May 18, 2009 12:00 PM

Bravo, May 12, 11 p.m. ET/PT |



This latest chapter in the Bravo franchise starts with footage of powerfully groomed ladies driving expensive cars down the Jersey turnpike and arriving at their McMansions—a jokey nod to The Sopranos. If anything, these Housewives—two of whom, Caroline and Dina Manzo, are sisters whose husbands are brothers—make Carmela Soprano look like Camilla Parker Bowles. They don’t censor a single opinion or feeling, many of which are happily vulgar. What more could you want? As one says of her sister-in-law, “Jacqueline’s heart, it’s as big as her boobies” (pronounced buh-bees). In the premiere, everyone’s obsessed with divorcée Danielle Staub. She claims to have gotten a black American Express card before Madonna and has phone sex with a man whose online name is “Gucci Model.” The show is rococo with such details. Like? Caroline’s son wants to start a combo car wash-strip joint chain. Bada bing!

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