Cast Blog: #RHONJ

Goodbye, Greg! - Ep 11

Bravotv.com's Associate Producer will miss Greg (and Deloris).

Somehow, some way, everyone in New Jersey has now managed to make some kind of peace.



And if you're wondering how Jacqueline and Teresa finally arrived at a cordial place, never fear, we've got a handy guide to the ups and downs of this fraught frenemy relationship.

So in honor of this pan-Jersey healing, rejoice with an Audriana tap dance of joy!

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Or take a big swig from a tiny cup. Whatever you prefer.

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In other positive news, Joe Gorga is spending some quality godfather time with Gia at the most spiritual of locations -- the local go kart racetrack.

And even though he refused to let Gia win, how could she not have fun with this goofball?

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But their bonding time wasn't all laughs and extreme competition. Gia, in one of the most touching/wow this kid truly becoming an adult moments of the series, goes deep with Joe about their relationship and how all of the fighting between him and Teresa has really affected her. Powerful stuff.



Take a moment while you dry your eyes to look back at these adorable home photos of Gia (and the rest of the girls) through the years. Ah, memories!

Now that everyone is getting along (or at least can be in the same room together without giving death stares), Teresa decides to have everyone hop on a party bus and zumba the night away for charity.

Did I mention the party bus had a pole?

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All in good fun! You know it's a good day when everyone can sit back and laugh about all the names they've called each other in the past. (Or at least Google them.)

After a little bus wine, the crew was ready to shake and samba for a good cause. Joe Gorga had my favorite dance move by far:

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And while some relationships were repaired this week, others were changed forever. Greg, the lovable and sassy roommate of the Manzo bros, has decided to go west to California. I for one will miss all his great one liners and comic relief. My personal favorite being when he said he felt like Sandra Bullock in Speed on the RV trip.

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Side Note: Did you know he once met Mariah Carey?

Caroline shed a tear and gave a lovely goodbye speech (and reveals she's hoping he'll end up back in Jersey in her blog). We'll never forget you, Greg! (Or Deloris!)

Speaking of the West Coast, Jacqueline takes a little trip to Beverly Hills, not to meet Lisa Vanderpump and dine at SUR, but to get her tummy and neck done. It's unclear why she has to go all the way to Cali, but it does mean we get to catch up with Ashlee, so yay!

Jacqueline's prodigal daughter has turned her attitude around with her new West Coast ways and has been blogging up a storm. She won't even take a tequila shot with her mom! It looks like getting kicked out was the best thing that ever happened to her.

BTW did you know Jacqueline's surgery took six hours? She's got all the gory details in her blog.

Next week Melissa confronts her ex-friend Jan about the cheating rumors.

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.