The Only Way Is Essex continued on Sunday night, with another instalment of drama, awkward encounters and yet another outrageous outfit from Joey.
Ah, Joey – he’s the gift that keeps on giving. This week, the gang are off paintballing for Other Lauren’s birthday, and Joey thinks a jacket over his bare chest, some tiny shorts and a rather jaunty hat are suitable attire!
Luckily his sister persuades him otherwise, but is unable to change the Essex lad’s mind about moving out. Joey living on his own? Oh dear, we can only imagine the trouble he’d get in to! As it is, big sis Frankie had to explain what a TV license is!
Control-freak Mario runs in to Mark at the gym, and they have a talk about Lucy, while both trying to look as macho as possible. To sum up a fairly long and pointless exchange, Mario has banned Lucy from talking to Mark and his family – Mark doesn’t really seem to care.
He has, however, given up on his 14-day celibacy vow (surprise surprise) after a chat with his dad, Mark Sr. Yes; the entire Wright family has now made it on to the show. Mark Sr. actually scared us a tad with his no nonsense chat! Still, after 8 years of hearing your son banging on about the same girl, it would be hard to remain sympathetic!
Lauren meanwhile, is fast becoming redundant and currently adds little to the show, bar hanging around with Other Lauren and Maria.
Maria is doing the opposite, and continues her bid to become more than just an extra by agreeing to go for a drink with Mick, much to the horror of Kirk – “the word sugar-daddy springs to mind”.
To be fair to her, Maria does attempt to clear the air during paintballing – perhaps not the best time to tell someone only a couple of years younger than you, that you want to date their dad? “Let’s put the guns down first” says Maria… proving she’s slightly cleverer than she looks.
What is Mick thinking anyway? He seems to spend his time perving over his son’s friends, and hanging around them at various events… does he not know anyone his own age?
Arg and Lydia were largely absent in this episode. We saw Arg take on his first day at a hospital radio station – in a quest to fulfil his dream of becoming a radio DJ, while Lydia went to visit Mr. Darcy at the farm. Uneventful.
“Majorly awkward but hilarious moment” of the episode occurs when Lucy tries on some lingerie for Jess, who is opening an underwear shop. (Yes! Yet ANOTHER of the TOWIE girls is opening a shop!)
Jess conveniently “pops out” to “get something” when in walks brother Mark, catching Lucy modelling some rather skimpy underwear. She shrieks and grabs a cushion, he smirks and says: “you’re looking smoking by the way” before walking out. Totes cringe, totes amazing!
So there you have it! You’re up to date bingo-lovers! Stay tuned for all the latest!