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For Love or Money

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For Love or Money
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See if ''For Love or Money'' is a winner or a loser

VIEWERS 9.9 million for ''For Love or Money,'' 9.1 million for ''For Love or Money 2''

WHAT HAPPENED In a twist-happy takeoff of ''The Bachelor,'' a guy chose among 15 women, but what he didn't know was that his pick would win a million bucks. And what his dates didn't know was that the winner would have to decide between him and the money.

WHY IT WORKED It sullied a familiar format with secrets and lies.

LASTING CONTRIBUTION TO THE GENRE Bachelor Rob's gal, Erin, committed the most sane act in reality TV history: When faced with the titular choice, she said, ''Check, please.'' But apparently Erin, who agreed to star in installment 2, had some karma stored up. Boy toy Chad picked her over the dough.

Originally posted Sep 19, 2003
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