Here are some of the jaw-dropping moments from the special.
Teresa and her brother Joe Gorga haven’t spoken since the 2011 Posche fashion show. Tre’s younger brother begged her to stop making allegations that his wife was once a stripper in order for their family to heal. Teresa maintained throughout the entire episode that she’d never called Melissa a stripper.
Speaking of strippers (When are these people ever not?) Jacqueline asked Chris to tell everyone where he met her, challenging Joe Giudice’sclaims that Chris had met her stripping in Vegas. I don’t think anyone was surprised when Chris backed up Jac’s version of their origin story — they met at a trade show in Chicago. He wasn’t going home with Juicy, after all!
Joe Gorga stunned the entire room when he revealed that because of his fractured relationship with Teresa, he and his family had lost contact with his and Teresa’s parents. Tre became hysterical, claiming “Mommy and Daddy” loved Joe and that she never talked bad about him to her parents. When Jacqueline interjected with “Yes you do!,” Teresa flew out of her seat shrieking at her former bestie as Chris and Andy begged Jac to stay out of it.
Not to be outdone in the area of shocking revelations, Juicy Joe shared why he dislikes his brother-in-law: Joe Gorga neglected to return borrowed tools to Joe Giudice. I think that’s how it started with the Hatfields and McCoys.
Kim D., the mastermind behind Melissa’s fashion show takedown, made a memorable appearance. Kim revealed she had beef with Melissa, because she promoted a rival boutique with the same name as Kim’s shop. Sounds like a good reason to destroy a family to me!
Kim also revealed that Teresa knew something was going to go down regarding Melissa at the fashion show, but not the exact details. Kim also claimed Jacqueline and Caroline knew. Caroline challenged her statements, asking Kim if she could honestly say that Jac knew beforehand. Jac maintained she found out about the takedown via text messages, but wouldn’t reveal who she was getting them from.
After a season of accusations about potential stripper pasts, the biggest shocker of the night came when Joe Gorga admitted he had dropped to his drawers for money as a Chippendales dancer! Guess that settles that.
Richie’s outbursts: Viewers of RHONJ were often gobsmacked by how frank Richie Wakilewas about his sex life with wife Kathy, not to mention their respective anatomies. Wakile informed Andy he wasn’t ashamed by what he said and told his kids bluntly, “How do you think you got here?” Less is more should be Richie’s new mantra.
OMG!: Kim D. claims she’s friends with both Jac and Caroline. Why are they friends with someone who would set both Melissa and Teresa up?
Thank you, TV gods.: Chris stating siblings Teresa and Joe want a relationship, but can’t get it together. The man’s always the voice of reason.
Awk-ward: Juicy Joe and Richie arguing over who grabbed the other’s crotch to start their fight.
Hotness: The husbands cleaned up really nice for the reunion.
Fab-u-lous: Caroline imploring all of the housewives to work on their relationships with their loved ones before it is too late. Her words of wisdom are always on point.
Can. Not. Wait.: Season 5! Andy and Bravo need to strike while the iron is hot.
Celebuzz Meter (1-10): 10
Will the ladies forgive Teresa? Will Tre and her brother and sister-in-law call a truce? Tell us in the comments.
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