Thursday, August 28, 2014

"project RUNWAY" 8/28/14

C #6: Alternative wedding dresses w/ corresponding looks.
mood Budget of the Wk.: $400
GJ: Dita Von Teese & Chiara Ferragni

1. Fade & Emily
2. Alexander & Samantha
3. Kini & Sean
4. Sandhya & Char
5. Korina & Amanda

W- Sean (Also on Top: Kini, Emily & Fade)
L- Char (Also on Bottom: Sandhya, Samantha & Alexander)

"Beat Bobby Flay" 8/28 (EP. 207)

M-U: Carlos Serrano (who made it to the "Supermarket Superstar" finale) vs. Rina Younan (who won $1,400 on "Cutthroat Kitchen" 3/2)
R1 J: Alton & Daphne Oz 
KI: Pork chops

Carlos: Seared P.C. w/ garlic, peppers & mushrooms

Rina: Spiced P.C. w/ Mediterranean couscous- IN

R2 J: Michael P., Ivy Stark (Dos Caminos EC) & Eugene

R: Sesame falafel on wheatberry pita w/ Feta mousse & pea shoot salad
B: Falafel crostini w/ jalapeno pesto yogurt & piquillo pepper tahini

W, 2-1

"Big Brother" 8/28/14

The 7th TA mission was decided to have them do a play spoofing the evicted HGs, have one member be asked by Julie "If you become a Have-Not, what special food would you like to request from America?" & then have him say apple pie.
RESULT- FAIL (Frankie did it)


HoH C #9 ("Sloppy the Snowman"): Transfer water to either the big snowman for the HoH power or the smaller one for $5K & 5K "hollas" being played at their expense for the rest of the season (the other option for the bonus snowman was $5K & having to wear five different insulting shirts). In either case, to claim either snowman, they have to fill it up enough so they can remove the piece of coal inside.

BONUS- Derrick
HoH- Caleb

8/28/14 Quick News & Notes

-According to YouTube user Sally Walsh, GSN will acquire more syndicated "$ale" as well as some of "SCRABBLE" & they'll start airing next yr.!
-There was a tie for 2nd on "@midnight" at the end of the next-to-last rd., so they did an arm wrestling match to decide who moved on.
-There was a fake sponsor for the "LATE SHOW Top Ten" for the first time in ages.
-Joan Rivers has been hospitalized w/ complications from throat surgery; she was once in critical condition after she stopped breathing at some point.
-The women of "FRIENDS" reunited on "Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!" last night (& Jimmy played the role of Ross). Also, about a month ago, I saw Kimmel showing a photo of himself w/ acne problems.
-Tim Horton's (which was seen on the first season of "Donut Showdown") has been bought by Burger King (& likewise BK's headquarters will move to Canada). 
-The base prices of the '15 Ford Fiestas have mostly been lowered by $490.
-On "The Daily Show", Jill Katz has been promoted from Producer & Executive in Charge of Production to EP.

"So You Think You Can DaNCe" 8/27/14

GP (C)(Travis): "Wind Beneath My Wings" by RyanDan
SP (Jason Mraz): "Love Someone"
GJ: Jesse Tyler Ferguson

Valerie & Ricky (AJ)(Sean): "Voices of Savannah" by DJ Chus

Jessica & Zack (B)(Spencer): "Hernando's Hideaway" by Ella Fitzgerald ('54)
Valerie & Aaron (T)(Anthony Morigerato): "Love Me or Leave Me" by Sammy Davis, Jr. ('55)
Jessica & Robert (C)(Travis): "When I Go" by Over the Rhine ('01)
Valerie & Zack (C)(Tyce): "Pearls" by Sade ('92)
Jessica & Ricky (Jazz)(Ray): "F for You" by Disclosure feat. Mary J. Blige ('13)
Zack & Aaron (T)(Anthony): "Piano Man"
Ricky & Kathryn (C)(Stacey): "Not About Angels"
Jessica & Valerie (Bollywood)(Nakul): "Ghahra" from "Yeh Jawanni Jay Deewani"
Ricky & Zack (H-h)(Pharside & Phoenix): "The Antidote" by District 78

Ricky: "Skin & Bones" by David J. Roch
Jessica: "It's a Man's Man's Man's World"
Valerie: "Valerie"
Zack: "Superstition (Adam Rafferty version)"

"Let's A$k America"- EP. 2017

Cathy (Madison dog trainer)
John (scout from Indy)
Kym (Akron)
Jenny (6'3" marketing director for former NBA player from Newport, RI)


1. Jennifer Hudson thick or Jennifer Hudson thin- what body type did African-American men say they were more attached to?
Cathy & Kym: Thin- 78%

2. Not shaving their legs or going shirtless in public- which of these did women say they would enjoy doing most if they were a MAN?
Cathy: Shirtless- 41%

3. An OSCAR-winning role or a sitcom that's on for 10 yrs.- if they could only have one acting job ever, which did actors say they'd choose?
Kym: Sitcom- 70%

4. One w/ no sense of humor or one w/ an annoying laugh- what type of woman did single men say they'd be LESS interested in dating?
John & Jenny: Humor- 52%


1. Dr. Oz, Dr. Phil or Dr. Seuss- which famous doctor did Americans say was most helpful in improving their lives?
John & Kym: Oz- 45%
Cathy: Seuss- 41%

2. "Can I have another bag of nuts?", "Can I sit in first class?" or "Can I get your phone number?"- what annoying Q did flight attendants say they hear the most from passengers?
Cathy & John: First class- 46%
Kym: Nuts- 27%

3. Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter or Barack Obama- which President did Republicans say they would rather see added to Mt. Rushmore?
John & Kym: Carter- 75%
Cathy: Clinton- 22%


1. Their kid's pockets, husband's e-mail, kid's text or husband's car- what did moms say they'd be most likely to snoop through?
Kym: Text (had email at first)- 27% $2,600
John: Email- 31% $5,600 (Pockets: 26%)

2. Rewind, fast forward, pause or mute- which remote control function did married men say they'd most like to use on their wife?
BOTH G: Mute- 30% (FF: 16%/Pause: 38%)

W: $4,600

$10,200: The cool accents, free healthcare, high alcohol intake or not having to tip anyone- what part of European life did Americans say they're most envious of?
G: Alcohol- 5% (Accents: 26%/Healthcare: 1/2)


"Top Chef Duels" 8/27

M-U: CJ vs. Stefan


Stefan (who'll retire & go back to Finland at the end of this competition): SMOKED DISHES
Stefan: Salmon

CJ: Pike perch
W- CJ (only Curtis went against him)

CJ: Thinly-sliced pork
Stefan: Thai coconut pork bisque w/ dumplings
W- CJ (sweep)

DUEL: Sea, Land & Air (included foraged ingredients)
GJ: Shailene Woodley

Stefan: Lobster bisque
CJ: Black bass

CJ: Pan-roasted duck breast
Stefan: Turducken

Stefan: Goat w/ acorn mash
CJ: Braised rabbit


Mike: Pan-roasted rib-eye
Stefan: Steak w/ roasted potatoes et al- RETIREMENT TIME

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

"Skin Wars" 8/27

First C #4: They had to paint their fears on their own faces.

Felle: Horror movies
Mythica: Losing humanity
Dutch: Spiders
Nicole: Growing old
Shannon: Killer date
Gear: Celestial demon
Natalie: Death of a loved one
W- Shannon (took half-hr. of work time away from Mythica)

CC #4: They had to create personal superheroes. The winner got $5K worth of Glimmer Body Art glitter.
GJ: Lynda Carter (known for playing Wonder Woman)

Gear: Tetrahedra
Mythica: Prismatica
Felle: Super Daddy
Natalie: Womanifesto
Dutch: Kamikaze
Nicole: Vaudevillain
Shannon: Rescuer Rosie

W- Felle (Also on Top: Dutch & Gear)
L- Mythica (Also on Bottom: Shannon & Nicole)

"America's got Talent" 8/27/14

SP (Ariana Grande): "Break Free" feat. Zedd (at very start of show)

(Note: Piers appeared at the end of the viewer questions asked to the judges.)

Mike Super- IN

Andrey- OUT

Emily- IN
Paul- OUT
Miguel- IN
Dan- OUT

David & Leeman- JUDGES' CHOICE

"Big Brother" 8/27/14

PoV C #9 ("Sting Operation"): This item-counting challenge was inspired by the upcoming new show "scorpion".
EXTRAS: Christine, Derrick & Frankie

1. Pinwheels (227)
Cody (150): FOLD

Christine (640): FOLD
Derrick (348): FOLD
Donny (190): STAY
Nicole (148): FOLD
Frankie (380): STAY- X

2. Espresso cups (482)
Cody (460): STAY
Christine (256): FOLD
Derrick (550): FOLD

Donny (462): FOLD
Nicole (497): FOLD

3. Pieces of fruit (1083):
Cody (970): STAY
Christine (800 600): FOLD
Derrick (1040): FOLD
Donny (1320): FOLD
Nicole (960): FOLD

4. Donuts (559):
Christine (300): FOLD
Derrick (392): FOLD
Donny (326): FOLD

Nicole (480): FOLD

IMO, at this point in the season, if a HoH wins the PoV, the PoV ceremony should be cancelled (unless they want to backdoor someone) & the current nominations should be automatically frozen.

8/27/14 Quick News & Notes

-The "LATE SHOW" monologue began w/ "I'd like to solve the puzzle, Pat". It was also said last night that Howie was on "Make Me Laugh" w/ Dr. Joyce Brothers as a guest.
-Blue confetti cannons went off at the end of "CHELSEA LATELY LIVE!"; the farewell song had Gwen Stefani joining Chelsea in front of the group. Gwen also mispronounced Colbert as "Colbore" during last Mon.'s Primetime Emmys (& the intro titles to last night's "The Colbert Report" reflected that).
-Craig Ferguson's 2Kth ep. of "The Late Late Show" should be on 9/19.
-Poker was played on the Primetime Emmys last Mon.; also, Billy Eichner was on the telecast.
-One time on "@midnight", a 5K-pt. bonus was given to somebody just before the final commercial break. In fact, last night was the first-ever three-way FTW (& there was a tweet about one celeb allegedly watching eps. of "JEOPARDY!" that were too hot for TV).
-"Total Drama" is a Canadian cartoon (which airs on Cartoon Network in the U.S.) that spoofs "Survivor". The host's named Chris McLean.

New "Survivor" Castaways

Drew & Alec Christy (bros.)
Jeremy & Val Collins (married firefighter & police officer)
Reed Kelly & Josh Canfield
Jon Misch & Jaclyn Schultz (college sweethearts)
Natalie & Nadiya Anderson (just competed on "The Amazing Race")
Keith & Wes Nale (father/son)
Missy Payne & Baylor Wilson (mom/daughter)
Dale & Kelley Wentworth (father/daughter)

Various sources contributed to this report.

"Let's A$k America" 8/27

EP. 2015:
Lester (NY bus driver)
Kristen (football player from CHI)
Laura (autism teacher from Naples)
Adam (Woodland Hills)


1. "Girls Gone Wild" or a mugshot- what did fathers say would be the worst place to see their daughter's face?
ALL G: "Girls Gone Wild"- 69%

2. On the 50-yd. line in a snowstorm or a 50-in. screen TV in a Cabo bar- how did NYers say they'd rather watch a Giants football game?
ALL G: Snowstorm- 21%

3. Love or money- what did women in their 40s say they know more about now than they did 20 yrs. ago?
Kristen: $$$- 51%

4. Bra or wig- what did men say they'd least like to wear for a day?
ALL G: Bra- 35%

DfC: Find a piece of bread & butter it.


1. Single men, divorced women or married couple- who did female bartenders say are the best tippers?
Lester: Women- 23%
Kristen: Men- 51%
Laura: Couple- 26%

2. Risque photos, stolen MP3s or emails insulting the company- what did office workers say there were more of on their work computers?
ALL G: Emails- 1/2 (MP3s: 44%)

3. Nome, AK, Salt Lake City or The Bronx- where did college kids say would be the WORST location for Spring Break?
Lester: Bronx- 33%
Ladies: Nome- 13%

DfC: Shampoo bottle or magazine- which of these recyclable items did people admit they were more likely to throw in the trash?
A: Shampoo (59%)
OTA- Laura


1. On an airplane, in a restaurant, at work or in a bar- where did smokers say they most wished they could still smoke?
BOTH SAID: Bar- 25% (Airplane: 23%/Restaurant: 33%)

2. Donuts, pizza, ice cream or French Fries- what food did dieters say they most wish had NO calories?
Lester: Donuts- 23%
Kristen: Pizza- 42% $5,900 (I.C.: 30%)

W: A-I

$29.5K: One w/ muscles, one w/ a fortune, one who's a genius or one who's six ft. tall- which woman did men say they would be more intimidated to ask out?
G: Six ft. tall- 1% (Muscles: 44%/Fortune: 23%)

EP. 2016:
Jessie (K.C., MO)
Brian (Marine Corps pilot from Annapolis)
Ricky (escape artist from S.F.)
Chavela (DET)


1. "She's really pretty" or "She's not much to look at"- married men say they'd get in the most trouble w/ the wife if they said what about her sister?
ALL G: Pretty- 49%

2. Amanda Bynes or Justin Bieber- who did teacher say's more in need of detention?
Men: Justin- 62%

3. Doctors make the worst patients or patients make the worst doctors- which did nurses say was most accurate?
Jessie: Patients make the worst doctors- 12%

4. A guy just out of a long-term relationship or a guy's who never had a girlfriend- who did single women say they'd be LESS interested in dating?
Men: Relationship- 60%


1. Gymnastics, sumo wrestling or jump rope- which of these athletic activities did men say they'd most like to see women do NAKED?
Guys: Gymnastics- 68%
Chavela: Sumo- 13%

2. Snap, crackle or pop- which sound did chiropractors say would be the best to hear while working on a patient's body?
Brian & Chavela: Pop- 37%
Ricky: Crackle- 39%

3. Nirvana t-shirt, Doc Martens or neon pink scrunchie- what '90s clothing item did girls under 20 say they'd be most likely to borrow from their mom's closet?
Brian: Shirt- 45%
Ricky & Chavela: Scrunchie- 30%


1. Only 10, 11-12, 13-15 or 16 or more- what did cashiers say's the maximum number of items they'd actually let a customer bring into the "10 items or less" lane?
Ricky: 16+- 5%
Brian: 13-15- 21% (11-12: 51%)

2. She'll get pregnant right away, she'll get fat, she'll stop having sex w/ him or she'll spend all his money- engaged men say they'd be most bummed out if which thing happened to their fiancees after getting married?
Brian: Fat- 26%
Ricky: Sex- 41% $6,400 ($$$: 27%)

W: $2,200

$8,600: Sticky pads, binder clips, pens or reams of paper- which of these supplies did office workers say they take home the most?
G: Pens- 61% (Pads: 24%/Clips: 15%)

2015: 6
2016: 7

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


Tom McKenna
Fatima Ali
Giorgio Rapicavoli (EC at David Burke Fromagerie in Rumson, NJ)(1/10/12)
Lauren Kyles
J: Scott (no glasses again), Chris & Marc

A: Eel, pepihuates, shaved coconut & sea beans

Giorgio: BBQ eel w/ heirlooms, pepihuates curry, citrus skin, olive oil & coconut milk
Tom: Seared eel w/ sea bean and coconut salad, oranges, rice vinegar & sriracha
Fatima: Tempura eel w/ pepihuates raita, buttermilk, yogurt & coriander seeds- C
Lauren: Pan-seared eel w/ pepihuate glaze, chiles, Dijon & molasses

E: Dressed squab, stuffed grape leaves, Feta & cherry cola

Lauren: Grilled squab w/ mushroom and grape leaf dirty rice, red wine, red onions & olive oil- C (they didn't take a commercial break just before her elimination like usual)
Giorgio: "Peking" squab w/ grape leaf fried rice, sesame oil, scallions & soy sauce
Tom: Roasted squab w/ grape leaf risotto, cherry cola reduction, jalapenos, whiskey & sriracha

D: Grasshopper pie, Granny Smith apples, smoked salt & puffed rice

Giorgio: Caramelized apples & grasshopper pie I.C. w/ rice mousse, blueberries, almond extract & white chocolate
Tom: Grasshopper pie puree w/ caramel puffed rice streusel, blueberries, sugar & agar agar- C

Immediately after this ep. aired for the first time, we saw three "After Hours" segments aired on TV for the first time, but only the first one was new (in that segment, the appetizer basket was used & Geoffrey & Aaron took the places of Scott & Marc).

"Face Off" 8/26

SC #5: Oz characters that fell down the hole to Wonderland.

Damien & Cig: Scarecrow
Dina & Stella: Winged Monkey
Drew & George: Wicked Witch of the West
Jason & Sasha: Cowardly Lion
Keaghlan & Rachael: Tin Woodman

W- Dina
GONE- Jason

"America's got Talent" 8/26/14- RD. OF 24 STARTS

FCJR: "Break Free" by Ariana Grande
Mara: "Breakaway"
BBoB: "Are You Gonna Go My Way"
Paul: "I Want It That Way"
Mike Super: Prediction & disappearing/reappearing act
Andrey: Forest setting
Miguel: "Seven Nation Army"
Sons of Serendip: "Don't You Worry, Child"
David & Leeman: Three buzzes & smashing bags- BUZZED BY EVERYONE BUT HEIDI FOR REAL
Dan: Entered to "I'm Every Woman"
Aerial Animation: "Best Day of My Life"
Emily: "Who Wants to Live Forever"

"Motor City Masters"- GRAND FINALE

FC: Those clay Camaros had to be turned into real futuristic Z/28's.
GJ: Edward T. Welburn, Jr.(GM V-P of Global Design)

Bryan: Orange
Camilo: Blue- MCM

"Id!ottest" 8/26

EP. 1025:
Seth & Holly (married; he's a celebrity impressionist)
Briana & Brian (couple)


S & H: There's a fly in the soup! Where?
G ($100): Plane (A: Zipper on the jeans)

B & B: Which's the heaviest on The Moon- astronaut, oxygen, hydrogen or helium?
G ($100): Astronaut

S & H: We like big buts & we don't know why. Touch the biggest but you can find.
Found? ($120): YES

B & B: Touch the letter that would definitely be returned to sender.
One w/ Chris Hollar as both sender & writer touched? ($160): YES $260


Holly: Touch the pink circle.
Found? ($375): YES $495

Briana: Touch the one who's NOT tied.
Ref Found? ($275): NO

Seth: Touch the iris.
Found in human eye? ($425): YES $920

Brian: What did the "Three Blind Mice" run towards?
G ($225): Grandfather clock

(Note: During the first commercial break, I saw Sherri in a commercial.)


1. Touch the letter E below
Holly ($600): FAIL
Brian ($850): SUCCESS (right in the middle of the paper) $1,110

2. Count all the eyes- two, three, five or 12?
Seth ($2200): Three
Briana ($200): Five (two human eyes, eye of a hurricane & two "eye"s in the sentence below) $1,310

SM: How many different digits from 1-9 can you find on these blocks- three, four, five, six, seven or eight?
Brian (:13): Eight
Briana (:01): Six (A: Seven)

EP. 1022:
Rachel & Jenaya (West Coast cousins)
Cori & Linda (mom/daughter from East Coast)

Rachel & Jenaya won UGLY, $325-$120.

SM: Touch the seventh letter of the alphabet after the fifth letter in the painting- M, W, A, R or F?
Jenaya (:17): W
Rachel (:02): SAME- EPIC FAIL (A: M)

"The Chase" 8/26

Before Mark comes out, Brooke holds up a big suit that The Beast could wear.

GORDON PEPPER (Reston, VA native who got Engineering degree from Harvard):


1. Which of the following was invented first- microwave oven, paper coffee filter or electric garage door opener?
G: Filter

2. The winners on "dancing with the stars" are awarded a trophy that's topped by what- gold star, silver slipper or mirror ball?
G: Mirror ball

3. Once called the Fortunate Islands, which archipelago was named for the dogs living there- Aleutian Islands, Canary Islands or Faroe Islands?
G: Aleutian (A: Canary)

4. If you enjoy the brooding, pale sexiness of Robert Pattinson's character in "Twilight", you're most likely on which team- Team Jacob, Team Ryan or Team Edward?
G: Edward

5. Which of these ISN'T an element on The Periodic Table- freon, fluorine or samarium?

6. The name of what star in the constellation Orion means "shoulder of the giant"- Betelgeuse, Aldebaran or Antares?
G: Betelgeuse

CAITLIN (graduated w/ honors from Johns Hopkins):


1. Who allegedly told U.S. Customs he had NOTHING to declare but his genius- John Lennon, Oscar Wilde or Simon Cowell?
G: Oscar Wilde

2. What spider lives underwater by trapping an air bubble in its web & using it to breathe- lake bottom spider, diving bell spider or submarine spider?
G: Diving bell

3. If Kim has a 20L can & Khloe has a 10 gal can, who's got the bigger can- Kim, Khloe or their cans are the same size?

G: Kim

4. Which of these Denzel Washington movies was set farthest from Washington, D.C.- "Cry Freedom", "Much Ado About Nothing" or "Training Day"?
G: "Training Day" (A: "Cry Freedom")

5. In 1559, King Henry II of France was fatally injured while participating in which activity- jousting, archery or eating breakfast?
G: Jousting

6. Often called "the world's smallest army", the Swiss Guard's responsible for protecting whom- Prince Albert of Monaco, The Pope or The Sultan of Brunel?
G: The Pope

FQ: Which event made its Winter Olympics debut this yr.- women's ski jumping, women's two-person bobsled or women's skeleton?
G: Women's ski jumping- IN $42K

MICHAEL (national merit scholar in HS, Stephen King fan & SAT tutor from Hartland, WI):


1. Which sci-fi movie was an adaptation of the Philip K. Dick novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep- "Total Recall", "Blade Runner" or "I, Robot"?
G: "Blade Runner"

2. Which was the first sport played on The Moon- frisbee, football or golf?
G: Golf

3. Which's true about the number of vertebrae in a giraffe's neck- giraffes have more than humans, giraffes have the same as humans or giraffes have fewer than humans?
G: Fewer (A: Same)

4. The Naked Chef's alone in the kitchen thinking about Stroganoff. He should recall it was named for a Russian what- city, diplomat or battle?
G: Diplomat

5. Franz Mesmer "mesmerized" the public as the father of which practice- stargazing, sleight of hand or hypnotism?
G: Hypnotism $52K

FC R- FAIL IN 1:19 13 (only missed one Q)

"Food Fighters" 8/26

HC: Jon Coombs (Army Sgt.)
M: Cookie sandwich, shrimp & grits, mac & cheese, Caribbean chicken & scallops & potatoes

Jon: Scallops w/ fingerlings
Daniel: Scallops w/ potato chive pancake

Jon: Cheesy cracker M & C
Devin: Bacon-topped M & C

Jon: Caribbean chicken w/ coconut rice & beans
Vic: Caribbean chicken w/ papaya salsa

Jon: Almond cookie sandwich w/ vanilla cream & strawberry basil relish
Eric: PB&J cookie sandwich

Jon: Shrimp & cheese grits w/ tomato sauce
Cat: Shrimp w/ garlic grits & bacon butter

8/26/14 Quick News & Notes

-The 2nd "The Price is Right Male Model Search" begins 9/6 in Spartanburg, SC.
-Tyra's new syndicated talk show will be titled "The Fab"; Nicole Richie's also joining their panel.
-The Thurs. morning GSN blocks ("Super PASSWORD" replaces "Deal or No Deal" in the 11 AM timeslot that day) are sponsored by Tylenol Extra Strength.
-During the 2nd BR format, the "Split Second" entrance/BR doors were always open after the host's intro & the lightning didn't sound for a car win (that was always the case for five-time champs).
-Warner Bros. TV is planning a "Full House" revival.
-As of right now, an uncolored WWE logo appears near the bottom-right corner of our screens during telecasts. 
-As of this yr., "tosh.0" ends each ep. by naming an Audience Member of the Wk. (& new eps. resume tonight at 10 PM).
-On the '85 "Concentration" pilots, the win cues for the maingame & endgame were flip-flopped.

"Let's A$k America"- EP. 2014

Sally (Dallas, GA)
Brantley (snowboarder from NYC)
Ryan (orig. from NY)
Katherine (Nashville native who names each of her wigs)


1. "Listen to Your Heart" or "Keep your eye on your wallet"- what did divorced men say they'd tell a friend who said "I've found love at first sight"?
ALL G: Wallet- 42%

2. Grooming for themselves or for their dog- what did bachelors who own dogs spend more money on in '12?
Men: Dogs- 20%

3. Nerds or jocks- what kind of women did men say are sexier?
ALL G: Nerds- 42%

4. Planning how to do it or actually doing it- what did managers say was the most difficult part of firing someone?
Brantley & Katherine: Actually- 63%


1. "My wife", "My kid" or "Me"- who did dads say's the smartest person in the house?
Sally: Wife- 29%
Brantley: Me- 61%
Katherine: Kid- 10%

2. Hair, shoes or makeup- if they were going to a wedding & could only spend money on one thing, what did women say it would be?
Sally: Hair- 53%
Brantley & Katherine: Makeup- 13%

3. Illegal gambling, recreational drug use or prostitution- what crime did police officers say they'd most like to see legalized?
Sally: Prostitution- 40% $2,700
Brantley & Katherine: Drugs- 31%


1. Funeral, wedding ceremony, theatre or job interview- Americans said they'd be most embarrassed if their cellphone went off where?
BOTH SAID: Funeral- 55% (Sally: $4,700/Brantley: $2,900)(Wedding: 8%/Theatre: 6%)

2. Softer sheets, darker room, white noise machine or husband in another room- what did married women say would help them sleep better at night?
BOTH SAID: Husband- 19% (Sheets: 35%/Room: 25%)

W: A-I

$23.5K: You drink from a mason jar, you have a "formal" t-shirt, your car's parked on your lawn or your Christmas lights are up yr.-round- what did people from the South say was the most obvious sign that you might be a redneck?
G: Lights- 18% (Jar: 17%/Car: 24%)


Monday, August 25, 2014

8/25/14 Quick News & Notes

-Former "JEOPARDY!" & "Millionaire" contestant Claire Ogilvie is facing charges of breaking into a VA lawmaker's home & assaulting his wife.
-Bob Barker's app. on "The Bold & The Beautiful" will air this Thurs.
-$110,300 was given away to the S3 civilian winners of 'Cutthroat Kitchen". 140 grand has already been paid this season.
-Team America must decide their own mission this wk. & the home viewers will vote on whether or not it's a success.
-Amongst the celebrities added to "Celebrity Name Game" are Sherri Shepherd, Rocco DiSpirito, Sheryl Crow, Tiffani Thiessen, Kathy Najimy, Dave Foley, Kate Flannery, Rosie O'Donnell, David Alan Grier & Mel B.
-"IMPACT WRESTLING" is expected to move to a cable channel called Velocity next yr.; incidentally, WWE had a short-lived syndicated program titled "Velocity". 
-"The Amazing Race" won another Emmy tonight.

"MasterChef" 8/25/14

MB #6 TT (each box was full of apples; no desserts allowed):
Christian: Apple-stuffed pork chop w/ bacon, Brussels Sprouts, zucchini & red apples
Leslie: Apple-stuffed pork loin w/ bacon & Gruyere
Courtney: Apple-stuffed pork loin w/ apple & Celeriac salad- W

(Note: Before this challenge, they all got letters from home.)

ET #6 Duos: Jaimee & Leslie, (they all had to cook dim sum), Christian & Willie & Cutter & Elizabeth

W- Jaimee & Leslie
L- Willie

"King of Cones"- (FIRST SEASON) FINALE

Callie Speer (self-taught pastry chef from Austin)
Jason Reaves (Middleburg, VA native who was on "Sugar Dome" 2/16 last yr.)
Lei Shishak (Sugar Blossom Bake Shop owner in San Clemente)
Ryan Stipp (Kingsport, TN pastry chef)
J: Doug Quint (Big Gay Ice Cream co-founder), John & Paulette

R1: Rock 'N Roll

MI: Popping candy

L: Vanilla bean I.C. instruments (incl. chocolate roulade cake)
C: Cinnamon sherbet guns & roses w/ chocolate soil- L
J: Cinnamon Chili Baked AK
R: P.B. banana I.C. sandwich w/ whiskey chocolate ganache staff

R2: Rodeo
MI: Bacon

R: Chocolate bacon "desserted" rodeo funnel cake w/ chocolate horseshoe & whiskey caramel sauce

L: Bacon-salted caramel rodeo clown w/ freehand chocolate cowboy & chocolate barrel cake- L
J: Roasted corn cilantro I.C. bull riding ring w/ bacon fat/almond lime sand, blueberry/lime sauce & chocolate fence

FR: 50's Diner
MI: Malt balls
SI: Maraschinos

J: Deconstructed 50's diner (based on a banana split)- W
R: Classic 50's banana split meal

"Let's A$k America" 8/25

EP. 2012:
Jimmy (Navy vet from Tulsa, OK)
Bonnie (aerobics teacher for three decades from Vestavia Hills, AL)
Melissa (ATL radio worker)
Johnathan (Plano)


1. Prison or an adult film- women in relationships say they'd be most shocked to discover their boyfriend had been in which of these?
Jimmy & Bonnie: Prison- 51%

2. "STAR WARS" characters or their actual relatives- what did comic book fans say they could name more of?

3. Take the call or let it go to voicemail- what did businesswomen say they'd do if an important call came in while they were in the bathroom?
Bonnie: Let it go- 52%

4. Write letters or use a landline- what do college students say they do more times in a yr.?
Johnathan: Landline- 47%


1. Earrings in both ears, a man purse or Chihuahua- what did women say's the least-manly thing a guy can have?
Jimmy & Melissa: Man purse- 48%
Bonnie: Chihuahua- 28%

2. The smartest person in the world, the hottest person in the world or the richest person in the world- what did members of MENSA say they'd rather be?
Jimmy & Bonnie: Hottest- 16%
Melissa: Richest- 35%

3. Dog, hitchhiker or ex-wife- who did truckers say they would least like to have as a traveling companion?
ALL G: Ex- 36% (Hitchhiker: 47%)


1. Super speed, super strength, x-ray vision or invisibility- what superpower did moms say they most wished they had?
Jimmy: Invisibility- 49%
Melissa: Speed- 16% (Strength: 20%)

2. "I'm hungover", "I'm sore", "I haven't eaten" or "I'm sick"- which excuse for skipping a workout did personal trainers say was the most PATHETIC?
Jimmy: Eat- 23%
Melissa: Hungover- 33% $4,900 (Sore: 29%)

W: $2.5K

$7,400: Police officer, psychiatrist, minister or Senator- who did teens say would be the most difficult to have as a parent?
G: Police- 34% (Minister: 33%/Psychiatrist: 20%)

EP. 2011:
Stacey (Brooklyn nutrition/fitness coach)
Mike (St. Cloud, MN DJ)
Chris (boat captain from Tampa)
Andrea (Holmdel, NJ actress/singer/performer)


1. Updating the boss' schedule or updating their own facebook page- which of these did assistants say they spend more time doing at work?
Andrea & Mike: facebook- 23%

2. Lose the lady or take the puppy to the pound- what did single men who own dogs say they'd do if they met the perfect woman...who was allergic to dogs?
Ladies: Lose the lady- 52%

3. Veterinarian or dentist- who did parents say they'd be more willing to take medical advice from if their kid was sick?
ALL G: Dentist- 64%

4. Earthquakes or people- what did New Yorkers say was the #1 reason they wouldn't want to live in L.A.?
Stacey & Mike: People- 3/4


1. Deodorant, nose hair trimmer or gym membership- what did guys say's the present they'd LEAST want from a girlfriend?
Stacey: Deodorant- 33%
Chris & Andrea: Trimmer (he originally had deodorant)- 52%

2. Being hit on by customers, having to work on their feet or poor tippers- what did waitresses say was the WORST part of their job?
Stacey & Chris: Tippers- 30%
Andrea: Feet- 47%

3. Gratuitous violence, frontal nudity or filthy language- which part of an R-rated movie did members of the clergy say they were LEAST offended by?
Stacey & Chris: Violence- 49%
Andrea: Nudity- 29%


1. Spiders, snakes, rats or clowns- which did our brave men & women in the military say scares them the most?
Chris: Clowns- 3%
Andrea: Snakes- 61% $4,400 (Spiders: 33%)

2. Valentine's Day, Christmas, New Yr.'s Eve or Halloween- which holiday did women say would be the WORST to also be on their birthday?
BOTH SAID: Christmas- 57% (V.D.: 17%/NYE: 6%)

W: $2K

$10,400: 18th, 21st, 30th or 40th- on which birthday did most 50-yr.-olds say they finally felt "like a grown-up"?
G: 21st- 28% (18th: 8%/30th: 39%)


"Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge" 8/24

Trench Warfare returns for the first challenge on the final two eps. of the season beginning next wk.

Arianna (fitness manager) vs. Jenny (gym owner)- ARIANNA
Taylor (stuntwoman) vs. Taunya (social worker)- TAUNYA
Megan (staffing agent) vs. Rachel (real estate agent)- MEGAN
Amber (fitness director) vs. Karis (Crossfit coach)- KARIS

Taunya vs. Megan- MEGAN
Arianna vs. Karis- KARIS



"Rachael vs. Guy: kids Cook-Off" 8/24

T #2: Ingredients

M-C #2: In each rd., they had to ID an ingredient using one of the five senses.

1. Radish (taste)
2. Chicken feet (touch)
3. Blue cheese (smell)
4. Cloves (super smell)
5. Chicken liver (sight)
W- Madison (three) & Gibson (four)(two-night stay in NYC w/ tickets to the Food & Wine Festival)

MC #2: "Chopped"
GJ: Alex G.

A (Finn vs. Sean): Clams, chorizo, almonds & sourdough
E #1 (Luis vs. Gibson): Pork tenderloin, mushrooms, fig jam & Dijon
E #2 (Amber vs. Madison): Rack of lamb, lemongrass, garbanzos & Israeli couscous
D (Helen vs. Lauren): Vanilla cake mix, cream cheese, honey & saffron

Sean: Chorizo clam soup w/ bread & pesto
Finn: Clams w/ a chorizo twist
Luis: Pork medallions w/ savory gravy
Gibson: Deconstructed Pork Wellington
Amber: Lamb two ways w/ garbanzo bean salad
Madison: Around-the-world lamb & bacon
Helen: Mini-layered shortcake
Lauren: Poppy seed cupcakes

Dish- Lauren & Gibson
Camera- Finn & Sean
MVP- Sean

Sunday, August 24, 2014

"The Great Food Truck Race" 8/24

Locale #2: Old Tucson
SM: $300 (1/3 had to be spent on marketing)

TS #2: The crews had to sell the most Sonoran hot dogs they could; they couldn't serve anything else until they got a Sonoran hot dog on their menu.

W- BC ($500)(159)
2. MM ($250)(137)
3. MF ($100)(87; 669 sold collectively)

SB #2: For the remainder of the weekend, they had to sell their food at the 29th Annual Downtown Folk Festival.

SB #3: At this pt., they had a half-hr. to write their own food truck jingle & perform it on stage.

W- BC ($3,685)
2. LSCW ($3,238)
3. MM ($2,716)
4. LTTB ($2,376)
5. MMM ($2,290)
L BY $184- GG

"Cutthroat Kitchen" 8/24 (EP. 408)

Tim Havidic (Downers North alum & TCD culinary program member from CHI)
Whitney Werner (chef/owner)
Kat Nitsou (priv. chef from Vegas)
Dominique Solomon (priv. & celebrity chef)
J: Simon

R1: Breakfast scramble

A #1:
1. Vertical egg cooker, breakfast sandwich maker & egg incubator- WHITNEY ($18.5K)(Vertical: Tim/Sandwich: Whitney)
2. Spool of wire- WHITNEY ($7.5K)(Tim)

GONE 1ST- Dominique

R2: Lobster roll

A #2:

1. Two gigantic lobster claws acting as gloves- KAT (20 large left)(Whitney)
2. Grab a roll in a fish tank using fishermen gloves- KAT (16 remaining)(T)
3. Chain opponent to anchor- WHITNEY ($6,700)(K)


FR: Chocolate cake

A #3:

1. Chocolate-covered food platter- TIM (22 biggies left)
2. Kiddie mixer- TIM ($21.5K)


"Big Brother" 8/24/14

HoH C #8 ("Punching For Days"): An event that happened within the first 50 days was announced & they made their day meter go up one by doing a gut punch or five for doing a glove punch. A wrong answer reset their counter.

1. Seeing themselves as comic book heroes (44)- NICOLE
2. Joey transformed into alter-ego Alex (12)- VICTORIA
3. Brittany scored 2,400th soccer goal (31; got it the day before)- CHRISTINE
4. Paola fell off swing (6)- CALEB
5. Devin put on the block (25)- DERRICK
6. Amber won third competition (29)- CODY
NOMINATED- Nicole & Donny (also this wk.'s H-N)

"Rising Star"- GRAND FINALE

Special Performance:
Brad Paisley: "Moonshine in the Trunk"

The experts DON'T factor in the voting tonight. For the deciding duel only, the percentages are NOT revealed until the final reveals.

D #1:
Dana: "At Last"- 30%
Jesse: "Fortunate Son" by CCR ('69)- 87%

D #2:
Austin: "In Love With a Girl" by Gavin DeGraw ('08)- 70%
Audrey: "Love Me Like a Man" by Bonnie Raitt ('72)- 49%

Jesse: "Love, Reign o'er Me" by The Who ('73)- 76%
Austin: "Bless the Broken Road"- 61%

"WIPEOUT" 8/24 (EP. 709)

This could be their last two-hr. standalone ep. ever.

1st: Pink Slip (but w/ pink inflatable tongues)
$500 Smallsy T: Dunk
Finale: Smallsy Factory

Aaron Mathrole & Jordan Saldano (paramedics)- 7:28.9
"Greased Monkeys" Anita Longhitano (auto repair shop) & Allison Kile- 12:53.9
"Virus Patrol" Danny Perry & Adam Guzman (computer techs)- 8:49.9
"Innkeepers" Mallory Stone & Matthew Walsh (hotel workers who wear pink headbands)- 7:35.8
Jeremy Ecks & Elsie Venegas (baristas)- OUT
"Batman & The Product Tester" Lucas Warfield & Marilyn Davidson (sporting equip. product testers)- 7:13.1
"Shaft Squad" Alan Clegg & Ryan Tongue (elevator & escalator repairmen)- 6:53
"Princi-Pal & Edutainer" Ben Dale & Karl Kurz- 7:13.5
"Cookbook Queens" Gloria Govan & Holly Lowe Jones (cookbook writing)- 8:32.7
Jeremy & Teondra (skate shop)- 9:46
Sandy Dulaney & Ronnie Batin (married kickboxing instructors)- 9:27.4

The other losing team finished at 9:56.6.

Advancing Past SR:
1. Matthew & Mallory
2. Ryan & Alan
3. Marilyn & Lucas
4. Aaron & Jordan
5. Danny & Adam
6. Sandy & Ronnie

Ryan- 22'6
Matthew- 35'
Ronnie- 23'
Aaron- 17'6"

Surviving FSPSPPB:
1. Alan & Ryan
2. Danny & Adam
3. Aaron & Jordan
4. Lucas & Marilyn

(Note: Sandy reportedly injured his back in that rd. & he & Ronnie quit.)

1. Aaron & Jordan
2. Alan & Ryan

AARON & JORDAN- 7:14.93
ALAN & RYAN- 5:19.8

"Family Game Night"- EP. 509

BoM: Logan, Kyranda, Mandy & Kip

1. D (TB): 7
2. E: 10
3. G: 9- X
4. B: 6
5. A: 4
FP: H- 5 (no Caribbean trip)
CC C: #2- BRY

C4B: Troy, Jake, Karl & Anna (RB) vs. Logan, Preston, Kari & Dan


GT W (Pirate's Dinner Adv. & Atomic foozball)

CC C's:
GT: #4- BYR
YT: #5- BRO

MR: Trinitee, Ron & Kia

#3: IT
#2: PP (#1: BOARDWALK)


#3: IT
#5: BOARDWALK (#1: PP/#2: LT)

#1- BANKRUPT (a "FGN" first- no chance to go to theme park rides)
#3- LT (#2: IT/#4: BOARDWALK/#5: PP)
CC C: #7- OBY

SF: MJ, Nytalia, Miquel & Nicole vs. Elijah, Caleb, Anna & Sean

1. YRGB- 1
2. BGYR- 2
3. GBRY- 3
4. RYBG- 4
5. BGRY- SWEEP (GLD Products Aurora table tennis, '15 Six Flags Magic Mountain passes & combo season passes to Six Flags Hurricane Harbor in Valencia, CA)

CC C's:
RT: #6- OGR
OT: #1- YRG

S!: Ayano & Erik (she lived in Japan when she was a 1st Grader)

T: Red, White, Orange, Blue & Green
B: Brown, Yellow, Purple, Black & Pink

1. YELLOW: 2
2. BLUE: 4 $   800
3. ORANGE: 3 $1,700
4. RED: S!
5. PINK: 4
6. WHITE: 1 $   900
7. PURPLE: 3 $1,700
8. GREEN: 1 $2,600- BAILOUT BECAUSE OF AUDIENCE (so they forfeit a tropical getaway)(BLACK: S!)
CC C: #3- GRO


1st St. (Hamburger, Horse, Thimble & Soccer Ball): THIMBLE- $1,050 ($1,150)
2nd St. (Cat, Rollerblade, Boot & Surfboard): SURFBOARD- $1,100 ($2,250)
3rd St. (Wheelbarrow, Soda, Hat & Cellphone): SODA- $1,700 ($3,950)
4th St. (Skateboard, Plane, Cannon & Dog): DOG- WIN!

They didn't win the Jeep Patriot...instead, it's a '15 Santa Monica Ford Escape S, for a GT of $27,455 in cash & SUV!

(Final notes: As soon as it landed on WIN, the money dispensing sound was played again followed by the usual game win music.)

8/24/14 Quick News & Notes

-The lowest PB ever on any number has to be $1.09 from the very first ep. of "Price". The highest possible P.B. of $9.87 was offered on 4/8/97. The highest this century's $9.84 from 10/14/10. The lowest in the current era's $2.01 from Election Day '12 (also the cheapest since $1.89 on 10/9/72). One of the most common P.B. amounts besides $3.21 is $9.31 (at least 10 times). The cheapest butt bank ever won may be $1.45 from 9/20/72.
-Diem's battling colon cancer for the third time; she collapsed while taping the upcoming season of "The Challenge" in Panama.
-"MasterChef Canada" will start airing on Cooking Channel beginning 9/9 at 8 PM w/ back-to-back eps.
-In a promo Daffney's All-Star Squad Buddy System shot for Shine Wrestling, it started w/ "Cupcake Wars" being mentioned.
-Yesterday afternoon, Victoria collapsed in the "Big Brother" bathroom partially because of wisdom teeth pain.
-Mariah has split w/ Nick Cannon & could be on the brink of divorcing.
-Erin said the "dancing" rehearsals were dirty & nasty.
-Dustin Diamond's a part of "The Unauthorized SAVED by the BELL Story" that premieres 9/1 at 9 PM on Lifetime. 
-12 yrs. ago in a P.E. summer school class, I gave my team's final project slideshow a "Family Feud" theme of sorts & I virtually bailed the team out. 
-"WWE SmackDown!" is going to Thurs. on Syfy beginning in Oct. 
-Chrissy Teigen's in the running to work for Tyra's new talk show. 
-Just like "The Spelling Bee", participants pre-selected for "basic cable name that tune" are already in the audience.

Friday, August 22, 2014

"Donut Showdown" 8/22 (20TH EP.)

Mark Tagula (former banker from Vancouver, BC whose shop recently got burnt down; he went to Thailand to learn about French pastries)
Nick Semeraro (has worked at Donuts Delite in Rochester since he was nine)
Dayna Page (Cock-a-Doodle Donuts co-owner in Port Angeles, WA)
R1 MI: Salt & vinegar P.C. (this ep.'s also part of Cooking Channel's Frozen Treats Wk.)

Mark: Buttermilk w/ coppered maldon salt
Nick: Strawberry banana w/ crushed chips- FAIL
Dayna: Chocolate butterscotch salt & vinegar

UDS T: Outer Space
MI: Popping candy

1. Asteroid Belt w/ popcorn & rock/popping candies
2. UFO w/ lime zest & tequila
3. Jupiter w/ swirl glaze, raspberry buttercream & popping candy

1. Butterfly Nebula w/ lemon glaze & raspberry
2. Asteroid Apple fritter w/ sausage & maple sauce
3. Milky Way w/ popping candy & chocolate

W- Mark

8/22/14 Quick News & Notes

-Giada appeared last night on "The Tonight Show" & according to Jimmy Fallon played "Catchphrase" as bad as could possibly be.
-Christy Hemme (who's now pregnant) looks just like Giada.
-"Bachelor in Paradise" will air on both Mon. & Tues. next wk. (both start at 8 PM).
-"Wheel" was mentioned as the #2 item on the most recent "LATE SHOW Top Ten".
-I saw Harry on the first S32 promo for "Wheel".
-Early on in the life of CBS' "The $25K Pyramid", the money win graphics were all Helvetica, then for a short time just the dollar sign was Helvetica. 
-The THREE featured QD items tomorrow are a shelled pecan, a stopwatch that isn't on a phone & a wine bottle cork.

"Let's A$k America" 8/22

EP. 2009:
Eric (West Hollywood firefighter orig. from the East Coast)
Shereen (Tempe)
Jillian (interior design student from K.C., MO)
Mitch (Muncie, IN)


1. "I love you" or "I'm sorry"- what did single men say's harder to say to a woman?
Eric & Shereen: "I love you"- 49%

2. Free drugs or free diagnosis- what did doctors say they're more tired of their friends asking them for?
Eric & Jillian: Diagnosis- 87%

3. He's probably stuck in traffic or he's probably just a jerk- what did single women say they thought about a man who's late for a date?
ALL G: Jerk- 35%

4. Smokers bumming cigarettes or non-smokers' nasty looks- which of these did smokers say annoys them more?
Shereen: Cigarettes- 52%


1. Elvis Presley, James Dean or Jim Morrison- who did women in their 40s say should be named People's Sexiest Man Alive?
Ladies: James- 62%
Eric: Jim- 14%

2. You don't have to change diapers, don't have to get a minivan or don't have to listen to Barney- what did people without children say's the best reason NOT to have kids?
Eric: Diapers- 67% $1,200
Ladies: Barney- 23%

3. DNA evidence, informants or luck- what did police officers say plays the biggest role in helping them solve crimes?
Eric & Shereen: DNA- 57%
Jillian: Informants- 27%


1. Skin-tight jeans, earring, spray tan or bad toupee- what did men under 21 say would embarrass them the most if their dad wore it?
Eric: Toupee- 10%
Shereen: Jeans- 11% (Earring: 60%)

2. Dopey, Grumpy, Happy or Sleepy- administrative assistants said which of these dwarves most reminds them of their boss?
Shereen: Dopey- 32%
Eric: SAME $2,400 (Grumpy: 39%/Sleepy: 4%)

W: A-I

$13.5K: Someone fatter, dumber, uglier or poorer- who did divorced men say they'd rather their ex-wife get married to next?
G: Uglier- 27% (Fatter: 13%/Dumber: 43%)

EP. 2010:
Troy (Gilbert)
Lindsey (athletic club manager from Heath, TX)
Kaneesha (recent college grad from St. Petersburg)
Philip (Great Neck, NY optometrist)


1. "You shouldn't eat that" or "Is that what you're wearing?"- what did women in relationships say's the WORST thing their boyfriend could say to them?
Gentlemen: Wearing- 68%

2. Running into boss in bathroom or running into boss at Happy Hour- what did office workers say would make them more uncomfortable?
Troy: Happy Hour- 44%

3. Dad or grandma- who would women in their 30s rather have pick their outfit for a first date?
ALL G: Dad- 73%

4. Ones who never participate or who are involved in everything- which parents did ES teachers say they disliked more?
Troy & Lindsey: Never participate- 43%


1. Shower curtain liner, pillow shams or scented candle- what item did bachelors say was the least necessary to own?
ALL G: Shams- 60% (Candle: 25%)

2. Hair loss, weight gain or reduced sex drive- what did married women in their 20s say they were most worried about happening to their husbands?
Ladies: Sex- 35%
Philip: Weight- 38% $2.5K

3. No TV, car or cellphone- teens said the worst punishment was having which privilege revoked?
ALL G: Cellphone- 50% (Car: 40%)(Philip swept the first two rds.)


1. Their girlfriend, ex-girlfriend, girlfriend's best friend or best friend's girlfriend- who did men say they fantasize about most often?
BOTH G: Best friend's girlfriend- 2% (Girlfriend: 65%/Ex-girlfriend: 13%)

2. Cheatin', beer, highway or darlin'- what did people from TX say's the most overused word in Country music?
BOTH G: Beer- 25% (Cheatin': 40%/Highway: 6%)

W: A-I

$20K: Old planes, tired pilots, turbulence or drunk passengers- what did flight attendants say makes them the most nervous while on the job?

G: Drunk- 20% (Planes: 22%/Pilots: 33%)

2009: 4
2010: 6