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The Real Housewives of New Jersey Review: Bring on The Knuckleheads

This week we pick up right where we left off with Ashley’s family drama. As you recall, last week, Ashley basically called Jacqueline irresponsible and a loser for having Ashley at a young age. RHONJ viewers across the land collectively gasped at Ashley’s idiocy. It’s the last straw for Jacqueline as she storms out of brunch and claims to be done with her daughter. I don’t blame her. Ashley is a lost cause (one has to wonder if having tv cameras film your life has anything to do with it, hmmm…but I digress). I get that 20-somethings normally can’t see much farther than themselves, but Ashley takes the cake. As you can tell, no love lost here for someone who thinks she is entitled to everything, especially when you’ve got it as good as she does. But that’s Ashley Holmes for you.

After Jacqueline storms off, Matt tries to talk some sense into his daughter but she’s having none of it. He then practically carries Ashley over to Jacqueline so she can apologize. Jacqueline wants nothing to do with the apology because it’s as fake as Teresa’s tan. Thanks, but no thanks.

Cut to Ashley being interviewed and telling us that Jacqueline is the one always playing the victim card and that her mom has the mind of a teenager. It’s time to fling my remote at Ashley’s forehead. It’s unreal how out of touch and ungrateful this kid is. Yeah, yeah I get that there might be some emotional trauma coming from a divorced household and feeling like a disappointment much of the time but here’s my advice on the former: You’re 20 now, get over it. On the latter, you won’t feel like a disappointment if you aren’t one.

Writing about Ashley makes me irritable so let me switch gears. This week was Cousin Kathy’s Middle Eastern tasting party where all the ladies are supposed to channel their inner goddess. Rich Wakile had the jab of the week when he complimented his wife’s cooking while simultaneously insinuating that Teresa steals recipes for her cookbooks. Low blow but these days, Teresa could use a dose of her own medicine. What she could also use is a few months worth of basic tutoring – case in point; Teresa complains about the cold “Norwegian” coming through Franklin Lakes. Lord, it’s a Nor’easter, you nut. At any rate, all the ladies come over for food and merriment and everything goes fine until Teresa decides to be a rude – she criticizes Kathy’s food, the party and she gets into it with Melissa. It must be tiring always looking for a fight, Tre. Put the claws away.

This week Teresa and Joe make a visit to their attorney who tells them Joe is still on the hook for $260,000 to his ex-business partner but that Teresa was cleared of any wrong. According to Teresa, the lesson to be learned from all this is to deny and lie because telling the truth doesn’t equal victory. We went from a teachable moment to a dreadful one. Tre, I can only hope your daughters reject all of mommy’s little life lessons, because they are ridiculous! The eyebrow-raising moment of the week was when Teresa said her Jewish friends told her they would’ve left Joe had he put them through all this. I’m not sure why her Jewish friends were singled out but I attribute it to the hamster in Teresa’s brain taking a snack break.

We conclude this week’s episode with one last look at Ashley – she tells Jacqueline and Chris she’s moving to California. Inevitably, it doesn’t take long for Ashley and Jacqueline to get into it. It all ends with Chris finally kicking Ashley out of the house. I would’ve clapped but that there’s something so sad about the whole situation. Here’s to hoping their family can pick up the pieces over time.

 

Season 3, Episode 14: Belly Up & Up (originally aired August 21, 2011)

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16 Comments

  1. Ashley is a very spoiled brat who won’t be happy with anything that is done for, or given to her. Chris was right to toss her out. Let her get a real job, pay her own bills and grow the hell up! It’s a miracle that she hasn’t gotten pregnant yet. Let her go to LA, and see what it’s like there. She’ll be back in NJ before you can say “Beauty School”. As for stupid Teresa—”Get over yourself!”. She has become very haggard looking this season, and even nastier and more obnoxious. As for her “Jewish” friends, I doubt she has any bu if she really does,no Jewish woman would have married that overmuscled,lazy, dishonest lout. Could he please put on a shirt? A truly low class stupid couple that should be banished from NJ an TV forever! I feel sorry for their poor children!

  2. Ashley is a very spoiled brat who won’t be happy with anything that is done for, or given to her. Chris was right to toss her out. Let her get a real job, pay her own bills and grow the hell up! It’s a miracle that she hasn’t gotten pregnant yet. Let her go to LA, and see what it’s like there. She’ll be back in NJ before you can say “Beauty School”. As for stupid Teresa—”Get over yourself!”. She has become very haggard looking this season, and even nastier and more obnoxious. As for her “Jewish” friends, I doubt she has any bu if she really does,no Jewish woman would have married that overmuscled,lazy, dishonest lout. Could he please put on a shirt? A truly low class stupid couple that should be banished from NJ an TV forever! I feel sorry for their poor children!

  3. Bob, my thoughts–exactly. I have and will not watch ANY of this crap that Bravo is milking from.
    Except for the Top Chefs franchise, now, this is different. The contestants in these shows are pure talent and has an honest way of earning their money to survive this recession.
    RHs, it’s TOO much garbage!!!

  4. Bob, my thoughts–exactly. I have and will not watch ANY of this crap that Bravo is milking from.
    Except for the Top Chefs franchise, now, this is different. The contestants in these shows are pure talent and has an honest way of earning their money to survive this recession.
    RHs, it’s TOO much garbage!!!

  5. People are so quick to judge. I could NEVER be on a tv show where my life is on film, so I could be picked apart. I would DIE! So I applaud all of teh RHONJ for being honest on this show. I know some thing a lot of reality TV is scripted and some of it probably is but you can’t fake the arguing between Mom Jacqueline and daughter Ashley, or Teresa and Melissa’s competitive ways. That sh*t is real. I do have to say Ashley might not be as bad as everyone is saying. I’m sure she is grateful for all her mother and Chris have given her, but she doesn’t show it. That can be lack of muturity and she needs to grow up. If she’s 30 and still with the same attitude, then everyone has a right to criticize. She’s still 20. Give it time. And when Ashley made a comment to her Mom about her “at least not having a kid at 20″, at first I didn’t think she meant to sting with the comment. It looked bad though after you hear her father’s wife gasp loudly. That annoyed me. It was like she made the situation worse. Another thing Ashley’s step-mother did was say in front of Jacqueline “ok Ashley, you be the bigger person” when they wanted her to apologize to her Mom. Annoying!

  6. People are so quick to judge. I could NEVER be on a tv show where my life is on film, so I could be picked apart. I would DIE! So I applaud all of teh RHONJ for being honest on this show. I know some thing a lot of reality TV is scripted and some of it probably is but you can’t fake the arguing between Mom Jacqueline and daughter Ashley, or Teresa and Melissa’s competitive ways. That sh*t is real. I do have to say Ashley might not be as bad as everyone is saying. I’m sure she is grateful for all her mother and Chris have given her, but she doesn’t show it. That can be lack of muturity and she needs to grow up. If she’s 30 and still with the same attitude, then everyone has a right to criticize. She’s still 20. Give it time. And when Ashley made a comment to her Mom about her “at least not having a kid at 20″, at first I didn’t think she meant to sting with the comment. It looked bad though after you hear her father’s wife gasp loudly. That annoyed me. It was like she made the situation worse. Another thing Ashley’s step-mother did was say in front of Jacqueline “ok Ashley, you be the bigger person” when they wanted her to apologize to her Mom. Annoying!

  7. I couldn’t have said it better myself! Thank You. Talk about disfunction, really, did Teresa and Joe finish high school? They seem to be very illiterate. She is writing a cookbook and can’t even pronounce the name of the spices. It just goes right over her head. How very sad and embarassing, and she doesn’t cook. I guess all you need is a book reality show to get a book deal or record deal. Only in America.

  8. I couldn’t have said it better myself! Thank You. Talk about disfunction, really, did Teresa and Joe finish high school? They seem to be very illiterate. She is writing a cookbook and can’t even pronounce the name of the spices. It just goes right over her head. How very sad and embarassing, and she doesn’t cook. I guess all you need is a book reality show to get a book deal or record deal. Only in America.

  9. I seem to be the only one on Ashley’s side. I agree that her behavior is not appropriate, but Jacqueline is being VERY selfish. Ashley just wants to go out and explore the world and her mother is only thinking of herself. Jacqueline needs to get a life and support Ashley. I do not blame Ashley for being pissed at the lack of support and for being held responsible for a mother that had to struggle.

    Ashley–I live in Southern California. You can come ad stay with me for a bit until you get on your feet. You would have to be grateful and respectful. The reason I have such a strong opinion on this is because I did the same thing to my daughter. I am lucky that she has forgiven me for my selfishness. Her purpose in life is not to make me happy or entertain me. These young ladies need to be supported going out on their own even if it means moving to another city and exploring the world. Jacqueline is a control freak! Give Ashley a break!

  10. I seem to be the only one on Ashley’s side. I agree that her behavior is not appropriate, but Jacqueline is being VERY selfish. Ashley just wants to go out and explore the world and her mother is only thinking of herself. Jacqueline needs to get a life and support Ashley. I do not blame Ashley for being pissed at the lack of support and for being held responsible for a mother that had to struggle.

    Ashley–I live in Southern California. You can come ad stay with me for a bit until you get on your feet. You would have to be grateful and respectful. The reason I have such a strong opinion on this is because I did the same thing to my daughter. I am lucky that she has forgiven me for my selfishness. Her purpose in life is not to make me happy or entertain me. These young ladies need to be supported going out on their own even if it means moving to another city and exploring the world. Jacqueline is a control freak! Give Ashley a break!

  11. Ashley is a disgrace! I was so deeply hurt & felt sorry when ashley said the following:
    1. that at least she is not pregnant at 20,
    2. that her mum should have put her up for adoption if she was not ready to be a parent
    3. when she commented about her bros CJ and nick – telling her mum ” i did not tell you to have them!
    really really….ashley u r a brat and a bitch!

    THAT WAS A REALLY REALLY LOW BLOW

  12. Ashley is a disgrace! I was so deeply hurt & felt sorry when ashley said the following:
    1. that at least she is not pregnant at 20,
    2. that her mum should have put her up for adoption if she was not ready to be a parent
    3. when she commented about her bros CJ and nick – telling her mum ” i did not tell you to have them!
    really really….ashley u r a brat and a bitch!

    THAT WAS A REALLY REALLY LOW BLOW

  13. ASHLEY U R PATHETIC, UNGRATEFUL BITCH. IF I WERE CHRIS & JACKIE, I WOULD HAVE KICKED U OUT ALONG TIME AGO. IT’S TIME MATT TOOK SOME RESPONSIBILITY FOR THAT BITCH. U HAVE 4 PARENT WHO REALLY CARE ABOT U, GRAND-PARENTS, COUSINS, UNCLES AND AUNTIE… BUT STILL, U THINK U TOOOOOOOOOOO GOD FOR THEM.
    U NO DIFFERENT FROM DANIELLE.
    GO TO LA OR WHEREVER IF U THINK U CAN MAKE IT ON UA OWN. I HOPE NOT TO SEE U IN ANY MORE EPISODES.
    U CREATING TOOOOO MUCH FRICTION FOR CHRIS AND JACKIE, ITS TIME FOR THEM TO FOCUS ON THE POSITIVE: I.E CJ AND NICK

  14. ASHLEY U R PATHETIC, UNGRATEFUL BITCH. IF I WERE CHRIS & JACKIE, I WOULD HAVE KICKED U OUT ALONG TIME AGO. IT’S TIME MATT TOOK SOME RESPONSIBILITY FOR THAT BITCH. U HAVE 4 PARENT WHO REALLY CARE ABOT U, GRAND-PARENTS, COUSINS, UNCLES AND AUNTIE… BUT STILL, U THINK U TOOOOOOOOOOO GOD FOR THEM.
    U NO DIFFERENT FROM DANIELLE.
    GO TO LA OR WHEREVER IF U THINK U CAN MAKE IT ON UA OWN. I HOPE NOT TO SEE U IN ANY MORE EPISODES.
    U CREATING TOOOOO MUCH FRICTION FOR CHRIS AND JACKIE, ITS TIME FOR THEM TO FOCUS ON THE POSITIVE: I.E CJ AND NICK

  15. It’s starting to get so stressful to watch these Real Housewives shows. No one looks good and it just all seems so sad when you consider that these are real families that are putting their worst behavior out there. It just no longer feels like a fun escape to watch.

  16. It’s starting to get so stressful to watch these Real Housewives shows. No one looks good and it just all seems so sad when you consider that these are real families that are putting their worst behavior out there. It just no longer feels like a fun escape to watch.

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