There's something awfully honest about Gadget or the Girl, Playboy TV's lightly geeky reality dating show. The premise is that a guy is offered the choice of a hot weekend date or a shiny man toy — "Sometimes it’s best to go for the sure thing" says the promo copy. Viewers get to peek into the televised courtship. There's no effort to geek up the girls, no concession to the notion that women have gear lust, too. No sex toys, even! It's pure dorm-room discourse: Dude, why even try to go out and get laid tonight when you can just stay home with your flatscreen TV? Sure, it sounds awful, but after running the numbers using figures from the sex industry as a proxy, we've found that the guys in the show have a pretty good idea of what romance is worth.In the first episode of Gadget of the Girl, the booty offered was "an arcade console featuring all the best games of the '80s," the iPod Boom Bucket, and a home planetarium. The male contestant actually walked away with the BoomBucket, which retails for $150, for getting one of the women to swim in the nude. The same could be accomplished at San Francisco's Mitchell Brothers' O'Farrell Theatre, sitting by the stage and tossing down a few twenties, but then again, there's no pool. Here, taking home the gadget is a better deal. As for the dreamy planetarium, the guy chose a weekend date instead. For a two-day, two-night "girlfriend experience," even a $10K home star machine would be selling her quite short. The guy made the economically sensible choice by picking the date. Despite the noisome premise, the show's actually pretty honest, then, about the value of sex. And it looks at least nine thousand times better than had they just paired overtly nerdy men with kittenish Meghan Asha clones. My only suggestion: Let the girls have their gadgets, too — an iRabbit and a MacBook Air if they make it through the whole weekend.