Review | The Real Housewives of New Jersey

Credit: Andrei Jackamets/Bravo

Air Date: Sunday 7/24

Us Rating: ***

When the New Jersey crew kicked off their season, the bad blood between Teresa Giudice and her hotheaded brother, Joe Gorga, reached its climax when he kicked his sister out of his baby's christening party. The brawl's aftershocks are the high point of this fascinatingly tumultuous installment.

It's Christmastime in Franklin Lakes, and the Housewives are in hostess mode. Gorga and Jesus-loving wife Melissa's soiree turns mesmerizing when Giudice and resident tough-talking matriarch Caroline Manzo decide their longtime rivals -- Giudice's legal nemesis Monica Ciccone and well-coiffed troublemaker Kim "G" Granatell -- need to be tossed out!

Manzo's son Christopher is mortified by the ruckus, which only adds to the histrionics. The main course here, though, revolves around Giudice's own Christmas Eve dinner. The drama building up to the possible reconciliation between the daffy diva and her brother is a deliciously tense (but entertaining) viewing experience. Consider it all an early holiday gift! (Bravo, 10 P.M.)