Real World
If I Strip For You, Will You Strip For Me?

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If I Strip For You, Will You Strip For Me?

Previously on Real World: oh, so now they're back to "Previously on..." Last week, I thought they had given up the falsely previous opening. But apparently, last week the editors realized that they were spinning the "Jamie gets religion" and "Jamie loves Julie" storylines out of thin air, so they didn't even try to pretend like it's been an ongoing theme of the season. And I appreciated that acknowledgement. But now, we're back to "Previously on..." David likes producing their television show. Elton tells David that he can't do it all himself. Matt thinks there's "a weirdness" between him and Julie, and Julie agrees. Matt thinks his webpage is "on fire" and girls like to "sign his guestbook." Oh, this is going to be so sad. That is probably the saddest thing that Matt has said so far this season, and if this episode is going to be more of the same, I don't know if I can take the patheticness.

So, given the way the show opens, here's what I imagine happened. Bunim and Murray realized that they were up against the World Series tonight. The same World Series that has been pulling in pretty high ratings. They realized that the "Julie's family" episode was really the peak of the season, and it's all downhill from here. They've used up all the really dramatic footage, and it's getting harder and harder to construct storylines out of what's left. Oh, don't you worry -- they still have a few tricks up their sleeves! But they have to wait until a little later in the season to show them off. And yet, they still need to pull in the casual viewer, the guy who is just flipping through the channels in the off chance that the World Series game is boring. So what do they show to pull him in?

David is at a strip club, watching some nearly naked ladies writhe around on stage. He voice-overs, "I like booty. I love bodies. I love women." I would like to correct him on that one -- he doesn't really love women. If he loved women, he would be capable of forming real relationships with them, and he wouldn't use words like "booty" to refer to them. Also, as near as I can tell, he's at this club by himself, and sitting right next to the edge of the stage. I realize that the cameras are going to make the women come over to him. Does he realize that? But I think that, like drinking alone, going to strip clubs alone is both creepy and the sign of a potential problem. Of course, that's just my opinion. In an interview, David tells us he is producing the seventh episode of their television show. Let's see, we've seen shows produced by Kelley, David, Jamie, and Julie. That's four. And this is the seventh. Interesting. David's idea is to have a "fashion show" with some of the girls from the club.

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