RHONJ: Dina Manzo Makes Return Appearance
Melissa Gorga confronts Caroline Manzo about spat with Teresa Giudice.
This week’s “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” picked up the drama from the pre-Labor Day-break episode in which Teresa Giudice and Caroline Manzo had an explosive argument. Sunday night's episode also featured the long-anticipated return of Dina Manzo.
Melissa Gorga decided to confront Caroline Manzo about the argument with sister-in-law Teresa Giudice.
“I’ve never really experienced an argument with this with one of my girlfriends,” Gorga said. “I mean, maybe in high school. I mean, Teresa did apologize. What else is left?”
Manzo was not hearing any of this, and instead, brought her entire family to New York to do a radio special on Sirius Radio. Manzo deftly dodged a question from a listener about the status of her relationship with sister and former "housewife" Dina Manzo.
“Again, I’m one of 11 children. Our personalities change and sometimes you’re not on the same page, but I love my sister Dina to death,” she said.
Dina Manzo showed up to Teresa Giudice’s launch party for her “adult beverage” Fabillini.
Jacqueline Laurita, who was not invited to the party despite recently patching things up with Giudice, said “I think it’s nice that Dina went there to support her, but it does seem strange when she stayed away from her family for so long. Wasn’t at her nephew’s launch party, wasn’t there at the holidays, but at the time when drama between [Teresa] and Caroline is at its height, [Dina and Teresa] are close again. Why?”
Still, in front of the cameras, Dina Manzo made no effort to dodge Giudice’s questioning about Manzo’s sister and her behavior.
“What I wrote about Caroline [in the cookbook], did you think it was offensive?” Teresa asked.
“I know the whole style of the book is lighthearted and fun, so no,” Manzo said.
“You didn’t do anything to my sister to really hurt her,” she added. “To me, it’s kind of silly.”
Dina Manzo then convinced Giudice that her life is not any worse off for not having Caroline in it, and she and Giudice promised to grow old together “and have our boobs redone.”
“Teresa, she has an agenda to drive a wedge between myself and family members,” Caroline Manzo said. “And it is a constant struggle for me.”
Earlier in the episode, the audience was treated to a nostalgic dose of cuteness as Giudice and her sister-in-law, Gorga, both of Montville, got their kids off to school. It was Antonia Gorga and Gabriela Giudice’s first day of first grade, Gia Giudice’s first day of fifth grade, and Milania Giudice’s first day of kindergarten.
Giudice was worried about her younger daughter, Milania’s, first day, but not in the traditional sense.
“I’m worried about what’s going to come out of her mouth!” she said.
Gorga, on the other hand, was forced to run back to the house after she and her husband, Joe, spent more time taking pictures than actually making sure Antonia was on time for the bus.
As soon as the girls were off, Teresa Giudice and husband Joe Giudice discussed the aftermath of the Napa Valley fight with Manzo.
“Who cares about being friends with Caroline?” he asked.
Teresa Giudice noted that Manzo has few friends.
“She pretty much only hangs out with…I guess, her kids,” Giudice said. “She doesn’t talk to many of her siblings.”
But Joe Giudice cautioned his wife to not worry about that.
“Tre, that’s none of your business,” he said.
Joe Giudice maintained that Teresa Giudice did not mean to be friends with her cousin, Kathy Wakile, either, who they blamed for beginning the argument.
“My husband’s really, really smart. When he says something, I trust him,” Teresa Giudice said.
During their talk, Teresa Giudice addressed, yet again, the rumors that her husband has been cheating on her.
“Joe’s not going anywhere, unless he cheats on me, then I’ll break his legs,” she said.
Over in Wayne, Wakile had other thoughts on her mind, namely concerns about her daughter, Victoria, who seemed to be set on going to college out of state.
“Growing up in a traditional Italian family, we just stayed home and we worked,” Wakile, a former hairdresser, said. “Going away to college; it’s not something that we see every day.”
Her husband, Rich Wakile, thought she was being ridiculous.
“She’s been babied too long,” he told his wife. “By her going away, she won’t be dependent on us.”
While Kathy Wakile got emotional, Rich Wakile said, “You know what, I love my children, but I’m anxious for them to go away so I can be alone with my wife and then we won’t need any more clothes.”
The show airs Sundays at 10 on Bravo.