Cheating Rumors Surface About Melissa Gorga in Season 5 Episode 6; Kim D and Jennifer Dalton Say Teresa Did Not Know the Topic of Melissa’s Infidelity Was Going to be Discussed at ‘Girls Night Out’ (Updated 7/8/2013)
Episode 6: Drinking with the Enemy
The dirt is rich in the garden state. Cheating rumors surface about Melissa, and an awkward exchange between Caroline and her husband, Al, unearths new feelings. Meanwhile, Teresa enlists Rosie’s help to plan a healing retreat that could bring her face to face with her old friend, Jacqueline. Kathy tries to stay downwind from the stink, but the entire trip has her calling foul.
On July 1, 2013, Penny Drossos’ (@PDKHair) friend, Will Love (@WillLoveInc), tweeted about her scenes for season 5 being left on the editing room floor – it appears that he is upset because Bravo will be using Melissa’s former friend Jan Marie DeDolce, rather than her former friend Penny, as a way to introduce the storyline that Melissa is a cheater (like her father – according to Melissa, her father was “a man who cheats”).
Will Love @WillLoveInc
If @BravoPR wants 2 avoid another lawsuit-dont take out animosity on @PDKHair. Keep all her scenes b/c using Jan as scapegoat=WORSE4U! #RHONJ
Lee Trampolina @LisaTrampolina
@WillLoveInc @BravoPR @PDKhair We all know what is going to happen. They will edit Penny to look like the bad guy
Will Love @WillLoveInc
@LisaTrampolina @BravoPR I think @BravoTV feels editing @PDKhair out & making it seem like Jan said what she said is slick BUT its bad move.
Lee Trampolina @LisaTrampolina
@WillLoveInc @BravoPR @Bravotv @PDKhair Whose Jan? We all know Bravo will give Penny bad edit cos of all the backlash of strippergate
Lee Trampolina @LisaTrampolina
@WillLoveInc @BravoPR @Bravotv @PDKhair They want us to believe its all happy families but we know the truth they all hate each other
Will Love @WillLoveInc
@LisaTrampolina @BravoPR @Bravotv Just keep all of @PDKhair scenes in. Takin out JTGs lawsuit on her + manipulating Jan’s words=more legal bs
Lee Trampolina @LisaTrampolina
@WillLoveInc @BravoPR @Bravotv @PDKhair In real world that would happen Will but we all know how much Bravo manipulates the show & edits
Will Love @WillLoveInc
@LisaTrampolina @BravoPR From 1 gay 2 another Im doin @bravoandy a favor. I’m warnin @bravotv 2 play fair w @PDKhair 4 their own legal benefit
Lee Trampolina @LisaTrampolina
@WillLoveInc @BravoPR @BravoAndy @Bravotv @PDKhair Personally I hope they sue Bravo. They think they can play god & ruin lives & reputations
It looks like Penny’s role in season 5 is being mimimized because of the altercation at the grand opening of Posche 2, where Joe Gorga and the Lauritas attacked Penny’s husband, John Karagiorgis (in what John’s lawyer says was a premeditated assault). This could mean that the phone call with Mike won’t air, which is a very lucky break for Melissa – this call was taped on December 3, 2013 at the Holiday Posche Fashion Show (see photos below), when the topic of Melissa’s cheating came up on camera for the first time in season 5 (only Teresa, Kim D, Jennifer Dalton and Penny Drossos attended the show).
As gessiewtf pointed out, Bravo is not going to take any chances in portraying Penny and her husband in a negative light now because of the brawl and pending litigation. This would explain why the trailer has no scenes from the latter part of the season (as noted in a comment by Lauren Bushman).
It appears that Bravo is using Jan instead of Penny as the primary source for revealing Melissa as a cheater. She is the “Jan” whom Will Love was referring to in his Twitter rant on July 1st.
Episode 5 includes footage from a lunch date where Melissa meets with Jan and another friend, Maria, to tell them about her advice book on marriage, which is followed by footage from January 31, 2013, of Jan (identified as Melissa’s friend) with Penny (identified as Kim D’s friend), Jennifer Dalton (identified as Teresa’s friend), Kim D and Teresa at girls night out at Bellissimo’s restaurant – this is where Jan says that Melissa “did something with an ex” and that “she whispered in his ear, saying that she wants him”; Penny says “she had an affair”; and Jan (or Jennifer) adds that “he’s admitted that she blew him.”
Melissa’s friend Maria tweeted during the episode’s premiere that the scene was edited to make it seem like she was not supporting Melissa:
“Lol. If you only knew what really happened…Of course I support my best FRIEND. 100%. #cutandpaste” – Maria Chappa @MsMariaChapp, July 7, 13, Twitter
Melissa tweeted that her friend Maria was given a bad edit:
“Love how they make it look like my friend @MsMariaChappa was making faces.. We were having a completely different conversation there…” – Melissa Gorga, July 7, 13, Twitter
And someone tweeted Melissa, pointing out that she is fine with editing when it’s her sister-in-law that gets the bad edit:
“Melissa, are you selling out Bravo? Haha how do you like the editing thus season? It was all fine and good when your sil got the bad edit! Karma’s a bitch!”
Teresa’s friend Heather Maclean (and co-writer of her cookbooks) also tweeted during the episode’s premiere, saying that Teresa, Kim D and Jennifer were out for drinks and Penny and Jan came over under the pretense of talking about carrying Milania Hair Care products in their salons (she also said that Teresa eventually walked away from the conversation):
“Teresa, Kim D, & Jennifer were out for drinks. Penny & Jan just came over. TERESA WALKED AWAY. I’m so disgusted by Sirens’ editing. I cannot believe they spliced it together to look like Teresa sat there. She got up & walked away. The only reason Teresa was talking to Jan & Penny in the first place was because they own salons & said they wanted to carry Milania Hair Care.” – Heather Maclean (@HeatherMaclean), July 7, 13, Twitter
In a July 8th tweet, Jennifer swore that Kim D setup the meeting with Jan and Penny, telling her and Teresa that “two salon owners wanted to carry Milania.”
“@Teresa_Giudice @melissagorga @joegorga I swear @KimDPosche set up meeting w/jan & penny telling us 2 salon owners want to carry Milania! … I did say that this was not Teresa, it was all Kim D. Tre nor I knew who was coming. ” – Jennifer Dalton, July 8, 2013, Twitter
“A friend sent me an excerpt from a blog & I’m laughing hysterically. Cute 1950’s names & they wanted to carry your hairline? BULLSHIT!!! Hurry, go rewrite the blog now that I called you out. Penny & Jan didn’t go to talk about haircare, they went to talk about affair. Period! … Topic of conversation was about bringing up infidelities, you knew about it, & you wanted it said, so stop the bullshit !!! … For the record We didn’t turn on anyone, they turned on us. We took blame until others took advantage & tried making us look crazed. #NoMore” – John Karagiorgis (@JohnnyTheGrk), July 8, 2013, Twitter
John also tweeted that no one knew Jan but Penny, that they’ve been friends for years, and someone (the producers or Kim D?) begged Penny to bring Jan:
“If people write blogs about how & why events took place or how people came to meet it must be honest because we were there. #NoMoreCoverUps … No one knew Jan but Penny. Penny & Jan have been friends for years. Penny was BEGGED to bring Jan. Period!!!… Things don’t fall into anyone’s lap …. Penny was begged to bring it. That’s truth !!!” – John Karagiorgis (@JohnnyTheGrk), July 7, 13, Twitter
In Teresa’s TH, she said she heard the rumor before, confronted Melissa about it a long time ago, Melissa said it wasn’t true, and Teresa left it at that:
“So, at this point, for Teresa, the Melissa cheating story is old news.” – rfeliciat, July 7, 2013, Famewhorgas
After the lunch date with Jan, Maria and Melissa – and after the girls night out with Jan and the others – Jennifer has lunch with Melissa and spills the beans on them all. She tells Melissa that Jan and Penny “had a lot to say about you and your history.” She goes on to say that Jan is not her friend, and tells her that Jan told them that she has been cheating and that “you guys have been messing around on and off for a long time, for years.”
Melissa responds in shock that Jan, one of her best friends, who she just had lunch with and who was in her wedding, has been “meeting with my sister-in-law and lying about me.”
Jennifer asks Melissa, “Who is [name bleeped out, but you can tell she said Bryan] anyway, like, I don’t get it?” Melissa replies that it is someone she dated 10 years ago. Jennifer explains that “they made it sound like you talk to him and you speak to him on the phone, you see him… I mean, she was going in on you.”
Bryan confirmed on Twitter that his name was bleeped out because Bravo needs his permission to air it, and he turned them down, numerous times:
“@FauxRealityET @bulldog_nj @Bravotv they need his permission to air his name so they had to bleep it.” – Ellen Michelle White (@realwhitegirl1), July 8, 2013, Twitter
“@realwhitegirl1 @FauxRealityET yes they do & I turned down filming numerous times. Kinda funny for a man who was looking for fame & $ huh.” – Bryan (@bulldog_nj), July 8, 2013, Twitter
“All about hurting people and fame, $ I just don’t get it. It’s funny all the lies they perceive.” – Bryan (@bulldog_nj), July 8, 2013, Twitter
When a follower tweeted Bryan on July 8th, saying she was glad he doesn’t participate in the “BS with producers” and told him not to sign anything with Sirens Media since they will “use you, abuse you and leave you to cleanup up your reputation (look what they did to Johnny, Penny’s husband)”, Bryan replied that “only a fool would be on the show” and said, “I haven’t signed a thing – I’m not that guy! Will never happen.”
Of course, Melissa asks, “What is my sister-in-law saying through all of this?” Jennifer tells her that, “She didn’t say anything, to be real honest with you, she didn’t say much, she was just listening.” Jennifer goes on to say that “Teresa had nothing to do with this, she wasn’t the one that instigated and she wasn’t the one that brought them there – it was Kim D. Kim got it out for you girl!”
Of course, Joe and Melissa blame it all on Teresa, with Melissa in her TH saying, “Teresa’s bag of tricks is about as deep as Kim D,” and Joe in his TH saying, “I know Teresa put Kim D up to it.”
When Jennifer meets Teresa for lunch later in the episode, she tells Teresa she met with Melissa and told her what went down because she wants to build trust with Melissa so that she will list her home with Jennifer instead of the other realtor. Teresa explains to her that by saying she was there, Melissa is going to think she had something to do with it. Jennifer assures her that she told Melissa “Kim D is the one that got these people to come – she believes me, trust me, because I sat with her.” Jennifer suggests that maybe Teresa speak to Kim D about this kind of stuff since “Kim D is a shit starter and it could be turned around on you when it wasn’t you!”
It looks like Jan in the photos above with Melissa from NJGuido.com. The top photo was taken at Club Deko (Club Deko is now Ikon Lounge) in Sayreville, NJ, on April 12, 2003, and the bottom photo was taken on April 7, 2003 [Melissa met Joe Gorga in Cancun in March 2003 but didn’t start dating him until October 2003].
The following is an excerpt from the February 11, 2013 Reality Tea article about Jan Marie DeDolce.
Today’s exclusive gem features a friend that Melissa used to be close to, Jan Marie DeDolce. Source A tells us that Melissa dropped Jan (who was a bridesmaid in Melissa’s wedding) like a hot potato once she hit it big with RHONJ. Melissa reportedly dug Jan up out of the friendship graveyard recently because she needed a favor.
“Melissa reached out to her recently (because she needed a favor!) to attend one of her events that was being filmed. Jan also then filmed with Teresa and Kim D from Posche. Jan expressed how Melissa hasn’t been a good friend to her and never supported her business (a salon called Teeze).”
Source A continues:
“Melissa LIVES at hair salons yet NEVER went to or helped promote Jan’s salon. Once again, Melissa just uses people to get what she needs. Melissa doesn’t really have any friends so when she has events she has to call random people so when they tape it appears she has friends.”
Our other sources say that this story is only half true. Source B shared with us:
“They were really good friends. Jan was fun, and Melissa and her used to party on the shore when they were younger. Jan was always wild and was drawn to the wrong guys. Her fiancé died in front of her in Aruba of a drug overdose. Then Jan met Joseph Timpanaro, the father of her daughter and now ex-husband who is a drug addict. While Melissa was building a family, Jan’s life was going downhill. Melissa tried to be there for her, but they just went in two different directions.”
Source B says it’s not true that Melissa hadn’t contacted Jan since she signed on for the show:
“Jan was with Melissa and Kathy at the Halloween Party that aired in Season 3, but Bravo didn’t show her. She was also invited to several parties that were filmed during Season 3 and never showed up. Before Season 3 aired, Jan began to lose touch because she had been going through a lot with her ex-husband Joseph Timpanaro at the time, who is currently in jail on drug charges.”
Melissa and Jan did have a falling out in December of 2011 when a certain photo of Melissa (that Jan took) started making the rounds online. Melissa eventually forgave her and the two had lunch and tried to stay in touch.
An insider tells us:
“Funny that Jan is now trying to cover up why she will be shown filming with Melissa, saying how great Melissa’s marriage is and then shown again weeks later filming with Kim D and Teresa talking bad about Melissa and her marriage.”
Jan and Melissa reportedly got together for lunch in early December, weeks before Jan was invited to film a lunch with Melissa and her close friends around Christmas.
Source C tells us that Jan is definitely after some airtime – at any cost:
“Jan is playing extremely dirty. She is fabricating a story to bring drama to the show in the hopes that Bravo will cast her. She feels that it is within reach since she was friends with Melissa. She is willing to make a fool of herself and look two-faced filming with Melissa congratulating her on her book and saying how strong her marriage with Joe is and then turning around and filming with Melissa’s sister-in-law Teresa saying her ex-best friend’s marriage is a sham.”
Source C says that Melissa’s enemies/frienemies are coming out in full force since she announced her new book:
“The second Melissa announced that she was releasing a book on her ‘hot and happy’ marriage, the accusations and attacks started rolling in. Jan is a snake. She doesn’t care if she ruins a family over her lies.”
Also during episode 6, Joe Gorga says that when he is frustrated with his sister he usually has sex with his wife.
“Wow … that speaks volumes. Once again, there is something wrong with Joe Gorga’s feelings towards Teresa – he’s trying to hurt her as a lover tries when he’s hurt. Then I remember this photo from his wedding when he has hand on Teresa’s bottom. It’s creepy and there is definitely something wrong with him.” – lemonmarabou, July 4, 2013, Famewhorgas
“I just finished watching the First Look episode on my DVR. Just like lemonmarabou above commented on, I am flabbergasted that Josephine told Rich he has sex with Melissa when he is mad at his sister. I remember how Teresa caught such flak, and still does, being accused of having ‘unhealthy’ feelings towards her brother. Now this is the third time Josephine has said something that has made me cringe and think how odd for a brother to be saying something like that. The first time was when he told Teresa she looked so sexy in the therapist’s office – she was wearing red – last season. Then he told Caroline his relationship with Teresa is like girlfriend and boyfriend. Now he says he has sex with his wife when he’s mad at Teresa. (Sidenote to Melissa – two things – that must make YOU feel real secure in your relationship and will that be included in your book on how to have a sexy marraige? – Just asking.) I find this really disturbing. When I heard Josie telling Rich that, my mouth fell open. I am usually not one to ‘go there’ as it has such an ick factor and I definitely don’t want to accuse anyone of anything that isn’t really there. While I don’t have a brother, I do understand sort of what a close relationship would be between a brother and sister as my husband is very close to his sister but certainly not like that! Maybe I am being overly sensitive but this doesn’t seem like normal behavior from a brother to a sister, or is it just me?!” – Jeannie5233, July 4, 2013, Famewhorgas
The following are transcripts for the previews of season 5 episode 6.
Teresa Dares You to Retreat:
Joey answers a phone call from Teresa.
Joey: Hello! What’s up?
Teresa: Are you into going on a retreat with me?
Rich: What’s next? Were going to fu*king hang out with the Brutus?
Teresa TH: More than anything i want to do this retreat for my dad. Hopefully, we can make this work.
Teresa, hugging her father: You know I love you?!
Nonno smiles and shakes his head “Yes!”
Rosie to Kathy: I’m gettin’ in her face! She was gettin’ in mine! I was slamming the table! I fu*ked my hand up!
Jennifer to Melissa: Jan told me, Teresa, and Kim D that you’ve been cheating on your husband. Kim D got it out for you, girl!
Melissa to Kim D with Jacqueline and Chris in attendance: I heard about your little outing. . .
Jacqueline is watching the conversation.
Kim D: I have not done anything wrong.
Melissa” How did she end up with you and my sister-in-law talking sh*t about me?
Jacqueline continues to watch very intently.
Melissa: You’re always in the middle of this bullsh*t!!
Jacqueline TH, screaming and imitating Teresa in a high pitched voice: Lyar Bitch!! You’re a Ly-ar!! You Lyy-arr!! Lyy-aarrr!!
Jacqueline to Chris: Teresa’s up to her old tricks
Kathy and Jacqueline are shopping and Kathy is on the phone with Teresa.
Teresa: I’m kinda in this mess because of Jacqueline. . .
Jacqueline grabs phone out of Kathy’s hand.
Jacqueline: I’ll take that!!! Hi!!!! You still want me to go on the retreat?!
Teresa: I dare you!!
Teresa Blames Jacqueline for the Feud:
Jacqueline and Kathy are shopping at a boutique.
Jacqueline: I like this store! I like these little leather skirts.
Kathy, picking up a pair of jeans: Whew! No!
Jacqueline: Try to find a good butt jean! Especially when your butt is out of shape!
Kathy TH: Jacqueline’s been dealing with a lot at home with her son Nicholas but I think she needs to get out more and do adult things.
Jacqueline models a top for Kathy and the shopkeeper.
Shopkeeper: It looks great! You just need to shorten the bottom a bit.
Kathy: The color looks great on you!
Kathy’s phone rings and she answers it on speakerphone.
Teresa: Hi Kat! How are you?
Kathy: Good! What’s going on?
Jacqueline browses the racks and smiles cunningly.
Teresa: You know I was with Rosie the other night.
Kathy: Yeah. . .
Teresa: And I told her about I wanted to go away on this retreat.
Kathy: Oh yeah. She mentioned something about that.
Teresa: Yeah. I wanted us to all go.
Kathy: I know Rosie mentioned she wanted Caroline and Jacqueline to come too.
Teresa: I really don’t speak to Jacqueline but if you extended the invitation, you know, by all means.
Kathy: Sounds like you really want to resolve any kind of issues and that’s good to hear.
Jacqueline looks on and seems puzzled, but amused.
Teresa: I’ve always wanted to make up with my brother and also, you know I’m kind of in this mess with my brother because of Jacqueline.
Jacqueline grabs the phone out of Kathy’s hand.
Jacqueline: I’ll take that!! Hi!! I’m on speakerphone with Kathy!
Jacqueline: I think it’s great that you’re trying to work things out with your family but you need to stop blaming me for your family issues.
Teresa: You should’ve kept your mouth shut instead of telling my brother that I’m the one that set the whole thing up.
Jacqueline: Honey, you were at the salon earlier that day with that guy. . .
Teresa: Don’t call me “honey”, bitch.
Kathy: Give me the phone back! Give me the phone back!
Jacqueline, pulling away from Kathy: Listen, you knew she was the target and you were with him all day.
Kathy: I’m gonna leave. I’m gonna leave. I didn’t want this. . .
Jacqueline: After it happened. . .
Teresa is talking on the other end but it is inaudible.
Jacqueline: Are you talking over me because you’re guilty. . .
Kathy reaches for the phone but Jacqueline pushes her hand away.
Jacqueline: Are you talking over me because you’re guilty cause you asked me to call out Melissa and I wouldn’t do it so you had someone else do it?!?
Teresa: La, la, la, la, la, la
Jacqueline to Kathy: Listen to her!!
Kathy: Stop! She’s not listening! You’re not listening!
Jacqueline, laughing and clearly enjoying herself: You have lost your mind, Teresa!!!
Jacqueline continues to push away Kathy’s attempts to get the phone and says to Kathy: She has lost her fu*king mind!!
Teresa: Oh my God! Please!
Jacqueline: I’m actually very concerned about you because you’re not. . .
Kathy: This is not. . .Okay. . .
Jacqueline: acting normal!!
Kathy TH: The crazy train is out of control! We’re in a boutique here! Hello?!?!?!
Teresa’s Dad Comes Home:
In Teresa’s kitchen.
Teresa to Milania: Hi, sweetheart!
Gia: Can I wear a regular apron?
Joe: What’s wrong with that one?
Gia: It looks weird!
Teresa: It doesn’t look weird!
Gia, as she walks out: Let me just go.
Joe: What’s the big deal? Everybody else is wearing ’em. Nobody else has a problem. She has a problem with it.
Teresa: She’s twelve and she’s going through puberty.
Milania: That means she’s having a baby?? Ah!
Joe: Milania, zip it!!
The front doorbell rings.
Teresa, smiling: Oh, who’s here?!
Milania runs to the door and opens it.
Giacinto: Open, sesamo!!
Filomena: Hi, Milania! We came to make sausage today, yeah?!
Giacinto to Milania: Give me kiss!!
Milania reaches up to kiss him: Hi, Nonno!!
Teresa: Hi, Ma!
Teresa goes over to her father laughing happily, hugs and kisses him as she takes off his coat.
Teresa TH: I’m really happy that my dad is out of the hospital. I just love him being around.
Gabriella to Nonno Giacinto, as she hugs him: Hi, Santa Claus!
Nonno Giacinto rubs his whiskers affectionately on Gabriella’s face.
Teresa TH: My dad raised us with a lot of respect. I would never raise my voice to my father, but I’ve seen my brother do that with my dad and with me.
Flashback to the Christening to the scene of Joey pounding on the table with his fists as his father watches. The fight ensues.
Joey, crying and screaming: Do you understand me?? You’re my fu*king father!!!
Giacinto: Go cry to your mother.
Back to Teresa’s kitchen with the family together to make sausage.
Teresa TH: My parents mean the world to me. They’re all I have and with my dad’s health being so bad, my brother and I should be getting along. It’s disrespectful.
Hat Tip: Thank you Jeannie5233 for transcribing the videos and for the links to Jan Marie DeDolce!