I hope Paula is Laughing Somewhere (The Challenge: Battle of the Exes II Episode 10 Recap)

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This week’s episode featured the exit of one of the top teams in the game, one of the scariest challenges in series history, and the biggest power move by a female player in challenge history.  As opposed to The Real World, which is still in limbo, The Challenge has been renewed for another season.  I take this as great news, The Challenge entertains me week after week unlike any other show, that being said, let’s get into this week’s episode.

The week’s episode opened with the remnants of Hurricane Nia blowing through the nomination ceremony.  Leroy finally calmed Nia down enough so that Sarah and Jordan could confirm they were still being sent in, and then it was time to head to the dome.

The week’s dome brought back a classic elimination challenge, “hall brawl,” the object of this game is to run down a narrow hallway, fight your way past your opponent and tag your partner at the opposite end, the partners then run back down the hallway, and the first time to ring their bell wins the round.  The winner is the team to take the best two out of three matches.  The no longer “roided-up” Wes is at a significant disadvantage against the much bigger Leroy, and clearly Wes knows this, as he dives at Leroy’s shins to avoid contact, rather than taking a big hit in the hallway.  Wes’s strategy does not pay off, and after (maybe) faking an injured neck, he and Theresa are quickly eliminated 2-0.  Following their elimination, Theresa whines and cries about how it isn’t fair she’s going home.  This is basically all Theresa has done since Banana’s and Nany got back into the house, further proving why she is one of the least enjoyable people to watch on these shows.

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The Skeleton’s Are Out of the Closet (The Real World Skeletons Finale Recap)

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This week marked the end of The Real World Skeletons, and many people have speculated maybe the end of the series as well.  It has been widely reported that The Real World has not yet been renewed for a 31st season, while The Challenge and Are you the One  have both been re-upped for another go.  It’s worth noting that The Real World wasn’t confirmed for season 30 until April of last year, so it’s not time to panic about the series ending just yet (source).  Instead of dwelling on the negative possibilities let’s jump in and talk about the finale (which was also pretty negative and dark, but who cares).

A large chunk of this episode focuses on the conclusion of the fight between Nicole and Jason.  We never see exactly what Jason did, but clearly he went way past the line for how a man should handle a woman, or anyone for that matter.  Nicole is quoted as saying he “threw” her, which sounds a little confusing and a lot inappropriate.  Nicole was understandably extremely upset at this treatment by her former best friend in the house, and by all accounts the two have still not repaired the bond they once had.

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Becca May be a Pod Person and Feminism Takes a Hit (The Bachelor Finale Recap)

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It’s over.  After the classic three-hour “drama” filled marathon, another season of The Bachelor is behind us.  Despite Chris Harrison’s attempts to make us believe otherwise, this was one of the least dramatic finale’s in the shows history.  The biggest reason for the lack of drama was Becca, who is an emotionless pod person from another planet, hoping to conquer us by mating with our farmers and taking over our food production.  It’s either that or Becca is basically the only sane, logical woman to ever come on this show.  Not only was Becca not in love with Chris before she got out of the limo the first night, (unlike most of the other women on the show) she still wasn’t sure she was in love with him heading into a maybe proposal in a freezing cold barn in Iowa.  Becca’s inability to confirm that she was in love with Chris made the decision fairly simple.  You don’t want to be The Bachelor who picks the woman who “just wasn’t into you” per Jimmy Kimmel.  Not only does Becca not shed a tear while Chris is breaking up with her, she also stays emotionless during the limo ride away, and during the After The Final Rose special.  I’ve probably never liked Becca more than I did last night, even if she is  a pod person, she seems like a very logical one, and the planet could probably use some new rulers anyways.

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Total Eclipse of the Heart aka The Return of Banany (The Challenge: Battle of The Exes II Recap)

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I loved this week of The Challenge, while I haven’t always been his biggest fan, things just don’t feel right without Johnny Banana’s in the house and we finally got him back this week.  But before we can get to the return of Banany, we’ve got some other things to cover, so let’s get started.

Wes is feeling great at the beginning of this week’s episode.  After eliminating his nemesis Johnny Banana’s earlier in the season, and pulling some Jedi mind tricks on Leroy to get him to throw in Zach last week, Wes feels like he is controlling the game, he just needs to make one more move.  Wes goes to Leroy and Jordan and asks them to agree to throw in Jay and Jenna for the final elimination.  Leroy will take virtually any deal offered to him, and is immediately on board.  Jordan and Sarah on the other hand are not so trusting of Wes and decide this isn’t something they can agree to.  Jordan also decides to mention Theresa being a bitch, which while true, doesn’t help him and Sarah much in the house.  Jordan also brings up that Wes is not the same “roided up” guy that he was in the past.  (Between this comment, winning the challenge, and admitting that he doesn’t need to get any “douchier”, it was a great performance by Jordan all around this week).  Just when it is looking like Sarah and Jordan might be heading into all remaining elimination rounds the group gets a message from TJ, and it’s time to make a surprise trip to the dome.

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Wine and Roses (The Real World Skeletons Episode 12 Recap)

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I had hoped to get this week’s post up earlier, but due to a lack of time and some writer’s block it didn’t happen.  Despite that fact I’m still excited to talk about the latest drama filled episode, so let’s get started.

Last week’s episode closed out with Madison getting flowers from an unknown sender with a card asking her to meet him for lunch.  All week it was teased that the latest skeleton was Madison’s ex-boyfriend, and most people assumed that meant the boyfriend she went through her heroin addiction with.  As the newest skeleton arrived however, we learned there are some places even The Real World won’t go.  The ex was not the one who led Madison down the wrong path, but another ex-boyfriend from around that time period who left Madison when her addiction to drugs was more than he could handle.

Despite the fact that he is supposed to be Madison’s more respectable ex, when they head out to the bar Madison says that she knows Skyler is a great time, and that he’s crazy.  Skyler then does his best to prove his insanity by squeezing a lemon wedge into his eye for no apparent reason.  One person not impressed by these antics is Tony, the suddenly jealous boyfriend.  Following the lemon squeezing incident Tony pulls Madison aside to remind her that there is no “Tony 2.0…there’s just Tony” (which caused me to think, “thank god”).  Something about the way Tony popped his collar while delivering this speech reminded me of another famous Tony, Elaine’s ex-boyfriend from Seinfeld, who caused Jerry to coin the phrase “mimbo.”  During this episode I finally realized that Tony really is a mimbo.  Tony loses some of his mimbo charm in the next sequence when he decides to take out his frustration on the flowers Skyler sent Madison by throwing them from the second floor to the kitchen below.  Tony tries to follow that up with throwing Skyler’s bed down, but Nicole overpowers him and he gives up and goes to bed.  There is a happy ending to this volatile situation however, as Skyler and Tony make up like bro’s the next morning, and after saying goodbye to Madison we’re down to one skeleton left for this season.

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You’ve Lost that Loving Feeling (The Challenge: Battle of the Exes 2 Episode Recap)

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As with The Real World, I am way late with my entrance to the blogging game for this season of The Challenge, but don’t worry!  I have been watching closely all season, and am excited to start sharing my thoughts with you as we approach the end of another quality run of The Challenge.

-Biggest take away from this episode: is it possible for Zach to be a bigger asshole.  I didn’t watch the second San Diego season, so my introduction to Zach was on Battle of the Seasons, and he didn’t make a great first impression.  The way he and Frank treated Sam, particularly during the final mission was disgusting, and quickly turned them into some of my least favorite challengers.  However over his last few appearances on The Challenge, Zach had really been growing on me.  He still acted like a douche occasionally, but generally speaking he seemed like a nicer, calmer guy, and he was even good for a funny soundbite from time to time.  This season has made me realize I was right the first time.  I wouldn’t ever say Jonna is my favorite person on these shows, but she’s far from my least favorite, and Zach has treated her like trash from the moment they stepped into the house.  This week, not only did Zach berate Jonna when she did nothing wrong, (her jumping off the truck at the end did not result in a DQ) he also cost the team a victory when he jumped too soon.  That night Zach makes a very half-hearted effort to apologize, but the apology quickly turns into another attack on Jonna who FINALLY says she’s done with him (I doubt that’s really true, but still nice to hear).

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Are we Sure Madison Should be Partying this Much (The Real World Skeletons Episode 11 Recap)

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I’m back, super late to the party, but still an enthusiastic guest.  We’re almost finished with the second gimmicky season of The Real World, and for the most part I’d say they’ve been a success.  The skeleton’s, aside from Tony’s, haven’t really delivered the drama that we got from the ex’s, but this season has been enjoyable none the less.  Also props to this season for mending some fences between Bruno and his brother, and Madison and her sister, it’s rare that this show helps heal the drama in someone’s life.  Anyways, enough with the overview, let’s get into my take aways from this weeks episode.

-Food really gets this cast fired up.  From Bruno going nuclear when the boys ate his burgers, (side note: even though I’m not a huge Bruno fan, I do ride with him on this one, people stealing your food is very upsetting) to Violetta losing it after having Jell-O thrown on her while she was sleeping, food really draws out a reaction from this cast.

-One of the big story lines this week was the arrival of Madison’s skeleton, and based on her sketchy past, it seemed like this could be the most explosive skeleton of the season.  However, instead of it being one of her former drug related associates, it’s her sister, and the potential for drama is squashed.  The visit mostly ends up being a time for the sister’s to reconcile, and work through the hurt that was caused while Madison was abusing drugs.  One bit on contention does occur between the two when Rachel (Madison’s sister) is not eager to party with the housemates at the club.  Rachel says she didn’t come to the house to party, and this brings up a good point.  Should Madison, someone who has only been clean a little over a year, be out partying all the time on this show.  As someone who has made several questionable decisions themselves while intoxicated, it seems like this is not the best course of action for Madison.  Just look at the recent relapse by Josh Hamilton, someone who almost certainly has a bigger support network than Madison, and it seems like coming on this show might not have been the best thing for her. (Of course I haven’t heard anything about her having a relapse, so I might just be completely wrong about everything).

-Has there ever been a relationship that seemed more doomed to fail than Tony and Madison.  Tony agreeing with Bruno that Rachel is better looking is just the latest sign that these two have zero chance of staying together long-term.  As pointed out on the excellent Right Reasons podcast on Grantland.com, Tony has a tattoo of his name spelled backwards on his shoulder.  Fun fact about the name Tony, in reverse it spells y not, which seems to be Tony’s approach to women.  If a girl approaches Tony at the club and wants to make out, his mental response “why not.”  Tony’s behavior would be reasonably acceptable for a college frat guy, but seeing as how the show lists his age as 26, it’s really time for Tony to grow up and act like more of an adult.

-The other major storyline this  week was the birth of Jason’s baby.  Congrats to him, he seems pretty genuine in his determination to be present in the baby’s life, unlike his own father who was absent while Jason was growing up.  It was nice to see the guys support Jason in this moment, sadly Nicole was the missing “wolf pack” member, as she had to go back to Brooklyn for a few days for her job as an EMT.   It will also be interesting to see how new daddy Jason reacts to the arrival of his skeleton, reportedly his absentee father.

That’s all I’ve got for this week.  Next week looks fairly promising, we will see who the flowers Madison received at the end of the episode are from, and Tony doesn’t appear to be the guys biggest fan (another reason these two are doomed).  Also there is a confrontation between Tony and Sylvia/Jason, after Tony steals a bottle and is called “white trash” by Sylvia, and finally it appears that Bruno’s romance with Carla may be coming to an end.  Things are winding down, but it looks like this season still has some gas left in the tank, see you next week for another recap.

Thoughts/Questions/Comments? Feel free to contact me either via email: SHMcG223@gmail.com or on Twitter: @NoOneGoesToClev

Never Count your Chicks Before They’re Hatched (The Bachelor Fantasy Dates Week Recap)

 

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…Especially when you’re in a temple in Bali surrounded by chickens on your quest for “forever love” with a corn farmer from Iowa and his two other girlfriends.

There’s good news reality tv show friends, I’m back!!  After almost a year absence I’ve decided to return to the blogging game.  I’d been considering coming back for while, these past few months have been full of reality tv action, but it took having a virgin in the fantasy suite to finally push me over the edge.  I probably won’t be posting quite as regularly as I used to, but I’m happy to be back, and look forward to sharing my thoughts with you all.  Now that I’ve got that out-of-the-way, let’s jump right in and exploring one of the greatest weeks in reality programming, fantasy suites week on The Bachelor.

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Love in the Fast Lane (The Challenge Free Agents Episode 2 Recap)

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I want to start off this week’s recap by saying I’m loving this season of The Challenge so far.  The draw has really put in an added dimension of suspense about who is going home that week, and instead of just watching Johnny Banana’s pick off rookies, we got to see challenge heavyweight Frank go into elimination for the second week in a row.  It’s possible that I’m just loving this format because none of my favorites have gone home yet, or because Dustin got sent packing this week and I was saved from watching another Jessica romance play out on-screen, whatever the reason, the point is that I’m in on this season.  This week we got our first big fight of the season, some stomach turning courtship between Jessica and Dustin, and the always suspenseful elimination round, so let’s get started.

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We open the show with Jessica and Dustin cuddling on the couch.  Dustin tells Jessica that everyone in the house keeps telling him how much they like her.  WHAT?!  I’m sorry, I try not to be overly judgmental, but Jessica is just SO annoying, I can’t understand how the people in the house like her.  I give her tons of credit for getting into shape for this challenge, that takes a lot of work and I was impressed.  However, it looks like she spent so much time working on her body that she had no time left over to work on her incredibly annoying personality.  Despite that fact that other people on the show do seem to genuinely like her, as was evidenced by them going to bat on Twitter for her against her attackers, so maybe there is some part of Jessica that I’m missing.  The only thing I was really looking forward to with Jessica on this season was seeing if she would stick to her vow of purity that she took during her Real World season, but with Dustin gone I think that story line is pretty much dead.

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Live Free or Die (The Challenge: Free Agents Premiere Episode Recap)

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It’s finally here, season 25 of The Challenge is upon us!  If last nights hour and a half premiere taught us one thing, it’s that this will be the hardest season to predict the outcome in the history of The Challenge.  I went into this season believing that despite what the previews had said, there was no way this would legitimately be an individual challenge, but after watching the first episode it truly is an every man for themselves format.  Each week the contestants will compete in either a group, pair or individual challenge, the winners on that day get to pick one male and female to go into the elimination round.  The twist that makes this an individual game is that the selected persons opponent is determined by all other losing players from that day flipping over a card.  If the card you flip is blank your safe, but if you get the “kill card” you are heading into the elimination round.  This twist proved it was going to stir things up right away when vets Jemmye and Frank were sent into elimination on night one.  I think everyone really needs to give kudos to the creative team at Bunim/Murray, they have pulled off legitimate game changing twists two series in a row, first with The Real World Ex-Plosion, and now with this new format for The Challenge.  Despite the fact that this twist has the potential to blow up my predictions for this season, I’m still super excited to see this show play out, so let’s get right into and talk about what happened last night.

As always, to kick the show off the entire cast meets up with TJ in the elimination arena to learn what the theme of this season will be.  The best part of this is watching all the people who have always used alliances to hide their limited abilities, and seeing how worried they look when they find out this is an individual game.  Another highlight from the opening segment of the show was the always entertaining Jasmine declaring that she is single for the first time on The Challenge, and that she wants to be “the whore of the house.”  (a title she is trying to steal away from her Real World Cancun cast mate, Jonna.  Also doesn’t Jasmine always hook up on The Challenge? Since when does it matter if you’re single on this show?)  Now for a few other quick takeaways from this opening segment:

-If this was a basketball competition Theresa would be the favorite, as she almost beat CT in a game of strip bball.  Unfortunately for her I don’t think there’s going to be much basketball involved in the actual challenges, so she’s probably in trouble.

-Laurel is back, which is awesome, but she said she was going to be nicer this time around.  Who wants a nice Laurel?  That sounds like a terrible plan to me.

-Oh Jessica, you are such a crazy b*tch.  Jessica declares that she didn’t come on the show to find a boyfriend, but then immediately follows that up by talking about how great Dustin is.  Dustin better watch out, his picture could be in a “family” picture frame next to Jessica’s bed any day now.

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