Episode 1: Pilot
The America’s Most Organized™ traveling studio turns
into the subdivision and is about to begin another episode of America’s
favorite reality game show.
The host, Derek Gibbs, who looks like a young Donny Osmond, descends
the steps of the AMO studio van and approaches the front door of
the first home selected to participate on this week’s show.
As he is approaching the first house, Derek explains to the audience
what he is about to do – he is going to invite the person
who answers the door to take part in a contest.
Derek rings the doorbell and the door is answered by the lady of
the house. Derek introduces himself and invites her to step outside
on the porch so that he can explain who he is and why he is there.
In the exchange that follows, Derek discovers that his first victim
is identified as Linda Brown, an account executive for a major advertising
agency, a wife and the mother of two sons. Linda is wearing a cutoff,
sleeveless tee-shirt, shorts and sandals. She isn’t wearing
any makeup, and her hair is slightly mussed but still presentable.
Derek explains that Linda has been chosen at random to take part
in the contest and she can win $500.00 cash on the spot –
if she can find a particular item. The item is named in a sealed
envelope that Derek holds. And if she agrees, Linda will have only
30 seconds to find that item and return with it to the front door
where Derek will be waiting. And just to make things more interesting,
Derek explains that he will double the money Linda can win if she
will allow our camera to follow her while she goes in search of
The unspoken challenge is that she does not have the opportunity
to consult with the other members of the family before she makes
her decision. She must either accept the challenge or pass and she
has only 15 seconds to decide – the on-screen clock begins
counting down as soon as Derek explains what the challenge is. The
clock reaches the count of 4 seconds remaining when Linda accepts
the challenge. Derek explains further that Linda doesn’t have
time to explain to the other members of the family what is going
on because she has only 30 seconds to find the object – if
she stops to explain, she will most likely run out of time. Linda
acknowledges that she understands and then Derek opens the envelope
he is holding to discover that the object of the first quest is
a “Phillips screw driver”. At this point the on-screen
clock resets itself – Linda now has 30 seconds to find the
object and return with it to the front door in order to win the
money. Our camera will follow the quest through the household.
As Linda makes her way through the house towards the utility room,
the camera is taking note of the action throughout the house. Linda’s
husband, Larry, is watching a golf tournament on TV while their
two sons, Drew, age 5, and Carey, age 3, are arguing over a football.
Drew wants to call his friends and invite them over, but Carey wants
to bounce the football off of the wall behind his father. He thinks
it will be funny if he can scare his Dad.
Larry is pretty oblivious and doesn’t notice Linda rushing
through the house and being followed by a strange man with a camera,
but the boys stop their arguing long enough to holler “Hey
Mom, what’s going on?” At this point, Larry looks up
to see the cyclopean eye of a camera staring directly at him while
Derek stands at the front door watching as Linda is retreating into
the utility room with another camera following her. Larry is mildly
curious, so he gets up to go over to see what is going on. Linda
sees Larry approaching and yells to him not to get in the way, and
that she will explain later but for now he just has to trust her.
She begins digging through the junk drawer where they keep all of
their important tools, along with the batteries for the flashlight,
and most likely the flashlight as well, a hot glue gun that Linda
used to make a table centerpiece for Thanksgiving last year and
a spool of twine for Drew’s kite which now hangs from the
tree in the backyard.
Linda continues to dig, throwing things to the floor frantically
looking for the Phillips screwdriver she is certain is there because
she saw it there just a week or so ago. “I know it’s
here somewhere”. Suddenly, she spots the object, manages to
extricate it and begins running toward the front door holding her
prize aloft, but now she has to dodge Larry and both boys to get
there. She only has 6 seconds remaining, but she makes it to the
front door with 2 seconds to spare.
Linda, and every contestant, will earn a consolation prize, or
bonus of $50 each time they say, “I know it’s here somewhere”.
Next to the clock the cash register icon will add up the winnings.
Larry and the boys have finally figured out that this is some kind
of a contest, and they’re getting into it now. Now they’re
ready for the next item. Unfortunately, there won’t be another
item though. It’s all over. The camera pans the living room,
and the trail leading back to the utility room with bits and pieces
scattered about, then returns to Linda back at the front door. Derek
is shelling out ten Franklins, $1,000 to Linda and as he does so,
he states that “You almost blew it there Linda. If you had
been a little better organized you might have had a chance to try
for another prize because if you had returned with 10 seconds or
more to spare, there would have been a second challenge worth an
additional $500 and a bonus prize provided by our Sponsors.
Derek congratulates them on winning the $1000. Then he leaves Linda
and Larry and the boys behind. The house is receding into the background
as he begins walking toward the AMO van. Derek explains that organization
is a part of our everyday lives and that we all take it for granted.
He introduces Barbara who is in Manhattan. The camera cuts away
to a wide angle view of downtown New York as Barbara introduces
that this episode will focus on space planning and American Infrastructure.
She will brief viewers on how the city was laid out, the logic and
“Organization” that went into design, planning, the
implementation of it all how it relates to every city in America.
As viewers tour downtown Manhattan Barbara explains how organization
is one of the essential elements of our everyday lives. Our hostess
uses amusing and whimsical computer graphic illustrations to explain
how the traffic lights that decorate almost every street corner
in Manhattan and other major cities in America are part of a much
larger and extremely sophisticated traffic control system based
on time management –
After this brief interlude, our host is back on the street with
another contestant and another exciting challenge to seek out America’s