Will she or won't she?!?
A nation held its breath going into last night's edition of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, wondering if Dina Manzo was truly exiting the show for good. We won't leave you in suspense over the development. Let's get right to a recap, Real Housewives correspondent!
Note to readers: I am currently visiting my sister and had to write this review from the couch in her apartment. She sat with me as I worked and shouted random comments in my general direction. She has never seen this show before and knows nothing about the women or the plotlines but, despite this complete and total lack of RHONJ knowledge, I found many of her insights quite relevant. I have included some of the better ones.
Dry your tears, everyone! Miss Dina is done with being a Housewife in Crazy Town! I think I will miss her because she is sort of the voice of reason, while she also delivers pretty funny one-liners. But we found this devastating, life-changing information out at the end of the show, so I am getting a bit ahead of myself.
The episode started with the conclusion of the Dina-Danielle strip mall restaurant “conversation” from last week, otherwise known as a "catfight." In case you forgot, when we last left this little bru-ha-ha there was serious shushing going on and all the shushing was leading Dina and Danielle down a dark path of no return.
“You know more than anybody else, I was on your team,” Dina says to Danielle. Both women are talking, but neither is listening. When one opens her mouth, the other only hears, “Blah, blah, blah, you bitch!” Their voices are steadily rising until they are shouting. People in the restaurant are staring at the hot messes over in the banquette booth. “It was embarrassing. I mean, people are trying to eat,” Dina reflects later.
Dina then repeats for the ten millionth time that she wants to cut Danielle out of her life. We at home scratch our heads in confusion because isn’t Dina the one who initiated this meeting? Danielle yells, “It’s not about me. It’s not about cutting me out of your life. It’s about not being able to face what you’ve done.” Dina rolls her eyes, shouts a few more insults, and speeds off in her Mercedes.
My sister then pipes up, “Are they always this mean to each other? Jesus. This is not nice.”
Honestly, the rest of the episode was pretty much fluff and filler between the big Dina-Danielle fight and the anticlimactic Dina exit. Here’s what happened, in a nutshell: