Meanwhile, Teresa has also enlisted a gay to help her get ready for the party. She notes with no small amount of bitterness that Evelyn (who is currently doing Melissa's hair) used to be her personal hairstylist -- until Melissa scooped Evelyn out from under her. She insists that she considers it a form of flattery, but the facade is thin. It's just before quarter to seven, and Teresa's already planning to be at least half an hour late to the eight o'clock party.
Kathy and Rich make their way to the party and talk about how Kathy will act around Teresa. Kathy insists she won't act any differently than she always done, and if Teresa has a problem, then it's her problem. Rich says he hopes that Teresa is also civil, adding, "I don't want to ruin this party, God forbid."
At the Gorga mansion, the carolers are singing, and the guests start making their arrivals as Melissa makes her way downstairs looking like Snowflake Barbie. Oh for Jeebus' sake, there's a step and repeat in front of the house. The Manzo brothers and Greg are appropriately irreverent at this absurd display of wealth and assumed celebrity. They head inside and laugh that it's like "the house in Clueless. Cut to a shot of Joe drinking the very same vodka-cranberry he had at the christening. I believe that's called foreshadowing. But first we have to take in the fully gratuitous spectrum of the nouveau riche excess. In addition to the carolers -- who are dressed in ye olden days costumes -- the casino has money with Joe and Melissa's faces on it. Also, says Melissa, "There's a bar in my liberry."
Kathy and Rich arrive, with Rich reminding Kathy, "Remember, it's Christmas." They roll up to see Melissa preening on the step and repeat. She calls Kathy over, who appears to be dressed in Lady Gaga's take on a suit of armor. Joe drunkenly gets a little too excited about it, calling Kathy a slut and catcalling her. Rich tells him, "Listen, motherfucker, that's your cousin, that's still my wife. I'll fuckin' throw you on top of that fuckin' ice sculpture." Please do! That thing is creepy to the max.