Even rich kids --- and he's not necessarily a rich kid, just because he's well-traveled and well-educated and his parents did right by him --- can use $25,000.
I don't think ol' Franklin's as sleazy as some of us are suggesting. Just an opportunist, like everyone else on the show.
I do agree that he could be a closet case. I'd like to think so, considering the way he's reacted with jealousy (assuming that his reaction was as real as it appeared to be).
The more I do background research on some of the people on the show --- and thanks to everyone who contributes links and tidbits of info; I love solving mysteries! --- the tackier the show seems to become. All these actor wannabes --- Dan, Michael, Wes. It's as much of a "reality" show as a beauty pageant.
If they ever do this type of show again, it would be nice to see it done with some people from places where there's likely to be fewer show biz connections, like, well, some of the places where these guys were actually born --- Michigan, Mississippi, Minnesota, so that the likelihood of getting "real" people (as opposed to actor types) is increased.
But I don't know why I'm griping about it --- it's television, for pete's sake. None of it's real. They could just as easily do it with virtual people.