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Thursday, April 25, 2013

TPiRecap: 25 April 2013 (Big Money Week #4)

Well, how can we follow yesterday's legitimate history-making episode? By soldiering on with the fourth day of our Big Money Week, that's how!

Let's see if yesterday was a fluke or if lightning can indeed strike twice.

Episode #
6324K (Big Money Week #4)
Airdate
25 April 2013
VTR
3 April 2013
First Four
Therese, Marc, Jeanne, Pete (R-L)
Today's Models
Manuela Abreález, Amber Lancaster, Rob Wilson

Right off the bat, Drew warns us that we'd better bring extra socks "because you're gonna get your socks knocked off"; on today's show we'll be offering the single most expensive prize in the (daytime) history of The Price is Right. As of the start of today's episode, that honor currently belongs to a Tesla Roadster valued at $112,845, which was offered on the first Earth Day spectacular in Golden Road.

If you've been following along here at the blog all week, or even seen the promos that've been airing, then you already know what's going to trump that, but let's just watch it play out...

1. Pair of Apple iPad Minis (16GB) w/smart covers (RW, AL)
Pete
601
Jeanne
650
Marc
550
Therese
651



$736

And here it comes, folks... Therese is going to play 3 Strikes for this:
2013 Ferrari 458 Spyder (560HP V8, 7-speed, yellow brake calipers, electric seats, iPod port, Scuderia Ferrari shields, satellite radio, navigation, Bluetooth, carbon fiber steel keyring, neck keystrap, front/rear parking sensors, leather head liner, in-color stitching, and for all we know it'll be personally delivered by Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa; MA)

Rule/Set Change: As some of you know, 3 Strikes only appeared to be six-digit compliant. The leftmost position on the board, however (where the dollar sign is), was wired to be always on. It has always been said that if this game was ever to be played for a prize worth over $100K using its present board, the first digit would have to be spotted to the player. Well, it now seems as though they've "fixed" that somehow. The first digit is blacked out just like the others, and a green $ (in the 3 Strikes font, sadly not the old curlicue that for all we know is still stored behind the prop) has been tacked onto the game. Naturally, this breeds a rule change, with six numbers in the bag as well as the Strikes:

1
2
5
6
7
8

Otherwise, we play it just like always.

It goes without saying, but I'll say it anyway... good luck, Therese!

Draw #1
7
3rd
$


NO



Draw #2
X
STRIKE 1
X



Draw #3
X
STRIKE 2
X
X



Oh, this isn't good. Not at all.

Draw #4
1
1st
$
NO






...Wow. That's right, we're playing for not only the most expensive car ever offered on the daytime show, but unless I miss my guess it's the most expensive car ever offered on an American game show, period. If by chance Therese pulls this out... but I don't want to jinx it. Just do the math for yourself.

Draw #5
6
2nd
$

NO




Draw #6
8
1st (?!)
$
NO






...But not that expensive, surely?

Draw #7
6
1st
$
NO





Draw #8
7
2nd
$

NO




Draw #9
8
6th
$





NO
Draw #10
X
YER OUT
X
X
X

($285,716)

Oh, that was painful. I was hoping she'd at least get one digit lit up...

Drew doesn't even put the Strike in the garbage slot, he just tosses it disgustedly across the stage. I can't honestly say as I blame him.

Incidentally, that car by itself would've made whoever won it the biggest one-day winner in the history of daytime television. But it's probably just as well Therese didn't win it. Have you ever tried to get insurance for one of those high-end European sports cars? I once knew someone who owned a Lamborghini that ended up having to sell it just to afford the premiums he had to pay on it; I can't imagine a Ferrari would be any different in that respect.

Doesn't make this loss sting any less, though. All we can do now is hope for good luck to strike in $500K Plinko tomorrow (always possible).

We can also gather up the shards of our shattered dreams and try to carry on with the rest of this show...

2. Inspire Bodylift home gym (AL)
Pete
1195
Jeanne
919
Marc
1
Anastasia
1100
$1395




Coming or Going:
Trip to Cabo San Lucas, México (6n, Cabo Villas Beach Resort, couples massage, fishing tour, one breakfast & dinner; RW)

COMING
GOING

6
3
2
4


$6324
WIN!

Now, you see, that is a forced win. ...Well, maybe not really, but it's certainly far more deserving of the term that what we saw yesterday with Pay the Rent. (Trust the Internet to find any excuse, no matter how flimsy, to try and take the luster off someone's moment of glory.) You're not going from LA to México for a week for anything under five grand these days.

3. Wayfair.com copper cookware (RW)
Cassie
575
Jeanne
Marc
340
Anastasia
300

$1985



Cliff Hangers:
IKEA kitchen appliances & cabinets ($5,414; AL)

(MA on SPs)
  • Stainless steel rib rack
  • ½pt whipped cream dispenser
  • Thermal beverage carafe

Rib rack
$22
2 steps to 2
$20















0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15

Dispenser
$32
6 steps to 8
$26















0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15

Carafe
$45
10 steps to 18
$35















10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
WIN!

Threshold: 9

Not much to say here. Just your basic Cliffy win.

(CC1: Allegra-D)

Showcase Showdown #1:

Therese
65
.65
WIN
Jeanne
45
10
.55

$7,480
Pete
25
25
.50

$7,719

I don't know if it's possible to rebound from losing out on a nearly $300,000 Ferrari, but Therese is certainly gonna try now...

Kamden doesn't Come On Down so much as he Jumps On Over; his seat was just behind Contestant's Row! What a Maine-iac. ;^)
4. Baume & Mercier designer mens' watch (GG)
Cassie
1002
Kamden
800
Marc
1000
Anastasia
1001
$2290




One Wrong Price:
  1. Michael Kors designer handbags (AL)
  2. MyBathUSA.com Rain Forest 31 steam shower (RW)
  3. Apple 27" iMac computer (32GB RAM, 1TB HD, Bluetooth, AIO; MA)

$1164
$1342
$3049
Designer bags
Steam shower
Computer

Folks, you know how much I suck at this game. But even I can see what needs to be done here.

The correct answer is the steam shower. No question about it. The cheapest one I've ever seen on this show was still comfortably over two grand. Thirteen hundred bucks just doesn't cut it for one of those.

$1164
$1342
$3049
Designer bags
Steam shower
Computer
$1164
$2399
$3049
SEE?

And obviously, Cassie agreed with me. ^^;

5. The Kenwood Car Audio System of Great Portent (RW)
Stephanie
700
Kamden
701
Marc
1800
Anastasia
702


$2030


Marc doesn't want the plane ticket to Leftover Island -- I'm sure he'd rather drive to Ohio (or anywhere else) in the new car he can win in Let 'em Roll:
2013 Hyundai Elantra GLS (1.8L, DRL, mud guards; $17,855; AL)

Hey, it could have been worse. Mike could've followed up 3 Strikes with Stack the Deck. >_> <_< >_>

(MA with the GPs)
Trader Joe's chocolate-covered potato chips
IcyHOT XL pain relief patch
Allegra allergy relief

$2.99
$7.49
$6.47

Chocolate-covered potato chips. Chocolate-covered potato chips.

Game over, folks. We can all stop trying now. Trader Joe's has officially WON LIFE.

Well, maybe Marc would still like to get an Elantra out of the deal, so we'll continue. For his sake. ;^)

Roll #1
CAR
1,000
1,000
500
500
Let 'em Roll

Interesting choice. $3,000 isn't bad in this game.

Roll #2
CAR
CAR
CAR
1,000
Let it Roll

Roll #3
CAR
WIN!

...of course, that's considerably better!

6. Michael C. Fina sapphire (2ct) & diamond (1.40ct) ring (MA)
Stephanie
1600
Kamden
2501
Audrey
1895
Anastasia
2500


$2200


Freeze Frame:
Pair of Yamaha Tracker 125 ATVs (RW)

Looking at the wheel right now... $6,998. Nothing else looks even remotely as good.


69
98

34
$6998
45
92
WIN!
73

50
86


So we still end up five-for-six on the day, even though that one loss was the biggest biggie you could imagine for a show like ours. Any other day I'd be doing cartwheels in the aisles over a result like this... but still, that Ferarri... ;_;

(CC2: Blue Buffalo / RepHresh Pro-B)

Showcase Showdown #2:
Cassie
10
40
.50

$8,902
Audrey
35
45
.80
WIN
Marc
20
30
.50

$19,885


Showcases: Audrey top winner, Therese (looking for redemption) runner-up.

1. Flower Power?
  • Trip to Victoria,BC (6n, Chateau Victoria; MA)
    • Two passes to Victoria Gardens
  • 2013 Toyota Tacoma regular cab 4x2 (AT, 2.7L, rear sliding window, security guarantee plus, LuxCare; RW)
Audrey passes, since Therese missed out on the Ferrari (how nice!); Therese bids $26,300.
(My bid: $27,172)


2. Just Add Water
  • Trip to Lake Tahoe, NV (6n, Embassy Suites Hotel & Ski Resort; AL)
    • Daily breakfast & golf tickets
    • 2hr sunset kayak tour
  • Oakley wakeboarding & waterskiing equipment (AL)
  • Boston Whaler 150 15'4" sport boat w/trailer (AL)
Audrey bids $34,445.
(My bid: $24,675)


Moment of Truth
2. Therese
Victoria/Truck
1. Audrey
Lake Tahoe/Boat
Bid
$26,300
$34,445
ARP
$24,700
Aw, no...
$29,287
Result
$1,600
$5,158
DOUBLE OVERBID
My result
$2,472
$4,612

I'm afraid this just wasn't your day, Therese... 8^/

LEADER BOARD: Episode #6324K
Marc

$19,885
Audrey
$9,198
Cassie

$8,902
Pete

$7,719
Jeanne

$7,480

Therese
$736
TOTAL WINNINGS
$53,920
13.7% of $393,623
Average: $8,987
Median: $10,306

All that remains now is $500,000 Plinko tomorrow, and the hope that Lady Luck doesn't wake up with a hangover. Tune in then...

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