Friday, October 30, 2009

10/30/2009 Results- HALLOWEEN EVE

(Note: In the spirit of Halloween, I'm going to make nearly all the red text today orange.)

LMAD: Episode 1029 is indeed a Halloween-themed episode! Host Jonathan Mangum introduces Wayne Brady as "TV's undead dealer". Our first trader today is Adriane (dressed as a spicy dancer), who brought along her mother Irma (dressed as a gardener); she's also involved in this opening deal. They're given a chance to win a spooktacular trip to New Orleans (Curtain #1) worth $7,600...if they can find it somewhere in this deal- it'll appear at least once. It could be inside either the witch's hat or the Jack-O-Lantern from the small box (Jonathan). Adriane & Irma pick the hat; however, at the bottom of the Jack-O-Lantern's top is New Orleans. They can now trade in their hat for what's inside the big box. Their next decision is to take the big box...had they gone the distance with their hat, they would've been ZONKED, or in today's case, TRICKED. Next, Curtain #2's offered for their big box, but they stay with their box...the middle curtain had the trip. Finally, they're offered $500 for the big box...they accept it, and good thing- all that was back there was a giant piece of candy corn.

Dressed as a pig to deal next is Jessica. Jonathan brings down a bucket full of candy and possibly a lot more in cash. She can give back the bucket for what's behind Curtain #3. Jessica takes the curtain, so Ian (dressed as a baby) now owns the bucket and Jessica wins...a witch horse- she's the first contestant today to get TRICKED. We'll get back to Ian later in the show.

In the meantime, Alesia & Stasia Wiggin now have a chance to win a 2010 Volkswagen Jetta S Sedan (Curtain #1) worth $17,515. Inside the small box now are three keys and a locked glass box with the car key inside; only one key opens the glass box.

Alesia: #3
Stasia: #2

Alesia's now offered Curtain #2 for her key, but she holds on to her key...and it's a DUD. She misses out on all of this behind the curtain in the middle- a Samsung washer/dryer and maid service every month for a year worth $3,850. Stasia can now either keep her key or take whatever's inside the envelope. Stasia also decides to go for the car. The envelope had $2,500...WHICH SHE SHOULD'VE TAKEN, BECAUSE HER KEY'S A DUD, TOO. So both get TRICKED in this deal; we now have three ZONK victims on the day.

Now back to Ian, who's now tempted with Curtain #1. He takes it, so the bucket now belongs to Julie Macalister...and the Jetta's still behind that same curtain, so it now belongs to Ian! This deal once again is "To Be Continued".

We close out the first half with a couples deal; Jared (dressedas a vampire) & Jennifer happen to be the day's couple. The prize behind Curtain #1 this time that they could win is an extreme flying package in the city they're standing in right now (Las Vegas) worth $1,674. But behind Curtain #2 is a spa getaway in Palm Springs worth five grand. And behind the last a Ducati motorcycle worth $8,975. Their deal is called Panic Button. There are a series of six buttons. Half of them do nothing, while each of the other three buttons close one of the curtains. They get three button presses; whatever prizes remain after their last press is what they win.

1. #3- DUD
2. #6- DUD
3. #1- WINS EVERYTHING!!! ($15,649)

But we're not done yet. The emergency panel then flips over to reveal a pair of blue buttons marked A & B. If they go for it and pick the right button, they'll win a $6,000 bonus for a grand total of $21,249 in cash and prizes; otherwise, they'll lose everything at the last second. Wisely, they decide to keep their $15K+ worth of prizes and scram!

Next, Virginia (dressed as a girl from New Jersey) is told that the clue for Curtain #3 is Wolfman. After being offered five Benjamins for it, she listens to her cousin Patricia and takes the curtain...and she now owns the fourth TRICK of the day- Jonathan wearing a Wolfman mask. These two ladies might not be going Trick or Treating together anymore after today.

Frank the Fisherman then sees the small box (Alison) come down, which is now marked Bride of Frankenstein. The cash offer for that is $700. Frank reels in the money...but the box had a sapphire/diamond ring worth $1,700. To close out this deal, Susan (wearing mostly orange stuff, including a wig of that color) can either take $1,500 from Mr. Brady's pocket or what's behind Curtain #2, with the clue there being The Mummy. She decides to take all the green...but there was indeed a trip to Egypt behind the second curtain worth $7,900.

And now, for the thrilling conclusion of the candy bucket deal with Julie. Her final offer is Curtain #1, but she's keeping the bucket. #1 this time had...a ZONKMOBILE! Now, for what's inside the bucket besides all that candy:

Hot Tamales- $15
Milk Duds- $900
Mike & Ike- $2,000

That's a total of $2,915 for Julie!

THE BIG DEAL: Today's big treat is a $24,990 Ford Mustang, and it won't be either Ian, Jared, Jennifer or Julie that goes for the car; it'll be Susan. She thinks the Mustang's behind Door #2. Behind Door #1 was a 46" Samsung LCD HDTV and Blu-Ray Disc home theater package worth $3,750. The Mustang is behind...

...DOOR #3- SO WE HAVE OUR SECOND STRAIGHT BIG DEAL SHUTOUT!!! Scary, huh? But she does quadruple her money and then some behind Door #2, because the Bank Vault has $6,225 for her. That means Ian ends up as the day's top winner on this Halloween special.

TPIR: Episode 4885K is the Halloween special! And an organ version of the theme song is played (along with a slightly different intro; the light border's orange and black, as is)! We start off with Melissa Sweedon, Loretta Williams, Care Kelly (dressed as a banana) and Arnold Amaya (dressed as a Maori/Hawiian warrior). Drew's dressed up as Hans the Yodeler (and when he comes out as Door #2, the yodeling music plays!), Rich's wearing The Big Wheel, Lanisha Cole has a Grocery Game costume, Amber Lancaster's acting as Range Game and Rachel Reynolds thinks she's a life-sized Plinko Chip. The opening IUFB this time is an XBOX 360 package (Amber).

Arnold: $425
Care: $530
Loretta: $900
Melissa: $600

ARP: $925

This really big treat could be coming Loretta's way- three new autmobiles playing TRIPLE PLAY! They are a Ford Focus S (Rachel), the redesigned 2010 Chevrolet Camaro LS (Lanisha) and a Dodge Challenger (Amber).

FOCUS (Std., AT, ALB/VSC)(Lanisha brings the first board):


The losing streak on the first car in this game in daytime, currently standing at three playings...IS OVER, as Loretta successfully picks $16,380! The ARP, though not revealed, was $17,775.

CAMARO (Std., Paint, Stripes)(Amber brings the second board):


In the Drew Carey era, we've never had a loss on the second car in this game...UNTIL NOW, with her guess being $25,777. The ARP was $23,835. For the record, the ARP of the Challenger was $25,740.

(Notes: When something bad happens on this episode, instead of the buzzer or the losing horns, a lady screaming is heard. Also, as of this playing, the show has reverted to using only one TP sign at Door #3 instead of two of them.)

Our fifth participant, dressed as Wolverine, is Dylan Olson and the second IUFB is Halloween costumes (Lanisha at Door #2).

Dylan: $199 (STAGE GARF)
Melissa: $450
Arnold: $225 (STAGE GARF)

By default, Melissa wins the $544 costumes and plays Range Game for a Waverunner (Amber). Today's board is $9,300-$9,900 (exactly as Amber's costume looks). After the game's technician, Dave, comes out to do a cameo, Melissa stops the board (which makes creaking sounds) at $9,494-$9,654...but she gets TRICKED big time- the ARP was $9,798.

Sixth is Dawn Fisher-Waltz (dressed as bubble gum stuck to the bottom of a shoe) and the third IUFB is the Dimplex electric fireplace (Rachael behind rising sign).

Dawn: $1,750
Arnold: $1,800
Care: $1,526

Dylan: BUCK

ARP: $999

Dylan, a Civil Engineering major from SDSU, plays Grocery Game for a trip to Singapore (Amber at Door #3) worth $9,720. Lanisha's running the register today. The groceries are a six-pack of Dove soap, an 18-pack of Ralph's Eggs, four giant rolls of Charmin Ultra Strong bath tissue, Barbasol shaving cream and Basic Red paper bags.

1. 2 Soaps: $8.99 X 2 = $17.98
Other purchase: Eggs = $3.99 (BUST at $21.97)

As it turns out, the first Showcase Showdown ends in a three-way tie at a half dollar apiece- Melissa gets 30 and 20, Loretta gets the 50 in one spin and Dylan gets 45 and the nickel in his two spins.

THREE-WAY SPIN SPIN-OFF (with Rich at the scoreboard):

Melissa: $.30
Loretta: $.80
Dylan: $.40

Loretta goes to the Showcase to maybe get a shot a car that's much nicer than the first three she lost out on.

The next winner hopeful is Derek O'Leary (dressed as a soldier) and the fourth IUFB is a Gucci watch (on a moving hand).

Derek: $1,200
Dawn: $925
Arnold: $1,201
Care: $1,236

ARP: $1,195

Since Derek was over by five bucks, recent Cal Poly graduate Dawn plays Double Prices for a pair of Kawasaki motorcycles (modeled by a pair of ghost riders). They're either $7,998 or $8,495 (board modeled by Lanisha)...but she gets DISQUALIFIED with $8,495.

DQ: Breaking the pair of prizes rule

Hoping that she can become a winner now is cowgirl Jennifer Elam and the next IUFB is a Flexsteel chair/ottoman (Lanisha at Door #3).

Jennifer: $1,050
Arnold: $700
Care: BUCK

ARP: $1,642

Jennifer plays Cliff Hangers for a 2010 Scion xB (Std., AT)(Amber at Door #3) worth $17,370! The SPs modeled by Rachel are a skull light, a pirate ship cooler and a cauldron. Her guess for the light is $23...$20. For the cooler, her guess is $27...$30! That means she has a $19 range for the cauldron. Her final bid for that is $17...that's a DQ for her too. It was $50; had she bid $30 for that, she would've lost by a buck. In any event, she only wins the light and the cooler.

DQ: Underpricing the second SP on final turn

The day's hero might be our last participant, Myrna Merrifield (dressed as a gypsy) and the final IUFB is a Schwinn recumbent bike behind the splitting sign (with a skeleton on it). Arnold & Care could both be headed to the First Four Breakfast Club of Horror after this go-round.

Myrna: $1,500
Arnold: $1,100
Care: $1,351
Derek: BUCK

ARP: $699

Derek gets to wrap things up with another SP game- which turns out to be Plinko! Rachel also models this game's SPs.

1. Bubble fogger
IS NOT: $50
PICK: 5- $80

2. Voice distorter
IS NOT: $25
PICK: 5- $15

3. Five-foot posable bat
IS NOT: $20
PICK: 0- $27

4. Black light set
IS NOT: $35
PICK: 5- $30

(Note: The regular buzzer is used here for incorrect answers.)

Instead of having three Plinko Chips, he only has two; Rachel brings him the extra one. I hope he makes a lot of money...

1. $10,000
2. $100 (Left)

...and he does with $10,100! We definitely don't get skunked today! I loved today's lineup, as well. But I do have to put most of the blame on all of this week's Showcase winners so far except for Peter Maciel (since his episode was taped much later than this one) for jinxing most of this Halloween special.

TODAY'S WIN AT-HOME PRIZE: 42" Panasonic plasma HDTV

Dawn ($1,195): $.75
Jennifer ($1,692): Dime + 40 = $.50
Derek ($10,814): $.85

Derek makes it to the Showcase; today, the Showcase podiums are dressed as coffins!

The first Showcase has these three spooky trips to offer at Door #2 modeled by Amber- Charlotte, NC (includes a three-night stay at the Charlotte Uptown and tickets to the Gravedigger's Ball), Salem, MA (includes a private witch tour) and London (includes a six-night stay at the Grosvenor House and a private tour of the city). Derek passes this Showcase to Lanisha.

Derek's latest treats could be a home theater package (Lanisha at Door #3) that features a trio of home theater seats, a JVC 47" LCD TV, a 120GB iPod, a Blu-Ray Disc player and 23 horror DVDs; plus, there's a Chevy HHR LS (Rachel at Door #1).

As luck would have it, both bid just $4,200 on their Showcases, a DOUBLE GARF OF THE CENTURY.

(Note: Drew opens the top door on both Showcase podiums to reveal the Showcase bid/ARP displays. The text on them is slightly different.)

The one who garfed the least is...

Loretta: $19,399 (Difference: $15,199)
Derek: $27,954 (Difference: $23,754)

...Loretta, so she picks up a very scary, ugly Showcase victory and takes home $20,324 in stuff. Additionally, Derek's Showcase bid is also a ZONK ANSWER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE.

DQ: Derek's Showcase bid repeat

Video Bonus: Footage from today's episode- Clip 1, Clip 2 & Clip 3

(IMPORTANT PROGRAMMING NOTE: The 7,000th episode celebration will take place on Thursday, November 5th!)

Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?: Let's see if Carl Edwards can take a big money checkered flag to end NASCAR Week and split it up between the NASCAR Foundation/Motor Racing Outreach and the Aflac Cancer Center. His opening classmate partner is Malachi (who would like to attend the University of Miami, FL), and let's see his categories:

1st Grade Earth Science
1st Grade Math
2nd Grade U.S. Geography
2nd Grade Animal Science
3rd Grade Grammar
3rd Grade Geometry
4th Grade Measurements
4th Grade Physical Science
5th Grade Literature
5th Grade Language

For $5,000, here's the opening question from 5th Grade Literature:

First published in 1873, the novel "Around the World in 80 Days" was written by which author?

For no reason, Carl guesses Jack London...definitely incorrect. Zach had the right answer of Jules Verne...but not Malachi, as he wrote down John Smith instead. Carl tries again for $5,000, this time with the following 5th Grade Language question:

What Latin motto that appears on U.S. currency means "out of many, one"?

A similar question resulted in a controversial Million Pound Question on the British version of "Who Wants To Be a Millionaire" (a celebrity couple wound up getting it wrong as a result, but they were invited back for a different MPQ and they walked with the 500,000 pounds that time). Anyway, thinking of his dad, Carl locks in "E Pluribus Unum" for five grand! Continuing his slow trip down the board, his third subject selection is 4th Grade Measurements. For another $3,500, the question this time is:

What unit of measurement abbreviated dB measures the intensity of sound waves?

Carl guesses decibels...and his bank now stands at $8,500! After choosing on Danielle, the fourth topic he attempts is 3rd Grade Grammar. This is a $2,500 question:

What's the plural possessive pronoun in the following sentence- "We watched as Khamani and Kevin left their backpacks in the hallway"?

He thinks it's "their" (as did Danielle)...and it is for a new total of 11 large! Then, he goes back up to 4th Grade Physical Science before being asked this for an additional $3,500:

T or F: When you mix water with sugar, the sugar acts as a solvent.

The guess from Carl is True...FALSE. Danielle...gets him the Save for a new total of $14,500! Carl then moves on to 3rd Grade Geometry. For $2,500 more, the next question is:

What's the number pi rounded to the first two decimal places?

After another quick lock in by Danielle, Carl wisely Peeks at her answer of 3.14. He then locks that in to increase his charity winnings to $17,000! With Zach now at the other desk for a possible Copy scenario, Carl's next category is 2nd Grade Animal Science. For another grand:

Which of these statements is NOT true of amphibians?

A: They lay eggs
B: They live in water and on land
C: They are warm blooded

Carl's confident that amphibians aren't warm blooded...yes indeed to inch up to $18,000! The other 2nd Grade question in U.S. Geography:

In terms of population, what's the largest city to border Lake Michigan?

He's very sure it's Chicago...that's $19,000 for him now! The 1st Grade subject he chooses first is Earth Science.

Approximately how much of the Earth's surface is covered in water?

A: 1/3
B: 1/2
C: 3/4

He goes with 3/ question away from $20,000!

Extra Credit Question:

Which of the following city zoos holds the most species?

A: Omaha
B: San Diego
C: Houston

Answer: Omaha; the first city to get the boot was Houston.

Now, here's the final regulation question in 1st Grade Math:

What integer with a four in the ones place is closest to 80?

Curt uses the Copy. Had he guessed 84 on his own...he would've been right. As for Zach...84's on his monitor also, meaning Curt finishes with $10,000 apiece for his two charities to get ($20,000)! But, he's going to try to multiply all of that by 10 with this $200,000 Bonus Question in the lucky category of World History. Curt says if he misses it, he'll donate $30,000 himself between his two charities (in addition to the $2,500 courtesy of this show). But for the 200, here's the question:

Who were the first and last names of the U.S. Commodore who negotiated a trade treaty with Japan in 1854, ending hundreds of years of Japanese isolation?

Carl gives a ZONK ANSWER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE with Commander Arnold. The right name was Matthew Perry.

JEFF'S JOKE OF THE DAY (after outtakes are shown): "If you think the state of Kentucky was founded by Colonel Sanders, you might NOT be smarter than a 5th Grader."

Now, for the conclusion of Special Delivery Week. The pregnant stay-at-home mom joining us tonight is Monica Robasic (who's expecting her third baby, which she will name Joshua Alexander, in five days). Madison's her first partner and let's see her subjects:

1st Grade Vocabulary
1st Grade Grammar
2nd Grade U.S. History
2nd Grade Math
3rd Grade Astronomy
3rd Grade World Geography
4th Grade Physical Science
4th Grade Spelling
5th Grade World History
5th Grade Literature

The first category is 5th Grade World History. This is her first $5,000 question:

What was the name of the Japanese emperor who gave a speech over the radio on August 15, 1945 signifying Japan's surrender in WWII?

Since Monica's not a history buff, she will Copy Madison. All three classmates said Hirohito...which is the $5,000 emperor! Her second subject is 3rd Grade World Geometry. To add half of what she has so far early on, here's the question:

The Panama Canal connects the Caribbean Sea to which ocean?

Monica guesses the Pacific...correct for a new total of $7,500! Third, she goes all the way back up to 5th Grade Literature before being asked the following for another $5,000:

What 1937 novel by J.R.R. Tolkien tells the story of Bilbo Baggins and his question for the treasure guarded by a dragon, Smaug?

Monica goes with my gut of "Lord of the Rings", also the title of a popular movie series...NO! Madison instead answered "The Hobbit"...that's right for $12,500! Her second and possibly final partner this game is Pablo (at her husband's request), and her fourth question eminates from 4th Grade Physical Science. For $3,500 extra:

If a substance has a measure of three on the pH scale, it's which of the following?

A: Acid
B: Base
C: Neutral

Assuming she rules out neutral, she's got a 50/50 chance of being right here. Thinking back to reading a book about this, she locks in acid...yes indeed to move up to $16,000! The other 4th Grade question is in Spelling, and reads like this:

How many times does the letter E appear in the following word- "delicatessen"?

Monica spells out the word correctly...and locks in three to make her new total winnings $19,500! Pablo got it right as well (despite the fact that Spelling isn't one of his best subjects). The sixth category played is 2nd Grade U.S. History. The one grand question there:

Farmous for patenting 1,093 inventions, what American inventor was known as the Wizard of Menlo Park?

Because she has no idea, Monica uses the Peek and then takes Pablo's guess of Thomas Edison (written as Tom Edison)...she now has $20,500! But she's now on her own the rest of the way out. Question #7 comes from 3rd Grade Astronomy, so it's worth $2,500 more:

T or F: Sunspots are created by disruptions in the Sun's magnetic field.

Monica locks in's right for $23,000! Now, to this from 1st Grade Vocabulary:

What letter do you add to the word "cap" to make a word meaning "a sleeveless garment fastened around the neck which falls loosely from the shoulders"?

She locks in in "cape", she's right again! I would've missed with the H and "chap". Staying at the bottom of the board, Monica then listens to this 1st Grade Grammar query:

How many titles of respect appear in the following sentence- "Mr. Foxworthy has an appointment with Dr. Doolittle"?

Monica's next-to-last regulation answer of two...puts her within one of a sweep!

Totino's Extra Credit Question:

What percentage of Americans eat breakfast in their cars?

A: 10%
B: 25%
C: 50%

Answer: 25%; the 50% was eliminated first.

For $25,000, here's the problem that 2nd Grade Measurements decides to pose:

T or F: If Pablo multiplies an even number by an odd number, the result will always be even.

Math's her favorite subject...and she proves it by correctly locking in True for $25,000!

$250,000 QUESTION CATEGORY: Earth Science

Will she be the second and final pregnant mom to go for a quarter million this week?...


To conclude the week, 7th Grade teacher Lauren Dubb takes $3,000 into this Bonus Question, with the category being U.S. History:

Who was the first man to be U.S. President when the United States had 50 states?

Her final answer is John Adams...but it was her mom's guess of Dwight D. Eisenhower, so she goes home with the $2,500 card.

Next week, we'll see the rest of WWE Week, and we'll see soap stars compete!

DOND: #18 Valerie Bishop wraps up the week with us.

1. #9 (Angela)- $1,000
2. #11 (Gene)- $2,500
3. #3 (Frannie)- $10,000
4. #6 (James)- $300
5. #12 (Kim)- $500


1. #19 (Gerry P.)- $10
2. #17 (Andrea)- $250,000 (she was ONE OFF this amount)
3. #15 (Pattie)- $7,500
4. #22 (Rema)- BUCK
5. #5 (Roula)- $25,000


1. #1 (Rosa)- $5
2. #8 (Lakisha)- $25
3. #21 (Bob)- $50
4. #14 (Kevin)- PENNY


1. #10 (Tiffany)- $500,000 (DANGER ZONE ENFORCED)
2. #16 (Dan)- $75,000 (STRIKE ONE)


1. #20 (Erin)- $400
2. #4 (Mark)- $200


19th PICK: #13 (Jen)- $5,000


20th PICK: #2 (Robert)- $100,000 (STRIKE TWO; NO SAFETY NET LEFT)


Would she have won the $50K...yes.

The Newlywed Game: Let's meet the latest end-of-week couples:

Marc & Kim D. (married eight months)
Josh & Allie (married three months)
Ryan & Kim P. (married 1 1/3 years)

Randy's Intro: "The queen of romance herself"


1. Which of you is more likely to wanna have sex in a public place where you might get caught?
2. If it were up to your wife, what would the temperature of your house be like- Florida, Alaska or somewhere in between?
3. Complete the following: "I know my wife's had a great day when she gives me _________."


1. Myself
2. In between
3. Hugs and kisses

1. Myself
2. In between
3. Pleasures me "down there"

1. Kim
2. Alaska
3. A hug

TRIP AT STAKE: Barbados (Almond)


Kim D.:
1. Myself- NO MATCH
2. In between- MATCH (5)
3. Cooking dinner- NO MATCH

1. Josh- MATCH (5)
2. In between- MATCH (10)
3. Pleasures him "downtown"- MATCH (15)

Kim P.:
1. Myself- MATCH (5)
2. Florida- NO MATCH
3. A foot massage- NO MATCH


1. What's most likely to wake you up in the middle of the night- snoring, being kicked out by accident or being poked on purpose?
2. What's the most unromantic thing that your husband has ever said to you right after the two of you make whoopie? Dimension (Kindness): What was the last random act of kindness you witnessed your husband do for a stranger?
30-POINT BONUS QUESTION: "When it comes to male actors, I would say _____________ i s the most talented, but _______________ is definitely the hottest man on screen."


Kim D.:
1. Kicked out by accident
2. "I'm thirsty"
3. Left a large donation at church
BONUS: Jack Black, Mark Wahlberg

1. Kicked out by accident
2. "Good night, babe"
3. Gave a guy a ride home from work
BONUS: Jim Carrey, Gerard Butler

Kim P.:
1. Snoring
2. "I'm sorry"
3. Left a big tip at a restaurant
BONUS: David Duchovny, Ewan McGregor


1. Kicked out by accident- MATCH (15)
2. "I'm sorry you didn't get there, too"- NO MATCH
3. Giving spare change to the homeless down the street- NO MATCH
BONUS: Brad Pitt, Mark Wahlberg- ONE MATCH (30)

1. Kicked out by accident- MATCH (25)
2. "Oops"- NO MATCH
3. Holding a door open- NO MATCH
BONUS: Clive Owen, Gerard Butler- ONE MATCH (40)

1. Snoring- MATCH (15)
2. "I'm sorry"- MATCH (25)
3. Holding a door open- NO MATCH
BONUS: Russell Crowe, Ewan McGregor- ONE MATCH (40)


Allie: 20
Kim P.: 25

Ryan & Kim are going to Barbados! Hopefully the place isn't haunted when they arrive...

Today's Consolation Prize: Arthur Murray gift certificate

WOF: We're wrapping up one of our best Halloween Weeks ever, thinks in part to Eric Hamlin's season-best $89,350 win last night! Friday's first Toss-Up category is Fictional Character:

_ H _ / _ R _ A T

_ _ _ _ _ I _

Juan knows about THE GREAT PUMPKIN from "Peanuts" fame for $1,000. Now, for our Friday panel:

Juan Hoya (Houston, TX)- Graphic designer and an energy study representative
Vanessa Vaughn (Merrillville, IN)- Accounting major at Brown Macon College
Devon Bussey (Orlando)- Graphic designer and a former cafeteria worker

$2,000 Toss-Up category is Occupation:

_ L _ _ _ T

_ _ _ _ _ _ A N T

Juan's two for two with FLIGHT ATTENDANT, tripling his money in the process.

After a haunted tour of Las Vegas (includes tickets to a show) from worth $5,113 goes on the wheel, the category for the week's last Meineke Jackpot Round is Before & After. Juan immediately Bankrupts. Vanessa secondly calls two H's for $600 and buys four E's, then she calls two T's for another $900, three N's to add $2,400, but she next buys this puzzle's only dud vowel (A). Devon then calls the first letter of this puzzle, S, for $600, and after buying the I, she follows that with a couple G's for $1,100 more and a $300 L before we see this...

S T E _ H E N

_ I N G

_ _ / T H E / _ _ N G L E

...she solves STEPHEN KING OF THE JUNGLE for $1,750.

DUD: A (Vanessa)

Next category is Fun & Games. Vanessa starts off the second main round with four T's for the Wild Card, two H's for the trip, but she then lands on Lose a Turn. Devon's next in line with three S's for $1,800, the purchase of three O's, two L's for an additional $1,100 and she then buys four E's and three I's. Afterwards, she calls a pair of N's for another grand, two G's to add $1,200, three R's for another nine Benjamins and buys the U. The board currently reads:


G H O S T / S T O R I E S

_ R O U N _ / T H E

_ _ _ _ _ I R E

She's able to solve TELLING GHOST STORIES AROUND THE CAMPFIRE for another five grand and $6,750 total.

LAT: Vanessa

IHOP Mystery/Prize Puzzle Round category is Phrase. Devon immediately calls a dud in N. Juan secondly calls a $300 S, buys a trio of A's, then he lands on the Mystery Wedge next to the Million Dollar Wedge. He calls a T and flips...$10,000! Next, he calls four R's for another couple grand and purchases a pair of O's and six E's; after he calls the K for $600 more, we have...

_ E / S _ R E / T O

K E E _ / _ O _ R

_ A _ E R A / R E A _ _

...Juan, not only have you won another $12,150, BE SURE TO KEEP YOUR CAMERA READY, because you're headed on a tour of Costa Rica from worth six large, for a new total of $21,150 in cash and tour!

DUD: $550 N (Devon)

TONIGHT'S SPIN ID: MS00429 (Marie V. from Petersburg, VA!)

$3,000 Toss-Up category is Rhyme Time:

_ _ A M E

G _ M _

Juan solves BLAME GAME to sweep the Toss-Ups and make his new total $24,150! Next category is In the Kitchen. He starts off with twin N's for $1,000 and buys an O and two E's before dudding out with the T. Vanessa follows with two L's for $1,600 before calling D for dud, and we then hear the big bell for Speed-Up Mode. Board at this point:

_ E L _ _ _ N

_ _ _ _ L E / _ _ O N

The remaining consonants are worth...$1,500 apiece. After we get back to her and she calls the B...

B E L _ _ _ N

_ _ _ _ L E / _ R O N

...she finally gets off the gooseegg with BELGIAN WAFFLE IRON for $3,100! Devon leaves with $6,750 and Juan takes the match with $24,150!

So far, an even 34 grand in cash and trip has been given away on the episode just before Halloween.

Prior to big bell: $500 D (Vanessa), $800 T (Juan)
During Speed-Up: P (Juan)


Big Money Round: Juan Hoya spins the S in AMERICA'S and the category is Phrase. Starting with:

_ _ T / _ T

_ _ _

He calls G, M, H and I and gets...

H I T / I T

_ I G

...he is able to HIT IT BIG (and make Kasey Clapp very unhappy back at home) for...

...$25,000, giving him a final total of $49,150 in cash and trip! That means we end up with a 4 for 5 bonus round week just before we head to Boston on Monday! Additionally, as a result of tonight's BR win, we have established a new season-high total for one week with $321,263 in cash and prizes!!

Pat's credit in this week's full credit roll: Pumpkin picker

Jeopardy!: Can Christine Valada become a five-time champion just before, I think, we begin our Teen Tournament on Monday? Let's hope she can against:

Chris Rodrigues (New Bedford, MA)- Personal banking representative
Roopa Kalaynraman Marcello (Brooklyn, NY) Public health professional

Our first six categories this Friday are:


DROP OUT (this is about celebrity school/college drop-outs)

At the first break, Valada has $2,800 and an $800 lead over Marcello; Rodrigues has $400. Marcello later uncovers the Daily Double under the next-to-last clue of this round, the $1,000 one in Tune "In". She and the champ are tied for the lead with $3,400, both leading Rodrigues by four bills. Her wager is the face value of the clue, a grand, on this for the outright lead if she's right:

Perhaps this type of pasta tastes good to your tongue because its name means "little tongue".

"What is linguine?" right for sole possession of the lead and $4,400! Time runs out before we get to the final $1,000 clue in Brotherhood & Sisterhood.


DJ! Categories:


BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM (a foreign movie title and the year it was released are shown on each clue; the country must be given)
"The Shakespearean Room With Wolf Blitzer" (all clues here are shown on a ticker graphic!)

Marcello finds her second DD of the evening early on under the $2,000 clue in "The Shakespearean Room" with six grand; she leads Rodrigues by a grand, while the champ has $3,800. Her wager this time is two grand. To keep the lead, here's the clue from Wolf:

Breaking news...decapitation & regicide in Scotland! Macbeth is dead, & Macduff hails this man as the new king!

"Who is Ben Quo?"...NO. Wolf was actually referring to Malcolm, so she's fallen to second place for the moment with $4,000. Rodrigues then finds the other one under the $1,600 Artsy clue with $11,400 and the lead; Valada's in second with seven grand and Marcello's back up to $5,600. He wagers $1,400 on this:

In the 1690s, Jesuit brother Andrea Pozzo appropriately painted a "Triumph" of this saint.

"Who is Ignatius (of) Loyola?"...that's the saint for a new total of $12,800! He's close to Lock Game Territory. Time expires before the $800 Best Foreign Language Film clue can be revealed; we end this round with four straight Triple Stumpers.

DJ! LACH TRASH (all unattempted): $5,600


Christine: $7,000
Roopa: $12,000

Chris: $16,000


Christine: $7,000
Roopa: $14,000
Chris: $16,200

This is a 3/4 FJ! betting situation.

FJ! CATEGORY: Presidential Names.

He's the only President whose first and last names contain the same pair of double letters.

Christine Valada responded with NOTHING. Her wager...three grand, dropping her to a final score of $4,000. Roopa Kalaynraman Marcello's response was "Who is Coolidge", which is definitely no good, because that doesn't fit the clue. Her wager...$8,008, so she's now out of this game with $3,992, and it likely means Valada will be sent home with $70,703 for her five days. Just out of curiosity, Chris Rodrigues wrote down not much of anything, going for William Henry Harrison, which is also incorrect; the correct response was "Who is Millard Filmore?". That costs him $8,001, so he'll take $7,999 into next time.

Catch 21: One of these three players could make back-to-back $25,000 wins happen for the very first time here tonight:

Jasmin- Has gotten a transplant in L.A. from NYC
Jerame (originally from Cleveland)- Professional magician
Tammy (Clearwater Beach, FL)- Marketing director

(Notes: In later-taped episodes for this season like last night's and tonight's, Alfonso's standing in front of the three players when he first says somebody could win $25,000, and Mikki apparently no longer goes down the steps when she's first introduced.)


Jasmin: 5 OF HEARTS
Tammy: 5 OF CLUBS

TONIGHT'S BONUS PRIZE: $500 Seattle's Best Coffee gift certificate

After the first three questions, our opening hands now look like:

Jasmin: (5H)(7D) = 12 (200)
Jerame: (AS)(8S) = 8 or 18 (100)
Tammy: (5C)(2C) = 7

4. No, the Battle of the Bulge doesn't involve not fitting into a dress- it was a German offensive during what war?

A: Revolutionary War
B: Civil War

Jerame: Civil War- NO
Tammy: WWII- CORRECT (100)


5. Espresso yourself- which is a coffee icon from Columbia?

A: Juan Peron
B: Juan Perez
C: Juan Valdez

Jasmin: Juan Valdez- YES INDEED (300)


6. If the Trojans were fighting the Fighting Irish, which two colleges would be playing?

A: Harvard & Yale
B: USC & Notre Dame
C: Stanford & Princeton

Jasmin: USC & Notre Dame- YOU BET (400)


7. This year, with a little help from their friends, former members of what rock band help create their own version of the popular video game "Rock Band"?

A: The Monkees
B: The Beatles
C: Rolling Stones

Tammy: The Beatles- OF COURSE (200)



Jerame: 10 OF DIAMONDS
Tammy: 9 OF HEARTS

1. If you tell your hairstylist you'd like a "shag", what are you asking him to give you?

Tammy: Layers haircut- ACCEPTABLE (800)


2. The pessimists' novel "Pirate Latitudes" was found on the computer of what late author of "Jurassic Park" and "The Andromeda Strain"?

A: Robin Cook
B: Michael Crichton
C: Dean Koontz

Jerame: Dean Koontz- INCORRECT
Tammy: Michael Crichton- RIGHT AGAIN (900)


3. We can't help but wonder if Spanish rice was thrown at the 1996 wedding of Melanie Griffith and whom?

Tammy: Antonio Banderas- RIGHT YET AGAIN (1,000)



Jasmin: 6 OF HEARTS

1. If rapper 50 Cent looked at a U.S. 50 cent coin, which youngest elected U.S. President would he see?

Tammy: (John F.) Kennedy- CORRECT


2. What 12-year-old probably screamed for joy when he was paid an estimated $5 Million to star in the 1992 sequel to "Home Alone"?

Tammy: McCaulay Culkin- RIGHT YET AGAIN

For her to win this game and take four Power Chips into Bonusland, she needs at least an 8...



BLACKJACK BONANZA: If Tammy can make yet another $25,000 win happen, we will make history in more ways than one. Let's hope for the best.




2. 8 OF DIAMONDS; CHANGES IT (three Power Chips left)


4. 7 OF HEARTS; HAND #2 CLEARED ($1,000)


6. QUEEN OF HEARTS; CHANGES IT (one Power Chip left)


If one of the next two cards is also an Ace, she will have GRAND SLAMMED this show...


...NO, but at least she goes home with $6,500 in cash and coffee!


Pay It Off: The first-ever returning contestant on this show is Elgin Tucker. He's already won three games, so his total currently stands at $4,500. Bola's his Bailout Buddy and is still available.

Fab 5: Elgin has to pick the five activities out of the 10 listed that burn the most calories per hour, according to WebMD.


1. Swimming
2. Dancing
3. Tennis
4. Yoga
5. Skiing
6. Golf- WINS $7,000

Piece Out: If he's successful in joining the five-figure club, Elgin will win an electric bicycle and an iPod Nano. The category of his mystery picture is Thing.

1. Formerly endorsed by Bill Cosby, about 300 million boxes of what are sold yearly in the U.S.?

A: Rice-A-Roni
B: Wheaties
C: Jell-O
D: Cracker Jack

Guess: Jell-O- YOU BET

2. If rapper Flo Rida wants to admire apple bottoms in his home state of Florida, which beach could he go to?

A: Myrtle
B: South
C: Jones
D: Doheny

Guess: South- YES INDEED (2)

3. Which TV show featured Dennis Haysbery as a black U.S. president before it was cool?

A: "24"
B: "Girlfriends"
C: "Baldwin Hills"
D: "The Game"

Guess: "24"- RIGHT (3)

4. The name of which of the Seven Deadly Sins is also the term for a group of lions?

A: Sloth
B: Anger
C: Greed
D: Pride

Guess: Pride- RIGHT AGAIN (4)

5. What African-American playwright won two Pulitzer Prizes for the plays "Fences" & "The Piano Lesson"?

A: Lorraine Hansberry
B: August Wilson
C: Tyler Perry
D: Langston Hughes

Guess: August Wilson- SWEEP!

He then chooses to remove pieces #7, #8, #3, #13 and #9...and just like yours truly, he knows it after his second puzzle piece removal- the Eiffel Tower!

BACK IN THE BLACK: The base item this go-round are the "Three Little Pigs".

$500: Digits in a Social Security number

$1,000: Acres of land of the White House grounds

He leaves with the $10,000 and a pair of bonus prizes.

(Note: As of the last episode, the $15,000 level is re-titled the "Grand Prize" level.)

Our next contestant is Cheryl Davis from Atlanta, who has about $30,000 worth of credit card debts. Her oldest sister Connie's her Bailout Buddy.

Whodunnit: The two subjects for this game are Eve the Rapper and Eve from the Bible.

1. Who "Gotta Man" the moment she opened her eyes?
Pick: Eve from the Bible- CORRECT

2. Who might have said "Let me blow ya mind" when she was naked with her man Adam?
Pick: Eve the Rapper- STRIKE ONE

3. Who successfully entered a man's world by being the first female in the Ruff Ryders crew?
Pick: Eve the Rapper- RIGHT

4. Who took a bite of the Big Apple when she appeared on "TRL"?
Pick: Eve the Rapper- WINS $1,000

Black Sheep:

1. Which musical group was NOT formed in Atlanta?

A: Destiny's Child

C: Arrested Development

Guess: Destiny's Child- CORRECT

2. The President and First Lady do NOT have what luxury at The White House?

A: Their own movie theater
B: Their own basketball court
C: Their own day spa

Guess: Their own day spa- RIGHT

3. Which of the following beauties is NOT a beauty contest winner?

A: Halle Berry
B: Vanessa L. Williams
C: Vivica A. Fox

Guess: Vivica A. Fox- WINS $2,500

Don't Blink: The music video shown here this time is "Pon De Replay" by Rihanna.


1. What does the neon sign over the artist's shoulder say?
2. On which arm is the artist wearing bracelets?
3. What's playing in the video above the artist's head?
4. What's the letter on the dancer's jacket?
5. Name the song.


1. Dance- STRIKE ONE (A: Park or Par)
2. Right- CORRECT
3. Lightning- RIGHT

Does she know the song's title...NO, so she leaves with $2,500.

Our next contestant is David Wilson from Southfield, MI. He's broke, so he doesn't have a relationship. His brother Nick becomes this game's Bailout Buddy.

David knows enough about the Harlem Globetrotters & the Harlem Renaissance for $1,000, then he gets past Black Sheep to add $1,500...and thanks to Nick on the last question, he manages to successfully clear a Don't Blink game about "The Keyshia Cole Show" to take his winnings to $4,500. If he can win next game, he'll be back on the next episode.

Fab 5: This time, he must pick the five artists out of the possible 10 that were amongst the first 10 inducted into the Rock 'N Roll Hall of Fame.

Stevie Wonder
Tina Turner
James Brown
Smokey Robinson
Fats Domino
Bob Marley
Michael Jackson
Ray Charles
Chuck Berry
Little Richard

1. Chuck Berry
2. Ray Charles
3. Stevie Wonder
4. James Brown
5. Bob Marley
6. Michael Jackson

He won't be returning, but he will be leaving with $4,500. The other two correct artists were Fats Domino & Little Richard.

Millionaire: First up was former 1996 "Jeopardy!" College Champion Shane Whitlock from Little Rock, AR. All week long, the Expert has been Tom DeLay.

Lower Tier: Hot Dogs, Sporting Goods, Earth, Movie Directors & Consumer Brands
Middle Tier: Famous Firsts, Colors, Hairstyles, Main Ingredients & David Letterman
Upper Tier: Anatomy, Ohio, Deep Space, Down Under & Assassinations

His first question:

According to their long-running advertising slogan, Ball Park hot dogs do what "when you cook 'em"?

A: Melt
B: Plump
C: Crisp
D: Scream in pain

With just four seconds left, Shane had to Ask the Audience. 97% said plump, 2% said scream in pain and the other 1% said melt. He then locked in plump a second later for $500 and add his first three seconds to his time bank, which now stood at :48. He then got the remainder of his first five questions correct to lock up $5,000 and run his million dollar clock up to 1:32. Now, for $7,500:

Opened in Brooklyn's Coney Island in June 1884, the "Switchback Railway" is recognized as the first what?

A: Carousel
B: Ferris wheel
C: Waterslide
D: Roller coaster

With :17 left, Shane decided to Ask the Expert. Tom thought it was roller coaster, but it feared it would be too obvious. Three seconds later, he Phoned a Friend- it could've been Nicole (Little Rock), Steve (Pittsburgh) or Chad Mosher (Flint, MI). Sorry, Chad, but Shane called up his friend Steve, who thought it was a carousel. Because of two different answers being given, Shane wisely used his Double Dip a second later. His first guess was carousel...incorrect. He then guessed roller coaster with 10 seconds left...Tom was right all along! Shane now had $7,500 and 1:42 on his million dollar clock.


Though the chemical element in its name is itself silvery-white, which of the following colors is a shade of deep blue?

A: Xenon blue
B: Argon blue
C: Cobalt blue
D: Bromine blue

GUESS (:24): Cobalt blue- CORRECT (2:06)


Thought it was made popular by men in the 1950s, what hairstyle is named after a French mistress from the 1700s?

A: Bouffant
B: Pompadour
C: Chignon
D: Pixie

GUESS (:25): Pompadour- RIGHT (2:31)


While sauerkraut is made with cabbage, traditional sauerbraten is made with what?

A: Fish
B: Cheese
C: Beef
D: Fruit

GUESS (:22): Beef- RIGHT (2:53)


In a "Late Show" Christmas tradition, David Letterman has Jay Thomas recount a story about a car chase involving what costumed character?

A: The Lone Ranger
B: Captain Kangaroo
C: Big Bird
D: Bozo the Clown

GUESS (:04): Big Bird- OOPS (A: The Lone Ranger)

Shane had to settle for adding $5,000 to his lifetime GS winnings.

Start of Melissa Storms' game

Episode ratings:

8: "Catch 21", "The Newlywed Game" & "Wheel of Fortune"
7: "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?", "Deal or No Deal"
6: "The Price is Right", "Jeopardy!", "Millionaire" & "Pay It Off"
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