The real world: Los Angeles it is culturally significant for being the first second reality show in history. And that is important; Where the cast from New York turned up with no expectations, the seven (and eventually nine) strangers from season two showed up with an idea of how to introduce themselves, how to get screen time, how to make good television. They did all of this mainly fighting.
But now, after thirty years of reality TV, the cast of RWLA is the first to be the second to meet for a season of Homecoming from the real world. And what they’re learning, what we’re all learning, is that a fighting base doesn’t give you much to build on. If expressing yourself and getting to know your housemates takes a backseat in discussions, there is nothing you can do but keep arguing. I don’t know if anyone will grow up with the Homecoming experience, but I’ll quote Jon from Magic 8-Ball: NOT-SO-GOOD PERSPECTIVES.
We pick up on Episode 3 right where we left off in Episode 2, with Tami very disappointed in Jon, Irene, and Beth S for not talking to her after she spoke out about her body dysmorphia. Beth S tries to repair the relationship that has never really existed in the first place by saying that she wants to meet her. Tami says, “Okay, that’s gone girl.” Irene wonders why winning Tami’s approval is so important to Beth, and Beth has no answer beyond tears. I think it is because they are two of the few people who have had this experience, they both have similar walls and that making friends is something that is better done late than never. But I really just wish the network had put in some music licensing money, because TLC’s “What About Your Friends” would have been a great fit here.
The next day, Beth S asks everyone if their eyes look okay, since she had been crying the day before, which is really just a show of crying. Beth A and Glen break up, just like they had in the original season, and then, like now, you get it. David pours himself some orange juice with a noticeably shaky hand. We will come back to this. Tami talks a bit too much about being above her original housemates, insisting that “we’re gone” and wondering “what will happen next in the real-world house.”
What will happen next in the real world house is that Tami will get into Jon’s business about whether he’s still a virgin, and he is. Jon enjoyed some small-town celebrity in the wake of the show, but possibly due to his reluctance to write songs or take advantage of career opportunities that might throw him out of his comfort zone, within a year, he was “a guy who seemed for him. job.” He found that job as a youth minister and children’s mentor within his hometown church. It’s still clean as a whistle; “I don’t drink alcohol, I don’t live a promiscuous life, I try not to give in to the lusts of the flesh,” he says. But now she is 47 years old and has resigned herself to never marrying. It says “I’m pretty happy” and it’s hard not to expect it to be.
And then Tami says, “Jon, I’d like you to eat pussy before you die,” which is not only not a great thing to say to anyone, it’s an especially nasty thing to say to Jon, who clearly hates to talk. about these things, even in jest. It’s something you say to someone to make them laugh or to start a fight, and since it’s someone very famous who won’t do any of those things, it’s something you say to let us know that you’re thinking about the edit you’re doing. going to get. Tami is good at this. I wish Tami was less good at this.
Beth S, in addition to knowing how much Jon hates these things, does not let it fall. Jon finally has to take her aside and make it clear: “When you notice that I am walking away from this conversation, turn with me.” And listen: having binged Exiting coltonMy brain naturally wonders if Jon is gay at heart, but ultimately I don’t think so. I think really, honestly, he’s trying to live by the rules that he was raised by. I’m a decent judge of character this way (and, too, I’ve seen his jerseys).
David talks about his motorcycle accident, which was a few weeks or a few years ago, I honestly can’t say. He’s hit pretty bad, but he’s on the road to recovery, and he’s ready to get back on the road and “make some real money,” which after all this I hope he will. But you get the feeling that he’s the one in his own way, and again, we’ll get back to this.
When you have participated in a reality show experiment, and your housemates were more interested in trying to spend time in front of the screen than in trying to get to know each other, there is only one option for your reunion other than fighting, and that is “Being back here is crazy,” which almost everyone does a million times in one episode. You see, they were there in 1993, and then they weren’t, and now a lot of them are, except for the ones that aren’t. You see, that’s crazy. Don’t worry if you forget it, it will remind you.
Tami had been upset that Jon and Beth S didn’t back her up after she spilled her guts, now she’s upset that Jon took Beth S aside and asked her to badmouth the irginity-vay conversation. She seems upset that the youth minister Jon doesn’t speak up and talks about sex in front of the cameras. “Why are we here if we are not going to open up?” She continues: “I think Jon would like to be a fly on the wall, where he can see everyone else talking about their stuff, but please don’t mention anything that concerns me.” And yes, that sounds good. That has always been his thing. I mean, I knew it.
And then David drinks everything in the house. On the roof, Jon asks David, “Has alcohol been a struggle in your life? I’m just asking because if it is, I want to pray for you. ” David responds with a legitimate coughing fit. Again, we will address this.
Things seem relatively stable in the house, so obviously here comes an incoming message, which turns out to be questions from viewers, all of whom appear to be a maximum of four years old when the original season aired. One asks: “Who was more annoying to live with?” Jon picks himself, Glen and Beth S pick each other. In response to “Who Had the Best Style,” Jon talks about his mullet and tragic 1993 fashion sense, and his shirt answers the question: have you learned anything since then? Beth S says her fashion was a bit wrong back then, and I say her fashion was a lot Show de Larry Sanders. Finally, “If you had to live with a roommate to live with for the rest of your life, who would it be?” Many people choose Jon, but for Tami it is a bond between him and Beth S, because she sees that there have been times when they could have fun together. The answer makes Beth S. cry Beth S is crying a lot. It could be genuine, it could be acting, or it could be middle-aged. (Lest I think I’m embarrassing at age, I think I’m exactly the same age as Beth, and I cried twice in Exiting colton.)
Tami tells Glen that she misses his ponytail, which seems cruel because he is now bald. He says he will borrow one of her wigs and tie it on, which David disagrees with, and suddenly we argue with everyone again. The gang solves it with a trip to that seemingly iconic bowling alley where, I suppose, they unforgettably had that fight that time. Back at the house, they give a confessional group rebuttal to drunken Julie from New York’s “fuck you”, and it involves Beth S yelling that at least none of them caught Covid. Again, I’ll quote Jon: mmmBEYUTH!
Then Irene notices David filling a gin water bottle, Beth notices an instant change in his demeanor, and anyone who’s ever had a drink in high school knows that the smell of gin will give you away right away. When Glen reminds Tami that he wants to wear his rainbow wig, David goes after him. Glen says he’s not going to make the situation worse, but then Glen keeps calling him “Dave”, and David has made it clear that he doesn’t like being called, which makes the situation worse. It’s as tense as everything this cast gave us in the first round, and I hereby support Aaron and Dominic’s decision to turn their backs on this experience forever.
“We got along really well for two hours,” says Beth S, “and then everything changed.” Everyone is worried about David, but they decide to fall asleep instead of having an instant intervention on the camera, which is a rare wise choice from this gang. So after David goes to bed, fully clothed, like maybe even in his shoes, the rest of the gang take off all the alcohol in the house, of which there is A LOT. No more beer wine glasses for Tami, at least for now.
Ultimately, this gang is reliving their real world glory days, because their real world glory days consisted of ugly fights and bad behavior. The experiment – finding seven people who really annoy each other and then putting them in front of the camera to do it – is working too well. Homecoming it is a tragedy of reality, a sad story with a beautiful backdrop. I would have called it Beth In Venice.
Dave Holmes is general editor of Esquire.com, host of the Earwolf podcast Homophilia, and his memories A party of one it is already in stores. He also houses the Real World Podcast Truu Stowray, available wherever you get your podcasts.