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Party of None

Episode 4:'s Associate Editor explores all of this week's surprises (both good and bad).

This week was all about surprises. They can be good, like when you think your sons are buying a Jag and then surprise! It's actually for you. They can also be not so good, like when you think you'll have a house full of people to eat your potato salad, macaroni salad, and lemon ice and inexplicably no one shows up. Or when you think a brother and sister are going to make up but then they don't.

No. 3 - The Manzo Mobile

Damn it feel good to be a Manzo! The kids rolled into the local Jersey Jaguar dealership on the hunt for the perfect “bitch” magnet for Chris and Albie. (I like that Chris and Albie are totally cool to just share one pimp car between the two of them.) Clearly that white Jag was the right choice, because it started pulling up Lauren’s skirt right off the bat. Now that’s a full service car.

But oh wait -- the car’s for Caroline! Now that was a well-executed surprise, Al. Hats off. The Manzo matriarch can’t ride around Franklin Lakes in any old vehicle. Though something tells me the idea of a car that attracts bitches isn’t exactly a feature that Caroline would be too excited about.

Party of None

Poor Kathy. She just wants to be the glue that brings her family together. And who doesn’t love a good backyard BBQ/pool party? Family fun at its finest. But Kathy just can’t catch a break between Rich telling his kids to secretly not invite any of their friends and Caroline and Jacqueline backing out. The glue was left with two feuding siblings and enough potato salad, pasta salad, and lemon ice for an army. Sadly the lemon ice did not manage to cool any tempers.

The other thing I couldn’t help thinking –- were Victoria and Joseph miffed that their annual party got taken over? Hopefully they just had their friends over the next day for all the leftover potato salad, pasta salad, and lemon ice.
A Family Affair

Was it just me or were Teresa and Joe this close to making up at the pool party? I really thought it was going to happen. Alas, such was not the case. They seemed to get caught up on, what else, but family.

You say Caroline and Jacqueline are your family.
You say that Melissa’s sisters are your family.
I only have you and our parents.
I don’t need anyone.
Be an aunt.
Why doesn’t Melissa be an aunt?


You get the idea. Isn’t it a good thing to have a lot of people in your life that you consider close enough to be family? Does it need to be a competition? Can’t we all just get along? Of course easier said as an outsider, because sibling fights never make sense to anyone else but those involved. Something tells me though that we’re maybe (hopefully?) approaching a breakthrough.

Next week Jacqueline has a field day. Literally.

Dina: "The Reunion was Very Hard to Watch"

Dina Manzo opens up about her comments regarding her family and why she kept quiet for Teresa Giudice.

This reunion was very hard to watch. What most of you don't know is I went in there with the intention of keeping silent on my family issues, as I have for the past four years. An incident happened at the reunion, and I won't even give that person the attention they crave, but it set me off to tell my truth. Well some of it at least. I felt I was very P.C. this whole time, but now I had enough. Some people will push you because they know deep down inside you won't push back, but being "zen" is all about setting boundaries, and learning that has been part of my spiritual path. 

I don't want to go into much other than saying my answer about Nic came out very cold because there was more to it. I wish it were that easy to get to know him, but unfortunately it's not because of my relationship with his mother, and I'm just being honest. He is not missing me nor does he know what is going on with this family because of NOTHING more than his age. Anyone who is trying to make people think otherwise, especially his mother, should be ashamed of themselves. The Mother Theresa comment was about people comparing how I raise money for children with cancer yet don't help him. I went on to say how blessed my brother is to live in a county in New Jersey that people actually move to for the autism programs offered. How I see joy in him because of the progress he is making. He is a happy, beautiful child that is on his way to recovery, and although I know it's a struggle for parents of children on the spectrum, there is NOTHING wrong with seeing joy in them instead of sorrow. I appreciate all the parents of children with autism for their emails, tweets, etc. understanding and APPRECIATING that I see Nic as a 4 year old beautiful boy and not labeling him as anything other than that.

Kathy and Melissa should not have challenged me about "family values" if they don't want to hear my side. I kept quiet for the most part for TERESA, not wanting to bring up old wounds when she was dealing with so much around her sentencing. It was a hard position for me to be in. 

I have no words for my sister on WWHL. She could have answered the no engagement question and left it at that. The lies that followed after were extremely hurtful and must have come from the sheer frustration of having to defend her position on the engagement party. All of you have seen I have ONLY ever said positive things about her no matter what I was feeling. 

Please take a moment to watch this video I made on my truth about it all. I will post all the details on my look next week, but you can get to everyone involved -- from hair to dress  -- on my Instagram post on Sunday. Speaking of Instagram, I invite you to join me on a post a day for the month of November to share what you are thankful for. Showing gratitude for what you have in life just allows the universe to send you more to be thankful for! Trust me, it works!

Sending lots of love, 

Dina xo