Bravo’s Andy Cohen interviewed sadder-but-wiser Real Housewives Of New Jersey stars Teresa and Joe Giudice the day after a federal judge sentenced the couple to time in the hoosegow on conspiracy and bankruptcy fraud charges. Part 1 of Watch What Happens Live episode: One-On-One With Teresa And Joe aired at 6 PM (Part II is Thursday). Here’s how it went from start to finish:
6 PM: “Tonight we’ll hear firsthand how they’re absorbing the shocking news,” says Cohen. “Thanks for being here; wish it was under better circumstances.” He reads the very long laundry list of things to which they plead guilty. “I feel like I got hit in the back of the neck with a bat,” Joe says of his 41-month sentence. Teresa says her fingers were stuck together because her nerves were shot when she got 15 months in the slammer. “I don’t know what to say,” she tells Andy.
6:03 PM: Andy asks if she’s in denial. Teresa says she needs to read things before she signs them in the future. Or, get a lawyer. Andy says she broke down in tears and said she’s frightened and depressed after the sentencing. “I am scared … not being there for my daughters. I can’t even imagine not being there. I’m their mom,” Teresa says. “They need their mom. It’s not the same with a father. A mom is a mom.”
6:05 PM: Teresa says she did not understand she might go to jail after she accepted her plea deal. “I thought my lawyer was going to fight for me. That’s what lawyers do. That’s pretty much why you hire an attorney.” Ditto Joe: “I expected me — I didn’t expect her.”
6:10 PM: Andy asks if she had just signed anything given her to sign. Teresa pretty much says that is correct. “Why did you do it? Did you need the money? Was it a matter of keeping up with the Joneses?” asks Andy. “That’s what the judge said!” they both counter, like they meant it to sting. Teresa says she did not pay full retail for the $3,000 purse she got so much grief for carrying the other day on the show. By way of demonstrating how frugal she is, Teresa adds, “I would buy a used home.” Joe then challenges Andy to guess how much he paid for his suit, after which Joe boasts how cheap it is. “I paid taxes on this suit,” Andy responds, in re his own suit. Nicely played, Andy.
6:20 PM: Teresa says after the sentencing, back at home, “The whole family there, friends, and it was just hard. My mom started crying. I was like, ‘Mom, don’t cry; be strong for me.’ She couldn’t believe it. She said, “You’ve always been a good kid.” My heart was breaking seeing her be upset. … I saw [oldest daughter] Gia; she was crying. We hugged for long time. … She said, ‘Mommy, don’t worry, I’ll help Daddy with the girls. That will make me a better mom; that will prepare me for when I’m a mom.'” The other three daughters have not yet been told.
6:26 PM: “I would be much happier if I was just going [to the slammer],” Joe says. “I’m more scared for my wife than me. If you stick me with a knife, I probably wouldn’t feel it.”
6:30 PM: “You like to get your hair and makeup done. How do you think you’re gonna do in prison?” Andy asks Teresa. “I’m gonna do fine,” she insists. “I don’t care about that. I’ll just slick my hair back and get on with my day.” Andy wonders if she’s worried about losing her temper in prison. “No,” Teresa says. “What if another woman touches you,” Joe asks, helpfully. “No one can push my buttons anymore,” she insists.