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Mad Love

A skeleton arrives for Madison (possibly only the first one), and Jason's baby is born.

It's nice to get a break from the Bru-haha (why oh why didn't I call last week's piece that? sigh) that's dominated Real World: Skeletons lately -- although Bruno's still a toolshed -- but it makes for a somewhat boring episode. Jason's baby, Taylor, is born, and is adorable, and he is adorable with her (though he could some work in the supporting-her-head department), but it makes for a lot of talking heads about taking responsibility and breaking paternal patterns. Worthwhile stuff to aim for; not why we brought box wine to this party.

Speaking of partying, Madison's stepsister Rachel arrives as The Skeleton Of The Week, and is dourly unimpressed with the drinking and clubbing Madison's doing, seeing it as just a substitute for the harder drugs with which Madison almost ruined her life and estranged them from their once-tight bond. I made a similar comment at the beginning of the season, but based on Sylvia and Mad's intricate dance routine, choreographed without music thanks to rights issues, I'd put that down to the utter boredom and lack of entertaining alternatives available in a RW house, versus backsliding or gateway behaviors. I mean, it's not irrelevant, but it's also not like she's allowed to stay in and read a book. Anyway, they cry it out -- or Madison cries it out enough for both of them -- and they get to know each other again as sisters, and Tony comes back from the Tarheel trip with absence having made his heart grow fonder, and then Mad gets a mystery bouquet telling her to meet a mystery person at a cafe at 3 PM. It's probably her abusive ex. Dun! ...Maybe? I mean, I can't imagine the production would be that irrespons-- oh, what am I saying.

Elsewhere, Nicole...goes back to Brooklyn to be an EMT? For the...weekend? That whole thing's kind of unclear; the bottom line is, she can't tag along to North Carolina to meet little Taylor. Bruno goes, though, so at least Jason can cross "first bad parenting decizh" off his list and relax. Hee.

"What the hell?" I'll list the housemates from best to worst each week. First place gets 7 points, second place 6, and so on. Whoever has the most points at the end of the season is probably the most awesome person in the RW: Skeletons house. No, Mr. Snuggledicks doesn't get his own slot. No, I don't think this is a terribly scientific system. Yes, I went to university "for this."

  1. Violetta
    Her philosophical notes on the bad times in life letting you appreciate the good ones is just the thing to calm Madison down; she gets right up in Bruno's face about the asinine Jell-O prank that stains her sheets; she treats the roomies to chicken soup.
  2. Sylvia
    Violetta's talking about how fun it would be to have a kid and dress it up, and Sylvia's like, hmm...nope! My people. Also makes up a twerky dance routine to pass the time.
  3. Tony
    Doesn't get a ton of screentime considering his GF's skeleton is in play, but sweetly takes up for Madison with Rachel, and "jokes" that he doesn't "want to have to fight the guy" who's asked to meet with Madison.
  4. Nicole
    Barely in the episode except to interrupt an intense chat among Madison, Rachel, and Tony to dun "T. Raines" for the nail clippers, which killed me for some reason.
  5. Jason
    The pec-flexing under the sleeping newborn's head is hilarious. The drunk loud-getting when he gets back from the bars and didn't get a leg over is decidedly less so, and it's during a drunk-dial to the baby's mother that night that he finds out she's given birth. That said, he's an emotionally savvy guy mostly; I have every faith in him to get it done as a dad.
  6. Madison
    Some of her weeping and amends-making reads more like attention-seeking -- op. cit. her showing the other girls her mugshot -- and she doesn't see how going to the club and getting her vodka-tonic on is not going to go over well with Rachel. She's also apparently realizing for the first time how her addiction and behavior during it affected other people, which is also a little hard to believe, until she reminds us that she detoxed herself. If anyone could have benefited from a program, it's this kid; either way, the cluelessness at this late date is not a great look.
  7. Bruno
    Stories about your pranking exploits are like talking about your dreams: nobody gives a shit. He barely waits for Madison to get out of earshot before deeming Rachel "way prettier," and while I don't disagree re: women wearing heels they can't walk in generally, nobody wants to hear it from this asswagon.

Season To Date Rankings

Rank Name Points Trending
1 Nicole 65
2 Jason 57
3 Sylvia 51
4 Tony 38
5 Violetta 37
6 Madison 35
7 Bruno 29
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