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.
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about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.