The episode begins at Belmont racetrack with Big Ang, Carla and Ramona watching the horses run. Big Ang loves gambling. Ramona knows nothing about racing, she just knows it’s a good excuse to dress up. They go for drinks and Karen meets up with them. Karen jokes saying she wants a cut of the winnings. She tells them that Barnes and Noble took her out to lunch and they told her that her book, Mob Daughter, is going to be a best seller.
Carla asks about Ramona’s Halloween party. Then she volunteers that she thought Ramona’s party was going to be over at 1 AM and that’s why she didn’t show up (cough, cough, will get back to this in my two cents!). Ramona says she will have another party. Karen suggests the Poconos as a girls’getaway, for fun. Big Ang can’t go, she is having thyroid surgery. Big Ang asks what about Drita. Karen says, “What about Drita?” Carla says she doesn’t like the looks she gets whenever she mentions Drita’s name.
At Renee’s house it’s Junior’s birthday. Renee calls Junior and AJ down for breakfast. Renee explains to AJ that Junior is not really 46, because you are supposed to subtract the years spent in prison, where you are “preserved.” Junior gets a couple of happy birthday texts. Renee doesn’t trust Junior’s ex. She gives Junior a very nice black wrist watch with a card. He says he likes it. But, he doesn’t react as excited as Renee thinks he should about the gift. She is not happy with him.
Drita and Carla take a walk in the park and discuss the Halloween party. They talk about how Renee was stressed out about having to leave to go to Ramona’s party. Carla tells Drita that Karen put together a trip to the Poconos. Drita isn’t going. Drita feels bad that Carla is going. Carla feels weird going, she is afraid it’s going to be a Drita bashing trip. She doesn’t trust Karen and Ramona 100%. They call Renee on the phone. Renee says her patience is running out with Junior. She says his ex called the other day. Renee is looking forward to getting away. Renee and Carla both wish Drita was going with them.
The car ride to the Poconos is drama free. Carla is happy to be getting away from Staten Island for a couple of days. Renee wants to get away and focus more on herself than Junior. When they get there, it’s dark out. It’s a cute house surrounded by the woods. Renee gets spooked by the woods and is upset right from the start. She calls them all crazy. Carla wants to see a bear or a deer. Ramona has her Louis Vutton bags and Renee has “all her f!ckin’ furs, her poor furs!” Ramona says the comforters on the bed smell like her grandfather’s grandfather’s grandfather slept there. Renee starts to freak out saying that she cannot sleep alone. Carla reassures her saying there are two beds in one of the rooms. Renee says she can’t sleep alone in the bed. Oh boy! She tells Carla to sleep in the bed with her. Carla says with disgust, “I will not!”
At the Drunken Monkey, Drita meets up with Big Ang to chat. Drita says she wants to move forward with Karen at some point, but Ramona is a liar and hates Drita so much, they can never get along. Drita says, Ramona jumped into her fight between her and Karen, two on one, and it wasn’t cool. Big Ang and Drita talk about anger management. Big Ang is all for it. Drita says she has to learn to walk away from things that upset her.
At the Poconos Karen feels like a kid again because she grew up on a farm. They are going horse back riding. The horses scare Renee. Carla had three horses as a kid. Renee is jealous of the horse’s ass. They start moving and tell Renee to kick the horse so he will start moving. Renee doesn’t want to. The horse takes off and Renee is scared, but finally they are all laughing and having fun bouncing on the horses’ backs. When they are done, Carla and Renee say they need some marshmallows to roast. Then Renee opens up and says she is still bothered about what Drita told her that Ramona said: that Junior married her for her father and he would be a loser without her. Renee says she has been holding it back and wants to confront Ramona about this issue. Carla says Drita wouldn’t make something like that up, it must be true.
Drita goes to see an “anger management doctor” or in common terminology a professional therapist. She tells him she has an issue with her anger and physical altercations. She relates the “perfect example” the “wheelchair/cheeseburger” story. A teary-eyed Drita tells the therapist that one day she witnessed some bullies laughing at a kid in a wheelchair and then they threw a cheeseburger in his face. She got weak in the knees (she grabs a tissue to dab her eye, but I don’t see any tears) and says she couldn’t control her anger and lashed out. The doctor says her feelings had to do with offending her sense of right and wrong, but anger is usually a result of someone screwing you over in some way. Drita tells him she is upset with herself. Karen is her husband’s ex and Ramona is her friend. They had issues and she tells him she punched Ramona in the mouth (more in my two cents). She learned as a kid to “stick up for herself or catch a beating.” He says unless someone is physically threatening you, she has to work on walking away from upsetting situations. As she leaves she says to herself, the therapist doesn’t know she is dealing with animals.
At the Poconos the vodka comes out…devil water. Renee has a few drinks and no antidepressants, that leads to double trouble. She says Junior’s ex called her three times last week telling her Junior is reaching out to her. Junior made the mistake of texting her back. They change his number and the ex still calls and says, “Ha ha ha b!tch he’s still lookin’ for me.” Renee goes off about the ex and that this has been going of for four years. The ex also called her son. Ramona thinks Junior is at fault and he should be the one to break it off and tell her off. Renee gets even more agitated at Ramona because she seems to just want to blame it all on the ex. Karen tries to calm Renee and tells her Ramona is just trying to defend Renee over Junior. Renee says she just doesn’t want him to cheat. But all the ladies acknowledge that cheating has always been part of the lifestyle: the goumada, the side chick, the b!tch. Carla just wants Renee to stop crying. Uh oh, Renee decides this is the moment to confront Ramona about what Drita told her she said about Junior, that he married her for her father and he is a loser without her. Ramona says Drita is lying and she never said it, period. Ramona says she didn’t even know Junior. Ramona can’t believe that Renee would actually think that she would say anything to Drita, let alone something about Junior. Renee has a meltdown. Renee calls Junior and wants Ramona to talk to him. Renee yells at Ramona to swear on her four kids that she never said it. Without a second’s hesitation, Ramona swears on her four kids and her grandfather. That is enough for Renee, now she believes Ramona is telling her the truth and feels Drita was lying to her. Carla speaks up for Drita and says she should be there! Then Renee turns on Carla and says she is blind and she should open her eyes. Carla is offended that they say she being molded by Drita. By lying to Renee about her family, Ramona feels Drita is manipulating her. Ramona says Drita is a lying, crumb snatcher and, “Don’t let the door hit you on the way out” of their circle of friends.
The next morning the ladies are having breakfast. Karen is making French toast. Renee says she overreacted about what Drita said without having talked to Ramona first. She believes Ramona over Drita now. The ladies decide to go fishing. Renee seems the only one ok with worms, she could care less about them. She rips them in half for the hooks, everyone else is disgusted. Then they call Big Ang to see how she is doing and say they wish she was there with them. Renee has a flashback to her childhood and her father’s 36 foot boat. Renee loves fishing and would love to tell him about it, but their relationship is still strained. Karen just wants to catch something.
The girls get dressed for a night on the town. Karen says Renee used to be fun, but in her current state of mind, who knows what will happen. They go to a nice little place called Shenanigans for some fun, drinks, partying and a good time. Karen likes to flirt and talk to guys. A guy comes over to talk to the ladies. He starts flirting with Ramona. He starts getting out of line talking about his anatomy. Renee gets more and more annoyed. Finally she tell him “If you tell me about your hot tub one more time they’re going to find you floating in your f!ckin’ hot tub!” He says he has one nut and he is still good in bed. Renee can’t take it, that did it! Ramona says he went after the biggest drama queen and now the situation gets loud, ugly and “dramafied.” Renee says he is disrespecting them. Karen backs up Renee and tells him to back off and Ramona gets up, raises her voice and tells him to stop disrespecting mothers! The jerk gets thrown out. Renee grabs her coat and screams she is leaving. They tell her not to let someone else ruin her good time. She has her phone out screaming, “Junior, I’m comin’ home!”
MY TWO CENTS (Opinion)
Holy Canoli! Where do I start? I’ll just focus on the main events because my brain is on drama overload. Carla! She tells Ramona and Karen a bold face lie! She says that she didn’t go to their party because she thought it ended at 1 AM. We just saw the clip where Carla tells Renee she is NOT leaving Drita’s party, Drita is her friend. There was no mention of what time Ramona’s party ended, she didn’t care, she had made up her mind. I’m sure Karen and Ramona would have understood why she didn’t show up if she had just told the truth. By now they have watched the show and can see she lied. I don’t get it, Carla claims not to like liars and although she talks the talk, she doesn’t walk the walk!
Junior is one big disappointment to Renee. He doesn’t take care of his business with his ex once and for all, knowing how insecure Renee is and how she feels about his cheating. That is not a man who is serious about working things out. His reaction to the gift was underwhelming. I’m sure Renee put a lot of thought into picking out a special and meaningful gift for him. His general, overall attitude has been bad. The relationship is toxic, as neither one of them are happy. The damage between them has gone beyond the magic of couples therapy. It would have never worked, even if Junior had not turned informant. I’m sorry that he is in so many episodes and Renee has to relive these hurtful moments again and again and then be expected to talk about them. I couldn’t do it.
I can understand why Karen suggested they all go to the Poconos for a weekend getaway. She has fond memories of spending time with her family there. But maybe the woods wasn’t the best choice. The only drama free time was the car ride up there. As soon as they get out of the car, the drama starts. I almost died laughing when Karen mentioned Ramona’s Louis Vutton bags! I would have bought a set of $79.99 luggage at Target for this trip. Renee is the last one to get out of the car and already she has major issues crying over her furs. Who takes furs into the woods? As soon as she gets in the cabin it dawns on her that she might have to sleep alone. Maybe she should have left the furs at home and taken her teddy bear instead? Carla makes an effort to reassure her there are two beds in one of the rooms, but that’s not good enough. Renee wants Carla to sleep with her in a twin bed! Sorry Renee, but no one is going to co-sign on that. But, I will say this, I would have spent good money to see a scene where Carla and Renee get into a twin bed together. Now that would have boosted ratings!
I suggested anger management for Drita right in this very blog several times. So, when I saw she was actually going, I was happy to watch. But, having said that, let’s get real. Before heading off to her first session, Drita meets with Big Ang and says Ramona is a liar and she stepped into to jump her with Karen, two on one. The video tape already shows this is not true, but whatever. Maybe if she thinks it’s true in her mind, it is to her. At her anger management session, Drita opens up about her past. What does she start with? The one fight she says she had in high school against bullies picking on a kid in a wheelchair. As she tells her story she reaches for a tissue, but I don’t see any tears! The story itself isn’t credible, but I wasn’t there so I don’t know. But the therapist says something interesting. He says that anger is the result of someone “screwing you over” (that must be the new medical jargon). So if Drita is having bar room brawls, it must have been for the fun of it. But she never gets into her Nocturnal fights, at least not yet. Then she tells him about her fight with Karen and Ramona and how she punched Ramona in the mouth! Come on, we all know that was a lie already. Yes, she threw a punch…the first punch…but it never landed. Ramona did get a cut, but wasn’t even aware of it until someone else mentioned it. Ramona was never bruised or in pain. No one even knows whose jewelry scratched Ramona in all the chaos, but Drita wants to take credit for it and call it a punch? That’s just a figment of her imagination. Well I think Drita needs a few more sessions with her new therapist, maybe they will end with her punching him in the mouth?
The “devil water” vodka should not have gone to the Poconos with the girls because it only fueled the drama to the max. Renee has a bag full of prescribed medication with her for her pain from the botched surgery and complications. She says she isn’t taking her antidepressants, so her depression is being enhanced by the alcohol, which is a depressant. Renee is obviously extremely stressed over Junior. She is outraged with his ex-girlfriend, but the real issue is with Junior and her lack of trust in him. Her feelings mixed with vodka and no antidepressants, make her a loose canon. Yet she still comes to his defense and decides this is the perfect time to confront Ramona about what she allegedly said to Drita about Junior. I don’t know why Renee chose to believe Drita all these weeks and didn’t just ask Ramona outright. But, from my interview with Renee, she explained to me that she wasn’t thinking clearly part of this season due to the prescribed medication, and that explains a lot of her erratic, “dramafied” behavior. Renee asks Ramona to swear on her kids lives that she never said it. That’s a huge deal. When Ramona immediately does so, it changes everything for Renee. Now she has to question Drita’s honesty. And, Renee tells Carla she is blind if she can’t see Drita was lying. The lines are drawn! But the biggest issue is about just how angry is Ramona at this “manipulating, lying, crumb snatching b!tch.” This sounds like a finale fight to me. Seriously, if Drita told that lie to break up Renee and Ramona’s friendship, all hell is going to break loose. That’s a good reason for a fight. I would not want my face on the other side of Ramona’s fist if I told that lie. I just wonder how this is going to play out in the next couple of weeks.
Nuts and Hot Tubs! I’m sorry, but now my skepticism gets the better part of me when they meet the jerk at the bar. Why can’t I shake the feeling that he was a plant and told to go over to their table and start some trouble or more drama? I think the only people surprised that night were the customers at the other tables. It just didn’t have a ring of truth to it. He flirts with all the women, Renee gets upset over nuts and hot tubs, and the other women have Renee‘s back…meaning Karen and Ramona…because Carla wouldn’t ever get involved. The final piece of drama for the night ends with the guy getting kicked out and Renee storming off screaming for Junior on her phone. That last few seconds got me laughing.
Finally, I have to take this last breath to give kudos to Karen, who made the most insightful comment of the night when she said that Drita’s issues are not so much about her fighting as they are about her lying! I guess we need to sign her up for “lying management” now?