Glass House gets real(ly good): just watch

It’s hard to believe but it’s true: Glass House has gone from mediocre to great in three episodes. Watching its evolution is as fascinating as watching what happens in the house, which is getting great. Last night’s episode had the following:

  • A player, Stephanie, who confessed her husband had died.
  • A player, Robin, who immediately tried to one-up her by talking about almost being murdered.
  • The cast discussing how they no longer had a chance because we’d obviously sympathize with the woman whose husband had died–not realizing that they were unsympathetic because they were on national TV discussing how they no longer had a chance.
  • One of the two voted out players, Apollo, sinking back into a literal hole, having been voted out despite thinking he was a genius.
  • A player, Kevin, who drunkenly made out with another player, Erica, and then voted her out.
  • Flirting between two players, Gene and Joy, who actually seem to like each other and don’t seem to be playing to the cameras.
  • A Twitter reaction from Rachel Uchitel, who is a fan of the show.
  • A challenge driven by viewers that was edited to only show fragments of it–odd, but a surprisingly great choice.
  • A stupid Bachelor cross-over, the low point of the episode, but at least it came with one of the most intriguing aspects: players asking viewers to answer questions. The viewer interaction stuff is truly fascinating.
  • A debate about California’s prop 8 between the gay player, Jeffrey, and the Mormon player, Andrea, that was both predictable yet compelling in their presentation of ideas, though Andrea was far less articulate and broke down immediately afterward.
  • A player, Jeffrey, arguing that the house should vote out Andrea to send a message about their collective feelings about intolerance and bigotry, which is so curious a strategy that I am still not sure what I think about it.
  • A tie vote.

But just watch the episode, especially if you gave up on the show. You actually don’t need to know anything about anyone to understand or appreciate it–although watching Apollo’s descent is much more pleasurable having watched him and his dumb strategy for two episodes.

about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.