It’s been a somewhat bizarre week thanks largely to some controversial rulings on the solve attempts. But I’m sure this is gonna be one fabulous Friday episode. Trust me.
EPISODE #5725: HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Opening Flashback Clip (2003): Jennifer says that she’s a payroll administrator for a cheerleading company (Pat mistakenly said the company made cheerleaders — LOL!)
$1,000 Tossup: RHYME TIME
_ O L L _
Connie solves HOLLY JOLLY. This time, we’re beginning the interviews with this lady in the middle…
Connie Dones: outpatient surgery center worker from Boston, KY
Eric Moody: intel analyst who retired from the Navy from Ellicott City, MD
Leanne McLaughlin: state financial auditor from Cary, NC
$2,000 Tossup: PERSON
_ _ T I Q _ E
_ _ _ L E _ T _ R.
Eric solves ANTIQUE COLLECTOR.
FEATURED PRIZE: Bienville House in N.O. worth $5K
Jackpot Round: PLACE
Eric leads off w/ a T at the end of this answer, an N, but then the sole dud vowel of E. Second, Leanne spots A and R singles, two Jackpot L’s, and an S for the 1/2 CAR next to $300. She later faces this w/ $4,150 in her bank…
S H O P P I N _ / M A L L
_ O O _ / _ O U R T
…she’s correct w/ SHOPPING MALL FOOD COURT.
SOLE DUD: E (Eric)
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $9,850
Scores after R1
Leanne: $4,150 + 1/2 CAR
Holiday Greeting of the Night: Control Dept.
Mystery Round: SONG LYRICS
Leanne’s first w/ a $3,500 T, six E’s and two H’s before saying two S’s while on the MW next to the MDW. She will take the $4,150 plunge…and there’s the biggie! After she lights up nine L’s (she could’ve called that right away on top dollar)…
_ I N _ L E / _ E L L S
_ I N _ L E / _ E L L S
_ I N _ L E / A L L
T H E / _ A _
…she solves “JINGLE BELLS, JINGLE BELLS, JINGLE ALL THE WAY” for $20,250!
Scores after R2
Leanne: $24,400 + 1/2 CAR
Bonus Puzzle Flashback (October 2, 2006): PHRASE
Matthew du Mee didn’t get much from PCBA…
T A _ E / A
_ _ _ _ _
…and he couldn’t TAKE A WHIFF, so he was sent home w/ $23,750 cash and trip to Fiji; that bonus puzzle along w/ Zack’s HINDSIGHT played a part in the first BR SHUTOUT of S24.
PRIZE PUZZLE Round: THING
Connie finally gets her chance to spin; first from her are two T’s but then S for sorry. Eric secondly picks up the same 1/2 CAR w/ an N, buys three A’s, but then BANKRUPTS near top dollar to give up the plate and $250. Third, Leanne takes two R’s for $600, buys the rest of the vowel department’s contents (three I’s and E’s)…
A / _ E T A I _ E _
I T I N E R A R _
…and she’ll need to create A DETAILED ITINERARY for her hotwire.com trip to tthe El Conquistador Resort in PUERTO RICO worth $5,800.
SOLE DUD: S (Connie)
Scores after R3
Leanne: $30,300 cash and P.R.
$3,000 Tossup: LIVING THINGS
F L O _ _ / _ _
_ _ _ W / _ _ _ _ E
Eric only gets the top line.
F L O C _ / _ _
S N _ W / _ _ E _ E
Leanne gets a FLOCK OF SNOW GEESE for a new total of $33,300.
Round 4: SHOW BIZ (full $6,000 speed-up!!!)
Leanne might be setting a new maingame record right now w/ $36K after requesting two M’s…
_ ‘ L L / B _ / _ N / M _
_ R _ S S _ N _ / R _ _ M
…YES SHE HAS W/ “I’LL BE IN MY DRESSING ROOM”!!!!! Connie and Eric left a combined $30K on the table (the middle lady had $12K).
SOLE DUD: T (Connie)
Leanne: $69,300 cash and P.R.!!!
TOTAL MAINGAME WINNINGS (obviously a season-high): $72,300!
TOTAL BANKRUPT TRASH (1/2 CAR not included): just $250
$100,000 Bonus Round
The Jeep Grand Cherokee has been showing up all week long, but I’m sure Leanne’s * envelope has money in it.
Here’s what Vanna has lit up first…
_ _ T / T _ E
_ _ _ _ E R
HMPA only gives her…
H _ T / T _ E
_ _ _ _ E R
The sound effects people are literally gonna have to HIT THE BUZZER, because she can’t get the last word (the closest she got was BUTCHER). Now would not be time to see $100,000 show up…
…NO, the $30K is there instead! She leaves us as the fourth-highest winner this season w/ $69,300 cash and trip! Very impressive for 20 minutes of game time!
$5K SPIN ID: JS3318193
MY EPISODE RATING: 9 out of 10