Her Cancer Story

Dina: I Was Team Santa

Teresa: I Don't Blame Jim

Bobby's Unacceptable Behavior

Amber: Dina is Jealous

Melissa: "We are Heartbroken"

Dina Reacts to the Sentencing

Kathy Talks Kevin Jonas

Amber: Dina Was Planning a Blood Bath

Jim and Amber Were on Different Pages

Dina on Bobby's "Bizarre" Behavior

Amber Calls BS on Dina

Nicole: Words are So Powerful

Teresa: "Kudos to Dina!"

Teresa: I Love the Show, I Love My Fans

Praying for a Positive Outcome for Teresa

"Tipsy Melissa is My Spirit Animal"

Dina's Lose-Lose Situation

Jacqueline on Her Status with Teresa

Why Teresa Told Dina the Rumor

Amber on Her Cancer Scare

Teresa: There was an Agenda to Hurt My Family

Melissa: I Do Feel for Amber

Dina: Gia's Beautiful Inside and Out

Nicole: This is Not 'Jerry Springer'

Amber on Her Meltdown with Teresa

Amber's Emotional Call to Teresa

Teresa Thanks the Fans

Dina: Florida Will Be the New Scary Island

Teresa: I Wish I Never Heard the Rumor

Amber on the Shocking Rino Rumor

Victoria Gotti's Big No No

Don't Ask!

Caroline explains why she rather be a bully than a coward.

 

Wow, I’ve got a lot on my mind after watching this episode, I hope I can get all of my thoughts out without writing a novel!

First, let's talk about Teresa and her delivery. How hilarious is she?! I remember going to the hospital to deliver all three of my kids, nowhere in sight was there makeup, jewelry, and heels! Only Teresa!!! I have to say, she was fabulous! Watching the labor was intense, ughhh, there’s got to be a better way! How many women out there were brought right back to the day you gave birth? I know I was, I was watching with a friend of mine and we were both feeling every contraction along with Teresa! Joe was cute; I think it’s amazing how most men don't have any idea how to deal with their wives in the delivery room. You can see that he felt bad for her, and he was proud of her too. He just didn’t know how to tell her or what to do to make things better for her. I’ll never forget my husband when I was in labor with Albie, there I was in the delivery room for hours (16), and right smack in the middle of everything my husband tells me, "Hon, I think I’m going to go get a turkey sandwich with your Dad, you going to be OK?" Ummm ... yeah, I guess that’s a man for ya! So, when I was watching Juicy Joe, I have to say, I get it. Audrianna is a little beautiful nugget, and just like her sisters she is larger than life already! The scene with Jac and Nicholas visiting was priceless, could there be a match in the future? We’ll have to wait and see I guess! I thought it was really cute the way Teresa asked Dina to be the Godmother, can you imagine the way that child will be dressed? Between Dina and Teresa she should be quite the fashionista!

Christopher, Christopher, Christopher ... I remember the day he was born, I called my mom and said, "Mom, he has the biggest Charlie Brown smile on his face!" To this day, that smile is ever present. However, I don’t recall saying, "Mom, he’s going to be the owner of a strip club one day!" Al and I have always told our kids to follow their dream, whatever it might be. Two rules that can never be broken – don’t ever do anything illegal, and don’t ever do anything with intent to hurt someone. Beyond that, it’s their life, their choices, we can only sit back, watch, and hope for the best. Christopher handled both the car wash and the Gentlemen’s Club experiences the way I would have expected him to. He was professional and focused. Naturally, he put his little Christopher twist into the mix, but did you expect anything different? For those of you who aren’t quite sure what he does on a day-to-day basis, I will tell you. He works at The Brownstone as a manager booking and overseeing parties, as well as managing the valet department. He works six days a week, 15 hours a day. I’m proud to say that he just purchased a two family home as an investment property. Not bad for a 20 year old, wouldn’t you agree? Oh wait, he’s 21 TODAY! Happy birthday baby, mommy loves you! I don’t know what the future holds for him, but I can guarantee that whatever path Christopher is on in life, it will be ablaze with smiles and God willing, health and success. One thing I CAN guarantee, both Albert and I will be his biggest supporters, watching from the sidelines, cheering him on.

 

 

OK, let's talk about the charity event at The Brownstone. First and foremost, please understand that this is an event that The Brownstone has catered for at least ten years. Imagine my surprise to find out that Danielle was to attend! I’ve never seen her at a charity event in the past, so naturally, my hackles went up. I’m not proud of my reaction, I have to be honest, but I just didn’t get it, something just didn’t seem right. Maybe I’m paranoid, maybe I’m just being a bitch, I guess we’ll have to see how this plays out. One favor, stick with me on this one. If I’m wrong, then I’m wrong, let’s see what the next couple of episodes reveal.

Ummm, Danny? Danny who? I was shocked, appalled, mortified, and disgusted as I watched that scene. Body guards? What??? For the record, I’ve never, ever, in my life threatened Danielle Staub or anyone else for that matter. Actually, this is the first and only time that I’ve ever confronted anyone at this level. It doesn’t make me happy, and it isn’t something I gloat about. There are times in life when you just have to deal with situations in a manner that is so out of the normal realm of your world. This is that moment for me. Once again, I would rather be thought of as a bully than a coward. The only thing I fear from this Danny person (who by the way, neither I, nor anyone in my family have ever seen him or heard of him before) is his circa 1974 feather haircut. This should be interesting, watch along with me, and tell me what you think.

Dina and her meeting at Jacqueline’s house. Pleaseeee, leave me alone! I was at home, minding my business, when I got a call to report to Jacqueline’s. First of all, I meant what I said, if Dina wants to have closure from Danielle it has to come from Dina, no one else!!! Then I'm told I'm crazy, OK, I’m crazy, guess what? We’ll see who’s crazy when you make an attempt to have a conversation where you tell someone that even though I don’t have a problem with you, I don’t want any part of you. Why bother? You know how it’s going to end. Save yourself the aggravation. Why is it I always get in trouble when giving advice? Guess what, then DON’T ASK. Don’t call me. If someone thinks enough of my opinion, the least I can do is tell the truth, I owe them that much. Wouldn’t you agree?

 

 

As for Jacqueline and Ashley, I agree with Chris and Dina. Iron hand Jacqueline, iron hand!!! I feel like parents today give their kids too much rope. Guess what, you know what happens when you give someone too much rope? They "hang themselves." As a parent you have to watch your children and guide them, and when they’ve taken on "too much rope," you have to reign them in and set them straight. I give Jacqueline credit, she’s trying her best, but Ashley needs to get focused on her life and start moving in a positive direction. I have faith in Ashley, I really do. PS: Did you see Nicholas in Jac’s lap? How cute is the little man!!!

Oh my God, this blog has worn me out! There are better days ahead, I promise! I’m as sick of the Danielle drama as you are, trust me! I can only hope that in the end you will all have watched this show and enjoyed yourselves for one hour each Monday evening, and taken yourselves away from all the "crazy" both good and bad, that may be present in your lives! As always, thank you for watching, and I’ll see you all next week!

Xoxo
C.

Amber: Is Dina Coldhearted?

Amber Marchese dishes on her first reunion and why Dina Manzo confuses her.

Hello Housewife friends!  Welcome to the jungle baby! My first reunion was a wild ride. Call me sick and twisted, but I had an unbelievable time at the reunion when most, I have been warned, dread it. I felt like it was “The Great Purge” and when I went home I was felt relieved of any built up tension. I don’t care if anyone has a grudge against me, my slate is clean and I harbor no ill feelings towards anyone. I love to argue my point, and I truly stood by all of my convictions this season, so I was ready to say exactly what was on my mind, and then some. 

I know the twins and I went at one another pretty hard, but that is what the reunion is all about. It is an opportunity to get it all out and potentially understand one another's position better. Then we can each make our own decisions as to where we want to go with our relationships. I am very much the type of person that can say some of the meanest things and sling mud, but hug it out at the end forgetting anything negative that was said. It just rolls off my back. I actually think it is healthier to say what needs to be said, and then move on.

One thing I did question after the reunion was if Dina actually has a heart or if I should start calling her the Tin Man. I actually have not figured her out yet. Is she really just a coldhearted bitch, or has she been hurt so many times that she has become warped and jaded. I feel I don’t owe anyone any reason as to why I call cancer “the cancer,” but I will give it once more anyhow. “The cancer” is “the monster” to me. It is a way for me to take away its power and to minimize it. “It” destroys lives, so “it” does not deserve a name. It is just “the cancer” -- it was “the monster” or “the dragon.” Although Dina claims to have an understanding of how devastating cancer is to a family, her actions and blatant lack of empathy proves otherwise.

In addition, I did not think it was appropriate for me to interject into family quarrels at the reunion; however, this is something that I feel strongly about. I have met Jaqueline and I have spoken to her on many occasions. In the very short time that I have gotten to know Jaqueline, I know and have empathy with the struggles she has caring for Nicholas. I felt that Dina’s interpretation of her nephew was callous and completely out of touch with reality. The only thing that keeps playing in my mind is, "You know nothing John Snow."  No, thank God, he is not hooked up to machines with cancer; however, what the Laurita family goes through is extremely difficult on a day to day basis that will continue on for a lifetime. It is emotionally and financially devastating. Although, Dina "visits" children with cancer, at the end of her visit she gets to go home, leaving it behind and goes on with her daily life. Since Dina does work with children with cancer, I pray that she can abstain from a self-absorbed lifestyle and become a loving, involved aunt.