The Joe Schmo Show
is a funny near reality show on the Spike TV involving an innocent
honest unsuspecting participant, unaware that the entire scenario is a
total deception and scam.
Here’s the setup from the show’s website:
The Joe Schmo Show
is a one-hour, 10-episode series featuring a real guy who believes he is
on an over-the-top reality show looking for America’s next bounty
hunter and the chance to win $100k. What he doesn’t know is the entire
show is FAKE. For over a year his entire world was carefully planned by a
team of writers, producers, and actors all performing for him. His
“competitors” are actually actors representing every classic reality
show cliché, including the Buddy, the Jerk, the Model, and even Lorenzo
Lamas, playing a washed-up version of himself. The actors must do their
best under these insane circumstances to follow a pre-determined script.
The actors around Chase Rogan, the Joe
Schmo for this series, have to keep the deception going for this
28-year-old all around nice guy to convince him he is a viable
contestant to change professions from groundskeeper to a full fledged
Bounty Hunter. This is harder than you might think, because Chase is a
really smart guy who catches on to stuff really quick. One actress is
pretending to be deaf with her own “interpreter” but has had three
muffed incidents where it’s clear she can hear. The whole production
crew has had to cover up and convince Chase it’s all “normal”. None of
the production crew know anything about being a bounty hunter beyond
watching “Dog”, including the supposed top Bounty Hunter conducting the
contest and the actress playing his blonde bimbo wife. There’s slip up
after slip up and Chase is getting suspicious.
Chase should have been suspicious since
the beginning because the situations are preposterous. Moreover, the
language and the little speeches, particularly those at the insane
Eliminations replete with a giant gold Blind Justice lady the
“contestants” enter to “vote” who will be ejected from the contest after
communing with their spirit guide. Chase has a llama as his spirit
This is all done in fun and Chase will
be “rewarded” at the end of the show, though it will never satisfy his
adventurous nature by bringing him closer to be a Bounty Hunter.
Those of us who have been in the Cult of
Herbert Armstrong have lived through our own Joe Schmo Show: It is all
fake — the joke is on us.
Sure, none of us like the idea that we
are a clueless Joe Schmo, but there’s not much of an excuse these days
since the deception is so obvious.
You know, it might be OK if Herbert
Armstrong missed one or two of his “prophecies” and we could have given
him a free pass, but since they all went south, we should have known we
were duped Schmos. The same can be said about the CoG-PKG concerning
Ronald Weinland — he’s in Prison now as a convicted felon for five
counts of Income Tax evasion to serve 42 months. Hello?!?!
As entertaining as it was every time
Gerald Waterhouse came to town, after a few times through everybody
should have realized that he was the master of fantasy spin. British
Israelism: Fake. Church History: Fake. An apostle: Fake. A prophet:
Paying up to three tithes should have been a dead giveaway.
If you are honest with yourself, you’ll admit that you have been a contestant on The Joe Schmo Show.
In his new book, Life Code: The New Rules for Winning in the Real World,
Dr. Phil McGraw points out that the old value of giving everyone the
benefit of the doubt is an unworkable ethic and will make you a Loser. He describes the people who are out to cheat you as BAITERS:
Dr. Phil points out that you need to know these people because they
certainly know you. He lists the “Evil Eight” Identifiers of the BAITER: