The Surreal Life
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The Surreal Life 6, Episode 2: The Story of My Life , by TS LeMelle: This week, the cast helps Steve make his Smashmouth video. Who does the crew want to play the dominatrix? It’s not who you might think. Find out, inside!
The Surreal Life 6, Episode 1: Brawny Tawny, Hynotherapy, and Transgender , by TS LeMelle: What do the words in the title to this week’s recap have in common? Read about the first episode of Season 6 of The Surreal Life to find out!
The Surreal Life 6: A Preview , by TS LeMelle: VH-1 is about to bring us another installment of The Surreal Life. Who will join Sherman Hemsley in the house? Who will be providing therapy this season? And what is the SHOCKING TWIST?
The Surreal Life 5, Finale: The Bitter End , by Donna Reynolds: Surreal Life 5 has drawn to its painful conclusion, and no one could be happier than our erstwhile recappper. But before we bid adieu to this “family feud,” we are obligated to bring you the details of the final, hour-long episode. Read on if you dare.
The Surreal Life 5, Episode 11: Is It Real, or Is It Omarosa?, by Donna Reynolds: This episode picks up where the last one left off, smack dab in the middle of Sally Jessy Raphael and Dirty Laundry. Omarosa is about to be called out and we have all been prepped for the shocking reveal. But how shocking is it? Here’s how it all went down.
The Surreal Life 5, Episode 10: Fore Crying Out Loud!, by Donna Reynolds: The angst continues as the Surreal Lifers take to the links to try and work out some frustration. But this in no way prepares them for what is next. A formerly famous talk show host returns, and the cast is aghast as shocking new information is about to be revealed. Read on for all the details.
The Surreal Life 5, Episode 9: Surreal Meltdown , by Donna Reynolds: This week’s episode of The Surreal Life picks up where last week left off. Secrets are revealed, and one cast member can’t take any more, breaking down completely. Interested? Read on for all the details.
Surreal Life 5, Episode 8: Cat Fights and Ugly Sights , by Donna Reynolds: This season of Surreal Life has been the most contentious to date, pitting “supermodel” Janice Dickinson against self-proclaimed diva, Omarosa. Most viewers expected Omarosa to be the problem, but this has not proven to be the case. She seems to have redeemed herself completely as Janice slips rapidly into delirium. Read on for all the details of this particularly disgusting episode.
The Surreal Life 5, Episode 7: Surviving Las Vegas , by Donna Reynolds: In this episode, the Surreal Lifers continue their Las Vegas adventure, participating in a Survivor spoof complete with an elimination. Who stays and who goes? Who really cares anyway? If you do, read on for all the details.
The Surreal Life 5, Episode 6: Hits, Misses, and Stolen Kisses, by Donna Reynolds: The Surreal Lifers head to Sin City for a night of merriment and debauchery, but only after engaging in a rousing game of softball with some surprisingly familiar faces. Who’s a hit and who’s a miss? Read on for all the gory details.
The Surreal Life 4, Episode 5: Gentlemen (and Ladies), Start Your Engines! , by Donna Reynolds: Last week, the Surreal Lifers went above and beyond, performing a good deed for a worthy cause. Can they possibly top that this time around, or will they revert to form? How much more of “supermodel” Janice can we take? Will Omarosa finally “show out?” What is wrong with Jose? Read on to find out.
Surreal Life 5, Episode 4: Can You Dig It?, by Donna Reynolds: Good intentions abound in this episode, which finds the housemates involved in a charitable project. Janice makes an ass of herself, literally, and Omarosa proves once again that construction is not her forte. Read on for all the gory details!
The Surreal Life 5, Episode 3: Whistler’s Mother Doesn’t Strip , by Toni Swats: The Surreal Lifers compete in a burlesque-style strip-off! Can anyone compete with the lovely Caprice? Does Janice even dare try?
Surreal Life 5, Episode 2: Sunshine Strikers, by Toni Swats: This episode of Surreal Life has two main portions. First, Jose has a book signing – how does he react to angry “fans”? Second, the Surreal crew bowls against a team of special ed. individuals and Janice can’t keep her big mouth shut. Read all about it right here.
The Surreal Life 5, Episode 1: No Way, It’s Jose! , by Toni Swats: Fans of reality TV know this woman all too well. She’s Omarosa, the villain of the first season of The Apprentice, a woman with so many Reality TV Hall of Shame inductions that we’ve named a wing of The Hall after her. So imagine recapper Toni’s surprise when it turned out that Omarosa wasn’t the meanest person in the house!
Surreal Life 5, A Preview: When Balki Meets Oma , by Toni Swats: It might be hard to top the Surreal Life 4 cast that featured Mini-Me and Peter Brady – but VH1 is going to try! Topping the list of “celebs” this time around are Balki (otherwise known as Bronson Pinchot) and Omarosa. Find out who else will be in the cast, right here!
Surreal Life 4, Episode 4: A Very Brady Strip Club, by Mel Ellis: It’s the classic Brady Bunch episode. One of the Brady boys doesn’t know how to handle the girl. What should he do? And then, what should he do when she strips for him at a club and has him watch her get a lap dance? Ah, true love…
The Surreal Life 4, Episode 3: Attack of the Model Meat Eater, by Phil Kural: A camping they will go, as The Surreal Life seven head to a ranch for some good old cattle handling and campfire bliss. Things take a turn for disaster though, as Adrianne takes part in branding a calf, firing up her good friend Jane Wiedlin.
The Surreal Life 4, Episode 2: Kiddy City, by Phil Kural: Our Surreal Life seven take on the daunting task of babysitting this week, when 10 little ankle biters spend part of the day with them - all for charity, of course. Adrianne and Jane have some fun, but it's Verne who can't take all the action. What could possibly have happened to cause this expression?
Surreal Life 4, Episode 1: Don’t Pee in the Corner and Tell Me It’s Raining, by Mel Ellis: Surreal Life is back, with a whole new group of has-beens, never-have-beens, and wannabes. What happens when you put Chynna Doll, Da Brat, Peter Brady, Adrianne Curry, Markus Schenkenburg, and Mini-Me in a house together? The initial results aren’t pretty, especially once the alcohol starts flowing!
Surreal Life 4: A Preview, by Mel Ellis: You know you’re in for a good reality TV show when the preview article alone features nudity, drunkenness, and Peter Brady. Check out what’s in store for the latest batch of celebrities living The Surreal Life
The Surreal Life 3 Bonus Episode: It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst of Times, by Mel Ellis: Can’t get enough Surreal Life zaniness? Well, you’re in luck. VH1 has an extra episode, with new footage, interviews, and “the best and worst moments” of the show.
The Surreal Life 3, Episode 10: We Never Really Say Goodbye, by Mel Ellis: In the final episode of The Surreal Life 4, Flake annoys everyone. Yeah, we're shocked too. The animosity between Ryan and Flake reaches a fever pitch, as the Surreals share one last night together.
Surreal Life 3, Episode 9: Dirty Laundry, by Mel Ellis: It’s a dangerous day for the cast of The Surreal Life: they must face the diabolical Sally Jesse Raphael and her fake talk show Dirty Laundry. Among the dirty laundry aired: how Ryan really feels about Flava Flave, and which housemate Flave secretly can’t stand. Read on to see how the dirty laundry is aired
Surreal Life 3, Episode 8: Who You Gonna Call?, by Mel Ellis: Who you gonna call to take care of a supposedly haunted hospital? The Surreal Life crew, of course. Watch as they head off in the dark and encounter all manner of… well… that would be telling. But some of the fake tears are truly scary!
Surreal Life 3, Episode 7: A Crazy Salad, Part 2, by Mel Ellis: It’s the second part of an episode in which the Surreal Life crew is supposed to put together a single. With Jordan in charge, what could possibly go wrong? We’ll find out… if they can ever get Ryan Starr out of the bathroom and Brigitte Nielsen off the couch.
Surreal Life 3, Episode 6: A Crazy Salad, Part 1, by Mel Ellis: When the Surreal Lifers have to create and record a single, it should be right up their alley, given that they have so many musicians in the group, right? Well, how dull that would be if it were easy! Who takes charge? Who whines unbelievably? Mel has it all right here!
Surreal Life 3, Episode 5: Catch a Wave, by Mel Ellis: It’s time for the Surreal Lifers to head to the beach! First, they have to decide who will drive, which turns into quite a drama. Then they decide if they want to surf, which also turns into quite a drama. Then… oh, you get the picture.
The Surreal Life 3, Episode 4: Come Cuchi! Cuchi! With Me, by Mel Ellis: The gang takes a road trip and, as Charo shows us all why she is still a star, her castmates demonstrate less admirable traits. We find out the truth about Flava’s “criminal” past, and witness Brigitte in action. Ryan loses her halo and Dave, well, he is still Dave! This may be the pinnacle episode, so, if you missed it, fear not. Mel didn’t and has a complete recap for you!
The Surreal Life 3, Episode 3: Born to be a Wild, Funky Thing!, by Mel Ellis: Poor Mel. All week she’s been having trouble shaking off disturbing scenes from last week’s show. Just when she thought it was safe to close her eyes, another, even more horrifying episode is broadcast. Will Mel ever sleep again? Hard to say, but at least she’s paying close attention, and has all the details of an episode to remember!
The Surreal Life 3, Episode 2: Are the Children in Bed?, by Mel Ellis: Things are heating up between Flava Flav and Bridgette. But won’t someone think about the innocent children that might be watching? Recapper Mel does the best she can to protect them from this disturbing sight.
Surreal Life 3, Episode 1: Ti Amo, by Mel Ellis: The newest group of Surreal Lifers enter the house and meet each other. Some hit it off immediately. Others, not so much. Why is Brigitte Nielsen walking around half-naked, and who is enjoying the view?
Surreal Life 3: Six Degrees of Desperation, by Mel Ellis: A third version of Surreal Life is hitting our TV sets on VH1. What can we expect? Who is desperate enough to get surreal? Mel takes us through a look at the new housemates.
In Defense of Trishelle, by Phil Kural: Almost everyone knows Trishelle Canatella – that fiery blonde who likes to drink, party, and kiss boys. However, on The Surreal Life 2’s finale, Trishelle was called an alcoholic, not to mention a slut, by Sally Jesse Raphael. Phil doesn’t think that’s fair, and this article will explain why.
The Surreal Life 2 Finale: Airing Their Dirty Laundry, by David Bloomberg: It’s time for the second Surreal Life to come to an end – but wait, we need a final round of drama… or two or three. First, one housemate hears another airing dirty laundry about her. Then there is a whole set-up for Sally Jesse Raphael to bring out their dirty laundry. One of the celebs can’t take it – will she simply leave, or stay for the de rigueur touching ending?
The Surreal Life 2, Episode 5: I See Nude People, by Phil Kural: When the Surreal Lifers hit a nudist resort, who will be the first to get naked? Will it be former Playboy model Traci, ex-porn star Ron, or wine enthusiast Trishelle? And when Traci and Trishelle sing “Ice, Ice, Baby” at a karaoke bar, is Vanilla Ice ready for a meltdown? Special guest recapper Phil Kural has the naked truth on this week’s episode.
The Surreal Life 2, Episode 3: Warming Up to Vanilla Ice, by Jamie Goralski: Trishelle is drunk, Tammy Faye is sweet, Traci is vapid, Erik is amusing, and Ron is self-deprecating. No surprises there. But Vanilla… er… Rob is so levelheaded and likable that if we had a Decency Hall Of Fame he would have earned his moment this week.
Reality TV Hall of Shame Moment: Vanilla Ice, Hypocritical Psychopath , by Jamie Goralski: Anybody who saw the way Vanilla Ice acted on the second episode of The Surreal Life had to know he was going to end up with a Hall of Shame Moment. He’s actually lucky – he had three incidents that in and of themselves might have qualified him, but because they were all in the same episode, he just gets one “Moment.” But it’s a biggie…
Reality TV Hall of Shame Moment: Traci Bingham Goes Beyond “Surreal” in Her Diva Behavior, by Jamie Goralski: Traci Bingham is one of the ex-pseudo-celebs on the new edition of The Surreal Life. Who is Traci Bingham? That’s a question that many people would ask, but perhaps few could answer. Traci, however, apparently has a greatly inflated sense of her own importance, as she showed the very first day she was on the show. She gave the term “diva” new meaning as she complained about idiotic things and put down the other cast members.
The Surreal Life 2, Episode 2: The Vanilla Ice Therapy Hour, by Jamie Goralski: We asked Jamie when we could expect her recap of this week's Surreal Life. Here's what she said: You want a recap of this episode? Vanilla Ice really needs professional help. That's it. There's your recap. Oh you want details? Fine, but it will be painful for you to read, but trust me – this will hurt me more than it hurts you. I had to watch this twice. While taking notes. You can't say I didn't warn you.
The Surreal Life 2, Episode 1: Surprises All Around, by Jamie Goralski: Six more “celebrities” are thrown together into the Surreal Life house. How will porn star Ron Jeremy and televangelist Tammy Faye Messner get along? How about Vanilla Ice and Erik Estrada? Actually, the big surprises come from Real World’s Trishelle and Baywatch’s Traci Bingham. Read on to find out who is real, who is surreal, and who is just plain diva.
Looking Ahead to the Second Surreal Life, by Jamie Goralski: The second edition of The Surreal Life begins next month, and Jamie has info on all the players plus some of the situations they’ll find themselves in. It’s definitely going to be a wild ride with the likes of Vanilla Ice, Ron Jeremy, Tammy Faye Messner, Erik Estrada, and others!
This Time, ‘Surreal Life’ May Be Too Surreal!, by David Bloomberg: We knew it had to happen, but we just didn’t know who it would involve. But the news is out – The Surreal Life 2 is filming now, and we have all the details!
The Surreal Life, Episode 7: All Corey, All the Time, by Jamie Goralski: Corey's wedding draws ever closer. It's morning - Corey complains. They play softball. Corey whines. Suzi, his fiancé, comes to discuss things. Corey rips into her. Yes, folks, it's all about Corey. All Corey, all the time.
Learning from Celebrities: The Surreal Life, Episode 6: Don’t Forget the Prenup!, by Phil Kural: Well, Corey didn’t shed any tears this episode, but he still provided plenty for us to learn what not to do in similar situations. You can always count on him for that. The others, however, taught us some good things as they ran around looking for a date for Brande, so let’s take a look.
The Surreal Life, Episode 6: Blind Date for Brande, by Jamie Goralski: Brande needs a man, and the Surreal Life crew head out to find one for her. Will the one she picks be a prince or a frog? Let's just say she's still waiting for a good man. Hey, the way Corey is behaving towards his fiancé, he may soon be available again.
Learning from Celebrities: The Surreal Life, Episode 5 – Viva Las Vegas!, by Phil Kural: What did we learn this week from Corey’s behavior and the way others reacted to it? Plenty! Plus, Vince’s storyline provided us with some possible lessons as well.
The Surreal Life, Episode 5: Tears of Anger, Tears of Pain, by Jamie Goralski: The seven ex-celebs are off to Vegas, and tempers flare up early. But then they dance, some see male strippers, some meet "gangstas" in a burger joint, and it's time to head home for church. Yes, church. Tears flow again in the church, but you'll have to read on to find out why.
Learning from Celebrities: The Surreal Life, Episode 4 – The Corey Feldman Show, by Phil Kural: What have we learned from the ex-celebrities of The Surreal Life this week? Well, Vince, Hammer, and Manny showed us some great things. Corey Feldman also taught us some things - but none of them good…
The Surreal Life, Episode 4: The Vince Neil Show, by Jamie Goralski: The ex-celebs have to put on a talent show. This may be difficult for some of them. Vince Neil (right) isn’t thrilled with the idea but he goes along and ends up being the star of the show – shows, really, both the talent show and The Surreal Life.
Learning from Celebrities: The Surreal Life, Episode 3, by Phil Kural: This week, the celebs take an overnight camping trip that should help them to get to know one another. Corey goes on and on about how he was screwed over by the world, Jerri gets treated to a luxury tent and Hammer practices what he preaches on several occasions. What did each house guest teach us this week?
The Surreal Life, Episode 3: Surreal Camping, by Jamie Goralski: It’s only the third episode (WB counted the first hour-long show as both one and two) and already the fallen celebs are taken out of the Surreal Life house for a camping trip. Jerri plays a key role here but it’s Corey who is taking on the mantle of being the most annoying.
Reality TV Hall of Shame: Following Jerri on ‘The Surreal Life’ – Episode 1: So Far, So Bad, by David Bloomberg: With most inductions into the Reality TV Hall of Shame, it ends there. The person has been on a show, acted shamefully, and that was that. But Jerri Manthey is now on another reality show, The Surreal Life. Let’s take a look at the first episode, which is not setting a good example for her supposed behavioral change.
The Surreal Life: Your Next 15 Minutes Starts… NOW!, by Phil Kural: Phil surprised himself when he sat down to watch The Surreal Life and actually liked it. Let's take a look at the seven people seeking a renewal of their 15 minutes of fame, and what we learned about them in the first episode.
The Surreal Life, Episodes 1-2: Has-Beens United, by David Bloomberg: Seven has-beens (or six has-beens and one never-was) living together in a house for 10 days - that's the premise of The Surreal Life. The first episode, an hour long, does indeed take us into some surreal areas, such as Corey Feldman's love life, Jerri Manthey's own opinion of herself, and a rather strange way to eat sushi… (This was a single hour-long episode, but WB has classified it as a combination of episodes 1 & 2.)
Ex-Celebs Compete for Camera Time as ‘The Surreal Life’ Begins January 9, by David Bloomberg: What do you get when you cross Big Brother, The Real World, and any number of celebrity gameshows? You get The Surreal Life, coming soon. Emmanuel Lewis, MC Hammer, Corey Feldman, Jerri Manthey, and three others will be followed with cameras for ten days as they are (mostly) locked in a house together. What kind of potential does this show have?
And take a look back at when Jerri Manthey was first on our screens (and magazines) during and after Survivor 2:
Reality TV Hall of Shame: Jerri Manthey, Wicked Witch of “Survivor 2”, by David Bloomberg: Survivor 2’s Jerri acted as though she knew there would be a Reality TV Hall of Shame and was desperately trying to get in. She was nasty, picked fights, showed no regard for the feelings of others, and even continued this behavior long after the show was over. Her behavior was, simply put, shameful.
Playboy Web Chat with Jerri Shows More of True Personality, by David Bloomberg: In addition to the Playboy photo shoot and accompanying article discussed earlier, Jerri also participated in a web chat on the magazine's site. There we got to see more of her true personality coming out even as she claimed that we didn't see it in the Outback.
Jerri in Playboy: Outer Beauty, Inner B****, by David Bloomberg: Jerri, Jerri, quite contrary. The first Survivor contestant to pose nude does indeed have a nice body. But it can't hide her personality. Indeed, the layout is accompanied by an article full of Jerri's own words and thoughts, which show that she hasn't changed a bit.
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