Cast Blog: #RHONJ

The Manzo Bunch

Caroline Manzo comments on Lauren's behavior.

Hell again! Sorry for the late blog, I’m down the shore on vacation for a week, and I got a little lazy. Better late than never, right?
I want to address Lauren’s behavior and my comments regarding it. As I’ve been saying since the beginning of the season, Lauren was in a very bad place and not acting herself at all, and you saw some of that on last night’s episode. Understand one thing, I love my kids more than anything in this world, but when they overreact or behave badly, they will hear it from me. Lauren overreacted when she heard about Lindsey moving in with Albie and over the boys’ little nudges during the trip too. When my boys are guilty of the same, they also are addressed by either Al or myself -- there’s no favoritism in the Manzo house. Al and I are lucky enough to have an extraordinary bond with our children. The kids fight like crazy, but they love each other to death. Make no mistake, we tell our kids we love them every single day, but when they are behaving like an ass, we address it. My kids aren’t perfect and need to be told to straighten up every now and again. It makes us a normal family; the Brady Bunch we are not. Welcome to the world of the Manzos, everyone.
The surfing scene was great. It was so much fun to watch everyone going out in the water and flail around, ultimately taking on the challenge and succeeding. I have hundreds of photos, maybe I’ll put them on a disc and send them over to Bravo to put on their website; you guys will enjoy them!

How funny was Melissa on the river? She was literally in about a foot of water, all she had to do was stand up and run! Watching as she climbed all over the Joes trying to get to safety was so funny! We have some really great video of the water fight and more pictures of that too. Note to self, get to work on that disc…

Vito’s bear tattoo… I have no words. I was in the RV when everyone started screaming and laughing. I’m just grateful I wasn’t there to witness that!
Joe Gorga and truth or dare… Did you guys expect him to not take the dare? So funny, and the unsuspecting “victim” was a good sport so we all had a good laugh. Thank God for those few stolen moments here and there, laughter is always welcome in my world.
On that note, I’m on vacation with my family right now and Bravo isn’t on my radar. Love you guys, but I gotta go!

Amber: Is Dina Coldhearted?

Amber Marchese dishes on her first reunion and why Dina Manzo confuses her.

Hello Housewife friends!  Welcome to the jungle baby! My first reunion was a wild ride. Call me sick and twisted, but I had an unbelievable time at the reunion when most, I have been warned, dread it. I felt like it was “The Great Purge” and when I went home I was felt relieved of any built up tension. I don’t care if anyone has a grudge against me, my slate is clean and I harbor no ill feelings towards anyone. I love to argue my point, and I truly stood by all of my convictions this season, so I was ready to say exactly what was on my mind, and then some. 

I know the twins and I went at one another pretty hard, but that is what the reunion is all about. It is an opportunity to get it all out and potentially understand one another's position better. Then we can each make our own decisions as to where we want to go with our relationships. I am very much the type of person that can say some of the meanest things and sling mud, but hug it out at the end forgetting anything negative that was said. It just rolls off my back. I actually think it is healthier to say what needs to be said, and then move on.

One thing I did question after the reunion was if Dina actually has a heart or if I should start calling her the Tin Man. I actually have not figured her out yet. Is she really just a coldhearted bitch, or has she been hurt so many times that she has become warped and jaded. I feel I don’t owe anyone any reason as to why I call cancer “the cancer,” but I will give it once more anyhow. “The cancer” is “the monster” to me. It is a way for me to take away its power and to minimize it. “It” destroys lives, so “it” does not deserve a name. It is just “the cancer” -- it was “the monster” or “the dragon.” Although Dina claims to have an understanding of how devastating cancer is to a family, her actions and blatant lack of empathy proves otherwise.

In addition, I did not think it was appropriate for me to interject into family quarrels at the reunion; however, this is something that I feel strongly about. I have met Jaqueline and I have spoken to her on many occasions. In the very short time that I have gotten to know Jaqueline, I know and have empathy with the struggles she has caring for Nicholas. I felt that Dina’s interpretation of her nephew was callous and completely out of touch with reality. The only thing that keeps playing in my mind is, "You know nothing John Snow."  No, thank God, he is not hooked up to machines with cancer; however, what the Laurita family goes through is extremely difficult on a day to day basis that will continue on for a lifetime. It is emotionally and financially devastating. Although, Dina "visits" children with cancer, at the end of her visit she gets to go home, leaving it behind and goes on with her daily life. Since Dina does work with children with cancer, I pray that she can abstain from a self-absorbed lifestyle and become a loving, involved aunt.