This marks the start of a six-episode Halloween Week, just like the previous season. And this was the first taping day of S29, so they’re using the previous round structure w/ the Mystery Round in R3.
EPISODE #5486: HALLOWEEN WEEK
$1K Tossup: RHYME TIME
T _ R I L L S / _ N D
_ _ I L _ S
Andre completely botches this one w/ TWIRLS AND _______.
T _ R I L L S / A N D
_ _ I L _ S
Rachelle enjoys some THRILLS AND CHILLS. Our first guests this week…
Rachelle Garcia: Clovis Unified speech therapist and downtown hospital worker from Fresno
Andre Harris: student trasportation co. manager from Dallas, GA
Mary Stratton: luxury hotel hospitality saleswoman expecting her first child from S.F. (originally from Gowanda, NY)
$2K Tossup: IN THE KITCHEN
_ I C _ _ _ A _ E
_ V _ N
Andre’s right this time w/ MICROWAVE OVEN.
FEATURED HALLOWEEN TRIP: Hilton Quebec w/ a ghost tour from Ghost Tours of Quebec worth $5,735
Jackpot Round: PHRASE (pumpkin for odds, witch for evens)
This is the only week of the season where the 1/2 car available isn’t the KIA Soul — it’s actually a Ford Fiesta S.
Andre’s off to a bad start w/ T. Second, Mary says another negative of R while on the Party City gift tag. Third, Rachelle calls up three S’s for $900, three A’s, a $450 H, two E’s and four I’s. She then picks up the MDW w/ a G, FPs an O, and buys the last vowel of U. We now have…
I / H A _ E / A
S _ E A _ I _ G
S U S _ I _ I O _
…I HAVE A SNEAKING SUSPICION that she was being conservative in solving this puzzle for the house minimum.
DUDS: T (Andre), R (Mary)
LEFT IN JACKPOT CAULDRON: $6,550
Scores after R1
Rachelle & Andre: $2K apiece/Mary: $0
Round 2: BEFORE & AFTER
Mary’s first w/ two T’s for $1,800, three R’s to add another $900, but then the BANKRUPT near $3,500 to scare her out of $2,700. Second, Rachelle finds four N’s for $1,200, buys four E’s and two O’s, but then BANKRUPTS near the WC to let $700 and the MDW disappear. Third, Andre FPs three A’s and I’s, but LOSES A TURN. Mary resumes her play w/ a $500 C, an H for the WC, a $500 G for the green 1/2 CAR, and a U to clean out the vowels. After an $1,100 pair of S’s…
_ E _ T – S E _ _ I N G
A U T H O R / A N N E
R I C E –
A – R O N I
…she solves BEST-SELLING AUTHOR ANNE RICE-A-RONI for $1,850 when she could’ve gone for the L’s.
BANKRUPTS: 2 (ladies)
SOLE LaT: Andre
Scores after R2
Rachelle & Andre: $2K apiece/Mary: $1,850 + 1/2 CAR
Mystery/PP Round: THINGS
Rachelle begins w/ three S’s for $1,650, two E’s, a FP A, but then the BANKRUPT near TD, her second of the night. Andre’s second in line w/ a $600 P, an I buy, but then the sole dud vowel of O. Third, Mary gets up there a $300 L, two U’s to wipe out the vowels again, and two R’s for her second plate from the same location. She’s still stumped on the first word, so she keeps on going w/ a $550 Y and an X while on the MW near LaT. She obviously declines the risk and finally goes for the solve…
L U X U R Y
S P A / S E R _ I _ E S
…she’s RIGHT w/ LUXURY SPA SERVICES! Now, the bad news is that she would have had the $10K MW, but she still wins $2,600 plus the $14,999 Fiesta S, and a $6,500 trip to The Springs Resort & Spa in COSTA RICA for a total of $24,099 cash & prizes!
SOLE DUD OF THE ROUND: O (Andre)
SOLE BANKRUPT OF THE ROUND: Rachelle
Scores after R3
Rachelle & Andre: $2K apiece/Mary: $25,949 cash & prizes
$3K Tossup: FUN & GAMES
_ _ _ _ A S _
F O O _ _ _ _ L
Whether Mary plays some FANTASY FOOTBALL at home or not, she’s solved that one to go to $28,949.
Round 4: TV QUOTE (full $1,500 speed-up)
After Andre finds four of the first letter of his name…
W H O / W A S / T H A T
M A S _ _ _ / M A N ?
…he asks “WHO WAS THAT MASKED MAN?” (from “The Lone Ranger”) for $3K.
DUDS: R (Rachelle), L (Andre), P (Rachelle), C (Andre)
Rachelle: $2K/Andre: $5K/Mary: $28,949 cash & prizes
GRAND TOTAL: $35,949
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding MDW): $4,800
$100K Bonus Round
Like S28’s edition of this theme week, the car up for grabs is a Mitsubishi Eclipse coupe. After getting the first car of her life, Mary lands on the first A in AMERICA’S.
Limited RSTLNE help…
_ _ _ _
_ _ _ _ _ E
MCPA and D give her…
_ _ _ D
A D _ _ C E
Here’s some GOOD ADVICE for you ma’am — don’t spend the $30K you just won all in one place! Her final total is $58,949 cash & prizes.
MY EP. RATING: 8 out of 10