'RHONJ’ Season 14: Teresa Said Margaret’s S13 Reunion Takedown Was Preplanned

Teresa and Margaret’s drama isn’t going anywhere in Season 14 of ‘The Real Housewives of New Jersey.’

Elizabeth Randolph - Author

May 5 2024, Published 9:01 p.m. ET

(l-r): Teresa Giudice and Margaret Josephs

Another season of The Real Housewives of New Jersey debuted on Bravo on Sunday, May 5, 2024. In Season 14, the cast from the previous season is back to prove that not much has changed since we last saw them together at the RHONJ Season 13 reunion.

In the Season 14 premiere, New Jersey OG and newlywed Teresa Giudice confirmed her grievances with Joe Gorga and Melissa Gorga hadn’t waivered one bit and had kept her promise of never speaking to them again.

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Teresa later shared that her and Margaret Josephs’s friendship was also dead in the water. Teresa and Margaret’s feud was exacerbated at the Season 13 reunion. At the time, Margaret called Teresa a “criminal” and accused Tre’s husband, Louie Ruelas, of harassing one of her children.

The RHONJ season premiere showed Teresa discussing the drama with Margaret more deeply. During her take on the matter, she revealed Margaret intentionally tried to get their cast members to choose a side.

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Did Margaret set Teresa and Louie up on ‘The Real Housewives of New Jersey?’

During a dinner double date with Dolores Catania and her boyfriend, Paul Connell, in the Season 14 premiere, Teresa and Louie shared that a little birdy who shares the same name as Do’s ex, Frank Catania, spilled some tea about Margaret.

After seeing how upset Louie was after Frank mentioned at the reunion that his and Dolores’s son, Frankie Jr., no longer worked together, he told her the couple’s reunion takedown was a scheme that Margaret set up to get the group to “go after Louie and I.”

“After New York, my husband reached out to Frank,” Teresa said in a confessional. “They made up, and he’s [Frank] like, ‘I just want you to know they all came up with a plan trying to take you down.”

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(l-r): Teresa Giudice and Louie Ruelas
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Teresa added in her interview that Frank and his fiancee, Brittany Mattesich, opted not to attend the supposed plan ahead of the reunion. Nonetheless, the cast members who reportedly agreed to the plan (Margaret, her husband, Joe Benigno, Melissa and Joe, Rachel Fuda, and John Fuda) went forward with the “attack.”

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At the reunion, they accused Teresa and Louie of hiring Louie’s friend and private investigator, Bo Dietl, to build a “file” of information on everyone in the cast. Louie also alluded to doing so in the RHONJ Season 13 finale.

While Margaret didn’t respond to Teresa’s allegation, she’s made it abundantly clear she’s done answering any questions about Teresa, telling Jennifer Fessler in the premiere, “I don’t ever wanna talk about her [Teresa] again.”

However, “Messy Fessy” reportedly confirmed that her good friend Margaret had set Teresa up. Paul confirmed Teresa’s claim, stating Jennifer told Joe, “You guys didn’t execute the plan correctly” at the reunion.

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(l-r): Jennifer Fessler and Teresa Giudice
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Dolores Catania said Marge possibly setting up Tre isn’t “groundbreaking.”

According to one of their mutual friends, Margaret's supposed set-up is par for the course despite her not immediately responding to Teresa’s allegations. In another scene from the premiere, Dolores advises Teresa to talk to Jennifer Fessler about the group’s “failure” to make their plan work. She says a pre-reunion “meeting of the minds” isn’t as shocking as some might believe.

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“It’s normal to have a meeting of the minds before the reunion,” Dolores said in a confessional. “I think we all do it.”

(l-r): Margaret Josephs, Dolores Catania, and Melissa Gorga
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Do, who has maintained neutrality with Tre and Marge in the past, further added that she didn’t think the alleged move was very “groundbreaking” for Jersey standards.

“With this group, it’s tit for tat,” Dolores explained.

Episode one, ladies. We’re only on episode one of the season!

Catch new episodes of The Real Housewives of New Jersey on Bravo on Sundays at 8 p.m. EST.

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