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Dare Devil

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

Dare Devil

Episode 15:'s Associate Editor marvels at Joe Gorga's inability to turn down a dare.

No. 3 - If the RV's a Rockin'...

Chris Laurita's been very outspoken this season, and it's been illuminating and generally delightful. Up until now. You would have though the Manzo/Laurita RV would be the quietest and most family-friendly of the three. And that seemed to be the case given all the nudity/rampant boner flashing taking place in the other two RVs.

Cut to Chris and Jacqueline conversing with Caroline and Al. Just a normal chat until Jacqueline poses the question of who's having the most sex in the RV. Now I for one expected everyone to point to the Gorgas, Giudices, or Wakiles (again, just look back at all the nudity). But Chris Laurita, in a completely serious tone, proclaims that he and Jacqueline just had sex last night.

Cut to Jacqueline taking a big gulp of her wine.

Now this wouldn't even be so remarkable normally, but he says that to his sister. Who is sharing the RV with him. You could tell Caroline had no idea how to respond to that information. No one wants to hear about a sibling's sexcapades. Ever.

But he wouldn't even let it end there. He continued on about how loud Jacqueline is in bed and how her mother probably heard her from New Jersey. Aaah! Stop! Your sister, brother-in-law, and nephew are right there!

No. 2 - The Scream

Melissa's not a big nature person. I think that was the biggest takeaway from the canoe debacle. She's meant to be poolside in her bedazzled bikini, not rowing down a river full of (GASP!) bugs and frogs.

Of course Joe couldn't resist the opportunity to take advantage of his wife's fear of the river creatures, so he tips the canoe over. Now yes, I think we all expected Melissa to scream and freak out. I don't think anyone expected her to scream for that long. The high-pitched shrieks of Melissa Gorga echoed throughout the great state of California for an uncomfortable number of minutes.

And a word about the shouting -- was she saying Joe repeatedly or was it just some unintelligible word? Perhaps it was a mix of the two. (I've certainly never heard Joe said at that octave before.)
No. 1 - Dare Devil

We already know Joe Gorga will never under any circumstances turn down a dare. Ask that man to do anything and just lead with "I dare you to..." He will do it.

Exhibit A:

Exhibit B:

So of course when the Jersey crew is gathered round the campfire and looking to play truth or dare, Joe is the first participant. I doubt they would have even allowed Joe to select the truth option, but he goes with dare (to no one's surprise). So what does he have to do? Go to the neighbor's RV in his underwear and ask if they have any fruit. Not even a second passes after the dare has been uttered, and Joe Gorga has removed all of his clothing and is trotting over to the nearest RV on a mission for fruit.

Alas, this poor soul who was looking for some peace and serenity in the California wilderness is greeted to a nearly nude Joe Gorga. A nearly nude Joe Gorga asking him for fruit. What was running through this man's mind, I can hardly imagine. But just when you think he's going to shut the door, take a swig of his moonshine, and pretend this never happened, he says, "No, I got vegetables though."

Game on!

So he offers Joe either mushrooms or some green bell peppers. Joe opts for the peppers and returns to the crew victorious. I can only hope Joe got that pepper bronzed and has it displayed proudly in his office.

Next week get ready for the call everyone's been talking about...
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Dina: "The Reunion was Very Hard to Watch"

Dina Manzo opens up about her comments regarding her family and why she kept quiet for Teresa Giudice.

This reunion was very hard to watch. What most of you don't know is I went in there with the intention of keeping silent on my family issues, as I have for the past four years. An incident happened at the reunion, and I won't even give that person the attention they crave, but it set me off to tell my truth. Well some of it at least. I felt I was very P.C. this whole time, but now I had enough. Some people will push you because they know deep down inside you won't push back, but being "zen" is all about setting boundaries, and learning that has been part of my spiritual path. 

I don't want to go into much other than saying my answer about Nic came out very cold because there was more to it. I wish it were that easy to get to know him, but unfortunately it's not because of my relationship with his mother, and I'm just being honest. He is not missing me nor does he know what is going on with this family because of NOTHING more than his age. Anyone who is trying to make people think otherwise, especially his mother, should be ashamed of themselves. The Mother Theresa comment was about people comparing how I raise money for children with cancer yet don't help him. I went on to say how blessed my brother is to live in a county in New Jersey that people actually move to for the autism programs offered. How I see joy in him because of the progress he is making. He is a happy, beautiful child that is on his way to recovery, and although I know it's a struggle for parents of children on the spectrum, there is NOTHING wrong with seeing joy in them instead of sorrow. I appreciate all the parents of children with autism for their emails, tweets, etc. understanding and APPRECIATING that I see Nic as a 4 year old beautiful boy and not labeling him as anything other than that.

Kathy and Melissa should not have challenged me about "family values" if they don't want to hear my side. I kept quiet for the most part for TERESA, not wanting to bring up old wounds when she was dealing with so much around her sentencing. It was a hard position for me to be in. 

I have no words for my sister on WWHL. She could have answered the no engagement question and left it at that. The lies that followed after were extremely hurtful and must have come from the sheer frustration of having to defend her position on the engagement party. All of you have seen I have ONLY ever said positive things about her no matter what I was feeling. 

Please take a moment to watch this video I made on my truth about it all. I will post all the details on my look next week, but you can get to everyone involved -- from hair to dress  -- on my Instagram post on Sunday. Speaking of Instagram, I invite you to join me on a post a day for the month of November to share what you are thankful for. Showing gratitude for what you have in life just allows the universe to send you more to be thankful for! Trust me, it works!

Sending lots of love, 

Dina xo