Last night, the RHONJ finale was filmed a Macauso’s catering hall in Hawthorne, NJ. The pretense of the gathering, where the women are supposed to attempt to resolve all of the storylines was …… wait for it! …… a fashion show. But it was not a Posche fashion show a the Brownstone. This year, there is a new boutique owner in town. Remember when Teresa almost violated probation trying to make it home by curfew after filming the opening of Melissa Gorga’s new shop, Envy? Well, Envy Fashion Show is the new Posche Fashion Show.
Teresa was of course there as required to support her sister-in-law, Melissa. Those two have formed a surprisingly tight alliance in season seven. All the newbies were there including Robyn Levy and her wife Christina Flores, Siggy Flicker, and Dolores Catania.
According to Vicki Hyman of NJ.Com, “The event was open to the public, but tickets were $85.39 for standing-room only to $370.24 for the VIP experience, which included a front row seat, a photo with “Real Housewives” stars, an open bar, dinner and gift bag.”
And in true RHONJ um…. fashion, no storylines were resolved and one returning housewife committed a major production no no and refused to film. In case you had not heard the bad news, Jaqueline Laurita is back on RHONJ, according my sources she is a full housewife. Or she was. She may now be bumped down to a friend since her tantrum last night.
Here’s what we know. Despite Teresa Giudice’s new shtick as a zen yogi who is slow to anger and quick to forgive, when she was sitting in prison “writing her book” she made it clear to her ghost writer that she had a lot of resentments toward Jacqueline. She has held those resentments since all the way back in season one when she claims that Jacqueline twisted her arm to sign her contract right away with the rest of the group and thereby kept her from negotiating for more money. Don’t get it twisted. There is one thing and one thing only that Teresa Giudice values. That one thing is money. So since season one, Teresa has had issues with good ole, mother of the year, Jac.
For some reason, Jacqueline and Melissa have been at odds all season. I really don’t think either Teresa or Melissa wanted Jac or Kathy on RHONJ for season seven. I know Kathy did a bit of filming early on, but I’m not sure if she is still filming with the show. She recently sold her house and her son was in a car accident on New Years Eve (he’s fine). But Jac has been filming the entire season.
Right up until the season trip to Vermont.
What happened in Vermont exactly is unclear. There are several tabloid versions going around. All have a key fact or two in common. There was a big blowout that involved Laurita and she left the trip early. Newcomers Robyn and Christina also left early. What we seem to know for certain is that the altercation began between Melissa and Jac. At some point things changed and the brunt of the blowout was between Jac and Robyn. This altercation is rumored to have become physical. From here on out details are fuzzy but based on my analysis of the sources and their credibility, it appears that Jac was the one that got physical with Robyn and she was sent home. After that, Robyn and Christina left as well. I think they left on their own because they had enough.
What we do know for sure is that since the trip, everyone hates Jac. So Jac has barely been filming. She was supposed to reconcile with Melissa and Robyn at a party filmed for the last episode before the finale. Everyone was there but the Melissa and Jac refused to acknowledge each other. This was problematic because the finale is supposed to tie up all the loose ends and send everyone out into the real world without homicidal thoughts. At least until the reunion. But with Jac not attending the finale, they will need to either do a post production makeup scene. Or hire extra security for the finale.
If Jac shows up for the finale. Remember when she called in sick for season three? Or that other year? This could be the third reunion that Jacqueline has bailed on…
This morning Jac tweeted “One thing that I have learned is how to cut inauthentic, unsupportive, insensitive, self-serving people from my life,& it feels really great!”
P.S. Normally I ask that you restrict your comments to only things discussed in the post to avoid rumors. In this particular case, since I haven’t spent much time working on RHONJ yet, feel free to discuss all the rumors. I have already said some are false and some appear accurate. Just don’t tell us where you read it. It might make us thing poorly of you. A simple “I heard that…” will suffice.