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Recaps, opinion pieces and analysis of Bravo TV shows including Don't Be Tardy, Manzo'd With Children, Ladies of London, Tour Group, Shahs of Sunset and Southern Charm.

Manzo'd with Children Ssn 2/Ep 10 - Emotional Baggage

Glenn Rowley


The family trip to Italy is finally winding down. On their last day in Sorrento, the Manzo and Scalia clans go to Tenuta Monte Corbo for a farm-to-table dinner. Being restaurant people, this activity couldn't be more perfect for them. When they arrive, the families split naturally into three groups - with Albie, Chris and Vito on tomato-picking duty, Vito Sr. and Albert making fresh mozzarella and the girls staying with the Prosecco. Sipping her Italian wine, Lauren exclaims that she's shocked her future father-in-law came on the trip, leaving the deli in the hands of his other two sons. Miraculously (not), the two dads are having a similar conversation while making cheese. Vito Sr. explains that it was a hard decision to leave work because, with only eight people in the deli, when he and Vito leave they lose 25% of the workforce.

Speaking of that very problem, Vito's worried about how to tell his dad he wants to open his own deli in Manhattan and asks Christopher how he broke the news to Albert when he decided to leave the Brownstone. Chris admits that it's hard to tell your dad you don't want to live his life but it reached a point where he realized he could never go farther than his dad's desk and that didn't set well with him. The women eventually get recruited to help roll gnocchi in the kitchen and Lauren continues laying the groundwork for Vito's reveal. When she brings up that Vito feels an unhealthy amount of pressure and guilt that he doesn't voice to his parents, Denise rather proudly admits that she's instilled plenty of guilt in her children. That's the Italian mother's way. Lauren tries to point out that she's sure the Scalias would support Vito no matter what he did, but Denise quickly brushes it off by saying she can't possibly imagine Vito doing anything besides working for his dad. At the same time in the garden, Vito announces that he's going to break the news to his parents tonight. This is going to go well...


Before dinner, Albert pulls Lauren aside for a walk. Leading her down a path, the doting dad presents her with a gift - a Cartier Love bracelet. Apparently, the princess has always wanted one of the astronomically-priced bracelets from her daddy as a token of his love. (Seriously, go look up how much one of those bangles costs.) As Albert locks the bracelet on her wrist, Lauren gets teary as she tells him that everything she loves about Vito are the things she loves about him too. Don't think too deeply about that or it could get creepy real fast, but she follows it up with saying that Vito's a good boy who will take good care of her. I'm not sure a deli owner will be able to take care of Princess Lauren to the level of buying $6000 bracelets but OK. The father and daughter tearfully hug and it's all supposed to be a tender moment but I can't help but be distracted by the waves of entitlement seeping out of every word Lauren has said in this scene. This spoiled bride-to-be is fully prepared to have everything handed to her for the rest of her life. Good luck, Vito. 


With the meal picked and prepared, the families gather around a table for dinner with the stunning Italian countryside as their backdrop. With a gorgeous view and good food, Vito inexplicably decides to awkwardly bring up his plan to open his own deli at the dinner table. In front of everyone. Christopher and Albie are flabbergasted. No Vito! Not now! Timing is clearly not his strong suit. Naturally, the announcement goes over like a brick with Vito Sr. and Denise, who look less-than-thrilled before they start giving Vito a laundry list of why he shouldn't be abandoning the family business. Albert and Caroline both try to do damage control on behalf of their future son-in-law but the reaction from his parents is probably exactly what Vito was expecting. After a few minutes Vito Sr. settles on telling his son that he's not going to stop him from trying, but that he needs to be careful and not forget his brothers. Better than nothing, I guess. 

Once the awkward moment passes, Caroline gives a sentimental speech about how this trip has made them all truly a family. However, Lauren ruins the moment by reminding everyone that the trip was really for her and thanks everyone for coming on HER trip. The next day as they're packing to leave, Caroline asks Albert if anything feels left unsaid with Lauren, but he's done being emotional and sentimental. Goodbye Italy, New Jersey here we come.


The next day, Caroline, Albie and Christopher are using the seating chart for the wedding as a fantasy draft. NOT NOW LAUREN, this is important. Caroline knew that planning the trip so close to the wedding was an insane idea, and now they're back with a million things left to do and not enough time. Lauren announces that she has a gift for her dad and wants to present him with her American Express card. (Not exactly the same value as a Cartier bracelet, but A for effort?) Caroline thinks the sentiment is sweet and lovely but it will kill her husband. Lauren feels it's time to give the card back to her dad because now Vito will (say it with me) take care of her. Albert thinks its good that Lauren is ready to be responsible (this is not what that word means), but insists that the princess keep the credit card in case of a rainy day. As Lauren reads him a poem she wrote in the third grade about how much her daddy loves her, Caroline points out that in some sick, twisted way this American Express card has become a memento between the two. As Albie says, talk about something being deep in the most shallow way possible.