Primetime: What Would You Do?

Tuesday 10:00 PM on ABC Premiered Feb 26, 2008 Between Seasons





  • Season 2 Episode 8: March 16, 2009

  • Thief on the Beach: The female actor places her towel down, doesn't converse and leaves. No one really says anything about the thief in this case. Dr. Keating says the greater the ambiguity the less likely they respond. But just a little small talk with people around her towel, the thief is targeted. Next, she behaves badly to her neighbors! When the thief steals her ipod, one man chases him down. Now they use a tall blonde "knockout". Part one when she doesn't talk: they notice the thief. Part two the attractive girl tries to woo a husband! The wife gets upset, but they do not do anything about the thief since the girl was disrespectful.

  • Faux Infomercial Product: 18 of 19 lied about the product's power. But John wants to test the limits, so he ups the ridiculousness of the requests. Some people start leaving. But then people start saying that it's worth the risk of cancer, since it contains carcinogens. Would people actually use the product? Yes! People actually put the product into their own hand and then drank a sample (that was really just a power drink). Only 4 of the 19 found a line they would not cross. Authority is very convincing!

  • Latino Hate Crimes: The set up is intimidating, with 3 men beating up a Latino actor. But when a group comes out to confront the 3 men the first group doesn't do much. One man grabs 2 friends from the bar and they are successful in breaking up the beating. Over 2 days, 99 people witnessed this, 7 people called 911, 67 people did nothing. A car stops and a woman gets out to try to stop the beating, she is quite successful and doesn't let down. She was Spanish. Another woman helps the actor up, offering a prayer for him.

  • Forced Polygamist Marriage: Several people react covertly, but hardly anyone says anything directly to the teen girl. One man follows the teen out and makes sure she's leaving on her own will. Another man takes photos to show to authorities. One woman leads the teen girl to the back room to get out of the restaurant (when the other actors leave). One woman actually pulls her away from the family in front of them. Another woman even gets physical pushing the other family members away and getting the teen actor out of there. More than 100 diners witnessed the scenario over 2 days. Only 4 people intervened directly (3 women) while several others said things and did other actions.

  • Season 2 Episode 7: March 10, 2009

  • Nasty Mother of the Bride: First they use a thin and pretty bride-to-be. Whenever the mother leaves, everyone else in the store has her back. They support her, console her if she is crying, tell her that this is your day and you should be so happy. Some are dismissing of the mother's attitude, saying it is a tense time for everyone. Now a plus size actress is used as the bride-to-be. When the mother leaves, other people still comfort the daughter. One talks to the mother about it. Most of the other girls give the mother harsh looks. One woman takes her aside and specifically tells her not to call her daughter fat, saying she would never call her own child ugly.

  • Refusing Birth Control: The younger actress (16 years old) is quickly supported by one man who tells her that the pharmacist is wrong. Another man waits until she leaves then bursts out his support for the pharmacist! A woman notes that refusing to fill a prescription is against the law. Next the older teen (18 years old) has much of the same reactions. Two nuns actually walk in the pharmacy store and they have split decisions about the scene they see. Only 4 people in total thought the pharmacist was right, with many more saying he was wrong. But only 1 person challenged the pharmacist directly.

  • Collapsing on the Street: Women in busy Newark collapses, on average within 4 seconds, someone is stopping to ask if she is okay. Both men and women stop. Next, a man who looks quite shabby and may be homeless falls down on the street. Most actually pass by until one woman called 911. Even if they did not want to touch the man, they called for help. However, it took an average of 3 minutes. In the final scenario, a man with a beer can and a garbage bag falls to the ground. Over 80 people walk by before 1 woman stops and needs to ask someone to call 911 because she does not have a cell phone and is often homeless herself. She gathers a crowd and a few people actually stop to help her.

  • College Hazing: When boys were hazing other boys, whenever one person stepped up, usually others started to help out as well. However, when the hazing victims were female, a lot of men did not stop on their own. Some actually joined in with the hazing. However, when one of the girl victims cries, this gets the attention from everyone.

  • Season 2 Episode 3: January 27, 2009

  • The crashers are able to keep their act going right into the night at the wedding. Even after extremely obvious behavior (e.g. odd dancing, accents, multiple differing stories) they do not get caught until later on in the night.

  • People didn't always step up for the blind man. However, people almost always stepped up for the blind woman. Those who stepped up were very persistent though, and were very adamant against the employee.

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