Hey everyone, thanks for taking the time out to read this!
First off, I got a couple questions about the shirt I wore at the finale. It is from crescenttie.com, the designer is a friend of the family and has a really great line of clothes for both men and women. I suggest you check his stuff out.
What do I think about the book?
I couldn't care less about the book, at the end of the day it was written 25 years ago. Danielle's past is none of my business.
What was I thinking when Danielle brought the book out?
I couldn't stop saying to myself, "Is she really going to do this here?" I don't see the point in showing up to a dinner party if your intention is to cause a problem. She makes it very clear in her interviews that this was a calculated move on her part, and she went to the dinner with the sole intention of bringing up the book. Don't get me wrong, I think Danielle had every right to explain herself if she chose to. She certainly didn't owe anyone in that room an explanation. But there's a time and a place for that, and the dinner was neither. There were several people in the room that had nothing to do with any of that nonsense, so why put each of them in such an awkward position? Does anyone think that it was easy for Lex and Ashley to watch their mothers scream at each other? Or for Uncle Chris to watch his wife argue with his sisters? I just can't wrap my head around the fact that a person could actually think the need to "clear something up," transcends the feelings of others in the room, especially the kids. Her own daughters said they "felt scared" and "wanted to help" I just don't get how anyone could put a child in that position. This whole thing could have been dealt with privately, all this "pain" and "embarrassment" could have been easily avoided if, you know, it wasn't addressed on national television. But hey what's done is done, and let's be honest I think we're all kind of ok with the fact the table flipped now aren't we?
I agree with you, there is a time and a place for everything. I think danielle knew that, she just wanted sympathy and attention.
I own a business in the area. I have an employee who has been on a couple of dates with you. Apparently, it was a family set up. Apparently, things didn't go well. She's a nice girl. Probably, too young for you. I like you.(From the show aspect anyway - you are entirely too young for me. I'm not Daniel, I don't date men half my age.) My employee is not so crazy about you. Just be nice to her next time you see her. I'm not giving you a name. She's your brother's age.
The table flip was an unexpected pleasure! Danielle is a nut job, your mom is wonderful and your family (extended included) is wonderful. Cheers!
Albie.. You are adorable and I have gorgeous Italian daughter for you! She's a year older than you but smart funny and a suma cum laude college graduate who is now in law school. We live not very far from you in fact you have friends in common. Someone she went to high school with and you went to college with!
She would kill me if she saw this LOL
Loved the show and loved you and your brother and sister! Hope you get to do it again soon!
Albie, you are totally correct. All of your close and dear family members were put in a very difficult situation by this Danielle women. You question what her motives are? Why she would do this. Well today in the NYPOST an article about her 26 year old lover Steve appeared, were he states that he made a Sex video, of himself and Danielle, were he was making an attempt to sell the video in order to recoupe a big amount of money spent on her. Obviously she cannot pay her everyday expenses, including food for her daughters, as well as trying to keep up with the other housewives and trying to get him to lend her $20,000 for jewelry. So knowing this of course Aunt Dina who lives well and can care for Lexi and not have to work is an obvious thorn in her envious side. Envy is a green eyed monster and leads people to act the way Danielle acts. Mom is right, beware of those who try so hard to befriend you. You are a wonderful product of the family Danielle wishes she had!
Loved your mother's reaction of getting the giggles during Teresa's table-flipping, freak out session. Also, loved your brother's line, "If you're not familiar with 'the table flip", you're not from Jersey."
I think your mom rocks and is the most "real" housewife on the show. She and Jacqueline seem to be the most down to earth women there. But, dude, I want to be your mother when I grow up. She's so cool, tough, but honest and fair. She's the best, I'm sure you'd agree.
Thank you so much for speaking the truth. Danielle has every right to express of feelings but there is a time a place for it. I must agree with your aunt that Danielle is a drama queen.
Just wanted to say that you guys are just beautiful! Your mom has done a tremendous job in raising such fine children. It's the first time I have actually liked someone's kids in any Real Housewives show. Stay centered and do not let the media spotlight change you in any way. Your mother is absolutely awesome!
God Bless your beautiful family!
love getting your take on the "last supper." i was really impressed with the way you (and CHRIS!) handled a really bad situation. not surprised, though. you all seem like really great people with solid, loving parents who raised you right. i hope we get to know you all better in SEASON TWO!!!! ps...i agree we need to see more of the nj men! bravo? are you listening?
Your post is pretty well-reasoned. You and Chris came off the best in the finale. I do have to say though, between bringing up a book and flipping a table, I would say that flipping the table is far more egregious behavior. Teresa and her husband are pretty trashy. Also, her conversation was not fit for a restaurant and particularly in front of children. I came into this thinking Danielle was the trashy one but now I think it's Teresa. You're family should just keep away from both.
Bravo Bravo Bravo!!!!!!!!!!!!! I loved the way that you decided to assist Danielle (when Teresa went crazy with the table). You showed everyone how a man should react (Your opinion of Danielle was not important, but shielding her from physical violence was).
I will not disrespect your mother or aunts, but I do believe that you and some of the other men on the show were the only ones who know what class is. Bravo Bravo Bravo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
great to read your take on the "last suppper." i was so impressed with the way you (and CHRIS!) handled yourselves in that situation. not surprised, though. you all seem like really great people with solid, loving parents who raised you right! i hope we get to know your family better in SEASON TWO. ps...i agree we need to see more of the nj men next season. bravo? are you listening?
Right on Albie! Danielle was wrong to do that in a public place with her children watching. I think everyone did pretty well considering how uncomfortable is must have been. I was upset to see Danielle put a wedge in the family and more upset Jacqueline can't see what's right. Jacqueline shouldn't expose her kids to that kind of person. My conclusions about Danielle have nothing to with the book, her attitude and remarks about lots of other things were enough to expose what her character is like. It doesn't matter who "exposed" the book, it's out there for public consumption and eventually fans of the show, media folks, someone would have revealed it anyway...
Hello! I want my Housewives show back! Could you all get the producers to focus more on the family and friends, rather than Danielle. She caused drama, but it wasn't funny or endearing. It was straight up depressing.
Hopefully, in the next seasons, we can see more of the fun side of new jersey! Carolyn, Teresa, Dina and the hubbies are hilarious and great television just by themselves. Please do not give Danielle anymore television air time. More housewives... less therapy session please!
Albie, I thought that you showed the most class of the whole "family" (pardon the pun.) You were helping the person who was helpless in the whole fight. I admired your compassion toward Danielle. I am totally in love with you, you cute little thing you!!!!
You are on-point about everything. Danielle . . . where do I begin? She needs to grow-up. That family dinner with innocent children was not the time or place. Oi vey!
It sounds like you're level-headed and very logical. You're probably going to make an ace attorney!
kids you are great. You do your mother proud. I do have fun with youll because your funny. yous remind me of my kids especially with the one I in germany. I think your mom is so cool. I lived in NJ and I have been to your restaurant. keep up the good work and love your mom and aunt dina. Support them.
all i have to say is that i enjoyed the show and theresa made the best of the end lol ,i probably would of done the same thing..
Albie, Mom must be very proud. She's raised a thoughtful, intelligent and well spoken son. I respected how you conducted yourself at the "dinner". The voice of reason continues on in your family! Good luck with law school and your future.
You are the only one with class at the table. Thank you for protecting and looking after the underdog. Your mother is misguided in her efforts to make Dina look clean i all of this. She is obviously taking the fall for bad behavior, even if Danielle did start rumors about Dina, the book was obviously a classless move. Hope that you keep your composure and do not let the girl drama take over.
I agree with most of what you said...and definitely the point about the kids not needing to hear any of this...however, you said Danielle should have handled it privately (which I agree with by the way) but your mother and aunt also chose not to handle it privately by bringing the book into the salon and talking about it to anyone outside of the family. Anyone who has ever been to a salon knows that if you want the whole town to know something, that's the place to go...
For one of the younger cast members, you have been raised right. There is a time and a place for everything. Danielle is drama and solely wanted to cause it there, I don't know why she subjects her children to adult matters. There is one thing about being honest and another about being inappropriate.
Albie...don't you wonder...since you're in law school, why D. has never sued for defamation? It's pretty unbelievable that someone so "brutalized" would not challenge such a ridiculous item, that, at least by her account, only contains three truths in it?
"flippin" amazing...good luck in law school, stay focused!
Hey Albie!! I agree with your take on the situation: wrong time and place for Danielle to bring up book issue. Sure, she had a right to defend herself, at another time, not at a dinner party that she was invited to. Good luck with your law career and I hope you guys return for another season, I love it!!
Albie, You remind me of a young Eric Roberts, has anyone ever told you that? Anyway, I do agree with you on the fact that although Danielle had a right to discuss the book with everyone she should have either done it without the children in the room or basically made other arrangements to sit everyone down. I think her intent was to bring it all out in the open on tv so that who ever watched the show would know her side of it all. It would be her only way to reach so many people and town people. The whole dinner thing was a mess and why in the world would Theresa even invite her since at this point they were barely speaking??? I don't think if I were in the same situation as Theresa I would not have invited her. As far as Danielle goes I get trying to defend yourself against people that she feels have done her wrong. No one handled the situation very well. I do think the table flipping was certainly in order.lol I know we only saw brief moments on the whole matter and as viewers we will never really know the real complete story but after reading your Aunt J's blog it sounds as if she is done with Danielle and has moved on. The only thing I can think is what will happen if there is another season and Danielle is part of it. There will be no one left to speak to her. I guess she won't get much air time lol. Congrats on your new cousin Nicholas. It is always a joy to have a new little one and it does bring family closer. Best of luck to you in law school.
I heart you Albie...I agree with everything that you said. Time and place, this wasn't it (but it did make for good television). The kids didn't deserve this, especially Danielle's because I felt it looked like they were more alienated as anyone else. Sad really.
Sorry bud, you are getting into the legal profession right? well, a part of being a lawyer is getting proof, getting facts together or mounting a good defense. You present your case and hope they all believe in what you are presenting. Danielle was doing just that. You honestly want to come here on this blog and say had Danielle requested a sit down meeting with all of the housewives to clear the air on the book, they would have gone? Not.. Your aunt Dina alone would have avoided Danielle at all cost. She was trying to hightail it out of the dinner the whole time. No one in your family, aside from Jacqueline, woud have given her a chance. She knew, and I applau her for it, that this was her last chance and she was not going to miss the opportunity. And she was for the most part calm and sincere in what she was saying. Your mom, Dina and Teresa made it get out of hand by the way they spoke to her. You can say the hatred in all three of them. My friend, if you are going to become an attorney, open your eyes. Learn to read people, and not your moms way.... I do have to say thoiugh, after hearing your comments and especially the comments of your brother Chris, your mom and dad did a great job raising two decent young men.
Hey Albie, First of all, you are very cool. I am a paralegal and I love it so I hope you continue to pursue a career in law. Secondly, I do not understand how your Aunt Jacquiline could stomach having a friend like Danielle and I especially do not understand why she would bring that creature around her family. Jackie is nice but way too weak. I can love her big heart, but I have no respect for her lack of strength of character. but enough about her. If I were in your family and Danielle placed that book on the table I would have stood up and ordered to take her book and her childre and leave. No matter what her beef, it was totally disrespectful. That woman is such a low-life there are no words. you are totally cool and so is your mom. I love her for taking the blame I would too. it was clear Dina was lying from the beginning, but so what. Danielle is a tramp and deserved what she got. Too bad about her kids. I could go on all night. maybe i will write to you on facebook.
Thanks for blogging. As for not caring about Danielle's past the problem is she doesn't really accept any responsibility for it, denies almost everything, then contradicts herself and makes all kinds of menacing threats. She is a sketchy person at best and should be kept away from yor family. Her jealousy and anger at Dina is ridiculous. And I'm gathering Jacqueline has finally learned the truth about her from her blogs hinting at that.
Albie, I just wanted to say how impressed I am with your perceptiveness and maturity. I know you will be successful in law school and with whatever you choose to do.
Albie - go kiss you mom and dad and say thank you. They have done an incredible job raising you. Your looks are second only to your maturity, intelligence and compassion. Chris and Lauren are equally incredible. I hope Bravo renews the show but makes it about the Manzo family only (and of course everyone's favorite table-flipper Theresa and her brood).
Albie...if I was THIRTY years younger! You're such a nice young man and I love,love,love your family!I live in Northern Calif. and I want to retire in Jersey! The dinner episode WAS hard to watch because it was such an inappropiate place to air dirty laundry and like you said,some of the folks had NOTHING to do with any of the gossip. Danille acts as if gossip was a new thing on this planet.Which is an entirely hypocritical reaction since she had spread gossip herself about your Aunt Dina.I had a friend who became mentally unstable and Danielle has ALL of the symptoms.Epecially the egomania requiring that everyone must like and love her and never say anything bad about her,despite her behavior.She is also VERY controlling with Jacqie.Only telling her the minimal info...I don't believe her protests about her past. Like Kelly on the NY show,I find Danielle to be an energy vampire and even though I watch each show about three times,I always zip thru their parts.Can't stand 'em,producers,you reading?? Dump those women please! Good luck with your career Albie!
Albie, You nailed it on the head... Danielle was so wrong to bring up the book at a celebration dinner which she was invited to by Teresa & Joe who had nothing to do with Danielle's rage. This should have been brought up at another time & place!! Danielle confirmed just how thoughtless & self absorbed she is!! Teresa & Joe deserve an apology from Danielle for ruining their evening.
I would also like to say to Jacqueline... I applaud you for sticking up for yr friend, however, you need to go back & re-think friendship!! I didn't believe how you just ignored the times Danielle talked down to you. There were a number of times while you were out with Danielle she dug into you and you just chose to ignore her rude comments! I was so proud of Teresa to stick up for herself after Danielle spoke down to her. You go girl!!
Your a good son!! Hilarious!! Your mother is proud of you for a reason. With four sons of my own and a daughter I know what it is like to proud of your children!!
What wisdom for someone so young! You obviously reflect the quality parenting you received!
You are intelligent, good-looking, and quite a catch! Too bad our daughter is way too young for you!
What Danielle; she is a cougar and eager to have someone foot her bills!
How blessed you are to be part of such a warm and loving family!
I would love to see a NJ Kids show! Bravo, are you listening????
That was an awesome summation!! I too thought to bring it up in front of the children and at a dinner she was invited to which was a celebration. The time and place were not right or appropriate. Danielle may talk a lot to her girls but they are still young and should not have been there to see that. And Teresas' daughters are even younger and really didn't need to see that. Danielle just chose the wrong time and place.
hey albie just want to say i like how all of you kids are so close to your mom you all are truely blessed you all show america how kids should treat their parents way to go for setting such a good example!! also i just want to ask if all of you on the jersey housewives can join twitter i so would love to follow you should be some good times give it a try & tell everyone else to also & follow me @ twitter.com/1luvee twitter is so addicting give it a try sure all of you would have thousands of followers
Albie, you're a cutie but 1) your mother (as she herself admits over and over and over again) started the issue on national television. 2) This was indeed her only forum, every housewives show has a final get together. Someone had to hold it and Teresa volunteered herself.Of course she had to invite Danielle.
And if Danielle called a little shindig at her house and invited your mom, would she have come over? Would she?
What danielle did was wrong. She should've waited for another time to discuss "The Book". But whatever, like you said "We've moved on from it." It's the past.
Albie, you say you cannot understand how Danielle could ruin a dinner party or allow her children to watch it. It's because Danielle only cares about Danielle. She wanted her kids there because SHE needed them there. She didn't put their needs first. She calls her kids her "girlfriends" because SHE NEEDS GIRLFRIENDS. They don't need a girlfriend, they need a mother. But that doesn't matter to Danielle because she is too self-absorbed to see that.
You wouldn't understand that because your family is a true family. I don't think that I agree with everything that was done, but I admire the way your family is there for each other. You seem to have been given a great upbringing and you and your siblings, and Lexi, too, appear very grounded. Your parents are to thank for that.
I agree with most of your sentiments; but, do you think if Danielle planned a meeting for the sole purpose of addressing "The Book" anyone would have showed up? Danielle's only problem was that the contents of "The Book" were revealed all over town.
I agree that there is a time & a place for everything; but, I think realistically, Danielle was limited in her options.
I agree with you about the whole "book incident". There was a better time and place for it. Danielle wanted to cause friction and turmoil and she succeeded. I understand Caroline's position, being an older sister myself. As for Teresa's table turn...I loved it. I totally understand her outburst because I would have popped too if someone came to my dinner party and cause so much confusion and then insulted me on top of it!!
Albie and to the Manzo Family; The Show showed that your family are good people . Be proud that you are the children of Caroline and Al. We enjoyed watching the show.Loyalty, Integrity and love is what your family showed to us.The bad element on this show exposed herself-untrust-worthiness,my security would have asked her to leave at once but I guess the bravo producers have the info that she had brought the book. The show must go on!All the best to your family and friends. You and family earned the respect of the viewers. MR. MA
I love all of Caroline's kids. They come across as sweet, hard-working, respectful and fun. Albie, you're a nice guy and a gentleman. I wish more "reality tv kids" were like you. Good luck!
I completely agree with you. It was wrong of her to bring that up in that forum with a bunch of people who had nothing to do with the issue. Actually Teresa shouldn't have been there either! Her whole problem apparently was with your mother and sister so they should have been the only 2 people who had to witness that discussion. It was rude and shameful to bring it up at the dinner like that.
Albie, your mom is the best!!! She has raised 3 beautiful children, that alone speaks to her character!! But besides that, she is truely an inspiration and role model. She is a strong, compassionate, loving, honest woman. I know you are proud of her but also know the audience is proud of her as well:)