April 27, 2006 09:27 PM by Joe Blackmon
Mary Lou Quinlan mentors Jerry Wesley, Darla Davenport-Powell, and Francisco Patino. Mary Lou Quinlan advises Darla to bring her Niya doll into the 21st Century, Francisco to work on safety issues for his double traction bike, and Jerry to make his EZ-X product easier for everyone to use. Darla gets frustrated with her design team because she doesn’t feel they have had much success in finding the voice of Niya. Francisco struggles with deciding if his audience should be teenagers or parents with kids. Jerry struggles to deliver his lines for his commercial for his EZ-X.
All three inventors encounter problems during consumer testing of their inventions. There are some electronics problems with the Niya doll, but overall the children like the doll. Unfortunately for Jerry, a traveling salesman who takes the EZ-X on the road with him injures himself while using the product. People also have trouble riding the double traction bike, but they eventually get the hang of it.
Mary Lou sends Jerry Wesley and Darla Davenport-Powell home and selects Francisco Patino to go to the final four. Francisco is reduced to tears, and Mary Lou tells Francisco, “You are the purest inventor we’ve ever seen.” Not to undermine Jerry or Darla’s products, but Mary Lou made the right choice. Jerry and Darla might even have more marketable products, but Francisco is the most natural inventor.