Chances are viewers are drawn to Mob Wives every Sunday night to catch the explosive drama, tears and laughs (courtesy of Big Ang) that our favorite Staten Island ladies never seem to run short of. This week was no different as we watched Carla’s warm reunion with ex-husband Joe, newly divorced Drita’s fledging dating attempts, and Big Ang opening up about her tumultuous marriage. However, it was the scene where Renee is shown quietly lamenting Junior‘s distant behavior that seemed to really resonate with the Mob Wives audience this week. Her loneliness and vulnerability in this scene is brilliantly emphasized by the accompanying music, Gary Clark Jr‘s “Things Are Changin’.”
The scene opens with footage of desolate locations around Staten Island, as the sun sets we hear Clark’s smooth R&B vocals over the gentle plucking of a jazzy guitar. As we transition into Renee’s home, we find her lying in her bed almost cradling herself. It seems she and Junior have hit a crossroads again after discussing the future of their relationship. As she explains, “Something just don’t sit right. I just don’t feel right. It just feels so unfinished…” A shot of Junior driving away highlights the increasing distance between them. The lyric “Things are changing now and I can’t tell/Where I’ll be from here on out/Ooh it’s hell” poignantly accentuates the uncertainty of their relationship.
It was a sad moment for Renee and one that clearly resonated with audiences. An outpouring of tweets and YouTube comments on a video of the song “Things Are Changin'” appeared just a few short hours after the airing. One commenter wrote, “I have never been moved by reality TV music but “Things Are Changin'” sent me straight here (You Tube)! Loving this!” The sentiment was shared by many as Gary Clark Jr’s “Things Are Changin’” moved up on Amazon.com’s Movers and Shakers list to #1, making it the most downloaded song on Amazon Sunday night.
You can watch this week’s episode of Mob Wives on VH1.com. The scene that we’re referencing starts at the 19:20 mark of the full episode video.