What Would You Do? RECAP 05/30/14: Season 9 Episode 2

What Would You Do? RECAP 05/30/14: Season 9 Episode 2

ABC’s What Would You Do? returns tonight with a new second episode.  On tonight’s episode What Would You Do? travels down the Mississippi river.

If you haven’t watched What Would You Do? before, the show uses hidden cameras and establishes everyday scenarios and then captures people’s reactions. Whether people are compelled to act or mind their own business, John Quiñones reports on their split-second and often surprising decision-making process.

On last week’s episode Daymond John from Shark Tank appeared in a scenario as a shopper who was being scrutinized at an upscale clothing store. Also: An intoxicated couple prepared to take their boat for a cruise; a teen basketball player told his teammates and coach that he was gay; a diner at a restaurant took food from another customer’s plate; and a homeless man  was asked to leave a bar in New Orleans.  Did you watch last week’s episode?  If you missed it we have a full and detailed recap, right here for you.

On tonight’s episode, “What Would You Do?” travels down the Mississippi River, stopping in Memphis, TN, Jackson, MS, Vicksburg, MS, and New Orleans, LA for an all new hour with some surprising twists.

Tonight’s episode looks like it is going to be amazing, so be sure to tune in for our live coverage of ABC’s series at 9:00 PM EST! While you wait for our recap hit the comments and let us know how excited you are about this series so far.

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Tonight on What Would Do? John Quiñones takes his team down the Mississippi river in order to explore some of the idioms in the Hart of Dixie. With whole new crew of fresh faces – John wants to know what happens when old prejudices are given a modern twist.

Take the first scenario. The hidden cameras in place when an interracial couple enters a hair salon only to run into a very racist hairdresser that refuses to be mute about what she thinks of the couple. And the reactions from it are probably the strongest John has ever seen.

Constantly pedestrians are coming in and seeing this type of behavior as inexcusable. And several times some of them have gone as far as to cry and try to cheer up the couple. But the one thing they all have in common is that no one upon hearing the “hairdresser” was able to keep silent. They saw injustice and spoke up! Which in modern times is a rarity.

By the end of it – even the actress that was playing the hairdresser was moved to tears. She was just glad that no one found this situation to be acceptable. Memphis, Tennessee happens to be where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, but times have certainly changed.

In another scenario, what happens when a waiter is too stupid for words? Sean is back and so is Angela. Sean plays a hapless waiter that keeps ruining his orders. Will his cheerful disposition counteract his complete failure as a waiter or will the clients find a way to work around Sean?

And shockingly they work around him. In practically every run-through, his easy going manner actually excused from most of the mess he caused. It seemed no one could be angry with him because he was simply too nice of a guy.

He ruined their orders and they found a way to be patient with him. He pretended to talk about his girlfriend the whole time and they stayed to listen. But no one ever complained to the manager or lost their temper.

John and his team made it down to Mississippi where he tested out a new scenario. This time gay couple walks into a restaurant openly affectionate. An actress had to pretend to be revolted and basically protest against them. And customers were visibly upset, but not by the actress – they were upset by the display. Although when John revealed himself to ask what was wrong; one woman claimed she would have been bothered no matter what kind of couple they were. So John decided to test her theory. He brought in a heterosexual couple and had the same actress complain about their behavior. And the couple was overwhelmingly defended against her trash talking. It was the gay couple that was different.

John brought them in one last time and this time he found a very different reaction. A couple of frat boys kindly defended the gay couple and complained when the actress started to insult them. Especially as the actress was soon joined in by fellow eaters that weren’t apart of John’s crew.

The ladies that joined in were cruel. They didn’t believe homosexuality was right so that gave them the means to take video mocking the couple and later on telling John that those type of people were going to hell.

Moving further into Mississippi, John chose to test out race in the legendary city of Jackson. Just like last time – he brought in two “thieves” that were going to rob a car in open view of a restaurant. One thief was black and the other white. When John originally did this he found out that a white guy could get away more times than a black guy. However that’s not the case in Jackson. Both men were stopped and chased an equal amount of time.

The south takes care of its own! Even if it that means protecting someone against fraud. The next and last situation involves a psychic. A psychic is going to “scam” a gullible woman in front of crowded restaurant and then wait to see what the everyday pedestrians would do while her back is turned.

They spoke up once they realized the psychic kept demanding 20 dollars every time her “client” tried to open her mouth and they told that young woman that she was being taken advantage of. If she wants advice then it would better for her to go to her family or friends instead of this crockpot.

So here I’m thinking the Mississippi would be like New York (in terms of reaction) when as it turns out the south is much more hospitable that they let on.