The Real World: San Diego

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The Real World: San Diego
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The original cast of The Real World: San Diego
Format Reality show
Created by Jonathan Murray
Mary-Ellis Bunim
Starring Jamie Chung
Cameran Eubanks
Randy Barry
Frankie Abernathy
Brad Fiorenza
Robin Hibbard
Jacquese Smith
Charlie Dordevich
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 26[1]
Production
Running time 30 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel MTV
Syndication
Original run January 6, 2004 – June 29, 2004
Chronology
Preceded by The Real World: Paris
Followed by The Real World: Philadelphia

The Real World: San Diego is the fourteenth season of MTV's reality television series The Real World, which focuses on a group of diverse strangers living together for several months in a different city each season, as cameras follow their lives and interpersonal relationships. It is the fourth season of The Real World to be filmed in the Pacific States region of the United States, specifically in California after The Real World: San Francisco.

The season featured a total of eight cast members over the course of the season, as one cast member was replaced after she voluntarily left the show. This was the first of two seasons to be filmed in San Diego. In 2011, the show made a return in the twenty-sixth season, The Real World: San Diego (2011). The season premiered on January 6, 2004 and consisted of 26 episodes. The premiere was watched by approximately 4 million viewers.[2]

Assignment[edit]

Almost every season of The Real World, beginning with its fifth season, has included the assignment of a season-long group job or task to the housemates, continued participation in which has been mandatory to remain part of the cast since the Back to New York season. The San Diego cast worked in San Diego Bay as crew members for Next Level Sailing on a boat named Stars & Stripes, which carried visitors daily. Before beginning their regular duties as tour guides, which included preparing yachts for excursions, piloting them in San Diego Bay, and providing maintenance, the cast had to undergo a course in sailing, and navigating the vessels. This created a problem for Frankie Abernathy, who has a phobia of large metal objects, such as boats, and is initially frightened by the sight of the harbor.[episode needed]

The residence[edit]

The North Harbor Drive house, where the cast resided.

The cast's residence was a custom-designed, two-story house at 4922 North Harbor Drive in San Diego. The house, formerly a Blue Crab Seafood restaurant and a marine supply company, sits on the edge of the southeast end of Driscoll's Wharf, overlooking America's Cup Harbor in Point Loma. MTV.com gives its size as 5,000 square feet (460 m2), though realworldhouses.com gives it as 10,328 square feet (959.5 m2). During filming of the series, the property included a sand volleyball court and basketball court.[3]

Cast[edit]

Cast member Age1 Hometown Biography
Brad Fiorenza Chicago, Illinois Brad is an Italian-American from Chicago who has just graduated from Lewis University with an accounting degree. He enjoys extreme sports and motorcycles. MTV.com describes him as a "hunky, fun-loving daredevil."[4]
Cameran Eubanks Anderson, South Carolina Cameran was born and raised in an upper-class family in Anderson, South Carolina, and enjoys playing pranks on people. She has had an on-and-off boyfriend for a year, but says that he is merely a "trophy". Her parents' divorce, which occurred when she was in high school, deeply affected her, and she continues to become emotional when speaking of it. MTV.com describes her as "warm, friendly and down to earth".[5]
Charlie Dordevich 18[6] Belgrade, Serbia[6] Charlie is an 18-year-old guitarist and aspiring musician from Belgrade, Serbia. An outgoing person whose creative attempts to find fun often get him into trouble, his traditional parents enlisted him in a boarding school when he was twelve. He enjoys traveling because he doesn't like staying in the same place for too long. MTV.com describes Charlie as a free spirit who looks as if he "came straight out of the movie Dazed and Confused."[6] Charlie moved into the house as a replacement for Frankie, after Frankie had moved out.[7]
Frankie Abernathy 23[8] Kansas City, Missouri Frankie is a certified masseuse and aspiring artist with a number of piercings, and a fondness for punk rock music and Hello Kitty.[9] She was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, a hereditary disease that affects the respiratory and immune systems, at the age of three, and although she spent most of her childhood and adolescence symptom-free, she experienced numerous hospital stays in her teens. She is a student of spiritual healing who paid for her education by working in a porn shop. MTV.com describes her as "extremely pretty" and "creative".[10] Frankie has a phobia of large metal objects, including boats, which made the group assignment difficult for her. She leaves the house early, due to conflict with her housemates, and homesickness.[7]
Jacquese Smith[11] Paterson, New Jersey Jacquese was born in Paterson, New Jersey, and was forced to become the "man of the house" when his father left the family, learning how to take care of himself. MTV.com describes him as a motivated young man with "a quick wit and an even quicker tongue", and a "class clown" who uses his sense of humor to provide comic relief for his friends. He is also said to have a tenacious work ethic and drive, and is a positive influence on those in his life.[12] The first housemate he greeted was Frankie, and the two of them first walked into the house together. They were perhaps the closest with one another during their stay there.[9]
Jamie Chung 20 San Francisco, California[13][14] Jamie is a second-generation Korean-American woman raised by traditional parents in San Francisco. She works two jobs to pay her tuition, but also enjoys partying. According to mtv.com, Jamie's friends feel she does not have the best taste in men, and although she is very picky when choosing her dates, she tends to overlook obvious signs of trouble.[15]
Randy Barry Boston, Massachusetts Randy is an industrial sculptor who is often found creating a new piece of artwork in his basement studio, and works as the head of security at an A-list Boston nightclub. MTV.com describes him as "creative, insightful, and charismatic". A single man, he is said to be easygoing and able to make friends and female admirers easily.[16]
Robin Hibbard Tampa, Florida Robin is a single woman who was working at a Coyote Ugly Saloon when she was cast. She enjoys dancing. MTV.com describes her as a "spunky, energetic and gorgeous party girl", and "a genuine person who helps people break out of their own shells".[17]

^Note 1 : Age at the time of filming.

Episodes[edit]

Ep # Total Title Airdate
1 288 "Hello, San Diego!" January 6, 2004 (2004-01-06)
The gang settles into their digs in San Diego. The cast includes motorcycle enthusiast Brad, 22; Southern belle Cameran, 19; certified masseuse Frankie, 21; quick-witted Jacquese, 19; San Francisco native Jamie, 20, who felt ostracized at college; charismatic Randy, 24, who worked at a Boston nightclub; and Robin, 22, who worked as a bartender in Tampa.
2 289 "Rockin' the Relationship" January 6, 2004 (2004-01-06)
Frankie frets about her behavior with Brad on their first night in the house; Brad considers breaking up with his girlfriend.
3 290 "The "N" Word" January 13, 2004 (2004-01-13)
Jacquese is offended by the language Robin uses to get back at a black man who insulted her. Also: Frankie, Jaime and Jacquese feel like outcasts in the house.
4 291 "Boom Bazooka Joe!" January 13, 2004 (2004-01-13)
The roommates learn that their jobs will involve the ocean and a boat, which doesn't sit well with Jacquese, who can't swim, or with Frankie, who is afraid of boats. Also: Randy and Robin become close; Cameran proves to be a busy-body.
5 292 "Pass or Fail" January 20, 2004 (2004-01-20)
The roommates prepare for a test on their boating skills---after they go out and party. Also: Cameran experiments with girl-on-girl kisses; and Brad shows the gals his private parts.
6 293 "San Diego Slammer" January 27, 2004 (2004-01-27)
Robin is arrested for assaulting a patron outside of a nightclub. Later that night, Brad is picked up by the police for being intoxicated in public.
7 294 "Free At Last!" February 3, 2004 (2004-02-03)
The morning after their arrests, Brad is allowed to go free with no charges; Robin, however, isn't so lucky: She needs to post bail. Also: Frankie's boyfriend suggests that they break up.
8 295 "Insult to Injury" February 10, 2004 (2004-02-10)
Frankie contemplates heading home early. Also: while out clubbing, Robin becomes upset with Randy for dancing with other girls.
9 296 "Crossing the Line" February 17, 2004 (2004-02-17)
Frankie gets tipsy and flirtatious with her new friend Adam. Also: Robin invites friends over; and Brad tries to kiss Cameran, but is rejected.
10 297 "Excuses, Excuses" February 24, 2004 (2004-02-24)
Frankie frets that her boyfriend will dump her once he sees “Real World” on TV; and admits that she has yet to tell him she has cystic fibrosis. Also: the housemates go clubbing; and Robin and Brad get into it on their way home.
11 298 "House of Fun" March 2, 2004 (2004-03-02)
Robin meets a Marine named Mike and has a talk with Randy about where they stand. Also: Cameran, Frankie and Jamie attend a party at a stylish mansion.
12 299 "Fakin' the Funk" March 9, 2004 (2004-03-09)
Brad's ex-girlfriend arrives for a visit, but the night before she's due, he goes out on the town---and ends up sleeping it off in jail. Later, his ex becomes jealous of the attention he showers on some girls Randy brings home.
13 300 "Dentally Challenged" March 16, 2004 (2004-03-16)
The roommates' dislike for their job on the sailboat surfaces; and causes them to be 45 minutes late for work. Also: Frankie worries how the job is affecting her cystic fibrosis; and Randy dates a woman who has a false tooth.
14 301 "The Snake vs. The Mouse" March 30, 2004 (2004-03-30)
Frankie gets a pet python and a mouse to feed it. But when the snake fails to eat the mouse, Robin decides to keep it as her own pet. Also: Brad receives an e-mail from his folks asking him to move out once he returns home.
15 302 "Emotional Distress" April 6, 2004 (2004-04-06)
Frankie's roommates learn that she cuts herself in an effort to cope with emotional pain. Later, the female roommates go to dinner with her to discuss it; and Frankie asks Jamie to accompany her to see a mental-health therapist.
16 303 "Don't Hate the Player..." April 13, 2004 (2004-04-13)
Brad hits it off with a gal he met at a bar, and brings her back to the house---where she stays the night. Cameran, meanwhile, becomes upset with Brad for the one-night fling.
17 304 "Happy At Last" April 20, 2004 (2004-04-20)
Frankie's boyfriend from home, Dave, arrives for a visit. Also: Frankie deals with Adam, whom she doesn't wish to upset out of fear that he might disrupt Dave's stay.
18 305 "Truth or... Dare!" April 27, 2004 (2004-04-27)
Randy arranges for the roommates to go on a camping trip, but Frankie decides to stay home instead. While camping, the roomies play truth or dare; and Brad and Cameran kiss. Once they return to San Diego, they learn that they have another trip to look forward to: Everyone's going to Greece.
19 306 "Welcome to Paradise" May 4, 2004 (2004-05-04)
The roommates arrive in Greece, but Frankie is less than thrilled to be there with the others. Also: Brad and Cameran enjoy a hot tub; and Frankie finds herself in the middle of a Robin-Cameran fight, only to be yelled at by Brad. The next day, she confronts the roommates about talking behind each other's backs.
20 307 "Who Are You?" May 18, 2004 (2004-05-18)
Randy's friends arrive for a visit; and he gets close with his old gal pal Jessica. Also: Robin and Mike fight after they've both had too much to drink.
21 308 "The End is Near" May 25, 2004 (2004-05-25)
Frankie's unhappiness continues, despite a visit from her family; and she contemplates returning home either to clear her head...or for good. Meanwhile, her sister confides in Cameran that Frankie wouldn't be happy at home, either; Jamie's mother visits, and the trip brings the two closer.
22 309 "Goodbye Juliet" June 1, 2004 (2004-06-01)
Frankie, still unhappy with how her “Real World” experience has evolved, decides to head home early---on Halloween, no less. After she departs, the other roommates celebrate the holiday.
23 310 "And The Winner Is..." June 8, 2004 (2004-06-08)
The housemates choose Frankie's replacement from three candidates, whom they interview and then hang out with. Also: Brad's girlfriend thinks something's going on between him and Cameran.
24 311 "Overboard" June 15, 2004 (2004-06-15)
Jacquese's mom visits and spurs him to contact his dad, who is estranged from him. Also: Camaran and Robin avoid work through an ingenious plan.
25 312 "No Bonus For You" June 22, 2004 (2004-06-22)
Charlie's girlfriend visits, spurring him to skip work for the day---and costing the others their $50 bonuses. In retaliation, Cameran breaks his guitar, which she later learns may cost $800 to repair.
26 313 "Farewell San Diego" June 29, 2004 (2004-06-29)
The 14th-season finale finds the San Diego cast members going their separate ways. Before that, however, Robin's court case is resolved; and, while waiting to gain entry to a club, Brad is held up by several bouncers after he interferes with another bouncer who's questioning if Cameran's I.D. is legit.

Rape allegation[edit]

A 22-year-old woman claimed she was raped in the Real World house sometime during the night of November 14, 2003 by an acquaintance of Real World cast member Randy Barry, identified in local reports as "Justin", who was staying at the house as a guest. The woman claimed the man bought her a drink at a downtown San Diego nightspot, and that she blacked out after drinking it. Cast member Jamie Chung, found the young woman was found lying naked on the bathroom floor of the Real World house as Justin emerged, saying, "I just hit that." That person then dressed the woman and moved her to the living room couch, where Chung, upon arriving home on the morning of November 15, found her. Chung then helped that other person move the woman to the downstairs guest bedroom. Chung and the camera crew woke the woman at 10:30 a.m. while cameras were rolling. Chung told the woman that she may have been sexually assaulted in the bathroom during the night, but the woman, according to Chung, appeared disoriented and had difficulty speaking. With the woman's help, Chung contacted a male friend of hers and arranged for her transportation home. Feeling pain in her genital region, the woman reported the incident to police on November 16, and a subsequent medical examination revealed abrasions to both her vagina and anus. According to police, the woman believes her assailant drugged her, brought her back to the Real World house and then while she was unconscious, raped her in the bathroom, since that is the only place in the house where the show's cameras are off-limits.[18][19][20]

Another cast member told police that he had seen the woman barely able to stand up in the bathroom, mumbling incoherently and looking confused, according to the search warrant.[20]

The police sexual assault unit began investigating the next day, November 17, but the Real World cast and crew had left on the cast's group trip to Mexico, and all film from November 14 and 15 had been shipped from the house to the production headquarters in Los Angeles. Kevin Lee, the on-site producer of show, told police he had not viewed the footage but that, after talking to the cast, believed the woman might have been raped, and confirmed that Justin was resident in the house at the time of the alleged assault. Why this did not motivate him to look at the film or to use the on-site film-editing computer to review the incident is unknown. Lee agreed to supply the police with the consent forms and photo ID cards that listed who was in the house at the time of the incident, and gave them a tour of the house, allowing them to search the bathroom for evidence.[20]

At the end of the tour, however, Lee received a phone call from Pam Naughton, an attorney representing Bunim-Murray Productions, which produces the show. Naughton refused to permit the police to search the bedrooms and stated that the producers would not turn over any documents or film until she personally reviewed them. The police then obtained a search warrant on November 18, and raided the house, confiscating the film-editing computer, the cast's e-mail computer, bedding, towels, videotapes and other possible items of evidence. After examining hours of footage taped for the show, and seizing evidence at the scene, police made no arrests, and the San Diego County District Attorney's office concluded there was not enough evidence to warrant any charges.[20]

Nearly a month of footage from the season ended up on the cutting room floor due to the allegation. While Charlie Dordevich only appears in three episodes, he lived in the house almost as long as Frankie, who appeared in the first 23 episodes.[dead link][21]

TV Guide critic J. Max Robins opined, "The sexual-assault charge is the most tragic event in a long list of disturbing incidents that have plagued The Real World since it debuted 12 years ago."[22]

After filming[edit]

Six months after the cast left the Real World house, all eight of them appeared to discuss their experiences both during and since their time on the show on 2 Punk Rock 4 This: The Real World San Diego Reunion, which premiered on July 9, 2004, and was hosted by Vanessa Minnillo.

Abernathy, who suffered from cystic fibrosis, died on June 9, 2007 at the age of 25.[23][24]

Jamie Chung went on to a career as an actress. Her early roles included appearances on TV shows such as Days of Our Lives and Veronica Mars, supporting parts in feature films like I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, Sorority Row and Grown Ups. She eventually moved onto larger roles, such as the lead in the ABC Family TV miniseries Samurai Girl, as one of the main cast members in the 2011 feature film Sucker Punch,[25] and as Mulan on the TV show Once Upon a Time. She is regarded as the Real World alumna with the most successful media career.[26][27]

Robin Hibbard became pregnant with her first child in 2009.[28]

Real World/Road Rules Challenges[edit]

Cast Member Challenges Challenges Won Total Money Earned
Brad Fiorenza Battle of the Sexes 2, The Inferno II, The Gauntlet 2, The Duel, The Gauntlet III, The Duel II, The Ruins, Cutthroat Cutthroat $75,000
Cameran Eubanks Battle of the Sexes 2, The Gauntlet 2 None $0
Charlie Dordevich
Frankie Abernathy
Jacquese Smith Battle of the Sexes 2 None $0
Jamie Chung The Inferno II The Inferno II $57,500
Randy Barry Battle of the Sexes 2, The Gauntlet 2 The Gauntlet 2 $26,666
Robin Hibbard Battle of the Sexes 2, The Inferno II, The Gauntlet 2, The Duel, The Gauntlet III, The Island, The Duel II, Rivals, Battle of the Exes None $8,571

Challenges in bold indicate he contestant was a finalist on the Challenge.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "MTV Viewers Numbers Game for the Real World Denver Premiere". November 29, 2006. 
  3. ^ Point Loma House at realworldhouses.com
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  5. ^ The Real World: San Diego: Cast: Cameran. MTV.com. 2004.
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  10. ^ The Real World: San Diego: Cast: Frankie. MTV.com. 2004.
  11. ^ Bonko, Larry (January 7, 2004). "Salem High Grad Gets Taste of The "Real World"; "It Made Me a Better Person," Says 19-Year-Old of His Stint on MTV Series". The Virginian-Pilot (Final ed.). p. B1. 
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  13. ^ Jamie Chung biography page, MTV.com, 2004, accessed March 28, 2011.
  14. ^ "Jamie Chung: Fighting and Singing in Sucker Punch", Reel Movie News, September 3, 2009]
  15. ^ The Real World: San Diego: Cast: Jamie. MTV.com. 2004.
  16. ^ The Real World: San Diego: Cast: Randy. MTV.com. 2004.
  17. ^ The Real World: San Diego: Cast: Robin. MTV.com. 2004.
  18. ^ Stern, Marlow (August 25, 2012). "‘Premium Rush’ Star Jamie Chung on Her Road From ‘The Real World’ to Hollywood". The Daily Beast.
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  24. ^ Salvatore, Rosanne. "'The Real World' cast members: Where are they now?". Daily News. April 1, 2011. Page 30 of 44
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  26. ^ Lee, Amber. "2. Jamie Chung". Bleacher Report. November 17, 2011
  27. ^ Beard, Lanford (May 21, 2012). "'The Real World': 20 years later, seven strangers who made their mark". Entertainment Weekly.
  28. ^ Salvatore, Rosanne. 2011. Page 29 of 44.

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