TPIR: Time now for Episode 4564K, Day 3 of Christmas Week. We begin with Tanya, John, Sandra and Jerome. After he comes out of Door #2, Drew fakes like he's going to punch somebody. The first IUFB brought out by Brandi & Lanisha is a laptop (with the show's video game playing on it).
Sandra Velasco from Montana plays One Away for a 2009 Audi TT (Std., 2.0T, Paint, Technology)(Rachael)!! This is the first time in more than a decade that a luxury car has been offered on this game in daytime! Board:
$ 2 5 , 8 4 1
Her first guess:
$ 3 4 , 9 5 0
The Mighty Sound Effects Lady gives her...four honks. She changes the 9 to a 7. The first number is right, of course. Is that second number right?...
$ 3 4, 7 5 0
...NO! Ouch. ARP: $36,950.
Coming on down fifth is Judith and the second IUFB is a canoe package (Rachael).
Tanya Granito plays Range Game for a 46" LCD TV with console (Brandi & Lanisha). Range is $5,600-$6,200. She stops at $5,789-$5,939. ARP: $5,994.
Leaving his seat sixth is Michael from Tulane and the third IUFB is a camcorder/digital camera coming down from the ceiling.
Judith Bussey plays Switch? for a pool table (Lanisha) marked at $3,630 and SCUBA gear (Rachael) marked at $4,661. She switches...I'm afraid we have a winless first half.
SHOWCASE SHOWDOWN #1:
Sandra: 60 + 45 = OUCH (I felt really bad for her)
Tanya goes to the Showcase.
Trying to possibly become the day's first winner is Mark Nelson and the fourth IUFB is luggage (Brandi).
ARP: $1,000, so Jerome Dean wins a $500 bonus! I hope this starts a comeback for today's episode.
He now plays Squeeze Play for a trip to Jamaica (Lanisha & Rachael). Board:
I say get rid of the 1 and he agrees...
$ 3 8 0 2
...he just became a FORCED LOSS victim here. ARP: $3,182. That's gotta be the cheapest Jamaica trip I've ever seen in my life.
The next possible hero to go to Contestant's Row is Cheryle Cann and the fifth IUFB is a set of Christmas decorations (Lanisha).
Cheryle from Rancho Cuckamunga plays It's In the Bag (Brandi & Rachael). Products today are Clorox wipes, stuffing, a gingerbread house kit, soup, a box of Christmas cards and a big bag of M & Ms. Her guesses:
$11.99- Gingerbread house kit
$9.99- Christmas cards
$3.66- M & M's
The soup is right...so is the house...and so is the cards. She stops at $4,000, and wisely so. I thought the stuffing cost $4.99, but it was actually the M & M's. The $3.66 item was the stuffing. At least we gave away something today on stage.
The last contestant today is Jennifer Gercerlono and the final IUFB is a dinette (Rachael).
TODAY'S FIRST FOUR BREAKFAST CLUB MEMBER: Michael
Michael Compeaux plays Dice Game for a 2009 Jeep Compass Sport 4X2 (Fairly loaded)(Brandi; dice table brought by Lanisha & Rachael). First number is 2.
Second number: 3- NO, HIGHER
Third number: 2- NO, HIGHER
Fourth number: 6- RIGHT
Fifth number: 3- NO, HIGHER
The last number is 5. The second number is...4. And the third number is...3- HE WINS THE $24,365 JEEP AND WE DEFINITELY DON'T GET SKUNKED TODAY!!
SHOWCASE SHOWDOWN #2:
Jerome ($1,500): 15 + 80 = $.95
Cheryle ($4,609): 85 + 15 = WINS $1,000!
Michael ($25,360): 95 + 90 = OVER
In Cheryle's Bonus Spin...65 cents. But she does have a new cash total of $5,000 and she gets the Top Winner spot in today's Showcase.
The first Showcase begins with Ferrari accessories (Brandi). Second, while having Christmas dinner, try to get a bottle of wine from a new walk-in wine refrigerator (Lanisha). Finally, if that new kind of refrigerator didn't impress you enough, try going to a villa for a week on a trip to Tuscany (Rachael).
CHERYLE PASSES TO TANYA; TANYA BIDS $18,650 ON TRIP SHOWCASE
MY BID FOR TRIP SHOWCASE: $30,000
For Cheryle, we start with the right to cook up a holiday dinner on a 48 inch gas range (Brandi). Then, after hopefully not burning up your Christmas food on it, try to burn some rubber with a new Ducati motorcycle (Rachael). And here's another thing you can burn rubber with- a Ford Mustang (Std., AT, Nav., Mats)(Lanisha)!
CHERYLE BIDS $35,180 ON MUSTANG SHOWCASE
MY BID FOR MUSTANG SHOWCASE: $37,750
DIFFERENCE: $5,223- WIN!
Cheryle takes home a total Christmas haul of $46,012 in cash and prizes! And it's snowing at the end!
DOND: Yesterday, environmentalist Kristen Mortensen played one of the strongest games I've seen since the syndicated version of this show began. Despite $100,000 and $500,000 still being in play with four cases left, she dealt for $68,000, much to the dismay of viewers. Fortunately for her, she would've knocked out both six-figure amounts on her next two picks.
Let's see what happens today with #13 Gloria Butler (who has 12 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren).
1. #20 (Josh)- $100,000
2. #18 (Robin)- $200
3. #16 (Courtney)- $2,500
4. #9 (Cynthia)- $25
5. #11 (Pasquale)- $300
FIRST OFFER: $19,000- NO DEAL
1. #19 (Dean; he's wearing pants underneath his skirt with NO DEAL on the back!)- $500
2. #12 (Amber)- $400
3. #4 (Vanessa)- $50
4. #5 (Teresa)- PENNY
5. #22 (Kelly)- $5,000
SECOND OFFER: $28,000- NO DEAL
1. #7 (Julie)- $1,000
2. #3 (Ravyn)- $7,500
3. #1 (Christina)- $10
4. #6 (Barbara)- $50,000
THIRD OFFER: $44,000- NO DEAL
1. #2 (Jina)- BUCK
2. #21 (Zaina)- $10,000
FOURTH OFFER: $88,000- NO DEAL
1. #14 (Keith)- $250,000
2. #8 (Machelle)- $100
FIFTH OFFER: $95,000- DEAL
19th PICK: #17 (Theo)- $75,000
20th PICK: #10 (Cathy)- $10,000
FINAL OFFER: $201,000
In the end...
...she had $5 in her case, so she made a great deal! Thus, the $500,000 was in Roy's #15, two spots away from her chosen case. She is now the fifth-biggest winner of the season!
Bingo America: This was the first episode Richard Karn taped! The contestants are Sherri & Jay. Therefore, tonight's wrecking ball format for the Bingo Bonus Board will be 0-1-3-6-10. At halftime in Game 1:
NUMBERS CALLED TO THIS POINT: N34, I20, I25, G57, B14, N37, G52, O71
Eight is the most number of questions asked in Game 1 before the first commercial break this season, possibly ever.
9 (G54)- What Swedish word refers to a buffet consisting of a variety of foods?
JAY: Smorgasbord- CORRECT ($864)
10 (O64)- In the U.S., which holiday appears first on the calendar- Mother's Day or Father's Day?
SHERRI: Mother's Day- RIGHT ($928)
11 (O73)- T or F: The author of "The Devil Wears Prada" worked for Vogue editor Anna Winter.
SHERRI: True- RIGHT AGAIN ($1,001)
12 (G47)- Michael or Janet- which Jackson sibling is younger?
SHERRI: Janet- WIN ($1,048)
Game 2 has this after eight questions:
NUMBERS CALLED TO THIS POINT: B2, I27, N45, G54, N42, I25, B12, G50
9 (O74)- What famous American is sometimes remembered for wearing the bi-focals that he invented?
SHERRI: Benjamin Franklin- WINS MATCH ($1,379)
Bingo Bonus Round: For tonight's edition, instead of 20 wrecking balls, there are 20 Gingers on the board (as in my family's new, mean dog Ginger). As a female dog, she will be more than happy to chew up anything, espescially a ton of money.
B: #2- $1,500
I: #23- $2,000 ($3,500)
N: #41- $1,000 ($4,500)
G: #52- $1,500 ($6,000) AND QUITS (Sorry, Ginger)
She's taking home $7,379 in potential holiday shopping money!
WOF: The first Toss-Up category is Thing:
B U S H _/WHITE/_ _ A _ D
Holly's in first but blanks. Steve then solves BUSHY WHITE BEARD for $1,000.
$5,000 WINNING ID OF THE NIGHT: TH9993516
Tonight's players on the night before Christmas:
Steve Taylor (Torrence, CA)- Video producer
Holly Dressen (Royal Palm Beach, FL)- Italian restaurant worker and a soccer mom
Carla Hall (Floyds Knobs, IN)- Gourd decorator
$2,000 Toss-Up category is Food & Drink:
C H I L L E D
E G _ N O _
Steve solves CHILLED EGGNOG to go to $3,000.
Round 1 category is People and out on the wheel now is a Santa Fe ski trip worth $5,059. Midway in the round, Steve calls an L for a $1,000 LuggagePoint.com gift certificate. At that point, we have...
L A S T - _ I _ _ T E
S _ _ _ _ E R S
...he calls a $500 N, a $300 M, and buys the U. But he then calls D for dud. Holly calls the P's for $600 and solves LAST-MINUTE SHOPPERS to turn it into $1,000.
(The night's first greeting message comes from the control room!)
Campbell's Soup Jackpot Round category is Before & After. Remember, after a long drought to start the season, the Jackpot has been won three times in the past two weeks, including the past two nights in a row (espescially Tuesday's $13,450 win). Can we make it three Jackpot wins in a row? Let's find out.
Holly calls an H for the Free Spin early on, but she has to use it right away after calling a dud in G. After Carla calls the L, we have...
T R _ _ _ A L/_ _ R _ _ _ T/_ _/
H _ _ _ _ N E _ _
...the sydnicated game show that comes from the first part of this puzzle doesn't have a prayer of making it to a second season, IMO. After purchasing the I's, she calls the P's for the trip and solves TRIVIAL PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS to win that and $800, a total of $5,859 in cash and trip. She has the lead for the moment.
DUDS: D, G
(The other greeting message tonight comes from the production staff.)
WorldWinner Mystery/Prize Puzzle Round category is Fun & Games. Carla hits the night's first Bankrupt after calling two T's for $900. After Steve buys the O's, the board reads like this:
_ I _ _ I N _/A _ O _ N _/THE/
I S _ A N _/ON/A/S _ O O T E _
...he calls a $400 G, buys the U, calls two D's for another $1,100, two R's for another $800, a $350 L, a $300 C, but then a dud of M. Holly then calls two P's for $1,200 and solves ZIPPING AROUND THE ISLAND ON A SCOOTER to win that amount plus a trip to St. Maarten (scooter not included), a new total of $9,160 in cash and trip.
BANKRUPTS: 1 (Carla)
WINNING ID FOR TRIP: EL5630054
$3,000 Toss-Up category is Phrase:
B _/O _/GOOD/_ _ _ E R
Steve is able to BE OF GOOD CHEER to double his money to $6,000. Speed-Up Round category is TV Title and consonants are worth $6,000 each! After Holly calls the H...
P _ _ H _ N G
_ _ _ _ _ _ _
...this is an ABC show, but she can't solve it now. Carla calls the S's and for $30,000...NOTHING! Darn. Steve then calls the D and solves PUSHING DAISIES to double his money again to $12,000 and earn the victory! Holly leaves with $9,160 in cash and trip and Carla leaves with $5,859 in cash and trip.
DUDS: L, M, R, T
Big Money Round: Steve spins the S in AMERICA'S and the category is Thing. This one-wordy begins with:
_ _ S E _ R _ _ _
He calls D, M, C and O and gets...
_ _ S E C R _ C _
...he doesn't come up with the proper WISECRACK; he instead went for things that ended in RACE when the category wasn't Event. That costs him $40,000.
Jeopardy!: Can Jim Stevens win for the third time before Christmas? We'll find out against these challengers:
Helene Glass (Chicago)- Attorney
Marmi Maramot (L.A.)- Transplant data analyst
A BUNCH OF NUTS
FIRST NAME'S THE SAME
YOURS FOR AN "ONG"
At the first break, Stevens' ahead with $4,400, leading Glass by $3,000; Maramot has $800. The round ends with the $1,000 Nuts clue being the Daily Double, and Maramot finds it with $4,600. She now trails the champ for the lead by $3,000, while Glass has $2,400. Her wager is $4,000. To take the lead heading into Double Jeopardy!, here is the clue:
Hazelnuts are also called these, after a Saint.
"What are Philberts?"...Philberts they are for $7,400 and the lead!
FIRST ROUND LACH TRASH: $800
ASK ALEX: Does he work with any charities? Yes, only one- Worldvision International.
PEOPLE IN THE ARTS
THE SPORTS BAR
THEY GOT STRUCK
After Maramot gets the first clue in People in the Arts to go to $9,000, Glass gets the next two to go to $4,400 and finds the first Daily Double under the $1,600 clue; her wager is three grand on the following:
The name of this innovative theater and opera director is just one letter different from a late British comic actor.
"Who is Mendes?"...incorrect. Correct: Who was Peter Sellers? She's down to $1,400 now. The other Daily Double is found a little later under another $1,600 clue, this time in Raiders; the champ finds it with $10,400, just $600 behind Maramot for the lead. His wager is five large. For the lead back:
Cecil Rhodes' attempted invasion known as the Jameson Raid set the stage for this war.
"What is the Boer War?"...that is the war, so he's back in front with $15,400!
DJ! LACH TRASH: $10,400
SCORES AFTER DOUBLE JEOPARDY!:
Jim: $23,800 (just barely a lock game)
FJ! CATEGORY: 19th Century Books.
Its author called it "a ghostly little book...which shall not put my readers out of humour...with the season".
Response: "What is A Christmas Tale"
Final score: BUCK
Response: "What is The Winter of Our Discontent?"
Final score: $11,800
Response: "What is A Christmas Carol?"
Wins with: $23,999
Mr. Stevens' three-day total: $73,001!