As I sit here waiting for the Reunion shows to air, I can’t help thinking about the finale episode, “The Final Face-Off,” and how it didn’t deliver on it’s promise. It was like that fourth of July firecracker that we used to call “duds,” because you’d light it and wait and wait and wait, but it never exploded.
The season started out with Karen and Gnatalie continuing their twitter battle on the show. The teams were drawn: Karen and Renee against Gnatalie and Ang and Drita defending her. Then along comes Natalie D. Big coincidence she is a model at a photo shoot Drita is doing. Bigger coincidence she is from South Philly AND has the dirt on Gnatalie. The next few episodes all we hear about is all the proof Nat D has on Gnat and Drita flip-flopping back and forth, not knowing who to believe. Finally, Nat D brings the proof, but only Drita gets to hear it, and evidently it’s convincing enough for her to turn on Gnatalie. We never get to hear the tape in episode 11, so I am thinking maybe they are saving it for episode 12. Episode 12 is titled “The Final Face-Off,” and the two Natalies have never actually been on camera together. Renee plans a Baptismal celebration party for episode 12 too. We all know what happens at Mob Wives’ parties . . . Confrontations and fights . . . and no cake. So we wait. Everyone shows up. And we wait. Natalie D says she has the tape and intends to play it. And we wait. Nat D takes out her phone. We wait at the edge of our seats. She puts it away for “later.” But, there is still plenty of time. Nat D has promised, time and time again, to expose Gnatalie for the “rat” she is.
Then Drita notices something from across the room. Gnatalie is talking to a group of “strangers” at a nearby table. Drita doesn’t know these people so they must be up to no good. They are eyeing Natalie D. Drita, who doesn’t believe in ratting people out, runs to Renee to set her wise about the interlopers. Renee promptly calls security to have them evicted. But how did so many uninvited guests get into a party that is private and being filmed? A party that would require releases being signed by everyone there allowing their image to be shown on the show? Someone would have had to approve that for it to happen. But, in any case, the group is escorted out along with Gnat and London. The tape is never played. There is NO Final Face-Off. In fact, there is no face-off at all! Maybe a few death stares from across the room. There is no fight . . . no explosion. Nat D runs out after them making a half-hearted attempted to follow the entourage with her phone, but again nothing happens. Just like the firecracker that’s a “dud,” there is no “BOOM!” . . . just silence . . . as Gnat and her family and friends leave the scene and the episode ends with a fizzle, not a sizzle.
I can only hope that the two part Reunion Show, airing March 11th and 18th will tie up some of these loose ends and answer some questions. And, if they don’t play the tape, at least explain why they didn’t.
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