Thursday, May 31, 2012

"Duets" 5/31

Kelly & Robin's Group Song: "State of Shock" by Michael Jackson

IMPORTANT NOTES: Starting next week, the two amateurs who finish in the bottom will face elimination, so I was wrong about the non-elimination part. Also, Johnny Gray is unexpectedly OUT from the competition.

This week's main songs come from famous twosomes.

PERFORMANCES:
1. Bridget (John L.): "I Know You Were Waiting" by Aretha Franklin & George Michael
2. Jordan (Kelly): "Misery" by P!nk & Steven Tyler
3. John G. (Jennifer): "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell- MOVES TO SECOND
4. Olivia (Robin): "Where Is the Love" by Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway
5. Meleana Brown (John L.): "Endless Love" by Lionel Richie & Diana Ross- MOVES TO THE TOP
6. Jason (Kelly): "Whenever You Call" by Mariah Carey & Brian McKnight- MOVES TO FIFTH
7. J (Jennifer): "You're The One That I Want" by John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John- TIED FOR THE LEAD
8. Alexis (Robin): "You're All I Need To Get By" by Marvin & Tammi- MOVES TO SIXTH

5/31/2012 Results

TPiR: First are Maria Ricketts, Dennis Jennings, Melanie Olson & Jason Scott, w/ the opening PUFB turning out to be a Panasonic underwater camcorder & a Lumix underwater camera (Manuela & Rachel).

Maria: $745/Dennis: $750/Melanie: $651/Jason: $751

ARP: $848

Jason from Michigan plays Flip-Flop for a six-night vacation to the SuperClubs Breezes Resort, Spa & Casino Curacao (Amber at Door #3)(remixed trip cue by Edd Kalehoff). Board:

5386
  
He Flops without needing much help from the audience to win the trip!

Getting into place fifth's Morningstar Shoaf-Gomez (& she's already lost her nametag) & the FUEGO Element 01's the second IUFB on the day (Manuela behind splitting sign)("How We Do" by Rita Ora).

Maria: $650/Dennis: $520/Melanie: BUCK/MORNINGSTAR: $615

Maria's over by a dollar, so Morningstar from Long Beach, CA (originally from Louisiana; she just had a baby two months ago) plays Temptation for the RAM 1500 (Std., PEG, Bedliner)(Amber at Door #2)(IUFB/truck cue); her birthday's on a Friday.

1. $3,434 cashbox (Rachel; she has her nametag)
SECOND DIGIT PICK: 4

2. XM Satellite Radio (Manuela)('94 Trip Cue by Edd for this gift only)($776)
THIRD DIGIT PICK: 7

3. Panasonic 32" HDTV (Rachel)($499)
FOURTH DIGIT PICK: 9

4. Three Michael Kors rose gold-plated watches (Manuela)($595)
LAST DIGIT PICK: 5

BAILOUT (ARP: $23,695)

Green player #3's Travis Johnson & the third one-bid gift's woodworking tools (Amber behind rising sign)("Everybody Talks" by Neon Trees).

Maria: $1,300/Dennis: $1,350/Melanie: $1,351/TRAVIS: $250

Travis lucks out, because the price was $1,212. Thus, he completes the first half green podium sweep & plays Secret X for a bedroom w/ an iPad 3G worth $8,145 (Rachel at Door #3)("Give Your Heart a Break" by Demi Lovato for that, "Titanium" by David Guetta featuring Sia for the SPs). This Travis starts out w/ the top-left square.

SPs (Manuela):
Bissell upright vacuum ($200 or $300): $300- YES
Burberry pouch ($79 or $95): $95- YES

He completed the top row for his second X & all he needs is to avoid being bitten by Rock Bottom to complete a semi-perfect first half...

(XX)(XX)(XX)
(--)(--)(--)
(--)(--)(XX)

...yup!

SHOWCASE SHOWDOWN #1:
Morningstar ($5,953): 40 + Half-Dollar = $.90
Jason ($6,216): 80 + 95 = OVER
Travis ($9,752): 40 + 30 = $.70

Next to plug the green in's Lorraine Frank & we have fourth for the qualifying part of the game's a "Price Look of the Week"- a silk dress from Diane von Furstenberg that also includes a pair of Valentino pumps (Rachel)("Eyes Open" by Taylor Swift).

Maria: $350 (STAGE GARF)/Dennis: $720/Melanie: $751/LORRAINE: $625 

Melanie from Sun City, CA wins the $2,490 stuff by default & then makes NO Switch? ("Turn Me On" by David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj) to also get a $4,195 Elmira Stove Works white fridge (Manuela) & a $3,198 Electrolux washer/dryer (Amber)!

The next fellow coming on down's Megan Schafer from the front row & here's a Butterfly ping-pong package (Amber & Manuela at Door #3)("Young Homie" by Chris Rene).

Maria: $400 (SG #2)/Dennis: $551/MEGAN: $550/Lorraine: $475

ARP: $635

Good news for Maria, as she'll get to bid last in the final PUFB. But the potentially better news for Dennis from St. Joseph, MO is that he could win the Chrysler 200 &/or up to $10K in Gas Money (Rachel)(new car cue): Board:

$21,479/$17,555/$18,388/$22,750/$19,745 
  
1. $17,555: $1K
2. $18,388: TRIPLE
3. $22,750 (because of his daughter): $4K ($7K)- BAILOUT #2
FINAL PICK: $19,745- CHRYSLER

Jason Boyd's the last Contestant's Row entrant & the final Thursday IUFB's a Barefoot Dreams robes/blankets package (Amber & Manuela at Door #5)("Sexy and I Know It" by LMFAO).

Maria: $550/JASON: $757/Megan: $800/Lorraine: $490

ARP: $669- Maria got it!

She then plays Hi-Lo for groceries & The Maids service for a year totaling $10,120 (Manuela at Door #3)("Fortune Hunter" by Edd). On the counter ("Set Fire to the Rain" by Adele) are Hostess Chocolate Cupcakes, a four-pack of Duracell Ultra Advanced AA batteries, a 10-count box of Aunt Jemima Buttermilk Waffles, an eight-ounce tub of Kraft Cool Whip, Durkee Crushed Oregano & an eight-pack of Crystal Light Natural Lemonade Mix.

1. Batteries: $4.99
2. Oregano: $4.79
3. Lemonade M.: $3.89

Cupcakes: $1.49
Waffles: $2.19
C.W.: $2.29 (revealed second)- WIN!

SCSD #2:
Travis ($7,635): NICKEL + BUCK = OUCH
Melanie ($9,883): 20 + 85 = SAME RESULT
Maria ($10,789): WINS BY DEFAULT W/ $.15

ITALIAN SHOWCASE:
In front of CR- Two pairs of Prada headphones & iPod Touches (Amber)
Door #4- cheapoair.com trip to Milan
Door #3- FIAT 500 Gucci (Std., Nav., Tire)(Manuela)

MARIA BIDS 27 LARGE ON ITALIAN SHOWCASE

MY BID FOR ITALIAN SHOWCASE: $27,122

MORNINGSTAR'S PICNIC SHOWCASE:
Door #1- Pair of nirve beach cruisers & trip to Cape Town, South Africa (Manuela; '94 Trip Cue by Edd for latter prize only)
Door #2- Catalina Capri 23 sailboat (Rachel)(classic sailboat cue)

MORNINGSTAR BIDS 32 GRAND ON TRIP/BOAT SHOWCASE

MY BID FOR TRIP/BOAT SHOWCASE: $27,777

Showcase ARPs:
Maria: $31,434 (Difference: $4,434)
Morningstar: $38,715 (Diff.: $6,715)

  
Maria wins a total of $42,223 in merchandise.

TODAY'S PG RECORD: 4-0-2
TOTAL WINNINGS: $81,662

WoF:

$1K T-U
: Phrase


C _ E C K / _ H E

M _ P

A few letters in, I thought it was CHECK THE BOX; instead, Melissa is right to CHECK THE MAP instead. Tonight, they're playing:

Melissa Ter Meer
(Hemet, CA)- A stay-at-home mom w/ two kids & her husband Dave's in the Coast Guard

Patreia Jones (Stone Mountain, GA)- An animal records supervisor at Emory University who was a former member of the Army married to Kelly & she's lost 106 pounds
Bob Spagnolo (Eugene, OR)- A lumber broker married to Dayl w/ five grandsons

$2K T-U
: What Are You Doing?


B R _ A K _ N _ / _ _ T O

S _ _ G

Patreia solves BREAKING INTO SONG.

Thursday's GA: g adventure to Costa Rica ($6,200)


Centrum Jackpot Round: Food & Drink


Starting Patreia off are two $500 S's because of the Jackpot, four A's (three of which are in the last word), a $900 R & seven E's, then she ends up Bankrupting next to the Wild Card to lose the remaining $1,400. Second, Bob inserts a $300 C, two H's for the Sierra Trading Post gift certificate & a $500 Jackpot T (but he can't solve for the $7,200 that's in it), but he then loses his turn w/ an I buy. After Melissa Free PLAYS the remaining good vowel of O, she spins the other normal Bankrupt. Patreia then calls for a couple of M's for $1K...

H O M E M A _ E

T H R E E - C H E E S E

_ A S A _ _ A

...& smells some HOMEMADE THREE-CHEESE LASAGNA to add that C-note to the two she has already.

SOLE DUD:
I (Bob)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (women)
FINAL UNWON JACKPOT AMOUNT: $8,200

Current Scores:


Patreia: $3K/Bob: $0/Melissa: $1K


Mystery Round
: Event (giant puzzle alert)


Bob goes first & has gotten that green 1/2 KIA right out of the chute w/ four $500 T's, then following five I's, a $800 G & three O's are five $1K T's while on the Mystery Wedge in between FP & Lose a Turn (had he flipped, he would've gone Bankrupt). Next are triple E's & the twin A's to clean the vowels out, an $1,800 H trio but the Bankrupt next to the WC blows up in his face to cost him his plate & $8,600. While second in line, Melissa calls two D's while on top dollar & a $900 R...

_ I T T I N G / D O _ N

T O / D I N N E R

_ I T H / T H E

_ H O _ E / _ A _ I _ _

...& while we're SITTING DOWN TO DINNER WITH THE WHOLE FAMILY, we see her keep control & get in the lead w/ the $7,900 solve.

SOLE BANKRUPT:
Bob

Current Scores:


Patreia: $3K/Bob: ZIPPO/Melissa: $8,900


Prize Puzzle Round
: Things


She's the last player tonight to hit the Bankrupt next to the WC, her second of the night; Patreia secondly gets the same fate right after that. Bob next finds a $600 N in the first of two words, an I to the left of it, the G to the right of it for the WC, a $500 R for the other 1/2 KIA & everything else in the round's vowel department (four A's & an E). Following those are a T & two L's for another $500 each, an $1,800 couple of S's, a $300 F, a $900 W & the leftover D & two C's to add $500 a pop...

C A S C A D I N G

W A T E R F A L L S

...& now w/ the sound of CASCADING WATERFALLS, he's splashed right into first place w/ $6,350 & a Hotwire.com vacation to the Marriott Kauai Resort w/ a $5,530 price tag.

BANKRUPTS:
2 (ladies)
 
TONIGHT'S SPIN ID: AC5925606 (Anita C.)


Current Scores:


Patreia: $3K/Bob: $11,880 in cash & Hawaii WC/Melissa: $8,900


$3K T-U
: Occupation


_ _ E M _ S T R Y

_ _ A C _ E R

Melissa's back in front by a $20 bull at $11,900 because of a CHEMISTRY TEACHER.

Last Chance Round: Fun & Games

$1.5K
per consonant; anyone can still come out on top. After those double D's appear...

G R _ _ N D / R _ L _

D _ _ _ L _

...Bob hits a $4.5K GROUND RULE DOUBLE for the win; Melissa left $6K in her bank.

SOLE DUD: T (Patreia)

Final Scores:

Patreia: $3K/Bob: $16,380 in cash & HI WC/Melissa: $11,900
GT: $30,280

TONIGHT'S BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding cardboard): $10K

Maxwell House Regular BR #175: His big spin stops on the E in AMERICA'S.

Theme: Event

From the get-go are:

_ _ _ _ E N

_ _ _ _ _ E

DHMIP result in...
  
M _ I D E N

_ _ _ _ _ E

... Bob's MAIDEN VOYAGE concluding w/ a $40K win! That's a GT of $56,380 in cash & trip & the Rebuilding Together bank's up to $32.5K!

J!:

John Baker (Dixon, IL)- Home inspector
Scotti Whitmire (Knoxville, TN)- Systems administrator
CHAMPION: Richard Block (whose two-day cash winnings total $17,601)

First on the Board:
THE GILDED AGE
"MIS"QUOTES
FAST CARS (first, third & last clues have pictures)
CITY BY POPULATION
TV SHOW HAIKU
SHEEP (Clue Crew clues from the Tobruk Sheep Station in Australia)

Richard's in Lock Game Territory at halftime w/ $4K, leaving John w/ $1,200 & Scotti w/ $800. W/ three clues to go (including the last two on Sheep), John nabs the Daily Double to close out The Gilded Age & he's in first place w/ $4,800; Richard's not too far behind him w/ $3,600 & the same goes for Scotti, as she's sitting on $2,800. John tries to retain his lead w/ another $1,800 because of this clue:

Gilded Age advocates of the theory called "Social" this-ism applauded the "Survival of the Fittest".

"What is Darwinism?"...that's $6,600 & we don't get to the $1K Sheep answer before time runs out.

SOLE ATTEMPTED TS: $400 (Sheep)
UNATTEMPTED LACH TRASH: $1,600
TOTAL LACH TRASH: $2K

Double J! Topics:
THE GILDED AGED
SINGERS PORTRAYED ON FILM
DISCOVERING JAPAN
WHERE'D YA GET THAT TITLE?
RHYME CLUB
LANGUAGE LAB

Scotti could have more than a $2K opportunity at the end of Where'd Ya Get That Title, because a DD just came her way w/ $4,400; John has a $3K lead over her & Richard's down to two thou. She settles for the face value of this bit:

Lorraine Hansberry's title A Raisin in the Sun comes from a line in this poem "Harlem" by this man.

"Who is Dunbar?" is definitely incorrect; the author was Langston Hughes & she's gone back to $2,400, which also means John's in LGT. A little later, Richard goes DD Hunting starting w/ the $800 Discovering Japan screen...& three clues later at the $1,600 clue, he's got it at the $2,800 mark; he trails Scotti by $800 & leader John by $1,800. The champ risks $1,200:

Though he didn't make it all the way to "Cipango", he reported it had "...gold in the greatest abundance".

He doesn't remember Marco Polo. And there's not enough time for all this:

The Gilded Aged: $1,600
Discovering Japan: $2K
Rhyme Club: ALL

SOLE ATTEMPTED TS: $1,600 (Language Lab)
UNATTEMPTED LACH TRASH: $4,400
TOTAL DJ! LACH TRASH: $6K

Scores After DJ!:
Richard: $7,600
Scotti: $4,800
John: $5,800

CORYAT SCORES:
Richard: $8,800
Scotti: $6,800

John: $5K

FINAL J! SUBJECT: Airline History.

Clipper Goodwill, a Boeing 727, took this airline's last passengers from Barbados to Miami December 4, 1991.

Scotti Whitmire's last response this game was "What is Pan A" after originally going w/ Eastern...no good & that takes away $2,801 to stop the lady at $1,999; her suggested betting range in this 3/4 betting situation was $1,001-$1,200. John Baker completes the query of "What is Pan Am"...which is indeed right to win the title w/ $11,300. Richard Block, who responded w/ Caribbean Air, goes home w/ $19,601.

Episode ratings:
7: "The Price is Right" & "Wheel of Fortune"
6: "Jeopardy!"

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

"Around the World in 80 Plates" 5/30

Exceptional Ingredient Challenge #4: Three teams of three are competing for a chance to split $15K in Marrakech, Morocco:

1. Find the Ben Boubker Spice shop within The Medina.
2. Find & purchase the nine spices found in the Ras el Hanout spice blend.
3. After getting to the el Waha Restaurant, fill all the given teacups using the proper technique.

RT: Liz, Nicole & Jenna
WT: Gary, Chaz & Nick
BT: Alex, Avery & John

WINNERS- BT
EI #4: Ahmed (local guide)

THE TAKEOVER #4: The three-course menus at Dar Moha must include a Morocco tagine.

BT
:

Nookie: Beef & vegetable tagine
John: Saffron-stewed white beans
Avery & John: Trio of Moroccan salads

WT
:

Nick: Chicken tagine w/ green olives & preserved lemons
Chaz: Couscous w/ roasted vegetables
Gary: Chickpea, carrot & tomato salad

RT:
Jenna: Lamb tegine w/ garden veggies
Liz: Saffron couscous w/ onions, veggies & Harissa
Nicole: Rice pudding w/ orange flower water

MVC- Liz
ELIMINATED- Chaz (Liz chose to eliminate him because he & Avery each got three votes)

"America's Best Dance Crew" 5/30

Superstar of the Week: LMFAO (RedFoo also hands out the challenges, w/ Quest Crew handling the choreography)

Group Song: "Live My Life" by Far East Movement, also featuring Justin Bieber
1. Mos Wanted: "Sexy and I Know It" (create a "catwalk" w/ wiggle-inspired runway modeling)
2. Elektrolytes: "Champagne Showers" feat. Natalia Killis (transform into a giant robot)
3. Rated Next Generation: "Sorry for Party Rocking" (re-create 15-second breakdown)
4. 8 Flavahz: "Party Rock Anthem" feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock (do a blow-up of the two-Step & the Spongebob)- OUT

"Total Blackout"- (FIRST SEASON) FINALE

Contestants:
Blaiz (Cove, OR): 18-year-old student
Shereese Vado (36)(Portsmouth, VA): A full-time Psychology student going for her Doctor's
Chuck (32)(Van Nuys, CA): An audio technician who has a brother named Rich
Julian (28)(Oklahoma City)

R1: Each player has up to 15 attempts to successfully jump over a rotating electronic stick to avoid getting hit in the legs, w/ every jump occurring at the 10-second mark. Whoever fails the most times is out.

Failures:
Blaiz- THREE
Shereese- MAX OUT
Chuck- EXACTA
Julian- THREE

R2: Five minutes are given to ID three different things, each in a tank of dark water.
A: Crawfish, eels & doll heads

(Note: During Julian's round w/ the crawfish, I heard a higher-pitched bleep than normal every time he cursed.)
  
SECOND ELIMINATED- Julian (one; everyone else ran the table)

FINAL $5K CHALLENGE: The four small tanks are brought out for the final time this season & once again, five minutes are on the clock.
A: Tarantula (spider's acceptable), feather duster, lizard & human hand

LAST $5K WINNER- Chuck

"AMERICA'S NEXT top model: British Invasion"- FINALE

CoverGirl Challenge: This is for their Blast Lipstick. They're shooting their print ads on this episode, but they don't realize footage for their commercials has already been filmed during the course of this cycle.
Photographer: Jez Smith

IMPORTANT NOTE: Laura suffered a panic attack in the middle of that challenge & had to be hospitalized.

FINAL RUNWAY SHOW COURTESY OF FOREVER 21: The MGM Macau hosts the program's first-ever holographic RS.

Has Laura's unfortunate incident just cost her the title to Sophie?...








































































































































...YES IT DID.

5/30/2012 Results

TPiR: Since Mike became the executive producer of the program back in 2009, Monday's ending was the first time I've ever seen a Showcase car behind one door get replaced by an automobile won in a Pricing Game the same day. Also, that day's Pick-a-Number continued the recent tradition of having Chevrolet cars won by PG winners in non-car games who went on to win the Showcase, w/ Grocery Game being the exception during that period (a Mercury Milan was won back in '08, then a Toyota Tacoma a few weeks ago).

Today, Contestant's Row gets filled out by Alexander Aiello, Kyeshia Hughes, Michael Brannin & Frances Frizelle & coming down the ceiling first's the pair of Archos tablets (IUFB/truck cue).

Alexander: $849/Kyeshia: $1,300/Michael: $1K/Frances: $750

Those $800 electronics belong to Frances (a dental hygienist from Seattle) & now she plays 1/2 Off (Rachel on the left, Amber on the right).

SPs ("Domino" by Jessie J):
1. Pitcher ($20) & condiment set ($18)
2. Cake pop maker ($20) & passport cover ($8)
3. Toaster oven ($25) & iron ($20)

Believe it or not...she only gets the $40 pitcher right, so the cover was $16 (& she just gave a ZONK ANSWER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE) & that was a $50 oven.

BOXES LEFT: #2, #3, #6, #7, #9, #12, #13 & #16

Frances lets Rachel take it easy by bringing #16...but she completely misses it (so the big bucks were in #2).

The fifth calldown's Tenise Juge & the second one-bid's going to be about a three-night trip to the MacArthur Palace courtesy of the Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau (Door #6)(new piano cue).

Alexander: $1,700/Kyeshia: $2K/Michael: $1,801/TENISE: $1,800 (& Drew does his occasional mimicking of a player's voice)

Kyeshia has the $4,034 getaway almost by default & will play Coming or Going for this non-trip prize package, an Avanti gym w/ a one-year Gold's Gym membership (Manuela at Door #3)(saxy multi-prize cue).

Guess: $6,547
ARP: $6,547- WIN!

After George says Jason Redondo's name, Rachel comes out wearing two pairs of Gucci sunglasses for the third IUFB ("Love You Betta" by Neon Hitch).

Alexander: BUCK/JASON: $800/Michael: $900/Tenise: $1,100

ARP: $560

Alexander plays Let 'Em Roll for June's "Price" Retro Car of the Month, a black/red '55 Buick Century Coupe (includes a V8 engine, AT, power brakes & power steering) valued at $22.5K (Amber at Door #3)(new party theme).

Groceries (Manuela)(Edd Kalehoff piano grocery cue):
Big container of Gold Bond Body Powder: $7.84
Hidden Valley Ranch: $3.79
Box of Splenda: $2.69

FINAL RESULT- WIN ON THE LAST ROLL! (he got four cars on the first roll right away & the other cube came up $1.5K both times)

SHOWCASE SHOWDOWN #1:
Frances ($858): $.95
Kyeshia ($10,581): $.95
Alexander ($23,060): 80 + 45 = OVER BY A QUARTER

FEMALE SPIN-OFF:
Frances: $.20
Kyeshia (next spin of $.90 was a DUD): $.85

Red player #2's Wisconsin grandma Nancy Seidl & the fourth PUFB's an XBOX 360 package (Amber in the clam)("Party Rock Anthem" by LMFAO feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock).

NANCY: $750/Jason: $515/Michael: $675/Tenise: BUCK

ARP: $1,035

Nancy plays Take Two ("Fortune Hunter" by Edd) w/ a $3,293 target for a GE washer/dryer (Rachel), the Panasonic 46" HDTV (Rachel & Manuela), a contemporary Steve Silver dining set (Manuela & Amber) & Marti accessories (bag & wedge sandals). 

1. TV ($899) + dinette ($1,225) = $2,124
OTHER PICKS: Dinette ($1,225) + W/D ($2,068) = WIN! (Accessories: $2,845)

Plugging in the red next's Lisa Brink & they next are required to bid on the outdoor soccer & shuffleboard tables (Manuela & Rachel at Door #3)("Everybody Talks" by Neon Trees).

LISA: $600/Jason: $700/Michael: $750/Tenise: $751

Tenise wins those $1,160 tables & plays Side By Side for a Portugal vacation (Amber at Door #2)("Good Feeling" by Flo Rida). Blocks:

99
80
  
$8,099's wrong- if only that same-priced Ski-Doo had been there instead...

Last to get out of the Peanut Gallery's Roland Moss III & Michael gets the last-bid advantage on the final GUFB of the day, a pair of AKG headphones w/ the 160 GB iPod (Amber & Manuela)("How We Do" by Rita Ora).

Lisa: $700/Jason: $701/Michael: $550/ROLAND: $1,498

ARP: $1,047

GETTING THE CLUBHOUSE BOOT- Michael

The good news is that Jason from Carson, CA won't have to spin The Big Wheel second after this event- him playing One Away (Manuela) for a 2012 Ford Fiesta SE HB (Std., AT, Prot, Lighting/Radio)(Rachel at Door #3)("Stronger" by Kelly Clarkson). Board:

$ 2 7 , 5 3 2 

First Guess:

$ 1 6 , 4 2 3

FOUR RIGHT

Does he change the 6 to win that $18,423 Fiesta, shafting the majority the audience in the process...YEAH!

SCSD #2:
Tenise ($1,160): 15 + 35 = Half-Dollar
Nancy ($8,072): 40 + 65 = OVER BY A NICKEL
Jason ($19,470): 15 + 40 = WINS BY A NICKEL

ELECTRIFIED SHOWCASE:
Door #1- Electric scooter (Rachel)
Right of that door- Two tickets to Disneyland Tokyo & a six-night stay at the Hotel Niwa Tokyo (Amber)("Rumour Has It" by Adele for first two prizes)
Door #3- ElectraCraft party boat (Manuela)(Edd P.B. cue)

KYESHIA BIDS 30 GRAND ON TRIP/BOAT SHOWCASE

MY BID FOR TRIP/BOAT SHOWCASE: $32,222

JASON'S SHOWCASE:
In front of CR- DELL desktop (Amber)("Glad You Came" by The Wanted)
Door #4- Four-night stay at the Luxor Las Vegas (w/ the appropriate themed music)
Door #2- '12 Jeep Compass (Rachel)(Michael Karp's truck/convertible cue)($20,175)

JASON BIDS 31 GRAND ON TRIP/CAR SHOWCASE- STAGE WILLY

MY BID FOR TRIP/CAR SHOWCASE: $25,275

Showcase ARPs:
Jason: $25,755
Kyeshia: $36,813

Kyeshia's winnings accumulate to $47,394.

TODAY'S PG RECORD: 4-2
TOTAL WINNINGS: $100,014


Video Bonus: Wednesday "Price" Highlights

WoF:

$1K T-U: Phrase

A T / A / M O M _ _ _ ' S

_ _ _ I _ E

AT A MOMENT'S NOTICE, Nora makes the one grand solve. Now, going down the line are these players:

Nora Stetson (L.A.)- A 3rd Grade teacher at Clover Avenue Elementary who's married w/ two Children (Andrew & Ryan) & shops online
Tawana Johnson (Snellville, GA; originally from Willacoochee)- Married to John w/ one son; owns two dogs named Tiny (Matiff) & Epic (Welsh Corgi)
Eric Schurley (Vegas)- A 5th Grade teacher at Rose Warren Elementary married to Melissa w/ one son

$2K T-U: Rhyme Time

_ _ / _ _ E R _

O _ / _ E / S _ _ A R E

Eric solves "BE THERE OR BE SQUARE" (which was a slogan for "Spongebob Squarepants", I believe).

Wednesday's GA: g adventure to Peru ($8,886)

Centrum Jackpot Round: TV Title (pretty big puzzle alert)

He starts w/ the $500 N at the end of the board, four E's, the same number of T's to add $2K to his current $250 & two O's, then he has caught a $7.5K trio of H's, a $5K S pairing but then the Bankrupt next to top dollar to clean him out of $14.5K; ouch. Second, Nora calls the two L's for $1K, buys the three A's, gets two $600 W's & then rounds out the vowels before she calls in a couple of top dollar R's & we have...

T H E / L A T E

L A T E / S H O W

W I T H / _ R A I _

_ E R _ U S O N

...the last time this puzzle was used, I had two laughing fits while watching that episode (because of the missolves); she IDs "THE LATE LATE SHOW" WITH CRAIG FERGUSON for $6,450 more & gets to begin the next puzzle.

SOLE BANKRUPT: Eric
LEFT BEHIND IN JACKPOT: $14,600

Current Scores:

Nora: $7,450/Tawana: $0/Eric: $2K

Mystery Round: Before & After

She begins this solution w/ a $550 R, six E's & a Free PLAY use of two A's, then next are a $3.5K Y, two O's to clean the vowels out, a $300 N at the end of the first line, triple the T's for the green 1/2 KIA and 1.5K more bucks, trip H's to throw in $2,700 & twin M's for the Peru holiday. At this time...

M O R E / T H A N

M E E T _ / T H E

E Y E

_ H A _ O _

...there's MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE SHADOW to win her a total this round of $16,936 in cash & travel.

PERFECT ROUND

Current Scores:

Nora: $24,386 in cash & trip (1/2 KIA)/Tawana: NIL/Eric: $2K

Prize Puzzle Round: Song Lyrics

Tawana lights up seven T's that are good for $3.5K, an I & couples of A's & O's, followed by a $1.5K S set, the leftover vowels (quad E's & a U singleton), the $300 H, a B for the Million Dollar Wedge, dos $550 Y's & tres $400 Y's. The board now...

S O / Y O U

B E T T E R / _ E T

T H I S / _ A R T Y

S T A R T E _

...she exactly says from P!nk "SO YOU BETTER GET THIS PARTY STARTED" for $6,350, which she might use as spending money for her $6,900 Hotwire.com trip to the Almond Beach Village.

PERFECT ROUND #2

TONIGHT'S SPIN ID: CW6085881 (Christy W.)

Current Scores:

Nora: $24,386 in cash & Peru/Tawana: $13,250 in cash & Barbados MDW/Eric: $2K

WHEEL Deals! Wednesday Offer of the Week: Pay $1 to get $25 worth of merchandise from tgw.com

$3K T-U: Thing

_ _ L L

C _ _ L _ C T _ O N

Nora guesses DOLL COLLECTION...right to go to $27K+.

R4: On the Map

She gets going by filling in a $600 pair of S's, an E, three A's & tres R's to add $2,400 to her mix before we go to Last Chance Mode...

_ A R R _ S _ _ R _

_ E _ _ S _ _ _ A _ _ A

...the leftovers in terms of consonants are worth $1,600 each. Next are those N's...

_ A R R _ S _ _ R _

_ E N N S _ _ _ A N _ A

...& she nails HARRISBURG, PENNSYLVANIA to ice her cake w/ 7,300 more dollars.

PERFECT ROUND #3

Final Scores:

Nora: $34,686 in cash & voyage/Tawana: $13,250 in cash & vacation/Eric: $2K
GT: $49,936

TONIGHT'S BANKRUPT TRASH: $14.5K

Maxwell House Regular BR #174: Nora has to take the triple-star at the last split-second.

Category: Thing

Reveal the tournament:

_ _ L _ _

_ E _ T _ E R

CDMA gives her a fighting chance at this...

_ A L M _

_ E A T _ E R

...but all she says is an incorrect second word of FEATHER. The CALMY WEATHER proves to be too much for her here, but all she lost was the $30K, so she leaves w/ $4,686 more than that in cash & travel.

(Also tonight: There was a Final J! Triple Stumper for the second straight night, but Richard Block remains champion w/ a two-day total of $17,601.)

Episode ratings:
8: "The Price is Right"
7: "Wheel of Fortune"
6: "Jeopardy!"

More post-"Idol" notes

Phillip Phillips is giving the new Ford car of his choice to his parents. And it appears that Jessica Sanchez will do the same, because she said on "LIVE! With Kelly" yesterday that she can't drive.

Various sources contributed to this report.

BREAKING NEWS: Jim Paratore dead

Jim Paratore, a long-time worker for Telepictures & Warner Bros. who was an executive producer of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" & brought "Street Smarts" to life, DIED YESTERDAY OF A HEART ATTACK while he was cycling in France at 58. 

Paratore had just created a new syndicated GS for Scripps stations titled "Let's Ask America" (where contestants will compete while linked digitally into the studio), which is said to replace "Jeopardy!" & "Wheel of Fortune" on those stations.

Various sources contributed to this report.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

"America's Got Talent" 5/29

St. Louis:

NOTABLES IN:
Isaac Brown (six-year-old student): Dancer/singer
Spencer Horsman: Escape artist
Jake Wesley Rogers: Guitarist/singer

NOTABLES OUT:
Tom Bottom: Puppeteer (he even had the three judges as puppet stick figures at the start)
Lin Doak (Colonial Heights, VA): "Little Ozzy"

5/29/2012 Results

WoF:

$1K T-U: Phrase

_ E _ / O _ T

O _ / _ O W _

Remove the first word & you'll get the last bonus puzzle solution from the Bob Goen daytime era on NBC; Laarni rightly says "GET OUT OF TOWN". The first two of tonight's newbies have interesting last names:

Laarni San Juan (S.F.)- A public health nurse married to Oscar w/ a nine-year-old daughter named Sidney; she's a volunteer for the Filipino community
Brian Georgia (Hempstead, NY)- An 8th Grade English & Drama teacher at I.S. 25 in Flushing Queens who's written his first book
Lauren Amrhein (Washington, D.C.)- A 2nd Grade teacher w/ Stacy who's studied abroad at The College of William & Mary in order to go to Cadiz, Spain

$2K T-U: Food & Drink

_ _ E _ M / _ _

_ _ _ _ T O / _ O U P

Brian nails CREAM OF TOMATO SOUP.

Tuesday's GA: Greek yacht cruise from g adventures ($8,856)
Tuesday/Thursday Gift Tag: Sierra Trading Post

Centrum Jackpot Round: Fun & Games

He Bankrupts next to top dollar right away. Secondly, Lauren wastes a turn on the right side of the Million Dollar Wedge. Third, Laarni calls three R's (one in each of the three words) for the gift certificate, Free PLAYS an E, calls up four S's for $1,200 & buys an I down at the bottom, then we see...

R _ _ _

_ _ _ E R

S _ I S S _ R S

...the title of one of the many current deals on "Let's Make a Deal", ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS, to earn her another $1,950 in cash & gift tag.

BANKRUPTS: 2  (Brian & Lauren)
LEFT BEHIND IN JACKPOT: $5,800

Current Scores:

Laarni: $2,950 in cash & tag/Brian: $2K/Lauren: $0

Mystery Round: Same Name

Lauren first rings up a $550 N, four A's & a $500 D for the blue 1/2 KIA, then she FPs an E and buys an I before lighting three R's to add $2,400 & buying out the remaining vowels (an O & two U's). But she then duds out w/ P while on $3.5K. Laarni has the same fate on the Mystery Wedge next to the MDW by saying S, after which Brian lands on it as well & calls two L's prior to flipping it over at a cost of $2K...it's his second Bankrupt of the night. Returning to Lauren, she's spotted triple T's for $1.5K extra & an $1,800 set of C's before trying to come up w/ the solution...

R A C _ U E T _ A L L

A N D / T R A _ _ I C

C O U R T

...& it is indeed RACQUETBALL AND TRAFFIC COURT to get on the board in first place w/ $5,750.

DUDS: $3.5K P (Lauren), S (Laarni)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Brian

Current Scores:

Laarni: $2,950 in cash & tag/Brian: $2K/Lauren: $5,750 (1/2 KIA)

Prize Puzzle Round: What Are You Doing? (big puzzle alert)

Laarni leads the way by saying four N's & a G for $300 each, then she finds a $10.5K R triplet, three I's, double A's, an O, a $1,200 T quartet & the other stuff the vowel department has to offer (quad E's & a single U), followed by Lose a Turn. Brian secondly claims the other 1/2 KIA w/ a $500 C, then heading his alley are two $300 H's, a $500 F, a $300 Q & a $3.5K L. At this moment, the board...

L I _ T E N I N G / T O

_ A _ _ / I N / T H E

F R E N C H

Q U A R T E R

...he's got an additional $5,400 & will be LISTENING TO JAZZ IN THE FRENCH QUARTER on the $5.5K retreat to the Loews New Orleans Hotel.

SOLE LaT: Laarni

TONIGHT'S SPIN ID: DS05049 (Dennis S.)

Current Scores:

Laarni: $2,950 in cash & card/Brian: $12,900 in cash & trip/Lauren: $5,750

$3K T-U: Show Biz

_ E _ L _ _ Y

T _ L E _ _ _ _ O N

Brian's watched enough REALITY TELEVISION to make the solve for a new haul of $15,900.

R4: Places

The audience doesn't applaud when he hits $5K right out of the box, but N stands for negative in this case anyway. Lauren has the same fate by calling for a T. Third in line, Laarni calls a $500 S at the end of both the first & third (last) words & a $350 R, buys an O pair & digs up a $1K L couple before the Speed-Up Bell sounds...

_ _ _ L _ S / O_

_ L O _ _ R S

...& the Final Spin's valued at $1,900. Next are the F's for her...

F _ _ L _ S / O F

F L O _ _ R S

...& they're enough to get her through these FIELDS OF FLOWERS for a $7,800 payoff.

DUDS (both before final bell): $5K N (Brian), $550 T (Lauren)

Final Scores:

Laarni: $10,750 in cash & tag/Brian: $15,900 in cash & vacation/Lauren: $5,750
GT: $32,400
  
TONIGHT'S BANKRUPT TRASH: $2K

Maxwell House Regular BR #173: Brian hopes Lady Luck's on his side (his brother Eric's watching from the audience), at least from the N in WIN.

Topic: Thing

Here's all Vanna can give us from the RSTLNE:

T _ _ - _ _ R T

_ _ N _ L E

BDGI doesn't add too much...

T _ _ - _ _ R T

_ I N _ L E

...& he needed at least the A's to have remembered that shows like "American Idol" & "Dancing with the Stars" have a TWO-PART FINALE (he got as close as TWO-PART SINGLE). The $30K isn't won this time, so he heads out w/ $15,900 in cash & N.O.

TPiRecap

J!: No matter what happens, Joel Pool's at least second in the Tournament of Champions Standings behind Jason Keller. Trying to stop him in this game are:

Daphne Moulton (Lakeville, MA)- Finance administrator
Richard Block (Diamond Bar, CA)- Author/writer

In the Offering To Begin:
ANNUAL EVENTS
PSYCHOLOGY
READINGS FROM 1984
ORG. ABBREV.
COMIC BOOKS
"OW"! "OOF"! "ACK"! (the $200 clue's about "vowels" from "Wheel"!)

Shortly after Joel's INSTANT SWEEP of Comic Books, Daphne picks off the Daily Double under the $600 Org. Abbrev; besides Joel's $3K, Richard has $200. Daphne tries to double her $400 w/ this clue:

"Fighting for air (medically": ALA

"What is the American Legal Association?"...second word's incorrect- it was the American Lung Assoc. She finishes this half of the J! Round w/ $600, while Joel slightly leads Richard $2,800-$2,400. We run out of time on each of the last two clues for Annual Events & Readings From '84.

ATTEMPTED LACH TRASH: $1,600
SOLE UNATTEMPTED TS: $1K (Org. Abbrev.)
TOTAL LACH TRASH: $2,600

Scores After J! Round:
Joel: $2,800

Richard: $4,600
Daphne: $800


Double J! Categories:
KNIGHT WEAR
13-LETTER WORDS
RUBBER
CABLE DRAMAS
VIRTUOSI
AMERICAN GOVERNMENT

Joel gets a DD to pop up for him underneath the $1,600 answer about Rubber w/ $5,600; Daphne has half his score & Richard's still in first at $8,200. The champ risks its face value.

In 1853, this American wrote about his vulcanization discovery in "gum elastic and its varieties".

"Who is (Charles) Goodyear?"...that was him to bump him up to $7,200, but he then gives $2K right back to an incorrect response on the last clue there. Not enough time for either of the last two Knight Wear clues or the $2K one regarding Virtuosi, so one of those three has this evening's last DD hidden from view.

ATTEMPTED LACH TRASH: $4K (Rubber- $800, $1,200 & $2K)
UNATTEMPTED LACH TRASH: $2K
TOTAL DJ! LACH TRASH: $6K

Totals After DJ!:
Joel: $3,200- GAME OVER
Richard: $13,800
Daphne: $6K

CORYAT SCORES:
Joel: $3,200
Richard: $13,800
Daphne: $6,400

FINAL J! SUBJECT: Classic Mystery Novels.
  
A letter in this mystery says "We are going...to Luxor and Assuan by steamer, and perhaps on to Khartoum".

Everyone wrote "What is Murder on the Orient Express?"...no, it was Death on the Nile. Bets:

Joel: BUSTED (he leaves regular competition w/ $117,800)
Daphne: $4K = $2K
Richard: $1,799 = $12,001

HHS: These stars are out this week:

Fat Joe
Miss Info
DJ Khaled
Maino
Bam Margera
Ralphie May
Ghostface Killah
Donnell Rawlings
CENTER SQUARE: JB Smoove

So, here's the board:

(FJ)(MI)(DJ)
(MA)(JB)(BM)
(RM)(GK)(DR)

Contestants:
X: Justin- Impressionist (he does a "Family Guy" one for example)
O: Joya (Brooklyn)

G1:
1. Justin: JB- What does the R in R. Kelly stand for?
Response: Real
A/D: DISAGREE- ROBERT (X)
2. Joya: Miss Info- There's a cox behind you & he's yelling "Stroke, stroke, stroke" at you; what sport are you playing?
Response: Synchronized swimming
A/D: DISAGREE- ROWING (O)
3. Justin: Maimo- Your buddy tells you he totally murdered out his ride. According to the Urban Dictionary, what did he do?
Response: He totaled his car
A/D: AGREE- MADE THE EXTERIOR ALL BLACK (O)
4. Joya: Fat Joe- What, on average, has 336 dimples?
Response: Golf ball
A/D (to create two possibilities to win this game): AGREE (O)
5. Justin: Ralphie (for a vertical block)- From a recent survey, have most pre-teen kids sworn in front of their parents?
Response: Yes
A/D: AGREE- 54% YES (X)
6. Joya: DJ- According to Fitness, which are women more likely to be lying about- their weight or age?
Response: Weight
A/D (for the win): DISAGREE- OOPS
7. Justin: DJ- As a rookie, this NBA player applied for a job at Circuit City because he wanted a discount on electronics; who is he?
Response: Jeremy Lin
A/D (for the win): AGREE- METTA WORLD PEACE
8. Joya: DJ- Jay-Z or Shakespeare- who said "They say an eye for an eye, we both lose our sight and two wrongs don't make a right"?
Response: Jay-Z
A/D (for the win): DISAGREE
9. Justin: DJ- T or F- after his death, Ol' Dirty Bastard's remains were creamated & launched into space.
Response: FALSE
A/D (for the win, take #4): AGREE- WIN ($500)

(Note: The tic-tac-toe win sound effect from last week isn't used on at least this episode.)

G2:
1. Joya: Bam- Charlie Sheen was quoted as saying "I'm on a drug. It's not available because if you try it once, you will die". What's that drug called?
Response: Charlie Sheen
A/D: AGREE (O)
2. Justin: JB- Diddy once raised $2M by doing something exhausting for 4:14:56; what?
Response: Running a marathon
A/D: AGREE- RAN NYC MARATHON (X)
3. Joya: Donnell (G-SPOT)- Which of the following played an X-Men character in the movies- Busta Rhymes, Andre 3000 or will.i.am?
Response: Busta Rhymes
A/D: DISAGREE- will.i.am FOR THE $1K BONUS (O)
4. Justin: DJ- Dr. Dre has an honorary doctorate from UCLA- T or F?
Response: FALSE
A/D (for the vertical block): AGREE- FALSE (X)
  
TIME'S UP JUST AS JOYA WAS CHOOSING RALPHIE FOR THE BLOCK- JOYA WINS ($700-$200)

(Note: For at least this episode, Peter hands out the $1K wad.)

BR ROW: BOTTOM
$2.5K Q: Who's the only African-American on the 2012 Forbes billionaire list?

Ralphie: Oprah Winfrey
Ghostface: Russell Simmons
Donnell: Tyler Perry

FINAL ANSWER: Oprah- WIN! ($3,200)

Episode ratings:
8: "Hip Hop Squares"
7: "The Price is Right"
6: "Jeopardy!" & "Wheel of Fortune"

Monday, May 28, 2012

"American Ninja Warrior" 5/28

Midwest (Fair Park, TX):

Course: Quad Steps/Log Grip/Bridge of Blades/Jump Hang/Curtain Slider/Warped Wall/Salmon Ladder/Lamp Grasper (debut; you use only your hands to get across)/Cargo Climb

RESULTS:
Darrel Robertson (a cook & father of four from Richmond, IN)- SPLASH DOWN ON THE JUMP HANG VIA THE BACK AT 17.68
Matt Laessig (an Internet software executive from Madison, WI)- FAIL ON WW AT 57.62
Joshua Tate- FAIL ON CS AT 17.72
James Jacoy- FAIL ON CS AT 46.72

Brent Haddock- FAIL ON WW AT 1:01.7
Zach Sokoloski- FAIL ON WW AT 55.5
Eric Sietsema- FAIL ON WW AT 50.99
Jonathan Morin (a youth pastor from Grand Rapids, MI)- 5:44.41
David Seitz- FAIL ON CS AT 39.86
James Hardin- FAIL ON SL AT 1:15.35
George Murphy- FAIL ON SL AT 1:00.87
Adam Kezele- FAIL ON SL AT 2:34.94
Kevin Arehart- FAIL ON LG AT 3:42.62
Eric Davies (an executive assistant from Akron, OH)- SPLASH DOWN ON JH AT 13.9
Joshua Grant (an Engineering student from Ottawa, IL)- FAIL ON LG AT 1:43.28
Nate Aye- FAIL ON LG AT 2:18.41
Will Dodd- FAIL ON LG AT 1:32.36

Scott Robinson (obviously not THAT one)- FAIL ON LG AT 1:28.12
Nick Kostner- FAIL ON LG AT 2:54.6
Phillip Michou- FAIL ON LG AT 3:04.21
Michael Silenzi- 4:18.73
Stephen Volcko (Ames, IA)- 3:35.97
Cade Halada (cartoonist)- FAIL ON LG AT 3:01
Justin West- FAIL ON SL AT 1:10.26

Andrew Lowes- FAIL ON LG AT 1:53.96
Nick "Lovin" Stephforn- 4:30.27
Jack Morgan (a gymnastics coach from St. Louis)- 3:26.47
Arthur Skov- 3:45.53
Andrew Karsen (a technician from Grand Rapids, MI who's competed in every season of the program, including this one)- 3:15.47
Matthew Derouen- 2:25.28

"America's Got Talent" 5/28

Tampa:

NOTABLES IN:
Inspire the Fire (13-29): Singing dance troupe
All That!: Cloggers
The Distinguished Men of Brass (24-60): 
Ulysses: Singer/musician

NOTABLES OUT:
NC Bikini Bombshells (24-32)
Michael Griffin (50): Escape artist (and he included Howard & Nick in his act)

"LIVE! With Kelly" notes

Regarding this morning's episode:

-Due to a script error, one commercial break bumper had announcer Tony Pigg incorrectly announce that Jessica Sanchez had won "American Idol" last week.
-Speaking of "Idol", Phillip Phillips had to call into the show early last Thursday to announce he had to cancel his scheduled appearance due to his kidney surgery.
-One of the demonstrated backyard games featured a small Pl!nko-like board for a version of Twister.

Jason Miller FIRED by UFC

The UFC has FIRED former "The Ultimate Fighter" coach & current "Bully Beatdown" (which airs on MTV) host Jason "Mayhem" Miller for his recent unacceptable pre-fight rituals. In his last fight w/ the organization televised on FX Saturday night (during the preliminaries for UFC 146), he lost a unanimous decision (two 29-28s, one 30-26) to C.B. Dolloway.

Various sources contributed to this report.

Memorial Day '12 Results

TPiR: This special episode teaming up parents & their teenagers is only the second episode in "Price is Right" history to have each Pricing Game played for a car (the first, of course, was the 5,000th daytime episode)! Also, this is the first time ever contestants under 18 years old are playing this game. Today's First Four pairs are Megan & Noreen Collins, Gary & Staci LeClair, Manuel Aguierre Jr. & Sr. and Donna Brunson & Joya Stearman (w/ lots of special designs around the studio)! Let's get the fun started w/ a pair of Nikon digital cameras (Manuela & Rachel)("Eyes Open" by Taylor Swift).

D & J: $549/G & S: $1,300/MANUELS: $650/M & N: $651

The LeClairs win a $500 bonus (Gary's 17)! Then they play the Money Game for the Honda CR-Z (Std., Mirror, Mats)(Amber at Door #2)(using the vamp of a current Edd Kalehoff car cue). Board:

(72)(40)(88)
(09)(31)(57)
(23)(21)(19)

MIDDLE NUMBER: 9 ($ _ _ , 9 _ _)

1. 23- $
2. 21- $ (44)
3. 19- FRONT ($ 1 9 , 9 _ _)
4. 09- $ (53)
FINAL PICK: 57- LOSS ($110)(ARP: $19,931)

They shouldn't panic yet, because there's probably going to be at least one car in each Showcase this morning.

Jake & Andrew Ledner head on down fifth & the second IUFB's the third-generation iPad w/ two smart covers (ceiling)("Young Homie" by Chris Rene).

D & J: $700/J & A: $699/Manuels: $900/M & N: $795

ARP: $707

Donna (17) & Joya play Super Pick-a-Number (Manuela) for the Chevrolet Sonic 2LS (Std., Paint, Prot)(Rachel at Door #3)(Edd's truck/convertible cue). Board:

$ 1 7 , 2 _ 4

NUMBERS AVAILABLE: 0, 2 & 5

They...WIN w/ the five! I wish this had been played first...

Sixth are Caitlin & Carolyn Buck and the last PUFB in the first half will be played by the day's special guest, Kate Voegele- an Epiphone PR-5E guitar w/ the 10 private lessons (rising sign).

C & C: $1K/J & A: $1,425/Manuels: $850/M & N: $1,100

ARP: $1,031

The Bucks from Palmdale, CA (Caitlin's 18) play Check-Out for the $17K FIAT 500 (Amber at Door #3)(MDS theme by Michael Karp). The groceries ("Titanium" by David Guetta featuring Sia) are Tiger's Milk nutrition bar, a small can of Dreyer's Fun Flavors Peanut Butter Cup ice cream, aUSSIe moist shampoo, Tina's Bean & Cheese Burrito & a four-pack of Rockstar Energy Drinks.

Guesses:
N. Bar: $2
I. Cream: $3.5
Shampoo: $4
Burrito: $1.5
Drinks: $8
TOTAL: $19

ANSWERS:
N. Bar: $.79
I. Cream: $1.29
Shampoo: $3.29
Burrito: $.45
Drinks: $6.99

ACTUAL TOTAL: $12.81

SHOWCASE SHOWDOWN #1:
Bucks ($1,031): 15 + 20 = $.35
LeClairs ($1,910): Nickel + Half-Dollar = $.55
Donna & Joya ($17,961): 45 + 35 = WIN W/ $.80

Next getting the cue are Sedric Collins & Yolanda McClain (mom) & the fourth GUFB's an XBOX 360 Kinect package (Rachel behind splitting sign)("International Love" by Pitbull feat. Chris Brown).

S & Y: $748/J & A: $829/Manuels: $750/M & N: $601
  
ARP: $820

Do The Manuels from Apple Valley, CA win the $16,765 2012 Nissan Versa S HB (Michael's truck/convertible cue) in the Range Game w/ a range of $16,600-$17,200...NO, they miss it by $23.

The next hopefuls are Allison & Vincent Nixon and the next one-bid's a BlackBerry Curb 9370 provided by
Verizon w/ the one-year plan (Amber)("Without You" by Guetta feat. Usher).

S & Y: $820/J & A: $821/A & V: $775/M & N: $700

ARP: $1,240

Andrew & Jake (15) from our nation's capital must play More or Less for a pair of Michael Kors handbags marked at $300 (Manuela), a Spalding iHoop package that includes four basketballs marked at two grand (Manuela & Amber) & a DELL desktop marked at $2,800 (Amber) before they can take a shot at this Hyundai Elantra Sedan (Std., Pref.) marked at $19,800 (Rachel at Door #3)("We Found Love" by Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris for the first three prizes, "Scream" by Usher for the automobile).

Handbags: MORE- $626
Basketball: LESS- $1,540
Computer: LESS- $2,328
ELANTRA: LESS- FINALLY, A WIN! ($18,970)

Video Bonus: Likely Sole MoL Win of S40

The last team called are comprised of Marissa Narvaez & Carrie Weidenkeller. The Collins girls are in danger of checking into the FF Breakfast Club & are making the third bid on the Panasonic 46" HDTV (Rachel at Door #5)("So Good" by B.o.B.).

S & Y: DOLLAR/M & C: $1,300/A & V: $1K/M & N: $900 (they almost said $999)

PAINFULLY HEADED TO THE FFBC BY A $1 BILL- The Collinses

Yolanda & Sedric (an 18-yr.-old aspiring attorney) are spinning The Big Wheel second win or lose on That's Too Much for a Scion xB (Std., App.)(Manuela at Door #3)("Pay the Rent" by Karp).

1. $14,699
2. $16,950
3. $18,662
4. $20,575- LOSS (ARP: $18,049)

My lineup:

1. Pick a Number
2. Money Game
3. Check-Out
4. Range Game
5. That's Too Much
6. More or Less

SCSD #2:
Aguierres ($820): $.85
Yolanda & Sedric ($899): 80 + 30 = OVER BY A DIME
Ledners ($24,704): WIN W/ $.90!!!

This is the third time in a row anybody who's won MoL has made the Showcase Round!

DOUBLE CAR WINNER SHOWCASE ROUND #4:

SHOWCASE #1 (Door #2)(Rachel)("Wild Ones" by Flo Rida feat. Sia):
Left- GARMIN nuvi system
Right- $3K
Inside- Ford Focus SE (Std., #203A, AT, Prot)(Amber)

LEDNERS BID $21K ON CAR SHOWCASE

MY BID FOR CAR SHOWCASE #1: $24,447

DONNA & JOYA'S SHOWCASE PRESENTED BY KATE V.:
Door #1- Lamar Click men's snowboard, KHS A500 bicycle & 9 Fish Manta Ray surfboard (Manuela)("Starships" by Nicki Minaj)
Door #3- '12 F-150 XL Regular Cab (Std., Plus, Decor)(Rachel)(IUFB/truck cue)

DONNA & JOYA BID $24,050 ON TRUCK SHOWCASE

MY BID FOR TRUCK SHOWCASE: $26,444

Hot Door Predictions of the Day:
If Donna & Joya win: Sonic behind Door #1
If Andrew & Jake win: Both cars behind Door #2

Not factoring into today's winnings, everybody in the audience gets an emergency roadside kit. And whoever wins their Showcase will also get for their high school a Ford Driving Skills experience (Kate near Door #4) & become the VIP for one of her concerts at the HS worth $50K!

FINAL ARPs:
Ledners: $25,366 (Difference: $4,366)
Donna & Joya: $26,525 (Diff.: $2,475; I would've DSWed)- WIN!

Adding it all up, Donna & Joya are the BIGGEST "PRICE" TEAM WINNERS EVER W/ $94,486!!!!!

FINAL CHEVY LOCATION: Door #2

TODAY'S PG RECORD: 2-4 (same result as the ceremonial 5,000th show)
TOTAL WINNINGS: $123,850 (2nd-highest this season to date)

(Final note: The Showcase winners' on-screen GT graphic didn't include the $50K bonus prize.)

WoF: I think this is the next-to-last full week on the dips & columns set this season- "Great Adventures".

$1K T-U: Thing

C _ _ _ Y - O N

_ _ _ G _ G _

Crystalynn guesses CARRY-ON BAGGAGE...she picked the correct one. She's the only woman among these contestants tonight:
  
Crystalynn Varozza (Eugene, OR)- She & her HS sweetheart husband Travis own two coffee shops
Jason Scholenberger (Lynnbrook, NY)- A tax associate married to Melanie who's lost nearly 100 pounds & sings the National Anthem at pro sports games
Rob Dixon, Jr. (L.A.)- A writer of six children's books who looking to also write screenplays

$2K T-U: In the Kitchen

S I L V E R _ _ R E

D _ A W _ _

Jason pulls out the cash from a SILVERWARE DRAWER.

Monday's GA: g adventure to China ($9,544)
Monday/Wednesday/Friday Gift Tag: eBags

Centrum Jackpot Round: Show Biz
Maingame Category Wipe of the Week: ATV

Jason gets a jump on it by calling for three N's good for $900, buying two A's & an E, calling two R's to get to the $2K mark, purchasing an I & Free PLAYING two O's, then we have...

O _ _ A R / _ I N N E R

_ O _ / _ A N _ _

...he solves OSCAR WINNER TOM HANKS for another $1,750.

PERFECT ROUND
LEFT BEHIND IN JACKPOT: $6,600

Current Scores:

Rob: $0/Crystalynn: $1K/Jason: $3,750

Mystery Round: Before & After

Rob gets to spin the wheel first in this round & he calls a dud of R while on the trip. Secondly, Crystalynn calls a T w/ similar results. Third, Jason finds a $3.5K S at the start of the third & final word of the puzzle & an A (which follows right after that letter in the word) before bobbling the T. On his second go in the round, Rob lights up two L's while on the Mystery Wedge in between FP & Lose a Turn & doesn't hesitate to give up the sure $2K for...the $10K! After FPing a worthless O, he loses another turn for good w/ M while on that Wild Card. Next for Crystalynn are two C's for China, a $600 H at the very end of the solution, an I, a $400 B, the U, a D for the WC, but then LaT. Jason follows w/ the N on the bottom for another $350 & the back-to-back E's to end the first word to close out the vowel department &...

_ L E E

C L U B

S A N D _ I C H

...at Sue Sylvester's expense, he eats a "GLEE" CLUB SANDWICH to bank another $3,350.

DUDS: M (Rob), O (Rob), R (Rob), $600 T (Crystalynn)
SOLE LaT OF THE ROUND: Crystalynn
SOLE DQ OF THE ROUND: Jason (T repeat)

Current Scores:

Rob: $0/Crystalynn: $1K (WC)/Jason: $7,100

Prize Puzzle Round: Phrase

Crystalynn Bankrupts on the left side of the Million Dollar Wedge to lose her WC on the spot. Second for Jason is a negative of R. Third, Rob takes five T's for $3K, quartets of E's & A's, quad H's for another 12 Benjamins, a $350 B, the final vowel of O, an $800 C, a $350 K but then D for dud. Afterwards, Crystalynn calls the $900 P but a baddie in M follows right after. Jason calls up the $300 W...

T A K E / T H E

P A T H W A _ / T O

T H E / B E A C H

...& he'll TAKE THE PATHWAY TO THE BEACH on his Hotwire.com vacation to The Buccaneer valued at $7,800.

DUDS: $800 D (Rob), $900 M (Crystalynn), $900 R (Jason)
SOLE BANKRUPT OF THE ROUND: Crystalynn

TONIGHT'S SPIN ID: BM04307 (Bruce M.)

Current Scores:

Rob: NUNCA/Crystalynn: $1K/Jason: $15,200 in cash & travel

$3K T-U: People

_ _ M M U N _ _ Y

L _ _ D E R S

Jason gets COMMUNITY LEADERS to up his cash/trip score even more to $18,200.

R4: Fun & Games

Two $600 R's get him started, followed by the Bankrupt next to top dollar & it's Last Chance Mode time...

_ R _ _ _ _ / _ _ _ _

_ _ / _ _ _ _ _ _ R _

...the remaining consonants pay $1.5K each. After his later C call...

T R I P L _ / _ _ _ P

I N / C H _ C _ _ R S

...w/ $4.5K at stake for everyone at this time, he claims his latest payout because of a TRIPLE JUMP IN CHECKERS.

SOLE DUD (during Speed-Up): F (Rob)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Jason

Final Scores:

Rob: $1K GOOSEEGG/Crystalynn: $1K/Jason: $22,700 in cash & vacation
GT: $24,700

TONIGHT'S BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding WC): $1,200

Maxwell House Regular BR #172: The Bonusland automobile this week's a '12 Xterra. Jason captures the I envelope from WIN.

Subject: Phrase

This one-liner starts as:

_ R _ _ E / _ T

DPCI sound like goodie choices...

P R _ _ E / I T

...PROVE IT one more time that you're a good player, man, in solving this puzzle easily...yes for the 30 grand (which is also in the Rebuilding Together bank)! He takes w/ him $52,700 in cash & St. Croix.

We end this Memorial Day edition of "Wheel" w/ a Changing Lives segment regarding $114,650 winner Nancy Kenzler- she took her daughters to Paris & donated some of her $$$ to World Vision.

J!: These folks have had enough w/ Joel Pool's current reign:

Captain Lawrence "Indy" Indyk (Lawrence, KS)- JAG officer
Sara Shiver (Columbia, SC)- Periodicals librarian/weekly zoo volunteer

This Week's First Six:
A JOHNNY DEPP FILM FEST
THE RING CYCLE
IT'LL END WITH "US"
THE WORLD CAPITAL SERVED BY...
OLD TESTAMENT NAME'S THE SAME
LEWIS & CLARK EXPEDITION (Clue Crew clues from Ft. Abraham Lincoln in Mandan, ND)

On the ninth clue this game, Joel locates the Daily Double under the $800 clue falling in The World Capital Served By... w/ him in a first-place tie between him & Sara at $1,400 each; they each have a $1K cushion over Indy. He's making it a TDD:

King Khalid International Airport

"What is Riyadh?"...located in Saudi Arabia, that's right for $2,800. W/ $3,600 at the TV timeout, he's doubled up Indy & Sara has $2K.

SOLE ATTEMPTED TS OF THE ROUND: $1K (The Ring Cycle)
UNATTEMPTED LACH TRASH: $3,600
TOTAL LACH TRASH: $4,600
  
End-of-Round Scores:
Joel: $6,800
Sara: $4,400
Indy: $1,800

Double J! Categories:
"A"UTHORS
TV TITLE REFERENCES
ALGEBRA
THE KING OF ENGLAND WHO...
COLORFUL PHRASES
TALK LIKE A SAILOR

It's Indy's turn at a DD behind the $1,600 "A"uthors answer. He's got $3K, but Sara has $4,800 & Joel leads her by $1,600. Indy risks 1/2.

Written in 1866, A Long Fatal Love Chase, a Gothic novel by this American woman, was finally published in 1995.

"Who is (Louisa May) Alcott?"...good for a new total of $4.5K. And Sara finishes the three-way split of the match's DDs by finding the final one in the center of The King of England Who... w/ $11,200 & she has a $400 lead over our current champ; Indy's not too far off the pace either at $8,900. She puts $1K & her slim lead on the line.

...became the II of his name in 978, whether he was ready or not.

"Who is Elthelred?"...she remembered right for her to inch up to $12,200.

ATTEMPTED LACH TRASH: $4K
UNATTEMPTED LACH TRASH: $6,400
TOTAL DJ! LACH TRASH: $10,400

Going Into Final J!:
Joel: $10,800
Sara: $14,600
Indy: $8,900

CORYAT SCORES:
Joel: $10,200
Sara: $14,800
Indy: $9K

FJ! TOPIC: American Innovators.

This Grammy winner who died in 2009 at age 94 was an inductee into both the Rock & Roll and National Inventors Halls of Fame.
  
Only one of these players is right...










































































































































...IT'S JOEL W/ "WHO WAS LES PAUL" TO WIN $21.5K ON THE NIGHT! He's now into six-figure territory as a six-night champ at $116,800! The last wrong responses:

Indy (he shook his head when his response was revealed): "Who is (Leo) Fender?" ($3,100) = $5,800
Sara: "Who was Johnny Cash" ($4,600) = $10K

Episode ratings:
9: "The Price is Right"
8: "Jeopardy!" & "Wheel of Fortune"