Sunday, February 28, 2010

Next Week in Game Shows: The first week of March 2010

The month of March starts out as follows:

-It's "Millionaire's" Netflix Million Dollar Movie Week!

-We find out the 10th season cast of "Dancing With the Stars"!

-Wink Martindale returns to TV with a new GSN series called "Instant Recall"!

-The new "Let's Make a Deal" celebrates 100 episodes!

Also, the semi-final round of "American Idol" continues, "The Biggest Loser" returns with two contestants being eliminated in one episode and possibly a lot more next week on GSK.

The Week in Review: February 22-28; February 2010 Player of the Month Standings

Player of the Week:
GOLD: Joanne Wotring (near-clean sweep performance with $59,150)("Wheel of Fortune")
SILVER: Tom Dwan (approximately $150,000)("High Stakes Poker")
BRONZE: Patrick Fackory ($56,800)("WOF")

Other Big Winners and Notables:
Travis Craven- $54,899 ("WOF")
Nina Weiss- $50,000 ("WWTBAM")
Greg Brown- $49,999 ("WOF")
Elaine Vos- $41,737 ("The Price is Right")

ZONK ANSWERS OF THE WEEK: Most of last Friday's Pricing Game setups on "The Price is Right" were fairly easy, but a great majority of them were not taken advantage of, espescially on One Away. Contestant Giovanni Funicello was playing for a Chevy Cobalt, with a starting price of $26,468. The only two really logical prices were $17,379 and $17,579. But Giovanni didn't even come close to winning, as both of the following guesses had two fives appearing back-to-back- $17,559 and $15,579. That cost him a $17,379 car, and after losing the second Showcase Showdown, he was sent home with only $521 worth of cosmetics.

FEBRUARY 2010 PLAYER OF THE MONTH: Nick Yozamp (2010 "Jeopardy!" College Champion)
RUNNERS-UP: Kathy Rose & Emil Gampe ("Launch My Line" Winners)
3RD PLACE: Amber Carter ($62,550 "TPIR" winner)

"High Stakes Poker" 2/28

OPENING CHIP COUNT:
1. Phil Ivey: $757,000
2. Tom Dwan: $460,700
3. Gus Hansen: $335,400
4. Dario Minieri: $249,900
5. Antonio Esfandiari: $211,000
6. Eli Elezra: $199,800
7. Daniel Negreanu: $186,200

1.

Elezra: (JC)(10D)
Minieri: DOUBLE FOURS (Clubs & Diamonds)
Hansen: (AC)(6C)
Ivey: (AD)(JD)

POT: $13,400
THE FLOP: (QD)(4C)(JH)

Great news for Minieri, who just flopped three fours; Elezra and Ivey both made middle pair and Hansen folds. After Elezra and Ivey bet $6,500 apiece, Minieri raises to $23,000, prompting Elezra to fold...as well as Ivey, giving Minieri the night's first pot worth $49,400.

2.

Minieri: (AC)(QC)
Dwan: (JS)(7S)

POT: $44,000
THE FLOP: (KH)(10D)(10C)

Minieri has made a top straight draw this time. Both players check.

TURN: 9 OF DIAMONDS

Dwan now has a double belly-buster straight draw, meaning an eight or a Queen will complete his straight. After gambling $31,800...Minieri folds, winning him a $75,800 pot!

30 Seconds With Kara Scott: The pros talk about their most memorable winning Poker sessions.

3.

Esfandiari: (8H)(3D)
Dwan: (KH)(9D)
Hansen: (JC)(5H)
Ivey: (6D)(4S)

POT: $4,600
THE FLOP: (JH)(QD)(JD)

Triple Jacks for Hansen, while Dwan has an inside straight draw and the other two are drawing dead already. Esfandiari wisely folds while Ivey stays on and bets $2,800 as well as the remaining two guys.

TURN: ACE OF CLUBS

That gives Hansen a top straight draw, but he might not need the straight because he's locked up the hand pending that he does not get bluffed out. Ivey's the only one that matches his $9,000 bet.

RIVER: ACE OF HEARTS- HANSEN FULL HOUSE!

With his final $22,200 bet, the pot Hansen has won is worth a total of $53,200!

Following the second commercial break, Jason Mercier takes over the leftover chair! After he gets settled, Dwan blitzes the fourth hand for $29,100 after a $19,200 raise.

5.

Hansen: (AS)(KH)
Ivey: DOUBLE EIGHTS (Clubs & Hearts)

POT: $14,000
THE FLOP: (5H)(JS)(JH)

Both wager $6,800.

TURN: 5 OF CLUBS

There is a slight chance we could have a split pot. Both bet $13,200 apiece this time.

RIVER: 7 OF SPADES- DUD

Ivey hangs on to win the $54K pot!

6.

Mercier: (AC)(JH)
Minieri: (AS)(JS)

POT: $34,800
THE FLOP: (JC)(QH)(10H)

We have a much better chance at a split pot with this hand, as both players have an Ace-high straight draw. Both check.

TURN: 3 OF CLUBS- DUD

Minieri bets $17,600 at this point...and Mercier calls.

RIVER: 2 OF CLUBS

They share in the $70K pot.

7.

Hansen: (AS)(3S)
Negreanu: (9D)(8D)
Ivey: (10D)(9S)
Elezra: (QS)(10H)

POT: $22,800
THE FLOP: (7D)(JD)(JH)

Both Ivey and Negreanu have inside straight draws, but Negreanu also has a diamond flush draw (if Ivey had not started out with the 10 of Diamonds, Negreanu would also have had a straight flush draw to work with). All four check.

TURN: 2 OF HEARTS- DUD

Hansen bets $18,800 here...and Negreanu's the only one to call him.

RIVER: 7 OF HEARTS- YET ANOTHER DUD

We have a double check, giving Hansen the $60,400 pot!

8.

Elezra: (KH)(8H)
Dwan: (AC)(6C)
Hansen: (6S)(4S)

POT: $14,600
THE FLOP: (KS)(9H)(3D)

Top pair goes to Elezra. Both he and Hansen bet $9,900 a pop.

TURN: 3 OF CLUBS- DUD

Elezra has this hand in the bag, pending there is no successful bluff by Hansen. Speaking of Hansen, he decides to throw another $25,500 into the pot...but Elezra calls him.

RIVER: ACE OF SPADES

If Dwan had stuck around, he might have very well won this round with Double Aces. As it is, Hansen tries one last time for a bluff win with a big bet of $62,200...BUT IT'S UNSUCCESSFUL. That means Elezra has snatched a $209,800 pot and Hansen has to endure being interviewed by Kara about that hand; he then takes at least a break.

NEW CHIP COUNT:
1. Phil: $808K
2. Tom: $547,700
3. Eli: $273,900
4. Dario: $249,500
5. Jason: $194,300
6. Antonio: $194,100
7. Daniel: $114,400

9.

Dwan: (4H)(2H)
Esfandiari: (10C)(8C)
Minieri: (9D)(7D)
Elezra: (AD)(9S)

POT: $13,400
THE FLOP: (2C)(5H)(3S)

Both Dwan and Elezra have wheel draws; Dwan also paired both his base cards. Quadruple check.

TURN: KING OF HEARTS

Add a heart flush draw to Dwan's current outlook for this hand. Despite that, we have another quadruple check.

RIVER: 5 OF CLUBS- DUD

Esfandiari throws in nine grand despite the fact that he's drawing dead along with Minieri (who has since folded). Elezra calls him...BUT DWAN DOES NOT AND FOLDS, meaning Elezra has bluffed his way to a $31,400 pot.

10.

Elezra: BLACK DEUCES
Esfandiari: (KD)(QD)
Negreanu: (KS)(8S)
Mercier: (KC)(10C)

POT: $27,000
THE FLOP: (5C)(7C)(8C)- MERCIER FLOPS THE NUTS!

This could be big trouble for Elezra, as he has a flush draw; Negreanu has made top pair. Following a $12K bet by Negreanu after folds by Elezra and Esfandiari, Mercier issues a raise to $29,200...and Negreanu waves the white flag, so Mercier has won his first pot on the show at $68,200!

FINAL HAND OF THE NIGHT:

Ivey: (8S)(8H)
Dwan: (QS)(QD)
Negreanu: (9D)(7D)

POT: $35,400
THE FLOP: (4S)(9H)(JD)

Everybody has a pair of something, with Dwan having the early lead. He bets $18,200 after that...Ivey folds, but Negreanu raises to an ALL IN wager of $88,400! Dwan answers by...calling! The last two cards will be ran twice, with a total pot of $212,200 on the line.

ROUND 1:

TURN: 2 OF HEARTS- NO GOOD
RIVER: JACK OF CLUBS- DWAN WINS FIRST ROUND


ROUND 2:

TURN: ACE OF CLUBS
RIVER: 9 OF CLUBS- SPLIT POT


Mr. Esfandiari has been SHUT OUT for the second week in a row.

"The Amazing Race XVI" 2/28

OPENING CLUE: Teams have to take a six-hour scenic tour bus ride through the Andes Mountains before arriving in Argentina. Once in Argentina, they have to drive themselves to an old saloon called El Boliche Viejo, where they have to win a hand of Five-Card Stud against a Travelocity Gnome before they can keep their gnome for the rest of this stage; this also has their second clue on the bottom of it.

$48 is given to each team for this stage of the race.

Early on this week, Brent Horne & Caite Upton are possibly suffering from dehydration, so they go to a hospital before beginning the leg in last place instead of third place.

Clue #2: Run to the Pena Gaucha for their third clue.

ROADBLOCK #3: At a gaucho festival, one team member is taught how to steer rope before trying to do so with a target 18 feet away, which has their fourth clue attached.

Naturally, since they're cowboys, Jet & Cord McCoy take over the lead after completing that task first.

Clue #4: Everybody next must drive to Puente Nirihuau, where their next clue awaits.

DETOUR #2: Horse Sense or Horse Power?

Horse Sense: They have to visit a gun slinger, who gives them a set of directional coordinates. Using an old-time compass for additional reference, they have to correctly follow the directions by counting out steps. Once they've reached their target, a bag of stolen money buried in the ground, they have to deliver it to a bandit at a train station. If the coordinates on the bag match the ones on their sheet of paper, they will receive their next clue in the form of a golden coin.

Horse Power: At a Polo field, teams need to score a goal in a game of Polo within nine mallet swings. If successful, their next clue will be awarded in the form of a silver trophy.

Sense: Carol & Brandy, Jordan & Jeff, Joe & Heidi, Dan & Jordan and Louie & Michael
Power: Jet & Cord, Steve & Allie, Brent & Caite and Monique & Shawne
SWITCHED TASKS: Joe & Heidi and Monique & Shawne

PIT STOP #3: Teams head to Estancia Fortin Chacabuco, where a third team will be eliminated.

The McCoys win their second straight stage! This time, they've won a 10-day trip to Patagonia, Argentina!

2. Steve & Allie

3. Carol & Brandy (second week in a row they've finished in this position)

4. Joe & Heidi

5. Jeff & Jordan

6. Dan & Jordan (it took them three tries to complete their Polo task)

7. Brent & Caite

That leaves Louie Stravato & Michael Naylor and Monique Pryor & Shawne Morgan in the Danger Zone; this is Louie & Michael's second time in a row here. Last week, Jody Kelly & Shannon Foster were eliminated after placing next-to-last on the season premiere. Has the same fate occurred for the detectives?...



























Louie & Michael
Monique & Shawne

...NO, so Monique & Shawne are OUT thanks to their Polo problems.

(Note: During the intro of this episode, host Phil Keoghan acknowledged the earthquake in Chile that occurred the previous day.)

Friday, February 26, 2010

CBS Daytime GS milestone episode notes

-As you may know by now, this Wednesday's episode of "Let's Make a Deal" will be the 100th aired episode! To help celebrate, one deal that day will be called The Dealie Awards, where some traders will be given an award for their costumes with something attached to it that they can keep or trade for something else. However, Monty Hall is NOT expected to appear on this episode.

-On March 10, Drew Carey's 500th daytime episode of "The Price is Right" will air! Every contestant that makes it on stage will automatically win $500 in addition to their IUFB prize; should they make a Perfect Bid, that $500 will become a grand.

Various sources contributed to this report.

"Last Comic Standing" to be revived

NBC's "Last Comic Standing" will return after a two-year sabbatical this summer. This time, the show will be hosted by Craig Robinson of "The Office". Previous hosts have been Jay Mohr, Anthony Clark & Bill Bellamy.

In the most recent season back in 2007, Iliza Shlesinger become the show's first-ever female champion.

Source: The Futon Critic

2/26/2010 Results

LMAD: We start the Friday show by heading into the show's newspaper department. The first one goes to Jerrell, and it is "Trader Flies High With the Big Box!". He's offered $500 and $800 to sell the big box back, but he does not...as a result, he ends up with the world's biggest paper airplane. Janet (dressed as a Hawaiian) has the second one, which is "Scientists Baffled! Curtain #1 Runs Both Hot and Cold!". For as much as a grand, she goes with the curtain...and she has won a stainless-steel range and refridgerator worth $4,648! Finally, Anya (dressed as a penguin) is shown the headline "Trendsetters Make a Splah Behind Curtain #2!". She says that she wants to win a car, but I highly doubt that clue will lead to one. But she keeps the middle curtain anyway instead of selling it out for a C-note...and she's won a spa with a professional home spa experience and some towels, all worth $7,977!

Second, a houseboat cruise through Lake Powell, AZ from Forever Resorts worth $7,994 is up for grabs as Jacqueline (who's wearing a red bow on her head and a gold jacket as part of her snazzy outfit) and Scott (who's wearing Bingo pajamas) pick from three small boats on the blue small box's tray (Jonathan). At least one of them has the houseboat trip on the bottom:

Jacqueline: #2
Scott: #1

Jacqueline goes for the houseboat trip. If she had gone with Curtain #2 instead, she would have won a $1,500 40" LCD HDTV...but she's won the right to go on the houseboat! Scott then stops with the HDTV that Jacqueline didn't take a moment ago...and it's a good thing he did- Boat #2 was the only winning one in this deal! PERFECT DEAL!

Our next trader is Terrance (dressed as a chocolate moose; a big cardboard chocolate bar is part of his outfit). Inside the green small box is nothing but $20 bills. To win all of that money, he needs to guess the total amount within $300, high or low. He can either try for the box of money, take a flat $800 or go with Curtain #1. Terrance tries his luck with the curtain furthest to the left. Had he made a guess, he would've said $2,500...and he would've won $2,340; instead, he has to settle for a bunch of plastic bottles. But Wayne Brady does give him $100 as a consolation prize just before he helps him do the contestant call plugs.

The next three to make a deal are Stacey (dressed as a flamingo; she's celebrating a birthday today), Burnis and Irene (dressed as a cowgirl). Stacey has the first choice of either the cash inside the bronze envelope or what's inside the blue small box (Jonathan). She goes with the money...but there's only $150 inside the envelope for her. As for Burnis, because she made the wrong choice, he gets...a Michael Green & Co. white gold diamond ring worth $2,426. He now gets to pick from the silver envelope or the big box. Burnis takes Envelope #2...he didn't do much better with it, because there's a $200 check in there, giving him a total of $2,626 in cash and jewelry. Irene's potential winnings starts out with...a home fitness center worth $3,710. She can keep that and add the check inside the golden envelope to her total, or she can give both items back for Curtain #1's contents. She rejects the curtain...good for her- she would have won a trash can and the same plastic bottles Terrance ZONKED OUT with earlier! The golden envelope's check is worth...a grand, for a total of $4,710!

Tic-Tic-Deal is the game for Linda (dressed as a nurse), and she will win (and possibly later sell) a 2010 Toyota Corolla worth $16,200 (Curtain #1) if she makes a TTD. The four silver envelopes that she picks are #3, #5, #7 & #1.

1. #3- X
2. #1- WILD; MAKES IT ANOTHER X

We start out the Sure Thing Jackpot with a contemporary bedroom worth $4,397 (Curtain #3). She goes on at least one more round.

3. #5- O

At this point, $500 is added to the STJ, followed by another $200, another pair of Benjamins, yet another $200 and then an additional $500, for a final pot total of $5,997 if she wants all that moolah and the furniture. But she's going all the way...

FINAL ENVELOPE: #7- X

...and she wins! PERFECT DEAL #2!

THE BIG DEAL: The contestant who will be going for the last Big Deal of the week worth $23,460 is...Irene; I'm very surprised Anya did NOT go for it. Irene selects Door #3. If the first revealed door of Door #2 has the small deal, we will have a BIG DEAL SHUTOUT. The middle door had a living room that included a 58" plasma screen HDTV and a TiVo HD DVR, all worth a total of...















...$5,692, so she's still alive. If the Bank Vault is NOT behind her Door #3, she has become a hero...





























...BUT IT IS, so she trades down to $1,324 and we have our first BIG DEAL SHUTOUT in over a month. That costs her a 2010 Dodge Challenger SE. I hope that means we'll have at least one $30K+ Big Deal of the Day next week as a result.

TPIR: Filling out Contestant's Row first are Kerri Denies, Dolores Taitano, Doyle Burom and Derrick Dickens. The Mizerak pool table is the first IUFB (Amber & Rachel behind Door #3).

Derrick: $1,900
Doyle: $1,685
Dolores: $2,200
Kerri: $1,500

All have overbid.

Derrick: $1,150
Doyle: $1,175
Dolores: $1,250
Kerri: $1,251


ARP: You guessed it- $1,400

Kerri from somwhere in the East Coast plays Card Game for the Toyota Tacoma (Fairly loaded)(Lanisha at Door #2). Her range is $1,000; as of this playing, the $15,000 starting bid is lit up even before a range card is drawn.

1. 4 OF CLUBS ($15,400)
2. 10 OF SPADES ($16,400)
3. 7 OF DIAMONDS ($17,100)
4. 4 OF SPADES ($17,500)
5. 5 OF SPADES ($18,000); STOPS- PAINFUL LOSS

ARP: $19,378; she needed at least a nine on her last card draw or a bigger range card at the start. And that's unfortunate, because I thought she was cute.

(Note: Immediately after the loss, Door #2 was closed. No word yet on whether this change is going to be permanent.)

Giovanni Funiciello then gets the green podium and the second IUFB is the DirecTV To Go! system with a one-year subscription (Amber & Lanisha).

Giovanni: $1,300
Derrick: $1,301
Doyle: $1,495
Delores: $1,401

ARP: $1,359

Derrick plays Cliff Hangers for a Beachcomber Hot Tub and a Sunlighten infrared sauna (Rachel at Door #3), a prize package worth $7,994. The three SPs modeled by Lanisha are a bamboo steamer, a photo box and a thermal carafe. His steamer guess is $20...it's only $15. His bid for the photo box is $25...$30. That gives him a $15 range for the carafe. Unfortunately, he then gets the beeper for going down to $17, when it was actually $40.

DQ: Giving a bid for the third SP that's lower than the ARP of the second SP

Elaine Vos is next to get out of the audience and the third IUFB is a gas range (Rachel at the turntable).

Elaine: $800
Doyle: $1,025
Delores: $1,500
Giovanni: $1,501

ARP: $1,449

Doyle plays Freeze Frame for a pair of Honda Rebel motorcycles (Amber at Door #3). The best- looking prices are $4,538, $6,350, $7,998 and $9,812...but he freezes at $8,945 instead, so we have our second straight DISQUALIFICATION. ARP: $7,998.

DQ: Pair of prizes rule violation

SHOWCASE SHOWDOWN #1:
Kerri ($1,400): $.80
Derrick ($1,404): 55 + Dime = $.65
Doyle ($1,449): 70 + 60 = OVER

Kerri advances to the Showcase.

Trying to stop a First Four Sweep right now is Geretha Armour and IUFB #4 is a pair of surfboards and wetsuits (Amber behind GPT).

Geretha: $1,200
Delores: $1,800
Giovanni: $1,495
Elaine: $1,500


ARP: $1,544

Elaine plays the Grocery Game (Rachel) for haircuts for a year, massages for a year, manicures/pedicures for a year and a $1,500 American Apparel gift certificate, all worth $6,520 (Lanisha at Door #2). The groceries in play are Northland juice, Gold Bond Ultimate Hand Sanitizer, Gorton's Roasted Garlic & Butter Grilled Tilapia, IcyHot patches and Sunsweet Ones.

1. 2 Patches: $6.99 X 2 = $13.98 (if she had bought one more of these, she would've scored an instant win)
2. 2 Juices: $3.39 X 2 = $6.78 (WIN AT $20.76!)

The next participant is Cedric Tucker and the next-to-last IUFB is a wine preservation system (Lanisha behind splitting sign).

Cedric: $1,375
Geretha: $1,200
Dolores: $1,250
Giovanni: $895

ARP: $1,650

Cedric plays One Wrong Price for some dumbbells marked at $1,175 (Rachel), two Marc Jacobs purses marked at $1,695 and an Aico dinette marked at $3,479. He needs to pick the purses...but he chooses the dumbbells instead. Believe it or not, the purses only cost $936.

DQ: Another pair of prizes rule violation

The last persont to hear the magic words is Thomas Levino and the last IUFB of February is a selection of Lise Watier cosmetics (Rachel inside the clam). Dolores has been here the whole show.

Thomas: $375 (STAGE GARF)
Geretha: $350 (STAGE GARF)
Dolores: $400 (SUICIDE BID)
Giovanni: $401

IMMEDIATELY SENT TO THE CLUBHOUSE: Dolores

After Giovanni wins $521 worth of beauty stuff, he plays One Away for the Chevrolet Cobalt (Std., Prot, Pedals, Mats)(Amber at Door #3). Board (Lanisha):

$ 2 6 , 4 6 8

He TOTALLY BOMBS this setup with his guesses of $17,559 and $15,579. Ugh; those are ZONK ANSWER OF THE WEEK NOMINEES. ARP: $17,379.

DQs: 2 (repeating back-to-back digits both times)

My lineup today:

1. One Wrong Price
2. One Away
3. Grocery Game
4. Cliff Hangers
5. Freeze Frame
6. Card Game

SHOWCASE SHOWDOWN #2:
Giovanni ($521): $.55
Cedric ($1,650): 15 + 90 = OVER BY A NICKEL
Elaine ($8,064): $.55

BATTLE OF THE SEXES SPIN-OFF:
Giovanni: $.45
Elaine: $.85

Elaine has made it to the Showcase today!

You could begin your winning Showcase in Key West, FL (Amber; includes a six-hour 38" cigarette boat ride). Second, fly to Cancun (Amber; includes five hours of speedboat riding). Finally, after you're done riding the boats in the first two locales, take home your own red Maxum ski boat (Lanisha at Door #2).

ELAINE PASSES TO KERRI; KERRI BIDS 29 GRAND ON TRIPS/BOAT SHOWCASE- POSSIBLE STAGE GARF

MY BID FOR TRIPS/BOAT SHOWCASE: $34,299

Elaine gets a wine lover's Showcase. First, you could be putting all of your collected wines in this modular wine wall (Rachel at Door #1). Second, any wine aficinado would enjoy a trip to the home of California Wine Country, Napa Valley (Amber at Door #4; includes a luxury train ride through the area). Finally, don't get drunk too much before you get inside your Ford Mustang Convertible (Std., AT, Security)(Rachel at Door #3)!

ELAINE BIDS $29,542 ON TRIP/CAR SHOWCASE- POSSIBLE STAGE GARF #2

MY BID FOR TRIP/CAR SHOWCASE: $34,899

KERRI'S SHOWCASE:
BID: $29,000
ARP: $38,567
DIFFERENCE: $9,567


ELAINE'S SHOWCASE:
BID: $29,542
ARP: $33,673
DIFFERENCE: $4,131- WIN!

Elaine deservingly takes home today's title and $41,737 in prizes!

DOND: #1 Raymond Baxter wrapped up the week by giving back his case for Pablo's #13; I think that's the first (and possibly only) time ever every chosen contestant has switched their original case. BTW, this is the last episode before this show's Spring Break.

ROUND 1:
1. #10 (Patty)- $250,000
2. #21 (April)- PENNY
3. #19 (Kelly)- $100,000
4. #5 (Cathy)- $25
5. #22 (Kyle)- $7,500

OPENING OFFER: NINE BUCKS- NO DEAL

ROUND 2:
1. #8 (Ron)- $400
2. #18 (Anthony)- $75,000 (DANGER ZONE ENFORCED ALREADY)
3. #11 (Lisa)- $50,000 (STRIKE ONE)
4. #16 (Sid)- $10,000
5. #6 (Allyson)- $300

SECOND OFFER: 1,000 TIMES THE FIRST OFFER- NO DEAL

ROUND 3:
1. #20 (Pasquale)- $500,000 (GIANT STRIKE TWO)
2. #3 (Sharline)- $500
3. #7- BUCK
4. #17 (Tim)- $200

THIRD OFFER: 1/3 THE SECOND OFFER- NO DEAL

ROUND 4:
1. #15 (Jackie)- $1,000
2. #1 (Pablo)- $50

FOURTH OFFER: $4,000- NO DEAL

ROUND 5:
1. #2 (Oscar)- $100
2. #4 (Kate)- $2,500

FIFTH OFFER: $6,500- NO DEAL

19th PICK: #9 (Cesar)- $10

SIXTH OFFER: $8,500- NO DEAL

20th PICK: #12 (Jamielynn)- $5 (LEFT SIDE CLEARED!)

FINAL OFFER: $13,000- DEAL

Did Mike's final case have the 25 grand...yup.

WOF: Wrapping up a good week here, Friday's opening Toss-Up category is Phrase:

_ _ _ _ _ _ / T _ A N

E _ E R

This puzzle might have also fallen under Rhyme Time; in any event, Joanne's feeling BETTER THAN EVER, because she just won $1,000. Here are this week's final three players:

Joanne Wotring (Alexandria, VA!)- Registered nurse at Mount Vernon Hospital; she's also a Washington Capitals fan
Allen Gannett (Homedale, NJ)- George Washington University sophomore majoring in Political Science; also does some non-profit photography
Jessica Worthy (Huntington Beach, CA)- Instructional aid

A Living Thing is the $2,000 Toss-Up's identity:

B L _ _

_ G _ A _ A

Jessica is a letter short with BLUE ALGAE.

B L _ _

_ G _ A N A

Joanne steals BLUE IGUANA for a tripler.

Campbell's Jackpot Round category is Before & After and the last $7,500 trip of the week is to the Sandals Whitehouse European Village & Spa in Jamaica. The Virginia lady starts off on a bad note with a dud of N. Secondly, Allen gets an immediate Bankrupt. Third, Jessica calls three R's while on Jackpot for $1,500 (obviously, she does not solve for a $5,900 Jackpot) but she buys a dud vowel of E immediately afterwards. Back to Joanne, who calls two T's for $1,800 but she then gets zapped for repeating the E. On his second turn, Allen hits the left Bankrupt of the Million Dollar Wedge. Jessica next lights up a $500 S and purchases two of both the A's and the O's, but she then lands on the regular Bankrupt to lose $1,250. Joanne's back in control with a B call for the trip and we have...

B _ R T _ _ A _

S _ _ T

O _ / A R _ O R

...she solves BIRTHDAY SUIT OF ARMOR for another $9,050 in cash and trip, giving her a new total of $12,050!

DUDS: E (Jessica), $400 N (Joanne)
BANKRUPTS: 3 (2 by Allen, Jessica)
DQ: Joanne (E repeat)
LEFT BEHIND IN JACKPOT: $7,300

Prize Puzzle Round category is What Are You Doing? Allen finally gets away from the Bankrupts in order to call two N's for $900 and a $450 G before buying four I's and calling an R for the Wild Card. After that, he purchases three A's, lights up two T's for another $600 and a $300 K, followed by a $450 D and three P's for another $1,050. The board now...

T A K I N G / A

D I P / I N / _ _

P R I _ A T _ / P _ _ _

...he will NOT be TAKING A DIP IN MY PRIVATE POOL (because my house doesn't have one), but he does win $3,250 and a $10,500 vacation to the Sandals Grand St. Lucian Spa & Beach Resort, putting him on the board with $13,750 in cash and trip; he's now in the lead.

PERFECT ROUND

TONIGHT'S SPIN ID: SC07022 (Sylvia C. from Florida)

Meineke Mystery Round topic is Rock On!, and it's a big-sized puzzle. Up first is Jessica with four T's for $1,200, the buying of a quartet of E's, three H's for another $1,650 and the purchase of a trio of I's. Then, she calls a pair of N's for the Pier 1 Imports gift tag, buys a couple A's, but she then Bankrupts for the second time tonight to give back the gift certificate and $2,100. Joanne's second in line with two L's for $900, triple S's for another $10,500 and she buys the remaining vowels of U and O before putting up two B's for an additional $1,100, a $500 W, a $500 K while on Free Play and we now have showing...

L U _ _ / I N / T H E

S K _ / W I T H

_ I A _ O N _ S / B _

T H E / B E A T L E S

...she solves "LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS" BY THE BEATLES for $13,000 more, giving her the lead back with $25,050 in cash and trip!

BANKRUPT: Jessica

$3K Toss-Up subject is Proper Name:

C H _ _ _ _ _ _ N

S L _ _ _ _

Joanne is right again with CHRISTIAN SLATER to move up to $28,050 in cash and vacation!

Next on the docket is a Title. Joanne first calls a $400 T and four S's to quadruple before we go to Speed-Up Mode...

S _ _ S _ / _ _ _

S _ _ S _ _ _ _ _ T _

...and the remaining consonants pay off at $1,500 each. After she calls a trio of N's...

S _ N S _ / _ N _

S _ N S _ _ _ _ _ T _

...she has the SENSE AND SENSIBILITY to win an extra $6,100, giving her a final, big-winning maingame haul of $34,150 in cash and Jamaica!! Allen leaves with $13,750 in cash and St. Lucia despite his Wild Card being left unused and Jessica gets the $1,000 consolation.

So far, $48,900 in cash and voyages has been given away tonight!

PERFECT ROUND

TONIGHT'S BANKRUPT TRASH: $4,350 in cash and gift tag

(Note: Just before Joanne called the N's in the last maingame round, Pat inadvertantly started the Speed-Up action with Allen because his podium's cursors were mistakenly blinking instead of Joanne's and he called an R; obviously, this didn't affect the final outcome.)

Maxwell House Big Money Round: I'm really pulling for Joanne Wotring to make it four endgame wins in a row to end the week (but not Jessica Stringeri) and cause the Feeding America Bonus Round Charity Bank to hit five figures. She spins the N in SPIN and the category is Thing. Starting with:

S _ R _ _

_ _ _ N T

She calls P, H, B and A and gets...

S P R A _

P A _ N T

...did Stringeri just cost us a PERFECT ROUND WEEK?...

























...YES. Darn. On the bright side, Wotring solves SPRAY PAINT for the 50th endgame win of the season and just won another $25K for a final total of $59,150 in cash and Jamaica! You were GREAT, my dear!!!

To conclude this week, Pat Sajak tells us that Vanna White broke her right pinky toe for the third time at home. Also, this week, excluding the $10K in charity money, we have given away a grand total of $301,448 in cash and prizes!!!

Jeopardy!: Ben Auer dominated last night's game, but didn't win that much money. Maybe he'll clean up tonight against:

Kori Tyler (Cordova, TN)- High school History teacher
Ashok Bhaskar (originally from Auburn, PA)- College student

(IMPORTANT NOTE: Tyler became a champion on January 8, 2009 and left with $22K the following night, but the judges made a questionable call during FJ! on her other appearance when they did NOT accept her response of "What is Z?" for "What are the Zulu?", which ended up costing her a second victory. Because of that, she has been brought back for tonight's show.)

The first six categories this Friday are:

YEAR ONE
PRESIDENTIAL LAST NAMES
THEY LIVED PAST 100
THE COUNTRY AS DESCRIBED BY THE ONION
STUCK
IN THE MIDDLE WITH "U" (each correct response has the U in the middle of the word)

Bhaskar doesn't waste too much time going Daily Double Hunting. However, at halftime, Auer's deep in Lock Game Territory at this stage of the game for the second night in a row with $5,800; both of the evening's challengers have $1,200 apiece. Auer adds a grand to his score by the time he finds the first Daily Double under the $1,000 Stuck clue; Tyler's also added a C-note to her total. His wager is two grand for this clue:

A frustrated driver stuck in snow does this three-word phrase; it means to expend effort with no result.

"What is bend one's tires?"...NOT ACCEPTABLE. The exact phrase was "spin your wheels", so he goes back to $4,800. He's NOT in LGT at the end of the round with $8,200, because Tyler now has $4,600; Bhaskar only has $200 left in his bank.

LACH TRASH (all unattempted): $800

DJ! Categories:

20th CENTURY FICTION
THE 2009 TONY AWARDS
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
THE QUOTA SYSTEM
THE ANIMAL KINGDOM
NOT YOUR EVERYDAY WORDS

Bhaskar's still going DD Hunting...and this time, he finds a DD with the $1,600 clue on The Animal Kingdom! He currently has $2,200, but he's got a long way to go before he can catch up to Auer, who's back in LGT with $11,400. For a True Daily Double, here's the clue:

Also known as St. Hubert's Hound, this dog's more familiar name comes from its purebred ancestry.

"What is a Bassett Hound?"...NO. It was the Bloodhound, so he'll have to start from scratch again. He tries to do so by using the High School Strategy. Tyler uses it a little later...and she unravels the last DD just before this round concludes attached to the middle Intellectual Property clue! She's barely back in the game with $7,800; Auer has 15 grand and Bhaskar's down to four Benjamins. She bets...five big ones. If she misses this clue, it's all over:

In 1935, he bought a house at 112 Mercer Street in Princeton, NJ.

"Who is...Einstein?"...RIGHT to stay in the match with $12,800! Left behind were the last two 20th Century Fiction clues, the $800 Not Your Everyday clue and the $1,200 clue on The Quota System.

ATTEMPTED LACH TRASH: $3,600
UNATTEMPTED LACH TRASH: $4,800
TOTAL DJ! LACH TRASH: $8,400

SCORES AFTER DOUBLE JEOPARDY!:

Ben: $15,000
Ashok: $400- MATHEMATICALLY ELIMINATED
Kori: $12,800

CORYAT SCORES:

Ben: $17,000
Ashok: $2,600
Kori: $9,000

Tonight's final features both the 4/5 wagering situation and the weaker version of Shore's Conjecture.

FJ! CATEGORY: Landmarks.

Begun in 1774, it was finally stablized in May 2008, after more than 700 years of slow movement.

ASHOK:
Response: "What is the Leaning Tower of Pisa?"
Wager: $266
Final score: $666 (he leaves with $1K)

Alex Trebek thinks everybody on tonight's panel should have gotten this clue right...well, Kori Tyler did also for $10K more (her suggested wagering range was $4,401-$8,400) and a final score of $22,800, as well as Ben Auer, so with a wager of $10,608 (he either could have used the Shortegic wager of $9,801 or betted anywhere from $10,601-$14,199), he's the one who's won a second game with $25,608! That makes his new total $36,810; Tyler leaves with a final total of $24K.

The Singing Bee: Tonight is Episode 209; next week will be Episode 210.

(Note: In later-taped episodes like this one, when Melissa Peterman's graphic appears and drops back down, a whooshing sound effect is heard.)

Pick Four:

1. "All My Friends Say" by Luke Bryan (2007)
Previous line: "All my friends say I went a little crazy..."
Rhonda: "...seeing you with him"

2. "Burnin' Love" by Elvis Presley (1972)
Previous line: "Higher higher"
Shelley: "...it's burning through to my soul"

3. "Fishing In the Dark" by The Nitty-Gritty Dirt Band (1987)
Previous line: "...in the middle of the night"
Jocelyn: "Where the blue _______ go"
Michael: "Where the green grass grows"
Scooter: "Just moving slow"

4. "Inside Out" by Eve 6 (1998)
Previous line: "...turn it inside out, find nothing but..."
Shasta: "..._____ in nothing"
Jocelyn: "...faith in nothing"

Let's meet the Final Four:

Rhonda- Emmy Award Winner for local TV news production
Shelley- Her stepmother stole the show at her own wedding
Scooter (Old Hickory, TN)- His nickname came from his mother upon his birth
Jocelyn- Massage therapy student

Random Shuffle:

RHONDA: "Let's Go To Vegas" by Faith Hill (1995)
Previous line: "Kiss the single life goodbye"
Guess: "Hey baby, let's go to Vegas, bet on love and let it ride"

SHELLEY: "Coca-Cola Cowboy" by Mel Tellis (1979; written by Steve Dorff!)
Previous line: "But you walked across my heart, like it was Texas"
Guess: "And you taught me to say I just don't care"

SCOOTER: "Disturbia" by Rihanna (2008)
Previous line: "...you might just go under"
Guess: "Better think twice, or you'll be a..." (A: "Better think twice, your train of thought will be altered"


JOCELYN: "How Blue" by Reba McEntire (1984)
Previous line: "I swear to you that I'm dying"
Guess: "'Cause my mind won't let my body rest"

Singing With The Enemy:

RHONDA & SHELLEY: "Who Says You Can't Go Home" by Bon Jovi w/ Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles (2005)

CORRECT MISSING LYRICS:

Rhonda: SWEEP! (20)
Shelley: 2 (15)

SCOOTER & JOCELYN: "Runaway" by Love & Theft (2009)

CORRECT MISSING LYRICS:

Scooter: SHUTOUT
Jocelyn: SWEEP! (20)

Random Shuffle:

SCOOTER: "If You Ever Stop Loving Me" by Montgomery Gentry (2004)
CORRECT MISSING WORDS: 9
FINAL SCORE: 18

SHELLEY: "If I Said You Have a Beautiful Body, Would You Hold It Against Me?" by The Bellamy Brothers (1979)
CORRECT MISSING WORDS: SWEEP!
FINAL SCORE: 45

RHONDA: "The Ballad of Jed Clampett" by Jerry Scoggins w/ Flatt & Scruggs (1962; this is the theme song to "The Beverly Hillbillies"
CORRECT MISSING WORDS: 14
FINAL SCORE: 48

JOCELYN: "Gimme Three Steps" by Lynyrd Skynyrd (1973)
CORRECT MISSING WORDS: 7
FINAL SCORE: 34

Chorus Showdown:

ROUND 1:
Rhonda: "Standing Outside the Fire" by Garth Brooks (1993)- FAIL
Shelley: "Red Dirt Road" by Brooks & Dunn (2003)- FAIL

ROUND 2:
Rhonda: "Here In The Real World" by Alan Jackson (1990)- FAIL
Shelley: "Write This Down" by George Strait (1999)- FAIL


SUDDEN DEATH: The song that will decide it all is Kellie Pickler's "Red High Heels" from 2006. Shelley rings in first and will play.

Previous line: "I bet you want me back now, don't you, don't you"
Guess: "I'm about to show you just how missin' me feels"- WIN!

THE FINAL COUNTDOWN: Shelley RUNS THE TABLE with parts of "The World" by Brad Paisley (2005), "Come To My Window" by Melissa Etheridge (1993), "Brand New Girlfriend" by Steve Holy (2006), Corinne Bailey Rae's "Put Your Records On" (2006) and "You're Gonna Miss This" from Trace Adkins (2007) for $10,000!

Pay It Off: We lead off tonight's games with Jennifer Ferris from Atlanta. Her Bailout Buddy is her cousin Jeanette.

Whodunnit: Tyrese and Tyra Banks are the choices.

1. Who appeared topless on the cover of the album "I Wanna Go There"?
Guess: Tyrese- CORRECT

2. Who has won an Emmy?
Guess: Tyra Banks- YES INDEED

3. Who transformed into an actor for roles in "Coyote Ugly" and "Felicity"?
Guess: Tyra Banks- $1,000

Black Sheep:

1. Who is NOT a native son of Mississippi?

A: Medgar Evers
B: Muddy Waters
C: Magic Johnson

Guess: Magic Johnson- CORRECT (he's from Michigan)

2. Who did NOT sing on the 1985 hit "We Are The World"?

A: Lionel Richie
B: Stevie Wonder
C: Prince

Guess: Prince- RIGHT

3. Which is NOT a final destination for someone planning to do "Down Under"?

A: New Zealand
B: The Philippines
C: Australia

Guess: The Philippines- $2,500

Don't Blink: The subject of this particular round is "Hate That I Love You" by Rihanna w/ Ne-Yo.

QUESTIONS:
1. What does the female artist run her hand down?
2. How many times do we see the dragon wallpaper?
3. What does the artist say "he just can't do"?
4. What clothing item does the artist put on?
5. How many fingers are used to push the elevator button?

GUESSES:
1. Curtains- CORRECT
2. Five- STRIKE ONE (A: 6)
3. "...let you go"- YOU BET
4. Skirt- $4,500

LAST ANSWER: Two

Line Up: These five items from McDonald's must be placed from the least amount of calories to the most- Filet O' Fish, a ketchup packet, a small package of French Fries, a fruit yogurt parfait and a Double Quarter Pounder w/ cheese.

FIRST TRY:
1. Parfait
2. Ketchup
3. French Fries
4. Filet O' Fish
5. Quarter Pounder

STRIKE ONE

SECOND TRY:
1. Ketchup
2. Parfait
3. French Fries
4. Filet O' Fish
5. Quarter Pounder

$7,000

Piece Out: She will take home at least $10,000 and a trip to Jamaica if she can identify a Person.

1. As Beyonce asked in the song "Single Ladies", which planet, known for its rings, would you "put a ring on"?

A: Mars
B: Saturn
C: Venus
D: Pluto

Guess: Saturn- OF COURSE

2. Throw your rollies in the sky! What symbol is used as the logo for Rolex watches?

A: Horse
B: Crown
C: Throne
D: Castle

Guess: Crown- CORRECT

3. By the time of his death in 1828, what military leader ruled the largest kingdom in Southeastern Africa?

A: Hannibal
B: Kublai Khan
C: Shaka Zulu
D: Tutankhamun

Guess: Shaka Zulu- RIGHT

4. If you combined the title of two shows that have starred Tisha Campbell-Martin & Tichna Arnold, what could that new show title be?

A: "King of 227"
B: "Hangin' With Mr. Bernie Mac"
C: "Everybody Hates My Wife and Kids"
D: "Grey's Soul Food"


Guess: "Everybody Hates My Wife and Kids"- RIGHT AGAIN

Final question: In 1952, what legendary baseball player became the first black executive of a major radio/TV network?

A: Jackie Robinson
B: Hank Aaron
C: Willie Mays
D: Barry Bonds

Guess: Hank Aaron- NO (A: Jackie Robinson)

She removes #7, #8, #13 and #12 and easily knows it's Oprah Winfrey!

BACK IN THE BLACK: The base number is three, which not only stands for the number of people in a typical crowd, but the title Britney Spears' most recent hit single.

$500: Acting Oscars won by black performers
Guess: MORE- 12

$1K: Letters in the Greek alphabet
Guess: MORE- 24

$2K: Full months Britney Spears was married to Kevin Federline
Guess: LESS- 33

Our second contestant is Renee Davis, whose BB is her husband Ron.

Black Sheep:

1. Who did NOT win a Nobel Peace Prize?

A: Nelson Mandela
B: Martin Luther King, Jr.
C: W.E.B. Du Bois

Guess: W.E.B. Du Bois- CORRECT

2. Who would most likely NOT call Mathew Knowles on Father's Day?

A: Solange
B: Beyonce
C: Des'ree

Guess: Des'ree- YOU BET

3. Go green! Which is NOT biodegradable?

A: Brown paper bag
B: Pile of grass
C: Aluminum cans

Guess: Cans- $1,000

The Hook-Up: She has to match up at least three desserts with the countries they are most associated with.

1. Churro-Mexico
2. Tiramisu- Italy
3. Chocolate mousse- France
4. Baklava- Turkey
5. Tritle- England

ALL RIGHT FOR $2,500

Don't Blink: This time, the song for the displayed music video is "Epiphany".

QUESTIONS:
1. What instrument is seen being played?
2. What does the artist open?
3. What is the artist "just about over"?
4. How many girls are standing in the street with the artist?
5. Who is the artist?

GUESSES:
1. Guitar- STRIKE ONE (A: Piano)
2. Window- CORRECT
3. "...being your girlfriend"- RIGHT
4. Two- $4,500

That was a Chrisette Michele song.

Fab 5ive: Out of New York, Illinois, North Carolina, California, Texas, Michigan, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana & Maryland, she has to pick the five states that were reported to have over two million African-American residents, according to the 2000 U.S. Census.

1. New York
2. California
3. Georgia
4. Illinois
5. Texas
6. Louisiana
FINAL PICK: North Carolina (with help from Ron; his other choice was Maryland)

I can't believe she never chose Florida, because that was the last state. That sends her home with $4,500.

The Hook-Up: Samantha, a waitress from Georgia, comes out of the audience to play for $500. Her objective is to pair at least three automotive companies to some of their most notable cars.

1. Pontiac- Stratus
2. Chevy- Tahoe
3. Chrysler- Vibe
4. Dodge- PT Cruiser
5. Ford- Crown Victoria

Putting the PT Cruiser with Dodge proves to be her ultimate undoing, as she only has the Chevy and Ford models right. That means she'll have to settle for a Benjamin.

We then resume regular action with Max Booker (who is a recent graduate from Howard Law School). Labraillese is his BB.

Black Sheep:

1. If India.Arie toured Northern India, which would she NOT encounter?

A: Himalaya Mountains
B: Ganges River
C: Sahara Desert

Guess: Sahara Desert (with immediate help from Labraillese)- YES INDEED

2. Which of the following films was NOT directed by John Singleton?

A: "Boyz N' The Hood"
B: "Do The Right Thing"
C: "Higher Learning"

Guess: "Do The Right Thing"- RIGHT

3. Don't hate the player, hate the game. Whose last name is NOT the same as a Chess piece?

A: Nick Cannon
B: Regina King
C: Gladys Knight

Guess: Nick Cannon- $1,000

The Hook-Up: The prompt for this guy is to match some Zodiac signs with their symbols.

1. Leo- Lion
2. Aries- Ram
3. Gemini- Twins
4. Taurus- Bull
5. Pisces- Fish

ALL RIGHT FOR $2,500

Don't Blink: The music video used is for "I Luv It" by Young Jeezy.

QUESTIONS:
1. What's writen on the artist's shirt?
2. What device is the jogger holding?
3. How many girls are dancing by the car?
4. What letter appears on the hat?
5. What color is the jogger's tanktop?

GUESSES:
1. I heart/love it- CORRECT
2. iPod- RIGHT
3. One- $4,500

OTHER ANSWERS:
4. A (since that was an Atlanta Braves hat)
5. White

Line Up: He's forced to arrange the following five books from oldest to most recent- "The Secret", "Uncle Tom's Cabin", "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings", "The Holy Bible" and "The Invisible Man".

FIRST TRY:
1. "The Holy Bible"
2. "Uncle Tom's Cabin"
3. "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings"
4. "The Invisible Man"
5. "The Secret"

STRIKE ONE

SECOND TRY:
1. "The Holy Bible"
2. "Uncle Tom's Cabin"
3. "The Invisible Man"
4. "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings"
5. "The Secret"

$7,000

Piece Out: The bonus prize Max's playing for is a home office. He has to solve a Thing puzzle.

1. On the sitcom "Moesha", Moesha's boyfriend went by what single-letter nickname- P, R, Q or T?
Guess: Q- CORRECT

2. Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie is credited as a founder of what Jazz movement- Postbop, Hip-Hop, Bebop or Britpop?
Guess: Bebop- RIGHT

3. Serving courageously in WWII, the famous all-black 99th Fighter Squadron trained where?

A: Tuskegee, FL
B: Tuskegee, GA
C: Tuskegee, MS
D: Tuskegee, AL

Guess: Tuskegee, AL- RIGHT

4. Diana Ross received an Oscar nomination for her potrayal of what legendary singer?

A: Ella Fitzgerald
B: Marian Anderson
C: Billie Holiday
D: Aretha Franklin

Guess: Billie Holiday- RIGHT AGAIN

Final question: According to the CIA, about half the population of Haiti practices what religion- Islam, Buddhism, Voodoo or Taoism?
Guess: Voodoo- SWEEP

He says goodbye to Pieces #13, #8, #7, #3 and #12 before being right with Elmo from "Sesame Street"!

BACK IN THE BLACK: This time, we start out with 10, which is the number of toes painted in a traditional pedicure.

$500: Outfits Michelle Obama wore on Inaguration Day
Guess: LESS- 2

$1K: Cost of Michael & Janet Jackson's "Scream" music video to the nearest million
Guess: LESS- 7

In the final regulation game, Lorrie Matthew (a freelance journalist who's also from Atlanta; her late father was a former multiple-time game show champion) left with $2,500 after getting stumped in four questions on a Don't Blink round about a clip from "The Keyshia Cole Show". Faye McQueen, a Spanish teacher, then ran the board on the other The Hook-Up Audience Game dealing with some TV characters' show locales for $500.

Millionaire (Conclusion of "The Real Housewives Week"):

Game 1
Game 2

Episode ratings:

9: "Wheel of Fortune"
8: "Jeopardy!"
7: "Deal or No Deal", "Let's Make a Deal", "Millionaire" & "Pay It Off"
6: "The Price is Right"

Last ratings report of this month

"The Amazing Race XVI": 9.09 million (up slightly from last week)
"American Idol":
Tuesday: 18.93 million (up slightly from last Wednesday's episode; they LOST to Winter Olympics coverage)
Wednesday: 22.8 million (up from the previous night)
Thursday: 17.83 million (with this SEASON-WORST viewership total, they LOST to Winter Olympics coverage for the second time this week)
"Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains": 11.51 million (down from the past two weeks)

Also, ratings for both "Let's Make a Deal" and "The Price is Right" are up from last season.

Various sources contributed to this report.

"America's Best Dance Crew" 2/25

THIS WEEK'S CHALLENGE: Emulate a dance routine from a music video.

1. Poreotix: "Umbrella" by Rihanna w/ Jay-Z

JC Chavez said they were NOT together during the umbrella-swinging parts. Lil' Mama said they were fun and Omarion said they didn't show anything significantly different.

2. Jungle Boogie: "Give It Up To Me" by Shakira w/ Lil' Wayne

Lil' Mama said they appreciate art every week. Omarion said they stepped up their sexy game, but JC said they were just OK.

3. Static Noyze: "Now in Town" by Little Boots

Omarion said they had a lot of fun, although he wanted to see more usage of the shopping carts that were on stage. JC said they were the group that made him watch their selected music video the most so far this week, and Lil' Mama said their cart usage was brilliant.

4. Saltare: "Shake It" by Metro Station

JC gave them props for carrying on with their performance after a crash at the beginning. Omarion said they shouldn't do something like that again. Lil' Mama liked the fact that they listened to her advice of using many different elements.

5. Heavy Impact: "What You Got" by Colby O'Donis w/ Akon

Omarion thought they grooved their way into a good performance. Lil' Mama said they definitely stepped it up from last week, and JC said the mood of their performance matched the video's for the most part.

6. Hype 5-0: "3" by Britney Spears

Lil' Mama said this week's business really picked up with this group. JC said they used every square inch of the stage, but thought their dismount was a tad sloppy. Omarion disagreed with JC.

SUDDEN DEATH FACE-OFF: This was Royal Flush's second trip to Sudden Death this season.

7. Royal Flush: "Evacuate the Dancefloor" by Cascada w/ Calprit
8. Blueprint: "I Get It In" by Omarion (!) w/ Gucci Mane

Eliminated this week was...


























Royal Flush
Blueprint

...Royal Flush.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

"American Idol" 2/25- FIRST LIVE RESULTS SHOW OF THE SEASON

The opening group performance is set to "American Boy" by Estelle w/ Kanye West.

The first female contestant eliminated tonight is...





















...Gordon Pepper, I hate to break it to you- your predicted winner of Janelle Wheeler IS GONE. She was on the top row.

After that, Allison Iraheta sings her new single "Scars".

The woman from the bottom row that has been cut this evening is...






















...Ashley Rodriguez. Bad song choices did them both in this week.

The first guy to be dismissed from the Top 24 is...
























...Joe Munoz; the fans let Kara DioGuardi down here.

After Kris Allen sings "Let It Be" with some footage from his stay in Haiti being shown in the background, the man on the bottom row sent packing at the end of the show is...


























...Tyler Grady. That will remind him NOT to try to totally imitate somebody else.

"Bullrun" 2/25

Most of this week's stage will be at night.

CHECKPOINT #3: Laguna Lake, CA
CHECKPOINT #4: Continental Crane Company in Lemoore, CA
CHECKPOINT #5: Firebaugh, CA

The winners of Stage 2, with a total time of 7:23:33, are...






















...The Janoses of Team Barracuda! Now, I would like to point out that Team BMW, The Ariases, were in last place after this week's first checkpoint...



























...unfortunately for them, they're STILL in last place at the end of this leg with a combined time of 10:25:13. Definitely joining them for the second challenge in 10th place, with a final time of 8:55:18, are...






















...Bruno & Lisette of Team Corvette. And the last team placed into the challenge, who finished in eighth place with a time of 8:40:43, are...






















...the Hummer H3 duo of David Putnam & Ron Hollyfield.

OTHER STANDINGS:
2. Team Lambo: 7:26:45
T3. Team Challenger & Team Viper: 7:49:25 each
5. Team Lexus: 8:16:55
6. Team Mustang: 8:18:50
7. Team Mini: 8:34:41
9. Team NSX: 8:41:59

CHECKPOINT CHALLENGE #2 ("Rollerball"): Each team starts on one end of a path, with the Bullrun truck at the other end. After they race down to the pivot point, they have to turn back onto the asphault before they chase down the truck and try to get onto its ramp while dodging flaming balls along the way.

ORDER:
1. Team Corvette
2. Team BMW
3. Team Hummer

This week's challenge victors, who finished in just 25.4 seconds, are...




















...Team BMW!

Despite finishing only 2.1 seconds out of the top spot for this challenge, the second team to be sent home are...


























Team Corvette
Team Hummer

...Team Corvette. Team Hummer was only a second behind the Beamer team. The Corvette teams have done well in these challenges, but that wasn't the case tonight.

"Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains" 2/25

IMMUNITY/REWARD CHALLENGE #3: There will be several one-on-one rounds of jousting above a giant mud pit using blocking bags. The first tribe to win eight rounds wins immunity, coffee, sugar, a week's worth of rice and a luxury item for each member.

Courtney Yates & Sandra Diaz-Twine are chosen to be benched for this challenge.

ROUND 1: Russell Hantz vs. Tom Westman (who previously took part in this challenge)
WINNER: Tom (Heroes lead, 1-0)

ROUND 2: Parvati Shallow vs. Candice Woodcock
WINNER: Candice (Heroes lead, 2-0)

ROUND 3: Coach Wade vs. Rupert Boneham
WINNER: Rupert (Heroes lead, 3-0)

(Notes: Coach actually pushed Rupert off first, but he used one of his arms to do so, which is NOT ALLOWED, so the third round had to be re-done. Additionally, Coach gave Jeff Probst the middle finger just before the re-do!)

ROUND 4: Jerri Mathey vs. Cirie Fields
WINNER: Cirie (Heroes lead, 4-0)


ROUND 5: Tyson Apostol vs. JT
WINNER: JT (Heroes lead, 5-0)

ROUND 6: Danielle DiLorenzo vs. Amanda Kimmel
WINNER: Amanda (Heroes lead, 6-0)

ROUND 7: Rob Mariano vs. Colby Donaldson
WINNER: Colby (Heroes lead, 7-0)

ROUND 8: Randy Bailey vs. James Clement
WINNER: James- HEROES PULL OFF THE 8-0 SWEEP!!!

TRIBAL COUNCIL #3: The first Villain voted out via a unanimous 9-1 vote is...


































...Randy. The other vote went to Boston Rob.

2/25/2010 Results

LMAD: Sarah (dressed as a Super Trader) is trying to use the anti-ZONK powers to help her win something very nice in this first deal of the day. She gets her choice of the blue small box (Jonathan), the big box or Curtain #1. Her pick is the curtain, meaning she first gives away the small box to Deshun (wearing a chili pepper hat and some big blue/green sunglasses; he's celebrating a birthday today). After turning down $600 and $700, he keeps his box...and has won a $4,000 trip to the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa in Austin/Bastrop, TX! Sarah then sends the other box to Rikki (dressed as The Bun Maker), which is sold back to Wayne Brady for $900 after originally turning down $700 and $800. It had...a trip to the Paradises Beaches Cancun Resort in Mexico worth $4,617. Finally, Sarah rejects a grand to hold on to her curtain for good...but she definitely should have believed in her powers on the cash, because she's got a trip to a ZONK volcano.

Second, Shauna Oney from South Washington County, WA plays Finish Line for a $1,000 Magnavox 42" LCD HDTV with a built-in Blu-Ray Disc player (Curtain #1), some outdoor furniture worth $4,975 (Curtain #2) and/or a KIA Soul worth $15,890 (Curtain #3).

1. 9 OF SPADES
2. 8 OF CLUBS- STRIKE ONE
3. 7 OF HEARTS
4. ACE OF SPADES
5. KING OF SPADES
6. 3 OF DIAMONDS
7. 10 OF CLUBS- STRIKE TWO; TURNS DOWN $200
8. KING OF DIAMONDS; TURNS DOWN $400
9. 6 OF CLUBS- LOSS

In Deal #3, Regis (not THAT one; he's dressed as a box of Fancy French Fries) sees a bronze envelope with $2,500 in real and/or ZONK cash inside. He can keep all that dough or buy what's in the blue small box (Tiffany) Even though he thinks at least a great deal of the $2,500 is real after feeling it, he buys the box...but he ends up with some shredded play money instead. That costs him two grand in legitimate money. Another round of this particular deal is coming soon.

The next two traders are Krista and Lu Ann (dressed as a Hippie), who are now a team. Their first choice is either the golden envelope or the Cool prize behind Curtain #1. They go with the envelope...they pass up a stainless steel refridgerator worth a buck shy of $1,400. But they secondly give back their envelope for the Hot item at Curtain #2...which means they won't be getting $700 apiece and they're now making decisions on their own. BTW, Curtain #3 has no clue at all. Lu Ann goes with it, as if she was choosing Door #3 for the Big Deal of the Day. Meanwhile, Krista sticks with Curtain #2...but she gets stuck with 1,000 gallons of hot pink paint. That means Lu Ann instead wins...a home music lounge from highbrowfurniture.com worth $2,852.

We start off the second half of this episode with Elizaveta from Ukraine (wearing a spa robe, I think) and Brian (dressed as a fisherman). Tiffany brings out three backpacks- red, black and brown. Each one has some cash inside. Here are their picks:

Elizaveta: Black
Brian: Brown

That means Jonathan's left with the red one, which he trades away for the big box...inside the unchosen luggage was only $100, whereas the giant box has a digital photo studio valued at $2,049 (Wayne does the plug for it!). Elizaveta can either take that electronics package, go with Curtain #1 or hang on to her backpack. She picks the curtain furthest to the left...she had a grand in her backpack, but she's won the Seattle Sounders VIP getaway worth $2,931! Brian cannot take that trip also, but he does get his choice of either his backpack, the electronics or Curtain #2. He holds firm to his pack...which is the other one with a C-note to help celebrate his third wedding anniversary! The middle curtain had...a pair of BROKEN Sea-Doos!

Possibly going for today's Big Deal is Laura (dressed as a pirate), with the other $2,500 envelope of the morning; this time, it's the silver one. Partly because she can't move up to the top winner's spot if she keeps the envelope, Laura's taking the box...only $500 of the envelope money was real this time! She instead wins some skiing equipment that is worth...$4,475, making her BD eligible!

THE BIG DEAL: Believe it or not, Laura DOES NOT go for this, nor does Deshun. Instead, it will be Lu Ann going for a $22,305 car here. Naturally, she sticks with Door #3...she completely missed it, but she still finishes as the day's top winner with a living room group that includes a Samsung 46" LED HDTV worth $7,630.

Door #1: 2010 Nissan Rogue S FWD (Std., Value, Guards)
Door #2: Game room ($2,375)

TPIR: Here are today's first four players- Yunoka Doye, Leland Unruh from the University of Alabama (even though he's wearing a University of Texas shirt), Ryan Moreland and Chasta Nechvatatl. The first IUFB is being worn by Manuela- some Burbury accessories.

Yunoka: $850
Leland: $200 (STAGE GARF)
Ryan: $375 (STAGE GARF)
Chasta: $500

ARP: $3,185

Yunoka from Woodland Hilla, CA plays Range Game for three arcade games, one of which is the Whack-a-Mole game (Gwendolyn & Rachel at Door #3). Today's range is $12,100-$12,700. She lets the board go as far as $12,243-$12,393...she nails it at $12,285!

Coming on down immediately after her is Canadian John Douglas and the second IUFB is a pair of those Dr. Dre headphones (Manuela & Rachel).

John: $1,200
Leland: $600
Ryan: $601
Chasta: BUCK

ARP: Much to Chasta's dismay, $600, giving Leland a $500 bonus!

This law school student then plays The New Gas Money for the Honda Accord LX (Gwen). Board:

$24,344
$22,875
$18,120
$21,055
$19,986

1. $19,986- $3,000; GOES ON
2. $18,120- $1,000 ($4,000); GOES ON

3. $24,344- $2,000 ($6,000); GOES FOR IT
FINAL ELIMINATION: $21,055- PAINFUL LOSS

Trying to help us recover from that bummer is Cindy Kha and the third IUFB is the JumpSport trampoline (Rachel at Door #2).

Cindy: $850
Ryan: $700
Chasta: $900
John: $901

ARP: $899

Cindy from Long Beach, CA plays the $1,000 Clock Game (all prizes behind Door #2) for the Danby beverage center (Gwen) and a Char-Broil BBQ (Rachel). A win also gets her a year's supply of Omaha Steaks. The ARP of the beverage center was $799. She begins with $750, followed by bids of $850, $790, $801 and $799 just before she was about to say $800 with 22.5 seconds left. The ARP of the BBQ turns out to be $999. After bidding $1,200 and $1,100, she goes with $900, $950, $990 and then wins with 16 seconds left!

SHOWCASE SHOWDOWN #1:
Leland ($1,100): Two 40s = $.80
Cindy ($4,897): 55 + 85 = OVER
Yunoka ($15,470): 35 + 55 = WINS BY A DIME WITH $.90!

Next up is Steve Rad and IUFB #4 is a Nokia cell phone with the one-year calling plan (Gwen).

Steve: $2,200
Ryan: $625
Chasta: $399

John: $900

ARP: $779

Ryan from Riverside, CA, who's turning 28 today and is a crazy guy, plays Pick a Number for a home office (Manuela) with a Dell computer system (Rachel at Door #3). Board:

$ 5 _ 0 1

NUMBERS AVAILABLE: 3, 6 & 9

He picks the middle number of six...

$ 5 6 0 1

...not enough.

The second orange podium recepient is Mary Jacobsen and the next-to-last IUFB is some of Noritake's dinnerware (Manuela inside the clam).

Mary: $850
Chasta: $950
John: $1,200
Steve: $1,001

ARP: $1,877

John plays Pocket Change for the Honda Element (Std., Link, Attachment, Mats, Back)(Crazy Rachel's Car Lot at Door #3). First number is 2.

REMAINING NUMBERS IN PLAY: 1, 3, 4, 6 & 9

SECOND NUMBER:
1. 4- INCORRECT ($.50)
2. 6- STAGE WILLY ($.75)
3. 3- CORRECT ($ 2 3 , _ _ _)

THIRD NUMBER:
1. 6- RIGHT ($ 2 3 , 6 _ _)

FOURTH NUMBER:
1. 4- RIGHT AGAIN ($ 2 3 , 6 4 _)

LAST NUMBER: 1- YES INDEED ($23,641)

I sincerely hope for John's sake that his overpricing of the Element early on didn't just cost him in this playing...NO- the first envelope has a dime and the second one has three quarters! Impressive win there!

Loyola University is represented by this morning's final participant, Alyssa Wolff, and the last IUFB is a pair of Dev Valencia earrings coming down from the ceiling. Chasta's been here the whole hour, but for the fourth straight day, the one player in danger of going to the First Four Breakfast Club gets the last bid.

Alyssa: $1,200
Steve: $1,201
Mary: $1,300
Chasta: $1,250

ARP: $1,775

GETTING THE CLUBHOUSE BOOT: Chasta

Mary takes her shot at Punch-a-Bunch (Rachel with the big bill). The four SPs are being modeled by Gwen.

1. Stoneware set
IS NOT: $75
PICK: LOWER- $98


2. Cuisinart ice cream machine
IS NOT: $63
PICK: LOWER- $85

3. Roast pan
IS NOT: $59
PICK: LOWER- $37

4. Silicon spatula/thermometer
IS NOT: $25
PICK: HIGHER- $19 (her husband cost her a second punch)


After Mary punches out Hole #13...she wins a grand- not too shabby.

My lineup today:

1. Clock Game
2. Punch-a-Bunch
3. Pocket Change
4. Pick a Number
5. Range Game
6. Gas Money

SHOWCASE SHOWDOWN #2:
Ryan ($779): 55 + 45 = WINS A GRAND IN BIRTHDAY CASH!
Mary ($2,812): 75 + 40 = OVER
John ($25,518): 70 + Half-Dollar = OVER BY TWO DIMES

Ryan's Bonus Spin is worth...just a half-dollar, so he'll have to settle for the Runner-Up Showcase podium.

The first Showcase, which is entirely modeled by Gwen, has some Dynastar ski equipment, some Columbia Winterwear, a trip to Burlington, VT (Door #2; includes a tour of the Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory) and his/her Ski-Doo snowmobiles (Door #2).

YUNOKA PASSES TO RYAN; RYAN BIDS $14,525 ON WINTER SHOWCASE- POSSIBLE STAGE GARF (barely covers the snowmobiles)

MY BID FOR WINTER SHOWCASE: $20,086

While Ryan's Showcase was about Winter, Yunoka's Showcase is about the holiday at the other end of the spectrum- Summer. First, she could spend several days playing around with this beach gear (Rachel at Door #3). Second, she could take to the waters with this wakeboarding/water skiing package (Rachel). Third, she could take all of that to St. Thomas (Gwen at Door #4; includes SCUBA lessons). Finally, if she's still not done with the water, she can ride a pair of Kawasaki jet skis on all of it (Manuela at Door #1).

YUNOKA BIDS 22 GRAND ON SUMMER SHOWCASE

MY BID FOR SUMMER SHOWCASE: $26,457

RYAN'S SHOWCASE:
BID: $14,525
ARP: $21,151
DIFFERENCE: $6,626


YUNOKA'S SHOWCASE:
BID: $22,000
ARP: $29,305

DIFFERENCE: $7,305- LOSS; RYAN WINS BY $679

Ryan's going crazy once again at the end of the show, because he's won his Showcase and a final total of $22,930 in cash and merchandise, although John is today's top winner.

WOF: The category of Event has gone from being the subject of last night's bonus puzzle to tonight's first Toss-Up puzzle:

S _ C O N _

H O _ E _ _ _ O N

Jenelle knows game shows like this one offers at least one SECOND HONEYMOON vacation for $1,000. Thursday's panel consists of:

Jenelle Williams (Myramar, FL)- Florida International University graduate student
Patrick Tackory (Nuevo, CA)- An appliance technician, church softball player and a horseback rider
Lauren Spencer (Chicago)- Business & Communications major at Arizona State University; she also has a Marketing internship there

$2,000 Toss-Up category is Food & Drink:

T A _ _ S C O

_ _ _ _ _

Patrick solves TABASCO SAUCE for $2,000.

After a trip to the Sandals Negril Beach Resort & Spa is made available, the Campbell's Jackpot Round category is Husband & Wife. Patrick begins with two R's for the Wild Card, two T's for the trip and an $800 S before buying three E's and an A. At this point, we have...

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

& / _ E _ _ / _ _ _ R E

...he gets DISQUALIFIED for adding an R in the second word in his solve (KRUTCHER), likely costing him $7,800 in cash and vacation this round. Lauren follows that with two H's for $1,100, a $600 N, and here's the new board...

A S H T _ N / _ _ T _ H E R

& / _ E _ _ / _ _ _ R E

...she steals ASHTON KUTCHER & DEMI MOORE for $1,700.

DQ: Patrick (blown solve)
LEFT BEHIND IN JACKPOT: $6,950

The next category on Thursday night's agenda is Before & After. Lauren, who capitalized on Patrick's missolve late in the last round, starts this one with two R's for the eBags.com gift tag, five A's while on Free Play, three N's for $2,100 and two D's for another grand, followed by her vowel purchases of five E's and an O. Afterwards, she calls a $300 L and an $800 S before buying an I to clean out the vowels. Then, she lights up three T's for another $2,100, a $300 P, a $500 G while on FP, two C's to add $600, but she then calls an inopportune dud of M to leave $6,650 sitting in her bank. After that, Jenelle puts up a $3,500 B and here we have...

B E T _ E E N / A

R O C _ / A N D / A

_ A R D / P L A C E

S E T T I N G

...she solves BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE SETTING for a new total of $4,500.

SOLE DUD: $500 M (Lauren)

Meineke Mystery/Prize Puzzle Round subject is Phrase. Jenelle leads off with a $600 T and an R while on the Mystery Wedge next to the Million Dollar Wedge. She adds a grand for that R (good, because there was a Bankrupt back there) before calling three S's for another $1,650 and buying two I's. Next, she calls a $900 H and a $300 N before buying the only dud vowel on this board (A). Patrick's second in line with a $900 Y and the buying of the rest of the vowels for this puzzle (an O quartet and a U), which is followed by two C's for an additional $1,800 before he tries to redeem himself with the following...

T H I S / _ I _ _

_ N O C _ / Y O U R

S O C _ S / O _ _

...THIS WILL KNOCK YOUR SOCKS OFF, man- you've won $2,200 more and a trip to the Sandals Grand Antigua Resort & Spa, meaning your total winnings have jumped to $14,700 in cash and vacation!

SOLE DUD: A (Jenelle)

TONIGHT'S SPIN ID: BT6120870 (Bettie T. from Tennessee)

The last Toss-Up topic of this match is Fictional Character:

C _ _ T A I N

_ _ _ _

Lauren is incorrect with CAPTAIN HOOK.

C _ _ T A I N

N E _ O

Turnabout is fair play, as Patrick comes up with the steal this time on CAPTAIN NEMO for a new total of $17,700!

As we ask What Are You Doing? for this Speed-Up Round, we learn that every consonant is worth...$1,300 each. After Jenelle lights up the I's...

S _ I N G I N G / F _ R

T H _ / F _ N _ _ S

...she strikes out with STINGING FOR THE FINALS, with the $1,300 minimum for her at stake. Patrick then calls one of the last two remaining consonants, C...

S _ I N G I N G / F _ R

T H _ / F _ N C _ S

...we'll see him SWINGING FOR THE FENCES in Bonusland, because he's going there with an extra $9,100, for a winning maingame total of $26,800 in cash and Aruba; that's the second time in a row now he's stolen a puzzle from somebody also after they've missolved! Jenelle leaves with $4,500 and Lauren will be puting $1,700 in her pocket after this episode is over.

Tonight's combined maingame winnings add up to 33 large.

SOLE DUD: P (Jenelle)
DQ: Jenelle (incorrect response)

NO BANKRUPTS TONIGHT

Maxwell House Big Money Round: Patrick Tackory's Wild Card will be used here. He spins the R and the category is Things. Starting with:

_ _ _ E

_ _ _ _ E S

He begins by calling G, H, M and A before calling W with his Wild Card...

H _ M E

M _ _ _ E S

...because he's watched enough HOME MOVIES, he has won...



















...NOT the Beetle or the 100 big ones, but $30,000 for a final total of $56,800 in cash and trip! Feeding America also receives its third consecutive $2,500 donation, for a new bank total of $7,500!

Jeopardy!: Tom Toce's chance to get into the Tournament of Champions talk comes against these challengers:

Ben Auer (Savannah, GA)- Law clerk
Rhonda Scarborough (Cincinatti)- Arts administrator

The first six categories this evening are:

ELEPHANTS IN LITERATURE
OSCAR WINNERS RHYME TIME
BREAKFAST AT EPIPHANY'S

VEAL OR NO VEAL
MIND THE "GAP"
THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA (Clue Crew clues about this group that's celebrating their 100th anniversary)

Right off the bat, Toce and Scarborough both go Daily Double Hunting. Halfway through this round, Auer's deep in Lock Game Territory early on with six grand, five times Toce's current last-place score; Scarborough's in the middle position with $1,600 (with one of her previous incorrect responses being deemed acceptable just after the first commercial break). Auer later finds the sole Daily Double of this round under the $1,000 Breakfast At Epiphany's clue with seven large, which is now five C-notes over Scarborough; Toce's down to $800. His wager is two grand on this clue:

This Shakespeare play title refers to Epiphany Eve.

He is unable to come up with "What is Twelth Night?", so he falls slightly to $5K. He bumps his score back up to $6,600 at round's end, but he's now just $1,800 ahead of Toce; Scarborough's down to $1,400.

LACH TRASH (all attempted): $400

DJ! Categories:

THE BEATLES (this DJ! board revolves around them)
A DAY IN THE LIFE
BLACK BIRD (all picture clues)
BABY, YOU CAN DRIVE MY CAR (this is about automobiles)
HERE, THERE & EVERYWHERE
HELLO GOODBYE

Scarborough again does some DD Hunting...and what do you know, she finds one of the two in this round of action with the $2,000 one under Baby, You Can Drive My Car! However, she's still in third place with $5,400, which is $6K Off Auer for the lead; Toce's not too far away with $8K. She wagers $1,400.

William Lyons named this luxury car for its speed, sleekness and power.

"What is Jaguar?"...is correct to move up to $6,800! However, by the time Auer finds the other one attached to the $2,000 A Day In The Life clue, he's back in LGT with $14,200; all of tonight's DDs have been on some of the highest-value clues. Toce's still in second with $6,800 and Scarborough's dropped to $5,600. This time, he decides to wager five Benjamins on this information:

November 4, 1954: Gives his speech as the 1952 Nobel Prize Winner; in 1952, he was busy with humanitarian work in Africa.

"Who is (Albert) Schweitzer?"...right for $14,700!

ATTEMPTED LACH TRASH: $4,800
UNATTEMPTED LACH TRASH: $7,200
TOTAL DJ! LACH TRASH: $12,000

SCORES AFTER DOUBLE JEOPARDY!:

Tom: $5,200
Rhonda: $5,600
Ben: $12,700 (lock game)

CORYAT SCORES:

Tom: $5,200
Rhonda: $6,200

Ben: $16,200

FJ! CATEGORY: Scientific Mnemonics.

"Kings play Chess on finely grained sand" is a mnemonic device used to help remember a system devised by this scientist.

TOM:
Response: "Who is Copernicus?"
Wager: $401

Final score: $4,799

RHONDA:
Response: "Who is Leevenhuek?"
Wager: $4,400

Final score: $1,200 (which means Tom Toce will leave with $41,200 for his three appearances)

BEN:
Response: "Who is Charles Darwin?"
Wager: $1,498

Wins championship with: $11,202

Correct: Who was Carolus Linneaus?

Hidden Agenda: I believe this is going to be the last episode. And taking part in it will be Eric & Danielle Skjeveland from Hicksville, NY. In the last three-part task of the series, Joe & Michelle will serve as members of Eric's murder mystery comedy troupe.

Opening Challenge: Danielle & Eric have to "kiss and dip" as many as 10 times at $250 a pop.

Second Challenge: Danielle has to feed Eric five pieces of some $1,000 fondue from the basement.

During the time in which they complete the fondue challenge, they kissed and dipped seven times, so their bank begins with $2,750.

Third Challenge: This couple has to wear a "pigs in a blanket" costume for an additional $2K.

They get this task done no problem...and do a couple more kiss and dips, bringing their new total to $5,250!

THE FINAL CHALLENGE:

$1K: Have Danielle complete Michelle's warm-up routine.
$2.5K: Danielle has to put on a pirate wardrobe.
$3.5K: Force Danielle to rehearse a murder mystery scene.

NO Perfect Game for them, because Danielle doesn't do the warm-up. However, they stll leave with $11,500 (since they did their last kiss and dip just before this episode ends)!

DOND: #2 Mike Carro, an L.A. firefighter, got the chance to win enough to possibly become a farmer. For the fourth time in a row, the base case is swapped out; he trades in his briefcase for #15.

ROUND 1:
1. #20 (Pasquale)- $2,500
2. #6 (Allyson)-
$10
3. #3 (Sharline)-
$50,000
4. #12 (Jamielynn)- $5,000
5. #21 (April)-
$50

OPENING OFFER: $21,000- NO DEAL

ROUND 2:
1. #2-
$25
2 #18 (Anthony)- BUCK
3. #14 (Rajeev)-
$250,000
4. #10 (Patty)-
$1,000
5. #16 (Sid)- $100,000 (DANGER ZONE ENFORCED)

SECOND OFFER: $12,000- NO DEAL

ROUND 3:
1. #8 (Ron)
$200
2. #7- $300
3. #13 (Pablo)- $25,000 (STRIKE ONE)
4. #17 (Tim)- $400

THIRD OFFER: $23,000- NO DEAL

ROUND 4:
1. #19 (Kelly)- $75,000 (STRIKE TWO)
2. #11 (Lisa)- $10,000 (LIMITED SAFETY NET LEFT)

FOURTH OFFER: $18,000- NO DEAL

ROUND 5:
1. #9 (Cesar)- $500
2. #1 (Raymond)- $500,000 (STRIKEOUT)

FIFTH OFFER: $1,500- NO DEAL

Rest of Mike's game:

19th PICK: #22 (Kyle)- $100

SIXTH OFFER: $2,000- NO DEAL

20th PICK: #5 (Cathy)- $5

FINAL OFFER: $3,000- DEAL

Did Mike have the $7,500 in his final case...yes.

Millionaire:

Conclusion of Michelle Solgan's game
Game 2

Episode ratings:

8: "Hidden Agenda"
7: "Jeopardy!", "Millionaire" "The Price is Right" & "Wheel of Fortune"
6: "Deal or No Deal" & "Let's Make a Deal"