All Jacqueline Laurita wanted to do was sit down and talk to Teresa Giudice one-on-one.
The 46-year-old Housewife made that point very clear to Giudice, Melissa Gorga, Siggy Flicker and Dolores Catania, as the ladies gathered together at Rails Steakhouse in New Jersey for a lunch intended to bring the former friends back together.
She was able to do that immediately with Catania — as the two ladies quietly talked and immediately put their misunderstanding from last week behind them.
But the make-up session with Giudice went (pardon the pun) off the rails on Sunday’s Real Housewives of New Jersey finale, sending Laurita fleeing the scene — and leading Giudice to declare the end of their friendship once and for all.
“She’s done — she’s dead to me,” Giudice, 44, told the ladies. “I wanted to give her the kiss of death today but I can’t even f—— look at her. She makes me sick — she makes me want to vomit. She’s a disgrace. She’s a conniving, twisted, f——- bitch.”
Giudice didn’t stop there: “She’s toxic, evil, miserable — she’s psycho,” Giudice said. “She goes around hurting other people. It’s really sad. Maybe that’s why she’s a miserable woman who doesn’t leave her house. She’s a f—— cuckoo bird! She’s got issues.”
The Turning Tables author wasn’t just saying all these things behind Laurita’s back. The two got into a heated confrontation during Laurita’s brief time at the lunch, which was thrown by Flicker.
Laurita said she wanted to come to the event for Flicker — and to explain what motivated her to flip on Giudice and Gorga during their trip to Vermont.
“I know how it feels to be that person in the middle, seeing the people around you who you care about fighting,” Lauirta told Flicker. “I want to be able to make it more comfortable for everybody. Let’s be adults about it and get out how we’re feeling. I will be more than happy to explain where my anger is coming from — where my hurt is coming from.”
The mother of three — and new “Glamma” — also took responsibility for her bad behavior. “I took it too far in Vermont and I said horrible things to Teresa — and I take accountability for that,” Laurita said. “But I was very deeply hurt.”
Her reason for wanting to have a one-on-one conversation with Giudice also stemmed from the Vermont trip. “I saw the way it went down in Vermont. I couldn’t even put my ass in the chair before everybody tries to talk for each other. I want one-on-one. I just want to get to the bottom of where that animosity is coming from and just be able to move forward in a civil way,” Laurita confessed.
But had her approach been a little less harsh, perhaps Giudice would have heard and understood that. Instead, Laurita started aggressively ordering everyone around — even telling Gorga to leave.
“Jacqueline’s barking orders at me,” Giudice told viewers. “I’m not your child – I didn’t come out of you vagina. Who are you?”
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“You don’t tell me what to do,” Giudice snapped at Laurita. “We can talk one-on-one but they don’t have to leave the room … I want you guys to be in the room. I want you guys to see how she works.”
Laurita wasn’t having it, and decided to leave. “Until she has the balls to talk to me one-on-one, then I’m done,” she said — accusing Giudice of being “too scared” and “needing backup” from “her army” before leaving. “Why did I think I could come here and have a one-on-one conversation with these morons? They’re friggin’ animals.”
Giudice didn’t hold back. “You’re evil — you’re evil to the core,” she told Laurita. “She a coward. She’s running because she’s exposed,” she said as Laurita left.
While Catania and Flicker kicked off their heels and ran after Laurita, even they had to admit that Laurita was wrong in how she approached the situation. And though they didn’t catch Laurita before she drove away, they knew there was no chance now in repairing her friendship with Giudice and Gorga.
“That relationship is over,” Catania said. “Siggy and I, we tried our best. This [was] the last ditch effort.”
As for what drove Laurita apart from Giudice and Gorga in the first place, the three ladies seemed to have different opinions of the matter. Laurita said she thought Giudice was pretending to be her friend, and that Gorga jump on the bandwagon because she was “intimidated that Teresa and [she] were getting close.”
Gorga, meanwhile, said that it was Laurita who was unhappy that she and Giudice had repaired their friendship. “Her biggest problem is that she’s super paranoid,” Gorga said. “Hopefully we can just get some closure here.”
They didn’t find it at Rails — but perhaps they can during the two-part reunion. Just don’t expect any one-on-one time, Jac.
The Real Housewives of New Jersey airs Sundays (8 p.m. ET) on Bravo.