Jennifer is just jealous of Jackie, plain and simple. She was shocked to hear about Jackie's money and blown away by that Hamptons house. Hell, I was blown away by it, too. Although the homes in that area did seem pretty close to each other - not like the other Hamptons homes we've seen on RHONY - but, that view!!!! (I'll deal with close next door neighbors to have that amazing view, an oceanfront pool and be stairway away from the sand!)
Jennifer is probably wearing out her fingers googling real estate/properties that are bigger and better. Jennifer was practically green with envy when Jackie was dropping those little financial security bombs during dinner. When Jennifer was rapid fire questioning Jackie, I got shades of Bethenny Frankel when she would start interrogating someone about something that she didn't know about them and thought she should. It wasn't just a friendly interest - this was just being nosey because she was envious that someone else could possibly be more wealthy than she. It wasn't the questions Jennifer asked - it was the way she asked them. She finally figured out that maybe she was overstepping and threw in that "if you don't mind me asking" as an afterthought - never thinking that Jackie would respond with "I do mind" and Jackie not answering the question! Good for Jackie.
But, could you imagine Jennifer's kids hanging out at a beach house - actually swimming in the pool and boogie boarding or surfing in the ocean? Eating hamburgers off the grill and s'mores from a beach bonfire? No??? Well, I can't imagine them doing any of that stuff, but I can totally see Jackie's kids doing all that and more. I can't even imagine Jennifer's kids actually going outside at all. "It's too hot out"...."I don't liiiike the sand"...."I'm bored"...."The ocean's too cold/rough/fishy"...."Make the pool hotter!!! Turn on the heater - NOW!" - these are all the things I could hear Jennifer's kids saying.
I actually liked Melissa at the lunch, trying to explain to Jennifer that overspending on stupid things is not helping their kids much. She is 100% right, and hopefully, she'll start heeding her own advice (although I doubt it-it looks like she and Joe just dropped a stupid amount of money buying and renovating a bay-facing home in Toms River - a nice house with beautiful views, probably not far from where she grew up), and cutting back on the frivolous spending to put something aside for her kids' future. Jennifer not understanding what Melissa meant just goes to show how mercenary Jennifer is. She couldn't understand that Melissa was saying that Jackie and her husband will have quite a nice inheritance to potentially leave their kids in 30 years from now, and Melissa and Jennifer may not - not that Jennifer's kids would not be successful. Jennifer was so off base on that. She wasn't listening to Melissa - she was too busy trying to defend her stupid, low comments to Jackie.
I'm not a fan of Jackie's, but I was with her 1000%. I think that this is the only time we've seen her get so visibly upset - she is usually very cool and collected - it looked like she had actual tears in her eyes and she was angry - but, she kept her cool, unlike Jennifer who immediately starts throwing silverware. Jackie is actually starting to grow on me a little. I still think she's a know-it-all and thinks she's above the other women, but she's becoming a little more likeable.
And Jennifer is quickly becoming Danielle Staub's understudy with the shit stirring, lashing out and throwing of miscellaneous tableware, without all the other crazy associated with Danielle.