Welcome back to another Mob Wives episode Gasmii! Before we get started, I want to encourage all of you to submit questions for the reunion on VH1′s website. After a CousinSuckUp free episode last week, we were bombarded by her and her troubles this week. Plus, there was way too much time spent on Karen’s book. However, there is a reprieve in the form of Drita and Gizelle! As well as plenty of Big Ang (yay!).
So, we start out with CousinSuckUp meeting up with Renee. Renee talks about how she is pulling herself together for AJ’s sake. She is worried about people looking at her with distrust, but she is going to be there for her family. Then, CousinSuckUp tells us that the Feds took her jewelry when they raided her boyfriend’s place. She wants it back and Renee tells her that the Feds can do what they want and it isn’t up to CousinSuckUp.
Big Ang (yay!) is having a Christmas party. And, she is throwing it at her sister’s house (I’m loving that they are totally setting the stage for Big Ang’s spinoff). Renee arrives at the party and exclaims that it has Big Ang written all over it. And it totally does. Drita arrives and says that it’s like having Christmas at Scarface’s house – minus the Uzis and cocaine, allegedly. The party is going great. Well except for the caviar.
But, no worries, because there are also mimosas, and mimosa’s are like Christmas in your mouth. Seriously, that’s what Big Ang’s sister says as I fall a little more in love with Big Ang’s family.
Anyway, Renee sees Drita making the rounds and calls her over. It’s funny because for a split second, I thought it was going to be some kind of showdown, then I remembered that the two of them already made up after the dramatic nonsense that CousinSuckUp tried to pull. Big Ang isn’t sure where it’s going either and she just doesn’t want any drama.
Renee dives right into the subject of what Carla supposedly said. And, honestly? It should be obvious to Renee by now that Karen was just stirring shit for the sake of it. But, no. She took Karen at her word that Carla was accusing Renee of knowing that Junior was wearing a wire. Which is the dumbest thing ever. Both Big Ang and Drita tell Renee that Carla didn’t mean that. They tell her she needs to take it up with Carla because Carla will speak without thinking (I’m seeing more and more similarities between Carla and Renee’s personalities as the seasons progress). Whereas, Renee will accuse people without proof, Carla will say what’s on her mind without thinking it through. Renee accepts Drita as the voice of reason – which come on that’s a no brainer, except when she’s angry and her veins start popping, Drita is usually spot on in her assessment of most situations.
Anyway, Renee realizes that they are being rude by sequestering themselves to discuss this while at a party. I love it when these women show self awareness. It’s so refreshing on a reality show.
Later, Drita and Carla meet up. Carla is very pissed at Renee. And, I actually understand why. It’s weird to be on Carla’s side so often this season, but she’s growing on me. She thinks it’s ridiculous that Renee would accuse her of something like that without ever once calling her to verify it. And it’s true. A lot of people on the interwebs were saying that Carla should have called Renee. But, I disagree because Carla wasn’t the one accusing Renee of anything. Renee, on the other hand, was accusing Carla of something. Anyway, Carla is over Renee’s habit of blowing things that she’s heard out of context out of proportion. Only, Carla says that same thing while using the word “fuck” a lot.
Drita, just wants to heal as many rifts as she can. She feels like with so many divides between everyone, they are all going to, end up by themselves “All of us fucking eating soup, like dicks, talking to ourselves in a mirror.” Good lord, I love that woman! I hope she makes many appearances on Big Ang’s show.
Now, we are back to CousinSuckUp. She is still pissed about her jewelry. She claims she had over 200k worth of jewelry taken from her duffel bag. Guess what else was in that duffel bag? Her kids’ birth certificates and papers documenting their middle eastern heritage. But, it’s the jewelry that really has her angry. She goes to see her boyfriend’s lawyer. Why doesn’t she have her own lawyer? He tells her that the jewelry has been confiscated and is in a vault in Texas. They sent her a list of what they have and she objects to the way they priced things, because some of it is “vintage.” Also, she plugs the movie Donnie Brasco again when mentioning her grandfather’s St. Christopher medal and how it’s priceless. For someone who hated that movie, she sure does find a lot of ways to reference it.
So, now Carla and Renee sit down. I can tell that Renee is kind of surprised at just how angry Carla is. Carla tells Renee what she did actually say and then explains why she is so angry. She says that they have known each other since forever and it’s just not right for Renee to jump the gun and assume that Carla would ever suggest that Renee was in on her father being sent away. She wants Renee to at least trust her enough to hear her side of things before jumping to conclusions.
Renee, to her credit, sees exactly why Carla was pissed and even takes full responsibility for the misunderstanding. She says that this whole thing with Junior has made her so paranoid and extra sensitive that she did overreact. The two shake hands and make up – for probably the millionth, but definitely not the last time.
CousinSuckUp is still so upset about the duffel bag heist of her jewelry (and I guess her kids’ birth certificates? I don’t know she didn’t say), that she needs to take her mind off of it. So, she invites Karen and Big Ang to go belly dancing. OK. Am I the only person who thought that this was CousinSuckUp’s way of 1. Showing off and 2. Making herself seem like the hot one? Because, that is totally the vibe I got from that entire scene. Excluding that, it is still pretty cute because Big Ang’s boobs are so big that she is way too off balance to actually do the moves, and she calls it a nightmare (Big Ang steals scenes without even trying). Karen says something about not feeling sexy – not because of her weight gain, but because her father’s victims (she calls them haters) are angry at her about the book.
Here is my thing, I agreed with Drita in the first episode of the first season when she said that Karen should not be held accountable for her father’s actions. I also agree that Karen has a right to tell her story – not that I’m the least bit interested in it. But, I also see victims’ point. No one should profit from the murders that Sammy committed. And, this is an especially tough call, because in some ways this very show is a version of the women profiting from the crimes of the men in their lives. They wouldn’t be relevant enough for the show to exist if their fathers/husbands/grandfathers/uncles hadn’t been criminals.
But, Karen’s shit about feeling like people are trying to crucify her because her last name is Gravano? That’s just ridiculous. Stop trying to be a fucking martyr Karen. No one is crucifying you. Also, it has nothing to do with your last name being Gravano and everything to do with the fact that you are capitalizing on your Father and by extension his crimes to make a buck. We know that this is a hustle for you and not a chance to “answer questions everyone has been dying to ask” you. Which, did you really have to phrase it that way? Douchebag!
Anyway, Big Ang and CousinSuckUp are appropriately sympathetic and Karen then starts talking about her book release party. See? She isn’t all that concerned about what the victims think. I also wish she would get her terminology right. The people who want to sue are victims of her father. They are not “haters.” A hater is someone like me. See the difference? And, what was that bullshit she was saying about how she is a victim of her father too? Seriously, aren’t you the one who told us to “check your bloodline?” Karen Sucks!
Renee and Carla meet up and have tea. It’s so fucking civilized that for a second, I’m completely thrown off and think I’m watching a different show. Renee asks Carla if she wants to ride with her and AJ to Karen’s book release. Carla isn’t going. She thinks it was nice of Karen to invite her, but she doesn’t think she will be missed. Plus, she has no desire to be surrounded by Karen’s friends as they bash Drita. She wants to avoid the drama and any awkwardness. And Renee agrees with Carla’s attitude. Seriously, did someone slip Renee some drugs?
Drita and Gizelle hare hanging out in the kitchen talking about what Gizelle did at school that day. Turns out both Gizelle and Aleeya have been doing a bang up job at school. Drita tells Gizelle that they are going to get a puppy and the only thing cuter than a puppy has to be this face:
Gizelle wants to name the puppy Sparkles. But Drita isn’t down with that. She ain’t fucking naming no dog “Sparkles.” LOVE HER! The entire thing is just cuteness from top to bottom and I love watching her interact with her kids.
Karen is getting her makeup done for her book release party when CousinSuckUp arrives. Karen gives her a signed copy of the book. I have to include the inscription because, there is no way that she actually wrote the book.
I’ve been told that I make typos in my recaps – I know, it surprised me too. But, come on, you know I couldn’t resist pointing out that spelling error by a published “author.”
Drita thinks the fucking book is annoying – I heard that sister! She claims she doesn’t care about the book because it’s probably filled with lies anyway. I can understand that. But, I do think she cares. I think she cares for the same reason that she tried to make up with Karen earlier in the season. I think that at the time of this filming, she did still care about Karen. I think she would have been one of Karen’s biggest cheerleaders if things hadn’t gone down the way they did.
Anyway, Karen and CousinSuckUp seemed to have caught on that Big Ang is the real star. So they are making sure that they are filmed with her as often as possible. Big Ang, Renee, and CousinSuckUp attend Karen’s party. They have a good time and we see Karen’s brother.
I really don’t care enough about the book or Karen to recap the party scenes.
Anyway, since the episode has been light on drama so far, we return to Junior and even more fallout from his betrayal. CousinSuckUp is spreading the word that another bust happened on account of Junior. She calls Big Ang first. Then, she sits down with Karen. She says that because of Junior, Renee’s best friend’s husband has been picked up by the Feds (is the friend in question Nikkole or, someone else?). Karen speaks from experience when she says, “when a person cooperates, they don’t just cooperate against one person.”
So now Renee is in this awful situation. It’s not just her father, but now long time friends are put in a situation to distrust her. She believes that they are all going to look at her and say it was her fault. She is talking to Big Ang on the phone as she heads to her father’s status hearing. Big Ang, ever the awesome voice of reason, says, “Fuck what everybody else thinks. Because you didn’t do this.” I love her so much!
We end with Renee heading into the courthouse. All in all, this wasn’t a bad episode. I liked last week’s better but, I guess CousinSuckUp has to get some camera time – not sure why. But, it is nice to see the women rally around Renee and to see Renee acknowledge that Carla isn’t her enemy. Plus, how cute was Gizelle leading the stuffed puppy around on a leash? What did you guys think?
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