Wednesday, December 31, 2008

"The Contender" 12/31

A.K. Laleye, who gave the Gold Team their first match victory two weeks ago, has elected to face Alfredo Escalera, Jr. in the second quarterfinal fight.

PRELIMINARY FIGHT #4: Deon Elam vs. Richard Gingras

Round 1: I gave the first round to Elam, 10-9.

Round 2: Elam really gives it to Gingras early on, resulting in a wound near his right eye. Gingras, an American, improved toward the end of the round, but I now had it 20-18 Elam.

Round 3: Gingras gets off to a decent start, but Elam starts to fire up towards the midway point, even unleashing a punch that nearly knocks Gingras down. Gingras then gets control back towards the end of the round. I gave Gingras this round, so I had Elam leading 29-28.

Round 4: Pretty much the same story as the third round, so I had it 38 all heading into the last round.

Final Round: Unlike the past two rounds, Elam gets off to a good start, including two solid European uppercuts. Near the end of the fight, Elam unleashes his most devestating punching combo of the fight to possibly seal the win, even though Gingras never went down.

Only one of the judges agreed with my score of 48-47. The other two judges had it 50-45 and 49-46 for the winner...













...Deon Elam, meaning each team now has two wins apiece!

12/31/2008 Results- NEW YEAR'S EVE 2008

DOND: #10 Jenny Sissem (a stay-at-home mom who is also a black belt in karate) is helping us start our final countdown to 2009. She wants to win enough to buy a house, as her family's living in a small apartment.

ROUND 1:
1. #11 (Ken)- $2,500
2. #2 (Lora)- $7,500
3. #16 (Christy)- $5,000
4. #14 (Christine)- $25,000
5. #18 (Michael)- $1,000

OPENING OFFER: $17,000- NO DEAL

ROUND 2:
1. #20 (Enzo)- $5
2. #6 (Penny)- $500,000
3. #12 (Lacey)- $500
4. #9 (Cheryl)- $400
5. #5 (Martin)- $25

SECOND OFFER: $13,000- NO DEAL

ROUND 3:
1. #17 (Richard)- $250,000 (DANGER ZONE ENFORCED)
2. #19 (Michaela)- $100
3. #7 (Jeff)- BUCK
4. #1 (Shana)- $50,000 (STRIKE ONE)

THIRD OFFER: $8,000- NO DEAL

ROUND 4:
1. #21 (Vivicca)- $50
2. #15 (Kacy)- $100,000 (STRIKE TWO)

FOURTH OFFER: $5,000- NO DEAL

ROUND 5:
1. #13 (Erik)- PENNY
2. #8 (Jessica)- $200

FIFTH OFFER: $18,000- DEAL

19th PICK: #3 (Barnaby)- $75,000 (PERFECT DEAL!)

Her case had $10. Other cases:

#4 (Mia)- $300
#22 (Mario)- $10,000

Bingo America: Tonight's contestants are Jessica & Brandon. The halftime scoreboard in Game 1 looks like this:

JESSICA: -ING-
BRANDON: --N-O
BANK: $807


NUMBERS CALLED TO THIS POINT: N36, O70, I17, I18, N45, O6, G57

(BTW, this is the season's last $1,000 Winner Wednesday. So much good luck to you playing along at home.)

8 (B13)- What Coldplay member told Rolling Stone Magazine "If your wife went out with Brad Pitt, you'd want to prove yourself"?
JESSICA: Chris Martin- CORRECT (BING-; $820)
9 (O65)- What light, orangish color shares its name with a reef organism?
JESSICA: Peach- NO WAY
BRANDON: Coral- CORRECT ($885)


50/50:
10 (G54)- T or F: In the U.S., nearly one billion text messages are sent every day.
BRANDON: True- RIGHT (--NGO; $939)
11 (I19)- T or F: Rainforest dwellers often suffer from an illness technically known as "tropical depression".
BRANDON: False- RIGHT AGAIN (-INGO; $958)
12 (B6)- Billy Crystal or Whoopi Goldberg- who has hosted the Oscars more times?
JESSICA: Billy Crystal- RIGHT ($964)
13 (B11)- T or F: Originally, armoires were built to hold weapons.
BRANDON: True- WIN ($975)

Game 2 has this setup after nine questions:

JESSICA: B-NGO
BRANDON: BI--O
BANK: $1,353


NUMBERS CALLED TO THIS POINT: G47, B5, O66, N45, O70, B12, I25, O65, N43

10 (I28)- The letters PSA stand for what kind of short radio message that promotes a community cause?
BRANDON: Public Service Announcement- CORRECT ($1,381)

50/50:
11 (G60)- Yoga or pilates- what method of exercise was invented by a circus performer in the early 1900s?
JESSICA: Pilates- NO (Brandon: BI-GO)
12 (I17)- T or F: Moscow's local phonebook is called the Red Pages.
BRANDON: False- CORRECT ($1,398)
13 (N37)- A la mode or a la king- if you want ice cream with your pie, you should order it which way?
JESSICA: A la mode- YOU BET ($1,435)
14 (I16)- T or F: The larnyx is the scientific name for the voice box.
BRANDON: True- CORRECT ($1,451)
15 (N35)- Hermione or Orphelia- in the "Harry Potter" series, what's the name of Harry's gal pal?
BRANDON: Hermione- WINS MATCH ($1,486)

Bingo Bonus Round: Tonight, 20 pieces of champaigne cork replace the wrecking balls on the big money board...and Brandon unfortunately finds one under I24 after finding $750 under B13. That's the eighth, and hopefully last, WIPEOUT of the season.

WOF: Last recap of the year; we're on the spooky Halloween set. First Toss-Up category is On the Map:

T _ _ _ S

S Q _ A _ E

The coming of 2009's being celebrated here tonight, TIMES SQUARE, and Rob knows that for $1,000.

$5,000 WINNING ID OF THE NIGHT: BJ0006043

Tonight's contestants:

Rob Brosche (Richfield Park, NJ)- Poker dealer and public speaker; has a nickname called Donk that he first got while being a dealer
Jennifer Hobbs (Naperville, IL)- Northwestern first-year grad student working on her PhD in Physics; also a member of the university's chorus
Jenny Galatello (Torrence, CA)- Part-time college student and marketer; also loves Salsa dancing

$2,000 Toss-Up category is Person:

A M _ T E U _

_ _ V _ N _ O R

Jenny solves AMETEUR INVENTOR for $2,000.

Round 1 is tonight's Prize Puzzle Round and the category is Fun & Games. Out on the wheel now is a trip to Oahu worth $6,010. After Jenny calls the L's, we have...

L _ _ _ _ I N _/O _ T/L O _ _/_ T/

L I _ E R I _ _ S

...she buys the rest of the vowels and then calls a D for the Wild Card, but she loses that and $3,600 to the right Bankrupt of the Million Dollar Wedge. Rob calls the G's for $1,200, a $450 H, a $450 M and solves LAUGHING OUT LOUD AT LIMERICKS for another $2,100 and the trip to Ireland, a new total of $8,600 in cash and trip.

BANKRUPTS: 1 (Jenny)

WINNING ID FOR TRIP: HB0446032

Swanson Broth Jackpot Round category is Before & After. Rob immediately hits Jackpot and calls a $500 N, then hits Bankrupt. Jennifer also hits Bankrupt after calling two S's for $1,000. After she buys the rest of the vowels, we have...

_ R A I S E _

C H U C _

N O R R I S

...and she solves BRAISED CHUCK NORRIS for another $2,600 and $4,600 total.

BANKRUPTS: 2 (Rob, Jennifer)

GSN.com Mystery Round category is Phrase. Jennifer starts with the Mystery Wedge next to Lose a Turn and calls an S. She flips it...but she gets her second Bankrupt of the night. Jenny then calls three T's for $10,500. After she later calls the N's, here's the board now...

_ O N ' T/_ E _ T/_ _ O _ N _/THE/

_ _ S H

...but she then buys a dud vowel in I. Rob then calls two D's for $2,000 and buys two A's; he then solves DON'T BEAT AROUND THE BUSH for another $1,750 and $10,350 total.

DUDS: I
BANKRUPTS: 1 (Jennifer)

$3,000 Toss-Up category is Event:

F _ _ D/&/_ I _ E/

_ _ S T _ V _ _

Rob increases his lead and now has $13,350 after solving FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL. Next category is Song Title. After racking up $1,600 to start, Rob spins Lose a Turn. After Jennifer then calls a D, we have...

D _ N _ _/T _ _/N _ _ _ T/_ _ _ _

...she then calls a $300 G before we have to go to Speed-Up Mode. The remaining consonants are worth $6,000 each! Jennifer then calls the H's and solves DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY to leave with $12,750! Jenny leaves with $4,600 and Rob hangs on for a $600 win with $13,350.

Big Money Round: The past four seasons now, we've ended the last episode of the year with an endgame win. Will that streak carry over to tonight and end the seven episode losing streak? I hope so. He spins the ampersand and the category is Phrase. Starting with:

_ L _ N _

L _ _ _

Donk calls G, H, M and A...but he craps out with those choices; now, I know the first word.

It would be just BLIND LUCK for him to still pull this one out...but it doesn't happen for $25,000 and the losing streak continues.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

12/30/2008 Results

DOND: Today's contestant is #9 Lionel Doo (who recently retired from the Air Force). He swaps out for #14, which he says is his favorite case while playing the show's DVD game.

ROUND 1:
1. #8 (Jessica)- $75,000
2. #10 (Jenny)- $5,000
3. #18 (Michael)- $200
4. #4 (Mia)- $100
5. #9 (Christine)- $250,000 (OOPS)

FIRST OFFER: $11,000- NO DEAL

ROUND 2:
1. #21 (Vivicca)- $1,000
2. #15 (Kacy)- $2,500
3. #12 (Lacey)- $10,000
4. #13 (Erik)- $50
5. #3 (Barnaby)- $5

SECOND OFFER: $22,000- NO DEAL

ROUND 3:
1. #19 (Michaela)- $500,000 (DANGER ZONE ENFORCED)
2. #16 (Christy)- $300
3. #22 (Mario)- $50,000 (STRIKE ONE)
4. #20 (Enzo)- $7,500

THIRD OFFER: $5,500- NO DEAL

ROUND 4:
1. #17 (Richard)- PENNY
2. #6 (Penny)- $400

FOURTH OFFER: $8,500- NO DEAL

ROUND 5:
1. #2 (Lora)- $100,000 (BIG STRIKE TWO; NO SAFETY NET LEFT)
2. #1 (Shana)- BUCK

FIFTH OFFER: $6,000- DEAL

19th PICK: #5 (Martin)- $10
OFFER: $8,500

20th PICK: #7 (Jeff)- $100
FINAL OFFER: $13,000

His case had...$500.

WOF: Tonight, we're on the set where all the magic occurred; that's right, it's the Canadian Week set where Michelle Lowenstein won the $1,000,000! Now, will this change of set result in the ending of the current bonus round losing streak? Let's find out. Tonight's car is a Chevy Tahoe Hybrid.

The first Toss-Up category is Place:

T _ _/_ _ _ _ T _ A _ D/_ _/

A _ _ R I _ A

Misti solves THE HEARTLAND OF AMERICA for $1,000.

$5,000 WINNING ID OF THE NIGHT: AN00787

Our players tonight:

Misti Turner (Clarksville, IN)- Call center supervisor for a non-profit organization; she also loves eating potatoes of any kind
Shelley Griffith (Manhattan Beach, CA)- Financial analyst for an L.A. asset management company and an aspiring surfer
Tommy Oakes (Scarsdale, NY)- Firefighter for about 20 years and the vice president of the city's firefighter group

$2,000 Toss-Up category is Occupation:

_ _ _ _ A L/S _ U D _ _ S/

_ _ A _ H _ R

Tommy solves SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHER for $2,000.

Round 1 category is Rock On! and out on the wheel now is a trip to Canada's Glacier National Park from Caravan.com worth $5,500. Tommy picks up that trip with two T's on his second turn, then calls four R's for $1,200 and the Free Spin. After buying a dud vowel in A, he uses his Free Spin and we have...

_ R _ _ _/S _ R _ _ _ S T _ _ _ ' S/

_ O R _/TO/R _ _

...he calls a $400 P, the N's for another $1,200 and solves BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN'S BORN TO RUN for another $3,200 and the trip, a new total of $10,700 in cash and trip.

DUDS: A

Swanson's Broth Jackpot/Prize Puzzle Round category is What Are You Doing? Misti spins Lose a Turn after calling a $500 S. After Shelley calls the H's for $7,000, we have...

_ H I _ _ I N G/OUT/IN/A/

S _ A _ I N G/H A _ _ O _ _

...all vowels are gone at this point. She calls a pair of C's for a $1,000 Yankee Candle prize package and we now have...

C H I _ _ I N G/OUT/IN/A/

S _ A _ I N G/H A _ _ O C _

...well, I thought that first word was WHIPPING. After calling the L's for another $800, she hits Bankrupt to lose $11,400 in cash and prizes. Ouch. Tommy then calls the M's for $1,200, a $550 K, but then R as the first dud of this round. Misti then jumps in and solves CHILLING OUT IN A SWAYING HAMMOCK for another $500 and a trip to Barbados, a new total of $8,500 in cash and trip.

DUDS: R
LOTs: 1 (Misti)
BANKRUPTS: 1 (Shelley)

WINNING ID FOR TRIP: AA9801040

GSN.com Mystery Round category is Before & After. Shelley starts with her second straight Bankrupt. Tommy then lands on the Mystery Wedge next to the Million Dollar Wedge and calls a T. He flips it...Bankrupt. Misti then spins Bankrupt immediately. Shelley then spins her third Bankrupt a few turns later. Tommy then spins the right Bankrupt of the MDW. A few turns later, Misti gives us the SIXTH Bankrupt of this round. Later, after Tommy calls three C's, we have...

_ R E C _ I N G/C R E _ - N E C _/

S _ E A T E R

...he calls the W's for another $900 and mercifully gets us out of this nightmare with WRECKING CREW-NECK SWEATER for another $3,600 and $14,300 total.

DUDS: P (Shelley)
BANKRUPTS: 6 (2 each by everybody)

Final Toss-Up category is Rhyme Time:

H E A _ _ _/&/_ _ A L _ H

Tommy guesses HEALTH & WEALTH...right for another $3,000 and $17,300 total. After a little work by Misti, Speed-Up Round category is In the Kitchen and the remaining consonants are worth $1,500 apiece. After Shelley calls the P's...

_ P R _ N S/&/P _ T _ _ L D E R S

...she finally gets off the zero mark with APRONS & POTHOLDERS to leave with $4,500! Misti leaves with $8,500 in cash and trip and Tommy wins by slightly more than double Misti's total with $17,300.

LOTs: 1 (Tommy)

Big Money Round: Let's see if our firefighter can put out our blazing bonus round fire tonight. He spins the C and the category is Thing. Starting with:

_ _ _ _

R _ _ _ E R

I think I know already. He calls C, D, M and O and gets...

_ O _ M

R _ _ _ E R

...he came close with FOAM ROLLER- it was FOAM RUBBER and he loses $30,000.


(Note: Just as the RSTLNE was coming up in the bonus puzzle, the RSTLNE graphic reveal was the one from the past two seasons.)

Jeopardy!: Will Jim Stevens be lucky enough to become a seven-time champion? Find out now as he faces:

Emily Branson (West Lafayette, IN)- Library assistant
Scott Shive (Lexington, KY)- Features editor

Opening categories:

NEWS RADIO
TRAFFIC
WEATHER
SPORTS ON THE 8s
"KAR"
1450 A.M. (MAKE THAT A.D.)

I think this is a certain local radio station-themed board. Early on, Shive finds the Daily Double under the $1,000 Weather clue with $400 and tries to make it a Daily Triple with this clue:

Legend says after pitcher Denton Young warmed up against a fence, someone said the fence looked like this had hit it.

"What is a hail storm?"...I don't think so, bro- we're actually talking about a cyclone, so that positive next to his $400 becomes a negative. At the halfway mark in this round, both he and the champ lead with $1,400, but Branson's just $200 behind them. After the round...

Jim: $5,400
Scott: $3,200
Emily: $2,600

...thanks to a last-minute sweep of the Sports category, Stevens now has the lead.

ROUND 1 LACH TRASH: $3,600

DJ! Categories:

MYTHOLOGY & ART
A STUDY IN SCARLETT JOHANSSON
"GREAT" GEOGRAPHY
SEASONS
THE JOY OF TEXT
FRENCH WORDS

Stevens finds the first of the round's Daily Doubles under the $1,200 Mythology & Art clue with $6,600 and a $3,000 lead over Shive; he leads Branson by $4,000. His wager is $3,400. For an even ten grand or a loss of the lead, the clue is:

In a painting by Luca Giordano, Perseus turns an angry mob to stone by holding up this.

"What is Medusa's head?"...it is indeed for $10,000! With 13 clues to go, here are the scores now:

Jim: $10,400
Scott: $14,000
Emily: $5,800

Everything's left in "GREAT" and The Joy of Text while the $1,200-$2,000 clues remain in French Words. Shive has control and picks the $400 "GREAT" clue.

4,406-foot Ben Nevis is the highest point of this, Europe's largest island.

Emily: "What is Greenland?"- INCORRECT ($5,400)
Scot: "What is Great Britain?"- CORRECT ($14,400); $800 "GREAT" CLUE

DAAAAAAAAAAAAAIIIIIIIIIIILLLLLLLLLYYY DOUBLE #2! His wager is his current lead of $4,000:

Some parts of this natural wonder have been invaded by crown-of-thorns starfish, which feed on polyps.

"What is the Great Barrier Reef?"...he doubles his lead with a new total of $18,400!

$1,200 "GREAT" GEOGRAPHY CLUE

Major peaks in this range include Mount Sterling in North Carolina and Chimney Tops in Tennessee.

Jim: "What is the Great Smokey Mountains?"- CORRECT ($11,600); $1,600, SAME CATEGORY

Uranium mixed from this Canadian arctic lake with an animal name was used to make the WWII atomic bombs.

TRIPLE STUMPER #1: Great Bear Lake

FIRST CLUE IN THE JOY OF TEXT

D.H. Donald's biography of this 19th Century president made it onto a list of Bill Clinton's favorite books.

Scott: "Who is John Adams?"- NO ($18,000)
Jim: "Who is Abraham Lincoln?"- CORRECT ($12,000); $800 TEXT CLUE

The book "Enola Gay" by Gordon Thomas & Max Morgan-Witts is subtitled "Mission To" this Japanese city.

Jim: "What is Hiroshima?"- RIGHT AGAIN ($12,800); MIDDLE TEXT CLUE

Pick up one of the most famous self-help books of all time, Dale Carnegie's "How to Win Friends and" do this.

Jim: "What is Influence People?"- RIGHT AGAIN ($14,000); $1,600, SAME CATEGORY

Played by Robin Williams on film, he wrote the bestseller "Gesundheit: Good Health is a Laughing Matter".

Jim: "Who is Patch Adams?"- RIGHT YET AGAIN ($15,600); FINAL TEXT CLUE

In books like "The Way of Zen", this man did much to introduce Buddhism to the United States.

TRIPLE STUMPER #2: Alan W. Watts

$1,200 FRENCH WORDS CLUE

There's a Cafe du this, "The World", in New Orleans.

Jim: "What is monde?"- RIGHT ($16,800); $1,600 FRENCH WORDS CLUE

It's the French word for "apple"; a potato is one "de terre".

Scott: "What is a pomme?"- CORRECT ($19,600); LAST "GREAT" GEOGRAPHY CLUE

Australia's largest desert, it was first crossed in 1875 by Ernest Giles and named for a monarch.

Emily: "What is Queen Victoria?"- CORRECT ($7,400)

LAST CLUE OF THE ROUND IN FRENCH WORDS:

French for "umbrella", its name comes in part from the French word for "rain".

TRIPLE STUMPER #3: Parapluie

DJ! LACH TRASH: $3,600

SCORES AFTER DOUBLE JEOPARDY!:

Jim: $16,800
Scott: $19,600
Emily: $7,400

CORYAT SCORES:

Jim: $14,600
Scott: $17,200
Emily: $7,400

FJ! CATEGORY: Political Rock & Roll.

In 2008 John McCain used this 1958 Top 10 hit by Chuck Berry as an anthem for his presidential bid.

EMILY:
Response: "What is Mustang?"
Wager: $7,000
Final score: $400


The champ wrote down "What is Johnny B. Goode?"...











"What is Johnny B. Goode?"

...YES! But he only risked $1,999 in order to lock out Ms. Branson, taking him to $18,799. Let's see what Scott Shive wrote down...















...HE GOT IT RIGHT ALSO TO DETHRONE THE CHAMP WITH $33,601! Jim Stevens leaves us with $142,600 and a berth in February's Tournament of Champions.

Bingo America: Tonight's players are Joanna & Morey. At halftime in Game 1:

JOANNA: -I-GO
MOREY: BI-G-
BANK: $745


NUMBERS CALLED TO THIS POINT: I20, B11 (Morey answered the second question correctly in the "Jeopardy!" format), I27, B14, G46, O72, G55

8 (N40)- "High Voltage" was the first album by what rock group whose name is a four-letter electrical term?
JOANNA TAKES TOO LONG
MOREY: AC/DC- CORRECT (BING-; $785)
9 (O69)- What style diva introduces new good things in every issue of her magazine "Living"?
MOREY: Martha Stewart (Joanna started to say the answer out of turn)- WIN ($854)

Early on in Game 2, there was an embarassing Double Stumper on the second question- it was asking for what body part was the CBS logo- Morey was wrong with the heart while Joanna said the head! DOUBLE ZONK ANSWER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE, folks. Heading into the 50/50 part of this round, we have:

JOANNA: --NGO
MOREY: BI-G-

BANK: $1,298

NUMBERS CALLED TO THIS POINT: N42, B13, O73, O63, G60, G58, B8, N41, I30, O69

11 (I16)- Left or right- in which hand does the Statue of Liberty hold her torch?
MOREY: Left- NO (Joanna: -INGO)
12 (B6)- T or F: Globally, men live longer than women.
JOANNA: False- WIN ($1,304)

BINGO SHOOUTOUT:
1. What B-titled classic sitcom starred Florence Henderson and Robert Reid, not to mention six children?
MOREY: "The Brady Bunch"- CORRECT
2. What animated I movie featured a family of superheroes, including Elastagirl?
MOREY: "The Incredibles"- RIGHT AGAIN
3. What N is a natural, crunchy treat that comes in cashew and pistachio varieties?
MOREY: Nuts- WINS $1,304

Bingo Bonus Round: Morey loses $1,250 ($500 behind B3 and $750 behind I23) to a wrecking ball at N40.

"Deal or No Deal" rating

Last night's "Deal or No Deal" scored a 4.6 Fast Nielsen with a 7 share.

Source: The Futon Critic

Monday, December 29, 2008

"Family Feud" renewed

While at one of the season's final tapings of the current sydnicated version of "Family Feud", Buzzerblog reports that the show will return next season (which would be its 11th).

12/29/2008 Results- Six-time "Jeopardy!" champion?

DOND (Syn.): This week's episodes were the tenth week taped, one session before Chelsea Drake's big one. We start off with #17 Samir Roy from San Diego (who is a big tennis fan and also serves as a household maid).

ROUND 1:
1. #9 (Lionel)- $1,000
2. #18 (Michael)- $250,000 (ONE OFF this amount)
3. #15 (Kacy)- $25,000
4. #7 (Jeff)- $50
5. #20 (Enzo)- $7,500

FIRST OFFER: $12,000- NO DEAL

ROUND 2:
1. #10 (Jenny)- $10
2. #19 (Michaela)- $5,000
3. #12 (Lacey)- $100
4. #6 (Penny)- $5
5. #3 (Barnaby)- $75,000 (DANGER ZONE ENFORCED)

SECOND OFFER: $16,000- NO DEAL

ROUND 3:
1. #21 (Vivicca)- $50,000 (STRIKE ONE)
2. #4 (Mia)- PENNY
3. #8 (Jessica)- $25
4. #16 (Christy)- $400

THIRD OFFER: $25,000- NO DEAL

ROUND 4:
1. #5 (Martin)- $500,000 (STRIKE TWO)
2. #14 (Christine)- $10,000 (MOST OF SAFETY NET GONE)

FOURTH OFFER: $7,500- NO DEAL

ROUND 5:
1. #11 (Ken)- $100,000 (STRIKEOUT; Ken told him to take the $7,500)
2. #22 (Mario)- $300

FIFTH OFFER: $600- NO DEAL

He leaves with the $500 in his case. Other cases:

#1 (Shana)- $2,500 (20th pick; final offer was $300)
#13 (Erik)- BUCK (19th pick; offer afterwards was $1,000)
#2 (Lora)- $200


Bingo America: We begin the final week of the second season with Episode 2047. The next two episodes will air in order- Episodes 2048 & 2049; Episode 2046 airs Thursday before the season concludes with the second taped episode.

Tonight's contestants are Robyn & Chuck. At halftime in Game 1:

ROBYN: B-N-O
CHUCK: B--G-
BANK: $715


NUMBERS CALLED TO THIS POINT: B12, B8, N37, O66, N42, G50

7 (O67)- An alloy of coppet and zinc, what metal is used in making wind instruments?
CHUCK: Brass- CORRECT (B--GO; $782)
8 (G53)- Yolke are Italian dumplings usually made with what starchy vegetable?
ROBYN: Potato- RIGHT (B-NGO; $835)
9 (N40)- Juggling circus clowns often ride around on what type of one-wheeled apparatus?
CHUCK: Unicycle- CORRECT (B-NGO; $875)
Final question (I18)- Dr. C. Everett Coupe crusaded against smoking while he held what top government medical position?
ROBYN: Sergeant General- WIN ($893)

Heading into the tenth question, here's what we have in Game 2:

ROBYN: BI-GO
CHUCK: BI--O
BANK: $1,225


NUMBERS CALLED TO THIS POINT: B15, G56, I20, G54, O74, B11, O66, I30, G60

(Note: The fourth question this game was a Double Stumper- the popular game inspired by a carnival game originally titled Beano...turns out to be Bingo!)

10 (N33)- In what Shakespeare play do the three witches chant "Double double, toil and trouble"?
ROBYN: "Macbeth"- WINS MATCH ($1,258)

Bingo Bonus Round:

B: #5- $500
I: #22- $1,000 ($1,500)
N: #32- $750 ($2,250)
G: #55- LOSS

WOF: This is the second extra episodes week of the season (aka "America's Game Week"). Tonight, we're on the same set where we just got SKUNKED for the first time this season last week. Let's see if we can get a bonus round win there tonight. But we must start with this $1,000 Toss-Up puzzle; category is Food & Drink:

P I _ K

C H A _ P _ _ N E

Never heard of PINK CHAMPAGNE, but Jamie knows about it for $1,000.

$5,000 WINNING ID OF THE NIGHT: KS0599292

Tonight's players:

Jamie Doss (Treasure Island, FL)- Frequent traveler
Mike Irvine (Fontana, CA)- West Point graduate and former Army member for seven years
Caroline Scholl (New Orleans)- Stay-at-home mom

$2,000 Toss-Up category is Fun & Games:

_ O U S _/OF/CARDS

Jamie triples up with HOUSE OF CARDS.

After a trip to Nuevo Vallarta worth $9,600 appears on the wheel, the Round 1 category is Phrase. Jamie immediately strikes out with the T. After Caroline calls the L, we have...

_ _ _ _/_ _/_ O _ _ L _ R/

_ _ _ _ N _

...I think I got this quickly. She calls a $300 M, buys the E, then calls a dud in G. Jamie calls the D's for the Mexico trip but then calls a dud in F. Mike then calls the B's for $1,800 and solves BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND for $2,750.

DUDS: F, G, S, T

Swanson Broth Jackpot Round category is What Are You Doing? After Mike calls the N's for $1,000 while on Jackpot, we have...

_ _ _ I N G/_ R _ _ N I E _/_ R _ _/

_ _ R _ T _ _

...can he somehow pull out this solve for a $7,000 Jackpot (which would be the fourth Jackpot win of the season and the third in the past six episodes)...no, he spins again and calls the C's for another $1,600. After purchasing the O's and the A's, he calls the S's for another $1,100 and takes a shot at the solve with MAKING BROWNIES FROM SCRATCH...incorrect by a letter. Caroline then calls the B's for $600 and the Free Spin and solves BAKING BROWNIES FROM SCRATCH for her first $1,000.

GSN.com Mystery/Prize Puzzle Round category is Places. Caroline immediately hits a Bankrupt and decides to save her Free Spin for now. Jamie then calls a $3,500 T and buys the E's, then lands on the Mystery Wedge next to the Million Dollar Wedge and calls two H's; she takes the extra $2,000 for them (unfortunately, $10,000 was back there). Two turns later, she buys a dud vowel in A. Mike hits a Bankrupt after calling two S's for $1,200. We then go to Caroline, who's chomping at the bit here...

THE/S E _ E N/H _ _ _ S/_ _/

_ _ _ E

...she guesses THE SEVEN HILLS OF ROME...and she's going on a trip to Rome worth $10,850, giving her $11,850 in cash and trip and the lead.

DUDS: A
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Caroline, Mike)

WINNING ID FOR TRIP: PC8997650

Final Toss-Up category is Show Biz:

_ F _ _ R S _ H _ _ L

_ _ E _ I _ _

Caroline solves AFTERSCHOOL SPECIAL to increase her leading total to $14,850. Next category is Around the House. Late in the round, she hands in her Free Spin after buying a dud vowel in I and then tries to solve with this showing...

_ L A S S/_ E E R/_ _ _ S

...she's correct with GLASS BEER MUGS for another $1,150 and 16 grand total.

Speed-Up Round category is People and consonants are worth $1,900 apiece. After Caroline buys the E's...

_ _ T R _ _ E R T S/&/

E _ T R _ _ E R T S

...she solves INTROVERTS & EXTROVERTS to add another $7,600 and win with $23,600! Jamie leaves with $3,000 and Mike leaves with $2,750.

DUDS: A, C

Big Money Round: Let's see if Scholl can keep her roll going since the Jackpot Round. She spins the ampersand and the category is Person. Starting with:

_ _ _ _ L E

_ _ E N T

I believe it's ______ AGENT. She calls C, B, G and A and gets...

_ _ _ B L E

A G E N T

...she isn't a DOUBLE AGENT by any means, so SHE'S THE FOURTH $100,000 LOSER OF THE SEASON. More pain and agony on this set; thank goodness we're not going to be on it tomorrow...


Video Bonus: $100,000 loss #4

Jeopardy!: Jim Stevens is controlling his own destiny tonight. If he can win his sixth game tonight, no matter what happens from here on out, he will be the final entrant in this year's Salute of Champions (and likely score another Player of the Week award, as well). Hoping to stop him from doing that tonight are:

Laura Mitchell (Cincinatti)- Technical editor
Ed Rozmiarek (Beverly, MA)- High school assistant principal

Opening topics:

WHERE AM I? (these are Clue Crew clues)
YOUR 5-CLUE NEWSCAST
A MUSICAL MENU
DO YOU KNOW JACK ABOUT LIT?
CROSSWORD CLUES "L"
MR. & MRS. MALAPROP

Early on, Stevens hits the Daily Double under the $600 Musical Menu clue with $200 and goes for $1,000 on this:

This ConAgra sweet popcorn treat comes in butter toffee & caramel flavors.

"What is Cracker Jack?"...that's made by Frito-Lay, sir. This is made by ConAgra- Fiddle Faddle. That means he's at $800 in the hole for the moment. But he does get the lead back with $2,200 by the first break; Rozmiarek's just $200 behind and Mitchell's at zip. After the round...

Jim: $6,600 (after a reverse ruling on one of his correct responses)
Ed: $1,000
Laura: $1,800

...Stevens' now rollin'!

ROUND 1 LACH TRASH: $2,400

DJ! Categories:

BOTANY
"QUO"POURRI
BIRTH, ART, DEATH
AMERICANA
SUSAN B. ANTHONY
SPORTS CAST

Mitchell finds the first of the two Daily Doubles to conclude the "QUO" category with $3,400; she trails the champ for the lead by $6,000, while Rozmiarek has $4,600. She wagers just $1,000 on the following:

1951 epic in which the Lions take on the Christians in Rome; Lions give 'em a real licking.

"What is Quo Vadis?"...should've bet more- she now has $4,400. Later, Stevens finds the other Daily Double under the $2,000 Botany clue with $11,800; Rozmiarek has $7,400 and Mitchell has $4,400. His wager is also $1,000, this time on the following:

The beard species of this symbotic plant is often confused with Spanish moss.

"What is...Lichen?"...is right to go to $12,800! At this point, everything's left in Susan B. Anthony while the $1,200-$2,000 clues remain in both Americana & Sports Cast. Opening Susan B. Anthony clue:

The $1 coin featuring Susan B. Anthony's likeness was first minted in this decade.

Ed: "What are the 1980s?"- NO WAY ($7,000)
Jim: "What are the 1970s?"- CORRECT ($13,200); $800 SUSAN B. ANTHONY CLUE

Susan was fined for illegally voting in 1872-- she cast her ballopt for this president who was re-elected.

Jim: "Who is Grover Cleveland?"- INCORRECT ($12,400)

TRIPLE STUMPER: Ulysses S. Grant

$1,200 SUSAN B. ANTHONY CLUE

14 years after her death, the movement created by Susan won passage of this women's voting amendment.

Ed: "What is the 20th?"- WRONG ($5,800)
Laura: "What is the 19th?"- CORRECT ($5,600); $1,200 AMERICANA CLUE

"There's no place like" this town for the annual miners & mushers ball.

Ed: "What is Nome?"- CORRECT ($7,000); $2,000 SPORTS CAST CLUE

This racer who wrote the memoir "Every Second Counts" used a wind tunnel in training to minimize his drag.

TRIPLE STUMPER: Lance Armstrong

$2,000 AMERICANA CLUE

This Iowa city was named for a French Canadian, the first white man to settle permanently in what is now Iowa.

Laura: "What is Des Moines?"- INCORRECT ($3,600)
Ed: "What is Aimes?"- ALSO WRONG ($5,000)
Jim: "What is Dubuque?"- CORRECT ($14,400); $1,200 SPORTS CAST CLUE

This 9-time U.S. & 5-time world champion got her start after seeing her brother play hockey.

TRIPLE STUMPER: Michelle Kwan

$1,600 SPORTS CAST CLUE

At the age of 41 she competed in her fifth Olympic Games, the most of any U.S. swimmer.

ANOTHER TRIPLE STUMPER: Dara Torres

$1,600 AMERICANA CLUE

A mule driver in Uzbekistan sent in 21 cents to help fund the National Mule Memorial in Muleshoe in this big state.

Ed: "What is Montana?"- NO ($3,400)

YET ANOTHER TRIPLE STUMPER: Texas

MERCIFULLY, TIME EXPIRES IN THIS ROUND (two clues unplayed, both in Susan B. Anthony)

DJ! LACH TRASH: $10,400

SCORES AFTER DOUBLE JEOPARDY!:

Jim: $14,400 (lock game!!!)
Ed: $3,400
Laura: $3,600

CORYAT SCORES:

Jim: $16,000
Ed: $3,400
Laura: $4,600

FJ! CATEGORY: Phrase Origins.

Sails that ran free & fluttered without control caused a ship to stagger like a drunk, giving rise to this phrase.

ED:
Response: "What is Blowing in the Wind?"
Wager: ALL IN
BUST

LAURA:
Response: "What is Sheets to the Wind?"
Wager: $3,401
Final score: $199

JIM:
Response: "What is 3 Sheets to the Wind?"
Wager: $7,199
Final score: $21,599

JIM STEVENS IS NOW THE NINTH CONTESTANT EVER ON THIS SHOW TO WIN AT LEAST SIX STRAIGHT GAMES!!!! His new total: $140,600!!

DOND (NBC): Going for up to $2 Million tonight is Davon Clark from Dayton, OH (who is a barber). He wants to win enough so that his wife can quit working two jobs. Sometime during the game tonight, there will be a Banker Bonus involving basketball star Kobe Bryant. His case of destiny is #24.

ROUND 1:
1. #9- $25
2. #22- $5,000
3. #25- $50
4. #4- TWO MILLION DOLLARS
5. #15- $500
6. #13- $200,000

FIRST OFFER: $72,000- NO DEAL

ROUND 2:
1. #8- $300,000
2. #21- $300
3. #12- $400
4. #26- $100,000
5. #16- $75,000

SECOND OFFER: $44,000- NO DEAL

ROUND 3:
1. #10- BUCK
2. #20- PENNY
3. #7- $100
4. #11- $10,000

THIRD OFFER (after a banner with the contestant's picture on it with the word "MAN" displayed drops down; the word "WO" appears next to it!): $85,000- NO DEAL

ROUND 4:
1. #1- $500,000 (DANGER ZONE ENFORCED)
2. #14- $5
3. #6- $75

(Prior to the final pick of the fourth round, his grandmother appeared on the monitor.)

FOURTH OFFER: $95,000- NO DEAL

ROUND 5:
1. #2- $25,000
2. #17- $50,000 (STRIKE ONE)

FIFTH OFFER (after the WO sign is removed): $168,000- NO DEAL

21st PICK: #23- $200

SIXTH OFFER: $220,000- NO DEAL

22nd PICK: #19- $750

SEVENTH OFFER: $310,000- NO DEAL

TONIGHT'S BEAT THE BANKER-WINNING CASE: #2

23rd PICK: #18- $10 (LEFT SIDE CLEARED!)

EIGHTH OFFER: $383,000
BANKER BONUS: Two tickets to a LA Lakers home game, the right to attend Lakers training camp in Hawaii, the right to hang out with Kobe Bryant and an autographed pair of his shoes ($5,000)
TOTAL OFFER: $388,000
DECISION: DEAL

24th PICK: #5- ONE MILLION DOLLARS

Did he have the $400,000?...NO, HE HAD THE $1,000 INSTEAD, SO WE HAVE OUR THIRD STRAIGHT PERFECT DEAL IN PRIMETIME!!!

OH, AND CONGRATULATIONS ALSO TO LISA G. FROM MY HOMETOWN OF RICHMOND, VIRGINIA- SHE JUST WON $10,000 FROM THE BEAT THE BANKER GAME!!

"Million Dollar Password" rating

Last night's "Million Dollar Password" starring Betty White scored a 6.3 Fast Nielsen with an 11 share.

Source: The Futon Critic

"Deal" Christmas special rating

What possibly was the last Christmas "Deal or No Deal" episode on NBC was its lowest-rated Christmas episode yet- it scored a 3.8 Fast Nielsen with an 8 share.

Source: Zap2it.com

This Week in Game Shows: December 29- January 4

On the last week of 2008, here's what you can expect this week:

Jeopardy!: Here's the deal with Jim Stevens. He's already a five-time champ and the current season's biggest winner so far with $119,001. If he should win on Monday, no matter what happens the rest of the way out, he will become the final entrant in my 2008 Salute of Champions.

Deal or No Deal: In addition to the week's sydnicated episodes, there will be three primetime episodes this week- one of which is being played for up to $2 Million (Monday's)!

Bingo America: The last week of the show's second season.

Wheel of Fortune: Can they rebound from another dismal Happy Holidays Week?

Game Show In My Head: Joe Rogan returns to network television with this new Saturday night CBS game show.

Also, "The Contender" returns, plus catch the first "Million Dollar Password" of 2009. The 2008 Salute of Champions will begin on New Year's Day.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

The Week in Review: December 22-28

Players of the Week:
WINNER (TIE): Matt Zedwick ($227,000)("Deal or No Deal"- NBC) & Jim Stevens (season's first five-time champion on "Jeopardy!" with $119,001)
RUNNER-UP: Kristen Mortinsen ($68,000)("Deal or No Deal"- Sydnicated)
3RD PLACE: The Calhouns ($107,000)("Deal or No Deal"- NBC)

Other Big Winners and Notables:
Gloria Butler- $95,000 ("Deal or No Deal"- Sydnicated)
Dion McIntosh- $50,000 ("Rediscovered")
Cheryle Cann- $46,012 ("The Price is Right")
Milt Hathaway- $72,002 as two-day champ ("Jeopardy!")

ZONK ANSWER OF THE WEEK: During last Tuesday's episode of "Bingo America", on the very first question of that day's Bingo Shootout, Jeffrey rang in and thought Bingo was the Snow White dwarf that started with B. He went on to win the game and $1,354 despite this silly error.

"Million Dollar Password" 12/28

This is a way to end the year for "Million Dollar Password"- bringing back legend Betty White as a guest! Joining her tonight will be Adam Corolla. Now, we're pretty much assured that we're going to give away more money than last season, because we've already had three $100,000 winners. With Betty here tonight, will we finally get a winner of at least $250,000? Let's hope for the best.

In Game 1, joining Adam is Albany Irvin from Shreveport, LA (who is a corporate spokesperson) and getting Betty to start out with is Justin Root from Canton, OH (who is an elementary school teacher and an athlete, and his 20-year-old dream of playing "Password" with Betty White is coming true tonight!).

Just before the game starts, a clip of Allen Ludden's first nighttime "Password" episode since his marriage to Betty is shown!

ROUND 1:

ADAM & ALBANY:

1. NIGHTMARE
A: Elm- TREE
B: Street- OAK
C: Sleep- JASON
D: Horror- PASS (:15)

2. DOCTOR
A: Nurse- DOCTOR (1; :12)

3. SYRUP
A: Maple- OAK
B: Breakfast- SYRUP (2; :03)

4. SCISSORS
A: Cut- TIME EXPIRES

BETTY & JUSTIN:

1. SUN
A: Moon- SUN (1; :28)

2. SIX
A: Five- FOUR
B: Next- HAND
C: Five- SIX (2; :19)

3. SCHOOL
A: Students- PUPILS
B: Building- CLASSROOM
C: Building- SCHOOL (3; :10)

4. RUBBLE
A: Stretcher- AMBULANCE
B: Elastic- WAISTBAND
C: Tires- RUBBER (4; :02)

Password not quite gotten to: FOUNTAIN

ROUND 2:

ADAM & ALBANY:

1. FALL
A: Stand- LEMON
B: Fall (:24)

2. CENT
A: Penny- COIN
B: Value- CENT (3; :16)

3. SLAP
A: Hit- RUN
B: Hand- SLAP (4; :09)

4. DART
IMMEDIATE PASS (:06)

5. PITCHER
A: Baseball- GAME
B: Thrower- PITCHER (5; TIME EXPIRES)

BETTY & JUSTIN:

1. COMMERCIAL
A: Advertisement- MAGAZINE
B: Television- COMMERCIAL (5; :21)

2. CHAPEL
A: Church- STEEPLE
B: Marriage- WEDDING
C: Love- CHAPEL (6; :12)

3. DEW
A: Mist- HIT
B: Morning- FOG
C: Wet- DEW (7; TIME EXPIRES)

Fourth Password not gotten to: CREDIT

ROUND 3:

BETTY & ALBANY:

1. COFFEE
A: Tea- COFFEE (6; :28)

2. SPORT
A: Football- BASEBALL
B: Baseball- SPORT (7; :21)

3. HAND
A: Foot- ANKLE
B: Fingers- HAND (8; :17)

4. OWL
A: Hooter- BOOBS
B: Bird- OWL (9; :11)

5. CLEAVAGE
A: Boobs- NIPPLES
B: Division- BRA; CLEVAGE

ADAM & JUSTIN:

1. FROSTING
A: Cake- PIE
B: White- ICING
C: Almost- FROSTING (8; :20)

2. JAM
A: Jelly- PEANUT
B: Toast- JAM (9; :14)

3. KILT
A: Skirt- DRESS
B: Man- KILT (10; :09)

4. LISP
A: S- STAND
B: Cindy- CRAWFORD
C: Brady- MARCIA (TIME EXPIRES)

SCORES AFTER ROUND 3:

Justin: 10
Albany: 9

FINAL ROUND:

BETTY & ALBANY:

1. DRYER
A: Washer- DRYER (10; :28)

2. CAP
A: Baseball- FOOTBALL
B: Hat- CAP (11; :23)

3. LONDON
A: Paris- FRANCE
B: England- CAPITAL
C: Queen- KING; PASS (:08)

4. MOTORCYCLE
A: Harley- DAVIDSON
B: Type- MOTORCYCLE (12; TIME EXPIRES)

ADAM & JUSTIN (two to tie, three to win):

1. BEAR
A: Grizzly- BEAR (11; :28)

2. FEUD
A: Family- FEUD (12; :26)

3. SPRING
A: Summer- WINTER
B: Autumn- FALL
C: Forward- SPRING (WIN!)

Lucky for Justin, he'll play with Betty when going for the big money!

Money Round #1:

Level 1: Justin helps Betty get VERTICAL, KNIFE, SPRAIN, CATHOLIC & LIQUOR for $10,000.

Level 2: Justin & Betty solve PAST, GOLF, TRUTH, DOE & GRIN with 17 seconds left while missing BUNGEE, NAPKIN, ACCOUNT for $25,000.

Level 3: Justin gives the clues for Betty to solve MORTGAGE, JUDGE, AUDITION, GOLIATH & REPTILE to double up.

Level 4: They get ORGAN, SWARM...but no more, so Justin leaves with a lot of memories and $25,000. They missed POISION, BONNET & MAROON.

For Game 2, teaming up with Adam is Sebastian Davis from Nashville and joining Betty this time is Laura Howard from Houston, TX (who is a Spanish tutor).

ROUND 1: Adam & Sebastian screw up NORTH when Sebastian gives two answers, but then get DENTIST and CEREAL. Betty & Laura get RABBIT, NIGHT, CONSERVATIVE & PAPER while passing CHARIOT for a 4-2 lead.

ROUND 2: Adam & Sebastian get RABBI, SHIRT, get zapped on DRIZZLE when Sebastian gives "little bit" on his third clue, then solve TIARA while running out of time on STADIUM to go to 5. Betty & Laura are right on PACIFIC, HOOF, pass on CAPPUCCINO and run out of time on CHECKERS to take a 6-5 lead.

ROUND 3: Betty & Sebastian get HUSBAND, APPLE, FLORIST, BLACKBOARD and run out of time on WATERGATE; Adam & Laura nail PEPPER, immediately mess up on QUARTERBACK (Adam immediately gave "running back" as a clue), then answer HURRICANE and VALET to tie the game up at 9 apiece.

FINAL ROUND: Sebastian helps Betty get POOL, pass on LUNG & LEI and run out of time on BILLBOARD to make Sebastian's final score 10. Adam & Laura then solve EARLY & CASTLE to win the game with 11; Laura also gets Betty in the endgame!

Money Round #2:

Level 1: Laura helps Betty identify MOTHER, HOUR, NEST, FLAG and CLAM for $10,000; they messed up on SHAMROCK (Betty gave two answers on one turn) and passed on POLICE.

Level 2: Laura & Betty get PUMPKIN, SAND, CHEAP, PIRATE & UKULELE while missing HICKEY for the safe haven.

Level 3: Laura's team nails MELON, VALENTINE, KNOT, BICYCLE & SICK while immediately passing on INSURANCE and also passing on SALSA for $50,000.

Level 4: Betty & Laura immediately miss KARAOKE, then get DRACULA, POWER, BANKRUPT...but that's it, so Laura also leaves with $25,000 and we have our first losing show of the season. The other word they missed was SHADOW.

Next week, talk show host Craig Ferguson & female tennis star Serena Williams play to start the new year.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

"Go for the Green!"/SPIN ID 12/27

$5,000 SPIN ID OF THE NIGHT: SP09799

Now, for the third taped episode of "Go for the Green!" (and the last one of 2008).

TRIP AT STAKE: Lake Tahoe

1. What is "The Mean Green Streaming Machine"?

A: YouTube's solar server
B: MSNBC's wind turbine truck

Answer: MSNBC's wind turbine truck

2. What European city charges a congestion tax?

A: London
B: Rome

Answer: London

3. A Japanese garbage man has a business that:

A: Separates and sells recyclables
B: Turns food garbage into pig feed


Answer: Turns food garbage into pig feed

CONSERVATION QUESTION (with ten people left): Which "Wizard of Oz" character could produce biofuel?

A: Tin man
B: Scarecrow

Answer: Scarecrow

Since only five got that right, we move on.

CONSERVATION QUESTION #2 (for the second time ever): What restaurant offers meatless "unchicken" in Canada because of PETA criticism?

A: KFC
B: Arby's

Answer: KFC

Only one got that right, so we have our minimum six for Round 2: Ezra Flomm (an outdoor education teacher), Tony Moore (who plays the mascot for Winthrop University), Bernadette Waizaki (who is a volunteer cat cutler at an animal shelter), Jeff Buzzard (Youngstown, OH), Mark Lawrence (from California) and Nathalie Louise (also from California).

1. IN CONTROL: Bernadette
CATEGORY: Celebrities- TAKES QUESTION

What celebrity used 6.5 million gallons of water to irrigate their Jupiter Island home and got scolded by the Sierra Club as a result?

A: Gloria Estefan
B: Celine Dion
C: Shaquille O' Neal

GUESS: Gloria Estefan- INCORRECT (A: Celine Dion)

2. IN CONTROL: Mark
CATEGORY: Geography- CHALLENGES TONY

Which country is the #1 solar user in the world?

A: France
B: United States

C: Germany

GUESS: U.S.- NO (A: Germany)

3. IN CONTROL: Mark
CATEGORY: Inventions- CHALLENGES JEFF

Named after a famous inventor, the "Tesla" is the world's first electric what?

A: Sports car
B: Helicopter
C: Chainsaw

GUESS: Sports car- YOU BET

4. IN CONTROL: Nathalie
CATEGORY: Water-saving techniques- CHALLENGES EZRA (Jeff clinches Chain Game berth)

Orange County, CA started a water-saving program intended to do what?

A: Fining residents for taking showers longer than ten minutes
B: Banning bottled water sales by 2010
C: Turning toilet water into drinking water

GUESS: Turning toilet water into drinking water- ADVANCES TO CHAIN GAME

CHAIN GAME: Ezra won the coin toss and will go second. The theme tonight is objects that waste power while in standby mode, from least to most (according to the U.S. Department of Energy).

A: DVD player
B: Computer

C: Cordless phone
D: Rechargable toothbrush
E: Laser printer
F: Plasma TV
G: Video game console

JEFF'S FIRST ATTEMPT:

1. TV
2. Printer
3. Video game console
4. DVD player
5. Computer
6. Toothbrush
7. Phone

(Right away, Jeff accidentially knocked down the sixth stand!!!)

ALL WRONG- 38.7

SECOND TRY:

1. TV
2. DVD player
3. Printer
4. Video game console
5. Toothbrush
6. Phone
7. Computer

ALL WRONG AGAIN- 57.5

FINAL TRY:

1. TV
2. DVD player
3. Toothbrush
4. Video game console
5. Phone
6. Computer
7. Printer

#6 RIGHT- 71.2

Even though he didn't wipe out here, that's one of the worst Chain Game playings I've ever seen; Jeff didn't make many changes even though he got none right on each of his first two turns.

EZRA'S FIRST TRY:

1. Video game console
2. DVD player
3. Toothbrush
4. Computer
5. Printer
6. Phone
7. TV

WINNER (#7 RIGHT)- 45.3 LEFT

Because there's still a lot of time to kill, host Tom Green gives Ezra the chance to get the rest of the answers correct within 30 seconds. For each one of the other six he gets right, he wins $10.

1. Printer
2. Phone
3. Toothbrush
4. DVD player
5. Video game console
6. Computer
7. TV

He finishes with 2.9 left. Out of the remaining six...he gets the computer, phone and video game console correct for $30 in possible spending money. Correct order:

1. Toothbrush
2. Phone
3. DVD player
4. Printer
5. Video game console
6. Computer
7. TV

If I were playing this, I probably would've gotten this in one try.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Sydnicated "Deal" ratings news

In the week ending December 14th, the sydnicated "Deal or No Deal" posted a 1.9 live plus same day household rating for the week, up 6% from the previous week; it hit the 2 mark on December 10th.

Source: B & C

12/26/2008 Results

TPIR: This is Episode 4565K, the last day of this year's Christmas Week and the last new episode of 2008. We begin with Amy, Timothy, Jaime and Rick. Drew twirls his body around as soon as he comes out of Door #2 and the first IUFB is a men's Rolex watch worn by Rich himself!

Rick: $2,500
Jaime: $5,000 (STAGE WILLY)
Timothy: $3,500
Amy: $2,501

ARP: $4,200 (a new daytime IUFB record)

Timothy, originally from Chicago and now in Valencia, CA, could be wearing that really nice watch he just won in Spain (Brandi) after playing Pushover. Board:

967845036

His guess is $7,845...

967845036

...yes indeed! The price could've been either one of the last four prices in the line ($8,450, $7,845, $6,784 and $9,678)!

Fifth comes Silverio De La Torre (who may be related to former Triple Play winner Elva) and the second IUFB is a home theatre system (Brandi & Lanisha).

Silverio: $2,500
Amy: $1,300
Rick: $2,501
Jaime: $1,200

ARP: $1,500

Amy, a kindergarten teacher from Garden Grove, CA, plays Stack the Deck for a 2009 Pontiac G6 (Std., Mats)(Rachael). Board:

5206937

Lanisha is the game's model today.

1. Soup & Clorox bleach
TARGET: $2.19
PICK: Bleach- RIGHT; CHOOSES THIRD NUMBER ($ _ _ , 3 _ _)

2. HBP medicine & light bulb
TARGET: $5.99
PICK: HBP medicine- $6.99

3. Pancake mix & vegetable oil
TARGET: $4.99
PICK: Oil- CORRECT; CHOOSES FOURTH NUMBER ($ _ _ , 3 7 _)

Does she get $20,375 to win the car...NO, she missed the last number (she said 9 instead), apparently mishearing the audience's advice there.

Jennifer comes on down sixth and the third IUFB is cookware (Brandi).

Jennifer: $600
Rick: $400
Jamie: $900
Silverio: $650

ARP: $710

Silverio from El Monte, CA plays Secret X for an outdoor living room group and a 32" weatherproof HDTV, all worth $12,888 (Lanisha & Rachael). Here's his first X placement:

(X)(??)(--)
(--)(??)(--)
(--)(??)(--)

The SPs Brandi stands next by to today:

Robot tissue box: $15 or $30?
Office fish tank: $15 or $25?

He gets the tissue box at $15 but makes a possibly fatal error by also saying $15 for the fish tank when it's obviously $25. Final setup:

(X)(??)(--)
(--)(??)(--)
(--)(??)(X)

I hope that X's in the middle...

(X)(--)(--)
(--)(X)(--)
(--)(--)(X)

...and it is for a miracle win!

SHOWCASE SHOWDOWN #1:
Amy ($1,500): WINS $1,000!
Timothy ($12,045): WINS $1,000 ALSO!
Silverio ($13,613): Nickel + 80 = $.85

BONUS SPIN SPIN-OFF:
Amy: $.90
Timothy: $.80

Amy goes to the Showcase.

Leaving the crowd next is Julie Freund and the fourth IUFB is an exercise bike (Lanisha).

Julie: $700
Jennifer: $900
Rick: $901

Jaime: $1,300

ARP: $700, winning Julie a $500 bonus!

She now plays Check Game for thousands of dollars more plus a catameran (Rachael). She writes her check for just a grand, thinking that catameran's very expensive...but it's just $4,795, so the audience was right to groan at her. If only she had the original rules to play with...

Next is Jennifer Young and the next IUFB is a collection of power tools (Rachael).

Jennifer #2: $2,000
Jennifer #1: $800
Rick: $875
Jamie: $500

ARP: $1,140

Rick Davis, who has a family with five babies, plays That's Too Much for a Ford Fusion that they could all travel in (Lanisha).

1. $18,990
2. $20,841
3. $22,960- THAT'S TOO MUCH...YES INDEED!!

ARP: $21,775! He came close to stopping on each of the earlier two prices! And he said "That's the one" instead before saying the official magic words!

The last contestant to hear the magic words this year is Angel Alcaraz from the front row and the final IUFB is a snow sled collection (Rachael).

Angel: $450
Jamie: $400 (SUICIDE BID)
Jennifer #2: $700
Jennifer #1: $701

ARP: $580

TODAY'S FIRST FOUR BREAKFAST CLUB MEMBER: Jamie

Angel plays One Wrong Price for a wine cabinet (Rachael) marked at $2,795, a guitar (Lanisha) marked at $999 and an offroad bike (Brandi) marked at $2,599. He goes with yours truly on the guitar, because I personally think it's too cheap...but it's still $999! Tough luck. The wine cabinet actually cost $3,385.

SHOWCASE SHOWDOWN #2:
Angel ($580): 55 + 90 = DOH
Julie ($1,200): $.75
Rick ($22,915): 45 + 55 = WINS $1,000 AND SHOWCASE BERTH!

In Rick's Bonus Spin...a dime.

The first Showcase is all about feeling the need to go racing. First, race your friends in a new go-kart (Rachael). Second, you can race the powerful Corvettes at driving school while on a trip to Vegas (Brandi). Finally, when you're done testing out a Corvette in Vegas, drive this around your neighborhood for real- a 2009 Saturn Sky Red Line (Fairly loaded)(Lanisha)!

RICK BIDS $31,000 ON CAR SHOWCASE- STAGE GARF (Barely covers the car)

MY BID FOR CAR SHOWCASE: $37,500

For Amy, we have a well-being massage chair (Lanisha), a Pulaski bedroom (Brandi) and a hot tub (Rachael).

AMY BIDS $17,000 ON ROOM/SPA SHOWCASE

MY BID FOR ROOM/SPA SHOWCASE: $19,500

RICK'S SHOWCASE:
BID: $31,000
ARP: $49,989 (I think that Vegas trip was on steroids)
DIFFERENCE: $18,989

AMY'S SHOWCASE:
BID: $17,000
ARP: $24,802
DIFFERENCE: $7,802- WIN

That was a tough one for Rick (he said the Sky was his dream car), but he does leave with $23,915 in cash and prizes, including the other car. Amy wins today and $27,302 in cash and prizes.

Video clips of today's episode (both in HD quality):

Clip 1
Clip 2

DOND: Talk about a good week for the show on both versions. Last night, there were two PERFECT DEALS made during the two-hour Christmas episode for a combined total of $334,000. And despite a $100 win to start the week, $202,100 has been given away on the sydnicated version this week!

We wrap up the week today with #17 Theo Cooper (who is a mortgage broker and a realtor). He swaps out for #3.

ROUND 1:
1. #13 (Kimlee)- $200
2. #7 (Julie)- $25
3. #16 (Courtney)- $10
4. #6 (Barbara)- $75,000
5. #20 (Josh)- $500

OPENING OFFER: $22,500- NO DEAL

ROUND 2:
1. #19 (Dean)- BUCK
2. #8 (Machelle)- $50,000
3. #18 (Robin)- $400
4. #14 (Keith)- $25,000 (DANGER ZONE ENFORCED)
5. #10 (Cathy)- $1,000

SECOND OFFER: $27,500- NO DEAL

ROUND 3:
1. #22 (Kelly)- PENNY
2. #9 (Cynthia)- $300
3. #2 (Jina)- $500,000 (STRIKE ONE)
4. #15 (Roy)- $2,500

THIRD OFFER: $16,500- NO DEAL

ROUND 4:
1. #21 (Zaina)- $10,000
2. #12 (Amber)- $5,000

FOURTH OFFER: $24,000- NO DEAL

ROUND 5:
1. #1 (Christina)- $250,000 (STRIKE TWO)
2. #5 (Teresa)- $50

FIFTH OFFER: $11,000- NO DEAL

19th PICK: #4 (Jenna)- $7,500 (SAFETY NET GONE)

SIXTH OFFER: $24,000- NO DEAL

20th PICK: #17 (Ravyn)- OOPS!!! ($100,000)

He leaves with $40, making him the lowest winner so far on the daytime version of the show. His case had $100.

WOF: Thanks to last night's agonizing last second bonus round loss, we are in danger of being SCROOGED again on Happy Holidays Week. We haven't had a BONUS ROUND SHUTOUT all season long, but will tonight finally be the night? I hope not.

The first Toss-Up category is Show Biz:

_ O L I _ A Y

C _ N C E _ T

Simi solves HOLIDAY CONCERT for $1,000.

$5,000 WINNING ID OF THE NIGHT: JS02896

Let's meet the players:

Simi Akachiku (Birmingham, AL; her family originates from Nigeria)- UAB student studying Microbiology
Alexis Brunkovick (NYC; originally from Newtown, PA)- Ballet teacher for children aged 3-5 and a recent graduate from Marymount Manhattan College
Stephen Fodor (Del Rey Beach, FL)- Recent graduate from Florida Atlantic University and currently a customer service director and a volunteer referee/Board of Members panelist for a children's soccer club in his area

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

_ H _/N _ _ T H/_ O _ E

Simi knows THE NORTH POLE ties in nicely with this week's theme, taking her to $3,000.

After a Big Sky ski trip worth $9,900 goes on the wheel, Round 1 category is Food & Drink. Simi immediately calls a dud with T. Alexis hits the night's first Bankrupt to lose the $400 she earned from the R. Later, Simi calls three L's for the Wild Card; after she buys the I's and the O's, we have...

_ _ _ _ R O P S/&/

L O L L I P O P S

...she solves GUMDROPS & LOLLIPOPS for another $1,300 and $4,300 total.

DUDS: N, T
BANKRUPTS: 1 (Alexis)

(Tonight's first greeting message comes from the post production department.)

Campbell's Soup Jackpot/Prize Puzzle Round category is Thing. Alexis starts out with two T's for $1,800, then buys seven E's but she hits her second Bankrupt tonight. Stephen calls two F's a little later for $7,000. The board reads now:

THE/E _ _ E _ _ E _ _ E/_ F/

_/_ _ F E T _ _ E

He then calls a $700 N, then buys the I's, the O and then solves THE EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME for $7,700 and an experience of a lifetime in South Africa, a total of $16,680 in cash and trip.

BANKRUPTS: 1 (Alexis)

WINNING ID FOR TRIP: KG06661

(The final greeting message of the week comes from the crew.)

WorldWinner Mystery Round category is Song Lyrics. Stephen starts out with a dud of S. Simi then loses her Wild Card to a Bankrupt. After Alexis buys the A's, we have...

_ _ T/A/_ _ T T _ E/_ _ _ E/_ N/

_ _ _ _/_ E A _ T

...she calls the R's for another $800, a $900 H, and solves PUT A LITTLE LOVE IN YOUR HEART for $4,100.

DUDS: S
BANKRUPTS: 1 (Simi)

$3,000 Toss-Up category is Place:

G _ _ U N D

F L _ O _

Alexis solves GROUND FLOOR to go to $7,100. Next category is Phrase. After Alexis buys the O's, here's the board:

IT/_ _ _/_ O R T H/THE/

_ _ I T

She calls the W's for another $1,500 and then admits IT WAS WORTH THE WAIT for another $3,050 and $10,150 total.

Next category is Occupation. After starting with three R's for $2,400, Stephen hits Bankrupt. After Alexis buys a dud vowel in O, we go to Speed-Up Mode with the remaining consonants being worth $1,500 apiece. After Stephen calls the M...

M _ S T E R

_ _ R _ E _ T E R

...he solves MASTER CARPENTER to seal his match win with $18,180! Alexis leaves with $10,150 and Simi leaves with $4,300.

DUDS: O
BANKRUPTS: 1 (Stephen)

Big Money Round: Scrooge is knocking on the door of Sony Pictures Studios; let's see if Stephen can close the door on him after this endgame. He spins the N in WIN and the category is Thing. Starting with:

S _ _ R _

_ _ R _ E

He calls CDMA and gets...

S _ A R _

C _ R _ E

...we were on a SHARP CURVE in terms of excitement when Michelle Lowenstein became a millionaire on this show...











...BUT NOW WE'VE GONE ON A DOWNHILL CURVE- HE CAN'T SOLVE THIS PUZZLE FOR $30,000, MEANING FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW, WE'VE BEEN SCROOGED ON CHRISTMAS WEEK (and it's also the first BONUS ROUND SHUTOUT all season long). Doggone it!

Jeopardy!: Jim Stevens has a chance to become the season's first five-time champion tonight- that would be a nice post-Christmas present for the show's fans. Also, he has a chance to become the biggest winner of the season so far. Remember, the mark to beat is Ben Bishop's $115,800. Here are his two challengers tonight:

Mikey Stewart (Cambridge, MA)- Economist
Cathy Flannigan (Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada)- Administrator

Opening categories:

THE CONSTITUTION TODAY
SINGERS' RHYME TIME
NUMERICAL PHRASES
GLASS & GLASSMAKING
"MO" BETTER
FAMOUS RAYS

Right away, Stevens tries for a sweep of the glass category. Here's the final clue in it:

As a gift to the Kennedy Center, Sweden donated eighteen 15-feet-long crystal chandeliers made by this company.

Stewart's in first for the spoil with "What is Tiffany?"...but that's incorrect, so he's a grand in the red. The sweep doesn't happen for the champ, because this is the night's first Triple Stumper. Correct: What is Orford's Crystal? At the first break, the champ has three grand while Flannigan has $1,200 and Stewart's still a grand in the hole. Stewart then gets the $800 Constitution clue and then finds the Daily Double under the $1,000 clue there with -$200. He bets face value ($1,000). To get out of the hole:

In June 2008, the Supreme Court said that this amendment grants an individual, not just a collective, right.

"What is the 1st Amendment?"...he was one off- it was the 2nd Amendment, putting him at $1,800 in the hole for the moment. At the end of the round, Stevens is still ahead with $7,000. Flannigan has $4,200 and Stewart's now just $200 in debt.

ROUND 1 LACH TRASH: $2,400

DJ! Categories:

GERMANIA
1890s CINEMA
THE OLD REALTOR'S ALMANAC

PRESIDENTIAL RUNNERS-UP (the winner of each election must be given on each clue)
DOUBLE LETTERS
FAMOURS RAYS (second appearance tonight)

Stewart is right on the $400 1890s Cinema clue to immediately go to $200 on the good side, and then goes Daily Double Hunting. Later, he's trying to sweep the presidential category with this $800 clue:

1952 & 1956: Adlai Stevenson

The champ rings in first instead with "Who is Eisenhower?"...correct for a successful spoil and go to $13,400; Stewart's at $8,600 and second place now. With only Germania and The Old Realtor's Almanac left, here are the scores now:

Jim: $15,400
Cathy: $3,800
Mikey: $9,000

Stewart's still on the big comeback trail, as he's in control now. He picks the $1,600 Old Realtor's Almanac clue, still going Daily Double Hunting:

A handy chart shows the sale prices of similar homes in the area, knowm by this one-syllable term.

TRIPLE STUMPER: Comps

$1,600 GERMANIA CLUE:

DAAAAAAAAAAAAIIIIIIIIIILLLLLLLLLLLYYYY DOUBLE #1! He's wagering $6,400. To tie the game or be in big trouble from here on out, here's the clue:

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's this German equivalent of a Superman.

"What is Ubermensch?"...TIE GAME!

$2,000 ALMANAC CLUE

There are tips on how to tell when a home's owner is in this first step toward foreclosure.

Cathy: "What is default?"- CORRECT ($5,800); $400 GERMANIA CLUE

Enjoy a concert in the Beethovenhalle in this former German capital.

Cathy: "What is Bonn?"- RIGHT ($6,200); $800, SAME CATEGORY

Before the Euro, Germany used this official currency with a two word name.

Mikey: "What is the Deutsche Mark?"- RIGHT FOR THE LEAD ($16,200); $1,200 ALMANAC CLUE

DAAAAAAAAAAAAAIIIIIIIIIIILLLLLLLLYYYY DOUBLE #2! He wagers four grand this time.

Let's check the commission chart-- a standard 6% of the $500,000 price and half goes to me as seller's agent, so I get this sum.

"What is $3,000?"...NO- HE JUST LOST THE LEAD BACK. It was five times that- $15,000. He's down to $12,200.

$2,000 GERMANIA CLUE

This city on the main river was where the Holy Roman emperors were crowned beginning around 1356.

TRIPLE STUMPER: Frankfurt

$1,200 GERMANIA CLUE

The German title of this 18th Century opera is "Die Zauberflote".

Cathy: "What is The Magic Flute?"- CORRECT ($7,400); TIME EXPIRES

DJ! LACH TRASH: $7,200

SCORES AFTER DOUBLE JEOPARDY!:

Jim: $15,400
Cathy: $7,400
Mikey: $12,200

CORYAT SCORES:

Jim: $15,400
Cathy: $7,400
Mikey: $12,400

What was once a shootout between the men has now become anybody's game.

FJ! CATEGORY: Historic Names.

A recent biography of this 13th Century man is subtitled "From Venice to Xanadu".

Flannigan's response was "Who is Marco Polo?"...correct for $4,801, taking her to $12,201. Mr. Stewart, our possible big comeback kid tonight...is also right and wagers a kinda oddball $5,860, taking him to $18,060. Did Mr. Stevens get it right?...











...YES, AND WITH A $9,001 WAGER, HE'S THE SEASON'S FIRST FIVE-TIME CHAMPION AND IS NOW THE LARGEST WINNER OF THE SEASON SO FAR WITH $119,001!!!!

Bingo America: We wrap up the next-to-last week of the season with Episode 2019. Our players are Vanessa & Paul.

GAME 1:
1 (B13)- After failing a character test, Snoop Dogg was banned from entering what "Land Down Under"?
PAUL: Australia- RIGHT (B----; $513)
2 (G52)- If London Bridge were falling down, it would fall into what British river?
PAUL: Thames- RIGHT AGAIN (B--G-; $565)
3 (B11)- What quirky TV lawyer wore short skirts and kept seeing dancing babies?
PAUL TAKES TOO LONG
VANESSA: Ally McBeal- CORRECT (B----; $576)
4 (G51)- The amount of greenhouse gases a person produces is known as what type of footprint?
VANESSA: Carbon footprint- RIGHT AGAIN (B--G-; $627)
5 (N41)- What Liberace of Rock & Roll sang "Crocodile Rock"?
PAUL: Elton John- RIGHT (B-NG-; $668)

HALFTIME

6 (O72)- Performing daredevil stunts, the world-famous Lipazaners are what kind of white animals?
PAUL: Polar bears- NO
DOUBLE STUMPER #1: Horses
7 (N32)- Stale Fish and Seran Wrap are tricks invented by Tony Hawk for what sport?
PAUL: Skateboarding- YOU BET ($700)
8 (O63)- Bridal veils and tutus are often made of what semi-sheer net fabric?

PAUL: Tafania- INCORRECT
VANESSA: Tulle- RIGHT (B--GO; $763)
9 (I21)- On June 6, 1944, "Allied Assualt on the Beaches of Normandy" is referred to as what day?
PAUL: D-Day- RIGHT (BING-; $784)
10 (N38)- In what musical does Jean Valjean is pursued by a French policeman named Javert?
PAUL: "Les Miserables"- RIGHT AGAIN ($822)

50/50:
11 (O69)- T or F: After the Bible, "Quotations from Chairman Mao" is the best-selling book in the world.
VANESSA: False- LOSE

(As a late Christmas present from the GSN PR department, I just got a copy of the "Bingo America" DVD game like all of Paul's rooting section members did.)

GAME 2:
1 (I22)- What Minneapolis artist released the 1984 album "Purple Rain"?
PAUL: Prince- RIGHT (-I---; $844)
2 (N36)- From the Italian word for "mask", what cosmetic is used to darken eyelashes?
PAUL: Mascara- RIGHT AGAIN (-IN--; $880)
3 (O74)- In 1978, actress Michelle Pfieffer was crowned the beauty queen of what region known as The O.C.?
PAUL: Orange County- RIGHT AGAIN (-IN-O; $954)
4 (O73)- What ancient arena in Rome had a huge, retractable awning to protect spectators?
PAUL: Colisseum- FOUR IN A ROW ($1,027)
5 (I19)- What American male super swimmer holds 14 Olympic gold medals, the most ever?
PAUL: Michael Phelps- FIVE IN A ROW ($1,046)
6 (G56)- Elian Gonzalez was rescued off the Florida coast in 1999, only to be returned to what country?
VANESSA: Cuba- CORRECT (---G-; $1,102)
7 (G50)- What 1992 movie starred Whoopi Goldberg as a nun on the run?
PAUL: "Sister Act"- RIGHT (-INGO; $1,152)
8 (N38)- This year, California law made it illegal for drivers to use what device unless it's hands-free?
PAUL: Cell phone- RIGHT AGAIN ($1,190)
9 (B11)- "La Marseillaise" is the national anthem for what country?
PAUL: France- WINS MATCH ($1,201)

Bingo Bonus Round (with the 0-1-3-6-10 wrecking ball format):

B: #1- $1,000
I: #24- $2,000 ($3,000)
N: #33- $3,000 ($6,000)

G: #59- WRECKING BALL

What I didn't see yesterday

Besides yesterday's "Wheel of Fortune" episode, here's what else I couldn't get to see on Christmas Day due to NBA coverage:

-Nobody got FJ!, but Jim Stevens did win his fourth game on "Jeopardy!" with $21,599. His four-day total is now $94,600 heading into tonight's episode. Not only could he become the season's first five-time champion, he also could become the biggest winner of the season (the season high mark is $115,800 by Ben Bishop).

-On Thursday's sydnicated "Deal or No Deal" episode, contestant Vanessa Cease took the final offer of $39,000. But she missed out on $100,000.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Tonight's Christmas "Wheel" episode

Here are both parts of the Christmas Day episode of "Wheel of Fortune" that was pre-empted in some areas (including mine). Thanks, Wayoshi, for posting it!

Part 1
Part 2

"Deal or No Deal" Christmas Spectacular 2008

Tonight's Beat the Banker at-home game is worth $50,000! The models will be holding numbered gift boxes instead of the usual suitcases tonight.

Our first players tonight are The Calhouns from California- James (the father of 13 kids), Gina (daughter) & Joshua (son). They want to win a lot so that they can expand their house. Their box of destiny is #13, delivered by a youngster instead of Leyla.

Now, let me point out that for both games tonight, the nine lowest-valued boxes will also contain the names of Santa's nine reindeer. If all of those are eliminated, the contestant (s) will win a $25,000 bonus!

ROUND 1 (Gina):
1. #17- $10,000
2. #4- $100 (Blitzen)
3. #3- $500,000
4. #23- $750,000
5. #19- $25 (Comet)
6. #22- $500

FIRST OFFER: $39,000- NO DEAL

AUDIENCE GIFT #1: Slingbox Solo

ROUND 2 (James):
1. #20- $25,000
2. #9- $50 (Dasher; James drops the phone!!!)
3. #5- $5,000
4. #8- $75,000
5. #16- $50,000

SECOND OFFER: $52,000- NO DEAL

AUDIENCE GIFT #2: 2008 Holiday Barbie, $100 Barbie Collection gicft certificate and a Timex diamond accented watch

AUDIENCE GIFT #3: Microsoft Zune

ROUND 3 (Joshua):
1. #10- BUCK (Prancer)
2. #18- ONE MILLION DOLLARS
3. #11- $10 (Dancer)
4. #2- $75 (Cupid)

THIRD OFFER: $29,000- NO DEAL

ROUND 4 (Gina):
1. #15- $300,000 (DANGER ZONE ENFORCED)
2. #7- $300
3. #1- $200,000 (STRIKE ONE)

FOURTH OFFER: $21,000- NO DEAL

AUDIENCE GIFT #4: The Singing Machine karaoke machine

ROUND 5 (James):
1. #25- $400
2. #12- $750

FIFTH OFFER (after snow is dumped in the Banker's room!!!): $38,000- NO DEAL

21st PICK (Joshua): #6- $200 (Donner)

SIXTH OFFER: $72,000- NO DEAL

22nd PICK (Gina): #21- $100,000 (STRIKE TWO; SAFETY NET GONE)

SEVENTH OFFER: $61,000- NO DEAL

AUDIENCE GIFT #5: VIP annual pass to SeaWorld w/ five free car rentals from Budget Car Rental

23rd PICK (James): #24- $1,000

EIGHTH OFFER: $107,000- DEAL

Did they have the $400,000...NO, they had $5 (Vixen)! And they made a PERFECT DEAL, because Joshua's next pick of #26 had $400,000! Of course, Rudolph's attached to the penny.

AUDIENCE GIFT #6: Sleep number bed

Tonight's other contestant is Matt Zedwick from Corrallis, OR (who is a Oregon State student and a Silver Star and Purple Heart recepient; the family comes out in a Just Married sleigh!). He wants to win enough so that he can buy a house and take full care of his new bride. The box he wants to keep is #6.

ROUND 1:
1. #11- WIPEOUT ($1,000,000)
2. #25- PENNY (Rudolph)
3. #19- $25,000
4. #7- $10 (Comet)
5. #15- $75,000
6. #3- $100,000

FIRST OFFER: $43,000- NO DEAL

AUDIENCE GIFT #7: Sony Mylo

ROUND 2:
1. #16- BUCK (Cupid)
2. #21- $5,000
3. #10- $50 (Donner)
4. #12- $750
5. #14- $200 (Vixen)

SECOND OFFER: $91,000- NO DEAL

AUDIENCE GIFT #8: Two tickets to L.A. premiere of "Marley & Me" & $100

AUDIENCE GIFT #9: "Guitar Hero: World Tour"

ROUND 3:
1. #2- $5 (Dancer)
2. #4- $300
3. #23- $1,000
4. #26- $100 (Blitzen)

THIRD OFFER: $145,000- NO DEAL

(Footage of Matt & Kristin's wedding ceremony is then shown with the pastor using the "Deal or No Deal" line!)

ROUND 4:
1. #22- $750,000
2. #1- $500
3. #9- $25 (Dasher)

FOURTH OFFER: $154,000- NO DEAL

AUDIENCE GIFT #10: XBOX 360

ROUND 5:
1. #13- $50,000
2. #8- $300,000 (DANGER ZONE ENFORCED)

FIFTH OFFER: $132,000- NO DEAL

21st PICK: #17- $75 ($25,000 BONUS!)

TONIGHT'S $50,000-WINNING BEAT THE BANKER CASE: #3

SIXTH OFFER: $188,000- NO DEAL

22nd PICK: #5- $200,000 (STRIKE ONE)

SEVENTH OFFER: $202,000- DEAL

Head-scratching decision there. Let's see how wise it was.

23rd PICK: #24- $500,000
OFFER: $102,000

24th PICK: #20- $10,000
FINAL OFFER: $187,000

Do we have another PERFECT DEAL tonight...YES (his box had $400)!!! He's going home with $227,000! Best Christmas "Deal" episode ever!

FINAL AUDIENCE GIFT: Dish Network HD system w/one year's worth of free service