Attraction?" - June 27
On the romantic front,
Davis and Liz are getting a little cozy. Unfortunately,
Liz has a boyfriend back home. This is putting the
brakes on any potential for a hook up disappointing the
producers I am sure. However, there is hope. Liz has
broken up (and gotten back together with) her boyfriend
5 times. To this, Davis cant understand why she would
want to got through the pain.
Speaking of pain, we are treated to Lizs audition tape
which shows her bragging about all of her achievements,
including discreet math, in song. Now while I may be a
fan of singing, this isnt American Idol, unless this is
one of the audition episode in which case I am sure
Simon Cowells writers are hard at work coming up with
quips for Lizs performance.
Its Quiz time and with only two chances left to be a
team captain the pressure is on. This time the scholars
will have to put together a puzzle of the United States.
The catch is that some of the states are missing, making
the map a little bit harder to arrange. Davis, our
history whiz, finishes first in slightly over 5 minutes,
only to realize that he forgot to place South Carolina.
Following this debacle, Liz did the same thing leaving
out Utah. What does that matter though when no one
completed the puzzle? Thus, being the fastest 2, Davis
and Liz are the captains.
I am severely disappointed that they teased this episode
suggesting that Davis might cheat. While I may not be a
fan of the way he has played this game, attacking the
character of a student through manipulative editing is
absolutely out of line. This episode showed no sign that
he intended to cheat and the promos for this episode
aired during the week are in light of this defamatory. I
dont care if he signed the reality you sell your soul
contract, we dont need to do this to our youth.
As for what we do need to do with our youth, how about
we educate them. Am I seriously to believe that 10
scholars with 4.0+ GPAs and 1500+SATs are all incapable
of completing a map of the United States in 10 minutes?
When no one completed the map I was appalled. If these
scholars can not complete the map or know that the
epidermis refers to the skin or know that Margaret
Mitchell wrote Gone with the Wind, maybe the students
are being given more money than they deserve. While I
might classify some of this as trivial, knowing the
country you live in is basic knowledge that must be
Now that my rant (and double rant) is over its
First lets pick the teams
Davis, Alyssa, Gerald, Melissa
Amari, Scot, Liz, Jeremy
Beat on Amari Day has stretched into another episode
with Amari being picked last again. Hey, getting picked
last once is one thing, but when it happens twice, you
might want to get the message.
The scholars will have to make a 2 minute film in 10
hours, basing their story off of one of the following 3
Shakespeare - To be or not to be. That is the
Kennedy - Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve
Plato - You can discover more about a person in an hour
of play than in a year of conversation.
Off to the races!
Davis gold team debates what quote to use. Alyssa
thinks that they should use to be or not to be, but
everyone in the group shoots that idea down and Davis
strong-arms the group into using Platos quote.
Over at the red team, everyone is in agreement to keep
things simple and use Shakespeares to be or not to
be. Faster than the blink of an eye, they are out and
shooting their superhero epic.
Back at Gold, Alyssa is more than perturbed to which
Davis and Melissa hypothesize that her hissy fit is due
to the fact that she feels she needs to do something to
stand out to the admissions committee, and the group
shooting down her ideas was preventing her from doing
that. Cest la vie. Of course, now that Davis and
Melissa are in agreement, the rest of the team has to go
into the confessional and whine about how Davis and
Melissa feel like they have all of the power, Melissa
because she is already in the final and Davis because,
well, hes just Davis.
So long story short, the dramatic gold team produces a
drama through infighting and the happy red team produces
an amicable comedy.
With the day of filming and editing behind them, its
time for these soon to be college kids to act like the
high schoolers they are and play truth or dare. Mind
you, because of editing, we only hear 2 truths both
focusing one Max. First, Max reveals that he doesnt
know where he and Alyssa are right now but that he does
like her and is interested. Following this, Max asks,
Melissa why she hates him so much, to which she vents
about how she feels as if she has been played. Try and
keep with me on this one as I invoke this spirit of a
gossipy valley girl.
Max said that he liked Alyssa, but he also said that he
liked Melissa. Then the scholars went out to the club
dancing and Max kissed Alyssa but continued to dance
with Melissa, later telling Melissa that it was a
mistake that he kissed Alyssa. Yet, since he admitted
his mistake Max has continued to hang around Alyssa
and hasnt made any effort to get closer to Melissa. Add
in the fact that Melissa and Alyssa dont get along and
that is why Melissa is mad at Max
and Alyssa. Whew
Welcome to The Scholar film fest!
Starting with the gold team we are treated to a film not
only based on a Platonic quote but also on a true
story. Apparently, Davis thought that it would be a good
idea to tell Lizs dating story (all 5 breakups) not
only on a big screen but also on national television. As
Liz put it after being blindsided by the film, it was
art, imitating life, imitating art.
The red team took us on a trip to the superhero café
with Liz dressed in her red cape. The jokes were corny
and the film ended with Scot uttering what I am sure
will be a famous last line, Check please!
With their films being judged by Bruce Block, producer
of Father of the Bride and As Good As It Gets, the
pressure was on. In what Bruce admitted was a difficult
decision, he said that he felt he had to go to the team
that had the harder job and therefore went with the gold
team. Jubilation! Exultation! Celebration! That means
Davis is back in the showdown. As for the others, they
will have to wait to see if they influenced the
BONUS! The winning team gets 20-day vacations to Europe!
Wow, the prizes just come way too easy on this show.
In interviews, the committee states up front that Davis
is lucky that he earned his way back in because they
would not have put him there. As for frontrunners, Liz,
Amari and Jeremy seem to have it locked. All are praised
for working well with others with Lizs presence being
noted as exceptional.
Back at the house, Francine posts the list and its
Amari and Liz who are joining Davis in the showdown.
This posting does not sit well with Alyssa who runs off
to the staircase to cry. She feels the judges have it
out for her seeing as she is the only person who has not
made it into a showdown. Maybe she is right, but she
does have one more chance next week.
The topic: American History 1770-1850
Davis, who is very confident, actually made a very kid
gesture before the showdown studying and partially
tutoring the other girls.
As the questions roll forth, the studying pays off as
the scholars roll through the early questions with ease.
Of course, when we are asking what the name for the
first 10 amendments of the constitution is, we better
not hear wrong answers (Correct: Bill of Rights)
No slip ups happen until over 14 questions in when this
question popped up In 1779, who commanded the USS
Bonhomme Richard and uttered the famous words, I have
not yet begun to fight George Washington was wrong,
John Paul Jones was right and quick as that Amari was
The next slip came ion this question, in 1807 the
British military attacked and boarded an American ship
off the Coast of Virginia. Name this incident that
escalated further tension between the two countries and
set the stage for the war of 1812. Narragansett Bay
incident was wrong, Chesapeake Affair was correct and
Davis drops the ball, giving Liz a chance to take the
In the mid 1790s what rebellion by PA farmers backfired
and actually resulted in strengthening the credibility
of the government? Lizs Answer, Whiskey Rebellion
Hand that girl 50 Large!
In a moment of sheer joy, Liz looks as if she is going
to pass out. After she pulls herself back together, she
gives credit to Davis saying that his tutoring is the
reason that she won proving once again that feminine
wiles have their academic benefits.
Next week its time for debates. With one slot remaining
I expect the scholars to be going for the jugular, and
with any luck the bloodshed will all be caught on tape
for us to see. So until next weeks academic deathmatch,
study your U.S. map! (I mean it!).