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Amber wants to build a friendship back up with Melissa. The two were friends before Melissa got married, then Amber felt like she disappeared. Amber has been married to her husband, Jim, for 10 years and they have four kids. She says that she likes to be in control of everything and she expects good behavior of her kids. She and Melissa both wanted to be rich and successful when they were younger, so Melissa married rich young, while Amber went to Columbia where she earned a Masters in Bio-Behavioral Studies/Exercise Physiology.
The twins, Teresa (pronounced Te-ress-ah) and Nicole, live in the same neighborhood as Amber. Teresa is married to Rino, who owns two restaurants. She says they are like the King and Queen of Little Italy. The two of them were married for seven years, had a son, divorced and then got re-married.
Nicole was married for 14 years, and had two sons before she got divorced. She says she loved being married and she would like to be married again someday. She's been dating Bobby, Amber's husband's best friend, for about nine months. She claims the only two things a woman needs in her life is Dunkin Donuts and oral sex.
I will do my best to try and tell these two apart for the rest of the season, but I'm not making any promises.
Anyway, Amber is a little miffed that the guest list for her party is getting a bit out of control. She told Nicole that she could invite some people and it turns out she's invited a lot more people than Amber had in mind. But Nicole thinks the more the merrier ... especially if the party's at someone else's house. The Wives Meet Each Other
On the way to the party, Dina asks Teresa if she's worried that other people will judge her when they see her. Teresa says she can't concern herself with what other people say about her, otherwise she would spend it hiding.
At the party, Amber is not very impressed with the crew that Nicole brought over. They're displaying bad manners by dropping food and not cleaning up after themselves and tracking snow through her house.
A lot of people do whisper about Teresa when she walks in, but she lets it roll off her back. Dina gives off a very stand-offish vibe to the other women, but her coolness melts away when she mentions her charity Project Ladybug, for kids with cancer, and Amber tells her that she is a cancer survivor. She tells Dina that when she was 31, she had breast cancer, and at the time she had four kids. She says the experience changed her as a person and now she's someone who wants to be the best version of herself at all times. She tells Dina that she would love to help her out with her charity.
Amber really wants to re-connect with Melissa, but she tells her before she can do that she really wants to know why Melissa disappeared. Melissa says that they both fell out of touch, it wasn't just her fault. Amber brings up her cancer, and Melissa acts shocked. She claims she had no idea that Amber had cancer, but Amber swears that Melissa sent her a Facebook message when she got sick. So they're already fighting about whether Melissa knew Amber had cancer or not? This is a weird argument. Melissa is irritated after the exchange, because she thinks that Amber is calling her a liar when she says she didn't know.
Meanwhile, the Teresas are getting along because they both love food, and Teresa Giudice loves Teresa Aprea's restaurants. And Nicole and Dina connect because they are both "divorced" single mothers. A Bittersweet Reunion
The Giudices are having a big family reunion for Joe's grandmother's 80th birthday in their home. It's the first time they'll all be together at once to take a photo since Gia was a newborn. This is an opportunity for the Giudice girls to have their hair and makeup done, and for Milania to abuse the poor hairdresser by calling her "the worst hairdresser in the world."
About 50 Giudices gather in the front room for a picture. When they're done taking photos, Joe goes to the balcony to make a speech. He toasts to his beautiful family and tells them, "I love yous all."
Gia gets emotional and tells her dad what a good job he did making the speech. She cries as her dad hugs her and gets emotional too. Frank Giudice, Joe's father who recently passed away, tells Gia not to worry about any of his kids and that no matter what, she'll have family around her that loves her. Bravo kindly dedicates the episode in Frank's memory.
Next week, Kathy and Rosie make a cameo in what may be the last chance the Giudice family gets to spend Christmas together.
The Real Housewives of New Jersey
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