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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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Dina: "The Reunion was Very Hard to Watch"

Dina Manzo opens up about her comments regarding her family and why she kept quiet for Teresa Giudice.

This reunion was very hard to watch. What most of you don't know is I went in there with the intention of keeping silent on my family issues, as I have for the past four years. An incident happened at the reunion, and I won't even give that person the attention they crave, but it set me off to tell my truth. Well some of it at least. I felt I was very P.C. this whole time, but now I had enough. Some people will push you because they know deep down inside you won't push back, but being "zen" is all about setting boundaries, and learning that has been part of my spiritual path. 

I don't want to go into much other than saying my answer about Nic came out very cold because there was more to it. I wish it were that easy to get to know him, but unfortunately it's not because of my relationship with his mother, and I'm just being honest. He is not missing me nor does he know what is going on with this family because of NOTHING more than his age. Anyone who is trying to make people think otherwise, especially his mother, should be ashamed of themselves. The Mother Theresa comment was about people comparing how I raise money for children with cancer yet don't help him. I went on to say how blessed my brother is to live in a county in New Jersey that people actually move to for the autism programs offered. How I see joy in him because of the progress he is making. He is a happy, beautiful child that is on his way to recovery, and although I know it's a struggle for parents of children on the spectrum, there is NOTHING wrong with seeing joy in them instead of sorrow. I appreciate all the parents of children with autism for their emails, tweets, etc. understanding and APPRECIATING that I see Nic as a 4 year old beautiful boy and not labeling him as anything other than that.

Kathy and Melissa should not have challenged me about "family values" if they don't want to hear my side. I kept quiet for the most part for TERESA, not wanting to bring up old wounds when she was dealing with so much around her sentencing. It was a hard position for me to be in. 

I have no words for my sister on WWHL. She could have answered the no engagement question and left it at that. The lies that followed after were extremely hurtful and must have come from the sheer frustration of having to defend her position on the engagement party. All of you have seen I have ONLY ever said positive things about her no matter what I was feeling. 

Please take a moment to watch this video I made on my truth about it all. I will post all the details on my look next week, but you can get to everyone involved -- from hair to dress  -- on my Instagram post on Sunday. Speaking of Instagram, I invite you to join me on a post a day for the month of November to share what you are thankful for. Showing gratitude for what you have in life just allows the universe to send you more to be thankful for! Trust me, it works!

Sending lots of love, 

Dina xo