Bravo heads to the Garden State for this installment of the "Housewives" franchise, focusing on affluent Jersey girls who are more than just friends: The cast has changed through the seasons but the featured housewives through the years have included Caroline Manzo, a devoted wife and mother of three adult children; former Las Vegas cosmetologist Jacqueline Laurita, who is now a full-time housewife; and Teresa Giudice, a mother of four who runs her household without help from a nanny or personal assistant.
Everyone’s favorite Jersey Girls are back for a brand new season of even bigger drama. The table flip was just the beginning, and in the premiere episode, the girls pick up right where they left off. The family is as thick as thieves, and Danielle is still trying to make her way into their inner circle. The birth of Jacqueline’s baby boy brings the Manzo sisters even closer together, and when Caroline throws her annual Sherriff’s Fundraiser and doesn’t invite Danielle, Danielle makes sure that everyone knows she is still being shut out.
While family is the most important thing to these Jersey housewives, it’s also the source of lots of drama. Jacqueline and her daughter Ashley continue to butt heads over Ashley’s bad girl behavior. When Caroline’s daughter’s boyfriend causes a riff in the Manzo clan, Caroline does her best to stay away and let her babies work it out themselves. Meanwhile, Teresa and Danielle’s daughters are both invited to model in the upcoming NYC Fashion Week, and in an effort to move forward and focus on the positive, Danielle extends an olive branch to her former friends to celebrate Christine’s success.
The Jersey drama continues when Danielle accuses Jacqueline of not being her own woman. Dina is tired of all the negativity, so she makes a date with a Zen Expert to purge Danielle from her life. Meanwhile, a very pregnant Teresa and a very determined Danielle see their daughters modeling in Fashion Week. Both Moms could not be more proud, but when mishaps unfold on the runway, the futures of their daughters’ fashion careers are both put into question.
The big day has finally arrived for Teresa and Joe as they welcome their fourth bambino into the world. Meanwhile, Chris Manzo scores big when he gets an inside look into his dream business, and Jacqueline gets an inside look into her husband’s secret safe. As the Brownstone prepares for a big night, Danielle gets an invitation she can’t refuse, but makes sure to get “back-up” from an old friend before she RSVPs.
Baby Audriana is home from the hospital and although Teresa and Joe couldn’t be happier with their fourth princess, Teresa pleads with Joe to get “snipped.” After all – “happy wife, happy life.” Meanwhile, Jacqueline and Ashley are still struggling to get along, but in true Manzo form, Caroline’s kids reach out and try to bridge the gap. After a heartfelt invitation to a charity event at the Brownstone, Danielle calls in some favors as she prepares to walk into the lion’s den one more time. But the road of good intentions gets bumpy for Danielle when she and her protective entourage perceive that the Brownstone has set up a "big surprise".
After the outburst at the Brownstone, another battle breaks out, but this time via Facebook, when Danielle accuses Jacqueline’s teenage daughter of threatening her life. Wanting to put an end to the drama, Jacqueline and Teresa confront Ashley about the alleged attacks. Surrounded by all of this negative energy, Dina decides to follow her energist’s advice and sets up a face-to-face meeting with Danielle to officially cut her out of her life. Despite Caroline’s advice, Dina meets with Danielle one-on-one but the negative energies ignite into yet another confrontation.
Danielle, feeling empowered after standing up to the Manzo clan, decides it time to live again. With the help of her "loyal friends" (and a few moves from her professional past), Danielle brings sexy back. Meanwhile, Jacqueline hosts a poker night with the guys and finds out even more scandalous details from Danielle’s ex, Steve. Dina can’t deal with the constant fighting, and makes a big decision that changes everything.
Danielle undergoes surgery; Teresa has a housewarming party.
Caroline has lunch with two of her sisters (not seen before on the show) to discuss Albie. Jacqueline and Teresa lunch with Kim D., owner of Posche, who invites them to a fashion show Danielle may attend. Danielle hears that Kim D. asked Jacqueline and Teresa, goes to Posche to confront Kim, claims the desk clerk desk insulted her and refuses to shop there again. Jacqueline's daughter Ashley agrees to model at the fashion show. Caroline wants her husband to retire but he only considers cutting back his work hours. Danielle arrives late for the show with Kim G. and a bodyguard. Because Kim D. sits with Jacqueline and Teresa at the show, Danielle feels that Kim D. arranged the show to insult her. After the show, Teresa tries to have a conversation with Danielle. Despite Kim G.'s efforts to keep everyone calm, Danielle is unpleasant with Teresa.
Teresa and Danielle face off at the Posche fashion show, the cops intervene, and the fight is retold from both sides.
Danielle seeks her day in court; Jacqueline tries talking to Ashley; Albie is anxious.
Teresa and Joe celebrate their 10 year anniversary in true Giudice style. Trying to stay out of the drama, juicy Joe has his own issues to deal with when his new business gets some help from some very hands-on customers and his little princesses learn a tough lesson in the process. Meanwhile, Ashley continues her mission to prove Danielle is not the changed person she claims to be. And while Danielle is trying to focus on the positive by planning her daughter Christine’s sweet 16, she gets sidetracked when a friend, who knows a thing or two about fighting, decides to give her some self-defense lessons.
Dina stops by to celebrate with the ladies for the christening of Teresa and Joe's new baby girl, Audriana. Unfortunately, troubling issues develop afterward. Meanwhile, Danielle tries to forge harmony with her ex-flame while also getting into a fierce confrontation with her supposed friend Kim G. Later, Caroline, Teresa and Jacqueline try to flee from all the prima-donna drama by planning a trip to Venice.
Teresa, Caroline and Jacqueline set sail on a cruise to Italy with their families, but the mix of three family generations can make for some rough waters. Back in Jersey and with the other wives away, Danielle slyly maneuvers onto enemy turf.
The Italy extravaganza continues as Teresa and Joe give everyone an all-out tour of their hometown, complete with hordes of relatives and a family dinner like only the Giudice’s can create. Not to be outdone, Danielle meets with a private investigator in an effort to reconnect with her own family roots, and finds that sometimes blood is not thicker than water.
The ladies are back on Jersey's shores and are determined to put Danielle out of their lives for good. An emotional dinner at Teresa’s leads to a commitment from Caroline and an invitation Danielle cannot turn down. The showdown that everyone was waiting for finally takes place - Caroline and Danielle face off, but this time there are no books, no family, no distractions and nowhere to run.
Part 1 of a two-part reunion edition features reassembled Jersey girls Teresa, Caroline, Jacqueline and Danielle dissing and dishing about Season 2's panorama of mama dramas.