Morocco. Bali. Mexico. Yes, the Real Housewives go away on some fabulous group vacations. And in that grand tradition, the women of New Jersey head to. . . Boca Raton, Florida? Okay, it might not be the most exotic location, but at least there’s sun. “I want the warmth on my face,” says Nicole Napolitano, “[and] on my boobs.”
The whole purpose of the trip was to cheer up Teresa Giudice, but because she plead guilty to fraud and faces prison time, she opted not to go. Still, she’s not forgotten. In the limo on the way to the house they rented, Dina Manzo clinks glasses with Napolitano, Melissa Gorga, and Teresa Aprea and exclaims, “Here’s to Teresa!”
Back in Jersey, Teresa — who once declared “I don’t want to live in somebody else’s house; that’s gross” — adjusts to reality. With mounting legal bills, she admits she and her husband Joe “have been thinking about possibly downsizing.” (Indeed, their marble-filled Towaco, New Jersey, mansion is on the market for $4 million.)
But downsizing for the Giudices would still be a step up for the rest of us. She and daughter Gia tour an 8,800-square foot home — featuring cathedral ceilings, granite countertops, chef-grade appliances and even a bidet in the master bathroom — that costs $1.4 million. Judging by her facial expressions, you’d think someone smeared poop all over the walls. Yet she admits the gorgeous home is more than enough: “Alls I need a house for is Joe and I and our four daughters.”
While Teresa goes smaller, her cousin Kathy Wakile goes bigger. (Apparently, those cannoli kits are a goldmine!) She visits Jacqueline Laurita — yes, the former Housewife makes her return! — and takes her to a new home in Franklin Lakes, which is under construction. During the tour of the wooden beams, Jacqueline reveals that she too is downsizing since the cost for caring for her autistic son Nicholas has gotten to be expensive.
And now for some happy news: Amber Marchese gets blood work back from her doctor, who reveals she is still cancer-free. “I pronounce you in perfect health,” he tells her. Elated, Amber decides she will join the girls in Boca after all and calls Dina to deliver the news. Panicked that Amber might cause trouble — by revealing that Victoria Gotti spread a rumor that Teresa Aprea’s husband Rino, had an affair with Teresa’s mom, Santa — Dina decides to broach the subject with Teresa Aprea herself.
“The more we bond, the more it’s eating away at me that I’m not telling them that someone’s talking about their mother,” Dina reasons. But when she tries to tell Teresa that someone is saying something about her family, Teresa storms off and tells her, “Don’t say it.”
The Real Housewives of New Jersey airs on Bravo, Sundays at 8 p.m. ET
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