After last week’s snooze-fest, thankfully, I’m excited to say “Cut the Cancer Out” offered actual excitement tonight. We last saw the New Jersey ladies at the Crashing of Teresa’s Book Signing, an event that we must talk about all episode….
On the verge of tears, Siggy requests that the group move on from talking about Josh’s new drivers license. (Something tells me that they weren’t dying to talk about it in the first place.) Jacqueline obliges and quickly jumps into the news that Rosie and Kathy attended Teresa’s book signing, which prompts Siggy to throw her support behind the cousins. “Rosie, you are so f—ing special,” says Siggy, adding that her “relationship expert” status will help bring Rosie and Kathy back together with Teresa.
Also taking Siggy’s advice is Melissa, who wants to rekindle her relationship with Joe. Her plan is to take Joe to get Botox and make it a date night. During the romantic doctor’s visit, Joe repeatedly calls the doctor a “little b–ch” throughout the procedure… hopefully he knows him. While various needles pierce Joe’s face and he attempts to look comfortable, Melissa touches on the Crashing of Teresa’s Book Signing. Melissa wants a stronger bond between all of them. Joe surprisingly does not support his wife or cousins, and instead takes Teresa’s side on the issue. The issue causing the rift is still foggy, but the editors make sure to include footage from previous reunions where Teresa and Kathy engaged in screaming matches.
Speaking of engagements… In a surprise twist, even for the viewers, Peter takes Ashlee to look for apartments in Hoboken, but he has a quick stop to make first. As the young couple walks down the pier, Peter quickly drops to one knee and asks Ashlee to be his wife. She, of course, says yes, and realizes that the apartment hunting was just a ruse to get her to one of their favorite seaside spots. Peter shares that Jacqueline was involved in the process of picking the ring, which Ashlee doesn’t seem surprised by; she just gives kudos to her mom for not spilling the secret. The newly engaged couple heads back to the Laurita house to share the good news, which sends Jacqueline into a spiral of happy tears. Before anyone can share the news with family and friends though, Ashlee and Peter have to post the moment on Instagram because this is the modern world and sister needs to get some likes.
News of the engagement spreads around New Jersey, thanks to Facebook and Jacqueline’s texting skills. Teresa and Melissa discuss the good news for about a minute while on a morning walk, but then the topic moves to Joe Giudice and his upcoming trip to prison. Seems like a fitting topic change, right? Teresa reveals that women are truly stronger than men and takes the opportunity to endorse Hillary Clinton for President of the United States. Melissa takes this moment to reveal to us that due to the hard upbringing that Teresa and Joe Gorga went through, it makes sense to her that Teresa is staying strong despite having her husband heading to jail in just a few weeks.
The difficult part for Melissa in this whole scenario seems to be how she can try to navigate being close to each of her family members. Her plan, along with the help of Siggy, is to have a little trip to Vermont where Teresa can relax and decompress from the stress. Teresa reluctantly agrees to the idea, but Melissa believes that this will bring a whole new level of closeness between them. Still on Teresa’s mind though is what to do with the lunch offer from Kathy and Rosie. Jacqueline and Siggy sit down with Teresa to attempt to talk her into attending the lunch, but Teresa shuts it down as quickly as she possibly can. “I don’t get involved in your family drama,” she says. Even though this seems like a moment where a fight is going to break out between the friends, opening old wounds for Teresa and Jacqueline, the conversation surprisingly steers into a positive direction, with Teresa agreeing to “think about” going to lunch for reconciliation.
NEXT: Richie makes a comment that could end any reconciliation