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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

TPiRecap: 16 October 2013 (Big Money Week #3)


Episode #
6423K
Airdate
16 October 2013
VTR
27 August 2013
First Four
Kyle, Courtney, Kevin, Jeune
Lineup
L-R
Models
Carrie Keagan, Rachel Reynolds
Note
Big Money Week #3

Today's affected game, if you haven't heard, is probably gonna blow your mind. In fact, I'll tell you this much right out of the gate: It's gonna be played for a cool quarter-million dollars... and while I won't give away just yet which game it is, I'll tease it a little and say that it's a "winnable" situation.

(Of course, many of you already know, but humor me, okay? I'm writing for more than just the audience that reads spoilers...)

1. Vivitar underwater photography package (4 cameras, 2 camcorders, & accessories) (CK, RR)
Kyle
Courtney
Kevin
Jeune
450
500
400
525

$509
SUICIDE


Six-Digit Squeeze Play:
Yamaha VX Cruiser WaveRunner w/trailer (RR)

No, this isn't the big game, but six-digit Squeezy is still enough of a novelty...

0
0
0
9

0
0
0
9
1
5
0
6
8
4
0

From where I sit, this one is patently obvious. That 5's gotta go. Nothing else makes any sense whatsoever; a $15,000 jet ski just doesn't vivisect/the yellow condiment if you know what I mean.

0
0
0
0
Remove the 5
0
0
0
0
$
1
0
6
8
4
$
1
0
6
8
4
EASY WIN!

Would that they were all this easy. Or most. Heck, I'm willing to settle for "a slight majority" at times. ^^;

2. Michael Kors his & hers designer watches (JE)
Kyle
Anna
Kevin
Jeune
1
700
625
750
$525




Kyle, a wild man, gets to play today's Big Money Pricing Game.

He gets to play it for $250,000 in cash (presented by Carrie Kelley, VH-1's gift to Studio 33) -- which if he wins it, would make him by far the biggest winner in the 41-plus year history of The (New) Price is Right on CBS Daytime. (Only the three million-dollar winners from primetime would top him.)

And the game is...

(drum roll, please, Maestro)


























































...Cliff Hangers.


That's right. Quite possibly the most winnable game on the current roster, with the arguable exception of Bullseye, is offering up a quarter-million clams if Kyle can win it. Even Drew himself couldn't believe it when he got the email saying this is what they were doing.

There is, however, a catch... a very big one. It is this One-Time Rule Change: For every step Hans takes up the mountain, $10,000 is deducted from that $250,000 jackpot. In other words, if Kyle is off by $9 on his first SP, that takes $90,000 away from the potential bonanza, leaving him with "only" $160,000. Think of it as a hybrid of Cliff Hangers and Lucky $even, and it's an interesting way for the show to convert Cliffy to a cash game in the future if they ever get the desire. (I could see $25,000 Cliff Hangers becoming a staple, if given half a chance.) Also, Hans starts off at step #1 on the mountain for the purposes of mathematics, so Kyle only has 24 steps to play with.

Bottom line: It has never been more important to remember the 20-30-40 Threshold.

Nice touch: Hans is toting a huge sack-O-cash on his back and tied to his pick!

Let's see what we're dealing with today:

(RR on SPs)
  • Brita 10c purifying water pitcher
  • Panasonic 360° steam iron
  • Chef's Choice PizellePro 834 pizelle maker

Pitcher
$32
2 steps to 3
$34
Jackpot
$230,000












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

Well, so much for the Threshold then -- that would've been 14 steps right there!



Iron
$50
10 steps to 13
$40
Jackpot
$130,000




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


Another ten steps would've been 24. So yeah, they were well aware of the Threshold and intentionally set out to torpedo it today.

On the other hand, we're still losing money rapidly, but we're still (for the moment) within six figures.

Pizelle maker
$60
10 steps to 23
$50
Jackpot
$30,000


WIN!
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25

Well, it wasn't a real blowaway win or anything like that, but thirty grand is still a very nice haul -- if this were Plinko we'd be celebrating a much better than average day at the board, right? And I actually like this concept of playing Cliffy for cash. Like I said earlier, I wouldn't mind at all if they sawed off one of those zeroes and turned it into a full-time cash game played with these rules. It might make it a lot more interesting than it is right now, since it seems Cliffy is only broken out when they have cheap and/or less than glamorous prizes to play for (a function of how frequently it's won, perhaps).

It works for me.

3. Performance Bicycles his & hers beach cruisers (RR)
Corey
Anna
Kevin
Jeune
4100
500
550
450
WTF!?

$1140
SUICIDE

I'll say this much, though, I've definitely seen better bidding in my time...

Line em Up:
2013 Nissan Senta SV CVT (1.8L, CVT, SV driver pkg, pro protection pkg, carpeted mats; RR)

  1. Samsung 40" LED Smart HDTV w/HDMI cables ($965; RR)
  2. Nostalgia Electrics Old Fashioned hot dog roller ($65)
  3. 8pc nonstick cookware set ($675; CK)

0

1


0
9
6
5

0
6
5


0
6
7
5

0


Try #1:
2

1


9
6
5


6
5


6
7
5

NO
0


Try #2:
1

1


9
6
5


6
5


6
7
5

LOSS
0
$19,670

My gut instinct was $19,650, but when I saw he had two right on the first try I knew which way the wind was blowing. >_<


(CC1: Allegra)

Showcase Showdown #1

Kevin
60
50
1.10

$1,140
Courtney
100
1.00
$1,000 Bonus
Kyle
25
95
1.20

$30,649
Bonus Spin
85



4. Napoleon stainless steel gas barbecue (CK)
Corey
Anna
Tomaurier
Jeune
900
901
895
700

$1399



Safe Crackers:
Trip to Savannah, GA (6n, The Gastonian, gourmet dinner tour; $6,440; CK)

(RR with the door)
Pair of Apple iPad Minis (16GBs) w/Bluetooth speaker & ear buds: 0 7 8
7
8 0
8
0 7
0
7 8
OPEN
LOCK
$870
LOSS

A day that started off so well is going south in a hurry -- not even to Savannah like we'd hoped, either.

5. Escalade Sports 7' Atomic air hockey table (CK vs. RR)
Corey
Jennifer
Tomaurier
Jeune
621
600
475
620
$700




Now....or Then:
Movie tickets (104 tickets; Fandango), pizza (104 pizzas), & gasoline (12gal/wk for 52 weeks) for 1 year ($5,138; RR, CK)

  • Gold Bond Ultimate Diabetic foot cream ANACHRONISM ALERT
  • Hidden Valley Ranch salad dressing (16oz)
  • Francesco Rinaldi pasta sauce
  • Alka-Seltzer tablets
  • Selsun Blue dandruff shampoo
  • Aspercreme pain relieving creme

Then: May 2001
Pain relief
2. Foot cream
1. Dressing
$5.49

$6.99
THEN
$2.99
NOW

NOW
THEN
5. Shampoo
4. Heartburn tablets
3. Pasta sauce
$7.99
NOW
$3.69
THEN
$2.29
NOW
NOW
THEN
NOW
SAVED IT!

Reeeeeally had me worried when he blew it on the anachronism, but as I always say, "It's okay to dig a hole for youself as long as you can still dig yourself out of it."

Leftover Island awaits for Jeune, but she has the advantage...

6. Coach designer accessories (CK)
Francis
Jennifer
Tomaurier
Jeune
927
720
650
1



$566

...and she makes the most of it! As a reward, she gets That's Too Much!:
2013 Mini Cooper Paceman (AT, 1.6L, xenon headlights, white turn signals; RR)

No, no name gag for it today. After Stacky was won on Monday, I declare a temporary moratorium on denouncing "evil" Pricing Games. At least until the end of this week anyway. (My ire directed at Swap Meet is a different and wholly unrelated situation relating to how pedestrian and boring that one is, even for a Door #2 quickie.)

(As an aside, am I seeing things or is that Cassidy, our big winner from Monday, in one of the "reserved for special guest" seats in the front row?)

$18,156
$19,331
$20,575
$21,660
$22,855
$24,269
$25,384
$$$
$$$
$$$

$25,000
LOSS


Then again...

(CC2: Zest / Bailey's coffee creamers)

Showcase Showdown #2

Jeune
10
75
.85
WIN

Anna
45
35
.80

$1,399
Corey
55
5
.60

$5,838


Showcases: Courtney top winner, Jeune runner-up.

1. A True Work of Art
  • Trip to Amsterdam, the Netherlands (6n, Hilton Amsterdam; RR)
    • City tour day pass w/passes to Van Gogh Museum
  • Pair of Suzuki Boulevard S motorcycles (CK)
Courtney passes; Jeune bids $22,500.
(My bid: $23,427)

2. A Well-Read Showcase
  • Pair of what appear to be 8.9" Kindle Fire HD tablets (RR)
  • Trip to Cyprus (6n, Le Meridien Limassol Spa & Resort; RR)
    • "Various" meals
    • VIP catamaran cruise
  • 2013 Volkswagen Golf (2.5L, 6AT, remote keyless entry; CK)
Courtney bids $26,500.
(My bid: $27,398)


Moment of Truth
2. Jeune
Trip/Motorcycles
1. Courtney
Trip/Car
Bid
$22,500
$26,500
ARP
$22,657
$34,354
Result
$157
$7,854

DOUBLE SHOWCASE WINNER!!!
$57,577 (Chyron)
$12,193
My result
$770
$6,956

Wow. How about that for a finish? In the span of about fifteen minutes, Jeune goes from being on the verge of banishment to Leftover Island, to heartbreak in That's Too Much, and finally to the pinnacle of achievement on this show! (And be honest -- who among you thought we'd have two DSWs at this young point in the season... and both of them before we suffered the ignominy of our first DOB?)

That certainly takes the sting out of today!

LEADER BOARD: Episode #6423K
Jeune

$57,577
Kyle

$30,649
Courtney
$12,193
Corey

$5,838
Anna


$1,399
Kevin


$1,140
Offered
$381,481
Won
$108,796
Pct.
28.26%
Bonus
$1,000
Avg.
$18,133
Median
$9,016


More good times tomorrow, as I'm told we'll be walking a certain thoroughfare come tomorrow with something incredible at the end. (Now how's that for a tease?) See you then...

2 comments:

  1. For the record, if you listen to the most recent epsiode of Mike Richards' podcast "The Randumb Show", it confirms that Cassidy was in the front row at the taping.

    http://therandumbshow.tumblr.com/

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  2. Yeah, 20-30-40 would not have worked for this playing of "Cliffhangers". If I were onstage in this situation, I would do 30-40-50. I still would have some lost money, but not as much as Kyle (I believe my total cash would have been $210,000 if I did my math correctly).

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