Cast Blog: #RHONJ

The Root of Teresa and Joe's Problem

Jacqueline thinks Joe and Teresa's issues just go back to their spouses.

It bothered me that Teresa kept saying that it was my fault she wasn't speaking to her brother. If you ask her brother, he will tell you that is simply not true. I think Teresa's memory is a little fuzzy on what I actually told her brother at the fashion show. Someone please rewind that tape. We all saw Teresa's actions last season confirming what I told her brother was true, and it proves that I never lied about anything. I only stated the obvious.

I told Teresa's brother that someone texted me at the fashion show saying that Teresa was at the salon earlier in the day with Kim and that shady bald guy that had just tried to embarrass Melissa. (Which was true.) I also said that someone texted me that the shady bald guy was heard laughing while saying something about embarrassing Melissa. (Which you also saw was true.) You actually see him on the finale last season saying that Kim and Teresa asked him to do it. The last thing I told her brother was that it was all a set up. (Which was also, clearly, very true.) I told the truth.

I never said that Teresa was the only person involved, but it was clear to everyone that she was involved in the set up on some level. Even if you didn't know all of the details, it was clear that Teresa set Melissa up by not telling her what happened earlier at the salon until she put Melissa on the spot in the bathroom at the fashion show. It was obvious that Teresa was still friendly with Kim and the bald guy knowing what they had done earlier. It was clear that Kim and the bald guy felt very comfortable doing what they did in front of Teresa and that they all still remained friendly with each other afterward.I was confident at that point that Teresa was love, love, loving every moment of humiliating Melissa, instead of love, love, loving her sister-in-law like she seemed to in California. It is becoming increasingly clear to me now, as the show progresses, that Teresa still resented Melissa, like she still resented me after she publicly made up with me.

In hindsight, I could have just let her brother watch the show to see it all unfold himself, but there were already other pieces to the puzzle that Joe and Melissa were putting together themselves. I guess at that time, I still felt hurt about how Teresa made up with me publicly and then later I found out she was still mad at me. When I saw her doing the same thing to her family, it just bothered me. I was tired of the charade. I felt like things were being taken too far.

For some reason, putting me at fault for her family feud helped Teresa to cope with it all. I guess it helped her take a load off her conscience. I think Teresa was involved in things she now regretted.

I believe as upset as Teresa was with her brother, that she loves him and is hurt that they are not as close as they used to be, but it’s very hard for her to accept Melissa as his wife. Neither of the siblings like the other’s choices in spouses. It's a very common problem in a lot of families. I believe her brother loves Teresa, but he just wanted her to cut the B.S. of trying to hurt them and just wanted Teresa to be real and have a real relationship. He was just as hurt and frustrated as Teresa. Melissa and Joe Giudice were caught in the crossfire and were just frustrated with the whole mess of seeing their spouse’s feelings hurt and just wanted to give up on trying to fix things. We've all been there at some point.

Honestly, this episode made me cry a few times. I could feel such deep emotion from everybody there. All that anger comes from hurt. Being hurt by someone you love can bring out the worst in anyone. I felt for every single one of them on this episode. They are all just frustrated with each other. Their pain runs deep, but there is still love.

Sometimes, when you hit rock bottom, there's nowhere to go but up! Keep the faith! Keep watching.

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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.