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It was around 7:45 PM, nine hours into the nearly 13-hour Real Housewives of New Jersey reunion shoot, that a peculiar sense of tension and unease settled into the room at the Borgata Hotel and Casino. It’s not as though the ‘Wives had been warm and fuzzy up to this point — since the shoot began around 11 AM, screaming and all-out verbal war had been taking place. But now for some reason, there was a creepy buzz in the room … one that you could feel in your gut and on your armhairs that things were about to get ugly. Yelling. There was so much of it. Tears flowed. Finger-pointing. Insults. Physical appearances, dress choices, literacy levels, parenting style, children’s employment history and family members were mercilessly mocked. Through nearly every second of filming, there was arguing of some sort. Usually these reunions have at least a little element of joking, jovial interactions and light-hearted conversation. This time, not so much. Think the cameras turning off would put an end to the fireworks? Nope — the screaming matches went long after the “record” button was toggled off, making routine pauses, bathroom and meal breaks a time of eggshell walking for everyone involved. These wounds were pre-existing and deep, and there wasn’t a whole lot to be done when it came to fixing them. If you read any of the Tweets from the ‘Wives or Andy Cohen this weekend (Sayeth Andy: “OMFG THIS REUNION IS EPIC!!!”), you got the sense that this particular taping was different. It’s that way because all of the women had not been in the same room together since the major drama that will unfold in the season’s final two episodes. Jacqueline Laurita opted out of last season’s reunion — which shot the day after the big incident — and since then, none have had any contact with Teresa Giudice. That includes her brother Joe and his wife Melissa Gorga, making for hours upon hours of straight-up unprecedented Housewives chaos. Without giving anything away, it’s safe to say that there’s never been a reunion with so much bad blood or back-and-forth sparring (even in the Danielle Staub days), and it was all either aimed at or coming from Teresa. Her sister-in-law Melissa, who has both the biggest bone to pick as well as the closest family ties with Teresa, took to Twitter to tell her fans that she had to pop a Xanax in between takes because she was getting so riled up. Other times, Jacqueline had to be held back either by Caroline Manzo or her husband Chris to prevent her from leaving the couch as she lurched toward Teresa. There was an exchange between Kathy Wakile and Teresa that escalated so quickly and became so personal that Kathy’s sister Rosie, who was watching from the sidelines, had to walk off set to cool down. Even Lauren Manzo got in on the action, throwing some particularly pointed insults at Teresa. The incessant yelling-over-one-another went on for so long that near the end, Andy couldn’t even get a question or comment in over the infighting. Clearly, nothing was getting resolved, and if anything the day’s worth of accusations and put-downs had only made things worse.
As for the aforementioned 7:45 turning point of the night — that’s when the husbands took the stage.
(Kathy Wakile sent us the pic to the right of Rich Wakile, Chris Laurita and Joe Gorga in the moments before coming on set) Anyone who watches the show could predict that Joe Gorga and Joe Giudice would likely butt heads. It’s just what they do. So there’s no real shocker that within minutes, the Joes were shouting at one another for dominance and protecting their wives. The word “stripper” was thrown around dozens of times, and not just the plotline you know about Melissa. Sure, it was petty fighting when it all boiled down, but the aura that overtook the room was one of familial fracture; brother and sister, cousins and long-time friends going past the brink of inconsequential squabbling and into the void of perhaps never being able to repair things ever again.
“I thought we were coming here to have a little fun,” a puzzled Rich Wakile told me as he left the stage. Fun had already cashed in its chips and checked out of the hotel before Friday morning, apparently. And as is the case with many trips to Atlantic City, what everyone thought would be a good old time quickly unraveled into a did-that-really-happen day which left everyone feeling that sting of unexpected loss.
To quote Melissa’s Twitter once again, because it perfectly sums up this impending reunion: “It’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before.”