Dealing with the aftermath of a mental breakdown, such as paying rent, is never easy. Rachel manoeuvres herself into a pickle when her job as a producer on Everlasting (The Bachelor 2.0) forces her to live (and look) like a homeless person.
In the Back of an Equipment Van
Shooting a reality series around the clock means there’s hardly any time left for the personal lives of the crew, especially producers. Rachel spends her days on set, her nights in the back of an equipment van. At least she puts on fresh underwear each day. That doesn’t mean she isn’t desperately in need of a shower. It’s a bit unclear why she can’t just use one in the mansion of the contestants – there’s no place where the crew doesn’t seem to constantly walk in and out anyway.
In the Bathroom of the Bachelor
When she goes to pick up Bachelor boy Adam, and he tells her to wait a minute – to demonstratively take a shower right in front her – she makes lemonade out of lemons; jumps right in with him. He’d better keep his back to her, though, and he does. He knows better than to try anything. She might look homelessy, Rachel’s not to be messed with. That’s really the power of Shiri Appleby, who’s just as much a fragile beauty as a tough kitten.
Quinn (Constance Zimmer) is busy figuring out how to replace the ‘villain’ of the show, since Adam sent their first choice home last week. There’s a substantial financial bonus for the one who edits together the best villainous candidate. Everything’s permitted. Nothing’s sacred. Jay (Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman) and Shia (Aline Elasmar) present their suggestions, but no one’s a better manipulator than Rachel. She really needs the money, now her ex-roommate gives her an ultimatum to pay her the rent she owes her. No compliance means her laptop – including very personal material – will find a new home on Ebay.
Breach of Contract
Anna (Johanna Braddy), a possible future Mrs. Bachelor, gets some bad news. Her father’s in the hospital. Rachel has to keep quiet about it, but she goes against reality policy and tells her anyway. She tells Anna she can’t leave yet, though – that’d mean a breach of contract. Anna feels trapped – which she is – and runs. Rachel brings her back, but not without a scene; Anna loses it.
Later, Rachel uses this footage to put together a sort of Villain Showreel. She wins the prize. But it’s too late. Her ex-roommate lost her patience. Every cell phone in the room starts bleeping. No doubt the very uncompromising video of her with cameraman Jeremy (Josh Kelly) is suddenly trending topic.
The second episode is just as well crafted as the first. Fast, snarky, walking the line between integrity and character assassination. It makes you wonder how much of it is standard procedure in the world of reality television, especially because UnReal’s co-created by Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, who’s had a first hand look of that world. I guess the only way to shine a light on the common practices is to translate them into fiction.