March 31, 2006 01:30 AM by Joe Blackmon
The critics who wrote this show off in the first episode were wrong. Despite some frustrations over the somewhat erratic decisions by the judges, the American Inventor is an enjoyable show. There seems to be a pattern in the early auditions to focus on the wackiest inventions and the most heartwarming inventor stories.
Anthony Steffen is the inventor of the Perfect Pet Petter. The Perfect Pet Peter is basically an automated hand that can pet a dot. A box that pets animals and tells them that their a good boy. Peter Jones says he thinks it’s ridiculous, and Ed Evangelista thinks the time Anthony spent on his invention would have been better spent with his dog. It’s a unanimous decision to pass on the Perfect Pet Petter.
Robert Amore is the inventor of the Toner Belt. The Toner Belt is basically an exercise belt. Dave Young tries out the belt. As Dave works out, romantic music plays as Mary Lou Quinlan smiles. Dave Young thinks the product needs work, but he says yes and so do the three other judges.
Dan Shalhoub is the inventor of the Sha-Poopie. The Sha-Poopie is the first preemptive doggie scooper. By a vote of 3 to 1, the Sha-Poopie is turned down. Rhona Raher-Olefsky is the inventor of Disposable Bedding. Disposable Bedding is basically just paper bedding that can be thrown away. Surprisingly, the judges send Rhona through to the next round. The decision appears to be more based on her personality than her invention.
Mark Major is a quadriplegic and the inventor of a Flosser. The Flosser is basically a question mark dental flosser that even a quadriplegic is able to use. The judges see the invention as having broad appeal, and they put Mark through to the next round.
Jamie O’Neal is the inventor of the Temptress Bra. The Temptress bra is a bra designed especially for women with breast implants. There is no underwire on the bra and there are panels on the side. Two judges say yes, but two judges say no, so Jamie doesn’t make it through.
Richard Svee is the inventor of Toe Jam. Toe Jam is a jelly dispenser that is shaped like a foot. Mary Lou Quinlan says “there is something about the amputated foot on the breakfast table that leaves me cold.” All four judges say no.
Chris Miksovsky is the inventor of the Bed Plate. The Bed Plate is a plate with an onboard drink holder. Doug Hall thinks the plates would cost a fortune and are not practical, but the other three judges put Chris through to the next round.
Michael Char is the inventor of the Rescue Disc. The Rescue Disc is a disc for saving people who have fallen into a body of water. Doug Hall thinks there are already inventions like this out there. Two judges like the invention, but two judges don’t, so Michael does not make it to the next round.
Edward Hall is the inventor of Word Ace. Word Ace is a table top word game. Edward has put $80,000 into creating the game. Doug Hall says that the name of the show is American Inventor and not American Sob Story, and he doesn’t think America will buy the game. However, the other three judges put Edward through to the next round.