SORRY YES SORRY IT’S LATE SORRY YES SORRY. Better late than never.
Yesterday’s The Only Way Is Essex was a little bit more positive than Sunday’s row-filled rampage, but it was a case of “spot the cast member desperate for more airtime…”
Here be the Reem-O-Meter for the episode. As ever, click it to see it bigger and clearer.
Yes, Mark Wright often comes across a prick. But the reason he is invaluable to the show? The other characters fade into oblivion without him. Stand up Lauren Goodger and Sam Faiers, both of whom – especially Lauren – have become increasingly irrelevant amidst this series’ excessive new intake of girls. And now, both of them are clawing their way back to centre stage by gunning for the only thing that guarantees them airtime: Mark.
When Lauren first coyly refused to confirm whether or not she had slept with him, I assumed immediately that she was lying in order to get herself back in front of the cameras. When Mark then admitted it, I did wonder whether she was actually telling the truth – but who really knows what’s fake and what’s genuine on this show?!
As for Sam, I’m very disappointed in her. I want to like Sam so desperately, but she just makes it so damn hard – why is she running back to Mark? WHY? Pointless. Yes it is her life, she can do what she wants, blablabla… but this is the difficulty of reality TV – if the reality itself becomes tedious, the TV show becomes tedious. Obv.
Mario’s street row was fucking incredible. Seriously, what an arsehole. “Don’t make the mistake of interrupting me” (or whatever the exact wording was) was the best line of the whole series… that was of course until the amazing (AS EVER) Gemma’s firm statement that he and Lucy should just get the hell over it. (Although, to be fair, she could do with taking that advice herself when it comes to Mick)
On the subject of Mick, interesting that his idea of “dumping Maria” is to just stop returning her messages. As he was telling to Kirk it’s over, she was saying to Lauren Pope (surplus to requirement this series) how she was unsure where she stood.
And I was pleased producers had decided to let her discuss escort-gate. It’s been so prominent in the tabloids that it really would have been the elephant in the room if she didn’t get to air her side of the story. But do we believe her? I think I did, although as far as Mick’s allegations of her playing away are concerned, I’m not so sure…