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''The Real World'': Another visitor from home

On ”The Real World,” when Davis’ boyfriend visits, Davis asserts his identity and Stephen questions his own biases

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The Real World: Denver

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”The Real World”: Another visitor from home

What a great episode for MTV to air on Valentine’s Day. And I don’t mean that sarcastically. For the first time this season, I was able to watch The Real World and not roll my eyes or cringe. (Perhaps that’s because Jenn and Colie had only short cameos.) It was very refreshing.

I absolutely loved seeing super-conservative Stephen learn from Davis and P.J.’s relationship. Now don’t get me wrong: I’m well aware MTV rarely inserts any profound messages into its programming, but I think it was great of them to finally air a Real World: Denver episode that touched on important issues: struggling with one’s identity and one’s prejudices.

Davis is definitely struggling when it comes to being openly gay. I couldn’t believe all the stories told Stephen about how his family rejects him. How sad was that when Davis said his little brother told him, ”I’ve hated you for such a long time. You’re such a disappointment You’re like such a letdown as to what I wanted in a big brother. I don’t ever want to speak to you again, goodbye.” Obviously, this isn’t the first time on The Real World that we’ve heard this type of story, but I really appreciated Davis’ openness about it.

I’m glad P.J. got the chance to visit Denver (and how nice was it that he didn’t have to have his face hidden the way Danny’s boyfriend did in New Orleans?). Brooke was right — P.J. and Davis do look alike. (They’re both so adorable!) I was a little surprised, though, at how much they showed of Davis and P.J. being intimate with each other. It is still something we don’t see that often on basic cable, even in 2007.

I’m also happy we finally got to meet the infamous Mercii. (Remember Jenn and Stephen got in a fight over Stephen cheating on her?) She seemed like a sweet girl with a good head on her shoulders. My favorite quote of the episode was when Stephen and Mercii went on the double date with Davis and P.J. and Stephen said, ”I realized I’m holding my hands with my girlfriend under the table, and I look across, and I bet they’re doing the same thing. That’s the first time that I really have thought about that. Davis really is in a relationship.” Again, this isn’t the first time on The Real World that we’ve seen a housemate learn to be more tolerant; it was just nicely handled here.

What do you think? Would you agree that this was one of the better episodes this season? Do you prefer your Real World to be serious or sexy? And how many of you out there would be happy if you never had to see Ty naked again?