Heather Maclean Says Teresa “Begged Andy to Fire Her” When They Cast Melissa Gorga; Joe and Melissa Quickly Pack to Leave the Retreat While Joe and Teresa Share “Sexy Time” in a Jacuzzi Tub
Teresa Giudice’s friend of five years and co-writer Heather Maclean (@heathermaclean) says that Teresa can’t leave RHONJ because she is “locked into a contract.” When Bravo cast Melissa, Heather says Teresa begged Andy to fire her, but he said, “Dream on.” She also said that “the entire show being about destroying a family is sickening,” and gave her opinion of the Gorgas by tweeting: “The ‘family’ who signed up to do it, reprehensible.”
The following is the partial transcript for a preview of season 5 episode 8, “The Fight Fallout,” where Melissa and Joey pack quickly to leave the retreat.
Melissa [from the bathroom]: He’s the shit husband, he’s all these things!
Joe: If my dad passes tomorrow, God forbid – knock on fucking wood (knocks on wood) – I will have my own funeral without her – she deserves what she got.
Melissa [coming out of the bathroom- highly agitated and upset]: No more of this fixing! This is my family too! Do you understand me?! Those three babies are mine too! I’m done! They’re not normal, I don’t care! Guess what, honey?! Saddam Hussein – that’s someone’s brother too! It doesn’t mean that he’s a good person. Let’s go! How long you gonna take to put a shirt on?
The following is the transcript for another preview of episode 8, “Sexy Times to Relieve Stress,” where Teresa and Joe share a jacuzzi bathtub.
Room service knocks on the bathroom door and Teresa and Joe are in the tub together.
Teresa: Come in!
Server walks in.
Juicy: How are you?
Juicy: Thank God you came in because, I tell you the truth, I was ready to dehydrate in this thing.
Teresa: After the day we had today, we definitely need this.
Juicy: If I wake up tomorrow morning the way I’m feeling right now, you’re is brother’s doomed. If I wake up tomorrow morning feeling good, I’ll give him another shot. Maybe I’ll take him fishing.
Server fills their glasses and sets them on the ledge.
Teresa: Thank you! Thank you so much!
Juicy: Thank you.
Teresa and Joe kiss and share glasses, not able to correctly interlock their arms.
Teresa TH: Tonight was actually exhausting to me. Sexy time relieves a lot of stress. My husband was defending my honor, so I’m gonna give him a little brown chicka brawn chow! (laughs and tries to wink). I don’t know how to wink.
In Teresa’s TH during season 5 episode 7, she says, “My brother – do I feel like he’s taking this serious, no.” She’s right – the Gorgas made it clear in the last episode that they considered the retreat “an intervention” and were going to “confront Teresa” and “put an end to the bullshit.” Here’s what they said in the previous episode:
Joey TH: Now Teresa wants to do this family retreat. You now what, we’re going to definitely go and confront Teresa.
Melissa TH: This retreat might as well be an intervention. So pack your bags, lets put an end to this bullshit once and for all because I’m done.
However, in Melissa’s Bravo blog, she worded it differently, stating: “we truly wanted to get to the bottom of the problem,” Teresa (without using her name) “wasn’t being honest” and “was pretending she wanted to fix things”, and Teresa was the reason “they could never really move forward.” She also reused the same phrase she’s been using since season 3: “We weren’t going to be fake.”
“Joe and I were skeptical about the retreat from the start… We decided if we were going to go to this retreat, we weren’t going to be fake… It may have seemed harsh, but we were being real and we truly wanted to get to the bottom of the problem… When people don’t want to be honest and pretend they want to fix things you can never really move forward. There were so many ugly things being said about us and we just wanted it to stop… Our whole crew had doubts about how productive the weekend would go.”
In her blog she did not address the comments she made about the Giudice’s marriage and Joe Giudice’s intelligence:
“He doesn’t love her. He’s a cheater. He’s an asshole. So he doesn’t give a fuck what she does.”
“I think Joe Giudice is so in to these games because his brain [motions like his brain is small] could understand the content of what we were doing.”
Nor did she address the comments Richie made about her feelings toward Teresa:
“She doesn’t upset me, and the truth of it, she doesn’t upset Melissa either because we don’t give a shit about her.”
“Teresa won’t admit that she has anything to do with any of these rumors about Melissa.”
In her blog, she says, “We do eventually figure out a way to climb up from rock bottom.” During episode 7, she accused Teresa of being involved in the cheating rumors and called Teresa a monster, and Teresa said she was “fuckin’ malicious,” so it will be interesting to see how they get to a better place in upcoming episodes:
“My sister-in-law needs prescription drugs. She’s a monster! And even though she completely denies any involvement with the rumors, when someone’s talking bad about me, there’s Teresa. She can’t get any dirtier.”
“This is the Melissa I know. Fuckin’ malicious. She plays the sweet one or the victim – that’s not Melissa.”
Surely Melissa will never discuss her husband’s bizarre comments about his sister and sex:
“When I’m frustrated with my sister, usually I have sex with my wife.”
“It’s hard to look at her. I get this anxiety through my body, you know what I mean? This burning sensation, you know? It kinda sucks!”
The following are Melissa’s and Jacqueline’s Bravo blogs for episode 7.
Hitting Rock Bottom with Joe and Teresa
By Melissa Gorga
Monday, July 15, 2013 11:22 AM
Welcome to rock bottom. We hit it hard in this episode, and it was NOT a soft landing, believe me.
I was expecting the castle in Lake George to remind me of a Disney World or Camelot, but what it really reminded me of was the scary hotel in The Shining. Not a good vibe to have going on. I was nervous and on edge. We all were.
Joe and I were skeptical about the retreat from the start. I know that everyone wanted us to walk in, put on a happy face and say that everything would be okay, but that’s just not reality. There have been too many times when we put a band-aid on our issues with Teresa, and we would always fall back to the same negative place. We decided if we were going to go to this retreat, we weren’t going to be fake. We didn’t want to throw a blanket on the problems that were hurting our family.
It may have seemed harsh, but we were being real and we truly wanted to get to the bottom of the problem. That was obviously not going to be easy. When people don’t want to be honest and pretend they want to fix things you can never really move forward. There were so many ugly things being said about us and we just wanted it to stop.
I expected Lake George to be another round of the usual. Our whole crew had doubts about how productive the weekend would go. Well, I was wrong about one thing. It wasn’t the same old, same old. It was much worse.
We started off awkward, got angry, and then furious, and spiraled down until we were at the lowest of the low. While we were in Lake George, we were as mean and petty and disrespectful as we’d ever been in the ten years we’ve known each other. They say you have to hit rock bottom before you can climb your way out. You’ll find out if “they” are right.
Didn’t you feel sorry for our team builders Opie (aka Steve) and Little Miss Sunshine (Stephanie)? They were like two little bunnies hopping into the wolf’s den.
When you’re in that pit of raw, extreme emotion, you lash out. In the next episode, you’ll see the verbal filter most of us keep in place just dissolved. There was no holding back. No boundaries. Nothing was off limits. The cork on ten-years’ worth of anger popped. All that bottled-up ugliness exploded all over the castle. We said and did things that, under any other circumstances, wouldn’t have happened. In Lake George, it all came out. Taking our relationships out of New Jersey and putting them this alternate reality made us all go nuts.
I’m not proud of some of the things I said. I certainly don’t enjoy watching us at our worst. We do eventually figure out a way to climb up from rock bottom.
Jacqueline’s Response to Joe Giudice
By Jacqueline Laurita
Monday, July 15, 2013 10:32 AM
As I said before, I had no business going on that retreat. I would have only been a distraction from Teresa and her family getting to the core of their issues, which had absolutely nothing to do with me. I felt like I had nothing to gain from going. I was not part of Teresa’s family, and at that point, I had no desire to try and mend any sort of relationship with Teresa. I heard that she was constantly talking behind my back, and it was obvious to me that she had no desire to mend things with me either. Being dared to go on the trip isn’t exactly extending an olive branch. It sounded more like she was waiting to beat me over the head with it.
I felt like I had enough on my plate without adding a pile of nonsense to it. That last phone call with Teresa was a reminder of how she brings out the worst in me. I didn’t need extra stress in my life. My focus needed to be on my own family and their needs.
Right after the nasty phone call with Teresa, I was so annoyed that I let her get me upset again. I decided to tweet: “When you argue with a moron, you become a moron. You have to rise above and remember who and what is really important in life. Some things don’t matter. Let it go.” My tweet wasn’t directed at Teresa, but, it was most definitely inspired by her and her people that were hate tweeting me.
It was a reminder for me not to let Teresa get to me anymore, to stop reacting to her ridiculous accusations, and to keep my focus on more important things that matter in my life. I may react impulsively at times, but if I feel a certain way about something or someone, I have no problem expressing how I feel and owning it, publicly or not. I’ve noticed that a lot of you tweet impulsively too. LOL!
As far as Teresa’s comment about my having time to tweet, when your child is in school and therapy 9 hours a day, there’s time to tweet…among other things. Just pointing that out.
Teresa may not have tweeted derogatory things about me, but I believed she was still voicing her strong opinions of me through other avenues and would get mutual acquaintances to be her voice for her. We are both guilty about having talked badly about each other. If you’re honest, some of you are just as guilty of talking badly about people in your own life. You even talk about us and you have never even met us. LOL!
It’s hard to explain to people what it’s like to raise a child with special needs. The Autism spectrum is so wide that everyone has their own unique struggles, some more, some less than others. One thing for sure is that we all face our joys, our challenges, and some heartache every single day.
My response to what Joe Giudice said about Autism is simply this: Autism is a developmental disorder that requires a LOT of extra time and special attention that sometimes parents of typical kids find it hard to understand. Google it.
It is true that many children on the Autism spectrum are geniuses and become talented artists, musicians, and other great professionals at the top of their fields. I think it’s because many have amazing memories and can keep an extreme focus for long periods of time on things they are passionate about. Kids on the spectrum need to be given the right early interventions and tools for learning, structure, consistency, attention, love, patience, communication, and socialization skills, special diets and supplements among many other things in order to progress and thrive. It takes a lot of love, patience, understanding, and perseverance to guide them. Raising a special needs child is not an easy task, but it is very rewarding. I am very proud of Nicholas, as well as I am with all of my children. They are truly a blessing.