Real World Brooklyn: Episode 4 Recap
“Daddy Dearest and the Dueling Divas” – Premiered January 28, 2009
Devyn pursues her acting and music aspirations, but not without complications. Chet explores his romantic opportunities with a woman named Alex, even though they may conflict with his religious beliefs. Sarah discusses the childhood sexual abuse she suffered the hands of a teacher and her father, to whom she hasn’t spoken in eight years, an issue that becomes more immediate when she receives unwanted phone calls from him that greatly disturb her.
A drunken J.D. outs Katelynn to Chet, and insults Devyn, offending all three of them, and leading to an impromptu sing-off between Devyn and another female singer at a club.
This seasons cast:
Chet Cannon (Salt Lake City, Utah) – Chet has been described as a “punk rock Mormon”, a “hipster” and “straight as an arrow”, who eschews alcohol and premarital sex. He is a conservative Republican, a University of Utah fraternity member with nine siblings, and an occasional prankster. He is an aspiring TV host, and his stated goal on the series is to “show people that Mormons are fun.”
Ryan Conklin (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania) – Ryan was in the Army for three and a half years, having enlisted at the age of 17. He spent a year in Iraq, guarded Saddam Hussein at his trial, and suffered a number of near-death experiences. He expresses these experiences through his guitar playing, and in a 300-page single-space typed journal. He is described by The Brooklyn Paper as “the fun one” in the premiere. He is also a class clown who plays pranks, and an amateur filmmaker.
Katelynn Cusanelli (West Palm Beach, Florida) – Katelynn, or Kat, is an Italian-American transwoman who had a rough childhood. She first realized her gender dysphoria in high school, and began living as a woman at 17. She completed her gender reassignment surgery in Thailand in July 2008. She is a self-described computer geek, and holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. She has a boyfriend named Mike that she hopes to marry. In the season premiere, she initially reveals her transgender status only to J.D.
Scott Herman (Salem, New Hampshire) – Scott is an personal trainer, model and actor who has been working out since the age of 14. He recently received the designation of having the “best abs on the East Coast”, and was featured in Men’s Health magazine. The first in his family to graduate from college, he educates the public on health and fitness with his website.
J.D. Ordonez (Miami Beach, Florida) – J.D. is a homosexual man who, along with his brothers and sister, suffered violent physical abuse at the hands of his father. He ran away from home at thirteen, and spent some time in foster care, eventually ensuring that his father was sent to prison for his abuse. He feels his experiences made him a stronger, independent person. He put himself through school at the University of Miami, and now works as a dolphin trainer, a dream job he first envisioned in a trip to SeaWorld at age five. A high school competitive swimmer, he became one of the youngest dolphin trainers at Miami Seaquarium at nineteen. He came out to his parents about his sexuality at age sixteen, and because of this, he immediately bonds with Katelynn, who reveals her transgender status only to him in the premiere.
Sarah Rice (San Francisco, California) – Sarah is an artist who suffered a traumatic upbringing that included sexual abuse, and has dedicated herself as an educator and advocate for survivors of abuse, using art and creative therapy. She hopes to show her art in a gallery, and recently began a relationship with a man to whom her mother introduced her, one of her first heterosexual relationships, as most of her prior ones were with women. Sarah, whose appearance is described to be that of a “tattooed punk”, is observed by The Brooklyn Paper to be the only cast member with an interest in anyone else on a deeper level in the premiere, as contrasted with the gossip-like focus of the other castmates’ discussions.
Devyn Simone (Kansas City, Missouri) – Devyn was Miss American Teen in 2005, and a Miss Missouri Teen. She is a black woman who has been described as a flirtatious diva who likes attention at clubs and on stage, and a sexual person who likes to tease men, and juggle multiple suitors. She is a theatre and music studies major at the University of South Florida who hopes to work in the entertainment industry. She is close to her mother, and was close to her late grandmother.
Baya Voce (Salt Lake City, Utah) – Baya, like Chet, is from Salt Lake City, but is not a Mormon, which has caused her to feel isolated in her hometown. Raised by hippie parents, she is a dedicated hip-hop DJ who aspires to be a dancer, and has been described as “the token cute white female” and “laid back”, though she suffers from panic attacks. She is active in social and environmental causes.
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