Alfieri, an Italian-American lawyer in his fifties, enters the stage and sits in his office.
Talking from his desk to the audience, he introduces the story of Eddie Carbone.
The situation escalates and Eddie becomes increasingly jealous of Rodolpho.
Eddie resents the fact that Rodolpho thinks Catherine is looser than Italian girls.
Rodolpho, the young blonde brother, has no family and intends to stay in the country as long as possible.
Rodolpho entertains everyone with his version of the jazz tune, "Paper Doll." In the coming weeks, Rodolpho and Catherine spend a great deal of time together, which worries Eddie.
Eddie threatens Rodolpho in a pretend boxing match held in the living room of the house, stopped by Catherine and Beatrice.
As Act II begins, Alfieri narrates and it is evident that time has passed.
Beatrice and Eddie plan to hide Marco and Rodolpho while they work in the country illegally to send money home.
Marco and Rodolpho arrive at the house and have a brief reunion. Marco tells the Carbone's that he has three children and a wife back home that he will be sending money to.