Melissa says it's going to be a crazy weekend getting ready for Joey's christening, since he's her last baby, she needs to welcome her son into God's kingdom with a bang. The doorbell rings, and Melissa welcomes in Teresa's cousin Kathy Wakile. Melissa says they're more like sisters than cousins-in-law. Kathy is her go-to, especially since her relationship with Teresa is strained. Kathy asks whether the Giudices are coming to the christening. She worries about how hard Teresa is working to keep up a facade of normalcy in the midst of all her personal turmoil. Kathy says, in Teresa's situation, she wouldn't want to leave the house.
CMJ grouses about Teresa's "new family" in Jacqueline and Caroline. Melissa says blood is family, then sits for an interview in what could only be her daughter's dance recital costume repurposed as a shirt. Seriously, we're talking a pink, satin, pinstriped vest with sequined lapels. Cringe. Melissa says that Teresa and BJ act like she and CMJ aren't even there when they go to Teresa's events, so she doesn't expect her family to be a big priority for the Giudices. So you want the privilege of being the inner circle while also treating them like crap? I see. She wonders how they're going to work through the tension. CMJ says he has no one except for Kathy's family and that his blood has done him wrong. Kathy remembers Teresa telling her one time that "Family sucks," which Kathy took personally. Still, she says, they're blood. And even though she doesn't always like Teresa, she has to love her.