Melissa Gorga hasn’t had the easiest time on The Real Housewives of New Jersey. She barely recovered from last year’s “Strippergate,” and now rumors of her cheating on her husband, Joe, are swirling in Season 5.

However, she’s not going to take these allegations sitting down! According to Radar Online, the mother of three will attempt to squash her dramatic reputation by using her family.

A close source reveals that Mel “specifically asked that more scenes be filmed with her family,” as she feels that sister-in-law Teresa Giudice used her own children to become a fan favorite.

“Melissa feels that one of the main reasons Teresa became a quick fan favorite was because her relationship with the husband and kids was used as a featured storyline,” the source spilled. “And with Melissa’s provocative past coming back to haunt her this season, she wants to use her family to play the sympathy card.”

Even though Tre and Melissa have reportedly reconciled, that doesn’t mean Season 5 will be smooth sailing. Apparently Mrs. Gorga thinks that she can clean up her image by making sure cameras are around to catch sweet family moments. A film crew was reportedly there for her family’s tree-lighting ceremony, Christmas morning, and “numerous celebratory brunches.” It’s an interesting play, but if anyone can pull it off, it’s Melissa.

What do you think of Melissa’s Season 5 “strategy”? Weigh in below.

Source: Radar Online