Wow, so much to discuss about Sunday's episode of RHONJ, but I think we're all in agreement that starting off with Joe and Teresa Giudice's legal troubles is the natural way to progress, no? On the upside, we saw first-hand (is TV first-hand?) that the Giudices' issues have brought them closer with Joe and Melissa Gorga. The two couples appear to be getting along better than ever right now, which is great, because, although what Joe and Teresa are being accused of is, well, gross, it would be pretty depressing to see them shunned by their own family at a time like this. From the looks of things, Teresa and Melissa's relationship is rock-solid right now -- and it honest-to-goodness didn't appear to be an act for the cameras. The girls were joking around and conversations didn't seem forced at all. Silver lining?
But then there was Gia, Joe and Teresa's daughter. Ugh, the poor thing. As the eldest of the Giudice girls, Gia is well-aware of what's going on with her parents, and, understandably, she's not taking it lightly. Gia was in tears for most of the episode, upset by the possibility of losing both of her parents to prison. And just what every teen wants, right? To be a blubbering mess on camera for all her classmates, and America, to see. Again, the poor thing.
Clearly, Joe and Teresa's drama will be documented throughout the season, but we're going to have to wait until fall to find out the outcome of their situation, as their July court date has been pushed to September 23.
Moving on. Dina Manzo is back, as you all know, and I've gotta say: It's nice to see you, Dina. Dina's "thing" this season appears to be being a zen master of some sort, and while I respect that, I have a sneaking suspicion that we'll see a not-so-zen side of Dina at some point throughout the season. That and her hairless cat.
Lastly, there were the newbies: Amber Marchese and twins, Nicole Napolitano and Teresa Aprea. As the previews for the season show, the twins will clearly contribute their fair share of drama to the show, but thus far, Amber really is the only one of them worth mentioning. She and Melissa apparently were friends way back when, and while she claims to "miss Melissa" as a friend, it also kind of seems like she's on the show for the sole purpose of taking her down. She already got a few passive-aggressive digs in at her and called her out for not calling her when she was diagnosed with cancer years ago. Melissa claims she had no idea Amber was sick, and let's hope that's the case -- because if what Amber is insinuating is true and Melissa did know but didn't call her, well, that's sick.
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Needless to say, it looks like it's going to be an eventful, drama-packed season. And I mean, seriously, guys, did any of us expect anything different from this state? Viva RHONJ.
What did you think of tonight's episode?
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