So we are back in Miraval, in another forced share time by Bravo. The prevailing attitude is…hesitance. They’ve all made up before and then went right back to square one. Albert and Caroline look pretty snuggled up to me, and Joe Giudice seems… I dunno? Sober? like a decent guy contributing his thoughts and feelings to the group? I swear it’s like he has a body double this season. And then Joey….got nuts.
And….we back up 12 hours. Well, that’s some new dramatic production work.
Joe is um….waking up Melissa in a manner in which I hope never to be woken up, and in busts Tre. It’s Melissa’s birthday. Woohoo! Um, Tre gave Melissa a thong with a peace sign for her birthday. No box, no nothing, just a loose thong from God knows where so Joey can think about his sister everytime Melissa wears them. Gag. I do not understand this scene. Why is Tre in the bed with her brother and Mel before they even wake up in the morning talking about Jac? Why??? This is skeeving me out.
Rosie is the only lonely person in the world that is not in a relationship. My heart bleeds for her.
Caroline and Albert have lots of “we are happily married scenes” despite Tre’s report that they fought the whole time. The Miraval people tweeted about Rich and his loud voice and their crappy behavior. OMG Joey tells Juicy he loves him! It’s like a bizarre lovefest with the boys.
Time for the much ballyhooed high wire therapy. Tre volunteers to go with her brother. OMG! In Joey’s talking head he gives straight talk on his sister. He says everything about her is a façade. He said her parents raised her to never let anyone know something bad is going on, just smile, smile, smile. He says he would respect her a lot more if she would just be open. THAT MAY BE THE FIRST REAL MOMENT OUT OF ANY OF THE NON-MANZO CROWD ON THIS SHOW.
Meanwhile back on the wire, everyone pretty much stinks at the exercise and Tre goads Mel into doing it. You can tell she doesn’t want to. She is doing it entirely as a competition. However, they probably went the farther than anyone.
It looks like we are back to the location where we started. First we eat. Then Melissa makes a toast. Apparently, in New Jersey people get their knickers in a twist if you make a toast to some but not all of the people at the table by name. Remember Caroline’s birthday party and the toasting wars?
So we are back to blaming Joe blaming Tre for things that Penny does on Twitter. Joe says she knows things no one but family knew. Tre throws Jan under the bus. Tre wants to drop it. Joe wants her to admit it. Tre says she has no part of it. It’s a standstill.
The Joey goes ballistic. Melissa corrals him in his room calling him embarrassing and an idiot under her breath. Could have been a frankenbite, but it didn’t seem like one there. It continues in their room. Tre says the glass almost went in her eye even though he threw it in the total opposite direction. Melissa totally manhandled Joey out of the room.
In the end, we are back to the Dr. V plan of hugging it out and presenting a united front. For now.