Tuesday, June 30, 2009

"America's Got Talent" 6/30

NYC:

WINNERS:
Carol Lugo (62-year-old dancer)
Joseph Harris (dances with yo-yos)
The Diva League (variety act)
Chris Allison (magician)
Jay Mattioli (magician)

Chicago:

WINNNERS:
Thia Megia (14-year-old singer)
The Fab Five (female dancing group)
Kevin Skinner (singer/guitarist)

NOTABLE DUDS:
Franklin Sane (singer that works in real life as a juvenile court judge)
Jeffrey Johns (a man who sings on a high chair)

"The Superstars" 6/30

To start, we learn that Terrell Owens & Joanna Krupa have been given a second chance because Jennifer Capriati re-aggrivated a past injury during last week's Obstacle Course, forcing her and David Charvet to withdraw from the competition.

Main Event #1: In the "Sand Dash", the teams race on a 100m sand track with batons. At the midway mark in each heat, the first member of each team must hand off their baton to their teammates so that they can finish the heat for them. Any team that hands off their baton outside the handing zone is disqualified. Both members of each team must go first and second three times apiece during this event. The last place team in each heat is eliminated from the event. The last duo standing earns 100 points.

Elimination order:

1. Robert Horry & Estella Warren (30)
2. Jeff Kent & Ali Landry (40)
3. Brandi Chastain & Julio Iglesias, Jr. (50; photo finish between them and Lisa & Dan)
4. Lisa Leslie & Dan Cortese (60; Dan suffers a hamstring injury at the end of this heat)
5. Bode Miller & Paige Hemmis (70; both members false started in each of their heats!)

In each heat, per international track & field rules, anybody who false starts results in a warning given to the entire field. If any team false starts twice in a row, they are eliminated on the spot.

The winners of the hundred points are...












...well, what do you know- Terrell & Joanna! That means that Kristi Leskinen & Maksim Chermovskiy get the 80 points.

We later find out that Dan Cortese is unable to continue, so David Charvet becomes Lisa's new partner.

Main Event #2: This is the "Water Leap". Each teammate must make the long jump into a pool of water. The celebrities always go first. Before they go, each teammate must set a target distance they think they can clear. If somebody fails to clear that mark, their jump is disqualified.

1. Lisa & David
David's target: 15 feet- CLEARED
Lisa's target: 13.1 feet- FAILED
TOTAL DISTANCE CLEARED: 15 feet (60)

2. Kristi & Maksim
Maksim's target: 16.1 feet- CLEARED
Kristi's target: 11.11 feet- CLEARED
TOTAL DISTANCE CLEARED: 28 feet- WIN! (100)

3. Brandi & Julio
Julio's target: 17.5 feet- CLEARED
Brandi's target: 10.6 feet- CLEARED
TOTAL DISTANCE CLEARED: 27.11 feet (80)

4. Jeff & Ali
Ali's target: 12 feet- CLEARED
Jeff's target: 14.6 feet- CLEARED
TOTAL DISTANCE CLEARED: 26.6 feet (70)

5. Robert & Estella
Estella's target: 11 feet- FAILED
Robert's target: 17.6 feet- FAILED
DISQUALIFIED; AUTOMATICALLY GOES TO OBSTACLE COURSE (30)

6. Terrell & Joanna
Joanna's target: 11 feet- CLEARED
Terrell's target: 20 feet- FAILED
TOTAL DISTANCE CLEARED: 11 feet (45)

7. Bode & Paige
Paige's target: 11 feet- CLEARED
Bode's target: 20 feet- FAILED
TOTAL DISTANCE CLEARED: 11 feet (45)

SCORES AFTER TWO MAIN EVENTS:

1. Kristi & Maksim- 180
2.Terrell & Joanna- 145
3. Brandi & Julio- 130
4. Lisa & David- 120
5. Bode & Paige- 115
6. Jeff & Ali- 110
DEAD LAST: Robert & Estella- 60

Rubber Match:

Lisa & David:
David's target: 12 feet- CLEARED
Lisa's target: 10 feet- CLEARED
TOTAL DISTANCE CLEARED: 22 feet

Brandi & Julio:
Brandi's target: 10 feet- CLEARED
Julio's target: 12.1 feet- FAILED
TOTAL DISTANCE CLEARED: 10 feet- ADVANCES TO OBSTACLE COURSE

THE OBSTACLE COURSE:

Heat #1: Robert & Estella vs. Brandi & Julio
WINNERS: Brandi & Julio


Heat #2: Bode & Paige vs. Jeff & Ali
WINNERS: Bode & Paige

Eliminated tonight are...












...Robert & Estella. This just wasn't their week.

6/30/2009 Results

Silent Library: Today's team consists of Dave (Bronx), Dwayne (Rochester, NY), Rob (Bayonne, NJ), Virgil (Brooklyn), Patrick (Bayonne, NJ) & Ryan (Bridgewater, NJ).

$300 Round:

1. "Cotton Spicy" is the first challenge of the day. Here, Patrick has 20 seconds to eat cotton candy with a lot of spices, including Cayenne peppers and chili powder.
RESULT: PASS ($300)

2. Ryan's challenge is called "Much Like Gas", where he has to come face-to-face with a foul-smelling whoopie cushion.
RESULT: PASS ($600)

3. To wrap up the first round, Rob has a "Brief Pet". To be exact, he must keep two gerbils in his underpants for 30 seconds.
RESULT: FAIL (too noisy virtually the whole time)

$400 Round:

1. "Sword Fury" forces Dwayne to face the wrath of a Samurai, which includes his chair breaking.
RESULT: PASS ($1,000)

2. Time for Patrick to endure some "Bra Snaps".
RESULT: PASS ($1,400)

3. Dave's got the "Dead Helmet". He's got 20 seconds to wear a helmet that fills up with dead bugs.
RESULT: FAIL

$800 Round:

1. Dwayne's second task of the day is the "Hopeful No Punch Bike".
RESULT: PASS ($2,200)

2. Dwayne gets his second challenge in a row, which is now "Stomach Melt". He has to eat a grilled cheese sandwich, which includes some cheese that's been blow-dried on a fat guy's chest.
RESULT: PASS ($3,000)

3. Rob's second game today is the "Electric Puzzle".
RESULT: FAIL

$1,000 Challenge: Virgil finally gets to do a challenge today- "Angry Dog".
RESULT: PASS

They share in four grand!

Catch 21: With four shows to go, here are tonight's players:

Isaac (Chicago)- Filmmaker
Josh (originally from Northern California)- University of Hawaii graduate
Sara (Florida)- Apartment complex leasing agent

ROUND 1 BASE CARDS:

Isaac: QUEEN OF DIAMONDS
Josh: 5 OF DIAMONDS
Sara: 7 OF DIAMONDS

1. Whose wife recently told Vogue Magazine that Apple iPhones are banned in their house?

A: Steve Jobs' wife
B: Bill Gates' wife
C: ???

Isaac: Bill Gates' wife- CORRECT (100)

CARD: ACE OF DIAMONDS- WINS ROUND 1 & VACUUM (600)

ROUND 2 BASE CARDS:

Isaac: 2 OF DIAMONDS
Josh: 6 OF DIAMONDS
Sara: ACE OF HEARTS


After the fifth question, Isaac busts Sara out of the game with no points. Here was her hand at that moment:

Sara: (AH)(5C)(6C)(KC) = 22

Let's now see the hands for the guys:

Isaac: (2D)(5S) = 7 (1,000)
Josh: (6D)(4D) = 10 (100)

6. What irrevelant, Emmy-nominated comedian was bumped from his show "Politically Incorrect" for being that way?

Isaac: Bill Maher- YOU BET (1,100)

CARD: 2 OF SPADES; PASSES TO JOHN (12)

7. If you took a real-life journey to the center of the Earth, you'd arrive at what part of the planet?

A: Mantle
B: Crust
C: Core

Isaac: Core- RIGHT AGAIN (1,200)

CARD: 7 OF SPADES; PASSES TO JOHN (19)

8. Superstar Larry Bird soared to three NBA championships as a member of what basketball team?

Isaac: Boston Celtics- OF COURSE (1,300)

If this next card is anything higher than a deuce, Isaac has won back-to-back rounds.

CARD: JACK OF HEARTS- WINS ROUND 2 (1,800)

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND BASE CARDS:

Isaac: KING OF SPADES
Josh: 4 OF HEARTS

The board after two questions:

Isaac: (KS)(9H) = 19
Josh: (4H)(10S) = 14

3. Audience can't take their eyes off what Tony-winning Broadway musical about Frankie Bally and the four seasons?

A: "Moving Out"
B: "The Boys From Oz"
C: "Jersey Boys"

Isaac: "Jersey Boys"- CORRECT; FREEZES AT 19

JOSH:
4. 3 OF CLUBS (17)
5. JACK OF SPADES- ISAAC WINS!

TRIPLE BLACKJACK: For possibly the last time this season, a champion has all four Power Chips in play. Let's see if Isaac can take good care of them.

OPENING CARDS:

HAND #1: 8 OF CLUBS
HAND #2: KING OF CLUBS
HAND #3: 10 OF SPADES

1. 6 OF HEARTS; PLACES IN HAND #1 (14)

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

3. 4 OF DIAMONDS; CHANGES IT (three left)

4. 6 OF DIAMONDS; PLACES IN HAND #2 (16)

5. 2 OF SPADES; PLACES IN HAND #2 (18)

6. KING OF HEARTS; CHANGES IT (two left)

7. 10 OF DIAMONDS; CHANGES IT (one left)

8. 7 OF CLUBS; CHANGES IT (no Power Chips left)

9. 6 OF SPADES, WHICH IS PLACED IN HAND #3 (16); GOES ON

10. 2 OF HEARTS; PLACES IN HAND #2 (20); GOES ON

11. 9 OF CLUBS- BUSTED

He should've been yesterday's champ. As a result of picking a bad day to go the distance, he leaves with $1,599 in cash & Oreck Halo.

Jeopardy!: These challengers will try to prevent Tui Sutherland from running away from the pack for a third straight game, much less repeat as champ once again:

Nina Ginocchio (Park Ridge, IL)- School librarian
Tyrone Rogers (Camp Springs, MD)- Bank teller

Tuesday's opening topics:

"The New York Times"- BOOK REVIEW
THE PUCK STOPS HERE
BESTLY BLUES
A MAN CALLED HORACE
POTENT POTABLES, SOUTHERN STYLE
"KER"

Just before the first timeout, Sutherland finds the night's first Daily Double under the $1,000 Book Review clue with $3,600; Ginocchio has a grand and Rogers has $600. Her wager is the face value of the clue ($1,000) on this:

In 2008 the Times called this author's "The Widows of Eastwick" a "predictably ingenious sequel".

"Who is Bishop?"...incorrect. It was John Updike, making her new score $2,600. At the end of the round, with $4,200 now, she trails Ginocchio by a couple grand for the lead. Rogers, meanwhile, is $1,600 in the hole.

ATTEMPTED LACH TRASH: $400
UNATTEMPTED LACH TRASH: $1,600
TOTAL LACH TRASH: $2,000

DJ! Categories look like these:

ECONOMICS
TV MISGUIDED
DON'T QUOTE ME ON THAT
NET WORKING

MULTIPLE-WORD CAPITALS
JUSTIN WHO?


With seven clues left, the first DD of the round is found by the champ under the $1,600 Don't Quote Me On That clue with $11,800; Ginocchio's still ahead with 15 grand and Rogers is $1,600 on the good side. Her wager this time is $2,200.

In the Bible it's not money itself but this that's "the root of all evil".

"What is Greed?"...wrong again. She was close- it was the love of money. That sends her back to $9,600. The next-to-last clue of this round has the other DD, and it's found by Ginocchio with $19,400. She's in Lock Game Territory, as the champ's still at $9,600 and Rogers is at $1,200. She wagers $2,000. To likely put this game to sleep:

This act says, "Every person who shall monopolize...trade or commerce...shall be deemed guilty of a felony".

"What is the Free Trade Act?"...it's a Daily Double Shutout. We were looking for the Sherman Anti-Trust Act, so she's no longer in LGT and this round is over.

ATTEMPTED LACH TRASH: $2,400
UNATTEMPTED LACH TRASH: $2,000
TOTAL DJ! LACH TRASH: $4,400

SCORES AFTER DOUBLE JEOPARDY!:

Tui: $9,600
Tyrone: $1,200
Nina: $17,400

CORYAT SCORES:

Tui: $12,800
Tyrone: $1,200
Nina: $19,400

FJ! CATEGORY: American History.

History was made on December 1, 1955 when bus driver James Blake called the police & had this person arrested.

Tyrone Rogers agrees with me on "Who is Rosa Parks?"...yes! He doubles up to $2,400, not like it's going to matter now. The champ is also right and risked $7,801 to go to $17,401. That means she needs a mistake from Nina Ginocchio...but it doesn't happen, so Ginocchio's the new champion with $19,200 while Sutherland goes home with $27K more ($46,200).

"Dance Your Ass Off" off to good start in ratings

The premiere of "Dance Your Ass Off" was watched by about 1.3 million viewers, making it the most watched series premiere in Oxygen history. With about 40,000 new visitors to Oxygen.com related to the premiere, that's also a record.

Source: The Futon Critic

TPIR Season 38 update

There will be new LCD monitors to display the contestants' IUFB bids in Contestant's Row starting next season, contrary to what I said previously about just replacing the bulbs in the podiums with LED lights.

Source: Golden-Road.net

"WWTBAM" 10th Anniversary Special qualifying details

There are a few ways you can qualify for the 10th Anniversary "WWTBAM" specials:

-The phone game is back! Starting next Monday, you can call 1-800-999-7878 between 7 PM and 3 AM EST once each day until July 16th. You'll be posed five Fastest Finger-like questions; answering all five correctly puts you into the contestant pool. For those disabled people who can't use a telephone, there's an online game available on ABC.com, keyword Millionaire.

-You can submit two-minute videos at ABC.com telling why you would be a good contestant on the show and what you would do with the million if you win it. The people with the best audition videos will then get to take an online test for the chance to be in the contestant pool.

-And don't forget about the regional auditions. Go to the Millionaire site at ABC.com or visit www.millionairetv.com for more details about that.

Source: The Futon Critic

Monday, June 29, 2009

DEBUT: "Dance Your Ass Off"

The host of this reality GS on Oxygen is Marissa Jaret Winokur, a former "Dancing with the Stars" participant. Here are the contestants trying to both dance and lose weight en route to $100,000:

Alicia (Scranton, PA)
Angela (Boise, ID)
Brandon (Canton, OH)
Karla (Phoenix)
Mara (Detroit)
Miles (Salt Lake City)
Pinky (Phoenix)
Ruben (Las Vegas)
Shayla (Corona, CA)
Tara (Orlando)
Trice Neal (Chicago)
Warren (Orem, UT)

This show is a hybrid of "Dancing with the Stars" and "The Biggest Loser".

The three dance judges are Mayte Garcia, Lisa Ann Walter and Danny Teeson. Each of them will give a score of 1-10 for each dance. Those scores will be combined with each contestant's body weight percentage loss to determine their final score for the week. The contestant with the lowest score is sent home. The last two to perform tonight are in the bottom two in terms of weight loss.

1. Alicia (257.6 lbs)
Professional partner: Italo
Dance song title: "The Cup of Life" by Ricky Martin

MAYTE: 6
LISA ANN: 7
DANNY: 6
JUDGES' AVERAGE: 6.3
NEW WEIGHT: 250.1 (2.91% of body weight lost)
TOTAL SCORE: 9.21

2. Ruben (314.3 lbs)
Professional partner: Hilary
Dance song title: "Believe" by Cher

MAYTE: 6
LISA ANN: 7
DANNY: 5
JUDGES' AVERAGE: 6
NEW WEIGHT: 300.4 (4.42% of body weight lost)
TOTAL SCORE: 10.42

3. Shayla (206.5 lbs)
Professional partner: Mario
Dance song title: "Proud Mary" by Tina Turner

MAYTE: 7
LISA ANN: 7
DANNY: 7

JUDGES' AVERAGE: 7
NEW WEIGHT: 201.6 (2.37% of body weight lost)
TOTAL SCORE: 9.37

4. Warren (357.6 lbs)
Professional partner: Sarah
Dance song title: "Jump Around" by House of Pain

MAYTE: 5
LISA ANN: 5
DANNY: 6
JUDGES' AVERAGE: 5.3

NEW WEIGHT: 346 (3.24% of body weight lost)
TOTAL SCORE: 8.54

5. Trice (274.9 lbs)
Professional partner: Jesus
Dance song title: "Disturbia" by Rihanna

MAYTE: 6
LISA ANN: 6

DANNY: 6
JUDGES' AVERAGE: 6
NEW WEIGHT: 263.5 (4.15% of body weight lost)
TOTAL SCORE: 10.15

6. Angela (185.9 lbs)
Professional partner: Kenny
Dance song title: "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" by Queen


MAYTE: 6
LISA ANN: 5
DANNY: 5
JUDGES' AVERAGE: 5.3
NEW WEIGHT: 182.4 (1.88% of body weight lost)

TOTAL SCORE: 7.18

7. Mara (261.9 lbs)
Professional partner: Paul
Dance song title: "My Humps" by The Black Eyed Peas

MAYTE: 7
LISA ANN: 7
DANNY: 8
JUDGES' AVERAGE: 7.3
NEW WEIGHT: 255.3 (2.52% of body weight lost)
TOTAL SCORE: 9.82

8. Tara (237.4 lbs)
Professional partner: Michael
Dance song title: "Let It Rock" by Kevin Rudolf w/ Lil' Wayne

MAYTE: 6
LISA ANN: 5
DANNY: 6
JUDGES' AVERAGE: 5.7
NEW WEIGHT: 232.9 (1.9% of body weight lost)
TOTAL SCORE: 7.6

9. Karla (174.9 lbs)
Professional partner: Jull
Dance song title: "Push It" by Salt N' Pepa

MAYTE: 7
LISA ANN: 7
DANNY: 7

JUDGES' AVERAGE: 7
NEW WEIGHT: 165.4 (5.43% of body weight lost)

TOTAL SCORE: 12.43

10. Miles (260.8 lbs)
Professional partner: Michelle
Dance song title: "Jump Jive N-Wail" by Brian Setzer

MAYTE: 7
LISA ANN: 8
DANNY: 7
JUDGES' AVERAGE: 7.3
NEW WEIGHT: 253.9 (2.65% of body weight lost)
TOTAL SCORE: 9.95

11. Brandon (230.4 lbs)
Professional partner: Yesenia
Dance song title: "Forever" by Chris Brown
NEW WEIGHT: 226.8 (1.56% of body weight lost)

12. Pinky (186.9 lbs)
Professional partner: Mr. Lucky
Dance song title: "Just Dance" by Lady GaGa w/ Colby O' Donis
NEW WEIGHT: 184.5 (1.28% of body weight lost)

PINKY'S DANCE SCORES:

MAYTE: 7
LISA ANN: 7
DANNY: 8
JUDGES' AVERAGE: 7.3
TOTAL SCORE: 8.58

BRANDON'S DANCE SCORES:

MAYTE: 6
LISA ANN: 7
DANNY: 7
JUDGES' AVERAGE: 6.7

TOTAL SCORE: 8.26

Angela is eliminated.

"4th and Long" 6/29

At least one player will be cut this week after last week's show was a non-elimination one.

We start with a Rivalry Game. The remaining contestants' opponents will be the ones they have gotten past by up to this point. If any of the remaining contestants get significantly outplayed by one of the Rivals, they will be sent home and that Rival will be invited back into the competition. The Rivals are coached by Jerry Rice.

Evaluation Drill #7: This is a Team Speed Sprint involving two treadmills out on the football field. One member from each team begins by running on their treadmill at 20 mph for as long as possible while they're holding on to a football. Once they can't do it anymore, the next team member (s) get their shot. The first team to reach a combined total of 12 minutes wins the right to receive the opening kickoff in both halves of the next football game.

Striking first blood this week are...











...the Rivals!

Now, for some head-to-head battles indoors:

1. Montrell Jones vs. Stephen Andrews
WINNER: Montrell Jones

2. Ahmaad Smith vs. Preston McGann
WINNER: Preston McGann


3. Eddie Moten vs. Luke Swan
WINNER: Luke Swan

4. Donte Gamble vs. Speedy Gonzalez
WINNER: Speedy Gonzalez

So far, the Rivals are kicking the Home Team's asses.

THE BIG GAME:

AFTER FIRST HALF:

Home Team: 7 (only score by Jesse Holley)
Rivals: 19 (scores by Gonzalez, Swan & McGann)

Gonzalez dislocates a shoulder towards the end of the first half. Swan suffers the same injury during the third quarter.

AFTER THREE QUARTERS:

Home Team: 28 (two TDs by Andrew Hawkins, one by Gamble)
Rivals: 19

FINAL SCORES:

Home Team: 35
Rivals: 25

After everybody gets invited into the Film Room, I can tell you right now...













...that none of the Rivals will get a second chance on this show. Instead, the Home Team member leaving the competition tonight is...












...Donte Gamble.

6/29/2009 Results

Silent Library: Week 3 begins with Matt (Staten Island, NY), Cameron (Brookhaven, NY), Keith (Queens, NY), John (E. Setauket, NY), Ben (E. Setauket, NY) & Crazy Nick (Whitestone, NY).

$300 Round:

1. The opening challenge is called "Not Your Tongue", where John has to finish an ice cream cone within 30 seconds while wearing a fake tongue.
RESULT: PASS ($300)

2. Matt's "Evil Masked", where he has to withstand the smell of cow dung for 30 seconds.
RESULT: PASS ($600)

3. We conclude the first round with "Kept Away", which forces Crazy Nick to retrieve a hat from a pair of strangers within 10 seconds.
RESULT: FAIL (got too noisy at the last second)

$400 Round:

1. John's second challenge is called "Lady Pants Pop".
RESULT: PASS ($1,000)

2. As a result of a last-second card switch with John, Ben will get the "Bad Taste Doll". He needs to resusicate a CPR doll for 20 seconds...which pukes.
RESULT: PASS ($1,400)

3. Keith's in a "Goat Race". He's gotta eat a pot of flowers before a goat does.
RESULT: PASS ($1,800)

$800 Round:

1. Keith's now been dealt the "Formal Strike".
RESULT: PASS ($2,600)

2. Matt's second game is called "Squeezed Grape", where he has 20 seconds to fit into a phone booth while dressed like a giant bunch of grapes.
RESULT: PASS ($3,400)

If they should win either one of the last two challenges of the day, they will become the biggest winners so far on the show.

3. Cameron's given a "Frozen Choice"- one of six disgusting popsicles that he must eat within 30 seconds. The ones available are fish heads, meal worms, duck yolks, squid tentacles, beef tendons & snails. After the wheel of popsicles stops...it lands on the meal worms one.
RESULT: PASS- NEW RECORD! ($4,200)

$1,000 Challenge: To send the team home with $5,200 (about $867 apiece), Crazy Nick must wear a wedding veil while being pelted by his teammates with uncooked rice...














...BUT HE FALLS WAY SHORT BY SCREAMING BIG TIME EARLY. Oh well, they still have the new record total of $4,200, or $700 apiece!

Catch 21: The last week of Season 2 shows begins with this panel:

Bobby Kimmel (originally from Minnesota)- Beverly Hills worker; also a surfer
Heather Schwartz (Calabassas, CA)- Runs a health-coaching business
Scarlett Young (originally from Northern California)- Dog walker

ROUND 1 BASE CARDS:

Bobby: 6 OF HEARTS
Heather: KING OF DIAMONDS
Scarlett: ACE OF SPADES


1. One of People Magazine's Sexiest Men Alive, what TV personality withdrew his name from being President Obama's Surgeon General?

A: Dr. Phil McGraw
B: Dr. Noah Drake
C: Dr. Sonjay Gupta

Scarlett: Dr. Sonjay Gupta- CORRECT (100)

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

ROUND 2 BASE CARDS:

Bobby: QUEEN OF DIAMONDS
Heather: 5 OF HEARTS
Scarlett: 4 OF HEARTS


Bobby immediately freezes with a 20 after picking up a Queen of Clubs to start this round. Three questions later, the board for the ladies:

Heather: (5H)(QS) = 15 (200)
Scarlett: (4H)(2S)(AC) = 7 or 17 (700)

5. More pricey than diamonds, a perfect specimen of what gemstone would make even Liz Taylor greener with envy?

Scarlett: Emerald- CORRECT (800)

CARD: KING OF CLUBS; BUSTS HEATHER

SCARLETT:
6. 7 OF SPADES (14)
7. JACK OF CLUBS- BOBBY WINS ROUND 2 (600)

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND BASE CARDS:

Bobby: 5 OF SPADES
Scarlett: KING OF HEARTS

Here's the board three questions later:

Bobby: (5S)(2D)(7C) = 14
Scarlett: (KH)(8D) = 18

4. Because he wanted to see the sea, literature's Captain Nemo traveled 20,000 leagues under it in what famous submarine?

A: The Polaris
B: The Sturgeon
C: The Natalaus

Bobby: The Natalaus- CORRECT

If this next card is a 4 or higher, this Bobby's won the game.

CARD: 10 OF DIAMONDS- WIN!

TRIPLE BLACKJACK: Can a Bobby win $25,000 with three Power Chips intact? I hope so.

OPENING CARDS:

HAND #1: 9 OF SPADES
HAND #2: KING OF DIAMONDS
HAND #3: JACK OF DIAMONDS

1. 10 OF HEARTS; PLACES IN HAND #1 (19)

2. ACE OF DIAMONDS; HAND #2 CLEARED ($1,000)

3. 3 OF HEARTS; CHANGES IT (two left)

4. JACK OF HEARTS; CHANGES IT (one left)

5. 4 OF CLUBS; CHANGES THAT ALSO (no Power Chips left)

6. ACE OF CLUBS; HAND #3 CLEARED ($5,000); STOPS

Unfortunately, the next card WAS a 2 of Spades. $6,000 isn't bad for a guy who has the same first name as mine, though.

Jeopardy!: Tui Sutherland put on a fairly impressive showing last week. Let's see if she can keep it up tonight against the following:

Kelani Chan (Washington, D.C.)- Investment relations associate
David Starr (Whitlum, British Columbia)- Elementary school principal

The week's first six categories:

IN THE BIBLE
GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT
RIDE ON

SEX & THE KITTY
POISON IVY, OAK & SUMAC
12-LETTER WORDS

Sutherland's ahead at the first break with $2,200, while Chan has $1,800 and Starr's at $1,400. On the next-to-last clue of the round, the $800 12-Letter Words clue, the champ finds it with $5,200, leading Starr by just $600 at the moment; Chan's at two grand. Her wager is $1,200. To triple her lead or lose it altogether, here's the clue:

Starting & stopping at intervals, like today's windshield wipers.

"What is intermittent?"...is right to stay ahead with $6,400! She then nails the $1,000 clue there to end the round with $7,400.

ATTEMPTED LACH TRASH: NONE
UNATTEMPTED LACH TRASH: $3,400
TOTAL LACH TRASH: $3,400

DJ! Categories:

AN ALLOCATION OF ALLITERATION
TIM TIME
PRESIDENTIAL QUOTES
4-LETTER RIVERS
SHAKESPEARE WITH A TWIST
"R" WAY


DD #1 is found by Starr under the $1,600 4-Letter Rivers clue with $10,600, just $800 off the champ's lead. His wager is four large. To take the lead, the clue is this:

Lewis & Clark noticed the white color of this river & named it accordingly.

He draws a blank, so he drops to $6,600. It was the Milk, of all rivers. He does pick up two grand of that back with a correct response on the subject's last clue. Sutherland later finds the other DD under the $2,000 Shakespeare With a Twist clue with $18,600; Starr's at $13K and Chan hasn't moved a muscle since the start of this round. Her wager also is $4,000. Clue:

Christopher Hewitt was a singing Malvolio in "Music Is", a musical version of this festive comedy.

"What is Twelfth Night?"...CORRECT to jump to $22,600!

ATTEMPTED LACH TRASH: $2,000
UNATTEMPTED LACH TRASH: $3,600
TOTAL DJ! LACH TRASH: $5,600

SCORES AFTER DOUBLE JEOPARDY!:

Tui: $20,600 (lock game!)
David: $9,800
Kelani: $5,200

CORYAT SCORES:

Tui: $18,200
David: $13,800
Kelani: $5,200

FJ! CATEGORY: The Beatles.

Fittingly, the cover of this Beatles album shows the Fab Four engaging in a semaphore message.

KELANI:
Response: "What is Yellow Submarine?"
Wager: $3,000

Final score: $2,200

DAVID:
Response: "What is Help"
Wager: $400

Final score: $10,200

TUI:
Response: "What is Help?"
Wager: NOTHING

Wins with: $20,600

Two-day total for her: $44,200.

Fred Travalena dies at 66

Impressionist and former host of "Anything For Money" and "Baby Races", Fred Travalena, died yesterday after battling Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma and prostate cancer for seven years.

Various sources contributed to this report.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Next Week in Game Shows: June 29-July 5

Next week is All-American Week, the week where we salute Independence Day.

On tap potentially are some big money fireworks from "Jeopardy!", the last week of the second season of "Catch 21" and the primetime return of "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?" (with world hot dog eating champion Joey Chestnut as a contestant!).

Also, we continue with the big money "PokerStars.net Caribbean Adventure 2009", as well as the main performance rounds on "So You Think You Can Dance" and the auditions on "America's Got Talent".

Additionally, an Oxygen reality GS called "Dance Your Ass Off" will debut on Monday!

The Week in Review: June 22-28

Players of the Week:
WINNER: Bridget Delauro ($50,000)("WWTBAM")
RUNNER-UP: Jose Valdepena ($50,000)("Wipeout")
3RD PLACE: Lou Diamond Phillips ("I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!" winner)

ZONK ANSWER OF THE WEEK: At the end of Friday's "Jeopardy!", when Bryan Porter drew a blank during FJ!, he decided to throw in the towel in a funny way by coming up with the same response a celebrity gave several years ago- "What are three people that have never been in my kitchen"!

"The Next Food Network Star" 6/28

Mini Challenge #3: Create the ultimate burger within 20 minutes, as well as make a 30-second presentation. The winning burger will be on the menu of the new Bobby's Burger Palace in Connecticut (obviously run by Bobby Flay, not yours truly; I'm not a chef).

Melissa: Burlington Burger (features Vermont Cheddar Cheese)
Michael: Mulberry Street Burger (a burger stuffed with Mozzarella and has pancetta inside)
Jamika: Mardi Gras Madness New Orleans Burger (features a Cayenne-spiced patty and some sausage)
Debbie: Cal-Asian Burger (this is a Cream BBQ kind of burger)
Jeffrey: California Convertible Burger (a sweet and spicy burger that has both California and Mexican themes)
Teddy: Pennsylvania Burger (using ingredients from said state)
Katie: San Francisco Market Burger (using a turkey burger)

Katie doesn't finish her burger in time, so she's automatically out of contention. Also out of the running is Jamika, who fell apart in her presentation towards the end by sounding like a saleswoman instead of a chef. The top two are Melissa & Michael...








...and the winning burger belongs to Michael Proietti!

MAIN CHALLENGE #4: At the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, they meet Season 2 winner Guy Fieri, who is the guest judge for this challenge. They'll be cooking All-American home-cooked food for a homecoming party that will have soldiers returning from the Middle East. 90 minutes are given to prep the food. This is an early way to salute the Fourth of July, which will come this Saturday. The winner will get their recipe included on the cover of US Weekend Magazine. Each contestant is assigned a certain state's food basket:

Teddy: New York
Jeffrey: Maine
Melissa: New Mexico
Katie: Georgia
Jamika: Wisconsin
Michael: Hawaii
Debbie: California

Additionally, two contestants cook in the kitchen at a time. Now, for the food:

Teddy: DLT (the first ingredient is duck; his presentation's sub-par again)
Jeffrey: Lobster pot pie w/ a blueberry infusion- DUD
Melissa: Honey chili skirt steak toastada w/ black beans and honey mango salsa
Katie: Catfish crusted in some mango, almond & cornmeal; dish also includes some sweet Vidalia greens and a hot red pepper
Jamika: Locked & Loaded Big Ten Casserole- DUD (she does great on her presentation, though)
Michael: Campeche crusted with avocado & Macadamia nuts; also has pineapple sauce
Debbie: Chicken breast w/ red wine sauce & green beans w/ a ginger almond crunch

While she was cooking, Michael inadvertantly hits Debbie in the face with a pan.

The winner of this Main Challenge, and definitely moving on, is...












...Melissa d'Arabian!

There is no bottom two this week- the four left when the cut is announced are Jamika, Jeffrey, Katie & Teddy. Eliminated tonight is...












...Teddy Folkman. It just wasn't meant to be for him. But we'll hear from him again soon.

"PokerStars.net Caribbean Adventure 2009"- FIRST EPISODE

Well, folks, this is the biggie among all the PokerStars.net tournaments. There is a total prize pool here of $12,674,000, and the champion will win the second-biggest prize in GSN history- $3 Million! When we begin the coverage, there are 32 players remaining. We start with the blinds at 8,000 and 16,000, and the ante value is worth 1,500.

As it turns out, we already lose one of the players- Germany’s Daniel Kratz, sending him home with $40,000. And we might lose somebody else on the first aired hand of the night:

Vicky Coren: DOUBLE 6s (Hearts & Spades)
Jason Paster: DOUBLE 10s (Clubs & Spades)

Paster’s the one ALL IN; he’s American.

POT: 763,000
THE FLOP: (4D)(AS)(JS)- DUD
TURN:
QUEEN OF SPADES

Paster has the spade flush advantage over Coren (he also has a Royal Flush Draw). All he has to avoid on the river is a third 6…

RIVER: 5 OF DIAMONDS

…no flush, but he still doubles up. BTW, we’re starting at Table 4.

Coren, a Swede, is virtually forced ALL IN on this next hand:

Coren: (QS)(9C)
Baker: (JS)(10C)

POT: 73,000
THE FLOP: (10S)(3C)(8H)

Baker has top pair while Coren has an inside straight draw.

TURN: KING OF HEARTS- DUD

She needs a Jack or a Queen to stay alive…

RIVER: JACK OF HEARTS

…and there’s a Jack to double her up!

At this point, an unknown has been eliminated in 31st place and also leaves with $40K.

Here’s the third aired hand:

Baker: DOUBLE QUEENS (Hearts & Spades)
Rollo: (AC)(10C)
Coren: (7D)(5C)

Coren & Justin Rollo are BOTH ALL IN.

POT: 738,500
THE FLOP: (2C)(KH)(5D)

Coren makes middle pair, but Baker still has the best hand.

TURN: 2 OF SPADES

If this river card is neither a 5 or an Ace, we will have a double elimination on this hand…

RIVER: 7 OF HEARTS

…Coren does make two pair, but it’s not good enough to avert the double knockout. That sends her and Rollo home with $40K apiece.

The antes are now at 2,000; the blinds are at 10,000/20,000. Early on at another table, Canadian Todd Sisley finishes in 28th and also gets a $40K check. Now for the next hand:

Baker: DOUBLE 10s (Diamonds & Hearts)
Dan Heimiller: (9C)(7S)

POT: 134,000
THE FLOP: (6D)(JD)(8D)

Baker has a diamond flush draw, while Heimiller has an open-ended straight draw. Both bet 60,000 apiece.

TURN: KING OF HEARTS- DUD

Heimiller bets 130,000 this time…and Baker folds, so Heimiller bluffs him out and wins the 384,000 pot.

Next to leave with $40K is the USA’s Brian Paris in 27th place.

Chen: (AC)(QS)
Heimiller: DOUBLE 3s (Hearts & Spades)

POT: 184,000
THE FLOP: (QC)(8H)(4H)

Benny Chen, a Canada native, doubles his Queens. Both check.

TURN: 9 OF SPADES- DUD

Both bet 95,000 apiece.

RIVER: 4 OF DIAMONDS

Both throw in another 130K a pop, giving Chen a total pot of 634,000. Next up:

Andrew Fitzpatrick: (JS)(10H)
Greim: (AD)(QH)

POT: 144,000
THE FLOP: (8H)(AS)(JH)

Greim makes the best possible pair while Fitzpatrick has twin Jacks. Both bet 70 grand.

TURN: QUEEN OF CLUBS

Fitzpatrick now has an inside straight draw while Greim has a great two pair. Following an 85K bet by Fitzpatrick, Greim goes ALL IN…and Fitzpatrick runs for cover, giving Greim a 767,000 pot. Next is three-way action:

Greim: (5C)(4C)
Paster: (KH)(QH)
Chen: (AD)(8H)

POT: 164,000
THE FLOP: (5H)(6H)(KS)

Instant heart flush draw for Paster (as well as top pair), while Greim makes bottom pair. Chen bets 85,000, Paster calls and Greim folds.

TURN: 9 OF DIAMONDS

Chen now has a gutshot straight draw as both check.

RIVER: 8 OF SPADES

Chen only has a pair of 8s, so Paster wins the 334,000 pot.

Hafiz Khan from the U.S. then blitzes the next hand for 44,000. We then make it back to the flop with the action from this next hand:

Chen: DOUBLE 6s (Clubs & Spades)
Heimiller: (AD)(4C)

POT: 154,000
THE FLOP: (2C)(9C)(5C)

Chen likes that flop, as he has a club flush draw right away. Heimiller has a wheel draw. Chen’s 67K bet is answered by a raise to 140K by Heimiller. Chen doesn’t like that raise, so he folds and gives the 361K pot to Heimiller. Now, for the top 8 chip count at this point:

1. Kevin Saul (USA): 2,785,000
2. Benny Spindler (Germany): 2,229,000
3. Benny Chen (Canada): 1,862,500
4. Dustin Dirksen (USA): 1.8 million
5. Alexandre Gomes (Brazil): 1,686,000
6. Dan Heimiller (USA): 1,458,000
7. David Baker (USA): 1.45 million
8. Jason Paster (USA): 1.15 million


Antonio Bueti is then sent packing with $40K after finishing 26th.

And now, for our last hand of the night, we’ll see how well you do in Khan’s shoes. His starting pair of cards are a 10 of Diamonds and an Ace of Hearts. Khan then raises to 55 grand; would you have done that? Playing against him in this hand as we go to the flop are Greim & Fitzpatrick.

POT: 199,000
THE FLOP: (QC)(7C)(JC)

We now have an Ace-high straight draw, but those three clubs might scare you a bit. Everybody checks.

TURN: 5 OF CLUBS

This is not looking good if you were Mr. Khan…and said player folds.

Greim: DOUBLE 4s (Clubs & Diamonds)
Fitzpatrick: (QS)(JS)

If you folded, you did the right thing. Fitzpatrick then takes a big chance by going ALL IN on a bluff…IT WORKS, as Greim throws away his flush! Fitzpatrick wins a 264K pot as a result.

This episode ends with a whimper for Canada’s Elizabeth Bennett-Martin, as she’s axed in 25th place, taking home $40K for her troubles.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

6/27/2009 Results

20Q:

Speed Round #1:

Category #1: COMPANY

1. Founded in 1977
2. Headquarters in Columbus
3. Makes more selling less
4. Mails 350 million cattalogues
5. "Miracle" product
6. Tyra Banks used to work there

Victoria's Secret is then answered correctly by Sergio, an insurance salesman.

Category #2: FAMOUS PERSON

1. Woman
2. Born in 1965
3. President Obama has read her books
4. Welfare mom writer

J.K. Rowling is then solved fairly quickly by Jean-Paul, a theme park ride operator.

Category #3: TV

1. First seen on NBC
2. "Gulliver's Travels"-based
3. Series spawned 11 movies
4. Star became a "Hooker"

We'll then beam up Becky (a grocery clerk) because she's able to correctly say "Star Trek".

Round 2 Category #1: ANIMAL

(Note: For this round, none of the contestant names are completely capitalized.)

1.
A: Tail?
B: Flies?

Sergio: Flies?- NO
Jean-Paul: Tail?- YES; CONTINUE

2.
A: Type of fish?

B: Legs?
Jean-Paul: Legs?- YES; CONTINUE

3.
A: Mammal?
B: Fangs?
Jean-Paul: Mammal?- NO
Becky: CONTINUE

4.
A: Eats its own?
B: Poisonous?
Becky: Poisonous- NO
Sergio: CONTINUE

5.
A: Claws?
B: Insect?
Sergio: Claws?- YES; CONTINUE

6.
A: Edible?
B: Lays eggs?
Sergio: Edible?- YES
Lays eggs?- YES; TAKES A STAB AT THE PUZZLE
PUZZLE GUESS: Turtle- INCORRECT

Jean-Paul: CONTINUE

7.
A: Shell?
B: Many colors?
Jean-Paul: Many colors?- YES; CONTINUE

8.
A: Weighs over 30 pounds?
B: Tentacles?
Jean-Paul: Weighs over 30 pounds?- YES; TRIES TO GUESS PUZZLE
PUZZLE GUESS: Lizard- NO

Becky: CONTINUE

9.
A: Lives out of water?
B: Red when boiled?
Becky: Red when boiled?- YES; TRIES TO SOLVE PUZZLE
PUZZLE GUESS: Lobster- WIN!


Speed Round #2:

Category #1: TOY

1. Die cast in 1968
2. 10,000 different models
3. One sold for $140,000
4. Gets pushed around by kids

Hot Wheels is solved by David, a loan officer.

Category #2: PLACE

1. Population of over nine million
2. Two Summer Olympics
3. Statue of Liberty
4. Jim Morrison buried there

I would've goofed with NYC, but Rock & Roll musician John does solve Paris.

Category #3: OBJECT

1. Weighs 8.5 pounds
2. First seen in 1929
3. Less than 60 are made each year
4. Susan Sarandon keeps one in her bathroom

Rebekah, a restaurant manager, ends this round with an Oscar.

Round 2 Category #2: TRANSPORTATION

1.
A: Weighs more than a Grizzly bear?
B: Seen 150 years ago?

David: Weighs more than a Grizzly?- YES; CONTINUE

2.
A: Costs more than a wedding?
B: Carries passengers?

David: Carries passengers?- YES; CONTINUE

3.
A: Noisier than a vacuum?
B: Has sails?
David: Noisier than a vacuum?- YES; CONTINUE

4.
A: Travels on tracks?
B: Travels on highway?
David: Travels on tracks?- OOPS
John: CONTINUE

5.
A: Has an engine?
B: Works under water?
John: Has an engine?- YES; CONTINUE

6.
A: Found in cities?
B: Seen in the sky?
John: Seen in the sky?- YES; CONTINUE

7.
A: Faster than 60 mph?
B: Da Vinci design?
John: Da Vinci design?- YES; CONTINUE

8.
A: Used by military?
B: Saved more then three million lives?
John: Used by military?- YES; CONTINUE

9.
A: Hovers?
B: Has wings?
John: Has wings? (audience groans)- STOPPER
REBEKAH TRIES TO SOLVE PUZZLE
Rebekah: Helicopter- WIN!

Sprint Round Category: CELEBRITY

Rebekah won the coin toss and will go second.

1. Singer
2. #34 on VH1's rock list
3. Has butterfly tattoo
4. TV singing debut at age 12
5. Also an actress
6. Miley Cyrus' godmother
7. "I Will Always Love You"
8. "Lots of $ To Look Cheap"

Becky solves Dolly Parton in eight clues. She made an obvious mistake on the seventh clue with Whitney Houston. Let's see how Rebekah did...











...she can't do it, so Becky is the winner!

MASTER PUZZLE:

Out of a choice of FOOD & DRINK and FICTIONAL CHARACTERS, since she's a grocery lady, she's obviously going with FOOD & DRINK.

1. In salad bar?- YES (Mr. Q down to 137 possibilities)
2. Larger than a baseball?- YES
3. Fruit?- YES (60 possibilities)
4. Invented?- NO
5. Red when ripe?- NO (27 possibilities)
6. Peel by hand?- NO
7. Bumpy skin?- YES (21 possibilities)

Becky has decided to ring in with a guess of pineapple. Some of the notable questions she didn't ask were if it's from Asia, it's usually sliced, whether it has Vitamin C, if it's good with butter or if it can be dried. Pineapple was #2 on Mr. Q's list at that point with a 33% accuracy; his top answer was cantaloupe. At this point, she either wins or loses on her own...











...SHE'S THE SECOND $20,000 WINNER OF THE SEASON!

The Money List: Charysse Harper & Mike Wending are back with two wins and $25,000 under their belts so far. Challenging them in tonight's first game are Darren Heyman and Barbara Stcherbatchee (who are both consultants).

Round 1: OSCAR-WINNING ACTRESSES FROM 1927-2008

Darren & Barbara are challenged to name 10 of the actresses.

1. Merryl Streep
2. Katharine Hepburn
3. Gwyneth Paltrow
4. Cher
5. Jodie Foster
6. Susan Sarandon
7. Barbara Streisand
8. Bette Davis
9. Hilary Swank
10. Elizabeth Taylor- WINS ROUND 1 (they almost said Judy Garland, which was a dud)

Round 2: PROPERTIES FOR SALE ON A MONOPOLY BOARD

Charysse & Mike have the tough task of naming 22 of these properties to stay in the game.

1. Short Line Railroad
2. Pennsylvania Railroad
3. Reading Railroad
4. B & O Railroad
5. Boardwalk
6. Park Place
7. Pennsylvania Ave.
8. Pacific Avenue
9. Marvin Gardens
10. Illinois Ave.
11. Indiana Ave.
12. New York Ave.
13. Tennessee Ave.
14. St. James Place
15. St. Charles Place
16. States Ave.
17. Water Works
18. Baltic Ave.
19. Vermont Ave.
20. Oriental Ave.
21. Connecticut Ave.
22. Mediterranean Ave.- TIES MATCH

The longest list completed so far!

Final Round: MEN WHO HAVE WALKED ON THE MOON

Darren & Barbara: Neil Armstrong
Charysse & Mike: Buzz Aldrin
Darren & Barbara: Alan Shepard, Jr.
Charysse & Mike: John Glenn

Darren & Barbara send Charysse & Mike home with last week's $25,000.

THE MONEY LIST: THE CHARACTERS AND FAMILY IN THE TV SERIES "Friends"

$5,000:
1. Monica Geller
2. Ross Geller
3. Joey Tribbiani

$10,000:
1. Rachel Green
2. Phoebe Buffay
3. Chandler Bing

They decide to bail out here.

Challenging them in Game 2 are Shannon Dardashti (who is a university administrator) & Young Dawkins (who is a banker and a student).

Round 1: ELTON JOHN'S BILLBOARD U.S. TOP 40 HITS (including collaborations), AS OF JUNE 2008

Darren & Barbara have got to name 13 of the songs.

1. "Rocket Man"
2. "Tiny Dancer"- INCORRECT ALREADY

Round 2: HOST CITIES OF THE SUMMER OLYMPICS, 1896-2008

Darren & Barbara now have to name 13 Summer Olympic host cities this time in order to continue the match.

1. Los Angeles
2. Atlanta
3. London
4. Barcelona
5. Paris
6. Athens
7. Berlin
8. Sydney
9. Seoul
10. Beijing
11. Moscow
12. Madrid- NEW CHAMPIONS

THIS WEEK'S $25,000 OODLES WINNER: Barbara Washington (Wendell, ID)

THE MONEY LIST: DUSTIN HOFFMAN MOVIES

$5,000:
1. "The Graduate"
2. "Meet the Fockers"
3. "Midnight Cowboy"

$10,000:
1. "Rain Man"
2. "Little Big Man"
3. "Hook"

They decide to stop with the ten grand and will return next time.

BrainRush:

Level 1: Kaitlin is our first contestant.

1. Which animal is known for building dams?
NO GUESS (A: Beaver)

2. How many positions are on a professional baseball field?
Guess: 11- INCORRECT (A: 9)

3. Is "Flavor of Love" a dating show or a cooking show?
Guess: Dating show- YOU BET ($25)

4. How many days are in the month of May?
Guess: 31- RIGHT ($50)

5. Is Hot Topic a TV show or a clothing store?
Guess: Clothing store- CORRECT ($75)


6. Is Gambit a superhero or a super villain?
Guess: Superhero- WRONG

7. Is quiche a perfume or a food?
Guess: Food- YOU BET ($100)

8. What precious metal is stored in Fort Knox?
NO GUESS (A: Gold)

Final question: T or B: Paul Blart is a move about the Clone Wars.
NO GUESS (A: Bogus)

Why she decides not to guess on a 50/50 question to end her turn is beyond me.

Our second player is Trevor.

1. How many positions are there on a basketball team?
Guess: 12- INCORRECT (A: 5)

2. Is Chris Rock a comedian or a singer?
Guess: Comedian- YOU BET ($25)

3. Is "The Human Torch" a superhero or a super villain?
Guess: Superhero- CORRECT ($50)

4. Who's older- Michael Phelps or Dustin Pedroia?
Guess: Michael Phelps- NO

5. What's the largest human organ?
Guess: Skin- YES INDEED ($75)

6. T or B: The number 4 has four letters.
Guess: True- RIGHT ($100)

7. Which planet is bigger- Mercury or Uranus?
Guess: Uranus- RIGHT AGAIN ($125)

8. T or B: Malia & Sasha are Barack Obama's daughers.
Guess: True- RIGHT AGAIN ($150)

Final question: How many suits are there in a deck of cards?
Guess: 4- RIGHT YET AGAIN ($175)

Hoping to at least beat $100 is our last contestant, Darnell. He's writes children's books.

1. Which professional hockey team is based in Los Angeles?
NO GUESS (A: Kings)

2. How many Hobbits are there in "The Fellowship of the Ring"?
Guess: 4- CORRECT ($25)

3. Is Andre 3000 a rocket ship or a musician?
Guess: Rocket ship- INCORRECT

4. Is "Blades of Glory" a movie or a TV show?
Guess: Movie- RIGHT ($50)

5. T or B: The band My Chemical Romance is from New Jersey.
NO GUESS (A: True)

6. How many points is a safety worth in a football game?
Guess: 6- NO (A: 2)

Final question: What ocean borders the East Coast of the U.S.?
NO GUESS AND ELIMINATED (A: Atlantic)

Level 2: This week's envelopes are red and orange. Kaitlin picks the orange one, which has a game called Represent. During her next ride, she will be told three words. She also must locate three large signs on the ground with images of familiar objects. Each word she remembers correctly and each image she guesses correctly are worth $50 apiece.

WORDS SHE NEEDS TO REMEMBER: Mohawk, headphones & chainsaw

She gets all three of these.

IMAGES: Key, peace sign & banana

She only misses the banana (she guessed tree for that), giving her $250 this round and a new total of $350.

Trevor gets to play the Regurgitator. He must get at least four of the six questions to win the game. The questions are about the LA Dodgers' 2009 home opener against the San Francisco Giants.

1. How many runs did the Dodgers score in the game?
Guess: 19- THAT'S TOO MUCH (A: 11)

2. Who did the Dodgers play?
Guess: San Francisco Giants- CORRECT ($225)

3. What is hitting a home run, a triple, a double and a single, all in one game?
NO GUESS, AND TIME'S UP (A: Hitting for the cycle)

LEVEL 3: The four categories we saw here last week are the same ones being used this week. Kaitlin picks Watch-Out. She is offered a funnel cake to eat for a $100 bonus...but she doesn't finish it in time, so that goes back in the host's pocket.

MOTOR MOUTH QUESTION: "American Idol" Top 10 finalists

1. Kelly Clarkson
2. Ruben Studdard
3. Clay Aiken
4. Diana Degarmo
5. Kellie Pickler

Those five are worth a total of...$750, giving her a total of $1,100! She then decides to risk half of it on the final question.

DOUBLE OR HALF QUESTION: What's the title of the sequel to the movie "Bruce Almighty"?

She...HAS NO IDEA. It was "Evan Almighty". But she still leaves with $550.

The Singing Bee: We start this week's Pick Four round with "Red Dirt Road" by Brooks & Dunn from 2003.

Previous line: "Where I wrecked my first car..."
Sunny: "...and where I went to school"
Sonya: "...I tore it all to pieces"

2. "Ready to Run" by The Dixie Chicks (1999)
Previous line: "All I'm ready to do is have some fun"
Randy: "Ready ready ready ready ready"
Jenny: "Starp talling talkin' bout"
John: "So let's go run a marathon"
Matt: "What's all this talk about love"

3. "Put Yourself In My Shoes" by Clint Black (1990)
Previous line: "And if I could only put myself in your shoes..."
Sunny: "...I'd walk right back to me"

4. "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen (1975)
Previous line: "Scaramouche Scaramouche..."
Randy: "...should I do the Fandango?"
Jenny: "...can I do the Fandango?"
John: "...will you do the Fandango?"

Here are our four finalists:

Sonya: A talented hula hooper
Matt (Lexington, KY)- Truck driver (he's wearing a good luck necklace made by Madison, one of his children)
Sunny (Rhinelander, WI)- "Star Wars" geek
John: Collects "Star Trek" memorabilia

Random Shuffle:

Sonya: "Daddy's Money" by Ricochet (1996)
Previous line: "A wild imagination, a college education"
Guess: "Add it all up, it's a deadly combination" (5)

Matt: "Days Go By" by Keith Urban (2004)
Previous line: "But somewhere in the race we run, we're coming undone...and days go by"
Guess: "I ____ feel 'em in like a hand..." (A: "I can feel 'em flyin' like a hand out the window in the wind")

Sunny: "Tush" by ZZ Top (1975)
Previous line: "I said..."
Guess: "...I'm just..." (A: "...Lord, take me downtown, I'm just lookin' for some tush")

John: "Should've Said No" by Taylor Swift (2006)
Previous line: "You shouldn't be begging for forgiveness at my feet"
Guess: "You might still should've said you..." (A: "You should've said no, baby, and you might still have me")

Singing With the Enemy: The teams are Sonya & Matt and Sunny & John.

Sonya & Matt's song: "Should've Been a Cowboy" by Toby Keith (1993)

CORRECT LYRICS:
Sonya: 1 (10)
Matt: 2 (10)

Sunny & John's song: "Five O' Clock Somehwere" by Alan Jackson & Jimmy Buffett (2003)

CORRECT LYRICS:
Sunny: 0
John: 1 (5)

Karaoke Challenge:

SUNNY:
Song: "Love Don't Live Here" by Lady Antebellum (2008)
CORRECT MISSING WORDS: 2
FINAL SCORE: 4- ELIMINATED

JOHN:
Song: "Ladies Love Country Boys" by Trace Adkins (2006)
CORRECT MISSING WORDS: 2
FINAL SCORE: 9- ELIMINATED

With that, Sonya & Matt automatically move on to the Chorus Showdown. But we must continue on with this round to see who will get the advantage in the next round.

SONYA:
Song: "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" by Tears For Fears (1985)
CORRECT MISSING WORDS: 10
FINAL SCORE: 30


MATT:
Song: "Mayberry" by Rascal Flatts (2002)
CORRECT MISSING WORDS: 6
FINAL SCORE: 22

Chorus Showdown: The first song is from 2006 by Sugarland. Sonya decides to try this one- "Everyday America". She is...unsuccessful. Matt also misses on the 2006 song "If You're Going Through Hell" by Rodney Atkins.

Sonya's second song this round is "Crazy" by Patsy Cline from 1961...she nails it! Matt must then get the chorus of the 1977 Kenny Rogers song "Lucille" to force Sudden Death...no, so Sonya wins!

THE FINAL COUNTDOWN:

1. "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems" by Kenny Chesney (2002)
Previous line: "Blues, what blues..."
Guess: "I forgot 'em"- CORRECT ($500)

2. "My Town" by Montgomery Gentry (2002)
Previous line: "Hey, where I was born..."
Guess: "...where I was raised"- RIGHT ($1,000)

3. "Celebration" by Kool & the Gang (1980)
Previous line: "So bring your good times..."
Guess: "...and your laughter too"- YOU BET ($1,500)

4. "Free and Easy (Down The Road I Go)" by Dierks Bentley (2006)
Previous line: "Free and Easy..."
Guess: "...down the road I go"- RIGHT AGAIN ($2,000)

5. "A Real Fine Place to Start" by Sara Evans (2005)
Previous line: "Spinnin' all night lovin' just who you are"
Guess: "Sparks fly in the dark"- STRIKE ONE (A: "Sparks flying in the dark")

6. "Something to Talk About" by Bonnie Raitt (1991)
Previous line: "Let's give 'em something to talk about"
Guess: "Talk about love"- STRIKE TWO (A: "How about love")

FINAL SONG: "The Night the Lights Went Out In Georgia" by Reba McEntire (1991)
Previous line: "That's the night the lights went out in Georgia"
Guess: "That's the night that they hung an innocent man"- WINS $10,000!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Michael Jackson note

A rerun of the Michael Jackson-themed performance episode from this past season of "American Idol" will air this Monday at 8 PM EST on FOX.

Source: The Futon Critic

Ratings notes

The last three episodes of NBC's "I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!" all got a 2.9 Fast Nielsen rating, with Tuesday's show getting a 6 share, one share point bigger than the other two.

"Superstars" didn't start out well, also getting a 2.9/5.

"America's Got Talent" had its lowest-rated season premiere yet, a 6.8/12.

"So You Think You Can Dance's" Wednesday performance episode posted a season-low 4.6/8, while the Thursday results show did even worse, a 4.2/7.

Source: The Futon Critic

6/26/2009 Results- POSSIBLE SHUTOUTS?

TPIR: Whether this is the last episode of the season, nobody knows. But we do know that today’s first four contestants are Meghan Deusner, Robert Tallent, Amanda Monteith and Bonnie Bernard. The first IUFB on this Friday, behind the splitting sign, is a Dean acoustic guitar being played by Allie Handel.

Meghan: $450
Robert: $475
Amanda: $502
Bonnie: $599

ARP: $1,069

Bonnie from Louisiana plays the Grand Game with a target price of $4.75; the groceries are CH Pure Cane Sugar, NesQuik milk, Gold Bond Powder, Ruffles, Aussie conditioner and CoverGirl Lash Blast.

NesQuik: $1.69 ($10)
Ruffles: $3.99 ($100)
Sugar: $1.29 ($1,000; that pick worried me)

Her last pick is the conditioner…but it’s $5.39 and she loses. This time, the Gold Bond Powder would’ve worked, since it was only $4.03. The mascara was $6.79. Fingers didn’t get the win she wanted to start off the show.


Trying to do better is Danielle Dunnigan and the second IUFB behind the rising sign is an etegaire (Gwendolyn).

Danielle: $700
Meghan: $600
Robert: $500
Amanda: $701

ARP: $800


Amanda doesn’t get the $500 bonus, but she will get to play One Away (Rachael) for a Honda Accord LX (Std., Sensors, Link, Mats)(Amber). The starting dud price:

$ 3 1 , 7 7 3

Her first guess:

$ 2 2 , 6 8 4

The Mighty Sound Effects Lady gives her…three honks. Does she change the middle digits?...

$ 2 0, 8 8 4

NO, so she blows the $22,864 car and a fairly easy victory.

(Notes: Neither of the special shots get used today. Also, quite a few French words and phrases get said in this segment.)

Next up is Craig Warren and the third IUFB is Tutto luggage (Amber & Rachael).

Craig: $450
Danielle: $525

Meghan: $550
Robert: $551

ARP: $565

That extra buck gives Robert, an infantry worker in the Army, the right to play Freeze Frame for a trip to Barcelona (Gwen). The best possible prices on today’s board are $4,115, $5,228, $8,541, $9,152 and $9,712. He freezes at $5,228…not enough. It was $8,541. But he does get to the Showcase with 90 cents (while the other two both spin a nickel and a quarter in their two spins, in that order).

Coming on down next is Fred Wiederkher and the fourth IUFB is a Butterfly ping-pong table (Butterfly representatives Scott and Atalya play on it at Door #3).

Fred: $695
Craig: $790
Danielle: $750

Meghan: BUCK

ARP: $640

Meghan completes the First Four Sweep (a right to left one, to be exact) and plays Easy As 1-2-3 for a Flexsteel recliner (Amber), a pair of headphones (Gwen) and a Stairmaster stepper (Rachael).

#1- Headphones
#2- Recliner
#3- Stepper

Prices:

Headphones: $700
Recliner: $1,320
Stepper: $2,579

First winner of the day!

Krista Roberts then comes on down and the next IUFB is laser tag equipment (Gwen at Door #3).

Krista: $450
Fred: $545
Craig: $350 (STAGE GARF)
Danielle: $250 (STAGE GARF)

ARP: $2,475


Fred plays Super Squeeze Play for a Honda Fit (Std., USB, Tray)(Rachael). Board:

150856

I hope he removes that goose egg…he does to win the $15,856 car!

The last player to exit the audience (after Rich gets his chance to appear in the call down box) is Elizabeth Martin and the final IUFB behind the GPT (where the day’s first three Pricing Games were held) is designer women’s swimwear (Amber).

Elizabeth: $550
Craig: $750
Danielle: $600

Krista: BUCK

ARP: $1,115

Craig, an Australian (from Sydney, to be exact), plays Bonus Game for a SpaBerry portable spa (Rachael) and a Cal Flame BBQ island (Gwen; both prizes behind Door #3), a prize package worth $10,230.

1. PA system
IS NOT: $250
PICK: HIGHER- $300

2. Web camera
IS NOT: $75
PICK: LOWER- $90

3. Oster rice cooker
IS NOT: $12
PICK: HIGHER- $19

4. R2-D2 aquarium
IS NOT: $150
PICK: LOWER- $130

I’ll bet you the BONUS is attached to the rice cooker…and it is for a perfect second half!

My lineup today:

1. Freeze Frame
2. Easy As 1-2-3
3. Squeeze Play
4. Grand Game
5. Bonus Game
6. One Away

SHOWCASE SHOWDOWN #2:
Meghan ($5,239): $.75
Craig ($11,794): Nickel + 85 = $.90
Fred ($18,331): 40 + 85 = OVER

Craig will now try to become the latest Australian to win the Showcase!

The first Showcase has a private tour of a millionaire’s home at Hearst Castle, a tour of Billboard House in Asheville, NC and the right to spend an entire week in your own waterfront mansion in sunny Miami. All prizes are modeled by Rachael at the audience screen.

CRAIG PASSES TO ROBERT; ROBERT BIDS $17,490 ON TRIPS SHOWCASE

MY BID FOR TRIPS SHOWCASE: $20,000

For Craig, we have an Aico dining room (Rachael at Door #3), some Rave Sports water inflatables and a Doughboy swimming pool (Gwen at Door #2) and a Yamaha Waverunner w/ a year’s supply of gasoline (Amber at Door #1).

CRAIG BIDS $24,999 ON ROOM/WATER SHOWCASE

MY BID FOR ROOM/WATER SHOWCASE: $20,500

ROBERT’S SHOWCASE:
BID: $17,490

ARP: $26,411
DIFFERENCE: $8,921

CRAIG’S SHOWCASE:

BID: $24,999
ARP: $23,732
OVER- LOSS

Robert wins $26,976 in prizes.


Folks, this has been an up and down season. The downsides include lots of games going winless (including Golden Road, Temptation and Punch-a-Bunch), lots of games either being retired or put on hiatus due to either budget or time constraints (including 3 Strikes and Dice Game), and a possible record number of Semi-Winless Shows/Winless Shows (10). On the other hand, we had as many Double Showcase Winners as Double Overbids (8), we had more money given away on the Big Wheel than ever (including four $26,000 winners), there was a new set, Pricing Game (Gas Money) and director (Rich DiPirro), and lest we forget...a memorable moment for the ages, good or bad, the SHOWCASE EXACTA by Terry Kneiss back on December 16th, 2008.

As we close this recap, I would like to tell you about another change next season- the Showcase podiums will be redesigned. Until we meet again at the Bob Barker Studio, see you next time!

Catch 21: We conclude the next-to-last week of the season with:

Lisa (L.A.)- Movie theater advertising seller
Vanessa (originally from Canyon City, CO)- Tap dancer and somebody who's trying to learn the Mandarin language
Cliff (originally from Kansas City)- Medical equipment seller

ROUND 1 BASE CARDS:

Lisa: JACK OF SPADES
Vanessa: QUEEN OF HEARTS
Cliff: 2 OF CLUBS

Vanessa's right on the night's first question to double up with a 10 of Spades and freeze at 20. After two more questions, we have:

Lisa: (JS)(6D) = 16 (100)
Cliff: (2C)(9S) = 11 (100)

Lisa passed the 9 on the second question to Cliff, which is a questionable move.

4. What American icon's crack has been on public display since 1846, 70 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence?

Cliff: Liberty Bell- CORRECT (200)

CARD: 5 OF HEARTS, WHICH HE HAS TO KEEP (16)

5. "Studs", "Love Connection" or "The Newlywed Game"- which of these game shows was always hosted by Chuck Woolery?

Lisa: "Love Connection"- YOU BET (200)

CARD: 10 OF CLUBS, WHICH BUSTS CLIFF

LISA:
6. 8 OF DIAMONDS; VANESSA WINS ROUND 1 (600)

ROUND 2 BASE CARDS (after Vanessa tap dances with Alfonso):

Lisa: 9 OF DIAMONDS
Vanessa: QUEEN OF SPADES
Cliff: KING OF SPADES

1. If you knew sushi like I know sushi, you'll know that it's usually made with raw fish and rice wrapped in what?

Lisa: Seaweed- CORRECT (300)

CARD: JACK OF DIAMONDS; KEEPS IT AND FREEZES AT 19

2. Fans might have shouted "Rock Me, Amadeus" when what Austrian piano prodigy began touring at the age of 7?

Vanessa: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart- YES INDEED (700)

CARD: 10 OF DIAMONDS; KEEPS IT AND FREEZES AT 20

CLIFF:
3. QUEEN OF CLUBS
FINAL CARD: 4 OF DIAMONDS- ELIMINATED

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND BASE CARDS:

Lisa: QUEEN OF DIAMONDS
Vanessa: ACE OF DIAMONDS


After three questions, we have:

Lisa: (QD)(4C)(5S) = 19
Vanessa: (AD)(2H) = 3 or 13

4. Online Dating Magazine says that women lie the most about what on their online profiles?

A: Height
B: Weight
C: Age

Lisa: Age- NO
Vanessa: Weight- YES INDEED

Anything but an Ace or a Deuce and Vanessa's won it.

CARD: ACE OF SPADES; KEEPS IT (4 or 14)

5. "Flintstones, Meet the Flintstones", who appear on the packaging of what popular product?

A: Pop Rocks
B: Fruity Pebbles
C: ???

Lisa: Pebbles- ACCEPTABLE

CARD: JACK OF HEARTS, WHICH IS PASSED TO VANESSA (14)

6. The four H's in the 4-H Clubs stand for Head, Heart, Hands and what?

Vanessa: Home- NO

Choices for Lisa:

A: Hope
B: Health
C: High heels

Lisa: Health- CORRECT; GOES ON

If this next card is a deuce or anything higher than a 7, she's stolen the game. If it's a 7, though, Vanessa has won.

CARD: ACE OF HEARTS; FREEZES AT 20

VANESSA:
7. 5 OF DIAMONDS (19)
8. ACE OF CLUBS (20)- LOSS (all the Aces are gone at this point)
FINAL CARD: 7 OF CLUBS

TRIPLE BLACKJACK: Two Power Chips in play for Lisa.

OPENING CARDS:

HAND #1: 6 OF SPADES
HAND #2: 6 OF HEARTS
HAND #3: 8 OF CLUBS


Does she even get on the board?...

HAND #1: (6S)(QS)(2S)
HAND #2: (6H)(9S)(9H) = GAME OVER
HAND #3: (8C)(7C)

...no, so we have our third WIPEOUT of the season. Let's see what the card lineup was:

1. QUEEN OF SPADES
2. 7 OF CLUBS
3. 8 OF DIAMONDS (CHANGED)
4. 9 OF DIAMONDS (CHANGED)
5. 2 OF SPADES
6. 9 OF SPADES
7. 9 OF HEARTS

She should've put the 7 and the 8 on one of the 6s to have at least doubled her money. If she had at least one more Power Chip, things might have worked out better for her.

Jeopardy!: Will Emily Heaney end the week by retaining her title? And will somebody finally get a FJ! clue right this week? We'll find out with these challengers:

Bryan Porter (Alexandria, VA)- Prosecutor
Tui Sutherland (Watertown, MS)- Children's book author

Friday's opening subjects:

IT'S ASTRONOMICAL!
ANIMAL WORDS

STATE UNIVERSITY ALUMNI
HISTORICAL HOME SHOPPING
FROM THE BRITISH MONARCHY'S WEBSITE
ROYAL MOVIES?


Porter goes Daily Double Hunting early on. Towards the first break, however, Sutherland finds the night's first Daily Double under the $800 From the British Monarchy's Website clue with $3,400; Porter has $1,800 and the champ has a grand. Her wager is $1,400 on this clue:

If you speak Welsh & want to read about this person, go to the CYMRAEG section & click on "TYWYSOG CYMRU".

"What is the Prince of Wales?"...correct for $4,800! Porter then closes out that category and the first half of this round by getting the $1,000 clue there to move to $2,800. At the end of the round, Sutherland has $7,200, Porter ghas $3,800 and the champ's now at $1,800.

ATTEMPTED LACH TRASH: $1,800
UNATTEMPTED LACH TRASH: NONE
TOTAL LACH TRASH: $1,800

DJ! Categories:

MY BOLOGNA
"I Lost on Jeopardy!" (each clue is about famous people who lost on this show)
LIKE A SURGEON
WHITE & NERDY
EAT IT
WEIRD "AL"

This is a Weird Al Yankovic-themed board to wrap up the week. Porter again goes Daily Double Hunting, but Sutherland again beats him to the punch on finding one of them under the $1,600 "AL" clue with $10,800, double Porter's total. Her wager this time is $3,000. The clue:

The Incas domesticated it & used its wool long before the Spanish Conquest.

"What is the Alpaca?"...correct to go to $13,800 and Lock Game Territory! As luck would have it, she ends up finding all three of them, with the last clue being under the $1,600 My Bologna clue. She's now at $20,600 while Porter has seven grand and the champ's score is now three times as big as it was to start this round ($5,400). Her last DD wager is...$1,000.

The airport in Bologna bears the name of this electrical engineer & inventor born near the city.

"Who is Garibaldi?"...incorrect. It was Marconi, making her new total $19,600.

ATTEMPTED LACH TRASH: $3,200
UNATTEMPTED LACH TRASH: NONE
TOTAL DJ! LACH TRASH: $3,200

(Notes: In the "I Lost on Jeopardy!" category, the $400 clue was about Ken Jennings. The $2,000 clue was about Bob Harris.)

Video Bonus: DJ! Round 6/26

SCORES AFTER DOUBLE JEOPARDY!:

Emily: $6,200
Tui: $23,600 (lock game)
Bryan: $9,800

CORYAT SCORES:

Emily: $6,200
Tui: $22,600
Bryan: $9,800

FJ! CATEGORY: 19th Century American Literature.

At the end of this novel, the title object "...ceased to be a stigma which attracted the world's scorn and bitterness".

The champ wrote down "What is The Scarlet Letter?"...FINALLY! She didn't risk a thing, though, and will leave with $3,200. Bryan Porter wrote down "What are 3 people who haven't been in my kitchen?"!!! LOL! He'll finish in second with $7,199. Tui Sutherland...is right, but she decides to stay at $23,600 tonight as she becomes the new champion.

Millionaire (season finale; this is the second year in a row the last week of the season might not have had anyone reach at least $25K):

Game 1
Game 2