Living, Laughing & Loving… while in debt.
I didn’t do a recap for last week’s episode, but to be frank, it wouldn’t have been too far off from this episode’s recap- since both episodes basically centered around another awkward Nia/Jordan encounter. I use the word awkward, because these “fights” completely confuse me. I’m not buying for one second that Nia is orchestrating this grand scheme above all other person’s comprehension in order to bring Jordan down and avenge the female race. I’m still confused as to why this desire of Nia’s even exists. Because he hurt a few of the girls feelings in the first week or two? From the outside, it seems to me that Nia is actually intrigued by Jordan’s outspoken, unpredictable nature- maybe even intimidated by it. And I also firmly believes she’s even a little attracted to him. Regardless, I can’t say that I care enough to really try and go Dr. Phil on figuring this out. They clearly both were in the wrong. That being said, I’m personally more annoyed by Nia throughout the entire “fight.” She’s laughing, she’s instigating, she’s “handling” him, but as soon as he starts playing along, Jordan has gone too far. Frankly, is there even a “too far” after you publicly tried to throw yourself on top of him, only to then make an attack on the size of his penis? I just can’t get with any of the logic in their entire encounter. Was it racist, wasn’t it? Did he grab her? Were there too many cheerios… Screw it. You both played the game of seeing how far you could push the boundaries with one another, and Nia, you got offended first. You lost at “your own game.”
Anyway, I do respect that, in the end, Jordan took some accountability. Whether provoked by his father or not, he apologized while Nia continued to not own up to anything- then actually preceded to call Jordan out for not being accountable for his actions…
Also, it was refreshing to see some more of Anastasia a.k.a. Common Sense this episode. Every house needs some. My personal favorite is when she called Jessica out for trying to make the Nia and Jordan fight about her. And upon learning that Jessica didn’t want to go to the group outing because of Jordan, Anastasia quickly fired back, “Fine, stay home dude.” Took the words out of my mouth, girlfriend.
Speaking of staying home, am I the only one who’s realized that Nia has been weaseling her way out of partaking in any type of group activity so far? You couldn’t have paid me to not partake in every, single group activity while in Vegas. Not only was our penthouse the size of an attic, and we had a very minimal list of fun things that were actually cleared by production, but isn’t that the point in partaking in an experience like “The Real World” to put yourself out there for new experiences and opportunities? Maybe I’m crazy… but if your not taking advantage of it, I’m sure someone else would be happy to.
Next we meet Jordan’s Oklahoma-grown “bestie,” Taylor. Yes, shes a chick. And, yes, she is in love with him. Taylor has one too many Mike’s Hard Lemonades and stumbles her way back to the Portland residence. Nia see’s this and enjoys telling the camera about how embarrassing Taylor’s behavior is. Ha. Ha. Ha. Pot meet kettle.
Half way through the episode, Johnny and Marlon go to the local pizza place they work at to pick up some pizza for Avery and Anastasia. What ends up happening is Johnny gets wasted, comes home with a half-destroyed pizza and then proceeds to yell at Avery and Anastasia for absolutely no reason. I have no doubt in my mind that Johnny’s future includes being that drunk uncle slurring 80′s music at every wedding.
Avery is pissed… for a second, and then sober Johnny wins her back in no-time with some Frisbee golf. I must admit, Avery is extremely easy-going and I could absolutely be friends with her, but sometimes I just want her to stand her ground a little. I feel like when she gets hurt, she becomes passive aggressive, rather than being forthright and addressing the actual problem(s). Don’t get me wrong, it makes her seem really cool and chill now, but I feel like you can’t keep up that kind of aloofness in a successful, long-term relationship. Unless, you really just don’t care about your own feelings. However, I do feel like they genuinely care for each other and enjoy each other’s company. It will be interesting to me to see how these two end up long-term.