“Real Housewives of New Jersey” Reunion: Dina’s Odd

This episode of “Real Housewives of New Jersey” Reunion was relatively drama free. Everyone is back from their Napa RV trip and Melissa Gorga is making the rounds, trying to heal friendships. Caroline tells her she’s through with Teresa and doesn’t want to be Teresa’s friend anymore. Melissa tells her that her attitude reminds her of high school. Ooh, you stood up to Big Red!

Next, Teresa is celebrating the launch of her new wine (???), Fabellini, which is carbonated and comes in several delicious fruit flavors! Talk about being as Italian as the Olive Garden. Maybe the wine should have Sam the Toucan on the bottle.

Even Ramona Singer knows not to mess with tradition. White or red, that’s the choice…not peach.

Jacqueline Laurita wasn’t there as she wasn’t invited because even though she and Teresa had made up, she had “hurt” Teresa. “You can’t stab somebody and then try to bring them back to life, it’s too late the person is already dead,” Teresa told the cameras. Caroline Manzo wasn’t invited for similar reasons, though Teresa laughably keeps insisting she doesn’t hold grudges.

She DID, however, invite Dina Manzo, who also says that Caroline’s reaction sounds like high school. Dina comes with a cute little assistant dude, possibly meant to take the place of Scary Cat, who we presume is not allowed inside.

Meanwhile…it’s back to school. The Gorga and Giudice kids are dressed to kill. It’s important to learn the meaning of “mani” and “pedi” before your ABC’s.

Kathy and Richie Wakile’s daughter is ready to tour colleges. She checks out the University of Maryland. So she’s maybe a little smart. The dorm room is too small for her. She acknowledges that she is maybe a little spoiled, too.

By the way, her mom’s pastries look SCRUMPTIOUS. Much better than the Mint Milanos or whatever it is Melissa put out for Jackie Laurita when she came over. Talk about being as Italian as the Olive…oops, we used that already.

Before we forget: Caroline heads to Sirius radio to do an advice show, along with her entire family. And they get NO calls. So she has to keep babbling. You know you’re in trouble when then there are fewer listeners than people in the studio.

I think it’s nice that Dina went there to support her, but it did seem odd to me when she stayed away from her family for so long, wasn’t at her nephew’s launch party, wasn’t at the holidays, but at a time when it was the most heightened drama going on between Teresa and Caroline, they have gotten closer.  It’s like… really, why?

Only Dina says it wasn’t like that at all.

Dina took to Twitter during the show and claimed to be confused by what was seen. She said it was filmed AFTER the fashion show, and things were taken out of context. Finally, she tweeted: “I’m not even going to bother tweeting anymore…I begged them not to be mic’d but was there to support her because she always supports me.”

Interesting, but I don’t think the details matter as much as her showing up for Teresa when she knows how much her sister loathes her and holds her responsible for their troubles. I’m sure the details don’t matter to Caroline, who was uncharacteristically silent on Twitter during this episode.

Next week, Part I of the finale will be on, because it’s so good, you need more than 1 show from it. Then, the reunion. Go get some Pepperidge Farm cookies and lime flavored wine and enjoy.

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