The baby drama is over, Lauren has returned home to deal with her pregnancy. Lauren declined to talk about it when she was asked on the after show last week about what happened after she got home. However, since logic states that she would still be pregnant if she got pregnant around the time of filming, (late summer-early fall) it seems that she either had an abortion, miscarriage, or the test was wrong and she was never actually pregnant. Whatever the case may be it’s time to move on, and focus on the drama of a house full of people who absolutely should not get back together with their exes, even though that is what they all seem to be doing. At the end of last week’s episode the male and female cast members decided to go out separately, which was a huge mistake for the guys. Brian certainly looked the worst when he kissed a girl on the way out of the bar, but none of the guys came out of that boys night looking innocent. This week we’re going to focus on the aftermath of what went down, so let’s get started.
I’ve mentioned it before, but I don’t even really want to talk about the drama between Jay and Jenna. She seems like a nice girl, and he is clearly just not interested in commitment at the moment, which basically just means they are both bummed out all the time because neither of them is getting what they want. The last thing they need is Jamie showing up with her talk of boyfriend/girlfriend titles. Does she not remember how badly that almost went for her and Tom?
Speaking of Tom, why is he so hung up on Hailey. I get that she was his first love, but he told us last night that she apparently started cheating on him with two different guys as soon as he left for college. I would think that would be enough to get you to move past an ex-girlfriend, (especially one that doesn’t seem to have any real redeeming qualities) but Tom just cannot seem to move past their relationship, and still gets upset every time Hailey talks to a guy at the club. The best thing for everyone would probably be if Hailey just packed up and went home (actually the best thing would be if she punches Tom in the face, which coincidently happens next week).
If last nights special taught us one thing it’s that most of the “ladies” from this season are not big fans of Juany Pabs. It’s can’t be a good sign for Juan Pablo when two of the three women making an effort to defend him are women who left the show of their own accord (Sharleen and Andi). The women echoed Andi’s parting sentiment that Juan Pablo didn’t seem interested in them, and never really tried to get to know them on a deeper level. The only person who didn’t bash Juan Pablo’s interest in them was Sharleen, she said she found him to be quite “curious” about her and the world around them (of course she is the panda in a room full of brown bears, so obviously he was more curious about her than the other girls). Last nights Women Tell All special didn’t really tell us a lot we didn’t already know, (other than just how many women from the cast seem to be harboring sour grapes towards Juan Pablo) but I’ll cover the highlights here anyways.
-Man, The Bachelor is excited that Sean and Catherine got married, and even more excited that they’ve now had sex. The show apparently thinks we’re really into Sean and Catherine’s relationship too because they trot them out to tell us all about their honeymoon.
-All we really find out during this visit with America’s favorite couple is that Sean’s “fireworks” aren’t as explosive as he may think, and he’s already gotten some side action from a stingray.
-I think Andi did a good job summing up Juan Pablo’s intentions on the show when she said he was there to find a girlfriend whereas most of the women were there to find a husband. This helps to explain why many women felt they never got beyond surface level conversations, and also explains the fact that Juan Pablo doesn’t seem remotely close to marrying either Nikki or Clare.
-You know these women really aren’t big fans of Juan Pablo when they all defend Clare and say she did nothing wrong during the romp in the ocean in Vietnam. The women all agree the hot tub hook up during the date was more upsetting and that was Juan Pablo’s idea not Clares’.
I know I’m starting to sound like a broken record, but once again I am pressed for time so this recap isn’t going to be as in-depth as my normal take. The week we pick up where we left off with Cory finding out that Lauren is pregnant. Not surprisingly he doesn’t take the news well, in fact he takes it about as badly as someone possibly could after finding out their ex that they broke up with over a year ago but were considering getting back together with when they popped up on the reality show your currently filming was pregnant. That being said, here are my take aways from this weeks episode.
-Cory’s immediate response to finding out about Lauren’s pregnancy is to say “not from me.” While this is a fair assumption since they only had sex two days prior, it doesn’t make Cory look like the greatest guy.
-Stepping away from the drama for a moment – DOUG IS BACK! I personally couldn’t have been more excited to see him (Doug is the guy who failed at hooking up with Jenny the roommates first night in the house). Did Doug try out for the show and get rejected so he’s just hanging around getting all the air time he can? Also how surprising was Brian’s reaction when Jenny told him Doug had stopped by? Everyone, Jenny most of all was sure he was going to flip out but he seemed totally cool with it. (I could see him using it as ammo at a later time however).
-A part of me really wants to feel bad for Cory, because the situation is kind of shitty for him too. However when Cory responds with “I can’t” when a crying Lauren asks for his support its hard to feel bad for him. Especially after we find out that Lauren helped Cory through a pregnancy scare years earlier that occurred after he cheated on her with another girl.
Last night was night number two of this week’s bachelor extravaganza. Last night was the “fantasy suite” episode, usually one of the most anticipated episodes of the season for all involved parties, and I’m happy to say that last nights episode didn’t disappoint. Ok, so actually like 90% of it was pretty dull and disappointing, but the realization by Andi that Juan Pablo is actually a mimbo who speaks very little English and their ensuing argument made up for all the other boring things that happened. In fact since that was the only interesting thing, that’s all I’m really going to talk about here. So now here are my take aways from the epic argument between Juan Pablo and Andi (with a touch of Clare and Nikki at the end just so they don’t feel left out).
-Andi finally realized that Juan Pablo knows nothing about her, and doesn’t really seem to want to. In other words Andi just realized that Juan Pablo has no idea what she’s been saying this entire time, and he can’t have a long conversation because he barely speaks English.
-While I think most of Andi’s issues with Juan Pablo were completely legitimate, I have to question her being upset about him mentioning the overnight with Clare. Is talking about the other women with the bachelor a taboo? I think it seems weird to never acknowledge their existence, but maybe that’s what you have to do to get past how ridiculous the show your on is.
-There clearly wasn’t a lot of action in the fantasy suite between Andi and Juan Pablo because she has obviously had some time to put together her case against him. I would say that Andi went from being borderline in love to hating Juany Pabs in the course of a single night.
For anyone who hasn’t been satisfied with just two hours of The Bachelor every week, this time around we get four. Last night Juan Pablo went and saw the ladies hometowns, and to the surprise of absolutely no one sent Renee packing at the end of the show. (He wouldn’t even kiss her on camera because he claimed to be worried about what her son would think, so the fantasy suite probably would have been a little dull for these two). Once again I am in a bit of a time crunch this week due to real life responsibilities, so I’m just going to share a few observations from each of the hometown dates, and then rest up so tomorrow I can be ready to recap what goes “horribly wrong” in the fantasy suite during tonight’s episode.
Hometown Date #1: Nikki in Kansas City
-Despite being better at eating barbecue and riding a mechanical bull than she expected, Nikki still isn’t ready to drop the L-word on Juany Pabs. (I kind of thought she already told him she loved him a week or two ago, but maybe she just said “I’m falling in love with you” and I got confused).
-We learned during dinner that the bachelor/bachelorette rides first class when they are flying overseas while their suitors are stuck back in coach. (I guess they really want to make sure connections between cast members are only made during official dates).
-We learned tonight that Juan Pablo likes to talk with his hands when he is nervous. His hands were flying all over the place during his sit downs with the fathers, probably to try to hide the fact that he doesn’t speak a ton of English.
It’s baaack! After leaving us hanging with a week off right after the exes arrived The Real World Ex-Plosion made its triumphant return this week. At the end of last nights episode the show finally revealed the secret everyone has been waiting for, and it turns out the internet rumors were true, Lauren aka Cory’s ex is the pregnant cast member. We still don’t know whose baby it is, but it seems hard to believe it is Cory’s when the exes have only been in the house for like a second. Anyways, just wanted to get the big news from this week’s episode out there to start things off, now let’s talk about all the other drama that went down this week.
My real life responsibilities have once again interfered with my fantasy life blogging. Based on that fact, and on this week’s episode being another trip to Snoozeville, I’ll be doing an abbreviated version of this weeks recap of The Bachelor. This week marked the final dates before the hometown dates, but Juan Pablo must have been confused because he brought the women to his hometown of Miami a couple of weeks early. In a move that really shouldn’t have surprised anyone, since she has been considering it essentially since day one, Sharleen decided that she and Juan Pablo just didn’t have the intellectual connection that she needed. Sharleen was given the first one-on-one date this week, and hoped that she would finally find the deeper connection she had been looking for all season, but the date turned into one make out session after another, and Sharleen decided she would stop wasting everyone’s time and pack her bags. I’ll miss Sharleen, it was nice to finally have a woman on one of these shows who wasn’t head over heels in love before she even met the bachelor in person. Sharleen is one of the few people in the history of this series to realize that the whole process is kind of weird and not really a good way to meet your soul mate. (Of course Sharleen also agreed to come on the show to begin with, so I’m not giving her too much credit).
The other lady headed home just shy of hometown dates was Chelsie. Chelsie seemed like a funny perky girl who might be fun to hang out with, but after a while her act got pretty old, both for me and seemingly for Juan Pablo. Maybe if Chelsie had been more willing to “dive headlong into love” during her one-on-one date with Juany Pabs things would have turned out differently, sadly for her we’ll never know. Chelsie and Juan Pablo never built a real connection, and it’s felt like she could be headed home anytime now for weeks.
This week, just to change things up, the producer’s decided to bring Juan Pablo and the ladies to “the perfect place to fall in love,” this week that place just happens to be New Zealand. (Does anyone else feel like they are going to more interesting places this year? During Sean’s season one of the places they went was Montana. No offense Montana, but you aren’t really stacking up with the globe-trotting they are doing this season). We are down to eight ladies vying for Juan Pablo’s heart, and with all of the long shots eliminated last week this will be the most interesting rose ceremony we’ve had this season. Mostly the rose ceremony will be interesting because it’s still very unclear who Juan Pablo is really connecting with the most, (kind of feels like nobody) so let’s get into this week’s dates and see if the we can get a better idea of who might be briefly engaged to Juan Pablo.
The first date this week is a one-on-one and it goes to the only person who hasn’t had an individual date yet, Andi. Both Clare and Cassandra express surprise that Andi got the first one-on-one. I’m not sure why Clare was surprised though, she should have learned last week that Juan Pablo loves playing a fair game. For the first part of their date Juan Pablo takes Andi to a place called “the squeeze.” In another attempt to get one of his harem to prove that they trust him, Juan Pablo leads Andi through a very tight corridor of boulders to a waterfall (as a bonus they have to wade through very cold water while making their way through “the squeeze.” The waterfall at the end is beautiful and after providing several make out scenes worthy of a cheesy romance novel it’s time to move on to the dinner portion of the date. I know I’ve said it before but they really need to get rid of the dinner portion of these dates with Juan Pablo. This week with Andi there is even less conversation than normal as their talk is interrupted by the geyser they are sitting next to going off and spraying them with water. All we learn is that Andi is on the show because she wants to find love and start a family, just like every other woman who has ever been on one of these shows (exception Sharleen, it’s not entirely clear why she came on the show). Luckily for Andi it doesn’t take much to impress Juan Pablo, and even though they basically couldn’t converse at all during their dinner she still gets a rose and will be safe for another week.
When this new season of The Real World started I gave a break down of all the original cast members and my initial impressions of them. Now that we have five new cast members I’ve decided it’s time to do it again, and give you my take on the ex’s following their arrival in last nights episode.
Ashley Ceasar, 26-year-old model from Oakland/the bay area and Arielle’s ex girlfriend. Twitter: @missashc
At least up to this point Ashley and Arielle are looking like the most mature couple in the house (Jenny described them in the last episode is her lesbian godmothers). According to her bio on MTV.com, Ashley is still madly in love with Arielle and hopes to get back together despite betrayals and dishonesty on the part of Arielle. We’ve seen more of Ashley than any of the other ex’s, as she had just spent a couple of days at the house visiting before the ex’s officially arrived. There was a brief clip in the mid-season teaser of Ashley and Arielle fighting, but based on what we’ve seen so far and what the teaser showed it doesn’t look like Ashley will be involved in much drama this season. (Which is good because Ashley and Arielle both seem like pretty cool chicks and I’m all for things working out for them).
Ok, so actually the moment everyone seems to be waiting for is when we find out who is pregnant. This week we got some more hints during the preview for the reminder of the season when a clip shows a forlorn looking Cory responding “no” when asked if he used a condom. Personally I still think this pregnancy scare is more hype than anything else. We’ve seen all the cast members but Jenna (Jay’s ex) and Ashley C. (Arielle’s ex) on after shows and it’s pretty clear none of them are pregnant now (the show filmed around August, so if someone was pregnant you should definitely be able to tell at this point). I would not be at all surprised if this pregnancy issue ends up being a classic case of overreaction, but it’s also possible someone had an abortion, which would be a new issue for The Real World to tackle. Finally, while I don’t personally know anything for sure, I did some research last night about who may have been the pregnant cast member. I don’t want to spoil anything on here for people who want to wait and be surprised, but if you want to know the rumor here is the link to a fairly reliable Real World spoiler site that seems to have some inside information. Alright, that’s enough pregnancy talk for right now, let’s move on to this weeks episode and welcome our new cast members into the fold.
The reactions of the roommates to their ex’s moving in is pretty classic. The cast members one by one go from happy to a WTF moment as the news if broken to each of them that their ex’s aren’t just visiting but are in fact going to be staying for the remaining six weeks of the show. (The exception is Arielle who has rekindled things with her ex Ashley, and is totally exciting about her moving in while also being giddy about her roommates misfortune). Based on this first episode with the ex’s, it looks like Brian (Jenny’s ex) and Hailey (Tom’s ex) are going to be the biggest trouble makers in the house. Upon learning she will be living in the house Tom tells Hailey that he is in a relationship with Jamie and she needs to respect that. Hailey say’s she will do her best, but we’ll see as the episode progresses that her best kinda sucks.