It's been nine months since Teresa Giudice went to prison for bankruptcy fraud.
During that time, she's managed to stay relevant (and cash in) by selling her prison photos, helping to broker a deal that allowed her husband and kids to land a Bravo special, and, of course, arranging for her return to the series that made her famous.
Of course, like all prisoners, Teresa's been mainly concerned with doing her time and getting out as soon as possible.
Now, after a truly epic string of bad luck and worse decisions, things are finally starting to look up for Tre, as insiders say the controversial reality star will be home for the holidays.
And with the exception of parole requirements (and the fact that Joe Giudice will begin a 41-month sentence soon after Teresa's release), she'll be permitted to return to everyday life as a mother of four:
“Teresa won’t be required to go to a halfway house because that is typically for those that have been behind bars for a much longer term than the thirteen months Teresa will have served,” an insider tells Radar Online.
“Individuals that go to a halfway house need assistance and to be monitored as they transition back into society. Teresa wasn’t sent away long enough for that to be an issue.
“She is counting down the days until she will be reunited with the family for Christmas.”
Of course, there will be one major change: Like other parolees, Teresa will be required to get a job.
"Reality star" won't cut it in this case, as the terms of her parole require that Teresa punch in and perform actual work every day, like the rest of us.
Hilariously, her best option at this point seems to be the boutique that her sister-in-law/rival Melissa Gorga is opening in Monclair, New Jersey:
“Teresa could absolutely work there,” the source says. “It would be a natural because both ladies will be filming for RHONJ. The show would get great footage of them working together.”
Sounds like RHONJ is about to reclaim it's place as the most drama-packed Housewives series.