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I’m not going to lie, watching last night’s Mob Wives was probably the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do for this gig. I’ve recapped this show since it started, and I loved getting to see Big Ang’s fun-loving personality on her drama-free spin-off Big Ang. It’s so sad to recap Ang’s battle with cancer (and her co-stars’ ridiculous petty, immature, and bullish behavior) knowing the outcome. However, I poured a glass of wine, toasted Ang’s sass and class, and tried to keep the tears to a minimum…and I’m guessing a lot of you did the same!

When the episode begins, Drita D’avanzo is still raging at the thought that Karen Gravano is spreading lies about Lee, but she won’t let it spoil the high of her finishing the first draft of her memoir. She shares a precious exchange with daughter Giselle whose birthday is quickly approaching. All Giselle wants as a gift is a second puppy, but she knows her dad will be a tough sell. Drita does a role play where she pretends to be Lee so Giselle can practice her powers of persuasion. Get that adorable child another dog!

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Thank goodness Maddie was back on last night’s Dance Moms. She has to mitigate some of Abby Lee Miller’s crazy, right? Um, that’s to be determined. The ALDC welcomes back Maddie from her movie shoot, but Abby is quick to remind her that she didn’t garner the first place spot due to all of her gaps in training. Melissa interrupts to ask Abby if she saw Maddie’s segment on Ellen. Nope! Melissa reminds Abby she e-mailed it so she can still watch it. A dismissive Abby claims she’s too busy to take the time to view the three minute clip, and Maddie is clearly hurt. 

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Everyone grieves differently. Everyone grieves differently. Everyone. Grieves. Differently. I’m going to keep repeating that mantra so that I don’t go off on the fact that Mob Wives’ Karen Gravano is giving soundbites to multiple media outlets regarding her friend Big Ang Railoa’s funeral. In fairness to Karen (who thought I’d ever type that??), Ang was loved by so many, I know her fans want to know how her friends and family are dealing with her tragic death to cancer…and I am sure the sites requested a comment. 

Beloved Big Ang was laid to rest on Monday at Brooklyn’s Basilica of Regina Pacis with family, friends, and her Mob Wives co-stars of past and present in attendance. As I’m guessing is the nature of the “lifestyle” as the ladies like to call it, there were rumors that Karen and Brittany Fogarty were banned from the memorial service due to their father’s penchants for cooperating with the feds. Not so, says Karen!

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It’s a big season for RuPaul’s Drag Race! The drag queen reality competition returns to Logo on Monday, March 7th at 9:00 PM ET with a super-sized ninety minute premiere that also celebrates the series’ 100th episode…and the 100th contestant to strut down the catwalk.

Leading up to the big event, Logo will air a full RuPaul’s Drag Race marathon of the past seven seasons which starts at 7:00 PM ET on March, 3rd. The four-day event will include brand new behind-the-scenes dirt and interviews from former contestants. We’ve already met the queens, but wait until you hear who will be dropping by throughout the season! 

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The realization that Mob Wives’ most beloved star Big Ang Raiola has passed away from cancer still hasn’t really hit me yet. While she prided herself on her larger than life, surgically enhanced features, I think we can all agree, they paled in size compared to her giant, compassionate heart and her friendly, genuine smile. The world is a little smaller without her in it, but I am grateful she shared her vibrant personality with all of us who watched the show. 

Big Ang was the only reason to watch Mob Wives. As her co-stars brawl and partake in scripted drama, we could count on Ang to share no nonsense advice and sometimes humorously stirring the pot. While the current season features Ang’s second battle with cancer, here’s hoping her co-stars truly learn that there are much, MUCH more important things in life than holding grudges…if only to honor their true, sweet friend.

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Kathryn Dennis and Thomas Ravenel

Did you expect them to quit their public bickering? Surely not! In case you missed it, Kathryn Dennis has been hurling Twitter insults at Thomas Ravenel, and T-Rav is returning the favor by accusing her of keeping him from the pair’s two very young children.

As the two publicly spar over parenthood and partying, it has Southern Charm’s collective fan base waiting in anticipation for the show’s third season. After his Godzilla versus Jesus comparison, Thomas is expanding on his response to Kathryn’s allegations that he’s an absent father who doesn’t pay child support. His side of the story? It’s all Kathryn’s fault, naturally!

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I wonder if the ladies of Mob Wives remember that warehouse round-table where the vowed to leave their anger behind and not speak poorly about each other. It doesn’t seem like it! Renee Graziano is hopeful that the women are moving forward, and she’s hosting the group (sans Prissy Marissy) at a baseball game. 

Renee, Carla Facciolo, and Karen Gravano argue about the protocol of placing one’s hand over one’s heart during the national anthem…and they are having this debate during the actual national anthem. As if their loud banter isn’t disrespectful enough, Karen swears up and down that your supposed to put your hand over your heart during the Star-Spangled Banner, not the national anthem. It takes her the entire song–and prodding from Renee–to realize the songs are one and the same. Patriotism at its finest. Big Ang is looking great despite her recent tests to determine the mass on her lungs, and all of the ladies agree that their beef is extremely petty in comparison to what she’s facing. Drita D’avanzo arrives with Brittany Fogarty who is understandably wary about facing this group of hens after their last encounter. She’s hoping she and Karen can move forward after last week’s tense chat, and she invites the ladies to come watch her watch in one of the many shows that she’ll be walking in for New York Fashion Week. Wait, what? 

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Y’all, I am not excited about Twitter drama (lie), but if I was, it’s only because of what it means. In the case of Kathryn Dennis’ recent social media tirade against Thomas Ravenel, it means that Southern Charm is gearing up for another season, and that, to me, is like Christmas. I. Love. This. Show.

No, I don’t take joy in the parents of two beautiful children airing their dirty laundry in the Twitterverse. However, I do applaud Kathryn for putting it out there and keeping it out there, unlike other stars who tweet, retreat, and delete! If she said it, she’s sticking to it! Also, the cynic in me believes that when we start hearing about outside feuds (knowing that Shep Rose, Cameran Eubanks, and crew have wrapped filming in Charleston), it’s because the puppeteers at Bravo are amping up anticipation for the third round of Southern Charm. It’s a Bravo formula that has worked well with multiple franchises, amirite? 

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