The internet ink is barely dry on Melissa Gorga's interview where she proclaims that things are going good so far on season 5 filming of the Real Housewives of New Jersey, and already there are signs of trouble.
This weekend the Gorgadices (minus Joe Gorga who has been battling a nasty case of the flu!) gathered together to try their hand at this family party thing one more time. Teresa Giudice and hubby Joe threw a big ole shindig to celebrate Gia's 12th birthday and (of course) the Bravo cameras were there to catch the whole thing for our season 5 viewing pleasure. Also in attendance: Kim DePaola and newcomer Jennifer Dalton.
If the saying "a picture is worth 1000 words" is true, we're going to assume that things are hardly going okay. And if we're judging by photos alone, Kim D. looks to be at the center of some major shit stirring. You're shocked, right?
So, if you were hoping for a little bit of Kumbaya 'round the fire and no more drama, you may not want to read on and maybe skip down to the photo gallery at the very very bottom of the page! If you were secretly making plans to watch something else on Sunday nights when you heard rumors of a drama-free RHONJ season, don't delete it from your DVR just yet and keep scrolling for your glimmer of hope!
So things start off sweet with some family photo ops around Gia's birthday cake. Say what you will about these ladies, but you have to admit that Melissa and Teresa both made completely adorable kids with their hubbies!
Gia and her dance partner put on a performance for the guests and everyone, including Melissa and her boys, claps along and things are still happy, happy. (Antonia is also there, just not pictured here)
Teresa poses with new cast member (and possible Housewife, depending on which source you talk to) Jennifer Dalton and her youngest child, Reign.
And here's where it seems to begin. There were a few shots before this, showing Kim and Melissa chatting alone, but bear with us that there are a few missing pages in this storybook – these photos weren't cheap. In our imagination, Kim D. is literally in Melissa's ear, stirring up some excitement because this kids party was just too yawn-inducing for ole dirt-dishing DePaloa.
And it works. Melissa seems to confront Teresa about who knows what (but we can't wait to find out!). Teresa listens intently with one of her classic confrontation expressions.
Teresa then corrects Melissa on why her story is completely wrong and she misunderstood and didn't do any of those things Melissa says she did. (Again, this is how it's happening in my head, but we'll have to wait until the season premiere to see what REALLY happens).
Kimmie is back there soaking up every scandalous second, praying it guarantees her another reunion show invite.
When Melissa still doesn't understand Teresa's side, she has to get up because that's how you get people to see your side, by pointing in their face.
Note: Jennifer knows what's good for her. She does everything she can in each photo to avoid direct eye contact while the argument heats up.
In our head, Melissa says her final piece and she's outta there with her
rented Chanel purse. Exit stage left.
TELL US – GIVE US YOUR BEST NARRATION OF THE PARTY'S DRAMA UNFOLDING! HEY, IT'S ALL WE'VE GOT UNTIL THE ACTUAL AIRING!
Photos by Splash Pictures