Well, I’m back home from work and ready to give you the details of this Friday episode…
If you’ve been paying attention all week long, we’ve seen the sole man of a panel win the maingame. There’s a possibility that we could have a male maingame winner sweep for the first time since the final S26 week in Orlando (April 6, 2010).
EPISODE #5905: HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
$1K Tossup: WAYD? (Pat: “What in the heck are you doing?” ^_^)
E N _ O Y I _ G
L E F _ O _ E R S
Laura says that she’s ENJOYING LEFTOVERS. Our panel on this Black Friday…
Laura Nichols: works at the psychiatry research department at Washington University in St. Louis from Maryville, IL
Michael Gerace: second-degree Tae Kwon Do from Manlius, NY
Mary Petry: bank client specialist and baker from Rockwall, TX
$2K Tossup: LIVING THING
_ H _ / _ _ A T E
F L _ W E _
Laura triples up w/ THE STATE FLOWER.
FEATURED $5K SS: cooking.com
Round 1: BEFORE & AFTER
First for Laura are three T’s for $1,050 and the BANKRUPT near top dollar. Second, Michael calls two H’s for $600, buys two E’s and picks up the 1/2 CAR near $300. But after his next pick of an $800 S is the sole dud vowel of A. Third, Mary takes triple D’s for $1,200 but then LOSES A TURN. After Laura fails to capitalize on top dollar by repeating the H, Michael puts up a G while on said sparkly blue wedge…
T H E / D _ _ T _
D _ _ E N
D _ _ G H N _ T S
…and solves “THE DIRTY DOZEN” DOUGHNUTS for $4,400.
SOLE DUD: A (Michael)
DQ: Laura’s H repeat
Scores after R1
Laura: $3K/Michael: $4,400 + 1/2 CAR/Mary: $0
Mystery Round: SONG LYRICS
The early leader picks up the cooking.com SSw/ two N’s, buys some vowels, but then LaTs out. Second, Mary picks up the 76 gas card w/ two S’s and buys four E’s. Next up are four R’s and two D’s (each of them at $800 apiece) before we look at…
_ O N D E R / O _
_ O N D E R S
_ I R _ _ _ E / O _
_ I R _ _ _ E S
She correctly recites “WONDER OF WONDERS, MIRACLE OF MIRACLES” (from “Fiddler on the Roof”) for $6,550 cash and gas card.
Scores after R2
Laura: $3K/Michael: $4,400 + 1/2 CAR/Mary: $6,550 cash & gas
PP/Express Round: PHRASE
Mary leads off w/ two T’s for $1,800 and three O’s, but then comes that same BANKRUPT to take away the $1,550 leftover. Second, Laura gets roadblocked by the R. Third, Michael spots two N’s for $1,600, buys A and U singles, and collects another $10,500 w/ triple G’s. He follows up w/ four I’s to clean out the vowels, two FP H’s, a $900 S and finally a C for the other 1/2 CAR. Here we go…
C H I _ _ I N G / O U T
I S / A / G O O D
T H I N G
He rightly admits “CHILLING OUT IS A GOOD THING” for $14,250, the ’14 Chevy Sonic 1LS sedan worth $15K and a trip package to the Barcelo LOS CABOS Palace Deluxe, giving him a total of $36,248 cash and prizes in that round alone!!! I think that’s a new non Speed-Up Round record!
SOLE DUD: R (Laura)
Scores after R3
Laura: $3K/Michael: $40,648 cash & prizes/Mary: $6,550 cash & gas
$3K Tossup: PLACE
_ _ R P O R A T E
_ O A R D _ _ O _
Donal Trump would be proud of Mike solving this one — CORPORATE BOARDROOM puts him over the $43K mark!
Round 4: FUN & GAMES
He strikes out right away w/ H. Second for Mary are a $500 S and N for no. Third, Laura puts up an $1,800 pair of T’s, but she and Michael get that other normal BANKRUPT. Mary next says five L’s for $2,500…
L _ T T L _ / L _ _ _ _ _
_ _ S _ _ _ L L
…and solves LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL for $3K.
DUDS: H (Mike), N (Mary)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Laura, Mike)
Scores after R4
Laura: $3K/Michael: $43,648 cash & prizes/Mary: $9,550 cash & gas
Round 5: EVENT (full $1,900 speed-up)
_ N / _ C T
_ _ / C _ N _ R _ S S
Laura gets AN ACT OF CONGRESS for $7,600. But we know who our big winner is…
Laura: $10,600/Michael: $43,648 cash & prizes/Mary: $9,550 cash & gas
…and we do indeed have a MALE MAINGAME WINNER SWEEP!
GRAND TOTAL: $63,798
BANKRUPT TRASH: $4,400
$100K Bonus Round
Mike’s envelope will be the E of GAME.
Easy for at least yours truly…
_ / _ _ R T _ _
_ _ _ _ N E N T
HCPA gives him some more help even though the A is a waste…
A / _ _ R T H _
_ P P _ N E N T
I could’ve been A WORTHY OPPONENT for him, but he makes the $30K solve and leaves w/ a very nice total of $73,648 cash and prizes!
$5K+ SPIN ID: PD8265721
Tonight’s Changing Lives segment is about Stephanie Burns and her brother John. Both won $12K on the night of March 24, 2010 (part of “Beaches Resorts Family Week”).
MY EP. RATING: 8