I’ve said a few times that I’m impressed with how real this season of Real World has been and I still stand by that, but the problem with getting so invested in these people and their lives is when they wind up disappointing you. Mike really let me down this episode. He seems to be harboring some deep, deep anger towards Dustin and it finally explodes in this episode. He tosses out a few possible reasons for this, but you didn’t think I’d give them away in the intro did you? Hit the jump to see what happened. This episode was a doozy. The episode kicks off with the gang talking to their intern coordinator. Apparently, their last task was to come up with a charitable idea. Mike looks to have taken lead on this (we’ve never seen them talk about it in any other capacity prior to this, so it’s really hard to tell) and tosses out a bunch of ideas during the meeting. Then Dustin jumps in with his ideas, many of which are pretty good. Since we’ve never heard of this even before, as viewers we’re left to wonder why Mike is getting so upset (shooting daggers across the table at Dustin as he talks). A little bit of context might have been a bit more emotionally informative, but what are you gonna do? On the way back from the meeting (oh, they want to do something with music because schools have cut music programs) Mike tells Dustin he’s not sure if Dustin will be able to go into the school because of his internet past. Dustin doesn’t blow up, but is clearly upset by Mike’s comments. Mike claims to have been genuinely concerned for Dustin, but let’s be real, there’s no way you say something like that without wanting to cut the other person at least a little. After this kerfuffle, which is pretty tame compared to the rest of the episode, Mike’s talking on the phone with someone and posits that he dislikes Dustin because he thinks they’re so similar and that he holds Dustin up to the same standards he holds himself to. It’s an interesting theory, but I subscribe to the one that comes up at the end of the episode.Nany’s only briefly important in this episode, so I’ll just combine both of her moments here. Early in the episode, the guy she has looking for her dad tells her he found him and that he’s living in Miami. He’s heading to Miami to meet with her dad and offers to take a letter from her, so we see her write that. Nany actually came off alright in this episode and I hope her dad is amenable to meeting her. I hope we see some kind of resolution to that story this season. Seems like it will otherwise, why bother keeping it in the season? At the end of the episode, Nany gets word from Adam via Skype that he’s going to come for a visit and will be staying at the hotel across the street from them. I’m sure that will end in happiness and not tears. Right after Nany talked to her investigator, we see a man deliver a letter to the group that almost causes a stampede in the suite. They’ve finally gotten word about their trip. Sun Drop–the soda that has clearly been sponsoring the season–is sending them to Cancun to hang out at their Sun Drop beach party. Thankfully, they don’t waste too much time in getting the gang to Mexico, though the girls do go to the sex store in the Hard Rock for some reason. They get to their next opulent and awesome hotel suite and talk about how fantastic it is as they’re given Sun Drop gift bags. From here we get a montage of them snorkeling, riding wave runners, parasailing, driving boats and the like. They head out on a big boat and have more fun, it looks like Heather and Dustin are basically back together. This bugs Mike to no end.
Enough fun stuff, though, let’s hit the club! Actually, this one’s not so bad. Cooke meets some Australian dude and winds up taking him back to the suite. Leroy and Nany decided it’s a good idea to bust into their room and embarrass all parties. Who does that? The Australian must think all Americans are cads. Anyway, the NEXT night things get crazy. Dustin basically showed up to the club already trashed. He’s pouring drinks places and trying to get in fights with cab drivers out on the street. It’s a mess and he’s acting like the kind of ass hole American that I imagine people think of when they think of people from the States (him sounding like a cowboy already doesn’t help matters). Back at the hotel, Mike’s pissed about Dustin’s shenanigans and decides to tell Dustin this as soon as he gets home. Now, fans of the show will remember that, when Dustin’s drunk and angry he gets super redneck, calling everyone son and bitch. That’s exactly what happened this time around as he got in Mike’s face. Almost immediately, Mike tells Dustin to just hit him and get it over with. There’s lots of shouting and Mike calling Dustin a child and whatnot. It looks like Dustin punches Mike, but the camera angle is from directly behind Mike, so what you see is Dustin’s arm moving towards Mike and Mike flinching backwards. I’m assuming Mike didn’t actually get hit because it’s clear he wanted to get slugged so he could send Dustin home. There was some pushing and then they finally got separated. Just in time for a commercial break! We see Dustin looking contemplative out on the balcony before and after the break and then heading back into the suite. Mike apparently looks at him some way which sets Dustin off. Mike yells back and they’re right back at it. Dustin brings up Mike’s comment about him not being able to go to the school. Mike sits down and Dustin knocks his chair over, but that’s as bad as it got. Mike claims to be innocent in all this and that Dustin hates him, but I just don’t see it. Mike seems to react to something in Dustin very viscerally and that causes him to go nuts on him at every turn. He doesn’t seem to do this to anyone else in the house, so what is it about Dustin? Well, after they got back from Cancun, Mike tells Cooke he thinks it’s because Dustin reminds him of his dad who was a very emotional person. THAT makes sense. Whatever the reason though, Mike was obviously baiting Dustin trying to get a rock solid reason to send him home. The fact that he got so upset when Leroy called him on this the next day was kind of shocking. He had a similar reaction to Cooke. He couldn’t believe that he was being seen as the bad guy. What Mike doesn’t seem to get is that, it’s not that he decided to confront Dustin, it’s that he did it when he was drunk and also that that comment about the school was a pretty low blow (Dustin said that he felt completely thrown off balance by the comment and it’s implications). I’ve also got to give Dustin a lot of credit for not hitting Mike. I kind of expected it, but wasn’t surprised that he held back. The next day, we get the Sun Drop party. After being subjected to their weirdly disturbing “Drop It Like It’s Hot” commercial for the past 11 weeks, I’m glad this kind of backfired in their faces. The roomies did their best to have a good time–well, except for Mopey Mike–but all it all it was whatever. They head home, Mike complains to Cooke some more and Nany finds out about Adam coming. That’s about it.Oh, I nearly forgot, all the roommates went to talk to the high school class, but Mike did not. He said he didn’t want to be around Dustin and so this was a good way. Really? You’re going to let your bullshit get in the way of this charity that helps kids? Lame. The missus sided with Mike in this episode (or at least thought Dustin was being a douche, which I don’t necessarily disagree with) but I’m still in Dustin’s corner. Yes, he was being a complete drunk ass in Cancun and that was not cool at all, but why didn’t Mike get this upset when Adam acted way worse than this. Initially I liked Mike’s morality and outspokenness, but all this baiting, his brooding the next day and his inability to see any of this from anyone’s perspective but this speaks to something else. His dad was abusive to him, so it makes sense that he would generalize the feelings for his dad to Dustin, but that’s the kind of thing he needs to work through. Also, I’m not exactly sure why he repeated to different people that Dustin should be in jail. His dad was in prison, so maybe it’s more of that, but dude needs to check himself.