WWTBAM: I had a reason why I didn’t cover this show at all last week- for the first time all season long, no one won at least $50,000 on a week. Somebody did get past the $50,000 question last Thursday, but thanks to the audience, he blew the $100,000 question. At least this didn’t happen first on a special week like Couples Week unlike last season. No harm, no foul.
In the hot seat now is Kayti McGee from Lenexa, MS. She and one of her friends had to search high and low for enough pocket change just to get the necessary gasoline in their car just to make it to an audition. When time ran out on her during the last show, she got to $4,000 and the audience was gone. Gameplay resumes with this $8,000 question:
George Burns’ famous line, “Say good night, Gracie” referred to Gracie Allen, who was his real-life what?
She gets wife right away for $8,000. Next, for $16,000:
Which of these schools features a famous Rotunda that is a half-scale version of the Pantheon in Rome?
B: William and Mary
D: University of Virginia
The 50:50 leaves Georgetown and Virginia. She then calls her aunt from D.C., Kathy, who’s 85% sure it’s UVA. She agrees….
D: University of Virginia
…right! $25,000 question:
Billionaire Carlos Slim, who reportedly surpassed Bill Gates last year as the world’s richest man, is a tycoon primarily in what field?
D: Oil and gas
She doesn’t know it’s telecommunications, so she quits and takes home $16,000.
Next player is Mary Weimer from North Arlington, NJ. She has a wedding on the horizon at the time of this taping. Unfortunately, she won’t be getting any money for it from here, as she llamas out on this $500 question:
When it released a new version of the nickel in 2005, the U.S. mint restored the image of what animal to the coin’s backside?
She said eagle, but it was buffalo.
Trying to do a heck of a lot better than she did is Scott Babbidge from Matthews, NC. He’s a business director and her wife influenced her to get on this show. He runs into trouble on this $500 question:
In a classic patriotic song, Yankee Doodle claims to be what “real live” relation to Uncle Sam?
After talking it out, he says cousin….
…OMG- HE’S WRONG, AND HE REALIZES HIS MISTAKE AFTER LOCKING IN HIS CHOICE!!!! IT WAS NEPHEW. THAT MEANS THAT FOR ONLY THE SECOND TIME SINCE THIS SHOW HAS BEEN ON THE AIR IN THIS COUNTRY, WE HAVE AT LEAST TWO PEOPLE THAT GET ZONKED IN THE SAME EPISODE!!!!
Oh well, at least he was a part of history!
Blake Howell from Benton, KY is next. Since this city is home to “Tater Day”, he gives the host a “Tater Day” T-shirt! He guarantees himself at least $1,000, thank goodness. $8,000 question:
An important characteristic of motor oil, viscosity is the ability of a liquid to resist what?
He goes with congealing….
…NO. It was flowing. But he doesn’t leave without any money like the last two contestants before him- he has $1,000. He also has a DVD game, like a majority of this season’s contestants.
I believe we may have a new record today as we are already at our fifth contestant today, Steve Osher from Baldwinsville, NY. $8,000 question:
In the 2005 thriller “The Constant Gardner”, an activist meets a suspicious end while working in what country?
He asks the audience. 62% said Kenya, 17% said Syria and 16% said Cambodia. He goes with Kenya….
…right! Last question of the day, for $16,000:
When threatened, skunks are notorious for emitting a foul-smelling spray of what color?
He decides to call his brother, Jerry, who thinks it’s yellow. The 50:50 leaves that and pink. He agrees with Jerry….
…he’s coming back tomorrow!
TPIR: Today’s first four players are Matthew Dambinski, Yavette Metoyer, Dawna Turpin and Sarah (whose mother first appeared on the show in 1985!). The first IUFB is snowboarding equipment.
ARP: $1,294, so Sarah will have a chance to do just as well as her mom did, or even better! She’ll play Super Squeeze Play for a Pontiac Vibe. Board:
This could be tough. She removes the 5, making her guess $18,270.…
$ 1 8, 2 7 0
…by golly, she did it!! Most of the audience wanted her to remove the 2! Dob-stopper!
Next is William Shift, IV and the second IUFB is a chandelier.
ARP: $1,800, so Metoyer will play ½ Off. First pair of items are a pitcher marked at $11 and a toaster/sandwich maker marked at $39, and she goes with the toaster/sandwich object…NO WAY. Second are an electronic football trivia game marked at $25 and a golf scope marked at $20. She goes with the golf scope, which of course is $40. Finally, we have a sound amplifier marked at $15 and a wattage converter marked at $20. She goes with the wattage converter…it’s $40! Left for $10,000: #7, #8, #14 and #15. Her pick is #15...no money, because as of right now, the $500 bonuses are out of play in this game. The money was in #8.
Calogera Palari then comes on down and the third IUFB is a dishwasher.
ARP: $699, so Shift plays One Right Price for a motorcycle and a secretary desk. Today’s One Right Price is $2,500. He goes with the desk…yes! The motorcycle was $3,499!
SSD1: The only loser this half spins 15...and 85 for that $1,000 she apparently got robbed of from ½ Off. The other lady’s able to match it in two spins, too! Now, for a Super Spin-Off. Yavette spins 45...while Sarah gets 95 cents for a ticket to the Showcase!
Next to “Come on Down” is Barron Kamp from the U.S. Navy and the next IUFB on offer is a camera.
ARP: $1,500, so the Navy man plays Push Over for a trip to Cape Cod, MA. Because of technical difficulties, I can’t give you the full results. But I can tell you that he lost. His guess was $4,051, and the ARP was $3,840. No harm, no foul.
Next player is Holly Webb and the next IUFB is backpacking equipment. The winner also gets $40 worth of V8 juice.
ARP: $893, so Dambinski plays Bullseye for a dining room worth $4,474. His first purchase is four bags of sunflower seeds. Each one is $1.09, for a total of $4.36. Second attempt is five cough drop bags, which total $10.75, so he wins!
The last one to “Come on Down” is Niki Cando and the final IUFB is a small game table.
Niki: $375 (SUICIDE BID)
Calogera: BUCK (SUICIDE BID)
ARP: $600, so Turpin escapes the First Four Breakfast Club and plays That’s Too Much for a PT Cruiser. First price is $15,140. Second is $16,464. Third is $17,121. Fourth is $18,221 and after lots of consideration, says the magic words with PATHETIC enthusiasm…but she’s a winner anyway! ARP: $17,435.
SSD2: The only loser this half spins 35...and 40 for 75 cents. Dambinski spins a dime…and a nickel. The lady spins a quarter…and goes over, so the Navy man is off to the Showcase.
The first Showcase has a bedroom, luggage and a trip to Argentina, and Sarah decides to bid $15,000 on this. The Navy man sees the models do some spring cleaning on the stage. First, Gwendolyn accidentally let a spring come out from a new sofa. Second, Brandi dusted off all the dirt while cleaning the springs of a new trampoline with a basketball hoop. And finally, Rachel accidentally knocked off some of the springs while trying to clean the bottom of a new Mustang Coupe. The Navy man is in big trouble here. He bids $32,200, which is a WILLY OF THE CENTURY. A forced one, at that.
ARP for him: $21,603. ARP for her: $18,858, so she’s today’s champion (and a deserving one, at that) with $39,422 in cash and prizes! She’s shedding some tears of joy!
WOF: Time for more January madness on the Wheel. Tonight’s players are Michelle Zibiki (in the blue) from Clearview, WV (who is an international logistics representative), Ashley Rich from Oxford, MS (who is a 6th grade math teacher) and Jimmy Nissin from Marina Del Rey (who’s a student at ASU pursuing a degree in film production and wants to produce a TV show one day).
Michelle gets SNUG AS A BUG for $1,000, while the man in the middle gets BOY SCOUTS for $2,000.
After a trip to a ski resort in NY worth $5,975 is put on the wheel, the Round 1 category is Event. After Michelle calls the F, we have…
F _ _ R- _ _ _ R S E
_ _ _ R _ E T
_ I _ _ E R
…I know it now. After a $400 C, she buys the O’s and the U’s and then solves FOUR-COURSE GOURMET DINNER to double to $2,000.
(Flashback moment from 2004: Vanna has some serious problems saying a line for a bumper while shooting in S.F.!)
Jackpot Round category is Proper Name. This week’s Jackpot Round sponsor is Eggland’s Best.
Right off the bat, Michelle calls the T’s for $900 and the Free Spin, but she quickly uses it after calling a dud. She then calls two R’s for the Wild Card. She then calls two S’s for a grand while on the Jackpot space and we have…
A _ T R E S S
_ A T A _ _ E
_ _ R T _ A _
…she solves ACTRESS NATALIE PORTMAN for a $6,100 jackpot and $1,400 more, bringing her new total to $9,500!
Big Money/Prize Puzzle Round category is Phrase. Michelle hit’s a Mystery Wedge. She calls a T and flips, risking her Wild Card….$10,000! After she buys the I’s, we have…
_ E A _ I N _/IT/A _ _/_ E _ I N _
…I know it now. She calls a $300 G and three L’s for another $1,800. She then calls the V for another $400...but hits Bankrupt, losing everything! Ouch. Rich calls a $300 B and a $900 H and solves LEAVING IT ALL BEHIND to get on the board with $900 and a trip to Belize, for a total of $8,220.
WINNING ID FOR TRIP: KP2756659
The man then says COSTUME SHOP to go to $5,000. Speed-Up Round category is Around the House and consonants are worth $1,600 apiece. After Rich calls a W, we have…
W _ L L- M _ _ N T _ D
S _ _ L _ _ S
…I don’t have a clue, nor does she. The man calls the H but can’t solve. Michelle calls the V and solves WALL-MOUNTED SHELVES for $11,200 and a winning total of $20,700! The man has five grand and the teacher has $8,220 in cash and trip.
Cars this week are a Chevy Equinox and a Saab 9-3. She spins the next-to-last zero and the category is Thing. Starting with:
_ L _ _ _ E _
_ _ _ E
Picks are B, F, M and A and she gets nothing, so the game is over. It was CLOGGED PIPE and she doesn’t win the Chevy Equinox. Not sure what would’ve happened had she taken the Wild Card to the endgame.
American Gladiators: Tonight, we start with the Gauntlet. The first male contestant is Evan Dollard (a retail manager). The Gladiators in play are Titan, Mayhem, Toa and Justice. With just four-tenths of a second left, he gets the 10 points! The other male player tonight is Son Nguyen from Huntington Beach, CA (who is a firefighter), and he scores 6.
For the females, we have Christine Kim (a mortgage broker who’s also a tomboy!) and Jennifer Blum (a lawyer). Their first event is the Wall. Chasing Kim is Venom and in pursuit of Blum is Siren. Both female players get shut out.
The second event for the men is Pyramid. Trying to stop Dollard here is Wolf and in pursuit of Nguyen is Justice. Neither man scores.
Event #2 for the women is Earthquake. The female Gladiator in action this time is Crush. Kim scores five points.
Event #3 for the men is Assault, and Militia is the Gladiator in charge this time. Dollard scores 10 while at the second station, while Nguyen gets just one, meaning Dollard now leads 20-7.
The women also get Assault as their third event. Before that, we learn that because Crush did an illegal maneuver on Blum late in her Earthquake run, Blum gets five points and the match is tied up. Now, the female Gladiator for Assault is Siren. Blum gets the 10 at the second station, while Kim only gets 3, meaning Blum now leads 15-8.
The final event for the men is the Wall. In the audience is “The Biggest Loser” host Alison Sweeney! Trying to knock off Dollard is Wolf and Nguyen needs to elude Toa. Both players make it up very quickly, with Dollard getting the 10! That means with a final score of 30-12, he gets a nine-second head start in the Eliminator!
The women get Hit and Run as their last event. The four female Gladiators trying to stop the players are Crush, Stealth, Fury and Hellga. Kim scores a record 10 points in this event, while Blum scores 8, meaning with a final score of 23-18, she’ll get a 2.5 second head start in the Eliminator.
The men tackle the Eliminator first. To qualify for the semi-finals, the winner must finish the course in 2:12 or less. And Dollard does it no problem with a time of just 89 seconds, a new season-best time!! Here are the male standings:
1. Evan Dollard- 1:29
2. Andy Konigsmark- 2:04
3. Anthony Abbatemarco- 2:10
4. Molivann Duy- 2:13
That means Adonis Lockett is going home empty-handed.
The female Eliminator winner’s time to beat is 2:22. In the middle of the run, Kim decides to take her shoes off to save some time. In the end….both women are unsuccessful, so both are going home. The female standings from last week stay the same.
DOND: Tonight’s first contestant is John Buonviaggio from Staten Island, NY. Dollar amounts from a penny to $200 are green, $300-$50,000 are blue and the eight millions on his board are red. Since he’s a trash man, instead of cases, we’ve got trash cans hiding the money in his game! His can of destiny is #8.
1. #12- $5
2. #11- $200
3. #22- BUCK
4. #2- $500
5. #13- ONE MILLION DOLLARS
6. #18- $400
RECORD FIRST OFFER: $155,000- NO DEAL
1. #10- $50,000 (the $50,000 sign wasn’t in the slot when the can was opened!)
2. #3- ONE MILLION DOLLARS
3. #23- ONE MILLION DOLLARS
4. #4- $10
5. #7- ONE MILLION DOLLARS
SECOND OFFER: $109,000- NO DEAL
1. #17- $100
2. #15- ONE MILLION DOLLARS
3. #21- $25
4. #1- $50
THIRD OFFER: $168,000- NO DEAL
The player is now in a three strikes situation.
1. #14- $1,000
2. #5- $10,000
3. #24- STRIKE ONE!
FOURTH OFFER: $146,000- NO DEAL
1. #25- STRIKE TWO!!
2. #6- PENNY
FIFTH OFFER: $94,000- DEAL
His can had….
…$75. Here was the playout had he gone on:
#20- $25,000 (Offer: $138,000)
#26- $5,000 (Offer: $222,000)
#16- $300 (Offer: $303,000)
#9- ONE MILLION DOLLARS
Considering he was one off the million on both sides, he did the wise thing by taking a deal.
Returning on Wednesday is Brittney Lewzader from Gilbertsville, KY. Her game will have nine $1,000,000 cases. A penny through $200 are still green for this game, but just $300 through $25,000 will be blue. Her case selection is #1.
1. #10- $5,000
2. #25- $25,000
3. #19- $75
4. #2- $10
5. #16- $25
6. #11- ONE MILLION DOLLARS
RECORD FIRST OFFER: $192,000- NO DEAL
ROUND 2 (Last round this show):
1. #13- $200
2. #3- ONE MILLION DOLLARS
3. #26- $500
4. #4- $300
5. #24- ONE MILLION DOLLARS
RECORD SECOND OFFER: $244,000- NO DEAL