"What Would You Do
with $1000?" - September 27
Video games save lives. I know that. You know that.
Dominic, Tiffaney, Femia, and Christine knew that, as
their trip to the arcade saved their behinds with Mark.
Not so for Shawn, Latane, William, and Mario, the last
two victims of a counsel of second graders. They join
last-man-picked Kathy on the loser bus, but what happens
when Mark gives out $1000 and 12 hours to turn a success
story? Read on to find out.
It's the first head-to-head
test, as each player gets $1000 and 12 hours and Mark
Cuban life lesson #8: "What separates the doers from the
dreamers? The doing!" This is a big chance to stand out,
so stand out.
But what is Mark looking
for exactly? Something that makes him say "wow".
Something that is going to push boundary, segueing into
Mark Cuban life lesson #9: "Fear can be a roadblock, but
it can also be an amazing motivator." So here're the
answers to the titular question to this recap:
to write a children's book, FedEx it to publisher, and
see if they can correlate releasing book with releasing
this episode. So if someone could check the Barnes &
Noble real quick...
Femia: Planning to start a business. Women's
Chris: Planning to play hockey for the Dallas
Latane: Planning to start a website:
www.whoisgoingtobearockstar.com. So if you're
wondering whether or not Mark Burnett's lawsuit is
Tiffaney: Planning to skydive... but it was
Spencer: Planning to patent an idea for an air
traffic controller software systems.
Kevin: Planning to write and produce an original
Dominic: Planning to jam with any band that will
Linda: Planning a website for her mom.
Christine: Planning to become a dancer.
Mark thinks that Chris
is going to separate himself from the pack and that
Dominic is fearless. Dominic is willing to blow the wad
on his guitar... although he hasn't actually learned how
to play. But he has the 12 hours, so it's no problem. He
might need all 12 of those hours just to a) learn how to
play a guitar and b) learn a song.
Linda goes to take web
authoring 101, as she is floored by the proposals the
the professionals have up.
Femia, meanwhile, hits
up a boutique to take clothes, tear them apart, and
hopefully put them back together again.
Tiffaney finally sees a
window of opportunity on her skydiving, but embellishes
a little on the time limit. "I have until about... 4."
LIIIIIIIIIES! Well, mission accomplished, but with an
hour drive time and it being 2:07, Tiffaney had better
put the foot down.
Spencer and Shawn talk
on the way to their respective destination, as Shawn
reveals that the last elimination didn't really put her
on edge so much. Spencer discusses his patent, which may
take longer to follow through than expected (and we're
not just talking about red tape either. You ever see
this guy speak?). Or so says his patent lawyer. Lawyer
life lesson #1: always get the money up front.
The 8pm deadline is
here, and everyone is ready to present their ideas to
Mark. Needless to say, with the make-or-break aspect,
nerves are riding high. "If you do it well, there's a
whole lot more where that came from." Mark Cuban life
lesson #9: The key to being successful in high-stress
situations is taking control of your own destiny.
Some evaluative notes:
in execution, points for tying into Mark's morbid
acrophobia. Risky, but let's see what happens next
Chris: Turned from Alex, mild-mannered
reality-game contestant, to "#27 for the Dallas Stars,
Alex Harris!", playing a round of pond-soccer with the
pro team. Would be better if Chris didn't get hurt so
darn much. Oh, look at me! I'm hurting!" But he has
played some before, so points for that.
Latane: He wanted to see who was going to be a
star. Check out
www.whoisgoingtobearockstar.com for yourself. In a
Spencer: From "huh" to "zzzzz...." Yeah, it as
that boring to the lawyer, too. But points for having
QUITE an extensive plan. Patent pending...
Kevin: This song is called "One Scene Left." And
I think he has more than one up his sleeve. The message:
simply put, never give up.
Femia: Seeing a man in woman's designer wear... a
wee-bit wrong. But The Shining Star Collection wows the
crowd... as in "Wow, what the heck were you on?"
Shawn: The title of the book: "The Game Starts
Now". I've seen Shel Silverstein draw up better
illustrations. You can tell she's obviously playing to
the "give me money". But an A for effort.
Christine: Ended up with the choreographer for
the Dallas Mavericks dancers... My friend Courtney in
Statesville is cheering from my cell phone as we speak.
Linda: The idea: connect her mom's accident with
the perils of drunk driving (DON'T DO IT!). The
execution: Four-oh-four. Oh wait, there it is. Not bad.
Dominic: Ladies and gentlemen, Bacchus! They
perform "Maybe." I like the strap. "Police Line: Do Not
Cross". Very CSI. Learned quickly he did... But then it
all goes to pieces... as does a $1000 guitar, as, look
out! Stage dive! Well, into the pool, but whatever.
Shawn didn't buy it, though. "He wasn't the lead
But it's the end of the
tour for four people, as they get the cherry-axe...
right now. But it won't be Femia (out of her comfort
zone), Spencer (intellectual star), Kevin (personal
challenger), Dominic (he stood out), or Tiffaney (pushes
through comfort zone). These five will choose the final
survivor from Linda or Chris. As for Christine, Shawn,
and Latane, "you lost your shot at $1 million." Latane
got confused, Christine wasn't wowing, and Shawn just
got on Mark's last nerve by manipulating.
But back to the final
five and Mark Cuban life lesson #10: In order to be
successful, you have to be competitive. "I'm not going
to lie, cheat, or steal, but I'm going to squash 'em
like a bug."
So do you keep a friend
or lose a competitor? Chris didn't go out of his comfort
zone, but he went big. Linda did an honorable thing, but
is she a competitive threat? Femia is the most
competitive, as she eliminates her basic threat, Linda.
On the other hand, the other four vote to keep Linda in
the game. So Chris goes home, sure that he was going to
So we have our final
six. Time to raise the game, as next week, game begets
game. It's ABC Street Vol. 4, kid, and someone's taking
an easy out... Remember, "There's one scene left, so
don't you go."