TPIR: This is Episode 4565K, the last day of this year's Christmas Week and the last new episode of 2008. We begin with Amy, Timothy, Jaime and Rick. Drew twirls his body around as soon as he comes out of Door #2 and the first IUFB is a men's Rolex watch worn by Rich himself!
Jaime: $5,000 (STAGE WILLY)
ARP: $4,200 (a new daytime IUFB record)
Timothy, originally from Chicago and now in Valencia, CA, could be wearing that really nice watch he just won in Spain (Brandi) after playing Pushover. Board:
His guess is $7,845...
...yes indeed! The price could've been either one of the last four prices in the line ($8,450, $7,845, $6,784 and $9,678)!
Fifth comes Silverio De La Torre (who may be related to former Triple Play winner Elva) and the second IUFB is a home theatre system (Brandi & Lanisha).
Amy, a kindergarten teacher from Garden Grove, CA, plays Stack the Deck for a 2009 Pontiac G6 (Std., Mats)(Rachael). Board:
Lanisha is the game's model today.
1. Soup & Clorox bleach
PICK: Bleach- RIGHT; CHOOSES THIRD NUMBER ($ _ _ , 3 _ _)
2. HBP medicine & light bulb
PICK: HBP medicine- $6.99
3. Pancake mix & vegetable oil
PICK: Oil- CORRECT; CHOOSES FOURTH NUMBER ($ _ _ , 3 7 _)
Does she get $20,375 to win the car...NO, she missed the last number (she said 9 instead), apparently mishearing the audience's advice there.
Jennifer comes on down sixth and the third IUFB is cookware (Brandi).
Silverio from El Monte, CA plays Secret X for an outdoor living room group and a 32" weatherproof HDTV, all worth $12,888 (Lanisha & Rachael). Here's his first X placement:
The SPs Brandi stands next by to today:
Robot tissue box: $15 or $30?
Office fish tank: $15 or $25?
He gets the tissue box at $15 but makes a possibly fatal error by also saying $15 for the fish tank when it's obviously $25. Final setup:
I hope that X's in the middle...
...and it is for a miracle win!
SHOWCASE SHOWDOWN #1:
Amy ($1,500): WINS $1,000!
Timothy ($12,045): WINS $1,000 ALSO!
Silverio ($13,613): Nickel + 80 = $.85
BONUS SPIN SPIN-OFF:
Amy goes to the Showcase.
Leaving the crowd next is Julie Freund and the fourth IUFB is an exercise bike (Lanisha).
ARP: $700, winning Julie a $500 bonus!
She now plays Check Game for thousands of dollars more plus a catameran (Rachael). She writes her check for just a grand, thinking that catameran's very expensive...but it's just $4,795, so the audience was right to groan at her. If only she had the original rules to play with...
Next is Jennifer Young and the next IUFB is a collection of power tools (Rachael).
Jennifer #2: $2,000
Jennifer #1: $800
Rick Davis, who has a family with five babies, plays That's Too Much for a Ford Fusion that they could all travel in (Lanisha).
3. $22,960- THAT'S TOO MUCH...YES INDEED!!
ARP: $21,775! He came close to stopping on each of the earlier two prices! And he said "That's the one" instead before saying the official magic words!
The last contestant to hear the magic words this year is Angel Alcaraz from the front row and the final IUFB is a snow sled collection (Rachael).
Jamie: $400 (SUICIDE BID)
Jennifer #2: $700
Jennifer #1: $701
TODAY'S FIRST FOUR BREAKFAST CLUB MEMBER: Jamie
Angel plays One Wrong Price for a wine cabinet (Rachael) marked at $2,795, a guitar (Lanisha) marked at $999 and an offroad bike (Brandi) marked at $2,599. He goes with yours truly on the guitar, because I personally think it's too cheap...but it's still $999! Tough luck. The wine cabinet actually cost $3,385.
SHOWCASE SHOWDOWN #2:
Angel ($580): 55 + 90 = DOH
Julie ($1,200): $.75
Rick ($22,915): 45 + 55 = WINS $1,000 AND SHOWCASE BERTH!
In Rick's Bonus Spin...a dime.
The first Showcase is all about feeling the need to go racing. First, race your friends in a new go-kart (Rachael). Second, you can race the powerful Corvettes at driving school while on a trip to Vegas (Brandi). Finally, when you're done testing out a Corvette in Vegas, drive this around your neighborhood for real- a 2009 Saturn Sky Red Line (Fairly loaded)(Lanisha)!
RICK BIDS $31,000 ON CAR SHOWCASE- STAGE GARF (Barely covers the car)
MY BID FOR CAR SHOWCASE: $37,500
For Amy, we have a well-being massage chair (Lanisha), a Pulaski bedroom (Brandi) and a hot tub (Rachael).
AMY BIDS $17,000 ON ROOM/SPA SHOWCASE
MY BID FOR ROOM/SPA SHOWCASE: $19,500
ARP: $49,989 (I think that Vegas trip was on steroids)
DIFFERENCE: $7,802- WIN
That was a tough one for Rick (he said the Sky was his dream car), but he does leave with $23,915 in cash and prizes, including the other car. Amy wins today and $27,302 in cash and prizes.
Video clips of today's episode (both in HD quality):
DOND: Talk about a good week for the show on both versions. Last night, there were two PERFECT DEALS made during the two-hour Christmas episode for a combined total of $334,000. And despite a $100 win to start the week, $202,100 has been given away on the sydnicated version this week!
We wrap up the week today with #17 Theo Cooper (who is a mortgage broker and a realtor). He swaps out for #3.
1. #13 (Kimlee)- $200
2. #7 (Julie)- $25
3. #16 (Courtney)- $10
4. #6 (Barbara)- $75,000
5. #20 (Josh)- $500
OPENING OFFER: $22,500- NO DEAL
1. #19 (Dean)- BUCK
2. #8 (Machelle)- $50,000
3. #18 (Robin)- $400
4. #14 (Keith)- $25,000 (DANGER ZONE ENFORCED)
5. #10 (Cathy)- $1,000
SECOND OFFER: $27,500- NO DEAL
1. #22 (Kelly)- PENNY
2. #9 (Cynthia)- $300
3. #2 (Jina)- $500,000 (STRIKE ONE)
4. #15 (Roy)- $2,500
THIRD OFFER: $16,500- NO DEAL
1. #21 (Zaina)- $10,000
2. #12 (Amber)- $5,000
FOURTH OFFER: $24,000- NO DEAL
1. #1 (Christina)- $250,000 (STRIKE TWO)
2. #5 (Teresa)- $50
FIFTH OFFER: $11,000- NO DEAL
19th PICK: #4 (Jenna)- $7,500 (SAFETY NET GONE)
SIXTH OFFER: $24,000- NO DEAL
20th PICK: #17 (Ravyn)- OOPS!!! ($100,000)
He leaves with $40, making him the lowest winner so far on the daytime version of the show. His case had $100.
WOF: Thanks to last night's agonizing last second bonus round loss, we are in danger of being SCROOGED again on Happy Holidays Week. We haven't had a BONUS ROUND SHUTOUT all season long, but will tonight finally be the night? I hope not.
The first Toss-Up category is Show Biz:
_ O L I _ A Y
C _ N C E _ T
Simi solves HOLIDAY CONCERT for $1,000.
$5,000 WINNING ID OF THE NIGHT: JS02896
Let's meet the players:
Simi Akachiku (Birmingham, AL; her family originates from Nigeria)- UAB student studying Microbiology
Alexis Brunkovick (NYC; originally from Newtown, PA)- Ballet teacher for children aged 3-5 and a recent graduate from Marymount Manhattan College
Stephen Fodor (Del Rey Beach, FL)- Recent graduate from Florida Atlantic University and currently a customer service director and a volunteer referee/Board of Members panelist for a children's soccer club in his area
$2,000 Toss-Up category is On the Map:
_ H _/N _ _ T H/_ O _ E
Simi knows THE NORTH POLE ties in nicely with this week's theme, taking her to $3,000.
After a Big Sky ski trip worth $9,900 goes on the wheel, Round 1 category is Food & Drink. Simi immediately calls a dud with T. Alexis hits the night's first Bankrupt to lose the $400 she earned from the R. Later, Simi calls three L's for the Wild Card; after she buys the I's and the O's, we have...
_ _ _ _ R O P S/&/
L O L L I P O P S
...she solves GUMDROPS & LOLLIPOPS for another $1,300 and $4,300 total.
DUDS: N, T
BANKRUPTS: 1 (Alexis)
(Tonight's first greeting message comes from the post production department.)
Campbell's Soup Jackpot/Prize Puzzle Round category is Thing. Alexis starts out with two T's for $1,800, then buys seven E's but she hits her second Bankrupt tonight. Stephen calls two F's a little later for $7,000. The board reads now:
THE/E _ _ E _ _ E _ _ E/_ F/
_/_ _ F E T _ _ E
He then calls a $700 N, then buys the I's, the O and then solves THE EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME for $7,700 and an experience of a lifetime in South Africa, a total of $16,680 in cash and trip.
BANKRUPTS: 1 (Alexis)
WINNING ID FOR TRIP: KG06661
(The final greeting message of the week comes from the crew.)
WorldWinner Mystery Round category is Song Lyrics. Stephen starts out with a dud of S. Simi then loses her Wild Card to a Bankrupt. After Alexis buys the A's, we have...
_ _ T/A/_ _ T T _ E/_ _ _ E/_ N/
_ _ _ _/_ E A _ T
...she calls the R's for another $800, a $900 H, and solves PUT A LITTLE LOVE IN YOUR HEART for $4,100.
BANKRUPTS: 1 (Simi)
$3,000 Toss-Up category is Place:
G _ _ U N D
F L _ O _
Alexis solves GROUND FLOOR to go to $7,100. Next category is Phrase. After Alexis buys the O's, here's the board:
IT/_ _ _/_ O R T H/THE/
_ _ I T
She calls the W's for another $1,500 and then admits IT WAS WORTH THE WAIT for another $3,050 and $10,150 total.
Next category is Occupation. After starting with three R's for $2,400, Stephen hits Bankrupt. After Alexis buys a dud vowel in O, we go to Speed-Up Mode with the remaining consonants being worth $1,500 apiece. After Stephen calls the M...
M _ S T E R
_ _ R _ E _ T E R
...he solves MASTER CARPENTER to seal his match win with $18,180! Alexis leaves with $10,150 and Simi leaves with $4,300.
BANKRUPTS: 1 (Stephen)
Big Money Round: Scrooge is knocking on the door of Sony Pictures Studios; let's see if Stephen can close the door on him after this endgame. He spins the N in WIN and the category is Thing. Starting with:
S _ _ R _
_ _ R _ E
He calls CDMA and gets...
S _ A R _
C _ R _ E
...we were on a SHARP CURVE in terms of excitement when Michelle Lowenstein became a millionaire on this show...
...BUT NOW WE'VE GONE ON A DOWNHILL CURVE- HE CAN'T SOLVE THIS PUZZLE FOR $30,000, MEANING FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW, WE'VE BEEN SCROOGED ON CHRISTMAS WEEK (and it's also the first BONUS ROUND SHUTOUT all season long). Doggone it!
Jeopardy!: Jim Stevens has a chance to become the season's first five-time champion tonight- that would be a nice post-Christmas present for the show's fans. Also, he has a chance to become the biggest winner of the season so far. Remember, the mark to beat is Ben Bishop's $115,800. Here are his two challengers tonight:
Mikey Stewart (Cambridge, MA)- Economist
Cathy Flannigan (Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada)- Administrator
THE CONSTITUTION TODAY
SINGERS' RHYME TIME
GLASS & GLASSMAKING
Right away, Stevens tries for a sweep of the glass category. Here's the final clue in it:
As a gift to the Kennedy Center, Sweden donated eighteen 15-feet-long crystal chandeliers made by this company.
Stewart's in first for the spoil with "What is Tiffany?"...but that's incorrect, so he's a grand in the red. The sweep doesn't happen for the champ, because this is the night's first Triple Stumper. Correct: What is Orford's Crystal? At the first break, the champ has three grand while Flannigan has $1,200 and Stewart's still a grand in the hole. Stewart then gets the $800 Constitution clue and then finds the Daily Double under the $1,000 clue there with -$200. He bets face value ($1,000). To get out of the hole:
In June 2008, the Supreme Court said that this amendment grants an individual, not just a collective, right.
"What is the 1st Amendment?"...he was one off- it was the 2nd Amendment, putting him at $1,800 in the hole for the moment. At the end of the round, Stevens is still ahead with $7,000. Flannigan has $4,200 and Stewart's now just $200 in debt.
ROUND 1 LACH TRASH: $2,400
THE OLD REALTOR'S ALMANAC
PRESIDENTIAL RUNNERS-UP (the winner of each election must be given on each clue)
FAMOURS RAYS (second appearance tonight)
Stewart is right on the $400 1890s Cinema clue to immediately go to $200 on the good side, and then goes Daily Double Hunting. Later, he's trying to sweep the presidential category with this $800 clue:
1952 & 1956: Adlai Stevenson
The champ rings in first instead with "Who is Eisenhower?"...correct for a successful spoil and go to $13,400; Stewart's at $8,600 and second place now. With only Germania and The Old Realtor's Almanac left, here are the scores now:
Stewart's still on the big comeback trail, as he's in control now. He picks the $1,600 Old Realtor's Almanac clue, still going Daily Double Hunting:
A handy chart shows the sale prices of similar homes in the area, knowm by this one-syllable term.
TRIPLE STUMPER: Comps
$1,600 GERMANIA CLUE:
DAAAAAAAAAAAAIIIIIIIIIILLLLLLLLLLLYYYY DOUBLE #1! He's wagering $6,400. To tie the game or be in big trouble from here on out, here's the clue:
It's a bird! It's a plane! It's this German equivalent of a Superman.
"What is Ubermensch?"...TIE GAME!
$2,000 ALMANAC CLUE
There are tips on how to tell when a home's owner is in this first step toward foreclosure.
Cathy: "What is default?"- CORRECT ($5,800); $400 GERMANIA CLUE
Enjoy a concert in the Beethovenhalle in this former German capital.
Cathy: "What is Bonn?"- RIGHT ($6,200); $800, SAME CATEGORY
Before the Euro, Germany used this official currency with a two word name.
Mikey: "What is the Deutsche Mark?"- RIGHT FOR THE LEAD ($16,200); $1,200 ALMANAC CLUE
DAAAAAAAAAAAAAIIIIIIIIIIILLLLLLLLYYYY DOUBLE #2! He wagers four grand this time.
Let's check the commission chart-- a standard 6% of the $500,000 price and half goes to me as seller's agent, so I get this sum.
"What is $3,000?"...NO- HE JUST LOST THE LEAD BACK. It was five times that- $15,000. He's down to $12,200.
$2,000 GERMANIA CLUE
This city on the main river was where the Holy Roman emperors were crowned beginning around 1356.
TRIPLE STUMPER: Frankfurt
$1,200 GERMANIA CLUE
The German title of this 18th Century opera is "Die Zauberflote".
Cathy: "What is The Magic Flute?"- CORRECT ($7,400); TIME EXPIRES
DJ! LACH TRASH: $7,200
SCORES AFTER DOUBLE JEOPARDY!:
What was once a shootout between the men has now become anybody's game.
FJ! CATEGORY: Historic Names.
A recent biography of this 13th Century man is subtitled "From Venice to Xanadu".
Flannigan's response was "Who is Marco Polo?"...correct for $4,801, taking her to $12,201. Mr. Stewart, our possible big comeback kid tonight...is also right and wagers a kinda oddball $5,860, taking him to $18,060. Did Mr. Stevens get it right?...
...YES, AND WITH A $9,001 WAGER, HE'S THE SEASON'S FIRST FIVE-TIME CHAMPION AND IS NOW THE LARGEST WINNER OF THE SEASON SO FAR WITH $119,001!!!!
Bingo America: We wrap up the next-to-last week of the season with Episode 2019. Our players are Vanessa & Paul.
1 (B13)- After failing a character test, Snoop Dogg was banned from entering what "Land Down Under"?
PAUL: Australia- RIGHT (B----; $513)
2 (G52)- If London Bridge were falling down, it would fall into what British river?
PAUL: Thames- RIGHT AGAIN (B--G-; $565)
3 (B11)- What quirky TV lawyer wore short skirts and kept seeing dancing babies?
PAUL TAKES TOO LONG
VANESSA: Ally McBeal- CORRECT (B----; $576)
4 (G51)- The amount of greenhouse gases a person produces is known as what type of footprint?
VANESSA: Carbon footprint- RIGHT AGAIN (B--G-; $627)
5 (N41)- What Liberace of Rock & Roll sang "Crocodile Rock"?
PAUL: Elton John- RIGHT (B-NG-; $668)
6 (O72)- Performing daredevil stunts, the world-famous Lipazaners are what kind of white animals?
PAUL: Polar bears- NO
DOUBLE STUMPER #1: Horses
7 (N32)- Stale Fish and Seran Wrap are tricks invented by Tony Hawk for what sport?
PAUL: Skateboarding- YOU BET ($700)
8 (O63)- Bridal veils and tutus are often made of what semi-sheer net fabric?
PAUL: Tafania- INCORRECT
VANESSA: Tulle- RIGHT (B--GO; $763)
9 (I21)- On June 6, 1944, "Allied Assualt on the Beaches of Normandy" is referred to as what day?
PAUL: D-Day- RIGHT (BING-; $784)
10 (N38)- In what musical does Jean Valjean is pursued by a French policeman named Javert?
PAUL: "Les Miserables"- RIGHT AGAIN ($822)
11 (O69)- T or F: After the Bible, "Quotations from Chairman Mao" is the best-selling book in the world.
VANESSA: False- LOSE
(As a late Christmas present from the GSN PR department, I just got a copy of the "Bingo America" DVD game like all of Paul's rooting section members did.)
1 (I22)- What Minneapolis artist released the 1984 album "Purple Rain"?
PAUL: Prince- RIGHT (-I---; $844)
2 (N36)- From the Italian word for "mask", what cosmetic is used to darken eyelashes?
PAUL: Mascara- RIGHT AGAIN (-IN--; $880)
3 (O74)- In 1978, actress Michelle Pfieffer was crowned the beauty queen of what region known as The O.C.?
PAUL: Orange County- RIGHT AGAIN (-IN-O; $954)
4 (O73)- What ancient arena in Rome had a huge, retractable awning to protect spectators?
PAUL: Colisseum- FOUR IN A ROW ($1,027)
5 (I19)- What American male super swimmer holds 14 Olympic gold medals, the most ever?
PAUL: Michael Phelps- FIVE IN A ROW ($1,046)
6 (G56)- Elian Gonzalez was rescued off the Florida coast in 1999, only to be returned to what country?
VANESSA: Cuba- CORRECT (---G-; $1,102)
7 (G50)- What 1992 movie starred Whoopi Goldberg as a nun on the run?
PAUL: "Sister Act"- RIGHT (-INGO; $1,152)
8 (N38)- This year, California law made it illegal for drivers to use what device unless it's hands-free?
PAUL: Cell phone- RIGHT AGAIN ($1,190)
9 (B11)- "La Marseillaise" is the national anthem for what country?
PAUL: France- WINS MATCH ($1,201)
Bingo Bonus Round (with the 0-1-3-6-10 wrecking ball format):
B: #1- $1,000
I: #24- $2,000 ($3,000)
N: #33- $3,000 ($6,000)
G: #59- WRECKING BALL