'Real Housewives of New Jersey' Reunion: The Horrible Hug Fest

Julie Ryan Evans

The Real Housewives of New JerseyAfter all the drama, all the heartache and hair pulling, name calling, accusations, lawsuits, and threats, The Real Housewives of New Jersey ended the season with a huge Hug Fest between the ladies.

Yes, HUGS. And not only between Danielle Staub and Jacqueline Laurita, but also between Danielle and Teresa Giudice.

It was so fake and so phony, I felt like I'd momentarily blacked out from a sugar coma only to awake in a sea of sappy, saccharine silliness.

One minute Jacqueline accused Danielle of sleeping with married men and had to be physically restrained by host Andy Cohen from pummeling her, and the next she had an epiphany and was begging for forgiveness from Staub.

One minute Danielle pulled an entire doll head out of her purse to demonstrate the extreme pain Jacqueline's daughter, Ashely, inflicted when she pulled out Danielle's weave, and the next they were hugging as if they'd never let go.

It was a loooooong hug.

And just when I was ready to dismiss the love fest as Jacqueline and her pushover ways, there was Danielle leaping off the couch in her fuchsia-sequined mini skirt pulling Teresa in for a hug. Teresa!

And Teresa didn't clock her ... she even hugged her back and offered a sort of apology, or at least agreement to move on and a promise that she'd never said anything bad about her.

Quick, everyone try to save face and make up for all your bad behavior in a few minutes time!

Uncomfortable? Definitely. Unconvincing? Totally. Unnerving? YES!

I'm all for happy endings, but come on. There should be at least a little reality in reality TV.

The only thing more unbelievable than all the sudden apologies was Kim G.'s every interaction with everyone on the show, as highlighted by her brief appearance on tonight's episode.

To Caroline Manzo, Danielle offered a handshake and an apology.

Caroline did shake her hand -- which is more than I thought she'd do -- before she called bullsh&t on the whole thing and spoke the words everyone watching was thinking:

"This is the biggest crock of sh&t I've ever seen in my life," Manzo said. "This is phony."


Of course, the real question is just what was phony -- all the amplified dramatics of the season, or the ending in which everyone tried to play nice and tie things up with a neat little farewell bow.

I suspect a little of both.

What did you think of the final reunion of The Real Housewives of New Jersey? Did you find it fake or refreshing?

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