Cast Blog: #RHONJ

Leopard Print, Ripped Bodies, and Coconuts

Amber Calls Out Andy Cohen

Dina: What am I Doing Here?

Amber: Is Dina Coldhearted?

Dina: "The Reunion was Very Hard to Watch"

Teresa: We Love Hard, We Fight Hard

Dina: The Ladybug Event was Perfection

Amber: I Felt I Like I Was Being Hazed

Melissa: Continue to Pray for Teresa's Family

Why Amber Shares Her Cancer Story

Dina: I Was Team Santa

Teresa: I Don't Blame Jim

Bobby's Unacceptable Behavior

Amber: Dina is Jealous

Melissa: "We are Heartbroken"

Dina Reacts to the Sentencing

Kathy Talks Kevin Jonas

Amber: Dina Was Planning a Blood Bath

Jim and Amber Were on Different Pages

Dina on Bobby's "Bizarre" Behavior

Amber Calls BS on Dina

Nicole: Words are So Powerful

Teresa: "Kudos to Dina!"

Teresa: I Love the Show, I Love My Fans

Praying for a Positive Outcome for Teresa

"Tipsy Melissa is My Spirit Animal"

Dina's Lose-Lose Situation

Jacqueline on Her Status with Teresa

Why Teresa Told Dina the Rumor

Amber on Her Cancer Scare

Teresa: There was an Agenda to Hurt My Family

Melissa: I Do Feel for Amber

Dina: Gia's Beautiful Inside and Out

Nicole: This is Not 'Jerry Springer'

Amber on Her Meltdown with Teresa

Amber's Emotional Call to Teresa

Teresa Thanks the Fans

Dina: Florida Will Be the New Scary Island

Teresa: I Wish I Never Heard the Rumor

Amber on the Shocking Rino Rumor

Victoria Gotti's Big No No

Leopard Print, Ripped Bodies, and Coconuts

Episode 1:'s Associate Editor examines the best moments from the ladies' Shore escapades.

Yes, I'm fist pumping right now because the Jersey girls are back. And they're going to the Shore. Pour yourself a big cup of Ron Ron juice and hunker down with some pickles, because this is going to be a delight.

But before we dive in to the Season 4 premiere, let's take a moment to reflect on where we left off -- at a reunion which left us with way too many unanswered questions. Why was Jacqueline absent? Why do Caroline and Teresa hate each other? How did Kathy make that giant cannoli shell? (OK maybe that last one was just me.) Well now we're finally going to get some answers.

So while we plumb the depths of these Jersey mysteries this season like a leopard print wearing Nancy Drew, enjoy my picks for the three most memorable moments from each episode. (And be sure to add yours in the comments.)

No. 3 - Summer of Love (and Gorgasms)

Joe Gorga is on a mission this summer. And that mission is to rid himself of as much poison as possible. The man is so dedicated to achieving this goal that he's adding a new bedroom to his Shore house with soundproofed walls. To translate this into Shore lingo, Joe is creating the ultimate smush room.

What Joe failed to realize was that there's no bigger turn off for Melissa than a dirty, unfinished house with construction equipment everywhere. Oops! Looks like those Gorgasms are going to have to wait.

Side note: Inpentego (or impetigo as it's more commonly known)? Where did that come from? I had to WebMD that immediately, because I've never heard of it before. Was that not an odd go-to malady to throw out there?

No. 2 - I'll Be There for You

In the spirit of last season's premiere, we get a Teresa/Joey showdown. Not quite as dramatic as the christening, but still involving some Italian exhortations. It started out nice enough, with Joey taking Teresa aside to let her know he's there for her no matter what happens with Joe. Cue the collective awww.

But then Teresa wants to know why he never called while Joe was away. Joe brings up the time he brought her a check when she needed $25,000. Chaos ensues.

Only siblings can go from best friends to mortal enemies and then back to friends at the drop of a hat like that. But I'm rooting for them to stay on good terms, because their kids are so cute when they're all together. And also because a Gorga/Giudice Shore party would be the event of the summer.

Side note: Totally jealous that Teresa and Joe are fluent in Italian.

No. 1 - Ripped Bodies and Coconuts

Either there's something in the water in Jersey or friskiness runs rampant in the Gorga family, because Melissa and Kathy aren't afraid to get a little kinky. First we have Melissa and Joe packing up a bag of "goodies" for the Shore trip, and we're not talking about a party favor full of fun size candies. The best "goody" by far was the toy that Melissa told Gino was for playing with "kitty cats." No further comment.

We then cut to the Wakile household, where Rich ponders taking along some "enhancement gel." Kathy agrees, but only so long as he hides it in the bag. This imperative is delivered in a double entendre so subtle, you probably would have missed it if I wasn't pointing it out to you right now: "Stick it deep in the bag, Rich, I don't want anybody seeing it. Stick it in deep, all the way in." Again, no further comment.

Kathy also explains the selling points of the Shore -- leopard print, ripped bodies, and coconuts. If the Shore were a tropical daiquiri, you'd probably blend these three things together to make it. So don your leopard print bikini, grab a coconut on your way out of the gym, and get ready for a magical summer on the Shore with The Real Housewives of New Jersey.

Next week Melissa unveils her new song and Kathy finds out Joseph's been sent racy photos from fans. Praise Jesus this show is back.

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.