Thursday, June 18, 2009

"If I hear any more shit, I'll be knocking on your door. And I won't be alone."


Oh really, Danielle? REALLY? Exactly who will you be bringing with you, Ms. Wrong-Place-Wrong-Time-The-Lies-In-This-Book-Make-Me-Throw-Up-and-Have-Diarrhea? You're not making any sort of THREAT, are you? Because hmmm, I don't know, that seems to fly in the face of your indignant claim that you're an innocent victim who has been slandered by the evil Manzos.

Danielle honey, listen up. I'm about to talk shit and the only person you're going to bring to my door is Albie. NAKED. Got it? {pretend I'm giving Danielle a mean scowl a la Caroline}

Okay then. Here's the dirt on the finale of Real Housewives of New Jersey:

1. Dina visits Teresa for a tour of her new house. As we already know, Teresa is enormously proud of her "granite, marble and onyx" mansion. Each room is cavernous and every surface is shiny and slick--not unlike Teresa's oily bohunk of a husband. Apparently the house has so many rooms that they are designated for certain activities, such as a wine-making room, a wine-tasting room, a cut-off jeans room and a dead body room. (Okay, okay, I made those last two up.) I know Teresa was going for a French chateau look, but I think it is closer to a Saddam Hussein Palace look. Check it out:

Saddam's digs or Teresa's? You can't tell, can you? Spooky.

At the end of the tour, Teresa tells the camera that she wanted to have a housewarming party, but her house isn't finished yet so she's going to invite people out to dinner instead. I know, it totally doesn't make sense--why not wait until your house is finished and then have a housewarming party? Well, because Bravo needs a big FINALE, that's why. This fact is made even more clear when Teresa announces to Dina that she's going to invite Danielle even though she thinks she's a lying whore.

When was the last time you invited someone you loathed to a small gathering of close friends? Fakey, fakey, FAKE, Bravo, and I don't appreciate it.

2. Danielle is showing some of her modeling photos to her kids. The photos themselves were blurred, which kind of pissed me off. Was she nude? Because that would have upped the creep factor, which is already dangerously high. Maybe she was just holding a bag of Doritos? We'll never know.

Danielle tells the camera that the fact that The Book is on every coffee table in New Jersey has forced her to do some 'splaining to her kids. She tells them that she's made mistakes and learned from them, and it's all made her what she is today, which is a sunken-faced narcissistic skank with a really crappy eyebrow waxer. She does air quotes to the camera again, I can't even remember why, but it just adds to her shifty persona.


During this scene, the following facts are revealed: Danielle has two ex-husbands (the first one wrote the book), she was a stripper, she got arrested and she changed her name. She did not mention being a cokehead or a slut. An honest mistake, I'm sure.

3. Jacque's parents visit from Las Vegas in an RV. Mom and Dad have an astonishing amount of common sense that Jacque did not inherit. That's all you need to know.

4. Dina helps 12 year old Lexi clean the stuffed animals out of her room. This is where I would normally wrinkle my brow and say "what the hell?" but I happen to hang on Dina's every word, so it was bearable (no pun intended).

We also see that, unbeknownst to Dina, Lexi has been hoarding huge amounts of candy in a dresser drawer. Drool started spilling out of my mouth at the sight of it. I'll be accepting donations for my candy drawer as of right now.

5. Caroline gets a German Shepard "protection dog" who is a foaming-at-the-mouth, rabid, vicious animal. Nice try, Caroline. Nothing can keep me away from the smoldering heat that is Albie.

6. Jacque gives her spoiled brat kid the new car, just like we knew she would. There's some blah blah blah about "earning driving time" but ... oh, I'm sorry, I must have dozed off.

7. Moving on! Dina, Lexi and Caroline are out to dinner. Dina wants to quit her job and stay home to take care of her family, which I assume means her perpetually absent huz, Grandma Wrinkle (the cat) and Lexi. She says "those womens' libbers would wanna smack me right now." My eyes almost popped out of my head. Holy shit, Dina, "womens' libbers"? Seriously? Are you aware that this is not 1950? Why is her use of this phrase so endearing to me?

8. Finally, what we've all been waiting for--the Guidice "housewarming" dinner. We see the vainglorious Danielle getting dressed, gazing into a wall of mirrors and asking her daughters whether she should wear her hair up or down. (I scoffed at this, by the way, until I remembered that I recently was in a store and asked my four year old her opinion on which sunglasses I should buy. LOSER.) Danielle says she's really looking forward to the party. Translation: she's really looking forward to the shitstorm she's about to create.

At the restaurant, cocktail hour has commenced and everyone is laughing and having a grand time. Obviously, Danielle has not arrived yet.

Teresa debuts her new bubbies and Dina gives her some new lingerie from Victoria's Secret.


Someone, I think it is Teresa, asks Albie and Chris whether Caroline's bubs are real. Albie and Chris are properly GROSSED OUT, which I was glad to see, yet it was still LOL. It's all good times until....

Danielle, dressed like an aging hooker, struts in ready to do battle. Surprise, surprise, she's seated next to Teresa's husband Joe, whom she hates. (Another transparent attempt at finale drama; thanks, Bravo.) Everyone's being nice to Danielle even though it's obviously awkward because they all hate her guts.


To lighten the mood, Teresa starts telling a story about how her husband Joe wanted to have sex with her on the way home from getting her breast implants. Everyone is gasping for air, they are laughing so hard, except for Danielle, who has to piss on everything by saying something along the lines of an unsmiling "well you didn't have surgery down below." This part was clearly all edited up, but Danielle came across as a major biatch.

Then, during a lull in the conversation, Danielle whips out that book and drops it right on the table.

Everyone averts their eyes and is all "ooooh shit," except for Danielle, whose body language can only be described as aggressive. When it becomes clear that no one else is going to acknowledge the book, she melodramatically announces that she brought the book because it's been haunting her and she needs to clarify some facts. She starts talking and Dina realizes that she is the target of this "clarification," aka ATTACK. Dina says, "can I interrupt?" and Danielle turns a steely eye to her and says "No. You. Can't." And now it's ON.

Teresa jumps in and valiantly tries to divert Danielle's attention. She does so by telling Danielle that the story was going to come out eventually, and that, as a friend, she should have told everyone about the book in the first place.

Danielle shouts, "When I am finished you can lay into me all you want sweethot, but right now I have the floah! How dare you interrupt me when ahm trying to say my piece!"

What a lovely guest.

Teresa sees where this is going and asks that the kids be taken out of the room. Danielle freaks out about that too. Her kids want to stay, and she lets them because she loves making bad decisions.

Caroline tries to moderate and says threateningly to the whole table that Danielle has the floah and that "we're all adults and we'll act accordingly!"

Danielle talks about throwing up, diarrhea and that she KNOWS Dina revealed the book at their hair salon, Chateau. Dina denies, and Caroline utters her menacing (and now infamous) "Let me tell you something about my family!" line. Then, out of nowhere, Caroline states that SHE was the one who took the book to Chateau. Danielle says nooooooooo, she heard it was Dina. Dina denies,


Jacque pipes up and calls Dina a liar,


and now those two are screaming at each other.

Teresa says to Danielle, "well, something in this book has to be true," and Danielle UNLEASHES on Teresa. Teresa in turn starts making guttural noises, calls Danielle a "fucking stupid bitch" and upends the table:

Table flippin'

(thank you, Brilliant Asylum, for this priceless gif)

All I am thinking about at this point is Albie, and how I hope that the flying glass does not mar his gorgeous face. (and to the anonymous commenter who asked if I would friend Albie on facebook and get a photo of his penis--I am working on it.)

To summarize: this whole debacle boils down to two issues 1) who took the book to Chateau and 2) whether the book contains any truth about Danielle. I can't really get worked up about it because the whole thing could have been resolved neatly by 1) calling the fucking hair stylist on speakerphone and asking him what happened, and 2) a defamation of character lawsuit brought by Danielle years ago. That book was apparently pretty damning and not something you let slide. Clean up your mess, Danielle, or LIVE WITH IT. Or change your name again. But stop blaming other people for your problems.


Here is my opinion on the Jersey housewives:

I have developed a deep and abiding affection for the Manzos and Teresa. I am slightly ashamed of it, and I can't begin to explain it, but I want to be friends with them (which probably won't happen because of my lecherous feelings toward Albie and also because I likened Teresa's house to that of a murderous dictator).

However, I feel that all of the drama on this show was contrived. Are we really supposed to believe that the book just happened to be discovered during the filming of this show? Why did Teresa have a housewarming party at a restaurant? Why was Danielle invited?

I'm not saying that the situations in OC, New York and Atlanta are 100% real, but the illusion of reality is more present in those series. Bethenny and Kelly--they do not like each other on or off camera. If they were forced to sit next to each other on the Today show, you would feel the tension. Not so with Danielle and Teresa. They giggle and walk out together.

This Housewives series was edited within an inch of its life, and I just couldn't ignore the unnatural and forced situations. I wish I could, my darlings. I wanted to be captivated by New Jersey, but I wasn't.

What do you think? Where do you rank New Jersey among all of the Housewives series?

83 comments:

regardez moi said...

I agree with you... so contrived and over edited. But still, I loved it. Maybe it's cause I grew up (and still live) right next to Jersey and know or have been around gals like that my whole life. I couldn't stand the Danielle drama and I can't stand her. I hate the way she is with her children, so needy... she is going to do a number on those poor girls. It's a trainwreck I don't find enjoyable to watch. The rest of them, though, I love. Dina and Caroline and Theresa. Jacqueline was 'eh' for me. Too goody-goody-I'm-gonna-do-what-my-heart-tells-me-is-right. Tolerable, just boring.

I hope they do another without Danielle.

DeeDee said...

don't think the cig scene at the bitter end was scripted. and was it just me but Jacqueline's father could be related to Abe Vigoda?

Anonymous said...

I thought that Teresa's husband was supposed to be paying, but I heard Teresa (I think) say (at minute 50 into the show) "Andrew's gettin' the check, right?" Probably the best money he ever spent.

Anonymous said...

It was in the 'director's cut' episode, not the first finale.

Anonymous said...

Ok..

Why did Teresa have a housewarming party at a restaurant? Because Andrew wanted a good ending and she and her hub said no way is that slut crossing our threshhold. Andrew:"Well, what if it was in a restaurant, and I paid?" "OK!"

Why was Danielle invited? Um, do you have to ask this question?

jen said...

I had to stop watching the NY women because their flagrant spending was pissing me off and I was mostly bored with everything else. Your recaps were TONS more interesting.

For some reason I was captivated by the NJ bitches, although, true be told, I often fast-forwarded through Danielle's diatribes. I could watch The Teresa, Dina, and Caroline Show all day long. LOVE them.

I do agree about The Dinner. How contrived. Yet still riveting. Weird.

cwillcox said...

I love the Manzos and Teresa too! Even though it was obviously over-edited and completely contrived, this was my favorite housewives by far! (though my husband who "doesn't watch these shows" still says OC is the best)

Anonymous said...

and how did Danielle get the book into the restaurant in that teeny-tiny handbag?

Anonymous said...

who's Andrew?

Gquaker said...

Your recaps are the best. I have nothing but love for the NJ cast, minus Danielle and Jacqueline's daughter, Ashley.

NJ is my favorite, followed by Hotlanta, then New York. The OC is dead to me. I got tired of the product hawking on NY in Season 2. I know these ladies have got to pay the bills somehow, but it wasn't half as entertaining as She by Sheree or Kim's musical career.

Missy Langley said...

I had to rewind a couple of times, but I'm pretty sure that when Teresa said, "Look, it's the book." she was speaking Italian. Kind of gives you chills, huh? Like she was saying, "Let's hit her over the head and put her under some of the onyx so we don't have to deal with her anymore." I think Danielle is pure trash and feel sorry for her girls.

I want to hang our with Caroline and her family. They seem great to me. Maybe it was all in editing, but Dina seems to be a good mom. Poor Jacqueline. Not smart enough to get in out of the rain, yet her parents seemed interestingly normal. Maybe she ran away when she had Ashley.

What about Danielle's rant at the end? Did I hear right that "the dirt" she had on Dina was that she used to live in a small apartment with linolium (sp?) floors?!? How does that compare to being a crack whore, I'm sorry, stripper? What a nutjob.

*PrairieGirl* said...

"oily bohunk of a husband" hahahahhahaha!!!this 16candles reference made my WHOLE day!!

.:Kimberly:. said...

Here is how my top 4 goes
4) Atlanta
3) New Jersey
2 & 1) OC and New York

I don't know why, but I can't stand the Atlanta girls. I think they're boring.
I love the OC because they are so 2-faced and NY because they aren't afriad to say it to their face.
New Jersey, like you said, seems a little contrived. But entertaining enough to keep watching.

Jilly in Idaho said...

When this show - New Jersey - started I wasn't looking forward to it after coming down after the New York drama but surprisingly it's my favorite. I love Teresa, Dina and Caroline and I'll give Jacqueline a chance if she drops Danielle, whom I despise. I know they're all rich and have questionable sources of cash but there's just something likeable about them. Maybe it's the family aspect but they seem more real.

By the time NY was over I was sick of all the infomercial crap. They all have jobs but have to come up with products for their egos and the same goes for all their charity work. The OC women were flat just getting mean with one another and all the sun in So. Cal is taking it's toll on their looks. It seems so long ago that the Atlanta chicks were on it's hard to remember them much - but one never forgets NeNe or Kim.

I think I'd rank them as New Jersey first, Atlanta, New York and then Orange County.

Mrs. Limestone said...

Best animated gif ever!

Velvet said...

I thought I would love the Jerz too, but it was a disappointment. I am so tired of every episode hearing Dina whine about wanting to stay home with Lexi. Teresa was still my favorite at the end, but that dopey voice she has when she's drunk spoiled my girl-crush on her.

Eye. Ammm. Payin.

attention.

Painful. Really painful.

I agree the drama was contrived, and if they were trying to set out to prove that the Sopranos was a "far cry" from what the rest of Jersey is like, then they failed miserably.

Anonymous said...

** News Flash **
Today in the New York Post there was a story that Steve, the 27 going on 57 yr. old former boyfriend of Danielle, has a sex tape of them and is shopping it around, he said in an interview with Star magazine.

Anonymous said...

Anon 6:02, I was thinking the same thing! Danielle walked in with a small clutch, certainly not big enough to hold that book. And then she pulled the book out from under the table? Definitely contrived!

I think Dina is a bit of a spoiled brat, but a good mom. I love Caroline - would definitely hang out with her! Teresa has grown on me and Jaqueline is just kind of there. Danielle is a hot mess, but her daughters seem like well-adjusted young ladies, surprisingly.

Of course the book was known about by all before the show filmed. Proved to be good ratings...

Anonymous said...

I couldn't get into Atlanta, it was too much of a forced trainwreck.
I live next to the OC (not where they are) but I see too many of those types here, and it is boring to watch, although I did like the Gretchen angle this past season, I can't stand Vicki or Tamra!
New York was my favorite...I was looking forward to the season, and it was mainly an infomercial for each of them and no thanks!
Jersey was the best, I am sorry they are only on for 6 episodes. New Jersey looked beautiful where they are, and I am loving the Manzos and Teresa. Jacqueline BUGS me and Danielle - deserves no comment!
Does this mean that you won't recap again if they are on? I love your recaps!

Richie Designs said...

which is a sunken-faced narcissistic skank with a really crappy eyebrow waxer.

best line evah.

the eyebrow thing is too much botox and a crappy waxer.

book was planted FO' SUR'!!

Anonymous said...

The Jersey girls are too boring and tacky. I try to sit thru the epis to follow the snark on the blogs but it's painful. ANd I never watch a repeat where the other franchises are as addictive as dorito's

Parmie said...

This post was hilarious! I love Teresa and the Manzos too...I heart them!

Michelle said...

At first I was over taken with the whole thing. I thought it was fantastic. I loved the scene where they were all in their respective cars heading to the restaurant - very Sopranos-ish.

But after the initial excitement wore off, I was really? I mean it shouldn't come as a big shocker that it was contrived. I just don't really get why Teresa had to go ballistic when nothing was ever really directed at her. I mean other than Danielle telling her to pay attention.

I think I liked the director's cut w/Albie & his bro. My favorite line was "If you're not familiar with the table flip, then you're not from Jersey."

I do feel bad for Danielle's girls. For the older one to say that she felt like she was going to have to get involved to stand up for her mom - that comment made me so sad. Why would you put your child in that kind of situation whether it was contrived or not. I'm not a parent but I believe that was some poor parenting.

My favorite: hands down, ALBIE!

Anonymous said...

Okay, we share the same brain minus the potty-mouth tendencies. For some reason, cursing bothers me on the same level that an inadequately displayed shelf of evian bothers our beloved Jeff Lewis.

As for the Jersey girls, I love the Manzos and Teresa. I cannot stomach that Joker-faced lunatic. She could've been Nicholson's stunt double. I agree that season two, if there is one, should not include the nut.

Jill said...

I wish I could have heard everything Teresa said during her table flipping tirade. I've never seen anything like it!

Anonymous said...

I think Theresa, mid table flip, was yelling about Danielle F-ing a man in her f-ing house. I want to know more!!!!

Jill said...

Me too!

miss ava said...

did anyone watch the hour long re-cap??? i lost my damn mind when christopher stated, "if you're not familiar with the table flip, you're probably not from new jersey." that could be a state motto.
this show was something else.

oh albie. i want you on top of me.

Anonymous said...

Contrived or not ....I LOVED the table flipping! Only wish a couple chairs had been tossed around.

Anonymous said...

TOP RealHW's

1. ATL-NENE/Sheree/Kim-Priceless
2. OC-Tamara/Gretchen straight drama
3. NY/NJ-Tie (Both of them equally had its moments for me. It's just something about the tri-state area/I'm a Cali girl).

However, the NJHW's were totally boring me to death. I think Bethenney(spell check) put it well they are "real" housewives so their lives other than their family and friends and minor business ventures are otherwise boring. The finale was the only episode and probably the reunion show that will have me interested. Danielle's drama whether people like it or not made the show.

Anonymous said...

The ending was definitely staged. But that still didn't keep me from being appalled by the behavior of all the women. The frank sexual talk, the over the top cursing, and the screaming just wasn't appropriate in front of children. Dina says how "f ing mortified" she is as Lexi stands in front of her. Real classy. Left me with a creepy feeling and no love for any of those women. Too much mean spirited back stabbing and crazy behavior.

SGM said...

Verrrry interesting, how you all ranked the shows.

I haven't seen the director's cut with the table flipping comment. That's hilarious--I'm gonna go check that out now.

Bravo just confirmed for me that Atlanta is next up, but it looks like we'll have several weeks off before it begins. In the meantime, NYC Prep and (EEEK) The Lew.

Anonymous said...

Best one was OC, although Tamra and Vicki are getting to be too much.
Next, New York. I love the Countess, Bethenny and Jill.
Third, NJ. Dina and Carolyn are watchable.
ATL I never really took to.

Blisterina said...

And speaking of contrived, DanVerly's extensions in those dListed pix are awful!

thatShortChick said...

I'm from (north)jersey so I enjoyed the ladies (esp Dina&Caroline). I just think that they are a bit too "real" and not in it to jumpstart brands/margaritas.

I was going to mention the fact that one of the ladies mentioned that andrew (I'm guessing andy cohen) was picking up the check for the "last supper" but someone already mentioned it. So yeah, contrived? ABSO-FREAKIN-LUTELY.

NYC, Atlanta&the jersey girls are my favorites. I can't stand the overt desperation that oozes out of the OC Ladies' botoxed pores.

p.s. I'm a new-ish reader (and subscriber!) and I just wanted to tell you that I LOVE your blog! I started reading during the RHONY recaps and look forward to your posts.

Tracey said...

Bethenny's take on the finale:

http://www.eonline.com/uberblog/watch_with_kristin/b130171_real_housewives_of_nys_bethenny_frankel.html?utm_source=eonline&utm_medium=rssfeeds&utm_campaign=rss_topstories

KitCat said...

I love the Jersey housewives, I thought I would get annoyed with them but I didn't. I love the sisters and I for one would have done the same thing. I have two sisters and we would fight to the end for each other. I can't say I wouldn't do what they did in telling family about the book, I would'nt want someone like Danielle with her past near them. I agree with Theresa, there has to be more in that book that is real, I mean I can understand if that book was written now after the Housewives season now that Danielle has notoriety, it would sell books to embellish her part. But it was written years ago when she was a nobody, so why the name change?

For me this season was the most real, these women with their kids was real, the laughing, the joking, the cooking. It is so painful to watch the moms on the other cities interacting with their kids, all the eye rolling they do at their moms, they all look so uncomfortable as if they are being forced to spend time together for the show. I can watch Caroline, Dina and Theresa with their kids all day. They are hysterical.

I was so disgusted with Bethenny's take on the last episode, talk about a hypocrite, she has had many unladylike moments herself and I am so sick of all the hawking she does. I can't wait to see her book at the dollar bin at the book store, even then I wouldn't buy it. And then her comments about Dina going on to be just a "housewife", Bethenny has neither a husband, kids or even a family, so how can she judge someone who wants to stay home to be with her daughter. At first her one liners were funny but now they are just plain annoying, it grates on my nerves like nails on a chalkboard!

KitCat said...

Oh, and can I just say that I am so glad I won't have to watch Danielle do the air quotes everytime she talks about "Thhhhaaaaaahhhhh boooook". Annoying!!!

Anonymous said...

Andrew = Andy Cohen

Your Mama said...

loves it

Pam said...

I was just flipping the channels and who should i see on "my big, fat, fabulous wedding?"(can't remember if it's vh1 or mtv) GINA and her mystery husband Tommy, planning their circa 2007 wedding-and yes, they managed to say bubbies, and caroline seems to sport a modified mullet. What a treasure!

Pam said...

Woops-edit my last comment to read Dina!!!

Suzannah said...

I think the reason I didn't love NJ as much as I expected is because it's so clear who to hate (Danielle) and who to love (everyone else). Whereas with NY, everyone had different takes on Silex, Ramoner, the Countess, and the others, and only agreed that Kelly was crazy. I did love that table-flipping. Teresa was just fine and then all of a sudden her eyes were spinning around in her head and she was thrashing and dropping the f-bomb every other word. Awesome! What was she saying to Danielle about "f'ing the guy in my f'ing house"? Too many bleeps - I couldn't make it out.

The "best friend Bernie" who gave Caroline the scary dog, Bernard Kerik - I couldn't figure out why his name was familiar. Then I saw on another page, which I can't find now, that he was the NYPD Commissioner who was nominated by Bush for Director of Homeland Security, until he had to withdraw his name when it came out that he'd taken gifts from a NEW JERSEY CONSTRUCTION COMPANY hoping to get bids for the city - isn't that what Teresa's husband does?

Can't wait for the reunion.

Jilly in Idaho said...

Thank you KitCat for saying everything I was thinking better than I could (and I tried). I totally agree about the Danielle situation and love, love, love Caroline, Dina and Teresa. Jacqueline is okay and I think she'll see the light sooner or later, but I love all the family love and respect they have for each other and Teresa's family. I only wish Al (Caroline's hubby) would have been at that dinner and shut it down right off the bat. I'd like to have seen how Danielle reacted to that - she probably would have said a few choice things and left. Her poor daughters, they were caught in a situation that was way above their emotional level and were scared and worried. What mother purposely does that to their children? A narcissistic whack who only cares about herself is who.

I absolutely and completely agree with your take on Bethenny's opinion. Who is she to judge someone else's decision to do whats right for their family? Bethenny would make a terrible mother. Her constant schilling of her products is pathetic and tiresome. She's gotten an ego and attitude on being cutting and mean.

Anonymous said...

Love the NJ housewives. maybe it's because I feel like the Manzos could be cousins of mine, but I somehow relate to them, which might be embarrassing, but I'm anonymous today. As for teresa, I've always wanted to pitch a fit like that. someday. the other two? well, Jacqui seemed pretty honorable, if not indecisive. and the other is an annoying gnat. I think they could have done without her.

Elisabeth said...

Teresa was difficult to understand. She did spit out some italian or latin when she saw the book on the table.

What I am really interested in is a captioned version of Teresa's rant. There was alot I just couldn't understand.

MakesNooSense said...

SGM...I love you...I say it every time...I LOVE YOU and the time you put into recapping something that we have already seen but making it...well, SO MUCH BETTER!!

Then as a really good cherry on top - I love reading everyone elses comments and their take on it. Can I make a suggestion/request...and maybe this should be sent in private but what do you girls think about having a live chat session once a week for just an hour? I follow the whateverhollywood girls and every Tuesday at 4pm PST they open it up and have an live online chat...it's really cool!!! Limited to ONE HOUR ONLY (no matter what).

Just a thought because you are all so funny, I'd love to have an hour to dish.

Think about it...SGM, are you on twitter?? Please find me if you are!! @SeattleSingle

LOVE YOU ALL!!!

Naz said...

Let me tell you something....lol oh Caroline I adore you, espeically the finger wave. As for Teresa calling Danielle a "prostitution whore" I end up laughing so hard I'm crying every single time I watch it.
The directors cut was soooo worth it just to see the brothers aspect of it all.

Anonymous said...

I had a hard time with the NJ woman. I hate it when woman try and act tough and all of these woman act like they can kick ass. Especially Carolyn with her "bring it on" comments. I can't help but feel there are hidden threats behind their attitudes.

It makes for good entertainment, but if there is any truth to the mob undertones it really isn't funny. Sorry to be Debby Downer. I love all the other Housewife series and I did watch so I am a total hypocrite! Just reflecting after you recap and thinking (are these woman actually for real, I HOPE NOT).

Sugar & Spice said...

Trashy TV=Great TV

chicfaced said...

i maybe a little bit wish i was 15 yrs old again and dina was my mom. that lexi is one lucky meffer.

Dobbygirl said...

NY, by far my favorite, followed by Atlanta then OC. NJ was a disappointment. I kept feeling like I'd already seen each episode before. I could do without them again. Though I too have an odd fascination with Dina...

Jennifer said...

Me likey Albie!!

With the exception of Danielle, I like all the NJ housewives and, though the show definitely seemed contrived, I loved every table-flippin' moment of it. Danielle just plain gives me the creeps though--the expression on her face when she placed The Book on the table--ewwww!

--My top 2--NYC and NJ
--I used to be into OC but last season barely held my attention
--Couldn't get into Atlanta.

Anonymous said...

It's past time for Danielle/Beverly to retire the "air quotes"!

I love you SGM. The only reason I need cable is so I can watch Bravo, but since I can read your blog, I can save $40 a month. Gracias chica!

I have a feeling that ALL the housewives read your blog. LOL!

Clare said...

I love each show best while it is airing, though I must admit I am getting a bit sick of the meanness on OC. Jill Zarin is by far my favorite housewife, with Caroline Manzo second.

I agree with Elizabeth, I'd love to have a captioned version of Teresa's rant. That latin thing is kinda creepy, because I am so sure she doesn't know latin. Next her head was gonna spin around and she was going to vomit pea soup.

As far as Danielle's girls go, here's the ugly truth. When you are parented by a narcisstic child, you are forced to become an adult early. But that stuff always rebounds, and even though the girls seem well adjusted now, I predict years of therapy as adults.

megan said...

Did you hear that Andy Cohen is getting his own show??? Can't wait for your dish on it!

hello gorgeous said...

I heart Teresa, too. Even after watching her go apeshit (you have got to find a permanent place on your blog for that animation). Did you hear her yell that Danielle had sex with someone in her house?

I hate Danielle. Skank. And she doesn't look "Yuteful." She's an attention whore. Or just a whore.

Drollgirl: Me, too. Maybe we're in frickin' love with her.

Seriously, though, I am ready to spend the summer reading.

hello gorgeous said...

Sorry, I meant Dobbygirl.

Anonymous said...

Latin!

The idea of sub-literate 85-IQ Teresa suddenly spouting Latin...

Next we will see her stubby husband reading King Lear.

KitCat said...

Actually, Theresa was speaking Italian. If you look at her bio on Bravo it says that her parents emigrated from Italy, so she and her brother were, like most first generation American children, brought up speaking both languages. My sisters and I are first generation Americans and were brought up speaking Spanish at home and English at school and in public.

The Lil Bee said...

First, my favorite part of your recap: the perfect pitch of your NJ accent: "When I am finished you can lay into me all you want sweethot, but right now I have the floah! How dare you interrupt me when ahm trying to say my piece!"

Second, I loved the series. Like, loveloveloved it. I guess I'm at the point where I realize now that all of these shows are a crock of shit to some degree. Spencer's third proposal to Heidi? Crock of shit. Teresa and Jacqueline spying on Danielle at her date? Crock of shit.

But at least with RHONJ the characters were interesting. I liked Atlanta and NJ the best, thought OC was sickeningly mean and difficult to watch, and felt NY was lame-o boring and contrived. There are just so many other cool/fun/interesting things to do in NYC that I never felt captivated by their day-to-day lives. I really liked the Countess and thought each character had a few moments that drew me in. But even the "VIP" parties they went to in the city and in the Hamptons sucked ass. There was just nothing fabulous whatsoever about their lives, IMO.

Jersey, on the other hand, had me at hello. I'm captivated by the Jersey girls' accents and outfits! The thing that disturbs me most is how they all call their children their BFFs, cause I just think it's weird for the kids. But, other than that, it totally 100% drew me in. Guilty!

Anonymous said...

How anyone could care for any of these characters is beyond me. Teresa is pimping out her daughters and the rest are a bunch of leeches.

Anonymous said...

What a bunch of hypocrites, they are all down on Danielle with their, "we don't talk about those things with our children", yet they all have massive boob jobs, leech off the men, and in one case is selling her children to the highest bidder. How the hell are they role models for anything?

Gina said...

I just wanted you to know I loved the last entry so much I referred to your page on my diary(blog page). Enjoy and keep dishing the dirt with no holds barred, your writing is fabulous!

Tamstyles said...

I agree I loved it but something wasnt right. How did Danielle get the book in that clutch. The book was waiting on her? to much editing all together. but at the end of the last last episode danielle called theresas old house a hole was to funny..she talked about the floors as if it was a shack!

amber {daisy chain} said...

This episode was truly unforgettable - and not in a good way. It all seemed way too set up, most of all the book-on-the-table scene. I think my favorites will always be the original OC ladies, but of course I'll be watching them all..

Anonymous said...

It was clear that none of them actually read the book. At most they read the dust jacket, and the Bravo producers gave them some Cliff Notes.

I wanted so bad for someone to ask Teresa: Do you even know what a "cartel" is?

Brilliant Asylum said...

I hated RHONJ more than the rest, but I did come away with a few new phrases..."Prostitution Whore" being one of my favorites.

Thanks for a wonderful season of recaps. On to the next!

Designerbee said...

I know! I could not stop saying "prostitution who-oar" all night when I saw that!

Jessie said...

Mmmm... if I dove into that candy drawer and pulled Albie in with me (slamming it behind us, natch)... would you be mad?

Ya, cause that's what I wanted to do.

ticklishfromadistance said...

Agree. I wish it wasn't quite so clear who to hate. It was much easier to spread around with NY. That said, and all the Danielle stuff a given, I could not stand Caroline! Sorry, maybe the only one, but get a bigger platform than I will kick everyone's ass if they try and get the last scoop of ice cream and my FAMILY is next in line. I found her just over the top awful, and contrived, and not at ALL interesting. It is clear those three sisters/inlaw/whatever, had plenty of trouble before Danielle the nut ever entered the picture.

ticklishfromadistance said...

Oh, one last thing. So agree with all the above about the kids. Danielle may be a troll, but they were all dropping the f-bomb in front of the kids and Teresa, who I love, was having all of this sex talk about she and Joe right in front of hers as well. It was like Danielle was so horrible all of the other trash went under the table.

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