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'Real Housewives of New Jersey' recap: What is going on in Arizona?

Teresa and Joe Giudice at Pangea Nightclub at

Teresa and Joe Giudice at Pangea Nightclub at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Fla. (Aug. 11, 2013) (Credit: AP)

Our Jersey group should’ve visited this Arizona spa a long time ago.

Joe Gorga decided to take his wife Melissa on a spa vacation across the country for her birthday. It sounded like a good plan, but when he thought to include everyone on the trip – the Manzos, Lauritas and Giudices -- it seemed like a pleasant vacation might not necessarily be on the itinerary.

To viewers’ surprise, everyone was getting along. Teresa Giudice was repairing all of her relationships and the husbands were being more truthful and vulnerable than ever before. We definitely did not expect Joe Giudice to admit legal issues during that horse therapy session. Albert Manzo, the tough businessman, got teary-eyed when talking about the abuse he suffered as a child.

Is there something in the water in Arizona?

Next week seems to be a bit more dramatic as friends of the Gorgas and Giudices suggest they team up against enemies, presumably Melissa’s ex-best friend Jan. Whatever is to come, Melissa seems to be over the healing process and would like nothing more than a cocktail by the pool. Hopefully she has one before drama unfolds next week.

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