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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

TPiRetro: 1986 Primetime Special #5


As promised, here's the second of the two primetime specials I discovered in my archives. Enjoy this trip in the Wayback Machine while I continue to get ready for my return to real time on Monday...

Episode #: N/A (Primetime Special #5)
Airdate: 13 September 1986 (?)
VTR date: N/A
First Four: Carol, Jeffrey, Janice, Joseph (L-R)
Today's Models: The Big Three (Janice does the handoff)

The only note I have on this airdate is that it's the fifth of the six primetime specials. I've extrapolated the airdate based on that info. If it's inaccurate, the fault is mine. (Historical note: This was the only one of the six primetime specials I actually managed to watch on its scheduled airdate.)

Although it'd still be a year or more before Bob stopped coloring his hair, he does seem to be sporting some decidedly salt-and-peppery tresses on this show. Goes well with the tux, I must say.

1. Trip to Honolulu, HI (6n, Western Airlines, Royal Hawai'ian Hotel)
(Train spotted!)
Carol
Jeffrey
Janice
Joseph
1800
2000
2100
2800


$2010





Jeffery kicks off the night's proceedings with Any Number:
  1. Whirlpool gas range w/self-cleaning oven
  2. 1986 Ford LTD Custom Squire station wagon (remember those?) (more features than I feel like transcribing... I've learned my lesson from last time! Rod does go on and on about them, though)


Car
1




Range
0


Piggy Bank
.



They've already quit right-justifying the name placards, which is good. It just looked too strange on the actual prop.

2: Car
Car
1

2


Range
0


Piggy Bank
.



3: Piggy Bank
Car
1

2


Range
0


Piggy Bank
.
3

4: Piggy Bank
Car
1

2


Range
0


Piggy Bank
4.
3


Ruh-roh, Raggy...

0: Piggy Bank
Car
1

2


Range
0


Piggy Bank
4.
3
0
"Win" $4.30
(Car: $17,295; Range: $861)

And we're off to a suitably depressing start tonight. That was one seriously loaded station wagon for 1986...



2. Philippe Charriol his & hers watches
Carol
Mariella
Janice
Joseph
1
2000
3500
2500
$1100







There is indeed a correct time and place for a $1 bid, and you just saw the textbook example of one.

And now, ladies and gentlemen, it's time for Retired Pricing Game Theater! Today's subject is the ever-beloved Super Ball!!:
  1. Sapphire 90 jukebox
  2. Ted's Clock Emporium Centennial grandfather clock
  3. Starcraft Starmaster 21 camper

Total Value: $14,187 (I'm not even going to attempt to look up individual ARPs for these prizes...)

For the uninitiated: Super Ball!! is a Price is Right version of that old arcade favorite, Skee-Ball. The object is to roll a ball up a ramp and into a scoring area in which there are three concentric rings: The outer ring is worth $50, the middle ring $100, and the centermost (smallest) circle will win the prize associated with that ball (see numbers of prizes above). The player must, however, earn each ball individually, and to do this they must play Double Prices with three SPs...

1
Kitchen Aid food processor
$170
$235
$170
WIN



2
ConAir Hi-Energy Hair Center womens' grooming kit
$25
$44
$25
WIN



3
West Bend Oven Up toaster/broiler oven
$122
$151
$122
WIN



Now, admittedly, Skee-Ball is one of those things you have to learn to get good at, especially if you've not seen it in carnivals or Chuck E. Cheese game centers before. Luckily, the show offers players a practice shot before the real game begins -- and similar to Hole in One, Bob gets to demonstrate how it's done with an Inspiration Putt Roll...

B
$100
P
$50

And now the real work can begin...

1
$100
2
$50
3
$100
1 2 3
250

...But wait! There's more! This game is called "Super Ball!!" for a reason; there is, in fact, a Super Ball in the game. And if Carol is fortunate enough to put the Super Ball in the "WIN" circle, she'll win all three of the prizes in the game. (If she doesn't, whatever money she gets with the Super Ball will be trebled; $50 becomes $150, and $100 becomes $300.) Of course, she has to earn the Super Ball before she can roll it, and that's done just as it was with the other three balls...

$
Presto Above All space saving electric can opener
$30
$53
$30
WIN



$
$100
1 2 3
550
LOSS

Super Ball!! was a popular game for over sixteen years (1981-1997), and to this day no wholly plausible reason for its retirement has been given. The most believable explanation has been that the producers simply decided to back away from games requiring physical skill of the contestant, but this doesn't account for the not-at-all-dissimilar Hole in One remaining in the lineup even today. (Although I suppose it could be argued that Hole in One was both one of Bob's pet favorites and one of the show's most iconic games, the combination of which was enough to spare its life.) To be honest, many fans are still somewhat bitter about it even well over a decade after it was put out to pasture.

The Super Ball!! prop itself is said to currently be in the possession of former GSN executive and game show superfan Bob Boden.  Other Price-related treasures he supposedly keeps in his garage include the original Any Number gameboard and at least one of the pre-1983 Showcase podia.


Another shot of Rod Roddy looking downright GQ-ish in his tuxedo.

3. Grosfillex outdoor furniture set
Grace
Mariella
Janice
Joseph
1200
1100
1300
1000




$2182



Most Expensive:
  1. Wicker sofa
  2. Mitsubishi 36" projection TV
  3. Yamaha snowmobile

Sofa
TV
Snowmobile
$2203
$2100
$3299
WIN!

I got a little bit scared when I saw the price of the sofa, but the snowmobile was obviously the one to pick here.

Once again, there's no ad break, we just jump-cut directly to Showcase Showdown #1:

Carol
45
85
1.30

$1,997

Jeffrey
85
.85
WIN
Janice
45
30
.75

$9,784



4. Honda Elite 150 motor scooter
Grace
Mariella
Lawrence
Joseph
2500
2200
1700
2000
ALL OVER
1500
1000
1200
1100
$1598







There's something green and blinking peeking over the top of the GPT... it must be Grand Game before the producers got wise to that (and before they retired the "Ten Thousand Dollars" Chyron):
  • Carnation Bon Bons ice cream nuggets
  • Niagara spray starch
  • Creamettes spaghetti
  • Scrub Free bathroom cleaner
  • Quaker rice cakes
  • General Mills Cheerios cereal

Target
$1.40
$1.00
Spaghetti
42¢
$10.00
Rice cakes
99¢
$100.00
Ice cream
69¢
$1,000.00
Go on...
Starch
$1.29
$10,000.00
WIN!

That wasn't the most friendly arrangement for the last pick, but then again it probably shouldn't have been. Regardless, the starch was the only thing there that looked like it even had a chance of being under $1.40, and as it was it was just eleven cents below the target. They certainly liked to make you work for your money back in those days...


5. 12oz popcorn cart
Lisa
Mariella
Lawrence
Joseph
1675
1400
850
900


$1449





That's about what today's popcorn carts are going for, come to think of it.

Race Game:
  1. Hammer of California European frame chair reproduction
  2. Proton home audio system
  3. White Westinghouse space-saving washer & dryer combo
  4. Soloflex home gym


$625
$1049
$1274
$2120

45 seconds... are you sure you understand the game, Mariella? All right, then go already!

Chair
Home audio
Washer/Dryer
Home gym
Right
Time
$2120
$1049
$1274
$625
2
32
$2120
$1274
$1045
$625
4
19
$2120
$1274
$1045
$625
WIN!

I guess she does understand the game! Well-played by any standard!


Joseph has been having problems all night. Even now that he's listening to his wife, he still can't get out of the row and the F4 vultures are circling. Can he yet escape?

6. Drescher brass bed (Somma Q)
Lisa
Martha
Lawrence
Joseph
1601
2000
1450
1600


$2199





Not with bidding that cutthroat, he can't...

Another "recent" innovation that goes back much farther than people think -- playing "normal" Pricing Games as car games, Tonight's example is none other than good ol' Shell Game:
1986 Mazda RX7 (std, luxury pkg, mats, arm rest, CA emission; $16,069)

Polaroid Spectra instant camera
The Regina, Steemer, carpet cleaner ♫
Levi's Action mens' slacks
Maxim electric wok
$175
$61
$45
$74
$225
HIGHER
$90
HIGHER
$28
LOWER
$90
HIGHER

Shell #2
Shell #3


Shell #1
Shell #2
Shell #3
Shell #4







LOSS

And away we go directly to Showcase Showdown #2:

Martha
35
40
.75

$2,317
Mariella
90
.90
WIN
Grace
30
20
.50

$11,598

Lisa, Lawrence, and Joseph (F4) receive parting gifts I didn't record.


Showcases: Mariella top winner, Jeffrey runner-up. Full spiel.

1. Toys for Kids of All Ages
  • For younger kids: James Mini Car Co. Li'l Street Rod 1/2-scale mini car
  • For older kids: Adler brass pool table w/accessories
  • For modern kids: Konami GT arcade game
    • [fistpumps]
  • For classic kids: Model train set
  • For outdoor kids: Pair of LT Sea Bike mini-boats
  • For everyone: Trip to Fiji (7n, Continental Airlines, Hyatt Regency Fiji)
Mariella passes; Jeffrey bids $22,000.


2. This Showcase Comes Just in Time / If You Like Prizes That Rhyme!
  • First, for babies or anyone that cares, / It's California Stuffed Toys teddy bears
  • Then it's a prize anyone can use, / How about a Caribbean cruise? (7d, Holland America Lines)
  • Next, Luma Telocomm foresees a day / When video telephones will be on their way
  • Lastly, because our recapper is so hurtable / A pair of 1986 Ford Mustang convertibles (loaded)
Mariella bids $34,000, after much delay / Which sounds about right on this day.

Okay, okay, quit throwing those bricks! I'll stop...

Moment
of Truth
1: Jeffrey
Trip
2: Mariella
Cars
Bid
22000
34000
ARP
$30,847
$35,559
Result
8847
1559

$2,014
Mariella wins!
$42,036


LEADER BOARD: 1986 Primetime Special #5
Mariella
$42,036
Grace

$11,598
Janice

$9,784

Martha

$2,317

Jeffrey
$2,014

Carol

$1,997
TOTAL WINNINGS
$69,746
(47.14% of $147,945)

By today's standards, about an average day. In 1986, this was easily about three times what you'd see on a given daytime episode.

And that's all from Memory Lane. When next we convene, we'll be back to our regular show with the Drew Crew! Until then...

2 comments:

  1. I remember the episode from way back in 1986. Back in the day when Lionel Richie was dancing on the ceiling, Bananarama was topping the charts with "Venus", and I was just starting eighth grade in junior high school. I got to say, this was a then-rare episode to see the models wearing strapless black dresses. They wore strappy dresses on the May 26, 1986 episode (Memorial Day), if I recall; and they wore strappy dresses on the Season 15 premiere as well. But the strapless black dresses they wore on this primetime episode would be worn in a daytime episode on February 17, 1987, if I recall. It was a great episode then, but seeing I don't care about seeing outdated models on TPIR anymore, I'd rather stick to watching current first-run episodes.

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  2. IIRC, this was the one where the contestant fainted after winning her Showcase. Oh, and FTR, the OAD for this episode was September 11, 1986. I'm not kidding.

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