Living, Laughing & Loving… while in debt.
And this episode takes off where the last left off… in awkward-as-shittown, population 2.
Seriously, I can’t handle how uncomfortable this entire scene is. If you don’t know what I’m referring to, go read the ending of my recap of the last episode.
I’m not completely clear on the “point” Nia was trying to make, there seems to be a few different ideas floating around. If it was to prove that Jordan has “small man’s syndrome” downstairs, I agree with Anastasia that she could have just pulled his towel off after a shower. Or, shit… I don’t know- maybe even ask him to show you? I bet it could literally be that easy.
In my last post, I mentioned that I thought Nia was trying to make Jordan uncomfortable to retaliate for him teasing the girls in the house. I specifically use the word teasing because it can’t even count as bullying, since it doesn’t take much to rile them up. It seems the girls are so personally annoyed and offended by Jordan’s mere presence at this point, that he could probably just look at one of them directly and they’d somehow find a way to make it seem like a personal insult. However, if my initial theory rings true, than it’s clear that Jordan actually beat Nia at her own game. He didn’t once look uncomfortable and she was the one that eventually found a reason to bail out of that sinking ship. It was like a really awkward, freaky game of chicken.
I wasted way too much time on that situation, so moving along…
Jessica goes out on another date with local Portlander Tyler. Tyler is… nice. He’s nice. He’s a nice guy ya’all. And that’s that.
I actually did find Jessica a little more endearing in this episode, than usual. She didn’t seem as defenseless and whiny. She actually had some genuine self-reflecting conversations that were pretty refreshing to see. It serves as a reminder to why you can never base a full opinion of someone off of the sporadic bits of them they show on a TV show.
So, just in case Tyler bored the audience to tears, let’s separate the boys and girls in the house like a bad 8th grade dance and piss some people off.
Boys Night: Johnny bounces around the club with his Boston accent like a free man. As he chats up the drunkest, least attractive girls at the bar, it really makes your wonder why so many men with drop-dead gorgeous girlfriend like Avery enjoy running around clubs with girls they would never actually date sober. When the boys come home, Avery pretends to be angry with Johnny and then Johnny actually becomes angry with everyone. This was weird… but then we realize it was mere foreshadowing when Avery finds an e-mail from a girl in Johnny’s inbox… DON DON DON.
But she decides to not say anything and just let it eat her up inside until it either comes out when she’s drunk, or as word vomit during an argument. Always a solid plan.
The cast leaves the next day to go snowboarding and am I the only person wondering why all of the girls except Avery are wearing club dresses to leave for a snowboarding trip? Anyone?
On the way home from the snowboarding trip we find out two things about Johnny and Avery: that they are both terrible communicators when it comes to expressing their emotions and that Avery was a stripper in high school to pay for her prom dress. The latter tugs at my heart strings for a lot of reasons. I think Avery is a lot deeper than we’ve gotten to see so far, and I hope they give her more character development throughout their season.
The episode ends with Johnny getting mad at Avery, again, for thinking she said something that she clearly didn’t. Mid-argument Avery blurts out that she knows about the e-mail. This is the better of the two ways it could have came out, but it still would have been better to have an actual, mature conversation about it right away. Even more so, because the girl ends up just being a close friend with an affinity for terms of endearment.
Oh, and Jessica lets Tyler ditch the couch and sleep in the bed with her. Thank god, because his poor 6 foot ass was on the brink of scoliosis.