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.
The Real Housewives of New Jersey are back, and things in the Garden State are not coming up roses. Questions about Jacqueline’s absence from the season three reunion are answered. Caroline struggles to fix her friendship with Teresa and receives a long-feared health diagnosis. Jacqueline's daughter, Ashley, has overstayed her welcome at home, resulting in a shocking ultimatum. Tempers flare between Teresa and her brother, Joe, when their families head down to the Jersey Shore. Melissa tries to bring her family back together, but hurtful accusations threaten to destroy her reputation and her marriage.
Kathy continues to overprotect her children when she tries to shield her son from an admirer. Ashley gets a lift to airport, but leaving the nest proves harder than she thought. Meanwhile, Caroline struggles to help with Lauren's growing insecurity over her weight and Melissa cooks up a musical surprise for Joe. At Jacqueline’s poker night, Teresa’s attempt to apologize for her cook book turns into a brawl that leaves one husband with a black eye and a sore ego.
There is trouble on the high seas when the housewives’ cruise down the Jersey coast is filled with gossip about Caroline and smack talk between Kathy and Teresa. Melissa's anger over being called a gold digger finally simmers over at a Summer Solstice party, leaving Jacqueline to play referee when the sisters-in-law face off.
Caroline celebrates her anniversary; Kathy hosts a pool party; Teresa and Joe have a blow out; Jacqueline tries to deal with Ashley's new life.
Joe gives Teresa a shocking ultimatum; insecurities are revealed by Lauren when she talks with her dad about her weight loss; Jacqueline hosts a dramatic family field day.
Jaime announces he will marry Rich; Caroline, Teresa, and Jacqueline come together but Joe makes a joke that goes too far; Kathy and Rosie have a heart-to-heart conversation.
Caroline finds out what Teresa really thinks of her; Melissa debuts her new song with a party; Joe reaches out to his sister one last time.
Jacqueline's daughter, Ashley, is running out of options; Lauren makes a shocking decision regarding her weight loss; Teresa explores options with her bankruptcy attorney.
Teresa takes a big step with her brother; Melissa hosts a party for her radio debut; Teresa moves away from Jacqueline and Caroline.
Kathy tries to find love for her sister at the gay bar; Teresa and her brother, Joe discuss their issues in therapy; Jacqueline and Caroline discuss whether Teresa and her husband are still invited to the Napa trip; Rosie visits Teresa.
Melissa oversees an overblown birthday bash for her daughter, but it's an awkward meeting between Teresa and Jacqueline that takes the cake. Meanwhile, Kathy serves up a meal for her sister's new flame, and Caroline's son considers introducing his new girlfriend to his family
A live music festival courts drama; Caroline's family goes to the Fancy Food Festival in Washington, D.C., but plans to sell water there may go awry after a night of drinking.
While Teresa is concocting the latest product in her growing business empire, Kathy makes her humble start at an old gelato stand in her native town of Patterson. An accusation that Teresa is stealing family recipes for her own financial gain throws ice water on Teresa's reconciliation with Kathy. Meanwhile, Jacqueline's husband, Chris, calls the husbands together for a sit down that exposes feuds and frail friendships, which sets the stage for a trip to Napa that can implode at any second.
The women flee to the California coast to escape Hurricane Irene; tensions between Caroline, Jacqueline and Teresa escalate; Teresa confronts Kathy.
It's time to hang ten as the Housewives decide to take on California's supreme surfing waves. Jacqueline and Teresa try and see if their friendship can survive, meanwhile Caroline worries for her daughter Lauren, as she reaches her boiling point. Also Caroline's son, Albie, shares some breaking news regarding the state of his relationship with his girlfriend.
The great Jersey caravan stomps its way through Napa for a business meeting with a local vineyard. But all work and no play make the Housewives dull gals, and too much horseplay threatens to ruin the deal for good. And in a shocking moment of truth, one phone call could change Teresa’s life forever.
Temperatures aren't the only thing rising as the Housewives round out their California trip with a relaxing dip in the hot tub. Tempers flare when Caroline overhears a conversation between Teresa and Kathy. In one last blowout between Teresa and Caroline, it looks as though some friendships are just beyond repair. Meanwhile, Joe Giudice and Chris Laurita try to sort out their own issues over wine and cigars, but it turns into a battle zone when the men get involved with the women's issues that ultimately end in an early departure for some of the ladies.
The ladies form new alliances after their return from the west coast. The Gorgas left Napa early to show their support of Teresa, but now Melissa hopes to calm the wake that Teresa left behind by asking Caroline to forgive her cantankerous sister-in-law. While Kathy goes to college for a day with her daughter Victoria, Caroline gets her crack at being an oracle on Sirius Radio. In the end, it's not just Teresa's new alcoholic beverage that's fizzing, when she invites her longtime ally and sister of the enemy, Dina, to her Fabellini release party.
A ghost from Melissa's past comes down the runway and Teresa makes a shocking discovery.
Melissa prepares to confront her past; a distressing phone call sends Joe Gorga and Rich Wakile to Melissa's rescue; Teresa and Jacqueline's friendship is tested.
The housewives all join together for the first time in over a year to discuss the events of the past season in Part 1 of the Season 4 Reunion.
The housewives all join together for the first time in over a year to discuss the events of the past season in Part 2 of the Season 4 Reunion.
The housewives all join together for the first time in over a year to discuss the events of the past season in Part 3 of the Season 4 Reunion.