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Manzos and Scalias In Italy

Last night on Manzo’d With Children times were a’changin’ as Vito Scalia and Lauren Manzo told their parents it was time for them to claim some independence. Naturally that was just token gesture, and absolutely nothing will change. 

The Manzo-Scalia bunch is still in Italy. For their final night in the paradise of Caroline Manzo‘s 1/16th dreams they are amid the splendors of a villa that is both a working farm and a restaurant. Alas it will be a nightmare for Vito Sr. and Denise when their blessed miracle Vicotta tells them the worst news they could imagine: he doesn’t want children he’s planning to open his own deli in Manhattan. 

I’ll get to that in a second. 

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Woohoo! Reality Tea has gotten our K1 Visa approved to recap everyone’s favorite TLC trainwreck of a show: 90 Day Fiance! I got sucked into this unbelievably addictive show last season, and am already yelling at my TV each Sunday night (don’t judge!) as we wade into the season ahead, which promises to bring us more true love stories mixed up with a healthy dose of delusion, disillusionment, and grifting (can anyone say: Mohammed from season 2?). Let’s meet our players for season 3: Melanie and Devar, Mark and Nikki, Josh and Aleksandra, Loren and Alexei, Fernando and Carolina, and Kyle and Noon. Each of these couples must go through the process of bringing their non-US citizen fiancé to the country on a K1 Visa, which gives them exactly 90 days to get married. Let the countdown begin!

In episodes 1 and 2, we were introduced to almost all of the couples (at least in part), with the exception of Fernando and Carolina, who we’ll learn more about tonight. But before then, we pick up with possibly the most disturbing duo of all: 58-year old Mark and 19-year old Filipino native, Nikki. Mark raised four children on his own after his ex-wife, also Filipino, abandoned them years ago. So, he’s looking for love again…with a girl woman who is younger than all of his children, and could even be his grandchild. Mark’s daughter, Elise, thinks he should have a problem with this small little detail. Because she sure does.  

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Last night’s Sister Wives continued the very anti-climatic adoption adventures of the Brown clan. The adults converge on the cul-de-sac to head to their attorney’s office. Kody Brown explains for the eighty-seventh time why he’s adopting Robyn’s biological children is so important. Robyn is concerned that her kids may have to take the stand in family court and that they won’t realize just how emotional it will be for the grown-ups. Meri discusses her conflicting feelings both before and during the divorce process from Kody. She admits that she’s had some surprising revelations she’s determined to keep hidden for now–Meri wants her focus to be on the adoption.  

Madison has an announcement, and she wants to meet with her dad, Janelle, and Christine. She explains that she’s already told her mom her big news, she wants to share it with her father and Christine. She states that while she loves Meri and Robyn, she has a special bond with Christine who was her stay-at-home mom. Madison begins by telling Kody that he’s going to be a grandfather. Stunned, Kody and Christine are silent long enough for Madison to assure them she was just joking. She’s in love, and it’s with someone the family knows. When Madison utters his name, “Caleb Brush,” Christine tackles her from across the room. She LOVES that boy! It’s sweet to see how happy Madison is as well. He’s the brother of her aunt, but not a blood relative. Caleb’s sister was Kody’s late brother’s wife. Christine wants to know if they are going to get married. Kody wants to pump the brakes. Isn’t Caleb ten years older than Madison? Madison reminds her father he’s eleven years older than her mother. She then calls Meri and Robyn over to share her excitement. It is hands down the happiest we’ve seen Meri this season.

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It seems like we blinked, and just like that, the finale of the Real Housewives of New Jersey: Teresa Checks In is here. We laughed, we cried. In a brief moral crisis, we wondered why we were laughing and crying (maybe that was just me?). But it all comes to a close now, as Teresa Giudice checks in for the last time on national TV before she is released in December from Danbury Correctional Facility.

Since Teresa has been locked up, Joe Guidice has been running the household. Which means he has been spending 100% of his time trying to control Tropical Storm Milania. After fixing a clogged sink for cutie-patootie Audriana, Joe heads outside where Milania is feeding rocks to the pond fish (because she spilled all of their food on the ground). Gabriella is attempting to discipline Milania, but she gives up quickly, knowing it’s a futile battle. Joe Gorga comments that he has to hand it to Juicy for taking care of these 4 little girls because “they’re not just normal girls; they’re tough!”   

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Reality TV Listings Teresa Checks In

It’s time to check out the reality TV listings and plan your week.

This week brings us the “epic, epic, epic” part two of the Real Housewives of Orange County reunion, when Jim Edmonds and Briana Culberson join the drama, and the season finales for Project Runway and Kendra on Top. Also, the Real Housewives of New Jersey: Teresa Checks In special wraps up. On part three: “The Giudice and Gorga families grow closer during a trip to Joe Giudice’s late father’s house in the Catskills, Teresa Giudice shares shocking stories from prison, and Joe Gorga visits Teresa in prison for the first time.”

Check out the reality TV listings list, which includes the Watch What Happens Live guests for the week, and let us know what you plan to watch.

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RHOC Cast In Tahiti

Happy Saturday Night – it’s trivia time!   Tonight’s game will be featuring The Real Housewives of Orange County, focusing mainly on seasons 9 & 10.  The fun starts at 9 p.m. EST/6 p.m. PST.

Disclaimer: This is a fun community game that is organized by our commenters. It’s just a fun way to test your reality TV knowledge and pass the time with your fellow reality TV fans on a Friday (or Saturday) night.  If you don’t like it, move along to a different post and don’t play…simple as that.  In other words, don’t email with complaints, protests and the like if you don’t agree with or enjoy any piece of the game.  Comment policy still applies.   Good Luck! 

See below for a note from Travis on how the game will be scored:

Reality TV Stars Meghan Edmonds

Our favorite reality TV stars cannot get enough of the spotlight during their regularly scheduled time slots, so they take to social media to share even more of their lives with us. And we would not have it any other way. Here’s a roundup of some of our favorite snapshots and selfies from this week. Enjoy.

Real Housewives of Orange County star Meghan King Edmonds shared, “Fall has arrived on this sunny but brisk day in St. Louis! Cheers to the freaking weekend! I’m celebrating by stepping out of my dress and heels and putting on my comfiest loungewear and shouting #CANCERSUCKS! What are your plans? Pre order this shirt – runs a bit big – by emailing shophashtaghats@gmail.com. Sizes XS-L, $58, hand printed in St. Louis!”

Below you’ll find pictures from Tori Spelling, Kyle Richards, Tamar Braxton, Ramona Singer, Kathryn Dennis, Marlo Hampton, Shannon Beador, Big Ang, Julianne Hough, Toya Bush Harris, Jenni Pulos, and more.

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Photo Credit: Instagram