RHONJ Finale: 'I'm a Survivor,' Says an Emotional Teresa Giudice
On the season finale of The Real Housewives of New Jersey Sunday night, viewers were finally able to see the wives’ reaction to the recent prison sentencing of Teresa Giudice and husband Joe on fraud charges.
“That’s why your [family’s] getting destroyed now,” said Teresa Aprea, who was still angry at Giudice for spreading the rumor that her husband, Rino, slept with her mother. “Karma’s a bitch. Clink, clink,” she continued, mimicking the sound of handcuffs.
The finale centered on Dina Manzo‘s Project Ladybug annual charity event to raise money for children with cancer, but the simmering tension between the twins and Giudice nearly overshadowed it.
“Teresa, are you that stupid?” Nicole Napolitano asked Giudice at the event about why she shared the rumor with Manzo, before Aprea. Napolitano’s twin added, “Please let me think you have a brain.”
“I’m not stupid,” said Giudice. “I wasn’t trying to hurt you.”
“If it’s about anyone in my family, leave it at the curb with the trash,” said Aprea, who then hugged it out with Giudice.
But the finale ended with more drama, as the wives finally shared their emotional reactions to the Giudices’ sentencing.
“There are consequences to the choices you make in life,” said Napolitano.
An emotional Jacqueline Laurita joined Kathy Wakile and sister Rosie Pierri, who led the family in prayer, as they waited to hear the news.
“I struggled with whether or not to reach out to you,” Laurita texed to Giudice after sobbing uncontrollably. “I want you to know no matter what, I will always love you.”
“Teresa, have you been watching Orange Is the New Black?” a reporter yelled at Giudice, as cameras showed her leaving the courthouse after being sentenced, bringing the all-too-real and tumultuous season to an end.
“I’m a survivor,” Giudice said, before stating to Andy Cohen in an upcoming sneak peek of the reunion, “This is probably going to be my last reunion.”
Part One of The Real Housewives of New Jersey reunion will air Nov. 2 at 8 p.m. ET on Bravo.