When Karen forced that first confrontation with Renee, her lines were perfectly scripted to give Renee pause. The Karen who said that Renee had a problem with her dad being a rat but not with him being a murderer, is a different one from the Karen telling people to “Check her bloodline.”
The Karen who said that her problem with Drita was never about Lee, is different from the one that said she used to look at that painting on the wall while she was riding Drita’s husband.
And now that we have actually had a chance to see Jennifer in action, I am sure that the “Reasonable Karen” was a Jennifer Graziano creation. The problem was that Karen couldn’t keep her true personality from coming through and ruining the script. It’s why that argument she had with Carla in the restaurant went so off the rails. It’s also why she continues to come across as fake and a liar. At least, that is my take on it.
So now it’s the Carla/Karen and Ramona thing. Carla says that she wanted to be friends with Karen and CousinSuckUp, but she found that every time she was around them, it became an issue about Drita and she didn’t want to be a part of that. Then, after all of the episodes we have seen where this was exactly the case, Karen and CousinSuckUp DENY it! But, they continue to expect us to believe that Drita is the liar?
Karen keeps saying some crap about respecting family history and not bringing up family. It seems really out of place as Karen is basically saying that the argument she and Carla had at dinner wasn’t about Drita. And Carla says (truthfully, since we all watched that argument go down), the entire conversation turned into a discussion about Drita.
Then Karen flat out says, “That’s not true.” It’s like she never watched herself on the show. Does she think we are idiots? We watched the conversation turn into Karen trying to bully Carla into picking her side over Drita’s. But, the argument wasn’t about Drita? This for me is another example of the Karen acting Jennifer’s role versus the Karen not being able to keep her actual personality out of it. In Karen’s mind the conversation was about respecting family history – because that was the script she was given. But, she couldn’t stop herself from going off script in order to rant and rave about Drita.
I keep wondering why Karen keeps saying, “I respect your family and your history.” We find out later, that this was Karen’s way of trying to threaten Carla into agreeing with her. She wants to shout out something about Carla’s family that has never been discussed on the show, and is willing to do it if Carla continues to call Karen on her obvious lies. Carla seems genuinely confused about what the hell Karen in insinuating – and even says that there’s nothing there, before Joy cuts her off to ask Karen and CousinSuckUp where the three of them all stand.
CousinSuckUp says something about how they had an agreement that if they had issues with each other they would discuss it. But, Carla continued to talk shit about them. Carla scores a major point when she says that CousinSuckUp should re-watch all of the footage of CousinSuckUp talking shit about Carla. You can see Drita trying so hard to contain herself as she watches this back and forth. And I’m really proud of how well she is holding up.
CousinSuckUp tries to talk tough all, “I don’t have to lie because I’m not scared of you.” And Carla totally wins me over when she says, “I’m not scared of you either, whose talking about being scared? Why are you always talking about not being scared of anyone?”
I love that because it becomes very clear that CousinSuckUp is posturing as a tough girl but is actually scared shitless of both Carla and Drita. We will see more of that posturing in a minute. Let’s get back to this argument. CousinSuckUp says something about how Carla was is a liar because she keeps saying that she doesn’t want the drama but she talks trash about people.