Two outstanding cadets from the Virginia Military Institute—who also happen to be best friends—are cast for this season’s Real World. Before joining the Institute, David overcame drugs and life on the streets of Boston. Nathan explains that he raised himself from the age of 15 after the death of his father. But Nathan also had some help from his girlfriend Stephanie—her family took him in like one of their own. Will this love relationship survive the separation? Nathan and David arrive on a wide pier in Seattle and explore their sprawling living space. A cute, earthy blond waif named Rebecca knocks on the door. Then Janet, an Asian beauty with some family issues, shows up. Despite his girlfriend back home, Nathan is tempted, while Janet secretly thinks that Nate is a hottie. After a trolley ride together, petite, spunky Lindsay and artsy Stephen arrive at the house. Lindsay and Janet click immediately like long-lost friends. The final roomie arrives and she’s got some curly, kinky hair and a sharp wit. Her name is Irene and she’s a little bit different that the other girls. The room game begins: Janet and Lindsay share, while Rebecca and Irene pair off and the boys move into their own room. Stephen realizes that none of the roommates are gay or lesbian, while Nathan gets chewed out by Stephanie for not calling sooner. David admits he cried last night, and Nate predicts a romance between Lindsay and David.