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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 Ssn 3/Ep 2 - A Class in Creativity

Glenn Rowley


It's a Manzo'd With Children doubleheader as episode two debuts back-to-back with the Season 3 premiere. Moving on from haunted prisons and ghosts, Lauren expands her beauty empire with the opening of her second salon, and enlists Chris to direct a commercial for the event. Plus, Vito recruits Albie as a business consultant and Caroline gets roped into an etiquette class with the two in NYC. Read on for a full recap of this week's hijinks...


Lauren Manzo is busy preparing for the opening of FullBlown, a blow-dry and beauty bar that will be the second salon in Wayne County. As she watches the makeshift sign for the salon being installed, Lauren explains that this one is going to be Cafface on a budget - considering that she's four years older and her parents are no longer footing the bill for her entrepreneurial dreams. However, even though this second business may be a bit more difficult to launch, Lauren's proud of herself for really doing it on her own.


Meanwhile, Albie Manzo has volunteered his own business acumen to help Vito Scalia realize his dream of opening a deli in Manhattan. Thanks to the ventures documented on The Real Housewives of New Jersey (including blk. water and the now-defunct Little Town NJ), Albie has some experience in the food and restaurant industries, and promises to help Lauren's husband nail down some investors for his new deli. However, as much as Vito may be an "artist" when it comes to making sandwiches, he needs some polish, so Albie's signed the two of them up for an etiquette class and Caroline Manzo can't resist tagging along for the sheer entertainment value this is sure to bring.


As part of her marketing strategy for FullBlown's opening, Lauren has tasked her younger brother Chris Manzo with the job of directing the salon's very first commercial. Naturally, while Lauren isn't giving him any money for the project, Chris insists that he have free reign over the commercial's concept and direction - oh and Lauren's not allowed to see it before the big premiere. Casting his little cousin Olivia and his friend TJ in central roles, Chris comes up with a plot involving the five-year-old as a ruthless villain and even has Caroline tied up to a tree as a hostage. Maybe Chris really is the creative genius he keeps insisting the rest of the family needs to recognize after all...


Later, Albie and Caroline bring Vito to his first (and probably last) class at The Etiquette School of New York. Under the strict tutelage of Patricia Napier-Fitzpatrick the Manzos and Vito quickly realize they're not in Jersey anymore. Vito gets a crash course in all things etiquette - from the power of a firm handshake and making professional introductions, to proper posture and the correct way to dab your mouth with a napkin. Ever the gentle giant of Franklin Lakes, Vito clearly isn't cut out for such fancy primping. I mean, the poor guy thinks that appropriate attire for a business meeting with potential investors is something out of The Godfather's wardrobe department. (The refined instructor openly balks at this idea, saying "who are you meeting with? The Mob?") However, Lauren's husband does come away from the afternoon feeling more prepared and ready to make a good first impression in his upcoming business meetings, firm handshake included.


Suddenly, the day of Lauren's grand opening is upon us, and friends and family of the Manzos pack the tiny space in support of FullBlown. After Vito hilariously works the room with his newfound etiquette skills, it's time for the premiere of Christopher's commercial. Remember, Lauren has no idea what's coming and, while the youngest Manzo is a bit nervous at how she'll react, the self-described "b---h on wheels" ends up loving the ad's end result. To close out the party, Caroline gathers everyone to give a heartfelt speech about how proud she is of Lauren for going after her dreams, and for Albie and Chris's willingness to jump in with an "all for one and one for all" attitude to help. In Caroline's words, Lauren thought she could, so she did, and that mantra is a powerful statement for anyone watching the Manzo family at work.

What did you think of the second episode of the Manzo'd doubleheader? Would you have survived the etiquette class? Did the FullBlown commercial blow you away? Leave your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!