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‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ recap: Family secrets spill

From left, Caroline Manzo, Melissa Gorga, Kathy Wakile

From left, Caroline Manzo, Melissa Gorga, Kathy Wakile and Jacqueline Laurita at the Bravo network 2012 upfront presentation in Manhattan. (April 4, 2012) (Credit: AP )

Sunday’s “Real Housewives of New Jersey” showed viewers that life isn’t always so peachy-keen, no matter your Garden State ZIP code.

The Manzos really seemed to spill a lot of family secrets this episode. Chris, Albie and Lauren Manzo revealed what life was like in their father’s absence while he was working at the Brownstone. Caroline Manzo confessed that her husband arriving home for dinner at 5 p.m. was a world her children never knew. She even went on to say that she did not want her kids missing out on life because of an overly demanding job, like their father’s.

Then we have Jacqueline Laurita and her husband trying to help their son Nicholas as he struggles with autism, which is enough to make even reality show haters sympathize with this family. Let’s not forget about the Gorgas. Melissa Gorga is debating whether to reveal her late father’s cheating ways in her book, out of fear of “throwing someone under the bus” (though she discloses quite a bit of information on the show). Then she goes on to say how "animate" she is about being a good wife. Let's hope that line won't be in the book. Teresa Giudice and her brother Joe Gorga have yet to reconcile, but it’s not as if we expected a complete 180 from last week's gym fiasco.

And finally, we have Kathy and Richie Wakile who aren’t exactly seeing eye-to-eye on her cannoli business venture, in which they are partners. Richie hasn’t consulted Kathy on any decisions for her company and even said, “I married a housewife, not an entrepreneur.” What does that say for their marriage and his view about his wife’s goals?

We’ve journeyed from hair pulling and table flipping to struggling with family issues -- marital problems, parenting tactics. It seems that this is the most realistic season of the show yet. We might not be completely ready to call it a docu-series, but things seem to be more serious . . . except for the brief screaming match between Guidice and her cousin Rosie at the bar. We have to wonder when the over-the-top craziness that we're so used to will return.

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