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When Greggy Met Patti

Episode 12:'s Associate Editor thinks Greg and Patti LaBelle were meant to be friends.

No. 3 - Lady in Red

Joe Gorga is like a bull in many ways, most strikingly in the fact that the color red has a strong effect on him. Rather than making him charge ahead, it forces him to stay in place because of how very, shall we say, excited it makes him.

And as much as Melissa tries to deflect Joe's advances, she wore red not once but twice this episode. That's just asking for trouble. Luckily (or not so luckily depending on her mood) the kids interfered each time, thus preventing any x-rated activity. Something tells me she enjoys teasing Joe.

The bigger red flag (Ha! Jokes!) this issue raises (Ha! More jokes!) is this -- what happens when Joe sees the color red just out in public? Does he have to carry a pillow or a bag or a newspaper around at all times to hide his red-induced affliction? I think it's time this terrible illness was brought to the attention of the world. Joe needs to start a support group or charity for people who get unduly aroused by the color red.

No. 2 - Gia Steps It Up

What can't Gia do? She's an actress, model, singer, gymnast, and now accomplished dancer. I personally can't wait for the day she gives up the stage to pursue her true passion -- astrophysics. (But seriously at this rate I wouldn't be surprised if that was the next field she sets out to conquer.)

When she cartwheeled out onto the stage right at the start, I had to catch my breath. This dance was serious. So serious in fact that it BROUGHT JOE GIUDICE TO TEARS. Yes, you read that correctly. I never thought we'd see the day. But then again, I never thought I would have seen Joe Giudice do a split. This guy is full of surprises.

Unsurprising however was the fact that while everyone else is madly cheering, Milania was yawning. Oh Milania! Never change.
No. 1 - When Greggy Met Patti

Greg loves Patti LaBelle. Like really loves Patti LaBelle. As soon as he caught a glimpse of her at the Fancy Food Festival, it was over. He was bringing her some .blk and talking to her no matter what. He would have scaled a wall and swam through a moat to spend some time with this woman.

However Greg nearly didn't make it over to her, after being overpowered by the fabulousness of her Louis Vuitton scarf. Somehow, some way he was able to recover his senses and deliver the .blk water. What happened next was truly magical experience for both Greg and the viewers.

First off, Patti LaBelle knew who Greg was because she's a fan of Real Housewives of New Jersey. From the look on Greg's face I thought he was going to float away and enter heaven. Then she confirmed what Greg has been saying all along -- she is his godmother (not actually, but totally in spirit). Again, look of pure ecstasy on Greg's face. And when Patti whipped out her Louboutins, well, if the scarf nearly stopped Greg from coming over the shoes nearly stopped his heart.

Best part of the whole scene: Greg referred to her only as Miss Patti. He probably said Miss Patti about five times.
Next week get ready for the first annual Real Househusbands summit. Get the antipasti platter ready.

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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. 

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