Wednesday, January 13, 2010
The Real World D.C.: Episode #3
-- I'm with Emily. I don't get why everyone's making a big deal about she and Ty sleeping together, either. I mean, it's the Real World. Wouldn't it be more unusual if people weren't having sex inside the house? I did get a kick out of Andrew's lame attempt to play detective: "Hey, Ty, you want to get laid tonight or what? Why not?" There's a technique you never saw on Scooby Doo.
-- For me, Ashley's the hardest person in the cast to get a handle on. She goes from annoying and needy to kind of cool and funny on the turn of a dime. Her propensity for walking around in nothing but a towel is also a big plus. And regardless of what she's wearing, "I love bacon" is honestly one of the hottest things any girl can say ever.
-- For the amount of money Washington Sports Clubs charge, I'd be kind of pissed if I showed up and found a reality show camera crew filming in there. Granted, the cast members seemed to be getting a private workout away from the main floor, but still.
-- I'm curious: Suppose Ty's ex-girlfriend...oh, I don't know...didn't, for whatever reason, want her end of an incredibly intimate conversation with her ex-boyfriend broadcast on national television, and refused to sign a release giving MTV permission to air it. Would the producers still have allowed Ty to talk to her? It's hard to figure out what's "real" on this show and what isn't.
-- Given the absolutely ridiculous amount of time the show has spent on Ty and Emily this season, I can only assume the other cast members were doing absolutely fucking nothing the entire rest of the time. If it weren't for Callie's weight issues, this episode would be 100% two really annoying people going back and forth between flirting and squabbling.
-- "Shut up. Stop losing eye contact with me." Man, Ty's awesome with the pillow talk. Why did Emily walk out?
-- Watching Ty and Emily joke the next morning about what seemed to be on the verge of being a serious physical altercation ("A Mr. & Mrs. Smith fight," Emily? Really? I saw that movie, and I don't remember a scene where Brad Pitt gets pulled off of Angelina Jolie by his housemates) is somewhat disturbing, as is the fact that everyone else aside from an appropriately horrified Mike doesn't seem to think it's a big deal. Ashley--who I'm back to hating for now--in particular, seems to have constructed some weird romantic saga featuring Ty and Emily in her head, where they're obviously meant for each other, and this is just the part in the movie where they go through a rough patch.
-- I'm sorry, I'm sure Emily's tearful speech about women and the problems they have with their body image is entirely on point, but I just can't take her seriously with this as her backdrop.
-- You know that scene in Sherlock Holmes where Holmes suggests to Lord Blackwood that he and Watson might like to dissect Blackwood's brain after he's hung? I kind of feel that way about Ty's brain. Science needs to know what's going on in there. For someone who's demonstrated an astonishing level of insecurity vis-à-vis his relationship with Emily, he's awfully slow to understand why everyone's pissed off at him. And I don't think it's that he doesn't care (although, he obviously doesn't), it's that he seems genuinely confused that people aren't embracing the awesome bluntness that is Ty.
-- "You're Pretty"? Seriously hating Ashley now. She's going to have to spend the entire next episode in a towel if she wants to dig herself out of this hole.
-- By inserting herself into the Ty/Emily and Ty/Callie fights, Erika finally got a few lines this season. But Josh, other than his brief conversation with Andrew (also about Callie, oddly enough), is still MIA. Is he off having crazy adventures while all this is going on? Did he get lost on the Metro? What?
Real World Wisdom:
Erika: "She must be one of those, like, girls who doesn't like to cuddle after she fucks."
Ashley: "Are you guys having sex now or in five minutes?"
Callie: "I don't know if I can be comfortable being around you if you're just going to judge me and be an asshole to me."
Ty: "Maybe I should hold off a little on pushing people's buttons, because there are certain issues that, you know, people have been struggling with their entire lives."