'Real Housewives of New Jersey' Recap: Teresa & Joe's Fighting Is Hurting the Kids

real housewives of new jerseyTonight's episode of The Real Housewives of New Jersey was heartbreaking. No, not because the Gorgas and Giudices continued their ridiculous, never-ending, idiotic fighting. That's just stupid. Because Teresa's daughter, Gia, broke down over everything that's been going on.

Everyone was gathered at the family pizza joint for the 5th birthday party of Milania, Teresa's other daughter (who, no offense, is kind of a brat), when Gia made the announcement that she "had a surprise." What was said surprise, you ask? Oh, just a little song she made up about how she can't stop worrying about her mother and uncle's constant arguing. And the bonus? It was accompanied by hysterical crying!


If that right there doesn't get these two dang families to stop with all the bull s**t, I don't know what will. I mean, the kids clearly can sense what's going on -- and it's not healthy. Worrying that relatives aren't getting along shouldn't be on the mind of a 9-year-old girl (or however old Gia is). Nine-year-old girls should be playing with dolls and learning how to do back handsprings. Inveterate anxiety over family drama is something that's reserved for much later in life. Along with other fun stuff like wrinkles and skin cancer scares.

Teresa and her brother, Joe, did a good job of convincing Gia that everything was okay, though -- as they should have. They kissed, hugged, and promised the little tyke that everything was hunky-dory. The general mood in the party seemed like a happy one after Gia's song, and for a moment, one actually thought, "Hey, maybe this is just the thing this family needed to mend their issues."

But then came the preview for next week's Punta Cana Extravaganza episode.

Yeah, everything's totally not going to be okay. The clip they showed featured Teresa (in the world's most ridiculous hat) in a heated fight with her cousin, Kathy. Classy, ladies.

I hate to point fingers here -- because I consider no one on RHONJ a saint -- but Teresa and Joe are clearly the problem. They're the ones who are always fighting. And I think it's because the two of them are literally incapable of seeing anything in this world from someone else's point of view. When this season first started, I thought it was all Melissa (who I'm still not crazy about), but it's not. It's the Giudices. And it's fairly obvious that all the other cast members on the show feel that way, also. Hence, the Manzo kids poking fun at Teresa on the way to the charity run, and Caroline's obvious distaste for the Skinny Italian author these days.

Maybe next week's episode will prove me wrong, though. Maybe I'll see that Kathy is really the one who starts with Teresa, and I'll have to rescind everything I just said.

I seriously doubt it, though.

Who do you think is responsible for all the drama?


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