It’s only been a week since the outrageous Mob Wives season finale, which found Drita D’avanzo and Karen Gravano finally squaring off after a season full of tension, and I’m already chomping at the bit for the reunion show. Sadly, it won’t be happening until next week and there haven’t been any promos released that give a hint at what’s being talked about, but in the spirit of speculation, let’s talk about what we want to happen when the four ladies face their issues.
1. The main thing I want to see out of the reunion is these women have made progress in their personal lives. As I mentioned last time, Mob Wives may be a silly reality show built on explosive drama, but like it or not, you ended up caring about these people due to how much of themselves they let the cameras see. I only hope that Renee stuck by her decision to sever ties with Junior (and become more independent, thanks to a styling gig), that Drita is moving on from Lee after finding out about his betrayal last episode, that Karen has come closer to reconciling her father’s past with her present, and that Carla has helped Joe and her kids settle into life post-prison. If any or all of these haven’t happened, I’ll be a little saddened but not terribly surprised. The ‘mob life’is more than just having some bravado and a little bit of an accent; it’s this imposing, intimidating entity that seeps into all aspects of their life and it takes a while to break the last of those ties that it places on you. Just look at Renee, who was raised to believe in standing by the men in your life no matter what and putting yourself last. She’s a woman of a certain age and she’s only now putting the pieces together to live for herself.
2. Don’t fret, though. Just because I don’t want any of the cast breaking under the weight of their personal demons doesn’t mean I want Mob Wives to be any less sensationalistic or any tamer. I’d love to see a Karen/Drita part 2 break out at the reunion because their fight in the finale, while necessary and amazing TV, felt very truncated. Whether it be security’s fault or Renee’s for being in the wrong place at the wrong time, their fight wasn’t as cathartic as it could have been and hopefully being in the same room at the same time to discuss such touchy issues again will stir up some feelings. I don’t ever root for people to get hurt, but they have to somehow move on from the stuff they were fighting about during the season and since they can’t seem to reach a verbal agreement that satisfies both parties equally, I think it’s time that Karen and Drita really duke it out. Idea: if, for some reason, a second part of Smackdown: VH1 Edition doesn’t pop off, a boxing match and/or street fight and/or steel cage match needs to be organized so we can finally see it happen. (Celebrity Boxing?) Make it a charity fundraiser or what have you, but it needs to happen, you guys. Needs. To. Happen.
3. What about Carla? I feel like the season focused so heavily on the other three women that she kind of got ignored. We got some storylines about her and her family, plus she was involved in a few melees of her own, but it feels like we weren’t let ‘in’with her as much as we were with Karen, Drita, and Renee. I hope reunion host Wendy Williams (how you doin’, Miss Wendy?) tries to get a little bit more out of Carla than we got this season because she’s got a terribly interesting story and it’d be a shame not to explore it. I think part of the reason we haven’t heard much from Carla is that she doesn’t seem to be very emotional and she has kind of separated herself from the organized crime life more than the other women, so it could just be that the different place she’s at in her life doesn’t allow itself to the type of wrenching stories that Drita, Renee, and Karen went through this season. I could believe that because those three wear their hearts on their sleeves x 1000 and they’re all still dealing with the demons of crime life, whether it be through people still in prison or trying to put to bed whatever issues the life has given them. Carla’s divorced from Joe, her ‘in’to Mob Wives, and there doesn’t seem to be any residual feelings there. She’s an integral part of the Mob Wives story, as where she’s at is where these women are trying to eventually get and seeing her shows that there is life after the ‘life’, and I think delving into her psyche could add even more layers to an already fascinating journey.
We’re still a week away from the reunion of Mob Wives, but it promises to be a fitting end to one of the best guilty pleasures on television. It’s crude, it’s loud, and it could knock your teeth out in a bar fight, but it’s also impossibly addictive and an insight in a world we haven’t really been granted access to before. Regardless of what happens during the reunion show, it’s sure to be a rollercoaster of emotions and a good set-up for season two, which should premiere in early 2012.
What do you want to see at the reunion? Are you already jonesing for season two of Mob Wives? How did you enjoy season one?