Part One of ‘The Real Housewives of New Jersey’ brought up Teresa Giudice and Melissa Gorga’s feud, marital cheating rumors — and you’ll never believe the new diss that Joe Gorga tells his sister!
The ladies of the ‘RHONJ’ braved the reunion couch with host Andy Cohen for part one of their Season 5 reunion on Oct. 6 — and you could cut the tension between Melissa and Teresa with a bedazzled knife!
‘RHONJ’ Reunion: Did Caroline Manzo’s Husband Cheat On Her?
Part One of the reunion opened on a somber note, with Andy focusing on Teresa Giudice‘s 39 counts of federal fraud, potentially facing jail. Teresa said that all of the other New Jersey housewives reached out to her, and she felt tons of support.
Caroline Manzo then reflected on how she’s changed from last season to this season, and admitted she was “nastier” then. When Andy asked Caroline, 52, if her husband, Albert Manzo, 53, ever cheated on her. “We’ve been married 32 years, it’s a foolish way to think,” said Caroline, implying that nobody could be faithful for that long.
Andy asked her what Albert’s answer was when Caroline asked Albert if he cheated, and she joked that he said, “Oh yeah! I had a stream of girlfriends and baby mamas. Of course he said no! It’s a part of life, and things happen.”
She said that she never wanted to be the woman who thought “Never my husband,” thinking of the worst that could happen. Wow! So Caroline believes Albert when he says that he never cheated on her, but still has doubt about slip-ups during their 32 years of marriage. Do you think that’s realistic or pessimistic of her?
Andy also asked Teresa if she thinks that Joe ever cheated on her, and the answer was a resounding “No.” The room got silent and uncomfortable — looks like the other RHONJ think very differently of Joe’s cheating rumors!
Kathy Wakile expressed her thoughts about always feeling like she wasn’t being heard by her family and friends, but with her cannoli business, she finally found her voice and is no longer just a housewife!
Tears were shed when it was Jacqueline Laurita‘s turn to talk about her struggles with raising her autistic son Nicholas, saying it was a “joy and a challenge” every day. She also revealed all of the plastic surgery she’s gotten done — which was more than any other RHONJ! She went under the knife for her breasts, a tummy tuck, her neck, nose and also gets botox and fillers regularly!
‘RHONJ’ Reunion: Joe Gorga Says Teresa Giudice Is ‘Out There In Outer Space’
The biggest feuds of this season were the physical and emotional ones between the Gorgas and the Giudices, over a rumor that was spread about Melissa Gorga cheating on her husband.
Even though the last episode showed Teresa apologizing to her brother for fueling Penny’s fire about dirt on Melissa, the two families are still visibly uncomfortable about the situation! Andy asked Teresa if she liked Melissa now, and Teresa said, “I love you, you’re my sister-in-law. Yes, I like her.” Melissa looked totally skeptical about this comment!
When the family went to Lake George, New York, to settle issues earlier this season, Joe Gorga and Joe Giudice got in a physical fight when Joe Gorga charged at Joe Giudice, after Joe learned from Teresa that her brother called her scum and demanded an apology from Joe Gorga.
The two husbands were seated on the couch, actually laughing about the incident now! Joe Gorga said, “That was the best thing that ever happened. It was embarrassing, but it made me realize I love this guy. He’s family.” Joe also revealed that Joe Gorga pinched him on his private parts during the fight — too much infortmation, guys! Joe also said, “I’m learning how to react better to things now.” Teresa then apologized to Joe for fueling the fight at Lake George in the first place!
Dr. V also made an appearance during the reunion to help sort through other issues that were red-hot on the reunion sofas! She stressed that everyone needs to take responsibility for saying they are sorry — and told Teresa she shouldn’t lash out at others so much! She also said that the two families needs to break their cycles and toxic family patterns — baby steps! Her therapy might have worked on some areas, but love and acceptance might need more work!
Joe Gorga said, “Do we love each other? Yes. Is she out there is outer space? Yes!” Wow — what a major burn!
Teresa wasn’t too happy about that statement, which brought up the whole reason for the feud! Penny, an acquaintance of Teresa’s, and her husband John, blamed Teresa for spreading rumors that Melissa cheated on Joe Gorga. Teresa admitted in the last episode that it was wrong of her to fuel Penny’s fire because she was upset with Melissa at the time and “should have done things differently.” She also revealed, “I made a mistake. I never put them up to doing anything.”
Teresa defended herself on the couch about the feud that came to a head at the Posche 2 party. “Penny wanted her 15 minutes by going after Melissa. She’s been trashing her for two years on Twitter.” Penny turned on her and wanted to get a reaction out of her, according to Teresa. Melissa said that Penny told her,”I was dragged into this, but I won’t be dragged in all by myself. It was like a team with a machine going.”
Teresa responded, “I’m exhausted. I’m done, done, done. I’m mentally exhausted.” Nothing truly got resolved again, because Joe remarked, “I don’t need this s**t in my life.” Looks like nobody can put this rumor to rest — or bring lasting peace to Teresa and her brother!
Be sure to tune in next week for Part Two of the reunion, where Teresa and Joe’s potential jail sentence is discussed. The Gorgas also sound off on whether they would want to take Teresa and Joe’s kids in case they face jailtime!
What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Will Teresa and Joe Gorga ever put the past behind them once and for all? Sound off!
— Ivy Jacobson