Thanks to Bobby McBride for helping me out when I needed it most given that I’m pre-empted tonight and tomorrow due to NCAA March Madness on CBS.
EPISODE #5984: AMERICA’S GAME (WK. 3)
We’re on “Sandals Resorts Romance Week”.
$1K Tossup: FUN & GAMES
T E X _ _ _ _ / A
_ _ _ L E _ / _ _ C E
Suzie totally botches it w/ TEXAS HOLD ‘EM DICE.
T E X T _ _ _ / A
S M _ L E _ / F _ C E
Steve’s TEXTING A SMILEY FACE, because he and Michele have scored first. Here are the teams…
Michele & Steve Lax (8 yrs.): she’s studied Martial Arts for 30+ yrs. and has black belts in four styles as well as eight world titles and a karate preschool teaching job; they’re from Valley Village, CA
Phil & Suzie Kinane: he’s a sales rep for a Fortune 500 co. while she’s gone back to school to finish her Architecture degree; they’re from Fayetteville, NY
Whillis & Emily Hall: he’s been a Navy & Marines member as well as a FL police officer, and now works for a telecommunications co. while she’s a manager for regulatory operations for a small biotech in S.D.
$2K Tossup: ON THE MAP
_ _ _ L Y _ O _ D
_ N _ / _ _ _ _
Suzie’s right this time w/ HOLLYWOOD AND VINE.
FEATURED SANDALS TRIP: the Royal Bahamian Resort worth $6,500
Round 1: SONG LYRICS
The Kinanes lead off w/ two Y’s for $1,800, two O’s and U’s, but then the sole dud vowel of A. Second, the Halls calls two S’s for $800 and T for trouble. Third, the Laxes find a $650 R, two I’s and six E’s to clean out the vowels, and a $700 N before they LaT out. After the Kinanes get the exact same fate, the Halls pick up the Sandals wedge w/ a K and plug in a $1,600 pair of M’s but they also get the LaT. The Laxes then put up a $300 W but duplicate the N while on the WC. The board now…
Y O U / _ I _ E
M E / _ E _ E R
W _ E N / Y O U
K I S S / M E
Suzie solves the Peggy Lee line “YOU GIVE ME FEVER WHEN YOU KISS ME” for $2,400.
DUDS: A (Kinanes), T (Halls)
LaTs: 3 (everybody)
SOLE DQ: Laxes’ N repeat
Scores after R1
Kinanes: $4K/Halls: $0/Laxes: $1K
Mystery Round: THE 80’s
The Halls kick off w/ a $700 R and four S’s while on the MW near $800. They take the money for those letters (good, because that’s the BANKRUPT one). Next on their list are seven E’s, three N’s for another $2,100, five I’s but then a baddie of G. Second for the Laxes are a $600 T, two L’s for another $1,800 and four O’s to clean out the vowels…
T E L E _ I S I O N
_ I N I S E R I E S
L O N E S O _ E / _ O _ E
…they solve TELEVISION MINISERIES “LONESOME DOVE” for the $2,150 leftover.
SOLE DUD: G (Halls)
Scores after R2
Kinanes: $4K/Halls: ZIP/Laxes: $3,150
Bonus Puzzle Flashback (’91): FICTIONAL CHARACTER
Joe chose CDMO…
_ R _ M _ _
…and he got the dwarf GRUMPY despite the limited help.
PP/Express Round: WAYD?
Hoping for a big round, the Laxes begin w/ an $800 G, three I’s, and four obvious N’s for $2,400. After their next purchases of two A’s and E’s are three T’s for the 1/2 CAR near $900, a $650 H, two O’s to clean out the vowels, an $800 L, but then the BANKRUPT near TD to cost them $5,150 and their plate…
L E A _ I N G
_ O O T _ _ I N T _
I N / T H E / _ A N _
…and Suzie’s gonna be LEAVING FOOTPRINTS IN THE SAND, because she and Phil have won a trip package to the Negril Resort & Spa in JAMAICA.
SOLE BANKRUPT OF THE EP.: Laxes
Scores after R3
Kinanes: $10,849 cash & Jamaica/Halls: NOTHING/Laxes: $3,150
$3K Tossup: FOOD & DRINK
_ _ _ _ U _ _ S
_ _ _ / _ R _ V Y
Suzie can’t come up w/ anything.
_ _ _ _ U _ T S
_ _ _ / _ R _ V Y
Emily screws this one up w/ BRUSSELS SPROUTS AND GRAVY.
_ I S C U _ T S
_ _ _ / G R _ V Y
The Laxes eat those BISCUITS AND GRAVY to move to $6,150.
Round 4: PHRASE (full $1,300 speed-up)
_ _ H _ N D / _ L _ S _ D
D _ _ R S
The Kinanes get a game-winning $7,800 BEHIND CLOSED DOORS.
DUDS: T (Laxes), G (Halls)
Kinanes: $18,649 cash & Jamaica/Halls: DESERVING $2K GOOSEEGG/Laxes: $6,150
GRAND TOTAL: $26,799
BANKRUPT TRASH (sans plate): $5,150
$100K Bonus Round
The E in AMERICA’S is what Phil takes out.
Here’s how this fairly big one starts…
_ R _ _ N _ _ R E _ _ _ N _
_ _ R _
FGYI’s an interesting combo…
G R _ _ N _ _ R E _ _ _ N G
_ _ R _
…but Suzie was about to say the first word just before time ran out, so their GROUNDBREAKING WORK is not good enough for the $30K.
$5K SPIN ID: EF5020346
MY EP. RATING: 6