The seventh roommates is Willie, who is twenty-three, and from New York City. In his audition tape, Willie gives a tour of the neighborhood where he grew up, and points out where he first rode a bike, as well as where he first got mugged. Snerk. Willie gets on the New York to Philadelphia train, and voice-overs that coming out to his parents was a bad experience, but doesn't offer further details. A lot of people heard the rumors that there were two gay guys in this cast, so I guess the editors wanted to get one out of the way right off the bat. Willie explains that he hopes dating in Philadelphia will be easier, because he's heard that there is a big gay population (and there's not in New York City?). He's ready for a "hot, fantastic, fabulous, sexy relationship." Well, at least he has realistic expectations about what he can accomplish in four months.
The new credits are very slick, but they are also very reminiscent of the Saturday Night Live credits from about three seasons ago.
In case you were wondering how long the editors would wait to use the theme from Rocky, the answer is "about three minutes." The familiar music plays as we see shots of the city landscape.
MJ walks along the water and voice-overs that he is interested in diversity, since he was raised in "a small town such as Nashville." There was a lot of debate on the forums about whether or not Nashville qualifies as a small town, but I think the point is that MJ grew up in a part of it that didn't have a lot of diversity.
Landon walks up, and the two greet each other and make introductions. They notice that they look quite a bit alike, although MJ is taller. Landon interviews that he's looking for a roommate who is "a stick of dynamite" and "ready to blow" and "just wants everyone to blow up with them [sic]." I don't even know what that means. Landon and MJ discuss how it's the first time on the east coast for both of them, and that they're supposed to take the ferry to meet another one of their roommates, because what is a season opener without featuring as many forms of transportation as possible? On the ferry, MJ admits that he has a girl back home named Ashley, and interviews that there is "some emotion" there. Well, that's a ringing endorsement. I'm sure Ashley was thrilled with that one. Oh, who are we kidding. Like they're still together. Landon says that he recently ended a seven-year relationship, and then interviews that it was "a fabulous relationship, very healthy," and that he "had a lot of fun." His use of gender-neutral words and generally evasive language made me wonder if maybe he was the second gay guy in the house. He's not. But nice editing!