I Hate Jill Zarin New Jersey is OVER, you know O V E R August 24, 2010
We’re finally seeing light at the end of the tunnel, just two more reunion episodes and most likely a lost footage one after that and we’re through with New Jersey, hopefully for an awfully long time!
This finale opens with a “formal”? Dinner party at Teresa’s house. Teresa is serving dinner for her “one big happy family”. Their six day Italy trip apparently started a regular meeting of the adults while the grandparents babysit, as it seems happens on a regular basis. I’m not complaining as the kids are annoying, but why couldn’t the children be at this dinner?
Caroline recaps everything that Danielle has done all season and wow is she stretching to find something to say about each person in the room. Against Teresa, Danielle said that Teresa’s house was in foreclosure, (failing to mention that it was in response to Teresa verbally attacking Danielle) against Chris, Danielle’s “bodyguard” called him a “faggot”. Against Ashley, Danielle is rightfully pressing charges against her for physically attacking her.
What on earth is the big deal? This table full of grown adults is talking about Danielle, who really had done nothing against any of these people, certainly nothing tangible with the exception of Ashley. They sit at this table and discuss how to get this woman out of their lives. Seriously? She’s not in your life, Caroline hasn’t seen her since last season’s reunion. Danielle can say anything she likes, it isn’t hurting anyone. She is pressing charges against Ashley, who is getting exactly what she deserves and is getting exactly what Danielle would be getting had the tables been turned. If Danielle had so much as touched any of these people, she’d be sitting in a jail cell.
Does anyone else see the absurdity here? Teresa chimes in that Danielle won’t listen, Danielle runs when Teresa tries to talk to her. Yet they say Danielle won’t leave them alone? Why was Teresa trying to talk to her if she didn’t want Danielle in her life at all? This entire thing with Ashley pulling Danielle’s hair is Teresa’s fault! Danielle did nothing and even tried to remove herself from the situation. (Just ask Kelly, that’s what you do when you’re being bullied) Danielle was being bullied, Teresa just wanted to berate and make a fool of Danielle, she didn’t want to say “hi” or try to be nice at all!
So how did this table of grown adults come to the conclusion that the “head housewife” Caroline, should set up a meeting to talk to Danielle? If Teresa hadn’t started anything with Danielle, Ashley wouldn’t be in the situation that she’s in, that’s the bottom line. In any case, Caroline sends the infamous text to Danielle asking for a meeting.
I really like seeing Danielle’s daughter’s, I think they’re really great kids, I just wish that Danielle would have listened to them and not agreed to meet with Caroline. I know there would not have been a finale without the “meeting” but Christine and Jillian knew that nothing good would come of the meeting and the girls were right. Great kids!
Jacqueline and Chris try to talk to Ashley and explain what is about to happen. Caroline is meeting with Danielle and her main purpose is to try to get Danielle to ease up on Ashley with the criminal charges that are pending. Ashley, in typical Ashley fashion doesn’t get it and has no appreciation but continues with the eye rolls and sickeningly negative attitude.
The meeting was a joke, plain and simple. Caroline was right, Danielle came in with a wall up, but so would anyone else in that same situation. Caroline sat there asking Danielle for something that she really had no right to ask for. Did anyone else notice all of the contradictions that came out of Caroline’s mouth? It was all about what you did to me and what I did to you. First Caroline says that she, herself did nothing to Danielle. That is true, yet then she says when she sits there it is on behalf of Jacqueline, Dina, Lexy and Ashley and the rest of the “family”. So which is it Caroline? On the other hand, Danielle did nothing directly to Caroline, also true.
Caroline says that she’s puzzled as to why Danielle has to pursue this with Ashley. What happened to “Iron hand Jacqueline, Iron hand”? Facing the consequences is exactly what Ashley needs to do! Caroline says that Ashley has the integrity to say she was wrong, when did that happen? It must have been off camera. Where was the apology? Why wasn’t that offered to Danielle? Do you suppose if Caroline brought Ashley along with her, and Ashley gave Danielle a sincere apology, things may have turned out differently?
Caroline admits that Ashley was wrong and asks Danielle what happened when Danielle was young and made mistakes. Who was there for Danielle? Well, Caroline, no one was there to defend Danielle, she took her punishment just as Ashley needs to do. Caroline’s arguments made no sense. In the end Caroline turns into a gangster and calls Danielle a “clown” and again calls her “garbage”. I can’t imagine why Danielle walked out.
In the end, had Danielle agreed to drop all charges against Ashley, it would have changed nothing in the relationship between Danielle and the rest of the cast of this show. Danielle knows it, Caroline knows it and we all know it. Caroline wasn’t trying to clear the air, she didn’t go there with good intentions, she merely wanted Danielle to drop the charges against Ashley, nothing more.
Danielle’s bodyguards didn’t bother me at all, who really cares? Everyone made a big deal about her introducing them to her children, so what? Were these men a bad influence on the girls? I doubt they did any lasting damage.
Back at the Brownstone, the family is all waiting for Caroline to return with a report on what happened at the meeting. Chris Laurita orders a drink of half coke, half red wine? That is the strangest drink I’ve ever heard of.
Jacqueline and Ashley, once again, have an argument causing Ashley to once again roll her eyes and show complete disrespect for Jacqueline. Jacqueline has asked over and over that Ashley stop with any discussion or interaction with Danielle, yet even to this day Ashley is tweeting about Danielle. Her ridiculous $189 fine for pulling Danielle’s hair clearly did nothing to fix her attitude.
Teresa is all but non-existent in this episode, thank goodness! We still had to witness her forcing her husband to kiss her at the dinner table, it is so clear he’s not into you anymore Teresa, open your eyes!
Caroline returns to the Brownstone with her version of the story to be told to the family. The bottom line is the meeting was a waste of time and did not result in anything at all. Teresa tells us that Caroline’s eyes are as red as her hair, we didn’t see Caroline crying but maybe in the car on the drive over to the Brownstone?
The best line of the episode was Danielle’s message to Teresa, “When my daughters were that age, I dressed them in lace and crinoline, I dressed my dogs in leopard.” I love that!
Surprisingly, as the show ends as all Housewife series end with a small blurb about each person on screen, Teresa’s bankruptcy is revealed but was quick to include that her house is NOT in foreclosure! Not yet anyway!
The remaining cast of characters final words appear on screen
Danielle plugs her book and has released a sex tape with an unknown stranger for Hustler
Christine continues her modeling with IMG and Jillian sang at a NYC street fair
Jacqueline is trying to lose weight and remains friendly with Kim G (she is exciting, isn’t she?)
Teresa continues to plug her book and has declared $11 million bankruptcy
Albie graduated from the police academy and is trying to get back into law school
Chris still works as Banquet Manager at the Browntone, but still wants to open a strip club/car wash
Lauren continues to work as make-up artist and is still dating Vito
Caroline’s says Albert cut his hours at work and she hasn’t seen Danielle since the meeting (another cast member that Bravo is keeping, exciting life!)
If anyone has been reading the blogs, you’ll know that Teresa has decided the blogs are a good place to get little digs into her cast mates, but not toward Danielle but Caroline and Jacqueline! It’s funny because as you know, these ladies don’t know what is said in their talking head interviews until they see the episodes months later. Teresa learned that Caroline was a tad annoyed by the behavior of her children and that Jacqueline made fun of Joe and Teresa for dragging all of their luggage off the cruise ship when everyone else left it for the Stuarts to bring out.
From Teresa’s blog:
I don’t know why Caroline was so crabby. I know she was sick before we left and
in pain, but she could have stayed home like Dina. What did she think it was
going to be like with 20 people and babies? It wasn’t a romantic honeymoon for
her and Albert. I don’t know why that shocked her. And I’m sorry she felt
uncomfortable when we were all speaking Italian, but hello, it’s Italy! Her
Italian grandfather might not have taught her Italian, but I think she’s had
plenty of time over the years to learn it if she wanted to!
WOW, that’s some sympathy for a woman with kidney stones! Caroline has done nothing but support Teresa and make excuses for Teresa from day one. Nice payback Teresa!
From Teresa’s blog:
It was hilarious that they showed Joe kicking the suitcases out of the elevator.
I don’t know if you’ve ever traveled to Europe with kids, but it’s not very
suitcase friendly! And I didn’t over pack! I packed for two adults and four kids,
including a baby! I don’t know why Jacqueline said we only took our luggage
because we thought it would get stolen. We were leaving the boat for good.
Everyone had to take their luggage off the boat and into the bus. I guess us
doing it with 4 small kids was just the funniest.
Where to begin with this paragraph? First of all, no it wasn’t hilarious that Joe kicked the suitcases out of the elevator and knocked over a trash can. Not even a little bit funny, it was a horrible display of his temper in front of his wife, children and Bravo’s cameras. A temper, complete with F Bombs, that continued on for the rest of the trip.
Teresa doesn’t know why Jacqueline made the comment about the luggage? Sure you do Teresa! As Jacqueline explained, the suitcases were to be brought out by the staff and taken directly onto the bus as is typical on a cruise. Can you imagine those narrow cruise ship hallways if everyone was dragging their luggage around? Joe didn’t want to PAY for the service of having the luggage brought out so he dragged it all out himself!
As I included in a previous blog, Caroline and Teresa traveled to Los Angeles last week to promote the season finale of the show, Caroline tweeted regularly including Teresa’s name in every tweet. Teresa, in contrast, tweeted what she was up to in Los Angeles as well, however, she never once mentioned Caroline. I think there may be trouble in paradise!
Bravo released some previews of the reunion show which will air for the next two Monday’s. If you haven’t seen them yet, they are shocking! There are three clips, one shows small snippets of the show, including Teresa standing over Danielle directly in her face and screaming “you will not break up my family!” I can’t imagine what that is supposed to mean unless Teresa is referring to Jacqueline and Caroline when she says “family”. Possibly Danielle said something to try to turn them against one another? This clip includes Teresa shoving host, Andy Cohen down into his chair. Wow, who does that? Even more important, who does that to a network executive?
The Real Housewives of New Jersey – Videos – Previews – The NJ Housewives are Under One Roof | Bravo TV Official Site http://t.co/72QbHMo
Another clip shows a break in the action after Danielle had walked out, due to Teresa’s aggressive behavior. Teresa is screaming at the top of her lungs at Andy insisting that he get Danielle back out onto the set. Teresa is an absolute animal with no self-control who needs anger management courses.
The Real Housewives of New Jersey – Videos – Previews – Teresa Hates Danielle | Bravo TV Official Site http://t.co/VbR7Gqq
Finally the third video discusses why Dina Manzo left the show, or rather the “official” story of why she left and the accusation of what Danielle did that was brought up at last year’s reunion…
The Real Housewives of New Jersey – Videos – Previews – What Happened with Dina? | Bravo TV Official Site http://t.co/N0xPpVl
And so the finale was just as big a waste of time as the entire season was, the perfect end to a perfect season. I really don’t understand why such high ratings for this show, there is no story at all and the majority of the cast are extremely annoying! Strangely enough the episodes that I enjoyed most were Danielle’s daughter Christine’s photo shoot and her 16th birthday party. Even as the producers tried to bring some life into the show by sending the cast to Italy, it only served to confirm to us the true colors of Teresa and Joe Giudice as horrible parents with out of control tempers and foul mouths. The rest are as dull as watching grass grow.
Rumors are that Danielle has already been canned and will not return next season but that Teresa, Jacqueline and Caroline have all been signed already. This has not been confirmed by Bravo and is inconsistent with their typical procedure, so until I hear it from Bravo’s people, I don’t believe it. Rumor also has it that Dina was invited back but only if she will bring her daughter back on board.
Can you imagine how dull this show will be next season if any of this is true. These are four true housewives who do not work, is Bravo going to film them doing laundry and cooking? Making school lunches and driving them to soccer practice? Seriously, what on earth are they going to make a show out of with this crew? Maybe we’ll be treated to Teresa and Joe appearing in court to answer to charges that they committed perjury in their bankruptcy filing. Maybe Bravo did sign all these ladies early so that they can shoot Teresa’s belongings being auctioned off to the highest bidder.
Let’s hope that bidder is Kim G, who has tweeted that she is going to buy everything and sell it all with the proceeds going to charity.
For the first time all season, I am looking forward to the reunion episodes coming up next week! Talk about systematic bullying…wow!
Completely unrelated and it is old but since we have the Atlanta Housewives and Millionaire Matchmaker coming up in the next few months on Bravo, I wanted to post this in case there is anyone who has not yet seen it.
Quick set up, Kim Zolciak is in Los Angeles and having lunch with Patti Stanger. The clip begins with Patti Stanger on the phone with Jill Zarin talking about Bethenny Frankel.
Until Next Time…….