caroline manzo at the season 3 reunion
Oh, the good old days of the Real Housewives franchise, when the biggest problem was Jo de la Rosa getting a job behind the back of live-in boyfriend Slade Smiley, in Season 1 of the Real Housewives of Orange County!
Then, in Season 2 Lauri Waring a single mother, started seriously dating a local businessman, George Peterson, and all hell broke loose.
What hell, you ask? If you’re asking, you weren’t reading message boards and blogs back then. George Petersons had an ex-wife, Gina Peterson, and her relatives bashed George even more than Teresa Giudice is being bashed now. But it was the backstory, not part of the program, never seen or hinted at on air.
Relatives know where all the bodies are buried, so to speak.
The defining moment that twisted The Real Housewives of New Jersey franchise into this weird, almost morbid, direction was when Danielle Staub mentioned Teresa not acknowledging the birth of Melissa Gorga‘s youngest son. If Teresa had not jumped into Danielle’s face and let her finish her sentence, Melissa’s conspiracy with Danielle would have been exposed then and there.
Would that have kept Bravo TV from hiring Melissa and Kathy Wakile? Probably not. But family and reality tv do not mix. Look at Caroline Manzo and her sister, former RH Dina Manzo, no longer speaking because Dina left the show. Kyle and Kim Richards of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills have a toxic relationship, much of which we saw play out on the Season 1 final episode.
So we have a franchise no longer worth watching. We have no idea, despite the rumors, who will be returning for a 5th season. Jacqueline Laurita is too mentally unstable to return, but that won’t stop Bravo. Kathy Wakile and her portion of the Gorga family bring nothing to the table, despite Rosie’s obvious attempt to keep Kathy relevant with her flip out directed at Teresa. As lame as Lauren Manzo, who can’t read a road sign (remember Napa ?) calling Teresa a dickhead and asking her to spell napalm.
Napalm the franchise and declare it dead.
The Real Housewives of New Jersey Season 4 reunion part 2 will air Sunday, October 7, 2012.