March 15, 2004
The original series set out
to prove that a beautiful woman could find love with the
average man. So far, we're 0-for-2 (ironically, so are
the ladies). Welcome to... third time. And, since this
is "Average Joe", you can bet that the road to success
will be a bumpy one. At least it better. NBC kinda owes
us for the whole Fabio thing. To fully understand the
situation, we must go back to the beginning... the VERY
Last fall, Melana Scantlin had her choice amongst 12
average guys. Then we threw in three New Guys for fun.
In the end, Melana chose the looks of Jason Peoples over
the charm of Adam Mesh, which, by that time, had all of
America cheering for him (as evidenced by a final party
in NYC). Since then, Melana dropped Jason in favor of a
series deal with GSN. And Adam has surprisingly become
the most eligible man on television, with over 3 million
calls, mails, and e-mails to NBC... and to Adam
himself... from women dying to meet our Average Joe
Cool. So Adam had to enact rule one of post-reality TV
life: get a new unlisted phone number. You know, right
after the TV appearances, radio interviews, and personal
web page setups.
That brings us to today, 285 days, 11 hours, 44 minutes,
19 seconds, and a lame-ass twist later, with Adam taking
up where Melana left off... at the same hangar to start.
Flashbacks to the finale of AJ and the words "tonight,
the romance has to end" guarantee that this will be like
a war vet going back to battle. "Kinda like when you're
a baseball player and the other team wins the World
Series and you have to sit at the dugout and force
yourself to watch."
After that fateful inning, Adam went into intense
physical and mental training, in hopes of feeling like
he did on the first show. And speaking of firsts, Adam,
rolling up to Melana's... err, HIS mansion (thanks,
Chyron!), thinks that top experts in the dating field
are sorting out the 20 ladies who will try to woo him.
In reality, said "experts" are castmates and friends
from the first AJ.
We'll get to that later, but first, Adam heads to the
one room in the house he never saw... Melana's. Well,
it's his now, as evidenced by the autographed Sly
Stallone boxing gloves. Either that or Melana was doing
a little training of her own. The physical, obvious. The
mental... well, Adam sums it up: "I am a big believer in
destiny. It was destiny that brought me the whole
household characters in the first place! It was destiny
that Melana and I developed a chemistry that it did.
Looking back at it, I think it was destiny that it ended
the way that it did. That's why I'm going through this
again. It's a sense of destiny. The right girl is out
there for me."
Back at Burbank, AJ alums are on a mission from God (and
by "God," I mean the almighty Peacock). Joe 1: Dennis
"Hula Hoop Geek" Luciani is looking for the nicest girls
(aka: the Average Janes). One of his hopefuls has
reviewed the fire-safety codes. Good for him.
Joe 2: Dr. Tareq "TQ" Kabir, who believes that love is
tainted by humans. His mission: locate most compatible
girl via computer... whatever that means. Time for a
trip to eHarmony. Not the website... the actual place
with Dr. Neil Clark Warren and everything. He rallies
his troops and we're all reminded that TQ is a badass...
Like we needed reminding of that.
Joes 3 through 5: the heavy hitters Joe Fabiani, Craig
Campbell, and Jay Greenberg, who're going on an
old-fashioned road trip with one thing in mind. Hotties.
With stops off at Vegas to look for the hottest ladies
in the country... Idol style. Well, drunken horny frat
boy Idol at least. Put all three variables together
and... ex-PLO-sion! Too bad we only have 20 slots to
Those 20 seats on the bus are now full, and the bus is
on its way to the front door. First off is... Dennis? If
he's one of the dates tonight, I'LL go crazy. Lucky for
us, he isn't. He lets Adam in on the secret about the
"experts", much to Adam's relief. Dennis' choices are:
Brittany Ducker, 23, substitute teacher and one of
millions who will rightly admit that Melana made a huge
Stephanie Cahn, 23, fashion jr. account executive and
fearful of being "the last friend to get married"
Rachel Goetz, 24, 2nd grade teacher and down to earth
(think Brian with no R's)
Jennifer Bolkin, 28, office manager and AJ fangirl
Summer Wesson, 26, casting coordinator and amateur comic
artist with ten good reasons to keep her around
Heather Caton, 27, salon manager and professional pretty
Jennifer "Jen" Lifshitz, 23, grad student/social worker
and very smiley
Tracilee Bennardello, 24, executive assistant/bartender
and badass in training
Anna Merrill, 25, 8th grade teacher with a high opinion
Elizabeth Griggs, 23, law firm assistant and Michigan
Next off... Oh... my... God... That has to be the most
mannish woman I've ever seen. "Hey, Jason." Oh, well
that explains it. Jason is Joe 6, aka the Recon Joe.
Mission: infiltrate the bus and see if the ladies are in
it to truly score Adam or just welch on his
money/fame/forehead. Just goes to show you that Melana
might've been wrong, but Jason's in the right. Let's
Amy Worth, 22, human resource manager and token
Sara Stone, 26, brokers assistant who has never been in
Courtney Butler, 21, events coordinator who wants to run
into someone tripping in Central Park. Isn't that
Christine Morrell, 25, culinary instructor and wicked
witch. Her words, not mine.
Jennifer "Jen" Abrams, 24, software developer and...
Elizabeth Wood, 35, attorney/entrepreneur
Samantha Trenk, 24, fashion sales and non-thinker
Tareq Kabir... wha? Oh, wait. There's more. The folks at
eHarmony.com have found two people who they believe are
a perfect match. "If it isn't, I'll eat my hat." Let's
see who TQ and eHarmony found:
Rebecca Butler, 28, 3rd grade teacher and pessimist
Rochelle Hannah, 29, accessory designer and optimist.
The fat boys aren't back from their road trip, so my
guess is that we'll be seeing them later. Right now,
it's time for Adam to make the scene to squeals of
delight and a preplayed fanfare. Man, I need to get a
fanfare button. Adam makes his entry the only way he
knows how... "This is very very overwhelming and I'm
very happy that none of you ran back on the bus. To have
all these people fly out here to go out with me,
that's... I don't really know what to say. Thank you
guys, all, for coming."
Adam would really like to get to know all of them for
about five minutes (hey, it's 20 women, alright, and
they know so much about him and he only knows names).
Jen B's first, and would love to have a one-on-one date
with him. Christine's "the gamer", because she's always
game for everything. Jen A hasn't decided whether she
wants to be the nice girl or the bitch. Tracilee's
convinced she's going to be the one at the end. Anna's
having an effect on our hero. The poor boy can't even
speak. He doesn't feel worthy and doesn't want to
disappoint anyone. "I just want to make everyone feel as
special as they've made me."
Rebecca's going on about the test, and personally, you
want to talk about broad-based compatibility? I don't
see it happening if she doesn't get past this danged
test situation. Elizabeth W's having better luck, as she
suggests to Adam after seeing the hot tub, "We could do
a hot tub scene right now, if you want." And she so
would've done it. She thinks that they have a lot in
common. Adam doesn't think otherwise, as the changeover
to crickets would have us suggest. Jen L thought she was
a sinking ship. Amy tells Adam that she came out to Palm
Springs because of him. Yeah, you and 19 others.
Sam was confident, Rachel was sweet, one of the Jens was
funny, Brittany felt Adam's overwhelm, and then it's
PICTURE TIME! And some of these bright, innocent ladies
are little freaks! It's a picture booth, geez...
Next up, the hardest part of any AJ, the elimination.
Tonight, for four of our ladies, the dream to meet Adam
will end before it begins. Adam starts off by saying how
appreciative he is of meeting these people. "This is
really the one part that I hated." And going back on the
bus tonight will be Elizabeth W (no vibe) and Sara
(didn't have a spark). Adam almost breaks down halfway,
but he presses on. Rebecca who didn't open up and Jen B
the fangirl who tried too hard also receive death
knells. For the remaining 16, it's excitement from Adam,
not for the adventures, but for the adventurers.
Next week, the adventurers get their claws into each
March 22, 2004
Adam Mesh proved to be the
toughest get of any Average Joe fan, as Jen B found out
early on. Last week, she, Elizabeth W, Sara, and Rebecca
all took the bus ride to Loserville, leaving 16 eligible
women in its wake. But will that number rise or fall
this week? Read on and you'll see what I mean.
The sixteen who were invited to stay head to their new
digs, complete with tennis courts, a pool, a golf
course, one Summer who felt like a celebrity, and,
according to Tracilee, fifteen very catty, very jealous
girls. Oh, did we mention the pictures of Adam? Rachel
loves the picture of him as a baby, so she frames it and
puts it in her room. Gives new meaning to the phrase,
"Good night, baby."
Meanwhile, up in nearby Big Bear Mountain, instead of
the warm climate we're used to from these shows, we get
cold. Really really cold. Glacier even. Adam can be seen
carving wicked powder on the slope as he and his dates -
Stephanie, Rachel, Summer, Heather, Elizabeth,
Christine, and Rochelle - do a little snowboarding.
Adam's still a bit nervous about his role: Does he go to
them, or do they go to him?
Rochelle is afear'd of getting on her board, while
Rachel offers to help... herself... to see if Adam's
watching. Oh yeah. He was. And he's not pleased. They
eventually get the hang of boarding and, even more so,
falling onto one's own buttocks. Also, Christine the
Gamer's into making snow angels more than anything, and
Stephanie, the plastered one from the night prior,
insists that she just didn't eat.
Next up, decision time. Adam chooses one girl to
continue the date with. For the rest, it's back to the
house and sweet warmth. Rachel gets the nod this time,
with Adam citing "the girlfriend look". They head to the
fireside cabin (WATCH OUT!) and just chill for a second.
Back at the camera-laden house (now why can't all
reality TV have presentation this slick? Really?),
Christine admits to Anna that Rachel totally rubbed her
the wrong way yesterday. "Any question that they know
about Adam, she says 'I know his favorite food. I know
this, I know that.'". Real mature. "Part of me is
thinking that she's his girlfriend. I think that might
be a twist." Maaaaaybe.
Adam finally gets to enjoy the experience with a little
champagne... in the bottle from hell. "Umm... I'm very
smooth." They soon switch over to wine, which, from what
I hear, is considerably easier to open. Rachel brings up
Adam's mantra, "You only live once." Something Adam
really takes to heart, which, in the long run, could
mean a little more than we're led to believe. Let's hope
Obligatory hot tub scene #2, and Adam workout montage
#3. Adam starts talking about maybe having a few little
Meshes later on down the road, especially in comparison
with his friends in college.
Back to the house, and Christine's still a bit perturbed
about the whole Adam/Rachel thing, although it does
escalate into an "I think it was more like he picked
people that he just wasn't sure about" ordeal.
Hot tub, and Rachel takes the "you only live once" route
and goes in for a kiss, not coming up for at least 24
seconds. The coyotes are getting a howl out of this, at
least. "I'm not looking to go around doing that to
everybody," Adam tells her. Good for him.
Next day, bullfighting with Samantha, Anna, Amy, Tracey,
Brittany, Courtney, and the two Jens. Courtney grew up
on a dairy farm. Brittany brings up her six-year-old
kid. There's an ambulance ganked from the "Fear Factor"
set in case we need it. And here comes Adam the Bull
Slayer in his matador outfit. "I feel very manly." I bet
you do, dude. Tracilee's not feeling very manly herself,
as she is deathly afraid of what the bull might do to
her. Lucky for her, Adam goes first, because he's "the
man." And now, a semi-educational moment: bullfighting
1) Talk to her sweetly.
2) Attract her.
3) Remember that the bull is more scared than you are.
4) Don't get mauled like Jen L did.
Tracilee gets over her fear and executes a beautiful
torero. I would say that fear is not a factor for her,
but that's another show. "People don't choose their
fears, but how you get over them. That's where you find
After a few one-on-one gushers, Adam makes his second
choice, Amy. Yay, Amy. Tracilee was surprised that she
wasn't going, but at the same time, she respects that
Adam's still getting a feel for most people. At Adam's
house, quiet Amy opens up about being not quite the
perfect wife, but close. They scope out Adam's room and
balcony, where Amy asks if he feels overwhelmed.
Obligatory hot tub moment #3: Amy admits that she
e-mailed NBC saying that he would've won. Weeks later,
phone call, and she's on a show. Another 24-second kiss,
another coyote, and Amy's smitten... and Adam's scared.
Sign, maybe? Amy's hopeful, at least.
Back at the house, everyone is waiting for... well,
something. Tracilee can't trust Jen A (see outward
glance of approval example above).
Back in the hot tub, Adam admits to being a hypocrite,
saying that he swore he would never kiss every girl for
a prolonged time, but at the same time, he says that
he'll do whatever his instincts tell him to do. Good,
Adam. Now get into bed with... Oh, wait. FCC.
Camera moment, as Rachel and Courtney discuss the date
going on, whether it made good TV or if Adam really
likes her. "As strong as I am, it's just getting hard."
But intimacy is one of the selling points of a
relationship. And of GOOOOD TELEVISION, as we see in the
house where Amy is giving out details of the date. They
think that more went on, but will Amy say if it did? Ehh...
Now, last week, we saw that Craig, Big Joe, and Jay
headed to Vegas to search for the hottest girls on the
strip. They took a while, but they're baaaack after
stopovers in Vegas and Hollywood.
We'll get to them in a bit, but first, Adam invites all
15 girls to lunch... wait, 15? Okay, so there were only
19 women on the first bus. Anyway, Jen L is concerned
with an inferiority complex bringing her down, albeit a
positive person. Anyone who says "Say hello to my boobs"
is fine with me. She's done some dating, but she had
never found "the one." "I think it's a struggle to live
in a world where you're expected to look a certain way.
And then there's people who are shorter or curvier or
have bigger noses or whatever. I'm beginning to think
that I made a mistake." You didn't, Jen. You just need
to look up.
But not now, or else you just might have a breakdown.
Remember that algebra equation, "If two buses travel at
the same speed toward the same goal, what time do they
show up?" On one, the 15 ladies ready for lunch. On the
other, three Joes with three words: "bikini check time".
A knock on Adam's door interrupts his chain of thought.
The tension mounts; oh what a feeling. It's the big
boys. "We know what you're doing, but we thought we'd
take it up a few notches. Come on in, the party's on!"
Adam meets one, two, three, four swimsuit models who are
apparently happy to see him. Meanwhile, the 15 originals
are none the wiser...
Wait, five. Sorry. And Adam is struggling to recompose
himself. "Uh, what are they here for?" They're here for
you... and for us. And in a moment, the New Girls meet
Adam's Girls. And Adam's in the middle, struggling for
control. "I never want to make the girls feel the way
that I did." What's an Average Joe to do? Find the
producer and give him a verbal bitch slap, that's what!
"I just don't think it's fair. Can't I just say no from
the beginning? The one thing I said coming on to this
show like what do you look for in a girl? Confidence,
style, loyalty. You know, I have loyalty to people. I
like the girls that have been here, and there's already
at least five that I like. It's just not fair."
You know, that has to be the ballsiest move I've EVER
seen anyone make in the history of reality TV. Adam, my
hat... is off. Producer tells Adam that the policy is
that Adam makes all the choices, does what he wishes,
and follows his own instincts. And that's what he does,
as he heads to the pool and tells the Pool Boys that
basically, they don't have to go home, but they gots to
get the hell up outta here. NOW. He tells them that he
has to stick by his beliefs no matter what. "This whole
exercise was set up as a character test for Adam," Joe
said, "and he passed with flying colors."
Meanwhile, one of the bikini babes says that that's the
kind of guy she would like to have.
And we promise not to let the original girls know about
this... right away, at least. Football ensues:
snowboarders vs. bullfighters. We even have the guy from
NFL Films doing voiceover. And come on, it wouldn't be a
game without a prize, so the winning team chooses one
person to automatically advance to the next round. "What
happened next turned an ordinary game in the park into a
showdown that takes its place in the legend of football
First quarter, the Gamer, Christine Morrell with the
impressive end zone catch, Snow Angels up, 7-0. But
then, Amy Worth answers back with a game-tying touchdown
of her own with two clicks on the clock. This can only
be settled one way. "HEADS!" The coin came up tails, and
the yellow Snow Angels come out victorious, giving new
meaning to the phrase, "football quarter." So who gets
the game ball?
Jen A thinks that there's one person who isn't really
here's for Adam... Summer, maybe? Rochelle and Tracilee
definitely agree. And hell, I would too. Will she be one
of the five getting on the bus tonight? We'll see. But
first, the awarding of the Adam Mesh Trophy for MVP of
Joe Bowl III sponsored by GSNN (of course). That goes
to... Rachel. She moves on, leaving the other four
fourteen in waiting. Well met. But as great as he felt
then, he feels horrible now, as he must send Elizabeth,
Summer (*applause*), all-American Anna, the
more-of-a-friend-level Rochelle, and the
I-had-a-crush-on-them Brittany on their way back to the
Rochelle was the last of the eHarmony.com players. You
know what that means. TQ, if you're reading this, here's
your hat. Bon appetit. Next week, competition brings out
the best... and the worst... in our ladies, as does... a
promo? It's a big promo, where every secret thus far is
March 29, 2004
Last week, Adam saw some
Some bikini beauties wanted to come and play.
The fat boys were sent to get'em,
But Adam wouldn't let'em.
So they - and Elizabeth, Summer, Anna, Rochelle, and
Brittany - were sent on their way.
And now, the non-limericked portion of the recap.
We start with a couple of backboards, ten of them, in
fact. "The only problem is that they're in a million
pieces." It's competition time, as the ladies have to
join them in one big whole. And surprisingly, no one
really understands how to assemble them... and they
don't care! Well, Amy cares. Jen L. just uses the time
to get some help from Adam. Ah, brainy. Tracilee, aside
from complaining about her nails, realized that the
girls aren't here for each other, but for Adam.
And while all this bickering is going about,
self-professed gamer Christine backs it up, putting her
goal up first. And even after the final buzzer was
sounded, Tracilee proved how gutsy she was in attempting
to see her way through to the end -- herself.
From physical to mental, as AJ plays Apprentice in a
stock market challenge. The challenge, like Adam's real
job, who can make Adam the most money, starting with
$10,000. Go! Tracilee is first in the green with +$7253,
even as she admits that she has no idea what she's
doing, as do everyone else. Courtney, on the other hand,
posted a loss of $1278 and falling, so she may be next
in the board room if this continues. Jen L. surpasses
Tracilee with +$12,568 and growing. If this was an
actual work and Adam was an actual boss, he "probably
would've been guilty of harassment." But hey, it isn't,
so... Samantha continues into the negative numbers (yes,
it's possible, and NBC's not too happy right now). Adam
really wanted to go on a date with her, so she got a
little extra help. Help pays off, as Sam posts a profit
of $21,337 (NBC's feeling a bit better now). So, to
answer Ben Stein's question, yes, you can time the stock
market... and get a little booty doing it.
So Christine and Sam get a couple of dates, while MVP
Tracilee gets an ice cream date on merit, even though
some people didn't think she deserved it. "Tonight's the
night for Adam and I, and I'll deal with them later."
You go, Tracilee. She goes... to the parlor with Adam,
where she reveals that her mom said that the man she was
looking for didn't exist. Amazingly enough, mom
discovered the non-existent guy at the end of the first
AJ, and here we are. "I got the chills when she said
that to me."
Back at home, Adam... still hasn't got the hang of
opening a wine bottle (wait, there it goes!). They share
a moment... and another coyote howl. Tracilee comes home
at a decent hour to questions on every single detail.
But she won't talk. There's talking, there's whispering,
and there's no sign of any letting.
Next date's a game or two with Christine at the go-cart
park. (Rain Man) Yeah, Adam's an excellent driver.
Definitely an excellent driver. (/Rain Man) Christine
wins this one... again. Now it's onto drag racing...
Adam wins this one. Afterwards, Adam has a "winner is
me" moment. Later that night, Adam and Christine
continue their date aboard a boat christened
At the house, Tracilee hears everything that was said
about her behind her back, including Jen A.'s "nails of
silver Fritos" remark. Tracilee does not approve AT ALL.
Back on the boat, Christine loves to laugh. She'd love
it even more to enact a make out scene. She gets her
wish, right after Adam pops a garlic roll in his mouth.
She has butterflies.
Again, Tracilee's asking for more outages. "She's a
little more standoffish", Stephanie says. Jen A equals
that, saying that she wasn't drunk when she asks. Her
rebuttal: "I didn't come here to make friends. I came
here to meet Adam." This is her breakdown point, saying
that she can't talk to her mother.
More Possibilities ensue as Adam and Christine sail into
a pool. Now I know where I've seen this hotel before. It
was on an ep of "Saved By the Bell". Anywho, they
transfer boats from "Possibilities" to "Romance". Very
apropos, I must say.
Next day, golfing with Samantha at Desert Willows, site
of Adam's victory over TQ in series one. TQ's not here,
but one Average Joe is... Zach "Joe 7" Cohen. And he's
got some tricks up his sleeve to make sure that this
date will never be forgotten... as one of disaster, that
is. His mission: sabotage.
So while Samantha misses her shot, Adam carries her
bags, not knowing that Zach had previously stuffed about
30 pounds of rocks inside. Ouch. Don't worry, Adam. It's
only about 400 more yards to the next hole. The caddy
then presents them with a challenge. Last time Adam
played this course, he shot 7. He has to beat it for a
spa date. Otherwise, it's a work date, coveralls and
everything. Adam didn't need any help from Zach to look
like a debacle... but that won't stop him from trying
anyway. It all comes down to the final putt, as Adam
lines up... and Zach fires a bombshell, as the cart goes
off the cliff. Oh boy. Final putt is irrelevant. Looks
like work, as Adam and Sam play rangekeepers. If you've
ever seen a range boy... you know it's no party. But as
you know, whenever another AJ alumnus shows up, Adam's
being tested. And Zach begrudgingly passes him. "Just
looking at Adam, you wouldn't think he was the smoothest
guy in the world. But as someone who always recovers, he
comes off as the smoothest guy in the world."
They head over to shag golf balls out of the swamp,
where they kiss... for an audience?! Two old golfers
come across and ask for the moment. But it's worth it,
as the AJ gods decree a spa date anyway. More kissing
ensues. Hold on, this is relevant. You'll see why in
five, four, three, two, NOW. Here's Zach.
"It happens to be a Monday, and the finale of 'Average
Joe Hawaii' is on TV tonight." So that would date this
show at... March 1. Not too long ago, really. "What they
don't know is that at the end of the show, there's going
to be a promo for THIS series. And in the promo, they're
going to see all the steamy hot tub scenes and all the
making out. The moment that video hits, all the secrets
in this house are going to be wide open."
So while Adam and Samantha are getting their champagne
on and their dance on, it's the Average Joe Hawaii
finale. Again, in case you missed it, no one won. NO
ONE. But just because you didn't win, doesn't mean
you're no loser, as who should walk in but Adam's
descendant Brian "Joe 8" Worth. Mission: host "AJ:H"
finale party. It is 10:00, Pacific Time. Again, everyone
can relate to the underdog. And again, another heart-wretching
finish. Reactions: this is getting down to the wire.
People are actually seeing the hangar at the end. I
wonder what the reaction will be to the Fabio twist.
Adam hopes he can keep the secret canoodling under wraps
for a bit longer. Woops. Not going to happen. The promo
is on NOW. "Within two seconds, all the secrets were
out." Everyone squeals, but not all in delight. They
found out that he's locked lips with Amy, Rachel, and
Christine. And a few don't want to see it again. Rachel
included. "I want him to kiss ME." Jen L.'s beginning to
lose hope as well.
Next night, elimination. First, a toast. "Here's to
being young and good looking!" Adam enters with
Samantha, and he owes everyone an explanation for the
whole making-out... thing. "Oh (^_^)!" He... uh... can't
get any words out, but the rest of the girls seem not to
mind. Including Rachel, who was breaking down prior.
"You have to kiss someone to see if the chemistry is
And speaking of breaking down, we break down to five
tonight. The ladies on the bus ride home are... Heather
(who's so pretty, but didn't really have much of a
chance), Jen L (also not much of a chance there), Jen A
(who said that Adam kinda raised the bar), Courtney (who
blubbers something about putting herself on the line),
and Tracilee (that's a shocker, really). The remaining
five women move up to Adam's crib for the two-hour
finale. Who will Adam choose? Amy? Christine? Stephanie?
Rachel? Samantha? It's really up to them. But with
another twist in line coming courtesy of his parents, is
anything a given? We'll see next week.
And Jen L, if you're reading this, my cell number is
910...(Gordongram: Chico, are we THAT desperate in the
social life department that we have to stoop down to
THIS? Needless to say, GSNN will NOT be allowing any
self-promotion by our recappers. Please tune in next
week to see what happens - and who will be recapping the
April 5, 2004
Tree mail time:
A series of pleasure ends in a night of pain,
One woman's loss is another nineteen's gain.
A dream date with Adam, the nicest guy alive.
But after last week, we're now down to five.
Amy, Christine, Stephanie, Rachel, and Samantha start
their day off with a group date at Universal Studios
Hollywood... Because NBC now owns the place, and...
yeah. After visiting Jurassic Park, where they drop
eight stories on their flume and have embarrassing
pictures taken of themselves, they take the VIP backlot
tour. And everybody's getting on everybody's nerves. Oh
look, there's Jaws. But forget Jaws, forget King Kong,
Adam's being attacked by two butterflies with initials
on classy Samantha's shoulder. Classy Samantha's got
tattoos? Ooh, wild child. "I would have a problem dating
a girl with another guy's name tattooed on her. I think
that's WORSE than Fabio!"
From here we head to the Old West, where Adam and
company make a movie. Plot: Adam and his girls kick ass
and take names against an unforeseen opponent: Joe 8...
our favorite, David Daskal. Or should I say, "Daaaaaaavid
Daskal." In the midst of all the ass-kicking, Daskal
informs Adam of his next mission: five individual dates,
and a final cut to two. Right before ol' dog is thrown
out the window. And cut it, print it, send it, just get
it outta here.
Coolest cornball line of the movie: "How about a private
date with my fist?"
First, Adam and Samantha head for a limo, where Samantha
spies... her dog Chloe with barrettes and a dress. "It
was Sam, me... and Chloe made three." You can tell Sam's
a dog person, but now she's on a date with "two of the
cutest people in Palm Springs". You know things are
going to go south when your girlfriend's dog has a nicer
wardrobe than you do. As for the date, the two... and a
half... go shopping. For the half. Adam's not really
enjoying this one bit. Except for Samantha, who just
gushes over the whole thing.
Next, a carriage ride turns sour... literally. Chloe
passes wind. "It's a dog eat dog world." And Brooke
Burns regrettably used her Joe pass on Brian Worth.
Anyway, Adam can just kiss Samantha with the dog
present, but still, it was pleasurable. Also pleasurable
is the champagne/dessert thing. Not so pleasurable: the
butterflies of death. Adam calls Sam on it, and she
brings up her ex-fiancee and their child... kidding!
They're actually the names of her grandparents who died
together in a carbon monoxide. Whew. And the dog... just
chills. Finally, a dip in the hot tub. Perfect end to
the weirdest date in the history of anything ever.
Next day, Stephanie and Adam had to... the desert. Nope,
a dry lake bed. They picnic, where we find that Samantha
and Stephanie are friends from home. She hadn't had the
alone time that Sam did, so it makes this all the
easier... or harder. Then they go parasailing across the
bed. Great time is had by all. But all Adam can think
about is Stephanie. "You don't go out with a girl's best
friend." Well, if she's willing.
Next day, it's all games with Christine the birthday
girl. First things first, as they drive by a marquee
that says "AVERAGE JOE HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHRISTINE XOXO
ADAM (flowers)". Gets you right here. We're in the
casino, and Adam's thinking about "Indecent Proposal"
moreso than gaming. So the gamer is invited to a
performance by a local lounge act. VERY local. Adam
local. "Who was the first person eliminated from Average
Joe 2? Kathy Griffin!"
PLAY FREEBIRD! Well, he does play a song. One he wrote
himself. Not to dig on Adam, but... absolutely dreadful.
Then it just gets worse as birthday cake comes out for
Christine, Adam drops stuff, and gets birthday cake on
his pants. Hilarity ensues.
After that, it's the World Series of Christine, where we
crap out at blackjack, poker, and martini drinking. We
learn that Christine was of the type that wasn't really
affectionate for anything, but wouldn't mind now having
a family of her own. Adam doesn't really want to be in a
relationship unless it's going somewhere. "I'm thinking
five years I'll be on Average Joe 12." She gets
butterflies, and goes in for the kill before GSN has a
chance to hammer out Average Joe 4. A top off to the
most amazing birthday in recent memory.
Next morning, Rachel and Adam watch the sunrise
together. Rachel wrote a "cheesy rhyme" for Adam,
remembering that he wanted to be swept away. Adam's
swept away by her confidence... and so are we. Breakfast
and coffee are next, and Rachel thinks that this is the
best start in the day. Then we go horseback riding.
Rachel's horse was show, while Adam's was a little
kicky. Symbolism, maybe?
Then we go to the kissing archery. Needless to say, the
two are experts at the subject, especially given that
the distance to the Bullseye reflected how long the kiss
was. One the two came up for air, they spend some time
in the barn, where Adam brings up his YOLO bracelet.
YOLO = You Only Live Once. Words to live by. His friends
believe that if he found someone who believed the same
as he did, then she should get one herself. And that's
exactly what Rachel gets, as she says that she's here
for the right reasons. Finally, a roll in the hay, and
Adam feels special.
Final date is with Amy in an amazingly cute flowery
dress. They head to a mission on a hill, where Amy
reflects on her feelings for Adam, on wanting a family,
and on being homecoming queen... hmm... This could work,
"There're two things I'm worried about: me being from
California and not being Jewish." Adam's thrown for a
loop. "The not being Jewish part, my family just wants
me to be happy." As for California, he's more concerned
with the right person instead of the right location. The
rest of the night is spent kissing on a balcony and
sipping champagne that was preopened beforehand. Amy
looks forward to being with him, but Adam senses her
tension and eases her with a cake fight. Nice. Then they
kiss again. "She's just a... girl." The girl proves it
in her wants to just be in Adam's arms forever. Needless
to say, this won't be easy for our hero.
Going into our final elimination before we head to New
York, and Adam's getting every bit of what he asked for,
and some of what he doesn't as he has to tell three
people - a more-friend-like Christine, an unconnected
Stephanie, and an awkward-pause-riddled and tear-filled
Amy - that it's time to go home. For Rachel and
Samantha, Adam thinks about enjoying everyday life.
So for the next hour, we limo back to Marlboro, NJ,
Adam's hometown. First out: Samantha with the perfect
makeup, hair, etc. Sam meets the parents as they figure
out that the rest of the girls are, well, gone. Andrea
Mesh plays typical overbearing mother, asking Samantha
if she was truly in it for Adam. Samantha, meanwhile,
reveals (to us, not the parents) that she's been on TV
before. Commercials mostly.
She delivers a veiled version of the Samantha Trenk
story, replete with shopping/working at Barney's. Oops.
Red flag. "When Samantha mentioned shopping, my antenna
went up, because I felt that everybody knows what Adam
does for a living and what he's worth." Mother is always
watching out, feeling that Sam is trying to sell her to
us. Harry, Adam's dad, senses it as well and calls him
aside. He likes the positivity, but for some reason,
can't shake Sam's aggressive nature.
And now, the next private date... with momma. Okay,
that's long enough, we've got a sunset to catch and a
ferry to catch it on. Adam and Samantha kiss... again.
With the Statue of Liberty as a backdrop, no less. She
doesn't like to strike up thought-provoking
conversations, admittedly. Luckily for us, there's
dinner and she doesn't really have much of a choice.
But wait, she does. She has a "face". "When she makes
it, I'm sure that all the jewelry she has from her dad
comes with that face." Adam likes her confidence, but at
the same time, notices that she's letting her guard
down. This process is wearing her down. Then he
paused... and he kept pausing. The English language is
slowly slipping away! Well, it comes back, but now Sam
is gone, thinking about Rachel while they're cuddling.
"Best case scenario: Adam chooses me over Rachel, and we
go back to New York and hang out all the time." And
Adam's swept away. It's all over but the... no, wait,
there's one more girl.
Adam arrives the next day with Rachel (and a bouquet of
flowers) in tow. Rachel and Andrea have two things in
common: love for Adam and a career in teaching. And
speaking of awkward children moments, here's a few on
video for all of America to see. Adam on a bike. Adam in
the bath. Adam totally embarrassed. But not Harry.
"Rachel's absolutely terrific. She has everything going
for her that you would want as a parent for your child."
AND she takes care of her brother! AND she likes movies
and sports! It's a shame that Gordon said I can't give
out my cell number in recaps anymore. Oh well.
This looks like Rachel might be in a place of favor with
the parents, as they think she's more down to earth.
Adam, meanwhile, loses it as Andrea loses it, thinking
that Adam's found a mom replacement. "It seems really
real. Maybe I could be losing my son to a woman."
"After Mom..." Way to get ahead of yourself, Rachel.
Andrea and Harry actually see the two of them together,
but does Adam? Family means a lot to him, and he's never
seen his mom cry before or embrace anyone the way she
has with Rachel. All of this is going on, while in the
back of Adam's mind, he's still thinking of Samantha.
"It made me question myself." Of course, the 'rents
prefer Rachel over Samantha. "I don't think the other
one would be a life-mate for him," Harry said. "I think
Sam might be more about Sam," Andrea said.
Brace yourself. We could have a standoff here. Adam's
surprised by the whole ordeal of choosing high fashion
over low-brow. "I thought that going home would be a fun
thing. I wish I never went home."
That night, Adam heads to see Rachel at the Rocky steps
(you know the ones), more confused than ever. Was he
looking for a girlfriend or a wife? Was he looking for
happiness or long-term happiness?
Rachel and Adam lock gazes, as if the entire scene was
scripted. Admittedly, the most beautiful that Adam has
seen. "Everything seems too perfect," Adam tells her,
thinking that the passion is lost on them together. "I
feel like I've given over 100% to him through this
process, and for him not to see the passion I feel for
him is very frustrating," Rachel quips. She tries over
and over to reassure him that yes, she is real. And Adam
buys it, as they head over to the Manet exhibit, "Manet
by the Sea".
And finally, we have another bit of symbolism... the
Goddess Diana with a bow and arrow. Remember the archery
date? They embrace. Cuddle in a hotel. Phenomenal time
was had by all. Three wows equals "the perfect end to
the perfect day."
And the beginning of the end that all of America has
been waiting for, when an Average Joe finally meets his
match. We cut to the all-too-familiar hangar. On your
left, the charter plane, washed, gassed, and ready to
take off to an island in the sun. On the other... the
bus to Palookaville. In the middle, an Average Joe in
control of his own fate.
On one side, Rachel, a conservative person who looks
beautiful any time of the day and can relate to Adam in
every aspect. On the other, Samantha, an adventurous
paramour with a socialite tendency and an arsenal of
makeup. The classic style versus substance.
Sophistication versus grounded. Home life versus high
life. Dog versus no dog. Game on.
First in the hangar... Samantha. Usually this means that
she wins. We'll see.
"I just want to apologize. I made assumptions about you
in the beginning. And ever since we've spent time
together, you've done nothing but prove them all wrong.
The only problem is when I'm not with you, I want to be.
And when I am with you, I feel like I can't hold you
tight enough. Yet... If that's okay... I've been waiting
like a year to see what the inside of that plane looks
Okay, I think that's a yes. Well, even if it isn't,
Samantha's not saying no. She thinks that he's totally
perfect for him, and she's glad he doesn't have to share
anymore. Unless Adam starts to have a shine for Chloe.
"When you find that, you don't question it. You just
One thing Adam won't enjoy... telling Rachel that the
time has come for us to part. We remember, "I'm here for
the right reason, and I think that all of you are, too."
Well, time has come to see whether he meant it or if it
was all just pride on the line. And if so, whose pride.
And who put the pride on the line to begin with. Okay,
I'm babbling now, let's go to the tape.
"You and I have so much in common. One of those things,
we both share the belief that you only live once. Part
of that is being honest. That's why I hope you
understand when I say that, although you're perfect in
every definition of the word, I don't think we're
perfect for each other."
Rachel is visibly disappointed, saying that she was here
for all the right reasons. With that and a small kiss on
the cheek, she departs on the bus, still a tad resentful
about being passed over for what she saw as "the easy
choice." "Of all people, I so expected more from him.
And it's very disappointing. And it's not that I don't
like Sam, but... I don't get it! I don't understand!
Guess I'll have to keep positive, keep a smile on my
Simply put, what price adoration? Chin up, girl. Someday
you're prince will come. But for now, Adam knew what he
wanted (although, to be honest, I still don't know what
he wanted). "I like to think of myself as someone who's
smart, and aware of risk and reward. I like to think I'm
smarter than Larissa or Melana. I thought about what I
wanted to come from this, and I think it's more
important to be true to yourself and pick the person who
makes you happy than the person that would make other
people happy. And in the end, I'm the one who has to
live with that."
Well, at least he has a viable explanation for that. And
that's more than what his predecessors in empty-headed
date-choosing had. So America, there's the ending you
were looking for. An Average Joe finally makes the big
score. But will Adam and Samantha seal the deal?
Only time will tell.