Brigitte/Eric/Heather/Bob/Shelly - July
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
Brigitte Bunyapenasaran; 21; Riverside, CA
Eric Beebe; 40; Uxbridge, MA
Heather Lewis; 22; Orange County, CA
Bob "Bobby" Mason; 33; Los Angeles
Shelly Senyow; 42; Aloha, OR
The panel judging them: Raven Williams, Kristina
Hughes, Douglas Fox, Laura Nichols, Sean Tierney.
Raven thinks that Heather has money, Eric is
white trash, Brigitte is pretty and honest, and Shelly is a mother. Kristina
thinks that the guys have a cloud over them. Douglas thinks Eric is mean. Laura
disagrees. Raven thinks that Heather doesn't qualify because she MAY come from
money. Douglas thinks that's kinda stupid.
The first vote...
So based on first impressions, Eric is the first
person to be eliminated, 3-1-1. "Maybe... my hair?" Some of the panel had issue
with his appearance. Eric would've paid bills.
Round 2: BACKGROUND & EDUCATION
Brigitte was born in Fontana, CA. Her parents are
from Thailand, where she lived when she was a baby. She went to a private school
when she had to wake up at 5 in the morning. Her chauffeur came round at 7. She
feels like a mom to her two siblings. She went to college for 2 years, but never
finished. She'll finish... sooner or later.
Bob lived in Gary, IN until he was 3. His brother
is his best friend. He decided to go to Amherst College, where he played
baseball. He decided to go to law school from there.
Shelly was born in La Mesa, CA. Father was a
paralegal. Mother was a teacher. She hated high school because of her issue with
the black people there. She was kicked out of high school because a "black guy"
wanted to slap her and she wasn't having it. Boyfriend slapped that guy. She
ended up graduating adult school.
Heather was born in Orange, CA. Mom was a house
mom. Dad was a paint contractor. Three sisters. She was a softballer until she
was diagnosed with bone cancer in her leg. She ended up choosing to have her leg
removed. She got her AA in generals so she can study business. She was on the
national amputee soccer team.
Sean asks Raven if she feels like a complete
piece of crap for ripping her into pieces. Raven said she never did. Kristina
agrees... with Sean. Raven defends herself by saying that for every hard-luck
story, there's 10 people worse off than you. She can't stand people going on
about Heather's disability. Douglas says she has to be really cold not to be
Round 3: WORK & PERSONAL LIVES
Brigitte is a network marketer, making about
$15,000 a year. Her goal is to become a regional VP of her company. She wants to
move her business into Thailand.
Heather is currently "promised to" Michael, a
sailor in the Navy. She answers phones for a 24hour phone exchange, making
$10,000 a year. She wants to go to a real estate school, be married by 26, and
have a child by 27.
Bob went to law school, and now at a firm in
Century City doing litigation. He works for the little guy, making $50,000.
Currently, he lives with his dad coaching baseball.
Shelly met her boyfriend when she was 15... and a
half, him having gotten out of prison for killing three people. That didn't last
long. She has two daughters with her ex-husband. Her brother-in-law was in
prison for a time. She started writing him and eventually dating him. She works
at a surgery doing operational and clerical. Income: $33,000.
Making notes on Shelly, eh? She's a very
interesting character, although Sean has a problem with her being disloyal ("All
the things you don't do, she did."). Raven: "You can't help who she loves."
Raven can relate to Bobby, being "the brother in need." Douglas: "You're quick
to formulate opinions, and you're a little biased." Brigitte, on the other hand,
started a business. She'll go far.
And Raven... still angry.
And of course, Raven being Raven, she couldn't
help but put a word in edgewise for Bob. Sean calls her on it, saying that she
and Bob probably have nothing else in common other than they're both black.
Back to Shelly, though. Not surprised, though.
She figured that leaving her husband for her brother in law was a pretty poor
judgment call. She wanted to put money away for college for her daughter.
Round 4: BELIEFS. All three are quizzed on
||Legal's okay because she came
from a family of legals; exception can be made for illegals who abuse the
||Buddhist, but not all into
||Immigrants do work people
wouldn't normally do; should be legalized
||Should, but against
||"God and I have a very good
||Completely open borders aren't
the best way to go; erecting borders isn't the best way either
||Not a religious person, but
understands the value.
Douglas has no issue with gays living together,
but what about adoption? He has no problem with single parents either. He
believes that every child should have a father. Sean likes immigration control.
The gay adoption... Heather never gave an answer. Raven has a problem with
Brigitte's gay adoption stance.
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 our midget actor and a guy who asks
Brigitte wouldn't date a midget. Even if he
looked like Brad Pitt.
Heather likes midgets. Oh yeah, and she has a
killer drop kick.
Bob is asked if he would spoil a midget
girlfriend... "Depends on how cool she was."
Everyone approves of how they handled the
situation re: short jokes. Raven wished Brigitte would've "pimped his ass". She
likes Heather, but she's still pulling for Bobby. She can relate to his life.
Laura likes Bob, but she doesn't relate to him. Douglas feels a bright guy in
Bob. Sean, on the other hand, is so irate at Raven that he swears he's not going
to give the cash to Bob simply because he's black.
Time for another vote.
So Brigitte is the third person denied the cash.
She has no idea why she was voted off... as a backhanded compliment. She's young
and ambitious, and she'll make it without the money. She would've invested it
into his business.
Final Round: THE INTERVIEW. Again, any
question is fair game save for the question of what the money is going toward.
Bob is first. Nothing springs to mind about past
experiences that he's not proud of. If he wasn't put on the straight and narrow,
... well, we don't know. He's fortunate that he was put on the line, and that is
why he coaches.
Heather is next. Michael called her before the
show. She swears that she's a goody-good... but she stole a cup from a
restaurant and she's regretful. She has used her disability to get something
from her family (even thought it wouldn't work). All she gets out of the rest of
the world is a parking space (Hi, Tim).
Sean was fair about the questioning, as he admits
that he likes Bob... and now he's sitting in agony thinking about who to give
the money to.
Now the final decision. Remember, the panel is
now voting for a winner. The verdict...
By a 4-1 vote, Heather wins $25,000... But first,
let's bring Bob back. Bob's not angry at Heather; she's a great girl. He wanted
to have that cushion to get back into coaching. Also a trip to Vegas would've
been in order.
Heather is told that she's got the money. She
goes and tearily hugs the panel... even Raven. Heh. She is pretty torn up about
it. She never revealed what she planned to do with the money.
So in the end, it was Heather Lewis, a
22-year-old call center operator from Orange County, CA, who got the cash. That was "Without
Prejudice." Next time, five more people compete for $25,000 just for being