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What Happened Between Dina and Caroline?

Fights between siblings are never fun. I have four older sisters, so I'm shocked I still have any hair left with the amount of times it's been pulled. What followed the hair-pulling was worse than any physical pain - having to avoid one another while shooting dirty looks just becomes tiresome after a while. After a couple of hours we'd usually forget about our differences and go start a fight with somebody else. It seems that even the Real Housewives aren't immune to a bout of sibling rivalry, as evidenced by the breakdown of the relationship between New Jersey sisters Caroline and Dina Manzo.

Dina and Caroline were two of the original Jersey Housewives, along with Teresa, Jacqueline, and Danielle. In the first season they seemed incredibly close. They frequently visited one another and would usually go to events together. Along with Teresa, the girls gossiped about Danielle's possible criminal past, while Caroline defended Dina against accusations Danielle made against her parenting skills.

The first sign of any tension appeared at the end of the first season. The finale dinner, the one made famous by Teresa's table-flipping skills, showed Caroline taking the blame for circulating the book about Danielle's past. However, Jacqueline became angry and insisted that Dina was the one who brought it to everyone's attention. Dina reacted with anger and the two bickered until Caroline intervened. It has been suggested that this caused Dina to distance herself from Jacqueline, and that Caroline's refusal to do the same fractured the sisterhood.

Dina left midway through the second season, and appeared to be on good terms with everyone aside from Danielle. However, it was revealed during the season three reunion that Dina is no longer speaking to Caroline, Jacqueline or Jac's husband Chris, Dina's brother. She no longer appeared at any of her sister's events, including their brother's wedding. Caroline remained quiet when asked about the rift and refused to give any details as to the nature of the argument, much to Andy Cohen's dismay.

When Dina made a guest appearance on season four, she was empathetic with Teresa over their shared struggles with Caroline. At the reunion, Caroline did not respond well to Teresa's jibes about her broken relationship with her sister. When asked by Andy Cohen, Caroline suggested that the sisters could have worked things out were it not for Teresa's involvement.

Where do the sisters stand now? Dina has made little reference to her sister since her return, and has ignored questions about the situation when asked about it on camera. She will no doubt be interrogated about it during the reunion though. During a recent appearance on Watch What Happens Live, Caroline revealed that Dina has not seen Caroline's daughter since her engagement announcement, nor has she been invited to the wedding. Caroline ended the discussion about her sister by telling Dina to "grow up".

Since season 6 stopped filming, there appears to have been reconciliation between the sisters. Caroline posted a picture of her family Christmas celebration on Instagram, and Dina was present at the event. This was the first time Dina had met Jacqueline's son Nicholas, and she sat with him on her lap. Hopefully this will last, as I would love to see a return from Mama Bear Caroline.