When the eagerly anticipated season seven premiere of The Real Housewives of New Jersey starts off, Teresa Giudice is still in prison, but her imminent return looms large: Her sister-in-law Melissa Gorga is busy prepping to open a boutique called Envy — and admits she hasn’t seen or talked to Teresa during the prison stint. “That makes me think there is a problem,” speculates Melissa. Meanwhile, Jacqueline Laurita unflatteringly imitates Teresa’s voice when reading a note Teresa sent to her from prison suggesting they have a lot to talk about. “I’m so confused,” Jacqueline complains. “It’s like Teresa took a cup of scalding coffee and threw it in my face, then called me up the next day and said, ‘ Wanna go get coffee?’” The episode also introduces new cast members Siggy Flicker (fresh off a face-lift!) and Dolores Catania (who grew up with Teresa — and remembers her as a goody-goody). But let’s be real: It’s all building towards Teresa’s release — and an emotional Christmas Eve reunion with her family that may even put tears in the eyes of her haters!
SUN. 7/ 10, 8 P. M., BRAVO ★★★★✩