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Monday, September 22, 2014

TPiRecap: 22 September 2014 (Season 43 Premiere)

After a seemingly interminable summer of reruns... we're back.

It's time.

Season 43 of The Price is Right.

Let's do this.

Episode #
6811K
Airdate
22 September 2014
VTR
30 July 2014
First Four
Almease, George, Bridget, Curtis
Lineup
L-R
Models
Manuela Abreález, Rachel Reynolds
Note
Season 43 Kickoff Show

First off, I need to apologize. I had hoped I'd have time over the break to do some sprucing-up of this blog and make it look nicer, but the truth is I had very little time to do so. The best I could do for now is to change the color scheme of a few recurring design elements, make them look a bit brighter. We'll see how it works, but this is hardly set in stone as it stands. And I haven't given up totally on the more complete “sprucing up” plans; I may simply roll the changes out gradually over the next few weeks, when and if I get time and as my eye for what works and what doesn't evolves.

For the first time in a few seasons, there are no changes to the intro from the previous year. Which is fine, as I liked the one from last year and it's still looking good. And speaking of “looking good,” that's a perfect description of the newly-revised Big Doors. The throwback frames are a nice touch, and the lighting effects (similar to those used on the Turntable) are decidedly snazzy. It's a nice update, IMO.

Let's get this party started!

1. Pair of Apple iPad Airs (16GB) w/smart covers (MA)
Almease
George
Bridget
Curtis
799
1100
800
1101


$1076


And it's Bridget who'll formally open Season 43 on stage – at Door #2, which is a strange way to start a season, or so it seems.

I mean, it's only Bargain Game.

But, before you groan, why don't you take a look at these "prizes":
  1. 2014 Mazda2 Sport (1.5L, remote keyless entry, 4AT; RR)
  2. 2015 Nissan Versa S+ sedan (1.6L, CVT; MA)
Not quite as much of a jaw-dropper as the Race Game stunt a couple of seasons back, but still, that's one way to open your eyes!

Mazda
BARGAIN GAME
Nissan
$15,355
Bargain price
$13,300

This one could get tricky. I'm tempted to go with the Nissan, because it's a 2015 model (still a novelty) and it's showing the lower price, but you never know what sort of chicanery Mike's up to.

Here's what Bridget thinks about it, though...

Mazda
◄◄◄
Nissan
$15,355
Bargain price
$13,300
$16,355
ARP
$14,800
$1000
Difference
$1500
LOSS

That's not how you want to start a new season. Hopefully this isn't an omen of things to come.

2. Visionair 3pc luggage set (RR)
Almease
George
Erica
Curtis
1201
1301
1300
1200

$1800



One thing hasn't changed—luggage as an IUFB, as ever, points to a trip in Freeze Frame:
Trip to Paris, France (6n, dinner @ Eiffel Tower & river cruise; MA)

George stops the wheel at $9,612. Cue Admiral Ackbar.


96
12

50
$8778
63
31
LOSS
24

78
87


Precisely what I was afraid of. >_<

Throwing to commercial, Drew says we've got “an interesting little game” coming up in our next spot. What could he mean? Well, if you've been paying attention to the off-season news you already know, but let's just play along here...

C'mon, guys, it's the first day of school here! We've gotta do better than this...
3. Butterfly table tennis package (RR, MA)
Almease
Kirsten
Erica
Curtis
801
800
950
1000

$500 Bonus



Well, that's a good way to start a comeback... and so's this.

Kirsten will be the first contestant in approximately ten years to play the returning Time is Money, which has been completely remodeled for the 21st century—which is pretty strange if you think about it, considering the game originally debuted in 2003—and is now a cash game.

To the tune of $20,000 worth.

Here's the deal. Just as in the previous incarnation of Time is Money, Kirsten has to race the clock to correctly arrange five GPs in three categories: $2.99 and under, $3 to $5.99, and over $6. This time, however, instead of having a flat twenty seconds to do so, she has only ten seconds in which she can win the full $20,000. After that, the "clock" becomes the $20,000 jackpot itself, which will start rapidly dwindling down to zero as she plays. At that point, the game becomes similar to Bonkers!, where she has to hit a button on the GP table to register her guesses. The button will only stop the money from ticking off if she gets it right.

Seems straightforward enough, and it sounds like a decent update besides. The set, too, looks a lot nicer than the tacky original, lots of silver and green. (For the record, Time is Money is now the first game to ever be offically "un-retired" and return to the rotation in more or less its original form. Balance Game doesn't count, as the one we now have is an entirely different game from the original. Time is Money, on the other hand, is the same basic game with a few rules tweaks instead of a completely new format.)

Here are today's GPs:
  • Allegra allergy relief (15 tablets)
  • Act Kids flouride rinse
  • Hormel turkey chili (15oz)
  • Pounce cat treats (3oz)
  • Sudden Change under-eye firming serum

Bookkeeping Note: Naturally, Time is Money is won outright if it's done during the ten-second grace period. After that, I will have a Fudge Rule that will declare a win if the contestant manages to claim at least $10,000. Any win below that mark is marked in my record book as a "partial."

10 seconds... go!

$2.99
$3-$5.99
$6↑
$20,000
Chili
Cat treats
Dental rinse
Allergy relief
Serum
NO

So much for the full boat, but let's now see how much, if anything, of the $20K she can save:

$2.99
$3-$5.99
$6↑
$20,000
Chili
Cat treats
Dental rinse
Allergy relief
Serum
$19,438
Cat treats
Chili
Dental rinse
Serum
Allergy relief
WIN!

Instead of ARPs, the pedestal-platforms rotate to reveal copies of the GPs in their correct positions, similar to It's In the Bag. And just to give you an idea how fast the money clock runs, that one quick little change took less than one second and caused $562 to disappear, so it can be inferred that the rate is approximately $1K/sec.

That's about as good an outcome as you can hope for if you don't get it right away! And I must admit, I wasn't a big fan of Time is Money during its original incarnation, but I think this is a much better take on the same basic gameplay than the Season 32 version. This game finally lives up to its name! I think it's a go.

(CC1: The first ambulance chasers of the new season... yep, summer is officially over)
Showcase Showdown #1

Bridget
45
20
.65

$1,076

George
90
.90
WIN
Kirsten
50
60
1.10

$20,738


4. Cuisinart espresso/latte machine & coffeemaker (Cooking.com) (MA)
(It's a new season, but the old "You can win this prize at home" gimmick is sticking around... go to priceisright.com for the straight 411)
Almease
Bradley
Erica
Curtis
1
650
1000
800

$690



One Wrong Price:
  1. Yamaha Zuma motorscooter (MA)
  2. Cybertron 17.3" gaming laptop (16GB RAM, 1TB HD, Epson printer, presumably more than meets the eye; RR)
  3. Pro-Form elliptical trainer (RR)

$2758
$2330
$1000
Motorscooter
Gaming laptop
Elliptical trainer

I'd probably go with the scooter here, since that looks like a weird price for one of those things. But that could be a trap too.

$2758
$2330
$1000
Motorscooter
Gaming laptop
Elliptical trainer
$3390
$2339
$1000
OR MAYBE NOT!

It's always nice when one's first instincts prove to be the correct ones, don't you think?

5. It's the first Price is Right Look of the Week for Season 43, and Rachel's ravishing in a nylon sleeve dress with Michael Kors accessories
Almease
Angela
Erica
Curtis
1201
750
499
1200

$994



Any Number:
  1. Wüsthof 7pc cutlery set w/block (MA)
  2. 2014 Jeep Compass Sport (2.0L, 5MT, tire pressure monitor, paint/fabric sealer; RR)

0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
Car
2
0
0
0
0
Knife set
0
0
0
Piggy Bank
0.
0
0

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

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

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

Uh-oh.

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

Well, maybe it's not looking as bleak as all that. 0 and 2 look pretty safe from where I'm sitting, at least in terms of not being in the Swine of Shame.

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

See? ;^P

7: Piggy Bank
0
/
/
/
/
5
/
/
8
9
Car
2
0
1
6
0
Knife set
0
2
0
Piggy Bank
7.
4
3
"Win" $7.43
(Car: $20,169; Knife set: $825)

I groaned as soon as I heard the 7, because even the zero would've been a safe number to call there.

Well, outside of a good showing on a new (and potentially very trap-laden) game, this has been a lackluster season premiere so far... can we yet produce a memorable moment? We'll find out after the Horizontal Line of Advertising Requirement.

Our first show will produce our first banishee to Leftover Island... one or two? That's still to be determined. While I would normally say Almease has the advantage, she's had it several times today and failed to capitalize, so that may not necessarily tell.

Only one way to find out, isn't there?

6. Lisa Freede emerald bracelet w/cubic zirconia accents (MA)
Almease
Vincent
Erica
Curtis
1
750
799
850



$1325

Almease gets whisked off to the tarmac, while Curtis gets to play Cliff Hangers:
Maid service (Homejoy, 24 visits) & groceries (52wks) for 1 year ($6,499; RR)

Before we begin, Drew talks about the latest Price social-media gimmick: They want to see your pics of you and Hans Yodelyguy getting into all kinds of shenanigans and comic mischief. Just go to cbs.com/yodelyguy to get your own printable Hans, then Tweet your pics to @PriceIsRight with the hashtag #YodelyGuy. Drew's even gonna get you started; he takes a selfie of himself, Hans, and Curtis.

(MA with the #SmallStuff)
  • Contigo insulated travel mug
  • Stainless steel potato cutter
  • 7pc kitchen utensil set w/rotating base

Travel mug
$7
14 steps to 14
$21

0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15

Things do not look good for our resident leiderhosen-wearer.

Potato cutter
$34
3 steps to 17
$37












6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21

But they're looking a bit better now than they were.

Utensils
$22
24 steps to DOOM
$46




CRASH!
R.I.P.
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25

Threshold: 14

If memory serves, this happened to Cliffy on its first playing last season too. >_< That's not a promising start to the year.

(CC2: MORE ambulance chasers / Alaska)
Showcase Showdown #2

Angela
25
95
1.20

$1,001

Curtis
100
1.00
$1,000 Bonus
Bradley
30
45
.75

$7,419
Bonus Spin
45



Showcases: Curtis top winner, George runner-up.

1. Catch the Premiere Week in Style
  • Flexsteel 7pc faux leather theater seating group (RR)
  • Samsung 55" UHDTV Smart TV w/curved screen (Plessers.com; RR)
  • Flashback time: Our very first Showcase winner, the immortal Paul Levine (sp?), won a trip to Acapulco all those years ago... and so...
    • Trip to Acapulco, México (6n, Las Brisas; RR with an assist from the archives)
      • Daily breakfast
      • Dinner for 2
      • Floor tile not included
  • 2014 Chevrolet Sonic LS (1.8L, 6AT, cargo net, paint/fabric prot; MA)
Curtis passes; George bids $24,500.
(My bid: $30,578)

2. In Honor of the Return of Time is Money...
  • Rolex (!!!) ladies' watch (MA)
  • The GE Triangle of Terror (RR)
  • Trip to Athens, Greece (6n, Hotel Grande Bretange; MA)
    • Daily breakfast
    • 1 spa treatment each
    • Guided 1d historic sites tour
      • Learn the meaning of "prehistoric," George...
Curtis bids $18,500.
(My bid: $27,446)


Moment of Truth
2. George
Acapulco/Car
1. Curtis
Greece
Bid
$24,500
$18,500
ARP
$33,679
$25,635
Result
$9,179
$7,135

$1,800
Curtis wins!
$28,018
My result
$3,101
$1,811

From a disastrous showing in Cliff Hangers to Showcase winner in the span of about fifteen minutes. Who says this show isn't a rollercoaster?

As we put a bow on it, Drew mentions that the second Male Model Search is underway and that open auditions will be held on the hallowed stage of Studio 33 next Tuesday (30 September), so if you're interested (and are young, in shape, and good-looking), here's your chance to follow in Rob Wilson's footsteps. Full details you-know-where.


LEADER BOARD: Episode #6811K
Curtis

$28,018
Kirsten

$20,738
Bradley

$7,419
George

$1,800
Bridget


$1,076
Angela


$1,001
Offered
$159,433
Won
$60,052
Pct.
36.73%
Bonus
$1,500
Avg.
$10,009
Median
$4,610


One down, 199 (or so) to go... Not the best start to a new season to be sure, but it could've been a lot worse too.

Back with more
stuff, as Chuck Barris used to say, tomorrow...

2 comments:

  1. Remember the first two playings of Time is Money, where they had a $500 voucher? The contestant could take $500 and quit if they didn't get all five grocery items right on the first try, or trade it in for another chance.

    They should've brought that back, because forcing the contestant into the second chance (where it'll likely be a lot easier to lose than Kirsten made it out to be on this playing) just doesn't sit well with me. If this game were up to me, the voucher in this incarnation wouldn't be a bonus (so the contestant wouldn't win $20,500 for a perfect playing).

    (Of course, if the game were up to me, the jackpot would be $50,000, with the money ticking down at $2,500 a second! =P)

    And I must admit, I wasn't a big fan of Time is Money during its original incarnation, but I think this is a much better take on the same basic gameplay than the Season 33 version.
    Except the game wasn't played in Season 33.

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  2. Interesting game, Time Is Money, and I absolutely agree with considering any haul $10,000+ a win. Really looking forward to another excellent season of TPIR!

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