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Monday, December 30, 2013

TPiRecap: 30 December 2013 (Best of 2013 Special)

Forewarning: I have been told through reliable sources to expect something major to happen on today's show. I've also heard what that "something" is likely to be, but in keeping with my "no spoilers until it happens" policy, I'll keep mum on that subject unless and until it occurs in the episode itself.

Rest assured, however... if this turns out to be what I think it is, you'll know it when you see it.

Also, for some reason this episode was originally slated to air tomorrow, on New Year's Eve itself, but CBS apparently decided to shuffle the airing order a little bit. The episode that was originally slotted for today was the Kids' Special that you saw on Friday; the episode that displaced has been pushed back to 4 February; the one that was to air on 4 February will now be seen this Friday; and this Friday's original show will be seen tomorrow. (Confused yet?)

There are more episodes being shuffled around in the airing order, but they won't be relevant for a while yet; I'll let you know when they come around. No, I don't know why CBS did this either. I'm just the messenger boy.

Onward!

Episode #
6552K
Airdate
30 December 2013
VTR
9 December 2013
First Four
Shalita, Jeffrey, Amber, Robert
Lineup
L-R
Models
Gwendolyn Osbourne-Smith, Rachel Reynolds
Note
Best of 2013 Edition (Rescheduled from 31 December 2013)

In what is becoming an annual tradition around Studio 33, though I've always been on Christmas vacation when it happens, today's episode has that whole "end of year" vibe that's so hot right now, featuring a passel of prizes that have been determined to be among the best the show has offered in the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand and Thirteen.

We open with a montage of clips featuring some of 2013's most memorable moments, including: Ani becoming the first contestant to slay the dragon that is Pay the Rent in April, Cassidy hitting up ½ Off for another hundred Gs during Big Money Week in October, some of the major-league luxury cars offered over the course of the year, Bob Barker's 90th birthday celebration, the Great Model Takeover of '13, plus lots and lots of excited contestants.

1. Apple iPhone 5S w/2 leather cases & 1yr calling plan (450 mins & 3GB data/mo) (JE)
Shalita
Jeffrey
Amber
Robert
560
900
1000
1001



$1567

One of the more memorable episodes of this past year was #6435K, aired 27 September, in which we commemorated the thirtieth anniversary of Plinko by playing it in all six Pricing Game slots that day... so, guess what Robert is gonna start us off with today!

(Rachel, who had a memorable year herself by becoming a mommy, handles the SPs)
Bella quesadilla maker
Cuisinart SmartStick™ hand blender
Progressive mandoline slicer
Aroma electric juicer
6
0
2
5
3
4
1
3
WIN!
$40
$
WIN!
$65
$
$
WIN!
$30
1
7

Argh, so close to a clean sweep.

Still, four chips is certainly nothing to be ashamed of, especially these days -- and the better news is, the Plinko board finally seems to be waking up from its doldrums. Dare we hope for something good to come out of this?

Chip #1:


$






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
1
0
0
0
0
5
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
$1,000
TOTAL

Chip #2:


$






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
1
0
0
0
0
5
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
$2,000
TOTAL

Chip #3:

$







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
1
0
0
0
0
5
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
$2,500
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
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0
1
0
0
0
0
5
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
$2,500
PARTIAL WIN

The streak of Plinko winners ends at three, unfortunately. At least it still counts as a partial.

(Incidentally, this is as good a time as any to announce that I'm changing my definition of a "partial" win in Plinko: From this point on, a partial win will only be awarded if the contestant wins at least $2,000 from the board, not $1,500 as has been the case previously. The previous season-to-date records will not be affected by this change, this is only for those playings going forward. Upon further reflection, I decided $1,500 was a bit too lenient to have the desired effect.)

Let's see if we can't do any better in spot #2...

2. It's the Studio 33 Debut of the Microsoft XBox One game console, w/games & accessories (GOS)
Shalita
Jeffrey
Amber
Sheree
595
600
601
575


$740


Those who follow @PriceIsRight on Twitter were asked to vote for their favorite trip offered during 2013. Amber will be playing Squeeze Play for the winning destination:
Trip to #BoraBora (6n, over-water luxury resort; RR)

0

0
9

0
0
9
0
9
3
9
1
4
0

My gut says to take the 1 out. $9,394 seems like a good pattern for a trip price these days. I also kinda like $9,314, however. Tough call... but this is what Amber does:

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9
0
9
Remove the 9
0
9
0
9
$
9
3
1
4
$
9
3
1
4
#WIN!

As has been noted consistently during this past year, my gut sometimes doesn't know what it's talking about. See, we can improve ourselves!

Coming out of the break, we flash back to a memorable Come On Down from 2013, as the Rowbird in question was bodysurfed down to Contestant's Row!
3. Pair of Martian Bluetooth-enabled designer watches (GOS, RR)
Shalita
Jeffrey
Charles
Sheree
550
675
690
710
$598




710, Sheree? This means WOR! (A little NYC radio humor, in honor of my beloved Mets' [1] new radio home starting next season.)

Of course, among the best prizes offered every year on Price are cars, such as the one Shalita could drive home with in Lucky $even:
2014 Mini Cooper Clubman (1.6L, 15" 5-star spoke alloy wheels, 6AT, center armrest, paint/fabric prot; GOS)

2
$7

4
2
4
EXACTA
$7
7
2
4
3
-$4
$3

That has been happening a lot this year too -- a contestant gets an exacta on the thousands digit, only to miss the hundreds one by a proverbial mile. Frustrating.

6
2
4
3
5
-$1
$2

That helped, but it's still dicey for that last number... it could be low, it could be high. I honestly cannot predict this one.

6
2
4
3
5
7
-$1
$1 WIN!

Now that's what I call a "lucky seven!" Shalita pulls a win out of her hat!

[1] Yes, I need therapy. But you knew that already. ;^)

(CC1: And now, the worst of 2013 -- the ambulance chasers of the Hollis Law Firm, P.A., which must stand for "Pains in the" -- )


As we come back from that, we see a brief montage of big-money winners in the Showcase Showdowns of the past twelve months. With any luck at all, we'll be able to add at least one more before we're through here...
Showcase Showdown #1
P
Robert
95
.95

$4,202
Amber
60
5
.65

$10,054
Shalita
70
30
1.00
$1,000 Bonus
Bonus Spin
100
$25,000 BONUS!

Our first $25K winner of Season 42! Shalita is having herself a good old-fashioned Price is Right Day™ so far -- $50,955 and (hopefully) counting!

(So far, this is tracking with what I'd heard...)

4. Apple iPad Air (16GB) w/Marc by Marc Jacobs smart cover (RR)
Jennifer
Jeffrey
Charles
Sheree
700
525
595
701

$567



Nobody will be spending New Year's Eve on Leftover Island (pending tomorrow's result, of course)!

And now it's time to play the new game we introduced this year, Do the Math:
  1. LG French-door refrigerator (GOS)
  2. Inspire multistation home gym (RR)

And I must say, by the standards of Door #2 "quickie" games, Do the Math is quickly becoming a favorite around the Towers. I think I actually like this more than I do Bargain Game now, and I don't especially care if that brands me in the eyes of certain recidivist corners of fandom who hate everything and anything to do with the post-Barker era. A good idea is a good idea regardless of if it was invented four decades ago or four minutes ago.

In any event...
Jeffrey subtracts...

(This is a first for this game -- the cash bonus is actually higher than the ARP of one of the prizes. Granted it's only higher by one lousy dollar, but even so...)

5. Four pairs of Prada his & hers designer shoes (GOS)
Jennifer
Monique
Charles
Sheree
1250
950
800
2300



$3045

Let's now revisit one of the more outlandish stunts Price pulled off this year -- the Big Money and Dream Car Weeks, where one game on each show was played for either a ridiculously inflated sum of money or a super-luxury car. With that thought in mind, it's now time for Sheree to play for one of those Dream Cars, specifically this one:
2014 Audi R8 V8 Spyder Quattro S-Tronic (4.2L, 7AT, convenince pkg, Navigation Plus, Bang & Olufsen sound system, diamond-stitch full leather pkg, illuminated door sills, decorative inlays, 19" wheel pkg; RR)

That's the good news. The bad news is, her chances of winning this care are, going by past performances, not good at all -- we decided to make her work for this one, by sticking her with Gas Money. I can hear at least one person punching a hole in his flatscreen even as we speak.

OTOH, at least we aren't forcing Stack the Deck on her.

$157,300
$141,550
$163,655
$152,295
$146,770

We don't see too many six-digit cars on Price, so this setup is even tougher than usual. $152,295 strikes me as looking the best of the lot, however, so I'd leave that one on the board as long as I could.

Pick #1: $146,770
$4000
Go on...
$157,300
$141,550
$163,655
$152,295
$4,000

That was actually my second choice if $152,295 didn't pan out. Now I'm fairly certain $152K is the pink slip.

Pick #2: $141,550
$7000

$157,300
$3,000
$163,655
$152,295
$4,000

Halfway to glory... but now the buyout is getting awfully tempting, especially given Gas Money's track record. As certain as I am of my pick, I might be inclined to take the sure thing at this point; seven grand is a nice tidy sum, after all (it's about what the total haul in Do the Math turned out to be for Jeffrey, just to put this in perspective).

For her part, Sheree opts to...


$7000
Go on...
$157,300
$3,000
$163,655
$152,295
$4,000

Oooh... I hope that doesn't bite her. Fingers crossed.

Pick #3: $163,655
$8000

$157,300
$3,000
$1,000
$152,295
$4,000

I'm standing pat that $152,295 is the price of the car -- therefore, if I were to go on, I would pick the $157K price.

This is not about what I would do, however... it's about what Sheree does do. And that is...


$8000
Go on...
$157,300
$3,000
$1,000
$152,295
$4,000

We've got a gambler in our midst, ladies and gentlemen (and all creatures great and small)!

You know which one I'm thinking, but Sheree opts for...

Pick #4: $152,295
$8000

$157,300
$3,000
$1,000
$152,295
$4,000

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

Still... stranger things have happened this year, so why not this too? And besides, we all know how reliable my gut is lately.

So Sheree picks $157K. That doesn't necessarily doom her chances, after all...




































...since now all we have to do is abuse the Enter key a little bit...




















































...as Rachel places her hand on that $152,295 card...





















































...and turns it around...























































...to reveal that...










































...Sheree has...











































$157,300
$3,000
$1,000
$2,000
$4,000
...BECOME THE BIGGEST WINNER IN DAYTIME PRICE IS RIGHT HISTORY!!!


We're closing out the year by rewriting the record books, it would seem! Until just this moment, our all-time daytime winner was Vicky-Ann, who came away from the Season 35 premiere (Bob's last as host) with a Dodge Caravan (won in Push Over, of all games) and a DSW, to the tune of $147,517. Sheree has just eclipsed Vicky-Ann's total by $22,828, putting her at the top of the totem pole.

And what's even sweeter about this is the fact she did it in a game that has picked up a reputation for evilness. No movie studio on the planet would buy that script, it's too ridiculous... but it did indeed just happen!

We salute you, Sheree!


Well then... where can we possibly go after that? I highly doubt we're gonna top that win, unless we wrap up the day with a DSW. Whatever happens in this last Pricing Game slot cannot help but be anticlimactic, but let's at least see if we can go five-for-six to really put the cherry on this sundae.

"Well, we promised you a 'Best of 2013,' didn't we?" Drew quips as we come back from the break. Indeed you did -- but I don't think anyone saw that coming!

6. Pair of 8'4" surfboards w/pair of GoPro Hero HD camcorders (RR)
Jennifer
Monique
Charles
Joseph
922
935
1
1089



$1200

By way of introducing our next prize, George reminds us of our Wedding Shower Spectacular (Episode #6401K, 17 June), which saw one lucky engaged couple win what Drew called at the time "one of the craziest prizes we've ever offered": A complete wedding for a whopping twenty-two guests in Aruba, valued at well over $47,000 in what was one of the biggest wins of Season 41.

Well, we can't duplicate that, but we can come close by having Joseph play Pick-a-Pair for his own Aruba dream vacation:
Trip to... oh, you already know (for 6, 5n, Divi Resorts; $17,556; GOS)

A big-ticket prize offered in one of the easiest games on the roster -- or at least, it has one of the highest win percentages of any currently-active game over the past few years. I feel really good about this!

  • Axe Clean Cut Look styling pomade
  • Purina Beggin' Strips dog treats
  • L.A. Colors Color Craze nail polish set (18 bottles)
  • Purex laundry detergent
  • Sun-Maid yogurt-covered raisins
  • Advil Liqui-Gels pain reliever (20)

Uh-oh. Lots of weird GPs on the table here. This could be tricky. I'm gonna say the pomade and the Advil are a pair, as are the detergent and nail polish. We shall see...

Try #1:
Pomade
Dog treats
Nail polish
Detergent
Raisins
Pain relief



$5.49

$5.49
SOMETIMES I LOVE BEING WRONG!

And Pick-a-Pair stays unbeaten!

Folks, you are not gonna believe this Leader Board when it comes up. If you haven't been paying attention, it's gonna be a real doozy.

(CC2: Aspercreme / Alaska)


Before we go to the wheel, let's revisit 12 December when a certain birthday boy returned to the studio with his name on it. As he himself put it, "I'm grateful that you folks appreciate the fact that it's taken me a long time to become 90 years old!"


Ah, fun times...
Showcase Showdown #2
Jeffrey
60
30
.90
WIN
Joseph
55
15
.70

$18,756
Sheree
5
25
.30

$170,345

Before Sheree takes her second spin, Drew drops the bomb on her that she's become the biggest winner the daytime Price has ever seen, as noted earlier in the recap.

Showcases: Shalita top winner, Jeffrey runner-up. What does it tell you when Shalita is sitting on over fifty thousand in total winnings, and I can't even say she's the true top winner of the day?

Yeah, this is most assuredly a day that makes up for a lot of ills over the past twelve months. ;^)

1. 2013 Contestant Scrapbook
  • Rowena, whose cry of "SHOW ME THE MONEY!" presaged a dollar spin on the Big Wheel
    • $3,000 cash (RR)
  • David, who air guitared his way into our hearts (despite losing That's Too Much!) but who nevertheless won a Showcase that included something very like a...
    • Trip to Manhattan, NY (6n, The Westin New York Grand Central; RR)
      • 2 tickets to Rock of Ages on Broadway
  • And then there was Matthew, our own version of Carl Edwards (little NASCAR shout-out there), who backflips to the delight of all -- just as George hopes Jeffrey or Shalita will do when they see this:
    • 2014 Volkswagen Jetta S (2.0L, 5MT; GOS)
Shalita passes; Jeffrey bids $25,550.
(My bid: $31,213)

2. Did You Know...?
  • ...that CBS has aired 431,272 seconds of The Price is Right during the calendar year 2013?
    • Sharp 70" 3D LED HDTV w/glasses (RR)
    • TiVo Roamio DVR (RR)
  • ...that if you counted all the miles Price has sent trip winners on over the past twelve months, the total distance would be 2,421,767 miles? This, however, doesn't include the 7,193 miles involved in this next trip...
    • Trip to Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia (6n, Sufers' Paradise Mariott Resort & Spa; GOS)
      • Daily breakfast
      • Helicopter ride
      • Jet-boat ride
  • ...that George has uttered a certain iconic phrase 586 times this year? That phrase being, of course, "A NEW CAR!"
    • 2013 Dodge Dart SE (2L, value grp, power windows; RR)
Shalita bids $24,000.
(My bid: $26,394)


Moment of Truth
2. Jeffrey
New York/Car
1. Shalita
Australia/Car
Bid
$25,550
$24,000
ARP
$28,522
$32,975
Result
$2,972
$8,975

Jeffrey wins!
$36,087 (Chyron)
$50,955
My result
$2,691
$5,581



LEADER BOARD: Episode #6552K
Sheree

$170,345*
Shalita
$50,955
Jeffrey
$36,087
Joseph

$18,756
Amber

$10,054
Robert
P

$4,202
Offered
$344,897
Won
$290,399
Pct.
76.66%
Bonus
$26,000
Avg.
$48,400*
Median
$27,422*


* - New daytime record


Well, what can I say? They most definitely were saving the best for last! (Yes, I know there's a new episode to come tomorrow, before the ball drops in Times Square, but that's been bumped up from Friday. Strictly speaking, this was the final show of 2013, not counting one episode that will air during the summer make-goods. Don't rain on our parade, will you? It just feels too bloody good!)


An absolutely amazing day by anyone's standards. You can't fault anything in it! The only drawback is that this cannot possibly be topped... but still, what a note to close out the year on!


Back tomorrow to formally close the books on 2013...

13 comments:

  1. Sheree is not only the biggest winner in daytime Price is Right history, but, to my knowledge, she is now the biggest winner in the history of daytime television, period.

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    1. I cannot confirm or deny that assertion, mostly because it depends on whether or not you consider the syndicated Tic Tac Dough as a daytime series. In some markets it aired during the daytime, in others during the prime-access hour (7-8 PM). If TTD counts as daytime, then the all-time leader is still Thom McKee ($312,700).

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    2. Agreed. I'd count syndicated shows as separate for the very reason you mentioned.

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    3. It is certainly a point open to debate, yes. What I can verify, however, is that Sharee can now lay claim to the biggest single-day payoff in daytime history, displacing (if I'm not mistaken) Barbara Phillips on $ale of the Century circa thirty years ago.

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    4. Actually, the record was (and still is, if you don't count the syndicated game shows like Tic Tac Dough) over $249,000, won by Mort Kamins on Sale of the Century.

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    5. Are you sure about that figure? I can only find a reference to Mort having won ~$100,000 on $ale when his name popped up on a Jeopardy! contestant archive (he was also on that show around Season 16-17).

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    6. Yes. This video proves it:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1hCzfHYoSQ

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    7. ...That's the Australian version. International versions are as difficult to classify as syndicated shows, unless you're specifically saying "world record." Which nobody has to my knowledge.

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    8. No, I mean at 2:18 of the video. A clip of Mort's total after winning the 1983 Tournament of Champions in the US version.

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    9. Ah, I see...

      Fair enough, if Tic Tac is taken out of the equation then Mort would be the all-time daytime leader. I sit corrected.

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  2. 3681K (S35 premiere) is still the highest in daytime history in terms of total winnings, buddy.

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