Talk about a dramatic season finale! Joe, Jacqueline, Melissa and Caroline all turn their backs on Teresa! Plus, the truth about Jacqueline’s absence during the season 3 reunion revealed!
The second part of the RHONJ season finale started right where part one left off: an awkward moment at the Posche fashion show between Melissa Gorga, Teresa Giudice and Angelo — who claimed Melissa used to be a “dancer.” However, this was just a small tidbit of drama compared to what was about to go down later on in the evening!
Melissa’s Confrontation With Angelo
“I don’t even remember where I know him from,” Melissa says, after Angelo left the table.
Everyone is at ease after Angelo exits except for Teresa. She makes eye contact with Angelo from across the room and then says that her heart is beating 500 times a minutes. We wonder why, Tre?
Cut the lights; it’s fashion show time! Everyone is enjoying the show, but Teresa looks like she’s on edge and Jacqueline can see right through her. After the models walk the runway, Melissa heads right to the bathroom — Teresa follows.
“Who was that guy that came up to our table? That bald guy?” Teresa asks.
“I know him, but I can’t place where I know him from yet,” Melissa says.
It’s so obvious that Teresa has something she wants to say to Melissa.
“Did you used to work for him or something?” Teresa asks.
“No I don’t think so, why?” Melissa asks.
“He says you used to work for him at a gentlemen’s club and you used to dance,” Teresa says.
Bum, bum, bum! Melissa is obviously offended that Teresa even felt like she had to ask Melissa.
“I was never a dancer… I bartended. I bartended there for a week,” Melissa says, adding it wasn’t even a strip club.
“You honestly think your brother would marry a dancer?” Melissa says.
The Calm Before The Storm
Teresa goes on to say that she never believed Melissa was a dancer, but now she’s “not so sure” anymore. Meanwhile, Melissa says she’s upset because Teresa didn’t stop Angelo from approaching their table when she knew who he was and what he was saying about Melissa. It did seem a little bit suspicious!
But then Melissa reels husband Joe Gorga into the drama. Melissa calls him and tells him exactly what happened and Joe says he’s going to come to the show and talk to this guy. Teresa is of course worried about what her brother will say and makes a point to find Angelo — perhaps to get their stories straight?
But then there’s a turn in events! Jacqueline tells the other ladies that she received a text alerting her that the drama was going to happen.Teresa is too busy pointing fingers at Kim D.
“I know Kim D. isn’t a fan of Melissa. I don’t want to be part of this. I don’t want to be in the middle because then I look like the bad guy,” Teresa says.
Teresa heads to the table to tell Caroline Manzo, Jacqueline Laurita and Kathy Wakile her side of the story. However, Kathy brings up a good point: If Angelo was telling the truth, he would have stuck around — which he didn’t. Melissa says it’s a good thing that Angelo left because Joe is on his way and would “kill him” if he was there — yikes!
“I can’t help but think Kim D. had something to do with this,” Melissa says, adding that she’s sure Teresa knew about it, too.
Teresa leaves to take shots with Kim D. while the rest of the housewives talk about what’s going on — and point fingers at Teresa.
Then Melissa takes Kathy outside to tell her what’s going on.
“I wouldn’t care if Melissa was a stripper,” Kathy tells the cameras.
“I don’t get what she’s trying to get out or she’s trying to prove,” Melissa says.
But before the ladies can continue their conversation, Joe Gorga and Richie Wakile show up!
“I want that man to tell me that my wife was a stripper,” Joe yells.
Jacqueline asks what’s going on and Melissa tells her.
“You know what, that was a setup. I think that was a setup. I think she’s [Teresa] the one that set it up because I heard something,” Jacqueline says.
The Fight That Changed It All
“Now my brother’s here and he’s fricken crazy. He’s going to take it to a whole new level,” Teresa says.
So she approaches Joe and tells him how she walked away when Angelo “entertained the thought” about Melissa being a stripper — but Joe isn’t having it. In a perfect world, Teresa should never have even let Angelo approach Melissa since she knew what he was saying about her! In fact, according to Melissa and Joe, Teresa should have never even asked Melissa if she was a stripper.
“Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. I’m never going to be fooled by you again,” Melissa says about Teresa.
But Teresa continues to claim she had nothing to do with this alleged “setup.”
“My conscience is clear because I had nothing to do with this setup. So if Melissa wants to ruin this family, let her do it,” Teresa says.
But just when we think the drama is over Joe Gorga catches Kim D.’s eyes and yells “f**k you” in her face.
“You can’t even talk, you’re so drunk and high,” Joe yells at Kim D.
Joe is angrier than ever claiming that Kim D. tried to set up his wife. Jacqueline tries to put the fire out by telling everyone what she knows.
“I was told by our mutual friends that Teresa knew two weeks ago that this was going to happen,” Jacqueline says. Hmm!
And nobody is surprised. Caroline goes on to reveal that Teresa told her a year ago that Melissa was in fact a stripper, so she wouldn’t be surprised if Teresa pre-planned this entire evening, but Joe says he’s more upset than ever and this is his final straw with his sister.
“It’s jut another notch on a belt. A person that tries to hurt you that much doesn’t love you,” Joe says. “I’m just going to move on with my life.”
And just when Melissa and Joe drive off, Teresa confronts Jacqueline — who tells her that she overheard Angelo telling her that he was going to “embarrass” Melissa.
“He never said he was going to embarrass her, ever, ever, ever. Obviously, there’s someone trying to set me up and maybe you’re involved,” Teresa screams at Jacqueline.
“Why the f*** would I set up your sister-in-law who I happen to like,” Jacqueline says. “I’m completely done.”
Teresa goes back in the party and tells Kim what just happened. Kim says it obviously wasn’t a setup and her friends back her up supporting the rumor that Melissa was a stripper.
A Blast From The Past
What fans later found out during this explosive finale is that 12 hours after the Posche fashion show was the season 3 reunion — which Jacqueline didn’t show up to. And now we know why!
“After the Posche Fashion Show, I had a nervous breakdwon,” Jacqueline reveals.
Jacqueline apparently hasn’t seen Teresa since the fashion show. It finally all makes sense!
This was definitely the most shocking finale in RHONJ history — we’re already counting down the days until the reunion!
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