TPIR: Welcome to the second week of the 37th season! Before I begin this recap, I would like to point out that the first week of shows aired in their proper order, and they were the second batch of five episodes taped. From now on until further notice, however, that will NOT be the case.
That’s because during the first few episodes taped, a purple version of the Big Wheel was used. During the tapings, host Drew Carey absolutely hated it. As a result, it wound up being repainted during the taping of one of the episodes and the Big Wheel replica that is being used for the live stage shows outside of California (usually in Vegas) was put in its place for the episode we are scheduled to see on Thursday. Furthermore, the airing of those episodes with the purple wheel intact have been postponed indefinitely. But now, let’s get back to the game.
Episode 4442K begins with Elliot, Nancy, Daniel and Kim. The first IUFB is an elliptical trainer (Tamiko).
By $99, Eliot Powers, a U.S. Navy resident originally from Norfolk, VA will play Range Game for a trip to Denmark (Brandi). Range is $7,800-$8,400. He stops the board at $7,986 to $8,136. ARP: $8,162, so he won’t be cruisin’ to Denmark.
Next to hear their name called is Margaret and the second IUFB is flatware (Rachael & Tamiko).
Margaret: $6,000 (STAGE WILLY)
Kim Hoerman will be the second one to play Gas Money for a Honda Civic (Brandi). Available prices:
CAR GUESS: $18,395
1. $25,121- $4,000; CONTINUES
2. $14,850- $3,000; CONTINUES
3. $20,161- $1,000; STOPS AT $8,000
She just wasn’t sure enough of her guess, even though she had it right at $18,395. I can understand that, as the Honda Civic is supposed to be a cheap car.
(Note: The Gas Money prices now have a car picture in the background.)
Coming on down sixth is Brianna and the third IUFB is a hammock (Brandi).
Brianna Dickey plays Most Expensive for a gas grill (Rachael), a pair of surfboards (Tamiko) and a bar set (Brandi). She goes with the bar set. The grill is $2,249, the surfboards are $1,330…and the bar set is $3,099 for the win!
SHOWCASE SHOWDOWN #1:
Eliot ($2,599): 50 + 80 = OOPS
Brianna ($7,517): $.90
Kim ($9,185): 70 + 10 = $.80
Brianna makes it to the Showcase, where a trailer or boat will be up for grabs today.
Next to hear the magic words is Cynthia and the fourth IUFB is a go kart (Rachael).
All are over.
By $90, Daniel Snowden from Pasadena plays Grocery Game for a dining room worth $4,537 (Brandi). The cash register is handled by Tamiko today. The products are Swiss Cake Rolls, Gold Bond Ultimate Healing Lotion, a can of cat food, pasta sauce and Aspercreme Heat. The text on the price tags in this game have changed to the Kingpin font.
2 Swiss Cake Rolls: $1.39 X 2 = $2.78
2 Aspercremes: $6.79 X 2 = $13.58 ($16.36)
1 Lotion = $9.12 (LOSE at $25.48)
He should’ve taken a few of the sauces or the cat food cans instead on the last turn.
Jason then comes on down and the fifth IUFB is a refrigerator (Tamiko).
Jason Ekstrom plays Two For the Price of 1 for art supplies (Rachael) and a sleigh bed (Brandi), all worth $4,922. Board for the art supplies:
First number: 6 or 9?
Second number: 2 or 6?
Third number: 4 or 8?
His freebie choice is the first digit, which is 6, and the audience groans (I didn’t do so as much as they did). That should give him the second number right there. His final guess:
$ 6 2 8
It’s a toss-up between $624 and $628. Did he pick the right one?...
$ 6 2 8
The final person to get to Contestant’s Row today is Rachael and the final IUFB is a pool table (Brandi & Rachael). The winner tries for the other Honda available today.
ARP: $2,400, so Nancy Baar’s the third member of the season's First Four Breakfast Club.
It also means Cynthia Hibbler plays the Bonus Game for a Honda Accord Sedan (Tamiko). The first item is the Libman mop with a wrong price of $21, and she’s right with lower, since it’s just $10. Second, there’s a CD converter marked at $120, and she says higher…$150, so she’s on her way. Third is a faucet marked at $250 and she goes with lower…you bet at $229! This last item could make or break her- it’s a model car marked at $120 and her final guess is lower…incorrect- $159 was the price. I hope the word BONUS isn’t attached to that small car…it’s with the faucet, so she scores an easy car win! Fingers was being generous today!
(Note: Before Drew found out whether she was right on the final SP, he mistakenly labeled the car the Civic that was offered earlier.)
SHOWCASE SHOWDOWN #2:
Jason ($1,049): 30 + 95 = OVER
Daniel ($1,199): 40 + Dime = $.50
Cynthia ($24,584): 30 + 50 = $.80
Cynthia gets the Top Winner spot in today’s Showcase!
The first Showcase has a Broyhill living room group (Rachael), a $1,000 Buy.com gift certificate and a pair of snowmobiles (Brandi).
CYNTHIA PASSES TO BRIANNA, WHO BIDS $20,000 ON ROOM/SNOWMOBILES
MY BID FOR ROOM/SNOWMOBILES: $22,000
For Cynthia, we have some frames (Tamiko), a trip to Paris (Brandi) and a trailer, the Prowler to be exact (Rachael)!
CYNTHIA GOES WITH MY BID OF $30,000
DIFFERENCE: $1,666- WIN
Brianna wins the day and $29,183 in prizes.
DOND: This week’s episodes were the 16th batch of episodes taped.
First up this week is #15 Monnae Michaels, an owner of a company that makes custom culturally-inspired wedding rings, and she wants to win a ton so that she can raise her manager’s salary. After what happened last Friday, she’s going to need all the luck in the world to win a lot of money.
There is a twist for this week’s games, however- replacing the $10,000 case is a case with the HP logo. The one who ends up with that case at the end of each game gets a $10,000 HP electronics package!
1. #1 (Angela)- $25,000
2. #13 (Mark V.)- $500,000
3. #4 (Nicole)- $300
4. #7 (Shannon)- $25
5. #21 (J.T.)- $2,500
FIRST OFFER REJECTED: $8,000
1. #6 (Mark A.)- $100
2. #12 (Marie)- $5,000
3. #16 (Bright)- $50,000 (DANGER ZONE ENFORCED)
4. #18 (Annette)- $1,000
5. #2 (Erin)- $75,000 (STRIKE ONE!)
SECOND OFFER TURNED DOWN: $6,000
1. #14 (Tania)- $10
2. #20 (Marc S.)- $400
3. #8 (Carl)- $7,500
4. #11 (Will)- $100,000 (STRIKE TWO!!)
THIRD OFFER: $9,000- NO DEAL
1. #5 (Lizzie)- $200
2. #19 (Danny)- PENNY
FOURTH OFFER: $14,500- NO DEAL
1. #3 (Nassim)- $500
2. #17 (Raymond)- $50
FIFTH OFFER: $26,000- NO DEAL
19th PICK: #22 (Zach)- $250,000 (STRIKE THREE!!! YOU’RE OUT!!!!)
SIXTH OFFER: $1,000- NO DEAL
20th PICK: #9 (Vasillia)- BUCK
FINAL OFFER: $4,000- DEAL
She made a good deal, because all she had was $5! In any event, Asheesh wins the HP package!
WOF: We enter the dreaded first week of October on this season's schedule. The reason why I dread this week is that in four of the past five seasons at this point in the season, a BONUS ROUND SHUTOUT has occurred. Let's hope that doesn't happen this week.
The first Toss-Up category is Phrase:
_ O O/_ O _ D/TO/_ E/
_ R _ _
Monica solves TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE for $1,000. Let's meet our players:
Monica Taylor (Washington, D.C.)
Eric Kilgo (Lilburn, GA)- Restaurant manager and has a twin brother
Jennelle Sherman (Tampa, FL)- Owner of a marketing/PR company
$2,000 Toss-Up category is Place:
H U N T I N G
L O D _ E
Jennelle solves HUNTING LODGE (which almost became a Triple Stumper) for $2,000.
Round 1 category is Thing and out on the wheel now is a $9,400 trip to Chile. Jennelle instantly hits Bankrupt. After Eric calls the C's, we have...
_ _ _ E - _ O O _
C O L L E C T I O N
...after calling a pair of R's for $900, we now have...
R _ R E - _ O O _
C O L L E C T I O N
...he calls a dud in F. Jennelle then calls a $500 B and solves RARE-BOOK COLLECTION to go to $3,000.
DUDS: F, S (repeated once by Jennelle while trying to pick up the Wild Card)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Eric, Jennelle)
Eggland's Best Jackpot Round category is Before & After. For the second round in a row, we begin a round with a Bankrupt (in this case, Monica). After Jennelle calls the S's, we have...
_ _ _ E/S _ _ _/_ _ S T E S S/
T _ _ _ _ _ E S
...I think Vanna may get a kick out of this puzzle. After buying the O's, she calls the N for the Chile trip and buys the A. But then comes D for dud while on the $3,500 space. Monica then calls the H's for $700 but she hits her second Bankrupt of the round. Eric also hits Bankrupt. Back to Jennelle, she calls the W's for another $800, a K for another $400, and then solves GAME SHOW HOSTESS TWINKIES for another $4,250 and the trip, a new total of $16,650 in cash and trip!
DUDS: D, R
BANKRUPTS: 3 (2 by Monica, 1 by Eric)
Meineke $10,000 Mystery/Prize Puzzle Round category is Fun & Games. At the start, Eric calls an R while on a Mystery Wedge and flips...money! But he then buys a dud vowel in O. Later, after Monica buys the A, we have...
S _ L A S H _ _ _/_ _/_ H _/
...I think I know. She buys two I's and solves SPLASHING IN THE SURF for another $2,100 and a trip to Barbados, for a new total of $10,100 in cash and trip.
DUDS: D, O
WINNING ID FOR TRIP: TQ3060201
Final Toss-Up category is Event:
_ _ _ _ H O _ S E
S _ _ E
Eric rings in first, but gives an obvious incorrect response with OPENHOUSE SALE. Monica then solves WAREHOUSE SALE to close in on Jennelle a bit more with $13,100.
Next category is Occupation. After Monica calls the C's...
E L E C T _ _ _ I C _
T E C _ _ I C I _ _
...she buys the A, then after a $900 H, we go to Speed-Up Mode with the remaining consonants being worth $1,300 apiece. She then calls the R and solves ELECTRONICS TECHNICIAN to steal the championship with $17,650! Jennelle leaves with $16,650 in winnings and Eric gets the $1,000 consolation check.
Big Money Round: Since this week is titled "Great Escapes", the car on offer this week is a Ford Escape Hybrid. Don't forget about all the money out there, too. She spins the M in AMERICA'S and the category is Place. Starting with:
_ _ S E _ _
_ _ N _
Taylor calls H, D, P and I and gets...
_ _ S E _ _
_ I N _
...I think it's MUSEUM something. It was, and she doesn't come up with much of anything- MUSEUM WING was it. She loses the Escape, meaning we still haven't given away a car this season. She needed the M's and the G.
Jeopardy!: Brian Levinson tries to make it four wins against these two:
Wes Pierce (Anaheim Hills, CA)- Financial planner (and looks like Matthew Broderick in a way)
Kit Carlson (East Lansing, MI)- Preist
MONTHS THAT END WITH "BER", TREBEK (not again!)
FUN WITH OPERA
MOUNT VERNON (Clue Crew clues from said location)
A ZONK ANSWER OF THE WEEK nomination occurs on this $800 "-ber" clue:
The Dutch celebrate the feast of Sinterklaas on the 6th of this.
Levinson goofs big time with "What is January?", which doesn't end with "-ber", breaking a three-way tie at that point with $1,200 each. He then misses the $1,000 clue in the same category to fall to $600 in the hole. Just before the first break, Carlson finds the Daily Double under the $600 Mount Vernon clue with a leading score of $2,600. Pierce has $1,600 and the champ's now $400 in the red. Her wager is $500 on this clue told by Jimmy:
The detail-oriented Washington even chose Mount Vernon's moulding, which depicted tools to symbolize farming and this type of leaf for national strength.
"What is an oak leaf?"...she's right to go to $3,100! At the first break, she's down to $2,100 after missing the $1,000 clue in the same category. Pierce's down to $600 now and the champ's now $400 on the plus side. Let's now look at the Stupid Answers. The first one:
Geraldine Brooks' book about an illuminated Jewish volume is called "People of the" this.
Brian: "What is book?"- CORRECT ($600)
This magazine has been a popular source of science and technology news since its inception in 1872.
Brian: "What is Popular Science?"- YOU BET ($1,000)
This government administration was created in 1971 to ensure occupational health and safety standards.
Wes: "What is the Occupational Health & Safety Administration?"- NOT ACCEPTABLE (NOTHING)
Kit: "What is the Occupational Safety & Health Administration?"- CORRECT ($2,700)
The title of the national anthem of Laos, "Pheng Xat Lao", means this in English.
Brian: "What is National Anthem of Laos?"- YES INDEED ($1,800)
Masi Oka plays a character with this first name on the TV show "Heroes".
Brian: "What is Hero?"- RIGHT AGAIN ($2,800)
At the end of the first round, he now has $3,200. Pierce has half his total and Carlson leads with $4,300.
LACH TRASH IN ROUND 1: $1,000
ANCIENT GREEK WRITERS
BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE 2008 OLYMPICS
CAPITAL RIVERS (a capital city is given in each clue, and the river it flows through must be IDed in each correct response)
Soon after Levinson takes over the lead, he finds the first Daily Double under the $2,000 Ancient Greek Writers clue with $8,000 so far. Pierce has $4,800 and Carlson's now in third with $4,300. The champ's wager is two grand.
The tune of "The Star-Spangled Banner" came from a drinking song about this lyric poet.
"Who is Actiion?"...no. He was kinda close- it was Anachrion. That means he loses face value, but he still leads with $6,000. He then faulters on the $2,000 Olympics clue to fall from first to worst with $4,000. He shortly then finds the other Daily Double under the $1,600 Smart Answers clue with $5,200 and still in third place. Carlson has $5,500 and Pierce leads with $6,800. His wager is $1,600. To tie the game:
A gem with this cut resembles two truncated pyramids set base to base.
"What is a square cut?"...NO, so he's still in last, now at $3,600. Correct: What is a brilliant cut?
LACH TRASH IN DJ!: $5,600
We're going to have a nail-biting FJ! because of these scores:
FJ! CATEGORY: 20th Century America.
Experts say Glenn McDuffie is the mystery man in the classic Eisenstaedt photo taken in this year.
We start with Carlson, who wrote down "What is 1945?"...right! She risked everything but $100, taking her to $14,100. As for the men...Pierce is right to go to $14,201, but Levinson has 1908, so his wager of $6,801 means he's gone, but with $73,801. Mr. Pierce thus becomes the new champion.