Real World Portland: The A-Nia-Lation Proclomation

Am I the only one getting a little sick of Nia? Sheesh. I know reality TV is all about ratings, but seasons in the past have had their fair share of drama while also having real, relatable cast members. Nia is just…too much for me. I think she was brought on 100 percent for ratings simply for viewers to hate her. Well, MTV, it’s working. Enough of that rant…

A lot of this episode revolves around the aftermath of the huge Nia/Jordan blowout last episode. I think both Jordan and Nia are in the wrong on this one, but Jordan was the only one to own up to his mistakes. He was 100 percent in the wrong making the monkey noises, regardless of if it was “to make a point.” I completely agree with him that it’s totally backwards for African-Americans to use the N-word so freely, but that’s a whooole other discussion. I also HATE Jessica talking about how Jordan “put his hands” on Nia, and Nia claiming she felt threatened when Jordan came in to her dark room while she was half naked. The incident where he “put his hands” on her was seen to me as something flirty and playful, NOT violent in any way. Both of them were laughing and I was in no way frightened by either of their behavior at that time. Nia also is in underwear more often than she’s clothed, so with the defense that she was half naked when Jordan barged into her room, my question is, when is she not? In no way am I condoning any violent behavior because she chooses to walk around in her underwear (more power to you!), but again, I didn’t see Jordan as threatening or violent at these points. Point blank, they were both in the wrong, but Nia chose to blame it all on Jordan when she started the fight. I also found it interesting Anastasia was the only one to stand up for Jordan through all this when they clashed so harshly in the first episode. She was definitely the voice of reason this episode and the only roommate who chose to look at both sides of the story.

Jordan’s friends from home came to visit this week, and his best friend Taylor is obviously in love with him. She got drunk and lovey-dovey and jealous and annoying quickly.

Johnny’s heavy drinking started bothering Avery this week when instead of going to Scmizza and getting the girls pizza like they asked, they hung out for a few hours and got wasted. She seems to get over things quickly, which is good as far as being laid back, but I think not so good when it comes to having a relationship with someone. If something is really bothering her, she needs to stick to her guns and not forgive Johnny so quickly. I like Avery a lot, but I’m starting to get tired of her saying she’s “not a typical girl.” Saying that makes you a “typical girl”…

What did you think this week? What do you think about the aftermath of Jordan and Nia’s blowout? Does Avery need to make a bigger point about Johnny’s drinking or was it right to forgive him right away?

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Real World Portland: How to Play the Game

Real World Portland | Ep. 6 | Recap

This picture is very representative of how last week’s episode of Real World Portland went, or at least the second half. I kept wondering when the big fight was going to happen; I should have known right at the end.

This episode starts out with Nia talking about the book she’s writing, a how-to guide for women on dating and keeping professional athletes called “How to Play the Game.” Marlon seems to think this book idea is gold, but I find it kind of stupid. I guess that doesn’t mean people won’t buy it because people buy plenty of stupid products, but I just…I don’t get it. And although she claims to have dated professional athletes, I don’t see where her experience in “keeping” these athletes comes from. I wouldn’t think there’s a huge demographic of women trying to marry professional athletes, but maybe I’m wrong and naive!

Jordan meets a girl at a bar (Molli?) and they plan to go to dinner. Sadly, he gets stood up. Molli calls back later and claims her phone died and she couldn’t get a hold of him, but by then he’d already joined the roommates at the pizza restaurant. While it is funny/ironic that this happened to by far the cockiest one in the house, I thought Nia was a big bitch about it and when she told Molli on the phone that Jordan was so sad and depressed and went drinking alone, I just thought, why? What’s the point? She wants to mess with his head, I get it, but I think she takes it too far to a very immature level.

Nia’s immaturity continues when she starts working at the pizza place with Jordan, Marlon and Avery. And I use “working” loosely here. The first day, she stands around and ends up going home because doesn’t feel well but then asks if there’s a liquor store nearby? The next day, she calls in sick, and the next day, she stands around and does nothing and takes smoke breaks and talks on the phone. I understand this isn’t the most glamorous job, but really? Nia obviously has a huge ego (duh) and obviously thinks she’s way too good for this job. I know roommates have gotten fired from jobs in past seasons, so we’ll see how this continues… I also think the story about her sister’s birthday was a 100 percent LIE.

And of course, what we all were waiting for. The big fight between Jordan and Nia. Jordan comes home from the bar hammered so Nia finds this to be the perfect opportunity to eff with him. Again, I don’t understand. SOMEONE EXPLAIN HER INTENTIONS TO ME. I agree with Marlon; I think she likes Jordan, likes to flirt with him and just wants to sound like a bad bitch and say she’s messing with him. Another question I have is, do you think he really has a small you-know-what or is Nia just saying that? I have to wonder!

Anyway, Nia is all over Jordan when he gets home and keeps coming in and out of his room while he’s laying down, more flirting and egging him on. At one point, she tells him to just “keep his hand in his pocket” when he’s out and he’ll be fine picking up girls. Annnd that’s where she hits the nerve. The roommates (and I agreed) previously thought that Jordan’s insecurities weren’t about his hand. But when Nia made that comment, he looked shocked and hurt and there really was no Jordan-esque comeback like there has been to most of her shenanigans. I was very surprised by his reaction and thought her comment was out of line. But plenty got out of line…

Jordan spits popcorn in Nia’s face and apparently that just sets her off. She storms out and back to her room and what do you know, he follows her. The fight blows up with Nia threatening to hit Jordan with a lamp (?)…her crazy starts to come out. She starts freaking out about him coming in her room when she’s trying to sleep when…wait, didn’t she just do that to him? Yep. While Marlon is trying to break up the fight, Jordan starts to make monkey noises at Nia, and it just blows up even more from there. In my opinion, neither is more at fault than the other. They both crossed the line (with the hand comment and the monkey noises) and they both just took it too far. It looks like next week Marlon is yelling at Jordan for the racist actions, but in my opinion, the hand comment was just as bad! Why can she say cruel, hurtful things to him about the way he was born but he can’t?

Surprisngly (and randomly), I’m starting to like Anastasia. She still wears too much horrendous makeup for my taste, but she seems to be the voice of reason lately. There’s my random tidbit on her.

What did you think of last week’s episode (once again, I’m late…my bad)? Do you think Nia’s book idea is a good one? Do you think she’s a golddigger? Who did you think was to blame for the blowout between Nia and Jordan? Let me know your thoughts!

Real World Portland: Hot and Bothered

Oops, I’m a little late on this week’s Real World recap! I had a busy weekend with work and weddings (post about those things coming soon!), so my memory might be a little rusty on this week’s episode, but we’ll get through it. 😉

The episode opened with the roommates out and Jordan being…well, Jordan. Drunk, obnoxious, annoying and getting on everyone’s nerves. I still don’t hate him as much as the roommates seem to (haha), but this week was a prime example of him being obnoxious and annoying (which I’ve heard from high school classmates is just part of his personality). The roommates seem to be on their last nerve with him already, especially the girls. I’m sure the conflicts will just get bigger and more dramatic as the season continues.

Next, the roommates starting job hunting. It seems like every season is different when it comes to employing the cast, and this season, they were given three interviews and it seemed like they got to choose wherever they wanted to work. The choices were what looked to be a bar with a very stranger owner, a frozen yogurt stand and a pizza place. Needless to say, the first option was chosen by…no one. Wah wahhhh (I hope someone understood that sound effect). Anastasia and Jessica ended up choosing the frozen yogurt stand, while Avery, Johnny, Jordan and Marlon chose different areas of the pizza place, which looked like a fun place to work. But wait…that’s only six employed roommates, right? Which brings me to…

Joi. Oh, Joi. How I don’t understand you. For those who might have missed it, Joi was not interested in any of these jobs because she didn’t go to four years of college to work at a frozen yogurt stand. She was making much more than minimum wage at her job(s?) back home and felt like these jobs were beneath her. Sigh. Throughout this part of the episode, all I could think was, really? You were chosen out of how many people to experience this awesome opportunity, and you want to leave because you don’t want to work a minimum wage job? I understand not wanting to graduate from college and go work at a frozen yogurt stand, but what did she expect from MTV and the show? An accounting position? An 8 to 5 job? Would you really want that while being on the Real World? I was completely confused by her reaction to the job interviews, and I’d heard rumors she was the roommate to leave, and all I could think was, is she really leaving because of this? I found her decision to be snobby and just…strange. I’d gladly work a minimum wage job for a few months to spend time with new people in a new city and gain new experiences.

The roommates start their jobs and they all seem to like everything so far. Johnny and Avery decide to have sex in the bathroom on their first day, so that was interesting. How they thought for a second they wouldn’t get caught in a tiny pizza parlor with two bathrooms in plain sight when everyone knew they were sleeping together, I don’t know. haha But in the end, their boss was surprisingly cool about it. And Jordan was not surprisingly annoying about it. While I’m fairly private when it comes to my sex life, therefore this shocked me haha, I still like Avery a lot and I like her with Johnny. I hope the relationship blooms throughout the season!

Nia

Next week, “Hurricane” Nia joins the house. This girl looks like a big pile of drama that was only brought on for ratings. I’m shocked she didn’t make the first cut and is being brought in as a replacement (which could have been scripted/planned, who knows). I don’t think any viewers have a good first impression of her, and I don’t see myself liking her very much. But who knows? I’ve been surprised in the past!

What did you think of this week’s episode? Did Joi make the right decision in leaving? What did you think of Johnny and Avery’s sexcapade in the work bathroom? What are your first impressions of Nia?