Spike TV’s Joe Schmo 2 ends with each of the three schmos receiving $100,000.

Spike TV’s Joe Schmo 2 ends with each of the three schmos receiving $100,000.
Joe Schmo 2 ended with the schmos once again being flattered by their schmoness. In an episode nearly impossible to recap in such a small space, because it was yet again full of reality TV references, innuendo, and ridiculousness, such as when host Derek Newcastle described the prize Tim Walsh would win as “well over one-third of a quarter of a million dollars” if he was chosen by Piper. When the previously eliminated women came in for the final ceremony, schmo Amanda Naughton caused the producers to wet their pants a little when she whispered to Piper, “I know Rita. I know her, outside the show–she’s a comedian in LA.” Tim also gave the producers a few minor strokes when he looked into the camera and said things such as, “This has to be a joke,” but in the end he was definitely fooled. Amanda was, too, although her reaction was to proclaim that she felt “like an asshole.” In the end, Piper and Austin chose each other, but their wedding was interrupted by psychopath Bryce, who told Piper that Austin is “an actor, just like you’re an actress pretending to be in love with him. We’re all actors.” All three schmos, who were coincidentally from Washington, DC, received $100,000–and a clue.
+ also: Ingrid wants to start a foundation “with funds donated by reality TV contestants, networks and interested viewers.”

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