(No, because today is July 11th, these recaps will NOT be sponsored by 7-Eleven.)
The Singing Bee: This is the next-to-last episode taped for this new series (Episode 9).
1. "Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy" by Big & Rich (2004)
Previous line: "An' it kills and it thrills"
Lana: "And ya' save a horse"
Heath: "Like the horns on my Silverado grill"
2. "Come on Eileen" by Dexy's Midnight Runners (1982)
Previous line: "At this moment"
J.G.: "Everything you mean to"
Juliet: "You mean everything"
J.G. had all the right words, but in the wrong order (and he added an unncessary word).
3. "Back When I Knew It All" by Montgomery Gentry (2008)
Previous line: "...back when a pitcher of beer"
Susan: "Back when I didn't..."
Lori: "An' a couple shots...Made me bulletproof"
4. "Achy Breaky Heart" by Billy Ray Cyrus (1992)
Previous line: "And if you tell my heart, my achy breaky heart"
Lana: "He just might up and kill this man"
J.G.: "He might blow up and kill this man"
Here are our four finalists:
Heath (Nashville)- Can make honking sounds like a bicycle
Juliet (San Diego)- Ran away to surfing camp in Costa Rica
Lori (Kenai, AK)- Accountant
J.G. (originally from Tacoma, WA)- Went to surfing camp (and Korea)
Heath: "I Told You So" by Keith Urban (2006)
Previous line: "Please just come back home"
NO GUESS (A: "No, don't say that you're sorry and I won't say I told you so"
Juliet: "Black Velvet" by Alannah Myles (1989)
Previous line: "Black Velvet, if you please"
Guess: "Every word __ ____ ___ that he sang..." (A: "Every word of every song that he sang was for you")
Lori: "Your Mama Don't Dance" by Loggins & Messina (1972)
Previous line: "And it's all because..."
Guess: "Your mama don't dance and your daddy don't rock and roll" (5)
J.G.: "Awful, Beautiful Life" by Darryl Worley (2004)
Previous line: "You're goin' if I have to drag your butt to church"
Guess: "I love this crazy, tragic, sometimes almost magic, awful, beautiful life" (5)
Singing With the Enemy:
Heath & Juliet's song: "Celebrity" by Brad Paisley (2003)
CORRECT LYRICS: DOUBLE SWEEP (15 for both)
Lori & J.G.'s song: "Lookin' For Love" by Johnny Lee (1980)
CORRECT LYRICS: 1 each (10 for both)
Song: "These Are My People" by Rodney Atkins (2006)
CORRECT MISSING WORDS: 6
FINAL SCORE: 22
Song: "Paradise By the Dashboard Life" (1977)
CORRECT MISSING WORDS: 12
FINAL SCORE: 34
Song: "Mississippi Girl" by Faith Hill (2005)
CORRECT MISSING WORDS: 14
FINAL SCORE: 43
Song: "Friends In Low Places" by Garth Brooks (1990)
CORRECT MISSING WORDS: 15
FINAL SCORE: 45
Chorus Showdown: It will come down to the Sudden Death song, as Juliet goofs on "White Horse" by Taylor Swift (2008) and "Carry On, My Wayword Son" by Kansas (1976), while Heath misses on "I Saw God Today" by George Strait (2008) and "Two Tickets to Paradise" by Eddie Money (1977). The year is 1977 and the artist is Lynn Anderson. Heath rings in first and quickly passes this song to Juliet..."I Never Promised You a Rose Garden". The preceding line is "Come along and share the good times...". Her guess is "that we had"...but it's "...while we can", so Heath wins!
THE FINAL COUNTDOWN:
1. "Marry For Money" by Tracy Adkins (2008)
Previous line: "I'll be so damn rich"
Guess: "Again"- STRIKE ONE (A: "It ain't funny)
2. "I Walk the Line" by Johnny Cash (1956)
Previous line: "Because you're mine..."
Guess: "I walk the line"- YOU BET ($500)
3. "Stand By Me" by Ben E. King (1961)
Previous line: "And the land is dark and the moon..."
Guess: "...is the only light we'll see"- CORRECT ($1,000)
4. "Living In Fast Forward" by Kenny Chesney (2005)
Previous line: "'Casuse I've been livin'..."
Guess: "...in fast forward"- OF COURSE ($1,500)
5. "Like a Virgin" by Madonna (1984)
Previous line: "Didn't know how lost I was"
Guess: "'Til I found you"- RIGHT AGAIN ($2,000)
6. "There Is No Arizona" by Jamie O' Neal
Previous line: "She'll wake up and find..."
Guess: "...There Is No Arizona"- WINS $10,000!
Speed Round #1:
Category #1: TV
2. Premiered in 1998
3. More than 50 Emmy nominations
4. Made into a movie
Shawn is the first to qualify with "Sex and the City".
Category #2: FAMOUS PERSON
2. Born in 1942
3. Self-taught: Sketch & sew
4. "Makeup to look natural"
5. Controversial ads
Stephen Gotta, the owner of a gourmet jam and mustard company, IDs Calvin Klein.
Category #3: EVENT
1. Held annually
2. Over 3 million have attended
3. 1st one had a "Starr"
4. U2, Stones & Springsteen
5. First held in 1967
Swim teacher Melanie is correct with the Super Bowl (I would've missed with Woodstock).
Round 2 Category #1: CELEBRITY (As a joke, Mr. Q first shows the category of COMPLEX MATHEMATICAL PARADIGMS)
B: Older than 50?
Shawn: Man?- NO
A: High school dropout?
Stephen: Singer?- YES; CONTINUE
A: In all-girl group?
Stephen: Married?- NO
Melanie: TRIES TO SOLVE PUZZLE
PUZZLE GUESS: Kelly Clarkson- NO WAY
Shawn: Actress?- YES
Older than 50?- YES; TRIES TO SOLVE PUZZLE
PUZZLE GUESS: Queen Latifah- INCORRECT
A: Dated Tom Cruise?
B: Performed at VMAs?
Stephen: Performed at VMAs?- YES; CONTINUE
A: Know by 1 name?
B: Famous husband?
Stephen: Famous husband?- YES; CONTINUE
A: Had a "Sex" book?
B: Plastic surgery?
Stephen: Plastic surgery?- YES; CONTINUE
A: Vegas performer?
B: Red hair?
Stephen: Vegas performer?- YES; GUESSES PUZZLE
PUZZLE GUESS: Cher- WIN!
Speed Round #2:
Category #1: LANDMARK
1. Took 22 years to build
2. Needed 20K+ workers
3. Eternal love's erection
4. 28 kinds of jewels on it
5. 1,000 elephants on crew
Archivist Jessica gives the right answer of Taj Mahal.
Category #2: THEATER
1. Based on a book
2. Star won Tony
3. Broke box office records
"Wicked" is quickly solved by Michelle, a nuts and bolts marketer.
Category #3: MAGAZINE
1. First published in 1974
2. Australian version called "Who"
3. Teen version ended in 2006
We have another three-clue solve, as Brooke nails "People".
Round 2 Category #2: FICTIONAL CHARACTER
A: After hula hoop?
Jesssica: After hula hoop?- NO
A: Live in America?
B: Greek myth?
Michelle: Greek myth?- NO
A: On TV?
B: In movies?
Brooke: On TV?- YES; CONTINUE
B: In comics?
Brooke: Sweetheart?- YES
Male?- YES; CONTINUE
B: Changes colors?
Brooke: Animal?- NO
A: Crime fighter?
B: Worth big bucks?
Jessica: Crime fighter?- YES; CONTINUE
A: Works for paper?
B: Special powers?
Jessica: Works for paper?- YES; TRIES TO GUESS PUZZLE
PUZZLE GUESS: Superman (my gut instinct as well)- WIN!
Sprint Round Category: PLACE
Jessica won the coin toss and has decided to go second.
1. Purchased by Jefferson
2. Gold Rush in 1859
3. Government owns 1/3 of the land
4. 1st rodeo held here
5. "Mork & Mindy" lived here
6. Name means "colored red"
7. Nickname: Centennial State
8. Air Force Academy here
9. Place to ski and be seen
Stephen solves Colorado in nine clues...
...but Jessica solves it a clue faster, so she's the first contestant to win a game in that fashion!
Out of a choice of FOOD & DRINK and ANIMAL, Jessica picks FOOD & DRINK.
1. Hard?- YES (1,607 possibilites left for Mr. Q)
2. Chewable?- YES (1,038 possibilities)
3. Put stuff in it?- YES (513 possibilities)
4. Fruit?- NO (443 possibilities)
5. Found in pies?- NO (332 possibilities)
6. Served fried?- NO
7. From S. America?- NO
8. Taste sweet?- YES (87 possibilities)
9. Different colors?- NO
Believe it or not, she loses here, as Mr. Q has the right food. It was a fortune cookie.
BrainRush: Eddie is tonight's first contestant.
1. What's the mythical Mexican creature that resembles a coyote?
Guess: Goucha- INCORRECT (A: Chupacabra)
2. How many quarters are there in the term "two bits"?
Guess: 2- NO (A: 1)
3. What is newer- text messaging or E-mail?
Guess: Text messaging- CORRECT ($25)
4. What's the most populated country in the world?
Guess: China- RIGHT ($50)
5. Is Triple H a rapper or a wrestler?
Guess: Wrestler- YOU BET ($75)
6. Who sings the current hit "Right Round"?
Guess: Flo Rida- RIGHT AGAIN ($100)
7. How many legs are used in a three-legged race?
Guess: 4- RIGHT AGAIN ($125)
Final question: Which is a dog breed- Siamese or Pekingese?
Guess: Siamese- NO
Contestant #2 is Matt.
1. What body part is "Kyle XY" missing?
Guess: Bellybutton- CORRECT ($25)
2. Is Two-Face a superhero or a super villain?
Guess: Super villain- RIGHT ($50)
3. T or B: Cotton is the main ingredient in cotton candy.
NO GUESS (A: Bogus)
4. What is smaller- a molecule or an atom?
Guess: Atom- RIGHT ($75)
5. Who is older- Jesse McCartney or Robin Thicke?
Guess: Robin Thicke- RIGHT AGAIN ($100)
Final question: In what year was the U.S. Constitution written?
NO GUESS (A: 1776)
Hoping to at least tie Eddie so that she can move on to Level 2 is Shanavea.
1. What's the capital of Florida?
NO GUESS (A: Tallahassee)
2. Who's younger- Flavor Flav or Snoop Dogg?
Guess: Snoop Dogg- CORRECT ($25)
3. How many live action "Star Wars" films are there?
Guess: 6- RIGHT ($50)
4. Is Otto Mann from "The Simpsons" or "Family Guy"?
Guess: "Family Guy"- INCORRECT
5. What's heavier- an ounce or a pound?
Guess: Pound- RIGHT ($75)
6. What state is known as "The Lone Star State"?
Guess: Texas- RIGHT AGAIN ($100)
7. T or B: The rapper name Eminem is spelled the same forwards and backwards (a palindrome).
Guess: True- NO
SUDDEN DEATH: What is the Boomerang's total ride time in minutes and seconds?
Answer: 1:45, so Shanavea advances!
Level 2: The envelopes this time are blue and yellow. Shanavea decides to pick the blue envelope...and she gets a new game called Hurling Hangman. During her ride, she will need to find three signs on the ground that each have a letter of the alphabet. Each letter she remembers is worth $50. She then gets to try to fill in three words that are each missing a letter, also worth $50 apiece. She has ten seconds at the puzzleboard.
LETTERS SHE NEEDS TO REMEMBER: F, L & R
1. F ($150)
2. L ($200)
3. R ($250)
1. _ R E A K
2. M A U _
3. B U _ P
She solves FREAK, MAUL & BURP for a CLEAN SWEEP of this round, making her total $400!
As for Eddie, he gets the Regurgitator. This week's topic is President Obama's new dog. He needs to also sweep this round to win the game.
1. In which state was Barack Obama born?
Guess: Hawaii- CORRECT ($175)
2. What's the name of his dog?
Guess: Bo- RIGHT ($225)
3. What state did the dog come from?
Guess: Pennsylvania- RIGHT ($275)
4. What number President is Barack Obama?
Guess: 44- RIGHT AGAIN ($325)
5. According to the story, what color is the dog?
Guess: Black- RIGHT AGAIN ($375)
Final question: What is the name of the traditional Hawaiian necklace used in the story?
Guess: Lei- WIN AT $425!
Great game by everybody!
LEVEL 3: Eddie's category is Penalty Box. He opts not to eat a chili cheese dog for a $100 bonus.
MOTOR MOUTH QUESTION: Name as many sports played at the Summer Olympics as you can.
1. Discus ($50)
2. Javelin ($150)
3. Baseball ($300)
4. Football ($500)
5. Basketball ($750)
6. Track & Field ($1,050)
7. Pole Vault ($1,400)
8. Archery ($1,800)
I now know how the scoring for this question works- the first correct answer is worth $50, with each correct answer being worth $50 more than the last. He now has $2,225! Will he go for the bonus question...yes!
DOUBLE OR HALF QUESTION: The Heisman Trophy is awarded to college's best player in what sport?
I hope he says football...HE DOES FOR $4,450! Biggest winner so far!
The Money List: Returning with $10,000 are Shannon Dardashti and Young Dawkins. In tonight’s first game, they’re facing Robert Checkoway (an advertising copywriter) and Anastasia Travers (a comedy writer).
Round 1: MERYL STREEP MOVIES
Robert & Anastasia are on the spot with 10.
1. “Momma Mia!”
2. “Kramer vs. Kramer”
4. “The Devil Wears Prada”
5. “The French Lieutenant’s Woman”
7. “Death Becomes Her”
8. “Sophie’s Choice”
10. “The River Wild”- WINS ROUND 1
Round 2: NAMED CHARACTERS FROM THE BOOK “Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone”
The champs are in control this time with 6.
1. Harry Potter
2. Ron Weasley
3. Fred Weasley
4. George Weasley
5. Hermione Granger
6. Draco Malfoy- WINS ROUND 2
Final Round: MARIAH CAREY’S U.S. TOP 40 HITS (includes collaborations)
Robert & Anastasia: “Dreamlover”
Shannon & Young: “All My Love” (Led Zeppelin)
Robert & Anastasia win.
THE MONEY LIST: EUROPEAN CAPITAL CITIES
They’re going for the big one, ladies and gentlemen!
Their final answer is Tallinn…
…THEY’RE THE FIRST-EVER $50,000 WINNERS!!!! ALSO THE FIRST TIME ANY TEAM HAS WON THE TOP PRIZE ON ANY AMERICAN VERSION OF THIS SHOW!!!
Trying to derail their reign of terror right now are Allen Langer (a cultural exchange manager) and Nora McFarland (a project manager with a small non-profit organization).
Round 1: According to the 2004 Comedy Central series and the International Movie Database, THE 100 GREATEST STAND-UPS OF ALL-TIME
Robert & Anastasia are locked into 10.
1. Steve Martin
2. Richard Pryor
3. Joan Rivers
4. Eddie Murphy
5. Chris Rock
6. Andrew Dice Clay
7. Lenny Bruce
8. Steven Wright
9. Andy Kaufman
10. Henny Youngman- WINS ROUND 1
Round 2: FEMALE GRAND SLAM TENNIS SINGLES CHAMPIONS, 1968-2008
Allen & Nora are forced by Robert & Anastasia to name nine of those ladies.
1. Serena Williams
2. Venus Williams
3. Martina Navratilova
4. Steffi Graf
5. Martina Hingis
6. Maria Sharapova
7. Pam Scriber- LOSS; ROBERT & ANASTASIA WIN!!!
Robert & Anastasia will now try to repeat their feat with the following:
THE MONEY LIST: SONGS FROM THE ORIGINAL FILM SOUNDTRACK OF “Grease”
1. “Greased Lightning”
2. “Grease (Is the Word)”- NOT ACCEPTABLE
What a difference one round makes. But they still have the $50K from last time and will be back the next time!
THIS WEEK'S $25,000 SWEEPSTAKES WINNER: Drew Charbonner (Parkville, MD)