Cast Blog: #RHONJ

The Real Larpers of New Jersey

Episode 8:'s Associate Editor thinks the show could use some more role playing action.

It was an episode full of fights, fears, and talking dogs (we'll get to that). And now we're finally starting to get the answers to all of those questions left over from the Season 3 reunion. Thank goodness! I think we've waited long enough.

No. 3 - A Ping Pong Ball of Emotions

Oh Kathy. Jersey's most sensitive soul is troubled (understandably so) by the latest tabloid story that Teresa may have to go to jail. Although Kathy wants to reach out and be there for Teresa, she's just not sure that her concern will be well received. Again, understandable given their past history, which was so conveniently reviewed in this montage.

I'm hoping she does end up taking Melissa's advice and having a little "talk stoop" with Teresa. It's about time these cousins made up. Think of how magical a cannoli collaboration between these two could be!

Also what was with that long pause during her interview? It went on for hours.

No. 2 - The Great Escape

While all the drama was unfolding between Teresa, Caroline, and Jacqueline, you may have missed one of the most pivotal scenes in the show's history -- Santino's attempt to escape! Luckily we here at managed to capture this footage and get the 411 right from the horse's, err, dog's mouth.

Santino (Jacqueline's adorable Cavalier King Charles Spaniel) has evidently been suffering in silence for years, hoping for a way out of all this RHONJ madness. Imagine all the screaming as heard by a dog's super sensitive ears. Torture! And as Santino points out, he's been dealing with the 'Wives in dog years. That's 28 years of table flipping and weave pulling.

Unfortunately for Santino (but luckily for us) he was captured before he could escape the confines of Franklin Lakes. Maybe Santino should be the mediator for all the ladies. How can you argue with a cute puppy who has a no-nonsense attitude?
No. 1 - The Real Larpers of New Jersey

Well we all knew this was coming, but who knew it would happen so soon? The Caroline/Teresa turmoil finally boiled over, and now their reunion rumble from Season 3 is starting to make sense.

Now like any Jersey fight, it was pretty rough. You know it's bad when Caroline confronts someone, and Teresa isn't exactly one to back down. This was definitely a clash of the titans, but luckily no lightning bolts (or tables) were thrown.

However the best part of all this hubbub was when Teresa proclaimed, "Are these bitches really role playing?" This of course conjured up some stellar images in my mind. Could you imagine Caroline and Jaqueline larping (live action role playing for those of you who haven't encountered this uber-nerdiness before)? I would love for this entire scene to have happened while they were dressed up as over-the-top anime characters. Or even in some medieval Dungeons and Dragons garb. Combine that with the faux-English accents from last week, and this could become the most amazing show that ever existed.
Next week it looks like Jacqueline's reached the end of her rope with Teresa as well.

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.