A “Real Housewives of New Jersey” guide to the Garden State, take 3

I can’t believe it, but we’ve come to the end of the first season of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey.” It’s hard to imagine life without Teresa Giudice, Dina Manzo, Danielle Staub, Caroline Manzo and Jacqueline Laurita, much less the FABULOUS!!! granite and marble and onyx.

Now this we've got to see!/All photos credit Bravo

Now this we've got to see!/All photos credit Bravo

Where did these ladies visit and who did they see in this fantastically entertaining final episode? Take a look:

Episode 6

Cafe Amici (Wyckoff) – Italian restaurant that Caroline, Dina and Lexi visit for dinner. Dina ponders giving up her career as an event planner and interior decorator to stay home with her 12-year-old daughter, whom she’s dismayed to discover is growing up. “I turn around for five minutes to work and all of a sudden she’s got t***,” Dina tells her sister. Classy!

Bernard Kerik – A good family friend of Caroline and Albert Manzo, Kerik is the former New York police commissioner who is presently fending off such assorted charges as “lying to the White House, failing to declare income, filing false returns and corruption,” reports The Star-Ledger.  He’s also, apparently, a friend to dogs. The four-legged kind, I mean.

Didn't you just love the moment when Jacqueline finally snapped?

Don't you just love the moment when Jacqueline finally snapped?

Lu Nello (Cedar Grove) – This is it – the site of the fabulicious blow-out between Dina, Caroline, Teresa, Jacqueline and Danielle. (I’m still trying to figure out how Danielle smuggled in that copy of “Cop Without a Badge.” Clearly, it’s too big to fit in her purse.)  Yes, memories were made during this meal. I mean, will you be able to look at another oyster again without thinking about Joe Giudice’s raging libido? I wonder how much Bravo had to pay the place for Teresa’s little table-flipping incident? But the best part of the evening came when Jacqueline finally stood up to her sister-in-laws, shouting at one point, “You’re such a liar, Dina! I’m not covering for you anymore.” (I cheered, I admit it.)

Teresa Jersey girl. jpg

For those of you who are dying to get their hands on the “Jersey Girl” T-shirt Teresa sported in this episode (see above), you can do exactly that – by going here.

And those who are interested in learning what the “Real Housewives” are up to lately, The Star-Ledger has a short but informative piece right here. It includes such nuggets as this: It wasn’t Dina’s idea to park in the handicapped spot outside Chateau Salon.

Oh, and there’s also Dina’s interview with People in which she splits hairs about whether or not she was the one to blab about Danielle’s past. And Caroline talks to Newsweek.

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Thankfully, the thrill is not totally gone just yet. We do have tonight’s director’s cut – dubbed “The Last Supper: Second Helping” – to delight us (tune in at 9 p.m. for that), and there’s also the highly anticipated two-part reunion, which airs next Tuesday and Thursday (both nights at 9 p.m., I believe).

And, as usual, you can view the master list of all of the faces and places of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” right here.

1 Comment

  1. July 27, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    […] afternoon with Mike’s family, where you’ll remember the Real Housewives of NJ dined when Caroline suggested Dina’s teenage daughter get boob implant advice from Theresa.  […]

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