Joe Gorga Struggles With Dad Duty: ‘Our Deal Was I Get Married to You, and You Watch the Kids’

A happy wife is not necessarily a happy life for Joe Gorga. Left at home without wife Melissa, the reality star gets stressed out dealing with the demands of his job and dad duty in a clip from the upcoming episode of The Real Housewives of New Jersey from Entertainment Weekly.

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In the clip, their three kids, Antonia, 10, Gino, 8, and Joey, 6, are all causing mayhem as Joe works on one of his real estate plans. The boys are dragging mud through the house and drawing on Joe’s work documents. Meanwhile, Antonia is trying to wash the family’s dog in the kitchen sink, and the Pomeranian is spraying water everywhere.

Melissa Gorga and Joe Gorga
Melissa Gorga and Joe Gorga Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images

Joe, 36, calls Melissa, who is busy launching her new boutique clothing store, Envy by Melissa Gorga, and tells her he needs her back at the house. “You gotta come home,” Joe says on the phone. “I have a problem on one of my jobs.”  

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Melissa, 37, immediately nixes that idea. “I’m at the store,” she says. “I cannot come home.” As Joe begs her, she says, “Whoa, whoa, whoa. You told me that you were going to hang with the kids.”

“I can’t stay. I got a multimillion-dollar project going on,” he says. “You got a bunch of clothes! You’re dealing with clothes! C’mon babe. This wasn’t our deal. Our deal was I get married to you, and you watch the kids. I gotta work.” 

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Melissa replies that she finds his comments a “little insulting” and tells him to “man up” and figure it out himself.

In last week’s episode, the mom of three paid a visit to Teresa Giudice and asked for advice on how to get Joe to pitch in around the house while she gets the store set up. Unfortunately, her sister-in-law didn’t have much to offer and said she shouldn’t expect Joe to do anything.

The Real Housewives of New Jersey airs on Bravo Sundays at 8 p.m. ET.

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