- The Real World: Miami
The Real World: Miami
Format Reality Created by Jonathan Murray
Starring Flora Alekseyeun
Country of origin United States Language(s) English No. of episodes 22 Production Running time 30 minutes Broadcast Original channel MTV
Original run 1996 – 1996 Chronology Preceded by The Real World: London Followed by The Real World: Boston
The Real World: Miami is the fifth 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 and document their lives and interpersonal relationships. The season was filmed in Miami Beach, Florida, and first aired in 1996.
The Real World: Miami was the first season filmed in the United States outside of New York and California, and the first of two seasons to be filmed in South Florida, the second of which was The Real World: Key West, which followed in 2006.
This was the first season in which the housemates were given a season-long assignment or task, an aspect of the series that would continue in almost all subsequent seasons (the Brooklyn season dispensed with it). This season the cast was given $50,000 startup money to begin a business of their choosing. The cast's efforts were marked by much disorganization and conflict, and while ideas such as a dessert delivery service and a fashion line were floated about, they were ultimately not able to start the business.
The house is located at 445 E Rivo Alto Dr, in Miami Beach, just north of the Venetian Causeway on affluent Rivo Alto Island. The four bedroom, three bathroom house is on 3⁄10 acres (1,214 m2) of land, and is 4,976 square feet (462.3 m2). Its current owner is former Ford CEO Jacques Nasser.
Cast Member Age Hometown Stats Sarah Becker 25 San Diego, California Sarah is a graduate of Indiana University who works at Wildstorm Comics in La Jolla, California. A self-described "19-year-old trapped in a 25-year-old body", whom MTV describes as a "tomboy", Sarah enjoys skateboarding, collect empty Blistex tubes and Swatch watches, and dressing up as television characters. In Episode 13, she brings a dog into the house named Leroy. Dan Renzi 21 Overland Park, Kansas Dan, who is originally from Kansas, is an openly gay student at Rutgers University, where he has been editor of the student paper for two years. His interests include world economics, LGBT rights and environmental studies. In Miami, he begins a modeling career with Irene Marie Models. He also begins dating a man named Arnie who is still in the closet, though he later begins dating another man named Johnny. Melissa Padrón 22 Miami, Florida Melissa is a Miami native from a traditional Cuban-American family, who is about to graduate from the University of Miami. In Episode 12, she and Dan get into a fight, during which she calls him a "flamer", after Dan excoriates her for opening his mail, which according to him, could have cost him his job, though they later reconcile. In Episode 20, following an argument with Sarah, Melissa moves out of the house. Joe Patane 25 Brooklyn, New York Joe is a graduate business student at Fordham University in New York City. He owns a small business, Computane Corp, and is eager to start the business with his housemates. He has a tall girlfriend named Nicole, but he indicates he has difficulty remaining faithful to her, and when she visits the house, the some of the other housemates, notably Cynthia, express incredulity at their relationship, and an aversion to her. Nonetheless, he proposes to her by the end of the season. Cynthia Roberts 22 Oakland, California Cynthia, who is originally from Atlanta, Georgia, is an African-American waitress who attends San Jose State University. Her father passed away some year ago, but she is still close with her mother and sisters. MTV describes her as a "straightforward" person who does not like to kiss on the first date. At the conclusion of the season she accepts a job offer in Miami. Flora Alekseyeun 24 Boston, Massachusetts Flora won several national marketing competitions while attending the Art Institute of Boston. During the season, she carries on an affair with a man named Louis, without the knowledge of her boyfriend, Mitchell. MTV describes her as an "uninhibited" woman who doesn't care what others think. She describes herself as both "a carefree spirit", and at times, a "bitch". In the premiere, she takes a job as a bartender, though Cynthia openly criticizes her for dressing provocatively in her job interview. In Episode 18, she gets into a fight with Dan, after Mike tells her that Dan related to him statements by her that Mitchell beat her, and says that Mitchell is very good to her. Mike Lambert 24 Jacksonville, Florida Mike has a strong background in accounting and restaurant management, which he is hoping to put to use for the group's business project. He also enjoys partying, and in Episode 17, after sharing time in the hot tub with Melissa another woman he brought home, the trio move to the bathroom, where the other housemates eavesdropping outside the window hear what sound like the lovemaking, though Mike and Melissa deny any shared encounter.
- Episode 12. "Act Out"
When Sarah and her friends join Melissa and Flora for dinner at a restaurant, Melissa questions if Sarah's friends could be able to afford dinner there, offending Sarah, who points out that her friends all have jobs, while Melissa does not. Sarah's friends, make a statement to Melissa by paying for the entire dinner and an embarrassed Melissa thanks them for the gesture. She later gets into a fight with Dan after she opens his mail, during which they exchange heated epithets. The next day they talk, and Melissa tearfully admits that her anger comes from a verbally abusive father, and she hated seeing her father in herself. They both apologize for their actions and come to an accord.
- Episode 20. "Everyone Gets the Jackson"
Sarah is visited at the house by her friends from Kenosha, Wisconsin, one of whom, Hank, makes a home movie about life in the house. While filming, Flora repeatedly flashes the camera. When the movie is produced, Flora says she does not want the movie distributed to anyone. She claims she was on heavy medication and tries to convince Sarah's friend to sign a contract that the movie won't be released.
In 1998, Joe Patane published his memoirs about his experiences on the show, Livin' in Joe's World: Unauthorized, Uncut, and Unreal: The Memoirs of Joe Patane from the Miami Cast of MTV's The Real World.
During the The Real World Reunion 2000, the first reunion show that involved the Miami cast, Flora revealed that she and Mitchell got married. Joe revealed that he and Nicole broke up, to which Mike expressed relief, because, as he told Joe, Nicole was a "bitch".
After enjoying a career in runway and print fashion modeling, Dan Renzi became a model scout for a Chicago agency, a field researcher with the Los Angeles Department of Epidemiology and director of AIDS/HIV program at the Kansas City Gay and Lesbian Center. He has made appearances at celebrity Spring Break parties in the Bahamas.
Real World/Road Rules Challenges
Cast Member RW/RR Challenges Challenges Won Sarah Becker - - Dan Renzi Extreme Challenge, Battle of the Sexes, The Inferno II Extreme Challenge Melissa Padrón - - Joe Patane - - Cynthia Roberts All Stars, Battle of the Sexes 2 All Stars Flora Alekseyeun Battle of the Seasons None Mike Lambert Challenge 2000, Battle of the Seasons None
^* The contestant was a finalist on the Challenge, but lost in the Final Race.
- ^ Episode synopsis list for The Real World: Miami at MTV.com
- ^ Denhart, Andy. "Jersey Shore Creator: 'I Was Snooki'", The Daily Beast, January 26, 2011
- ^ Rivo Alto Island House at realworldhouses.com
- ^ Freeman, John (July 9, 1996). "A Real Whirl". The San Diego Union-Tribune: p. E-1.
- ^ a b c Biography page for Sarah Becker, MTV.com, 1996, Accessed November 7, 2010.
- ^ a b c d e "Ba-Bye" The Real World: Miami, Episode 22, 1996, Accessed November 7, 2010.
- ^ a b c "Meet The Renzis!" The Real World: Miami Episode 13, 1996, Accessed November 7, 2010.
- ^ Biography page for Dan Renzi MTV.com, 1996, Accessed November 7, 2010.
- ^ "Lesbian Ggay Biseuxal Ttransgender Issues", Wolfman Productions, accessed January 16, 2011.
- ^ a b c "Welcome to the Picture Show" The Real World: Miami Episode 1, 1996, Accessed November 7, 2010.
- ^ a b c d "Why Do Fools Fall In Love" The Real World: Miami, Episode 16, MTV, 1996, Accessed November 7, 2010.
- ^ Ambiente: Herb Sosa, "An Interview with Johnny Diaz," June 2007, accessed October 6, 2011
- ^ a b c "Act Out", The Real World: Miami, Episode 12, 1996, Accessed November 7, 2010.
- ^ a b c "Liars and Lovers", The Real World: Miami, Episode 18, 1996, Accessed November 7, 2010.
- ^ a b c Biography page for Melissa Padrón at MTV.com, 1996, Accessed November 7, 2010.
- ^ a b "Everyone Gets the Jackson", The Real World: Miami, Episode 20, 1996, Accessed November 7, 2010.
- ^ a b c Livin' in Joe's World: Unauthorized, Uncut, and Unreal: The Memoirs of Joe Patane from the Miami Cast of MTV's The Real World at Amazon.com, 1998, Accessed November 7, 2010.
- ^ a b Biography page for Joe Patane at MTV.com, 1996, Accessed November 7, 2010.
- ^ "Say It Ain't So Joe", The Real World: Miami, Episode 9, 1996, Accessed November 7, 2010.
- ^ a b c Biography page for Cynthia Roberts, MTV.com, 1996, Accessed November 7, 2010.
- ^ a b Guthrie, Marisa (July 3, 1996). "Television Unreal World". Boston Herald: p. 39.
- ^ Biography page for Flora Alekseyeun. MTV. 1996. Retrieved November 13, 2011.
- ^ Biography page for Mike Lambert at MTV.com, 1996, Accessed November 7, 2010.
- ^ "Lies, and Videotape", The Real World: Miami, Episode 17, 1996, Accessed November 7, 2010.
- ^ The Real World Reunion 2000, MTV, May 6, 2000
- ^ "Floating Deck" Yard Crashers, DIY Network, 2008
- ^ Spring Break Celeb — Dan Renzi, Student City, Accessed November 7, 2010.
The Real World, Road Rules, and The Challenge The Real World seasons
New York • Los Angeles • San Francisco • London • Miami • Boston • Seattle • Hawaii • New Orleans • Back to New York • Chicago • Las Vegas • Paris • San Diego • Philadelphia • Austin • Key West • Denver • Sydney • Hollywood • Brooklyn • Cancun • D.C. • New Orleans (2010) • Las Vegas (2011) • San Diego (2011)
Road Rules seasons The Challenge seasons
Road Rules: All Stars • Real World/Road Rules Challenge • Challenge 2000 • Extreme Challenge • Battle of the Seasons • Battle of the Sexes • The Gauntlet • The Inferno • Battle of the Sexes 2 • The Inferno II • The Gauntlet 2 • Fresh Meat • The Duel • The Inferno 3 • The Gauntlet III • The Island • The Duel II • The Ruins • Fresh Meat II • Cutthroat • Rivals
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