This past week Mrs. WSL (a.k.a. “Toots”) and I enjoyed some nights at home for a change. Our lives have been hectic so we were looking forward to getting in the PJ’s, crashing on the couch, and watching some TV.
Well, for those of you that haven’t seen it, NBC has a new game show called Take It All. When we first started watching the show, I couldn’t help but be intrigued because of all of the cool prizes they were giving away. However, what I witnessed at the end made me sick to my stomach, which then led to me writing about it. 🙂
The show starts with 5 contestants and contains 4 different rounds. The first 3 rounds work very similar to one another:
Now, the goal of each round is to NOT have the least expensive prize. If you have the least expensive prize, then you’re eliminated.
After the first contestant chooses a number (and associated hidden prize), the next contestant strolls out. That contestant (and the ones thereafter) now have two options: (1) they can steal a prize from one of the contestants that’s already selected or (2) they can choose a number from the video board to reveal their hidden prize.
Sure, there’s a little bit of drama when one contestant “steals” from another contestant (which you would do if you thought a prize was the most valuable of the round, therefore ensuring you don’t get eliminated), but that’s not what makes this game the ultimate display of our greed.
So, after each contestant has either picked a number or “stolen” a prize from their counterparts, then Howie goes about eliminating the person that has the cheapest prize. The first round has prizes ranging from $5,000-$11,000.
The 2nd and 3rd rounds are precisely the same as the first (except there is 1 less contestant in each round). The only difference is that the 2nd round has more expensive prizes ranging from $12,000 – $24,000. The third round then has prizes ranging from $45,000 – $100,000.
Once they’ve gotten down to the final round, only two contestants remain. Each of these two contestants now are asked to choose between 10 sealed envelopes which have an undisclosed dollar amount inside. The dollar figure can range anywhere between $25,000 and $250,000.
Keep in mind that these contestants have gone through 3 rounds thus far and have received prizes in each of them (in addition to this cash infusion they’re about to receive). These aren’t WSL-style, frugal gifts. No…each of these contestants has already won nearly $100,000 each! For this particular show, here is what the contestants had won up to this point:
Contestant #1: Street Striders ($5,800), trip to Australia ($24,000), a Jet Pack ($99,500)
Contestant #2: Jewelry ($7,800), Tree Lodge ($20,000), 2013 Jaguar XF ($47,000)
After taking their envelopes (with an undisclosed amount of cash they’re going to receive), Howie (the host) then explains that they will have a choice to make: (1) vote to “take it all” or (2) vote to “keep mine”.
Now, what makes this choice difficult is that:
What ensues after this explanation is the most sickening display of greed that I’ve seen in a long time.
Before the contestants decide how they’re going to vote, they are required to talk to each other. They basically feel each other out, get to know one another, and these contestants both even agree that they won’t screw each other over. In this episode at least.
Needless to say, the exchange of words between the contestants was emotional. I mean…they were trusting the other person with upwards of $300,000 of their money.
Unfortunately, regardless of how genuine you may believe somebody to be, reality is that there are greedy a-holes out there. People that wouldn’t be satisfied with winning a minimum of $100,000. People that wouldn’t mind lying to your face, taking what you’ve won, and doing so without even feeling bad about it.
You obviously don’t need for me to tell you how it ended. But if you’d like, you can take 3 minutes and watch it below.
While I’m all for fun and games, I felt this show went overboard. I personally won’t ever watch it again and it makes me sad to think how greed is so prevalent in our world today. Can’t we all just be content, have peace andbe thankful for what we have?
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