Monday, May 31, 2010

"True Beauty"- SECOND SEASON PREMIERE

Here are the 10 contestants:

MEN:
Craig Francyzk (Winnipeg)- Retail manager
David Palmer (Huntington Beach, CA)- Astrologer/DJ
JD Scott (L.A.)- Real-estate agent
Michael Allen (Miami, Fl)- Actor/model
Taylor Bills (Irvine, CA)- Former professional athlete

WOMEN:
Amy Schmoldt (New Brunswick, NJ)- Bartender
Erika Othen (Long Island, NY)- Cocktail waitress/singer
Liz Parada (Hollywood, FL)- Model
Michelle Mozek (Dallas)- Aspiring dancer
Regina Villano (Tabernacle, NJ)- Teen pageant queen

This is a series being produced by both Ashton Kutcher and Tyra Banks. It's being hosted by Carson Kressley, with Vanessa Minnillo being his co-host and a judge. Joining Vanessa at the judging table will be Beth Ostrosky Stern. And this show is NOT in high-definition.

These people think they're competing to become "The Face of Vegas" while living at the Planet Hollywood Hotel in Las Vegas. During that time, whether they know it or not, they're actually being judged on their beauty, inside and out. The champion after the eighth episode will win $100,000 and be featured in a future People Magazine article.

Each week, there will be a challenge. The two who do the worst on it will go to the Final Face-Off, where one of them will be eliminated.

OPENING CHALLENGE: With a $200 shopping budget, they have 20 minutes to shop for clothing before dressing themselves as their Vegas alter-egos and being placed in a glass case for visitors to see. Their popularity levels within a one-hour period will decide who will definitely stay and who might be headed home. While they're shopping, an actress named Paige will pretend she's a stylist and give them some advice, as well as give them a chance to steal an item they couldn't previously afford.

Falling for Paige's item traps are...Craig, JD, Liz & Michael.

The most popular person of the week, and therefore winning the first challenge, is...


















































...Liz!

FINAL FACE-OFF: Since they were the two least popular people in the challenge, David & JD have to both plead their case to Beth & Carson on why they should stay on the show. The first of these guys to be eliminated this season is...




















































David
JD

...JD. After each cut is announced, Vanessa appears to tell them the secret about this competition, and their picture is placed in a dumpster.

"Fast Track To Fame" 5/31

This week, we're at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, which happens to be home to next week's championship show. Now, we have several notes to make before we begin- all of tonight's acts were scheduled to have appeared on an episode from the Talledega Superspeedway, but that show got rained out, so this one is a make-good for them. Likewise, this is the last chance to qualify for the season finale. Next, as of last week, new episodes have moved to Monday nights at 9 PM EST.

Finally, for this show only, the qualifying format has been changed. The scoring system, as well as the Final Showdown Round between the top two acts, have been dropped- instead, each act will compete to get in and/or stay in Victory Lane. The first one will automatically go in after they perform. After subsequent acts perform and hear their verbal feedback from each judge, the judging panel will vote if that act should replace the current one in VL or not. Whoever's in VL at the end of this show will win the $5,000 and return next week for a chance to win the grand prize.

Krista Voda fills in for Charissa Thompson for the second (and possibly final) time this season. After Rick Wainwright sings "America the Beautiful", we're off and running. The guest judge for the final preliminary round is Speed Channel personality Wendy Venturini.

1. Thunder Chickens (Bay City, WI)- Band
Song: "Redneck Woman" by Gretchen Wilson

2. Miriam Lemnouni (Daytona Beach, FL)- A singer who formerly worked in the promotions department at Daytona International Speedway (she started her singing career while at her church)
Song: "Cowboy Casanova" by Carrie Underwood

WENDY: Thunder Chickens
KATHY: Miriam
RIKI: Thunder Chickens

3. Dixie Moon (Gaffney, SC)- Band
Song: "Working Man Blues" by Merle Haggard

RIKI: Dixie Moon
KATHY: Thunder Chickens
WENDY: Thunder Chickens

4. Momentum Girls (Birmingham, AL)- Professional cheerleading/dancing team for motorsports
Dance song: "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk" by Trace Adkins

WENDY: Momentum Girls
KATHY: Momentum Girls
RIKI: Thunder Chickens

5. Phyliss Hell (Hickory, NC)- Whistler

She's whistling a pair of songs- "You're a Grand Ole Flag" and "I'm a Yankee Doodle Dandy".

By a unanimous vote...she's ELIMINATED.

6. Josh Willard (Lexington, NC)- Singer (he started doing this at church)
Song: "I Wanna Love Somebody Like You" by Keith Urban

The second unanimous vote goes...HIS way!

7. Lewis Zocchi (North Biloxi, MS)- A 75-year-old saw player who spent 21 years in the Air Force
Title of performed song: "Exodus"

All of the judges...KEEP JOSH IN VL.

FINAL ACT: Midway Blue (Florence, SC)- Band
Song: "Midnight Rider" by The Allman Brothers Band

This band gets Wendy's vote...








































...AS WELL AS KATHY'S, SO THEY ADVANCE TO NEXT WEEK'S FINALS!

Memorial Day 2010 Results

LMAD: These three people have a chance to walk away with $5,000 busting the Ca$h Pinatas- Erika (dressed as a sunflower), Amelia (dressed as a roulette wheel) and Timothy (dressed as a peanut). Here are their choices:

Erika: #3
Amelia: #2
Timothy: #1

Timothy trades his pinata for what's behind Curtain #1...a beach sports package (includes private surfing lessons) worth $1,530. His pinata had...THE CASH. Secondly, Amelia keeps her pinata...she gave up a membership to the ZONK Fan Club (they didn't mean humans, though) AND IS $5,000 RICHER! Finally, Erika also hangs on to her pinata, passing up the beach package for...NOTHING BUT CANDY.

The second deal is being made with the rodeo clown couple of Michael & Sarah. Here are their choices:

Bronze envelope (Wayne Brady): CASH
Blue small box (Jonathan Mangum): HANDHELD
Big box (Tiffany Coyne): WEAR
Curtain #2 (Tiffany): THE BIG RISK

They take the smaller box...and win the 16 GB iPad plus the $500 iTunes gift card, giving them a total of $999 in prizes. Let's see what everything else was:

Envelope: $100
Big box: His/her Rolex watches ($8,400)
Middle curtain: Trip to The Bellagio in Las Vegas ($3,635)

Deal #3 is Rap Me a Deal. Megan hears the first rap about the blue small box, which ends with "...something you can smell". Her choice is that or Curtain #1. She goes with the box...and thanks to her dad, she gets some perfumes in garlic and sardine flavors. What was behind Curtain #1 smelled much better than that...a stainless-steel BBQ worth $4,599. She'll have to settle for $100. To be continued...

Later on in this episode, somebody will be headed to the show's ATM Machine. But we must now do the Rock, Paper, Scissors Deal with Raynee (dressed as a box of tissues) & Marilyn (dressed as a watch).

Raynee: Blue- ROCK
Marilyn: Red- SCISSORS; ELIMINATED WITH $100

Raynee then gives back her $1,000 for a chance to win the Chevrolet Cobalt ($16,490)(Curtain #3). She picks the Rock envelope, which corresponds to the object she won the first part of the game with...the good news is that the Paper envelope doesn't have the CAR, the bad news is that THE ROCK ONE DOESN'T HAVE IT, EITHER.

Time for Joy (dressed as a cheerleader) to go to that ATM Machine.

1. $250
2. $100 ($350)
3. $200 ($550)
4. $1,000 ($1,550); QUITS
5. $1,300
6. $250
7. $300
8. BUST

Since she still has that "Go big or go home" attitude from the time she woke up to attend this episode's taping, she's buying Curtain #3 for all of that money. Is that Chevy Cobalt still back there...YES- PERFECT DEAL!

Back to RMAD we go with Richard (who's wearing an Ireland soccer replica jersey). The rap regarding Curtain #1 has something to do with the word "eats". He keeps that curtain after giving back the silver envelope...because the bounced check was in said envelope, he's got himself a dining room worth $3,773!

THE BIG DEAL: Joy's still got that extreme gambling attitude, so she's trading back that automobile for a shot at a $25,153 Big Deal. She picks Door #1. Behind the door furthest to the right, #3, was a $7,100 trip to the Fairmount South Hampton in Bermuda. The middle door had...THE BD- a snowmobile, a VESPA scooter and a Kawasaki jet ski. That means she trades all the way down to a black range and a stainless-steel microwave worth $2,397, and she just gave a ZONK ANSWER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE. Amelia becomes the day's top winner as a result with her five grand in cash.

TPIR: The first four names on Rich Fields' hit list consists of Kathy Turner, David Belman, Amy Rutberg (who's wearing one of those "I Love New York" T-shirts) and Kristine Chyplyk. And the opening IUFB is a digita slot car package that includes a race track (Rachel at Door #2).

Kathy: $600
Kristine: $1,400
David: $700
Amy: $715

ARP: $1,362

Because Kristine overbid by $38, Amy will be the one playing Cover Up for the Hyundai Genesis (Std., Prot, Mats, Net)(Lanisha at Door #3). Board:

First number: 2 or 4?
Second number: 0, 2 or 3?
Third number: 0, 2, 3 or 4?
Fourth number: 2, 5, 7, 8 or 9?
Last number: 2, 3, 5, 6, 8 or 9?

OPENING DUD PRICE: $17,940

Her first guess is $20,498...she has the first and third digits correct. Her second guess is $23,486...the 3 is now right. Third is $23,472...she has the 7 right now. She then loses with $23,475- it was $23,473 (which she was leaning towards). Great try.

Fifth is Josephine Settle and the second IUFB is several pairs of Beats by Dr. Dre headphones and the 64 GB iPod Touch (Gwendolyn inside the clam).

Josephine: $1,500
Kathy: $900
Kristine: $950
David: $1,000

ARP: $1,069

David plays Most Expen$ive for the Samsung 46" 3-D LCD HDTV (Lanisha), the Heartland stainless-steel refrigerator (Rachel) and a treadmill (Gwen). He agrees with me on the refrigerator. The TV is $2,900, the treadmill is $2,100...and we're both right with the fridge at $3,599!

Sixth is Yessenia Castellanos and IUFB #3 is Head tennis equipment and the 10 one-hour private tennis lessons (Lanisha behind the rising sign).

Yessenia: $799
Josephine: $1,500
Kathy: $1,000
Kristine: $1,501

ARP: $1,470

Josephine was over by $30, whereas Kristine overbid by a buck more, meaning Kathy will play Grocery Game (Lanisha) for the Killerspin table tennis package, the poker table and the Mizerak pool table, a game room extravaganza worth $5,253 (Gwen & Rachel at Door #2). You're going to love this playing's category- groceries with Pricing Game names in them! The five in play are Bonkers Performance Tea, Bull's-Eye Original BBQ Sauce, Whiskas Temptations Savor Salmon Flavor Treats, a four-pack of Switch Orange Tangerine 100% Carbonated Juice and a box of Nutritions Living Hi-Lo 100% Natural Cereal.

1. 5 Cereals: 5 X $4.79 = WIPEOUT AT $23.95

For the record, here were the rest of the prices:

Tea: $6.99
Sauce: $2.29
Cat treats: $1.79
Juice: $3.99

SHOWCASE SHOWDOWN #1:
Amy ($1,362): Quarter + 30 = $.55
Kathy ($1,470): 30 + Dime = $.40
David ($9,668): Two Quarters- AMY GOES TO THE SHOWCASE

Coming on down next from the Army is Michael Torre and the fourth IUFB is a kayak package (Rachel at Door #3).

Michael: $1,499
Kristine: $1,000
Yessenia: $1,600
Josephine: $1,601

ARP: $1,799

Josephine, who is one of Drew Carey's emotionally-charged biggest friends, plays Flip-Flop for a trip to the Millennium Hotel in Anchorage (Gwen at Door #2). Board:

4535

She does the complete FF to $5,453...

$ 5 4 5 3

...AND FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE JANUARY 19, 2009, SOMEBODY WINS WITH THAT CHOICE!

Plugging in the orange spot next is Tiffany Gouch and the fifth IUFB is a selection of women's jewelry w/ some Coach scarves (Gwen & Lanisha).

Tiffany: $1,125
Michael: $1,299
Kristine: $1,300
Yessenia: $1,301

ARP: $1,422

Yessenia will play Pl!nko, with the quartet of SPs being handled by Rachel.

1. Marc Jacobs Lola Perfume
IS NOT: $80
PICK: 8- $85


2. Vacuum carafe
IS NOT: $48
PICK: 4- $40

3. Red spotlight lamp
IS NOT: $65
PICK: 5- $69

4. Rubik's Cube-shaped clock
IS NOT: $28
PICK: 8- $18


She did good on those tough SPs- the extra three PCs are given to her by Lanisha.

1. DUD (Right)
2. $1,000 (Left)
3. $100 (Left)
4. $500 (Right)- WINS $1,600

Coming out of the Peanut Gallery last is Brandon Price and the final IUFB is a bar set (Rachel behind splitting sign). Kristine's been here the whole show, but she will be bidding last.

Brandon: $1,200
Tiffany: $2,850
Michael: $1,525
Kristine: $1,526

ARP: $2,200, so Kristine has finally made it!

And not only that, she's playing Any Number for either the 17-piece Chef's Classic cookware set (Lanisha) or the Scion xB (Std., Security, Mats)(Gwen at Door #2).

1. 9- Pricey Ziffel ($ 9 . _ _)
2. 7- Cookware ($ _ 7 _)
3. 8- SCION ($ 1 8 , _ _ _)
4. 2- SCION ($ 1 8 , _ 2 _)
5. 5- SCION ($ 1 8 , 5 2 _)
6. 3 (her mom's choice)- Pricey Ziffel ($ 9 . 3 _)
7. 4- WINS SCION! ($18,524)

The cookware was $670 and the MD piggy bank was valued at $9.31.

My lineup today:

1. Most Expensive
2. Pl!nko
3. Cover Up
4. Flip-Flop
5. Any Number
6. Grocery Game

SHOWCASE SHOWDOWN #2 (winner gets Top Winner's Showcase spot):
Yessenia ($3,165): 20 + 40 = $.60
Josephine ($7,252): $.90
Kristine ($20,724): WINS WITH $.95!

The first Showcase has places where you might be relaxing on holidays like this one. First, you could be headed to The Westin Beach Resort in Ft. Lauderdale (Lanisha in between Doors #1 & #2; includes an airboat ride through The Everglades). Second, while at home, some steam will be around you while you're in the Almost Heaven Sauna (Rachel at Door #2). Finally, you might be flying to Palm Island while in The Grenadines (Gwen in between Doors #2 & #3).

KRISTINE PASSES TO AMY; AMY BIDS $24,111 ON SAUNA/TRIPS SHOWCASE

MY BID FOR SAUNA/TRIPS SHOWCASE: $25,033

Kristine's Showcase is about other ways to spend some time on this day. First, you could be cooking for your family/friends with the Bull BBQ island (Gwen at Door #1). Second, you and a friend could ride away on this Kawasaki motorcycle (Lanisha in front of Contestant's Row). Finally, if she wins this Showcase, the Scion will presumably stay behind Door #2, and this additional car will be hers behind Door #3- the PT Cruiser (Rachel).

KRISTINE BIDS $32,614 ON CAR SHOWCASE- STAGE WILLY

MY BID FOR CAR SHOWCASE: $26,275

KRISTINE'S SHOWCASE:
BID: $32,614

ARP: $27,689
OVER

AMY'S SHOWCASE:
BID: $24,111

ARP: $26,281- WIN!

Amy wins $27,643 in merchandise.

TODAY'S PG RECORD: 3-3
TOTAL WINNINGS: $69,922

TNG: On this Memorial Day, our three couples are:

Tim & Rosanne (married 1 1/3 years)
David & Kelly (married 1/4 of a year)
Steven & Vanessa (also married 1/4 of a year)

Randy's Intro: "The woman whose job is to find out what's goes on when the lights go off"

ROUND 1:

1. What's the one word you hear most frequently in your bedroom?
2. How many one-night stands did your wife have before she met you?
3. When you're in the doghouse, what's the one thing you know you can do for your wife that will at least make her think about letting you out?

HUSBANDS' RESPONSES:

Tim:
1. Tired
2. One
3. Give her a neck rub

David:
1. Daddy
2. None
3. Give her some desserts

Steven:
1. Goodnight
2. One
3. Give her flowers

SECOND HONEYMOON TRIP AT STAKE: Almond Morgan Bay

WIVES' RESPONSES:

Rosanne:
1. Later- NO MATCH
2. None- NO MATCH
3. Rub her feet- NO MATCH

Kelly:
1. Honey- NO MATCH
2. None- MATCH (5)
3. Make up some sex- NO MATCH

Vanessa:
1. Stomach- NO MATCH
2. None- NO MATCH
3. Rub her feet- NO MATCH

ROUND 2:

1. The first time you saw each other naked, who would you say was more excited?
2. Where, if ever, have you and your husband had sex in public?
3. If your first bedroom adventure was a scene from a DVD, would it be an instructional video, a romantic comedy or an adult film?
30-POINT BONUS QUESTION: "I find my husband sexiest when he _______________, and the least sexy when he _________________."

WIVES' RESPONSES:

Rosanne:
1. Tim
2. Nowhere
3. Romantic comedy
BONUS: Laughs, farts

Kelly:
1. David
2. In the car on the streets
3. Romantic comedy
BONUS: He comes out of the shower, farts

Vanessa:
1. Steven
2. Nowhere
3. Romantic comedy
BONUS: Cleans/does the dishes, farts

HUSBANDS' RESPONSES:

Tim:
1. Rosanne- NO MATCH
2. Nowhere- MATCH (10)
3. Romantic comedy- MATCH (20)
BONUS: Walks around naked, clear my throat- NO MATCH

David:
1. Himself- MATCH (15)
2. In the car on the streets- MATCH (25)
3. Instructional video- NO MATCH
BONUS: Smiles, farts- ONE MATCH (40)

Steven:
1. Himself- MATCH (10)
2. Nowhere- MATCH (20)
3. Romantic comedy- MATCH (30)
BONUS: Dresses up, spits- LOSS; DAVID & KELLY WIN

Reeds Romance Moment of the Night: Rosanne & Tim after their first match all night long

Tonight's Consolation Prize: Arthur Murray dancing lessons

WOF: The first Toss-Up category on the week is Thing:

T R E A _ U _ E

_ A _

Rashna blanks out on the second word.

T R E A _ U R E

_ A _

Ditto for Glynis.

T R E A S U R E

_ A _

Mike then guesses TREASURE BAY...incorrect, so we have our second (and hopefully the last) TOSS-UP TRIPLE STUMPER of the season. The correct answer was TREASURE MAP.

Video Bonus: "Wheel" Season 27 TS #2

Anyway, here are tonight's players:

Glynis Tatum (Springfield, MO)- Real-estate broker
Mike Waite (Los Angeles; originally from Nurishell, NY)- Marketer/musician
Rashna Trayna (Victoria, BC)- Assistant manager at a university club

Let's see if somebody will score on the $2,000 Toss-Up, with the category being Show Biz:

_ _ _ T - S E E

_ _ _ I E

Glynis solves MUST-SEE MOVIE to strike first blood in this match.

IHOP Jackpot Round category is Rhyme Time and out on the wheel now is a trip to the Taveuni Island Resort & Spa in Fiji from South Pacific Custom Travel.com worth $9,835. Glynis starts with two N's for $800, an A while on Free Play, but she then hits the Bankrupt next to the $2,500 wedge to lose the eight Benjamins. Secondly, Mike calls two S's for $5,000, buys two E's, but he then calls a dud in L. Third, Rashna calls two T's for $1,800, two H's for another $900, but she then buys a dud vowel in O. After Glynis and Mike both dud out with the M and the I respectively, we get right back to Rashna with her buying the last remaining vowels, three U's. Following that, we have...

T H E / _ U N / H A S

_ U S T / _ E _ U N

...she says THE FUN HAS JUST BEGUN for $2,200 and the early lead by $200.

DUDS: I (Mike), $600 L (Mike), $600 M (Glynis), O (Rashna)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Glynis
LEFT BEHIND IN JACKPOT: $10,950

The Prize Puzzle Round category is, fittingly, Place. Mike Bankrupts immediately next to the $3,500 spot. Second, Rashna calls four T's for $2,000, buys five E's and calls two H's for the trip and two N's for another $600 before buying three O's and calling a $900 F. But she then buys a negative vowel in A to leave $12,835 in cash and Fiji on the table. After Glynis calls three I's while on FP to clean out the vowels, she Bankrupts next to the top dollar spot for the second time tonight. Mike then buzzes in...

O N E / O F / T H E

_ E _ T / _ I T I E _

I N / T H E / _ O _ _ _

...and wins a trip to ONE OF THE BEST CITIES IN THE WORLD- New York City at the Kimberly Hotel from Worldhotels.com (also includes tickets to "Perfect Crime") worth $8,090.

SOLE DUD: A (Rashna)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Mike, Glynis)

TONIGHT'S SPIN ID: LS2869399 (Lucille S. from Louisiana)

Meineke Mystery Round category is Before & After and it's a big puzzle. We start this time with Rashna, who calls three T's for $2,700, four N's for the Wild Card and buys four E's and an A before dudding out with the R. Second, Glynis calls two D's for a grand, a $350 B, buys three O's, but she then loses her turn with the H. Third, Mike lands on the Mystery Wedge next to the Million Dollar Wedge and calls five F's. He takes five C-notes for them (good, because there was a Bankrupt back there) before trying to solve with the following...

_ N _ D E N T _ F _ E D

F _ _ _ N _

O B _ E _ T / O F

_ _ / A F F E _ T _ O N

...but he missolves for the second time this evening with UNIDENTIFIED FLYING OBJECT OF AN AFFECTION. Following that unfortunate happening, Rashna lands on the other MW and calls a couple C's...but she does NOT flip it over and settles for an extra two large instead. Here's the board now...

_ N _ D E N T _ F _ E D

F _ _ _ N _

O B _ E C T / O F

_ _ / A F F E C T _ O N

...she solves UNIDENTIFIED FLYING OBJECT OF MY AFFECTION to move up to $4,200.

DUDS: $300 H (Glynis), $400 R (Rashna)
SOLE DQ: Mike (blown solve)

The last Toss-Up topic is Person:

_ A _ T E R / O F

_ _ S _ U I S E

Glynis' the MASTER OF DISGUISE here to take over second place with five G's.

Next category is Phrase. She leads off with five T's for $2,750 and buys an O, followed by an I while on FP but then the Bankrupt next to the top dollar position to take away her remaining $2,500; that's the third time on the night she's done that. After Mike does the exact same thing for his second time, Rashna puts up a $500 H, buys two A's, but she then duds out with the B.
Back to Glynis, who calls a $300 S, buys a trio of E's to close the vowel department and lights up an $800 R before we finally hear the Speed-Up Bell...

_ O _ / T H A T ' S

E _ T E R T A I _ _ E _ T

...and learn that the remaining three consonants are worth $1,900 each. She then makes the quad N's show up...

N O _ / T H A T ' S

E N T E R T A I N _ E N T

...and admits NOW THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT for $8,450 and the championship with $13,450! Mike's going to NYC and Rashna will be headed home with $4,200 (minus her worthless WC).

So far, $25,740 in cash and vacation has been given away on a struggle-filled night.

SOLE DUD (prior to big bell): $350 B (Rashna)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Glynis, Mike)

TONIGHT'S BANKRUPT TRASH: $3,300

Maxwell House Big Money Round: This week's car is an Acura RDX. Glynis Tatum spins the N in WIN and the category is Thing. Starting with:

_ R _ E N _ L _

_ _ _ E R

She calls B, D, H and I and gets...

_ R I E N D L _

_ _ _ E R

...and she loses this $25,000 FRIENDLY WAGER by being wrong with FRIENDLY FLYER and FRIENDLY BUYER. She leaves with $13,450.

Jeopardy!: Virginia's Aaron Ammerman tries to repeat as champion tonight against:

Cathy Melocik (Wilder, VT)- Editor for a buisness school (incidentially, her mother wrote a letter to Alex Trebek back when he was a producer of this show in 1986 to unsuccessfully challenge the correct response to a clue)
Sally Ronald (Portland, IN)- Graduate student in Russian Studies

Monday night's first six categories are:

A PARIS CHRONOLOGY
HEISMAN TROPHY WINNERS
FASHION
STATE THE STATE (a picture of at least one state is displayed on each clue)
COOKING WEIGHTS & MEASURES

SILENT-LETTERED WORDS

A bit just before the first commercial break, Ronald finds the Daily Double under the middle State the State clue with $2,200 and the early lead; Melocik's just $400 behind her and Ammerman has $800. For $1,000, here is the clue:

Let's have the three seen here (#1, #2 & #3) in order from north to south.

"What are South Dakota, Nebraska & Kansas?"...yes indeed to inch up to $3,200! At the initial timeout, she has $4,200; Melocik's now at $2,600.

LACH TRASH (all unattempted): $1,800

SCORES AFTER OPENING ROUND:

Aaron: $3,800
Sally: $7K
Cathy: $5,200


DJ! Categories:

PROPHET REPORT
ROCK BAND INITIALS

RED FISH, BLUE FISH
WE'RE GOING BACKWARDS
ARE YOU AN -INI?

OR AN "AUDI"

The "-INI" category concludes with DD #1, and Melocik gets it with $8,400; she's $1,400 behind the champion for second place and $3K back of Ronald for the lead. She wagers the face value of the following clue:

His last name begins with the five-letter title of a Puccini opera he conducted.

"Who was Toscanini?"...right to take over second for the time being with $10,400! With three clues left to go, Ammerman uncovers the last one of the night with the final Prophet Report clue and $13,400. This is a real squeaker of a contest, because Melocik's a close second with $12,400 and Ronald trails her by just $200. He bets a thou on this:

Cassandra, a prophetess of Greek myth, also appears in this Shakespeare play.

"What is 'The Tempest'?"...NOT the play. The right one was "Troilus & Cressida", so he at least temporarily falls to a first-place tie.

ATTEMPTED LACH TRASH: $4,800
UNATTEMPTED LACH TRASH: $1,600
TOTAL DJ! LACH TRASH: $6,400

SCORES AFTER DOUBLE JEOPARDY!:

Aaron: $10,400
Sally: $12,200
Cathy: $14K

CORYAT SCORES:

Aaron: $11,400
Sally: $11,800
Cathy: $14K

This is a really interesting 2/3 betting situation for the first Final Jeopardy! of the week, as all three players are separated by $1,600. The champ should go ALL-IN, while the suggested wager for both women is $8,600.

FJ! CATEGORY: English Poets.

Translator Edward Fitzgerald wrote that her 1861 "...death is rather a relief to me...no more Aurora Leighs, thank God".

Aaron Ammerman's response was "Who is Elizabeth Berrett Browning?"...YES! But he only wagered $3,600, so he finishes with $14K. Sally Ronald...BLANKED OUT, and she bet $1,800. Cathy Melocik...BECOMES THE NEW CHAMP WITH $24,401! Mr. Ammerman, I hope you spend your $28K wisely.

Episode ratings:

7: "Jeopardy!" & "The Price is Right"
6: "The Newlywed Game"
5: "Let's Make a Deal" & "Wheel of Fortune"

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Next Week in Game Shows: May 31-June 6

Next week, it's officially the start of the Summer GS season, and here we have:

-"Wipeout" unoffically begins its third season with a two-hour Blind Date episode!

-The season premieres of "America's Got Talent", "Hell's Kitchen" & "The Next Food Network Star"!

-"True Beauty" makes its GSK debut (it's in its second season)!

-GSN's Saturday Night Poker begins!

Also, the "Fast Track to Fame Battle of Champions" begins in Charlotte, NC, we conclude this season's L.A. episodes of "Let's Make a Deal" and possibly much more next week on GSK.

The Week in Review: May 24-30

Players of the Week:
WINNERS: Nicole Scherzinger & Derek Hough ("Dancing with the Stars X" champions)
RUNNER-UP: Lee DeWyze ("American Idol IX" champion)
3RD PLACE: Michael Ventrella ($250,000)("The Biggest Loser")

Other Big Winners and Notables:
Mark Hasell- $168,000 ("Deal or No Deal")
Bob Benke- $100,000 ("WWTBAM")
Koli Palu- $100,000 ("The Biggest Loser")
Buddy Wright- $89,804 as four-day champ ("Jeopardy!")
Kathleen Scott- $61,050 ("The Price is Right")
James Rasmussen- $53,387 ("TPIR")
Tom LaPorta- $51,501 as three-day champ ("Jeopardy!")

ZONK ANSWER OF THE WEEK: Buddy's hilarious "What is damn the torpedo" FJ! response last Tuesday night

Friday, May 28, 2010

BREAKING NEWS: Coleman dead at 42

Actor Gary Coleman, after suffering from a brain hemorrhage, departed this life at 12:05 PM EST today at the Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo.

Coleman appeared on both John Davidson's "Hollywood Squares" during its first two season, as well as the next-to-last season of the most recent version hosted by Tom Bergeron. Also, he participated in the GSN special "Who Wants To Be Governor of California" that was hosted by Kennedy.

But he was best known for starring on "Different Strokes".

Various sources contributed to this report.

"So You Think You Can Dance" Season 7 premiere rating

The seventh season premiere of "So You Think You Can Dance" was watched by 8.17 million viewers.

Source: The Futon Critic

"American Idol"- For the record...

-During Tuesday night's results show, the judges thought if they could have picked a winner by themselves, it would be Crystal Bowersox.

-For the first time ever, streamers were released along with the confetti during Lee DeWyze's Million Dollar Song performance after he won the crown from Bowersox.

Various sources contributed to this report.

More details on GSN's Saturday night poker block

-The 10-week "Aussie Millions" series that will start airing June 5th at 9 PM EST consists of action from three different tournaments- an AUS$100,000 Challenge, a Heads-Up Championship and an AUS$2M Main Event.

-When that's done, a 13-week tournament called the Doubles Poker Championship will begin on August 14th in the same timeslot, with the top prize being $500K for each member of the championship team. Both of these series are presented by FullTiltPoker.net.

-GSN has also acquired the re-run rights to the first season of FOX's "PokerStars.net Million Dollar Challenge", and their episodes will air at 11 PM EST every Saturday.

Various sources contributed to this report.

5/28/2010 Results

LMAD: Before Jorge Salazar from Apple Valley, CA (dressed as an explorer) can do anything else, he has to give away two of the following- Curtain #1, Curtain #2 and/or the big box. We start off with him giving the box to Michelle, and she buys it for $600...it’s the Bosch washer/dryer package ($3,584). Secondly, Jorge gives the middle curtain to Myra (dressed as your typical checkered flag girl at an auto race). She originally wants $700 in exchange for that, but she changes her mind. A few seconds later, she gives the curtain back for good at the price of $900...and she just let a game room package go away at the last split-second ($5,746). That leaves Jorge with the choice of either some cash or his Curtain #1. He turns down $600, $700 and $900, but he then walks with $1,100...and he just sold the giant blow dryer, as well as a torn-up windsurfer!

The third contestant to play the Lotto is Cherie Ann (who’s wearing a birthday hat and an oversized Queen of Spades card). Like the last time, the car that’s up for grabs here is the Nissan Cube (Curtain #3). She picks Cards #2, #5 & #6.

1. #6- WAYNE
2. #5-
CAR
 

She can go for either of those two prizes or settle for this Sure Thing behind Curtain #1- a Nikon digital camera package worth $2,175. She’s going for it with Card #2.

FINAL CARD: #2- JONATHAN

The other car was behind #8.


The third deal is the Personal Diary Deal. The first participant is Samantha (dressed as a cell phone), who hears this from Wayne Brady’s diary courtesy of Jonathan Mangum:

Dear Diary: What a wonderfully fantastic day this was. The quilting party was a huge success, and although no one came because I have no friends, I was able to quilt my own little people that hung out with me for several hours. Soon, they were born with my sparkling ancedotes and they left. Speaking of sparkling, I peeked inside the (red) small box and saw something with a lot of sparkle.

She can either have the red box or the silver envelope. Samantha takes the box…and she’s won a $2,100 pair of white gold diamond earrings from the Kazangian Brothers. As for the envelope…the Nissan Cube was in there. A second round of this deal will come soon.

The next two traders are Thomas and Robin (dressed as a cheerleader). They both begin with what’s inside the blue small box, which is a $1,000 newegg.com gift card. They first trade it away for what’s behind Curtain #2...one of the Pier 1 Imports living room packages ($4,168). After that, they both reject Curtain 3’s contents…a ZONK boxing set- PERFECT DEAL!

Time now for the couple of David (dressed as The Moon) & Kerry (dressed as some honey) to win some money with a few grocery items and their national introduction years. Each correct answer that comes from their mouths is worth $500.

1. Tuna Helper
CHOICES: 1972 or 1988
PICK: 1988- INCORRECT

2. Crunch ‘n Munch
CHOICES: 1966 or 1976
PICK: 1976- WRONG AGAIN

3. California Pizza Kitchen pizzas
CHOICES: 1965 or 1985
PICK: 1985- CORRECT


After everybody in this morning’s audience learns that they’re all getting a $60 gift certificate to CPK, David & Kerry give back their five Benjamins for Curtain #1...and back there is a second honeymoon vacation at the Divi Carina Bay Beach Resort & Casino in St. Croix ($6,788)- PERFECT DEAL #2!

Finally, Veronica sees Wayne receive Jonathan’s diary from Tiffany Coyne, and the latest entry reads remarkably like this:

Dear Diary: Get a load of this- I’m really boomed. Today, I got fired from “Soul Train”. They thought that I was locking, but really, that’s just how I walk. So, I guess I’m gonna give up my life of a professional dancer to join Wayne on the very successful game show, and people tune into to watch while I sit in the corner and wish that I could fit into his pants. But instead, I guess I’ve gotta carry around this tremendous bud of mine. Well, while I cry, I looked behind Curtain #2 and saw something that would put me on cloud nine.

She turns down the bronze envelope in order to keep her curtain…but it’s a ZONK hang glider. That will cost her…a check for $2,600, so like Cherie Ann, she’ll only be getting some free pizza after this episode is over.


THE BIG DEAL: Thomas takes a crack at Friday’s Big Deal, which is worth $21,456 in cash and/or prizes. He chooses Door #1, because that‘s what he and his geeky friends wanted him to do if he got this far...AND HE’S WON ALL THREE DOORS OF PRIZES! First, behind Door #2 is…$1,776 from The Bank Vault! Second, Door #3 has…the Whistler, BC ski trip from The Journeymasters ($8,990)! And last, but not least…the Hyundai Accent Blue behind his door!


(Note: After this episode was taped, Jorge got engaged to his girlfriend Lisa Franco! The money he won helped him to buy an engagement ring for her.)

TPIR: Friday’s First Four consists of Carla Long (who‘s wearing a Cliff Hangers T-shirt), Robert Norris, Lawana E. Dawson and James Rasmussen. The opening IUFB is one of the Honda CRF 100 motorcycles (Lanisha behind splitting sign).

Robert: $1,800
Carla: $1,500
Lawana: $1,501
James: BUCK
 

ARP: $2,699

Robert plays It’s In the Bag (Gwendolyn & Rachel), and the six grocery items on that cart this time are a bag of Corazona’s Heart-Healthy Lightly Salted Pita Chips, the 100% Whey Protein, a Sara Lee Cheesecake with strawberries, the Glidden Paint Tester, a bottle of Mr. Bubble and some bubble gum lip gloss.


$.99: Gloss
$26.99: Protein
$3.79: Chips
$2.94: Bubble bath
$4.95: Cheesecake


The first two items are right for $2,000. Robert presses his luck with the chips…and he’s right for $4,000! I hope he stops now, because I know the $8,000 item is actually the paint tester…and he does! The grand prize-winning item this morning was actually the Mr. Bubble.


Fifth is Mishell Hahn and the second IUFB is an Ocean Kayak package (Lanisha at Door #2).

Mishell: $1,700
Carla: $1,100
Lawana: $891
James: $1,701

ARP: $1,053

Lawana plays Lucky $even for the $17,549 Ford Focus (Rachel). She manages to get the second and third numbers exactly right…but thanks to saying 7 and 5 again to close things out, she LOSES PAINFULLY.

Sixth is Regina Lawrence and the third IUFB is a selection of Diane Von Furstenberg accessories (Gwen & Rachel).

Regina: $825
James: $500
Mishell: $925
Carla: $926

ARP: $1,477


Carla plays Pushover for a stainless-steel kitchen appliance trio (Lanisha at Door #3). Her line of numbers:

638057954

She agrees with me by pushing to $8,057...BUT WE’RE BOTH WRONG! She should’ve pushed all the way to $6,380.

SHOWCASE SHOWDOWN #1:
Lawana ($1,053; she does a Wheelie): Three Quarters
Carla ($1,477): 40 + 85 = OVER BY A QUARTER
Robert ($6,699): 35 + BUCK = OVER; LAWANA GOES TO THE SHOWCASE


Coming on down seventh is Amanda Black and the second-to-last IUFB of the week is the Lenovo laptop (Gwen).

Amanda: $1,568
Regina: $1,100
James: $1,101

Mishell: $795

ARP: $849

Mishell, who is a mother, plays One Wrong Price for a modern dinette set marked at $2,300 (Lanisha), an Aico Queen Bed marked at $3,149 (Rachel) and a Pier 1 seating group marked at just $850 (Gwen). She goes with yours truly on the seating ground…and it’s actually $1,287!


The third player called down to the red spot is Michelle Francia and the next IUFB is a StreetStrider (Rachel).

Michelle: $777
Amanda: $785
Regina: $975
James: $976

ARP: Two large

James, the last of the FF to get on stage on this Friday, plays Master Key for all of these prizes behind Door #2- the Danby wine cooler ($999)(Rachel), $3,000 worth of Homegoods gift cards (Gwen) and the Hyundai Accent GS (Lanisha).


1. Pair of Marc Jacobs sunglasses
SETUP: 798
PICK: $98- CORRECT; PICKS KEY #3 (because of his son)

2. Darth Vader alarm clock/radio
SETUP: 642
PICK: $42- YES INDEED; PICKS KEY #1


Key #3: ZONK
Key #1: MASTER KEY!!!


The last player picked this week is Michael White and the final IUFB is his/her golf equipment (Lanisha at Door #3).

Michael: $1,400
Michelle: $1,350
Amanda: $1,800
 
Regina: BUCK

ARP: $1,170

With that $1 bid, Regina plays Freeze Frame for a trip to Pebble Beach (Lanisha’s still at Door #3). The best-looking prices are $4,496, $5,589, $7,544, $8,927 and $9,612. She pulls the lever at $7,544...but she just missed it- the price was $4,496.


My lineup today:

1. One Wrong Price
2. Master Key
3. Pushover
4. Freeze Frame
5. It’s In the Bag
6. Lucky $even


SHOWCASE SHOWDOWN #2:
Regina ($1,170): 40 + 85 = OVER BY A QUARTER
Mishell ($7,585): 20 + 40 = $.60
James ($19,949): WINS TOP WINNER’S SHOWCASE PODIUM WITH $.90!


The first Showcase is modeled by Gwen at Door #3, and back there we have an outdoor paradise package that includes a hammock, a classic EZ chair/chaise and a trip to the Casa Taz in Cabo San Lucas from Luxury Retreats Private Villas & Sales.

LAWANA BIDS 23 GRAND ON OUTDOORS SHOWCASE


MY BID FOR OUTDOORS SHOWCASE:
$19,223

James has a chance at this Retro Showcase- the Panasonic 42” plasma HDTV w/ a Nintendo Wii package (Rachel at Door #2), the Skee-Ball game table (Rachel at Door #2), a cotton candy machine (Rachel at Door #2) and the Beetle (Std., AT, Sunroof, iPod)(Lanisha at Door #1). 

Everybody in the studio gets to eat some cotton candy!

JAMES BIDS $27,995 ON RETRO SHOWCASE


MY BID FOR RETRO SHOWCASE: $28,617

JAMES’ SHOWCASE:
BID: $27,995
ARP: $33,438

DIFFERENCE: $5,443

LAWANA’S SHOWCASE:
BID: $23,000
ARP: $19,802

OVER- JAMES WINS!

James wins $53,387 in total merchandise! But his Accent is nowhere to be found by the time this episode goes off the air.


TODAY’S PG RECORD: 2-3-1
TOTAL WINNINGS: $71,371

TNG: Friday's fierce couples:

David & Julie (married two months shy of two years)
Mat & Carissa (married 1/6 of a year)
Justin & Megan (married three months shy of two years)

Randy's Intro: "A woman who can make Dr. Ruth blush"

ROUND 1:

1. If sex were an Olympic sport, in what area would you score the highest- endurance, speed or artistic expression?
2. If you decided to get a tattoo to commemorate your wedding night, what would it look like?
Ladies Home Journal Question of the Night: Would you say your wife trusts you always, most of the time or she wish she could trust you even more?

HUSBANDS' RESPONSES:

David:
1. Artistic expression
2. Wine glass
3. Always

Mat:
1. Speed
2. A heart with her name on it that's on his back
3. Always

Justin:
1. Artistic expression
2. Winged foot
3. Always

SECOND HONEYMOON TRIP AT STAKE: Almond Smugglers Cove

I'm very sure at least one couple will get on the board in this first round.

WIVES' RESPONSES:

Julie:
1. Endurance- NO MATCH
2. The Sun- NO MATCH
3. Always- MATCH (5)

Carissa:
1. Speed- MATCH (5)
2. A heart- MATCH (10)
3. Always- MATCH (15)

Megan:
1. Artistic expression- MATCH (5)
2. Lightning bolt- NO MATCH
3. Always- MATCH (10)

Reeds Romance Moment of the Night: Carissa & Mat after completing their sweep of Round 1

ROUND 2:

1. If your husband's package was compared to something you drink out of, would it be a juice glass, a champagne flute or a Big Gulp?
2. If your husband was going to be away from you for a long time, what do you think is the one thing of yours that he would choose to bring as a fond reminder?
3. Complete the following: "I can always tell my husband is lying, because he ________________."
30-POINT BONUS QUESTION: "My absolute favorite part of foreplay is _____________, and for my husband, it's _____________."

WIVES' RESPONSES:

Julie:
1. Flute
2. Her teddy bear
3. Bites his lip
BONUS: Kissing, when she goes "downtown"

Carissa:
1. Big Gulp
2. A photo of her
3. Acts weird
BONUS: Getting massaged, kissing

Megan:
1. Big Gulp
2. A photo of them
3. Bites his lower lip
BONUS: Going downtown (both)

HUSBANDS' RESPONSES:

David:
1. Big Gulp- NO MATCH
2. A picture- NO MATCH
3. Talk fast- NO MATCH
BONUS: Kissing, playing with her chest- ONE MATCH (20)

Mat:
1. Big Gulp- MATCH (25)
2. A picture of her- MATCH (35)
3. Stutter- NO MATCH
BONUS: Kissing, touching her butt- NO MATCH

Justin:
1. Big Gulp- MATCH (20)
2. A picture of her- ACCEPTABLE (30)
3. Laugh- NO MATCH
BONUS: Going downtown (both)- WIN! (DOUBLE to 60)

Tonight's Consolation Prize: eBates.com gift certificate

WOF: This is the last night of the second "Thanks a Million! Sweepstakes". After this week, we will have only two weeks left in the season- Hideaways Week and the last America's Game Week.

But before we reveal the next-to-last $25,000-winning SPIN ID, here's the first Toss-Up puzzle in the category of Phrase:

_ O _ / _ _ F

T H _ / P _ _ S S

This is HOT OFF THE PRESS- Kimberly solving this puzzle for $1,000.

NEXT-TO-LAST $25K SPIN ID OF THE SEASON: LG08020

Let's meet Friday's hopefully fine players:

Kimberly Costner (Burlington, MA)- A University of New Hampshire senior who's studying Communications and is a part of their marching band
Laurel Richardson (Basin, UT)- Customer service representative
Eric Rajas (South El Monte, CA)- Hospital safety officer/L.A. Dodgers fan

$2,000 Toss-Up category is Living Thing:

T _ L _ _ _ G

P _ R R O _

For now, Kimberly's acting like a TALKING PARROT, and that gives her $3,000 for her efforts thus far.

After a trip to Sund's Lodge on Malcolm Island in British Columbia worth $9,280 goes on the wheel, the Pure Silk Jackpot Round category is Before & After. She immediately hits the Jackpot wedge and calls two S's for $1,000, a T for the Sierra Trading Post gift tag and buys four E's before calling four A's while on Free Play, an L for the Wild Card, but then a dud vowel of O. Secondly, Laurel calls a dud consonant in R. Third, Eric hits the Bankrupt next to the $2,500 wedge. Back to Kimberly just like that, she calls two N's for another $5,000 before opting to save her WC for now. Afterwards, she lights up a $400 P, buys an I to clean out the vowels, but we then have to clean her clock because she spins up the other natural Bankrupt to lose the WC and $6,650 in cash and gift tag. Laurel follows that with two C's for $1,400, a $500 D while on Jackpot and we have...

S P A C E

N E E D L E

I N / A / _ A _ S _ A C _

...she solves SPACE NEEDLE IN A HAYSTACK for a $10,600 Jackpot and another $1,900, giving her a cash total of $12,500!

DUDS: O (Kimberly), $500 R (Laurel)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Eric, Kimberly)

We next deal with a big Food & Drink puzzle. Laurel, who might go down as the last Jackpot winner of the season, starts this round with an immediate dud of N. Second, Eric calls four S's for $2,400, buys an A and an E and calls two M's for another $1,400 before purchasing three I's and four O's. Next, he calls three R's for another $2,400, buys the last vowel of U and lights up three H's for another $900, two P's to add $600, a $300 C, a $400 K, but he then gets his second Bankrupt of the night on the right side of the Million Dollar Wedge to lose $7,150. After that, Kimberly puts up a $550 T, two D's for an extra $600, a $300 B and two W's for an additional $1,400 and we have:

B R A I S E D

P O R K / C H O P S

W I T H / W I _ D

M U S H R O O M S

She eats these BRAISED PORK CHOPS WITH WILD MUSHROOMS for $2,850 more and $5,850 total.

SOLE DUD: $400 N (Laurel)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Eric

FINAL $25K SPIN ID: CS9965933

IHOP Mystery/Prize Puzzle Round category is Song Lyrics. Eric's first in line for this round of play, but he duds out quickly with the R. Second, Kimberly calls a $300 S, two T's to triple that amount, buys an A and calls a $300 N and a trio of H's for another $1,800 prior to buying a couple of A's and a quartet of O's. We have now...

O H / _ O N ' T

_ O _ / S H O _

_ E / T H E / _ A _

...she's right with Peter Frampton's "OH, WON'T YOU SHOW ME THE WAY" for the remaining $2,250 in her bank plus a $5,800 trip to the Lapaz Waterfall Gardens in Costa Rica, giving her the lead with $13,900 in cash and vacation.

SOLE DUD: $300 R (Eric)

TRIP SPIN ID: BC8083559 (Bernard C. from California)

Surprisingly, even though the subject is Rhyme Time, the $3,000 Toss-Up is a one-wordy:

_ _ _ A C A _ A B _ A

Kimberly adds onto her score after saying the magic word of ABRACADABRA, boosting it to $16,900.

Speed-Up Round category is Proper Name and consonants are all worth...$6,000 for the second night in a row! We're looking for a professional sports team here. After Kimberly calls the L's...

_ _ R T L _ _ _

T R _ _ L / _ L _ _ _ E R S

...somebody blew 30 grand in this particular round last night because of their lack of cereal knowledge, BUT NOT THIS LADY! She nails the NBA's PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS to win the match big time with $46,900 in cash and Costa Rica! Here were the banks for the other two players at the time of her big solve:

Laurel: $18K
Eric: $6K

Laurel leaves with her Jackpot Round winnings of $12,500 and Eric gets the $1,000 consolation.

$60,400 in cash and vacations has been awarded thus far tonight!

TONIGHT'S BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding the WC): $13,800 in cash and gift tag

Maxwell House Big Money Round: Can Kimberly Costner put a cherry on top of her big evening? Let's find out. She spins the S in SPIN and the category is Things. Starting with:

_ _ _ _ N _

_ _ _ T S

CDMA...ENDS HER GAME. It was HIKING BOOTS; she needed at least the O's and the H. If she loses the $100,000, she also will have missed out on becoming the second-highest winner ever on this show...


























































...NO, she is actually the third and final contestant this week to lose $25K. But she came close, though- the $100K was in the P, and her Bonus Wheel spin just barely slid by it. In any case, she goes home with $46,900 in cash and trip!

Pat's credit in this week's full credit roll: Sasquatch wrangler

Jeopardy!: Tom LaPorta tries to go into Memorial Day as a four-time champion after facing these challengers tonight:

Elizabeth Schmitt (Dallas)- High School Drama & English teacher
Aaron Ammerman (Arlington, VA!)- Program analyst for the Department of Navy

Friday's first six subjects:

EDGAR AWARD WINNERS
MOVIE TAG LINES
PITCHING HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE WOO
ASTRONOMY
SPELL CHECK HELL
GETTING TICKED OFF

LaPorta immediately uses the High School Strategy, starting with Movie Tag Lines...NO Daily Double hit as of yet. In the meantime, when we make it to the first break, Schmitt has the early lead with $2,800, which is $800 ahead of Ammerman and $1,000 over LaPorta. Shortly after the commercials have aired, LaPorta finds the sole DD of this round under the $400 Movie Tag Lines clue with both of the guys tied for second place with $2,000 each; however, Schmitt's in Lock Game Territory. That might temporarily change after he makes it a True DD on this clue:

This 2009 comedy proclaimed "Some guys just can't handle Vegas".

"What is 'The Hangover'?"...DOUBLE to $4,000! Time expires before we can get to the last two clues on Astronomy, but Schmitt's back in the lead by $200 over LaPorta with $5,400; Ammerman's a close third with $3,400.

LACH TRASH (all unattempted): $1,600

DJ! Categories:

WHERE AM I? (Clue Crew clues)
NO. 1 QUESTIONS
FLY ME, BUT NOT TO THE MOON
INTERNATIONAL RHYME TIME
SHAMANISM ON YOU

GETTING TICKED ON

On the third clue of the round, Ammerman finds DD #1 attached to the middle Where Am I? clue with $4,600; he's $400 behind Schmitt and $600 off of LaPorta's leading total. He wagers two grand. For the lead, here's the clue from Jimmy McGuire:

I'm at Tsukiji, a seafood market that's known as a kitchen for 12 million people in this capital city.

"What is Tokyo?"...YES for the lead with $6,600! Five clues later, Schmitt finds the other one with the middle International Rhyme Time clue. She's at $7,800, $800 behind Ammerman for first place. She wagers $1,500 on the following:

Hotel Foyer where British policemen like to gather.

"What is the Bobby Lobby?"...WELL, WHAT DO YOU KNOW- THAT'S RIGHT TO TAKE OVER THE LEAD AT $9,300!

About midway in the round, the champion uses the HSS for the second time tonight. But we don't have enough time for the final two Getting Ticked On answers.

ATTEMPTED LACH TRASH: $1,600
UNATTEMPTED LACH TRASH: $6,000
TOTAL DJ! LACH TRASH: $7,600

SCORES AFTER DOUBLE JEOPARDY!:

Tom: $8,800
Aaron: $15K
Elizabeth: $12,900

CORYAT SCORES:

Tom: $7,200
Aaron: $14,200
Elizabeth: $12,600


We're wrapping up the week with a 4/5 FJ! betting situation.

FJ! CATEGORY: Awards & Honors.

A trophy named for this author is awarded to anyone who breaks the record for sailing a yacht around the world.

Champ Tom LaPorta came up with "Who is Ernest Hemingway?"...NO. I hope he wagered less than $600...BUT HE LOSES IT ALL, so he'll be leaving us with $51,501. Elizabeth Scmitt tried "Who is Pulitzer?"...ALSO WRONG. That costs her...$5,001, dropping her to $7,899. Aaron Ammerman's response was "Who is Verne?"...HE'S THE NEW CHAMP WITH 26 BIG ONES (when you add his $11K wager)!

DOND: #10 Marni Bukeri from Ohio (who is a Yoga teacher looking to eradicate her adoption fees) will go down as the last contestant of the syndicated version of "Deal or No Deal".

ROUND 1:
1. #5 (Danille)- $500
2. #19 (Marilyn)- $100,000
3. #8 (Sharla)- $2,500
4. #17 (Tim)- $300
5. #2 (Mike)- $10

OPENING OFFER: $19,000- NO DEAL

ROUND 2:
1. #4 (Diane)- $75,000
2. #22 (Shawn)- $200
3. #11 (Lisa)- $100
4. #1 (Yannyra)- $250,000 (DANGER ZONE ENFORCED ALREADY)
5. #14 (Kelly)- $50

SECOND OFFER: $24,000- NO DEAL

ROUND 3:
1. #18 (Nicholas)- $7,500
2. #21 (April)- PENNY
3. #20 (Pasquale)- $5
4. #15 (Barbara)- $400

THIRD OFFER: $38,000- DEAL (huh?)

ROUND 4:
1. #9 (Al)- $10K
2. #6 (Gene)- BUCK
OFFER: $79K

ROUND 5:
1. #12 (Jamielynn)- $5K
2. #16 (Marisa)- $50K
OFFER: $122K

19th PICK: #7 (Jeanette)- $25
OFFER: $144K

20th PICK: #3 (Erica)- $500K!

Her case wound up having...a C-note. That meant Pablo's #13 had $25K.

Millionaire (Last episode before two-week break):

Game 1
Start of Game 2

Episode ratings:

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

Thursday, May 27, 2010

"So You Think You Can Dance"- SEVENTH SEASON PREMIERE

NYC:

INSTANT WINNERS:
Sarah Brinson (Philadelphia)

Giselle Peacock (Menlo Park, CA)
Henry Byalikov (Sydney; he dances with Giselle in a show called "Burn the Floor")
Teddy Tedholm (Rockaway, NJ; he was eliminated last season while in Las Vegas)
Briana De Falco (Stamford, CT)
Daniel Baker (Miami Beach, FL)
Anthony Burrell (NYC)
Megan Davis (Penacook, NH)

HEADED TO CHOREOGRAPHY:
Chris "Isolock" Dixon (Iselin, NJ; he was wearing a top hat with Nigel Lythgoe's face on top of it!)
Wadi Jones (Ossining, NY)
Edward Spots (New Orleans; he also previously auditioned last season)
Megan Carter (Leesburg, VA!)

INSTANT LOSERS:
Mike Perlman (NYC)
Scott Vogel (Orlando)
Jamie Greco (Bronx, NY; he had broccoli on his pecs!!!!!)

CHOREOGRAPHY CASUALTIES:
Chris Dixon
Wadi Jones
Edward Spots
Megan Carter

15 dancers qualified on Day 1, and another 16 made it through on the second day.

This season's choreography teachers are Courtney Galiano & Jason Glover.

Miami, FL: The two judges that joined Nigel at the judging table here were Jason Gilkison & Sonya Tayeh.

INSTANT WINNERS:
Michael Petr (Englewood, CO)
Tyrell Rolle (Liberty City, FL)
Henry Rivera (Miami)

HEADED TO CHOREOGRAPHY:
Ami Aguiar-Riley (Miami)
Candace Craig (Miami; she's a part of a female singing group called The Velvet Angels)
Jose Ruiz (Pembroke Pines, FL; he's another dancer who auditioned last season)

INSTANT LOSERS:
Daria Kopylova (Tampa)
Rose Neptune (West Palm Beach, FL)

ADVANCING THROUGH CHOREOGRAPHY:
Ami Aguiar-Riley

Jose Ruiz

CHOREOGRAPHY CASUALTY: Candace Craig

There were 10 qualifiers on the first day, and 11 on the second.

"Downfall" rules announced

In each game of the initial six-episode run of ABC's "Downfall", each contestant gets a chance to play as many as seven rounds, with each round requiring a certain number of correct answers in a certain period of time to win some cash and/or prizes.

Along the way, they will have two helps- "Surrender a Personal Possession" and "Friend on the Belt". They can stop with their winnings after each successful round. In the final round, they will be holding onto the $1,000,000 grand prize while on the belt, and need to answer 10 questions correctly in order to win it.

Source: The Futon Critic

BREAKING NEWS: Richter to host next "Pyramid" pilot

Andy Richter, best known for being Conan O'Brien's sidekick on "Late Night" and "The Tonight Show", has been chosen to host the next "Pyramid" pilot for CBS.

Source: New York Magazine

Most of the primetime ratings for the last week of May Sweeps

"Minute to Win It": 5.64 million (down from the Kevin Jonas episode)
"The Celebrity Apprentice": 9.31 million- SEASON-HIGH
"Dancing with the Stars":
Monday: 19.08 million (up slightly from last week)
Season Finale (Tuesday): 18.18 (down from last night)
"American Idol":
Tuesday: 19.6 million (up from last week)
Season Finale (Wednesday): 23.15 million- WORST FINALE RATING SINCE THEIR VERY FIRST SEASON
"The Biggest Loser": 9.88 million (way down from the previous season finale)

Source: The Futon Critic

5/27/2010 Results

LMAD: Holly (dressed as a kite) could fly away with something really nice if her day should go well. She's a part of the Jonathan's Statements Deal, and the first is about what's inside the blue small box. According to Mr. Mangum, there is a sapphire & diamond bracelet in there. Holly disagrees because she's selling the box for $700 (originally $500)...but Jonathan was CORRECT, so she misses out on that kind of a tennis bracelet worth $3,674. The second one goes to Nicole, and Jonathan says there's a new Ford Focus behind Curtain #2. She also disgarees with that after accepting $2,000 (she was originally offered $900, $1,100, $1,300)...BUT JONATHAN WAS RIGHT AGAIN.

The second deal is Panic Button, where Gregory & Jennifer (dressed as a babies) get a chance to win:

Curtain #1: Sony desktop computer system ($1,663)
Curtain #2: Bedroom ($5,396)
Curtain #3: Harley-Davidson XR1200 Sportster ($10,799)

1. #3 (Jennifer wanted him to choose #6)- COMPUTER
2. #6- DUD
3. #4- DUD

They then decide to walk with the two most expensive prizes, which add up to a total of $16,195! But if they had gone for the computer and a $1,500 bonus by choosing Button #B...THEY WOULD HAVE LOST IT ALL!

Next to make a deal is Marlo (dressed as a Queen). She's shown a golden envelope with 1.2 Armentian Dram on it before turning down Curtain #3...there was a ZONK magic show involving a giant magician's top hat behind that curtain, so she's won some decent money! But before we find out how much she's won, Stacy (who is a Space Camp astronaut) gets a chance to win a Benjamin if she can guess the U.S. equivalent within such a range. She guesses $1,500...but the actual sum was $3,029. This deal will continue.

In the meantime, Evelyn's "Help! I need a vacation" hat is bought for $700 before she buys the big box...and back there are two Panasonic HDTVs- the 42" LCD HDTV and the 58" plasma, all worth $3,300. She keeps those for now, but if she had traded for Curtain #1...she would've gotten a stainless-steel gas range, cookware and a butcherblock table worth $4,360. To conclude this deal, she goes with the blue small box...and she gets her hat back, but there's now a golden envelope in it that contains a trip to The Tranquil House Inn on Roanoke Island in North Carolina worth $5,317- PERFECT DEAL!

The second half of this morning's episode begins with Amanda (dressed as a bee) & Brian (dressed as a moose) playing Ca$h Marbles.

ROUND 1:
Amanda: $500
Brian: $500

ROUND 2:
Amanda: TRIPLE
Brian: TRIPLE


ROUND 3:
Amanda: DOUBLE
Brian: DOUBLE


FINAL ROUND:
Amanda: LOSS
Brian: WIN!


Brian obviously doesn't want to take The Big Risk with Curtain #3...because that curtain had a ZONK Prehistoric Getaway- PERFECT DEAL #2!

We return to the Foreign Money Deal with Stacy! This time, the golden envelope reads 11,967 Sri Lanka Rupees. But considering her bad luck with the cash the first time, she's forfeiting it for Curtain #2. Getting a chance to win $200 right now is Careena, who makes a guess of a grand. If she's within two Benjamins high or low, she's got it...but the actual equivalent was just $105. That's bad news for her, but that's good news for Stacy...because she just got herself a BBQ and a patio set that includes the Margaitaville machine, all totalling $2,163- PERFECT DEAL #3!

THE BIG DEAL: Evelyn's the one to go for this, and it's valued at $25,100. But it's definitely NOT behind her choice of Door #2. Well, at least she still fulfills her goal of leaving with a vacation- in this case, it's to the J.W. Marriott Desert Springs in Palm Desert, CA worth $3,568.

Door #1: Volkswagen Tiguan S FWD (Std., AT)
Door #3: Spa ($6,999)

TPIR: After USC student Seth Rubinroit, Kalomira Stam from San Francisco, U.S. Navy member Justin Henry and Susan Hearst (who just turned 60) all hear Rich Fields' magic announcement, the first IUFB is a Nokia Smartphone w/ the one-year calling plan (Gwendolyn & Rachel).

Susan: $500
Justin: $650
Kalomira: $1,100
Seth: $700

ARP: $779

Seth, who majors in Business, will be taking a little break from his college classes at The Beacon Hotel and Corporate Quarters in Washington, D.C., which is a vacation worth $5,216 (Lanisha at Door #3) that could be his if he wins Cliff Hangers (Rachel).

Red sound machine: $12- $15 ($22 left)
Cape Spade notecard set: $22- $35 ($9 left)
Stockpot set: $50- PAINFUL LOSS BY A BUCK ($40)

Cynthia Vargas is Contestant #5 and the second IUFB is three pairs of Jimmy Choo ladies' shoes (Lanisha at the clam).

Cynthia: $1,500
Susan: $1,200
Justin: $900

Kalomira: $1,501

ARP: $1,865

Kalomira WON'T be running in those Jimmy Choo shoes while she plays Race Game for some crystal stemware (Gwen), the MacBook Air (Gwen & Rachel), a Howard Miller Total Home hallway cabinet (Lanisha & Rachel) and some SCUBA diving equipment (Lanisha). Here are the prices:

$1,008
$1,499
$1,794
$2,170

FIRST TRY:

Stemware: $1,499
Laptop: $1,794

Cabinet: $2,170
SCUBA: $1,008

ALL INCORRECT- :33 LEFT

SECOND TRY:

Stemware: $1,794
Laptop: $1,499
Cabinet: $1,008
SCUBA: $2,170

TWO RIGHT- :20 LEFT

THIRD TRY:

Stemware: $1,794
Laptop: $1,008
Cabinet: $1,499
SCUBA: $2,170

ONE RIGHT- :07 LEFT

FINAL TRY:

Stemware: $1,499
Laptop: $1,794
Cabinet: $1,008
SCUBA: $2,170

DISQUALIFIED- LAST GUESSES ON THE STEMWARE AND THE LAPTOP WERE THE SAME ONES FROM THE FIRST TRY

Correct prices for the rest:

Stemware: $1,008
Laptop: $1,499
Cabinet: $1,794

She got shot down by the Left to Right Trick.

Sixth is Roy Harper and the third IUFB is an Opulent Items chaise lounger (Gwen at Door #3).

Roy: $200
Cynthia: $600
Susan: $800
Justin: $801

ARP: $1,750

Justin plays Any Number for either some Lehr lawn/gardening equipment (Rachel) or the Chevrolet HHR (Std., Tire, AT, Prot, Adjuster, Mats)(Lanisha at Door #2).

1. 3- Pricey Ziffel ($ _ . 3 _)
2. 1- CAR ($ 2 1 , _ _ _)
3. 7- Tools ($ 7 _ _)
4. 6- Tools ($ 7 6 _)
5. 9- Pricey Ziffel ($ 9 . 3 _)
6. 5- CAR ($ 2 1 , 5 _ _)
7. 8- CAR ($ 2 1 , 5 8 _)
FINAL PICK: 2- LOSS FOR $9.32

The car was $21,584 and the tools were $760.

SHOWCASE SHOWDOWN #1:
Seth ($829): $.80
Justin ($1,759): $.95
Kalomira ($4,035): 70 + 95 = OVER; JUSTIN GOES TO THE SHOWCASE

Hoping to be the first outright winner of the day is Barbara Bernstrom (who's wearing a "Whose Price Is It Anyway?" shirt) and the fourth IUFB is a Heartland stainless-steel range (Lanisha behind splitting sign).

Barbara: $750
Roy: $600
Cynthia: $700
Susan: $1,000

ARP: $2,199

Susan completes the Right to Left First Four Sweep (and this is the third time out of four this week we've had one of any sort) and she's playing Make Your Move for these three birthday gifts- a compact digital calculator/photo album (Gwen), a trio of Docker's luggage (Gwen) and the ScootCoupe (Rachel at Door #2). Here's the line of numbers she gets to work with:

750406599

Does her birthday get happier with the following?...

750406599

...NO, she only gets the luggage price right here.

The second player to go to the red podium is Jericho Jahnke (who is a woman) and the next IUFB is the stainless-steel popcorn cart (Gwen).

Jericho: $625
Barbara: $1,250
Roy: $850
Cynthia: $1,251

ARP: $2,414

Cynthia plays Flip-Flop for a home theater package that includes a seating trio and the Samsung 52" LCD HDTV (Lanisha at Door #3). Board:

9648

She makes the obvious Flip, but doesn't quite Flop...

$ 6 9 4 8

...and we will NOT get skunked for the third time out of four this morning; that Peanut Gallery saved her butt!

The last participant is Joseph Calderon and the final IUFB is a Dev Valencia cuff braclet worn by Rachel.

Joseph: $2,400
Jericho: $2,100
Barbara: $1,800
Roy: $3,000

They have all overbid.

Joseph: $1,350
Jericho: $1,695
Barbara: $1,380
Roy: BUCK

ARP: $1,685

Since Jericho overbid by $10, Barbara will play Pass the Buck for a Chevy Aveo5 LS (Gwen) worth $12,835.

1.
Francesco Rinaldo Pasta Sauce: $1.99
Gidden Paint Tester: $1.94
PICK: Paint tester- $2.94


2.
Clorox bleach: $2.19
Corn Flakes: $2.25
PICK: Corn Flakes- $3.25

BIG BOARD:

1. #3- DUD
2. #5- DUD
FINAL PICK: #1- GRECO-STOPPER!

For the record, here was the rest of the board:

#2- $1,000
#4- $3,000
#6- $5,000

This setup was more of like one from The Dob.

My lineup today:

1. Cliff Hangers
2. Any Number
3. Race Game
4. Flip-Flop
5. Pass the Buck
6. Make Your Move

SHOWCASE SHOWDOWN #2:
Susan ($2,199): 55 + Quarter = $.80
Cynthia ($9,362): Two Dimes
Barbara ($14,520): Nickel + 15 = Two Dimes; SUSAN ADVANCES

The first Showcase (all presented by Rachel at Door #2) has maid service for a year courtesy of Merry Maids, a one-week Eastern Caribbean Cruise and the Hyundai Sonata.

SUSAN PASSES TO JUSTIN; JUSTIN BIDS 31 GRAND ON CRUISE/CAR SHOWCASE

MY BID FOR CRUISE/CAR SHOWCASE: $27,789

Susan's real birthday gifts could be a trip to the Le Taha'a Island Resort & Spa in Tahiti (Rachel at Door #4), a paddleboarding package (Lanisha at Door #1) and the West White Potter Sailboat (Gwen at Door #3).

SUSAN BIDS 38 GRAND ON TRIP/BOAT SHOWCASE- STAGE WILLY

MY BID FOR TRIP/BOAT SHOWCASE: $28,889

SUSAN'S SHOWCASE:
BID: $38,000

ARP: $33,624
OVER

JUSTIN'S SHOWCASE:
BID: $31,000
ARP: $31,638- WIN!

Excluding the extraneous $.32, Justin wins $33,397 in cash and prizes.

TODAY'S PG RECORD: 2-4
TOTAL WINNINGS (excluding the extra change): $64,342

DOND: You can barely hear a pin drop as #4 Cricket McDaniel (who is a single mom that wants to fix her car, her house's rood and her daughter's nose) takes her place at the podium.

(Note: Her original name was Linda Duran, but she changed it while she was at a beauty salon.)

ROUND 1:
1. #7 (Jeanette)- $500
2. #19 (Marilyn)- $100
3. #18 (Nicholas)- $25,000
4. #9 (Al)-
$100,000
5. #11 (Lisa)- $7,500


OPENING OFFER: $12,000- NO DEAL

ROUND 2:
1. #2 (Mike)- $10
2. #6 (Gene)- $25
3. #17 (Tim)- $50
4. #15 (Barbara)- $250,000 (DANGER ZONE ENFORCED ALREADY)
5. #3 (Erica)- $75,000 (STRIKE ONE)

SECOND OFFER: $5,500- NO DEAL

ROUND 3:
1. #10 (Mami)- $5,000
2. #20 (Pasquale)- $500,000 (BIG STRIKE TWO)
3. #13 (Pablo)- $200
4. #21 (April)- $5

THIRD OFFER: $2,200- NO DEAL

ROUND 4:
1. #1 (Yannyra)- STRIKEOUT ($50,000)
2. #22 (Shawn)- BUCK

FOURTH OFFER: $600- NO DEAL

Rest of Cricket's game:

ROUND 5:
1. #14 (Kelly)- PENNY
2. #16 (Marisa)- $1,000

FIFTH OFFER: $3,100- DEAL

19th PICK: #5 (Danille)- $2,500
OFFER: $3,500

20th PICK: #12 (Jamielynn)- $400
FINAL OFFER: $5,700

In her case was...the $10K. The syndicated finale is tomorrow.

TNG: Thursday's teams:

John & Mari (married a month)
Frankie & Meaghan (married a year and a month)
Paul & Katie (married 2/3 of a year)

Randy West relates Carnie Wilson to a double entendre.

ROUND 1:

1. Where does your sexual activities take you to on your first date- French Lick, IN, Bangor, MA or Blueball, PA?
2. If your wife could step into the ring and go a few rounds with one of your family members, who would she choose?
3. How old were you the first time you shook hands with your best friend?

HUSBANDS' RESPONSES:

John:
1. French Lick
2. Mimi
3. 14 (about the age when he got his first kiss)

Frankie:
1. Blueball
2. Tracey
3. 13

Paul:
1. French Lick
2. Dave (who was the best man at their wedding)
3. 14

SECOND HONEYMOON TRIP AT STAKE: Omni Cancun Hotel & Resort

WIVES' RESPONSES:

Mari:
1. Bangor- NO MATCH
2. Lucy (his sister)- NO MATCH
3. In diapers (aka 1)- NO MATCH

Meaghan:
1. French lick- NO MATCH
2. Frank (his biological dad)- NO MATCH
3. 10- NO MATCH

Katie:
1. Blueball- NO MATCH
2. Joyce Ann (his sister)- NO MATCH
3. 12- NO MATCH

I believe this is the first time ever there has been a ROUND 1 WIPEOUT, at least on this version of the show.

ROUND 2:

1. When the government introduced its "Cash for Clunkers" program, you thought "I wish I could get some cash in exchange for my husband's useless..." what?
Foster Grant Question of the Night: "If I had a dollar for every time my husband wore his ___________, I'd be a rich woman."
3. If you two went to couples counseling, what would you be there to work on- communication, financial issues or your sex life?
30-POINT BONUS QUESTION: "Something my husband and I are in complete agreement about is __________________, but something we will never see eye to eye on is _________________."

WIVES' RESPONSES:

Mari:
1. Bobbleheads
2. Sportswear
3. Communication
BONUS: Church/religion, TV shows

Meaghan:
1. Decades-old hat
2. USC T-shirt
3. Communication
BONUS: Children, money

Katie:
1. Clothes
2. Baseball uniform
3. Communication
BONUS: Children, spending money

HUSBANDS' RESPONSES:

John:
1. Nightstand- NO MATCH
2. Dodgers cap- ACCEPTABLE (10)
3. Communication- MATCH (20)
BONUS: Travelling, number of kids- NO MATCH

Frankie:
1. Jeep- NO MATCH
2. USC T-shirt- MATCH (10)
3. Communication- MATCH (20)
BONUS: Children, watching college football- WIN (35)

Paul:
1. T-shirts- NOT ACCEPTABLE
2. T-shirts- NO MATCH
3. Financial issues- STILL NO MATCH
BONUS: Watching "The Amazing Race", not watching "Grey's Anatomy" on Thursdays- SKUNKED!!! (second time this season)

Reeds Romance Moment of the Night: John & Mari after their first match of the evening

Tonight's Consolation Prize: Le Petite Retreat

WOF: We're looking for something On the Map to start tonight's agenda off:

B U T T E

M _ _ T A _ A

Dawn solves BUTTE, MONTANA for $1,000.

$25,000 SPIN ID #1: MB0029945

Thursday's panel:

Dawn Hicks (Inglewood, CA)- Stay-at-home mom
Jeanne McDonald (Oxford, FL)- 4th Grade teacher
Chris Monastarsky (Utica, MI)- A bartender/firefighter who previously spent a year in Iraq

The $2,000 Toss-Up asks for an actor's Proper Name:

N _ _ O _ E

K I _ _ A _

Chris solves Keith Urban's wife, NICOLE KIDMAN, for $2,000.

After a trip to the Millennium Alaskan Hotel in Anchorage worth $6,600 makes it onto the wheel, the Pure Silk Jackpot Round category is Fun & Games. He immediately picks up the Wild Card with four R's, then he calls two S's for $1,400, buys three E's, calls a $700 T and purchases two O's before calling a P for the trip and buying two I's. After he calls two C's for another $700, we have...

T R I P _ E

_ O R _ / S C O R E

I _ / S C R _ _ _ _ E

...he solves TRIPLE WORD SCORE IN SCRABBLE for another $8,650 in cash and Alaska, for a new total of $10,650 in cash and trip.

PERFECT ROUND
LEFT BEHIND IN JACKPOT: $6,750

Prize Puzzle Round category is Phrase. First, Dawn calls a $400 L and three E's while on Free Play, but she then calls a dud in P while on the $3,500 wedge. Secondly, Jeanne calls a $500 S and a $350 T, followed by her purchase of two I's, a $500 N, but then comes a dud vowel buy of A. Third, Chris calls two M's for $1,600 and buys the O to clean out the vowels before calling a dud of B. Dawn then hits the right Bankrupt of the Million Dollar Wedge to lose the $400 she earned at the start of this round. Jeanne then tries to solve this puzzle...

I T ' S

_ I _ _ L _

_ E _ O M M E N _ E _

...and she does with IT'S HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for $850 and a trip to the Marriott San Juan Resort & Stellaris Casino worth $5,218, for a total of $6,068 in cash and vacation.

DUDS: A (Jeanne), $800 B (Chris), $3,500 P (Dawn)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Dawn

TRIP SPIN ID: BW03494 (Bernard W. from Iowa)

$25,000 SPIN ID #2: JG2845373

IHOP Mystery Round category is Before & After. We start with Jeanne, who calls a $500 N and buys an A, then she calls four T's for another $3,200, buys two E's and calls two H's for another grand before dudding out with the S. Second, Chris calls three R's for $900 and buys the remainder of this board's vowels (a couple of I's and O's), but he then Bankrupts on the same part of the MDW that Dawn got earlier to lose the WC and the leftover $400. Dawn's next spin of the wheel doesn't bring her much better luck, because it lands on Lose a Turn. After we get back to Jeanne, she lights up a couple of M's for another grand...

_ E R M I T / T H E

_ R O _

I N / M _ / T H R O A T

...and solves KERMIT THE FROG IN MY THROAT for an extra $5,450 and a slight lead with $11,268 in cash and vacation.

SOLE DUD: $300 S (Jeanne)
SOLE LAT: Dawn
SOLE BANKRUPT: Chris

$3,000 Toss-Up topic is Occupation:

A _ S _ _ _ _ N T

P _ I _ C I P _ _

Dawn multiples her winnings by four with the correct answer of ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL.

Next category is Living Things. She begins with a pair of T's for $600, but she then spins up LAT for the second time tonight. Jeanne secondly calls twin S's for a C-note, buys the same number of A's and calls a $500 N and an $800 D prior to buying the rest of the vowels here- an E and a trio of O's. Afterwards, she calls double C's for another thou and we have showing...

_ O _ C A T S / A N D

C O _ O T E S

...also the names of two professional sports teams (the former is an NBA team in Charlotte, NC, while the latter is an NHL team in Phoenix), she solves BOBCATS AND COYOTES for $2,550 more and $13,818 total.

SOLE LAT: Dawn

Food & Drink is the Speed-Up Round category this time and consonants are worth...$6,000 each! After Jeanne calls triple D's...

S _ R _ D D _ D

_ _ _ _ T

...SHE BLOWS THE SOLVE BIG TIME with SHREDDED FRUIT, likely costing her 30 large. OUCH. Chris then lights up trip E's...

S _ R E D D E D

_ _ E _ T

...and he gets SHREDDED WHEAT, meaning he steals this round and the match with $16,650 in cash and trip! Jeanne will have to settle for $13,818 in cash and trip because she's NOT a big cereal fan and Dawn leaves with four G's.

So far, $34,468 in cash and voyages has been given away tonight.

DUDS: L (Dawn), N (Chris), P (Dawn)
SOLE DQ: Jeanne (blown solve)

TONIGHT'S BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding the WC): $800

Maxwell House Big Money Round: Chris spins the P and the category is Thing. Starting with:

_ L E _ _ _ L E

S _ _ E _ _ L E

He calls P, B, M and A and gets...

_ L E _ _ B L E

S _ _ E _ _ L E

...his FLEXIBLE SCHEDULE does NOT call for him to win $25,000 here, so he leaves with $16,650 in cash and trip.

Jeopardy!: Tom LaPorta tries to join Buddy Wright in Tournament of Champions contention tonight against:

Nancy Williams (Chicago)- Administrative assistant
Bill Benson (Stanford, CT)- Wine shop manager

Thursday's first six topics:

STATES' FORMER GOVERNORS (the state must be identified after a governor and a time period is shown)
BORN IN BURBANK
ADOPTION
WORLD OF GESTURES
TREES COMPANY

2 WORDS IN ONE

LaPorta immediately SWEEPS the category of Two Words in One! But he's NOT in Lock Game Territory by the time we get to the first timeout with $3,800; Benson has $2,200 and Williams has a grand less than him. With nine clues left in this round, Benson finds the Daily Double under the $800 Trees Company clue with $3,800; he trails LaPorta by two large. His wager is $1,800. To pull within $200 of first place, here's the clue:

This timber tree of the Genus Fraxinus sounds like what's left over after you burn some of it.

"What is an ash?"...correct to move up to $5,600! At round's end, he no2 has a $200 lead over the champion, $7,400-$7,200; Benson's back at $600.

LACH TRASH (all attempted): $1,600

DJ! Categories:

SHAKESPEARE'S CHARACTERS DESCRIBED
MUSICAL MOVIE TITLES

THE NEWS
TOMBSTONE
ARIZONA
OK, CORRAL ME


Williams finds one of the DDs attached to the $1,600 OK, Corral Me clue with $6,200; she trails Benson by two thou and the champ by three. She's going for a second-place tie on this clue:

As I'm this breed, you might want to keep your distance (this is also the name of a chain of steakhouses).

"What is Longhorn?"...yes indeed to tie for second! She also gets her mitts on the last one of the evening at the $1,600 Shakespeare's Characters Described clue with $11,400; she's $200 shy of LaPorta for second and trails Benson by $4K for first. She wagers $1,500 this time on:

"Queen of the fairies"

"Who is Titania?"...right to return to second at $12,900!

ATTEMPTED LACH TRASH: $1,600
UNATTEMPTED LACH TRASH: $4,800
TOTAL DJ! LACH TRASH: $6,400

SCORES AFTER DOUBLE JEOPARDY!:

Tom: $11,600
Bill: $13,400 (after a reverse ruling on one of his later correct responses in this round that is announced just before Final Jeopardy!)
Nancy: $10,900

CORYAT SCORES:

Tom: $11,600
Bill: $12,400
Nancy: $10,600


If it had not been for that reversal, we would've had a dead-on 2/3 FJ! betting situation; as a result, we shift to the one of the 4/5 variety with Stratton's Dilemma also being a possible factor.

FJ! CATEGORY: Colonial Africa.

In 1945, Africa had only four independent countries; these two started with the same first letter.

Nancy Williams jotted down "What are Morocco & Mali?"...that response definitely qualifies, but both of those countries are incorrect. Her suggested betting range was $701-$7,300...and she wagered $3,600, so she drops to $7,300. Tom LaPorta thought of "What are Egypt + Ethiopia?"...they're both right! He could've either wagered less than $5K or more than $10,200...well, he took the safer route with a $5K bet, making his final score $16,600. Bill Benson...goofed with "What are Liberia & Lybia?" and lost $10K, making LaPorta the second straight champion to win at least three consecutive games! His three-day total: $50,501.

Millionaire:

Conclusion of Ellen Linkletter's game
Game 2

Episode ratings:

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