This week on The Real Housewives of Jersey, the years of family drama between Teresa, Kathy and Rosie finally come to a definitive end. But that doesn't mean the deep-seeded issues will go away quietly. Plus, Melissa proposes the season's big trip and Jacqueline is blissful over her daughter's engagement. Read on for a full recap of all the family drama...
In the wake of her surprise appearance at last week's book signing, Friend of the Housewives Rosie Pierri meets with Jacqueline Laurita and Siggy Flicker to rehash the night's drama. Rosie and her sister's awkward encounter with Teresa Giudice didn't seem to make anything between the estranged cousins better, and Jac surmises that Teresa may not ever take up her cousins' invitation for a lunch sit-down. As the group's resident relationship expert, Siggy predicts that eventually things between the cousins will be fixed. After all, family is family and even if they're not on good terms right now, everyone will have to sit down for dinner at the same table at some point in the future. Right? Well, if Teresa had her way the answer to that question might actually be no...
Later that evening, Jacqueline's daughter Ashlee Holmes is in for a major surprise of her own. A few episodes back, Ashlee's boyfriend Pete took Jac ring shopping and it's finally time for him to pop the question. Under the guise of looking for apartments, Ashlee's fiancee takes her on a stroll along the water in Hoboken, which culminates in Pete getting down on one knee and proposing at a lookout point. Ashlee is in complete shock, but manages to blurt out a tearful "yes" while Pete puts the ring he and Jacqueline picked out on her finger. By now, the thought of a date night is long gone, and all Ashlee wants to do is go home to tell her family the exciting news. Needless to say, Jacqueline is over the moon that her only daughter (and former trouble child) has gotten engaged to someone she and Chris approve of. It's a little bit of a miracle that Ashlee has come full circle and is turning into a mature, responsible adult.
The next day, Siggy and Teresa drop by Melissa Gorga's house for some chatting, cookies and champs. Ever since Tre came home, her relationship with Melissa has been better than ever. After years of estrangement and nonstop drama (fueled by being on the show together), the sisters-in-law are finally beginning to trust each other, and Teresa is even leaning on Melissa for support as Joe Giudice prepares to start his 41-month prison sentence. In all honesty, the one silver lining that's come out of this entire legal nightmare is that the Gorgas and the Giudices have really, truly healed their relationships. Now that Teresa's done with her supervised probation, Melissa wants the ladies to take a trip somewhere and suggests a ski weekend in Vermont. Siggy hilariously questions why they aren't going somewhere with sunshine and piña coladas, but Teresa's not allowed to travel outside of a specific radius...which happens to include Vermont. At first the OG is hesitant, but eventually relents and the trip of the season is officially booked!
At the same time, Jacqueline visits Dolores Catania at her new gym. Dolores has promised her business partner she'd step up and start pulling her weight at the gym, and part of that means hosting a women's empowerment night. The event will effectively kill two birds with a single stone - giving the 'Wives an excuse to get together and helping Dolores meet her quota for new memberships, which is currently 300 women short of the goal. All season long, Dolores has been on a quest to reinvent herself and become an independent Italian-American woman, and planning this ladies' night out is definitely a step in the right direction.
At yet another sit-down sponsored by Rails Steakhouse, Siggy and Jacqueline meet with Teresa to have a conversation with her about their dinner with Rosie. Donning her relationship expert hat, Siggy explains that Tre's cousins want to have lunch to work out the strained and complicated dynamic in the family, but from the get-go the OG shuts down. Teresa is still harboring a long list of grudges, including Kathy Wakile calling her father a "coward" at the Season 4 reunion and basically everything that's come out of Richie Wakile's mouth in the last three decades. But when Jacqueline tries to point out Kathy's side to the story, her former bestie is having none of it. Note to Jac: how have you not learned by now to not get involved in Teresa's family drama? Staying out of the crossfire is just better for everyone, and you won't end up with bullet wounds from both sides. Everyone needs to stop meddling in Teresa's family drama and respect her feelings about the situation.
Attempts to mediate on the other side of the feud don't go any smoother. The Wakiles invite Rosie, Jacqueline, Siggy and the Gorgas over but the relaxing night quickly devolves into a conversation about the cousins' clash. Before we know it, a wide-eyed Kathy starts getting defensive, Siggy's in tears and Rosie's shouting about how her sister is the one who always gets dragged through the mud in the never-ending family drama with Tre. As Joe Gorga gently sticks up for his sister, Melissa tries to shut the entire conversation down, which promptly gets Jacqueline bothered and the domino effect has officially turned this into a powder keg. Once Richie snidely insinuates that he and Kathy have a happy marriage while Joe Guidice doesn't love Teresa. As Melissa points out in her interview, "what a dick thing to say." Joe Gorga explodes at Richie, explaining that if the Wakiles are going to throw stones about his sister, they can't expect him to take it lying down with a smile on his face. Now can everyone just relax and drink their wine?
With some coaxing from Joe, Teresa finally agrees to sit down with her cousins and break the cycle of drama once and for all. While Kathy and Rosie are hoping for some sort of reconciliation, Tre's objective at this lunch is clear: to tell them she's absolutely, completely, 100 percent done. Her cousins will always be family, but Teresa simply wants to be left alone. Kathy concedes that her husband may be part of the problem, but Teresa also reveals that the entire time she was at Danbury, she didn't hear a thing from either of her cousins. Not a card. Not an email. Nothing. So now that she's home and "back in the public eye" (i.e. filming a reality show, Kathy and Rosie suddenly want a relationship with her again. Seems suspicious, doesn't it? At the end of the day, Teresa is determined to "cut the cancer out" of her life, and she's not budging when it comes to her cousins. After exchanging hollow sentiments that their doors are "always open" to each other, Teresa leaves the lunch in tears, but with the sense of closure she's been seeking for years.
What did you think of this week's RHONJ? Are you Team Teresa or Team Kathy & Rosie? Do you think Kathy and Rosie's intentions were genuine or do they want to use Teresa to get back in the spotlight? Is Siggy's attempt to fix these relationships a lost cause? Let me know in the comments!