And this is where the Danielle Staub stuff starts to happen. Suddenly, everybody is ditching the party. Caroline Manzo can’t come. Jacqueline Laurita can’t get a babysitter. And none of the Wakile kids’ friends show up. However, that mystery is quickly cleared up by Rich Wakile. He proudly explains that he told his kids not to invite any of their friends. Why? Because having no friends at the party is better than anyone knowing they’re related to Teresa Giudice.
And after this episode I can see why. I mentioned last week that Teresa has seemed… off this season. Her interactions with her husband, and all other people for that matter, are beyond awkward. And she’s obsessed with her own grand ideas of loyalty. Given the fact that she’s obviously having financial and marital problems, I felt a little bad for her. But after this episode, I can only conclude that Teresa Giudice lives on another planet. She is so far out of touch with reality that she must inhabit a different reality altogether.
At Kathy’s party, Teresa finally sits down with brother Joe Gorga to talk about her fight with Melissa. And much to my surprise, Joe Gorga handles the situation calmly, and dare I say, in a very mature way. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I really respected the Gorgas on this episode. When Melissa tells Joe her version of the fight with Teresa, her story is pretty reasonable and accurate. And Joe handles Teresa’s bizarre accusations with real patience. The gist of Teresa’s problem with Joe Gorga? That he spends time with his wife and kids, instead of devoting all of his attention to her. Um, Teresa – that’s what happens when somebody gets married. She’s so delusional that she really feels she has reason to be upset that her brother’s priorities had to shift as they got older.
Despite his grown-up handling of Teresa, Joe Gorga wouldn’t be Joe Gorga without at least one ridiculous one-liner during the episode. So when Teresa called him “the meanest brother ever,” he said, “Don’t say that, Teresa. Because I’m an angel from God.” But you know what? If he’s been putting up with Teresa his whole life, maybe he is an angel. And Melissa took care of Teresa’s kids, while Teresa had her back turned to them playing in the pool, busy complaining to Joe about how Melissa doesn’t act like an aunt to them. 10 points to the Gorga house.
As you can see, we didn’t get a single Joe Gorga sex quote this week. Not one. But surprisingly enough, Caroline Manzo picked up that responsibility. After being surprised with a brand new Jaguar for her anniversary with husband Albert, Caroline said, “I don’t like to talk about my sex life. I’ve got grown children. And listen, I’ve been with this man thirty years, I’m doin’ somethin’ right.” You tell ’em, Caroline.