'The Real Housewives Of New Jersey': Did Melissa Really Compare Teresa To Saddam Hussein? (VIDEO)

07/22/2013 03:22 am ET | Updated Jul 22, 2013

The Joes came to blows on "The Real Housewives of New Jersey." It all started when the Giudices, Gorgas, and Wakiles went to Lake George together for a "team-building" retreat. Clearly, the point of the retreat was lost on the Joes.

Joe Gorga called his sister, Teresa, scum. Of course, Joe Giudice jumped to his wife's defense, confronting her brother, which led Gorga to ram himself into Giudice. The former-friends-turned-brother-in-laws had years of tension and apparently keep themselves at just below the boiling point.

Melissa tried to pull her husband off of Teresa's husband, while Teresa just ran away. But after the dust settled, it was Melissa who had no interest in trying to fix the dysfunction that has come to define their family.

“This is my family, too. Do you understand me? Those three babies are mine, too. I’m done!" she told her husband. "They’re not normal. Guess what, honey? Saddam Hussein, that’s someone’s brother, too. Doesn’t mean that he’s a good person.”

HuffPost TV recapper Sydney Levin was a little confused by Melissa's meandering comment, writing, "That doesn't really make much sense to me -- if Teresa is Saddam Hussein, doesn't that make Joe the not-good person? -- but it did lead me to learn that ‘Saddam’ means ‘one who confronts’ in Arabic. Sort of fitting, no?”

Later, Joe Gorga told the therapist who came to visit them at the retreat that he had no interest in making up with his sister, Teresa. But when Teresa was brought in, the two had a breakthrough and both were brought to tears -- it's looks like they're not ready to give up working on their family.

Can this fractured family ever come together in a healthy way? "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" continues on Sundays at 8 p.m. ET on Bravo.

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