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Thursday, February 26, 2015

TPiRecap: 26 February 2015



Episode #
6974K
Airdate
26 February 2015
VTR
11 November 2014
First Four
Keith, Kathleen, Robert, Ariel
Lineup
L-R
Models
Amber Lancaster, Melissa Ordway

Postponed from an earlier date...

1. Trip to Redondo Beach, Ca (limo, 2n, The Portofino Hotel & Yacht Club, daily breakfast, 1 dinner, private paddleboard lesson, daily beach cruiser rental) (MO)
Keith
Kathleen
Robert
Ariel
1200
750
1201
1202



$1800

It Begins Early Today:
2015 Hyundai Sonata SE (2.4L, 6AT, FWD; AL)

2
$
$
$
$






Rough start to a show...

(MO and AL alternate gifts)
Mike Richards's pizza fund
$3131
2
3
$
$
$
Genesis gas barbecue
$949
2
3
9
$
$
Margaritaville three-carafe margarita maker w/6 glasses
$766
2
3
9
6
$
Nintendo WiiU w/games & accessories
$500
2
3
9
6
5
Changes: None
2
3
9
6
5

$23,470, is what I would have said, changing the last three digits.

Ariel waves bye-bye to $5,346 in gifts...

2
3
9
6
5
2
1



LOSS
($21,960)

There is something to be said for "no guts, no glory," but $5,300 in prizes is certainly nothing to just flush down the toilet on a prayer. I knew it was a mistake to do that; I just miscalculated which number she would've blown it on (I swear I thought $23K was about right for a Sonata).

2. Two pairs of Fendi womens' desginer sunglasses (JE)
Keith
Kathleen
Robert
Sonya
800
825
826
479
$820




Drew, before revealing the ARP: "I hate to even read it..."

Push Over:
Triumph Bonneville motorcycle w/helmet (MO)

6
8
3
1
9
5
0
2
4


Motorcycle

I'm gravitating towards $8,319. Nothing else looks like it makes sense, to my eyes.


6
8
3
1
9
5
0
2

8
3
1
9
LOSS

If it was a Harley, it would be in the $9,000 window. It might even crack the four-digit barrier. If it was a Harley. 8^/

3. Hatteras deluxe hand-woven hammock (AL)
Alejandra
Kathleen
Robert
Sonya
1375
570
750
751

$735



Magic #... hey, they must've got it booted up quickly today, or defragged its hard drive or something:
  1. Totum natural gas outdoor heater (AL)
  2. Beachcomber Leep round hot tub (MO)

You can push the ol' Leever up as high as the 3500s and still be safe here, I think.

Drew Leaves the Geezmo On: 1215

Patio heater
2175
Hot tub
$1598
Magic #
$5494
WIN!

The 3500s? You could go into the low five thousands and still win!

The cardinal rule for Magic Hashtag is, don't be afraid to go high with your number. In fact, it might be better to simply play the game this way: Simply register your Magic # as if you were bidding on the more expensive prize in Contestant's Row, i.e. make it as close as possible to the ARP without going over. Don't even worry about the less expensive prize; play the game this way and that will attend to itself. Unfortunately, so many people worry too much about coming as close as possible to the ARP of the lesser prize without going under, which seems backwards to my way of thinking. And that explains the pickle Magic # has been in the last few seasons.

Well... that and the fact the game is reportedly falling apart, technologically speaking, and could
really do with some sort of re-think before it completely bollixes up and costs the show a perfectly good Pricing Game. But I leave that entirely up to the discretion of Price Labs.

(CC1: Kaopectate)
Showcase Showdown #1

Keith
60
.60
$820

Ariel
5
100
1.05

$1,800
Kathleen
55
55
1.10

$7,827

Ariel's second spin was ow. Just ow.

4. The Pioneer Mobile Multimedia System of Destiny, w/SiriusXM tuner & 2yr subscription (MO, AL)
Alejandra
Deshawn
Robert
Sonya
1
1200
1400
1450



$1618

Money Game:
2015 Ford Fusion S (2.5L, 6AT, rearview camera, all-weather mats; MO)

$
$
10
43
62
$
$
76
21
84
$
$
22
97
20
$
$

F
8
B

I smell a bandito. For a Fusion, $22,810.

22: FRONT
$
$
10
43
62
$
$
76
21
84
$
$
F
97
20
$
$

22
8
B

Well, at least that was easy... now, can she not fall into any traps and go with the El Cheapo instinct?

20: $
$
20
10
43
62
$
$
76
21
84
$
$
F
97
$
$
$

22
8
B

Defensible from a pricing standpoint, less so from a Money Game logic one.

10: BACK
$
20
B
43
62
$
$
76
21
84
$
$
F
97
$
$
$

22
8
10
WIN! (+$20)
(You Know Who)

As always, victory forgives many sins, even ones like that 20 call. ^^;

5. Lisa Freede ruby bracelet w/cubic zirconia accents (AL)
Alejandra
Deshawn
Robert
Lauren
800
825
826
1100



$1325

Most Expen$ive:
  1. "Modern" 3pc bar set (AL)
  2. Toshiba 17.3" laptop (16GB RAM; MO)
  3. Golden West Billiards pool table w/accessories (GG)

This one's easy, for me anyway. The pool table.

1
2
3
Bar set
Computer
Pool table
$1400
$2015
$3095
WIN!

See? ^^;

We haven't had to send anyone to Leftover Island this week, but now Robert's in the unenviable position of being about to weekend there. Fortunately for him, the advantage has fallen into his lap...

6. London Fog 5pc luggage set... and we know what that means, don't we? (MO)
Alejandra
Deshawn
Robert
Bonita
1200
1000
1201
1175


$1220


And sure enough, Robert's reward for escaping banishment at the last moment is a shot at a trip in Check-Out:
Trip to Rio de Janerio, Brazil (6n, 2hr samba show; $9,820; AL)

  • Wet Ones antibacterial hand wipes (20 ct)
  • Fresh Gourmet honey-roasted pecan pieces (3.5 oz)
  • Quaker Popped rice snacks (3.03 oz)
  • Sweet Baby Ray's honey barbecue sauce (18 oz)
  • Snuggle fabric softener sheets (80 ct)

My bids:
Hand wipes: $2.49
Pecans: $1.99
Rice snacks: $2.99
BBQ sauce: $3.69
Softener: $4.99
Total: $16.15

Product
Bid
ARP
Difference
Hand wipes
3.00
$1.99
$1.01
Pecans
4.00
$3.49
51¢
Rice snacks
3.00
$2.69
31¢
BBQ sauce
4.00
$2.99
$1.01
Softener
6.00
$5.99
TOTAL
20.00
17.15
2.85
LOSS

My result:
Hand wipes: ▲50¢
Pecans: ▼$1.50
Rice snacks: ▲30¢
BBQ sauce: ▲70¢
Softener: ▼$1.00
Total: ▼$1.00

Two bad bids ruined his game. 8^/

(CC2: Mesothelioma vultures / Hungry Jack)
Showcase Showdown #2

Robert
30
50
.80

$1,220
Lauren
40
20
.60

$7,835
Sonya
10
75
.85
WIN


Showcases: Sonya (true) top winner, Keith runner-up.

1. Brace Yourself for Nautical Puns
  • Apple iPad (16GB) (MO)
  • Haier portable speaker docking station (MO)
  • Yves St. Laurent designer accessories with a nautical theme (AL)
  • Sanibel 18 Select Edition sailboat w/trailer (MO)
Sonya passes; Keith bids $28,600.
(My bid: $26,879)

2. The Path to Health & Wellness
  • Kitchen Aid gas range (Plessers.com; AL)
  • 17pc classic cookware set (AL)
  • Tuff Stuff AXT 2.5 home gym (MO)
  • Samsung 64" plasma HDTV (MO)
  • 2015 Honda Fit LX (1.5L, CVT; AL)
Sonya bids $27,200.
(My bid: $24,688)

This has the distinct whiff of a DOB about it... I hope I'm wrong.

Moment of Truth
1. Keith
Sailboat
2. Sonya
Car
Bid
$28,600
$27,200
ARP
$27,929
$24,618
Result
$671
$2,582

DOUBLE OVERBID
(6th this season)
My result
$1,050
$70 WSD

I wasn't wrong. 8^/ A pity; this wasn't that bad a day otherwise.

LEADER BOARD: Episode #6974K
Sonya
$24,618
Lauren

$7,835
Kathleen

$7,827
Ariel


$1,800
Robert


$1,220
Keith

$820
Offered
$141,639
Won
$43,950
Pct.
31.03%
Bonus
Avg.
$7,325
Median
$4,814


Try 'er again tomorrow, hopefully with a better result...

5 comments:

  1. Actually, IMHO, $5,300 in prizes IS something to flush down the toilet on a prayer. Unless the car's a Chevy Spark! D:

    One thing I don't like about Temptation is that the prizes seem awfully cheap (probably a holdover from the half-hour days, when it was a small prize game). And then there was that one Million Dollar Spectacular from 2004 where the prizes were too expensive (over $14,000 against a $23,000 Dodge Ram, and the contestant still went for it!)! The total value of the prizes in Temptation should be anywhere from a third to half the car's price. So, for this playing, that would be $7,320 to $10,980. That would help make the temptation that much more tempting...and justify the game's difficulty a little bit more!

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    1. It was worse a couple seasons ago...the prizes were down around $3,000 for some time. To be back in the $5,000s is an improvement.

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  2. Is it just me, or has George held the winning prize in Most Expensive a lot lately?

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    1. Think Rich Fields would have done well with treadmills?

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  3. The episode in question was actually supposed to have aired in January, but was switched out with another episode.

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