Las Vegas , Nevada. Christina is a criminal justice graduate from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The child of a bi-racial relationship her mother is Korean and her father is German , Christina is drawn to diversity in her life. With a stepfather in the military, Christina grew up a military brat and so has developed the ability to adapt to the environment around her. Her family moved away from Las Vegas, but she stayed and works as a cocktail waitress. She has breast implants. She later becomes close friends with Mallory, Leah, and Simon. Leah Gillingwater .
Long Island , New York. Leah is a single Long Island, New York native and a graduate of the University of Maryland who aspires to a career in fashion and enjoys partying, shopping and expensive name brands. She is known as loud and boisterous, and is often the center of attention. She admits to at one time only dating men who drove expensive cars. Leah is first attracted to Ace, but he does not reciprocate. Known to be pugnacious, she ends up in fights with most of her roommates. Leah and Mallory click at first, but later their friendship seems to crumble, the height of their animosity coming to a head on their trip to Italy.
Leah has a cancer scare though, which brings her close to Mallory and the rest of her roommates. Mallory Snyder .
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Palatine , Illinois. Mallory is a year-old freshman at Iowa State University. Described as "statuesque, athletic", her parents are pushing her to achieve in sports, but Mallory is struggling may want to explore life outside of athletics and gives up her soccer scholarship to move to Paris. She is single and is waiting to find love before she loses her virginity. Mallory's looks gain the attention of Adam and Ace. Simon Sherry-Wood . A native of Ireland, Simon lives at home and goes to high school in a small village about an hour outside Dublin.
His family's acceptance of his homosexuality has allowed Simon to live an open life; he has enjoyed the gay scene in Dublin since he was Aware of the temptations of Paris nightlife, Simon plans to stay faithful.
A working model with a flair for fashion, he intends to go to college, but has yet to apply to schools because he's unsure about his career goals. The housemates include attractive Ace, 23; virginal Mallory, 19; Simon, 18, from Ireland; cocky Chris, 22; likeable Leah, 22; former cocktail waitress Christina, 24; and Adam, 23, whose father is in the Commodores. Everyone wonders if Simon is gay. The cast members head out to nightclubs to celebrate their first night in France. Leah finds herself attracted to Ace, but Ace is turned off by her smoking.
Also, Adam is smitten with Mallory, but the infatuation fades when he learns the feeling isn't mutual. The housemates learn that their jobs consist of putting together a student travel guide of Europe.
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Also: Christina flirts with C. Mallory and Ace try to escape from the cameraman shadowing them and share a kiss. Mallory also loses her purse, which contains Leah's passport; and Adam apologizes to Leah for his behavior. Meanwhile, Ace frets about kissing Mallory, who worries about how to tell Leah, who also likes him.
For their Frommer's job, the housemates must review different shopping districts and stores in Paris. Meanwhile, Adam meets a woman at a club, but the morning after isn't as much fun as the night before. Also: the housemates celebrate Valentine's Day , and the gals are surprised when bouquets of tulips arrive for them. Adam meets a Canadian gal to whom he's attracted. Also: Christina turns in an assignment ahead of the others, causing dissension within the group; a group project is assigned.
In preparation for her brother Pascual's visit, Leah spurs everyone to clean the house; she and Mallory also have some issues about Mallory's sloppiness. Also: Mallory is attracted to Pascual. Christina is left in a foul mood after someone eats her eggs; and she has difficulty sleeping due to Ace and C. Also: Christina contemplates changing rooms; and Ace frets about Christina moving out.
Tired of being the odd-man out with Leah and the others, C. Meanwhile, Adam goes to a gay bar with Simon and Mallory; and Simon's boyfriend visits. Ace's girlfriend, Kate from back home arrives for a visit. Adam is smitten with a girl whom he spends all of his money on; Ace and C. Leah and Christina insist that Mallory change to a more fashionable shoe.
The housemates begin an eight-day vacation that includes stops in the French Riviera , Rome , Florence and Switzerland. First, however, they must finish an assignment about Paris nightlife. Also: Mallory's cousin and aunt visit; and Ace celebrates his 24th birthday. The housemates arrive in Florence, where Leah and Simon go shopping and the others go sightseeing.
Also: Leah has a date with Giuseppe, a waiter she meets at a restaurant; and C. The housemates conclude their vacation with stops in Rome and Zermatt, Switzerland , where they go snowboarding.go site
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Also: Leah's upfront personality grates on Mallory, Christina and Simon, and the four have it out in a restaurantand are asked to leave. Filmed in March , the roommates react to the impending war in Iraq, including President Bush's speech urging Saddam Hussein and his sons to leave Iraq. Also: Ace, fed up with the back-and-forth bickering of his roommates, contemplates leaving. Also: C. Adam's friend, Samir visits and hits it off with Leah, who's just returned from a weekend with Giuseppe.
Meanwhile, C. Adam learns his father has left his mom. Also: Leah's friend Stephanie arrives for a visit carrying letters from Leah's mom and doctor concerning a check-up she had before she left home; and Leah and Mallory mend their friendship. Adam has problems with Lamyae, his German sort-of-girlfriend, because of their lack of a physical relationship; and has a fun night on the town with Ashley, an American vacationing in Paris.
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The roommates also review hotels and invite Brice and David over for dinner. Ace receives an e-mail from Kate that ends their relationship; and resumes his flirtation with Mallory. He convinces her and several others to visit his favorite strip club , but Mallory becomes upset by the attention he gives the dancers.
Also: Chris and Leah are paired together for a work assignment. Outspoken opinions on what's worth your time and what's not.
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