Saturday, May 31, 2014

Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars - Highlights From Episode 1 (5/30/14)

Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars (as opposed to Marriage Boot Camp: People Who Want to Be Reality Stars) premiered last night on WeTV. While it is by no means worth recapping the whole thing, here are the highlights.

Tanisha Thomas and Clive (Tanisha's from Bad Girls Club) arrived first, and in a big way. Tanisha's got a huge personality. She was screaming an ranting and raving and whatever else one can do. She also let us know that she and Clive have been married - and separated - for two years. Okay, then. Clive has a problem with cheating.

Tanisha had a total mental breakdown during a segment where people were allowed to ask her questions. That was certainly something to see. She felt pretty dumb after the fact when she learned that the reporters were fake and the situation was meant to test their relationships in the public eye.

Gretchen Rossi and Slade Smiley (Real Housewives of Orange County) arrived next. Tanisha said Gretchen looked like a Barbie, and Gretchen called herself "the white Oprah" because she asks a lot of questions. I considered it a slip and a bad choice (comparing yourself to Oprah? Making race an issue?) but when she repeated it, that theory was all over. Slade said something horrible - he said there are millions of beautiful women out there so he wouldn't be that concerned if the relationship ended.

The group was joined by JWoww (Jenni Farley) and her boyfriend Roger from Jersey Shore. Jenni said Gretchen is as real as her boobs. That was good. This couple has a problem where Jenni wants more camera time and Roger wants some privacy.

Traci Braxton and her man Kevin from Braxton Family Values arrived next. Their 17 year marriage is plagued with infidelity and control issues. Tanisha described Kevin as a guy 'who can't keep his legs between his legs' which I will assume was a mistake in her wording. The truth is that they've both cheated.

Trista and Ryan Sutter (The Bachelorette) were the final pair to arrive. Tanisha made it clear that she thought Trista looked way better when she was on The Bachelorette, but she has really nice teeth. The pair wants their marriage to work because they're the pair from the Bachelor / Bachelorette franchise that has made things work when so many others fail.

All of the couples made videos about their relationship problems...except for part of one couple - Ryan. Showing strength in their marriage, Trista defended him, saying he'd worked a long week. Ryan admitted he wasn't too keen on being on the show but had been turning around since their arrival.

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