The best thing we got out of last night’s episode of The Real World Ex-Plosion was a preview for the new season of The Challenge (link to video). Aside from that good news, last nights episode was a little bit of a downer. I’m not sure why Jenna and Jay’s relationship drama bums me out so much, but it’s just not fun to watch, and at this point I’m pretty much over the Tom/Jamie/Hailey triangle, so even that fight didn’t excite me that much. Luckily we got to see some of the hilarious bromance between Cory and Brian, and the preview promised the return of everyone’s favorite hot mess, Ashley Mitchell, so last nights episode wasn’t all bad, let’s take a look at what happened.
While with the possible exception of Arielle and Ashley C. I don’t think any of the exes from this show should really be trying to get back together, there are times when Brian and Jenny seem kind of perfect for each other. During the segment featuring his “bromance” with Cory, Brian came out with some real gems that prove he’s as much of a crazy weirdo as Jenny. First Brian tells Cory that he wants to go into space, saying being an astronaut is “easier than it was before” due to all the technology. Brian then tells Cory that he would be a good dermatologist. Personally, I’m not even sure Cory can spell dermatologist, luckily he seems to know that isn’t his ideal career path.
The most interesting thing about the drama between Jenna and Jay is that it is all started by production positing on video on the house computer of Jay kissing a girl at the club during “boys night.” The arrival out of this video almost feels like something out of a horror movie, just as Jay is feeling like he’s safe the ghost of bad hook-ups comes back to haunt him in video form. Also, how does Jay still not get that everything he does is going to be on camera? Were people from past seasons this oblivious and it was just edited out, or is Jay a special case? The thing I liked most about this video was how in favor Arielle was of just deleting it. Arielle is so over the drama in the house at the point she is totally on board for destroying any evidence that might start a fight. Unfortunately Jenna hears about the video, and production lets her see it, (and Jamie replays it about 10 times to drive the point Jay cheated home) completely undermining Arielle’s efforts to keep the peace. This episode spends a lot of time dealing with Jenna and Jay’s relationship, and I don’t really want to spend anymore time talking about it. To sum things up, Jay is a player who cheated on Jenna repeatedly, (at least according to his casting video) and Jenna is a doormat of a girlfriend who has been cheated on by every guy she has ever dated. I thought based on some Twitter trolling that Jenna and Jay were done, but after watching last night’s After Show I’m not so sure that they are finished (although they should be. I like both of them, but as I’ve said before Jay is clearly not interested in settling down, and I just can’t see this relationship working out).
What would an episode of this show be without some drama in Tom and Jamie’s relationship? The gang all decides to go out, and a slammered Hailey decides it’s a good idea to once again try a little flirting with Tom. Jamie is so jealous she probably doesn’t even like the fact that I am typing Tom’s name right now, so obviously so doesn’t take this flirtation well. Back at the house Hailey claims that she has been trying to avoid Tom, and he responds by saying the only way she can avoid him and not cause problems is to leave. Hailey then asks if he wants her to leave, and he says yes because he wants all the exes to move out (Brian decides to butt in and say that hurts his feelings because he hasn’t gotten enough camera time this week). Hailey then drops some revealing info by saying that Tom got cast for the show because of her, and that if she hadn’t been an interesting character he never would have been cast to begin with. There seems to be some truth to this, as there is evidence that production talked to multiple exes for some of the cast members. The fight ends up escalating to a point where Hailey back hands Tom across the face. While most of the cast is working on separating the fighting roommates, Jamie is too busy brushing her teeth to help her boyfriend (in her defense you really aren’t supposed to stop that electric toothbrush mid-cycle if you want to get a good deep cleaning).
(Jamie loves Tom, but she knows her relationship with her teeth is probably going to last a lot longer than her relationship with him).
I’m really curious about the exact purpose of the bouncers they are in the house. It appears that these guys should be keeping the two people who are fighting separated, but they make very little effort to do so. I think these are the same guys who used to work security on The Jerry Springer Show back in the day. After busting out of her room one last time to slap Tom in the head, Hailey asks to call her mom. Her mom tells Hailey that she should probably just come home, but Hailey has other ideas. While the sane thing to do would be to go home, Hailey would rather stay in the house and make Tom’s life a living hell. The worst thing about this is that it means we still have tons of Tom/Jamie/Hailey drama to sit through.
That’s all I’ve got for this week’s episode. The preview for next week shows that Hailey isn’t the only person in the house determined to make their ex miserable, Jenny is also committed to making things terrible for Brian, in an effort to get him to leave the house. The real highlight of the preview for next week was that it featured the return of the one person guaranteed to make everyone in the house miserable: Ashley Mitchell! By my count we’ve got about three episodes left for this season, which is about a million fewer episodes than what would be needed for any of these couples (aside from Arielle and Ashley C) to work through all their issues. That being said, I’m starting to get a little sick of this season, especially now that I know the new season of The Challenge is coming up so soon (April 10th). So I’d say we have a lot to look forward to, I’ll be back next Thursday with another recap of The Real World Ex-Plosion, and I’ll try to have a preview of the new season of The Challenge out sometime in the next week-ish, see you then
If you missed this week’s episode and want to watch online here is the link. Personally, I thought this week’s After Show was a little dull, but if you want to check it out, here’s the link to that too.
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