From Housewife to the Big House and Back Again: Teresa Giudice's Emotional Journey

The new season of The Real Housewives of New Jersey premieres Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on Bravo, beginning with Giudice's return from prison. Here's a look back at her whirlwind journey – and what to expect this season

AN EMOTIONAL HOMECOMING

Giudice was released from Danbury Correctional Facility on Dec. 23. In a sneak peek at this season's premiere of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, her four daughters eagerly await her return. Guidice's oldest daughter Gia – who helped her father take care of her younger sisters while Teresa was away – urges a groggy Milania to get up and dressed for her mom, eventually warning her younger sis: "I swear to God, if you make your mother's picture taken by a paparazzi, you're going to be in so much trouble." Since her return, Giudice told PEOPLE, home life has been a love fest. "It's been a whirlwind," she said, adding that she was getting "lots of hugs and kisses. In one day I'd say like over a hundred kisses."