It's Thanksgiving in the world of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" on Monday's (June 6) episode at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo, but Kathy Wakile's family isn't quite together for the holidays.
While she attends a dinner over at cousin-in-law and fellow housewife Melissa Gorga's place, her cousin, Teresa Giudice, is celebrating separately with her immediate family, friends, and fellow housewives. Kathy wishes things could be different.
"I'm caught in the middle," Kathy tells Zap2it. "I do love Teresa, I love Joe and I love Melissa. I hope that family can survive arguments and issues and we can come full circle... I'm always that girl that looks at the glass half-full and never looks it as half-empty. And there's always a chance."
Rewinding back to when Kathy was still making her decision to join the series, she tells us that Teresa was very angry about the possibility - a reaction the new housewife didn't quite understand.
"I can't see why, for me it would make me feel more comfortable, to be honest," she says. "If someone from my family or a good friend of my mine was approached, it would be fun for me because I would say, 'You know what? This is great. They're going to pull somebody on, why not pull somebody that I love and somebody I care about and that I know we will get along?' That's the way I would see it."
Of course, as Kathy and the viewers can now see, that isn't how it all played out so far. Regardless, the new housewife asks that viewers reserve their judgment of the situation while the season unravels.
"I would hope that the viewers keep an open mind," she says. "And can see the full story and see that out of all this, it's very relatable because every family has issues. And every family will go through their ups and downs but the core of it all, as I said earlier, is love."
"And hopefully, by watching ourselves," she continues. "We can learn maybe from our mistakes and outside they're looking in and say, 'Oh, I see, yeah, maybe I could have done something different.' So in this whole journey I hope that we all grow. First of all, we all learn and our love in our relationship becomes stronger for it."
Fans, have you already made up your mind about who's at fault in this family feud? Or are you keeping an open mind as Kathy asks?
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