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Giudice Stone

Episode 19: Bravotv.com's Associate Editor thinks the Giudices need to open their own Italian language school.

No. 3 - She Came, She Saw, She Got Another Tattoo

Ashlee's back! Via Skype yet again, but not even a video chat is boring when it involves Ashlee. She finally got her wish and is flying solo in Los Angeles. So has she managed to make it work in the city of angels? Yes!

She's working and has an apartment and doing it on her own. That being said, she nearly did burn down her building when she mistakenly left the gas in her oven running for a few days. Luckily it would seem she has no smokers in the building. (I think while hearing this story it took every muscle in Jacqueline's face to keep her from cringing.)

Most noteworthy however is her new neck tattoo. Props to her for getting some Latin inked on her body (what can I say, I'm a nerd). She must truly be doing well, because you don't go out and get "I came, I saw, I conquered" permanently put upon your body unless you're feeling pretty confident. The question is, now that's she's conquered, will she be returning to New Jersey?

Side Note: Neck tats are really blowing up these days, so I guess she was ahead of the trend.

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No. 2 - Whorin' Again to Born Again?

Kim D. may have coined my favorite new phrase when she postulated that Melissa's signature "Praise Jesus" may be a result of her alleged time at Angelo's gentleman's club -- "Whorin' again to born again." Only in Jersey.

In any event, Kim D. was pumping Angelo for more info on Melissa, and Teresa got up and fled the scene mid-makeup. And who could blame her? That guy was a little too creepy, and I think he made everyone (other than Kim D. evidently) very uncomfortable. He could have been reciting poetry and it would still probably make you want to exit the room. I don't know about you, but this definitely made me miss the days of Chateau.

Side Note: Why were they drinking champagne with ice?

No. 1 - Rosetta Giudice Stone

Forget cookbooks and Fabellinis, Teresa's newest business venture should clearly be an Italian language school. Or at least some sort of text book or web series. Italian the Giudice Way needs to happen.

Watching Joe and Teresa's try and give Italian lessons to the girls was just plain adorable. There were papers and texts strewn about, Joe was trying to find the word for sandwich -- it was a cute (if not perhaps particularly well organized) Italian class. Of course it was impossible that things would go as planned, because of the inevitable Milania mischief. After referring to it as a Spanish lesson and complaining that she had no idea what Teresa was saying (because she was speaking Italian), it was up to Gia to save the day. I think Gia was made to be a foreign language drill instructor (or just a drill instructor), because she is all business.

(Plus don't we all need to learn how to say prostitution whore in Italian?)

Next week we've finally arrived at the Jersey finale, and the accusations are flying like you wouldn't believe.
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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.