In the next 25 minutes or so, you’re gonna witness history in the making. What could it possibly be?
EPISODE #5839: CELEBRATING 30!
This episode was originally going to air tomorrow (May 31st).
Repeat Clip (mid-80’s): Bill’s STYROFOAM HAT blunder in the Speed-Up Round (the answer was STYROFOAM CUP)
$1,000 Tossup: SONG TITLE
_ _ _ R E _ S
Y _ U R _ _ _ F
Autumn solves Madonna’s “EXPRESS YOURSELF”. All of these players happen to be 30 yrs. old…
Autumn Erhard: animal pharmaceutical sales rep engaged to Joey from Laguna Niguel, CA
Ashley Emmett: mom of three kids from Aberdeen, WA
Billy Logwood, Jr.: civilian for the Air Force after serving w/ them from San Antonio, TX
$2,000 Tossup: RHYME TIME
I / H A T E
T O / _ A _ T
Billy says “I HATE TO WAIT” at the last second, so he’ll be spinning first.
FEATURED HOTWIRE TRIP: Arizona’s Tanque Verde Ranch worth $6,290
Jackpot Round: THINGS
Billy immediately picks up the 1/2 CAR near $300 w/ a T and uses the $500 to buy six E’s and two A’s. After his next purchase of O, he tries to buy the I, but there’s only $200 in his bank. He next puts up three $300 N’s and a $550 D before buying the I he wanted, and there is one. Following the last vowel of U, he picks up the other 1/2 CAR w/ the J. But he decides to spin again…and after a lot of work, he painfully BANKRUPTS next to $650 to give up $18,445 cash and Chevy Sonic. Darn. Autumn then picks up the WC w/ two P’s and lights up two M’s before we see…
A P R I _
J U N E
S E P T E M _ E R / A N D
N O _ E M _ E R
She adds another $2K for knowing that the months of APRIL, JUNE, SEPTEMBER AND NOVEMBER have 30 days in them.
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $8,900
Scores after R1
Autumn: $3K + WC
Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER
Early on, Autumn gets the AZ trip w/ an S. After buying two E’s, she gets that MDW w/ two L’s. She goes back to vowel buying…but her third purchase of I is a dud. We come back to her after both of her opponents hit a penalty space back-to-back (Ashley on LAT, Billy on the same BANKRUPT he got before). Her next letters are three T’s and two A’s to clean out the vowels. The board now…
T A _ O
_ E L L –
_ O T T O _ / _ E A N S
It would be silly if there were a pair of TACO BELL-BOTTOM JEANS, but Autumn’s won another $8,840 cash and AZ.
SOLE DUD: I (Autumn)
Scores after R2
Autumn: $11,840 cash and AZ + WC + MDW
No Bonus Puzzle Flashback tonight due to time constraints.
PRIZE PUZZLE Round: WHAT ARE YOU DOING?
After she mentions that she’s married to Joseph, Ashley begins a critical round w/ five N’s for the 1/2 CAR near $300. She follows up w/ four I’s, E and G singles, but then the sole dud vowel of O. Second, Billy gets nailed by the same BANKRUPT for the third time tonight. After that, it’s all Autumn…
C _ I M _ I N G
A N C I E N T
M A _ A N / _ U I N _
She wins another $3,100 and will be CLIMBING ANCIENT MAYAN RUINS near the Black Orchid Resort in BELIZE worth $7K.
SOLE DUD: O (Ashley)
Scores after R3
Autumn: $21,940 cash and trips + WC + MDW
Ashley: gooseegg alert
$3,000 Tossup: LIVING THING
_ O O _ P E _ K E R
Autumn identifies (Woody) WOODPECKER to move to $24,940.
Round 4: PHRASE (full $1,800 speed-up)
_ N _ / _ _
_ _ S C _ S S _ _ N
END OF DISCUSSION — Autumn barely beates the buzzer for another $5,400!
SOLE DUD: T (Ashley)
Autumn: $30,340 cash and trips + WC + MDW
Ashley: $1K gooseegg
CUMULATIVE TOTAL: $33,340
BANKRUPT TRASH: $18,445 cash and Sonic
MILLION DOLLAR BONUS ROUND #9
This will likely be the last one of these rounds this season. After we see her parents (they’re holding that sparkly green wedge) and her fiancee, Autumn’s spin barely hangs onto the N of WIN.
This trio of letters appear first…
T _ _ _ _
_ _ R _ _ _ T
MCPA aren’t there, but maybe her WC pick of G will save her…
T _ _ G _
_ _ R _ _ _ T
…YES IT WILL! After a TOUGH WORKOUT…
…SHE’S THE SECOND-EVER MILLIONAIRE!!!!!!!!!!
THAT MEANS AUTUMN ERHARD IS NOW THE BIGGEST “WOF” WINNER OF ALL TIME W/ $1,030,340 CASH AND TRIPS!!!!!!! MAJOR CONGRATULATIONS, SWEETIE — YOU TRULY DESERVE EVERY CENT OF THAT AMOUNT AND YOU’RE GONNA HAVE ONE HECK OF A HONEYMOON W/ JOEY!!!
$5K SPIN ID: MK6528862
-Jim uses the line “You’ve hit the jackpot with…” and announced her final total of the night instead of Pat.
-In the closing, all of the envelopes were spread out across the Bonus Wheel w/ that million dollar envelope on top.
-The people who do the promotions spoiled a grand prize win for the third time this season. When will they ever learn from that terrible mistake? -_-
-The reason why this episode and May 31st traded places is that they wanted this big episode to keep up w/ the 30 theme.
VIDEO BONUS (courtesy of Wayoshi): SECOND-EVER $1M WIN!!!
MY EPISODE RATING: what else — PERFECT 10!!!