WOF: Wednesday's show begins with a special appearance by Tony-winning actor Anthony Crivello (who plays The Phantom in the "Las Vegas Spectacular"; that show has been going on for three years now). After Anthony guides Vanna to the puzzleboard, the first Toss-Up category is What Are You Doing?:
C _ T T I N G
T H _ / _ _ _ D S
Grant blows the solve with CUTTING THE WOODS.
C U T T I N G
T H _ / C A _ D S
Christina then blanks out...and unfortunately, we have our first TOSS-UP TRIPLE STUMPER of the season- it was CUTTING THE CARDS. Not a promising start to our game. Anyway, here are tonight's players:
Amber Macintosh (Vegas)- Resort coordinator on the Strip
Christina Alsop (Vegas; originally from Dayton, OH)- Project engineer and former University of Cincinatti student
Grant Weigert (North Las Vegas)- U.S. Air Force crew chief
Let's see if this $2,000 Toss-Up will go better than the first one- the category this time is Rhyme Time:
W _ _ _ / _ _ D
D I N _
Christina solves WINE AND DINE for $2,000.
After a trip to the Maruba Resort Jungle Spa in Belize worth $7,320 pops up on the wheel, the Geico Jackpot/Prize Puzzle Round category is Place. Christina begins with an $800 T but she then hits Bankrupt. Grant then calls an S for the trip but he loses that to a Bankrupt on the next spin as well. Amber then hits Bankrupt immediately. Back to Christina, she calls a pair of R's for $700 before buying four E's. Next come a pair of C's for another $5,000, a $500 N and then a purchase of four A's. Afterwards, she calls two B's for the RazorGator gift tag and buys two I's to clean out the vowels. We now have:
S E C R E T
C A R I B B E A N
_ I _ E A _ A _
She then makes her second major goof of the evening by missolving with SECRET CARIBBEAN GIVEAWAY. Grant then hits the right Bankrupt of the Million Dollar Wedge; that's his second Bankrupt of the round. Amber then calls the W for the MDW but she loses it right back to her second Bankrupt of this round. Christina then tries again to solve...
S E C R E T
C A R I B B E A N
_ I _ E A W A _
...and she solves SECRET CARIBBEAN HIDEAWAY for another $5,450, the gift tag and a trip to the Almond Smugglers Cove in St. Lucia worth $6,800, a new total of $15,250 in cash and prizes. HORRIBLE FIRST SEGMENT.
BANKRUPTS: 5 (2 by Grant and Amber)
DQ: Christina's first puzzle guess of the round
LEFT BEHIND IN JACKPOT: $9,150
TONIGHT'S SPIN ID: AR4247921 (Ann R. from The Woodlands, TX)
Video Bonus: Dismal/pathetic first "Wheel" segment
Next category is Same Name. Grant hits his third Bankrupt of the night to start. Amber next calls a $600 N and buys two E's, then calls the first dud of the night with M. Christina then calls D for another dud. Grant next calls two L's for $800, then buys an A and calls a dud in T. Amber calls a pair of G's for another $1,100, buys a U for free while on Free Play but then duds out with C while on the Wild Card. Afterwards, Christina calls an $800 G, buys two I's, then calls a $300 V but she hits Bankrupt to lose $850; both ladies now have two Bankrupts to their credit tonight. Grant then tries to solve:
B _ _ L I N G
& / I V _
L E A G U E
He is successful with BOWLING & IVY LEAGUE to turn his $550 into $1,000.
DUDS: C (Amber), $300 D (Christina), $300 M (Amber), $500 T (Grant)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Christina, Grant)
IHOP Mystery Round category is Show Biz. Amber starts this round with an $800 T, a $3,500 S and then two A's; I believe I knew this one with just the T. But she follows that with a dud of R. Christina next calls two D's for $1,800 before giving us the first Mystery Wedge hit of the season, the one next to Lose a Turn. She calls two N's, and because she's in Vegas, she's going for it...and she finds $10,000! Afterwards...
S T A N D - _ _
_ _ _ _ D _ A N
...she solves STAND-UP COMEDIAN for another $11,800 and a new total of $27,050 in cash and stuff.
DUD: $300 R (Amber)
$3,000 Toss-Up category is In the Kitchen:
T _ _ _ _ E R
O _ _ N
Christina breaks the $30K mark with TOASTER OVEN as we head into the Speed-Up Round category of Phrase. Consonants are worth...$1,800 apiece. Early on, Grant has this showing:
S _ _ _ T
_ _ _ _ _ S
He only gets the first word of SWEET, so he doesn't win $3,600. Amber then calls the W but can't solve for $1,800. Christina then calls the D...
S _ _ _ T
D _ _ _ _ S
...she's getting better at this game- she solves SWEET DREAMS for another $3,600 and a big winning total of $33,650 in cash and prizes! The other two get $1,000 apiece.
$35,650 in cash and prizes has been given away tonight.
DQ: Grant's second word blanking
Big Money Round: Christina spins the E in GAME and the category is Thing. Starting with:
_ L _ _ _ E R
_ _ / _ _ _ E
She calls B, M, P and O and gets...
_ L _ M M E R
O _ / _ O P E
...it just wasn't meant to be, given what happened tonight- she says SLAMMER OF HOPE, CLAMMER OF HOPE and HAMMER OF HOPE instead of the right solution of GLIMMER OF HOPE. Did she just end the night with an epic $100,000 fail?...
...no, she loses $25,000 instead. She still leaves with $33,650 in cash and prizes, which isn't bad considering her mistakes.
We then see footage of the "Las Vegas Spectacular" show at the end.
Video Bonus: Somewhat better "Wheel" gameplay
Jeopardy!: Judy Nakamura's challengers tonight:
Marcus Jackson (Andrews Air Force Base, MD)- Air Force officer and helicopter pilot
Gary Bechtold (St. Cloud, MN)- Garage door company owner
SCIENC"E" (each correct response starts with E)
PLAYBOY COVER BOYS
5 SQUARE MEALS
EXTREMELY YOUTHFUL POLITICIANS
AS EASY AS A-B-C
At the first break, $200 seperates everybody- Bechtold leads with $1,400, while Jackson has $1,200 and the champ has a grand. Later, the Air Force guy finds the Daily Double under the $800 Scienc"e" clue with $1,800, as does the champ; both are $200 behind Bechtold. His wager is $1,000. For the lead, here's the clue from Jimmy:
Vision contributes to this system; it's why it's harder to keep steady with your eyes closed.
"What is your equilibrium?"...correct for $2,800 and the lead! At the end of the round (with the $1,000 clue in Extremely Youthful Politicians not being played in time), he's still slightly in front with $4,400; Bechtold has $3,800 and Nakamura has $3,000.
ATTEMPTED LACH TRASH: $1,000
UNATTEMPTED LACH TRASH: $1,400
TOTAL LACH TRASH: $2,400
MUSICAL MENAGERIE (a couple of song titles are given; the artist must be IDed)
COMPANY NAME ORIGINS
Nakamura finds the first DD of this round under the $1,600 T"oil" clue with $3,800, tied for second with Bechtold; Jackson's still the leader with $5,200. She wagers a grand on this:
This title Shakespearean guy's second line is "The Greeks Are Strong and Skilful to their Strength".
"Who is Troilus?"...that's it for a new total of $4,800. Later on, she's in a shootout against Jackson, and she finds the other one under the $2,000 Double, Double clue. Right now, she's at $12,400, and two grand happens to seperate her from Jackson and the lead; Bechtold, meanwhile, has $8,600. Her wager this time...$2,000. To tie the game, the clue is:
Founder of its first dynasty, Menes wore a double crown as the first ruler of Upper & Lower this.
"What is Greece?"...DOES NOT tie up the game for now. It was Egypt, so she's down to $10,400.
ATTEMPTED LACH TRASH: $400
UNATTEMPTED LACH TRASH: $2,800
TOTAL DJ! LACH TRASH: $3,200
SCORES AFTER DOUBLE JEOPARDY!:
This is a Stratton's Dilemma situation.
FJ! CATEGORY: 20th Century Women.
She won gold at the 1928, 1932 & 1936 Winter Olympics & also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The champion's response was "Who is Esther Williams?"...no way. She risked $6,400, dropping her to an even four grand. The J-Archive Betting Calculator says she should've risked $2,201 to $3,600 instead in the event this clue proves to be a Triple Stumper. Gary Bechtold's response was "Who is Sonia Henie?"...never heard of her either, but in this guy's case, he's right. He wagered just a grand to move to $13,600. If Marcus Jackson also put that down, he's the new champ...but he went with Nakamura's response instead...and that costs him $9,201, so Bechtold wins and Nakamura heads home with $15,400.
Wipeout: Episode 215 is the second season finale. This is also the last night we’ll see the show’s obstacle course as we know it, because next season, it’ll be overhauled. And tonight’s episode is food-themed.
In the meantime, the Qualifier tonight consists of the Banana Splits, Sucker Punch, Big Balls, Donuts and the Onion Ring Swing (with the end platform resembling a hot dog). Notable times:
Jason “Reg-meister” Graffia: 5:23.1
Jay Hook: 3:05.1
Chelsea Switzer: 3:57.9
Micah Hardt: 4:17.7
Bill Mahoney: 5:08.4
Joining these five are Mara Marini, Matt Wodzynski, Eric Agrelius, Billie Rose, Nicole Chietan, Melissa Silguero & Alex Pimentel.
(Note: A record five contestants got hit by the Motivator.)
Sweeper: This week, there’s a small piece of fake cheese on top of it.
ADVANCING TO THIRD ROUND:
$1,000 BONUS WINNER: Jay
Slippery Course: The first and third rounds force the players to cross some Buckin’ Buoys, while the even heats feature a Slippery Wall with three Spinning Pegs. All rounds begin with everybody sliding down into some cereal.
ADVANCING TO THE WIPEOUT ZONE:
THE WIPEOUT ZONE: The season’s final $50,000 course consists of the Catapult, Gears of Doom, Scary Go Round and the Gauntlet (which tonight consists of the Piston Punch, the Blades of Fury and the Drop Bridge). No food-themed stuff here, but confetti cannons go off every time a contestant starts!
Bill: TIME OVER (on Scary Go-Round)
Does Jay end things as the season’s second and final $51,000 winner?...
…NOPE, as Eric wins the $50,000 with 14:31.44. Jay will have to sail away with $1,000.
DOND: The first female contestant of the week to get a shot at up to $500,000 was #16 Lana Radkoff, originally from Russia (who is now a financial analyst). She chose to trade in her case for #13.
1. #8 (Krista)- $25
2. #5 (Marcia)- $500
3. #3 (Sheri)- BUCK
4. #12 (Matt)- $100
5. #20 (Sabrina)- $1,000
OPENING OFFER: $23,000- NO DEAL
1. #18 (Buddy)- $50,000
2. #19 (Kimberly A.)- $10
3. #2 (Arlene)- $50
4. #10 (Jessica)- $2,500
5. #16 (Nadine)- $10,000
SECOND OFFER: $31,000- NO DEAL
1. #14 (Kimberly S.)- $7,500
2. #22 (Penny)- $250,000
3. #4 (Thomas)- $75,000 (DANGER ZONE ENFORCED)
4. #6 (Judd)- $25,000 (STRIKE ONE)
THIRD OFFER: $27,000- NO DEAL
1. #21 (Krystle)- $500,000 (BIG STRIKE TWO)
2. #9 (Karen)- PENNY
FOURTH OFFER: $7,500- NO DEAL
1. #1 (Shawna)- $5
2. #15 (Krissi)- $5,000 (NO SAFETY NET LEFT)
FIFTH OFFER: $18,000- DEAL
19th PICK: #11 (Simone)- $100,000!
Lana's final case had $400, so she made a good deal. Other cases:
#7 (Dawn)- $200
#17 (Bud)- $300
Jeff Birt's game
Start of Liz Bollinger's game
Video Bonus: Last question of Jeff's game