Emotions run a little too high as Teresa and Joe prepare for their day in court and enter a plea deal.
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Teresa and Joe Giudice aren’t afraid to admit that they have made a lot of mistakes. Some may argue that the biggest one of all was joining the cast of this reality show. Although there is no direct link, it’s easy to make the connection between the Giudices sudden rise to fame and the legal trouble that followed them. Of course paparazzi would not be waiting outside the courthouse for an ordinary New Jersey housewife’s plea deal, but this is Teresa’s life now. And it’s actually pretty devastating to watch.

Tonight’s episode jumps back to the time of the season premiere on February 28, 2014, four days before the Giudices’ scheduled appearance in court. And almost immediately, there are tears. Well, some were only due to chopped onions, but it made the overall situation a little more heightened. At their home, Melissa and Joe watch their family’s legal problems make the news once again; separately Amber reads a story on Radar Online that says the Giudices are preparing to take a plea deal that would give Teresa probation and Joe jail time. Just the thought of this hypothetical situation causes Amber to burst out in uncontrollable tears. So naturally she decides to call Teresa immediately in her vulnerable state to sympathize, and by sympathize I mean try to pry into every detail. “Is this all true?”

For the wife of a lawyer, Amber should know better than to ask so many questions during an ongoing case. Even Gia overhearing the conversation on her mother’s speakerphone questions the tears. But the new and improved Teresa takes the “thought that counts” high road. Besides telling Amber that the article isn’t true, on the advice of her counsel Teresa doesn’t say anything else. But she does imply that “things are coming” soon that will explain a little more.

But for a little more explanation right now—thank God for Jim! (That will be the first and last time that phrase is every written in a recap.) Since he was so boastful about his possible involvement in the mortgage case, it’s not that surprising that Jim really does have a good understanding of this whole situation. He explains to Amber that both Teresa and Joe have to accept the terms of their plea deal separately before appearing to the judge, who can then decide to accept or reject the deals himself. All that to say: Even if the Giudices have their side of it figured out, it will always end up in someone else’s hand. (Isn’t that what democracy and American law is all about?)

Melissa also calls Teresa to ask about the same article and she gives the same response, but this time it causes Gia to speak up, too. “I obviously know what’s going on. I’m old enough to comprehend and understand what’s going on,” she says to her mother’s heartbroken eyes. Neither of them say anything for a moment as they just stare at each other briefly while the emotional moment results in eventual tears and a loving embrace.

NEXT: Problems with perspective

Since it’s New Jersey however, everyone else still seems to have something to complain about. Here’s tonight’s edition of “Problems with Perspective!”

–Dina doesn’t like intense workouts because her boobs are too big.

–Melissa doesn’t know how to shovel snow.

–Amber and Jim don’t know how to make their own pasta.

Ok let’s see… nope, still not as big of a deal as bankruptcy fraud. While having some kinky fun with a TRX machine, Melissa and Dina decide it would be a good time to go on a mini vacation in the sun and resolve everyone’s issues before Dina’s big Project Ladybug charity event. But even though she obviously knows a lot about the cancer, Amber is reluctant to get involved at first because she and Jim still feel betrayed by Bobby. What did Bobby do wrong exactly? Well, he told Rino the truth that Jim was acting overly pompous and couldn’t be bothered to get off his high horse for guy’s night. Yup, that sounds about right. But now things are awkward between Nicole and Bobby and it still seems the Marcheses are holding onto something big to reveal about Bobby, or at least having some fighting words. “Bobby wouldn’t want Jim to reveal 1/10 of what he knows.” Here’s what we do know though Amber: This is between the boys, so stay out of it.

Of course she doesn’t listen. Instead of leaving it for Jim and Bobby to hash out alone, Amber tries calling Bobby, but when he doesn’t answer (on purpose) she begins to text him excessively to try and get his attention. She definitely got it all right. “Get your popcorn cause we got more drama,” Bobby says as he pulls up the driveway of Nicole and Teresa’s parents’ (oh, and Nicole’s) home. And just to reemphasize the point to Amber, Nicole tries to make it very clear why she should not be getting involved. “You have a vajayjay, not a penis.” Makes sense to me!

All the ladies gather at Dina’s house to discuss the Project Ladybug event. After the twins arrive in matching outfits and everyone coming to terms with the difference between a vasectomy and a mastectomy, Dina shares the vacation plan with everyone. But for some reason Amber can’t process the idea of a vacation right now. Oh, no, are your friends problems too hard for you? “I don’t need to process—let’s go!” Clearly, Teresa is the more fun twin. Sensing she was about to not be in the middle of drama, Amber took Teresa Giudice aside (yet still in front of everyone) to talk about the rumor Victoria Gotti told them about Rino—you know the one about him sleeping with his mother-in-law. Amber keeps saying she just wants to “shut up and move on.” But actions speak louder than words—even the simplest proverbs work in the strangest situations. What makes this situation more strange is that all the other women are pretty much just watching the two of them talking and wondering/obsessing whether or not it’s about them. Nicole must have sensed something though cause she made a perfectly passive aggressive comment to Amber and Teresa when they return and refuse to share their “gossip” as well.

NEXT: March 4, 2014 — The Day of the Plea

The morning of March 4 begins with Teresa literally praying on her bedroom floor before going to court to enter her plea deal. “I knew nothing about our legal system before this all started.” Is it crazy to say that this whole thing not only taught the Giudices a lesson, but probably a valuable one to some viewers out there as well? E!, which like Bravo is owned by NBCUniversal (a.k.a. synergy), shows coverage of their court appearance and updates us on the possible outcomes after the Giudices both plead guilty to multiple fraud charges. Joe is facing 37 to 46 months in jail plus possible deportation while Teresa could get 21 to 27 months in jail, leaving a possibility that they could both be incarcerated at the same time.

The reactions to the news are varied. Rino seems to have great compassion for the situation while Teresa cares more about the fact that the Giudices were wearing a matching purple/pink color scheme. Melissa seemed to be anticipating the news after Teresa had told her that “very soon we’d find out something big” while Kathy and Rosie respectively chose not to speculate about what their cousin is about to fight.

Teresa’s own reaction is the strongest and simplest and probably because it was given by her attorney. “Today, I took responsibility for a series of mistakes I made several years ago. I have said throughout that I respect the legal process and will address the court in sentencing… I’m heartbroken that this is affecting my family especially my four young daughters who mean more than anything to me.”

At this point, it seems we may have seen the last bit of legal trouble on this season however; the Giudices sentencing has been delayed now to October 2 after their first July date was postponed due to Joe’s father’s death. Like the Giudices, all we can do now is wait.

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