Catch 21: It’s the new version of Merrill Heatter’s “Gambit”! In addition to Heatter producing the show, Scott Sternberg from “That’s the Question” is producing as well. Your host is Alfonso Ribiero and the model is Mikki Padilla. As of right now, Kraft’s Realmayo is sponsoring the show.
Tonight’s contestants are Patricia Brown (who is a bill collector), Bob Ebernoff from Atlantic City (who is an attorney) and Gordon Frankolite from Miami Beach, FL (who is a web site designer).
Here are the rules. To start each round, a playing card is given to all three players. Then, a question with three possible answers is shown. In this game, you can never earn a card by default- if two players miss the same question, it’s thrown out. The one who gets the question correct can either take the current card in play or pass it to one of their two opponents. Contestants can freeze after any correct answer.
During the first two rounds, we play for points. Each correct answer is worth 100 points, while winning a round is worth 500 points. The player with the lowest score at the end of Round 2 is eliminated.
In the final round, the scoreboards are taken out of play. Only the player that gets the closest to 21 without going over (or gets 21 on the nose) in the final round wins the game, $1,000, and a chance to play Super Catch 21 for up to $25,000.
With all that being said, here are the opening cards:
PATRICIA: QUEEN OF HEARTS
BOB: 6 OF DIAMONDS
GORDON: 5 OF SPADES
What celebrity told “US Weekly” that due to breast feeding, she now has “E cups”?
A: Nicole Ritchie
B: Keri Russell
C: Christina Aguilera
GORDON RINGS IN WITH CHRISTINA AGUILERA- CORRECT (100)
CARD: 4 OF DIAMONDS; PASSED TO PATRICIA (14)
2. According to an InStyle “Sexy Poll”, who’s the sexiest man of all time?
B: George Clooney
C: Ronald Reagan
PATRICIA RINGS IN WITH GEORGE CLOONEY- RIGHT (100)
CARD: JACK OF HEARTS; PASSED TO BOB (16)
3. If you were looking for Scarlett O’Hara, you should probably go to which home?
WITHOUT HEARING THE CHOICES, GORDON ANSWERS TARAH- RIGHT (200)
CARD: QUEEN OF DIAMONDS; PASSES TO BOB (BUST)
4. What does it mean to eat “al fresco”?
GORDON SAYS TO EAT OUTSIDE- RIGHT AGAIN (300)
If the next card is a 6, 8, 9, 10 or a face card, Gordon wins the first round.
CARD: ACE OF HEARTS; TAKES IT (16)
5. While appearing on “The Ellen Degeneres Show”, Robin Williams liked what to “circumcision with a weed whacker”?
C: Prenuptial agreement
PATRICIA ANSWERS DIVORCE- RIGHT (200)
CARD: 2 OF CLUBS; PASSES TO GORDON (8 or 18)
6. In 2007, who was given the Guiness World Record for Most Overrated Celebrity?
A: Paris Hilton
B: Ryan Seacrest
C: Jessica Simpson
GORDON ANSWERS PARIS; RIGHT (400)
If this next card is a 3, 8, 9, 10 or a face card, Gordon wins.
CARD: 9 OF DIAMONDS (900)
PATRICIA: ACE OF CLUBS
BOB: 3 OF CLUBS
GORDON: 7 OF CLUBS
1. What celebrity who donated the Hope Diamonds to the Smithsonian was known as the “Jeweler to the Stars”?
A: Charles Tiffany
B: Harry Winston
GORDON ANSWERS HARRY WINSTON; RIGHT AGAIN (1,000)
CARD: 6 OF SPADES; PASSES TO BOB (9)
2. Around what royal does Showtime’s “Tudors” revolve?
GORDON GOES WITH HENRY VIII- RIGHT AGAIN (1,100)
CARD: 3 OF DIAMONDS; TAKES IT (10)
Located in upstate New York, The $100 million museum at Ethel Woods commemorates what landmark event?
A: Launch of Sputnik
B: Gulf War
C: Woodstock Music Festival
BOB GOES WITH WOODSTOCK- FINALLY ON THE BOARD (100)
CARD: KING OF DIAMONDS; KEEPS IT AND FREEZES AT 19
3. Tofu is bean curd made from what bean?
B: White Kidney
PAT ANSWERS SOY- CORRECT (300)
CARD: QUEEN OF SPADES- WIN! (800)
That means Bob is going home.
PATRICIA: 5 OF CLUBS
GORDON: 4 OF SPADES
1. Which child actor from “Stand By Me” grew up to marry Rebecca Romijn?
A: Kiefer Sutherland
B: Jerry O’ Connell
GORDON NAILS JERRY O’ CONNELL- RIGHT
CARD: 6 OF HEARTS; TAKES IT (10)
2. What was the first capital of the U.S.?
B: Washington, D.C.
GORDON GUESSES NYC- RIGHT AGAIN
CARD: 8 OF DIAMONDS; PASSES TO PATRICIA (13)
3. The greatest guitar song of all time, according to “Rolling Stone”, is what?
A: “Johnny B. Goode”
B: “Hotel California”
C: “Purple Haze”
GORDON SAYS “Purple Haze”- INCORRECT
PATRICIA SAYS “Johnny B. Goode”- CORRECT
CARD: 7 OF SPADES; FREEZES AT 20
Since Gordon's the only player left in play, no more questions are asked- only cards are dealt. If he gets a 21 at any time before going over, he wins the game.
CARD #1: 10 OF CLUBS (20)
CARD #2: 5 OF DIAMONDS- PATRICIA WINS!
Super Catch 21: We start with one card in each hand, as usual. On each turn, a card is shown and the champ must decide whether to put it in one of the three hands on the big screen or change it. The champion always gets one change card for winning the game. If he/she won Round 1 or 2 as well, an additional change card is given. Thus, Patricia has two change cards to play with. The change chips are sponsored by Burger King (like on "World Series of Blackjack"). The first 21 made is worth $1,000. The second 21 increases the total to $5,000. And of course, making three 21s wins the $25,000 grand prize. The contestant can stop at any time, but a bust loses all the money accumulated in this round. Let's see the base cards.
HAND #1: 3 OF SPADES
HAND #2: 7 OF HEARTS
HAND #3: 6 OF CLUBS
CARD #1: 2 OF HEARTS; PLACES IT IN HAND #3 (8)
CARD #2: 2 OF DIAMONDS; PLACES IT IN HAND #3 (10)
CARD #3: ACE OF DIAMONDS ($1,000)
CARD #4: 8 OF CLUBS; PLACES IT IN HAND #1 (11)
CARD #5: 7 OF DIAMONDS; CHANGES IT
CARD #6: 6 OF SPADES; PLACES IT IN HAND #2 (13)
CARD #7: 3 OF DIAMONDS; PLACES IT IN HAND #2 (16)
CARD #8: KING OF DIAMONDS ($5,000)
At this point, this is her last chance to stop the round and take the money, because if she sees the next card and it's higher than a 5, she must play on and use her other change chip. She decides to...freeze at this point.
CARD #9: QUEEN OF SPADES
FINAL CARD: KING OF HEARTS
She did the right thing, so she's going home with $6,000!
Wanna Bet: Tonight's celebrities are:
Harland Williams- WWF
Sherri Shepherd- March of Dimes
George Takei- Japanese American National Museum
Tom Green- Brittany Foundation
Each star gets $25,000 to start in their bank. On each turn, a stunt is performed and the stars have to wager an amount based on how confident somebody will perform that stunt successfully. After four acts, only the night's winner wins that amount for their charity.
ACT #1: Paul Blair, formerly an anthropologist, will try to hula hoop a 50 pound tire for 45 seconds in a row. There's a two minute time limit. Predictions:
RESULT: FAIL (the best he did was 22 seconds at the start)
Harland: $12,000 ($13,000)
Sherri: $3,500 ($28,500)
George: $50 ($25,050)
Tom: $2,500 ($27,500)
ACT #2: A group from California called the Pit Girls will try to complete an auto racing pit stop before half of a real professional pit crew does in double the pro crew's time. Predictions:
The pro pit crew finished in 39 seconds, so the ladies need to finish in 1:18 or less...they do with eight seconds to spare!
Harland: $9,000 ($4,000)
Sherri: $7,000 ($35,500)
George: $2,000 ($27,050; he wanted to bet $20,000)
Tom: $5,000 ($32,500)
ACT #3: Harold Stempfler, a teacher from Germany, has to identify four out of five CDs from a big table of CDs just by licking them while blindfolded.
RESULT: Harold succeeds on the last CD, "In Your Honor" by the Foo Fighters!
Harold: $399 ($3,601; he wanted to wager $3,999)
Sherri: $5,000 ($30,500)
George: $26,050 ($53,100)
Tom: $10,000 ($42,500)
FINAL ACT: Four moving men now have to move all the couches into a moving truck within 2:30.
RESULT: They do it with seven seconds left!
Let's show Harold's results first, because he's mathematically out of the game at this point.
WAGER: $3,006 (he intended to wager $3,600)
FINAL TOTAL: $6,607
FINAL TOTAL: $77,500
FINAL TOTAL: $60,500
Now, for George. He bet everything but $50 on this final act. If he said SUCCEED/PASS, the Japanese American National Museum will get over 100 grand...
...he says SUCCEED to win $106,150 for the museum!
Jeopardy!: Mark Wales will try to possibly become the last repeat champion of the season when he faces Daniel Weissman (a graduate student from California) and Amy Coffee (a public defender from Las Vegas). Opening subjects:
THE NAVY SEALS
"The New York Times"- HEALTH
NEW INTERNATIONAL SPORTS TEAMS?
YOU SMELL YUMMY!
At the first break, the champ has $5,400. Weissman has $2,800 and Coffee has $800. The three categories left are The Navy Seals, Health and You Smell Yummy, and Weissman chooses the $400 Health clue, going Daily Double Hunting for at least the second half of the first round. The clue:
The well blog on NYTimes.com noted "even pop stars have a right to medical privacy" after docs peeked at her UCLA files.
Mark: "Who is Britney Spears?"- CORRECT ($5,800); $200 HEALTH CLUE
The N.Y. Times said of the benefits of doing this before or after exercise: "The answer is elastic"; warming up might be better.
Amy: "What is stretching?"- RIGHT ($1,000); $600, SAME CATEGORY
Researchers think they know why a blood disorder in the tropics protects against this mosquito-borne disease.
Daniel: "What is malaria?"- RIGHT ($3,400); $800, SAME TOPIC
The N.Y. Times scrutinized the wisdom of TV ads for drugs, like the ones with this artifical heart inventor.
Daniel: "Who is Jarvik?"- RIGHT AGAIN ($4,200); FINAL HEALTH CLUE
The bacterium Oxalobacter Formigenes may reduce the risk of these, aka renal calculi.
Daniel: "What are kidney stones?"- RIGHT AGAIN ($5,200); $200 YOU SMELL YUMMY CLUE
Wow! You must have used Sephora's morning body scrub named for this beverage "& Cream".
Mark: "What is coffee?"- CORRECT ($6,000; I'm not sure if Amy got a kick out of that one); $400, SAME CATEGORY
Your juicy couture Parfum makes you smell like this huge juicy melon, with a little caramel creme Brulee.
Daniel: "What is watermelon?"- RIGHT ($5,600); MIDDLE CLUE, SAME CATEGORY
I can tell that this spice precedes "buns" in this name of that Philosophy body wash you just used.
Daniel: "What is cinnamon?"- RIGHT FOR THE LEAD ($6,200); $800, SAME CATEGORY
This designer's Opium intoxicates me with its blend of tangerine, plum and cloves.
Amy: "Who is Yves Saint Laurent?"- CORRECT ($1,800); FINAL CLUE IN YOU SMELL YUMMY!
Oh, you savage! Your Eau Sauvage cologne has a whiff of this herb found in classic pesto sauce.
Daniel: "What is basil?"- RIGHT TO KEEP THE LEAD ($7,200)
THE $200 CLUE IN NAVY SEALS IS TOLD BY SARAH FROM THE NAVY AMPHIBIOUS BASE IN CORONADO, CA
Navy Seals are charged with fighting terrorism around the globe; the first Medal of Honor given for service in this country was to a Seal for the pursuit of a Taliban ally.
Mark: "What is Afghanistan?"- RIGHT ($6,200)
$400 CLUE ALSO TOLD BY SARAH:
The Navy Seals were created by this U.S. President, who was then a small Naval commander and knew what a small, tough force could do.
Daniel: "Who is JFK?"- YOU BET ($7,600)
DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAIIIIIIILLLLLLLYYY DOUBLE! He bets five grand on a clue that is told by Jimmy.
On the Navy Seals emblem, the anchor, eagle and pistol stand for Sea, Air and Land, and this weapon represents all three and is also the name of the emblem itself.
"What is a trident?"...IS RIGHT to go to $12,600!
$800 CLUE ALSO TOLD BY JIMMY:
High-speed boats help with what the legendary seal Richard "Sharkman" Marcinko calls the two critical mission points- Insertion and this opposite, from the Latin for "draw out".
Daniel: "What is Extraction?"- RIGHT AGAIN ($13,400)
FINAL CLUE OF THE ROUND ALSO TOLD BY JIMMY:
A special boat team supports Navy Seals in special warfare missions, such as SR, or special this, where they scope out hostile enviroments.
Amy: "What is Special Reconnaissance?"- CORRECT ($2,800)
NO TRIPLE STUMPERS THIS ROUND!
ACROSS THE UNIVERSE
DAN IN REAL LIFE
I AM LEGEND
The champ finds the first Daily Double under the $1,200 Dan in Real Life clue. He has $10,200 while Weissman leads with $17,000 and the lady in the middle has $4,000. The champ's wager is $7,000. For a $200 lead:
In 2004, he had four novels on the bestseller lists at the same time.
"Who is Dan Brown?"...
"Who is Dan Brown?"
...THAT'S THE DAN to take the lead with $17,200!
With American Gangster and Juneau left, this game is getting very exciting. Here are the scores:
The champ's in control, and he picks the $400 American Gangster clue.
In 1934, he caught "Manhattan Melodrama" at the Biograph Theater; then he caught some governmental bullets.
Mark: "Who is Dillinger?"- CORRECT ($22,400); $800 AMERICAN GANGSTER CLUE
Bugs Moran's north side mob was decimated on this holiday in 1929.
Daniel: "What is St. Valentine's Day?"- RIGHT ($22,600); MIDDLE CLUE, SAME CATEGORY
He's the middle-looking 1930s gangster seen here.
Mark: "Who is Baby Face Nelson?"- RIGHT ($23,600); $1,600, SAME SUBJECT
He talked The Syndicate into putting $6 million into the Flamingo in Las Vegas, but that didn't work out so well for him.
Mark: "Who is Siegel?"- RIGHT AGAIN ($25,200); FINAL AMERICAN GANGSTER CLUE
In 1906, this "fortunate" guy arrived from Palermo at age 9; he was busted for shoplifting at 10 and didn't look back.
Mark: "Who is Lucky Luciano?"- RIGHT YET AGAIN ($27,200)
JUNEAU BEGINS WITH THIS $400 CLUE:
More than 40% of Juneau consists of this type of woodland area more often associated with the Amazon.
Amy: "What is the rain forest?"- CORRECT ($4,400)
The USA's second-largest city in area, Juneau is larger than either of these two states.
Mark: "What is Rhode Island and Connecticut?"- HALF WRONG ($26,400)
Daniel: "What is Rhode Island and Delaware?"- CORRECT ($23,400)
DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAIIIIIIIIIIIILLLLLLLLLYYY DOUBLE #2!! However, he's given some bad news- one of his earlier correct responses this round was ruled incorrect because he pronounced the last name of Dan Castellanata incorrectly, so he's down to $19,400 now. His wager is $12,000. For the lead:
The annual fishing derby for this fish features one tagged specimen worth $100,000.
"What is salmon?"...
"What is salmon?"
...THAT IS CORRECT TO GO TO $31,400!!
Juneau has several sister cities, including Whitehorse in the Yukon and this port in southeastern Siberia.
Mark: "What is Penchaka?"- NO ($24,400)
Daniel: "What is Vladivostok?"- RIGHT AGAIN ($33,000)
FINAL CLUE OF THIS ROUND:
Juneau's most popular tourist destination is this glacier lying only 13 miles from downtown.
TRIPLE STUMPER: Mendenhall Glacier
LACH TRASH THIS ROUND: $3,200
SCORES AFTER DOUBLE JEOPARDY!:
This is probably the most exciting regular season game of the season, IMO. We could have one of the highest one-day regular season wins in the history of the show if things turn out very well in Final Jeopardy!.
THE ALL IMPORTANT FJ! CATEGORY: Nonfiction.
In 1974, editor William Styron said this book was a long, "tedious Pacific voyage best suited" for National Geographic.
Response: "What is Origin of the Species"
Final score: $400
The champ wrote down "What is Kon-Tiki?"...
"What is Kon-Tiki?"
...RIGHT!! His wager was...
...$8,201, meaning he now has $33,001! Daniel Weissman wrote down...
..."Coming of Age in Samoa" instead! His wager was...
...$16,601, meaning he misses out on a massive $49,601 payday and that means Mark Wales does something nobody did last week- retain the championship! His two-day total: $55,002! Too bad a bit more wasn't won tonight.
American Gladiators: The semi-finals are underway! Both of tonight's matchups are #1 vs. #6.
On the male side, we have Tim Oliphant (who has the season's best Eliminator time) facing Alexander Coates. Their first event is Rocketball. The two Gladiators in play are Wolf and Toa. Scores:
Tonight's first set of female semi-finalists are Ally Davidson (who has the best female Eliminator time of the season) and Vanessa Warren. Their opening event is also Rocketball. Siren and Gina "Crush" Carano are the Gladiators this time.
The next event is the return of another old favorite- Atlasphere! Here, they have a minute to roll their sphere into one of four scoring zones. Each time they do this, they pick up two points. The Gladiators trying to knock them off are Wolf and Justice.
Tim now leads 8-7 in the male game.
Now, for the female version of Atlasphere. The Gladiators this time are Phoenix and Steel.
Ally leads 8-6.
In Pyramid, Tim got 5 to increase his lead to 13-7 while Alexander re-broke one of his fingers. Then in Tilt, Titan beat both contestants, so 13-7's the score heading into the fourth male event, Skytrack.
HOWEVER, we just learned that Alex will not be able to continue, so Brick Reilly, the man with the seventh-place Eliminator time, will now take his place. In Skytrack, going after him will be Zen, the one Brick beat to win 10 points previously in this event. Militia goes after Tim this time around. In the end...nothing.
The third event for the women is Gauntlet. As of right now, the rules have changed; if you complete the event at all, you get five points, but if you win in 20 seconds or less, you get 10.
The Gladiators competing are Venom, Steel, Crush and Hellga.
First up is Ally...she does it in 19.5 to double her score!
How about Vanessa...she does it in 20.5, so Ally now has an 18-11 lead.
The final event for the men is Joust. And guess what- TNA wrestler Matt Morgan finally appears on the show, and he's known as Beast! At 7 feet tall and 318 pounds, he's the biggest Gladiator ever on the show. How does Beast do his first time out...he takes care of both. That means with the final score of 13-7, Tim will have a three-second advantage in the Eliminator.
Vanessa scored 5 in Hang Tough, while nothing went right for the women in Skytrack. The score is now 18-16 Ally heading into their last event, Powerball. The three Gladiators this time are Siren, Phoenix and Hellga. Scores:
With a final score of 23-18, Ally has a 2.5 head start in the Eliminator.
In the semi-finals, the two men and women with the best Eliminator times go to the Championship Round.
Male Eliminator: Tim breezes through this thing...
...AND HE WINS WITH A NEW ALL-TIME ELIMINATOR RECORD- 1:17.5!!!!
Female Eliminator: Ally has a solid lead after the cargo net...
...and she wins by beating her own previous time with 2:07! Well done!