Halfway through the double date, the contestants would switch partners.
And by the end, they were asked who they'd like to date: partner 1, partner 2, or neither.
An unlucky man and woman were paired to go out whilst their former flames chatted via earpiece, guiding the conversation and live-narrating the interaction. Also known as the story of my life, featured a double date with one extraneous factor: another human.
The fifth wheel didn't serve much purpose outside of being a provocateur, and rarely had an effect on whether love blossomed between the contestants.
Which was ironic, because my friends exclusively identified him as “The Farmer.” There’s a lot of romanticizing that happens around the idea of being a farmer — hell, enough so that betrothed couples across the country are banging down the barn door to get married on mist-laden agrarian dreamscapes.