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|Degrassi: The Next Generation character|
|First appearance||When Doves Cry, Part 1
|Last appearance||Tears Are Not Enough, Part 1
|Portrayed by||Hugh Dillon|
|Family||Craig Manning (son)|
|Spouse(s)||Julia Jeremiah (ex-wife, deceased)|
Manning is depicted as a cold, stoic man and an abusive father; while he frequently beats his son Craig, however, his character arc establishes that he loves the boy deeply, and feels remorse about hurting him. He refers to his ex-wife, Julia, as having left him for Joey Jeremiah.
Anger is one of the major factors controlling Albert's behavior, and there are many triggers and provocations in his lifestyle. In his highly stressful job, he faces the burden of having to support his son while being encumbered with the responsibility as one of the senior staff members at his hospital. Another trigger would be Craig's association with Angela and Joey Jeremiah, for whom Albert believes Julia left him and with whom Albert believes Julia cuckolded him before leaving. As the reasons for her departure are either unknown to Albert or repressed by him, he still remains bitter and puzzled over their separation and even flinches at the mention of her name. When Craig reminisces about his favourite meal Julia used to make (one Albert tried to imitate), Albert simply paused and then resumed on an entirely different topic as though her name had not been brought up.
In light of Julia's immediate and sudden abandonment, Albert was left as a single father to raise Craig, who became the lightning rod drawing Albert's anger. When Albert is first seen to be controlled by his anger is when Craig comes home late from a day of photography. Sitting silently with his prepared family meal, Albert is waiting for Craig; when Craig tries to laugh off his tardiness, Albert loses his temper and breaks a plate. In the second incident, Albert finds Craig's photo collection of Angela and Joey, one he named "The Perfect Family". That, the edited photographs of Craig with Joey and Angela (excluding Albert), plus Craig lying to his father about meeting Angela and Joey , causes Manning to brutally and violently assault his son. A third burst of rage occurs when he discovered that his son had indeed been seeing Angela behind his back, despite his explicit orders not to do so. About to enjoy a relaxing day with his son, Albert gets a phone call from Joey and then, realizes his son's deceit. Already holding a golf-club in his hand, it became Albert's weapon of opportunity used in breaking down Craig's door just before Craig escapes. The last and final notable occurrence of violence between the two is when Albert was meeting Craig after Craig had moved in with Joey. Manning tries hard to repair the relationship with his son, but Craig repeatedly rejects his father. After a heated argument which resulted with Craig shoving his father, Albert instinctively responds by hitting his son back.
In every act of violence Albert inflicts on his son, it is equalled and paralleled with acts aimed at forgiveness, redemption, and healing. First, when he destroyed a plate during an encounter about Craig's punctuality, he later attempts to make it up to him by cooking Craig's favourite meal. After the second incident where Albert discovers Craig's photo album, he drives Craig to school the next day and gives him a substantial amount of money to buy a new camera. He mentions to Craig that if his son needed anything, he would just need to ask. Third, Albert spends the entire year trying to alter his behaviour and violent tendencies. He also tries to have a fresh start with Craig, respecting his current living arrangement but also by being more caring and involved with his son. upon his last act of violence, manning is immediately remorseful, and takes time to calm down.
As the husband of Julia and father of Craig, when Julia leaves for Joey, Albert is left to take care of Craig on his own. He has held a grudge against his wife, and anybody who had remotely been associated with her in her infidelity, ever since.
First appearing in the Second season episode "When Doves Cry", it is apparent that Albert is easily angered and an abusive parent. While Craig was secretly seeing his half-sister her father, Joey Jeremiah, spots Craig. Leaving Albert a message enquiring about Craig, Albert questions his son if he knew anything about it, to which Craig strongly denied. When Craig asks Albert if he was going to call him back, Albert sharply remarks "now why would I do that?"
Later, Albert confronts Joey at Jeremiah Motors. Interrupting a sale, Albert and Joey start discussing about the message Joey left and how it affects Craig. Though Joey wished for their children to be able to get along, Albert had no intention of that and demanded for Joey to leave his family alone. After ransacking Craig's darkroom, he discovered his photo album titled "The Perfect Family", which excluded Albert from the pictures. Sitting quietly and calculating when Craig comes home, Albert confronts his son about the pictures and ends up beating him badly, producing a giant bruise on Craig's stomach.
Although his father expressed his desire for Craig not to see Angela anymore, Craig did otherwise. Albert eventually learned of his son's betrayal when Joey calls, and consequently becomes enraged. He tries to break down Craig's locked door with his golf club, but not before Craig escapes and ends up staying with Sean. When Joey became aware of Craig's abuse, the decision was made that it would in Craig's best interest to stay with Joey. With his son returning to gather his personal affects, Albert was in a state of despair and sympathy. Attempting to get his son to stay, he gets faced with an ultimatum or harsh realization of the truth; either Craig would go to children's aid, go and stay with Joey until the situation was sorted, or he could stay with his father and continue to get beaten. With his best interests at heart, Albert decides to let his son leave.
Return and Death
Albert surprises Craig at school one day and wants to spend more time with him. Craig is hesitant at first but he comes around. He goes to the Medical Centre where his father works and they both go out to eat. They come home and Craig tells Albert about the Science homework. Craig and Albert study together and when Craig sits his drink on the table, his father remarks about using the coaster, then Craig has a visual of his father beating him with a belt, but he snaps back to reality and his father has not gotten mad. He lies to Joey one night to go to dinner with Albert. He gets there, and Albert tries to persuade Craig to come back and live with him. Craig refuses and Albert starts to get angry. He didn't want to beat his son so he decided to walk out of the restaurant to cool off. Craig comes running out after him, trying to get him to stay, but Albert makes rude remarks about Ashley. Craig shoves Albert and Albert smacks him across the face. He then runs to his car and takes off. Later that night, Craig comes home with a scar on his face and Joey wants to know what happened. Craig tells Joey he got in a fight with his father and tells him he's going to children's aid. The next day, two officers arrive at the house to inform Craig and Joey of Albert's death due to a car wreck. Craig at first seems relieved, but he soon goes into a deep depression which turns into rage. He and Ashley talk about it and Ashley tells Craig that he misses his father, and Craig begins to cry and accepts the fact.
In view of Albert's professional standing and the size of his home, the inheritance Craig receives is remarkably small, providing little more than enough for a high-end guitar.
- Craig: "Yeah, crazy rich. But his [Albert] job's stressful." .../Albert: "I know I've been impatient but work's been really stressful." Degrassi: The Next Generation Episode, "When Doves Cry, Part 2", Episode Two, Season Two.