Didja watch the first part of the RHONJ Reunion?
Well. While it was arguably the most exciting episode of the season so far, it was also the most overwhelming. Insults were hurled back and forth, names were called, people were continuously interrupted… to do an entire recap/play by play of the episode would be not only difficult, but redundant.
After talking to Shelly, we have decided to do the Reunion Recaps (from the previews, they are ALL going to be pretty nasty) in a different way — I’m going to go over a few of the most shocking highlights, give my opinions, then have the comments open for discussion.
I’d love for you to share your thoughts, respond to the thoughts of others (respectfully, PLEASE) and Shelly and I will comment and respond as well.
I think this whole thing will be a lot more interesting that way, don’t you??
A few of the things that stand out from the reunion so far:
Kathy’s new face!!
Although I do like Kathy a lot, and thought she looked great, I am not sure how I feel about this. I guess I’m kind of over the over plumped lip look that is so prevalent amongst all the housewives… Not to belittle people who get plastic surgery because of self esteem issues or deformities, but I’d hate for my grown kids to come home when I’m older and look at a mom with a completely different face than the one they’ve loved their whole lives.
Am I crazy?
Caroline repeatedly called it her “Christmas Pageant Dress”. I have to say that although the color was flattering, it was a bit much for the reunion show.
Agree or disagree?
Melissa’s sparkly eyeshadow.
First off, I’m not a huge Melissa fan ( I don’t dislike her, just not crazy about her either) but I thought she looked amazing. Much better than usual. Teresa, however, accused her of copying her “sparkly eyeshadow” look from the previous year reunion. It was possibly the most ridiculous thing I heard during the entire show.
Is Melissa a copycat or does Teresa need to get a life?
Caroline the Bully
I’ll be honest — I am a Caroline Manzo fan. I love how she runs her household, doesn’t take any crap, and loves her children fiercely. However…I was super disappointed with how she talked to her daughter about her weight this season.
With that being said, Lauren seemed to love her mom as much as ever, and wasn’t offended in the slightest, so maybe it was bad editing or just how they normally communicate…I don’t know.
Andy had tons of reader comments and emails though, accusing Caroline of being a bully this season. A bully towards who? Teresa? I wasn’t really sure.
My opinion is that Caroline has had enough. As bad as Teresa comes off on camera, I cannot imagine what it’s like in real life…and to constantly see your friends and family getting pulled into the crazy has got to take it’s toll.
Lauren’s Lap Band Surgery
I thought Lauren looked great, but apparently she has been criticized for not losing weight the traditional way. Personally, I was blessed with good metabolism and rarely even think about what I eat or exercise. So I have no opinions on how others who have to face that struggle should deal with it.
Apparently Teresa was amongst the critics, calling Lauren out on her blog for taking the easy way out.
In another of my favorite moments, Lauren accused Teresa of having someone write her blog for her, which Teresa (of course) denied. Lauren then asked Teresa to spell and define “Napalm” (which Lauren couldn’t spell herself). Teresa stared blankly back at her, and it was fairly obvious that she had no clue.
Does Teresa have a ghostwriter or not?
Teresa and Jaqueline
Teresa and Jaqueline’s friendship seems to be irreparably over. Jaqueline is convinced that Teresa was behind “Strippergate” at the Posche Fashion Show, not only because of what she witnessed, but because she claims that Teresa asked HER early in the season to expose Melissa for being a former stripper.
Teresa vehemently denied all of this, claiming that Jaqueline is making it all up to frame her and make her look bad.
Who do you think is telling the truth?
Nicholas has Austism
It has recently come out in the media that Jaqueline’s son Nicholas has Autism, and she was struggling with treatment and diagnosis during the last season. Apparently Teresa knew about this, but it wasn’t being revealed on camera until Jaqueline had specifics.
I felt awful for Jaqueline. I remember her struggle with fertility, and then to have to struggle with finding out what is wrong with her sweet boy is just heartbreaking. Teresa used this opportunity to say how her daughter and Nicholas had to “break up” because of her and Jaqueline’s friendship issues, which was just a dumb thing to say.
Rich vs Juicy Joe
In what was one of the weirdest moments of the night, Teresa accused Kathy and Rich of having marital issues and almost divorcing (projecting, much?). Kathy, of course, denied it (I believed her) and somehow the two ended up in an argument over which husband could pick up the most women in a bar.
Is this real life? Who has arguments like this??
Teresa gagged at the thought of being attracted to Rich. Because, you know…Juicy Joe is so darn sexy.
Are Kathy and Rich really in trouble and OMGWHOHASARGUMENTSLIKETHATREALLY??
Okay, I am sure I missed like eleventy things in the crossfire, so please bring up any of your favorite moments/talking points that I may have missed. I’m ready to get this conversation started!!
P.S. Rosie almost murdered Teresa at the very end, but I think we’ll hear more about that next week.
P.P.S. I love Rosie now.