The Real Housewives of New Jersey Recap: The Grinch's Last Name is Giudice

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It's still Christmas in Jersey and we get to spend the festive morning with all the families. Who has the Christmas spirit and whose can use a little work?

Let's run it down in THG's +/- review:

Why can't Teresa stop causing trouble? It's only been a few weeks since she and her brother started speaking again. Having them show up for Christmas Eve is a big deal considering where their relationship was just a short time ago.

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But Teresa can't let it be. When she hears the Gorgas are heading over to Kathy's she can't hold her tongue. She even tries to use the kids to make her point. Minus 10 for such a lack of manners.

I can't believe I'm saying this but Joe Gorga's was the voice of reason. He explains that they had already accepted Kathy's invitation so they felt obligated to attend both parties. 

Joe's calm and thoughtful and tries to make peace. Plus 10 and can someone please help me up off the floor. I think I fainted from the shock. Realistically though, I won't be surprised if he does something next week that makes me take those points right back.

And how rude was Joe's father? Melissa invites him over for dinner and he yells at her that he came over three times and she wasn't home. Well, the woman is allowed to leave the house. 

When Melissa asks him to call first the old man yells "I don't use the phone" and then shoves three fingers in her face to highlight his three missed visits. Minus 7.

Honestly, stop cramming your fingers in her face or you may find out she has a finger for you.

The Gorga's Christmas was a merry if an over the top event. The gifts just kept coming and everyone certainly seemed to be enjoying themselves. I have to say, Joe Gorga loves to shower his wife with gifts but when he's looking for that special gift in return, Melissa draws the line. "Not today. It's Jesus' birthday." Priceless, Plus 5.

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The Manzo's family bracelet is a little corny but really very sweet. Plus 8. Caroline is always looking for ways to remind her kids that family is what's important as their lives start to take them in other directions. 

Love when Albie compares Rich to Jeff Goldblum. So true and very funny. Plus 5.

Ashley didn't get ANYTHING for Chris and Jacqueline for Christmas. Are you kidding me? Minus 20. They cater to this kid and she's not really a kid. She's 20 years old. Her response to not getting them a present is "Whatever." Whatever this you spoiled, selfish, little brat. How about you get your butt out into the real world and take care of yourself for a change. 

That Jacqueline and Chris put up with such disrespect and coddle poor little Ashley is unreal. I don't see Ashley standing on her own two feet until someone shoves her out the door.

Wait. Rich has lost his wedding band several times? Does this sound fishy to anyone else? He claims he doesn't like to wear it because it makes him too attractive to other women. Cough, cough. Seriously? Is Kathy buying this load of crap? Minus 5 for such a lame explanation.

Nevertheless, Kathy has a touching Christmas morning. What mom can ask for more than her teenage kids pooling their money to buy her a gift they really think she can use? Plus 15. Wherever the Grinch was I'm sure his heart grew three sizes that morning.

Or maybe not because I think he resides at the Guidice residence. Joe is horrible. I know he's obviously depressed but Christmas isn't about you, it's about the kids. He can't even be bothered to sit up or attempt to smile. He can tell himself otherwise but the kids definitely noticed. Minus 10.

And does Teresa get more selfish with every scene? She's miffed because Santa gets all the credit for the gifts when she wants it for herself. Minus another 5. And then she manages to rub salt in her husbands wounds by remarking "So, no diamonds this year, huh?" Well there's the Christmas spirit. Apparently the Grinch's last name is Guidice.

Alexa Ray Joel's Christmas concert is lovely but it's too bad Albie acts like a deer in the headlights around her. Minus 5. I don't think he has to worry about Caroline being the kiss of death here. 

EPISODE TOTAL: -19. SEASON TOTAL: -73.

Next week is New Year's Eve. What are the odds we can ring in the New Year without someone coming to blows. Yeah, not good.

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Ashley is unbelievably immature and selfish. I hope this is an act and not how she really is.
Joe is not a nice person and Teresa lives in another world. I feel sorry for the kids. They probably
won't be in that mansion much longer and then what will happen?

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