Battle of the Sexes drama continues as cast members tell their stories online.

Battle of the Sexes drama continues as cast members tell their stories online.
The first episode of The Real World/Road Rules Battle of the Sexes was drama central, from the cast members terrifying creator/producer Jon Murray while rallying around Puck (wtf?) to Melissa and Julie fighting fifteen seconds after arriving. (It defies recapping, so catch a rerun or, if you must cheat, read up.) The drama, however, is far from over, continuing online as various cast members post their versions of the events and provide lots of juicy information (too much to recap here) about what the editors left out. Colin dishes about the David E./Puck incident, writing that Jon Murray said, “The only way I’ll agree to that resolution is if we can film David E. spitting in Puck’s face.” He also says David E. spat in Puck’s face while they filmed the opening sequence (which is where the vans were headed) and later spat in Beth S.’ face, plus reveals that Puck was kicked off their flight to Jamaica. Elsewhere, Melissa and Julie keep their feud alive. In her journal that “Melissa is just an angry person, and she has decided to target me because, frankly, I’m an easy target,” while Melissa writes on MTV.com that it started because Julie “rolled up in my bedroom talking about ‘Hi Melissa,’ all phony, faker than a Gucci bag in Chinatown, and that just set me off.” Finally, Lori writes that “everyone knew Julie was shady except a select few” and says “there was no question that she would be going home soon,” and talks about her traumatic trip to Jamaica.

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