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Friday, August 15, 2014

TPiRecap: 15 August 2014 (Back to School Special)

It's been a while. Let's catch up before we get started on this last lingering piece of Season 42.

First, some words about the new season. Truthfully, we don't know too much at this stage except the following: The Big Doors have changed their shape, reverting to the classic "C-on-its-side" frames that defined the art style throughout the Barker Era, albeit updated with decidedly 21st-century LED lighting effects; one "famous" Pricing Game will get a visual refresh during the first week (and it's not Clock Game; the same "leaked" picture that showed the revised Big Doors also showed Clocky in its same old livery); and another game will be "rebooted," to quote Mike Richards, though what that means (Credit Card finally returning?) was left intentionally vague, also during the first week.

Other than that, nothing major has spilled out aside from the usual taping of special episodes we've become accustomed to, such as the Breast Cancer Awareness episode that'll air in October. It's been a quiet offseason over Beverly and Fairfax way.

One thing more to look forward to, at least from my end: Expect a refreshed look and feel to these recaps once Season 43 gets underway on 22 September. I haven't yet hammered out just how it's going to look, but I'm turning over lots of ideas in my head. My hope is to make these things flow better visually, to make them easier/quicker to produce on my end, and yet to maintain the same level of quality you've come to expect from me when I do these. Stay tuned, as they say.

Oh, and remember to check out the final stats for Season 42, which will be posted shortly after this recap goes live.

And now that all the preliminaries now out of the way, let's get on with the last big Price is Right party of the summer...

Episode #
6805K
Airdate
15 August 2014
VTR
7 May 2014
First Four
Anika, Wyatt, Kayla, Stephanie
Lineup
L-R
Models
Gwendolyn Osbourne-Smith, Rachel Reynolds
Note
Back to School Special

Everyone on today's show is a college student, natch, and all prizes today fit into that theme.

1. ASUS ultrabook (4GB RAM, 128GB SSD) w/Salvatore Ferragamo computer bag (RR)
Anika
Wyatt
Kayla
Stephanie
1100
800
1101
1102



$2399

Kicking it all off with Let 'em Roll:
2014 Toyota Corolla LE (1.8L, ACVT, backup camera, Bluetooth; $19,110; GOS)

(RR had to do a food run)
Lunchables Uploaded lunch combo
5-Hour Energy shot
Reese's peanut butter cups (12)

$4.49
$2.99
$1.79

Now that surprises me. Around here you pay nearly that much for the "King Size" Reese's package with only four cups! And with the ever-rising cost of chocolate these days, I figured that one was a slam dunk.

Roll #1
CAR
1,500
1,000
500
500
STOP
Win $3,500

$3,500 vs. one chance to roll four cars... I'd actually have taken the buyout here myself. It's not bad money, and as tempting as the car is, the chances of ending up with far less money than this are just too great.

Yes, "no guts no glory" is very true and sometimes you do have to take a chance... but at the same time you don't want to take dumb chances if you can help it, and this situation qualified. If she had $2,000 or less I would fully advocate rolling again.

2. Gucci his & hers designer wallets & sunglasses (JE)
Anika
Wyatt
Kayla
Andrei
2600
69
800
2000

9_9

$2554

Yes, there was snickering going on. Hopefully this is the last we'll see of joke bids like that today, but I'm not holding my breath...

What better game for a Back to School special than Do the Math, I ask you?:
  1. Namco Pac-Man's Arcade Party cocktail arcade cabinet (GOS)
  2. Elmira Stove Works retro-look refrigerator & Nostalgia Electrics retro-look microwave (RR)

Gotta love how the microwave tries to look like something out of the 1950s even though microwave ovens didn't even exist back then. ^^;

Given that whenever I see an arcade game on this show it usually ends in -95, I'm gonna go against my better judgment and say Andrei should subtract here.

He adds...

The long hiatus has obviously left my brain a bit rusty. ^^;;


3. Nikon D5200 DSLR & Coolpix PAS cameras (GOS, RR)
Anika
Wyatt
Kayla
Deanna
2000
2500
601
600


$1250


Bonkers!:
Trip to San José, Costa Rica (5n, Peace Lodge, guided tour; GOS)

7
5
6
3

Please, no deers in any headlights today...

30 seconds... go!

Try #1:
7
5
6
3
NO
:25

Try #2:
7
5
6
3
WIN!
:21

7
5
6
3
5
1
4
4

Sigh of relief, even if it is just a cheapo trip. She didn't fall into the check-with-the-Peanut-Gallery trap, which is always good to see in a timed game like this. Well done!

Drew almost doesn't reveal the ARP, but he does just as we throw to commercial.

(CC1: CTT)
Showcase Showdown #1
P
Stephanie
5
10
.15

$5,899
Kayla
70
.70
WIN
Andrei
65
85
1.50

$11,142


4. Unknown-maker smartphone (16GB) w/1yr AT&T calling plan (2GB data & unl. minutes/mo (RR)
Anika
Wyatt
Jacob
Deanna
600
801
180
800

$1940



The problem with offering smartphones like this on the show is that providers, thanks to their marketing strategy of selling you the phone at a loss so they can rope you into signing your life away in an extended contract, have immunized us all, for the most part, to how much they really cost. Hence, a bid like Jacob's. It's stupid, but understandable.

Any Number:
  1. Selection of Apple iPods (64GB Touch, 16GB Nano, 2GB Shuffle; GOS)
  2. 2014 Honda CR-Z hybrid (1.5L, CVT, Bluetooth, cargo nat, cargo tray; RR)

0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
Car
2
0
0
0
0
Music players
0
0
0
Piggy Bank
0.
0
0

Normally you can't think of a good number to avoid right out of the chute, but today I can. Logic tells me that since virtually every iPod ever offered on this show ends in -9, a combination of three will end in -7, and so that's the digit to steer clear of here. Let's see if Wyatt notices...

0: Car
/
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
Car
2
0
0
0
0
Music players
0
0
0
Piggy Bank
0.
0
0

2: Piggy Bank
/
1
/
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
Car
2
0
0
0
0
Music players
0
0
0
Piggy Bank
0.
0
2

9: Music players
/
1
/
3
4
5
6
7
8
/
Car
2
0
0
0
0
Music players
0
9
0
Piggy Bank
0.
0
2

6: Car
/
1
/
3
4
5
/
7
8
/
Car
2
0
0
0
6
Music players
0
9
0
Piggy Bank
0.
0
2

3: Car
/
1
/
/
4
5
/
7
8
/
Car
2
0
0
3
6
Music players
0
9
0
Piggy Bank
0.
0
2

Okay, let's go into analysis mode here.

As I said from the outset, the 7 can safely be discredited as being the last digit of the iPods. We know that Mike wouldn't put a 1 in the Piggy Bank to the left of the decimal point, or at the very least, it's an extraordinarily rare thing to see that. The iPods certainly aren't $197. I would therefore suggest that Wyatt's smartest move here is to play the 1 and see where it goes... there's nothing to be lost this way, and it stands a better-than-even chance of slotting right where we all want to see it go.

Let's see what happens...

1: Piggy Bank
/
/
/
/
4
5
/
7
8
/
Car
2
0
0
3
6
Music players
0
9
0
Piggy Bank
0.
1
2

Like I said, though... nothing to lose on that one. That actually helps.

Only it doesn't really. The only safe number to call here is 7, and we know where that goes... and it doesn't help us at all. It's Pick-a-Number for the car; 4, 5, or 8?

7: Music players
/
/
/
/
4
5
/
/
8
/
Car
2
0
0
3
6
Music players
0
9
7
Piggy Bank
0.
1
2

Wasted chance. There was the thought he could have called the first digit in the iPods and thus made it a straight-up coin flip, but now that's gone.

I suspect either the 4 or 5, because neither of those prices looks high enough for Apple products, even with a cheapo Shuffle. But, again, the Piggy Bank makes everything dangerous.

Fingers crossed...

4: Piggy Bank
/
/
/
/
/
5
/
/
8
/
Car
2
0
0
3
6
Music players
0
9
7
Piggy Bank
4.
1
2
"Win" $4.12
(Car: $20,836; Music players: $597)

I was afraid of that. 8^/ Disappointing.


5. Selection of Mr. Coffee appliances (GOS, and somewhere I'm sure, the ghost of Joe DiMaggio approves)
(Want a latte machine? Be in the Peanut Gallery, or take it to the website!)
Anika
Demetra
Jacob
Deanna
1100
400
650
651

$550



Remember how I'm always griping about how bidders usually lowball coffee appliances on the assumption they're all cheap Mr. Coffee stuff? Well, guess what... ;^)

Double Prices:
Vespa GTV300IE motorscooter w/helmet (RR)

And the comic-strip fan in me does a triple take when Demetra announces she's taking online classes at Walden University. That being, of course, the fictional school against the backdrop of which the early years of Doonesbury were set. I knew there was a real college of that name (Garry Trudeau's version being the stand-in for his own alma mater, Yale) but had forgotten about it entirely until now.

Something I learned here: Vespas are apparently freeway-legal, at least in the state of California.

$8109
$5532

My gut suggests the top price is the best option.

$8109
$8109
╔════
WIN!

What do you know, my gut was actually right this time. 8^)

Anika is on the verge of being put on the Double Secret Probation list, but the good news for her is, she's got the advantage this time. Can she avoid the tender mercies of Dean Wormer?

(Yes, that's right, I've sunk to making references to Doonesbury, Animal House, and long-forgotten celebrity endorsements. I need a vacation from my vacation...)

6. Michael Kors Chronograph watches (2 mens', 2 womens') (RR)
Anika
Sarah
Jacob
Deanna
1701
1430
1700
1



$1095

Deanna just avoids my wrath by being right in this case, but as I always say, you shouldn't try this in Studio 33...

½ Off:

(RRight, GOppoSite)
$30
$15
$150
$150
39pc tool set
KitchenAid 5-speed blender
Eliminated: 1 2 3 4 5 8 9 12

0
0
0
0
0
6
7
0
0
10
11
0
13
14
15
16

$10
$5
$50
$50
Camera zoom-lens mug
Homedics clock radio w/relaxation sound generator
Eliminated: 6 7 13 16

0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
10
11
0
0
14
15
0

$30
$15
$25
$25
Hamilton Beach breakfast sandwich maker
Revlon hair dryer
$1,000 Bonus
Eliminated: 11 15

0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
10
0
0
0
14
0
0

Good showing!

Deanna chooses box #10...

10
EMPTY
HEARTBREAKER

Ouch. Don't you just hate when that happens...

(CC2: Ambulance chasers are rarely the Healthy Choice)
Showcase Showdown #2

Wyatt
50
70
1.20

$1,940
P
Deanna
55
15
.70

TIE
Demetra
40
30
.70

DYE
Spin-Off
P
Deanna
95
WIN
Demetra
90

$8,659


Showcases: Kayla top winner, Deanna runner-up.

1. The Ultimate Study Companions
  • Apple iPad Mini (16GB) w/Sony premium headphones (RR)
  • Trip to Mykonos, Greece (6n, St. John Hotel; RR)
    • Daily breakfast
    • Scooter rentals
  • 2014 Kia Rio LX (1.6L, 6MT, carpeted mats, rear bumper appliqué; GOS)
Kayla bids $21,000.
(My bid: $28,851)

2. The Ultimate Dorm Room
  • Panasonic 55" 3D LED Smart HDTV w/4 pairs of glasses (RR)
  • Microsoft XBox One game console w/games & accessories (RR)
  • Sony PlayStation4 game console w/its own games & accessories (RR)
  • AppleTV streaming device w/HDMI cable (RR)
  • VocoPro mini-PA system w/karaoke disc & 3mo unlimited streaming card (RR)
  • 2014 Fiat 500 Pop hatchback (1.4L, 5MT, remote keyless entry, electronic tracker, vehicle cover, premium mats, paint/fabric sealer; GOS)
Deanna bids $22,000.
(My bid: $23,419)


Moment of Truth
2. Deanna
Car
1. Kayla
Greece/Car
Bid
$22,000
$21,000
ARP
$24,335
$26,555
Result
$2,335
$5,555

Deanna wins!
$26,725
$6,394
My result
$916
$2,296


LEADER BOARD: Episode #6805K
Deanna
P
$26,725
Andrei

$11,142
Demetra

$8,659
Kayla
$6,394
Stephanie
P

$5,899
Wyatt


$1,940
Offered
$132,760
Won
$60,759
Pct.
45.01%
Bonus
$1,000
Avg.
$10,127
Median
$7,527


And that, my friends, is a wrap! Stay tuned for the final stats roundup for Season 42, along with some extra categories I can only reveal now, coming up a little bit later on.


We'll see you in September!

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