Bonus: Teresa and Juicy tells the Manzo-Lauritas about their adventures at the turkey farm, including such gems as "I had turkey poop in my throat" (thanks for that info, Juicy!). Caroline is nonplussed at their squeamishness because she grew up on a farm and used to shoot down varmints ever'day.
The Gorga celebration begins as Melissa says grace. Everyone digs in and eventually someone brings up the elephant in the room: Where is Teresa. Melissa interviews that Joe is thick-skinned but extremely emotional that his relationship with his family isn't better. And then comes the magic phrase -- "it is what it is."
Over at the Giudice house, Teresa lays down some discipline on Gabriella after she smacks Milania, and Gia asks Vito when he and Lauren are going to get married. Christopher teases her that they can't get married because they would only get married if Gia is Christopher's date to the wedding. Gia plays telephone, running down to the other side of the table to report the news about Vito and Lauren to Caroline. Caroline is certain that the question wasn't popped since she and Albert know noting of it. Lauren makes it clear that Vito will have to ask Albert's permission before he proposes, and Teresa said she was exactly the same with Juicy.
As dinner wraps up, Jacqueline brings up Teresa's letter to Caroline. At the same time, Joe tells Kathy and the others what Teresa wrote. He admits he doesn't know what to do about the letter but does hope that he and Teresa can get back to the place they once were. Kathy starts to cry imagining the same fate befalling her two children. Over Giudice way, Juicy thinks Joe should respect Teresa because she's the older sibling. He says everything that Joe has he's gotten through Teresa. We flash back to the housewarming party where Teresa introduced Joe to the whole crowd, insinuating that the only reason they're on the show is because of Teresa. (Though Melissa and Joe might beg to differ.)