Season 5 Finale: The Phone Call from Melissa Gorga’s Past About Her Cheating on Joe Was Taped in December 2012 But Has Not Yet Aired – Why?
Recently, the Gorgas taped testimonials (THs) which plant the seed that Teresa is behind the cheating rumors (Joe Gorga comes right out and says so). It appears Bravo is re-working the ending to season 5 – an ending that will paint Teresa as the villain and Melissa as the victim, AGAIN.
Why has Bravo gone back to the editing room to alter how the season ends? Is it because of the federal indictment on money fraud handled down to the Giudices on July 29, 2013? Are they expecting Teresa to be unavailable because she may be “going away” for a while, or are they planning on a spinoff for Teresa and her life without Joe because he may be “going away?” Is it because ratings for the season are down and they think painting Teresa as the villain is what viewers want to see?
Footage from February and March 2013 – the Lake George retreat and Arizona spa retreat – shows the cast reconciling and agreeing to move forward, putting the cheating rumors behind them. Teresa had no idea when taping the scenes that Bravo would air the phone call she took from “Mike” on December 3, 2012 at the holiday Posche Fashion out of sequence, using it to implicate her in spreading the cheating rumors AFTER the Gorgas and Giudices had cleared the air.
The phone call was taken out of sequence for a reason. I believe this call, taken out of sequence, will be used near the season’s end to deflect attention off the cheating rumors and onto Teresa for being behind them. My suspicion is heightened when listening to the recently taped testimonials of Melissa and Joe Gorga which were included in the last two episodes (Melissa with her new blond hair and low-cut black top; Joe with his shaved head, white cap and blue polo shirt with white collar).
In the last two episodes, Teresa stated that she feels vindicated based on the discussion with Penny and Melissa at the Milania launch party on February 18, 2013. According to Teresa in episode 13, the rumors are behind them now, so the phone call to “Mike” must have been addressed at some point on camera, probably in Lake George on February 11, 2013 (we haven’t seen the footage and probably never will) since Joe said to Dr. V at the retreat: “My sister’s involved with this rumor saying my wife cheated on me.” And Teresa responded by asking Melissa in front of Joe and Dr. V: “Don’t you want to know what’s being said about you?”, which is basically what she was asked when she took the phone call from Mike (a source tells FW that Penny asked Teresa, “Are you sure you want to hear it, because it’s bad?” and Teresa said, “Yes, I want to hear what he had to say”).
The cheating rumors were first recorded on camera on December 3, 2012, and Life & Style picked up the story from the blogs when the identity of Bryan “Bulldog” Bowen, the subject of the call, was revealed at FW on January 16, 2013. When Teresa taped these scenes and THs, she had no idea that the phone call to “Mike” on December 3, 2012 was going to be taken out of sequence.
- Penny places call and Teresa agrees to talk to “Mike” from Melissa’s past, December 3, 2012
- The identity of Bryan “Bulldog” Bowen, the subject of the phone call, revealed at FW, January 16, 2013
- Joe and Melissa address rumors with Teresa at the Lake George retreat, February 10-12, 2013
- Joe and Melissa address rumors with Jan and Penny at the Milania launch party, February 18, 2013
- Penny meets with Joe and Melissa Gorga, February 28, 2013
- Cast reconciles at Spa retreat in Arizona, March 16-18, 2013
- Joe Gorga and Chris and Jacqueline Laurita assault Penny’s husband, John Karagiorgis, March 30, 2013
The holiday PFS was taped at the beginning of the season, when the families were estranged because of the season 4 reunion – the only Housewife present at the event was Teresa since the others weren’t speaking to her – at the reunion, which was taped just two months earlier, they all implied Joe Giudice was a cheater, and Melissa told Teresa she was done with her and so were her kids, so Teresa definitely would have been in the mindset to take a phone call from someone from Melissa’s past.
The holiday PFS taped on December 3, 2012 either will be cut from the season or it will be shown out of sequence. If it isn’t cut, it will appear that the Gorgas, Wakiles, Lauritas and Manzos refused to attend the event because of the rumors Kim D and Penny were spreading about Melissa; and Teresa, the only Housewife present at the event, will be portrayed as betraying her brother and sister-in-law by continuing to associate herself with Kim D and Penny, even though she knows they are behind the cheating rumors. Plus, it is at the holiday PFS that sources say Teresa asked Penny about Al Manzo cheating.
Most likely producers will tie in the phone call with Mike on December 3, 2012 to the fight at the grand opening of Posche 2 on March 30, 2013, where sources says John Karagiorgis, Penny Drossos’ husband, told Joe Gorga to ask his sister who is behind the cheating rumors.
With all this being said, Teresa must know by now what Bravo plans for the season’s ending. She was blindsided in seasons 3 and 4, and the emotions of all the cast members were real, but not this time around (sources were leaking information and bloggers were covering the events in real time as they were being taped for season 5). Much of what was taped for season 5 is being re-edited and re-dubbed for dramatic purposes, which means we can ignore the tabloid stories about the sister-in-laws feuding – they may not like each other, but they seem to have come to terms and made peace with the situation. The cousins are spending time together, and that’s probably as good as it gets as long as their parents choose reality TV fame over family.
The following are FW blogs, published before the season 5 premiere, about the holiday PFS, the phone call from “Mike”, the united front presented at the Milania launch party, Penny’s meeting with the Gorgas after the launch party, and Joe Gorga’s assault on Penny’s husband, John.
- Cheating Rumors About Melissa Gorga Surface at Holiday Posche Fashion Show on December 3, 2013; Bravo May Be Setting Up Teresa Giudice Again in Season 5
- Teresa Giudice Takes Phone Call from Melissa Gorga’s Past at Holiday PFS — Caller Claims Melissa Cheated on Joe
- Bryan ‘Bulldog’ Bowen is Not the ‘Mike’ Who Talked on the Phone to Teresa Giudice at the Holiday PFS on December 3, 2012
- The Giudices and Gorgas Present a United Front for the Cameras at Teresa’s Milania Hair Care Launch Party
- Penny Drossos Films Scene with Joe and Melissa Gorga
- John Karagiorgis Was Setup: The Fight at the Grand Opening of Posche 2 “Was an Obvious Premeditated Assault by Production and Cast”
The following are excerpts from Teresa’s and Melissa’s Bravo blogs for episode 13.
In Teresa’s Bravo blog for episode 13, she said she has no idea why her brother and Melissa “keep lying about her” and why they “keep believing the worst about her,” plus she explained that she meant no harm by her karma comment when talking to Jacqueline. In Melissa’s Bravo blog she explained that she had to go to the emergency room in Arizona and spent the night in the hospital on morphine because of pain resulting from a virus. She added that there will be some interesting revelations on the next episode and said “as the trip continues, you’ll see everyone really open up – it turned out to be an amazing trip for all us.”
“T and I were in a better place at that time but we still had a few things we still needed to work out. I asked T 2ce about the Karma comment. They didn’t air it. I wasn’t sure what she meant at that time so I had to ask her. To be continued… Nicholas is the best Karma I ever got. I honestly feel he is truly a blessing. :0) I know my husband @chris_laurita agrees. XO” – Jacqueline Laurita, August 25, 2013, Twitter
Teresa Explains the Karma Comment
By Teresa Giudice
August 26, 2013
Teresa was not referring to Jacqueline’s son when she was talking about karma.
How funny was Gia trying to throw away my sparkly bikini? She’s so protective of me. All my girls are. Did you see Audriana chasing Gia to get it back? So cute!
I missed them when we went to Arizona, but I was happy for the chance to hang out with my family and friends again. It’s been a long, hard road, but I’m really hopeful that we can stay in a good place.
I was really happy after the Milania Hair Care party, because I felt like Penny had put the rumors about me being involved in any Melissa rumors to rest once and for all. Apparently, though, she didn’t. I guess no one could. My brother and Melissa are going to believe whatever they want to believe – even if dead people are telling them! The medium even tells them that there are other people who will meddle in your life and you have to stay strong as a family, just like Dr. V was saying. And still, they don’t believe it. How many people can tell them the same thing? At this point, Jesus himself could come down from Heaven and tell them I have never tried to “bring them down,” and they wouldn’t believe it because they are so desperate to hold on to their hate and anger.
It makes me so sad since he is my brother and they know the truth about me. They know that by constantly accusing me of things in public that some people will believe them because they are my family. Why they keep lying, why they keep believing the worst about ME, I have no idea. I really want to keep my family together especially to set a good example for our kids, but I can’t do it alone. What more can I do? I’m done defending myself. At this point, the rest of my family, my friends, and my fans know me better than my brother and Melissa anyway. All I can do is just keep love, love, loving!
I do want clear up the Karma comment: I meant nothing by it, I certainly wasn’t referring to Jacqueline’s son, and I don’t even believe in Karma. I’m a Catholic, not a Buddhist or energist or whatever. I don’t believe that you should do good things to rack up good points for a later life. I believe you should do good things because that’s what God wants you to do, to be a good person. I don’t think people have bad things happen to them because they did something bad. Bad things happen to good people all the time. Life is a journey and you need to handle everything that’s thrown at you with grace, not superstition. And I certainly don’t think Autism is a punishment! It’s part of Nicholas’ journey, and I believe like Jacqueline has said, that it’s a gift. Being a mom of 4, I would never wish harm on anyone else’s kids or judge them.
What I was trying to say is an Italian phrase that doesn’t really translate well in English. It kind of means that you don’t talk about or worry about other people’s business because you should be worrying about your own. You shouldn’t judge anyone because you don’t know the details of their situation and you’re not supposed to know. I said “Karma” because honestly it was written all over that resort, they even had sweatshirts in the gift shop that said “Karma.” I didn’t mean Karma, because I don’t mean to sit in judgment of other people. It’s not how I live my life, and you’ll see how it all plays out.
Melissa’s Trip to the Emergency Room
By Melissa Gorga
August 26, 2013
Melissa explains why she was taking those giant horse pills.
Thank you, Joe, for planning a beautiful birthday weekend for me! I just wish I wasn’t sick. I felt pretty bad when I woke up the day we flew out. That was why I squeezed lemons down my throat on the plane — an old tip from my grandmother. A truckload of lemons wouldn’t have helped this time. The dry air in Arizona made my throat even worse. A single drop of water felt like swallowing glass.
My throat closed up. I couldn’t breathe. It was agony, like no pain I’ve felt in my life. Joe took me to the emergency room in Arizona and I wound up spending the night there on morphine. When you see me the next morning I had just gotten back from the hospital, that’s why I had the hospital bracelet on my wrist and I was just taking my first round of medicine. I thought it was strep, but it turned out to be a virus. The horse pills knocked it out in a few days and I started to feel better.
Tina the energy reader. I wasn’t so into it. I’ve always been skeptical of mediums. I don’t believe you’re supposed to know about spirits or the future. If I need guidance or feel uncertain about my next step, I pray. That’s what works for me. No judgment about what works for others. A positive experience is a positive experience. Kathy and Rich got a lot out of what Tina had to say. Her words helped them open blocked doors. It was very moving. Not a dry eye in the room. If a medium can give people comfort, help them move forward and put aside past hurts, great.
I wanted to join everyone on the desert hike, but I wasn’t well enough. I have to admit, as horrible as I felt, it was nice to have time alone and just sit in the sun. Of course then you see me drinking water like it was nothing! LOL! Believe me, I had to psych myself up for each sip.
As the trip continues, you’ll see everyone really open up. It turned out to be an amazing trip for all us. Keep watching to see some interesting revelations.