‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ Reunion Recap: The 5 Hottest Moments

Celebuzz / October 1, 2012

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It has been a year since the ladies of The Garden State were all in one room together, but that doesn’t mean time apart healed old wounds! Fans of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New Jersey have been hearing for awhile just how contentious things are between Teresa Giudice and fellow Housewives Caroline Manzo, Jacqueline Laurita, Melissa Gorga and Kathy Wakile.

Part 1 of the reunion show placed a spotlight on the gulf between Tre and the others.

Here are some of the jaw-dropping moments from the special.

Rosie explodes: Kathy’s fun loving sister saw red as she listened off camera to her cousin Tre trash talk her deceased father. The housewives were stunned as they heard Rosie’s angry outburst geared towards Teresa over comments that her father was more involved in Kathy and Rosie’s lives than their own. Melissa whispered to host Andy Cohen that Rosie would kill Teresa for the jab she made. Sure enough, Rosie demanded backstage that someone stop Teresa for the things she said. All the snark and catty comments were forgotten when Rosie yelled she will “cut out” Teresa’s tongue and wasn’t afraid to go to jail for it.

Lauren Manzo’s showdown with Teresa: Caroline’s baby girl flaunted her 35-pound weight loss and discussed her decision to undergo lap band surgery. Things took a nasty turn when Cohen asked Teresa what she thought about Caroline’s parenting skills. At first Tre seemed to praise them, but threw in a dig about the kids not having jobs before starting their own businesses. Tre just didn’t know when to leave things alone… Caroline ripped into her former friend for her diss, but Lauren took over for her mother and lit into her after she stated Mama Manzo had nothing but “blubber,” and needed to get fillers for her face. Lauren pointed out comments such as those are the reasons behind so many suicides in teens and hurled allegations that Teresa doesn’t write her blog for Bravo! Lauren went so far as to insist T spell “napalm” and define it since it was in one of her blogs and stated it was proof she never wrote them since she doesn’t know what the word means.

Jacqueline breaks down discussing her son’s autism: Viewers shed tears as Bravo compiled a montage which involved Jacq’s son Nicholas, who was recently revealed to be diagnosed with autism. An emotional Jacqueline admitted her son isn’t able to tell her he loves her anymore. Tears quickly turned into venom when Teresa remarked that her youngest daughter Audriana and Nicholas were once boyfriend and girlfriend, but they broke up. Caroline jumped to her sister-in-law’s defense and informed Tre the moment wasn’t about her and “your f–king Christmas pageant dress, sit back and shut the f–k up”.

Caroline’s tough love backlash: Viewers of RHONJ have come to love the fiery redhead’s tough talking and no nonsense attitude when it comes to her family and friends. This past season, there was quite a bit of fans who weren’t thrilled by her attitude with her children and blunt talk which involved Teresa. Mama Manzo admitted she was a bit of a bitch — all caused by filming and will work on her behavior.

Melissa’s allegations that Teresa manhandled her at Gia’s birthday: If things weren’t bad enough between the sister-in-laws before, Melissa’s latest claims may just do the trick. The wannabe pop diva claimed Teresa chased after her in the parking lot and grabbed her arm, something the New York Times Bestselling cookbook author declared to be untrue. Will these women ever get along?

Buzz Moments

OMG!: Jacqueline gets a back bone. Since RHONJ began, viewers have been clamoring for her to stand up for herself when being picked on. Jacq did and then some against former BFF Teresa.

Thank you, TV gods.: Caroline attempting to have a real heart-to-heart with Teresa about the situations she’s in with her family and friends without any yelling.

Awk-ward: Teresa and Kathy fighting over whose husband can pick up more women. Married women don’t want to hear that.

Hotness: Kathy’s nose job and lips. Richie better watch his back, the men are going to pay serious attention to his woman!

Fab-u-lous: Although the ladies were steaming mad at Tre, they still brought their A-game with their gowns.

Can. Not. Wait.: I’m excited for Rosie to have her say about everything, as well as the husbands taking their turn on the couch and getting to the bottom of stripper-gate surrounding Melissa.

Celebuzz Meter (1-10): 10

Is Teresa in denial with her relationships with the ladies? Are the women unfairly ganging up on Tre? Tell us in the comments.

– Jillian Bowe