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Monday, April 22, 2013

TPiRecap: 22 April 2013 (Big Money Week #1)

Here we go, folks. You've seen it teased on Craig Ferguson, you've heard about it from various sources, and even I've linked to a mild spoiler video.

Today marks the first day of Big Money Week for CBS's game show block; not just Price, but Let's Make a Deal as well. However, since Wayne Brady's daily funfest is beyond the scope of this blog -- which is not to suggest it's not worth checking out if you get the chance, because it most assuredly is -- we'll only be talking about the senior member of this duo.

And what things we have in store for you this week, too! How would you like to play for not just a car, and not just a luxury sports car... but a bleeping FERRARI (which is, AFAIK, a first for any US game show)? Or maybe you'd like the chance to win $250,000 on the Punchboard, or a potential Plinko payday of a half-million dollars? All possible (at least theoretically) this week.

Mind you... just because the show is offering these jaw-dropping prizes, doesn't mean they'll be easy to win by any stretch of the imagination. We all know how evil game setups can be under the Mike Richards ægis, and you can fully expect more of the same to go on this week when the Big Stuff is on the line. But as we all know, so-called "miracles" can and sometimes do happen on the hallowed grounds of Studio 33... and hey, no one can deny that there is just something undeniably cool about having one of the Big Doors open up to reveal a Ferrari or a six-figure payday!

So, what're we waiting for? Let the games begin!

Episode # 6321K (Big Money Week #1)
Airdate 22 April 2013
VTR 27 February 2013
First Four Jeremy, Chelsea, James, Theresa (Random)
Today's Models Manuela Abreález, Amber Lancaster

And continuing on that thought, Drew teases that this week's prize budget will be in excess of one million dollars. Well, now, why don't we just hold them to that and see how it fares... ;^)

Also of note: Jeremy, Theresa, and James are all celebrating birthdays today!

1. Pair of Blackberry smart phones w/1yr calling plan (550 shared mins & 3GB shared data/mo) (JE)
Jeremy
1250
Theresa
1800
James
1900
Chelsea
900


$2028


Punch-a-Bunch, with the aforementioned $250,000 slip somewhere on the board:

Big Money Week Rule Change: The slip distribution has been rejigged as follows:

1 $250,000 9 $10,000
15 $5,000 10 $2,500
10 $1,000 5 $500

So it is, alas, the same 49-1 odds against finding the big slip. However, there is a 50:50 shot at getting at least $5,000, which is about as good as you can hope for in this game. (Note that my Fudge Rule for this game remains in effect, and I will consider even this Punchy setup "won" if James walks away with a $10K slip.)

Drew mentions that $250K is the biggest prize in the history of daytime Price is Right. And he's right... for now, he added ominously. ;^)

(AL with the biggest bill ever, MA on SPs)
Nostalgia Electrics retro-look 800W microwave oven
Stainless steel barbecue tool set
Nostalgia Electrics soft pretzel maker
Remington hair dryer
$75
$179
$49
$59
HIGHER
$130
LOWER
$144
LOWER
$29
LOWER
$20

Well, the punches are as easy to win as ever...

$
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1
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
2
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
3
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
4
$
$
$

Unfortunately, WBNS had a Breaking News update here about a fatal semi crash that shut down parts of I-71 just north of the Columbus, and that wiped out the reveal of James's punches; I'm indebted to my readers below for fixing me up with the actual results.

Punch #1
$5000
Go on...
Punch #2
$5000
Go on...
Punch #3
$2500
Go on...
Punch #4
$1000
Win $1,000

So even with the more generous board layout... ugh.

And now, Drew does something that's never been done before... he shows us exactly where on the board the $250K slip was hiding, just to prove there really was one in there:

$
$
1
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
1
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
1
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
1
$
$
$

James's second punch was tantalizingly close, only a Knight's move away. 

2. The Price is Right Jewelry Box Presents: Sarah Richardson jewelry colection (AL, MA)
(And you can win the earrings for yourself, if you so choose)
Jeremy
950
Theresa
1
Shelley
835
Chelsea
1500
$1250




Time to get things back to normal, budget-wise, with Bargain Game:
  1. Golden West Billiards pool table w/accessories (MA)
  2. Samsung 55" 3D LED HDTV w/glasses (AL)

This one's pretty obvious to me...

Pool table
◄◄◄
3D HDTV
$1600
Bargain price
$2649
$2600
ARP
$3149
$1000
Difference
$500
WIN!

Less than I expected it to be, but a win's a win -- and frankly, we should be expecting some cheapies here and there this week, what with the big gimmick. You know, just in case.

3. Decoflame USA wall-mounted fireplace (MA)
Melissa
1300
Theresa
1500
Shelley
1535
Chelsea
1595



$1805

Any Number:
  1. Pair of Nintendo 3DS game systems w/games & accessories
  2. 2013 Dodge Dart SE (2L, value grp, power windows, AT, paint/fabric prot; MA)

0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
Car
1
0
0
0
0
Game package
0
0
0
Piggy Bank
0.
0
0


7: Car
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
/
8
9
Car
1
0
0
0
7
Game package
0
0
0
Piggy Bank
0.
0
0

4: Car
0
1
2
3
/
5
6
/
8
9
Car
1
0
4
0
7
Game package
0
0
0
Piggy Bank
0.
0
0

8: Game package
0
1
2
3
/
5
6
/
/
9
Car
1
0
4
0
7
Game package
8
0
0
Piggy Bank
0.
0
0

5: Piggy Bank
0
1
2
3
/
/
6
/
/
9
Car
1
0
4
0
7
Game package
8
0
0
Piggy Bank
5.
0
0

6: Car
0
1
2
3
/
/
/
/
/
9
Car
1
0
4
6
7
Game package
8
0
0
Piggy Bank
5.
0
0

...You know, call me crazy, but I think Chelsea just won herself a car!

9: Sure enough...
0
1
2
3
/
/
/
/
/
/
Car
1
9
4
6
7
Game package
8
0
0
Piggy Bank
5.
0
0
WIN!
(Game package: $820; Piggy Bank: $5.13)

Yeah, the only way that thousands digit could've been a 3 would be if we were playing for an cheapo Chevy Spark. And we weren't. Nicely played!

(CC1: RepHresh Pro-B)

Showcase Showdown #1:

James
40
60
1.00

$1,000 Bonus
Jeremy
100
1.00

$1,000 Bonus
Chelsea
90
15
1.05

$21,272

Been a little while since we've had one... it's a Bonus Spin-Off:
James
95
WIN
Jeremy
70

$7,999

Ah, rats. Would've been nice to see that pay off.

4. Sony 24" touchscreen computer (AIO; AL)
Melissa
1800
Theresa
1250
Shelley
1951
John
1950

$1450



Double Prices:
Summerset outdoor kitchen island (MA)

$9495
$7850

$9495
$9495
╔════
WIN!

Easy win for those who pay attention and know that island...

5. Murad 11pc Turn Back the Clock skin care product collection (MA)
Melissa
1
Bonnie Jean
800
Shelley
935
John
550



$610

Just when you thought it was safe... here comes One Away to screw it all up for us:
2013 Scion tC (2,5L, AT, panoramic glass moonroof, leather shift knob, carpeted mats, cargo mat; AL)

3
1
8
7
2
0

Hmm. $20,963, if I had to guess.

(MA turns today's trilons)
2
0
9
6
3

...Whoa. The stage player agrees with me. That's gotta be an omen of some kind.

Whether it's a good omen or a bad one is up to Damian -- er, I mean, the Mighty Sound Effects Lady...

1 right? HONK
2 right? HONK
3 right? HONK
4 right? HONK
5 right? ...Nope.

Argh. I seriously thought he had it, too, after four. Now I don't know what to change -- only what not to change. The zero needs to stay a zero, from where I'm sitting (and, of course, the two). It's up for grabs as far as any other digit is concerned.

Let's see what John does...

2
2
9
6
3

...On the plus side, I have been known to be wrong in these situations.

Fingers crossed, and...

2
2
9
6
3
2

2
0

LOSS
($20,763)

I guess we can say we were all crossed up on this one. If I had had to change any digit, it probably would've been the 6 (to make it $20,983). And things were going so well today, Punchy notwithstanding.

6. His & hers designer coats (GG, AL)
Melissa
1300
Bonnie Jean
999
Shelley
1000
Carl
1700



$2395

Incidentally, for those who'll probably point to this and crow that this shoots down one of my rules of thumb -- it doesn't. Yes, this was a pair of the same prize, but they weren't identical prizes. Thus, the prices can differ, which means the combined ARP can end with an odd number. The rule of thumb still stands, because it only applies to pairs of the exact same thing.

Clock Game:
  1. Leica 10.1MP digital camera (MA)
  2. Pair of Pure Fix fixed-gear bicycles (MA)

Bonus Prize: Trip to Monterey, México (2n, 2hr surrey bike rental; AL)

Insert usual grousing about impossible-to-determine bonus prizes here.

Camera: $799
450
:30
500
:29
600
:28.5
700
:27.2
800
:26.5
750
:24
760
:23.5
770
:22
780
:21.2
790
:20
791...799
WIN
:18.1

Textbook!

Bicycles: $650
1200
:18.1
1100
:17
1000
:16
800
:15.2
700
:14
600
:13.5
650
WIN!
:12

And again!

Attention all readers who aspire to make The Trip: THIS is how Clock Game is supposed to be played!

(CC2: Blue Buffalo / Allegra)

Showcase Showdown #2:

John
60
15
.75

$610
Carl
25
70
.95
WIN
Theresa
10
60
.70

$10,945

Well, the good news for my number-crunching is that if Carl wins, I can at least determine through mathematics what that Monterey trip is worth. ^^;

Battle of the Birthday Boys: Carl top winner, James runner-up.

1. We Now Pause for Station Identification...
  • Panasonic 850W home stereo system w/subwoofer (AL)
  • Railway Adventure (10n, Chicago to Seattle, Amtrak Vacations; AL)
    • 11 May is National Train Day...
  • 2013 BMW 328i (2L, AT, dynamic stability ctrl; MA)
Carl bids $38,000.
(My bid: $46,894)

Well, at least we won't have a DOB threat today. ^^;

2. Around the World
  • Trip to Amsterdam, the Netherlands (6n, Hilton Amsterdam; AL)
    • 3hr guided walking tour
  • Trip to Zürich, Switzerland (6n, Marriott Zürich; MA)
    • Daily breakfast
    • 4hr guided city tour
  • Trip to Sydney, Australia (6n, Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney; MA)
    • Daily breakfast
    • Hop-on/Hop-off tour
James bids $22,500.
(My bid: $26,242)


Moment of Truth
1. James
Trips
2. Carl
Trip/BMW
Bid
$22,500
$38,000
ARP
$30,827
$48,675
Result
$8,327
$10,675

James wins!
$35,178 (Chyron)
Over $4,352
My result
$4,585
$219 WSD


LEADER BOARD: Episode #6321K

James
$35,178
Chelsea

$21,272
Theresa

$10,945
Jeremy

$7,999
Carl
over $4,352

John

$610
TOTAL WINNINGS
over $79,848
19.57% of over $397,834
Average: $13,308
Median: $17,894

Big Money Week continues tomorrow, hopefully with even better results...

 

4 comments:

  1. On Punch-a-Bunch, the first 3 punches were a pair of $5,000s and a $2,500, in that order.
    All in all, not a bad day.

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  2. BTW, It's Craig Ferguson, not Colin. Thinking of Whose Line, were you? LOL.

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  3. Punch-A-Bunch confirmed. $5000/$5000/$2500/$1000 in that order.

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  4. All changes have now been made, thanks to everyone for keeping me honest! 8^)

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