Bye Bye Banana’s The Challenge: Battle of the Bloodlines “Out for Blood” Recap

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So remember a couple of days ago when I wrote that this game was rigged after Banana’s managed to talk Jenna into voting in Cara Maria and her cousin Jamie to face off against Abram and his brother, guaranteeing that one of the biggest threats to his winning would be eliminated.  Then at the end of that post I wrote that it seemed like a lock for Banana’s to get another title with how weak the remaining teams were.  Well it looks like I might have spoken a little too soon, because this week we saw Johnny and his creepy cousin Vince get sent packing.

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This Season is Rigged, The Challenge: Battle of the Bloodlines Recap

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Well, looks like I’m running a little behind schedule on my recaps, but better late than never right?  Since it’s almost time for this weeks episode I’m not going to go too far into things from last week, but there are a couple of things I need to get off my chest before we go any further on this season.

The most important thing we learned last week?  This season of The Challenge is fixed!  For seemingly the ten-thousandth time in challenge history Johnny Banana’s was able to somehow save himself when it seemed like the game was finally turning on him.  After being put into the elimination round for the third time, with Vince being a leader in the voting each time, Jenna decided she was finally done being a pawn for Banana’s and his creepy cousin.  Jenna even makes a deal with Cara Maria and her cousin Jamie that they will watch each other’s backs.  Even though Cara Maria was clearly lying when she said Jenna and Brianna would be their number one alliance, (clearly Abe and his brother were her top partnership) I still hoped that this would be enough to convince Jenna to actually turn her back on Banana’s.  Unfortunately, as we’ve seen frequently during her time on this show, Jenna can easily be swayed by almost any assertive male cast member.  Johnny convinces Jenna that they need to get rid of Cara Maria because Jenna wouldn’t be able to beat her in a final.  You know who else Jenna can’t beat in a final? Johnny Bananas!  Honestly at this point the only team Jenna and Brianna could probably beat in the final is Aneesa and her cousin, and even that is up for debate.  Despite how shady he has been this season Banana’s is still a better ally than Cara (just ask Tom about how good she is at saving teams in her “alliance”).

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The Ex-odus (The Real World Ex-Plosion Finale and Sh*t they Should have Shown Recap)

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We made it, the finale of The Real World Ex-Plosion is upon us (actually I guess it’s past us since it was last night).  Last week’s episode ended with Brian and Cory getting into it in the van on the way home from the club, and we were left to ponder the outcome of the fight for an entire week.  Well, as it turns out, the fight wasn’t that exciting, it didn’t come close to the levels of violence and insanity Nia went to last season.  Aside from this initial brief fight, and another crazier outburst from Brian later in the episode, this finale was basically a love fest, especially amongst the “OG’s.”  Despite the fact that this finale didn’t pack the punch the show was teasing us with, this has still been one of the best seasons in years, and the “Sh*t they Should have Shown” show is always a good time, so let’s talk about them.

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The fight between Cory and Brian got broken up when production finally showed that the “no fighting” policy is still somewhat in place.  Tom and Jay are attempting to pull Brian and Cory apart when a member of production shows up at the door to the van and insists Brian get out and get in their van.  Production then kept Brian in a separate location until Cory was asleep to keep the drama to a minimum.  (probably a good idea because Brian kicked Cory in the nose and he was really unhappy about it).  Not being able to fight with Cory anymore doesn’t stop Brian from fighting, he just moves on to his favorite target, Jenny.  Brian gets back to the house and continues to lament to Jenny that he wasted five years of his life on her, and claims that she has “ruined his brain,” which could explain a lot of things.  One could argue that coming to, and then refusing to leave the show is Brian choosing to waste more time on Jenny, but I doubt he see’s it that way.  Jenny decides on a very effective way to get rid of Brian, she dumps water all over his bed.  Brian leaves to sleep in another room, but still insists that he is staying until the end no matter what.

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It’s Go Go Time! (The Real World Ex-Plosion Episode 11 Recap)

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Ok, so confession time, ever since they aired the preview of the new season of The Challenge, I’ve been kind of out on this season of The Real World.  I think a lot of other fans of the two series are feeling this way as well, and MTV attempted to draw the viewers back in by teasing a fight between Cory and Brian on last nights episode.  The only problem is that in classic Real World fashion, the fight didn’t take place until the final minutes of the show, and ended up being a “to be continued” situation.  As a result last nights episode was pretty dull, there was lots of feelings from Brian, Jenny started a new go-go dancing career, and Tom acted like an ass at a winery.  So, since I’m still pretty burned out from The Challenge preview I posted yesterday, (which you should go check out) and since last nights episode was nothing to write home, (or in a blog about) I’m just going to share some thoughts I had while watching last night, instead of going with the full on recap.

-Do you think the “OG” guys purposely leave Brian out, or does it just work out that way because he’s such a weirdo?

-Do we really need to know how everything makes Brian feel?  For awhile it was kind of funny to see this tough guy talk about his feelings all the time, but it’s starting to get a little old and boring.

-There’s no way Jenna hit Jay in the balls with the football by accident, and I applaud her passive aggression.

-Do you think Arielle is really into fetish culture or do you think she’s just trying to freak out the other roommates?  Because between that erotic dinner and the Folsom St. fair I’m starting to wonder.

-Jenny’s ability to pull food out of nowhere is amazing.  First that hot dog that was in her purse, and now she comes up with a random subway sandwich on the way to start her go-go dancing job.

-Brian telling Tom to “feather away” and then Jay saying “he’s not going to feather anywhere” is one of the greatest exchanges in bro fight history.

-What’s going on with Brian’s lip in this episode? Did someone already punch him in the face and we missed it, or is he having like a herpes flare up.

-Only people from The Real World would take a party bus with a stripper pole on their trip to Napa Valley.

-The group probably should have called it a day after the spa.  Tom especially really didn’t need to go to a winery and drink more, but I’m glad he did because the results were great.

-I was starting to judge Tom for his drunken behavior at the winery, but then I remembered that would probably be me if I went on a wine tour with a group of friends and my judging turned to shame.

-I really liked how obvious this Bianca girl at the club was about just wanting to be on camera.  I wonder if there’s been people like this in past seasons, and they just edited out the part where the person keeps asking where the camera’s are to try to make the show seem more “real.”

-Brian has been looking to fight Cory since the minute he got into the house, and he finally gets his wish.  It looks like the fight in the van gets broken up pretty quickly, but they get into it again after they get back to the house.

That’s all I’ve got for this week, sorry but like I said the interesting stuff in this episode didn’t happen until the last 2 minutes, so there wasn’t a lot to talk about.  Next week we get to see the rest of the fight between Cory and Brian, and then it will be time to say goodbye to The Real World Ex-Plosion.  See you next Thursday for another recap, and check out my preview of The Challenge: Free Agents to hold you over until then.

Thoughts/Questions/Comments – You can reach me via email – SHMcG223@gmail.com or on Twitter – @NoOneGoesToClev

If you missed this week’s episode and want to watch online here is the link.

Another One Bites the Dust (The Real World Ex-Plosion Episode 10 Recap)

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Man, this years Real World house should have a revolving door out front, because cast members keep entering and leaving this show.  After her fight with Tom last week Hailey has to choose between leaving or staying in the house and making Tom’s life a living hell.  While it would have been a lot more exciting for viewers if Hailey stuck around to harass Tom and Jamie, she decides it’s best for her to pack her bags and head back home.  This marks the third cast member departure of the season.  We also got a brief visit from Ashley Mitchell this week.  Personally I was hoping we’d get another hamburger to the face level incident, but Ashley’s return was fairly mellow, and the only real negative result was that Brian’s feelings were hurt by her taking Jenny out to party.  (For a guy who cheated on someone like a week ago, and then got broken up with, Brian really feels a big need to share his feelings and emotions with Jenny at all times).  Overall this week’s episode was a little dull, it seems like it was a filler episode between the fight with Tom and Hailey last week and the fight with Brian and Cory next week, but let’s break down what happened in the episode anyways.

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Thanks to Brian my Dreams of being an Astronaut are now Alive Once Again (The Real World Ex-Plosion Episode 9 Recap)

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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.

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The Roundhouse Kick Heard Around the World (The Real World Ex-Plosion Episode 8 Recap)

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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).

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Cory Should Start Filling Out Some Thought Records Before he Speaks (The Real World Ex-Plosion Episode 7 Recap)

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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.

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First Love Fools (The Real World Ex-Plosion Episode 6 Recap)

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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.

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The Real World Ex-Plosion Updated Cast Member Break Down

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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.

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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).

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