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Spinoffs & Other Shows

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 Season 3 Premiere - A Family That Scares Together...

Glenn Rowley

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Caroline Manzo and her clan are back for Season 3 of Manzo'd With Children. Incidentally, so am I, even after thinking I was Manzo'd out by the end of last season. This year, the season premiere kicks off in the most random of places as we catch up with each member of the family since we saw them last. Read on for a recap of all the hijinks and milestones...

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Out of everywhere the new season of Manzo'd could've started, the last place I would've guessed was a haunted prison in Philadelphia. However, that's exactly where we open, with the entire Manzo family headed to spend the night in the abandoned Eastern State Penitentiary. Now that Christopher is a bonafide children's book author, he's decided to write a middle-grade novel. Apparently, this second novel requires research in the prison and he's convinced the rest of the clan to join him on the adventure. On route to Philly, we catch up with the rest of the family members: Caroline's continued evolution has her now making homemade soap, Lauren and Vito Scalia have now been married for seven months and are still living in her parents' home in Franklin Lakes, while Albie's looming thirtieth birthday finally motivated him to find a bachelor pad in Hoboken. 

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Arriving at the prison, poor Vito is terrified out of his mind as the tour guide shows the Manzos the cell that belonged to infamous gangster Al Capone. Later, as the family members split up to search for ghosts, Christopher's adventure gets more than a little spooky. While Caroline and Albert reminisce in Cell Block 12 over how far their family has come, Albie and Christopher head off with night vision goggles and thermal cameras to look for haunted spirits. However, when the brothers seem to encounter a ghostly, human-like apparition, the family concludes this is more than they bargained for and cut the sleepover to an abrupt end. Quite frankly, I'd be running out of the haunted prison too if I thought I was seeing ghosts. 

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The next day, the family is still recovering from their terrifying visit to the prison when Caroline invites Christopher over to the house for a surprise. After months of writing and working with his publisher, the very first copy of Christopher's children's book, Oliver Brightside: You Don't Want That Penny, has arrived in the mail. Holding the physical realization of her son's dream in her hands, Caroline has a major proud mom moment and bursts into tears. Christopher lovingly dedicates the first copy to his mom, writing on the front page that Oliver Brightside never would've been possible without Caroline's help and motivation. Aww - it's a sweet moment and I can't help but be a little proud of Christopher from the comfort of my couch.

With that, the premiere ends on a positive note, and this recap is as short and sweet as any I've ever written. What did you think of the Manzo'd premiere? Are you glad Caroline and her crazy clan are back for Season 3? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below...