A “mystery man” (actually, actor Zen Gesner, best known for starring in syndicated 1990s series “The Adventures of Sinbad”) hands a couple a suitcase worth $100,000.
They have one hour to hide it. Then real law enforcement officials swoop in and “arrest” the couple. If the couple can endure 48 hours of interrogation, they win the money. If the detectives manage to locate the suitcase, they keep the cash.
This might be the first unscripted show to, however inadvertently, encourage an active loathing for law enforcement.
While the detectives get equal time to reveal how the prize money would change their lives, not one comes off as sympathetic. It seems seedy for them to be using their professional skills to win a game show against civilians. For anyone thinking about breaking the law, the show is a great primer on police investigative techniques. If you’re ever jailed and questioned, you’ll know what to expect. Does ABC really want to go in the business of running a summer school for criminals?