This entire episode of the Real Housewives of New Jersey seemed to be about gays, Joe Guidice’s perceived bigotry, and coming out. It started with everybody talking about, and getting ready for the wedding of a Manzo brother, Jamie, to his partner, Rich, which we’ll get to see in next week’s episode.
Because Joe Guidice has made some seemingly bigoted gay comments in season’s past, Tre feels it’s necessary to point out that they’ve been around gays for years and, therefore, they love “the gays”. (that line made me laugh, people. Teresa has a certain style of talking and mispronouncing, but I wonder, aside from Tre is there anyone else who calls them “the gays?) Anyway, Tre tells us that she has to remind him to be careful about saying certain things because people don’t really know him and they misinterpret everything.
But here’s what I see as the biggest issue of the season, so we’re going to deviate a bit in this post from the gay issue and talk about it. We can hit the gay issue when we see the wedding next week.
There seems to be a bomb that’s about to go off and it’s going to be taking center-stage here. Let me explain.
It is mentioned by Jacqueline that a rift has been caused by Teresa between Dina and her sister Caroline. This is not news to us, except that more details of the rift were brought to light. It seems Teresa told Dina (don’t you just love this gossip) that Caroline had said she was going to try to take Dina down, business opportunity-wise and the pair of them had a series of fights. Jacqueline is sharing with us that as a result, Dina has stayed away from many family events, including this family wedding.
I first have to wonder what family member would want to take another family member down?
What I found interesting about the entire episode is that Caroline seems ready for a fight with Teresa. Here’s Teresa being sociable with everybody and getting along, going with the flow and being all around nice girl, and Caroline already has a stick up her ass and is looking for the right opportunity to pounce on Tre.
Now I agree, there have been plenty of times in past seasons when Tre was a little out-of-line and we’ve been quite judgmental of her, but does it seem to you that the other housewives have been doing their level-best to bring her down this season? We see Melissa always putting her down in her sweet-Melissa way, and Caroline always ready at the pounce. The only one it seems who isn’t trying to bring Tre down is Kathy Wakile, who seems to want to give everyone the benefit of the doubt and clearly loves her cousin.
I don’t know if it’s because we were able to watch Tre on Celebrity Apprentice this season that we were able to see another side to her than they are painting here. On CA, she was quite a team player, got along with everybody and seemed to be a willing worker-bee in every endeavor.
But here’s the thing…we don’t like ticking time-bombs. It’s not nice for someone to be standing on high-alert just waiting for your next screw-up, is it? Tre is human and sometimes she finds things funny that others don’t, but if Caroline is sitting there just waiting to go off, who’s going to be the one causing drama? Yet, did you hear Caroline say this?:
“I hold Teresa responsible for a lot of relationships in my life that are hurting. Of course I fight with my sisters and brothers. I fight with my parents. The difference is, she puts the wood on my family’s fire. I put the lid on hers.”
This rift between Caroline Manzo and her sister Dina is quite intense and there seems to be a lot of suffering going on as a result. For so long we watched these sisters share so many wonderful occasions together, share a family business together, and share lovely relationships between the children.
It’s unfortunate that one should find themselves in such a situation, but worse to try to blame someone else. Teresa is not responsible for any kind of discontent here. Of course Dina would be pissed at any sibling who said they weren’t going to support her in her goals, but it seems reasonable that had Caroline not said such a thing to Teresa, that Dina and Caroline wouldn’t be where they are today and the whole misunderstanding between them wouldn’t have come to this point.
Do you agree?