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I'm sorry I can't start this blog with all kinds of excitement, because I don't feel like there was much to celebrate in this first episode. It was beyond heartbreaking to watch.
To make everything easier, since there are so many Joes, I'm going to call my husband, Joe, my brother, Joey (since I call him that anyway).
I'm sure you can all see why this was a tough episode for me to watch and a tough season to film. When I signed up for this, I thought it was going to be a fun show that followed me and my friends shopping, going to dinner, and just living our lives. We never expected it would get so dark with Danielle's drama. This person we didn't know came in and tried to drive a wedge in between the Manzo and Laurita families. My heart broke for them, because no family is perfect, but to have someone come in and mess with your family dynamic on purpose is just evil. I stood by Caroline and Jacqueline, stayed loyal to their family when it was being attacked, and I always will. I love them, and I love their fantastic kids.
Of course that's not to say I don't love my own family too. Of course I do. My family is my life. It always has been, and I think it's pretty clear if you've ever met me or watched even one episode. Would I have joined the show if there was a chance it involved my family members being pitted against one another? No way in hell. I would never want my family exposed in that way. What sane person would? Who would subject their family to this on purpose? No opportunity or fun new celebrity career would be worth that trade off. Not even remotely.
My brother and I have always been close. Yes, when he got married things changed, but we were still close. We all had Sunday dinners together. We celebrated all our family events together. We were godparents to each other's kids. In my book Skinny Italian, I talked about our lives growing up -- the photo you saw of us in tonight's episode as kids is in my book. I even thanked him in the acknowledgments, right after Joe and my parents. He and Melissa were invited to and came to every single party I ever had -- on camera and off. If you go back and watch old episodes, you can spot Melissa. She put herself in the front of every shot because she wanted to be on TV. (That actually might be a fun drinking game -- spot Melissa at my parties). Just like they don't show all of Caroline's brothers and sisters or Jacqueline's brother even though they too are a huge part of their lives.
I felt so much pain for you last night. Happy to see your Juicy Joe standing up for you. Felt horrible for poor Gia. No kid should witness that kind of behavior. Keep taking the "high road" where Melissa's concerned. It's pretty obvious she's the new Danielle.
Wow Teresa, you have been through so much this year. And your family has done the opposite of support you through trying times. I hope they are big enough and want to go to"God's Kingdom" enough to admit when they are narcissistic and histrionic. Keep your head up!
Welcome back Teresa. We've loved you since the show started and it's not going to change now that there's some new kids on the show. Just when we thought the drama was gone, we get Melissa. She can say all the negative stuff she wants but you will always have loyal fans, followers who love, love, love watching you.
I LOVE YOU T!!!!
You hang in there! You are loved, and kudos to you for not trashing on Melissa in your blog, you easily could have!
You are my new favorite! It's sad what Melissa and her sisters have done to your amazing family. The truth is already exposing her true jealous colors. Keep being yourself!
love you. Melissa is very transparent and all she did through out the first episode was bash on you. Obviously she is the one with jealousy issues. You were great and I am sure you will be a fan favorite. Hold your head up high and dont get sucked into her jealousy.
I STILL LOVE YOU TERESA! Even though some people are trying to throw dirt on you, you are still fabulous. Keep your head up. Harlem NYC loves you!!!!!! :)
Teresa...I'm so sorry to see the strife in your family. I'll keep you and your family in my prayers. You're our favorite!
Hold your head up, Teresa! I was thinking the same exact thing that you mentioned....we don't know everyone else's siblings, so why is it such a big deal that we didn't know about yours? Melissa acts like that was such a slap in the face to her, but she wasn't on the show originally, YOU WERE. I could definitely tell that she was a huge instigator in all of the drama, so just rise above and keep doing your thing!
i actually felt terribly sorry for you watching this episode. i hope your family is able to resolve this. it appears as though melissa is extremely jealous of your success.
All I can say is Wow! My family has some serious issues and no one should judge. It's sad to watch but familys can be crazy!!! Mine is for sure. Keep up the good work on your books and the tours! Love and truth is never a bad thing. Much love !
Love love love you right back. I have to agree with your T, your sister in law is a piece of work. Your poor brother. You can tell all she ever wants is to make trouble. Your brother should be ashamed of himself for what he called you. Anyway, so glad to see you back on the show and keep your chin up. Everything also seems to work itself out!!!
This is nutso! My heart broke for you when your brother lashed out. You looked genuinely surprised by his reaction. As a gal from a big family, with 3 brothers, I couldn't even imagine how I would have felt if I was in your shoes. As the only girl in my family, I know what an important role a sister is in a brother's life. My heart goes out to you. I hope you fix this.
I think you're awesome. Your girls are beautiful and Joe is wonderful! Your sister in law came off to be one of those that is always trying to be one up from everybody else and will do anything to one up your family. Your brother, God bless him, but just sounds like he's jelous of your success and his your father being proud of you and hanging with Joe (your husband)! Unfortunate and sad. I know family problems are in every family so hang in there and you leave it in God's hands! love you, xoxo!!!
Teresa I think I am your biggest fan and as of last nights episode I love you more!
It was clear to me from the moment that Melissa and Joey were on the screen that they wanted fame. I could tell that they wanted to start the fight for camera time. Your sister in law is young and immature. Ignore her because one day she will grow up and look at what a fool she has been.
I wish you and your family the best and hope and pray that you all can work out your differences.
Hi Teresa, Having never written on one of your blogs before, I just want to say that I love watching the show & hope the cattiness is finally gone. Being Italian, I understand the hot headedness that certain individuals have. Italians are very emotional and passionate & some aren't shy about showing it. It takes a certain maturity to restrain your emotions. With that said, I felt badly that there was such a fight at the baby's christening. If there was anything that needed to be said, it certainly should've been ironed out privately, behind closed doors. I truly hope everyone ironed things out and were able to get past it & move on. After all - family is family and that's important.
I'm praying for your family, this is so hard to watch. I hope Melissa and you can find a compromise and let the past die.
I love you Teresa! If it wasn't known that Melissa was your sis in law and Joey was your brother I would've thought they were just another pair of haters. So unfortunate. It's only one episode, but what I got from it is that he's jelous of your father spending time with you, Joe (your hubby) and enjoying your success traveling with you. And also, I think she's hating cuz you went on 2 season with housewives and she didn't get in til the 3rd. I'm also am the only girl with 3 older brothers and I'm my daddy's princess always and forever! And my brother's were momma's boys. It's ok, it does not need to go to that extreme! Melissa just seems like she stirs the pot, but can't wait to watch the whole season.
love you teresa!! totally TEAM GUIDICE! i couldnt beleive how your cousin involved herself and caused the whole explosion by adding to the drama instead of diffusing the problem! watch out for her...kids are gorgeous and your little one audrianna looks just like her grandfather.
i love you keep positive =) and your right you should NEVER speak about your family ever- to a third party if you have issues...keep it between your family.
ANOTHER SEASON, ANOTHER FABULICIOUS THERESA! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE YOU! I ALSO WOULD LIKE TO COMMEND YOU ON HOW YOU KEPT YOUR COOL AND CHOSE TO FIND YOUR CHILDREN AND HUSBAND AND LEAVE THE CHRISTENING, RATHER THAN GOING TOE TO TOE IN THE DRAMA. IT'S ALWAYS BETTER TO LEAVE WITH DIGNITY.
Always Remember to be a Morally strong, gracious and classy example to your four beautiful children. I pray that you and your brother along with both your spouses can come to some reconciliation. Especially in light of your beloved father's health issues. I think your brother needs to make peace with your father ............it will make him a better father, husband and brother. Many prayers and good thoughts to you and your brother and both of your families.
i love you tresea and i do wish the best of luck in ur success and in your family.. you keep held your head held high and dont let nobody bring you down, and i hope your father and mother are doing okay.. love love love you xoxoxo
I am so sad to hear of what happened in your family. I have had a similar situation with my own sister-in-law. I thought she would be a sister to me and would embrace that relationship. Instead she spent years manipulating my entire family to make it seem like I was the jealous and crazy one! I just backed off and decided I wanted my brother to be happy and I wouldn't fight with her or engage her by trying to defend myself. Eventually her true colors came out and everyone finally saw she was the one manipulating everyone. You and Joe really held your heads high on this one and sadly Melissa and Joey look like asses. I really hope you all can sit down and work things out. This must just break your parents hearts and be very tough on your kids. Sending you and your family lots of love, prayers, positive thoughts and support. Hang in there!!
its a shame that your brother and sister n law had to say and do the things they did but hopefully one day they will regret this and want to correct the wrongs but i doubt it watching what she said..just hold your head up high like you always do..
Last nights episode was tuely heartbreaking to watch. My heart goes out to you and your family and I truely hope things work out for you all. I understand the shock and disbelief on your face when you were only trying to convey your congradulations to your brother and his wife. My own brother hurt me in ways noone could ever do. It has been 3 years since we last spoke and it still tears at me. The problem is we are both extremly stubborn and can't seem to say we are sorry. I just hope that doesn't happen to you. You are a lovely woman, loyal wife and extrodenary mother (I am totally amazed by your strenght). Good luck and God Bless.
Teresa, I felt so bad for you and Joe, not to mention the girls. You should have sent a card because that girl your brother married is so envious of you that she's turned your brother against you and your poor parents. Continue all your doing and keep away from them. They seem like nothing but trouble. Oh yeah, if it wasn't for you THEY wouldn't be on the show. Not feeling the love for the new additions. Good Luck God bless you and your family.
LOVE YOU teresa! you have all my support and actions speak louder than words. everyone can see for themselves who is right and who is wrong in this situation. Just keep being strong.
Your my favorite, keep doing what your doing it's all good, your sister in law is just jealous that she's not you!
I love you and it will be okay! You were not in the wrong, I think that they are all jealous of you and its ok. I will pray that God keeps you and your beautiful family.
Teresa, we all love you, best of luck on everything, and best wishes to your family. Melissa is ssoo wrong for what she is doing to you and your brother, all i can say is try to be the bigger person and close the wedge she is trying to drive between both you and your family. I believe that she will get her due in time... Good luck... ;^)
Thanks for not trying to 'spin' it and playing naive. Every family has issues. It would be especially nice if its out there for the world, if it was just owned and chalked up to a life lesson.
I hope your father is doing well and I'll be saying a prayer for your family. He certainly shouldn't have to put up with such nonsense. The only thing I would personally be a little critical of is the kids. When looks, comments and tempers start to flare, it's hard to notice the little ones in that moment. To think that this isn't traumatic to Gia and the others isn't right, and you might want to weigh that in your future decisions of events or filming.
Go earn a living! Cant wait to find out what else came out in the wash after last season!
I love Teresa and think she handled herself like a lady! Melissa seems like she is the one who is jealous and Teresa's brother was very rude to his own sister. My own brother's wife isn't fond of me but I have never called my brother garbage just because his wife and I do not get along. It was a very sad episode to watch!
Teresa, I love you and Joe. Your sister-in-law is a piece of work and CLEARLY is the reason for the wedge between you and your brother. It is SO apparent that she and your cousin Karen want to be in the limelight and will do so, at all costs. I wanted to punch Melissa and her snotty sisters and brother in law. What's wrong with them? They have gotten in your brother's ear and turned him against you and that's really sad and pathetic. I felt so badly for your dad and mom. Your brother should be ashamed of himself for treating them the way he did. ASHAMED! I already want Melissa off the show and it's only been 1 episode. She BUGS ME! Seriously though, I felt like I was watching "Goodfellas" last night. Who all was fighting? NUTS! I hope you find some peace within your family and that you all work things out, Teresa. Keep your head up. Tell Joe to do the same!
YOU DESERVE EVERYTHING YOU GET TERESA . YOU ARE A LIAR AND ARE SO TRANSPARENT. GOOD FOR MELISSA!! SHE IS REAL, THAT IS ALL WE ( THE VIEWERS) WANT.
Teresa, your honesty is obvious. When you speak, you don't come across as someone who is acting. Melissa comes across as someone whos practiced her entire persona in front of a mirror for a few months. Very calculated, like she's mastered a role. You've always been genuine, through the good and the bad. We can tell the words that coming from you are coming as you are thinking them, not like you've made notes and practiced! That being said, I hope everythng works out within your family, a rift like that looks incredibly painful. Good luck!
You are fabulous!! We love, love, love you!! It is obvious your sister-in-law is jealous and instigating this whole thing. We happen to have a "Melissa" in our family too, and I have discovered that there is nothing I can do to make it right. So, I stay away from her. Good luck to you and Joe with all of this but I think you might have to stay away from that part of your family at least until your brother decides to grow up and tell his wife to act like an adult!
You and your family are a disgrace, you make our families look horrible. You and your husband are a hot mess. Get out of the spot light and focus on being better parents!!!
You have a zillion fans and we love you! Definitely wasn't smart for Kathy and "Danielle 2" to come out swinging. I'm sorry your brother married a mean girl.
You were TOTALLY fine in how you acted during the party. You were just shocked at the horrible things your drunk brother and catty sister-in-law were saying. He was completely out of line. My only critique is that as hard as it would have been, Joe should have just walked away even when your brother was antagonizing him. You and your family should have quietly left the party to save your daughters the anguish. You can't control how anyone behaves but yourselves.
Your sister-in-law seems like an egomaniacal piece of work. I see why you have issues with her.
Teresa, I feel so bad for you. Your phony sister-in-law and your brother acted horribly. I thinks she just wants to be in the spotlight, she seems to be as bad as Danielle. If she had said Praise Jesus one more time I think I would have driven to New Jersey from Sarasota just to smack her. She is a trip. You and Joe need to ignore them, love your kids and your parents and just live your life. I love you and Joe and think you are great. Oh by the way...not loving your cousin and her creepy husband too much either.