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Zou Bisou Bisou

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

Zou Bisou Bisou

Episode 17:'s Associate Editor was perplexed by the men's make out session.

No. 3 - Fight and Flight

All the fighting was crazy, but the part that was the most scary came when Joe announced he and Teresa were leaving early. It seemed like all the shouting and arguing had taken a toll on Teresa, because her shouts of excitement were so high pitched that I was a little nervous that glass in her hand was going to shatter Mariah Carey bird-song style.

Speaking of that glass, when she mentioned she was so excited that she could throw her glass, I think everyone was a little on edge there for a moment. Luckily no glassware, tables, or any other household item were harmed in the filming of this episode.

Luckily Teresa and Joe got out of having to travel with everyone, but could you imagine if they had to stay? What if they had to get back in the RVs again to head back? I can't even begin to imagine how that would have worked. That may have been the point that would finally crack them all -- just a lot of nudity, shouting, and more nudity.

No. 2 - Hands On

I think Kathy hit upon a genius idea for a new reality show: Patterson Girls. The tagline could be something along the lines of, "Don't put your hands on a Patterson girl (or her hair)." Clearly the town that produced Kathy, Teresa, and Joe Gorga is a gold mine.

Anyway, Teresa got touchy feely with Kathy in a not so friendly way, and the porcelain rainbow princess was not amused. It made me wonder if Kathy was the queen bee of her middle school back in the day. Maybe she went through a rough patch and then found her softer side through baking? (How great would that be as a YA fiction story? Twilight: Breaking Cannoli, The Kathy Diaries, etc.) It seemed a little tense there for a second, as if things might blow up even more between these two (you could tell from Melissa's face that she was bracing for impact), but luckily it fizzled.

Side note: I also loved the cut to Rich's "F---?" expression in the background. Everyone's face from this scene was truly amazing.
No. 1 - Zou Bisou Bisou

I have to thank the Jersey men for really bringing to life the meaning of Zou Bisou Bisou. Seriously, someone really needs to set Megan's serenade to Don from last season of Mad Men to this scene, it's a guaranteed to be an internet sensation. But I digress.

This scene of Chris and Joe making up was my favorite from the episode for many reasons. It was of course some serious comic relief in an episode that was one long, excruciatingly drawn out fight. (Really someone could have told a knock knock joke and it would have been hilarious juxtaposed with all the chaos.)

But also what was this? It seemed things were going to get crazy between Chris and Joe for a minute there, and then they turned it around and started kissing. What? Did we miss something? I actually don't think so. The Jersey guys seem to have an uncanny ability to get really mad about something and then a minute later get over it. It's almost as if once they verbalize their anger, they realize that it's not actually a big deal.

And then of course Joe Gorga and Rich are so moved that they decide they should start kissing too. Make outs all around! If only the ladies could resolve their issues so easily...
We're off next week, but you'll need two weeks to prepare for Dina's return anyway...
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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.