WOF: Here comes the night's first Toss-Up with the category of On the Map:
Q _ A _ _ I C O
V _ _ _ _ _ _ A
I've never heard of QUANTICO VIRGINIA as a city, but Jeff gets it pretty quickly for $1,000.
$5,000 WINNING ID OF THE NIGHT: NR02619
Jeff Delzer (Chesapeake, VA!)- U.S. Navy lieutenant and radiation health officer
Amporn Lornigrino (Sacramento)- Corporal tactical data network specialist
Mark Wilby (Lakewood, CA)- U.S Coast Guard machinery technician
Well, now I know why Jeff got the first Toss-Up so quickly!
$2,000 Toss-Up category is Show Biz:
O _ _ - A C T
_ _ _ Y
Amporn's in first with my guess of ONE-ACT ONLY...incorrect. Jeff then gets ONE-ACT PLAY to triple his money.
Round 1 category is People and out on the wheel now is a $6,250 trip to the Bahamas. In the middle of the round, Amporn calls four S's for $10,000. After buying the I, she calls a dud in H. Mark then calls the R's for $2,700 and we have...
D R I _ _ R S/AND/_ A S S _ N _ _ R S
...he then buys the E's and solves DRIVERS AND PASSENGERS for $2,450.
DUDS: H, T
Caltrate Jackpot Round category is Before & After. After Mark calls the G for the trip, we have...
_ _ G _ - _ E E _ E D
_ _ _ T/_ A M _
...I thought I knew at least the second half of the puzzle, but I don't now. He buys a couple of O's next, then calls a B for the Million Dollar Wedge, but he then spins Lose a Turn. Jeff calls an $800 P and buys the I to clean out the vowels, then calls a $300 C, a $300 L, then after calling the H's for another $900 solves HIGH-HEELED BOOT CAMP to void Mark's MDW and win Jeff another $2,050, giving him $5,050 total.
IHOP Mystery/Prize Puzzle Round category is Living Things. After Mark buys the I's to clean out the vowels, we have...
SEA/OTTERS/S _ I M M I N _/NEAR/
I _ E _ E R _ S
...but he spins Lose a Turn for the second straight round. Jeff calls an $800 W, the G's to triple that amount, but he then spins Lose a Turn as well. Amporn calls a $600 C and solves SEA OTTERS SWIMMING NEAR ICEBERGS to win that amount plus a trip to Alaska, a total of $6,800 in cash and trip; she leads slightly for the moment.
WINNING ID FOR TRIP: SS27388
$3,000 Toss-Up category is Song Title:
_ N _ _ _ _ S
A W _ I G H
Jeff sweeps the Toss-Ups with ANCHORS AWEIGH (the Navy's offical theme song), giving him a new total of $8,050 and the lead back!
After a little work by Jeff (including a $5,000 H), Speed-Up Round category is Phrase and consonants are worth $1,350 a pop; this will decide it. After Amporn calls the N's, we have...
THE/T E N _ _ N/_ _/
_ _ _ N T _ N _
...for another $5,400 and the win...nothing. Mark duds out with R. Jeff also duds out with G. Back to Amporn, she calls a G but blanks. Mark calls the M but has the same result. Jeff calls another dud in P. Amporn calls the S's to leave only vowels left and solves THE TENSION IS MOUNTING for another $9,450 and the championship with $16,250 in cash and trip. Jeff leaves with $8,050 and Mark leaves with $2,450.
DUDS: C, G, P, R
Big Money Round: She spins the A in GAME and the category is Phrase. Starting with:
_ _ _ R
E N _ _ _ _
I know it already. She calls H, M, C and A and gets...
_ A _ R
E N _ _ _ H
...FAIR ENOUGH, she's the second Winnebago loser this week.
TPIR: Some of this episode was pre-empted due to Obama. We began Episode 4574K with Quiana Ramos, Dennis Kelley, Natalie Pinset & Michael Ortiz. After Drew made another late entrance, the first IUFB was a portable spa (Amber).
Dennis from Bakersfield, CA played Switch? for a trip to Montreal (Rachael) marked at $5,886 and a trip to the Bahamas (Gwen) marked at $4,964. He switched like I would have...but he was wrong.
Coming on down fifth was Karen Antuez and the second IUFB was golf clubs modeled by female golf player Tasha Brown.
What luck is this- Quiana's working for a golf course! And now she got a chance to win her own golf cart (also modeled by Tasha) by playing Pick a Number. Board (choices handled by Amber):
$ _ 2 7 3
NUMBERS AVAILABLE: 4, 6 & 8
She went with $4,273, while I said $6,273...we're both wrong again (it was $8,273)!
Next came Westin Galloway and the third IUFB was a fireplace (Rachael).
Michael: $5,000 (STAGE WILLY)
Westin, originally from Atlanta, works for an L.A. running shoe company. He won't need his own running shoes to travel along if he won a 2009 Mercury Milan worth $20,610 playing Hole in One or Two (Amber). The groceries Amber & Gwen modeled today were a small bag of Baked Lays, pasta sauce, Hot Pockets, nasal strips, Dove chocolate & Ester-C (500 mg). My lineup order:
3. Hot Pockets
5. Nasal strips
Westin's lineup guess:
2. Sauce (he originally had the candy here)
3. Candy (he originally had the sauce here)
4. Hot Pockets
5. Nasal strips
Hot Pockets: $5.25
Nasal strips: $11.84
I can't believe those Hot Pockets were that expensive. Since Tasha was still around, she did the Inspiration Putt here...but she shanked it to the right. Westin...won on the first putt no problem!
(Bart was slacking during Westin's putt; he didn't use the split screen there.)
SHOWCASE SHOWDOWN #1:
Dennis ($899): $.95
Quiana ($3,049): 40 + 75 = OVER
Westin ($22,609): 60 + 95 = OVER
Dennis got to the Showcase.
Martha Rivera then got Rich's message next and the fourth IUFB was a selection of small appliances (Amber & Rachael).
Karen: BUCK (OOPS)
Michael: $240 (OOPS)
After pinching Drew's cheeks, Martha played That's Too Much for a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt (Std., AT, Spoiler, Tire)(Gwen).
3. $16,890 (the crowd wanted her to stop here)
4. $18,012- THAT'S TOO MUCH...TAKE THAT, AUDIENCE!!!
ARP: $17,605, and Martha struck again with the pinching! This game is now batting .500 on the season.
After the next break, Drew then called on Rich from one of the audience aisles (second time this season he's done that) for the next contestant, which turned out to be Curtis Spencer. The fifth IUFB was a stairmaster (Gwen).
Michael finally got out, and this Marine Corps supply sergeant now played Shell Game (just the second playing this season) for a $5,400 58" plasma TV.
1. Grocery list organizer
WRONG PRICE: $150
GUESS: LOWER- $132; CAPTURES SHELL #3
2. Mini generator
WRONG PRICE: $75
GUESS: HIGHER- $100; CAPTURES SHELL #1
3. Beauty supplies kit
IS NOT: $35
GUESS: LOWER- $20; CAPTURES SHELL #2
I'm fearing that should this Marine Corps guy have gotten the last one right, Drew would forget about the $500 bonus part of this game.
4. Water-resistant boombox
DOES NOT COST: $50
GUESS: HIGHER- $79; WINNER!
Thankfully, Drew didn't forget about the $500 bonus part (although it might've very well required an edit). For the bonus, Michael thought the ball under the second shell...it was! I would've liked to have Drew revealed some of the other shells before revealing if he had won the bonus or not. And Drew didn't pay up before the commercial break, either.
The final contestant today was Curtis Spencer...SWEET CREAM, ON AN ICE CREAM SANDWICH, RICH BLEW IT!!! ZONK ANSWER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE, AND HE GOT THE BUZZER (and Rich got on camera, too)!! The last player was actually Matthew Malley and the final IUFB was a pendulum swing (Amber & Rachael).
ARP: $2,295, so Natalie finally came through!
Video Bonus: Rich's latest screw-up!
She now played Flip Flop for a catameran (Rachael). Board:
The Flop number card fell out again!! Anyway, she went with my Flip Flop guess of $9,775...
$ 9 7 7 5
...she won, meaning we ended with four winners in a row! And the audience was right, too- before the final reveal, Natalie admitted that she didn't like taking audience advice!
Whomever won the second Showcase Showdown got the Top Winner spot in today's Showcase.
SHOWCASE SHOWDOWN #2:
Michael ($8,810): $.95 (one-handed!)
Natalie ($12,070): $.95
Martha ($18,320): 45 + 90 = OVER
Natalie went to the Showcase.
The first Showcase had a Broyhill dining room (Gwen), Tiffany jewelry (Rachael) and a pair of motorscooters (Amber).
NATALIE PASSES TO DENNIS; DENNIS BIDS $20,000 ON ROOM/SCOOTERS SHOWCASE
MY BID FOR ROOM/SCOOTERS SHOWCASE: $25,000
For Natalie, we start with something that can replace your typical desktop computer- a laptop (Rachael). While using it, you could book a future flight to London (Gwen). Finally, I'm not sure if they make this in London- a 2009 Ford Ranger (Std., AT, AC, Moulding)(Amber).
NATALIE BIDS $27,500 ON TRIP/TRUCK SHOWCASE
MY BID FOR TRIP/TRUCK SHOWCASE: $25,555
DIFFERENCE: $947- WIN
Dennis won $21,846 in prizes, but didn't finish as the day's top winner.
Jeopardy!: I like Ranjan Ramchandani as the champion right now, since he's been using the High School and Daily Double Hunting strategies at times in the regular rounds. He'll try for win #3 tonight against:
Erik Townsend (Dover, NH)- Student
Kori Tyler (Cordova, TN)- High school teacher
THIS JUST IN
CENTRAL PARK ENTERTAINMENT
19th CENTURY AMERICA
LET'S REMOVE YOUR GALLBLADDER
ALSO A PLANET
Just before the first break, Tyler's the only one with money as she hits the Daily Double to close out 19th Century America; she has $3,600. The champ has now zip after a $1,200 start in This Just In and Townsend's $800 in the hole. She wagers $1,200.
In 1822, he opened the western branch of his American fur company in St. Louis.
"Who is Courier?"...not him. It was John Jacob Astor, so her halftime score this round is $2,400.
At the end of the round, the champ now leads with $3,800; the others have $2,400 apiece.
OPENING ROUND LACH TRASH: $3,200
GEORGES THE BELGIAN WAFFLER
IT'S A FACT!
SOUNDS LIKE PIG LATIN
Closing out This Justin to start the round, he finds the first Daily Double under its $1,000 clue with $3,600 thus far, trailing the champ for the lead by $600; Tyler has $3,200. His wager is EVERYTHING on this clue:
Justin I was a swineherd before becoming emperor of this empire -- and paving the way for his nephew Justinian.
"What is Rome?"...NO. Correct: What is the Byzantine Empire? He's back to zero as a result. Later on, he's in and out of the hole at times, but eventually looks pretty much out of it with negative $2,400 at the two category mark. The champ then tries for what may be a critical sweep of the Georges category with this $2,000 clue:
Georges loves The Jay Treaty, but also is into the treaty of this Belgian city that was ratified on February 16, 1815.
He buzzes in first with "What is Gent?"...SWEEP! He now has $12,600! The last category played this round is Sounds Like Pig Latin, and he's going Daily Double Hunting there for the other DD to end this round...on his second try, he finds it under the $800 clue. He has $14,200 while Tyler has ten grand. He wagers $2,000 on this:
Due to the type of wine it produces, silver oak's punning motto is "Life is a" this, old chum.
"What is gas?"...incorrect. It was cabernet, dropping him to $12,200. But he then gets the $400 and $2,000 clues correctly to make up for that and ends the round still in the lead with $14,600; Tyler still has $10,000. Erik Townsend gets the boot with what I think is the worst score of the season at $2,400 in Deep Doo-Doo Debt, so $1,000 will be coming his way.
DJ! LACH TRASH: $4,800
FJ! CATEGORY: Musical Theatre.
It opens with a widow and her son arriving by boat from Singapore to accept a job that pays twenty pounds a month.
Kori Tyler's response was "What is The King and I?"...correct to double to 20 grand! I had a bad feeling the champ didn't get this one...and he didn't with a response of "What is Mary Poppins?" instead and a wager of $5,401, sending him home with $39,000 and making the middle lady the new champion.