That’s not even mentioning the introduction of the season’s two fresh faces, Siggy Flicker and Dolores Catania.

Let’s be honest: We were all to witness the return of Teresa Giudice, making her way home to her family after 11 and a half long months behind bars.

Who knew that it would be Teresa’s daughters who would steal the show and break our hearts in the process?

With the final act of the episode dedicated to Teresa’s early morning return, we finally saw-with heartbreaking clarity-just what an ordeal this had been for the young girls.

Authentic family drama has always been the bread and butter of RHONJ, something that’s helped it stand out from the pack.

While this season sure seems packed to the gills with nasty squabbling among the ladies, it’s moments like little Audriana, who certainly doesn’t understand the complexities of just why her mom has been gone for nearly a year, announcing with such pure joy, “Mommy, you’re home,” that keep us invested.

Teresa may be home, but the family now faces the even longer imprisonment of their father Joe.