(September 24, 2012) – While I couldn’t care less about this, I believe Melissa Gorga was a dancer at Lookers, the “gentleman’s club” in Patterson, New Jersey. The reason I believe this is based partially on the phrase “set up.” I believe that if someone asserts something that is not true, it is called “a lie.” I believe that if someone says something to embarrass you that is actually true, it is called ” a set up.” The other reason I think this is true is that Melissa went quietly bananas when she heard that Creepy Angelo was telling people she was a stripper and she called in her husband to amp up the drama.
I believe Melissa did in fact amp up the drama. She can say, as she did in the bathroom when she was talking to Teresa Giudice, that she didn’t understand why Teresa was so upset about what a stranger said, but it was Melissa who was upset enough to call in her husband as a reinforcement. Initially Joey G. didn’t get the magnitude of what Melissa was saying. He said he doesn’t believe she was a dancer because Melissa won’t even dance for him.
To ensure her husband got the picture, Melissa painted one for him to appeal to his protective machismo. She told Joey G. that she doesn’t want to confront a man without her husband at her side. Seeing in his mind’s eye that his wife may be on her way to confronting a strange man, Joey G. got wound up and wanted to know where the fashion show was. Melissa then said “I don’t want you to get involved.” Well that is not true. She would not be talking about confronting the man without her husband by her side, if she were not trying to lure Joey G. to do just that: stand by her in a confrontation.
That right there is one manipulative woman. Melissa is the kind of woman who gets her boyfriend or husband in a bar fight. And she is the kind of woman who could get her husband killed or arrested – especially if he is not particularly bright, or if he has little control over his actions when he is angry.
I feel sorry for Joey G. I do not believe he has any idea what is going on in this show. He operates exclusively on instinct and emotion. Being manipulated by Melissa is going to be the death of this man, unless she gets exactly what she wants.
And in this case Melissa wanted Joey G. to show up and express her feelings of rage that she was being exposed on television. This is why she lured him there. She knew exactly what to expect . She told us this in her video diary when she said her husband “has a temper. There is no denying Joe has a temper.”
I believe that either intentionally or unintentionally, Jacqueline Laurita was sprinkling gasoline on smoldering kindling when she showed Caroline Manzo and her daughter Lauren the texts from her “friend” who said Teresa and was part of the “set up” to make Melissa’s dancing past the subject of the Real Housewives of New Jersey finale. I used to like Jac. I thought she knew the difference between right and wrong. I am not so sure about that now.
What I am sure about is that she’s an hysteric, who does not adequately question information before drawing conclusions and sharing them with other people. She did this many times last night and she did this a year ago when she took to Twitter after this Posche fashion show and blabbered her head off well into the morning hours, before finally refusing to attend last season’s reunion.
I believe that very intentionally Caroline went out of her way to amp up the drama. Maybe not for the benefit of this episode, or to get attention for herself as Melissa did. But there is no real reason that Caroline needed to show Melissa the text messages on Jacqueline’s phone the minute Teresa left the table to do a shot with her brother-in-law. The only purpose that could possibly serve is to convince Melissa that Teresa was out to get her. That was pretty much all Melissa needed to begin her campaign against Teresa. And she had plenty of help in the parking lot outside were Jacqueline was spreading the idea that there was a “set up” and that Teresa was part of it.
I have no idea if Teresa had anything to do with the “set up.” I sort of doubt it, and I sort of believe it, but I do not “know” anything about the set up. One thing I am positive about is that there was no way Teresa could win in this situation when her brother stormed into the scene. She knew he was “going to take it to another level” because “he’s crazy.” And all around him are a pack of women repeatedly saying his sister was involved in the “set up” to embarrass his wife.
It reminded me of a brain washing where someone who is not particularly intelligent, who is operating purely on his reactions, is riled up to the point where he’s going to lash out on anyone in his path who he believes is responsible for his feelings, never realizing that it was his own wife who got him into this situation where he is strutting around a West New York parking lot enraged.
And who strolls over? None other than Kim D. who simply loves being on camera so she flashes a verbal red flag in his direction and escalates the scene by asking, “what’s the problem?” Joey G. then calls her “the scum of the earth,” “a slut” and accuses her of being drunk and using cocaine. What an ugly conversation on both of their parts. That Kim D. is really nuts. And Joey G is out of his league on this show. He has no real idea what is going on.
But Jacqueline does. She has to know that she’s stirring the pot as she is endlessly poisoning everyone’s impression of what is happening. She goes so far as to tell Melissa and Joey G. that Teresa was standing next to Angelo when he said he was trying to embarrass Melissa. I do not believe this is true, but I have no proof either way.
What I do have proof of is that as Mr. and Mrs. Gorga were driving away she mentioned that she doesn’t know for sure that Teresa was involved in the set up. That was just what her text messages said. After all the stirring Jacqueline did that night, it strikes me as a little too late for a “that’s just what I heard” disclaimer.
Near the end of this heinous episode, Teresa theorized that Melissa was not the person being “set up.” She suggested that in fact she herself was being set up and that Jacqueline was in on it. Jacqueline was outraged at that suggestion and asked “how dare (you)?” I could ask that same question of all of them, considering they’re all accusing someone of setting someone up.
At some point much earlier, Angelo said that both Kim and Teresa were in on his plan to expose Melissa. I have no doubt whatsoever that this is true about Kim, but I do not know if it is true about Teresa. I really cannot imagine why she would want to tell viewers that Melissa used to dance in a bikini bar. And I think that if she had a burning urge to share this information, she would have done it already. After all she’s had two solid seasons to tell us this. And considering how she allegedly controls the gossip in supermarket weeklies, she certainly could have leaked this information before the night of the annual Infamous Posche Fashion show.
While I cannot imagine why Teresa would do this, or how it would benefit her, Melissa can. She thinks Teresa needs a reason to explain why she’s been “tormenting” Melissa for the last eight years. The logic here is so outside of my realm that I simply cannot understand it on any level. Is Melissa suggesting that Teresa thought, “Eureka! I know what I’ll do! I’ll get someone to say my sister-in-law used to be an exotic dancer. That will justify my cruelty to the mother of my niece and nephew!”
I think that suggestion is just preposterous and serves more to make me wonder why Melissa is on this show if she truly believes Teresa is her tormenter. If anyone were tormenting me, the very last thing I would do is go out of my way to insinuate myself into his or her workplace.
I am so glad this show is over. After Russell Armstrong’s suicide there were rumors that Bravo would be giving psychological testing to all future cast members. After this season of the Real Housewives of New Jersey, I hope they add character evaluations and an IQ test to their vetting process because this show has become unwatchable.
And the sickest thing of all is that I will watch next week when the reunion begins. I planned to watch two installments of it, assuming they’d drag it all out for two episodes. Then last night I heard there will be three. I just don’t think I can hang in here that long because this cast is just too nuts, too illogical. For proof of this you need look no further than Jacqueline Laurita’s newest blog where she criticizes Teresa for remaining friendly with Kim D. even though everyone knows Kim was behind the set up. And yet Jacqueline also admits she is friendly with Kim D, too. These people are just bonkers.
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