Gone are the days when Teresa Giudice brought the drama on The Real Housewives of New Jersey — in Season 6, she and her family are bringing the tears instead.

In this sneak peek of Sunday's upcoming episode, Teresa and hubby Joe Giudice have a heart-to-heart about their legal situation. The couple are embroiled in a federal fraud case, and chances are Joe is going to end up in jail (they pled guilty in March, though that was after this sneak peek, which takes place around Christmas). It's clear from this clip, Teresa is distraught over the idea that her husband could wind up behind bars.


“I wish that we didn’t have these little issues that we have, but we just gotta keep working hard, just keeping moving forward, and keeping fighting and making money, that’s what makes us the family that we are,” Joe tells Teresa after giving her a loving Christmas card. “I’m glad that I have such a strong wife.”

Teresa says that while she may seem strong, she's always thinking about their problems. She hates that they're on the news; she hates seeing them on every channel. “I do cry myself to sleep sometimes,” she says.

Joe admits he worries about who will take care of everything if he has to "go on vacation" (AKA to the slammer).

"We need you around," Teresa insists. "This family cannot function without you."

Check out the moving scene here.

Do you feel sorry for the Giudices, or do you think you reap what you sow? Let us know in the comments below.

Catch the next episode of Real Housewives of New Jersey Season 6 on Sunday, July 20, at 8 p.m. ET.