TPIR: Five episodes left to go this season. Before I start this recap, I would just like to tell you some of the changes that will happen next season:
-With Syd Vinnedge leaving the post, Mike Richards will have the word "co" removed from his title, thus making him the new executive producer.
-The chasing lights near Contestant's Row from the most recent MDSs will debut in daytime next season.
-Some of the turntable area will be transformed into a new thing called Door #5.
-The light bulbs in the Contestant's Row podiums will be replaced by LED light bulbs.
As for today's happenings, we start with Jerome Flournog, Bridgette Ridenour, Beverly Lew and Brent Williams. The first IUFB is female designer accessories (Gwendolyn & Rachael).
Brent from Alabama (but originally from Montana) plays Pushover for a trip to Palm Springs (Amber at Door #2; includes $1,000 spending money). Board:
He's going with my guess of $5,694...
...but it's only $4,270. I think Fingers was sorta trying for a win here, but it doesn't happen.
The fifth participant is Kathy Smith and the second IUFB on the turntable is a Traeger BBQ (Amber).
Since she was off on the good side by six bucks, Bridgette from Palm Springs plays Ten Chances for a Kodak digital camera (Rachael), a Michael C. Fina silver tea set (Rachael) and a Hyundai Elantra (Std., Bluetooth, WLocks)(Gwen; all prizes behind Door #3).
DIGITAL CAMERA SETUP: 0, 8 & 9
1. $98- DOH
2. $90- CORRECT
TEA SET SETUP: 0, 2, 5 & 9
3. $520- INCORRECT
4. $950- RIGHT
NUMBERS IN CAR: 0, 1, 2, 7 & 9
5. $17,920- WIN!!!
Except for that opening guess, she did GREAT on this game! This is probably the last playing of the season, so what a great way to go out!
Video Bonus: EXCELLENT Ten Chances!
Coming on down next, from the Army, is Ryan Nielsen and the third IUFB is Wakekite equipment (Rachael at Door #3).
Kathy plays Switch? for a dining set marked at $2,499 (Rachael) and a 50" Panasonic plasma HDTV marked at $3,200 (Gwen). She leaves the prices as they are...bad move.
SHOWCASE SHOWDOWN #1:
Kathy ($1,499): 35 + 55 = $.90
Brent ($1,655): 85 + 95 = OVER
Bridgette ($20,166): 70 + 40 = OVER
Kathy goes to the Showcase.
Coming on down to the red spot next is Kathryn Nickelson, who's going to UCLA soon, and the fourth IUFB from the splitting sign is some Aegean Apparel (Gwen).
Jerome from Louisiana plays Pick a Pair for a Ligna bedroom (Gwen) worth $5,253. The groceries are NesQuik mix, Gold Bond Foot Cream, Clorox 2, CH Sugar, Castrol GTX motor oil and Pillsbury Frozen Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. After picking the NesQuik for $4.49, he picks the sugar, much to the audience's dismay...it's three bucks more. He stays with the NesQuik and chooses the foot cream...he should've stayed with the sugar, because that's the other $7.49 item. The cookie dough was $4.49.
Ryan Barton is next up and the next IUFB from the clam is a portable sound system (Amber).
Beverly, the last of today's first four players called, plays That's Too Much for a Scion xB (Std., Mats, Stereo, WCovers, Springs, Bluetooth)(Rachael).
5. $19,980- THAT'S TOO MUCH...BULLSEYE!
ARP: $18,465. Fingers got the win she was looking for today!
Susan Ackerman is the day's final contestant and the final IUFB is a Dahon bike (Gwen).
Nielsen: $300 (SUICIDE BID)
That extra buck gives Kathryn, a high school senior, the right to play Secret X for a Little Guy trailer w/ camping equipment (Amber), all worth $8,672. Her free X placement:
Today's SPs modeled by Rachael:
Shower radio: $15 or $30?
Bluetooth speaker phone kit: $130 or $175?
She guesses $30 for the radio...correct. She then nails the Bluetooth thing at $130. Her final board:
She originally wanted to go Rock Bottom with her final X placement, but the audience doesn't let her do that...
...turns out, that last X was a moot point- she's a winner!
My lineup today:
2. Pick a Pair
3. Ten Chances
5. Secret X
6. That's Too Much
SHOWCASE SHOWDOWN #2:
Jerome ($750): 40 + Dime = $.50
Kathryn ($9,561): 40 + 30 = $.70
Beverly ($18,965): 35 + 50 = $.85
Beverly gets the Top Winner spot in today's Showcase!
The first Showcase has an iPhone, trips to Las Vegas (includes a night helicopter tour of the Strip) and Australia and an African Safari. Additionally, a donation will be made to the WWF. All of the trips were behind Door #3, and Amber modeled all the prizes.
BEVERLY PASSES TO KATHY; KATHY BIDS $20,925 ON TRIPS SHOWCASE- POSSIBLE GARF OF THE CENTURY
MY BID FOR TRIPS SHOWCASE: $33,333
Beverly goes for an ultimate garage package that includes a SteelSentry workbench, a refrigerator, a Wanamaker Music 19" LCD TV (Rachael) and a Harley-Davidson motorcycle (Gwen; all prizes behind Door #2).
BEVERLY BIDS $28,500 ON GARAGE SHOWCASE
MY BID FOR GARAGE SHOWCASE: $25,000
OVER- KATHY WINS!
Kathy wins $30,511 worth of prizes today.
Silent Library: Today's team consists of Nick (Oceanside, NY), Charles (Baltimore), Anthony (Valley Stream, NY), Adam (Oceanside, NY), Vinny (Oceanside, NY) and Sean (Summit, NJ).
1. The first challenge of the day, "Marine Slap", forces Charles to be slapped with a fish for 15 seconds.
RESULT: PASS ($300)
2. Second, Adam must play "Not Wanted Hug", where he has 30 seconds to remove a male midget on top of him while wearing a velcro suit.
RESULT: PASS ($600)
3. Charles' second challenge of the day is called the "Deli Mix Up", where he must drink a concoction made up of cream soda, cole slaw, a corn beef sandwich and a pickle.
RESULT: PASS ($900)
1. Adam must now do a "Troll Lick"; to be exact, he has to lick all the cottage cheese on the hair of a troll.
RESULT: FAIL (too noisy)
2. Adam's got his third challenge of the day (and second in a row); it's called "Formal Strike". He has to withstand some snapping of a bow tie by his teammates.
RESULT: PASS ($1,300)
3. To conclude this round, "Gum Table" asks Anthony to chew gum from under a school desk and blow a bubble within 30 seconds.
RESULT: FAIL (too noisy late)
1. Sean's getting "Santa Lapped", where he must withstand a pouncing by another person, thus breaking his chair in the process.
RESULT: FAIL (way too noisy)
2. For his third task today, Charles has the "Electric Puzzle" to work with.
RESULT: PASS ($2,100)
3. Adam's dealt his fourth game of the day, which is called "Car Wash Man". While in a Power Wheels Cadillac Escalade, he must drive through a car wash with the car's top down.
RESULT: PASS ($2,900)
$1,000 Challenge: Anthony's got "Shoot Off Rubber". Remember, contestants have to withstand a barrage of over 100 rubber bands being shot from a gun.
They split $3,900, $650 apiece!
Bonnie (L.A.)- Girl Scout troop leader
Arron (originally from San Diego)- Blackjack dealer
Conor (Ennis, MT)- Entrepreneur
ROUND 1 BASE CARDS:
Bonnie: KING OF SPADES
Arron: JACK OF HEARTS
Conor: 3 OF CLUBS
1. Last year, Beyonce "Put a Ring On It" when she married what long-time rapper boyfriend?
Conor: Jay-Z- YOU BET (100)
CARD: 9 OF SPADES; PASSES TO ARRON (19)
2. Known for its steals and deals, Black Friday is held by retailers on the day after what holiday?
Arron: Thanksgiving- CORRECT (100); GOES ON
CARD: 3 OF DIAMONDS; PASSES TO BONNIE (13)
3. In "Doubt", Merryl Streep plays a monsterous nun who prays upon the priest played by what actor?
Arron: Philip Seymour Hoffman- RIGHT AGAIN (200)
CARD: 2 OF DIAMONDS- WINS ROUND 1 & VACUUM (700)
ROUND 2 BASE CARDS:
Bonnie: 10 OF CLUBS
Arron: 4 OF HEARTS
Conor: 10 OF DIAMONDS
After four questions, we have:
Bonnie: (10C)(3S) = 13 (100)
Arron: (4H)(5S) = 9 (1,000)
Conor: (10D)(5C)(AC) = 16 (100)
5. The first film critic to win a Pulitzer Prize, who famously gave the thumbs up and the thumbs down with his partner Gene Siskel?
Conor: Siskel & Ebert- DOH
Bonnie: (Roger) Ebert- CORRECT (200)
CARD: 7 OF DIAMONDS; KEEPS IT AND FREEZES AT 20
6. To heat things up at your tailgate party, you can use what grill that's Japanese for "fire bowl"?
Arron: Hobachi- CORRECT (1,100)
CARD: 8 OF CLUBS; ELIMINATES CONOR FROM THE GAME
7. 9 OF HEARTS (18)
8. 6 OF SPADES- BONNIE WINS ROUND 2
CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND BASE CARDS:
Bonnie: 10 OF HEARTS
Arron: 2 OF HEARTS
1. Sardines packed tightly in a tin might suffer from what fear of cramped spaces?
Arron: Claustrophobia- CORRECT
CARD: KING OF HEARTS; PASSES TO BONNIE (20)
2. The original "King of Bling", what flamboyant piano player was known as Mr. Showmanship for the mink capes and huge rings he wore?
Bonnie: Elton John- NO
Choices for Arron:
A: Barry Manilow
C: Neil Sedaka
Arron: Liberace- RIGHT AGAIN
If this next card is not an Ace, he wins the game.
CARD: JACK OF DIAMONDS- WIN!
TRIPLE BLACKJACK: Three Power Chips in play for Arron tonight.
HAND #1: JACK OF HEARTS
HAND #2: 4 OF CLUBS
HAND #3: 10 OF SPADES
1. 6 OF CLUBS; PLACES IN HAND #2 (10)
2. 4 OF HEARTS; PLACES IN HAND #2 (14)
3. 7 OF SPADES; HAND #2 CLEARED ($1,000)
4. KING OF CLUBS; CHANGES IT (two left)
5. 2 OF CLUBS; PLACES IN HAND #1 (12)
6. 2 OF SPADES; PLACES IN HAND #1 (14)
7. KING OF DIAMONDS; CHANGES IT (one left)
8. 7 OF CLUBS; HAND #1 CLEARED ($5,000)
9. 4 OF DIAMONDS; CHANGES IT (no Power Chips left)
10. KING OF SPADES (20); STOPS
FINAL CARD: 3 OF HEARTS
Jeopardy!: Can Ingrid Nelson somehow win her third game against these folks?
James Erwin (Des Moines, IA)- Writer
Rae Sailor (Boulder, CO)- Law clerk
Tuesday's first six categories:
NAME THAT JUNE
THE RAZZIES FOR 2008
CABINET DEPARTMENTS IN OTHER WORDS
HOLMES, SHERLOCK HOLMES
HERE'S SOMETHING RANDOM
EVERYTHING'S COMING UP "ROSE"S
After being $400 in the hole early on and getting back to zero with a correct response on the $400 Name That June clue, Sailor then finds the Daily Double under the $600 clue there. For $1,000:
In the wake of the Cuban Missle Crisis, the U.S. & USSR agreed to establish a "red phone" link on this June 20.
"What is 1963?"...right on the money! She leads at the first break with $2,200 while the others have $400 apiece...
...and her lead gets a little bigger after the round is over.
ATTEMPTED LACH TRASH: $2,400
UNATTEMPTED LACH TRASH: $1,800
TOTAL LACH TRASH: $4,200
NATIONAL MEDAL OF ARTS WINNERS
INSIDE THE EUROPEAN CAPITAL (each correct response includes the letters that are shown in quotation marks)
EVERYTHING'S COMING UP MOSES
Nelson finds the first DD under the $1,600 Seafood clue with $4,600. She's still in third, but she's not too far behind the others, as Erwin has six grand and Sailor leads with seven. Her wager is a grand on this:
At a sushi bar, depending on its age & size, this "colorful" fish may be called Hamachi, Inada or Buri.
"What is Yellowfin Tuna?"...not the fish. It was Yellowtail, dropping her to $3,600. With two clues to go, Erwin picks off the other DD under the $1,600 Everything's Coming Up Moses clue with 12 large; the champ has eight large while Sailor's score is now $5,400. He wagers $1,500.
Exodus reveals that, through his father, Moses was from this priestly Hebrew tribe.
"What is Levi?"...named for a jeans company, that is correct to go to $13,500! But he loses $2,000 back to a Triple Stumper on the final clue of the round (in the same category).
ATTEMPTED LACH TRASH: $6,800
UNATTEMPTED LACH TRASH: $1,600
TOTAL DJ! LACH TRASH: $8,400
SCORES AFTER DOUBLE JEOPARDY!:
FJ! CATEGORY: Leading Men.
Up for producing, directing, acting & writing for 1978 & '81, he's the only man to twice get 4 Oscar nominations for one film.
Rae Sailor's response was "Who is Woody Allen?"...incorrect. She drops two grand, so she finishes with $3,400. Ingrid Nelson wrote down "Who is (Robert) Redford?"...also not it. She wagered two grand, so she's still in it with $6,000. James Erwin tried "Who is Stallone?"...but it's Warren Beatty. He wagered...$4,501, so he's the champ with $6,999 while Nelson leaves with $29,802.