Message from Kristen Johnson (KJo)
I haven’t been on this in so long, what a brilliant blog! It looks fantastic. Lynn would be SO excited & happy you guys are still together, still talking about those crazy housewives, all things Bravo, as well as life.
(Personally, I wish Million Dollar Decorators could play in my house on a loop.)
So I’m saying hi to y’all, and check in. Someone yesterday told me I should post you guys about The Shorty Awards, and I thought it was a brilliant idea!
The Shorty awards are like the oscars for twitter (???), and all I know is it would bring great exposure to GUTS, which just came out in paperback.
This is NOT about selling books. I was paid a year ago, and that’s all the money I will ever see from GUTS.
This is about it reaching the people who need it.
They still won’t carry the book in Kmart, Walmart, or any airport bookstore.
I even redesigned the cover so it didn’t have a cigarette!
So that leaves me with only one possible conclusion….they don’t want GUTS because of the subject matter. (Which is addiction. Though I personally think the book’s about a lot more than that…)
But winning a Shorty would help SO much!
If you could take a brief second and vote, it would mean a great deal to me.
Voting shuts down on Monday. Here’s the link:
So PLEASE. If you liked GUTS, or if you like me, or if my tweets have ever amused you, or if you love to hate me, whatever the reason…..I ask of you PLEASE.
Take 2 seconds and vote for me to help GUTS get to the people who need it.
I think of Lynn all the time. What a lady she was.
Love you all….
And thank you in advance!!!
Kristen Johnston (aka KJo)
PS. Only one vote per email address counts. Also, it seems to work MUCH better & faster on a computer as opposed to a phone.
Real Housewives of Vancouver – Season 2 Episode 2 – Drag Queens and Drama Queens by NoMoreDrama
We start this week’s episode with Robin – the Texan transplant. Robin has taken to sweetheart Mary, and invited her to lunch. They start off the lunch gossiping about Jody and her store. Mary bites her tongue. Good for her. Robin then tells Mary she’s going to audition to be the singer for the National Anthem for a show jumping event – the Grand Prix. Apparently she can’t sing. Robin is going to audition to sing the US National Anthem – and asks Mary to audition to sing the Canadian National Anthem. Mary is a little miffed about the audition part, since she’s actually a singer.
Amanda invites Jody over to taste her
Kambucha tea. She brews it at home. Jody explains that Kambucha doesn’t taste very nice (I’ll agree). She explains it as citrusy with a slight hint of vinegar. She tells Amanda that her tea is delicious. Now Amanda shows Jody a bowl with a placenta. Apparently it is used in making the tea. I’d have wanted to know that before I tasted it. Then they gossip about Iouia – and say they are suspicious about her.
Now we have a scene with Ioulia and her husband. Ioulia tells us that her step kids are coming over (they are old enough to drink) and she will be making breakfast. Her husband is scared. He doesn’t need to be scared because she goes downstairs to a restaurant and buys some amazing waffles and coffee. Her husband tells her he’s taking off to London and Australia and will be gone for three weeks. She says that’s the first she’s heard about it, but doesn’t care because she wants some time to herself.
Amanda has a Seattle-based boyfriend. They met in treatment. She presents him with clothes – which is strange because things are much more expensive in Vancouver than Seattle. He starts to change – we get a close up of his nipple rings. She dresses him in bright shirts and wants him to wear a sweater vest. He says he feels like a very large peacock and then sweeps her off to the bedroom. Never mind the cameras.
Robin meets Ronnie at the Carrington shop. It’s a tuck shop full of horse things. I wonder if Robin has more horses than Yolanda. Ronnie gossips about the Jody and Mary drama from last year. She says that Mary wanting Ronnie to have her back against Jody’s attacks last year was very high school. She can be friends with everyone. Ronnie then explains that she and Mary have had rough spots, and she’s very forgiving, but she doesn’t forget. Why do people always say that? That really means they don’t forgive. Robin tells Ronnie about the National Anthem, and Ronnie is bummed that Robin and Mary are going to record together. How high school of her to be jealous that Robin and Mary are getting along?
Back to Amanda. Amanda and Mia (Jody’s daughter) are friends and used to party together until Amanda stopped drinking. They talk about a drag party (related to the Gay Pride Parade) Jody has invited them to. Amanda’s daughter asks what a drag party is. Mia explains it’s when men like to look just as fabulous as women, and Amanda’s daughter is very confused. Then Mia interviews that she loves her gays, and calls herself “Queen F*g Hag”. Ugh.
Now Amanda takes the change to slam Robin. She explains that she was in Jody’s store, and Jody had set aside a green sequined dress for her. Robin told her not to try on the dress because she was wearing the same one and Amanda shouldn’t copy her. Amanda thinks that Robin was mean to say that – which I don’t understand. Why wouldn’t she warn her and why did Amanda buy the dress?
Robin and Mary head to the studio to lay down their audition tracks for the Grand Prix. After establishing that Robin has no training, Mary goes first. Mary knocks it out of the park. Robin is channeling Kim Zolciak. Both Mary and Robin explain that the US National Anthem is really difficult to sing. Mary’s dog starts to whine as Robin misses the high notes. But in the end it turns out Robin can sing. I didn’t see that coming.
Amanda meets Ioulia for coffee. Amanda didn’t think she’d like Ioulia, but Ioulia is so sweet she turns it around. Within minutes Amanda is talking about being an alcoholic, and having a friend who just killed herself, and bawling. Ioulia is very comforting. They’ve bonded.
Amanda and Ioulia head over to Ronnie’s for pedicures. Ronnie is glad she doesn’t have to hang out with Jody and Mary. Ioulia explains that she’s been hanging out with Mary and Ronnie uses it as an opportunity to talk smack about Mary’s finances. Robin’s name comes up and Amanda takes the opportunity to slam her. She tells Ronnie about Robin’s comments that you have to be strong and just stop drinking, and how it offended her. Amanda and Ronnie talk about their problems with alcohol, although Ronnie says she’s not an alcoholic – she just doesn’t have an off switch when it comes to drinking. She hates the label. She says it’s like calling a midget a midget instead of a small person. Second totally inappropriate comment of the show. Oh goodness, Amanda has brought over the Kambucha and Ronnie pretends it’s good, but tells us it tastes awful. Ioulia says she’d rather hang out with Mary and drink.
Now Robin is with her mother explaining that she’s going to a drag queen party. They both claim they have lots of gay friends, but they seem uncomfortable with the whole idea. Robin shows her a black sparkly dress that she bought at Jody’s boutique (the same one Amanda has in blue) and tells her mom she’s going to wear it. Can we say set up drama!
Jody is wearing a “good witch” costume to her party. It takes two hours to cinch her in. They get a drive in a hot pink limo. Mia is just wearing a tank top. Amanda is wearing her blue sparkly dress. Mary is also invited by a friend. Ronnie and Robin ride together – with Robin wearing her sparkly dress. Ronnie isn’t drinking but she is bartending. Mia is hiding under her mom’s dress. ?? Ioulia is there as well.
All of a sudden someone notices that Mary is at the party and runs to tell Jody. Mary claims that she didn’t know it was Jody’s party and that the owner of the club asked her to come. Jody asks Mary why she is there. Mary says she was invited. Jody asks who invited her. Then Mary says that it actually isn’t Jody’s party – that she’s having a little party in the back of the club. Jody says Mary is mentally unstable. No one knows who to believe so they carry on.
Okay – the dress thing was a red herring. Everyone is wearing sparkly dresses, and Robin’s is a one-shoulder black dress while Amanda’s is blue and cut completely differently. Everyone is having a great time so Amanda decides to confront Robin or “set her straight”. Robin starts going off about alcoholics and how they should have enough self control to put their drinks down. Finally Amanda gets her to STFU by telling her that she is an alcoholic. Robin interviews that when she thinks of alcoholics she doesn’t think of people like Amanda – alcoholics reek of alcohol and have red faces. Inappropriate comment three. Robin finally seems to understand how offensive her words are. Ya think? She apologizes to Amanda.
Amanda voices over that she said she wasn’t going to make a scene – and she didn’t – YET.
BRAVO – why aren’t you getting the rights to air this show in the US????
“Mob Wives” By Detox
Welcome back to “Mob Wives”!
This week, we see several things happen. Ramona and Drita kiss and make up. Renee acts like a bull-in-a-china-shop while in rehab. Neil does his best to get out of the doghouse and back into Big Ang’s house. Karen tries to sweeten the pot in the hopes that her daughter, Karina, will change her mind about moving to Staten Island to live with Karen. Joe finally asks Carla for a divorce. Neil breaks up a Senior Citizens’ brawl at “The Drunken Monkey.” Ramona throws a joint birthday party for 2 of her daughters. Karen makes use of her new investment in a music studio. Ramona reveals a surprise. And the women prepare to face Hurricane Sandy.
Let’s get started, shall we?
It Looks Like Another Sit-Down Is Coming Up
The episode starts off with an interview clip of Ramona. She says that her children have had a really rough year because their father dropped out of their life, and her boyfriend, to whom her children are very close, went to jail. In an effort to lift her family’s spirits, she wants to throw 2 of her daughters an extravagant joint birthday party. Her daughters Melina and Anissa are only 1 year and 4 months apart. Melina is turning 12, and Anissa is turning 13. However, there is a catch: Ramona’s daughter Melina wants to invite Drita’s daughter, Aleeyah, to the party. This, of course, puts Ramona in an awkward position because there is no love lost between her and Drita.
Ramona arrives at a clothing store to meet up with Big Ang and Karen. While there, Ramona tells Big Ang and Karen about the fact that Melina wants to invite Drita’s daughter to her birthday party. Big Ang looks excited about this. Karen, on the other hand, looks skeptical. She interviews that the last time she, Ramona and Drita were together at a party, Drita ended up with a black eye, and Ramona ended up with a fat lip. She sarcastically says, “So, let’s all get together at a KIDS’ party! This should be FUN!!”
Ramona interviews that she does not want to hang out with Drita, but because her daughter really wants Drita’s daughter at her party, she is going to bite the bullet and do what she needs to do to see if she can make her daughter’s wish come true (That’s a good “Mommy move,” Ramona!).
Renee’s Rehab Version of “How To Win Friends”
Renee is still in rehab, and she is participating in another support group session. The support group leader tells the group that they are going to discuss the topic of anger. She tells the group that addicts often do not know any other emotion but anger.
Renee participates, and she says that she has a hard time forgiving people. She also admits that she flips out easily (That’s an understatement. I love you, Renee, but you DO have a tendency to flip out, your big heart notwithstanding). A fellow group member identifies with what Renee says and admits that, like Renee, she often carries grudges too.
Another group member speaks up and addresses Renee directly. She tells Renee that she’s holding on “to stuff from 16 years ago!” Renee instantly gives this woman a look that says, “Ummm…EXCUSE me, B*tch!! And just who in the EFF are YOU!!” (And all I can do is cackle in front of my t.v. screen for some reason because I just find it hilarious). After giving this woman “the look of DEATH,” Renee goes off and “reads” the woman by loudly telling her, “Listen here! I heard that you have been talking behind my back. On top of that, you do NOT even KNOW me, and you have NO right to speak on me!!” (Even though this makes me giggle, I must tell the truth: She DOES have a right to speak on you, Renee! She’s a member of your support group where you guys have to openly share your opinions and feelings about yourselves and about each other. This is not a Mob sit-down! It is REHAB!! Deal with it, Sister!!).
The support group leader takes control of the situation and tells Renee that placing her emotions on other people is irrational. She tells Renee, “This is not really about the OTHER person. It is about YOU!” Renee shuts up, but she has a look on her face like she wants to spit nails.
Neil Wants Out Of The Dog House And Back Into Ang’s House
Big Ang is working at the “Drunken Monkey” when her estranged husband, Neil, drops by to visit her. She interviews that she threw Neil out again because he abandoned her at the hospital when he dropped her off for surgery. She also says that he does nothing around the house. She says, “He’s a SLOB, and I’m over it!!”
Neil sidles up to the bar, takes his seat, and gives Big Ang a sly, sh*t-eating grin. Big Ang looks at him with a stone face before she tells him that she’s sick of throwing him out of the house. Neil tells her that he is sick of being THROWN out of the house and follows this statement up with a “smooth operator” grin. Big Ang looks like her eyes are going to roll out of her head when he says this (and appears totally immune to the charm offensive he is launching in her direction).
Neil asks Big Ang what she wants from him. She tells him that he “don’t do NUTHIN’ around the house!! You don’t take care of the pets. You don’t take care of any of the household chores. All you do is drink Diet Coke!!” (Well, at least it is a non-alcoholic beverage, Ang, but I feel you. He can sip on his soda while he’s pushing a mop and doing laundry at least!).
Neil then offers to help out around the bar. Big Ang rolls her eyes at him, but she looks like she MIGHT be considering his offer. She interviews, “What part don’t you f*ckin’ GET??!! I threw you OUT!!”
Ramona Invites Drita To Tea (This is a LIE!!)
Ramona places a call to Drita while she is riding in her vehicle. Drita picks up her phone and looks like she is going to have a heart attack when she hears Ramona’s voice on the other end of the line.
Ramona tells Drita that she is having a birthday party for 2 of her daughters, and 1 of her daughters wants Aleeyah to be there. Drita interviews that her kids and Ramona’s kids met, bonded and grew to really like each other. She notes that this is unusual for Aleeyah because she does not bond that easily with other children. She also says that the fact that Ramona’s daughter is familiar with their lifestyle helps Aleeyah feel less isolated than some of her other peers who do not come from that type of background.
Ramona asks Drita if they can meet to talk and come to an understanding before the party. Drita hesitantly agrees. She interviews that the last time she saw Ramona she “wanted to put her head through a f*ckin’ window!! I don’t trust that mother*cker!!” She says that she only agreed to meet with Ramona for their daughters’ sakes.
Karen Works On Building Her Empire
Karen is walking into a music studio with some man who turns out to be a friend of hers who goes by the name, “Stormy.” She interviews that, ever since her meeting with a financial planner, she has been considering different investments so she can diversify her portfolio. To that end, she is visiting the music studio at the invitation of Stormy so that she can decide whether or not she wants to make this studio one of her investments.
Karen tells Stormy that she recently found out that her daughter, Karina, can sing. So, she is thinking of investing in this music studio because it will also be an investment in nurturing her daughter’s singing talent. She interviews that she is considering this investment for 2 reasons: to make money; and to provide another incentive for Karina to stay with her in New York.
Ramona and Drita Become B.F.F.’s
It’s finally time for the big sit-down between Ramona and Drita. Ramona arrives and is seated in the restaurant waiting for Drita to join her. She interviews that if Drita thinks she’s “going to f*ck with me, she’s got another thing coming!” She says that her grandfather was “Lefty 2 Guns,” and she fears nobody but God!
Drita interviews that she’s still in shock that Ramona called her. She makes it clear that she is very wary of this meeting. She says that she hopes this is not a set-up. When Drita arrives, she is stone-faced as she takes her seat at the table with Ramona.
Ramona opens the conversation and says that she hopes that they can talk like grown women and mothers with children instead of like people from the street. She maturely admits that she may have handled some things wrong in the past.
Drita says that she feels like people in their circle antagonized the situation between them and did not really want the 2 of them to get along. She also admits that she wrongfully entertained people and listened to a lot of “he say/she say” when it came to Ramona instead of directly talking to Ramona about what she was hearing.
They then discuss the knock-down, drag-out fight that took place between them (and Karen) at Renee’s party last season. Drita tells Ramona that people warned her beforehand that Ramona was going to attack her at the party. Ramona says that she never had any such plans.
Ramona then says, “Well, we can choose to be animals or choose to be ladies in the future.” They both agree that acting like animals is not a good look for women that are mothers.
Ramona then declares that she and Drita “are good.” (Thank God! I’m glad these two worked it out). They both shake hands and make up. Drita interviews that Ramona is looking more like “a mom” to her, as opposed to “Lucifer” (Drita’s old nickname for Ramona). She says that this “is nice.”
Ramona and Drita then chat and laugh like 2 girlfriends. They also discuss how their daughters have a lot in common and have bonded as a result.
Drita Tells Carla About Her Sit-Down With Ramona
Drita and Carla meet up at a gym to work out. While they are working out, Drita tells Carla that she met up with Ramona. Carla interviews that Drita must be joking.
Drita tells Carla how everything when down between her and Ramona, and how they are now no longer mortal enemies. Carla looks skeptical (and a little unhappy). She tells Drita that Ramona only called Drita “because she knows she did wrong, but she was too stubborn to admit it.”
Drita tells Carla that she wants peace (and I’m glad. I think being calmer and nicer and doing her best to refrain from fighting is really working for Drita). Carla interviews that she understands why Drita wants to put the past behind her when it comes to Ramona, but she still does not trust Ramona.
Carla tells Drita that she is “good with everybody right now” (Ummm…in WHOSE world, Carla? You are NOT good with everybody right now! Clueless Carla strikes again!).
I Want A Divorce!
Carla is in her kitchen puttering around and waiting for Joe, who asked if they could talk, to arrive. She interviews that she does not know what Joe’s urgency is about talking to her. She then snidely remarks, “Maybe things are different now that he’s been living with is little girlfriend,” indicating that she thinks that living with Raquel is starting to make Joe re-think his relationship with Raquel and his decision to allow her to move in with him (Boy, does Joe have a surprise for you, Carla!!).
Once Joe and Carla are seated at her kitchen table, Joe tells Carla that he went to see a divorce attorney. Carla’s eyes widen a bit when he says this. He continues and says that he thinks that it is best if he and Carla just part ways.
Carla tells him that what he just said is “cold.” He responds that he feels like his past was filled with negativity, and he likens their marriage to a bad business arrangement (Damn, Joe! Now that IS cold!). He says he wants to close the door on all of that negativity and move on to a more positive future. One big step which will allow him to do that is getting divorced from Carla.
Carla (even though she looks like she is doing her best to maintain a façade of calmness), who looks like she is reeling just a little bit, tells Joe that she went through a lot with him being in jail and having to take care of their kids and everything else by herself while he was in jail. Joe just looks at her like, “Yeah…and…? Yada, yada, yada! Give me my divorce so I can wash my hands of you and move on with my Sweet Thang, Racquel!”
Joe tells Carla that she needs to retain counsel “to get this done expeditiously.” Carla tells Joe that she thinks a divorce is “just a technicality” (Umm…WHAT?!). Joe disagrees and says, “It’s NOT a technicality.”
Carla then relents and says that she will get an attorney. Joe tells her that once everything is in writing and on paper, she must abide by it. He explains that this means she must be “stable and on an even keel.” He further tells her that this means she can’t just decide at the last minute that he cannot see his children because she is all of a sudden angry at him over something. He expresses his frustration over having to deal with her mood swings and volatility and its effect on his ability to see his kids in the past. He makes it clear that, once everything is in writing, she will no longer be able to pull those types of stunts. Carla just looks at him without saying anything.
Joe then tries to get Carla to admit that she is volatile. Carla interviews that she has been a mother on her own for 6 years, and Joe cheated on her. “So, yeah, I can be a little crazy at times.”
Senior Citizens’ Drunken Daytime Brawl At The Drunken Monkey
Big Ang is at “The Drunken Monkey” during the day. Despite the fact that it looks like it is the middle of the day, the bar actually has patrons that are just boozing it up. Many of these patrons are senior citizens who look like they are enjoying their retirement by knockin’ ‘em back at “The Drunken Monkey.”
Big Ang interviews that things are going great with “The Drunken Monkey,” but there have been a few issues with the daytime workers. So, she has decided to be there more during the day to solve those problems.
While Ang is busy just working away in the bar, 2 gentlemen start yelling at each other from across the bar. They then eventually start fighting. Big Ang and others get in the middle of them to break the fight up. Big Ang is screaming at them.
The fight appears to be resolved, but it doesn’t last because some peripheral player in the earlier altercation approaches one of the gentlemen involved and starts talking crap to him. So, of course, a brand new brawl starts.
Then, it’s Big Ang’s husband, Neil to the rescue. Neil comes from out of nowhere and easily uses his brawn to break the fight up (At this point, I realize how HUGE Neil is. I never noticed that before. Maybe it’s because he’s often next to BIG Ang. He actually makes Big Ang look normal-sized as she’s near him trying to calm down the madness! Everybody else around him looks like a little person.).
Big Ang eventually looks on as Neil gets everything calmed down. She has a look in her eyes like she has fallen in love with Neil all over again (I don’t blame her. I kinda got the hots watching Neil in action myself!). She interviews and says, “Well, it’s ABOUT time, Neil!!” (I expect him to be moved back into Ang’s house by nightfall).
Melina and Anissa’s Joint Birthday Party
It’s the day of Ramona’s daughters’ joint birthday party. The party spot is filled with teenagers (and some parents), a DJ, 2 big cakes and presents. Ramona interviews that she always had over-the-top parties growing up in the lifestyle.
Karen arrives at the party with her daughter, Karina. Love also arrives to show her support. Ramona tells Karen and Love that she and Drita met and successfully settled their differences. Love interviews that this shows how much Ramona and Drita love their children because they basically squashed everything for the sake of their own daughters’ happiness. Ramona interviews that last year she, Karen and Drita all wanted to kill each other.
Drita finally arrives with her daughter Aleeyah. She is greeted with warm hugs from Karen, Ramona and Love when she approaches them. She returns their hugs and hugs Ramona’s daughters too. She interviews that she feels like a huge burden has been lifted off her shoulders (I feel like a burden has been lifted off my shoulders too. I was tired of the “Drita Fighting With Ramona and Karen” storyline. I wish these women could go over to “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” and talk to the Producers of that show. The whole, “Everybody Bashes and Fights With Teresa, Who Is The Mastermind of All That Is Evil In The World” is also super-played-out and makes me want to stab myself with my Crystal Lite glass as I watch!!!).
As Ramona, Drita, Karen and Love stand around and talk at the party, Karen says she wishes that Renee could be there. The other women agree.
At a certain point during the party, Ramona presents her daughters with a brand new puppy that is as cute as a button.
And a good time was had by all. The End.
Carla And Big Ang Shoot The Breeze
Carla and Big Ang are hanging out at some restaurant (or bar. I can’t quite tell). Carla tells Big Ang that Joe asked her for a divorce. Big Ang’s eyes widen, and she asks Carla how she feels about this. Carla interviews that Raquel might be looking at Joe like he’s this perfect man, but “he’s been in jail and he cheated on his wife.” She then says, “Good luck to you!” (Men who cheat on their wives never seemed to bother you before, Carla. Why so moral all of a sudden?).
Carla tells Big Ang that she needs to move on with her life too (You already have. You’ve had a boyfriend for years. I honestly think Carla is actually a little bit sad about the divorce, but she will NEVER admit it. I don’t think she wants Joe back. I just think her ego is bruised.).
Boris The Vocal Coach Puts The Singers Through Their Paces
Karen decides to visit the music studio in which she has invested. She brings her daughter, Karina, Karina’s cousin, Déjà, and Ramona’s daughter, Anissa, with her.
Once inside, she is introduced to a vocal coach by the name of Boris, who agrees to listen to the 3 girls sing and to provide feedback. Karen interviews that she wants Karina to know that, with this music studio, she has something that is “just for her” when she comes to visit.
Karina, Déjà and Anissa get in the booth and sing (They sound alright, I guess. They don’t exactly blow me away with enormous talent, however. Let’s just say that they can carry a tune and do not sound totally awful. So that’s a good start.). The voice coach puts them through their paces, offers constructive criticism and makes them perform the song more than once.
Karen interviews that she is so excited. She says that the experience is all about teaching and learning something new.
Ramona Has A Fiancé’
Ramona and her very young daughter, Gianna, visit her presently-jailed boyfriend’s attorney (Why did Ramona bring this little girl with her to discuss these matters? I think this is entirely inappropriate.). She interviews that she is meeting with the attorney because wants a status update on her boyfriend’s case.
Ramona’s boyfriend’s attorney bluntly tells Ramona that he has no answers for her. He explains that federal cases are notoriously slow and take a very long time (He’s not lying about that. They are.). Ramona interviews that she feels like her life is on hold until her boyfriend’s case is settled one way or the other.
The attorney continues and explains that the Federal Government will do everything it can to make Ramona’s boyfriend’s life and his family’s lives as difficult as possible in order to force him to become a “rat.”
Ramona reminds the attorney that the Feds confiscated jewelry that she had in her boyfriend’s home, and she has no idea when and if she is ever going to get it back. He just looks at her.
Ramona then tells the attorney that she has been secretly engaged to her boyfriend for a while now (Really??!!). She says that the only people who even know she is engaged are her children. She has not even told her friends. She tells the lawyer that she has been too fearful to wear her engagement ring because she is afraid that it will be confiscated by the Feds the same way they confiscated all the other jewelry she had in her boyfriend’s house while she lived there.
The attorney tells her that, as long as Ramona can prove that her boyfriend bought her that ring with legitimate funds, she should have no fear of wearing the ring in public.
Renee Checks In From Rehab
Renee is sitting on her bed in her room at the rehab facility when she makes a call to Drita, who is puttering around in her home. Drita asks Renee how she is holding up, and Renee laughingly tells her that she has been placed in Anger Management. She says, “Can you believe it? ME? In anger management?” She follows this sarcastic question with a big cackle. She also tells Drita that the people at her rehab facility “talk so sweet and nice, and here I am like, ‘WHAT THE F*CK??!!’” She cackles again when she describes her bull in a china shop-type behavior. Drita interviews that she has no idea why a person would need anger management of all things. She then cackles herself (because she knows that she was once the poster child for anger management herself).
Renee then asks Drita how her life is going. Drita tells Renee that she and Lee are working on things. She interviews that she’s “giddy like a jerk-off, and it’s embarrassing!”
Drita then changes the subject and tells Renee that there is a huge storm coming their way. Renee tells Drita that she knows. Drita interviews that she is worried about losing her home. She tells Renee that Lee advised her to stay home, but she does not feel comfortable doing that because her house is in an evacuation zone.
All Of The Women Prepare For Hurricane Sandy
Alternating scenes of all of the cast members show them getting ready to face Hurricane Sandy in their own ways.
During her phone call with Drita, Renee asks Drita to check up on A.J. for her. She interviews that she feels bad that she is not able to be with her son at a time like this. However, she knows that other family members and friends of hers are making sure that A.J. stays safe.
Love is shown lighting candles all around her house. She interviews that she is praying that everyone stays safe.
Karen is shown gathering her luggage and leaving her apartment because it is located in an evacuation zone.
Ramona is over at Big Ang’s house, and they are discussing how they plan to handle the upcoming storm. Ramona interviews that everyone needs to put their differences aside and step up to help each other.
Carla is at home on her couch with her twins watching weather reports regarding the upcoming storm. She interviews that she has never seen anything like this in this area before.
Several scenes of Hurricane Sandy and its devastating effects are shown. Scenes of huge waves and chaotic waters are shown near the shoreline. Mayor Bloomberg is shown instructing citizens about the severity of the storm and the safety precautions that need to be taken. Scenes of several electrical fires and burning and destruction and groups of firemen to the rescue are shown while a voiceover says that Hurricane Sandy is the “most catastrophic hurricane in this city’s history.”
The episode ends with a P.S.A. where each cast member implores people to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy.
The women confront the incredible damage and destruction wrought by Hurricane Sandy.
A.J. meets with Renee at the rehab facility. Renee cries hysterically as they talk.
Drita is talking to Big Ang and Carla when she screams, “I open the door and guess who’s standing in front of my f*ckin’ face!!” She has a HUGE grin when she says this. So my guess is that it was someone with a name that rhymes with “Bee.”
Sunday TV Lineup, February 17th by BB
8PM – The Amazing Race (CBS); Real Housewives of Atlanta (Bravo); First Family (CW); Once Upon a Time (ABC); The Simpsons/Bob’s Burgers (Fox); Wild West Alaska (Anpl); Sports Illustrated Swim Suit 2013 (Trvl); Chopped (Food); 48 Hours on ID (ID); Jerseylicious (Style)
9PM – Shahs of Sunset Reunion Part 1 (Bravo); The Good Wife (CBS); Downton Abbey (PBS); The Walking Dead (AMC); Revenge (ABC); Mr. Box Office (CW); Family Guy/American Dad (Fox); Hawaii Life (9:30 HGTV); Gypsy Sisters (TLC); Kourtney and Kim (E!); Gator Boys (Anpl); Ax Men (History); Worst Cooks in America (Food); Catch my Killer (ID); Snapped (Oxy); Girls/Enlightened (HBO); Shameless (Showtime)
10PM – Mob Wives (VH1); The Mentalist (CBS); Chasing the Sundays (E!); Finding Bigfoot (Anpl); Talking Dead (AMC); Bar Rescue (Spike); Storage Hunters/Container Wars (truTV); Hot Hotel Sets (Trvl); Chef Wanted with Anne Burrell (Food); On the Case with Paula Zahn (ID); I Solved a Murder (Biography); Vanilla Ice Project (DIY); House of Lies/Californication (Showtime)
11PM – WWHL: Naomi Campbell (Bravo)