Garden Statements

Episode 18: Bravotv.com's Associate Editor thinks Dina does in fact give the best advice.

on Sep 10, 20120

No. 3 - Empty Nest Syndrome

It doesn't surprise me that the mere mention of Victoria going away for college completely freaks Kathy out. I'm fairly certain that Kathy's biggest fear in life is not to have enough people to cook for, so the idea of Victoria eating school food must kill her. (I'm sure Victoria and Joseph have never once bought lunch at school.) Even the prospect of Victoria doing laundry on her own has her freaking out.

So while Kathy sheds a tear over Victoria growing up, Rich of course is basically planning on installing a sauna in Victoria's room. Evidently he's counting down the days until Joseph leaves too so he and Kathy can stop wearing clothes. That would be a lot of censor bars we'd have to put into the show...

But I have to agree with Kathy, for all Rich's talk I bet he would totally lose it once Victoria actually leaves. The man menaced her prom date with a nutcracker! I doubt he'll take very well to the idea of Victoria being in a coed dorm.

90 comments
summer1964
summer1964

Dina, I respected you for leaving the show as to not engage in the craziness, however, making cameos for the sole purpose of bashing your sister is upsetting. Are you missing the fame or just hate your sister that much? I now don't believe your "love and light" persona you've tried to portray. Very disappointed.

Turtlemom
Turtlemom

Please Dina, Talk to T about the nasty, nasty things she says to your SISTER on the reunion show (weight and age). She has hurt your sister and sister in law. If you decide to stay away from Caroline, than you and T deserve each other.

dtad
dtad

Bravo, please stop the madness. It is just not entertaining to watch a family self destruct. I will no longer watch if this continues.

Diane69802
Diane69802

Dina needs to stay off the show, she boring and Teresa needs to leave as well....she thinks her hsband is smart and she listens to him....huh?  Love Melissa, Kathy, Jacqueline and Caroline will be fine but she is acting very stressed this season.  Come on Bravo let's have more fun and less in fighting.

RHViewer
RHViewer

I agree 100%. Dina did give the best advice to move on about her brother. I'm confused as to why you said Caroline instead.

WCW
WCW

Didn't realize how much I missed Dina until I saw her at Teresa's party - that is the only voice of wisdom that ever made sense from the Manzo/Laurita gang. Hope to see more of her next season - Dina and Teresa are what this franchise should be about. Beautiful, professional and above the mud the others are constantly throwing.

CarolineInColorado
CarolineInColorado

Couldn't stand Dina when she was on the show and thought her going to Teresa's party was in bad taste along with her comments. 

morgank2
morgank2

Obviously there is more to Dina leaving the show, not only the incident w/Danielle. When Andy asked Teresa what the deal was with Dina and Caroline she skirted around the issue but ended with "Think about it, Dina isn't on the show anymore"" 

Sidda
Sidda

i think Teresa and Dina should have their own show.  I love Dina and love Teresa.  I acutally fast forward when the wakiles come on the screen. 

mpaigemax
mpaigemax

even showing highlights of Kim for the upcoming episodes is nauseating. 

sarah100
sarah100

Dina was so boring in season 1, even her ugly cat was boring. I don't know what is the big deal about her.

LMAO_in_Louisiana
LMAO_in_Louisiana

I'm surprised that only Teresa's blog is posted.  Where's the others?  I guess that they are waiting for the crow to finished cooking so they can eat it.  

cece.duvall
cece.duvall

I'm really close with my sister, and we have our falling outs but if we ever needed the other, we'd be there for each other. I think its absurd to say Dina chose Teresa cuz she went to this one event. None of us knows what really went down between Dina and Caroline.

LAPocha
LAPocha

I actually respected Dina for leaving the show to escape all of the negative energy created by Danielle.  However, after last night I think she talks out of both sides of her mouth.  If she truly believed that negativity and anger were bad for you she would have told Teresa that she preferred not discuss any issues related to her sister.  I guess the desire for publicity was just too much for her.  She had to know her comments made about Caroline on national TV would create a buzz. 

 

And please, you can't tell Andy Cohen that no matter what your are family and you would be there in a minute should Caroline need you and then tell Teresa that unfortunately blood is not always thicker than water.  From her conversation with Andy I thought she was staying above the fray, but after last night's episode that is clearly not the case.  I think I'm not going to follow Dina's tweets anymore.  I used to like all of the spiritual stuff she posted, but now it all seems disingenuous.

irrational
irrational

I agree with Norcarolinafan - Dina obviously doesn't have the whole story. I think Dina forgot how in the first season, Caroline took the blame for spreading the word about Danielle's book when it was obviously Dina who had done it. Also Teresa's who issue was reconciling with her brother, maybe she should give Dina some advise about doing that with her sister.

NORTHCAROLINAFAN
NORTHCAROLINAFAN

Shame on Dina for siding with Teresa without knowing all sides of the argument. Dina a word of advice from me - make peace with your family.  Life is too short to not be talking to one another.  Just recently my eldest brother passed away, my middle brother hadn't spoken to him in years.  He is now wracked with guilt and regret.  Once someone dies there is no going back to say you are sorry...its too late.   Sit down and talk it out...and keep talking until its all out then hug and make up.  End of story.

amyjohn6
amyjohn6

I loved the Dina comment about being angry making you ugly!   

ocdeb65
ocdeb65

Dina shouldn't be giving anyone advice. The way she has treated her sister is deplorable. That chat with Teresa was shameful. Does she really take such joy in hurting Caroline that she would continue to kiss up to Teresa. I used to like her but I now have no respect for her at all. I hope she and Teresa will just disappear together into their delusional sunset. Thet're both full of themselves.

Mandee21
Mandee21

Loved seeing Dina again..

Liza4Teresa
Liza4Teresa

Loved watching the show last night. Less of the Manzos and Lauritas made my night. Jac mentioned that at this point Caroline will not accept Teresa's apology. Really? At this point the only way Caroline will come back is to get on her knees on public television and apologize to Teresa. If Teresa accept her apology, we will forgive her too.

 

74sunshine
74sunshine

I don't know why, I just have never cared that much for Dina. Not a big thing, she just seemed cold to me.

Mommadevildog
Mommadevildog

@teresa_giudice @carolinemanzo I believe that the "gang up" reference is totally inaccurate.  Teresa was not being attacked in Napa from all sides. Teresa has alienated all those "friends"  and family for the sake of joining up with women just as manipulative as she.  I do believe there was a lot of aggression during that argument on BOTH sides, Caroline and Teresa.  The problem is Caroline was just saying their friendship was done and did not want to further their relationship due to all the lies that she was spreading about others including herself.  Teresa was trying to convince Caroline that she was being sincere. Sincerity can not be forced, while in an argument, it is not  going to be acknowleged while you are yelling at a person and becoming physical with others. So much that we did'nt see or hear about happened that night, so no one was in any position to have a serious conversation. Drunk and angry people especially. I love the show, but I think Teresa is as bad if not worse than @DanielleStaub at least Danielle told you to your face.  Teresa seems to save it for The post interviews or when talking with the same person she just trashed to someone else. Those cookbook recipes can be found Online. Don't waste your money. Go to Barnes & Noble list the names of the dishes in your search and you will have the ability to prepare the same dishes without the cookbooks. I think Teresa putting Fabulous in everything she does is her attempt to make herself believe everything she says.  The truth is her insecurity has created a monster on this show. Caroline has a NO BS attitude and that works fine for me. As for Jacqueline is just tired of the drama and is in no way anyones minion, she can hold her own.  Everyone has done something they are not proud of, life goes and people can change. I believe everyone is now more at peace with themselves except for Teresa becase she is still throwing daggers every chance she gets.  I wish everyone a properous, loving, peaceful future.

Liza4Teresa
Liza4Teresa

@Diane69802 Yes' please keep Teresa and fire the rest.

KinVirginia
KinVirginia

Like Teresa, you are living in wonderland.  Teresa has trouble with her friends and husband.  Speaks volumes.

JacquieRT
JacquieRT

 @CarolineInColorado

 Amen sister!!!  Who is Dana to give advise to someone like Teresa ... giving Teresa amounition against Caroline and who is Dana to think that she knows how Her sister, Caroline, feels...Stay away Dana..you are not wanted.

JMRN
JMRN

@Sidda Totally with you on that one.

greesemma
greesemma

I agree...don't know why everybody thinks she's so great.

whyidontknow
whyidontknow

 @Logan89 I just feel like Dina would be very upset if the tables were turned. Dina made a comment when herself and Teresa were done talking "that you better not ever write anything bad about me in your cookbook or I will F#%k you up" why would Dina say that if  nothing was written that shouldn't have been written and or said. Dina would be very upset had her name had been there and not Caroline's. Also Caroline would be right by her sisters side no matter what. Even if Caroline didn't think that it was all that hurtful but Dina was crushed she would take Dina's side no questions asked!! Why because she is Loyal to her family. That's how it should be!

sasabo
sasabo

 @LMAO_in_Louisiana

 I was thinking the same thing.  They normally have them up by now.  It's probably a Caroline ploy for them not to blog in some wierd attempt to turn us all against Teresa.  It's only going to backfire.

 

LMAO_in_Louisiana
LMAO_in_Louisiana

 @LAPocha Dina stated on her twitter account that the statement about blood being thicker than water was in reference to Teresa and her brother

KinVirginia
KinVirginia

No Dina!  That will be the end of me as a viwer.

Diane69802
Diane69802

 @Pualaniteresa did the same thing after Caroline stood by her.....I guess Caroline can't win for trying to help people

 

 

Koopla
Koopla

Its sad that Joe Gorga won't back up his sister.

viewer111
viewer111

 @Pualani

just from observing caroline from the first season on, i'm guessing she probably thought she should be able to control dina from then on. i have no doubt dina was grateful for her sisters help, but helping doesnt mean you can control that person. caroline gives me the impression that she keeps a running tab for all the help she gives. i think it was the first season when dina was looking for a new house and took caroline with her. caroline kept telling her what she thought dina should get and not what she thought dina would like

 

gggggg
gggggg

 @amyjohn6 Just remember that beauty is only skin deep. What a shame that Dina is being feed such lies.

Liza4Teresa
Liza4Teresa

Dina was very classy and respectful. She said nothing to be ashamed of. 

dianaash
dianaash

 @Liza4Teresa 63% are on Caroline's side....don't you think Andy takes that into account....

penneyone
penneyone

@74sunshine You are not alone. I never liked her ether.She quit the show so, why is she still relevant?

KathyW
KathyW

 @74sunshine

 And it was very disappointing to see her, throw her sister under the bus like she did.  I have lost all respect fo Dina, I just hope this wasnt Bravo trying to bring her back.

irrational
irrational

 @Mommadevildog  @teresa_giudice  @carolinemanzo  @DanielleStaub I agree. We see how quickly she turned on Jacqueline after they supposedly wanted to get things back the way they used to be. She didn't invite her to the party and did you hear the reason Teresa gave for that?!

I remember some years ago Dina was on "Platinum Weddings" she stated on the show that her fiance had cheated on her several times but she was still marrying him? She was spending all this ridiculous amount of money because he was paying. I wasn't impressed with her then and wasn't when she was on HW

 

ocdeb65
ocdeb65

@Mommadevildog You summed it all up beautifully. Teresa is an island and only allows people to visit if they serve some purpose to her...like kissing her feet.

jacqueline.parkerhyshaw
jacqueline.parkerhyshaw

 @timbun

 I know that is right...Both Kims need to try a shot at their own show instead of trying to ride of  RHONJ. I am sure someone out there would watch it

bittersweet4
bittersweet4

Dina was the "first" to be on TV.  Her marriage to Tom Manzo was filmed & if I remember, Caroline was included.  I think Bravo approached Dina to be on RHNJ & she in turn brought Caroline, Jac & Teresa.  Who knows what Caroline is or was up to.  I find it hard to believe that Caroline has no friends her own age or if she does, doesn't want them included.  At this point in time, I can't really stand to watch Caroline or the others.  Such an ugly, ugly storyline.  Shame on all of them.  This type of nonsense belongs on Jerry Springer. 

Carmella84
Carmella84

 @dianaash  @Liza4Teresa It would be interesting to see how many people actually call in to WWHL for these scientific polls.   Sometimes he seems so surprised by the results.

JenNJ
JenNJ

@viewer99 @greesemma totally agree.