The Real Housewives of New Jersey: The Return of Dina Manzo

Kathy mentions a few things from the trip that upset her such as the toast snub. Kathy is such a good person and it seriously sucks that she is obligated to love Teresa because she’s family. Teresa brings up that she really never was friends with Caroline. She was friends with Jacqueline and Dina. Caroline just kind of came along with the deal. A mention of Dina?! That wasn’t on accident, people. That’s a blast from the past. Thank you, Bravo, for that awesome foreshadowing.

After some cute moments with the Jersey kids, a college tour with the Wakilie’s, and Caroline’s radio show, we finally get to the good stuff. It’s Teresa’s launch party for her new drink, Fabilini. Definitely not a Skinny Girl Margarita ripoff. Nope. Not at all. (Insert eye roll here.)

Everyone is drinking and dancing, and then we see the camera pan up the body of a woman in black, walking up to the party. It is none other than Real Housewives of New Jersey veteran, Dina Manzo. Dina was my diva spirit animal in past seasons, so I basically died when she came up on my TV. It’s been way too long since I’ve seen her on the show.

Jacqueline kind of calls Teresa and Dina shady for becoming closer and closer when such drama is going on between the rest of the women. Dina and Caroline are sisters who don’t speak (apparently) and Teresa is just making that wedge even larger. Pure evil? Or pure genius? The two women laugh and chat at the party.

Teresa tells her some tidbits from the Napa trip including her toe-to-toe with Caroline. Dina kind of just listens and nods her head as Teresa explains what went down. Teresa then says, “Y’know, blood is thicker than water.” To which Dina replies, “Not always.” Hmmm, interesting. What does this mean for the Dina and Caroline? What does this mean for Teresa and Caroline? How do the more neutral women fit into this—Jacqueline, Kathy, and Melissa? Will these women ever find common ground or has the damage already been done?

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    • Barry

      Dina was the only mildly attractive woman to ever be a Real Housewife. That said, she has the typical RH resume: bitter ex-husband, kids not usable for exploitation, rumors of a marriage that is not as advertised (he either has a mistress or is gay or both), a nightmare of a family (exhibit: Manzo), etc.
      At least she raises money for charity. That is the nicest thing I can say about a RH. And it will probably turn out that she was even worse but got out before more InStyle interviews could be done.
      Check that: they are all nightmares. Keep up the good work, “ladies.”

    • Natalie Jenkins

      Dina Manzo seemed to be the one
      person on “Real Housewives of New Jersey,” who wasn’t completely crazy. I really
      liked this show when it first aired, but it has changed so much I’m not sure
      what to think. I missed the latest episode of “Real Housewives of New Jersey,” because
      of my new work schedule at Dish. I like to check out the recaps, and watch the
      episodes on my Hopper when my shift ends. I hope the season finale will help
      end some of the craziness. I’m ready for the reunion as the drama continues,
      and I won’t have to worry about using up much of my 2,000 hours of recording