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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

TPiRecap: 27 January 2015

With a special shout-out to everyone back in my old Southern New England stomping grounds currently dealing with entirely too much of the white stuff. Stay safe and stay warm!

Episode #
6982K
Airdate
27 January 2015
VTR
12 November 2014
First Four
Brooke, William, Andrea, Stephen
Lineup
L-R
Models
Amber Lancaster, Melissa Ordway



1. Trip to Palm Springs, CA (limo, 3n, 1 dinner) (MO)
Brooke
William
Andrea
Stephen
825
900
975
1301



$1922

Golden Road will try to make it two in a row:
  1. Pro-Form treadmill w/equipment mat (Door #3, AL)
  2. Pair of Honda Ruckus motorscooters (MO)
  3. 2015 BMW 640i Grand Coupe (3L, 8AT, 20" double-spoke wheels, Sport Edition pkg, int sealant, PYRO; over $86,000; AL)

Beech-Nut Classics baby food: 62¢

No challenge whatsoever...

Treadmill


4
9


6
2
¢

6
4
9

...followed by a respectable challange...

Motorscooters

5

3
8


6
4
9


5
4
3
8

...and finally...

BMW

8
6

7
2

My temptation is to go with 9, but I could see 4 or 5 too.


5
4
3
8

8
6
4
7
2

OH WELL

Even the most starry-eyed optimist would have been hard-pressed to believe this game could be won twice in a row. Still, off by one digit like that is painful.

2. Selection of Hamilton Beach small kitchen appliances (AL)
Brooke
William
Andrea
Neda
529
455
501
450


$510


Squeeze Play:
Mojo ;) photo booth, VocoPro karaoke/DJ package, & 3pc bar set (AL, MO)

0

0
9

0
0
9
0
8
8
1
9
0
0

See, to me, the 1 is the proverbial sore thumb at first blush.

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

And there's probably a reasonn why I'm not a professional game show contestant. ;^)

3. Microsoft XBox One game console w/games & accessories (MO)
Brooke
William
Darlene
Neda
550
601
600
500

$720



One Wrong Price:
  1. Brenter Snowbike... how time-appropriate! (MO)
  2. Whirlpool Duet washer & dryer (Plessers.com; AL)
  3. Samsung 51" 3D Smart plasma HDTV w/4 pairs of glasses (AL)

$1799
$4073
$2700
Snowbike
Washer/dryer
3D HDTV

Dan...

$4073
Washer/dryer

...don...

$4073


...DUUUUUUUUUUUUN!!!

3

That single digit gives the entire game away... if one recognizes this for what it is. And therein lies the question... does William, or the Peanut Gallery for that matter, recognize this for what it is?.

$1799
$4073
$2700
Snowbike
Washer/dryer
3D HDTV
$1799
$3398
$2700
YEP!

It pays to be observant. 8^)

(CC1: Barbasol & Pure Silk)
Showcase Showdown #1
P
Stephen
60
55
1.15

$8,009
William
30
10
.40

$8,617
Andrea
85
.85
WIN


4. Comfort Line 7' hydrotherapy hot tub (MO)
Brooke
Chris
Darlene
Neda
1425
800
895
1000
$1689




And we have our seventh straight day without a passenger on the shuttle!

Grocery Game:
Trip to Reykjavik, Iceland (6n, geothermal spa day trip; $9,911; AL)

Today's Theme: Mild-Mannered Groceries
  • CapriSun Super V juice pouches (10 ct)
  • La Bella Super Spikes styling gel (22 oz)
  • Merzzetta Super Colossal Spanish Queen pimento-stuffed olives (10 oz)
  • Triple Leaf Super Slimming herbal tea (20 bags)
  • Betty Crocker Super Moist cake mix

With Rachel taking a well-deserved break, Melissa gets the honor of womanning the Pennington Position today:
Purchase
ARP
Total
Sub Total
Remaining
3 olives
$6.49
19.47
19.47
53¢-$1.53


It's academic now, folks. Nothing on that table is cheap enough to save this.

1 cake mix
$2.49
02.49
21.96

OVER

Almost had the walkoff HR, but this is what happens when you swing for the fences and miss. In this game it's better to play "small ball" and manufacture those runs, rather than try to end the game on the first pitch. Have I abused baseball metaphors enough yet? ^^;

5. Hamilton his &hers watches (AL)
Lindsay
Chris
Darlene
Neda
825
650
850
851



$2390

Double Cross:
  1. Propane gas barbecue (MO)
  2. Apple 15" Macbook Pro (8GB RAM, 256GB Flash, HP laser printer; AL)

The only sensible price for the laptop is $2,419, and while that makes the grill a discouragingly expensive $4,145, remember the Holmesian advice about what happens when you eliminate the impossible.

As expected, she (and the audience) operated on the premise that the grill couldn't possibly be more than about fifteen hundred bucks, and that if anything was likely to be pricey it was the Apple product. While the last one is hardly an unreasonable assumption, it's just another way that Double Cross, seemingly such an easy game on the surface, can mess with your head if you allow it to. Sadly, that's what happened here, I think.



6. Rockwell 7pc power tool package w/34pc accessory kit (MO)
Lindsey
Chris
Darlene
James
1100
801
1101
800


$1260


Master Key:
  1. Tory Burch designer shoes ($1,220 [1]; AL)
  2. Golden West Billiards pool table w/accessories ($3,495 [2]; AL)
  3. 2015 Chevrolet Spark LS (1.2L, CVT, FWD, OnStar; $14,405 [3]; MO)

This time, even the shoes weren't that difficult to look up. Tory Burch seems to have improved their online catalog since the last time I was forced to search through it for a price.

Zojirushi 6c rice cooker
Energizer Weatheready LED lantern
3
6
7
5
2
3
3
6

5
2


6
7

2
3
WIPEOUT

...and all that effort for nothing. Argh.

Decent first half, even with the Golden Road disappointment, but it fell off a cliff in the second. We'll be looking for redemption in the Showcases...

[1] Source: ToryBurch.com
[2] Source: BilliardsNMore.com
[3] Source: Chevrolet.com

(CC2: Our first ambulance chasers in a little while / Alaska)
Showcase Showdown #2

Darlene (eventual GAS)
**50
.50

$1,260

Brooke
20
40
.60

$1,689

Neda
70
.70
WIN


Showcases: Andrea (true) top winner, Neda runner-up.

1. ¡En Fuego!
  • Pair of Amazon Fire smartphones (AL)
  • The Blue Rooster Venetian Chimenea gas fireplace (MO)
  • Lloyd Flanders Fairhope outdoor seating group (MO)
  • Trip to Launceston, TAS, Australia (Indiana Jones Map, 6n; AL)
    • Rental car
    • Bay of Fires walking tour
    • Protip: Don't try Googling "map of tasmania" if someone's in the room with you. The first image that comes up is kinda... awkward.
Andrea passes; Neda bids $17,500.
(My bid: $19,984)

2. Showcase Flight 002 Is Cleared For Takeoff on Runway 3-3, and Your Pilot, Captain Gray, Has a Few Announcements...
  • Pair of Elite RC helicopters (MO)
  • Trip to Las Vegas, NV (5n; MO)
    • 1hr flight simulatior session
  • 2015 Mazda Miada MX5 SB (2L, 5MT, cloth convertible top, Sirius; AL)
Andrea bids $22,500.
(My bid: $32,431)


Moment of Truth
1. Neda
Tasmania
2. Andrea
Las Vegas/Car
Bid
$17,500
$22,500
ARP
$23,535
$28,877
Result
$6,035
$6,377

Neda wins by just $342!
$25,925
$8,700
My result
$3,551
$3,554


LEADER BOARD: Episode #6982K
Neda

$25,925
Andrea
$8,700
William

$8,617
Stephen
P

$8,009
Brooke


$1,689
Darlene


$1,260
Offered
$205,234
Won
$54,200
Pct.
26.41%
Bonus
Avg.
$9,033
Median
$8,313


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