I forgot to write my Real World recap yesterday because I was too busy skipping down memory lane with Mark Wahlberg. But if I have to ask your forgiveness for anything, it’s probably going to be for having remembered to write one now. Because you hate this show. And you are right, as usual.
This week, we’re finally rid of Greg and Joey, which allows us to focus on what’s important: Will’s infantile attempts to have sexual intercourse, and Dave’s comedy career? Great. Those two things are really interesting, I wish this show were TWO hours long (I do not wish that).
So Will is dating Janelle, a former housemate from Real World: Who Cares. Actually, this whole episode proves that the show is collapsing under itself, as on numerous occasions the castmates go out drinking with former Real World and Road Rules cast members? Usually people have the decency to wait until their season is over before they enter the MTV reality cabal. Lame. Anyway, Will is dating Janelle, but when the new roommate Brittni moves in he flirts with her. The end. There’s, like, 45 minutes of them wrestling and fighting with each other about whether or not they like each other. At one point Dave says “Why don’t you two just fuck and get it over with,” but he’s wrong. What he should have said is “Why don’t you just stab each other in the stomachs until you bleed to death and get it over with.” A common mistake.
Far more ridiculous but equally unbearable is the storyline about Dave’s comedy career. He is taking the improv thing really seriously, you guys, because this could really be a step up for his entertainment career. What? Your entertainment career is pretty well mapped out, Dave. It involves competing in cross-season MTV reality cast challenge shows, and getting paid upwards of $5,000 to drink Jaeger shots at “night clubs” on various college campuses. And you’re going to be AMAZING at it. Nevertheless, his pursuit of the craft does lead to one of the best improv performances I’ve ever seen.
It’s the common improv tool of “barf and” where whatever someone else says on stage, you barf and keep the momentum barfing. Later in the episode Dave hosts a comedy show (why?) with an audience of almost 12 people, and tells his killer bidet joke: “I’ve never felt so violated by a toilet.” Oh man, that’s almost TOO funny. He stole that joke from Louis C.K.
This episode also featured my favorite interstitial camera shot.
I’m not sure if MTV is trying to show solidarity with the writers four months too late, or if it’s some kind of belated jab that this show was still in operation while most of Hollywood was shut down in a fight over actual talent. Either way, MTV: