Then we get this interminable fish-catching sequence that consists solely of the challengers catching fish, challengers dropping fish, and people laughing and clapping. It wasn't even entertainingly bad. It was just annoying and took way too long. Michael and Jason each catch fifteen fish, Patrick catches seventeen, and Jeff catches nineteen.
Jeff's the "winner" inasmuch as anyone on this show can be a winner and he gets $2,000, like, how much money is being wasted on this program anyway? But oh it's okay because FOX is going to try to find some charity willing to take several dozen old, dirty fish.
You know what? This "woman as prize" portion of the show is even worse than last week. Not only is this the part where the non-in-control-actuality of this show most in evidence, but while last week the winner was a kind-of-scary guy sizing up and choosing a woman based just on looks and how loudly she cheered for him, this week it's a kind-of-scary guy with FISH SLIME ALL OVER HIM sizing up and choosing a woman based solely on looks and how loudly she cheered for him.
Jeff doesn't even say a word. He picks Cecile, bringing her dowry up to $7,000. She looks really happy about it, and in an interview she says, "My jaw dropped when he walked up to me and stood there," because she'd initially thought he'd passed her over. Could someone on this show demonstrate some self-esteem for once?
Now the remaining women pick -- Andrea and Karen both choose Patrick, while Rebekah and Sissie both choose Jason. I felt so bad for Michael, who at least keeps smiling about it. So Patrick chooses Andrea over Karen. In an interview, Kristian says he's not worried about Patrick making a connection with Andrea. "If he does, great," he says, because women dig nothing in men more than nonchalance.
Karen now gets to pick again, and she picks Michael: "I know, how 'bout you!" she says in a babyish voice that is incredibly unattractive coming from a woman in her mid-thirties. I have a couple of theories on why she picked Michael over Jason: (a) since no one else picked him, she was assured of not being dateless, or (b) she figured that if things worked out between the two of them, she could always hit on Michael's English students.