New Jersey has been a tough egg to swallow this season and here’s why I think that is:  It used to be that the family dynamics were King in this show, in the first two seasons it was Family v. Danielle Staub and that was fun because it gave us someone to root against.  Then, when the Gorga’s popped in, it was Teresa v. the rest of her family and most of us fell on one side or the other.  (Let’s quickly forget about season 7 where they tried to bring in the randos which was smart in theory but due to bad casting, it fell flat.) But now, it’s just a broken family desperately trying to come back together, plus Jacqueline and her family’s sad issues as well as Dolores and Siggy who are delightful but not even remotely controversial.  We don’t have a solid villain and its a bummer.  Basically this show went from an explosive family gathering to a very sad Thanksgiving.  Even Siggy in our recent interview (which should get posted this Friday) said that yes, we are in for a more explosive season, but in the “sad trombone dissolution of friends and family” explosive and not the fun “prostitution whore” table flip type of explosive.

 

  1. God bless Siggy Flicker. Look, guys. I had an interview with Siggy last week and she’s basically going to have to punch a puppy in the face for me to ever say one word against her, EVER.  She was so warm, so forthcoming, so expressive and polite, it was actually hard to conduct our talk in an interview format because instead of just listening, I wanted to talk and have it be a conversation.  She was a little late to the interview, but she texted me explaining that a radio interview she had that morning had gone long and could she please call me in a half hour because she was in the middle of a commercial break but wasn’t done yet.  This taught me three things: (a) she isn’t a diva and doesn’t mind interviews going long (b) she waited until a commercial break to text me which showed respect for the interviewer she was with at the time (c) she was kind enough to update me as soon as she could.  I was floored with how responsive and sweet she was to me.  Literally at the end of the call she said “you have my cell phone number now, please call anytime if you have any questions or want to talk.” And while I can’t imagine I would just randomly ring up Siggy to talk about my day?  I 100% believe she’d answer the phone and have a conversation with me because she’s just that approachable and welcoming to her fans.  YES, this season has been a slog, but I’ll now watch anything with Siggy Flicker on it and I implore you to do the same.  All of this is to say that Rosie couldn’t have a better person in her corner to try and fix her family issues.  I think Siggy ultimately just wants everyone to be happy and get along.  Actually, I know for a fact that’s what she wants.  And while Jacqueline is right in that there is a lot of bad family blood going on, #IWantAFamilyToSucceedAndSoDoesSiggy

 

A word about those family issues… I get where Joe is coming from when he says that family is supposed to lift you up and not agree with your haters.  I get that.  And I think the Wakile’s and Rosie shouldn’t have talked about Teresa “getting what she deserved” on camera. I get that them’s fighting words.  But on the other hand, Victoria got another brain tumor and sick kids trump whatever bad blood Teresa is still holding on to.

And lastly, Melissa?  What wrinkles?  JoeGorga has a total baby face.  I’m not sure “couples botox” is what Siggy meant when she said you need to put gas in your marriage car.

 

  1. If you read our blog regularly, you know that I’m not a big believer in marriage. I have no intentions of ever doing it myself (unless some tax accountant explains to me that it would be financially beneficial to do so, although as of right now I know that it is not), and I have fortunately been gifted with a partner who feels the same way.  I call him Manfriend because we’ve been together for almost 5 years, known each other for over 10, and have a child together so “boyfriend” feels high school and juvenile.  I do not see myself being with anyone else for the rest of my life and look forward to dying next to him on my couch while watching The Real Housewives of Saturn.  That said, I love Say Yes To The Dress and I cried when Pete proposed.  I think Ashley* has really turned her life around and I went from misty-eye to actual tears when she said that she didn’t want to go to dinner because all she wanted to do was go home and tell her mom that she’s engaged.  They had such a bad relationship and seem to be in such a great place now.  I was a royal bitch to my mom for years and now we are best friends so that kind of shit really gets to me.

*I’m glad she’s a better person now, but as per usual I refuse to acknowledge the stupidity of her changing the spelling of her name.  Not now, never will.

 

  1. Can we all agree that Ashley knew this was coming? Ashley does not get filmed regularly. The crew does not follow her, so she had to have an idea that it was happening.  Still, I love that she called Albie, and let’s be real- Albie is the best thing to happen to all of us.  Do I still think he is possibly a closeted homosexual?  Yeah, a little bit.  But hot damn that boy is fine.

 

 

  1. I’d like to speak directly to @Andy now about hiring. Can we please get the old “can you hear me now” Verizon spokesman-turned-Sprint-peddler dude as a new housewife? Because nobody on television is throwing shade like that dude right now.  God Bless.  Also- totally agree with Melissa that “Teresa is the heavyweight champion of the world when it comes to masking pain”.

 

 

  1. if everyone can stop selling us on Vermont that would be great, because let’s be real. What the fuck happened to legit housewives trips? BTW- it’s cute to see Dolores at the gym that she absolutely does not really work at.

 

  1. As I’ve said before, Siggy has the best intentions, but I’m bizarrely on Teresa’s side  here and I don’t know how to emotionally handle that. I definitely understand and agree with the concept of not your family, not your business…. As I’ve said before, Jacqueline has been brought back in to be the enemy of the state. She has to bring shit up, and I get that.  But I’m wildly #TeamTeresa on this one.  I desperately want this family to get it together but Tre is right- this isn’t your family.  And she’s done so well with Melissa, so maybe baby steps?  Props to Teresa though for not attacking the messenger, which was her old M.O.  she apologized for getting “snippy” which is a term my sister and I use about my mom when she gets harsh with us, so that has momentarily endeared me to Tre.

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  1. So here’s the deal. My family (aka the people I consider family- my mom, my sister, my aunt and my cousin) do not fight. We are literally (according to my mother) not allowed to raise voices and as such, I’m wildly uncomfortable when I see families fight on tv.  The Richard sisters arguing has always been uncomfortable for me, and Jersey in general has always made me itchy.  But I don’t really get that Richie was awful.  I thought he was just saying that he loved his wife and her being sad was unacceptable. That said, everyone else flipped out so I guess he was being offensive, and he later apologized so what the fuck do I know.  Look, Kathy is boring as shit, but I think she’s a good Italian woman who just wants her family to get along and is beyond holding grudges.  And as much as I love JoeGorga (and I do) it was bullshit (and thirsty as hell for airtime) for him to tell Teresa that Richie was trying to say that Juicy doesn’t love Tre like Richie loves Kathy.  Joe is Kathy’s cousin too, btw.  Let’s not forget.  But Joe knows where his bread is buttered so he sides with Tre.

 

  1. JoeGorga doesn’t want to go to this throwdown lunch like I don’t want a million dollars and a basket full of puppies.

 

  1. Yikes. Okay. First off, I have my best friend in town for my Half Birthday Celebration (WHICH IS A REAL THING, MOM, AND YOU SHOULD CALL ME MORE) and I will admit to having started drinking at roughly 10:30am.  So, I know that a lot of people are on Teresa’s side on this one, but I am 100% not at all. I think Kathy and Rosie legit want a relationship with their cousin, I think Teresa shut them out, and I think that even if they had tried to get on her prison, oh wait I’m sorry, I meant camp guest list, she wouldn’t have let them since Melissa wasn’t even be on it.  I think a lot of hurt has been done on both sides, but Kathy and Rosie legitimately want to move forward.  And Teresa isn’t into it.  Which is totally her right, I just don’t agree with it because Rosie is my ride or die and I want to claw the eyes out of anyone who hurts her.

 

  1. I don’t understand what just happened. Teresa called them cancer and she’s done but then she says she loves them and if they ever need her, she will be there?  What the actual fuck just happened?  Also….who the is Jacqueline yelling at in the promo for next week?  I don’t understand so much of this show.

 

Thanks for hanging in there.  If you’re here, I’m here.  Let’s stay here for Siggy.

 

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