‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’: Jacqueline Laurita reflects on field day

We're still recovering.

There is no new episode of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” on this weekend due to it being Memorial Day Weekend — but even with the show in repeats, we still have plenty to talk about courtesy of the great field day disaster from last week’s installment.

Jacqueline Laurita was one of the major players in the episode for a number of reasons — not only did she host the event, but she really ignited some of the drama by trying to calm down Teresa Giudice’s daughter Gia following an incident where she fired off some accusations of in-game cheating. Teresa eventually ended up coming inside and getting angry with Jacqueline for getting involved with her family — and telling her to never do it again.

As a part of a (lengthy) entry in a Bravo blog, Jacqueline tried to explain just what she was thinking, both about talking to Gia in the first place and why she tried to calm her down without any interference elsewhere:

“Most of us saw Gia running into the house upset about her team not winning while shouting at everyone calling them cheaters. It was a bit disturbing. Although, I couldn’t help but notice Gia was the one cheating at the dunk tank game. LOL! Nobody was seriously being mean to anyone! You can clearly see everyone laughing, teasing, and being playful. We all love Gia. I think Gia is just misguided and maybe a bit hormonal as well. It’s typical for a 10 year old to be emotional. Of all people, I think I understand that very well. I went inside after Gia, because I cared about her feelings. 

“This day was supposed to be about fun and I didn’t want Gia feeling upset like that. I went in after her to get her to snap out of it and come back outside to join everyone. I was trying to be funny at first and tried to make her laugh to change her mood, but she told me to go away. I tried to explain that everybody was just being silly and having fun, but she continued to say rude things to me, Caroline, and my friend’s son. I kept calm and I told her that if she wanted her mom, she was outside and she should get up to go get her. I really didn’t want her sitting alone in the basement pouting all day with the cameras on her. I didn’t want to bother Teresa at first, because she was outside having fun, or so it seemed, filming with her family. I eventually did tell my friend’s son to go out and get Teresa, which is why she eventually came in, at her own leisure, to see what was wrong. In the meantime, I decided to read her the book, Being a Bad Sport by Joy Berry, a Help Me Be Good book series … I thought the book might make sense to her, and that it would get her to understand the emotions she was feeling. I thought it might also give her a different way to handle the situation and the feelings she was having. It’s good to be competitive, but it’s also important to be a good sport.”

Of course, things did not exactly end up going according to plan here — and next week, we are going to see the continued decimation in a friendship between Jacqueline and Teresa that existed far before the start of this show.

Do you think Jacqueline did the right thing by trying to calm Gia down, or do you really think she would have been better off trying to allow Teresa to deal with it?

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