It took all my energy not to title this "Real Housewives of New Jersey" dispatch “Talkin’ turkey." But I realized that: a) my first titles are generally to be discarded and, b) more important, the Thanksgiving meals themselves figured precious little in this episode. Instead, preprandial encounters with live animals, both human and bestial, made the hourlong episode a veritable zoo.
It’s Thanksgiving in Wayne, N.J., which, as fires rage across the West and 90-degrees-and-climbing temperatures sweep across the Northeast, makes all that meat-and-pie eating a little quease-inducing for Bravo viewers. Still, there was plenty of live flesh to cringe over as Turkey Day preparations ensued -- and I’m not even talking about all the one-shoulder gowns the Housewives kept sporting.
First, we watched Teresa and Joe Giudice hit the SUV to drive endlessly in circles until they conquered traffic to reach their local turkey farm, where the noted cookbook author pointed to a few chickens roasting on a spit with trepidation. (“Are those…?” Why, no, ma’am, those are the stunt chickens we got at Safeway!) This led to Joe’s stunning revelation that they don’t even celebrate Thanksgiving in Italy, which seemed a novel insight to the foodie of the house as well.