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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

TPiRecap: 18 June 2014


Episode #
6793K
Airdate
18 June 2014
VTR
1 May 2014
First Four
Phyllis, Razmig, Alexander, Selena
Lineup
L-R
Models
Gwendolyn Osbourne-Smith, Rachel Reynolds

1. Four pairs of Tom Ford designer sunglasses (JE)
Phyllis
Razmig
Alexander
Selena
1200
1000
1400
1301


$1510


Five Price Tags:
2014 Dodge Dart SE (2.0L, 6MT, conv grp; RR)

(GOS with the tags)
$19,700
$18,385
$21,590
$20,479
$17,650

My gravitation here is toward $19K or $18K. Maybe $17,650 since it's mostly a stock Dart. Let's see what happens, though.

(RR and GOS alternate)
Ninja high-speed smoothie blender
Lola by Marc Jacobs parfúm spray
Oster "fancy pants" 2-slice toaster
Presto CoolDaddy deep fryer/"health machine"
$30
FALSE
$88
TRUE
$49
FALSE
$130
FALSE
$50
FALSE
$88
TRUE
$35
FALSE
$100
FALSE

[jawdrop]

I cannot even REMEMBER the last time somebody scored all four picks in this game. That's how long it's been! (And I note the producers actually -- for once -- made most of the prices False. This will probably drive entirely the wrong behavior in the future, but for now, I'm not gonna complain.)

Oh, what a heartbreaker this would be if he doesn't find the right tag with four tries...

Pick #1
$20,479
NO
Pick #2
$18,385
WIN!

That HAS to be a good omen that our luck is turning around! (Let's hope...)

2. Club Glove USA 3pc designer luggage set (GOS)
Phyllis
Razmig
Valerie
Selena
1450
1350
1150
2000



$2248

If it's luggage in the Row, it must be a trip on stage, this time in Squeeze Play:
Trip to the Canary Islands, Spain (Indiana Jones Map, 6n, Hotel Botanico, daily breakfast, 1 dinner, 1 spa treatment each; RR)

0

0
9

0
0
9
0
9
8
1
9
6
0

Part of me is leery of that 1, but the other part of me is leery of that part of me.

0
9
0
9
Remove the 1
0
9
0
9
$
9
8
9
6
$
9
8
9
6
WIN!

And just like that, Monday and Tuesday seem like æons ago! (I hope we can keep this up for a while...)

3. Raymond Weil womens' designer watch (GOS)
Phyllis
Razmig
Valerie
Melissa
1200
1475
1500
2200

$1495



I was in a good mood, until This Freaking Thing showed up:
  1. Panasonic 55" 3D LED Smart HDTV w/4 pairs of glasses (GOS)
  2. Pilates Home Performer exercise machine (GOS)
  3. 6-burner gas barbecue (GG)

Swap Prize: Asus 13.3" laptop computer (4GB RAM, 128GB SSD; RR)

My gut instinct is the barbecue, which means it's probably the Pilates machine. I know my gut.

LED HDTV
Pilates machine
Barbecue


$2149

Uh-oh.

Computer
$1200
I THOUGHT SO
(LED HDTV: $3,000; Pilates machine: $1,200)

With prognostication like this, maybe I should try my luck at Powerball or something. ;^P

(CC1: Blue-Emu)
Showcase Showdown #1

Razmig
30
75
1.05

$1,495
Selena
70
.70
WIN
Alexander
10
40
.50

$20,182


4. XM Satellite Radio w/Vehicle Kit of Foreshadowing, speaker dock, & 2yr subscription (GOS, RR)
Phyllis
Deric
Valerie
Melissa
751
550
1600
750

$678



Now I'm REALLY Upset:
2014 Toyota Yaris LE (1.5L, 4AT, carpeted mats, cargo mat, LoJack+; GOS)


Stack the DECK






1
3
4
6
7
8
9

Seriously, Swap Meet wasn't enough button-pushing for me? You just had to break this out...

Healthy Choice Greek frozen
yogurt (3pk)
Orville
Redenbacher
popcorn
Barilla
penne
pasta (1lb)

$6.99
$1.99
$2.79
$4.19
$1.99
Red Bull
energy
drink (12oz)
Aussie
anti-humidity
hair spray
Hershey's
chocolate
chips (12oz)
$2.79


3rd: 3
NO
4th: 7

Well... we've had harder times of it, certainly.


Stack the DECK

1
6
3
7
9


4


8



1
8
3
7
9

1
6
3
7
9


4


8

ABSOLUTELY PAINFUL LOSS

What makes this even worse is that the mistake was made on the easy digit. >_< Ugh.

5. Table tennis package (GOS vs. RR)
Phyllis
Alex
Valerie
Melissa
1100
620
1000
1800

$910



Alex's T-shirt is noteworthy: "Don't [green mushroom] me!" Anyone who's ever played Super Mario Bros. surely knows what a Green Mushroom does... 1up, anyone? Clever.

Check Game:
Pair of Yamaha Zuma 50FX motorscooters (RR)

Finally, another winner -- only the third we've had since Check Game returned a year ago!

The Blueberry Podium's been the lucky spot lately... much to Phyllis's chagrin, as she's staring down the barrel of the Leftover Island Express. Fortunately, this also means she retains the advantage for this last bid...

6. Pair of Sony HandyCam HD camcorders w/2 16GB memory cards (GOS)
Phyllis
Elise
Valerie
Melissa
451
450
375
400
$500

SUICIDE
SUICIDE

...which she promptly makes good use of, with a little inadvertent help from Valerie and Melissa.

Double Cross:
  1. Tory Burch designer shoes & handbags (RR)
  2. Elmira Stove Works bottom-freezer retro-style refrigerator (GOS)
$4,395 looks best for that fridge, and I won't object to $1,630 for the accessories. Go with that, if anything.
...Can I call 'em or can I call 'em? ;^P

(CC2: Gold Bond / VetIQ)
Showcase Showdown #2

Phyllis
55
60
1.15

$500

Deric
70
.70
WIN
Alex
20
25
.45

$8,790


Showcases: Selena top winner, Deric runner-up.

1. Wined and Dined
  • Trip to Santa Barbara, CA (limo, 5n, ; RR)
    • Bike tour
    • 1hr massage
  • Ashley dining room group (Noritake dinnerware for 8; GOS)
  • West Wight Potter 19' Sport Select Edition sailboat w/trailer (RR)
Selena passes; Deric bids $26,200.
(My bid: $25,335)

2. Dude! A Most Excellent Showcase!
  • Album 9' & 6' surfboards (RR)
  • Trip to Playa Flamingo, Costa Rica (6n, Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa; RR)
    • 2hr private surf lesson
  • 2014 Chevrolet Sonic LS (1.8L, 6AT, Chevy MyLink radio; GOS)
Selena bids $27,600.
(My bid: $24,498)


Moment of Truth
1. Deric
Room/Sailboat
2. Selena
Costa Rica/Car
Bid
$26,200
$27,600
ARP
$29,666
$25,695
Result
$3,466
$1,905

Deric wins!
$30,344
$12,144
My result
$4,331
$1,197


LEADER BOARD: Episode #6793K
Deric

$30,344
Alexander

$20,182
Selena
$12,144
Alex

$8,790
Razmig


$1,495
Phyllis


$500
Offered
$131,223
Won
$73,455
Pct.
55.98%
Bonus
Avg.
$12,243
Median
$10,467


5 comments:

  1. Why the hell do you hate Swap Meet? I have no beef with it but why do you do?

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    1. I'm only publishing and replying to this guy because this is a legitimate question (I only just found it at the bottom of my queue) and it deserves a legitimate answer.

      I've answered it before, but just so there's no misunderstanding, I'll repeat myself. The reason I'm not fond of Swap Meet ("hate" is such a strong word) isn't because the game itself is bad -- it isn't -- but because it's so uninspired. Even for a Door #2 "quickie," it comes off like very little effort was spent on its creation, and the whole thing has the feel of something like Gallery Game or Pick-a-Number. For me, it was also a case of a bad first impression; Swap Meet actually debuted on the Season 20 premiere and in such a high-profile position (and in my younger naïveté) I was expecting any new game to be a home run. That it was anything but only added to my disappointment. And it certainly doesn't help that Swap Meet is very frequently played for some of the cheapest total hauls of any multi-prize game, with all four prizes often barely passing the seven grand mark in a day when single-prize stage games are known to crack the five-digit barrier with some regularity.

      The last thing I'm not a big fan of is the manner in which the game is played. There's nothing wrong with the "find the matching price" format, but the way it's done here isn't even as appealing as it is in Pick-a-Pair. Also, if this format were indeed supposed to be based on an actual swap meet, the goal would be to come out of it with something worth more than what you started with, so I'm at least mildly surprised they went with the "even trade" concept instead; I felt then, and still do to this day, that Swap Meet would have been a much more interesting game if you had to pick the one prize out of the three that was valued higher than your starting prize, and you had to trade for that.

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    2. On second thought, that idea wasn't so hot after all, since I basically just described Most Expen$ive. Still, I can't help but feel as if this game should've been more than what it is.

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  2. Selena has a "local connection" to me. She lives in Roanoke and was featured in yesterday's Extra section of The Roanoke Times.

    And a Chevy Sonic for a surfing Showcase!?! That's not "totally radical". Why couldn't they have offered an SUV as the last prize, something that was MADE for the beach?

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  3. For the record, the last time a clean sweep was done in Five Price Tags was all the way back in Season 38...April 2, 2010 to be exact. And it was won then as well.

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