Sorry for the delay. I wanted to watch the Scandal finale last night and my DVR just could not record all the things I wanted to and also THE CRAZY is back. I have a lot of things I need to do and the anxiety involved with keeping all my plates in the air has me just sitting down and doing nothing. Also, the world seems to be ending. Did I mention that? And yet here we go…because I love this show.
Wait. Has there always been a “Viewer Discretion Advised” warning on this show? I don’t recall ever seeing that before. They also let us know that the reunion was filmed before any of the episodes aired. So they do not know what will or will not be shown.
Soledad O’brien is the moderator. I recognize the name but had to Google to find out why. She is a journalist who has been on all the major news networks, but I probably know her from Al Jazeera English a channel that I don’t seem to have access to anymore, if it exists at all. I’d love to watch it today as Armageddon approaches if it does. Also, she’s FIFTY! Bitch can pass for thirty two!
Don said he knew Jon was part of the program because he was too pretty for jail. Jon said he suspected Don at first but based on his behavior he decided he was not. Jessica says she pegged the other two girls from the start because they were very groomed. Michelle had a fresh pedicure. Jessica is very observant.
They show the group a bit of footage from the show. They had seen nothing. This is the first time that Calvin is show and thinking he has fooled everyone, and the evidence that he had not. Also, I had totally forgotten about Jon’s cellmate, O’Neal. He was a total creeper.
Michelle walks us through her whole experience from anxiety to making it through. She said she kept staying in to prove her daughter wrong because she thought she could not make it through. Her first night, her cellmates played truth or dare and ran around naked.
Don is still Don. I just remembered someone sent me an email about Don saying he’s a fake. I don’t remember exactly what the person told me and I just searched and cannot find the email but it was something about his dad never being in prison in Delaware because there are no prisons there? I don’t recall. The point was this is all an act from Don. I kind of want to believe that, but I really do think he is aggressive and anti authority so who knows. I am viewing Don with a more skeptical eye that I normally would.
They show Don and Michelle both acting out toward the COs. They both defend themselves. I’d be in solitary because my mouth gets me in a LOT of trouble. Don says he has started a program to go to inner city schools and talk to young black kids. Michelle seems to think it is not a racial issue. DID YOU SEE THE SHOW? The jails are full of black people and when a white person comes in they are often immediately suspected as being a plant? Michelle’s lack of comprehension about this is astounding. Jon say the reason that there are so many black people in jail is because they can’t afford lawyers. That may be a large part of it. The thing I do love about this show is the conversations that come out it. We need to talk about this. I wish this show got the kind of following that the ridiculous housewives show we all watch did here. I keep pleading with you guys to watch difficult shows like this, and that last season of American Crime. By the way, for the few of you that watched that series with me, the show was cancelled due to poor ratings. I’m sad about that.
OMG, they are playing such a heartbreaking montage. Nate’s girlfriend finding out he was going to do another sixty days, and my dear, sweet Mauri crying about being bullied. Michelle, and Mauri both cried. I love that Calvin reached over to Mauri to comfort her. I love Mauri and the growth we saw from her over the season. She also took a beating on Twitter and I defended her a lot. She is such a sweet girl and she proved how strong she was getting through it all. Michelle was also very strong. Two amazing women. I love that Jessica and Michelle give Mauri support.
Mauri and Michelle were both suspected of being on the show. They had to start hanging out. Thankfully, it blew over.
They show a clip of Matt and Michelle using drugs behind bars. They all laugh about Matt being stoned out of his mind. Michelle is embarrassed and worried about what her mother will think. Matt has no regrets. Mauri seems to judge Michelle a little for her drug use inside. Michelle tries to act like she only sorta kinda did a line. Girl please. Jon says that the jail makes people who would not ordinarily do drugs become addicts.
They talk about Jon and Dashaun. It is amazing that the both came in and left at the same time. Jon wants Dashaun to know that he does think about him and hopes he is doing well. Jon finds out that Dashaun is back in jail. Jon says he is not surprised. I’m not either, but it is still sad. Jon is a bit shaken, but he says if he was told he was not alive anymore, he would not be surprised.
It’s time to talk to Jessica, the only one who tapped out. And from what I’ve heard, she tapped out WAY earlier than the editing made it seem. When editing made it seem like Jessica was leaving, I did not believe it. Jessica basically said she had to go home to her child. Bitch please, you knew you were leaving your child with a convicted felon when you signed up for this.
Then they bring out Gerson he is the guy that backed out at the last minute. He is a youth minister. I hate that he is being shown in a bad light. I totally get quitting at the last minute. It’s okay. I sort of hate how Calvin is grinning at him. He says he is a small guy, and his whole mission was to not walk that path. I do not understand all the judging going on here. Gerson is a great guy who thought he could make a difference in this way and backed out. It makes perfect sense to me. He has no regrets and thinks he made the best decision. Mauri and Calvin seem to be going in on him MAURI AND CALVIN! I am now disappointed in these two. Mauri says she is not judging him, but she is. The cast who apparently just this minute found out there was a ninth person are dogging the hell out of this poor man and saying he is racist because when he found out it was a predominately black jail he dropped out. WTF y’all? Cut this man some slack. Seem like Mauri and Calvin and Don are bullying Gerson to me.
I wish they had shown this sequence of Mauri transforming into a strong black woman before the Gerson nonsense. I rooted for Mauri the entire season. I’ve defended her online, and while I still love her to pieces. her treatment of Gerson was WRONG. Then they talk about Calvin doing whatever Too Tall told him to do. They show a montage of Calvin acting like his complete submission to Too Tall gave him power. I love the low key shade Soledad just threw at both Calvin and Mauri about their attacks on Gerson. She essentially asks Calvin whether it is a better role model to not go in at all, or to be taken advantage of in prison. Calvin is still clueless at this point. Maybe after viewing all the episodes it will sink in. I suspect he will blame editing.
Conversely, Jon is shown putting Dashawn in his place over the cookie incident.
Next, the rest of the group finds out that Nate did back to back seasons. Colonel Mark says they gave Nate another psychological evaluation before they let him do that. Nate said that there were some personal reasons why he did that in addition to the fact that he’s a Marine and is built to stay the course. Nate said that he did not intentionally ingratiate himself with the bloods. Mauri actually says if she could use the phone (her phone access was limited because her mother is with someone who used to work for the jail) she would have stayed. I don’t believe her. Nate says he didn’t see himself as a snitch, just someone trying to help fix issues with the jail system.
Calvin redeems himself by asking Colonel Mark where the hell the COs were when all the fights were happening. People are repeatedly getting beat down and no CO shows up to stop it. Mauri is shown breaking up a fight because she knows no one is coming. Colonel Mark seems to have not explanation. He says he has started doing cavity searches. STARTED?
Season Four looks even more shocking!
Have we talked about Calvin’s socks? I love Calvin.
In even more exciting news, Sheri from season one (two?) is a CO now in the men’s ward where she was an undercover inmate. I AM ALL IN FOR THAT SHOW.
My DVR shut off before I could find out when that airs. My TV cut to CNN and the end of the world as we know it….