Entertainment TV 'RHONJ' : Melissa Gorga in the 'Worst Spot' as She Gets Caught in the Middle of Teresa & Margaret's Feud As the drama involving Teresa Giudice and Margaret Josephs carries on, Melissa Gorga was forced to pick between her sister-in-law and her friend By Joelle Goldstein Joelle Goldstein Twitter Joelle Goldstein is a TV Staff Editor for PEOPLE Digital. She has been with the brand for five years, beginning her time as a digital news writer, where she covered everything from entertainment news to crime stories and royal tours. Since then, she has worked as a writer-reporter on the Human Interest team and an associate editor on the TV team. In her current role, Joelle oversees all things TV and enjoys being able to say she has to watch The Kardashians, Dancing with the Stars and America's Got Talent for "work". Prior to joining PEOPLE, Joelle was employed at The Hollywood Reporter. She graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Television-Radio (and an appearance in the NCAA Women's Volleyball Final Four!) People Editorial Guidelines Published on April 19, 2022 09:00 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Melissa Gorga was caught between a rock and a hard place during this week's The Real Housewives of New Jersey. Tuesday's episode picked up where last week's ended off — in Nashville, where the women had taken a mini getaway with their husbands. However, tensions remained high between Teresa Giudice and Margaret Josephs after Teresa hurled a drink at Margaret during a dinner for allegedly leaking rumors about her fiancé, Luis "Louie" Ruelas. Though Teresa kept her distance from the group while they participated in Nashville activities throughout the episode, she finally reunited with everyone at a dinner in the backyard of the home they were staying in. During the meal, Teresa, 49, addressed the drink-hurling incident and said she was sorry for her behavior. "I wanted to apologize to the group about my actions yesterday. That's normally not how I act, but I love Louis very much, he's the love of my life, and when someone hurts him, they're hurting me," she said. "So that's why I acted the way I did yesterday, but I was provoked. And I just wanted to say sorry about what I did last night." Teresa Giudice and Melissa Gorga. Astrid Stawiarz/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images Teresa Hurls Drinks at Margaret After Claiming She Leaked Rumors About Her Fiancé While half the table commended Teresa for her genuine apology, the other half — including Margaret — were not convinced by her words. "Was that an apology?" Margaret asked Jackie Goldschneider and Housewives friend Traci Johnson. "She said I provoked it... you know what an apology is? 'I'm sorry for my behavior.' That's an apology." From left: Teresa Giudice, Melissa Gorga and Margaret Josephs. Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank/Getty; Astrid Stawiarz/Getty; Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images "It's a start," Melissa, 43, offered, but Margaret, 55, quickly shut her down. "No, it's not. Not at all," she responded. In a confessional, Melissa opened up about her sister-in-law's actions. "It's not the best apology but at the end of the day, this is probably the best she's gonna get." Teresa's brother, Joe Gorga, echoed his wife's sentiments in a confessional of his own: "A few years ago, there would've been zero chance of an 'I'm sorry' coming out of her mouth. This is growth for Teresa. Even if Margaret doesn't see it, this is huge, this is big!" Eventually, Jennifer Aydin brought the matter to Teresa's attention, saying, [Margaret] is not happy with it, though. I thought that was very nice. Margaret, you didn't appreciate that?" "It wasn't for Margaret, it was for the group," Teresa fired back. Teresa Giudice and Luis Ruelas with Melissa and Joe Gorga. Teresa Giudice/Instagram RHONJ: Teresa Feuds with Margaret and Traci After They Question Her Fiancé Standing her ground, Margaret maintained that Teresa's apology "was not an apology" because "apology 101 does not come with a 'but'." As expected, Teresa then became increasingly furious at Margaret's words and demanded that Melissa tell her she "didn't say 'but'." "She didn't like the word 'provoked,'" Melissa attempted to explain to Teresa, before asking in a confessional, "What am I supposed to do? I know she's wrong in saying that to Margaret and I wanna tell her, but she's basically holding us hostage." Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. It certainly wasn't the first time, either. As shown in a flashback, Teresa had a similar reaction to the previous drama that unfolded on the show, putting her brother and sister-in-law in the middle. "I'm your sister, you need to set that bitch straight," Teresa said on the phone to Joe and Melissa in the flashback. "I'm serious. Otherwise, you and me are not gonna have a relationship." RELATED VIDEO: Dolores Catania Weighs in on All the Spats and Rumors Weighing Down This Season of RHONJ Margaret continued to push the matter, telling Teresa, "You made excuses. You don't know how to apologize." But Teresa was not having it, and once again, called on her sister-in-law to intervene. "Melissa, tell her to shut the f— up. Melissa, I swear to god," she said. By this point, Melissa was clearly distressed and opted to stay quiet, putting her hands up and covering her eyes. The rest of the group also began to disperse from the table amid the growing tensions. "If I agree with Margaret, Teresa is gonna be pissed," Melissa said in a confessional. "If I agree with Teresa, Margaret's gonna look at me like I'm an a—hole. There's no worst spot to be in." The Real Housewives of New Jersey airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on Bravo.