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Monday, April 14, 2014

TPiRecap: 14 April 2014


And now that we're back in business...

Episode #
6701K
Airdate
14 April 2014
VTR
12 February 2014
First Four
Paris, Carole, Michael, Megan
Lineup
L-R
Models
Rachel Reynolds, Rob Wilson

1. Set of 4 Android smart watches (that do not actually run Android) (RW)
Paris
Carole
Michael
Megan
2500
950
850
750

$1500



Money Game:
2014 Fiat 500 Pop hatchback (1.4L, 5MT, remote keyless entry, vehicle cover, prem mats, paint/fabric sealer; RR)

$
$
10
42
17
$
$
59
65
96
$
$
83
18
19
$
$
F
9
B

My almost-certainly-wrong gut feeling is $17,910.

83 (?!): $
$
83
10
42
17
$
$
59
65
96
$
$
$
18
19
$
$
F
9
B

Trying to start with the back numbers? Unusual strategy, but for all I know maybe it'll pay dividends.

65: $
$
83
10
42
17
$
65
59
$
96
$
$
$
18
19
$
$
F
9
B

96: $
$
83
10
42
17
$
65
59
$
$
$
96
$
18
19
$
$
F
9
B

Then again, maybe not.

59: $
$
83
10
42
17
$
65
$
$
$
$
96
$
18
19
$
59
F
9
B
Win $303
($17,910; Never Doubt Your Recapper)

Well, I have to admit... I haven't seen a playing of Money Game like this in seemingly æons. But we do see here a particularly compelling argument as to why virtually everyone starts off looking for the first numbers.

I don't want to go as far as to call this a "first," because my experience with the half-hour era is very limited and I haven't even seen every early playing of Money Game that's known to be actually floating around out there on YouTube and the circuit. But even without that knowledge, I know enough to call it extremely unusual to see this game go by without the contestant getting any numbers in the car.

2. Sony 15.5" laptop computer (12GB RAM, 750GB HD, CD/DVD player -- yes, this is increasingly rare these days) (JE)
Paris
Dallin
Michael
Megan
1455
850
1300
1450

$1050



Eaƨy Aƨ 1-2-3:
  1. GE French door refrigerator (RW)
  2. Leather designer handbags (RR)
  3. Reebok Trainer RX4.0 exercise bike (RR)

Fashion accessories in a game like this. Cue the Lost in Space Robot with its signature line...

1
Exercise bike
$799
2
Designer bags
$1540
3
Refrigerator
$2799
WIN!

...but we got through it all right this time!

3. Flexsteel leather recliner (RW)
Paris
Michele
Michael
Megan
900
1200
1700
950

$1699
Ouch!


Plinko:

(RR on SP duty today)
Cuisinart 4c mini coffee maker
Cuisinart stainless steel electric can opener
Oster toaster oven
Ferris-wheel photo frame
3
7
6
0
5
2
4
9
$
WIN!
$35
WIN!
$90
$
$
WIN!
$50
WIN!
$79
$

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
$500
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
$1,500
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
$1,600
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
|
0
|
0
1
0
0
0
0
5
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
$2,600
TOTAL

She's out of the red, at least, with that one... but I'd love to turn that yellow into green.

Chip #5:

$







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
$3,100
BUT I CAN'T

Alas, none of these chips ever really came close to being on line with the big-money slot. But that's the way it happens sometimes.

(CC1: CTT)
Showcase Showdown #1

Carole
15
60
.75

$1,803
P
Michele
90
.90
WIN
Dallin
35
20
.55

$6,188


4. Victorinox(?) 17pc cutlery set w/block (RR)
Paris
James
Michael
Megan
1
1150
850
1000

$1413



Man, that Blueberry Podium is magic today. And FINALLY someone realizes the knives on offer around here aren't cheapies!

Double Cross:
  1. 6-burner propane barbecue (RR)
  2. Samsung 60" 3D LED HDTV w/4 glasses & 2 HDMI cables (RW)

Incidentally, to elaborate on something I asked rhetorically a number of weeks ago about where Magic # has been... Word on the street is that it's either been sent back to the shop for a rethink, or it's about to be. Apparently the computer used for the Geezmo has gotten so flaky after over two decades of service that the game can only ever be played in the second half of any given episode, simply because it takes that long just to boot up. There's talk that when we see Magic # again (whenever that may eventually be), it'll have a new prop and possibly a new gameplay mechanic; one idea I've heard is that the contestant could, instead of using a Leever/Geezmo-like instrument, actually write a Magic # using a touchscreen. The game has not been retired as far as I can determine, but has seemingly entered that limbo from which a Pricing Game may or may not return. (While Bargain Game and Check Game have made comebacks, Penny Ante and Time is Money never did -- and we're still waiting for the last word on Card Game and Credit Card.)
The TV already breaks my rule of thumb by including HDMI cables, which can affect the last digits of the price any number of ways. That leaves us looking to the barbecue line, and $2,149 probably looks the best out of the four possibilities there. $3,417 may be a strange price for a TV, but remember what Holmes always said about eliminating the impossible...

(I suppose $1,498 could also work for the barbecue, but that gives us a TV price of $2,341 -- also reasonable, but that would give us a paltry total of $3,889, way below 2014 spec for a Pricing Game haul.)
I love it when everything makes sense. ;^)


There will be people on the Leftover Island Express today. The only question now is, how many will be forced to make the trip? Price purists, you may not want to read this next bit, so I'll hide it with white text. You can highlight it to read, but you forfeit your right to complain to the messenger about it if you do: Jonati comes on down wearing a costume. Of a Season 38-41 Showcase podium. The Let's Make a Deal-ification of Price continues...
5. Blue Rooster cast-iron outdoor fireplace (RR)
Paris
Jonati
Michael
Megan
451
550
551
450


$660


And This Show Was Going So Well Until Now:
2014 Scion tC (6AT, 2.5L, FWD, Bluetooth; RW)

2
$
$
$
$






(RR and RW alternate)
El dinero loco
$2020
2
2
$
$
$
Apple iPod Nano (16GB) w/ Beats by Dr. Dre headphones, earbuds, & Bluetooth speaker
$899
2
2
9
$
$
Pair of Sony PSVita game systems w/games & accessories
$688
2
2
9
6
$
Pair of no-name HD camcorders
$500
2
2
9
6
5
Changes: None
2
2
9
6
5

A mistake not to change anything. That 2 in the thousands place is so obviously wrong it's painful.

Michael walks with $4,107 in gifts... "I live in Chicago, there's a foot of snow, I don't need a car!"

2
2
9
6
5
2
0
9
6
5
WOW

Gotta give credit where it's due, I thought he was more wrong than even that. Of course, all it takes is one digit to screw it all up...

Paris or Megan, which one is going up the (Ohio) river today? Or is it both? It all depends on this last one-bid.
6. Ricardo Beverly Hills 3pc luggage set (RW)
(Train spotted: Engineer RR)
Paris
Jonati
Stephen
Megan
1200
1201
1101
750



$1060

Just Paris...

Double Prices:
Trip to Porto, Portugal (6n, Eurostars Rio Douro Hotel & Spa, spa access, 1 dinner; RW)

(RR wheels it out to Home Base)
$7221
$5559

╔════
$7221
$5559
LOSS

Trip prices may be wonky lately, but even Mike Richards couldn't get you to Portugal for less than six grand these days...

(CC2: Allegra / Drugstore cleaning supplies)

I just realized the music stings in these Walgreens spots are riffs on "Down On the Corner." Clever.
Showcase Showdown #2

Megan
35
20
.55

$1,060
P
Michael
95
.95

TAKE
James
95
.95

TWO
Spin-Off
P
Michael
60
WIN
James
55

$7,249


Showcases: Michele top winner, Michael runner-up.

1. One With Nature
  • Columbia camping equipment (RW)
  • Polaris Sportsman 570 ATV (RW)
  • Trip to Johannesburg, South Africa (South African Airways), then by private transfer to Pilanesberg (7n, Ivory Tree Game Lodge) for a safari experience (RW)
    • All meals
    • Game drives
Michele passes; Michael bids $20,150.
(My bid: $24,774)

2. Naughty Number Nine
  • Dressed to the nines: Jimmy Choo designer shoes (RR)
  • 9-iron: Trip to Ft. Walton Beach, FL (5n, Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort; RR)
    • 1 round of golf
    • 1hr tennis per day
  • Cloud 9: 2014 Chevrolet Sonic LS (1.8L, 6AT, Bluetooth; RW)
Michele bids $24,000.
(My bid: $24,495)


Moment of Truth
2. Michael
South Africa
1. Michele
Florida/Car
Bid
$20,150
$24,000
ARP
$21,539
$26,386
Result
$1,389
$2,386

Michael wins!
$26,306
$5,053
My result
$3,235
$1,891

Drew reminds us to get our taxes in, which I'm sure nobody needed (or wanted) to be reminded of, but it's true just the same...

LEADER BOARD: Episode #6701K
Michael
P
$26,306
James

$7,249
Dallin

$6,188
Michele
P
$5,053
Carole


$1,803
Megan


$1,060
Offered
$166,712
Won
$47,659
Pct.
28.59%
Bonus
Avg.
$7,943
Median
$5,621


2 comments:

  1. After seeing what happened in Plinko, I wonder if anyone ever dropped for the cycle (hit every cash amount at least once; and if then would zeroes count?).
    Also, a shame you weren't able to recap Friday. They had a rather clever placeholder gag for Cover Up: using maritime signal flags to spell Price (with a marine playing, no less)! I'd have loved to have seen you describe that.

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  2. It's happened a few times in my ken.

    And unless Drew actually explained that's what the flags were spelling, which he probably did, I would've missed that gag. Semaphore never was my strongest suit.

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