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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.

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Manzo'd With Children Season 3 Finale - Startling Surprises

Glenn Rowley

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This week on the season finale of Manzo'd With Children, the party for Albie's thirtieth birthday turns into the setting for major confrontations between both Al and Vito and Chris and Albert. Plus, Caroline receives a diagnosis from her health scare and shocks the family with the news. Read on for a full recap of all the family drama...

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Still high off his success as a children's book author, the finale kicks off with Chris Manzo pulling up to the Manzo mansion in his brand new, bright orange car. Does a lavish purchase get any more typically Chris Manzo than that? Didn't think so. All Caroline Manzo can do is shake her head and laugh - though inside she's mighty proud that her youngest was able to make this kind of investment with money he's earned completely on his own. Turning her attention to Albie Manzo, who came along for the ride, the Manzo matriarch reminds her oldest son that the big 3-0 is just a few days away. She also surprises him with the news that she's taken it upon herself to put together a small waterfront party at La Marina to celebrate Albie's big milestone. What the boys don't know is that planning the party is Caroline's way of distracting herself from the dreaded wait for her test results to come back about the lump in her breast.

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The next day, Caroline and Albert have a heart-to-heart in their backyard garden. Fulfilling the promise she made last week, the Manzo matriarch unveil's Christopher's plans to move to her husband in an attempt to pave the road for a conversation between father and son. Albert agrees with Caroline that they can't hold Chris back from going after his dreams, but warns that his youngest son may not like to hear what he really has to say on the matter. Albert is still of the opinion that everyone in the family should want to stay together, and the idea that Chris would want to pack up and leave isn't sitting well with him. 

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Meanwhile, Albie's distracting himself from the drama with his brother-in-law by clinching another deal for his business consulting company. This time, Albie's set his trainer Roderick up for a meeting at Eat Clean Bro to pitch the idea of a meal prep service to go along with his Core Rhythm Fitness workout brand. At first, the Eat Clean Bro executives are wary of letting someone else come in and use their business infrastructure but when they hear that Roderick's clientele would be adding 1000 meals per day to their production, you can practically see the dollar signs in their eyes. This is the first official deal Albie has locked down for his fledgling consulting business and now he's ready to go into turning thirty with some upward momentum. 

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On the day of Albie's birthday party, everyone in the Manzo family is nervous. Vito's nervous to see Albie for the first time since their blowout fight, Chris is nervous about telling his father he wants to move and Caroline is nervous about getting the results of her final ultrasound. So nervous, in fact, that the normally tough-as-nails mom breaks down in tears in Albert's arms as she waits for the results. Just as she lets herself start contemplating the possibility of her family going on without her, the doctor calls with the results she's been waiting for all these weeks...

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Cut to Albie's 30th birthday bash in Upper Manhattan. The whole gang shows up dressed to the nines and one confrontation after the other is on the party's itinerary. First up is round two of Vito vs. Albie. The brothers-in-law haven't spoken to each other since Vito's spiral caused a huge fight between them over the deli business deal, and Vito is finally ready to apologize. Admitting he wasn't thinking about all the effort Albie put into securing the pitch meeting for him in the first place, Vito own his part of the argument. At the same time, Albie confesses that it was selfish of him to push Vito into the deal if he didn't feel ready and next thing we know, the besties turned brothers-in-law have made up and hugged it out. On the other side of the party, Chris finally broaches the subject of moving with his father. Albert beats him to the punch by explaining he already knows what his son is thinking. Chris reveals that he's considering New Orleans as a possible option and while Albert is far from overjoyed at the prospect, he won't hold Chris back. That being said, he also wouldn't be surprised if Chris only lasted six months away from his family back in Jersey. Plus, what will Chris moving mean for Manzo'd Season 4?

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As the party winds down, Caroline and Albert gather Albie, Chris, Lauren and Vito for a surprising and somber family meeting. Caroline breaks down almost immediately, revealing through tears everything about the lump she found in her breast before the family went to San Francisco. This bombshell sends the kids into a panic - particularly Lauren, who turns to her brothers with a distressed "I told you something was wrong." However, the scare has a happy ending. Caroline got the results of her second ultrasound just before the party, and it turned out to be nothing more than an infection. Caroline not sick, and she's not going anywhere. Thank goodness the Manzo matriarch is healthy, with a new perspective on just how important it is to appreciate the life you have while you're living it.

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If you thought that was the happy end of the finale, the Manzos have one last surprise up their proverbial sleeve. Cut to two months later and Lauren's got big news: she's pregnant! That's right, Caroline is going to be a grandma! Obviously, the Manzo mama is over the absolute moon about this development; it's everything she's ever wanted since Lauren and Vito started dating. And with that, Season 3 of Manzo'd has officially come to an end. Personally, I enjoyed this season much more than I anticipated. As I live-tweeted during the finale, the show this season represented real life and real family moments, people. Do you want to see the Manzos back next year for Season 4? Let me know in the comments!

Manzo'd With Children Ssn 3/Ep 9 - Holy Bologna!

Glenn Rowley

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This week on Manzo'd With Children, the Manzo boys are turning their momentum into success as Chris holds a book signing and Albie sets up a pitch meeting for Vito's new business venture. But when bombshells and roadblocks threaten to disrupt the celebrations, can Caroline hold everyone together? Read on for a full recap of this week's family drama...

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Everything's coming up roses for Chris Manzo, who's holding his very first book signing for Oliver Brightside at his hometown bookstore. Several familiar faces are in the crowd for Chris's big day, including the whole Manzo clan, Jacqueline Laurita's daughter Ashlee Holmes and RHONJ newbie Dolores Catania and her gorgeous son Frankie. Naturally, Caroline Manzo is beaming with pride over her son - the author! - and Chris is absolutely in his element reading his book to a rapt audience of kids. Now that Oliver Brightside is a bonafide success, Chris is aiming his sights higher...and further than the Jersey roots he's always known.

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After a celebratory barbecue back at the Manzo house (where Ashlee admits she was nervous to tell Lauren Manzo she was accidentally pregnant), Chris decides to finally have the difficult conversation with his mother about everything that's been weighing on his mind lately. He's considering either Nashville or New Orleans as an option for finding new and different life experiences, but when he tap dances around the news, Caroline calls him out and essentially forces his hand. Chris finally admits he's thinking of moving and while Caroline is obviously less than enthusiastic at the idea of her youngest leaving, she ultimately gives him her support in whatever decision he makes. Of course Caroline will be heartbroken if any of her kids leave New Jersey, but she also refuses to hold them back from going after their dreams. 

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Meanwhile, Albie Manzo has set up a huge opportunity for Vito Scalia to pitch his deli idea to a potential angel investor. The Manzo son-in-law is anxious to use all the new skills he picked up in etiquette class a few weeks back, but when the meeting starts, Vito immediately proceeds to knock his chair over while greeting Eric, the potential investor. That's one way to break the ice... However, once Vito actually starts pitching his idea, he's pretty impressive as he explains his idea for an old-school, authentic deli that offers the very best Italian sandwich in NYC. The investor is into it and asks the big question: how much capital would Vito need to start his new business? The answer is a cool million dollars, at which Eric hardly blinks an eye. He's officially intrigued and the meeting ends on a positive note with the promise of more follow-up in the future. Score one for Albie and Vito!

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At the same time, Caroline and Chris pay a visit to the Wayne Public Library to hunt for a copy of the latter's book in the children's section. As Caroline pulls two copies of Oliver Brightside from the "M" section, it's yet another proud moment between mother and son. Just a year earlier, they had stood in that very same spot in the library and imagined what it would feel like to see Chris's name on the front cover of a book there. What a journey from reading books in the library as a kid to where Chris is now. Caroline's son, the author! Promising to help lay the groundwork for Chris's conversation with his dad about moving, Caroline encourages him through tears to "blaze [his] trail" and follow his dreams wherever they take him - as long as he remembers to call home. 

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Arriving home from their meeting in NYC, Albie proceeds to excitedly tell Caroline about just how great everything went...until it all goes blows up in his face. During the car ride back, Vito has inexplicably had a change of heart triggered by the amount of traffic on the FDR. Huh? Before Albie can wrap his head around what's happening, Vito is mentally spiraling that he's not ready to take such a big risk with everything else going on in his life and wants to cancel the whole deal. Obviously, this bombshell gets Albie all kinds of upset since he's the one who made the connection for Vito in the first place through is budding consulting business. And Albie has a right to be upset. After all, it's not every day someone puts a million dollars out on the table as investment in a business idea. The conversation turns into a screaming match between the brothers-in-law with Albie eventually storming out of the room to figure out how to take apart the whole deal.

What did you think of this week's Manzo'd? Will Chris really leave New Jersey? Should Albie be angry with Vito? Leave your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!