Part 2 begins with a string of Drita clips and not that I noticed but apparently the words “dick” and “dickface” were her favorite words of the season (how did I miss that?) We learn that Gizelle asks mommy, daddy, and their friends to use the word “pickles” instead, and they do. CUTE! Renee’s montage is next and we see her up and down – strong and then crying, but mostly focusing on Junior. Big Ang has clearly softened because she still hates Junior but isn’t faulting Renee for his actions. We learn that Renee has been truly different, off-screen, since the baptism. We learn that Renee is clearly aware that her anger, depression, and addiction were all coming together making her life miserable and the lives of others as well. Guercio is given credit for finally apologizing to Renee. Both Renee and Ang are wishing Junior a longer sentence because he’s a double rat. They recall the way he used Renee to get to her family and betrayed them all.
Didonato is up. WOOT WOOT. We relive the history between the two Natalies and I have to admit that Didonato, in retrospect, is funnier than I remembered, but also seems angry in a way that is extra. Guercio looks afraid, for my money. Big Ang doesn’t seem to have any more love for Didonato than she did before, even though she is clearly over her friendship with Guercio. Didonato does not back down to Ang and reminds her that they were hanging at the drunken monkey and other times, when Ang claims she never really knew Didonato, she only that she hated Guercio. She reminds Ang that she was clear that she was angry about the way her friend was betrayed, and repeats that calling the P.O. was not about abuse. Guercio thinks it’s wrong that Didonato came on the show to “expose her personal past” and tells her that she needs to shut her ugly trap. The insults fly. Didonato mocks Guercio’s boob job and her nipples, to which Guercio rubs them and asks, “Do you like that baby?” before calling Didonato trash. No one could have scripted that, nor would they want to.
Fox gets up to try to stop the yelling when Didonato flies across the stage to attack Guercio, only to be surrounded by three of the largest security guards in reality tv history. All three need to work their way around to all reunion shows. They grab Didonato but Guercio storms off like she was body slammed and can’t take any more. Drita walks off stage to go get Guercio as Didonato talks about the other Nat’s past. Karen thinks if Guercio was comfortable in her own skin with nothing to hide she would be on the stage. The burly guards backstage apparently fear Drita. She waves them off and tells them she’s getting Guercio. She even makes a nervous production assistant leave the room. #BadAss. She is in formal attire and heels and they don’t make a move in her direction.
Guercio keeps randomly throwing out words she must have learned from watching prior seasons (rat scumbag, etc). Drita tells her that she’s wrong and that everybody faces the music and that she has to come back out. They head back to the stage, though Guercio is upset that Didonato keeps cursing at her… yeah, that’s what bothers her. We do learn that Didonato is not a liar. Guercio did call her boyfriend, and basically admits it when smirking and claiming that she’d heard that Didonato called his P.O. on him (turns out she didn’t). There are more clips of trading words and the recording. Drita flies into a tear about rats calling rats and taping conversations and she feels more like a CSI for even listening to it than a mob wife. More inaudible screaming in a fight that is basically about whether Guercio lied about the abuse. It’s uncomfortable to watch and Fox leaves the stage – upset given the work she has done in shelters with women who are domestic violence survivors.
When the show returns, CARLA joins the group. She feels that Drita dropped her after she was let go from the show. She is hurt that Drita now claims they weren’t “friends like that” and that she wasn’t invited to the store opening. Drita wants to know why she didn’t just show up but Carla reveals that everyone got an invitation but her, so why would she? Drita accuses Carla of talking to the blogs, but Carla counters that she never talked to blogs and doesn’t give interviews. Karen is shut down when she tries to reveal how information got out. DAMN! The Natalies are permitted to fight all day but Karen keeps getting shut down. We learn that Carla and Renee have been friends since they were 17 and that Carla and Drita miss their old friendship – but Carla realizes that friendship is now gone, it’s not the same. And STILL no clip or comment about Ang telling Carla that Drita was not a true friend to her. The clip of Renee’s party, where the reveal was made is cut just before the Big Ang/Carla exchange.
We are “treated” to a clip of the various accusations of “rat.” Someone should deduct $100 from their salary to go into a donation jar every time that word is randomly used. It should be banned from next season. In case you care, we are told that you can never “un-rat” yourself. Speaking of, the Baptism party comes up, and we see Drita getting worked up over the recording and the “rat” accusation clips are played just before the clips of Guercio and her entourage showing up at the party. She claims (in the later filmed THs) that she thought she was getting jumped… remember, she thought she was cool with Drita and Ang… un huh…
The Nats claim each uses twitter to attack the other with Didonato claiming Guercio doesn’t even take a bathroom break from twitter… she ends up calling Guercio a slut monkey.Drita says she has always thought Guercio was afraid of what Didonato had to say. Really? Then what took her so long to catch on? Didonato drops the bomb that Guercio is still calling and texting her ex, wondering if London knows. WHAT??? Guercio calls her dumpster juice. More yelling takes place and as the host tries to get the group back on track, Didonato sneaks across the floor nearly sliding past Guercio before the mountain sized men break them apart, somehow Didonato’s hand is cut. Karen looks amused that Guercio was shook. Guercio and London leave. I won’t miss them. Bye, y’all. One funny part of the last scene is that a raging Didonato says that she’s tired of the flip flopping. Drita looks down at her shoulder, like she’s checking for something, but says nothing. Ruh roh, I see what’s coming on season 6.
When the ladies are asked who they now believe, Renee and Karen clearly believe DiDonato. Ang doesn’t say she believes her, but seems FULLY through with Guercio and her mouth, earlier stating that “It’s enough to want to (bleeping) kill her. Drita believes Guercio called the P.O. Renee ends with the best line of the night. She says that they can handle whatever comes their way because they are built that way… she adds that she might fall apart about once a month, but she’s still built that way.
Everyone laughs and we are OUT for Season 5, folks!
I’m an exasperated soap fan who keeps hanging on – waiting for the daytime I once loved to return to its former glory! Hey, it doesn’t hurt to have a dream. I learned to love soaps thanks to my wonderful mother and grandmother. I’ll always have fond memories of daytime, most especially of ‘Another World’, my first stoap love. The ever great, but sadly defunct, daytime shows like Ryan’s Hope, Search for Tomorrow, The Doctors, Loving, and many others keep a special place in my heart, as well.