I Hate Jill Zarin The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Mob Wives Reunion, Big Brother and Celebrity Rehab
Exclusive interview with New Jersey Housewife, Melissa Gorga right here tomorrow at IHJZ! Don’t miss it!
Big night on TV! We’ve got several blogs for you today! VAGirl has brought you Mob Wives and Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. Our friend Shannon has brought us the Big Brother recap, great show last night! First let’s get into The Jersey girls…
Real Housewives of New Jersey by LynnNChicago
Tonight I was mad at Caroline Manzo and in the next minute I was really liking her…why? When she talks about her daughter I want to shake her because she comes across so emotional and loving with her two sons yet Lauren is in “bitch mode”? Later in the episode Caroline objectively looked at Joey and Melissa Gorga and recognized that they’re young, they’re fun and they’re the up and coming next generation. Caroline said, “they’re not so bad” for Mrs. Manzo, this is about the best you’re going to get! Caroline is coming along…in fact I think this is the beginning of Caroline actually enjoying Melissa and Joey a lot more than Teresa and Joe Giudice. Teresa is a drama queen and Joe is just a pig. The Gorga’s are fun! I don’t think it is any secret that Caroline only tolerates Joe Giudice and has little respect for Teresa.
Lauren Manzo really makes no sense based on what we see on the show, she seems to be with her brothers more than most siblings their age. I do understand that she’s adjusting to them being out of the house but she has a boyfriend and hopefully girlfriends, move on Lauren! The boys aren’t going anywhere! That said, Caroline really should have a little empathy for her daughter, she seems to save it all for her sons. Right or wrong these are Lauren’s feelings and her own mother should show her some support, especially on screen.
Ashley Holmes (I refuse to spell it the way she’s changed it) was only on screen for mere moments tonight but she managed to completely bash her own mother. Was Ashley right? Is Jacqueline trying so hard to be her own person and have a mind of her own that she is making bad decisions? Danielle was first and although Danielle managed to make Jacqueline uncomfortable by talking about Jacqueline’s sister-in-law in a negative way, Jacqueline continued to put herself in situations where she would be in the middle of family and Danielle. On a side note, who changes the way their name is spelled? Ashley is so immature!
This season we see Jacqueline going to visit Kim G, and I have just one observation…WHY? Ok, I have more than one observation. It simply makes no sense, Jacqueline must have other friends. I can see why Jac would not want to continually hang out with Teresa, that woman is so self-centered and full of herself it must be exhausting being Teresa’s friend but wouldn’t Jac be better off alone than with Kim G? Jacqueline has managed to put herself back into an uncomfortable situation with Kim G raging on Jac’s friend Teresa. This causing Jacqueline to repeat, “shut the fuck up” several times while Kim continues to rattle on about the rumors swirling around Teresa’s court case.
Ashley tells us in her interview that her mother likes to pretend to be a peacemaker but really just likes to get into the middle of drama. Why does Ashley hate her mother so much? Jacqueline and Kim admire Kim’s new chandelier in her foyer and Kim begins to sob about being ill, having a brain tumor leaving her tough as nails. It’s clear to anyone watching that this whole scene was set up so that Kim could slam Teresa and Jacqueline could pretend like she doesn’t want to hear what RadarOnLine has reported. (yet later Jac confronts Teresa with the Radar OnLine article)
Teresa and Joe had to appear in court on this episode, the rag mags reported that Teresa got into a screaming match in the courthouse and tonight we got confirmation of what happened thanks to Joe Giudice. No, this isn’t the court case for the Driving while intoxicated charge, no guys, it’s not the bankruptcy where Joe lied about his assets, oh no, it’s not the one where Joe tried to get a driver’s license in someone else’s name, nope not the charges for fighting in a bar in the Dominican Republic …no try to keep up with all Joe’s legal battles, ok? (Allegedly)
Backing up a bit, Joe is accused of forging his former business partner’s name on a loan. Did anyone else notice that Joe never said that he didn’t do it, he merely said he knows who he can and can’t trust now and Teresa said that it doesn’t matter what people say, she knows the truth. Neither of them denied the charges. Allegedly.
As the Giudice’s drive to the courthouse Teresa is giving Joe a pep talk telling him to stay positive while Joe tells his wife that he doesn’t want to talk about it, Teresa continues with her pep talk while Joe repeatedly tells his wife to “shut up Tree”. What a lovely couple.
At the courthouse a woman named Monica who is apparently the wife of the business partner’s attorney is present. Teresa saw Monica at the Posche Fashion Show with Kim G and our Teresa snapped. You know, the way she snapped when she flipped a table and the way she snapped at last season’s reunion, you know the way she never snaps, only around Danielle, and Kim G, and now this Monica person…..Teresa never snaps!
As Teresa is telling Jacqueline how she calmly walked up to Monica and snarked at her for talking with Kim G, Joe is telling the manly men that Teresa snapped and went off on Monica, screaming and yelling and finally had to be pulled away threatened with being arrested if she didn’t stop. What’s one more lawsuit? Someone has to keep attorney’s in the lifestyle they’ve become accustomed to. Seems as though our Teresa snapped again, she really never does that! Joe Giudice and Teresa Giudice really should have discussed their stories before going in front of the camera’s at Jacqueline’s house. One of them is lying, which one do you think lied? Teresa or Joe and all of the reporters who saw Teresa flip out? Did Teresa flip out at Jacqueline for talking to Kim G?
Jacqueline’s party looked like a lot of fun, not like the typical parties we see with this group and I think the difference was the Gorga’s! This couple IS fun, young and they breath new life into this show, there is no doubt about it! Teresa tried to start a fight with Melissa when Melissa mentioned her sisters, Teresa started to snark at Melissa about losing her brother and not having any sisters. Melissa made it clear that she would be happy to have Teresa as a sister. I love that Melissa didn’t back down, she told Teresa to “wake up and smell the coffee”. Teresa and Joe Giudice sat sulking all evening while the Gorga’s were the life of the party!
Melissa announces that she is having a party on Saturday night and invites everyone there at Jacqueline’s house to her party. As Joe Giudice interrupts Melissa and asks at least five times “what time?” the others are all excited and happy to join in the festivities. The Giudice’s didn’t seem to enjoy this party at Jacqueline’s house nearly as much as everyone else did.
Caroline tells us she is warming up to the Gorga’s and notwithstanding Teresa’s attempts to turn Caroline and Jacqueline against Melissa before even meeting her, Caroline formed her own opinion that night. Christopher, Albie and their friend Greg even seemed to enjoy the Gorga’s company. Was Chris Laurita even at his own party? We didn’t see much of him.
Teresa added, “I’m not really worried about Jacqueline and Caroline becoming friends with Melissa, I share, I have other friends, lots of them”. Very convincing Teresa!
Missing from Jacqueline’s party was the final housewife, Kathy and her husband Richie. Richie is determined to open a restaurant while Kathy is cautious and a bit unsure until they look at a beautiful space and she gets excited.
As Kathy explained she and Richie are long time patrons of the Manzo’s Brownstone, the couple go and visit the owner of the Brownstone, Albert Manzo. The scene felt staged as Albert looked as if he didn’t want to be there and couldn’t understand what he was doing there in the first place. In fact, it looked like he wasn’t even listening until the minute Richie said they wanted to open a restaurant, then Albert let out the most obnoxious, rude and fake laughter in Jersey Housewife history. It was awkward.
In the end, all agreed with Albert Manzo but he could have gotten his point across without the laughter by simply telling his 9-11 story of the death of a friend. I really thought Albert was going to talk about spending more time with family rather than working so hard but instead he told the story of the deceased spending a lot of time at the Brownstone, giving Albert a sense of purpose with his business. Albert explained that when you have a restaurant you no longer have the time to spend with your family, the business will consume your life. I can see how that can be true, particularly in the beginning but I would think that by now there has to be a way for Al to hire a good manager and take some time off, I think he simply doesn’t want to, I think he enjoys his work. On a side note, I still don’t really understand why Christopher Manzo doesn’t work there anymore, and we haven’t been told if he has a new job, how does he pay his portion of the rent?
Caroline tells us that Albert took over the Brownstone at a very young age and it wasn’t doing well, her husband put his blood, sweat and tears into the restaurant to make it the success that it is today. It must be very successful because it supports Caroline and Albert’s family as well as Dina and Tommy’s family and who knows how many other families, along with all of their Bravo paychecks but Dina’s paycheck now comes from HGTV.
So what have we learned on tonight’s episode? Ashley Holmes is still a horrible person who uses her screen time to drop kick her own mother. Chris, Albie and Lauren are adjusting to major changes in their lives. Teresa isn’t jealous of Caroline and Jacqueline warming up to Melissa. Joe Giudice is going to be seeing a whole lot of the inside of courtrooms. Kathy and Richie are going to start small with a catering business rather than jumping into a restaurant. Jacqueline is a girl that just wants to have fun and found that Melissa is a whole lot more fun than Teresa.
Next week Melissa and Joey Gorga host their own Christmas party and if I heard right they are spending $50k on the bash only to have Teresa flip out because Monica (the wife of the attorney of Joe Giudice’s former business partner) is at the party and Teresa wants her thrown out! Best we can tell Teresa’s only beef with this woman is that she talks to Kim G. I wonder if Teresa wants Jacqueline thrown out too?
Immediately following the RHONJ, Jay Mohr hosted Watch What Happens Live with Kathy and Richie, while they were unfortunately dull guests and a lot of Jay’s jokes went right over their heads, I think that overall Jay did a fantastic job and I think he should be the new permanent host of the show! Jay made it fun and his snark was fantastic!
Stop back tomorrow for my Exclusive Interview with Melissa Gorga! You won’t want to miss it!
Mob Wives Reunion by VAgirl
Here we are at the reunion after the 1st season of Mob Wives on VH-1. We already know it’s been renewed for a 2nd season. Drita, Karen, Renee and Carla were the four central characters for Mob wives.
They are either the daughters, wives, ex-wives, or girlfriends of mobsters, or ALL OF THE ABOVE. Drita’s husband, Lee, who also used to be Karen’s long-time boyfriend, is currently incarcerated. Drita is divorcing him because she found out he cheated on her before his latest incarceration.
Karen is not currently married, but has a child by someone who was incarcerated but is now out. Karen’s daughter does not currently live with her on Staten Island. Karen is writing a book about being the daughter of Sammy the Bull.
Renee is a divorcee with a teenage son who has had trouble breaking the tie with her ex-husband, Junior. Her father is incarcerated.
Carla is a divorcee with two children whose ex-husband just got out of prison.
During the season, the ladies have had their ups and downs amongst each other, but it seems at the end of the season, Drita and Carla were close, and Renee and Karen were close.
Now to the reunion. The host of the reunion is - wait for it …. Wendy Williams! Hmmmmm, probably not a bad choice for this group of ladies. I think Wendy can hold her own. I’m not going to take the time to go over every question and answer of the reunion since I’m sure VH-1 will rerun it numerous times. I will just hit the highlights.
The reunion opens with a lot of tension in the room since the season ended in a smack down between Drita and Karen. Wendy starts off asking the group their thoughts on people thinking they are a disgrace to Italian Americans or Staten Islanders. They say they are themselves and do not represent anyone.
Wendy mentions that Victoria Gotti thinks the show is scripted. Renee could care less what she has to say. It’s definitely not scripted. Wendy says a lot of fans (and we have on this board, too) have asked how do they live so well when their loved ones are in jail and they don’t seem to have a full-time job? Carla has always worked even if it’s not full-time. Karen used to run a day spa, she has the book advances, and of course she gets paid for doing the show. Renee says “Don’t count my money, it’s not yours,” and everybody needs to mind their own business. Wendy wants to know if there is still a mob on Staten Island.
All the ladies have this “I don’t know look on their faces.” Renee smiles and says “What Mob?” Wink Wink Wendy gets into the three main fights between all the ladies. The first was between Karen and Renee when Karen returned to Staten Island. Nothing new here except we learn that Renee and her father do not speak, not because of Karen but because Renee did the show.
Renee’s father does not watch the show. Karen does speak with her father who watches and supports her. Carla said her ex Joe has no interest in it. Drita said her husband cannot watch VH-1, but that he hears about it and is pissed about the show. He is in prison for robbing banks and during the show she never found out exactly when he was coming home. I guess it doesn’t matter now that she’s divorcing him for cheating on her. He denied his affair.
Drita has confronted the woman, not face to face. Renee says she’s been through it and she has compassion for her. Drita wants to date a regular guy. Karen thinks all the good guys are afraid of them. The second major conflict was between Renee and Carla because Renee did not like Carla’s then boyfriend. Carla is no longer with him and even though she’s not back with her ex, she says they have a good relationship now.
When Carla and Renee start discussing the fight, they get into it again. Renee starts crying and they keep arguing about it. Carla is no longer dating him. Who cares who he put his hands on and where he put his hands? Get over it already! The third major conflict involves Drita and Karen and Drita’s husband Lee, who Karen dated long-term.
Not going into this long drawn out drama and who did what when. By the looks on their faces, I think Drita is over it, but Karen seems to still have that “it’s not over” look on her face. Suffice it to say, this issue has not been resolved and since neither is with Lee, Who Cares? Like I said before, get over it already!
On a lighter note, the talk turns to Renee, the Drama Queen. Renee doesn’t like being referred to as a drama queen, but then numerous scenes are shown where Renee is being a drama queen. She says Junior is gone and she’s getting back out there. She does not have her original nose, has had liposuction and a breast reduction when she was 18. She says she doesn’t exercise like the other girls because she can do it much faster and after 48 hours and the swelling goes down, she can look like them. She is back to styling for rap stars. She has styled 50 Cent and others.
Wendy asks Karen if her daughter is mixed, because in her words, she looks like she has some flavor. Karen says yes. Karen doesn’t know if she will be staying in Staten Island or not. She said her baby daddy has been in and out of jail most of his life, but she felt she needed for her daughter to spend time with him in order to have a relationship and that she spends a lot of time with her also. Wendy tells Renee she knows she likes to dance so she says “start the music” and Renee dances in her seat. I have to say, I like Renee the most out of this group.
Wendy asks each lady if they have any regrets. Karen regrets the big fight with Drita. Carla regrets the big fight with Renee. Drita regrets the big fight with Karen. Renee regrets not losing weight before the season began. That Renee has her priorities straight. She cracks me up.
I think Wendy did a great job. What do you think?
Until next season ……
Thanks VAGirl, great job! What did everyone think of the first season of Mob Wives? Lynn~
Big Brother 13 Episode 2 Nomination Show by Shannon
We pick up from the last episode with the house guests being stunned by the golden key twist. Julie Chen informed them that the houseguest who survives the nomination block will be presented with a golden key and it will guarantee their safety for the next four weeks.
The veterans quickly realize that they have to stick together since they are out numbered 8 to 6. Evil Dick tells them they must pull two newbies in to their side. His first target is Porsche. He tells her that they want her to be with the veterans and that they will protect her even if she goes up on the block, what they want in return is for her to vote with them. She is quickly on board.
The library bedroom is occupied by Dominic, Lawon & Keith. Dominic tells them that they should all three work together since they are partnered up with other people, and they should bring in a fourth member from the other newbie team. That way if any of the teams goes up on the block they will have each others backs and their partners will be voted out. They bring in Cassie as the other member and she quickly agrees. They decide they need a name and Dominic comes up with the Regulators.
Porsche tells Keith that the veterans want to work with them and that she thinks it’s a good idea, since they will be strong. Keith acts like he is on board but then runs back to the Regulators and tells them what Porsche said, so now they feel like they can’t trust her.
Have Not Competition
The house guests, led by the HOH Rachel, are dressed up as cows, and the backyard has been transformed into the moon. The object of the competition is for the teams to run and jump in a pool of milk and soak up as much milk into their outfit as they can and then run across the yard where a squeezer will squeeze all the milk out of their costume. The first two teams to fill up 6 milk jugs will be Haves for the week.
The teams are Jeff, Jordan, Evil Dick & Dani on the Blue team. Adam, Dominic, Porsche & Keith on the Green team, and Shelly, Cassie, Kalia & Lawon on the Orange team. The Blue teams wins followed by the Green teams, which means the Orange team will be the Have Nots.
The library has been turned into an asylum for the Have Not’s room, complete with padded walls. So now not only will they be on slop for the week they also will have to take cold showers and sleep in the asylum where the lights have to remain on even during the night. I still think that’s better than sleeping on the cots like last year.
Rachel says she has learned from last year and will not nominate people for emotional reasons but strictly game play. We’ll see how long that last. I wasn’t a fan of Rachel’s last year, but she seems to have toned it down a little bit this year. Maybe she learned from her mistakes, but she still hasn’t learned that she doesn’t need to yell during her diary room interviews.
Evil Dick suggested Adam as the other one to offer to bring to their side and the other veterans agree. So he pulls Adam up to the HOH and tells him to not be freak out if he gets put up because he is getting the Willy Wonka golden key because they will save him. He goes on to tell him that what they want is for him to vote with the veterans, that he is now with them. He also tells him that if he gets HOH he can’t put up a veteran and they might also want him to throw a POV. Adam seems happy to accept. I was glad to see in his interview that he isn’t as gullible as he acts on the live feeds. He said during his interview that he was really going after Evil Dick. I find that hard to believe since he is such a big Evil Dick fan.
In the end Rachel puts up Keith & Porsche. She wants to get rid of Keith since he is such a tough competitor and she wants Porsche to be on their side. She feels like if she helps Porsche get the golden key then she will be with them.
Great job Shannon, I love this show! A question for all you Big Brother fans, Shannon has some spoilers but we agreed that posting them might annoy some of you, what are your thoughts, would you like to read the spoilers? We can be sure to label them for those who would rather not know, Shannon can put them at the end of her blog with the *Spoiler Alert* notice for those who would like to skip them. What do you all think? Thanks again Shannon! Lynn~
Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew by VAgirl
Last week as we left Celebrity Rehab, Bai was on the roof. Shelly gets on the roof and tries to talk Bai into using the ladder to get down. She finally gets down and asks Dr. Drew what happened. Dr. Drew tells her they can’t have that happening and they have to protect her. He tells her she needs to take the meds he recommended for her. If she doesn’t, she may have to be transferred to a higher level of medical care. Bai said getting on the roof just happened.
In spite of her being afraid of getting addicted to the medicine, she finally agrees to take the psychiatric medication. On day five, everyone’s withdrawal is beginning to subside and they look better. At group, Sean says she is feeling sad because she is going to have to say goodbye to an old friend, alcohol. She feels fear, remorse and isn’t sure she has the skills to allow that sadness.
Amy states the rehab facility is like prison. Steven says she shot someone in the head and if where she was in prison was better than the rehab facility, then she had it easy. Michael is also angry at Amy because he said prison was hell for him, where pedophiles had pictures of his daughter in their lockers and had pictures of his wife and said vile things about her. He got into lots of trouble in prison because of that and had to stay in the “hole “ most of the time. He says it got so bad he climbed a tree in the yard hoping he would get shot. He leaves the room and gets physically sick.
Dr. Drew checks on him and prescribes anti-nausea medicine. Dr. Drew wants him to continue to express those feelings. Sean talks with Dr. Drew one on one. She thinks being there makes her look like a loser and is completely humiliated by the condition of her reputation in the business. She says she made a lot of stupid mistakes that have damaged her career and she feels they are insurmountable. She doesn’t want to address her feelings, but Dr. Drew tells her in order for her to get better she will have to do just that, in little doses, just like the talk she had with him.
On day five, Amy gets a new roommate, Jessica “Sugar” Kiper who was on Survivor for two separate seasons. She was the first voted off Survivor the second season because she wanted to harm herself. She has been on a downward spiral ever since. When she meets with Dr. Drew, he finds out she drinks, smokes pot, has tried cocaine, ketamine, ecstasy. She also likes Vicodin, Valium and Xanax. Dr. Drew says she is a severe, severe addict and it will be a long haul for her.
On day six, the rehabbers will be going for Equine Therapy. Sean is apprehensive because she fell off a horse and broke her arm in one of the Batman movies and lost the role to Kim Bassinger. Was that one of the better Batman movies or a flop? Not sure because I never saw any of them. Does anyone remember the Sandra Bullock move 28 Days when the addicts had to lift a horse’s hind leg and clean out their hooves? Well, this is what they are doing here.
The trainer is a former addict and has Jessica be the first to go. She can’t do it at first but then looks the horse in the eye, tries again and is successful. It’s all about getting in touch with your emotions. Next is Sean. She tells him she lost a movie role because of a horse and the trainer asks her if the horse took away her ability to act. She says no. He asks her if Kim Bassinger’s career was made from that movie. She says no. The trainer minimizes the effect the accident had on Sean’s career. He hands her the cleaning tool and she approaches the horse and does it. Then she smiles and says she is ready to ride him. Everyone applauds.
On day 7 at morning meditation, everyone states their name and addiction except that Amy won’t. Steven, who is known for his anger issues, goes off. Shelly tries to get through to him, but can’t and he is getting out of control. Amy is upset and says she has to leave. This episode, I really felt sorry for Sean, Jessica and I even felt sorry for Michael. Don’t know if he’s putting on an act, but he’s pretty convincing.
Thanks VAGirl for that great recap xoxo! Lynn~
Tomorrow my exclusive interview with Melissa Gorga will be posted right here along with more on The Jersey girls and their blogs and we’ll talk more about Watch What Happens Live too!
Until Next Time…