LMAD: Episode 1033 opens with Amelia (dressed as a pirate girl) and Kenneth (dressed as Bret Michaels) being offered two envelopes, one of which has a $5 bill on the outside and the other having a $100 bill on the outside. Kenneth chooses the $5 one while Amelia gets the $100 one. Kenneth can either take the additional money inside his envelope or trade all the money away for what's behind the big box. He takes the box...for the second straight day, we have an instant ZONK- a bumper car. That costs Kenneth $255. Amelia can then trade in her envelope for what's behind Curtain #1, and she does...she passes up two grand, but in return, she wins a three-night spa trip to New England worth $7,502! But as luck would have it, we're not done with Kenneth just yet. Jonathan then brings down the small box's table, which now has a board with two cards on it. If he picks the right one, he'll drive away in a 2010 Ford Focus S worth $15,995 (Curtain #3). He chooses the left one...NO, so he's the first contestant ever on this version of the show to get ZONKED twice.
Second, Christine (dressed as a cowboy), Linette (dressed as a flower) and Lamont (wearing a black suit with a black and purple hat) are playing marbles for money. Inside the grab bag are seven green ones and two red ones. Every time s/he picks a green one, money is awarded, but if a red is chosen at any time, they're out of the deal with whatever they had up to that point.
Linette: GREEN ($1,500)
Since she's the only one left, Linette is given the option of keeping her money or buying what's behind Curtain #3. She keeps her dough...and there was another car back at the curtain furthest to the right- a Chevrolet Cobalt LS Sedan (Std., #I) worth $15,840. That likely sends her home for good with $1,500.
The first half then concludes with Olga (dressed as an Italian chef), Kevin (dressed as a hot dog) and Andrew. They're first offered either an envelope or something that's worth at least $500 behind Curtain #1. Olga gets to choose for them, and it's the envelope. The first curtain had a 47" LG LCD HDTV and a Nintendo Wii Fit package worth $2,050. Now, the middle curtain's mininum value is $1,000, and she takes that...the envelope had $1,100 for each trader. At this point, everybody's now on their own. They can either keep Curtain #2 or trade for a complete unknown inside the small box (Jonathan). Everyone keeps the Sure Thing behind that second curtain...instead of a bag ball of chewing gum inside the small box, all of the traders in this deal receive a high-end music system and a designer chair worth a total of $7,229! PERFECT DEAL!
Now, for the day's couples deal, with Andrew & Dominique (dressed as Olympic gold medalists; they're actually teachers). They have a chance to win a four-night trip for two to St. Thomas (Curtain #3; includes an excursion on a private yacht) worth $4,800. Alison's controlling four pairs of cards. In each pair are an Ace and a ZONK. If they can pick three out of the four Aces, they win the trip.
1. Right- ACE OF HEARTS
2. Right- ZONK #1
At this point, they bail out for $1,000.
3. Right- ZONK #2!
In our final regulation deal, Amber (dressed as a cruise lady) can either take the bracelet case and whatever's inside or what's behind Curtain #1. She takes the curtain...and gets a ZONK alarm clock. $2,600 was inside her case.
THE BIG DEAL: The BD this Thursday is worth $21,733. While Amelia goes to New England and Olga keeps her music/chair package, Kevin goes for it and selects Door #2, hoping that the BD's there for the third straight episode...I DON'T THINK SO- he gets $3,456 from the Bank Vault and the losing streak here's broken double digits now. Let's see where everything else was:
Door #1: Jeep Wrangler X
Door #3: French Empire style dining room ($9,838)
TPIR: Before we get to this year's Halloween special, let's do Episode 4944K first today (therefore, the exploding dollar signs around Rich's calldown window will be in effect on this episode). Our opening contestants are Peter Maciel, Christopher Hadlock from the University of Texas, Dorothy Dunbar & Heather Lovett. We have a neat opening IUFB for you behind Door #3- it's a birdieball inflatable golf game (Rachel).
Peter plays Freeze Frame for a trip to Hilton Head (Manuela at the audience screen; includes 10 one hour golf lessons). The best ARP possibilities on this particular board are $3,849, $4,965, $5,695, $6,587, $8,713 & $9,524. He pulls the freeze lever at $6,587, after almost stopping at $8,713...he'll be traveling there!
Taking over his green spot second is Meoshe Williams and the second IUFB on the turntable is an ESP electric guitar (Manuela).
Dorothy from Pasco, WA plays Pathfinder for a 2010 Ford Mustang (Std., #101A, Prot)(Amber at Door #3). Board:
Today's SPs modeled by Rachel are:
Chopper: $50 or $65?
Warming tray: $150 or $180?
"Star Trek" telephone: $55 or $70?
She gets off to a terrible start by stepping to 5 as the second digit. For the chopper, she guesses $50...correct. Dorothy is wrong again by stepping to the 4. She secondly picks the warming tray and guesses $180...right again. She then hopes that 3's the second number in the Mustang price...but it's the 2. To stay in the game, she makes a guess of $70 for the phone...yes indeed ($ 2 2 , _ _ _). Dorothy next steps to 8 as the middle digit...right ($ 2 2 , 8 _ _). She then steps to the 5 as the next-to-last digit...nope. ARP: $22,839.
Rich then calls on Alonzo Sandoval and the third IUFB behind the rising sign is dumbbells (Amber).
Heather plays Most Expensive for a baby stroller package (Amber), an electric range (Manuela) and an Apple MacBook laptop w/ an iPod Touch (Rachel). Her ME pick is the range...sorry, that's the Least Expensive at $1,349. The stroller was $1,580 and the electronics were the ME at $2,198.
SHOWCASE SHOWDOWN #1:
Heather ($1,175; first spin was a PENALTY): 15 + 60 = $.75
Dorothy ($2,449): $.80
Peter ($7,886): Quarter + 75 = WINS $1,000 & SHOWCASE BERTH!
Peter's Bonus Spin nets him...FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS SEASON, $25,000!!!! That gives him a new total of $33,886 in cash and prizes!
(SCSD money graphic notes: There's a new animation for the $1,000 graphic once it's finished. As for the $10K and $25K graphics, the comma in both of them now spins on the screen; originally, it just popped up instead of doing that.)
Coming on down next is Joseph Burnett and the next IUFB is camping equipment (Rachel at Door #3).
Meoshe, soon to be a Math teacher, plays Pushover for a carolinachair.com/Ashley living room group (Manuela at Door #2). Board:
I say $4,515, but she pushes on to $6,804...
...sorry, I was right.
Next to leave their seat is Sandra Henderson (wearing a tye-dye T-shirt) and the next IUFB is a men's watch (Manuela).
Sandra from Culver City, CA plays Any Number for either some Michael Kors accessories (Amber) or a 2010 Toyota Camry LE I4 (Std., Bluetooth, Mats)(Rachel at Door #2). First number in the price of the car is 2.
1. 1- CAR ($ 2 _ , 1 _ _)
2. 2- Accessories ($ _ 2 _)
3. 3- CAR ($ 2 3 , 1 _ _)
4. 8- Accessories ($ 8 2 _)
5. 7- Pricey Ziffel ($ 7 . _ _)
6. 9- CAR ($ 2 3 , 1 _ 9)
7. 5- Wins $859 accessories
The Camry was $23,149 and the piggy bank's value was $7.60.
Rich then graces our screens to call on Nathan Livingston and the final IUFB is luggage from another designer, Kenneth Cole (Manuela behind the splitting sign). Christopher's been here the whole day, but he will bid last once again.
ARP: $1,440, so Christopher's finally in!
He now can take that luggage on a trip to Osaka, Japan (Amber at Door #3) if he can get the scale in check on Balance Game (Rachel). The last three digits in the price of the trip are 3, 5 and 4.
DOLLAR VALUES AVAILABLE: $2,000, $5,000 & $7,000
Christopher picks the two least expensive bags for a total guess of $7,354, which was mine as well...but it was the middle ARP of $9,354. Thus, the lucky guy who won $26K in the first Showcase Showdown is fittingly the only Pricing Game winner of this episode.
My lineup today:
1. Balance Game
2. Any Number
4. Most Expensive
5. Freeze Frame
There should've been a grocery item PG in today's lineup.
SHOWCASE SHOWDOWN #2:
Meoshe ($916; first two spins were PENALTIES): WINS $1,000!
Christopher ($1,440): 15 + 80 = $.95
Sandra ($2,629): 30 + $1 = OVER
Let's see if Meoshe can do just as well as Peter did in her Bonus Spin...no, she gets 60 cents.
The first Showcase contains an Ashley dining room w/ the Noritake stuff (Rachel at Door #3), a private chef (Manuela), a private string quartet from GigSalad.com and a trip to Paris (Amber at Door #1; includes dinner for two at the Jules Verne Restaurant).
PETER PASSES TO MEOSHE; MEOSHE BIDS $15,504 ON ROOM/TRIP SHOWCASE
MY BID FOR ROOM/TRIP SHOWCASE: $17,125
Peter could now add to his already big haul a trip to London to see the red carpet premiere of the new version of Disney's "A Christmas Carol" starring Jim Carrey (Rachel), a retro refridgerator from Elmira Stove Works (Rachel)(Past), a Samsung 46" LED LCD TV (Rachel)(Present) and the all-new 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid (Manuela)(Future)! All prizes are modeled at Door #2.
PETER BIDS $32,000 ON CHRISTMAS PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE SHOWCASE- STAGE GARF (only about covers the car and the TV)
MY BID FOR CHRISTMAS SHOWCASE: $41,750
DIFFERENCE: $6,189- WIN!!!!!
THAT MAKES PETER MACIEL THE BIGGEST WINNER OF THE SEASON SO FAR WITH $72,075 IN CASH AND PRIZES!!!!
Video Bonus: Peter Pulls a Taylor Randall/George Diaz on "TPIR"!
Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?: NASCAR Week continues with Denny Hamlin. Like Kurt Busch yesterday, he's playing for both his own foundation and the NASCAR one. After making Danielle his first partner, here come the subjects:
1st Grade Nature
1st Grade Social Studies
2nd Grade Measurements
2nd Grade Geometry
3rd Grade Ancient Cultures
3rd Grade Grammar
4th Grade World Geography
4th Grade World History
5th Grade U.S. History
5th Grade U.S. Geography
We start off with this $5,000 question in 5th Grade U.S. Geography:
Pennsylvania's capital, Harrisburg, lies on the east bank of what river?
Denny immediately uses the Copy. Danielle's guess was the Susquahanna...sounds weird, but it's correct for $5,000! Staying up top, here's the other 5th Grade question from U.S. History:
Three Vice Presidents served under U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt. John Nance Garner & Henry A. Wallace are two. Who was the third?
Denny pretty much blanks on this one, so he's hoping that Danielle can save him...and she does with Harry Truman to double his charity winnings to $10,000! Then, he goes down to 2nd Grade Measurements before being asked this for another grand:
If October 1st falls on a Tuesday, what day of the week will Halloween fall on?
Unfortunately, Denny DOES NOT lock in Thursday; he says Tuesday instead, so he's now playing for a possible $140,000. His second teammate is Malachi and his fourth category is 4th Grade World History. For $3,500, here's the question:
In what present-day U.S. state could you find the abandoned cliff dwellings of the Anasazi people?
His guess this time is Hawaii...should've used the Peek on Malachi, because he had the right state of Colorado. With $105,000 left in his potential jackpot, his fifth topic is 3rd Grade Grammar. For $2,500:
What word is the article in the following sentence- "Danielle got a pet parakeet"?
Denny locks in "parakeet"...but it's the A. That means he still has NOT gotten a question correct on his own today. Maybe his skid will end after being asked this 2nd Grade Geometry question:
If we build a rectangular race track wiith sides of 20 feet and 30 feet, what's its perimeter?
He tries 100...finally! With Zach now available for a Peek situation, Denny's next category choice is 4th Grade World Geography:
Puerto Rico is located at which of the following points on the given map- A, B or C?
He locks in C, while Zach thought of B...should've Peeked. Next question, in 3rd Grade Ancient Cultures:
What's the name of the following ancient monument located in Egypt?
Denny FINALLY uses his Peek and then locks in Zach's response of The Sphinx...good for $2,500. Now, to 1st Grade Nature:
How many total legs does a typical bee have?
Torn between six and eight, Denny guesses six...that's the right one! He now has three grand.
Extra Credit Question:
The hottest chili pepper in the world comes from which of the following countries?
Answer: India; Thailand was the first country eliminated.
For a total of $3,500, here's the 1st Grade Social Studies question:
T or F: Thomas Jefferson is featured on the face of the nickel.
Denny locks in True...$3,500! And now, for $35,000, here's the Bonus Question in Literature:
The story of schoolboys stranded on a desert island, "Lord of the Flies" was written by which author?
All Denny can come up with is Stephen King...and he gives back a grand. It was William Golding, so he's the third NASCAR driver out of four to leave with $2,500 in charity money.
Next amongst the pregnant moms to play is Tamara Bennefield (who is a lawyer expecting in a week). After Madison is chosen by her as this game's first partner, here are the 10 topics this time:
1st Grade Math
1st Grade Vocabulary
2nd Grade Social Studies
2nd Grade Spelling
3rd Grade Earth Science
3rd Grade Animal Science
4th Grade Astronomy
4th Grade World History
5th Grade Ancient History
5th Grade World Geography
(Note: Her topic board just before the start of the game was much different than the one she eventually plays right now- not sure why. BIG editing mistake there by Don Weiner.)
We open in the middle of the board with 3rd Grade Earth Science and this $2,500 question:
T or F: Methane is a greenhouse gas.
She guesses True...and is on the board! Secondly, she tries this 4th Grade World History question:
In the 1400s, French heroine Joan of Arc led her army in a war against what nation?
She uses her Peek. Madison's guess was England. Since that was Tamara's instinct guess, that's what she locks in...and that's right to go to $6,000! She then completes the middle line of the categories with 3rd Grade Animal Science. For another $2,500, here's the question this time out:
Which of the following is the closest-living relative to the trilobite?
A: African elephant
C: Horseshoe crab
After ruling out the elephant, Tamara wants to lock in the horseshoe crab, but she instead makes the gecko her final answer...but her gut was right again this time. Did Madison say the crab...yes for the Save and a new total of $8,500! Her second and maybe final partner is Annalise and her next subject is 5th Grade Ancient History. For another five big ones, the question is:
Designated as a World Heritage site, Cappadocia is a centuries-old complex of caves carved into ancient volcanic rock and located in what country?
With only Egypt as her initial idea, Tamara uses the Copy. Annalise said Greece...NO. That's actually found in Turkey. Now with $115,000 left to play for and out of cheats, her next subject is 5th Grade World History. Her other $5,000 question:
If Annalise is visiting the islands of Sumatra and Sulawesi, what country is she in?
Tamara makes a wild guess of Malaysia...not quite- Indonesia was it. With the potential jackpot down to $65,000 at this point, she tries to do better with this $3,500 from 4th Grade Astronomy:
Which layer of the Sun is closest to its core?
After talking it out, Tamara guesses the corona...her current funk continues- it was the photosphere. She tries yet again to get back on track with the following from 2nd Grade Social Studies:
What's the lowest denomination of current U.S. paper currency that does NOT feature the portrait of a U.S. President on its front?
She chooses the $10 bill...her losing streak is over for now! Now, for another $500, here's the 1st Grade Math problem:
What letter in the alphabet typically represents the multiplication symbol?
She gets X no problem! Onward to this from 2nd Grade Spelling:
What are the last four letters in the following word, meaning "complete"- "thorough"?
She's right again with -ough! To finish with three grand, let's see what 1st Grade Vocabulary has to offer:
By definition, the word equine refers to what species of mammal?
She's not very sure about her guess of dog, but she locks it in anyway...GAME OVER. Equine actually refers to horses, so she leaves with the $250 gift card from BrightStarts.com. Just for giggles, here was the erroneous category board:
1st Grade Spelling
1st Grade Math
2nd Grade U.S. Geography
2nd Grade Grammar
3rd Grade Nature
3rd Grade Health
4th Grade World Geography
4th Grade U.S. History
5th Grade Geometry
5th Grade Social Studies
Totino's Extra Credit Question:
What percentage of U.S. teens currently have a cell phone?
20% was eliminated first; the correct answer is double that.
In the final game, Girl Scout troop leader and stay-at-home mom Michele Hill left with the $2,500 card when she first made a critical mistake on this 2nd Grade Math question that looked like this (with no cheats left):
What number would Kevin add to three to make a doubles fact?
She said seven, but the answer was another odd number- 3. That cost her $21,500. She then identified that the E and the U in the word "unsuccessfully" both appeared three times on her 3rd Grade Spelling question to get $2,500 and virtually a free shot at the Bonus Question. In Earth Science, the final question was:
The spiral shape of a hurricane is the result of what counterclockwise movement in the Northern Hemisphere named for a French physicist?
She had pretty much no idea by guessing Pierre- it was the Coriolis Effect. At least all three of today's Flunk Outs didn't leave with $250 unlike on the Tuesday of last week.
DOND: After being eliminated first the past two episodes, #7 Meg Donovan gets chosen by the Deal Wheel to play today! Let's see how lucky that case of hers is today.
1. #1 (Rosa)- $500
2. #2 (Robert)- $1,000
3. #8 (Lakisha)- $25,000
4. #6 (James)- $100,000 (she was ONE OFF this amount)
5. #13 (Jen)- $100
OPENING OFFER: $17,000- NO DEAL
1. #19 (Gerry P.)- $10,000
2. #10 (Tiffany)- $2,500
3. #9 (Angela)- $7,500
4. #12 (Kim)- BUCK
5. #22 (Rema)- $50
SECOND OFFER: $24,000- NO DEAL
1. #16 (Dan)- $5
2. #15 (Pattie)- $300
3. #21 (Bob)- $5,000
4. #20 (Erin)- $75,000 (DANGER ZONE ENFORCED)
THIRD OFFER: $39,000- NO DEAL
1. #17 (Andrea)- PENNY
2. #18 (Valerie)- $25
FOURTH OFFER: DOUBLE to $78,000- DEAL (another very iffy decision there)
1. #3 (Frannie)- $500,000!
2. #4 (Mark)- $400
19th PICK: #14 (Kevin)- $10
20th PICK: #5 (Roula)- $50,000
FINAL OFFER: $128,000
Meg's case...wasn't so lucky after all- it had just $300 inside, so another great deal has been made!
The Newlywed Game: Now, to Thursday's couples:
Horacio & Marlene (married a year and two months)
Armando & Enrica (married five months)
John & Debbie (also married five months)
Randy's Intro: "She's gorgeous, witty and wise"
1. After a big argument, do the two of you talk before going to bed, go to bed angry or work it out in the bedroom?
2. If you hadn't met your wife, which of her friends would you have most likely to ask out on a date?
3. Complete the following: "In a perfect world, my wife's size would be a _________ cup."
TRIP AT STAKE: Antigua (The Verandah)
1. Talk- MATCH (5)
2. Anna- NO MATCH
3. D- MATCH (10)
1. Go to sleep angry- NO MATCH
2. Annick- MATCH (5)
3. D- MATCH (10)
1. Talk- MATCH (5)
2. Shauna- MATCH (10)
3. C- NO MATCH
1. Which submarine sandwich size best describes your husband- kid, 6" or footlong?
2. If we asked you to describe a sexual fantasy that involves your husband in a different profession, what job would he be doing?
eHarmony.com Dimension (Humor): Complete the following- "All my husband has to do is __________ and I'm on the floor laughing hysterically."
30-POINT BONUS QUESTION: "They would kill us if they found out that for our wedding, _________ gave us _________, and we totally returned it."
3. Mocks her
BONUS: Anna, toaster oven
3. Telling stories about Costa Rica
BONUS: Natalie & Joe, a check
3. Farting in front of her
BONUS: Liz, bath gift basket
1. 6"- NO MATCH
2. Construction worker- NO MATCH
3. Fart- NO MATCH
BONUS: David, coffee maker- OUT
1. Footlong (he originally said kid size but Carnie realized he misunderstoood the question)- MATCH (20)
2. Fireman- MATCH (30)
3. Friends' invitations- ACCEPTABLE (40)
1. Footlong- NO MATCH
2. Dancer- NO MATCH
3. Tickling her- NO MATCH
BONUS: Bob, doormat- LOSS
Armando & Enrica win by the widest margin of the season!
Today's Consolation Prize: Sony Cyber-shot camera from PriceGrabber.com
WOF: Two more days left in the annual salute to Halloween. The first Toss-Up category tonight is Show Biz:
_ O _ R _ R
M _ V _ E
Shannon solves HORROR MOVIE for a grand and let's meet her now, as well as the two opponents:
Shannon Friedman (Ft. Arthur, TX)- 7th-12th Grade English teacher
Eric Hamlin (Bridgewater, MA)- Satelite cable technician
Tonya George (Hot Springs, AR)- A lady who loves to enter contests
$2,000 Toss-Up category is Fun & Games:
_ _ L L _ W
_ I _ _ _
Eric solves PILLOW FIGHT for $2,000.
Meineke Jackpot Round category is Phrase and out on the wheel now is a trip to the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans (includes a Haunted History tour) worth $5,040. He first calls two N's for the Wild Card, then three R's for $2,100 and then the purchase of two E's. Next, he lights up two T's to add $900 and we have...
E N T E R / _ T / _ _ _ R
_ _ N / R _ _ _
...he solves ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK for another $2,750 and $4,750 total.
LEFT BEHIND IN JACKPOT: $6,150
Prize Puzzle Round category is Things. Tonya's up first this time with three N's for $900 but then hits Bankrupt immediately after that. Shannon secondly calls a couple G's for $1,400, buys five I's, then she calls three T's to add $1,800 to her bank. After buying a quartet of E's and a pair of A's, she lights up triple S's for an additional $1,500, three R's for an extra $900 and then buys an O to clean out the vowels. Following all of that, she lands on Free Play and calls an F for $500 more (she could've tried to solve the puzzle right then and there; if she had been incorrect, she wouldn't have lost her turn), then she puts up a $700 L, a $500 W, a $900 C, a $600 B, and she finally decides to buzz in...
I C E B E R G S
F L O A T I N G / I N
_ R I S T I N E
W A T E R S
...she guesses ICEBERGS FLOATING IN PRISTINE WATERS...correct for another $7,800 and the Alaskan Cruise from Princess Cruises worth $5,500, a new total of $14,300 in cash and cruise.
TONIGHT'S SPIN ID: PY0000832 (Pamela Y. from Cherokee, NC)
IHOP Mystery Round category is Before & After. The big winner of the last round, Shannon, starts off this one with two T's for $1,200 and an E purchase, then she calls the H for another $300, a couple N's for an extra $1,100 and then purchases a pair of A's. Afterwards, she calls twin R's to throw in an extra C-note and buys triple O's before calling a dud in J while on FP; Pat mistakenly next tries to send control over to Eric before quickly realizing his mistake. As it turns out, Eric's going to be up next anyway, because she next spins Lose a Turn. Eric then lands on the Mystery Wedge in between those two spaces and calls a couple D's. He risks his Wild Card by flipping it over...and he finds the $10,000 treat! The board at this point:
D O _ N / _ O R / T H E
_ O _ N T
D R A _ _ _ A
He wins the money with DOWN FOR THE COUNT DRACULA, putting him back in the lead by $450 with $14,750!
DUD: J (Shannon)
$3,000 Toss-Up category is On the Map:
_ _ A T H
_ _ _ L _ Y
This is the alleged hometown of current WWE World Heavyweight Champion The Undertaker- DEATH VALLEY, and Eric solves it to pad his lead with a new total of $17,750! Next category is Event. Eric immediately duds out with R. Tonya secondly calls a $900 S, an E while on FP, but then gets her second Bankrupt of the night. Shannon then calls a dud in N. Eric then calls a couple L's before we go to Speed-Up Mode with this board:
_ _ L _ _ _ _ E
_ _ _ _ L _ _ _ _ S
The remaining consonants are worth...$6,000 each! Eric calls two T's, Tonya calls D for dud and Shannon calls an M. Then, everyone calls a dud with W, C & P respectively. Next, Eric calls four H's...
H _ L _ T _ M E
H _ _ H L _ _ H T S
...this will be part of our HALFTIME HIGHLIGHTS when we reach that point in the current season, because Eric solves this puzzle for a whopping $36,600 and a new season-high maingame total of $54,350!!! He also gets to take the Wild Card to the bonus round! Shannon leaves with $14,300 in cash and cruise and Tonya gets the $1,000 gooseegg prize.
So far, $69,350 in cash and cruise has been given away tonight!
Prior to big bell: $700 N (Shannon), $700 R (Eric)
During Speed-Up: C (Tonya), D (Tonya), P (Shannon), W (Eric)
TONIGHT'S BANKRUPT TRASH: $1,800
Big Money Round: Should Eric Hamlin win this endgame, he will definitely at least be the biggest winner of the season so far. He spins the ampersand and the category is Phrase. Starting with:
_ _ / _ _ _ _ R E
After calling M, D, G and A, he calls H for his Wild Card Choice...
G _ / _ _ G _ R E
...GO FIGURE- that G call saves him! Now, if the $100,000 is in the envelope, he's the second-highest winner ever on this show...
...I can tell you right now it's not $25,000 or $30,000...
...it's $35,000. That means his final, season-high total tonight, all in cash, is $89,350- way to go, Eric!!! That's the second GS today to post a new season-high total- I had a feeling something big was going to happen today!
Video Bonus: Season-high Win II
Jeopardy!: Christine Valada's going for her fourth win tonight against:
Sara Kniffen (Vermillion, SD)- Graduate student
Ed Perez-Giz (NYC)- Tutor
Thursday's first six topics:
TEA 'N T
WHICH CAME FIRST? (three items are given on each clue)
I FEEL LIKE SUCH AN IDIOM (these are visual puzzles acted out by the Clue Crew)
Perez-Giz ends the first played category, The E.U., with the Daily Double; he has $1,600, while Valada has $400 and Kniffen's $600 in the hole. He's going for a True Daily Double, folks! Here's the clue for $3,200 or nothing:
Of the 27 full members of the E.U., this nation is first alphabetically.
"What is Albania?"...that's NOT even part of the E.U. The right country did indeed start with A, but it was Austria. The champ's in front at the first break with $2,600, while the two challengers have $1,200 apiece. At the end of the round...
...it's still a pretty tight game.
(BTW, all of the money that Sara has won so far will come a long way towards finding a new permanent home for her family, as it got burned down last April. This reminds me of what happened to the best solo player of all-time back on "Blockbusters", John Hatten, back in 1980 during his first 10 matches on that show.)
ATTEMPTED LACH TRASH: $400
UNATTEMPTED LACH TRASH: $1,000
TOTAL LACH TRASH: $1,400
MOVIES BY THE NUMBERS
MOST POPULOUS CITY IN THE STATE (the said city must be identified after the state has been given)
Valada finds DD #1 under the $2,000 Classical Music clue with $10,200; she only leads Perez-Giz by $600, while Kniffen's stuck with two grand. Her wager is her current lead on this:
Halloween concerts often include this, "Opus 40" by Saint-Saens, with a xylophone imitating rattling bones.
She's smiling, because she knows it's "What is Night on Bald Mountain?"...or is it- that's actually incorrect. The correct title was "Danse Macabre", so she's now tied for the lead at $9,600 apiece. Two clues later, after Kniffen's successful on the $800 Semitic Languages clue, she finds the other DD under the $1,200 one. She wagers two grand of her $2,800 on the following clue:
People who spoke Semitic languages include these great seafarers whose alphabet led to ours.
"Who are the Arabs?"...not them. They were instead called the Venetians, dropping her to eight Benjamins. She then gets $1,600 of the lost money back with the next clue in the same category before time runs out on the round. The $2,000 clue there and the $1,600 & $2,000 "EU" clues go unplayed.
ATTEMPTED LACH TRASH: $3,600
UNATTEMPTED LACH TRASH: $4,000
TOTAL DJ! LACH TRASH: $7,600
SCORES AFTER DOUBLE JEOPARDY!:
Christine & Ed: $9,600 apiece
Whenever two players are tied for the lead heading into FJ!, we're in a Prisoner's Dilemma. Thus, Kniffen shouldn't wager very much then.
FJ! CATEGORY: The Pulitzer Prize For Drama.
One of the two one-word plays, winners in 2001 & 2005, which both became movies; if you have one, you want the other.
Sara Kniffen wrote down "What is Doubt?"...that's one of the two, and she didn't bet a dime. Ed Perez-Giz instead came up with "What is Time"...not the other one, and he LOSES EVERYTHING. Christine Valada's response was "What is Proof?"...as one member in the audience suspected, that's the other one for her fourth straight win! She wagered $4,700, for a total of $14,300 tonight and a four-day total of $68,703! The lady's understandably emotional afterwards!
Catch 21: Tonight, we Alfonso come out without a jacket and Mikki not coming down the steps when she's introduced (she's already at her card podium). Anyway, onto the game with these contestants:
Daniel Roden (Calabassas, CA)- Restaurant server
Stacey ? (L.A.)- Retail manager/jewelry maker
Devin Wilson (originally from Texas)- Hotel worker
ROUND 1 BASE CARDS:
Daniel: ACE OF DIAMONDS
Stacey: 4 OF DIAMONDS
Devin: JACK OF DIAMONDS
TONIGHT'S BONUS TRIP: San Francisco (Radisson Fisherman's Wharf)
1. In a breakthrough performance, Ellen Page breaks the news to her parents that she's pregnant in what hit movie?
Devin: "Juno"- CORRECT (100)
CARD: ACE OF SPADES- WINS ROUND 1 & TRIP INSTANTLY (600)
ROUND 2 BASE CARDS:
Daniel: KING OF SPADES
Stacey: 2 OF CLUBS
Devin: 4 OF HEARTS
The board now after the first three questions of this round:
Daniel: (KS)(9H) = FREEZES AT 19 (100)
Stacey: (2C)(9S) = 11 (200)
Devin: (4H)(AH) = 5 or 15 (600)
4. Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross or Gladys Knight- which soul singer is famous for going on stage and showing off her Pips?
Devin: Gladys Knight- CORRECT (700)
CARD: ACE OF CLUBS; SURPRISINGLY, HE KEEPS IT (6 or 16)
5. This year, angry taxpayers dumped tea into a Florida harbor to re-create the Boston Tea Party, which occurred in what century- 16th, 17th or 18th?
Devin: 17th- INCORRECT
Stacey: 18th- CORRECT (300)
CARD: 8 OF CLUBS; PASSES TO DEVIN (14)
6. You can burn up to 500 calories an hour while doing what combination of aerobics and dance?
Devin: Tae-Bo- NO
Stacey: Jazzercise- RIGHT AGAIN (400)
CARD: 3 OF DIAMONDS; PASSES TO DEVIN (17)
7. Which is the name of a real U.S. city?
A: George Washington
B: Hannah Montana
C: Yellow Rose of Texas
Stacey: Yellow Rose of Texas- NO
Devin: George Washington- RIGHT (800)
CARD: QUEEN OF HEARTS- BUSTED
8. JACK OF SPADES- WINS ROUND 2 (900)
CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND BASE CARDS:
Stacey: 10 OF DIAMONDS
Devin: 7 OF CLUBS
1. "Fun, fearless, female" is the slogan of what girly magazine formerly edited by Helen "Girly" Brown?
Stacey: Cosmopolitian- CORRECT
CARD: 10 OF HEARTS; KEEPS IT AND FREEZES AT 20
2. 7 OF HEARTS (14)
3. 9 OF DIAMONDS- STACEY WINS!
Devin leaves with the S.F. trip.
BLACKJACK BONANZA: Stacey's got her three Power Chips. She managed to get on this show after being approached by a contestant coordinator while she was eating some yogurt with blueberries and granola on a lunch break that cost about two bucks.
HAND #1: 8 OF HEARTS
HAND #2: 4 OF DIAMONDS
HAND #3: QUEEN OF SPADES
1. 4 OF SPADES; PLACES IN HAND #1 (12)
2. 6 OF HEARTS; PLACES IN HAND #1 ALSO (18)
3. ACE OF CLUBS; HAND #3 CLEARED ($1,000)
4. 3 OF SPADES; HAND #1 CLEARED ($5,000)
5. KING OF DIAMONDS; CHANGES IT (two Power Chips left)
6. 5 OF DIAMONDS; KEEPS IT (9)
7. 9 OF HEARTS; CHANGES IT (one Power Chip left)
8. 2 OF SPADES (11)
Does she get a 10 or face card within two turns to keep our season's weekly bonus round win streak intact?...
9. JACK OF HEARTS
...YES! She has just turned a $2 lunch break into a $26,000 payday! That means we've now had a BB winner in each of the season's first three weeks, already tying the amount of wins in each of the first two seasons! Tune in tomorrow to see if we make it happen again!
Conclusion of Michael Cahill's game (former "Jeopardy!" and "Merv Griffin's Crosswords" contestant!)
Wheel of Fortune: 10
Catch 21: 9
TPIR: 8 (if there had been at least one more PG win, I would've instead given it a 9 or 10)
Deal or No Deal & Jeopardy!: 8 also
The Newlywed Game: 7
Deal or No Deal & WWTBAM: 6 each
Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?: 4