Call me a hopeless romantic or a reality TV junkie, but I can't get enough of Beauty and the Geek. And even though this season has been a little lackluster compared to the last two seasons, I've been hooked nonetheless.
On tonight's season finale, the final two teams -- Scooter and Megan vs. Nate and Cece -- will go head to head in the final elimination challenge. But this being reality TV, there's a twist, one possibly involving the former ousted contestants. (One can hope so, anyway.)
I really do want Nate to win this competition, but half of me hopes he doesn't just so I can see the look on Cece's face when Scooter and Megan walk away with the cash. Cece is, in my eyes, one of the very worst people to ever pop up on a reality TV series (and that's saying a lot when you've got a category already filled by Boston Rob, Johnny Fairplay, and the cast of Real World: Las Vegas) and I cringe every time she shows up on screen.
Her near abuse of that poor Chihuahua was disturbing, not just because Cece forced those bangle bracelets around its neck but because she showed no remorse for doing so. In fact, it's safe to say that this blonde bombshell has no conscience either. What was with her "excuse me, I have something to say" moment from last week's episode? I half expected her to redeem herself by saying that she wanted to remove herself from the competition for not realizing her full potential or something (as if), but instead she went on to utter some nonsense about taking the blonde out of the bikini that made no sense whatsoever.
Out of the three seasons of Beauty and the Geek to date, I do believe that Cece has shown the least amount of improvement out of any contestant. I get why she was cast by the producers (it's all about drama, people), but I was hoping for more out of this reality dating show and was hoping (wrongly) that there would be some hidden inner depth to the baby-talking bimbo who showed up that first day. Instead, she's reaffirmed those stereotypes of dumb, manipulative, blonde girls who are bitchy on the outside ... with an imitation 14K gold heart on the inside. The scariest thing to me is that I am sure Cece is watching all of this and loving how "cute" she comes off. It's sad, really.
Personally, I wish there was a way for Nate to just walk away with the entire bankroll on his own. He's made a stunning transformation but remained essentially the same alternatively cool guy he always was (albeit one who uses deodorant now), and he even found some much earned romance with Jennylee. Regardless of what happens tonight, I think Nate has won in more ways than one.
In the end, I am going to root for Scooter and Megan (especially as my personal faves Mario and Nadia are no longer in the running). Scooter's come a long way from that socially awkward guy with the scruffy beard and knee socks in the first episode and has gained a lot of confidence in himself. So too has Megan, who has realized that while she might not like to study, sometimes it does pay off.
Personally, I wish there was a way for Nate and Jennylee to win the cash and sail off into the sunset together, but reality TV, just like life, isn't fair that way.
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Jace is an LA-based television development and acquisitions junior exec who watches way too much television for his own good and would love a TiVo for every room in the house. (He’s halfway there.) His blog, Televisionary, can be found at televisionary.blogspot.com.