WOF: We got off to a fine start on the 27th season last night; let's see what happens tonight from Vegas. First Toss-Up category is Phrase:
_ _ _ / A W _ Y
_ E / _ _
Jeremy says AND AWAY WE GO for $1,000. Let's meet Tuesday's panel:
Jeremy Gode (Henderson, NV; originally from Las Vegas)- High school teacher for eight years; he's also served in the ministry and is a musician
Melissa White (Vegas)- Stay-at-home mom
Pelly Nicholopolis (Las Vegas)- Stay-at-home mom
$2,000 Toss-Up topic is Place:
W A L _ - I N
_ _ _ _ _ _
Melissa takes a guess of WALK-IN CLOSET...good guess for $2,000.
After a trip to the Hotel Mela in NYC (w/ two tickets to "Rock of Ages") worth $5,740 goes on the wheel, the Geico Jackpot Round category is Food & Drink. Melissa starts with the S for the Wild Card, which was very helpful during the bonus round last night. Secondly, she calls a T for a $1,000 Omaha Steaks gift tag. Third, she lands on Free Play (first player ever to do so) and lights up three O's ($500 is also added to the Jackpot). Next, she puts up three R's for $2,100 and buys five E's. But she then duds out with N, possibly costing her $2,850 in cash and stuff this round. Pelly then Bankrupts on the regular one (first time this season that's been the case). Jeremy then calls four C's for the Million Dollar Wedge...
C _ O C O _ _ T E -
C O _ E R E _
C _ E R R _ E S
...and he keeps it by solving CHOCOLATE-COVERED CHERRIES! He also doubles up to $2,000 and ties the game for now.
DUD: $500 N (Melissa)
FINAL UNWON JACKPOT: $6,700
Prize Puzzle Round category is What Are You Doing? Pelly begins with a $300 G, a $300 N and a pair of T's for another $800. She then calls a pair of H's for an additional $1,800 and buys three E's before spinning Lose a Turn. Jeremy next calls twin F's for $600 and then buys double O's but he then calls D for dud. Melissa then hits Free Play for the second time tonight and this time calls two L's for a grand. Afterwards, she buys three I's and two A's to finish off the vowels, then calls a $700 R and a $300 P this board is unveiled:
F E E L I N G
T H E / _ P I R I T
O F / A L O H A
Melissa's FEELING THE SPIRIT OF ALOHA for another $1,500, the lead back for now and a trip to The Westin Resort & Spa Ka'anapali in Maui worth $7,332, a new total of $10,832 in cash and trip.
DUD: $400 D (Jeremy)
TONIGHT'S SPIN ID: FR2166102 (Forrest R. from Zephyrhills, FL)
IHOP Mystery Round category is Before & After. Jeremy begins with a $900 T and a $300 H, then buys five E's. He then calls a $3,500 F and purchases a couple A's and an O; all vowels are now gone already. His turn is then gone after calling an S. Melissa then calls two Y's for $1,100 but she duds out with the N. Pelly then calls two P's for $1,400 and now we have...
T H E / A P P _ E
O F / _ Y
E Y E
E _ A _
...she solves THE APPLE OF MY EYE EXAM to win that amount.
DUDS: $600 N (Melissa), $700 S (Jeremy)
$3,000 Toss-Up category is Thing:
_ _ _
C O M M O _ _ _ Y
Melissa blanks out.
_ O _
C O M M O _ _ _ Y
After the other Y appears, Jeremy solves HOT COMMODITY to close in on Melissa with a new total of five large. Speed-Up Round category is Proper Name and consonants are worth $1,350 apiece. We're going to find out if we'll have the season's first Million Dollar Bonus Round or not. Jeremy starts with an R and obviously no guess. Melissa then calls the round's first dud in S. Pelly calls an H but it's still too early to guess. Jeremy calls two T's, both at the end of the last word, but he wisely decides not to guess (because another $4,050 wouldn't be enough to put him over the top). Melissa then calls two N's...
_ _ N N _ _ _ R / _ _ _ _
H _ _ _ T T
...sorry, Jeremy- the Wild Card will be used in the BR for the second straight night, as Melissa wins another $2,700 with JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT, for a winning total of $13,532 in cash and trip! Jeremy leaves with five grand and Pelly goes home $1,400 richer.
So far, just $19,932 in cash and trip has been given away tonight. That's too bad, because I didn't think the gameplay so far wasn't so bad.
Big Money Round: Melissa spins the I in SPIN and the category is Occupation. Starting with:
T _ / _ N _ _ _ R
She first calls C, Y, M and O, then picks G on the Wild Card...
T _ / _ N C _ O R
...she's a little unsure, but she solves TV ANCHOR! And I can tell you right now she won more than Michelle Allen during her endgame...
...$15K more- she's won 50 grand! That's a total of $63,532 in cash and trip!
Video Bonus: Footage of Tuesday's show (including both FP hits)
Jeopardy!: Last night, Enrique Machado danced his way to an upset victory and $30,799. His first title defense is against these two challengers:
Dave Sutherland (Grasmere, BC)- Newspaper ad salesman
Judy Nakamura (Seattle)- Stay-at-home wife
THE BONNIE CLYDE
CINEMATIC TITLE COMBOS
MOOSE ON THE LOOSE
HERBS & SPICES
Why they didn't introduce that new light-up-the-board sound on the 25th Anniversary season is beyond me. Anyway, Nakamura finds the first Daily Double of the evening under the $600 Herbs & Spices clue with a $200 lead over the other challenger, $3,200 to $3,000; the champ's at $600 now. Her wager is $1,200. To remain ahead, the answer is:
This red hot chili pepper bears the name of the capital of French Guiana.
"What is Habanero?"...incorrect. It was the Cayenne, dropping her to two grand and putting her out of the lead for the moment as we hit the first commercial break.
At the end of the round, Sutherland's still leading with $6,400; Nakamura's at $4,800 and Machado's current score is $2,200.
ATTEMPTED LACH TRASH: $800
UNATTEMPTED LACH TRASH: $800
TOTAL LACH TRASH: $1,600
THE FORBES 2009 BILLIONAIRES LIST
TV THEMES IN "F" (the theme for "Family Feud" isn't used because it doesn't have any words in it; so sorry)
BUMMER OF '69
ENDS WITH 2 VOWELS
Just before only the two Daily Double categories remaining, The Forbes 2009 Billionaires List and Bummer of '69, the champ gives a ZONK ANSWER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE in response to this $2,000 clue in Ends With 2 Vowels:
Seen here- this raccoon relative normally found in tropical forests has become a popular pet.
He says "What is a sugar baby?", which definitely doesn't end in two vowels. And this is a Triple Stumper- it's actually called a kinkajou. That drops him to $6,200. But he builds it back up to $7,400 by the time he hits the first DD of the round under the $1,200 Forbes clue; Nakamura's back in the lead with $12,800 and Sutherland's just $800 behind her. The champion's wager is five grand. For an even tighter game or to likely jeopardize his chances of repeating as champion, here's the clue:
At numbers 11 to 14 are members of this U.S. family that founded a retail chain.
"Who are the Waltons?"...that's the family to jump to $12,400! By the time that category is over, he ties Nakamura for the lead with $14,400 apiece! He later finds the other one under the $2,000 clue in Bummer of '69 with $16,800; Sutherland's at $13,200 now. The champ's wager this time is...$2,000, the clue's face value. Answer:
In October, the "Days of Rage" riots shook this U.S. city during the trial of 8 antiwar activists.
"What is Los Angeles?"...not L.A. It was Chicago, so he ends the round with $14,800.
ATTEMPTED LACH TRASH: $2,000
UNATTEMPTED LACH TRASH: $800
TOTAL DJ! LACH TRASH: $2,800
SCORES AFTER DOUBLE JEOPARDY!:
The following FJ! is going to be just as tense as last night's.
FJ! CATEGORY: Presidential Ancestors.
His first ancestor to come to America, a maternal forebear, was a Huguenot, Philippe de la Noye, in 1621.
Dave Sutherland ran out of time before completing "What is Obama?", as he couldn't put in the M and the second A; he's wrong anyway. In any event, he drops to a buck (the betting calculator says he should've wagered anywhere from $1,201 to $10,800 instead). Judy Nakamura wrote down "Who is FDR?" after crossing out Teddy...we were looking for a Roosevelt- she picked the right one! Her wager...ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. Questionable betting there. Let's see if she's going to pay the piper for that...
...no, she won't- Enrique Machado misses with George Washington and blows 14 grand, sending home with $32,799 while she becomes the new champ.
DOND: Today's player was #9 Anthony Alvarez (who is an unemployed college grad who's seeking to work with underprivileged children). He swapped out for #7 (Dawn) because it stood for his birthday.
1. #1 (Shawna)- $50,000
2. #15 (Krissi)- $100,000
3. #17 (Bud)- $400
4. #6 (Judd)- PENNY
5. #22 (Penny)- $2,500
OPENING OFFER: $16,000- NO DEAL
1. #8 (Krista)- $300
2. #16 (Lana)- $5,000
3. #4 (Thomas)- $10
4. #12 (Matt)- $100
5. #11 (Simone)- $50
SECOND OFFER DOUBLED TO $32,000- NO DEAL
1. #14 (Kimberly S.)- $200
2. #5 (Marcia)- $7,500
3. #19 (Kimberly A.)- $500
4. #13 (Nadine)- $25,000 (DANGER ZONE ENFORCED)
THIRD OFFER: $53,000- NO DEAL
1. #3 (Sheri)- $75,000 (STRIKE ONE)
2. #21 (Krystle)- $25
FOURTH OFFER: $74,000- NO DEAL
1. #18 (Buddy)- $250,000 (STRIKE TWO; LIMITED SAFETY NET)
2. #20 (Sabrina)- $5
FIFTH OFFER: $51,000- DEAL
19th PICK: #2 (Arlene)- $1,000
20th PICK: #10 (Jessica)- $500,000 (STRIKEOUT)
His original case of #9 had 10 grand; his final case had just a buck in it. In any event, he made a great deal!
Conclusion of Mark Mindlin's game
Stephanie Millien's game