We could all use some kindness, but the last place you expect to see it is on Bravo. But damn it, call your friends and family because this story managed to melt even my hardened, dark, barely beating heart. Go ahead and grab a tissue because the sun might get in your eyes or you could be at risk of suffering a spontaneous allergy attack after this one. Bravo and the shows on Bravo are many things to many people, but sometimes it’s everything to one person. Today we meet Miss Bella Pape.
Bella loves reality television and all that it implies, her favorites are the Real Housewives and she’s quite familiar with the franchise. But Bella isn’t binge-watching shows on a rainy day, she was born with a disorder that has kept her in long-term care for most of her life. In 2020 Bella was hoping to attend BravoCon, but it was cancelled due to the pandemic. The event has returned in 2021, but Bella’s health is deteriorating and traveling is no longer an option. So the troops rallied and brought BravoCon to Bella, thanks to Real Housewives of D.C. alum, Mary Amons.
Even though family has been a central theme to the Real H0usewives of New Jersey since Season 1, that doesn’t mean cast members old and new always have their kin’s back. Teresa Giudice, Joe Gorga and Melissa Gorga have sure gone through their fair share of arguments before getting to the positive and relatively peaceful place they are today. Prior to that, Caroline Manzo, Dina Manzo and Jacqueline Laurita’s relationships were tested on the show, despite their proclamations that they’re “thick as thieves.”
Even though it’s been several seasons since Dina, and Caroline for that matter, have appeared on RHONJ, their life has been filled with more drama than when they were on the show. Dina has a new husband, David Cantin, and is living a namaste lifestyle in Malibu. However, her revengeful ex-husband, Tommy Manzo, apparently doesn’t want to see her live her happily ever after.
Before the Real Housewives of New Jersey was totally the Teresa Giudice and family show, it was all about the Manzos. Estranged sisters Dina Manzo and Caroline Manzo are OGs. They talked about bubbies, hosted family dinners with Tre and Jaqueline Laurita and they were so “thick as thieves” that they were married to brothers, Albert Manzo and Tommy Manzo. But like Tommy and Dina’s marriage, the sisters’ relationship has been on the rocks for years. While Tre is the queen of RHONJ. No matter what “fans” like Jackie Goldschneider have to say, the Manzo/Laurita family drama did make the old days of the show.
Even though Dina left the sho (aka was frightened off by Danielle Staub) after the first season, her life has become a TV show all its own. Maybe more like The Sopranos this time. Despite Albie’s denial, Tommy seemingly has been using his mob ties to attack Dina and her newest husband David Cantin. Dina’s life is so peace and love if you follow her on Instagram, so it’s shocking and disturbing to see the turn this has taken.
The Real Housewives of New Jersey has been the Teresa Giudice show since her table flip heard around the world. Eleven seasons later and she’s still feuding with the Gorgas, mixing up her words and centering her world around her four dortors. A lot has changed from the good old days when she’d drink wine with Jacqueline Laurita and Caroline Manzo during girls’ nights and massive family dinners. They were truly like one big blended family until things took a nasty turn.
Jacqueline and Caroline’s days on RHONJ are long gone. And maybe it’s best that way — as Dolores Catania said, these three together could be World War III. While Caroline never says never about a return, it seems like Jacqueline is past this phase in her life. If only her daughter Ashlee Holmes took a lesson from her, as she’s still feuding with Danielle Staub several years and hair-pulls later.
It could have been really interesting to have Dolores Catania and Dina Manzo on Real Housewives of New Jersey at the same time. They’re both close with Teresa Giudice. Dolores is close with Dina’s estranged sister Caroline Manzo, who Teresa can’t stand.
The Manzo ladies in the mix with Dolores could have blessed us all with some fiery arguments, especially since Dolores is not a fan of Dina’s.
Teresa Giudice is the OG of Real Housewives of New Jersey. That’s a fact. Way back during Season 1 Tre was more of a RHONJ side character because it centered on the Manzo family. Caroline Manzo, Dina Manzo, and Jacqueline Laurita are related through blood or marriage. Teresa was their just their kooky, over-the-top friend in need of new bubbies.
That all changed during (one of) the most iconic dinner scenes ever filmed for Housewives. You know the one where Tre flipped the table on “prostitution whore,” Danielle Staub,“engaged 19 times,” and mentioned in Jersey’s favorite doorstop, Cop Without a Badge. After that, Housewives changed forever and Tre became the center of the show. Since then she’s shown the ugliest parts of her entire life on camera. She’s afraid of no one, has no boundaries, and brought all the drama in the first ten minutes of last night’s premier. Could we say Tre is the GOAT?
Even though Melissa Gorga and Teresa Giudice “made up” during Real Housewives of New Jersey Season 7, it just felt like more of a familial alliance than an actual friendship. It’s pretty evident that they make efforts to get along for the sake of Joe Gorga and the kids. Melissa and Teresa were only truly united when they were against Jacqueline Laurita.
However, they’re at odds over another Jacqueline, well, Jackie. Jackie Goldschneider took up residence in Melissa’s ass when she joined the show. And, Teresa couldn’t handle Jackie’s logical statements about the possibility of “controlling a husband.” Then, Jackie commented on “rumors” that Teresa was cheating on Joe Giudice. And, now Teresa is being a hypocrite, bringing up supposed rumors that Evan Goldschneider has been cheating on Jackie at the gym. Pot, meet kettle, much?
Minus the one season when Teresa Giudice and Melissa Gorga were at odds with Jacqueline Laurita, they are never on the same side. Of anything. Even when they aren’t the two people in an argument, they always side with opposite people on Real Housewives of New Jersey.
And, let’s face it: aside from the fake baby, fake sister, fake marriage, problems, and whatever else Melissa devises, Teresa is her storyline. She always has been and she always will be. Yeah, they seem to be getting along much better than they used to (which isn’t saying much), but these two are far from being best friends.