Thursday, April 30, 2009

"Bullrun"- SECOND SEASON FINALE

STARTING POINT: Chandler, AZ
FIRST CHECKPOINT: Whitmann, AZ
LAST SPOT PRIOR TO FINISH: Bouse, AZ
FINISH LINE: Lake Havasu

After all three teams get to Whitmann, AZ, there will be a special challenge. The winners of that challenge get a ten-minute time credit for their championship round time, while the runners-up that challenge will get a five-minute bonus.

Route 60 ends up presenting a traffic problem for all three teams. The drag strip also proves to be troublesome for Team Corvette & Team Avalanche.

CHECKPOINT CHALLENGE: Starting at the back of a trailer, they can drive off of it once the trailer hits the course marker. Then, after going down the racetrack, they must go around the course marker and get back completely on the trailer to stop the clock. Hitting any safety barrels result in penalties.

The order:

1. Team Corvette
2. Team Shelby
3. Team Avalanche

The winners of the TEN MINUTE BONUS, with a time of 12.2, are...










...Team Avalanche! They needed that, because they finished the first half of this stage in last place. Getting the five minute bonus, with a time of 17.5, will be...












...Team Shelby!

To be exact, the final location that the teams need to stop at is London Bridge Beach at Lake Havasu. Team Avalanche gets lost just before getting there.

And now, for the final results. Finishing in third place...













...Team Corvette. And now, for the moment of truth.

THE WINNERS OF THE SECOND SEASON OF "BULLRUN", AND OVER $200,000 IN CASH AND/OR MYSTERY PRIZES, ARE...














Team Avalanche
Team Shelby

...MIKE LAHALIH & SPIRO TSAPARAS OF TEAM SHELBY!!!

Those guys didn't win a single stage until the big one. Like on "The Amazing Race", this result reminds us of this important lesson- it's not how many episodes of a reality show that you win that's important, it's if you should win the grand prize at the end.

"Hell's Kitchen" 4/30- SEMI-FINALS

As we speak right now, my brother Andrew is happy that Ben got cut last week, and my mother Laura is hoping that Andrea doesn't go on to win the whole thing.

Challenge: The remaining three chefs must each serve a dish to 100 of L.A.'s finest restaurant owners and chefs; they have 90 minutes to cook it. The group of 100 will secretly cast their vote for the best dish. The winner will get some pampering plus the right to appear on "Good Day LA", while the other two will have to clean, reset and iron all of the dining room linens and then get to watch the winner's "Good Day LA" appearance on TV.

Andrea's dish is a chicken dish with some basil and garlic. Paula made an olive oil-perched Sturgeon with some potatoes and a salad. And Danny made a blackened halibut with ginger mint and lots of other stuff. The winner, with an approval rating of about 76% is...











...Paula! The worst dish according to about 76% of the vote was Danny's.

DINNER SERVICE: During this one, each chef will take turns running the kitchen counter and taking a quality control test (as you know, this is the test where chefs must quickly ID the intentional mistake with a certain food). The order:

1. Paula
2. Danny
3. Andrea

Paula does well running the counter, but she has a shaky start with the quality control test. At the beginning of Danny's counter work, he initially misreads a table's order, lowering the morale in the kitchen a bit. He later messes with some raw scallops, and I don't think he did well at all with his quality control test. Finally, Andrea runs the counter well but she bombs her quality control test. She later gives Sous Chef Scott a hard time for not cooking stuff correctly.

Overall, this was the best Dinner Service of the season.

FINAL ELIMINATION: Each of the three remaining contestants picked which one of them should not go to the finals and why. Andrea wanted Danny gone because he was too nervous and wasn't loud enough. Danny felt Andrea shouldn't make it because he thinks he did more to go all the way than she did. And Paula voted to eliminate Andrea because of her previous struggles over the course of the season. In the end, Chef Ramsay decides to send...














Andrea
Danny
Paula

...Danny Veltri & Paula Dasilva to the finals, meaning my mom is going to be happy! Andrea Heinly showed a lot of aggressiveness for a majority of this episode, but it just wasn't enough for her to become a finalist. But we will see her back next week, as well as a bunch of other eliminated contestants, for the first part of the finals. Hope to see you then!

This week's ratings- Part 1

"Dancing with the Stars": The Fast Nielsen rating for Monday's episode was a 12.2/19, while Tuesday's results show received a 9.2/14.

"American Idol": Tuesday's Top 5 performance show got a 13.2/21, while the following night's results show dropped slightly to 13.1/20.

"The Biggest Loser" got a 6/9 this week.

Source: The Futon Critic

More summer schedule notes

-A new NBC poker game show "Face the Ace" will premiere initially in prime time on Saturday nights at 9 PM beginning on August 1st for two weeks before resuming its run on Saturday afternoons beginning in September. Here, each contestant will pick from one of four smoked-glass doors, behind each one of which is a top professional poker player. All poker games here will be played under No Limit Texas Hold' Em rules. Each time a civilian contestant wins a game, s/he wins a nice amount of cash and can decide to walk away or play another game against a different poker pro to try and move up to a second prize level. Losing a game at any time means losing all of their money, but if a civilian contestant can win three straight games, s/he wins a $1 Million grand prize. Former "The Sopranos" star Steve Schirripa is the host.

-The remainder of the second cycle of "Million Dollar Password" will begin on Sunday, May 24 at its usual 8 PM EST timeslot.

Source: The Futon Critic

"The Ultimate Fighter" 4/29

PRELIMINARY LIGHTWEIGHT FIGHT #1: Andre Winner vs. Santino Defranco
Referee: Steve Mazzagatti

Round 1: Nearly three minutes into the round, Winner got Defranco down. Almost immediately, though, Defranco tried several times for a ground submission...but Winner escaped and then became one by TKO at 3:49, making it 2-0 so far for Team UK!

After that, Team USA ran up and down the steps outside for some exercise. Soon after, however, they started to get a bit homesick. Meanwhile, Team UK played some outdoor games.

PRELIMINARY WELTERWEIGHT FIGHT #2: Dean Amasinger vs. Damarques Johnson
Referee: Josh Rosenthal

Johnson got Team USA on the board with a triangle choke win at 1:40! And Team UK coach Michael Bisping wasn't there for this fight- maybe they were too confident at that point.

4/30/2009 Results

TPIR: We start things off with these four players- Rebecca Adler, James Wiskochil, Deborah Clavon and Kevin Fitzgerald. The first IUFB, located at Door #3, is a catameran (Amber).

Kevin: $2,500
Deborah: $2,550
James: $1,650
Rebecca: $2,551

ARP: $3,695

Rebecca, who's trying to celebrate her 29th birthday and 14th wedding anniversary in a big way, plays One Wrong Price for a home gym marked at $1,400 (Manuela), a Playstation 3 package marked at $1,090 (Amber), and water ski/wakeboarding stuff marked at $1,295 (Lanisha). I say the Playstation 3 is wrong (because I think it's cheaper) and she agrees...but we're both wrong! The water ski/wakeboarding package actually cost $1,665. At least none of those three prizes even covered half of the catameran's ARP.

Today's fifth participant is Ian Manshum and the second IUFB, also at Door #3, is a portable hot tub (Lanisha).

Ian: $1,400
Kevin: $1,500
Deborah: $2,000
James: BUCK

ARP: $899

James from Michigan plays Squeeze Play for a 50" plasma HDTV (Amber & Manuela). Board:

49298

It's a toss-up between $4,298 and $4,998. He removes the first 9 to make his guess $4,298...

$ 4 2 9 8

...he picked the wrong one.

Coming on down sixth is retired NYC correction officer Joan Saleh and the third IUFB is a cuff bracelet coming down from the ceiling.

Joan: $2,900
Ian: $600
Kevin: $1,100
Deborah: $1,500

ARP: $1,685

Debroah plays Gas Money for a Honda Element EX 4X2 (Std., AT)(Lanisha). Board:

$22,385
$25,868
$23,750
$28,932
$24,971


CAR GUESS: $25,868

1. $28,932- $4,000; GOES ON
2. $22,385- LOSS

Rest of board:

$25,868- $3,000
$23,750- $1,000
$24,971- $2,000

SHOWCASE SHOWDOWN #1:
James: $.85
Deborah: 45 + 35 = $.80
Rebecca: 50 + 50 = WINS $1,000 AND SHOWCASE BERTH!

In Rebecca's Bonus Spin...45 cents.

Trying to possibly become the first big winner of the day next is Sylvia Hill and the fourth IUFB being brought to us by Amber is a Nokia cell phone (Amber).

Sylvia: $800
Joan: $801
Ian: $701
Kevin: $802

ARP: $940

Kevin completes the First Four Sweep and after dancing his way up to the turntable, he asks Drew to open up an envelope to determine the sex of his family's upcoming baby...it's a boy. Then, he plays Now or Then for an Ashley living room group (Manuela at Door #3) and a Kawasaki motorcycle (Lanisha), all worth $5,498. Then today is December 1999, and the products are Chock Full O' Nuts coffee marked at $3.59, Breath Savers marked at $1.89, Old El Paso taco shells marked at $2.05, Hot Pockets Paninis marked at $3.19, Zatarain's Bake & Crisp chicken mix marked at $1.19 and NesQuik chocolate milk marked at $1.49. First up are the paninis and he's right with Now. He then picks the taco shells and again says Now...right again. He can now win if he's right about the Breath Savers or the chicken mix. He goes with the chicken mix and the audience forces him to say Then after he wanted to say Now originally...oops. He then tries Then again with the Breath Savers. He must be right this time to win...yes! The other Then item was the coffee.

Scott Farrell comes out of the crowd next and the fifth IUFB is a gas grill set (Manuela from a rising sign).

Scott: $1,245
Sylvia: $1,400
Joan: $1,100
Ian: $1,401

ARP: $1,137

Joan plays Switch? for Christian Dior handbags marked at $2,590 (Lanisha) and a Ridgeway grandfather clock marked at $3,430. She leaves the prices alone...should've switched this time.

The day's final player is another Joan, Joan Holt, and the final IUFB brought to us by Lanisha is a 40 GB Sony HandyCam camcorder.

Joan: $795
Ian: $801
Scott: $900
Sylvia: $975

ARP: $950

Scott, a voice teacher from Seattle, plays Master Key for a Honda Civic LX Sedan (Std., AT)(Amber; the car's thankfully back on the rotating platform this time in this game) plus a CD recorder (Manuela) and a cutlery set (Lanisha). All of those prizes are located at Door #2.

1. Earth-friendly messenger bag
SETUP: 575
GUESS: $75- CORRECT; CHOOSES KEY #5

2. Pocket language translator
SETUP: 795
GUESS: $79- RIGHT AGAIN; CHOOSES KEY #2

PRIZE LOCK RESULTS:

Key #5: CAR!
Key #2: CD recorder

I had a feeling he had won at least the car when Scott picked Key #5. That means the car games will at least be batting .500 for the week after getting shut out last week!

My lineup today:

1. Squeeze Play
2. Now or Then
3. Gas Money
4. One Wrong Price
5. Switch?
6. Master Key

SHOWCASE SHOWDOWN #2:
Joan: 45 + Dime = $.55
Kevin: Dime + 35 = $.45
Scott: $.75

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

The opening Showcase has a Heartland range (Lanisha), an Aico dining room (Amber at Door #3) and an Oriental Cruise (Manuela at the audience screen).

SCOTT PASSES TO REBECCA; REBECCA BIDS $24,490 ON ROOM/CRUISE SHOWCASE

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

Scott's Showcase is fashion-related. We begin with some Armani clothing (Amber at Door #2). Then, store some of them in this four-piece Gucci luggage set (Lanisha) and a trip to Milan (Lanisha; includes a four-hour private fashion house shopping tour and $500 spending money).

SCOTT BIDS $14,000 ON FASHION SHOWCASE

MY BID FOR FASHION SHOWCASE: $18,350

SCOTT'S SHOWCASE:
BID: $14,000
ARP: $19,229
DIFFERENCE: $5,229

REBECCA'S SHOWCASE:
BID: $24,490
ARP: $29,807
DIFFERENCE: $5,317- LOSS BY $88; SCOTT WINS!

Scott wins $39,037 in prizes!

DOND: The past two contestants have held the $500,000 case, at least during the early parts of the game, but the first one swapped it out while the other one sold it for $81,000. Let's see if today's player, #1 Eva Smith (who is a stay at home mom that also owns a tax business), is able to keep it and go all the way. She wants to win enough to landscape her backyard and go on a nice vacation. She stays with her #1.

ROUND 1:
1. #2 (Cary)- $400
2. #9 (Fernando)- $75,000
3. #13 (Margarita)- $200
4. #18 (Ashley)- PENNY
5. #5 (Danielle)- $10

OPENING OFFER: $22,000- NO DEAL

ROUND 2:
1. #10 (Helen)- $100
2. #11 (Christi)- BUCK
3. #6 (Melissa)- $5,000
4. #15 (Pam)- $10,000
5. #21 (David)- $250,000

SECOND OFFER: $17,500- NO DEAL

ROUND 3:
1. #14 (Theresa, aka Momma T)- $7,500
2. #3 (Carolina)- $500
3. #12 (Bob)- $50
4. #19 (Nayeena)- $25

THIRD OFFER: $38,000- NO DEAL

ROUND 4:
1. #8 (Diane)- $500,000 (DANGER ZONE ENFORCED)
2. #7 (Kacey)- $2,500

FOURTH OFFER: $19,000- NO DEAL

ROUND 5:
1. #17 (Anthony)- $50,000 (STRIKE ONE)
2. #16 (Cherraye)- $5

FIFTH OFFER: $28,000- NO DEAL

19th PICK: #4 (Jason)- $25,000 (STRIKE TWO; NO SAFETY NET LEFT)

SIXTH OFFER: $23,000- NO DEAL

20th PICK: #20 (Stephanie)- $1,000

FINAL OFFER: $40,000- DEAL

Could she have turned that 40 into 100?...NO, she had $300, so she made a PERFECT DEAL! Well done, Eva!

Newlywed Game:

Thursday's couples:

Daniel & Kathy (married four months)
Michael & Nicole (married 10 months)
Michael & Christine (married five months)

Brad's Intro: "...whose bridesmaids torched their painful high heels after her wedding"

ROUND 1:

1. Which of the following is your husband most likely to forget to do- pay the bills, turn off the TV or buy you an anniversary gift?
2. Because mishaps sometime happen in the bedroom, what's the most memorable injury you've ever suffered as a result of making love with your husband?
3. If your husband had a mancave in your home, what one thing would he do most in there- play video games, play poker, or watch adult movies on the big screen?

WIVES' RESPONSES:

Kathy:
1. Pay the bills
2. Sore "lady parts"
3. Video games

Nicole:
1. Turn off the TV
2. Rash on my face
3. Video games

Christine:
1. Turn off the TV
2. Bruise on my arm
3. Poker

TRIP AT STAKE: Barbados (Almond Resort)

HUSBANDS' RESPONSES:

Daniel:
1. Turn off the TV- NO MATCH
2. Muscular cramps- NO MATCH
3. Play video games- MATCH (5)

Michael #1:
1. Buy an anniversary gift- NO MATCH
2. Bump on her head- NOT ACCEPTABLE
3. Play video games- MATCH (5)

Michael #2:
1. Pay the bills- NO MATCH
2. Sore jaw- NO MATCH
3. Video games- NO MATCH

ROUND 2:

1. What trait is your wife most proud of- figure, smarts or style?
2. Which of your wife's friends probably wishes she could scoop you up for herself if things don't work out with her?

eHarmony.com Dimension (Autonomy): What was the last big household decision you made completely on your own without any input from your wife?

Daniel:
1. Smarts
2. Rhea
BONUS: Moving the furniture around

Michael #1:
1. Style
2. Andrea
BONUS: Buying a dog

Michael #2:
1. Smarts
2. Nell
BONUS: Getting rid of a car

WIVES' RESPONSES:

Kathy:
1. Smarts- MATCH (15)
2. Carla- NO MATCH

Nicole:
1. Smarts- NO MATCH
2. Andrea- MATCH (15)

Christine:
1. Smarts- MATCH (10)
2. Nell- MATCH (20)

20 POINT BONUS QUESTION RESPONSES:

Kathy: Put alarm system in house- OUT
Nicole: Purchasing a car- LOSE

Christine's answer is not necessary, because she and the second Michael have already won this low-scoring game (she missed the last question anyway with re-arranging the furniture)!

Consolation Prizes: NuWave oven and Cuisinart food processor

TODAY'S GOLDYWEDS (1978): Bill & Linda (Bryant, CA)(have been married for about 31 years; they finished in third place on their initial appearance)

TODAY'S BONUS PRIZE: Sony Bravia HDTV

GOLDYWED ROUND QUESTIONS:

1. Is your wife more likely to show up early or late?
2. Where is the last outdoor place your wife was fully naked?
3. Which of you is more likely to become a vegetarian?
4. Has your wife ever driven over 85 MPH?
5. At this moment, how many of the three main ingredients of a BLT sandwich would we find in your refrigerator?

BILL:
1. Early
2. In the jacuzzi
3. Linda
4. No
5. NA

LINDA:
1. Early- MATCH (1)
2. Backyard jacuzzi- MATCH (3)
3. Myself- MATCH (6)
4. No- MATCH (10)
5. NA

MICHAEL:
1. Late
2. Antigua
3. Christine
4. Yes
5. All of them

CHRISTINE:
1. Late- MATCH (1)
2. Ed's outdoor shower in Long Beach- NO MATCH
3. Myself- MATCH (4)
4. Yes- MATCH (8)
5. 2- LOSE

I guess it's rather fitting that Michael & Christine, who won an ugly game, fall to the Goldyweds, 10-8.

WOF: First Toss-Up category is Place:

R O M A _ _ I C

R _ T R _ _ T

Kathy might be headed to a ROMANTIC RETREAT of her own after winning her first $1,000.

$5,000-WINNING ID OF THE NIGHT: PG02131

Tonight's panel:

Kathy Borke (Wellington, FL)- Stay-at-home mom, elementary school volunteer and a Girl Scouts leader
Beejoli Shaw (Cerritos, CA)- UC-Berkeley graduate that now works at a Santa Monica talent agency; also a dancer
Ron Smith (Melita, CA)- Sports information director for Westmont College

$2,000 Toss-Up category is Person:

D _ _ _ I N _

_ _ S _ R _ C _ O R

Ron takes a guess with DANCING INSTRUCTOR...incorrect.

D _ _ V I N _

_ _ S _ R _ C _ O R

Kathy missolves also with DIVING INSTRUCTOR.

D _ I V I N G

I _ S T R U C T O R

Beejoli then solves DRIVING INSTRUCTOR for $2,000.

After a trip to the Sandals Negril Beach Resort & Spa worth $7,500 swims onto the wheel, the Round 1 category is Phrase. Beejoli immediately duds out with R. Later on, Beejoli calls two C's for the Wild Card and we have...

_ _ | C O _ _ L I _ E N T S

T O | T H E | C H E _

...she guesses MY COMPLIMENTS TO THE CHEF...correct to go to $3,000. That dud vowel cost Ron $2,700 this round.

DUDS: A (Ron), R (Beejoli)
DUPLICATION: Kathy (A)

IHOP Jackpot/Prize Puzzle Round category is Event and it's a big puzzle. Ron immediately Bankrupts. Kathy then calls a $500 N while on Jackpot; obviously, she can't solve for a $5,500 Jackpot. She then hits the right Bankrupt of the Million Dollar Wedge. Beejoli then hits a regular Bankrupt to lose her Wild Card. Back to Ron, he calls a T for a $1,000 Beachstore.com gift certificate. Later on, Kathy calls a $3,500 D to have $10,100 in her bank and then cleans out the vowels. She then calls a $500 B, two F's for another $1,100, two P's for another $600, and now the board:

P A M P E R I N G

_ O U R S E L F | W I T H

A | F U L L - B O D _

M A S S A G E

...in addition to another $11,800, Kathy, you'll be PAMPERING YOURSELF WITH A FULL-BODY MASSAGE at the Sandals Grand Antigua Resort & Spa worth ten grand! That makes her new total $22,800 in cash and trip.

DUD: C (Ron)
BANKRUPTS: 3 (Everybody)
FINAL UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $15,250

WINNING ID FOR TRIP: KC5602424

Meineke Mystery Round category is Before & After. Kathy immediately spins Lose a Turn. After Ron buys five E's later, he hits his second Bankrupt of the night to lose $650. Kathy then spins Lose a Turn for the second time in a row. Beejoli then follows up with a $500 D, then she buys the I, the U and the O to finish out the round's vowels. Next, she calls the G for another $300, a $400 M, and now we have...

M O N _ E _

B U S I N E S S

D E G R E E

...she solves MONKEY BUSINESS DEGREE for another $2,900 and $5,900 total.

DUD: A (Beejoli)
LATs: 2 (both by Kathy)
BANKRUPT: Ron

$3,000 Toss-Up category is Thing:

M _ S T E R Y

N O _ E _

Beejoli only gets the first word in time.

M _ S T E R Y

N O V E _

Ron then gets on the board with MYSTERY NOVEL. Speed-Up Round category is Show Biz and consonants are worth...$1,600 apiece. After Ron calls the I's...

_ _ I _ _ _ _ N G _ R

_ N D I N G

...there was no CLIFFHANGER ENDING in sight for this maingame, but Ron does win another $4,800 for a final total of $7,800. Beejoli leaves with $5,900 and Kathy wins with $22,800!

So far, $36,500 in cash and trip has been won tonight.

DUDS: S (Beejoli), T (Ron)

Big Money Round: Kathy spins the ampersand and the category is Thing. Beginning with:

_ L _ _ _

_ L _ _ S E

I have an idea. She calls B, M, D and O and gets...

_ L _ _ D

B L O _ S E

...she can't come up with the right blouse in PLAID BLOUSE, so after being won Tuesday, the Audi TT has now been lost twice in a row. She probably would've gotten it had the P been up there as well.

(I thought it was BLACK BLOUSE.)

Jeopardy!: Tonight, Liz Murphy will try to become only the second female ever to win at least six games. I'm not sure if that's gonna happen, but if it does, she'll probably move into second place on the all-time female regular games winnings list. Her challengers tonight:

Jean Cui (originally from Garden City, NY)- Student
Larry Sullivan (Fairfield, CT)- High school assistant principal

Opening categories this Thursday:

POLITICAL NICKNAMES
MOVIES IN MINIVANS
AD WEAR
YOU'RE A "JEOPARDY!" FAN IF...
PURPLE PROSE & POETRY
ALSO A COLOR

Let's see what the "Jeopardy!" category's about. First clue there (and first clue of the game):

A citizenship test asks for these three enemy countries of the U.S. in WWII & all you hear is "Da-Da-Da-Da..." (humming the famous think music in the process).

Jean: "What are Germany, Italy & Japan?"- CORRECT ($200)

$400 (fourth clue of the game):

You named your son after the original 1964 host of "Jeopardy!".

Larry: "Who is Art Fleming?"- YOU BET ($400)

$600:

In hospital you try to buzz in but dose yourself with this main alkaloid in Opium.

At the first break, Cui leads with $4,200; the champ has $2,600 and Sullivan's $200 in the hole. Immediately after the break, Cui finds the Daily Double under the $800 Ad Wear clue and risks $1,300 on this clue:

The girl on this brand's label wears a yellow dress & stands under an umbrella.

"What is Morton's Salt?"...right to move to $5,500! Back to the "Jeopardy!" category with seven clues left, here's the $800 clue:

You put dollar amounts into the grid of this Japanese-named number puzzle to remind you of the game board.

Jean: "What is Sudoku?"- RIGHT ($7,300)

Final clue in that category:

At the Preakness horse race in this state, you hear "Daily Double" & make a tsyoo-tsyoo-tysoo noise.

Liz: "What is Tennessee?"- NO ($2,600)
Larry: "What is Maryland?"- RIGHT ($3,800)

At the end of the round, Cui leads with $8,100, Sullivan now has $5,000 and Murphy just has two grand.

LACH TRASH (unattempted): $1,000 (on said clue in Also a Color)

DJ! Categories:

MUSEUMS
BATTLES OF THE BULGE
A CATEGORY OF FEW WORDS
FOOD, FAST
MARY, MARY
WHY YA BUGGIN'?

After giving an incorrect response on the $2,000 Food, Fast clue that proves to be a Triple Stumper, Murphy starts to go Daily Double Hunting. She evenutally finds the first one under the $2,000 Food, Fast clue with $6,400; Cui has $8,900 and Sullivan's now ahead with $14,200. Her wager is $2,700 on this:

From the Latin concidere, "To cut up", I've already said too much.

"What is concise?"...RIGHT to go to $9,100! She has made a nice recovery after once being in the hole early on this round! A few clues later, Cui finds the other one under the $800 Museums clue. With $10,500 now, her wager is four grand. For the lead back:

You'll find Renoirs, Pollocks & "Nighthawks" at the art institute of this city.

"What is Chicago?"...RIGHT for the lead back with $14,500! And that's all the time for this round. The $400 clues in Museums and Battles of the Bulge and the $2,000 Why Ya' Buggin? clue go unrevealed.

ATTEMPTED LACH TRASH: $4,000
UNATTEMPTED LACH TRASH: $1,200
TOTAL DJ! LACH TRASH: $5,200

SCORES AFTER DOUBLE JEOPARDY!:

Liz: $9,100
Larry: $14,200
Jean: $14,500

CORYAT SCORES:

Liz: $8,400
Larry: $14,200
Jean: $10,800

FJ! CATEGORY: European Place Names.

The Ancient Greek name of this country means "one house", maybe reflecting that the area had only one temple.

Murphy blows it with "What is Turkey?" and risked...












...EVERYTHING BUT SEVEN BUCKS, so she's pretty much out of it now. Mr. Sullivan's response was "What is Macedonia?"...better guess, but that's also incorrect. He risked...everything but five bucks, so Murphy still has some slim life tonight. Cui also wrote his response down. I thought it was Acropolis, but the actual right country was Monaco. Did Cui somehow wager $14,493 or more?...













...no, she risked $13,901, so she wins just $599 but does get to come back tomorrow. Murphy still finishes as the day's top winner with $2,000 for her second place finish, and will leave us for now with $123,302. If she had not wagered very much during this round, she would've been a six-time champion. I hope she'll use that Daily Double Hunting strategy like quite a few past players did during the next Tournament of Champions.

Catch 21:

Thursday's players:

Peter Demascus (L.A.)- Does financial work
Mahogany ? (Fort Worth, TX)- Former military member
Ryan Moore (originally from Mahomet, IL)- Gambler

OPENING CARDS IN ROUND 1:

Peter: 9 OF HEARTS
Mahogany: 4 OF CLUBS
Ryan: ACE OF SPADES

1. If you always wanted to run with the bulls in Pamplona, take the bull by the horns and fly to where?

A: Argentina
B: Portugal
C: Spain

Ryan: Spain- YOU BET (100)

CARD: JACK OF HEARTS- INSTANT WIN OF ROUND 1 & VACUUM (600)

ROUND 2 BASE CARDS:

Peter: 6 OF SPADES
Mahogany: 7 OF HEARTS
Ryan: KING OF HEARTS

Ryan answers the first three questions correctly and ends up passing all three cards. Here are the hands now:

Peter: (6S)(4S)(5C) = 15
Mahogany: (7H)(8H) = 15
Ryan: KING OF HEARTS (900)

4. On TV's "Friends", what was the name of Phoebe's evil twin sister?

A: Danica
B: Emily
C: Ursula

Mahogany: Ursula- CORRECT (100)

CARD: 2 OF SPADES; KEEPS IT AND FREEZES AT 17

5. As of last year, Hawaii is no longer the top producer "Doling" out what product?

A: Macadamia nuts
B: Pineapples
C: Orchids

Peter: Pineapples- RIGHT (100)

CARD: 8 OF SPADES, WHICH IS PASSED TO RYAN (18)

6. If Meg Ryan wanted to marry the youngest Ryan, which of these three hunks would she wed?

A: Ryan Phillipe
B: Ryan Seacrest
C: Ryan Gosling

Peter: Gosling- RIGHT AGAIN (200)

If this next card is a 4 or anything higher than a 6, Mahogany's hopes of moving on to the Championship Round will stay alive for now...

CARD: 7 OF SPADES, BUSTING RYAN

...there we go. Now, she will need Peter to bust with the remaining card (s) this round in order to advance.

PETER:
7. 7 OF DIAMONDS- ELIMINATED

Would you look at that- Mahogany's gamble on freezing at 17 pays off for her!

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND BASE CARDS:

Mahogany: 6 OF DIAMONDS
Ryan: 6 OF HEARTS

1. What Biblical character killed about 1/4th of the world's population?

A: Samson
B: King Herod
C: Cain

Mahogany: King Herod- INCORRECT
Ryan: Cain- RIGHT

CARD: JACK OF SPADES; PASSES TO MAHOGANY (16)

2. Naomi, Ashley or Wyonna- which of these Judds is the mother of the other two?

Mahogany: Wyonna- WRONG AGAIN
Ryan: Naomi- RIGHT AGAIN

If this next card is a 6 or higher, Ryan's the champion...

CARD: 6 OF CLUBS

...by one, he is!

TRIPLE BLACKJACK: Three Power Chips in play this evening.

OPENING CARDS:

HAND #1: 6 OF DIAMONDS
HAND #2: ACE OF DIAMONDS
HAND #3: 6 OF HEARTS

1. KING OF SPADES; HAND #2 CLEARED ($1,000)

2. 4 OF DIAMONDS; PLACES IN HAND #1 (10)

3. 7 OF SPADES; CHANGES IT (two left)

4. 2 OF HEARTS; PLACES IN HAND #3 (8)

5. 10 OF HEARTS; CHANGES IT (one left)

6. 7 OF DIAMONDS; PLACES IN HAND #3 (15)

7. 5 OF CLUBS; CHANGES IT (no Power Chips left)

8. 3 OF HEARTS; PLACES IN HAND #3 (18)

9. JACK OF HEARTS, WHICH IS PLACED IN HAND #1 (20); GOES ON

10. 9 OF HEARTS- LOSS

He leaves with $1,599 in cash and Oreck Halo.

Cash Cab: Let's start out this episode with Tim & Xenad, trying to make it to what I think is a hotel called The Dakota, 31 blocks away.

$50 Round:
1. Synonymous with Swiss Cake Rolls, what ad icon has graced snack cake boxes since 1960?
Guess: Little Debbie- YOU BET ($50)
2. Used by employees to make minor purchases, what form of discretionary funds is abbreviated PC?
Guess: Petty cash- CORRECT ($100)
3. In the Adams-Onis Treaty of 1819, what country ceded Florida to the U.S. while keeping control of Texas?
Guess: Mexico- STRIKE ONE (A: Spain)
4. Introduced by Hanna-Barbera in 1940, what cat and mouse duo has been criticized for taking cartoon violence to new heights?
Guess: "Tom & Jerry"- RIGHT ($150)

$100 Round:
1. Sometimes known as a wine director, what restaurant professional specializes in pairing vino with your viddles?
Guess: Sommelier- RIGHT ($250)
2. A symbol of cohesion and stability, what's the term for the skinny metal rod that secures a wheel to its axle?
Guess: Counterpin- STRIKE TWO (A: Lynchpin)
3. Used to send a gladiator to its death, what affirmative hand gesture was known as Pollice Verso in Ancient Rome?
Guess: Thumbs up- RIGHT ($350)
4. Functioning as a pre-natal shock absorber, what fluid protects a fetus from the knocks and pains of everyday life?
Guess: Amniotic fluid- RIGHT ($450)

Final question for $200: A marriage of Colonial India & Scottish Tarpins, what preppy fabric gets its name from a seaport on the Bay of Bengal?
Guess: Madras (the lady wanted her to say Paisley instead)- WIN ($650)

They decided to stop with the money they've won up to this point.

Rosemary, James and their two kids Daniel & Jack are next, trying to make it 49 blocks to Bleaker & Perry. They sweep the $50 Round.

$100 Round:
1. In interior design, what regal-sounding variety of trim is installed between the ceiling and the walls?
Guess: Crown moulding- CORRECT ($300)
2. Charles Godefroy flew his biplane through what Persian monument in 1919?
Guess: Eiffel Tower- STRIKE ONE (A: Arc de Triomphe)
3. Abbreviated NAV, what software has detected over 70,000 computer bugs since its 1990 release?
Guess: Norton Anti-Virus- OF COURSE ($400)
4. In the King James Bible, what synonym for "father" appears over 60 times in the book of Genesis?
Guess: Begat- RIGHT ($500)

Final question for $200: Newly created in 2003, what Cabinet-level position is last in the line of U.S. Presidential Succession?
Guess: Homeland Security- WIN ($700)

They then attempt the Video Bonus Question for $1,400.

VIDEO BONUS: This is Petra, an archeological site described as a rose red city half as old as time. Carved into centuries-old sandstone, these ruins are a famed highlight of what neighbor of Israel?

They go with Syria...NO, so they're broke. It was Jordan.

In the final game of the day, Melody, Pujah & Ian go on a 39 block trip to 51st & 3rd...they barely make it with $900, and they decide to walk with it.

Millionaire:

Conclusion of Heidi Albee's game
Start of Bill Rochel'eau's game

Syndicated "Deal" offically renewed

NBC Universal has officially renewed the syndicated "Deal or No Deal" for a second season. To cut costs, the show will relocate its tapings to the Sonalysts Studio in Waterford, CT. There's still no word yet on whether the primetime version of "Deal" will make the same move, much less return for another season at all.

Three other NBC Universal syndicated shows, "Maury", "Jerry Springer" and "The Steve Wilkos Show", will also tape in Connecticut next season (but those talk shows will instead tape in Stamford, CT, the hometown of WWE).

Source: B & C

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

"American Idol" 4/29

The song used in this week's Ford music video is "Energy". The Top 5 then perform a medley of Pat Rack songs.

We then learn that Danny Gokey has to pay off a $6,000 maid bill for playing a key part in the group messing up a house's kitchen!

Natalie Cole then performs the single "Something's Gotta Give".

Taylor Hicks then performs the new single "Seven Mile Breakdown".

The last guest to perform is Jamie Foxx, with the hit single "Blame It (On the Alcohol)".

This week's bottom three...











...Adam Lambert, Kris Allen & Matt Giraud. Did Adam Lambert just get shot down by El Cheapo?...












Adam Lambert
Kris Allen
Matt Giraud

...NO! Matt Giraud instead gets the expected heave-ho.

Lots of big GSN news

-Beginning on the first day of June, the NBC run of "Deal or No Deal" will air weeknights on GSN at 7 PM and 11 PM EST. It will also air Saturdays and Sundays at 2 PM EST and 8 PM EST on Saturdays.

-"1 vs. 100" begins rerunning on GSN June 6th; it will air Saturdays and Sundays at 1 PM EST, Saturdays at 6 PM EST and Sunday mornings at 2 AM EST.

-On Saturday nights beginning on June 13th, two new GSN original game shows will debut- "20 Questions" and "The Money List". "20 Questions" will air regularly at 9 PM EST while "The Money List" airs regularly at 10 PM EST. However, on the premiere day, both shows will have 90-minute episodes, beginning at 8 PM EST (bumping "Deal" in the process).

-"Whammy!" will now air every day at the 11 AM EST timeslot, replacing "Let's Make a Deal" weekdays. Also, at 4 PM EST weekdays, the Donny Osmond version of "Pyramid" will air.

-The first-ever GSN Game Show Awards will debut on June 6th at 8 PM EST, lasting two and a half hours. Not only will this salute the GS world in many different categories, but contestants will get to play games for fabulous prizes! "Deal or No Deal" host Howie Mandel will host the special. Reruns of the telecast will only be two hours long.

-On Father's Day, a "Super Password" marathon will air starting at 9 AM EST and running until 1 PM EST.

Various sources contributed to this report.

Ratings notes

Here are the Fast Nielsen ratings of last week's reality GS programming:

"Dancing with the Stars": Monday's performance episode did a 13.2/21 share, while Tuesday's results show rating was a 9.4/14.

"American Idol": Tuesday's Disco-themed performance night had a 13.6/22, while Wednesday's results had a slightly better rating, a 13.7/22.

Elsewhere, "Survivor: Tocantins" managed a 6.9/12, "The Biggest Loser" got a 5.9/10, "Hell's Kitchen" got only a 4.3/7 for its Final Four episode (a season low) and the rating for "America's Next Top Model" was 2.8/5.

Sources: The Futon Critic, Zap2it.com

"Dancing with the Stars" 4/28

The dance from Team Tango was this week's Encore Performance of the Week.

Robin Thicke then performed his first single, "Lost Without U". Later, he sang "Sidestep".

Now, for Part 2 of the professional dancers competition. The two men and women with the most votes last week got to dance again this week, while the other two were eliminated. They were: Genya Mazo, Afton DelGrosso, Mayo Alanen & Anna Demidova.

The first team to dance this week were Genya & Afton with the Quick Step.

Then, Mayo & Anna danced the Jive.

The last two teams on stage at the end of the show facing elimination were Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani and Chuck Wicks & Julianne Hough. Did America save Melissa & Tony?...











Melissa & Tony
Chuck & Julianne

...sure enough, they did! That meant Chuck & Julianne, the country singers, were eliminated.

4/29/2009 Results

TPIR: Today's First Four consists of Christa Hance, Alexander Haniah, Charles Boss and Sarah Sheryll. The first IUFB is a motorscooter (Manuela from a splitting sign near Door #3).

Sarah: $1,600
Charles: $1,695
Alexander: $1,100
Christa: BUCK

ARP: $1,799

Charles, a retired U.S. Forest Service member, plays (It's) In the Bag (the $16K sign at Door #3 is revealed by Amber & Lanisha). Products today are Gold Bond Ultimate Healing Lotion, 9 Lives cat food, Hot Pockets Paninis, Campbell's Soup, NesQuik drink mix and Capzasin HP. His guesses:

$1.56- Soup
$14.09- Capzasin HP
$4.49- NesQuik
$7.30- Cat food
$3.19- Hot Pockets


I can tell you right now all of the groceries are correct. The audience was concerned about his cat food selection for the $8,000 bag. Did he stop at all?...













...NO- HE'S THE FIRST $16,000 WINNER OF THE SEASON!!!

(Note: The $16K graphic is still gold, and it now pops up, one figure at a time; it also sparkles.)

Coming on down fifth is Dometrius McClaine and the second IUFB is a ladies' diamond ring (brought down by Amber).

Dometrius: $1,500
Alexander: $1,800
Christa: $900
Sarah: $1,801

ARP: $2,000

Sarah, a soccer player from Seattle, plays Money Game for a Ford Fusion (Std., AT, Prot, Stereo, Assist)(Manuela at Door #3). Board:

(62)(37)(94)
(75)(21)(23)
(80)(22)(55)


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

First pick is 22 for $22. Next is 23, the front of the car
($ 2 3 , 1 _ _)...and three picks later, she scores a big goal at 94 to win the $23,194 car! With her other picks of 55 and 75, she also wins $152 in gas money! Fingers has been pretty kind so far today (as well as at least part of yesterday).


Sixth to hear the magic words is Nancy Julian and the third IUFB is a 42" plasma HDTV (Lanisha from a rising sign; the TV again shows part of Katherine Savant's $26K Showcase Showdown win).

Nancy: $1,200
Dometrius: $2,500
Alexander: $1,800
Christa: $800

ARP: $1,198

Since Nancy was over by two bucks, Christa, a college student from Bakersfield, CA plays Easy as 1-2-3 at Door #2 for his/her fragrances (Lanisha), a BBQ (Amber) and a washer/dryer (Manuela). His picks (with no hesitation):

#1- BBQ
#2- Fragrances
#3- Washer/dryer

Prices:

BBQ: $749
Fragrances: $1,503
Washer/dryer: $2,268

We have a perfect first half!

SHOWCASE SHOWDOWN #1:
Christa ($5,718): Quarter + 30 = $.55
Charles ($17,799): $.85
Sarah ($25,346): 15 + 30 = $.45

Charles makes it into the Showcase first!

The magic call then goes to Thomas Grenault and the fourth IUFB is a GPS system (Lanisha & Manuela).

Thomas: $299 (STAGE GARF)
Nancy: $325 (STAGE GARF)
Dometrius: $550
Alexander: $195 (STAGE GARF)

ARP: $1,286

Dometrius plays Secret X for a trip to Nashville (Amber at the audience screen) worth $7,525. Her free X placement:

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


Today's SPs modeled by Lanisha:

USB stick: $20 or $30?
Personal alarm: $25 or $50?

She picks $20 for the USB thing...correct. For the alarm, she goes with the people's choice of $50...right again. Her final board:

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


Let's see if we made it four wins in a row today...

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

...ROCK BOTTOM GOT HER!! That means our Perfect Show hopes go down the drain.

Next up is Jessica Desoy (another contestant who decides to place money on their shirt) and the next IUFB is a refrigerator (Amber at Door #2).

Jessica: $1,500
Alexander: $1,700
Thomas: $2,100
Nancy: $2,200

All have overbid.

Jessica: $1,074
Alexander: BUCK
Thomas: $1,399
Nancy: $1,325

ARP: $1,399, so Thomas wins a $500 bonus! Don't ask me why, but having a perfect bid occur on an IUFB after an all-overbid happens all the time.

He now plays Lucky $even for a Chevrolet HHR (Std., AT/Remote, DVD, Prot)(Lanisha). First number is 2. His second number guess is 5...

$ 2 2 , _ _ _

...costs him three bucks. He then goes with 7 on the third digit...

$ 2 2 , 9 _ _

...another two bucks gone. He then goes with 7 again...

$ 2 2 , 9 1 _

...oops. ARP: $22,914.

Rich then appears to call on Kristi Alridge and the final IUFB is a recumbent bike (Manuela). Alexander's been here the whole show, but he gets to bid last this round.

Kristi: $675
Nancy: $695
Jessica: $599
Alexander: $200 (POSSIBLE SUICIDE BID)

ARP: $699

TODAY'S FIRST FOUR BREAKFAST CLUB MEMBER: Alexander

Nancy plays the now-evil Clock Game for $1,000, a Largo dinette (Amber) and an iMac computer system w/ a digital camera. (Lanisha)(both prizes behind Door #3). Price of the dinette was $899. First bid is $1,200. She then bids $1,100...$1,000...$900...$800...$875...$890...and then $899 with 19 seconds left. And lucky for her, she doesn't have to bid on the whole computer system now- she only has to get the price of the camera, which happens to be just $593. After her $500 opening bid, she then says $600...$550...$575...$580...$590...$595...$589...back to $590...then $595...and one downs from there to win everything with just three seconds left! First outright Clock Game win in a while!

(The $1,000 Clock Game graphic is now silver.)

Video Bonus: IITB & Clock Game wins (IITB segment not in HD)

My Pricing Game lineup today:

1. Clock Game
2. It's In the Bag
3. Money Game
4. Easy as 1-2-3
5. Secret X
6. Lucky $even

SHOWCASE SHOWDOWN #2:
Dometrius (Drew spins it one-handed for her since her back is sore): 30 + 45 = $.75
Thomas: 35 + 60 = $.95
Nancy: WINS $1,000 AND SHOWCASE BERTH!

In Nancy's Bonus Spin...30 cents (the arrow split-screen is used in this episode), so she'll have to settle for the Runner-Up spot in today's Showcase.

The first Showcase has a Broyhill bedroom (Lanisha at Door #3), Tommy Hilfigger clothing (Lanisha) and a Sea-Doo sport boat (Amber at Door #2).

NANCY BIDS $10,500 ON ROOM/BOAT SHOWCASE- GARF OF THE CENTURY

MY BID FOR ROOM/BOAT SHOWCASE: $23,500

For Charles, we have a snow business showcase. The prizes here are snowboards (Manuela at Door #2), a snowmobile (Amber at Door #1) and a trip to Finland (Manuela near the audience screen).

CHARLES BIDS $25,000 ON TRIP SHOWCASE- STAGE WILLY

MY BID FOR TRIP SHOWCASE: $16,675

NANCY'S SHOWCASE:
BID: $10,500
ARP: $30,571
DIFFERENCE: $20,071

CHARLES' SHOWCASE:
BID: $25,000
ARP: $20,438
OVER- NANCY WINS!

Nancy wins $36,911 in cash and prizes!

DOND: For the second time this week, today's contestant comes from the #7 spot. In this case, it's Lucy Enderek (who is a mother of three). She wants to win enough to buy all the furniture she needs. She trades her case out for Anthony's #17.

ROUND 1:
1. #4 (Jason)- $2,500
2. #7 (Anthony)- OOPS ($250,000)
3. #3 (Carolina)- $100
4. #13 (Margarita)- $300
5. #21 (David)- $7,500

OPENING OFFER: $15,000- NO DEAL

ROUND 2:
1. #14 (Theresa)- $25,000
2. #22 (Sharleen)- $50,000 (DANGER ZONE ENFORCED)
3. #9 (Fernando)- $1,000
4. #12 (Bob)- $500
5. #19 (Nayeena)- $5,000

SECOND OFFER: $19,000- NO DEAL

ROUND 3:
1. #15 (Pam)- $200
2. #11 (Christi)- $25
3. #2 (Cary)- $400
4. #1 (Eva)- $10

THIRD OFFER: $45,000- NO DEAL

ROUND 4:
1. #5 (Danielle)- $75,000 (STRIKE ONE)
2. #8 (Diane)- BUCK

FOURTH OFFER: $59,000- NO DEAL

ROUND 5:
1. #10 (Helen)- PENNY
2. #6 (Melissa)- $5

FIFTH OFFER: $97,000- NO DEAL

19th PICK: #20 (Stephanie)- $100,000 (STRIKE TWO; LIMITED SAFETY NET)

SIXTH OFFER: $81,000- DEAL

20th PICK: #16 (Cherraye)- $50
FINAL OFFER: $177,000

Let's see what she traded away the quarter million for...













...CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS- IT WAS THE $500,000. THAT'S THE SECOND STRAIGHT DAY THE TOP PRIZE HAS BEEN GIVEN AWAY IN ANY SHAPE OR FORM. OUCH. That's 13 players now that have passed up the big one on this version of the show. At least she has $81,000, which is more than twice as much as what the last three players won when they gave up the half million.

Newlywed Game:

Couples on this latest edition of eHarmony.com Wednesday:

Michael & Sheila (married a year and nine months)
Randy & Linda (married four months)
Scott & Meghan (married a year and two months)

Brad's Intro: "...who will always remember her wedding as the best day of her life"

ROUND 1:

1. If someone made a tape of the last time you two made love, in what section would you find it at a video store- Action, Comedy or Romance?
2. Sad to say, but your husband bores you out of your mind when he talks about what subject?
3. What's the one thing your husband is most self-conscious about when he looks at himself in the mirror?

WIVES' RESPONSES:

Sheila:
1. Romance
2. Denistry
3. Belly

Linda:
1. Romance
2. His aches and pains
3. Hair

Meghan:
1. Romance
2. Finances
3. Mid-section

TRIP AT STAKE: Barbados (Almond Resort)

HUSBANDS' RESPONSES:

Michael:
1. Romance- MATCH (5)
2. Sports- NO MATCH
3. Belly- MATCH (10)

Randy:
1. Romance- MATCH (5)
2. Golf- NO MATCH
3. Grey hair- MATCH (10)

Scott:
1. Action- NO MATCH
2. Finances- MATCH (5)
3. Hairline- NO MATCH

ROUND 2:

1. If you suddenly discovered that your wife were a secret agent for the government, would you ask for some secret agent gadgets, ask to join her next mission or feel really inadequate?
2. Complete the following: "I'll always be true to my wife, but I must admit, I sneak the occasional peak at _____".

20 POINT BONUS QUESTION: In what way is your wife most like a dog- the way she's loyal to you, the way she's affectionate to you, or the way she barks at you?

HUSBANDS' RESPONSES:

Michael:
1. Next mission
2. Large-breasted women
BONUS: Loyalty

Randy:
1. Next mission
2. Girls on the topless beach
BONUS: Loyalty

Scott:
1. Gadgets
2. Alyssa Milano
BONUS: Affectionate

WIVES' RESPONSES:

Sheila:
1. Gadgets- NO MATCH
2. Looking at other women's boobs- ACCEPTABLE (20)

Linda:
1. Next mission- MATCH (20)
2. Women on the beach- MATCH (30)

Meghan:
1. Gadgets- MATCH (15)
2. Looks at other women's booties- NOT ACCEPTABLE

20 POINT BONUS QUESTION RESPONSES:

Meghan: Loyalty- ELIMINATED
Sheila: Loyalty- MATCH (40)
Linda: Affectionate- LOSE

Michael & Sheila win.

Consolation Prizes: NuWave oven and Cuisinart food processor

TODAY'S GOLDYWEDS (1969): Brian & Donna (Orange, CA)(on their initial appearance, they won a bedroom set; they've been married for about 40 years

TODAY'S BONUS PRIZE: Sony Bravia HDTV

GOLDYWED ROUND QUESTIONS:

1. Which of you has had more embarrassing moments in a week?
2. Who was the last person your wife slow-danced with, besides you?
3. When is the last time your wife went out in public without wearing a bra- last week, last year or never?
4. What is the least healthy kind of food your wife likes to eat?
5. If you weren't home by a certain time, who would your wife call first to try and find you?

BRIAN:
1. Myself
2. Parker
3. Last year
4. Bread
5. Somebody at the office

DONNA:
1. Brian- MATCH (1)
2. Doug- NO MATCH
3. Last week- NO MATCH
4. Black licorice- NO MATCH
5. His office- MATCH (6)

MICHAEL:
1. Sheila
2. Steve
3. Never
4. Pepsi
5. Dental group

SHEILA:
1. Myself- MATCH (1)
2. Nobody- NO MATCH
3. Last week- NO MATCH
4. Soda- ACCEPTABLE (5)
5. His office- ACCEPTABLE AND WINS! (10)

Michael & Sheila win, 10-6!

WOF: The first Toss-Up subject on this Wednesday is Phrase:

_ O T H _ N G | _ _ T

_ H _ | _ _ S _

Bram makes the easy missolve with NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH.

_ O T H _ N G | _ _ T

_ H E | _ E S _

Thomasyna solves NOTHING BUT THE BEST for $1,000.

$5,000-WINNING ID #1: JB26136
$5,000-WINNING ID #2: MC01252

Tonight's players:

Thomasyna Bungalow (Lihue, HI)- Senior station manager for two major rental car companies; also a ukulele player
Paula Merrier (Vancouver, Canada)- Bank worker
Bram Engels (Groveland, FL; originally from the Netherlands)- Works for a telecommunications company

$2,000 Toss-Up category is Place:

E S _ A _ E

R O _ T E

Thomashya takes the ESCAPE ROUTE to another $2,000.

After a trip to the Sandals Whitehouse European Village & Spa worth $7,500 goes on the wheel, the Prize Puzzle Round category is Food & Drink. Thomasyna starts with a pair of R's for $1,100, a T for a $1,000 Maui Gym gift certificate, a $900 N and then buys three E's and one A. Next comes three S's for another $1,500, but then a dud in D while on the Free Spin. Paula then calls an $800 F, a $600 V, and here's the board...

S _ _ E R _

F _ V E - S T A R

_ _ _ S _ N E

...in addition to $1,400, she'll enjoy some SUPERB FIVE-STAR CUISINE while at the Sandals Royal Bahamian Sport Resort & Offshore Island in the Barbados worth ten grand, a total of $11,400 in cash and trip. Thomasyna lost four grand in cash and gift tag as a result of dudding out.

DUD: D (Thomasyna)

WINNING ID FOR TRIP: LR7098241

IHOP Jackpot Round category is Same Name. Paula immediately calls a dud in T, making this the second time tonight somebody misses out on picking up the Free Spin. Bram then calls another dud with R. Thomasyna then calls two N's for $1,100 and buys a pair of E's, then she calls two L's for $800 more. After a pair of S's for another $80o and her purchase of the I at the bottom, she calls a $300 Y, a $300 M, and then buys a pair of A's. Following a $900 B, she calls a $300 C for the Free Spin but then hits Bankrupt to lose $3,750, so she uses her Free Spin right away. Then comes a $600 G and the board...

C _ N G A | &

A S S E M B L Y

L I N E

...she solves CONGA & ASSEMBLY LINE to add $400 to that and go to $4,000.

DUDS: R (Bram), T (Paula)
BANKRUPT: Thomasyna
LEFT BEHIND IN JACKPOT: $9,550

Meineke Mystery Round category is Song Title. Bram starts off with a $300 M, three T's to quadruple that amount, but then a dud in S. Thomasyna next calls a $400 R and buys three E's, then calls five L's for an additional $2,000. Next, she calls a $400 H and two C's for the Wild Card, but she then loses it right back and $2,550 to her second Bankrupt of the night. Paula next calls the G for $400 but she also hits Bankrupt. Bram calls a $550 D and tries to solve with all of this...

C R _ _ _ | L _ T T L E

T H _ N G | C _ L L E D

L _ _ E

...he finally gets his first $1,000 with CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE.

DUD: S (Bram)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Thomasyna, Paula)

$3,000 Toss-Up topic is Living Thing:

M O R _ Y

_ E L

Thomasyna says the correct answer of MORAY EEL, although she pronounced the first word like the name Morey...the judges accept her solve for another $3,000, giving her $7,000 now.

Speed-Up Round category is Things and consonants are worth...$6,000 for the second time this week! After Paula calls the A's, the board...

H E A R T - _ A R _ _ N G

S T _ R _ E S

...when she gets back home, she likely will consider winning this "Wheel" maingame one of her HEART-WARMING STORIES! With $12,000 this round, her winning total is $23,400! Thomasyna let 36 grand go to waste, but she does leave with seven large; Bram gets a non-goosegged $1,000 (he missed out on $12K in the Speed-Up Round).

So far, $31,400 in cash and trip has been won tonight.

DUDS: B (Paula), D (Paula), L (Bram)

Big Money Round: Let's see if Paula can make it two endgame wins in a row after nine straight losses. She spins the second A in AMERICA'S and the category is Phrase. Starting with:

_ _ _ _ L E

_ _

I think I know it already. She calls D, P, G and U and gets...

_ U _ _ L E

U P

...we both got owned here- without that C up there, she will not BUCKLE UP in the Audi TT. But she still leaves with $23,400 in cash and trip. I hope you had fun.

Jeopardy!: Can Liz Murphy become a five-time champion and the second-highest female regular play winner ever on this show? We'll find out right now as she faces:

Pat Miller (Jacksonville, FL)- Accounts payable clerk
Julio Alvarez (Roseville, CA)- 6th Grade teacher

Wednesday's first six categories:

NAME THE SHAKESPEARE PLAY (a line from a play is given in each clue)
I MARRIED A BEATLE
DARTH VADER, D.D.S.
"G"
YOUR HAIR
SMELLS TERRIFIC

Murphy gets the first Shakespeare clue (while Miller misses it) for $200, but after Alvarez gets the $400 clue there, he finds the night's first Daily Double under its $600 clue. We've been finding that opening Daily Double extremely early every day this week. He wagers the full grand on this line:

"Though this be madness, yet there is method in 'T'."

"What is Hamlet?"...Miller was incorrect on the first clue of the game with that same response, but in Alvarez's case on this clue, he's right to go to $1,400! At the first break, he's at $3,200; Murphy's at $2,400 and Miller's at $1,600. After the round...

Liz: $5,400
Julio: $3,000
Pat: $7,000

...Miller has turned her slow start into the lead.

PERFECT ROUND

DJ! Categories:

THE KOREAN WAR
TV OPENING WORDS (the TV show must be IDed)
AROUND A GREEK TEMPLE (Clue Crew clues)
LANGUAGE LAB
SEAS THE MOMENT
"DI" HARD

The first DD this round belongs to Murphy under the $1,600 Korean War clue; she has $11,800 and leads Miller by $2,800; Alvarez stands at $4,600. Her wager is $1,800 on this:

Initially the Allies replused the North Korean advance & crossed this parallel into enemy territory.

"What is the...47th Parallel?"...incorrect. It was the 38th, so she drops to ten grand and only leads by a grand now. Later, she finds the other one under the $800 Greek Temple clue with $8,800; she trails Miller for the lead by $1,800; Alvarez's certainly in it now with $7,800. Her wager now is $1,800. To tie the game, here's the clue from Jimmy:

At the top of a column, you'll find this, from the Latin for "head"; it's the most important element in distinguishing the orders of Greek architecture.

She pretty much draws a blank with "What is a column?", dropping her to $7,000. It's actually the capitol.

DJ! LACH TRASH (all attempted): $2,400

SCORES AFTER DOUBLE JEOPARDY!:

Liz: $16,200
Julio: $9,400
Pat: $5,800

CORYAT SCORES:

Liz: $19,800
Julio: $9,000
Pat: $5,800

The champ really came on strong at the end part of DJ!

FJ! CATEGORY: The U.S. Money Map.

The three richest U.S. counties, by median household income, are not in N.Y. or California, but are suburbs of this city.

Pat Miller's response was "What is Washington, DC?"...the nation's capital is correct. She DOUBLES to $11,600. Alvarez put down Boston instead, costing him $4,601, so he finishes with $4,799. As for Ms. Murphy...












...she put down Boston at first (I think), but she put down Chicago instead; she's going to hear it from her work friends back in Washington, D.C. That's the bad news. The good news- she only lost $2,601, so with a final total of $13,599, SHE'S THE THIRD FIVE-TIME CHAMPION OF THE SEASON!!! She now has $121,302!

Catch 21:

Wednesday's players:

Chelsea (Orange County, CA)- Training to become an animal control officer
Kevin (California)- 6th Grade Pre-Algebra teacher
Deanne (San Diego)- TV news reporter

ROUND 1 BASE CARDS:

Chelsea: JACK OF CLUBS
Kevin: QUEEN OF SPADES
Deanne: 2 OF HEARTS

Deanne gets the opening question to take a Jack of Clubs, but Chelsea keeps a King of Spades after the second question to freeze at 20. Two questions later, the hands now:

Kevin: QUEEN OF SPADES (100)
Deanne: (2H)(JC)(4D)(AC) = 17 (200)

5. Since cows often swallow nails and wire, what do farmers feed them for protection?

A: Iron pills
B: Magnets
C: Metamucil

Kevin: Magnets- CORRECT (200)

CARD: 8 OF SPADES, BUSTING DEANNE

KEVIN:
6. 7 OF CLUBS (17)
7. 3 OF CLUBS (20)
Final card: KING OF HEARTS- CHELSEA WINS ROUND 1 (600)

ROUND 2 BASE CARDS:

Chelsea: 3 OF HEARTS
Kevin: JACK OF DIAMONDS
Deanne: 8 OF HEARTS

Three questions later, let's see the board:

Chelsea: (3H)(2C)(7H) = 12 (700)
Kevin: JACK OF DIAMONDS (300)
Deanne: (8H)(9D) = 17 (300)

4. According to a Cosmo survey, 34% of women fantasize about what during sex?

A: Other men
B: Other women
C: A rich dessert

Kevin: A rich dessert- NO WAY
Chelsea: Other men- CORRECT (800)

CARD: 6 OF CLUBS; BUSTS DEANNE

If Kevin doesn't score any more points this round, we're headed to Sudden Death for the second time this week.

5. What event occurs when the Earth's shadow darkens the moon?

Chelsea: A lunar eclipse- RIGHT AGAIN (900)

CARD: 4 OF HEARTS; PASSES TO KEVIN (14)

6. Which of Mona Lisa's features are visible?

A: Ears
B: Moustache
C: Hands

Kevin: Moustache- NO
Chelsea: Hands- RIGHT YET AGAIN (1,000)

If this next card is an 8 or higher, she wins another round and we're going to Sudden Death between Kevin and Deanne.

CARD: 8 OF DIAMONDS, BUT SHE TAKES IT HERSELF AND FREEZES AT 20

KEVIN:
7. 9 OF SPADES- CHELSEA WINS ANOTHER ROUND

SUDDEN DEATH:

Card choices:
Deanne: First
Kevin: First

DEANNE:
Taken card: 2 OF DIAMONDS (OUCH)
Not taken: ACE OF SPADES

KEVIN:
Taken card: QUEEN OF DIAMONDS- WIN

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND BASE CARDS:

Chelsea: KING OF CLUBS
Kevin: 10 OF DIAMONDS

After two questions:

Chelsea: (KC)(10S) = 20
Kevin: (10D)(5S) = 15

This next question likely will decide it:

What's the meaning of the fashion term "pret-a-porter"?

Chelsea: Ready to wear- YES INDEED; FREEZES AT 20

KEVIN:
4. QUEEN OF HEARTS- CHELSEA WINS!

TRIPLE BLACKJACK: The maximum four Power Chips are in play for Chelsea.

OPENING CARDS:

HAND #1: 2 OF DIAMONDS
HAND #2: 3 OF SPADES
HAND #3: 3 OF CLUBS

1. 4 OF SPADES; PLACES IN HAND #2 (7)

2. KING OF SPADES; PLACES IN HAND #2 (17)

3. 7 OF SPADES; PLACES IN HAND #3 (10)

4. 8 OF CLUBS; PLACES IN HAND #1 (10; she should've placed this card in Hand #3 instead of that 7)

5. 8 OF HEARTS; CHANGES IT (three left)

6. 3 OF DIAMONDS; PLACES IN HAND #1 (13; if she had played this card and the previous 8, she would've been on the board by now)

7. 3 OF HEARTS; PLACES IN HAND #1 (16)

8. 8 OF SPADES; CHANGES IT (two left)

9. 4 OF CLUBS; HAND #2 CLEARED ($1,000)

10. 10 OF CLUBS; CHANGES IT (one left)

11. 5 OF DIAMONDS; HAND #1 CLEARED ($5,000)

She has two chances to get an Ace for $25,000. Exactly one week ago, Shanna Lambert won that way...









12. 10 OF HEARTS; CHANGES IT (no Power Chips left)
13. 6 OF SPADES (16); STOPS

...doesn't happen tonight, but she does leave as the third straight $6,000 winner.

14. JACK OF HEARTS

Cash Cab: Wednesday's first game was played by Travis, Anna, Nina and Dan; they all tried to make it 38 blocks to the Hudson Hotel.

$50 Round:
1. Depicted as a young-winged man with a bow/arrow, Comma is the Hindu equivalent of what Roman god of love?
Guess: Cupid- CORRECT ($50)
2. Abbreviated EW, what publication has been described as an "evuncular elder of pop culture wisdom"?
Guess: Entertainment Weekly- YOU BET ($100)
3. Used to spice up meals on the space shuttle, what famous sauce shares its name with a state in Mexico?
Guess: Tabasco- RIGHT ($150)
4. What U.S. President boasts the highest and lowest ratings in the 70-year history of the Gallup poll?
Guess: George W. Bush- YOU BET ($200)

$100 Round:
1. Familiar to "Austin Powers" fans, what word does the Oxford English Dictionary define as a robot resembling a woman in appearance?
Guess: Fembot- RIGHT ($300)

RED LIGHT CHALLENGE: According to Absolute Shakespeare.com, name seven of the ten most famous Shakespeare plays.
Correct answers given: "Hamlet", "Othello", "Romeo and Juliet", "King Lear", "Macbeth", "The Tempest" & "Henry IV" ($550)

2. Home to Kansas State University, what midwestern city is nicknamed "The Little Apple"?
Guess: Manhattan- RIGHT ($650)
3. Called "The Elusive Planet", what member of the Solar System is difficult to see due to its proximity to the Sun?
Guess: Mercury- RIGHT AGAIN ($750)
4. Circulating for an average of 89 months, what denomination of U.S. paper currency has the longest lifespan?
Guess: $10 bill- INCORRECT (A: $100 bill)

$200 Round:
1. Usually bypassed during gastric bypass surgery, the duodenum is the initial section of what internal organ?
Guess: Small intestine- RIGHT ($950)
2. Named for a French minister, what ineffective defensive line was outflanked by the Germans in WWII?
Mobile Shout-Out: Travis called his friend Ben, who guessed Harmond.
Guess: Harmond- STRIKE TWO (A: Majano)
Final question: Famously cultivated by Knott's Berry Farm, what odd-sounding hybrid fruit is a combination of loganberry, raspberry and blackberry?
Guess: Boisonberry- WIN ($1,150)

Afterwards, they walked away.

Game 2 saw Joe trying to survive 33 blocks to 74th and Lexington...but he struck out during the $100 Round.

Katie, Jason & Adrian played the day's last game, trying to endure a 33 block trip to 27th & Park. They missed their first two questions of the game, with the latter being on an unsuccessful Mobile Shout-Out involving Jason's sister Lianna. After answering the other two $50 questions correctly, they nailed their first three $100 questions before getting to this:

RED LIGHT CHALLENGE: Name four of the six countries that flow through the Mekong River.
Correct answers given: Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia & Myanmar ($650)
Not said: China

They answered their last $100 question correctly to end their regulation play with $750, but they tried to double it to $1,500 with this Aflac Video Bonus Question.

VIDEO BONUS: Once used to herd reindeer, this spirited dog breed helped man make his first expedition to the South Pole. Named for some people in Siberia, what is this grey-eyed breed of dog?

They locked in the Siberian Husky...SORRY. It was Samoyed.

Millionaire:

Conclusion of Tracy Zothner's game

Game 2
Game 3