May 04, 2006 11:58 PM by Joe Blackmon
In a special two hour American Inventor, Peter Jones and Doug Hall each mentor three inventors before selecting one each to move forward in the competition. Peter Jones mentors Bobby Amore, who is the inventor of the Tonerbelt; Jodi Pliszka, who is the inventor of The Headliner; and Ed Hall, who is the inventor of the Word Ace. Peter advises Bobby that he needs to make his belt idiot-proof, advises Jodi that she needs to expand her product market, and advises Ed to make his game fun.
Bobby has trouble with the design group following his direction, Jodi also struggles with her designers who want to add fans and cooling gels to her product, and Ed faces the challenge of the design team having to dismantle his product to make his requested changes. Bobby hires a second design team, Jodi puts her foot down with her design team, and Ed has an emotional breakdown on the phone with his mother.
In the end, Ed gets his product together and it tests well with children. Peter Jones puts Ed Hall through to the next round, telling him that he believes it could become America’s best selling electronic game.
Doug Hall mentors Joe & Jenny Safuto, who is the inventor of the Flush Pure Toilet Seat; Sharon Clemens, who is the inventor of the Restroom Door Clip; and Janusz Liberkowski, who is the inventor of the Spherical Safety Seat. Doug Hall advises Sharon to create a bathroom survival kit, advises Janusz to find a tech geek that says his invention works, and advises Joe & Jenny to improve their presentation.
Sharon feels her design team is going off in left field and fires them, Janusz faces challenges with getting his product designed in time, and Joe gets in a screaming match with his design team. In the end, all three inventors improve their products and leave Doug Hall with a tough decision to make. Doug Hall puts Janusz Liberkowski through to the next round.