The “Real Housewives of New Jersey” actually got real this week as Bravo aired the first part of their three-part reunion special.
Usually, “Housewives” reunions are tenser than the episodes and this one didn’t veer from that expectation.
The anger seemed to be boiling over on stage.
The “Housewives” had not all seen each other since the Season 3 reunion show, which was filmed only 12 hours after the now infamous Posche Fashion Show “strippergate” scandal and subsequent fallout.
Jacqueline Laurita, who did not go to last year’s reunion due to a “meltdown,” seemed to have two seasons’ worth of venom to throw at her former friend, Teresa Giudice.
Giudice has been a lighting rod of controversy this entire season. The arguments between her, the other housewives, and even their husbands, have been perhaps the most explored plotlines this past season.
“When Melissa [Gorga] and Kathy [Wakile] were originally coming on the show, I felt bad for Teresa because I knew she didn’t want them on the show,” Laurita said.
Caroline Manzo accused Giudice of not writing her own blog on Bravotv.com.
“It’s not fair if you have a professional writer bashing everyone on the show,” Melissa Gorga said.
Throughout the nonstop fighting and shouting, it was difficult to tell who was madder at whom, until Wakile’s comments about Giudice’s cookbook were mentioned. Wakile insisted that she never meant to insult Giudice, but her cousin didn’t believe her.
Giudice became so upset she went to sit next to Manzo, her mortal enemy.
“This is where the problem lies. This is where the problem lies,” Manzo said. “It’s words and shouting and nobody’s listening.”
No one heard her, though, because Wakile was calling Giudice’s father a coward.
“This is someone who loves her,” Giudice said about her father. “He was there for them more than their own father was.”
Suddenly, Wakile’s sister Rosie Pierri, shouted multiple expletives to Giudice off stage, not on camera.
And that is where part one ended. The audience was left waiting to see if the conflict between Rosie and Wakile will continue next week in Part II. Part III will air the following week.