Love to Interrupt
The DiGeorge Files
A more-than-intentional homage to
"Pardon the Interruption" among others, We Love to Interrupt
is an original, raw, frank, red-blooded, two-fisted,
full-bodied look into the world of game shows through the eyes
of two discerning fans with high standards and short fuses.
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July 4, 2004
Gordon: This is Gordon Pepper, and I'm still
getting over Travis and Aldo
from the last episode.
Chico: I'm Chico Alexander and from somewhere in
America... WLTI is on.
Gordon: From the East Coast to the land of the
possibly departing Coach K, we're here for another
Chico: Got a lot of stuff to do today including
our Ask the Doctor, and I
get to play judge and executioner. We have a jury in the
form of Gordon, Aldo, and today's guest, straight out of
the DiGeorge Files, Lee DiGeorge, how you doin'?
Lee: I'm doing well! How are you both doing
Chico: Cool, cool.
Gordon: I'm doing good - but not as good as Ken
Jennings, who continues to destroy the competition. He
is the champ for this 4th of July Holiday. Will he be
the champ on Labor Day, our next holiday?
Chico: You were just waiting to transition,
Gordon: Transition - good.
Chico: Ken Jennings - Better. He's on pace to
become only Jeopardy's second millionaire by mid-July.
Gordon: I think he will make his million - and
Chico: Again, should he win the next matches. But
then again, we've been
seeing some signs of weakness. Just the other day, he
was in negative numbers for a bit (shocker).
Gordon: When you play as long as he has, fatigue
will set in - but no one has given him a threat run.
There have been 2 games that weren't runaways, but there
has been no one who has been beating him going into
Chico: Well needless to say, he's going to have
to focus. You've been
following Ken, right Lee?
Lee: Absolutely. We have a small contingency who
watches every day,
rooting for his loss!
Chico: What? Are you kidding me?
Lee: He's a smug guy! Everyone who I have spoken
to wants him to lose, and lose badly. When you have the
dominance that you have seen from someone like Ken, you
need to liken him to a sports dynasty. People want David
to beat Goliath.
Gordon: This brings out a good question - do more
people want to see him win - or lose? We're starting a
new Take A Side a little Early. Chico?
Chico: Iiiii don't think so, Lee. Richard Karnism...
I think people like to
embrace the hero. It happened with Eddie Timanus during
his run. It happened with Jason Block on Millionaire.
Sure he's getting cocky, but at least he isn't losing
his likeable lustre.
Lee: But that's where I disagree. I don't think
he's very likeable at all!
I find him to be incredibly arrogant of his
intelligence, making him a larger
target to be "rooted against."
Gordon: I have to agree with Lee here. He isn't
unlikable, but he hasn't
really done anything to make himself likeable. There's
been no emotion. Even when he won, there was no squeals
Chico: Well if you caught him early on, he is
rather likeable. And the fact
that he's not even going to keep all of his winnings
just makes him even more so. Granted it's 10% to the
church, but it shows that he does have some substance
outside his supposed arrogance. That and he's just going
"wow" after seeing all that money he wins. Just a simple
character with a complex brain.
Gordon: The only thing that's memorable about him
is that he likes to be
obnoxious in theaters. That's not exactly an endearing
trait. I don't find him as acidic as Lee does - but I
don't find him charismatic either.
Lee: I feel that a contestant must be likeable in
order to have a backing.
Why do you think John Carpenter has very little
following? He was smug as
well. Ken reminds me of a John Carpenter in that way. We
all remember Jason Block.
Gordon: If you had someone that looked like he
was happy to be there, then you get charisma. I just
don't feel like he's someone who is likable. Granted,
you don't need that to win games, but he does remind me
of Carpenter in the smug sort of way.
Lee: He looks like someone going to work each
Gordon: When Jason was the Jeopardy champ, people
accused him of being cut-throat - which he was - but he
had the charisma and he had the time of his life. You
need someone with the whole package for it to work.
Chico: I'm not sure that Carpenter ever thanked
anyone for a good game at the end.
Lee: Carpenter only played one game. Against no
competitors. He didn't
need to thank anyone.
Chico: But Ken always thanked his opponents after
giving them a supreme
Gordon: Jennings is an excellent player - and he
deserves the run - but he
loses major brownie points because he has the eagerness
of a brick.
Lee: And the personality of a wet mop.
Chico: Basically what it boils down to.
Gordon: With that, we now welcome Aldo into the
conversation. Hello, Aldo.
Aldo: Hello everyone.
Gordon: Aldo has come in at an interesting
juncture. Do you root for Ken
Jennings because he's on a roll, or do you root for
someone to beat him because he has the personality of a
sea sponge. Your thoughts, Aldo?
Aldo: It gets to a point where if he keeps
winning it becomes no fun to
Chico: Short, sweet, and to the point.
Aldo: But it might become interesting just to see
someone beat him, instead of rooting for him. He was
called the Ted Williams of Jeopardy on
Sportscenter. A serious compliment.
Gordon: I would even say that if he's smug and
gets an anti-hero personality, it would be fun because
people would actively root for him to fail - but right
now, he's a middle of the road character.
Lee: Maybe... my friends and I are just mean
Chico: Slow descent into madness, though. Once he
gets to the million...
Lee: I was rooting against Daniel Avila when he
was playing Greed, too
(and he had a great personality).
Chico: Then truth be told, Lee, you are
mean-spirited... even more so than I am.
Gordon: I sort of wanted to see the lovable Avila
face off against Curtis in
the Terminator. Is that so wrong?
Lee: Smells like Tuna.
Gordon: Sorry, Charlie - I mean Daniel.
Chico: Lovable like Charlie Brown or lovable like
Lee: Definitely Charlie Brown, as he tries to
kick the football and fails
Gordon: For those who are reading this who have
no clue what we are talking about, first Dan Avila risks
$200,000 for a 2 million dollar question - and loses
everything. Then Avila is brought back on a later show,
turns around and blows another million dollar question,
making him the first person on TV to miss $3,000,000
worth of cash - which, until someone royally blows a top
question on Super Millionaire, will be the record for
game show futility.
Chico: Never even thought of that...
Gordon: Speaking of futility, Allison Irwin lost
$500,000 when she played a
mean-spirited, and eventually costly game of Big
Brother. We have our new 13 players - and we have the
BIG TWIST, which is...
Chico: The tension mounts, oh what a feeling...
Gordon: One of the players is a relative of
another of the players - but they don't know it until
they first walk into the house. Is this the BIGGEST
Chico: I've seen bigger.
Aldo: Whoop dee doo.
Lee: Am I the only one who doesn't care? I miss
Brittany from season one :)
Chico: You always miss the ones with the hair...
I'll go into that in a bit,
but back to this twist... One of those things that is in
theory, really huge,
but in practice, could be really lame, or have the
believability of an
Lee: Well... I see it as a huge target. These two
CANNOT win the season
whatsoever. It would be near impossible for any of the
other voters to allow that voting block to last more
than 3 eliminations.
Gordon: I agree with Lee that that relationship
can't last - and I also hope
that there is another twist that we don't know about
Chico: Then again, that would only play out in
the case of smart people...
People who are usually on BB (with the exception of Jack
from last season)
don't fall in that category.
Aldo: Wouldn't it be better if they didn't tell
them right off the bat who
Lee: Are they quarantined before the show?
Chico: They have to be, right?
Lee: If that's the case, then they may not know
about the alleged
"huge twist", but still, If you see your relative
standing there in the
house, you're gonna exhibit a reaction.
Gordon: We'll see - they didn't look it when they
were in the shot when they announced the twist on the
commercial. They only said though that 2 of the people
are related, and that the related people don't know that
they are related, so they may not know which two. I
still think the twist is lame. I was hoping that the
twist is that Alison would be in the BB house - naked =)
Lee: As do I (I was under the impression that
they knew. Ugh. What's the
Chico: Hope for better, or else I just might
click over to Amazing Race. And
speaking of, Alison and her
apparently-VERY-understanding BF Donny are in the
running. You see them as a cohesive force for good... or
Gordon: What about a force for incompetency?
Lee: Can I still root to see her naked?
Chico: Yes and yes.
Lee: Because, as we all know...Irwin
backwards...is WIN-IR! Sorry.
Chico: I thought Irwin backwards was Niwri...
What that means... I don't
Lee: That was Alison's quote on the Big Brother
Website last year.
Chico: Thereby augmenting Gordon's incompetency
Gordon: Unfortunately for her, you need brains to
win this one - but the fact that there are no really
athletic teams in this group could give them an edge in
the speed and muscle department. I don't see them
winning - but I do see them sticking around for a while.
Lee: I still like the premise for Beg, Borrow and
Deal better than Amazing
Race (but that's not the question)... Alison is great to
look at, but has the
intelligence of... ugh. They'll stay around for a while
because we already
know that Alison is "unwilling to lose"...but win? I
She'll be lucky if she gets off with a tie. But you know
Race really needs... hair issues...Bringing me to this
week's Big Board
segment: people and the hair we remember them for. Floor
is open. Go.
Lee: Ha! Are you serious? :)
Chico: I couldn't think of a better topic.
Lee: I still have a HUGE crush on Brittany :) She
had the best hair in any
reality TV show.
Gordon: I'll say Gerry - because he had no hair
and we need some diversity.
Chico: I have a soft kinship with the Chromedomes,
being one myself. You also can't forget Justin... uh...
what was his name again?
Lee: Justin from American Idol?
Chico: Yeah, that's the guy.
Gordon: Mr. Guarini. My...how soon we forget. He
was in a major motion picture and you forget him
Chico: People forgot Yahoo Serious. Granted, it
took a few drinks.
Gordon: You remember a bad comedian from the 80's
and forget the runner-up from the first American Idol?
Chico: Says a lot, doesn't it?
Lee: We remember Pauly Shore, too.
Gordon: Yes - no one had wackier hair than the
one of the people in Dan
Avila's Greed group - CURTIS!
Lee: Ooh! That's right!
Chico: Set the tips forward five years.
Gordon: I actually have the Sale of the Century tape
where he wins the whole thing
Chico: Do you have the Ben Stein tape as well?
Gordon: Yes I do.
Chico: You follow the guy right proper, don't ya?
Gordon: I'm not only a fan, I'm a cli...no I'm
Chico: Tying up our round 1 nicely. When we
return, four angry men and one mellow doctor. It's WLTI,
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