# Series / Friend or Foe?

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"Trust me."
The only words in the title music.

GSN Game Show described by its host Kennedynote  as "the test of knowledge and trust". Three teams of two had to agree on a correct answer to a multiple-choice question to build up their Trust Fund. It was mostly seen as GSN's answer to The Weakest Link.

The game is set up in three rounds. After each round, the lowest scoring team's game ends, and they must go to the "Trust Box" to determine how the money was given to the two members. After each member has been given a few seconds to plead his case, they each secretly vote Friend or Foe:

• Friend-Friend: Each member gets half of the Trust Fund.
• Friend-Foe: Foe takes the entire Trust Fund, Friend leaves with nothing.
• Foe-Foe: GSN doesn't have to write any checks.

Everyone "looking out for Number One" is a policy that hurts everyone; in order for at least one in a pair to get any cash, someone has to be at the other's mercy... but choosing "Friend" won't maximize a contestant's payout. Assuming a \$1,000 Trust Fund, choosing "Friend" means you'll leave with \$500 or nothing, while choosing "Foe" means you'll leave with \$1,000 or nothing; choosing "Foe" is the best decision personally, but collectively it's the worst decision. This is based on a well-known example of Game Theory called the (iterated) Prisoner's Dilemma.

## This show provides examples of:

• All or Nothing: When someone says "Foe", this comes into effect for that person only.
• Bonus Round: "Right or Wrong?", a chance for the last team standing to add to their Trust Fund before going to the Trust Box themselves. The team has 60 seconds to answer a maximum of 10 questions, each of which has two options. Each correct answer adds \$500 to the trust fund, while each miss gives the team a strike. The round ends immediately on the third strike. Getting all 10 questions correctly doubles the entire trust fund.
• Cluster F-Bomb: One player who got "Foed" took it rather hard and let loose with one during the credits.
• A Day in the Limelight: Mark L. Walberg hosted the show during GSN's April Fool's 2003 host switcharound... which also happened to be the show's last first-run episode.