Sunday, November 30, 2008

"The Amazing Race" 11/30

Who will make it to the finals and who won't? Let's find out now.

Remember, Andrew & Dan, the only all-male team left this season, will have to complete a Speed Bump task along the way this week since they finished last in last week's non-elimination leg.

OPENING CLUE: Travel by taxi to a retired Russian nuclear submarine. They must find its bowels and locate the officer being played by an actor who starred in "The Hunt For Red October" to get their second clue.

CLUE #2: Travel by taxi to an outdoor museum called Park Iskusstv.

Nick & Starr Spangler are in the lead heading into the following:

ROADBLOCK: One member of each team must ID how many Lenin statues are on the museum's park grounds (6) and how many Stalin statues are there (2). Once they think they're ready, they must go inside a bookstore and tell the correct number to the saleslady. The number of Lenin statues makes up the first digit of the correct answer, while the number of Stalin statues represents the other digit in the answer. Hence, the correct answer is 62. If incorrect, they're assessed a TEN MINUTE PENALTY and they'll have to wait out the penalty before trying again. If correct, they get to look up that page number in a book and information about their next location can be found within that page's text.

Andrew & Dan are way behind, as they went to the wrong park. Taking on the Roadblock are Nick, Dallas, Tina & Dan. The place they must go to next is Sadovaya Street.

Nick & Starr keep the lead! Toni & Dallas mess up at least twice on the Roadblock.

CLUE #4: Teams must travel by taxi to Sokol'niky Park and must locate the lady standing next to a Shetland pony; that lady will hand them their next clue.

DETOUR: Ride the Rails or Ride the Lines?

Ride the Rails: Teams must go on foot to the park's metro station and take a train to station 1905. Then, they must get a pastry before taking another train to a place where a statue of the Russian Alphabet creators can be found. They must find an old lady and deliver their pastry to her to get a postcard telling them to take a train to VDNKh Park; after getting there, they must search its station for their next clue.

Ride the Lines: Teams must run to a bus stop and get on a tour bus to Metpo "Kpachocenbckar". Once there, they must find a keymaker who will give them a locker key that tells them to travel by trolley bus to Rizhskaya Train Station. After getting there, they must unlock the correct locker with their given key to get a postcard directing them to take a train to VDNKh Park, where the next clue can be found.

Toni & Dallas were just barely ahead of Andrew & Dan after the Roadblock. HOWEVER, AFTER GETTING OUT OF A TAXI, DALLAS FORGETS TO TAKE ALONG HIS BAG CONTAINING HIS PASSPORT AND MONEY, AND THE TAXI DRIVES OFF. OUCH. Earlier on, I thought Ken & Tina were the ones that had this unfortunate thing happen. They then are forced to borrow money from other people in the city.

SPEED BUMP: After getting to Sokol'niky Park, Andrew & Dan are forced to dance with a Russian dance group to one song. Once they've done well enough, they can then try their Detour task.

Nick & Starr try the pastry task while Ken & Tina go with the bus task. Ken & Tina wind up taking the wrong kind of bus while Andrew & Dan have to re-do their Russian dancing at least once. Toni & Dallas, meanwhile, fall to last place as a result of Dallas' passport & money fiasco.

PIT STOP: Teams must run to the main part of VDNKh Park. Only the first three teams here get the chance to compete in the finals.

Nick & Starr are still ahead after their Detour task. Do they hang on to win this leg?...




















...YES- THAT'S THEIR SIXTH WIN OF THE SEASON, TYING COLIN & CHRISTIE'S ALL-TIME SINGLE SEASON WINS RECORD AT SIX!!!! They also win a trip to Anguilla. But more importantly, they have the chance to win $1 Million in the last leg and possibly finish the greatest run in the show's history!

The second team to advance to the championship round...















...Andrew & Dan! The last team in...













Ken & Tina
Toni & Dallas

...Ken & Tina Greene, despite their mistake in not picking up their final clue. Which means Toni & Dallas Imbimbo's money & passport fiasco is truly a fiasco for the ages on this show, because they're eliminated. But unlike the other teams eliminated this season, they don't leave the race empty-handed, because they will be going to the Dominican Republic.

The $1 Million will be won in Portland, Oregon.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

"Go For the Green!"/Saturday Wheel SPIN ID 11/29

The first episode tonight is Episode #16.

TRIP AT STAKE: Hawaii

1. On the March 12, 2008 episode of "America's Next Top Model", the contestants wore:

A: Meat bikinis
B: Vegan lingerie

Answer: Meat bikinis

2. Popular Mechanics says this will save you more gas when you stop to pick up your date:

A: Letting the engine idle
B: Turning the engine off and back on

Answer: Turning the engine off and back on

At this point, only three are left, and they automatically advance to the second round. That means the contestants who were eliminated on the second question get a reprieve.

3. Which of the following did Henry Ford invent?

A: Hemp-mobile
B: Ultra-motorcycle

Answer: Hemp-mobile

We now have six contestants for Round 2: Colin, Willisha, Kevin, Sheri, Rickie & Scotney.

1. IN CONTROL: Sheri
CATEGORY: Prime- TAKES QUESTION

According to a story in The New York Times, the green movement has caused an increase in what?

A: Trespassing in landfills
B: Fryer grease theft from restaurants
C: Wind-turbine joy rides

GUESS: Trespassing in landfills- INCORRECT (A: Fryer grease theft)

2. IN CONTROL: Scotney
CATEGORY: Water- TAKES QUESTION

According to the EPA, used oil from one change can contaminate how much fresh water?

A: 100 gallons
B: 1,000 gallons
C: 1 million gallons

GUESS: 1,000 gallons- NO (A: One million gallons)

3. IN CONTROL: Willisha
CATEGORY: Cool Products- CHALLENGES KEVIN

What are these?

A: Dog toys from recycled tires
B: Carbon dioxide consuming coral
C: Energy saving balls

GUESS: Dog toys from recycled tires- WRONG (A: Energy saving balls)

4. IN CONTROL: Colin
CATEGORY: Celebrities- CHALLENGES RICKIE, PUTTING WILLISHA IN CHAIN GAME

Daryl Hannah was arrested while sitting in a tree to protest what?

A: Birds killed by wind-turbines
B: Farm sold to developers
C: Loggers

GUESS: Loggers- ELIMINATED (A: Farm sold to developers)

CHAIN GAME: Willisha won the coin toss and will go first. The topic is to place seven different vehicles in proper order from the best gas mileage to the worst (I love this category!).

A: Mini Cooper
B: M1 Abrams Tank
C: VW Beetle
D: Helicopter
E: Hummer H3
F: Lamborghini Murcielago
G: Lexus RX400h 4X4

WILLISHA'S FIRST GUESSES:

1. Lexus
2. Beetle
3. Hummer
4. Lamborghini
5. Mini Cooper
6. Helicopter
7. Tank

#2, #6 & #7 CORRECT- 37.9

SECOND TRY:

1. Mini Cooper
2. Beetle
3. Lamborghini
4. Lexus
5. Hummer
6. Helicopter
7. Tank

#1, #2, #6 & #7 CORRECT- 69.2

FINAL TRY:

1. Mini Cooper
2. Beetle
3. Lexus
4. Hummer
5. Lamborghini
6. Helicopter
7. Tank

ALL RIGHT- 80.3

COLIN'S FIRST TRY:

1. Mini Cooper
2. Beetle
3. Lexus
4. Tank
5. Lamborghini
6. Helicopter
7. Hummer

54 SECONDS LEFT

He then switches the Hummer and the tank to win with 45.1 left!

To end this episode, for the first time, I get to see the audience game! The host randomly selects contestants to answer questions for $10 apiece.

Samantha- What does up-cycle mean?

A: Bringing a bicycle on public transportation
B: Transforming a discarded item into something useful

GUESS: Transforming discarded items- RIGHT

Michael- Which came first?

A: Styrofoam cup
B: Ceramic cup

GUESS: Ceramic cup- RIGHT

Now, for Episode 11.

TRIP AT STAKE: Malaysia

1. What are there more of in the world?

A: Cars
B: Bicycles

Answer: Bicycles

2. What's a Canadian scientist trying to create so he can harness its power?

A: Waterfall
B: Tornado

Answer: Tornado

3. What's the University of Virginia dining hall doing to reduce its carbon footprint?

A: Eliminating cafeteria trays
B: Banning bottled water

Answer: Eliminating cafeteria trays

This time, seven are left for Round 2: Drew, Amanda, Shani, Tabby, Dion, Ben & Mario.

1. IN CONTROL: Mario
CATEGORY: Travel- CHALLENGES TABBY

According to The New York Times, Bangor, ME is believed to be the first American city to ban what?

A: Chewing gum
B: Soda machines in schools
C: Smoking in cars with kids

GUESS: Smoking in cars with kids- CORRECT

2. IN CONTROL: Amanda
CATEGORY: Royalty- TAKES QUESTION

Who did Queen Elizabeth tell to switch from SUVs to bikes?

A: Subjects
B: Children
C: Bodyguards

GUESS: Subjects- INCORRECT (A: Bodyguards)

3. IN CONTROL: Shani
CATEGORY: Energy- TAKES QUESTION

How is Utah saving energy in its state offices?

A: Switching to four day work weeks
B: Removing office fridges and microwaves
C: Going paperless

GUESS: Removing office fridges and microwaves- WRONG (A: Four day work weeks)

4. IN CONTROL: Tabby
CATEGORY: Oktoberfest- TAKES QUESTION

Munich started what eco-friendly policy at the 2005 Oktoberfest?

A: Deposit system for washable mugs
B: Subsidizing locally produced beer
C: Selling bamboo lederhosen

GUESS: Subsidizing beer- NO (A: Deposit system for washable mugs)

5. IN CONTROL: Ben
CATEGORY: Amusement parks- TAKES QUESTION

Universal Studios touts what as the first "green" amusement park ride?

A: "The Dark Knight" Dark Ride
B: "The Simpsons" Ride
C: "The Incredible Hulk" Coaster

GUESS: "The Incredible Hulk" Coaster- LOSE (A: "The Simpsons" Ride)

CHAIN GAME: Dion won the coin toss and has elected to go first. The category this time- place seven different future landfill swellers from least to most.

A: TVs
B: Telephones
C: Refrigerators

D: Computers
E: Cars
F: Cell phones
G: Microwaves

DION'S FIRST GUESSES:

1. Cell phones
2. Telephones
3. Computers
4. TVs
5. Microwaves
6. Refrigerators
7. Cars

ALL WRONG- 32.3

SECOND ATTEMPT:

1. Telephones
2. Cell phones
3. TVs
4. Microwaves
5. Computers
6. Cars
7. Refrigerators

ALL ARE STILL WRONG- 55.5

FINAL TRY:

1. Computers
2. Cars
3. Microwaves
4. Refrigerators
5. Telephones
6. Cell phones
7. TVs

#5 RIGHT- 79.1

DREW'S FIRST GUESSES:

1. Telephones
2. TVs
3. Microwaves
4. Cell phones
5. Cars
6. Computers
7. Refrigerators

ALL WRONG- 43.1 LEFT

SECOND TRY:

1. Telephones
2. TVs
3. Refrigerators
4. Cars
5. Microwaves
6. Computers
7. Cell phones

WINNER- 28.2 LEFT

Correct order:

1. Microwaves
2. Refrigerators
3. Cars
4. Computers
5. Telephones
6. TVs
7. Cell phones

$5,000 WINNING SPIN ID OF THE NIGHT: EB8848695

"Don't Forget the Lyrics!" company sold

RDF Media, who produces "Don't Forget the Lyrics!", will likely be sold to a group that includes John De Mol of Endemol for $78 Million (52 million pounds).

Source: Variety

Friday, November 28, 2008

Long time "Wheel" art designer passes away

Dick Stiles, the art designer of "Wheel of Fortune" for most of the early years, passed away last Monday.

Bingo America/Wheel 11/28

Bingo America: Tonight is Episode 2059 and the players are Eva & Louis.

GAME 1:
1 (I24)- What type of large white flowers is assoicated with Easter?
EVA: Lily- CORRECT (-I---; $524)
2 (G51)- Contrary to "Old Wives' Tale", what bumpy-skinned frog-like amphibian doesn't cause warts?
EVA: Toad- RIGHT (-I-G-; $575)
3 (G46)- What all-girl '80s band proved "We've Got the Beat" with hits like "Our Lips are Sealed"?
LOUIS: The Go-Gos- CORRECT (---G-; $621)
4 (B2)- From the Latin for "warm", what large heavy pot used for boiling is often associated with witches?
EVA: Caulderon- RIGHT (BI-G-; $623)
5 (N40)- Will Smith and Brad Pitt turned down Keanu Reeves' lead role as Ne-Yo in what hit science fiction trilogy?
LOUIS: "The Matrix"- CORRECT (--NG-; $663)
6 (N33)- Rich in coal and iron, what huge mountain system stretches from Quebec to Alabama?
EVA: Appalachians- RIGHT (BING-; $696)

FIRST BREAK

7 (I25)- Cartman and Kenny attended school in what animated cable series?
LOUIS: "South Park"- YOU BET (-ING-; $721)
8 (B8)- Typing is often assoicated with what syndrome affecting the nerves in the wrist?
LOUIS TAKES TOO LONG
EVA: Carpool tunnel- CORRECT ($729)
9 (O65)- What LA Lakers superstar took Brandy to his high school prom?
LOUIS: Kobe Bryant- RIGHT (-INGO; $794)
10 (B6)- What mythical bird is said to rise from its own ashes?
LOUIS: Phoenix- WIN ($800)

GAME 2:
1 (O75)- Beefsteak and cherry are type of what food?
LOUIS: Tomatoes- YES INDEED (----O; $875)
2 (B1)- Every year, parents take their children to work on the fourth Thursday of what fourth month?
LOUIS: April- RIGHT AGAIN (B---O; $876)
3 (I19)- What mythical horse's name comes from the Latin for "one-horned"?
EVA: Unicorn- CORRECT (-I---; $895)
4 (B11)- The U.S. government is divided into three branches: Legislative, Executive and what else?
LOUIS: Judicial- YOU BET ($906)
5 (I29)- This year, People Magazine named Sarah Silverman and who "Funniest Couple Alive"?
LOUIS TAKES TOO LONG
EVA: Jimmy Kimmel- OF COURSE ($935)
6 (WILD)- A Scottish form of the word "cadet", what term for "a jack of all trades" refers to a golfer's assistant?
LOUIS: Caddy- YOU BET (B-N-O; $1,035)
7 (O69)- The Colisseum was digitally recreated in what film starring Russell Crowe as Maximus?
LOUIS: "Gladiator"- RIGHT AGAIN ($1,104)
8 (G49)- The spotted variety of what stinky animal balances on its front paw when its about to spray?
EVA: Skunk- CORRECT (-I-G-; $1,153)
9 (G52)- Led by Jerry Garcia on guitar, what Bay Area band attracted tye dye fans with hits like "Truckin'"?
EVA: Grateful Dead- RIGHT AGAIN ($1,205)

50/50:
10 (N45)- XX or VV- how is the number 20 written in Roman numerals?
EVA: XX- YOU BET (-ING-; $1,250)
11 (G51)- T or F: There is a basketball court and an outdoor pool on the grounds of the White House.
LOUIS: True- CORRECT (B-NGO; $1,301)
12 (I17)- In 1996, which U.S. gymnast vaulted on a sprained ankle to win gold- Kerri Strug or Shannon Miller?
EVA: Kerri Strug- RIGHT ($1,318)
13 (O72)- T or F: In Japan, it's considered bad manners to slurp your soup.
EVA: False- YES INDEED (-INGO; $1,390)
14 (B9)- Doc or Dopey- which of these Disney dwarfs had no hair on their head?
LOUIS: Dopey- RIGHT ($1,399)
15 (B2)- Chris Brown or Nick Cannon- who did Mariah Carey get married with this year?
LOUIS: Chris Brown- NO WAY; TIE MATCH

BINGO SHOOTOUT:
1. For more than 14 years, what B titled western series featured a father and three sons living on the Ponderosa ranch?
EVA: "Bonanza"- RIGHT
2. Written by Anne Rice, what 1994 I movie starred Tom Cruise?
EVA: "Interview with the Vampire"- RIGHT AGAIN
3. Sometimes abbreviated NIN, what N rock band is fronted by Trent Resnor?
LOUIS: Nine Inch Nails- CORRECT
4. What G type of traffic jam occurs when cars come to a halt due to vehicles blocking at an intersection?
LOUIS: Gridlock- RIGHT
Final question: What O is a comical newspaper and bills itself as "America's Finest News Source"?
LOUIS: "The Onion"- WINS $1,399

Bingo Bonus Round: We've had two huge losses in Bonusland this week. Can Louis win something from there to end the week?...

B: #5- $1,000
I: #26- $2,000 ($3,000)
N: #32- LOSS

...no.

WOF: It's a miracle- the Nebraska/Colorado college football game ended soon enough for this episode to air in full tonight! Our first Toss-Up category is Rhyme Time:

H I _ _ _ A _ S/AND/

_ _ W _ Y S

Jody solves HIGHWAYS AND BYWAYS for $1,000.

$5,000 WINNING ID OF THE NIGHT: LH0018038

Tonight's players:

Jody Hill (Louisville)- Licensed massage/craniosacral therapist
Shannon Happ (Venice, CA)- Copywriter/proofreader; also a kickboxer and funny voice artist
Steve Wesneski (Fort Myers, FL)- Handyman

$2,000 Toss-Up category is On the Map:

_ _ D E P _ _ _ E N _ E

_ _ S _ O _ R I

Jody solves INDEPENDENCE MISSOURI to go to $3,000.

Round 1 is tonight's Prize Puzzle Round and the category is Place. Out on the wheel now is a tour of the Grand Canyon/Great American West courtesy of Caravan.com worth $5,000. After Steve calls the R's for $1,600, we have...

R I _ H T/_ N/THE/_ _ T E R ' S/

E _ _ E

...he solves RIGHT ON THE WATER'S EDGE to win that amount plus a trip to Cozumel, a total of $7,300 in cash and trip.

DUDS: L (Shannon)
LOTs: 1 (Jody)

WINNING ID FOR TRIP: GT2011880

Campbell's Soup Jackpot Round category is Where Are We? Early on, Shannon calls four T's for $1,200 and the Free Spin. Later, she calls a pair of N's for a $1,000 LuggagePoint.com gift certificate, but she then loses it right back and $4,650 to a Bankrupt. She then uses her Free Spin and after calling the W's, we have...

_ E A R S/&/_ _ _ S

THE/W I N _ _/_ I T _/

_ A T ' S/HOMETOWN

...uh oh, I think Andy & Pat are going to love this puzzle! After buying the U to clean out the vowels, she calls a $300 P but calls a dud in L. Steve then calls the B's for seven grand and solves BEARS & CUBS, THE WINDY CITY, PAT'S HOMETOWN to win that amount. He then knows the bonus answer's Chicago to make this round worth a total of 10 large to him, bringing his new total to $17,300!

DUDS: L
BANKRUPTS: 1 (Shannon)

Swanson Broth Mystery Round category is Before & After. Steve calls the R's for the Wild Card. He then calls the H's for the Arizona trip. After calling the N's, we have...

THE/_ A N _/_ F/THE/

FREE-R A N _ E/_ H _ _ _ E N _

...he guesses the puzzle as THE LAND OF THE FREE-RANGE CHICKENS...right for another $2,300 and the trip, a new total of $24,600 in cash and trips!

PERFECT ROUND

$3,000 Toss-Up category is Person:

_ L _ E _

S T _ T E S _ A N

Shannon wins her first $3,000 with ELDER STATESMAN. Speed-Up Round category is Things and consonants are worth $1,300 apiece. After Steve calls the D's...

D _ _ T _ _ N _ R Y

D _ _ _ N _ T _ _ N S

...he blanks for $6,500. Jody calls the C and solves DICTIONARY DEFINITIONS for another $3,900 and a final total of $6,900. Shannon has $3,000 and Steve wins the championship with $24,600 in cash and trips!

DUDS: L, P

Big Money Round: The Wild Card's in play here for the second straight episode. Steve spins the double star and the category is Phrase. Starting with:

_ _ L L/_ _/

_ N T R _ _ _ E

I believe it's _____ OF INTRIGUE. He calls B, W, F and A, then makes his Wild Card Selection C...

F _ L L/_ F/

_ N T R _ _ _ E

...he's still not quite FULL OF INTRIGUE, so he loses the convertible. I guess the vowels in the last word threw him off.

At the end, we see footage of some auditions.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Syndicated "Deal" ratings break 2 mark

On November 10th, the syndicated version of "Deal or No Deal" pulled a 2.1 live plus same day household rating, which I think is a new season high. For the week overall, it averaged a 1.9.

Source: B & C

11/27/2008 Results- HAPPY THANKSGIVING 2008!

DOND: This will be my last "Deal" recap of the week, since the show will be pre-empted tomorrow like most other shows in my area due to college football. Today's player is #6 Albert Rodriguez (who makes a snow angel when he's called on down; he's a soon-to-be father). All week long, he's be using his ESP to predict what will be in his case. I'm sure he's hoping the $500,000's in his case today.

ROUND 1:
1. #15 (Julie)- $50
2. #8 (Kristan)- $7,500
3. #11 (Blake)- BUCK
4. #9 (Allie)- $5
5. #13 (Hal)- $2,500

RECORD FIRST OFFER: $32,000- NO DEAL

ROUND 2:
1. #19 (Woody)- $400
2. #2 (Javier)- $500,000
3. #20 (Meg)- $250,000
4. #16 (Phillis)- $50,000 (DANGER ZONE ENFORCED)
5. #18 (Terrelus)- PENNY

SECOND OFFER: $9,000- NO DEAL

(His target now: $68,000.)

ROUND 3:
1. #12 (Kelly)- $75,000 (STRIKE ONE)
2. #21 (Joanna)- $500
3. #4 (Jennifer)- $300
4. #10 (Lucy)- SEARS

Lucy will be going on a $10,000 Sears shopping spree.

THIRD OFFER: $12,000- NO DEAL

ROUND 4:
1. #5 (Kristie)- $25,000 (STRIKE TWO)
2. #7 (Erica)- $5,000 (SAFETY NET MOSTLY GONE)

FOURTH OFFER: $7,000- NO DEAL

ROUND 5:
1. #3 (Mary Ellen)- $25
2. #1 (Robert)- $200

FIFTH OFFER: $17,000- NO DEAL

19th PICK: #22 (Kathryn)- $10

SIXTH OFFER: $27,000- DEAL

Had he gone on with #17 (Stephen), he would've eliminated $100 and gotten a final offer of $46,000. Had he chosen to accept his own case in the end...he would've exceeded his goal.

Bingo America: On this Thanksgiving, Debbie & Max are the contestants playing on Episode 2054. After five questions, here's how it stands in Game 1:

DEBBIE: -IN-O
MAX: -I--O
BANK: $730

NUMBERS CALLED TO THIS POINT: O70, I27, N41, I24 & O68

6 (WILD)- What two-word Italian name for "first lady" also refers to a tempermental diva?
DOUBLE STUMPER: Prima donna

(That's the second episode in a row nobody got the Wild Card Question.)

7 (B2)- What British heavy metal band featured Jimmy Paige on the guitar in the classic "Stairway to Heaven"?
DEBBIE: The Eagles- NO
MAX: Van Halen- DOUBLE STUMPER #2 (A: Led Zeppelin)
8 (B13)- What world's third-longest river is the main waterway of China?
DEBBIE: Yang Sea- CORRECT (BIN-O; $743)
9 (G55)- Weighing as much as 1,272 taxi cabs, the London Eye resembles what classic amusement park ride?
DEBBIE: Ferris Wheel- WIN ($798)

Game 2 heads to 50/50 with this setup:

DEBBIE: -INGO
MAX: B--G-
BANK: $1,147

NUMBERS CALLED TO THIS POINT: G55, B14, O71, I19, G58, I24, B2, O65 & N41

10 (I23)- Teaspoon or tablespoon- which holds more?
MAX: Tablespoon- RIGHT (BI-G-; $1,170)
11 (O68)- Grand or Gross- what does the G in the economic term GNP stand for?
MAX: Gross- RIGHT AGAIN (BI-GO; $1,238)
12 (B10)- T or F: Bananas contain more fat than any other fruit.
MAX: False- RIGHT AGAIN ($1,248)
13 (B7)- Locks or Keys- what's the term for the gated sections of a canal?
DEBBIE: Locks- WINS MATCH ($1,255)

Bingo Bonus Round:

B: #11- $2,000
I: #27- $2,500 ($4,500)
N: #41- $3,000 ($7,500)
G: #49- $2,500 ($10,000!)
O: #64- OUCH!!!

This is NOT "Deal or No Deal", people! Another record loss here.

WOF: Last night, Tara Ray became just the second player this season to sweep the maingame, but blew her $100,000 bonus round opportunity, which would've made her the second-highest winner of the season. Let's see if we can make a nice recovery from that tonight. The first Toss-Up category is Thing:

T _ E/_ _ C A L/N _ _ _ _ _ _ E _

Yobelin solves THE LOCAL NEWSPAPER for $1,000.

$5,000 WINNING ID OF THE NIGHT: FC03013

Tonight's players:

Yobelin Fernandez (NYC)- Admininstrative modeling agency office manager and licensed massage therapist
Paul Hermacio (Seattle)- Fireman and occasional hospital volunteer; formerly worked eight years with the Air Force. Also, her mother was on the show back in 1977 with Chuck Woolery (with Paul in her belly at that point in her life) and she got to buy a few prizes!
Lisa Demitrovich (Brookline, MA)- Pharmaceutical sales representative and currently seeking her MBA in college

$2,000 Toss-Up category is Around the House (the first Toss-Up should've fallen under that same category):

F A _ _ L Y

P _ _ _ _ _ _ T

Yobelin quickly gets FAMILY PORTRAIT to triple up.

Round 1 category is Food & Drink and out on the wheel now is a country music prize package that includes a trip to Nashville and some albums from Billy Currington, Sugarland, George Strait & Lee Ann Womack, all worth $5,029. Early on, Yobelin calls three R's for $7,500 but later buys the only dud vowel on the board (I). Paul then spins Lose a Turn. After Lisa then calls the C's, we have...

_ _ T T E R C R E A _

F R O S T E D

C _ _ C A _ E S

...she solves BUTTERCREAM FROSTED CUPCAKES for $1,000.

DUDS: I

Campbell's Soup Jackpot Round category is Before & After. Paul begins the round with a pair of R's for $7,000. He then calls four T's to triple that amount! But he then calls a dud in L. Lisa then calls two H's for a $1,000 gift tag from Claim Jumper. At that point, we have...

_ _ _ _ _ _ _/_ _ T H/T H _/_ T _ R _/

_ _ _/_ T R _ _ _ _

...she calls the N's for another $1,200 and the Jackpot's now at 13 grand. After buying the I's, she loses the gift tag and $700 to a Bankrupt. Yobelin hits Bankrupt immediately. Paul then barely avoids the Bankrupt and calls a $900 W but then repeats the E, possibly costing him $21,900. Darn. Lisa then calls the D's for the Wild Card, a $550 C, a $900 G, and then buys the A's. She then calls the S's for another $3,200 and solves DANCING WITH THE STARS AND STRIPES for another $4,400 and the lead for now with $5,400. A $16,150 Jackpot goes unclaimed in the end.

DUDS: L
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Lisa, Yobelin)

Swanson Broth Mystery/Prize Puzzle Round category is Place. After Yobelin buys the I's, we have...

_ O _ _ _ A R

T O _ R _ S T

A T T R A C T _ O N

...she buys the last vowel of U (two of them up there) and she solves POPULAR TOURIST ATTRACTION for another $2,100 and a trip to Bermuda, giving her 11 grand in cash and trip; she has the lead back.

DUDS: E

WINNING ID FOR TRIP: TM7964664

Final Toss-Up category is Proper Name:

_ _ _ _ _ N

_ P _ _ L B _ _ G

Yobelin sweeps the Toss-Ups with STEVEN SPIELBERG, adding on to her lead (and she was quick on all them)! She now has $14,000. Speed-Up Round category is Living Things and consonants are worth $6,000 each! After Paul calls the T's, we have...

R A T T _ _ _ N A _ _ _/AND/

A R _ A D _ _ _ _ _

...for $24,000 and to steal the match...nothing! Lisa then calls the L's and solves RATTLESNAKES AND ARMADILLOS to win $30K and the match with $35,400! Yobelin leaves with $14K in cash and trip and Paul unfortunately goes home with the $1,000 consolation. Hey, at least the $1,000's better than the crummy parting gifts offered back in the 1970s.

Big Money Round: The Wild Card's in play tonight. Lisa spins the first A in AMERICA'S and the category is Thing. It's a one-wordy, and we start with:

_ _ _ _ _ E _ _

After going with CDMA on her regular picks, she chooses P...

P A _ C _ E C _

...she scores a $25,000 PAYCHECK, giving her $60,400 total!

Video Bonus: Last two segments of tonight's episode

Jeopardy!: Nathaniel Barnes will try to make it four in a row against:

Danielle Sexton (Inglewood, CO)- Law student
Peter Pinnow (Oxford, MS)- High school English teacher

Opening categories:

PASS THE TURKEY
"DIS" FUNCTION
IT'S ALL POLITICALLY RELATIVE
POETRY
THREE OF A KIND
THE PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME (Clue Crew clues)

At the first break, Pinnow's ahead with $3,400, leading the champ by two large; Sexton has $600. Just before the first set of commercials, we see a few audience members wearing T-shirts about Sexton! Later, with nine clues remaining this round, here are the scores now:

Nathaniel: $3,600
Peter: $5,200
Danielle: $600

Just the $200 clue's gone in Pass the Turkey while Three of a Kind's still fully intact. Pinnow selects the $200 Three of a Kind clue:

Tiger, Mako, Thresher

Peter: "What are sharks?"- RIGHT ($5,400); $400, SAME CATEGORY

Tap, Square, Hustle

Peter: "What are dances?"- YOU BET ($5,800); $600, SAME CATEGORY

Dredd, Judy, Mike

Nathaniel: "What are judges?"- YOU BET ($4,200); $800, SAME TOPIC

Vezina, Outland, Naismith

Peter: "What are trophies?"- YES INDEED ($6,600); LAST THREE OF A KIND CLUE

DAAAAAAIIIIIIIIIIILLLLLLLLLYYY DOUBLE! He wagers his entire lead ($2,400) on this clue:

The Seychelles, a literary "Gulag", the Aleutians

"What are archapellagos?"...right to double his lead, and he now has nine large! $400 Pass the Turkey Clue:

The majority of the country belongs to this branch of Islam.

Nathaniel: "What is Sunie?"- RIGHT ($4,600)

$600:

Banned by Ataturk for political reasons, this hat with a three-letter name was once the national hat of Turkish men.

Nathaniel: "What is fez?"- RIGHT AGAIN ($5,200)

$800:

Turkey's longest land border is with this Arab neighbor to its south.

Nathaniel: "What is Iran?"- NO ($4,400)
Peter: "What is Iraq?"- NO ($8,200)

TRIPLE STUMPER: Syria

FINAL CLUE OF THE ROUND:

This Turkish peak is said to be where Noah's Ark came to rest.

Nathaniel: "What is Ararat?"- RIGHT ($5,400)

ROUND 1 LACH TRASH: $2,400

DJ! Categories:

THEOLOGY
SHOW BIZ AWARD WINNERS
CONSTELLATIONS, LITERALLY
HAIL, CAESAR
TIME TO SURRENDER
SAY "UNC" LE

After the $800 Constellations, Literally clue proves to be the first Triple Stumper of this round, Pinnow finds the first Daily Double under the $1,200 clue there. With $8,600 and a $4,000 lead, he wagers $3,000 on this:

Monoceros

"What is a unicorn?"...it is indeed a unicorn, taking him to $11,600! After that category gets cleared out, Barnes starts going Daily Double Hunting after he didn't do so in the first round. But Sexton's the one who finds the other Daily Double under the $1,600 Show Biz Award Winners clue with $3,800. The champ has $7,800 and Pinnow now has $15,600 (after a reverse ruling on one of his previous incorrect responses). Her wager is $3,000.

Voters lent him their ears and he won Song of the Year at the first Latin Grammys in 2000.

"Who is Marc Anthony?"...husband of Jennifer Lopez, that's correct to go to $6,800! With 11 clues to go, only the $400 clue remains in Hail, Caesar, while Time to Surrender and Say "Unc"le remain fully intact. Here are the scores now:

Nathaniel: $9,800
Peter: $19,200
Danielle: $6,800

PETER CHOOSES $400 TIME TO SURRENDER CLUE

He surrendered New Amsterdam to the British in 1664 without a fight.

TRIPLE STUMPER: Peter Stuyvesant

$800 TIME TO SURRENDER CLUE

After suffering 150,000 casualties, German General Paulus surrendered in this city on the Volga in January 1943.

Nathaniel: "What is Stalingrad?"- CORRECT ($10,600); $1,200, SAME CATEGORY

Japan surrendered to the Allies on the deck of this battleship in September 1945.

Peter: "What is the Missouri?"- RIGHT ($20,400); $1,600, SAME SUBJECT

Napoleon III personally surrendered at Sedan in 1870 during this war.

Nathaniel: "What is the Franco-Prussian War?"- RIGHT ($12,200); LAST TIME TO SURRENDER CLUE

On July 4, 1754, George Washington surrendered to the French at this encampment.

TRIPLE STUMPER: Fort Sesame

$400 SAY "UNC"LE CLUE:

A small hole made by a sharp object; perhaps in your bicycle tire.

Peter: "What is a puncture?"- RIGHT ($20,800); $800

Say this nine-letter adjective to mean "of or behaving like an uncle".

Nathaniel: "What is avuncular?"- CORRECT ($13,000); $1,200

Redness and itching are symptoms of this eye condition.

Nathaniel: "What is conjunctivitis?"- RIGHT AGAIN ($14,200); $1,600

A legal order to specifically prohibit a certain activity.

Danielle: "What is an injunction?"- YOU BET ($8,400); LAST "UNC" CLUE

To make shorter by cutting a piece off.

Danielle: "What is truncate?"- RIGHT AGAIN ($10,400); LAST CLUE OF THE ROUND IN HAIL, CAESAR

The world's largest carry-out pizza chain, it was founded in 1959 in Garden City, MI.

Danielle: "What is Little Caesar's?"- RIGHT AGAIN ($10,800)

DJ! LACH TRASH: $5,200

SCORES AFTER DOUBLE JEOPARDY!:

Nathaniel: $14,200
Peter: $20,800
Danielle: $10,800

CORYAT SCORES:

Nathaniel: $14,200
Peter: $17,600
Danielle: $9,400

FJ! CATEGORY: Holidays & Observances.

The only public state holiday in the U.S. honoring a monarch is one honoring this ruler.

The only woman on tonight's panel wrote down nothing, dropping her to five bucks. Ditto for the champ, costing him $7,500, so he now has $6,700. Pinnow then gives a ZONK ANSWER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE with "Who is Queen Kaile", when we were looking for a king- King Kamehameha (the Great), to be exact. He risked...eight grand, so he wins the championship with $12,800, sending Nathaniel Barnes home with $59,300.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

"Top Chef" 11/26

Remember, a popular music group will appear on the show tonight! This week's guest judge is Grant Achatz, a James Beard award-winning chef.

(This is the first episode I'm watching in HD.)

QUICKFIRE CHALLENGE #3: At the start, all chefs draw knives; each one has a number on it. Each of those numbers signify a page in "Top Chef: The Cookbook" that they have to read and then choose a recipe from that page and make it in soup form. A huge array of Swanson Broths are made available.

Stefan: Thai green curry bisque with shrimp & scallop dumplings

Ariane: Diced lamb, eggplant, red pepper and couscous soup- DUD (overcooked)

Daniel: Ham and egg soup with sauteed mushrooms corn & cheese

Richard: Black bean and roasted pasilla pepper soup with rice- DUD

Melissa: Italian Wedding Soup with black truffle, Parmesan, linguini & chicken- DUD

Fabio: Mushroom and asparagus soup with seared trout and salmon belly- DUD (a little flat)

Carla: Shrimp, tomato & coriander soup with cucumber & avocado salad

Leah: Chilled white asparagus soup with broiche, tuna & tapenade

Jamie: Chickpea soup with pickled chiles, yogurt & crispy shallots

The winner of immunity this week is...












...Leah!

ELIMINATION CHALLENGE #3: The 14 remaining chefs are now divided into two teams of seven; they have to cook Thanksgiving dinner for the Foo Fighters and their entourage! Leah gets to choose the remainder of her team first since she won this week's Quickfire. Here are the teams:

TEAM SEXY PANTS: Leah, Jamie, Hosea, Stefan, Melissa, Fabio & Radhika
TEAM COUGAR: Alex, Eugene, Jeff, Carla, Ariane, Daniel & Richard

The winning team gets to go to a Foo Fighters concert.

Everybody had an hour to shop with a $1,200 budget. Not all of the dishes in this Immunity Challenge will be revealed tonight.

TEAM COUGAR:

1. Jeff: Spoonbread stuffing with figs, cranberries, walnuts & onions- DUD
Dessert: Fresh fruit salad with pumpkin mousse- ALSO A DUD

2. Alex: Five cheese macaroni & cheese

3. Ariane: Butterball turkey confit with mushroom gravy & cranberry

4. Stefan: Maple-smoked pork loin

5. Carla: Peach and cherry cobbler with vanilla cream- DUD

6. Richard: Banana s'mores with vanilla cream and chocolate ganache- DUD

TEAM SEXY PANTS:

1. Radhika: Vegan cornbread stuffing

2. Fabio: Roasted corn salad
Dessert: Roasted pumpkin, honey & cinnamon tiramisu

3. Hosea: Peach and blueberry crisp with whipped cinnamon cream

The winners are...











...Team Sexy Pants!

ELIMINATION: The bottom three are Jeff, Daniel & Richard. The fourth contestant eliminated on the season is...














...despite Jeff McInnis blowing both of his dishes, Richard Sweeney.

BIG screw-up on "TPIR" website

For those of you watching today's episode of "The Price is Right", when you click the link for today's episode (November 26th; I won't be recapping that because I just don't feel like it), you will notice that the episode you see online WAS NOT the same episode that aired on our TV sets earlier today. In fact, the episode that you may have seen linked there was a later-taped episode before it's even aired on TV. So CBS.com SCREWED UP BIG TIME.

Here are a couple clips from today's episode I didn't cover that did air on TV:

Clip 1
Clip 2

UPON FURTHER REVIEW: The mistakenly placed episode was Episode 4553K, which isn't supposed to air until December 17th (the day after the season finale of "The Biggest Loser: Families").

11/26/2008 Results- Thanksgiving Week, Day 3

DOND (Syn.)- #10 Alexis Mussina (a Math teacher from Homestead, FL) is hoping that the money he can win on today's episode will add up very quickly.

ROUND 1:
1. #1 (Robert)- $100,000
2. #3 (Mary Ellen)- $200
3. #5 (Kristie)- PENNY
4. #19 (Woody)- $50,000
5. #21 (Joanna)- $5

FIRST OFFER: $16,000- NO DEAL

ROUND 2:
1. #7 (Erica)- $25,000 (DANGER ZONE ENFORCED)
2. #11 (Blake)- BUCK
3. #13 (Hal)- $2,500
4. #15 (Julie)- $500
5. #4 (Jennifer)- $50

SECOND OFFER: $23,000- NO DEAL

ROUND 3:
1. #9 (Allie)- $250,000 (STRIKE ONE)
2. #6 (Albert)- $400
3. #12 (Kelly)- $75,000 (STRIKE TWO)
4. #16 (Phillis)- $300

THIRD OFFER: $13,000- NO DEAL

ROUND 4:
1. #22 (Kathryn)- $100
2. #20 (Meg)- SEARS

That's Meg's second $10,000 Sears gift certificate this week! She now wants to have her kitchen renovated.

FOURTH OFFER: $27,000- DEAL

I thought he might take that deal after he regretted saying NO DEAL on the previous offer. Let's see about his case...













...just $10. But he still could've won a lot more money:

ROUND 5:
1. #18 (Terrelus)- $1,000
2. #14 (Meng)- $7,500
FIFTH OFFER: $97,000

19th PICK: #8 (Kristan)- $25
SIXTH OFFER: $149,000

20th PICK: #17 (Stephen)- $500,000 (STRIKEOUT)

Bingo America: Tonight's contestants on Episode 2058 are Cheryl & Nicholas. After Nicholas gets the first three questions right to mark off the B, the I & the O, it's time for tonight's Wild Card Question:

Debra Messing and Eric McCormick starred as fast friends on what TV comedy?

DOUBLE STUMPER: "Will & Grace"

Score at halftime in Game 1:

CHERYL: -I---
NICHOLAS: BI--O
BANK: $687

NUMBERS CALLED TO THIS POINT: I23, B5, O72, I18, B6 & O63

8 (G57)- What popular Japanese dish consists of batter-dipped, deep-fried seafood or vegetables?
CHERYL: Sashumi- ZONK ANSWER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE
NICHOLAS: Tempura- CORRECT (BI-GO; $744)
9 (G46)- What former First Lady shares credit with her own dog for writing "Millie's Book"?
NICHOLAS: Barbara Bush- RIGHT AGAIN ($790)
10 (B14)- Itching caused by poison oak or chicken pox can be soothed with what kind of lotion?
NICHOLAS: Calamine- YOU BET ($804)

50/50 TIME:
11 (G58)- T or F: A millipede has 1,000 legs.
NICHOLAS: True- NO (Cheryl: -I-G-)
12 (B9)- N'SYNC or Backstreet Boys- Nick Carter fronted which band?
CHERYL: Backstreet Boys- CORRECT (BI-G-; $813)
13 (O61)- T or F: Dumbella Duck was the mother of Huey, Duey & Luey.
NICHOLAS: True- CORRECT ($874)
14 (N39)- Jim Belushi or Jim Carrey- which Jim got his start on "In Living Color"?
CHERYL: Jim Carrey- CORRECT (BING-; $913)
15 (O68)- T or F: The U.S. has a naval base at the North Pole.
NICHOLAS: False- YOU BET ($981)
16 (N32)- T or F: The funny bone is located just below the ankle.
CHERYL: False- RIGHT ($1,013)
17 (N43)- Hickey or Dickey- which is a type of detachable collar?
CHERYL: Dickey- RIGHT AGAIN ($1,056)
18 (N31)- T or F: Only female mosquitoes feed on blood.
NICHOLAS: True- WIN ($1,087)

By far, the longest round of the season.

Heading into the tenth question of the second game, here's the score:

CHERYL: BI---
NICHOLAS: -INGO

BANK: $1,481

NUMBERS CALLED TO THIS POINT: O73, I16, G60, O70, G57, B11, I22, N35 & G50

10 (B9)- What world's largest Washington D.C. book collection serves as the U.S. copyright agency?
NICHOLAS: Library of Congress- WINS MATCH ($1,490)

Bingo Bonus Round:

B: #5- $1,500
I: #24- WIPEOUT (fourth this season)

WOF: Back in California, the first Toss-Up category is Event:

O _ E _ _ N G

_ E R E M _ _ _ E S

Tara solves OPENING CEREMONIES for $1,000.

$5,000 WINNING ID OF THE NIGHT: VH02407

Tonight's players:

Tara Ray (Spokane, WA)- Professional disc golfer
Bill Emoria (Palentine, IL but originally from Bombay, India)- Investment advisor and just finished a book about retirement
Tracey Gracin (Shreveport, LA)- Finanical manager and police dispatcher

$2,000 Toss-Up category is Rhyme Time:

_ H E/_ A _ E/_ F/_ _ E/

G A _ _

THE NAME OF THE GAME is "Wheel of Fortune", and Tara knows that to jump to $3,000.

Round 1 category is Before & After and a $6,000 Florida trip is now on the wheel. Tara starts out with five T's for the Wild Card. After then calling four H's for $10,000, she hangs on to it for now. After she calls the W's a little later, we have...

_ _ T/W _ T H/THE/_ _ _/_ _/W _ T H/

THE/_ E W/_ _ _ _ E _

...I think I've got this now. After a pair of N's for another $1,000, she buys the I's and the O's but then calls a dud in S. Bill calls the R's for $1,200, the L for the trip, a $300 D but then a dud of C. Tracey hits Bankrupt, giving the all-important control back to Tara...and she solves OUT WITH THE OLD IN WITH THE NEW YORKER for another $12,050 and $15,050 total!

DUDS: C, S
BANKRUPTS: 1 (Tracey)

Campbell's Soup Jackpot/Prize Puzzle Round category is Food & Drink. Midway in the round, Tracey calls three C's for $900 and the Free Spin, but then has to use it right away after spinning Lose a Turn. A little later, she calls a $500 B while on Jackpot and we have...

_ _ A _ _ A C _ S/_ _ _ E/_ R I E S/&/

CANADIAN/B A C _ N

...she can't solve for an $8,450 Jackpot. She calls a pair of F's for another grand, buys a pair of O's to clean out the vowels and then calls a $300 M. After a $300 H, she spins the left Bankrupt of the Million Dollar Wedge to lose $5,300. That allows Tara to solve FLAPJACKS, HOME FRIES & CANADIAN BACON for a trip to Vancouver worth $5,274, bringing her new total to $20,324 in cash and trip!

DUDS: T
BANKRUPTS: 1 (Tracey)

WINNING ID FOR TRIP: EV0002079

Swanson Broth Mystery Round category is Show Biz. Tracey immediately hits her third Bankrupt this night. After she calls the H's, we have...

S _ _ E _ _ O _ E _/_ _ _/T _/HOST/

H E _ _ _/_ _ _ _

...she's best associated with "Project Runway" and Seal. After buying the A, she hits Bankrupt to lose her Wild Card and $2,250. Bill then calls a $550 R, the D's for another $900, and then lands on the Mystery Wedge next to Lose a Turn. He calls an N and flips...$10,000! But he loses that and the other $1,450 to a Bankrupt. Ouch. Tracey calls the M's for $800, the L's to go to two grand and buys the U's, then calls a $700 P and buys the I's to clear out the vowels.
Unfortunately, while trying to pick up the Million Dollar Wedge, she calls a dud in G. Tara then solves SUPERMODEL AND TV HOST HEIDI KLUM to keep her perfect record intact and go to $21,324!

DUDS: G
BANKRUPTS: 3 (Everybody)

Last Toss-Up category is Person:

_ _ A D U _ _ E

S T _ _ _ _ _

Tara solves GRADUATE STUDENT to go to $24,324! And it's time for our Speed-Up Round with the category being Phrase, and the consonants are worth $1,300 apiece. That means if Tara wins this round, she will be the second player this season to run the table in the maingame, joining Jeremy Setti. After she calls four T's to start...

_ _ _ _/T _ _ T/

T _ _ _ _ _ T

...she guesses HOLD THAT THOUGHT...SHE'S SCORED THE MAINGAME SWEEP!!! Her winning total is $29,524! The other two split $2,000.

Big Money Round: Since we're resuming a week we started on the week of Election Day, the Volkswagen Eos is back in play for the rest of this week. Let's see if Tara can put a nice cherry on top of her maingame sweep tonight. She spins the M in AMERICA'S and the category is On the Map. Starting with:

_ _ N E _ _

This is in Alaska. She calls P, M, C and O but none are there. Can she still get JUNEAU?...











...NO, AND EVEN WORSE- SHE'S THE THIRD $100,000 LOSER OF THE SEASON. Darn. What an unfortunate way to end such a good show tonight. That's the second TOTAL TRAINWRECK bonus round of the season.

Video Bonus: About 11 minutes of tonight's episode

DOND (NBC): The Thanksgiving spectacular continues with Ashley Otte from Randolph, MN (who is a college student and a waitress). She's hoping $2 Million is on her silver platter that's marked #26. She brings out a pumpkin pie for the Banker.

ROUND 1:
1. #4- $750
2. #11- $50
3. #13- $400
4. #15- $500,000
5. #5- $5
6. #14- $25

FIRST OFFER: $123,000- NO DEAL

Tonight's Beat the Banker game is worth a very tasty $50,000!

ROUND 2:
1. #7- $5,000
2. #9- $200
3. #17- $100
4. #19- $10
5. #10-$200,000

SECOND OFFER: $188,000- NO DEAL

ROUND 3:
1. #2- $100,000
2. #20- $300
3. #21- $75
4. #8- ONE MILLION DOLLARS

THIRD OFFER: $125,000
BANKER BONUS: A cage of turkeys
DECISION: NO DEAL

ROUND 4:
1. #18- $300,000
2. #3- $75,000 (DANGER ZONE ENFORCED)
3. #22- $400,000 (STRIKE ONE; LITTLE SAFETY NET REMAINING)

FOURTH OFFER: $77,000- NO DEAL

ROUND 5:
1. #1- $10,000
2. #16- $25,000

FIFTH OFFER: $146,000- NO DEAL

TONIGHT'S $50,000 BEAT THE BANKER WINNING CASE: #4

21st PICK: #12 (she wanted to go with #6 at first)- PENNY

SIXTH OFFER: $260,000- DEAL!

Now, for the all-important question. Has this lady passed up $2 Million- the opportunity of a lifetime?...

























...YES!!!!

OUCH. Here was the rest of the playout before that point had she gone on:

22nd PICK: $1
OFFER: $512,000

23rd PICK: #25- $50,000 (the safety net was totally gone at this point)
OFFER: $720,000

24th PICK: #23- $500
FINAL OFFER: $1.1 Million

THAT'S THE SECOND BIGGEST PRIZE PASSED UP IN THE HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN VERSION OF THE SHOW (the highest was $3 Million). At least she didn't have that much of a safety net remaining late in the game.

Video Bonus: $2 Million heartbreaker

Jeopardy!: Nathaniel Barnes is now a two-day champion with $31,500 so far. He defends the title tonight against:

Erin Haramoto (Sunderland, MA)- Lab instructor
Durant Gipson (Houston, TX)- Recent graduate

Opening categories:

NORDIC TRACK
TV TITLE TWOSOMES
DEAR JOHN
HOW CAN WE MISS YOU IF YOU NEVER LEAVE?
I'M SO "SHR"
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE (all clues here are told by the Clue Crew from said location)

To close out the "SHR" category, Haramoto finds the Daily Double with $2,800. That's twice as much as the champ's current score ($1,400); Gipson has $800 right now. Her wager is EVERYTHING:

Last name shared by the founder and the chairman of the Special Olympics.

"Who is Shriver?"...DOUBLE to $5,600! At the first break, she has $6,800, the champ has $1,200 and Gipson's $200 in the hole. At the end of the round...

Nathaniel: $2,400
Durant: $1,200
Erin: $9,400

...her lead gets even bigger.

ROUND 1 LACH TRASH: $4,000

DJ! Categories:

NORDIC TRACKS
SUBTITLES
FREEBIES
PAINTED LADIES

LET'S GET IN SHAPE
SOME GOOD "PR"

Unlike in Round 1, Barnes goes Daily Double Hunting early on this round and manages to find the first Daily Double under the $2,000 Painted Ladies clue. He's now at $5,600; Haramoto now has $9,400 and Gipson has $1,200. The champ's wager is three large.

This lovely Vermeer painting is sometimes referred to as the Dutch "Mona Lisa".

"What is Girl with the Pearl Earring?"...RIGHT to go to $8,600! Haramoto finds the other Daily Double as the last clue of the round under the $1,600 Let's Get in Shape clue with $20,200. The champ's currently at $15,800 and Gipson's at $1,600. Her wager is $5,000. Her lead is on the line with this clue:

The Star of David, consisting of two equilateral triangles, forms this plane figure in its interior.

"What is a hexagon?"...IS RIGHT to go to $25,200! Time expires before the $2,000 clue in the same category can be revealed.

DJ! LACH TRASH: $6,000

SCORES AFTER DOUBLE JEOPARDY!:

Nathaniel: $15,800
Durant: $1,600

Erin: $25,200

CORYAT SCORES:

Nathaniel: $14,800
Durant: $1,600
Erin: $20,000


Tonight's Ask Alex segment asked him who the all-time winner on this show is. Of course, it's Brad Rutter!

FJ! CATEGORY: Food Brands.

In 1954 Swift chose this word that means "a chubby person" as its new brand's name to convey plumpness and tenderness.

I think it's Ball Park Franks, but I'm not totally sure.

DURANT:
Response: "What is Pilsbury"
Wager: ALL IN
BUST


The champ wrote down "What is Butterball" after he crossed out something else...










"What is Butterball"

...RIGHT! He wagered ten grand, giving him $25,800. Haramoto...has Spam instead, so Barnes is now a three-day champion! Total for him right now: $57,300.

"The Biggest Loser" 11/25

Last week, they went back to the 1980's. This week, they saluted Thanksgiving with NFL Week!

The NFL stars that made cameos were former "Dancing with the Stars" finalist Jerry Rice and Steve Young.

Challenge #1: Run through an NFL-like obstacle course twice. The one that improved the most from their first attempt got to donate $10,000 to the school of his/her choice.

Last place: Heba (Margin: Five seconds)

5th: Amy (Margin: Seven seconds)

4th: Michelle (Margin: 11 seconds)

3rd: Ed (Margin: 12 seconds)

The runner-up beat her original time by 17 seconds, while the winner improved by 23 seconds. The winner was...










...Vicky!

Challenge #2: The contestants were placed on one end of a football field and footballs were flying at them. They had to catch them and place them in their opponents' racks. Once a contestant's rack had ten footballs in it, that player was out. Last one standing won a 2009 Pro Bowl package that includes a trip to said NFL all-star game in Hawaii.

Elimination order for the first four:

1. Michelle

2. Renee

3. Ed

4. Amy

Early on, Ed caught a ball that was worth a $500 bonus. The winner was...











...Vicky- she swept this week's challenges!

Another former "Dancing with the Stars" contestant, Rocco DiSpirito, stopped by to show everyone how to make a healthy version of the usual Thanksgiving dinner.

All of the remaining contestants then got to watch videos from home.

WEIGH-IN:

Amy Cremen: 168 lbs, 5 pounds lost, 2.89%

Heba: 224 lbs, 7 pounds lost, 3.03%

Ed: 253 lbs, 9 pounds lost, 3.44%

Vicky: 180 lbs, 7 pounds lost, 3.74%

Renee: 199 lbs, 8 pounds lost, 3.86%

For Michelle to definitely stay alive, she needed to have lost at least six pounds...










Michelle: 176 lbs, 10 pounds lost, 5.38%

...boy, did she ever! That's gotta be one of the largest weight losses on the ranch by a female in history!

ELIMINATION: Heba and the remaining Amy were up for elimination this time. Since Cremen had the worst percentage this week, she got an automatic elimination vote.

1st Vote (Michelle)- Heba (TIED at 1 apiece)

2nd Vote (Renee)- Heba (2-1)

If Heba got this next vote from Ed, she was gone...











...but Ed voted for Cremen, so it came down to Vicky's vote. The contestant eliminated just before Thanksigiving was...





















Amy C.
Heba

...Cremen.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Primetime "Deal" in BAD shape

NBC has released their midseason schedule for 2009, and "Deal or No Deal" is NOWHERE TO BE FOUND on it. I'm hoping it will serve as replacement programming for any show on that schedule that gets yanked on the schedule, should it happen. Otherwise, this could very well spell the end of the primetime version of "Deal", as production on the show has been suspended as of a few months ago per Hollywood Junket.

"Dancing with the Stars"- SEASON FINALE

In the first segment, after we see Cloris Leachman fooling around outside, Alicia Keys performs "I Need You".

The third segment starts with Misty May-Treanor telling us that she's been cleared to walk as of last Wednesday!

Toni Braxton's unable to do her last dance tonight because of recently having surgery.

Jeffrey Ross roasts the three final teams near the second half of the show!

Now, for the three final teams' final dances. Warren Sapp & Kym Johnson go first with the Hustle, dancing to "Funkytown". They get three 9's.

Second are Lance Bass & Lacey Schwimmer with the Jitterbug. They're dancing to, I do believe, of all songs- "Jim Dandy" by Black Oak Arkansas!

CARRIE ANN: 9
LEN: 9
BRUNO: 10!
TOTAL: 28

In judges' points for the finals, they're ahead of Warren & Kym by a single point!

Last but not least, Brooke Burke & Derek Hough perform the V. Waltz to "Daughters" by John Mayer. They score another PERFECTO!!!

Miley Cyrus performs her new single "Fly on the Wall".

The first couple eliminated tonight...











Brooke & Derek
Lance & Lacey
Warren & Kym

...Lance & Lacey. Guess Lance's not THAT popular, nor is Lacey. But are Brooke & Derek popular enough to win this show? Let's find out...






















Brooke & Derek
Warren & Kym

...YES!!!!!

11/25/2008 Results

TPIR: Episode 4532K begins with Karim, Brandi, Alexandra and Kevin. Drew once again comes out acting like a sniper and the first IUFB is a white water raft (Gabrielle & Phire).

Kevin: $900
Alexandra: $1,000
Brandi: $1,001
Karim: BUCK

ARP: $3,544

For the second straight day, we're NOT starting with a cash or car game. Instead, Brandi Milloy will play One Wrong Price for an eliptical trainer marked at $1,899 (Gabrielle), accessories marked at a whopping $3,022 (Phire) and a cupboard marked at $3,593 (Amber). I say the ARP of the accessories is wrong and she agrees...$2,665!

Leaving his/her seat fifth is Lois and the second IUFB is a Dell laptop (Amber & Gabrielle).

Lois: $569
Karim: $700
Kevin: $1,200

Alexandra: BUCK

ARP: $1,204

Kevin Lawhorn plays the Grand Game; the $10,000 hasn't been won here this season, so maybe today will be the day. Today's target is $8 and the products are Campbell's Soup, Gold Bond Lotion, drain opener, SnoreStop, Dial Soap and Aleve Liquid Gels.

1. Soup- $1.29 ($10)
2. Lotion- $9.12

This game is still winless; he wins $10 here.

Coming on down sixth is De Andre and he's about to lose his pants!!! Anyway, the third IUFB is a sapphire/diamond ring.

De Andre: $2,501
Alexandra: $1,700
Lois: $2,000
Karim: $2,502

ARP: $2,030

Lois Solado, originally from Cleveland and now in San Diego, plays Master Key for a Chevrolet HHR (Phire) plus headphones (Amber) and a cradle (Gabrielle).

1. Chocolate mill
SETUP: 635
GUESS: $35- YOU BET; CHOOSES KEY #3

2. Solar-powered radio
SETUP: 359
GUESS: $59- RIGHT; CHOOSES KEY #1

Key #3...is the Master Key, so everything is hers! Drew didn't do the big reveal correctly, though; instead of going straight to the car lock, Drew asked her to open up the cradle lock after she had opened the headphones lock.

TODAY'S WIN AT HOME PRIZE: Wine cabinet (Phire)

SHOWCASE SHOWDOWN #1:
Kevin: 30 + 35 = $.65
Brandi: $.85
Lois: WITH DREW'S HELP, WINS $1,000 AND SHOWCASE BERTH!

In Lois' Bonus Spin...just 55 cents.

Mary Jo Wright is called on down next and the next IUFB is a glass door refrigerator (Amber).

Mary Jo: $500
Karim: $3,000
De Andre: $999
Alexandra: $1,100

ARP: $1,699

Alexandra Klomhaus, a UCLA student, plays Magic Number for an off-road vehicle (Gabrielle) and a pool table (Phire). She sets her Magic Number at $1,213...not gonna work. The pool table was $3,595 and the ATV was $2,499.

Next is Pamela Yantor and next up for bidding is tennis equipment (Gabrielle).

Pamela: $500
Mary Jo: $501
Karim: $350 (STAGE GARF)
De Andre: $502

ARP: $958

By default, De Andre Whitbock (originally from Akron and now in Pasadena), the guy who's going to lose his pants any day now, plays That's Too Much for a Dodge Nitro (Amber).

1. $19,250
2. $20,155
3. $22,050
4. $23,891
5. $25,120- THAT'S WAY TOO MUCH

ARP: $21,255, so the third price was the way to go.

The last one called down today is Christopher Nelson and the final IUFB is luggage (Phire).

Christopher: $500
Pamela: $800
Mary Jo: $1,000
Karim: $101 (SUICIDE BID)


ARP: $700

TODAY'S FIRST FOUR BREAKFAST CLUB MEMBER: Karim

Christopher from Juneau, AK plays Balance Game for a trip to Jamaica. With Amber & Gabrielle modeling the trip, Phire handles the scale today. The last three numbers in the price of the trip are 5, 5 & 4.

DOLLAR VALUES AVAILABLE: $1,000, $2,000 & $3,000

I say $5,554 for the trip, while he goes with $4,554 after messing with the audience...I'm right and he's not, so we have a winless second half.

SHOWCASE SHOWDOWN #2:
Christopher: 40 + 30 = $.70
De Andre: $.75
Alexandra: 55 + 70 = OVER

Hold your pants again, De Andre, because you're facing Lois in the Showcase today! I wanted him to win some money on the Big Wheel so that he could buy some bigger pants. Oh well.

We start the first Showcase with something else that sucks something up besides vampires (one was played by Gabrielle)- a new vaccum system (Phire). Second, the vampire doesn't like steaks, so it's scared silly by a new BBQ (Amber). Finally, I hope you don't get bitten by any vampires, much less any insects, while camping inside a new TrailManor trailer (Gabrielle)! Drew & Rich totally bombed the last segment.

LOIS PASSES TO DE ANDRE; DE ANDRE BIDS $17,665 ON TRAILER SHOWCASE-SUPER GARF

MY BID FOR TRAILER SHOWCASE: $28,500

For Lois, we have flowers for a year (Amber), an Aico dining room (Phire) and an upright piano (Amber).

LOIS BIDS $13,000 ON FURNITURE SHOWCASE- SUPER GARF #2

MY BID FOR FURNITURE SHOWCASE: $25,000

DE ANDRE'S SHOWCASE:
BID: $17,665
ARP: $30,910
DIFFERENCE: $13,245

LOIS' SHOWCASE:
BID: $13,000
ARP: $18,819

DIFFERENCE: $5,819- WIN!

Lois wins $44,378 in cash and prizes!

DOND: Today's player is #7 Meredith Chote (who is a newlywed 6th Grade teacher).

ROUND 1:
1. #13 (Hal)- $50,000
2. #2 (Javier)- $7,500
3. #15 (Julie)- $75,000
4. #17 (Stephen)- $500,000 (DANGER ZONE ENFORCED)
5. #21 (Joanna)- $5

FIRST OFFER: $7,500- NO DEAL

ROUND 2:
1. #6 (Albert)- PENNY
2. #8 (Kristan)- $250,000 (STRIKE ONE)
3. #11 (Blake)- $400
4. #4 (Jennifer)- $200
5. #19 (Woody)- $25

SECOND OFFER: $6,000- NO DEAL

ROUND 3:
1. #3 (Mary Ellen)- $100,000 (BIG STRIKE TWO)
2. #20 (Meg)- $5,000
3. #1 (Robert)- BUCK
4. #10 (Alexis)- $1,000

THIRD OFFER: $3,500- NO DEAL

ROUND 4:
1. #16 (Phillis)- $500
2. #12 (Kelly)- $2,500

FOURTH OFFER: $5,000- NO DEAL

ROUND 5:
1. #18 (Terrelus)- $25,000 (STRIKEOUT)
2. #9 (Allie)- $100

She had no luck today, but at least she does have $2,000 to take home. Her case had $50. Today's $10,000 Sears gift certificate winner is Krista at #5. Other cases:

#14 (Meng)- $10
#22 (Kathryn)- $300

Bingo America: Tonight's players on Episode 2062 are Amanda & Jared. After five questions in Game 1, here's what we've got:

AMANDA: ---GO
JARED: -I-GO
BANK: $781

NUMBERS CALLED TO THIS POINT: I24, O67, O72, G60 & G58

6 (WILD)- What desert creature has two lobster-like claws and a curved tail ending with a poisonous stinger?
AMANDA: Scorpion- CORRECT (B--GO; $881)
7 (B13)- What blue, googly-eyed "Sesame Street" character was nicknamed Sid before he ate junk food?
AMANDA: Cookie Monster- YOU BET ($894)
8 (B1)- After John Lennon divorced Julia Lennon's mom, Paul McCartney wrote what song to make it better?
AMANDA: "Hey Jude"- RIGHT AGAIN ($895)
9 (B8)- Featured on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien", what K-9 puppet smokes a cigar?
AMANDA: Triumph- RIGHT AGAIN ($903)

50/50 MODE:
10 (I19)- Land or water- hurricanes usually form above what?
AMANDA: Water- RIGHT AGAIN (BI-GO; $922)
11 (B7)- T or F: The Portugese Man of War is one of history's most infamous pirate ships.
AMANDA: False- RIGHT YET AGAIN ($929)
12 (B3)- Prologue or Epilogue- what comes at the end of a book?
JARED: Epilogue- CORRECT (BI-GO; $932)
Final question (N37)- T or F: If the U.S. President quits, the First Lady is sworn in.
JARED: False- WIN ($969)

Game 2 also heads to 50/50 with this setup:

AMANDA: BING-
JARED: ----O
BANK: $1,296

NUMBERS CALLED TO THIS POINT: I21, N45, B12, G52, N33, B11, I18, O62 & O73

10 (I24)- In the old book, what animal was Old Yeller- Dog or Deer?
JARED: Dog- YOU BET (-I--O; $1,320)
11 (B10)- Californium or Arizonium- which is an actual element on the Periodic Table?
JARED: Californium- RIGHT AGAIN (BI--O; $1,330)
12 (N37)- T or F: If a starfish loses one of its arms, a new arm grows in its place.
AMANDA: True- CORRECT ($1,367)
13 (G55)- George Washington or Abraham Lincoln- whose profile is on the new U.S. quarter?
AMANDA: Washington- RIGHT AGAIN ($1,422)
14 (G57)- T or F: The term "tyconach" comes from China.
JARED: True- CORRECT (BI-GO; $1,479)
15 (O66)- Which symbol looks like a tic tac toe grid- pound sign or asterisk?
AMANDA: Pound sign- TIES MATCH ($1,545)

BINGO SHOOTOUT:
1. With a B last name, what female R & B singer had a 1996 #1 hit with "Unbreak My Heart"?
AMANDA: Toni Braxton- CORRECT
2. What I TV series featured Bill Bixby turning into a big green superhero?
JARED: "The Incredible Hulk"- RIGHT
3. What N titled comedy stars John Heatter as an inept high school student who helps his friend Pedro run for class president?
JARED: "Napoleon Dynamite"- RIGHT AGAIN
4. What G is a slow moving mass of ice?
JARED: Glacier- WINS $1,545

Bingo Bonus Round:

B: #5- $1,500
I: #23- $1,500 ($3,000) AND QUITS

Total: $4,545.

WOF: This will be the last episode in Hawaii until next year. First Toss-Up category is Fun & Games:

M O R N _ _ G/TEE/_ _ M E

Likolani solves MORNING TEE TIME for $1,000.

$5,000 WINNING ID OF THE NIGHT: Cl10973

Tonight's players:

Likolani Kalupu (Oahu, HI)- Server/trainer at a restaurant
Sherry Foster (Kapaau, HI)- Licensed real estate agent
Kawa Haragean (Ka'ai, HI)- University of Hawaii-Hilo student focusing on elementary education

$2,000 Toss-Up category is On the Map:

_ C O T L _ N D/&/

_ A L E S

Sherry solves SCOTLAND & WALES for $2,000.

A trip to Acapulco worth $7,300 appears on the wheel and the Round 1 category is Event. Early on, Sherry calls a $300 T for the Free Spin. But she then uses it after she calls a dud in R to miss out on picking up the trip. After she buys the E, we have...

_ N N _ _ _

_ _ _ _

_ E S T I _ _ _

...at this point, putting FILM as the second word will be incorrect. She then calls D for dud. Kawa calls three L's for $2,700 but calls a dud in M, obviously thinking that second word was FILM and he fell for the trap. Likolani calls an H for the trip, which is the first letter of the important middle word. After a $2,500 F, she solves ANNUAL HULA FESTIVAL to win that amount and the trip, for a new total of $10,800 in cash and trip.

DUDS: D, M, R

Campbell's Soup Jackpot Round category is Song Lyrics. Kawa starts out by picking up the Wild Card with an S but then hits Lose a Turn. Likolani then calls a pair of N's for $7,000. On Kawa's second turn, he loses the Wild Card to a Bankrupt. On his third turn, he calls five L's for the Million Dollar Wedge but then calls a dud in T. After Likolani buys the O, we have...

_ _/_ L L/L _ V _/_ N/_/_ _ L L O _/

S _ _ M _ R _ N _

...she duds out with H. Sherry calls the W's for $600 and solves WE ALL LIVE IN A YELLOW SUBMARINE to go to $3,000 and void Kawa's MDW.

DUDS: C, G, H P, T
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Sherry, Kawa)

Swanson Broth Mystery/Prize Puzzle Round category is Phrase. Likolani instantly picks up $17,500 by calling five T's. Unfortunately for her, two spins later, she spins Bankrupt to lose $19,100- the second biggest Bankrupt loss this season. OUCH. A little later, Kawa calls two L's while on the Mystery Wedge next to Lose a Turn. He flips it over...but he gets his second Bankrupt of the night. When we get back to Likolani, she calls a $3,500 D but several spins later comes Lose a Turn. After Sherry then calls the B's, we have...

THE/HUSTLE/_ N D/_ U S T L E/OF/THE/

B _ _/_ _ T _

...she buys the A, calls a $600 G and buys the I's, then solves THE HUSTLE AND BUSTLE OF THE BIG CITY for another $2,900 and a trip to NYC (with tickets to the play "Stomp"), for a new total of $15,505 in cash and trip and the lead (the NYC's trip value of $9,255 was incorrect; it's actually $9,605).

DUDS: R
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Likolani, Kawa)

WINNING ID FOR TRIP: PB00702

Last Toss-Up category is People:

E _ _ _ R T

D I _ E _ S

Sherry solves EXPERT DIVERS to go to $18,505 as we head into the Speed-Up Round category of Place. Consonants are worth $6,000 each! After she calls the N...

_ _ _ _ T R _ N _ _ S

_ _ R _ _ _ _ S _

...she can't solve. Kawa calls the L but can't solve with $18,000 on the table. Likolani calls an H but also can't solve for $18,000. Sherry calls the C's next but can't solve for $24,000. Kawa calls a dud in M. Likolani calls another dud in P. Sherry also duds out with D. Kawa then calls the E's and solves ELECTRONICS WAREHOUSE to leave with $18K! Likolani leaves with $10,800 in cash and trip and Sherry wins the championship by $505!

Big Money Round: This one is important- if Sherry's unsuccessful here tonight, we will be skunked for the first time this season. She spins the R and the category is Fictional Place. Starting with:

_ T _ _ _ _

I think I know already. She calls C, H, P and A and gets...

_ T _ P _ A

...it's not ITHACA now. But does she get UTOPIA?...










...YES- STILL NO SKUNK THIS SEASON!! The bad news is it's not the BMW convertible we couldn't give away the past three out of four nights. The good news...










...she wins $40,000, for a final total of $58,155 in cash and trip!