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Those crazy ladies who spend their days threatening to cut one another, visiting their husbands and boyfriends in jail, and ruling the streets of Staten Island have started filming a new season of the original Mob Wives.  However, like many on the east coast, Drita D'Avanzo, Big Ang, Carla Facciolo, Karen Gravano, Renee Graziano, and Ramona Rizzo were affected by Hurricane Sandy, and production of the show was recently shut down due to the super storm. 

In the aftermath of the storm that killed twenty-two people on Staten Island, the show's producer Jennifer Graziano wants to show how the ladies are coping and volunteering in their home town.  After a week out of commission, cameras started following Big Ang, Drita, and Ramona as they headed out after Sandy.

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“Innnnnn West Philadelphia, born and raised, with the Mob Wives is how I spent most of my days…”  Wait what?  Mob Wives…Philadelphia?  Isn’t enough, enough?  Unless Will Smith wants to be a part of this new franchise, I think I’m done with any and all things mob related…at least where reality TV is concerned.  I may be out of luck as the New York Daily News is reporting that Alicia DiMichele of South Jersey has been approached about starring in a Mob Wives spin-off set in Philadelphia.

Alicia is married to gangster Edward Graofalo who has ties to the Colombo crime family.  She even has a federal conviction herself.  Legit!  She lives fifteen minutes outside of downtown Philly, raising the couple’s three kids while her husband serves his time in federal prison.  Her lawyer reveals,“Alicia DiMichele has been contacted by a number of media outlets. She is focused on taking care of her children and keeping her family together.”

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Part two of the Mob Wives reunion starts amidst the chaos of the Drita D’Avanzo and Ramona RizzoRenee Graziano is trying to separate the women, and Drita leaves the set.  Joy Behar doesn’t even get out of her seat.  She’s just watching the craziness.  Finally the women come back to the sofas, where Drita and Ramona continue to scream and bleep and threaten to kill one another off camera.  I think they even decide to fight it out after the reunion (in the parking lot, perhaps?), and there are accusations of being in a gang.  They are too well-dressed for this nonsense.  Carla Facciolo and Karen Gravano are trying to keep the peace, urging the women to speak nicely.  Renee tries to redirect, and Karen jumps on her for interrupting Joy.  Renee tells Joy how to run the show, and it actually makes sense.

Joy seems to have regained control and Drita and Ramona are able to discuss the fight without raising their voices…too much.  The next confrontation highlighted is between Drita and Karen.  Karen and Drita have different definitions of friendship, but they plan to respect their truce.  Joy is concerned that once people start gossiping on Staten Island, the truce will disappear.  Karen and Drita reveal that they have promised to go directly to the other to resolve any issues regarding the rumor mill.  Ramona says that she and Carla have a similar agreement, but it seems that Carla still likes to talk about her.  Joy was excited that she was able to keep the women calm for at least a few minutes.  We need more Big Ang and less bleeping.

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It’s reunion time for the Mob Wives.  Oddly enough I feel as if the season flew by, but when I see footage of past episodes, I realize I’ve been watching this show for what seems like forever.  Joy Behar is hosting the debacle, and I’m curious to see if she can keep the crazy in line.

We revisit the season, with special attention paid to Junior Pagan’s betrayal and Renee Graziano’s breakdown.  Renee and her sister Jenn Graziano, who is a producer on the show, are asked about their thoughts on Junior.  Renee is actually very calm, and sadly she reveals that she miscarried before everything went down with Junior.  Her sister discusses why she continued to film Renee during her dark times, and Renee admits that she urged her sister to document it.  Joy reminds Renee that Junior was wearing a wire in his watch which explains his reaction to Renee gifting him with a new watch for his birthday.  Both Drita D’Avanzo and Jenn are confused as to why Junior would want to be on a television show when he was trying to be so sneaky.  Renee and Jenn reveal that neither have spoken to Junior, and Renee has heard that he was rejected from the witness protection program.

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Last night was the season finale of Mob Wives, and one never knows what is going to happen with this rowdy group of women…especially since there’s a dreaded meeting between to women who have a penchant for beating the poo out of each other.

Renee Graziano and Drita D’Avanzo meet for cocktails to discuss everything that has been going on in their lives.  Drita relays the news that Lee will not be transferred to a prison in Brooklyn.  Renee outlines her father’s plea deal, and she is relieved that the other people that Junior affected didn’t get much time.  Renee has also scheduled the meeting between Drita and Karen Gravano for the following day.  Drita is willing to go so the pair can move forward, but she doesn’t want Karen rehashing the past.  Good luck with that!

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Just as season 2 of Mob Wives is winding down, VH1 has announced that season 3 is a go! No word on which cast members are returning for sure, but I’d bet Drita D’avanzo, Karen Gravano, Renee Graziano and company will all be returning for more drama.

From the press release:

Season 2 of VH1′s hit reality series, “Mob Wives” is ending just as it began…on an emotional roller coaster as all the ladies end up in the same room for the first time this season. The explosive 2-part reunion special, hosted by The View’s Joy Behar, is set to air on May 20th and 27th and will reveal even more laughter, tears and drama than was already packed into the 17 episode season. And for the millions of “Mob Wives” fans out there, there will officially be a season 3 premiering in early 2013.

The big question will be – what about Big Ang? Now that she has landed her own spinoff, it’s hard to say.

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Last night’s Mob Wives seemed to be another calm episode, thank goodness.  Most of the women were dealing with their jacka$$y exes, but there were no screaming matches, no altercations, and no drama.  It was a bit weird, I’ll admit!

Drita D’Avanzo is playing with her new pup Lucky when she receives a call from soon-to-be-ex-husband Lee.  She shares her rap video/bank robbing debut with Lee, and he’s excited for her.  She drops the bomb that she wants to start dating.  Drita is confused at how supportive he’s being, and it makes her remember why she married him in the first place.  She’s thrilled the pair is getting along and can be friends, but she really wishes Lee had never cheated.

Ramona Rizzo and Karen Gravano head to a specialty grocery.  Karen wants to get Ramona’s opinion about reconciling with Drita. Ramona is not at all on board.  At. All.  Karen is only considering this treaty to make Renee Graziano happy.  Ramona warns that Drita will end up getting physical as she’s a “different breed.”  Karen is quick to say that the second Drita gets violent, Karen will end up in jail for rearranging her face.  Ahhh, mending fences…

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On last night’s Mob Wives Karen found yet another endeavor, and Drita impressed us with her ability to throw down a rhyme.  Also impressive?  That Renee has kept it together for yet another episode!

Renee Graziano exits her father’s status hearing.  She calls Big Ang to reveal how hard it was as her family members and friends ignored her.  Her father was in poor health, but he was happy to see Renee there to support him, which made her feel better about such an icky situation.  I must say I am impressed to see how well Renee is keeping it together.

Big Ang and her sister Janine head to get some Botox.  While she is no stranger to plastic surgery (duh) and injections, it’s her first foray into Botox.  It is much more painful than she could have imagined, but she is beyond pleased with the results.  Her doctor tries to discourage her from getting extra injections, but Big Ang is addicted.  She lurves it.

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