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Friday, April 13, 2012

TPiRecap: 13 April 2012 (Plinko Week #5)


Early Warning Dep't.: I probably won't be able to do a recap for Monday's episode, because of a dentist's appointment where it's not entirely likely I'll return from in any condition to do much more than be miserable for most of the rest of the day. I do still plan on at least knocking out a speedrun, but don't be surprised if you don't see one from me.

Now that that's out of the way, let's find out if we can give away eighty grand on this, the fifth and final day of our Plinko special... on Friday the 13th no less!

Episode #: 5945K
Airdate: 13 April 2012
VTR date: 21 March 2012
First Four: Patrick, Rebecca Kate, Kaelyn, Patricia (L-R)
Today's Models: Manuela Abreález, Amber Lancaster, Rachel Reynolds

Drew opens with the Plinko tease. No doubt about it, this will be awesome if it's actually hit...

1. Selection of Kai fragrances
(Enter to win your own at priceisright.com)
Patrick
Rebecca Kate
Kaelyn
Patricia
250
1050
699
700
$620







The old Smeghead Gambit, as Joe the C. used to call it, pays off for Patrick, who gets Squeeze Play for his trouble:
Trip to Honolulu,HI (6n, Turtle Bay Resort, rental car, horseback beach experience)

8
0
9
4
1
0

Remove the 9...

$
8
0
4
1
$
8
9
4
1
LOSS

My gut instinct was to take the 4 out. Oh well.

2. His & hers designer sunglasses
Pearl
Rebecca Kate
Kaelyn
Patricia
625
675
800
850


$765





Five Price Tags:
2012 Kia Soul Plus (2L, AT, mats)

$21,889
$19,390
$22,652
$18,145
$20,775

PizzaDome personal pizza oven
Burbory makeup pouch
Cuisinart PowerSelect 7-speed hand mixer
Earthmate eco-friendly light bulbs (6)
$110
FALSE
$95
FALSE
$79
FALSE
$63
FALSE
$110
TRUE
$95
TRUE
$50
FALSE
$63
TRUE

The scary bit is, she even says she went "False" for the last prize "because it's worked so well for me in the past." It's almost as if she stopped caring about the car and is just enjoying her moment in the sun now, which doesn't bode well for her one pick...

Pick #1
$19,390
NO
LOSS
($18,145)

She did end up going with my own pick, so I can't complain there. Strangely, it seemed most of the audience wanted her to go with the $18K pick, since I saw a lot of people holding up eight fingers in the crowd shots.

3. 5pc triangular dining set
Pearl
Stephen
Kaelyn
Patricia
825
475
999
1000






$1496

And while we're on the subject of games that make you want to beat your head against the wall, here comes Magic #:
  1. Le Cruset Classics cookware set
  2. Stainless steel kitchen appliances (30" gas range/refrigerator/dishwasher)

Drew Leaves It On: 499

This was noted by another recapper during this game's last appearance, which I wasn't around for, but there's a slightly different sound effect for the Geezmo whenever someone moves the Leever. The numbers also appear to change faster than before.

Cookware
1771
Appliances
$960
Magic #
$3810
WIN!

Finally, someone unafraid to push the Geezmo into four digits! Though she did get some cold feet and almost let the Peanut Gallery scare her into running the other way. I wonder if increasing the speed of the numbers has anything to do with it...

(CC1: Ambulance chasers)

Showcase Showdown #1:

Patrick
45
55
1.00
$1,000 Bonus

Rebecca Kate
40
75
1.15

$815
Patricia
30
25
.55

$6,266
Bonus Spin
90



4. Gucci designer accessories
Pearl
Stephen
Kaelyn
Frances
1800
900
1499
1200
$2320







Line em Up:
2012 Ford Focus S (2L, tire pressure monitor, remote keyless entry, AT, cargo area protector, paint/fabric prot)

  1. Ocean Kayak Nalu 2.5 paddleboard w/accessories ($985)
  2. Set of 4 Kitchen Aid prep bowls ($19)
  3. Fuego Element 01 gas barbecue ($649)

0

1


0
9
8
5

0
1
9


0
6
4
9

3


Try #1:
0

1


9
8
5


1
9


6
4
9

NO
3
1 right

Try #2:
1

1


9
8
5


1
9


6
4
9

LOSS
3
$19,163

I also had $18,143 singled out from the start. I haven't been having a good day either, it seems.

5. Denon 5.1 home theater system
Ryan
Stephen
Kaelyn
Frances
1150
900
1250
1700






$2098

Coming or Going:
Inspire SCS multistation home gym & Samsung 40" 3D LED HDTV w/glasses

COMING
GOING

6
4
9
4


$6494
WIN!

Pretty obvious what had to be done here, but at this point I'm not gonna complain.

Well, now, this is interesting. We haven't seen a certain game yet, so we know what's at stake for this IUFB. It's also the last chance for Kaelyn to avoid becoming dinner for our fine feathered fiends... and she's got the advantage. Can she escape, and in the process earn a chance to make Price is Right history? Let's watch...
6. Pair of 16GB no-name tablet computers
Ryan
Stephen
Kaelyn
Rosemary
1500
950
1501
700


$1000





The fact no manufacturer was announced for those tablets should've clued you in, Kaelyn. Sorry...

And so it's Stephen who earns the right to play the last Publisher's Clearing House Plinko, at least until they decide to do this admittedly-entertaining stunt again:
Grill accessory kit
Oster electric can opener
ThinkGeek electric guitar T-shirt w/mini-amp (it really works!)
Simple Human no-touch soap dispenser
6
2
1
6
3
4
5
4
4
2
$
WIN!
$18
3
0
5
2

Extreme disappointment. Oh well.

Chip #1
-0- L
Today's PCH Jackpot:
$80,000
Just to impress upon you... the chip Stephen is about to drop is worth more money than has ever been given away at one time on The Price is Right. (Yes, Pay the Rent offers a $100,000 top prize, but the 1:9 odds of this chip going in the correct slot are considerably better. And while Golden Road routinely offers cars or motor homes in the $90K+ range, we're talking cash here.)

Not only is this a big moment for Stephen, but to say that all of this week's disappointments and heartbreaks will be instantly forgiven if this chip goes where it's supposed to go would be, indeed, quite accurate.

So we're all crossing our fingers and hoping for the best, as Stephen drops the chip...












...it bounces over to the far right side...












...but starts making a comeback towards the center about halfway down the board...












...until it finally reaches the last row of pegs...


















...where it could go in either the $80,000 slot or a zero...


















...and...















...one bounce later...















...we get...
















































Chip #3
-0- R
TOTAL
$0
HEARTBREAK

Aw, man. What a depressing end to a fun stunt.

...But wait! We're not done with the Prize Patrol yet, it seems. Drew announces that, since nobody got the jackpot, PCH will offer a cash bonus of $25,000 to today's Showcase winner, in addition to the Showcase itself. So there's still a chance for some big bonus money, at least.

(Yeah, now watch, we get a DOB...)

(CC2: Barbasol Pure Silk)

Ryan, Kaelyn (F4), and Rosemary receive VocoPro karaoke microphones and Quoizel table lamps.

Showcase Showdown #2:

Stephen
75
.75
WIN

Pearl
50
*20
.70

$2,320
Frances
50
15
.65

$8,592


Publisher's Clearing House Showcases: Patrick top winner, Stephen runner-up. Remember, the winner here gets a bonus of $25,000 in cash (counted as bonus money in my stats) in addition to his Showcase.

1. Instant Gratification
  • Dell desktop computer (2TB HD, 18GB RAM, 24" widescreen monitor)
  • OpenAir photo booth
  • 2012 Volkswagen GTI (2L turbo, 6MT)
Patrick passes; Stephen bids $22,000.
(My bid: $26,788)


2. Rick Vaughn (The Best Pitcher the Cleveland Indians Never Had) Semi-Memorial "Wild Thing" Showcase
  • Trip to Cabo San Lucas, México (6n, Pueblo Bonito Rosé Resort & Spa)
    • Swim with the dolphins
  • Trip to Borneo (5n, lodge)
    • Wildlife tour
  • Trip to Sydney, Australia (6n)
    • Hunter Lake wild animal park passes
Patrick bids $18,000.
(My bid: $30,145)


Moment
of Truth
2. Stephen
Car
1. Patrick
Trips
Bid
$22,000
$18,000
ARP
$33,343
$29,488
Result
$11,343
$11,488

Stephen wins by just $145!
$25,000 PCH Bonus
$59,361 (Chyron)
$1,620
My result
$6,555
$657

And here comes the Prize Patrol, more glad than anything else to be released from behind Door #2 after four days in limbo, to present Stephen with his instant check! I guess that makes up for his Plinko wipeout a little bit, huh?

LEADER BOARD: Episode #5945K

Stephen
$59,361
Frances

$8,592
Patricia

$6,266

Pearl

$2,320

Patrick
$1,620

Rebecca Kate

$815
TOTAL WINNINGS
$78,974
(29.31% of $180,756 + $26,000 bonus)

All in all, a pretty fun stunt, even if it didn't go entirely as we might've liked it to. Hopefully they'll do something like this again in the future!

We're back next week... hopefully Monday, but more likely Tuesday. We shall see.

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