Sunday, October 31, 2010

Next Week in Game Shows: November 1-7

Next week is exactly the first week of November '10, and it's surely loaded:

-The "Doubles Poker Championship" finally concludes- who will share in the million?

-"Catch 21", "Family Game Night" & "The Newlywed Game" all return w/ new episodes!

-Syndicated "Millionaire" celebrates 1,500 episodes!

-"Dancing with the Stars" celebrates 200 episodes!

All this plus possibly a lot more next week on GSK.

The Week in Review: Last week of October

Players of the Week:
WINNERS: Felice Schaeffer & Sandra Benton (first two civilian $50K "Don't Forget the Lyrics!" winners)
RUNNER-UP: Gretchen Jones ("Project Runway" Season 8 champion)
3RD PLACE: Flipped Out (first members of "Hole in the Wall's" Wall of Fame)

Other Big Winners & Notables:
Michael Miyazaki- $100,000 ("WWTBAM")
Jesse Cuevas- $67,981 as three-day champ ("Jeopardy!")
Ashley Quadros- $60,158 ("The Price is Right")
Julie Buck- $55,600 ("Millionaire")
David Benyamine & Tony Guoga- $50K each ("Doubles Poker Championship")
Kim Kohatsu- $48,450 ("Wheel of Fortune")
Alisha Marigoni- $47,521 ("TPiR")

ZONK ANSWER OF THE WEEK: The $706 Safe Crackers guess from last Friday's "TPiR" Halloween Special

OCTOBER 2010 PLAYER OF THE MONTH: Kimberly Collins ($250K "Millionaire" winner)
RUNNER-UP: Katherine Gunn ("WCG Ultimate Gamer" Season 2 champ)
3RD PLACE: Felice Schaeffer & Sandra Benton ($50K each)("Don't Forget the Lyrics!")

Good/Bad Moments & Stupid Answers- LAST INSTALLMENT THIS YEAR

Putting a one or nine at the end of any Lucky $even price on "The Price is Right" is usually a sure-fire recipe for disaster. This wasn't the case, though, on these four occassions:

2/29/08 (also includes a playing of Range Game for a car)
6/15/10 (preceded by a playing of Money Game)

This moment on "Wheel of Fortune" was definitely exciting. But this one really took the cake.

And this recent moment on "Jeopardy!" sure caught me out of nowhere!

The two biggest winners ever on "Bingo America"- one from the Patrick Duffy era & one from the Richard Karn era.

This woman had probably the best Thanksgiving she's ever had!

Given the recent futility around this Pricing Game, this is about as good of a playing of 10 Chances as you are going to get.

This shows that excitement does NOT also lead to smartness on "WoF".

We've seen some dumb audiences over the past several years on U.S. "Millionaire", but I don't recall one as bad as this one.

During this "TPiR" Showcase Round, it appears these two players should've been on a primetime version instead. Something similar occurred this past Thursday, resulting in the first EL SKUNKO episode of Season 39. And let's not forget about a recent $85K Showcase bid, either.

This Let's Make a Deal" contestant's winnings took a severe beating in the end after catching "Deal or No Deal"-itis.

Here was one of the most hilarious Final Jeopardy! responses of all-time!

And at least one player during this FJ! thought Alex Trebek was one of the richest people in all of show-biz!

"The Amazing Race XVII"- HAPPY HALLOWEEN 2010!

Opening Clue: Travel to St. Petersburg, Russia. Once there, they have to go to the Rostral Columns for their second clue.

Brook Roberts & Claire Champlin have the early lead.

DETOUR #5: Classical Music or Classic Cinema?

CM: Teams have to go to a historical palace and find a maestro w/ three gramophones before listening to the following three three musical compositions- "Pictures at an Exhibition" by Modest Mussorgsky, "Scheherazade" by Nikolai Rimsky-Kirsakov & "Troika" by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. After listening to all of them, they have to go inside the ballrooms and find the three pianists playing those pieces of music before placing each sheet music in its designated folder. If all three music folders are correct, they'll receive their third clue.

CC: Teams need to make their way to the Lenfilm Studio's soundstage and search through lots of filmclip piles in order to find a filmclip that matches any part of the scene from the movie "October" that's continuously playing on the big screen before they can get their third clue.

Clue #3: Go to Palace Square for the fourth clue.

Clue #4: Travel to Alexandrovskaya, where the fifth clue awaits everybody at a nearby local store that's on a marked road.

(Note: In honor of Halloween tonight, I'm going to make the color for both the Roadblock & Pit Stop titles orange instead of their usual red.)

ROADBLOCK #6: One member of each team has to plant a row of 50 potatoes after putting on some Babushka attire, while also having to fertilize their crop w/ lots of cow manure (aka bulls@#!). Once they're successful at all that, they'll receive their Pit Stop clue.

PIT STOP #6: St. Isaac's Cathedral, where one team may get spooked out of this race.

The team who's definitely getting a TREAT as a result of winning this leg are...

...Jill Haney & Thomas Wolfard, and their second one is a Travelocity trip to the Hotel Transamerica in Sao Paulo, Brazil (includes a private helicopter ride of the city)!

2. Brook & Claire

3. The Wus

4. Kat Chang & Nat Strand

5. Chad Waltrip & Stephanie Smith

6. The Ervins

That means Nick Decarlo & Vicki Casciola (this is the second time this season they've at least finished in the bottom two)...

...are getting a NON-ELIMINATION TREAT from Phil Keoghan!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Good/Bad Moments & Stupid Answers Part 3

Whether you like him or not, Drew Carey has been a lucky host when it comes to game shows that have offered at least a million dollars. Here are four reasons why- #1, #2, #3 & #4.

Here's the moment on "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?" where Ken Jennings officially re-took the all-time GS winnings lead from Brad Rutter!

Speaking of KJ, here's when he won GSN's only Grand Slam tournament to date!

It may not have been that well received, but watch this lady on "Duel" go on the all-time GS winnings list.

Vaughn Adams can take solace that he's not the only person to completely blow Safe Crackers by forgetting the Zero Rule that's also used in 10 Chances. On November 30, 2006, a man named Lorenzo set his losing combination for a Bulova clock at $507 (it was actually $750), also costing him a living room. And on February 21, 2007, Joanne Mick thought some luggage to go with a near-$15K trip to Australia was $607 (when it was $760 instead). Finally, Virginia Williams also humiliated herself on June 27, 2008, when she set the combination for his/her Sultana watches at $605, which also broke the Pair of Prizes Rule (the right price was $560); that also cost her a Dodge Caliber.

This woman apparently came onto "The Price is Right" way too late for her own good to play Golden Road.

Besides the time when Mr. Carey quipped during a losing playing of Buy or Sell "This is like when AOL bought TimeWarner!", there have been very few times since I began GSK where I just bursted out laughing:

5/2/07- In the Speed-Up Round on "Wheel of Fortune", Joy & Kristen Bentole blurted out KICK IT AND MAKE IT BETTER instead of KISS IT AND MAKE IT BETTER!

10/15/07- During the Speed-Up Round part of my "Wheel" recap that night, I inadvertantly at first said the correct solution was LATE-NIGHT ORAL SESSIONS instead of LATE-NIGHT CRAM SESSIONS!!! This was one of the very few ZONK ANSWERS that I myself provided on this site!

2/15/08 (twice): The first time on "Wheel" that evening occurred just before the third commercial break, when Cara Camarada missolved "THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID FERGUSON" w/ "THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN", and just as Pat Sajak was tossing it to a commercial, I just started laughing for no reason! Then, in the middle of a Speed-Up Round, Latanya Townson thought the Food & Drink on the board was DEEP-DISH PUNCH PIE instead of DEEP-DISH PEACH PIE, and I had an even bigger laughing fit!

"Doubles Poker Championship" 10/30- FINAL TABLE, PART II


1. Howard Lederer & Phil Gordon- 873K
2. Chris Ferguson & Phil Ivey- 593K
3. David Benyamine & Tony Guoga- 389K
4. Allen Cunnigham & Huck Seed- 145K

The blinds are currently at 8/16K. Two hands in, we see the following:

Gordon & Lederer: (KH)(JS)
Cunningham & Seed (ALL-IN via raise): (AD)(KS)

POT: 330K
THE FLOP: (2H)(8S)(4S)- DUD

All Cunningham & Seed have to worry about on the river is a Jack.


Two hands later:

Cunningham & Seed: (5H)(4H)
Gordon & Lederer: (AC)(9S)

POT: 188K
THE FLOP: (7D)(AS)(4D)

Gordon & Lederer make the best possible pair compared to Cunningham & Seed's low red fours, and then try to push Cunningham & Seed ALL-IN. After a timeout by Cunningham & Seed...they make the important call!



Cunningham & Seed need either a four, five or six to stay in the game.


Next hand:

Benyamine & Guoga: (AC)(6S)
Cunningham & Seed: (AH)(3H)

POT: 78K
THE FLOP: (2S)(5S)(8S)

Benyamine & Guoga have a spade flush draw right away, while Cunningham & Seed have a gutshot Wheel draw. They both check.


Another two hands later:

Benyamine & Guoga: (6H)(5H)
Cunningham & Seed: (9S)(8H)

POT: 78K
THE FLOP: (6D)(3D)(5D)

Benyamine & Guoga pair both the red fives & sixes, but Cunningham & Seed have an inside straight draw.



1. Cunningham & Seed- 694K
2. Ferguson & Ivey- 545K
3. Gordon & Lederer- 494K
4. Benyamine & Guoga- 267K

The next hand we show involves ALL the teams:

Gordon & Lederer: (KC)(JH)
Benyamine & Guoga: (10D)(9S)
Ferguson & Ivey: (AH)(10H)
Cunningham & Seed: (KH)(QC)

POT: 64K
THE FLOP: (5H)(3C)(7D)- DUD

Ferguson & Ivey close this hand w/ a 45K bet to win a 109K pot.

Three hands into the 10/20K blinds stage, this develops:

Benyamine & Guoga (ALL-IN): (KC)(9H)
Ferguson & Ivey: DOUBLE DEUCES (Diamonds & Spades)

POT: 394K
THE FLOP: (5S)(KH)(4H)

If the river is anything but one of the other twos, Benyamine & Guoga will double up again.


Immediately afterwards:

Gordon & Lederer: (AC)(QS)
Benyamine & Guoga (ALL-IN again, this time w/ a raise): (QD)(JD)

POT: 788K

Only a Jack will save Benyamine & Guoga this time.


Next hand of note:

Ferguson & Ivey: (7C)(2C)
Cunningham & Seed: (10C)(9D)

POT: 40K

Inside straight draw for Cunningham & Seed, but they CAN'T withstand a 30K bet by Ferguson & Ivey. However, Cunningham & Seed manage to raise to 374K pre-flop on the last hand of the night and BLITZ a 434K pot as a result.

The rest of the money will be awarded on next week's finale!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Last ratings report of October 2010

"Dancing with the Stars":
Monday: 20.13 million (up from the past few weeks)
Tuesday: 15.5 million (up slightly from last week)
"Survivor": 11.63 million (down slightly from last week)
"The Amazing Race": 11.37 million (up slightly from last week)
"The Biggest Loser": 6.74 million (down from last week)
"The Apprentice": 3.81 million (up from last week)
"Project Runway": 3.75 million (up from last week)
"America's Next Top Model": 2.77 million (down from last week)

"The Ultimate Fighter": 1.85 million (up from last week)
"Top Chef: Just Desserts": 1.43 million (up slightly from last week)
"The Challenge: Cutthroat": 1.44 million (up from last week)

Source: The Futon Critic

10/29/2010 Results

LMaD: This is their second Halloween special! Let me point out that for the Big Deal of the Day, the BMW 128i will be on offer again. With that in the back of our heads, Wayne Brady chooses on Meredith (dressed as The Sun), Carolyn (dressed as a Queen without a crown) & Lori (who's wearing makeup & a pink boa) first. They're playing a special version of Majority Rules where in the first few rounds, they all have to agree on something.

Round 1: Small black cash coffin or silver small box (Jonathan Mangum)(Clue: Something for a witch's wardrobe)
PICK: Coffin
SILVER SMALL BOX: Two black diamond earrings ($4,200)

Round 2: Coffin or Curtain #1 (Clue: Spiritual journey)
PICK: Curtain #1 (although Carolyn's not sold on it)

Everybody's now on their own. The Big Risk goes with Curtain #2, and Carolyn unsurprisingly goes with that. Behind Curtain #1 for each of the other two women in this deal is...a trip to the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans worth $6,274! Carolyn actually...will be forced to watch the ZONK Movie of the Week- "Nightmare From Behind Curtain #2" (which has Tiffany Coyne taking over as the show's host after Wayne gets sucked up by the middle curtain following a taping).

Before we even do the first commercial break, Kristin (dressed as a butterfly), Sarah (dressed as a cow) & Serena (dressed as a pig) are about to take part in a pumpkin-carving contest. Towards the end of the show, whoever has the most popular pumpkin wins $1K in betting money.

In the meantime, Christina could win the keys to the Chevrolet Cobalt (Curtain #3) if she can find them in the correct candy basket out of three. She picks the middle one, which doesn't sound like the right one to me, but we do know #3 definitely isn't correct. Her bailout prize package behind Curtain #1 is a $1,649 BBQ, plus $2,000 (originally $1K), and she wisely walks with that...only to realize that the middle basket was the right one all along! Tough luck.

The next deal has a witch's caulderon that Jonathan has brough out. Kandace could've won $500 if she had tagged Wayne prior to getting in place, but she keeps the caulderon for now and gives Priscilla (dressed as a giant pretzell) the small box. After turning down the $500, Priscilla wins...the VESPA! Now, Mr. Brady takes out an orange envelope, but she's sticking w/ the caulderon...there's NOTHING but a skeleton inside. That will cost her...$6,969, so she has to settle for the $500.

Next to trade is Krystal (who's holding a big prop with a weird Wayne drawing on it). She's told the following from Jonathan's Big Book of Predictions:

Behind Curtain #2 is a nice place to rest.

Her choice is that or a skull, and she chooses the middle curtain...she'll be sleeping in NOT a bedroom, but a graveyard. And she WON'T be relaxing on a Caribbean Cruise from The Journeymasters worth $5,492, either.

Allison has a chance to Dodge the Black Cat. She opts to start from the end of the line.

#8- 3 OF CLUBS ($1K)
#7- 7 OF DIAMONDS ($1.5K)

She then takes The Big Risk on Curtain #3...NO Cobalt there this time, but she does win a game room package that includes a pool table, the Samsung 55" 3-D HDTV & a Nintendo Wii worth $6,410- PERFECT DEAL!

Now, to annouce who has the most popular pumpkin...Serena! But she then purchases whatever's behind Curtain #1 for her thousand bucks...a stainless-steel kitchen appliance duo from AjMadison plus a caramel apple dipping kit, all valued at $3,320- PERFECT DEAL #2!

THE BIG DEAL: Allison's going for the $30,025 Beamer. She picks Door #3...she is the day's top winner, but it WON'T be as a BD winner. It'll be with a dining room plus a private chef, all worth $6,759.

Door #1: Home office ($1,998)
Door #2: BMW

TPiR: In just a few moments, one of the First Four ghoulish contestants will be the first one this season to walk the GOLDEN ROAD! With the light border being silver on green, and the video of the audience being black/white (as well as the theme of this year's Halloween special being "The Wizard of Oz"), here come Anna Vincent (dressed as a firefighter), Armando Enciso, Patricia McNelis & Chrishonda Smith (who's wearing a tye-dye T-shirt). The show's logo is green, Drew Carey's dressed as the Cowardly Lion & Jeff Davis' the Cowardly Lion; also, Lanisha's acting as the Tin Man, Rachel's Dorothy & Gwendolyn's fittingly playing the role of Glenda the Good Witch The first IUFB are pairs of iPads, leather cases & $500 iTunes gift cards (Lanisha & Rachel).

Chrishonda: $1,150
Patricia: $1,200
Armando: $700 (STAGE GARF)
Anna: $701 (STAGE GARF)

Patricia wins the $2,088 prize package by default, and the word "Brick" is added to the GR title in order to fit this morning's theme. Beginning with a $.91 bandana, she could win a doghouse (Rachel at blue turntable; there's a dog named Toto in there!), a Howard Miller entertainment cabinet designed by Ty Pennington that includes the JVC 47" LCD HDTV & the 160 GB iPod (Lanisha at Door #1), and worth more than $79,000...the all-new 2011 Jaguar XJL (Std., PKit, LCompartment, Liner, Net)(Gwen at Door #2)! Doghouse price:

$ _ 1 6

She wins the $916 doghouse no sweat. For the entertainment stuff:

$ 4 , _ 3 8

Well, she's pretty much on her own here. She picks the six...

$ 4 , 6 3 8

...but she should've chosen the nine again.

Video Bonus: First Golden Road playing of Season 39

Fifth is Estraletta Wilson and the second IUFB is twin Nirve bicycles (Lanisha & Rachel).

Estraletta: $579
Armando: $560
Anna: $850
Chrishonda: $601

ARP: $960

Anna plays Coming or Going (w/ Jeff standing next to the prop) for a Beachcomber Hot Tub (Gwen at Door #3).

Coming: $4,916
Going: $6,194


Sixth is Vaughn Adams and IUFB #3 is a Napa Valley hot air balloon trip (Gwen at Door #4).

Vaughn: $1,100
Chrishonda: $2K
Estraletta: $850
Armando: $1,800

ARP: $2,042

Chrishonda plays Most Expen$ive for the stainless-steel refrigerator/freezer w/ the 15" LCD HDTV in it (Lanisha), red/silver designer handbags & shoes (Rachel) & the tiki hut (Jeff). Her selection is the fridge/freezer.

Accessories- $3,845
Hut- $2,795
Refrigerator/freezer- $3,399

Chrishonda ($2,042): 55 + 30 = $.85
Patricia ($3,004): 70 + Nickel = Three Quarters
Anna ($7,154): 65 + 75 = OVER; CHRISHONDA GOES TO SHOWCASE

The seventh player called on is Ashley Quadros (dressed as a police officer) and the fourth IUFB are two LG/Sprint cell phones w/ the one-year calling plan (Rachel).

Ashley: $675
Estraletta: $910
Armando: $750
Vaughn: $911

ARP: $1,041

Vaughn plays Safe Crackers (Gwen; also includes two CBS pages around the safe) for a 2011 Toyota Camry LE (Std., AT)(Lanisha) plus a home theater system that includes a "Halloween" Blu-Ray Disc (Rachel), all worth $23,739.


He TOTALLY BLOWS IT with $706, a ZONK ANSWER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE. Was the correct combination $760...NO, it was $670.

DQ: Zero Rule Violation

Hoping to do better is Bron Leach and the fifth IUFB is the bubble chair (Gwen at Door #1).

Bron: $450
Ashley: $800 
Estraletta: $735
Armando: $550

ARP: $4,214

Ashley plays Super Squeeze Play for his/her Kawasaki Ninja 650Rs (modeled by a mystery man in a flying monkey suit behind Door #3). Board:


Ashley removes the deuce...

$ 1 3 , 5 9 8

...and WINS the motorcycles!

The last soul to go to Contestant's Row is Matthew Shaffer (dressed as Where's Waldo?) and the final IUFB of the week's the double Garmin nuvis (Lanisha behind rising sign). Armando's in danger of going to the First Four Graveyard.

Matthew: $500
Estraletta: $800
Armando: $900
Bronc: $1.5K

ARP: $800, so Estaletta wins a $500 bonus!


Estraletta now has a chance to win 200 times $500 in PAY THE RENT (Rachel)! The groceries Gwen's standing next to are are a six-pack of Reese's Peanut Butter Pumpkins, Emerald Mixed Nuts, a can of brain toniQ, WD-40, a pack of Lilly Miller Original Scarlet Bright Sweet Poppy Seeds & a 2.5 gallon bottle of Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water.

My house guess:

Mailbox: Water
Level 2: Candy & beverage
Level 3: Seeds & WD-40
Vault: Nuts


Mailbox: Seeds
Level 2: Water (Couch) & Nuts (Range)
Level 3: Candy (TV) & WD-40 (Bathtub)
Vault: Beverage

Seeds: $1.79
Level 2: Water ($2.99) + Nuts ($6.29) = $9.28; QUITS WITH $5K
Level 3: Candy ($3.46) + WD-40 ($4.99) = $8.45
Beverage: $2.59

Correct house:

Mailbox: WD-40 ($4.99)
Level 2: Candy ($3.46) + Seeds ($1.79) = $5.25
Level 3: Beverage ($2.59) + Water ($2.99) = $5.58
Vault: Nuts ($6.29)

She had EVERYTHING WRONG, but I probably would've gone all the way with my house placements and lost 10 big ones, because I thought for sure the nuts were at least $7.

All I would've switched in the Halloween lineup was Safe Crackers & Squeeze Play.

SHOWCASE SHOWDOWN #2 (which was pre-empted on the East Coast due to a bomb scare):
Vaughn ($1,041): 65 + 50 = DOH
Estaletta ($6,300): $.80 
Ashley ($17,812): 60 + 40 = WINS $1K & SHOWCASE BERTH!

Ashley DOESN'T win anything additional in her Bonus Spin after hitting $.35 last.

The first Showcase has nothing but green things- an emerald bracelet coming down from the ceiling (Gwen's next to it), a trip to Ireland (Door #4) and a Hyundai Genesis 2.0 Premium Coupe (Rachel at Door #3; this is a 2010 one).



Chrishonda's Showcase is special, because Jeff won't be introducing all the prizes in it. First, Rachel tells her that there's a Beverly Hills Shopping Spree (Door #1; includes $1K in spending money). Second, Jeff's standing next to a MacBook Air. Third, Drew shows off a trip to the Sorell Hotel Seidenhof in Switzerland on the turntable. And Lanisha tells us the last prize on offer this morning is a Dodge Charger (Door #2).



BID: $27,300

ARP: $41,346

BID: $40,000

ARP: $39,371

Chrishonda leaves with parting gifts, including the giant Hershey's Milk Chocolate bar that everybody in the studio will be receiving today, while Ashley wins $60,158 in cash & merchandise!


Pictureka!: Things have gotten a tad back to normal by the time these teams compete:

Green Team: Brennan (who once wore his pants to school backwards & Jameson (twin boys)
Orange Team: Jarrett (a big brother who's a "Star Wars" fan) & Reina (little sister)


Go Find Fish: Both teams find 14 fish for 140 fish points each.

Maze Craze:

DARRIN (a dad/police sergeant dressed as Leon the Lion):
1. Hedgie hog (160)
2. Esther (180)
3. Dastardly dude (200)
4. Freddy Freckle Nose (220)
5. Flower table

GREG (a dad/policeman dressed as Big-Eyed Bob):
1. Fan girl (160)
2. Cotton puff girl (180)
3. Flying Nozilla (200)
4. Fritzy (220)
5. K.C. Kitty (240)
6. Corny cornet- SWEEP! (260; only second time ever!)

Eyeballs & Oddballs Objects:

1. Automobile
2. Ghost
3. Unicorn

WINNERS: OT, 3-3 (and lead 405-340)


Brennan: Something that uses batteries- Flashlight (390)
Jameson: Something that carries many people- Cruise ship (450)
Darrin: Something w/ eight legs- Spider (520)
Brennan: Something you blow into- Clarinet (600)
Jameson: Something w/ a front door

The OT...gets the necessary four right, but their last object guess of the saxophone is DISQUALIFIED because Greg passed it to Jarrett instead of Jarrett taking it by himself and also putting it in the bin, meaning the GT wins.

PENGUIN PRIZE HUNT: The GT freezes up the clock with :39 left. They're incorrect about Windows #1 & #5, but they do capture #3, #6, #8 & #9...and WIN the Fiji getaway at #8, which Jameson got right with :32 to spare!

WoF: This is thankfully the last night we're going to be on this creepy set. The first category is Event:

_ / _ U L L / _ O _ N

Kim sees A FULL MOON for the first $1,000. Let's interview her first before we get to anyone else:

Kim Kohatsu (Culver City, CA; originally from D.C.)- Freelance copywriter in advertising
Jessica Linberg (Indian Trail, NC)- Animal rescue worker
Mike Murphy (St. Mary's, GA)- A Navy veteran, property manager & pet lover

$2,000 Toss-Up category is Around the House:

G A R _ _ N

T O O _ _

Kim gets the tripler w/ GARDEN TOOLS.

Andy Nguyen & Pat Sajk, you may get a kick out of this prize we're putting on the wheel right now- a trip to the Omni Hotel in Chicago (also includes a Chicago Ghost Investigation tour) worth $5,750! After we hear that the Eggland's Best Jackpot Round category is Phrase, Kim calls five T's for $4,500, four H's for another $2,000, buys an A & E, calls three G's for the trip and buys three I's. We have...

T H I _ G _ / T H A T

G _ / _ _ _ _

I _ / T H E / _ I G H T

...I'm fearing she say THINGS THAT WILL GO DARK IN THE NIGHT...but she nails THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT for the trip and its price its cash, giving her a new total of $14,500 in cash & Chicago!


As we ask that question What Are You Doing?, it's Prize Puzzle Round time. We start with Jessica calling two N's for $1,800, buying three I's and calls an obvious G for the Wild Card, then she buys four A's, calls four P's for the Million Dollar Wedge, an E while on Free Play and she then purchases three O's to clean out the vowels. The board now...

_ I P P I N G / A

P I N A / _ O _ A _ A

_ _ / _ _ E / P O O _

...she gets to keep both the MDW & WC, wins $1,050 & will be SIPPING A PINA COLADA BY THE POOL on her stay at the Marriott San Juan Resort & Stellaris Casino worth $5,218, so her round totals $6,268 in cash & vacation.


TONIGHT'S SPIN ID: DP4928170 (Dan P. from Florida)

The Meinke Mystery Round topic is Same Letter. Mike starts out by calling three R's for $10.5K, but he then Bankrupts next to the $3.5K wedge to lose that much dough right away.
Secondly, Kim calls two N's for $600, buys four E's, lights up a quartet of D's for another $3,600 and we see...

D E E _

D _ R _

D R E _ R _

D _ N _ E _ N

...she escapes this DEEP, DARK, DREARY DUNGEON for an extra $3,950 & $18,450 total in cash & trip.


The last TU talks about a Living Thing:

_ _ _ _ T / H _ R N _ D

_ _ _

Jessica solves GREAT HORNED OWL to increase her second-place total to $9,268 in cash & Puerto Rico.

Next up is a regular Person. She first calls a $300 S, a pair of T's for another $1,400 & buys a trio of E's before putting up the same number of H's for $1.5K more, a couple A's, and BANKRUPTING IN BETWEEN $600 & $900 TO LOSE $2,400, THE WC & THE MDW. Ouch. Afterwards, Mike lights up double M's for $1,800 and the same amount of N's for an additional $800, followed by a $400 B, a $550 D & an $800 K and we see this setup...

T H E / M A N / B E H _ N D

T H E / M A S K

...he sees THE MAN BEHIND THE MASK to get on the board with $4,350.


Now that he's finally got a puzzle under his belt, he begins this Things board w/ a $300 M, a $900 R, a $500 T, and a pair of S's before the final bell goes off for Last Chance Mode...

_ R _ _ _ _ _ S

M _ T _ _ S

...and the consonant value here tonight is $1,600. After Jessica buys double E's for free...

_ R E C _ _ _ S

M E T _ L S

...she knows that PRECIOUS METALS were formerly offered on this show to finish up with $10,268 in cash & travel. Mike takes w/ him the Round 4 cash bank of $4,350 & Kim's won this match with $18,450 in cash & trip!

Two nights before Halloween, $33,068 in cash & voyages has been given away thus far on the evening.

DUDS (after big bell): D (Mike), G (Mike), H (Jessica)


Maxwell House Big Money Round: Let's see if Kim can be a hero. She spins the A in GAME and the category's she working with is Phrase. We start out as follows:

_ _ _ N

_ _ R _ E S

She calls G, C, H and A and gets...

_ _ _ N

_ _ R C E S

...I wish this lady & I were able to JOIN FORCES on solving this puzzle...

...BUT SHE DOESN'T NEED MY HELP! That nets her a $30K treat, sending her home with $48,450 in cash & Chicago getaway! And the Feeding America Bonus Round Charity Bank moves up to $187.5K!

To end this six-episode week, we see Vanna come out in a giraffe costume! Too bad Pat still doesn't want to join in on the fun, though; his credit in the full credit roll is Monster of Ceremonies.

J!: Jesse Cuevas' already in Tournament of Champions contention, but he would like to improve his standing tonight at the expense of:

Marie Braden (Tempe, AZ)- Customer service representative
Ricky Kreitner (Wayne, NJ)- Philosophy student

Light up the first six categories, Kevin:

U.S. MAGAZINES (this board is themed around them)


At the first break, Cuevas leads Braden $3,400-$2,200, leaving Kreitner with just $200. A bit after halftime, Cuevas picks off the night's first Daily Double under the $800 Time clue, but with a second-place score of $2K, he's trailing Braden by the face value of that clue; Kreitner's $400 in the hole. But the champion's going for a $4K True DD, folks. Here's the clue for the lead back:

Four dozen minutes after 3:15 PM.

"What is 4:03 PM?"...the dozen they were asking for was the 12-count one, so he's right to re-gain the lead with the DOUBLER! We run out of time before we can reach the last two Car & Driver clues; he's still leading with $5,600, Braden has half that & Kreitner's $600 behind her for second place.


The last Double Jeopardy! board of the week:


CHAMBER MUSIC (Clue Crew clues from the Juilliard School located at the Lincoln Center in NYC)

The first DD of this round is found by Braden as the subject on Bible Book Names comes to a close; she's in second with $4,400 and trails the champion for first by the face value of the upcoming clue; Kreitner's a solid third with $3,800. She tries for a tie game w/ this answer:

Six letters: Learned hand, Joseph Crater (once "The Most Missingest Man in America").

"What is judges?"...YES to tie things up at $6,400 each! Following a Triple Stumper to close out "Work", Kreitner wraps up the DDs by finding it attached to the middle clue about Country Clubs. He has $5,400, which is half of Cuevas' second-place score, but Braden's back in front w/ $12,800. The male challenger's risking $4K on this:

Members of this club formed in 1993 include Latvia, Lithuania & Luxembourge-- sorry, Libya, you're NOT invited.

He's wrong by saying "What is the Commonwealth?"; the European Union was it, so he falls to $1,400. We don't have enough time to deal with either the first two clues on either the International Sports Trophies or Chamber Music.

SOLE ATTEMPTED TS OF THE ROUND: $1,600 (Chamber Music)

Post-Double Jeopardy! Scores:

Jesse: $12,400
Ricky: $3,400
Marie: $14,800


Jesse: $11,200
Ricky: $7,400
Marie: $14,800


Topping the charts on October 20, 1962, this novelty song is the only #1 hit to have the word "Electrodes" in the lyrics.

Ricky Kreitner jotted down "What is Please, Mr. Postman.", which is a ZONK ANSWER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE; at least he had some fun with that, though. That drops him to a buck. Jesse Cuevas had a TIME OVER before he could complete his question of "What is 'The Monster Mash'?"...and to make matters worse, THAT'S RIGHT. As it is, that will cost him $10,800, so his final score drops to $1,600 and he'll leave with $67,981, because Marie Braden finished the correct response in time to win the championship w/ $24,800!

DFtL!: Michael Daniel helps wrap up what has been a fantastic week for the show.

Specialty Categories: 1970s & R & B

1. Rock
A: "Bang a Gong" by T.Rex (1972)
B: "Gimme All Your Lovin'" by ZZ Top (1983)
PICK: "Gimme All Your Lovin'"
PREVIOUS LINE: "Don't let up..."

FINAL GUESS: "...until we're through" (he originally had the second word as "I'm")

2. 1970s
A: "Get Closer" by Seals & Crofts w/ Carolyn Willis (1976)
B: "Someone Saved My Life Tonight" by Elton John (1975)
PICK: "Someone Saved My Life Tonight"

PREVIOUS LINE: "You're a butterfly"

FINAL GUESS: "And butterflies are free to fly"

MySpace Featured Singer of the Night: Kelly (Palm Coast, FL)

3. R & B
A: "Nightshift" by Commodores (1985)
B: "Shining Star" by The Manhattans (1980)
PICK: "Nightshift"

PREVIOUS LINE: "Sing your songs forevermore"

FINAL GUESS: "Gonna be some sweet sounds"

4. Pop
A: "I Can See Clearly Now" by Johnny Nash (1972)
B: "Cold Hearted" by Paula Abdul (1989)
PICK: "Cold Hearted"
PREVIOUS LINE: "Do you really think..."
BASE GUESS: "...that he's really there for you...?"

A: "...he cares about you when he's gone?"
B: "...he dreams about you late at night?

C: "...he thinks about you when he's out?


Domino's Pizza Fun Fact of the Night: Jordin Sparks started singing when she was only 18 months old.

He goes home with five grand.

ENCORE: "Part-Time Lover" by Stevie Wonder (1985)
PREVIOUS LINE: "...when part-time lovers, but if there's..."
GUESS: "...someone on the phone, then I'm not at home..." (A: "...some emergency, have a male friend to ask for me")

All told, in the seven episodes I've blogged this week, a grand total of $117K was given away to the seven civilian contestants plus singer Angel Taylor's charity!

5th Grader: Last to check into the classroom this week was Alex Messina (who has been a lifeguard for nine years and has saved over 600 people, including 41 in a single day; he's also pursuing his Master's Degree in Geography). Let's check the board:

1st Grade Measurements
1st Grade Astronomy
2nd Grade Life Science
2nd Grade Spelling
3rd Grade Vocabulary
3rd Grade Social Studies
4th Grade Grammar
4th Grade Math


What planet in the Solar System are we standing on right now?

Alex knew that would be Earth, of course.

SUBJECT #2: Spelling

Spell the name of the following U.S. state- Pennsylvania.

He succeeded to triple his money.

SUBJECT #3: Social Studies

T or F: A U.S. Presidential veto cannot be overridden.

He thought that was False...the entire classroom was right for $5K.

SUBJECT #4: Math

In the set of numbers three, x, eight & seven, if the range of the set is seven & three is the lowest number, what is x?

Alex Peeked at Jenni, and she wrote down his gut answer of 10, so that's what he locked in...yes for a new haul of $12.5K!

SUBJECT #5: Grammar

Which word in the following sentence is the subordinating conjunction- "Because Jill didn't eat the glazed donuts, she had room for blueberry pie"?

Because Alex answered "because"...he wisely saved his Copy and now had $20K!

SUBJECT #6: Vocabulary

Which of the following words is an eponym?

A: Diesel
B: Two
C: Lemon

Alex answered Diesel...right again!

SUBJECT #7: Life Science

A frog, owl & fly make up a typical food chain in nature. Place the three animals in order, starting with the one which is at the bottom of the chain.

According to this lifeguard, the correct chain was fly, frog & owl...he was now one right answer away from running the table!

FINAL SUBJECT: Measurements

In the U.S., what's the first month of the calendar year to occur completely in the season of Summer?

Alex's final answer, at least in regulation, was July...GOT IT! Did he go for the quarter million dollars...for the first time this season, the answer was YES!

U.S. Geography

Independence Rock is a granite boulder w/ the names of many pioneers carved into it. Declared a national historic landmark in 1961, it's located in what U.S. state?

Alex thought Oregon...

...BUT IT WAS HIS SECOND GUESS OF WYOMING. OUCH. That sent him back to his lifeguard area with the $2.5K card.

Tonight's Celebrity Millionaire recap

8: "Millionaire"
7: "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?", "Don't Forget the Lyrics!", "Jeopardy!", "Pictureka!" & "Wheel of Fortune"
6: "Let's Make a Deal"

"The Apprentice" 10/28

TASK #7: Do a small Broadway musical at the Shubert Theatre in order to inspire investing backers.

One of the guest judges was Kristin Chenowith.

PROJECT MANAGERS (whoever won got to meet Larry Young, the president & CEO of Snapple):
Fortitude: Liza Mucheru-Wisner
Octane: Steuart Martens

F: "Darling"
O: "Little Miss Fix-It"

RESULTS: Both of the male judges voted for...

...Octane, and David Johnson was responsible for creating the play!

During last week at a hotel lobby, Mahsa Saeidi-Azcuy disclosed how much money her team raised to Clint Robertson. Octane was NOT happy about her directly lying to his face, even though they won their second task in a row...and nor were Donald Trump, Sr. & friends, so she was FIRED.



1. Gretchen Jones- Running Through Thunder
2. Andy South- His Background (Note: All of the models were wearing some weird, silver thing on top of their heads that made them look like aliens in a way)
3. Mondo Guerra- His Heritage (Note: All of the models were wearing bows on top)

One more note: "America's Next Top Model's" Jay Manuel was at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week!

FINAL RESULTS: This was by far the toughest finale decision Heidi Klum & Co. ever made. But they quickly decided that the third-place designer was...

...Andy; his collection was too weird for its own good. As for Mondo, who was the designer who won the most challenges this season...



"Top Chef: Just Desserts" 10/27

At this point in the competition, immunity is OUT OF PLAY.

Quickfire #7: This was a pastry relay race:

1. Mold 12 tart shells.
2. Make eight buttercream roses, each about the size of a silver dollar.
3. Separate & whip six egg whites so firm that one can hold their egg white bowl over their head for 10 seconds without having anything fall out.
4. The entire team had to stretch strudel dough over the entire length of a table before rolling it so that they form a horseshoe-like strudel w/ apples inside.

Whoever completed this first split $9,000.


Black Team: Danielle Keene, Eric Wolitzky & Morgan Wilson
Red Team: Heather Hurlbert, Yigit Pura & Zac Brown

Round 1: Danielle & Yigit
Round 2: Eric & Heather
Round 3: Morgan & Zac

ELIMINATION CHALLENGE #7: This was their version of Restaurant Wars- Pastry Shop Wars! This time, the shared prize for the winning team was $30K!

At Albertson's, they had half an hour to spend a grand.

Guest Judge: Nancy Silverton (L.A. bakery founder)

Pastry Playland:

Zac: A donut w/ wild blueberry jam, a lemon verbena milkshake, a fennel seed & kalamata brioche w/ white truffle butter & caramel corn w/ bacon
Yigit: A chocolate tart w/ salted peanuts & caramel, a margarita sorbet, a Fraisier w/ raspberry, strawberry & Hibiscus gelee
Heather: A lemon cream tart, a frozen Key Lime bar & a milk chocolate pudding cup

Whisk Me Away:

Eric: A chocolate chip cookie, a vanilla malted cake w/ chocolate buttercream & a banana loaf w/ brown butter tangerine icing
Danielle: A pistachio shortcake w/ lemon cream & strawberries, a coffee cream pie w/ hazelnut brittle & a ginger ale float w/ raspberry & tangerline lime sorbets
Morgan: A pretzel stick w/ mustard, a chocolate mousse pie w/ a creme brulee center & a fried lemon pie w/ salted caramel ice cream

The winners of the bigger money were...

...the BT! But the RT member eliminated was...


...Heather, so she left with a total of $4K.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

"The Ultimate Fighter" 10/27

THIS SEASON'S COACHES' CHALLENGE: A baseball batting challenge. If a ball made it over one fence, it was worth one point. If it made it past two fences, it was worth three points and a home run was worth six. Three innings were played, with the winning coach receiving $10,000 and his teammates receiving $1.5K apiece.

Inning #1:
Team Koscheck: Seven
Team GSP: Three

Inning #2:
Team Koscheck: Nine (16)
Team GSP: Seven (10)

Team Koscheck: 18- WIN AT 34!

PRELIMINARY ROUND FIGHT #7: Dane Sayers vs. Sako Chivitchian (both of whom stand 5'11" tall and have a reach of 71"; Dane's 22 years old while Saho's 26)
Referee: Josh Rosenthal

Round 1: A fast takedown attempt by Sako was blocked by Dane and turned into a guillotine choke...NO tapout yet, which resulted in Sako getting into the ground-and-pound position.

Round 2: Sako did a 12-second snapmare takedown on Dane, and he got Dane down again approximately 10 seconds later. Saho later got into the ground-and-pound for the second time in this bout. For the remainder of this round, they trapped each other into part of the Octagon.

Sako won by a unanimous 20-18 decision.

The fighters that will compete in the Wild Card Fight are Aaron Wilkinson & Marc Stevens.

10/28/2010 Results

LMaD: It's Ca$hbox time already. Ryan (dressed as a graduate in a red suit) opts out of sharing in any part of that money for what's behind the big box...the Toshiba 42" LCD HDTV, an Apple TV device & the MacBook Air, a prize package worth $2,658. Kimberly (who's dressed as a birthday bowling girl) secondly keeps at least some of the cash, but that will cost her the following inside the silver small box (Jonathan Mangum)...a stay at the Hyatt Key West Resort & Spa worth $4,488. Finally, Mary (who's wearing a giant two-point L Scrabble tile on the front & a one-point S tile on her back) opts to take Curtain #1's contents and let Kimberly have all the money in her box...this morning, the Ca$hbox holds $300 for Kimberly to take home, but Mary actually wins a Jacuzzi J-210 hot tub plus an Indulge Mobile Spa experience, all worth $6,970!

Because Jacqueline's wearing a yellow T-shirt with one of Wayne Brady's younger pictures, she's designated the fourth trader of the day, and she's facing the Five Questions Deal. The answers she gets from the Q's she chooses may lead to her winning either the KIA Soul+ or the $14,508 Toyota Yaris 3-Door from Curtain #2. Here they are:

1. Is it taller than a couch?
2. Does it eat meat?
3. Does it have more than one part?
4. Is it often found edible?
5. Does it require a passport?


1. #4- YES
2. #1- YES
3. #5- NO

She's now offered $500...$900...and then bails out at the $1,100 mark. The middle curtain actually had...a two-story ping-pong table- PERFECT DEAL!

Fifth is the just-married Ashley (who's wearing a black dresses, a pink boa, a pink hat & some weird pink sunglasses), and she's told that either the KIA or the Toyota may be behind Curtain #3 this time. She can either try for a new car or take a bankroll with a $50 bill on the outside. After talking it out with her new husband John-Paul (both of whom are dressed as cowboys, BTW), she's going for the automobile...besides the $50 were 13 $10s, so they've WON the DEALER'S DELIGHT of the KIA- PERFECT DEAL #2!

Next is the Red/Green Cans Deal, where Gabrielle (who's wearing a pink T-shirt, suspenders & some jean shorts), Ahmad (dressed as a gorilla) & Joseph (who's wearing suspenders, a white T-shirt and a pink polka-dot bow tie) could win some dough and/or a $9,100 trip to the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa from The Journeymasters (Curtain #1).

Red Cans:
Gabrielle: #2- $500
Ahmad: #3- GOOSEEGG
Joseph: #1- $1K

Only Joseph will go on.

Green Cans:
Joseph: #3- $1.5K ($2.5K)
Gabrielle: #1- TRIP

The second pair of people to do the Ca$h & Prizes Deal are Loren & Mary (dressed as a farmer w/ a pitchfork). In this playing, there are three rows instead of two.

Row #1: Prize (Red small box)- Pentax 4.4 megapixel digital camera & Sony HD camcorder ($1,650)
Ca$h- $400

Row #2: Prize (Green small box)- Jonathan snow globe
Ca$h: $1,300

Round 3: Prize (Blue small box)- His/her TagHeuer watches ($3,700)
Ca$h: $500

THE BIG RISK (Curtain #3): NO- Bigger version of the Jonathan snow globe

Time now for the week's second installment of Dance Me a Deal w/ Amber (dressed as a lion) & Kenney. The winner is...Kenney, and he sells what's behind Curtain #2 for a $1K wad...a living room w/ the Bose music system & 16 GB iPod Nano worth $4,102.

THE BIG DEAL: After having enough time relaxing in the Jacuzzi, Mary's ready to try and win a $26,670 Big Deal, which may or may not include the Toyota. Instead of staying with her lucky number of three, she's picking Door's a good thing she didn't go with her gut, because she would've traded down to an energy-efficient washer/dryer set valued at $3,106. Instead, she's riding away on a Yamaha FC6 sport bike worth $7,090. For the first time this season, an unwon BD was revealed second, and it contained the Swedish vacation plus the Hyundai Accent.

TPiR: Time for today's action at The Bob Barker Studio the day before the Halloween Spooktacular. After Martin Monaghan, Morgan McNally, William Bautista (who's probably not related to former pro wrestler Dave) & Aimee Vandrak from USC all "Come on Down", the first IUFB is the JVC 46" LCD HDTV, plus a one-year Netflix subscription and a Nintendo Wii (Amber behind splitting sign).

Aimee: $1,200
William: $2,800
Martin: $1,201

ARP: $1,953

Martin plays Lucky $even for the Honda Element (Std., Mats, Organizer)(Rachel). His second digit guess is a good three...

$ 2 2 , _ _ _

...and that will cost him a buck. His guess for the third spot is six...

$ 2 2 , 8 _ _

...and he loses $2 this time. Next, he says four...

$ 2 2 , 8 7 _

...he's down to his final dollar. Martin last goes with five, and I'm afraid that he...

$ 2 2 , 8 7 6

...just missed it.

Jeff Davis calls on Dorneshia Woodson fifth and the second IUFB is some dinnerware (Gwendolyn in the clam).

Dorneshia: $1,250
Aimee: $950
William: $1,400
Morgan: BUCK

ARP: $1,376

Since William overbid by $24, Dorneshia plays Eazy Az 1-2-3 for the blue Electrolux washer/dryer (Amber), the harmon/kardon home theater system (Gwen) & the Ruckus scooter (Rachel, who then brings out the blocks).

#1- Scooter
#2- Stereo
#3- Washer/dryer


Scooter- $2,499
Stereo- $1,798
Washer/dryer- $2,998

Sixth is Patti Sibilia and the third IUFB is a selection of Jessica Simpson accessories (Amber & Rachel; remember, she's the guest judge on the "Project Runway" season finale tonight).

Patti: $1,375
Aimee: $400
William: $1,200
Morgan: $800

ARP: $777

Morgan made a $23 overage that time, so Aimee, a future elementary school teacher, will play Hi-Lo for an Ashley bedroom w/ a nook (Gwen at Door #3) worth $5,972. This morning's grocery items are Voskos Greek Yogurt, Gain detergent, Hostess Twinkies (w/ a fly on it!), a four-pack of Instant Krazy Glue, a bottle of Vital Care Extra Body & Fullness Volume Gel and a box of Splenda; Drew Carey's tampering with those grocery items again.

1. Detergent- $7.99
2. Glue- $4.61
3. Splenda- $2.69

Rest of the items:

Yogurt- $1.79
Twinkies- $1.49
Gel- $3.79

Aimee: $.85
Dorneshia: 35 + Nickel = $.40
Martin: 15 + 35 = Half-Dollar; AIMEE ADVANCES

Our next possible winner is pharmacist Mazin Boushakra and the fourth IUFB is a Golden West Billiards Table (Gwen & Rachel at Door #2).

Mazin: $1,100
William: $950
Morgan: $2,001

Patti: $1,101

ARP: $2,800

Morgan makes it on stage this time to play Freeze Frame for an IKEA contemporary kitchen (Amber at Door #3; includes several Wusthof knives). The best possible guesses are $5,849, $6,270, $7,015 & $8,221, but she goofs with $4,982 instead. ARP: $6,270.

Taking her place is Catherine Oliver from Sacaramento State University and next on Thursday's IUFB list is a red Spector bass guitar being played by Lynn Davis at the turntable (the 10 one-hour private playing lessons are also included).

Catherine: $700
Patti: $1K
Mazin: $300

William: $800

ARP: $3,099

Patti plays the Rat Race (Rachel) for a brown leather chair/ottoman (Gwen), a string of Honora pearls (Gwen) & the Fit (Amber).

Rat lane assignments:

#1- Orange
#2- Pink
#3- Green
#4- Yellow
#5- Blue

1. Pepperidge Farm Milanos: $2.29- $3.39
2. Kalonik red coffee maker: $30 (unlike in Master Key, you do NOT automatically win all three rats if you get an SP exactly right); PICKS GREEN RAT
3. Bissell vacuum cleaner: $200- $300; PICKS PINK RAT


FIT: Orange
Pearls: Blue
Chair/ottoman: Green- WIN (but just barely; an instant replay had to be used to determine her final result)
LOSING RATS: Pink & Yellow

Our last winner wannabe is another recently married gal, Amanda Williams, and the final IUFB's some Dakine luggage (Amber behind GPT). William's been here the whole hour and will be bidding third.

Amanda: $769
Mazin: $550

William: $800
Catherine: $801 (sorry, Bill)


ARP: $855

Catherine plays One Right Price for trips to the Pokolodi Lodge in Aspen (Rachel) & the Ka'Anapali Beach Hotel in Maui (Gwen). She has Gwen place that ORP of $4,345 on Aspen...

...BUT IT'S $5,006 AND WE'VE BEEN SKUNKED OUTRIGHT FOR THE SECOND TIME THIS SEASON. She does make it to the Showcase, however, with a single spin of $.75. Other results in the other SCSD:

Morgan: 65 + 60 = OVER BY A QUARTER
Patti: 30 + 75 = OVER BY A NICKEL

My lineup today:

1. One Right Price
2. Hi-Lo
3. Rat Race
4. Freeze Frame
5. Eazy Az 1-2-3
6. Lucky $even

The first Showcase has a SteamShowersInc. whirlpool bathtub & a Cabinets To Go! vanity (Gwen at Door #1), a trip to the JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes (Rachel at Door #4) and the big MacGregor sailboat (Amber at Door #3).



Catherine's Showcase is entirely modeled around Door #2 by Rachel. There's tennis equipment (left), golf equipment (right) and a trip to Egypt (in said door).



That means this episode is an EPIC FAIL (w/ only $12K+ in prizes being won today, a new SEASON-LOW). The Showcase prices, for the record:

Catherine: $22,544
Aimee: $35,751 (Catherine chose the wrong Showcase to bid on)

I really hope that means at least one really big win's coming our way tomorrow on the Halloween show.

Pictureka!: On another early-taped episode, these are the pairs of kids competing:

Green Team: Jules (eight-year-old) & Oli (10-year-old)
Orange Team: Reid (a 10-year-old karaoke singer who started doing that about a year ago) & Sarah (an eight-year-old singer)

Go Find Fish:

GT: 130
OT: 150

Maze Craze:

LEAH (a mom/jewelry maker & seller dressed as Mrs. Knitting Needle):
1. Maracas (150)
2. Floating cat (170)
3. Balloon man (190)
4. Sausage man (210)
5. Handsy Pansy

ERIN (a mom, ballet dancer & substitute teacher dressed as a tea granny):
1. Beardo weirdo (170)
2. Dog-walking shoe (190)
3. Tippy-tap toucan (210)
4. Cupcake Carl (230)
5. Boxed-up bunny

Rock the Block Objects:

1. Ball
2. Egg
3. Cup
4. Fence
5. Bell pepper

WINNERS: OT, 5-2 (and lead 455-290)

Balloon Monsoon:

Jules: An animal wearing shoes (370)
Oli: A person w/ curly hair- OT WINS!

PENGUIN PRIZE HUNT: Today's OT gets a chance to go to the Welk Resorts in San Diego. With :23 left, they hit their stopper and capture Windows #1, #5, #7, #8 & #9 while missing #4...
the trip's in #5, which Reid secondly got right in just 20 seconds!

WoF: Let's see if they can start their latest November Sweeps period on a good note. Here's the first Toss-Up w/ the category of Place:

P U _ _ _ _ N

P A _ C H

Adam solves PUMPKIN PATCH no problem for $1,000. In order, here are tonight's contestants:

Adam Lagnese (Bellmore, NY)- An NYPD police officer who has also played ice hockey for 28 years
Brittany Augustine (Rialto, CA)- MBA student at Cal State University-San Bernadino/cosmetics consultant
Phyllis York (Parker, AZ)- Retired

The $2,000 Toss-Up is about an Occupation:

S _ _ _ _

M _ _ A G _ R

Brittany gets control with SALES MANAGER.

Eggland's Best Jackpot Round category is Phrase and for the second time this week, going out on the wheel right this second is the $5K electronics package. Brittany kicks off the action with a $550 N but then a dud of R. Secondly, Phyllis calls a $300 T & a $900 L, but she then calls a dud in S. Third, Adam calls two D's for $600 and buys an O, then he calls a dud of P. Brittany's second turn in this round ends quickly with another dud of C. As for Phyllis, she calls a $550 M & buys three E's, followed by an I while on Free Play but then a Bankrupt hit next to the $2,500 wedge to cost her $1.5K. Adam next lights the last remaining vowels of A while on FP, a $500 H and we have...

H O M E - _ I E L D

A D _ A N T A _ E

...there's rarely a HOME-FIELD ADVANTAGE in this game, but he does solve this puzzle to double his money and tie for the early lead.

DUDS: $800 C (Brittany), $500 P (Adam), $900 R (Brittany), $300 S (Phyllis)

Tonight's Prize Puzzle Round topic is Event. Phyllis first calls a $500 T, but her next spin of the wheel lands on Lose a Turn. Second, Adam calls a $300 S & R, buys three A's, calls a $900 N and purchases four E's before putting up two D's for another $1,100 and buying the remainder of this puzzle's vowels (I & O). After he lights a couple of L's for another $600, a $3.5K W & two V's for the Wild Card, here's the board...

A / W E L L -


V A _ A T I O N

...he's won another $5,700 and A WELL-DESERVED VACATION to the SunshineSuites Resort on the Grand Cayman Islands from Best of worth $7,400, for a new total of $15,100 in cash & trip.

SOLE LaT: Phyllis

TONIGHT'S SPIN ID: KN2170578 (Karen N. from Colorado)

The burning question the Meineke Mystery Round asks this evening is What's That Song? Adam, our current leader, begins with two T's for $1,600 and the buying of six E's and he buzzes in already...

T _ E _ ' _ E

_ _ E E _ _ / _ _ _

T _ E _ ' _ E

_ _ _ _ _

...he nails "THEY'RE CREEPY AND THEY'RE KOOKY" for $1,350 more, and then knows that comes from the theme song to "The Addams Family" to add $3K, for a new total of $19,450 in cash & Caribbean!


The last TU topic is Show Biz:

_ _ V _

P _ R _ _ _ _ _ _ C E

She's NOT doing a LIVE PERFORMANCE right now, but Brittany does solve to boost her second-place score to $5K.

Now, for the other category that ends with a question mark in the current rotation- What Are You Doing? Brittany starts by calling a pair of N's for $1,100, buying the same number of I's and calling an obvious $900 G before dudding out while buying the O. After Phyllis Bankrupts next to the top dollar spot for the second & final time tonight, we go to Last Chance Mode...

_ _ N _ _ I N G / _ _

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ I _

...and all of the consonants are valued at $1.5K. After Brittany has a trio of M's show up...

R _ N _ _ I N G / M _

M _ M _ _ R S H I P

...she BLANKS OUT with $10.5K on the line. Phyllis then has the B revealed...

R _ N _ _ I N G / M _

M _ M B _ R S H I P

...and she says "RENEWING MY MEMBERSHIP" to leave with three grand! Brittany takes home five & Adam's going to Bonusland with $19,450 in cash & travel and the WC intact!

Tonight's combined maingame winnings total $27,450.

Prior to big bell: O (Brittany)
Afterwards: D (Phyllis), L (Adam), T (Adam)


Maxwell House Big Money Round: After Adam spins the R, he learns that his final category's Phrase. Here's how we start:

_ _ _ _

_ R _ E _

He calls C, D, M & I before calling P with the WC...

_ _ _ D

_ R I E _

...GOOD GRIEF- without the G's and/or the F, he's the third player to lose the Eclipse and we're in danger of being skunked tomorrow. He drives away in his own ride with $19,450 in cash & trip.

J!: These two challengers will try to stop Jesse Cuevas from getting into Tournament of Champions contention:

George Villarreal (Lexington, KY)- College swim coach/aquatics consultant
Barbara Brown (Baton Rouge)- Retired housewife

The first category board:



Cuevas goes Daily Double Hunting right away, but we'll have to wait for the second half of this round to find out if he finds it and/or it's found at all; in the meantime, Villarreal has the lead with $3,800, while Brown has $2,600 & Cuevas' got $1,600. Let's see who does find the first DD of the's the champion with $2,200, which is half of Villarreal's leading score. He does make it a True DD, so to tie the game at $4,400 apiece, here's his clue:

You might remember that this herb with needle-shaped leaves is a traditional seasoning for lamb.

"What is Rosemary?"...RIGHT! Time expires before the $400 & $1K State Mashups of Cities can be revealed, but he's got the outright lead with $7,400; Villarreal's in second with $5K & Brown's not too far away with $4,200.

SOLE TRIPLE STUMPER OF THE ROUND (unattempted): $800 (She's a Lady)

DJ! Categories:


Villarreal, the other man on tonight's panel, also goes DDH in this round...and he picks off a DD under the $1,600 clue regarding U.S. Islands w/ $7K; he's just $400 behind BB for second place & $4,400 behind the champ for first. His wager is $2.5K.

This 12-mile-by-five-mile South Carolina resort island has 24 golf courses.

He's smiling, because he knows "What is Hilton Head Island?" is indeed right to move into second at $9.5K! Brown finds the last one attached to the middle clue on Unfinished Novels; She's in last place, but w/ a decent score of $9,800; Cuevas' in second w/ $12,200 and Villarreal's back in front at $14,300. She also makes a $2K bet, but on this clue:

Reminiscent of another of his novels, his The Original of Laura features a Lecher named Hubert H. Hubert.

It's a good thing she didn't gamble too much, because she has NO IDEA- the author was Vladimir Nabokov and she drops to $7,800. We don't have time for either of the last three Long Words clues.


Scores after Double Jeopardy!:

Jesse: $14,200
Barbara: $7K
George: $14,300


Jesse: $13K
Barbara: $9K
George: $13,900

FJ! SUBJECT: Word Origins.

This four-letter term for a religious group that holds distinctive beliefs comes from the Latin for "follow".

BB's response was "What is a sect?"...correct to finish with $10K. Jesse also right and wagered just $181 in order to lock BB out for a final score of $14,381. George Villarreal...put down "What is a cult?" instead and blows $12,300, so Cuevas is now a three-time champion with a total of $65,981, putting him in ninth place on the ToC Leaderboard!

DFtL!: Tonight, Angel Taylor (who sings "Like You Do" and is one of VH1's Rising Stars) will play this game for Flying Horse Farms.

Specialty Categories: R & B & Where's The Love?

1. R & B
A: "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" by Marvin Gaye (1968)
B: "Back At One" by Brian McKnight (1999)

PICK: "Back At One"
PREVIOUS LINE: "One, you're like"
FINAL GUESS: "...a dream come true"

2. Pop
A: "Black Magic Woman" by Santana (1970)
B: "Let the Music Play" by Shannon (1984; part of this song is also used in the Jordin Sparks song "S.O.S.")
PICK: "Black Magic Woman"
PREVIOUS LINE: "She's trying to make a devil out of me; don't..."

BASE GUESS: "...even tell me Santana, you don't"

A: "...tell me that you are leaving"
B: "...turn your back on me, baby"
C: "...say you're through with me, baby"


MySpace Featured Singer of the Night: Joey (Las Cruces, NM)

3. Rock
A: "Travelin' Band" by Creedence Clearwater Revival (1970)
B: "Sharp-Dressed Man" by ZZ Top (1983)
PICK: "Sharp-Dressed Man"
PREVIOUS LINE: "I don't need a reason why they come runnin'..."

FINAL GUESS: "...just as fast as they can"

4. Where's The Love?
A: "The Breakup Song" by Greg Kihn Band (1981)
B: "Keep Your Hands To Yourself" by The Georgia Satellites (1986)
PICK: "Keep Your Hands To Yourself"

PREVIOUS LINE: "Why you want to treat me this way?"
FINAL GUESS: "Jingle ling Mark, Jingle ling Mark" (A: "You know you're still my lover, boy")

Domino's Pizza Fun Fact of the Night: Before Usher went solo, he was in a group called The Happy Clowns.

ENCORE: "ABC" by The Jackson 5 (1970)
PREVIOUS LINE: "...are the branches of the learning tree, but without..."

FINAL GUESS: "...Science, French and Math, I'm about to be a baby" (A: "...the roots of love, everday girl, you're education ain't complete")

5th Grader: Will a small fortune be saved by the producers or 18-year-old lifeguard Edan Igashi? The answer to that question may come immediately after this category board is cleared:

1st Grade Nature
1st Grade Measurements
2nd Grade Animal Science
2nd Grade World History
3rd Grade Astronomy
3rd Grade Social Studies
4th Grade Math
4th Grade U.S. History

FIRST CLASSMATE: Armaan (who was born in Virginia!)

If it's 3:15 PM and your mom is picking you up in exactly one hour and 50 minutes, what time will it be when your mom picks you up?

He gets on the board with 5:05 PM.

SUBJECT #2: World History

What inventor received the first patent for the telephone in 1876 at the age of 29?

He's wrong with (Benjamin) Franklin; it was Alexander Graham Bell.

SUBJECT #3: Astronomy

What celestial object in our Solar System is named for the Roman God of the Underworld and was first discovered in 1930?

He totally misses this one with the Rings of Hades; it was a former planet named Pluto.

SUBJECT #4: U.S. History

What's the first & last name of the man who served as U.S. President longer than any other person?

Edan makes a good guess of FDR...and at least both girls in the classroom agreed with him on the right President for $7.5K!

SUBJECT #5: Math

What's the only positive integer that's neither prime nor composite?

He locks in four...but he's over by three; Armaan & Jenni were right.

SUBJECT #6: Social Studies

Which of the following is NOT one of the three branches of the federal government?

A: Judicial
B: Military

C: Legislative

Edan earns $3.5K with the military (Lauren also knew that).

SUBJECT #7: Animal Science

T or F: A leech is a type of worm.

Edan's pretty sure that's True, but he uses the Peek, and Jenni disagrees w/ him. Edan sticks w/'s right to inch him up to $4.5K.


T or F: Pure butter is produced from buttercup flowers.

Edan sounds sure that's False...$5K, but he's going on.


What electrical engineer born in 1856 in present-day Croatia helped developed alternating current electricity & also has a measurement of magnetism named in his honor?

All he can think of is Robert E. Melican...I wish he had thought of all-electric sportscars recently, because it was Nikola Tesla. I hope he doesn't blow the entire $2.5K on his gift card towards paying for one...


Game 1
Game 2

Episode ratings:

8: "Millionaire"
7: "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?", "Jeopardy!", "Let's Make a Deal", "Pictureka!" & "Wheel of Fortune"
6: "Don't Forget the Lyrics!"
2: "The Price is Right"