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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

TPiRecap: 28 September 2011 (7,500th Episode Spectacular)



Our "40 Years" finery is put away for one day today, because we have an even bigger milestone to celebrate... specifically, The Price is Right's 7,500th episode on CBS! (And this time, it's not a gag!)

Well... actually, it's probably a few dozen episodes off the mark in reality. That's because some of the previous n-thousandth episode celebrations were fudged for one reason or another, and the math has ended up skewed as a result. It probably has been 500 episodes since the 7,000th, but that doesn't take into account the "new math."

But hey, any excuse for a party, right? Let's just hope (as I write this recap, as always, "from the top down" upon a first viewing of the episode in question) this party isn't pooped by a certain producer who loves his evil game setups, or contestants with only the vaguest sense of what they need to do to win...

Onward!

Episode #: 5643K
Airdate: 28 September 2011
VTR date: 22 June 2011
First Four: Marie, Nathan, Erica, Anastasia (L-R)
Today's Models: Amber Lancaster, Gwendolyn Osbourne, Rachel Reynolds

Drew: "If you work for The Price is Right, you've got a job for life!"

...No, not gonna comment. I try to stay positive. But I think we all know how very, very false that statement is.

Anyway, let's not dwell on that, let's get on with the celebrationizing!

1. Trip to Las Vegas, NV (6n, vegas.com, Hoover Dam tour, show tickets, spa treatment)
Marie
Nathan
Erica
Anastasia
1249
1155
729
999
$3,437







It's hard to blame them for those lowball bids, honestly. Even viewers like myself aren't used to Contestant's Row prizes being that good.

Lucky $even:
Dodge Ram 1500 ST 4x2 regular cab (3.7L V6, 4AT, tray/bed liner, paint/fabric prot, Class 4 trailer reciever hitch)

And I guess we're not putting away the "40 Years" decorations after all, as they're still there between the big doors -- thus creating a unique situation where the show is simultaneously marking two major milestones on-set.

2
$7


6
2
2
-$4
$3
Drew, as he's taking the money: "If you're going to Vegas, you better get used to this..."
5
2
2
7
-$2
$1
5
2
2
7
8
-$3
-$2 LOSS
($22,781)

Now that was just plain evil, guys. A 1 as the last digit? Really?

I suddenly feel a whole lot less celebratory.

2. The Price is Right Magazine Presents the Look of the Week: Designer cocktail dress w/shoes, jewelry, & accessories
(This month's cover stories: "40 Seasons," "Get the Latest! Fall Fashions," "Drew Carey's Bowtie Buzz," "+7500 ideas to change your look!" Cover price: $10 US, $12 Canada.)
Christopher
Nathan
Erica
Anastasia
2000
2250
1130
2551




$1,563



Erica takes an unintentional tumble after getting on stage. She's in good spirits about it though.

½ Off, looking to rebound from last season's less-than-stellar 4-13 record:

$20
$20
$18
$36
Mini donut maker
Sephora makeup kit
Eliminated: NONE
$40
$20
$13
$13
Sonic Bomb 113dB alarm clock
Jo!e Omelet Ease omelet maker
Eliminated: 1 3 6 8 9 11 14 16
$20
$20
$35
$70
Cookie cutters w/movable type
Kitchen Aid hand mixer
Eliminated: 4 12 13 16

"Good thing I already have those cookie cutters!" proclaims Erica. (Well, now she's got another set.)

1
2
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
12
16

5
$10,000
WIN!

Doesn't quite make up for the Lucky $even loss, but I'll certainly take it -- and so, obviously, will Erica!



3. Comfort Line Spa-in-a-Box semi-portable hot tub
Christopher
Nathan
Jeannette
Anastasia
1
751
750
5000

RAGE
$1,499



WTF

For those late to the party: I absolutely hate it when someone bids $1 and they're not the last one to bid. Call it a pet peeve, but it's been a sticking point with me since my childhood. So when you see it happen, you see me use the RAGE tag like that.

How about two car games in the same half? We're playing Money Game:
2011 Toyota Camry LE (2.5L, 6ECTI, mats, Security Gaurantee Plus)

$
58
40
22
$
24
84
71
$
33
23
97
$
F
1
B


22: $
22
58
40
$
$
24
84
71
$
33
23
97
$
F
1
B

23: $
22
58
40
$
23
24
84
71
$
33
$
97
$
F
1
B

24: FRONT
22
58
40
$
23
F
84
71
$
33
$
97
$
24
1
B

58: $
22
$
40
$
23
F
84
71
58
33
$
97
$
24
1
B

71: $
22
$
40
$
23
F
84
$
58
33
$
97
71
24
1
B
Win $174
($24,184; Front-and-Back)

A disappointment to be sure, but I can't say as I would've fared much better; I wouldn't have guessed 84 for the last number myself.

(CC1: Can't these misery leeches even take an anniversary show off? Jeez!)

Showcase Showdown #1:

Nathan
45
85
1.30

$1,673

Marie
95
.95
WIN
Erica
15
50
.65

$11,706


Drew has some fun with our new Rowbird, whose full nom de guerre is John Carey and even sports a pre-2008 Drewcut. To confirm the picture, Drew has him try on his glasses, and the resemblence is uncanny!

4. Bull 7-burner stainless steel barbecue cart
Christopher
John
Jeannette
Anastasia
350
4500
1250
1251



WTF


$2,800

And the vultures are officially disinvited to the party... but what is up with these bids? Although Christopher's wasn't quite suicidal in this case, since barbecues as IUFBs ted to be of the El Cheapo variety. Then again... anniversary show, you've gotta expect some highballs pitched at you.

The GPT being about two feet off the floor can mean only one thing. Having already broken one cardinal rule in the first half, let's break another and feature a second cash game! Let's welcome back Grand Game, formerly one of the easiest cash grabs on the show, but which last year was won only twice out of eighteen playings. It can only get better... hopefully:
  • Dreyer's Orange Cream sherbet
  • Revlon ColorStay eye shadow
  • Uta SPF 70 sunscreen
  • Doritos Cool Ranch tortilla chips
  • Purina Friskies Seafood Sensations cat food
  • Armor All protectant spray

Target
$7.50
$1.00
Big surprise, right? ^^;
Chips
$3.99
$10.00
Sherbet
$4.59
$100.00
Protectant
$5.99
$1,000.00
Go on...
Eye shadow
$6.49
$10,000.00
WIN!
(Sunscreen: $WHO; Cat food: CARE$)

And that was not a friendly setup either! Well done, Anastasia!



5. Michele designer watch
Christopher
John
Jeannette
Leta
1600
1950
2000
1500
$1,895







Our third car game of the day is Five-Digit Push Over:
2011 Mazda3 (2.5L, CC w/wheel controls, AT, compass, auto-dimmer mirror, home link

2
2
1
9
1
5
0
0
7


CAR


2
2
1
9
1
5

2
1
9
1
5
WIN!

For the five-digit game, this was actually a real challenge. Any of the last three price options (out of the five total) looked good here, and it could just as easily have been $19,150 or $22,191 as well. Still, my first instinct was $21,915, and $21,915 was the correct choice. Great!

6. Apple iPad2 3G (16GB) w/cover
Amanda
John
Jeannette
Leta
499
699
550
500




$668



Hmm... three car games, two cash games... seems a bit uneven to me. So let's even it up (and play an ultra-rare second SP game on the day as well) with Plinko:

Nesco American Harvest food dehydrator/jerky maker
Pop Art toaster w/burn-in design plates
Presto Power Pop microwave popcorn popper
Nostalgia Electrics cotton candy maker
7
9
3
1
1
8
7
0
WIN!
$49
$
3
5
$
WIN!
$13
WIN!
$50
$

Chip #1
1000 L
Chip #2
500 R
Chip #4
10000
Chip #5
500 L
TOTAL
$12,000
WIN!

Obviously the Plinko Board was in a good mood today. Not bad, not bad at all!

(CC2: United HealthCare)

Amanda, John, and Leta receive $300 NewEgg.com gift cards and PhotoWow.com stuff.

Showcase Showdown #2:
Jeannette
*20
30
.50

$12,780
Anastasia
60
.60

$12,800
Christopher
55
25
.80
WIN



Showcases: Christopher top winner, Marie runner-up.

Drew explains that today's Showcases are inspired by past "landmark" episodes of the show. This oughta be most interesting to say the least...

1. Prizes By the "Thousands"
  • 1,000th Episode (1976): "A Bicentennial Salute to That Great American, George Washington" Showcase
    • Trip to Washington, D.C. (airTran, 3n, The Beacon Hotel and Corporate Quarters)
      • 5hr private limo tour
      • Yacht cruise
  • 2,000th Episode (1981): A portable stereo TV/cassette player as (apparently) an IUFB - Hi, Jan!
    • Apple iPod Shuffle (2GB), iPod Nano (8GB), iPod Classic (160GB), & iPod Touch (32GB)
  • 3,000th Episode (1986): A Ford Escort as a prize - Hi again, Jan!
    • 2012 Ford Mustang V6 coupe (3.7L, cold air induction, elec stability ctrl)
Christopher bids $35,000.
(My bid: $28,750)

2. More Prizes By the "Thousands"
  • 4,000th Episode (1991): Ashley kindling wall unit offered at some point or another - Hi, Kathleen!
    • Ashley Carlisle entertainment unit
    • Panasonic 50" 3D plasma HDTV w/glasses
  • 5,000th Episode (1998) -- and the day Old Thirty-Three was officially rechristened the Bob Barker Studio: A Compaq Presario mini-tower as an IUFB - Kathleen and Janice are sure getting a lot of fleeting screen time today!
    • Apple Macintosh Pro computer (27" cinema display, 3GB RAM, 1TB HD, AIO)
  • 6,000th Episode (2004): On a day when every game was played for a car, a Cadillac was among them
    • 2011 Cadillac CTS (RWD, traction control, 3L direct injection, 6AT, compact spare tire)
    • I think they even used the same set pieces here that they did in 2004!
Marie bids $45,000.
(My bid: $51,750)


Moment of Truth:
2: Marie
Cadillac
1: Christopher
Trip/Car
Bid
$45,000
$35,000
ARP
$45,437
$28,941
Result
$437
$6,059

Marie gets her revenge!
$48,874 (Chyron)
$23,810
My result
$5,683
$191 DSW

That definitely makes up for Mike's evilness with that Allegedly Lucky $even setup. Way to go!

At the close, Drew acknowledges both Bob Barker and Messrs. Goodson and Todman: "I'm standing on the shoulders of giants here!" He can say that again.

In addition to the above-named people, we here at TPiRecap Towers would also like to thank the following as well for their contributions to Price's amazingly long life over the years:

  • Bob Stewart, without whom the show would never have existed in the first place.
  • Jay Wolpert, who helped shape the modern Price into what it is today.
  • Paul Alter, he of the deft directorial touches and clever application of '70s and '80s video technology.
  • Roger Dobkowitz, who love him or hate him, made an indelible mark on the show that will be long remembered.
  • Kathy "Fingers" Greco, of whom the same could be said and much more besides.
  • The incomparable Johnny Olson, who made "Come On Down!" one of TV's most immortal catchphrases.
  • The illustrious Rod Roddy, who proved that sometimes you can fill some pretty big shoes.
  • Rich Fields, who deserved better.
  • All the models of the past, no matter how they may have ended their careers -- especially Janice Pennington, Anitra Ford, Dian Parkinson, Holly Hallstrom, and Kathleen Bradley.
  • All the other hosts of the past too -- Dennis James, Tom Kennedy, and yes, even Doug Davidson. And of course, the guy who started it all in the '50s and '60s, the one and only Bill Cullen.
 The shoulders of giants, indeed.

LEADER BOARD: Episode #5643K

Marie
$48,874
Christopher

$23,810
Anastasia

$12,800
Jeannette

$12,780
Erica

$11,706

Nathan

$1,673
TOTAL WINNINGS
$111,643
(49.47% of $225,698)

2 comments:

  1. Actually, it isn't wrong. The real 7,500th show is this one.

    Looks like someone at 7800 finally took the time to get a proper episode count. That, or they're stealing G-R's. :P

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  2. I am that Erica. Just so you know that fall hurt like hell!!

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