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Ashley tells Jacqueline that she wants to move to California. At this point I’m surprised Jacqueline didn’t pull a Greyhound bus ticket out of one of the kitchen drawers. Ashley asks her mom, “What part of me isn’t being realistic?” Oh, Ashley. I said I wasn’t going to make fun of you anymore, but you keep taking it up a notch. Ashley tells the camera in her interview, “In California I can just focus on me.” Yes, that’s right, Ashley. You need to get away from this toxic environment. You don’t deserve to get two free cars and to live rent-free and to have free clothes and to not pay any bills. No one can treat you that way. You need to call Amnesty International or Bono to see if they can bust you out of your third world mansion.
Later in the show in a Franklin Lakes gym, the Manzos are training with Salvatore. He is Chris and Albie’s kickboxing trainer. Do you see the difference in personalities here? We see Christopher tending bar and we see Ashley sitting at the bar playing with her hair. We see Ashley sitting on her ass in the kitchen, and then we see the Manzos AND Jacqueline in a kickboxing class. Lauren brought Caroline along to kickboxing class for motivation. The big problem is that Momma Manzo ain’t getting down and doin’ twenty for nobody. She isn’t into the whole working out thing. It’s like she’s saying, “I just got a ten karat ring, I ain’t doing no freakin’ push ups.” Since Caroline has been the most motivating person on the show so far, I was very surprised that she didn’t roll up her sleeves and put Salvatore in the Manzo death grip. If I ever go exercising with anyone on ‘The Real Housewives of New Jersey’ I am going to go with Greg. (We need more Greg!) I love any guy that wears dolphin shorts and during sit-ups let’s you see his balls. Caroline has to stop mid “work out” because she is about to puke. Salvatore the trainer tells her to grab some orange juice to make her stomach feel better. Orange juice for nausea? If that doesn’t work do you move right to ketchup and vinegar? This kick boxer ain’t no doctor.
Your blog always makes me laugh out loud while reading it! This week after giggling many times while reading your blog, it took a serious turn. I actually was in tears, my heart goes out to Jacqueline! I am amazed with how sensitive you are to the situation, not only are you hysterical but you also have a beautiful heart! Thanks again for your weekly blog!
Once again Jay loved your blog, and I agree with you. It was so heart wrenching to see Jacqueline so broken down over Ashley. As a mother I can relate to her, and to her pain. I believe she is done and now Ashley will see what it is to lose the support of her mother.
Your "median" reference had me crying I was laughing so hard! Thank you again for a great recap of the episode.
Jay, How very kind and sweet of you to express your feelings of sadness for Jacqueline. I felt exactly the same way. You're right about it not being funny or entertaining..it's disgusting to see her being treated worse than a criminal who has actually done something wrong. Thanks for the on point blog...again!!
Love you Jay!!! Dear Ashlee on RHONJ, When I was 20, I was in college, held about 3 jobs (at the same time), helped my mom take care of my father who was diagnosed with cancer, helped take care of my mother who had a cancer scare/surgery, and generally worked hard for everything in my life no matter the bad hand that was being dealt to me. #growup.
Love you Jay..funny and you have a heart..who knew? Ashley needs some school of hard knocks and less rah-rah rally hats.
I feel terrible for Jacqueline. You can tell she is a caring, loving mother and just wants the best for her daughter in life. It's ashame that Ashley is lazy and has no motivation to do much with her life at 20. When I was 20 I was working 2 jobs, going to university to get my undergrad, and living on my own paying all my own bills. I had zero help. So, I don't feel sorry for Ashley. She needs to really be thrown out of her house to be on her own to get a taste of the real world. She will either sink or swim.....and sadly I'm sure she will coming running back to her parents to treat them like crap again. I hope they will do what is best for Ashley and let her fend for herself this time. It's probably the only way she will grow up!
Jacqueline, I was crying with you and for you in this episode. In your blogs and in interviews, you always stick up for Ashley, and I don't know how you do it. I know she is your daughter, but her behavior this episode actually sickened me. I cannot believe she had the nerve to comment on your decision to KEEP HER, and not give her up for adoption, with disgust in her voice. She is the most ungrateful, selfish person I have ever seen. Jacquelin and Chris, you are AMAZING parents, which you prove week after week. CJ is the most polite, respectful child on Housewives, and it's so apparent how phenomenal you both are as parents. I wish you all the best in this situation, and please know that we are all on your side. Don't ever question your parenting, or feel like you have failed, because it is clearly not your fault! I hope everything works out, and I admire and appreciate your dedication to your family!
First blog that has made both laugh outloud, and cry. Couldn't agree with you more. Look forward to your blogs every week!!!
I think Ashley should really come to leave to California LA... WOW she is in for exciting adventure. Here she will learn that she is not sh.. to the people in LA n that without her parents she wont be able to survived. The people from LA are cruel and don't give anything just because u have a pretty face and parents with money... Here she will work her A.s off to get even a piece of bread to eat. Unless of course she is thinking of moving into one of the homeless shelters which I think might be what she needs...lol Sorry Jacqueline for talking this way about ur daughter but it hurts to see how she treats u when all u do is care for her.
Once again you have written a great recap. I had to cry along with Jacqueline because I felt her pain, her disappointment because she has been supportive of her daughter. To get treated with so much disrespect!
Ashley is out of control. If I were Jacqueline, I would be done too. Ashley keeps biting the hand that feeds her. I wish Ashley could see that everyone that watches thinks shes ridiculous and they laugh at her. She's gotta get it together. She's a total joke at this point.
Jacqueline is a wonderful Mom as is Chris, along with the rest of the parents team. Ashley needs to realize what she has and until she has to go it alone, even if only for a bit, she will continue to take all they give to her for granted. Perhaps she needs to work with kids less fortunate than she. Or feel what it would be like to be on her own, no money coming in unless she makes it. To watch all these seasons and see what Jacqueline and Chris have done for her makes me love them so much. One day, I know she will get it. But dont let anyone tell you the way you are raising your daughter is wrong, you love her, you see all she has to offer, you know what she is capable of! I had to go to a therapist for years before I realized what I had in my Mom and Step-dad. Now I wish I would have appreciated it all along. Keep loving her and it will all come together.
Well said! It is sad to see today's "youth" shirk responsibility and hang on to a false sense of entitlement. 20 years old may be young, but there are far more young people out there that get up every morning and enter the daily grind and make a way for themselves. Unfortunately, people who feel entitled to cars, apartments, jobs, etc. are the same people who never get it by their own hard work and will still feel entitled years from now. Ashley's lesson will be a hard one, and one that will take a toll on all four of her parents, not to mention the little boys that are looking up to her. Grow up girl, we all have to some day!
Amazing insight on the Ashley situation; couldn't have said anything better myself. Hope she reads your blog. I hear from a different source she's already moved to LA - I hope the city chews her and spits her out.
Jay~ Thanks for the "median" laugh. Thank you for addressing Jacqueline directly. It was upsetting to see her like that. Tears were rolling down my eyes. Your right. She is a GREAT mom!
at first i didn't really like you, but i keep reading your blogs and find you absolutely hilarious. i'm really glad you didn't make fun of the scene with ashley and her mom. even though you are a comedian,i'm so glad you didn't go there!
Dear Jay, It was heartbreaking to see Ashley treat her mother that way. What's even more heartbreaking is in all likelihood your apology is the only one Jacqueline got. Hopefully, the person who should apologize did so, and then actually is working at changing her behavior.
You don't know the whole story. I hope Ashley comes out with the truth when she's older. And that people stop being so quick to assume it's always " ungrateful brats."
Being a 20 year old and watching Ashley's actions and listening to her mind set is incredibly frustrating. I've had a job since I was 16 and everything my parents have helped me with I greatly appreciate. Jacqueline is such a sweet lady, my favorite houswife along with Caroline, so it was heartbreaking to see the hurt she was going through. Ashley is selfish and acts entitled to everything with out working for it, much less appreciating it. It's disgusting.
I'm glad you commented on Melissa stirring the pot. Everyone wants to say that Melissa is trying but all I see her do is run bag to her sisters and run back to Kathy. She's a trouble maker who can't sing. Hopefully this will be the only song which by the way sounded unbelievably amateur for producers who have worked with beyonce. Cannot express my disappointment in Caroline enough. I really like Kathy when she's not bad mouthing Teresa. Hearing Jacqueline cry that way was beyond heartbreaking. Ashley is what every parent prays their child is not like.
Agree.. More GREG! Love him! If my kid had thrown up in my face I was pregnant at 20, she would have been lucky if all she lost was a hair extension. I couldn't believe Ashely tried to play it like Jacqueline (and everyone else at the table frankly) were twisting her words. That was rough.
Can't believe you didn't address the recording session and Melissa's singing and Joe's comments. Maybe the "median" told you not to. Otherwise, your blog was right on.
Love this post. Yes, Jay, that comment by the photographer was a dig on little Gia. What is she, 10 years old? Christ, he was an a-hole.
Since you called out Melissa Gorga on her "wretch/wench" slip up when you sat in for Andy, PLEASE notice and remark on the fact that tonight she did it again. She called the medium her sister was talking about a "median", not once, but twice. Oh Lord. Somebody get her a dictionary. And that "wench" explanation was bulls#it!
And finally, what exactly did Teresa say about life? It was a great quote and I want to steal it. Something like, life is about good food, good sex, good friends and family. I friggin' love that girl.
Thank you for finally saying what we all think about Ashley For real...... I have a daughter and I think I would just die if she treated me the way Ashley treats her Mom and her amazing Step Dad. You are right.... it wasn't entertaining, it was heartbreaking at best..... It's the first time I have ever cried over a "Real Housewives episode". I can't help but hope that Ashley has watched this and feels horrible and sees that it's time to grow up. Thanks Jay for keeping it real. In spite of all the sad stuff you still made me crack up about everything else.
As always, THE most entertaining and thought-inspiring blog.
Re: Gia Think the photographer was being sincere b/c prior to that when one of the girls (Milania ??) is crying he insists the girls need a break. When they resume, Teresa is fussing over Gia and Gia tells her to leave her alone then pastes a smile on so the shoot can continue (and hopefully end). Thankfully Gia's smile is gorgeous be it sincere or not - that kid is a pro.
Ah, you DID call her on it. Missed that on the first read. THANK YOU!
Median wench. Sounds about right.
Jay every week your recap is funny and you seem to say EXACTLY what I was thinking. Why this Ashley kid thinks everyone owes her is very hard to watch! Does she not know what is going on in America right now-how many young people have no one to help them much less 2 sets of parents(with money)that have done everything for her! I do not think I have ever watched such a disrespectful brat! I think she should spend a few months switching places with kids who live below the poverty level,maybe someone with drug or alcoholic parents.Sadly Ashley has treated every adult in her life like that-look how she spoke to her grandfather. Her boyfriend is gone, guess he got fed up with too. At least it does't look like she is mean to the pets!
Jay, I TOTALLY thought that the photographer at the beginning sounded like Tim Gunn when he exasperatingly told Gia that he understood that the shoot "must have been draining!" HYSTERICAL! We must be on the same wave length, because in the episode when Melissa sang "Amazing Grace" and incorrectly subbed the word wench for wretch, I thought it was the most ridiculous and hilarious thing ever. Then, you hosted "Watch What Happens" and made it a point to bring this to light! I loved it!
You hit the nail on the head regarding Ashley. Week after week I've read your blogs and laughed, but this time the situation called for more serious discussion. The scene with Ashley and her parents was real and heart-wrenching. It's obvious that she knows how to push her mother's buttons. I hope someday she wakes up and realizes how much her mom wants her to succeed in life. She's so lucky to have such generous parents. I'm glad you pointed all of this out in your blog and hopefully she'll read it and something clicks in her clueless brain.
Wow. Jay and I are on the same page here. Just about everything he said in this recap, I was saying throughout the show. Oh poor Jacqueline, she does not deserve to be treated that way. My heart went out to her during that entire horrible scene at the restaurant. You're a great mom Jacqueline and we all can see how hard you work at trying to make Ashley's life easier. Hopefully she will get that one day, but probably not until she has a child of her own. Great show!
Jay, great point about Ashley's comment to Jacqueline. I think Ashley was trying to point out that sometimes abortion is the right decision. But you got to give it to Jacqueline. It was like she forgot the cameras were there and became Super Mom.
Jay - You are SO fantastic. Your blogs are perfect every single week, it's like you take the thoughts right out of my mind and put them out there (in a much funnier and better way). Thank you for blogging and Do Not Stop! They are my highlight after every episode.
Jay! I love your blog, I am from Verona and love all your mentions of your home town. But just thought you should know, the Verona Inn has been closed for at least 2 years now.
I think a family that may even be a little concerned that their child is depressed would have the sense not to have an intervention with them on TV.