WOF Recap: June 13, 2014 — SEASON 31 FINALE


$1K Tossup: PEOPLE

B A _ _ B _ _ L
_ _ _ _ _ _ _

Pete forgets to add the S at the end of his response.

B A _ _ B A _ L
_ _ _ _ _ _ _

Tom solves BASEBALL PLAYERS (w/ the necessary S at the end) to strike first among this final (aired) panel of S31…
Tom Colangelo: product manager of electrical equipment and drummer of the band Vital Signs w/ a daughter and a son from Lombard, IL

Pete McNally: credit ratings agency editor and Mets fan who has never drank coffee in his life w/ three sons (Peter, Michael and Matthew) from Howard Beach, NY
Mark Allen: Eastmont Junior HS assistant principal w/ daughters Jade and Ashley from East Wenatchee, WA

$2K Tossup: WAYD?

_ _ _ _ _ N G
_ _ _ / _ _ _

Mark takes a stab w/ WALKING THE DOG…great guess, but not right.

_ _ _ K _ N G
T H _ / C A R

Tom goofs w/ WASHING THE CAR.

P _ _ K _ N G
T H _ / C A R

Pete’s correctly PARKING THE CAR.

LAST FEATURED PRIZE THIS SEASON: cheapoair.com trip to Hanoi, Vietnam worth $6,500

Round 1: THINGS

Pete first wants a T while on $2,500, but that stands for terrible start. Second, Mark capitalizes on TD w/ four S’s, then he buys four E’s and two A’s, and picks up the WC w/ an N. After that are a $600 pair of D’s, five R’s for $4K extra but then a potentially fatal purchase in O to cost him $14,600. Third, Tom gets the DICK’s gift tag w/ a C, an $800 L, but no more w/ G. Pete then puts up an $1,800 pair of M’s…

_ L _ E R S
_ A M M E R S / A N D
S C R E _ D R _ _ E R S


DUDS: T (Pete), O (Mark), G (Tom)

Scores after R1
Pete: $3,800/Mark: WC/Tom: $1K


Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Our WC holder begins w/ a TD N and uses the WC to double w/ an S. After buying two A’s, he puts up a $7K pair of T’s, three E’s, four L’s for another $2K, and a pair of H’s while on the MW near $800. No way is he risking $15,500. We now have…

S H A L L _ _ / E N _
_ _ / T H E
_ _ _ L / T A _ L E

…he just won $17,500 at the SHALLOW END OF THE POOL TABLE! For the record, that MW he landed on was the BANKRUPT one.


Scores after R2
Pete: $3,800/Mark: $17,500/Tom: $1K


PP/Express Round: PHRASE

Tom kicks this one off w/ four T’s for $2K, buys of an E and three A’s, two R’s for $7K more, but then the neighboring BANKRUPT to give up $8,500. Second, Pete picks off a $300 L, two M’s for a grand, three O’s, a $300 B, triple U’s and two S’s for the MDW, then we see…

_ A _ T / U _ T _ L
_ O U R / M O M / _ E A R S
A B O U T / T _ _ S

WAIT UNTIL YOUR MOM HEARS ABOUT THIS, sir — you’ve won $1,100 plus a trip package to the Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach, a total of $8,733 that round.


Scores after R3 
Pete: $12,533 cash & prizes + MDW/Mark: $17,500/Tom: $1K



D _ _ _ H
V _ D E _

Pete solves DARTH VADER to get closer to Mark’s lead.

Round 4: QUOTATION (!s at the end of both lines)

First on his radar are a $1K pair of N’s, an O, but then a likely costly misstep w/ L because we’re going into Speed-Up Mode…

O / _ _ _ _ _ _ N !
_ _ / _ _ _ _ _ _ N !

…and the final Final Spin is $1,500. Two C’s are requested…

O / C _ _ _ _ _ N !
_ _ / C _ _ _ _ _ N !

Mark recites Walt Whitman’s “O CAPTAIN! MY CAPTAIN!” to win the game.

SOLE DUD (before S-U): L (Pete)

Pete: $15,533 cash & prizes/Mark: $20,500/Tom: $1K



$100K Bonus Round
Mark lands on the N of WIN.

Category: PHRASE
This looks easy to me…

_ _ L L _
_ R _ _ N

He doesn’t seem to agree w/ me after calling DMPO…

_ _ L L _
_ R O _ N

This FULLY GROWN man loses the Tahoe.

$5K SPIN ID: SL4113630

Well folks, that’s all she wrote for what has been a boring S31. We just couldn’t duplicate the excitement from last season, but let’s go down memory lane…

-We introduced the new Express Wedge as a replacement for the Jackpot wedge. If you called a correct consonant at $1K a pop, you have the option of boarding the train or spinning like normal. Many contestants were feeling brave enough to board it and make a big profit.

-A total of 21 cars were awarded this season, nine of them in Bonusland (three were Camaros). That’s twenty down from last season.

-We spent six weeks at the Venetian and Palazzo in Las Vegas just like in S28.

-There are 78 wins this season (two up from last season), though we had three BR shutouts.

-Despite the new lighting for the BW, we just couldn’t quite land on either of the grand prizes (although one team from Beaches Resorts Family Week was VERY CLOSE to dethroning Autumn Erhard as the new all-time top winners on the program) until near the end this season. Carol Tom from May 23rd became the only $100K loser this season like Jaimie Smith from S27 (Mar. 15, 2010) whereas Molly Kyle (June 4th) kept this season from becoming like S21 w/ her grand prize win. This season officially has the fewest grand prize landings at 2, win or lose.

-And let’s not forget about these moments that went viral this season — Paul’s CORNER CURIO CABINET mishap (the second Vegas episode), Julian Batts blowing over $56K in cash & prizes on their unofficial 6,000th show (yet he still won the maingame), Stephen Dryer’s botched solve on Molly’s big episode, and Emil De Leon’s epic NEW BABY BUGGY solve for $45K in the BR.

A new season will being in mid-September for S32 (and they’ll be spending four weeks at the Hilton Waikoloa Village in Hawaii just like in S26). And over the summer, I will be bringing you all of S29. See you then, Wheel Watchers!



2 thoughts on “WOF Recap: June 13, 2014 — SEASON 31 FINALE

  1. JP Mackey June 14, 2014 / 3:23 am

    Well that's a bit above average end to an average season. Can't wait for seasons 29 and 32!


  2. JP Mackey August 18, 2014 / 2:26 pm

    And last night I had a VERY strange dream that the season 31 finale went FAR different than how it really went. And the red contestant looked – and was – VERY much like Baxter from June 5 – he broke through in the Final Spin.


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