REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NJ PHOTOCAP: Gay Pride & Prejudice

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Not a lot of drama on the latest episode of Real Housewives of New Jersey, but it did prove to be one of the most emotional installments in recent times. It was all about the gays this week, starting with Rosie’s heart-wrenching tale of coming out as a lesbian, leading to Caroline’s brother’s gay wedding, and ultimately ending with a smack of homophobia courtesy of the most gay-lovin’ man on TV: Joe Giudice. Fun times had by all!

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REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NJ PHOTOCAP: Closing The Book on Another Season

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The long and wonderful season of The Real Housewives of New Jersey came to an end this week, but not without one last dose of drama. And this wasn’t just any drama. This was BOOK drama — the kind these Jersey girls specialize in. This time around, the offending author was Teresa, whose cook book Fabulicious had just hit stores. In it, she takes cheap shots at Caroline, Christopher Manzo, and others — all under the guise of it being a “joke.” Maybe conversationally such jabs could pass as humor, but in a cook book? Not really. And thus Teresa committed the biggest sin of all: she crossed Mama Bear, and hell hath no fury like an angry Caroline.

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REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NJ PHOTOCAP: Caribbean Queens

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After months of buildup, the entire cast (minus Ashley, who was too dumb to get her passport in order so she could go on a FREE vacay) headed down to Punta CaƱa to enjoy sun, waves, and plenty of booze. It looked like a rather wonderful time, and for the most part, there seemed to be a noted lack of drama. The most pressing issue seemed to be finding an isolated corner for Joe and Melissa to have sex in.

Despite the feuding members present, everyone agreed to play nice. That meant no one started up with Teresa as she annoyed everyone with her never ending parade of bikini options. It’s rare that anything can make the Posche Fashion Show seem upmarket, but leave it to Teresa to make wonders happen.

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REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NJ PHOTOCAP: Little People, Big Emotions

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Congratulations to Bravo for singlehandedly bringing utter shame upon me for feeding the machine that is The Real Housewives of New Jersey. All season, I’ve been extolling this revamped cast’s virtues, citing the complex and all-too-real emotional issues that have plagued the Gorga-Giudice households week in and week out. Great drama! The best!

And then little Gia had to go cry and make me feel bad.

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HOUSEWIFE HOEDOWN, Episode 2-1: Talking Beverly Hills, Russell Armstrong, and New Jersey



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In case you missed it, we taped another episode of Housewife Hoedown today, and since we’d been on hiatus all summer, we had MUCH to discuss. Fellow Real Housewives fans Matt Whitfield and Sita Young joined me as we gabbed extensively about Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Russell Armstrong, and all things NJ. We had super fun times. Hopefully you will too when you watch this back. And remember you can always download the podcast via the iTunes store

REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NJ PHOTOCAP: Ignorance is Bliss

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The emotions were high on last night’s episode of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, which saw Teresa and her brother face yet another obstacle in their attempt to rebuild their friendship. The shocking developments came fast and furious, leading up to the most gasp-inducing moment of all: Milania dropping her nasty little ass on a bunch of salads in a supermarket. As if that weren’t bad enough, Teresa then gave her a high-five for good behavior. If this is what passes for “Fabulicious,” consider my Amazon purchase cancelled.

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REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NJ PHOTCAP: Catching The Christmas Spirit

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Christmas is drawing close on The Real Housewives of New Jersey, and that can only mean one thing: time for fights! Luckily, we had Kathy and Teresa around to do the heavy lifting, and when that dustup proved to be a bit too tame, Joe Giudice had a tiff with Melissa’s brother-in-law Joe (no relation to her husband Joe, her father-in-law Joe, or Kathy’s son, Joe). And then, when THAT incident didn’t deliver the fireworks we wanted, we had old, trusty Kim G. I guess she’d been less naughty and more nice this year because Santa had brought her two new, plumped up lips. Looks like she’ll be getting coal next year though because her bringing Monica Chacon to the party was pretty low, even for Kim G standards.

Nevertheless, this episode had it all: Gorga fights, Kim G meddlings, and Ashley idiocy. All that was missing were Kim D and her hair fangs. Oh, and I suppose a cannoli made of cannolis. Still, pretty solid hour all the same.

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REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NJ PHOTOCAP: A Very Guido Christmas

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It may be the height of summer here in the Northern Hemisphere, but it’s the Holiday Season on Real Housewives of New Jersey. With Christmas just around the corner, this latest episode focused on all the angst and anxiety that can sometimes derails people’s yuletide spirit. Lauren Manzo received quite a bit of screen time as she complained about being left out from Chris and Albie’s Hoboken life. Here’s an idea Lauren: MOVE OUT OF YOUR MOM’S HOME AND MAKE FRIENDS. Thank goodness Momma has a brain because as Lauren headed down a path of self-pity, Caroline shut her down, saying that she was being unreasonable. “That’s life,” Caroline stated with the sort of common sense authority that one never finds on reality TV (ie. Jacqueline and her bratty daughter Ashley).

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REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NJ PHOTOCAP: The Catskills Adventure America Has Been Waiting For!

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Sunday’s supersized episode of The Real Housewives of New Jersey gave us what we’ve always wanted: an hour of frolicking in the Catskills. Yes, upstate New York finally got the close-up it deserved, and it was oh so… rustic? Perhaps woodsy? Certainly not glamourous. For those of you unfamiliar with the Catskills, the mountain region was once the hottest destination to spot both Jackie Mason and raccoons. It’s the home of the Borscht Belt (see: Jackie Mason), and while the raccoons may still be around, the cachet may have taken a hit or two.

When it comes to the New Jersey crowd though, I’m not sure fancy is a requirement for vacations. All that matters is that everyone has a bed, there’s a giant pot of pasta bubbling away, and enough guns, quads, and wine around to make the weekend a tragedy waiting to happen. Thankfully, no one was harmed (physically) in the making of this episode.

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REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NJ PHOTOCAP: Teresa Talks with Gorgas, No Brawls Ensue

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After several weeks of build-up, Teresa Giudice finally came face to face with her estranged brother Joe on this week’s episode of Real Housewives of New Jersey, and the results were… well… not explosive, but… emotional? It was actually a rather intense discussion, with both sides airing out grievances. They went tit for tat, with each one blaming the other’s spouses for their problems. Joe busted Teresa on some issues, Teresa busted Joe on some others, and in the end, the two decided that they had to somehow move past this roadblock, lest their father die with his kids still feuding. It was actually a truly moving moment Teresa choked up talking about the tolls this was taking on “Daddy” while Joe stood there stone-faced, presumably keeping his emotions in check (we could see his eyes glassing over. Cryer! CRYER!). Ultimately, Joe ordered Teresa to talk it out with Melissa next, and pending the outcome of that, they could then reassess the future of their relationship. And so a new plan was hatched…

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