OK, enough small talk, let's discuss the dinner. First of all I'd like to thank Teresa and Joe again for what was supposed to be a nice dinner among friends. Unfortunately it didn't turn out that way, and it still bothers me to think about it. If you've noticed, I've been very quiet in my blog for the past six weeks in regards to Danielle. I just don't want to discuss her. She is invisible to me. I will say this: I was the one who showed the book, and I showed it to TWO people who are friends of mine. This will be addressed later in the reunion show, so watch and see. It was not done with malice, but out of concern, and fear. Guess what? I'D DO IT AGAIN. I've been getting some comments saying that I should forgive her for her past, and this is true to a degree, but there has been so much behind the scenes that the viewers don't see. My feelings towards Danielle have NOTHING to do with her past, and this too will be addressed in the reunion show. I don't want anyone to get the wrong idea that I may have been protecting Dina. If you know anything about me at all, you will know I truly believe that "If you make your bed, you must lie in it." If Dina did in fact show the book I would have let her fight her own battle. She doesn't need me to lie for her, and I wouldn't have. Not my style. There was also a ot of family drama going on that day. This made me cry when I saw it played out on national TV. I will say only this - all is not as it appears. Tune in later...
On a positive note, welcome Nicholas Francis Laurita! You have been a long time coming and we are thrilled to finally meet you! He is absolutely gorgeous. Momma and baby are healthy and happy to be home!
Again, many, many, thanks for watching!
I love watching the housewives of NJ! I noticed that you're last name is Manzo- my great grandmothers last names is the same and she also was from NJ. Talk about a small world! Thanks for keeping us entertained!
What you did was right on!!! I love Joqueline, but I have to say that I think she should remember that Family is FIRST. This Danielle was NO friend to bring out that book (that I guess she wants America to know about it) on that table.... That was SO disrespectful to Teresa... Jaqueline looked so angry at Danielle at first, and then she turned on her sister-in-law Dina... And for the record, It did not prove you and Dina as lying.... I love the Jaqueline we see each week, but I am SO disappointed in her.... I will continue to wish her well, but that would not fly in my family.... She will need your support when this Danielle consumes too much of her time with drama, and mark my words it will happen.... I feel Jaqueline disrespected the Family by yelling at you about something that Danielle was NOT even accusing DIna about... The salon was her accusation, not the computer.... In this day and age, anyone could find information on a computer....
Caroline, I cannot believe you mentioned the sausage and potato thing! Ever since I saw that show, I have been making it, a beloved recipe my mother made..
I have switched the sausage to chicken aausage and know it isn't the same, but I did it for the sake of my health. It still tastes good because you can't beat the taste of onions and potatoes and because the sausage is laced with jalapeno..If I were feeding it to relatives, I would go back to the pork sausage-they demand authentic.
Sad for last episode :( Just goes to show.... you can't always keep skeletons tucked safely away in your closet forever. I wish my family members could learn something about "loyalty", from you, Caroline. To Bravo, thanks for giving light to The Italian Community! Season 2!!!!!
Hi Caroline, Love you, but, you were wrong in showing the book around town, period. You should have approched Danielle with it instead. I have to say when I first saw all the promos for the show on T.V. I really thought I was going to hate you, you seemed to be a bully and a know it all. Actually you are quite refreshing and funny, I really like you. There is something I noticed at the dinner (I wonder if any other fans picked up on this) when Danielle walked in she was carrying a small purse, nothing else, so how does she suddenly pull this hardback book out from under the table? This looks like it was planned by the production company and brought in ahead of time, did you guys all know this prior to the taping, I think you did.
Your show is the best. I would like to know where you got your grey t-shirt with the boy face and girl face. I believe you were wearing it during the dog training scene.
I just have to say kudos to you for doing what you did with the book. Family protects family and I would have done the same thing if I was in your position. Yeah, it kind of blew up in everyone's faces, but it was going to one way or another anyway. Better to have an ugly screaming match than to wait and do nothing and have your sister in law get hurt in the end. And you had every right to be cautious of this person anyway! I saw a sea of red flags every time I watched the show. God bless you and your family!
First of all i do applaud the way you handle your family and your devotion to your brother and Dina and Jacqueline is great. I love all 3 of your kids they seem really well balanced and pretty good. I do love Teresa too and her family. Also as i have stated i applaud Dina for her decision to become a full time mom/housewife. kudos to her. Now to the "Dinner" and the "Book", I was absolutely SHOCKED to learn you were the one who brought out the book. I do agree that you have the right to question Danielle regarding the book and her past, but I feel she should be judged for her actions today and not in the past. As i wrote about in the other castmates blogs i don't think the dinner was the place to discuss this. if you all had questions for Danille i believe you guys should have done this privately not at a big family reunion dinner.
But overall I LOVED YOU!!!!! And best of luck and I can't wait till next season.
You are awesome! I think that is great that you owned your part in the whole book drama thing. That is what a real woman does. You are a great role model to your children and to those who want to handle themselves with dignity and class!
U WANT TO INVESTIGATE DANIELLE,BUT YOU ARE VERRRRRY GOOD GRIENDS WITH THAT CROOK BERNARD KERIK. THAT LETS ME KNOW WHO YOU ARE. REMEMBER WHAT GOES AROUND, COMES AROUND(THIS INCLUDES THE SELF RIGHTEOUS PEOPLE)MS. CAROLINE
Dearest Caroline, You are wonderful! I would love to have had a sister like you or Dina. The relationship you have is outstanding and should be envied by all that don't have this in their life. I hope you, Dina and Teresa DON'T apologize for anything you said or did, PLEASE! You love your families and took care to protect them. Finally!!! a "Houswives" that focused on FAMILY rather than clothes, money and their boring lives! It took an "Italian Jersey" family to do that! I won't address the other situation because that lends attention to someone is NOT equal to the quality of you LADIES! Thank you for sharing your love of life, loyalty and family.
Go, Caroline! First, regarding your gorgeous German shepherd, I disagree with those who think that every dog needs to come from a rescue situation. I am a huge animal rights activist, but I believe that there is room in our society for breeders and well bred purebred dogs. I love the German shepherd breed, and have had several. I would not want to get one without knowing the genetics of the puppy, and I feel there is nothing wrong with going to a responsible breeder for your dog.
About the dinner episode, I applaud you for standing up for your family. I do not understand the controversy of "the book." If I had discovered such a book written about someone who was hanging out with my friends and family, you bet I would be concerned, and I would absolutely divulge the information to those close to me. I think that people who are castigating you guys for doing that are total hypocrites; who wouldn't be concerned. I was so disappointed in both your brother and Jacqueline for their public disrespect of their family. Danielle is just trouble. I think that she really has a screw loose and hope that she begins to act with respect toward herself (that over-the-top sexual behavior shows she has real issues with her self esteem) and others.
Love your family and hope to see you again in Season 2!!
Caroline, I Love you and no matter what your right FAMILY IS FAMILY! But I'm sorry to say because I do not want to speak badly of your family but Jacqueline will have to learn on her own about the ways of the world and how some people such as Danielle work people to get what they want. She will find out soon enough what kind of person Danielle is. What sucks about it is that you know she will be hurt by it and there's nothing you can do or say until the time comes. But anyways I enjoyed watching you and your family this season and hope everything will work out for the best!
Once you found the book- why didn't you take it directly to Danielle and get the straight story from her? You should never believe what you hear/read unless it's straight from the source. This is written by one of her ex-husbands who probably had an ax to grind. Danielle did admit to being arrested and changing her name.
You appear to be reasonable but at times, your "I'm Lioness who wants to protect my cubs (family)" is over reaching.
I'm so glad that you were on this show, i believe that New Jersey is THE BEST out of the "Real Housewives" franchises. I think that the character you displayed at dinner was nothing less than what was called for. At no time did you ever get out of line or raise your voice. Teresa on the other hand, well I'll leave her a little note also, lol but it was funny to finally see have a little emotion and passion about the relationships between eveyone. The Manzo's are definitely my favorite New Jersey family. I only have one complaint; WHY DIDNT WE SEE MORE OF ALBIE'S FINE BUTT?!?!.....LOL
Caroline Thank you for a wonderful show. I come from a big Irish family and we stick by one another. And always will. But, we also let each other learn from our actions whether good or bad. I think you should've let Dina stick up for herself. And not make Jacqueline be put in the middle of the fight at dinner. Now I think Danielle is weird to say the least. But, it's up to Jacqueline to find that out for herself and something tells me she has. No one thought about Danielle's kids when showing this book around Franklin Lakes. To hell with Danielle but her kids. Not a good thing to do when you are a mother yourself. And Teresa was just trash for acting that way. And the conversation she was having about sex at the dinner table. Please what was she thinking. I come from a very well to do family and I wouldn't talk like that ever. As my father always said, just because we have money doesn't mean we can act like an ass. There were kids still at the table. As the LEADER of the group, I hope you said something to her. And I hope she at least appologized to Danielle's kids.
You were awesome! The only complaint i have to make is that i didn't find it very nice to show "the book" around. I mean, it was Danielle buisness, how would you like it if she showed pictures of you? I mean bad pictures, you know what i mean.
Love the show (and you!) Caroline! I agree with another viewer who said that it was a low blow for you to tell Jaqueline that her defending herself was hurting your parents.. that was just mean! I normally agree with everything you say and think that you rock but that comment was out of line, in my opinion. Still love you and the rest of the Manzo clan, you seem like a super fun mom! Can't wait for the reunion!
Caroline, I have always liked you and Dina, but you really disappoint me. You cannot boss everyone around and take control of everything. It doesnt matter what you see in Danielle, if J wants to be friends with her you need to shut your mouth about it. She doesnt have to CHOOSE, like you often say.
You showed the book, whatever...Its a book, she was arrested...that kind of stuff is public record anyway...But dont act like you were not being mean...and certainly dont act like J didnt have the right to talk to her friend about the book.
You looked stunned when your brother said Danielle was welcome in his home! I truly dont believe that you were upset because you really fear Danielle, i think its because you LOST! Your brother may have married a bighearted, sweet women, but she is tough when she needs to be and she is more logical than you are. If you really believe people should always stick by family no matter what, well then...Your Bro will always and should always stick up for his wife, like he did.
I have been watching this show because its so entertaining and funny. But if any of my my friends or acquaintances had a book written about her i would just ask her personally about it and not show the book around in a hair salon like a child. This just made you look like a gossiper who has nothing better to do with her life other than being in other people's business. i mean is life really that boring?? get a job or do something to occupy your time. I like you all the way till the last episode. i really didn't expect that childish act from you.
caroline what you did to danielle was wrong, you did not need to take that book around town showing it to everyone. Did you do it to elevate yourself? If you had true concerns about the content of the book it would hvae been easy to approach daniele and ask her about it . That is how adults in a civilize society behave. Danielle was wrong to bring the book to the dinner party , but you and your clique left her no choice but to be confrontational.You come off as a Godfather/gestapo tpye character which is not very flattering.In the future try to take a few minutes to get to know someone before you start passing judgement.
What a wonderful example you set forth for women everywhere. You are intelligent, confident, and extremely loyal. I think you were beyond fair to Danielle by giving her the chance to speak, which would have been more than I myself would have been willing to do. You exhibited class and I admire that. It was a very awkward situation and you clearly took the high road, hopefully Danielle will accept the fact that she has not made a good impression on this group of women and should finally just move on. Perhaps if she is that desperate for friends she should look into self improvement, and I am not referring to the physical sense. Enough about her, you seem like a wonderful woman and you have a beautiful family who adores you! Keep up being who you are, I cannot wait to tune into Season 2!
I enjoyed this show and related to the "Family First" theme until last night.
How awful it was to watch as you all ganged up and attacked Danielle. Could your sister not have stood up for herself? Why did you feel the need to point your finger and talk to someone like that, in front of her kids no less!! I don't care what she did, she did no deserve to have that happen.
Then the nerve of you to say to Jacqueline, "You're hurting our parents." You were just upset that she didn't just sit there and smile while you tried to roll over everyone. Your behavior was disgusting to watch and I'm sure your parents did not enjoy watching it.
I love you and your sister Dina! I love that you care about family! I am a housewife that takes care of my house, daughter and husband! I think that you are a great role model for I hope that your family is doing well! It is nice to see that other wives do not have their hubbys around all the time!
Caroline, I just can't believe that all of you allowed Danielle to ruin Theresa's celebration. No one even apoligized to her for turning a happy time into a fiasco. As soon as Danielle put that book on the table one of you, especially Theresa's husband, should have told her to either put it away or leave and that it was not the time nor the place to bring it up. If she refused she should have been escorted out. You are my favorite housewife with your no nonsense approach but, you dropped the ball on this one. This was the one time you should have spoke up and told Danielle to knock it off or get out. You all owe Theresa an apology.
I agree with Bravo Lover. What you did was mean and vindictive. You showed that book beacuse you wanted to hurt Danielle and get everyone on your side. You made that bed and I think your only half lying in it. Please let Jaqueline have her own life and friends and if things don't work out that is for her to learn from. Loved your shepard. I have one at home who iis adpoted and I love her like she's my baby. Shepard's are very loyal dogs and very protetive. I know I am always safe when mine is around. I'm not sure if I like you or respect you. It changes show by show. Please stop with the bull****. I think that would hurt your parents.
Caroline you handled the situation so PROPER!! Danielle bringing the book to the dinner was completely out of line giving the fact that it was a celebration for someone else and children were around. I think someone had to control the situation and why not let it be you. I think you and your sister hold a bond that clearly is unbreakable and when you said you will not attack my sister because you feel like you let Danielle and anyone else there and watching know just what family is all about. If it were a man that handled things there wouldn't be any problems. I say sister continue to "handle life" as you do because you are doing a great job.
Caroline, You and your family remind me so much of mine. I have nothing but respect for what you did. Danielle is disgusting and trashy and had no right ruining someones party. I got a bad vibe from her just watching her on TV. Props to you and your family.
Love you Dina and Teresa! Love your loyalty to your family! and I think your only right to keep what you see as "trouble" away from your family!
You are what you all are regardless of editing and what was going on behind the scenes. So be all responsible for what you do and say. No excuses.
I married into a wonderful Italian family, more years ago than I care to admit. Your family reminds me of mine. I don't have a drop of Italian blood, but I'm an Italian momma just the same. You are terrific! God bless.
Caroline, Atlas is a very beautiful male GSD, got to love the red and black saddle types. If I may ask, what breeder did you get him from? I have a GSD, Artus vom Landholz, who is a dark red and black sable from DDR lines whose parents were imported to the US. I too, adore my GSD and have great respect for his reading of people who come into or around my house. If he says no good, then they are ordered off the property post haste. Please share with is pictures of Chaos, would love to see her. As to the show - I find it quite entertaining in a odd sort of way. I do have to say that I admire your attachement to your family and willingness to take care of them and back them up, if need be.
hi caroline i just want you to know i think you are a wonderful wife,mother,and sister you make the show,i wish everyone had a family bound like you guys do it's wonderful to watch.i never watch these kind of shows but someyhing drew me in. my aunt is from new jersey maybe that's why.anyway i feel the same way about danielle she seems so phoney and i know you can't believe everything you see,there's just something about her she think's she's all that and she's not.i hope you come back next season it has been a blast to have u all in my home, of course on tv.lol
YOU ARE SO AWESOME AND YOU TOTALLY ROCK!!!
(and to "Jend" - if you are going to quote someone, get it right, okay?)
Caroline, you handled yourself beautifully. if Danielle did what she did at the last supper i would have flipped and kicked her out of the party. Everyone who is guilty of bringing up the book to life should understand how danielle feels, but she is TOTALLY WRONG for bringing up the subject of the book when that was Teresa's day, her hus warming party. I respect all of you, just some more than others. You are the matriach of the show and I have much respect for you.
Kudos to you for keeping a bad situation from getting even worse. Agreed - Danielle should not have brought the book out during the dinner. That was very tasteless on her part. But at the same time, would you have given her the time of day to say her peace if she had invited you all out to lunch? I highly doubt it. You need to take a look at the people you refer to as "friends". The two people you showed the book to apparently told everyone else in town, so you should learn to just keep your mouth shut. Other than that instance, I find you to be a very admirable person and wish you the best of luck.
Well I've been hooked on this show from day one!.. I have to say that i read some of these comments and I see some people bashing you about the way you behaved and all that nonsense..... there are always two sides to every story and its TV people there is a LOT of SHIT that gets edited and they only show what will make the ratings higher people!!! wakala!
Caroline, You are the best. I love the way to handle stressful situations with Danielle. She was so out of line to bring that book to a dinner party and try to discuss in front of all the children. YOu and your family are REAL and honest and I love it. THanks for letting me peek into your world.
Caroline! Love love love you! The look on Danielle's face when you told her it was you was priceless! Her face dropped! I thought she was going to crap herslef!
Kudos to you for keeping it mature and respectful when Danielle attacked Dina. You were the only one anyone would listen to and to anyone who says you were in the wrong- FAMILY IS FAMILY. You girls are the best!
You have to understand that Danielle had every right to defend herself. Wouldn't you do that same; or expect anyone in your family to do the same?
I have a question pertaining to the Atlantic City episode. Dina had a friend meet up with you all. In your interview, you said something along the lines of: "She gave me no reason to dislike her". Is this the way you approach meeting new individuals; by initially trying to find something to dislike about them? If so, is that a defense mechanism or just paranoia? From my perspective, it's an odd way to approach any potential relationship.
I like you Caroline, but enough with the bullying and hypocrisy.
Caroline: You were such a lady during that whole fiasco that DANIELLE caused. She was extremely rude to have brought anyting of a negative nature up at the dinner party that Teresa and Joe so graciously invited her to. If Danielle has such a problem with the book being made public, why did she bring it to the dinner party? Also, is she stupid or what, Dina did not make the book public, the publisher did. If she wants to be mad at anyone it should be herself for making the decisions she made that put her in a position to be arrested.
Somehow my post did not make it on here, the first time. Darn. All I have to say is that I'm happy you defended your sister, regardless of who showed the book first or who discovered it, or blah, blah, blah. Who cares. Bottom line, if something wasn't true in that book, Danielle wouldn't be overreacting this way. And she would have the right to sue for liabel. And since she hasn't yet, it means one thing to me. SHE CAN'T BECAUSE IT'S ALL TRUE! I thought it was the publisher's responsibility to make sure that the contents were true, otherwise they would be held responsible.
I don't think you're a bully. I think you stood up for your sister and her honor. As far as I'm concerned, Danielle brought this all upon herself by bringing that book to a family dinner, which first of all, she's not family and second, Teresa extended an olive branch out to her to include her and she pretty much crapped on it.
To the rest of you viewers...no one ganged up on Danielle. She thought she was going to vindicate herself by coming to a peacefuly dinner with that book. She had no right doing that when children were involved and as far as I'm concerned, she brought that on herself. She's only going to turn her children into tramps just like she is.
Caroline- girl let me tell you first off that you are gangsta for real!!!! you run that town because your the queen bee lol....i really can't blame you for showing "the book" because that girl is freaking pyscho and paranoid. I like all the housewives but danielle because she always has an excuse for someone to feel sorry for her that stuff just gets old. So on another note, the comment made to jacqueline was a little mean, she is your family. Hope all is well with you, your family, and your friends, stay healthy and happy because thats all that really matters!!!
I admire your strength and your protectuion over your family! I do not blame you one bit. I have to say and I know many agree that Danielle is seriously CRAZY! She should also watch how she talks to people. Its ugly and straight up RUDE! You go girl for bringing her down. I would investigate too if I were you. Now, I am sure she has some good qualities but yikes! LOVED watching you girls! Wish I could live like that for sure!
You were one of my favorites on the show and still are. I have an older sister that loves me very much and would do almost anything for me. What she wouldn't do for me is excuse unacceptable behavior or candy coat any poor behavior on my part. I think you need to take off your rose tinted glasses when it comes to Dina. She came across as very inmature, manipulative, and petty. When the time comes that you cannot cover up for Dina she will be ill prepared to deal with reality on her own. I think karma will come back to her and you know what they say about karma.
Caroline!!!!! I watched this show for you and the best quote by far in Housewife HISTORY "Let me tell you something about my family, We are as thick as thieves and will protect each other till the end."
From the first epiosde you came across ( to me ) as the Leader, the protector of the group/family. Who wouldn't want to know information on a person trying pry in on the family, espically a person that is clearly not grounded. I've read blogs other veiwers have wrote saying it was wrong but they must be neive to the fact anyone can go online and do a background check on someone reguardsless of an ex-husband writting a book.
I hope we get to see more of you and your beautiful, strong family!
Lots of Love - Jessica. F , Delray Beach FL
I have watched all the housewives series, but I like N.J. the best. You folks actually seem like real people. I think you were great through the whole series,and i understand why you brought out the book. I would have done the same thing. In watching the series I think Danielle is a little nuts, sociopath comes to mind. She seems to blame everyone else for her problems, she could have just brought the book out in the beginning and speak to you folks about it, but she choose to hide it and look where that got her. Any way your great and your families great.