In the 17th episode of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, “Get to the Punta,” the cast head out for a vacation in the Dominican Republic. As usual with this group, there’s drama from the get-go.
Episode 17 opens with everyone packing for the trip. It’s hard to mention the packing without talking about the fact that while Melissa is packing, Joey G. has no qualms about millions of people seeing him sniff his wife’s undergarments. Seriously? In the meantime, Jacqueline is busy packing swimsuits she’ll never wear because she has body image issues and since she’s going to be around Melissa and Teresa, there’s no way she’s showing her body.
The cast land in Punta Cana and Teresa finds she lost one of her bags, the one containing all of her costume jewelry. As the cast is heading their resort, Joe Giudice asks the driver to pull over alongside the road so he can relieve himself. Most of the other men decide to join Joe and relieve themselves along the open road as well.
Since this trip is all about the Gorgas and the Giudices mending their relationships, Albie decides it’s a good idea to take everyone on a boat tour. Caroline stays behind because she has a migraine. While on the boat, everyone seems to have a good time and get along. Unfortunately, the cast has to stop for dinner and that’s when the drama begins.
While on Juanillo Beach for dinner, the talk turns to Teresa and Joe opening their own restaurant, which was first mentioned in a conversation between Kathy and Teresa in an earlier episode of The Real Housewives of New Jersey. When Joe says that running a restaurant is different from running a banquet hall, Albert has to set him straight and tell him it’s the same thing. Kathy comes back from the bathroom and jumps in the conversation. She says she and Rich are going to stick to catering because after talking to Albert, they realize how much time and energy would have to go into running a restaurant. Kathy says she can’t see herself detaching from her kids that much. What seems to be an innocent statement by Kathy sends Teresa into a tizzy. Teresa insists Kathy is taking a dig at her and brings up Kathy saying she left Audrianna unattended at the christening. It’s ironic that Teresa took offense to such an innocuous statement and has to dredge up the past with Kathy when Teresa says earlier in the episode when speaking about her brother that if you keep bringing up the past, you can’t move forward.
Kathy then tries to explain to Teresa that she wasn’t talking about her, but about herself and detaching from her own children. Teresa won’t let it go, though. Chris tells Joe to end it, so Joe tells Teresa to shut up; he doesn’t want to hear anymore. The two women keep going at it, so Joe tells Kathy to drop it, but it doesn’t end until the Giudices walk away to go change. After Joe and Teresa walk away, Melissa and Joey G. come into the scene and want to know what happened. Joey G. says he doesn’t have time for the Giudices’ drama all the time. So much for a drama-free vacation.
The Real Housewives of New Jersey airs Sundays at 10 p.m. EST on Bravo.
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