The thirty-two contestants stand on the beach. Mark from Road Rules Season One and Eric Nies from The Real World New York walk out. It looks like it's about a hundred degrees there, and they are both wearing tuxedos. I'm surprised that Eric didn't rip the sleeves off his. Eric is also wearing a bucket hat, which leads me to believe that he's balding. Eric and Mark welcome them. Mark says that each team's job is to represent their season and try to emerge victorious. Eric explains that after each competition, the top three ranking teams from each side will vote off a team from their own show. This will continue until only six teams remain. Isn't that what they just said in the credits? Well, given B/M's penchant for repeating things, I don't know why I'm surprised. Eric? Is sweating like a stuck pig. Mark announces that the winning team will get Chili's cash, and at first I thought he meant that they get their winnings in the form of Chili's gift certificates. I like Chili's and all (although what is up with those *NSYNC commercials? Is *NSYNC really that hard up?), but that would kind of suck.
In an interview, Norm says, "I'm all about winning the cash. I love cash." Nice to see a man who has his priorities in the right place. Elka assures Sean that they have it in the bag. In an interview, Jisela says that the money is "an incentive to bust ass." Mark tells the contestants that their first competition is the next day, and that they will be alerted on their Nokia cell phones. Seriously, how many sponsors does this thing have? Already, we've got Chili's, Nokia, and probably the resort where it's being held. Man, Bunim and Murray have got to be rolling in dough.
Cue the tropical music. The teams are shown to their villas, which are really nice. The Real World teams joke about there being no pool table or fish tank, so it can't be their house. The Road Rules teams bust out with the margaritas. Timmy tries taunting the Real World-ers with a cry of "Yes, yes, yes we do. We got spirit, how 'bout you?" It doesn't work. In an interview, Timmy tells us that he's been hosting a show called The Slant on Fox Sports, and "it's like a dream come true." Well, good for him. I always liked Timmy. Except that I think it may be time that he started going by "Tim." Everyone laughs at Yes, who is wearing Jon's cowboy hat. In an interview, Yes says that he and Veronica have teamed up many times before, and that they are undefeated. Veronica -- who is looking a little puffier than usual -- says something about underwear and dancing. In an interview, Veronica reminds us that she did her season and then the Challenge, and now she is finishing up a thesis in Business Communications. I have to say that it makes me feel good to see that so many of the contestants have added a few (or in some cases, many) pounds. They were generally so good-looking on their seasons, it wasn't normal. Seeing them with a little extra weight convinces me that they are just like the rest of us.