To many, money is no matter, but what about the source of income? To afford these scenarios, each person’s salary would have to be substantial, and often those careers require overtime, non-traditional hours, and a commitment to a BlackBerry or other email-receiving device. Therefore, when the boss calls with an emergency, a potential client waffles on his or her end of the bargain, or your most recently hired assistant has crashed part of the computer system, where does the focus of the suitor and the suited really lie? We can all assert how calm and collected we are, but when there is nothing to test our tempers and fortitude, how much stock can be put in declarations made on a game show where the goal is to take home the top prize?
I’m not suggesting that love is impossible to find on these shows. Rather, it seems that the grand prize is illusory in that the show is constructed in such a way that any hang-ups and external impediments a relationship may encounter in its embryonic stages – and the brevity of the season certainly still casts it as such – are negated, so the rewards are hardly reaped. Instead, the euphoria of winning needs to clash with the realities of winning: deciding whether or not your profound statement of love can be as powerful when there are not other distractions concealing the true personalities of you and your partner.