Tonight’s Bravo episode of “Real Housewives of New Jersey” was titled “On Thin Guid-Ice.” As the episode opens, they recall events leading up to this turn of events and Joe and Teresa’s confrontation alone with Dr. V. Originally she told Joe when was just the two of them, to avoid his sister, but once the siblings were together, and she saw the deep love they had for each other; she changed her mind. After the hug, Joe told Teresa that he wanted her to put her dukes down and change her ways. Dr. V said the two should be spending more time together just like this, but Teresa countered that she loves Melissa and wants them to all be together.
Meanwhile, downstairs, Melissa was recalling to Caroline and anyone else who cared to listen, that Teresa told her that her family was broken because of she, Teresa’s husband and because of Jacqueline. When Melissa asked her if she had anything to do with it, and she replied in the negative. That is when Melissa lost it and bowed down to her mocking her as the queen of the family. Caroline told her that it was an over-the-top gesture and deserved what she got. Caroline also told her that everyone’s hands were dirty.
As Dr. V entered the dining room, she was looking for Melissa to join the discussion. She was introduced to Caroline and as Melissa walked away from the table. Rosie told her she would be fine, and tried to high-five her, but Melissa ignored her and kept walking, ask Kathy just shook her head.
Teresa recalled that before they got married, Teresa and her were like sisters, but after she got married, she rejected her and no longer needed her to be a friend or a sister. When Melissa came into the room, she had a puss on and when Dr. V said that they could spend more time together, Melissa said that Teresa never accepted her; which Teresa felt was the opposite.
Teresa told Melissa that she would stop hanging out with Kim D, if she stopped hanging out with Jacqueline. Melissa told Dr. V Teresa called her brother pussy-whipped, told him she would leave him if a richer man came along, and that she was having an affair. Teresa only repeated what she heard, and never started the rumors, but Teresa was there when the rumor mill was grinding. Dr. V told Teresa that if she heard these things and did not do anything, then she is a dumb ass.
Melissa asked why she was with Jan, her ex-best friend, and Teresa told her that Kim D arranged the whole thing. They agreed to both confront Jan about the cheating rumors. Then Joe asked Teresa if she had done things to keep the situation at a boiling point. It was agreed that all parties were guilty. Caroline started to regret coming there, because she expected to meet someone in crisis, and when Teresa met her at the door, she seemed just fine and not the person she spoke to on the phone. Then Caroline, Kathy, Rosie and Richie went outside to play in the snow, while a fire brewed upstairs.
Melissa agreed to meet Teresa halfway, but Teresa had to come the other half. Teresa jumped up to hug Melissa, but Dr. V told them to give it another try and really put something into it, and they did. Then Dr. V asked where the last piece of the puzzle was; namely, Joe Giudice?
When Joe Giudice came to the confrontation, he stated that he did not like what her brother called her, but in the end, the brother-in-laws hugged it out. Then Joe Giudice left the session.
After the break, Teresa came back down to the table with Melissa and the rest of the family. Kathy and Teresa apologized to each other for the things that were said about their fathers, and everyone seemed in agreement. Caroline, who regretted that she came there, was happy to see them all getting along and was glad she made the trip.
Back in Franklin Lakes, N.J., Jacqueline is making pancakes for Nick as Chris is helping. Her phone rings and it is Caroline telling her about the fistfight between the two Joes. Jacqueline is afraid that the messenger will be killed, as she has scars to prove it.
The two Joes, Richie and Rosie are out on the frozen lake with a guide. They are going to go ice fishing as the women asked if they could use the kitchen to make dinner. As they are all cooking, they are drinking wine, and it was just like old times.
While fishing, the guys start talking crap as Rosie holds her breath hoping that no raw nerves are hit. They did not catch a thing, but did have a good time busting each other’s balls as the guide just watched and listened.
Joe Giudice told Caroline that he brought a bottle of wine that he and Chris made a while back and asked her if she would bring it to him. Caroline told the gang how Nick is so much work for them. Richie wants Teresa to call Jacqueline and even if things do not go forward; to just make peace.
Joe and Teresa talked about Gia going through puberty and how her sisters are treating her change. At home, Jacqueline and Chris are on a night out, and she is glad they are not at the castle with the evil witch. As she and Chris talked about their eleven-year-old son CJ, who now wants to wear cologne. Chris confessed that by the time he was his age, he had already found himself. Jacqueline asked if he was talking about bathroom time? He told her that the first time he masturbated, he literally thought he broke it. Jacqueline is not ready for her son’s puberty. Chris told Jacqueline that Joe Gorga told him the first time he got laid, he was nine. She replied that she hoped it was not with Teresa, and this is what it is all stemming from.
Rosie wanted to play a game after dinner. It was a trust game, where someone fell backwards and was caught by the person standing behind them. Rosie did it first, and Richie caught her, and would not let go of her breasts. Melissa was visibly drunk, as were most of them were. She goaded Joe Giudice into letting her catch him; although he told her he was too heavy for her, she insisted, but Rosie stood behind her and even then, they all fell. Teresa wanted Caroline to fall so she could catch her. She agreed only if someday she saw she, and Jacqueline do it. Caroline would not take no for an answer. She told her that she came for her family, now she wants to see her family heal.
At the restaurant, Jacqueline affirmed to Chris that her friendship with Teresa is over. Caroline believes differently.
As everyone walked up the stairs to go to bed, Joe Gorga carried a drunken Melissa up as she called to all below, that she was a whore.
While Teresa and Joe remained downstairs, Joe told his wife that they had to give Jacqueline and Chris a pass, and they have to make amends. Teresa was not in agreement, but Chris never did anything to Joe, and even though Teresa is sure Jacqueline did something to her; he wants them to make up. If they don’t make amends, then nothing will happen. Teresa cried because she was still hurt. Joe was the voice of reason, like never before on the show. He knows that buildings do not get fixed, they get knocked down, and he wants this building to stand. Joe had tears in his eyes as he said this and convinced Teresa that it is the only way to go.
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