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Friday, October 17, 2014

TPiRecap: 17 October 2014 (Dream Car Week #5)

Very late start today, sorry for the delay.

And so we come to the end of our second Dream Car week, which is already more successful than the first one last year in that we've given away two of the beasties versus just one last November.

Dare we hope for three? Let's find out as we take you to the BBS...

Episode #
6843K
Airdate
17 October 2014
VTR
26 August 2014
First Four
Karin, Craig, Robert, Angela
Lineup

Models
Karla Mosley, Rachel Reynolds
Note
Dream Car Week #5


1. Aroma small kitchen appliance selection (KM)
Karin
Craig
Robert
Angela
625
480
550
696

$540



Craig, who lost his nametag somewhere along the way, gets to play today's Dream Car Game, That's Too Much!:
2014 Aston Martin V8 Vantage RWD roadster (4.7L, 7MT sport-shift automated; RR)

I was kinda hoping for 3 Strikes here, but the six-digit game is just too evil. This is better, I think. Somewhat.

Just to show you what we're dealing with here, I'll single out the first price on the board:

$129,680

Oh, yeah. This is the hard stuff, right here.

$129,680
$132,100
$134,950
$137,810
$$$
$$$
$$$
$$$
$$$
$$$

For the record, here's where I threw in the towel. Craig, however, keeps on rocking...

$129,680
$132,100
$134,950
$137,810
$140,760
$144,240
$$$
$$$
$$$
$$$

He thought about that one for a long time before saying the magic words.

So there's a $4,480 window of opportunity here. Very wide for this game, but I do think he pushed it too far. We shall have to see...




















































...it's our last chance to give away a biggie...





















































...at least until the next Dream Car or Big Money Week, whenever those will be...




























































...so Rachel, go ahead and flip that ARP card around...

































































...to show us...


















































$140,760
$144,240
$145,810
...IT STILL WASN'T ENOUGH

$129,680
$132,100
$134,950
$137,810
$140,760
$144,240
$147,820
$$$
$$$
$$$

Insert sound of a thousand deflating balloons here.

So, just to summarize: Two out of five Dream Cars were won this week, though neither of the two that were won cracked the six-digit barrier (though one of them was still just a hair short of $80K). That's still better than last year's stunt, and if you want to roll in Big Money Week (with its Ferraris and such) as being cut from the same cloth you can do that too. It could've been much worse.

Meh. Let's at least try to get back on the horse and see what we can salvage on this day...

2. Four Android designer watches (JE)
Karin
Samantha
Robert
Angela
825
650
900
1600


$1400


Well, one way to get me back in a good mood is to trot out one of my favorites that doesn't get played nearly as often as it should, namely Step Up:
  1. Samsung 65" LED HDTV (KM)
  2. Yamaha Zuma 125 motorscooter (KM)
  3. Kate Spade designer handbags (RR)
  4. Magic Chef dual-zone beverage cooler (RR)

Start with the beverage cooler, then the handbags (Kate Spade being one of the cheaper labels in rotation), the TV, and finally the motorscooter. At least, that's how I'd play it.

Beverage cooler
$799

LED HDTV
$2,699
$500
Go on...
Motorscooter
$3,390
$1,000
STOP
(Designer bags: $1,490)

Not bad, not bad at all. Robert at least was smart in that he overestimated the price of the handbags, when it's far too common (especially with male contestants) to go the opposite direction with designer stuff.

As an aside, sometimes I get asked why I like Step Up so much. There's no great secret or mystery involved here—I just think it's one of the best games Price Labs came up with during the 2000s. (Admittedly this isn't saying a whole lot, considering the decade saw a lot of quickie and/or otherwise less-than-memorable games added to the roster, but Step Up would've been welcome in any production regime IMO, from Wolpert to Alter to Dobkowitz to today.) I like the premise, I like the bailout option (though if I have any complaint, it's that the bailout offers tend to be too generous sometimes), and I think the set is fantastic for a Door #2 game. It blows the doors right off of Shopping Spree and Eaƨy Aƨ 1-2-3, which feature similar setups and prize mixes, and might even qualify as a better game than the venerable Danger Price when all is said and done. Of course, this is all simply my own opinion...

3. Wall-mounted ethanol fireplace w/24pk fuel & CarolinaChair.com plush chair w/ottoman (RR)
Karin
Samantha
Dwight
Angela
850
1400
921
1200

$2055



Squeeze Play:
Trip to Amsterdam, the Netherlands (6n, dinner canal cruise; KM)

0

0
9

0
0
9
0
9
8
1
0
9
0

Afraid this one's gonna be a Big Deal situation... pick your door and take your chances. $9,809, $9,109, and $9,819 all look right to me.

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

I found myself leaning towards removing the 1. Sometimes it's nice to be wrong. ^^;

(CC1: Egg-Land's Best)
Showcase Showdown #1

Craig
5
90
.95

$540
P
Robert
75
25
1.00
$1,000 Bonus
Samantha
30
85
1.15

$11,164
Bonus Spin
45



4. Four pairs of Michael Kors designer sunglasses (KM, RR)
Karin
Ronald
Dwight
Angela
700
550
1200
625
$976




10 Chances rears its head for the first time in Season 43:
  1. Kitchco electric sandwich maker (RR)
  2. Pair of GoPro Hero3+ camcorders w/2 32GB memory cards (RR)
  3. 2015 Chevrolet Camaro RWD (36L V6, 6AT, cargo net, compact spare wheel & tire; KM)

Sandwich mkr.
3 0 5

1
35
3 0 5
ZERO RULE VIOLATION
2
30
3 0 5
WELL, THEN IT MUST BE...
3
50
$50
NATURALLY

I'm as amazed by that $50 as anyone else.

Hopefully, she's got the zero thing out of her system now and we can move onward...

Cameras
7 9 0 8

4
780
7 9 0 8

5
790
7 9 0 8
...That's what I thought it was!
6
970
7 9 0 8

7
908
7 9 0 8
COME ON, NOW
8
897
7 9 0 8
SNIPERS, TAKE YOUR POSITIONS
9
890
7 9 0 8
KISS THE CAR GOODBYE
10
870
$870
AT LEAST SHE WON THAT
(Car: $24,910 [1])

To be fair, this is the first 10 Chances playing in a while where I've felt the urge to RKO my TV, so there's that. Doesn't really help much in the end though.

[1] Source: Chevrolet.com

5. HP 17.3" laptop computer (4GB RAM, 750GB HD) (KM)
Cynthia
Ronald
Dwight
Angela
1400
950
960
1



$580

And that's the shuttle to Leftover Island scrubbed!

Side by Side:
Crystal 2-person infrared sauna & Inspire dual-pulley home gym (RR)

SIDE
90
SIDE

64

00
00
00

Unless there's been a massive price increase in home gyms recently, $6,490 is the way to go here.

SIDE
00
SIDE

64
90

64
90
WIN!

That helps!

6. Spector bass guitar w/strap (GG)
Cynthia
Ronald
Dwight
Kelley
700
1800
900
899


$1333


Plinko:

(RR with the goodies)
Professional ceramic curling iron
Oster blender w/food processor attachment
Lasko desktop column fan
Finishing Touch Elite personal hair remover
5
4
7
2
5
8
3
0
5
7
WIN!
$92
$
2
8
WIN!
$10
$

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

TOTAL

That's not good.

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
$10,000
TOTAL

But that certainly is!

The third chip is cake now...

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
$10,000
WIN!

...unfortunately, the "cake" was a stale Twinkie from the Hostess thrift shop. But still!

(CC2: Healthy Choice / Coricidin HBP)
Showcase Showdown #2

Karin
55
*95
1.50

$1,896
Angela
75
.75

FIT TO
Dwight
20
55
.75

BE TIED
Spin-Off
Angela
65

$7,070
Dwight
100
$1,000 Bonus
Bonus Spin
20



Showcases: Dwight (true) top winner, Robert runner-up.

1. A Certain Ice Fairy's Fav⑨rite Showcase
  • Cloud ⑨: Apple iPad Mini (16GB) & iPod Nano (16GB; KM)
  • Dressed to the ⑨s: Trip to Miami, FL (5n; KM)
    • Dinner for 2
  • Go the whole ⑨ yards: 2014 Hyundai Veloster Flex Eco-shift ECT (1.6L, AT, Bluetooth; RR)
    • Wondering what the "ice fairy" remark and all the ⑨s are about? Click here and especially here.
Dwight passes; Robert bids $26,500.
(My bid: $22,775)

2. A Mountain of a Showcase (Somebody Get Hans)
  • Trip to Colorado Springs, CO (5n; RR)
    • Zipline excursion
  • Canadian railway adventure (7n; RR)
    • Depart from Calgary, AB
    • Stops in Lake Louise, Banff, etc.
    • Various meals & tours
    • Return to LA from Vancouver
  • 2014 Volkswagen Beetle (1.8 turbo, 6AT, Bluetooth, heatable front seat,s paint/fabric prot; KM)
Dwight bids $28,000.
(My bid: $37,508)


Moment of Truth
1. Robert
Trip/Car
2. Dwight
Trips/Car
Bid
$26,500
$28,000
ARP
$28,806
$38,833
Result
$2,306
$10,833

Robert wins!
$39,495 (Chyron)
$12,435
My result
$6,031
$1,325


LEADER BOARD: Episode #6843K
Robert
P
$39,495
Dwight
$12,435
Samantha

$11,164
Angela

$7,070
Karin


$1,896
Craig


$540
Offered
$323,228
Won
$72,600
Pct.
21.84%
Bonus
$2,000
Avg.
$12,100
Median
$9,117


3 comments:

  1. Man, did I feel sick on the Aston Martin loss. I almost begged him to go one more, but with it being (the end of) Dream Car Week, it was an unpredictable time. All-in-all, it was a good week.

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  2. They could've played Five Price Tags for the Aston Martin instead of that monstrosity That's Too Much.

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    1. Tvlubber,I never thought I would say this but I completely agree with you.

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