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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

TPiRecap: 24 April 2013 (Big Money Week #3)

It's day three of Big Money Week, which if you judge solely by the amount given away in the upgraded games (as I know many will, not without justification) has to be classified as a dud so far. We only managed to give away a total of $2,000 across two games that featured a potential $350,000 between them.

But who knows? Maybe it'll be third time lucky.

Episode # 6323K (Big Money Week #3)
Airdate 24 April 2013
VTR 19 March 2013
First Four Ani, Charles, Beata, David (L-R)
Today's Models Manuela Abreález, Amber Lancaster


1. Sultana his & hers designer watches (AL, MA)
Ani
1300
Charles
1550
Beata
800
David
13


$884


Well... okay, that was different.

Lucky $even:
2013 Chrevrolet Camaro LS coupe (3.6L, Bluetooth, AT, paint/fabric prot, compact spare tire/wheel; MA)

(Oh, and for George's benefit who was wondering: The Polish word for car is apparently samochód.)

2
$7


6
2
6
EXACTA
$7
5
2
6
1
-$4
$3
7
2
6
1
8
-$1
$2
5
2
6
1
8
9
-$4
-$2 LOSS

I feel a rant coming on, but I must resist. It'll come off like I'm raking contestants over the coals for being rock-stupid (for the "heinous" crime of not being students of the show), something I swore I would never do. But I do wonder when/if people will remember that Lucky $even is not a blind lottery (cf. the car game in the California Lottery's old Make Me a Millionaire show, best described as "Lucky $even played in reverse"), that the numbers revealed do matter, and that calling 5 for the last digit is by no means a guarantee of success unless you have considerably more than a one-digit spread?

2. Samsung 13.3" notebook computer (120GB SSD) (GG)
Ani
900
Charles
699
Laurie
1500
David
613
$1399




Picking up on a theme here...

Well, well, well. Today's big-ticket game is the one game in the lineup that doesn't need to get gimmicked for a week like this -- it's Pay the Rent:
  • Kraft grated Parmesan cheese (8oz)
  • Duracell D-cell batteries (8)
  • Colgate toothpaste
  • Dreyer's ice cream (1.5qt)
  • Dove beauty bar
  • Quaker caramel corn rice cakes

Hmm. I'll end up doing it this way:

Mailbox: Cheese
1st Floor: Beauty bar + Ice cream
2nd Floor: Toothpaste + Rice cakes
Attic: Batteries

Let's see what Ani does, and if I came up with a winning combination...

(AL pitches, MA catches)

Rice cakes
$2.49

$1,000
$2.49
Go on...
Beauty bar
$1.59
Cheese
$4.99
$5,000
$6.58
Go on...
Toothpaste
$2.79
Ice cream
$5.79
$10,000
$8.58

...Oh my.

You know... I think she actually... has this one!

All she needs is the courage of her convictions to go on, and those batteries are almost a lock...


Go on...

And she does! Well, she does have the aforementioned conviction, at least.

And...






































...the tension mounts...








































...the suspense builds...




















































....excited yet?...
































...okay, last one, honest...































Batteries
$12.99

$100,000
$12.99
WIN $100,000!!!

Ladies and gentlemen, you are all witnesses. On our thirty-first attempt, we finally have our first Pay the Rent winner in Ani, who is now #4 on the list of all-time winners in daytime Price is Right history.

Needless to say, this more than makes up for the disappointment in Lucky $even. Congratulations, Ani! You earned that one!

For the curious, a Pay the Rent win is accompanied by confetti and the "$100,000" sign being lowered back down from the rafters, along with the omnipresent "WHOOP WHOOP WHOOOOOOP" sirens whenever there's a big win. Honestly, I'm a bit disappointed, because I was half-expecting something a bit more... bombastic. Say for instance, the prop safe opening up to release balloons or reveal a symbolic pot of gold, something along those lines. But, hey, I should complain! This is a legitimate Historic Moment™ for our beloved game show, and only a terminal nitpicker could find anything to be disappointed by here!

There's no need to do a proper Solution section today for the obvious reason, but I'll bet some of you are wondering if my own picks would've worked out too. So just for the record, let's see it play out from my perspective -- and in honor of the event, I'll do it using the full table rather than just the summary:


Cheese
$4.99

$1,000
$4.99
Beauty bar
$1.59
Ice cream
$5.79
$5,000
$7.38
Toothpaste
$2.79
Rice cakes
$2.49
$10,000
$5.28
(And of course, the batteries in the attic are $12.99.)

...Ah well. I was banking on the toothpaste being a larger tube worth about four bucks, I think.

But again, it's a minor complaint this time.

Well, now.

There is one downside to that win: We don't have a prayer of being able to follow something like that. The good news is, even if we strike out the rest of the show, it can't tarnish the significance of what Ani just did.

So, let us soldier on secure in the knowledge that any other wins on Episode #6323K can only be considered gravy. ^^;

3. Danby 5.3ft³ beverage center (MA)
Dolly
600
Charles
599
Laurie
601
David
602

SUICIDE

$1050

One high-five-and-belly-bump ritual later, apparently a tradition between him and his daughter whenever he refs one of her high-school basketball games, David is presented with Switch?:
  1. Honda CRF-100F offroad motorcycle (MA)
  2. Collection of Kate Spade accessories (AL)

Offroad bike
Accessories
$1448
$2880

This setup is screaming "SWITCH!" at about that volume.

David agrees...
$2880
$1448
$2880
$1448
WIN!

Those CRF-100s are cheap, but they're not that cheap. A letdown after what we just saw... but then, what wouldn't have been?

(CC1: RepHresh Pro-B)

Showcase Showdown #1:

Beata
15
60
.75

$884
David
70
10
.80

$5,378
Ani
85
.85
WIN

And Ani's day still isn't done!

4. Pair of Nikon Coolpix 16MP digital cameras (MA)
Dolly
375
Charles
599
Laurie
896
Lawrence
895

$700



Nice recovery for Charles after that disastrous third IUFB!

Flip Flop:
Trip to San José, Costa Rica (5n, Peace Lodge, guided tour; AL)

64
25

Unless Mike is really in a bad mood after Pay the Rent, the only realistic option is to Flop here. A $4,600 trip in 2013, even for only five nights, just doesn't cut the mustard.

Unless, of course, Mike is indeed in a really bad mood.

Charles Flops...

64
52
64
52
WIN!

I guess not! ^^;

Attention all my readers in the Columbus, Ohio area: The Price is Right LIVE! is on its way to the Palace Theatre on May 7! Contact TicketMaster or the box office for pricing and availability...

Unfortunately, I won't be able to get there due to prior commitments, but they'd probably bar me at the door anyway. ;^)



5. Apple iPod Touch 5th gen (32MB) & Beats by Dr. Dre headphones (JE)
Dolly
522
Michelle
400
Laurie
600
Lawrence
700
$599




Five Price Tags:
2013 Kia Rio LX (AT, 1.6L, USB/aux, carpeted mats, elec power steering; AL)

(MA with the tags)
$19,805
$18,773
$17,795
$16,960
$15,545

Either $17K or $15K, from where I sit.

My cynical prediction is that she'll answer "false" for all four SPs, get exactly one tag, pick $19,805, and lose horribly. Let's see...

(AL and MA, naturally)
Keurig single-cup coffee maker
RoadPro rechargeable emergency system
Nostalgia Electrics cotton candy maker
8pc bamboo kitchen utensil set
$120
TRUE
$59
FALSE
$39
FALSE
$21
FALSE
$120
TRUE
$59
TRUE
$50
FALSE
$21
TRUE

Of course, today does seem to be a sort of "Miracle on Beverly Boulevard" day, so... why not? Admittedly, I thought "false" for that last one myself; last time I saw those bamboo utensils they were closer to $40 than $20.

Fingers crossed, and...

Pick #1
$16,960
NO
Pick #2
$17,795
NO
LOSS
($15,545)

Well, that little cynic in me was almost right on the money. She got two picks and didn't gravitate towards the most expensive-looking tags. Still didn't turn out so well for her though.

6. Wayfair foosball table (GG, AL)
(George Gray must be the only announcer in captivity who can cheat at foosball and still lose!)
Cosima
517
Michelle
475
Laurie
600
Lawrence
601



$1695

Most Expen$ive:
  1. Electrolux washer & dryer (AL)
  2. Samsung 64" 3D HDTV w/glasses (MA)
  3. Pro-Form treadmill (GG)

1
2
3
Washer & dryer
3D HDTV
Treadmill
$2498
$3949
$1500
LOSS

Unfortunately, I kinda saw that one coming. Oh well... but as predicted, it doesn't diminish from what we saw earlier!

(CC2: IcyHOT / Allegra-D)

Showcase Showdown #2:

Dolly
85
.85

$769

Lawrence
95
.95
WIN
Charles
30
60
.90

$7,152


Showcases: Ani (by far the true) top winner, Lawrence runner-up. Just for the record, and to put today in perspective, the difference between Ani's total and that of the current #2 on the list, Charles, is $94,247... greater than the total amount won by all six stage players on many episodes! I believe this is the very definition of "screwing up the curve," not that anyone's gonna gripe about that, I suspect...

1. Quality Time With the One You Love
  • Trip to Sedona, AZ (6n, Hilton Sedona Resort & Spa; AL)
    • 90min couples massage
  • 2013 Honda Civic LX (AT, 1.8L, USB audio; MA)
Ani bids $22,120.
(My bid: $24,347)

2. A Bit Late for Earth Day, But...
  • GoGreenSolar.com solar cabana (MA)
  • Dimplex Power Chef electric barbecue (MA)
  • Wayfair 5pc outdoor dining set (MA)
  • Amazon Rain Forest Adventure in Ecuador (7d, Sacha Lodge; AL)
    • Daily guided excursions
  • $3,000 cash
Lawrence bids $19,000.
(My bid: $27,142)


Moment of Truth
1. Lawrence
Ecuador
2. Ani
Sedona/Car
Bid
$19,000
$22,120
ARP
$24,983
$22,618
Result
$5,983
$498

$1,695
Ani wins!
$124,017 (Chyron)
My result
$2,241
$1,729

And with that, Ani not only vaults from #4 to #3 on the all-time winnings chart, but she becomes the biggest daytime winner of the Drew Carey era! If there's a downer at all, it's that she missed the DSW by just $248 -- which if she had pulled it off, would have put her at the very top of the charts at an even $149,000, besting Vicky Ann's $147,517 from the Season 35 premiere.

As it is, the list of top five daytime winners now looks like this:

#1: Vicky Ann - $147,517 (18 September 2006; Episode #3618K)
#2: Denise - $140,235 (15 June 2007; Episode #4035K)
#3: Ani - $124,017 (24 April 2013; Episode #6323K)
#4: Stephanie - $104,346 (6 January 2012; Episode #5661K)
#5: Judy - $101,244 (24 December 2010; Episode #5365K)

(Stats from the tpirsummaries site.)

These are also the only five members of the Daytime Six-Digit Club.

"You'll see this on the Internet forever!" proclaims Drew, as Ani celebrates with her friends (and the $100,000 sign is lowered once again; there's even a graphic on the Plinko Plasma in the Pay the Rent font). Indeed!

LEADER BOARD: Episode #6323K
Ani
$124,017
Charles

$7,152
David

$5,378

Lawrence
$1,695

Beata

$884

Dolly

$769
TOTAL WINNINGS
$139,895
70.26% of $199,100
Average: $23,316
Median: $62,393

And that wraps up a historic day on The Price is Right by anyone's measuring stick!

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