The Real Housewives of New Jersey recap: 'Trash-talking'

New and old friendships are tested as Amber and her husband, Jim, quickly become everyone's new enemies.
Ep. 03 | Aired Jul 27, 2014

JUST GIVE ME A MOMENT: Teresa gets worked up when a medium predicts the worst for Joe's legal case.

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The twins treated Teresa and Joe to dinner at Rino's restaurant Angelo's because they didn't come to her dessert tasting. They all seemed to get along really well, so much in fact that Joe smiled with his teeth more than once and openly admitted that he doesn't like meeting new people but had a good time. So Rino naturally brings up the idea of having a guy's night out with both Joes, Nicole's boyfriend, Bobby, and Amber's husband, Jim. But when Bobby brings up the idea to him later, Jim says he doesn't want to go because he thinks being in the same room as Joe Giudice would be a conflict of interest—Jim runs a mortgage bank and Joe has been indicted for mortgage fraud and he could potentially be working with the department of justice or the lawyer who is prosecuting the Giudices. Right—potentially. Like husband like wife, Jim is causing trouble just to say that he did. He is correct to say that it's a touchy situation, but your wife probably shouldn't have "befriended them" (a.k.a. agreed to be on the show) if this was a true conflict. So when all the guys (plus Rich and Rosie) go bowling, Bobby tries to conceal the real reason why Jim didn't show up by claiming he didn't want to be around both Joes because of their violent behavior in the past. Gorga, obviously wasn't too happy with being called out like that: "He's a prick. You would want to hang out with me—it's an honor."

Things get even messier when Nicole decides to tell Melissa the truth about the guys' night out: The real reason Jim didn't go was because of the mortgage conflict of interest. Hurt that Amber and her family would be spreading lies about her after trying to rekindle their friendship, Melissa responds to that revelation with one of her own. She tells Nicole the "broken marriage/they weren't invited" spiel that Amber had blabbed pre-dessert party. Because Melissa has been in that situation so many times before with lies being told about her, she wanted to let Nicole know what was being said and to give her the opportunity to explain herself. I don't think she meant like literally right then, but Nicole went from 0-60 in anger and wanted immediate confrontation with Amber. Dear Housewives of Bravo, don't you learn anything from one another? See most recently Shannon vs. Heather in RHOC season 9 or the infamous Bethenny vs. Jill showdown in RHONYC season 3.

Either Nicole remembered the lessons of the women who came before her or she just had some cool-down time because once she got to Amber's house, she calmed down enough to realize that it wasn't the right time to talk things out... but next week at Bobby's first responder's party in front of everyone was! What's better than a forced public apology?

And Dina, did we learn nothing from medium Allison DuBois' appearance in Beverly Hills? I know you have a lot on your mind with Lexi being rejected to NYU (a school apparently not eager for free Bravo promotion), but bringing in yet another medium—this one in the form of a flamboyant guy with good taste in jewelry named James Van Praagh—wasn't the best idea. She claims he has a "very comforting way of letting people know what to expect." And maybe that's true because the first thing he asked was about Joe's father and their relationship. Although this was filmed at the beginning of the calendar year, this scene is airing a little over a month after Joe's father's tragic death and it is a little chilling. The fact that James also predicted Joe would do some time or restitution and wasn't going to be cleared completely may also (unfortunately for the Giudices) come true.

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