The Real Housewives of New Jersey by LynnNChicago
The Real Housewives of New Jersey are celebrating Thanksgiving!
Teresa Giudice just keeps proving week after week that she did not write a cookbook, let alone two cookbooks.
Tonight’s show is all about dueling Thanksgiving dinners, Melissa and Teresa each hosted and cooked dinner, set a beautiful table and invited their guests. Two completely different dinner parties resulted.
Melissa went shopping with her well-behaved children, with the help of her husband and got all the things she needed including a ham and a turkey with all the trimmings.
Teresa and Joe got lost going to the Turkey Farm, Teresa had to do the driving because Joe doesn’t have a valid driver’s license but she wouldn’t turn when Joe wanted her to turn and they ended up sitting in traffic with Joe spewing vulgarities at his wife. Hours later the couple arrived to meet live turkeys that they didn’t purchase, they bought one from the store’s refrigerator, similar to the ones they sell in the supermarket. The Giudice’s agonize over whether to pay cash or credit for the $45 turkey.
Melissa’s sister’s came early and helped her cook, she was surrounded by loving family and beautiful well-behaved children. The men took shots of tequila while the women sipped wine. Kathy brought an amazing array of desserts, a sight for the eyes as well as the taste buds. Melissa said a prayer before dinner and the family were all grateful, loving and beautiful.
Teresa’s kids tried to help but only made things more difficult for her, she explained that things don’t have to be absolutely perfect, Teresa tells us that her husband was supposed to be helping her, cut to Joe Giudice sleeping. As the guests enjoyed Teresa’s food her two daughters were locked in combat and smacking the hell out of each other, pulling hair and Teresa is screaming at them. Jacqueline arrived with a store bought box of cookies then Caroline arrived with store bought boxed cookies. Teresa yelled at her kids a bit more, brought out a housewarming card given to her by her brother and sister-in-law that Teresa took as a dig at her new home.
Melissa, Joey and their guests talked about the loss of the relationship between Joey and Teresa. Brother and sister used to be close but Teresa has changed and she doesn’t even realize it. She sent a long letter apologizing to Joey and his family, never mentioning Melissa by name. Melissa insists that Joey speak to his sister and acknowledge that she made the first move and apologized. Joey finally agrees to hear what Teresa has to say.
Teresa, Joe and their TV friends Caroline and Jacqueline talked about the loss of the relationship between Joey and Teresa. Teresa’s daughter is pulverizing the cheese with a sharp knife. Caroline the bossy butt tells Teresa that she has to let it go and forget about what happened in the past, she has to make up with her brother. Caroline’s eyes just about fell out of her head tonight as she rolled her eyes constantly at Teresa.
Melissa explains that her husband Joey is a very emotional guy and he is hurting over the loss of his sister and the distance between him and his parents. Melissa explains that she lost her own father at a young age and that Joey has been the perfect husband, so much like her father. Melissa cares about her husband and only wants him to be happy. I think that Melissa is sincere because for her purposes it would probably make her life a whole lot easier if there were no Teresa in her life. Melissa insists that Joey talk to his sister because she knows it is what would make him happy, she’s putting her husband first. I think they have a great relationship.
Teresa tells Jacqueline and Caroline that they’re like sisters to her. Caroline tells us that Teresa is going through a challenging time. Teresa’s husband Joe Giudice tells his guests that Teresa is the older sister and her brother Joey should just respect her, he reveals that Teresa borrowed her brother money in the past. Joe was a real ass for saying that, it wasn’t necessary. Similar to Vicki in Orange County telling viewers that Jeana Keough asked her to borrow money, Joe steps over the line and goes too far revealing things that should not be public.
Teresa tells the “cookie story” revealing that when Melissa brought store bought sprinkle cookies to her dinner party she threw them in the trash! Cut back to Caroline and Jacqueline bringing store bought sprinkle cookies to Teresa just moments before.
Melissa tells the “cookie story” revealing that Teresa told Melissa that she threw her cookies in the trash. The previews of Melissa saying that there are starving children in Africa was cut out of the actual show…who knows why?
Teresa tells her friends that the ball is in Joey’s court. She wrote the letter and it’s up to Joey now to make the next move.
Joey tells his family that he will call his sister, sit down with her and hear her out. Joey wishes everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving.
This episode was very sad for Teresa, while she did tell us that she had an earlier Thanksgiving dinner with her family and her husband’s family, this meal was with her TV friends and we know that she doesn’t even care for Caroline very much and visa-versa. Teresa needs Caroline this season because she already has two cast mates against her. Teresa also knows that Jacqueline would always side with Caroline, she doesn’t want to be the Danielle of Season Three.
Joey and Melissa Gorga had a fun and fabulous time with their large family, laughing and smiling and eating some amazing looking food.
There was also a mechanical bull in this episode but for the life of me, I can’t figure out why. Moving on…
Kathy is still upset over her failed conversation with Caroline Manzo.
The Manzo boys utilize their roommate to clean the toilet.
Ashley visit’s the Manzo brothers and tells us that she is close with them because she lived with them for a minute 17-years ago.
The Manzo boys tell Ashley the same thing her parents tell her, she needs to work hard and take things seriously.
Ashley has temporarily given up on wanting her parents to pay for an apartment in New York and is shooting lower now, she just wants them to buy her a car.
Ashley cleaned her room and the kitchen because she wants a car.
Lauren Manzo is dating Vito whose family owns an Italian Food Market, the Manzo’s visit the store.
Albert Manzo explains that he was poor growing up but that his kids don’ know what it’s like to be poor.
Caroline Manzo used to shoot Groundhogs as a child? Don’t ask.
Was Jacqueline even in this episode?
Next week we learn that Melissa can sing and Joey will attend little Gia’s gymnastics meet…. don’t miss it!
Bravo is moving The Real Housewives of New Jersey to Sunday the same way they did with Atlanta last season. Now that Orange County has finished their season and we have only two reunion episodes to endure, Jersey will take OC’s spot.
Platinum Hit by Quincy IL
Eleven song writers remain in the competition in a LA studio. This week they will “Hit the Club.” They will first create a hook during a thirty minute session and later form groups to create a song that they will actually take to a club to allow real people to listen to the recorded song and hopefully dance.
After the song writers wake up and we see one of the apartments that they are sharing, they all go to the studio to begin the Hook challenge. The surprise is Jewel introduces Donna Summers, famous for 23 billboard 1st place hits. The hook should “pack the dance floor.”
All of the song writers are given headphones and they listen to what seems to be different tracts of music created by a member of the writing and composition school.
Melissa states that she is inspired by forests and natural disasters. Karen is loud and she is disturbing Nick who claims he can’t hear his own tract. Scotty shares that he is famous in Europe for his dance music with 7 top hits.
Each song writer performs his/her own hook with Jewel and Donna Summers as judging. Karen’s hook is “ Make it Easy.” It’s about a woman making it easy to love her. Jackie sings, “Unsinkable, unsinkable” which gives Donna Summer’s goose bumps and makes Jackie very happy. Blessing is uncomfortable with this type of music. His hook title is “Dance Romance.” Donna says that the substance is limited.
Nick tells us in an interview that Donna dissed Blessing. Nick them performs “Moonwalk.” He is convinced that he is the best.
Amber’s hook is called, “The Last Time.” She also uses “have your way” in the hook. Sonyou sings, “I’d rather be free.” Melissa hook is “Rip Tide.” She says that the ocean takes love down. Scotty’s hook is “Party this Club with Amazing.” Donna’s face showed that she absolutely loved this hook. Jes called her hook, “Sunlight,” but included “do you use.” Brian sang with a very low voice and had odd lyrics for the hook called, “My Ridiculous.” Johnny san “Push on You.”
Donna and Jewel discuss the hooks and pick the winners:
3rd place Scott / abstract imagery, concept melody had strength
2nd place Karen/ soaring, but needs to empower
1st place Brian/ unique/ vocal impression different
Nick who won last week is upset that he was not in the top 3 and he tells the judges that he got dissed. Jewel admonishes him for criticizing Johnny.
They are to complete their songs and record them so the songs can be played later in a club.
The three winners pick team members:
Brian picks Jess and Jackie.
Karen picks Blessing, Amber, and Johnny.
Scott picks Nick who does not want Sonyou, but has to accept her in the end. He also picks Melissa.
Brian is allowed to keep his lyrics and tract as the winner the others have to create with a new tract.
We then watch the three groups create music and lyrics in small studios.
Scotty’s group has difficulties because Nick calls Sonyou, “a ghetto bitch from the hood.” Melissa is concerned about the chorus. Mellissa also seems to be from another planet.
Karen’s group begins to work, but Blessing refuses to contribute because this is not his kind of music. He offers a line: “I want to make it easy to love me.” The group accepts this. Johnny believes sex sells, but Amber says that Karen’s lyrics are G rated. Karen seems to be off the mark. They want to sing about feelings.
Brian is singing too loud for Jes and Jackie. The women don’t like his low voice on the hook and they change everything. Brian thinks that they had a plan coming into the studio and he is voted out of his own song.
The song writers dress up for the club. The girls wear high heels and apply makeup.
When they arrive, we are told by the song writers that it is a gay club for men.
Trevor Jerideau, Jewel, and Karen DioGraurdi are the judges. The judges stand to the side of the dance floor and the song writers mingle with club dancers. Some of the song writers are good sports about the others’ songs while they are being played, but others are not supportive. The club members are smiling and they dance to the music. When they really liked the song, they were more animated.
Scotty’s team worked the room and had everyone dancing to their song. His team won and they have immunity from elimination. The judge asked if Nick and Sonyou were now friends and they were not, but they could work together as a team. The judges loved the counter melody and this song was more complicated than the others. That was a tribute to the skills of Nick and Scotty. Sonyou sang the song and she is a gifted singer. Melissa is their weak link. These four go to their community room to celebrate.
The remaining song writers stand in front of the judges for elimination. Brian, Jes and Jackie are addressed first. Jes is in tears. They are told that the reason the hook won was Brian’s singing of the song with a low voice which was unique. The cadence was good and it was a decent song. These three are allowed to leave the stage and they are safe.
One of the members of Karen’s team will go home. The team missed the mark. The lyrics were stock. It was not framed properly. In order to fix it, the song would have to be completely rewritten. Blessing was admonished for his lack of contribution and he was sent home. He wants to continue to write music and his fellow song writer wished him well with hugs and tears.
Thanks Quincy! Nice job as always! Lynn~
Until Next Time…