'Real Housewives of New Jersey' Season Finale Recap: Did Teresa Giudice Unleash Stripper-Gate?

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Friendships end and sibling rivalries reignite on Sunday's season finale of Bravo's The Real Housewives of New Jersey

Note: Spoilers ahead if you haven’t watched Sunday’s episode, "Strip Down Memory Lane."

It isn't truly a RHONJ send off without a blowup at the annual Posche fashion show. Teresa Giudice was put on the defensive over claims she and Kim D. used shady Angelo to set up Melissa Gorga.

On the previous episode, Kim D. took Tre to a salon where she met Angelo. Teresa appeared shocked when Angelo told her that her sister-in-law once worked for him as a stripper. But was Teresa really all that surprised?

After Angelo approached their table, Tre pulled Melissa aside and informed her of what Angelo was saying about her. Melissa denied having stripped for him, claiming she had been a bartender at his bikini bar for about a week.

When Tre kept reiterating what Angelo said, Melissa grew annoyed. Tre started to spin out of control when Melissa threatened to call her husband and Tre's little brother, Joe Gorga. Tre said she didn't want her brother to come there and get into trouble, but was that really the reason she was starting to panic?

While the sister-in-laws were conversing, Angelo mentioned to a partygoer that Housewife wannabe Kim D and Teresa had staged a set up. They wanted to embarrass Melissa at the show!

Back at the table, Teresa's former bestie Jacqueline Laurita was receiving play-by-play texts, alleging that Tre and Kim D. were trying to take Melissa down. Of course Jac shared these scandalous tidbits with Caroline and Lauren Manzo, while a clueless Kathy Wakile munched on her salad!

Realizing her brother was likely on his way, Tre went to find Angelo. Was she going to confront him for "talking about my family," or to warn her accomplice that the jig was up?

Teresa didn't get the chance to warn/confront Angelo, because the sleazebag had already bolted. Meanwhile, Caroline clued Melissa in on the texts Jac had been receiving.

Kim D grinned like the Chesire Cat from Alice in Wonderland, while the havoc she created unfolded. When she stopped by the table to feign concern for Melissa, none of the ladies were buying this particular brand of merchandise the tacky boutique owner was trying to hawk.

Tensions elevated when Joe and Richie Wakile arrived to confront Angelo. The women tried to convince Joe to let it go, but the hot-tempered hottie was spoiling for a fight. He found one when Kim D. showed up. Joe ripped into her, snapping for her to "Go sniff another line!" Kim D. shot back that she "played with the big boys". OK…

Later, Jacqueline revealed to Joe and Melissa that her friend had texted her saying Tre was behind it all. Tre saw Jac talking to her relatives and wanted to know what she said to them.

After Teresa accused Jac of trying to set her up, Mrs. Laurita finally realized her friendship with the table flipper was truly over. Attempting to do damage control, Teresa went over to Joe and Melissa's SUV, where her baby brother told her exactly what he thought of her. So much for family togetherness!

Buzz Moments

OMG!: Jacqueline finally realized her friendship with Teresa wasn't what it used to be.

Thank you, TV gods.: Nobody threw a drink, hair wasn't pulled and a fist fight didn't break out.

Awk-ward: Joe trashing Teresa in the middle of the streets. I get he's angry, but that was beyond uncomfortable with everyone outside watching on.

Hotness: Joe and Richie riding to Melissa's defense. Nothing hotter than a man defending his lady's honor.

Fab-u-lous: Even with the craziness going on, the housewives still looked glam.

Can. Not. Wait.: The first part of the reunion special. The entire thing looks juicy!

Celebuzz Meter (1-10): 9

Did Teresa set out to ambush Melissa? Was Jacqueline causing drama?  Tell us in the comments.

– Jillian Bowe


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  • Janine Boucher
    Janine Boucher

    I have some advice Just smile and breathe

  • Meara Emmett
    Meara Emmett

    I think the Gorgas and Guidices were both set up by Kim D. Kim doesn't like either women, she's a snake in tacky heels, and she is obviously loving the drama. Lady Karma shall come, Kim D.

  • Joanna Escalon
    Joanna Escalon

    Caroline, Kathy, Jackqueline, & Melissa are all fake hypocrites they can talk about Teresa and her family & her situations but if Teresa does it she is called all kind of bad names and degraded for it SHAME ON ALL 4 OF THESE PARASITES ESPECIALLY KATHY & MELISSA they are suppose to be her family, the best thing for Teresa to do is close the door on all of this garbage and walk away! Kathy is suppose to be allowed to call Teresa's parents names and be disrespectful towards them but when Teresa fires back at Kathy and talks crap about Kathy's dad she says he is off limits and her bulldog looking sister acts like an animal NO WAY KATHY GROW UP IF YUO CAN DISH IT OUT YOU SHOULD BE A BIG GIRL AND TAKE IT SO SHUT YOUR MOUTH KATY AND ANIMAL!

  • Oliver Haskins
    Oliver Haskins

    I agree with that it was a Tre setup because it was so dumb. Melissa was right, what would Tre get out of this setup ? The others don't care if Melissa ever stripped and Tre just looks mean for not defending Melissa to this creep. Also, Tre's response to Melissa calling her Joe was priceless. Once Tre realized that this was not going to go as planned she really panicked. I also think Caroline and her daughter's responses were ridiculous. They're insinuating themselves into the argument does not suggest that they are "done" with Tre. It suggests that they just want to fight with her and they seemed like busy-bodies. In my opinion, Kathy won the season. She seemed sane and she ate her salad which did look delish.

  • Chantel Leslie-Anne
    Chantel Leslie-Anne

    Teresa was definately set up. It was all too convenient that rather than confront the guy Melissa was quick to call Joe. I'm sure Jacqueline had something to do with it. She is always out to break up someones family relationship. We all know that Jacqueline and Melissa were found in the strip club or bikini bar as they like to call it.

  • nypam

    Of course Teresa set her up. She is an evil, jealous woman. There comes a time you just have to cut people loose. She didn't fool anyone . If she told one more person to feel her heart I was going to scream.

  • Stefanie

    In all honesty, I found this finale to be very sad. I feel as though fame has gotten the best of this cast. I remember stumbling upon this show in 2009 while I was channel surfing in my apartment. Each character was genuine, true to themselves and also to one another. It appeared as though they were all able to share laughs together and stand by one another during difficult times as well. I found the show entertaining and also sincere. Now, I feel as though those ladies are nowhere to be found. It's a shame. I hope everyone regains sight of what is important in life.

  • Sheila

    I'm not sure what show you watched but it was clear to me if anyone was set up it was Melissa by Teresa. Clear as the nose on your face.

  • Beaute' Jonsen
    Beaute' Jonsen

    So Joe Gorga runs from men but fights with women--why would anyone think he would do otherwise? How convenient he could not find the guy. I am sure he knows who he is since Joe met Melissa in the bikini bar. Jac set Tre up--that was obvious--she knew what was going to happen from the get go. Danielle, Melissa and Jac and Jac's mother are all in this together--the 3 with a shady past. I don't think Teresa knows about Jac's past job in Vegas but we know what she said about Danielle and her lifestyle--that is when Jac turned on Tre and is out to get her because of her own past and lifestyle. Melissa now says she worked in a bikini bar--do you know what sleeze places those are??? Most have a lot of Russian running them. Interesting it was Caroline's son who said he was going to open a bikini car wash. What happened to I was a bartender in a gentleman's club to a waitress in a bikini bar. Yep Jac and Danielle are friends always and still are.