During their fight, Margaret brought up Jennifer’s husband Bill and the affair that he had years ago. Jennifer had never publicly disclosed the affair before Margaret’s comment. Margaret also claimed that Jennifer “chastises me” over her marriage to Joe Benigno, whom she met when she was married to her first husband, Jan.
After their argument finally settled down, Margaret discussed their fight with Melissa Gorga, Jackie Goldschneider, Dolores Catania, and Traci Johnson, and later revealed in a confessional that she has known about Bill’s affair for years.
“She’s the world’s biggest hypocrite,” Margaret said. “Tonight, she just pushed me too far.”
Jackie also revealed that she knew about Bill’s affair but said, “I would never have brought it up because I know first-hand how bringing up infidelity can hurt a couple,” referring to the drama that unfolded last season after Teresa spread a rumor that Jackie’s husband Evan was cheating on her.
Bill then approached his wife, who announced through her tears that she wanted to go home, and the pair abruptly left the party.
In a confessional, Teresa seemingly defended Jennifer, arguing that Margaret attacked her last year “for saying a rumor at Jackie’s party… [and] she just did the same thing to Jennifer at my party.”
After the Aydins leave, Joe Gorga asked what happened, to which Teresa’s 21-year-old daughter, Gia, said they left because “people say things they shouldn’t say.” Her comment sparked another major argument — this time, between Gia and her Uncle Joe, who previously made derogatory comments about Gia’s dad, Joe Giudice.
“Dad didn’t deserve it,” Gia told her uncle. “I’m done with you being disrespectful. You’re not gonna talk down to me, either.”
Upset by Gia’s tone, Joe announced that he was leaving the party, which prompted his wife Melissa to get involved with the heated argument. “She looks at me like I’m the devil. Their father was the devil, not me!” Joe said before Gia approached him again in an attempt to mend the situation.
“I’ve been dealing with this for 20 years,” Joe exclaimed, as he brought up how Joe Giudice put his mother in her grave. “I don’t wanna feel like I’m this devil of a man.”
At the mention of her late grandparents, Gia became irate and walked away. However, after a brief conversation with Melissa, Gia returned and pleaded for her uncle to move on from her family’s past drama.
“You have every right to be mad at my father for putting my mother in jail. You don’t think he’s mad at himself? He lives with it every day… but it comes to a point where the bashing is just too much,” she said. “The jail thing happened five years ago. Let it go under the bridge!”
The two eventually apologized to each other, with Gia saying in a confessional that she hoped their reconciliation was a “baby step in the right direction.”
Elsewhere, Jennifer held a pool party for her daughter that Teresa and Dolores attended. In a confessional, Jennifer said, “Bill is hiding upstairs because he’s just so embarrassed.”
Later, during the party, the trio talked about Bill’s affair, which Jennifer confirmed happened 10 years ago when she was nine months pregnant with their fourth child.
Jennifer explained that she learned about Bill’s infidelity through credit card receipts and text messages on his phone. At the time, she asked if he wanted a divorce but Bill said no and claimed that he didn’t love the other woman and the affair had already ended.
“I got angry, I threw things at him. Literally the next day, I had Christian,” Jennifer recalled. “Once the baby came and we had our moments, I was like, ‘I want to make it work if he wants to make it work,’ and we never f—ing spoke about it again.”
Later in the episode, Jackie and Jennifer met up to chat while Dolores and Margaret had a shopping trip together. During both of the outings, the women spoke about the ongoing drama between Margaret and Jennifer and speculated who was in the wrong.
“She hurt my feelings,” Jennifer told Jackie, to which she responded, “I don’t have a problem with what Margaret did. You’ve said to her a million times how awful she is for cheating on her husband… you hurt each other and I think that you guys have a right to defend your positions.”
In their own conversation, Margaret claimed to Dolores that Jennifer previously “tried to drag Jackie through the mud” by calling Dolores’ ex-husband Frank and asking for details about Evan’s alleged affair.
“I wouldn’t have done what Margaret did to Jennifer. But after finding out even more of the stuff she’s done, there’s consequences to be paid for that,” Dolores said in a confessional, later telling Margaret, “I can understand where you’re coming from, where you’d had enough.”
The episode closed out at Dolores’ new townhouse, where she hosted the women for a small lunch. In their early conversations, Dolores revealed that she “doesn’t see much” of her boyfriend, David Principe, and discussed the controversial video of Teresa’s fiancé, Luis “Louie” Ruelas.
But then Jennifer walked in — and within moments of her arrival, she began to cry and said she felt “very overwhelmed” by the ongoing drama with Margaret.
Margaret eventually approached her, boldly asking, “What are you crying about?” before telling her “I don’t want to fight with you but your behavior today has been very hypocritical.” To make her point, she brought up how Jennifer previously called Frank asking for information on Evan’s affair.
At the mention of her husband, Jackie entered the argument, and Jennifer admitted that she did previously call Frank because of her “curiosity.” Furious, Jackie yelled at Jennifer before storming off, while Jennifer started crying.
Emotions continued to run high as Teresa entered the party and learned about the drama that just unfolded. While sitting down for a meal, Teresa brought up the previous rumor she started about Evan, in an attempt to compare the two, but Jackie pointed out that it was a very different situation.
“It blows my mind, still to this day, that Teresa does not feel like what she did is wrong,” Jackie said in a confessional.
Margaret then continued to bring up how Jennifer is a “hypocrite” for her comments, which prompted Jennifer to leave the gathering as the rest of the women stay behind to process what occurred.
“It’s the beautiful life that she is so proud of … this is no f—ing fairytale,” Dolores said, to which Traci added, “She’s embarrassed by that [perfect] persona starting to crumble a little.”
The Real Housewives of New Jersey airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on Bravo.