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Thursday, September 22, 2011

TPiRecap: 22 September 2011


Episode #: 5634K
Airdate: 22 September 2011
VTR date: 23 August 2011
First Four: Sarah, Bridget, Luis, Veronica (L-R)
Today's Models: Manuela Abrealez, Gwendolyn Osbourne, Rachel Reynolds

1. Three designer coats
Sarah
Bridget
Luis
Veronica
540
601
700
702






$930

Cliff Hangers:
Alaskan cruise (7d; $5,793)

Drew consults with the on-set Price historians to confirm that Cliff Hangers has been around since the show expanded to an hour in '75. In point of fact, a common urban myth has the game premiering on the first permanent hourlong episode, in November of that year (following the experimental week of hour shows in September), but the DVD set included that very episode and Hans was nowhere in sight on it. Actually, my notes show that Cliffy was first played on 12 April 1976 (my mother's birthday!), long after Price had settled into "Hour Power." It wasn't even the first game to debut after the permanent switch (that was Danger Price, on 8 January). The problem with Price history is that the show is so old and so much of its history is not well-recorded, that personal memories are the only realistic way most of us have of researching it without access to the complete tape library or the old format sheets... and we all know what happens when we play the Telephone Game. (And I don't mean the short-lived Price version from '78!)

  • Black & Decker Brew'N Go travel coffee maker
  • ½pt whipped cream dispenser
  • Elite 2-slice stainless steel toaster

I have yet to find a non-terrible layout for Cliff Hangers. This is my latest attempt. We'll see how it works.


Coffee maker
$20 YES
$20
.....................................................................
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25

Dispenser
$20 NO
$26
....................
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25

Toaster
$32 NO
$41
.............WIN!
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25

Threshold: 7

A win to start the day always helps.

2. JumpSport Stage Bounce trampoline w/enclosure & accessories
Sarah
Bridget
Luis
Emily
675
1100
1
650
$899







Money Game:
2012 Fiat 500 Pop (1.4L, 6AT, rear cargo organizer, front slush mats)

$
27
40
18
$
33
84
19
$
91
72
17
$
F
1
B

Nicely celebratory layout... in addition to the now-standard season number in the Rose Marie position, I also spy a 33 and a 72 (the latter being the year Price debuted on CBS, natch).

17: FRONT
$
27
40
18
$
33
84
19
$
91
72
F
$
17
1
B

40: $
40
27
$
18
$
33
84
19
$
91
72
F
$
17
1
B

91: $
40
27
$
18
91
33
84
19
$
$
72
F
$
17
1
B

84: $
40
27
$
18
91
33
$
19
84
$
72
F
$
17
1
B

27: BACK
40
B
$
18
91
33
$
19
84
$
72
F
$
17
1
27
WIN! (+$215)

...and car wins are nicer still!

Flashback: And in fact, let's go back to 12 April 1976 and take a look at the historic first playing of Cliff Hangers. There are three things of note here, not counting the fact I can't find the full playing on YouTube: One, the steps on the mountain were not numbered in the early days; two, the staff hadn't discovered "On the Franches Mountains" yet, so the famous yodeling music was a different piece ("The Silly Song" from the Snow White and the Seven Dwarves soundtrack, which you can listen to here); and three, if you look very quickly at the start of the clip, you can spot a model whom I believe to be Janice Pennington walking off the set the moment Cliff Hangers is revealed. (If you don't know the story, this game unfortunately debuted not long after Jan's husband went missing and was presumed dead while on a mountain-climbing expedition. It was a total coincidence and no one on the staff knew about it while they were developing the game, but the timing was about as bad as it could possibly get for Jan -- and it's not hard to understand why she wanted nothing to do with it for a long time.)



3. SunBrite TV outdoor 32" LCD HDTV
Gretchen
Bridget
Luis
Emily
701
1200
800
801


$2,595





Switch?:
  1. Fontana outdoor wood-burning convection oven
  2. Beachcomber hot tub

Outdoor oven
Spa
$5659
$3995
Bridget switches the prices...
$3995
$5659
$5659
$3995
LOSS

Had a feeling that was gonna happen. Oh well.

(CC1: United Healthcare)

Showcase Showdown #1:
Bridget
55
10
.65
WIN
Veronica
60
65
1.25

$6,810
Sarah
40
65
1.05

$18,241



4. His & hers Michele Sportsail watches
Gretchen
Joanne
Luis
Emily
1001
649
1800
1000




$2,190



The F4 Buzzards might become an endangered species at this rate. Not that that'd be a bad thing, mind you...

Push Over:
Generic bedroom group (Comfortaire GS700 Q) & pair of Archos Android tablets

2
9
0
6
1
7
3
0
1


BEDROOM



2
9
0
6
1
7
3

6
1
7
3
WIN!

$9,061 looked way too expensive for a bedroom group that needed to be padded with tablets to make it stageworthy, and $7,301 was disqualified on the grounds that it's never the first price in line. This was pretty obvious for attentive viewers.

Y'know, the part that really scares me about these attack ads, is the fact we still have about six weeks to go before the election... which is more than enough time for things to really get nasty.

5. ESP Phoenix II bass guitar w/10 private lessons
(with guest: Tony Piementhal)
Gretchen
Joanne
Anthony
Emily
900
1101
810
1500






$3,090

Okay, it's time to see if It's In the Bag can redeem itself from its dismal Season 39 (0-19 record):
  • Francesco Rinaldi To Be Healthy pasta sauce
  • Yoplait yogurt Fridge Pack
  • Duracell D-cell batteries (8)
  • Whink Rust Guard toilet bowl cleaner
  • Kern's Nectar papaya juice (1 can)
  • Mrs. Butterworth's pancake syrup

Beverage
Batteries
Pasta sauce
Syrup
Yogurt
69¢
$12.99
$1.99
$3.89
$5.99
Beverage
Batteries
Pasta sauce
Syrup
Yogurt
$1,000
Go on...
$2,000
Go on...
$4,000
Go on...
$8,000
Go on...
$16,000
FINALLY!!!

That's our first Baggy winner in seventeen months to the day! And it was off a tricky setup with several uncommon GPs to boot! (Now if only we could get a Temptation winner... the dry spell for that game is absolutely preposterous.)



6. Danby Silhouette wine cooler
Gretchen
Joanne
Anthony
Stephanie
650
1650
1
1000






$1,100

It's only fitting that Any Number, the game that started it all, should be featured this anniversary week:
  1. Opulent Items battery-operated skateboard
  2. 2011 Chrysler 200 LX (2.4L, AT, premium cloth bucket seats, paint/fabric prot)

Car
2





6
Skateboard
6


3
Car
2



3
1
Piggy Bank
.
1

2
Piggy Bank
.
1
2
7
Skateboard
6
7

4
Car
2

4

3
0
Car
2
0
4

3
9
Piggy Bank
9.
1
2
"Win" $9.12
(Car: $20,483; Skateboard: $675)

I actually thought she blew it with the zero, but when it popped up in the car price I knew then the missing tens digit was 8. Oh well, at least we finally got Baggy won...

What, no second Flashback?

(CC2: Meineke)

Gretchen, Joanne, and Anthony receive VocoPro karaoke microphones and Brother sewing machines.

Showcase Showdown #2:
Stephanie
30
60
.90

$1,109
Luis
50
15
.65

$8,363
Emily
95
.95
WIN

Ah, there it is... Flashback: On 8 September 1975, The Price is Right celebrated the beginning of its fourth season by doing a special week of hourlong shows, which proved to be a test run for the permanent hourlong expansion just a few months later. ("Welcome aboard the Titanic?" Hardly!) These experimental episodes introduced the world to the soon-to-be-iconic Showcase Showdown, and the first rendition of the Mighty Price is Right Wheel... which looked a LOT different back then! YouTube has failed me again, alas, but you can see a still image of this strange-looking contraption here... and then be grateful we got the wheel we ended up with when the hourlong format was made permanent in November. Cathy was the first spinner, and her 75-cent total was enough to get her into the Showcases... which is where we're headed after the Horizontal Line of Commercial Necessity.

But first, to make up for not having a link to unedited video of either of today's Flashbacks, enjoy this nugget from 1975. April 1st, 1975, to be exact... Yes, this appears to be the world's first April Fool's Showcase, though there may have been one the year before; unfortunately, I can't confirm that, nor do I have any info as to what the real prize(s) in this one turned out to be. Still, you can witness the great Johnny Olsen struggling gamely to keep from totally breaking up on-mic while reading the most ridiculous prize descriptions on record (and also while the entire Showcase is literally falling to pieces around him)!

Showcases: Emily (true) top winner, Bridget runner-up.

1. The Price is Right Book Club Presents: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • 16 New York Times bestsellers, including the Hunger Games Trilogy
  • Colonial-style library cabinet
  • Leather armchair & ottoman
  • Trip to Manaus, Brazil (5n, Aria├║ Amazon Towers hotel treetop suite)
    • Jungle walk
    • Motorized canoe ride on Amazon
  • 2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport 4x4 (3.8L V6, AT, power convenince group 2, satellite radio)
Emily bids $27,000.
(My bid: $30,910)


2. Who Needs Themes, Anyway?
  • $5,000 cash
  • 6hr Beverly Hills shopping spree
  • Trip to Milan, Italy (6n, cheapoair.com)
    • Shopping excursion w/lunch
  • Trip to Honolulu, HI (6n, Turtle Bay Resort)
    • Rental car
    • 1n yacht stay (Hawai'i Yachts)
Bridget bids $27,000.
(My bid: $25,875)

"Cheapo Air" sounds like a refugee from that April Fool's Showcase I linked to above, but it's real! Go figure... truth really is stranger than fiction.


Moment of Truth:
2: Bridget
Milan/Hawaii
1: Emily
Brazil/Jeep
Bid
$38,000
$27,000
ARP
$31,428
$44,432
Result
$6,572
$17,432

$2,595
Emily wins!
$63,522 (Chyron)
My result
$5,553
$13,522

What a haul for Emily!

LEADER BOARD: Episode #5634K
Emily
$63,522
Sarah

$18,241
Luis

$8,363
Veronica

$6,810
Bridget

$2,595
Stephanie

$1,109
TOTAL WINNINGS
$100,640
(62.04% of $162,228)

I feel like we're back on the winning track now... hope it doesn't come to a crashing end tomorrow.

See you then! 8^)

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