Kim DePaola

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After last week’s premiere, I felt like the ladies of The Real Housewives Of New Jersey were finally bringing their A-game to Bravo. Like, maybe a producer sat them down and had a Friday Night Lights pep talk with them before cameras started rolling? Because the ingredient-zes in this year’s Sunday gravy seem just right! Maybe it’s the addition of powerhouse-in-pigtails Margaret Josephs, or maybe it’s the shock of seeing Danielle Staub’s face back on our TV screens without waiting for someone to spontaneously punch it? I don’t know. But I’m here for it!

Last night, cake-gate escalated into a mid-dinner walk out after Siggy Flicker called Melissa Gorga and (by proxy) Teresa Giudice trash. Danielle had a sudden bout of PTSD when she heard the T-word, railing against Siggy with all of the season-one angst she could muster. Dolores Catania continued to look like she’d rather be elsewhere, which kind of makes me question what she’s bringing to the table this year – other than an empty house and a fake storyline of he ex-hubby moving back in? And Teresa went to the beach with Margaret, Melissa, and Danielle to honor her late mother, Antonia, with a heart wrenching (but very sweet) flower ceremony.

THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW JERSEY -- Season:8 -- Pictured: Siggy Flicker -- (Photo by: Rodolfo Martinez/Bravo)

When Siggy Flicker told us last year that some people think she’s “too much,” she was minimizing reality! Because The Real Housewives Of New Jersey star came out swinging, shouting, and fighting right away in the premiere episode of Season 8. Siggy has no regrets about her behavior, though, instead concentrating on how others in the group are upsetting the apple cart – namely Danielle Staub and Margaret Josephs, who Siggy seems already pitted against.

In her blog, Siggy describes Margaret as two-faced and Danielle as a “dark” presence within the group. She also reiterates her disgust with Melissa Gorga and Teresa Giudice throwing the custom cake she ordered for Melissa’s birthday, which turns into an even bigger drama this week!

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After such a much-needed Real Housewives of New Jersey comeback, I figured that Melissa Gorga would be spilling the tea during her Watch What Happens Live appearance. Unfortunately, that was all superseded by the Real Housewives Awards. I don’t know why this was all squeezed into one episode, but it was.

Don’t get me wrong, Dorinda Medley was there the whole time, so there were some hilarious moments and special appearances, but it just felt like it should have been two separate shows to me.

The Real Housewives Of New Jersey Recap: Shady Beach

They’re back and bronzer than ever! The Real Housewives Of New Jersey started season eight with new housewife  Margaret Josephs and the resurrected career of Danielle Staub ready to mix things up with the nuttiest broads the Garden State has to offer: Teresa Giudice, Melissa Gorga, Siggy Flicker, and Dolores Catania. (Pause here to observe a quick moment of silence for Jacqueline Laurita, who is likely still watching last night’s premiere in a loop on her bedroom TV while she drinks BLK Water and screams into her pillow.)

We start the premiere super-sized episode on a sad note for Teresa and Joe Gorga, who lost their mom this past year after she contracted pneumonia. Teresa cries that her mom was a fighter, but caring and loving too. She would want her family to be strong after her passing, which is what Teresa plans to be as she handles her four daughters, Audriana, Milania, Gabriella, and Gia, solo while Joe Giudice is serving his prison sentence. Or away at “camp,” as the ruse goes.

TOWACO, NJ - JANUARY 13: RHONJ Teresa Giudice Poses For A Portrait At Her Home on January 13, 2017 in Towaco, New Jersey. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)

The Real Housewives Of New Jersey is poised to return October 4, so we know what that means…press tours for Teresa Giudice! In a recent interview, Teresa touches on the themes that have run her life for the past several years: fraud, prison, and hustling for money.

While Joe Giudice serves his sentence in New Jersey’s Fort Dix Correctional Institution, Teresa is back home trying to earn a buck to support their four daughters. Bravo paychecks, ghost written memoirs, and paid promotional appearances are keeping the family afloat for now – but how long will it last? According to Teresa, it better last a while, because she doesn’t want to depend on Joe for anything ever again!

THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW JERSEY -- Season:8 -- Pictured: Siggy Flicker -- (Photo by: Rodolfo Martinez/Bravo)

Based on the trailer, Season 8 of Real Housewives of New Jersey is going to be exactly what this show needs to get back on track. After that Season 6 casting misfire with the twins and Amber Marchese and a Season 7 that centered around the demise of Teresa Giudice and Jacqueline Laurita’s friendship, Season 8 appears to be the exactly what the fandom needs.

Siggy Flicker is back, but she is not the peacemaker from last year. She has a lot to address this season. From her friendship with the always controversial Kim D to her issues with the new Housewife Margaret Josephs, it looks like she will be in the thick of the drama this season. And then there’s the part of the trailer (which I can’t stop watching) where she tells Danielle Staub “you’re f-cked up” immediately after Danielle says “that’s f-cked up.” It looks like Jersey is going to be off the rails this year and Siggy teases about the “epic season” that is just a month away.

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As expected, there’s another story circulating about the state of Teresa Giudice’s marriage right after the Real Housewives of New Jersey Season 8 trailer is released. Once again, a “source”  is claiming (again) that her marriage is in trouble.

At this point this is a headline every few months. Nevertheless, there is never any new information and the source is either anonymous or the infamous Kim D, yet this rumor always makes headlines and Teresa always denies the story.

Real Housewives of New Jersey and Summer House

Oh the poor Hamptons. First Summer House invades, much to everyone’s dismay, then Real Housewives Of New Jersey shows up.

Dolores Catania and Siggy Flicker attended the Bella White Party (which previously has both RHOBH and Farrah Abraham infamy) where they partied alongside Summer House castmates Stephen McGee and The Wirkus Twins. Well, at least Teresa Giudice remained in Jersey.