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Double Exposure

Episode 14:'s Associate Editor wonders just how much nudity we'll see on this trip.

No. 3 - Hot in Herre

Things are getting hot in the RVs in all senses. Our sweet Kathy got saucy when she confesses her wild side: "Sometimes even once a day isn't even enough!" Yikes! The cannoli fixation now makes sense...

Meanwhile in the Gorga/Giudice RV it's just plain hot. This is because Joe Giudice raised the temperature to 101 degrees in the middle of the night. 101 degrees?! Why would you ever set the temperature that high? Of course no one could sleep, because they were actually baking. I'm surprised the blankets didn't spontaneously combust in that sort of heat. I'm just impressed Teresa managed to keep her full-length pajama set on through the night. I probably would have been stripped down and lying on the floor just to try and stay cool.

Side Note: I love how Melissa got up and kind of bumbled around for a minute in a sleepy haze. As a fellow non-morning person, I could relate.

No. 2 - Big-Ass Muscles, Small Brains

Albie makes a very astute statement while the crew tries to assemble a tent: "Joe Gorga and Joe Giudice build houses for a living, a tent should be no problem." Such was not the case.

At first everyone seemed to be trying to guess at how to put together the tent. Why? Why not use the directions provided? Enter Joe Giudice with the directions. We're saved! Until Joe realizes he can't read them without his glasses. Luckily Caroline offers her glasses to Joe, and it looks like we're moving forward again.

That is until everyone takes a few minutes to make fun of Joe for looking like Rich Wakile. Cut to a subtitled but not clearly discernible voice saying, "Big-ass muscles, small brains." My money is on Chris Manzo if I had to guess, but it's hard to say,

The important lesson here? Building a tent is not as intuitive as building a house. But in all seriousness, props to the Joes for jumping in there and doing it. I didn't see anyone else jumping in there to set up the tent. I in all likelihood would have taken one look at it, given up, and checked into a hotel.
No. 1 - Double Exposure

Am I shocked that only one day into the trip the guys are exposing themselves inappropriately? No. Not even slightly. You may have thought Punta Cana was bad, but at least they had separate rooms. Now they're all crammed together into tiny RVs. It was bound to be worse.

Our first morning starts with Joe Gorga waving "Tarzan" at Chris Laurita. I think Joe may be on a mission to show off his friend to every member of the Manzo/Laurita family (the Manzo bros were acquainted with Tarzan back in Punta Cana). In any event, this was not so shocking.

We then cut to the Wakile RV where Richie gets up in every sense. And then just walks around completely unconcerned. No pillow to hide it, no quick grabbing of some shorts. Just strutting his stuff, much to Greg, Melissa, and we the viewers' shock.

And this is all the first morning. By the end of this trip will we be watching The Real Nudists of California? At this rate it's not out of the realm of possibilities.
Next week the Jersey crew tries surfing. Hilarity ensues.
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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.