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At one point during part 1 of the scathingly hostile season 3 reunion show for The Real Housewives of New Jersey (which aired Sunday night on Bravo), Caroline Manzo sighed and said, "You know what? I feel like I'm getting dumber as the minutes go on. I am in a whirlwind of stupid."
The absence of Jacqueline Laurita -- due to an incident while filming season 4 the night before the taping -- was explained early in the episode. Based on Laurita's tweets, we know that she quit the show over someone getting set up for an on-camera embarrassment, and that it was done in an unscrupulous fashion.
Needless to say, this created some ill will towards Giudice as the women began the reunion show. This crew tends to gang up on one mean-spirited member at a time, and without Danielle Staub, the target was definitely Giudice. To be fair, Giudice seemed to relish the limelight that the villainous role brought.
The bickering ranged from small stuff (Giudice accusing Gorga of stealing her hairdresser) to larger issues of integrity and character (Manzo accusing Giudice of refusing to forgive her brother).
Even moderator Andy Cohen seemed to participate in piling on Giudice, peppering her with questions about her husband's bankruptcy. He asked how she could give such lavish Christmas gifts to her children while undergoing such financial stress. ("Hon, a Mercedes truck is $200," she replied. "Gia was asking me for an iPhone. I'm like, 'You're not getting that.' She got an iPod touch." Everything's relative, right?)
When Cohen pointed out that the latest measures Joe Giudice took to fend off bankruptcy also kept the couple out of jail, Giudice denied it.
"Relax," Caroline told her.
"I am relaxed," Giudice replied. "I'm calm and cool like a whistle." (For future reference, Teresa, the expression you were reaching for was "cool as a cucumber" and not "clean as a whistle.")
Patt 2 of The Real Housewives of New Jersey season 3 reunion airs Sunday, Oct. 23 at 10 p.m. ET on Bravo.
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