pluck my eyebrows bald than sit through a reality TV show – not because I like a smooth brow, but because 30 minutes of tweezing is less painful than 30 minutes of semi-scripted simulations pretending to be real life. But reality TV irks me on a number of levels, the first of which being the most obvious: It's so terribly fake.
Amy, who likes to announce that she wants to make babies, follows her date up to his apartment on the very first day. Isn't that number one on the list of what not to do with someone you just met online?
(ABC lists it last, but it's still listed.)Obviously, with the camera crew in tow, nothing dangerous is going to happen.
But nice girls generally don't bring the crew on a first date. He puts a good face on it when it's his turn for a tte–tte with the camera, but you can tell he's feeling betrayed. Why would he keep dating someone who makes it so clear she thinks internet dating is for losers? Maybe it's because you are abrasive, judgmental, defensive and hard?
Already we can't trust Amy to act like she would off camera. Halfway through a second date, she admits to her real – there's that word again! As soon as Cynthia's date tells her he's taking her to the Blue Man Group, she one-ups him by saying she's already seen it three times.
The show can no longer pretend to portray "reality."Lisa is so ashamed to be "all over the internet" that she doesn't post a picture with her profile or e-mail a photo to a prospective date beforehand. That might be a funny confession to make later if things are going well, the banter is light, and the mutual attraction is building.
She pretends her name is Jennifer and refuses to reveal that she's a doctor – even when her date is also an M. But why throw in his face that the special night he planned in hopes of pleasing her is nothing more than a rerun? She's pleasant, funny, and seems to keep an open mind about the whole thing.