The Real Housewives of New Jersey introduced Melissa Gorga, and wow, she's a lot like Teresa Giudice.
Melissa Gorga is married to Teresa Giudice's brother, Joe Gorga. Teresa and Melissa have a major competition going on, partially for Joe Gorga's attention. It was pointed out that the pair is very similar, which causes their competition. It's true - both want to be glamorous, throw the biggest parties and be the most popular. They both, deep down, want a good relationship, I believe. But they can't get over their competition.
It's likely that new cast member Kathy Wakile will be a sidekick to Melissa Gorga, but won't cause a whole lot of drama without Melissa as backup. That doesn't mean that drama won't be caused - it seems that Kathy and Melissa will be spending a lot of screen time together.
It looks like the Ashley Holmes drama will escalate even more this season. Mom Jacqueline Laurita is trying to what's best for her daughter, but Ashley wants her freedom: a New York apartment and freedom from mom's rules. Jacqueline is clearly trying to help her daughter, but because of her approach with words, Ashley pushes her away.
Caroline Manzo and family seem to be bringing way less drama than in past seasons of The Real Housewives of New Jersey. The family's focus in this episode is that Albie and Chris are moving out, which is hardly dramatic compared to the "My family is thick as thieves" style drama encountered when Danielle Staub was on the show.
Overall, we can probably expect a whole lot of Giudice / Gorga drama this season, even though deep down, it seems like everyone just wants to be a happy family again. Except for Joe Giudice, maybe, who seems to be creating plenty of controversy. But from the season premiere of RHONJ, Teresa seems to want her family together, and so do Joe Gorga and Kathy Wakile, deep down. Melissa probably would too if she and Teresa could stop competing and make peace. But let's face it, Bravo wouldn't have cast Gorga if there wouldn't be drama, and you can't have to alpha females in a situation without jealousy.