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The Real Housewives Of New Jersey recap: "Roses Are Red, DNA Is Blue"

Love is all around as couples and friends work hard to repair broken relationships around Valentine’s Day and Victoria Gotti returns with some shocking dirt.

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The Real Housewives of New Jersey

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Love—or something like it—is in the Jersey air. As Valentine’s Day rolls around, the wives and their families have varying opinions about the Hallmark holiday. Let’s take a look at the Jersey housewives’ love statuses.

Melissa and Joe Gorga: These two always get the most-passionate award. Joe has been working a lot more, and him spending 12 hours a day out of the house makes Melissa nervous that he won’t be around for their kids, something her late father struggled with. But it seems lack of hair on Joe’s part and Melissa’s gift of arguably the most delicious dessert menu (a.k.a. a sexy personal photo album she made) can easily reignite the flame. “I would get up and kiss you, but I can’t—there’s a fiesta going on down there.” You have to respect a couple that embraces their foot fetish on national TV.

Teresa and Joe Giudice: Of all the couples on the show, we have known the Giudices the longest, but they can still surprise us. Joe has shown some vulnerable moments this season, and the gravitas of their situation in court has made the strength of their relationship seem a lot stronger on TV. But they have never been great at communication, like Joe not telling Teresa everything he’s working on for her brand (he’s the brawn—duh). And for the sake of their family, honesty needs to be a priority.

Teresa and Rino Aprea: Any couple that remarries after they get divorced must have a passionate relationship, and Rino is definitely not short of any passion. In turns out, Teresa and Rino first got divorced when they were 28 but then married again because they always loved each other. There was “never an issue despite what people might say.” Wait—what do people say? Before tonight, the Apreas seemed to have the strongest marriage on the show. Quickly it has become one of the strangest in Housewives franchise history.

Nicole Napolitano and Bobby Ciasulli: Why is everyone so hard on these two? Who cares if Bobby is a “confirmed” bachelor or not? Who even really knows what that means? Valentine’s Day is close to Nicole and Bobby’s one year anniversary, and the twins’ mother, Santa, is getting a little impatient about whether or not Bobby will commit. But once Bobby opens up about his lack of ability to open up in confessional and tells a sweet story about Nicole and kissing frogs (finding her prince metaphor and all), he shows that a man can change his life when it’s most important to him. Fingers crossed, maybe we will get a season 7 wedding.

Amber and Jim Marchese: Our gift from Bravo tonight was no Jim. The reference to him later in the episode—when Amber separates her own thoughts and feelings from his and reaches out to Teresa Giudice at her book signing—is more than enough. The beginning of this season has been about the universal hatred building for this couple, but Amber starts to show some levels of sanity tonight and got along with everyone. She and Jim definitely have a strong relationship with a foundation of love but absolutely no balance of reason, and Amber is starting to realize that.

Dina: What better way to spend the day celebrating love than a visit to your divorce attorney? (Who also happens to have her own Bravo show… #synergy.) Dina has an emotional visit with Untying the Knot’s Vikki Ziegler to begin, yes begin her divorce process against her ex Tommy. Even though things aren’t perfect on paper, she still loves him and is in mourning her loss. With her daughter about to go to college, she can lean on her assistant Luke, the gay son she always wanted, to FaceTime while eating Lexi’s chocolates and giving herself a SkyMall spa treatment. If that’s not love, what is?

NEXT: “How could he? How could she?”