Which Housewife is Leaking Stories Now? and Other News by NoMoreDrama
The NYDailyNews is reporting (using an unnamed source) that filming for the Real Housewives of New York has been pushed back yet again. The ladies thought it would start next week, but now there is no firm start date according. Bravo is still trying to figure out how to bring the ratings, and while it seems like all the ladies will be asked back, no one knows for sure. The source says LuAnn DeLesseps has a deal with QVC to sell towels and plates and worries it’ll fall through, and Carole Radziwill wants to sell lots of books and is worried because she didn’t connect with viewers on her first season on the show and needs to sell her book.
I can guess who the source was, because this was a quote, “The truth is, Jill Zarin brought the ratings and she’s gone and no one is as good.” I seriously think there is only one person in the world that would make that statement.
Seems like Carole Radziwill agrees with me about who was behind that story. Andy Cohen tweeted this last night: “here’s a game – read stories abt housewives, identify which other housewives leaked the item. it’s really fun, works across franchises!!”
Carole responded: “
@BravoAndy I played. Jill Z. leaks all of them. What do I win?”
Meanwhile, has anyone noticed that Bravoratings.com hasn’t been updated in over a month. That site is rumored to be run by Simon Van Kempen, and is a thorn in Andy Cohen‘s side. Could Simon be playing nice with Andy for a reason, or is he just tired of Bravo?
Now let’s talk about Adrienne Maloof. She’s calling her relationship with Sean Stewart (Rod Stewart’s son) casual. It started off as a business relationship and evolved from there. Adrienne explained to People (online) that they are taking things slow and that Sean has not moved in with her. She also says he’s a lot of fun, and has been clean and sober for years. I’m no fan of Adrienne, but she is divorced and if he rocks her world – then good for her.
Sean agrees with me. He was caught by TMZ and said that people saying Adrienne is too old for him are sexist. He’s right. If she was a guy (no jokes) no one would be making a big deal about the difference in their ages. Sean is 32 and Adrienne is 51.
And things with Bulldog (Melissa Gorga’s ex-boyfriend) are getting depressing. He tweeted this yesterday:
“So I get the phone call today that she says she’s not worried about me making it on the show because my tumor is back and i will be dead.” It’s unclear who he’s talking about, but the next tweet somewhat implies the “she” is Melissa’s sister, Kim – who’s been calling his best friend.
“Yes it’s back, my best friend was the one who told her n thank u everyone! I will be ok it’s in Gods hands!”
“I might have to appear just cause I know now that it’s killing them. pow👊😜”
“Like I said the poorest person I know is a millionaire!!!”
They called me Angelo 2.0 who I personally do not know but I’d be more like Angelo 2000.0 if I pop up ;)”
I hope things settle down for him quickly. I know he’s a grown man and doesn’t need my advice, but this can’t be good for him.
The 16 designers for Season 11 are:
Amanda Valentine, 31, Nashville, TN
Benjamin Mach, 35, Sydney, AUS
Cindy Marlatt, 59, Kent, WA
Emily Pollard, 24, Falls Church, VA
Daniel Esquivel, 48, Austin, TX
James Martinez, 29, Dallas, TX
Joseph Aaron Segal, 30, Providence, RI
Kate Pankoke, 23, Chicago, IL
Layana Aguilar, 28, New York, NY
Matthew Arthur, 30, New Orleans, LA
Michelle Lesniak Franklin, 34, Portland, OR
Patricia Michaels, 46, Taos, NM
Richard Hallmarq, 39, Sacramento, CA
Samantha Black, 28, Brooklyn, NY
Stanley Hudson, 44, West Hollywood, CA
Tu Suthiwat Natchat, 26, Springfield, VA
Heidi announces that this season is Project Runway Teams. All the challenges will be team challenges. Of course, during the casting calls, none of the designers seemed to like team challenges when asked; for most, it’s their way or the highway. The only one who seems maybe a little enthusiastic about it is Daniel.
Each designer will be judged on their own creations; however there will be one winning team and the challenge winner will be selected from that team. One member of the losing team will be going home.
The purpose stated for having teams is that in the real world every designer is part of a team. The team members need to help each other out and share their strengths with the others.
This week the designers will take their inspiration from New York. Team Keeping It Real (Daniel, Stanley, Kate, Richard, Patricia, Layana, Joseph and Amanda), takes a boat ride around New York Harbor. The Dream Team (Matthew, Cindy, Emily, Tu, Benjamin, Samantha, Michelle and James) goes to the top of the Atlas apartment building to get inspired. Each team gets $1,500 to spend any way they want at Mood. The Dream Team seems to be more collaborative as a team and willing to give each other assistance when needed. The Dream Team seems to keep more to themselves and works individually. Even though Amanda and Michelle aren’t on the same team, they are roommates and seem to have buddied up. We’ll see how that works out later I guess.
Tim comes in to check on them and acts as facilitator and mediator as the teammates give each other critiques on what they’ve done so far. Some of the designers don’t want to give in to their teammate’s suggestions, but they all do. Cindy makes her dress long instead of using a shorter dress over pants as she originally planned. Richard decides not to use some binders on his dress after his teammates tell him it’s not necessary. Kate decides not to use long sleeves on her dress although she really wants to. On the suggestion of his teammates, James decides not color block the top of his outfit.
Some members of Keeping It Real are a little worried about Patricia’s dress. They are thinking it looks like a craft project because she is painting it. Emily from the Dream Team is in some serious trouble. She is way over her head and on Runway day with a little over two hours to go, still has nothing put together. She works on the top and Cindy offers to make a skirt to go with it. Emily feels a little guilty for criticizing Cindy earlier because now Cindy is pretty much bailing her out of a jam.
It’s runway time and Keeping it Real is on. Stanley’s jumpsuit is a navy silver sheen like fabric. I like it and Stanley does too. Kate has an off-white jersey dress with a criss/cross on the bust. I’m glad she took her teammates’ advice and made it sleeveless. She’s happy with it. Richard has a black and grey jersey dress with one long sleeve and one gathered slit sleeve. It’s asymmetrical and he has achieved his vision. Patricia’s painted dress is in a shift design and she has cut her panels so they move with the dress. It has bold blue underneath. She thinks it’s perfect. Amanda has a jersey tank with jersey tight pants. Kind of blah but not terrible. She says she could have taken it further and I agree. Layana is happy with her black short dress, but feels she played it safe and could have done much better. It doesn’t stand out. Joseph’s dress is a bunch of pink, taupe and off white strips of different lengths. I don’t get it. Daniel made a black suit with stacked shoulders, ¾ length sleeves and cropped pants. He thinks it totally rocks.
The Dream Team is next. Matthew has a flirty printed skirt with a white sleeveless blouse. Cute. Samantha has a short black dress with a net overlay. Heidi has a big smile. Tu has a white crop top with bell sleeves and a short white skirt. When the model turns around, it’s all black. Very unique. I like the zipper on the top. James has a white tank top with a black and pink pencil skirt. Meh. Emily’s design is a hot mess. It’s a black and silver crop top thing with a blue overlay and a plain black short skirt. She’s horrified and she should be. Benjamin’s dress is really pretty and floaty with a neat design feature on the shoulder. He couldn’t be happier. Cindy’s long dress is dated. The print with the checkerboard waistband is not working. She’s happy with it though. Michelle used waxed denim and she thinks it’s the strongest look on the team.
The winning team is Keeping It Real and the top three designers are Daniel, Richard and Patricia. That leaves the Dream Team as losers and the three lowest scorers are Cindy, Emily and James.
The team dynamic will be really interesting in that I’m sure some of the designers will be totally honest with their teammates and some will not. I’m expecting more strategic maneuvering by the designers other than just worrying about making sure their designs are the best.
Shahs of Sunset: Happy New Year – Recap By: Ana
Reza’s dad calls and they discuss the New York Rosh Hashanah. Reza is very happy about the adult relationship he has developed with his dad an is excited to see him but is concerned about his grandma. His dad tells him over the phone that he hasn’t seen his mom in a while because visiting her is depressing. Reza’s biggest complaint about his grandma is that she doesn’t want to give him any love. They plan to meet for lunch.
Asa is visiting a jeweler to pick a diamond. (Sidebar: She is dressed awesomely! Little Black Dress with nice long gold necklace with a gold coin, gold bangles, her expensive glasses and half her hair pulled back into a nice ponytail. It was so good and simple I had to point out this fashion triumph- we know Asa doesn’t have many.) Per Asa, “the diamond vibrational energy is the original energy of the creation of the world.”
She is meeting with Pat, the owner of the jewelry store. Asa informs him about her diamond infused water, which requires a big diamond. I am surprised Pat can keep such a straight face, but then again its LA and he might have heard crazier business ventures…He busts out a small case with loose diamonds and she starts to “feel” for the right diamond. Asa informs us that diamond water has 3 critical ingredients: 1) water; 2) diamond (the perfect one); and 3) Love energy. The last two ingredients are fused into the water.
Asa has a fabulous baby blue manicure- someone prepped for her close-ups! He then proceeds to show her a 9.5-carat diamond. (I SOOOO WANT ONE- feel free to donate any to me) Asa is also feeling it- apparently one large diamond has more energy than many little ones because per Asa’s scientific explanation, that diamond will charge up any carbon organism near it. I’m confused by her scientific method, which sounds more like marketing to me. Asa then does some weird third eye chakra energy thing…and rejects it…after she hears the $325,000 price (although plays it off as if the $65,000 budget didn’t have anything to do with it.) Pat proceeds to show her a 5-carat diamond (also want it and also feel free to donate one to me if you like)- Asa says this is it because its pulverizing her chakras- and its more powerful than the 9.5-carat one. Pat informs Asa that the 5-carat diamond is worth $85,000 – $90,000. We then learn that Pat went to Beverly High with Asa, so she asks for a discount- “family price”. Family Price is $75,000- maybe CZ Water is sounding better… Asa says she will take it! Her partners will contact him to pick it up and send payment. Something tells me her partners got a stone more to their budget price…
GG comes over to MJ’s condo so they can walk their dogs and talk about some things. Apparently MJ has been “blowing up” GG’s phone since she got back from Cabo- but GG is pissed because she feels MJ is playing both sides. MJ says that with the whole Asa situation, she could finally relate to GG because at that moment Asa set her (MJ) off similarly to the way Asa sets GG’s anger bomb off. GG wants MJ to pick sides and then rattles off that MJ did not invite her to the b-day party because of Asa…blah blah… Cabo uninvited… blah blah…MJ quickly nips this in the bud by telling GG once again that GG’s choices have cost her everything (GG looks sooo shocked by this reveal)…MJ continues by saying that where is her (GG’s) accountability for her actions? Why can’t she pick up the phone to apologize to Asa? Did she think Asa wouldn’t notice that 4 weeks went by before she decided to apologize? GG is still delirious and doesn’t think it was a big deal to physically attack someone. MJ points out that she is the only one that still talks to her from the group, and that she has at times even jeopardized her friendships with the others for her. MJ tells her she sees something in her and would like for her to step up and be the best GG she can be- that MJ knows she can be. This walk sooo did not go the way GG thought it would LOL. Way to go MJ!
Fleecing the Family
Mike is at his brother’s dental practice to whiten his teeth- since its an awesome free perk he has for having a dentist in the family! His brother, the receptionist and probably all of America agree that his teeth are white enough and that he doesn’t need another treatment. Doesn’t he know he won’t have any enamel by the time he’s 50? Also, personally, I think it looks creepy to have fluorescent white teeth… However he persuades his brother and off to the dental whitening chair! Mike lets us know that usually this is awesome bonding time with his bro. They discuss Mike’s relationship with Jessica- his brother told his parents that like is actually serious about this girl. Mike is still nervous about his family’s reaction upon meeting Jessica for the first time, because she’s neither Jewish nor Persian. Mike’s brother is actually surprised that Mike’s teeth got whiter and tells him that this hurdle is something they’ll just have to get over.
Diamond Water Factory: Energizing the Chakras since 2012
Asa is at the factory where her Diamond Water will be bottled- and is taken directly to her batch room. The diamond she purchased lives in a patented housing (we never see if it really is the 5-carat diamond) under 50 thousand gallons of water- where it will be forever or until the company goes under. (I’m a pessimist –sorry.) Asa proceeds to set up shop to infuse the water with her love energy. Asa explains to us that when she was younger she needed that ritual to help connect her with her ancestry, her homeland and her customs. She does her pop priestess magic and infuses the water, so its ready to sell!! (I’m not gonna lie im a sucka and will be buying diamond water once its at my nearest grocery store…)
My Big Fat Persian Shabbat!
Mike and his gal pal Jessica are on their way to his parents’ house. All Mike has ever heard from his mom is that she wants him to marry a nice Jewish girl and make her a grandma. Jessica meets Mike’s parents: Sue and Shahram. Apparently Italians and Persians kiss on both cheeks. Again with the awesome food! Things start off a little awkward as most first meeting go, but once they start talking and Sue finds out Jessica is going to be a nurse things go great. Persian moms like education!
Lets Get Lost
Asa is excited to go to New York and experience her first Rosh Hashanah (she was born Muslim so has never celebrated it). They all meet up and on the car ride to the airport Reza shares that he’s been having nightmares about his grandma. The crew arrives in NYC and they are looking for a Louis Vuitton store so Reza can buy a pair of shoes instead of going straight to Long Island. MJ is navigating and they are lost, going in circles for 45 minutes. Mike grabs the directions from MJ’s hand and safely navigates then to the store…NOT! They are still lost and eventually find the right way. Asa says she wants to go to Harlem to get some African fabric so she can make headwraps…the crew cracks up…
Back in LA
Since GG can’t film with the rest of the cast, she visits Omid- who is rocking a six-pack. GG tells us that since things have gotten more serious with Omid she is very nervous around him and its cute to see her excited about someone. Omid confesses he’s a player and that he doesn’t think GG minds (has he met her, for that matter ANY woman would mind). Omid has an addiction to neon colored accessories, which he needs to stop. GG tells us that Omid has the dreamiest eyes…
A New York Cryfest
While the crew hangs out in Great Neck, Reza will meet up for lunch with his dad, Manoochehr. Things start off weird when Reza asks his dad if he’s seeing someone- which he responds by saying “I was seeing someone but just for sex.” Ew…Reza doesn’t want to know that much information (neither do we) Reza tells his dad that Farahan men seem to be hoes…his dad agrees. Reza asks who will be there for the holiday dinner- his dad has no idea what holiday it is. Reza reminds him its Rosh Hashanah. Reza asks if his grandma will be there and his dad says he doesn’t know, that she’s over ninety now.
Reza says he knows nothing about his grandparents. Reza’s dad says that his father was a rich man and that he hates both of his parents because they ruined his life. He proceeds to tell Reza that here was a rumor about his mom (Reza’s grandma), which drove his grandparents to divorce. They don’t know exactly what the rumor was, just that it caused a lot of problems. Reza’s dad explains that with the divorce he was separated from his mom because she left when he was 8- something that in that time period and culture was very difficult to do. It was very sad and Reza’s dad says he has never talked about it with his mom. Reza thinks that maybe because of all that she had to go through is the reason for the way she is now. Reza asks Manoochehr if he has forgiven his mom, he says “if nothing else, I feel sorry for her.” He tells Reza that its in the past and not to worry about him. Reza begins to cry and his dad asks is he ever forgave him for leaving the house. Reza said yes that he had to forgive him in order to move forward with his life. Manoochehr says that its upsetting him so they should probably change the subject. Reza says it doesn’t upset him, it just makes him sad because he obviously never wanted him to leave the house. Reza re-iterates that he has forgiven him, because otherwise he wouldn’t be able to move on with his life and that he loves him. Reza says it was really hard to hear from his dad that he thinks Reza has not forgiven him. Reza tells his dad he loves him and Reza’s dad says he loves him too and that he is the only thing he has in this world.
Reza says this conversation has shifted his view on his grandmother. (Sidebar: isn’t this a little radical of a change? They demonized her so much last season (which I didn’t buy)- it was also weird since they never showed her talking to anyone…maybe the family complained?)
Go Carting Persian Style
There’s not much to do in Long Island, so the crew decides to go go-carting. Reza says that the track is circular so MJ can’t get them lost. MJ is driving and checking her phone at the same time- not a good idea! The crew really gets into the spirit of things but surprisingly MJ ends up winning the race! Seems like a lot of fun!
Mandatory Lilly Scene
Wow! I almost forgot she was on the show for a minute. Lilly is waiting for her glam squad to arrive wearing a sheer robe…Her glam squad arrives to help prep her for a blind date! (I want a glam squad!) Her best friend set her up. She is very nervous because she hasn’t been on a date in a very long time and things are still very convoluted with her and Ali. Her make-up artist says that he wants coco to have babies and Lilly responds by saying she doesn’t want Coco to get raped. Her make-up artist then clarifies for her that if its consensual it’s not rape. Yes this stupid conversation happened.
Lilly goes on a date with a cute guy named Hadi, whom is a personal injury lawyer. Things start off well until Lilly starts to talk about her ex. Patti Stanger needs to teach her a few NO NO NOs of dating! Hadi is obviously turned off by all the ex talk. I don’t think that there will be a second date…
The crew congregates in Reza’s room for breakfast. Asa says that MJ and her slept holding hands all night. Reza was like really? Asa says: “No not really, but we could have.” Mike says its his favorite holiday and that they should all get gifts. Reza asks everyone to scoot in and starts to fill them in about his grandmother and the “rumor” that ruined her life. Reza says that he needs to get over what his grandmother did to him and his mother and find compassion for her. MJ explains that Reza’s grandmother divorced hen she was in her 20s, that she went from being a princess to hiding for the rest of her life. Yikes!
And were off to Reza’s uncle’s house with a delish food spread! The crew arrives bearing gifts (and looking way too overdressed for the occasion- Asa is wearing a gown…) Everyone greets each other, introductions are made. Reza goes to the kitchen to greet his grandmother and they kiss and she tells hin “I die for you.” MJ. Mike and Asa are standing in the kitchen with them – she was a firecracker. Reza is surprised! They all toast and things are going great so far! They all sit down for dinner, prayer and it looks delish!!! Reza was super happy.
ONLY 2 MORE EPISODES LEFT! This time there will be a reunion! I wonder why Reza and MJ are no longer speaking to each other?? Until next time!
“Mob Wives” By Detox
Welcome back to “Mob Wives”!
This was a pretty tame episode, all things considering. Maybe things are calming down a bit on Staten Island.
Renee Freaks Out Over Junior’s Letter
If you guys will recall, last week, Renee received what she deemed to be a “threatening” letter from Junior. She was so freaked out by the letter that she rapidly left her home after being unable to reach Big Ang, Karen, Drita or Ramona, despite her frantic phone calls to them after she read the letter (and poured herself a big glass of wine and lit up a cigarette). Ramona was the first person to return her call, and the call came while Renee was backing out of her driveway. This is exactly where we begin again this week.
It turns out that Ramona was at the hair salon getting her hair done when Renee called her. She is still there. She interviews that she was at the salon when she finally got a chance to listen to Renee’s voicemail message and call her back. When she called Renee back, Renee simply said that she was going to meet Ramona wherever she was because she needed someone to talk to. So, now, Renee is on her way to Ramona’s salon to meet her.
Renee meets Ramona at the salon and immediately tells Ramona that Junior sent her a letter. Renee interviews that she does not understand how Junior has the “BALLS, after all this time…to send me this letter!”
Renee and Ramona walk out of the salon, and Renee reads Junior’s letter out loud to Ramona. In the letter, Junior basically warns Renee to refrain from trying to turn his son (A.J.) against him. He also tells Renee that he did not really do anything to her and did not “take it any further” with her Mom & Dad (Ummm….HUH??!! I am obviously missing something here. Either Renee is not telling the whole story, or Junior is without a conscience, and he REALLY thinks he did NOTHING wrong by wearing a wire and serving as a Government Informant in order to assist the Government in putting Renee’s father and other friends and family members in jail. I don’t get it.). Renee interviews that Junior’s words in the letter have her feeling scared for her life!
Ramona interviews and wonders aloud how Junior was able to send a threatening letter to Renee from a jail cell when the jail staff reads every single piece of mail to and from the inmates. She say it makes her wonder where Junior really IS (Me too! I DO recall an interview with Renee that took place a few months ago, where she mentioned that Junior got “kicked out” of the Witness Protection Program. Maybe he sent the letter once he got kicked out. How was he not in jail, though? Upon further reflection, maybe he sent the letter BEFORE he got kicked out, because he was able to freely send and receive mail due to the fact that his “deal” as a Government Informant kept him out of jail. Who knows? I love the Mob Wives, but their reality is so far from mine, that I am truly clueless about how some things work in their lifestyle.).
Renee interviews that Junior is “scary” because of his past. She says that, in the past, when somebody needed to be “handled,” Junior was the person that “was called” (So, I guess Junior served as some type of “enforcer” associate of Renee’s father’s mob family). She explains that this is why she is so fearful (I know you are a Drama Queen with a tendency to blow things out of proportion, but in this case, I don’t blame you, Renee).
Renee tells Ramona that she is afraid Junior is no longer in the Witness Protection Program. She interviews that she does not know WHERE Junior is “or what the f*ck is going on!!” She then tells Ramona that she fears for her life.
Ramona advises Renee to talk to “someone” about Junior’s threatening letter, but Renee says that she does not want to do this because she is “not a rat!” Renee interviews that she does not know to whom she should talk about Junior’s letter and her fears regarding it. She says that “in the old days,” she would have called her father (but he is now in prison) or Junior (who is now the source of the threat and fear she now feels). So, she is at a loss.
Karen And Love Walk Down Memory Lane
Love is at her house visiting with her Mom, Lorraine. She interviews that she and her Mom lived in “the projects” when she was younger. However, when Love’s best friend there got pregnant at the age of 14, Love’s Mom immediately said, “That’s IT! I’m getting you out of here, and I am going to move us to a ‘nice Italian neighborhood!’” Love says that this is when she met Karen and Ramona. It is also when she began to date guys in “the ‘lifestyle’” (So, I guess, despite Love’s Mom’s efforts, Love’s destiny somehow still involved “bad boys” and “drama” – even though she moved her to a “nice Italian neighborhood.” She did not get pregnant, though. So, there’s that….).
Karen arrives to join Love and her Mom for the visit. She interviews that seeing Love and her mother brings back old memories of her years growing up and years as a teenager on Staten Island (because Love and her mother were a part of those memories).
Love interviews that she was “SOOOO bad” as a kid that her Mother called her “the Devil’s Spawn” (I’m really liking Love even though I just met her, but I MUST keep it real: She seems “bad” as an ADULT!! So, what has changed? Maybe the fact that she is not in jail is a sign that there is a “limit” to her “bad-ness,” and this is the improvement of which she implies. *Shrug*). As evidence of her being an incorrigible kid, Love remarks upon the fact that she “broke 14 noses in 1 Summer!” (Gee, I took swimming lessons and baked cookies with my Grannies during my Summers). She says she was “a TERROR!”
Karen and Love reminisce over the wild times they had growing up together. Love tells Karen that growing up in Staten Island made them act so much older and grow up so much faster. She interviews that 14-year-olds in Staten Island often act like “women in their 20’s.” She then segues into a brief discussion of the possibility of her having a child (and teenager) of her OWN one day. She says that she wants a baby “eventually,” but she wants to have a baby with “the RIGHT guy” (Wise decision! I wanted that too at one point. A couple of “right” guys did come along….at the WRONG time – for me or for them – unfortunately. I hope Love gets her wish. If not, I hope she is at peace with that and still finds a way to be content and have a happy life. God has a plan for all of us – even for good ol’ Love Majewski). Love then says that she wonders who will WANT to have a baby with her after she tells them about her rocky relationship history. She basically says, “I mean, after I tell them about how I stabbed this ex-boyfriend; poisoned this ex-fiancée, etc., etc., who is going to want to take the chance?” (My Answer: 90 – 95% of men who are horny and “thinking” with their “little head”. *Shrug*).
Love’s mother tells Love that she is positive that Love will make a wonderful mother one day. She just has “to find the RIGHT guy” (For some STRANGE reason, I feel like Love would make a great Mom also. I think having a child would have a calming effect on Love. I also have the feeling that, despite her TOUGH outer shell, she’s a softie when it comes to her friends, family and children. Don’t ask me why I feel this way. I just DO).
Trash Talk At The Car Wash
Carla and Big Ang meet to get their respective vehicles washed at a local car wash. Big Ang asks Carla how things are going with her soon-to-be-ex-husband (Based on the previews for the NEXT episode, it looks like Carla and Joe are NOT yet divorced. So, despite the fact that I was unsure and called him her “ex-husband” in last week’s blog, in THIS week’s blog, he will be referred to as her “soon-to-be-ex”-husband), Joe. Carla says things are o.k.
Carla then tells Big Ang that Joe has decided to move in with his girlfriend, Raquel. Big Ang asks Carla if this news upsets her (YES!!!). She basically tells Big Ang that it does NOT bother her (Liar!). However, she interviews that it bothers her that Raquel is playing “the Mother role” with her kids so quickly (I do not have any children, and I do not like Carla….but I can still feel for her and relate to her in this regard – up to a certain POINT!).
Big Ang then changes the subject and tells Carla about the “Botox Bash” and says that Carla “missed a good time!” Carla apologizes for missing the get-together, but she explains that she would have felt too uncomfortable attending (I totally get it!) because the main guests were “Renee’s ‘clique’!” She says that those “girls DON’T like me!” (They really DON’T! She’s definitely right about that one). Carla interviews that she does not KNOW Love or have a problem with her.
Carla continues explaining her discomfort and past difficulties with Renee and members of Renee’s “clique” and tells Big Ang that she is probably going to have to end up having “a sit-down with LOVE, too!!” (My crystal ball sees that in your future too, Carla!). Carla then goes on to bash Renee by discussing how “unstable” Renee is and how many of Renee’s friendships and relationships are “LOVE one minute, HATE the next!!” Big Ang interviews that Renee has been going through a rough time, and they need to be there to support Renee in her time of need (not kick her when she is down). Carla says that she has had “enough” of Renee (You’ve said that a million times already Carla. If you’d truly had “enough,” you would be keeping Renee’s name out of your mouth at this point!).
Karen Takes The First Step In Building Her Empire
Karen meets with a financial planner. She interviews that, now that things are becoming more stable and much better for her financially, she wants to get her finances in order so that she can “grow” her money and ensure that both her and her daughter are financially secure.
The financial planner asks Karen what her goals are. Karen responds that she wants to build “an empire” (That’s not vague at all, Karen!!). The financial planner then asks Karen if she has any experience with investing. Karen honestly says that she has no experience with investing because, in the kind of lifestyle in which she grew up, “Everything was CASH, CASH, CASH!” She interviews that, in “the ‘(Italian Mob) lifestyle’), there “was NO investing and no REAL saving.” She says they basically “saved” their money “in a wall.” She also says that they did not pay attention to credit because they did not really use credit cards in their lifestyle because they did not want to have a “paper trail” of their expenses on record (Like she said…everything was CASH, CASH, CASH. I can totally see this. And I get it). She says that her father DID give her a good work ethic and the spirit of a “hustler,” though (Those are 2 good things, especially if the “hustle” is used in a LEGAL way).
Finally, the financial planner asks Karen about her assets. Karen tells her that she has an apartment on Staten Island that she is renting, but she does OWN her own home in Arizona. When the planner inquires about this home and whether she is deriving rental income from it while she lives in Staten Island, Karen says she is NOT. She explains that she is letting her daughter’s father live there rent-free because he got out of prison a couple of years ago, and he was basically starting over and getting back on his feet. Karen interviews that she and Dave decided this past Summer that they were not going to get back together romantically, but they are still going to remain friends and co-parents to their daughter, Karina. She then says that because she and Dave have a child together and have known each other for so many years, she did not want him to feel like she was not willing to help him get on his feet. She also did not want him to feel like she was abandoning him in his time of need. This is why, even though he has been doing much better and o.k. financially over the past couple of years, she has been allowing him to live RENT-FREE in her Arizona home. The financial planner bluntly tells Karen that it is HER house, and she “needs to make money off of it!” (In short, the financial planner things that Dave, or SOMEBODY, should be paying rent to Karen for the use of her Arizona home. I agree.).
Catching Up At The Clothing Store
Ramona and Big Ang are at a clothing store shopping. Big Ang asks Ramona about her boyfriend Joe’s “case.” Ramona interviews that waiting for a court date has been a nightmare. She tells this to Ang. Big Ang interviews that she understands what Ramona is saying because her uncle, Sally “Dogs,” was “kept on Riker’s Island for 5 years before they even SENTENCED him!!”
Ramona changes the subject and asks Big Ang if she heard about the letter Junior wrote to Renee. Big Ang says she has heard about it, and she does not trust Junior. She also says that she thinks Junior is “psychotic!” She interviews that Junior has been manipulating Renee for 20 years, and he is STILL trying to do it.
Big Ang tells Ramona that Renee needs to go to her lawyer (or Junior’s lawyer. I’m not quite sure) and show him/her the letter Junior wrote to her. Ramona says she agrees and advised Renee to do that, but Renee is refusing because she does not want to be “a rat” (I personally think Renee is being ridiculous in that regard. Junior ratted her father and other friends and family out. All bets are off. Renee needs to do something to protect herself. She no longer owes Junior ANY loyalty, especially not when he wants to play with her damned mailbox by writing her letters.).
You’re Only As Sick As Your Secrets
Renee interviews that she cannot get Junior’s letter out of her mind. She says that her anxiety over the letter is causing her addiction “to get out of control.” Because of this, she has decided to go to a support group for addicts so she can talk to people who can relate to her because they suffer with addiction themselves. She also says that Junior was “over-medicating” her after her surgery (I like you Renee, but I am not quite sure you can put THIS one on, Junior. Unless this is your FIRST time having a problem with addiction, and you just blindly took whatever Junior gave you without looking at your pill bottle, I think YOU might have to take responsibility for this one.). Renee speculates that Junior over-medicated her so that she would not really be aware of what was going on and so it would be easier for him to wear a wire and basically sell her father and other friends and family members down the river.
When Renee is at her support group meeting, and it is her turn to speak, she says she developed a problem with Xanax because she wanted to “just sleep and NOT feel.” She interviews that she does NOT self-medicate to get “HIGH.” Rather, she self-medicates in order to prevent herself from FEELING (She cries when she says this). She also interviews that, just when she starts to do better in her life, Junior always comes back around to bring her down (I do believe Junior and Renee have had an unhealthy dynamic and relationship “pattern” for SEVERAL years. I actually thought that during Season 1, though. I am sorry that Renee is hurting, but I am glad that Junior finally did something so egregious that she was forced to see the light and finally end her unhealthy relationship with him).
Renee then tells the group that she feels like her addiction has been an “embarrassment” to her family (I like Renee, but if she would open up her mind, she would be able to see that her family really would have NO right to judge her without judging her father and other family members for participating in and benefiting from the Mob. Let’s just keep it real: much mob activity involves breaking the law and engaging in unethical behavior. This is not necessarily something of which to be proud either). Renee tells the group that she feels like her addiction has also been a big “SECRET” in her family, and she interviews that she is “tired of secrets” (I am glad she is tired of being secretive because, as the saying goes, “A person is only as sick as their secrets.” Living a life of true transparency makes it hard to hide and engage in unhealthy and negative behavior, in my opinion).
Finally, Renee tells the group that she MUST save herself (I agree. Good luck, Renee).
Love & Drita Catch Up
Love and Drita meet at a bar for drinks. Love interviews that she wanted to meet up with Drita to catch up with her. She says she wanted to do this at the Botox Bash,” but she was unable to do so because Drita could not make it. Drita interviews that she met Love when she was a kid, but she does not think Love remembers. She says that Love was older than her, and Love hung out with a group of “older, ‘cool’ girls.”
Once they are seated and settled at the bar, Drita tells Love about the makeup store she is opening. They then question each other about how long they have each known Big Ang. Love tells Drita that she knew Big Ang “before everybody else.” Drita says that she knew Big Ang before she knew anybody else too.
Drita then asks Love if she has “beef” (a problem) with Carla. Love responds, “No, but she apparently trashes ME all over town.” Drita tells Love that Carla has never talked about Love to her. Love tells Drita she has no problem with Carla, but if Carla wants to start with her, she will “take the bar and bash her fuckin’ head wit’ it!!”
Love then tells Drita that Carla was dating Love’s ex-boyfriend at the same time Love was. Drita’s eyes widen when Love says this. Love then says that this guy was “a psycho” who stalked her. Drita tells Love that Carla needs to know this (Why? It is not like Carla has a habit of believing her friends when they tell her something negative about a guy she’s dating. Carla, instead, thinks that her friend is “lying” and only saying this because she is “jealous!” I mean, “HELLO!” – when Renee and Karen, and even Drita in her own subtler way, told Carla in Season 1 that her boyfriend had a problem feeling up her friends, she immediately dismissed it and got angry with Renee over it. If I were Love, or anybody ELSE, I would not tell Carla jack sh*t about any of her boyfriends – because she is one of those women who will REFUSE to believe it and who will then KILL “the messenger.” JMHO.).
Love tells Drita she has no problem telling Carla this, but Carla “better have her attitude right.” She interviews that she will REALLY put Carla in the hospital if Carla gets ugly with her. She says, “Carla don’t KNOW me! I WILL put her in I.C.U.!” Drita interviews that she is “sittin’ this one out and stayin’ out of it!!” (Good plan, Drita!).
Love then tells Drita that she will tell Carla, but Carla has a habit of getting “lippy” with people. She lets Drita know, in no uncertain terms, that she will not act like Renee and Karen do when Carla gets “lippy” with them. She basically implies that the consequences for Carla will be much more dire if Carla gets “lippy” with her the way she has with Renee and Karen in the past (She says, “I AIN’T Karen, and I AIN’T Renee!!”).
Karen and Karina are enjoying a day at the beach. As per Karen’s request, Karina is attempting — without much success — to show Karen some of her best volleyball moves. Karen interviews that Karina is in from Arizona visiting for a while. She says that she is “extremely proud” of Karina because she is a good athlete and a good student. She notes that she does NOT want Karina to go down the same path she did.
Karen then changes the subject in her interview and says that, ever since she met with the financial planner, she is “confused” about what to do with her Arizona home. She says that she has tried calling Dave to discuss the situation with him, but he has not been taking her calls or calling her back. She says that this is out of character for Dave, and it makes her wonder what is going on with him.
When Karina and Karen are taking a break from playing volleyball, they sit around and just talk on the beach. Karen mentions the fact that Dave has not been answering or returning her calls recently. Karina gets a look on her face and tells Karen that she thinks she knows why her father may be doing this. When Karen asks Karina why, Karina first asks her Mom not to “bust a cap or anything” when she tells her. Karen promises not to do this (whatever THAT is. I’m assuming that “bust a cap” means “go ballistic”). Karina then tells Karen that Dave may not be answering his phone or returning Karen’s calls because he has a girlfriend. Karen initially looks surprised. She then starts questioning and subtly interrogating Karina about this new information. Karina basically tells Karen that Dave and this girlfriend are “always together,” so it “might be serious.”
Karen interviews that she is angry that her 13-year-old daughter has to be the one to tell her about this girlfriend instead of Dave. She says she wanted to “go postal” when Karina was telling her about this new girlfriend, but, for the sake of her daughter, she did her best to “hold everything together.”
Karen continues questioning Karina, and she asks her if she has ever spent any time alone with this girlfriend. Karina basically says, “Not really,” but she notes that this woman “did pick me up one time.” She confirms to Karen that the woman was alone when she picked Karina up. Karen expresses her displeasure over this.
Karen then asks Karina if the woman stays overnight at her house. Karina says that she is not sure because she spends most of her time at her grandmother’s (Karen’s mother’s) house. She notes, however, that she DID happen to find a G-string “on the counter in my bedroom” once when she was visiting her Dad. Karen’s eyes widen when Karina says this, but she still remains outwardly calm. She then tells Karina, “That is MY house. You tell me EVERYTHING that goes on in MY house.” She interviews that she feels “disrespected” by Dave now that she has heard this information.
Let It Burn
Renee is at her house, and it looks like she is in the midst of packing to move. She also looks like she has taken a break to go through all pictures of her and Junior and to cut Junior out of all of these snapshots. Renee interviews that she was luckily able to find a new house. So, she is packing up to move immediately! She says that she is NOT bringing any of Junior’s stuff to her new home.
Ramona arrives to check on Renee. She interviews that she is keeping an eye on Renee because would NEVER let Renee crumble (“Not on my watch!”).
When Ramona arrives, Renee shows her some things of Junior’s that she found while organizing things for her move, including the watch she gave Junior for Christmas. Junior destroyed the watch before he left. The watch is a big deal because Junior could not wear it because the wire he was wearing for the Government was in another watch he wore all the time.
Renee then shows Ramona the slashed pictures (of her and Junior) before Ramona grabs a pair of scissors and starts helping Renee “wash that man right outta her hair” (or pictures, at least). Renee interviews that she CANNOT let Junior break her. She says, “Enough is enough! F*ck you! Drop dead!” (Atta Girl, Renee! Junior is NOT worth it. Move on to bigger and better!).
Once Renee and Ramona are finished with their slicing and dicing of the Junior pix, they drag all of the Junior pic remnants outside to a trash can where Renee lights a huge fire before she and Ramona stand around the trash can and just, in the words of that Usher song….“Let it Burn!” (By the way, speaking from experience, burning old pictures of a sociopathic, dysfunctional and nasty ex- is truly liberating. I have only had to do it once, but it was truly WORTH it). Renee interviews that Junior has been “a dark cloud” over her life “for the past 23 years!” She says that she has her son, “and that’s all I f*ckin’ need!”
It’s Moving Day!
Renee is in the middle of her house, which is filled with boxes. There is a moving truck outside. Renee, A.J., Karen and Renee’s friend, Nicole, all get to work loading everything up into the truck so Renee can make her move. Renee interviews that she is excited to move out of this house because leaving it behind is like lifting “a huge weight off my shoulders.” She says this move is extremely important to her. It represents the closing of a chapter in her life. Her attitude is, “DONE!!….NEXT!!!….” She says she is ready to start fresh, go forward and enjoy her life.
Once they enter her new home, Karen and Nicole tell Renee how much they like her new place. Renee agrees with them and says she thinks her new place is “perfect!”
Getting Ready To Visit Lee
Drita and her daughter Aleeyah are in Drita’s living room looking at outfits. Drita interviews that she and her girls are going to visit Lee in 2 days. She says that she has to tell Aleeyah what to expect before they go. Drita goes through the outfits Aleeyah has picked for the visit very carefully. She discusses the many prison rules and regulations regarding acceptable and unacceptable clothing for the visitors to Aleeyah. As she is doing this, she puts Aleeyah’s chosen outfits into “Acceptable” and “Unacceptable” piles. Drita tries to make Aleeyah understand the importance of going by the rules because of a past incident where she waited with a 4-year-old Aleeyah for 4 hours to see Lee. She tells Aleeyah that right before they could go in to visit Lee, a guard informed her that they would not be able to see him because Aleeyah was wearing a hoodie, which was NOT on the acceptable clothing list. Drita explains that it did not even matter that Aleeyah was only 4 years old. Aleeyah’s hoodie prevented them from visiting Lee, and they waited 4 hours for nothing.
Aleeyah asks Drita if she can hug and kiss Lee when she sees him. Drita says that she absolutely can and if anybody has a problem with that, they will have a serious problem with DRITA. Aleeyah says, “I love Daddy.” She then starts to cry. She brightens up when Drita tells her, “He’s coming home. There’s nothing to cry about.”
Aleeyah asks Drita if she is nervous about Lee coming home. Drita honestly says, “Yes.” Aleeyah then asks Drita if she still loves Lee. Again, Drita answers honestly and says, “I do.” Drita interviews that “Aleeyah wants her family back together.”
Your House Ain’t No Hotel, Motel 6!
Karen and Ramona are at a car wash getting their vehicles cleaned and chatting while they wait (Umm…what is up with this car wash? It looks like the same car wash Carla and Big Ang were at earlier in the episode. The Producers must know the owners of this place or something. This is the 2nd scene at the damned car wash.). Karen tells Ramona that she has been trying to get a hold of Dave, with no success. She explains how he has not been returning her calls and “acting weird.”
Karen then tells Ramona that Karina told her that Dave has a girlfriend. This seems to really get Ramona’s attention. She asks Karen how long Dave has had this girlfriend. Karen says she does not know but speculates that it has to have been going on for a while because the woman has even driven by herself to pick Karina up before (Why does this necessarily mean that this woman has been Dave’s girlfriend for a long time? Dave could let any piece of tail pick up his daughter for all we know. Maybe Karen knows different, though.). Ramona instantly gets upset and raises her voice at this. She says she does not like the fact that some unknown woman is picking up Karina.
Karen tells Ramona that she is trying to remain calm about the situation. She then tells Ramona that Karina told her that the woman left her G-String in Karina’s room. At this point, Ramona looks like her eyes are going to pop out of her head, and her voice gets even louder. She tells Karen, “Your house ain’t no Hotel, Motel 6!! It is the Ritz-Carlton of Arizona, and if Dave and his little girlfriend want to have sex like they are in a hotel, then you need to service them with a BILL like they are in a hotel!!” (I totally see Ramona’s point).
Karen interviews that throughout her entire relationship with Dave, even when they have not been together romantically, they always had a level of trust and respect between the two of them. She now feels like that trust has been broken, and she feels like Dave has disrespected her. She notes that it is “so unlike Dave” to NOT tell her about this woman and to, instead, let their 13-year-old daughter be the one to break the news. She speculates that Dave may have done it this way to get a reaction out of her (I totally disagree. In my experience, the majority of men are very simple and basic. They are either “into” you or NOT. And they make it VERY clear. They do not get into all of the head games and manipulations that women can sometimes get themselves into. I think Dave has moved on from Karen and is really into this new woman. He’s so busy being “boo-ed up” and in love that he is not even THINKING about Karen…..AT ALL. JMHO. Karen needs a rent check….like yesterday. I think Karen needed rent from Dave BEFORE he even got a girlfriend, though. He’s been out of prison for 2 years now, and according to both her and Dave, has had a good job for a while now. He should have been paying at least SOME rent regardless of whether or not he has a girlfriend. He is employed and out of prison. If there were no Karen, he would be paying rent somewhere else….or he would be living off of another woman. Let some OTHER woman handle that if that is what he chooses. That is no longer Karen’s problem or her place.).
Karen tells Ramona about her conflicting feelings. She says part of her feels like flying out to Arizona to talk to Dave face-to-face about just what the hell is going on. Another part of her feels like she should call and talk to him first before she flies out there. Ramona immediately tells her that there should be NO talking beforehand. She reminds Karen that it is HER house, and she advises Karen to fly out there without calling beforehand; to walk into HER house; and to discuss the situation and settle some things with Dave with regard to the house and this girlfriend ASAP!! (I’m with Ramona. Before Dave even knew what hit him, I’d be in my house washing sheets; re-arranging furniture; throwing out some plants and adding new ones; cooking with the music blaring; and I’d be settled down with a nice gourmet dinner and a glass of wine as he and his new woman walked back up into my house [Surprise!! Hey, how are you guys doin? By the way, I’m Karen…the OWNER of this house. I hope you guys were not planning on taking a nap because I’ve got every single bed sheet and pillowcase and mattress pad in this b*tch WASHING!! I might take a nap later on MY OWN sheets that I brought with me from Staten Island, though. *Sh*t Eating Grin As I Politely Say All of This*]).
They Tried To Make Me Go To Rehab. And I Said, “Yes! Yes! Yes!”
Renee is at her new house all settled in, and she asks A.J. to sit down and have “a family chat” with her. She tells A.J. she needs to seek help for her “self-medicating,” and she has decided to go to rehab to get that help. She then says she is leaving for rehab “in a few days.”
A.J. tells Renee that she “should have never done it from the beginning.” He says that doing drugs is NOT a disease. It is a CHOICE. He then says, “This is b*llsh*t!” Renee interviews that she wants to show A.J. that she can beat this.
Renee tells A.J. that the rehab facility to which she is going is located in Florida. She interviews that, because A.J. is 18, she thinks he will be o.k. staying home alone while she is gone (What about the people who were allegedly watching your house, Renee? I hope you’ve got people scheduled to check up on A.J. periodically while you are away).
A.J. seems to change his unsupportive and judgmental attitude a bit when he tells Renee that he has “full confidence” in her. Renee asks him if he is “embarrassed” that she is going to rehab. He says that NOTHING can embarrass him at this point (After everything he has been through, I believe him. I think he just made one of the understatements of the year.). Renee interviews that she wants A.J. to be able to hold his head high, with his shoulders back, before he says, “THAT’s MY Mother!” She wants him to say it with pride.
The scene ends with A.J. telling Renee that he is on her side (A.J. is so unemotional, nonchalant and deadpan. He definitely did NOT inherit the disposition of Drama Queen Renee. He is either like Junior or other members of Renee’s family).
Drita Is A Bundle Of Nerves
Drita and her daughters arrive at Carla’s house for a visit. Drita tells Carla to ask her younger daughter, Giselle, where they are going to visit? Carla does so. Giselle shyly responds, “Daddy.”
Once the kids go upstairs to play, Drita and Carla sit in Carla’s kitchen and chat. Drita tells Carla she is nervous about her upcoming visit with Lee. She says it is either going to be “unbelievable or horrible – NO in between.” She interviews that the reality that Lee is going to be home soon is just now settling in with her.
Carla tells Drita that she thinks it is going to be emotional for the both of them. She tells Drita that Lee is probably going to try to get back together with Drita. She then says that Joe tried that with her, “but it didn’t work.” She claims that it didn’t work because she “didn’t have that attraction anymore.” She also says that “the closeness went away.” She interviews that maybe Drita and Lee can be a family again. She says she thinks it is possible because Drita still has “those feelings” for Lee, unlike the situation with her and Joe.
Drita then reminds Carla that Lee went back to prison a 2nd time because he could not abide by his rules. She does not say much after she says this, but the implication is that she is wondering whether Lee will be able to stay on the straight and narrow for the rest of his life and avoid being locked up again. She interviews that when it comes to her and Lee, “It’s not about what is best for ME. It’s about what is best for my FAMILY.” (This is very wise, especially considering Lee’s history. I think Drita’s fear about Lee being unable to live a totally clean and legal life and stay out of jail is a totally legitimate fear).
Karen screams at Dave over the phone, and he calmly says, “Life goes on, Karen.”
Joe meets with a divorce attorney. He says, “I want a divorce! I want a divorce! I want a divorce!” (Yes, he said it 3 times. I wonder if he wants a divorce. Hmmm….). The attorney asks, “O.K. I know YOU want a divorce, but what about your wife?”
Drita and her daughters visit Lee in prison.
Renee goes to rehab. During the intake process, she lists all of the substances with which she has had issues in the past and present, including alcohol.
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Friday Night Lineup, January 25th by BB
8PM – Nikita (CW); Kitchen Nightmares (Fox); Four Weddings (TLC); Gold Rush (Disc); WWE Friday Night Smackdown (SyFy); Stonehenge Decoded (NatGeo)
9PM – The Following (Rerun of Premiere, Fox); Dateline NBC (NBC); Say Yes to the Dress (TLC); Gold Rush (Disc); Infested (Anpl); Killer Karaoke (TruTV); Ghost Adventures (Trvl); Easter Island Underworld (NatGeo); Desperate Measures (ID); Taste in Translation (Cook);
10PM – Teen Trouble (Lifetime); Househunters (HGTV); Say Yes: Randy Knows Best (TLC); Bering Sea Gold (Disc); Fashion Police (E!); Fatal Attractions (Anpl); The Dead Files (Trvl); Mystery Diners (Food); Boxing (Showtime); Deadly Women (ID)