It’s so good to be back! Even though, this episode was much more tame than what the ladies usually bring, it still featured a couple of revelations – well, not really new. I mean, we did already know that Renee is cracking and Junior is a scumbag. But, still, it was interesting to see the depths of all that play out.
Let’s get to it, shall we?
We start out with Drita meeting up with her boxing trainer. She admits that she got into “a little bit of a fight” at a birthday party. And she is irritated with herself because she was trying not to fight out in public anymore. I think she means outside of the actual ring. But, it does sound like she is saying, she won’t fight in public but will beat a bitch down behind closed doors. She is on a mission to control her temper, but feels like it would be a lot easier if she weren’t around douche bags and jerk-offs. She explains that as a kid, her parents sent her to school with a crew cut and earrings, a blue dress, and an Albanian accent. She feels like she was set up from the beginning to have defend herself against abuse. Her first fist fight was in kindergarten. I LOVE HER! I know it’s wrong to love someone with such obvious anger issues, but I do. And, I love even more that she acknowledges it and is trying to do something to fix it.
If I can just manage to stay away from douche bags, everything will be fine.
Now we have to meet up with Karen and CousinSuckUp. They have this ridiculous conversation rehashing the sit-down with Carla. And, I don’t want to recap that. I will point out that this entire conversation seems very very scripted. I did figure out what exactly is going on between CousinSuckUp and Drita though. CousinSuckUp wants Drita’s spot on the show. She seems to think that she would be more likable in the pretty girl brawler role. And, do I even need to comment on that asinine idea?
Carla sits down to tell Drita that she went and talked with CousinSuckUp. Drita wants Carla to be careful because CousinSuckUp is a master manipulator. To be fair, we DID see CousinSuckUp manipulate Karen into smelling her own farts. Of course, she wasn’t successful in convincing Renee to drop Drita as a friend. Which is what she was totally trying to do after the birthday brawl. Maybe she only has manipulative powers when it comes to Karen? We shall see.
Yay! Big Ang! And her little puppy Louie! Louie, just like the rest of the world, loves Big Ang. Big Ang is taking Louie shopping. She talks about how the wise guy that was seeing vanished before he could buy her Louie. This is why Big Ang is just so freaking awesome; she says that when she was dating wise guys they would buy her diamonds, cars, furs, houses, and Persian cats – from other countries! And she says it all in such a joyous way, that you can’t help but smile in reaction.
Everybody loves Big Ang!
This woman was MADE to be a reality star! Anyway, when the guy vanished, she bought her own puppy. Not a fan of her allowing Louie to piss in the store a couple of times. But, it’s Big Ang! So, I forgive her this time.
Back to Karen. She is meeting with a media coach to get help with her interview for her book. She explains to the coach that she is going on a media tour and that her book is anticipated to be a best seller!
She then outright says that her father was a gangster and killed 19 people and because he cooperated, he is an “escape goat.” She says that when people talk about her dad being a snitch, or her making money off his blood money, she loses her temper and gets aggressive. The coach tells her that she can deflect those types of questions, but wants to know if Karen is worried about mob retaliation. Karen looks at her blankly, then smirks that this is what she wants to do and she is just going to go out there and do it.
Junior and Renee try their first couple’s counseling session. Renee is still hung up on all of the hurt that Junior has caused her over the years. I don’t think anyone is prepared for what Renee is about to say.
The counselor asks how the met. Junior talks about how when they first met, he was in love with her but was overwhelmed because he wasn’t read for it. He admits that he cheated as a result.
Renee is extremely offended. She is getting really upset and both Junior and the Shrink are surprised. The shrink wants to know what it is Renee heard Junior say so that they can compare it what he actually said.
Renee talks about how overpoweringly in love she was with Junior and how she remembers them both being in love with each other and wanted that relationship. She says she remembers them having a beautiful relationship until he started sleeping with strippers. The thing that is truly heartbreaking abou this? Junior most likely ALWAYS cheated on Renee. It’s just that Renee was happy before she actually found out.
They talk about the fact that they fought a lot in those years. And when the shrink asks what they fought about, Junior says the absolute wrong thing. He says they fought about her mood swings. Jesus, Junior! Don’t you know anything about drama queens by now? This really gets Renee going, she starts talking about how he wouldn’t come home at night, he was cheating, oh and she wasn’t skinny enough.
This next part is just – wow!
She says that she started getting liposuction because he was around strippers all the time. And then, she says that the other night when they were being intimate, she asked him why he no longer does it doggy style. Now, they are actually facing each other. And he said that he liked looking at her now because now she is skinny.
Junior can’t believe she brought that up. My mouth is hanging open. The shrink has just realized what type of deep deep issues are happening here. His eyes even cross a little as though he isn’t sure how to explain that this relationship is completely doomed and it has been from the very beginning.
Too much relationship baggage…Eyes…Crossing…
Renee goes on to talk about how paranoid she has become because of his constant putdowns. Junior wants her to drop it. He has totally shut down. He looks embarrassed that this was brought up on camera.
That scene made me sweat the first time through. I just wasn’t expecting it. I wasn’t expecting Junior to be willing to filmed in a counseling session. I wasn’t expecting him to actually participate in the conversation. I certainly wasn’t expecting Renee to tell us about their sexual positions as a means of declaring her body image issues.
Drita and Big Ang take Louie to the dog park. I love that Drita and Big Ang seem to genuinely enjoy each other’s friendship. Big Ang talks about the crazy 28-years-in-jail guy, and how he came over for dinner and brought her gorgeous flowers in a vase, and knife that didn’t show fingerprints, which was just what she always wanted! Anyway, she says that she thinks she’s better off being alone. I think the world is better off for having met Big Ang!
Drita says that she has been alone for so long that she can’t imagine being in a relationship. She goes on to tell Big Ang that Carla and CousinSuckUp made up. She wants Carla to just be careful. Big Ang wants all of them to grow up and be women. Big Ang thinks Karen and CousinSuckUp must keep a diary of grievances and that people fear Drita – and that’s ok! Drita tells her she took up boxing, and Big Ang says she should have taken up pole dancing. The last thing they need is more violence.
Renee is outside the courthouse and is calling Junior to apologize. Why is she apologizing? It must be because, it was on camera because I don’t think she was lying. Junior hangs up on her. I feel so bad for Renee.
CousinSuckUp arrives and talks about how drained she is after her boyfriend’s arraignment. Renee explains that the minute the guys walk into the courthouse, you already know what the outcome is and that it drains you. You walk out feeling like you have no blood. She says that once they walk in, the chances of them walking out again are slim to none, unless they’re a rat. Which – WOW!
She encourages CousinSuckUp to be the backbone and support him from outside. Considering, what I recently learned about CousinSuckUp, I don’t think she is going to go that route (thanks for the link, KeKe). But, she plays along with the conversation. Renee is a professional at dealing with this. So, it’s easy for her to give the advice.
Aleeya and Drita are in the kitchen. Aleeya says that a police officer came to her school and Aleeya asked if two girls get into a fight, would they both go to jail. And the police officer said yes. Drita looks really guilty at hearing that, but she agrees that both of the fighter should go to jail – which is why she should be doubly thankful for Big Ang never calling the cops during her teenaged brawling days.
So mom, when’s the last time you beat bitch down?
Aleeya asks if Drita has ever been in a fight. Drita tries to change the subject by asking if Aleeya wants to have a Halloween party this year. Aleeya will not be deterred. Then, there is a weird edit. The phone rings before Drita can answer and the way she jumps, it seems as though she has been literally saved by the bell. But, if you watch when she goes around to the other side of the corner to get the phone, Giselle is standing there. But when she walks back over with the phone, Giselle isn’t there.
It’s not my first time at the rodeo, Gasmii. I know that a large part of reality television is either scripted, or at the very least staged – sometimes having to shoot the same scene over and over again. So, I’m wondering if Drita actually answered the question and it was edited to look as though she were saved by the phone ringing, or the conversation was set up by producers. If it was set up by producers, I think that both Karen and CousinSuckUp should really take lessons on how to at least appear real on camera.
Anyway, it’s Lee on the phone. They haven’t spoken in months. She has filed for divorce. Lee says that he fucked up and she has every right to be upset. But, they have to put that behind them because he is going to be in his kids lives no matter what. So, they might as well be friends rather than enemies.
Drita is shocked by the fact that he admitted he fucked up and apologized. She isn’t backing down from the divorce but she thinks things could be better between them for the sake of the girls.
CousinSuckUp takes her kids to the park, and inappropriately shares that her boyfriend is in jail. She tells them to pray and maybe God will hear and he will get out on bail. Then, she tells them that she had to spend a couple of hours in jail but she didn’t do anything wrong. This scene seems OBVIOUSLY scripted, especially if the link KeKe posted has any validity – which I am totally choosing to believe it does.
You know that guy that we started living with after I had only known him a couple of months? He’s in jail now. Let’s pray for him.
Now, we have Karen talking to David. She says she wants to tell him about her Mob Candy interview, and then remembers that she should probably find out how her daughter is doing. David takes her to task for abandoning her family in order to fame whore. She immediately gets defensive and then aggressive. I guess we can add “telling the truth” to Karen’s list of things that make her aggressive. We will list it right under “don’t call my dad a snitch.”
Anyway, they get into an argument with Karen just being beyond crude and wangsterish. It’s cringe inducing to think that Karina has to deal with these two people as her primary role models. They end the conversation with several “fuck you’s” and Karen hanging up on the guy.
The conversation may not have been scripted but his part of it is heavily edited and edited badly. Sometimes he is cut off mid-sentence. Plus, Karen seems to keep going off script the way she did with Carla. So, I suspect that she was given a couple of do-overs during the filming of that scene just to try to make her sound a bit less inarticulate. Not that it helped.
Karen has her Mob Candy Magazine shoot. Can we all just agree to do everything we can to keep this book from being a best seller?
I don’t care about any of this, so I am just going to skip it. Instead, have a look at The Renee issue of Mob Candy:
Carla and Renee meet up with Drita at Drita’s house. Drita tells them that she spoke to Lee and they immediately guess that he apologized. Both Renee and Carla have been through this so they tell her that he confessed and apologized because he finally came to terms with the whole situation. He is now faced with losing her and by apologizing, he has kept her from completely shutting that door.
Drita goes on to talk about how she hates when she knows what’s going on but there is no confession of it. Because that can make you crazy – I think Renee is exhibit A for that. But, she talks about how these guys are trained to never confess, never tell on each other, and keep their mouths shut. So, no way are they going to confess to their wives – it would be like they are ratting themselves out. Carla says that another reason they confess is because, they aren’t going anywhere being in jail. And how long can they keep up the lie?
Renee confirms that a large part of why she is so crazy has to do with Junior constantly lying to her face. Now, he has confessed to everything and expects the anger and hurt to just go away.
Drita says she wants Lee to have access to his kids as he is a good father.
Renee breaks my heart when she says, how can a man be a good father when he’s abusive to the mother of his children? Which is a great point. But, it’s also Renee projecting and then realizing as she’s saying it that she is totally talking about her own situation.
I find these bitches fascinating! I don’t think I can say that enough.
We also find out that Junior has a child with another woman and he got her pregnant while he and Rene were married (you can get more backstory on that if you are willing to watch that awful after show called “The Sit Down”).
Even, or especially, AJ knows that things are wrong with the two of them. AJ told Junior that if he wants to leave, he will be ok with it, because he can’t stand to see them so unhappy together.
Renee really is breaking – Someone should tell Taylor Armstrong to take notes on how to have an affecting breakdown scene, because this shit is tearing my heart out.
Carla and Drita are really worried about all of the stress that Renee is carrying and how close she is to her breaking point.
Drita is realizing that she doesn’t want to fall into that same trap with Lee. So, I hope she takes this conversation to heart and remembers it if she starts to fall back into old habits.
Next week, there are competing Halloween parties between Drita and CousinSuckUp. Junior and Renee fight some more. Renee’s dad’s driver gets picked up by the feds – it looks like it’s all going to start crumbling down around her.
So that’s it for this week Gasmii! It’s really great to be back. And, if you have any dirt on these bitches (your source doesn’t have to be reputable, unless it’s about people I like), send it to me, I will try my best to use it in the recaps!
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