TPIR: At this point in the run, later taped episodes like this one will no longer have the light border (but the opening titles will still remain) and current producer Fingers Greco will be handling the Pricing Game lineups now (the earlier lineups this season, including the ones assigned to the ones with the Purple Big Wheel being used, were done by outgoing producer Roger Dobkowitz).
Episode 4502K begins with Leah, Lindsay, Mina and Taylor. The first IUFB is a motorscooter (Lanisha).
Leah: $6,000 (STAGE WILLY)
Lindsay: $5,000 (STAGE WILLY)
Taylor Randall's turning 19 any day now, and here's a potential spunky birthday gift for him- a Ford Mustang (Std., AT, Remote, Mats)(Rachael). Problem is, he's gotta play Lucky $even for it. The reason I'm worried already is because Mustangs aren't usually won in this game anymore. After he asks Rich to repeat how many cylinders are in this car (six), he goes with 6 as the second digit...
$ 2 1 , _ _ _
...that costs him five cylinders, aka bucks; he's down to $2 just like that. In the middle spot, he guesses 7...
$ 2 1 , 8 _ _
...well, at least he's still in the game. He then tries 9 as the fourth digit...
$ 2 1 , 8 9 _
...yes! Now, he must get this last number right to pull off the big comeback. He says it's 5 like most people do...
$ 2 1 , 8 9 5
...HE DID IT!!! Very rare that a contestant wins Lucky Seven by getting the last two numbers exactly right after going down to $1 following the second guess! What a way to begin a show! And his reactions were great! I guarantee SteveGavazzi loved watching that!
After the celebrating's over, Cristina comes on down and the second IUFB is pair of iPod Touches (Lanisha & Rachael).
With Mina being over by three bucks and Lindsay by two, Leah Wagonblott, a Mass Communications major, plays Punch-a-Bunch (Brandi with the big bill; second episode in a row that's been played)! Today's SPs are modeled by Lanisha.
1. Bluetooth phone speaker kit
INCORRECT PRICE: $150
GUESS: Lower- $130
2. Football-shaped grill
WRONG PRICE: $22
GUESS: Higher- $40
3. CD carrying case
IS NOT: $45
GUESS: Lower- $28
4. Coffee canister
GUESS: Higher- $40
She punches out holes #12, #45, #10 and #36; the crowd wanted her to punch out at least one corner today.
First up at #12...$250. She passes that up for what's in #45...she's down to $50. Let's see how much better #10 is...well, no better- $50 again. She must settle for what's in #36...$100 BUT it's a Second Chance. She then punches out hole #41, another corner...$50 AND ANOTHER Second Chance! Next is #5...as in five thousand dollars! That's a total of $5,150! Two rarities already today!
Coming on down sixth is Anne and the third IUFB is a brass bed (Brandi).
Mina: $850 (STAGE GARF)
Cristina Aparece's waited 30 years to get on this show, and now's she made it on stage to play Switch? for a trip to Aspen marked at $4,159 (Lanisha) and a trip to Atlanta marked at $3,049 (Rachael). That two-trip presentation here with the green screen's pretty neat, IMO. She decides to switch the prices, but the crowd doesn't like that, so she switches them back to their original spots. Hence, the Switch? music is played TWICE (gotta love that)! In the end...the crowd was right- we have a semi-perfect first half!
TODAY'S WIN-AT-HOME PRIZE: Aico Windsor Court Dinette (no TV promo for it, though- not sure if that's a permanent change)
SHOWCASE SHOWDOWN #1:
Leah ($5,986): 30 + 80 = OUT
Cristina ($9,207): 30 + 35 = $.65
Taylor ($24,384): WINS $1,000 AND SHOWCASE BERTH!
In the comeback kid's Bonus Spin...$25,000!!!!!! THE FIRST BIG WHEEL GRAND PRIZE WINNER OF THE SEASON!!!! Our lucky birthday kid now has over $50,000 in cash and prizes!! And he'll have a chance to be the season's highest winner in today's Showcase!
(They didn't do the ticket plug- maybe it's because they didn't have the budget to do it after what this guy did today!)
Dorothy Sye is called on down next and the fourth IUFB is a gemstone globe (Brandi & Lanisha).
Mina: BUCK (STUPID BID)
Anne Germsheid battles the More or Less gauntlet for tennis gear marked at $1,500, crystal stemware marked at two grand (Brandi), an etagere cabinet marked at $1,100 (Lanisha) and a Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid (Rachael). If she says Less the first two times and then More, she'll get to the car...well, she does follow my strategy, but the cabinet is even more Less at $800! Bad luck. The tennis stuff was $958 and the stemware was $1,658. The car was $24,290, as previously featured on That's Too Much (and the Halloween show as well, except that it also had paint/fabric protection).
Torey Wolfe enters Contestant's Row next and the fifth IUFB is a washer/dryer (Brandi & Rachael), brought to us by the tugboat.
Torey from Ventura, CA now plays Grocery Game for an Ashley living room (Brandi) plus an LCD TV with a Nintendo Wii package (Lanisha), all worth $3,485. With Rachael handling the register today, today's items are Sun Chips, Gold Bond Lotion, pudding snacks, Hot Pockets and a G2 drink.
1. 1 Lotion: $9.12
2. 2 Hot Pockets: $2.49 X 2 = $4.98 ($14.10)
3. 4 Chips: $.99 X 4 = $3.96 ($18.06)
4. 1 Pudding: $1.99 (WIN at $20.05!)
Two excellent Grocery Game playings in a row!
Mark Schroder is the last one to exit the crowd today and the final IUFB is a watch (coming down from the ceiling on a rotating platform).
Mina: BUCK (SUICIDE BID)
BOTH BOOTED TO FIRST FOUR BREAKFAST CLUB: Lindsay & Mina
Dorothy, who formerly appeared on the second-ever episode of this show (thus making her just the third contestant to return to the show after an absence of at least ten years!), plays Coming or Going for a sailboat (All). If she's Coming, she would thus be making a guess of $9,627. If she's Going, her guess would then become $7,269. She decides she's Going to $7,269...but it doesn't work.
Based on today's lineup, Fingers definitely didn't want either of the car games won today, but we got lucky with Taylor and Lucky $even! And whoever makes it to the Showcase is gonna have their work cut out against this guy.
SHOWCASE SHOWDOWN #2:
Dorothy ($675): 20 + 85 = OUCH
Anne ($3,796): 30 + 90 = OVER
Torey ($4,383): WINS BY DEFAULT AT $.55
(Note: As of today's episode, the Win At Home segments are now shown after the second Showcase Showdown. The dinette was modeled by Lanisha.)
In today's first Showcase, we begin with some baseball equipment (with Rachael holding a hockey stick of all things). Second, if you like listening to music a lot, you could use a new stereo system (Brandi holds a CD). Finally, if you like to camp, this'll be perfect- a new Hi-Lo trailer (Lanisha has a backpack).
TAYLOR PASSES TO TOREY; TOREY BIDS $28,600 ON TRAILER SHOWCASE- STAGE WILLY
MY BID FOR TRAILER SHOWCASE: $24,450
For big Taylor, we have an Election Day Showcase! We start off with an American Flag (Brandi). Then, we might send you to one of the most historical places in history in order to go voting- Boston (Rachael; prior to the trip being show, we saw sketches of some famous celebrities, including Marky Mark). Finally, you could be traveling to the voting booth in a new Dodge Charger (Std., Paint, ESP)! And Drew asks at the end if Marky Mark Day even exists in Boston (obviously, it doesn't).
TAYLOR BIDS $27,000 ON TRIP/CAR SHOWCASE
MY BID FOR TRIP/CAR SHOWCASE: $28,795
Now, for the moment of truth. I didn't like Torey's bid of $28,600, because I think she's over. If that's indeed the case, or her trailer showcase costs more than $31,103, we have a new season-high winner with around $80K in cash and prizes. The ARP of Torey's trailer showcase is...
...207!!! THAT MEANS TAYLOR RANDALL HAS DONE IT- HE'S NOW THE BIGGEST WINNER OF THE SEASON WITH $79,897 IN CASH, TWO CARS AND OTHER PRIZES!!!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Best show of the season, IMO! I wonder what you guys think!
Video Bonus: Taylor's big day!
DOND (Syn.)- Another week begins with #9 Bernadette Gaterras (who is a banker). She wants to win enough to buy a nice house. She swaps out for #20.
1. #12 (Mary)- $50
2. #11 (Nick)- $250,000
3. #14 (Georgia)- $7,500
4. #7 (Ayeme)- PENNY
5. #5 (Jewels)- $25
OPENING OFFER REJECTED: $14,500
1. #18 (Maria)- $10
2. #22 (Tim)- $50,000
3. #2 (Louie)- $500,000 (DANGER ZONE ENFORCED)
4. #17 (Sean)- $10,000
5. #10 (Carol)- $1,000
SECOND OFFER: $6,000- NO DEAL
ROUND 3 (she's taking off her slippers for good luck):
1. #16 (Nicolas)- BUCK
2. #13 (Alexandra)- $200
3. #1 (Lisa)- $25,000 (STRIKE ONE)
4. #6 (Lamar)- $500
THIRD OFFER: $9,000- NO DEAL
1. #19 (Santiago)- $400
2. #15 (Erene)- $300
FOURTH OFFER: $13,500- NO DEAL
1. #8 (Todd)- $5
2. #4 (Yvette)- $75,000 (STRIKE TWO)
FIFTH OFFER: $9,000- NO DEAL
19th PICK: #3 (Sabrina)- $100 (LEFT SIDE CLEARED!)
SIXTH OFFER: $17,000- DEAL
It's a PERFECT DEAL, because her next pick of Sandra's #21 (next door) had the $100,000! Her final case of #20 had $2,500. Her original case of #9 had twice as much ($5,000).
Bingo America: This is Episode 2003, the episode before John Hanlin's big win got taped. Tonight's players are Kara & Broc. The score after the first half of Game 1:
8 (G56)- The Heisman Trophy holds what kind of ball in its hand?
KARA: Football- YOU BET ($786)
9 (I19)- What lighter than air gas is sybolized by the letters He?
BROC: Helium- RIGHT (BI--O; $805)
10 (I26)- In 2008, Celine Dion was replaced as a headliner at Caesar's Palace with whom?
BROC: Barbra Streisand- NO
KARA: Bette Midler- CORRECT (BING-; $831)
11 (N31)- T or F: Tofu is soybean curd.
KARA: True ($862)
12 (N42)- Paper or plastic- the Diner's Club card was originally made of what?
KARA: Plastic- WRONG (Broc: BIN-O)
13 (O64)- T or F: All of George Foreman's children had the first name of children.
KARA: True- WRONG AGAIN
14 (G60)- T or F: The traditional January birthstone is a garnet.
KARA: True- LOSE
Game 2 has this setup after its first six questions:
7 (O70)- Little Richard and a talking gecko promote car insurance for what company?
BROC: Geico- YES INDEED ($1,091)
8 (G60)- Explorer Hernando de Soto is credited for discovering what mighty American river?
BROC: Mississippi- RIGHT AGAIN ($1,151)
9 (N45)- What former high school cheerleader currently anchors the "CBS Evening News"?
BROC: Katie Couric- WIN ($1,196)
Bingo Bonus Round:
B: #7- $2,000
I: #27- $1,500 ($3,500); STOPS
Well, we have another two pick bonus round, but at least it's a cash out this time. He takes home $4,696.
WOF: Two days away from Hawaii. We begin with this first Toss-Up in the category of Song Lyrics:
FROM/S _ A/TO/S _ I _ I _ G/
S E _
Lindsay solves the last line of "America the Beautiful", FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA, for $1,000. Tonight's players:
Lindsay Christensen (Maple Valley, WA)- University of Washington football fan and likes to boat
Mark Christensen (Columbia, MD)- Receiving clerk; he also had professional wrestling training in the past (he was known as Mark Mayhem)
Raquel Garmo (Farmington Hills, MI)- Senior at Western Michigan University majoring in journalism
$2,000 Toss-Up category is Occupation:
C _ _ P A _ _ N
M A N _ _ _ R
Lindsay solves CAMPAIGN MANAGER for another $2,000.
Round 1 category is Same Name and out on the wheel now is a trip to NYC with tickets to "Rock of Ages" worth $5,661. After Mark calls the H, we have...
E L E _ T R I _ A L/&/S H O _ _ I N G/
O _ T L E T
...he buys the U, then calls the C's for the Wild Card but calls a dud in W. Raquel calls the P's for the Free Spin and solves ELECTRICAL & SHOPPING OUTLET for her first $1,000.
LOT (Lose a Turn)s: 1 (Lindsay)
Eggland's Best Jackpot Round category is Thing. After Mark calls the H's for $1,000 while on Jackpot, we have...
THE/E _ E _ _ T _ _ E/B _ _ _ _ H/_ _/
_ _ _ E _ _ _ E _ T
...but he can't solve it for a $6,250 Jackpot (I know it now, thanks to most of the puzzles so far being related to tomorrow's election). He buys the O's and then calls the N's for another $2,100. Then, he cleans out the rest of the vowels but then spins a Bankrupt to lose all his money and the Wild Card. Raquel calls the C's for $800 but then spins Bankrupt, so she uses her Free Spin but it's a waste, as she this time hits a Bankrupt on the Million Dollar Wedge. Lindsay calls the R's for $1,800 and solves THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT to win that amount and increase her lead a bit with a new total of $4,800.
BANKRUPTS: 3 (Mark, twice by Raquel)
Campbell's Soup Mystery/Prize Puzzle Round category is Phrase. Raquel starts by calling a pair of R's for the trip to NYC. After Lindsay buys the O's, we have...
O _ _ E/_ O _ 'RE/THERE/_ O _/_ O _ ' T/_ _ _ T/
TO/_ E _ _ E
...I think I know it, but she spins her first Bankrupt tonight. Mark calls the N's for $2,700, the Y's for another $600, and then buys the U's and the A's. Unfortunately, he then spins his second Bankrupt this evening. Raquel then tries to solve with ONCE YOU'RE THERE YOU WON'T WANT TO LEAVE...right for a trip to Hawaii worth $6,634, giving her the lead with $7,634.
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Lindsay, Mark)
WINNING ID FOR HAWAII: CS20194
For the last Toss-Up, the category is On the Map:
_ _ _ T H
_ _ _ O L _ _ A
Mark guesses NORTH CAROLINA...he picked the wrong one. Raquel then gets SOUTH CAROLINA to increase her leading total to $10,634. Speed-Up Round category is Event and consonants are worth $6,000 each! After Lindsay calls the L's, we have...
L _ N _ S L _ _ _
_ _ _ T _ R _
...she can't solve. Mark then calls the D's and solves LANDSLIDE VICTORY to win $18,000 and the match. Raquel leaves with $10,634 in cash and trip and Lindsay leaves with $4,800.
Big Money Round: During the episodes taped on the "Wheel Across America" set, the car up for grabs is a VW Eos covertible. I don't like Mark's chances here; let's see if he can pull off a miracle. He spins the M in AMERICA'S and the category is Things. Starting with:
_ _ _ _ E N S/&/_ _ S _ E S
These are two types of puncutation. He calls C, D, M and I and gets...
_ _ _ _ E N S/&/D _ S _ E S
...he gets nowhere, espescially by saying the second word is DISHES when the I's already dead. It was HYPHENS & DASHES and he loses $35,000.
Jeopardy!: Can Carl Brandt become the season's first five-time champion? We'll find out as he faces:
Catherine Muldoon (Summerville, MA)- Graduate student
David Skaar (Raleigh, NC)- Research scientist
THE "7"-YEAR ITCH
DANCE TO THE MUSIC
MACBETH'S WITCHES ON FOOD NETWORK
THE UNFRIENDLY SKIES
FACTS & FIGURES
LETTER-HEADS (each correct response contains one word plus a letter from the alphabet)
At the first break, Skaar leads with three grand while Muldoon has $2,600 and Brandt trails the leader by $1,000. Shortly after the commercials, Brandt finds the Daily Double under the $800 "7" clue with $2,600 and makes it a True Daily Double. For the lead or nothing, here's the clue:
Federal troops enforced integration at Central High School in Little Rock, AR in this year.
"What is 1957?"...IS RIGHT for the lead with $5,200! At the end of the round, he has $7,000, but Skaar's just $600 behind him. Muldoon has $5,400, thus being just $1,600 out of the lead.
LACH TRASH IN ROUND 1: $800
YOU, THE VOTER
LOST & ROUND
Early on, Skaar discovers Daily Double #1 under the $1,600 Life Science clue, trailing the champ $8,200-$8,000 at this point. Muldoon's down to five grand. His wager is half his bank. For the lead back:
Transporting this protein is the main job of your body's erythrocytes.
"What is hemoglobin?"...that's $12,000 and the lead! He then finds the other Daily Double under Lost & Round's $1,600 clue with ten times that amount- $16,000. The champ's now at $8,600. His wager is five grand this time around.
Richard & Cuthbert Burbage's 1599 edifice: "The _____ Theatre"
"What is the Globe?"...got it for a new total of $21,000!
DJ! LACH TRASH: $5,600
SCORES AFTER DOUBLE JEOPARDY!:
Carl: $12,600 (he's out of here)
David: $27,400 (lock game)
FJ! CATEGORY: Pulitzer-Winning Novels.
From this book's penultimate paragraph: "There had never been a man she couldn't get, one she set her mind upon him".
Response: "What is Gone with the Wind"
Final score: $12,700
Response: "What is Gone w/the Wind?"
Wager: ALL IN
Final score: $25,200
Response: "What is Gone with the Wind"
Winning score: $28,000
The bad news- Carl Brandt is out of here with a final haul of $72,799, and it's no guarantee that he'll be in February's Tournament of Champions. The good news- we don't have to worry about tomorrow's episode getting pre-empted now that he's lost.
DOND (NBC): The 200th episode begins with Howie popping out of a cake and confetti and streamers being thrown by the audience! Remember, each contestant tonight will have twenty seconds to decide if they want to take a deal; failure to respond within that time is an automatic NO DEAL response. In addition, unlike regular action around here, they must make all of their selections in each round before the cases are opened. Also, Howie won't be taking any calls; the offers will just simply appear on the board.
One more thing- either Howie or the Banker will be taking the plunge in a giant birthday cake. If tonight's four contestants combine for total winnings of at least $1 Million, the Banker goes in the cake; otherwise, it'll be Howie.
First up tonight is Frank Ross from Canfield, OH. He holds on to #12.
1. #23- $100
2. #11- $10,000
3. #3- $25,000
4. #17- $100,000
5. #15- $300,000
6. #9- $25
FIRST OFFER: $65,000- NO DEAL
1. #6- $400,000
2. #13- $750,000
3. #19- $1,000
4. #7- ONE MILLION DOLLARS
5. #21- $500
SECOND OFFER: $21,000- NO DEAL
1. #26- $5
2. #5- $500,000 (DANGER ZONE ENFORCED)
3. #2- $300
4. #16- $75,000 (STRIKE ONE)
THIRD OFFER: $15,000- NO DEAL
Tonight's Beat the Banker game is worth double value- $20,000.
1. #4- $75
2. #22- $50
3. #14- $200,000 (BIG STRIKE TWO)
FOURTH OFFER: $6,000- NO DEAL
1. #24- PENNY
2. #25- $10
FIFTH OFFER: $8,000- NO DEAL
21st PICK: #1- BUCK
SIXTH OFFER: $11,000- NO DEAL (TIME EXPIRED)
22nd PICK: #8- $400
SEVENTH OFFER: $14,000- DEAL
Unfortunately for him, he had the $50,000. The other cases:
Contestant #2 is Odalys Piedra from Culver City, CA. Her case is #18.
1. #26- $200
2. #20- $5
3. #8- $25,000
4. #25- $100,000
5. #2- $400,000
6. #11- ONE MILLION DOLLARS
FIRST OFFER: $41,000- NO DEAL
1. #3- $300
2. #13- $750,000
3. #4- $100
4. #16- $50
5. #19- BUCK
SECOND OFFER: $32,000- NO DEAL
1. #9- $400
2. #1- $75
3. #10- PENNY
4. #22- $10,000
THIRD OFFER: $55,000- NO DEAL
1. #15- $25
2. #21- $50,000
3. #5- $500
FOURTH OFFER: $103,000- NO DEAL
1. #12- $750
2. #6- $300,000 (DANGER ZONE ENFORCED)
FIFTH OFFER: $92,000- NO DEAL
21st PICK: #23- $1,000
SIXTH OFFER: $126,000- NO DEAL
22nd PICK: #24- $75,000 (STRIKE ONE)
SEVENTH OFFER: $163,000- NO DEAL
23rd PICK: #17- $5,000
EIGHTH OFFER: $244,000- NO DEAL
24th PICK: #7- $200,000 (STRIKE TWO)
FINAL OFFER: $198,000- DEAL
She had...$10, so she made a great deal! $788,000 to go before the Banker gets creamed.
Contestant #3 is Andre Vanchot from Derby, CT. The case he wants to possibly go all the way with is #19.
1. #12- $500,000
2. #22- $200,000
3. #8- $50,000
4. #17- $75,000
5. #5- PENNY
6. #21- $5
FIRST OFFER: $50,000- NO DEAL
1. #1- $300,000
2. #3- BUCK
3. #26- $400,000 (DANGER ZONE ENFORCED)
4. #18- $100
5. #7- $100,000 (STRIKE ONE)
SECOND OFFER: $43,000- NO DEAL
1. #11- $500
2. #23- $10,000
3. #4- $75
4. #2- ONE MILLION DOLLARS (STRIKE TWO)
THIRD OFFER: $27,000- NO DEAL
1. #13- $750
2. #20- $50
3. #24- $5,000
FOURTH OFFER: $38,000- DEAL
His case had...$25, so a good deal made there. Rest of the board:
Tonight's final player is Danielle Carranza from Cochella, CA. #1 is her case.
1. #19- $400,000
2. #17- $200
3. #23- $50
4. #20- $750
5. #21- $25
6. #12- $10,000
FIRST OFFER: $68,000- NO DEAL
1. #8- $500
2. #16- $500,000
3. #25- $75
4. #9- $1,000
5. #14- BUCK
SECOND OFFER: $81,000- NO DEAL
1. #15- $100
2. #2- PENNY
3. #24- $400
4. #6- $300
THIRD OFFER: $164,000- NO DEAL
1. #11- $50,000
2. #10- $75,000
3. #3- $300,000
FOURTH OFFER: $210,000- NO DEAL
1. #7- $10
2. #13- ONE MILLION DOLLARS (DANGER ZONE ENFORCED)
FIFTH OFFER: $99,000- NO DEAL
21st PICK: #26- $100,000 (STRIKE ONE)
SIXTH OFFER: $133,000- NO DEAL
22nd PICK: #5- $5
SEVENTH OFFER: $225,000- NO DEAL
23rd PICK: #22- $750,000 (BIG STRIKE TWO)
EIGHTH OFFER: $72,000- DEAL
Her case had...$25,000. 200 grand was in #18 and $5,000 was in #4.
All in all, since "only" $322,000 was given away tonight, Howie's in the cake! And balloons fall at the end!
TONIGHT'S $20,000-WINNING BEAT THE BANKER CASE: #5