Renee meets Drita at Cebu for lunch to discuss the meeting between Drita and Karen. They start with some small talk. Drita says Lee will not be in a nearby prison. Renee tells her that her father took a plea deal for 30 months. Then they get down to brass tacks, the meeting between Drita and Karen. Renee says they have picked out the perfect location. Drita says she will go, but she wants Renee to tell Karen she does not want to discuss the past. Renee says, so no rooftop and no party. But, Renee knows that is exactly what Karen wants to talk about. Drita also mentions her issue with Ramona.
Bigg Ang and AJ go to the tattoo shop. He is getting a Mother Mary Tattoo and Bigg Ang is getting the Omerta.
At Karen’s house, Karen and Ramona talk about Karen’s “one on one meeting” with Drita. Karen wants to address the past and has two issues, the friendship issue and Drita’s putting her hands on Karen, which is a bigger issue. Ramona says Drita is schizophrenic or bi-polar, she can’t admit she was wrong. She won’t own up to her lies. Karen will not allow her to get physical and she thinks things can never get back to the way they once were.
Ramona sees a psychic for guidance, as she has done in the past. The psychic says she is worried about a troubled male who cares for her, but he doesn’t want her waiting around for him. That just makes her love her boyfriend even more. The psychic tells her that her grandfather is looking down on her and is very proud of her. Ramona says, he always taught her that family is most important. Ramona asks about her dad, she feels bad that her children don’t have a relationship with their grandfather. The psychic says that he wants to be close to her again, but he doesn’t know how to go about it. She more or less gives her hope it will happen.
Renee and Carla meet. Renee asks Carla if she is still in love with Joe. Carla answers no. She tells Renee he has a young girlfriend. Renee says the girlfriend has to go. Renee then tells Carla she is having a spiritual healer come to her house to get rid of the negative energy. Renee says she thinks that Karen and Drita will make up. Renee thinks Carla will be upset if they do make up, but Carla says she wants them to make up so she doesn’t have to worry about a fight breaking out all the time.
Drita goes to see her anger management therapist before meeting with Karen. She wants to get her anger in check so she doesn’t start swinging. He hooks her up to a bio-feedback machine that records how she reacts. As she talks, the line on the machine starts going up, indicating her anger is rising. She calls it the “rat machine” because it reveals her inner feelings. The therapist suggests role play, and wants Drita to talk to him like she would to Karen. Her anger is an issue as the machine records it going up a second time. He tells her if she really didn’t care about Karen she wouldn’t get so angry. He believes she is offended so much because she misses the relationship. He tells her this meeting is going to be hard, but she has to take her power back and not let Karen get to her.
THE BIG SIT-DOWN: Karen and Drita are finally meeting at Macelleria. Drita is waiting at a table for Karen to show up. Karen says to herself, as she walks in, that she is afraid Drita will get physical again. Karen arrives and there is an awkward, tense-filled moment between the two of them. Then Drita asks Karen if she wants to go first. Drita says she doesn’t want to talk about their past fights. Karen tells her that when she is someone’s friend, she is a friend for life. Her issue with Drita was never about Lee, it was always about their friendship. Drita cannot believe Karen is talking about this again! Drita explains, that in her mind, when you stop talking to someone and don’t keep in touch, that means the friendship is over. Karen feels that as long as there was never an incident, the friendship is never over and people can pick up where they left off.
They discuss some of their issues, including chapter 1 of Karen’s book and the rooftop fight. Karen tells Drita that Renee was on top of her during the fight and Drita had on knee on Renee and was kicking Karen with her other foot, saying “I’ll kill you, you mother f*ckin’ b!tch!” Karen says she want to clear the air, but Drita doesn’t want to talk about the rooftop. Karen brings up the fact that Drita told people she put Karen in the hospital. Drita swears she never said that, it’s not something to brag about. Karen wants to know how the rumors got started. Drita says that a nurse, that Carla knows at the hospital, started the rumors. Karen pulls out paperwork from 1996 showing Drita the last time she was in a hospital was for an ear infection. Drita can’t believe Karen brought f*ckin’ paperwork!
Karen says their argument about friendship got crazy when it got physical. Drita still says she and Karen weren’t friends when she hooked up with Lee. Karen says she will concede to Drita the fact that she did get up on the rooftop and understands how Drita took that to mean she was going to fight her. It could have looked like that. In the end, they are both ready to bury the hatchet, call a truce and let this all go. They are both sick of the fighting. They make peace.
At Renee’s house, Mama Donna, the spiritual healer drops by to remove the negative energy that Renee senses in the house. Renee points to an “eye” she sees on the counter top pattern. “Empty eyes.” Mama Donna spreads some smoke around the house with a feather and then takes out some blue balls to help soak up the negative energy. AJ and Sydney walk in and see Renee getting blessed by the healer and laugh. Renee feels the session is already working and then thinks all the girls should have some negative cleansing.
Bigg Ang and Drita meet and Drita tells her the meeting with Karen went well. Drita feels a burden has been lifted off her shoulders. She is proud of herself for keeping her cool, even though Karen dredged up the past again. Drita admits she was wrong for getting physical. She says she felt bad that Karen says she was hurt when Drita took it to that level. Bigg Ang decides that this would be the perfect time to throw a family dinner party and invite all the women and their children. Drita asks if Ramona is going, and then makes a face. Drita says Ramona is a massive hater, Lucifer, a big piece of ice and she wants to chop her up with an ice pick!
Del Monico’s is a nice, old school, classy steakhouse. This is where Bigg Ang decides to have her dinner party and invites all the mob wives and their children. Carla hopes this is going to be a new beginning for all of them. All the girls arrive, except for Drita. Karen shows up with Karina. Ramona says it’s about showing respect for Bigg Ang for inviting them. Drita is late and Ramona wants to eat. Then Drita shows up with her two girls. Karen and Drita hug. Now they all sit down to eat. Everyone is worried about Ramona and Drita because there is clearly some tension there. They all toast to having a good time. Ramona says she is keeping an eye on Drita. Renee asks Karen and Drita about the sit down. Drita says it didn’t go well (joking). Renee is shocked and then Karen and Drita laugh at the joke. Drita says the meeting was awesome. Renee is very happy. Drita says it’s just a truce, they aren’t exactly friends. Drita and Karen laugh about an old story from their past that they tell to the other women. Carla thinks Ramona is mad because Karen and Drita made up.
Bigg Ang thanks everyone for coming. They all raise their glasses and “cheers.” Karen announces that Karina is moving back to New York. Renee takes a moment to sum up their roller coaster friendships. Karen says they will all always be connected like family. They start dancing. Bigg Ang says women stand stronger; stronger than men.
Drita says Karen has a good heart, BUT Lucifer is a devious b!tch!
Tune in to the REUNION shows on May 20th and May 27th!
MY TWO CENTS!
Well that was unpredictable! I don’t think anyone can really understand what happened to bring about a truce between Drita and Karen. I have my thoughts on that and I will get to them later.
First there are a couple of scenes to get out of the way. Ramona sees a psychic. It’s clear to me that Ramona is troubled by the three most important men in her life. It’s all very sad. Her future is in jeopardy because her boyfriend has some serious legal matters that aren’t going away. While she still visits him when she can, she has to consider the fact he may be gone for years and she has her children to consider too. Then she thinks about the grandfather she loved so much, who is a big part of her past. She clings to his memory, maybe even more so because her present relationship with her father is still severed. Ramona is looking for answers that none of us can get in an earthly way. She needs to know what will happen with her boyfriend, she wants to know that her grandfather is watching over her and she desperately wants to believe that she and her father will make up and he will be part of her life again. I hope the session gave her a little hope, if not the answers she was looking for.
Drita returns for some quick-fix anger management before meeting Karen, but it doesn’t seem to be working! She can’t even role play without getting worked up. The “rat machine” doesn’t lie. She still harbors a lot of anger towards Karen, so how is it she is willing to sit down and talk it out. Do you think she might have other reasons for wanting to move past this issue with Karen? For one, maybe she realizes she misinterpreted the situations at the rooftop and Renee’s party and perceived a physical attack was coming, when it wasn’t? Maybe Karen knows a lot more about Drita than she has said, since they have a long history, and Drita doesn’t want certain things to come out? Maybe that’s why she freaked out about Karen’s book? It would be nice for Drita to kiss and make-up and be able to relax knowing that her dirty little secrets are safe thanks to a “truce” with Karen. All I know is that there is still a lot of anger, that comes immediately to the surface, when Drita talks about Karen to anyone.
Let’s get to the “sit down” shall we? Drita does NOT want to talk about the past, just kiss and make up. Karen feels it is necessary to resolve the issues about the past in order to move forward. Which plan makes the most sense? Karen’s, of course. Drita sent her message, through Renee, that there should be no talk about the physical altercations. If Karen actually got that message I do not believe she would have even showed up. That was Karen’s main reason to agreeing to the sit down in the first place. Once they start talking, Karen brings up her two issues. First the definition of “friendship,” and when does a friendship end. According to Karen, a friendship doesn’t end unless two people have a major falling out, otherwise they are friends for life. According to Drita, friendship ends when you are “out of sight, out of mind.” You don’t see someone or speak to them, they cease being your friend. On this point Karen has to accept that there will never be a meeting of the minds. Their definitions of friendship are not the same.
Issue two, the physical altercations. Karen tried to explain her point of view. On the rooftop, Karen could not defend herself because Renee was on top of her, yet Drita kept kicking her. Drita herself says she had one knee on Renee so she couldn’t get up. Drita admits she was wrong for getting physical. Karen concedes that, knowing Drita as she does, she can understand how her getting off her chair on the rooftop may have signaled that she was going to fight Drita. PLEASE! STOP! Everything is a signal for Drita to get physical, the rat machine said so. Karen is practically giving Drita a free pass. Nothing has changed in this conversation. Nothing was resolved! It’s a truce! They both feel the same way as before. The only difference is that Drita wants to move past this because it’s like an albatross around her neck. She can’t avoid Karen for all of season three. Something has to give. To be honest, I think Karen “threw the fight” as boxers say. Right was on her side. Common sense was on her side. Karen either wanted to get rid of the one negative thing in her life and move past the “BS,” OR she was asked to do anything she could to make peace for the sake of the show and end this storyline. This issue between Karen and Drita has been beaten like a dead horse and it’s time to move on. All fans would agree to that, though some of us may not be too excited about how this “sit down” actually “went down.”
But wait! There is a family dinner orchestrated by peacemaker, Bigg Ang. All the women and their children are going to meet, now that they are all on “friendly terms” (if you can call a cease fire friendly). So the first hint at new drama is when Bigg Ang tells Drita about the dinner and Drita makes a face when she hears Ramona is invited. That’s called foreshadowing in literature. Then, when Drita is late getting to the restaurant, Ramona thinks they should all eat without her. Ramona’s facial expressions, as her eyes follow Drita, are priceless. She is almost like a cat watching a mouse. Yet, the dinner goes off without any drama and the season has a peaceful ending…or does it? Drita’s parting remarks, that the “Lucifer b!tch is devious,” indicates the passing of the “Drama Torch!”
Bring on the coming attractions for the Reunion Show! Now, we get a little preview of what is in store for us next season. Looks like Drita and Ramona are going to be the new feuding wives of season three. Gotta have drama! Ramona has been totally consistent with her feelings towards Drita. Drita has known Ramona a long time. She was friends with Ramona’s sister. I think there was bad blood between them even before Ramona became a cast member, and it goes deeper than just being Karen’s friend. Ramona is not Karen when it comes to communicating how she feels and her mind is made up on Drita.
Where else would drama come from? Bigg Ang is leaving for her own show, though she could make an appearance, she will not have a storyline. Carla is afraid to fight, but I would love to see her confront Joe’s girlfriend (hello Jennifer, please make a note). Renee is still going to have several surgeries and can’t afford to waste any of her energy on fighting with anyone. She has had two seasons of high drama and “enough is enough.” Karen is bringing Karina back to New York and needs to spend time with her and her family, as well as work at the spa. Then there is also that pending movie deal on her book. She has no time to fight with Drita. So where does that leave us? Right! Drita and Ramona in the ring. Do you think all the things they have said behind each other’s back this season is going to fuel season three? Some pretty nasty things have been said. I will say that Ramona’s negative comments towards Drita, calling her a psycho for her explosive temper, lying and denial issues, seem to make sense to me. They are based on Drita’s behavior, which many of us see in a negative light. However, check out the things Drita recently said: “I want to chew her face like a leech” and “I want to chop her up with an ice pick.” Do those words make sense? It sounds like comments a psycho would make. Well, it’s no secret I dislike violence and appreciate logic and common sense, so I am placing my bets on Ramona to win in season three!
But first, let’s make sure to DVR the Reunion Shows because I think we will want to, even NEED to, watch them again! Will poor Joy ever be the same? Maybe she is not as tough as we thought? Please enlighten me with your comments on the show and if you want to see them published, please be respectful! Thanks!