April 13, 2006 09:34 PM by Joe Blackmon
After twenty minutes of unnecessary recaps, the top 50 American Inventors each get one minute to pitch their inventions again to the judges. The first couple of inventors struggle through their presentations, exasperating the judges. Doug Hall tells the other judges, “Guys, we have a real problem here. This is embarrassing, they don’t get it, they’re not selling it.” (If Doug had wanted passion, then perhaps he shouldn’t have turned away BulletBall.)
Doug gives an emotional speech to the remaining inventors, telling them “There’s a million dollars at stake right now, ok, and if you’re going to get into something like this you’ve got to want it.” It seems to work as the presentations quickly improve, and the judges are able to select the top twenty-four inventors.
Each of the top twenty-four inventors gets yet another chance to plead their case in front of the judges. Most of the inventors seem to have a sob story of how they have given up everything for their invention. After choosing eleven of the finalists, an argument erupts over number twelve. Doug Hall says he will stake his entire reputation on one invention, and Mary Lou Quinlan gets upset and tells Doug that “you don’t get to be the smartest person in the room.” However, Doug continues to fight for the invention, and the other judges finally agree.
The top twelve American Inventors are Mark Martinez and the Sackmaster 2000, Jodi Pliszka and the Headliner, Robert Amore and the Toner Belt, Francisco Patino and the Double Traction Bike, Erik Thompson and the Receiver’s Training Pole, Sharon Clemens and the Restroom Door Clip, Edward Hall and the Word Ace, Joseph and Jenny Safuto and the Flush Pure, Sheryl McDonald and the Un-Brella, Jerry Wesley and the EZ-X Portable Gym, Darla Davenport and the Here Comes Niya Doll, and Janusz Liberkowski and the Spherical Safety Seat. Each of the twelve finalists gets $50,000 to develop their invention, but only one will earn $1,000,000.