Real World Reunion 2000
Dave Holmes talks about the seventh roommate, Irene, who isn't there today, and introduces a tape. From that introduction, you'd think this interview was taped especially for the reunion, right? Like the one they showed of Montana earlier? Yeah, not quite. The tape starts with Irene saying how she really does have Lyme Disease, but how being in Seattle made things worse. And I'm thinking, "This sounds really familiar. Almost as if I have heard it or read it before." So I whip out my Real World Seattle book and look in the Irene section, and there are the contents of the tape word for word. The producers totally took an interview Irene did just after she left the house and pretended it was current. If you don't believe me, check page forty-nine of the book for yourself, and the book was published in 1998. Anyway, the tape ends with Irene saying that David and Rebecca supported her when she was sick, Nathan, Stephen and Janet didn't support her, and Lindsey was caught in the middle. She feels Nathan, Stephen and Janet were a "bunch of Judases." She doesn't have any hate or animosity for her roommates, but they burned and betrayed her. After the tape is over, Dave asks the cast what they think. In an interview, Nathan says it was weird that Irene split the house in half like that. Back at the reunion, Nate says he doesn't feel that he burned Irene, because she pulled away and didn't reach out to anyone, and if she expected them to be able to see through the smoke and clouds, he's sorry he didn't. He thinks she's wrong for feeling burned, and she burned them by leaving so quickly. Stephen says it's a "wrong judgment" for Irene to think he's a Judas because he can remember many nights spent on the couch with her when he could have been "out drinking, with [his] boys, or doing something else," but he spent time with Irene because he does care. I can't believe Stephen is even claiming that he ever treated Irene right, considering that he stole her stuffed animal, then lied about it, then threw it in the water and slapped her. So, to Stephen, I'd like to give the full body whatever. In an interview, Stephen tells us that Nathan is "selfish and unconscious with his actions." On stage, Stephen says he thinks Nathan should have "been there in the end." Nathan looks incredulous. In an interview, Nathan says that it's ridiculous for Stephen to say he should have been there, since Stephen wasn't there for Irene either, and in fact, Nathan feels that nobody was.