I think I_AM_HE did a great job with episode 1! He raised the bar and I hope I can measure up!
After a very long recap of episode 1, we see Alfonso in the shower immediately after the first match. He looks exhausted (to be expected) and he grins as he realizes he is one step closer to his dreams.
The two teams return to their living quarters and Ishe holds an impromptu meeting. I can’t really get a good read on Ishe and his personality. At times he comes across very arrogant and I don’t like arrogance! Then other times he comes across as a very touching person, but I digress.
Back to the meeting, Ishe says that he and Peter had their differences (who doesn’t Ishe have issues with?) but he really felt bad for Peter and his family. Ishe says that it really got to him and it was tough. Ishe wonders if Peter is out of boxing? Is he done? Everyone realizes that half of them will be taking the walk of shame. What did they think? They knew it was a competition.
Tommy (the trainer) interrupts to tell a story…picture it, “Peter is the only one not moaning! Tommy goes on to tell of a boxer that got knocked out during a match but was begging Tommy to get him another shot as he is being carried off in a stretcher!” I understand Tommy trying to motivate the guys but I would love to spend an afternoon with him to hear his stories!
Jonathan Reid decides that he is going to visit his family in The Contender housing unit. Jonathan introduces us to his very very very pregnant wife and his FOUR children! WOW! Do these guys not know what is causing this? I can’t imagine what it takes to raise 5 children these days. However, if the first episode is any indication, things are not looking good for Jonathan. Editing is making it easy to determine the loser because their families’ story unfolds during the episode. Let’s see if this holds true.
The next morning begins with workouts. Sugar Ray Leonard is giving advice to Jonathan as he is sparring. Jesse and Ishe are watching and Jesse tells Ishe that, “this guy can fight!” (Jonathan).
Jonathan is shown in a confessional saying he doesn’t show everything in the ring. He plays “dumb”. Good idea and I hope it works but damn…can he hide everything? Also, I am sure his weaknesses would come out in sparring. I don’t know about this.
Pretty Boy (Ahmed) is taking notes while Ishe is sparring. Pretty Boy says, “I have been focused about Ishe Smith so much, I have a book, I write everything down. The first picture is Ishe Smith and it says I kick your ass. I don’t even want to have a picture of him, he is too ugly to be in my book!” Hey Pretty Boy…it is your book, take the damn picture out! Pretty Boy better worry about his own ass and concentrate on what he is doing…not Ishe!
Then we have to listen to Ishe tell us that he is the top dog in the house and if anyone wants him, they can come and get it! Umm…Ishe, looks like that is exactly what Pretty Boy is doing. I am hoping this story is one that needed to be told quickly so we don’t have to listen to the bitchfest for long!
This is beginning to remind me of a bad episode of Melrose Place! The drama continues as Ishe leaves the ring and says something to a member of the East team and this sends Pretty Boy into a tizzy as he screams for Ishe to not talk to his friends! Oh boy, we are now back to elementary school. Pretty Boy needs to mature very quickly. Ishe says something about Pretty Boy’s mom and he (Pretty Boy) says he will hit Ishe up side the head! Just like a ref at a Tyson match, Sly steps in and demands to see Pretty Boy alone in his office.
I have just remembered where I last saw Pretty Boy! Wasn’t he in the spring catalog of Abercrombie and Fitch? He was the guy standing in a lake with only tight wet jeans on. He looked very sexy…FWIW!
Sly pulls Pretty Boy aside and basically tells him that he I going to have to control his temper towards Ishe or it will ruin his shot in this game. Pretty Boy tells Sly he still has his modeling and that he received an offer from Undergear to be an underwear model! At least he has something to fall back on.
Pretty Boy promised Sly to try and not let Ishe get under his skin. Umm…too late for that! Ishe has accomplished his goal! Ishe has taken Pretty Boy out of his game. I don’t think Pretty Boy is concentrating on boxing as much as he is on Ishe.
Leonard, Sly and Jackie bring everyone together in the gym. OMG! Has Jackie been taking make-up hints from Rupaul? Jackie has so many cracks in her make-up her face looks like the Grand Canyon! I am not even going to mention the gaudy jewelry. Sly calls Alfonso (this message boards favorite Contender! ) over and hands him a cloth bag with pull ties. Sly tells everyone that Alfonso is the first person to make the final 8 and that he will not have a match until at least the first round of eight! In the bag is a symbol of Alfonso making the final 8. Alfonso opens the bag and finds a gold necklace with a gold pennant on it. I am going to quote Webby here, “Looked like a bling-bling immunity necklace to me.” That cracked me up! The pennant appears to be boxing gloves. Alfonso puts the necklace on and has a smile that would make a cat that swallowed a canary happy! You can tell he is really proud!
After every team challenge the winners will get a reward. *cue outside limo cam* Who is it? The grill master himself…George Foreman! The West team will get to spend time with him and have lunch with him. Please don’t tell me Georgie is going to pull out one of those mac daddy Foreman grills that will cook 52 burgers or 78 hot dogs! WHEW! It isn’t! They are at a beautiful house and eating burgers by the pool.