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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

TPiRetro: 6 June 2006 (Give the Devil His Due Edition)


And now, just because I'm in a good mood, I present to you the following Retro Recap Special...

Episode #
3652K
Airdate
6 June 2006
VTR
1 June 2006
First Four
Alex, Victoria, Charmaine, Kristen
Lineup
R-L
Models
Phire Dawson, Brandi Sherwood, Shane Stirling
Captions
"Fun! Fun! Fun!", "Money! Money! Money!", "'Best Game Show of All Time!' - TV Guide"
Bob Enters
Door #2

Yep... June the sixth, in the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand and Six.

Or in the shorthand, 6-6-06.

This will either be a beastly good episode or a devilishly awful experience. I confess, when I saw there was an available video from this date, my interest was immediately piqued enough to try doing one more today.

Let's just enjoy...

1. Kasson Tudor pool table w/accessories (PD, SS)
Kristen
Charmaine
Victoria
Alex
1800
1999
2450
2000


$3385


IUFBs over three grand are unusual even today, and this episode's from eight years ago!

Safe Crackers gets us going on this day:
Pair of Honda CRF-100 offroad motorcycles (SS)

(BS is on the door today)

Before setting the combination, Victoria wants to know if it's OK to give Bob a kiss -- of course it is!
Pair of HJC motorcycle helmets (PD): 0 2 4
4
0 2
2
4 0
0
2 4
OPEN
LOCK
$420
WIN!

An easy win to start things off. But can it last?

2. Remember the days when you'd see an IUFB like a Nourison India House wool area rug (BS)
(w/bonus: Gold Bond medicated body powder)
Kristen
Charmaine
Brenda
Alex
1050
1501
1000
1500
ALL OVER
825
801
750
799
ONCE MORE WITH FEELING
(Bob: "Now, audience, I think you will agree with me that this is getting boring, isn't it!?")
600
399
425
275
$749




Product-placement bonuses like this amounted to a $40 supply of the product in question, and this was reflected in everyone's totals. So shall it be here.

Also, you might be wondering why I didn't put a SUICIDE tag on Alex's or Charmaine's bid. Well, you know that $500 minimum for a Contestant's Row prize? Back in these days the minimum was actually lower, around $400 or so. So those bids weren't completely suicidal in 2006... just "unwise."

In any event, let's bring Kristen on stage for some Temptation:
2006 Ford Mustang V6 coupe deluxe (std, 6-way power drivers' seat, wheel locking kit; PD)

2




2





Fitz & Floyd cocktail serving set (SS)
$660
2
6



Grill N Chill tailgating barbecue/refrigerator (PD, BS)
$3535
2
6
5


Vax X5 upright vaccuum (SS)
$299
2
6
5
2

MediRub foot & body massager (BS)
$500
2
6
5
2
0
Changes: None
2
6
5
2
0

Remember the days when one of the four gifts wasn't always cash?

I'm thinking $26,390, myself.

Kristen gambles with $4,994 in gifts...

2
6
5
2
0
2
0



LOSS
($20,325)

Bob comments here that this is only the second time since 1979 that a contestant got the "second" number wrong (which of course would've actually been the first number during the four-digit era). I'm not totally sure I buy it, but Bob would sometimes make up his own "Historic Firsts" like that, usually to make the player feel a bit better about losing that early. He also adds, just for the record, that this was the "first time" someone only got one digit right. (Nowadays, of course, it happens all the time.)


3. Ashley sleeper sofa (PD)
Kevin
Charmaine
Brenda
Alex
1600
399
899
799

$699



Coming or Going:
The Little Guy deluxe teardrop camper (SS)

COMING
GOING

5
9
9
3
LOSS
($3,995)

This was before the Check Game-style price reveal was patented for this game. There was no ARP reveal, in fact, for Coggy; you simply heard bells or a buzzer if you were right or wrong respectively. (Backstage photos from the mid-'00s uncovered that there had in fact been a price reveal in the works very similar to the one we eventually got in the Carey era, but for unknown reasons it was scrapped before Coggy's first playing.)

Regardless, those little teardrop trailers were going for cheap back in 2006. Just two years later, a very similar model to this one would be knocking on the door of eight or nine grand, minimum.

Showcase Showdown #1

Charmaine
45
30
.75
WIN

Kristen
35
95
1.30

$789
Victoria
5
50
.55

$8,593

Victoria's spins were awfully close both times to Bonusland.

4. Skiing & snowboarding equipment (SS)
(w/bonus: Hot Pockets pizza snacks)
Kevin
LeAnn
Brenda
Alex
1501
1500
999
1300
$2834




Most Expensive, without the $:
  1. Pathfinder 4pc luggage set (BS)
  2. Treadmill of indeterminate parentage (PD)
  3. Broyhill Tropical Retreat 5pc dinette set (SS)

1
2
3
Luggage
Treadmill
Dinette set
$1070
$1299
$2725
LOSS

I was leaning toward the treadmill myself until I heard the dinette was a Broyhill, which was traditionally the "good" furniture brand around here. 8^/

So far, 6-6-06 is living up to its devilish billing with just one game out of four won...

5. Dimplex Symphony Ovation electric fireplace (BS)
Yvonne
LeAnn
Brenda
Alex
1595
2500
2599
3000
ALL OVER
595
900
1000
1


$1199


Brenda, who's been wanting to meet Bob since she was "knee-high to a duck," will play Switcheroo:
2006 Ford Ranger 4×2 XL (std, AC; SS)

  • Retro-look "jukebox" AM/FM radio w/CD player
  • Stainless steel milk frother
  • Rotating disco ball lamp
  • Back to Basics 3-in-1 breakfast maker (coffee maker/toaster/skillet)

1
5
9

5

Truck




0

CD radio
0

30

8

Milk frother

1

Disco ball lamp


0

Breakfast maker
1
2
3
5
9
Numbers

Try #1:
1
5
9
9
5

Truck



5
0

CD radio
1

5
3
8

Milk frother
1
1

Disco ball lamp

2
0

Breakfast maker

Try #2:
1
5
9
9
5

Truck



5
0

CD radio
1

0
2
8

Milk frother
3
1

Disco ball lamp

1
0

Breakfast maker

1
5
9
9
5

$15,935



5
0

$90
1


2
8
$28
3
1

$11

1
0

$50
Win milk frother

At one point she actually did have the 3 in the truck price, too. >_<

Was this game always this brutally difficult or am I just looking back on it with rose-colored glasses?

Alex's last chance to dodge the train to Leftover Island...

6. Super-capacity washer & dryer (BS)
(w/bonus: Original Space Bag storage bags)
(Ship ahoy! Captian PD)
Yvonne
LeAnn
Brady
Alex
1100
1101
799
1000


$828


Brady will represent our last chance to salvage some pride on this evil-sounding day with Game:
Kawasaki STX-12F jet sky w/trailer ($9,098; SS)

  • Tidy Cat Scoop kitty litter
  • David sunflower seeds
  • Hershey's chocolate syrup
  • Francesco Rinaldi pasta sauce
  • The Ubiquitous Hidden Valley Ranch salad dressing

If memory serves, four salad dressings would be the easy win option here...

Purchase
ARP
Total
Placement
5 sunflower seeds
$1.09
5.45
4....|...6
4 dressings
$2.99
11.96
WIN!

...and so it was!

Yvonne, LeAnn, and Alex (F4) receive vtech cordless phones and $100 cash from Azo test strips.
Showcase Showdown #2

Brenda
60
.60

$1,227

Kevin
85
.85

$2,874
Brady
95
.95
WIN


Showcases: Brady (true) top winner, Charmaine runner-up.

1. Enter a World of Intrigue... a World of Fragrances Unknown... Because We Just Made Them Up, Natch
  • First, Brandi models "Byte™," the official perfume of computer users...
    • Apple Macintosh Pro G4 computer (250GB HD, 20" flat panel display, "quality" color printer (BS)
      • My, how far we've come in eight years...
  • Next up, Phire demonstrates "Streudel™, the Scent of an Era Gone By," except perhaps in a corner or two of...
    • Trip to Berlin, Germany (6n; PD)
  • "Yield™" is up next, presented by Shane as the scent known only to those who properly obey all traffic signals in something like a...
    • 2006 Chrysler Sebring GPC convertible (std, security grp, enhanced speakers, satellite radio, ALB; SS)
  • Brandi gives Charmaine and Brady a whiff of "Bid-Well℠", from the Stewart Collection, as an outro for this smelly theme...
Brady bids $24,500.

2. Splendido'd! (In Spirit if Not in Soundtrack)
  • Broyhill South River bedroom group (Comfortaire Royal Duchess Q; SS)
  • Agean Apparel beach towel collection (PD)
  • Beachcomber hot tub (PD)
Charmaine bids $15,000.


Moment of Truth
1. Charmaine
Room/Spa
2. Brady
Trip/Car
Bid
15000
24500
ARP
$18,794
$42,554
Holy crap!
Result
3794
18054

Charmaine wins!
$19,493
$9,966

I was not expecting a $42K Showcase here. Where was Roger keeping that one locked up, I wonder?!

You know, one thing strikes me looking back on this episode now... it was only a little less than eight years ago this aired, but it already feels like somethnig from another lifetime, almost. And not just because every on-camera staff member seen here is no longer part of the show, either. The differences are palpable between then and now; the directorial style was tired, the strictly-regimented show format wasn't adapting well to an era of increased ad time, the enforcedly "neo-Luddite" production values way too stuck in the mid-'80s, and even Bob seemed to just be going through the motions for the most part. Price has come such a long way in such a relatively short span of time it's almost dizzying -- and yet, at its core it remains exactly the same show!

LEADER BOARD: Episode #3652K
Charmaine

$19,493
Brady
$9,966
Victoria

$8,593
Kevin


$2,874
Brenda


$1,227
Kristen


$789
Offered
$135,870
Won
$42,942
Pct.
31.61%
Bonus
Avg.
$7,157
Median
$5,734


So, yeah. 6-6-06 could've been a lot better, but I don't think it was a loss entire. On the other hand, the only two wins were easy setups, so... [shrugs] Score it as you will.

We shall return to 2014 tomorrow afternoon. See you then!