Teresa confided in her daughter, Gia Giudice, when they took a trip to the nail salon for a quick mani pedi.
“The other day he was complaining about my brother not being around,” Teresa said of her father, Giacinto Gorga. “I mean I understand that he works a lot you know.”
“No but that excuse is so old, we live in the same town,” Gia, 17, replied.
“You’re right he can even stop over, have a glass wine and go home,” Teresa, 46, agreed.
“Yeah he would love that,” Gia said of her grandpa.
Teresa then decided she would confront her brother regarding the situation, but she worried the argument could get nasty.
“My brother used to be around more when my mom first passed away, but now he’s not coming around,” Teresa said in her confessional. “And I’m really nervous to say anything to him. Because when I brought this to my brother in the past, it got ugly.”
“My brother and I have been doing well for now, I just don’t want history to repeat itself,” she added. “I mean life is short, I just don’t want my brother to have any regrets.”
A few days later, Teresa hosted an Easter party with Joe and Melissa Gorga, all the children, and their father, Giacinto.
“Since I’ve lost my mom, holidays are more emotional… stressful,” Teresa admitted to the cameras. “So now I’m trying to make the holidays the best for my dad. I’m just trying to make him happy. And he needs that.”
As Teresa prepper for the dinner, Giacinto pleaded with Joe, 39, to come around more.
“You never calling me no more,” Giacinto told Joe.
“I didn’t call you this week” Joe replied with a chuckle. “I’m busy all week. Bad week this week.”
“Two weeks ago!” Giacinto replied. “Two weeks ago! Shame!”
Needless to say, Teresa was not happy with Joe’s response. but held it in.
“Really Joe, that’s your response,” Teresa told the cameras. “Daddy’s trying to tell you he wants to see you, you’re just going to laugh it off?”
“Before I went away, I spent a lot of time with my mom,” Teresa explained. “And now all I can think about is how when I came home, I wished I spent more time with my mom. So it’s frustrating that my brother doesn’t make an effort to see my dad, just on the holidays.”
Things got very emotional when everyone gathered at the dinner table, and Giacinto began thinking of his late wife and made a toast in her honor.
“Happy Easter to my wife,” Teresa and Joe’s dad said with tears in his eyes.
After seeing her dad get emotional, Teresa couldn’t help but finally address Joe.
“Joe are you going to be around more for this one? He wants you around more,” Teresa asked.
“Oh my god” Joe said throwing his hands up. “I mean what the f**k”
Joe’s wife Melissa, 39, was not happy the topic was brought up.
“Who brings up a super sensitive, going to cause a problem conversation on Easter Sunday?” Melissa asked the cameras. “Especially in front of my father-in-law who is super upset as it is. This is definitely not the time or the place, like your timing sucks.”
“It’s hard to be around,” Joe told his dad. “You know that the business is crazy. I work hardcore all day, every day, nonstop. Stress unbelievable stress.”
“I’m so over that with the work,” Teresa replied. “He’s like a freaking a broken record. That’s all I hear ‘I work. I work. I work.’”
As they cleaned the table, Joe addressed Teresa privately.
“Listen you got to cut that out,” Joe insisted. “You always bring that up in front of him, the ‘oh you work too much, you’re not around.’”
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“Well because I get it in the ear,” Teresa explained. “‘Oh your brother didn’t call me. It’s been five days since I didn’t hear from your brother.’”
“Listen to me. If I was sitting in a bar all day, sitting in restaurants, then that’s different story,” Joe said. “When you put in 15 hours a day, hard work. I’m exhausted.”
“I’m just saying, he bi***es to me all the time,” Teresa replied.
“I know my husband,” Melissa told the cameras. “When you push him, you constantly say the same thing to him over and over again. I know he is going to explode. Joe is a ticking time bomb. Like it’s going to happen.”
“He just wants to spend more time with Joe. That’s all I said.” Teresa reiterated.
Gia overheard the conversation and decided to step in to defend her mom.
“It’s not fair. We get it so much from Nono,” Gia said. “You don’t even know. We know you have work. Trust me I know. But if you don’t call him for a day, he says something.”
“Let me tell you, my business takes all my freaking time,” Joe said. “Is he going to pay my bills? No one is going to pay my bills. What am I going to do? Just give it all up?”
“You’re taking this too far,” Gia responded.
Melissa tried to interject to keep Gia from being involved.
“It’s not a big deal I hear all this stuff,” Gia insisted. “It’s really not adult talk. I hear everything and I like deal with it probably as equal as my mom does. Obviously my mom hears it ten times more. “
“Can’t my brother hear what I’m trying to say. It’s like I said it, my dad said it, now Gia,” Teresa told the cameras.
“At least try for a week, one designated day for Nono,” Gia asked her uncle Joe.
But Joe was not budging.
“Listen to me, I have no time,” Joe insisted. “I have no time. So I can’t be punished for that.”
“I don’t give a s**t,” Teresa said in response. “You have to make time. In life, that’s how it is. Kapeesh?”
Next week on RHONJ, the fight continues! While the girls take a trip to Oklahoma, Teresa and Melissa butt heads over Joe.
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