Real World DC: Episode 14 Breakdown
This is it. The end.
The last Real World DC recap I’m ever going to write (at least til’ Real World 30: Return to DC.)
So let’s skip the pleasantries and just get it on- I’m sure you guys are sick enough of them, the show, or my recaps.
Maybe all of the above.
Drama In DC
Everybody Is Artsy Fartsy
After an entire episode that featured the cast doing nothing but good for the community- why not dedicate an episode where the cast does nothing but express their artistic side? It makes me wonder how would the show be received if instead of weekly drama- the cast would fit a pre-determined theme: one episode they are really artsy, in another they are social activists, in another they could be all fratty and party all over DC.
Then again that was pretty much the theme they chose for this entire season and pretty much the franchise.
Anyways this week the cast is getting their art on. Callie is organizing a gallery exhibition featuring her photography, Andrew’s paintings, and Emily’s poetry. Why not have Josh and Wicked Liquid perform in the space? Why not have Mike do some interpretive dance? That’s pretty much how he looks when he fights flirts with other guys. If only Ty had an artistic side to him- but alas that’s not the role for the angry black man on The Real World.
Callie is very concerned about Andrew’s ability to finish his paintings in time for the gallery show- and she has good reason too. As we have already seen, he’s not the most studious of artists.
Andrew complains that painting takes longer than photography- and he’s right, of course the fact you are complaining about it while walking to Public Bar doesn’t really strike me as a person who really has their priorities straight.
Andrew manages to finish the work in time but just barely- the paint is still wet on his work as he brings it over to the gallery.
The Art Show is a success and Callie manages to sell several of her photos, and provides the most unenthusiastic reaction while doing so.
The Panda Is Tamed But What Now?
Part of the reason Andrew’s been procrastinating more than usual is because he’s absolutely smitten with his new girlfriend Andrea. Hey if that was my girlfriend I would be absolutely there too. The summer is almost over however and the two face the same decision every summer camp hook-up has faced: what to do when everybody goes back home?
Andrew at first has cold feet about the idea of Andrea moving to Colorado with him but he eventually comes to his senses that this is one banging chick and the two make plans to live together after the show.
Happily Panda After.
Mike Gets More Political Than Ever
After arriving for his HRC job interview in shorts and a t-shirt, Mike finally puts on a nice suit like all the other Hill staffers in the city and heads to Capital Hill to pay Congressman Jim Moran a visit. He mentions how the Congressman from Virginia’s 8th district (hey I live there!) has a 100% voting record with HRC; thus the visit is nothing but a cakewalk for the HRC delegation.
I noticed the MTV crew did a great job condensing Moran’s quotes by cutting them up over a reaction shot of Mike. The edit job is worse than most campaign ads I’ve seen.
As the two part ways Mike reflects that he may have a future in politics. I think he does have a bright future- on THE RUINS 2!
In additional Hill lobbying, Mike has the big HRC National Dinner to attend. Good thing he made the smart choice of going out to Russia House the night before for heavy drinking and flirting with guys. Another good thing his idea is flirting is to fight with them- and ends up with a cut on his face along with a hangover the next day. Nothing a little cover-up can’t fix however.
So Mike attends the dinner with his father, Mike Sr. (I didn’t know there was a Mike Sr.), and they are amongst hundreds of others (including Lady Gaga, the cast of Glee, and my pal Suburban Sweetheart.)
Of course MTV does their best to make Mike appear to be more connected to the event by constantly cutting Mike’s reactions against every moment of Obama’s keynote speech.
The next day Mike, the Dad, and the rest of the cast march in the National Equality March. Fresh off the dinner and an inspiring Obama speech, Mike is all energized and ready to be proud of who he is. Along the trail he runs across an Anti-March protester and tells him off in a rather angry fashion.
While the moment itself could of been portrayed as a proud moment of Mike standing up for what he believes in, his father takes it a step higher and notes that Mike could of been more understanding and tolerant towards the opposition. Mike Sr. and son walk back to the protester to apologize and listen to his argument.
It was by far the classiest moment all season.
The Long Goodbye
Well now that the summer is over it is time to wrap things up at the house, which only means one thing: truth or dare night!
After watching The s#!t they should have shown special it was good to see more debauchery before saying goodbye to DC.
Why does MTV always draw out the goodbyes when it comes to their reality shows? When I was watching the Jersey Shore the cast left one-by-one, like they were on some sort of staggered time-table. God forbid we have one emotional group hug and they all go off in seven separate ways- we need the goodbye sequence to last half the final show!
Well one-by-one the cast leaves the house. My big joke was that Ty lived in B’more and really just had to take the Red Line north to Glenmont. Weird thing was Emily, who lives in the midwest, is the one seen walking to the Metro as the series closes.
And just like that it’s all over.
Where Mike demonstrates his commitment to Tanner: “I’m gonna be faithful, but I’m gonna flirt.”
Emily’s best guess on why Mike got a cut on his face: “You couldn’t make out so you decided to punch him?”
Andrew’s Puppy Love Ending: “I definitely want her to live with me- in my Star Wars, X-Men fortress.”
Andrew explains why I will always play Truth of Dare the last night I stay in the Real World House: “Truth or Dare is a guilt free way for the girls to get with the guys in the house.”
Mike: Provided some of the best moments of the season and really didn’t cause that much drama.
Callie: Besides being called fat, Callie remained level headed through-out the season, just as we expected. In this mess of characters you can’t help but like her the best.
Andrew: He lived up to his expectations in the first episode and it makes perfect sense that MTV casts a crazy kid that’s even more crazy about girls- only to find him fall in love in DC.
Josh: We didn’t see him a whole lot except when he was rocking out or unleashing his beast- but we didn’t disappoint in those few moments.
Emily: During some moments she was absolutely cool- during others she was as annoying as the rest of the cast.
Ty: He did a great job in his role as the token hot, angry, black dude. I should watch what I say however- he’s also the one that’s still an hour away from DC.
Ashley: I knew she was going to be trouble from the start and everywhere she went there was trouble.
Erika: While some things about her didn’t surface in the show, she also didn’t fail to bring on the drama.
Hey I Know That Place!
Rayburn Building: Home of Congressman Moran
Public Bar: Where to go when you should really be working on an art show.
Gallery Plan B: Where the Real World shows off their warez.
Russia House: Where flirting with guys is trying to punch them in the face.
Washington Convention Center: Site of the HRC National Dinner
Saki Asian Grille: Hey at least it’s not Buca.
Shout out to local DC band We Were Pirates, who’s music was featured in tonight’s and previous episodes. Their song “Don’t Forget” was that tune you heard while . You can see a complete music breakdown here.
And with that I can finally have my Wednesday nights back. Oh you can now stop putting up with my breakdowns- because they are finished.
Back to ignoring MTV til Jersey Shore comes back on.