In this day and age, it’s hard to know when there’s a genuine moment on reality TV. There are so many recognized tropes and cliché phrases that the whole genre is basically a parody of itself. But sometimes, there’s a moment that’s so wonderful that I don’t even care if it was planned.
Last week’s “Project Runway” had one of its contestants, Dmitry Sholokhov, a native of Belarus, complaining about how another contestant is always doing the same thing. “He’s a one-way monkey,” he said, causing me to start laughing for a good thirty seconds. “No. No, I mean, a one-trick pony,” he quickly added, smiling a little bit.
Don’t bother making fun of me for watching such a dumb show. I can’t really explain it since I don’t care at all about fashion. It’s possible that what keeps me coming back are the interstitial shots of New York City locations. Maybe that’s what a one-way monkey can be: something that stubbornly moves ahead, regardless of what lies there.