Towards the end of last night's (11/17) second episode, I had a very, very strong sense of Deja-vu.
David's sudden realization that "the weight of the lie" was weighing heavy on his conscience and that "he couldn't sleep", "tossed and turned", had trouble eating etc., was just a little too similar to Evan "Einstein" Marriott's same realizations towards the end of last season. Right down to the "summoning of the producer" to discuss his woes and worries that he "couldn't go on".
In fact, I bet that if you checked the log of last season's episodes versus this seasons, you will probably find that "Joes" meltdown of karma probably came in the exact same episode number or one off at the very most in both seasons I and II.
Evan's acting was so bad and understated that we were simply treated to a scene of him lying in bed with his arms folded behind his head, you could almost hear him thinking out loud "how long do I have to sit this way for them to get a good enough shot of my battle of conscience"? The we see Evan talking to the producer..."I um, I don't know, I am like really upset with myself or something...um...and I um...maybe I dont know if I can go on or something...the lie I am telling is like, um, really bothering me or something..."
David on the other hand, chose the other end of the acting spectrum and was chewing up the scenery with his meltdown and really laying in on thick, overacting more grandois than any soap opera diva - complete with face in hands crocodile tears and rather efeminate babbling.
Many of us have agreed all along that David is a pretty nice guy, fairly normal and seems to be genuinely enjoying all of this and having a good time and is in his best element simply being himself. However, we all also agree that David is a horrible liar and has very telling body language when he is doing so and appears very uncomfortable when asked to be anyone other that David. David was lying like a rug last night with the whole meltdown sequence and I felt it was obviously a staged sequence because the show had reached that particular mile-marker.
Then again, I am sure that there are many viewers out there that feel that I am way off base and that David's meltdown was completely sincere and completely a coincidence - albeit a nearly verbatim coincidence in dialog, content and timing - to Evan's.
I happen to feel David's meltdown was a scripted scam. And to me that is OK, to a point. I am well aware that many "Reality TV" shows have string pulling and some scripted developements, and I watch them anyway for entertainment value. I just dont like having my intelligence isulted. They could have done a better job of differentiating David's crisis of conscience to Evan's.