‘The Real World: Go Big or Go Home’ episode 5 review: Will Chris tell Jenna the truth?

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We gotta admit that for a good percentage of Thursday night’s new episode of “The Real World,” we were out on almost everything that the show was bringing to the table.

First, we had to watch a lengthy segment all about Jenna and spiders, which we really didn’t care for because A) we don’t like spiders and also B) Jenna is not particularly likable in her own right. We couldn’t even stand to watch most of it, but we suppose congrats to her for conquering her fear since we clearly haven’t conquered ours.

The big problem that the show had here structurally is that in ending the episode with the big reveal that Chris is the person who revealed her nasty comments online, it felt like we were probably supposed to feel for Jenna more than we did. Sure, he acted like a total snake in the way that he did it, and Jenna probably wouldn’t have said some of the things that she did in the event that he knew he’d be posting them. Then again, she was on a TV show, and had he not done that, her life would have been “ruined” by the show coming out. Her mistake if she wanted to preserve her future, was going on this show to begin with. Chris was offended, and it’s not like he made up much of what he was saying.

Still, nobody wants to admire someone for being a rat, and Chris didn’t really come off particularly great here either, though our heart broke for him hearing about some of his struggles in the church.

Do you really want to hear about anything else with this episode? Well, we could spend a minute or two talking about some other nonsense, which included seeing Dione realize that imitating a homeless person is not a good idea, and also watching petty arguments here and there in between these people livin’ it up and enjoying Sin City. “The Real World” is good entertainment, but with all the producer meddling this season, much of what made it organic is very much gone. Grade: C.

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