The Real Housewives of New Jersey recap: 'The Family Business'

The families prove they work hard (and together) for their money while Amber and Nicole talk out their issues.
Ep. 06 | Aired Aug 17, 2014

I PLEAD THE FIFTH Now that she's a teenager, Gia has to deal with some uncomfortable questions from her father about her love life.


Teresa and Rino are into the whole family business idea so much that instead of a college tuition, they are giving their son Giovanni a new restaurant (aptly named Figlio di Rino, Son of Rino—in case you forget who the boss is). It's a big project starting from the ground up and Teresa's father, Sal, comes along to ask a lot of questions about the building's progress. Well, someone should. Later when they go out to dinner (or is it just a cake break?), Teresa and Rino present the idea to Giovanni with some outstanding advice: "Success leads to money, money leads to any freaking woman in the world that you want" and "Don't get knocked down in life or get anyone knocked up."

In her return to the series, Dina hasn't had too much time in the spotlight yet. But she is finally stepping into her role as the zen mother of the group: She decides to make some vision boards with Teresa Giudice. According to Dina, putting inspirational images and quotes together helps you achieve what you want. It worked for Dina once before (after her divorce though—was that on the board?), so she wants Teresa to give it a try. After much debate—"my head is a vision board; I don't need no cork!"—Teresa gives it a go. Her board basically reads that she is in desperate need of a clean slate.

In typical formatted fashion, the episode ended with the expected heated conversation between Amber and Nicole. Before they met however, the ladies cast each other in the roles that they expected them to play. Amber (or rather Jim) called Nicole a Shakespearean tragedy because of all of the trouble that surrounds her. Nicole called Amber Sybil—the infamous book and movie of the same name about the woman with multiple personality disorder—because she never knows who she's going to get with Amber. With some evil in their eyes, the ladies got off to an expected bumpy start in the talk.

"Why would you try to slander my name so bad since you were supposed to be my friend?" This seems like a fair question for Nicole to ask.

"I'm glad you are having a conversation and expressing your feelings and not fighting about it." And there's that bitchy Amber we have all come to know and love/hate!

After a back and forth battle of she said/she said, the sun breaks through a dark cloud over Jersey and wait, it couldn't possibly be, but... is that an actual apology? Thank the Garden State gods or whoever is responsible because this is a miracle: Amber finally took responsibility and fault for spreading the rumor that Nicole had an affair in the first place and Nicole apologized for her physical actions at the party. Before the sun can completely break out though, Amber has to get in one more dig on Nicole's relationship about Bobby by calling him a gigolo going from one girl to the next. Now that his behavior has been brought up a couple of times, you have to question why there would be any questioning in the first place and Amber does actually seemed concerned that Bobby is playing Nicole "for a fool." The two ladies certainly laugh like fools though as they end their coffee date on a positive note together, once again friends. For now at least.

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