Tiffany Pollard narrows her field of 'I Love New York' suiitors to nine
By Christopher Rocchio, 01/23/2007
Tiffany "New York" Pollard's 12 remaining suitors flashed their earning potential during last night's episode of VH1's I Love New York, which also saw the two-time Flavor of Love contestants send three more guys home, one of them a bit preemptively.
Eliminated by New York in the series' third episode were Bonez, a wedding DJ, Tweed, a business owner who apparently lied about his credit report, and Pootie, a bricklayer who left the competition early following a "breakdown" he had after the challenge. However the episode began on a more somber and serious note when pawn-shop owner White Boy received a call from his father and learned his longtime friend had been killed in a car accident several days earlier. Since his friend's funeral had already been held, the other guys in the house put their fight for New York's heart aside and prayed together with White Boy.
"He always used to stand-up for me," White Boy said of his deceased friend. "I feel guilty because I can't say goodbye."
Eventually it was back to work, as New York's assistant Chamo told the guys what their next challenge would be. Using visual aids such as graphs and charts, the suitors had to put together a resume and presentation to show New York their "big earning potential" to support her "big lifestyle."
"I need a man who can bring me the bling," New York said.
Helping New York judge the competition in a The Apprentice-style boardroom were her mother Sister Patterson, as well as original Apprentice bad girl Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth. From the beginning Pootie got off on the wrong foot, as he stole a graph that personal trainer 12 Pack had spent a considerable amount of time working on, and then claimed it as his own.
"The first thing they tell you in school is to put your name on it," Pootie told an upset 12 Pack. "You got the 12-pack, I got the graph, everybody's got something."
Pootie still put on an unimpressive performance for the judges, leaving Patterson to say she thought he had a "sad portfolio," adding "he has zero dollars and made no sense." Omarosa embarrassed Tango for wearing cubic-zirconia studs in his ears, Real tried to impress New York with his horse farm (she hates horses), Heat explained his desire to be a model and White Boy didn't have to participate due to the recent emotional setback he faced. Both New York and Omarosa liked Onix, but that was mostly for his looks and not his earning potential, while the Caucasian Boston impressed Patterson when he told her he could be earning a six figure salary within the year.
"Mr. Boston has a plan. Mr. Boston is going places. Right now, I want to call him son-in-law," said Patterson.
Tweed was the challenge's winner, telling the judges his "net worth is over $100 million." Patterson didn't believe him, and before he got to go on a one-on-one dinner date with New York as the challenge's winner, she had him sign a release form to do a background check on his financial history and credit report. Meanwhile Pootie wasn't taking his embarrassment in the boardroom too well, as he stormed out, walked past the other contestants, claimed he needed "a moment" to himself and began to cry in the stairwell. After repeatedly stating "I quit," Pootie was consoled by Bonez and Tango, who described the situation as a "total emotional breakdown." But the ordeal didn't end there, as Pootie appeared to pass out on the stairs. An ambulance was called and eventually he regained his composure and joined the other suitors, but his pride remained wounded.
Tango and White Boy argued in the vehicle on the way back to the house over Pootie. White Boy said Pootie should have been left alone when he needed a moment and didn't need to be looked after by Tango. While Tweed got to date New York for winning the challenge, Pootie got a to go on a date with Patterson for losing it. After confiding over dinner that he is "scared for his life," Patterson cut her date with Pootie short. Things weren't going much better for New York, who thought Tweed used words that were too big just to impress her. She also described him as "boring as hell."
Back at the house, Patterson told New York that Pootie "needs medical attention." Tango told New York what happened in the stairwell when Pootie passed out.
"He's out of his mind and he's got to get out of this house," said New York of Pootie. "He has to get immediate help."
After Tango told Pootie there was a very good chance he'd be sent home at the next elimination, Pootie declared himself a "survivor," packed his bags and left the show. Said 12 Pack, "We don't need anymore of that drama queen around here." Before the elimination, the 11 remaining suitors, New York and Patterson enjoyed a backyard BBQ. Boston gave New York a lap dance and also got his first kiss from her, which she described as both "surprising" and "wonderful." New York also sat on Chance's lap while in the hot tub, but the best impression was made by Tango, who gave New York a back massage while the other guys looked on, stating "I'm in a house with some animals, so I have to mark my territory."
"I am in heaven right now," said New York during her back massage. "[Tango's] making me feel like a big girl."
While picking which two guys would go home with the already departed Pootie, Patterson opined that there was "no way [New York] will ever find the right guy in this bunch of zeroes." When all of the guys were safe except Heat, Tweed and Bonez, it was time for New York to reveal the results of Tweed's background check. It wasn't pretty, as he had a "very low" credit score, 11 accounts currently being handled by collection agencies and no active credit cards -- and he couldn't even get one if he wanted to. To add insult to injury, New York said Tweed's last job on record was at Munchies Pizza in 2002.
"Money doesn't mean a thing to me, but I don't like liars," New York said. "[Tweed's] a big fake. He's a phony. He's a fraud."
So Tweed was sent packing with Bonez, who New York said she dismissed because despite being an "amazing guy," he lacked the "edge" that she likes. I Love New York will continue on Monday, January 29 at 9PM ET/PT on VH1. In the first episode, Ace, Jersey, T-Bone, T-Money and Wood left, while Romance, Token and Trendz were eliminated in the second episode. The 9 remaining guys are 12 Pack, Boston, Chance, Heat, Onix, Real, Rico, Tango and White Boy.