I didn't think we'd live to see it, but five seasons into The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Teresa Giudice has finally admitted to wrong-doing. When Bravo teased the beginning of Melissa and Joe Gorga's encounter with Penny "You'll Cut My Hair Extensions Over My Dead Body" Drossos at the end of last week's ep, I don't think I was the only person who thought: Let me guess. This is going to end with Teresa denying any and all affiliation with this woman, and Melissa and Joe kinda, sorta brushing the whole thing off, all while still secretly hating Teresa.
Wow, was I wrong. Wow, were we wrong. (You know you thought that, too.) Teresa actually came clean.
Well, in a half-assed, Teresa-coming-clean kind of way. But still. Progress!
Because it was clearly eating away at her, and because she and her brother genuinely seemed to be in a good place, Teresa pulled Joe aside at one point to tell him that she was somewhat in cahoots with the Melissa Gorga shit talkers of the world. She admitted that, because she was blaming Melissa for the turmoil she and her brother were experiencing, it made her feel good to hear negative things about her. AKA, she was pissed at Melissa, so she was happy other people were, too. (Something we can all relate to, no?) She essentially phrased it as: "I shouldn't associate with people who are out to get my brother and sister-in-law." She didn't, like, actually admit to doing anything wrong herself; but she copped to a guilty-by-association charge. Which, for Teresa, is huge.
We can all say what we want about Teresa, but there's no denying the fact that the woman loves her brother -- a lot. Sunday's episode was the first time we saw Teresa ever give a genuine (pseudo) apology. In the past, when Tre knows she's done something wrong, she's always tried to quickly brush the issue under the table, offering some perfunctory, half-hearted make-up gesture, like a hug, which was oft followed by an uncomfy-to-watch, almost manic Teresa, who would be trying to convince herself (and the other party) that everything's perfectly fine. But not tonight. Teresa actually sought out her brother to confess her sins, and she, for the first time, seemed to mean it. And from the looks of things, that meant the world to Joe. Even he said, "This is the first time my sister has ever admitted to doing something wrong."
Is Teresa a completely changed woman? Of course not. But it's nice to know that a woman who's raising four daughters isn't as unaware as we thought she was. Here's to hoping she and Joe stay on good terms.
What did you think of tonight's episode?
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