Monday, April 30, 2012
Mob Wives: Recap "Taking the Rap" Ep 215
Renee calls Big Ang outside of court!
Renee leaves the courthouse after her father’s hearing. She calls Bigg Ang to tell her how it went. She was shunned by family and friends who sat on the other side of the courtroom. She says she went there for her father and it was f*cked up because it was her ex-husband who did this to him. She says her dad looked tired and disappointed. He looked at her and says, “that’s my daughter.” He knows Renee and AJ are 100% on is side. He looks at Renee with love in his eyes.
Big Ang says, "It's expensive staying beautiful!"
Bigg Ang and Janine go for botox treatments at Dr. Lederman‘s office. Everything bothers Bigg Ang, she wants botox all over her face and neck. She never had botox before and all the needles are freaking her out. She thought she was going to have a heart attack, she was sweating, and she declares botox is a nightmare! But, in the end, she loves the results and wants more. The doctor tells her to come back for another appointment.
At Drita’s house, she is sitting outside with her little poodle, Lucky, when the phone rings and it’s Lee. She tells him Aleeya is depressed and she bought the kids a puppy. The dog is a girl and weighs one and a half pounds. Lee says he is done with his state time and is going to a federal prison, possibly in Brooklyn, for another year. Aleeya will be happy that he isn’t 8 hours away any more, it’s so much more convenient and she will be able to visit her father. Drita doesn’t know how she feels about it.
Drita says, "I've been rapping since I was walking"...hmmmm
Drita goes to Bad Boy records to do a music video with French Montana. Jason Wiley, VP of Bad Boys, explains the concept of the video. It’s about a woman dating a guy who robs banks (this is sounding a little like Lee). She says she has been rapping since she started speaking. She loves the idea of a bank robbery. She feels confident she can do it.
Bigg Ang is with a hairstylist looking at extensions. Staying beautiful is expensive. Bigg Ang laments over all the guys she has been with over the years. She ends up complaining about her husband, Neal, who goes from bar to bar every night. She doesn’t like anything he does, but she is planning a trip, a second honeymoon, to try and work things out. This is his third strike; if it doesn’t work he is out.
Dr. Fiorillo and Karen, Luminique partners
Karen wants to get back into the spa industry. Dr. Fiorillo has asked her to join him as a partner in the spa. In two weeks there will be a grand opening and he gives Karen a lot of the responsibility to get things ready. Karen wants something solid before bringing Karina back to New York to live with her and this is it. Karen is excited and a little overwhelmed about getting everything together for the grand opening. Ramona drops by and Karen shows her around the spa. Karen asks Ramona to help her. She says she is thinking of asking Renee too, to take her mind off her problems. Ramona agrees to help in anyway she can.
Karen needs help and who better to ask?
Renee, Ramona and Karen go to a winery to pick out wine for the spa opening party. Renee is happy to be part of the spa team. Karen goes over what she needs done with Ramona and Renee and gives them each something important to take care of for her. Karen’s goal is to use the spa to bring Karina back to New York because it is a solid business. They toast to partnership and family!
Drita goes to see Anthony to help her with her rap. Drita is nervous because this is a one shot deal. Drita says she doesn’t need a lot of time, she knows where is going with the rap. BUT, when she actually starts rapping, she has to slow it down, she forgets lines. Then Anthony tells her to do what she feels and she gets into the rap groove. She says she nailed it, she felt it, she is mailing it to Bad Boy Records.
Carla and Renee go to lunch. Renee is glad she and Carla worked things out. She tells Carla about court and what happened there. Carla gives Renee credit for going. Renee says everything with Junior is over and buried. She tells Carla that Karen is opening a spa in the city and that she asked Renee and Ramona to partner with her. Renee wants Carla to go to the opening of the spa. Carla says no, it may cause drama and conflict.
At the Drunken Monkey, Bigg Ang and Ramona talk about all the jewelry that was confiscated when her boyfriend was arrested. Ramona asks Bigg Ang to go to the spa opening. Bigg Ang is happy to go and asks Ramona if she thinks Karen and Drita can make up and if Ramona can make up with Drita. Ramona isn’t having any of it, Drita has done too much for her to make up with her. Ramona is done! Ramona says, if Karen wants to make up with Drita, Ramona will be watching over the situation.
Renee, Drita and Carla get together for lunch. Drita is excited with her big news. She tells them about the rap video and Renee is very happy for her. Then she adds that Lee is leaving the state prison and going to a federal prison maybe in Brooklyn. Renee thinks Lee is going to try to get back together with her. Drita says no, because she can never forget her cheated and that will always affect their relationship. She has friends who have taken men back after they cheated, but she isn’t one of them. Renee still thinks they will get back together. Renee tells them about the spa opening. Renee asks Drita if she would be willing to make up with Karen. Drita says if she could talk to the “old” Karen, she would be willing to talk to her. She says she doesn’t want to fight any more for the sake of her kids, that’s why she went to anger management (yes, @@ one session). Renee is happy, Drita just agreed to talk to Karen…one down!
Karen and Karina are talking. Karina flew in from Arizona and they are looking over the new spa. Karina likes it. Karen starts talking about Karina coming back to live with her in New York. Karina says she is still thinking about it. Karen understands she is just a kid and doesn’t want to leave her friends, but she can’t go on living here without having her daughter with her. She explains to Karina that sometimes in life things change. She has many opportunities in New York that will provide for their future. Karen is the adult and will make the final decision and Karina will adapt. This is what is best for both of them.
Drita is shooting the video with French Montana. She loves the concept of the video She is going to be the getaway driver, after a bank robbery, and she has to wear a mask. They start the filming and she takes off in the van with the “robbers.” French heard her rap and wants to use it as the trailer for the video. He says, she is a rapper now. She says her dream is on n’ poppin’. She killed it, it worked out perfect.
No lasers and no gift bags? GREAT!
Karen is excited. It’s the big day of the spa opening. Dr. Fiorillo is there taking a tour and tells her there are no lasers. Karen is frustrated with Ramona, she gave her the job to make sure the lasers were there and she dropped the ball. Ramona seems very flippant about the oversight. Then Renee gets there are she has no gift bags! The one thing Karen asked her to do. Karen is pissed and Renee says I’ll get gift bags. In ten minutes Renee had all the gift bags, with gifts, ready to go. “It’s what I do,” Renee says. The guests arrive. She says the skin care line is going to be called, “Luminique” and it will also be the name of the spa. Karen thanks Dr. Fiorillo for offering her this opportunity. When she is done, Renee seizes the opportunity to approach Karen about talking to and making up with Drita. Karen is frankly sick of hearing about Drita. She tells Renee she will meet with Drita, she wants to hear what she has to say. She really just wants to move forward and put this behind her.
Rena gives some "hard-hitting" advice! (love her!)
Karen talks to her cousin, Rena, and tells her that Renee approached her about talking to Drita. Rena, is dead against it. Drita has proven not to be a friend in too many ways and too many times for them to get past it. But Karen doesn’t want to fight any more, she just wants to get past this and move on. Her cousin says she isn’t your friend and tells her she should tell Renee it’s impossible for her to talk to Drita, she should just “crack her jaw.” Karen has some thinking to do.
MY TWO CENTS
This was one of those drama free episodes with a lot going on. I almost felt like a tennis ball being hit back and forth over the net. Let’s get down to brass tacks!
Bigg Ang’s botox and hair extensions…she has to do what she needs to do, especially now that she has her own show. However, I am not one who appreciates plastic surgery, botox, implants or any other artificial means to cover up aging. I have always felt that it is best to age naturally and gracefully and keep your original look. So I won’t be having any work done on myself. But, if Bigg Ang is happy who am I to tell her what to do? I hope everything she has done leads to the look she is going for. She did seem pleased with the botox filler.
Speaking of fillers, Carla played her “filler” role well this week. She is a good listener. She listened to Renee talk about her experience in court. She listened to Drita talk about her new rap video and Lee’s change of prisons. No one asked if he can still get packages? I need to know. But, what is Carla up to? Nothing. She even refused to go to the spa opening. Is she being phased out or was there just too much going on? These looked like two gratuitous scenes just to have her in the mix. We had already heard all this information from other scenes…moving on to the two main events, the spa and the rap video.
Rapping is not something I know much about, but I know I enjoyed Ramona’s group, Final Draft’s “Do It” and I did not enjoy Drita’s rap at all. I don’t know how much of that had to do with Drita’s singing or the song itself. The important thing is French Montana liked it or was being nice about it. Either way, he got a ton of free publicity from the show and some new Drita fans pumped up about this video. It was a little painful to hear how Drita started, after bragging she has been rapping since she was walking. She was probably nervous, but if she has been listening to rap and singing it for so many years, she probably should have hit the ground running. And why did she say she didn’t need to spend much time on it, she knew where she was going with it? If this is your one shot at a dream and it has to be perfect, a little practice might have been in order, don’t you think? The proof was in the pudding, as they say, when she finally got to the studio and started off on a bad note (in more ways than one). Funny how the video had to do with a woman who dates a bank robber and drives the getaway car? Was that a coincidence? I think it was purposely done so Drita fans could relate to it and tie it in with her life story. That was a brilliant idea. Oh, after boxing and anger management, can she please squeeze in some voice lessons too? Just sayin’
Doctor to the Mob Wives makes his debut!
Grand opening of the spa! A lot went into this event. Congratulations to Dr. Fiorillo and Karen for their new joint venture…Luminique MedSpa…I wish them nothing but success.
Now for the storyline. Karen came back to New York to take advantage of two big lucrative opportunities, Mob Wives and her book, Mob Daughter. She left Karina behind in Arizona, with her father and family, for several reasons. She was concerned for her safety, she didn’t want to disrupt her routine with home and school and she also knew she would be going to many events promoting the show and her book all year. I think it was a very wise decision and I would have done the same thing. But now, Karen has an opportunity to partner with Dr. Fiorillo in a new state of the art spa and get back into the skin care industry. This is a venture that is more stable and long lasting and could even lead to a chain of luxury spas down the road. Now that Karen has two season of Mob Wives behind her and her book has been a huge success as a best seller, she has the time to devote to the spa and she wants to bring Karina here to live with her. I think the time is right now too. Karina will have the whole summer to adapt to New York and the move won’t be as bad as she thinks.
As for Renee and Ramona’s help with the spa, here is where my skeptical, cynical side comes out. There was no drama in this episode, so let’s create some. Let’s let Ramona and Renee drop the ball on helping Karen with one of the biggest, most important projects of her life. That will piss Karen off and lead to drama. Sorry, but I am not buying into this scene. I will say, that for reality television, Mob Wives is as real as it gets, but sometimes I think scenes have to be “enhanced” for viewer interest, and this was one of them, in my opinion. There is no way in hell that I think Ramona and Renee would let Karen down…period. First of all, when Karen asked Ramona about the lasers, Ramona wasn’t the least bit upset that she “forgot.” And then Karen was able to get lasers in ten minutes…no harm done. Then Renee walks in without gift bags and says something like we couldn’t make up our minds which ones we wanted. Really? Karen looks annoyed, but ten minutes later, there were the gifts bags ready to go. Renee says, “That’s what I do!“ How is that possible, even for the great and multi-talented Renee? It’s called entertainment. Who thinks that Renee would have let Karen down after all she has done for her this season alone? Not me. That is not Renee!
What is interesting is that Renee is busy trying to get Karen and Drita to make up. Renee wants everyone to get along, but can they? Too much water has gone under this bridge. But it certainly can bring about another famous Mob Wives “sit-down” finale! First Renee gets Drita to agree to talk to Karen. After all, Drita is so well prepared, after her ONE session with anger management, that she can handle anything now. Even singing the rap song made her feel like she was in a fight. She says, “I feel like I’m beating somebody up!” Everything makes her feel like fighting. Boxing only fueled her urge to fight. Karen’s book makes her want to fight. Cheeseburgers make her want to fight. Maybe talking is not one of Drita’s strengths? But so what, she agreed.
Renee doesn’t stop there. She corner’s Karen at the spa opening, of all places, and gets her to agree to talk to Drita. I think Karen just surrendered so she can put this behind her once and for all. Let’s face it, Karen can NEVER trust Drita so what kind of friendship can they have? At best it will be very superficial for the sake of the show. Ramona was 100% right to say she was done, and Drita didn’t do anything to her compared to how she treated Karen. I also liked the fact that Ramona said she would watch over the situation if Karen decided to “make up” with Drita.
What Renee forgets is that Karen and Drita are still not on the same page. That’s why there was the blow up at her party in the first episode. Drita just wants to say, “Let bygones be bygones” and start talking. Karen wants answers about all the things Drita did that violated their so called friendship. Drita gets defensive. Panic punches fly. Maybe another red eye? Who knows? There are two episodes left and we can speculate until then, what we think will happen.
And lastly, some NEWS! Kudos to Renee Graziano who went two full episodes without shedding one tear. Renee looked healthier and happier than I have ever seen her. Maybe that is partly due to her new, wonderful Dr. Fiorillo, who has been a great help to her over recent months. Renee announced on Twitter that she will be on Mob Wives Chicago! I can’t wait to see her on that show too.
There are twitter rumors that Jennifer is looking into a couple of promising new cities for more mob wives: Philly and Miami/Florida! I suggested Providence, R.I. too. I think something is already brewing in one of the first two cities. Stay tuned!
And NEXT week look for David Seabrook, Karina’s father, to make his debut on Mob Wives. He was on my wish list for season two! David in here in New York. Follow him on Twitter @DaveSeabrook1 if you are on Twitter.
If you are interested in knowing more about the Luminique MedSpa, of Dr. Fiorillo and Karen Gravano, located at 350 Hudson Street in NYC, visit their website or call 212-647-0007.
Luminique website: http://www.luminiquemedspa.com/
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