The lives of Giudice, 41, and her costars are so well chronicled that viewers have know for several months now that Jacqueline Laurita, 42, ended her longtime friendship with Giudice during the filming of season 4. But the conflict that led to this breakup is only now playing out on the show.
On Sunday's episode, Laurita tried once again to calm the stormy waters between Giudice and her sister-in-law Melissa Gorga -- a recurring theme with this Housewives crew. The conversation spiraled into a screaming match (or, rather, a screaming diatribe from Giudice) about Giudice's innocence and Gorga's dangerous jealousy. Watch below!
Their angry exchange truly reached its boiling point with the arrival of the show's formidable queen of confrontation,Caroline Manzo. "What's all the screaming about?" she asked casually as she joined the feuding pair. The horrified look on Giudice's face was telling: She knew she was being ambushed.
The blowout led Giudice to this conclusion: "I'm not a therapist, but Jacqueline's's crazy -- she's lost her mind," Teresa snapped. "She's like Heckle and Jive."
Laurita was just as displeased, and vowed to end her friendship with Giudice "for her health."
For the uninitiated, it may be confusing to witness these women in heated dialogue. There isn't always an explanation provided amidst theprotracted string of accusations, defensive remarks and declarations of indifference and/or hatred.
Here's a little background to help newbies keep up: Giudice has long viewed Gorga as a gold digger who married her brother for money. (Ironically, Joe Gorga generally comes off as a guy who wouldn't much care why his hot trophy wife married him, but that's beside the point.) The sisters-in-law have had a series of skirmishes throughout the seasons, culminating in Giudice's attempt to expose Gorga as a former stripper in season 3's finale.
Gorga took to her blog to vehemently deny the charge. The ill will continues to this day: Just last week, the feuding sisters-in-law had to be interviewed separately on The View. Laurita, a friend to both, was horrified by Giudice's lack of tact, and even more distressed by her friend's denial of wrongdoing. Thus, Sunday night's friendship-ending argument.
Last year, Giudice also managed to alienate Manzo by cracking a joke in her cookbook, Fabulicious!, about Manzo's Italian heritage (or lack thereof) and her son Christopher's business endeavors.Giudice should have known better than to insult Manzo, who Jersey-style debate skills are matchless, at least on this show!
Then again, stirring the pot is just what Housewives producers want from her. So... right on, Teresa!
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