From Teresa’s homecoming to Joe’s last days as a free man, the Giudice family has been through a crush of heartbreaking moments this season.
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Whether or not you’ve forgiven Teresa for her crimes, it was difficult to watch her family suffer during her prison sentence. When her daughters hand decorated a welcome home sign for her upon her return, it melted our hearts.
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It was Gia who really got us. While her mom was away, Gia ran the family and helped her dad take care of the other girls. When she broke into tears, we welled up along with her.
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The little things
Suddenly all the mundane day-to-day things between Teresa and her daughters took on new meaning. When they were getting ready together in the mornings, you could tell how much Teresa had missed her kids.
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No one loves a photo shoot like the Giudices, but this year their reunited Christmas card meant more than ever.
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After years of turmoil, the Giudices and Gorgas finally resolved their differences and came together around the table for a Christmas dinner. It was very sweet.
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The kids in the family clearly have no bad blood, so it was so nice to see them all back together for the holidays.
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Teresa and Joe
Teresa and her brother have had a rocky relationship, but her time away seems to have made them closer than ever. It was sweet to watch them reunite and act like brother and sister again.
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Teresa and her parents
Teresa didn’t see her father the whole time she was in prison, so it was an emotional reunion when she returned to Joe and Melissa’s for Christmas.
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Melania sleeping under the couch
The Giudice girls are a quirky, lively crew and we missed seeing their hijinkx, like Melania sleeping under the couch during her parents’ New Year’s Eve party.
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Teresa reading from her book
When Teresa recorded the audio version of her book, Turning The Tables, she couldn’t stop tearing up when reading about her daughters. It was heartbreaking to watch.
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There were times when Teresa, Melissa and Joe couldn’t be in the same room together, so seeing them all sitting together, watching Melissa and Joe’s kids walk in a fashion show was very sweet.
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Gia’s wise words
Gia spoke some real, honest truth about her father right before he went to jail, saying that he needs to spend some time realizing what he has so he can get his life together. When did she become such a wise teenager?
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Audriana leaning into her dad and reminding him they only have a few more days together was possibly the most heartbreaking scene of the season.
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Melania handing her dad a cupcake because she’s going to miss his birthday totally destroyed us.
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The final goodbye
We could easily argue Joe and Teresa put themselves in this situation by breaking the law, but it still got us to watch them say their final goodbye before Joe turned himself in.
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After Joe went away, the girls all hopped into bed with their mom and said a prayer for their dad. A total tear-jerker.