The second part of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey’s” reunion aired Sunday with an anticlimactic showdown between Rosie Pierri and Teresa Giudice and an appearance from Joe Giudice.
The reunion is the only time the wives were allowed to talk about the nature of being on the show, and it was a big topic of conversation during this segment.
Host Andy Cohen zeroed in on the problem.
“Something keeps coming up here, and it’s the idea of Melissa [Gorga] being on the show to hurt you," he said.
Teresa Giudice has said repeatedly that her sister-in-law Gorga and cousin Wakile joined the show without talking to her first, which they deny.
Both Laurita and Manzo claimed that Giudice tried to convince them to gang up with her against her family members.
“When they came on the show, I was hurt, and I told you why I was hurt,” Giudice said.
“And how do you think I felt watching you with my sister Dina?” Manzo said, attempting to get Giudice to admit that she purposefully filmed with Dina Manzo to hurt her.
“Don’t you see the parallel?” she asked.
“No, we were always friends,” Giudice said.
With things so bad between the Gorgas and Giudices, Melissa admitted that she and her husband put their Montville house on the market because “I don’t want my kids going to school with her kids.”
The most anticipated part of the episode, however, was the appearance of Joe Giudice, who, of all the husbands is the least public and probably most controversial.
Rumors about the state of the Giudice’s marriage plagued this entire season, to the point where even their kids seemed to be suspicious of his “business activities.”
Of course, the first thing Cohen asked about was a mysterious phone call Joe Giudice made in Napa, allegedly to a business partner.
“I think it was the groaning that made people suspicious,” Gorga said after Giudice explained he was talking to two workers at home, one of whom was speaking Spanish.
More important than the recipient of the call was the revelation that Joe had called his wife “the c word” as she approached him that day.
“Thanks for airing that episode,” Giudice told Cohen. “It cost me a lot of money.”
The Giudices revealed that Joe had bought Teresa quite a few diamonds to make up for it, but he does not excuse his behavior.
“That word isn’t even in my vocabulary,” he said. “I don’t even like hearing it.”
When Laurita was asked for her opinion on the rumors, she originally remained tight lipped, but then decided she would be “honest.”
“…he calls her those names all the time, and she calls him names, and they punch each other,” she said.
She also said Giudice had confided in her many times that Joe was cheating, although Teresa said the same about Laurita’s husband Chris.
“Honey, you walked in on your husband when he had somebody on the desk!” Laurita said.
The third and final part of the reunion will air Sunday at 10 p.m. on Bravo.