In an interview, a woman says, "It's something that every girl has dreamed about all their life [sic], and I've came [sic] so far to make my dream come true." Clearly, her dream did not include attending English class, because -- "I've came so far"? As Evan kisses various ladies, the announcer voice-overs, "But once this average Joe has made his choice, he will have to confess the truth." Evan walks into a room, sits down, and tells someone, "What I'm going to say right now might come as a shock." The screen goes white as Evan looks pensive. We see footage of Evan on the construction site, and then Evan dancing at the ball as the announcer voice-overs, "Will love or money prevail? This is the story of Joe Millionaire."
Classical music plays again (and this time I think it's real music, although I couldn't tell you what song). An older man sits in front of a fireplace, holding a brandy snifter and wearing a butler's suit. It's all very Masterpiece Theatre, purposely I'm sure. He introduces himself as Paul Hogan. Hey, it's Crocodile Dundee! Except it's totally not. Although he does have an Aussie accent. Anyway, Paul is a butler, and he was employed to look after Evan and the twenty ladies. We see footage of Paul being a butler (or actually more of a valet) as Paul explains that the show has a classic plot twist where "someone pretends to be someone they're not in order to discover what is truly in someone's heart." This led to a twenty-minute conversation where my husband and I, both former English majors, tried to think of all of the works of great literature that used this theme. All we came up with was The Importance of Being Earnest, and I'm not even sure that fits. I know there are a couple of Shakespearean plays in there, as well as countless other works, but we are dumb. Not as dumb as Evan, but I'm getting ahead of myself. Paul asks, "What will happen when we drop real people into such a scenario? Evan is going to deceive twenty single women into believing he has inherited an enormous fortune. Will these beautiful ladies fall in love with Evan? Or the money he doesn't have? The outcome is unscripted and unplanned." So does that mean that everything else on this show is both scripted and planned? Because I would totally believe that. Paul continues, "Together, we'll find out if love really does conquer all. We begin with Evan."