Caroline tells Jacqueline that if Lauren ever spoke to her the way Ashley speaks to Jacqueline, Lauren would be holding ice to her lips. Sounds scary, Momma Manzo, but last week we all saw how you punch. The only way Lauren holds ice to her lip is if she bumps her head on a cabinet.
Teresa shows up fashionably late to Kathy’s house. She tells the gang about a storm in the area and warns everybody that, “ A Norwegian is coming.” Kathy then says in her interview, “I guess intelligence is a different language to Teresa.” I am now so confused by this group. Kathy invites Teresa to her house for an “embrace your inner goddess party,” and then takes a huge shot at her. Caroline keeps telling Jacqueline to punch Ashley in the face. Melissa is nice to Teresa, but then says that holy water would make her melt. Kathy makes love to her food. Even by Housewives standards this is getting nutty.
Teresa spends the next ten minutes complaining about everything. When I say everything, I mean everything. Teresa STARTS by complaining that there aren’t any naked men serving the ladies the food. (Didn’t I say we needed more Greg?) The more everyone gets along, the crazier it makes Teresa. When Caroline compliments Kathy’s food, Teresa turns into Kristen Wiig’s Penelope character and blurts out, “We’re opening a restaurant!” Really, Teresa? How did the Bravo cameras miss you and Joe planning that? For crying out loud, they have footage of your daughter vomiting, I’m pretty sure they would have picked up on you and Joe planning a grand opening of a restaurant.
I’m starting to get worried for Teresa. I would love to sit down with her for one of my “Real Housewives Therapy” sessions. Good luck on opening your new restaurant, Tre. Nothing ensures a great grand opening more than a $260,000 debt.
I LOVE your blogposts!!! You are hysterical, but you echo exactly what I'm thinking. I think you should be at the reunion!!! How about it, Andy Cohen, have Jay as a special guest!!! As for everyone applauding when Chris tells Ashlesy, "get your stuff and get out", well, you hit the nail on the head. A friend of mine and I were both watching together tonight. When that scene came and he said that, she and I both started yelling and clapping. Yes, we're couch potatoes with no lives...no need to rub it in. :-) Keep up the blogging!!!!
O...M...G this blog was too funny!!!! Im sorry but if I was Ashely's mom and she had called me a bitch she would have been wearing three shoes...two on her feet and one in her ass!! Jacqueline just don't deserve that even though this was some time ago!!
Best "Housewives" blog EVER. :) Your thoughts echoed mine almost exactly, except yours were far were articulate and funny. Mine mainly consisted of WTF, WTF, seriously, WTF?
Love the levity and humor in your recap for a what I felt was a pretty dull and depressing episode...the cat fights are tiring as is the way Ashley treats her parents....
I admit, I gave a pretty big "Woohoo" when I heard Chris at the end. I like him more and more each week. Was a little disappointed in Melissa stirring the pot with regard tonthe comment Tre made about Richie - and I was even more disappointed in Tre's palpable negativity at the "Goddess" party. But I have to say, the way Kathy responded to Melissa's attempt to cuz turmoil was admirable. That's the kind of grace most of us aspire to have. What I did love was the fun chemistry between Caroline, Kathy, Jaq, Lauren and Melissa. THAT's what this show needs more of on the heels of such tragedy last week. Less lives in turmoil and more good times. Jaq and Caroline have such a great sense of humor - Hopedully we move past this Ashlee crap.
Well said Jay. The parents absolutely have to stop making statements about "What Jacqueline gave up." How demeaning for Ashley, she didn't ask to be born. I think she's a brat that doesn't get a lot about life but I get the root of her anger. Her parents, unintentionally, treat her as if she was a burden and she has picked up on that. Especially since both parents remarried and had other families and she feels like the unwanted child. She's spoiled and clueless but her anger about that sentiment that her parents continually force upon her; that she is a burden or that she owes her parents because they "gave up a lot for her, her anger is legitimate. You should never make a statement like that to your child, EVER.
Jay - love your blog as always. Ashley really deserved a smack in the mouth for talking to her mother like that - and texting at the same time (I'm sure Chris pays her cell phone bill too). I do hope they truly kick her out. As for Teresa, I really think she is playing with not with a full deck - and she was extremely rude at Kathy's complaining about Kathy's food and in particular the parsely - I'm Italian and we do use parsley other than for sauce only. Teresa each week becomes my least favorite housewive.
Jay I couldn't agree with you more about Jacqueline making Ashley feel as though if she wasn't born her mom could have lived some amazing life. How in the world can Ashley constantly be grateful when she is made to feel like she ruined her mothers life? Ashley you got to get out of there and be on your own just for yourself. You can do it. Jay love your blog!
Tre didn't say her cousin's husband had the 'hots' for her - she said that he's obsessed with her because he's always busting her out and offending her! Jac is really overdoing the victim thing - if I were her daughter and she reminded me my whole life that she was a struggling single mom and that she made the 'decision' to have me - you know, guilting me all the time - I'd be made too. She created the ungrateful nature of her daughter and now she's playing victim. Tre gave credit to the family recipies in her books - she isn't stealing anything. Tre doesn't want to share the deep secrets of her situation with anyone, especially not her non-friends jac and car and I don't blame her. Mel should make more of an effort to keep the peace and not send kat the wrong message by telling her that Tre thinks her husband 'wants' her. OMG - can't they just stop and get along.. Tre is Tre - she's never tried to be anything else. I admire that fiery Italian and the fact that she follows the old saying "never explain, your friends don't need it and your enemies won't believe you anyway" ... well, her blogs are explaining, but she is getting so beat up by everyone. I'm a 'Team RHONJ' and want them to get it together - all of them.
Another gem of a blog, Jay. I will be the Crusader spearheading the movement for you to host a weekly jersey after-show on bravo...or at the very least co-host the Reunion with Andy.
Jay, you are the funniest MF ever. You make me laugh so hard. The comment about Theresa and Joe opening a restaurant and being $260.000 in debt was priceless.
The only thing better than Jay Mohr commenting on the RHONJ would be RHONJ Pop-Up Video with only comments from Jay Mohr. From this blog to Mohr Stories, Jay you keep me laughing nonstop.
Jay, You're so right about Ashley and her antics. But I think that her dad, Matt, might be so eager to help out because he's afraid that he just might end up with Ashley living him again!
"That sound you heard tonight outside your window tonight was America applauding."
+1 - Pure genius, Jay!
And I am still applauding!
Spot on! Wasn't it interesting how much fun all of the women were having at Kathy's party UNTIL Teresa showed up? She was such fun in past seasons, now she is just a fun-sucker! Love your blogs each week, Jay!
Took the words right out of my mouth Jay. Tre has gone over the bend and Ashley just will not learn. Can't wait to see next weeks show.
Love your commentary Jay. So true about the "we sacrificed for you" line, it's wrong to keep bringing it up as a solution to their problems: It implies: "I sacrificed, so appreciate me, and we will be fine." Besides that issue, In some ways Ashley is like every teen - wanting independence without proving they can be independent. It's a narcissistic phase. Arguments like this are happening all over the U.S. believe me, I'm in the field and work with parents, I see it ALL the time. You don't have to be a woman who gave birth as a 20 year old to experience mother daughter conflict. Ashley's is a little delayed however, at the age of 20 she's still like a 16 y/o. Ashley implied her mother was acting Ashley's age, and, in some ways Ashley and Jacqueline ARE alike - they can't calmly listen, they are both reactionary. It's a dance that isn't working. Maybe this Bravo show thing IS Ashley's job. But then, maybe she should be paying rent. I believe that if kids want to live at home when not attending college, they should be paying rent. Maybe if they are in college and moving toward a career, the rent expectation can be delayed. The parents somewhat created Ashley's feelings of entitlement. She gets stuff she doesn't even ask for, a car for example (more than she needed) and it seems there are no definite expectations from her. It's vague and not spelled out except to yell, "I want your respect." When I was 20, I moved to California from the east coast. HOWEVER, I worked 3 jobs before I moved to save money to make the trip happen. I also transferred from one of the companies I was working for and arrived to California with a job. I stayed for a year and established residency and eventually went to school - I paid my own way. I had been paying rent to my family prior to leaving. They always said, if you are in college, you don't have to pay rent, but if you aren't, you must get a job and pay rent. They ended up saving the rent I paid them (unknown to me at the time) and gave me the money once I began school in California. So Ashley, it can be done. You'll grow up a lot living on your own, but you really have to live and support yourself on your own. You'll feel really good about yourself for doing it. It takes work, it's more than saying "I want to do this" it means saying "I want to do this, and here is my plan to accomplish it." I arrived to California on my 21st birthday and I never looked back. I love my family and I visit often. But I accomplished a lot on my own - let her go to figure it out herself. If you give her money, make it a loan. In the long run it's healthier for all of you.
Jay, You rock! I wait for your funny blog every week. From someone who knows, maybe you should take up medicine?
Yeah, I hope Ashley wakes up. But something tells me she's got a few more obnoxious years in her still. I have a 20 year old son, and he has a momnet or two of that attitude, but it passes quickly. Ashley has much more left in her I think. I agree that Teresa is acting crazy. I think she is unhappy and its showing in all the snide comments.
Jay, you are usually right on the money, but I have to disagree with Ashley misinterpreting her mother's sacrifice. Ashley is still young, but she's also very manipulative. Did you see her look to her father for support or give him a 'see, she's crazy' look when Jacqueline went off on her? She's looking for back-up in the middle of a butt-busting she practically begged for. I do agree with you about the phone. My youngest is 25, but if she spoke to me like that (while texting, no less), she'd require a proctologist to retrieve the phone. Chris should be nominated for sainthood for not so much as raising his voice during the entire argument.
I love Teresa too, but she and her hubby are starting to look desperate and crazy. Some of her comments in regards to what is said to her are so bizarre you have to wonder if she has a hearing problem. Kathy invited her over, she accepted, and if all she could do was criticize the food she should have kept her mouth shut. Sometimes when the other housewives are talking to T, her face goes totally blank....like she completely checks out unless they are 100% in agreement with her. I can't decide if Joe needs therapy or thorazine....serious anger-management issues there. Melissa flat-out lied when she told Kathy that Teresa said Richie is 'hot' for her (gag). Doesn't she realize that all those previous conversations she's referencing are 'on display, on display, on display'?? Oh, and Kathy doesn't have to worry.... nobody is going after that mouth-breathing, self-admitted 'chest thumper' of hers. Seriously...the man NEVER closes his mouth....EVER. What's up with that?
I am so with you on Ashley's cell phone! She's probably not paying for it so why do they let her use it when she's being so terrible????
I would love to see you do a show trying to shrink these ladies. Or you should be hosting the reunions, because Andy clearly has lost all control of the chickens.
C'mon Jay---her world IS unraveling around her. There are daggers all around her...it's been like 4 weeks during this. How would you handle this?
You make me laugh so hard. You say everything I want to say and from one psychotherapist to one who played one on television, you have some very good insight into their issues. I hope you don't get tired of writing these blogs because I want to continue to read what you have to say!
ok, after watching last week's episode and then the beginning of tonight's episode, when Ashley and all of her parents are in the restaurant, I just LOVE the male patrons sitting behind them (directly behind Ashley and her step-mom). Their reactions to this family drama are priceless!! :D
Obviously the pain on the part of both Jacqueline&Ashley is as deep and wide an ocean. And thier story goes back to Ashley's first developmental steps toward individuaton and independence. Being in so much pain they are both defensive and filter what they hear through the painful expectation and assumptions they have about each other. It seems to me, if all I ever heard was how worthless I was as a human being and daughter, what a burden my very existence was (& continues to be to the very people I rely on to shape my belief in my own ability to succeed as a person). And if my mother gave up everything she ever wanted to have&raise me, the biggest disappointment of her life, than raising me/spending time with me was a waste of time...I am a waste of time and my existence is not only a burden but I'm worthless. Jacqueline is clearly in pain and confused. She doesn't know how to communicate how much she loves Ashley without justifying herself to prove she's been a loving mother. All Ashley hears is rejection and how she is a terrible person&daughter. In turn Ashley defends herself vigorously in an attempt to have self-esteem. I see Ashley begging for real love, unconditional. Which is not the same as giving her everything she wants and it's not the same as letting her get away without facing consequences of her action.The communication cycle is toxic.
Jay, once again you are right on point, not to mention hilarious ( so hilarious in fact that I busted a gut, literally; I just had an abdominal surgery and I laughed so hard that my top staple ripped my skin and I had to pull it out...LOL ). I completely agree that Tre is even more nuts than normal. She's not even trying to mend fences with the family. She just puts a negative spin on EVERYTHING. As far as Ashley is concerned, I was one of the Americans applauding. I love how she is just going to go to California and get her own house...HELLO! Anyway, I love your blog so keep up the good work.
I think it was a good idea for Ashley to leave tonight. However, I see this in a different light. Ashley's problems should never have been discussed on TV. We saw her mom compare her with the other young people on the show, and Ashley always came up short. Not many 20 year old's really know what they want to do in life, and Ashley is spoiled. So she is taking longer to get her act together. She really will become a responsible adult, give her time. The intervention with all four of her parents at a public restaurant should never have taken place. That should have been a private family matter. That kid was really under the gun. Who wants the world to know that you don't know what you want to be when you grow up, and your parents are the ones telling the world? I hope that Ashley is far away from NJ., far away the TV show. She needs someone to guide her and help navigate the many possibilities that are out there for her. I personally hope she pursues some sort of art career. I think she will be surprised to see how she fits in with artistic people. Having said all of this, I think that her parents are good people, and only want the very best for Ashley. You all are going to be fine, this is just what we old people call Life!
U are such a hoot! I am so glad that Bravo finally put someone on the blogs that are going to tell it like it is. I was the one outside of Jackie's window doing the most clapping! It is about time she did something RIGHT for Ashley. You do not have to punch them or slap them at that age to get resecpt you deserve - just take away the keys to the car you gave them, tell them to pack up what they can carry and show them the door!!! Had to do that to my spoiled rotten child and it worked. Ashley is just using the excuse that she is hurt about the "giving up things" statement. This is a tacted that teenagers use to make the parents feel bad. As far as the rest of the ladies - I am so sick of Theresa and her husband. Yes they have gone through alot but THEY BOTH BROUGHT ON thEMSELVES so DEAL WITH IT!!!! Stop being so jealous of Melissa and Joe for them not being in court and oweing so much money to people. And for being alot more fun to hang around than they are. Theresa needs to stop being of jealous of how great Melissa looks in everything she wears and go home and lower her heams. Kathy was great to host a party for the ladies and I wish I would have been there to eat everything she had.
Keep up the great work...Love Ya even though I am sure Bravo will never put my statements on this site!
as always,,,,ssssooo funny. now i must rewatch the show,,you take the show to a totally new level :)))...BRAVO JAY.....
Jay great read this week. Say its about time they kicked Ashleys ass out of the house. This girl has it so good and still manages to screw everything she comes in contact with up. Believe it or not she is great for television, the sad part is this is reality. Someone needs to run Ashley over with the Jeep Chris bought her for her birthday.
I preface this by saying that I've tried to comment on your blogs weeks prior but they never post to the site which makes me a bit upset! I just have to say that I ove, love, love your weekly recaps! Bravo should give you a recap show at the end of the season where they show clips and you give your commentary because that would be awesome. My favorite line of your blog was the very end because I for one was applauding. Tough love is exactly what Miss Ashley needs in her life. They should give her a mini-reality show a la MTV's Exiled and drop her off in some third world country with no Jeep, no hats and no phone. I think all RHONJ viewers would appreciate it and she may finally get a dose of reality.
I loved your blog. I laughed out loud at the way you dissected tonight's episode. It was funny. Thanks!!!
Oh a million thanks once again to Bravo for giving us Jay and his blog!! Since I've actually CRIED a little these past two episodes watching Jacqueline and Ashley, it's beyond refreshing to immediately click on Jay's blog to laugh and get back to reality. Thanks again Jay and good luck on the therapy sessions with the Housewives! I would pay money to see you dispense advice to them! :)