Things heated up on this week’s episode of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey.”
A big topic of conversation last week was between Jacqueline Laurita and Teresa Giudice and the state of their estranged friendship. Although they both agreed they were good again, the two seem to have different ideas about the end result of the conversation.
Everyone seemed much more cheerful when they arrived at Levendi Wine on their RV trip.
Unfortunately, the Lauritas and Manzos made the decision to take everyone on the tour of Levendi Wine, in spite of knowing how this crowd tends to get around wine. Namely, Joe Giudice made ridiculous comments about the wine and complained about wanting to go eat, while Joe Gorga made sexual comments the entire time.
“I’m not sure what’s going on,” Teresa said. “It’s supposed to be fun, not work. The Lauritas and the Manzos organized this and now they look agitated.”
Later, during a similar tour of Lancaster Estates, the sexual humor and ridiculous antics got even worse. Surprisingly, it seemed to be Gorga who got on the most people’s nerves.
“Joe Gorga; I love him for his spontaneity and humor, but not when it’s important; not when it means something; not when we’re in someone else’s house. At that moment I was regretting my brother’s decision to have everybody there,” Caroline said.
All this was forgotten when the Manzo family blindfolded Caroline and took her to a hill overlooking a breathtaking vineyard for a special 50th birthday party. The Manzo kids each gave an amazing, tear-jerking toast, but it was Joe Giudice’s toast that was most shocking, if only for its relative coherence:
“The bottom line is, we should still continue the friendship,” he said.
Everyone toasted to that, but the moment was quickly ruined when Giudice made what he said was a call to work. Teresa tried to keep the nice moment going by wooing Joe into an intimate encounter in the vineyard.
“…knowing Teresa it made sense, because Caroline was the center of attention and Teresa needed some attention, so why not have sex in the grapes?” Jacqueline said.
“All I kept hearing was come on, we can doing it here, and all I was thinking is this guy doesn’t even want you in the bedroom, what made you think he’s going to do it on gravel?” Rich Wakile said.
And still there was no arguing, just a strange transition that seems to take us to the following evening, when everyone was getting ready for dinner. Jacqueline did Teresa’s hair, while Kathy Wakile did Caroline’s. Talk in both conversations turned to how everyone has been getting along on the trip, specifically Teresa and Kathy.
Teresa told Jacqueline about her tiff with Kathy over the recipes in her book earlier in the week, but said she was happy she talked about it with Kathy.
“My priority on this trip is my brother and Melissa, but if Kathy stops making malicious comments, of course we can have a relationship,” she said.
Meanwhile, Caroline told Kathy “I see [Teresa’s] movement towards Melissa, but I don’t see movement towards you.”
“I’ve grown to really care about Kathy, and I feel bad for her because it appears she’s been pushed out by Teresa,” Manzo said, “tbut I think she’s compassionate enough to step aside and le the Gorgas do what they need to…she’s willing to take the hit; it shows character.”
Laurita joined them and suggested Wakile sit next to Giudice at dinner. She did, and almost magically, Giudice decided to give a toast, which reinforced the earlier conversation.
“Chris and Jacqueline, thank you for inviting us, we had a lot of fun. Joe and I loved spending time with my brother and Melissa, and we love you guys very much. Oh and happy birthday to Caroline!”
There was an awkward moment when Caroline refused to raise her glass because of the “mean toast,” and everyone but Teresa began to discuss it in whispers.
“You forgot to include me in the toast! I guess I wasn’t worthy?” Wakile said. “Pick and choose when we’re family, when we’re not? Quite honestly, I felt embarrassed.”
Her husband felt differently.
“…coming from Teresa, I don’t care,” he said. “I’m just upset that my wife is making all this effort to make things better and Teresa, she gets nastier and nastier.”
Whether it was intentional or not, Giudice’s exclusion clearly changed the mood of the meal. Scenes from next week indicate that things are about to get much much worse…and possibly violent.
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