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Victory and Vodka Chugging on RHONJ - Ep 9

Amber Calls Out Andy Cohen

Dina: What am I Doing Here?

Amber: Is Dina Coldhearted?

Dina: "The Reunion was Very Hard to Watch"

Teresa: We Love Hard, We Fight Hard

Dina: The Ladybug Event was Perfection

Amber: I Felt I Like I Was Being Hazed

Melissa: Continue to Pray for Teresa's Family

Why Amber Shares Her Cancer Story

Dina: I Was Team Santa

Teresa: I Don't Blame Jim

Bobby's Unacceptable Behavior

Amber: Dina is Jealous

Melissa: "We are Heartbroken"

Dina Reacts to the Sentencing

Kathy Talks Kevin Jonas

Amber: Dina Was Planning a Blood Bath

Jim and Amber Were on Different Pages

Dina on Bobby's "Bizarre" Behavior

Amber Calls BS on Dina

Nicole: Words are So Powerful

Teresa: "Kudos to Dina!"

Teresa: I Love the Show, I Love My Fans

Praying for a Positive Outcome for Teresa

"Tipsy Melissa is My Spirit Animal"

Dina's Lose-Lose Situation

Jacqueline on Her Status with Teresa

Why Teresa Told Dina the Rumor

Amber on Her Cancer Scare

Teresa: There was an Agenda to Hurt My Family

Melissa: I Do Feel for Amber

Dina: Gia's Beautiful Inside and Out

Nicole: This is Not 'Jerry Springer'

Amber on Her Meltdown with Teresa

Amber's Emotional Call to Teresa

Teresa Thanks the Fans

Dina: Florida Will Be the New Scary Island

Teresa: I Wish I Never Heard the Rumor

Amber on the Shocking Rino Rumor

Victoria Gotti's Big No No

Victory and Vodka Chugging on RHONJ - Ep 9's Associate Producer thinks all those cocktails were well deserved.

In just two episodes of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, we managed to go from this:


To this:


So in this third installment of the Lake Geroge retreat, it's no wonder that everyone needs a stiff drink (or nine).


Praise Jesus!It wasn't exactly an easy road to get to all the fun and vodka drinking however. Seriously, did Teresa and Melissa's session with Dr. V go on for seven hours?

Sometimes you just need a professional to sit down and call you a "dumb a--" and tell you to "f--- other people."

In the end, a little tough love from Dr. V conquers all in Jersey.


You might want to watch this hug on loop a few times, since it's kind of incredible that it actually happened.

But wait, there's still one more person to loop in -- Joe Giudice.

He ended up apologizing to Joe and Melissa without much coaxing from Dr. V. Get her thoughts on the session with Juicy Joe in this excerpt from her exclusive Q&A: Do you think you managed to get through to Joe Giudice?

Dr. V: Man that's a tough one. He's like a cannoli: there's a softness in there under the hard, tough guy shell. Then again I never had to deal with a brawling cannoli before. He's a smart guy, I think he understands what we were trying to get done when we were all sitting down together, but if he actually buys into it or really internalized it... who knows.

Hopefully this will be the start of a new chapter in the Joes bromance (which we've tracked in this handy gallery). After Dr. V united the Gorgas and the Giudices, her healing powers must have been tapped out, because she hightailed it out of there leaving Kathy out in the cold. (Literally.)


Guess she's on her own as far as patching things up with Teresa.

Luckily Kathy and Teresa were able to apologize to each other and move forward as well. So basically this happened:


(Just insert Kathy rather than Melissa.)

And with the last relationship repaired, it was time to party!


Melissa may have gotten a little too excited about reconciliation. Exhibit A:

As she says in her blog:

I can’t believe the conversation I was having with Rosie at the table! I don’t think I’ll ever look at a peach the same way again.

And while Melissa probably won the award for most vodka consumed, it looked like everyone else was pretty close to giving her a run for her money.


Who doesn't love a game of Drunken Trust Falls?

Next week Teresa's following through on her promise and meeting with Jacqueline. In lieu of Dr. V, maybe they can just whip out that bottle of vodka again to help smooth over their issues...

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.