‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ Recap: Dina Manzo Returns and Stirs the Pot

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The Napa nuclear fallout between Caroline Manzo and Teresa Giudice raged on and Dina Manzo made her return on Sunday’s episode of The Real Housewives of New Jersey.

Note: Spoilers ahead if you haven’t watched Sunday’s episode, “Dinasty of Denial.”

For the past year, RHONJ fans have been hearing that sisters (and sisters-in-law!) Dina and Caroline were at odds. What exactly happened to make Caroline’s “my family is as thick as thieves” comment null?

Tre invited Dina to the launch of her new wine, Fabellini. She proceeded to give Dina her version of what took place in Napa. She also brought up the “jokes” she made in her cookbook about Caroline. In response, Dina gave Tre a mysterious comment about blood not always being thicker than water. For her part, Caroline dropped hints during the episode that Tre is the main reason she and her baby sister have been estranged, but never elaborated.

It was cool to see Dina back at the RHONJ party, but what happened to Teresa trying to spend time with her own family and repair those strained relationships? Why not have her sister-in-law Melissa Gorga and brother Joe attend?

Tre told her cousin Kathy Wakile that she and Jacqueline Laurita had buried the hatchet, yet her BFF also wasn’t in attendance. Denial seems to be a river Mrs. Giudice loves to travel!

The biggest WTF moment came when Dina informed Teresa that Caroline’s issues weren’t Teresa’s fault. Huh? Dina must not have been watching the last two seasons of this show. Or, whatever caused the rift in the House of Manzo must have been a doozy!

Buzz Moments
 OMG!: Teresa and hubby “Juicy” Joe trashing Caroline and Kathy’s looks. Really, you two, we get you are mad at them but that’s a bit high school.

Thank you, TV gods.: “Juicy” telling Teresa to stay out of Caroline and Dina’s family drama. Who would’ve thought he’d be the voice of reason?

Awk-ward: Kathy grilling the tour guides at University of Maryland about doing laundry. C’mon Kathy, those girls are all about airtime and not about separating whites from colored clothes.

Fab-u-lous: Melissa’s ensemble that she wore to Caroline’s house. For someone claiming to be suffering from a bad hair day, girlfriend knows how to rock a fedora. Also, Dina’s arrival to Teresa’s party. Yes, she nearly wiped out, but her ensemble was to die for.

Can. Not. Wait.: Next week, Kim D.’s back and causing nothing but drama yet again at her Posche fashion show, with a surprise from Melissa’s past.

Celebuzz Meter (1-10): 6

Is Dina right about Caroline’s anger towards Teresa? Should Caroline heed Melissa’s advice and let her beef go?

– Jillian Bowe