Caroline Manzo

Caroline talks Ashley's rash behavior, Albie's dream to become an attorney, and more.

on Jul 19, 2010


Hello again! I don’t know about you, but it sure feels like these weeks are flying by. It seems like yesterday that I was tapping away on my computer writing my blog for Episode 10, and here I am commenting on Episode 11 already! They say time flies when you’re having fun...well, are you having fun? I hope so.

How bout those Giudice girls? Have you ever seen so much confidence and "fabulous" attitude packed into such pint-size bodies? Between Teresa training them to be girly girls, and Joe's teaching them to be tough as nails, I have a feeling that no guy is going to stand a chance with them. They'll be looking gorgeous while telling him who's the boss and he'll probably have no problem with it at all.

I appreciated the fact that Joe makes an effort to spend some "daddy time" with his daughters. Not only does it give Teresa a well-deserved rest, but it also makes the girls feel like their doing something special with their dad. Love it.

I thought Joe was adorable as he showed Teresa the pizzeria. I got a kick out of it when he told her to put the apron on. Trust me, I've been there. When you're in the restaurant business there will be days where you'll be working in the kitchen wearing an apron. GUARANTEED. It's the nature of the beast, and sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. I'm willing to bet that if Joe really needed Teresa to work, she'd be right there beside him helping out. Granted, her apron would probably be a sequined leopard print, but she'd be there.

Joe commented to Teresa about moving into one of the apartments above the pizzeria in the event of an issue with their house. I'm not 100% privy to the reality of their financial situation, so I don't feel comfortable talking about it. I do know that there were investment properties that were impacted by the economy that may have issues, and I'm hoping that things get turned around for them. In any event, I think Joe did a nice job on the apartments, "sun roofs" and all.

Let's jump over to the scene in my kitchen (aren't they all?) with Jacqueline and Ashley. We heard it through the grapevine that Ashley was about to be charged regarding the incident at the country club. I wanted to give Jacqueline the heads up so she wouldn't be blindsided when the summons arrived. I've never had to deal with the issues that Jacqueline faces with Ashley, so I sometimes have a little less tolerance than Jacqueline has shown. I tried to convey to Ashley that she walked into a trap and now she may have some long-term consequences due to her actions. I'll say it again, WHAT ASHLEY DID WAS WRONG. You never, never have the right to lay your hand on someone unless it is in self-defense. But, if in fact she was carried away by the moment, and believed her mom to be in danger, then I get WHY she did it. Remember, this is an eighteen-year-old kid with a huge chip on her shoulder. I think her age and her pent up aggressions played a huge part in this. Again, doesn't make it right. I would have liked to see some remorse from Ashley, but she was strong in her convictions and she had made up her mind. I feel bad for her in one regard. She doesn't get it. She doesn't understand that in life you make decisions, and those decisions are based on a cause, and have an effect. Ashley is stuck on the "cause" and doesn't stop to think about the effect. I'm hoping that this will be a lesson learned. Let's keep our fingers crossed.