Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentine's Day 2011 Results

LMaD: Trust me, their Valentine's Day show (which is their 100th show of the season, BTW) will go much better than last season's. Two ladies start us off- Andrea (dressed as Cupid) & Jan (who's wearing a Joker card). They get their pick of two bouquets of flowers brought out by Tiffany Coyne- red or yellow.

Andrea: Yellow
Jan: Red


Andrea gives back her flowers for Curtain #1...but she's been BUMPED out of here by a bumper car- that will cost her $6,000. Does Jan do any better w/ the big box...NO. She misses out on a trip to Jamaica worth $5,796, so she literally has a broken heart.

We're off to a bad start, but Jessica (dressed as a bee) is hoping the third time will be a charm to strike it rich. She's given Jonathan Mangum's VD card to start, but she plays the odds by passing it to Peter (who's wearing lots of hearts as "The Love Machine") for Curtain #2...she's won a stainless-steel kitchen appliance trio worth $3,238. To be continued...

Let's move on to Dionne, who's dressed as the signature Thanksgiving item of a turkey; she's playing "The Dealing Game" (which is their take on "The Dating Game"). First, she meets Tiffany at the big box & Jonathan Mangum & Wayne are both behind it to give clues about their curtains:

Jonathan: #1
Wayne: #3

The questions Dionne's forced to ask:

1. If I picked you, would there be any "sparks" between us?
2. What's your best feature?

She picks on Mr. Brady. One of these curtains has, you guessed it, a lovely car. It's NOT behind...#1- there was the Samsung 46" LED LCD HDTV w/ the XBOX 360 & one-year Netflix subscription, which was a prize package worth $2,604. That means Dionne's done for the day w/ the Hyundai Elantra- PERFECT DEAL!

Here's the second part of Peter's deal. Tiffany adds her valentine to Peter's stash before Alexander (dressed as a construction worker) is given control of Curtain #2. He refuses $600 & $900 for...two VESPA S-50s worth $6,938! Again, we must stop the deal for the time being.

Dr. Wayne's third pair of patients are Renee (who's wearing pink hair) & Scott (who've been together for nine months; they allegedly first met at "The Rocky Horror Picture Show").

Round 1:
Red Small Box: Digital photo studio ($1,680)
Green Small Box: Red Valentino handbag & Minolo shoes ($1,880)

Renee: LAPTOP & CAMERA
Scott: RED BOX PRIZE

Round 2 (Curtain #2): BBQ package ($2,453) or beach sports package ($2,425)

Renee: GRILL
Scott: GRILL

THE BIG RISK (Curtain #1): YES- Chocolate lovers' getaway w/ monthly Marich Confectiary chocolates for a year ($7,339); PERFECT DEAL #2!

Whether he likes it or not, Zurick (dressed as a rapper) will play the Six Checks Deal for the KIA Soul (Curtain #1). The odd-numbered envelopes are pink for this playing only.

1. #6- $300
2. #1- $400 ($700)
3. #3- $900 ($1,600)
4. #4- $500 ($2,100); QUITS THIS DEAL FOR GOOD

Did Curtain #3 have the Hyundai again...no, but there was a bedroom worth $4,070 awaiting him.

Peter's last Valentine comes from the host; now, he can keep them all or go w/ that silver small box (Jonathan). He's sticking w/ the cards...good for him- there was a heart-shaped container of the half-eaten chocolates courtesy of Tiffany. Inside the three cards is...pieces of a cash heart worth $4,114!

THE BIG DEAL: Renee & Scott give back the chocolate getaway for the chance to win a much nicer second honeymoon as part of the Big Deal of the Day worth a total of $30,224. Their final pick of the morning is Door #3. The other end of the spectrum, Door #1, had a game room valued at...$6,581. The Bank Vault was in Door #2; today, it held the amount of...$2,328- PACK YOUR BAGS FOR REAL, YOU TWO! Which means they've won a trip to New Orleans, as well as the real Trip of a Lifetime that I was referring to...it's to Chile!

That brings the grand total for the VD spectacular to $61,499!

TPiR: I guarantee that the Valentine's Day couples show will NOT be a Perfect Show like last year's. But let's press on as Steve White (incidentally, this was the first episode he taped) calls for Jeremiah Keavney & Marnie Finnemore, Anna & Charles Petersen, Marines couple Demetrius & Tamika Jackson and Jasper Ensenat & Taylor Washburn. The first IUFB is a vacation to Palos Verdes, CA (Amber behind splitting sign). Whoever wins that earns the next opportunity to PAY THE RENT.

(Note: There are VD designs on the four pink Contestant's Row podiums all show long.)

Jasper & Taylor: $1,800
Demetrius & Tamika: $1,650
Anna & Charles: $1,100
Jeremiah & Marnie: $1,801

ARP: $3,450

(Note: An extended version of this Pricing Game's theme song debuts; the last zero in the $100,000 sign DOESN'T work.)

Jeremiah & Marnie's groceries (Amber; they've been together for four years) are a bag of Hershey's Hearts, a container of 285 foam stickers, CoverGirl Lash Blast, Listerine Cool Mint Floss, 20 Lipton Caffeine Free Quietly Chamomile Herbal Tea Bags & 18 holiday paper plates.

My House:

Mailbox: Stickers
Level 2: Floss & Bags
Level 3: Candy & Plates
Vault: Makeup

JEREMIAH & MARNIE'S HOUSE:

Mailbox: Plates
Level 2: Stickers & Floss
Level 3: Candy & Bags
Vault: Makeup


Plates = $5.70
Level 2: Stickers ($6.99) & Floss ($1.89) = $8.88
Level 3: Candy ($3.69) & Bags ($3.49) = $7.18
Makeup = $7.99


CORRECT HOUSE:

Stickers = $6.99
Level 2: Candy ($3.69) & Bags ($3.49) = $7.18
Level 3: Plates ($5.70) & Floss ($1.89) = $7.59
Makeup = $7.99

They had the right idea, but I was much closer.

The fifth couple is made up of Adam & Shaye Mitchell & the second IUFB is a Pedego electric tandem bike (both models).

Adam & Shaye: $850
Jasper & Taylor: $1.5K
Demetrius & Tamika: $2K
Anna & Charles: $2,001

ARP: $2,875

The Petersens, who are both 20 years old, play Flip-Flop for a heart-shaped whirlpool bathtub (Amber at Door #3). Board:

8565

They Flip...but miss it completely.

Sixth are Jeffrey Neves & Kendra Dickinson and the third IUFB is his/her iPhones w/ the one-year calling plan (both models).

Jeffrey & Kendra: $2K
Adam & Shaye: $1,800
Jasper & Taylor: $2,050
Demetrius & Tamika: BUCK

ARP: $1,718

The Jacksons play the Dice Game for a 2011 Ford Escape XLT FWD (Std., Prot)(Amber at Door #3). Demetrius will do all the rolling.

Second digit: 6- NO; LOWER FREEBIE
Third digit: 4- NO; HIGHER
Fourth digit: 2- NO; HIGHER
Last digit: 1- NO; HIGHER FREEBIE

The second number is 5 & the last number is 4. ARP...$25,364.

SHOWCASE SHOWDOWN #1:
Demetrius & Tamika: Three Quarters
Anna & Charles: $.90
Jeremiah & Marnie: $.90

SPIN-OFF:
Anna & Charles: $.65
Jeremiah & Marnie: $.35


The next hopeful team are Colin & Katrina Mims & the fourth one-bid gift is a kayak pairing (Rachel at Door #3).

Colin & Katrina: $1,700
Jeffrey & Kendra: $1,800
Adam & Shaye: $1,899
Jasper & Taylor: BUCK

ARP: $3,174

Adam & Shaye play One Wrong Price for a Howard Miller Total Home wine bar cabinet marked at $2,364 (Amber), a video gaming package marked at $2,185 (Rachel) & the Panasonic 50" 3-D plasma HDTV w/ the 3-D glasses marked at $2,598 (Rachel). They think the dud's on the bar...no, the games were $3,075 instead.

We may get to try again for a win w/ Roger & Rommy Kish & IUFB #5 has to offer double Dell laptops (Amber inside the clam).

Roger & Rommy: $1,601
Jasper & Taylor: $2,235
Colin & Katrina: $2,475
Jeffrey & Kendra: $1,602

ARP: $1,642

Jeffrey & Kendra (the latter of whom is celebrating a birthday) play Any Number for either some Noritake crystal stemware (Amber) or the Hyundai Accent (Std., AT, Mats, Prot)(Rachel at Door #2).

1. 6- Pig ($ _ . 6 _)
2. 5- ACCENT ($ 1 5 , _ _ _)
3. 4- Pig ($ _ . 6 4)
4. 9- ACCENT ($ 1 5 , _ 9 _)
5. 3- ACCENT ($ 1 5 , _ 9 3)
6. 7- Stemware ($ 7 _ _)
7. 2- Stemware ($ 7 2 _)
FINAL PICK: 8 (Wins $8.64)

ACCENT: $15,193
Stemware: $720

Our possible VD heroes could be Brian & Heather Gilmore & the last one-bid prize's a pink/silver heart-shaped necklace worn by Rachel. Jasper & Taylor have been here the whole show.

Brian & Heather: $2.5K
Roger & Rommy: $3,201
Jasper & Taylor: $3,300
Colin & Katrina: BUCK

ARP: $1,325

HEADED TO HEARTBREAK HOTEL: Jasper & Taylor

Colin & Katrina play Secret X for a HMTH king bedroom w/ some Louboutin shoes (Amber at Door #3; Jennifer Lopez not included), all priced at $13,251. Their free X goes like this:

(--)(??)(X)
(--)(??)(--)
(--)(??)(--)

That leaves Rachel w/ this SP couple:

Four serving bowls: $30 or $55?
Two crystal candlesticks: $125 or $191?

They're correct about the $30 bowls, but are incorrect on the $125 sticks. They want the SX to be in that center square. Don't tell me we've gone from a PS last year to a skunking this year on VD...






















































































































































































































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(--)(X)(--)
(X)(--)(--)

...NO! Thanks, Mike; this is the second time this season Drew Carey's acted relieved when we came this close to having a Winless Show (the first time was the More or Less win)!

I didn't want to make any changes to this morning's game lineup.

SHOWCASE SHOWDOWN #2:
Jeffrey & Kendra ($1,651): 45 + 30 =
Three Quarters
Adam & Shaye ($3,174): 70 + BUCK =
OVER
Colin & Katrina ($14,606): Three Quarters


SPIN-OFF #2:
Jeffrey & Kendra: $.85
Colin & Katrina: $.45

SHOWCASE #1:

Ceiling platform (Rachel)- His/her Raymond Weil watches
Door #4- Trip to San Francisco w/ a lucky jet
Door #3- Mazda MX-5 Miata (Amber)

ANNA & CHARLES BID 41 GRAND ON TRIP/CAR SHOWCASE- POSSIBLE GARF OF THE CENTURY

MY BID FOR TRIP/CAR SHOWCASE: $55,555

(Note: Starting w/ this episode, we sometimes see two small windows of the Showcase finalists when a car or some other big prize is revealed to end a Showcase.)

SHOWCASE #2:

Door #1- Trip to the Sandals Grand Antiguan Resort (Amber)
Door #2- Pair of Nissan Versa 1.8S Hatchbacks (Fairly loaded)(Rachel)


JEFFREY & KENDRA BID 32 LARGE ON TRIP/CARS SHOWCASE- POTENTIAL STAGE GARF #2 (that only about covers the cars)

MY BID FOR TRIP/CARS SHOWCASE: $42,225

(Note: No matter how badly today's episode goes, everybody in the studio will receive the giant Hershey's Kiss.)

JEFFREY & KENDRA'S SHOWCASE:
BID: $32,000

ARP: $41,444
DIFFERENCE: $9,444

ANNA & CHARLES' SHOWCASE:
BID: $41,000
ARP: $41,034
SECOND HOLIDAY DOUBLE SHOWCASE WIN IN A ROW (& second-best Showcase bid in the Carey era)!!!!!

THIS SUB-PAR HOLIDAY EPISODE ENDS IN STYLE W/ THE LAST PG BEING WON & ANNA & CHARLES COMPLETING A TRIPLE PLAY THE HARD WAY; THEY ALSO BECOME THE SECOND-HIGHEST WINNERS THIS SEASON W/ $85,353!!!!

(Final notes: There was NO S tacked on to the end of the DSW graphic. Also, both members of the winning couple received the car license plate. It actually would've been more exciting if the skunking actually happened today.)

Video Bonus: DSW #3

TODAY'S PG RECORD: 1-5
TOTAL WINNINGS: $109,952

5th Grader: On the first half of the CMT doubleheaders this week, the contestants are pet lovers. The first of that particular group is Sarah Belgrad (who's a dog trainer that has a Psychology degree from Roosevelt University; her dog's name is Lainey).

1st Grade Measurements
1st Grade Vocabulary
2nd Grade Animal Science
2nd Grade Spelling
3rd Grade Grammar
3rd Grade Science
4th Grade World Geography
4th Grade U.S. History

FIRST CLASSMATE: Ty
OPENING SUBJECT: Measurements


What's the fewest number of days a U.S. calendar year can have?

The number 28 turns into her first $500.

SUBJECT #2: Spelling

In English, the name of which of the seven continents comes first alphabetically?

They're both correct on Africa.

SUBJECT #3: Grammar

What word's the irregular verb in the following sentence- "The students walked to school, sang in class and jumped around at class"?

Sarah just "sang" her way to a new total of $5K.

SECOND CLASSMATE: Jordan
SUBJECT #4: World Geography


Built in the 1970s & standing over 1,815 feet tall, the CN Tower is known as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. In what city is it located?

She'll Copy Jordan...bad move- he didn't even write down a Canadian city; he went w/ Sacramento. That tower, of course, is in Toronto.

SUBJECT #5: U.S. History

In 1731, what man founded the first American public library, which was located in Philadelphia?

Sarah also uses the Peek on Jordan, but she doesn't like his response of John Hancock. She instead locks in her first instinct of Thomas Jefferson...nobody's right- it was Benjamin Franklin.

SUBJECT #6: Science

Friction most commonly produces which of the following- gravity, heat or radioactivity?

Heat puts her back in the money column.

SUBJECT #7: Animal Science

T or F: Electric eels are capable of giving off an electrical shock.

She goes w/ the obvious answer of True...$4.5K.

FINAL SUBJECT: Vocabulary

If John wants to become an aviator when he grows up, he would, by definition, operate which of the following- plane, train or boat?

Sarah flies a plane to the Bonus Question for a chance at $50K.

BONUS QUESTION CATEGORY: World History

Replaced by a Republican government in 1912, what was the name of the last dynasty to rule China?

Her final answer is Khan, sending her home w/ a $2.5K gift card from presumably either Petsmart or PETCO. Answer: Ch'ing.

In the earlier-taped daycap, secretary Jenn Barlow (who was also a former elementary school bathroom monitor who once also inadvertantly smacked herself w/ a tetherball) doesn't make it to the BQ, so she got a $250 card to Best Buy, I think.

CC: Ben Bailey's cab is back for another season starting tonight! The first contestants of Season 8 are Anita & Daniel (Anita is his mom); they're trying to make it 37 blocks to a place on 38th & Park.

$50 Round:
1. What French President tried to ban voodoo dolls in his image in 2008?
Guess: (Nicolas) Sarkozy- CORRECT ($50)
2. Due to an intense 2010 Internet campaign, what octogenarian became the oldest host in the history of "Saturday Night Live"?
Guess: Betty White- YOU BET ($100)
3. According to the FDA, what famous variety of preserved cherry is impregnated w/ sugar & flavored w/ the oil of bitter almonds?
Guess: Bing- STRIKE ONE (A: Maraschino)
4. Now used by cyclists & in-line skaters, Boston's Minute Man Bike Way approximates the route of what American Revolutionary?
Guess: Paul Revere- RIGHT ($150)

$100 Round:
1. Home to the Galapagos Islands, what South American nation recognized the constitutional rights of ecosystems in 2008?
Guess: Ecuador- RIGHT ($250)
2. Despite its misleading name, Hippology is the scientific study of what hooved animal?
Guess (Daniel): Horses (mom wanted him to say hippopotamus)- RIGHT ($350)
Final Question: Last year, what comic book series announced plans to introduce its first openly-gay character to Riverdale High?
Guess: Archie- WINS $450; BAILOUT

Hoping not to be Season 8's first losers are Dan, Jerry & Josh, who are playing a 48-block game to 16th & Union Square West.

$50 Round:
1. Used by five countries south of the Rio Grande, the name of what unit of currency means "weight" in Spanish?
Guess: Peso- CORRECT ($50)
2. Caused by two seperately-fertilized eggs, dizygotic twins are more commonly referred to as what?
Guess: Fraternal- RIGHT ($100)
3. At its 2000 Sydney debut, what exhausting Olympic event featured a cyclist & three dots in its logo?
Guess: Decathlon- STRIKE ONE (A: Triathlon)
4. Frequently mentioned in relation to underwater oil spills, what term refers to a column of liquid as well as the feathers of a bird?
Guess: Plume- CORRECT ($150)

$100 Round:
1. Though it only lies in two of them, the town of Texarcana is named for its proximity to Texas, Arkansas & what third state?
Guess: Louisiana- RIGHT ($250)
2. Founded by Rupert Murdoch, what media conglomerate do we have to thank for FOX News, "American Idol" & The Wall Street Journal?
Guess: NewsCorp- OF COURSE ($350)

3. In 1993, the winner of the Indianapolis 500 was widely criticized for drinking a celebratory bottle of OJ instead of what traditional beverage?
Guess: Milk- YOU BET ($450)
4. Made from 12.5K water bottles, a 60-foot catameran called Plastiki was inspired by what Thor Heyerdahl raft, whose name also sounds like a travel company's?
Guess: Contiki- RIGHT ($550)

$200 Round:
1. The surfer's equivalent to a southpaw, what's the term for someone who rides w/ his right foot forward?

Mobile Shout-Out: Dan's friend Eric is called up, but he has NOTHING.
Guess: Googler- STRIKE TWO (A: Goofyfoot)
2. Guillotined in 1794, what radical was considered the architect of The French Revolution's reign of terror?
Guess: (Maximilien) Robespierre- RIGHT ($750)

FQ: Meaning "get to the point", what expression originated as a script direction in a 1929 novel about Hollywood?
Street Shout-Out: While in Chelsea, they fittingly ask a couple; their guess is "action".
Guess: "Action"- LOSS (A: "Cut to the chase")

For the last NYC game of the night, Jenna, Joe & Shelly are taking a DOUBLE RIDE! It's to Delancy, 48 blocks away.

$100 Round:
1. At the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, a mascot named Quatchi was a kid-friendly version of what mythical ape-like beast?
Guess: Sasquatch- RIGHT ($100)
2. Thanks to a 2002 European commission decision, Feta cheese can only be called Feta cheese if it comes from what nation?
Guess: Greece- RIGHT ($200)

3. Decades before the birth of Brangelina, what Hollywood power couple founded Desilu Productions in 1950?
Guess: Desi Arnaz & Lucille Ball- OF COURSE ($300)
4. Inscribed w/ the initials THJ, the most expensive bottle of wine ever sold allegedly belonged to what historic American?
Guess: Thomas Jefferson- RIGHT ($400)

$200 Round:
1. Transmitting images between Paris & Leone in 1865, the pantelegraph was considered the prototype of what modern machine?
Guess: Video camera- STRIKE ONE (A: Fax machine)
2. Worn by some high-profile celebrities, a scram bracelet is designed to monitor a person's sweat for traces of what?
Guess: Alcohol- RIGHT ($600)
3. A pioneer of the Netroots Movement, Markos Moulitsas is the founder of what liberal political blog?
Guess: Daily Coast- RIGHT ($800)
4. Disclosed last June, a Pentagon memo claims that Afghanistan may house the world's largest deposit of what high-tech metal?
Guess: Zinc- STRIKE TWO (A: Lithium)

$400 Round:
1. Described as a river that oozes instead of flows, what Ohio waterway famously caught fire in 1969?
MSO: Joe calls John, who's sure it's the Cuyahoga River.
Guess: Cuyahoga River- YES ($1,200)
FQ: Aptly overflowing w/ oil, only one country in the world starts w/ the letter O. Name this one-of-a-kind nation.
Guess: Oman- WINS $1,600; STOPS

Chicago Debut:

Beth Melewski's first players are Cullen & Sam. Their game is 33 blocks long.

(Note: Some new lights & graphics debut for this version of the show.)

$50 Round:
1. What major Alaskan city is named for the 26th Vice-President of the U.S., not the beauty of its landscape?
MSO: Colin has to call George right away, who thinks it's Fairbanks.
Guess: Fairbanks- CORRECT ($50)
2. Abbreviated DH, what offensive position was added to baseball's American League in 1973 to help spark more runs (& was also the title of a short-lived ESPN game show hosted by Curt Chaplin)?
Guess: Designated Hatter- OF COURSE ($100)
3. Collected as the name of Calvin's Irish pubs, what tourist attraction can be kissed virtually at the website irelandseye.com?

Guess: Blarney stone- RIGHT ($150)
4. Sporting several stripes down its back, what cousin of the squirrel is known as a timber tiger in the Pacific Northwest?
Guess: Chipmunk- RIGHT ($200)

$100 Round:
1. Christened by singer Grace Slick in 2006, the first Virgin America aircraft was named after what iconic American rock band?
Guess: The Eagles- STRIKE ONE (A: Jefferson Airplane)

2. Seventh from The Sun, what planet was originally named Georgium Sidus ("George's Star") in honor of England's King George III?
Guess: Uranus- CORRECT ($300)

3. Changing the face of men's health, Movember is a worldwide charity event that encourages men to grow what during the month of November?
Guess: Moustache- RIGHT ($400)
4. A common metaphor for sleep, what Biblical land lies somewhere east of Eden, according to the book of Genesis?
Guess: Nod- YES INDEED ($500)

Sole $200 Question: Literally meaning "freefighting" in Spanish, what Mexican style of pro wrestling is usually performed by men in masks?
Guess: Lucha Libre- WINS $700; BAILOUT (they nearly went for the Video Bonus Question)

The first Chicago DR is being taken by John & Shawn; they're hoping to survive 31 blocks worth of questions before they reach 123 North Jefferson. They sweep their first questions for $400.

$200 Round:
1. Sixth from The Sun, what planet's named for a Roman god w/ the unfortunate of eating his children upon their birth?
Guess: Jupiter (John's gut was telling him Mars)- STRIKE ONE (A: Saturn)
2. Re-introduced to the U.S. last year, what Ford model was described in one headline as "A compact party on four wheels" & is available as a hatchback or a sedan?
Guess: Mustang- STRIKE TWO (A: Fiesta)
3. In 2002, who became the first Supreme Court Justice to be inducted into the Cowgirl Hall of Fame?
Guess: Sandra Day O'Connor- ABSOLUTELY ($600)
4. Named for a simple rural turbine, what showy guitar-playing technique was pioneered by The Who's Pete Townsend?
MSO: Shawn calls her brother Stewart, who says the Windmill.
Guess: Windmill- RIGHT ($800)

Sole $400 Q: Known for its Cabarets, Berlin earned its rep as a sin city in the 1920s under the rule of what German republic?

Guess: Weimar- WINS $1,200; STOPS

But the first losers in The Windy City at night are Brett, Emily, Neil & Paige. They attempted to outlast 39 blocks to make it to Miller's Pub on 134 South Wabash, but they wound up giving back $550 after an unsuccessful MSO by Brett to Aaron at the end of Round 2 w/ about two blocks to spare. During their game, they got this at the $300 mark:

RED LIGHT CHALLENGE: In Mathematics, Socatoa features abbreviations for six main trigonometric terms. Name four of the six.
Correct terms given: Sine, Cosine, Tangent & Opposite
Not said: Hypotenuse

WoF: This is Teen Best Friends Week, w/ Lora Cain doing her second week as a sub-announcer. Remember, this week's cars are a pair of Mazda2s.

The first Toss-Up category is People:

W I N N I N G

T _ A _

Chase & Megan are the first WINNING TEAM of this episode w/ $1,000. Let's meet the entire group now:

Chase Puentes & Megan van Hamersveld (Juniors)- Have known each other for 11 years; they play field hockey & swim
Brooke Schwartz & Kylia Cusson (Juniors from Malibu, CA)- Kylia's in their high school's Choir & Theatre programs, while Brooke's a soccer player
Adam Lumpkins & Mike Bertoldi- Mike's on a varsity lacross team, while Adam plays for a varsity volleyball squad; they've known each other since they were in 7th Grade

The $2K TU category is On the Map:

_ _ R I _

F R _ _ _ E

Adam & Mike get the control w/ PARIS, FRANCE.

Ally Bank Jackpot Round category's What Are You Doing? & out on the wheel now is a $5K pair of EA Sports electronics packages; the pair of $500 gift tags for tonight, Wednesday & Friday will come from Regal Entertainment Group. The guys first call two N's for $1,200 but then buy a dud vowel in E. Secondly, Chase & Megan call two G's while on Jackpot for a grand & buy three I's, but they then Bankrupt in between $600 & $900 to lose $750. Third, Brooke & Kylia call another dud of R. Returning to Adam & Mike, they call a $500 T, two L's for 10 times that amount & buy two A's & four O's to clean out the vowels before we have to clean out their clocks, because they hit the other regular Bankrupt to forfeit $5,950. As Chase & Megan resume their turn, they light up three D's for $1.5K...

D O _ N L O A D I N G

D I G I T A L / _ O O _ _

...& they've been DOWNLOADING DIGITAL BOOKS for a $500 bonus & triple their base $1K. They also will start the next round.

DUDS: E (Adam & Mike), $300 R (Brooke & Kylia)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Chase & Megan, Adam & Mike)
LEFT BEHIND IN JACKPOT: $9,900

First in the Before & After Round, Chase & Megan call a $500 H & four T's to multiply that amount by five, then they purchase four E's prior to calling two A's while on Free Play & four N's for an extra $1,200. But they then buy the only dud vowel on this board (O). Second, Brooke & Kylia call three S's for $2,700, an $800 V & two R's for six more bills, followed by the rest of the vowels (a U & three I's). After a $1,200 pair of G's, we have...

S _ I _ _ I N G

A G A I N S T / T H E

_ U R R E N T

E V E N T S

...they're SWIMMING AGAINST THE CURRENT EVENTS for the lead w/ $4,800, as well as the chance to spin first in the following round of play.

SOLE DUD OF THE ROUND: O (Chase & Megan)

Meineke Mystery/Prize Puzzle Round subject's Phrase; there's a hyphen in the middle of the puzzle & a question mark at the end. They lead off w/ four T's for $1,600 & five E's, but they then lose a turn w/ an R call. Second, Adam & Mike land on Lose a Turn. Third, Chase & Megan put up two N's for $900 & a $400 S, then they purchase five A's before getting LaT as well. As Brooke & Kylia resume play, they dud out quickly w/ an L. Adam & Mike then call a couple C's for the movie passes & a $1,800 trio of K's, but an O buy then fails a team for the second consecutive puzzle. Afterwards, Chase & Megan call for a B while on the Mystery Wedge in between FP & LaT & risk their $1,050...but they Bankrupt for the second time tonight. That allows Brooke & Kylia to light a $1K M &...

C A N / I / T A K E / A

M A K E - _ _ / T E S T

_ _ E N / I / _ E T

B A C K ?

...they'll soon be both asking their teachers "CAN I TAKE A MAKE-UP TEST WHEN I GET BACK?", because they've won themselves another $2,350 & a $10K pair of trips to the Divi Little Bay Beach Resort in St. Maarten, for a new total of $17,150 in cash & vacations.

DUDS: $550 L (Brooke & Kylia), O (Adam & Mike), $900 R (Brooke & Kylia)
LaTs: 2 (Adam & Mike, Chase & Megan)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Chase & Megan

TONIGHT'S SPIN ID (Vanna White's doing them this week): SG8963426 (Stefayne G. from Colorado)

Place is the final TU topic of the evening:

S _ _ _ _ / H _ L L

Chase & Megan guess STUDY HALL...yes indeed for the doubler.

Last Chance Round category's Person & the consonant value will be...$6K! After three A's go up...

A _ A T E _ R

A S T R _ _ _ _ E R

...Brooke TAKES TOO LONG just as she's saying the first word, so they get buzzed & likely miss out on $18K. Adam & Mike try to capitalize by calling the double M's...

A M A T E _ R

A S T R _ _ _ M E R

...& they steal AMATEUR ASTRONOMER to take the match w/ $20K! Brook & Kylia leave w/ $17,150 in cash & travel & Chase & Megan each receive three large after falling short of a $12K bank in this round.

$43,150 in cash & vacations were won upfront this evening.

SOLE DQ: Brooke & Kylia (Brooke's time over)

TONIGHT'S BANKRUPT TRASH: $8,750

Big Money Round: Adam spins the second A in AMERICA'S & the category for him & Mike is Phrase. For starters, here's:

_ T / _ _ _ _ T

_ _ _ _ E N

They call D, M, H & I and get...

I T / M I _ H T

H _ _ _ E N

...IT MIGHT HAPPEN for them...& it does for the 30, so they leave w/ $25K apiece (50)!

J!: The IBM Challenge is taking place at the T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY. Watson's in the middle, Brad Rutter's on the right & Ken Jennings' on the left. Just to let you know, the Watson we see at the podiums is an avatar of the real supercomputer that's located next door. "Jeopardy!" history will be made during these three nights, as both games in this competition will straddle. After the first commercial break, we're off & running.

First Six Categories of Game #1:

LITERARY CHARACTER APB
BEATLES PEOPLE
OLYMPIC ODDITIES
NAME THE DECADE
FINAL FRONTIERS
ALTERNATE MEANINGS

(Notes: For each clue, I'll reveal the percentage of Watson's most popular answer, regardless if it's the correct one or not. Sometimes, I'll reveal the percentages of some of the other things that made Watson's top three.)

BRAD STARTS THIS GAME WITH THE $200 ALTERNATE MEANINGS CLUE:

Four-letter word for a vantage point or a belief.

Brad: "What is a view?"- CORRECT ($200; that was Watson's top answer at 70%)

$400:

Four-letter word for the iron fitting on the hoof of a horse or a card-dealing box in a casino.

Watson: "What is shoe?"- CORRECT ($400; it had a confidence percentage of 68%); $800 LITERARY CHARACTER APB CLUE (Daily Double Hunting Alert)

DAILY DOUBLE! For $1K, here is the clue:

Wanted for killing Sir Danvers Carew; appearance-- pale & dwarfish; seems to have a split personality.

W/ a percentage of 71%, the response is "Who is Hyde?"...he was right for a new total of $1,400.

$200 BEATLES PEOPLE CLUE:

"And anytime you feel the pain, hey..." this guy "...refrain, don't carry the world upon your shoulders".

Watson: "Who is Jude?"- RIGHT ($1,600; 98%)

$200 OLYMPIC ODDITIES CLUE:

Milorad Cavic almost upset this man's perfect 2008 Olympics, losing to him by one-hundredth of a second.

Watson: "Who is Michael Phelps?"- RIGHT ($1,800; 93%)

$200 NAME THE DECADE CLUE:

Disneyland opens & the peace symbol is created.

Ken: "What are the '50s?"- CORRECT ($200; 87%)

$1K FINAL FRONTIERS CLUE (High School Strategy Alert):

Tickets aren't needed for this "event", a black hole's boundary from which matter can't escape.

Watson: "What is event horizon?"- RIGHT ($2,800; 97%)

$200 LITERARY CHARACTER APB CLUE:

Wanted for a 12-year crime spree of eating King Hrothgar's warriors; officer Beowulf has been assigned the case.

Watson: "Who is Grendel?"- RIGHT ($3K; 97%)

$200 FINAL FRONTIERS CLUE:

It's Michelangelo's Fresco on the wall of The Sistine Chapel, depicting the saved & the damned.

Watson: "What is The Last Judgement?"- RIGHT ($3,200; 97%)

$400 BEATLES PEOPLE CLUE:

This title gal, "Children at your feet, wonder how you manage to make ends meet".

Watson: "Who is Lady Madonna?"- RIGHT AGAIN ($3,600; 90%)

$400 OLYMPIC ODDITY:

In 1908 in this city, U.S. flag-bearer Ralph Rose caused controversy by NOT lowering the flag when passing the King.

Watson: "What is London?"- RIGHT AGAIN ($4K; 69%)

$400 NAME THE DECADE CLUE:

The Empire State Building opens & the "War of the Worlds" radio broadcast causes a panic.

Brad: "What is the 1930s?"- CORRECT ($600; 50%)

MIDDLE BEATLES PEOPLE CLUE:

"Bang bang" his "...silver hammer came down upon her head".

Watson: "What is Maxwell's silver hammer?"- RIGHT ($4,600; 96%)

$400 LITERARY CHARACTER APB CLUE:

His victims include Charity Burbage, Mad Eye Moody & Severus Snape; he'd be easier to catch if you'd just name him!

Brad: "Who is Voldemort?"- RIGHT ($1K; Watson's top answer was actually Harry Potter at 37%, while Voldemort had 20%)

$600 ALTERNATE MEANING:

A piece of wood from a tree, or to puncture w/ something pointed.

Watson: "What is stick?"- RIGHT ($5,200); SECOND COMMERICAL BREAK

$400 FINAL FRONTIERS CLUE:

From the Latin for "end", this is where trains can also originate.

Watson: "What is finis?"- INCORRECT ($4,800; 97%)
Ken: "What is terminal?"- CORRECT ($600; this was nowhere to be found on Watson's board)

$1K CLUE ON BEATLES PEOPLE (HSS Alert #2):

"So I sing a song of love..." this woman, also the name of John's mother.

Ken: "What is Julia?"- RIGHT ($1,600; 97%)

$1K LITERARY CHARACTER APB CLUE:

Wanted for stealing a loaf of bread in "Les Miserables"; really, really wanted, for other thefts too.

Watson: "Who is Jean Valjean?"- RIGHT ($5,800; 76%)

MIDDLE OLYMPIC ODDITY:

A 1976 entrant in the "Modern" this was kicked out for wiring his epee to score points without touching his foe.

Watson: "What is pentathlon?"- RIGHT ($6,400; 85%)

MIDDLE NAME THE DECADE CLUE:

Klaus Barbie is sentenced to life in prison & DNA's first used to convict a criminal.

Ken: "I don't know...what is the 1980s?"- YES INDEED ($2,200; Watson's best guess was 2002 at 11%)

$1K OLYMPIC ODDITY:

It was the anatomical oddity of U.S. gymnast George Eyser, who won a gold medal on the parallel bars in 1904.

Ken: "What is he only had one hand?"- WRONG ($1,200)
Watson: "What is leg?"- NOT ACCEPTABLE ($5,400; 61%)

FIRST TRIPLE STUMPER OF THIS EVENT: He was missing a leg

$1K ALTERNATIVE MEANING:

A thief, or the bent part of an arm.

Ken: "What's a crook?"- RIGHT ($2,200; Watson's top answer was knee at 40%)

$1K NAME THAT DECADE ANSWER:

The first modern crossword puzzle is published & Oreo cookies are introduced.

Ken: "What are the '20s?"- NO ($1,200; 57%)
Watson: SAME AS KEN ($4,400)
Brad: "What are the 1910s?"- CORRECT ($2K; 30%)

MIDDLE CLUE ON FINAL FRONTIERS:

To push one of these paper products is to stretch established limits.

Brad: "What is the envelope?"- RIGHT ($2,600; 61%)

LAST ALTERNATE MEANING FOR $800:

Stylish elegance, or students who all graduated in the same year.

Watson: "What is chic?"- NO ($3,600; 82%)
Brad: "What is class?"- RIGHT AGAIN ($3,400; Watson never thought of that)

LAST CLUE ON FINAL FRONTIERS WORTH $800:

It's a four-letter term for a summit; the first three letters mean a type of simian.

Brad: "What is APEX?"- RIGHT FOR THE LEAD ($4,200; Watson's top answer was "peak" at 65%)

$800 NAME THE DECADE CLUE:

The first flight takes place at Kitty Hawk & baseball's first World Series is played.

Brad: "What is the 1900s?"- YOU BET ($5K; 17%)

$800 OLYMPIC ODDITY:

In the 2004 opening ceremonies, a sole member of this team opened the Parade of Nations; the rest of his team closed it.

Ken: "What is Greece?"- YES ($2K; Watson's top answer was the Olympic Games at 20%)

$800 BEATLES PEOPLE ANSWER:

She "...died in the church and was buried along with her name. Nobody came".

Watson: "Who is Eleanor Rigby?"- RIGHT ($4,400; 98%)

FINAL CLUE OF THE ROUND IN LITERARY CHARACTER APB FOR $600:

Wanted for general evil-ness; last seen at the Tower of Barad-Dur; it's a giant eye, folks. Kinda hard to miss.

Watson: "What is Sauron?"- RIGHT TO TIE FOR THE LEAD W/ BRAD ($5K; 74%)

SOLE TS OF THE ROUND: $1K (Olympic Oddities)

("Jeopardy!" round over time's up signal)

That's all for tonight. Tomorrow, the other two rounds in this first game will be played.

Millionaire:

Conclusion of Karen Koontz's game
Start of Alfred Guy's game

Episode ratings:

"Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?":
3 PM: 6
3:30 PM: 4
8: "Let's Make a Deal", "Millionaire" & "The Price is Right"
7: "Ca$h Cab", "Jeopardy!" & "Wheel of Fortune"

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