Season 4 featured several changes and was by far the most controversial one.
One male beauty is paired with one female geek, but the rest of the pairs remained the same way (i.e. The season was also extended from 8/9 episodes to 13, featuring a recap on week 7 and the cast growing from eight pairs to ten.
The two-hour season premiere for the third season aired Wednesday, January 3, 2007 at p.m. The fourth season premiered on September 18, making BATG the first series to premiere for the CW for the 2007-08 television season.
Nate, who by that point decided that winning would only reinforce Cecille's behavior, eventually asked contestants to vote against him; this was difficult for most of the cast as they genuinely liked him and wanted him to win but also tied into their collective anger over Cecille's bad behavior.This led to Megan and Scooter winning 7 to 2, with the remaining contestants not voting once a majority had been reached.The four remaining teams had to send one team to elimination for the next week and had chosen Tara and Joe after a geek drag fashion show contest.Instead of elimination trivia, each losing team cast a vote for another team to be eliminated.Their votes on this question would determine the winner of the 0,000 grand prize.
Cecille was enraged by the twist, ranting to Nate about how unfair it was that the "losers" would get to decide their fate, and when Nate said she should try to make amends with them she expressed disgust with him.
After the fifth season,the show was put on indefinite hiatus in order to stoke renewed interest in the show, and perhaps the addition of innovative twists to the format.
Richard's title evolved throughout the show as he kissed Krystal (at end of episode 3 and aftermath show), Lauren (at end of episode 4) and Mindi (after the camping challenge while relaxing and during the post-final test confessional) over the show's course, hence being at first "Has never kissed a girl", then "Has kissed one/two/three girl(s)".
For the fifth season, the beauties and geeks competed against each other at first, and teams of one beauty and one geek were not selected until the end of episode three.) Each beauty lives together in a room with her geek during the course of the competition.
There are challenges shown each episode, one testing the beauties on a primarily academic subject, and another that has the geeks competing in a more popular/social realm.
This was also the first season to have a pair voted out (Natalie and John on week 8) instead of eliminated through a quiz, which sparked some controversy, much like Sam's previous experience in show business, despite the fact that many other beauties had some previous acting experience as well.