‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ review: Calm before Teresa Giudice’s storm

Get ready, Teresa.

If there’s one thing that we took from Sunday night’s season premiere of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” it’s that Teresa Giudice better buckle in — this is not going to be an easy season.

Really, we can count the ways pretty easily as to how Giudice is going to struggle dealing with everything that happens to her during season 4:

1. The cookbook fallout – The premiere here is almost a direct continuation of the season 3 finale, and Caroline Manzo is still (surprise!) unhappy about being compared to the Olive Garden. As a matter of fact, she and Kathy Wakile’s family have some fun mocking her cookbook extensively.

2.The Gorgas – Things are already starting to look bad in the in-law battle between Teresa and Melissa Gorga, and it comes courtesy of a supposed comment made by the former that Melissa would leave her husband Joe in a heartbeat in order to date a richer man. Personally, we don’t buy it. Joe built Melissa a recording studio — if that sort of hard work’s not love, we’re not quite sure what it. (However, we really don’t need half of Melissa’s plot to be about her music career since we’ve seen enough of that on other “Housewives” shows.)

3. Her own marriage – Yes, watching Joe Giudice tell his daughter Gia to “shut up” was horrific and uncomfortable, and it was made all the more uncomfortable that it came in the context of rumors that Joe was out partying with other women. Did anything happen? Joe denies it, and Teresa seems to be believing him enough to let it go. But in between this drama as well as their financial issues, these two constantly appear to be close to the brink.

While Teresa is having a tough time, she can at least take solace in one thing — she drove down to the Jersey Shore! Unfortunately, we saw no fist-pumps, Single Ronnie, or anyone falling head-first into the sand in the middle of a drunken haze.

We’ve always said that “New Jersey” is the shining star of the entire franchise, and this premiere proved it in between Teresa’s troubles, Jacqueline Laurita’s continued problems with her daughter Ashley, and the fact that Caroline’s entire family is ready to go to war over a cookbook. While there is less to lose for some of the other editions of the franchise since most of the cast members are either just acquaintances or friends, many of these ladies are family — they have to see these people again, and it brings a whole new dimension to the screaming, the crying, and the often unintentional comedy that some moments provide.

What did you think about Teresa after watching the season 4 premiere?

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