While you were watching Celine Dion’s wildly gesticulative Oscar tribute to Ennio Morricone, intern Kate Richardson was watching I’m From Rolling Stone, the reality show that MTV’s schedulers can’t hide–no matter how much they try.
Highlights from episode 107: “Lupe and Other Fiascos”:
-Krystal and Krishtine discuss the finer points of writing about Brooke Hogan’s grill.
- In an effort to wrap up their interview with something “a little unconventional,” Russell asks Lupe Fiasco (a black Muslim) about black Muslim terrorists. Lupe was…not pleased.
-Krishtine writes an article about Cassie, but despite her stint as the editor of esteemed Bay area publication Ruckus, she winds up shocked and appalled by the so-called “editing process.” Tika talks her down, proving herself to be the wiser (and therefore less compelling) reality-show character.
-Krystal tries to convince the editors that her Brooke Hogan post should be published under the pseudonym of “Krystal Jagger,” which leads to the following back-and-forth:
JOE LEVY: “I’d feel a little ridiculous going with somebody’s assumed name if it was Cobain or Springsteen, and I feel the same way with Jagger.”
KRYSTAL: “I don’t know why I can’t use it! I didn’t take it…there’s, like, more than one Jagger. He didn’t make up that name…I just chose it. I just like it.”
…to which the show editors respond with a hearty laugh and a zoom in on Krystal’s Rolling Stones keychain.
-Krishtine takes the initiative to head out to Harlem and interview DMX, impressing the editors and conveniently setting up a tense competition for the finale. Well, it would be if anyone were watching and/or caring.
-The editors step up their game even further, ending the episode with a dramatic shot of Tika looking at Krishtine’s stories and saying, “Damn! That was some fine work. Why didn’t I think of that?” in a hushed, almost villainous tone.
Most annoying intern of the episode: Krystal. The whole calling yourself Jagger and then denying the Rolling Stones connection is weird and above all ridiculous.
Least annoying intern of the episode: Peter. Because he expressed genuine confusion/skepticism about Krystal’s pseudonym choice, and also because he was not a principal character this episode.
Episode grade, on a Rolling Stone-like scale of three stars to three-and-a-half stars: Three stars
Jann’s beard growth, on a scale of 1 to 10: N/A. Not a chance. Clearly, Jann expressly requested to be edited out of every episode, and in fact, labors under the illusion that the show doesn’t even exist.