Saturday, July 31, 2010

"Aussie Millions" 7/31- MAIN EVENT FINAL TABLE BEGINS

OPENING CHIP COUNT:

1. Sorel Mizzi (Canada)- 6,033,000
2. Tyron Krost (Australia)- 1,869,000
3. Frederik Jensen (Denmark)- 1,754,000
4. Peter Jetten (Canada)- 1.7 million
5. Annette Obrestad (Norway)- 1,349,000
6. Steven Shelley (U.K.)- 991K
7. Steven Friedlander (U.S.)- 694K
8. Kosta Varoxis (Australia)- 635K

The blinds are at 10/20K.

1.

Varoxis: DOUBLE NINES (Clubs & Hearts)
Mizzi: (AC)(JC)

THE FLOP: (9S)(AS)(2S)

Mizzi has the best possible pair, but Varoxis has the early lead with three nines and goes ALL-IN.

TURN: 7 OF HEARTS- DUD
RIVER: 4 OF SPADES- VAROXIS DOUBLES UP!

2.

Obrestad: (4D)(5H)
Shelley: (AS)(8C)

THE FLOP: (9H)(JD)(4H)

Obrestad leads with the red fours.

TURN: JACK OF HEARTS

Not only does Obrestad have two red pairings, she also has a heart flush draw...problem is, she FOLDS.

The blinds increase to 15/30K.

3.

Jensen: (AD)(KH)
Mizzi: (AC)(2C)

THE FLOP: (KD)(3S)(5D)

Jensen has hit the top pair, but Mizzi has a wheel draw.

TURN: 10 OF DIAMONDS

Jensen has added a diamond flush draw to his list of possibilities.

RIVER: 5 OF SPADES- JENSEN WINS 1.2M+ POT!

4.

Krost: BLACK JACKS
Shelly: BLACK SEVENS

THE FLOP: (5D)(3D)(8C)- DUD

After that, Shelly goes ALL-IN.

TURN: 8 OF DIAMONDS

Shelly must complete his Full House with one of the red sevens or else he's gone...

RIVER: 2 OF HEARTS- ELIMINATED

...NO, so he leaves in eighth place with AUD$125K.

5.

Krost: DOUBLE SEVENS (Clubs & Hearts)
Obrestad (ALL-IN): (AC)(JH)

THE FLOP: (7S)(QC)(KS)

Obrestad will all but close this hand out if she can get a 10 to appear next for the Broadway Straight. In the meantime, she's trailing by quite a bit.

TURN: 5 OF DIAMONDS- DUD
RIVER: KING OF HEARTS- ELIMINATED BY A FULL HOUSE

Obrestad leaves with the seventh-place prize of AUD $175K; she's the last woman sent packing during this tournament.

6.

Friedlander: (5C)(7D)
Jetten: (10S)(QS)
Krost: (JH)(KH)

THE FLOP: (9D)(8D)(8H)

Both Friedlander and Jetten have inside straight draws.

TURN: JACK OF SPADES- JETTEN STRAIGHT!

Because he's drawing dead at this point, Friedlander folds.

RIVER: 5 OF HEARTS- JETTEN WINS 1.25M POT!

The blinds are now at 20/40K.

7.

Friedlander (ALL-IN): BLACK SEVENS
Varoxis: (KS)(AH)

THE FLOP: (9D)(KD)(2H)
TURN: KING OF HEARTS

The only thing that will save Friedlander is a seven to complete his FH, and it is...

RIVER: JACK OF SPADES- OUT

...NOT there on the river, so he'll have to settle for sixth place and a quarter million Aussie dollars.

NEW CHIP COUNT:

1. Sorel- 4,935,000
2. Tyron- 2.97 million
3. Frederik- 2,665,000
4. Kosta- 2,275,000
5. Peter- 2,155,000

8.

Jensen: (8S)(9S)
Mizzi: RED SEVENS

THE FLOP: (4S)(5D)(3S)

Jensen has an instant flush draw, although Mizzi has a gutshot straight draw.

TURN: 2 OF DIAMONDS

An Ace or six on the river will result in a split pot, since both of these guys would have a 2-6 straight...but that's not necessary, as Jensen makes the big chip leader fold to win this hand.

FINAL HAND OF THE NIGHT:

Varoxis: (AH)(KS)
Mizzi: (9D)(JC)

THE FLOP: (QC)(QH)(2H)- DUD

Mizzi folds out Varoxis this time to end the night with a win.

Friday, July 30, 2010

7/30/2010 Results

SL: This is the last Friday group of the season:

Diego (Austin, TX)
Dane (Darien, CT)
Chris (L.A.)
Joseph (San Antonio)
Anthony (East Meadow, NY)
Isaac (Wellsboro, PA)

$300 Round:

1. We don't know if we're going to be going down the players in alphabetical order today, but we do know Anthony gets the opening task called "First Aid". His teammates have to stick a giant bandage on his body and then rip it off.
RESULT: FAIL


2. Dane has 45 seconds to eat all the pasta off a "Noodle-Headed" stranger's noggin.
RESULT: TIME OVER

3. For the next :20, whether Anthony likes it or not, his crotch's about to get hit several times by a "Captain Wheel".
RESULT: PASS ($300)

$400 Round:

1. Diego's hoping he doesn't literally get a "Bad Turn" during this challenge. His arms have to get twisted by a pair of mechanical arms for :20.
RESULT: PASS ($700)

2. The other green-shirted contestant this afternoon, Isaac, has to deal with the "Bad Wind Prick".
RESULT: PASS ($1,100)

3. The "Two Formal Strike" goes to Chris. In case you don't know, not only does he have to get a bow tie snapped against him by two lovely women, but also a cumberbund.
RESULT: PASS ($1,500)

$800 Round:

Five-Player Challenge: While Anthony rests, the remainder of the team has to gulp the "Five Shots".
RESULT: DISQUALIFIED

2. Joseph's the last remaining player to get their first individual challenge of this game, and it's called "Nipple Choppers". After getting both his nipples clipped, they have to suffer some extremely painful stretching by double toy helicopters.
RESULT: FAIL

3. Dane's designated the witness of a "Flown Wedding". What do we mean by that? This guy will be clobbered by a wedding cake courtesy of a conveyor belt slingshot.
RESULT: ROUND 3 SHUTOUT

GRAND GAME: To avoid his team making dubious history on this show, Dane has to survive a "Date" at a "Dance Ball". While he's sitting down, a Disco dancer will smash a Disco ball on his head.
RESULT: EPIC FAIL- NEW RECORD-LOW TOTAL SET ($250 apiece)

CC: Once again, it's time for a DOUBLE RIDE. Ester & Jeff's mission is to travel 44 blocks to Columbus & 80th.

$100 Round:
1. Three years before the Berlin Wall was torn down, what President tore down The White House solar panels installed by Jimmy Carter?
Guess: Ronald Raegan- CORRECT ($100)
2. Created by J.R.R. Tolkien, what small, fictional race was supposedly inspired by a self-satisfied literary character named Babbit?
Guess: Hobbits- RIGHT ($200)
3. Famously worn by Moe of "The Three Stooges", what style of haircut is called a "pudding basin" in the U.K?
Guess: Bowl Cut- RIGHT ($300)
4. In rejection of corporate America, the Green Mountain Manifesto argues forcefully for the succession of what U.S. state?
Guess: New Hampshire- STRIKE ONE (A: Their other instinct of Vermont)

$200 Round:
1. Unveiled in 2001, what two-wheel transporter is billed as a versatile and physical alternative to the police cruiser?
Guess: Segway- YOU BET ($500)
2. Sometimes confused with Eczema, what skin condition is treated in turkey with the help of tiny, flesh nibbling fish?
Guess: Psorasis- RIGHT ($700)
3. Considered skating royalty, what British duo's Bolero routine earned an unprecedented 12 perfect scores in 1984?
Street Shout-Out: The couple they ask in Central Park West, who immediately say Jayne Torvill & Christopher Dean.
Guess: Torvill & Dean- RIGHT ($900)
4. What American colony was formed when the Duke of York granted two friends the land between the Hudson and the Delaware?
Mobile Shout-Out: Jeff calls Brian this time, who CAN'T help in time.
Guess: New York- STRIKE TWO (A: New Jersey; that was his hometown- darn!)

SOLE $400 QUESTION: Also a common mouse maneuver, what Internet-advertising giant was acquired by Google in early 2008?
Guess: Leapfrog- LOSS (A: Double Click.com)

Josh & Rich then play a regular 34-block game to the Walter Reade Theater. They sweep their $50 Round of questions.

$100 Round:
1. Despite what Morpheus might tell you, what mathematical term is simply defined as "a rectangular array of numbers"?
Guess: Matrix- CORRECT ($300)
2. A leading Lad mag, what British publication for men officially changed its name to its initials in 1994?
Guess: FHM- RIGHT ($400)
3. After the theft of The Mona Lisa in 1911, what iconic Spanish painter was briefly questioned as a suspect?
Guess: (Pablo) Picasso- RIGHT ($500)
4. Called "The First Martyr of The American Revolution", Christmas Haddock was a victim of what 1770 event?
Guess: Boston Massacre- RIGHT ($600)
RED LIGHT CHALLENGE: Name four of the five grains needed to make Matzo Bread.
Correct ingredients given: Wheat, rye, barley...& oats ($850)(Not said: Spelt)

They don't have time to do anything else, so they're bailing out.

We conclude the week with a four-member team that's half-male & half-female- Amy, Jenny, Matt & Noel. They're trying to answer enough questions correctly to safely reach a spot on 14th between Second & Third that's 49 blocks away...well, thanks in part to both of their SOs being SUCCESSFUL, they make it with $950 and one strike before attempting this final question for $1,900 or nothing:

VIDEO BONUS: In these open-air taxis, tourists can fully appreciate the sounds & smells of Southeast Asia. Inspired by the sound made by their two-stroke engines, what's the repetitive name of these economy-sized cabs?

They majorly goof with likely the ZONK ANSWER OF THE WEEK in Putt-Putt. Such a car is actually known as a Tuk-Tuk.

Jeopardy!: Last night proved that sometimes you can win on just the response part in Final Jeopardy!, and other times times on just the wagering part as Meg Miller proved to us. She's trying to become the last repeat champion of the season on tonight's season finale against:

James Richardson (Belton, TX)- History student
J.D. Lowry (Vegas)- Copywright attorney

The first slate of subjects:

HERE COMES THE SUN KING
IT'S GOOD TO BE HIM
STATE MOTTOES
SHOW ME THE MONKEY (picture clues)
SAY CHEESE!
SPAT THA PROPERLY SPELLD WURD (four words are shown on each clue, but only one is spelled correctly)

After the $400 clue on Spelling, Richardson goes Daily Double Hunting, starting in the middle of Here Comes the Sun King...the DD isn't found before the first break, leaving him in last place with $600; Miller has the early lead over Lowry, $3,000-$2,600. After that's over, the said DD is found by...the champion under the $800 State Motto with $6,600, which just barely puts her in Lock Game Territory, as Lowry's still in second place with $3,200 and Richardon's marginally improved to $1,200. Her wager is $2,400 on this clue:

Pennsylvania's motto is "Virtue, Liberty, and" this, also the name of a hall there.

"What is Brotherhood?"...incorrect. The last word was "Independence", so she falls out of LGT range with $4,200 and only leads by a grand now. At the end of the first round, Lowry has a narrow $200 lead over Miller, $5,200-$5K; Richardson now has $2,200.

SOLE TRIPLE STUMPER: The unattempted $1K State Mottoes clue

For the final time this season, we can say "Light up the board, Kevin" for Double Jeopardy! as these topics appear:

"NIGHT" & "DAY"
YOU ARE THE JUAN
UNREAL ESTATE
SAY WHAT, BOB?
BIRTHQUAKES
THE CLEVELAND CLINIC (Clue Crew clues)


Some of you might literally say "Say What, Bob?", because the last clue in that subject hides one of this round's DDs; it's found by Richardson at the $3,800 mark; Miller's still in second with $6,200 and Lowry's holding firm on first place with $8,400. And for probably the last time this season, a True DD is called for by a contestant. For $7,600 and the right to move up to second or bupkis, here's the clue:

In Dylan's "Desolation Row", for some reason Ezra Pound and this friend & protege "...are fighting in the captain's tower".

"Who is (T.S.) Eliot?"...YES INDEED FOR THE DOUBLER! But there's NO time to find out where the last DD of the season was; left behind were the $1,600 Earthquakes clue and the last three Cleveland Clinic clues.

ATTEMPTED LACH TRASH: $1,200 (Say What, Bob?)
UNATTEMPTED LACH TRASH: $2K (Unreal Estate)
TOTAL DJ! LACH TRASH: $3,200

SCORES FOLLOWING DJ!:

Meg: $8,200
J.D.: $15,200
James: $13,600

CORYAT SCORES:

Meg: $10,600
J.D.: $13,400
James: $13,600

The last Final of Season 26 has the 4/5 betting scenario.

LAST FJ! CATEGORY OF THE SEASON: The 9 Muses.

In a Balanchine ballet, Apollo, God of Music, has a favorite muse: this one.

Meg Miller wrote on her monitor "Who is Terpsichore?"...correct! She was suggested to have wagered no more than five large...but she picked the right time to go for nearly broke by wagering everything but a buck, propelling her to $16,399. James Richardson...was wrong with Musicos, costing him $6,400 (his suggested betting range was $2,801-$5,399) and sending him back to $7,200. J.D. Lowry...also whiffed with Polyhymnia and gives back $12,050, meaning Miller has successfully defended her title to end the season! Her two-day total: $29,299.

TSB: The Beehive sings a small song about Melissa Peterman before we get underway.

Pick Four:

1. "Who Whouldn't Wanna Be Me" by Keith Urban (2002)
Previous line: "Through the prettiest country..."
Erick: "...from Georgia to Tennessee"

2. "Long Line of Losers" by Montgomery Gentry (2008)
Previous line: "I was born..."
Heather: "...with a jukebox in my hand"
Dave: "...with a shotglass in my hand"

3. "You Get What You Give" by The New Radicals (1998)
Previous line: "Don't give up"
Kimberly: "Only get what you give"
Ann: "That's all you got"

Stephanie: "You've got a reason to live"

4. "Jose Cuervo" by Shelly West (1983)
Previous line: "I like to drink with you a little..."
Heather: "...salt and lime"

Semi-Finalist Bios:

Erick- Has specific habits when something doesn't follow his number rules
Dave- Wants to boast about his experience on this show to his two older sisters, one of whom is a doctor and the other is a lawyer
Stephanie- Has a nickname of "S-Unit" and first fell in love with country music when she was forced to listen & watch to it at the age of 16
Heather- Recreation coordinator at a men's prison

Random Shuffle:

ERICK: "If You've Got Love" by John Michael Montgomery (1994)
Previous line: "You can turn an ordinary picture into a priceless work of art"
Guess: "_________________ if you've got love in your heart" (A: "It's what you can do if you've got love in your heart"

DAVE: "I Feel Lucky" by Mary Chapin Carpenter (1992)
Previous line: "The moral of this story, it's simple but it's true"

Guess: "Hey, the numbers might lie, but the stars never do" (A: "Hey, the stars might lie, but the numbers never do")

STEPHANIE: "Watch the Wind Blow By" by Tim McGraw (2002)
Previous line: "You and I"

Guess: "And all I want to do is be with you and watch the wind blow by" (A: "And all I want to do is watch the wind blow by")

HEATHER: "White Horse" by Taylor Swift (2008)
Previous line: "I was a dreamer before you went and let me down"

Guess: "Now it's too late for you and your white horse to come around" (5)

Singing With the Enemy:

DAVE & ERICK: "Two Pina Coladas" by Garth Brooks (1997)

CORRECT MISSING LYRICS:

Erick: SWEEP! (15)
Dave: Two (10)


HEATHER & STEPHANIE: "Ride" by Martina McBride (2009)

Stephanie: One (5)
Heather: SWEEP! (QUADRUPLE to 20)

Karaoke Challenge:

STEPHANIE: "One Honest Heart" by Reba McEntire (1998)
CORRECT MISSING WORDS: Nine
FINAL SCORE: 23

DAVE: "Sharp-Dressed Man" by ZZ Top (1983)
CORRECT MISSING WORDS: 13
FINAL SCORE: 36

ERICK: "Nobody In His Right Mind Would Have Left Her" by George Strait (1986)
CORRECT MISSING WORDS: Seven
FINAL SCORE: 29

HEATHER: "City of New Orleans" by Willie Nelson (1984)
CORRECT MISSING WORDS: One
FINAL SCORE: 22

Chorus Showdown:

Round 1:
Erick: "(What a) Beautiful Mess" by Diamond Rio (2002)(nine lines)- WIN!

Dave: "Every Light in the House" by Trace Adkins (1996)(seven lines)- FAIL

THE FINAL COUNTDOWN:

1. "Me and My Gang" by Rascal Flatts (2006)- $500
2. "She Never Cried In Front of Me" by Toby Keith (2008)- $1K
3. "Highwaymen" by The Highwaymen (1985)- STRIKE ONE
4. "Allison Road" by Gin Blossoms (1992)- STRIKE TWO
5. "The Whiskey Ain't Workin'" by Travis Tritt with Marty Stuart (1991)- LOSS

YCTD:

1. Katina & Nick ("Old Skool-New Skool"; they're a mother/son team)- "Larger Than Life" by Backstreet Boys (1999)
Choreographer: Jason Young
SCORE: 8.8

2. Deana, Helen, Joe & Ron ("We-Relevant")- "Summer Nights" by Rascal Flatts (2009)
Choreographer: Alison Faulk
SCORE: 6.6

3. Brian Moe- "Bad Romance" by Lady GaGa (2009)
Choreographer: D.J. Guthrie
SCORE: 7.7

4. Samantha Davidson & Stacey Miller- "Weapon of Choice" by Fatboy Slim (2001)
Choreographer: Shannon Holtzapffel
SCORE: 8.1


5. Alexis, Christy, Mark, Monica & Robert ("What About Us?")- "Giddy On Up" by Laura Bell Bundy (2010)
Choreographer: Kevin Wilson
SCORE: SAME AS WE-RELEVANT- OLD SKOOL-NEW-SKOOL WIN!


Episode ratings:

7: "Jeopardy!" & "Your Chance To Dance"
6: "Ca$h Cab" & "The Singing Bee"
1: "Silent Library"

Last primetime ratings report of July 2010

"Big Brother":
Sunday: 7.22 million (up from last week)
Wednesday: 6.63 million (ditto)
Thursday: 6.44 million (down from last week)
"America's Got Talent":
Tuesday: 9.49 million- SEASON-LOW
Wednesday: 9.52 million (down from last week)
"Hell's Kitchen": 6.25 million (down from last week)
"Masterchef" (premiere): 5.75 million
"Minute to Win It": 5.94 million (down from last week)
"So You Think You Can Dance":
Wednesday: 5.34 million- SEASON-LOW
Thursday: 5.77 million (down slightly from last week)

Source: The Futon Critic

BREAKING NEWS: Wilson suing GSN for unsuccessful series "Unstapled"

Former "Newlywed Game" host Carnie Wilson is suing GSN for not getting $277,500 in additional pay regarding her failed documentary series "Unstapled".

Source: Buzzerblog

Important "American Idol" Season 10 details

-Ellen DeGeneres has RESIGNED from the "American Idol" judging panel.

-Nigel Lythgoe, an executive producer for "So You Think You Can Dance", is expected to return to the show with the same position.

Various sources contributed to this report.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

"Project Runway"- EIGHTH SEASON PREMIERE

OPENING CHALLENGE: After taking out a garment from their suitcase they would like to incorporate in their first outfit, they have to pass it to the person to their right, and whatever they end up with will be their final garment they have to work with for this week. The outfits must be completed in just five hours. This round is being dubbed as the last part of Season 8's auditions, and at least one contestant will be eliminated.

(Note: The Mood supplies are available on one of Parsons' floors for this challenge only.)

Additionally, new episodes will now air at 9 PM EST in HD (where available) and will run 90 minutes. Finally, Fashion Week has been moved to the Lincoln Center.

First Guest Judge of the Season: Selma Blair

RUNWAY ORDER:

1. Valerie Mayen- Carlos Casanova's pants
2. Peach Carr- Michael Drummond's wrap
3. McKell Maddox- A.J. Thouvenot's shirt
4. Andy South- Gretchen Jones' shirt
5. Sarah Trost- Michael Costello's shirt
6. Nicholas D'Aurizio- Christopher Collins' bomber jacket
7. Mondo Guerra- Valerie's sweater
8. Ivy Higa- Peach's pants
9. Michael C.- Kristin's skirt
10. Kristin Simms- Mondo's kilt
11. Christopher- Sarah's dress
12. April Johnston- Nicholas' blazer
13. Gretchen- April's blouse
14. Michael D.- McKell's dress
15. Jason Troisi- Andy's Kimono
16. A.J.- Jason's sweater
17. Casanova- Ivy's blouse

Immunity is NOT in play this week, but the first winner of the season by a unanimous vote is...




















































...Gretchen!

THE BOTTOM THREE: Cassanova, Ivy & McKell

The first designer (s) to leave this season...















































































...is McKell.

"So You Think You Can Dance" 7/30

This very special results show kicks off with a Top 6 Contemporary routine choreographed by Mia Michaels and set to Sting's "Every Little Thing She Does is Magic".

Making guest appearances tonight are some of the dancers of the new movie "Step Up 3-D", which will premiere next Friday (they're dancing to "Already Taken" by Trey Songz and "My Own Step" by Roscoe Dash & T-Pain w/ Fabo), Christian TV (he's making his national TV singing debut w/ the song "When She Turns 18") & "American Idol's" Allison Iraheta (w/ "Don't Waste the Pretty", which also features Orianthi as a guitarist)!

The first three dancers to make it to the semi-finals are...
























































...Adechike Torbert, Kent Boyd & Robert Roldan!

SOLOS:

1. Jose Ruiz (third time in a row)- "Hot Music" by Soho
2. Billy Bell (fifth consecutive time)- "Szerencsetlen" by the Venetian Snares
3. Lauren Froderman- "Let's Get It On" by Marvin Gaye

After all that's been done, the last member of this season's Final Four, as determined by the four-person judging panel, is...




























































































Billy
Jose
Lauren

...Lauren! America, it's your call from here on out.

"Big Brother XII" 7/29

EVICTION #3: With the second unanimous vote of the season, the third houseguest this season to be sent OFF THE AIR and the second one to leave with ZILCH is...










































Andrew
Kathy

...Andrew Gordon. If he had gotten that last point in the most recent Power of Veto Competition instead of Brendon Villegas, things would've been completely different.

Head of Household Competition #4 ("Big Brother Knockout"): Two contestants will go head-to-head in each round. Each statement relates to one of the three types of challenges.

1. Britney Haynes vs. Hayden Moss- STAY or FOLD
Hayden: VETO

2. Brendon vs. Rachel Reilly- You might have worked like a mule when you tried to crawl through the caramel pool
Rachel: HAVE OR HAVE NOT

3. Hayden vs. Kristen Bitting- You might've been sprayed down by some mustard while trying to attach yourself to a giant hot dog
Kristen: HoH

4. Kathy Hillis vs. Rachel- No escape between the wall and tape
Kathy: VETO (A: Have or Have Not)

5. Enzo Palumbo vs. Kristen- You had to wait a while before dropping a business briefcase
Kristen: VETO

6. Ragan Fox vs. Rachel- On each question in this competition, you had to have chosen the most popular answer like on "Family Feud"
Rachel: HoH

7. Kristen vs. Lane Elenburg- You needed to spell the longest word after you found letters from the pinatas you smashed
Lane: VETO

FINAL ROUND: Lane vs. Rachel- Fly over a giant grill
Rachel: WIN WITH HoH- SECOND TIME THIS SEASON!

Next week, Pandora's Box returns, as well as the possibility of a second Saboteur being named as determined by you at home! If this happens, the new Saboteur needs to survive the next two weeks of action in order to win $20,000.

7/29/2010 Results

CC: Charles, Julia & Suzanna are playing a 40-block game for the chance to at least get to Carnegie Hall.

$50 Round:
1. Competing with Garfield on the comic pages, what fictional feline is named for the tortured hero of weathering heights?
Guess: Heathcliff- CORRECT ($50)
2. More memorable than "America's Dairy Land", "Eat Cheese or Die" was a popular proposed slogan for what U.S. state?
Guess: Wisconsin- YOU BET ($100)
3. A staple of stock market lingo, what word puts the "cap" in "small cap", "midcap" and "large cap"?
Guess: Capital- STRIKE ONE (A: Capitalization)
4. Originally played for after-dinner amusement, what indoor sport was once called "Whiff-Whaff" by the British upper crust?
Guess: Ping-Pong- RIGHT ($150)

$100 Round:
1. In 2006, distance walker Karl Bushby was arrested from trekking from Alaska into Siberia via what partially-frozen waterway?
Guess: Bering Strait- RIGHT ($250)
2. The Rockefellers of the Renaissance, what illustrious Florentine family saw three of its members become Pope?
Guess: The Medicis- RIGHT ($350)
RED LIGHT CHALLENGE: As cited in a 2005 USA Today article, name four of the five most common animal mascots used by American four-year colleges.
Correct mascots given: Lions, Panthers, Tigers & Eagles ($600)(Not said: Bulldogs)
3. Sporting the letters GSK in its logo, what pharmecutical giant is the maker of Aquafresh, Paxil & Zantac?
Guess: GlaxoSmithKline- RIGHT AGAIN ($700)
4. Connecting the larnyx and the stomach, what long interal organ is put at risk during the act of sword swallowing?
Guess: Esophagus- RIGHT AGAIN ($800)


$200 Round:
1. The husband of Klitemnestra, what ancient hero led the Greek army during The Trojan War?
Guess: Agamemnon- YES INDEED ($1K)

2. Named for a province in France, what Nuvo variety of wine is released annually on the third Thursday on November?
Guess: Beaujolais- RIGHT AGAIN ($1,200)
FINAL QUESTION: Founded by Guru Nanak Dev, what religion forbids its adherence to shave or cut their hair?
Guess: Sikhism- WINS $1,400

For $2,800, here's their Video Bonus Question:

VIDEO BONUS: This population has endured the company of Spaniards, Moores and many gawking tourists. Known as the Barbary Apes, these primates are a Simian staple of what small British territory?

They answer Gibraltar...which is RIGHT FOR $2,800!

The second trio to play tonight consists of all women- Angelina, Isis & Shantini. Their target destination is Union Square, 35 blocks away...but they only get their first three questions right, resulting in a loss.

The night concludes with couples action. Robin & Shawn's goal is to make it 34 to the Nobu Restaurant located at Hudson & Franklin...and they do with just one strike before walking out the van's doors with $750.

Jeopardy!: While becoming the new champion last night, Jen Fick won just under $10,000 thanks to a collective collapse by her and the other two contestants that started towards the end of "Double Jeopardy!" on "American Idol" alumni. She's hoping for better luck tonight against these challengers:

Meg Miller (Milton, MA)- High School Latin teacher
Markus Iturriaga (Knoxville, TN)- An IT administrator whose mother and younger brother both previously appeared on the German version of this show

Light up the first category board of the night, pronto:

AGRICULTURE
YOU CAN CALL ME "AL"

OFF THE ENDANGERED SPECIES LIST
JANET RENO'S DANCE PARTY
RAY LaHOOD'S TRANSPO-LOOZA
MITCH McCONNELL'S KENTUCKY MEGAMIX

At the first timeout, everybody's seperated by $600 apiece- Fick has $2,800, Miller's at $2,200 and Iturriaga stands at $1,600. With less than a minute to go in this round, Miller selects the Daily Double under the $800 Kentucky Megamix clue with $2,600. She can't catch Fick for the lead right now, because she has $5,400, but she can overtake Iturriaga's second-place total of $3,600 if she dares. Her wager is $1,500. To move her into second, here's the clue:

This 981-mile river forms Kentucky's northern border and empties into the Mississippi.

"What is the Ohio?"...move her up to second with $4,100, please! She adds a grand to that before the round officially ends; Iturriaga now has Fick's former score of $5,400, because the champion now leads with $6,400.

LACH TRASH (all unattempted): $800

DJ! Categories:

COMMANDERS AT WAR (Clue Crew clues)
TWICE-TOLD TALES

19TH CENTURY OPERA
X2

WHO KILLED ME, SHAKESPEARE?
PACIFIC STANDARD RHYME TIME

The DDs are somewhere under Commanders At War and X2...and one is found by Iturriaga with the middle Commanders At War clue. At this moment with $12,600, he trails Miller for first place by only $1,300; Fick's a decent third with $7,200. His wager on the following clue read by Sarah Whitcomb is $2,400:

Pilots still use the WWII weaving tactic by which a pilot lures a pursuing enemy plane into another plane's gunsights; it was invented to combat this highly-manuverable Japanese fighter.

He BLANKS on the Mitsubishi Zero, so we drop him to $10,200. Just before time runs out, the champ gets the last DD attached to the middle X2 clue with eight grand in her bank. She's going for an even 10 large with this:

It's the number of stars & stripes on the U.S. flag X 2.

"What is 252?"...she RE-DOUBLED towards the end of the problem somehow, because the actual product was 126. We don't get to see either the last Commanders At War clue or the last two X2 answers.

ATTEMPTED LACH TRASH: $800
UNATTEMPTED LACH TRASH: $8,400
TOTAL DJ! LACH TRASH: $9,200

POST-DOUBLE JEOPARDY! SCORES:

Jen: $6K
Markus: $10,200
Meg: $13,900

CORYAT SCORES:

Jen: $8K
Markus: $12,600
Meg: $13,200


There's a 2/3 betting situation in effect.

FJ! TOPIC: The Super Bowl.

As of this year, it's the only current NFC team that has never played in the Super Bowl.

Jen Fick thought of "What are the Detroit Lions?"...sounds right to me! Her most logical wager was $4,201...but she wagered everything but a buck, boosting her to $11,999. Markus Iturriaga...BLANKED OUT AGAIN, costing him $5K (his suggested betting range was $1,801-$2,800) and ending his stay on the show with $5,200. Meg Miller TOTALLY BLEW IT with "What are the Jacksonville Panthers" (she got the Jaguars and the Panthers confused)...but she only gave back a C-note, so thanks to some part of her brain on the wagering part, she's won the title with $12,900. Fick leaves with $11,300.

LNL: This could be their very last episode. For the record, this was the other of the earliest-taped shows.

CONTESTANTS: Sybil ? (Boston) & John Adams

Round 1: U.S. State Parks That Sound More Fun Than They Really Are
PAYOFF: $512

Shelley: Big Bone Lick State Park
William: Slippery Shaft State Park
Cashmere: Blue Knob State Park
Sebastian: Ladies Cave State Park

They both pick on William...and they're correct to get on the board! The other liar was Sebastian.

Round 2: Lindsay Lohan Songs That Sound Like They're Autobiographical
PAYOFF: $882

Shelley: "Over"
William: "Trashed" (which is also the title of a short-lived MTV game show hosted by "Singled Out's" Chris Hardwick)
Cashmere: "Dis-connected"
Sebastian: "Black Hole"

CHOICES:

Sybil: William- LIE ($1,394)
John: Sebastian- TRUTH

Round 3: Take Your Medicine

SYBIL: Cashmere
Fact: There was an '80s pop star named Falco who was Katherine Heigl's dad
Guess: TRUTH- NO

JOHN: Sebastian
Fact: The first baboon to human heart transplant was performed at the Loma Linda University Medical Center in Loma Linda, CA back in 1984
Guess: TRUTH- YES
PAYOFF: $700 ($1,212)- SYBIL WINS!

The last gag gift going out the door, at least for a while, is a package of Crazy Critters.

TWO-TOPIC SHOWDOWN BANK: $9,993

ENDGAME TOPICS:

Shelley: Chicken
William: Gold

Does Sybil help them go out with a big win...NO, she's the fourth and final contestant to fall one correct answer short. With the additional $3,500, she departs with $4,894.

Episode ratings:

8: "Ca$h Cab"
6: "Jeopardy!" & "Late Night Liars"

"Top Chef" 7/28

Quickfire #7: Make something on a toothpick in a 30-minute time limit. Whoever won not only got immunity, but $20,000 as well!

The guest judge here was Illinois 18th District U.S. House of Representatives member Aaron Schock.

DISHES:

Kevin Sbraga: Grilled pork & mushroom kabob with sherry vinegar
Andrea Curto-Randazzo: Buttermilk-fried chicken w/ Pecan Cheddar waffles & black pepper maple gravy
Ed Cotton: Duo of tuna- tuna confit & grilled tuna w/ avocado & sweet & sour watermelon
Tiffany Derry: Crispy pork roulade w/ prosciutto, dates & red pepper coulis
Amanda Baumgarten: Lamb kabob w/ Heirloom tomatoes & salsa verde
Kenny Gilbert: Tandoori-spiced sockeye salmon & shrimp w/ mango mojito relish
Angelo Sosa: Cucumber cup w/ spiced shrimp & cashew
Stephen Hopcraft: Scallop & beef w/ crispy potato & Bernaise Sauce
Alex Reznik: Scallops w/ crispy bacon, strawberries & basil essence
Kelly Liken: Scallops w/ watermelon & watermelon vinaigrette

BOTTOM THREE: Alex, Ed & Kelly
TOP THREE: Angelo, Kevin & Stephen

The winner of immunity and the money was...















































...Angelo, so his winnings doubled to 40 grand!

ELIMINATION CHALLENGE #7: At the Palm Restaurant, make a power lunch for their regulars in five teams of two.

The Whole Foods Market shopping budget this week was $300 within a half hour.

TEAMS:

1. Amanda & Kelly
2. Andrea & Tiffany
3. Alex & Stephen
4. Angelo & Ed
5. Kenny & Kevin

DISHES:

Kelly: Porterhouse w/ crispy potato-arugula salad & roasted shallot demi-glace
Amanda: NY Steak & Filet Mignon w/ red wine w/ pommes parisienne & arugula
Tiffany: Swordfish w/ olive raisin tapenade, broccolini & bacon
Andrea: Pan-seared Swordfish w/ "risotto-style" couscous, asparagus & beurre blanc- DUD
Stephen: Pan-seared salmon w/ warm vegetable salad & Worcestershire vinaigrette- DUD
Alex: Applewood-smoked salmon w/ Black Forbidden Rice & English pea puree
Angelo: Poached lobster w/ lobster froth, Jicama, arugula & Asian pear salad
Ed: Slow-poached Lobster Ballotine w/ eggplant caviar & English pea-asparagus fricasee
Kenny: Peppered lamb w/ fig-pistachio bread pudding & Vanilla-Morel demi-glace- DUD
Kevin: Double-cut lamb chops w/ olive & goat cheese rissole, mache & tomato concasse- DUD

TOP THREE: Alex (second time), Ed (second time) & Tiffany (third time)

The next EC winner was...

































































...Alex! That meant his dish would go on said restaurant's menu, and his potrait would go on one of their walls.

THE BOTTOM THREE: Andrea, Kelly & Kevin (third time out of four)

I can tell you right now Kevin was safe, so one of the two women who won the fourth EC was about to fly out of the competition...
























































































Andrea
Kelly

...and it was Andrea who joined the one-and-done club. She's going to Barcelona.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

"So You Think You Can Dance" 7/28

For the first time in a while on this show, I am happy to report that all of the remaining contestants WERE able to perform!

This week's guest judge was Toni Reopath (who is a four-time U.S. ballroom dancing champion).

TEAM DANCES:
1. Kent Boyd & Anya Garnis (Cha-Cha-Cha)(Jean-Marc Genereux & France Mousseau)- "My First Kiss" by 3OH!3 with Ke$ha
2. Robert Roldan & Kathryn McCormick (Contemporary)(Stacey Tookey)- "Heaven is a Place on Earth" by Katie Thompson
3. Adechike Torbert & Courtney Galiano (Jazz)(Tyce Diorio)- "Manteca" by Dizzy Gillespie
4. Jose Ruiz & Comfort Fedoke (Hip-Hop)(Dana Wilson & Marty Kudelka)- "Try a Little Tenderness" by Otis Redding
5. Lauren Froderman & Allison Holker (Broadway)(TD)- "Who's Got the Pain?" from "Damn Yankees"
6. Billy Bell & Ade Obayomi (C)(ST)- "Mad World (Alternate version)" by Michael Andrews w/ Gary Jules
7. Jose & Kent (Br.)(Spencer Liff)- "From This Moment On" from "Kiss Me Kate"
8. Adechike & Lauren (Foxtrot)(J-M & F)- "Fever" by Beyonce Knowles
9. Billy & Robert (Bollywood)(Nakul Dev Mahajan)- "Ganesh" from "Bombay Dreams"

SOLOS:
1. Jose- "Giant Squid" by RJD2
2. Lauren- "(You Make Me Feel Like a) Natural Woman" by Aretha Franklin
3. Billy- "Lights Go Down" by Telepathe
4. Kent- "A Song For You" by Elliot Yamin
5. Robert- "A Beautiful Mess ("A Raining Jane" Sessions) by Jason Mraz
6. Adechike- "Pretty Wings" by Maxwell

Tomorrow night's featured guests are Christian TV and some of the dancers from the new movie "Step Up 3-D".

"Work of Art" 7/28

TEAM CHALLENGE: In three duos, create pieces of art with opposing themes.

TEAMS:
1. Peregrine Honig & Mark Velasquez- Heaven/Hell
2. Abdi Farah & Nicole Nadeau- Order/Chaos
3. Jaclyn Santos & Miles Mendenhall- Male/Female

A $100 shopping budget is given at Utrecht Art Supplies, and a $200 one is also offered to any hardware store.

Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn's still in Europe, so mixed media artist Ryan McGinness will take her place at the judging table this week.

ART ORDER:

1. Jaclyn & Miles
2. Abdi & Nicole
3. Peregrine & Mark

The winners are...









































...Jaclyn & Miles- that's Jaclyn's second win, while this is a season-high third victory for Miles!

ELIMINATION #9: Abdi & Mark are both in the bottom two for the second time; this makes it back-to-back trips for Abdi. The male painter out of the running after this episode is...


















































































Abdi
Mark

...Mark.

"America's Got Talent" 7/28

Remember, tonight's special guests are JabbaWockeeZ (who danced to Queen's "American Rhapsody" at the start of their performance) & Mike Prosner (who is the singer of "Cooler Than Me").

1.
A: The South Philly Vikings
B: CJ Dippa
C: Haspop
ADVANCING TO SEMI-FINALS: Haspop

2.
A: Chipps Cooley
B: Studio One Young Beast Society
C: Polina Volchek
ADVANCING TO SEMI-FINALS: Studio One

3.
A: The Strange Familiar
B: Debra Romer
C: Luigi
ADVANCING TO SEMI-FINALS: Debra

JUDGES' CHOICE: Jeremy VanSchoonhoven vs. Kaya & Sadie

Sharon: JEREMY
Piers: JEREMY

"Big Brother XII" 7/28

Power of Veto Competition #3 ("Veto of Fortune"): Getting chosen on for this one are Brendon Villegas, Lane Elenburg & Rachel Reilly, with the host being Enzo Palumbo (who is dubbed "The Amazing Enzo" for this game).

1. Fortune cookies

Brendon: 431- FOLD
Andrew Gordon: 400- FOLD
Kathy Hillis: 321- FOLD
Lane: 350- STAY
Matt Hoffman: 375- STAY
Rachel: 563- FOLD
ANSWER: 405- LANE ELIMINATED (Matt: 1; Andrew should've stayed)

2. Candles

Brendon: 241- FOLD
Andrew: 255- STAY
Kathy: 114- FOLD
Matt: 200- STAY

Rachel: 267- STAY
ANSWER: 249- MATT ELIMINATED (Andrew: 1)

3. Feet of black spiral

Brendon: 10- STAY
Andrew: Six- FOLD
Kathy: Eight- STAY
Rachel: 32- FOLD

ANSWER: 15- KATHY ELIMINATED (Brendon: 1)

4. Number of tarot cards that made up the bigger card house

Brendon: 1,500- FOLD
Andrew: 240- STAY
Rachel: 486- FOLD (Andrew: 2)

ANSWER: 272

5. Ounces of magic potion

Brendon: 231- STAY
Andrew: 105-
FOLD
Rachel: 310- FOLD (Brendon: 2)

ANSWER: 278 (Rachel should've gone for it)

6. Eyeballs

Brendon: 90- STAY
Andrew: 33- STAY
Rachel: 78- STAY
ANSWER: 148- BRENDON WINS!

Does Brendon do anything with the Power of Veto?...






































































...NO.

7/28/2010 Results

SL: Representing the Honor Society on the show today are:

Michael Bruno (New City, NY)(lead vocalist/guitarist)
Andrew Lee (Woodland Hills, CA)(guitarist/vocalist)
Jason Rosen (New City)(guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist)
Alexander Noyes (Woodland Hills)(drummer)
Ashlyne Huff (Nashville)(country singer)
Just Kait (South Toms River, NJ)(singer)

$300 Round:

1. And Andrew gets this game off and rolling with the "Snappy Tie". This is an elastic tie that has to be snapped against his neck by his teammates three times.
RESULT: PASS ($300)

2. Michael, get ready to be "Puppet Mastered".
RESULT: PASS (DOUBLE to $600)

3. A glass of "Sad Juice" is going to Jason. After onion juice is freshly squeezed out by several onions, he has to drink it all.
RESULT: DISQUALIFIED

$400 Round:

1. Ashlyne's the first of the two women to get a shot to play, and her stunt is called the "Milk Lick". She has to drink sour milk out of a cat's bowl for the next 20 seconds while she's wearing a cat costume.
RESULT: EPIC FAIL

2. Now on Andrew's menu is a bowl of "Electric Soup". He has :30 to finish a bowl of soup while getting electric shocks from a device at the same time.
RESULT: EPIC FAIL #2


3. Instead of having to eat something again, Andrew's now getting a task titled "Juggle Chest". A juggler will bounce objects off the contestant's body for :20.
RESULT: PASS ($1K)

$800 Round:

Five-Player Challenge: Andrew's supposed to be the safe contestant in a new stunt labeled "Lap Pop", but when you read the rules for this, you'll think otherwise. While he's wearing spiked hot pants, he has half a minute to pop all the balloons on his teammates' laps (two apiece).
RESULT: PASS ($1,800)

2. Alex takes a shot at downing the "Mexico Mix Up".
RESULT: PASS ($2,600)

3. Two enormous "Flied Eggs" are headed towards JK's view- they come from ostriches.
RESULT: PASS ($3,400)

GRAND GAME: If Alex doesn't strike out in "Throw Like Woman", each of this afternoon's participants will leave with $734. While dressed as a catcher, a female stranger must hit him with rotten tomatoes for :20 straight.
RESULT: PASS- WINS $4,400!

On the season finale that will air August 5th, the band "Never ShoutNever!" featuring Cristofer Ingle will drop by.

CC: Last time, DISASTER STRUCK in a DOUBLE RIDE game to close out an episode when $2,200 was lost on the Video Bonus, preventing a team from becoming the second-highest winners on the show. Tonight, Joel, Pedro & Steve are hoping to end this DR as some big winners as soon as they make it 37 blocks to Zanzibar at 80th & Broadway, if they do.

$100 Round:
1. In 1981, an estimated 1/6 of the world witnessed the televised union of what ill-fated couple?
Guess: Prince Charles & Lady Diana- CORRECT ($100)
2. Nicknamed "The Toonie", what country's $2 coin features a polar bear named Churchill?
Guess: Canada- RIGHT ($200)
3. Though named for an Italian city-state, what sladded window dressing was patented by a Brit in 1789?
Guess: Venetian Blinds- RIGHT ($300)
4. With railway stops at Peachtree Center and King Memorial Station, MARTA is the mass-transit system for what U.S. city?
Guess: Atlanta- YOU BET ($400)

$200 Round:
1. Although it's usually considered a nut, what Marzapan ingredient is actually a seed related to the peach pit?
Guess: Pistachio- STRIKE ONE (A: Almond)
2. Initially known as Boston Tech, what university inititated a Nerd Pride movement in the 1990s?
Guess: MIT- YES INDEED ($600)
3. Described as the most luminous object in the universe, a quazi-stellar radio source is most commonly known by what name?
Guess: Milky Way- STRIKE TWO (A: Quasar; that was their first instinct)
4. In 1521, what Protestant was famously chewed out at a religious assembly known as The Diet of Worms?
Guess: Martin Luther- CORRECT ($800)
$500 RED LIGHT CHALLENGE: Name six of the nine Periodic Table elements that end with -on.
Correct elements given: Neon, Iron, Silicon & Argon (Not said: Boron, Carbon, Krypton, Radon & Xenon)

They walk after their regulation play is over.

Back to regular stakes we go with Daniel, Lindsay & Verena. Their goal is The Jacob Javits Center, 41 blocks away...but thanks to both of their Shout-Outs being of NO help, they lose in six questions and have to settle for dining at Hell's Kitchen, if they feel like it.

Finally, Lizzy & Mongage are playing a 34-block game to the Chelsea Hotel. The bad news is that they have two strikes besides the $800 heading into their last regulation question. The good news:

RLC #2: London & Leeds are two of the most populous cities in the U.K. Name four of the other cities ranked in the Top 8.
Correct cities given: Birmingham, Liverpool, Edinburgh & Glasgow ($1,050)(Not said: Bradford & Sheffield)

After that's done, they check out and everybody in the crew gets to go to sleep.

Jeopardy!: With just three episodes left in Season 26, whoever emerges as champion tonight will get a chance to be the last contestant this season to make the Tournament of Champions Leaderboard, whether it's new champ Nora Corrigan or one of these other two women:

Alyssa Morgan (Pasadena, CA)- Newseum collections manager
Jen Fick (Bethesda, MD)- A records manager who bet at a horse race track with her family at the age of four and once had a winning streak

After the board is lit up, we see these six categories:

THIS IS CNN
NFL QBs OFF THE FIELD
MIDDLE NAMING (the person's first and last names have to be given)
PARENTING
SAINTS ON THE MAP
"PEACE", BRO

Early on, Corrigan finds the Daily Double under the middle clue on Saints on the Map (and eighth clue overall) with $1,800; she leads Fick by the amount of money Morgan has now- $400. To stay in the lead and add $1,000 to her score, here's the clue:

At the 2009 Tour De France, Alberto Contador won a stage including the Alpine Passes named for this saint; he also won a dog.

"Who is St. Bernard?"...correct to move up to $2,800! At halftime, she's made it to $3,200, but she's still only ahead of Fick by $600.

ATTEMPTED LACH TRASH: $1,200
UNATTEMPTED LACH TRASH: $3,800
TOTAL LACH TRASH: $5K

POST-FIRST ROUND SCORES:

Nora: $5,400
Jen: $4,200
Alyssa: $1,400


DJ! Subjects:

LITERARY FIRST LINES
FUN WITH AMERICAN IDOL NAMES
COUNTRY BY BEER

15 MINUTES OF FAME
NEW TO THE OED

ANTARCTIC WILDLIFE (Clue Crew clues with National Geographic's Tom Ritchie)

Corrigan learns for herself five clues into this round that the middle Literary First Line is DD #1; with $7,000, she's leading Fick by two grand. She wagers her lead on this quote:

"To the red country and part of the grey country of Oklahoma, the last rains came gently."

"What is 'The Grapes of Wrath'?"...is right to double her lead! And she only got beaten to the punch by Fick on the first clue of the same category! Speaking of Fick, she locates the other DD attached to the $1,600 Antarctic Wildlife clue with $7,800; Corrigan's barely out of Lock Game Territory with 15 large and Morgan's still out of contention with $1,800. She bets three C-notes on the following clue read by Sarah Whitcomb:

The Antarctic (River) is home to several species of Petrels, named perhaps because their habit of flying close to the water's surface is reminiscent of this Apostle, who tried to walk on water with Jesus.

"Who is Peter?"...that response keeps her considerably in the game with $10,800! Time runs out before we can reach the first three 15 Minutes of Fame clues; the High School Strategy was used by Morgan at that time.

DJ! LACH TRASH (all unattempted): $13,200 (the last four clues in the "American Idol" category were Triple Stumpers- darn!)

SCORES AFTER DOUBLE JEOPARDY!:

Nora: $15K
Jen: $14K
Alyssa: $4,600


CORYAT SCORES:

Nora: $13,800
Jen: $12,600
Alyssa: $4,600


Morgan's betting limit in Final Jeopardy!, assuming that she misses the clue, is $1,600.

FJ! TOPIC: Religion.

An aid to the faithful since the 13th Century, one standard version has parts arranged in groups of one, three or 10.

Alyssa Morgan put down NOTHING; I had a bad feeling about that because she was hurrying to write anything down before the end of the think music. Her wager...an acceptable $1,400, so she dips to $3,200. Jen Fick responded with "What is the 'Book of the Common Prayer'"...incorrect. That will cost her...$4,700, so she successfully locked Morgan out and finishes with $9,300. Nora Corrigan did make the obvious $13,001 wager and came up with a response of "What is a prayer book?"...NO, it was the Rosary, so Fick's the new champ. That sends Corrigan home with $28,201.

MTWI: On a Summer-themed episode, tonight's team consists of Hayley Caldwell from Las Vegas & Juliana Campbell from Pleasanton, CA (who are sorority sisters at the University of Arizona). After what happened the past two episodes, I don't like their chances here.

(Note: As of tonight, all of the stunt titles except for "Supercoin" are red instead of blue.)

$1K: "Hoop De Loop"- The entire team will try to roll a blue Hula Hoop on three soda bottles.

1. PASS WITH :37 LEFT

$2.5K: "High as a Kite"- Keep a kite in the air and attached to a red baseball cap for a full minute.

1. Hayley- PASS

$5K: "Well Done"- Roll four yellow golf balls into a red grill's vent holes.

1. Juliana- PASS WITH :22 LEFT

$10K: "Whipper Snapper"- As a team during this playing, a beach towel has to be used to launch two ping-pong balls into the bowl.

1. NONE- STRIKE ONE
2. NONE- STRIKE TWO
3. PASS WITH :28 LEFT

$50K: "Spare Me"- While both sisters are using a polyethylene pool needle, both sisters have to drop marbles and have them roll to five pieces of chalk in order to knock them down.

They...PASS with :17 left for the second safe haven!

$75K: "Beach Tennis"- Using SCUBA flippers, they have to play ping-pong until they get a red tennis ball into a cooler.

They get a ball in at the horn...problem is, Hayley did a double-hit on that ball at that moment, so it DOESN'T count and their GAME IS OVER. At least they don't lose anything.

Before we continue the Million Dollar Mission, we need to start this next team's game- Chelsie Chinery from Bellevue, WA & Nathan Moon from Ventura, CA (who are both attending UC-Santa Barbara; Nathan's also done some military duty).

$1K: "Tilt-a-Cup"- Catch a ping-pong ball in a six-cup stack, move the bottom cup up and repeat until all six cups have been filled up.

1. Chelsie- PASS WITH :32 LEFT

SUPERCOIN: 22-year-old bartender Katheryn Martinez is the fourth audience member to try this...





















































































































...BUT IT DOESN'T QUITE HAPPEN FOR HER.

$2.5K: "Glass Road Trucker"- After building a line of eight inverted soda bottles, a pink ping-pong ball has to be blown into a nearby shot glass.

1. Chelsie- PASS WITH :24 LEFT

$5K: "Ruler of the World"- Roll a blue marble down a ruler into the hole at its far end.

1. Nathan- PASS WITH :13 LEFT

("WWTBAM" time's up horn sounds)

PvJ: The first football-themed episode of the season is titled "The Wildcat Orignator". There is still NO audience in the football stadium.

JOES:
Chase Weber (who was a former defensive back at Colorado State University and is currently a personal trainer in L.A.)
Eric Hooks (who was a quarterback on back-to-back-to-back NAIA National Championship teams for the University of St. Francis; he's now a service technician in Indianapolis)
Dorrell Jalloh (who was a West Virginia University running back and is now a youth technician in Greensboro, NC)

PROS: Isaac Bruce, Lavar Arrington & Michael Vick

This season, official NFL referees will be used on football episodes. At least for tonight, Chad Brown (19 years) & Patrick Turner will be working the field.

1. "Pocket Challenge"- The quarterbacks have 45 seconds to complete as many passes as they can. However, every interception takes away a point.

MV: Three
EH: Four

2. "Smash Mouth"- The running backs have to run five yards into the end zone. Each team gets up to three chances.

Pros: IB (QB) & MV (RB)

1. NO
2. NO
3. YES

Joes: EH (QB) & DJ (RB)

1. NO
2. YES
3. NO

SUDDEN DEATH:

Joes: TWO YARDS
Pros: TOUCHDOWN

3. "Wildcat"- The Joes have to stop the Pros from scoring three out of five times.

1. NO
2. NO
3. SWEEP!

THE $10K GAME: The Joes start out with a 10-yard advantage.

PROS:
1. INSTANT TOUCHDOWN BY IB
2. TURNOVER ON DOWNS

JOES:
1. INSTANT TOUCHDOWN BY DJ
2. INSTANT TOUCHDOWN BY DJ- WIN!!!

Episode ratings:

10: "Pros vs. Joes"
8: "Silent Library"
6: "Ca$h Cab" & "Minute to Win It"
5: "Jeopardy!"

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

BREAKING NEWS: ABC president McPherson resigns

ABC Entertainment Group president Steve McPherson has RESIGNED tonight. He will likely be replaced by ABC Family executive Paul Lee.

Various sources contributed to this report.

"America's Got Talent" 7/27

1. The South Philly Vikings
BUZZES: Piers

2. CJ Dippa
BUZZES: NONE

3. Harmonica Pierre
Song: "Hey, Soul Sister" by Train
BUZZES: NONE

4. Polina Volchek
Background song: "What Sound" by Lamb
BUZZES: Piers

5. The Strange Familiar
Song: "Time After Time" by Cyndi Lauper
BUZZES: NONE

6. Haspop
Dance song medley includes: "Boom Boom Pow" by The Black Eyed Peas and "Baby Got Back" by Sir Mix-A-Lot
Setting: Napping on the floor
BUZZES: NONE

7. Luigi
Song: "This Love" by Maroon 5
BUZZES: Piers

8. Chipps Cooney
Dance song (towards the end of this performance): "Hot Stuff" by Donna Summer
BUZZES: EVERYBODY

9. Kaya & Sadie
BUZZES: NONE

10. Jeremy VanSchoonhoven
Background song: "Rock That Body" by The Black Eyed Peas
BUZZES: NONE

11. Debra Romer
Song: "Dreams" by Fleetwood Mac
BUZZES: NONE


12. Studio One Young Beast Society
Dance song: "Breakdown" by Group 1 Crew
BUZZES: NONE

Tomorrow night, two acts that formerly auditioned in the second season will do guest performances on the results show- JabbaWockeeZ (who are better known for winning "America's Best Dance Crew") and Mike Posner ("Cooler Than Me").

DEBUT: "Masterchef"

Joining Chef Ramsay (who is also an executive producer of the show) on the judging panel are Joe Bastianich (who is a restauranteur/wine taster) & Graham Eliot (who is the youngest four-star chef in America).

The opening round for the Top 50 is the auditions. Every contestant has an hour to make their signature dish before presenting it to the judges. Only the 30 best ones will move on to the second round in two weeks with a "Masterchef" apron. Eventually, 14 will make it to the final stage to compete against each other for a chance to win $250,000 and their own cookbook.

NOTABLES ADVANCING TO TOP 30:

Avis White
David Miller (despite the fact that he made something that was NOT a Bouillabaisse!)
Faruq Jenkins
Hollie Dorethy
Josh Hoy
Kristina Svec
Lee Knaz
Mike Kim
Tracy Naylor

"Hell's Kitchen" 7/27

Challenge #13: Each of the Final Four contestants have to teach one of four unknown male bachelors how to pan-roast a Monkfish within 30 minutes.

PRESENTATION ORDER:

1. Autumn Lewis & Neil
2. Jay Santos & Rick
3. Benjamin Knack & Steve
4. Holli Ugalde & Chris

This is coming down to Jay & Rick and Holli & Chris. The winners are...











































...Jay & Rick! Win or lose, all of the bachelors will receive a copy of Chef Ramsay's new book. And Jay brings Holli on this reward...a Goodyear blimp ride! The other two chefs have to do some maitenance in HK.

DINNER SERVICE #13: The semi-finalists themselves determine these department assignments:

Garnish- Autumn
Appetizers- Jay
Fish- Holli
Meat- Ben

Holli gets busted for serving a raw piece of Tandoori fish, but Chef Ramsay accuses Autumn of doing the bad deed instead in order to sabotage this critical service. Holli ends up doing the same thing a second time, slowing the entrees down. A little later, Ben's being too slow in communicating with the rest of the gang and Autumn undercooks some spinach twice. Ben also cooks some DUD Beef Wellingtons. Despite that, Ramsay says this was the BEST DS OF THE SEASON TO DATE!

After Autumn (for her seventh time) & Ben (for his second straight time) get nominated for potential elimination...





































































...NOBODY IS CUT THIS EVENING!

"Library/Jeopardy!" 7/27

SL: Today's gang is half men and half women:

Marisa (Fresh Meadows, NY)
Ed (Falling Waters, WV)
Josephine (Bayside, NY)
Djamel (NYC)
Aicha (NYC)
TJ (NYC)

$300 Round:

1. Marisa starts off first for the female side with the "Chalk Lick". She has 30 seconds to lick off the chalk-written message "I will remain silent" from the chalkboard.
RESULT: PASS ($300)

2. The first man to play today is Djamel. His teammates have to throw "Recycled" bottles/cans at him for :20 while he's wearing a small recycling bin and goggles.
RESULT: PASS (DOUBLE to $600)

3. Josephine's getting a "Birth Day Surprise". After cutting a birthday cake, the team has to endure the explosion that's inside it.
RESULT: FAIL

$400 Round:

1. The first stunt for TJ is an "Apple Twist". He has to stand in between two spinning apple trees for the next :20.
RESULT: PASS ($1K)

2. As the next-to-last contestant chosen on the day, Ed's about to receive a "Radiation Scrub" from a guy in a radiation suit.
RESULT: PASS ($1,400)

3. The second task for Josephine is titled "Cradled Balls". Her head will be a part of a 20-second Newton's Cradle simulation.
RESULT: FAIL

$800 Round:

1. Djamel secondly gets to make the "Fur Transfer" with a mangy dog.
RESULT: PASS ($2,200)

2. Aicha's hoping for the opposite result of the "Not Lucky Tug".
RESULT: FAIL

Five-Player Challenge: Aicha gets to take a nap while everybody else is dealt the "Bad Taste Cascade".
RESULT: DISQUALIFIED (Josephine's barf)

GRAND GAME: To avoid tying the $2,200 season-low, Marisa takes on something called "Untapped". While tap dancing for half a minute, she has to get hit by the tomatoes that come out of her teammates' guns.
RESULT: PASS- WINS $3,200 ($534 per player)

Jeopardy!: Alison Stone Roberg has a chance to go as high as second place on the Tournament of Champions Leaderboard if she can survive these opponents:

Nora Corrigan (Columbus, MS)- English professor
Vince Femenella (Brooklyn, NY)- Bookseller

Tuesday's first six categories look like these:

COLLEGE TOWNS
SPORTS QUOTES
DOUBLE TALK (Henry Polic II, anyone?)
SUPERMARKET SWEEP (David Ruprecht, anyone?)
FERROUS, BUELLER
BEFORE & AFTER

She starts off slowly in the first half of this round, but Roberg ends it with her in Lock Game Territory at $4,800; Corrigan is in second place with $2,200 and Femenella has $1,600. Early in the second half, Femenella SWEEPS the Sports Quotes to tie the game. But at round's end, Corrigan's left with the Daily Double under the final Ferrous, Bueller clue with $4,000. Femenella leads Roberg $6,400-$5,800 at this point. She wagers double the face value of this clue:

An Olden theory said that when metallic iron loses its Phlogiston, it becomes this remnant we know as an oxide.

"What is rust?"...correct to start Double Jeopardy! in second with six grand!

SOLE TRIPLE STUMPER: $400 College Towns clue (unattempted)

DJ! Topics:

WORLD WAR II
PLEAS & CARATS
FAMOUS LAST WORDS
I LOVE A MYSTERY
HERE'S 2 "U"
MR. ROBINSON

Femenella finds DD #1 under the last "U" clue with $7,200, but he finds himself $400 behind Corrigan for first place, and he's only $600 ahead of Roberg for second. He puts four large on the line. For the lead back, here's the clue:

The name of this branch of Math comes from the Latin for "small stone".

It's obviously "What is Calculus?"...BUT HE BLANKS OUT, sending him down to $3,200. Too bad. He falls to $400 in the hole before making it back to $1,200 on the good side. Meanwhile, Corrigan finds her second and final DD of the night as WWII is cleared out; she's at $13,600, while the champion sits at $10,200. Her bet this time is three C-notes of her $3,400 lead on this:

The final land battle of WWII was fought on this island in the Ryukyus in June 1945.

"What is Iwo Jima?"...NO. The right island was Okinawa, cutting her lead back to only $400. Double Jeopardy! ends with the High School Strategy being used on Mr. Robinson.

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

SCORES AFTER DOUBLE JEOPARDY!:

Alison: $13K
Vince: $6K
Nora: $14,200


CORYAT SCORES:

Alison: $13K
Vince: $10K

Nora: $16,200

The man in the middle shouldn't risk too much in tonight's final if he wants to sneak away with the win here.

FJ! SUBJECT: Monarchies.

One of the two largely German-speaking monarchies in the world; they're about 250 miles apart.

Vince Femenella's response was "What is Lichtenstein"...correct. In this case, I'm actually hoping he risked a lot...but he played it really safe by wagering NOTHING. Alison Stone Roberg actually wrote down "What is Austria?"...NOT the other one, but she only risked $999 in order to cover Femenella. Nora Corrigan's question was "What is Luxembourg?"...that's the other good one for the championship with another $13,001 and $27,201 total! Roberg leaves as possibly the last big winner of the season with $87,102.

Both shows get a 7 out of 10 today.