Reality Check (CHAPTER THREE, page 1 of 3)

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One Wednesday night, Aaron saw an ad for Heartbreak Hotel. He mentioned this to Roger and Matt. They tried talking Brian into sending a tape, but Brian knew he wasn't good enough for a show like that.

After Brian left, they decided that, just in case, they would piece together a tape for Brian and send it in for him as a surprise. They went through some pictures and home movies they had taken over the years. Each one gave their testimony about what kind of guy Brian was. They sent it off the next day before they could change their minds.

Next Monday, as The Bachelor was starting, they told him about the tape they sent in.

"What? Why?"

"Well, we've seen you sitting around, moping about 'Why can't I find that special woman?' And we know you like this kind of show. Just killing two birds with one stone."

"Doesn't matter. They won't pick me anyway. I'm not attractive enough for TV. I'm too out of shape. And I'm too boring."

Samantha was not at all interested in reality shows. She believed that people who were desperate for attention applied for these shows and that some of the shows, in the end, were a bit too staged.

One day at work, she overheard one of her firm's clients talking about Heartbreak Hotel. Even with her jaded views on reality television, she was intrigued by this idea. She did some research on this show. In the end, she decided to at least submit a tape to this. The hopeless romantic in her told her to do it.

Meanwhile, the executives for Heartbreak Hotel went through several thousand videos. They sorted them into four separate categories. 'Definite', a pile of a few. 'Maybe', a pile of hundreds. 'Not', a large pile. And 'No Way', tapes so stupid that they weren't considered but kept for the bloopers at the end of the movie.

They came upon Brian's video. After watching it for five minutes, they talked about it. "Type of personality we want, but look at him. Maybe."

After several thousand videos, half of the names ended up in the 'Not' pile and only twenty in the 'Definite' pile. They still needed to pick six guys and four ladies. The process started all over again with the 'Maybe' pile.

They looked through all the videos again, including Samantha's.

"Thank you for taking the time to look at my tape. Let me start by saying that I am not a big fan of reality television, but your show drew my attention. You see, I believe in love at first sight. I believe that the right two people can meet and make that connection in an instant.

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