Ace and Leah walk up to the house. They don't have very much luggage. I guess it's being shipped or something. Ace points out their house to Leah, and she is psyched. Mallory buzzes them through the gate, and there is much squealing from Leah. Mallory interviews that Leah is awesome, and Chris interviews that he loves Ace already. They all head out back and explore. Ace interviews that Mallory is "really, really beautiful" and details all of her body parts that he finds beautiful. And that would be all of them. I don't really get it, but maybe the camera doesn't pick up her beauty or something. I mean, she's pretty and all, but I actually think Leah is prettier.
Adam and Christina arrive at the center of town, and clarify their directions with a local. They continue wandering aimlessly. Adam has apparently never heard of sidewalks, so he walks down the middle of the street. Christina interviews that Adam is asking people for help, and that she thinks they should ask young people, because they know how to speak English. Wuh? I tried to think of a reason why that would be true, but I really can't. Because young people are smarter? More worldly? More Westernized? They're not in China, for crying out loud. Adam gets directions from a young man who does not speak English and, after the guy leaves, admits that he has no clue what the guy was talking about. Heh.
I'd just like to point out that we're twenty minutes into this hour-long episode and all of the roommates haven't yet arrived at the house. I kind of dig that. Anyway, Adam and Christina flag down some kids on bikes. The kids on bikes lead them to the house. Or at least they think the kids are going to lead them to the house. Seriously, this is such an Amazing Race rip-off. Meanwhile, in another part of town, a young man rides in a car alone while sad-sounding electronic music plays. The young man is Simon, eighteen, from Ireland. I love to analyze how the producers plan for the roommates to arrive at the house for maximum drama. Like clearly they wanted to pair one street-smart person (Chris, Leah) with one hick (Mallory, Ace). And they wanted the four people who, on a surface level, seem the most alike to arrive first so that they could band together and exclude the others. Then they put Adam and Christina together because they're non-white. I guess. And then I imagine that they said, "We need an outsider for the season. Hey, how about having only one non-American in the house? That ought to make him feel isolated. And what about if we make sure he's the only gay guy? Wow, he will really hate his roommates. To cap it off, we'll have him arrive at the house alone so he has no one to bond with on the trip. Awesome." And that's about what happens. Simon interviews that he's nervous to meet the other housemates. Leah and Mallory hug Simon when he walks in. Simon interviews that Americans are enthusiastic about everything. Leah squeals some more when she finds out that Simon is from Ireland. Simon voice-overs that living with six Americans is more of a culture shock to him than being in Paris is.