Uh-oh, it appears Dave frequents the Peppermint Hippo as he and Pia are all “Oh my gawd, how are you?!” Renee’s face is priceless. They are really bad at hiding the circumstance surrounding their acquaintance. “You knew me when I was bartending at that place…It’s been a long time.” Dave is wiping sweat from his brown while he laughs like a guy who’s about to be caught in a classless lie by his classy girlfriend.
C-Wow and Renee are together at some cafe. Huh? Apparently they’re friends now. C-Wow drops the bomb that Leah is coming, too. Leah shows up and C-Wow makes her introductions. Renee approves of Leah’s classy hair and thinks she’s cool. Renee asks if Leah knows about the brawl in the fancy joint. Renee tells them about Pia showing up at her store without any notice. Renee’s not here to judge her, but she’s a stripper. Leah, being my girl, tells Renee that while she hates what she did to C-Wow, she’s not going to knock her for doing what she’s got to do to make money. Leah thinks Renee seems down to earth, but she’s known Pia since they were kids and she’s not going to judge her for being a dancer. Renee tells them that Dave and Pia know each other and Leah says that maybe they screwed. Renee thinks that, too. No kidding. Leah isn’t worried about it, because Pia is harmless.
Leah doesn’t want the drama around her. Period. We’ll see about that. Most of the time, when someone says that, they wind up joining an argument uninvited on a patio at someone else’s house and blows it up bigger than it needed to be so that later on, at a re-mix release party, the pot they stirred can overflow and cause an inappropriately public yelling match. Not that I’ve seen that before.
Nora, Pia, and Nora’s friend Julie are chilling with drinks at Norah’s. Nora’s going to have a memorial party for her “presumed deceased” father who IS NOT A HITMAN. I guess in mob world, we throw parties for dead non-hitmen instead of parties for 15-years-too-late name changes and vow renewals to save a failing marriage. Nora puts it out there that Renee is suspicious of Pia and Dave. Apparently, she knows Dave as a kid from the neighborhood.
Yeah, we knew each otha’ from da neighborhood.
Back at Renee’s apartment, she’s getting classed up with an entire bottle of perfume and hairspray to go see Dave for dinner. I thought they lived together? Why do they have to meet up for dinner to talk about this Pia business? I’m so confused. Maybe “live together” is like “going to college”. Renee tells Dave that he’s going to need a drink after what she saw at the shop yesterday. Dave laughs, which tells me he’s seen Pia’s whoohaw. He says he’s known Pia for 20 years and judging by Pia’s face, she could have been stripping legally for the past 20 years. She used to work for friends of his, but not at a strip joint. He didn’t actually say “not at a strip joint”, but he says he honestly didn’t know that’s what she did for a living until now. Maybe it’s editing, but it seems he already knew she was a stripper since Renee didn’t say she was. She asks Dave if she has “retard” written across her forehead, to which he replies “I can’t see it, it’s covered by your blonde hair.” Dave looks away when he says that he’s never seen Pia strip. Renee’s going to throw him through the window if she finds out he’s done anything. They get into a classy cussing match about who’s more of a badass. Renee says Pia is next on her hit list of classless strippers.
I gotta say, I kinda like how no one really beats around the bush on this show. They just cut right to it. No mind games, no baiting, no passive-aggressiveness. It’s refreshing in a thuggish kind of way.
Julie, Pia, and Renee are all invited to the dead daddy party. Julie is wearing the same sweater that I noticed Nora was wearing on the premier episode, back when I thought I might like Nora. I guess Julie didn’t bring her luggage. They start to order, but Nora asks if they are waiting for Renee. It’s seemingly 5 minutes into it and Nora’s already fuming over the fact that Renee is disrespecting something so important as drinks for a unconfirmed dead dude. Renee shows up and Nora is pissed. The others try to make excuses for her about the traffic and location, but Nora’s not having it. This is the best time for Renee to want to bring up her Pia and Dave suspicions. But, not now. Later. Now this is very Housewifey.
Let’s talk about this really dramatic shit. But not now. Later. But remember now, we’ll talk about it later.