Here’s a brain teaser for you: what weighs more, a pound of feathers or a pound of lead? If you’re still thinking, you’ve got something in common with more than a few of the contestants on a reality-television show called Repo Games. In case you’ve missed it, the Spike TV series follows veteran “repo men” Tom DeTone and Josh Lewis, who double as engaging game show hosts. Showing up to repossess a vehicle, they offer the debtor a way out as cameras roll: answer three out of five trivia questions correctly, and the vehicle loan will be paid off. Otherwise, the vehicle will be towed away.
“F–k you! You’re not taking my car” is how more than a few contestants respond, before being coaxed into playing “Repo Games.” Others initially threaten violence — flailing arms, screaming profanities, and even producing kitchen knives and pots to ward off the repo man. One hot-tempered man with a pickup menacingly pointed an assault rifle at DeTone.