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Under Pressure

Madison talks economy, his history with Josh and Chad, and toliet seat obsessions!


Wow! From the opening of the show all the way to the emotional ending I was on the edge of my big comfortable couch. I watched the first episode alone, as I always do, and then I called my brother and friends over to see it. It is so exciting and such a reward to see the finished product after 10 months of filming. From a technical side, the HD quality, the camera angles and the music are all superb.

This season is filled with eccentric clients who don't hold back under pressure, and pressure we are feeling. This was a challenging year given the economic situation - yes, even out in Malibu and Beverly Hills. We were not so recession-proof and our clients were certainly feeling the pinch. There were many, many uncomfortable moments for me this season due to the added stress of my clients, but part of my job is to keep the emotion out of the process, and you see me try to juggle that even in the first episode with my client Laura, the sex author.

Also, it was great to see what Chad and Josh filmed and did this season, as I don't always know what they are up to while we are taping. I have to say Josh's table dance during the negotiation was hysterical, and Chad's Russian laser lady made it all bearable to watch his agony. Still laughing. People always ask me if I "knew Chad and Josh from before". The answer is yes. This town (LA) is big, but so small at the same time. Josh, Chad, and I are in the same industry, so LA only becomes even smaller. And let's face it, neither one of them likes to go unnoticed.


There was one situation on tonight's premiere that I wish would have been different. I did not like the fact that I said, "I would not even pay $5 for this house" when I was talking to Josh. I don't like to say judgmental things like that and don't remember saying it in that circumstance. Hmmm ... editing? Either way, I said it and I feel bad. Sorry homeowner, I would have paid at least $10. OK, that is my sense of humor, not me being serious again - moving on.

Let me quickly address my obsession with toilet seats. It is pretty simple - nasty. Nobody should have to think about, much less be exposed to the dirty business of a toilet. I don't care what condition the home is in, if there is a showing, or even worse, an open house then for @*&# sake close the lid! Got it? Good, I am glad we see cheek to cheek on that subject.

Enjoy the season and feel free to write to me below.

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