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Take the Money and Run 8/2 *spoilers*

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by Neenahboy, Aug 3, 2011.

  1. Aug 3, 2011 #1 of 33
    Neenahboy

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    Anyone else watch this tonight? It's the newest show from Jerry Bruckheimer and Bertram Van Munster, in which two people have one hour to hide a briefcase containing $100,000 somewhere in the streets of San Francisco. Two police detectives and two interrogators have 48 hours (and access to all calls made and the contestants' GPS coordinates during that hour) to find it.

    The one brother tonight was a HUGE pansy, but their biggest error was making calls. Not only were they unnecessary to begin with, why did the brothers use the cell phone to make them? Why not get change, drive a few miles away, park and go to a pay phone, make a couple calls, then drive some more and find another one and make a couple more, and so on? It made absolutely no sense to me.

    But honestly, I'm confused as to why they said anything to the interrogators at all, unless they were contractually obligated to answer questions. Why not just sit down for 48 hours and continually recite the phrases "I won't be answering any questions" and "I don't recall?" Again, made no sense.

    It was a pretty cool premise, though...I'm interested to see how far two more methodical people can take this.
     
  2. Aug 3, 2011 #2 of 33
    DancnDude

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    I thought it was pretty interesting. I'd bet it's really hard to be under the pressure of the interrogators, even with the money on the line. I bet they are required to talk to the investigators.
     
  3. Aug 3, 2011 #3 of 33
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    Didn't ABC try a show years ago (2001 maybe) about running from Agents? I think it was never aired due to 9/11.
     
  4. Aug 3, 2011 #4 of 33
    wendiness1

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    I was rather disappointed.

    Seems the cops were really not even close to narrowing things down, despite their reminders to us that they were. The interrogators also jumped to some conclusions that made it interesting, since they were often wrong too. Why did the cops believe the one guy who said he didn't see them? He could have been lying. LIkewise many of their interviews.

    In the end, the brothers lost only because Paul caved in. I just couldn't buy that he was THAT weak. It was almost as if the producers wanted the first episode to conclude that way.

    i don't think this show will hold my interest for long. Looks like the interrogators are in each episode and I really dislike them both a LOT.

    Too bad. I had really hoped for so much more.
     
  5. Aug 3, 2011 #5 of 33
    jschuman

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    +1

    One area of frustration is not knowing the 'rules' under which the contestants must play. As others above have asked, Why say anything to the investigators? Also, can they just give the briefcase to a friend and tell him to drive it out of the city? Keep driving around with it for 2 days? Can just 1 contestant hide the briefcase or must both know the location? I can think of plenty of ways to 'hide' the briefcase that would make it darn near impossible for the investigators to find it in 48 hours, but my guess is that most of them are against these un-advertised 'rules'.

    The heavy editing is also frustrating as it's hard to tell what happened (in the investigation) and when.

    The one thing that I thought was smart on the part of the interrogators was when they started to narrow the possible drop locations by the gaps in the phone records. But again, the wimpy bro just spilled his guts 'cause he wanted to go home. Disappointing.

    And why did only those 2 guys get to keep the money? I would argue that the interrogators deserved it too (if not more!).
     
  6. Aug 3, 2011 #6 of 33
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    I think the calls were a good idea because it wasted alot of time as it set up possible decoys all along the way. They should of made more. I felt like thay had it until the weak brother caved in.

    The interrogators probably get paid either way.

    I see the lead detective for next week is a detective from First 48 on AE. Michael Schillacey (sp?) from Miami.
     
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    rondotcom

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    That Don Guy

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    Yes - The Runner. (IIRC, they were going to have viewers try to find the person in order to win cash.)

    Apparently, the winner of the million dollars in Push, NV only started watching that show because he thought he was going to be watching The Runner.
     
  9. Aug 3, 2011 #9 of 33
    DancnDude

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    It also does say on there (http://blog.jbfilms.com/?p=783) that the 2 interrogators are on every episode, so it seems they must be paid by the show.
     
  10. wendiness1

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    I had a hunch they are. In that case the show is doomed. The interogaters are very unlikable people; very arrogant.

    I think the rules needed to be revealed, as well. I kept wondering why Raul or Paul would lie about this but not that.

    It really concerns me that the outcome from this show could have significant long-lasting repercussions between sibling, friends, etc. Unless Paul and Raul were paid to lose for the sake of the pilot, I fear their relationship as brothers will forever be negatively affected.
     
  11. WhiskeyTango

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    They should have given the case to their other brother and told him to go deliver it to one of their friends. Then have the bro lie and say they still had the case when he saw them. The cops would have no connection to look at the friend because the only call was to the brother. Or Paul could have just not told where the case was.
     
  12. Neenahboy

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    They CAN use pay phones. Well, that makes the brothers even dumber, then.
     
  13. Waldorf

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    • Money must stay inside briefcase.
    • Teams must use the vehicle but they can park and walk.
    • They can use pay phones.
    • Detectives get GPS information tracking the vehicle, cell phone records.
    • The briefcase must be hidden somewhere accessible 24 hours a day.
    • Anyone the contestants use to hide the money must be accessible by detectives.
    • All questions must be answered, but both sides are expected to lie and do their best to deceive the other.

    The trick seems to be you have to answer the interrogator's questions, but you can lie.

    Originally, this was annoying to me and I kept yelling "you fool!" but I guess it would be a really boring show if the contestants just kept saying "no comment" or "I want to see my lawyer".

    I also had problems with the perceived psychological impact of staged incarceration. :confused:
     
  14. MNoelH

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    I honestly think they should have made MORE calls, not less. They also should have visited many more locations. Interviews take time and resources that could eat up the 48 hours.
     
  15. WhiskeyTango

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    I don't think the cops can tell where they stopped to visit, just the route they took. I do agree with more calls though. I'd start calling everyone including stores and restaurants. Then use the pay phone to make the important calls.
     
  16. plateau10

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    Hmm, so doesn't that make their initial choice (the restaurant) an illegal one?
     
  17. TBoons

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    Without stating the rules, the show was really dumb. My family and I were finding ourselves yelling at the two guys to shut up. Still, that dude cracking under the pressure makes no sense to me.

    Even with the rules as I read them, the show is still kinda weak. I am going to give it another chance.
     
  18. Swirl_Junkie

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    I didn't understand why they just took all the brothers friends on their word. As soon as one of them said the briefcase wasn't there, they just accepted it as fact.

    Not knowing the full rules made it almost not worth watching.

    I didn't hate the interrogators, but I don't know if I can take them a whole season.
    I think this show would be more interesting, if the next contestants were allowed to watch past episodes, to give them insight, and ideas.

    Those brothers should have gone over their story the entire hour, making it airtight.

    I like the idea of the show, I'm just not sure it's being implemented in the best way.
     
  19. Einselen

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    I have to agree with this assessment 100%. There were some odd things that happened, like taking the friends responses as truthful. The investigators once ruled out the first part of the trip because a friend said yeah I saw them with the briefcase around their wrist.

    Also I found it very odd the brother cracked. I wonder if productions offered him a side deal off camera that said fess up and you will get this guaranteed money, if you don't you could walk away with nothing and it isn't looking good right now.

    The last thing is I am sure in the rules there is something against this, but what if you could call up a friend or family member and hand them the briefcase and tell them to put it in their house (again possibly breaking the 24 hour accessibility rule)
     
  20. jschuman

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    I almost feel like the exact opposite is the best strategy. Just lie about anything and everything when they ask you. Forget about getting stories straight, just tell whatever story pops into your head. Eventually the investigators will just get fed up with your craziness and stop interrogating you.

    Unlike the 'real world' there's absolutely no benefit or incentive to tell them anything close to the truth. When they ask you if the briefcase is in the park? Your answer: Sometimes it is and other times it floats to the sky with bagels and cauliflower!

    Just have fun and be a crazy person!

    That's why the one brother's cracking made no sense. It's not like they're going to torture you or keep you in jail for months or anything. There's not a single threat they can make and follow through on, except keep you there for the 48 hours.
     

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