Tuesday, March 31, 2009

"The Biggest Loser" 3/31

As I previously stated, since Alison Sweeney was on maternity leave at the time of this episode's taping, filling in for her for most of this week's episode are...the last two big winners on this show, Michelle Aguilar & Ali Vincent!

To begin, it's time for the Second Chance Weigh-In. Only three previously eliminated contestants will take part in this one.

Estella: 197 lbs, 45 pounds lost, 18.6%

David: 347 lbs, 46 pounds lost, 11.70%

Nicole's base weight this evening is 269 pounds. For her to get a second chance at the quarter million, she needs to have lost at least 51 pounds...










Nicole: 182 lbs, 87 pounds lost 32.34%

...she does it by a landslide! Estella & David are demoted to $100,000 contention for good.

Ron of the Morellis needs medical attention because of some chest pains. He later has to go through a double-balloon enteroscopy that includes having a tube put down his esphogus because of recurring bleeding problems stemming from a bypass surgery. As a result, he misses the following...

Challenge: Everybody is placed on platforms consisting of 40 ropes six feet above a swimming pool. While standing on their platform, they must hold a rope with just one arm. As time goes on, those ropes will steadily drop. Last one standing wins immunity. If Nicole wins this, she also gets to assign a ONE POUND PENALTY to one of the other contestants at the next Weigh-In; otherwise, the winner also gets a one pound bonus at the Weigh-In.

1. Mike

2. Felipe

3. Laura

4. Tara

5. Helen

6. Nicole

The winner of the bonus is...











...Sione!

WEIGH-IN (Alison returns):

Nicole: 187 lbs, GAINED FIVE POUNDS (her immunity gets voided as a result)

Kristin: 251 lbs, four pounds lost, 1.57%

Laura: 214 lbs, GAINED ONE POUND

Tara: 189 lbs, six pounds lost, 3.08%

Helen: 171 lbs, six pounds lost, 3.39%

Sione: 260 lbs, seven pounds lost (with bonus), 2.63%

Filipe: 259 lbs, four pounds lost, 1.52%

Mike: 253 lbs, 11 pounds lost, 4.17%

That leaves Ron. As long as he doesn't gain any weight, he'll be OK. If he does, however, I hope he doesn't gain more than a pound...











Ron: 320 lbs, GAINED THREE POUNDS

...BUT HE DID, GAINING THREE POUNDS IN THE PROCESS. OUCH. That means Laura escapes elimination and Ron & Nicole are in the bottom two.

ELIMINATION #11: Has Ron's luck finally run out tonight?...












...NO, BY A VOTE OF 4-3! Therefore, Nicole Brewer's chances of the $250K are gone for good.

"Dancing with the Stars" 3/31

Samantha Harris is a little under the weather this week, but she's still co-hosting tonight.

Gilles Marini & Cheryl Burke's perfect 30-winning Argentine Tango is the obvious pick as the encore dance of the week.

Kevin Rudolf performs "Let It Rock" early on in the show.

Next comes a special dance routine by Louis Van Amistel set to "You Fill Up My Senses" by the late John Denver.

Boyz II Men does a special medley of songs in the second half of this episode.

The three teams in the bottom three are...














...Holly Madison & Dmitri Chaplin, Steve-O & Lacey Schwimmer and Steve Wozniak & Karina Smirnoff. The first team definitely eliminated...














...Holly & Dmitri. And the other team gone tonight is...















...Steve & Karina- their luck from last week doesn't hold up this week.

"American Idol" 3/31

THIS WEEK'S TOPIC: Frequently downloaded songs according to iTunes

1. Anoop Desai: "Caught Up" by Usher

Randy said it wasn't the right song choice, but thought he sung well and got back some of his swagger. Kara thought he was playing it safe. Paula said he was going back to his playful side, but said he needed to work on his stage presence. Simon thought it was a complete and utter mess. I gave him a 7.

2. Megan Joy: "Turn Your Lights Down Low" by Bob Marley & Lauryn Hill

Kara hated the performance. Paula said she should've done a strong ballad. Simon & Randy agreed with Kara because they thought it was boring. I felt it didn't sound right either, so I gave her a 4.

3. Danny Gokey: "What Hurts the Most" by Rascal Flatts

Paula loved this performance. Simon thought it was his best performance to date. Randy & Kara really liked it too. Since I agreed with them, I gave him a 9!

4. Allison Iraheta: "Don't Speak" by No Doubt

Randy said she was rushing at times and thought the attire was questionable. Kara thought she was forced at times. Paula thought she continues to slide towards the finish line. Simon thought her attire was very distracting during the performance, and also thought she shouted at times. I HATED the performance, so I gave her a 6.

5. Scott MacIntyre: "Just the Way You Are" by Billy Joel

Kara thought he was smart in several things, including the song choice and how he performed the song; she also liked his new look. Paula said she was prouder of Scott amongst the remaining nine contestants. Simon thought it was his best performance of the season, and Randy agreed with him. I gave him an 8.

6. Matt Giraud: "You Found Me" by The Fray

Paula thought he aborted from his positives this season. Simon didn't understand the performance and caught him trying to be a copycat of another singer. Randy & Kara agreed. I personally thought the performance wasn't that bad, but I do have to give him a 6.

7. Lil' Rounds: "I Surrender" by Celine Dion

Randy didn't like this song choice but thought she sang surprisingly well. Kara agreed with Randy. Paula said she needed to stay away from the adult contemporary side. Simon thought it was nothing more than a wedding-caliber performance. I gave her a 7. One of Lil' Rounds children got on Randy at the end!

8. Adam Lambert: "Play That Funky Music" by White Cherry

Paula thought that performance was true genius. Simon thought he was brave and great this evening. Randy & Kara agreed, and so did I, so I gave him another 10!

9. Kris Allen: "Ain't No Sunshine" by Bill Withers

Randy thought it was one of the night's best performances. Kara thought that performance was artistry. Paula thought he successfully modernized the song and thought it was his best performance so far. Simon liked the vocals and the arrangement. To end the night, I gave him a 9!

3/31/2009 Results

DOND: Today, we have #16 Chad Branye playing the game (who is a restaurant manager). Today's bonus prize is cash and golf equipment.

ROUND 1:
1. #17 (Ryan)- $25,000
2. #2 (Kara)- $75,000
3. #14 (Susan)- $200
4. #7 (Latoya)- $300
5. #13 (Manjit)- $5,000

OPENING OFFER: $17,000- NO DEAL

ROUND 2:
1. #20 (Jeffery)- $50
2. #10 (Tiffany)- $100,000 (DANGER ZONE ENFORCED ALREADY)
3. #18 (Zohra)- BUCK
4. #22 (Sheri)- $10
5. #6 (Ken)- $250,000 (STRIKE ONE)

SECOND OFFER (with Blackjack II device for assistance): $14,000- NO DEAL

ROUND 3:
1. #1 (Meghann)- $100
2. #19 (Jerry)- $25
3. #21 (Armanda)- $50,000 (STRIKE TWO)
4. #4 (Lauren)- $1,000

THIRD OFFER: $21,500- NO DEAL

ROUND 4:
1. #8 (Shannon)- $2,500
2. #11 (Nolen)- $500

FOURTH OFFER: $36,000- DEAL

ROUND 5:
1. #12 (Linda)- $5
2. #3 (Kenneth)- $400
FIFTH OFFER: $136,000

19th PICK: #9 (Kelli)- $500,000

He made a good but not great deal. For the second straight day, the day's contestant had the $10,000 case. The bonus prize winner today is #15 Amy. Therefore, Meg had the penny in her #5.

WOF: First Toss-Up category this evening is Thing:

_ _ B R I D

V E H _ _ L E

Only one of these is on offer here this week, a HYBRID VEHICLE, and Jim solves it (Monica started to say the answer but it wasn't her turn) for $1,000.

$5,000-WINNING ID OF THE NIGHT: JT11535

Tonight's players:

Jim Hart (Margate, FL)- Former plank owner for the Navy; now a senior systems administrator
Katie McCormick (Oaksdale, WA)- Pre-pharmacy student at Washington State University
Monica Hosking (Millford, MI)- Substitute teacher

$2,000 Toss-Up category is Phrase:

_ E A D | T H E

_ A B _ L

Jim is able to READ THE LABEL for another $2,000.

Round 1 category is Quotation and out on the wheel now is an eco-friendly trip to the Hyatt Grand Champions Resort, Villas & Spa in Palm Springs worth $7,000. Midway in the round, Jim calls two R's for that trip, but he later buys the round's sole dud vowel in I to leave that and $3,500 on the table. After Katie calls the M's, we have...

T H E | S T U F F

T H A T | D R E A _ S

A R E | _ A D E | O F

...and she solves THE STUFF THAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF for $1,150.

DUDS: I (Jim)

Jackpot/Prize Puzzle Round category is Places; tonight, it's brought to you by Caltrate. Early on, Monica calls three N's for the Wild Card, then calls two D's for $1,000 while on Jackpot; she can't solve for a $6,850 Jackpot. She later calls a dud in M while on the Sierra Trading Post gift tag. After Jim calls the C's, here's the board:

I N C R E D I _ L E

_ _ L C A N I C

I S L A N D S

He will be going to the INCREDIBLE VOLCANIC ISLANDS in Maui at the Westin, and he will be taking another two grand with him; he now has $12,332 in cash and trip.

DUDS: M (Monica), P (Katie)
LEFT BEHIND IN JACKPOT: $7,850

WINNING ID FOR TRIP: BB0019359

Tonight's Mystery Round is courtesy of Alavert; category is Show Biz. It's a big puzzle. Monica starts off with four N's for $14,000, then she uses her Wild Card to call five T's for another $17,500! After she buys the E's, the board...

_ O T _ N _ | _ O _

_ O _ _ | _ _ _ O _ _ T E

_ _ E _ _ _ _ N | _ _ O _

_ O N T E S T _ N T

...she buys the A's and she's going for it...

_ O T _ N _ | _ O _

_ O _ _ | _ A _ O _ _ T E

A _ E _ _ _ A N | _ _ O _

_ O N T E S T A N T

...she solves VOTING FOR YOUR FAVORITE AMERICAN IDOL CONTESTANT for $31,250!!

PERFECT ROUND

$3,000 Toss-Up category is Fun & Games:

D _ I N G

_ _ R T W _ _ _ L S

Jim's DOING CARTWHEELS to sweep the Toss-Ups and go to $15,332 in cash and trip. Next category is People. He starts with two T's for $900 but then hits Lose a Turn. After Katie duds out with M, we go to Speed-Up Mode with the remaining consonants being worth $1,300 apiece. Monica then calls the D's...

D E D _ _ A T E D

_ O _ _ N T E E R S

...she solves DEDICATED VOLUNTEERS to add another $3,900 to her big winning total of $35,150! Jim leaves with $15,332 in cash and trip and Katie leaves with $1,150.

So far, $51,632 in cash and trip has been given away tonight!

DUDS: M (Katie)
LOTs: 1 (Jim)

Big Money Round: Monica spins the ampersand and the category is Person. Starting with:

_ _ _ _

_ _ N

She calls M, D, C and O and gets...

_ _ _ D

_ _ N

...she's not enough of an AVID FAN here, so she doesn't win another $25,000 (she got the second word just as time expired). She needed at least the A's. But she still leaves with $35,150.

We are then told about how the Sony Take Back Recycling Program works at the end.

TONIGHT'S JEOPARDY! SWEEPSTAKES CATEGORY: Story Inspirations

Video Bonus: Monica's "Wheel" journey

Millionaire:

End of Ethyl Will's game
Game 2
Game 3

Monday, March 30, 2009

"Dancing with the Stars" 3/30

This week's dances are the Argentine Tango and the Lindy Hop.

First up with the Lindy Hop are David Alan Grier & Kym Johnson. I believe the background song is the "American Bandstand" theme!

CARRIE ANN: 8
LEN: 7
BRUNO: 7
TOTAL: 22

First to try the Argentine Tango are the night's second team at bat, Lil' Kim & Derek Hough.

CARRIE ANN: 9
LEN: 8
BRUNO: 10! (first this season)
TOTAL: 27

Team #3 are Chuck Wicks & Julianna Hough (Lindy Hop).

CARRIE ANN: 8
LEN: 7
BRUNO: 7
TOTAL: 22

Fourth are Lawrence Taylor & Edyta Sliwinska (Argentine Tango).

CARRIE ANN: 7
LEN: 5
BRUNO: 7
TOTAL: 19

Dancing fifth are Ty Murray & Chelsie Hightower (Lindy Hop).

CARRIE ANN: 9
LEN: 8
BRUNO: 8
TOTAL: 25

Next are El Cheapo Steve Wozniak & Karina Smirnoff (Argentine Tango). They get...nothing but 4's, so they really need help from you at home like last week (and I do mean REALLY because of this week's circumstances).

The night's lucky seven spot goes to Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani (Lindy Hop).

CARRIE ANN: 10!
LEN: 9
BRUNO: 10!
TOTAL: 29!

Rycroft's dream story is sure to continue as a result of this performance!

Next to attempt the Argentine Tango are Holly Madison and Dmitry Chaplin.

CARRIE ANN: 5
LEN: 6
BRUNO: 5
TOTAL: 16

With this team in the bottom two last week, they are in DEEP TROUBLE.

Next on the floor are Steve-O and Lacey Schwimmer (Lindy Hop). They only get three 5's.

Doing the night's last Argentine Tango are Gilles Marini & Cheryl Burke. The crowd and the judges seem to really love that- is that enough for the season's first perfect 30?...

CARRIE ANN: 10!
LEN: 10!
BRUNO: 10!
TOTAL: 30!!!

...YES INDEED!!

That means Shawn Johnson & Mark Ballas get to close things out with their Lindy Hop.

CARRIE ANN: 8
LEN: 8
BRUNO: 9
TOTAL: 25

Remember, there will be a DOUBLE ELIMINATION tomorrow night. Boyz II Men & Kevin Rudolf will perform.

3/30/2009 Results

DOND: The 33rd week of taped episodes is Visine Week. Today's contestant is #9 Beverly Tipton (who is a 76-year-old retail worker). In this week's games, the $7,500 case is replaced with a Visine logo; at least for today, if Beverly goes all the way and has that case, or whomever in the gallery actually has it, that person will win $7,500 in cash and camping equipment.

ROUND 1:
1. #1 (Kenneth)- $250,000
2. #15 (Amy)- PENNY
3. #13 (Manjit)- $100,000
4. #16 (Chad)- $50,000 (DANGER ZONE ENFORCED ALREADY)
5. #11 (Nolen)- $5

OPENING OFFER: $9,000- NO DEAL

(She's aiming for at least a $100K offer today.)

ROUND 2:
1. #1 (Meghann)- $400
2. #22 (Sheri)- $1,000
3. #6 (Ken)- VISINE
4. #7 (Latoya)- $300
5. #14 (Susan)- BUCK

SECOND OFFER: $19,000- NO DEAL

ROUND 3:
1. #2 (Kara)- $500
2. #21 (Armanda)- $500,000 (BIG STRIKE ONE)
3. #12 (Linda)- $2,500
4. #4 (Lauren)- $50

THIRD OFFER: $13,000- NO DEAL

ROUND 4:
1. #5 (Meg)- $200
2. #17 (Ryan)- $100

FOURTH OFFER: $17,500- NO DEAL

ROUND 5:
1. #20 (Jeffery)- $75,000 (STRIKE TWO)
2. #8 (Shannon)- $10

FIFTH OFFER: $7,500- NO DEAL

19th PICK: #10 (Tiffany)- $25

SIXTH OFFER: $15,000- DEAL

Her case had...10 grand, so she made a fine deal. Other cases:

#18 (Zohra)- $5,000
#19 (Jerry)- $25,000

WOF: Since they're saluting the environment this week, it must be Going Green Week! Last week, we established our second-highest weekly total of the season with $367,600 in green and other prizes. Let's see what's in the cards this week. First Toss-Up category on this Monday is Place:

_ _ C Y _ L I N G

C E _ T _ R

Lacy solves RECYCLING CENTER for $1,000.

$5,000-WINNING ID OF THE NIGHT: CN00877

Tonight's panel:

Lacy Glover (Conway, AR)- Ladies' clothing store owner and Miss Arkansas 2004 (also the third runner up at that year's Miss America pageant)
Cody Yawn (Hammond, LA)- Assistant manager/office supply retailer; owns a dog named Ashley
Sandra Green (Orlando)- Organization development consultant for a hospital system

$2,000 Toss-Up category is Fun & Games:

_ _ N O _ O _ Y

_ _ _ _ _

Lacy takes an early guess with MONOPOLY BOARD...incorrect. Sandra then rings in...

M O N O _ O _ Y

_ O _ E _

...and solves MONOPOLY MONEY for $2,000 in real money.

After an eco-friendly trip to the St. James' Club in Antigua worth $6,450 goes on the wheel, the first round category is Phrase. Sandra lets out a big scream when she lands on the Million Dollar Wedge; she then calls three T's to pick it up. Secondly, she calls an H for a $1,000 Seventh Generation gift package. A little later, she calls an S for the trip. After she next calls the N's, we have...

_ _ _ _ | W I T H

_ _ _ | N _ T _ _ _ _

I N _ _ _ _ I _ N T S

...she buys the A's, then calls the R's for $600, the D's for another $600 and buys the E's. She then calls the L's for another $900 and the Free Spin and we now have...

_ A D E | W I T H

A L L | N A T _ R A L

I N _ R E D I E N T S

...she solves MADE WITH ALL NATURAL INGREDIENTS for another $3,450, the MDW and the other two prizes, a new total of $12,900 in cash and prizes!

PERFECT ROUND

Advil PM sponsors tonight's Jackpot/Prize Puzzle Round; category is People. Lacy starts with a $550 T but then a dud of S. Midway in the round, Cody calls an M for the Wild Card. After Cody calls the L, the board reads...

R O _ A L

C A N A D I A N

M O U N T E D

P O L I C E

...the ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE will be escorting him on a trip to Ottawa at the Marriott, worth $8,250. With $6,750 cash, he's now on the board with 15 grand in cash and trip.

DUDS: S (Lacy)

WINNING ID FOR TRIP: MB0239686

Tonight's Mystery Round is being sponsored by Alavert; category is Before & After. Cody immediately loses his Wild Card to a Bankrupt. A little later, Sandra loses the MDW and $1,300 to a Bankrupt of her own, so she uses her Free Spin. She later hits the Mystery Wedge next to Lose a Turn and calls an L. With only $150 in her bank, she takes the plunge...$10,000! But she next calls D for dud. Lacy then calls a $500 P, an $800 W...

S O L A R

P O W _ R

S T _ _ R I N G

...and she solves SOLAR POWER STEERING for another $1,300 and $2,300 total.

DUDS: D (Sandra)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Cody, Sandra)

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

_ I C K _ R

_ _ S _ E T

Cody solves WICKER BASKET to pad his lead by another $3,000, making his new total 18 grand. Speed-Up Round category is Thing and consonants are worth $1,600 apiece; Sandra can still catch up. After Lacy calls the P...

N _ N P R _ _ _ T

_ R _ _ N _ _ _ T _ _ N

...she solves NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION for another $4,800 and a final total of $7,100. Sandra leaves with $12,900 in cash and prizes and Cody hangs on with 18 large in cash and trip!

So far, 38 grand in cash and prizes has been won tonight.

DUDS: H (Sandra), L (Sandra)

Big Money Round: The hybrid car on offer this week is the Honda Civic. Cody spins the N in WIN and the category is Thing. Starting with:

_ _ L _

_ _ E S S

He calls C, D, H and O and gets...

_ _ L D

_ _ E S S

...he forgets the category, as he gives incorrect responses of BALD CHESS and GOLD CHESS. He doesn't make the correct WILD GUESS for the Honda.

Jeopardy!: Fred Beukema defends his title for the fourth time against:

John Pitzel (Lee's Summit, MO)- Accountant
Anne Reilly (Stowe, MA)- Stay-at-home mom

This evening's first six categories:

1899
MUSICAL HEART CONDITIONS
AUTHORS & THEIR SLEUTHS
PERSONAL FOWLS
I'M LATIN INTOLERANT
THE END OF THE MARATHON (the race must be ID'ed in each correct response)

Early on, Beukema finds the Daily Double under the $600 Marathon clue with said amount; Pitzel leads with $800 while Reilly's $400 in the hole. The champ goes for $1,000 on this:

In Grant Park near Buckingham Fountain.

"What is the Chicago Marathon?"...he nearly triples his money to $1,600! He's at $2,800 by the time we reach the first break; the challengers now each have $600. At the end of the round...

Fred: $6,600
Anne: $3,400
John: $3,000

...this game's gotten a bit tighter.

ATTEMPTED LACH TRASH: $2,800
UNATTEMPTED LACH TRASH: $2,600
TOTAL LACH TRASH: $5,400

(Remember, everybody, today starts the show's Galapagos Adventure sweepstakes. Every weekday through May 1st, enter the day's Final Jeopardy! category over at jeopardy.com. 25 lucky winners in total will be going on this nice trip.)

DJ! Categories:

MILITARY ABBREV.
1980s MOVIE CHARACTERS
IF THEY'D TAUGHT AREOBICS INSTEAD (the teacher must be given in each correct response)
FIRST LADIES' RHYME TIME
FACE (all picture clues)
"THE" NATION

Beukema ends the first half of the round by finding the round's first DD under the $2,000 Aerobics clue with $9,400; he trails Pitzel for the lead by $1,200. Reilly has $3,800. His wager is the face value of the clue ($2,000). To take the lead back, but not by much:

All right, everybody got their workout clothes off? No pain, no gain here at my Indiana Univ. institute.

"Who is Bobby Knight?"...well, that's a lovely thought, but that's incorrect. It was Alfred Kinsey, so he's down to $7,400. Towards the end of the round, he's back in the lead at $11,400 as he finds all three of the night's DDs, with the last one being under the $1,200 "The" clue. Pitzel has $9,800 and Reilly has nine grand; this game hasn't been this tight all night. His final DD wager is $1,200 (again, face value of the clue).

In its native tongue, this nation is Al-Imarat Al-Arabiyah Al-Muttahidah.

"Who are the United Arab Emerates?"...is right to go to $12,600!

ATTEMPTED LACH TRASH: $7,200
UNATTEMPTED LACH TRASH: $3,200
TOTAL DJ! LACH TRASH: $10,400

SCORES AFTER DOUBLE JEOPARDY!:

Fred: $12,600
Anne: $10,600
John: $9,800

CORYAT SCORES:

Fred: $14,200
Anne: $10,600
John: $9,800

FJ! CATEGORY (keep note of this people): Artists.

The 2 famous painters who share a March 30 birthday, one born in Spain in 1746, the other in Holland in 1853.

John Pitzel's response was "Who are Goya + Vemeer?"...Vemeer is incorrect. He loses nine grand as a result, dropping him to $800. Anne Reilly wrote down "Who are Goya and Van Gogh?"...she got 'em both to DOUBLE to $21,200! I'm not sure if the champ got this...







...and he didn't- he put down Rembrandt in place of Vemeer, so Reilly's the new champ and by losing $8,601, he's headed home with $71,401. Maybe we'll see him again.

Millionaire:

Conclusion of Timothy Woodward's game from two weeks ago

Game 2

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Next Week in Game Shows: March 30-April 5

I'm just coming off my big win in the second ever 'Net Poker Mega Playoff. Here's what's happening this week as we conclude March and roll into April:

Jeopardy!: Can Fred Beukema continue winning and solidify a berth in the next Tournament of Champions?

Dancing with the Stars: If Steve Wozniak's team again doesn't do so well this week, he'd better hope for even more fan support, because this week, TWO teams will be eliminated.

The Biggest Loser: Remember what happened on the last episode of "Make Me a Supermodel" when Tyson Beckford couldn't host an episode because of a busy schedule? Well, the same thing's going to happen for this show this week because Alison Sweeney went on maternity leave. In addition to finding out who's filling in for her, some of the previously eliminated contestants will return this week for something.

The Ultimate Fighter: Another season begins on April Fool's Day; this time, it's the U.S. vs the U.K.

The Price is Right: This Wednesday, it's another April Fool's Day extravaganza with Kathy Kinney from "The Drew Carey Show" as the guest. On Thursday, CBS sportscaster Jim Nantz stops by to offer a trip to this year's NCAA Men's Basketball Final Four. And on Friday, it's a salute to the Academy of Country Music Awards.

Plus, "Wheel of Fortune" salutes the environment once again, the new GSN schedule debuts and more!

The Week in Review: March 23-29

Players of the Week:
WINNER: Dan Pawson ($250,000)(2009 "Jeopardy!" Tournament of Champions winner)
RUNNER-UP: Larissa Kelly ($100,000)(2009 "Jeopardy!" Tournament of Champions runner-up)
3RD PLACE: Barry Greenstein ($574,200)("High Stakes Poker")

Other Big Winners and Notables:
Plezetta West- $120,050 ("Wheel of Fortune")
Karen Smith- $91,000 ("Deal or No Deal")
Fred Beukema- Current three-day champion with $69,401 ("Jeopardy!")
Amy Antille- $49,180 ("WOF")
J.D. Hardin- $49,030 ("WOF")
Michael Humphrey- $45,000 ("WOF")
Sam Patterson- $42,000 ("Deal or No Deal")

ZONK ANSWERS OF THE WEEK: Both of these were committed by Kevin Gunn on "Wheel of Fortune" last Wednesday night. The first came on the second Toss-Up, when he thought for some reason Greg Kinnear was a news person by guessing ANCHOR GREG KINNEAR (answer was ACTOR GREG KINNEAR). The second time, during the Mystery Round, he was paying no attention to the top word and messed up with INSPECTOR GENERAL ADMISSION (answer was ATTORNEY GENERAL ADMISSION). He settled for $6,700 after all that.

"High Stakes Poker" 3/29

OPENING HAND:

Elezra: (10D)(7H)
Benyamine: (7S)(5S)
Eastgate: (KS)(9S)
Negreanu: (10H)(9H)

POT: $18,000
THE FLOP: (8H)(7C)(5C)

Instant straight draw for Eastgate and Negreanu, while Benyamine has two pair and Elezra has middle pair. Elezra and Eastgate fold while the other two bet $15,000 apiece.

TURN: 2 OF CLUBS- DUD

Benyamine then bets another $30,000...and that's enough for Negreanu to fold, so Benyamine takes the night's first pot at $78,000.

The second hand sees the first blitz win of the season, as Barry Greenstein's $100,000 raise scares the other players away, immediately giving him a $122,400 pot! Now, for the third hand:

Negreanu: (9D)(8H)
Sahamies: (9C)(8C)
Greenstein: (AS)(KS)

POT: $15,100
THE FLOP: (2C)(6S)(KD)

Greenstein makes top pair, and then wins the pot at $25,100 after a $10K bet that makes the other two fold. More three-way action on hand #4:

Dwan: (AH)(JC)
Negreanu: (KD)(QS)
Elezra: (3C)(2C)

POT: $18,800
THE FLOP: (8C)(2D)(JS)

Dwan has top pair, while Elezra makes the worst possible pair. Elezra folds while Dwan & Negreanu both fork over $13,200 apiece.

TURN: 4 OF HEARTS- DUD

After Dwan's next bet of $34,200...Negreanu folds again, giving Dwan his first pot of the night at $79,400. Next hand:

Elezra: DOUBLE ACES (Clubs & Hearts)
Dwan: (8D)(7S)
Negreanu: (10C)(9C)

POT: $35,100
THE FLOP: (QC)(2C)(4H)

Negreanu's the only one that scores on this flop, making a club flush draw. Elezra bets $17,100, but Negreanu raises another $27K, prompting Dwan to fold. Elezra then tries to frighten Negreanu by raising to $119,100...and Negreanu goes ALL IN! Elezra's response to that...he's playing, which means this pot is worth $487,700! This hand will be run twice.

REMAINDER OF ROUND 1:

TURN: 5 OF DIAMONDS

Elezra now has a straight draw.

RIVER: 6 OF SPADES- ELEZRA WINS ROUND 1

ROUND 2:

TURN: 3 OF SPADES

Elezra can now make a really big-winning straight if he gets a 5 that's not a club.

Is Elezra $487,700 richer?...













RIVER: JACK OF SPADES

...YES!! Second-highest single pot won so far this season! It also means Negreanu GOES BROKE for the second time this season.

Here's the next hand:

Eastgate: DOUBLE QUEENS (Diamonds & Spades)
Sahamies: DOUBLE FOURS (Clubs & Hearts)
Elezra: (AD)(9D)

POT: $64,100
THE FLOP: (KD)(2D)(7C)

Elezra immediately has a flush draw, and after betting $55,000, Sahamies folds. Eastgate calls.

TURN: 3 OF CLUBS- DUD

Both check.

RIVER: JACK OF CLUBS- NO GOOD FOR ELEZRA

Nothing happens after that, so Eastgate picks up a nice $174,100. Now, for the last hand of the first half:

Dwan: DOUBLE FOURS (Clubs & Spades)
Eastgate: DOUBLE JACKS (Hearts & Spades)

POT: $128,500
THE FLOP: (8S)(QS)(AC)- WORTHLESS FLOP

After Eastgate checks, Dwan bets $62,200...and after a while, Eastgate folds, meaning Dwan wins another $190,700!

The second half of this week's episode begins with four-way action:

Brunson: (KD)(8D)
Negreanu: (6C)(2C)
Sahamies: (AC)(7C)
Greenstein: DOUBLE FIVES (Diamonds & Spades)

POT: $16,100
THE FLOP: (QH)(4C)(JC)

Both Negreanu & Sahamies have flush draws, but Sahamies has the advantage on that since he's got the Ace of Clubs. Each bet $11K while Brunson & Greenstein bow out of this hand.

TURN: KING OF HEARTS

That would have been lovely for Brunson had he continued to play this hand; Sahamies now has a top straight draw as a result. He now bets 26 grand...and Negreanu has had enough, so Sahamies wins the $64,100 pot.

Greenstein then gets his second blitz win of the evening after another big raise of his works very well- this one for $103,500. He wins his third pot of this evening at $127,600 as a result. We go back to four-way action on the next hand:

Eastgate: (3C)(2C)
Sahamies: (JH)(10H)
Elezra: (AH)(2S)
Greenstein: (6D)(5D)

POT: $16,100
THE FLOP: (JD)(KC)(AD)

Greenstein immediately has a diamond flush possibility; Elezra makes the best possible pair while Sahamies makes low pair and has an opportunity to make the best possible straight. Only Elezra & Greenstein remain as we head to the turn.

TURN: 8 OF CLUBS- DUD

After a Greenstein check, Elezra throws in a $45K bet...but Greenstein raises to 200 grand! What's next for Elezra...he folds, so Greenstein adds another $299,100 to his winnings tonight!
Next hand, with even more four-way action:

Eastgate: (AD)(QS)
Sahamies: (5C)(3C)
Elezra: (AS)(QD)
Dwan: (KC)(9D)

POT: $17,300
THE FLOP: (2H)(9S)(3D)

Dwan makes top pair while Elezra has middle pair. Elezra & Eastgate fold, however.

TURN: 7 OF DIAMONDS- NOTHING

Both then bet $28,700 each.

RIVER: 8 OF DIAMONDS- NOTHING ADDITIONAL ONCE AGAIN FOR SAHAMIES

Dwan wins the $99,100 pot. The four-way action rolls on with this next hand:

Brunson: (JH)(7C)
Eastgate: (10S)(2D)
Negreanu: (KH)(10H)
Elezra: (10C)(9S)

POT: $5,600
THE FLOP: (4H)(AH)(3H)- NEGREANU NUT FLUSH!

The good news is that Negreanu finally wins a pot...the bad news is that it's only worth $9,100 thanks to everyone else folding immediately. Now, for the final hand of the evening:

Dwan: DOUBLE SEVENS (Diamonds & Spades)
Sahamies: (AH)(10D)
Elezra: (QC)(10C)

POT: $32,100
THE FLOP: (9C)(3S)(9H)

Dwan now has two pair; everyone checks.

TURN: 4 OF DIAMONDS- DUD

Dwan afterwards bets $22,600...only Sahamies continues.

RIVER: KING OF SPADES- ANOTHER DUD

Dwan ends the show by winning another $87,800.

SPADE CLUB.COM HIGH PRESSURE MOMENT OF THE WEEK: Barry Greenstein's $200K raise causes Eli Elezra to fold on a hand.

BIGGEST WINNERS AMONGST POTS WON:
1. Barry Greenstein: $574,200
2. Eli Elezra: $487,700
3. Tom Dwan: $457,000

MOST POTS WON: TIE- Barry Greenstein & Tom Dwan (4 each)

SHUT OUT: Doyle Brunson

"Celebrity Apprentice" 3/29

THIS WEEK'S TASK: Each team must run five rooms at the Loews Regency Hotel. The team with the best combined ratings wins.

PROJECT MANAGERS:
Kotu: Dennis Rodman (?!?!?)
Athena: T-Boz Watkins

Rodman's
not happy over Brian McKnight trying to seriously help out with the task. McKnight later brings in 50 chocolate chip cookies for their team's room guests to eat.

Khloe Kardashian wasn't available initially due to personal reasons.

Joan Rivers serves as the rooms clerk for Athena, while McKnight & Clint Black both serve as clerks for Kotu. Annie Duke is the room guard for Athena while serving as the guard for Kotu is Rodman.

Ivanka watches over Kotu, while a guy named John from the hotel looks over Athena.

Vincent Pastore from last season appears as a room guest for Kotu!

Another star from last season, Stephen Baldwin, is the big guest of Athena! He went to see one of the hotel's shows, but he wasn't too thrilled at the end.

Late in the task, Rodman makes his latest ill-advised move- go out for dinner on his own.

BOARDROOM: Rodman's got very low expectations, because he doesn't think Kotu has a chance of winning. The rest of his team notices that he's been having a drinking problem. Well, he needs to be hopeful, because if his team loses, he will be automatically fired. The final hotel rating average is out of a possible 100.

By a final score of 91-86...












...Athena wins, which means T-Boz gets $20,000 for her charity and Rodman is finally history.

"The Amazing Race" 3/29

OPENING CLUE: Fly nearly 2,000 mailes to Phuket, Thailand. The clue also has a picture of a gorilla statue attached. Once they get to Phuket, they must find the area with that statue (Phuket Zoo) in order to get their second clue.

$130 is given to each team for this week's stage.

CLUE #2: After taking a picture with a tiger, they must take part in a routine where they must lay down on the ground while an elephant walks over them. After doing all of that, they can collect their third clue back at the tiger station.

Jaime & Cara are currently in the lead, while Mel & Mike are in last.

CLUE #3: Teams must now get to the Nguan Choon Tong Herbs Shop, where they must search for their next clue in one of its drawers.

Mark & Michael have now taken the lead from the former NFL cheerleaders.

DETOUR #6: 100 barrels or 2 miles?

100 barrels: Teams must go to a harbor, where they must first fill up 47 barrels on a ship with drinking water, and then move another 53 barrels to the ship's roof before getting their next clue.

2 miles: Teams must run to a temple and select a rickshaw. One member of the team must then travel two miles through the streets to a park before getting their next clue. In the event a flat tire occurs, they can use a tire pump.

Here's what everyone chose:

100 barrels: Kisha & Jen, Mel & Mike
2 miles: Mark & Michael, Tammy & Victor, Jaime & Cara, Margie & Luke

PIT STOP: Teams must get to Wat Thep Nimit Temple, where the next team will be eliminated.

Mark & Michael Munoz have won this stage...or did they? They're the first team this season to BE SENT TO THE PENALTY BOX. They'll have to spend an hour in there because they committed two violations- intentionally tampering with the temple's pumps and putting them away when they should not have, and getting help from a taxi man in the middle of their rickshaw run.

The actual winners of this stage are...










...for the second straight time and third overall, Tammy & Victor Jih! Mark & Michael's penalties have just cost them...a Travelocity trip to Oahu.

2. Jaime & Cara

3. Mark & Michael

4. Margie & Luke

(Note: Margie had to get medical help because of dehydration.)

That leaves Mel & Mike White and Kisha & Jen Hoffman. For the Hoffmans, this is the second time they've been in danger, while this is the first for the Whites. In the end, Mel & Mike...















Mel & Mike
Kisha & Jen

...HAVE BEEN ELIMINATED, WHICH MEANS THERE ARE NO VIRGINIA CONTESTANTS LEFT THIS SEASON ON THIS SHOW. OUCH. At least they're still going to Costa Rica.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

WEEKEND SPIN ID 3/28

$5,000-WINNING ID OF THE NIGHT: WS03545

Status on FOX's "5th Grader" & "Lyrics"

-"Don't Forget the Lyrics!" is scheduled to return to FOX's Friday night schedule on May 22nd.

-"Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?" returns to FOX on Friday nights beginning June 26th, with new episodes resuming the following week (Fourth of July Week).

Oh, and BTW, "Hole in the Wall" has officially been put on hiatus for the second time this year.

Source: The Futon Critic

Additional ratings news this week

Thursday's "American Idol" results show got a 12.9 Fast Nielsen with a 20 share. The "Hell's Kitchen" that followed it pulled a 6.5/10.

With heavy competition Wednesday, "America's Next Top Model" pulled its lowest rating of the season, a 2/3.

Source: The Futon Critic

"America's Next Top Model" 3/25

The show began with a slumber party hosted by Season 3 contestant Toccara Jones; she also offered modeling tips.

Tyra Mail #12: "If you can't move to the music, then that might pose a problem."

They were taken to the Marquee, where Benny Ninja appeared. He was joined by model/DJ Sky Nellor. In pairs of two, everbody had to pose while music was playing.

1. London & Sandra (Heavy Metal)- Sandra was lost.

2. Allison & Natalie (Rock)- Allison misunderstood this task, as she was dancing instead of posing.

3. Teyona & Fo (Country)- Neither one did very good.

4. Kortnie & Celia (Hip-Hop)- Celia outclassed Kortnie.

5. Aminat & Tahlia (Jazz)- Aminat was the better of the two here.

Tyra Mail #13: "Practice your posin' if you wanna be chosen."

Posing Challenge: At the Mansion, each model had to pose to some music while in clothing designed by David & Phillipe Blond. Half of the models were placed in one heat, while the other half competed in another heat. The winners of both heats competed in the final round, where the winner got to choose one look from the Blonds collection.

HEAT 1 ORDER:
1. Allison- DUD
2. Teyona
3. Kortnie- DUD
4. Sandra- DUD
5. Celia

HEAT 1 WINNER: Celia

HEAT 2 ORDER:
1. Aminat- DUD
2. London- DUD
3. Tahlia- DUD
4. Natalie
5. Fo

HEAT 2 WINNER: Natalie

The winner was...










...Celia!

Tyra Mail #14: "Models aren't the only ones that migrate in New York to make their dreams come true."

PHOTO SHOOT #4: With Benny Ninja and some children in their shots, they had to give dynamic fashion images while on Ellis Island. The photographer was Brian Edwards.

1. Sandra- She was stiff for the most part, and with no success in the previous two challenges, there was a good chance she would be going to the bottom two for the second time.

2. Fo- Pretty good.

3. London- Great!

4. Natalie- Very good!

5. Teyona- Excellent!

6. Kortnie- She didn't do good here. She also struggled through the entire show, so there was a good possibility she would go to the bottom two.

7. Tahlia- Good job!

8. Celia- She doesn't usually do well in Photo Shoots, but she did this week!

9. Aminat- Dull.

10. Allison- She ended this photo shoot on a good note!

Tyra Mail #15: Judges' meeting

Sandra & Kortnie were in the bottom two. Did Sandra Nyanchoka luck out again?...














Sandra
Kortnie

...yes, so Kortnie Coles was sent packing.

Friday, March 27, 2009

3/27/2009 Results

TPIR: I believe this is Drew's first show back after pneumonia (which would make this Episode 4685K). Today's opening players are Megan Yardly, Eric Miles, Jennifer Tweedle and Jessica Zbikowski. The first IUFB is an Apple MacBook laptop (Lanisha & Rachael).

Megan: $1,299
Eric: $850
Jennifer: $975
Jessica: $981

ARP: $1,799

Megan from the University of Maine plays One Right Price for a 46" LCD HDTV (Amber) and a pair of Italian purses (Rachael). Lanisha has the ORP of $3,495, and Megan picks the TV...but that's just $2,899.

Leaving the audience fifth is Erika Rosenwinkel and the second IUFB is a snow scoot (Rachael).

Erika: $750
Eric: $751
Jennifer: $1,800
Jessica: $1,801

ARP: $1,100

Eric plays 1/2 Off, with today's SPs being modeled by Amber & Lanisha.

1.
Gift set: $13
Candy carousel: $20
PICK: Candy carousel- INCORRECT

2.
Ice cream cone-shaped kitchen timer: $12
Camera keychain: $25
PICK: Keychain- $50 ($500)

3.
Alarm clock: $28
Fish shower radio: $13
PICK: Shower radio- NO

Left for $10,000: #3, #5, #7, #8, #10, #13, #14 & #15. He goes with #8...good guess, but the big money's not there. Lanisha then shows us that it was in the other pink box left on the board, #14.

Next on the magic list is Laura Kelly and the third IUFB is a Howard Miller wine cabinet (Amber & Lanisha).

Laura: $975
Jennifer: $2,500
Jessica: $1,955
Erika: $1,956

ARP: $3,550

Jennifer plays Card Game for a Honda Accord LX-S Coupe (Rachael). She pulls out the dreaded $1,000 range card.

1. JACK OF DIAMONDS- $16,000
2. 6 OF SPADES- $16,600
3. 10 OF HEARTS- $17,600
4. KING OF CLUBS- $18,600
5. 3 OF CLUBS- $18,900
6. 2 OF HEARTS- $19,100
7. 9 OF DIAMONDS- $20,000
8. QUEEN OF SPADES- $21,000
9. 3 OF DIAMONDS- $21,300
10. 2 OF CLUBS- $21,500
11. 3 OF SPADES- $21,800
12. 4 OF SPADES- $22,200
13. 8 OF DIAMONDS- $23,000, AND SHE FINALLY STOPS

One of her friends was telling her to bid $25K for the car. Like Jennifer, I thought it was $23K instead. The ARP is...twenty...THREE THOUSAND, 205- SHE'S WON IT WITH A DIFFERENCE OF ONLY $205!!! One of the best Card Game wins ever! If she had not gone on to draw that last 8, she would've been the third contestant this millennium to lose this game by five bucks!

SHOWCASE SHOWDOWN #1:
Eric ($1,662): 60 + 20 = $.80
Megan ($1,799): 60 + 65 = OVER
Jennifer ($26,755): Quarter + $1 = OVER

Eric goes to the Showcase.

After a CBS page stands next to Drew, coming on down next is Lauren Marcial and the fourth IUFB, on the turntable, is a BBQ (Rachael).

Lauren: $350
Jessica: $550
Erika: $750
Laura: $600

ARP: $749

Since Erika overbid by a buck, Laura instead will play Hi-Lo for a trip to Walt Disney World (Amber at the audience screen) worth $2,728. Products today are Glad trash bags, Soft Scrub pads, Slow-Mag, Gorton's fish tenders, prunes and a big bag of 9 Lives cat food. She first goes with the obvious in the Slow-Mag, which is $11.77. Secondly, she picks the cat food...$7.55. Her last pick is the trash bags...$8.79. The prunes are $2.99, the pads are $3.39...and the fish tenders are $4.39, so she's going to Disney World!

Next up is Leona Elders and the next IUFB is a home gym (Lanisha).

Leona: $640
Lauren: $500
Jessica: $550
Erika: $651

ARP: $610

Michigan State's Jessica, the last of today's First Four, plays Pushover for a pair of motorcycles (Amber & Rachael). Board:

356798535

I hope she goes with $6,798...but she falls a block short with $7,985.

Rich then appears on TV to call on Hector Andvade and the final IUFB, coming from the clam, is a collection of Coco Chanel beauty supplies (Amber). The winner will then try to claim the day's other Honda.

Hector: $500
Erika: $800
Leona: $875
Lauren: $900

ARP: $1,062

Lauren plays One Away (with a great shot by R. Brian DiPirro of the Giant Price Tag being raised to show its gameboard!) for a new Honda Fit (Std., AT, Tray). The starting price:

$ 2 4 , 7 6 2

Her first guess:

$ 1 5 , 8 5 3

The Mighty Sound Effects Lady gives Lauren...three honks. Her final guess:

$ 1 5 , 6 5 1

We know the first two digits are correct. Is the third one 6?...

$ 1 5 , 6 5 1

...yes. But are the last two right?...











$ 1 5 , 6 5 1

...YES! Both car games get won today! What a way for Drew to come back!

(They could've also used this same price in Dice Game; where in the world has that game been, anyway?)

Video Bonus: Tense Card Game & One Away playings

My lineup today:

1. One Right Price
2. 1/2 Off
3. Card Game
4. Pushover
5. Hi-Lo
6. Dice Game

SHOWCASE SHOWDOWN #2:
Jessica ($610): $.80
Laura ($3,477): WINS $1,000!
Lauren ($16,713): 60 + 30 = $.90

In Laura's Bonus Spin...only 30 cents. But she still gets the Top Winner spot in today's Showcase.

The first Showcase has a Japanese soaking tub (Rachael), an Ashley bedroom (Lanisha) and a big collecton of designer clothes (Amber).

LAURA PASSES TO ERIC; ERIC BIDS $17,500 ON FURNITURE SHOWCASE

MY BID FOR FURNITURE SHOWCASE: $17,995

Laura now has a chance to win a VIP trip to Lake Tahoe (Lanisha at the audience screen). This includes going there on a private jet (courtesy of PropJet), a stay at the Northstar resort, and $2,000 cash to play with at some casinos (Amber). But that's not all- there's also a 20" Reinell ski boat (Rachael; features the evil green screen pillars).

LAURA BIDS $38,500 ON TAHOE/BOAT SHOWCASE- STAGE WILLY

MY BID FOR TAHOE/BOAT SHOWCASE: $33,333

ERIC'S SHOWCASE:
BID: $17,500
ARP: $30,517
DIFFERENCE: $13,017 (SUPER GARF)

LAURA'S SHOWCASE:
BID: $38,500
ARP: $36,943
OVER- LOSS

Eric wins $32,179 in cash and prizes.

DOND: Teachers Week concludes with #11 Sam Patterson (who is a high school English teacher and has been owning all of those different ties). Since he drives 470 miles to get to school, he wants to win enough to buy a house closer to his school.

ROUND 1:
1. #1 (Coach Fuerte)- PENNY
2. #10 (Mr. Duncan)- $500
3. #4 (Miss Koplan)- $100
4. #22 (Coach Bradley)- $75,000
5. #7 (Mr. Sanders)- $300

OPENING OFFER: $22,000- NO DEAL

ROUND 2:
1. #8 (Prof. Nakamoto)- $200
2. #12 (Mr. Jason)- $5
3. #18 (Ms. Syriotis)- BUCK
4. #2 (Mrs. Tape)- $100,000
5. #9 (Mrs. Dwyer)- $2,500

SECOND OFFER: $27,000- NO DEAL (he almost said DEAL here)

ROUND 3:
1. #3 (Miss Mora)- $7,500
2. #16 (Ms. Garcia)- $25
3. #21 (Mrs. Newcomb)- $10,000
4. #5 (Miss Silva)- $400

THIRD OFFER: $42,000- DEAL (he's obviously not a gambler)

He's taking his dad's advice of dealing early. I hope he doesn't totally flunk out in the dealing department.

ROUND 4:
1. #15 (Ms. Carter)- $50,000
2. #19 (Miss Washington)- $500,000 (second day in a row the big one was in here)
FOURTH OFFER: $31,000

ROUND 5:
1. #17 (Coach Adams)- $10
2. #6 (Dr. Lawson)- $25,000
FIFTH OFFER: $47,000

19th PICK: #13 (Miss Elise)- $250,000!

His very early deal proves to be a great one- his case only had a grand in it! Other cases:

#14 (Mr. Salazar)- $50
#20 (Miss Deejay)- $5,000

WOF: It's time to wrap up what has been a fantastic week on the Wheel. So far this week, we've given away cash and prizes totaling $310,610! The first Toss-Up category on this Friday is Things:

_ U L E | _ _ F

_ H _ | _ O A D

Michael knows our RULES OF THE ROAD for $1,000.

$5,000-WINNING ID OF THE NIGHT: JE06517

Friday's panel consists of these people:

Michael Humphrey (Santa Barbara)- Real estate broker
Veronica Schneider (San Diego)- SDSU junior majoring in Theatre
Sherrie Dispino (Gonzales, LA)- President/CEO of her area's Acension Chamber of Commerce

$2,000 Toss-Up category is Around the House:

F _ R _ _ - _ _ D

_ I _

Sherrie solves FIRST-AID KIT for $2,000.

After a trip to the Ventana Inn & Spa in Big Surf, CA worth $7,130 goes on the wheel, the Round 1 category is Landmark. Early on, Sherrie calls a pair of H's for $5,000. But she later hits Lose a Turn with $9,650 at stake. Late in the round, Michael calls a $300 W for the Free Spin. After calling the G...

T H E | N A T I O N A L

_ A L L | I N

W A S H I N G T O N

D . C .

...he solves THE NATIONAL MALL IN WASHINGTON D.C. for another $4,400 and $5,400 total.

LOTs: 1 (Sherrie)

Tonight's Jackpot Round is brought to you by Advil PM; the category is Before & After. Midway in the round, Michael calls a W for a $1,000 Bed and Breakfast.com gift certificate. But very late in the round, he loses his gift tag and $3,600 to a Bankrupt. After he then calls a $600 R and a $400 S...

A | H O R S E

W I T H | N O

N A M E

T A G

...he reads off A HORSE WITH NO NAME TAG correctly to go to $6,400.

BANKRUPTS: 1 (Michael)

The Mystery/Prize Puzzle Round is being sponsored by Centrum Cardio tonight; the category is Places. Early on, Veronica loses $3,700 to the right Bankrupt of the Million Dollar Wedge. Later, after Sherrie calls the L, here's the board:

_ O U R | O _ N

_ R I _ A T E | _ O O L

A N D | S U N | D E C K

She solves YOUR OWN PRIVATE POOL AND SUN DECK for another $3,450 and a trip to the Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort in St. Lucia, a new total of $10,990 in cash and trip.

BANKRUPTS: 1 (Veronica)

WINNING ID FOR TRIP: RD2441839

$3,000 Toss-Up category is Event:

D _ F I N _ N G

_ _ _ E _ T

Michael's DEFINING MOMENT may be coming his way, because he's now closing in on Sherrie with a new total of $9,400. Next category is Occupation. After some work, he hits Lose a Turn with $2,200 in his bank. After Veronica then calls the P, we go to Speed-Up Mode with the remaining consonants being worth $1,700 apiece; this will decide it between Michael & Sherrie. After Michael calls the L's...

T _ L L _ _ _ T H

_ P E R A T _ R

...he solves TOLLBOOTH OPERATOR to become the champ with 15 grand! Sherrie leaves with $10,990 in cash and trip and Veronica gets the $1,000 booby prize.

DUDS: C (Sherrie)
LOTs: 1 (Michael)

Big Money Round: If Michael can make the week's final Bonusland record 4-1, not only will Connie Lang be a little bit more unhappy, we'll have given away at least over $362K on the week. He spins the apostrophe and the category is Person. Starting with:

_ _ L _

_ R _

He calls C, M, P and O and gets...

_ O L _

P R O

...Tiger Woods is a good example of this, a GOLF PRO, and Michael gets it to complete a 4 out of 5 BR week! And now, the moment of truth. This is our last chance to produce the second $100,000 winner of the week, which would add to the list of historic moments that have occurred this season. Has it happened tonight??...













...I'M AFRAID NOT. He'll have to settle for $30,000 here, but he does still take home an all-cash total of 45 large!

All told, we have the second-largest weekly total of the season, and also one of the highest totals ever- $367,600!!!

Jeopardy!: Fred Beukema continues his quest towards maybe the first berth in the next Tournament of Champions tonight against:

Meg Slachetka (originally from Hackettstown, NJ)- Congressional staffer
Peter Bonilla (Philadelphia)- Non-profit administrator

Opening categories:

MOUNTAINS
BROADWAY MUSICAL ADJECTIVES
MEDICATIONS
MARCH
IN LIKE A LION
OUT LIKE A "LAM"

Bonilla closes out the Mountains category (the second of this round) with the Daily Double. He has $1,800 and trails the champ by $200 for the lead; Slachetka has $1,200. His wager is a grand on this:

At 13,665 feet, Mount Toubkal is the highest peak in this range in Africa.

"What are the Kenyan Islands?"...don't think so. It was the Atlas Mountains, so he's down to $800. At the first break, Beukema has $2,600, Slachetka's now the one $200 behind him and Bonilla has $1,000. After the round...

Fred: $4,800
Peter: $3,800
Meg: $3,400

...this game's gotten tighter again.

ATTEMPTED LACH TRASH: $1,200
UNATTEMPTED LACH TRASH: $1,800
TOTAL LACH TRASH: $3,000

DJ! Categories:

THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS
MOVIE TITLE TRANSLATIONS
OBSCURE NOBEL PRIZE-WINNING AUTHORS
TELLING THE MECHANIC
HALF A MYTHICAL PAIR
"P.D." QUEUE

Bonilla tries to redeem himself early on with this round's first DD under the $1,600 P.D. clue; he has $5,800 and is just $200 behind the champ's leading total; Slachetka has $5,400. He wagers $1,000 again. For the lead:

Type Cleveland P.D. into Google & you'll get hits for the police department & this newspaper.

"What is The Plain Dealer?"...he's got the lead this time with $6,800! Not too long after that, he finds the other DD under the $800 Nobel Authors clue with that same score and wagers...you guessed it, $1,000. To add on to his lead or lose it, here's the clue:

Like William Inge, Gao Zingjian wrote a play with this transport venue as its title, but his helped him win a Nobel Prize.

"What is a bus stop?"...he keeps the lead for now with $7,800!

ATTEMPTED LACH TRASH: $3,200
UNATTEMPTED LACH TRASH: $10,400
TOTAL LACH TRASH: $13,600

SCORES AFTER DOUBLE JEOPARDY!:

Fred: $10,800
Peter: $11,400
Meg: $9,800

CORYAT SCORES:

Fred: $10,800
Peter: $12,800
Meg: $9,800

This is one of the tighest games we've had this season. Let's see who wins it.

FJ! CATEGORY: 19th Century Construction.

It was first designed as "Egypt carrying the light to Asia", & it's original intended site was Port Said in 1869.

Slachetka's response was "What is the Statue of Liberty"...NYC's most famous landmark, that's correct! She wagered $8,400 to make her final total 18 grand. The champ...is also right and risked $8,801, so he's at $19,601. Mr. Bonilla is...










...WRONG with the Suez Canal, dropping him $10,201 and giving Mr. Beukema his third straight victory! Three-day total: $69,401.

Millionaire: Last chance this week for a couple to win at least $50K

Ratings notes

Monday, "Dancing with the Stars" pulled a 12.9 Fast Nielsen with a 20 share for its latest performance show, down from the past two weeks. Tuesday's results show did much better than last week's, scoring a 10.1/16.

Wednesday's "American Idol" Motown results show got a 14.6/23.

"The Biggest Loser" jumped to a 6.3/10, and was Tuesday night's highest-rated show in the 18-49 demographic with a 4.1.

Source: The Futon Critic

NBC cuts "Chopping Block" from schedule

After its third straight dismal week in the ratings (in fact, it was the next-to-worst rated show of the night with a 1.8 Fast Nielsen with a 3 share; "90210" was the worst), NBC has yanked "The Chopping Block" from its schedule.

Source: The Futon Critic

"Make Me a Supermodel" 3/25

Because host Tyson Beckford was in London, serving as guest host this week was former "Baywatch" actor and supermodel Michael Bergin.

PHOTO SHOOT #4:
While posing in a mirror, they had to capture emotion.

The photographer was Indira Cesarine.

1. Jonathan- Great!

2. Sandhurst- Average.

3. Gabriel- OK.

4. CJ- Excellent!

5. Branden- Good job.

6. Laury- Pretty good.

7. Salome- Nice job.

8. Jordan- Terrible.

9. Colin- Decent.

10. Kerryn- Average.

11. Mountaha- Well done!

12. Shawn- OK.

13. Amanda- Excellent!

The winner was...











...Amanda Crop for the second straight time! She chose Mountaha Ayoub to go with her on the next Go-See. Joining them because this person was the runner-up in this Photo Shoot was...













...Branden Rickman! He chose Colin Steers to go with him.

GO-SEE #4: Montreal Fashion Week

In addition to meeting Cory Bautista in person, all four got to walk in the fashion week's runway show!

CATWALK #4: While dressed as freaks, everybody had to display some performing art.

The guest judge this week was supermodel Maggie Rizer.

1. Jordan
2. Jonathan
3. Colin
4. CJ
5. Kerryn
6. Shawn
7. Amanda
8. Gabriel
9. Laury
10. Salome
11. Branden
12. Mountaha
13. Sandhurst

The winner this week was...











...England's Jonathan Waud!

Colin was in the bottom three for the second time this season. Joining him were Amanda (after doing well last week) and Shawn. Nicole Trunfio was the one to break the bad news to somebody this week, and that fourth eliminated contestant turned out to be...














...Shawn Nishikawa.

"The Chopping Block"- EPISODE 3

Great White Challenge #3: After visiting Central Park, both teams had to cook up a dinner inspired by their Central Park experience within one hour using either rabbit, duck, squab, quail, freshwater perch or freshwater carp. A Central Park assortment of herbs was also available.

Black Team: Grilled squab w/ vegetables and a Mushroom Duxelles
Red Team: Perch provencal w/ grilled vegetables

The winners were...











...the Black Team! They got a Maitre 'D for this week's Dinner Service.

DINNER SERVICE #3: Using the same ingredients featured in the challenge, they had to make at least four main courses. Also, there was no reservation book this week.

This week, the winning team was decided by the ZAGAT.com surveys that each customer filled out after eating.

HEAD CHEFS:
Black Team: Dean
Red Team: Kelsey

Here were some of the dishes both teams made:

BLACK TEAM:
Than: Grilled squab w/ zucchini & Mushroom Duxelles
Angie: Wild greens salad w/ raspberry vinaigrette

RED TEAM:
Lisa: Roasted duck w/ fingering potatoes, wild mushrooms & sage
Kelsey: White wine braised rabbit cassoulet w/ fresh herbs

Late in the Dinner Service, Dean accidentally cut his hand with a knife, forcing him to get medical attention.

The scores...










RED TEAM:
Food: 11
Decor: 7
Service: 7
TOTAL: 25

BLACK TEAM:
Food: 11
Decor: 9
Service: 11
TOTAL: 31- WIN!

...the Black Team won their second straight Dinner Service!

ELIMINATION #3: The third team eliminated was...












...Michael & Panya. They proved to be too disruptive.