housewives_newjersey320I have a new TV guilty pleasure:  Brava’s The Real Housewives of New Jersey.  None of the others (Orange County, New York, Atlanta) ever appealed to me at all and if I passed them while channel surfing,  I would usually roll my eyes in amazement.  But for some reason New Jersey’s got me hooked and I can’t explain why.  Maybe it’s because they’re just so very different from anyone I’ve ever encountered.  Maybe it’s the sheer cattiness.  Who knows? 

All the women are extremely successful, wealthy, fashionable,  and dedicated to family.  They’re also connected to each other in some form or fashion.  Caroline and Dina are sister’s married to brothers.  Jacqueline is also their sister-in-law.  Teresa and Danielle are connected to the group through friendship, but things aren’t always so friendly.  However,  since I found this gem of a show a little late into the season, I’m not real sure of Teresa’s exact connection to the others in the group outside of friendship.  

Each lady has their own individual concerns.  Caroline, my favorite, is a businesswoman and mother to grown children.  She seems to stay on the fringe of most of the internal drama.  Dina, her sister, is also a businesswoman and mother of one teenage daughter.  She’s slightly overprotective.  She is also Danielle’s nemesis. Jacqueline is the other sister-in-law and seems to be Danielle’s connection to the group.  In my opinion, Jacqueline is the most indecisive of the group.  Teresa is the mother of three young girls and is in the process of building a massive home.  She seems to be the most easy-going.  Then there’s Danielle, the one with the sordid past that’s beginning to catch up with her.  Jacqueline is her only friend within the group and the tension between Danielle and the others is only increasing.  Now saying all that, I have to admit that I missed Tuesday night’s episode, much to my displeasure.    So if anyone knows the highlights, please fill me in. 

Also, questions to consider:  Are the New Jersey housewives different from the previous housewives?  Which group is your favorite?  What do you think about the possibility of The Real Housewives of Washington, D.C. – where the next group of housewives may be from?

AAR Heather