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F--- It!

Episode 19:'s Associate Editor is obsessed with Heather and her wisdom.

No. 3 - The Cousin Connection

Who would have thought that Teresa would end up going to Kathy with her problems after all their issues last season? But lo and behold, here they are having lunch and talking about old times. Blood is clearly thicker than any Punta Cana argument in big sun hats.

Kathy is understandably a little hesitant. Is she reaching out only because of her falling out with Caroline and Jacqueline? But she does make a good point: "Sometimes you need to really feel like you're alone to realize what's important." When you look at it that way, it does make sense. And who wouldn't run to the woman made of porcelain, rainbows, and a child's laughter for some TLC? I'm rooting for these two, mostly because they really need to have a kitchen collaboration. It would be an unstoppable Gorga cooking force!

Side note: I love when they flash old pictures of the Jersey 'Wives, mostly because their hair is always fantastic.

No. 2 - Why Did I Get Married?

The Manzo brothers always manage to get right at the essence of all the drama on the show. Kind of like a modern-day answer to the Greek chorus. As Chris and Albie watch Teresa and Jacqueline go back and forth, they offered up their best guesses as to what was being said. My favorite conjecture being:

"If you were really mad at me, you'd throw a table at my face, right?"

But however nonsensical their fictional conversation was, it did bear similarities to what was actually said in that their was no resolution.

This scene did raise a bigger issue though -- has the show turned Albie and Chris into eternal bachelors? The constant fighting between all the women has left them thinking that they never want to get married. Something tells me Caroline (and the single ladies of New Jersey) aren't about to let that happen.

No. 1 - F--- It!

I love Heather. I don't know who this woman is or where she came from (I'm not completely sure anyone else at the party did either), but she is a delight. Jacqueline was all broody after her talk with Teresa, but then in comes this ray of semi-drunken sunshine like a guardian angel sent from above. She wobbled her way right into Jacqueline's face and shared such winning platitudes as:

"Girl, you just gotta let it go."

"You like take on everyone's problems, and I want you to stop doing that."

"You're not a goddamn psychiatrist!"

All I can say is Heather was full of two things that evening: wisdom and tequila.

But that was all just buildup to what has surely become everyone's mantra by now: "F--- it!" Yes, with these two words Heather managed to turn Jacqueline's frown upside down and get her to take shots. (I'm totally using that the next time someone's being a Debbie Downer while we're at a party.)

I wouldn't be surprised if those two left the party and got matching "F--- it!" tattoos on their wrists. Or at the very least ordered some Domino's and fell asleep watching late-night infomercials and planning a line of "F--- it!" t-shirts.

Side note: Did anyone else think she bore a striking resemblance to Gina Gershon?

Next week Rosie has a heart to heart with Teresa. If anyone can make things right between Teresa and her family, it's Rosie!

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.