By Kate Ward
October 03, 2011 at 03:00 PM EDT
Andrei Jackamets/Bravo

The most interesting thing to happen on last night’s Real Housewives of New Jersey was the revelation that — according to Teresa Giudice — Clinton is the current vice president. Still, it looks like there’s plenty of drama on the Housewives set this season, even if most of it is going down where it mostly takes place: behind the scenes. But, lucky for us, Twitter exists, and Jacqueline Laurita is filling us in on the drama 140 characters at a time.

So who is the Garden State star hoping to weed out of her life? As always when it comes to RHONJ (oh, Danielle, how we miss your insanity!), the off-set drama is vague, confusing, but seemingly very juicy. Over the weekend, Laurita released a barrage of tweets accusing one-time friend Giudice of setting up fellow cast member (and Giudice sister-in-law) Melissa Gorga, and spreading a rumor that Gorga was at one point in time a stripper. Tweeted Laurita, “Teresa told me that ‘rumor’ about Melissa when she first started the show. She wanted to out her then. She knew. She plotted it. She even played dumb on camera and even defended Melissa.”

This was posted just days after Laurita hinted at a confrontation at a fashion show filmed for season 4 (“Someone( not me) got set up tonight. There are some sneaky people trying to make someone look bad & then play innocent on camera. Sad.”) and a possible exit from the Housewives franchise: “I can’t be part of the Charade anymore.It’s unsettling. It’s disturbing & against what I stand for. I’m a REAL housewife.” (Laurita even said she wouldn’t be attending the always dramatic reunion this season.) Bravo has not responded to EW’s queries about whether or not Laurita will be leaving the series, but Giudice is firing back on her Twitter: “You know Bravo loves it when bloggers make up crazy stories to get people excited about the show. Aren’t we exciting enough w/o the lies? … Remember when I was supposedly punched in the face? Now supposedly Jacq slapped me. And I hired a male stripper to expose Melissa… LMAO.”

Usually, the cynic in me would cry “ratings ploy,” especially since the third season in the Jersey version of the franchise is winding down. Giudice, for her part, is even using the drama to pull in viewers for next season. Tweeted Giudice about her setting up Gorga: “Sorry, it’s NOT true. But y’all have to turn in to Season 4 of RHONJ to see what really happens (the truth is actually way scarier…)” But it seems RHONJ doesn’t need any help in that department: Since season 3 premiered to record ratings in May, its numbers have remained respectable from week to week. (Season 3 even premiered higher than the season 2 debut of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, which aired shortly after the series made headlines following Russell Armstrong’s suicide.) Could it be that RHONJ is simply the most dramatic Housewives series?

These days, it’s difficult to ever believe the authenticity of the series. Since Real Housewives of Orange County bowed in 2006, we’ve learned that the series — like most reality TV shows — is not quite as “real” as its title implies. Even starting with Real Housewives of New York City, the show’s stars began discussing shooting schedules and manufactured drama on the reunion episodes themselves. So how much of the RHONJ drama can we really believe? I’m inclined to believe that Giudice & Co., love the “crazy stories” as much as their network, but is it possible that some of this feuding between former friends and allies is actually real? No, probably not, but it’s still fun to pretend, isn’t it? And, at the very least, Laurita now has a storyline on her side that doesn’t involve deadbeat daughter Ashley. That’s good news for all.

What do you think, PopWatchers? Is this getting your mouth watering for season 4? Or are you hoping to wave goodbye to Laurita after season 4? And could any of this actually be real? And do you, like me, get nostalgic at the mere mention of Cop Without a Badge?

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