TPIR: Whether this is the last episode of the season, nobody knows. But we do know that today’s first four contestants are Meghan Deusner, Robert Tallent, Amanda Monteith and Bonnie Bernard. The first IUFB on this Friday, behind the splitting sign, is a Dean acoustic guitar being played by Allie Handel.
Bonnie from Louisiana plays the Grand Game with a target price of $4.75; the groceries are CH Pure Cane Sugar, NesQuik milk, Gold Bond Powder, Ruffles, Aussie conditioner and CoverGirl Lash Blast.
NesQuik: $1.69 ($10)
Ruffles: $3.99 ($100)
Sugar: $1.29 ($1,000; that pick worried me)
Her last pick is the conditioner…but it’s $5.39 and she loses. This time, the Gold Bond Powder would’ve worked, since it was only $4.03. The mascara was $6.79. Fingers didn’t get the win she wanted to start off the show.
Trying to do better is Danielle Dunnigan and the second IUFB behind the rising sign is an etegaire (Gwendolyn).
Amanda doesn’t get the $500 bonus, but she will get to play One Away (Rachael) for a Honda Accord LX (Std., Sensors, Link, Mats)(Amber). The starting dud price:
$ 3 1 , 7 7 3
Her first guess:
$ 2 2 , 6 8 4
The Mighty Sound Effects Lady gives her…three honks. Does she change the middle digits?...
$ 2 0, 8 8 4
…NO, so she blows the $22,864 car and a fairly easy victory.
(Notes: Neither of the special shots get used today. Also, quite a few French words and phrases get said in this segment.)
Next up is Craig Warren and the third IUFB is Tutto luggage (Amber & Rachael).
That extra buck gives Robert, an infantry worker in the Army, the right to play Freeze Frame for a trip to Barcelona (Gwen). The best possible prices on today’s board are $4,115, $5,228, $8,541, $9,152 and $9,712. He freezes at $5,228…not enough. It was $8,541. But he does get to the Showcase with 90 cents (while the other two both spin a nickel and a quarter in their two spins, in that order).
Coming on down next is Fred Wiederkher and the fourth IUFB is a Butterfly ping-pong table (Butterfly representatives Scott and Atalya play on it at Door #3).
Meghan completes the First Four Sweep (a right to left one, to be exact) and plays Easy As 1-2-3 for a Flexsteel recliner (Amber), a pair of headphones (Gwen) and a Stairmaster stepper (Rachael).
First winner of the day!
Krista Roberts then comes on down and the next IUFB is laser tag equipment (Gwen at Door #3).
Craig: $350 (STAGE GARF)
Danielle: $250 (STAGE GARF)
Fred plays Super Squeeze Play for a Honda Fit (Std., USB, Tray)(Rachael). Board:
I hope he removes that goose egg…he does to win the $15,856 car!
The last player to exit the audience (after Rich gets his chance to appear in the call down box) is Elizabeth Martin and the final IUFB behind the GPT (where the day’s first three Pricing Games were held) is designer women’s swimwear (Amber).
Craig, an Australian (from Sydney, to be exact), plays Bonus Game for a SpaBerry portable spa (Rachael) and a Cal Flame BBQ island (Gwen; both prizes behind Door #3), a prize package worth $10,230.
1. PA system
IS NOT: $250
PICK: HIGHER- $300
2. Web camera
IS NOT: $75
PICK: LOWER- $90
3. Oster rice cooker
IS NOT: $12
PICK: HIGHER- $19
4. R2-D2 aquarium
IS NOT: $150
PICK: LOWER- $130
I’ll bet you the BONUS is attached to the rice cooker…and it is for a perfect second half!
My lineup today:
1. Freeze Frame
2. Easy As 1-2-3
3. Squeeze Play
4. Grand Game
5. Bonus Game
6. One Away
SHOWCASE SHOWDOWN #2:
Meghan ($5,239): $.75
Craig ($11,794): Nickel + 85 = $.90
Fred ($18,331): 40 + 85 = OVER
Craig will now try to become the latest Australian to win the Showcase!
The first Showcase has a private tour of a millionaire’s home at Hearst Castle, a tour of Billboard House in Asheville, NC and the right to spend an entire week in your own waterfront mansion in sunny Miami. All prizes are modeled by Rachael at the audience screen.
CRAIG PASSES TO ROBERT; ROBERT BIDS $17,490 ON TRIPS SHOWCASE
MY BID FOR TRIPS SHOWCASE: $20,000
For Craig, we have an Aico dining room (Rachael at Door #3), some Rave Sports water inflatables and a Doughboy swimming pool (Gwen at Door #2) and a Yamaha Waverunner w/ a year’s supply of gasoline (Amber at Door #1).
CRAIG BIDS $24,999 ON ROOM/WATER SHOWCASE
MY BID FOR ROOM/WATER SHOWCASE: $20,500
Robert wins $26,976 in prizes.
Folks, this has been an up and down season. The downsides include lots of games going winless (including Golden Road, Temptation and Punch-a-Bunch), lots of games either being retired or put on hiatus due to either budget or time constraints (including 3 Strikes and Dice Game), and a possible record number of Semi-Winless Shows/Winless Shows (10). On the other hand, we had as many Double Showcase Winners as Double Overbids (8), we had more money given away on the Big Wheel than ever (including four $26,000 winners), there was a new set, Pricing Game (Gas Money) and director (Rich DiPirro), and lest we forget...a memorable moment for the ages, good or bad, the SHOWCASE EXACTA by Terry Kneiss back on December 16th, 2008.
As we close this recap, I would like to tell you about another change next season- the Showcase podiums will be redesigned. Until we meet again at the Bob Barker Studio, see you next time!
Catch 21: We conclude the next-to-last week of the season with:
Lisa (L.A.)- Movie theater advertising seller
Vanessa (originally from Canyon City, CO)- Tap dancer and somebody who's trying to learn the Mandarin language
Cliff (originally from Kansas City)- Medical equipment seller
ROUND 1 BASE CARDS:
Lisa: JACK OF SPADES
Vanessa: QUEEN OF HEARTS
Cliff: 2 OF CLUBS
Vanessa's right on the night's first question to double up with a 10 of Spades and freeze at 20. After two more questions, we have:
Lisa: (JS)(6D) = 16 (100)
Cliff: (2C)(9S) = 11 (100)
Lisa passed the 9 on the second question to Cliff, which is a questionable move.
4. What American icon's crack has been on public display since 1846, 70 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence?
Cliff: Liberty Bell- CORRECT (200)
CARD: 5 OF HEARTS, WHICH HE HAS TO KEEP (16)
5. "Studs", "Love Connection" or "The Newlywed Game"- which of these game shows was always hosted by Chuck Woolery?
Lisa: "Love Connection"- YOU BET (200)
CARD: 10 OF CLUBS, WHICH BUSTS CLIFF
6. 8 OF DIAMONDS; VANESSA WINS ROUND 1 (600)
ROUND 2 BASE CARDS (after Vanessa tap dances with Alfonso):
Lisa: 9 OF DIAMONDS
Vanessa: QUEEN OF SPADES
Cliff: KING OF SPADES
1. If you knew sushi like I know sushi, you'll know that it's usually made with raw fish and rice wrapped in what?
Lisa: Seaweed- CORRECT (300)
CARD: JACK OF DIAMONDS; KEEPS IT AND FREEZES AT 19
2. Fans might have shouted "Rock Me, Amadeus" when what Austrian piano prodigy began touring at the age of 7?
Vanessa: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart- YES INDEED (700)
CARD: 10 OF DIAMONDS; KEEPS IT AND FREEZES AT 20
3. QUEEN OF CLUBS
FINAL CARD: 4 OF DIAMONDS- ELIMINATED
CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND BASE CARDS:
Lisa: QUEEN OF DIAMONDS
Vanessa: ACE OF DIAMONDS
After three questions, we have:
Lisa: (QD)(4C)(5S) = 19
Vanessa: (AD)(2H) = 3 or 13
4. Online Dating Magazine says that women lie the most about what on their online profiles?
Lisa: Age- NO
Vanessa: Weight- YES INDEED
Anything but an Ace or a Deuce and Vanessa's won it.
CARD: ACE OF SPADES; KEEPS IT (4 or 14)
5. "Flintstones, Meet the Flintstones", who appear on the packaging of what popular product?
A: Pop Rocks
B: Fruity Pebbles
Lisa: Pebbles- ACCEPTABLE
CARD: JACK OF HEARTS, WHICH IS PASSED TO VANESSA (14)
6. The four H's in the 4-H Clubs stand for Head, Heart, Hands and what?
Vanessa: Home- NO
Choices for Lisa:
C: High heels
Lisa: Health- CORRECT; GOES ON
If this next card is a deuce or anything higher than a 7, she's stolen the game. If it's a 7, though, Vanessa has won.
CARD: ACE OF HEARTS; FREEZES AT 20
7. 5 OF DIAMONDS (19)
8. ACE OF CLUBS (20)- LOSS (all the Aces are gone at this point)
FINAL CARD: 7 OF CLUBS
TRIPLE BLACKJACK: Two Power Chips in play for Lisa.
HAND #1: 6 OF SPADES
HAND #2: 6 OF HEARTS
HAND #3: 8 OF CLUBS
Does she even get on the board?...
HAND #1: (6S)(QS)(2S)
HAND #2: (6H)(9S)(9H) = GAME OVER
HAND #3: (8C)(7C)
...no, so we have our third WIPEOUT of the season. Let's see what the card lineup was:
1. QUEEN OF SPADES
2. 7 OF CLUBS
3. 8 OF DIAMONDS (CHANGED)
4. 9 OF DIAMONDS (CHANGED)
5. 2 OF SPADES
6. 9 OF SPADES
7. 9 OF HEARTS
She should've put the 7 and the 8 on one of the 6s to have at least doubled her money. If she had at least one more Power Chip, things might have worked out better for her.
Jeopardy!: Will Emily Heaney end the week by retaining her title? And will somebody finally get a FJ! clue right this week? We'll find out with these challengers:
Bryan Porter (Alexandria, VA)- Prosecutor
Tui Sutherland (Watertown, MS)- Children's book author
Friday's opening subjects:
STATE UNIVERSITY ALUMNI
HISTORICAL HOME SHOPPING
FROM THE BRITISH MONARCHY'S WEBSITE
Porter goes Daily Double Hunting early on. Towards the first break, however, Sutherland finds the night's first Daily Double under the $800 From the British Monarchy's Website clue with $3,400; Porter has $1,800 and the champ has a grand. Her wager is $1,400 on this clue:
If you speak Welsh & want to read about this person, go to the CYMRAEG section & click on "TYWYSOG CYMRU".
"What is the Prince of Wales?"...correct for $4,800! Porter then closes out that category and the first half of this round by getting the $1,000 clue there to move to $2,800. At the end of the round, Sutherland has $7,200, Porter ghas $3,800 and the champ's now at $1,800.
ATTEMPTED LACH TRASH: $1,800
UNATTEMPTED LACH TRASH: NONE
TOTAL LACH TRASH: $1,800
"I Lost on Jeopardy!" (each clue is about famous people who lost on this show)
LIKE A SURGEON
WHITE & NERDY
This is a Weird Al Yankovic-themed board to wrap up the week. Porter again goes Daily Double Hunting, but Sutherland again beats him to the punch on finding one of them under the $1,600 "AL" clue with $10,800, double Porter's total. Her wager this time is $3,000. The clue:
The Incas domesticated it & used its wool long before the Spanish Conquest.
"What is the Alpaca?"...correct to go to $13,800 and Lock Game Territory! As luck would have it, she ends up finding all three of them, with the last clue being under the $1,600 My Bologna clue. She's now at $20,600 while Porter has seven grand and the champ's score is now three times as big as it was to start this round ($5,400). Her last DD wager is...$1,000.
The airport in Bologna bears the name of this electrical engineer & inventor born near the city.
"Who is Garibaldi?"...incorrect. It was Marconi, making her new total $19,600.
ATTEMPTED LACH TRASH: $3,200
UNATTEMPTED LACH TRASH: NONE
TOTAL DJ! LACH TRASH: $3,200
(Notes: In the "I Lost on Jeopardy!" category, the $400 clue was about Ken Jennings. The $2,000 clue was about Bob Harris.)
Video Bonus: DJ! Round 6/26
SCORES AFTER DOUBLE JEOPARDY!:
Tui: $23,600 (lock game)
FJ! CATEGORY: 19th Century American Literature.
At the end of this novel, the title object "...ceased to be a stigma which attracted the world's scorn and bitterness".
The champ wrote down "What is The Scarlet Letter?"...FINALLY! She didn't risk a thing, though, and will leave with $3,200. Bryan Porter wrote down "What are 3 people who haven't been in my kitchen?"!!! LOL! He'll finish in second with $7,199. Tui Sutherland...is right, but she decides to stay at $23,600 tonight as she becomes the new champion.
Millionaire (season finale; this is the second year in a row the last week of the season might not have had anyone reach at least $25K):