Mrs Filthy's Real World Review

May 6, 2000

Real World Reunion 2000

What would you do if you found out that just about every cast member from the last four seasons of "The Real World" was invading your community? Would you pack up your young'uns and hightail it out of there? Build a really large electrified fence? You might be surprised to learn that enough people want to watch the damage to warrant not one but two Real World reunions this year. Generous MTV has thoughtfully provided an opportunity for all of us who have idly wondered about Miami Dan's modelling career or the romance between Seattle Nathan and his limpet Stephanie. Why, it's enough to make me cry!

Of course, not everyone has a spare hour and a half to watch the pilgrim's progress of 25 (mas o menos) confused, embittered young people, even if they do have all new hairstyles. I am here, my bon bons, to make life easier for you. Therefore, here's a brief rundown of what went down at the Real World Reunion 2000.

The Miami Season ­ The Cast

Dan is a model scout in Chicago, after being a model for four years. The whole world will be relied to know that he no longer wears red bikini briefs.

Flora refuses to hug anyone. She "would like to say that she's a trapeze artist." I leave it to you, my dears, to figure out whether she's been successful or not. Anyway, she finally married her beau Mitchell (of whom the most frequently used descriptor was "nuts"). Marriage has calmed her somewhat, because she didn't flash her boobs even once.

Continuing some sort of Miami cast tradition, Melissa claims that she is a juggler for a living. If this is so, I can only assume that she has some sort of act with Flying Flora.

Cynthia works as a video jockey on the California Music Channel and is still looking for a good man. I wish her luck from the bottom of my heart.

Sarah returned to her position as a comic book editor in San Diego and then toured with Lilith Fair and the Family Values tour with Limp Bizkit.

Mike works as a private investigator. Just think- he manages to shadow people despite his rapidly expanding beer gut.

Joe "went into hibernation" for a couple of years and then started the "Joe's World Foundation," which assists with youth leadership and counseling all over the world. He also wrote a tell-all memoir of his time in Miami, the mention of which brought a grim expression to the faces of many of the other cast members. He's no longer seeing Nicki. Of course, that piece of news brought a heartfelt cheer from the crowd. Mike quips, "You must've been in love, because she was a bitch."

Who Didn't Attend? The entire Miami cast flew to Las Vegas for the reunion. They also seemed the most relaxed of all the casts. Melissa's handy axiom could well be true: the first year you're bitter, the second you seek professional help and third year, you're over it.

The Biggest Trend? Running away with the circus

What Do We Learn? Does anyone else actually remember Dan and Melissa's name-calling spat? Well, they've moved on. Of course, the rest of the world did long ago.
Also, the infamous jacuzzi/ shower scene featuring Mike, Melissa and an anonymous brunette was even more unpleasant than originally thought. Melissa broadly hints that Mike "didn't rise to the occasion." I never thought I'd have to think about that again, my chickadees, and I wish no one had brought it up.

The Boston Season ­ The Cast

Elka is a senior at UNLV and is still ga-ga over a chap named Walter.

Jason holds some vague position in a vague Internet start-up company and is the proud owner of a Paul Westerburg-esque head of hair. Last year, he was one of those responsible for assembling the Hawaii cast.

Kameelah is a senior at Stanford and is now applying for medical school. She feels that she has become more tolerant and patient after her Real World experience.

Genesis met her soulmate Paige at a club and eventually married her. Not only do they share their lives, but they can share clothes as well.

Syrus designs computer games. Don't expect him to sport old flannel shirts and uncombed hair, though. He dresses so extravagantly that anyone within three feet of him must wear dark glasses including himself!

Sean married Rachel from the San Francisco season and is the co-creator of the first official Real World baby. And the poor child is named Evita. Sean has forsaken lumberjacking for lawyering, partying for parenting; this is the vision of the future that has all the other Real Worlders biting their nails to little nubbins.

Who Didn't Attend? Montana sends a bland video greeting from San Francisco, where she works "in public relations" and is "having a great time." No one misses her.

The Biggest Trend? Long artfully-mussed hair

What Do We Learn? We learn that Boston must not have been a very interesting season because the show doesn't spend very much time on them. Oh, and they still don't care a fig about those kids at the community center.

The Seattle Season ­ The Cast

Nathan left Virginia Military Institute to pursue an acting career. Watch for his puffy face in a movie called "Teddy Guacamole," coming soon to a discount video bin near you! He and Stephanie broke up, by the way.

Rebecca has been studying in Florence, Italy and is six weeks away from graduation. She's also recorded a folk-rock CD with her band. She still leaves me wondering how she ever got on the show. She's just not obnoxious enough.

When asked "What's new," Stephen replies, "The world is new." A hopeful reply, even though he's one of the few to admit that the last few years haven't been so hot for him. He's about to graduate from Berkeley and is working with an Internet start-up company.

Janet says that readjusting to the real real world after "The Real World" knocked her on her ass. She worked at Spin magazine for a while, then returned to school, but not before playing with Boston cast member Jason on a tennis court. The score was love-love. As of now, however, they're just friends.

Dave is "a lost child." Girls dig that stuff, you know.

When the host asks Lindsay what she's been up to, she replies, "Not much, how 'bout you?" She finished her degree at the University of Michigan and is now "going with the flow."

Who Didn't Attend? Irene also contributed a video presence, but didn't even attempt Montana's general inoffensiveness. One of the most memorable quotes was, "I was dealing with a bunch of Judases." No light-hearted romp this.
Even after all this craziness, more people miss Irene than Montana, though.

The Biggest Trend? Confusion and aimlessness

What Do We Learn? Dave doesn't regret his affair with casting person Kira, but he does regret how her life subsequently went down the crapper. Can you imagine losing your job to be with Dave?
Nathan recognizes that he was a big fat jerk when he was drunk.

The Hawaii Season ­ The Cast

When Ruthie is asked about her alcohol-induced behavior during the show, she replies, "Give it up, it's so old!" She's more focused on her impending graduation.

Justin is attending Harvard Law School, where suprisingly, he's not a complete pariah for his manipulative treatment of his fellow Real Worlders. Although he offers no real excuse for his behavior, he tells Amaya that it's nice to see her and regrets that he didn't get a chance to see Colin. This confuses me; when people are mean, I like them to stay mean, goshdarnit!

Kaia has been busy looking at herself. She has said before, "I really, really like looking at myself," and now she's looking at herself with a "real perspective." Her sage advice "I encourage you to speak as much truth as possible" is received with a howling laugh from Teck. I mean, he laughs loudly enough to drown her pontifications out. This was my favorite part of the reunion. It was also nice that we didn't have to hear any of her poetry.

Amaya has graduated and is now "leading a private life." When an audience member asks her to reconcile her religious prohibitions against eating pigs' feet with her "nakedness" and bed-sharing habits, she replies, "Um. Beef?" Actually, Amaya didn't appear toplessness even once, so the question really was off-base. Teck defends Amaya vociferously, "Back up off my girl!" He also contributes a wide array of manic hand gestures.

Who Didn't Attend? Teck, even if he's via satellite from Albany, projects more energy than the people who were actually in Las Vegas. Or, maybe he's just a lunatic. He's busy finishing his film, working with MTV and talking to women everywhere, whether they want him to or not.
Matt and Colin don't even bother with a video greeting. They're now television bigshots.

The Biggest Trend? Blurry recollections of embarrassing moments

What Do We Learn? Amaya reminds everyone what it's like to lives one's mistakes on tape for the whole world to see and asks for a little respect. Also, Teck is aggressively single.

Next Time: Au revoir! We'll meet again on June 6th, my dears, for the casting special.

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This Week, Mrs. Filthy's Reading:

Love in a Dead Language : A Romance by Lee Siegel

Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov