The Real Housewives of New Jersey recap: 'Roses Are Red, DNA Is Blue'

Love is all around as couples and friends work hard to repair broken relationships around Valentine's Day and Victoria Gotti returns with some shocking dirt.
Ep. 07 | Aired Aug 24, 2014

HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW HIM? With their hate for each other behind them, Amber and Teresa learn some shocking gossip about why Rino and Teresa originally got divorced.

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Beyond romantic relationships, tonight's episode also shows the wives trying to maintain and manage new and old friendships. Amber was really proactive about this and first visits Melissa, whose aunt had died, to bring some chicken soup for her soul. For once, Amber uses her cancer survival as a genuine and respectful way to connect with Melissa.

Over wine and autographing cookbooks, Melissa and Teresa have a date night of their own. There seems to be some honest "No B.S." policy going on with these two; after "apologizing" many times in the past (cue playback!), they both admit what they have now is different and enjoy a movie night watching The Godfather together so they can learn about family—hopefully just family and not some of the other themes in that film.

Before we all make a complete 180 and admit to actually liking Amber a little bit now, this lady needs new ways of getting her information. First it was the infamous grapevine that told her about Nicole's alleged infidelity and it was a Facebook post that told her about Melissa's aunt's death. Now it's the radio, where she hears about Teresa's Fabellini wine bottle signing. She figures it will be a great time to go and reach out as a friend... without her husband of course. Well, great minds think alike and I guess average ones do too because Victoria Gotti has the same idea to surprise her friend Teresa as well. They have known each other for years, but they have a special bond too (no, it's not that they both appeared on The Celebrity Apprentice). Victoria has dealt with her fair share of legal troubles in her family and invites the two ladies over to her house for a drink (cue Amber freaking out about what Jim would think). Once she grabs her bulletproof vest, Amber agrees to go. She was joking... right? Glad she wasn't invited to The Godfather movie night.

No shots were fired at Victoria's house, but dish was most definitely served. After Victoria found out that Amber lived in Colt's Neck near Teresa and Rino, she immediately questioned how well she knew them, especially Rino. She shared a bizarre story about the first time she met Rino at his restaurant in Brooklyn before he married Teresa. Two weeks after meeting, she had surgery, and he had come to the ICU with a diamond Rolex watch. She didn't take the watch, but she took a friendship. Cut to years later when Rino opened up to Victoria about why he and Teresa got divorced in the first place because he had cheated on her. But it wasn't just the what in the situation, it was the who that really mattered. Amber was thinking what we all were in that Rino probably cheated with Nicole, a classic twin identity mistake excuse perhaps?

Ho, ho, no. Rino told Victoria that he had cheated on Teresa with... her mother! That's right, Santa! Amber and Teresa G.'s mouths pretty much drop straight to the floor with this news. "How could he? How could she?" Amber asks in confessional. If this is true, this is one of the craziest bombshells to ever be dropped in Jersey—no matter what that book actually says about Danielle Staub. Earlier in the episode, Santa was seen giving Nicole advice on love as her husband, Sal, sat across the table on one side and Rino on the other. There is no doubt more information will come out of this revelation later in the season, but for now Santa is definitely going on Jersey's naughty list.

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