After serving nearly a year in prison, Teresa Giudice was ready for a fresh start.
In an exclusive clip of Sunday’s episode of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Giudice and former best friend Jacqueline Laurita make an extremely awkward attempt at burying the hatchet on New Year’s Eve – just days after Giudice returned home from prison.
In fact, it’s Giudice, 44, who wants to mend fences, telling new Housewife Dolores Catania: “You never know, maybe we can rekindle our friendship – new year, new beginnings.”
When Laurita answers her phone call, Giudice says, “Dolores is here, she’s on her way to your house so I just figured let me call you and say happy New Year. I know our paths are going to cross soon.”
“New year, new beginning, I like that,” echoes Laurita. “I bet you’re very happy to be home with your kids. I’m happy for you.”
But when Laurita, 46, realizes her conversation with her longtime foe isn’t exactly private (several people are listening in via speaker phone), that’s when things get …. well … uncomfortable.
Giudice and Laurita were friends for 13 years, Laurita explained, but fell apart while filming the fourth and fifth season of RHONJ because they were arguing over, among other things, Giudice’s desire to keep her legal battles quiet.
Catania and fellow newbie Siggy Flicker, who have close friendships with both women, told PEOPLE Now recently, “We’re not in kindergarten and it’s not like, ‘I’m going to take your side, I’m going to take your side.’
But, she added, “There are so many highs and lows [between Teresa and Jacqueline] this is the real deal.”
The Real Housewives of New Jersey airs on Sundays (8 p.m. ET) on Bravo.