Remember in the final season of The Sopranos, when Bobby Baccalieri gets brutally gunned down while trying to buy a model train set for his son?
Never in a million years would I have thought— one day that guy will be over my apartment having a tea party with my daughter.
But life is strange and here we are.
This week’s episode of The Mommy Show features actor and author, Steve Schirripa.
Steve sat down with me and Mazzy to discuss his book, “Big Daddy’s Rules: Raising Daughters Is Tougher Than I Look” which encourages dads to get involved, use common-sense parenting and be a big presence at home to keep your kids in line.
He also answers Mazzy’s request for a cup of “nice and warmy milky”, mocks my ability to make a pizza and gives Mike some fatherly advice.
Some other things to note about this episode…
1) It was really hot in my apartment that day. Steve hates being hot so he was using a mini automatic fan when the camera wasn’t rolling. I thought I was fine but later, when I watched the video, I realized my eye make-up was running half-way down my face.
2) I did not assume Steve knew how to make a pizza because he’s Italian. For some reason, I was under the impression it was Steve’s idea to make the pizza instead of doing a craft. BUT— if you are going to form a stereotype about a person, I think “knowing how to make pizza” is not that bad.
3) Apparently, I published this post without a #3, as a reader kindly pointed out in the comment section below. So, now I’m adding one. Who knows what malfunction of my mom brain brought me to this point. I blame Steve Schirripa.
4) In the beginning of the episode, I’m pretending to be on the phone with my mom. On the first take, I tried to be natural but the producer told me I sounded too angry. And I was like— but…. this is how I talk to my mom… Then I felt awful that my mom has to put up with my hideous behavior. And then I realized that one day Mazzy and Harlow will talk to me exactly the same way. Sigh. I tried to tone it down for the next take, but to me, it just sounds really obvious that I’m not actually talking to my mom.
5) Speaking of my mom… It didn’t make the edit, but when Steve talks to my mom on the phone in the beginning of the episode, he asks for her name and addresses her directly. Then at the very end of filming, I mentioned something about my mom and Steve used my mom’s name again in his response. I don’t know why, but I was super impressed that Steve Schirripa remembered my mom’s name two hours later, in a hot apartment, after making pizza, drinking tea with three-year-old and a full interview. Pretty classy.
I’ll be honest. I was a little intimidated before Steve came over, but in person, he was just lovely.
That’s a word I never thought I would use to describe him.
But it’s true.