Cast Blog: #RHONJ

Audriana Steals the Show - Ep 10's Associate Producer thinks between the tap routine and that colorful coat, Audriana was this week's breakout star.

Who isn't? Because finally, FINALLY people are getting along on #RHONJ. So let the good times (and the libations) roll! There is a lot to celebrate this week, the most important being Audriana's furry rainbow coat.

This. Is. Everything.

But I digress. Teresa and her brother have reinstated Sunday dinners, so you know what that means: a barrage of cute kids!

(And FYI we've got more pictures of the Giudice and the Gorga kids than you can flip a table at, so be sure to check them out.)

See, guys? When you get along, miracles happen. Like Audriana trying to tap dance.

This girl has won the episode and my heart.Clearly things are going well for the Gorga/Giudice clan. So well that everyone is universally happy for Joe Gorga getting a billboard deal with Sizzle Tans.

What's Sizzle Tans you say? And why would it be an issue? Cast your mind back to Teresa's commercial debut:


Teresa shares the genesis of her involvement with Sizzle Tans in her blog. (Let's just say it wasn't her proudest moment.)

Hence everyone's worry that Teresa gets miffed that Joe's copying her. But luckily they all have a good laugh instead, because honestly how can you get mad about this?

Although why they didn't use a shot of Joe Gorga doing push-ups with a model on his back is beyond me. One thing has become clear: the family that tans together, stays together.

We also had the now annual Wakile family outing to a lesbian bar, which is always a delight. This time Rosie traded in the Cubbyhole for trendy new spot The Dalloway, but quite frankly I think Rosie's more of a Cubbyhole kind of girl. This new place was just a little too uptight for our beloved Rosie.

Also I am slightly incredulous that none of the Jersey crew was aware what D.T.F. stands for. Have they never watched Jersey Shore? Joe Gorga went as Snooki for Halloween!

Oh, and Melissa had only one thing to say about her impromptu car rapping in her blog this week: YOLO!

In Manzo news, Albie was having some serious first child problems being worried about his businesses and trying to make sure he live up to his dad. As a first child myself, I can say this comes with the territory. Luckily Caroline was there to remind him that he needs to take it easy sometimes. And also that he needs to get used to the fact that his parents will always be critical. Finally, a parent who can be honest about it!

And last but not least, it is presumably celebration-worthy that Jacqueline and Teresa came face-to-face this week. Whether or not it turns out OK is still yet to be seen, but I can't say it was the most promising start. It's not an easy task to go from "f--- you for blaming your family problems on me" and "remember when you started all those cheating rumors" to a place of let's be cordial and be able to eat an antipasti platter together in peace. But hey, stranger things have happened in Jersey.

Side Note: When Teresa called Jacqueline and said, "It's your favorite friend," was anyone else hoping that it was Santino?

I'd be remiss not to mention the two Milania moments that graced the screen this week. First when we learned that Milania won't be doing any cooking for her future husband.

Girl power!

And that she's very concerned that Gia's lipstick usage may turn off her "boyfriend" when they kiss.


On that note, I leave you with an exclusive sneak peek at next week's episode in which Teresa asks Siri what a "sociopath" is.

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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. 

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