I Hate Jill Zarin Real Housewives Of NJ August 10, 2010

I Hate Jill Zarin                   Real Housewives of New Jersey                                August 10, 2010

                                                The Trip from Hell

No one is ever going to convince me that this was a wonderful, memorable and exciting trip.  Clearly they tried to show the fun parts and the excruciatingly horrifying parts, but the parts in between had to have been hectic or boring. 

Seeing Joe and Chris sharing a drink together in an empty bar, then the next night we see Teresa and Jacqueline trying to act like fun girls with no audience was almost embarrassing.

This trip had to have taken place in November or December of 2009, everyone was bundled up in coats and freezing wherever they went.  The ship was half empty, because no one takes an Italian cruise in the dead of winter.   According to Jacqueline there were 10 present of the Bravo crew, that means a total of 30 people went on the trip, since Bravo paid for the whole thing, you know they got a great deal for sailing during the off-season. 

Going back to the beginning of the show and the “stressful” event that caused everyone to need a vacation.  Juicy Joe turns over his truck after not drinking until 2am.  What we do know is that Jacqueline and Chris joined drunken…er Juicy Joe and his lovely wife for dinner that evening.  We don’t know if or why Teresa and Joe came in separate cars.  Somehow Teresa got home, whether Jacqueline and Chris drove her home or she had her own car at the restaurant, either way she left the restaurant without her husband.  Chris and Jacqueline were also gone.  So why was Joe left alone at the restaurant until 2am? 

Rumor has it that Tamra, from Orange County housewives fame joined the two couples for dinner and was also there with Joe until the wee hours.  There is no way in hell that Joe sat at that restaurant after his wife and friends left after dinner and did not drink any alcohol.  He was sitting there sipping cappuccino’s alone?  Or with the lovely Tamra?  Maybe some other friends joined him?  Many different scenarios could have occurred, but one thing is for sure, that man was drinking alcohol! 

What luck that he crashed into four trees then flipped this truck over and came to an abrupt stop directly behind a telephone pole that happened to be in front of his father’s house.  What better way to cover up that you’d been drinking than to slam 3-4 shots down at dear old dad’s house?   This is done all the time, it is not unheard of in fact it is so common and unbelievable that the court system has a name for this illegal activity.  Sorry Juicy Joe, no one believes that you were not drinking in the restaurant, that you yawned causing you to hit a bank of trees or that you slammed down several shots of scotch at daddy’s house causing you to have a blood alcohol level 10 times the legal limit. 

If any of you out there reading this are alcoholics, might I suggest that you move to New Jersey, apparently all you get is 30-hours of community service when you drink and drive.  Here in Illinois you lose your license and do some jail time.  Joe seems to think the 30-days of scrubbing bed pans at the local retirement community is excessive and is going to court to ask that they sentence be reduced.  I’ve heard that judges love it when you tell them that they’re too harsh! 

Well this is all so stressful that the New Jersey crew have to take a trip, that is after Teresa, who is late for lunch again due to her compulsive shopping joins Caroline and Jacqueline for lunch to discuss a vacation.  Teresa (after Bravo whispers in her ear) suggests Italy!  What a fantastic idea. 

Call me crazy but I’m with Albert Manzo, no screaming children, just couples!   I don’t know why the Manzo’s adult children were left out yet the Giudice’s and Laurita’s small children were included.  Jacqueline also made it sound like Ashley might have been able to go if she hadn’t gotten herself into trouble at school…er rather with the law!  I was glad that they did not reward Ashley with the trip, although after seeing it, she may have been the one to bring and then force her to watch all the screaming children.

Teresa and Joe think it’s a very funny joke to tell their young children that they’re going to Italy without them.   After hearing them cry and scream as if they’re beating the hell out of them, Teresa tells them that they are only kidding and the kids are coming along.  What, Teresa, they don’t cry and scream enough?  You have to make them cry and scream when it isn’t necessary?   Good job! 

Teresa needs a bit of advice, I don’t know who is the right person to give it to her, but the way she is raising those children, things are only going to get worse for her.  It will get to the point where she won’t be able to take them out shopping or to a restaurant because of their behavior.  She needs SuperNanny!  Seriously, she needs something.  Watching these girls hitting one another is really sad.  That is one thing that should never be tolerated.  I know that kids fight but a strict rule that I was brought up with and my children were brought up with is to always keep your hands to yourself! 

While packing the 3 (soon to be 4) year old smacked the 5-year old in the back and she started to cry.  Teresa simply told the 5-year old to let her pack.  There were no consequences for the little one hitting her sister.  Unbelievable!  Kids with no limits will end up being aggressive at school with classmates, they don’t know when to hold back or how far is too far when hitting, they hit with objects and can really end up seriously hurting someone.  Most schools have a zero tolerance for any physical interaction.  (my son was sent home in kindergarten for hugging another child)  You simply cannot touch another child, no exceptions.  That may be a little extreme, but he has never touched another classmate since. 

My point is the Giudice girls seem to have no discipline.  Teresa and Joe are not doing these girls any favors by not teaching them right from wrong and to respect the other members of the family.  Going back for just a moment to the Tae Kwon Do class that the girls took, at the time I thought that was a great way to teach them discipline and respect because those classes will typically do that for children.  Unfortunately Juicy Joe undid all of that by allowing the girls to have a free-for-all at the end of class, encouraging them to beat the hell out of each other. 

Our resident genius Teresa asking viewers if Venice was “made from water” just makes you want to smack her.  I apologize to all Italian-Americans for Teresa, period.  How did this woman make it this far in life with absolutely no brain in her head?  She was bound and determined to spend some money in the city made from water and when Chanel was locked up tight, she found another little boutique where she bought the ugliest green ring I’ve ever seen in my life!

Allowing Teresa to roam free in Italy is like taking out a billboard telling all of Italy what morons those ugly American’s are!  Her screaming at the top of her lungs and telling her husband to spank her in front of her children, she is just gaudy in every way! 

The good news is that Bravo unleashed the idiots of New Jersey on the beautiful country of Italy during the off-peak season so the tourism income was probably somewhat welcome.  The staff of the ship must have been thrilled to have to stand there waiting while Teresa tries to wake her jet-lagged exhausted 4-year old so that they could sing to her.  When you tell a 4-year old she’s having a birthday party, she envisions balloons, pony rides, jumpy houses and clowns, not a formal sit-down dinner with adults.  I’m not surprised she fell asleep!  I practically fell asleep watching it. 

Watching Jacqueline and Teresa going out for the night and attempting to make it appear for the cameras as though they’re having a great night out partying together was very sad.  It was so forced and they were clearly not having any fun that it was almost funny!  There were no other fun people on the ship, in the lounge, it was too cold to go outside and their whooping and yelling didn’t fool me for a second.  That was NOT a fun party night out with the girls!  

I feel for Jacqueline, there is nothing worse than sea-sickness, but was that sea-sickness?  Didn’t we see her the night before drinking and attempting to party with Teresa?  (wow was that a sad attempt at having fun, or what?)  Several drinks could have caused the sickness too, but blame it on the sea!  Just an FYI, the worst thing you can do for sea-sickness is lie in bed, the best thing you can do is get out onto the deck, watch the horizon and get some fresh air.  Works every time. 

We saw a few things that the crew did on the trip, Caroline and Albert got massages, Jacqueline came in and harassed them.  Jacqueline and Chris took a cooking class.  Is this the best ya got?   Just like the rest of the season that doesn’t involve Danielle, boring!  Jacqueline tweeted during the show that she wishes we had gotten to see more of that, apparently Teresa and Joe got massages and Jacqueline busted in on them too….wow, I’m sorry we missed that….I may crash my car into a tree now.  <BIG yawn>

Caroline and Albert babysitting….I have nothing to say on the matter except, you agreed, deal with it!  Personally, I would never agree to watch those three screaming girls!

One really nice thing is that all of the parents were invited.  Clearly they were invited to babysit as we know that Teresa and Joe’s parents spend a lot of time watching those kids, but it was a free trip for them all the same. 

Looks like we get more of the same next week…the good news is that this wacky show is almost over, I understand we have only one or two more episodes, endless reunions and probably lost footage, but THEN it will be over….and then we’ll have only the DC housewives to keep us company! 

In other news…

Kelly decided she couldn’t resist dragging me into her nonsense today!  She felt that she was the only one doing charity work in the world and was going to tell us all that we’re not doing enough. 

A fellow twitter, who I don’t know asked Kelly how to start a charity that could help out Housewives in New York City who need help. 

Here is Kelly’s response:

@carrielaz @lynnNChicago. Lynn help carrie organize a charity raise money “crowdfunding” and I will round up the housewives to help

WHAT?  I should organize a charity for housewives in NEW YORK CITY (note my name) and work with some woman named Carrie, that I don’t know then notify Kelly who will round up “the housewives”?

There are so many things wrong with that, I don’t even know where to begin!  First of all, Carrie asked KELLY for help, not me!  I’m not in New York so if I were going to start a charity, it would be in Chicago, and I certainly wouldn’t need Kelly’s help!   Kelly wants to sit on her ass tweeting about charity and taking credit for being charitable!  Don’t do too much Kelly, don’t take responsibility, and certainly don’t put your name on anything Kelly!  She’s a joke! 

The funny part is that she actually unblocked me on Twitter for a few hours, possibly to see if I would take her seriously, I didn’t!  My tweets telling her to do her own charity work, and I would do mine caused her to promptly block me again, and all is right with the world.  Gawd, She’s a class A Moron! 

Yes, she got the blood pressure going today! 

Apparently Dina Manzo wasn’t kidding about pulling a Jill Zarin and blocking anyone who “plays” with me on Twitter.  Here one of her followers (the one that Dina sent me a message through) asked her to unblock another twitterer, here is Dina’s response:

Dina Manzo:  TotallyToonces don’t hate~don’t make me bitch at a cat. Thank u. I blkd ur friend because I believe she plays w lynn.

For those who continue to think that Dina is a classy and nice cat lady, she’s not!  She’s the most immature and self-important housewife (or ex-housewife in her case).  If you don’t want her to block you, be sure to kiss her ass and tell her that her tweets inspire you! 

dinamanzo    Take a moment to pause and remember who you are. Take a moment to reflect on the things that have real and lasting meaning in your life.

These types of tweets make me insane!  Who on earth is taking life improvement advice from Dina Manzo?  And who is she to give this type of advice anyway?  She’s an idiot ex-housewife!  Please folks, if you’re looking for spiritual or life changing advice, do not try to get it from Twitter or any housewife!    There are people who are qualified, have studied and have the wisdom to give you advice, Dina isn’t one of those people! 

Dina Manzo has a sham of a marriage, had an elaborate wedding to impress a TV audience and now hasn’t been seen with her husband in public since.   This woman blocks people because they “play” with me?  How idiotic is that?  Does she think that will deter people from following me?  It didn’t work for Jill Zarin (over 88k followers)  and it won’t work for the old ex-housewife Dina Manzo (less than 69k followers) either. 

Tonight Flipping Out returns to Bravo at 9pm/8pm Central, followed by a new episode of Rachel Zoe Project.    

Until Next Time…..

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522 Responses to I Hate Jill Zarin Real Housewives Of NJ August 10, 2010

  1. Sha2000 says:

    Best line of the night goes to Joe who said the ring “looked like a growth”.

  2. Sue says:

    Who asks friends to watch your brat children so you could rock the cabin with your icky husband?? That was below the belt, even for Teresa.

    Hearing her shrills, waking up her poor daughter to blow out her candles…..I cannot believe that I am saying this, but she makes Danielle look like mother of the year!

    I felt so bad for all of the elder parents having to walk so far so she could get the ugliest ring I have ever seen. Knowing what we know, everytime she buys something, I just hope the bankruptsy lawyers are just adding it all up. She buys and buys, and the people they owe money to must be seething.

    Great blog, as always Lynn!!!

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      Maybe Teresa’s continual reports of sexual activities with her husband are meant for that mysterious other woman……..

      • MannysGrammy says:

        I Agree with that WindyCity! If you listen to Joe, he yells & makes a lot of comments at T, especially more lately, & she just trys to cover them up or acts like she didn’t hear them…”it would be cheaper for me to lose her”….enough of your parties, no more parties for you”….”that’s why you don’t have the checkbook anymore”…BUT, Joe certainly isn’t innocent in ANY of this either!
        No doubt all the “sexual comments” & humping on Joe on the show any chance she gets…especially lately..leads me to believe he no doubt has a side dish that he’ll turn into the main feast when they get thro all this bankruptcy, etc, they will get the BIG D!! It’s not a matter of IF, only when! T KNOWS J has another woman, “but, T& the girls still “need” Joe like T said in her fugly head shot. OMG, she looks like an ape, with a bad wig & botox lips!..& she’s too pretty to work?? Puleeaaseee, sit down!..& that voice!! (shiver) Hey, Miss too pretty to work could get a J O B in phone sex?!?! LMAO, can you imagine THAT voice & on the other end of the phone while watching D’s sex tape (PUKE!)..like D states “why would you ever want to have sex again”
        T&J are not good parents! Just wait till those girls are teens! They have NO respect for ANY adults or each other, they are out of control brats! Cute, $$, expensive house & clothes do NOT make for good parenting or well behaved kids as it’s ALL as fake as T&J.
        I could just jump through the TV at every talk show or interview T does & strangle her. She STILL thinks we all fall for her BS! I think that angers me more than anything! I just hope & pray the Judge’s, DA, whoever is involved in any aspect of their finances has watched these shows & hangs them.
        I get more stupid trying to watch ANY interview that T does, watching her hands attempting to get through all the questions with MORE lies, falling all over her own words!
        I need zanax to even sign on anymore as the web is full of this crap & her “loyal followers” are nothing more than people just laughing at her while they cut n paste to each other.
        Any ideas what next week is about?

    • Gina says:

      Teresa has brought up at least twice how Danielle climbed on top of her 25 year old boyfriend to make out with him in front of her daughters. Yet she seems to have no problem with sharing with the world her sexual exploits.
      Examples…

      1. Juicy Joe pawing at her while driving home from breast enhancement surgery. “I’m like Joe, can I heal?”

      2. Sharing how they have sex 2 – 3 times a day.

      3. Leaving the kids with Albert and Caroline for hours to f*%$ Juicy Joe.
      If the cruise ship’s a rockn don’t come a knockn!

      4. Screaming in front of the entire group, “Spank me Joe!!!!”

      Amazingly, the only time Teresa has ever expressed to being MORTIFIED is because her exhausted little girl refuses to open her little eyes and blow out her birthday candles. UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!

  3. boston02127 says:

    Lynn, Well said! Great blog as usual. 5 stars!

    • Sha2000 says:

      Yes, great blog!

      “It will get to the point where she won’t be able to take them out shopping or to a restaurant because of their behavior. ”

      You forgot to say or too bankrupted to take them to Build-a-bear & Mc Donalds & then what will be their reactions?

      • Quincy IL says:

        I think we are already at that point. I would not take Teresa or Joe to a store either. Their behavior is obnoxious.

  4. WindyCityWondering says:

    Good Morning Lynn, great blog full of the stuff we wonder about!
    Just have to say – Dina has always looked like a plastic Barbie doll and is about as immature as the audience who would play with those dolls. YOU can’t be MY friend if you are friends with so and so……it seems like the plague of NJ housewives.

  5. Olivia says:

    This show is so fake it is laughable.

    Just read a column that suggests the “Housewives” are holding up any future negotiations due to money.

    Give me a break! Bravo plucked these nobodies from obscurity, paid for many of their trips, and allowed them to pimp their crap products for public consumption which added income to their bank accounts without expecting talent or ability to be prerequisites. Now they are all complaining.

    No one had ever heard of these “famewhores” before Bravo put out the call and if not for that opportunity they would forever remain unknown.

  6. boston02127 says:

    I don’t feel sorry for Caroline at all. She knew exactly what she was getting in when she agreed to go. She then convinced her husband to go against his wishes. He predicted exactly what the vacation would be like, kids! Weeks ago she cried on TV telling the world she’s bored now her kids are grown and wants her husband to retire. She complained that they do nothing together because of the Brownstone. If he has so little time to himself due to his work, plan your own vacation.
    I think Caroline is one of the biggest bullshitters on the show. It doesn’t matter if something is illegal or immoral or a blatant lie, if one of her family members are involved in it, she finds a way to justify it. She can act as self righteous as she wants, I’m not buying it for a second. She’s just as bad as the rest of them. The only difference is that Caroline can speak well, well enough to make some people believe her.

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      Glad to hear that someone else thinks she is so full of it that the stink is finally sticking to her!

    • chismosa says:

      go Boston- i have been calling out Caroline for weeks and weeks since season 1 and i am so glad to hear others dislike her too…

      not sure if you will see this late reply. so i may say it again later

    • Melanie says:

      To me this thing about Caroline- empty nest (Kids are STILL living with her) she seems to have no other friends…Join a Bunko group or start one.Get out and have fun at least once a month with you girlfriends,by that I mean truly have friends, not just family members who show up. Much less Kim G. I’m pretty sure she knows plenty @Kim G and that’s why she has no interest in her. I don’t go out to lunch with all of my kids friends mothers. GET A LIFE!
      Theresa’s kids are animals they way they scream, hit, whine, yee gads. I never put up with roughhousing etc. when my 3 kids were little. These children need to be corralled or maybe kenneled before they really do some damage.JMHO

  7. Ellabean says:

    From late on yesterdyas thread – reposting:

    Olivia, I think you’re right on the money with this. Bravo booked a package for a specific “x” number – then some cast members fell out/declined (Dina, Danielle & families). So extended families – grandparents etc. were put in.

    I did not watch last nite’s episode – just saw the previews – but have been reading everyone’s comments. I am aghast. Tree was looking for Chanel ??? !!! In Venice????I shake my head in disgust.

    “Schlepping” that stereotype “ugly American” clan around that beautiful European treasure. The horror.

    Has Italy broken off diplomatic relations with us yet ….?

  8. Olivia says:

    Who the hell is Dina Manzo anyway? Her “over the top” wedding a few years ago on another reality network is enough to convince her that she is a “star”?

    Unfortunately what it did do was unmask the meaning behind that “marriage” and put the spotlight on her cheating fiance who she had admitted to breaking up with several times during the course of the relationship due to his infidelity. Great start for Happily Ever After! He now appears to have gone AWOL.

    Dina wanted a large wedding to prove her worth. It kind of failed during the NJ episodes where she found herself eclipsed by Bad Girl Danielle, soon to be followed by Greedy Teresa. So she picked up her marbles and went home to cleanse herself of the bad vibes then ended up on Twitter months later shooting out daily pellets of hate.

    Spare me the “spirituality” crapola. About as “real” as Teresa’s wealth.

    • Quincy IL says:

      I suspect that Dina was the “pretty one” growing up in her large family.

      I am rather proud that Dina, a Bravo star, spends so much of her time thinking about our Lynn. Kelly is a devoted follower of our Lynn too. Jill doesn’t say much, but I bet she follows Lynn on twitter and here too. Remember Jill at the 17 shoot for her daughter when she stated that Kelly is with her and grinned like the Cheshire Cat? That’s what I am doing right now. Grinning, because Lynn is with us. LOL.

    • Quincy IL says:

      Do the people of Italy and the stores decorate for Christmas? If they do, then the time frame of the trip is probably Jan.

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      I got the impression that Dina thought she the star of the group too. She quickly got pushed aside and never regained her star status.

  9. Stephb says:

    Well said. They’re all nuts and making Danielle look good…. Can’t believe how terrible last nights episode was.

  10. Squirrels says:

    Great blog Lynn. I couldn’t help but laugh at 10 Inane/Insane Kelly Quotes –

    http://jezebel.com/5596985/10-inane-kelly-bensimon-quotes-from-out?skyline=true&s=i

    My favorite – “Mostly I’m just like ‘Huh? What?’ And then I look like I’m an airhead because I’m not engaging in stuff that I don’t understand.”

  11. boston02127 says:

    I think Dina is bitter about her life and time is creeping up on her. She has such a sad pathetic life with her husband. She made a super bad choice with him for the love of money and now she’s paying for it and living a lonely life. She thinks she’s “all that” when nobody else does, not even her husband. It’s more than obvious that she doesn’t get an ounce of attention. She’s what my friends and I call a clean slut.
    Clean as in pretty to look at but in the end a slut is a slut. She acts prim and proper but she’s not, she’s sneaky. The type you watch out for.

    • Squirrels says:

      Dina also mentioned via twitter yesterday that she wanted to go on the trip, too, but not both Manzo men could leave the Bstone at the same time. Um, yeah, right. You quit the show, remember?

  12. WindyCityWondering says:

    Wondering why initial reports of Joe’s accident said he went to a neighbor’s house and that has now morphed into his father’s house or a friend of his father’s house……

    • boston02127 says:

      @WCW–Because they all L-I-E.

    • error404 says:

      my guess is something like this:

      1. went to neighbor’s because close. Neighbor convinces him this is real shit trouble he’s in. He calls dad for help.
      2. dad says “i know a guy who can maybe fix this. come over.
      3. goes to dad’s, dad calls his “friend”, they go to dad’s “friend”s house to discuss details

      • Quincy IL says:

        So true. A bunch of geniuses came up with the let’s drink a bottle of scotch idea.

        • Sha2000 says:

          I’m not buying the story BUT, I do think this guy would be dumb enough to drink after a crash & before the police show up.

          • debbie says:

            he thinks that if he tells police he was upset after the crash and had a drink or two to calm down (with witnesses/friends) they can’t prove that he was drinking Before the accident..I think it’s called a glovebox defense. They all think they’re so slick on this show. It’s pitiful.

            • WindyCityWondering says:

              since this excuse has a name “glovebox defense” don’t these idiots realize the cops are on to it?

              • Earring Girl says:

                I saw that on CSI-Miami- it’s a very old trick and yes the police are wise to it unless they are in Mayberry!

  13. error404 says:

    http://kanyenewyorkertweets.com/

    Kanye West Tweets set as captions to New Yorker cartoons – LOL!

    Someone should do something like this for the RHONJ!

    Kiki’s tweets are too surreal for any cartoon. 😛

  14. Olivia says:

    Caroline is just another gasbag. For someone who cloaks herself in commonsense she sure can find some pretty elaborate excuses to defend what she calls “family” even in the face of the facts.

    Have we ever seen one episode where Teresa has not been late to a lunch or a dinner party that had to be delayed owing to her arrogance? Yet Caroline, who I believe actually honors some measure of punctuality, continues to giggle and find amusing this exhibition of blatant disregard for other people by claiming that this is just “Teresa being Teresa”.

    Trashley is forgiven for defending her “family” but I seriously doubt that in real life Caroline actually believes that for a minute. Trashley’s actions merely draw attention to the gangster reputation the Manzo’s have been trying to distance themselves from for years.

    And will she absolve Joe and Teresa for their excessive spending now that it is obvious that they have employed less than honesty in dealing with creditors? This is a woman who prides herself on how she has raised her children, how hard her husband works to provide for his family, and who is able to comment on Danielle’s children and their questionable environment so it will be interesting to see how she addresses these issues about the Guidice’s and still maintain her poise.

    So far, crickets coming from that camp.

    • Sha2000 says:

      Next season should be a lot more interesting; at least I hope so…

      • error404 says:

        Why, are they replacing the entire cast? lol

        I don’t know what’s sadder, s1 Caroline when she was Dina’s lapdog, or s2 Caroline alone in her kitchen with no one to talk to but the camera man. Maybe in s3 they can just have her live via satellite, like at an awards show. lol

        • WindyCityWondering says:

          This cast set this table – no one will film with Danielle, Caroline wants nothing to do with anyone who has even says Danielle’s name and has isolated herself in her kitchen, the Kims couldn’t build a bridge between the two camps and then we have to watch idiots and their misbehaving spawn! Clean the slate and give us NJ housewives who are more credible representations of what the “demographics” dictate!

    • error404 says:

      Caroline is as loyal as an old dog, even when it makes her look a fool. Sad really. It’s like the brainwashing version of “family”.

      • Sha2000 says:

        As I said below 404, a mixing of the HW’s would be great fun. Who wouldn’t be entertained by watching Luanne spend a week w/Teresa?

    • klmh says:

      I find defending a friend admirable and would do the same whatever the cost, if I loved them.
      How stupid did Caroline, and for that matter Dina, look when she stated emphatically the Giudici’s hadn’t declared bankruptcy and weren’t in financial difficulty a few months ago? They are obviously not privy to T&J’s finances and I’m sure didn’t appreciate looking like idiots in this regard. But it just proves we don’t know what we think we know about our friends and family…

  15. Ellabean says:

    I am nauseatingly reminded of OC’s “ugly American traveler” Vicki G. going to Italy last year with her mother and daughter. And I thought that was bad. She found the hotel rooms too small. Hey – you don’t live in the hotel room. Normal sighseers are curious and want to experience and enjoy the country- thus you spend little time IN the hotel room ! And recall when she ordered wine – “don’t you have California merlot ?” UGH!

    I would bet that Teresa, who proudly flaunts and uses her Italian heritage here in the USA on TV, couldn’t understand why Italy was not like the USA. I will bet that she found the European bathrooms not up to her cleansy standards. She most likely didn’t understand why everything was so ‘ old ‘ (much less the beauty and history). Geeze – in the good old USA – we buy new furniture that imitates “old” with cash to imitate taste and style and sense of history. Brand new is always better ! Ugh!

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      And at the family reunion all the Italian members will see her and her kids as nasty Americans! Tradition aside – Teresa is a disgrace to Italians, Italian-Americans and as a representation of a housewife!

      • Obsessed with RH says:

        As an Italian I refuse to even allow her to call herself Italian. The fact that she promotes that book and even uses the word Italian in the title is disgraceful. Just because her last name ends in a vowel does not make her Italian. Her PARENTS don’t even speak Italian properly. Its horrific to listen to. She should change her book to “Skinny Foreheadless Guidette.”

  16. boston02127 says:

    Jill’s tweet—-BrittGastineau: Yummy dinner w @lisagastineau @Jillzarin @pattistanger @AllyZarin @heathermcdonald @brookemueller at xiv

    Talk about poo hanging with poo. The Gastineau’s, Fatty Stanger, Brook Mueller, and desperate Jill. What a rotten bunch. All Jill seems to do lately is tweet about food. I hope she blows up like a moose.

    • LynnNChicago says:

      Don’t forget, she pours her drink on her leftover food to ensure she doesn’t eat too much….I’m sure her dinner mates are thrilled with this behavior.

    • error404 says:

      sorry..

      @heathermcdonald = who?
      and
      @brookemueller = who?

      • boston02127 says:

        @error—Heather is a stand up comedian, she’s on Chelsea Lately a lot. Brooke is Charlie Sheen’s wife.

        • error404 says:

          thanks!

          ewww… were Fawn Hall, Paula Jones and Jennifer Flowers not available that day? lol

          • Ellabean says:

            I know who all those babes are. Unfortunately. Fawn Hall – where are ye these days ? Still with Ollie North? 😉

            • babykakes says:

              use to see her at the Barrington Dog Park in Los Angeles all the time a couple of years ago…her husbandwas very sick & died. have not seen her in at least 2 years, maybe a little more. she was very nice.

      • vilzvet says:

        Have no idea who McDonald is but poor brooke is Charlie Sheen’s troubled wife, right?

    • Ellabean says:

      I’ve seen a few Jill references to hanging out with those dreadful talentless celeb wannabee’s: the Gastineau mother and daughter. Anybody remember their short lived E! network reality show? “The Gastineau Girls”. It made the Kardashians look like Masterpiece Theater. The mom, Lisa, was so desperate in trying to be youthful like her 20-something old daughter. Lisa was married to ex-footballer, Mark Gastineau, and had the daughhter – before Mark ran off with that Danish blonde Amazon (who’s name escapes me) – who then married Sylvetser Stallone for 5 minutes…and was on Celebrity Rehab.

      I apologize for this meaningless trivia !

      • Olivia says:

        Brigitte Nielsen. And I think the “link” is based on their all sharing the same talent agency or publicists.

        • Ellabean says:

          Yes – that’s her. Thanks, Olivia. Agreed on the link. But what exactly do those Gastineaus do to be in ‘show biz’ these days? Attend ribbon cutting ceremonies at mall openings ? Be those models standing next to cars at auto shows?

          Oh – that would be Kelly.

      • Gina says:

        The 6 foot, peroxide blonde, two pack a day smoker, recovering alcoholic you mentioned is Brigette Neilson.

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      Does she think anyone really cares who she is hanging out with? And does she think these people are credible examples of her fabulous circle of friends?

    • Rabble Rouser says:

      Jill might as well have dinner with Tiger Wood’s mistresses- at least the head whore has 10 million bux rather than the rest of that broke lot.

  17. Olivia says:

    Sorry, I just cannot envision another season of either NJ or NYC. Where do they go from here?

    They have already covered fraudulence, backstabbing friends, strippers, sex tapes, insane outbursts, boob jobs, liposuction, gigolo’s, nudity, felonious behavior, bankruptcy, and drunk drivers. What’s left?

    • Sha2000 says:

      Whats left is what happens to the Guidices (if they actually show that), will Kim G (I know how you love her Olivia, lol) become an official housewife & how will NY fair if Bethenny is not on the show?

    • boston02127 says:

      @Olivia–Death. If we can be so lucky.

    • error404 says:

      I don’t see NYC as anything like the other HW shows, like AT ALL… mostly because, as my work wife said after having the show described to her: “But they’re not housewives at all!” lol

      unlike the other RH shows, NY actually has jobs and events and real products to hawk… seeing Kiki and Lulu go to Nicole Miller for the 4th time might be Zzzzz but it is at least Fashion Week, not some poxy mall store throwing a tacky event at one of the HW’s catering hall! Besides, the new HW’s might spice it up… I somehow suspect Kiki and Lulu won’t be back to see another Nicole Miller show, but I could be wrong

      • Olivia says:

        For me they are all the same. The fashion shows, luncheons, cooking classes being held in someone’s kitchen, charity events, doctor’s appointments, all act as the background for setting up the sequence of the “storyline” that follows.

        Each event is nothing more than the venue used to keep the flow of the conversation describing the next event with the promise of “conflict” to come.

        The first episode (and the last for me) of the DC Housewives had Tyra’s chef preparing something in the Stacie’s kitchen. Flashback to Ramona doing the same along with Bethenny preparing a meal at Jill’s. NJ may have only featured the preparation of the “sauce” but none of these episodes were actually about the food. It was used to propel the dialogue and upcoming scenes that contained the premise of potential drama.

        The same with the fashion shows. We saw only fleeting images of models advancing down the runway because the scene had been set to promote the conflict itself. Who was sitting next to whom. Who was calling out the other. Who refused to sit in the second row. Who flounced out in a state of agitation.

        Accompany them to any restaurant, diner, or bar and the background fades as they discuss the latest misstep of another as they build up the suspense.

        Never actually watched OC or Atlanta, but I’ll bet money that these same “set ups” were in evidence as well.

        • Sha2000 says:

          I would love to see some “mash-up” shows. First choice would be the Countess having to spend a week in NJ at the Guidice home; lol, that would be great tv!

    • Quincy IL says:

      Dina joins a nunnery, Teresa goes to clown college, Jacqueline eats the contents of a bakery, Caroline and Al enter couple’s therapy where Al is silent and Caroline complains about Al, and Danielle has regular conversations with the voices in her head for the entire season.

  18. moriasheehan says:

    Great blog, Lynn. Since I haven’t seen the show, I am basing this on all the posts and blog. I don’t think teresa will stop taking her kids places cause she doesn’t see anything wrong with their behavior. she was obviously brought up the same way. No respect for others, no consequences for bad actions, just spoiled rotten. Makes me wonder about her parents. They must be awfully spineless to have let her grow up this way. since her kids are just like her, of course she thinks they are wonderful. Unless stores and restaurants refuse her entry with those brats, she will continue to inflict them on the public. They will end up terrible bullies in school, too. My daughter was bullied by a boy down the street who would bully the other kids into hitting her, so he was “innocent”. When i confronted the his parents, I was told it was my daughters fault for talking back to their precious son, she was too “mouthy” for a GIRL, and they could see where it came from, meaning, me. Well, I am GLAD I raised a daughter who wasn’t afraid to stand up for herself. The boy is now a man in prison for assaulting another MOUTHY female. I hope for a better outcome in teresa’s children’s lives. Maybe if mom and dad go to jail, they would be raised by someone with better parenting skills.
    My other thought is a question. I have never been on a cruise, but all the commercials I have seen, show lots of activities for children. So was this an adults only type of cruise?
    Also, from what I read, she had a crummy dinner of adults for one of her girls, how awful for her daughter, especially compared to the party thrown for teresa jr. (gia). I did see the episode with gia’s BD and the second oldest looked like she was going to cry all the time. maybe it was cause she knew that her BD would not be a great party like gia’s. teresa favors that girl over her sisters, IMO.
    Thanks for letting me rant.

    • Laura aka Just done says:

      @moira – a cruise can be a fabulous vacation for kids (I’ve taken my son on quite a few) BUT you have to be careful. The cruise line should have a camp (it didn’t look like this one did) AND your child(ren) must be well-behaved. I say MUST simply because your child is put out of their element, and if they are bratty, they will wind up calling the parent to pick them up. The first time my son went to one of these camps on a ship, he cried and we picked him up. Second day, he knew better. LOL 🙂

      • jiggylicious says:

        This ship was definitely not The Disney Cruise Line! Yes, Moria, there are different kinds of cruise ships. Some cater to singles, couples, and some are family oriented. This ship was not for kids.

        • Rabble Rouser says:

          I have been planning and dreaming about taking out family on the “Disney Dream” next year. Now that is a great cruise line for families- complete with adult only area’s for the people who don’t want to be surround by young kids the entire time- especially at the pool. Although, one can not be sure there isn’t just as much pee-pee in the 18+ only pool at least the thought it there.

          When I watched this show, I could tell by the gaudy ornateness of the ship- that it was not meant for children. Especially, when Al and Caroline had the kids had had nowhere to bring them other than the ‘Teen Club’- which may as well have been she-shee foo-foo cocktail lounge.

          I almost felt sorry for those kids.

          • jiggylicious says:

            Rabble- You should definitely go on the Walt Disney Cruise Line. My husband and I have been on the Magic 4 times. No need to worry about pee in the adult pool. the Disney police do not allow kids in the 18+ area. It’s great!

            • What cruise did you do on the Magic?

              Have you seen the virtual portholes on the Dream and not to mention the AquaDuck?

              • jiggylicious says:

                Whoops, I mean Disney Wonder. We’ve done the 3 and 4 night cruises that go to Nassau and Castaway Cay (which is the best part of the trip). The virtual portholes on the Dream look cool. It freaks me out a bit that the water coaster juts out from the ship and over the ocean. Yikes!

    • I’ve been on a few cruises. I don’t have kids, but some people I’ve traveled with do & the kids had a blast. Of course, their parents made sure they were signed up for Camp Carnival & made use of it. If they wanted a sit-down family meal in the main dining room, they had early seating (about 6:30-6:45). If they wanted the kids to experience “Formal Night,” they made sure the kids had naps & dressed & acted appropriately. What I think happened to Milania is that she was kept up all day long & only allowed back into her cabin to get ready for an obviously late dinner (customary in Europe). No wonder she passed out—she was exhausted, and probably bored out of her mind.

      And yes, Costa does have a kids program: http://www.costacruise.com/B2C/USA/AboutCruising/family/family.htm

  19. boston02127 says:

    Did you ever get together with a certain friend and something odd/bad happens and the two of you laugh quietly. Sort of like being in church and seeing something funny but you can’t laugh and it’s even funnier because you can’t laugh. That’s how I would have been at Teresa’s house when Jacqueline’s mother broke that vase. I would of had to hide so I could laugh.

    • Anitabee says:

      I guess I am uncouth cuz I would have just laughed out loud. It was amazing to see how unbelievable Teresa acted right after declaring bankruptcy. I am suprised she didn’t jump up, run out of the house, and replace them right away.

      • WindyCityWondering says:

        I would have laughed too! Then said how lucky that the kids were not hurt and not to worry Jacq would replace it since her mom broke it………

  20. OneMoreinBoston says:

    You know, I’ve been thinking a lot about Olivia.

    Or rather what Olivia has had to say about Bravo’s RH being a series of calculated set ups to manufactures “real” experiences.

    It has been suggested on other blogs that Bravo is PISSED OFF at T-man and Juicy Joe, because Bravo was not informed to the extent of their financial problems, until they were in the middle of filming this season.

    Doesn’t it seem as though they are showing Theresa in the just worst possible light ever? Yes, her behavior and her children’s behavior were gawd awful, but weren’t they always that way? In previous seasons we just saw them in smaller doses.

    Danielle is now being shown as positively rational-or was she always rational? But now Bravo has turned away from her as the villain (because c’mon she really has turned out to be the victim) and is now setting their sights on the truer villains in the cast.

    I don’t know maybe I have too much time on my hands but there doesn’t there seem to be a story within a story?

    Was anyone else surprised that the “thick as thieves” Manzo’s and Guiduice’s parents had never met before? Wasn’t everyone at their wedding or at least one of the christenings? After all, isn’t every event held at the Brownstone?

    Other random observations:

    -Albert was actually pretty good with the girls, and seemed to be enjoying them.

    -Juicy Joe looks ROUGH! His face is so puffy, and he seems exhausted. Maybe the flashes from the cameras hurt his eyes at the christening because he was so hung over? And he has a serious bad attitude. I think these two are on the brink if not already separated and divorced.

    • vilzvet says:

      You could be absolutely right. Bravo is getting some good-ass revenge on T and J. Makes perfect sense. Yeah we viewers have to suffer but I’m thinking this could all be worth it down the line, lolol!!

      • WindyCityWondering says:

        If these people could not be shown in a better light it would be different – they are exactly what they are on camera because they want to be! Joe so doesn’t like his wife. Chris can not parent Ashley because Jacq won’t let him. Caroline protects everyone and now looks like a fool doing so. Danielle hasn’t changed and her storyline is so lame – but because of the other’s lunatic behavior she looks better than them. Bravo is doing nothing to make them look bad – they are just giving us the goods!!!

      • kk says:

        I think Bravo is exacting revenge because of Joe’s bigoted gay comment last year. Bravo has a large Gay male audience and I bet they posted several negative comments to their office.

    • Anitabee says:

      Teresa will never leave Joe. What would she do since she thinks she is too pretty to work? This twit actually believes she wrote a best selling cookbook. We all know it was ghostwritten for her.

      • Add this in while you’re wondering, remember the scene where Teresa says that she has this “tradition” about having, “baby’s first dance”? And then DINA comes on and says that she’s NEVER heard of that before?
        So Dina admits right there that she hasn’t been to Teresa’s other Baptisms OR Teresa was lying about the whole “tradition”-(it can’t be both!)

  21. tweatcyn says:

    I actually DID fall asleep 5 minutes into the episode. I’ll catch it on reruns-plenty of those. Lol, I play with Alex and Bethenny so was blocked by Zarin and KKB. I play with Lynn and was blocked by Dina.No loss. Dina just tweets promos for her “charity” and her zen jen crap.Try and google Tommy Manzo sometime. Internet scrubbed of all photos and videos of him. Interesting.

    • Squirrels says:

      Hey tweatcyn – i did just that, google Tommy. This was posted last month, but for those, like me, who’ve not seen it yet. Dina tells why she left the show and what Danielle did to cause her exit.

      http://www.realitytea.com/tag/tommy-manzo/

      • boston02127 says:

        @Squirrels– I think that’s more Dina b/s. I’d bet Dina is in the wrong on this one. I don’t think she forgot to sign the contracts. It probably had something to do with money.

      • Rabble Rouser says:

        The story doesn’t add up.

        If Dina’s ex actually did give consent and signed signed the papers, then Danielle’s claims that that Dina forged them would be dead in the water. The ex’s family would have also been aware of this. Her ex would also have had the contact information for the shows production if he was given a contract. What was especially weird was the remark “My ex didn’t beleive Danielle’s claims” . Huh? How and why would Danielle go to her ex, telling him that he didn’t sign the the contract to allow his child to be on the show if he in fact did?

        How would have that conversation went?

        Danielle “Dina forged your signature to allow Lexi to be on the show!”

        Ex “No, she didn’t. I gave consent”

        Danielle “No, you didn’t”

        Ex “Yes, I did”

        Danielle “Oh, no you didnant”

        Ex “Yes, I did”

        Danielle “Did not- here call the producers and ask them”

        Ex ” I will”

        Danielle “Go ahead, I am telling the truth”

        Ex “No, I don’t beleive you.”

        How would the end result come out as him not ‘believing’ Danielle’s allegations? Belief implies that despite doubts or lack of proof you accept something to be true- if Dina’s ex did give consent then BELIEF has nothing to do with this or would not come into play.

        I am guessing that her ex did not see the contract or give expressed permission for his daughter to be on the show. I beleive he probably assumed that Bravo did not require both of their consent since Dina appears to have primary physical custody. Danielle probably ran to him and told him that both parents had to agree since she would have known that her ex- Tom had to agree to it.

        Do I think Danielle was happy to stir the shit pot- YES.

        But Dina and her deception is the real culprit here.

        • jennifer says:

          I agree with this- good “convo” lol. I’ve always thought- if Dina really didn’t forge her ex’s signature on contract then why not have Lexi back on show again, and why leave show….

          I bet ex had no clue he needed to sign contract and Danielle called him up and said, did you know you needed to sign and Dina forged your signature? Either the ex said take Lexi off show or I sue, or Dina convinced ex Danielle was lying and he didn’t ahve to sign and that why he didn’t “believe” her. I also find it funny Dina’s claim that Danielle is harshing Lexi’s family by filming in salon b/c as Lynn pointed out you need owners permission to film so obviously they have no issue with Danielle…..

          • WindyCityWondering says:

            so now the relative of Dina’s ex who asked Danielle about the Bravo contract as it relates to kids on the show is totally out of the scenerio? If Danielle gave this person phone numbers and this person pursued it is it Danielle’s fault that Dina was less than honest with her ex husband as it related to Lexi being on the show?
            I don’t say this in defense of Danielle’s part in this – but when you have Caroline crying that Danielle tried to get Lexi taken away from Dina then there is a whole lotta something something going on between Dina and her ex……..

  22. Anitabee says:

    I was waiting for a moment that never came.

    The moment when Caroline simply lost her sh*t over her stupidity for letting her family follow Teresa all over Italy. I thought at one point during the talking heads she was going to start bawling at the sheer frustration of “Teresa just being Teresa”.
    Albert must love her because he was a good sport about the whole thing while Mama Carolina was not and it was because of her that he was there.

    And of course Dina couldn’t go — with Albert gone, someone needed to stay home to make sure Tommy didn’t wear all of Dina’s fabulous clothes to the Brownstone.

    • Gina says:

      I just don’t understand why Caroline always feels the need to say,
      “That’s just Teresa being Teresa” every time Teresa is late, spending too much money, over indulging her children with clothes and “things”.

      If Caroline’s own children acted this way you know she would be pissed!!!
      You can read Caroline’s face that she doesn’t “approve”, but she never admits it outloud. No calls out Teresa for anything except Danielle. I just don’t get it!

      • Anitabee says:

        Makes you wonder, right? How is Teresa going to handle the auction of her personal belongings? When is it going to hit her? I mean it’s only been a week since last week’s humiliating stunt on the View.

  23. Squirrels says:

    An excerpt from Zapit re: Joe being juiced.

    “According to reports at the time, though, Joe’s story doesn’t match up with police records. After responding to the 911 call, police arrived at the scene of the accident and Joe was taken to Morristown Memorial Hospital. While there, blood was drawn that found Joe’s blood alcohol level above the legal limit. Montville police then charged him with a DUI.

    Then, as if the poor guy didn’t have enough to deal with that night, the police found he had outstanding warrants in the neighboring town of Clifton. The Clifton police then took custody of Joe and he was released later that day.”

    • Ellabean says:

      Oh my gawd. This video of Teresa doing a personal appearance at an Italian restaurant in – – Macungie, Pennsylvania. She can barely talk for such a local yokel TV station interview.

      I KNOW Macungie, Pa. “Macungie” is an Indian name that means:
      Bear Swamp.

      I kid you not !

      • moriasheehan says:

        teresa must have got them to agree not to ask about the bankruptcy, what a useless ass kissing interview. that lady, eve, her lips must be chapped. what a suck up. and the guy afterwards, talking about how he likes that they eat dinner together every night. GAG, PUKE,HURL.

  24. Ellabean says:

    I have a feeling that Caroline will not be back for another season – her choice. She ‘ll go the way of Dina. She has very little to say in her talking heads – no story line – a flat affect. I think she is “over it”. Husband Albie is probably over the show as well. They probably signed on for fun – also thinking it would plug the Brownstone – and help the kids on the start of their careers . Now they see the non-results. I will say that Caroline is not a famewhore and has nothing more she wants to promote – unlike so many of the wives in all the franchises.

  25. vilzvet says:

    Nominate this for best blog ever! Sooooo right on! Spot on about the cut rate cruise they got, Jacq did mention they were 21 peeps which was probably the cut-off allowed to get to the 30-max total. Who goes to Italy in freezing winter, lolol!!! And that was surely an adults-only cruise, there was NOTHING except that stupid little playroom for kids to enjoy. Loved the Kelly charity saga, she is too much! Your response was perfect, unless it involves “jogging” (gag me) she does squat/zilch in the name of charity.

  26. boston02127 says:

    from The Envelope 8/9
    How refreshing to see that one of the “Real Housewives” is actually still married. This weekend in Las Vegas, Jill Zarin (of the New York wives) celebrated 10 years of wedded bliss with husband Bobby.

    Holding court at Las Vegas’ Union Restaurant and Lounge in the Aria, the couple snacked on lobster and even got a visit from fellow cast member Kelly Bensimon before Union stargazers toasted them with a personalized cake.

  27. Squirrels says:

    From the Hollywood Gossip – Joe’s charges.

    “Giudice was taken to the Morristown Memorial Hospital. After a blood sample was taken, he was charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, careless driving, and failure to maintain a traffic lane.

    But that’s not all!

    The incident tipped off the nearby Clifton Police Department, which proceeded to arrest Joe on an outstanding warrant for a number of city ordinance violations. He posted $2,625, got out of jail around 6 a.m. and headed home… to face the wrath of his four children and insane wife.

    Good luck, buddy!”

    He’s turning into a one man show.

  28. boston02127 says:

    I kind of felt sorry Milania last night. After Gia’s birthday party! She was upset and said, I don’t want an eat party. Who can blame her? I’m surprised Caroline didn’t chime in and say “it’s not about you birthday girl”.

    • Sha2000 says:

      I agree, and I have to say “eat party” is cute; so was the baby last week when she nodded her head. There are moments when they are just cute little girls but it does seem the editors prefer to show us the very worst on these shows.

      • moriasheehan says:

        Favoritism for one child over another, that is just wrong.

        • WindyCityWondering says:

          Gotta agree it is like Gabriella is like a forgotten child – she is shown off by herself and eating something. Gia is the favorite, Milania is second and the baby is still accessory status…..The older two know where they stand and Gabriella is being skipped over. I was pissed when Teresa went after her instead of Milania for the hitting/packing incident. Teresa is going to end up with daughters who hate each other at this rate.

          • moriasheehan says:

            it seems like in a lot of families with multiple kids, one is always the scapegoat. number 1 reason i had 1 kid.

          • Rabble Rouser says:

            I think I disagree.

            I think Teresa was right to try and comfort the hurt child instead of going after the offender . If she left Gabby there to cry and chased after to sc Miliana to scold , she would have in effect been giving more attention than she deserves- and neglecting the needs of Gabby.

            • WindyCityWondering says:

              Sure Gabriella should have been comforted but Milania should have been right there too, comforting her sister and made to apologize and told again that hitting is not acceptable behavior.

      • WindyCityWondering says:

        Milania is not stupid -she saw what Gia got, then the christening for Audriana……..she get’s cake on a boat!

    • Rabble Rouser says:

      I felt bad for her too. The should have just taken pictures of her sleeping beside her cake for memories sake and let that child sleep. It was obviously late or the kids were jet lagged- every child was sleeping including little CJ back in the cabin.

      I also thought that cake looked hideous especially for a 4 year old.

      • WindyCityWondering says:

        Teresa said there were potato chips on it???

        • Rabble Rouser says:

          Yes, I heard that too. I saw some sort of crust on the side that had the appearance of burnt potato chips, but I could say for sure if they were or not.

          All I know is if I was 4 years old and someone woke me up from needed sleep and put that in front of me, I would cry too.

  29. Ellabean says:

    I am still scratching my head at what really went on that night prior to the car accident.

    Dinner with all of them which included the visiting, Tamra Barney. I do remember reading that in real time.

    Hmmm. And Teresa went home early ?

    Jury is out on this mystery. I want more info.

  30. Earring Girl says:

    Tweets from Caroline l:

    Do I know T or do I know T????
    about 14 hours ago via Facebook .

    Now THAT was a stupid decision…..
    about 14 hours ago via Facebook .

    I think he fell asleep. We were out pretty late.
    about 14 hours ago via Facebook .

    we were all together, sorry, he WAS with T. He Was Not Drunk….would never have let him get in the car.
    about 14 hours ago via Facebook .

    ok, i’m here! Italy here we come!
    about 14 hours ago via Facebook

    and there you have it folks……… PS…. I was not a happy camper in Italy
    8:01 PM Aug 2nd via Facebook

    • Earring Girl says:

      Sorry, I sent this before I finished. I wanted to say the tweets were from last night as she watched the show. Now who was with them at this dinner? It seems as though the whole clan was there but why was Joe travelling alone – this story gets stranger by the minute. Also note on August 2 she said that she was not a happy camper in Italy. Just MHO

    • boston02127 says:

      @Earring Girl—-Okay Caroline, whatever you say. And I’m going to go dust my tiara, jump in my Lamborghini and I’m off to school at Harvard.

      Have a good day everyone.

    • babykakes says:

      wasn’t Joe drinking before they left for the chrisening/wedding?
      and was it not Joe who drove them there?

  31. Sadie says:

    I saw the previews and had to tune in.

    The scene of Joe and Chris at the bar discussing Danielle was out of left field, I thought it was only the women that got of on Danielle bashing.

    The scenes of Teresa’s screaming children were painful to watch. Does production really think this is entertaining or is Bravo purposely trying to get to sabotage this show?

    I Hate Jill Zarin

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      The boys dissing Danielle in the bar was really telling – in that their wives only act the way they act because of her….when all the housewives say the same thing – ignore Danielle but they don’t so how can it be Danielle’s fault!

      • Quincy IL says:

        What can they safely discuss in the bar? They can’t discuss what a spendoholic Teresa is. They can’t discuss how much Jacqueline is drinking on the trip or how much she ate? The only conversation that they can have without slaying members of their own family is about Danielle.

    • Rabble Rouser says:

      The guys talking about Danielle at the bar was their way of ensuring they had their private moment on the show.

      It seems like “Danielle” is the magic word on RHWNJ

  32. sugarmagnolia10 says:

    I don’t think the hitting between Teresa’s kids was bad. They are 3 and 5….they have no impulse control and do the only thing they know how to do. Now, the REACTION to the hitting was not okay, IMHO. I have 3 girls ages 1, 2, and 3. They hit, pinch, and bite occasionally, 99% when they are frustrated or tired. That being said, I go out of my way to never put them in adult situations. And, they always get time outs for acting out against their sisters. Teresa asking Caroline and Albert to babysit so she could have free time….what a bitch. C and A have raised their kids, and did their time and really wanted time to themselves. And, even though Albert was great with the kids, he was very clear that he wanted an adult vacation. But of course, Teresa thinks it’s all about her….I feel bad for Caroline that she was put in that position. She obviously felt that she couldn’t say no….even though she should have.

    I would’ve been pissed when I saw all of that luggage….I hate traveling with high maintenance people!

    • suzyq says:

      Remember in season 1 when Teresa took Gia for a photo shoot? Her luggage was ridiculous. This whole Giudice family is so disgusting. Hope the courts give them what they so rightfully deserve. Arrogant, entitled A-holes!

  33. boston02127 says:

    One more thing before I have to log off. Does anyone know the exact date of Joe’s arrest? I want to look up who tweeted what on that date.

  34. Sha2000 says:

    Wow, only Danielles blog is up…seems like they may have been waiting to see what the blogs said first.

  35. jezzibel says:

    Out of all the crap episodes of RHONJ, I actually smiled at bits of this one..rather then my usual cringing,eyerolling andfastforwarding.
    Chris and Alibe teasing their parents, was smile worthy
    Jaq’s mom breaking that over sized Satsuma Vase..hilarious
    Al and one of the kids chasing pigeons..Al with the kids in general was funny
    The only genuine moment from the Guidices was when Joes was hugging his daughter when she woke him up to tell him it was her birthday.
    I thought the Jaq and Chris taking the cooking class together was cute. Even though i suspect both of them already know how to make pesto sauce…if I was getting instruction on how to cook something I’d want to learn something new.

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      thanks for bringing up the lighter, nicer moments as we tend to forget them in the chaos! Albert is my favorite because he sees the absurd, predicts the obvious and rolls with a smile through it all.

  36. Gina says:

    Saw Bethanny on Chelsea Lately last night. As always a class act. Chelsea even called her the “only housewife I like”.

    • emt2 says:

      I’m sorry but no one really cares about a 40 year-old woman who may be anorexic. The whole too skinny thing is something young Hollywood starlets do to insure that they are in the papers: ie. Nicole Ritchie, Lindsay Lohan, Tori Spelling, Heidi Montag, etc. Not 40+ plus aged women.

      It’s so boring and contrived. Anorexia is a real problem and not something to talk about in order to get attention.

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  38. skinnygirl2b - a loyal reader says:

    I love it! Thank you. I also love that fact that these women know you are a force to be reckon with. Your blog to me is spot on Everytime.

  39. lillybee says:

    The only ones I liked last night were Chris and Albie. It seems that Caroline did a good job raising her boys.

  40. Laurie in Detroit says:

    Uhhhh…. why no blogs up on the Bravo website from the NJ gals? Nothing, nada… since June. Hysterical!

    As for Joe, it’s clear he’s a man in crisis. Stays out drinking, wrecks his car… is in hock up to his eyeballs and may get criminal charges as well. And his wife just continues to spend, spend, spend. She is the most annoying and self-absorbed woman NOT to see that her husband needs her love and support, and HELP during this time. He’s certainly throwing out enough clues to the situation. Rather, she continues to be the self-indulgent bitch she always is. He is gonna dump her as soon as he can.

    • viki55 says:

      http://www.bravotv.com/the-real-housewives-of-new-jersey/season-2/blogs/danielle-staub/come-one-come-all

      Somehow Sha200 was able to get to this one. She posted the link earlier.

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      Teresa is just being Teresa

    • sweet pea says:

      I agree. Their marraige was only a partnership until the financial fiasco. They need to sit down and discuss a realistic budget then stick to it. Teresa lives in fantasy land. She keeps digging the hole deeper. You can see the stress on Joe in his face and in his actions. I don’t feel sorry for him at all, but she is not owning her part in the mess or even admitting there is a mess. She will be in denial until they are either in jail or living with someone else. Maybe Caroline and Albert will welcome them and their well behaved children into their household when t&j are homeless. That would certainly give Caroline something to do. It would also give Albert a reason to stay at work!

  41. error404 says:

    fantastic blog Lynn! (as always)

    I have 3 questions:

    1. ” Most schools have a zero tolerance for any physical interaction. (my son was sent home in kindergarten for hugging another child) You simply cannot touch another child, no exceptions. That may be a little extreme, but he has never touched another classmate since. ” Was he hugging someone who didn’t want to be hugged? I’m confused.

    2. “For those who continue to think that Dina is a classy and nice cat lady, she’s not! She’s the most immature and self-important housewife (or ex-housewife in her case).” what places are the 3 Lauritas? Why is Caroline so bossy if she isn’t even the oldest? Why is Dina so spoiled if she isn’t the youngest? Aren’t they 3 middle kids?

    3. “A fellow twitter, who I don’t know asked Kelly how to start a charity that could help out Housewives in New York City who need help. ” what? huh? wha…? What housewives and why do they need help? Uninsured housewives in NYC with cancer or something? None of this makes sense.

  42. MickeyMouth says:

    When Danielle is being praised as the most normal in the RHONJ franchise, it’s time to stick a fork in it.

  43. I went on one cruise in my life. It was great. Actually, it was I think the last or second to last sailing of a ship called, “The Big Red Boat”, and the cruise company, Premier, is out of business now. There were over 400 children on our crossing and a lot of passengers got off in Rhode Island because they had not been warned about that.
    I would have gone on more cruises after that, but I have a strange condition called, Mal de Barq, which means that I get kind of a reverse seasickness. (yeah-it was an episode of House)
    The “sickness” is that when I get off of a ship, the ground feels like it is moving, and for me it didn’t stop for about 2 weeks. People who get it are prone to getting it again, and there have been cases where it never wears-off.-So I don’t want to risk a long-term or permanent case of it.
    I mention the boat in case anyone else here cruised with us-I ‘d like to give a shout out, and I know that some of the families that we cruised with in 1999 lost family members in the World Trade Center a few years later, so I think about them sometimes.
    Anyhoo—-with my limited cruise experience, I did know one thing, and that is that people who cruise LOVE to post reviews online. I searched & searched last night and didn’t find anyone mentioning cruising with a large party of 20 & camera crew etc. Since Lynn mentioned how EMPTY the public areas of the ship looked, I am almost certain that the Housewives sailed on the first voyage of that ship, which was open only for people in the travel industry.
    The Costa Deliziazo’s first trip was in February 2010, after a practice run in late 2009, and it either left Venice, or stopped there, it also did a 100 day world-wide trip. It also looks like Dubai is one of its ports.
    The trip that the Housewives took may have been the only one for that ship that was in Venice.
    Just thought I’d mention that since I did look for ‘sightings” of the group, but so far I haven’t seen anything. People who bumped into them in Italy may have posted or chatted about it online, but it could be in Italian.
    I am pretty sure that if regular paying customers were subjected to hearing Teresa wailing like a stuck pig, that there would be some complaints about that.

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      It would make sense to put this group on a ship without other passengers to avoid the liability/complaints from other passengers, etc and to save money since it was such a large group.

    • vgirl511 says:

      @housewifehater – I too went on a cruise with Premier cruise lines, on “The Big Red Boat” although, we sailed out of Florida to the Bahamas. I can’t remember the exact date but it was either late 1999 or early 2000. I remember that they went bankrupt or out of business a few months after our cruise. My kids were very little at the time, but I believe the ship was some how associated with ‘Looney Toones’. I also remember our boat looked like a tugboat next to the brand new Disney cruise ship! I did not get seasick on that cruise. I went on another cruise just last month. This time on Carnival Cruise lines, out of New York, to Canada. There was A LOT for the kids to do! I wasn’t seasick on the cruise but experienced the same ‘reverse seasickness’ that you were talking about, although I didn’t know there was an actual name for it. It made me crazy for about 2 weeks as well! I am glad to hear it’s not just me!!

      • We may have been on the same ship! Ours went to Nova Scotia & Halifax, and yeah our boat looked little next to the Carnival.
        I kept waiting to see towel animals on the ship last night-it was the highlight of our trip, besides the food of course.
        I tried out my sea-legs recently and I could not even get off of a dock to get onto a sailboat. The minute I stepped on the floating-dock everything started moving and when I got back onto the land it was still moving for about ten minutes. No way am I chancing a 7 day cruise, but when I was on board The Big Red Boat I dreamed about one of those global cruises. I’m keeping my eyes out for a treatment or a cure for the strange condition, people have gone so far as to get brain surgery when they can’t get relief.
        I really think it has to do with the inner ear or something like that?

        • vgirl–it was also on an episode of “Mystery Diseases” or whatever the name of that show is. It literally translates to bad dis-embarkment.
          People who have it bad have been treated like hypochondriacs and there doesn’t seem to be a perfect treatment for it.

          • vgirl511 says:

            The cruise I just went on in July went to St. John and Halifax. While I was on the ship I could feel that we were moving, and it bothered me, but it wasn’t that bad. When we got back, and I was doing simple every day things, like taking a shower, sitting at my desk or running on the treadmill, I felt like I was still moving. It was so strange, but it wasn’t constant, it seemed to come and go. My kids had the best time on the cruise (they especially loved room service!)and would love to go again, but knowing this makes me hesitate! I wouldnt want to be stuck with that feeling forever!!

    • I had that from the very first cruise that I took in 2004. Took 2 weeks to wear off, but wasn’t too annoying. I’ve sailed twice since then & didn’t get it, but on those cruises, my cabin was on one of the lower decks. They now build ships with incredible stabilizers, so you barely feel the motion unless you’re in very rough seas.

  44. Oh-and I looked-up the Murano rings online and the most expensive one was $17.95.
    I really think Chanel was closed on purpose!
    I’m really starting to think that Teresa has a psychological shopping disorder.
    She made a comment, like, “at least I got to buy something.”, and she just sounded so relieved about it.

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      Watching her running around, repeating Chanel, Chanel, Chanel – disregarding the grandparents, no concern for her children’s whereabouts – focused only on shopping – very, very sad. And she scored a gawdy, glass ring and was happy about it! She is so desperate to continue her fabulous fantasy life………while everyone around her is stunned into silence by her behavior.

  45. OMG, what a horrible bunch of people! And thank God they cruised on Costa, & not Carnival! I love Carnival & would have hated watching this group of baboons trash one of their ships.

    Nope, not feeling the least bit sorry for Caroline, none whatsoever. Control freak nightmare sister-in-law, who tells everyone else who they can & cannot hang around with, as well as not considering a brother’s wife to be a “real” member of the family until she pushes a baby out deserved exactly what she got watching those brats. Now most cruise lines do have kids’ programs, so why weren’t these little darlings dumped off there? They would have had a much better time, believe me…I’ve seen enough kids being dragged forcibly from Camp Carnival at closing time to know otherwise.

    And once more, we’re subjected to the hairy baboons emotionally abusing their out-of-control kids, just for laughs. ha ha ha. That was sooooo funny! Not. In my family, my parents often went places while we kids stayed home. Went something like this: Kids, your father has a business trip to San Francisco for a week & I’m going with him. Babysitter/Relative will be staying here & taking care of you while we’re gone. Our reaction: Okay. Trust me, had we acted the way the baboons’ kids did (even though we were disappointed), we’d have been given something to really cry about.

    And J pissed off because the “gondola guys” wouldn’t sing to them like they do at The Venetian….WHAT THE H????? J, try “gondoliers” & perhaps reading up on Venice before going there. If you want the gondoliers to sing to you, you have to PAY THEM FOR IT.

    Put me down for Team Danielle. The baboons are so freaking obsessed with her & blaming her for all the problems THEY caused, that they couldn’t even go on a cruise without bitching about her.

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      Ugly and loud Americans so embarrassing to everyone except themselves – and on top of it we saw very little of the beautiful city! Bravo really messed this trip up for the viewers.

      • Don’t get me started on the lack of volume control these baboons have. SPANK ME JOE! complete with flashing her butt….. :headpalm:

        I’m with one of the guys who said they should sit down & eat instead of running around trying to find the damn Chanel store (GMAFB). Why not one of them said “You find the store, we’ll be sitting here at this cafe waiting for you” is beyond me, unless there was only one filming crew & they all had to stay together.

  46. moriasheehan says:

    This is on Twitter, someone who was in Italy and saw the RHONJ
    http://www.twitlonger.com/show/31oesr

  47. Upper WestSide Dude says:

    Teresa’s children are little hellions and I for one don’t find them cute at all. There is the one and I don’t know her name but she has her mother’s gift for nasally whining – the child is chronically unhappy. Also, what is with all the headband and gaudy bows she puts in their hair? They simply look ridiculous. I honest sympathise with Joe because a wife like that would drive me to drink too!

    • error404 says:

      well, the flip side of the coin is that T’s out of control spending is perhaps to fill the emotion void left from having a cold, uncaring husband. He seems like a total a-hole, and not going to win father-of-the-year anytime soon.

      I don’t think I’ve ever seen Albert Manzo, other than in the background mumbling. Tommy and Guicy both seem like total asses. Chris, for the little I’ve seen, actually seems like a good guy. I must have missed a lot! lol

      The two scenes I did see: 1. at the famous table-flipping finale, he seemed to be sticking up for his wife’s right not to be told whom she can and can not be friends’s with, against his two overbearing sisters. 2. Recently, he seemed to be trying to get his wife, who is no mensa candidate, to talk like an adult to her daughter. The effort failed spectacularly, but he did try.

  48. WindyCityWondering says:

    Traveling with children (and older adults) requires alot of planning and consideration so that EVERYONE enjoys themselves. Before they even left her house – her dash after the crash was out of concern for the vase – not her kids who might have gotten hurt (note the two hiding behind the furniture and Gia on the stairs – readying themselves for the fireworks!) and her stunned face when it was Jacq mother who stumbled into it! (Love that Jacq didn’t volunteer to replace it either…) Then we are treated to Teresa’s total lack of maternal instincts – her daughters running down piers without an adult, Milania standing up in the gondala – and she grabs a camera! Others asking about her daughters and her reply is Joe’s got them. The more we see her the more we can’t stand her…and it looks like Joe is feeling the same way.

    • sweet pea says:

      That child standing up on the gondola was irresponsible. Do they have any idea what is in that water? If she had fallen in there are numerous diseases that could have been contracted. Joe repeatedly told her to sit the hell down, while Teresa justed wanted to get a “fashion shot”. Daughter doesn;t mind her Father and Mother is a complete idiot.

  49. jennifer says:

    Joe was arrested Jan 14th 2010, so it was filmed after this- waaaay after the bankruptcy filing….Just an FYI

    • vgirl511 says:

      In Carolines blog she said don’t go to Italy in February because of the cold, so I am guessing that is when they went.

      • WindyCityWondering says:

        Danielle said small town word gets around fast – so getting Joe out of town in February makes sense.

      • error404 says:

        Please, like they’re from Florida and took a trip to Russia. Get over yourself Caro.

        I once went to Sweeden in Feb, now THAT was cold! lol

        It does get chilly because the everything is stone because Italy gets so hot usually, so the cold gets trapped in the stone and it can seem really cold for a week or even a month, but please, like NJ is warm in Feb. Venice is in the north, but it’s not he alps and Italy is the friggin mediterranean!

  50. WindyCityWondering says:

    Do you think Bravo has messed up the NJ blogs because of the demands for more money or maybe what was said at the reunion?? Removing 2 months worth of their blogs, Danielle’s comment section is definately not love and life! Caroline is following the DC format of no real information or emotion – and only one page….

    • Something funny is going on with the blogs that’s for sure. I was wondering if some of Danielle’s comments were from Bravo????
      I posted a comment to Caroline that of course has not been posted. I actually heard of a kidney stone remedy involving asparagus & coca~cola.

    • Rabble Rouser says:

      I think by putting Danielle blog up first, they set her up to be the focus of fans and none fans. She was getting blasted for a rather mundane blog that was little more than her self promotion that has nothing to do with the show or episode at hand. She also was getting reamed for have a look of satisfaction at the news of Joe being arrested. I can’t say that I blame her, I probably had the same look on my face.

      I still can’t figure why or how Teresa is obviously disliked on the forums- but her twitter page and comments on the blogs seem glowing. I have seen her get blasted on her own facebook. I have a feeling we are all being lied to.

  51. Ellabean says:

    I just watched the entire Italy episode on hulu.com – good site by the way if you don’t have a DVR like me. Of course we just got indoor plumbing….;)

    Ok. I am horrified by taking those little girls along on the trip – the one was STANDING UP in the gondola. I grabbed my own throat at that sight! I don’t care if it was only 3 seconds – which it was not – neither Joe or Teresa got appropriately alarmed and took action. WTF ? And the little girl(s) running around on that pier. Holy Accident – just waiting to happen . Worse than ATV episode and no helmuts.

    True story: Just 2 months ago in New York City – a little girl slipped into the East River as her dad was taking pictures of her at South Street Seaport and she was hanging in to a railing too close to the water. She is oky becuase a quick onlooker jumped into the river thank God. This made naitonal headlines (on Today show, etc).

    And who was watching the baby Adurianna – at first I thought Baby A. did not go along – and I was relieved – then I see Teresa bottle feeding her in their ship bedroom.

    The vase that broke at the house? Very symbolic. Call me crazy but I do believe in signs…..feng shui and all that. I am trying to figure out what corner of the house that vase was in – a feng shui concept. If it was in their money corner….:(

    • Ellabean says:

      …apologies for my many typos. I am a lousy typist – not a lousy speller.

    • error404 says:

      bigger question is ‘was the vase on the auctioneer’s list?” lol

      • WindyCityWondering says:

        not to worry, once the auction is over things will start “falling off the truck” at the mansion……..it will be refurnished in no time.

        • I think the vase was on the right-hand side at the bottom of the stairs? Jackie’s mom said that she stepped-off the stairs and then accidentally bumped-into it.
          For some reason I was wondering if it was directly across from the front-door?
          I’ve heard that the position of the stairs & especially the front door are critical in Feng shui (sorry about my spelling)
          You can find photos of the house in the auction listing and there is a site about mansions that has interior photos from Bravo-I’ll try to find it, I would love to hear more about Teresa’s decorating and how it relates to Feng Shui.

          • http://homesoftherich.net/2009/06/inside-teresa-giudices-new-jersey-mansion.html

            There’s the link to interior scenes. The comments are good at this one too.

            • Sha2000 says:

              @Housewifehater, I saw that blog 2 weeks back & couldn’t post the link because it was so cold & nasty…no doubt interesting but nasty!

          • Ellabean says:

            Appreciate your shared interest feng shui on this issue, housewifehater ! For the sake of brevity here, yes, your fornt door and its immediate surroundings (interior and exterior) are absolutely critical in terms of good feng shui for your home.

            In feng shui – the front door of your home represents your public reputation and career. It should never be cluttered – should always be in good repair and working order, painted, neat, no dead bushes out front etc.

            Last example on this: if you have one of those homes where you park your car – and always enter your home via a side door or thru the garage and rarely use your front door – that’s not good. The front door should also be used.
            Keep the energy (chi) easily flowing in all doors windows of your home.

            I digress – thanks for allowing me…..
            I think the broken vase was symbolic of a broken public reputation for the Guidices.

            • Thank-you for the info. and also the interesting idea that that broken vase & general placement of Teresa’s items may hold clues to the story.
              I re-arranged things here the other day, and I’ve got a dresser blocking my window….looks like I’ll be moving it again-thank-you for letting us know about that one.

              • OH, and just for the record, I have a horse-shoe over my front door. A lilac bush next to the entrance, a mirror, (to repel any bad mojo that tries to get-in), in my front entrance, and I had to “remedy” the staircase that is directly in the path of the front door. Oh yeah, and I occasionally throw a handful of salt across the thresh-hold to block baddies. OH-and there was a Mezuza here when I moved-in and I had it inspected to make sure that it wasn’t upside-down.
                Some people touch their Mezuza when they come & go, and say a prayer, but I’m not Jewish, so I’m actually a little afraid of it.

              • Quincy IL says:

                I have horse shoes on some horses. They have better luck when we are out riding that way.

              • Ellabean says:

                Hey H ! Your instincts are right on – do NOT block any means of egress – windows or doors. And they all need to be easily opened and used. 🙂

            • Noelle says:

              @Ellabean,
              Thanks for sharing your thoughts on feng shui as relating to this mess (HWNJcrew.)
              I loved that Jac’s mom broke the vase and the fact that T checked the vase before her children. Too Much…

          • bambibaby22 says:

            We need to look and see if Teresa puts her purse on the floor. I never do because an old wives tale say that if you put your purse on the floor, all your money will leave it. So if her vase is in the wrong place and her purse is on the floor, no wonder she is broke!

      • Sha2000 says:

        Actually I think I did see a pic of it 404. It would be a nice gesture on Jacqueline’s mother’s part to buy it & give it back to Teresa. Seriously.

      • Ellabean says:

        Actually – I am pretty sure it is. I saw a picture of it on that official auction list document where you could click on each item and see a pic.

    • julieintexas says:

      I thought the same thing about the newest diva – opps I mean baby – stayed at home too! I find everything about Teresa disgusting – especially her parenting skills! The ATV thing was really disturbing! I went to her facebook and I cannot believe how many positive comments posted about what a great person and mother she is! Good God – we have alot of morons in this world!

    • Earring Girl says:

      @Squirrels – Now that’s how you leave a job – very cool and very funny!!!

      About the Bravo boards – I saw message on Friday that they were redesigning them and they would be back up on Monday. I went there a few minutes ago and they were okay – looks like a lot of the HWs have not posted yet.

    • sweet pea says:

      Love it!!! Thank you!

  52. http://njhousewives.blogspot.com/
    Not much news today about RHONJ so I posted a round-up of contests and participation stuff on my blog for anyone who’s interested.
    I have to say one thing here in Teresa’s defense. I did notice that in the being asked to get out of the hot-tub scene, how well-behaved the girls were. I have baby-sat other people’s children who have been a lot bratty-er than these girls, and if I were a mom watching how my kids acted when someone else was watching them, I would have been real proud of my kids if I saw that scene. Not so much what they did, but what they did not do.

    • Rabble Rouser says:

      I didn’t think they looked that compliant. Albert told them to get out- and it didn’t seem like the presence of a security guard dissuaded them in anyway.

      We were cut to the next scene where Mama Bear swooped in and told them in no uncertain terms to get out.
      I think they just KNEW that Caroline isn’t to be trifled with.

  53. Adgirl says:

    I just can’t help but compare thses RH idiots with us civilians. Seems they have an inordinate number of brushes with the law & family troubles….

    OC: Slade Smiley (child support), Gretchen (whatever Photoglu sued her over), Warring family (drugs, ex-wife problems), Curtins (evictions). Barneys (divorce)

    ATL: Kandi Buress (finacee murdered), Nene (divorce, evictions), Sheree (evictions)

    NJ: Guidices (DUI, bankruptcy, forgery), Manzo (patriarch murdered), Staub (too many problems to mentions but her cosmetic surgeon’s license should be revoked)

    DC: Sahali (lawsuits, congressional hearing), Cat (divorce)

    Please add to this … I can’t get over the arrogance of these people.!!

    • Kukulet says:

      NY: Kelly Bensimon (assault and divorce), Jill and Bobby (divorce), Simon (divorce), Bethenny (divorce), Sonja (divorce). Gee, the only one who comes out clean is wacky Ramona. Bless her heart, she may be wacky, but at least she knows how to keep herself out of trouble. 🙂

      I don’t know if I would include Kandi Burress, though. For one, AJ was her ex-fiance. For another, it was a business confrontation that got physical, but my understanding was that AJ’s death was tragically accidental, in the sense that the guy who hit him didn’t intend to kill him. Lastly, Kandi had no control over what happened, so it wasn’t as if she did something illegal-which can’t be said for the others. (Except maybe Tiny Manzo, but I don’t doubt that his death was Mob-related, and his family knows it, so I definitely think he belongs on the list.)

      Yes, a family trouble, but, sadly, the tragedy of murder or accidental death is all too common among even us civilians. 😦

      • Kukulet says:

        Oh, wait, sorry…Alex is looking pretty good, too. 🙂

      • Ellabean says:

        Was Simon Van Kempen divorced before Alex ?

        Adgirl – you started a good list. But I think we should take divorce off the “family troubles” list – unless it happened on the show (Tamra) or it was messy and complicated – Lisa Wu Hartwell – lost custody of kids .

        • Kukulet says:

          Simon was either divorced or widowed – he said last night on Twitter that he has had two marriages. (Someone was bugging him, yet again, about being gay.) He didn’t offer any further details, though.

          • Ellabean says:

            Thx Kukulet. And nice job on the All Things KKB Wackiness. It was a dirty job – but someone had do it. Good blog !

          • Rabble Rouser says:

            Stuff like that really bugs me- I think it’s childish to call someone else ‘gay’ as way to attack them.

            For the life of me, I don’t understand why Simon would even acknowledge that type of remark.

            • Kukulet says:

              I don’t get it myself, either, RR – we make progress as a society in eliminating stereotypes and prejudice, and then some people come long and set us back a few steps.

              I can only guess that maybe Simon had a long day yesterday, and probably does get exasperated with gay being used as an accusation. He shouldn’t respond, but I guess we all can’t help ourselves sometimes.

              Thanks, EllaBean! Glad you like the blog-I’m definitely not Lynn’s caliber, but KKB just irritates me, because she’s so malicious and arrogant, yet tries to play girlishly innocent. It’s insulting to all women who cope with life as adults.

              I’ve been arguing with her all day on Twitter. I was hoping against hope that Bravo had made her look dumber via editing, but no such luck. Reasoning with her is like trying to nail melting jello to a tree.

        • Quincy IL says:

          He has a living first wife who got custody of their cat. It’s in their book.

      • babykakes says:

        did you notice Caroline’s face when T’s father said they have to be careful of the Mafioso?

        • WindyCityWondering says:

          Albert’s face was one of concern as well….

        • Char212 says:

          I noticed that too. Albert looked like he saw a ghost when T’s father said that. It could be because his dad was supposedly murdered by the mob but I still wonder if they aren’t connected on some level.

          • WindyCityWondering says:

            I’ve wondered about T&J’s parents being somehow connected to the Manzo – it would explain why the morons are so accepted by Caroline and why she gives them a pass on their behavior.

    • Ellabean says:

      ATL: Lisa Wu Hartwell. (from Wiki)

      “She filed for chapter 7 bankruptcy protection in 2007. Her ex-husband, Keith Sweat, currently has custody of their children. As of July 2009 all of her business websites are down. The house she lived in while filming the first two seasons failed to get a 1.9 million dollar bid during a foreclosure auction held on August 4, 2009, the bank sold the property for $1,163,999 on May 12, 2010 and Ed Hartwell is being sued in Gwinnett County, GA for the mortgage balance. Her family has moved to a property owned by her husband in Hoschton, Georgia, approximately 40 miles north of Atlanta. Rumors of Hartwell leaving the show in its third season are true, she will only be in three episodes before exiting the show. It is said that the decision to leave the series was because production wanted to add scripted elements to her life to amp up the drama for the show, which Hartwell did not agree with and decided to step away from the show.”

      Yeah right. Ntice she is in those Bravo group promo commericials though.

    • Squirrels says:

      I’ve never been arrested, have had my share of speeding tickets, am debt free (if you don’t count that damned student loan) and am fairly boring on a date. Oh well, 3 out of 4 ain’t bad.

      😀

    • moriasheehan says:

      kelly punching boyfriend

  54. Tootsie says:

    Oy vey! What can anyone say that hasn’t been said? Good decision on my part not to watch the Housewives (any of them) after NYC. I get all the poop here without upsetting my ulcers. This whole Housewives thing is getting very scary.

  55. Obsessed with RH says:

    I cannot imagine that the Bravo execs REALLY think it would be a good idea to keep that racoon without a forehead and her roid-raging husband on this show anymore. I honestly think she’s surpassed JZ in my hatred. Also, WHERE the hell are these lunatics coming from that actually have a nice thing to say about Teresa? Could there really be people in this world that think she’s a “victim,” or honest, or a good mother for that matter? (sorry, those kids behavior is not indicative of good parenting). Naturally the reunion will of COURSE glaze over all of these issues and as a previous poster wrote, I can’t believe I’m actually on Team Danielle now. At that point it’s time to scratch this series and start over. Enough is enough already. Stop giving Teresa a platform to inflict her miserable persona on the world and even generate ANY cash. She should be confined to a 2×4 cell with her equally money-squandering husband. The worst part is that there is not a MODICUM of remorse in her voice throughout this whole bankruptcy and instead she runs through Venice looking for “Chanels” as Juicy says. Clearly she doesn’t care and we’re all fools for paying our taxes and honoring our credit card/mortgage obligations.

  56. Obsessed with RH says:

    And I bet that the night of August 21st, T and J will report that the ENTIRE contents of their house have been robbed….mysteriously….

    • Sha2000 says:

      Thanks for the giggle!

    • sweet pea says:

      Perfect! This is the real reason they went to Italy. They have paid people to haul off their belongings, put them in hiding, then claim theft while they are out of the country. Teresa has been acting like and idiot to cover the fact that she is really a criminal geius. HA!

    • Rabble Rouser says:

      It also wouldn’t surprise me to find out they have their house and contents insured for 15 million dollars (or some other ridiculous amount) and there is a mysterious fire.

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      anything of real value likely went into hiding before they filed their petition…

  57. RileyKitty says:

    ok this whole episode managed to piss me off! Where to begin?…

    Danielle: we saw very little of her (good) but I can’t stand it when people act like just because you are married you aren’t allowed out past 11pm. Her comments about how he should be home with his wife & kids & not out til 2am irritated the hell out of me. I have been happily married for almost 17 years & once in a while I am out til all hours. Strip clubs aren’t the only thing open til 2. (I am not defending Juicy but that is a sore spot with me)

    Teresa & Jac: Hate both these bitches. No one thought they were cute on stage at the piano bar, all 5 of the other people in the bar & me viewing from home. And for pete’s sake no one wants to see Jac rub her ass on the glass elevator. No one believes for one minute the Teresa & Juicy are fucking as much as she like us to think they are. As for taking all the grandparents along so they can watch the whining, crying mini wildebeests, that is bullshit. If I was taken to Italy to look after those brats I would tell them to shove their free trip. & if both Joe & Teresa’s parents are there for that purpose, do they both need a break at the same time so Caroline & Albert got stuck with them? (I know Caroline agreed so no one feels sorry for her but I have been asked to look after my niece & nephew “for an hour” before & an hour & a half later their mom calls saying she has one more stop to make & will be along shortly. Another 2 hours later she shows up. For all we know Caroline was asked to watch them briefly. Teresa shouldn’t have imposed IMHO)

    I am leaving it at that for now because I am getting pissed just typing this all out LOL

  58. Quincy IL says:

    Tonight is going to be fun. Zoe considers having a baby and Jeff considers having a baby. Well, maybe Jeff will just throw the baby’s new doll to the dogs for fun.

    Many of us are parents and I bet all of us had parents at one time, can you imagine either Jeff or Zoe as parents? Zoe is going to get up and breast feed? She has no breasts due to the extreme eating disorder that we like to call anorexia. How is she going to get pregnant? Rodger must not be very smart. Jeff is great with dogs and cats, but I can’t see him interacting with a child daily. That child is going to say, “NO!,” by the time it is 2 and Jeff will have a major breakdown.

  59. Earring Girl says:

    Andy Cohen on Kathie & Hoda show Monday 8/8/10 – his review of the RHODC and other entertainment gossip:

    http://video.tvguide.com/Today/Hoda++Kathie+Lee+Is+Mary+Hart+retiring+from+Entertainment/6203322?autoplay=true&partnerid=OVG

    • Squirrels says:

      I love how he said DC got off to a great start, everyone in DC watched it. Yeah, right.

      • Earring Girl says:

        @Squirrels – I think he is correct about DC viewership being high because I am a “Real DC Resident”, as Stacie from RHODC said “you can’t be a DC resident and live in McLean, VA”. DC residents get very upset when people say they live in DC and than later say they live in Arlington or Falls Church, VA but it’s right outside of DC. You either live in the city or you don’t. The next day everyone was talking about the show and wanted to know why they picked all of these women from the suburbs and only one that acutally lived in the city. My thoughts on that is the “Authentic wealthy DC Housewives” (Kelly’s voice here) 🙂 would not think about being on a reality show.
        I think the show will pick up in the next few episodes, I wasn’t thrilled about NY in the very beginning but I did like Bethenny, never liked Jill.

        DC is a very political place and politics is talked 24/7 here whether people will admit it or not. There will be no flipping tables, but I think it will be a lot of verbal arobics going on with these ladies.

        Here is a tweet from – Jackie Collins to Andy Cohen –
        RT @jackiejcollins: Real Housewives of DC could be my new addiction!!! What a bunch of egos!!! JACKIE HAS TASTE
        about 23 hours ago via UberTwitter

        • Squirrels says:

          Thanks for the info Earring girl. My sis lived in Potomac for years, just getting ready to retire, but hubby is still practicing environmental law, so they got a condo in the city. They love it. She spends her summers at their place on Cape Cod. He does the weekend commute.

  60. lillybee says:

    It must be a Jersey thing. Snookie just said that she is too pretty to go to jail after her last arrest.

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      makes me wonder how they judge beauty…cause where I come from she wouldn’t even pass for cute and that’s before she opens her mouth!

  61. sweet pea says:

    Received this in my e-mail. Thought I would share with all of you wonderful people. Makes you think.

    A friend of mine opened his wife’s underwear drawer and picked up a silk paper wrapped package:

    ‘This, – he said – isn’t any ordinary package.’

    He unwrapped the box and stared at both the silk paper and the box.

    ‘She got this the first time we went to New York , 8 or 9 years ago. She has never put it on , was saving it for a special occasion.

    Well, I guess this is it.

    He got near the bed and placed the gift box next to the other clothing he was taking to the funeral house, his wife had just died.

    He turned to me and said:

    ‘Never save something for a special occasion.

    Every day in your life is a special occasion’.

    I still think those words changed my life.

    Now I read more and clean less.

    I sit on the porch without worrying about anything.

    I spend more time with my family, and less at work.

    I understood that life should be a source of experience to be lived up to, not survived through.

    I no longer keep anything.

    I use crystal glasses every day…

    I’ll wear new clothes to go to the supermarket, if I feel like it.

    I don’t save my special perfume for special occasions, I use it whenever I want to.

    The words ‘Someday..’ and ‘ One Day…’ are fading away from my dictionary.
    ;
    If it’s worth seeing, listening or doing, I want to see, listen or do it now…

    I don’t know what my friend’s wife would have done if she knew she wouldn’t be there the next morning, this nobody can tell.

    I think she might have called her relatives and closest friends.
    She might call old friends to make peace over past quarrels.

    I’d like to think she would go ou t for Chinese, her favourite food.

    It’s these small things that I would regret not doing, if I knew my time had come..

    Each day, each hour, each minute, is special.

    Live for today, for tomorrow is promised to no-one.

    • Earring Girl says:

      Amen to that! Words to live by. . . . . .

    • boston02127 says:

      Very nice & very true.

    • Squirrels says:

      Very touching SweetPea. If you get Showtime, may I suggest “The Big C” with Laura Linney. It starts in a couple weeks, but episode #1 is available on on demand if you have cable. She’s all about order and nicely appointed rooms until she gets the diagnosis, stage 4. Oliver Pratt plays her husband, the wild child persona. The first episode promises humor, honesty and learning to live each day to its full potential. First up? She wasn’t a back yard pool in a space there is no room. She gets her wish.

  62. boston02127 says:

    Ashley’s tweet—-moving on.. i want NO MORE TALK AT ALL.. about danielle.. or my two ex friends.. i’m through with the negative.. life is good right now 🙂

    bets?

  63. Hi all, just an FYI I was formally Rabble Rouser but the account was taken when I registered.

  64. WindyCityWondering says:

    Alright – Lynn Curtain is no longer a RHOC. She will be going to another network so I guess it pays to be deadbeats, care more about what you look like than what you teach your kids, spend money you don’t have and claim you didn’t know you were doing so, etc. etc. etc. So there is a place for the Guidices once Bravo is finished with them – provided they are not in jail (too hard to firm there).

    • lillybee says:

      Could she be going to Celebrity rehab?

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      too hard to film there!

    • Going to another network as a what?

      What could the premise be? Some sort of game show called “Con the Con” where the biggest liar and cheat wins?

      • _therealmelissa says:

        The Curtin and Guidice family could be on “Battle of the Grifting Housewives.” Vegas odds will be on the Guidices though. They take the prize for reality con artists. The Curtins were lightweights compared to them!

      • dumberries says:

        I read that Lynne Curtin has basically confirmed her RH OC departure on Facebook, but “NBC has yet to comment”. I haven’t seen anything to indicate she’s going to another network. It would really surprise me that any network would pick her up; she’s a known grifter, her children are unbearable to watch, she’s usually barely coherent, and she seems to have no fan base. If she’s not Bravo-worthy, where would she go? Very curious.

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      seems like all recaps are getting really tired of this season…..too many episodes, too many reunion parts – could this be the wringing of every last drop out of this franchise???

      I think Caroline and Jacq will say they won’t be coming back (which would be a very good reason for Ashley to be pissed off at her mother).

      • Squirrels says:

        Hadn’t thought about the Ashley twist. hmmmm. Mom taking unearned $ out of her baby’s mouth? How dare she.

        • WindyCityWondering says:

          IF Caroline goes (and she just looks like she wants to be gone) then Jacq has to follow or risk being on the outside of the family again….she is always making a fool of herself and she has no control over Ashley who continues to disregard the family wishes of see no Danielle, hear no Danielle, speak no Danielle.
          Ashley can’t be on the show without her mom so there goes her free ride and 15 minutes of fame – hence the tantrum after the taping!

      • I think Caroline and Jacq will say they won’t be coming back (which would be a very good reason for Ashley to be pissed off at her mother).

        Great rational- especially when T is saying no one will beleive what happens til they see it. Given we have already seen table flips and what looked like a ‘jumping in’ initiation to join a gang, it would have to be something we didn’t see coming, like one of these narcissists grabbing a hold of their humility and salvaging what little integrity they might have left.

        I can just picture Ashley being shattered over it, she is probably weeping over having to go back to a normal life- where any phantom facebook friends will be the result of playing Mafia Wars.

  65. ilovelynn says:

    ellabean: macungie pa is actually a very nice “suburb” of allentown pa., country, but built up with developments and still has an old fashioned town area. I grew up in allentown and my 99 yr old dad lives in a condo in macungie across the street from a fancy country club that has been there for at least 60 yrs. don’t make fun of the town just because they were stupid enough to invite theresa to what was probably an indie book store. b &n is a few miles east in allentown at the lehighvalley mall. my friend actually went and emailed me a photo of her with theresa who she said is very small, but chubby!

    • Ellabean says:

      Heya ilovelynn……

      I know Macungie all too well. I grew up in Coopersburg !

      Not making fun of the town – very much agree with you – I was just aghast at Teresa making a personal appearance there and not being able to talk somewhat professionally to a soft interview local station .

      The Lehigh Valley has many very beautiful areas. My heart is there too. 🙂 as my dear mom and dad are in that area . All the very best to your dad.

      Hugs to you.

  66. Kukulet says:

    Snort. Kelly just blocked me on Twitter.

    Do I get a special t-shirt now? Is there a secret handshake? Are micheladas the secret cocktail?

    I feel so privileged… 😉

    • Squirrels says:

      Hands Kukulet the offical “Kelly Bensimon Hates Me” commemorative pin. You can trade them at any hot air balloon show.

      😀

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      Did you get a reason why you were blocked or do you think she just can’t pronounce your twitter name?

    • Did she just block you or did she ‘engage’ you first. As much as she likes to pretend she doesn’t indulge the ‘hate’, she sure spends most of her time tweeting people who think she is a twit.

      • Kukulet says:

        Well…

        Kelly Tweeted that her idea of being charitable is raising awareness, and posted a picture of herself on a step and repeat with some children’s character. But, when she gave the name of the charity, it was one that I’ve worked with for years, and she minimized what they do.

        I tried to point out to her that if she wants to “raise awareness” of a charity, it would be a good thing to post a link to the Children’s Defense Fund (that was the specific charity) website when she Tweeted about it.

        She said just posting the name of the charity is enough to raise awareness.

        I said not everyone would immediately understand what ‘Children’s Defense Fund’ actually does without some background information or a link to their website. (It could be using kids as sandbags, for all anyone knows. How flipping hard is it to add a link to a tweet?)

        She said I should go down to Macy’s and read the literature in the store window (where the step and repeat was held).

        I told the halfwitted giraffe that not everyone on Twitter lives in NY. I also pointed out that not everyone can afford to financially contribute to a charity, but if she was serious about raising awareness in these hard times, then giving some idea of CDF’s background or a link to their website might encourage some of her followers to read the website and contribute time and effort instead of money.

        She said I should buy an Eva Longoria backpack from CharityPlus.

        I asked how buying a backpack from an auction website was going to raise awareness about the CDF and what they do?

        She said the proceeds from the auction are donated to the CDF. (Well, no flipping duh.)

        I said that was fundraising, not raising awareness.

        She said every time she types ‘Children’s Defense Fund” in a tweet, everyone in the entire world immediately knows what that means and that is enough for raising awareness.

        I explained that her tweets were self promotion, not raising awareness of the charity, and that she is more interested in “appearing charitable” than actually rolling up her sleeves and doing some work.

        At that point, the steroid freakazoid blocked me.

        • WindyCityWondering says:

          you tried! and as usual, she failed.

        • Squirrels says:

          I think I love you…. sigh….swoon…..

        • MickeyMouth says:

          Wow. Just Wow. You tried harder than I ever would have. I give you props.

          I almost did a Photoshop gif of Kelly smiling and posing in front of disasters, press conferences, anything and call it Kelly Being Charitable. I thought it was a little cruel (not to her) so I didn’t. How sad that it would have been right on the mark.

          • Earring Girl says:

            @Kukulet – Nice photos on your tweet page, I am sure scarey island came back to Kikillet – LOL!

        • Wait, I thought she didn’t lend her name to charities?

          • Earring Girl says:

            Only if there is a step and repeat so she can put on a blouse (calling it a dress) with that stupid grin and say hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

            Okay, I’m out – these women with their stupidity are making me tired.

        • sweet pea says:

          You were awesome! She doesn’t get it and never will. I think you hurt her stupid brain and gave her a headache. That’s why she blocked you. Also, anyone following the tweets could see what a dolt she is. Thank you for raising her followers awareness!

        • dumberries says:

          Well, Kukulet, I give you credit for trying! She’s unreal. What if Lynn had taken her up on her offer to do something charitable, with Kelly then “rounding up the housewives to help”? Her “housewive’s help” would probably consist of tweeting a pic of the housewives from the Bravo website.

        • Waslurking says:

          Logic kills Kelly… she can’t deal!

          • Kukulet says:

            Thanks, all. That kind of crap is a hot point with me.

            I’ll tell you…back in the late 90’s, I went with my husband to Bosnia/Croatia/Herzagovia. He was working there, disarming and extracting anti personnel landmines (this was just after the Ottawa Treaty, so the work was just beginning) and I went over with the Red Cross for three weeks to help distribute care shipments.

            In the cities…it was poverty like most of us only see in news footage. Children living in cardboard boxes, in wooden packing crates, and 12 or so families living in boxcars and containers. No running water, no amenities. If they were lucky, there was a water pump somewhere near by, if not, they got their water from sources that weren’t so great. Kids with such poor diets that we couldn’t even give them the Hershey bars we had, because the chocolate was too rich for their little tummies.

            Out in the country, in the villages, even worse. Makeshift hospitals everywhere. Overcrowded, understaffed, under equipped. Today, there are enough land mines across the globe that, if one mine killed one person each, the numbers of fatalities would rival the Nazi Holocaust. Back then, there were so many more. And most of the victims are innocents-a man with a hungry family sees rhubarb growing in a field, and boom. It’s horrific.

            We handed out food, bandages, linens, medicines – you name it, whatever the Red Cross can send, they do. We comforted the dying, helped with medical scutwork – did all we could do. And all around, bombs and fighting, land mines and gut wrenching poverty.

            But, here’s the thing, and I imagine most of you already know this, and it’s why people like Kelly get under my skin: when you do something like that, you don’t do it for yourself. You do it because doing means a child will have one night where they won’t cry themselves to sleep from hunger, or enough bandages to cover a wound, or enough medicine to heal and ease pain, or even just comfort as they leave the world.

            And when you’re done, you don’t want to go and tweet a picture to show the world how charitable you are, nor do you want to pat yourself on the back. You just end up wishing forever that you could have done more.

            That’s what helping others is supposed to be about. Kelly will never understand that.

            • dumberries says:

              I agree Kukulet – Kelly will never understand the true meaning of “charitable works”. She’s a dunce. And, just think what the $11 million that Teresa pissed away on her gaudy crap could do to assist others that are truly in need. It makes me angry just thinking about these selfish superficial women (but your story was inspiring and lifts me up a bit).

            • At one point Kelly was saying how much integrity she has, someone zinged her, and nailed it, and I’m sorry I don’t remember who it was because it was my favorite quote ever,
              “Integrity isn’t something you say, its something you do.”
              She sent me a non-answer to my Tweet once, but I don’t think she blocked me. I was asking her to be specific about when the Playboy photos that were used were taken and she Tweeted back some nonsense about how her ex is the greatest photographer…
              The fact that she blocked someone who wanted to talk about her charity work reveals her true character-again.

        • Scorpiosue1102 says:

          $10 says the link is too long and she doesn’t know how to use tinyurl.

          How hard is it to link something? Excuses, excuses.

        • LOL

          You probably pop a circuit in her wiring. For some reason I am picturing the scene in Austin POwers 2, where Elizabeth Hurley was really a fem-bot and her head exploded.

          Kelly seems to have a very self indulgent approach to being charitable. Her inane rambles on youtube about bullying was ‘charity’ work in her mind.

          Nor can she bother herself with fundamental facts like what an organization stands for such as PETA.

        • Ellabean says:

          Nicely done, kukulet. Wow.

          You actually tired to talk reasonably with her – and raise her awareness. Seriously. Good on you.

          I am a Tweet naiive as to how it works: is your next move – changing your tweet name – and start tweeting to her again…?

          • Ellabean says:

            I posted too soon. Just read about your experince in Bosnia. My heartfelt admiration for you and your husband.

            You are actually doing Kelly a favor and she has no clue……

            Wake up Kelly.

  67. YIKes! I read the pdf appraisal for the sale, and Teresa’s ring was doengraded to $125., but the shocker was that Joe’s wedding ring, “could not be located”-WTH?
    I also noticed that the ATV was listed as “poor condition”, the go-carts listed above it were, “rusty/poor condition”.

    http://i.cdn.turner.com/dr/teg/tsg/release/sites/default/files/assets/giudice-inventory.pdf

    • klmh says:

      What amazes me is the appraisal of a Shaefer and Sons rosewood baby grand for $2000.! Some of these appraisals seem so low…

      • Laura aka Just done says:

        This could very well be a starting point, either that or they won’t sell for less than the listed price. I guess that’s a way of making sure things don’t leave there for $2. I’m going in for the Gucci glasses. Does anyone want anything else on the list?

        And Lynn, because of all that you do, I will do my best to get you the “oh so perfect” gift.

        • WindyCityWondering says:

          If no one goes for the starting bid – then the bid is usually cut in half to get bidders to bite. I thought somethings were low which would indicate that the quality is poor.

      • Squirrels says:

        They are probably the reserve figures, in essence, they won’t take less than $2K for the piano.

    • Laura aka Just done says:

      GUCCI Stemware on page 1 – Woo Hoo!!!!!! Thanks HWHater 🙂

      • Earring Girl says:

        I think this whole auction is a scam! I hate these grifters!

        • _therealmelissa says:

          I think they are planning on someone purchasing the entire lot or lots of it for them. Just another scam for the Giudice’s.

          • jezzibel says:

            I think I’d almost want the remaining Satsuma vase just to turn it into a water cistern or something similar

  68. Wall St Man says:

    I think we should skin Kelly & use her for a leather coat.

  69. vilzvet says:

    Someone posted on the IMDB NJ board that Teresa is “semi-officially” going to be on Dancing! Oh NOOOOO!!! They said it was on Extra. I certainly hope it is a sick joke. Supposedly the official list wont be released til August 30th.

  70. Quincy IL says:

    Jeff Lewis was mean on “Flipping Out” and there was no balance of a beautiful kitchen to even out the negative forces radiating from his mouth. He was beyond mean, manic, and incredibly vulgar.

    I was enamored by the show in season one. wow… those houses were fantastic and the people being abused by Jeff were the foreman or contractors that I didn’t know or care about. Now, he is ridiculing and threatening people I have come to love and it’s not fun.

    All of the homes are in the beginning phase, destruction. There’s a restaurant that is Spanish and needs to be modernized, but I don’t think Jeff is the guy to maintain the look while updating that space. There are lesbians who want to design their own home so I can’t figure out why they would hire Jeff Lewis. There’s a sad lady with tons of damage from a previous contractor and a house that needs Jeff to save it.

    The cats are using bathtubs for litter boxes and Jeff forces his housekeeper to clean it up without gloves. The dogs are urinating in Sarah’s hair. Jeff laughs at this of course.

    The most horrible thing is I think he may fire Jenny for real. She’s part time and not in the loop. She’s feisty and we know Jeff can’t stand people who stand up to him.

    This is going to be a bad season. I feel it in my bones.

  71. Waslurking says:

    Didn’t see this posted yet so…….
    My fav photo is Caroline with the girls……LOL
    http://www.bsideblog.com/2010/08/real-housewives-photocap-italy-or-bust/

    • dumberries says:

      @Waslurking, thanks for the link! Hilarious captions. I agree, the caption for the pic of Caroline with the Giudice girls is so funny – you just know that’s exactly what Caroline was thinking….

    • vilzvet says:

      Oh good, I was waiting for this!! This will end the night on a hysterical note. Thanks for the heads-up!

      • Waslurking says:

        You’re very welcome.
        Least I can do is toss in a link or two from time to time for all the enjoyment I get from Lynn’s blog and all the great comments.
        Loved the ‘guest’ blogs as well…….you go girls!!
        @Kukulet…. hope you don’t stop blogging/keeping us informed of KoKo Kelly since she dropped you……or whatever the lingo is..lol

  72. chismosa says:

    omg i don’t want to hear about Flipping Out yet bc i haven’t watched! i dont care what, i know he is awful, i adore Jeff Lewis. I hope Ryan that a$$hole rots in hell and that karma knifes him bad. I actually emailed JL designs last yr after the finale bc i was so incredibly shocked by Ryan’s actions…
    I realize JL is a tough guy to like but you have to empathetic to him- he was raised by that jerk of a father, i dont know about his mother, he has (probably undiagnosed) OCD and works his a$$ off ! He deserves everything he gets.
    I hope he has a child, and we obviously know things are great between Jenny & him since they appear everywhere together lately and Jeff added her to his intro…she stands with him, before he was alone. Anyway, just had to defend this bc i adore that show and it is among my top fave shows next to Dexter and Amazing Race and Office (seasons 1-3 only).

    ~NJ: is it possible they went in Feb to Venezia bc that is when Carnival is? Venice is famous for having a beautiful event there every Carnaval or – carnavale?

    Please everyone, remember we cannot hate Teresa more than we despise and loathe JILL. Jill is always #1 no matter what any little disgusting housewife does, no matter the anorexic in DC or T-rex. Please!
    JZ has (somewhat of) a brain- T-rex does NOT have a BRAIN. What she says and does is stupid, any tv appearance and all talking to the camera shots on the show- you can tell she studies up on what to say and cannot complete a full sentence. She & her family speak foul incorrect Italian and that translated to her awful way with the English language too. How did she even graduate high school? Forget college, I dont get it?

    I hate Caroline, always have had a distaste for her mopey, martyr-ish ways. And the way she talks. i cant take her, so i’m glad to see some others here feel the same.
    and i hate Dina!! the only Laurita i like is Chris, but even he cant get a handle on his step-daughter and his wife.

    ~i hate jill zarin, now, forever ~

  73. chismosa says:

    please excuse my spelling/ grammar errors- i always get on this site like 12 hrs after all the first people get on so i have to play catch-up!

  74. Adgirl says:

    I’ performed projectile wine spewing by suddenly laughing while watching Rachel Zoe Project.
    Rachel’s husband Brad (?) was squeeling “I’m not gay!”. He is wearing a tshirt with a wrapping scarf thingy (very macho). So the very next scene Bravo is filming him watching sports on tv with his ‘buddies’ while Brad is waving his limp wrists over every play and fluttering his eyes around.
    His is too too precious.

  75. Wall St Man says:

    What is the story on Rachel’s husband ?

  76. lillybee says:

    I wonder if JIll Z. is trying to get on Dancing with the Stars.

  77. Caroline’s “Unbelievable.” when discussing being asked to babysit the kids said it all. These grifters brought both sets of grandparents … they couldn’t take turns watching the kids??
    Best part of the whole show was Milania waking up her daddy, and he bear hugged her into the bed with him while saying “I love you, Happy Birthday.”

    New blog up … teachers report to school tomorrow so I don’t know if I’ll be able to recap any more, or if I can stomach any more of Teresa and Italy.

  78. Adgirl says:

    @ Wall St Man – I have no clue about Rachel’s husband. I’ve seen the show before without thinking “hmmmm?” but today was the first time I’ve seen an epi this season and, weeelll he has either adopted her gestures or amped up his own. So funny really because Bravo seems to be focused on him that way – you know in Bravos’ snarky way.

  79. lillybee says:

    Later all, I am off to watch my newest obsession “the Duggars.

    • vilzvet says:

      Is she pregnant again yet? Just wondering….I’m sure she wants another one on top of the little miracle she’s been taking care of 24/7 at the expense of the other 18….

  80. Shadowsnomore says:

    Hi everyone. Sorry I haven’t been able to post for a while but I have been reading all of Lynn’s blogs and the comments whenever I had the chance. I have not watched the episode of RHONJ and honestly I don’t think I can. Since my son and his friends where hit by a drunk driver June28th my life has become a walking nightmare. I have had to help my son through a painful surgery. He can not drive much less walk without crutches for at least another 6 to 8 more weeks. I have had to take him to doctor’s visits, attorney consultations, court appearances, basically everywhere.

    My son and his friends may not have died physically( although that almost happened) but apart of their souls did that night. My son has had sever post tramatic stress and depression. He was placed on the anti-depressant Cymbalta. I was trying to find a Psychiatrist or Psychologist to get him mental health treatment. I knew he was depressed. I just didn’t know how bad it was. Friday morning, my son tried to commit suicide. He took anywhere from 10 to 22 Cymbalta as well as muscle relaxants, and ibuprofen. His roommate found him and called me. I called 911 and raced to his apartment. I was there in less than 3 minuets. I thought seeing my son after the accident was the worst thing I would ever see in my life. It wasn’t. Seeing my son dying from the overdose was. His eyes where dilated and rolling to the back of his head. He was hallucinating, convulsing, and flailing uncontrollably. He was drenched in sweat. Needless to say, I was a broke down mess.
    The ambulance got him to the hospital in what felt like the slowest ride of my life. The doctors could not pump his stomach or give his charcoal because of the amount of time that had passed and the type of drugs he had taken. He was placed into a medically induced coma to attempt to save his life. His temperature rose to 106 and his heart rate was dangerously fast. He ended up suffering serotonin syndrome.
    We didn’t know if he would live or die until Sunday afternoon. The Doctors felt that he was most of the way through the “Shelf life” of the drugs so the slowly started to wean him off the sedation and paralytic drugs. His breathing ventilator was removed Sunday evening.
    Today he voluntarily admitted himself into a mental health hospital. He didn’t want to but with a lot of gentle persuasion, he finally agreed to. We don’t know how long he will have to remain. Thankfully we have very good insurance so he can stay as long as he needs.
    My son, myself and all my family have been living in hell all because of a DRUNK DRIVER. There are NO excuses. Unfortunately, the penalties for drunk driving in many states are pathetic! Law makers should be ashamed.
    I can not watch this latest episode. Anger and fury can not adequately describe what I feel for the drunk who almost killed my son. I have NO tolerance or compassion for anyone who drives after drinking. There are no EXCUSES! It is the same as walking around and pointing a loaded gun at people. It may go off or it may not. Why would anyone take a chance? I’m angry. I’m barely holding on. It is a good thing the man who is responsible for my nightmare is currently in jail. If he weren’t then I would be. Thanks for letting me share. You guys have helped me keep a grip on what sanity I still have left. The only good news I have had is that I am cancer free. I should have been able to celebrate that. I wish I could. I would have gladly traded and had cancer if I could have spared my son and family from all of this.

    • lillybee says:

      I am so sorry for you and your son. I wish both of you only the best and a quick and full recovery for your so.
      I am happy that you are cancer free, I was worried about of you.

    • Adgirl says:

      @ Shadowsnomore – I am so very sorry for you and your family.
      I totally understand your sorrow.
      I worry about my 23 yr old son doing the same. Last year he found his father dying in a motel room from an overdose after he had been missing for nearly a week (we were divorced and his 2nd marriage was ending). He died the next day (after 2 hospital visits). Much more happened which is too long and sad to relate. Naturally both my children were devastated. And now suicide is an option when things don’t go well in their lives.

      My son lives with me now, but it doesn’t seem to help him much.
      It’s awful to worry about your male child because you don’t want to undermine his masculinity. His girlfriend dumped him last week and now I’m on high alert. I will be thinking of you while I try gently nurture him.

      You are a good mom. It certainly was not your fault that he did what he did. God bless you & your family.

      • Shadowsnomore says:

        Thanks. It’s just so hard right now. I can’t stop crying. I feel like I’m trapped in a Greek tragedy. I’m really trying to stay strong. I have to for my son’s sake. But, when I’m alone at night while everyone else is sleeping, it’s hard not to break down.

        • Noelle says:

          I’m so sorry for your pain. Again, as WindyCityWondering said-we are here for you…count on IT!

      • twoile says:

        Shadowsnomore & Adgirl, I’m very sorry 4 Ur pain in having Ur sons in such pain themselves…..in my own experience I’m aware of the “Samaritains” organization who can B a great resource 4 information that can B of assistance 2 U. I’m very glad your sons R receiving help now & hope U can see Ur way 2 getting the help & support yourselves as this is also Ur ptsd….Take Care positive thoughts & blessings.

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      ah Shadows, so glad to hear from you – we have been wondering and praying. My heart goes out to you, your son and your family – we are here for you!

    • sweet pea says:

      Oh Sweetie, My heart goes out to you (and to you, Adgirl). It is so hard to watch our children suffer. The fact that this suffering is caused by someone’s stupidity makes it worse. You have a right to your anger. I am glad your son is getting the help he needs. I hope you and anyone else affected also have someone to talk to. We are always here for you but sometimes you may need more. I am so glad you are free from cancer. Take care. My prayers are with you and yours.

      • bambibaby22 says:

        I am soo sorry to hear this too. Now I feel foolish for posting my stupid little rant under this posting. That’s what I get for posting without reading everything.

    • Noelle says:

      @shadowsnomore,
      God bless you and your family, my heart goes out to you. You’re in my thoughts and prayers.

    • I’m so sorry, it’s heart wrenching to hear about people having to endure so much.

      My prayers are with you all at this time and I hope that you and your son know physical, spiritual and emotional healing.

    • JazzNightOut says:

      Dearest Shadowsnomore:

      I am holding you and your son in prayer with love. Depression is as serious as cancer. I have had both. And I am glad you do not have cancer. Your son is doing the right thing to get treatment for his depression; it can be treated, and there is hope. I have dealt with low grade chronic depression all my life, and have had some times of major depression. Suicide comes when there is no way out of the pain. Getting help is the best way out of the pain. My grandfather committed suicide and the ripples of that will go thru my family for generations. Please take good care of yourself as you care for your son; do not be afraid; there is hope for your son.

    • LynnNChicago says:

      Shadowsnomore –
      I’m so sorry! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family now and always! xoxo

    • MickeyMouth says:

      I am sorry for the tragedy that has befallen your family. I hope for recovery for your son, you and your family. My thoughts are with you.

      • I’m shocked that all this has happened to your son since the end of June. But I guess life changing event happen in a second.
        Thanks for letting us know shadowsnomore. I’m wondering if anyone has checked him for ptsd? (post traumatic stress).
        There are good treatments for it and they actually know a lot about it since it does happen to soldiers.
        (besides the physical recovery).
        I can’t imagine the stress of being on “high-alert” for signs of suicide. I wish both of your sons a healthy recovery.

        • vilzvet says:

          What??? Oh my!! Sooooo sorry to hear this, you too Adgirl about your own son….please keep us posted….thank you.

          • Char212 says:

            I’ve been thinking of you Shadow and praying for your family. I’m so sorry he is having such a hard time but thank God he was found and is now getting help. Sending you a big cyber hug from one mom to another. The same for you as well adgirl.
            I’m so glad you are now cancer free and have one less thing on your mind. Thanks for checking in and please keep us posted.

            • Duh-I just re-read your post Shadowsnomore–glad to see that he is being treated for post-traumatic stress.
              It probably doesn’t seem like it now, but a lot of that will wear-off naturally, and with treatment that’s even better.
              He may have even had a bad reaction to the meds on top of everything else.
              I hope things get easier for you soon.

    • viki55 says:

      Isaiah 40:28-31
      Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

      • Sha2000 says:

        Shadowsnomore,

        So sorry!!!

        • MAMAZ says:

          Shadowsnomore – My heart aches for you, your son and his friends. I hope and pray that you will all come out of this healthy, strong and sane.
          There is NO excuse for driving impaired.

    • OneMoreinBoston says:

      Oh. My. God.

      While I don’t “know” you, I know that you are a wonderful mother who’s heart is breaking.

      Through all of the death, suicides, and family tragedies that have happened to me, I firmly believe that everything that happens, happens for a higher good.

      It may not seem that way now, but when your son recovers-and he will- mentally, physically, and spiritually, he will go on to face the world with a higher degree of strength and perseverance than he ever could have before.

      While I am pleased to hear that you are cancer free, please take care of yourself as well as you take care of your family.

      If that means you lay down your burden at the threshold of a therapist’s door, then there is no shame in doing that.

      Please know that both your family and Adgirl’s family are in my thoughts and my prayers.

    • Squirrels says:

      Dearest Shadow,

      Your story is heartbreaking, but not without hope. PTSD is a very serious ailment and your son’s crying out for help, although beyond frightening is the first step to recovery. Your being cancer free is a blessing, leaving you room to concentrate on your boy. Support amongst your family and friends will go a long way to aid you during this difficult time. You most certainly have the ability to express yourself on this blog site, saying whatever you need to, even things you may not want to say to those in your home life. One thing I’ve learned here, this community is comprised of some of the most selfless people I’ve ever had the pleasure to encounter.

      That said, I’m glad you came to us, you are indeed in “Shadowsnomore.” I applaud you for that.

      xo

    • jezzibel says:

      my deepest sympathy for what you and your son have been forced to endure.

    • dumberries says:

      We missed you here Shadows! I am sending positive thoughts your way – so sorry for the challenges that you’ve faced over the last few months. P.S. Very glad to hear you are cancer-free…

      • felony stupid says:

        My heart and thoughts and prayers are with you shadows. I have been personally affected by a drunk driver and I am so sorry. I feel you. You are a wonderful caring mom. Thank you for including us in your life. Love, FS

  81. bambibaby22 says:

    I don’t know if this was mentioned or not, but I call Bull on Teresa claiming that she name her kid Milania because she was in Milan when she was pregnant with her. Me thinks she wanted to be all “classy” and give her little spawn the same name as Trump’s wife, but poor Tree spelled it wrong!

  82. cusi77 says:

    Shadows_ My prayers and thoughts for you and your son. We all have been asking for you. So sorry to hear all you have to endure in this moment. Thank God you have your health. Your Son will be stronger after this experience. Have faith, sweetie.

  83. Wall St Man says:

    My older brother committed suicide 30+years ago. My other brother & I live w/a 17year old ghost who is in the room regularly still today ;it never stops hurting Suicide is the most cruel thing u can do to the people u leave behind ; “Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem”

    • Noelle says:

      My sincere apologies for your loss.

      I understand your post, unfortunately, to me, so far in my life, there’s nothing worse. Left behind are lives wrecked, friendships gone and families totalled!

      If they only knew…

    • I’m so sorry, it’s especially painful to hear when it is someone so young.

      May I ask did your brother suffer from depression or do you feel it was teenage angst that spiraled out of control.

      • I have a confession to make. What Adgirl said above about suicide becoming an “option”and this story.
        It was my job to tell family members about suicide being the cause of death for a family member, and I decided never to tell anyone.
        (I am the only one who knows the full story).
        Believe me I have struggled with keeping that secret, and I do get that someone should know that help is available if they are in an emotional crisis, but I just didn’t want anyone in the family to even consider suicide as an “option” or worse to idolize it.
        I’m probably not alone in keeping a secret like this and it probably is better to talk about it, but since no one else knew I guess I was afraid that just knowing about it could be contagious somehow.

        • Adgirl says:

          Personally, I think what you did (or did not do) was an act of mercy. You were very wise and brave to withhold the damaging information from the family. I hate it that my ex killed himself. He never seemed to be a depressed person – his broken heart got the better of him. Now my 23 yr old son who already has a disposition of a thirteen year old (entitled, complaining, self pity etc) is ripe to follow his dad.
          You did the right thing. Bless you.

        • twoile says:

          HW Hater, I support your decision wholeheartedly….U have save a great deal of agony 4 the survivors…& prevented imitators…good 4 U Take Care.

    • Quincy IL says:

      Our best friends’ son stepped in front of a train, The pain that we all have lived with for 23 years is too great to describe.

      • I don’t know if it was here or somewhere else, but it was suggested that the drunk-driving into a tree that Joe Giudice did could have been a suicide attempt.
        I don’t believe the story that he drank after the accident, but if he
        wasn’t out of his mind intoxicated, or even if he was I guess, it probably is worth considering for someone with the kind of financial problems he has.

        • Sha2000 says:

          Sorry to hear that Quincy; that is terrible! No other words to describe it. : (

          • Adgirl says:

            Everyone on this message board rocks. So comforting that we can go off topic and share painful information in a supportive environment. Thanks Lynn for creating this space.

  84. Oh dear gawd- isn’t it enough you have that bitch Dina hating on you, now Kelly is harrassing you to do some nutsy charity work in NYC with someone you don’t even know? I love how she assumes you don’t already do volunteer and charity work. Just because we don’t tweet and brag about the charity work we do doesn’t mean we aren’t doing it. We just don’t use it to make ourselves look good and impress people like the RHs do.

    I hope everyone that is following you and Dina unfollow her, instead of caving in to her threats.

  85. LynnNChicago says:

    Interesting Tweet I just got from @sweetbea ..

    RT @LynnNChicago @msjennyfer and all that screaming in Italy, how embarassing for all Americans, no wonder Europe hates us <– Read my friend's experience with #RHONJ in Venice! MUST READ! My friend's #RHONJ experience in Italy! @megreekugreek: "Oh my gosh. First came a swarm of people then a camera man and his team. The only thing that caught our eye was a little girl w/ a fur swing coat and hat. Then a man started carrying her. We watched and the more in the square they got people started crowding. We asked who is that and our group told us.
    As we shop around we are the two… black headed girls shooing w/ a camera crew around Chanel -ha! I was wanting to go in there too. Teresa was loud. You could hear here down the alleyway.
    Unfortunately, I had no clue who they were or I would've gotten a pic made! (being American right?).
    When our group got back together the majority of them fly on the same plane w/ them. They said the adults were in first class and the kids were on the back going wild. They told us the trip (7 hours) was so miserable and horrible.
    That's my experience with the Real Housewives of NJ. Not much at all. ;-)"

    • Quincy IL says:

      You are kidding. They put the kids in the back with commoners and went first class like royalty? How can you do that? I thought you had to be with children under a certain age?

    • vilzvet says:

      Could that be true?? The adults sat up in first class and the kids unattended back in coach? I bet at least one set of grandparents were sent back with them, why not, that’s why they were asked on the trip, to babysit!

      • Sha2000 says:

        I worked in the Airline & travel industry for 14 years so I can tell you that no, if the children aren’t traveling unaccompanied, an adult from their party must be in the same cabin with them. Ideally seats next to each other if possible. So yes, grandparents or possibly Bravo crew were seated with the children.

  86. MrWestVirginia says:

    Have they ever shown Jacqueline when she wasn’t eating or drinking anything? Every time they show her, she is chowing down on something. Maybe that is what they call the REAL lost footage–Jacqueline NOT putting something in her mouth!!

    • vilzvet says:

      Yep, chewing, eating, talking with her mouth full, it got ridiculous, which is why she is now stepping on scales to show everyone she did indeed lose that baby weight! She really did look rotund for months after that admittedly adorable baby was born, including the cruise. Can’t get that image of her rubbing her big butt up against that elevator, LOL!!

    • Quincy IL says:

      They showed her eating last year too. She liked chips when Danielle sipped water.

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      Stuffing her face might be Jacq’s way of not saying something snarky and she sure is familiar with Caroline’s kitchen – loved the poptart munching…after the pastry consumption!

  87. Quincy IL says:

    Rachel Zoe… How can they do that!

    Brad said that Taylor stole from Rachel on last night’s show. If Taylor has an agreement with Rachel’s corporation that requires that she not comment, how can she accept that Brad is calling her a thief too. There is no high road traffic happening at Rachel Zoe Associates. An employer is not allowed to try to prevent an ex employee from finding a job. If asked for a reference, you can carefully make your case, but accussing someone of theft without an arrest and trial is a very dangerous thing to do.

    Taylor hated being on the show. She has no love for Zoe, the producers, Brad or Bravo. I bet she hates Rodger because he fired her. That place is an accident waiting to happen. Shoes, jewelry, dresses….. all over. They aren’t writing things down, how do they know that Brad doesn’t have a secret closet at home where he is dressing up. He dressed up in last night’s show. I’m sure the designer is going to like that.

    I don’t care about the Globes or what actress wore what dress. I watch people. These people are very odd. If I was Taylor, I would sue Brad for every penny he has.

    • I have my suspicions about Brad too! I wonder if Brad could have set Taylor up somehow to make her look guilty.
      I’m dying to know who Taylor dressed for the Golden Globes.
      As far as “stealing”, do they mean money? I try to figure out how the money works in the styling biz. Do you pay the stylist and they borrow the clothes and jewelry for free?

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      Last night’s episode with all the references of Taylor reminds me of RHONJ with the Danielle, Danielle, Danielle. Move on Zoe, Taylor is gone and should not be talked about constantly!

      • Kukulet says:

        Well, and aside from the confidentiality agreement, Taylor hasn’t been inclined to talk about any of them in her recent interviews, even harmless stuff. She’s moved on. But, if she has to honor a confidentiality agreement, then the door should swing both ways-Zoe, Rodger, and their staff should keep their mouths shut about the details of Taylor’s departure, especially the negative.

        I never cared for Rachel Zoe. I like her even less now. And Brad just needs to keep his mouth shut. He’s an employee, not an employer. He’s got no business remarking on Taylor at all.

        • Adgirl says:

          Rachel Zoe’s show is a joke – it’s all “OMG will the dress arrive in time??!”. Zzz.

          I was snikkering all the way through it (waiting for FO) because Mr Zoe (Rodger?) was really acting feminine flailing his hands about while exclaiming “I’m heterosexual!”. Bravo even had to film him watching a football game with buddies (which made him appear even more sexually ambiguous).

          hahah.

          • WindyCityWondering says:

            It appears that Rachel styles her husband and now that he runs her business IMO we will see him looking more and more red carpet than a regular guy.

  88. Olivia says:

    Obnoxious as ever, Jill manages to get Radaronline to film her shopping in LA with Ali. As if we care. And the poor kid, who is not at all built like a model, is forced to stand before the camera in clothing that makes her look shorter and squatter than necessary.

    Get a load of the chair Jill parks her ass in.

    http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2010/08/exclusive-video-new-york-housewife-jill-zarin-takes-daughter-college-shopping

    • Sha2000 says:

      Normally Jill doesn’t bother me, but boy was that an annoying video, I had to turn it off by the time she got to the chair! “The sale rack is in the back of the store”, “like the supermarket”…does she think that we’ve never been in a clothing store & didn’t know that the sale rack is in back & the newer stuff in the front? Lol, Are we all walking around nude??? And what supermarket keeps the sale stuff in the back? I guess she just didn’t know what to say, lol.

      • Pantry Viewer says:

        I don’t want to click on the link, as I read something about someone being paid each time a particular link or story is clicked on. Don’t give her any more attention and maybe they won’t run any stories she plants!

        • Sha2000 says:

          Besides that Pantry, it’s far too early in the morning to hear that sound! A smoke alarm that needs batteries “chirp” sound woke me, the Jill video & I had to break up an argument over cereal between my kids…too noisy, too early today!

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      What a camera whore – even her voice was annoying! Interesting that she introduced herself from RHONY and didn’t mention Zarin Fabrics.
      And poor Ally is going to school close enough to home that Jill can take her to dinner……and chat with her on their iphone4s………run, Ally, run!!!!!

  89. Denise says:

    Wow, that was some episode.

    OMG….the way the Guidice girls SCREAMED (did you see Milania’s face??) when told momma and daddy were going on vacation without them!? I would have just left it to the morning of the cruise and dropped the off at nonna and poppa’s house with a few bottles of benadryl. Teresa is doing a bang-up job raising some really obnoxious children. Maybe a few years pinching pennies while living over the pizza parlor would be good for all of the females in the family. Can Audriana can be saved???? Gia and Milania are the worst and (I know I’ll get flamed for saying it) I can see Milania already growing a mustache. She’s got Chewy’s hirsute genes. Not a good thing.

    Bravo must have gotten a cut rate for booking a cruise off season because the deadbeat Guidices (as well as the other families) got to drag along grandmas and grandpas. What a bunch of mooches. And Teresa who can’t.stop.spending. had to buy a ring that looked like a green turd. Teresa spends just to spend. Doesn’t matter if the item she buys doesn’t look nice. She needs therapy. And speech lessons.
    And her kids wearing what looked like furs made out of skinned cats in the gondola while Milania refused to sit down. Didn’t T. know how dangerous that water is? Not only was it icy cold, it is FILTHY and full of bacteria, including fecal bactera. Milania could have gotten dangerously sick if she’d fallen in. But no, Teresa lets her little darlings do what they want, cuz dey ah sooo cayooot!

    I love the suggestion that moon-faced Ashley should have gone on the cruise but only if she was to play nanny. She would have jumped overboard the first day. GREAT IDEA!

    Juicy Joe must have slipped some one at the court house some moolah under the table to get that slap under the wrist; DUI is not something to be looked at lightly. I think he and Ashley should serve their community service together: wearing orange jumpsuits picking up trash on Jersey highways. Trash picking up trash!

    • Olivia says:

      It is distressing watching this mess of a show amble through 15 weeks of useless coverage. And then watching the most egregious characters booked to appear on tv shows as if they were deserving of attention.

      Allowing Teresa to offer specious reasons as to why they are in bankruptcy is a slap in the face to those who have lost jobs, face foreclosure, and are unable to give their own kids even a modicum of what Teresa spends on that ungrateful brood.

      Driving under the influence is despicable but to be able to shuck it off as a minor distraction and then get nothing but a slap on the wrist is yet another reason why these people just don’t get it.

      Amazing to find commentators out there who applaud this behavior and find nothing disturbing in watching the Guidice’s behaving in the most disgusting manner. Bankruptcy, fraud, forgery, DUI’s, are nothing to celebrate or excuse unless one is actually braindead and without a value system to begin with.

      Makes you wonder about Caroline who holds herself up as an example of commonsense.

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      With his driving record you would think he would take his sentence without complaint – but no, not Joe – community service is so beneath him! Is he claiming he has to work at the pizzeria so they can afford to pay their mortgage on the mansion?? At least Chris, even delivering the message within a joke, knows how serious drinking and driving is!

      • Olivia says:

        It was mentioned somewhere that the mortgage payment on the mansion is somewhere around $12,000 monthly. Not sure if that is real but at any rate, he will have to make a lot of profit from the pizza shop in order to afford to remain there.

        Factor in utilities, insurance, food, etc., that is a pretty costly lifestyle for someone running a pizza joint. And how does he get back and forth to work if his license is suspended and what kind of car do they drive now?

        • vgirl511 says:

          Not sure if things are different in New Jersey, but I know in New York, sometimes if your license is suspended they will still allow you to drive back and forth to work. If Joe still has other businesses in addition to the pizza place, he could probably use ‘work’ as an excuse for driving almost anywhere!

        • WindyCityWondering says:

          Gotta give props to the Trustee – for all the crap these morons keep pulling – IMO, the mansion will get pulled out from under them too. Teresa called it an investment property – so is it an investment or is it their primary residence??? Everyone is being led to believe she doesn’t know what is going on but then she drops bombs like investment property and gives herself away..

        • Sha2000 says:

          And that’s not including electric; how many a/c’s at that house…I have 3 & I’m 4,300 sq ft so you can bet she has about 8 a/c’s to run. Property taxes, insurance, etc, etc. Whew expensive upkeep!

          • Olivia says:

            If they manage to come back from this financial collapse living in the same luxurious surroundings then I will know that something stinks more than the fish in NJ.

            No matter how well that “cookbook” sells, it can’t come close to making a dent in that 11 million debt.

            • Sha2000 says:

              No it most likely won’t, I agree Olivia. As I said the electric bill per month has to be a bitch on that house, let alone the 50 other bills you get every month. $11 million! Mind boggling! And that’s just one irresponsible family that we heard about…thanks for the recession losers!

        • Squirrels says:

          Pizza joints, like Chinese restaurants, are often a cash business. Does anyone honestly believe all that moola is put on the books? NAAAAHHH.

          • Sha2000 says:

            Lol Windy, that’s correct!!!!

            Right Squirrel, but you’d have to be as big Pizza Hut to get close to paying back a $11 million debit…$11 million! That’s a lot of (pizza) dough!

          • Quincy IL says:

            Chinese finger nail parlors have a lot of cash too. I stood behind 3 young Chinese girls as they handed over 3,000 dollars in singles for a Post Office voucher to be sent home to China. When they left, someone said that was a lot of cash and the postal clerk said they send that every week. The owner of the salon that I go to said that IL regulates hair salons and everyone has to have a license and pay taxes on tips. The nail parlors have an owner with a license and lots of employees getting tips. I think there is a problem in this process.

  90. MickeyMouth says:

    Michaele Salahi tweet – A fun recap of Episode one premiere party. Stay tuned for fun “new” news tomorrow!… http://fb.me/vcGRbq9o

    Her little speech is ridic.

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      SO are they going to have a party for each episode? He looks like the circus master and she looks like one of the freaks in the show. Sorry these two are beyond creepy and the more exposure they get the creepier they become.

  91. Sha2000 says:

    Caroline’s blog went up yesterday, but it wasn’t on the page where all the recent blogs are usually listed. Here it is:

    http://www.bravotv.com/the-real-housewives-of-new-jersey/season-2/blogs/caroline-manzo/ciao-baby

    I have to agree w/her on cruising. I’ve been on one cruise & I much prefer to go and explore & spend time in the place I’m visiting; a few hours on land is not enough time to experience a culture.

    • Olivia says:

      Does she get it that this trip, which allowed her to ride in first class, was actually paid for by someone else? If she is so concerned about the quality of what they experienced, perhaps she should consider paying for a trip out of her own pocket.

      And knowing the way those brats behave at home, did she expect them to suddenly begin to mind their manners abroad? She knew full well what to expect from that band of idiots. Bravo probably put them onboard that ship in order to maintain control over the structure of the filming.

      Running through the streets of Venice, or any other locale they expected to document, would have caused more chaos than what we witnessed. Teresa screaming her lungs out all over Italy would wear any camera crew out.

      • Sha2000 says:

        “Does she get it that this trip, which allowed her to ride in first class, was actually paid for by someone else? If she is so concerned about the quality of what they experienced, perhaps she should consider paying for a trip out of her own pocket. ”

        I don’t think that’s how she meant it. She said she had been the summer past & was just comparing.

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      I am not a fan of cruising for the same reason – I love walking around, looking at the architecture,the history, the people, what every day looks like – to have a mob of screeching monkeys on a confined space would be torture……

      • Adgirl says:

        Totally. I’m taking my next vaca with you. My husband and I love unstructured exploring. So much fun to figure out how to get around town and discovering things on our own. Somehow that doesn’t seem to be the MO of the RH ladies.

      • Sha2000 says:

        No, you can’t get that from a cruise unless they dock for a few days at least.

        • vilzvet says:

          Yep, the trip was only 1 week which INCLUDED a cruise. Not much time to explore. Then in next week’s eppy we see them going into the more bucolic countryside where Joe and Teresa’s relatives live. They surely had to spend at least 1 or 2 days there. So in effect this trip had absolutely no time at all to appreciate and enjoy fully, GOOD!!! My sister is going to Italy next month and is spending 13 days. Now THAT is how to go to Italy. Bravo obviously didn’t want to finance a complete trip for 30 people so they did it in the bare minimum timeframe. See, now I don’t feel so jealous they went!

  92. OMG! Kim G tried to crash Danielle’s birthday party! (it was open to the public-wasn’t it?)
    I posted a link and more Danielle news on my blog http://www.njhousewives.blogspot.com

  93. Amber...Real Wife says:

    • Sha2000 says:

      Saw that one, very funny!!!!!

        • Olivia says:

          Nothing produces a sound like “fingernails on a chalkboard” then to hear someone suggest Kim G as a permanent member of that ghastly cast!

          The others are bad enough but this old tramp just makes my blood boil. Her “campaign” to get on tv at any price is what makes her the most despicable, IMHO.

          She makes me sick.
          Her vulgarity, and the fact that she appears half drunk most of the time, should not be rewarded by showcasing her as a “star”.

          • Sha2000 says:

            But the jury is out on Kim G, either you like her or not it seems no middle like Danielle. I’m from the camp that would like to see her added to the cast. Considering the caliber of the current group (a 47 yr old mom that puts out a sex tape & a lower middle class mom that’s put herself in the hole for millions); she’s really not that bad. She’s not a mom doing porn for profit (lowest of the low) & she is financially stable & actually does live the affluent lifestyle that Bravo promoted with this franchise of HW shows, (not a poser like the majority). she can be harsh but so is the rest of the cast. I also find Kim D funny with her ” big D” & “dirty D” comments. I hope to see the two Kim’s added; watching Jacqueline put me to sleep & Caroline is just their to take complaints about Danielle or talk about her kids (who cares!)…we need pot stirrers!

            • Sha2000 says:

              “She makes me sick.
              Her vulgarity, …”

              Sorry but a 47 yr old who sets the horrible example of promoting a sex tape for profit when she has two teen daughters is my definition of vulgar.

              • Pat Johnson says:

                In no way defending Danielle; she too is beyond despicable.

                But Kim G has shown that she is “up” for anything in order to gain access to this show. It also begs the question why anyone would want to be a part of this horrid enterprise, particularly when it is no secret that she is financially solvent. She certainly does not bring “talent” to the table unless we are judging her ability to gain access to any filming that may be taking place in Franklin Lakes.

                I guess I don’t find a 54 yr old two faced troublemaker with a penchant for dressing like a teenager, and a mouth that would shock a stevedore, an “asset”.

                And if she is what is considered a NJ “socialite” I cannot imagine what the rest of that social set must include.

          • twoile says:

            & that may just be the reason(s) Bravo puts Kim G in the cast just sayin!!!!!

  94. MAMAZ says:

    Hi everyone. I’ve been too busy to check in the past few days. Getting the kids ready for back to school. I didn’t watch RHONJ. Doesn’t sound like I missed much.
    I see Danielle had another Birthday party. How many does that make this year? I heard on something E about her stripping at the party. Did that happen?

    Lynn – Great blog as ususal but you don’t owe anyone an apology for Teresa. On behalf of all Italian Americans let me apologize to you and everyone else for her. She’s an embarrassment to us and in no way represents us.

  95. Olivia says:

    I think what I find so offensive about Kim G is that the other “Housewives” had been chosen for this series and she is simply “weaseling” her way in as Bethenny pointed out.

    The first time we ever saw her face was at that luncheon Danielle threw to “celebrate” Christine’s success and she was only there because of Kim D. Danielle asked her if it were true that she was a friend of Caroline and she denied it. Since then we have watched her push herself into every scene. Her duplicity was outstanding in that she is shown playing both sides of the fence in an attempt to fashion herself into one camp or the other in order to reinforce her chances of gaining a foothold.

    That last episode showing her screeching obscenities at Danielle from the steps of the restaurant exemplifies how far she is willing to go to satisfy the Bravo execs by “bringing the drama” at the expense of her self esteem. For me it showed the actions of a desperate woman whose lack of integrity in seeking “fame” at any cost to her image to gain prominence in this nonsensical show was most revealing.

    • Sha2000 says:

      “The first time we ever saw her face was at that luncheon Danielle threw to “celebrate” Christine’s success and she was only there because of Kim D. Danielle asked her if it were true that she was a friend of Caroline and she denied it. Since then we have watched her push herself into every scene.”

      Maybe that’s how Bravo is introducing new people now? Look at Jennifer who’s supposed to be on NY next season. They introduced her in a few scenes to try to work her into the storyline; the difference is her story is slow & Kim D’s fast. I get your point why you dislike her; my point is I find other ladies on RHONJ actions, specifically Danielle’s sex tape promotion with two young daughters at home (no matter how well brought up they seem to date) is far more offensive to me than foul words or being used by Kim D. As they say, actions speak louder than words.

      So anyway Olivia; I guess we will have to wait & see if she is added or not. Someone will replace Dina as they have replaced, Laurie, Jena, etc in the past.
      We shall see : )

  96. Squirrels says:

    OMG –

    Teresa_Giudice

    “Come see me tonight a @ Chateau Salon in Franklin Lakes for a Skinny Italian book signing. They will have books there to purchase. 7-9pm”

    She’s doing book signings @ a hair salon now? What’s next, hot dog street vendors?

    • felony stupid says:

      Is that THE salon these morons are always going to? She’s prob going for her weekly stache wax and figured she could dump some books at the same time. Just ick.

      • Ellabean says:

        It is that salon. That salon is how they cast the NJ franchise in the first place – – producers walked in, saw big hair, big nails, big mouths…. and the rest is history….

  97. dsc60 says:

    i have only gotten through about half of the comments so excuse if this has already been addressed, however, in NJ a DWI will get you at LEAST six months loss of driver’s license, no if, ands or buts. i didn’t catch this entire episode so i’m not sure where the info where he only got community service was obtained, but that would NEVER happen. NJ is one of the most stringent states when dealing with DWIs. also, joe blew a .11… the legal limit is .08 so he was not 10x the legal limit, he wasn’t even double the limit not that it really matters, over the limit is over the limit. but just wanted to point out that if he were 10x the limit, he would be dead… no more juicy joe for teresa.

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