Thursday, January 15, 2009

1/15/2009 Results

TPIR: Amanda Week rolls on with today's first four contestants- Jonas Wadler, Barbara Hennessey, Nathan Lubben and Rebecca Jeffers. When the intro begins, the music doesn't start at the right place. Drew comes out after setting his glasses and the first IUFB is a 42" LCD TV with Drew on it (Amanda).

Rebecca: $1,100
Nathan: $1,500
Barbara: $1,850
Jonas: BUCK

ARP: $1,499

Since Nathan was over by a buck, Rebecca, a secretary from Pottsboro, TX, will play (It's) In the Bag (Rachael & Tamiko). Today's items are Downy, soup, the Hot Pockets value pack, Orbit gum, Ester-C (500 mg) and Pillsbury Funfetti cake frosting. Her guesses as follows:

$19.39: Ester-C
$1.29: Soup
$3.29: Frosting (she also wanted the Hot Pockets here)
$6.99: Bleach
$5.25: Hot Pockets

The only item I'm worried about is the $3.29 item; my first instinct was the gum. The first two are right for $2,000. She goes on with the frosting...Jennifer, I hope you pay her a lot to calm her down, because the $3.29 item was actually the gum, so she loses. The last two items were correct.

Representing the Marines in Contestant's Row now is Kevin Brown and the second IUFB being brought on the tugboat (Rachael) is a wine cooler (Brandi).

Kevin: $750
Nathan: $900
Barbara: $2,500
Jonas: $901

ARP: $1,599

After Jonas jumps in Drew's lap, he plays Money Game for a 2009 Honda Civic Hybrid (Std., Nav., Seats, Net)(Tamiko). Board:

(50)(37)(27)
(25)(85)(63)
(45)(96)(26)

MIDDLE NUMBER: 7 ($ _ _ , 7 _ _)

He starts out with 25...but that's worth $25. He then goes to 26...that's the front of the car ($ 2 6 , 7 _ _). He then picks 85 for another $85. He then goes with his gut, 96, hoping to shoot down the Front and Back Trick...he does it for the $26,796 Honda and $110 in gas money! Too bad he doesn't do as much bodily harm on Drew than when he first got on stage.

(It also would've taken me two chances to get the front of the car; I would've lost, because I then would've chosen 37, 45 and 63 for the back of the car.)

Video Bonus: Today's second IUFB and Money Game playing (HD)

Coming on down sixth is Janice Lynsky and the third IUFB is golf clubs (Rachael).

Janice: $899
Kevin: $1,300
Nathan: $1,800
Barbara: $599

ARP: $2,175

For the second week in a row, after somebody wins a golf-themed prize just for winning an IUFB, somebody's playing Pick a Number for another golf-related prize. In Nathan's case, after winning those golf clubs, he could be using them on a trip to Pebble Beach (Rachael). With Brandi handling the choices today, here's the board:

$ 6 _ 1 5

NUMBERS AVAILABLE: 2, 4 & 6

His guess for the trip is $6,415...he just got fingered BIG TIME- the ARP is actually $6,615! Ugh. I would've gone with $6,215.

SHOWCASE SHOWDOWN #1:
Rebecca ($1,499): $.80
Nathan ($2,175): 50 + Nickel = $.55 (he had no luck today)
Jonas ($28,505): 65 + 40 = OVER

Rebeca goes to the Showcase to maybe go for a trailer.

Getting the next call from Rich is Erwing Roa and the fourth IUFB is a pair of iPods (Amanda & Brandi).

Erwing: $450
Barbara: $150 (STUPID BID)
Janice: $485
Kevin: $151 (STUPID BID)

Almost by default, Janice wins with the ARP being $498.

She now plays One Right Price for Calvin Klein accessories (Rachael) and a Dell computer system (Brandi). Tamiko has today's ORP of $2,708; Janice's guess is the accessories...only $1,803.

Next is Ebony King and the next IUFB is an air hockey table (Rachael & Tamiko).

Ebony: $1,090
Kevin: $1,091
Erwing: $800
Barbara: $400


ARP: $925

Erwing comes up and high fives Drew so hard that he fakes like he's going to fall down! Then, he plays Check Game for some money and a queen-size bed (Amanda). Brandi handles the big check today. He writes his check for four grand. That bed must be $3,000-$4,000 for him to win...but it's $4,051, so he's over by just $51.

Sheila D'Anna is the day's last participant and the final IUFB is a freestanding waterfall (Brandi). Barbara's been here the entire show; now would be a good time to get on stage, because whoever wins this goes for the day's other Honda.

Sheila: $999
Barbara: $500
Ebony: $475
Kevin: $501 (bad news for Barbara)

ARP: $1,000

TODAY'S BREAKFAST CLUB MEMBER: Barbara

Since she was off by just a buck (by listening to her daughter's advice from home), Sheila will play Cover Up for a 2009 Honda Accord LX Sedan (Std., AT, Mats, WLock)(Rachael). Board:

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

She doesn't like this game. Her first guess is $21,739...first three numbers are right. Second try is $21,773...she loses; at least she was honest about not liking this game. ARP: $21,752.

SHOWCASE SHOWDOWN #2:
Janice: 50 + 15 = $.65
Erwing: $.85
Sheila: 55 + 75 = OVER

Erwing will try to erase that tough Check Game loss in the Showcase; Rebecca gets the Top Winner spot there.

The first Showcase addresses things you get tired of. First, if you're tired of cooking meat on the ground, try cooking it on a new BBQ (Brandi). Second, if you're tired of walking to get to a certain place, stay home and walk a while on a new treadmill (Tamiko). Finally, if you're tired of snow skiing, try water skiing with a new Sea Doo Challenger ski boat (Rachael).

REBECCA PASSES TO ERWING; ERWING BIDS $23,000 ON BOAT SHOWCASE

MY BID FOR BOAT SHOWCASE: $28,888

For Rebecca, we have an Aico dining room (Brandi), an ebony upright piano (Tamiko) and a trip to China (Amanda).

REBECCA BIDS $21,000 ON ROOM/TRIP SHOWCASE

MY BID FOR ROOM/TRIP SHOWCASE: $25,000

ERWING'S SHOWCASE:
BID: $23,000
ARP: $26,588

DIFFERENCE: $3,588

REBECCA'S SHOWCASE:
BID: $21,000
ARP: $24,711

DIFFERENCE: $3,711- LOSES BY $123

Erwing barely gets his redemption with a grand total of $27,513 in prizes. But the day's only Pricing Game winner, Jonas, is the day's top winner.

WOF: Last night, despite a ton of early bad luck (including seven Bankrupts and four Lose a turns), just $30 shy of $92,000 in cash and trip was given away, including $69K cash to last night's champion, Charlie Bell. Let's see if we can do just as well, maybe better, tonight and not have as much bad luck along the way. Here comes tonight's first Toss-Up category, Thing:

T _ _ V _ L

L O _

Despite inadvertantly blurting out the answer before she was called on, Sue's in first and solves TRAVEL LOG for $1,000.

$5,000 WINNING ID OF THE NIGHT: RM03311

Here are tonight's players:

Sue Beckman (Ft. Meyers, FL)- County customer service representative
Weston Hunley (Chadler, AZ)- Coast Guard engineer and a fireman
Christina Jarvie (Spokane, WA)- Part-time fitness instructor and stay-at-home mom

$2,000 Toss-Up category is Song Title, and it's a one-liner:

T _ E/W _ _ _ E R E R

Sue carelessly goofs with THE WARRIOR. Weston then solves THE WONDERER for $2,000.

Round 1 category is Person and out on the wheel this time is a trip to the Cook Islands at the Crown Beach Resort & Spa worth $9,030. Weston hits a Bankrupt after calling a $900 T. In the middle of the round, Christina picks up the Free Spin with a G. After she later buys the A's, here's the board:

A _ A R _ - _ I N N I N G/_ _ I _ _ R E N ' S/

_ _ _ _/A _ T _ _ R

Christina then makes a one-word puzzle mistake with AWARD-WINNING CHILDREN'S BOOK ACTOR, prompting her to use the Free Spin. She then calls the W's for $600, buys the U and the O's, and gets AWARD-WINNING CHILDREN'S BOOK AUTHOR correct this time for $5,350.

BANKRUPTS: 1 (Weston)

Campbell's Soup Jackpot Round category is Same Name. After Christina buys the I, we have...

T _ I _ E - _ _ _ E _/&/_ _ _ _ H/

_ _ T _ T _

...but she then calls the night's first dud with G. Sue calls the P for the trip, then a $500 D while on Jackpot. An $8,700 Jackpot's on the line...but she can't do it and then calls a dud in L. Weston immediately hits Lose a Turn. Back to Christina, she calls the C's for another $900 and solves TWICE-BAKED & COUCH POTATO to win twice that amount and go to $7,150.

DUDS: G, L

Meineke Mystery/Prize Puzzle Round category is Place. After Sue calls the D, we have...

_ _ _ _ _/_ _/A/_ R _ A D _ A _/

THEATER

...she buys three O's to clean out the vowels. She then calls three B's for the Million Dollar Wedge and the board now reads...

_ O B B _/O _/A/BROAD _ A _/

THEATER

...she then calls a $300 W but then spins the night's second Lose a Turn to likely burn up her million dollar hopes. Weston gets the same thing for the second time tonight (also the night's third overall), then Christina solves LOBBY OF A BROADWAY THEATER for another $350 and the trip to NYC with accomodations at the Hotel Alex plus tickets to "The Marvelous Wonderettes", making her new total in cash and trip $15,265.

DUDS: I, N
BANKRUPTS: 1 (Weston)

WINNING ID FOR TRIP: SR4840762

$3,000 Toss-Up category is Rhyme Time:

S W E _ T

_ R E A T

Christina goes to $18,265 after solving SWEET TREAT. Speed-Up Round category is Event and consonants are worth $1,700 apiece. After Christina calls the D...

_ N/E N O R M O _ S/

_ N D E R T _ _ I N G

...she takes care of AN ENORMOUS UNDERTAKING for another $11,900 and the championship with $30,165 in cash and trip! Weston had a ton of bad luck, but he does leave with twice the house minimum ($2,000), while Sue gets the $1,000 house minimum (she only solved the first Toss-Up).

DUDS: F, H, L

Big Money Round: Minus that late Round 1 puzzle goof, Sue's a good player; let's see if she can win either the BMW or the $100,000 here tonight. She spins the S in AMERICA'S and the category is Thing. Starting with:

_ _ _ L _ R _ _ _

_ L _ N

She needs some good help in that top word. Her choices are B, C, M and A and she gets...

_ _ _ L _ R _ _ _

_ L A N

...the O was what she needed to call as her vowel; without the O's, she doesn't come up with the FOOLPROOF PLAN for another $30,000. The F's might've also helped her.

Jeopardy!: The new champion is a Virginian- Greg Jones (a college instructor from Chincoteague Island, VA)! He's won $23,201 so far. For his first title defense, he faces:

Bill Menezes (Denver)- Non-profit director
Meagan Grote (Lakeland, FL)- Bookseller

Opening categories:

BOOKS & AUTHORS
CAR TALK
A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS
ELVIS COSTELLO
PUMP IT "UP"
NIGARA FALLS (video clues starring Alex himself)

Jones hits the Daily Double on the fourth clue of the night, the $800 Books & Authors clue with $800; he leads Menezes early on by half that amount, while Grote's waiting to get on the board. He wagers the full $1,000 on this:

The first line of his 1951 novel mentions a "lousy childhood...and all that David Copperfield kind of crap".

He can't come up with J.D. Salinger in time, so he drops to $200 in the hole. At the first break, he's back to $400 on the good side; Grote now has $800 and Menezes has a solid lead at $3,200.
After the round...

Greg: $3,600
Meagan: $4,600
Bill: $5,200


...this game's gotten a lot tighter now.

ROUND 1 LACH TRASH: $1,000

DJ! Categories:

MEDIEVAL PHILOSOPHY
DANCE!
I WAS HIS VEEP

FUN WITH ASTROLOGY
MISSING ELEMENTS (the name of a chemical combination is given, along with some of the equation; the players have to come up with the right missing element)
YOU GET AN "F"

Grote gets the round's first Daily Double under the $1,600 Medieval Philosophy clue with $6,200 now, leading Menezes for second by $200; the champ now leads with eight grand. Her wager is $2,000. For the lead:

A major figure in logic and semantics, he's best known for falling in love with a student.

"Who is Abalar?"...that's $8,200 and the lead for her! Later, she beats the men in finding the other one under the $2,000 Astrology clue, now with $13,800. The champ has ten grand and Menezes has eight. Her wager is $2,000 again, this time on the following:

The two signs each made up of two separate but identical creatures.

"What are Gemini...and Pisces?"...those are the two to go to $15,800!

DJ! LACH TRASH: $5,600

SCORES AFTER DOUBLE JEOPARDY!:

Greg: $14,400
Meagan: $17,400
Bill: $10,800

CORYAT SCORES:

Greg: $14,200
Meagan: $17,000
Bill: $10,800


Another goodie this week.

FJ! CATEGORY: Writer/Directors.

His headstone, using a line from one of his scripts, says, "I'm a writer but then nobody's perfect".

Bill Menezes struggled with this one, and he's incorrect with "Who is Alfred Hitchcock?", dropping him to two bucks. The champ wrote down "Who is Billy Wilder?"...right to add everything but a buck, so he now has $28,799! As for the lady, Meagan Grote...











...she's right as well and with an $11,500 wager, wins the championship by $101 at $28,900! Greg Jones, you go home with $25,201; hope you had fun.

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