The Real Housewives of New Jersey is of special interest to AfterEllen because it’s the only Real Housewives franchise to regularly feature a lesbian woman. Rosie Pierri, Kathy’s sister, is a butch-looking lesbo who came out to her family only recently, and spoke at length about her struggle with her sexuality and being different among a group of hyper-feminine Jersey girls. Now in Season 4, Rosie appears in almost every episode as an accepted and beloved member of the Wakile family. Kathy Wakile, a Real Housewife of New Jersey, is a cousin to Housewife Teresa Giudice (maiden name: Teresa Gorga] and step cousin to Melissa Gorga, another Housewife.
While The Real Housewives of New Jersey may be filled with dysfunctional drama and shouting wives, it’s also a show that focuses on the connections between family members, and the negative consequences when those connections break. Through it all, Rosie’s sexuality is treated with unquestioning respect; it’s a refreshing depiction of an imperfect, authentic gay woman making her own place in a conservative family.
This week our merry band of screamers go on a stress relief retreat, because there’s nothing more soothing than sitting in the woods with estranged family. It’s practically yoga.
Spontaneous dance breaks out as it is wont to do. Melissa and Joe discuss their ultra soothing upcoming adventure and discuss strategy to foil Teresa’s potential plots. The lineup for their stress relief retreat is set:
Joe the Gorga vs. Joe the Grotesque
Melissa vs. Teresa
It will be their 1,000th match.
More children dancing. They have yet to realize their genetic inheritance. Teresa tells Joe that a relationship expert will be joining them on the stress relief retreat.
Teresa: I may seem really calm on the outside, but I am anxious on the inside.
Teresa never seems calm. Ever. Maybe it’s time to start creating a RHONJ drinking came. Rule 1: every time Teresa says something delusional you drink. You gon’ get fucked up.