Previously: Two of the ladies looked to new careers -- Caroline as a radio host and Melissa as a singer. The Guidice-Gorga feud raged on, though Joe reached out by coming (albeit it hours late) to Gia's gymnastics meet.
Caroline's friend Dolores arrives at the Manzo manse, and Caroline updates her on her burgeoning career as a radio host. She will be hosting perhaps the lamest titled radio show ever, Caroline Rules. The ladies develop a game plan for Caroline's upcoming shows by role playing how Caroline would answer Teresa's questions about her relationship with her brother. Caroline echoes Kathy's sentiments from earlier in the season that Teresa is in denial about the financial (and other) problems her family is facing.
Over at the Gorgas' and the Giudices', the siblings prepare for their sit down. Each sibling thinks the other has changed, but they agree that they're tired of fighting. Regardless, they both want the other to essentially get on his/her knees and beg for forgiveness. Have they met each other? That ain't happening.
Teresa and Joe arrive at the restaurant and dispense of the small talk before Joe brings up Teresa's letter. He wonders what she meant when she apologized for hurting him and his family. She says, inexplicably, "You tell me." Oh, Tre, don't ever pursue a career in law or any other debate-related field. He turns it on her, and she is dumbstruck to acknowledge her part in hurting his family besides the simple words she put on paper. Translation: She really doesn't think she's done anything. He tells her he was disgusted by her and Juicy Joe's behavior at the christening. He says that his beef with Juicy goes way back and that she exacerbated the problem by putting her brother before her husband after she got married. According to Joe, and I suppose Teresa, this angered Juicy and caused friction in their brotherly relationship.
Teresa argues that it wasn't her marriage that soured their brother-sister relationship, but actually his relationship. Joe explains that he saw Melissa for the first time in Mexico. He didn't speak to her for six months until he saw her again at the Jersey Shore. He knew he was in love instantly when he offered to take care of her. Teresa sees things a little differently. She notes that Joe was engaged twice in the year or so leading up to his relationship with Melissa. She thinks Melissa is only with Joe because of his money.
Seeing that they're never going to agree, Joe changes the subject by calling Teresa fake. He thinks it's ridiculous that she treats Caroline and Jacqueline like family when she barely even talks to him, her brother. He tells her that friends come up to him and ask what happened to her. He condemns her: "You're lost, honey." Teresa wonders if these "friends" are Kathy and Rich, whom she deems two-faced.
Joe returns back to the meat of the matter. He just wants her to admit she screwed up. In turn, she wants him to congratulate her on her success with her book. He obliges, but it's not enough for her. He counters that she never invites him to her book signings. She says they're on Facebook, but apparently he doesn't have an account. God, this is petty.
Joe takes things to the next level by accusing Teresa of being a bad aunt. The conversation circles back to Melissa and how she's keeping their kids from Teresa. Joe explains that Melissa keeps her distance because Teresa's tell-it-like-it-is personality has hurt her in the past. Witness CookieGate '08. Teresa insists that Melissa has hurt her just as much, such as with the nonsense incident involving the housewarming card. Joe tries to explain it, but I fall asleep easily. Needless to say, they're both small-minded button pushers with a long list of grievances with each other -- most of which have been self-generated and/or stem from some rivalry that sprung out of nowhere.