21: We couldn't get a $25,000 winner during the four-day week last week. Maybe we'll get at one this week as soon as today with these contestants:
Lani ? (originally from Hilo, HI)- Works with children in the arts
Alex Kihano (originally from Freemont, CA)- A studio manager who formerly worked as an emergency room's intern (and he once passed out at the age of 21 while he was working)
Don Battle (originally from Detroit)- Former Air Force member
Round 1 Base Cards:
Lani: 4 OF DIAMONDS
Alex: 4 OF SPADES
Don: QUEEN OF SPADES
Maingame Bonus Prize: Santa Cruz
1. Proving he's necessarily not what people want, what controversial actor split from his Russian girlfriend earlier this year after becoming a dad for the eighth time?
Alex: Mel Gibson- CORRECT (100)
CARD: ACE OF HEARTS; KEEPS IT (5/15)
2. Talk about kissing & telling the world- it was the other woman, Rielle Hunter, who told Oprah about her steamy affair with what guy?
A: Jesse James
B: John Edwards
C: Ricky Martin
Don: John- CORRECT (100)
CARD: JACK OF SPADES; FREEZES AT 20
3. An unforgettable MTV Video Music Awards show went south last year when Kanye West interrupted which young country singer's acceptance speech for Best Female Video (which was won last night by Lady GaGa)?
Alex: Taylor Swift- RIGHT (200)
CARD: 10 OF CLUBS; PASSES TO LANI (14)
4. Near which part of Jennifer's "Grey's Anatomy" would you find her uvula?
Alex: Throat- RIGHT (300)
CARD: 8 OF CLUBS; BUSTS LANI
5. JACK OF DIAMONDS (15)
6. 2 OF DIAMONDS (17)
7. 5 OF HEARTS- DON WINS ROUND 1 (600)
Round 2 Base Cards:
Lani: 9 OF SPADES
Alex: 2 OF HEARTS
Don: ACE OF DIAMONDS
1. Though he couldn't "Moonwalk" on those sticky floors, Michael Jackson was in theaters in what documentary showcasing his rehearsals?
Lani: "This Is It"- CORRECT (100)
CARD: 9 OF DIAMONDS; PASSES TO ALEX (11)
2. If Thomas Jefferson went on "Extreme Home Makeover" back in the day, which estate would get redone?
C: Mount Vernon
Alex: Monticello- RIGHT (400)
If this next card is a 10 or face card, Lani's first move in the game will be declared a ZONK ANSWER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE and she will be out of the game.
CARD: 7 OF HEARTS; PASSES TO DON (8/18)
3. Speaking of offensive gods, what 40-year-old Minnesota Vikings quarterback led them to the 2009 NFL Playoffs after playing a while in Green Bay (and later in NY as a member of the Jets)?
Alex: Brett Favre- YOU BET (500)
CARD: KING OF SPADES- WINS TRIP AND ADVANCES TO CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND; LANI ZONKS OUT
Championship Round Base Cards:
Alex: 6 OF DIAMONDS
Don: JACK OF CLUBS
1. Secret, Chanel No. 5 or the Miracle Bra- which product used the classic slogan "Strong enough for a man, but made for a woman"?
Alex: Secret- RIGHT
CARD: 7 OF CLUBS; PASSES TO DON (17)
2. A few good women have been married to Tom Cruise, but which actress has NOT?
A: Nicole Kidman
B: Mimi Rogers
C: Brooke Shields
Alex: Brooke- RIGHT AGAIN
He needs at least a five for the win.
CARD: 2 OF CLUBS; KEEPS IT (8)
3. Can you tell me this? What highest mountain in Africa is located in Tanzania near the Kenya border?
Alex: Kilimanjaro- RIGHT AGAIN
CARD: ACE OF CLUBS; FREEZES AT 19
4. 3 OF HEARTS- WIN (20)
BLACKJACK BONANZA: Don receives three Power Chips unlike three of the past four champions did.
HAND #1: 5 OF DIAMONDS
HAND #2: 6 OF CLUBS
HAND #3: KING OF CLUBS
1. 8 OF HEARTS; PLACES IN HAND #1 (13)
2. 8 OF CLUBS; HAND #1 CLEARED ($1K)
3. 9 OF HEARTS; PLACES IN HAND #2 (15)
4. 7 OF DIAMONDS; CHANGES IT (two PCs left)
5. QUEEN OF HEARTS; CHANGES THAT ALSO (one PC left)
6. 7 OF SPADES; CHANGES THAT AS WELL (no PCs left)
7. 7 OF HEARTS, WHICH IS PLACED IN HAND #3 (17) AND STOPS WITH $2K
8. 10 OF SPADES
He did the best he possibly could have with that BRUTAL setup.
WoF: Season 28 is on, starting from The Venetian in Las Vegas just like last season! The first $1,000 Toss-Up category of the season is Song Title:
_ U C _ / _ E
A / _ _ D Y
Jonathan solves Frank Sinatra's "LUCK BE A LADY" for $1,000. And here are the first three contestants of the new season:
Jonathan Murphy (Carbondale, IL)- Works in sales/sports marketing at Southern Illinois University
Lynn Statham (Vermosa Beach, CA)- Flight attendant
Elizabeth Muto (Vegas)- A non-profit organization worker who was the 2004 Miss Nevada
$2,000 Toss-Up category is Thing:
W I N _ I N G
S _ I _ E
Elizabeth blanks out.
W I N N I N G
S M I _ E
Jon has that WINNING SMILE to move up to $3,000.
Eggland's Best Jackpot Round category is Phrase and out on the wheel now is an $8K Tri Marine Cuan Law boat ride to the U.S. Virgin Islands (and we see some of the category title graphics during this road trip accompanied by some red dice). He starts us off with a $600 S and buys three E's, then he calls three T's for the Ricardo Luggage gift tag, buys an I and calls two G's for another $1,000 before buying two U's, lighting up a $300 N and hitting Lose a Turn. Secondly, Lynn puts up two R's for $1,100, a $600 P and a J for the Wild Card, then after she calls two W's for another grand, we have...
W E ' R E / J U S T
G E T T I N G
W _ R _ E _ / U P
...WE'RE JUST GETTING WARMED UP, but she blows the solve with WE'RE JUST GETTING WIRED UP, costing her $2,700. Over to Elizabeth, who makes a $900 M and a $300 M appear before we see this...
W E ' R E / J U S T
G E T T I N G
W _ R M E D / U P
...and she solves this puzzle for $1,200.
SOLE LaT: Jonathan
SOLE DQ: Lynn (blown solve)
LEFT BEHIND IN JACKPOT: $9,250
It's Before & After Round time, and this puzzle has four words. Lynn starts her road to redemption with two R's for $1,100, a $500 N and she purchases three E's and two A's, followed by an I buy for free while on Free Play. She next calls an S at the end for the cruise, but she then becomes the first Bankrupt victim of the season next to the $3,500 wedge to lose the WC and $9,100 in cash & trip. Afterwards, Elizabeth calls a $500 D, a $400 H, a $900 T and we have...
D A I R _
_ _ E E N
_ _ / H E A R T S
...she solves DAIRY QUEEN OF HEARTS to tie the game at three grand apiece.
SOLE BANKRUPT: Lynn
IHOP Mystery/Prize Puzzle Round category is What Are You Doing? Elizabeth, the winner of the past two rounds, begins this one with two N's for the Million Dollar Wedge, a $300 G and the buying of four A's, followed by a $300 T and an E purchase. But she then spins LaT. Second, Jonathan lands on the Mystery Wedge in between $300 and $800 and calls two S's, then he flips it over...$10,000! Next comes three R's for $900 in spendable cash before he buys a couple of I's and gets his second LaT of the night. Lynn then puts up a $600 D, a trio of C's for another $900, a $1,000 B and a $300 L before trying to solve with this...
R I D I N G / A
C A B L E / C A R
A C R _ S S / T _ _ N
...she gets on the board with $2,800 and she will be RIDING A CABLE CAR ACROSS TOWN during her trip to the Radisson Fisherman's Wharf in S.F. (which includes two tickets to see "Beach Blanket Babylon") worth $5,560, for a total of $8,360 in cash and trip.
LaTs: 2 (Elizabeth, Jonathan)
FIRST SPIN ID OF THE SEASON: DH8500141 (Donna H. from South Dakota)
The last Toss-Up of the night is about Food & Drink:
_ _ _ I O C A
_ _ D _ _ _ G
Somebody won $25K off of this puzzle during the bonus round midway in Season 20 (on an episode where it ended in a tie), and Lynn solves TAPIOCA PUDDING as well to increase her leading total to $11,360 in cash and vacation.
Last Chance Round (which is my new title for the speed-up rounds) category is Show Biz and consonants are worth...the big one- $6K each! After she calls the N...
S _ _ S _ N
_ R _ _ _ _ R _
...she knows this is the SEASON PREMIERE for another 18 big ones and the championship with $29,360 in cash & S.F.! Everybody else gets three large apiece.
So far, $35,360 in cash and trip has been given away on the Season 28 premiere.
FIRST DUD OF THE SEASON: T (Elizabeth)
TONIGHT'S BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding the WC): $9,100 in cash & vacation
(Note: The speed-up round music has been updated.)
First Endgame of the Season: Remember, the minimum cash amount on the Bonus Wheel as of this season is $30K. And the first car up for grabs in Season 28 is a Chevrolet Camaro (courtesy of Henderson Chevrolet, and it's spinning on a turntable backwards during the intro, and forwards elsewhere!). Beginning this season, if a car's won, a $5K bonus will also be awarded (to help offset some of the expenses for it, including those taxes). Finally, through the remainder of this year, $2.5K will still be donated to Feeding America by Maxwell House for every bonus round win.
With all that being said, Lynn spins the E in GAME and the category is Event. Starting with:
_ _ _ T
E _ _ _ _ N _ E
(Note: The RSTLNE graphic comes up on a slot machine graphic during the Vegas road trip!)
I know it already. CDMA gives her...
_ _ _ T
E _ C _ A N _ E
...the closest she gets is FOOT EXCHANGE. That means she will NOT be taking part in a $30K GIFT EXCHANGE, but she does leave with $29,360 in cash and vacation.
Video Bonus: Nearly 15 worth of footage from the "Wheel" Season 28 premiere
Jeopardy!: Meg Miller's back after the summer vacation with two wins & $29,299 so far. The first challengers this season are:
Roger Craig (Newark, DE)- Graduate student of computer science
Scott Wells (L.A.)- Medievalist
(IMPORTANT NOTE: Scott was previously on the November 16, 2009 episode, but a questionable ruling was made during that time and he's back tonight as a result.)
Here are Season 27's first six categories:
AN OCEAN OF KNOWLEDGETHE WORLD SERIES MVP'S TEAMGOVERNMENT BY COMMITTEE
FOOD & DRINK
THE ONION DESCRIBES THE STATE
FEELS LIKE "FALL"
The first Triple Stumper of the season comes on the fourth clue of this episode, the $800 one in "Fall":
An unforseen difficulty, or a game show I hosted in the early '80s.
The correct response, of course, was "What is Pitfall?"; as it turns out, that's the only TS of this round.
While going Daily Double Hunting, Craig runs into the first one of the new season under the middle clue in An Ocean of Knowledge with $1,200; Miller has $1,400 and Wells' the early leader with $2,000. Right away, Craig makes it a TDD. For $2,400 and the lead or nothing, here is the clue:
The Sargasso Sea is named for Sargassum, a genus of brown this that is strewn in its water.
"What is seaweed?"...DOUBLE to $2,400! Algae was also acceptable. At the first break, he's got $2,800, while Wells has $1,600.
Scores After Opening Round (time runs out before we could get to the last three Food & Drink clues):
Roger: $9,200 (Lock Game Territory Alert)
BTW, coming this May is a new kind of tourney called the Teachers' Tournament. Whoever wins will get $100K and a berth in the Tournament of Champions. Assuming the Teen & College Tournaments are also held this season, I believe there will be NO ToC this season.
Double Jeopardy! Categories:
BILL CLINTON & THE CLINTON FOUNDATION (all of these clues will be read by Bill himself)
THE THINGS YOU SAY!
IN THE SKY
Craig's still going DDH, and he finds one of the round's two attached to the $2K Elemental Clue. He's NOT in LGT with $12,400, because he only leads Wells by $1,800. HE'S BETTING IT ALL AGAIN, FOLKS! If he makes it two for two on TDDs, he'll have $24,800 and be back in LGT. Otherwise, Wells will be in that position. Here's the clue this time:
Pd: A great place for live music.
"What is Palladium?"...YES FOR $24,800! He's still doing his DDH (as does the champion late in this round of play)...but Wells finds the last DD of the evening with the $1,600 In the Sky clue with $12,200; Miller's made it up to $6,800 and Craig's still leading big time with $33,600. The male challenger's wager on the following clue is...10 biggies. The answer is:
In 1939, this Russian took the first flight of a practical, single-rotor helicopter, and why not? He built the thing!
He pretty much BLANKS on this one by saying "Who is...Practicov?"; this will NOT be classified as a ZONK ANSWER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE. Correct: Who was Igor Sikorsky? And that ends the round, so with the last two clues in that subject and the last Clinton clue going unplayed, Roger Craig's the first champion of Season 27!
SOLE TS THIS ROUND: $2K (Movie Directors)
SCORES AFTER DOUBLE JEOPARDY!:
Roger: $33,600 (lock game!)
FIRST FJ! TOPIC OF THE SEASON: Musical Theater.
A Hollywood venue was renovated & renamed the Aquarius Theater to host this musical in 1968.
Response: "What is 'Hair'"?Wager: $200
Final score: $2,400 (he'll probably leave with a new total of $3K if you include the $2K from his first appearance)
Response: "What is 'Hair'"?
Final score: $6,800 (she leaves with $31,299)
Response: "What is Hair?"
Wins title with: $37K!
Millionaire (the new format begins):
Start of Game 2
If you'd like to see this in video form, though, here you go:
7: "Catch 21" & "Wheel of Fortune"