Marriage Boot Camp – The Ones that Aren’t Liars may Surprise You by Veena
There is a new season of celebrity Marriage Boot Camp airing, featuring former New York Housewife Aviva Drescher, along with husband Reid, Survivor Alums Tyson Apostol and Rachel Foulger, ultimate brats Spenser Pratt and Heidi Montag, R&B Star Syleena Johnson and her husband Kiwane, and Reality Star Natalie Nunn and her husband Jacob Payne. I am not going to pretend I had heard of either of the last two ladies – but that’s par for course with these reality retread shows. They are like the afterlife for washed up reality show stars looking to extend their 15 minutes. Expect to see a few of these faces on a David Tutera’s CELEbrations in the near future as well. I wouldn’t be surprised if some also appear on Wife Swap. (Dig at Jillzy intended).
The couples get paid around $100,000 for two weeks of filming. We know this because in October there was press about Aviva refusing to pay an agent for suggesting the show to her. Apparently Aviva was upset because a) she was told the show filmed for 10 days when it really was 16 (seriously, she didn’t confirm this?) and b) that she accepted $100,000 thinking the pay scale was set, but apparently it wasn’t. This is just one example of why people don’t like Aviva.
Each of the couples has sold the show producers on some sort of “problem” in their relationship. In a nutshell, these are their (very real I’m sure) issues:
Speidi – This couple rose to ‘fame’ on the Hills. Spenser spread the rumor that Lauren had a sex tape; Heidi was her best friend. After they ruined that show they made press for being twits – at one point she had something like over 10 plastic surgery procedures in one day. Everyone assumed their marriage was a publicity stunt. They were also on “I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here” and quit after a few days. Their issue: he (ick) doesn’t want to have children – and she does. I say it’s probably a good thing if the world is spared mini Speidis.
Aviva & Reid – She’s a fame whore that can’t stop obsessing about her days as a Housewife and how she came off as a BatShitCrazy Toxic human being. Yet she wants to continue to be in the public eye. Reid is so tired of it he enables her by agreeing to be on this show with her – huh?
Tyson & Rachel. Tyson was awful on his first stint on survivor – part of the ‘Coach’ gang. He made an stupid strategic move his second time around causing the demise of Boston Rob’s alliance, but he was likable. In his third chance at the game he played with girlfriend Rachel, and took home the title of Sole Survivor. Rachel wants to get married. Tyson is resistant.
Syleena & Kiwane have intimacy issues and some issues with her career.
Natalie & Jacob have issues relating to her fame whore reality career, which seems to involve Instagraming booty shots of herself.
The show starts off with a greet and mingle sort of thing, with an ample amount of voice overs and talking heads so we can establish who will be snarky and who is playing nice. After that, the professional counselors walk in and we’re supposed to believe that “shit gets real.”
The first interaction was enjoyable. They took Spenser to task for being ‘fake’ and grilled him on why he was even on the show. Heidi boo hood a little and ran away. That’s her MO and I hope no one fell for it – the counselors certainly didn’t. I think that scene established that couple as the ‘drama’ for the show. Deep sigh.
Each couple was then showed to their “theme” based room.
Speidi – a baby’s room complete with crib and diapers.
Aviva & Reid – a room plastered with magazine covers of bad press like “She’s fired!”
Tyson & Rachel – a wedding themed room.
Syleena & Kiwane – a room split into two – romance and room mates.
Natalie & Jacob – a room filled with her booty shots. I imagine Natalie and Aviva have a lot in common.
Next up was each person taking a lie detector test. There were a series of somewhat softball questions to establish the baseline. Everyone was told on the spot if they were lying or not. Then they were asked a relationship game changer by their partner, and the results of whether or not they lied was put in an envelope – to be revealed at a later date. An example of that would be – Would you leave xxx if she continued on with her career. In each case the person answered in a way you’d expect the partner would hope – so the real question is whether or not they were lying.
The voice over explained that if they were lying to the group they’d never be able to solve their issues. I kind of liked this scene, because if the lie detector guy was real then these folks who make a living out of lying aren’t going to be able to get away with it on this show. HA.
The really interesting thing was how many of the people lied in the lead-up questions. Aviva was the absolute worst. Called out on each lie, she turned to the lie detector guy and said the machine was wrong. He showed her the clear jump on the graph every time she fibbed. This establishes that not only is she a bald-faced liar, but she knows it. In other words – she can not play the crazy card. Reid is also a liar. His question was whether or not he found any of the other women attractive, and he said “no.” Lie. Heidi smirked.
Natalie, Jacob, Syleena and Kiwane told mostly lies, while Rachel and Tyson (my favorite couple) were honest.
Shockingly, Spenser and Heidi both told the truth. Including Spenser answering the question we’ve all been wondering (not really) for years – did he marry Heidi just for the ‘show’. His answer (not a lie) was NO. Since they have now been married for years, I suppose that doesn’t surprise me, and I’m glad they aren’t liar liars like Aviva and Reid.
Funniest moment – Heidi being very worried about her face when they were putting on the lie detector equipment, and someone quipping – with all that plastic surgery, did they replace her bones with glass?
Biggest surprise – Heidi looked fairly natural. Innocently pretty.
Spoof Photos from Namaste