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'Real Housewives of New Jersey' Finale: Jacqueline the Brave

by Andrew Scott, posted Jun 17th 2009 12:00PM
Jacqueline LauritaSix episodes later, 'The Real Housewives of New Jersey' finally had their long-awaited catfight -- a tense, screaming, table-flipping finale unlike anything the franchise has ever seen (reunion episodes not included).

Even better, the fight ended with an unlikely victor: Jacqueline, 'Jersey''s perpetual pickle in the middle.

For much of the season, Jacqueline was caught between two sides: self-proclaimed best friend Danielle, the town villain with an alleged secret past, and her family, Dina and Caroline, who were convinced Danielle was trouble.

But in a gutsy, 11th-hour move, Jacqueline went against her blood (we take it she hasn't seen 'The Sopranos') by exposing Carolineand Dina's lie: they were the ones behind "the book," 'Cop Without a Badge,' which had somehow made its way into Franklin Lakes' inner gossip circle ("Family or not, what's right is right and what's true is true," she said).Six episodes later, 'The Real Housewives of New Jersey' finally had their long-awaited catfight -- a tense, screaming, table-flipping finale unlike anything the franchise has ever seen (reunion episodes not included).

Even better, the fight ended with an unlikely victor: Jacqueline, 'Jersey''s perpetual pickle in the middle.

Watch a clip of the fight

For much of the season, Jacqueline was caught between two sides: self-proclaimed best friend Danielle, the town villain with an alleged secret past, and her family, Dina and Caroline, who were convinced Danielle was trouble.


But in a gutsy, 11th-hour move, Jacqueline went against her blood (we take it she hasn't seen 'The Sopranos') by exposing Caroline and Dina's lie: they were the ones behind "the book," 'Cop Without a Badge,' which had somehow made its way into Franklin Lakes' inner gossip circle ("Family or not, what's right is right and what's true is true," she said).

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    'Real Housewives of New Jersey' star Jacqueline Laurita.

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    'Real Housewives of New Jersey' star Jacqueline Laurita.

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    'Real Housewives of New Jersey' star Danielle Staub.

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    'Real Housewives of New Jersey' star Danielle Staub.

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    'Real Housewives of New Jersey' star Danielle Staub.

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    'Real Housewives of New Jersey' cast.

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In the end, Jacqueline squashed the queen bees and emerged as this season's most level-headed housewife. And as an added bonus: Jacqueline flipped a few tables of her own, making the admittedly wacky Danielle look sympathetic and (dare we say it) normal, while Caroline and Dina left with their tails between their legs.

For that, we think she deserves some recognition.

What did you think of the 'New Jersey' finale? Did Jacqueline do the right thing? Or should she have sided with her family?





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