"I'm no Carla cheerleader but I don't wanna see anyone pulverized." Ramona
Ramona and Karen go shopping for some 80’s clothes for Drita’s birthday party. Karen takes this opportunity to tell Ramona how she feels about her reaction at the pre-nup party. Karen didn’t appreciate being treating like the “wedding basher.” She tells Ramona all she has been trying to do is to look out for her. Ramona says she gets it. They bring up how Love attacked Ramona’s friend at the pre-nup party. They are both concerned that Love will go after Carla at Drita’s upcoming party. Karen feels she is very good friends with Love and thinks that she will listen to her. Ramona feels that Carla is very sarcastic and will set Love off.
Carla meets Joe for coffee. She wants to tell him that she was served with the divorce papers and she didn’t like the guy who brought them. She says the divorce is the least of her problems. She tells Joe about Love and the issue with the “wings” at his business. Joe says that his father drew the wings himself. Carla says Love is telling everybody that Carla stole the wings. Then she tells him about Drita’s party and that Love will be there. He advises her that she is a mother with two kids and she should stay out of trouble, If trouble starts, she should just leave and say good-bye. Don’t get involved in the BS.
Drita gets a call from Lee while she is driving. Lee is still in the halfway house, but not for long. They talk about him coming back home to live. Drita has a big decision to make and while she is afraid, she has decided to let him come home and give their family another chance. It will be a major adjustment for all of them. Drita thinks they will either get along great or not at all. She tells him that she can’t go through another situation where he goes back to jail. She is worried about her daughters getting too attached and then something happens. Aleeya loves her father very much, but is a little reserved. Lee says that’s his girl. Lee reassures Drita that he is done with jail and just wants to spend time with his girls and be a father. Drita is willing to take the risk.
Ramona looks for bridal dresses, everything else concerning the wedding is all set. Her best man, Sammy, goes with her. She wants this wedding to be the one she always dreamed of, but never had. She wants a big, sparkling dress…the “bada bing dress.” Ramona wishes she had the support of her friends and family and that her groom was out of prison. Sammy will be walking her down the aisle. He suggests she invites her parents. Ramona laughs. She says Joe is her soul mate.
"I want to go to a party where I can have cake!" Ramona
Karen asks Ramona if she talked to Love. She tells Ramona she got a text from Love saying she broke her hand by punching a wall and is in the ER. Ramona says she would feel bad if Carla got hurt at Drita’s party because she is a mother. Karen decides to call Love. Love tells her she broke six bones in her hand. Love says she will go after Carla if she talks down to her, she will not be disrespected. Karen thinks Drita can stop Carla from being snippy while she handles Love’s anger and keeps it in check. Ramona just wants to go to one party where she gets to eat a piece of cake!
PARTY TIME! Big Ang and Carla walk into the party and no one is there yet. Carla immediately calls Love a “trash bag.” They are either early or everyone else is late. Karen and Ramona show up. Karen knows, from her conversation with Love on the phone, that she is very, very angry and extremely heated. Big Ang asks if Love is coming. No one knows, because she broke her hand. Carla doesn’t care. Drita arrives and says hello to everyone. Carla says she is not worried about seeing Renee, they have agreed to be cordial whenever they meet up. Renee arrives and has mixed feelings about seeing Carla. Renee is still hurt and knows she has to ignore Carla. Carla thinks it’s awkward because Renee can’t look at her. And Renee is twitching because she can’t stand the sound of Carla’s voice. Renee says she came for Drita, but doesn’t want to be in a room with someone she doesn’t like. Drita just wants a peaceful party. Everyone starts dancing and toasting to new beginnings.
"Oh, I'm not behaving, I'm just waiting, there's a big difference." Love
Love arrives. Carla feels Love is psychotic. Love is clearly pissed because Carla has been talking about her. Love walks in and kisses Karen. Carla ignores Love. Drita is surprised that Love is in a good mood. Renee asks Love about her cast. Love tells her she hit a steel beam. Love’s eye is twitching and she is holding her head. She asks for a drink. Big Ang decides to go out for a smoke and Drita decides to leave for a minute, at the same time. Karen compliments Love on behaving. Love says she isn’t behaving, she is waiting. Ramona is like OMG!
"All of a sudden my party turned into a zoo!" Drita
Love says she demands and expects respect and she will get it one way or another. Karen tells Love if she needs to talk to Carla, then just talk, no violence. Karen then tells Carla that Love wants to talk to her. Love is trying to stay calm. Ramona says Karen needs to be alert if Love is near Carla. The three of them, Love, Karen and Carla, go off to a corner to talk. Carla and Love sit down. Karen is right there, beside them. Love has her cell phone out. Carla wants to know why Karen is there. Love says she is there “to keep me from knocking your teeth down your throat.” Love jumps up and lunges at Carla and grabs her hair. There is complete confusion and chaos. A mob gathers trying to break up the fight. Carla trusts no one. Drita is upset her party turned into a zoo. Karen is upset and wants to talk to Carla. She feels bad because it looks like she set her up. Carla feels set up. Carla’s hand is bleeding and Ramona tries to get close enough to help. Carla wants everyone to leave her alone. Karen is mad at Love for not even hearing Carla out. Karen tells Drita what happened and says she was standing right there to prevent any attack, but Love hit her. Carla is riled up and Renee feels bad for her. She says Carla is alone in a pack of wolves.
"I need to find Love, see what happened, what triggered her so quick." Karen
Karen needs to find Love to see if she is okay and what triggered her so quick. Karen goes out to the car and tells Love it looks like she set Carla up. Karen said she gave her word there would be no violence. Karen can’t calm Love down. Karen feels Love was wrong for hitting Carla so quickly. Drita is pissed with Love, she wanted them to just talk and air out their differences. Carla tells them what Love said about Karen being there to stop them from fighting. Karen is upset that she gave her word and Love went against it. Both Drita and Karen know it all looks like a set up. Love tells Karen all the reasons she is mad and Karen understands, but doesn’t like that it all happened so fast. Karen tells Carla that she didn’t set her up. Carla says she is done with Love. Drita says it doesn’t look good on Love’s part, she waited for Big Ang and Drita to leave to attack Carla.
"I never thought I would witness Renee's taking care of Carla right now." Big Ang
Renee goes over to Carla. She wants to help her take care of her hand and stop the bleeding. They pour vodka on her hand to sterilize it. Renee says she helps Carla because even though she is a drug addict, she is still a good person. Carla says they hurt each other Renee helps Carla even though they aren’t speaking. Drita apologizes to Carla that this all happened. Carla is glad everyone saw Love’s true colors. Renee feels good about herself for helping Carla and turning the other cheek. Drita is happy with her life right now.
Carmela's Best Quote of the Night: "It took a lot of rehab, a whole lot of prayers, patience and self respect but right now I feel so damn good bout myself." Renee
MY TWO CENTS
The whole big theme running through season three was the conflict between Love and Carla. It was supposed to culminate in a confrontation/fight. Everyone knew it was coming and you didn’t have to be a psychic to predict it. Many of us wanted a to see a fight. Why? Because Carla is cold. Carla runs her mouth. Carla is her own worst enemy. She is not a nice person. She is a narcissist…I could go on and on, but you get the point.
Now I consider myself a skeptic and a cynic. In the early blogging days, I kept saying the show was scripted and Mob Mistress would tell me it’s not. And she would explain the difference to me and about how they arranged for cast members to meet and suggest topics for conversation, that’s reality television. And so I began to change my view about Mob Wives. The show was much more real than other shows. The issues more intense and the basis for arguments and fights were far more legitimate. I was a happy little blogger, until last night. This finale definitely had a scripted feel to it and, if so, it was disappointing.
What I saw in season three was the building of Love’s story arc, with a beginning, middle and end. Love hears Carla is talking about her. Carla says she doesn’t know Love, why would she talk about her. Add fuel to the fire and throw in an old issue over some logo wings being stolen. Get everyone really worked up and then throw a party and invite both Love and Carla and let’s see what happens.
First of all, everyone knew Love would go after Carla. Love said she was going after Carla. But, at the same time, everyone worried about Carla getting hurt. No one wanted that to happen. Right? The only party Carla would attend is one thrown by Drita, because she is her friend. Whose idea was it for Drta to have a party? Whose idea was it for her to invite Love too? Karen thinks the party will be fine because she can control Love’s anger in some way. I think if we know anything about Love it’s that no one can control her, especially when she is angry. Karen thinks Drita can stop Carla from being “snippy?” That’s like trying to stop Niagra Falls from running. But off they all go to Drita’s party dressed in their 80’s attire (except for Carla). What happens next? Big Ang AND Drita both leave the party at the same exact moment. Aren’t these the two people most concerned about Carla’s well being? Sounds like a great and SUBTLE plan hatched by the producers/writers to me. And, at just the moment that Ang and Drita step out the door, Karen negotiates a little sit down between Carla and Love. Karen, who just said a few minutes earlier that Love was very, very angry and extremely heated, thinks this sit down is a good idea? Carla and Love start talking and, within a millisecond, Love jumps up. Love is holding her cell phone and looked calm one second, then in the next, she goes ballistic. Why? Was Love already primed to react? Did Carla say something to provoke her? I don’t put it past her and I don’t trust editing. Editing manipulates events so we see what they want us to see and hear. Am I the only one who thinks Carla could have said something to trigger Love’s reaction? And don’t you love how everyone was surprised and upset that a fight even took place? Really? Where are the Academy Award people when you need them? Oh, and VH1 just happened to have six, seven or eight big security officers right there on the spot, just when the fight occurs?
Carla thinks she was set up. Maybe she was set up, but not by Karen. I think Karen’s intentions were good, but her judgment was off. However, maybe the producers and writers and all the creative geniuses who arranged for things to go like scripted clockwork at the party, maybe they had a hand in setting Carla up? Maybe they told Ang and Drita when to leave? Maybe they told Karen when to arrange the sit down? Maybe they told Love to ask to talk to Carla? Maybe they told Drita to invite Love to the party? What do you think?
I’ll tell you what I think. If Carla was set up by production, then Love was equally set up. Everyone who works on Mob Wives or watches the show knows Love is quick to anger. Love doesn’t hold anything back. Did they fuel that anger? Was Love brought on the show to create this season’s major drama and finale fight? How many times did she say she was going beat up Carla for talking about her behind her back? And yet, production knew all this and still thought it was a great idea to get Love and Carla (and a bunch of big security guards) together. Yes, Love slapped Carla and grabbed fistfuls of her hair. But, there was a long history building up to this point, on and off the camera. If Carla didn’t know Love, she knew OF Love because she has been “dating” Love’s ex for at least two years. Don’t you think they had conversations about Love that could have led to Carla’s gossiping about her? That could be why Carla was talking about Love without having actually met her. And what did Love actually do that wasn’t done before on the show? Remember fights on the rooftop, the balcony and in Renee’s dining room? No one got fired over any of those fights. No one was banned from the reunion show. Was this really any different? You tell me. Carla’s hand was bleeding, other than that she looked fine to me. For all I know, someone in production gave her one of those Hollywood blood capsules to break open just to make it appear she was hurt. Not one hair on her head even looked out of place after the fight. (How much hair spray does she use?) And was Love encouraged to hit Carla at the party, or did production just know it would happen? Either way, does that make Love responsible? I am just skeptical about everything now.
I don’t know all the behind the scene issues, but I am not happy that Love was fired. Love brought a new dynamic to the show. She has history with Karen and Ramona. She has been engaged to or in relationships with mobsters. She has a big fan following. They are losing a great asset to the show by letting her go. I also think it’s unfair she will not be able to have her say at the reunion. It’s all very disappointing to say the least.
In my opinion. Love was brought on the show to do a job and she did it. They wanted a finale melee and she gave it to them. And, for going along with her story arc and delivering what everyone wanted, her thanks for it all was being fired and also banned from the reunion. All I can do is shake my head at the way this was all handled.
Good Luck to you Love in all your future endeavors. You will certainly be missed on Mob Wives.
Video Credit: VH1
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