I’m not going to transcribe every single thing like I try to on some of my previous blogs. I’m going to do some of the finale and make generalizations about the rest, then I will sum up my opinions on these characters.
Previously: Danielle jabs Jacqueline for not being her own woman, Jacqueline explains to Caroline that her marriage is more important to her than a friendship with Danielle (rightly so, imo). Scene at the Brownstone charity event, Danielle shaking Chris M’s hand and Danny, her ex-con friend swaggers by calling the Manzos ‘punks’, calling Chris a ‘f*****’. Caroline voices ‘I never thought in a million years she’d go after the kids.’ Jacqueline grills Ashley about ‘did you threaten her?’ … Danielle lets her paranoia convince her that “bye” means “YOU WILL DIE NOW.” Danielle solos that she IS the victim … Caroline finds out Danielle will be at the Fashion Show that Jacqueline and Teresa are attending and solos that ‘she is not going into that spiderweb.’ Rehash of the verbal fight between them, chasing, and the hair pulling. Ashley’s court documents and she’s sneering at them. Kim G tells them Danielle will take whoever she can down. Basically, it’s all Danielle vs the world.
Ths episode: Everyone is meeting at the Giudice’s (Guidice’s … whichever) McMansion, without little Guidices (Thank you!) Teresa feels like she bonded with everyone because of the vacation (did she forget about throwing Caroline under the bus? Of course.) Caroline checks in on Ashley. Jacqueline tells that Danielle is pressing forward with the charges and embellishing even more. Caroline offers to meet with Danielle to see if she can negotiate a deal (except the only thing you’re offering is camera silence) to get her to leave them alone. And possibly drop the charges. Caroline lays down the law that if she gives her word that they will no longer mention/mess with Danielle, then NO ONE better … ASHLEY. Jacqueline backtracks that Ashley is the loose cannon. (I still say someone needed to sit her down and scare the living daylights outta her.)
(I agree with someone who suggested that their contracts say they must have camera time with each member of the cast, therefore they had to meet.)
Danielle gets the text and shares it with her daughters. Neither of them think it’s a good idea, and as usual she’ll go. She tells the world how she’s not the terrified person she was last year. She may be the matriarch of THAT family, but Danielle is the matriarch of HER family.
Jacqueline gets CJ out of the room to talk to Ashley and tells her the plan. Ashley shares her teenage wisdom with them. She will not publicly apologize. Jacqueline knows that Ashley doesn’t have a clue … about what it means for Caroline to step in for her.
Danny shows up at Danielle’s house as she’s “purging” her house, and Danielle shares the text. She brainstorms with him (scary thought, the two of them brainstorming) about who’s in charge and thinks that she did NOTHING wrong. (INCORRECT!! You brought your daughters to stalk an event at Caroline’s home, neglecting to take into account the $1000/plate fee. You kept calling Jacqueline and Dina to the party you threw yourself for your daughter’s modelling success, and made sure there were empty seats there to make a big deal about them rsvp’ing No, thank you. You thought you were hijacking a great friend of Caroline’s in Kim G, then later found out she wasn’t and were livid when you found out Kim was playing both sides. You brought a posse of thugs to the charity event – just because it was being held at the Brownstone and cameras would be there – and encouraged them to trash the place. I personally think she was PISSED that none of the other wives were there. That made her look more foolish and she knew it. You push buttons whenever you can, and focus on the weakest members, Ashley and Teresa. The others had/have successfully cut you out, which you are not equipped to take.) She says that Caroline has never had a conversation with her, yet she’s formed her opinion of Danielle … in Vicious ways. (What does that mean!? How does one viciously form an opinion? With a scowl on one’s face?) The 2 brainiacs feel that Caroline is the ‘boss’. Danny disagrees with Danielle and doesn’t think Caroline put them up to chasing her through the country club. Another grammatical crime (woman, instead of women.) They rant and I’m not transcribing that. Danny says not to be in a position where she’s vulnerable. Danielle says she’s bringing security. Someone turned a camera on Danielle and she’s hamming up her solos. Ugh.
Caroline’s kids question the sanity of meeting with her. (This is why I think she had to film with Danielle at least once this season, or they are in violation of their contract.) She’s going and is deciding on her outfit.
Danielle’s energist scans her over the phone.( I wish I had that job … let me ‘scan’ you over the phone and charge you a huge fee.) Danielle “I always feel it when you start on me.” (Shudder.) “Danielle’s mafia in place.”
Caroline is driving there. Danielle is on her way, talking big all the time. She’s brought armed guards. Caroline arranged for a private room so Danielle can’t drama it up for an audience.
The rest of the Manzo/Laurita/G — clan meet at another private room, probably in the Brownstone. They chat about the events while waiting. Ashley brats it up again with her mother, then leaves the room.
Chris L talks to Derek and suggests he tell her to mind her place (I have no problem with this, she DOES need to mind her place. She’s not a housewife and she’s not a full fledged ‘adult’ until she pays her own bills and supports herself. She doesn’t and it looks like it’s not happening anytime soon.) Lauren talks Ashley down and they all are back in the room. Derek chats with her.
They are still waiting for Caroline – who hasn’t yet had the meeting – and Teresa gains camera time by reminding Jacqueline that she told her they should go with Caroline (thus negating the whole intent). Albert looks irritated and offers up that he’s going to write a book, Fat Italians: How to eat yourself into a coma and die with a smile on your face. Teresa appreciates the shout out.
Caroline is seated at the table when Danielle comes in. “Caroline.” Caroline responds “Thanks for coming. I appreciate the effort.” Caroline says that she has tried very hard to stay out of her life this past year, regardless of the events that has happened. She’s told the others how she feels and now she’ll tell her. In her mind it’s a merry-go-round that never stops. Everyone is trying to be a winner in a losing game. Franklin Lakes is a small town and she’s tired of hearing stories and the nonsense. We are all adults, and if nothing else for our children and if nothing else to teach them the way adults should act. Danielle agrees, so far. Caroline continues that she is puzzled that she feels she needs to pursue this with Ashley from someone who has come from ‘that place’. The place of “I was young”, the place of “nobody was there for me.”
Danielle says she’s not perfect, she’s made her mistakes in her journey. She’s tried not to repeat them so I can embrace them as experiences that I can learn from. However, Ashley accosted me. And that was wrong.”
Caroline “I’m not going to argue that point. We have all told Ashley she was wrong.”
Danielle “What she did is illegal.”
Caroline “Agreed. I am not going to ever argue that-“
Danielle “There is no reason to Ever do that. When you … assault somebody, physically, you do have to – and I did have to – be punished.”
Caroline “You come from that place – now I let you speak, now allow me – to say ‘where was everybody when I was however old you were. Where was that person to say to me ‘You know what? You were wrong, you reacted, why don’t I give you a pass and get you through it.” Talking Head – You were that girl, You were that Kid, now is your moment to be that person of love and light in a good place and to show everybody I am in that good place and you’re all wrong about me.” Back to Meeting “You’re gonna sit here, and you’re gonna tell me you’re in a path to forgiveness -“
Danielle “Those are your words, even though I am on that path, those are your words…”
Caroline “I’m saying what you’re implying.”
Danielle “What I’m implying is I’ve made My mistakes along My journey, but this not about ME, this is about Ashley!”
(This is where the talking over each other really gets bad and I’m doing my best !)
Caroline “Ashley was dead wrong … you never put your hands on somebody. Never.” (Are you listening, Teresa???) “She’s 18 years old -“
Caroline “At the time, 18. She reacted to something she thought her mother was getting hurt I’m not saying what she did was right-“
Danielle “Really? While I’m being chased by her mother and Teresa (?can’t make out the phrase) getting hurt.”
Caroline “One thing I will tell you, she has the integrity to say what she did is wrong.
Danielle “And what did I do that was wrong?”
Caroline “She’s taking responsibility for her actions -“
Danielle “Really? How So?”
Caroline “How So? By going to the court, by saying to the police officer ‘yes I did and this is why'”
Danielle “I was attacked, Caroline.”
Caroline “Let’s make something very clear here … there was no threat.” Talking Head “Tell the truth, then I’ll respect you.”
Danielle “Amazingly, I don’t need you to validate my life. Much like I haven’t given you or my family permission to attack me or assault me -“
Caroline “Give me one example where I have attacked you.”
Danielle “I have not done anything to deserve what has been tossed to me in my direction from your family.”
Caroline “Answer my question. Answer my question.”
Caroline “My children, my family, me … what have I done to attack you? One example right now.:
Danielle “Really?” (No answer … )
Danielle “Well, I’m going to ask you the same question … what have I ever done to you?”
Caroline “Jacqueline is me. Dina is me. Lexi is me. Ashley is me. Okay.”
Danielle “Oh whatever, Caroline. Not anybody in your family … you.”
Caroline “When I stand, I don’t stand alone. I stand with my family.”
Danielle “And I stand with mine. I have 2 daughters, and I’m the matriarch of my family.”
Caroline “And God Bless your daughters. You have 2 beautiful children. And no one has ever gone to attack your children. But you continue to attack ours. It doesn’t work with the adults, you go for the children.”
Danielle “That’s not true.”
Caroline “Oh yes it is.”
Yes/No continues for a minute
Caroline “Okay, we could go back and forth with this”
Danielle “Steered clear of Everybody -“
Caroline “Oh really … oh really “
Danielle “And you know what’s really fun -“
Caroline “Tell me.”
Danielle “All of you to feel like you’re really powerful in numbers. One on one, though – “
Caroline “I’m here alone.
Danielle “One on one, though, would be really nice.”
Caroline “Here I am.”
Danielle “That’s great.”
Caroline “And I don’t come with a bodyguard.”
Danielle “But the rest of them … I don’t think … you know what? … I’m not making that mistake again.”
Caroline “I don’t come with a bodyguard.”
Danielle “Yeah, well I Had friends, and your family came and made friends with my friends -“
Caroline “Oh really.”
Danielle “Yes, oh really.”
Caroline “I’m not friends with your friends.”
Danielle “Well, you can stand there and say all that but I’ve seen with my own eyes what happens when people interfere with relationships.”
Caroline “I think you should look in the mirror. I think you should look in the mirror, and blame yourself.”
Danielle “I look at the mirror quite frankly a lot these days and you know what? I really like what I see.”
Caroline “It’s about time, you’re 47 years old, you take responsibility.”
Danielle “I did take responsibility for my actions .”
Caroline “No you don’t cause you still deny everything. You blame everyone else for your actions.”
Danielle “I did nothing to you or your family to deserve this.”
Caroline “I’ve never gone into your place of business and try to defame your place of business.”
Danielle “I’ve never did that.”
Caroline “Your entourage called my son a F*****.
Danielle “Not Me.” (No, you only smirked and encouraged and bragged about a subliminal F U to Caroline’s son)
Caroline “Where were your crocodile tears then?”
Danielle “What people do is their own responsibility.”
Caroline “Oh really -“
Danielle “Yeah, I will not take responsibility for others’ behavior.”
Caroline “So take responsibility for yours. For the first time.”
Danielle “And I have and how about you let others take responsibility for their – Don’t tell me that I don’t. You don’t know me. This is the first time we’ve sat down and talked.”
Caroline “That’s right.”
Danielle “The first time you met me you had me investigated.”
Caroline “I never had you investigated.”
Danielle “How about all Your friends that are under indictments right now?”
Caroline “The bottom line is this … okay. You can say what you want to say and you can portray yourself however you want to portray yourself. You are not fooling me. Kay. And you are not fooling too many other people.
Danielle “Who are you to sit in judgement of me? You’re not God!”
Caroline “I Am Not God.”
Danielle “So you don’t judge others.” (Like everyone has this whole season … )
Caroline “Get over yourself.”
Danielle “Don’t be holier than thou”
Caroline “Get over yourself. You know what you are? You know what you are? You’re a clown.”
Danielle “A clown?”
Caroline “A clown. You’re whole life is a joke.”
Danielle “You’re saying this sitting there with red hair?”
Danielle “I’m the clown.”
Caroline “Yes you are.”
Danielle “Really. You don’t need to judge me.”
Caroline “No matter how hard you try, no matter who you talk to, you. will. not. hurt. me. Do you know why? I have integrity, okay, and I sit here and I tell you truth. Okay, and when I called you garbage, I Meant that you were garbage.”
Danielle getting up “That’s enough.”
Caroline “Okay, have a nice life.”
Danielle “I am having an incredible life.”
Danielle “So you called me, and your sister Dina called me to get together with me.”
Caroline “Have a nice life. Remember you’re walking away from me.”
Danielle “You know what Caroline, you don’t call people garbage once. or twice.” (My daughter pointed out that she just did.)
Danielle “You understand that?”
Caroline “Bye. You’re walking away from me.”
Danielle “I always do.”
Caroline “See ya later.”
Danielle goes outside and calls for her driver … then gripes about being called garbage.
Caroline talks about coming there with good intentions. Says Danielle is blank, vacant, and soulless. There’s nothing there.
Danielle says very very funny .. very funny stuff. Her family has … I don’t think she just expected me to be able to stand up for myself. It’s nice that she wants me to drop charges against Ashley but why would I? I’m not going to be called garbage. By her or anybody. Talking Head “Know your place, Caroline … she aint no matriarch of My Family, and I’ll tell you one other thing about her …. she’s the clown. Teresa’s husband is a drunk. Jacqueline … certifiable. My kids wore lace and crinolin at those ages … my dogs wore leopard.”
Danielle … introduces the bodyguards to her children and tells them to say thank you. Jillian hugs, and Danielle laughs and says yeah, we hug. It’s done. So that’s it, it’s finished.
Christine is modeling for IMG Models and is featured in Blackbook Magazine.
Jillian is pursuing a recording career and performed at a New York street fair.
Danielle currently has a tell-all momoir and a pop song. A sex tape with her and a “mystery man” has also been released by Hustler.
Caroline … enters and is greeted by everyone. Jacqueline says no blood, no scratches. Teresa tells us her eyes were as red as her hair. Like, she went through hell. Caroline said “from the first there was a wall up. Asked why she couldn’t be more compassionate and that set Danielle off. Long and short is I called her clown, I called her garbage. It was a rotten moment, I hated that I had to be there but the bottom line is this: I sat there for each of you and I spoke for all of you in saying It’s over. She cannot hurt us because we are a family. And Ashley, I went to bat for you and I fought for you. Guess what? It’s over. From this point on, if anybody goes back there, you’re on your own. Cause then you deserve it. ” Ashley thanks Aunt Caroline and Caroline responds “We’re family. That’s what we do. I’m hungry. I’m tired. I have a headache.” Ashley apologizes to her mom and they make up.
Ashley pled guilty to one count of simple assault for pulling out Danielle’s hair extensions and paid a $189 fine. The judge dismissed the harassment charge.
Jacqueline is trying to lose the baby weight and is steering clear of the Danielle drama. She remains friendly with Kim G.
Teresa is enjoying the success of her best-selling cookbook, Skinny Italian. Despite declaring $11 million worth of debt and filing for bankruptcy, she and Joe maintain that their home is NOT in foreclosure.
(Baby Nicholas and Baby Audrianna are cute together … Albie tells Nicholas he’s coming on too strong and to send her a text!)
Albie graduated from the police academy and hopes to return to law school.
Chris M works as Banquet Manager at the Brownstone but still plans to open a strip club/car wash someday.
Lauren continues to work as a makeup artist. She is still dating Vito, with Albie’s blessing.
Caroline gives a toast to everyone there … yada yada yada.
OKAY, Now here’s my take on these characters:
Danielle – Just because Teresa and Joe showed themselves to be criminals does not diminish what she is. She is still that morally bankrupt person who sneaks behind the scenes to stir up trouble, then tries to play victim when caught. She is not above hijacking a charity event for a baby with cancer. She’s a stalker. She preys on the weak and there is a reason all her friends eventually leave.
Christine – Good luck with your modelling career, and your studies!
Jillian – Good luck with your songwriting.
Teresa – Grasping for anything she can get and does not believe she has to pay. Believes she is prettier than she actually is. Doesn’t understand teaching her children to NOT be annoying in public. Horrible voice. Horrible character. Enough of the fake sex talk. No one believes you anymore. Just as guilty as her husband of Theft. No one piles up $11million by accident.
Joe – probably has a gf on the side, at least until the financial woes hit the media. Theif, had no intention or way of paying people for their products/services and took it anyway. Needed to firmly tell Teresa to stop making asses of themselves but could not find the way to do it.
Guidice children – Good luck to them all.
Jacqueline – enabler to Ashley. I think she’s a good mom to CJ and the baby, but was very young with Ashley and grew up more friends than mom/daughter. Is very lucky to have her family and I think she knows it. Classless when paired with Teresa.
Chris L – seems like a great husband. Very quiet and in the background mostly, until Ashley acts up.
Ashley – needs to grow up and wise up. That teenage logic is not cute and it reflects badly on her.
Caroline – I like Caroline. She was the only one to not film with Danielle the whole season, until the very last episode. And I believe Bravo told them they had to because of their contracts. Good mom, good friend, I would like to see her with other friends or being around people that she’s not related to. There is a lot of potential here.
Albert – seems to be very strong/mostly silent. Best line of the season was when he insisted he didn’t want to go with kids. He was very patient with Gabriella. Straight to the point with Albie, either he’ll use this as an incentive to get motivated on law, or he didn’t belong in law.
Albie – put up or shut up about Law. Is it his dream or his mom’s? We’ll see eventually. Good luck!
Chris M – Great idea man, seems mature and responsible. Fun to watch. Good luck!
Lauren – stayed mostly out of the camera range. Good luck to her and Vito, and her career.
Dina – Made a choice and should steer clear. Cameos maybe with Caroline and Jacqueline, but she quit so she should stay quit. Who cares why she quit … Danielle was probably part of it but there was something amiss. I believe she is a trophy wife, and that’s just sad.
Lexi – missed seeing you this season, but it was definitely in your best interests. Good luck!