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Climbing the Jersey Housewives' Family Tree

Teresa, Caroline, and Jacqueline tell us who's who.

By Jordan Upmalis

Just one episode in, and it's clear the new season of The Real Housewives of New Jersey is all about family... for better, and for worse. With so much family drama and so many new faces to familiarize ourselves with (including new castmembers Melissa Gorga and Kathy Wakile), we recruited Teresa Giudice, Caroline Manzo, and Jacqueline Laurita to connect the dots and break down their family trees.

In a nutshell, there are two sets of sister-in-laws: Teresa & Melissa and Caroline & Jacqueline -- Teresa is Melissa's husband's brother, and Caroline is Jacqueline's husband's brother. Then there's Teresa's husband Joe, not to be confused with her brother Joe, her nephew Joe, or her first cousin once removed Joe. And there are Caroline's 10 siblings... And there's Jacqueline's daughter Ashley... or "Ashlee" depending on who you ask.

You can see why we called in the experts. So let the ladies spell it all out for you.

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