Real World Homecoming episode 4 recap

Alexandra Richmond
12 min readJun 28, 2021

It feels like a fluke that I got to watch Real World Homecoming: New York in 2021. I didn’t crave seeing it as I craved seeing season 13 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, but like Drag Race, it turned out to be excellent TV that has and will continue to define generational change. And, just like in 1992, I do not own a TV. Just kidding. I own a TV, have an antenna and a few subscriptions, but do not have a cable or “television provider,” as the man says. My husband decided he wanted to watch CBS’s iteration of Stephen King’s The Stand (lol), and got the sub for CBS, I guess. [Sidenote: I am delighted with CBS’s reboot of The Equalizer, in which Queen Latifah plays the lead. She is equal parts Rambo and Batman, and her team is a little bit Scooby Doo but with much better tech. Plus the fashion is fantastic. Queen Latifah’s character is clearly super undercover, so much so her family is unaware that she is the one people seek when they can’t go to the cops, so her job is murky. But WOW does she wear a lot of amazing coats and even rocks CHANEL BOOTS. And Adam Goldberg, or Scooby, is a fashion plate, as his TV wife, smart Daphne. Queen Latifah wins every fight, drives a motorcycle, is a patient mom with a beautiful family in a gorgeous home and looks amazing. I literally want nothing more but to watch Drag Race, and while my streaming CBS app has somehow morphed into the streaming Columbia+ app, which allows me to watch all the eps of Real World Homecoming: New York. But it does not allow Drag Race, nor does it even allow Drag Race UK or Espania. I am in withdrawal. I am missing out on important pop culture milestones. Do not pity me. Send me your login to the VH1 app or whatever it is (brrrr, shhh), and I will forever be in your debt. [End sidenote]

So, RWH:NY21, post-Becky, culminates in episodes 4 and 5, “Starting Over” and “It’s About All of Us.” I cannot understate what a slap in the face it felt like to watch Becky walk out of their reunion, as an audience member. And I can’t fathom what it felt like as a cast member. How does it start? With “previously on”s.

Eric dances, quarantined, with himself. Norman says that Becky is a friend to him. Old footage of their bromance rolls. Kevin tries to talk about racism with the cast. Present day Becky says she was in an Afro-Brazilian dance troupe and “lost her skin color.” Julie, a dancer and actual…

Alexandra Richmond

Writer, photographer, student in Austin, Texas. Former contributor to many publications a long time ago