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'Real Housewives of New Jersey': New season, new fistfight [Video]

May 18, 2011 | 10:37 am

Oh, "The Real Housewives of New Jersey," how desperately we've missed you.

The women of the Garden State made a roaring return to Bravo on Monday -- complete with Italian christenings, tight dresses, big hair and, naturally, fistfights.

We were nervous, what with the absence of Danielle Staub, the vessel through which all ridiculous paranoia, trash talk and physical altercations had passed. Then we were reminded of our ace in the hole: Teresa Giudice.

In a juicy clip from the opener -- watch it above if you missed out, and if you don't mind a few mild expletives -- Giudice attends the baptism of her brother Joe's baby, an event to which no one can figure out whether she was invited (all the better reason to attend!). We also get to meet brother Joe's wife, Melissa Gorga, the newest addition to the crew.

Shocking shock! Do we have to tell you these two don't get along? Indeed, Joe and Melissa want no part of Teresa at a reception (at some delicious, Roman-column-soaked event hall) following the holy occasion. This of course leads Teresa's husband Joe to whip out his fists.

Enjoy -- and welcome back, ladies.


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-- Matt Donnelly