In this week’s episode of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, the battle of Gorga v. Giudice rages on. And an unlikely hero has emerged: Joe Gorga.
I know, I’m shocked to have written that myself. But it’s true. As cheesy and driven to overshare as Joe Gorga can be, he’s shown himself to be really sweet in the last couple of episodes. No, juicehead-sex-jokes Joe Gorga isn’t gone—one of the first things we saw in this episode was Joe Gorga pumping some iron at the gym. He brought Rich Wakile along, and the poor guy looked scared for his life. We also got a sex joke later on in the episode. During Jacqueline’s field day, Joe said, “It’s a three-legged race? I’ll go by myself.” Eew. Overshare, vomit, etc.
But at the gym, Joe Gorga admits to Rich that he feels bad for calling Teresa a bitch during their fight at Kathy Wakile’s pool party. And that he feels guilty he can tell Kathy, his cousin, that he loves her, but can’t speak to Teresa the same way. What’s more, he sends a text to Teresa to apologize for their fight. You know, the fight where she revealed she’s mad at him for daring to care about his wife and kids. I realize that this could be due to editing, but from what I can see, it’s Teresa that has some apologizing to do. But Joe puts that aside, and says he’s sorry first. That, ladies and gentlemen, is what your mother called “being the bigger person.” It seemed genuine, and I’m really impressed. Trust me, I’m just as shocked by this as you are.
Over in Giudice la-la land, things get even weirder this episode. Teresa Giudice and husband Joe Giudice talk about the pool party fight while driving in the car. Why is it that so many conversations are happening in cars this season? Isn’t this distracted driving? Anyway, Joe’s reaction starts predictably: He once again refers to Gorga as Teresa’s “little bitch brother,” and most of what he says is bleeped out. In other words, typical Joe Giudice. And as usual, Teresa jumps in to make excuses for him. “This is the perfect example of why you shouldn’t tell your husband some things,” she says, and also reassures us that Joe’s bizarre behavior is due to the fact that he’s a Gemini. Uh, Teresa, I know lots of Geminis, and let’s just say that your Gemini is special. And not in a special snowflake kind of way.