The Real Housewives of New Jersey Season 8 Episode 1 Recap: Danielle Staub is Back!

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The Real Housewives of New Jersey is back, and a familiar face from the past returned to the fold, and it was clear she was intent on causing some drama. 

When The Real Housewives of New Jersey Season 8 Episode 1, we got to find that Teresa Giudice's mother had passed away during the time between seasons. 

The Real Housewives of New Jersey Season 8 Cast

If you watch The Real Housewives of New Jersey online, you will remember Antonia Gorga as a fun-loving mother who loved all of her family. This death affected everyone closest to her in a big way. 

It was especially difficult on Teresa who was still trying to come to terms with her husband being behind bars and missing out on their daughters growing up and several key milestones. 

But, it was not all bad. Teresa opened up about him getting to speak to his kids all the time via the phone and email. It sure sounds like the concept of imprisonment is lost on reality TV stars.

The big positive out of this storyline is that it has brought the Giudice and Gorga family closer than ever. Seriously, there were miles between them at one point, and now, it's almost like two warring nations have cease fired and are waving the white flag. 

Teresa Giudice on Season 8

It's a surprisingly fresh dynamic, and we're digging it. 

Teresa was not the only housewife experiencing some significant changes in her life. In fact, Dolores was very much trying to move on with her life and even had a new man. 

We did cringe a little when it was revealed that her ex-husband was moving back in with her. It did seem like they were trying to put on a united front for their children. 

We have to give a shout out to Dolores for even allowing him back in the house, but we're totally not buying her claim that she would never get back together with him. 

Siggy Flicker Poses

Then there was Siggy, who found out the hard way that being a writer had its fair share of ups and downs. Siggy wanted to hold wine-fueled chats about what it meant to be someone with so much inspiration ... or something. 

Her husband, however, wanted her to dial back on all of it because he felt like she was doing too much. In Siggy's defense, she found something she loved to do, and that should be respected. 

On top of that, her long chats introduced her to new housewive, Margaret Josephs, and she is a complete hoot. She has pigtails and says it exactly how it is. 

Those are the type of people who are reality TV gold, so we can tell she's going to be an exciting addition to this aging Bravo reality series. 

Teresa Giudice and Melissa Gorga

What worked really well was the fact that Margaret has her own fashion line and works from home. She was quick to open up about her being married to someone else when she met her current husband. 

Maybe that was a tactic so none of her fellow housewives could use it against her down the line. Let's face it; these ladies can hold a grudge as well as the best of us. 

Then there was Melissa who was still reeling from the fact that Jackie stole all of the clothing and gave it to Kim D. Yes, that means Kim is still around causing crap for all of the women. 

Will she ever learn? 

The ladies made their way to Boca Rota for some time away, and Teresa seemed ecstatic to get some time away from New Jersey.

Danielle Staub Makes a Return

On the first trip, she revealed that she was mad about Joe's crimes because it essentially took almost a year of time away from her mother. The ladies seemed shocked because of how rock-solid their relationship was before the big death. 

Could this be the beginning of Teresa and Joe? Don't bet on it. This is all part of a storyline to throw in some jeopardy for some of the stars of the show. 

Danielle showed up on day two of the trip, and Teresa and Melissa were glad about the change of pace. In fact, Melissa only seemed happy because she had another person with her who hated Kim. 

They wasted no time in talking about Kim D's car being found burnt to a crisp with dead bodies inside. 

Danielle Staub Attends Wine Tasting In New Jersey

We then found ourselves at Melissa's birthday dinner, and she and Teresa recalled some crazy family stories. They eventually started fighting with the birthday cake. 

It was all for show, of course, and Siggy was upset because she had the cake made specifically for Melissa. 

“We’re gonna have to explain to the restaurant we’re from Jersey,” Siggy says with a stern look at the women as the whole descended into chaos. 

“Take it down a notch,” says Margaret with an equally as stern look. 

"Go f--k yourself," replies Siggy. 

Yup, we're in for another season of crazy drama with these ladies, and we have our popcorn and wine at the ready. 

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