FYI – MR. ANNOUNCER GUY STATES…THEY WENT TO 7 CITIES, saw 10,127 INVENTIONS, of which 223 were for toilet products. Tonight it’s MARY LOU QUINLAN who decides who moves to the FINAL 4.
Here’s how the show sets up the inventors – total reality show BS” “A prison guard, an unemployed mother, and a teenage immigrant all compete for 50 thousand dollars.
First up, JERRY WESLEY – Correctional Officer. Works at Donovan State Prison – San Diego State Prison. Usual slice of life shots for human drama. EZ-X PORTABLE GYM – 13 Years and over $100,000 invested. Cut to...
DARLA DAVENPORT POWELL The Talking Niya Doll – offers hope Niya speaks, Swahili, Spanish & English and at some point, maybe other languages.Believes the doll can help shape a child’s character. She put her last unemployment check into the doll. 22 years working on the doll. Cut to...
FRANCISCO PATINO – QUEENS, NY - Immigrated when he was 12 years old. The Double Traction Bike – with extra seat and peddles for a rider to sit in the front. Peter reminds us in the edit that: “I know what it feels like to come from nothing.” When he was 7, Francisco's sister passed away.
DAVID BLANE COMMERCIAL – “DROWNED ALIVE” – Did you catch it? I don’t know, looks interesting. They have 30 days to rebuild their inventions. Mary Lou outlines her demands.
Darla – bring Naya into the 21st Century. And think about the song. Naya Focus groups – kids think it’s unique/ there’s nothing really special about her/ eventually start to like it… Darla realizes a new song could give her an advantage in the marketplaces. Meets with T2 DESIGN. Auditions kids to be the voice of Niya. They aren’t great.
Next up... Mary Lou says Francisco needs to make his double bike cooler and safer. Focus group – kids say "you'll look like a nerd if you’re by yourself" / "Right now all I see is crap." Can we make the front seat detachable to make it more sellable? He starts to second guess his target. Teenagers as orignially planned or parents with kids.
Next up... Jerry gets his advice to make the EZ-X easier. Maybe add a workout DVD. Focus groups lead him to figure out a color code system for interlocking system to make things easier.
Next... Naya has a new song. A new voice - courtesy of Hayley - a young girl. And there's a new collection of dolls – not just one but a whole family of them from different walks of life. Smart move.
Next... Francisco – teens have time to have fun. So he’s going with teens for the market then...
Jerry makes an instructional DVD – but it’s a serious struggle then... ...they show all the finished products to the contestants from their design studios. And they all look pretty damn good.
Niya doll is presented to the judges – with the new line of dolls and the new song. She shows a focus groups of kids. They like it. She always had the idea for multiple dolls. That's how she was able to get it all done in 30 days. She says she should move on because she “has the stuff that inventors are made of.” Ed makes a point. IT’S A DOLL. And you could clearly hear in his voice whether A DOLL should be the big idea that moves forward.
Now it’s Jerry’s turn. He’s a little nervous. Ok... a a LOT nervous. Says the product is new and improved. He shows a demonstration. This guy has passion. Very, very nervous. Says he would be a DVD spokesperson. Peter gives a slight nod to liking that idea. Doug wishes he focused on ONE aspect of the invention.
Next... Francisco's turn. Names the bike the Dtract 2X2 - very cool logo design. Very cool bike design. He figured out how to make the second seat removable. Doug said he invented a new category in bikes. Peter wishes it could go on every bike in America as an add on – then that would be HUGE. DID YOU HEAR THAT? That was the sound of Huffy, Mongoose and every other bike company running to invent EXACTLY what Peter just said. Heck, maybe I’ll go draw up the patent right now.
Anyway... Now Mary Lou has to decide which one moves on. She says it’s going to be tough because they all have the dream of seeing their product on the shelf. Yup. That’s why you make the big bucks.
Mary Lou tells Darla that she did a great job moving the doll into the 21st century. Mary Lou questions whether the time has come and gone for a doll like Naya. Mary Lou tells Francisco that he’s the surprise of the competition. At 19 he’s focused, mature – but the question is whether America is ready for a bike like this, and whether it’s too soon for him to have this success. Mary Lou tells Jerry he’s a force of nature. His presentation is passionalte despite the lack of clarity of his presentation. But is that enough. She made her decision – Jerry is going home. BUST. He says he’s done his best.
Mary Lou tells Francisco he’s the youngest - and is it too soon for him. Is he ready? She tells Darla that she is poised, strategic, knows herself as a woman. As a woman she identifies with Darla. She decides that Darla will not be moving on the final 4. BUST. That’s ok though, since she’s apparently already has had talks with Kmart a while back.
Francisco moves on to the FINAL 4. He did it. She says he’s the purest inventor they have ever seen. Cue... going home to see family and friends and really sappy music. Cue music... with the not so old Iglesias “Would you save my soul tonight. – I can be your hero baby.” Ugh. Did I say Ugh? Ugh. All the families are proud, and of course a bit sad. Except for Francisco’s family. Go figure.
Next week Peter & Doug make the decisions on who will be the last 2. If all goes well, we'll have DOUG HALL back for a LIVE blog after his episode airs.