Real Housewives of New Jersey – Ep.8: “Best Friends for Never”

Friendship, breakups, dieting, and “bankruptcy.”

Jacqueline gets disappointing news about Ashlee’s progress in Texas with her father. She’s so fed up with Ashlee and her obstinate ways that she takes to a bottle of whiskey, at least I’m pretty sure it’s whiskey—you know, the strong stuff.

I wonder how many other kids have driven their parents to drink on frequent occasions.

Lauren is at the end of her ropes with dieting to get super skinny in order to become super attractive to others and boast her self-esteem.

It’s like Italians and dieting just don’t mix—or any culture where food is essence. People love food. I personally don’t think depriving the body of such delicious food is good.


On a boring, rainy day the Albie, Gregg, and Lauren are all just laying around. Apparently they’ve been waiting on Christopher who returns with a large pizza and a hearty salad for Lauren. That food looks pretty good.

“Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.” This is what Lauren constantly tells herself, though it doesn’t eradicate her desires to feast.

God, I’d probably ram my head against a wall if someone told me that. It sounds utterly ridiculous to me. Skinny shouldn’t be the goal.


Teresa and Joe meet with their lawyer. Yep, you guessed it. For financial troubles. When it comes to this wonderful justice system, Teresa, the truth might now always set you free. It could land you in a jail cell. But at least your conscience would be clear.

When she’s not dealing with Ashlee drama, Jaqueline’s trying to be a dear friend to Teresa. But the thing with that is Teresa’s lies and constant denial whenever the blame shifts to her. That puts a straining on Jacqueline and their “friendship.”

Honesty would surely set Teresa free in the realm of friendship and that’s all Jacqueline wants. She doesn’t necessarily want to know the intricate and personal details of Teresa’s life.

When Teresa’s making her troubles public, at the least she could go ahead and come straight with her friends and family, instead of dodging questions she doesn’t want to answer.


And now for my favorite segment: Most Adorable Children EVER. For this installment, we spend time with the Gorgas. Antonia hula hoops better than her mommy. Gino is having a solo picnic at the table in the front yard. Little Joey is wobbling around with his sippy cup.

Kathy visits Melissa to verbalize her feelings about Teresa. Melissa has her two big sisters over at this point, enjoying drama-free family time.

While Kathy’s pouring some heart out, Melissa is powdering up her face with makeup and likely thinking “Why don’t you go directly to Teresa and tell her all this?” Oh wait, she actually tells Kathy this.


The tears are trickling out from Jacqueline. It’s clear a storm is about to come, a mini one tonight. Jacqueline sits down outside on her back patio with Teresa and asks about her financial troubles.

She had to learn about Teresa’s bankruptcy from newspapers and magazines. Teresa would likely deny it all as usual, yes.

What financial troubles, Jacqueline? Teresa is a freakin’ New York times bestseller! She works her butt off. She sells exclusive interviews to magazines.

They call Teresa with questions and force her to answer. What’s worse? They don’t even bother to check accuracy of the quotes with Teresa so whatever she says may get misconstrued by readers. Particularly readers that are family and friends.

Teresa has no control over what’s printed in the papers about herself or what she says about others at all. Right.

It’s always about Teresa. She never asks about Jacqueline’s situation, particularly Ashlee, and she doesn’t support her in the general way friends should. Jacqueline’s had it up to her neck and then some.

There’s a mini scream fest between Teresa and Jacqueline, a back-and-forth. As soon as Teresa screams, it’s heard around Franklin Lakes, New Jersey bringing Caroline out of her home to come strolling to Jacqueline’s patio.

Am I the only one scared right now?

Teresa feels ganged up on. Caroline sitting next to Jacqueline makes it visibly clear it’s going to be two-on-one. Know what that means? Teresa goes straight into defense mode.

Caroline and Teresa quickly get into it and Jaqueline’s literally in the middle with no one listening to her.

“You’re crazy!” Caroline tells Teresa.

And would you believe Teresa’s surprising response? “No you’re crazy!”

As we all foresaw, the friendship between Caroline and Teresa is kaput. The friendship between Teresa and Jacqueline is all but solid now.

I think the women have broken up with each other. Next episode will make it certain where loyalties and positions lie.


On the next episode: Teresa talks to Melissa about the Danielle Staub (former New Jersey housewife) situation. The end of Jacqueline and Teresa’s friendship as we knew it finally comes.


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What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Game 3 of NBA Finals

Miami and Oklahoma City are tied with one win apiece. Who will take the lade in the Final series tonight? Catch up on your other favorite shows at TV-Links.

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2. MLB Baseball. New York Yankees at Washington Nationals. 12:30 PM CT TBS

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4. Fool’s Gold. Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson star in this romantic comedy set in the Florida Keys. Hank Yuloff explains why you’re doing well to see it on cable, rather than at the theater in his review. 4:00 PM CT Lifetime

5. 60 Minutes. A look at the lawmakers buy stock, SMBC president Freeman Hrabowski, and Taylor Shift. 6:00 PM CT CBS

6. Jimmy Kimmel Live. Special pre-basketball game episode, with Tracy Morgan as guest. 6:00 PM CT ABC

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8. 2012 NBA Finals. Game 3. Oklahoma City Thunder at Miami Heat. 7:00 PM CT ABC

9. Oprah’s Next Chapter. In the first hour, the Kardashians and their significant others are the guests, and the in the second hour, it’s 50 Cent and his grandmother. 7:00 PM CT OWN

10. Jerseylicous. Anthony and Gayle want their salons featured in a trade magazine, and Tracy adjusts to living with Corey. 7:00 PM CT Style

11. Mob Wives Chicago. Pia, Renee, and Nora shun Christina, and Leah gives advice. 7:00 PM CT VH1

12. MLB Baseball. Detroit Boston Red Sox at Chicago Cubs. 7:00 PM CT ESPN

13. Falling Skies. Season premiere. In the first hour, Weaver continues to be in command of the 2nd Mass, Ope leads a renegade group, Tom’s loyalties come into question when he comes back, and Hal and Ben keep drifting apart. In the second hour, Tom’s time with the aliens haunts him, Pope plants seeds of doubt, and Ben begins to hate skitters even more 8:00 PM CT TNT

14. Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Kris runs into a past lover, Kim and Scott get together, and Kendall and Kylie ruin Kris’ carpeting. 8:00 PM CT E!

15. American Ninja Warrior. Midsouth qualifying round. 8:00 PM CT G4

16. The Glades. Jim helps Callie move to Atlanta, Carlos autopsies a murder victim, and Manus is visited by Bureau Chief Jennifer Starke. 8:00 PM CT A&E

17. Sister Wives. In the first half hour, Kody and Meri have a getaway in Mexico, and he asks her about Robyn’s offer to be a surrogate. In the second half hour, the adult adult and teenage Browns discuss their lifestyle. 8:00 PM CT TLC

18. Ice Road Truckers. Alex deliveres a load to across an icy river delta, and Hugh and Rick travel the melting winer roads to deliver a load to Winnipeg. 8:00 PM CT HISTORY

19. Drop Dead Diva. Jane works a wrongful termination case, Kim and Parker take on Owen’s sister as a client in her divorce hearing, and Grayson helps Stacy and Nikki with their business legal matters. 8:00 PM CT Lifetime

20. Snapped. “Raynella Leath.” 8:00 PM CT Oxygen

21. Empire Girls: Julissa & Adrienne. Julissa and her ex reunite, and she auditions for a lifestyle correspondent job, and Adrienne tries to update her image. 8:00 PM CT Style

22. The Killing. Sarah and Holder close the case while Richmond sets out on a bold new path. Meanwhile, the Larsen family gains closure from an unsuspected source. 8:00 PM CT AMC

23. True Blood. At Vampire Authority headquarters, Bill and Eric meet Salome, Pam remembers her human life and first meeting with Eric, Sookie gets and home protection system, Arlene follows Terry’s erratic behavior, and Steve Newlin makes and offer to Jessica. 8:00 PM CT HBO

24. Nurse Jackie. Season finale. Jackie is pushed by Cruz to her breaking point, Jackie puts Grace in public school, O’Hara goes into labor, and Charlie gets admitted. 8:00 PM CT Showtime

25. The Big C. Cathy and a stranger spend time together, Paul gets attention from a tourist, and Sean feels guilty. 8:30 PM CT Showtime

26. Mrs. Eastwood & Company. Dina and Francesca’s boyfriend fight, and the band faces rising tensions. 9:00 PM CT E!

27. Storage Hunters. Jesse knows you don’t strike it rich if you play it safe, so he gambles big on a risky bin. Then, Lori defies her husband Brandon and buys a questionable unit. Will her bold move lead to a dynasty or divorce? And later, lightning erupts when the buyers battle it out for a puzzle of parts they hope will add up to one smooth ride. 9:00 PM CT truTV

28. Longmire. Longmire finds long-buried family secrets when he investigates the barn fire deaths of a man and his award-winning horses. 9:00 PM CT A&E

29. The Real Housewives of New Jersey. Jacqueline accuses Teresa of planting stories about herself in the tabloids, and covering up her financial troubles. The discussion gets heated at the mention of Teresa connecting with ex-housewife Danielle Staub on Twitter. Jacqueline also learns her daughter Ashlee may be returning to her old ways, while Lauren makes a final decision regarding her season-long quest to shed weight. 9:00 PM CT Bravo

30. My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding. Season finale. J.R. and Neggie celebrate their elopement fourteen years earlier, and h gives her the biggest wedding dress in W. Virginia. 9:00 PM CT TLC

31. The Client List. Season finale. Kyle comes back, Georgia gets a tip that the authorities are suspecting her, and Riley’s secret life could be about to be exposed. 9:00 PM CT Lifetime

32. Bridezillas. When Thomas, Bridezilla Jeanine’s fiancé, plans a surprise for her, she is less than excited because it involves two of her least favorite things: cold weather and her future father-in-law. As her wedding day approaches, Bridezilla Marlene’s hair extensions encounter some wayward pizza sauce, which drives this ‘zilla to scream like a lunatic. When Jose, Marlene’s fiancé, goes to pick up his tux with Marlene and his future in-laws, it becomes obvious where Marlene picked up the psycho gene. 9:00 PM CT WE

33. Girls. Hannah is unsure about her relationship with Adam, Jessa hosts a party, and Marnie lets her free-spirited side out. 9:30 PM CT HBO

34. The Borgias. Season finale. Cesare has a revelation, Lucrezia becomes interested in a new suitor, Cesare can’t get a confession, and the assassin strikes. 9:00 PM CT Showtime


So You Think You Can Dance, Jun 14 – Inspirational to the Very End

I’ve had a rough couple of weeks, so I’m really looking forward to some uplifting dancing tonight. I’m hoping it’s more of the inspirational auditions from the first few weeks. I could use a little of that in this last week of auditions.

The auditions travel tonight to Salt Lake City, Utah, and the judges will be Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, and Adam Shankman. Mary reminds the auditioners what they don’t want to see in the dancing, and Adam demonstrates. They want no booty shaking, no self worship, and no reaching.

First up is Witney Carson, 18, of American Fork, UT, who says she will be doing Latin ballroom dancing, which she has been doing since she was 8. Interestingly, this is our first ballroom auditioner this season. She remembers watching a ballroom competition when she was younger; she knew that’s what she wanted to do. She’s going to do a sensual and sexy cha-cha and tango tonight. She likes being a woman and being sensual when she dances and knows she has to bring that confidence, even though that’s not who she is offstage.

Nigel refers to Witney as a cutie. She explains to him she just started with a new partner last August, so they haven’t competed in many competitions together. He’s not competing today, as he’s only 16. Adam decides she must be a femme fatale. She auditions with another man who also isn’t auditioning. She does some great spinning, and with her hip action reminds me of Chelsie Hightower. She gets a judges’ standing O.

Nigel tells Witney they’ve had some fabulous ballroom dancers on the show, and one of his favorites is Pasha’s partner, Anya. He finds her not only brilliant, but sensual and sexy, and that’s a gift Witney has a s well. She has great technique, great legs, great feet, great back, and add to that “a smoking hot face.” He thinks her dad will really have to look out for her.

Mary found Witney to be very girly until she went to the back and struck a pose and going straight into a woman. There’s something that just changes in her. She’s for sure what Mary would call a hot tamale. Nigel and Adam plug their ears to get ready for Mary’s oncoming scream. And it’s the first time she’s done it the entire season so far. Adam tells Witney to shut the [bleep] up as she was amazing. She is everything this show is all about. “I am a slave for you.” Of course she gets a ticket!

Cat Deeley mentions all the dance styles that have been introduced on the show and adds that until Lynn Gravatt, 33, of Portland, OR, they’d only had dance styles from planet Earth. Lynn herself calls it a “little alien space dance,” which is a mix of many different genres, as she doesn’t fit in a box. The spirit and energy that moves through her comes from the Pleiades constellation. She was in her living room with friends one day, and a force entered her body and started dancing around the room.

Lynn has three spirit guides – Divine da Flame, Devil da Flame, and Rainbow Liltebright. Devil is a beautiful man, strong, and a dancer. Divine is her highest self, what she aspires to be, and Rainbow has rainbow-colored eyes and picks out her outfits. They push her to do things she doesn’t think she’d ever do. When she dances, she feels at home, and believes her soul is from the stars. She can go into a place where she feels invincible. Cat wonders if there were any hallucinogenic drugs involved. I wonder why they’re spending so much time on someone too old to be on the show.

Lynn is currently unemployed but used to be an aerospace engineers. She worked at a large corporation in research and technology and worked there for five years, earning her Master’s. She started to feel a pull towards the creative arts, so left that field. The technology she worked with would be more implemented five, ten, or even fifteen years from now. She works with shape memory alloys and piezoelectrics. She’s still searching for herself, but feels she’s in a human body, but her soul is elsewhere, and dancing brings her most in touch with herself. If she wasn’t an aerospace engineer, Nigel would think she was slightly crazy. I think she still could be.

The actual dancing is pretty much what you would expect from Lynn. It’s a bit manic, just like her. There are a few interesting moves, then it gets bizarre. Nigel thinks it’s good to know that aliens can do chaine turns. He feels there’s a great spirit that omes across from her, a great warmth. He’s not sure she’ll find herself, but she might be happy with what she reaches, and he thinks happiness is the greatest goal she could ever find.

Mary thinks Lynn indeed looks happy, and she’s a real sweetheart. Adam doesn’t know if there’s a place for Lynn on the show, but there’s a very special place for her in this world. She explains she had a personal goal, and it was to get in front of everyone and show that life doesn’t need to be planned at 30. You can start over and be anything you want to be. The judges say no, but thank her for coming out. As she leaves, Nigel says he’s not so sure he wants to fly in an airplane in the next ten years.

After a look at auditioners who bring their family with them, including one young woman who brings her dad up onstage who she explains is an “undercover dancer,” it’s a look at Deanne “Dee” Tomasetta, 19, of Millbury, MA, who has shown up all alone, but has a very large Italian family who is kind of crazy, but not like Lynn. It’s not Jersey Shore, but every day is kind of a holiday. She’s the youngest and only girl, so has only older boy cousins and an older brother as well. She’s a little afraid to bring home a guy, as she knows there would be a lot of interrogating. Right now, her boyfriend is dance.

Nigel calls Deanna a lovely little cutie with a big smile. She tells him everyone just calls her Dee. He wants her to call him N. She wants to pursue a career in dancing, as it’s her passion. She has a lot of passion that flows through her as she dances. It’s probably all the passion she’s not able to give to a boyfriend since she prefers to be married to dance instead.

Mary tells Dee there’s one thing she knows for sure, and that’s that she loved every single second of her dance. Dee looks like she’s about to cry. She’s a beautiful dancer with elongated lines, the breath that she took, the layers, and the nuances. She couldn’t have asked for a better audition. Adam found Dee to be extremely special. She has unbelievable technique, unbelievable transition, and is completely living in her world. For someone so young, she has a beautiful wisdom about how she just danced. It was really captivating. Nigel is afraid he has to be the voice of reason … and asks her to come get a ticket to Vegas. She shares the news with her Grandma.

Gene Lonardo, 22, of Las Vegas, knows the judges want something different, and he thinks he’s pretty different. He’s near naked and painted in green splotches. He explains to Cat that his solo today will be about the life cycle of the male praying mantis, from birth, through mating, which ends horrifically for the male. Cat wonders how he’ll lose his head. Nigel is excited to see this story play out. Gene actually is a very skilled dancer, if not a little bizarre.

As the judges are laughing afterwards, Gene confirms with them, “you guys wanted different, right?” Nigel wasn’t sure what they were going to get, but adds it was not only intriguing, it was entertaining. He has fabulous technique behind all the glitter and bling. Mary admits they do ask for people to be unique, and it was certainly that. She for one loved it. Adam thinks Gene is “sort of brilliant.” He had no idea and thought it would end badly, but it couldn’t be further from the truth. He knows the choreographers would absolutely eat him up. Gene explains to Nigel the female that ate his head are the judges, as they put the fear in the dancers. Nigel adds normally when they says you’re going to Vegas, they’re not from Vegas, so Gene is going back home.