Saturday, January 31, 2009

Kathy Cox update

Contrary to what I said about a month ago, Kathy Cox has STILL not given the $1 Million that she won on "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?" to her three chosen schools; thanks in part to her family's bankruptcy, the $1 Million is now in the hands of FOX.

http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/sto...age_tab_newstab

"Go for the Green"/SPIN ID 1/31

TONIGHT's $5,000-WINNING SPIN ID: WC02610

Tonight is Episode 18, and I do believe we have just three episodes left to go after this one.

TRIP AT STAKE: Hong Kong

1. Which Portland, OR attraction is real?

A: Chlorine-free water park
B: Vegan strip club

Answer: Vegan strip club

2. What is Prince Charles Building?

A: An eco-town
B: A 150 MPG car

Answer: An eco-town

CONSERVATION QUESTION (11 left): What's Quilted Northern making?

A: Three-ply toilet paper
B: Reusable toilet paper

Answer: Three-ply toilet paper

Only four got that right, so we continue.

CONSERVATION QUESTION #2: According to a University of London study, global warming can also...

A: Stain teeth
B: Accelerate blindness

Answer: Accelerate blindness

We have the maximum eight players for Round 2, all of which tonight are male: Ross, Larry (a full-time student), Rony (a clothing store owner in Santa Monica), Izzi (a writer and Tom Green fan from Atlanta), Travion (an aspiring sports writer from L.A.), Ryan (a domain match specialist), Jason (a karate guy) and Rico (Southside Chicago).

1. IN CONTROL: Travion
CATEGORY: History- TAKES QUESTION

Which historical U.S. document was drafted on hemp paper?

A: Declaration of Independence
B: $5 bill
C: Emancipation Proclamation

GUESS: Emancipation Proclamation- INCORRECT (A: Declaration of Independence)

2. IN CONTROL: Rony
CATEGORY: Celebrities- CHALLENGES JASON

What has Daryl Hannah done to go greener?

A: Only wears llama wool
B: Converted her Trans Am to electric
C: Turned a golf course into an orchard

GUESS: Only wears llama wool- NO (A: Electric Trans Am)

3. IN CONTROL: Izzi
CATEGORY: World Record Breakers- CHALLENGES RICO

What's the world record for the number of people in a SmartCar?

A: 10
B: 14
C: 18

GUESS: 18- CORRECT

4. IN CONTROL: Ross
CATEGORY: Movies- TAKES QUESTION

What's happening to "An Inconvenient Truth"?

A: One of its DVDs got shot into space
B: It's being turned into an opera
C: Running permanently on Virgin Air

GUESS: Opera- RIGHT; ELIMINATES RONY

5. IN CONTROL: Larry
CATEGORY: Travel- CHALLENGES ROSS

In order to go green, what landmark's cutting its lighting in half?

A: Eiffel Tower
B: Statue of Liberty

C: Washington Monument

GUESS: Eiffel Tower- RIGHT AGAIN

6. IN CONTROL: Ryan
CATEGORY: Weddings- TAKES QUESTION

How did Al Gore goof at his daughter's wedding rehearsal?

A: Served endangered fish
B: Rented limos for guests
C: Spelled his daughter's name in lights

GUESS: Served endangered fish- RIGHT; ELIMINATES ROSS

CHAIN GAME: Rico won the coin toss and opts to go first. The topic tonight- place seven different oil history milestones in order from oldest to most recent.

A: First Indy 500
B: First gas station
C: First U.S. oil well
D: Exxon Valdez disaster
E: Alaskan Pipeline starts flowing
F: Banning of leaded gas in U.S.
G: Jed Clampett discovers oil on "Beverly Hillbillies"

RICO'S FIRST ATTEMPT:

1. Jed Clampett
2. First U.S. oil well
3. First gas station
4. First Indy 500
5. Alaskan Pipeline
6. Exxon Valdez disaster
7. Leaded gas ban

LAST THREE RIGHT- 39

SECOND TRY:

1. First U.S. oil well
2. First gas station
3. First Indy 500
4. Jed Clampett
5. Alaskan pipeline
6. Exxon Valdez diaster
7. Leaded gas ban

ALL CLEAR- 54.5

RYAN'S FIRST TRY:

1. First U.S. oil well
2. First Indy 500
3. Jed Clampett
4. First gas station
5. Alaskan pipeline
6. Exxon Valdez disaster
7. Leaded gas ban

23 SECONDS LEFT

SECOND TRY:

1. First U.S. oil well
2. Jed Clampett
3. First gas station
4. First Indy 500
5. Alaskan Pipeline
6. Exxon Valdez disaster
7. Leaded gas ban

12 SECONDS LEFT

FINAL TRY:

1. First U.S. oil well
2. First Indy 500
3. First gas station
4. Jed Clampett
5. Alaskan Pipeline
6. Exxon Valdez disaster
7. Leaded gas ban

LOSE- 0.6 LEFT

Rico hangs on for the victory!

Friday, January 30, 2009

NBC midseason news

The current season of "The Biggest Loser" has been extended from 13 to 19 episodes.

Also, "Deal or No Deal" host Howie Mandel's "Howie Do It" has been renewed for another 12 episodes thanks to its solid 18-49 ratings.

Source: The Futon Critic

"13: Fear is Real" 1/30

Remember, the Killer is allowed to kill up to two more contestants this season.

In the first segment of this week's episode, the remaining eight look at old newspaper articles about people being killed scattered all over the fort's floor, which are six high school students.

RITUAL #5: When they go inside another room, they find bigger pictures of the six school students who got killed. Then the Mastermind comes on and tells the remaining eight contestants to search for those killed people's class rings hidden inside each of their favorite classrooms. The two that fail to collect a class ring face possible execution.

Shortly after everybody leaves the room where they got their latest assignment, it gets destroyed!

1. Cody

2. Nasser/Show

3. Adam

4. Ted

5. Erica

The last ring grabber tonight is...











...Melyssa; Rodney & Leah go into the danger zone.

Believe it or not, the Killer turns out to be...
















...Rodney! Leah's all but a goner now.

EXECUTION #5: Leah & Rodney are strapped onto a bed. With only their hands being free, they must retrieve some scissors to cut the straps off and get out of the bed & the room.

The Killer Rodney won, right?...












...WRONG!!! He's been killed off. I assume that a new Killer will be chosen for the next time.

Also next time, the remaining seven will be transported by bus to their worst shelter yet.

"America's Best Dance Crew" 1/29

The first two teams announced to be safe this week were...














...Beat Freaks & Strikers All Stars!

This week's theme was Britney Spears. Each team had to pick one of her songs and do an original routine to that song.

1. Beat Freaks: "Womanizer"

All the judges liked it, with Lil' Mama adding that they're her favorite team so far.

2. Strikers All Stars: "Gimme More"

Everyone liked their performance also, with Lil' Mama saying that they were one of the cleanest groups on the season.

Going third were...









...Dynamic Edition! Now, for some bad news. The first crew up for elimination this week were...











...Team Millennia- this was their second trip in a row to the Sudden Death Face Off.

3. Dynamic Edition: "Stronger"

JC busted them for moving around the chair (s) when they were supposed to be on them; he also thought the performance was a little too feminine for his tastes in the beginning. Shane didn't get the performance.

Going fourth this week were...













...Quest Crew!

That left the Ringmasters and the Fly Khicks. The other team in danger this week were...















Fly Khicks
Ringmasters

...the Ringmasters.

4. Quest Crew: "Toxic"

All three judges were concerned at the start, but really got into the feminine portions of the performance. JC thought it was the best performance of the night so far.

5. Fly Khicks: "Baby One More Time"

Positive reviews across the board for them!

SUDDEN DEATH FACE OFF:

Team Millennia: "Me Against the Music" featuring Madonna

Ringmasters: "Circus"

Last week, Boxcuttuhz was eliminated on their second straight trip to the bottom two. Did the same fate occur for Team Millennia?...













Team Millennia
Ringmasters

...yes.

1/30/2009 Results

TPIR: We start the last episode of the month with Mary Larry, Kathlene Davenport, Ferdinand Diaz and Patricia Gilchrist. The first IUFB is a sauna (Amber).

Patricia: $4,500
Ferdinand: $1,200
Kathlene: $1,400
Mary: $12,099 (ZONK ANSWER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE)

ARP: $2,495

Kathlene, a territory manager, plays Super Pushover for a Chalet mini trailer (Gwendolyn). Board:

121188065

Let's hope we don't have a WILLY OF THE CENTURY like we did the last time; thankfully, no. She goes with $11,880 and wins!

Fifth is Satya Calsa and the second IUFB is an outdoor fireplace (Gwen).

Satya: $400
Mary: $450
Patricia: $275 (STUPID BID)
Ferdinand: $276 (STUPID BID)

ARP: $550, so Mary wins by default.

She now plays One Away for a Chevrolet HHR (Rachael). Board:

$ 3 1 , 8 6 5

First guess:

$ 2 0 , 7 5 4

Going all lower (like all higher) in this game's not gonna win you a car here; she gets three honks from the Mighty Sound Effects Lady. Then, she goes with $22,954...

$ 2 2 , 9 5 4

...sorry. ARP: $20,974.

Charita Lowery-Saeed comes on down sixth and the third IUFB is an iMac computer system (Rachael).

Charita: $700
Patricia: $1,799
Ferdinand: $1,600
Satya: $2,200

ARP: $2,608

Satya has a chance to fly to Andy Nguyen's neck of the woods, Chicago (Amber & Gwen), worth $5,275 if she can win Check Out. Now, so far this season, this game has been only lost when it was played for a car, so maybe that's a good sign for her. Products today are soup, soy milk, Gold Bond Cream, a bag of rice and Clorox bleach. Her guesses:

Soup: $1.09
Soy milk: $3
Cream: $5
Rice: $3
Bleach: $5.50
TOTAL GUESS: $17.59

Answers:

Soup: $1.63
Soy milk: $2.19
Cream: $4.61
Rice: $2.99
Bleach: $5.99

ACTUAL TOTAL: $17.41
DIFFERENCE: $.18- WIN!

SHOWCASE SHOWDOWN #1:
Mary ($550): Nickel + 70 = $.75
Satya ($7,883): 40 + Nickel = $.45
Kathlene ($14,375): 40 + 45 = $.85

Kathlene goes to the Showcase!

Next is not yours truly, but rather Bobby Hetting; the fourth IUFB is a 3-in-1 game table (Amber).

Bobby: $750
Charita: $550
Patricia: $299
Ferdinand: $899

ARP: $587

Charita, an airline agent from Memphis (we've been having a lot of contestants from that city lately), plays Dice Game for a Chevy Equinox (Std., Steps, EBH)(Gwen; dice table dragging rights go to Amber & Rachael). First number is 2.

Second number rolled: 1- NO; HIGHER FREEBIE (first roll was an overthrow)
Third number rolled: 6- RIGHT
Fourth number rolled: 5- NO; LOWER
Fifth number rolled: 5- NO; LOWER

If that car's not $25,66- or $25,6-6, she's won...$25,613 does it for her!

Next is Clare Bendan and the next IUFB is a selection of small kitchen appliances (Amber).

Clare: $250
Patricia: $725
Ferdinand: $650
Bobby: $251

ARP: $700

Ferdinand plays Cliff Hangers for some band instruments (All) worth $4,652. After Rachael stops playing/modeling the piano, the SPs she shows off in this game are a recipe box, an apple pitcher and a baseball grill. Ferdinand's guess on the recipe box is $25...$17, actually. His bid on the pitcher is $15, which is a bad bid...and so bad that the mountain climber takes a tumble. The pitcher was $36 and the grill was $40.

Today's final player is David Bock and the final IUFB is luggage (Gwen & Rachael). If Patricia doesn't want to be the week's final entrant into the First Four Breakfast Club, she'd better get out of Contestant's Row right now.

David: $400
Bobby: $800
Clare: $1,028
Patricia: $550

ARP: $1,130

SADLY GOING TO THE CLUB: Patricia

Before Clare can hug Rich during the commercial break, she'll first play Most Expensive for beauty supplies (Rachael), a daybed (Gwen) and a lawn mower (Amber). She thinks out of those three, the lawn mower is more expensive...not so. The beauty supplies were $1,954, the daybed was $3,145 and the lawn mower was just $1,450. At least the right for her to hug Rich won't be taken away for picking the least expensive prize.

SHOWCASE SHOWDOWN #2:
Ferdinand ($753): Dime + 40 = $.50
Clare ($1,130): $.55
Charita ($26,200): Dime + 80 = $.90

Charita takes the Top Winner spot in today's Showcase!

First Showcase has some watches (Gwen), an Ashley living room (Gwen) and a pair of Honda motorcycles (Amber & Rachael).

CHARITA PASSES TO KATHLENE; KATHLENE BIDS $45,353 ON ROOM/MOTORCYCLES SHOWCASE- ZONK ANSWER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE

MY BID FOR ROOM/MOTORCYCLES SHOWCASE: $18,500

For Charita, we deal with prizes that all deal with flying in the air- a remote control plane (Gwen), a hot air balloon trip (Amber) and a trip to Air Combat USA School in Las Vegas (Rachael).

CHARITA BIDS $32,000 ON AIR SHOWCASE INSTEAD OF ONE BUCK- POSSIBLE ZONK ANSWER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE

MY BID FOR AIR SHOWCASE: $25,000

KATHLENE'S SHOWCASE:
BID: $45,353
ARP: $20,182
OVER

CHARITA'S SHOWCASE:
BID: $32,000
ARP: $15,690
LOSS- DOUBLE OVERBID #3

Charita CHOKED BIG TIME in the end- she should've listened to the audience and bid a buck on her Showcase. At least she still has $26,200 in car and game table to take home.

Video Bonus: Disasterous Showcase Round

WOF: Concluding our best week since November, here's the night's first Toss-Up. The category is Event:

C _ S U _ L

_ R I _ A Y

Denelle knows it's a CASUAL FRIDAY for $1,000.

$5,000 WINNING ID OF THE NIGHT: MB08720

Here are tonight's players:

Denelle Carter (San Diego)- Stay-at-home mom/recent CSU-San Marcos graduate
Nicholas Sirowski (Warren, MI)- University of Detroit senior, soon-to-be law school student and member of two fraternities; also does Ukranian Folk Dancing at times
Harrianne Johnson (Coleman, AL)- Retired public school teacher, preschool teacher at church and a part-time clown named Oopsy Daisy

$2,000 Toss-Up category is Occupation:

R _ D _ O

_ _ N _ _ N _ E R

Harrianne is incorrect with RADIO ANNOUNCER. Nicholas then solves RODEO ANNOUNCER for $2,000.

After a Utah spa trip from Spa Finder.com worth $6,000 goes on the wheel, the Round 1 category is What Are You Doing?; this is also tonight's Prize Puzzle Round. Early on, Denelle calls three N's for a $1,000 gift certificate from Spa & Salon Wish. After she later calls the H, we have...

_ _ _ N G I N G/_ N _ _ R/A/_ _ A C H/

_ _ _ R _ _ _ A

...she calls the B's for another $1,200, buys the E's, calls a $500 D, and buys the U's. She then solves LOUNGING UNDER A BEACH UMBRELLA for another $3,350, the gift tag and a trip to Cancun, a new total of $10,750 in cash and prizes.

DUDS: K (while on Wild Card), S (while on $2,500 space), T
LOTs: 1 (Nicholas)
BANKRUPTS: 1 (Harrianne)

WINNING ID FOR TRIP: CT1394385

Campbell's Jackpot Round category is Food & Drink. Harrianne starts the round with her second straight Bankrupt, this time with the left Bankrupt of the Million Dollar Wedge. Denelle hits her first one (a regular one) after calling a $500 T. Nicholas lands on Jackpot and calls two H's for $1,000; obviously, he can't solve for a $6,300 Jackpot. After purchasing the A's, he calls an N for the Wild Card. He then buys the E's and we have...

AN/E _ T R A/S _ _ _ _/_ _/

_ _ E/_ R E A _

...it took me a few tries, but I've got this. After the X for $400, he buys the O's and then calls a $300 P for the Free Spin. After buying the last remaining vowel of I, he solves AN EXTRA SCOOP OF ICE CREAM to go to $3,000.

BANKRUPTS: 2 (Harrianne, Denelle)

IHOP Mystery Round category is Song/Artist. Denelle hits her second Bankrupt after starting the round with two B's for $900. Nicholas uses his Free Spin after calling the round's first dud in S. After he later calls the V for $500, we have...

E _ E _ Y/B _ E _ T _/Y O _/T _ _ E/BY/

T _ E/_ O _ _ _ E

...he calls the R's for another $1,100 and buys the U, then hits Bankrupt to lose the Wild Card and $3,550. Harrianne then spins her third Bankrupt of the night. Denelle then lands on the Mystery Wedge next to the MDW and calls two H's. She takes $2,000 for them (bad call; $10,000 was back there); afterwards, she buys the A's and calls a K for the MDW. She next buys the I but then calls a critical dud in N. Nicholas then calls a $500 P, a $450 L and solves EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE BY THE POLICE for the remaining $50 of the house minimum and goes to $4,000. That means the MDW is now dead for the night.

DUDS: N, S
BANKRUPTS: 3 (Everybody)

$3,000 Toss-Up category is Around the House:

S T A _ _

R E M O V _ R

Harrianne finally gets on the board with STAIN REMOVER. Then, we go to the Speed-Up Round category of Person with consonants being worth $1,600 apiece. After Nicholas calls the G, we have...

_ _ R _ _ G N

D _ _ L _ _ _ T

...he blanks. Harrianne calls the F and solves FOREIGN DIPLOMAT to finish strong with $9,400! Nicholas leaves with $4,000 and Denelle hangs on for the victory with $10,750.

DUDS: C, H, S

Big Money Round: I'm sure Dave Burey's hoping that Denelle loses this endgame so that he won't feel the humiliation of being the only bonus round loser of the week. She spins the single star and the category is Person. Starting with:

N _ _ _ _ T _

_ _ _

I think I may know, but I'm not sure. Carter calls C, F, G and A and gets...

N A _ G _ T _

_ _ _

...she joins the list of people who think I'm a NAUGHTY BOY at times for $30,000! That's $40,750 in cash and prizes for her! Poor Dave...

Jeopardy!: Can Jack Feerick end the week as champ and possibly break the $100K mark? We'll find out as he faces:

Alan Kluegel (originally from Havana, IL)- Attorney
Noelle McHugh (originally from East Chester, NY)- Graphic designer

First six subjects of the night are these:

GEORGE CARLIN
A PLACE FOR MY STUFF
IT'S BAD FOR YA
ON CAMPUS
WHAT AM I DOING IN NEW JERSEY?
PLAYIN' WITH YOUR "HEAD"

At the first break, Kluegel leads with $3,200; McHugh's just $800 behind and the champ has two grand. Later, Feerick takes the lead after nailing the first four George Carlin clues and tries to sweep it with this $1,000 clue:

In 2008 at the Kennedy Center, George posthumously received the prize for humor named for this man.

Kluegel's in first with "Who is Twain?"...he spoils the sweep. But Feerick does beat the challengers to the Daily Double of the round under the $800 New Jersey clue. He has $5,600, leading McHugh by $800 and Kluegel by $1,200. He wagers a grand on this:

In 1910, this ex-Princeton president was elected governor of NJ but served only two years before taking a new job.

"Who is Woodrow Wilson?"...is right to keep the lead for now at $6,600! He then gets the last clue of the round to finish up the opening round with $7,600!

LACH TRASH: $1,400

DJ! Categories:

CONSTELLATIONS
ACTORS' DIRECTORIAL DEBUTS
"D" MEN OF HISTORY
GODS AROUND US
EIPGRAPHS
FROM THE FRENCH

Ending the "D" Men of History category, Kleugel finds the round's first DD with $8,000, trailing our champion by $2,400; McHugh stands at $5,200. His wager is three large. For the lead:

The topic of the paper he gave to the Manchester Library & Philosophical Society in 1794 was Color Blindness.

"Who is...Disraeli?"...nope. It was John Dalton, so he drops to five grand and is now in last place by $200. Feerick finds the other DD, also under a $2,000 clue, this time in Gods Around Us. He has 13 grand right now, while McHugh's moved up to $6,000. His wager this time is...five grand. Here's the important clue:

On January 1 in Ancient Rome, citizens gave each other small coins with an image of this god on them.

"Who is Janus?"...also the name of a former documentary film company, Janus is right to move up to $18,000!

DJ! LACH TRASH: $2,400

After the second Daily Double, the champ's in Lock Game Territory. Does he stay that way after the round is over?...













SCORES AFTER DOUBLE JEOPARDY!:

Jack: $28,200 (lock game!)
Noelle: $10,000
Alan: $7,400

...yes, sir! But considering what he did on Day 1 and his fairly sizeable DD wager during DJ!, anything can happen in FJ!

CORYAT SCORES:

Jack: $25,200
Noelle: $10,000
Alan: $10,200

FJ! CATEGORY: Weapons of World War II.

This nickname given a bomber at a 1935 test flight reflected the early belief that it wouldn't need fighter protection.

ALAN:
Response: "What is the Zero?"
Wager: $7,300
Final score: $100

NOELLE:
Response: "What was the Flying Fortress?"
Wager: $4,850
Final score: $14,850


The champ...











...IS ALSO RIGHT TO ADD ANOTHER $8,199 (had he missed, he was guaranteed to have won by at least a buck) FOR A WINNING TOTAL OF $36,399!!! His three-day total: $108,200!!! Way to go, Jack!!

(We also got a pretty long full credit roll at the end!)

Thursday, January 29, 2009

"Toughest Cowboy"- SEASON PREMIERE

This is the debut of "Toughest Cowboy", not only on this blog, but on Spike TV as well. The first two seasons aired on Fox Sports Network. Mark Burnett produces the show.

We started with 40 cowboys at the tryouts. Twelve will make the main tour field, but only one at the very end will win their own ranch in Wyoming (during the first two seasons, the ranch was offered in Colorado). Your host is Brandi Williams (the original host was Charissa Thompson). Here are some of the hopefuls:

Ben Londo
Danny Ward (oldest competitor to date on the show; competed last season)
Bandy Murphy (Season 1 champion)
Chad Eubank
Trey Bissett
Jared Green
Lance Kelly
Erik Wolford (competed in the previous two seasons; did most of Season 2 with a broken shoulder)
Trey Broussard (has finished as runner-up in the previous two seasons)
Justin McDaniel
Dusty Elkinton
Clovis Crane
Charlie Barker
Justin Browning (working with separated ribs)

In order to qualify for the show, they have to compete in three different rodeo events all in one day- Saddlebronc, Bull Riding & Bareback.

The judges for this season of the show are veteran bull rider Donnie Gay, former bareback champion "Pistol" Pete Hawkins, and the commissioner, Tommy Joe Lucia.

Call me crazy, but the buzzer in that arena sounds like the NBC klaxon buzzer used on shows like "Scrabble" and "Card Sharks"!

Cody Cabeen was forced to drop out of the auditions when he suffered a major concussion after falling off during his bull riding. Clovis Crane, who looked like he could've very well made the Top 12, also had to withdraw because of a broken leg (he tried to continue anyway, but the commissioner wouldn't allow that).

Here are the 12 finalists this season:

Erik Wolford (qualified after bull riding on Day 1)
Steven Dent (qualified after bull riding on Day 1)
Bandy Murphy (Day 1)
Ben Londo (Day 1)
Charlie Barker (Day 1)
Lance Kelly (Day 1)
Jared Green (Day 2)
Steve Woolsey (Day 2)
Chad Eubank (Day 2)
Dusty Elkinton (Day 2)
Mark Fisher (Day 2)
Trey Broussard (Day 2; won last spot in a Sudden Death bull ride)

"Hell's Kitchen"- FIFTH SEASON PREMIERE

Here are this season's contestants:

Andrea (Reading, PA; line cook)
Ben (Chicago; executive sous chef)
Carol (Knoxville; sous chef)
Charlie (Las Vegas; prep chef)
Coi (Austin, TX; caf cook)
Colleen (Papillion, NE; cooking school instructor)
Danny (Edgewater, FL; executive chef)
Giovanni (Destin, FL; executive chef)
J Maxwell (Clifton Park, NY; food court chef)
Ji-Hyun (Palisades Park, NJ; private caterer)
LA (Las Vegas; line cook)
Lacey (Charlotte, NC; corporate buffet cook)
Paula (Coconut Creek, FL; executive sous chef)
Robert (Quogue, NY; sous chef)
Seth (NYC; private party chef)
Wil (Elgin, IL; quality-control chef)

This season, the contestants are here to compete for a chance to work at a new Atlantic City restaurant in the Borgata Hotel and $250,000. And the show's in HD.

Like last season, we start with each chef's signature dish.

Carol: Veal over caramelized onions

Wil: Braised rabbit tenderloin- DUD (bad presentation)

Ji-Hyun: Chilean sea bass

Robert: Potato and white truffle-wrapped Chilean sea bass- DUD (terrible sauce)

Lacey: Chicken w/blackberries- DUD (tastes disgusting)

Danny: Bananas- DUD (also tastes disgusting)

Colleen: Chicken enchiladas w/ cream sauce- DUD (another disgusting dish)


Seth: Cinnamon-crusted rack of lamb- DUD (too sweet; Chef Ramsay thought this was the worst dish ever)

Ben: Pan-seared pecan duck breast (Chef Ramsay thought this was the best dish amongst the men)

Andrea, Coi & Paula also did well, while Giovanni, Charlie and LA dudded out.

The women are the Red Team, while the men are the Blue Team. Overall, just after the signature dish tasting, Chef Ramsay thought this was the best season cast to date.

DINNER SERVICE #1: Before this starts, Lacey struggled a lot and threatened to quit the show at times. Seth was the early weak link on the male team.

Giovanni & Carol are chosen to be the waiters for this service.

The female team is known as Team Saffron, while the male team is known as The Blues Brothers.

LA handles the meat in the red kitchen, while Seth handled the men's meat. Robert handles the Blue Brothers' appetizers. Wil handles the garnishing for the men's kitchen. Lacey's (who does the appetizers for the women) very early struggles carry over to the first several minutes of the service, as the scallops she made for the customer (s) turn out to initially be raw. The spaghetti that the men made also initially proves to be raw.

Colleen makes a big mistake by adding some kind of cream cheese into a spaghetti appetizer; shortly after Chef Ramsay chews her out, the power goes out in the building! The reason for it is that there was a faulty generator somewhere within the building. The power winds up being out for 20 minutes.

Colleen then attempts to cook fresh spaghetti again, but Chef Ramsay busts her for cooking it in an already dirty pan. The Blues Brothers then start to cruise on serving their appetizers. Colleen later struggles on making a risotto appetizer so much that Chef Ramsay called it the worst risotto he's ever tasted in his life. The men then struggle on the entrees, and Chef Ramsay decides to "shut it down" after about three hours of service.

The chef decides to determine the winning team based on team service since he thought both teams equally cooked weak. Team Saffron's average service rating was 88% above average. As for The Blue Brothers, their rating was 90%...












...BELOW AVERAGE. That means the ladies win the season's first dinner service!

ELIMINATION #1: Nominated for elimination on The Blues Brothers are Seth & Wil (though it was close to being Robert replacing Wil on the chopping block). Wil nominated himself. The first contestant eliminated on the season is...













Seth
Wil

...Wil Kocol. He goofed big time.

"American Idol" 1/29- PRELIMINARY AUDITIONS CONCLUDE

Tonight, we wrap up the audition tour with some auditions from NYC and San Juan, Puerto Rico. For one of these locales, the action won't be so pretty.

NYC:

GOOD:
Melinda Camille (Stratford, CT)
Jackie Tohn (Silver Lake, CA)
Ashley Hollister (Hasbrouck Heights, NJ)
Kenny Hoffpauer (Havertown, PA)
Kendall Beard (Austin, TX)

JUST BARELY MADE IT:
Nick Mitchell (Brookfield, CT; butchered "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" but changed to a different song; dressed as an iPod at the start)

CLOSE BUT NO CIGAR:
Alexis Cohen (Philadelphia; previously auditioned in Season 7 but voice still isn't there)

FAILED MISERABLY:
Adeola Adegoke (Bronx, NY; completely sung "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" out of tune)

26 made it through from the Big Apple.

San Juan:

GOOD:
Jorge Nunez (Carolina, PR)

JUST BARELY MADE IT:
Monique Garcia Torres (San Juan, PR)
Patricia Lewis Roman (Caguas, PR)

CLOSE BUT NO CIGAR:
Jessika Baier (Jackson, MI; screamed too much)

Only nine made it through from here out of a miniscule group of about 300. The first week of the Hollywood Round begins the next time.

"Top Chef" 1/28- Super Bowl Edition

This week's guest judge is Scott Conant, the chef/owner of the new, acclaimed Scarpetta Restaurant.

QUICKFIRE CHALLENGE #10: At the start, each of the remaining seven contestants chose from a board of 49 squares to write their name in. After that, the mystery food group (represented by the rows) and the key ingredient (represented by the columns) that each contestant had to work with would be revealed.

1. Jamie: R2, C5
2. Leah: R4, C3
3. Fabio: R1, C1
4. Stefan: R7, C2
5. Hosea: R5, C4
6. Carla: R3, C6
7. Jeff: R6, C7

Let's reveal what food group each row had:

1. Vegetables (Fabio)
2. Fruits (Jamie)
3. Nuts & Grains (Carla)
4. Seafood (Leah)
5. Meat (Hosea)
6. Poultry (Jeff)
7. Dairy (Stefan)

Well, as it turns out- every column concealed "Oats", so each contestant had to make something within their designated food group using Quaker Oats.

1. Stefan: Rabana mousse w/ oats & oat-almond petit four

2. Fabio: Oat-crusted eggplant w/ corn & parmesan salad

3. Carla: Pecan & oat-crusted tofu w/ oatmeal & lentil salad

4. Jamie: Coconut & oat-crusted shrimp, nectarine salsa & avocado creme fraiche

5. Hosea: Oat-crusted wiener schnitzel w/ warm potato salad & mustard sauce

6. Leah: Oat-crusted branzino & mussels w/ escarole & bacon

7. Jeff: Oat-crusted fried chicken paillard grits & fried zucchini

The winner was...









...Stefan! Some say he's now the favorite to win this season.

ELIMINATION CHALLENGE #10: This season's remaining seven contestants now went up against seven former contestants from the past four seasons: Andrew D'Ambrosi (Season 4), Josie Smith-Malave (Season 2), Andrea Beaman (Season 1), Spike Menelsohn (Season 4), Camille Becarra (Season 3), Nikki Cascone (Season 4) & Miguel Morales (Season 1). Each previous contestant went head-to-head against one of this season's contestants. In each matchup, they would have to work with the style of food from a designated NFL team. The seven teams available were the Dolphins, Packers, Cowboys, Seahawks, Giants, 49ers & the Saints. Stefan got to pick the first matchup since he won this week's Quickfire; everybody else had five minutes to decide which past contestant they wanted to battle.

1. Stefan vs. Andrea
TEAM CUISINE: Cowboys

2. Jeff vs. Josie
TEAM CUISINE: Dolphins

3. Fabio vs. Spike
TEAM CUISINE: Packers

4. Hosea vs. Miguel
TEAM CUISINE: Seahawks

5. Leah vs. Nikki
TEAM CUISINE: NY Giants

6. Jamie vs. Camille
TEAM CUISINE: 49ers

7. Carla vs. Andrew
TEAM CUISINE: Saints

Everyone competed at the Institute of Culinary Education in NYC; they got 20 minutes to make their dish there. A contestant who got a judges' vote for their dish got 7 points (touchdown); getting a fan tasters' vote was worth 3 points (field goal). In the event of a 2-2 tie from the judges, whoever won the fan vote got the entire ten points for that round. Any contestant from this season who lost their matchup this week automatically faced elimination this week.

1. Leah vs. Nikki (NY Giants)

Nikki: Chicken livers w/ onions & goat cheese on challah
Leah: NY Strip Steak w/ creamed corn, snap peas & arugula salad

JUDGES' VOTE: Leah (3-1)
FAN TASTERS' VOTE: Nikki (3-2)
HOME TEAM LEADS, 7-3

2. Hosea vs. Miguel (Seahawks)

Hosea: Crispy salmon roll w/ ginger-blackberry sauce
Miguel: Cedar plank salmon w/ noodles & mushrooms

JUDGES' VOTE: Hosea (3-1)
FAN TASTERS' VOTE: Hosea (4-1)
HOME TEAM LEADS: 17-3

3. Carla vs. Andrew (Saints)

Carla: Crawfish & andouille gumbo over stone-ground grits
Andrew: Crayfish crudo w/ spicy lime vinaigrette

JUDGES' VOTE: Carla (SWEEP)
FAN TASTERS' VOTE: Andrew (4-1)

HOME TEAM LEADS, 24-6

4. Stefan vs. Andrea (Cowboys)

Stefan: Roasted pork w/ coleslaw & NY Strip Steak w/ corn salad
Andrea: Tex-Mex chili w/ fried corn chips & guacamole coleslaw

JUDGES' VOTE: TIE
FAN TASTERS' VOTE: Andrea (SWEEP)
HOME TEAM LEADS, 24-16

5. Jamie vs. Camille (49ers)

Jamie: Crab cioppino w/ olives, basil & toasted sourdough
Camille: Miso sweet potato mash w/ mustard crab meat & salad


JUDGES' VOTE: TIE
FAN TASTERS' VOTE: Jamie (SWEEP)
HOME TEAM LEADS, 34-16

6. Jeff vs. Josie (Dolphins)

Jeff: Rock shrimp ceviche w/ sangria sorbet
Josie: Warm rock shrimp ceviche w/ papaya

JUDGES' VOTE: Josie (3-1)
FAN TASTERS' VOTE: Josie (3-2)
HOME TEAM LEADS, 34-26

The only way the All-Stars could win now was if Spike swept the entire 10 points in his matchup against Fabio.

7. Fabio vs. Spike (Packers)

Fabio: Venison w/ mustard sauce & mache salad w/ Cheddar
Spike: Five-spice venison w/ port reduction & micro herb salad

JUDGES' VOTE: Spike (3-1)
FAN TASTERS' VOTE: Fabio (4-1)
HOME TEAM WINS, 37-33

Out of the four Season 5 contestants that won their matchups, the big winner was...











...Carla Hall- her prize, fittingly, was two tickets to this year's Super Bowl!

Stefan's roll might've come to an end here, since he was one of the three Season 5 losers in the Elimination Challenge. I hope his journey didn't end here...














Fabio
Jeff
Stefan

...it didn't! Instead, Jeff McInnis had to pack up his stuff for now.

1/29/2009 Results- Does "Cardiac Jack" strike again on "Jeopardy!"?

TPIR: We begin this day with Jared Stein, Cletus McKeown, Debra Holbert and Claire Kennedy. Drew runs in late from the left side of Door #2 and the first IUFB is Coleman tailgating equipment (Rachael).

Jared: $850
Cletus: $650

Debra: $599
Claire: $1,975

ARP: $930

Jared won't have a chance to win Ben's money, but he will have a chance to win some of this show's money and/or a Ford Ranger (Std., AT, AC, Prot, Moulding)(Amber) playing Money Game. Board:

(62)(37)(20)
(70)(21)(85)
(19)(98)(45)

MIDDLE NUMBER: 1 ($ _ _ , 1 _ _)

Jared quickly gets 19 as the first two numbers ($ 1 9 , 1 _ _). But let me point out that the past four times in this game that the player has gotten the first two numbers on the first pick, he/she still lost...and unfortunately, that streak extends to five today, because neither of his remaining picks of 85, 98, 45 & 70 are the last two numbers. The ARP was $19,162; he instead wins $298.

After his singing group did a song during the commercial break, Debra Sherman from Memphis University is called on down fifth and the second IUFB is an eliptical trainer (Rachael).

Sherman: $500
Cletus: $800
Holbert: $2,200
Claire: $2,201

ARP: $999

Cletus from Pittsburgh plays Range Game for a 63" HDTV (Amber & Gwendolyn). Range is $5,200-$5,800. His range guess is $5,394-$5,544...send him off to the HDTV, because it's $5,498!

After him comes Julie Lutkemuller and the third IUFB is a steam oven (Gwen).

Julie: $450
Holbert: $400 (STAGE GARF)
Claire: $850
Sherman: $851

ARP: $2,579

Debra Sherman plays Now or Then for a trip to Boston (Amber & Rachael) worth $5,625. Then is January 2000. Today's items are Clorox bleach marked at $2.19, Buckley's cough mixture marked at $4.39, Gold Bond Lotion marked at $4.79, Jolly Time popcorn marked at $2.49, Campbell's Soup marked at $1.53 and hot sauce marked at $1.70. She starts off with the bleach and is right with Now. Secondly, she picks the medicine and says Then...correct. If she can get either the hot sauce or the lotion right, she'll win. She picks the lotion and says Now...winner! The soup was the other Then product on the board.

SHOWCASE SHOWDOWN #1:
Jared ($1,228): $.85
Cletus ($6,497): 30 + 60 = $.90
Debra ($8,204): $.90

SPIN-OFF:
Cletus: $.15
Debra: $.15

SPIN-OFF, TAKE 2:
Cletus: $.35
Debra: $.80


Debra goes to the Showcase!

Leaving the mob next is Thomas Tomminsky and the fourth IUFB is a ladies' bracelet worn by Amber.

Thomas: $899
Julie: $1,500
Debra: $1,000
Claire: $1,200

ARP: $2,575

Julie plays Cover Up for a Pontiac Vibe (Rachael). Board:

First number: 1 or 3?
Second number: 2, 4 or 8?
Third number: 0, 3, 5 or 7?
Fourth number: 1, 2, 4, 6 or 8?
Last number; 1, 2, 3, 4, 8 or 9?

She makes her first guess $18,784...first two numbers are right. Second guess is $18,529...the 5's now right. Third try is $18,518...good guess, but her game's over. ARP: $18,561.

Next comes Penelope Peterson and the next IUFB is a La-Z-Boy recliner (Gwen).

Penelope: $499
Debra: $299 (STAGE GARF)
Claire: $500
Thomas: $501

ARP: $549

Almost by default, Thomas plays Plinko. I believe "50000" not flashing on the scoreboard anymore is now a permanent change. Today's SPs are modeled by Rachael.

1. Toiletry bag
WRONG PRICE: $28
PICK: 2- $25

2. Cereal dispenser
WRONG PRICE: $49
PICK: 9- $40

3. CD player/carrying case
IS NOT: $45
PICK: 5- $25

4. Triple timer
IS NOT: $28
PICK: 8- $48

The other three Plinko Chips are brought to him by Amber.

1. $1,000 (Right)
2. $10,000
3. (after one Plunko)- DUD (Left)

4. $1,000 (Right)

He picks up 12 grand from Plinko, the second highest total of the season! And consider all that money a gift from the show, because today's his birthday!

Today's final contestant is Corey Hatinga and the final IUFB is a selection of beach towels/bags (Amber & Rachael). Debra Holbert & Claire are both in danger of the First Four Breakfast Club.

Corey: $500
Penelope: $300 (STUPID BID)
Debra: $450
Claire: $351 (SUICIDE BID)

ARP: $558

BOTH HEADED TO THE CLUBHOUSE: Debra H. & Claire

Corey plays Double Prices for a really nice Beachcomber hot tub (All). It's either $10,694 or $12,068. He goes with me on $10,694, and Gwen takes the other price away...he wins!

SHOWCASE SHOWDOWN #2:
Julie ($2,575): $.75
Corey ($11,252): $.85
Thomas ($12,647): 60 + 40 = WINS $1,000 AND SHOWCASE BERTH!

Does he turn his $13,000 into $38,000 after his Bonus Spin...no, he only gets 40 cents.

First Showcase starts out with female pro swimmer Micha Burden and college swimmer Pat Carey coming out; they do very well in competition because they train with new swimming equipment. Second, if you want to swim as bad as they do, try and win this new flatpool spa. Finally, if you want to go swimming at the beach, get there with a new 2009 Mini Cooper (Std., Paint, Prot). All prizes are modeled by those swimmers.

THOMAS BID $32,388 ON SWIMMING/CAR SHOWCASE

MY BID FOR SWIMMING/CAR SHOWCASE: $35,500

For Debra Sherman, we have an Aico dining room (Gwen) and a trip to Hong Kong (Amber) with $3,000 spending money (Rachael).

DEBRA BIDS $25,675 ON ROOM/TRIP SHOWCASE

MY BID FOR ROOM/TRIP SHOWCASE: $27,500

THOMAS' SHOWCASE:
BID: $32,388

ARP: $46,460
DIFFERENCE: $14,072 (SUPER GARF)

DEBRA'S SHOWCASE:
BID: $25,675
ARP: $20,946
OVER- THOMAS WINS!

Thomas wins a grand total of $60,107 in cash and prizes! What a birthday haul!

WOF: It's been a roller coaster week so far. Tonight's first Toss-Up category of Thing:

_ E _ _ - T I _ S _ E

M A S _ A _ E

Chris rings in first with DEEP-TISSUE MASSAGE...right for $1,000.

$5,000 WINNING ID OF THE NIGHT: GL1640821

Tonight's players:

Chris Roberts (Boise, ID)- Administrative assistant
Jeff Ramierez (hometown N/A)- Hearing aid technician/Army reservist; has been protecting his wheel-spinning hand for the past week or so before this episode was taped
Rachael Winch (Kenner, LA)- Accountant, LSU graduate and going to graduate school to get her CPA

$2,000 Toss-Up category is On the Map:

_ _ _/_ _ _ L _ _ _ _ N E/

_ S L A N _ S

Chris triples up with THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS.

Round 1 category is Phrase and out on the wheel now is a trip to the Divi Village in Aruba worth $5,810. Early on, Chris gets the Wild Card with a couple of H's, but she then calls the night's first dud in R. After Jeff shortly buys the A's, we have...

ALL/THE/_ E L L _/A _ _/

_ H _ _ T L E _

...he calls a $400 N, a $900 D, the S's for another $1,500 and he then solves ALL THE BELLS AND WHISTLES for $6,050.

DUDS: R

Campbell's Jackpot Round category is Before & After. Jeff hits Lose a Turn immediately. Rachael then calls a $3,500 S; later, she calls a pair of R's for another $600 and the Free Spin. After she calls the L's, the board:

_ I T _/_ _/_ R _ T _ E R L _/

L _ _ E/_ A N _ L E S

She then calls a surprising dud in M, so she uses her Free Spin and buys three O's. Then she calls a $550 B, the Y's for another $1,000, the H's for another $600 and then solves CITY OF BROTHERLY LOVE HANDLES for $7,900.

(I would've messed up by saying WITH MY BROTHERLY LOVE HANDLES.)

DUDS: M

IHOP Mystery/Prize Puzzle Round category is What Are You Doing? Rachael starts out with two R's for the Aruba trip, then a pair of T's for $7,000. After she later calls a pair of H's, here's the board:

_ R A _ _ I _ _/A/_ I T E/_ E _ _ R E/

THE/S H _ _

She then lands on the Mystery Wedge next to Lose a Turn and calls an N. With $7,400 and the trip already in her bank, she obviously takes the $1,000 for it (even better, Bankrupt was back there). But she then calls a dud in L. Chris almost lands on the right Bankrupt of the Million Dollar Wedge (which would've cost her the Wild Card) and calls four B's for $2,200, then calls a $600 F and solves GRABBING A BITE BEFORE THE SHOW for another $2,800 and a trip to NYC at the Westin with tickets to see "Rock of Ages", a new total of $11,461 in cash and trip. Everybody's doing pretty good tonight!

DUDS: L

WINNING ID FOR TRIP: KD01679

$3,000 Toss-Up category is Landmark:

T H _/_ L _ M O

Jeff gets THE ALAMO to go to $9,050. Next category is Title. After he calls the R, let's see the board:

E N _ E R _ _ _ N _ E N _

_ E E _ _ _

After buying the I, he calls the T's for $1,800 and buys the A. Afterwards, he calls the M for another $800 M and solves ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY for another $4,200 and the lead for the moment with $13,250!

PERFECT ROUND

Speed-Up Round category is People and consonants are worth $1,300 apiece. This good match is going down to the wire here. After Jeff calls the L's...

_ _ L L/OF/F _ _ _ R _

...he blanks. Rachael calls the H but blanks on the last word. Chris then calls the M and solves HALL OF FAMERS for another $3,900 and the championship with $15,361! Jeff leaves with $13,250 and Rachael leaves with $7,900.

So far, $36,511 in cash and trips have been won tonight.

DUDS: N, T

Big Money Round: Chris still has the Wild Card with her, so she'll pick four consonants and a vowel here. Before that, she spins the first A in AMERICA'S. Tonight's endgame category is Phrase. Let's top off a good, competitive maingame with a good bonus round win here. Starting with:

_ _ _ _ R E/_ T/_ _ T

Roberts starts out with B, F, C and O, then she makes her Wild Card Pick M. We get...

F _ _ _ R E/_ T/O _ T

...this is also the title of a former Nickelodeon game show hosted by Summer Sanders, FIGURE IT OUT...and she gets it! That wins her the all-new 2009 VW CC Luxury Sedan (Std., Technology) worth $34,670, giving her $50,031 in cash and prizes!

WINNING ID FOR CAR: BM8566473

Jeopardy!: For those of you who didn't watch the show last night, you missed quite a showing by Jack Feerick. Thanks in part to overwagering on both the second Daily Double in DJ! and FJ! (both of which could've very well cost him the game if he had been wrong), he scored the highest one-day regular season total of the season so far with $48,600! Can he show some more of that magic tonight? Let's find out against:

Cynthia Astle (Dallas)- Journalist
Brian Lee (Tempe, AZ)- Graduate student

Put up the night's first six categories, fellers:

DANTE'S DIVINE COMEDY
THE PLAYER'S PRO TEAM
AMERICAN EDUCATION
IT HAPPENS ONCE A YEAR
EXODUS
STAGE "RIGHT"

Lee's off to a fast start after two categories with $4,400 thanks to getting everything but the $200 clue in the "Right" category. He's at $4,600 at halftime; Feerick's up to $3,400 and Astle's a grand in the hole. Later on, Feerick gets to the Daily Double under the $400 clue in It Happens Once a Year; he leads Lee $4,800-$4,000; Astle's currently $200 in the hole now. His wager is...just $800 on this clue:

Among other things, this month is Cherry Month & Creative Romance Month.

"What is April?"...good thing he didn't gamble it all here- it's actually February, so he's now tied for the lead, at least for the time being. At the end of the round, Lee's back in the lead with $5,800 while Feerick's at $4,600 and Astle's now $1,800 on the good side.

LACH TRASH: $1,000

DJ! Categories:

THE STATUE OF LIBERTY
CLASSIC TV DRAMA EPISODES
URBAN PLANNING
PICK THE PRIME NUMBER (three different numbers are given in each clue)
RAISE THE FLAG
THIS MEANS "WAR"

At halftime, with Urban Planning, Raise the Flag & This Means "War" left, here are the scores now:

Jack: $10,200
Brian: $10,600
Cynthia: $3,400

IN CONTROL, JACK PICKS THE $400 RAISE THE FLAG CLUE

At the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, the team from this island used a modified Olympic flag as its national banner.

Cynthia: "What is Taiwan?"- CORRECT ($3,800); $800 RAISE THE FLAG CLUE

The only common first name to appear on a national flag is this one on the flag of Saudi Arabia.

Jack: "What is Mohammed?"- RIGHT FOR THE LEAD ($11,000); MIDDLE FLAG CLUE

This nation's maritime self-defense fort, successor to the Imperial Navy, uses the flag seen here.

Brian: "What is Japan?"- RIGHT FOR THE LEAD BACK ($11,800); $1,600 FLAG CLUE

DAAAAAAAAAAAAIIIIIIIIIILLLLLLLLLYYYY DOUBLE #1! His wager is a grand on this:

Both the flag & the coat of arms of this eastern Canadian province bear the cross of St. Andrew.

"What is Nova Scotia?"...he's right to stay in the lead with $12,800!

FINAL FLAG CLUE:

This European principality added a crown to its flag in 1936 to differentiate from the identical flag of Haiti.

Cynthia: "What is Monaco?"- INCORRECT ($1,800)

TRIPLE STUMPER: Lichtenstein

$400 WAR CLUE:

An example of the wavering cry of this type of bird is heard here.

Brian: "What is a warble?"- NOT ACCEPTABLE ($12,400)
Cynthia: "What is a warbler?"- CORRECT ($2,200); $400 URBAN PLANNING CLUE

By order of the king, this innovation came to the streets of Paris in 1184.

Brian: "What are sewer drains?"- WRONG AGAIN ($12,000)

TRIPLE STUMPER: Stone paving

$800 URBAN PLANNING CLUE:

Hippodamus of Miletus advanced this basic pattern of crisscrossing streets forming squares.

Jack: "What is a grid?"- CORRECT ($11,800); $1,200, SAME CATEGORY

Also preceding "glasses" & "knot", it's the type of accessory "flat" that may be encouraged to increase density.

TRIPLE STUMPER: Granny flat

$1,600 URBAN PLANNING CLUE TOLD BY KELLI:

In suburban planning, additional green space created by curved streets and houses with various setbacks is called this four-letter word, also a small-sheltered bay.

Jack: "What is a cove?"- RIGHT FOR THE LEAD BACK ($13,400); FINAL URBAN PLANNING CLUE

STC, like the one in Hoboken, is short for this commission that aims to keep the city green, leafy & cool.

TRIPLE STUMPER: Shade Tree Commission

$800 WAR CLUE:

Lech Kaczynski used the mayoralty of this city as a political springboard.

Brian: "What is Warsaw?"- RIGHT ($12,800)

$1,200:

Have a "Cherry Pie" and name this (musical) group.

Jack: "What is Warrant?"- RIGHT ($14,600)

$1,600:

DAAAAAAAAAAAAAIIIIIIIIIILLLLLLLLYYYY DOUBLE #2! Before we get to that, Brian's given another $800 because the judges reversed their ruling on his incorrect response of "sewer drains" on the $400 Urban Planning clue, giving him $13,600 now. The champ decides to wager...just a grand (which is the size of his lead for the moment). The clue:

This phrase is derived from Oliver Cromwell's request to be painted as he was, including blemishes.

"What is warts and all?"...is right to double his lead, taking him to $15,600!

FINAL CLUE OF THE ROUND TOLD BY SARAH FROM NEW MEXICO TECH:

The Energetic Material Center at New Mexico Tech is testing shape charges, a type of this that's formed for maximum impact.

Jack: "What is a shell?"- NO ($13,600)
Brian: "What is an explosive?"- ALSO WRONG ($11,600)

TRIPLE STUMPER: Warhead

DJ! LACH TRASH: $11,600

SCORES AFTER DOUBLE JEOPARDY!:

Jack: $13,600
Brian: $11,600

Cynthia: $2,200

CORYAT SCORES:

Jack: $15,000
Brian: $12,200
Cynthia: $2,200

Still anybody's game.

FJ! CATEGORY: The Grammys (which are airing February 8th on CBS).

In 2002, the soundtrack to this George Clooney film won Album of the Year, only the third to do so.

CYNTHIA:
Response: "What is O Brother, Where Art Thou?"
Wager: $200
Final score: $2,400

Lee's response...also right, and he risked $7,198, taking him to $18,798. As for Mr. Feerick...












...he's right, too! Did he risk at least $3,798?...












...YOU BET HE DID WITH THE PROPER WAGER OF $9,601 TO RETAIN THE TITLE AT $23,201! Two-day total: $71,801!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Tuesday ratings

This week's Tuesday episode of "American Idol" pulled a 13.7 Fast Nielsen with a 20 share.

"The Biggest Loser" scored a 6.5/10 this week, thanks in part to a strong 7.6/11 for its second hour.

Sources: The Futon Critic, Zap2it.com

"American Idol" 1/28

Tonight, we're in David Archuleta Country, Salt Lake City.

GOOD:
David Osmond (Provo, UT)
Frankie Jordan (Hollywood)
Megan Corkrey (Sandy, UT)
Austin Sisneros (Riverton, UT)
Taylor Vaifanua (Hurricane, UT)
Rose Flack (Rathdrum, ID)

CLOSE BUT NO CIGAR:
Chris Kirkham (Ogden, UT; had a man dressed in a pink rabbit suit that proved to be too big of a distraction)

TOTAL BOMBS:
Tara Mathews (Salt Lake City; ugly attire and singing)
Andrew Gibson (Kearns, UT; too deep of a voice)

At least 13 made it through from here, mostly from Day 2.

"The Contender" 1/28- QUARTERFINALS UNDERWAY

Just after he barely beat Timothy Flamos by decision in the last preliminary fight, Ryan Coyne had to get medical attention for that cut he suffered last week, putting his quarterfinal status in jeopardy.

The remaining eight fighters get a tour of Singapore for making it this far, as well as stuff from home.

Felix Cora, Jr. had to sacrifice his current job as a result of his stay on the show.

QUARTERFINAL FIGHT #1: Felix Cora, Jr. vs. Troy Ross

Round 1: Ross mostly dominated the early stages of the round. Towards the end, Cora, Jr. scored a strong punch on Ross. But Ross shortly retaliated with a three punch combo. Just before the round ends, Ross knocks down Cora...AND CORA CAN'T CONTINUE, SO TROY ROSS HAS DONE IT AGAIN BY TKO!!!

1/28/2009 Results

TPIR: Episode 4603K begins with Camille Marin, Joshua Moore, Elaine Suber and Magda Katz. The first IUFB is a Christian Dior gown (Rachael).

Camille: $1,450
Joshua: $1,150
Elaine: $1,000
Magda: $999 (DOH)


ARP: $1,865

While in that new dress she just won, Camille could be driving a new Pontiac G6 (Amber) after playing Let Em' Roll. The groceries modeled by Gwendolyn are Nutri-Grain cereal bars, Puffs tissues and Campbell's Soup. The bars are $4.85. She says Lower on the tissues...$3.29. She then gets the third roll by again saying Lower on the soup; it's $1.41.

1. CAR/CAR/CAR/$1,000/$1,500- CONTINUES
2. CAR/$500- OBVIOUSLY, SHE'LL GO ON WITH NOTHING TO LOSE
3. WINS CAR!

After we come back from commercial, Drew's standing with Camille in the audience while Rich next calls on William Stone from West Virginia and the second IUFB is a pair of Diamondback mountain bikes (Amber).

William: $1,550
Joshua: $700
Elaine: $1,100
Magda: $1,300

ARP: $720

Joshua, an actor, plays Check Game for cash and a trip to Yosemite (Gwen). He writes his check for $4,990. ARP of the trip: $5,419, meaning he just made history in a bad way- with a losing total of $10,409, he's the first Check Game player to break the game's scoreboard!

Video Bonus: Dismal Check Game playing

Sixth is Jeannette Bonelli and the third IUFB is a 40" LCD TV (Amber).

Jeannette: $1,800
Elaine: $1,550
Magda: $1,450
William: $700

ARP: $2,199

Jeannette plays Secret X for a Broyhill bedroom (Rachael) worth $5,687. Her free X placement:

(--)(??)(--)
(--)(??)(--)
(X)(??)(--)

Originally, she had that X in the middle left square. The SPs modeled by Gwen:

Mini vending machine: $130 or $165?
Air sanitizer: $150 or $180?

She guesses $130 for the small vending machine...correct. She then misses the air sanitizer by guessing $180. Her final board setup:

(--)(??)(X)
(--)(??)(--)
(X)(??)(--)

She's looking for the Secret X to be in the middle...

(--)(--)(X)
(--)(X)(--)
(X)(--)(--)

...and it is!

SHOWCASE SHOWDOWN #1:
Joshua ($720): $.90
Jeannette ($8,016): 35 + 75 = OVER
Camille ($22,160): $.90

SPIN-OFF:
Joshua: $.15
Camille: $.55

Camille goes to the Showcase. For some reason, I wanted Joshua to get to the Showcase instead so that he could possibly register a $100,000 Showcase bid on just a five-digit Showcase podium after what he did in Check Game.

Coming on down seventh is Drew look-alike Jim Benton (with a split-screen of him and Drew himself!) and the fourth IUFB is a gathering butcher block (Gwen).

Jim: $699
Elaine: $600
Magda: $800
William: $575

ARP: $1,086

Magda plays Side By Side for a snowmobile (Amber & Rachael). Board:

80
99

She puts together a guess of $8,099...winner!

Getting out of their seat next is Louverna Lee-Durst and the next IUFB is a men's watch coming down from the ceiling.

Louverna: $1,200
William: $2,500
Jim: $1,225
Elaine: $2,501

ARP: $2,366

Since Elaine didn't bid a buck more than Jim, this Drew imitator plays Any Number for a La-Z-Boy sofa (Gwen) or a 2009 Ford F-150 XL Regular Cab 4X2 (Std., #61X)(Amber & Rachael). First number in the truck price is 2.

1. 4- Sofa ($ _ 4 _)
2. 6- Pig ($ _ . 6 _)
3. 2- TRUCK ($ 2 2 , _ _ _)
4. 5- TRUCK ($ 2 2 , _ _ 5)
5. 7- Pig ($ 7 . 6 _)
6. 8- Sofa ($ 8 4 _)
7. 9- Wins sofa ($849)

The truck was $22,315 and the piggy bank was worth $7.60 today. If he had started by underpricing the truck, he probably would've won it.

Jim, while in the audience, then asks Rich to call down the day's last contestant, who turns out to be Charles Eddleman II from Memphis University. The final IUFB is a selection of Estee Lauder cosmetics (Amber & Gwen). Elaine's been here the whole show.

Charles: BUCK
Elaine: $575
Louverna: $600
William: $601

ARP: $1,030

TODAY'S FIRST FOUR BREAKFAST CLUB MEMBER: Elaine

William, a correctional officer, plays Switch? for a grandfather clock marked at $1,330 (Rachael) and a pair of tool boxes marked at $2,433 (Gwen). He switches for an easy win!

SHOWCASE SHOWDOWN #2:
Jim ($3,215): 20 + 55 = $.75
Willliam ($4,793): 40 + 20 = $.60
Magda ($9,185): Nickel + 70 = $.75

SPIN-OFF:
Jim: Dime
Magda: $.75

So much for the Drew imitator; Magda gets the Runner-Up spot in today's Showcase.

Video Bonus: Jim's Journey

The first Showcase starts with Rich dancing like crazy while listening to the music from his new headphones. Second, if you want to become a DJ, this will come perfect with the headphones- a DJ record/sound system (Amber). Third, put in a bar set (Gwen). Finally, if you don't like being a DJ at home, dance to another DJ's music while in Rio (Amber). I could've lived without Rich acting like an ass listening to the music in this Showcase, as well as the audience joining along with Rich in the prize recap.

MAGDA BIDS $12,500 ON DJ SHOWCASE- POSSIBLE GARF OF THE CENTURY

MY BID FOR DJ SHOWCASE: $25,000

For Camille, we have fishing-related prizes- fishing equipment, a trip to Nova Scotia and your own bass fishing boat. All prizes are modeled by Rachael.

CAMILLE BIDS $26,588 ON FISHING SHOWCASE

MY BID FOR FISHING SHOWCASE: $33,300

MAGDA'S SHOWCASE:
BID: $12,500
ARP: $18,779

DIFFERENCE: $6,279

CAMILLE'S SHOWCASE:
BID: $26,588
ARP: $21,679
OVER- LOSS

Magda wins her Showcase and $27,964 in stuff; her two sons were previously on the show!

WOF: Last night, a Virginian won a close match but fell just short of winning $100,000 in the Big Money Round. Let's see if we can recover from that bummer tonight. Here comes tonight's first Toss-Up; category is Thing:

_/NICE/H _ T/_ _ _ W _ R

Asya solves A NICE HOT SHOWER for $1,000.

$5,000 WINNING ID OF THE NIGHT: MP03954

Here are tonight's contestants:

Asya Muhammad (Chicago)- Accounts receivable clerk
Jay Goodwin (Brockton, MA)- Auto glass technician and a yard sale fan
Lusine Kazumian (Montrose, CA)- Fax company worker and a volunteer worker for orphanage care and cancer treatment

$2,000 Toss-Up category is In the Kitchen:

E _ G

_ _ _ _ R

Jay is incorrect with EGG BEATER. Lusine draws a blank, then Asya triples up with EGG TIMER.

Round 1 category is Phrase and out on the wheel now is $5,000 courtesy of V8 and Feeding America. Remember, if somebody picks this prize up, whether the player wins it or not, $5,000 will be donated to Feeding America. After Asya calls the N's, we have...

IT/_ _ N I _ H _ _/I N T _/THIN/

_ I _

...she calls a $300 D and buys the O and the E, then solves IT VANISHED INTO THIN AIR for another $2,950 and $5,950 total.

PERFECT ROUND

Campbell's Jackpot/Prize Puzzle Round category is Event. Jay starts with a pair of T's for the Wild Card. But he later loses that and $2,700 later to a Bankrupt. Later, Lusine calls a D for $300 and the Free Spin. She then calls an N for the $5,000 prize, but then loses that and the other $300 to the right Bankrupt of the Million Dollar Wedge, so she uses her Free Spin. Two spins later, she loses $300 to a regular Bankrupt. Asya then calls the L's for $1,200 and we have...

_ L _ I N G/O _ _/TO/A/

TROPICAL/PARADISE

...she calls the F's for another $1,500 and solves FLYING OFF TO A TROPICAL PARADISE for another $2,700 and a trip to Costa Rica, a new total of $14,750 in cash and trip.

BANKRUPTS: 3 (2 by Lusine, Jay)

WINNING ID FOR TRIP: VC8356026

IHOP Mystery Round category is Same Name. Lusine starts off with her third Bankrupt of the night, then Asya gets her first one. After Lusine finishes off the vowels, we have...

_ A N/_ I E _ O/&/

_ E _ _/_ _ O N E/

_ _ A R _ E R _

...she next calls the L's for $1,600, the C's for an additional grand, the H's for another $1,800, the P for another $800, the G's for another six Benjamins, but she then gets disqualified for leaving out the S at the end (hence, she only said SAN DIEGO & CELL PHONE CHARGER), likely costing her $6,050. Asya then calls the S's and solves SAN DIEGO & CELL PHONE CHARGERS to somehow keep her perfect record intact and go to $15,750.

DUDS: T
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Lusine, Asya)

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

_ _ L L O W

Y _ _ _ O W

To keep her perfection intact, Asya guesses MELLOW YELLOW...right to go to $18,750! Speed-Up Round category is Occupation and consonants are worth $1,300 apiece. Will Asya be the season's third contestant to run the table in the maingame? We're going to find out right now. After Lusine calls the T's, we have...

C _ N T R _ _ _ T _ N G

_ _ _ T _ R

...she blanks. Asya calls the D...but blanks. Jay calls the E but gives his second incorrect response of the night with CONTRACTING EDITOR. Lusine calls a critical dud in L. Asya calls the B AND FINISHES OFF THE MAINGAME SWEEP WITH CONTRIBUTING EDITOR!!! Her winning total is $25,250! I'll bet Andy's going to be pretty happy since she's from his neck of the woods! $1,000 goes to the rest.

DUDS: L, S

Big Money Round: Will this lady's endgame be as successful as Jeremy Setti's? Let's find out. She spins the S in AMERICA'S and the category is Place. Starting with:

_ _ L _ _ N _

Muhammad calls G, D, M and I...but nothing extra goes up. BUT OUT OF NOWHERE, SHE GETS BALCONY (which was used as a bonus puzzle at least once, like in a Season 12 episode in Norfolk)!!! Like Jeremy, she wins the $30,000 endgame check, making her total winnings $55,250!

And Pat decides to steal the lucky flower she was wearing on her suit at the end!

Video Bonus: Asya's big night

Jeopardy!: Andy Woolvord had a pretty good day the last time. But can he repeat as champion against these two?

Jack Feerick (Churchville, NY)- Freelance writer
Linda Tomsho (West Mifflin, PA)- Medical editor

The night's first six categories are:

DIPLOMACY-- A GAME
THE AUDACITY OF BOB HOPE
DON'T SAY MOBY DICK
WHERE'S THE BEEF FROM? (the country must be IDed in each correct response)
COLORFUL RHYME TIME
AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE

At the first break, the two challengers are tied for the lead at $1,400 apiece, while the champ's $800 in the hole. Late in the round, Woolvord finds the Daily Double under the $400 Diplomacy clue, but with that much in the hole; Feerick now has the sole lead with four grand while Tomsho has $2,200. He bets the full $1,000 on this clue:

Each Army unit is represented by a cannon; each fleet unit, by this, also the name of a different game.

"What is Battleship?"...he's out of the hole at $600! At the end of the round, he's up to $1,000, Tomsho's down to $1,800 and Feerick now has $5,800.

LACH TRASH: $3,600

DJ! Categories:

DIPLOMACY- NOT A GAME
CHARACTERS IN MOVIES
EUROPEAN HISTORY
FOLKLORE
MEDICINE THROUGH THE YEARS
"ECO" FRIENDLY

At the midway point, Feerick's in lock game territory at $16,600, as the champ's at $7,400 and Tomsho's at $2,600. Later, Tomsho finds the first Daily Double of the round to close out Diplomacy- Not a Game with $6,200; she trails the champ by four large for second, while Feerick's at $19,800 (but not in lock game territory for the time being). Her wager is $3,000.

Henry Kissinger's practice of zipping between mideastern capitals for talks was known as this type of diplomacy.

"What is shuttle?"...is right to stay in it with $9,200! After Feerick gets the $1,200 and $1,600 Folklore clues to jump to $22,600, he finds the other Daily Double and wagers...TEN GRAND. Not the wisest of bets; I hope this works out. To take $32,600 into FJ! and to really ice this game, here's the clue:

In Native American culture, these mythical birds flashed lightning from their eyes & caused storms with their wings.

"What are thunderbirds?"...BULLSEYE FOR $32,600!!

DJ! LACH TRASH: $800

SCORES AFTER DOUBLE JEOPARDY!:

Andy: $10,200
Linda: $9,200
Jack: $32,600

CORYAT SCORES:

Andy: $9,600
Linda: $8,200

Jack: $24,600

FJ! CATEGORY: Musical Inspirations.

The Libretto for Haydn's oratorio "The Creation" was based on this epic English poem.

LINDA:
Response: "What is Beowulf?"
Wager: $6,001
Final score: $3,199

The soon-to-be outgoing champ also put that down and loses $8,201, meaning with a final score of $1,999, he's leaving with $26,200. Jack Feerick instead wrote down "What is Paradise Lost?"...RIGHT! His wager was...










...A SWEET 16 GRAND- HE JUST SCORED THE BIGGEST ONE-DAY REGULAR SEASON WIN OF THE SEASON WITH $48,600!!!

(He's going to be a player to watch in the next day or two; he doesn't make the smartest wagers, as we saw from him tonight.)

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

"American Idol" 1/27

Tonight's audition stop is Jacksonville, FL.

GOOD:
Joshua Ulloa (Beverly Hills, FL)
Sharon Wilbur (Jacksonville, FL)
Julissa Veloz (Orlando)
Jasmine Murray (Starkville, MS)
T.K. Hash (Concord, NC; didn't make it through during last year's auditions)
Anne Marie Boskovich (Nashville; had to change her clothes before she could officially audition)

CLOSE BUT NO CIGAR:
Michael Perrelli (Orlando)

BIG STRIKEOUTS:
Kaneswa Finnie (Jacksonville, FL; horrible humming)
Naomi Sykes (Tampa, FL; put no feeling in her voice)
George Ramierez (Jacksonfille, FL; very depressing voice)

Nine made it through on Day 1, while another seven advanced on Day 2.

"The Biggest Loser" 1/27

This is an important week- not only is this episode going to have a Super Bowl theme, those on the ranch who stay alive after this week will have their at-home partners rejoin them on the ranch next week.

Blane Cotter has to sit out both challenges this week because his wife was having a baby.

Challenge #4: Australian celebrity chef Curtis Stone stops by. This challenge is played in two parts. In the first part, a traditional Super Bowl snack is revealed and the contestants have to write down how many calories are in that snack. The one closest without going over advances to the second part. After three have advanced, those three then must guess how many calories are in a five-piece chicken skewer (the chicken itself). The winner of that part wins the right to have Curtis make a meal at their home plus a two-pound pass for their team to use when they're reunited on the ranch next week.

1. Chicken wings w/ Ranch dressing
Answer: 991
Winner: Daniel (800)

2. Bread bowl w/ chili & sour cream
Answer: 1,165
Winner: Kristin (834)

3. Seven-layer dip
Answer: 1,755
Winner: Helen (1,500)

FINAL ROUND GUESSES:

Kristin: 390
Helen: 175
Daniel: 220

The actual number of calories in that chicken is...












...two hundred...30, meaning Daniel's the big winner!

Challenge #4: Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner helps out with this challenge. One member from each team must first run to the 20-yard line on the football field and go back to the start. Then, they have to run to the 40-yard line and pick up a football, and then run back to the start and deposit the football in an opponent's bin. A player is eliminated when his/her bin gets filled with five footballs. Last one standing wins immunity for their team.

1. Filipe

2. Tara

3. Dane

4. Kristin

5. Mandi

6. Dan

7. Mike

And the winner is...












...Helen!

WEIGH-IN: Just before this week's weigh-in, their at-home partners are brought to the ranch. What happens in this weigh-in and elimination ceremony will determine which of those at-home partners will officially get to rejoin the game and which ones might not get to do that.

Helen: 225 lbs, six pounds lost, 2.6%

Mike (339) & Ron (370) = 709 lbs, 16 pounds lost, 2.21%

Blaine (312) & Dane (345) = 657 lbs, 26 pounds lost, 3.81%

Filipe: 311 lbs, 13 pounds lost, 4.01%

Tara: 252 lbs, 12 pounds lost, 4.55%

Kristin: 312 lbs, 12 pounds lost, 3.7%

Mandi: 227 lbs, 10 pounds lost, 4.22%

Daniel: 394 lbs, 12 pounds lost, 2.96%

Joelle needs to have lost at least nine pounds. If she didn't, she will again fall below the yellow line and her team most likely will be goners this week, since she came a vote shy of being eliminated last week...









Joelle: 278 lbs, 10 pounds lost, 3.47%

...yes! That means Daniel's in danger for the second time.

ELIMINATION #3: By a vote of 4-3 (Filipe had the deciding vote)...











Daniel
Ron & Mike


...Daniel's luck has finally run out- he and Dave have lost their shot at $250,000.