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Wine Tears

Episode 16: Associate Editor is still teary after all the birthday speeches.

No. 3 - Eggmits?

Wow. Well that was a whole lot of episode. Since you're probably still coming down from the phone call drama and the impending Toast Gate scandal, I figured you might need some comic relief. Thus I bring you the eggmit.

What's an eggmit you say? It's Melissa Gorga's signature way of saying admit. Why does she say it that way? Well, I think it's one of life's great mysteries. Maybe it's a Jersey thing? Or perhaps she's just hoping to start a trend. First the music industry, and now the English language -- Melissa is taking over the world! Soon enough we'll all be speaking Gorga.

Just wait, it will be all the rage. You have to eggmit, it's pretty catchy...No. 2 - Salon de Kathy

One of the discoveries we made in this episode was that Kathy was meant to run a hair salon. I know, I know, she used to do hair in the past, but as soon as she told Caroline to "entree" into her makeshift Napa salon, I was entranced and thought, "Kathy needs to be back behind the chair." (Side note: Kathy should be required to speak French every week. It's my new happy place.)

Seriously though, she created the salon atmosphere with a chair, a comb, and a curling iron. Hair was done and gossip was discussed the moment Kathy started on Caroline's hair. Jacqueline comes in, more hair is curled, more tea is spilled. Just think if Kathy re-opened Chateau... it would be a place full of hairspray, baked goods, and serious drama a.k.a. the most wonderful place on Earth (or at least in New Jersey).
No. 1 - Wine Tears

It's hard to throw a good birthday for a mom. Moms have a knack for making it extremely difficult to celebrate their birthday -- they don't want anything, they don't want a big party, etc. But you know they do, which leaves you at a total loss as to how to proceed. Thus I think the Manzo kids had the right idea -- disregard anything mom says, we're throwing a surprise party. Deal with it!

And really who can argue with a beautiful dinner overlooking a Napa vineyard? Couple that with some beautiful and emotional speeches from your children and you have yourself an undeniably successful fete. Hats off to you, Albie, Chris, and Lauren. (Though I think my own mother will have to settle for a view of the rolling hills of the backyard this year.)

Side note: Although Joe Giudice's speech was at first a little awkward (seeing as he couldn't remember The Brownstone), he did manage to make it pretty touching. With all the wine that was consumed, I'm surprised everyone wasn't sobbing throughout the entire meal like Teresa.
Next week the drama goes from high to explosive in the aftermath of Speech Gate.
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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.