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Thursday, January 2, 2014

TPiRecap: 2 January 2014 (Grandparents' Special)

After a record-obliterating day on Monday and a perfect show on Tuesday... you've gotta think it's time to come back down to Earth for today's festivities. And such it probably will be. However, we're going to be easing ourselves back into the routine with today's show being a Gimmick Spectacular and all...

Episode #
6525K
Airdate
2 January 2014
VTR
10 September 2013
First Four
Ray & Ray, Eileen & Chanel, Edilma & Sandra, Willard & Jessica
Lineup
R-L
Models
Rachel Reynolds, Lawrence St. Victor
Note
Grandparents' Special (Rescheduled from 20 December 2013)

As you might expect, today's show features grandparents playing the game with their one-generation-removed offspring. Since it's the senior members of the teams that are today's honorees, their names shall be listed first in my stats... not that it matters in the case of the Lime Podium! ;^)

1. Apple iPad (16GB) & iPad Mini (also 16GB) w/smart covers (LSV)
Willard/
Jessica
Edilma/
Sandra
Eileen/
Chanel
Ray/
Ray
1200
1201
1250
900



$906

Coming or Going:
Trip to London, England (6n, London Eye fast-track passes; RR)

An easy setup this time; I very much doubt even Mike Richards could get you to London for just $4,200. Thus...

COMING
GOING
6
9
1
4

$6914
WIN!



As a side note, that's our twelfth consecutive Pricing Game win going back to Monday -- the equivalent of two perfect shows. You know the sucker punch is coming, but isn't it nice to believe for even just a few moments that Mike may have turned over a new leaf with the new year?

2. Burberry his & hers designer watches (JE)
Willard/
Jessica
Edilma/
Sandra
Eileen/
Chanel
Teresa/
Anthony
900
1200
901
850


$990


Eileen and Chanel could pocket a cool sixteen grand, if they can somehow push the streak to thirteen by winning It's In the Bag:

  • Betty Crocker Bisquick buttermilk biscuit mix
  • Jovy apricot fruit roll
  • Blue Diamond coffee-flavored almonds
  • Gold Bond Ultimate Healing lotion
  • Mezzetta roasted bell peppers
  • General Mills Fiber One cereal

This one strikes me as relatively easy... $5.19 for the almonds, $2.29 for the peppers, and $3.99 for the cereal. (The first two bags are, as always, only too obvious.)

Fruit roll
Lotion
Peppers
Biscuit mix
Cereal
59¢
$8.99
$5.19
$2.29
$3.99

...but, you know, that doesn't look too bad either. I'm a bit worried about the peppers being that expensive, but I've seen stranger things happen around here. You just never know until you look.

Speaking of which...

Fruit roll
Lotion
Peppers
Biscuit mix
Cereal
59¢
$8.99
$5.19
$2.29
$3.99
Fruit roll
Lotion
Cereal
Biscuit mix
Peppers
$1,000
Go on...
$2,000
Go on...
$4,000
LOSS
$8,000

161,000


Ah well... it had to end sometime, after all. At least we got the equivalent of two perfect shows out of the streak while it lasted. Meanwhile, I again come to the realization that cereal is expensive out on the West Coast; seriously, $3.99 is about what a brand-name box that size would set me back at my neighborhood Kroger.

3. Hatteras 2-person outdoor swing (RR)
Willard/
Jessica
Edilma/
Sandra
Calvin/
Quinnetta
Teresa/
Anthony
900
349
550
551



$600

Money Game:
2013 Dodge Dart SE (2L, value grp, power windows, AT, paint/fabric prot; LSV)

$
$
21
42
54
$
$
63
85
20
$
$
19
72
97
$
$
F
2
B


For some reason, $19,272 seems to jump out at me...

19: FRONT
$
$
21
42
54
$
$
63
85
20
$
$
F
72
97
$
$
19
2
B


63: $
$
63
21
42
54
$
$
$
85
20
$
$
F
72
97
$
$
19
2
B


97: $
$
63
21
42
54
$
97
$
85
20
$
$
F
72
$
$
$
19
2
B


54: $
$
63
21
42
$
$
97
$
85
20
$
54
F
72
$
$
$
19
2
B


85: $
$
63
21
42
$
$
97
$
$
20
$
54
F
72
$
$
85
19
2
B

Win $299
($19,272; Front-and-Back, Never Doubt Your Recapper)

Note: Even Drew knows this game's dirty little secret -- as he starts revealing the rest of the board, he outright says "Well, it's not gonna be 21 or 20."

(CC1: Claritin-D)
Showcase Showdown #1

Teresa/Anthony
20
85
1.05

$899

Eileen/Chanel
5
55
.60

$990
Ray/Ray
80
.80
WIN

Eileen and Chanel win the "Ouch" award for the day -- that first spin obviously stopped just short of the dollar, and spin #2 was a pegger that came just that proverbial "one bite of breakfast" (in the words of a previous administration) short of clicking over to 95!

The names of our next grandparent/grandchild pair bring a smile to the 10-year-old Knight Rider fan that still lives in me. ;^)
4. Samsung 51" plasma HDTV (LSV)
Willard/
Jessica
Edilma/
Sandra
Calvin/
Quinnetta
Bonine/
Michael
875
999
900
850

$1000



Switch?:
  1. French-door refrigerator of unknown origin (RR)
  2. Samsung 27" touchscreen computer (8GB RAM, 1TB HD, Epson AIO; LSV)

Refrigerator
Computer
$2999
$1980
Edilma & Sandra leave the prices...
$2999
$1980
$2999
$1980
WIN!

Pretty easy setup, but I have a feeling we'd better get used to these sorts of low-endian payouts (the total of both prizes here was just under five grand) going forward... at least once we get to the shows taped following Monday's blowout. ^^;

5. Aroma 8pc small kitchen appliance selection (LSV)
Willard/
Jessica
John/
Catherine
Calvin/
Quinnetta
Bonnie/
Michael
651
600
650
300



$540

That's Too Much!:
2013 Ford F-150 4×2 XL regular cab (3.7L V6, 6AT, 3.73 limited-slip axle; RR)

No, there's no snarky nickname for this thing today. My heart's not in it.

$22,855
$24,269
$25,740
$$$
$$$
$$$
$$$
$$$
$$$
$$$

We have a difference of opinion here... Bonnie wants to stop at this point, but Michael insists on going for one more. (For the record, I think Bonnie is closer to the right idea.

$22,855
$24,269
$25,740
$26,899
$$$
$$$
$$$
$$$
$$$
$$$

Hope they didn't go that one step too far, though I think they did...

$25,740
$26,899
$25,350
YYYEP

Moral of the story: Always listen to your grandparents. ;^P

Willard and Jessica are on the verge of banishment, sad to say...

6. Pair of Motorola 3G Android phones w/1yr calling plans (450 mins & 3GB data/mo each) (GG in the Gray Area)
Willard/
Jessica
John/
Catherine
Calvin/
Quinnetta
Vicki/
Dylan
1095
975
1100
625


$2680


$2,680? For 3G phones? Whoa.

Bonus Game:
Groceries (52 weeks), maid service (12 visits) & dinners (24 restaurant meals) for 1 year ($7,692; LSV, RR)

Only fitting that we should be playing the granddaddy of all small-prize games today...

(RR stands by the mini-Turntable)
University Games Five Little Monkeys... board game
Game
$15
$23
HIGHER
Nostalgia Electrics Old-Fashioned s'mores maker
S'mores maker
$40
$55
HIGHER
2qt electric lemonade maker
Drink maker
$45
$30
LOWER
Kitchen Aid 300W 10-speed stand mixer
Stand mixer
$250
$300
HIGHER

I have a sneaking suspicion that the Bonus is lurking behind the mixer. Then again, the s'mores maker was pretty tricky, so it may have been there.

A perfect record is on the line...

$23
HIGHER
BONUS!
◤▀▀▀
◣▄▄▄

◤▀▀▀
◣▄▄▄
$30
LOWER

◤▀▀▀
◣▄▄▄
$300
HIGHER

◤▀▀▀
◣▄▄▄
WIN!

...and it was behind the easiest SP on the board? Wow. Generosity is still our watchword, at least for this game.

(CC2: New year, same old ambulance chasers / IcyHOT)
Showcase Showdown #2

Bonnie/Michael
45
40
.85
WIN
Edilma/Sandra
70
60
1.30

$5,979
Calvin/Quinnetta
45
65
1.10

$10,725


Showcases: Ray & Ray top winners, Bonnie & Michael runners-up.

1. Quality Time
  • Trip to Palm Springs, CA (limo, 6n, Riviera Palm Springs; RR)
    • Dinner 1 night
    • 1 90min massage each
    • Round of golf
  • Bettinardi his & hers golf clubs & accessories (RR)
  • 2013 Chrysler 200 Touring convertible (2.4L, 6AT, 18×7" alum wheels, UConnect w/Bluetooth; LSV)
Ray & Ray pass; Bonnie & Michael bid $27,000.
(My bid: $28,478)

2. Capture the Memories
  • Canon SX500 IS & waterproof point-and-shoot digital cameras (RR, DC)
  • Trip to Honolulu, HI (6n, Waikiki Parc Hotel; LSV)
    • 4hr catamaran cruise
  • Mediterranean cruise (7n; LSV)
    • Sailing from Rome
    • Ports of call: Naples, Barcelona, Nice
Ray & Ray bid $20,550.
(My bid: $21,645)


Moment of Truth
1. Bonnie/Michael
Trip/Convertible
2. Ray/Ray
Trip/Cruise
Bid
$27,000
$20,550
ARP
$33,364
$21,771
Result
$6,364
$1,221

$540
Ray & Ray win!
$29,591
My result
$4,886
$126 DSW


LEADER BOARD: Episode #6525K
Ray/Ray
$29,591
Calvin/Quinnetta

$10,725
Edilma/Sandra

$5,979
Eileen/Chanel


$990
Teresa/Anthony


$899
Bonnie/Michael


$540
Offered
$142,711
Won
$48,724
Pct.
34.14%
Bonus
Avg.
$8,121
Median
$3,485


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