Real World Watcher: D.C. Finale

Unlike last week’s long post which didn’t go up until midnight, I’m going to break up the season finale and cast reunion special up into to posts. Overall, I can’t say I particularly enjoyed this season. I feel like my emotions were toyed with a bit too much by the editors. Were the dudes (minus Mike) really as bad as they seemed in the middle of the season (as I commented on almost completely throughout my posts) or were their worst moments put on screen to get me to dislike them only for the story editors to not-so-much redeem them, but make them more likable later on? I’m really not sure. They did some pretty bad stuff and Andrew still annoys the hell out of me, but they clearly lightened up on all that towards the end of the season so we could all leave on a happy note. And this was a pretty good episode, actually, maybe the best of the season because they actually did stuff like put on an art show, attend a gay pride parade when Mike and his dad actually talked to a protester and they played truth or dare. And of course, they said goodbye. These used to really get me when I was younger, but I’m either not as invested or have become less of a softy. I’m guessing it’s the investment thing because I think I got a little choked up during the goodbyes of the Brooklyn cast. Anyway, I didn’t necessarily live blog this episode, but I did jot down my thoughts, so here we go. Come back in an hour for a post about the reuinion special.

*It’s cool that they’re doing an art show. Andrew even made me laugh when he said Subway could cater. His slowness in painting is annoying.

*Ty’s a douche for saying photography is easy. At least he apologizes later. It’s cool that people are buying Callie’s pics.

*I’m kind of surprised they didn’t have Josh’s band play.

*Uh oh, drunk Mike is flirting/fake fighting with another dude. He’s bleeding!

*Mike’s dad convincing him to go back and talk to the protestor at the gay pride rally was actually really cool.

*I knew Andrew saying he was going to dump his girlfriend Andrea was bullshit. Her moving out there for him is a little crazy though.

*Hey, they’re playing truth or dare on camera! They said how often they plaid this on The Shit They Shoulda Shown last week.

*I feel bad for Emily because she doesn’t seem to have a home to return to. I wonder what she’ll do.

*I’m surprised that no one has decided to stay in DC. Usually there’s one or two.

*Josh is first to go. Then Callie. Then Andrew (who calls the roommates “very special people”). Then Ashley (Mike offers her his house for family). Then Ty. Then Mike and finally Emily. It must really suck to be the last person left in the house. I think I’d get all misty.

*Ty talks about needing to connect to himself which is cool. It’s good to hear him acknowledging he wants to change (nobody’s perfect).

*Emily’s list of things she’ll miss reminds me of leaving for college, leaving college and leaving Toledo.


*Click here, for my live blog of the reunion special.

Real World Watcher: D.C. Episode 12 & The S#!t They Shoulda Shown

Tonight’s post will essentially cover two hours of Real World programming which is why it’s going up so late, for those of you who anxiously await my rundowns every week. The main episode was okay, nothing special. With this being the penultimate episode of the scene I’m surprised with how much they’re cramming into an episode. This one has a significant other visit, at least three charitable events, a wedding, a concert and a big problem with a significant other, but there were really three important stories (and none of them were the charitable stuff, just for the record). For the full post, hit the jump, this turned out to be a long one thanks to the extra hour! Continue reading Real World Watcher: D.C. Episode 12 & The S#!t They Shoulda Shown

Real World Watcher: D.C. Episode 12

After one of the most hate-able episodes of Real World two weeks ago and then a pretty good palette cleanser last week, tonight’s episode just fell kind of flat. This is probably because it starred two of my least favorite people on the show taking up most of the screen time. In one of the two main storylines Andrew actually busts down some doors at local DC papers and gets some face time with some presumably big deal cartoonists and editors. He even gets the chance to trail a reporter to a White House press conference which is kind of shocking because, from what I’ve seen of his art, it’s very basic and not very interesting. Anyway, Andrew ends up lying to his editor in an effort to get more time to get a poitical cartoon in. He does and actually shows some interesting style, but he straight-up says that he’s not very political, which would seem to be a fairly important aspect of being a political cartoonist.

The bigger and far more annoying part of the episode revolves around Erika and her boyfriend visiting. She basically spends 45 minutes of airtime bitching about how much she wants to go home. She says she’s going to go home, but no one’s really convinced. Then she talks to her boyfriend and walks into the hot tub room to tell everyone she’s staying. My favorite part of the whole episode is when Ashley just storms out of the room saying she can’t handle this shit anymore. After Callie and Emily give her some shit for not making any decisions on her own without her boyfriend (who she’s only been dating for two months) she flips the script and then decides to leave anyway. Good riddance to bad rubbish, I say. I wonder if they’ll bring someone else in or just let them roll on their own with ONLY 7 people.

Real World Watcher: D.C. Episode 11

Okay, so after one of the most infuriating Real World episodes of all time last week, this week’s was kind of a palate cleanser. Andrew didn’t suck that much, Josh and Ty weren’t in it too much and we got to see Callie actually doing her job as a photographer. I actually found myself liking Andrew as he’s fallen for this girl and has dropped his whole bullshit “I’m in it for the poontang” d-bag shtick for the most part. The problem, which is a lot more telling about him as a person that just about anything else he’s shown this season, is that he has zero trust when it comes to women. He mentions that his mom cheated on his dad, which must contribute to that, but I’m guessing he’s had his heart ripped out by a girl or ten in his past. He’s also said that he doesn’t wear his emotions on his sleeves or open up to people which hint at something more going on, something that the girl noted as being a potential problem in their relationship. By the end of the episode, after some nonsense with a grenade he threw himself on for Josh (to use Jersey Shore parlance) , he and the girl are boyfriend and girlfriend.

Before moving on to the rest of the episode, I’ve got to talk about this grenade again. Her name’s G and she’s this total emo, Debbie Downer (Andrew’s words, though it’s a pretty apt description). Andrew’s showing her the confessional when his soon-to-be-girlfriend shows up at the house (after leaving a girls night out early). He’s sitting there with G, with the door open and his girlfriend awkwardly standing outside the room. Girlfriend–can’t remember her name right now, but it starts with an “A”–goes upstairs and then G proceeds to call her ugly and Andrew doesn’t really defend her (his douchiest moment of the episode). Meanwhile this girl looks like she got ridden hard, fell in the mud and put away wet and dirty.

Of course, no episode can be without its hair pulling moments of rage apparently. This time, that rage was focused solely on Erika, the songstress who expects everything to fall into her lap and gives up any time there’s even a remote problem (like when her band couldn’t make practice one day and she dumped them even when they tried rescheduling). In this episode she does come across some truly bad luck when she’s told, for reasons not relayed to us, that she can’t work at NPR. Or go in for an interview. I wasn’t really sure what stage the whole thing was at. From being a total wet blanket at a soccer game (hey, I hate soccer too, but no need to be a total d-bag about that) to threatening to go home once again for reasons beyond my comprehension (life is hard, I guess).

I was kind of blown away when Callie started shouting at Erika. Not because it was happening as we saw that in the commercials for this week’s episode, but because Callie tells her–and of course us–that Erika is her backbone in the house. Crazy right? It’s nuts how much stuff gets cut out of the show. Anyway, Erika seems to listen to Callie who’s basically telling her to woman-up. Of course, by the looks of next week’s episode, it doesn’t take and Erika leaves. Let’s hope so. Good riddance to bad bananas.

Real World Watcher: D.C. Episode 10

I can say without a doubt that this was one of the most infuriating episode of Real World I’ve ever seen. Between the roommates not kicking the violent man who pushed a 90-pound kid off a 6-foot ledge out of the house, further screen time given to said bully, Andrew’s equally annoying brother visiting and the ongoing war between Emily and Ty, I don’t think an episode has gotten by blood boiling this much in a long time. I’m now convinced that the high quality of Real World: Brooklyn was a complete accident (they put together a cocktail that would lead to surefire conflict on paper, but actually turned out to be really interesting) and the casting director’s are just aiming for assholes who want to punch each other. Hit the jump for the full live blog. Continue reading Real World Watcher: D.C. Episode 10

Real World Watcher: D.C. Episode 9

Wow, okay, I’m going to just post my notes on this one. For those of you wonder, yes, this is the episode in which Andrew fell and got hurt pretty bad. As I note, I HATE this kid, but no one should get tossed over a friggin’ high-ass porch onto cement. As a long time Real World fan, I’m pretty disappointed with how violent and dangerous the non-Mike men on this cast. In this episode Ty pushes a girl in a way that is not playful and shoves Andrew off the steps (I don’t know what to call this thing, it’s not a balcony, it’s not really a porch, it’s bigger than a stoop). Meanwhile, to a lesser degree, because he didn’t actually lay hands on her, Josh gets in Emily’s face in a violent and unnerving manner. And, let’s face it, most hook ups on this show are alcohol fueled which mean they’re skirting laws at best. Blech, I’m hoping Ty gets kicked out, Andrew maybe learns to not be such a douche and Josh goes home too, but I doubt all of those things will happen. Maybe I’m getting too old for this shit. Hit the jump for the live blogging, including the full account of the altercation between Ty and Andrew. Continue reading Real World Watcher: D.C. Episode 9