My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance

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My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiancé
Genre Reality
Starring Steven W. Bailey
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 6
Production
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 25 mins.
Production company(s) 20th Century Fox Television
Rocket Science Laboratories
Broadcast
Original channel Fox
Original run 2004 – 2004

My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiancé is an American reality show that aired on the Fox Network during the 2003-2004 season. The show consisted of six hour-long episodes.

Plot summary[edit]

An elementary school teacher named Randi Coy is offered $250,000 for herself and $250,000 for the rest of her family if she takes part in a fake wedding engagement to a man named "Steve Williams," who will also win $250,000 for himself and $250,000 for his family. They have to convince their families of their engagement and get married in 12 days time with all their family members attending and without any of them objecting, in order to win the money. However, what Randi does not know is that Steve is, in reality, a professional actor, whose goal is to make things difficult for Randi.

In the first episode, things get complicated as the fake fiance is revealed to be the very annoying and unattractive man who fits the show's title. The revelation of the engagement to Randi's family intentionally causes tension. The episodes after continue to follow Randi, Steve, and the Coys as they prepare for the wedding. To make matters more crazy, the Coys meet Steve's family.

On the wedding day, Steve and Randi arrive at the altar and proceed with their vows. Randi says 'I do' and when it comes to Steve's turn, he acts emotional and eventually announces that the whole wedding was a setup. At the same time it is revealed that Steve is in fact actor Steven W. Bailey, and his "family" were also all professional actors - something that even Randi did not know. When Steve reveals that "it's fake" and that he is an actor, Randi begins crying.

Because nobody caught on to the entire scheme, and because Randi was unaware that Steve was part of the scam, she and her family were presented with double the amount of money that Randi had expected - $500,000 for herself and $500,000 for her family.

Casting by Isabel Reyes

International[edit]

The German broadcaster Sat. 1 adopted the format and aired Mein großer, dicker, peinlicher Verlobter in late 2004.

In France Mon incroyable fiancé was aired on TF1 in summer 2005 and Mon incroyable fiancé 2 in summer 2009. In the most recent season, Christopher, a heterosexual, had to convince his family that he turned homosexual and wanted to marry his newly found boyfriend in Spain. As with the American version, the participant is unaware their fiance is an actor.

In The Netherlands Mijn Vieze, Vette, Vervelende Verloofde is airing in September/October 2012.

Episodes[edit]

# Original air date Short Summary
1 January 19, 2004 (2004-01-19) Randi is told the rules of the game. She will have to convince her family that she is in love and that she will be getting married in 12 days. She meets her fiancé Steve, who is, of course, the big fat obnoxious fiancé of the show's title. What she does not know is that in reality, Steve is not only already married himself but also an actor, real name Steven W. Bailey, who has been paid to be as annoying as possible. Steve and Randi eat breakfast and go to a spa. The wedding invitations are mailed.[1]
2 January 26, 2004 (2004-01-26) Steve and Randi visit a wedding planner and try on tuxedos and wedding dresses. Steve pretends to get emotional when he and Randi dance. The next day Randi gives Steve a list of things he needs to change, and they visit a sex therapist. Randi's best friend, Anna, visits the estate and Randi tells her that she has gotten engaged.[2]
3 February 2, 2004 (2004-02-02) Anna meets Steve, Randi tries to do yoga with Steve, and Steve gets a makeover. Steve introduces Randi to his "family," all of whose members are, like himself, played by actors, and announces that they are engaged. Randi calls her family and gets them to agree to come and meet Steve.[3]
4 February 9, 2004 (2004-02-09) The Coys arrive. Steve and Randi go to meet them, and Steve has a panic attack. Steve and the Coy family go on a short cruise where Steve acts like an intelligent, suave gentleman. The next day Steve is back to his normal obnoxious self. He and the Coys play croquet. They all eat outside and Randi tells them she and Steve are engaged. That night the Coys and the Williams meet each other at a luau. The Williams belch loudly, and the Coys make their dislike for them evident. Randi and Steve make a toast and announce that they are getting married in 3 days.[4]
5 February 9, 2004 (2004-02-09) The family is shocked by the news of the wedding in 3 days. The next day Randi talks to her parents and they agree to come to the wedding. Though Bobby makes it clear that he does not like it, he agrees that he will attend. Patrick, however, refuses to be a part of it. The day before the wedding itself, Steve, Bruce, Jimmy, and Richard are fitted for tuxedos while Randi, Laura, Anna, and Catherine meet with the wedding planner, Jill. That night they have the wedding rehearsal and Jimmy makes a speech. Catherine goes to Melanie and Patrick and insists that they be part of the wedding.[5]
6 February 16, 2004 (2004-02-16) On the day of the wedding itself, it is raining. The Coy family is getting ready for the ceremony and Melanie is very upset with Randi. People start to arrive for the wedding. The ceremony starts. Patrick and Bobby wear kilts because of the Coys's Irish heritage. All of Randi's family comes, and no one objects. When the time comes for Steve to say "I do" he says that he cannot, and tells everyone that it is not a real wedding. The Coys, except Bruce, storm off into the house. A producer gets them to come back. Steve explains to everyone what the show is really about, then reveals that he and his "family" are actually actors. He gives a speech about the Coys's love for each other and gives them checks: $500,000 for Randi, and $500,000 for the rest of her family. Randi's family forgives her, and they watch a clip from when Randi first met Steve.[6]

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