Sunday’s The Real Housewives of New Jersey Season 7 Episode 4, Melissa hosted her grand opening, but would past become prologue?
Put another way, would a previous beef come back to bite her?
If you watch The Real Housewives of New Jersey online, the theme was letting go and venturing forward into new and unfamiliar territory.
(And we don’t just mean the yoga session above. Goodness.)
For Melissa Gorga, that meant a whole ‘nother level of Envy.
Her boutique, that is. That’s the name of her boutique.
For Teresa Giudice, it meant putting her time in prison into a book, because we know nothing sells like a good prison memoir from Danbury.
For Jacqueline Laurita, it meant a new venture that would potentially yield great rewards, but could jeopardize their entire financial future.
Yeah. No pressure at all there.
Bottom line for all involved?
The stakes were higher than ever in the Garden State, and for Melissa, the Envy involved wasn’t just the name of her new store after all.
Joe Gorga just can’t deal with the fact that his wife is spending an increasing amount of time away from the house and kids for this thing.
In response, she told him he was being “insulting” and that he needed to “man up,” a statement that did not go over well to say the least.
Meanwhile, Teresa began making plans to cash in her brief but notable time in prison as husband Joe Giudice prepared to head to prison.
‘Murica. Greatest country on Earth.
Teresa’s book, fittingly called Turning the Tables, vividly recounts her experience going to jail herself; Teresa broke down in tears reading it.
A passage about how she’d feared her youngest daughter wouldn’t recognize her when she got home was most emotional for her to read.
Nevertheless, Tre was able to reflect on the fact that being locked up had actually been a good experience – or at least a learning experience.
For one, the perspective on life.
Her new, humbled outlook was invaluable: People who are incarcerated aren’t necessarily bad, just people like her who effed up bad.
That’s one way to look at it.
Tre added that Joe appreciated her many contributions around the house a lot more now, having taken them on with no help for a year.
As for reports of her getting a divorce? “We are together. We are happily married. It’s nonsense,” she said of the recurring tabloid chatter.
Chatter newcomer Siggy Flicker gossiped to Jacqueline Laurita about, and debated whether to confront Teresa about directly, in fact.
Later, she actually did ask Tre about her marriage, but to her credit (or perhaps the parole board’s), Giudice didn’t flip out on her co-star.
It’s all about redemption, right?
Perhaps that was on Joe Gorga’s mind when he proudly told Melissa at Envy’s opening that she was “the best wife a man could have.”
Is it dusty in here or …