On this week’s “Black As Ink” episode of Real Housewives Of New Jersey, a new business opportunity, a Muppet-skin coat, and more threats of Joe-on-Joe violence.
Caroline’s kids set up shop in their grandmother’s house, turning it into their new office. They’re setting up a new business, but apparently they don’t have an actual idea, only an idea that they want to start a business.
We get a few minutes of off-the-top-of-their-head ideas, such as a book on where to use the bathroom, and a device that works as a breatholyzer for your cell phone. Albie says that Ashley should have that for her twitter account.
Kathy and Richie discuss clothes, and we find out that Mr. Rogers had a different name in Beirut. Rich says coming to America at age seven and not speaking the language was the start of his comedic personality.
Kathy says in regards to Teresa opening up a restaurant, that one star “doesn’t take away from the other,” but rolls her eyes afterwards, as if the show is on radio and we couldn’t see. Teresa specializes in playing defense against other people’s special moments.
The Housewives hit the hookah at a club for Rich’s birthday, with belly dancers. Joe loves the belly dancers, which is not a surprise to anyone.
Lauren is having a launch party, and Ashley was supposed to design the t-shirts. No clue yet on how that’s going to go. Teresa wears a pink and purple coat that looks like it’s 100% Muppet. Since there are photos being taken, one of the Kims shows up. Ashley shows up late, just to remind everyone that she’s Ashley and she can’t be counted on for anything.
We get to watch Teresa and her youngest kids at the supermarket, which is a good reason to just order take out. After much complaining and whining, Milania falls butt-first into the salads while Teresa calls her brother Joe to invite him to her book signing.
Melissa has a recording session in her basement, which ranges from “pitchy” to “horrible” to not that bad.
Caroline’s kids have a business meeting with a water company. We still don’t know what they do, however. It seems to be PR, or marketing, or something involving throwing parties.
Melissa’s Joe gets a threatening text message from Teresa’s Joe, telling him not to come to the book signing. Interesting. I thought threats were something New Jersey people never put in writing. Of all of the things I expected an argument over on this show, “books” never entered the list.
Teresa calls Joe again to remind him about the book signing. Teresa’s first customer proposes to her, which is a good way to get on television, if nothing else. Kathy and Rich show up, but Melissa and Joe don’t show until long after the signing is over. Joe buys ten books, which may be the first time that’s ever happened.
Teresa signs a book for him, and Joe has her read it to him. Reading isn’t fundamental in New Jersey, apparently.
When Teresa gets home, her husband Joe has had what she refers to as “a lot” of wine. Joe decides it’s a good idea to try a front roll on his daughter’s tumbling mat, and bounces his face off the floor, chipping a tooth. From there, Joe goes off on Teresa’s brother for a variety of slights, real and imagined.
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