I love the show Beauty and the Geek. Yes, it's true, I watch it. And since our Valentine's Day celebration was postponed until next week, last night I curled up on the sofa with the two cats and watched this season's finale.
For those of you who don't watch this reality show, in a nutshell it teams up beautiful young women (models, cheerleaders, even playboy bunnies) with awkward and socially immature young men with skyrocket IQ's. The beauty/geek teams then live in a mansion for several weeks and compete in projects that take them out of their individual comfort zones. The teams who fail are eliminated until there are just two teams left for the finale. The point of the show being that hopefully these two polar camps will learn something along the way and make positive changes in their lives based on their experiences.
Last night's finale floored me, but in a good way. The two teams left were Megan/Scooter (right), two charming young people, and Cecille/Nate (left). Nate was easily the most popular of the young men among both the women and men (and even fell for one of the beauties!), but Cecille was the least popular woman due to her backbiting, nasty and self-centered ways. (Think - I don't need no stinkin' changes - and you have the picture.)
Anyway, the judges (the eliminated contestants) were to award the $250,000 prize to the team who had changed the most from their experiences. Their dilemma: Nate had changed the most of the men, but Cecille the least of the women. In the end, the $250,000 prize went to Megan/Scooter. But the surprize was how it got there.
Nate, after determining that his partner, Cecille, did not change and didn't deserve to win, campaigned among the judges to NOT award his team the prize! Pointing out to the judges that if Cecille won it would be a mockery of the show and she would never learn her much needed life's lessons, he convinced all but two to vote for his competition, sacrificing $125,000 that would have easily fallen into his hands.
Nate, you're a class act!