EPISODE 6 – AFTER HURRICANE SANDY:
Watching this episode was heart wrenching AND heart warming. We were left with the ending of last week’s show (Episode 5) seeing the women get prepared for the Storm of the Century headed their way. Knowing what lay ahead of them was incredibly hard to watch as they were all figuring out where to evacuate to and hoping their homes were not destroyed.
One big note that should not be overlooked is that before the real threat of the storm became imminent, RAMONA AND DRITA had a sit down and made up. Ramona was the one to break the ice because they both have daughters who like each other, and hers is having a birthday party soon and she wanted to invite Drita’s daughter. It was so cool to see these women actually get along, laugh and find out they have more in common than they thought. #Maturityactuallycanhappenaswegetolder
Onto Episode 6, I was relieved to see none of the women had too much damage to their own homes. Big Ang lost a salon she just started (that was news to me she even started a one) and Love suffered some minor damage to her home, but overall the cast members truly lucked out.
Here is a clip from VH1:
Big Ang and her big heart really comes into play as she goes out of her way to the zillionth degree to help out her community.
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As the show progresses, we see Renee having a wonderful heart-to-heart with her son, AJ. They clear the air about how much her pill addiction has affected him. That kid has such a good head on his shoulders, Renee should be so proud and I am proud of her for facing her demons. May the force be with her (did I just show my age by writing that?) and she continues to fight her addiction, especially since she is now headed back to Staten Island and away from rehab.
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The real story, however, is about how the people of NY pulled together when they couldn’t get any immediate help from the government. It was so heartwarming and inspiring to see how they really took care of each other, not to mention very difficult to watch at the same time. Part of the reason why I enjoy this show so much is I get sucked in like I did watching “The Sopranos”. No one is all bad nor all good, however we all tend to lean into a certain direction. Seeing these women helping out their community so much shows that their tough sides are not always the true force of what makes them tick. I found this episode psychologically fascinating, touching, and some of the best Reality TV I have seen in a long, long time.
Next time – Lee comes back unexpectedly early from jail, which spooks Drita because he doesn’t announce it, he just shows up. Kind of creepy…And Raquel, Joe’s new hot-young- thing-that-will-be-replaced sometime down the road, meets Carla. I look forward to seeing how that plays out. Joe is such an idiot. Carla might be off the charts sometimes with her anger, but Raquel is no different and her true colors will show over time. She is the younger version of Carla in many ways. And I like Joe, but he is just following his penis, not the big head. Pardon me for being a little crass, but this is an old story in life that seems to repeat itself – men leave their wives of 20 plus years for someone younger. #menwillneverlearnthegrassisnotalwaysgreener
Previous Episodes from Season 3:
I am coming into the middle of the season, so will do a quick, NY recap on the season up until now. Please go to the archives pages to read about the previous seasons.
Starting with Drita, she is facing her ex husband getting out of jail in the next 6 months which will, of course, change her whole life around. She is nervous and excited — it is clear she still loves him (even though he married another woman while THEY were together and had a child with his illegal second wife; yes, you read that right). Moving onto the present, she takes her kids to see him in jail, which was a bittersweet moment. Kids seeing dad in jail, well what can I say, I have no background on this subject, however the most important point is it was a happy reunion for everyone involved, which was nice to watch. We’ll see how it all plays out. One thing that is really noteworthy is Drita has truly worked on her anger issues and is much calmer this season. The work she did in anger management shows and I really like seeing this side of her. Going back to the subject of the other wife and child, they are not mentioned anymore, which is really odd and I hope we find some closure on that huge topic.
Carla is dealing with the fact she is losing her husband Joe to a younger version of herself. I’m not going to call out all men out on this one, but this theme certainly seems to be a very popular thing to do — wives being left for younger women. Oh wait, is that grass smelling any greener yet??? I live in LaLa land where older men and younger women are the norm and that means absolutely nothing in and of itself, but trophy wives are a common sighting. If it is not obvious enough, I feel bad for Carla even though she has been acting like a jackass toward Renee for no really good reason and methinks she just wants to cause some drama on the show. However, as a woman, I have mad sympathy for her situation because she does obviously (although she hotly denies it) still love him, and he is being an idiot by leaving the woman that is the mother of his children for no real reason other than umm…the obvious.
Renee got an extremely threatening letter from her ex husband, Junior. Hell, it even scared me a little and I am not anywhere near these people and have no association with them whatsoever. He insomuch said he is not going to put up with her trying to turn their son against him. It was eerie, after all isn’t he supposed to be in the witness protection program? It was handwritten and mailed. It came across like he was spying on her and still clearly in touch with their son, AJ. She moves immediately to a new home with the help of Karen. And somehow manages to get it together enough to realize she has become way too addicted to anti-depressants and needs help. In the last episode, she is in a rehab in Florida in a group therapy session. I kept thinking WHY are all of these people allowing themselves to be filmed so publicly with their problems? WHY? They didn’t sign up to be on this show. But, hey, Renee getting help is good and will help her deal with her psychotic ex husband and that is NO joke. I feel for her…she was born into all of this madness and never left or tried to leave the lifestyle till now. I just don’t get how/why the other people in the rehab allowed themselves to be filmed, but before I digress too much, back to the rest of the story lines.
Karen is dealing with the same issues Carla is with her husband, oddly enough. However, it is even worse in her particular situation. She found about the new woman through their daughter and they are living in the home she pays for! WTF?! I highly doubt that situation will be lasting much longer, i.e. he will be moving out or paying rent. Outside of that crazy drama, she is working on her spa to become a really successful business, however she loves her ex husband as well and is clearly very upset.
Big Ang is just being herself, nothing to add here…She is hilarious and always the peacemaker with all the ladies.
Ramona…why is she on this show? What is her role? I will try to figure it out, but so far she really fades into the background.
Love is still stuck in her teenage years, in a way. Maybe because she never became a mom (unlike the others), so fighting is still her style and way to make a point. She is extremely violent and has quite an edgy past. I’m hoping we get to see more depth with her because she is difficult to watch with her f-you attitude to the world. Her friends are Karen, Renee, Big Ang and Drita. There seems to be some sort of issue with Carla and her. I’m not clear on what it is and I don’t think they know either. I also have no idea how she got THAT name.
And now, the next episode looks like it will be when Hurricane Sandy comes through Staten Island….Stay tuned.