I Hate Jill Zarin Real Housewives of New Jersey August 17, 2010
We’re getting there, I thought this season would never end, just one more episode then the endless reunions and lost footage episodes and we’re finished with the NJ housewives for another year!
The second half of this Italy trip was even more chaotic than the first as the show opens, the ship docks in Naples Italy and the pack takes a tour bus around the city. I can’t imagine why Teresa’s girls are acting out? Oh wait, they always do, it doesn’t matter what they’re doing. This is the third or fourth time in the last two episodes that we’ve seen one of these girls lashing out and hitting someone else. Unless it was edited out, no one even said a word to the kid after hitting her sister.
Is it just me or does everyone take this hitting thing way to lightly? What happened to keeping your hands to yourself and not hitting? That is a basic rule that should be taught to children the minute they can understand what you’re saying to them. These girls seem inappropriately angry all the time, I’m no child psychiatrist but I don’t think that is normal. The screaming and crying when they don’t get exactly what they want, when they want it and the lashing out by hitting, is that ok? Are they really just spoiled or is there something else causing all of this anger?
Teresa managed to show us, once again, just how extremely stupid she is, a bidet? She can’t even pronounce it? Then the always classy Juicy Joe adds that it’s like a “douche”. No, Joe, you’re a douche! Joe also is sure to announce that it is raining as they settle into their hotel room. The one thing I will give Teresa credit for, she did seem to try to look on the bright side and turn things positive, she walked into the hotel room raving about how nice it was and all Joe could say was that it is raining outside.
Joe made the trip worse than it had to be, dragging all of the luggage around then bitching about it as if he just now realized how much luggage his wife brought.
Teresa’s interviews showed very little sympathy toward Caroline, particularly since we all know now that Caroline was suffering from kidney stones throughout the trip. I think that just because Caroline was the only one who actually made everyone aware of her impatience with the screaming Giudice brats certainly didn’t mean that all of the others didn’t feel the same way but were polite enough to hide their feelings. Teresa just doesn’t get it, she choses not to discipline her children but everyone else around them suffer the consequences.
Caroline and Albert settle into their hotel room and seem to get a few minutes of peace and quiet, they seem unimpressed by Joe and Teresa’s parenting skills but really only say that they had a very different style of parenting. That much, we knew! It seems that one of Teresa’s girls, Gabriella, had taken a liking to Albert, that was actually cute. I think that little girl has middle child syndrome. Her older sister gets plenty of attention and Miliana gets a ton of attention because she screams at the top of her lungs at any given moment but little Gabriella doesn’t seem to get the attention she is craving so it’s no wonder she latched onto Albert.
Back in the United States, Danielle talks to her daughters about her search for her birth mother and they both seem to be on board with the plan. Each time I see those girls, I like them more and more. Christine uses the word “ass” and with one look from her mother corrects it to “butt” while Danielle offers even more suggestions. It is clear to me that Christine has a really good head on her shoulders and even Jillian who is so obviously shy is a smart little girl. Maybe much of this is the influence from their father, but you have to give Danielle credit where credit is due.
More and more I’m feeling sorry for Danielle, even when we watched Chris Laurita and Joe Giudice on the cruise ship discussing Danielle (why? Who knows?) Chris talked about how Danielle has no family and no friends and while his point was that it is Danielle who is to blame, it made me think that she really can’t control the fact that she has no family to speak of. Friends do seem to come and go with her, when she interviewed that Kim G was her “dearest friend” I felt sad for Danielle, we watched as she only just met Kim G that the beginning of the season at her luncheon for Christine’s magazine cover. I know that Danielle is a wack-a-doodle and clearly she can’t keep friends for a reason, but it still makes me feel a little sad for her.
Back in Italy and Chris has taken everyone out for pizza as they discuss what it is going to take to actually get to meet Joe and Teresa’s family. Apparently a long walk up a steep hill is waiting for them and the only one concerned about this is Jacqueline. Caroline complains that Teresa talks of nothing but this “reunion” that will take place tomorrow and Caroline seems clearly over it.
The group packs and lugs their suitcases once again onto a bus to head for Joe and Teresa’s family village. Father of 4 children under 10, Joe is bitching the entire time about how much everything costs, swearing like a truck driver in front of all of those kids! If it were only his own children hearing his tirade (they’ve probably heard him many times before) it would be one thing but Jacqueline’s children were also on that bus and it was extremely rude and obnoxious, not all that surprising for Joe Giudice!
This man made everyone on the bus uncomfortable with is rantings and it was completely unnecessary. Let’s review what he was talking about. He claimed that he was charged $850 Euros for the room at the hotel and his father was charged $650. The difference in price is most likely due to the family of 6 as compared to just a couple, however, didn’t Bravo pay for this? Then Joe goes on to complain about being charged for usage of the mini-bar, first he says he didn’t consume anything in the mini-bar, then says he doesn’t even drink scotch. (I believe you certainly did drink scotch after your car accident) Everyone knows those mini-bar prices are exorbitant but Joe wants to go back and kick their ass for the charges. Next Joe complains about $1,000 euro breakfast that wasn’t even that good!
All of this leaves a few questions, did Bravo pay for the trip? Possibly they paid for only the travel expenses and everything else was up to each family. They may have paid for the hotel but Joe decided to complain anyway. I would bet, however, that Bravo did not cover the mini-bar and any drinks consumed on the trip. Possibly they were given a budget and anything over budget would be paid for by each family. Eating expenses may have been the responsibility of each family. It’s hard to know but the bottom line is, Joe is a classless Neanderthal!
Caroline has a laughing fit, one that was long overdue for her on this trip when Joe actually comes out with, “We gotta be civilized”. Who do you suppose Joe was directing that comment to? His tacky, loud and obnoxious wife, his spoiled screaming children or himself? Those are really the only choices! Jacqueline adds in response to Joe’s ranting, “you eat, you drink, you pay”. Has Jacqueline met the Giudice family? No they don’t!
As they arrive in the town where Teresa and Joe’s parents grew up, we quickly learn that Jacqueline’s fears were not unfounded and half the group had to stay behind because the long steep hike wasn’t going to be possible. Again, babies are left with grandparents as they had to find a way to kill time while the group trekked up the mountain. Do you suppose these people just sat on the bus the whole time? Or are there happening night spots for them to hit while waiting for everyone to return from the family reunion?
It may have been Bravo’s editing but that climb up the steep paths and stairs seemed pretty long and harsh. Another reason I’m happy to live in the good old USA! The group begins to arrive at some family homes and each of them come out to hug and kiss the family and meet the strangers. I found it odd that no one invited them in, this reunion took place in the streets and outside homes of the families in Italy. Finally we did see that someone put out a spread of food for the guests, but still it seemed odd to me the way people were just emerging from their homes to greet the visitors from the US but didn’t invite them in. This wasn’t really a family reunion party as we would know it here, it was more like come on out of your homes and say “hi” to the guests.
Joe takes the group on a tour of a pig slaughter house and we see him smile and laugh for the very first time on this trip, he must have been happy to be with his own kind again! Teresa’s kids are whining and crying again, nothing new. Teresa starts to scream at one of them then holds herself back, softening her screeching voice as she remembers that she’s miked up for the show, “mommy has heels on” she reminds the kid!
During all of the revelry we witness almost all of the Housewives being rude, Caroline may have been the exception but Teresa, wanting to introduce a family member to Caroline, grabs Caroline by the arm and says, “Get over here!” Jacqueline in her infinite wisdom calls all of the parents and grandparents, “old people”. I’m sure they appreciated that. Caroline and Jacqueline seemed to sneak into someone’s home after Jacqueline sniffed out more food and sit down to a plate of spaghetti in someone’s home that they did not know. Jacqueline has two constants all season, her talking about Danielle all the time and her eating just as often! Did anyone notice whether Jacqueline’s 7-year old son, C.J. made the trip up the mountain? I don’t remember seeing him in any of the shots but it doesn’t make sense that he would stay back with the others, does it?
Joe is back to his nasty self walking down the hill, he snaps at his daughters, at his wife and when she asks for an apology, he tells her he’s going to kick her to her uncle’s house across the town. Did I mention what a class act Joe Giudice is?
Back down the hill and the group is back together again, we are treated to a view of where Juicy Joe spent the first year of his life and where his parents were married. Bravo must have really been short of interesting footage to have included so much of this nonsense!
The final night in Italy and a few of the Italian relatives join the group for dinner. Everyone is seated and the Giudice family makes a grand entrance looking like they just auditioned for Star Search. This was a family dinner, not an appearance on Hee-Haw. I thought the kids chomping gum was really attractive too, didn’t you? Everyone else just dresses for a normal nice dinner, Teresa looks like she’s ready to appear on the Mommy portion of Toddlers and Tiara’s or possibly she stuffed herself into that pink vinyl looking thing thinking she was going to jump out of a bachelor’s cake? Teresa thanks everyone for joining them on “their” trip, was this Teresa’s trip? I think that Teresa feels that the world is hers and everyone else is just visiting her.
The families are home again and once again, as annoying as they are, Caroline’s boys impressed by offering to make their parents something to eat after their long and exhausting trip!
A completely different scene meets us at the Giudice home, as the kids continue to scream, ignore their parents and overall act like they are given no discipline. Note to Teresa: Grandparents typically are not the best disciplinarians so when you leave your children with your parents all the time, and don’t discipline them yourself because you feel guilty for leaving them all the time, this is how your children are going to behave.
Joe and Teresa crawl into bed, also exhausted and we hear Teresa telling Joe that she loves him over and over until she forces him to return the favor. Sorry, but if it takes that much effort to get your husband to say that he loves you, maybe you should take another look at your relationship?
The big finale preview has Carline meeting with Danielle to discuss all of the “craziness” that happened this season, this scripted video is an attempt to explain why on earth Caroline would ever request a meeting with Danielle:
On a final note, thank you Bravo for another Ashley free episode! There are no words!
Off screen we learn that Joe and Teresa spent Monday, August 16 in court requesting that the judge make some changes to earlier orders. The auction of their belongings that was scheduled to take place on August 22 has been postponed to October and some of the children’s belongings are taken off the list of items to be sold.
Some links to the many articles that appeared yesterday regarding the Giudice’s money problems: as always, thanks to @SassNSauceBBC for finding the great links! If you’re on Twitter, follow her!
NorthJersey.com: Judge tries setting a price on fame http://t.co/PiDxw6n
Bankrupt ‘Housewife’ Teresa Giudice’s $60K spending spree http://bit.ly/9GC50d
Real Housewives of NY, Jill Zarin, Speaks About The Real Housewives of New Jersey http://bit.ly/dxZg4V
NJ Housewife Spent $60,000 After Filing Bankruptcy! Auction Of Her Belongings Gets Postponed | RadarOnline.com http://t.co/SBiHpH1
Teresa Spent $60,000 After Filing Bankruptcy http://bit.ly/ahs7H8
‘Real Housewives’ star Teresa Giudice bankruptcy sale delayed | NJ.com http://bit.ly/bhKuxb
Real Housewives of New Jersey: Court Delays Giudice Auction http://chicagonow.com/WBI5
Check out “More Bad Decisions in Housewife History: Bankrupt Teresa Giudice Goes on $60,000 Spree” http://bit.ly/d8Vp6U
Don’t forget some of our favs…
The Real(ly) Old Housewives of Manatee County: Updates of Bravo’s …http://bit.ly/d7yeSP
NJ Housewife Spent $60,000 After Filing Bankruptcy! Auction Of Her Belongings Gets Postponed | RadarOnline.com http://t.co/SBiHpH1
Many articles also appeared about Danielle Staub being fired from the Real Housewives of New Jersey. If we have learned nothing about Bravo’s operation, we know that it doesn’t work like that. Before the season has completed airing, Bravo hasn’t even thought about casting for next season yet. (well, maybe they’ve thought of it) In any case, until a new season of RHONJ has been given the green light, no one can be hired or fired because there are no jobs to be had at this point. Chances are really good that RHONJ will be picked up for another season as it is the highest rated show on the cable channel, but until it is official, they’re not signing contracts with housewives just yet.
This “rumor” came from one supposed inside source at Bravo and was given to Life & Style magazine, it was then picked up by dozens of other news outlets making the story even bigger and more believable than it would have been originally. Danielle basically gave us a “no comment” because that is what she is instructed to do, she doesn’t know if she’ll be back or not at this point but neither does Jacqueline, Caroline or Teresa.
Another theory: RT @chicagonow: Exclusive: Here’s the Skinny on Danielle leaving Real Housewives of New Jersey and the ‘spin off show’ http://chicagonow.com/yqT7
By the way, don’t bother with Danielle’s blog this week, it is regurgitated from past weeks and simply says the same things, her daughters are doing well, releasing a song and she thanks a whole bunch of people that we don’t know and couldn’t care less about. The only thing of consequence, was again her no-comment about the rumors of her being fired, Danielle stated:
Due to recent rumors posted today, I’d like to say that I’m not even thinking about Season 3 right now as I am considering many incredible options that have been presented to me.
Dina Manzo tweeted something interesting yesterday as well.
DinaManzo: I didn’t go to Italy because Lexi had school & Tommy had to work I Didn’t want to experience Italy w/out them. I wasn’t filming anymore too!
DinaManzo: Who knows, maybe they will recast everyone, no one’s talking about season 3 yet anyway. I’m just happy doing my thing right now : )
Dina’s tweets tell us a few things, she hasn’t completely ruled out returning to the show, and confirms that obviously Danielle wasn’t fired since, as we know, no one is talking about Season 3 yet.
Dina tries to make us think that it was her decision not to go to Italy, when in fact it is obvious that she couldn’t possibly have gone and not been filmed! Lexi had school? So did CJ and Gia, one week off of school in exchange for a trip to Italy isn’t a big sacrifice but how could Bravo’s cameras continuously avoid Dina and Lexi during filming this trip? Dina quit the show, Bravo certainly isn’t going to accommodate her like that! Bravo wasn’t going to include anyone who wouldn’t agree to being on camera. Dina Manzo is full of shit!
Bravotv.com site is a complete mess, the blogs are irratic and it is difficult to find the newest ones, there is no longer a “video” icon to view previews or bonus footage. Hopefully they’ll get their act together soon. Here is a video clip preview for next week:
The Real Housewives of New Jersey – Videos – Previews – Meeting the Boss | Bravo TV Official Site http://t.co/je78rYE
Danielle and Danny discuss the meeting that Caroline has requested. Clearly t his is all just for Bravo’s camera’s. Caroline wouldn’t have come up with this on her own. She has been telling the others for months to ignore Danielle, they simply won’t listen to her! Danny and Danielle seem to think that Caroline is behind the scenes pushing Jacqueline and Teresa to act like fools and harass Danielle, but from everything we’ve seen, Caroline is the sensible one telling them to ignore Danielle.
A few clips later, we see a bonus clip of Teresa and some of the group in Italy meeting the mayor of her hometown. Teresa, the genius, says, “it was nice to meet the mayor of Italy”. Gawd she’s stupid!
While we did have a wonderful Ashley-free episode, unfortunately she continues to tweet non-stop about Danielle and the show, she has a strange obsession with Heather McDonald who works on the Chelsey Lately show, Ashley tweeted to her several times:
@McDonaldHeather hahaha! oh my god.. don’t think i’m a creep.. but that just made my night.. haha i’m a big fan! i loved when you pretended to be danielle.. i was laughing so hard!..and to answer your question.. danielle kept her extensions!.. didn’t you see her hold the huge ball of it up in her interview? LOL!..ANYWAY.. all is well with me! thank you! -tell chelsea i love her too! ..& guy.. & ross.. & chuy haha .. okay i’m done.. thanks for watching us! Xo
@McDonaldHeather ps- if you follow me on here.. i would be incredibly happy.. haha .. just puttin that out there..
McDonaldHeather i LOVE that you actually watch our show!! you are one of my favorite comedians on the round table!! ❤ haha
Ashley also re-tweeted some of Heather McDonald’s tweets:
At least Danielle could go to Market Basket for a panini since those Woman are in Italy.
Theresa’s custom made dresses for girls were beyond ridiculous!
Hopefully Bravo will give Danielle her own show Guy suggested the title “Danielle Getting Botox?”
Then that were Ashley’s typical tweets that are equally nasty and idiotic:
@_AshleyHolmes: on a lighter note.. ish.. i got my lip pierced today and my lip is soo swollen that it’s actually starting to scare me #bigmistake
@_AshleyHolmes: lol ps i have friends.. and NONE of them have ANY connections to danny… even my two asshole ex friends haha — also — i have NEVER been kicked out of ANY school.. and danielle drove me to school ONE TIME (not by choice).. that’s all.. OH -and last time i checked i wasn’t a terrorist haha
@_AshleyHolmes danielles is just bitter because no one wants her back for season three 🙂
@_AshleyHolmes: 47 years?.. so.. you’ve been looking for her since you were an infant? haha.. really? PUHHH LEAZZZEEE what an asshole haha #realhousewives
We know who the asshole is Ashley…you!
And her big news that no one really cares about:
@_AshleyHolmes i’m getting a sparrow… on my arm.. i can’t really explain where… but don’t worry i’ll post pics later 🙂
@_AshleyHolmes i’m getting my tattoo on the 25th !! 🙂 beyond excited..
Don’t forget! Just one more day to submit your suggestions for categories for the First Annual Twitter Housewives Awards. Visit @Followinyoazz on Twitter for details and view her “favorite” tweets to see the categories. Voting will begin August 18 and the final awards announced August 25!
Until Next Time……