Family Feud: I'm only covering the opener of today's doubleheader, and with a good reason. The Bibbs family is trying to become the second undefeated champions in a row. To win that crown, they have to beat the Edwards family.
The Bibbs clan scores first with 68 on things you would hate to have run out on a cruise ship. They add another 74 on things single women would do after an awful blind date.
Double: Name something that a cook might accidentally drop into the soup of the day. Starting with:
2. Spoon/ladle (16, Patrick)
3. Hair (13, Andre)
The team full of Edwards decides to play. Lenna says bugs...no. Theresa says salt...believe it or not, that's #1 (21)! Thomas says a band-aid (?!?!!?)....IT'S THERE AS THE BOTTOM ANSWER (5)!!! I don't believe it! Michael says a cup...no. Patrick says another food...three strikes. To score a safety net heading into the triple points round, Sonny says a watch or other jewelry...it's there as #5 (6), so the champs go to 252! #4 was sweat (6).
Triple: Name a food that dieters dream about at night. Nikita rings in with candy...all sweets are NUMBER ONE (76), so the champs get a chance to close it out! Crystal says pizza...#2 (11)! Sonny says cheeseburgers...that or hamburgers are good enough as #3 (6)! They're in the driver's seat now, with the dreaded #4 answer left. Natasha says losing weight (?!?!?!?!)....DOH!!!! ZONK ANSWER OF THE WEEK SO FAR, FOLKS. Andre says soda...better answer, but not there. Nikita says the bottom answer is French Fries....but it's not. To force Sudden Death, Thomas goes with pasta....NO, so we have another undefeated family! The bottom answer was steak (3).
Fast Money: If Crystal and Natasha can pull off a $20,000 win here, this family will have the third-highest five-day total ever on this version of the show.
1. Name something people wear outside on a sunny day.
2. Name a specific food you buy no matter how much it costs.
3. A word that rhymes with "butter".
4. How many bathrooms does the average mansion have?
5. Something you might climb.
Natasha says sandals, meat (#1), smutter (DOH- I don't believe that's even a word!), ten and mountain (#1) for 81. Crystal says sunglasses, milk, futter (DOH- another word that I don't believe exists!), three and ladder for 136 and $680, meaning they'll have to settle for the second-highest five-day total of the season- $42,280. #1 answers not said by the family:
Temptation: Morgenstarr made her first title defense against:
Jennifer: A travel agent who loves to buy and sell stuff online.
Stacey: An accounting clerk who says having children makes shopping a must.
After Speed Round #1...
...Stacey was offered a home exercise package consisting of a balance ball, a yoga lift, a collection of exercise DVDs and a 32" Toshiba LCD TV. ARP: $1,161, with a base sale price of $8. The final offer was a $6 price. Going once...SOLD! Fame Game board:
_ _ _ _ _
_ _ _ _ _
1. In high school, I was my class' president.
2. In the 1980s, I became Miss Teen Ohio.
Stacey rung in with this showing...
_ A _ L _
_ E _ _ _
...she said HALLE BERRY...holy smokes, that's right to go back into the lead with $44!
Knock Off category...stores on Rodeo Drive.
Saks Fifth Avenue
Dolce & Gabbana
Tiffany & Co.
Jennifer began things with Prada...good for $5 and $25 total. The champ said Tiffany & Co., and that was a $2 answer, taking her to $32. Stacey's opening pick was Fendi...also worth two bucks, taking her to $46. Gucci's second pick was Gucci...also worth a deuce, taking her to $27. Morgenstarr's second pick was Versace...also worth the minimum, so she was at $34. Stacey then went for Giorgio Armani...good for $5 and a new score of $51. Jenny's next pick was Christian Dior...that's the $10 answer, making her new score $37. Morgenstarr then tried Dolce & Gabbana...that's the last $5 answer of the round, meaning she went to $39. Stacey then selected Brooks Brothers for a big lead...GOT IT to end the round with $66!
Her next Instant Bargain was a trip to Chicago worth $1,900 for just $15! $200 was then thrown in as the final offer, meaning she could have bought $2,100 worth of stuff at this point. Going once....SOLD!
The two choices in Speed Round #2 were magazine and TV series.
MORGENSTARR ANSWERS MAGAZINE- RIGHT ($44)
STACEY GOES WITH TV SERIES- YOU BET ($56)
3. "30 Rock"
MORGENSTARR'S GUESS WAS TV SERIES- YOU BET ($49)
JENNIFER BUZZES IN WITH TV SERIES- RIGHT ($42)
MORGANSTARR GOES WITH MAGAZINE- YES ($54)
6. "Gilmore Girls"
STACEY SAYS TV SERIES- YOU BET ($61)
7. "Marie Claire"
MORGENSTARR ANSWERS MAGAZINE- CORRECT ($59)
8. "Crossing Jordan"
JENNIFER SAYS TV SERIES- OF COURSE ($47)
Final question: "Harper's Bazaar"
MORGENSTARR SAYS MAGAZINE- RIGHT FOR THE LEAD ($64)
With just a $3 lead, she might have very well gone for the Instant Ca$h, with a $2,500 jackpot at stake..and she did! She chose the brown wallet...BULLSEYE! Anybody could've won after the last Speed Round.
Q1: "Saturday Night Live" originally aired on what night of the week?
STACEY ANSWERS; Saturday- RIGHT ($71)
Q2: In what city can you shop at the Haight Ashbury district?
JENNY ANSWERS; London- NO (A: San Francisco; $37)
Q3: Gala or Granny Smith- which apple is green when it's ripe?
MORGENSTARR HAS GRANNY SMITH- RIGHT ($71)
Q4: If you do ten crunches a day, how many will you do in a week?
MORGENSTARR BUZZES IN AGAIN; 70- RIGHT ($81)
Final question: Who played the hottie hitchhiker in "Thelma & Louise"
STACEY GOES FOR THE TIE; Brad Pitt- RIGHT ($81)
That meant that one more question was asked. A right answer was a winner, and a wrong answer was a loser. Here it was:
What "Desperate Housewives" actress played a transsexual in "Transamerica"?
Stacey said Felicity Huffman for the championship! Morgenstarr left with $3,658 in cash and prizes, while Jennifer just went out the door.
Super Knock Off category...famous people that graduated from college.
Alex Trebek (!!)
1. Connie Chung- $25
2. Alex Trebek- $25 ($50)
3. Rush Limbaugh- LOSE
$100 was behind Howard Stern, while $50 was behind Taye Diggs. The other two were Adam Sandler and Jay Leno.
She decided to refuse the watch and return next time.
WOF: Michelle Stafford from "The Young and the Restless" did an opening message. Tonight's players are Ann Martinez from Chyenne, Wyoming (who is a child care provider and is orginally from Wisconsin), Michael Brando from Vegas (who is an air traffic controller originally from upstate NY) and Jeanne Wilkenson from Exodur, CA (who's living in a family that loves the great outdoors).
Martinez gets DADDY'S LITTLE GIRL for $1,000, while the man quickly gets MICROWAVE OVEN for $2,000.
Round 1 category is Place, and it's tonight's Prize Puzzle! Out on the wheel now is a New Mexico spa trip worth $5,051. The guy gets the Wild Card right out of the gate after calling the T's at the beginning. After Wilkenson calls the S's, we have...
S E _ _ _ _ E _
S _ O T
T H E
_ E _ _ H
...I don't know the top word, but she loses her turn by repeating the H. Martinez calls an $800 L (in the top word), but her I call is a dud. I now know what the puzzle is. The man calls the D's for $900 and solves SECLUDED SPOT ON THE BEACH for two grand and a trip to the Bahamas, making his new total ten grand in cash and trip.
Jackpot Round category is Phrase, and it's a big puzzle, so that Wild Card could come into good use for Brando this round. After Wilkenson calls the E's, we have...
_ _ _ _ _ T- E _ E D
A N D
_ _ _ _ _- T A _ L E D
...I don't know. She calls two B's for $7,000 and says BRIGHT-EYED AND BUSHY-TAILED for $12,100, getting on the board in a big way!
Big Money Round category is Before & After. After Martinez buys the A's, we have...
_ E _ _- T A _ _ _ _ _
_ R E A _
_ _ E E _ E
...I don't know the first part. She lands on a Mystery Wedge and calls two C's. She flips...Bankrupt. Brando calls three N's for $1,200, and we now have...
_ E _ _- T A N N _ N _
C R E A _
C _ E E _ E
...I know this now. He calls the M for $500, and after calling the S's, he solves SELF-TANNING CREAM CHEESE for $2,300 and the lead by just $200!
Martinez gets JACKSONVILLE FLORIDA to quadruple her $1,000. Next category is Thing. After the man buys the A's, we have...
_ _ L L _ _ N- _ _ L L A _
_ _ _ A
...I have no clue. After he calls two D's for $800, we now have...
_ _ L L _ _ N- D _ L L A _
_ D _ A
...now I know. After buying the I's, he solves it as welll with A MILLION-DOLLAR IDEA for another two large and $14,300. Next category is Occupation. After Wilkenson calls the C's, we have...
C _ E _ _ _ T R _
T E _ C _ E R
...and she solves CHEMISTRY TEACHER for $2,550 and the lead with $14,650, giving her a $350 lead margin. Speed Up Round category is Food & Drink and consonants are worth $1,400 apiece. This will decide it. After she calls the E, we have...
_ _ _ N _
S T E _ _
...she can't solve, but I know it's a steak of some kind. Martinez calls the R, but it's no good. The man calls the L, which is the second letter of the top word, but he can't solve. Wilkenson calls the D, but that's not there. Martinez chooses the G...also a dud. The man calls the P, but that's not there either. Wilkenson calls the C...no. Martinez calls two A's, but she can't solve. The man blows it with an M. Wilkenson calls the F and solves FLANK STEAK for the match with $17,450. The man has $14,300 and Martinez has $4,000.
She spins the third zero (second night in a row the wheel has landed on that) and the category is Living Thing. Starting with:
L _ _ _ _ _ _
Wilkenson calls B, F, P and A and gets...
L A _ _ B _ _
...I say LADYBUG. Does she? NO. If she had called the G, she might have won another $30,000.
Jeopardy!: Brett Chandler (a stay-at-home dad from Canada), who won $27,600 the last time, looks like the guy that could become the first repeat champion in two weeks. Hoping to stop him are Todd Butler (a fourth-grade teacher from Mansteel, TX) and Jen Maloney (an info, security and web designer from Millersville, MD). Opening categories:
I NEED MORE SPACE
A HERCULEAN EFFORT
The champ finds the Daily Double early under the $800 clue in U.S.A. With $600, he bets $1,000.
Its state song says, "Follow the old Kit Carson trail, until desert meets the hills".
"What is Texas?"....no. It was Nevada, so he's $400 in the hole. At the first break, he's now $200 in the hole, while the lady in the middle has $2,800 and Butler has the lead with $3,400.
After the break, Butler sweeps the Hercules category to go to $8,600! At the end of the round, he's got $9,200. The lady has $4,800 and the champ has $600.
THE SCINTALLATING 1700s
BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD
IT'S A GAS!
The champ starts the round by getting everything except the first clue in Back to the Drawing Board to go all the way to $6,200. He then finds the first Daily Double under the middle clue in It's a Gas! He's got $7,000 now to Butler's $9,600, while the lady has $4,800. He bets $1,500.
The name of this gas comes from the Greek for "strange".
"What is Aragon?"...good thing he didn't bet much, because it's actually Xenon, so he falls to $5,500. But he then gets the last two clues of that same category correct to go to $9,100. He then takes the lead for the first time this game by getting the middle clue in Title Possessions to reach $10,300. Butler shortly retakes the lead, and the champ got within $100 of him at one point, but he gets the $1,600 clue wrong on the 1700s and Butler gets that same clue right to go to $13,200. The champ has $9,900 at this point, and he then messes up on the last clue of that category to drop to $7,900. Butler finds the other Daily Double under the $1,200 clue on USA Network. With $16,800 to the champ's $8,700, he bets just $800.
This USA original movie about a NYC mayor came ten years after a college football movie of the same title.
I know this one- it's "Rudy". Did he? Yes, so he's up to $17,600. $1,600 clue:
USA is all over this sporting event held in Queens through early September.
The champ has "What is the US Open?" to go to $10,300 and remain a faction in Final Jeopardy! Final clue of this round:
Jewel co-hosted Season #5 of this search for country music talent.
Nobody gets "Nashville Star". The lady in the middle has six large at the end of this round.
FJ! category: Trains.
As of 2006, you can take a 48-hour ride between these two cities, with a stretch on the world's highest railroad.
This could be a toughie. The lady wrote down "What is Katmandu and Beijing?"...nope. She falls down to fifty bucks. The champ also has that and LOSES EVERYTHING, so the losing streak continues. He leaves with $28,600. Butler wrote down "What are Katmandu and Hong Kong?"...both are wrong. Beijing was right, but the other city was Lhasa. He'll take $14,599 into next time.