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'The Real Housewives of New Jersey' - 'Water Under the Table' Recap (Season Premiere)

by Jane Boursaw, posted May 4th 2010 8:50AM
Real Housewives of New Jersey, Season 2 Premiere(S02E01) "You're part of the crazy bunch now." - Caroline to Nicholas, Jacqueline's new baby boy

In the season two premiere of 'The Real Housewives of New Jersey,' tensions are still running extremely high after the big table-turn from last season. On the one hand, it seems like Danielle truly is trying to change and move on. But...

When she nearly crashed Caroline's fundraiser, it's clear that Danielle DOES care that she wasn't invited, even if she says she doesn't. What really bugged me about that little car ride was that she had her kids in tow -- and her kids were the ones with the common sense, telling Danielle not to stop by the event. At least she listened to them, so that's something.

Still, there's this ominous threat wrapped around a prayer:

"I wanna pray for everybody, especially those who have done me grave wrongs. For what they've done to me, they're gonna need all the prayers they can get." - Danielle

So Danielle's still got issues, but so does Caroline. Why carry all that hate and baggage around? Leave the past in the past. Danielle says she's paid for her history, why not leave it there? Granted, most people don't have stripping, kidnapping and extortion in their past, but she's trying to make the best of it. And it seems like Dina's forgiven her.

And by the way, those cats are a hoot -- Grandma Wrinkles (or as I like to call her, the hairless wonder) and Ladybug (the shorn sheep). Maybe the housewives all need to be more like those "little Buddhas."

How two-faced is Kim? At the beginning, you could tell there was a lot more brewing between her and Danielle than she was letting on. First, she's all chummy and best friends (though they looked like they could bite each others' head off). Then at the fundraiser, she completely turns on Danielle and tells the others she doesn't know her well enough to be a friend.

I loved the scenes with Teresa making red sauce with her kids and family. It looked like a major operation, and kudos to her for taking it on while she's about ready to pop out a baby. But I had no idea that you're not allowed to make red sauce during "time of the month," lest you spoil the tomatoes.

I also loved seeing little Nicholas (so cute!), as well as Caroline and Albert's shopping spree at Barney's. Caroline really is all about the family, but yikes, $8-9K for the suit, shirt, tie and sport coat? They live large out in Jersey.

A few other things:

Even though I think everyone needs to move on, I totally get where Chris is coming from, not wanting to have Danielle in their lives. Let's face it -- she's a drama queen. But it seems like trouble ahead if Jacqueline says she's not going to shut Danielle out just because Chris wants her to.

Awkward conversation with Jacqueline talking to Ashley about birth control with Derek right there. He does seem fairly level-headed, though. And I thought it was cheesy when Chris was sharpening the knives while talking to him. What the heck ...

What did you guys think of this episode? Think Caroline should forgive Danielle? Is Ashley headed for trouble moving out of the house? Does Danielle need to drop her obsession over what the other housewives think of her? And should Jacqueline not contact Danielle because her hubby says so?

And I'd love to hear from some Jersey folks on my poll!

Is 'The Real Housewives of New Jersey' a good depiction of life there?
Yeah, that's pretty much what it's like. 45 (39.5%)
No! It's totally off-base.69 (60.5%)


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Lger

The Housewives of New Jersey is the LAMEST of all the Housewive shows. The women on this show just perpetuate the idea that the majority of New Jersey woman are low class. Caroline is obnoxious and arrogant, thinking her family is so much better than everyone else. And Theresa is sickening. She is the most shallow, self centered & arrogant person I've ever seen on tv. Her actions in the restaurant scene last year when she overturned the table, screaming "whore" at Danielle, in front of children, no less, just proved her low life actions and classlessness. I know that mothers all think their kids are beautiful, but the fact that she thinks her daughter Gia is beautiful and SO talented is hysterical. That poor child is very homely & has such hound-dog like eyes, it's sad. Theresa is one of those people who should be sterile, she certainly should not be reproducing, as she not only have homely children, but she will unfortunately pass on her classless, arrogant & self serving attitude to them!

May 10 2010 at 10:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
stacie

Daniel is trashy and is totally fake.She must of sucked someone's d--- to get on tv,what a total idiot

May 07 2010 at 8:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Robyn

I thought Chris sharpening the knife was hysterical, a modern take on the dad cleaning his gun when the beau shows up. Ashley is heading for trouble, I predict binge drinking and a pregnancy scare.
Danielle is twisted and Bravo is just feeding her obsessions by including her, but then, where would they get the RHNJ drama if there was no Danielle?

May 04 2010 at 1:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Cyn

I love this show! These ladies are real and not phony like LUANN and Jill Zarin.
I detest Danielle. She has not changed and is vindictive and hateful. That poor priest! He thought he was talking to the EXorcist, I'm sure. The party Caroline threw was $1000 a plate and she and Danielle run in different social circles. I felt so bad that Danielle's girls are involved in her drama and hate. And, her moral compass comes from them, not herself.
Jacqueline is passive aggressive with her family regarding Danielle. IF I had a "friend" who didn't call, visit, send a card or such when I had a long awaited baby- that friend would be history. Jacqueline acts defiants and acts like her 18 year old daughter. Can't stand her. She is not what she appears to be. Love Theresa-and Caroline is allowed to dislike Danielle and not socialize with her. How does Danielle afford the big house and nice car?

May 04 2010 at 11:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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