This week’s episode of the Real World: Austin saw the return of a missing house-mate, and the seven strangers finally doing some kind of work for a change. Finally!
The beginning of the episode focused totally on the task that the seven house-mates had been assigned since moving into the house in Austin. At this time, they are still learning the ropes of how to film for a documentary, and this episode showed them given an assignment of filming themselves and their house-mates around the house, asking them questions in the process to create a portrait. This allows us the opportunity to get to know the cast-mates better. We learn that Nehimiah has yet to sleep in his bed in the house. We learn about Rachel as she tells us about a specific experience she had in the military. Both of these things we hadn’t known before.
Once the assignment is complete, the house-mates then attend a meeting where some of their footage is shown. This then leads them onto the next step of the process which is editing. We learn that their is an editing room set up in the house that no one knew about. They are then assigned to shoot more and learn more about the editing process.
Following this assignment, we are treated to the return of Danny. He had left the house following the death of his mother a couple of episodes back. Danny has definitely had a rough time since moving to Austin to be on the show, and you can see he is a bit sad and not his usual self, which is to be expected.
The guys decide they want a boys night out at the local bar they all attend. A boys night without the girls. The decision is more Wes’. However, Danny goes along with it. This bothers Melinda because after Danny had been gone for so long, she thought he would want to spend more time with her. The girls end up going to the bar, and Danny totally ignores Melinda, being standoffish and cold. Melinda questions him on his behavior, and he says nothing is wrong.
This behavior on Danny’s part upsets Melinda, and she joins in with Johanna on a set of shots. Drinking a bit too much in the process. Once she returns to the house, she passes out. When Danny goes to check on her, she is totally unresponsive, and this concerns Danny. He wakes her up, and takes care of her. Staying with her until the morning. Seeing her in this manner makes Danny reconsider his behavior and makes him realize just how much he does feel about Melinda.
In the final minutes of this week’s episode, we see Danny break down into tears about his mother. He still blames himself for not being there with her when she died. This is a guilt I can definitely identify with having lost my own mother. Melinda tries to help him feel better about the situation, but in all reality, the only thing that can help Danny feel better about this situation is time.
In my opinion, this episode was a bit on the weak side. Not much exciting happened. Yes, the question of whether or not Danny would return to the house was answered, but not much happened on that front. The fact that Danny ignored Melinda was much hyped last week, but the situation didn’t really live up to that hype.
I do think the fact that they showed the house-mates actually working this week was definitely good. Week after week, all we see is them partying it up, and there is definitely more to what they are doing in Austin. However, the preview for next week does show some interesting developments. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what happens next.
What did you think of this week’s episode of the Real World: Austin? Let me know what you think.
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