It would have been an hour well spent if Bravo had just allowed Gia to teach us all how to speak Italian. Instead, they’re setting us and all of their cast up for a finale and reunion that will probably reach all time lows, even for Bravo. Before we saw the beginnings of the annual brawl known as the Posche Fashion Show, we had to watch the Manzo family attending a brunch at the Hoboken pad of Albie, Christopher and, oh yea, Lindsey. Greggy was missing, which was okay with me. Caroline was patting herself on the back about how well her children have turned out. Lauren has her new business, Caface, and the two wonder boys have been working so hard with BLK, and as we recently found out, the opening of their restaurant. Caroline was trying to open windows to air out the apartment because Albie’s distraction, Lindsey, had helped cook. While she was lavishing praise on her offspring, she failed to mention Albie’s live-in girlfriend, pretending she didn’t exist. Did that sound like a mean brunch? I thought that it sounded like a mean brunch. Kathy’s feelings would have been hurt. I think Lindsey’s were.
Speaking of Kathy, she and Richie went to see the owner of Bindi desserts, seeking to work with them in the promotion of her own creations. Richie was as crude, if not more, than he normally is. His remarks were disrespectful to Mr. Bindi as well as to Kathy. They must have seen something in her desserts that caused them to overlook him, because they did agree to work with her. I hope they made her promise to leave him home in the future.
Posche’s owner, Kim D., is busily inviting all of the ladies of Franklin Lakes, even issuing an apology to Melissa, to ensure that everyone will be there to bring on the drama that everyone denies they want to be any part of. Kim D., has to have her makeup and hair done at Allure Salon. She asked Teresa to go with her, and Teresa agreed, even though she normally has everything done at home. There’s set up number one. When they arrived, some bald guy named Angelo, who, by way of the Bravo’s captioning, was described as the salon’s PR manager, was lurking around. Angelo offered to escort the women upstairs to begin their hair and makeup. Angelo came back with drinks for the ladies and told Teresa that he knew her sister-in-law, Melissa. There’s setup number two.
Kim D. was practically gnawing her own arm off waiting to hear what kind of dirt he has up his sleeve – the same place where Bravo had written the lines he was supposed to deliver. He told them Melissa used to be a dancer at his “gentleman’s club”. Teresa said that she was upset about the information and didn’t want to hear anymore. Angelo apologized for being the bearer of such awful news. There’s setup number three. He’s so sorry that he returns with ice for Kim D.’s drink and so that she can grill him some more about Melissa. Teresa stepped out of the room – her heart was “beating 500” – but was eavesdropping during the rest of the inquisition. Kim D., with giddy delight, asked Angelo when Melissa had been a dancer, and he told her that it was about 7 years ago. She then wanted to know if Melissa was any good at what she did, to which he replied that his customers were very sorry to see her go because she was very good.
The various covens began to arrive at the fashion show, which, probably for insurance reasons, was not held at The Brownstone. All of them are crammed together in one booth. Suddenly, Pete Giudice, Juicy’s brother, appeared because he has an unfulfilled longing to be a fashion critic. Just as suddenly, and predictably, Angelo came over to the ladies’ booth. There’s setup number four. He honed right in on Melissa and asked if she remembered him. Looking like that poor deer in the headlights, she stammered out a hello and then told Kathy that she couldn’t place him. He looked familiar but she just couldn’t quite figure out who he was. Lauren was texting someone and Caroline was whispering something to her. We’ll probably figure out what that was about during the next episode – or not. It all depends on how far Bravo wants to take this whole charade. To add an interesting twist to this mess, Joe Gorga tweeted this right after the show:
“Let’s get something straight there is nothing wrong with stripping I love strippers LOL it’s the lying and the set up”
Who said anything about stripping? Joe did. The lying and the setups go both ways.
Jacqueline was pretty zoned out through much of this episode. She played the martyr during a playdate at Teresa’s house, allowing Melissa and Teresa some one-on-one time. Missing from the fashion show was Kim G., who is usually front and center at the event. It’s usually best to beware of the quiet, or absent, ones. I’m losing count of the number of setups, and I still think that there are few more in the making. We know that all of this is happening out of sequence, but we’re not supposed to notice. Bravo has produced a very bad play, with terrible scripts and even worse actors. We’ll probably stick it out to see if any of it makes any sense at all, but by then we may not even care any more. They’ve made the very bad decision to air the first night of the reunion on September 30th. Some of our favorite network programs are returning that same night. We really will have the option to just change the channel and maybe get our own “Revenge”.