Last night's episode of Mob Wives was very difficult to watch. I recapped with a lump in my throat, but it was amazing to see the people of Staten Island come together and help one another. Instead of brawling and screaming, Karen Gravano, Ramona Rizzo, Big Ang, and Drita D'avanzo collected donations and cooked meals for shelters. Renee Graziano completed rehab and had a break through moment with son AJ. It was the "realest" reality I've seen from a VH1 show ever.
The footage of the wreckage after Sandy is devastating, and the women are reacting to the carnage. The community is pulling together to help their neighbors. A tearful Drita is talking to her daughters while collecting items to donate. It is heartbreaking to see actual reality happening on reality television. Ramona and Karen are going to help their friend whose home was damaged. Ramona realizes how fortunate she is that her house escaped any damage.
Carla goes to check on Ang who is cooking up a storm for Sandy victims. Both Carla and Ang can't believe the destruction that Sandy brought to Staten Island. Both of their homes are okay, but they share stories of friends and relatives who lost everything. Ang reveals that she lost her new salon in the storm, but she doesn't care after seeing how lucky she was compared to others. She's heading up a donation drop-off at the Drunken Monkey. Ang explains that there are so many people willing to help that she had to find a school bus to house all of the items.
Apparently once you go mobster, you never go back. The Mob Wives star just announced her engagement to Joseph “Joe Boy” Sclafani, a currently incarcerated (alleged!) member of the Gambino crime family.
Joseph is waiting out the remainder of his engagement in the Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center, while Ramona plans a 500-guest June wedding – although she doesn't think Joseph will be out of jail in time to attend.
“He didn’t want to begrudge me a wedding,” Ramona gushes. “He said, ‘Even if I can’t be there, have a party. I’ll be there in spirit.’ ” Ramona will be celebrating sans groom in Long Island. No word on where exactly they'll be getting married – perhaps jail – and if Mob Wives will be filming the event ( I just bet they will be!).
After a Super Bowl hiatus, last night's Mob Wives was one for the history books. The only fighting that occurred happened between some drunken old men at Big Ang's bar, although Renee Graziano wasn't making and friends in her therapy sessions. Carla Facciolo takes Joe's divorce news in a much more civil manner than one would have expected, Karen Gravano gets into the music biz, and Love Majewski has a cameo. The biggest news? Drita D'Avanzo and Ramona Rizzo call a truce for the sake of their daughters. No lady brawls? That has to be a first!
Ramona is planning a special joint birthday for two of her daughters who were born a year and four days apart. She's meeting Ang and Karen for a shopping spree, and she's filling them in on the details of the bash. Her only issue is that one of her girls wants to invite her nemesis Drita's daughter. I'm glad that the girls can get along even if their mothers can't. Ramona wants to get her friends' advice, but she plans on inviting Drita to attend the party as well. Ang can't believe how mature Ramona is being, but Karen thinks she's just asking for trouble.
Renee is still in rehab, and I'm curious as to why all of these people agreed to have their group sessions filmed for the sake of Renee. She commandeers the therapy session talking about her anger issues and her inability to forgive. When another member starts talking about how high school her mentality is, Renee starts going off on the woman for talking behind her back earlier. At one point during her interview, she yells, "Doesn't this woman know who I am?" Yeah. I'd say this is going to be a really long road to self awareness. The therapist calls Renee's behavior irrational, but a smug Renee doesn't want to hear it.
The first-of-it's-kind philanthropic event held last night in NYC had a fundraising goal of $300,000, which will benefit an AIDS charity of choice for 2013. The goal was set to raise awareness surrounding the staggering number of people infected with HIV/AIDS in the U.S. (an estimated 300,000+).
The couture pieces worn by the reality stars will be auctioned off in weeks following the show to also benefit the 2013 AIDS Charity of Choice.
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It was a big night for Drita D'avanzo as she finally took her kids to see Lee in prison. Karen Gravano wanted to wring Dave's neck Ramona Rizzo's insistence, and Renee Graziano checked into rehab for her addiction to prescription meds. As for Carla Facciolo and Big Ang, they were more background players…and while I love some Ang, it was nice not to see all of Carla's manufactured drama.
Last night's episode of Mob Wives started with Big Ang and Carla going to get manicures. Ang looks like a poodle with her crimped hair. Drita joins them and quickly questions as to whether Ang got a perm. Thankfully, it's a wig. Carla shares that Renee has moved in down the street from one of her best friends, and Ang reveals to the ladies that Renee is checking herself into rehab. Ang hopes that the women will all be supportive of Renee, but Carla can't help making fun of her. I am not enjoying this "trying to remain relevant" Carla.
Carla's husband Joe is meeting with an attorney to get some things finalized so that he can move in with his girlfriend Raquel. Joe tells him about his time in jail, and he explains that he and Carla can get along fine…that is, until she finds out he's meeting with this lawyer to start the divorce proceedings. I don't see this going well for poor Joe at all!
Last night began as Renee received a threatening letter from her ex warning her not to turn AJ against him or speak ill of him to their son. Understandably freaked out, she goes to see Ramona at the hair salon. Ramona can't get over the content of the letter, and is appalled that he was even able to get a stamp in jail to send it in the first place. He even writes "this is importanat to your future." Yeah, I'd say that is pretty threatening!
Love's mother reveals that Love was so horrible as a teenager that she called her "Satan's spawn." Love has had a string of mobster boyfriends, and she has broken so many noses that she had to stop counting. Karen arrives to remenisce with the mother-daughter duo, and Love reveals that she''d love to settle down and start a family, but how do you tell your husband that you've shot and stabbed your exes? That's a tough call.
Carla and Ang meet up, and Carla shares that Joe is moving in with his girlfriend. Carla isn't too keen on the idea of having Raquel in such a motherly role with the twin. Big Ang is a tad peeved that Carla ditched her Botox party. Carla didn't want it to be uncomfortable since no one really likes her at the moment…she's got that, right, doesn't she? Ang informs Carla that none of the women have a problem with her, and she wishes that Carla would be more supportive of Renee's efforts to get clean. Carla believes that Renee is totally unstable thanks so all of her pill popping, and she's done with Renee.