June 01, 2005 10:11 PM by Joe Blackmon
The WB has a very funny reality TV show on its hands with Ashton Kutcher’s Beauty and the Geek. The concept is simple and just a little cruel, which could also be said of Ashton’s popular Punk’d show. In Beauty and the Geek, seven beauties and seven geeks are paired off to compete for $250,000. The geek’s task is to pass on some of their brains to the beauties, and the beauties task is to help the geeks with their social skills and confidence.
It becomes obvious very quickly that both the geeks and the beauties have a challenge in front of them. For example, on the geek side is Bill who is the Vice President of the Dukes of Hazzard Fan Club (evidently the President must have been unavailable). Bill likes to try to relate his life to the Dukes of Hazzard, such as comparing himself to Enos, the oldest virgin in Hazzard county. The most geekiest of the lot though is probably Richard, who has never kissed a girl, but steals the show with his dance moves.
As socially challenges as the geeks might be, the beauties are even more intellectually challenged. The funniest moment of the show might be when Cheryl, a cocktail waitress, insists that “1942 is when Columbus sailed the Ocean blue.”
In the premiere episode, the teams for the challenges wind up as Chuck & Caitlin, Krystal & Brad, Richard & Mindi, Scarlet & Shawn, Joe & Erika, Lauren & Bill, and Eric & Cheryl. The first challenge takes the contestants back to the fifth grade. The beauties will be tested on what they learned back then, and the brains will be judged on their ability to dance. Just the thought of the challenge makes one of the geeks (Chuck) so nervous that he gets a bloody nose. The teams are told that the winners of each competition will be able to select any other team to send to the elimination room.
Mindi wins the test challenge, while her teammate Richard wins the dance competition. Richard & Mindi select Cheryl & Eric and Erika & Joe to go to the elimination room. Both of the beauties struggle to answer easy questions about history and politics, but Cheryl puts her team behind when she fails to answer any of her questions correctly. Joe comes through with enough questions to win it for his team, and Cheryl & Eric are eliminated.