“Real Housewives of New Jersey”: Send in the clowns (don’t bother, they’re here!)

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I really don’t have much to say about last night’s finale of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” – which featured the much-ballyhooed showdown between loose cannon Danielle Staub and fierce mother cub Caroline Manzo – other than it was kind of uncomfortable to watch and really rather silly.

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“Real Housewives of New Jersey”: My big fat Italian vacation

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I’ve seen some people kvetching online about how lame this week’s “My Big Fat Italian Vacation” episode of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” was, but I loved every minute of it.

If only what happens in Italy, stays in Italy./Photo credit Bravo

And there were a million and one reasons to love it. And much of the credit belongs to Teresa Giudice, who came up with the idea in the first place and whose antics before, during – and who knows, probably after, too! – made for some pretty amusing television. Just watch:

By the way, I’m so relieved to see “Fabulous!!!” works in any country. Now if only they could learn to say it in Italian…

Favoloso!

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“The Real Housewives of New Jersey”: Bringing on the crazy

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The first ladies of the Garden State – that would be Teresa Giudice, Caroline Manzo, Jacqueline Laurita and, oh yes, Danielle Staub – have been all over the place in the past few weeks. Have they been in your neighborhood?

Gee, I wonder where Danielle could be?/Photo credit New York Daily News

“I know crazy when I’m looking at it” – Caroline on Danielle

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“Real Housewives of New Jersey”: Welcome to the real world

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It’s a sad, sad day in New Jersey.

Teresa and Joe Giudice with their daughters, Gia, 9, and baby Audriana from the book "Skinny Italian."/Photo credit Hyperion Books

Sure, we all know the economy is in the toilet, and the state unemployment rate is hovering just below 10 percent. But now we have irrefutable proof that our sad state of affairs has actually penetrated *reality* television.

People reports that “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Teresa Giudice and her husband, Juicy Joe, will have the contents of their “granite, marble and onyx” Towaco mansion auctioned off on Aug. 22 as part of the terms of their bankruptcy filing. And judging by the catalog, nothing – and I mean nothing - is exempt from the sale.

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“The Real Housewives of New Jersey”: Eat, talk about Danielle, repeat

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What places have “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” – aka Jacqueline Laurita, Caroline Manzo, Teresa Giudice, Dina Manzo and yes, Danielle Staub – been visiting lately? Keep reading!

It's going to be strange not seeing Dina around anymore./Photo credit the New York Daily News

“She’s like parsley. She’s everywhere.” – Caroline on Danielle

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