We found the Ashton Kutcher-coproduced Beauty and the Geek (The WB) surprisingly not only uplifting, but as warm and runny as the sappiest Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Seven brainy geeks matched up with seven brainless bimbos; the guys were instructed to add a little substance to the inert filler in the gals’ skulls, the girls told to teach the guys to loosen up physically and socially. A $250,000 prize is at stake.
After cursory introductions, the 14 coupled up thusly: a Dukes of Hazzard connoisseur with a lingerie model, a 150-IQ Mensa member with an NBA dancer, a medical student with a future fashion expert, a computer programmer with a cocktail waitress, an English major with a “life-size Barbie model,” a history and Spanish major at Brandeis with a sorority girl, and a Mensa member and assistant Boy Scout master with a beer spokesmodel. And, boy, were the girls stupid (one thought Columbus discovered America in 1942, one thought her IQ was around 500). And, oh my, were the boys socially inept (one had never been on a date, one had never kissed a girl).
We thrilled to the challenges. The girls’ smarts were tested on a 5th-grade level (What president was once the governor of Arkansas? What is the state capital of New England?) and the guys struggled with dance moves (one was so stressed he got a nose bleed and dripped blood through the whole ordeal). But we cheered when one of the beauties knew that DC stands for District of Columbia and got goosebumps when one of the geeks, after not knowing Madonna’s hit “Vogue,” made a sensational comeback by identifying “Hey Ya” as an Andre 3000 and OutKast song.
The scandal last night involved Erika, who had teamed with Joe, spending the night with Brad, who had teamed with Krystal. Joe shrugged, admitting that he’s been passed over for other guys so often that it doesn’t faze him anymore. (Hankie, please.) We love all the contestants – the bodacious babes, the cute nerds – but now that Eric and Cheryl have been eliminated, we predict that the winners, the most-improved couple will be either Richard and Mindi or Brad and Krystal.