Kevin/Kristine/Shane/Helen/Henry - July 24
Another five people will be judged to see who is
worthy of $25,000 on another episode of "Without Prejudice?". But this promises to be anything but easy as the
factors that divide us - and the jury - are put to the test. Another important
thing to remember is that it is not about who needs the money the most. In fact,
the one question that is taboo is "What are you going to use the money for?"
Round 1: FIRST IMPRESSIONS
Kevin Patrick; 26; Hollywood, CA
Kristine Perchetti; 43; Las Vegas
Shane Hale; 28; Austin, TX
Helen Wong; 33; Los Angeles
Henry Tarlow; 61; North Hollywood, CA
The panel judging them: Rita McKenzie, Ryan Fox,
Tiffany Dunn, Randy Mayberry, Bill Weiner
Rita's first to point out Kevin's dye-jobs,
braids, and piercings, thinking that he's looking for a sex change. Bill adds
that he's presently employed as a pincushion. Ryan doesn't like Shane for the
fact that he's a Texan. "[Texans] seem to be uneducated, ignorant, and sometimes
hateful." Tiffany feels the same about Shane. "He kinda reminds me of a serious
killer." Randy likes Helen who seems sweet, though Tiffany says that Asians tend
to be sweet one moment and not so sweet the next. Randy isn't basing his
judgment on attraction because he doesn't find her sexually appealing.
Bill likes Helen, and is concerned by Christina and Henry. Rita hates to see the
The first vote...
So based on first impressions, Shane is the first
person to be eliminated, 3-2. "Is it the color of shirt?" No, it was the whole
Texas thing. "Well, I fly airplanes, so I can't be that stupid." Shane is also a
gay trucker who would've paid off student loans and continue in his career as a
Round 2: BACKGROUND & EDUCATION
Kevin was born in Birmingham, AL, and brought up
not to be the thug. He started getting into trouble when he was in high school
before dropping out. He got his GED shortly before he was due to graduate.
Kristine was born in Tonopah, NV. Her parents
divorced early. She sees herself as lower-middle class. She was a very involved
high school student, but dropped out after three years of college for criminal
justice, because that's not what she wanted to do.
Henry was born in LA. Mother was born in England.
She was stay-at-home. Henry learned about the same time the term became known
that he was dyslexic. He graduated high school in 2.5 years rather than three.
He went to college at 17.
Helen was born in Hong Kong... as a boy. Her
family was very traditional and middle class. She was called a sissy boy,
sucking at sports and identifying with women. She moved at 17 to the USA.
Tiffany still loves Helen, saying that she had
the balls (literally) to live the life she did. Bill says that she's going
through hell, thinking that waking up one morning and realizing that you're the
wrong sex must've been damning on her. Randy is irritated because no one is
saying what he thinks is the truth. "She had me fooled. She was a man, and now
she's a woman... I'm not cool with that, you know? If you were born a man, then
f(^_^)ing stay a man." Rita thinks that Kevin is punishing himself with the
Round 3: WORK & PERSONAL LIVES
Kevin moved to LA to start his own band. He's an
ordained minister. He's also a firebreather who is seeing a girl named Paige.
Kevin wants to change his name legally to Penny Arcade, "because it's the only
thing anyone ever calls him." Philosophy: you can go anywhere you want to in
life as long as you're willing to ask yourself the right questions. Income:
$25,000 a year.
Kristine didn't know what she wanted to do with
her life, so she moved to Vegas, where she started as a showgirl. Income:
$38,000 a year. She has one son who couldn't really understand anything of what
she was saying. Turns out that he was autistic. Two and a half years ago, she
and her husband divorced. Recently, she retired from the showgirling to become a
Helen started dressing up as a woman in
performances. She's had several operations and hormone therapy to become a
woman. She is thinking about gender reassignment surgery in the future. She's
currently seeing a guy. She's currently pursuing a career in acting or dance.
Henry joined the Army in the chemical corps. He
met his wife as a recruiter. She lived with acute cancer for six years before
she died. He married again. He's currently "Mr. Mom", seeking to sell insurance
on the side. Income: $1300 in commissions.
Kevin is a smoker, as Rita points out. He's also
an interracial relationship. Nothing is wrong with it, but Rita doesn't find
that sort of thing easy. Bill says that he has a very strong belief, and he's
fighting the good fight. Ryan thought he was gay. Randy thinks that Kevin's too
all over the place for him. Rita is less interested in Helen, who she sees as
being self absorbed. Bill: "Just what the world needs, another actress."
Everyone likes Henry.
Now to vote again...
Well, being a she-male didn't hurt, but being
self-absorbed did. She was kind of surprised. She says she had to block things
out to be an actress. She says that appearances depend on what your personal
definition of male and female is, biological definition be damned. She wanted to
continue with her surgeries.
Round 4: BELIEFS. All three are quizzed on
to corporal punishment
||Marriage should be about you and
your relationship to another person, and government should not intrude with
||No strong opinion either way
||He wants to come up with more
||If two people love each other
and they want to be married, let them be married.
||She grew up around it, and so
far as she knows, she sees no issue with it.
||Thinks it's difficult to hit a
child and then tell them that it's not okay to do it.
||Any marriage done outside of a
church should be considered a covenant or a contract, straight or gay.
||STDs are on the rise. The only
way to regulate such rates is to legalize prostitution.
||Grew up with it; certain
instances require it.
Rita doesn't believe spankings in order. Randy
disagrees. Tiffany spanked her kids. "There's a problem with going to a store
any more and spank your kid without someone saying 'How dare you'." Bill would
be that person saying that. He can see a whack on the bum just to make a point.
Round 5: BEHAVIOR. This round is aided and
abetted by secret footage filmed with actors they thought were other
contestants. The players this week meet with a person of diminutive stature who
makes a short joke about them paying him "half the money".
Kevin thought that the joke was pretty funny. He
would make the same joke if he was in the same person.
Kristine doesn't think being black is as hard as
being physically disabled.
Henry immediately plays the sympathy card. "He
only needs half the car."
Henry was perfect until the little jokes, says
Rita, who thinks that he's a bit two-faced. Bill thinks that he was being human.
Kristine thought she was being two-faced herself, thinking about her wanting the
money being six foot and the actor wanting the money being little. Kevin was
thought as respectful and diplomatic.
Time for another vote.
Rita: KEVIN, because Kristine has an autistic child
So Kristine is the third person denied the cash.
She would've opened her own business so she would have more time with her son.
The panel... starts being a little bit resentful. If that was what we wanted,
she should've shown it, says Rita.
Final Round: THE INTERVIEW. Again, any
question is fair game save for the question of what the money is going toward.
Henry is first. Bill asks if he was bar mitzvahed.
He was. And further on down, he's asked on having adopted the child he has right
now. He also has problems with the current President as a Vietnam vet. He
doesn't drink or smoke, but tried marijuana first. His hero is his father, an
older parent with a work ethic and sense of responsibility.
Kevin is next. He thinks God is the collective
energy of all the people in the universe, the epitome of what everything is. He
doesn't support the death penalty, but isn't taking one side either way. Most of
his life is spent being grateful. He does not have any children, nor is he
prepared for children. He wants to change his name to Penny Arcade due to his
whole personality matching that. "You are the sum of your actions." He also has
a church to help artists develop and hone their own craft. And he is clean and
Rita likes both players, but Henry's a kind soul.
Bill thinks that being young, Kevin can use the money to his own. "He's an old
soul in a young body. He's going to touch more and more people." Tiffany thinks
he'll be fine with or without money.
Now the final decision. Remember, the panel is
now voting for a winner. The verdict...
By a 4-1 vote, Henry wins $25,000... But first,
let's bring Kevin back. He's doing well and will go on to greatness... but he's
still disappointed. He would've added some studio time and started laying down
for the sanctuary.
Henry is told of his newfound wealth. He thanks
the panel... he's a little speechless and numb. He wants to pay back some
tuition for his daughter and some medical bills for himself.
The panel... is very pleased with the decision,
and equally as disappointed with Kevin's decision to use some money for "studio
time". Medical bill and tuition trumps that.
So in the end, it was Henry Tarlow, a
61-year-old insurance salesman from North Hollywood, CA, who got the cash. That was "Without
Prejudice." Next time, five more people compete for $25,000 just for being