Tuesday, September 30, 2008

"Dancing With the Stars" 9/30

The encore dance of the week is the Paso Doble from Warren Sapp and Kym Johnson.

I can tell you right now I was wrong- Rocco DiSpirito and Karina Smirnoff are the second team to advance to next week. I guess DiSpirito's popular, too. At this point, Kim Kardashian's team is now in the most danger tonight, IMO.

This week's musical guest is Jessica Simpson, performing "Come On Over" and "Angels".

The actual last two teams standing...












...Kim Kardashian & Mark Ballas and Cloris Leachman & Corky Ballas. So one way or the other, one of the Ballas boys is out of the competition, and one of the popular celebrities has met her doom. On this final day of September, it's also the final day in competition for...

















Cloris & Corky
Kim & Mark

...Kim Kardashian & Mark Ballas. That means Mark has gone from a championship last season to his earliest exit to date on this show.

(Just before the final reveal, Cloris' motions were priceless!)

9/30/2008 Results

TPIR: Episode 4453K begins with Cari, Michelle, Sharken and Amy. The first IUFB is surfing/bodyboarding equipment (Rachael).

Amy: $650
Sharken: $699
Michelle: $500
Cari: $380 (STAGE GARF)

ARP: $1,096

Sharken Arriaga will try to chomp up a floor clock, a cotton candy machine (Brandi), a guitar and a fireplace (Tamiko) in Shopping Spree (Drew again makes the mistake of saying that just two/three prizes will be offered in similar games like this). Today's target is $3,700.

1. Guitar- $699 ($3,001)
2. Clock- $1,535 ($1,466)
3. Cotton candy machine- $1,408 (LOSS)

The fireplace was $1,300.

Coming on down fifth is Irene and the second IUFB is a ceiling fan (Brandi).

Irene: $995
Michelle: $615
Cari: $700
Amy: BUCK

ARP: $1,671

Irene Sherry, one of the first fans of Drew's "Alakazam" from Roseville, CA, plays the Grand Game. Target today is $8 and the products are Ziploc bags, Ester-C, Gold Bond Ultimate Healing Lotion, Aspercreme Heat, dog food and SnoreStop.

1. Ziploc bags- $2.99 ($10)
2. SnoreStop- $4.99 ($100)
3. Aspercreme- $6.79 ($1,000)

She should know that the dog food is less at $4.49...but she chooses the Ester-C at $15.99 instead, so no cash here for her. The lotion was $9.15.

Brettany is next to enter Contestant's Row and the third IUFB is a picnic table (Tamiko).

Brettany: $999
Michelle: $600
Cari: $525
Amy: $1,000

ARP: $999, meaning Brettany Smith has the season's first $500 Perfect Bid!

It also means she'll play Spelling Bee for a Honda Civic (Rachael). Her freebies are #7 and #11.

1. Football grill
BID: $25
ARP: $40- NO

2. Cutting board
BID: $35
ARP: $25- PICKS #23

3. Pedometer
BID: $45
ARP: $40- PICKS #12

Drew almost didn't give her a chance to bailout with $4,000 before showing the first card, but she goes for it anyway. Maybe he shouldn't have offered the bailout at all- the first card reads CAR! She had an A and two C's the rest of the way out.

SHOWCASE SHOWDOWN #1:
Sharken ($1,096): $.70
Irene ($1,671): 15 + 40 = $.55
Brettany ($19,959): $.85

For the second straight day, a Honda winner makes the Showcase!

Next to "Come on Down" is Jose and the fourth IUFB is a chair/ottoman (Rachael).

Jose: $975
Michelle: $1,100
Cari: $1,150
Amy: $1,200

ARP: $1,642

Amy Woods, who will attend college starting this fall to try and become a doctor, plays Flip Flop for a pair of motorcycles (Brandi & Tamiko; when the game spun around, the wall got stuck!). Board:

7889

She flips...but that's it, so she loses with a guess of $8,789, because that breaks the rule of having an even number be the last number in the price of a pair of something. ARP: $8,798. She hit the button herself in the final reveal.

Sherry then comes on down and the fifth IUFB is a set of digital cameras (Rachael & Tamiko).

Sherry: $625
Jose: $1,250
Michelle: $475
Cari: $500

ARP: $780

Sherry Huff, after she gets that final checkmark on her shirt from Drew on her life dreams shirt, will have the chance to huff to a Honda Accord Sedan (Std., AT, Mats)(Tamiko), but only if she wins Any Number. Also up for grabs in this game is crystal stemware (Brandi). First number in this Honda is 2.

1. 4- Stemware ($ _ _ 4)
2. 6- Pricey Ziffel ($ _ . 6 _)
3. 5- Stemware ($ 5 _ 4)
4. 8- Pricey Ziffel ($ 8. 6 _)
5. 3- CAR ($ 2 _ , _ 3 _)
6. 9- CAR ($ 2 _ , 9 3 _)
7. 7- CAR ($ 2 _ , 9 3 7)
Final pick: 2- LOSS (Wins $8.62)

The car was $21,937 and the stemware was $504. The bad news is that she fell just short of pulling off a great Any Number comeback. The good news- she already has three cars at her house.

Coming on down last is Michelle and the final IUFB is luggage (Brandi).

Michelle C.: $500
Jose: $725
Michelle T.: $800
Cari: $801

ARP: $980, meaning Michelle Turner is the season's fourth member of the First Four Breakfast Club while Cari Castle escapes it.

She now plays Coming or Going for a trip to Scottsdale, AZ (Rachael & Tamiko). If she's Coming, her guess would be $5,316. If she's Going, her guess would be $6,135. In the end, she's Coming...to Arizona!

SHOWCASE SHOWDOWN #2:
Sherry ($789): Quarter + 30 = $.55
Amy ($1,642): $.80
Cari ($6,296): 50 + 70 = OVER

Dr. Amy's in the Showcase.

The first Showcase has the models very tired. First, because of Brandi being so sleepy, she let the liquids of her cooking overflow on her new range. Second, Tamiko's worn out over working out too much with her new home gym. Finally, Rachael's caught sleeping while sailing with a new Sanibel sailboat!

AMY BIDS $27,000 ON BOAT SHOWCASE

MY BID FOR BOAT SHOWCASE: $29,250

For Brettany, we have an Ashley living room, a wireless reading device (Brandi) and a trip to Australia (Rachael).

BRETTANY BIDS $17,000 ON ROOM/TRIP SHOWCASE

MY BID FOR ROOM/TRIP SHOWCASE: $21,100

BRETTANY'S SHOWCASE:
BID: $17,000
ARP: $17,770
DIFFERENCE: $770

AMY'S SHOWCASE:
BID: $27,000
ARP: $27,474
DIFFERENCE: $474- WINS BY $296!!

Two great Showcase bids today, but it's Dr. Woods who wins with $29,116 in prizes!

Opportunity Knocks: The Laut Family from Lakewood, CA plays tonight. Joining mom (a teacher) and dad (a football coach) are Aaron (big brother who loves reptiles) and Megan (the messy girl of the group). Cody (a shy boy) will be involved in at least one question a little later.

Mom is first, and her name is Rebecca.

BONUS PRIZE #1: Mexican Rivera Cruise

1. Pick the one person out of four that was NOT an umpire during one of Aaron's baseball games.
PICK: #3- CORRECT ($2,500)

2. Complete the following inspirational saying on dad's bench press: "The harder you work..."
GUESS: "...the harder it is to quit"- RIGHT ($7,500)

3. Two mail envelopes with different families' names are given- the Geiers and the Finks. She needs to locate both families in the audience and give both families their respective mail.
SUCCESSFUL?- YES ($15,000)

4. Two years ago, Cody wrote up a recipe for what a mom should be. The first ingredient is 100 pounds of something; what is it?
GUESS: Love- SWEEP! ($25,000)

Megan is second.

BONUS PRIZE #2: Tickets to a "Hannah Montana" and "Wizards of Waverly Place" taping

1. Left or right- on which side of the parents' bed does dad sleep on?
GUESS: Right- CORRECT ($27,500)

2. Find the one set of feet that belongs to her mom's.
PICK: #2- RIGHT AGAIN ($32,500)

3. Which of the following was Cody's real campaign slogan for being class president?

A: "Down with cooties, up with Cody!"
B: "You better not pout, vote for Cody Laut"
C: "You won't have to doubt when you vote for Cody Laut"
D: "Give some clout to Cody Laut"

GUESS: "You won't have to doubt when you vote for Cody Laut"- RIGHT AGAIN ($40,000)

OFFER: Tickets to "Hannah Montana" and "Wizards of Waverly Place" for $10,000- NO SALE
FINAL OFFER: The tickets for $5,000- SOLD! ($35,000)

4. Find her plush dog in her closet within a minute.
SUCCESSFUL?- YES ($45,000)

Their dad, Ron, is third.

BONUS PRIZE #3: Ford F-150 Supercab (Fully loaded)

1. Two patches of grass are shown; pick the one that belongs to his lawn.
PICK: #1- RIGHT ($47,500)

2. Give the exact name of Cody's favorite blanket.
GUESS: Old Friend- YES INDEED ($52,500)

3. Pick the one topless shot of the given four that was taken on his honeymoon.
GUESS: C- RIGHT AGAIN ($60,000)

$25,000 OFFER TO BUY TRUCK- NO SALE

4. On what day of the week were all of his kids born?
GUESS: Tuesday- NO (A: Monday)

That's the second week in a row a father has blown a car for his family because he didn't take the $25,000 offer prior to the final question.

Hence, Aaron is last.

FINAL BONUS PRIZE: EA Sports Madden 20th Anniversary prize package

1. Name the scariest pet in his bedroom, according to Megan.
GUESS: Toad- NO (A: Gecko)

2. Pick the one salsa out of the given four that was made by his mom.
GUESS: #1- RIGHT ($65,000)

3. What was the final score of the 2003 Fiesta Bowl which Ohio State won?
GUESS: Ohio State 32, Miami FL 28- NO (A: Ohio State 31, Miami, FL 24)

4. Put the eight pictures of his family in the order they appear in the photo frame inside their house.
SUCCESSFUL?- NO

Bonus Round: Rebecca decides to try to double the bank to $130,000.

Ron: Which of his three kids is most like him?
Megan: Name her favorite subject in school.
Aaron: ID his favorite trophy.

Before we get to that, however, it's time to give another family a chance at $50,000. A girlfriend is asked to identify the first and last name of her boyfriend.
GUESS: Chris Lowry- WIN!

Now, back to the Louts and the chance at $130,000 cash in addition to their two trips. Rebecca decides to try and match the dad and Aaron. Her guesses:

Megan: Reading- CORRECT
Aaron: Football trophy
Ron: Aaron (She wanted to say Cody originally)

If both of the remaining answers turn green, they're six-figure winners...











Aaron: Football trophy
Ron: Aaron

...JUST WON $130,000!

DOND: This week is Small Buisness Owners Week. The week's second contestant is #1, Angela Whitney. She owns an interior light company, and wants to re-invest money for her company. She swaps out for Nassim's #3.

ROUND 1:
1. #1 (Nassim)- $75,000
2 #10 (Asheesh)- $25,000
3. #5 (Lizzie)- $2,500
4. #15 (Summer)- $100
5. #21 (J.T.)- $1,000

FIRST OFFER REJECTED: $18,000

ROUND 2:
1. #11 (Will)- $250,000 (DANGER ZONE ENFORCED)
2. #8 (Carl)- PENNY
3. #20 (Marc S.)- $5,000
4. #6 (Mark A.)- $7,500
5. #4 (Nicole)- $500

SECOND OFFER: $15,000- NO DEAL

ROUND 3:
1. #14 (Tania)- BUCK
2. #12 (Marie)- $25
3. #18 (Annette)- $200
4. #22 (Zach)- $300

THIRD OFFER: $29,000- NO DEAL

ROUND 4:
1. #2 (Erin)- $10
2. #16 (Bright)- $100,000 (STRIKE ONE!)

FOURTH OFFER: $24,000- NO DEAL

ROUND 5:
1. #17 (Raymond)- $400
2. #19 (Danny)- HP

Danny is today's $10,000 HP package winner!

FIFTH OFFER: $43,000- NO DEAL

19th PICK: #7 (Shannon)- $5

SIXTH OFFER: $87,000- NO DEAL

20th PICK: #9 (Vasillia)- $500,000 (BIG STRIKE TWO!!)

FINAL OFFER: $18,000- NO DEAL

Is she $50,000 richer?...







...NO. That means she's the lowest winner to date on the daytime version of "Deal" with $50. Mark V. had the $50K.

WOF: Tonight's first Toss-Up category is Occupation:

T A X _

_ _ _ _ _ R

Lindsey solves TAXI DRIVER for $1,000. Our players this time out:

Lindsey Waitzman (Vernon Hills, IL)- Genetic counselor
Denene Salsbury (Kona, HI)- Property manager
Chad Coates (Diamond Head, MI)- Stay-at-home dad/computer technician

Toss-Up #2 category is Food & Drink:

_ _ _/_ _ _ _ E/

_ U N D _ _

Lindsey solves HOT FUDGE SUNDAE to add another $2,000 and control.

Round 1 is tonight's Prize Puzzle Round and the category for it is Fun & Games. Out on the wheel now is an Alaskan Cruise worth $6,298. Lindsey starts out by calling three N's for $900 and the Free Spin. After she buys the A's and I's, we have...

_ _ I N G I N G/A _/A/

_ I N A _ A

...she calls a pair of T's for another $600 and solves SWINGING AT A PINATA for another $2,600 and a trip to Ixtapa, Mexico, a total of $10,970 in cash and trip.

NO DUDS OR BANKRUPTS THIS ROUND

WINNING ID FOR TRIP: KS07435

Eggland's Best Jackpot Round category is Landmark. After Denene duds out with a U purchase, we have Chad in control with this showing:

THE/A _ _ _ _ _/THEATER/_ _/

H A R _ E _

He calls a dud consonant in F. Lindsey calls a $400 N and buys the I, then calls the L's for another $10,500 and solves THE APOLLO THEATER IN HARLEM for another $10,650 and $21,620 total!

DUDS: F, U (don't quit your day job, John Cena!)

Meinee $10,000 Mystery Round category is Same Name. Chad starts out with a call of R for his friends back in Tampa, but it's a dud! Lindsey calls the T's for $800 but then hits the night's first Bankrupt, so she uses her Free Spin. She then calls a pair of S's for the Wild Card, but then loses it right back to one of the Bankrupts on the Million Dollar Wedge. Denene then hits a Mystery Wedge and calls an L. She flips...another Bankrupt this round. Chad then calls a $3,500 P and we have...

_ _ L _/&/S _ _ _ T/

S P _ T

...I'm not sure about the first word. After a $450 D, he calls a dud in C, getting rid of my guess of COLD & SWEET SPOT. Back to Lindsey, she calls a $3,500 B, then buys the A and the O, but then calls a dud in H. Denene strikes out with G. Chad then buys the E's and solves BALD & SWEET SPOT for $3,700.

DUDS: C, G, H, R
BANKRUPTS: 3 (2 by Lindsey, 1 by Denene)

$3,000 Toss-Up category is Around the House:

D R _ P

C _ I L _ _ G

Chad solves DROP CEILING for another $3,000 and $6,700 total. Next category is Place, and he starts the round with Lose a Turn. Later, Lindsey buys the O's and we have...

_ O _

O _ _ _ _ _ N C _

S C _ O O L

...I've got this. After a $300 H, she buys the E's and solves DOG OBEDIENCE SCHOOL to go to $22,620!

DUDS: A, R, T

Speed-Up Round category is Things after a little work by Lindsey and consonants are worth $1,900 apiece. After Chad calls the R's...

N _ _ _ E _ S/D _ _ E S/AND/

_ _ A R T E R S

...they're all types of coins and he gets it, NICKELS, DIMES AND QUARTERS for another $3,800 and a final total of $10,500! Denene has the $1,000 consolation check and Lindsey is our champion with $22,620!

Big Money Round: Lindsey's a decent player; let's see if she can keep it up here. She spins the E in AMERICA'S and the category is Thing. Starting with:

_ _ _ T/_ _/_ _ R N _ S _

I think the last word is FURNISH. She calls C, D, H and A and gets...

C _ A T/_ _/_ A R N _ S H

...she guesses COAT OF VARNISH...RIGHT! I thought it was COAT OF GARNISH instead! That wins her another $30,000 and $52,620 total! Andy, you can now put that shutout worry to bed!

(Note: For the first time in a while, we got full-screen credits of the prize manufacturers.)

Jeopardy!: For Wes Pierce's first title defense, she will face:

Tova Perlmutter (Windsor Ontario, Canada)- Non-profit executive
Matt Saxe (originally from St. Louis)- Fundraiser

Opening categories:

"I" ON THE WORLD
1990s POP/ROCK
AIRLINE CARRY-ON NO-NOs
WORDS IN SEPTEMBER (each correct response will use some of the letters of the word September)
COLORADO
WHY DON'T YOU COME TO YOUR SENSES?

At the first break, Perlmutter leads with $4,200. The champ has $1,800 and Saxe has zip. Pierce's the one who gets the Daily Double under the $1,000 Colorado clue with three grand so far. Perlmutter now has $4,800. His wager is face value ($1,000).

In 1870 this man helped young men go west by sponsoring a Colorado farming colony.

"Who is Horace Greeley?"...is right to go to four grand! At the end of the round, Perlmutter has $6,400, with the champ trailing her by a grand. Saxe's up to $2,800.

ROUND 1 LACH TRASH: $1,800

DJ! Categories:

MEDICINE & HISTORY
3 OR MORE WIVES (the husband must be IDed in each correct response)
BIBLE BROS.
FACE BOOK
STOCK SYMBOL SHOPPING
GOOD "P.R."

Thanks largely to the Stock Symbol Shopping category, Pierce's the first to break five figures. He then gets everything but the $400 "P.R." clue to go to $16,600! But it's Perlmutter who finds the round's first Daily Double under the $1,600 Bible Bros. clue with $8,400. Saxe has $3,600. Her wager is five grand:

This Biblical patriarch's brothers were Haran and Nahor and he was lot's uncle.

"Who is Abraham?"...IS RIGHT to jump to $13,400! She then gets the $2,000 clue in that category to go to $15,400 with all of this still in play:

Medicine & History: ALL
3 or More Wives: $1,600 & $2,000
Face Book: $800-$2,000

$1,600 3 OR MORE WIVES CLUE:

Judy Nye, Janie Shirley Smith, Jane Fonda

Matt: "Who is Ted Turner?"- CORRECT ($5,200); LAST 3 OR MORE WIVES CLUE

Melissa Lee Gatlin, Toni Lawrence, Cynda Williams, Pietra Dawn Cherniak, Angelina Jolie

Wes: "Who is Billy Bob Thornton?"- RIGHT ($18,600); $400 MEDICINE & HISTORY CLUE

When Queen Victoria's granddaughter married into the Russian Royal House, this blood disease went with her.

Matt: "What is anemia?"- INCORRECT ($4,800)
Tova: "What is hemophilia?"- CORRECT ($15,800); $1,200 MEDICINE & HISTORY CLUE (she's going Daily Double Hunting at this point)

In 1996, Michael DeBakey advised this Russian to have a bypass, prolonging his presidency and life.

Tova: "Who is Yeltzin?"- RIGHT AGAIN ($17,000); $1,600 MEDICINE & HISTORY CLUE

DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAIIIIIIIILLLLLLYYYY DOUBLE #2! $3,000 is her wager. For 20 grand and the lead:

Generations of inbreeding doomed this dynasty in Spain as Charles II was both witless & childless.

"What is Habsburg?"...THAT'S IT FOR $20,000 AND THE LEAD!

$2,000 MEDICINE & HISTORY CLUE:

Napoleon's invasion of Russia was partly doomed by epidemic typhus, primarily carried by bacteria on this parasite.

Nova: "What are the fleas?"- NO ($18,000)

TRIPLE STUMPER: Lice

FINAL MEDICINE & HISTORY CLUE FOR $800:

Montezuma's real revenge: A 1741 British expedition to conquer Mexico was devastated by this "colorful" disease.

Wes: "What is yellow fever?"- RIGHT ($19,400)

FACE BOOK, THE LAST REMAINING CATEGORY, CONTINUES WITH THIS $800 CLUE:

Robert Louis Wilken's "The Spirit of Early Christian Thought" is subtitled "Seeking the Face of" him.

Wes: "Who is Christ?"- NO ($18,600)

TRIPLE STUMPER: God

$1,200:

Teen Jane Johnson realizes she was kidnapped in Caroline Cooney's "The Face On" this, where missing kids are pictured.

Wes: "What is a milk carton?"- CORRECT ($19,800)

$1,600:

After penning "My Stroke of Luck", this Hollywood legend shared "90 years of living, loving and learning" in "Let's Face It".

TRIPLE STUMPER: Kirk Douglas

FINAL CLUE OF THE ROUND:

"Cover Her Face" is an Adam Dalgliesh mystery by this British woman.

Tova: "Who is PD James?"- CORRECT ($20,000)

DJ! LACH TRASH: $6,000

And we have an exciting FJ! situation for the second day in a row- this time, it's because of a potential big payoff!

SCORES AFTER DOUBLE JEOPARDY!:

Wes: $19,800
Matt: $4,800
Tova: $20,000

CORYAT SCORES:

Wes: $19,800
Matt: $4,800
Tova: $15,200

FJ! CATEGORY: Peninsular Nations.

It's the largest country in the world without any permanent natural rivers or lakes.

MATT:
Response: NOTHING
Wager: $2,000
Final score: $2,800

The champ wrote down "What is Yemen?"...








"What is Yemen?"

...NO. But it only costs him $201, so he's at $19,599. Perlmutter's response was nothing. Correct: What is Saudi Arabia? Her wager was...














...$19,601, so she drops to a $1,000-winning total of $399, and thanks to Pierce betting correctly about the final clue being a Triple Stumper, he's now a two-day champion! Two-day total: $33,800.

GSN's Paul Newman Tribute details

This Saturday, GSN will pay tribute to the late Paul Newman by re-airing his two appearances on "What's My Line" from 1959 at 4 PM (It will repeat at 3 AM as well).

On Tuesday's GSN Live, clips of Newman on various game shows will be shown.

Source: Buzzerblog

Monday, September 29, 2008

Friday's "Deal or No Deal" reaction

A few days after an ultra-exciting syndicated "Deal or No Deal" episode where Chelsea Drake won $275,000 (while coming THIS CLOSE to being the first-ever $500,000 grand prize winner), I'm absolutely stunned over the mostly negative reaction I've seen about her final decision in taking the deal.

Yeah, I would've liked her to have said NO DEAL too, but I realized that since that episode aired out outside of sweeps, if she had indeed said NO DEAL, there was a strong chance she would've dropped to $100,000. For crying out loud, she's the biggest winner so far on syndicated "Deal" so far and she made her episode one of the best U.S. "Deal" episodes ever, so give her at least SOME credit, will ya?

"The Amazing Race" rating

The 13th season premiere of "The Amazing Race" scored a 6.2 Fast Nielsen with a 10 share.

Source: The Futon Critic

"Dancing With the Stars" 9/29

This week's dances are the Rumba and the Paso Doble.

First up are Toni Braxton and Alec Mazo with the Rumba. The background song is "I Can't Make You Love Me" by Bonnie Raitt.

CARRIE ANN: 7
LEN: 8
BRUNO: 8
TOTAL: 23

Second are the current favorites, Brooke Burke and Derek Hough, with the night's first Paso Doble. They get three 8's for a 24.

Team #3 tonight consists of Rocco DiSpirito and Karina Smirnoff. The background song for their Rumba is Michael Buble's "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine".

CARRIE ANN: 5
LEN: 6
BRUNO: 5
TOTAL: 16

Going fourth are Lance Bass and Lacey Schwimmer. They get a #1 hit for their background song during their Paso Doble- it's Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl".

CARRIE ANN: 7
LEN: 6
BRUNO: 7
TOTAL: 20

Fifth are Kim Kardashian and Mark Ballas with a Rumba.

CARRIE ANN: 6
LEN: 6
BRUNO: 5

TOTAL: 17

In the sixth spot are Misty May-Treanor and Maksim Chermovsiky. For their Paso Doble, they dance to "Take Me Out" by Franz Ferdinand. I gave this a 7, as did all three judges.

Hoping to be lucky in this week's seventh spot are Maurice Greene and Cheryl Burke. "Mercy Mercy Me" by Marvin Gaye is the song that plays in the background for their Rumba.

CARRIE ANN: 7
LEN: 6
BRUNO: 6
TOTAL: 19

Next are Cloris Leachman and Corky Ballas' take on the Paso Doble. They get nothing but 5's for their latest performance. I'm sorry Cloris, but I have to label you this season's La Cheapa.

After them are Susan Lucci and Tony Dovolani's Rumba. The background song this time is "Waiting For the World to Change" by John Mayer. They get three hopefully lucky 7's.

The next-to-last team tonight are Warren Sapp and Kym Johnson, performing the night's last Paso Doble. I thought a score of 7 would be appropriate, but each judge does me one better- 8! That means they lead tonight with a 24!

Finally, Cody Linley and Julianne Hough perform a Rumba to "Bleeding Love" by Leona Lewis (who BTW will perform on the season finale of "America's Got Talent" this Wednesday). They get three 7's.

I think Rocco DiSpirito's team is in the most danger of being eliminated, because Cloris Leachman and Kim Kardashian are popular people and that DiSpirito's team has been in danger once before.

9/29/2008 Results

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).

Kim: $950
Daniel: $875
Nancy: $1,000
Elliot: $2,500

ARP: $2,599

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: $1,000
Daniel: $800
Nancy: BUCK

ARP: $1,185

Kim Hoerman will be the second one to play Gas Money for a Honda Civic (Brandi). Available prices:

$14,850
$16,342
$18,395
$20,161
$25,121

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: $800
Daniel: $1,500
Nancy: $600
Margaret: $601

ARP: $839

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).

Cynthia: $3,500
Daniel: $2,201
Nancy: $1,300
Margaret: $1,302

All are over.

Cynthia: $800
Daniel: $1,109
Nancy: $600
Margaret: $899

ARP: $1,199

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: $750
Nancy: $1,200
Margaret: $1,201
Cynthia: $1,300

ARP: $1,049

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

…no.

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.

Rachael: $1,400
Nancy: $2,200
Margaret: $682
Cynthia: $2,300

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

CYNTHIA’S SHOWCASE:
BID: $30,000
ARP: $36,773
DIFFERENCE: $6,773

BRIANNA’S SHOWCASE:
BID: $20,000
ARP: $21,666
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!

ROUND 1:
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

ROUND 2:
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

ROUND 3:
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

ROUND 4:
1. #5 (Lizzie)- $200
2. #19 (Danny)- PENNY

FOURTH OFFER: $14,500- NO DEAL

ROUND 5:
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 _/

SURF

...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

Opening categories:

TURNING 25
BROADWAY DEBUTS
MONTHS THAT END WITH "BER", TREBEK (not again!)
FUN WITH OPERA
STUPID ANSWERS
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)

$400:

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)

$600:

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)

$800:

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)

$1,000:

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

DJ! Categories:

ANCIENT GREEK WRITERS
BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE 2008 OLYMPICS
SAY CHEESE!
MICROSCOPY
SMART ANSWERS
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:

Brian: $7,600
Kit: $7,100
Wes: $7,200

CORYAT SCORES:

Brian: $11,200
Kit: $7,200
Wes: $7,200

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.

This Week in Game Shows: September 29-October 5

As we wrap up a very eventful September, here's what's on tap this week:

America's Got Talent: The month of October begins with a bang as the latest million dollar-winning act is crowned! This will mark the fourth month in a row that something big has occurred on the first day of a month.

Jeopardy!: Can Brian Levinson continue his winning ways?

Deal or No Deal: The fourth Million Dollar Mission continues this week, with five $1,000,000 cases in play. Also, can anyone do very well on this syndicated version after what happened last Friday?

All this, plus the final three are determined on "Project Runway" and more this week!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

The Week in Review: September 22-28

Player of the Week:
WINNER: Chelsea Drake ($275,000)("Deal or No Deal"- Syndicated)
RUNNER-UP: Cyclone Jones (WINNERS)("My Family's Got GUTS")
3RD PLACE: George Maddocks ($100,000)("WWTBAM")

Other Big Winners and Notables:
Brian Levinson- $72,801 as current three-day champ ("Jeopardy!")
Stringham Family- $41,235 as four-day champs ("Family Feud")
Adam Weiss & Bryan Beverman- $72,550 ("Wheel of Fortune")
Mary Geech- $61,392 ("The Price is Right")
Phillip Torres- $100,000 ("Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?")
Guiterrez Family- $80,000+ ("Opportunity Knocks")
Lynette Bean- $58,469 ("TPIR")
Allison Gray- $50,000 ("Millionaire")
Jana Markum- $48,641 ("TPIR")

ZONK ANSWER OF THE WEEK: Last Thursday, on the fourth episode of the 37th season of "The Price is Right", contestant Alicia Furio blows a chance to win a $93,000+ cabin cruiser playing Golden Road after she bombed pricing the first prize, a three-in-one game table. She only thought the game table was $287, in an age where three-digit prizes on this show usually are at least $500, and wound up causing the first Golden Road WIPEOUT in over five years. She later lost a $68,000+ Corvette Showcase at the end. To see her horrible Golden Road playing, click here.

"The Amazing Race"- 13th SEASON PREMIERE

This season begins at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

OPENING CLUE: Take a flight to Salvador, Brazil. Then, travel by taxi and find a sandwich shop called O Rei Do Pernil, where the second clue can be found.

Andrew & Dan just missed getting on the first flight run by American Airlines, which might lead to their downfall later on. The other flight was run by United Airlines, which would arrive three hours later than the first flight.

As it turned out, though, the ones that got to Rio via AA had their Salvador flight delayed, opening the door for the teams that flew via United to close the gap on them.

Mark & Bill have the early lead after getting to the sandwich shop first.

CLUE #2: After choosing a vending cart, they must wheel it down the streets to Praca Da Se, a popular plaza. After delivering their cart there, they get their third clue.

Terence & Sarah are in second at this point, with Nick & Starr being in third. Terence & Sarah move up to the leading position heading into the third clue.

CLUE #3: Travel by taxi to a military base, where they will have to spend the night outdoors under mosquito nets. There are three different departure times- 9 AM (four teams), 9:30 AM (three teams) and 9:45 AM (four teams).

Terence & Sarah keep their lead. In last right now are Anthony & Stephanie. Here are the group assignments:

9 AM:
1. Terence & Sarah
2. Nick & Starr
3. Mark & Bill
4. Ken & Tina

9:3o AM:
1. Kelly & Christy
2. Aja & Ty
3. Andrew & Dan

9:45 AM:
1. Dallas & Toni
2. Arthur & Anita
3. Marisa & Brooke
4. Anthony & Stephanie

CLUE #4: Take a taxi to Pelourinho, the historic center of Salvador. They must then find the church where the next clue is located.

Terence & Sarah already have a rivalry going with Nick & Starr. Quite a few teams, however, didn't immediately locate the clue box outside the church and went inside the church instead!

DETOUR: Hard Way Up or Soft Way Down?

Hard Way Up: Teams must go to a stairway called Escadaria Do Passo and then climb up it on only their hands and knees. Once they get to the top, they must answer a question. A correct answer gives them their Pit Stop destination, but an incorrect answer will force them to start the task all over again.

Soft Way Down: Teams must go to an outdoor elevator. Once they get up to the top, they must climb down a 240-foot cargo net in order to get their Pit Stop clue. Only three teams can do this task at any one time.

Most teams go for the net, with Nick & Starr being the first ones to get their final clue.

PIT STOP: Find the port Forte Sao Marcelo, where the last place team will be eliminated.

The first winners this season are...










...Nick & Starr Spangler! They win a trip to Belize.

2ND: Ken & Tina

3RD: Terence & Sarah

4TH: Mark & Bill

Andrew & Dan try the staircase task. The question is to figure out exactly how many steps they just climbed.

Their first guess is 40...incorrect.

5TH: Kelly & Christy

6TH: Dallas & Toni

Back to Andrew & Dan, their second guess is 53 after carefully counting all the steps...right! They're now in a battle with Arthur & Anita over the last spot in next week's leg.

7TH: Andrew & Dan

I stand corrected- Arthur & Anita are now in the most danger of being eliminated first.

8TH: Aja & Ty

9TH: Anthony & Stephanie

And the last team moving on will be...












...Marisa & Brooke, meaning Anita & Arthur Jones are the season's first team to leave us empty-handed.

"5th Grader" rating drops

Last Friday's episode of "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?" scored a 3.3 Fast Nielsen with a 6 share, getting beaten by a rerun of the premiere of "The Mentalist" and a "20/20" special.

Source: Zap2it.com

"Deal or No Deal" Video Bonus

Alex Davis is agreeing with me that last Friday's episode of syndicated "Deal or No Deal" was the best U.S. "Deal" episode ever. Here's a clip of the final segment courtesy of Big Jon.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

"My Family's Got GUTS"- AGGRO BOWL

Here is a reminder of the three final teams competing for the last Crag piece available and a dream vacation:

CYCLONE JONES: Kevin, Kali, Brock & Matt
HOWLIN' HOWELLS: Marty, Morgan, Annie & Alex
GAHRES G-DOGS: Donald, Cathy, John Mark & John

There will be four events before the all-important Aggro Crag; only the two teams with the most points after those events get to battle against each other on the Crag to determine the champions. And unlike previous episodes in the season, the season finale's in HD!

EVENT #1: GUTS GRAND PRIX

This event takes place outside at Universal Orlando's NYC streets. Starting on Broadway, contestants are riding on devices that are similar to those Segways you might see. They must first take a left to Delancy, then take another left turn down 7th Ave. On 7th Avenue, contestants will run into Sting Alley, a winding street. After getting through the tough stretch on Sting Alley, they reach the finish line back on Broadway, allowing the other player on their team to start their run. Each team will select two players to compete in this race, with one riding a high stepper and the other getting a low rider to ride in.

The winners get 100 points. The runners-up get 75 and 3rd place is worth 50.

Teams:
CYCLONE JONES: Matt (low rider) and Brock (high stepper)
HOWLIN' HOWELLS: Annie (high stepper) and Marty (low rider)
GAHRES G-DOGS: John Mark (low rider) and Donald (high stepper)

Results:

1ST: CYCLONE JONES
2ND: HOWLIN' HOWELLS
3RD: GAHRES G-DOGS

EVENT #2: MILE HIGH TRIPLE JUMP

One player from each team must start by jumping over a high jump. Then, they must jump over two hurdles before making a big vert jump at the top of the other platform. Each foot mark above the 10 ft. mark is worth ten points more the last, with the highest mark on the board being worth 100 points. Players also get 10 points for clearing the opening high jump and clearing the hurdles.

Participants:
CYCLONE JONES: KEVIN
HOWLIN' HOWELLS: ANNIE
GAHRES G-DOGS: JOHN MARK

Results:

KEVIN:
High Jump:10
Hurdles: 20
Vert Jump: 60
TOTAL: 90

ANNIE:
High Jump: 10
Hurdles: 10
Vert Jump: 30
TOTAL: 50

JOHN MARK:
High Jump: 0
Hurdles: 10
Vert Jump: 0
TOTAL: 10

SCORES AFTER TWO EVENTS:
CYCLONE JONES: 190
HOWLIN' HOWELLS: 125
GAHRES G-DOGS: 60

EVENT #3: FREE RUN CITY- WILD SIDE

First up is the construction site (with slightly longer jumps than usual), second is the water tower (with some additional pipes and steam), third is the catwalk version of the Skybridge, but with fewer planks on the bridge than in the prelims; finally is a new obstacle called the Drop Zone, where the last player on each team must land on a manhole to stop the clock. Each team now has four minutes to complete the course (hence, up to 240 points are up for grabs for each team).

CYCLONE JONES:
Construction- Matt
Water Tower- Brock
Skybridge- Kevin
Drop Zone- Kali

Results:

Matt- :15
Brock- :23
Kevin- :09
Kali- :06
TOTAL- :53- 187 POINTS

HOWLIN' HOWELLS:
Construction- Annie
Water Tower- Alex
Skybridge- Marty
Drop Zone- Morgan

Results:

Annie- :17
Alex- MAX OUT (still 45 seconds)
Marty- :11
Morgan- :04
TOTAL: 1:17- 163 POINTS

GAHRES G-DOGS:
Construction- John
Water Tower- John Mark
Skybridge- Donald
Drop Zone- Cathy

Results:

John- :23
John Mark- :23
Donald- :10
Cathy- :04
TOTAL: 1:00- 180 POINTS

SCORES AFTER THREE EVENTS:
CYCLONE JONES: 377
HOWLIN' HOWELLS: 288
GAHRES G-DOGS: 240

EVENT #4: ALLEY HOOP

Two players from each team compete- one being the dunker and the other being the ball carrier. Each basket scored within 90 seconds is worth 10 points.

Teams:
CYCLONE JONES: Matt and Brock
HOWLIN' HOWELLS: Marty and Alex
GAHRES G-DOGS: Donald and John

Cyclone Jones locks up a spot in the Aggro Crag by scoring 16 times, good for a final score of 537!

Now, it comes down to who will face them. The Howin' Howells scored just four times for 40 points, for a final score of 328. That means that the Gahres G-Dogs needed to have scored at least nine baskets to move on. In Alley Hoop, the Gahres G-Dogs made...













...just seven dunks, so they will have to sit down with a final score of 310 points.

AGGRO CRAG: The course here is the same as the semi-finals EXCEPT for this additional twist- during the championship round, the third player on each team controls the disasters that will come at the first two players of each team until it's time for them to go into the maze, at which point the second player on each team gets to unleash some cold air inside the maze. The all-important lineups:

CYCLONE JONES:
1. Kali
2. Matt
3. Brock
4. Kevin

HOWLIN' HOWELLS:
1. Morgan
2. Marty
3. Alex
4. Annie

Like the semi-finals, Cyclone Jones gets the maximum ten second head start here.

Cyclone Jones has a good lead heading into the big wall climb, although Brock does slip at the end of the maze.

The winners of the first season of "My Family's Got GUTS" are...




















...CYCLONE JONES!!!

(No mention was made of the exact location of the trip they just won, though.)

"Survivor" rating

The first half of the two-hour season premiere of "Survivor: Gabon" scored a 7.8 Fast Nielsen with a 13 share. However, the rating dropped in the second half against increased competition (most notably "Grey's Anatomy"), as it went to a 7.5/11.

Source: The Futon Critic

Wednesday ratings

The "Dancing With the Stars" results show posted a 10.3 Fast Nielsen with a 17 share, leading all TV shows that night.

"America's Got Talent" got a 6.6/10.

Source: The Futon Critic

"Project Runway" not officially on Lifetime yet

Yesterday, it was reported that NBC Universal got a preliminary injunction against The Weinstein Company. TWC was said to have violated NBC Universal's right of first refusal to future seasons of "Project Runway" (the one currrently airing on Bravo is it's fifth). That puts the January 2009 start date of the first season on Lifetime in jeopardy.

http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news.aspx?id=20080926nbc01

"Survivor: Gabon"- SEASON PREMIERE

The two oldest contestants out of this season's 18, Gillian Larson (61) and Bob Crowley (58) got to start alternating picking the teams. Here are this season's tribes:

RED TEAM:
1. Gillian Larson
2. Crystal Cox (a former Olympic gold medalist!)
3. Susie Smith
4. Matty Whitmore
5. Dan Kay
6. Randy Bailey
7. GC Brown
8. Ken Hoang
9. Michelle Chase

YELLOW TEAM:
1. Bob Crowley
2. Ace Gordon
3. Sugar Kiper (she's a model; no wonder she looked hot!)
4. Marcus Lehman
5. Paloma Soto-Castillo
6. Charlie Herschel
7. Kelly Czarnecki
8. Jacque Berg
9. Corrine Kaplan

The red tribe's called Fang and the yellow tribe's called Kota.

Opening Challenge: Everybody ran up a hill to get supplies at the top of it. The first player on each tribe that got up to the top was safe from the season's first Tribal Council. The first tribe to entirely get up to the top of the hill also got a bag of corn and beans.

The Immunity Idol winners were...









...Marcus Lehman and GC Brown! Winning the corn and beans was...











...Kota!

Hoang was very shy when it came to meeting the women. Gordon was very talkative. Herschel became friends with Lehman the minute he was chosen for his tribe.

Over at Fang's camp on their first official day of living, they got scared by several nearby animals (including elephants). Meanwhile, Bailey suffered a deep cut on his head due to bumping it on a sharp house branch, and he bled quite a bit! OUCH. It wound up leaving a scar and he needed a few stitches.

TREE MAIL #1: "You've had cold dark nights in the junkle and your situation's feeling dire. wouldn't you love some security and a nice, big roaring fire? Well, you'd better move together for a chance to win the flame. If you're not the first to finish, you may be the first to leave the game."

Immunity Challenge #1: Six members of each tribe were belted together and had to race through a leech-filled swamp, over a wall, go under and over a series of posts, and then go to a patch to dig up three bags of puzzle pieces. After those six got to the end of the path, the other three members of each tribe then attempted to solve the puzzle. The first tribe that did all of this won immunity and fire.

Puzzle solvers:
Kota: Paloma, Sugar & Bob
Fang: Susie, Gillian & Randy

Kota was in the lead heading into the puzzle-solving phase. Were they the first ones to solve their puzzle?...












...boy, did they ever- they won before Fang even got to start solving their puzzle!

TRIBAL COUNCIL: By a unanimous vote, the first castaway eliminated this season was...











...Michelle Chase. Gillian Larson got the other vote. After the voting, Fang got their fire!
Most of their members now considered GC as the leader of their tribe. But Bailey thought he was too young to lead and he was on a mission to let other people crash and burn on the season.

TREE MAIL #2: "A rolling stone gathers no moss, and losers are just left fishing. One tribe will have to vote someone out, the other will soon be fishing."

For motivational purposes, Fang put on facepaint before the next Immunity Challenge.

Immunity Challenge #2: Each tribe this time had to push a large boulder through a series of gates. On two occasions, both tribes had to get on top of their boulder and collect a set of three keys. Each tribe then used their six keys at a gate to unlock all of the locks and chains, leading them to the finish line, where they had to place their boulder in the finish position as well. The first team done won immunity, fishing gear and got to send one member of the losing team to Exile Island.

Soto-Castillo chose to sit this challenge out for Kota.

Kota had the early lead, but it was all even by the time both got to the second set of keys. Kota got through all their locks first...










...and they hung on to win another challenge! They sent Kay to Exile Island, and here was his first Immunity Idol clue there:

"You've arrived in exile, a lonely, lonely place; in this Garden of Eden, a difficult choice you'll face...one choice provides an apple, one choice provides direction; spend your time in idle comfort or seek idol protection."

He went with this second clue:

"Across the lake you see so well there lies a sandy crater, the object hidden in its floor will surely help you later."

For now, he couldn't find anything else.

TRIBAL COUNCIL #2: By a unanimous vote, Gillian Larson was ousted this time. Ken Hoang got the other vote.

"Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Island"- Episode 3

Let's hope we don't have as much as an EPIC FAIL like Abram's last week.

Johnny, who was in last week's elimination vote, was already being very talkative early on.

The women got to bring down the air drop supplies box this time. Amongst their food were oranges, eggs, two big fish, and supplies to make S'mores, sans the marshmellows (I think).

It looked like KellyAnne and Ev were sure bets to be in this week's Face Off. Robin was also a possibility; speaking of her, she and Dan had a little romance in a hammock.

FACE OFF #3: KellyAnne vs. Robin vs. Rachel

In "The Rack", there were three sets of parallel bars made of bamboo. Each of the women had to keep in contact with those bars at all times. Sometimes, they will be asked to move their bodies to certain positions. The last one standing won.

BONUS PRIZE: TRIP FOR TWO TO NYC WITH A COPY OF THE "Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist" SOUNDTRACK

After about an hour, the first one eliminated was...









...Robin. Another hour and change passed, and we then found out that the winner was...











...KellyAnne! It looked like she really needed to win that one, as losing would likely have meant that she would've gone on to be voted out.

Elimination: This was the tighest vote of the season so far. By a vote of 8-6...












...Robin was safe, meaning Rachel Robinson left empty-handed.

BREAKING NEWS: PAUL NEWMAN DIES AT 83

I regret to inform all of you that actor, producer and director Paul Newman passed away yesterday at the age of 83 after losing his long battle with cancer.

Newman was nominated for ten Oscars over the course of his career, with his only major Oscar win coming in 1987 for Best Actor in a Leading Role for the movie "The Color of Money" (he also won two honorary ones). He also won a Primetime Emmy in 2005 for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for "Empire Falls" (he also won an SGA Award in 2006 for a similar category) and won six Golden Globes (including the Cecil B. DeMille Award) amongst his other 36 awards.

His career began in the theater genre as Newman made his first Broadway appearance in 1953 with "Picnic". After that, he was then offered an acting contract with Warner Bros. and the rest is history.

Newman is also known for his Newman's Own food products line.

Newman appeared on "I've Got a Secret" on October 3, 1956 and was the Mystery Guest on "What's My Line?" twice- on January 25, 1959 and November 8, 1959.

In addition to wife Joanne Woodward, he is survived by five children, older brother Arthur and his two grandsons.

Various sources contributed to this report.

"America's Next Top Model" 9/24

This episode was a very interesting one, because this was a DOUBLE ELIMINATION EPISODE.

TYRA MAIL #11: "Tomorrow your model dreasm could end up in the gutter!"

They were taken to a bowling alley called Lucky Strike, where each model got a pair of high heel bowling shoes. They had to walk down a bowling lane. Most didn't fare that well.

TYRA MAIL #12: "You think you have this competition in the bank? You may be walking right out of it."

Runway Challenge: Inside a vintage bank, while wearing Jeremy Scott-designed fashions, they had to walk and pose blindfolded. The winner got to appear in an advertorial shoot for Seventeen Magazine with two friends. The one who did the worst, however, was immediately eliminated.

Samantha took a HUGE gamble by lifting her skirt at the edge of the runway. The winner was...









...Joslyn! But the loser of this challenge, and therefore the first contestant this week to be eliminated was...












...Hannah White. After her CoverGirl Challenge success last week, she just got too nervous for her own good when it came to modeling. She leaves with the advertising campaign and the Wal-Mart gift card.

TYRA MAIL #13: "This competition is deep! Some will rise above and some will go under."

PHOTO SHOOT: While at home base, the remaining contestants had to pose in the swimming pool with mainly their eyes. Nigel Barker was the photographer.

1. Mckey: Not good.

2. Joslyn: Average.

3. Clark: Also average, with the fact that she was allegedly flirting with Nigel.

4. Marjorie: Good job!

5. Isis: Her nervousness really caught up to her in this challenge.

6. Analeigh: Excellent!

7. Sheena: Also very good!

8. Lauren Brie: Virginia lady, way to go!

9. Elina: Average.

10. Samantha: Pretty good.

In the bottom two this week...










...Samantha and Isis. Joining Hannah out the door this week was...












Isis
Samantha

...Isis King.

Friday, September 26, 2008

"America's Toughest Jobs" 9/26

Folks, the Bryce and Chris Horror Show is still on, but will it continue after this episode? Let's find out.

This week, the contestants find themselves in San Angelo, TX.

THIS WEEK'S JOB: Bullfighting. The boss this time out is Rob Smets, a five-time world bullfighting champion.

For starters, they use a wheelbarrow with bull horns on it. Second, they deal with a 1,000-pound training bull. And then, they face the Real McCoy with 1,500-pound competition bulls in front of an audience.

Bryce actually did well with the wheelbarrow, but as for Chris...not so much. Also having trouble outrunning the wheelbarrow are Rei and Ben. Even worse for Rei, she was said to have dislocated one of her kneecaps after running into the wheelbarrow.

Prior to the practice bullfighting, Sandy got into an argument with Chris.

On her first attempt with the practice bull, Sandy got knocked down by the bull and injured one of her ankles when she decided to run in a straight line away from the bull. Chris was lucky not to get knocked down while commiting the same mistake.

Just before the main event, most contestants thought Rie was faking an injury. But what they did know was that Sandy was done for the day due to a very swollen ankle. They were then reunited with their loved ones.

MAIN EVENT:

1. Michaela: Good job!

2. Chris: I can't believe I'm saying this...but he did a great job!

3. Steven: Average.

4. Rommel: Unfortunately for him, he dislocated his shoulder when he ran into the bull.

5. Bryce: His fate here...he did as well as Chris!

6. Rie: She did decently at the start, but she fell apart towards the end.

7. Ben: He did the best out of the bunch!

AVERAGE SALARY FOR BULLFIGHTING: $41,785.81

NEW POT TOTAL: $199,569.93

As of this week, the danger zone now has the bottom two. In this case, the two in danger of being eliminated this week are...











...Rie & Steven, meaning Rommel surprisingly is safe.

ELIMINATION ROUND: Rie & Steven play a game of "Bull Hockey". The objective is to force a bull to go into the opposing contestant's goal; doing so eliminates their opponent.

The one who scores and is moving on to the next episode is...












...Steven, meaning despite Rie's fine effort, she's eliminated tonight.

"Project Runway" 9/24

Before the next challenge, here are the models the five remaining contestants chose for this week:

Jerell- Nicole
Kenley- Topacio
Leanne- Tia
Suede- Xaviera
Korto- Katarina

THIS WEEK'S CHALLENGE: Create a dress inspired by a musical genre for one of the other four contestants. Assignments:

Suede- Jerell (Rock & Roll)
Kenley- Leanne (Hip-Hop)
Korto- Suede (Punk)
Jerell- Kenley (Pop)
Leanne- Korto (Country)

Kenley wasn't happy that Jerell was going to have to make her a pop-themed dress because she felt pop music was cheesy.

Everyone's shopping budget this week was $150.

In addition to Kenley having early troubles in the work room, Suede and Korto also struggled.

This week's guest judge was LL Cool J!

The contestant order:

1. Leanne
2. Jerell
3. Kenley
4. Korto
5. Suede

The winner was...


Jerell
Kenley
Korto
Leanne
Suede

...Korto Momolu, giving her the second win of the season! In the bottom two...

Jerell
Kenley
Leanne
Suede

...Kenley and Suede. In addition to his sub-par work this week, what was also against him was the fact that he mouthed off to Tim Gunn while he was in the work room! In the end...






Kenley
Suede

...Tim, I hope you're happy- Suede's gone.

9/26/2008 Results

TPIR: Things have gone downhill since the season premiere. Can we end the week on a strong note? Let's find out.

We start out with Amaya, Benjamin, Esther and Earline, and the first IUFB being a karaoke machine (Rachael).

Amaya: $850
Benjamin: BUCK
Esther: $1,150
Earline: $999

ARP: $1,000

Earline Hudson plays Any Number for either a sofa (Tamiko) or a Dodge Charger (Std., Paint, PGroup, EBH, Mats)(Brandi). First number in the car is 2, and she hates this game.

1. 1- CAR ($ 2 _ , _ 1 _)
2. 2- Pricey Ziffel ($ _ . _ 2)
3. 3- CAR ($ 2 3, _ 1 _)
4. 5- Pricey Ziffel ($ _ . 5 2)
5. 0- CAR ($ 2 3, _ 1 0)
6. 8- Sofa ($ 8 _ _)
7. 7- Sofa ($ 8 _ 7)
Final pick: 4- Wins $847 sofa

I thought she had it when she picked the 4. The car was $23,910 and the piggy bank had $6.52 in it.

Leaving the audience next is Douglas and the second IUFB is a gas grill (Brandi & Tamiko). The winner also gets four Libman mops.

Douglas: $1,275
Amaya: $950
Benjamin: $951
Esther: $1,100

ARP: $1,200

(Note: This was actually their second round of bidding on the grill; their first round of bids proved to be so bad that it was edited out of the broadcast. The bids were $2,000, $2,500, $2,600 and $2,700 respectively. No word yet on whether or not editing all-overbids during IUFBs is now permanent.)

Esther Ferguson tries to crack the big safe in Safe Crackers (controlled by Brandi) for a Ford Focus (Tamiko) and some telephones (Rachael).

NUMBERS IN PRICE OF PHONES: 0, 7 & 8

She says $780...no. But hey, she actually wanted to win a van, so it's not like she actually needed to win this anyway.

Coming on down next is Jana and the third IUFB is a desk (Tamiko).

Jana: $1,095
Douglas: $1,650
Amaya: $650
Benjamin: $950

ARP: $1,429

Jana Markum is now told to Make Your Move, where she can win a "TPIR" video game, a mini camcorder (Rachael) and a motorcycle (Brandi). Board:

639930950

Her guesses:

639930950

She goes with my guesses...and she wins!

SHOWCASE SHOWDOWN #1:
Esther ($1,240): $.85
Earline ($1,847): 20 + 65 = $.85
Jana ($8,808): 15 + 85 = WINS $1,000 AND SHOWCASE BERTH!

In Jana's Bonus Spin...just half a dollar. I really wanted Earline to get into the Showcase after that tough loss in Any Number.

Nicholas then comes on down and the fourth IUFB is luggage (Brandi & Rachael).

Nicholas: $550
Douglas: $375 (STAGE GARF)
Amaya: $551
Benjamin: $450

ARP: $1,000

Amaya Durst, who studies sign language in college, may be cruisin' to the Caribbean (All), but only if Freeze Frame is willing to cooperate. Choices are $1,041 (NO WAY), $1,650 (NO WAY), $2,070 (NO WAY), $3,110, $4,199, $5,020, $7,031 and $9,916. She goes with $3,110...good news, it wasn't $4,199. Bad news: $3,110 is also incorrect. It was $7,031, and her guess of $3,110 was one turn off the correct price.

Hearing the magic words is Kellie and the fifth IUFB is a dinette (Brandi).

Kellie: $1,250
Benjamin: $1,200
Nicholas: $675
Douglas: $1,475

ARP: $1,238

Benjamin Wells-Longshore, who just attended Utah State, plays Cover Up for a Dodge Nitro (Tamiko). Board:

First number: 2 or 4?
Second number: 1, 7 or 8?
Third number: 3, 5, 8 or 9?
Fourth number: 2, 5, 6, 7 or 8?
Fifth number: 0, 1, 3, 4, 6 or 8?

He doesn't win with his guesses of $21,950 and $21,560. ARP: $21,320.

The final contestant is Marlene and the final IUFB is a computer system (Tamiko).

Marlene: $900
Nicholas: $1,150
Douglas: $1,875
Kelly: $1,900

ARP: $2,638

Kellie Casheros then plays Hi-Lo for a bedroom (Rachael) worth $5,487. Products today are hair clog blaster, sleep gel caps, Freeze Away, Hot Pockets, Phillips Caplets and Slow-Mag. She first chooses the Freeze Away, which is $13.99. Her second choice are the Caplets, which are $5.50. Final pick is the hair clog blaster, which is $6.99...and I'm afraid she's lost. The Hot Pockets are $2.49, but the gel caps were $14.95 and the Slow-Mag was $11.07. So, she should've chosen the Freeze Away, the Slow-Mag and the gel caps.

If the winner of the second Showcase Showdown doesn't win at least $11,000 on the Big Wheel, the only winner so far today (Jana) will have the advantage in the Showcase.

SHOWCASE SHOWDOWN #2:
Amaya ($1,000): 60 + 10 = $.70
Benjamin ($1,238): 15 + 20 = $.35
Kelly ($2,638): 10 + 60 = $.70

SPIN-OFF:
Amaya: $.10
Kelly: $.60

Kelly gets the runner-up spot in today's Showcase.

The first Showcase features prizes that can help you be the most popular person in the neighborhood. First, you could let the kids use a new soda fountain (Rachael). Second, you could invite everybody to sit down and watch a new 46" HDTV (Brandi). Finally, any person in your neighborhood might recognize you driving around in a new Chrysler 300 (Std., Paint, Sound)(Tamiko)!

JANA BIDS $24,995 ON CAR SHOWCASE- STAGE GARF (Doesn't even cover the car)

MY BID FOR CAR SHOWCASE: $33,000

For Kelly, we haev a home gym (Rachael) and a GEM car (Brandi & Tamiko).

KELLY BIDS $22,000 ON GYM/GEM CAR SHOWCASE

MY BID FOR GYM/GEM CAR SHOWCASE: $20,000

JANA'S SHOWCASE:
BID: $24,995
ARP: $38,833
DIFFERENCE: $13,838

KELLY'S SHOWCASE:
BID: $22,000
ARP: $17,332
OVER- JANA WINS!

Things really went south after the season premiere (espescially after Tuesday's episode), but today's only winner Jana helps us go out on a high note with a final total of $48,641 in cash and prizes!

DOND: Our week of pregnant contestants concludes with Chelsea Drake at #21! She's a cocktail waitress.

ROUND 1:
1. #3 (Lisa)- $50,000
2. #18 (Steph)- PENNY
3. #10 (Stephanie)- $7,500
4. #12 (Jena)- BUCK
5. #5 (Zabella)- $10

RECORD FIRST OFFER: $22,000- NO DEAL

ROUND 2:
1. #4 (Heather E.)- $400
2. #8 (Falon)- $100
3. #14 (Danielle)- $2,500
4. #16 (Melony)- $5
5. #2 (Christina)- $250,000

SECOND OFFER: $15,000- NO DEAL

ROUND 3:
1. #1 (Vivianne)- $10,000
2. #15 (Vera)- $1,000
3. #11 (Brooke S.)- $25,000 (DANGER ZONE ENFORCED)
4. #13 (Melissa)- $50

THIRD OFFER: $30,000- NO DEAL

For some reason, I have a bad feeling about the rest of the game.

ROUND 4:
1. #19 (Brooke C.)- $5,000
2. #22 (Carrie)- $500

FOURTH OFFER: $44,000- NO DEAL

ROUND 5:
1. #9 (Heather S.)- $25
2. #20 (Erin)- $200

This is one of the more exciting syndicated "Deal" games we've had so far!!

FIFTH OFFER: $88,000- NO DEAL

19th PICK: #17 (Kimberly)- $300!!!

She's guaranteed $75,000 now!!

The next offer is a NEW RECORD for this version- $176,000!! She says to that...







...NO DEAL! Next is Kristen's #7...








...$75,000!!!!

UNBELIEVABLE FINAL OFFER: $275,000

Her decision is...











...DEAL!!! She surprised me with that decision. Her case had...















...THE BIG ONE, $500,000, MARKING THE SECOND TIME SINCE THIS VERSION STARTED THAT THE BIG MONEY CASE WAS CHOSEN. Oh well, she's still the biggest winner so far with $275,000!!!

I don't know about you guys- I thought this was the most exciting U.S. "Deal" game I've ever seen, daytime OR nighttime!!!!

WOF: Wrapping up another fine Teen Best Friends Week here, our first Toss-Up is in the category of Things:

_ E _ R _ _ O K

P H _ T O S

Annie and Monica solve YEARBOOK PHOTOS for a grand. Tonight's teams:

Annie Wynn (a senior who plays varsity tennis) and Monica Lewin (a senior who plays varsity volleyball)(friends from Norwalk, CA who have been friends since Monica fell off her bike at a park one day and Annie gave her ice cream)
Andy Arronsman (a junior who has played the French horn for five years) and Gaurav Ogvani (a junior who has played the trumpet for six years)
Sydney Teski (a junior who's the captain of her cross-country team) and Kaitlin O'Hara (a sophomore who is a varsity cheerleader and is her school's ASB treasurer)(they've been friends for about a year)

Toss-Up #2 category is Person:

L I C E N _ E D

_ _ _ V E _

Annie and Monica solve LICENSED DRIVER to triple their winnings.

Round 1 is tonight's Prize Puzzle Round and the category for it is What Are You Doing? Out on the wheel now are a pair of gift certificates from Razorgator.com worth $6,000. At the start, Annie and Monica spin Bankrupt. Later, after Andy and Gaurav call the L's, we have...

_ _ L _ _ I N/&/_ _ A L E/

_ A T _ _ I N G

...they call a $2,500 C but get one of the Bankrupts on the Million Dollar Wedge. Sydney & Kaitlyn hit Bankrupt again. Annie & Monica then decide to just solve DOLPHIN & WHALE WATCHING for another $650 and a pair of trips to Kauai, a total of $11,670 in cash and trips.

DUDS: M, R, S
BANKRUPTS: 4 (2 by Sydney & Kaitlin, 1 each by the other two teams)

WINNING ID FOR TRIP: HP8476842

IHOP Jackpot Round category is Phrase. A round starts with a Bankrupt for the second time in a row (this one by Andy & Gaurav, with this one being on the Million Dollar Wedge's other Bankrupt). On their next turn, after they buy the E's...

_ E/_ A _ E/A/_ R E A T/

T E A _

...they then hit their third Bankrupt of the night, with this one being on the first Bankrupt they hit on the Million Dollar Wedge. Sydney & Kaitlyn call a $900 W, the M's for another $600 and solve WE MAKE A GREAT TEAM for $2,000.

DUDS: H
BANKRUPTS: 3 (2 by Andy & Gaurav, Sydney & Kaitlin)

Already tonight, we have a season high for Bankrupts in one episode- an unlucky 7.

Gold Bond Ten Grand Mystery Round category is Before & After. After they start with a pair of R's for $600, Sydney & Kaitlin make the Bankrupt count 8, unfortunately (also their fourth of the night). About midway in the round, Sydney & Kaitlyn call the P for the RazorGator prize; we now have...

D O _ _ _ _

D O O R

P R _ _ _

...I've got it. After a $400 Z, they buy the E's but call a dud in B. And we then get our TENTH Bankrupt tonight courtesy of Annie & Monica. Andy & Gaurav call the G's for $600 and solve DOGGIE DOOR PRIZE for $2,000; everybody's on the board, and some of you may call that a miracle considering how evil that wheel's been tonight.

DUDS: B, M
BANKRUPTS: 3 (2 by Annie & Monica, 1 by Sydney & Kaitlyn)

Final Toss-Up category is Around the House:

B R O O _/&/D U S _ _ A N

Sydney & Kaitlyn solve BROOM & DUSTPAN to go to $5,000. Speed-Up Round category is Food & Drink. Just before the big bell rang, Sydney & Kaitlyn hit the night's 11th AND FINAL Bankrupt of the night (also their fifth). The remaining consonants are worth $1,900 apiece. Board at this point:

D _ _ _ _ E/_ _ _ _ _ -

_ _ E E S E _ _ R _ E R

Annie & Monica call a pair of C's but blank. Andy & Gaurav call a pair of H's but they blank too. Syndey & Kaitlyn call a pair of B's but have the same result. Annie & Monica then call a pair of L's and solve DOUBLE CHILI-CHEESEBURGER to ice their cake with another $7,600 and $19,270 in cash and trips. Sydney & Kaitlyn have $5,000 and the boys get $2,000.

BANKRUPTS: 1 (Sydney & Kaitlyn)

Big Money Round: I promise you, there are no Bankrupts on the Bonus Wheel. Annie & Monica spin the N in WIN and the category is Fun & Games. Starting with:

_ E R _ _ _ _ S

_ L _ S S

Easy. They call H, F, M and O and get...

_ E R O _ _ _ S

_ L _ S S

...they're way off by saying _____ GLOSS. It was AEROBICS CLASS and they lose $30,000 (the prize they were actually most afraid of losing was the pair of Hondas). We could've very well had a PERFECT BONUS ROUND WEEK, but no.

Jeopardy!: Brian Levinson will try to make it to Monday as champion at the expense of these two players:

Tami Deeb (S.F.)- Director of strategy
Andrew Hoekzema (Chesterfield, MO)- College junior

Opening categories:

NONFICTION PULITZER WINNERS
THINGS ON NFL HELMETS
EXPIRATION DATES
WHAT TO WEAR
B FOLLOWS A
DOWN AT THE OLD FACTORY

At the first break, Deeb leads with $4,800. Levinson has $3,400 and Hoekzema's just getting started (he was in the negative early on, but got out of it quickly). Left on the board at halftime are Expiration Dates, What to Wear and Down at the Old Factory. Opening clue in What to Wear:

Front-closing style of sweater favored by Mr. Rogers.

Brian: "What is a cardigan?"- CORRECT ($3,600); $200 DOWN AT THE OLD FACTORY CLUE

Havan's Real Fabrice de Tabacos Partagas has been turning these out since 1845.

Tami: "What are cigars?"- RIGHT ($5,000); $400 CLUE IN WHAT TO WEAR

Eddie Bauer & The Gap offer the flared-below-the-knee jeans called this "cut", from what they fit over.

Andrew: "What is boot cut?"- CORRECT ($400); $400 FACTORY CLUE

Charlie Bucket might like to visit this type of factory that opened in 1884 in Voiron, France.

Brian: "What is toothpaste?"- ZONK ANSWER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE ($3,200)
Andrew: "What is a chocolate factory?"- OF COURSE ($800); $600 FACTORY CLUE

In 2004 "Mustang Sally" played on the P.A. as an 86-year-old factory of this company ended production.

Brian: "What is Ford?"- YOU BET ($3,800); $800, SAME CATEGORY

The Edgar Thomson Plant in Braddock, PA filled its first orders for this industrial material in 1875.

Tami: "What is steel?"- RIGHT ($5,800); $600 WHAT TO WEAR CLUE

Christian Lacroix popularized the pouf type of this.

TRIPLE STUMPER #1: Dress/skirt

$800 WHAT TO WEAR CLUE:

In 2002, John Gotti was buried in a pinstripe suit of this characteristic closing type.

Brian: "What is double breasted?"- CORRECT ($4,600); FINAL WHAT TO WEAR CLUE

You might see celebrities don or bath in this style of shirt seen here.

TRIPLE STUMPER #2: Henley

FINAL DOWN FROM THE OLD FACTORY CLUE:

DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAIIIIIIIIIIILLLLLLLLYYYY DOUBLE! His wager is $1,200. To tie the game:

Company that ran the Hawk-Eye works in Rochester, N.Y.

"What is Kodak?"...tie game at $5,800 each!

THE LAST CATEGORY OF EXPIRATION DATES BEGINS WITH THIS $200 CLUE:

April 8, 1973: A blue period for the art world with his demise.

Tami: "Who is Picasso?"- YES INDEED ($6,000)

$400:

May 13, 1884: This inventor did not fear the (mechanical) reaper.

Brian: "Who is Cyrus McCormick?"- CORRECT ($6,200)

$600:

December 7, 1975: In "our town" of Hamden, CT.

Tami: "Who is Thornton Wilder?"- RIGHT ($6,600)

$800:

January 14, 1984: After passing through the Golden Arches.

Brian: "Who is Ray Kroc?"- YOU BET ($7,000)

FINAL CLUE OF THE ROUND:

October 11, 1963: The end of this Chanteuse's "Vie en Rose".

Brian: "Who is Edith Piaf?"- RIGHT AGAIN ($8,000)

LACH TRASH FOR ROUND 1: $1,600

DJ! Categories:

NORTH AMERICAN GEOGRAPHY
MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MOVIES
AUSTRALIAN WILDLIFE
ALWAYS REMEMBER SEPTEMBER (espescially Richard Dawson!)
AN ABBREVIATED CATEGORY
DOWN AT THE OLFACTORY

The champ finds the first Daily Double under the $1,600 North American Geography clue with $8,400. Deeb has $6,200 and Hoekzema has doubled up to $1,600. His wager is $1,600 on a clue told by Kelly:

This region whose name means "It's at the foot of the mountain" is a plateau between the higher Applachians and the lower Atlantic Coastal Plain.

"What is Piedmont?"...I should think so to reach ten grand! With two categories remaining, Australian Wildlife and Down at the Olfactory, here are the scores now:

Brian: $17,200
Andrew: $3,600
Tami: $9,400

The champ's in control, and he picks the first clue in the wildlife category.

This carnivorous marsupial serves as the symbol of the Tasmanian Parks & Wildlife Service.

Brian: "What is the Tazmanian Devil?"- YES INDEED ($17,600); $800, SAME CATEGORY

DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAIIIIIIIIILLLLLLLLLLYYY DOUBLE #2! His wager this time is two grand.

Australia has the only all-black species of this bird, Cygnus Atratus.

"What is swan?"...he's now $400 shy of 20 grand!

$1,200, SAME CATEGORY:

The Quokka, a short-tailed species of this kangaroo relative, is found on Rottnest Island and in West Australia.

Brian: "What is a wallaby?"- RIGHT AGAIN ($20,800); $1,600, SAME SUBJECT

The Shingleback Shark, a type of this, has protruding scales that make it look like a pine cone.

Andrew: "What is a lizard?"- CORRECT ($5,200); LAST AUSTRALIAN WILDLIFE CLUE

This mantee relative of the order Siernia can be found in the coastal waters of North Australia.

Brian: "What is a dugong?"- RIGHT ($22,800)

OLFACTORY CATEGORY BEGINS WITH THIS $400 CLUE:

The perfume Quelques Fleurs, whose name means "some" these, supposedly has the fragrances of 313 of them.

Brian: "What are flowers?"- RIGHT AGAIN ($23,200)

$800 CLUE TOLD BY ALEX FROM THE SENSOJI TEMPLE IN TOKYO:

At many Japanese temples like the very impressive Sensoji Temple, clouds of this youthful purification fill the air.

Brian: "What is incense?"- RIGHT ONCE MORE ($24,000)

$1,200:

You quickly get used to the eggy smell at the Colorado resort called "Hot" this type of "Springs".

Andrew: "What is sulfur?"- RIGHT ($6,400)

$1,600:

Introduced in 1890, this product for little backsides advertises its "clean, classic scent".

Andrew: "What is baby powder?"- RIGHT AGAIN ($8,000)

FINAL CLUE OF THE ROUND:

The wood of the eastern red this tree (actually a juniper) has a distinct aroma familiar from closets.

Andrew: "What is a cedar?"- RIGHT ONCE AGAIN ($10,000)

LACH TRASH FOR DJ!: $6,000

SCORES AFTER DOUBLE JEOPARDY!:

Brian: $24,000 (lock game!)
Andrew: $10,000
Tami: $9,400

CORYAT SCORES:

Brian: $22,000
Andrew: $10,000
Tami: $9,400

FJ! CATEGORY: Royalty.

Since 1066, the only British monarch to have three children ascend to the British throne.

Correct: Who was Henry VIII?

TAMI:
Response: "Who is Henry VIII?" (she originally had Victoria)
Wager: EVERYTHING
Final score: $18,800

ANDREW:
Response: "Who is Henry VIII?"
Wager: $8,801
Final score: $18,801

BRIAN:
Response: "Who was Henry VIII"
Wager: $1,000
Winning score: $25,000

Brian's three-day total: $72,801!

Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?: Tonight's featured contestant is Cornell graduate Phillip Torres. He has a pet cockroach named Perry, and his first classmate is Francesca. The categories:

1st Grade Social Studies
1st Grade Math
2nd Grade Animal Science
2nd Grade Science
3rd Grade Measurements
3rd Grade U.S. Geography
4th Grade World History
4th Grade English
5th Grade U.S. History
5th Grade World Geography

First subject of the night is Math.

How many sides are there on a right triangle?

He comes up with 3. Second category is Animal Science, which is a Classroom Club Question sent in by Michael from Ethel McKnight Elementary School:

Which of the following is a term for a baby male horse?

A: Colt
B: Calf
C: Doe

He's right with the colt, and decides to go with Bryce as his second partner. His third subject turns out to be just plain ol' Science.

T or F: When water boils, it turns from a liquid into a gas.

He says True and it is True. Subject #4 is Social Studies.

How many U.S. federal holidays are there in the month of August?

He peeks at Bryce's answer, which was 1. But he goes with 0...he's right to keep his save intact!

After that, here comes Jenna as his third classmate and the safe haven category will be 3rd Grade Measurements.

How many milliliters are there in .45 liters?

He talks it out and locks in 450...right on the money! For $50,000, he chooses the topic of 3rd Grade U.S. Geography.

Pennsylvania borders which Great Lake?

His free guess is Lake Erie...right! Nobody else got it right.

His fourth classmate choice is Olivia and he'll try to double his money once again, this time with 4th Grade English.

Which sentence contains a transitive verb?

A: The class ended early.
B: The teacher found his notes.
C: The students excelled.

"The teacher found his notes" is what he goes with...and that's $100,000! Next up is 5th Grade World Geography.

The mouth of the Indus River is in what country?

Despite his Save (and Copy) still being available, he drops out at $100,000. He was thinking India, but it was actually Pakistan. His $100K is the most ever won by an Ivy Leaguer on this show!

Entering the classroom next is Ralph Pechek, the leader of a group called the Lunch Ladies. The minute he gets to his podium, he makes the host put on a hair net! His first partner is Francesca and the categories this time are:

1st Grade Astronomy
1st Grade Music
2nd Grade World Geography
2nd Grade Measurements
3rd Grade Animal Science
3rd Grade Art
4th Grade U.S. History
4th Grade English
5th Grade Cultural Studies
5th Grade Social Studies

The first topic of his choosing is Music.

T or F: "By the dawn's early light" are lyrics from the song "America the Beautiful".

Believe it or not, he says True, but it's obviously False, as it actually comes from the "Star Spangled Banner". But Francesca keeps him alive.

Category #2 for him is 3rd Grade Animal Science, and for the first time ever, we have a Field Trip Question! In this case, somebody asks the question while on the big screen. Here's the question from Japan, asked by Dr. Brady Barr, a National Geographic Channel correspondent:

T or F: A Japanese giant salamander is warm-blooded.

He goes with False this time...and he's right on his own. After that, he tells Bryce to join him and the third subject he tries is World Geography.

If Jonathan were in Mexico City and he walked due west, what's the first ocean he'd eventually run into?

He peeks at Bryce's response, which was the Pacific. He then locks that in...right. Next is Measurements.

Francesca has a jar containing U.S. pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters. What's the minimum number of coins she can take out of the jar in order to have exactly 32 cents?

He's right with 4. Then, possibly helping him out in going for $25,000 will be Olivia and the category is Astronomy.

The planets in our Solar System orbit around what star?

Remembering his days growing up, he knows that's the Sun for $25,000! He'll try to win twice as much with the next category of Art.

According to the color wheel, what color is complementary to orange?

He copies Olivia's answer of red...NO. It was blue, so he's the first contestant to Flunk Out this season. But he still leaves with $25,000.

In two weeks, Ken Jennings will be a contestant on this show trying to take back the all-time game show winnings record!

Millionaire Video Bonus: George Maddocks' two-day run (with guest Ogi Ogas!)

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