Tonight on the Real Housewives of New Jersey, we watched as Joe Giudice said goodbye to his family and friends before he surrendered to Fort Dix in New Jersey.
Before saying goodbye, Teresa spent time with her husband and daughters decorating cupcakes at the famous Magnolia Bakery. Teresa admitted she hoped Joe leaving didn’t scar her children for life, saying, “I’m not prepared for the day when Joe’s leaving.”
Meanwhile, Jacqueline Laurita and her daughter Ashlee were talking about how Teresa didn’t reach out to either of them after they revealed the news that Ashlee was pregnant. Jac seemed sad she hadn’t heard from Teresa, but not surprised.
Siggy Flicker was also spending time with her family as she got her kids, her parents, and her sister together for some bonding. Just as Siggy had been complaining to her kids for not spending enough time with her, Siggy’s mother cried to her that her and her sister didn’t spend enough time with her. Siggy and her family ventured out to see a Holocaust memorial and hear about Siggy’s father’s experience during the war. Siggy’s own kids, especially her son, seemed really touched by their grandfather’s story of survival.
Jacqueline and Chris went bowling with Kathy and Richie Wakile, along with Kathy’s sister Rosie and her girlfriend, Laura. Chris revealed how he was initially going to attend Joe Giudice’s going away party, but after he spoke with Dolores Catania, he decided he better stay home with his wife and show where his loyalties lie.
In an intimate moment, Joe and Teresa reflected how he was going to be leaving their family for the next 3 1/2 years. He told his wife he just wanted to get it over with. “You paid your debt,” he said to Teresa. “I’m ready to pay my debt.” He told his wife in prison you either learn to become a criminal or a better person and he was determined to become a better person.
The party was sad even though the Giudices tried to have a good time with their family and friends. Joe and Teresa rode a bull together and their lawyer presented Joe with medals of St. Joseph and St. Theresa to keep with him while serving his sentence.
And early one morning, Joe left for jail. He hugged an emotional Teresa and then got into the back of an SUV. Melissa Gorga and her husband, Joe, were also there, standing by. Both of them cried as they watched the couple leave while their daughters cried as they looked on from the windows above.
Melissa told her husband she received a text from Teresa that said, “Love you.” To the camera, Melissa said, “I couldn’t be happier to be the one that she is relying on right now.”
While Jacqueline, Siggy and Dolores planned Ashlee’s baby shower they discussed Joe’s departure and Siggy argued whether or not Joe deserved to be in jail. “You would have to be an empty shell of a person for this not to affect you.”
Jacqueline said that Teresa “was like a sister” to her and that her heart broke for Teresa and Joe’s daughters. She said that if Teresa ever called her (but added that she knew that wouldn’t happen) she would be there for her former friend.
Later that night, Teresa crawled into bed with three of her four daughters (Gia was at cheerleading practice) and they all prayed and cried together.
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