4. Shandi Cheats (Cycle 2)
Tyra purposefully cast Shandi as an ugly duckling who she could transform into a beautiful swan. Take off her glasses, work on her posture, and put her in designer clothing and Shandi really does look like a model. Alas, the jump from Walgreens employee to a beauty took a toll not only on Shandi’s personality, but also her long-term relationship with Eric.
We get a hint of her relationship when Eric calls her midway through the series and mentions that he went to the movies with a female friend, after this friend’s husband, who works at the theater, gave them free tickets. Shandi responds by throwing a jealous fit. How dare he see a movie with another woman! Never mind that the friend has a kid and is married… to a man who gave them the tickets, so he must not be worried about any hanky panky. Shandi tries to justify her unjustifiable rage by explaining that going to the movies is the “secret thing that we share.” Hate to break it to you, Shandi, but billions of people around the world also participate in this “secret” you think you have; going to the movies is not a big deal.
We get a hint of why Shandi is the jealous type from her own actions soon after. April picks Shandi to share in her reward to have dinner with WuTang Clan members. Throughout the night, Shandi hits it off with rapper Kinetic, and the pair ends up cuddling in a limo. BUT AT LEAST THEY DIDN’T SEE A MOVIE, OKAY?
But that was nothing compared to when Yoanna invites some attractive Italian men over to the house. While Yoanna and Mercedes declare that they are single and ready to mingle, Shandi says, “I have no doubts in my mind that I want to be with [my boyfriend].” Hmm… I wonder where this is going.
Wine is poured, the hot tub is heated up, and things go wild. “These girls, self included, have been like monkeys in a cage. You drop big bananas inside, of course they’re going to tear the peels off,” April says. Shandi grabs a “banana” and takes him to her room. We see them making out on the bed, and then fast forward to later. As the other girls kiss their men goodbye, Shandi is hunched over on her bed sobbing.
A distraught Shandi knows she has to call her boyfriend Eric and admit her indiscretion, but she has trouble finding the words. “I did the worst possible thing I could,” Shandi finally stutters. “You had sex?!” Eric screams in a high-pitched voice.
Honestly, the first time I watched the episode, I figured cheating meant that they “made out” since I pegged Shandi for more of a square, so when she replies affirmatively to “You had sex?!” I was like “Oh shit, Shandi!” But my reaction is nowhere as ridiculous as Eric’s.
"Oh my god! Oh my god!" he wails in a shrill voice, like a blonde ditz who’s about to be murdered in a slasher film. When real words finally come back to him, he asks hard-hitting questions like, "How can I hug you?"
First Shandi emasculated Eric, then Eric emasculated himself even more. I want to feel bad for Eric in this situation now that he’s been cheated on, but the way he’s conducting himself is way more hilarious than sympathetic. There’s a couple points when their sobs synch up that make this one of reality tv’s best meltdowns.
Here’s hoping that Eric got revenge by going to matinees with a whole bunch of women the next day.