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Real World: Brooklyn Recap – This Episode Gets Creepy Friday, January 30, 2009

Posted by The NY Kid in MTV, reality TV, undergroundBTO.

Seriously, people. I hope you weren’t eating while watching this episode because it made me sick. We open with Devyn, JD and Scott driving around NYC (apparently aimlessly), discussing their plans for the rest of the lives. NOTE: This is the first season in a while where the roommates don’t have a job – all they have to do is follow their dreams. How nice for them.

That night we see the roommates getting ready for a private party at some club, and everyone tells Ryan that he has to dress appropriately for the evening. He winds up wearing a suit (slightly overboard) and a fake handlebar mustache (slightly Beastie Boys) to the shindig. At the party Chet sees Alex (Ryan’s model friend who lives in NYC) and starts to flirt with her. Ryan tells Chet that nothing is going to happen, but Chet is convinced that he has “made game” (yes, yes – all the Mormons are secret pimps). Back at the house, after the party, Chet talks to Baya about how he is “really into” Alex.

In the morning there is a phone call for Sarah, which JD answers. The individual on the phone wants to know where Sarah is and what time she will be back, but refuses to leave his name/number/message. Meanwhile, Sarah is out shopping with Katelynn and Chet (seriously, this dude is the most metrosexual man in the history of the earth. He makes David Beckham look like Les Stroud). On their way home, Katelynn gives Sarah a “punchbuggy” punch and Sarah complains that she hit her really hard. For some reason this prompts Chet to ask Sarah what she would do if her boyfriend hit her, and she says that she would leave him. This devolves into a conversation about domestic abuse, and Chet is completely oblivious of the effect that this conversation is having on Sarah. Finally (and in an ominous nod to the phone call she received), Sarah tells Chet that she was sexually abused by her father. Chet, because he is a complete asshat, tells Sarah that she should forgive her father and let him back into her life.

That night the phone rings and Sarah answers only to discover that it is her father, whom she has not spoken to in some time. She asks how he got her number and tells him not to call her ever again, to which he replies that she needs to get over her mother’s “programming” and understand the truth. Sarah hangs up, and while Baya comforts her she calls her mother to tell her what happened. Her mother tells her that the roommates must now screen all of her calls.

The next night (presumably) the roommates are back at the Pete Wentz-owned club that they have been frequenting, and JD comes in later with his friend Angelique, who is transgendered. JD is completely wasted, and he begins to trash his roommates: “Katelynn is nothing compared to Angelique”; “Angelique is 100 times a better singer than Devyn.” Angelique gets on stage to sing, and she invites/challenges Devyn to come up and sing a duet. Devyn is nervous, but she tries to trip up Angelique by singing a country song, and does “I Hope You Dance.”  Angelique is up to the task, and finishes the song alone. When the roommates all return to the house Sarah tells Katelynn about JD’s behavior. JD comes in to the kitchen eating cereal and speaking nonsense, since he is still wasted, and Katelynn tells him that she doesn’t want to talk to him.

In the morning Devyn sits in the kitchen talking to Sarah, Katelynn and Scott about what happened at the club. She then goes to speak to JD and accuses him of intentionally “trying to cause a scene”, and JD blames the alcohol. Devyn tells him that she will “never see [him] the same way again.” She then goes out to lunch with one of her cousins, who is in the Broadway production of “The Color Purple.” Her cousin gives her information about a casting director so that she can start auditioning in NYC. Meanwhile, at the house, Chet gets a call from Alex and he asks her out on a date.

The next day Sarah’s dad calls the house again, and she answers the phone. He repeatedly tells her that she is lying about the sexual abuse and she eventually hangs up on him. Sarah goes to talk to Devyn about the situation, and she says that she was originally molested while at a daycare center and then sexually abused by her father on some “father-daughter trips.” A short while later Devyn receives a call from the casting director and she sets up an audition.

The next day we see Devyn practicing her singing/monologues for the audition. She drives off to the audition alone and winds up getting lost. A traffic pattern due to construction leads her to the Holland Tunnel (taking her into NJ), and she winds up 30 minutes late for the audition. The casting director is clearly not pleased, and tells her that she now has only 10 minutes to perform. In addition, he tells her that the typeface on her resume sucks and got smudged all over his hands. She performs a brief dramatic monologue (which he makes her restart) and then sings “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The casting director doesn’t seem impressed, and he reiterates to her that she should always be early for auditions and send out better resumes. Back at the house Devyn tells the roommates what happened, but she complains that it wasn’t her fault that she was late.

The next day (umm, did MTV just not think anything exciting happened at night for 3 straight days?) we see Sarah on the phone with her mother, talking about her renewed interest in advocacy work. She goes online to get some information, and then goes off to a “Free Arts NYC” program to volunteer where she winds up working with a young girl named “Sapphire.” At the same time we see Chet wandering NYC waiting for Alex, panicking that she has stood him up. She finally shows up, claiming that she got lost (there’s a lot of that going around) and they go to dinner in Little Italy.

After walking around for most of the evening, Chet and Alex go back to the house. They snuggle on a bench near the water and then he takes her home and they share a kiss. Back at the house Chet talks to Ryan about Alex, and he admits that he could not see himself marrying her because he wants to marry a Mormon girl. While he denies that they are dating, Ryan tries to explain to him how relationships work.

The episode closes with Sarah, Katelynn and Chet in the car discussing orgasms. Chet says that he doesn’t masturbate since he has “nocturnal emissions” and he informs them both that he has never even touched a breast. Sarah laughs and tells Chet that she wants him to call her after his first sexual experience to tell her how it was.

Seriously, this whole episode turned my stomach. The saga of Sarah and her dad is extremely disturbing, and read whatever subtext you want into her current attitudes towards sex. It’s a fucked-up world.



1. Simone - Wednesday, February 4, 2009

I just wanted you to know that I read your recaps.

2. john - Friday, February 13, 2009

The saga of Sarah and her dad isn’t disturbing at all, given the fact that he never actually abused her at all..as she explained it, all he did was bring one sleeping bag to a camping trip..wtf?

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