EPISODE #5888: AMERICA’S GAME
We’re on the “Southern Hospitality” set.
$1K Tossup: PHRASE
F _ R / M O _ / A N D
A _ P _ E / _ I E
Dan has no guess.
F _ R / M O M / A N D
A _ P L E / _ I E
Samantha solves FOR MOM AND APPLE PIE. Here’s our midweek panel…
Samantha Dippold-Peluso: marketer, actress and former NY Sharks (women’s pro tackle football) inside LB from Clifton, NJ
Gayaneh Avanes (female): student pursuing a degree in health information technology from Glendale, CA
Dan Johnston: wrought iron fence co. owner and Cubs fan from Sugar Grove, IL
$2K Tossup: ON THE MAP
_ A _ _ _ I _ _ E
T E N _ E _ _ _ _
Samantha triples up w/ NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE.
FEATURED TRIP: Gateway Canyons in Colorado worth $5,642
Round 1: QUOTATION
Samantha gets things going w/ three $800 M’s, some vowels, a $350 N, but then the LAT. Second, Gayaneh collects $2,500 worth of T’s and the WC, buys two O’s, picks up that eBags gift tag w/ a P and cleans out the vowels w/ four E’s. Next up are two L’s for the 1/2 CAR near $900, a FP D…
I ‘ M / L A T E
I ‘ M / L A T E / _ O _ / A
_ E _ _ / I M P O _ T A N T
D A T E
…and her $5K solve of “I’M LATE, I’M LATE FOR A VERY IMPORTANT DATE” (said by “The White Rabbit in “Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland”).
Scores after R1
Dan: $0/Samantha: $3K/Gayaneh: $5K cash and GT + WC + 1/2 CAR
Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER
Gayaneh instantly BANKRUPTs on the MDW’s right side, so she loses both of her cardboard pieces. Second, Dan calls two S’s for a $1,600 start, buys some vowels w/ a T in between his first (A) and second purchases (four O’s), lights up two top dollar N’s, but then buys the one dud vowel of this puzzle (E). Third, Samantha says an R for that MDW and puts up a D while on the MW next to LAT. She obviously declines (very good move; that’s the BANKRUPT one). Soon enough…
B R O A D
_ U _ _
C O N C _ U S I O N S
Let’s not do a BROAD JUMP TO CONCLUSIONS — she’s won another $2,650 and is back in first place for the moment.
SOLE DUD: E (Dan)
Scores after R2
Dan: NIL/Samantha: $5,650 + MDW/Gayaneh: $5K cash and GT
PP/Express Round: PLACE
The scoreless Dan starts an important round w/ a $450 S but then the LAT. Second, Samantha calls out a $500 N, an $800 pair of T’s, three E’s and an O via FP. Later, after calling triple U’s to clean out the vowels, she gets the other 1/2 CAR w/ a B. She spins two more times for F and D singles before we look at…
B E A U T I F U L
R U _ _ E D
C O A S T L I N E
She doesn’t sound very confident, but she’s won an additional $4,800 and a hotwire.com trip to where she can see a BEAUTIFUL RUGGED COASTLINE — the Marriott Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa in HAWAII; her total that round (including the NEX-5R) is $10,419.
Scores after R3
Dan: GOOSEEGG ALERT/Samantha: $16,069 cash & prizes + MDW/Gayaneh: $5K cash and GT
$3K Tossup: WAYD?
_ A S _ I N G / T H E
_ O R C _
Dan totally blows it w/ CASTING THE PORCH.
P A S _ I N G / T H E
_ O R C H
I don’t think Michelle Loewenstein or Autumn Erhard will be PASSING THE TORCH to Samantha anytime soon, but said middle player completes the Tossup sweep.
Round 4: THING (full $1,700 speed-up)
_ / M _ N – _ _ – M _ N
_ _ L _
Uh, Sam, I don’t think there’s such a thing called A MAN-TO-MAN BALL.
_ / M _ N – T _ – M _ N
T _ L _
Dan gets A MAN-TO-MAN TALK to finally score his only $3,400 on the night.
DUDS: D (Dan), S (Gayaneh)
DQ: Samantha’s flub
Dan: $3,400/Samantha: $19,069 cash & prizes + MDW/Gayaneh: $5K cash and GT
GRAND TOTAL: $27,469
BANKRUPT TRASH: WC and one plate
MILLION DOLLAR BONUS ROUND #5
I hope Sam is confident enough here (that hasn’t been the case all episode long) as she lands on the M in AMERICA’S (and maybe MILLIONAIRE).
Good RSTLNE start…
_ _ _ N T _ _ _ L
_ _ R _ E S T
CGWA only adds the vowel…
_ _ _ N T _ _ _ L
_ A R _ E S T
She quickly gets the second word…but that’s it. This BOUNTIFUL HARVEST would’ve been worth…
…$50K. She’s technically right in landing on an M, but it was the one in GAME that had the super big one.
$5K+ SPIN ID: JD7367169
MY EP. RATING: 6 out of 10