After last week’s The Real Housewives of New Jersey incident where Luis Ruelas had a hot mic moment, he threw caution to the wind.
Now that the cameras caught how he really talks about Melissa and Joe Gorga, he had a choice to make: pretend like it was unusual, or double down.
On this week’s episode, Luis doubled down.
Luis called Joe “an animal,” insisting that he would not “lower himself” to the level of “f-king trash” like his brother-in-law.
During this episode, Teresa Giudice was in the midst of wedding planning.
Sitting outside just minutes before rain began, she chatted with Luis Ruelas about the finer points of seating arrangements.
Already, Joe and Melissa were coming up in conversation — and not in a fun way.
At first, Luis referred to Joe and Melissa as having started “hoopla” regarding the wedding.
That’s some pretty mild language. Maybe the most famous instance of the word’s use is on Spongebob Squarepants.
But that jab was only the first. And it understated the strong feelings of resentment at play.
Teresa spoke to the confessional camera about how, unlike so many brides-to-be, she did not feel stressed about wedding planning.
(Often, wedding day stress relates to money and to it being a new experience. Teresa is rich and has been married before. That at least partially explains why the planning was so chill)
However, she noted that there were other things on her mind. Specifically, ongoing tensions with her brother and her sister-in-law.
Luis chimed in, saying that Melissa “wants us to chase” her for an answer.
In other words, he believes that it was some sort of power play on Melissa’s part.
Meanwhile, Teresa pulled out her texts with Melissa. Luis Ruelas examines texts between his former-fiancee Melissa Gorga and himself. (Image Credit: Bravo)
(Millions of Americans receive dozens of unwanted scam and spam texts and calls every week. The deluge makes it difficult to see important calls and texts from anyone who is not already a contact)
But Teresa and Luis weren’t buying Melissa’s story.
Looking at the texts, Teresa Giudice and Luis Ruelas note that surely everyone knows that a rehearsal dinner will happen the night before a wedding. (Image Credit: Bravo)As Teresa reasoned, this is a wedding.
There is pretty much always a rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding.
Frankly, Luis Ruelas doesn’t even want to read any more of this conversation. He’s unhappy. Luis was done. He dropped Teresa’s cell phone on the table. (We know it has a case, as they all must have, but we still winced.)
In Teresa Giudice’s mind, Melissa is keeping Joe from her.
Teresa is blaming Melissa for keeping Joe from all of this.
She complained that her sister-in-law should “let him have his family.”
Meanwhile, Luis said that he tired of Joe blaming him for every single thing.
Teresa’s ex-husband, Joe Giudice, had apparently reached out to Luis (after Gia brought him up to speed on the drama).
He advised Luis that, no matter what, Joe will find some way to blame him for everything.
This is like hearing about someone else’s game of telephone. Luis is telling us what he said to Joe Giudice. Gia gave him the information, and Teresa and Luis provided their version of events.
Speaking to the confessional camera, Teresa Giudice expresses that she feels so embarrassed that her family is causing problems. (Image credit: Bravo)
Teresa Giudice expressed how embarrassed she feels her family is creating problems.
At the same time … some fans are already remarking that Teresa’s apparent need to apologize to Luis feels unhealthy. That could just be Luis’ unsavory reputation at work, however.
Referring to his brother-in-law, Luis Ruelas says that he has remained “calm in the last three months around an animal like that?” (Image Credit: Bravo)
This is when the gloves came off with Luis.
Teresa did not bat an eye at what he said. Or at what followed.
Again disparaging his brother-in-law, Luis Ruelas says that he is “not gonna lower myself to f-king trash that does that.” (Image Credit: Bravo)
Luis declared that he was “not gonna lower myself to f-king trash” that behaves as Joe has.
This is such an ugly, bitter situation.