Over at Jacqueline's, Caroline has arrived for a little pre-game chat and sip. She thinks Jacqueline is doing a good deed by offering her house for the powwow, since "public places don't work well" for the Gorga-Giudices. Caroline promises to make herself scarce before Teresa and Melissa actually have their conversation. As they talk, Teresa arrives. Caroline congratulates her on taking this step. Teresa interviews that Jacqueline and Caroline aren't meant to be substitutes for her family "...just sometimes friends are better than family." As such, Teresa excitedly invites the Manzos and Lauritas (minus the rug rats) for a getaway weekend in the Catskills. She insists she would have loved to have invited Joe and Melissa but doesn't think the timing's good since they're still working out their differences.
Caroline asks Teresa what her plan is for the conversation and, what's more, for the holidays. She counsels Teresa to "put [her] big girl panties on" and be the bigger person -- not for herself, but for her parents and children. She promises she'll find a sense of peace when her family is reunited.
Caroline leaves, and Jacqueline gets increasingly nervous. Teresa, on the other hand, is "calm and cool as a whistle." Whatever that means. Jacqueline says she's going to stay out of the room while Teresa and Melissa are talking and only come in if things get out of hand. Then, Jacqueline jokes, she'll bring in cookies. As long as they're not the dreaded sprinkle cookies!
Melissa pulls up. Jacqueline welcomes her into the house, then makes herself scarce. After a few tense moments, Teresa starts the negotiation. She says she wants to make things better for their children and her parents. Teresa insists family is the most important thing. Melissa calls bullshit, saying it's never been about family for Teresa and that she wonders if they'll ever be able to put their problems aside. Teresa looks at her like she has no idea what she's talking about. Which kind of proves her point, no?
Next week: The confrontation continues, and Teresa throws rocks from inside her foreclosed glass house. Rich urges Kathy to open a restaurant. Antonia has a dance performance. And the Catskills vacation is ON. No watermelon will survive Juicy's shotgun sights.