Cast Blog: #RHONJ

Teresa and Jacqueline's Unfinished Business

Caroline explains why she challenged Teresa to talk with Jacqueline.

Hey guys, how's everyone doing? It's all good in New Jersey, thank goodness for Dr. V!

I really enjoyed this week’s episode, we finally saw some progress and real communication between the Gorga and Guidice clan. I liked Dr. V's direct approach attitude; she took no nonsense and called you out when you needed it. In other words, she understood them, she knew the mentality of everyone in the room, and she spoke their language. She worked miracles!

I was pleasantly surprised when I arrived, and quite frankly if my driver hadn't already left, I probably would have jumped back in the car and headed straight for Jersey! I felt that everyone was on the right track and in a better frame of mind at this point, and I didn't want to complicate things by being there. Unfortunately I had no choice, so I took a back seat and tried to be as invisible as possible for the duration of the trip. One example of that was when the ladies took over the kitchen to prepare dinner. I thought that having a little alone time cooking together would be another chance for them to talk and bond, so I stayed behind on purpose.

I hadn't realized that Kathy didn't have a chance to speak with Dr. V until I watched the episode. I felt bad about that, because I know she would have liked the opportunity to be heard. I'm glad she took the time to address Teresa at the table, and I'm happy that Teresa responded in a positive way. Good for them.

Joe Giudice mentioned that he had a bottle of wine with him that he and my brother Chris made together and was hoping to share it with him at the castle. I thought that was a nice gesture on his part, and I explained to him that Chris and Jac weren't there because they were concentrating on Nicholas and his needs. They were in the process of interviewing therapists and looking at schools for him. I appreciated that Joe admitted that he didn't understand what Autism was, and to his credit he apologized for anything out of line that he might have said.

The trust fall exercise was unexpected and needless to say I was shocked when Teresa asked me to be her partner! One surprise deserves another, right? I meant what I said to Teresa about leaving my family behind in the healing process. Teresa called me for help, and I was there for her. I know that Teresa and Jac had unfinished business and hurt feelings that needed to be addressed. What better way to get this done than through the ultimate challenge! I knew Teresa wouldn't say no, now my only problem is telling jac what I did! Who knows how this will end up, keep watching folks.

 See you all next week!

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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