RHNJ Episode Six: Watch What Happens When the Gays Come Out
The Real Housewives of New Jersey are at it again; this time they're throwing a big 'coming out party' and I'm not talking about debutants.
In the basement Teresa sees the trunk of a living tree
Kathy Griffin who “loves gays’ would have a field day making fun of Season 4, episode 6 of the Real Housewives of New Jersey. She’d have enough material on that episode alone to take up her entire show called “Kathy.”
Last night’s episode reminded me of the old saw about humor should be ‘incidental’ and not ‘fundamental’
Or to put it another way, the reference to gays should come naturally out of the context of the show, not appear as if it were ‘scripted’ by the producers. I stopped counting the word ‘gay’ after hearing it ten times in the first fifteen minutes.
The ‘gay’ reference was fundamental in the show when it should have been ‘incidental.’
What’s that you say? Rosie’s, Gay?
Not too far into the episode, we learn about how hard it was for Kathy’s sister, Rosie, to admit to being gay. Rosie didn’t choose to be gay; it was just the way it was. Rosie went through a ten year struggle with it, starting with having to tell her father that she would probably not marry. From that time on it was very difficult for her. “I didn’t choose to be gay. God made me this way that’s it.”
All this is revealed at “Hasbrouck Heights Pizzeria” when Rosie’s tells Joseph and Victoria that she’s gay. (As if they didn’t know!) Rosie asks if there are any questions. Victoria wants to know if homosexuals have “gaydar?” Rosie looks confused and then says, “No…I was always off.”
A couple of scenes later we learn that Caroline Manzo brother Jaime is getting married to his partner Rich. Caroline comes from a large family, and she is sad because they’re not being represented in the upcoming nuptials. Those who do attend the wedding go to Jaime and Rich’s house somewhere in Illinois.
The wedding guest arrives at a beautiful house with a large yard that ‘could be a golf course’ and a pond, with what looks like, geese swimming in it.
Someone rings the doorbell and Teresa comments on how she just loves the sound of the doorbell. Jaime comes to the door. The introductions are not even over before Teresa gushes that they have “a beautiful home” She scores a couple of more Brownie points when Jaime comments on her “Love” necklace. Before you can say “gay” again, Jaime asks Teresa if she want to see the rest of the house. Teresa would love to and they go down to the basement.
Once in the basement Teresa sees the trunk of a living tree. Jaime explains that the whole house is centered around the “Tree of Life” concept. “When you’re in the basement you’re rooted, you come up the staircase which is made of trees into the light of the trees up to the bedroom which is about peace.”
The Tree has a trunk says Teresa
Later when Teresa is trying to explain what she saw, she gets rattled and says something about “I love the tree, the actual tree….the tree trunk.” Was she trying to tell the viewers about the “Tree of Life Concept?”
Not even Caroline can risk telling Joe Giudice to watch his mouth.
Understandably, Caroline and other member of her family are a bit nervous about what Joe Giudice might say about ‘the gays.’ In the past, Joe made disparaging remark about them. When he’s drinking (and that seems to be a lot lately), he’s especially offensive. But drunk or sober Joe has a big mouth, and proves it by his insensitive, bigoted, sexist, and homophobic remarks.
Joe is off-and-running as he shares the big ‘gay moment’ of his life. He says the ‘gayest’ thing he’s ever done was to compare penis sizes with his buddies when he was a kid. Was?-----that man has never reached manhood! He goes on to say that he had his dick out with some guy named Jamie-I swear to God, he says, that was his name. What's your point Joe? The one that's not in the middle of your forehead?
Later in the episode, we’re at the beach house rental of the Wakiles where they’re hosting a party. Rosie arrives and it seems we’re not done with her coming out. We get to see it in action. (so-to-speak)
Remember Rosie saying that she doesn’t have “Gaydar”. The lady doth protest too much because when she’s introduced to the event planner-the ‘oh so sexy!- Heather, Rosie is beside herself. Rich confesses not knowing what type of woman Rosie prefers, and she looks toward Heather and say, “That’s my type!”
Later that night, the Wakiles and Gorgas get into the hot tub. Heather steps in, the only one wearing a bikini. At this point, Rosie’s (with her self-proclaimed nonexistent ‘gaydar’) seems to bounce off Heather’s sexy body and she has to bite her hand to keep from doing something inappropriate.
For some reason, Heather flirts with Rosie--throw that girl a bone-and she goes up to Rosie and gives her a complimentary lap dance. Since Heather is straight and her boyfriend is former NBA star Cliff Robinson, it's not clear just what Heather was trying to prove.
By this time there is (according to Melissa) drool “coming down Rosie’s chin.” Someone in the hot tub tells Rosie to strop acting like a ‘straight girl’ and Rosie just grins stupidly.
But the most cringe-worthy part was the bus ride back to Chicago when Joe Giudice tells Greg Bennett, a gay family friend, that he probably has “the loosest butthole here.”
Teresa laughed when he said that----Teresa always laughs when he says stupid, insensitive, bigoted, and homophobic things. What’s wrong with that woman? Is she so much in love with him she can’t see his problems? Oh, that’s right, Teresa claims that she’s just fine, she doesn’t have any problems and she doesn’t need “physical therapy” It’s the ‘other people’ like her brother, and Caroline who has the problems.
Teresa is always saying that she is a nice person, good wife and mother; but Hey, Tree, what about being your own person and not tolerating such horrible behavior from your spouse? You apologize for him all the time when he says means things, and you just make excuses for him. When are you going to see him the way half the civilized world sees him---someone with a Beavis and Butt-head mentality?
And so ends another episode with the RHNJ. The next show will cover the wedding of Rich and Jaime-I can hardly wait.