Teresa Giudice Is in "Serious Denial About Life," Says Brother Joe Gorga

Entertainment Apr. 23, 2012 AT 9:43AM
Joe Gorga and Teresa Giudice Joe Gorga and Teresa Giudice Credit: Michael N. Todaro/WireImage.com; Dave Kotinsky/Getty

So much for a fun summer at the Jersey shore.

Real Housewives of New Jersey premiered its fourth season Sunday, and while the cast attempted to put the Teresa Giudice-centric drama behind them, the reality star couldn't help but get herself into even more hot water.

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Trekking to the shore with her family, Giudice was quickly confronted by her brother, Joe Gorga, after she supposedly trashed his wife, Melissa, by telling pals that if a "richer man" came along, she'd leave him.

"You're supposed to encourage my marriage, not break it down," Gorga told his sister during an emotional confrontation on the beach, that took place as their children -- and Giudice's husband Joe -- stood nearby.

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The conversation turned ugly when Giudice brought up the fact that Gorga failed to check in on her and his four nieces when Joe Giudice went to jail shortly before their vacation. When Gorga argued that he had good reason to be wary -- he lent the couple $25,000 with little thanks -- Giudice continued to get defensive.

"Teresa is in serious denial about life. Life is not perfect. We all have issues," said Gorga in a voiceover. "If you don't have issues, you're not human, so be real and I'll be real with you."

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Gorga wasn't the only one to feel Giudice's wrath on Sunday's premiere. Early on in the episode, Giudice pulled aside Caroline Manzo and tried to apologize for the nasty remarks she made about Manzo in her cookbook, including a crack about how Manzo was "as Italian as the Olive Garden."

"I think you misread it because if you really read it good you'd realize I didn't insult you," Giudice claimed.

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"Teresa took advantage of my friendship and loyalty," Manzo countered in a voiceover after she agreed to simply "co-exist" with Giudice. "In some crazy way, I think she's afraid of me."

Though she stayed relatively mum on the matter, fellow Housewife Jacqueline Laurita remained firmly on Team Caroline.

Said Laurita: "Teresa can't use the Giudice mind trick on Caroline."

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