EPISODE #6038: AMERICA’S GAME
We’re on the “Here Comes Summer!” set.
$1K Tossup: SONG LYRICS
S _ R F / C _ _ Y
_ E R E / W E / C O M E
Stephen TOTALLY BLOWS IT w/ “SURF CLAY WHERE WE GO“, allowing Zlata to solve “SURF CITY, HERE WE COME“ (by the Beach Boys). For the fourth aired ep. in a row, we’re going left to right in the interviewing…
Zlata Grekov: pro concert violinist from Yucaipa, CA (born in Russia)
Molly Kyle: ES librarian from Amarillo, TX
Stephen Dryer: table-games dealer in Aurndell Mills, MD from Baltimore
$2K Tossup: PHRASE
R E A L _ T Y
_ _ E C _
We hope Stephen’s got his REALITY CHECK, as he redeems himself w/ that solve.
FEATURED TRIP: Nashville’s Gaylord Opryland w/ dinner aboard the General Jackson riverboat and tour of the Grand Ole Opry worth $7,400
Round 1: THE 70’s
A $900 trio of N’s sends him on his way, followed by four E’s, three T’s for another $900, two H’s to add $1,600, but then A for awful (and it’s the only bad vowel of this board). Second, Zlata calls up two R’s for $1,800, three O’s, and an F for the WC, but she then BANKRUPTS near $900 to lose $2,050 and the WC. Third, Molly gets the exact same fate as Zlata after putting up a $1K pair of C’s, allowing Stephen…
C _ O _ E
E N C O _ N T E R _
O F / T H E
T H _ R _ / _ _ N _
…to solve “CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND” for $2,900 when he could’ve gone for the D’s.
SOLE DUD: A (Stephen)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (ladies)
Scores after R1
Zlata: $1K/Molly: $0/Stephen: $4,900
Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER
Zlata starts the search w/ a $350 T, a $300 H, two E’s, three R’s for another $1,050, and a pair of A’s before she gets the 1/2 CAR near $300 w/ three N’s. Following her next buy of two O’s are three D’s for another $1,800, a U and two I’s to clean out the vowels, two G’s for another $900…a $400 W…but then S for STUPID CALL while on the Nashville trip to likely throw away $5,050 and her plate. After Molly BANKRUPTS on the MDW’s right side, Stephen puts up two L’s for $1,800 and FPs the C to complete the board…
W E D D I N G
R I N G
A R O U N D / T H E
C O L L A R
…he reads WEDDING RING AROUND THE COLLAR to keep the $2,300.
SOLE DUD: S (Zlata)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Molly (that’s her second one tonight)
Scores after R2
Zlata: $1K/Molly: BAD LUCK/Stephen: $7,200
PP/Express Round: SAME LETTER
Trying to turn things around, Molly first picks up the 1/2 CAR near $900 w/ an N, but gives it right back along w/ the $500 to the other normal BANKRUPT (that’s her third one of the game). Second, Stephen takes a T while on EXPRESS and RIDES IT…but his next call of S causes him to go bust. Third for Zlata are a $1,050 trio of R’s, three E’s, and L while on the now-useless other 1/2 CAR, two A’s, a $600 H, but then the sole dud vowel of I. Molly doesn’t want to take any chances (huh?)…
_ _ N _ E R _ _ L
_ A R _
_ E A T H E R
…I wish she went for the SL, but she’ll enjoy the WONDERFUL WARM WEATHER during her stay at the Lapaz Waterfall Gardens in COSTA RICA, a Hotwire trip package worth $6,699.
SOLE NON-BANKRUPT DUD: I (Zlata)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Molly and Stephen)
Scores after R3
Zlata: $1K/Molly: $6,699 worth of prizes/Stephen: $7,200
$3K Tossup: THINGS
_ _ _ T Y
D _ _ _ R _ T _ O _ S
Molly has taken the lead w/ PARTY DECORATIONS.
Round 4: ON THE MAP
First on her radar are a $500 N, two A’s, a $300 S, and five S’s to add $3K, but we’re going to Speed-Up Mode…
_ _ S _ _ N
_ A S S A C _ _ S _ _ _ S
…and the Final Spin is set at $1,900. She then inserts the triple T’s…
_ _ S T _ N
_ A S S A C _ _ S _ T T S
…and seals the deal by locating BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS for $9,250.
Zlata: $1K/Molly: $18,949 cash & prizes/Stephen: $7,200
GRAND TOTAL: $27,149
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding extras): $4,550
$100K Bonus Round
Molly’s envelope is the N of SPIN.
Just the last letter to start…
_ _ _
_ _ _ L
GCDA pretty much gives her the first word…
D _ G
_ _ _ L
…but she didn’t need any help in the bottom and this is what she’s taking from this DOG BOWL…
…$100,000 — OUR WISH FOR A GRAND PRIZE WIN THIS SEASON HAS FINALLY COME TRUE!!!!!!!!! AFTER WE RAIN DOWN THE CONFETTI/STREAMERS FOR LIKELY THE ONLY TIME THIS SEASON, HER FINAL GRAND TOTAL IS $118,949 CASH & PRIZES!!!!! IMO, THAT’S PROBABLY THE GREATEST COMEBACK IN “WOF” HISTORY!
And we do see her in the final chat w/ Pat and Vanna before the full credit roll (the grand prize envelope is placed on the center of the BW)! Congratulations, Molly — you deserve every cent of that money!
$5K SPIN ID: JS5192483
VIDEO BONUS (Wayoshi): Molly’s INCREDIBLE comeback!
MY EP. RATING: at long last, my first PERFECT 10 this season!