Real Housewives Catfight! Whose Side Are You On?

Real Housewives Catfight! Whose Side Are You On?
Andrei Jackamets/Bravo; Heidi Gutman/Bravo

08/03/2010 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Where Danielle Staub goes, drama seems to follow.

Only on Monday's Real Housewives of New Jersey, the showdown between Staub and her "friend" Kim G. may not have been all her fault. What exactly transpired between the ladies, however, we'll never know for sure.

What we did see: Danielle trusted Kim G. with a personal matter … that she was hunting for her birth mother and wanted help finding her. All seemed fine until Danielle's daughter, Christine, heard about the search from a friend, who supposedly caught wind of it at her hair salon via – wait for it – Sizzle Tans star Teresa Giudice. (Like a game of Telephone, however, it's unclear where the message actually originated or what was said.)

Kim G., meanwhile, was steamed because Danielle purportedly e-mailed someone and told the unnamed person not to be friends with her. Her response? To cut ties completely from Danielle. But not before calling her a mother-----r and talking about it with anybody who'd listen.

All of this led to the kind of eventual confrontation that we now expect (and love) from the New Jersey Housewives: A bleeped-filled extravaganza in a restaurant as innocent diners were forced to listen to ranting, recriminations and creative insults. ("Square tits," anyone?)

Before the fight, Kim G. made a pit stop at Jacqueline Laurita's house, where she disavowed Danielle and said she's completely over their friendship. But as Jacqueline astutely pointed out, Kim G. seemed to be playing both sides … trying to be friends with her, Caroline Manzo and Teresa … a fact that's sure to upset Danielle. Which, of course, it did.

In the end, it's hard to understand Kim G.'s motives … and her seemingly impossible desire to be friends with everyone … as nothing more than a ploy for camera time. But was Danielle just spoiling for a fight as well? She called her right-hand goon, Danny, and plotted her restaurant meeting as he waited outside in his car. Perhaps she expected Kim G. to blow up like she did. --Brian Orloff

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