It's early days but I am enjoying the season this far. Jennifuh has come in leaps and bounds from last year. Melissa is... better than she was 5 years ago. I still love Margaret and Dolores. And this episode I even started feeling for Jackie! Wrestling with an eating disorder makes her more human, and she's calmed down from trying to stir up controversy last year.
As usual with NJ, the focus on the house-husbands and family lift this franchise and give it authenticity. Specifically Joe Gorga reacting to Joe Giudice's predicament, and Gia next week.
The end of season 7 really sucked! Dominique gone with no fanfare at all. I am already sick of Leslie and her desperation to belong in the family. Every "Uncle Blake" makes me cringe, but I adored it when she ran up on Fallon, desperate for some kind of familial welcome, and Fallon paid her dust.
So am I really supposed to believe that Blake and Alexis are told that Adam really isn't Adam and all they do is decide to adopt "Michael Torrance?" They have no interest in finding the real Adam? This man who's only been in their lives for five years, they never raised him, he's been way more trouble than he's worth the entire time, etc, and they're all "Aw you've always been our son!" No, he hasn't!
The Sarah story was depressing, and did they really need to give us two big "OMG what about Krystina!?!?!" stories?
Lonely Alexis was also depressing and just represents how far away from the heyday we are, and it was a quick separation.
The only thing getting me through season eight is that everyone has always said that season nine was fantastic.