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Friday, September 27, 2013

TPiRecap: 27 September 2013 (Plinko 30th Anniversary Observation Episode)


Let me warn you right up front, without actually giving away the Big Secret™ of today's episode:

If you are a staunch, dyed-in-the-wool, “Everything must be done the way it was in 1984” Price is Right loyalist... you'll probably want to skip today's show. Just pretend today was a pre-emption, pop in a tape of an old episode from the Glory Days, and act like nothing ever happened. Trust me, you'll be saving yourself – and me – one heck of a lot of headaches.

Why? Because, I guarantee you or else may I be struck by the lightning bolt from Bullseye; if you fit that description, you will almost certainly HATE today's episode. With a passion. I'm talking the kind of hate you usually reserve whenever someone utters the name "Doug Davidson" in your earshot, or when the rampant fear was that Price was downsizing from six Pricing Games a day to four. (Yes, that was actually a legitimate, if totally baseless, rumor some corners of fandom were freaking out over around 4-5 years ago!)

Heck, I'm not altogether sure you'll totally enjoy it even if you don't fall into the “Bob's Way or the Highway” category. I can't even say how I'M going to react to what's about to take place, and I'm probably the most lenient LFaT on the face of the planet!

That's right, amigos. I'm publicly admitting it here in the preamble: Of all the things this show has done over the past few years to experiment with the traditional show format... this one gives me the most pause. I'm just not sure how well, or even if, it's going to work even on a one-day, one-time basis.

Simply put, Episode #6435K will be going where none of the nearly 8,000 previous Price is Right episodes have gone before. This is terra incognita with a retro-futuristic design line. And all I can say right now, before we even get started today, is that "Love it or hate it, what happens today is strictly a one-time-only event. It's never been done before, and chances are it'll never be done again. So why not just relax and enjoy the ride for what it is? One show like this in forty-two seasons won't kill anything -- not if the Drewcases, male models, the move to HD, and even Professor FREAKING Price didn't!"

...By now I've either alienated most of my readers -- all six of you worldwide -- or you're absolutely dying to know what in the name of Mark Goodson I'm talking about.

Well, strap in and hold on tight, because you're about to find out... and whatever may happen from this point forward, don't say I didn't give you a chance to bail out! ^^;

Let's make a memory...

Episode #
6435K
Airdate
27 September 2013
VTR
26 June 2013
First Four
Corvalis, Mark, Nicole, Christine
Lineup
R-L
Models
Danielle Demsky, Rachel Reynolds

(How about that, we actually went five straight episodes where the lineup order stayed consistent!)

Here's the deal. Season 42 marks the thirtieth anniversary of the debut of the all-time fan-favorite Pricing Game: Plinko. And never mind that the actual anniversary date is in January; the show is choosing today, the Friday show of the premiere week, to commemorate this milestone.

"I bet," says Drew, to all the contestants who showed up wearing Plinko-related shirts -- you know, the ones who never actually get to play their favorite game when and if they make it on stage? -- "I bet today, you're gonna get to play Plinko!"

And on that note of great import, we bring out our first IUFB...

1. Samsung 51" plasma HDTV (RR, DD)
Christine
Nicole
Mark
Corvalis
750
1200
900
1250


$1000


Well, after that buildup in the intro, it should hopefully come as no surprise that Plinko is batting leadoff today... right?:

Amusingly, Mark takes a little peek behind the Plinko Board just to see what it really looks like! (So maybe he could tell us if they still keep the old Davidson-syndie layouts stowed behind there... just kidding.) ;^)

(RR on SP detail)
12oz heart-adorned coffee mug
Ball-shaped ice cream maker
Oster 3L deep fryer
Babycakes mini cupcake maker
2
0
3
9
4
7
5
0
WIN!
$10
$
3
4
4
2
3
0

Well, that about sucked.

Before we go any further, I have a bookeeping announcement to make: Beginning today, with this playing, Plinko will now have "partial" wins. In addition to my usual Fudge Rule (Plinko is considered "won" if at least one chip lands in the $10,000 slot -- or whatever else the big-money slot may be on a given playing he said ominously), I'm now going to count any Plinko payout of at least $1,500 as a partial win. This will not count in calculating Plinko's seasonal win percentage, but it will go a long way towards eliminating an absurdity where I have to count Plinko as a loss even if (theoretically) all five chips land in the $1,000 slot. $5,000 (the maximum you can win without a single chip going for the big bucks) is just too nice to count as a failure entire.

With that out of the way, let's see what Mark can do with his two chips...

Chip #1:



$





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$0
TOTAL

...Oh, give me a break, board! On your special day, you're really gonna do this?

Chip #2:







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$500
YEP, IT IS

Better than nothing, but still a mega-disappointment considering all the buildup we gave it. Oh, if only we could get that over again...

Our next Rowbird is Erik Estrada.

...No, really, that's the guy's actual name! Astoundingly, Drew doesn't call attention to it -- then again, Erik's probably had enough ribbing to last a lifetime anyway, no sense in belaboring a point.

2. Jimmy Choo designer accessories (RR)
Christine
Nicole
Erik
Corvalis
1100
901
900
750
$2640




And here we go, folks. The reason why so many people, including myself, were kinda apprehensive about today's episode and how it was going to work out.

Christine's Pricing Game is...

...Plinko.

Yeah, I know we just got done playing it. And now we're playing it a second time.

In fact, we'll be playing Plinko ALL DAY TODAY. That's right... All six Pricing Game slots are Plinko on this celebratory episode.

Now do you see what all the trepidation was about? On the one-to-ten scale of Price is Right Format Breaks, this idea probably ranks about a 23. And it's not even a slight at Plinko; ANY game that got this sort of treatment would probably be met with a little mistrustful air. So it's nothing personal, it's just a risky move no matter what Pricing Game got this treatment.

But... hold on a moment! This is not the same Plinko Board we just saw a few moments ago! Something new has been added...

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The $10K slot has been replaced by one that says "CAR." That means what you think it does, folks; this time, when we drop chips, we're playing for this:
2013 Scion fR-S (2L 4c, 6MT; $25,324; DD)

Here's how it works. The first Plinko Chip that drops into the car slot wins the car, after which it reverts to the standard $10K space. This means a theoretical total of $40,000 to go with a $25K+ car. Eat your heart out, Gas Money!

(RR, again, does SP duty)
Cuisinart EasyPop™ popcorn popper
Floral print beach towel w/bag
Zoku frozen pop maker
Glass beverage jar
6
5
2
0
7
0
4
7
6
0
2
4
WIN!
$50
$
6
7

Okay, now it's getting disappointing. We've only managed to win two chips out of eight so far today -- and we've still got four more playings to get through! This could be an exceptionally long day.

Gotta hope for that car now.

(DD with the handoff)
Chip #1:





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$0
TOTAL

Chip #4:





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$0
WIPEOUT

Not the good Peter Tomarken variety, or even the fun-for-what-it-is adult Double Dare on ABC. Just a plain ol' skunkeroo.
"Seventy-six trombones for that one," Drew says sympathetically.

Like I said... a very long day. But that's the thing about games of chance... they can swing up just as quickly as they swing down. You just never know what might happen next time.

Plinko Facts #1
  • Plinko was first played on the episode airing Monday, January 3, 1983. On that same date, NBC debuted three new game shows: $ale of the Century (an eventual six-plus year hit), Hit Man (the aforementioned Peter Tomarken's first official game show credit), and Just Men! (the only hosting duty for the seemingly immortal Dame Betty White [1], which earned her an Emmy).
  • The big-money slot was originally worth $5,000, for a potential $25,000 top prize. It first became a $10,000 slot on the 25th Anniversary primetime special in 1996,, with the change becoming permanent about two years later.
  • The odds of winning the maximum amount available in Plinko, assuming the board randomizes perfectly, are 59,048-1 against. It has never yet happened in all the years Plinko has been around, and with those odds it likely never will... but on the off chance it ever does, the show is scripted to use the "clangclangclang whoop whooop WHOOOOP" that usually accompanies a DSW or a successful Bonus Spin.

[1] Okay, so we don't bestow such titles on our revered public figures here in America... but go on, tell me she wouldn't deserve the honor if we did!

So, let's get to making that "next time" already!

3. VocoPro karaoke system w/music & $30 Unlimited Karaoke streaming card (DD)
Rosalind
Nicole
Erik
Corvalis
900
1100
1200
1205



$1365

Sick of Plinko yet, boys and girls? Hope not, because we got a lot more where that came from!

And we're doing things a little bit differently here, too. To wit, these two prizes:
  1. Kimco Mongoose 90 ATV ($3,099 [1]; RR)
  2. Escalade Sports Atomic air hockey table ($700 [2]; DD)

...are available in the left and right $1,000 slots respectively. The first chip to land in either one of these takes the appropriate prize, after which they revert to their standard thousands. Not too shabby.

Emerson 900W microwave oven
Apple iPod Shuffle (2GB)
Nostalgia Electrics pigs-in-a-blanket maker
Portable kettle smoker
4
5
2
9
2
8
6
0
WIN!
$65
$
WIN!
$49
$
$
WIN!
$25
WIN!
$80
$

Took us long enough to get out of the two-chip doldrums! Now we just have to make the most of it...

Chip #1:


$






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K B
E L
Y E
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5
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0
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0
0
$3099
TOTAL

The value of the ATV doesn't show up on the scoreboard, but humor me... I'm going for completeness.

Chip #2:





$



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E L
Y E
0
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5
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0
0
0
$3099
TOTAL

Chip #3:







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E L
Y E
0
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$3599
TOTAL

Chip #4:




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E L
Y E
0
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5
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1
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0
$13,599
TOTAL

Now we're talking!

Chip #5:







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$14,099
WIN!

Three tries and finally a decent result on the board! Could this be the start of a trend? Time will tell...

[1] Source: Mathematics
[2] Source: Episode #6391K


Plinko Facts #2
  • There are 82 pegs on the Plinko Board, arranged in 13 staggered rows of eight and seven pegs each. Including the zigzags down each side and the actual physical slots themselves, that's a total of 102 points where a Plinko Chip's trajectory can be potentially altered.
  • The name "Plinko" is thought to derive from pachinko, a sort of hybrid slot/pinball machine very popular in Japan and Korea, among others. The Plinko Board itself, however, is closer in layout to a French baguatelle game than it is to most pachinko machines.


(CC1: Quick Shine)

Showcase Showdown #1

Mark
25
25
.50

$1,510

Christine
80
.80

$2,690
Corvalis
85
.85
WIN




4. Bosch 30" electric range (DD)
Rosalind
Nicole
Erik
Nora
1300
1500
900
2000
$1499




Yep, here we go again... "I hope you're favorite game's not Side by Side," Drew quips as we reveal a Plinko board with a slot for this:
2013 Dodge Journey American Value Pkg (AT, 2.4L; $20,585; RR)

Krups electric juicer
Set of 6 heart-shaped teacups w/saucers
Black & Decker Toast-R-Oven
1600W electric iron
6
5
5
9
8
5
2
5
WIN!
$75
$
5
0
WIN!
$45
$
WIN!
$65
$

Someone make a note of this episode, by the way. I think we're going to see every last living SP we could possibly see all year long today -- it might be handy as a reference.

Chip #1:






$


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$1,000
TOTAL

Chip #2:





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$1,000
TOTAL

Chip #4:
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$1,100
TOTAL

Chip #5:



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$1,100
LOSS

Man, so close to at least an inaugural partial win. These close shaves are gonna give me an ulcer... and I'm already worn out and we're only at the bottom of the hour. Jeez, this is demanding...

Plinko Facts #3
  • In its UK incarnations, Plinko was played for much smaller cash amounts (usually well under £1,000 in total), but you also had the chance to win a car. Under normal circumstances, I mean -- not like what we're seeing today. Here's how: After a player dropped all of his/her chips for cash, the Plinko Board layout was changed to one with an equal number of alternating "WIN" and "LOSE" slots, and s/he was given the option to risk all of his/her cash total on one final chip. If that chip landed in a "WIN" slot s/he kept the money and also won the car; however, a "LOSE" wiped out all of his/her cash.
  • The closest anyone has ever come to "winning" Plinko by the strict definition of a "win" was on 30 November 1990, when the lucky player managed to get four of her five chips in the then-top $5,000 slot. Her fifth went for $1,000, making her total $21,000 (or $41,000 adjusted for the current board values) -- the highest possible total without actually maxing out.



5. Sony DSLR camera & camcorder (RR)
Adrienne
Nicole
Erik
Nora
1250
1400
1300
1



$550

This time, the Plinko Board offers up the following in the $10K position:
Trip to London, England (6n, double-decker bus tour; $10,161; DD, RR)

Heart-shaped waffle maker
LED tabletop fountain
Oster 3qt fondue set
Nostalgia Electrics cotton candy maker
2
0
8
2
7
0
5
9
WIN!
$40
$
WIN!
$52
$
WIN!
$30
$
$
WIN!
$50

Chip #1:



$





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$0
TOTAL

Chip #2:



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$0
TOTAL


Zeroes...
Zeroes...
None of my salesmen has ever sold a car
Sometimes I think I might be pushing them too far
I think I'll hit the bar
And try to get my mind off
Zeroes... (Zeroes!)
Zeroes... (Zeroes!)
All of my salesmen arrrrrre
ZEROES!

[From Exp. #0423, "Bride of the Monster"]

Right there with ya, Servo... right there with ya.

Chip #3:






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$1,000
TOTAL

At least it's something...

Chip #4:



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$1,000
TOTAL

Chip #5:



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$1,000
ENOUGH ALREADY


"So far on this show, players, out of a potential total of $220,000 in prize money you could have won, you have managed to bank... an appalling... dismal.... pathetic... $13,600.

"Normally I'd say this is where we would vote off the Weakest Link, but let's face it -- we bloody well already know who that is this time, don't we?"



...Erm, why is she looking at me when she says that? Anyway.

This may be the most disappointing anniversary celebration ever seen on this show. ...Well, maybe the 4,000th episode where the sole highlight was the premiere of the most lackluster Pricing Game of all, Pick-a-Number, but even that probably doesn't approach this one. We're on course for a full-bore meltdown here, I'm afraid, unless something dramatic happens in the next segment...

Plinko Facts #4
  • Although the top value on the present board is $10,000, Plinko has had a variety of values in that space over the years. It was, of course, originally a $5,000 slot; it has been increased to $20,000 for primetime/MDS play; during one week in Season 40 it was the location of an accruing jackpot (a stunt with the Publisher's Clearing House Prize Patrol) that got as high as $80,000, but sadly went unclaimed; and earlier this year we saw it go up to $100,000.
  • The all-time Plinko winnings record is $41,000; this was established on a primetime MDS that aired on 14 May 2008. For the canonical daytime series, the high-water mark is $30,100, set on Christmas Day 2007.


Alas, poor Nicole... not only is she missing out on all the Plinkoing going on (or not going on, as the case may be, considering), but she's about to be banished to Leftover Island on top of it all. But where there's life there's hope, as they say...

6. Dev Valencia sterling silver, rodium, & diamond (.40ct) pendant (JE)
Adrienne
Nicole
Erik
Richard
2300
2301
1000
800


$1768


...then again, maybe not.

Drew gets swept off his feet, quite literally, by an ebulliant Erik! "Forever and ever, I'm gonna tell the story about how Erik Estrada picked me up..." Dude's just gotta win now!

More prizes in the $1,000s:
  1. Inspire Fitness CS2 recumbant elliptical bike ($1,795 [1]; DD)
  2. Apple 27" Mac Pro computer (6GB RAM, 1TB HD, AIO; $3,618 [2]; RR)

Finally in the home stretch. I never thought it would be so exhausting, nay, mind-numbing to do up a Plinko spot six straight times with nary a breather in between... I never thought I'd actually long for That's Too Much! just to break up the monotony. (From a recapping standpoint only, mind you. As a fan I'm actually still enjoying the spectacle for the most part, even though I am rather bummed that things haven't gone better.)

Chef's Choice pazzelle maker
Emerson electric wine bottle opener
Mini soda can refrigerator
Tomato press
2
0
1
4
8
9
4
2
WIN!
$50
$
1
9
WIN!
$59
$
$
WIN!
$40

Here we go... the last four chips, the last four chances to salvage some dignity and import for this auspicious occasion.

C'mon, board, you can do it! In spite of everything, I've still got faith in you! I think

Chip #1:








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0
0
0
0
0
E T
L R
L A
I I
P N
T E
I R
C
A
L
0
0
0
0
|
0
|
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
|
0
|
0
0
0
0
C
O
M
P
U
T
E
R
0
0
0
0
5
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
$100
TOTAL

Chip #2:


$






1
0
0
0
0
5
0
0
0
0
0
0
E T
L R
L A
I I
P N
T E
I R
C
A
L
0
0
0
0
|
0
|
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
|
0
|
0
0
0
0
C
O
M
P
U
T
E
R
0
0
0
0
5
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
$1,895
TOTAL

Chip #4:



$





1
0
0
0
0
5
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
|
0
|
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
|
0
|
0
0
0
0
C
O
M
P
U
T
E
R
0
0
0
0
5
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
$1,895
TOTAL

And, last but not least...

Chip #5:








$
1
0
0
0
0
5
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
|
0
|
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
|
0
|
0
0
0
0
C
O
M
P
U
T
E
R
0
0
0
0
5
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
$1,995
OH WELL...

Meh. Not that it really matters, but that's what a partial Plinko win will look like. I do count it as such, since it is over my $1,500 hard deck for such a consideration.

But... yeahletsnotdothisagain. This is exactly why some people don't much care for Plinko these days. (Well, the ones who aren't trying to be hipster-chic about it and just hate on anything that's popular, that is. Thankfully, those types are very much in the minority around this fandom anymore.)

Plinko Facts #5
  • For selected playings during the Doug Davidson 1994-95 syndie, Plinko featured a different layout with two $5,000 slots and three zeroes. The arrangement was, from L-R: $100, $500, 0, $5,000, 0 $5,000, 0, $500, $100. It's interesting to note that on the daytime series there have been at least two instances where a player won all five chips only to have them all land in zero; had this Davidson format been in place on those occasions, Plinko would actually have been won outright!
  • Early on, there was a problem with Plinko Chips actually bouncing completely off the board. To prevent this from happening, a Plexiglass covering was added to the board during the early 1990s (not sure exactly when). However, this solved one problem by creating another -- it became much more difficult to retrieve stuck chips this way! The triangular holes you now see in the Plexiglass were introduced about two or so seasons later.
  • The small stage in back of the Peanut Gallery -- where the "Door #4" monitor now resides -- is referred to around here as the "Plinko Perch." That's in honor of that location being the original home for the old Venetian-blind "PLINKO/$25,000" sign for its first few years, as well as during the Davidson run.

[1] Source: inspirefitness.net
[2] Source: Mathematics


(CC2: Alaska / Nature Raised Farms)

Showcase Showdown #2

Nora
45
85
1.30

$1,722

Rosalind
35
65
1.00
$1,000 Bonus
P
Erik
15
75
.90

$3,912
Bonus Spin
90



Showcases: Corvalis (true) top winner, Rosalind runner-up.

Honestly, as tired as I am right now, the only thing that can totally ruin this day now is a DOB. As long as one of 'em wins their Showcase, I'll be... not thrilled, obviously, but I can at least live with it.

...yeah, now watch, I just jinxed it by saying that. >_< Only one way to find out, though...

1. Splish Splash
  • Trip to Turks & Caicos (6n, The Sands at Grace Bay; RR)
    • ½d snorkeling excursion
  • Kawasaki STX-15F Jet Ski w/trailer (DD)
Corvalis passes; Rosalind bids $18,900.
(My bid: $19,130)

2. Just Another Truckin' Showcase
  • Zuo Modern outdoor bed (DD)
  • 2013 Ford F150 4x2 XL regular cab (3.7L V6, 6AT, 3.73 limited slip axle, trailer tow pkg; RR)
Corvalis bids $24,000.
(My bid: $28,242)

I think even Drew's in a hurry at this point to get this over with...

Moment of Truth
2. Rosalind
Trip/Jet Ski
1. Corvalis
Truck
Bid
$18,900
$24,000
ARP
$21,291
$28,452
Result
$2,391
$4,452

Rosalind wins!
$25,075
$15,663
My result
$2,161
$210 DSW


LEADER BOARD: Episode #6435K
Rosalind

$25,075
Corvalis
$15,663
Erik
P

$3,912
Christine


$2,690
Nora


$1,722
Mark


$1,510
Offered
$395,821
Won
$50,572
Pct.
12.78%
Bonus
$1,000
Avg.
$8,429
Median
$3,301


So, all in all, the question must be asked... did this experiment work? The answer is "It depends on what you're looking for." No, having Plinko six times in a row did not, in fact, "break" the show, and I actually think the way they did it by having extra prizes on the board did help break up some of the monotony. On the other hand, we had the extreme misfortune to catch the Plinko Board in the midst of a very cold streak -- like Antarctica in February cold -- and unfortunately that results in today's nearly-disastrous Leader Board where, out of sixteen total chips dropped, one and only one found its way home for $10,000.


As an experiment, this was fun for a one-off, but I'm really don't think they ever need to do something like this again. Or at least, if they ever do try it again, they manage to catch Ebenezer Plinko in a much better mood than he obviously was in today.


Good, bad, or indifferent, we're back to what passes for normal around here on Monday... and stay tuned later tonight for the first weekly stats report of the season (my first since last November in fact). See you then!

6 comments:

  1. That Ebenezer Plinko remark is making L.O.L.I.M.C -- a.k.a Laughing Out Loud In My Chair.

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  2. As a fan, I enjoyed today's show. I wish it had produced better results, but when Plinko's on a cold streak, what can you do. I just loved the fact that this Plinko fan got to see his favorite game... six times in a row. I do agree that the addition of other prizes did break the monotony. Despite the results, it was a good day for Price.

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  3. Sooooo many zeroes! I was up for this idea from the very beginning, though I knew it would mess with the timing. I think that at least half the negative reaction would have gone away had more than one chip ended up in the big slot.

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    1. I concur, though even a few more $10K chips wouldn't have helped in terms of the show's variety, which I'm now more convinced than ever is a big part of its success over the decades. You just can't play a game like this that many times in a row without getting at least a little bit blasé about the situation.

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  4. I haven't seen that many gutterballs at a bowling alley!
    In the end, it was a decent idea. And adding bonus prizes to the board was a nice touch. But in the end, the chips just didn't fall the right way.

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    1. I gotta give it to them for being willing to experiment and try something different. We've seen what stagnation gets you (the last ten or so years of the Barker-Dobkowitz Regime, where oftentimes it became difficult to so much as tell one season from another and everything was pretty much paint-by-numbers). Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't, but you can't let the fear of failure stop you, because the potential rewards are great.

      This can, however, only really be described as a qualified success. Sure, a lot of the problem can be attributed to Plinko's cold streak, but after about three or four straight Plinkos my mind just began to glaze over. It's like that one time when you were a kid and your parents finally decided to let you have your favorite sugary cereal -- the one they never buy because they think it's so bad for you -- for a month. Sure, the first day or two it's awesome, but after two weeks it starts to get old, and by the end you're almost begging them to give you something else. Too much of a good thing isn't always a good thing, and I think we learned our lesson on that today.

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