Being a new Real Housewives Of Whatever cast member is fraught with peril. Yes, it’s just a reality show, but if this is something you want to continue for years and become a Ramona, Vicki, Teresa, or NeNe, well, you have to cause just the right amount of drama, while still being tolerable to the cast and everyone watching. It’s a hard balance to achieve and not everyone can do it. (See: Gina’s debut on RHOC, or RHOBH's Teddy) Jackie Goldschneider from Real Housewives Of New JerseySeason 9 is one of two brand-new cast members and she's still finding her footing. But in doing that, Jackie is breaking rules on RHONJ. Are they official, from a special Housewives handbook somewhere? No, of course not.
But even the unofficial rules are worth following if Jackie wants to make it in New Jersey.
One of the must-dos for new Housewives is learning how to read the room. The women on RHONJ are different than the women on RHOA, who are different than the women on RHONY. The women of RHOBH have different values and social mores than those of RHOC, even they are basically in the same geographical area. I don’t buy that Jackie doesn’t know what she’s stepping into on Real Housewives Of New Jersey every time she steps to Theresa, but perhaps she doesn’t care about getting a table flipped on her by the end of the season.
But just in case, here are some of the major mistakes she's taken on the road to joining Siggy somewhere alone in North Jersey, in the hopes that she can correct them soon.