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The Real Housewives Of New Jersey recap: 'Pack Your Bags and Get Out!'

The Florida vacation ends with a couple of early exits, but more questions left up in the air.

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Real Housewives Of New Jersey

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Though tonight’s episode mainly dealt with the tumultuous end of the ladies’ Florida vacation, it would be a disservice to not at least acknowledge here the news that came out Thursday regarding Teresa and Joe’s sentencing. Because the season was filmed months earlier, those events won’t be chronicled for the cameras—not this year at least—but both Teresa and Joe will appear on a special Watch What Happens Live on Monday and will still be able to film the reunion episodes before Teresa must report to prison on January 5. Watching the scenes of the Giudices together in their home now holds a completely new meaning. Hearing Joe talk about his love/hate relationship with time away from his children is even more painful knowing he soon won’t have a say in the matter.

But for now, let’s distract ourselves with the much less significant but still significantly crazy Battle of the Boys Down South: Part 2. Neither Jim or Bobby are acting like grown men in their war of words. Bobby at least grows up enough to get out of the bathroom and confront Jim in person, but that didn’t last long. Jim’s attacks and accusations of infidelity escalated beyond comprehension. “You can tell this man’s been to war cause even social relationships are a battle,” Amber says. As true as it may be, is that really how you want to describe your husband on national television? She clearly wasn’t thinking straight in the moment—the cancer survivor started smoking a cigarette to calm her nerves.

The painful irony is that Amber finds odd humor in putting herself in that situation and proudly denounces her health and concerns. The truth is that everyone actually feels bad for Amber because not only was Jim’s behavior wildly unacceptable, but she really did try and keep him under control. Dina totally understands: “Sorry that you’re married to a dick, I feel bad for you.”

And this was all before Jim finally spilled the weeks-long tease: the Victoria Gotti rumor. Yeah, that didn’t go too well. Amber wisely takes Jim out of the situation and upstairs away from the growing mob scene forming below. Clearly Jim was never taught the Thumperian principle. It’s unclear at this point whether or not Jim and Amber are a) mad at each other, b) mad at everyone else, c) drunk, or d) all of the above. (Answer: d)

Even though Dina tried to warn her earlier, Teresa is more upset that the girls were talking about the rumor behind her back. Teresa specifically told Dina she didn’t want to know what was being said about her family. Anyone else really confused? How can Teresa be when Dina came straight to her with the news—rather than spreading it? Dina is no way at fault, and she knows it. She is done with the situation altogether: “I’m not gonna get turned against.”

NEXT: “That is Bellevue crazy!”