Ever since his “hot mic moment” when cameras heard him badmouthing Joe, Luis Ruelas has gone mask-off.
The Real Housewives of New Jersey fans saw him trash Joe Gorga … the way that many believe that he’s been doing all along, off camera.
Even during something as simple as preparing for a party, the tensions with Joe come up again.
Luis compared the man to a “rat on the street.” And then he told Teresa to her face that he didn’t want her brother at their wedding.
To begin, this scene from the final minutes of The Real Housewives of New Jersey Season 13, Episode 14 was just fine. Almost cute!
Teresa Giudice had laid out here clothes for a ’20s party.
That is, a 1920s party. Yes, we area in a time when we have to specify. The 1920s were the Roaring Twenties. Now we’re in the Screaming Twenties.
Luis had also laid out his simpler ensemble. Apparently, he already had a 1920s jacket lying around.
This prompted Teresa to discuss his fashion sense with the confessional camera.
She likes it. Teresa recalled having “had to” buy clothing for ex-husband Joe Giudice.
Teresa really likes Luis’ personal sense of style. There is, as always, no accounting for taste.
However, in the moment, Teresa opened up about something painful.
She had not spoken to her brother, Joe Gorga. And not for lack of trying.
Teresa had called her brother multiple times, to no avail.
“He’s never not taken my call,” she noted.
This is when Luis speculated about what Joe was going through.
In Luis’ mind, Joe was undergoing a psychological process that made him totally unable to respond rationally.
Teresa commented that it was not great timing, that she wished that Joe hadn’t gone through this in the buildup to her wedding.
But, to Luis, the timing is the whole point.
“Yeah, but it’s happening right now on purpose because we’re getting married,” Luis insisted.
“It’s bulls–t. It’s such a shame,” he complained, before throwing in an “I feel so bad for you.”
This is when Teresa began repeatedly … apologizing?
Teresa has shown multiple times that she feels that she has wronged Luis.
How? By … having a brother who doesn’t like him.
Fans have repeatedly expressed their concerns about why Teresa is so, so apologetic to her partner.
In all fairness, Luis did reply with: “Don’t ever apologize. Because his actions are not your fault.”
Maybe that is how he genuinely feels. Perhaps Teresa just feels like Joe’s actions are something that she brought into this relationship.
But viewers are very conscious of how Luis might say one thing on camera but act differently in private.
“You know when I got insulted? Honestly, when we were at [Rachel] Fuda’s house,” Luis announced.
“It’s when he said you were miserable,” he recalled.
Luis then accused: “He’s projecting his own bulls–t on you!”
The episode played a clip of Joe and Melissa’s (failed) intervention attempt with Teresa.
“Your brother is devilishly calculated by everything he does,” Luis then speculated.
“And he’s actually thinking about how to hurt you,” he claimed. “It’s disgusting.”
“Babe, I’m not dealing with it anymore,” Teresa said. “Really, I want peace, and if he doesn’t want that, then he can just stand alone.”
After seeming to roll his eyes at his then-fiancee, Luis remarked: “Well, our life’s been really peaceful because we haven’t had your brother in our life the last two, three weeks.”
Luis then added, more ominously: “I’m not gonna deal with it. I’m ready to react.”
“Do you plan on talking to him tonight?” Teresa then asked.
“I would like to talk to your brother as much as I would like to talk to a rat in the street,” Luis replied.
That is quite a line. Many of us have felt that way … but few of us would say it directly to the person’s sibling.
“The problem lies between his ears and no one else’s!” Luis ranted. And Teresa’s pleas for him to relax did not go over well.
“Relax? That’s dangerous. Because I’m not gonna take s–t anymore” Luis declared, saying that he’d seen her be a “beautiful, at times naive woman” while Joe did nothing but “gaslight” and “manipulate” her.
“I don’t even want your brother coming to our wedding,” Luis announced. Well, he got his wish!