I Hate Jill Zarin The Real Housewives of New Jersey
Did I tell you? I hate to say I told you so but I did tell you that you just had to watch The Real Housewives of New Jersey! They did not disappoint.
The Jersey Girls are back baby! This kids, is a Housewives show! No boring discussions about Danielle, no sit down’s between two housewives to discuss how they want nothing to do with each other, this is the real thing baby!
Just to make things more complicated there are two Joe’s that are pivotal in the show here so we’ll call old Joe, Teresa’s husband Juicy Joe or JJ for short just to avoid confusion whenever necessary.
First let’s talk about the Manzo’s because this family is so boring I can’t even imagine how long they had to film the Manzo’s in order to come up with anything to put on television. They’re reduced to slamming the entire southern half of the United States and Chris Manzo speaking gibberish that he calls his Cajun language. His mother is very proud that she can understand what he is saying. Caroline seems to think that an Italian living in Alabama doesn’t cook Italian food as well as she does. I bet she’s never been to Alabama and has no idea what she’s talking about but she did manage to insult Southern people, Italians and Cajun’s everywhere. Nice opening Manzo family.
Jacqueline’s story is a bit more interesting than Caroline’s but unfortunately with Jacqueline, comes Ashley and we’re stuck with this horrible kid and her horrible attitude. I certainly understand why Jacqueline was impatient with Ashley, she’s working as an intern with no pay, is late or doesn’t go in to work because she doesn’t like the long commute but expects Chris Laurita to pay for an apartment for her in New York City. At least they didn’t reward her bad behavior.
Ashley is just as horrible as she was last season, apparently some people don’t learn much from watching themselves on television. Chances are if Ashley were doing well and had grown up a responsible young lady, Bravo wouldn’t put her on television. Chris Laurita has the patience of a saint, he’s still lecturing Ashley with the exact same lessons that he was trying to teach her last season. He’s taking the time to try to get through to a stubborn spoiled child, he treats his wife’s daughter as if she were his own and she’s a difficult kid so I have to give him credit for that.
For those of you who watch this show on a DVR or Tivo, I predict that scenes with Ashley in them will be the ones that you zoom through in the future. Mark my words my friends.
On to the good stuff, I predicted that this is exactly why Teresa didn’t want her sister in law and her cousin to be the newest housewives, to the point where she threatened to walk if it were to happen but who better than these two women who can and do make Teresa’s life hell? This is like heaven for viewers! Teresa will be taken down a step or two this season.
First let’s just acknowledge that Danielle Staub was telling the truth when she announced that Teresa didn’t acknowledge her nephew when he was born. Melissa confirmed that for us on the show.
Kathy visits the Gorga’s for lunch and you can hear the pain in Joe Gorga’s voice as he remembers hearing his sister Teresa tell viewers on the show that Jacqueline and Caroline are her family. That must have been hard to watch for all of Teresa’s family including her parents.
Teresa can’t seem to get along with any of her family, she’s at odds with her brother, her sister-in-law and her cousin. According to Kathy’s husband Rich, Joe Gorga and Juicy Joe were friends and grew up just like cousins but it is Teresa who puts negativity into her husband’s head. Let’s face it Juicy Joe’s head is pretty empty so Teresa can fill it with just about anything. Teresa is clearly jealous of her brother’s wife, she is the competitive one and in everything in life, Melissa has just a bit more than Teresa. Teresa had one thing that her sister in law didn’t have, Teresa was a Real Housewive but now Melissa is a real housewife too and that has to just kill Teresa.
Kathy Wilkie tells us that she would like the family to all just get along and I think that after just one episode, Kathy may just be the voice of reason. Teresa tells us that she is unhappy with Kathy simply because she didn’t tell her husband to back off of Teresa when he criticized her spending money that she didn’t have to spend. I think that was pretty much the sentiment of everyone who watched her spending money on television. What a ridiculous reason to cut your cousin out of your life.
Kathy has a beautiful family and her short introduction showed a woman who takes her bicycle to the grocery store, she has a husband who adores her and children who have love and respect for their family. Kathy spoke only of the children when the fight broke out, she was upset that Gia was crying and that baby Adrianna was abandoned in her stroller while her parents acted like thugs. My first impression of Kathy is that she may just be one of the favorites this season.
The fight wasn’t started by Joe Gorga or Joe Giudice, it was started by the real thug in a cocktail dress, Teresa Giudice. I think that Simon VanKempen should send Teresa a free t-shirt . Teresa was clearly trying to start trouble as there was no point in approaching the couple at the dinner table to congratulate them, she had already done that at the church. When it was clear that her brother was a bit intoxicated and not open to hearing what Teresa had to say, her best bet would have been to quietly retreat but not our Teresa. Instead she decided to get into a shouting match with her brother creating a huge scene and fight. Danielle Staub made a really big deal out of being called “garbage” by Caroline last season and now Teresa hears her brother calling her garbage.
Juicy Joe stood by silently for a few seconds watching his wife and her brother arguing, Teresa storms off screaming her head off and even had nothing happened afterward, Teresa had already created a scene at a child’s Christening party but in her wake she left her husband and her brother to finish her battle for her.
What happened next wasn’t exactly clear, Juicy Joe was standing just feet from Joe Gorga and suddenly they were lunging at each other and several men held each of the Joe’s back from the other. Best we could tell they never got to each other but several men did end up on the ground including the cameraman. Chaos reigned and some very large man who refused to allow his face to appear on television screamed that this was a child’s Christening and the fighting must stop.
I have to admit it choked me up a bit hearing Joe Gorga talk about his father and how he feels that Juicy Joe has come between him and his father. We know from past seasons that Teresa’s parents have spent a lot of time with her and her children. They helped Teresa with her kids and joined the family in Italy last season. There was even speculation that Teresa’s parents lived with Joe and Teresa Giudice.
Joe Gorga was extremely emotional and distraught about what his relationship with his father has become. According to the Gorga’s, Joe Giudice was insinuating that Joe Gorga didn’t spend enough time with his family because he was working so much. For a family like the Gorga’s that is typically a good thing, you know work Ethics and all but somehow Juicy Joe has turned hard work into a negative.
Joe Giudice is accused of drinking too much, a claim that is easy to believe based on his DWI last season and we know that hard work isn’t in his vocabulary based on filing bankruptcy rather than working off his debts. It really makes Joe Gorga’s comments all the more believable and he is clearly heartbroken that his father spends so much time with his sister’s husband and so little time with him.
We learned a bit more about where the Giudice’s have come as Teresa tells us that she is now the breadwinner of the family, we know that Juicy has his pizza place and they combine the two as Teresa signs books in the pizza parlor. This book signing that we witnessed was advertised by Teresa as well as Caroline and Jacqueline on Twitter and Facebook last fall. Fans were told that not only would Teresa be signing books but that her fellow housewives would be on hand as well which resulted in a larger crowd than may have typically attended one of Teresa’s book signings
Teresa talked on screen about her bankruptcy and flashbacks of Lynne Curtain saying, “I didn’t know” popped into my head as Teresa announced that she found out she and Joe were in financial trouble when he announced he was taking her to an appointment with an attorney. I guess she didn’t notice the money tree in the backyard was bare and the stack of $100 bills was dwindling rapidly. Watching Joe run his Pizzaria certainly didn’t make me want to visit as he announced that he had people waiting over an hour for their food, that isn’t going to win them any service awards or gain them any new patrons.
Teresa tells us that her brother and his wife Melissa don’t support her, she wonders why the never showed up at one of her book signings then tells us that she heard that Melissa expected an invitation. Teresa laughs at the thought. I have to admit that while it would have been nice for the Gorga’s to show up at a book signing to support Teresa, they would probably need to make some sort of arrangements in advance as they shouldn’t have to stand in line at one of her book signings. Teresa certainly could have picked up the phone and invited her brother and his wife to be her guests at one of her events.
In any case based on the previews Joe and Melissa Gorga do attend one of Teresa’s book signings and it seems to go better than the Christening Party but it makes you wonder if Bravo has been messing with the timeline again. It would have to be difficult for a family to come back from the dark place that the fight went to, particularly when it involves Joe Gorda and Teresa’s parents.
So we have a lot of accusations of undue influence here, Teressa is influencing her husband against the Gorga’s and Juicy Joe is influencing his father in law against his only son Joe Gorga. I think we can see who the villains are this season. It will be interesting to see Jacqueline and Caroline interacting with Kathy and Melissa, will they automatically side with the Guidice’s or will they be open to a friendship with the two new housewives?
The previews for the season actually look really good, in all seriousness I think that Bravo heard us last season and realized that we were bored, insulted and not going to take it anymore. They found two new housewives that are perfect to liven up the show and I’m looking forward to this season.
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So now, we know why Teresa’s brother Joe and his wife are mad at Teresa. They were not allowed to film with Teresa in the events for the first two seasons of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey. The following paragraph is taken from Melissa’s blog at bravotv.com
“Some of you may be very confused right now. You may be thinking, “Teresa has a brother?” Before all the press, you probably didn’t know we existed, did you? Well here we are! I know the episode is a bit confusing at first. You’re probably wondering why Joe acted the way he did when his sister came up to him. It’s understandable so let me explain. Teresa has kept my husband, Joe, and his family (me and my three children) away from everything she has been going through and everything that has been so exciting in her life for the last three years. Although this all started before the show even existed. You will get a lot of the back-story as the season goes on, so I’m not going to go too far back. I would be writing for days! She has never been happy for her brother or cared about anything good going on in his life or his children’s. She only wants to discuss her life and only cares about herself. She kept us as far away during Season 1 and Season 2, because I think she knew this would happen when they found us. Karma is a bitch. Family comes first for me, but unfortunately it does not for her, and it never will. It’s just not who she is, and that’s OK, but don’t think we are going to go on national TV and be fake with you. We are not fakers, sorry.”
Teresa’s sister in law and brother were at the events and Teresa stayed away from them so they were not on film. When Teresa walked up to her brother and his wife at the table, Bravo was filming them. Teresa could see that from the distance and she walked over there to be on camera. This is her show after all and she is the star.
Teresa’s brother’s comment that she should walk away as she always does at the event was odd. Now, his wife confirms why they were mad at Teresa.
Teresa wanted the stardom in the reality show for herself. Teresa’s brother and sister in law saw some of the Manzo’s siblings on screen with Caroline during both seasons and knew that they were at the events and were being shut out by Teresa. They were seething for two years.
Teresa acknowledges that this is what the fight was over in her blog at bravotv.com:
“He and Melissa were invited to and came to every single party I ever had — on camera and off. If you go back and watch old episodes, you can spot Melissa. She put herself in the front of every shot because she wanted to be on TV. (That actually might be a fun drinking game — spot Melissa at my parties). Just like they don’t show all of Caroline’s brothers and sisters or Jacqueline’s brother even though they too are a huge part of their lives.”
This family was torn about by the fact that Teresa was chosen to be on TV and Melissa was not. Now, Bravo made the decision that Melissa and Kathy will be a part of the story. He and Melissa were invited to and came to every single party I ever had — on camera and off. If you go back and watch old episodes, you can spot Melissa. She put herself in the front of every shot because she wanted to be on TV. (That actually might be a fun drinking game — spot Melissa at my parties). Just like they don’t show all of Caroline’s brothers and sisters or Jacqueline’s brother even though they too are a huge part of their lives.”
Bravo asked Melissa and Kathy to be on the show and kept it a secret from Teresa.
“I was told by Bravo that my sister-in-law and cousin would be joining the cast,” Teresa Giudice tells me. “I had no idea until Bravo told me.”
Bravo went right ahead and recruited Melissa Gorga, her sister-in-law (she’s married to Teresa’s only sibling, brother Joe) and Kathy Wakile is Teresa’s first cousin.”
Melissa and Kathie had to be in contract negotiations for some time with Bravo and they were careful not to mention it to Teresa.
In late Oct, there were articles stating that Teresa was filming with RHNJ, but she had not signed her contract.
At the time, there were issues of payment being discussed, but filming with her family was probably an issue for Teresa also.
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