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There Goes the Neighborhood recap, episode 3

The Bussiere family, comprised of Tom (dad), Susan (mom), Marcia (grandmother) (top row, left to right), Elise (daughter) and Jake (son) (bottom row, left to right).

The Bussiere family, comprised of Tom (dad), Susan (mom), Marcia (grandmother) (top row, left to right), Elise (daughter) and Jake (son) (bottom row, left to right).

This show, after three episodes, has really become “Survivor” without the extreme deprivation dynamics and “Big Brother” minus the addictive stupidity. What’s left? Some reasonably nice families in a Kennesaw suburb minus A/C and electricity fighting for $250,000 with a few tears but not much drama.

The dynamics of four “insider” families and two “outsiders” meant the two “outsiders” were put up for elimination. The one that did not have an alliance with an insider was cut: the Bussieres.

Early on, the Bussieres, who came from Massachusetts, explained their distance from the others by their New England background. People up north just didn’t just hang out with neighbors as much. This doesn’t bode well for their future.

The Upshaws’ oldest son Christopher convinces the family to plays it tough. They decide to make a pact with one of the outsiders, the Schindlers. (Ahh.. the ever familiar secret alliance is in order.)

The reward challenge was disentangling Christmas lights. Yawn. The Mullenixes won a minor advantage in the next challenge.

The Upshaws ended up winning that elimination challenge, which features putting together an entertainment system. Again, this was not exactly a gripping challenge though there are a lot of boxing peanuts flying around. The Upshaws not only get guaranteed safety but they also get to keep said entertainment system (plus a laptop and camera and a few other toys.) Oddly, I don’t see a lot of product placement here.

The no brainer decision at this point is to target the Bussieres. And the Upshaws tell them ahead of time. But given their alliance with the other outsiders the Schindlers, they had a dilemma. It’s a secret, supposedly, so the Upshaws felt like they had to place the Schindlers up for elimination, too, else the other families would become suspicious. Problem: if they do so and use the Schindlers as a shill, how do they ensure their safety?

When the Upshaws told the Schindlers, David Schindler suggested they eliminate one of the stronger teams, the Nelsons, instead. But the problem is the Upshaws and Nelsons are best friends. That wasn’t going to happen at this stage.

At the actual elmination meeting, the Upshaws in fact put up the two “outsiders,” the Bussieres and the Schindlers and keep the Nelsons safe. The Bussieres tried to defend themselves and Susan threw out the sickness card, that she almost died a year and a half earlier from a stroke. But as we know from the Southeys last week, tears don’t equal safety.

In fact, the Upshaws get teary, too. Alexis Upshaw, the daughter, really pulls out the emotions, noting, “I understand that this is a game but people also have to realize emotions run deep and I still love my neighbors. And it’s hard to see the closest ones go… you grow up with some of these people.”

The mom Therese is more hardboiled: “I don’t like it but you know we made our deicison and we have to stick to it.”

Fortunately for the Upshaws, the Schindlers survive and the Bussieres go. Five families remain for the cash. It’s only going to get tougher from here on in.

15 comments Add your comment


August 24th, 2009
9:13 am

This show hasn’t been canceled yet?


August 24th, 2009
10:03 am

is larry wachs still on?


August 24th, 2009
10:15 am

This show just confirms for me that when it comes to money no one is your friend (amazing what you will do) and that neighborhoods have cliques. It’s really sad….

Chief Wiggum

August 24th, 2009
10:53 am

Train wreck. When they pull down the fake walls, and the film crews go home, these people have to live as neighbors…and it sounds like they may wind up hating each other.

Amazing what people will do for money. No freaking way would I do that.

Peteetong to Larry Wachs.


August 24th, 2009
11:32 am

larry shot me in the nads with a bb gun!!!!!!

Lucy Bloom

August 24th, 2009
12:36 pm

I agree Tony. Why is this show still on? Who is watching it. To tell you the truth I forgot about it after the first episode. *LOL*


August 24th, 2009
1:20 pm

This show is absolutely killing the neighborhood. People who have their houses up for sale can’t show them. The high wall is horrible. Georgia is not getting a good rap with their reality shows (Real Housewives of Atlanta) and now this show. Let’ show something good about Atlanta (but that wouldn’t make good TV)!


August 24th, 2009
1:54 pm

Very boring, no drama. If the people where not from georgia I wouldn’t watch. The challenges very stupid, elimination not dramatic. I don’t see a second season.

Just Looking

August 24th, 2009
2:53 pm

Marcia, where the heck are you? The walls have been down for 2 months now!


August 24th, 2009
3:18 pm

The worst reality show out besides the HOS from Atlanta’s real housewives, I grew up in Cobb County (53 years) where did you find these people? We have so many wonderful Southern families with class and characters but the TV networks always want to make us look like illiterate hillbillies and carpetbaggers from up north….

Rodney Ho

August 24th, 2009
3:35 pm

The show is not doing well. It’s losing half of the “Big Brother” lead in audience. And it has dropped 20% in viewers last night from week one. The show opened at 4.8 million, dropped to 4.4 million week two and 3.8 million this past Sunday. At the same time, ABC reality show “Shark Tank” in comparison saw its ratings improve week one to two, from 4.2 million to 5.7 million. Last night, it held its week two numbers.

just thinking...

August 24th, 2009
5:05 pm

somebody’s actually watching this show?


August 25th, 2009
11:33 pm

This show is terrible. Let’s take well off families
from a clique look down on everyone else community
because they don’t consider themselves a
subdivision, and give them more money and
attention. Awesome idea.

why not

August 27th, 2009
6:56 pm

I enjoy the show, it really makes you wonder what your neighbors let alone your own family would do for a quarter million dollars. The thing about this reallity show is after the cameras leave, the families will still be there…

Current LP-Annadale Resident

September 3rd, 2009
10:08 pm

Geez….you people are SO FREAKING critical! Amazing. Watch the show and enjoy it or don’t watch it and shut up!