When David returns to the house and finds out that Stephen hit Irene, he gets angry. With a potentially dangerous confrontation between David and Stephen nearing, a necessary action is taken. The producers and directors of The Real World step in...... Read Full Episode Summary »
When David returns to the house and finds out that Stephen hit Irene, he gets angry. With a potentially dangerous confrontation between David and Stephen nearing, a necessary action is taken. The producers and directors of The Real World step in to help find a solution to a crisis.
Aware that the meeting is taking place, Stephen is told that he crossed the line by slapping Irene, and that the others need to decide whether or not they want him to remain in the house. If they decide to let Stephen stay, he will have to attend therapy to deal with his anger. The cast is faced with a difficult decision: Should they kick Stephen out? They watch the footage of Stephen slapping Irene to determine the severity of his action. When the slap occurs, they're all shocked. After a discussion, they decide that Stephen can stay.
Later that night, Stephen and David meet privately to come to terms with the situation and each other. Stephen apologizes for the slap and wants to put the situation behind him and rebuild his friendship with the rest of the cast.
To ease his stress, Stephen wears a platinum-blonde wig so that he can laugh at himself and people can laugh at him. In the radio station, Stephen overhears Aubbie discussing “the slap” behind his back. Disgusted that someone is verbally ripping him apart, he confronts her, and they argue. He doesn’t think it’s her business to be talking about his business. But Aubbie maintains that he actions affect everyone at the station.
Meanwhile, the group is still confused about Irene's situation, and Rebecca is lonely without her. To better understand the disease, the cast meets with someone from the Lyme Disease Foundation.