BY PETER HAILEY
The third episode of "DeSean Jackson: Home Team" was a tense one. No, it wasn't as tense as the fourth quarter of a tied playoff game, but it did come pretty close to that level of tension.
A common theme in the third episode was the development of rivalries. We saw a rivalry start between DeSean's pregnant girlfriend Kayla and DeSean's mom Gayle. We learned more about DeSean's rivalry with the media. And we even got a glimpse of DeSean's rivalry with leasing expensive foreign cars.
All in all, it felt like every scene throughout the 30-minute show presented some sort of issue that divided two sides against one another. Therefore, instead of rolling with the Q&A format we've used in the first two episode recaps, we're going to delve a little deeper into each of the rivalries we learned about on Tuesday.
So if you missed the newest edition of "Home Team" entirely, opted to watch the MLB All-Star game over "Home Team" (poor decision making on your part, as nothing should take priority over "Home Team"), or just are hungry to talk more about the show, you've come to the right place. Let's get started.
---WARNING: THERE ARE MASSIVE SPOILERS AHEAD---
Rivalry No. 1: Kayla vs. Gayle
This is the Cowboys vs. Redskins of DeSean Jackson reality show rivalries.
On one side, you have Jackson's Instagram model of a girlfriend, who's been with the Redskins receiver for approximately six months and is pregnant with his child. On the other side, you have Jackson's mom, a woman who is very traditional in her beliefs and very wary of what Kayla's intentions are. And at the end of the show, the two collided, with less than positive results.
In a meeting that wasn't open to the program's cameras, Kayla and Gayle met. When the cameras are turned back on, the audience sits in a car with DeSean and Kayla as they react to what just went down behind closed doors. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem like things went too smoothly, with Kayla saying, "I just felt like I was being cornered and I was getting all the blame."
This could be a season defining showdown, as the two rivals are both women Jackson obviously cares a lot about. Next Tuesday should (hopefully) bring more details about Kayla and Gayle's relationship to light.
Rivalry No. 2: DeSean vs. Renting his expensive foreign automobiles
Earlier in the summer, DeSean made a cameo appearance in HBO's new series "Ballers." In his lone scene, Jackson and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson have a conversation, in which Johnson tells Jackson that, no matter what, NFL athletes should lease their vehicles.
It became clear on Tuesday that real-world Jackson does not care much for fictional TV show-world Johnson's advice.
During a trip to everyone's favorite auto warehouse "Exotic Euro Cars," Jackson's sister A'Dreea tries to prevent her brother from spending too much money on an expensive car, saying he doesn't need one.
Jackson won't let her get in the way of his desires, however, and responds with, "It ain't about needing it if I want it." A few seconds later, he jokingly asks, "What? You want me to buy a hybrid or Prius?"
Seeing that she won't convince her brother to not pick up a new car, she then suggest that he at least leases it.
"Nah, we don't rent," Jackson says.
Fictional TV show-world Johnson would be so disappointed.
Rivalry No. 3: DeSean vs. The media
After Jackson's messy exit from Philadelphia, one would expect that he doesn't really enjoy interacting with the media too much. Those suspicions were proven to be correct Tuesday.
"My relationship with the media is tense," Jackson says at one point in the episode. "Everything I say is scrutinized."
Jackson didn't say these comments in a particularly venomous tone, but it's safe to say he probably won't be sending many reporters Christmas cards when the time comes.
Rivalry No. 4: Gayle vs. Respectfully reacting to the news of her son's girlfriend being pregnant
In arguably the funniest scene of the night (and the episode's first), the audience got to see the continuation of DeSean's conversation with his mom that began at the end of last week's show, where Jackson told Gayle that Kayla was pregnant. Gayle had trouble respectfully reacting to the news to say the least, though it's understandable considering the shocking nature of Jackson's reveal.
"Okay DeSean, there goes your money out the door," she first says, worried that Kayla is only in the relationship for her son's money.
"A lot of women make that their mission. 'I have to go find a man to take care of me and my baby,'" she says later, elaborating on her original thought.
And finally, after digesting the idea that she's going to be a grandmother in the near future a bit longer: "Oh Lord Jesus, help me God."
Maybe next week, after having even more time to think things over, Gayle will be a bit happier about Kayla's pregnancy. On Tuesday, however, it was like someone had told her that DeSean was being moved to left tackle.
What will happen with these rivalries next week? And will DeSean have a sweet new ride to drive around in? Join us in the same place next week as we review the second episode of "Home Team." Until then, we'll be eagerly awaiting next Tuesday.