So, what did everyone think of Beauty & The Geek last night?
If you didn't see it, here's what you missed: (Yes, here is your very own TwoP-style recaplet. Except, much shorter, because I have to get ready for work.) They took 7 beautiful girls. I'd guess that they were all about 18-24, and they all have occupations like "Beer Spokesperson," "Life-Size Barbie Model" and "NBA Dancer" and aren't too bright. Ok, fine, let's not discriminate, "academically challenged."
They also took 7 intelligent guys. The guys are not so attractive, but have occupations like "Neuro-something-or-other" and "Boy Scout leader" and "Mensa member." Wait, mensa member is an occupation? Oh, and another guy's occupation was "President, Dukes of Hazard fan club." Whatever, you know these guys live in their moms' basements and play dungeons & dragons all day. One guy (the Dukes of Hazard guy) mentions being a 29-year-old virgin, and at least one other guy mentioned that he had never been kissed.
The boyfriend thought it was a little exaggerated or a little staged. (He thinks this with most reality shows.) But, let me tell you, the geekiest guy... Richard... is exactly like almost every guy in my high school. Although, I admit, it seems that he plays up his geekiness, but that could be defense mechanism - as in, hey, if I'm going to be a geek, I'm going to be the geekiest, and at least entertain people with it.
(The boyfriend, reading over my shoulder to make sure I didn't misquote him, warns me that I went to such a geeky high school that I may have just blown my anonymity. Yes, people all of the country will be writing in to say "I know where you went to school!")
Also, did it bother anyone else that they were all white? What, only white people can be beauties? Or geeks? C'mon, WB, where's the diversity?
The men and women are paired into teams (But why do they have to sleep in the same bed? "It's not a 'dating' show, it's a 'social experiment.'" What does bed sharing add to the experiment?) and engage in competitions. Basically, the womens' competition involved intelligence (this episode, they were asked 5th grade questions like "Spell 'tattoo,'" which I happen to think is a tough word to spell) and the mens' competition involved pop culture or general... I don't know... coolness (this episode, it was a dance competition). They each get to tutor their teammate a little bit before the competition.
One great exchange from a tutoring session:
"What was the date of D-Day?"
"I don't know."
"No, 1942 is when Columbus sailed the ocean blue."
You're both wrong anyway, D-Day was 6/6/1944. And Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492. Moving on...
One guy (Chuck) keeps getting nosebleeds whenever he's nervous (which is a lot). He says something like "I was getting a little hypertensive," and his partner just stands there, obviously thinking "What the heck did he just say?" He got another nosebleed during the dance competition (which I thought they should have won!) and he was amazed that his partner (Caitilin, pronounced kite-a-lyn) wiped the blood away with her hand. Yeah, so was I. Chuck said something to the camera like, "Being in the medical field, we usually try to avoid touching blood directly." Um, yeah, being in most fields we try to avoid touching other people's blood. Maybe she assumed that because he's such a geek there's no chance he'd have anything "catchy" in his blood? Or maybe she never learned too much about those risky blood-borne illnesses? Either way, I'd watch out for her. Who knows what kind of risky behaviors she's engaged in?
The winners of each competition (this week, they happened to be partners), pick 2 teams (the woman winner picks one, the male winner picks one) to go into the "elimination room." But, watch out, the one you pick to send into the elimination room that doesn't get eliminated may come back to haunt you.
The two teams sent to the elimination room engage in a quiz-off. The woman, again, are asked to answer questions like "Who is the prime minister of England?" and the men are asked questions like, "Who sings 'In Da Club?'"
Already, some of the women are developing sympathy for the geeks. Standing in front of an audience answering the "5th grade questions," one of the women commented that she felt really awkward or embarrassed and "This must be how Joe (her partner) feels everytime he goes into the mall." Actually, so far, I'd guess that Joe is the cutest and least geeky of them all. If that Clay Aiken guy could win American Idol, I don't see how this guy could be labeled a "geek," but we'll have to wait and see him a little more, I guess.
Although it's not a dating show, I'll be interested to see what romances develop. I wonder if part of the social experiment is how attractive the men around you start to look when there's been no one else around for a few weeks. (As far as I can tell, that's how the guys in my high school "got some," by the way.) Already, one romance may be developing between Erika and Brad. They're not partners, but she snuck into his room on the first night for some "company." And then, when she was sent to the elimination room, she mentioned that she wanted to avoid elimination just because she would "never see Brad again."
As if she was more concerned with that and less concerned with losing out on the big cash prize. That's right, ladies and gentlemen, the teams are also playing for a huge cash prize. How much, you ask? $250,000. Which I assume they're splitting, but maybe not. C'mon, Ashton, you couldn't put up a little of your own dough for this experiment?
So, that's the recap. (Oh, and in case you're wondering, Eric and Cheryl were eliminated.) Overall, I thought it was cute. And, since there isn't a whole lot on television over the summer, I'll probably "season pass" it. So, expect more recaps to come, and let me know what you thought.