Mob Wives – Episode 13 – Was This Just A Lie?


“In the blink of an eye, this man that I gave my whole entire life to has taken everything from me and my son,” Renee says at the beginning of this week’s Mob Wives. But by the end of the episode, it doesn’t matter, because Renee has vowed that she is her own, new person. Out with the old, in with the new.

“Everybody’s calling everyone,” Karen says now that the word is out and the newspapers and the Internet are abuzz with the new that Junior turned. I’ve gotten used to the mantra of this show that if there’s gossip about someone, “all of Staten Island” will be talking about it, but in this case, it’s true. Even Arizona is talking, after all, that’s where Karen’s mother is and she’s been in Renee’s situation (in a way; she does say that it’s not the same when you really break it down), so she calls Karen to reassure her that eventually, everyone will come out stronger from this.

It’s easy to forget that before the whole Junior debacle, Renee was upset with Drita and that whole Poconos disaster happened. Drita hasn’t quite forgotten it though, she’s kept Renee at arm’s length because she knows Renee has been upset with her, but to Drita’s credit, she heads to Renee’s house to check on her in spite of the bad feelings. “I can’t do anything for her but be there for her, and I’m going to be,” Drita says, knocking on Renee’s front door.

“Drita coming to my house at a time like this proves to be that I was really wrong about her loyalty to me,” Renee says. This is just like season one, after Junior was first arrested in the mob bust, when Karen showed up to Renee’s, isn’t it? These women forgive one another without ever having to say it, just by showing up and being there for one another.

Renee fills Drita (and us) in on some of the details surrounding Junior’s story, like the fact that he was cooperating for months, before he even moved back in with Renee. “Junior used me. To spy. To get closer. Just to put my father in prison,” Renee explains.

“Oh my God, Renee. This is so f—ed up,” Drita says, and really, she’s saying what we’re all feeling right now.
“Where was I that I didn’t even see this coming?” Renee asks. “I would have killed myself if I were him, I would have hung myself before I put my son out to dry.” Renee is tearing herself up over the entire situation, questioning whether or not Junior ever loved her. “Where do I stand?” she asks. “Was this just a lie?” Drita tries to tell her it wasn’t, but she herself is crying for Renee, and it’s a question that no one but Junior can answer, and he’s not coming back to tell her.

Big Ang also comes by Renee’s to comfort her because now people are starting to talk even more, making cracks, accusing Renee of knowing what Junior was up to, pretty much the complete nightmare. “I want to save my son from people who are just like me when Karen came home,” Renee says. I’m pretty sure she’ll never forgive herself deep down for doing that to Karen, but she’ll also never have more of a bond with Karen now that she’s in this situation.

When Karen shows up to help Renee move out some of Junior’s belongings, Renee does apologize again, and she apologizes to Karen’s parents for judging them too. Karen is so worried for Renee and, like everyone else, begs her to pull it together for AJ’s sake. “Renee Graziano is part of a world that she doesn’t want to be a part of anymore,” Renee says, marking a shift away from self-pity and loyalty to this life (she’ll always be loyal to her family, but this is about self-preservation, and this lifestyle has taken too much away from her, for her own sanity she has to move on).

Drita’a trainer pops by for a session because after all these months of boxing, she actually has a match coming up. The tough physical exertion is noting new to Drita though, she’s been working out since she could walk. “You played with dolls, and I ran up mountains in snow up to my motherf—ing eyes with weights on my ankles,” she says. Drita has mentioned that her dad would train her, but I mean, train her for what? The Israeli army? What kid is running up mountains with weights strapped to them?

Drita is a little nervous about her upcoming match, because not only is she a novice at this, but she’s also been doing well with modeling, so one jab to the face could mess that up. But, she says, “At the same time, I got a rocket. I was born with a weapon. It’s my right hook.”

Carla, all of a sudden the most straight-shooting cast member out there, has yet to weigh in on the Renee situation or show up at Renee’s door to offer advice and words of encouragement. That’s because Carla’s about the tough love. She and Karen get together and Carla tells her that, as harsh as this might sound, she thinks that this whole experience will be the best thing for Renee.

She goes on to say that a few people had been wondering what Junior was up to, even before the truth came out about him, and she tells Karen “I think she knew something was coming.” This isn’t sitting well with Karen, because it sounds like Carla is saying that Renee might have known what Junior was up to, or at least that she should have seen something coming. Karen warns that she better “pick and choose her words wisely” because what Carla’s saying right now is not going to sit well with Renee or those loyal to her. Guess what? Renee hears this and it doesn’t sit well.

Renee tells her friend Nikole that someone told her Carla’s been saying something to the effect of “Renee knows what her husband’s been doing.” Nikole’s reaction: “The balls.”

“If Carla said this, I don’t just have an issue, I got the biggest issue I’d probably ever have with her in my life,” Renee says.

When Carla, Big Ang, and Drita meet at the nail salon, Carla takes the Renee-criticism to new heights. Because even though she told Karen that people have been talking about Renee, Carla herself was not implying that she thought Renee was complicit in Junior’s deception. But now she’s pissed at Renee anyway because Renee seems to believe she said that.

“Renee is up to her psycho ways again, you know, f—ing having her delusions again, thinking that I said something about her with Junior, which is f—ing totally wrong,” Carla says. Easy, Carla! The woman is going through a rough time.

“Right now is the time everybody has to get together and support Renee with what she’s going through,” Big Ang says. See? I knew we were on the same wavelength. “But naturally, no, it’s all about f—ing drama.”
“Renee is not a true friend,” Carla continues, explaining that if the tables were turned, Renee would be doing plenty of s— -talking behind people’s backs. But still, Ang and Drita aren’t in full agreement, judging from their reactions to what Carla’s saying.

“She’s like a f—ing puppet,” Carla continues. “You know a puppet, when they pull the strings? That’s Renee.” Well technically, that’s a marionette, but whatever. Continue, Carla.

“I’m done being nice, how much more can I be nice? We’re friends, we’re not friends, we’re friends, my God. Go f—ing be friends with someone else.” Shit.

After all her training and running up mountains in weighted vests or whatever, Drita comes to the conclusion that she should pull out of the boxing match she was supposed to have. She realized that boxing in a ring is just a way of “sugar-coating her fighting” and the point of boxing is to get her aggression out safely while not pummeling someone’s face in.

As a mother, she says, it’s the best choice she can make.

Carla is still totally over the Renee situation. It’s the holiday season, Joe is home, and she has bigger fish to fry. Simply put:

After all the house visits that everyone has made to Renee’s, telling her to be strong for AJ, we finally see him having dinner with Renee, who tells him that Christmas will be rough this year without her father or Junior. But AJ is the one keeping everything together. He offers her the best advice of all, saying “What is done is done. If you choose not to talk to [Junior] anymore, that is your choice. Do what you think is better. It’s your father, that’s your family. You stick with your family.”

“End of story.”

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  1. Missme2u1 says:

    My heart goes out to Renee! Renee has always been right about her “loyalty” to her family and friends, and I am the same way so I understand her on that. I can also see how she feels so betrayed by Jr., After I kicked my last boyfriend out, I found paperwork where he had “snitched” when he was arrested and it sickened me. I informed all my friends of this and told them to stay clear of him. Well some didnt listen and now they are setting behind bars facing serious charges while he is still out on the streets, and still trying to make my life hell and trying to set me up. Although I’m not doing anything illegal, I live in a “marshal law” county (not legitly) but thats how this county rolls, so I can see them working with him to try to set me up so I live everyday tiptoeing and making sure I have witnesses know where I am at 24/7 so he cant get me tied up with his lying snitching ass tongue! God Bless Renee and stay strong woman! You’ve got what it takes to get thru this. I dont have any friends left to come be by my side and I’ve been suicidal for a couple months now because the tension has been too intense and there are days I feel I cant go on…

  2. @Missme2u1 – Your story is so genuine and touching. Please seek professional help. You need to talk to a therapist and get some real help. I don’t know you, obviously, but what you posted was obviously a cry for help. I can’t imagine how you are feeling but know there is something out there for you so you can get through this difficult time. It will be okay at the end and somehow justice does prevail. I do believe that and when this is all in your past, you will be so much stronger and HAPPY. Yes, happy, but you need to take the steps to find someone who can help you.

  3. joe farrachi says:

    Can someone just punch Carla in the face? she looks like she got 2 black eyes already! How low could a person go? Renee has run to the side of everyone whenever they have a problem & Carla is so jealous she uses every moment of camera time to hate on Ramona,karen or renee & SHE”S STILL BORING! How does she manage it? When a woman loses her family during the holidays & is praying to save her sanity how could any person with a heart sit back smugly ,smirk and say “well I’ve got my family & its the holidays”

  4. kateland says:

    does anybody now when episode 13 will be out?

  5. sandy says:

    My background and lifestyle could not be any different from these women, yet this episode delved into human themes that unite us all: loyalty, forgiveness, betrayal, fear, doubt, family, friendship, etc. It was impossible not to become teary while watching Karen comfort Renee; impossible not to squirm when AJ’s pain and anger was visible under is “everything’s fine” veneer; impossible not to feel protective of anyone who undergoes brutal and life-changing betrayal; impossible not to wonder how the heck people can demonstrate such resilience in the face of the most horrific situations. I have learned, yet again, to never judge someone. (How many times do we each need to be reminded of that simple idea?) I truly wish the ladies continued personal growth, and much peace to each of them.

  6. John Smith says:

    Tell me why in Sundays episode, April 15th 2012, as they showed different shots of Junior in the beginning of the show, his scar was on opposite sides of his face. Most you see the scar on his right eye, and then you see a shot where nothing is on his right side, but the scar appears on his left side????????

  7. Steven says:

    hold your head up things happen unfortunately it had to be him im not gonna comment on him but as for you let go let god

  8. tinamb says:

    I feel horrible for Renee… it’s a very humiliating and heartbreaking event that took place. I wish her well. I do have to jump to another situation. I have been watching since the very first episode and I am having such problems stomaching Romona! Drita may not be perfect, but no one had such issues with her until Romona came along and stirred things up. It drives me nuts each time I watch Romoma add more fuel to the unnecessary fire!