It's all about family and friends in this first episode of The Real Housewives of New Jersey. Meet Caroline, Danielle, Dina, Jacqueline and Teresa – five of the most affluent and drama-filled women in the Garden State. While Caroline's focused on getting her sons ready for the real world (one is going to law school and the other is trying to start his own strip club), Teresa attends her daughter's dance recital and decides her eight-year-old is destined for stardom. Danielle gets back in the dating game with a man she met online and sisters-in-laws, Dina and Jacqueline get together for girls' night out in Manhattan.
Not only are the ladies bringing out the drama, but the kids are piling it on too. Jacqueline is upset over her daughter’s declining grades, while Teresa and her daughter Gia receive some exciting news about an upcoming audition, and Caroline’s daughter decides she is finally ready for beauty school. Meanwhile, Danielle attempts to befriend Dina, but that only adds to their already existing tension.
For the New Jersey housewives, being fabulous is all about being a great mom and a great friend, but when Danielle invites all the ladies over for a Mom's Night Out Spa Party - the party goes from fabulous to frightening. The claws come out and rumors begin to swirl about Danielle, and Jacqueline's family puts pressure on her to end the friendship.
Teresa is busy juggling her daughter's acting career while trying to move her family into their dream home. While the ladies decide to get together to discuss Danielle's shady past, Jacqueline takes it upon herself to confront Danielle about the rumors and her possible connections south of the Border. Drama seems to follow Danielle as she and Teresa's husband are involved in a nasty confrontation.
Luck be a lady! Dina, Caroline and Teresa head to Atlantic City for a girls' weekend of gambling, shopping and spa treatments. After bikini shopping and an argument with her husband about "the bigger the better," Teresa struggles with the idea of getting plastic surgery. The relationship drama continues as Danielle breaks up with her boyfriend and turns to her children for support. Meanwhile, Jacqueline invites Danielle out for a friendly birthday lunch and the claws come out erupting in a major catfight.
The tension between the ladies has been mounting all season and in the season finale, it's all out on the table. All five housewives attend Teresa's end of the year party and the night turns ugly as shocking secrets come out and alliances are revealed.
As Jennifer departs for Turkey to celebrate her brother's engagement, Danielle sends Margaret a text that could end their forever friendship. Dolores hosts a charity event for women in needs of pampering and Melissa finds out how Joe really feels about their daughter Antonia taking over the family business.
Jackie hosts a trip to a local vineyard for some much-needed bonding time. But when Jennifer attacks Jackie for writing an article about her family, Margaret gets involved and calls Jennifer's brother's fiancé a “mail order bride”. Later, things start to heat up when Teresa throws a song release party for Milania.