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Monday, December 23, 2013

TPiRecap: 23 December 2013 (Christmas Special #1)

Merry Christmas, happy Kwanzaa, happy -- well, Haunnakah is long over by now, actually -- happy Festivus, or whatever it is you choose to celebrate this time of year. (And if you don't actually celebrate anything... well, enjoy your few days off from school or work at least!) 'Tis the season once again, and once again Studio 33 is all decked out in celebratory finery, and hopefully we can play Santa more than Scrooge this time!

It's actually been a while since I've done a Christmas-week episode -- this is usually the time of year I go on holiday hiatus, but this year I'm working through the season, mostly because it's going to be my last one as a recapper and I don't want to have to miss a day if I can at all help it.

So let's deck those halls and tell the elves in the workshop to put in overtime, because today and tomorrow, it's Christmastime in Television City once more...

Episode #
6541K
Airdate
23 December 2013
VTR
12 November 2013
First Four
Veronica, Shelley, Cory, Genesis
Lineup
Random
Models
Gwendolyn Osbourne-Smith, Rachel Reynolds

1. Today's Getting-Down-to-the-Wire Holiday Gift Idea: Nintendo WiiU & 3DS game systems w/Disney Infinity games & accessories (RR)
(Everyone in the Peanut Gallery gets a 3DS Infinity starter pack, and yes, you can too)
Shelley
Cory
Genesis
Veronica
700
575
843
620



$685

One Away:
2014 Chevrolet Cruze LS (1.8L, MT, remote keyless entry, cargo mat, paint/fabric prot; GOS)

Not the friendliest game to kick off the holiday specials with, but I guess we'll have to make do...

2
7
5
4
8
0

Hmm... How does $16,457 grab you?

(RR turns trilons)
1
8
4
5
9

1 right? HONK
2 right? HONK
3 right? HONK
4 right? ...Not today.

1
8
6
3
9
1

1
8

1
8
6

1
8
6
5

BAH HUMBUG
($18,657)

Hopefully this isn't an omen for how the rest of the day will go.

2. Kate Spade designer accessories (GOS)
Shelley
Cory
Genesis
Shanieka
800
810
1204
1200

$1004



Cory backflips his way to Push Over:
Trip to Miami, FL (5n, The Angler's Boutique Resort, 1hr catamaran lesson; RR)


4
1
2
5
7
9
6
0
3


Miami

A tough call this time... either $5,796 or $7,960. I'm gonna stick my neck out on $5,796, however.


4
1
2
5
7
9
6

7
9
6
0
BAH HUMBUG

And I'm two-for-two on bad decisions today. Lovely start to my Christmas. ^^;;

3. Pair of Apple iPads (64GB) w/smart covers (JE)
Shelley
Dean
Genesis
Shanieka
1199
1400
1295
1500

$1476



½ Off:

And I'm gonna try out this revised layout a second time.

Nice touch: All the boxes have ribbons on them today.

(RR on the right, GOS on the left)
$10
$10
$15
$30
Kuhn Rikon paring knife
University Games Pub Trivia board game
Eliminated: 2 4 5 7 10 12 13 15

1
0
3
0
0
6
0
8
9
0
11
0
0
14
0
16

$150
$75
$12
$12
Glass candlesticks w/"hidden heart" feature
Philips LED Christmas lights (string of 25)
Eliminated: NONE

Yeah, even LED light strings aren't that expensive nowadays...

1
0
3
0
0
6
0
8
9
0
11
0
0
14
0
16

$20
$20
$6
$12
Hamilton Beach 14oz blender
Set of 6 holiday-themed tumblers
Eliminated: 1 8 9 16

0
0
3
0
0
6
0
0
0
0
11
0
0
14
0
0

Dean chooses box #11...

11
$10,000
HO HO HO!

Now that's more like it!

(CC1: Progressive)

Showcase Showdown #1

Veronica
85
.85

$685

Cory
5
70
.75

$1,004
Dean
100
1.00
$1,000 Bonus
Bonus Spin
60



4. Pair of Cobra Explorer self-bailing kayaks w/paddles & lifejackets (GOS)
Shelley
Gerardo
Genesis
Shanieka
1301
3500
1300
1
$2094




...It's the holiday season, I'm not gonna get too worked up over someone stomping on my pet peeve like Shanieka just did.

Bargain Game:
  1. Namco Pac-Man's Arcade Party cocktail arcade cabinet (RR)
  2. Golden West Billiards pool table w/accessories

Because I know you care... Bosconian, Dig Dug, Dragon Spirit, Galaga, Galaga '88, Galaxian, Mappy, Ms. Pac-Man, Pac-Man, Pac-Mania, Rally-X, Rolling Thunder, and Xevious are included in the game.

The arcade game is $4,299 or thereabouts, if I'm any judge, while the pool table is around $3,400 at most. Go with the arcade game.

Arcade game
►►►
Pool table
$2299
Bargain price
$1900
$3299
ARP
$2400
$1000
Difference
$500
BAH HUMBUG

...Okay, so my estimates were off by a little bit, but the result was still what I expected it to be. Meh.

Only just noticed: They added snowflake designs to the standard G-T asterisks on the floor in front of Contestant's Row. Another neat little touch!
5. Reebox Trainer RX 4.0 recumbant exercise bike (GOS)
(Polar Express spotted! Engineer RR)
Cynthia
Gerardo
Genesis
Shanieka
795
1750
1800
1100
$799




As if the game selection hasn't been unfriendly enough all day, now we get Cover Up for the second car game:
2013 Dodge Dart SE (2L, 160HP, value grp, power windows, UConnect w/Bluetooth, AT, pain/fabric prot; RR)





9
8
2
0
3
7
4
7
6
0
3
9
2
1
8
1
6
5
4
3

Santa and his reindeer decorate the bottom row today, albeit briefly.

Try #1:




9
8
2
0
3
7
4
7
6
0
3
9
2
1
8
1
6
5
4
3
1
9
7
8
0
0
0
0
0
0

Try #2:




9
8
2
0
3
7
4
7
6
0
3
9
2
1
8
1
6
5
4
3
1
9
5
6
9
0
0
0
0
0

Okay, that one surprised me. I was expecting this to be a wipeout round.

Unfortunately, with just the 2, 3, 7, and 8 still in play, even I can't begin to guess what that last digit is -- and I don't have the added pressure of a Peanut Gallery in my ear and cameras watching my every move. Best to just think of this as a shot in the dark with a 25% chance of hitting the bullseye...

Last Chance Saloon:




9
8
2
0
3
7
4
7
6
0
3
9
2
1
8
1
6
5
4
3
1
9
5
6
7
1
9
5
6
7
HO HO HO!!!

It's a Christmas miracle! That's about all I can say here. A great win coming at just the right moment (just as I was about to give up on this episode)!

Last chance for Genesis to avoid being banished to the Island of Misfit Toys...

6. Pair of Android digital watches (as in, the name of the designer is Android, not that they're "smart" watches) (RR)
Megan
Gerardo
Genesis
Shanieka
900
1250
522
1251
$1200




While Genesis joins her "cousin" 32X, Megan plays Freeze Frame:

Triumph Bonneville motorcycle (GOS)


79
99

38
$7999
45
60
WIN!
18

86
57


Another win in a game where wins are becoming increasingly scarce! I can deal with this becoming a habit... hint hint hint...

(CC2: Pine Bros. / the ambulance chasers don't even take Christmas off)

Showcase Showdown #2

Shelley
10
75
.85
WIN
Megan
35
15
.50

$9,199
Cynthia
75
*100
1.75

$20,366


Showcases: Dean top winner, Shelley runner-up.

1. Decking the Halls with the Ultimate Home Makeover
  • Maytag double-oven gas range (GOS)
  • Ashley bedroom suite for the guest room (Comfortaire Q; GOS)
  • 2013 Kia Soul (1.6L, AT, 15×6 steel wheels w/full covers; RR)
Dean passes; Shelley bids $26,000.
(My bid: $22,384)

Uh-oh.

2. We're Just Skating By With This Next One...
  • Trip to Manhattan, NY (4n, The Westin New York at Times Square; RR)
    • Premium pass to Rockefeller Center skating rink
  • Trip to Ottawa, ON (6n, Brookstreet Hotel; RR)
    • Daily breakfast & dinner
    • $500 spa credit
    • 2 rounds of golf
    • 2hr Dow's Lake skating experience
  • Trip to London, England (6n; RR)
    • Yet another public skating experience
Dean bids $29,000.
(My bid: $24,842)

Double uh-oh. And I don't mean "double" in the good sense.

Somewhere, I feel the Grinch rubbing his hands with glee... I hope I'm wrong though.

Moment of Truth
2. Shelley
Car
1. Dean
Trips
Bid
$26,000
$29,000
ARP
$24,828
$23,073
Result
$1,172
$5,927
YOU'RE A MEAN ONE, MR. RICH(ARDS)
My result
$2,444
$1,769

Le sigh.

The good news is, we did get our first Cover Up win of the year today, so at least that one isn't going to be an 0-fer. That counts for something, right? And we've got one more chance at this tomorrow, so keep some kind thoughts...

See you then! ^^

LEADER BOARD: Episode #6541K
Cynthia

$20,366
Dean
$12,548
Megan

$9,199
Shelley

$2,094
Cory


$1,004
Veronica


$685
Offered
$125,275
Won
$45,896
Pct.
35.84%
Bonus
$1,000
Avg.
$7,649
Median
$5,647


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