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RHONJ Recap: August 24, 2014
The Real Housewives of New Jersey, from left: Amber Marchese, Dina Manzo, Melissa Gorga, Teresa Giudice, Nicole Mauriello and Teresa Aprea
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updated 08/25/2014 at 06:15 AM EDT

originally published 08/24/2014 10:45PM

It was Valentine's Day on Sunday's The Real Housewives of New Jersey, and although there were plenty of chocolates, the holiday wasn't sweet for everyone.

"You know how much I hate this holiday," Dina Manzo told her assistant, Luke, who she termed "the gay son I always wanted," while chomping on chocolates solo. "Valentine's Day has never been a good day … extra sting since this is the night Tommy proposed to me," she said.

Manzo, who visited her attorney about pulling the plug on her marriage but held off because "my fear is I'm never gonna find real love again," summed up her holiday: "I'm having a little bit of a pity party."

Cupid didn't visit Teresa Giudice either.



"Things change even when it's a holiday," Giudice said to husband Joe. "We have a lot of legal bills to pay … every meeting counts, every appearance counts."

"I know you think I don't do anything, but I do a lot," said Joe in typical Joe fashion.

"With all the legal stuff, my businesses have been affected," she said.

"You gotta get out there and make money to pay these guys," said Joe. "You're the brand, I'm the brawn."

"Public judgment has been very hard on me," she said later.

Melissa Gorga was the dessert for her husband, Joe, shooting a secret and sexy photo album for him, which she gave him in the guise of a dessert menu over dinner.

"I decided to do this photo shoot because I want Joe to remember what's waiting at home for him," Gorga said of her constantly-working husband.

"I would get up and kiss you, but I can't," a wide-eyed Joe – who later surprised his wife with a puppy for Valentine's – said as he flipped through photos. "This book is driving me insane."

What was truly insane, however, was the bombshell Victoria Gotti dropped on Giudice and Amber Marchese. Gotti revealed that the real reason Teresa Aprea had originally divorced husband Rino, before remarrying him again years later, was because he slept with his wife and twin sister Nicole's mother, Santa.

"He tells me this crazy story," Gotti said, saying he had given her a Rolex watch and pursued her romantically following the divorce. "'It's something she'll never forgive me for,' " he said. "'It's who I cheated with.' "

Continued Gotti: "I said, 'Who? Her sister?' And he just looked at me and said, 'No, her mother … I'm not joking.' "

The Real Housewives of New Jersey airs Sundays (8 p.m. ET) on Bravo.

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