Thank goodness we salvaged the previous episode w/ Molly’s $45K win, because the maingame was very ugly largely thanks to nine BANKRUPTS (one of them denied said winner the KIA Soul). Let’s try to minimize those penalty hits.
EPISODE #5473: PORTS OF CALL
$1K Tossup: QUOTATION
_ _ _ _ _ / _ H E
B L O W _ !
Dawn rightly says “THERE SHE BLOWS!”. Playing this episode are…
Dawn Clark: admin. assistant who used to watch this show w/ her brother and sister from Omaha, NE (whoever solved the bonus puzzle each night got to boss the other two around)
Ashley Fisher: L.A. hotel sales manager from Burbank (orig. from Plano, TX)
Pete Kempen: Rock Lege Intermediate School principal from the hometown where the hamburger was invented (Seymour, WI) and celebrates that particular Summer day every year
$2K Tossup: PEOPLE
F _ _ _ _ D S / _ _ D
_ _ _ _ _ _
Dawn’s got some FRIENDS AND FAMILY rooting for her, as she quickly triples up.
FEATURED CRUISE: MSC Caribbean Cruise from Hotwire worth $5,600
Jackpot Round: FOOD & DRINK
Her first moves are calling two R’s for $800 and BANKRUPTING near the WC. Second, Ashley calls up three S’s for $1,350 and two T’s for another $1,200, buys and O and five A’s, lights up a $400 N, and FPs two E’s. After that are two P’s for the green 1/2 KIA and five L for another $2,500. The board now…
_ R _ L L E _
S _ A L L O P S / _ _ T _
A N _ E L / _ A _ R
P A S T A
…she solves GRILLED SCALLOPS WITH ANGEL HAIR PASTA for $5,950.
SOLE BANKRUPT: Dawn
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $7,850
Scores after R1
Pete: $0/Dawn: $3K/Ashley: $5,950 + 1/2 KIA
PP Round: PLACE
Ashley gets to work w/ four T’s for $3,600, four E’s, a $300 H, and a $500 S for her second 1/2 KIA from the same location. Next up are two A’s, a $500 R, and an N for the other 1/2 KIA…
T H E / _ R E E _
M _ _ _ T A _ _
S T A T E
…she just won $4,900, the Soul, and a $5,800 trip to THE GREEN MOUNTAIN STATE of VERMONT at Smuggler’s Notch for a total of $25,700 in that round alone!
MAJOR PERFECT ROUND!
Scores after R2
Pete: $0/Dawn: $3K/Ashley: $31,650 cash & prizes
Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER
Now finally getting to hear from Pete, he says an instant dud of T while on the invisible $500 1/2 KIA spot. Wanted by Dawn second are an $1,100 pair of R’s, an S for the WC, and E, but then a dud of L. Over to our big leader, who says N for another negative. Pete next puts up a $500 F, but then BANKRUPTS on the MDW’s right side. Dawn gets the same fate next to TD to hand over the WC and her leftover $850. Ashley’s second turn sees her putting up three C’s for $1,350, two O’s, but no more w/ M. Pete then inserts a $300 K, two D’s for the Maui Jim gift tag, the last vowel of two A’s, and a $900 G…
C A R G O
D E C K
O F / C A R D S
…he cuts this CARGO DECK OF CARDS for $1,950 cash & shades.
DUDS: T (Pete), L (Dawn), N (Ashley), M (Ashley)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Pete, Dawn)
Scores after R3
Pete: $1,950 cash & GT/Dawn: $3K/Ashley: $31,650 cash & prizes
$3K Tossup: SONG TITLE
_ _ U / _ R _ / S O
_ _ A _ _ I _ _ _
Dawn solves “YOU ARE SO BEAUTIFUL” (originally by Billy Preston, and made famous by Joe Cocker) to sweep the Tossups.
Round 4: PROPER NAME (full $1,600 speed-up)
B L _ C K B _ _ R _
T H _ / _ _ R _ T _
Pete captures BLACKBEARD THE PIRATE for $6,400.
DUDS (both by Dawn): N and S
Pete: $8,350 cash & GT/Dawn: $6K/Ashley: $31,650 cash & prizes
GRAND TOTAL: $46K
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding WC): $2,150
$100K Bonus Round
Ashley lands on the I of AMERICA’S.
We start this 12-letter answer as follows…
_ _ _ _ E _
L E _ _ _ E
CDFA adds a column of letters…
_ _ C _ E _
L E A _ _ E
…but she doesn’t even know that the H and L in the abbreviation NHL stands for HOCKEY LEAGUE, so she’s not the second straight $45K winner.
We end this episode w/ an update on soap opera actress Deidre Hall who played w/ Allen Cruz on the March 1, 2006 Soap Stars Week episode (incorrectly shown as Jan. 12, 2007). She donated $73,285 to the Mariposa MS, and that school’s library got expanded w/ 30 new computers. Allen won a Porsche Boxster worth just over $51K in the BR after solving MOVIE TRIVIA.
MY EP. RATING: 7 out of 10