Frisky Rant: I’m Concerned For “The Real Housewives Of New Jersey”

It’s been all fun and games with the drama on the “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” — until now. While I was laughing at the drama between Danielle Staub and everyone else last season, I’m certainly not laughing anymore. We’ve gone from some amusing table throwing to unwarranted paranoia, possibly serious revenge plots, and an entourage of convicts. Am I the only one (besides the Manzo clan) who thinks that Danielle is seriously mentally ill and capable of doing harm to herself or someone else? On a recent episode, Danielle brought a cadre of tough dudes to “protect” her during a charity event at the Manzo’s business. Uh, what exactly did she need bodyguards to save her from—an overattentive waiter? And when Dina asked her to meet for a drink, Danielle had her new convict buddy, who seems ready and willing to break kneecaps, wait outside in the parking lot? It was a good call on Dina’s part to get the heck out of there and off the show.

I think Jacqueline made the comment that while everyone else is at home with their families, Danielle is sitting around plotting stuff. Ummm … she is! And I’m legitimately scared of her and her creepy “bodyguards.” Kelly Bensimon recently had a breakdown on “The Real Housewives of New York City,” but all that involved was a whole lot of talking. If Danielle breaks, I’m worried someone could end up injured.

This is not the kind of reality TV experience I want—one where someone potentially ends up sleeping with the fishes. It makes me uncomfortable to watch. All of it. The psychotic plots, the lingerie shopping, the pole dancing lessons for ex-cons, the way she involves her young daughters in her sordid business. I think it’s gotten to the point where it is irresponsible of Bravo to let the show continue as is. They need to pull the plug and get Danielle some help. It’s gone from entertaining to exploitative and it needs to stop. Somebody do something before it’s too late.

So what do you think? Am I overreacting or has “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” gone way too far?