Not Everyone Can ‘Deal With It’

Howie Mandel is a prankster. He also likes to produce Candid Camera inspired shows, which is why Howie Do It, Mobbed, and now Deal With It exist. The former two shows both lasted less than 20 episodes. If TBS is smart, Deal With It will meet the same fate. In other words, the show isn’t good. To make matters worse, it is an exact copy of a short-lived Food Network show that even the Internet doesn’t remember.

Deal With It ambushes a random restaurant patron, who is then asked to participate in a game where they can win up to $5,000. Of course, all the people agree to go along with whatever crazy thing host Theo Von and his celebrity guest tell them to do. There are five rounds, which are worth $250, $500, $1,000, $2,500, respectively. If a contestant does not feel comfortable continuing the game, he or she can end the game by saying “I can’t deal with it.” Unlike many shows in this genre, the contestant then gets to keep the money won up to that point.

In the debut episode, Howie Mandel and Yvette Nicole Brown joined Theo Von, who adds absolutely nothing to the show. Howie and Yvette talked to Theo about what they should tell the contestants, but he always responded with some variation of “I don’t know” and left his guest in complete control.

As reality TV has taught everyone, people will do anything to be on television, make money, and meet a celebrity. Deal With It confirms that fact. Contestants Silvano and Kelly both went along with acting like jerks towards people they know just to make money. For his $5,000, Silvano had to answer everything his friend Edoardo said with “blah blah blah” and kiss Eduardo along with three other actions that annoyed everyone else in the restaurant. Kelly only made it halfway through her game before she had to end it. After Kelly hit her waitress with a shoe and then threw it across the room, her boyfriend Stephen threatened to leave because of Kelly’s bizarre behavior. The first episode ended with Kelly being told she won $750 and explaining to Stephen the real situation.

Pranksters will find the Deal With It tame. Everyone else will find the show stupid. After a while, the contestants’ friends will catch on to the prank. Once their friend starts acting odd, it’s surprising that more people don’t automatically think they must be on a TV show.

About Allison Lips

I am the Toastmasters District 83 Public Relations manager and President of Freehold Phrasers.

Posted on July 18, 2013, in Cable, Comedy, Game Shows, Primetime, Reality TV and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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