Siggy and Jacqueline meet with Rosie to recap the last episode. Short version, Siggy’s son got his driver’s license (and a new SUV) and Rosie says she was hoping to work things out with Teresa but she doesn’t seem receptive. I am sick of Siggy acting like she knows what she is talking about when it comes to Teresa. When she was on WWHL with Caroline last week I sort of lost all interest in her.
I am thoroughly disgusted that I am apparently going to be team Jacqueline all season. I’m pretty sure she and her entire family have me blocked for hating on her so much. But that was four years ago. When she is not exploiting her children and blaming all of her problems on them, she’s kind of a decent person.
Jorga seems to be supporting his sister in the Teresa war on Kathy and Rosie. They play the clip once again that is supposedly the big issue. Rich asks his elderly mother in law, Kathy’s mother and Teresa’s aunt what she thinks of Joe and Teresa pleading guilty to fraud. She says, ” I’ve always told my children, if you do something wrong, you always pay for it, you can never get away with it.” This caused Teresa to come for the woman via Kathy and Rosie on that season finale to the point I thought Rosie might actually kill her. I believe she had to be restrained off camera. Teresa went in on Kathy and Rosie via their parents and it was cruel and brutal. But somehow, they are “the cancer” despite her long stay in yoga camp trying to become as zen as Dina Manzo. Which is not at all. So apparently, she has succeeded.
Now for some new material. Ashlee’s boyfriend proposes and based on the padlocks it apparently happened at the New Jersey version of pont neuf. Ashlee and the fiance rush home to show Jac. Jac is more excited than she is. Chris says, “She’s all yours Pete. Good luck.” The first person Ashley called was Albie Manzo.
If you want to get nauseous count the number of new winter coats you see Teresa wear. This is Teresa learning to pare down and live within her means. Teresa talks about Joe’s drinking and how he is nervous about going to prison. Melissa is glad Teresa is finally opening up with her.
Later she stops in to see Melissa and Siggy. They set the stage for a group trip to Vermont. So far everything is a rehash of last episode or preparing for the Vermont trip. Clearly nothing is going to happen until Teresa screams at her cousins. Siggy and Jac meet with Teresa try to encourage her to go to lunch with her cousins. She tells them not to get involved in her family life. She talks about the things they said about her father at the reunion without mentioning all the things she said about their mother. She says that Kathy called her Dad a coward. Which she did after Teresa told her to go to the parents with her issues with them. Kathy said she did that and her dad walked out like a coward. Jac points out that Teresa said a bunch of bad stuff about their mother. Teresa starts dropping all sorts of f-bombs on Jac about talking about her family. Then she goes off because apparently her aunt should not have acknowledged that Teresa did anything wrong despite the fact that she pled GUILTY to multiple felony’s. I’m dying to hear what her aunt’s response should have been. Teresa has her evil face on while coming for Jac.
Siggy and Jac go to the Wakiles for dinner. Melissa and Joe are coming as well. This will not go well. And sure enough everyone starts talking about the Teresa situation and Melissa doesn’t want to be involved. As Jac points out, everyone including Kathy and Rosie listened to you bitch about Teresa for all the previous seasons but now you can’t listen to them vent. Rich says he knows what the problem is. He kisses Kathy and says this is my wife of 25 years and I love her and we have a great, happy family. Somehow this is interpreted to mean that Teresa is jealous because Joe doesn’t love her. It is interesting to me that is where Melissa’s mind went immediately. Because frankly, I was confused by Rich’s random announcement.
Joe rattles off in Italian something about the tongue not having a bone but it can break bones. I prefer the good old American sticks and stones version myself. Joe says that as if Teresa never says anything to them. Rosie loses her mind and is ready to kill Teresa again because Teresa says whatever she wants but the only person who ever gets hurt is Kathy and she is tired of her sister taking the brunt of this entire situation. Joe finally sort of gets it. He says he is going to convince Teresa to have lunch with them.
Joe meets with Teresa and literally makes things worse. Then he tells her to go to lunch with them. CAN WE JUST GET TO THIS LUNCH ALREADY? Teresa agrees to go if Joe Gorga goes with her.
I should have just fast forwarded to the last ten minutes. Kathy and Rosie want to repair things and keep the family together. Teresa is done and Joe seems to be supporting this. Rosie talked to her mother and she told them to be kind and that family is everything.
Kathy starts of speaking very kindly. Teresa says they will always be family but she just wants to be left alone. Teresa says that Rich is a big part of the problem. Um, Teresa blames everyone’s negative reactions to her behavior on them rather than the way she treats them. Rich is a prime example of someone she treated badly and then gets surprised when he takes digs at her.
Teresa says they never contacted her in prison. Rosie points out that she asked Joe how she can be added to the email. Teresa says they could have just sent mail to the jail. She’s snarky about it. It might be a good time to point out the Melissa was allowed to contact her in jail either because she was blaming everyone else for her crimes. She sat in there stewing over how everyone did her wrong and came out with a chip on her shoulder.
The bottom line is that Teresa things the only reason they want to mend fences is because of the TV show. She calls it “being back in the public eye” but that is what she means. She says she just wants to cut the cancer out.
Kathy is offended and Rosie is hurt. Teresa says she wants nothing to do with any of them but they will always be cousins. She loves them and the door will always be open for them. But then Teresa says “she said that but she knows what they meant.” Teresa actually cries real tears in the car like she actually has feelings.
Next week: It’s the Vermont trip from hell where Jac loses her damn mind.