Kam Perez Wins “Whodunnit?” and $250,000; Cris Crotz Revealed as The Killer
If you didn’t get to see last night’s Whodunnit? season finale on ABC, you missed what will go down as one of the best episodes of a reality game ever produced. First, congratulations are in store. Congratulations to Kam Perez who beat the competition and took home the $250,000. Kam solved the finale’s puzzles before the other innocent competitor, Lindsey Anderson, and left Rue Manor with a quarter of a million dollars. The Killer was revealed to be beauty queen Cris Crotz. She left subtle hints throughout the series which were revealed at the end, buts hats off to her. I didn’t think it was her. I still thought it was Lindsey Anderson who, unfortunately met her demise at the last minute by solving the puzzle last.
A longer recap: last week’s cliffhanger was resolved as Melina was, unfortunately, found as the Killer’s next victim in a room full of all the evidence used through the series. In order to win the final three contestants must revisit all the crimes through the entire season and solve puzzles and complete challenges based on them. After they do this, and absolve Giles of the crimes, they must run to a room upstairs where they find the Killer. Kam and Cris are first to complete it. Unfortunately, Lindsey finished last and got an alternate order which lead her back to the evidence room and her demise by an arrow to the throat. Cris was revealed to be the Killer and escorted out of the house in golden handcuffs by police. Kam leaves with $250,000 in hand. He says goodbye to the eleven deceased guests one final time before Giles takes him far away from Rue Manor.
As we said before, this will go down as one of the best episode of a reality or game show ever produced. First off, what an ingenious way to do a reunion while keeping it in the spirit of the show. It was weird, creepy, suspenseful, and fun. The challenges were pulse pounding and exciting to watch. It was some of the most edge-of-your-seat game show viewing in years. Congratulations to Kam who played a brilliant game and deserved to win. Also, fantastic job by Cris. She did know she was the Killer all along and did a great job hiding it. I didn’t think it was her until the last second. I thought she would win. Shows what I know.
I’d also, seriously, like to thank ABC for taking a chance on a show like Whodunnit?. They’re the only network that takes chances on shows like this. Look back at recent game show history. What network has done the shows we hold up to considerable highs such as The Mole, Take The Money and Run, Million Dollar Mind Game, and Whodunnit?? ABC. No one else gives these a shot. Of course there are some misfires but they are the only place that give high concept game shows a chance and we’re so happy they do. They put together a game that we will not be forgetting.
Week after week it was consistently entertaining, and the last few episodes are some of the best the genre has ever had. The contestants were all likable, fun, and smart. A cast like this comes once in a blue moon so well done by them. Giles was fantastic. The setting was fantastic. In terms of production there are very, very few things I’d have liked to see different.
Obviously we wish Whodunnit? did better in the ratings (though the finale was up significantly) and we really hope it can somehow come back. We’ve seen far worse shows come with far fewer viewers and a far more expensive budget. However, if it doesn’t, a massive thanks for ABC for giving us unscripted TV viewers something we won’t soon forget and something that will go down in our books as one of the best reality competitions ever.