Acting as a single parent to four young daughters is a huge challenge— and Joe Giudice is cracking under the pressure.
On last night's episode of The Real Housewives of New Jersey: Teresa Checks In, the prison-bound father to Gia, 14, Gabriella, 10, Milania, 9 and Audriana, 6, struggles to keep his girls in line with stay-at-home wife Teresa still incarcerated, and starts lashing out in response.
The show begins as an unsupervised Milania, clearly the wildest Giudice daughter, tosses a bucket of mulch and rocks into a pond on the family's New Jersey property.
When Gabriella calls Joe over to help, he clumsily drops his phone into the murky water.
"Oh my God, my f***ing phone!" Joe screams in front of the girls. "God damn it, now I'm f***ing pissed!"
Joe jumps into the water to search through the mud as Gia attempts to help with her "Find My iPhone" app.
The eldest daughter finds humor in the situation, but the explosive Joe does not.
"If I get bit by a snake, I'm going to kick your a**!" he yells at Gia before finally finding the sunken treasure.
After climbing out of the pond, he kicks a stream of mud at Milania, who created the ruckus.
"I never had to do anything like this with the kids, It's very exhausting," he complains to the cameras. "After a full day of hanging out with my kids, I think anybody would drink a bottle of wine at night!"
Later on, the family, along with Melissa and Joe Gorga and their three children, head to Joe's late father's mountain getaway home in the Catskills.
Melissa admits she's nervous about being the only capable parent on the trip with seven children.
"I'm the only mom there with all these kids, and it's dangerous!" she tells her husband, citing the ATVs and rolling hills.
Melissa's nerves were certainly justified. Immediately upon arriving at the vacation home, Joe Gorga, with Joe Giudice standing to his side, instructs little Milania to bring him a chainsaw.
She dutifully picks up the dangerous tool and haphazardly carries it to her father and uncle.
Fortunately, Melissa runs over and snatches the chainsaw away, chastising the fathers for their carelessness.
“Men, if you want the chainsaw, come get it yourselves!” she yells. (Click the video above to watch the shocking incident.)
Later that night, the mood is lightened when Teresa and Joe's cousin Rosie shows up for some fun.
"Pour me a drink and let's have some laughs and try to get Joe's mind off this crap!" she says.
Back home in New Jersey, the daughters once again start bickering.
Gia yells at Joe when he fails to break up a fight between Gabriella and Milania, who both want to ride the family quad at the same time.
The frustrated teen explains to her father that she's overwhelmed and misses her mother in prison.
Instead of comforting her, Joe tells Gia to toughen up.
"When I was your age I did a lot of things," he brags. "You're 14, Gabriella does a lot more than you!"
Later, the family gets ready for a visit to Teresa's Danbury, Connecticut federal prison.
Milania shaves her father's back, noting that it's been about two weeks since she last performed the chore.
"You smell like raw cookie dough!" she observes.
Meanwhile, Joe Gorga confesses he's terrified to visit his sister behind bars for the first time.
In the morning, the clan, also including Gia, Milania, Audriana and Teresa's mother, head to Connecticut.
Cameras are not allowed in the prison, but Joe Gorga recaps the emotional reunion upon their return trip home.
"I sat there for the first hour tearing, crying," he says. "She grabbed my hand and said it's okay, I'm okay."
In his confessional, Teresa's brother reveals that the over-the-top reality star has reformed behind bars.
“When I saw Teresa and she broke down and helped me, that’s how she used to be,” he insists. “For the past seven or eight years, she kinda got lost. I believe prison just brought her back.”
“This visit gave me a lot of hope.”
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