Joe is officially now serving his prison sentence, and after last week’s emotional goodbye to the father of four, this week is all about picking up the pieces and moving forward. As expected, this isn’t an easy task for Teresa and her daughters, but thankfully she has the support of her brother’s family.
Melissa, Joe, and their kids head over to Teresa’s house with Chinese food in hand, and plenty of it, according to Melissa’s remarks that it “serves 15 people.” The Giudice clan seems to be as good as they possibly can be, but Milania in particular isn’t handling the change well.
Apparently every Sunday she would ride ATVs with her dad across their expansive lot, but with dad behind bars, only Teresa is available to take the joyrides. In the middle of eating, Milania runs out of the house and hops onto Joe’s quad to tear up the dirt surrounding the house. “What is she doing on the big one?” yells Gia, which apparently stems from the fact that Milania has her own pink quad more suitable to her size.
Joe Gorga offers to go out and check on his niece, but before he can get a word in to Milania, she speeds by with young Audriana clutching her for dear life. Joe finally gets her to slow down and decides this is the best time to express his love and support to both of his nieces by vowing that if they ever want to speed around the lot on a quad, he’ll be there to help them.
Speaking of support, Dolores is living her life sans spousal support and decides to have a party to celebrate. Well, the shindig isn’t to point out her marriage that ended long ago, but rather to break in her newly renovated kitchen and the success of her gym. Her ex-husband shared with their son Frankie that he never thought Dolores would pull off so much work on her own. So jokes on you, mister!
Siggy meets up with Dolores to go over the last minute details before the kitchen-warming party later that week. Even Siggy sees a strong change in her friend, noting the new internal confidence that is exuding from Dolores. Both ladies just hope that when the actual party happens, their friends can finally put the past behind them and support one another like they should.
Jacqueline is obviously the one mostly on the outs, as Dolores and Siggy are the only friends still talking to her. With Teresa and Melissa on a united front against Jacqueline, it leaves Siggy and Dolores to act as the mediators between both parties. Before heading over to the party in question, Jacqueline shares her fears with Chris, adding that she probably won’t do much speaking to Teresa or Melissa if she can help it.
As the guests start arriving at Dolores’ house, we get a glimpse into her extended family, including her 102-year old grandmother who’s as smart as a whip. Siggy asks for her secret to a long, healthy life, but she declines to answer “because then it won’t be a secret anymore!” Dolores and Siggy ask grandma how many wars she’s lived through; they mention there could be another tonight with the housewives. Before the powers in question can get to the party, Siggy decides to break the ice by announcing to the room that she breast-fed her son, who is now a teenager. Fighting would be less awkward.
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