Wow. Things got pretty intense towards the end of this week’s Real World: Las Vegas. Even though I’ve obviously seen the whole episode, I’m going to do my best to write as if I was watching it in real time, so the revelation towards the end hits honestly, instead of using that to paint the entire episode. So, if something I write about particular cast members seems harsh in light of the overall episode, I’d just point out that I’m trying to mimic the reality of both watching the show and basic human interactions. We judge one another all the time based on what we can see without knowing every aspect of a person’s life. Obviously, what we do and don’t know colors how we view someone, making us react differently to their actions. Anyway, I’m getting a little deeper than I intended to with this opening, but you’ll understand what I mean by the end I think. Hop on in. Continue reading Real World Watcher: Las Vegas Episode 5 “Playas Gettin’ Played”
Hey, everyone, Nany kind of sucks. It became clear to me while watching this week’s episode that she went out to Las Vegas looking for any excuse to break up with her boyfriend. Judging a relationship from the outside is impossible, even moreso when it’s on TV and you only get to see one person taking about it, but it seems like Nany was the bad one in that pairing and Jordy was the good one. I’m jumping the gun again, though. The episode kicked off with Leroy talking about how Adam is clearly pushing Nany to break up with her boyfriend. While Adam and Nany go grab some breakfast, that’s the topic of conversation for the other roommates and Leroy’s opinion seems to be the general consensus. While eating their meal (I’m guessing they get to eat free as long as they’re in the Hard Rock casino) Adam talks about how hard it is living with someone he’s so attracted to who has a boyfriend. Nany replies that it’s equally hard for her and that she feels so alone in the house. Really? Continue reading Real World Watcher: Las Vegas Episode 4 “Three Hookups And A Break Up”
I would be ridiculously curious to talk to the Real World producers about how they really choose who to be on each season of the show. Obviously, they scan through thousands of tapes to get an idea of who might be interesting to watch on TV, but I wonder if they bring in psychologists or psychiatrists to analyze the candidates to see who will play off of each other and how. I got to thinking about this this time around because Adam is an incredibly unlikeable character so far this season, especially because Leroy’s around. Adam blames his crappy childhood for being a remorseless ass now, but both Leroy and Mike had rough childhoods too and as Leroy points out, it’s not like they’re smashing things. As we see after yet another outburst from Adam this episode, the only roommate who really seems to care about Adam is Nany. It makes me wonder if there was some analysis done that put the girl who likes the dangerous boys and roots for the underdog together with the dangerous boy from the very beginning. As I noted when talking about the first episode, they were the only two that were paired up before going to the Hard Rock hotel. Everyone else showed up on their own. It’s interesting that she turned out to be the one that really defends him to everyone else. Continue reading Real World Watcher: Las Vegas Episode 3 “Stands By Me”
Well look at that, right after blogging about last week’s first episode of Real World Las Vegas, I was able to catch tonight’s episode at 11PM. That means the review won’t go up until well into Thursday, but at least it’s still the night of, kinda. This episode alleviated some of my fears, encouraged some others and brought an unexpected level of drama to the proceedings, all of which make it a pretty good episode.
We kick off with a kind of recap that, unlike a Jersey Shore episode, doesn’t start with the last few minutes of the previous episode, but instead just involves people talking about stuff. I’ve got no problem with that. So we get the rundown that Adam likes Nany and Dustin digs Heather, there’s even some making out on the parts of the latter with Dustin later pulling Mike aside and talking to him about the situation. Initially I scoffed at this scene because, why would you go to Mike, the recently deflowered, incredibly moral one to talk about girls? It will all make sense why this scene was included by the end. On the Nany/Adam front we find out that Nany came out to Vegas because she had been feeling smothered by Jordy her boyfriend of six years. This answers some of the questions I had last episode about why she would even be kind of interested in Adam, let alone telling him as much.
That night, the gang head out to a club in the Hard Rock (where they’re staying) and everyone seems to be having a good time. Leroy tells Nany that dancing with a dude isn’t cheating. Then I walk away for maybe two minutes and Adam’s breaking something and getting dragged out of the club by three or four bouncers. What shitty timing I have! I found out later that the bouncers came over to take a bottle of Grey Goose (that’s Vodka kids) away from him and he broke it or a glass or something. The guards escorted him all the way back to the suite where Leroy was hooking up with a girl and the rest of the roommates had already gotten back. He got in and immediately started a wet noodle routine that worried Mike even with Dustin telling him not to take on that responsibility. Adam broke something in the room, walked in on Leroy getting down and got kind of all over Naomi and Nany. Finally Nany got him to go to sleep.
The next day he was acting all cool about everything, even though all the roommates–including Leroy–were saying that he should go down and apologize, but Adam thought it was all awesome and that they must be used to this kind of thing because it’s Vegas. Here’s the thing, asshole, Vegas keeps itself awesome by putting douchebag punks like you in your place. You’re lucky this was back in the days of Sinatra and someone didn’t just break your arm and replace you with an Italian dude in a suit. Lo and behold, the assistant security manager or someone knocks on the door, with a buddy, and asks him to come meat up with the full-on security manager. This dude’s not messing around and doesn’t buy Adam’s bullshit. His main problem seems to be that Adam tried to fight the bouncers when they tried removing him. He tells Adam this is his one and only warning. This dude will not last the season. Adam apologize now that he has to.
Adam heads back to the suite and plays the whole thing cool and even blames the club for not cutting him off. No one’s buying his bullshit anymore and even Nany seems to be losing whatever interest she had in him. Until the two of them go out and get sushi with Mike and he tells them that he was a loser in high school and got into drugs. He tells the camera that he’s certain that she’ll like him more when she finds out he was in juvie. I hope Nany proves him wrong. This dude is so full of smug assholeishness, that even when he decides to put all his spending money for the week on a red in a roulette game and wins, I can’t feel excited for him. Anyone else and I would have been jazzed. With him it’s just another case of fortune favoring an asshole. Happens every day, but that don’t mean I want to see it.
For whatever it’s worth, I’m getting a much better vibe from Leroy this episode. Before it seemed like he was just there to meet girls and hook up which really isn’t that entertaining on a basic cable channel. This time around he showed a different side by having fun with the dudes out at the pool and talking to Adam about going down and apologizing to the hotel. I’m sure a big part of it was because he didn’t want it to look bad for him and the other roommates, but it’s still a point of integrity for him. When I was an intern, a fellow intern had some unfortunate behavior at the one bar we went to all the time and we all felt the exact same way. Don’t shit where you eat, dude. That’s a rule to live by. Leroy also asks Mike about his family situation and Mike explains that he started living with his grandma because both his parents went to jail. Later his dad got out and took him back because his grandma was sick, but he got in regular fist fights with his dad and got his ass kicked. To keep himself safe, Mike moved in with a friend and just stayed there. It’s a sad story, but not a particularly uncommon one.
Later a game of Truth Or Dare leads to all kinds of trouble. Everyone’s there except for Dustin who seems to be sleeping next to the phone. Heather says she likes Dustin as more than just a friend. Nany dares Leroy to kiss Naomi’s foot which turns into sucking her toe (he does it). Adam takes his shirt off while straddling Naomi. Mike does pantsless jumping jacks. Leroy kisses Naomi. Leroy dares the girls to triple kiss. It’s all fun and games and then Leroy dares Heather to make out with Mike. Mike’s really uncomfortable with the idea and doesn’t want to do his friend dirty, but that doesn’t stop Heather from walking over and kissing him for a few seconds. Afterwards, the guys are walking around and Mike’s feeling guilty, saying he knows that Dustin’s going to be pissed. Leroy doesn’t think so and decided to bust into the phone room and tell Dustin–who looks like he just woke up–what happened. Dustin doesn’t get immediately pissed and even winds up playing pool with Mike who explains what happened pretty much as it happened. It was all a game right?
Well Dustin doesn’t think so. He feels thrice betrayed, by Leroy, Heather and mostly by Mike (this is why they showed the scene of the two of them taking about Heather in the beginning of the episode). The strangest thing to me is that Dustin doesn’t blame Heather nearly as much as he blames Mike. I think this might be partly because he doesn’t understand the story. I should backtrack a bit. Dustin’s stewing in his own juices for a bit, has a convo with Nany and later with Leroy. While talking to Leroy, Mike busts into the room and is like “It was just a game, get over it.” This sets Dustin off on a tear. He didn’t get violent, but he did keep calling Mike “boy” and “sir” which leads me to believe he’s either southern or British. Anyway, I really liked seeing Mike stand up for himself. There was an exchange after Mike said it was a game where Dustin responded with “Life ain’t a game son” to which Mike exasperatedly replied “Life? You’ve known her four days.” I love this shit. Mike’s essentially the everyman character on the show just looking at these crazy people and commenting on how crazy they are (I noticed this to some extent last episode when the camera kept cutting to his reactions to things he had nothing to do with). Mike lays down some sarcasm that I think Dustin took as an admission of guilt and then leaves the suite while Dustin continues to have what looks like a mild nervous breakdown and then decides to camp out in the confessional instead of returning to the room he shares with Mike.
This is legit drama, I fully approve.
I know I’m a week late on my review of the first episode of Real World‘s return to Las Vegas, but the missus and I are pretty invested in Top Chef right now, so for at least the next two weeks, they’re going to be less on-time than usual. Right off the bat, I’m going to say that I am leery of this season. It feels like the Real World folks were trying to cast for more of a Jersey Shore feel. You’ve got the dude who’s just there to hook up (Leroy), the dude who swears he’s not going to hook up with a roommate but is drawn to a roommate (Dustin), god help me if Heather turns out to be the next Sammi. Then you’ve got Naomi who had just a hint of Snooki in this episode. It’s worrisome. I didn’t like when Road Rules started voting people off like Survivor and I’m not sure if I like the RW producers trying to do the Shore thing.
Okay, it’s not quite that bad, but this first episode did have more roommates bringing girls back to the house than I ever remember in a Real World season. But I’m getting ahead of myself aren’t I? I should probably introduce you to this round of strangers living at the Hard Rock in Vegas. I already mentioned Leroy, he’s a garbageman who isn’t too picky when it comes to women. Naomi’s from the Bronx and seems mostly chill. Heather’s a petite blond from Jersey who’s super cute. Dustin’s the all American boy, who comes off as a nice guy, but did a naked webcast with a bunch of dudes and is worried about his roommates–especially Heather–finding out. Nany’s got a boyfriend back home, but Adam’s really into her. I get a creepy stalker vibe from Adam and not just because he flips out later in the season and starts punching walls (I have a feeling he’s not going to last the full season). Oh, he also got into drugs, was somehow involved in a shooting and went to juvie for three years, but we don’t know the deets yet. And finally, we’ve got Michale the religious kid who just lost his virginity before coming out to Vegas, struggles with his morality and envies the other guys living by “Dirty Boy” rules. He said his grandma would whup his ass if he winds up in a strip club.
The biggest story for me in this episode is the strangeness between Adam and Nany. She’s the first person he meets on their way to the hotel (everyone else got to the hotel on their own, which was different) and he instantly falls for her. He even tells her how much he digs her and at one point late at night asks her to marry him. Nany’s very up front about having a boyfriend back home of six years, but still tells the girls and Adam that she’s most attracted to him. This seems like very strange behavior for a woman (everyone is over 21 this time around) who has been in a relationship for so long. Maybe they don’t really have a good thing going, but she immediately buys Adam telling her that he’s not a player and has no game, a speech he repeats for another girl he goes on a date with towards the end of the episode (the producers do an amazing job of bouncing back and forth between the convos). Oh, he also brought a girl back on a different night and says he loves how jealous Nany gets when she sees him with a girl. I get a bad vibe from this dude. A super bad vibe.
The other big story involves Dustin and Heather. They seem attracted to each other instantaneously, but that’s no big surprise, he’s a big handsome dude and she’s a pretty little blond. Seems like your basic, all American pairing to me. Dustin worries about hooking up with her because he thinks that means he won’t be able to bring other girls back to the house. By the way, the very first night the gang goes out to the club, Leroy and Adam bring back a gaggle of broads. You can’t tell who actually hooks up and who doesn’t (no incriminating night vision footage in this ep), but they all seems to be getting down. The last time RW was in Vegas, there was an all-roommate threeway, but it just seems strange bringing in outsiders so soon.
The famewhores really came out in this episode as even goofy and awkward Michael brought a pair of girls back to the house only to read them a prayer, bowl with them and then get turned down for a goodnight kiss by the less attractive of the two. Clearly these chicks weren’t into this dude and only came back to get a look at the most recent Real World house. Later, Dustin and Michael have a conversation about Mike not wanting to hook up with just random girls. It’s clearly a moral issue for him, but Dustin wants to see him explore life and make some mistakes. This will be an interesting storyline. Remember Julie from New Orleans (who turned out to be kind of crazy on the Challenges)? She got kicked out of her Mormon school to be on the show. That was super interesting. This?
We’ll see, it’s pretty early. My worry with a good chunk of this cast is that they’re there to party and not as interested in getting to know their fellow castmates. Now, I’m not trying to sound like an old man, but them seemingly not getting to know each other the first night–playing Never Have I Ever was an interesting step, but it didn’t last long–and bringing strangers back to the house, PLUS Adam’s super creepy vibe make me uneasy about the season. Maybe that stuff has been edited out and I know sex sells, but I really don’t need another Jersey Shore in my life.