Wednesday, December 24, 2008

12/24/2008 Results- CHRISTMAS EVE

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).

Tanya: $1,125
John: $893
Sandra: $1,200
Jerome: $1,300

ARP: $1,204

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).

Judith: $800
Jerome: $975
Tanya: $1,100
John: $976

ARP: $1,447

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.

Michael: $775
John: $1,295
Judith: $776
Jerome: $1,100


ARP: $1,060

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:
Judith: $.75
Sandra: 60 + 45 = OUCH (I felt really bad for her)
Tanya: $.85

Tanya goes to the Showcase.

Trying to possibly become the day's first winner is Mark Nelson and the fourth IUFB is luggage (Brandi).

Mark: $1,395
Jerome: $1,000
Michael: $595

John: $596

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:

31802

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: $520
Michael: $650
John: $700
Mark: $701

ARP: $609

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:

$1.29- Soup
$11.99- Gingerbread house kit
$9.99- Christmas cards
$4.99- Wipes
$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).

Jennifer: $1,300
Michael: $875
John: $750
Mark: $1,301

ARP: $995

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

TANYA'S SHOWCASE:
BID: $18,650
ARP: $31,636
DIFFERENCE: $12,986

CHERYLE'S SHOWCASE:
BID: $35,180

ARP: $40,403
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).

ROUND 1:
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

ROUND 2:
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

ROUND 3:
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

ROUND 4:
1. #2 (Jina)- BUCK
2. #21 (Zaina)- $10,000

FOURTH OFFER: $88,000- NO DEAL

ROUND 5:
1. #14 (Keith)- $250,000
2. #8 (Machelle)- $100

FIFTH OFFER: $95,000- DEAL

19th PICK: #17 (Theo)- $75,000
OFFER: $133,000

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:

SHERRI: BIN-O
JAY: -I-G-

BANK: $810

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)

50/50:
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:

SHERRI: BING-
JAY: -I---
BANK: $1,305


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.

DUDS: D

(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.

DUDS: M
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

Opening categories:

BOOK DEDICATIONS
ALBUMS
TECH-KNOW-LEDGY
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.

DJ! Categories:

PEOPLE IN THE ARTS
THE SPORTS BAR
THEY GOT STRUCK

WE'RE MAP-HAPPY
"OAK"LAND
RAIDERS

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)
Marmi: $11,800
Helene: $1,400

CORYAT SCORES:

Jim: $20,400
Marmi: $8,800

Helene: $4,400

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".

HELENE:
Response: "What is A Christmas Tale"
Wager: $1,399
Final score: BUCK

MARMI:
Response: "What is The Winter of Our Discontent?"

Wager: NOTHING
Final score: $11,800

JIM:
Response: "What is A Christmas Carol?"
Wager: $199
Wins with: $23,999

Mr. Stevens' three-day total: $73,001!

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