"Extreme Fakeover" -
episode begins on a sadistic note with Richard and Mindi
rejoining the others upstairs. While I am sure most
everyone in the house loves Mindi, Richard has created a
toxic situation between himself and Chuck making things
less than comfortable in the house. After some less than
jovial greetings and congratulations it is time to get
Bryan McFayden meets all of the teams the next day and
informs them that they now all have a one in four chance
of winning $250,000 and that they are halfway through
the game. To this Chuck responds in confessional that he
had to bite his tongue to not point out that they were
4/7ths through the game and that the 1 in 4 odds only
counted if everyones chance were equal which in games
of skill is rarely the case. Geek Police! 7 couples
yield 1 winner and 6 eliminations. 3 eliminations have
taken place, thus the game is 3/6ths over or to reduce
that, ½. Bad Geek Chuck, BAD!
(This Beat the Geeks moment has been brought to you by
Ultra-Punkd, the new show where 7 geeks find out that 7
beauties were paid to spend a week with cuddling with
them in a mansion. Has anyone else ever worried that
this show run by Ashton Kutcher could be one big prank?)
This week the girls will compete in an advantage
challenge where the winner will give her geek a
head-start in the second challenge which will decide
which one team will get to choose both teams to be sent
to the elimination room.
Its all about numbers as the beauties will have to
learn math and finance while the geeks with have to
master the art of obtaining a girls digits (phone
As practice, the geeks are all given a note that tells
them to ask out a girl other than their partner to a
romantic dinner. Chuck quickly tracks down Scarlet and
almost as quickly, Bill invites Mindi. A minute later
Caitilin is approached by Shawn, leaving Richard with
only one option, Lauren. If Richard had known he had
only on option, this moment would have been a lot less
painful and had Richard not developed himself as such an
agitating personality, his misery would not have been as
funny. Richard proceeded to be shot down by Scarlet and
Caitilin, before stumbling through asking Lauren. In
fact, Lauren ended up asking him.
While most of the dates went smoothly, Chuck had some
social hiccups in his date with Scarlet by talking too
much about political topics and the Quakers. However,
the true pain was being felt by Lauren who had to deal
with Richard spilling wine on himself, getting a glass
of water out of the ice bucket and then, after a
horrible date, trying to steal a kiss. All this came
from the ladies man who was 110% confident that he was
going to get lucky. As Lauren put it, the date was an 8
and then a 4, a 3, a 0, and then a negative 6.
(You can mail your contribution to Laurens therapy to
Beauty and the Geek, c/o Ashton Kutcher
The ladies were all brought out to a mens boutique and
charged with the task to buy them a fresh new wardrobe.
They each had to come as close to spending $1,000 as
possible doing all of the math in their heads, including
the 8.25% sales tax.
While all the girls were eager and enjoyed their
shopping, none of the girls were confident about their
math skills. In the end, Lauren ended up winning with a
grand total of $972.10.
Now that the shopping is done, the girls headed back to
the mansion to makeover the geeks. This included the
clothes, new hair styles, and a cleaner new look.
At the reveal, the girls fawned over all of the guys,
Bill especially, who looked nothing like a geek. Richard
pretty much looked the same in his dress shirt and
jeans. Shawn, still looked dorky, but now seemed more
like a cool dork. Chuck in a preppier look, was
definitely improved but said he felt like he was a bit
of an imposter.
The geeks were brought out to a busy public plaza and
told that they will be competing to see who can get the
most womens phone numbers in 30 minutes. Bill start out
with 1 phone number as a head start because Lauren won
the girls challenge. One more thing, the geeks are all
given earpieces so that the beauties who will be
watching from afar can give them advice the entire time.
And theyre off. Bill scores the first number only to be
followed up by Chuck who starts to get phone numbers
using the persona of being a screenwriting student. When
the female accuses him of using his spiel as a great
pick-up line, Chuck realizes that he could be less
threatening if he says that he is gay, which he does.
This allows him to secure many phone numbers very
Now I could go into a social commentary about everything
that is wrong with the deceitful practice and the fact
that heterosexual women seem to be more interested in
gay men than straight men, but as a recapper, I will
focus on the game aspects of this situation.
While exploiting the above mentioned truth is a genius
move on Chucks part, if Beauty and the Geek is truly
to be more of a social experiment, Chuck is gaining
nothing by hiding behind his gay persona. I almost wish
someone stepped in and said that all the guys were
expected to be Playing it Straight (now, thats a show
with issues). By acting gay he is learning one lesson
and one lesson only. Anything and everything should be
done to win. Seeing that this is the number one rule of
Reality TV, I guess that I have to condone his actions.
As the time ticks down, the guys get desperate. Scarlet
coaches Shawn to swoop in and steal a number from a girl
Bill was talking to, which he does successfully. Richard
tried to come across as an FBI agent and faltered asking
a married woman for the number in front of her husband.
Now for the final scores. Tied for third with 6 numbers
were both Richard and Shawn. Shawn might have done
better had he not given up the last 15 minutes. In
second with 10 numbers was Bill and in first was Chuck
with 13, proving that if you want to get a womans
number it is better to be gay.
Back at the mansion, Richard knows he is a dead duck and
shows up to the elimination ceremony wearing a blindfold
and rolled up cigarette, creating firing squad attire
for the purpose of mocking Chuck As for the other team
to be chosen, there is a major conflict in that Chuck
wants to protect Scarlet and Caitilin wants to protect
Lauren. In making their decision, Caitilin yielded to
Chuck as he did the majority of the work, meaning that
Bill and Lauren would face Richard and Mindi.
The Elimination Room: A.K.A. The QUIZ OF DEATH!!!
Im sorry; I needed to use a more dramatic name.
As always, the girls will be going first and this week
they will be answering math questions.
Mindi goes first and scores one point knowing that 5
dozen roses is 60 individual roses
Lauren surprises everyone when she knows a 15% tip on a
$50 dollar meal is $7.50
Mindi goes 2 for two knowing that if a 140 lb girl lost
5% of her weight that she would weigh 133 lbs.
Lauren next is asked how many feet are in 13 yards and
misses guessing 64 (Correct Answer: 39)
Mindi give the sequence of ½, 3/8, 2/3, 4/16 had to
identify the largest number. She did so correctly
Lauren put Bill against the wall not being able to add
22, 37 and 45. Her guess of 144, was 40 off the correct
answer of 104, meaning that the score at the halfway
mark is 3-1, Richard and Mindi leading.
Now the guys will be quizzed on dating trivia.
Bill goes first: On a first date, who should pick up the
check? Bill quickly and confidently answers the male,
only to be shot down. The correct answer is whoever
asked for the date.
Richard can put the game away with a correct answer to
this question. On a date, what is the minimum that a man
should tip to show that he is generous? Mindi in the
peanut gallery is yelling 15%, only as an afterthought
jumping to 18%. After some thought, Richard says 20%...
and is right! Richard and Mindi have won the right to
continue in the game and Bill and Lauren are Beauty and
Geek no more.
And in a move that is becoming an elimination room
tradition. Richard sneaks a kiss from Lauren, his
departing opponent, bringing the smooch tally to two!
(Again, those checks for Laurens therapy can be made
Therapy aside, lets give a round of applause to Mindi
who has gone 6 for 6 in her elimination room questions.
Shes carrying her team to a quarter-million dollars.
Only three couples remain and next week they will be
trying to rough their way to victory in a wilderness
challenge. Until then, wait with baited breath for your
next Beauty and the Geek recap. Just make sure that the
bait doesnt attract Richard.