The Real Housewives of New Jersey Recap: Whining & Dining

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The Real Housewives of New Jersey are back and the theme of the week is family feuds. Wait, isn't that always the theme on this show? 

In any case, let's recap the action with our +/- review:

Caroline starts her radio show and although she's realistically apprehensive I'll give her Plus 8 having the guts to go for it. She's got a bit of a learning curve but Caroline's got the spunk and determination to be a success. Besides, when it comes to family, she's a bit of a know it all.

Caroline Manzo Radio Show

Joe and Teresa Giudice finally sit down to talk. Well, it's about damn time. Did that take forever or was it just me? I'm so tired of hearing Joe Gorga whine about how much Teresa has changed. Minus 10 for singing the same tune over and over.

Minus 10 for Teresa as well for constantly blaming Melissa. Yes, she's played a large part in this but Joe and Teresa need to stop acting like spoiled brats.

When they finally start to talk, these two can't get past the first five minutes without bickering and blaming one another and their spouses.

Joe tells Teresa what happened at the christening was disgusting. Um, I believe he's the one who started the screaming and the cursing. Minus 5 for selective memory.

Joe's opinion is that Teresa needs to "sit there and say that you f*cked up." Nice. One thing you can count on Joe for is always being the classy guy in the room. Heck, I'll give him a Plus 5 for being consistent.

Melissa has a whole list of things she's holding against Teresa. The problem is that Teresa has a similar list. Can everyone throw out the damn lists already? Either start over or move on because this feud is getting really boring.

How Do We Get Past This?

At least Teresa is asking how we get past this. Plus 10 for admitting that she wants to try. Joe's response is to tell her to get together with their mother and his wife and to "make it right." Have I mentioned how much I dislike this guy.

Kathy looks down her nose at her friends who hired a chef for the night's dinner. Minus 5 for being judgmental of her host. Can't anyone just enjoy the meal?

At least Joe resist the urge to bash his sister when the bankruptcy issues  are brought up at dinner. For that he earns a Plus 5.

Best line of the night goes to Caroline. "Put your big girl panties on. Get over it."  It's that kind of blunt advice that will make her talk show a hit. Plus 7.

Jacqueline offers her home as neutral territory for the Teresa / Melissa summit talks. Unfortunately the show ends before they get down to it. 

EPISODE TOTAL: +5. SEASON TOTAL: -22.

Next week the entire crew heads to New York State's Catskills on vacation. Firearms will be available. Bring your flak jackets and don't miss it.

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Melissa Grow up. You and your husband are the problem in your family. joey for the sake of keeping them separate married to Melissa. Joey you started the fight at your son's christening,Shame on you. Melissa you whine until Joey reacts. My daddy doesn,t talk to me he only talks to Joe. Joe is turning my parents against me. NO maybe it is your actions and how you treat them. You and Melissa would benefit from therapy and some medication to bring you back to earth. Kathy, you are two faced and always there to fuel Melissa and agree with her. Didn,t anyone ever tell you to present reality to the mentally ill. Teresa, I'm not so sure you need your brother and sister in law.

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I have one thing to say to Melissa. There is no excuse for bad manners and a bad attitude.

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Love this grading system--cracks me up!
Yes, Joe Gorga makes me sick...but I can actually stomach his Italian drama more than that of his wife. She's a mess. Melissa thrives on self-pity and influences her husband at every turn. She made it clear after that gymnastics event that it is ALL about her. Can't imagine their sit down at Jacqueline's will go well, but that's Bravo drama at it's finest!
I thought Caroline did a great job! Kudos to her for filling empty nest and not sitting around moping! Good luck Teresa, you'll need it with that nut case sister-in-law!