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Monday, November 11, 2013

TPiRecap: 11 November 2013 (7th Annual Veterans' Day Special)

It's that time of year again, folks... time to honor our brave men and women in uniform, with our annual Veterans' Day salute to the military.

Episode #
6491K
Airdate
11 November 2013
VTR
31 July 2013
First Four
Ronnie, Jennifer, Lee, Nathan
Lineup
R-L
Models
Rachel Reynolds, Lawrence Saint-Victor
Note
7th Annual Veterans' Day Special

This year, however, we seem to be doing things a bit differently. Instead of a Peanut Gallery full of currently-serving members of the military, we have instead veterans of various wars and/or their families. It's a little bit different, and I'm not so certain it's a positive change... but there we have it. (It seems the past Veterans' Day format has instead been moved to either Memorial Day or the annual Fourth of July special.)

Well, I will still do what I can to honor our veterans in my own way, even if it's just by adopting a patriotic color scheme for the day's template and by telling any stories that come up to the best of my meager ability to retell them here.

Let's get on with the festivities, then -- and hope like heck Mike was in a generous mood today!

1. Pair of Apple iPads (128GB 4th gen) (RR)
Nathan
Lee
Jennifer
Ronnie
800
900
932
1250



$1598

Ronnie is a Vietnam veteran (he was a combat photographer), and he gets to play Game:
2013 Dodge Avenger SE (2.4L, 4AT, air deflector, UConnect w/Bluetooth; LSV)

$
$
95
42
84
$
$
63
79
20
$
$
19
21
57
$
$
F
1
B


Remember how I said I was hoping Mike was in a good mood? It's still too early to tell if he is. Looking at the board, however, I am going to go out on a limb and predict a price of $19,184. I have no particular reason for thinking this... it just seems to stick out for some reason.

Ronnie will be the one who determines how far off base I am with that guess, and he'll start to do so... now:

19: $
$
19
95
42
84
$
$
63
79
20
$
$
$
21
57
$
$
F
1
B


That far, I see.

Worth noting: For the first time in a while, Drew does not do that little homage to Paul Hardcastle's "19" when removing that number from the board. If you know the song, it's not at all hard to understand why.

21: FRONT
$
19
95
42
84
$
$
63
79
20
$
$
$
F
57
$
$
21
1
B


That's more like it! Three chances left....

84: BACK
$
19
95
42
B
$
$
63
79
20
$
$
$
F
57
$
$
21
1
84

V FOR VICTORY! (+$19)

...Of course, if all you need is one, so much the better! Now that's how you want to start off a day like this one!

2. 3-burner gas barbecue (RR)
Nathan
Lee
Jennifer
Amporn
750
900
901
500



$650

Amporn's a sister-in-arms for our intrepid host -- an ex-Marine! (She was in data communications from 2006-11. They also serve...)

Wouldn't it be something, though, to give away a hundred grand? That's what could happen in the next few minutes on Pay the Rent:

(RR receives, LSV has his arms in the proverbial straps)
  • Wesson canola oil
  • Ring Pop candy
  • Gold Bond Ultimate Healing Diabetic lotion
  • Skippy peanut butter
  • Heinz tomato ketchup
  • Hunt's Manwich sloppy joe sauce

My Arrangement:
Mailbox: Peanut butter
1st Floor: Ketchup + Sauce
2nd Floor: Canola oil + Candy
Attic: Lotion

But, this is what Amporn does:


Candy
79¢

$1,000
79¢
Go on...
Sauce
$1.89
Ketchup
$2.39
$5,000
$4.28
Go on...
Canola oil
$5.29
Peanut butter
$3.99
$10,000
$9.28
Throw it all away Go on...

Lotion
$8.99

$100,000
$8.99
>_<

Solution:
Mailbox: Peanut butter = $3.99
1st Floor: Ketchup ($2.39) + Sauce ($1.89) = $4.28
2nd Floor: Canola oil ($5.29) + Candy (79¢) = $6.08
Attic: Lotion = $8.99

I would've won. That... rarely happens in this game.

There was at least one other winning combination:
Mailbox: Ketchup = $2.39
1st Floor: Peanut butter ($3.99) + Sauce ($1.89) = $5.88
2nd Floor: Canola oil ($5.29) + Candy (79¢) = $6.08
Attic: Lotion = $8.99

It's bad enough when that happens to begin with, but on a day like this, it's.... yeah. Not good.


3. Sony HandyCam HD camcorder w/16GB memory card (JE)
Nathan
Lee
Jennifer
Joseph
651
720
721
650


$879


Jennifer worked in air traffic control when she was in the Air Force. Drew: "That's what we like -- a nice, cool, calm, collected person in air traffic control!"

Coming or Going -- the perfect game for someone whose job involved directing traffic:
Mediterranean cruise (7d, out of Athens, Greece, Louis Cruises; RR)

COMING
GOING
7
4
2
9



$9247
LOSS

It's even worse than it looks. Jennifer actually had the right idea originally, but let the Peanut Gallery talk her out of it. Even when full of military veterans, that can still happen. Oy.

(CC1: Alaska)

Showcase Showdown #1

Amporn
65
20
.85

TIE

Jennifer
55
100
1.55

$879
Ronnie
85
.85

TIE
Spin-Off

Amporn
55
WIN
Ronnie
35

$22,801


4. Comfort Lina Spa-in-a-Box portable hot tub (LSV)
Nathan
Lee
Norma
Joseph
1300
1425
800
1250

$1499



Lee is a WWII veteran (US Army Air Corps)... you gotta love that.

Let's reward him with a nice, easy Shopping Spree:
  1. Gold West Billiards pool table w/accessories (LSV)
  2. Apple 21.5" iMac computer (quad core, 16GB RAM, 1TB HD; Epson printer; LSV)
  3. Samsung French-door refrigerator (RR)
  4. Juice Couture designer accessories (RR)

Well, I think this one's easy, anyway. Since those accessories stick out like a sore thumb, I'm gonna say those are the least expensive things on the table toda --

Target: $7,500

...okay, that might actually changethings; $7,500's a bit higher than I was expecting. Now I'm tempted to say the computer is the least expensive, because that's actually one of the cheaper iMacs the show offers (the 21.5" model).

Those darned accessory wildcards. How can they do this to a WWII vet? (Of course, it's not like they knew... S&P would have a stroke, for starters.)

Prize
ARP
Remaining
Refrigerator
$3,399
$4101
Pool table
$2,800
$1301
Accessories
$790
LOSS
(Computer: $1,599)

One of the cheaper iMacs, sure... but still enough to win. >_<;; But I can't fault Lee for it, because this was exactly the sort of setup that will always leave a player second-guessing themselves.

And at the end of the day, that's my biggest beef with game setups in the Mike Richards era. It's one thing to keep the games from succumbing to fatal predictabliity, as was too often the case during the last years of Roger's run, but it's quite another to turn games like this into more or less blind-draw lotteries, where it's almost impossible to learn from the mistakes of the past and develop anything resembling a sound attack strategy for future playings. This is NOT Let's Make a Deal, where the entire point of the show is that everything's a gamble and subject to nothing more than luck; The Price is Right is, at least in theory, supposed to be a game where those with a little more knowledge of prices should have a slight edge over those who don't. We've been gradually moving away from that for several seasons now, and it's starting to get on whatever nerves I have left.

tl;dr: Cut us a break every now and then, willya Mike!?

5. Pair of Sony PSVita game systems w/games & accessories (LSV)
Nathan
Murrell
Norma
Joseph
655
875
450
651
$670




No leftovers today, which is always good! (Especially since I had absolutely no idea what I was going to do today instead of the "Leftover Island" gimmick...)

Nathan was in the Army cavalry, and will be playing Dice Game:
2013 Ford Fiesta S (1.6L 4c, MT, paint/fabric prot; RR)

Another luck-based game, but this time it's one that is at least immune to producer manipulation. Everything is up to how the dice roll, and the odds are at least somewhat decent that this can be won without a single decision needing to be made. (The odds of rolling all 1s and 6s, which is an automatic no-brainer win, are a relatively generous 26-1 against.)


0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0

0
0
0
0

What goes on here? Well, Dice Game apparently was having a bit of a tantrum backstage and the first digit wasn't lighting up. Apparently unwilling to scrap Dicey in favor of another game, as is SOP when a game malfunctions like this prior to its segment -- the standard "understudy" car game, Money Game, was already slotted for the show, and in any event the first digit doesn't affect gameplay for Dicey in the least bit -- the Powers That Be decided to just borrow a "1" card from Cover Up and tack it onto the display in the appropriate place. Bam, problem solved, and we can get on with the game.

"Because there's the easy way," Drew emphasizes, "and there's the Marine Corps way!" Which earns him a hearty UUUURAH! from the Marines in attendance. ^^;

Remember, folks, the "new" Dice Game prop has been in service since 1989, and has now been around over twice as long as its predacessor...

Roll #1
4
YES
Roll #2
6
NO
Auto-▼
Roll #3
6
YES
Roll #4
5
NO


4
0
6
0
1
4
6
6
5

4
5
6
3
SEMPER FI!

Maybe Dicey should break down more often? (Now, if only that Cover Up card could bring as good luck in its own game...)

6. Five Bertha designer watches ()
(Win one at priceisright.com)
Veronica
Murrell
Norma
Joseph
900
1200
1201
1256



$1720

Joseph, who walks with a cane, retired from the Army (for medical reasons) last year. He is also, I should note, the only stage player today to wear a full dress uniform -- a change in protocol from previous years.

Double Cross:
  1. SunBriteTV 32" outdoor LCD HDTV (RR, who keeps forgetting a TV is not a flower box)
  2. Inspire Fitness SCS home gym (LSV)

I gotta think the default answers ($2,395 for the TV, $5,195 for the gym) are actually the correct ones this time. It's the only one that makes even a little sense.
Well, now. That is certainly an interesting twist... There've been many shows in recent memory where everything except the two car games have been won, but this is the first show I can recall in a good long while where only the car games went into the W column! Weirdness...

(CC2: Martha Stewart for Pine Bros. cough drops / InventHelp with our old Barker-era friend, the caveman and his wheel)

Showcase Showdown #2

Lee (DAS×2)
20
50
.70
WIN

Joseph
40
80
1.20

$1,720
Nathan
55
95
1.50

$15,233


Showcases: Lee top winner, Amporn runner-up. It's Greatest Generation vs. Information Age, Army vs. Marines, WWII vs. War on Terror... and any other cliché you can think of. 8^) Whatever the case, we thank them all for their service.

1. No Theme, Except "Thank You For Serving"
  • Trip to Bora Bora (6n, Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island; RR)
    • Outrigger snorkeling excursion
  • 2013 Chrysler 200 Limited Convertible (3.6L V6, 6AT; LSV)
Lee bids $26,000.
(My bid: $31,876)

2. At the Heart of it All
  • Yamaha Raptor 125 ATV (LSV)
  • Trip to Yosemite, CA (5n, Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite; LSV)
    • Park admission
    • Guided tour to Glacier Point
  • 2013 Chevrolet Camaro LS coupe (3.6L, StabiliTrak, Bluetooth; RR)
Amporn bids $36,400.
(My bid: $28,475)


Because it's a special day, all our veterans in the crowd today will be receiving, as a special gift from The Price is Right, a $100 gift card from the Army and Air Force Exchange. Nice!
Moment of Truth
2. Amporn
Yosemite/Car
1. Lee
Bora Bora/Car
Bid
$36,400
$26,000
ARP
$32,369
$49,274
Result
$4,031
$23,274

$650
We salute you, Lee!
$50,773 (Chyron)
My result
$493
$17,398

And to all our servicemen and women, past or present, no matter what branch you serve(d) in... All I can say is "Thanks." It's people like you that make this country great!

LEADER BOARD: Episode #6491K
Lee

$50,773
Ronnie

$22,801
Nathan

$15,233
Joseph


$1,720
Jennifer


$879
Amporn

$650
Offered
$250,068
Won
$92,056
Pct.
36.81%
Bonus
Avg.
$15,343
Median
$8,477


2 comments:

  1. You think when the day comes they finally give Dice Game the LED monitor treatment (a la Contestant's Row), they'll use the same font & style for the numbers as the Cover Up cards?

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    1. Probably not. More likely they'll do the simulated Sportstype numbers they use in the Row, or the dull-but-reliable plasma-screen standbys of Helvetica/Arial or Impact.

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