Cast Blog: #RHONJ

F--- It!

Episode 19: Bravotv.com'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!

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

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