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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

TPiRecap: 15 October 2013 (Big Money Week #2)

Yesterday, Big Money Week kicked off in a major way, with $100,000 won in ½ Off -- not exactly the friendliest game in the rotation -- and even a winner in Stack the Deck, for my money the evilest of all currently-active Pricing Games!

How can we possibly follow that up? Let's find out.

Episode #
6422K
Airdate
15 October 2013
VTR
27 August 2013
First Four
Paulette, Richard, Jennifer, Nathan
Lineup
L-R
Models
Carrie Keagan, Rachel Reynolds
Note
Big Money Week #2

1. Aroma 8pc small kitchen appliance selection (CK)
Paulette
Richard
Jennifer
Nathan
840
400
560
841

$540



Richard gets the honor of playing today's Big Money Pricing Game -- only, we're not playing for cash exactly.

How about an Audi A6?

And a Range Rover?

And just for the unmitigated heck of it, how about a Corvette as well?

All possible (if unlikely) if we play out Triple Play to a successful conclusion.

1. 2014 Audi A6 2.0T Quattro (8AT, 2.0L, AWD, LED brake lights; RR)

(CK with the tags)

triple play
$44,875

$49,257

Yeah, that's what I would've picked...


$46,595
YES

NO

Of course, this game always starts easy. But here's about when things usually start taking a turn for the budget-conscious.

2. Range Rover Evoke AWD Pure (AWD, 6AT, 2.0L turbo; CK)

(RR with the tags)

triple play

$39,450
$40,995

$41,142

You know it's bad when there's less than two grand separating all three options. I find myself gravitating towards the $39K price, however.


$42,140

NO
NO

YES

Unfortunate. Alas, that's how it goes with Triple Play sometimes.

The worst part is, we'll now never know exactly how much that Corvette went for -- but a quick search of chevrolet.com reveals a base price of $56,205 for the model Price has historically used on the show (the 2LT), so that's what I'm going with for stat-keeping purposes. Going with that figure, and including yesterday's big win on ½ Off, that puts us at $244,940 of an announced million-dollar prize budget for Big Money Week -- and I don't think I'm exactly letting the cat out of the bag by saying that, yes, my spies report we're due for a playing of $500,000 Plinko this week as well.

Oh well. Let's put this disappointment behind us and soldier on to see if we can salvage this day.

2. Eddie Borgo designer costume jewelry (JE)
Paulette
Dorene
Jennifer
Nathan
890
1200
1100
1300



$1650

Coming or Going:
Pair of Piaggio 125 Typhoon motor scooters (RR)

COMING
GOING
7
0
2
8

$7028
WIN!



Could only be $7,028. Remember the rule: Since Price always rounds its prices to the nearest whole dollar, that means any pair of the same prize -- regardless of what that prize is -- must, mathematically speaking, end in an even number [1]. Thus, in a Double Prices-like situation like this, where you have two choices for a paired prize and one of them ends in an odd digit, all you have to do is remember this simple rule and you're right there in the catbird seat.

So at least we won that. ^^v

[1] I can already hear the question:"Well, what if the price of one motor scooter was $4,103.49?" Although that would actually result in the $8,207 figure when added together ($8,206.98) and rounded to the nearest dolar, that's not how this show has operated in the history of ever. In cases like this, each scooter was rounded before their combined total was figured, and when you do it like that there is no possible way to get the total to end in an odd number. Hence the rule.

3. JumpSport 14' trampoline w/enclosure & basketball goal (GG)
Paulette
Dorene
Jennifer
Karen
600
1800
700
504


$1559


Bonus Game:
Trip to Montego Bay, Jamaica (5n, Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort & Private Island; $8,176; CK)

It's taken a few years, but I've finally managed to find a non-broken way to do up this game's reveal! Check it out on the other side of the SP business.

(RR is standing by the SP turntable)
200-picture photo album
Photo album
$23
$17
LOWER
University Games Five Little Monkeys... board game
Game
$35
$23
LOWER
Lomokino Super 35 film camera
Camera
$69
$99
HIGHER
Zoku ice pop maker
Pop maker
$40
$50
HIGHER

(Incidentally, the Lomokino camera can squeeze in 144 shots per standard roll of 35mm film. That equates to a movie of about six seconds at the standard film speed of 24fps. Just so you know this camera is really more of a toy and an artist's tool than something you'd use for serious analog film production.)

Well, here it is! Gotta love the Unicode box-drawing characters ;^)

$17
LOWER

◤▀▀▀
◣▄▄▄
$23
LOWER

◤▀▀▀
◣▄▄▄
$99
HIGHER
BONUS!
◤▀▀▀
◣▄▄▄

◤▀▀▀
◣▄▄▄
WIN!

Of course, everything looks nicer with a win, right? ;^)

(CC1: Allegra)

Showcase Showdown #1

Richard
100
1.00

$1,000 Bonus
Nathan
15
85
1.00

$1,000 Bonus
Jennifer
10
25
.35

$9,874
Bonus Spin-Off

Richard
15

$10,000 Bonus
Nathan
90
WIN


4. Pair of Pure Fix bicycles (CK)
Paulette
Dorene
Matthew
Karen
700
701
680
525



$650

Karen comes in all the way from my old stomping grounds in Connecticut, and all you can give her is Swap Meet?:
  1. Maytag washer & dryer (CK)
  2. Michael Kors designer accessories
  3. Danby French-door beverage center (60 soda cans/27 wine bottles; GG)

Swap Prize: Asus 13.3" laptop computer (4GB RAM, 128SSD; RR)

I'm tempted to take a flaming axe to this Godawful game pick the beverage center. Karen seems to agree with me:

Washer & dryer
Accessories
Beverage cooler


$1200

Computer
$1200
WIN!
(Washer/dryer: $3,098; Accessories: $2,289)

Admittedly, I do like this thing more than I did since they finally instituted a consistent ARP-reveal policy for it. (Up until a few seasons ago, it used to be SOP for the other two prizes to go unrevealed if the game was won, much like it still is on Take Two.) But yeah, throw this on the bonfire with Stack the Deck as far as I'm concerned, and replace it with more playings of Danger Price and Step Up.

5. VocoPro karaoke system w/100-song disc set & $30 streaming card (RR)
Paulette
Dorene
Matthew
Chassidy
1100
1500
1200
1400


$1365


Dice Game:
2014 Scion tC (2.5L, 6AT, LuxCare paint prot; CK)

Yay for unmanipulable car games!


0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
0

0
0
0
0

(RR brings out the table)
Roll #1
2
NO
Roll #2
2
NO
Roll #3
6
YES


0
0
6
4
2
2
2
6
0

0
0
6
4

Uh-oh... Houston, we officially have a problem. Little prop glitch accidentally revealed the last digit when lighting up the 6. Drew's official advice, apparently relayed from the table: "Just pretend you didn't see that and roll anyway."

Roll #4
4
YES

He rolls the 4 anyway! Well, I guess that little twist of luck gets the tech staff off the hook.

So here we go with the official reveal:


0
5
6
4
2
2
2
6
4

1
0
6
4
LOSS

I'm sure there's going to be a big brouhaha in the fan community over this one. Let me make my own stand perfectly clear, then: Yes, there are precedents for awarding tech wins based on prop glitches like that one. In this case, however, I wouldn't give one for the simple reason that Matthew made his critical error on the first digit, before the glitch happened, and the glitch didn't affect that digit at any rate. The most they could have done was award him the 4 automatically. So the producers are right to let the loss stand as-is. It's regrettable, perhaps, but them's the rules.

Meanwhile, back at the Row, the charter flight to Leftover Island is warming up, ready to whisk Paulette off to the Ohio River where nobody wants to be. She has, however, this one last chance to avoid banishment. Can she do it?

6. Wüsthof 12pc cutlery set w/block (CK, RR)
Paulette
Dorene
Ayesha
Chassidy
650
351
350
600
$962




She does! Taking advantage of the fact knives like that are always more expensive than you think, Paulette comes up on stage to play Double Cross:
  1. Pair of LG 55" LED Smart HDTVs w/HDMI cables (CK)
  2. Inspire multistation home gym (RR)

Here we go with my first graphical representation in a while; I hope you like it, because this one's gonna stick around for a while, hard drive permitting of course:




Well, there isn't a whole lot I can say here. >_< Remember, folks: When it comes to Price, LG is the Ashley of HDTVs.\

And I just realized, that price TOTALLY flies in the face of the "pairs always end in an even number" rule!  I'd love to know how they managed that trick, because mathematically that just shouldn't be!  (Maybe it was an uneven number of HDMI cables?)

(CC2: Alaska / Egg-Land's Best)

Showcase Showdown #2

Paulette
35
85
1.20

$962

Matthew
45
50
.95
WIN
Karen
80
75
1.55

$8,437

Going to commercial, we learn through spoiler-laden footage that still to come this week is a game played for $250,000 and another, which I'm told is Golden Road, featuring a Bentley... and as previously noted, we'll also see a $500,000 Plinko session as well. (Yes, I already know what the $250K game is. No, I'm not telling. It'll be a shocker.) Things to come...

Showcases: Nathan top winner, Matthew runner-up.

1. Eat, Sleep, and Work Through This One
  • Eat: Premier 30" stainless steel gas range (CK)
  • Sleep: Your hotel room in Hilton Head, SC (6n, The Westin Resort & Spa; CK)
    • 1 in-room spa treatment each
  • Work: Drive there in your 2013 Hyundai Veloster (1.6L 4c, dual CVDT, 6MT, carpeted mats; RR)
Nathan bids $26,000.
(My bid: $25,257)

2. Home Sweet Home
  • Home: Flexsteel 7pc living room group (RR)
  • Sweet: Trip to Zurich, Switzerland (6n; RR)
    • Chocolatier tour
  • Home (Away From Home): Catalina Yachts 16.5 sailboat w/trailer (CK)
Matthew bids $26,200.
(My bid: $29,127)


Moment of Truth
2. Matthew
Trip/Sailboat
1. Nathan
Trip/Car
Bid
$26,200
$26,000
ARP
$27,907
$25,266
Result
$1,707
$734

Matthew wins!
$29,272
$9,678
My result
$1,420
$9 DSW

Drew teases that tomorrow is when we'll be playing for the quarter-million. I can't wait to see your faces when I tell you what game it is, too!

LEADER BOARD: Episode #6422K
Matthew

$29,272
Richard


$11,540
Jennifer

$9,874
Nathan
$9,678
Karen

$8,437
Paulette


$962
Offered*
$255,603
Won
$69,763
Pct.
22.6%
Bonus
$12,000
Avg.
$11,627
Median
$9,776


* - Approximate.

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