New Jersey Housewives Getting Too Personal?…Ramble

I was debating the season premiere of The Real Housewives of New Jersey with a good friend of mine, who felt from a reality show standpoint the season opener was incredible TV. Do you remember when the reality TV series began? It was fun and silly, it had some drama but as the seasons got longer, for Jersey the cast dwindled and the drama and plot lines were both stretched.

Last season it was painful to watch Bravo trying to thread together Danielle Staubb and the other 3 cast members since they lived in different towns and wanted nothing to do with each other. Last week being the start of a new season which doesn’t include Staubb, a major catalyst for drama that included the phrase “You prostitution whore!” (from Teresa Giudice). In her ever delightful way, Staubb drew attention from the ‘incredible TV’ by signing a 3 year deal with strip club Scores for 3 years, then freaked out when it was instantly picked up by TMZ and said she suffers from low self-esteem. She apparently is now trying to land on Vh1’s Celebrity Rehab. Sound like a certain Salahi who tried the same thing and was removed from the cast prior to taping since she wasn’t an addict? Aiya.

I digress. Back to the season premiere last week of RHONJ. I found it to be too utterly personal. Teresa’s estranged brother and his tacky wife are part of this season’s cast. Teresa did not want them on the show but since she needs the money to pay off debts after declaring bankruptcy (but still lives in a massive McMansion in the Dirty Jers), she had to go there.

I ask you is it too much that her brother Joe told her to f’ off at his son’s christening? It led to an eruption of fists being thrown– seriously at a christening! What in the hell is wrong with these people? This isn’t fun or entertaining. It’s scary and it’s sad they had to stop other guests who were quick to jump in without even knowing the cause of the outbreak, from decking Joe *creepy that he shares the same name as Teresa’s hubbie, and Teresa’s ailing father.

Watch it for yourself

The growth of the reality TV industry has just gone to a place that sometimes is heavy-hitting and sometimes scripted to draw us in (like MTV’s “The Hills”) into fake scenarios to wind up on magazine covers. Are we showcasing that domestic violence is entertainment? Bravo doesn’t have a PSA at the end of episodes which have lead to arrests and say ‘don’t do this at home housewives’ or numbers where you can get help if you are crossed by a violent outburst. This kind of behaviour in person isn’t pleasant. I find it hard it to watch. Should Bravo show some social responsibility?

Now head to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

The Manzos are Punks…Ramble

The season finale of The Real Housewives of New Jersey was one of the most interesting episodes of the season. After Dina left mid-way through the season, the ties with Danielle became looser and looser since the Manzos & Teresa’s family rarely interacted with Ms. Staub.

Danielle shared a mutal friend, Kim G, with former BFF, Jacqueline to connect the two parties but it felt forced and ridiculous watching Kim go back and forth between the two homes.

Red hair= clown?

In the conclusion to the season (not counting the two hours of reunion catfighting commencing next Monday), Mama Manzo called for a sit down with Danielle. Danielle’s ex-con friend, Danny, who has had a lot of camera time this season due to Danielle’s inability to maintain female friendships, incited her to think Caroline had masterminded all the bad behaviour this year. If you watch the show you will know Caroline completely took the opposite stance. It was sad to see how easy it is to mislead and instigate drama with Danielle.  I felt pretty bad for her.

Consistent with her avoidance tactics all season long, Caroline addressed the larger Manzo Clan including the children on making a pact to go and end all the drama with Ms. Staub. She should’ve said “let’s all promise to Sttttaub it.” I kid, I kid.

The conversation was civil to a point and then Danielle couldn’t defend her going after Jacqueline’s ill-behaved daughter, Ashley who pulled her extensions at a country club event. The final shot of Ashley said she had to pay a fine of $189 and the harassment charges were dismissed by the judge.

We were once again treated to an awkward moment of false victory when Danielle went home to tell her two daughters it was all over with the Manzos. They didn’t seem very impressed when their mother when she introduced the two body guards she hired for her sitdown with Caroline. Danielle had proclaimed she was bringing “Danielle’s Mafia!” and “There’s guys here with guns!” prior to meeting with Manzo. Danielle’s best comeback to Caroline’s accusations she is a clown and garbage was to point out that Caroline has red hair which makes her the clown. Oh, beat up on a ginger!   Um. Danielle take a class in zingers instead of kick boxing.

There’s no way that Bravo can pull this off for a third season. If you just can’t get enough of being STAUBBED watch her “performance” with featuring her possible lover on the morning show. The dancers were imported from 1989.

I dedicate ‘Family’ to Caroline who towed the line that hurting her family, is hurting her:

Dirty Jers is A Hot Mess….Ramble

Last night was supposed to be the big ‘table flip’ equivalent which occurred on the finale of ‘The Real Housewives of New Jersey.’ What we got instead seemed very staged and as Andy Cohen dubbed her the ‘Kathy Lee-Gifford look-a-like’ bystander said “This is f*cking bulls—!”

I went from rooting for Teresa with her over-the-top fashion and stage mommy antics, to thinking this woman is a “mean girl” but not on the Jill Zarin level being fake, she is authentic. Teresa commented on the after-show ‘Watch What Happens’ that she is nice to people who are nice to her and she’s a bitch to those that think she is a bitch. T- are you trying to live life in a Katy Perry song?

Here’s a synopsis of the big drama:

The “ladies” Teresa, Jacqueline and Kim D.  sat at a table directly across from Danielle & Kim G. during Kim D’s fashion show (which doesn’t do as much for Jersey fashion sense as Oxygen’s ‘Jersey Couture.’ Note Kim G. and Kim D. are more than just The Kims– they are in-laws). Puhleaaaaase as Danielle would say, like that wasn’t deliberate. Teresa decides that after all night exchanging glances, it is not enough for her and she is going to wait outside the bathroom for Danielle.

You don't like honey, how about bitch?

Teresa starts a conversation with Danielle who is not interested and wants to walk away with her bodyguard in tow, but Kim G. holds Danielle in place and says to try to make an effort. The conversation is brief and escalates into Danielle booking the hell out of the hall after screaming that Teresa’s house is in foreclosure. Honey (to borrow Teresa’s ‘thing), Teresa, hon, seriously what did you when you constantly call Danielle a ‘prostituion whore’?

From Bravotv.com

Danielle starts crying, running through the crowd. Thus far this season we’ve seen Danielle make idle threats and surround herself with Hell’s Angels and ex-cons. It is suspect that it was heavily implied Danielle put a hit out on Dina during last year’s reunion show, has all this muscle around her and then Teresa wants to mouth off at her and she immediately collapses. Sadly Danielle’s heels were a casuality in this situation. (Those were some hot boots too!)

Danielle ducked outside and for drama’s sake, Teresa was fired up and went after her unstoppable by the friends trying to hold on to her. One of the bouncers at the country club of the event tried to hold her back and said ‘be a classy lady.’ This is where T lost me. The explanation on ‘Watch What Happens Live’ did nothing to ‘splain it all. Teresa claimed she heard that Danielle had been spreading a lot of rumors like her house was in foreclosure and by Danielle screaming that, she confirmed it was her. Of course, Teresa if you wanted to address rumors and you couldn’t stop saying the word ‘bitch’ what was going to be accomplished?

Outside while T was held back, the camera shows Jacqueline. Suddenly Danielle starts to move again wailing she just wants to go home – hmm, Kim G’s driver needs to wake up from his nap time because he never did bring that car around to where they were, instead they all start walking to the Bentley. That gave Jacqueline’s undisciplined ridiculous brat Ashley a chance to yank a chunk of Danielle’s weave off her head.

The extension pull must’ve hurt like hell. Danielle went into further hysterics and called the police while wailing in the Bentley. For no reason Teresa is finally free of the country club staff and starts walking after Danielle. WTF? Then Jacqueline decides the whole thing is so high school as she walks quickly towards the Bentley.  She then proceeded to just stand outside the car watching Danielle not saying anything. According to Jacqueline on WWHL, it was edited out that Jacqueline was showing Danielle there was noone blocking her path. Hooooney that’s a little junior high action Jacqueline!

The cops show up, take statements, let Ashley go for the moment. Apparently Danielle has the cops on speed dial so they don’t really believe her. Ashley continues to be a brat and posts on Facebook the evening was ‘unbe-weavable.’

Jacqueline & Teresa spend the rest of the episode trying to dress up what went down to other family members, but since the other family members a) have lives b) have all made a pact not to discuss Danielle c) are so over this they are not supportive of the actions of Jacqueline & Teresa. Caroline even says that paying the consequences for her actions, might be the only way Ashley learns her lesson.

Jacqueline, remove your child from the cast. She wouldn’t have been at that fashion show if Kim D. who wants to be on the cast, had not asked her to be on the show or if Ashley had left when you asked her to go home.

Manzo-Momzo

Bravo you really should just give Caroline Manzo and her immediate family (wassup Albie!) their own spin-off show because the energy is better there. There are actual problems (learning disabilities) and people can root for them and they laugh! I’m going to have to get all Jerry Seinfeld again and say farewell NJ you have jumped the shark!

Wait, gotta do this Jersey style. I’ll borrow Danielle’s opening combative statement and say “That’s a F–kin’ nuff!” (edit per Evil Producer!) BTW, I’m so kidding you know I’ll never stop watching NJ!