Much of my commentary on this season of The Real Housewives of New Jersey has centered around the better-than-a-soap-opera feud between the Gorgas and the Giudices. And can you blame me? They kind of hog the camera with all their crazy. Not to mention all those kids. And I’ve decided that it’s just not fair.
So in honor of tonight’s new episode, I’m devoting a gallery to someone whose last name does not start with a “G.” While the other RHONJ castmembers give us some great moments every once in a while, there’s one non-Gorga/Giudice who constantly delivers – Albie Manzo.
And when I say deliver, I don’t mean that Albie delivers in the way that Joe Gorga would like to have us believe that he does. And it isn’t The Sopranos-style drama that he delivers either, a la the Giudices. I mean that Albie seems to be genuinely sweet and funny. When everybody else on the show is screaming incoherent insults or gossiping in that weird harsh whisper, Albie usually has a funny comment to break the tension. And he does nice things! Like drive overgrown teenager Ashley Holmes to the airport. That’s real generosity, people.
Now, Albie isn’t perfect. He was temporarily on my bad side after he teased his sister Lauren Manzo about her weight struggles this season. Not cool, Albie. Not cool at all. But compared to the rest of the castmembers? Albie’s practically a saint. Which is why he’s Caroline Manzo’s favorite child. Now, don’t get me wrong. I think that Caroline Manzo loves all her kids. She’s by far the most sane mom on the show. But there’s a special twinkle in her eye when she talks about Albie.
Don’t believe me? Click through the gallery to find out why Albie Manzo is the best person on The Real Housewives of New Jersey.