The Challenge 25: Rookies vs. Vets?

If you don’t know by now, let me tell you: I am a HUGE Real World/The Challenge junkie. I could read review after review after review after each episode just to get different opinions on the cast and the drama and the politics and all that good stuff We’re not even gonna talk about the “twist” for the next season of Real World because it totally ruins the premise of the show, but let’s just move on to what will OBVIOUSLY be the better season: the 25th season of The Challenge (previously known as Real World/Road Rules Challenge, but there are no longer any Road Rules cast members so…).

Everything I’m about to speculate on is pure rumor that’s been floating around Twitter and the rest of the Internet. I have no idea if the format or teams or cast members have been confirmed, but I’ve seen a few cast lists and other information floating around so I thought, why not? So let’s dive right in.

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Real World Portland: How to Play the Game

Real World Portland | Ep. 6 | Recap

This picture is very representative of howย 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, butย 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 herย 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: I Wanted Romance, Not No Pants

Yikes! I’m a little late on this/last week’s Real World recap, but I’m here!

This episode picks up where the last one left off: in a very uncomfortable position for everyone. In the end, Nia chickened out of giving Jordan a BJ in front of all the roommates, but she seemed satisfied with herself and that she proved her point. What that point was, I’m not entirely sure… anyone? It seemed like she wanted to prove that Jordan talked big to make up for smaller things (credit to Ms. Christina Aguilera for that line) and told the girls that she was correct, but she also seemed to think Jordan would back down and he pretty much called her bluff until the end. All in all, a weird situation. Moving on…

Jordan decides to plan a snowboarding trip for the roommates. They’re told a limo would be picking them up, therefore all the girls excluding Avery seem to think it’s appropriate to wear dresses and do their hair… I was so confused. I’ve gone on one ski trip (we won’t even talk about it…) and I don’t know that I wore makeup the entire weekend! haha They all looked like they were going clubbing or something. So strange…

Avery also finds an email in Johnny’s inbox from a girl who is calling him babe and signing her emails “xoxo.” She decides to keep this information to herself bottle it up until she will eventually explode. This causes lots of tension between the two during the snowboarding trip, and the email turns out to be from a close friend who just talks affectionately to Johnny. I think these two seem genuinely interested in each other, but they are already becoming very dysfunctional, so I don’t know if this will last more than a few more episodes. Avery also reveals that in the past she has worked as a stripper and stripped to pay for her prom dress. I hope we get more on this and her past in general, because she’s probably my favorite roommate at this point and I want to know more!

Jessica seemed to be interested in one of the snowboarding instructors, but she really seems to like Tyler back in Portland. Tyler seems…nice. Kind of boring, but nice. I think that was a biatch move to make him sleep on the couch because of her “no boy in the bed” policy. Um…alright, Jessica. If he was willing to sleep on the couch, I’m sure he was willing to sleep in her bed without trying anything. She finally broke this policy at the end of the episode and had some good cuddle time with Tyler!

What did everyone else think of this week’s episode? What do you think Nia’s intentions with Jordan were? Do you think Johnny and Avery will last? What do you think of Jessica breaking her “no boy in the bed” policy for Tyler?

Real World Portland: New Chick, Little D****

Enter the new roommate…

 

 

“Hurricane” Nia. Dare I say…I like her. For now, that is. I’ve seen nothing but craziness on the trailers, but she seems to be smart, independent and confident, and I like that. The fact that she’s a self-proclaimed liar is a bit unsettling; I don’t know what to believe out of her mouth. Is she really a thumb sucker? Haha. I think it was very brave of her to share her story and I think she’s turned something very negative into something positive by making her a stronger woman. I think the more we get to know her, the more we might dislike her ha, but we shall see!

I really like Nia and Jordan’s dynamic. She puts him in his place and I think she is absolutely correct when she says the girls are too sensitive about him. Yes, he’s an asshole. So give him a taste of his own medicine. He obviously likes it! I was completely confused by the whole Marlon/Nia flirtation that then led to Nia offering Jordan a blow job. Wait, what?! I’d seen the clip of the BJ fiasco online and throughout the episode I was so confused as to how that was going to happen. It seemed to me Nia might be trying to prove her small dick theory (Jordan is an asshole because he has a small dick), but I was so confused by the entire situation. And so was poor Marlon. I felt for him. Joking or not, it was not cool of her to flirt with Marlon alllll night and then get down with Jordan.

Superficial girl moment: WHY DOES ANASTASIA WEAR SO MUCH MAKEUP? In her interviews with less makeup, she looks so much better. SO SO SO much better. That bright ass lipstick and raccoon eye makeup is NOT CUTE.

Short recap, but the gist of this week was Nia moving in and offering a BJ in front of the whole house…weird. What did you think of this week’s episode? Do you love or hate Nia, or somewhere in between? Why do you think she offered what she did to Jordan? Do you think she genuinely likes Marlon?

 

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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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?

Real World Portland: Hot Air Jordan

Based on the title of this week’s episode of The Real World, I could guess there was going to be some drama with Jordan. The major points of this episode was the Jordan drama and Marlon’s big secret (which was the most obvious secret we could have guessed for reality TV…no offense to Marlon or anything).

Jordan’s big fight was with Jessica regarding how much is enough to raise a family on. Jessica claimed her mom didn’t work and her dad made $50,000 per year, which bought their family a nice, two-story house and put her and her brothers and sisters through college. Although Jordan was very aggressive and could have come off pretty rude to some, I’m on his side with this point for the most part. I wouldn’t consider $50K low-class, but I do think he’s absolutely right when he says she didn’t really know how much her dad made. Either that, or the family was getting money other ways, whether it be from government assistance or whatever else. These two also had a stupid argument over whether hookah or cigarettes are worse for you, which in my opinion went on way too long. haha They are both obviously stubborn (especially Jordan), and that fight was a ridiculous one.

I’m curious to know others’ opinions on Jordan, because he’s obviously the big instigator in the house. I feel like I’m a bit biased because I want to like the cast member from my own state (haha), but what do you guys think? Has he crossed the line? In my opinion, he’s very opinionated and blunt and that can come off very douchey at times. He seems like someone who can get annoying quick, but at the same time, I think he seems like a smart guy and the points he’s arguing aren’t stupid or wrong.

Next up, Marlon’s big secret. I’d heard Marlon had a big secret, and when there were no gay roommates right away, I figured his secret had something to do with him being gay or bisexual. Ding ding ding! I was right. It wasn’t exactly what I thought; Marlon revealed that after college, he had sex with a guy, but he insists he’s not gay. It’s definitely a double standard, but guys experimenting with guys are viewed as much more likely to be homosexual than girls experimenting with girls. Like the girls in the house, I do find it strange that Marlon has never been in a serious relationship with a woman. I assume he’s slept with women because of how the girls say he’s acted out in the bars, but I guess we don’t really know yet. When the girls were in the confessional rattling off questions (Was he black or white? How old was he? How did they meet? Were they dating? How’d it happen?), I was dying! So much curiosity and questions that they felt couldn’t be asked outright. Hilarious.

On another note, Johnny and Avery finally/already had sex, depending how you look at it. haha I love how she was telling her grandma she wasn’t going to sleep with him right away, then managed to sleep with him what I assume was within the next few nights (who knows with editing though?). Avery seems pretty worried that Johnny is going to “hit it and quit it,” but he seems very genuine to me and seems to like her. And he’s doing it right, getting in good with Daisy! haha The fact that Avery said “I’m not going to fall in love in three months” on the first episode makes me think these two get more serious than they (and we) think they might.

What did everyone think of this week’s episode? Do you think Jordan is too harsh or just honest? Were you shocked by Marlon’s secret? Do you think Johnny is genuinely interested in Avery?

Stop being polite…

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I’ve gotten better about my trashy reality TV over the years (I no longer watch Jersey Shore and/or Snooki and JWOWW…it’s an improvement!), but I am a big Real World fan, as well as The Challenge, and I watch every season. I thought I’d incorporate that into my blog and post weekly reviews. Because last night was the season premiere, I’ll just get into the cast members and what I think of all of them. It’s only the first week so it’s hard to tell much, but these are just my first impressions!

Anastasia

Anastasia

My first thought on this girl was, “Way too much makeup.” WAY. TOO MUCH. She seems very fake and dramatic to me, but I might just be judging a book by its cover. Maybe she’ll surprise me though. I thought she was very overdramatic about the boys ranking the girls. Honestly, was she surprised? They’re boys! Also, it’s not like she’s an unattractive girl. Most of the guys seemed to find her attractive and she seems confident enough in herself so I don’t know what her problem is. I also found it awkward when the girls got involved in the boys kicking the girls out, but that was an asshole move on their part.

 

Avery

Avery

Avery is probably my favorite cast member thus far. Of course, it’s only the first episode, but I really like her a lot. She seems smart, independent and real, and I like that. It surprised me that I liked the Hooters girl the best! haha My only problem with her was at the club, she wore a halter dress with a regular bra. I’m a total girl when it comes to that and it bugs the crap out of me when girls’ bra straps show. They make strapless bras for a reason, girl! Overall though, I really, really like Avery. She seems like a really sweet girl with a good head on her shoulders! Those types rarely make it on reality TV. haha

 

Jessica

Jessica

I feel like we didn’t see a lot of Jessica this episode (personality-wise…we saw plenty of her backside in that thong bikini haha), but she seems fine to me so far. She’s absolutely gorgeous and her southern accent makes her even cuter. Again, didn’t see much of her so I don’t have a lot to say, but she seems nice enough. I will say it was interesting how conservative/shocked she seemed by the burlesque dancers but had no problem showing off her bare butt in a thong bikini to six people she’d just met. Maybe she’s not as sweet and innocent as she seems!

 

Johnny

Johnny

I also didn’t get much of a vibe from Johnny. It didn’t take long for him and Avery to start making out at the club (haha), but he seems like a nice guy. I feel like that northeastern accent has a bad connotation and makes me immediately think “douche bag,” but I definitely don’t want to judge him just by that! He seems like a nice enough guy.

 

 

joi

Joi

My first impression of Joi was that she was insanely tall and beautiful. And I still feel that way. She seems like she has a strong personality and I like that so far. She was much less dramatic than Anastasia about the whole bringing-girls-home situation, while at the same time standing up for the girls. I liked her approach much better. haha I think I’ll like her this season.

 

 

Jordan

Jordan

Now for the beginning of the season, I hate to admit I’ll probably be a bit biased. Jordan is from my home state of Oklahoma so I’m pumped he’s on the show! He’s from Mustang, which is about 20 minutes away from where I am in Oklahoma City. I’ve heard him do a couple radio interviews with the local pop station here, and he seems like a cool enough guy. Unfortunately, based on this first episode and the trailers of what’s to come, I can see him getting on my nerves. He seems too aggressive at times and even though I don’t like Anastasia at all, the way he reacted to her having a boyfriend when he obviously had a crush on her was immature and childish in my opinion. In his radio interviews, he said he often has conflicts with Anastasia and Joi if I’m remembering correctly, and I have a feeling the conflicts with Anastasia have some bitterness behind them. I really want to like him and I really want him to represent Oklahoma well, but I think he’s going to come off like an asshole a lot of the time, unfortunately. At this point, I’m just glad he’s doesn’t live in a teepee, ride a horse to school or have an extremely closed mind like a lot of people think Oklahomans do. I can confidently tell you I’ve never seen a teepee, I’ve only ridden a horse in Colorado (ironically) and we’re not all 100 percent conservative and close-minded. haha I’ll step off my soapbox for the sane Oklahomans now. Moving on…

Marlon

Marlon

Last but not least is Marlon. He also seems a like a cool guy for the moment, but as we know, that all can change. haha I find him running around the house showing girls his penis a bit weird, but maybe that’s just not something I’m used to. haha I read in some comments on MTV.com that he apparently has some huge secret that’s going to come out this season so that should be interesting. I don’t have much to say about him so far. I don’t love him or hate him. He seems fine. That’s all.

 

 

 

I do still have some lingering questions though:

1. Where’s Nia and when/why does she come in? Usually, when a roommate is sent home and replaced, they don’t ruin it in trailers, but as we’ve seen, Nia is too crazy to hide. haha Like I mentioned, I assume someone gets sent home or chooses to leave. My boyfriend and my first guess was Anastasia. She seems to hate Jordan and Marlon so far (mostly Jordan) and I could see her getting fed up/overdramatic and deciding to leave Angelina-style. However, I’d read some stuff (also on MTV.com) that Joi is the one to leave, which I find interesting. I wonder if it’s her choice or what happens. Hmmm. Guess we’ll find out.

2. I’m wondering if anyone has bisexual tendencies that we don’t know about yet. It seems like every season, there’s a gay roommate and if there’s not, one comes out as bisexual or with an interesting past. We’ll see if any of these roommates have interesting situations like we’ve seen in the past.

Overall, I’m excited for the season! What are everyone’s thoughts on the roommates so far?