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Friday, November 14, 2014

TPiRecap: 14 November 2014 (Big Money Week #5)

Right off the bat, I want to apologize for everything that went down in the comments section the last day or so. Since this is my blog, I accept full responsibility for allowing trolls like that to take over the conversation and turn everything into an utter shambles. Unfortunately, the only effective way to stop the madness is to completely disable comments on this site, which is what I've done. They will remain disabled until such time as I feel the problem has been resolved and the said trolls have moved on with their sad little lives. (I can still be contacted via Twitter, Google+, and good old-fashioned e-mail. I do have a Facebook account, but I hardly ever touch it and its use is not recommended as a means of getting in touch with me.)

I'm deeply sorry that this step is necessary, especially since I'm an advocate of free speech on the Internet. But there's a difference between "free speech" and "abusive speech," or even "ignorant speech." (Ever actually read the First Amendment? As far as "free speech" goes, the First Amendment only guarantees that Congress shall pass no law making it illegal to criticize or speak out against the government; it is not a blanket carte blanche to say whatever you want, wherever you want, about whoever you want with impunity. The classic example is "Shouting 'Fire!' in a crowded theater": Is it legal, technically? Yes. Is it stupid and frowned upon by nearly every corner of society, and will it produce negative consequences? Also yes.) If shutting off comments is the only way to make it stop and to restore a semblence of sanity to this blog, then — regretfully — that is what I will do.

Enough of that. Let's get on with the end of Big Money Week now, which hopefully goes more like the first two shows of it than the most recent two...

Episode #
6893K
Airdate
14 November 2014
VTR
15 September 2014
First Four
Travon, Mark, Dionne, Virginia
Lineup
L-R
Models
Amber Lancaster, Rachel Reynolds
Note
Big Money Week #5


Also to note, I'll have a rundown of just how much was offered this week in the "inflated" games, and how much was actually given away, after the Leader Board.

1. Trip to San Diego, CA (limo, 3n, Bahia Resort Hotel, daily breakfast, 1 dinner, stand-up paddleboard lesson, 1 boat cruise) (RR)
Travon
Mark
Dionne
Virginia
500
2000
1200
1201

$2010



And we kick today off with the last of our Big Money Games: It's Hundred Grand Game!

It's the Grand Game we know and love, but with everything multiplied by ten. Thus, we start at $10 instead of the usual $1, and increase accordingly as per the usual rules.

  • Mott's apple juice boxes (8)
  • Mrs. Freshley's cupcakes (6)
  • L'oréal Superior Preference hair color kit
  • Mountain High plain yogurt (32 oz)
  • DiGiorno Thin & Crispy pizza
  • Chef Boyardee beef ravioli (15 oz)

This... is actually easy. For me, anyway. The hair color and the pizza are right out; that pizza often retails here for $5.99 or thereabouts, and the hair color shoud be obvious enough anyway.

Just hope I'm right...

Target
$4.50
$10
Ravioli
$1.49
$100
Cupcakes
$2.99
$1,000
Yoghurt [sic]
$3.69
$10,000

Looking good so far, but now it's tricky. It's obviously down to either the apple juice or the pizza, and while I'm willing to stick to my guns and say the pizza is more than $4.50, it's entirely possible the MSRP is cheaper out in Cali. It could easily be a trap, is what I'm saying.

Of course, Mark could bail out now with ten grand and no one would blame him...

Go on...

...But he doesn't. And his choice is actually my stick-to-the-guns choice, the apple juice.

Fingers, toes, eyes, the streams... everything's crossed on this, our last chance to make good on Big Money Week...
























....No, you know what, on second thought I'm not gonna do that! Let's just do this thing!

Apple juice
$3.99
$100,000
WIN $100,000!!!
(Hair color: $11.99; Pizza: $5.49)

There ya go! Our second six-digit giveaway of Big Money Week, and that's a first! In the previous two, we've only managed to snag one of those, and if the truth be known, one of those was a playing of Pay the Rent that was not inflated, so technically it may not count as part of the gimmick. Yesterday's Plinko disaster was a heartbreaker to be sure, but we actually did pretty well this week, all things considered... and the bad taste of yesterday's skunkjob has already been washed out of at least my mouth!

Now let's hope we can keep up our winning ways...

2. Four pairs of designer sunglasses (JE)
Travon
Theresa
Dionne
Virginia
1001
350
1000
650
$1570




It's Range Game for a car:
2014 Ford Focus SE hatchback (2L, 5MT; AL)

Problem: Travon has a small problem with reaching the stop button. (He's in a wheelchair.)
Solution: Drew has Travon tap him on the arm when he wants to stop, and Drew will hit the button himself.

Two-for-two on big wins today! Looking good for openers...

3. GE built-in dishwasher & Fiesta 65pc dinnerware collection (RR)
Philomena
Theresa
Dionne
Virginia
1500
1200
2000
2001



$2639

Take Two:
  1. HP Envy Phoenix desktop computer (24GB RAM, HP printer; RR)
  2. Framed 18-speed bicicle (the-house.com; RR)
  3. Crystal 3-person infrared sauna (AL)
  4. Four pairs of Alexander McQueen designer shoes (AL)

Target
$8155

Computer & printer
Bicycle
Sauna
Designer shoes

The worst part is that it could be any pair on the board.

Target
$8155
Try #1
Computer & printer
$2519
Bicycle
Sauna
$3695
Designer shoes
TOTAL
6214

Check that — any pair except that one. Though now I'm thinking "sauna and shoes," as silly as that sounds. With the disqualification of the sauna, it's the only thing left that looks like it could conceivably be in the $4K window; that bike certainly isn't it.

Target
$8155
Try #2
Computer & printer
Bicycle
Sauna
$3695
Designer shoes
$4460
TOTAL
8155
WIN!
(Bicycle: $1,400 [1])

And while Take Two remains on a winning streak, another one comes to an end; after a few playings where he'd done so, Drew reverts to the old practice of not revealing that last ARP on the board. At least they provided me a source to look it up on... And I certainly don't mean for the show's directorial decisions to detract from a $12K+ haul!

[1] Source: the-house.com

(CC1: Spot Shot)
Showcase Showdown #1
Philomena
20
50
.70

$14,713
Travon (DAS×2)
45
90
1.35

$21,020
Mark
85
.85
WIN


4. Flexsteel leather chair & ottoman (AL)
Philomena
Theresa
Dionne
Aaron
1800
1450
1801
1750


$2998


And the shuttle departs for Leftover Island without having to pick up any more passengers today!

Dionne, the self-proclaimed Queen of Coupons, sadly won't be playing a grocery game (since we've already played it), but can still win herself a car in Money Game:
2014 Kia Soul (1.6L, 6MT, Bluetooth, carpeted mats, cargo net & tray, paint & fabric prot; RR)

$
$
17
43
89
$
$
16
32
74
$
$
62
95
18
$
$
F
2
B

Hmm... how does $16,289 sound?

17: $
$
17
$
43
89
$
$
16
32
74
$
$
62
95
18
$
$
F
2
B

Better than it did a second ago, truth be known...

18: $
$
17
$
43
89
$
18
16
32
74
$
$
62
95
$
$
$
F
2
B

Well, then I've got to be at least half right...

16: BUT OF COURSE
$
17
$
43
89
$
18
F
32
74
$
$
62
95
$
$
$
16
2
B

95: $
$
17
$
43
89
$
18
F
32
74
$
95
62
$
$
$
$
16
2
B

Sticking to my guns... 89.

89: $
$
17
$
43
$
$
18
F
32
74
$
95
62
$
$
$
89
16
2
B
Win $219
($16,232; Front-and-Back)

Well, if that's our only blemish on the day...

5. Sonos wireless speaker system w/2 Apple iPod Touches (32GB ea) (RR)
Philomena
Theresa
Megan
Aaron
875
900
850
2100

$1743



1 Right Price: $3495
  1. Inspire M3 multistation home gym (RR)
  2. Samsung 55" LED UHDTV (Plessers.com; AL)

Dead simple, from where I sit — but then, I pay attention to the little things. TVs almost always end in -00, and that price tag does not; ergo, the safest bet is the home gym. Even though the TV is one of the newer Ultra HD models (2160p, to use the common description, rather than 1080p).

Home gym
Ultra HDTV
$3495

$3495
$4500
WIN!

Don't ya just love it!


6. Amoro 18K half-eternity diamond (.72ct) ring (AL)
Philomena
Rosemary
Megan
Aaron
2101
2100
1300
1850



$1995

And Aaron will try to get in on his own share of today's bonanza, and send us into the weekend on an up note, with Bonus Game:
Trip to Phuket, Thailand (6n, BYD Lofts Patong Beach, daily in-room breakfast, 1 dinner, 1 massage ea; $8,883; RR)

(AL's standing by with the Lazy Susan of Small-Prizeness)
Hand-powered vegetable & nut chopper
Chopper
$90
LOWER
$65
Finishing Touch Elite facial hair remover
Hair remover
$25
LOWER
$10
Hamilton Beach 2-slice toaster
Toaster
$65
LOWER
$42
Holmes 3-speed air purifier
Air purifier
$80
HIGHER
$125
ACED!

And just for those who were playing along at home...

LOWER
$65
BONUS!
◤▀▀▀
◣▄▄▄
LOWER
$10

◤▀▀▀
◣▄▄▄
LOWER
$42

◤▀▀▀
◣▄▄▄
HIGHER
$125

◤▀▀▀
◣▄▄▄

He had it right from the off!

So, yeah, Money Game (which has been surprisingly evil so far this season) is our only blemish on the day. Certainly makes up for yesterday's catastrophe!

(CC2: Marie Callender's / Alaska... best news of all? NO LAWYER ADS!)
Showcase Showdown #2

Dionne
90
.90
WIN
Theresa
30
95
1.25

$9,738
Aaron
75
60
1.35

$11,120


Showcases: Mark's the true top winner to say the least, and Dionne's the runner-up.

1. Luck o'the Irish
  • Trip to Las Vegas, NV (5n, Vegas.com; AL)
    • 1 dinner
    • Hoover Dam tour
    • Art gallery admission
    • 2 show tickets
  • 25" professional roulette table w/wheel (RR)
  • Foosball table (RR)
  • Trip to Cork, Ireland (6n; AL)
    • Daily breakfast
    • Guided Blarney Castle tour... yes, you get to kiss the Stone too
Mark passes; Dionne bids $24,000.
(My bid: $24,017)

2. This One's a Gasser
  • Bull outdoor kitchen island (RR)
  • Summerset 6pc outdoor seating group (RR)
  • 2014 Honda Civiↄ Natural Gas (1.8L, 5AT, Eco-assist; AL)
Mark bids $23,000.
(My bid: $47,540)


Moment of Truth
2. Dionne
Las Vegas/Ireland
1. Mark
Car
Bid
$24,000
$23,000
ARP
$21,919
$41,535
Result
$2,081
$18,535

$3,217
ALL HAIL MARK!
$143,545 (Chyron)
My result
$2,098
$6,005

Drew: "Mark just cleaned our clocks today!" No kidding! With this, Mark takes third place on the all-time Price is Right daytime winners' list.

Now that's a day at the office!

LEADER BOARD: Episode #6893K
Mark
$143,545
Travon

$21,020
Virginia

$14,713
Aaron

$11,120
Theresa

$9,738
Dionne

$3,217
Offered
$241,543
Won
$203,353
Pct.
84.19%
Bonus
Avg.
$33,892
Median
$12,917


And as far as Big Money Week goes, here's the final draw:

Total amount of inflated cash offered: $1,555,000.
Total amount of inflated cash won: $200,600.

In terms of actual winnings, this has been the most successful Big Money stunt to date. In terms of percentage won, it's actually the worst. It all depends on how you look at it... as they say, numbers may not lie, but they can be spun.

And more detailed numbers will follow shortly after this goes up, seeing as it's Friday and all..
Other than that, see you back on Monday (at least for a couple of shows before I may have to go on temporary hiatus)!